May 2, 2013
Posted in rumors

Working on the new A-mount roadmap…(400mm f/4.0 coming too)


The negative reactions on my previous rumors about the death of the SLT technology lead to some dramatic and irrational reaction by people believing the A-mount series is coming to an end too. And my repeatedly statements that this isn’t absolutely true didn’t convince some of the SAR readers.
This is now pushing me to work with my sources to gather the first info on the new A-mount roadmap. I think some good A-mount rumor is the only way to convince some of these “negative thinkers” that the A-mount is going to have a bright future :)

A-mount lenses:
First of all the A-mount lens roadmap didn’t change at all. And in these days I have been told by very good sources that there will be many new lenses coming within the next 10-12 months. Of course there is the already mentioned 70-200mm upgrade. But there is also a new 400mm f/4.0 lens coming too. A source wrote: “It has an entirely new design. It will be the same SSM motor as the 500 f4, and will have Nano Coatings and some weatherproofing. It is being designed to be affordable to advanced amateurs. There ‘may’ also be a 400mm f2.8 lens, but as far as I know it is still in debate.“. Another source told me that he expects at least 6-7 new A-mount lenses to come within the mentioned 10-12 months. And most of them are high quality glass!

A-mount cameras:
I Still have no specs and names about the new cameras. I only got a confirmation from more sources that the next A-mount cameras are due for an early 2014 release. The only system camera to come in 2013 is the NEX-7 successor. The A-mount cameras coming in early 2014 will bring a considerable and visible improvement. That’s all I have been “promised” by trusted sources.

In Summary, four years ago SonyAlphaRumors was the first website to report about the new SLT tech coming in Sony A-mount cameras (here is the article from December 2009). Almost no one believed me at that time. And now that I am telling you that the next huge A-mount change is coming I hope you give me a bit more credit :)

Message to sources: If you have A-mount news to share you can send me more info anonymously by using the contact form you see on the very right of your browser. You can also contact me directly at Thanks!

May 2, 2013
Posted in news

Two new “DSLRgear no idea” videos from Sony Australia!

Sony NEX. DSLR quality without the difficulty – Foreign Correspondent

The funny guys from Sony Australia posted two more videos for the “DSLRgear no idea” campaign. Both are embedded here in this post. Enjoy watching them!

P.S.: great work guys!!!

Sony NEX. DSLR quality without the difficulty – Sideline Hero

May 2, 2013
Posted in news

First Zeiss preorders in USA! 32mm for $900 and 12mm for $1,250.

And finally you can preorder the new Zeiss lenses in USA! Here are the links with price:

The 12mm f/2.8 lens can be preordered for $1,250 at Uniquephoto (Click here).
The 32mm f/1.8 lens can be preordered for $900 at Uniquephoto (Click here).

Let me know if you find more preorder options in US and other countries! Thanks!

May 2, 2013
Posted in news

Surprise: New Zeiss lens price lower than expected!

SAR reader MAX found the first official price info about the new Touit Zeiss E-mount lenses! The well known German store Sauter posted the following info:
Touit 32mm f/1.8 for 799 Euro (Click here).
Touit 12mm f/2.8 for 1099 Euro (Click here).

These are very high quality lenses with full autofocus and aperture control. And particularly the price of the 32mm lens is much lower than expected. You pay 300 Euro more than the Sony 35mm 1.8 but I am sure the Zeiss will easily outperform the Sony.

To get notified when these lenses will be sold on eBay join my Slidoo-eBay website and save this searches: Touit 32mm and Touit 12mm. You will can change the country in your settings. And here is the HowTo to learn how all this works (P.S.: Slidoo Amazon is in the works and will be announced in a few weeks).

P.S.:Sony price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

May 1, 2013
Posted in news

Samyang Tilt-Shift 24mm coming in A and E-mount versions.

The new Samyang 24mm Tilt-Shift lens is going to be released in mid May. There will be both A and E-mount versions. A few full size image samples can be seen at Samyangs website and at Popphoto. The A-mount version can already be preordered at Bhphoto.

I like Rokinon/Samyang lenses a lot and I recommend you the following two lenses for Alpha mount:
1) The 35mm f/1.4: In US you can find it as Rokinon at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay (Click here). In Europe the name is Samyang and you can find it on eBay (Click here) and with the name Wallimex again on eBay (Click here).
2) The 85mm f/1.4: You can get for $274 on Amazon (Click here), branded with the name Rokinon on eBay (Click here) and branded with the name Samyang on eBay (Click here).

And here are the links to the newly announced Samyang/Rokinon lenses:
8mm f/3.5 fisheye at Amazon, BHphoto,
14mm f/2.8 at Amazon, BHphoto,
24mm f/1.4 at Amazon, BHphoto,
35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, BHphoto,
85mm f/1.4 at Amazon, BHphoto,

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