October 9, 2013
Posted in rumors

ILCE and ILCA: The complete name confusion roundup :)

Share

The new weird Sony strategy also confused me and some of my sources! The last months I got rumors about an ILCE-7, NEX-7r, NEX-FF, A7, A7R, Alpha FullFrame, ILCE-5000 and an NEX -U212. And here is the answer about what is what:

1) The NEX-FF, NEX-7r, Alpha Full Frame and the ILCE-7 rumors I got are actually for the same camera….the A7/A7R!
2) The ILCE-5000 or A5000 is just the NEX-5T
3) And the NEX-U212 is….a new micro SD card! (I didn’t post that rumor on SAR before).

This is important to know because basically because it means:
1) There is no NEX-7r APS-C camera. The Sony fashion photographer that wrote about the “NEX-7r” camera was talking about the A7r! This also explains why one source was confused by the name and told me the NEX-7 successor is coming (he didn’t know at that time that it was an FF camera).
2) The rumors I got from a trusted source saying that in October there would be new Alpha cameras….well was also referring to the A7 and A7r and not A-mount cameras. The “real” A-mount FF are coming in early 2014.
3) The rumors I got from news sources saying that Sony would drop the “NEX” name on semi pro and pro cameras was correct. I didn’t post that rumor because I try to post as less SR2 rumors as possible. But these rumors are correct! The two new sources are now… trusted sources :)
4) In general all E-mount cameras will have as internal code the “ILCE” prefix. And A-mount cameras will have the internal code “ILCA“. So whenever a source sent me an info on an Alpha camera he may specify if it’s an ILCE or ILCA camera type!

It’s already a hard job to get rumors. Now imagine how crazy it was for me to get rumor about different names and cameras and then learning that basically all different names where for the same camera. I didn’t believe that Sony could mess the names in that way.

October 8, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) There will be a new LA-EA FF adapter.

 

The image on top shows you the LAEA2 A to E-mount adapter. According to a very trusted sources there will be a new LA-EA FF adapter that will be announced along the A7/A7r cameras on October 16/17.

Message to sources: 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 sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

For readers: Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here) in order to not miss any news!

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

October 8, 2013
Posted in news

Smart: New K-3 uses IBIS to create AA filter effect!

The competition announced two new cameras today: The Pentax K-3 (specs/price here at Amazon) and the Nikon D610 (specs/price here at Amazon). But the one camera we have to look at is the Pentax. It uses the same Sony A77 sensor but the real highlight is the smart AA filter effect created trough the on sensor stabilization.

In short: The camera has no physical Anti Aliasing filter. But if you want to avoid any moire you can mimic the AA filter by activating the “sensor-shift image stabilizer to deliberately move the sensor during the exposure, slightly blurring the image to mimic the effects of an optical low-pass filter.” (Source: Dpreview).

I think this is a “trick” that Sony could easily implement in future cameras. An incredibly smart idea to let us Sony users have both, a camera with and a camera without AA filter at the same time!

October 8, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) New Sony A7/A7r sensor have optimized microlens design


Image source: Lesnumeriques

One of my sources told me that the A7 and A7r cameras have an “optimized” sensor design to avoid issues on corners. The new microlens alignment and gapless design has been developed specifically for the E-mount FF cameras. Similar to what Leica has done for their Leica M FF series. The performance of Full Frame lenses (also third-party lenses via adapter) is said to be improved over the current Sony NEX-VG900 sensor.

The source also said he didn’t have the chance to test this. So we have still to see if these aren’t void marketing words or a real major improvement over the VG900 sensor.

Message to sources: 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 sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

For readers: Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here) in order to not miss any news!

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

 

October 7, 2013
Posted in news

Fast 21mm lenses for your A7 and A7r

With the A7 and A7r Full Frame mirrorless will become affordable (compared to the expensive Leica M cameras). But the A7 and A7r only come with two FE primes (Zeiss 35mm 2.8 and 55mm 1.8 lenses). This means we have to look elsewhere to get some prime lenses. I thought it would be good to make a quick roundup of lenses we could use via adapter on our A7/A7r cameras. I will start with 21mm lens primes. Here is a short list of lenses you could use on the Sony (fastest lens on top):

Leica Summilux-M 21mm f/1.4 (here on eBay).
Voigtländer Ultron 21mm f/1,8 (here on eBay).
Olympus OM 21mm f/2.0 (here on eBay).
Miolta MD/MC 21mm f/2.8 (here on eBay).
Zeiss ZM 21mm f/2.8 (here on eBay).
Olympus OM 21mm f/3.5 (here on eBay).
Leica Tri-Elmar 21mm f/4.0 (here on eBay).
Voigtländer Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 (here on eBay).
Konica Hexanon AR 21mm f/4.0 (here on eBay).
Zeiss ZM 21mm f/4.5 (here on eBay).

It has yet to be seen how good (or bad) these lenses do perform on the Sony A7 series. The only test I found on the VG900 is with the expensive Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm ASPH @ VG-900.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dakw23/8686006909/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dakw23/8686006001/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dakw23/8180002855/in/photostream/

If some of our SAR readers tested one of the mentioned lenses on the VG900 please comment this post! Thanks!

P.S.: Next series is for the 24mm lenses (send me your VG900 tests at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com).

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is stored in a temporary location on your computer to allow our website to distinguish you from other users of the website. If you don't want to accept cookies, you'll still be able to browse the site and use it for research purposes. Most web browsers have cookies enabled, but at the bottom of this page you can see how to disable cookies. Please note that cookies can't harm your computer. We don't store personally identifiable information in the cookies, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allow us to improve our site. You can watch a simple video from Google to find more information about cookies.

Cookies used by our Website
The Sonyalpharumors website, Sonyalpharumors.com, uses the following cookies for the collection of website usage statistics and to ensure that we can . These are anonymous and temporary. By using our website, you agree that we may place these types of cookies on your device.
Read how Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners/
Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage?csw=1#cookiesSet Addthis cookies: http://www.addthis.com/privacy.
Disqus cookies: https://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/466235-use-of-cookies.
Vimeo cookies: http://vimeo.com/privacy.
Youtube cookies: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/171780?hl=en-GB

Disabling/Enabling Cookies
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. Please note however that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site. For information about how to disable cookies in your browser please visit the About Cookies website.

Close

Share News and Rumors

Click on the Share button below to write the message! Name and email are NOT required so you can stay anonymous. Also the IP-address will not be submitted to us. Use Imageshack to share pictures (anonymously).

Your name (not required)

Email (not required)

Rumor

×
×