July 27, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) First quality report about the upcoming 16-50mm SSM lens!!!

One of our sources was so kind (Thanks!) to send us his first impression about the upcoming new 16-50mm SSM lens! He tested a prototype which is close to production model. Apparently the 16-50mm lens is suffering from slightly corner vignetting and corner softness at f/2.8. It is not too bad at all but just not perfect. The very good news is that at 17mm the lens is is perfect!

As you know the lens is a Sony (not a Zeiss) and it will have a price of 750 Euro ($799 dollars).

Some other source did test the lens and can confirm the quality report made by that source?

UPDATE: The source also said that Sony was (or is?) considering to make it 17-50mm (instead to start with 16mm) to increase the image quality. But the problem could be the fact that there is alreayd an excellent Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR for Sony! P.S: Click those links to see the Tamron for Sony: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

July 27, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) First NEX-7 specs…

Finally I got some NEX-7 specs to share with you!
1) The NEX-7 has a metal body
2) A new super fast contrast autofocus
3) Built-in 3 million dot OLED viewfinder
4) 24 Megapixel
5) ISO 100-25.600
6) 24p HD-video
7) Pop-up flash

I hope my sources can confirm if the the camera really has no FullHD recording! That would b a huge surprise! I hope this is just a typo from the rumor sender!

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources (60-80% the rumor is correct)
SR5=almost certainly correct!


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July 26, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) 16-50mm f/2.8 lens is SSM (and not a Zeiss lens!)

Before to go bed I can share a little rumor with you :)

After posting the 16-50mm lens rumor today I got some feedback from known and new sources. They all said the upcoming new 16-50mm f/2.8 lens will be SSM! And it is not a Zeiss lens!

Good Night folks!

Andreas (veeery tired)


July 26, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) 16-50mm kit lens will be “designed for video use”.

As you know Sony will also announce a new 16-50mm f/2.8 kit lens along the Sony A77. A trusted source just told me that the 16-50 will have a new actuation motor designed for video use. It may carries the SAM tag but is a new design intended to be on par with SSM. Very likely that the filter diameter of the 16-50 will be 67, as with the 28-75… 72 is a bit of a stretch for an APS model. Another new source told me that “it is definitely an SSM lens, but what’s up in the air is whether it is a G or ZA lens, or neither. Even the lens hood code declares it to be an SSM lens“. I hope to get a 100% confirmation from other sources if the lens will be SAM or SSM. Thanks!

Reminder: As you know the price should be around 750 Euro (or $800 Dollars). The lens itself costs much less than the counterpart lenses:
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS costs around around $300 more at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 $ is twice more expensive! Check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.


July 25, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Sony exotic lens reviews (Rokinon 85mm, Industar 28mm)

Oliviatech (Click here) compèared the Sigma and Samyang/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lenses. They are both cheap but very good alternatives of the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 lens. If you don’t care about manual focusing only than get the Samyang lens! You can find it with different names:
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 auctions on eBay (Click here).
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 auctions on eBay (Click here) and at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

And those are the links to the Sigma and Zeiss lenses:
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Onemorelens (Click here) tested the Industar 69 – 28mm f/2.8 on a Sony NEX camera: “This thing is so small, it fits in the inner zipper pockets of my camera bag, usually reserved for cords & memory cards. So is it the perfect compact, manual focus lens for the NEX? Probably not, but it’s definitely fun to use!” You can find that lens on eBay (Click here).

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