September 9, 2013
Posted in deals

Zeiss 16-70mm image samples. NEX-5T and A3000 now shipping in US.


The first Sony DSLR shaped E-mount camera is now in Stock and Shipping at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). And so the new NEX-5T again at  Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

The Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 will ship a week later than expected (Sept 22) acocrding to Amazon (Click here), and BHphoto (Click here). And you can see some full size image samples taken with the lens at DCfever (Click here).


Also in Europe the two new cameras are in Stock:
ILC-3000 at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T + 16-50mm at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T double lens kit at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.

September 9, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) The A7 (ILCE-7) to be announced soon too!

According to one trusted and long time SAR source Sony will launch a new A7 camera. It’s actually an ILCE-7 which means it comes with E-mount. I hope other sources can soon confirm the rumor so that I can upgrade it to SR5. But that source never was wrong in the past so it’s pretty save to say that the ILCE-7 or A7 will be announced soon, maybe along the NEX-FF in late September (or early October). So this should be the final name (and not “A7000”) as rumored before. I still have to SR5 check if that camera has the moving sensor plate. Hope sources can give me full feedback on that part too.

Meantime: A new source told me that there will be an A-mount version of that camera in January. It will be named “A79”. This is a new source and I rank it SR3 only. But we chatted a lot lately and let’s hope he is right :) The A79 specs he gave to me will be the same for the A7 (ILCE-7) and A79 (I have already posted these specs a month ago).

– 32mpix exmor hd chip (new generation)
– 4 gb buffer
– full mirrorless focus, 480 focus points
– evf 4mpix
– 8-14 fps/sec
– Magnesium body
– There will be a new vertical grip too (compatible also with current SLT cameras).
– I have been told that also the look changed a tiny bit and it somehow reminds of the old Minolta 700si (you can find them here on eBay).-


The best would be to have ILCE-7 and A79 announced the same day. Otherwise I see the A-mount community protesting!

Anyway, if all these rumors are correct it’s clear how Sony’s strategy is to offer two versions of the same cameras in future. Always an E and an A-mount from any DSLR shaped camera to come!


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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!

September 9, 2013
Posted in rumors

Also Sony Japan marks the A65 with “old kit” lens as “no longer in production”

Sony Japan officially discontinued the A65 with older kit lens. So this was it about the rumored updated A65. It’s just the A65 with new kit lens :)


September 8, 2013
Posted in deals

Sony A to E-mount Lens Turbo shipping.

The Metabones A to E-mount Speed Booster should come any time soon. But the Chinese company that makes the Lens Turbo was faster and is now already shipping their adapter internationally via eBay (Click here). The Lens Turbo basically does the same job as the Speed Booster but it’s cheaper and also doesn’t deliver the same kind of image quality.

I guess you all already know what you gain by using these adapters along an A-mount Full Frame lens. You keep the Full Frame focal length and gain one stop aperture.

September 8, 2013
Posted in rumors

UPDATE: Sony marks the A65 as “no longer available” and “discontinued”!

A SAR reader just noticed that the A65 has been listed as discontinued when checking the compatibility list of A-mount lenses (Click here). UPDATE: And when you visit the A65 page you now see that message:

And the A77 deals on Amazon (Click here) have been extended for an unlimtied time until supply lasts :)

As soon as I get rumors about the successors I will post them on SAR!

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