February 24, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Good news! A77/A65 firmware 1.05 coming on March 29!

Here is the A77/A65 firmware info (Click on image to enlarge).

Finally some good news! The new A77/A65 firmware will arrive on March 29th. And here is the firmware update features list:

1) Expanded the number of automatic compensation compliant lenses (6 lens)
24/2 ZA  85/1.4 ZA  135/1.8 ZA
70-300/4.5-5.6 G DT35/1.8 DT50/1.8

2) Improvement of response
・Improvement of response for Auto review
(Display of [Processing] will not appear)
・Shorten time lag between power SW operation and power off
・Improvement of response for front/rear dial and mode dial
・Improvement of response in play back mode

3) Improve AF response with 500mmF4 lens

4) Improvement of AF accuracy for low contrast objects

5) Improvement of compatibility of Minolta lens
[Konica Minolta] 1.4X TELE CONVERTER APO X [Konica Minolta] AF APO 300/2.8
[Konica Minolta] 2.0X TELE CONVERTER APO X [Konica Minolta] AF APO 300/2.8
[Konica Minolta] 1.4X TELE CONVERTER APO X [Konica Minolta] AF APO 600/4

The great news is the response improvement. There is no info about possible JPEG quality improvements.

Sony A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

February 24, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR2) A Sony camera roadmap for 2012-2013?

Our Chinese readers shared a link to a XITEK post from a mysterious source. Our Chinese readers said he is a good source but I have no records about him so please take everything with a grain of salt. I repeat this is not a rumor from MY trusted sources!

Here is the camera roadmap from Sony according to the Chinese source:

a600, 1830 megapixel, 2012 (March) -> The A580 successor
a950 (a1), 36 million pixels, 2013 (February) -> The A900 successor

a37, 16 million pixels, 2012 (March) -> The A580 successor
a57, 16 million pixels, 2012 (May) -> The A580 successor
a99, 24 million pixels, 2012 (September)

NEX-F3 2012 (March) -> The NEX-C3 successor
NEX-5G, 18.3 million pixels, 2012 (September) -> The NEX-5n successor
Fullframe NEX in late 2013.

I would be really (positively) surprised if Sony would launch an optical viewfinder DSLR. I hope it’s true but I am very very sceptical! But just for fun, let’s do a poll to let Sony know what of the “rumored” cameras you would like to see for real:

I would like to buy the...

  • NEX-9 (FF) (39%, 1,713 Votes)
  • A950 (DSLR) (35%, 1,526 Votes)
  • A99 (SLT) (27%, 1,201 Votes)
  • A600 (DSLR) (14%, 606 Votes)
  • NEX-G5 (13%, 549 Votes)
  • A57 (SLT) (7%, 328 Votes)
  • NEX-F3 (2%, 95 Votes)
  • A37 (SLT) (1%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,390

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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!

February 23, 2012
Posted in news

Worldwide Sony lens price increase coming in April :(

First we had that price increase in Hong Kong, than the rumored price increase in USA. Now one of my trusted sources told me that Sony is going to increase the price almost EVRYEWHERE :( This means that also European and other Asian countries will see new price increases. I don’t have exact info about how much the prices will raise. I only know you will see them in April

For now our USA readers can enjoy an Instant Rebate action at Bhphoto (Click here). It last until March 3th. And from April 1 the party is over with the following price increase:

Model Effective 9/1/11 Effective 4/1/12 Price Diff
SAL1635Z $1,899.99 $1,999.99 $100.00
SAL1680Z $849.99 $999.99 $150.00
SAL2470Z $1,799.99 $1,999.99 $200.00
SAL24F20Z $1,299.99 $1,399.99 $100.00
SAL85F14Z $1,499.99 $1,699.99 $200.00
SAL135F18Z $1,599.99 $1,799.99 $200.00
SAL70300G $899.99 $999.99 $100.00
SAL70400G $1,799.99 $1,999.99 $200.00
SAL35F14G $1,399.99 $1,499.99 $100.00
SAL300F28G $6,299.99 $6,999.99 $700.00
SAL100M28 $749.99 $799.99 $50.00
SAL1118 $699.99 $799.99 $100.00
SAL135F28 $1,299.99 $1,399.99 $100.00
SAL14TC $499.99 $549.99 $50.00
SAL16105 $649.99 $699.99 $50.00
SAL1650 $699.99 $799.99 $100.00
SAL16F28 $899.99 $999.99 $100.00
SAL18250 $599.99 $649.99 $50.00
SAL1855/BQ $199.99 $219.99 $20.00
SAL20F28 $649.99 $749.99 $100.00
SAL20TC $499.99 $549.99 $50.00
SAL2875 $799.99 $899.99 $100.00
SAL35F18 $199.99 $219.99 $20.00
SAL50F14 $399.99 $449.99 $50.00
SAL50F18 $149.99 $169.99 $20.00
SAL50M28 $529.99 $599.99 $70.00
SAL85F28 $249.99 $299.99 $50.00
SEL18200 $799.99 $899.99 $100.00
SEL24F18Z $999.99 $1,099.99 $100.00
SEL30M35 $249.99 $279.99 $30.00
no price increase:
SAL18200 $549.99 $549.99 $0.00
SAL1870 $179.99 $179.99 discontinued
SAL30M28 $199.99 $199.99 $0.00
SAL55200/2 $199.99 $199.99 $0.00
SAL70200G $1,999.99 $1,999.99 $0.00
SAL75300 $249.99 $249.99 $0.00
SEL16F28 $249.99 $249.99 $0.00
SEL1855 $299.99 $299.99 $0.00
SEL50F18 $299.99 $299.99 $0.00
SEL55210 $349.99 $349.99 $0.00
February 23, 2012
Posted in news

Sony removes the A900 from their stores…

Some of our readers noticed that Sony US (Click here) completely removed the A850 and A900 from their stores. A month ago we reported how Sony Japan announced the production stop of the current FF DSLR cameras. Now they are completely gone from the Sony website. A bit pity that we still have to wait until September to see the new Sony FF model. As you know this is an SLT camera with 24 Megapixel and 50-102.400 ISO. The camera is already being tested by photographers and I should get some more info soon.

A personal note: What I will miss form the A900 is the superb 100% viewfinder. It was really the best!

Here are the search links to the last two FF cameras with optical viewfinder (you may will not find them anymore):
Sony A900 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony A850 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

February 22, 2012
Posted in news

Sony TidBits (A77, NEX-7, Tamron and more tests!)

Cotton Coulson used the Sony A77 and NEX VG-20 to shot the video you see here on top: “Both of these cameras are wonderful to work with, each in their own way. For straight video shooting I prefer the ergonomics of the NEX VG-20, but if your primary mission is to shoot stills and at the same time shoot some video clips, the A77 is the way to go. In a perfect world you might own both. I have shot video with the SONY professional model EX-3, and these two cameras (along with the NEX-7) offer tremendous advantage, light, portable, and high quality for in the field documentary work, which is what we do.

Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC NEX Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Those looking for a convenient lens that covers a wide range of focal lengths for their Sony NEX camera should be pleased with the performance from this Tamron optic. Sharpness levels are good for a lens of this type and with a price set almost £100 less expensive than the Sony equivalent it represents pretty good value too.

Sony NEX-7 video samples with the new Tamron and Rokinon lenses at SonyAlphaLab (Click here).

Sample test crops from the Tamron NEX 18-200mm and Sony NEX 55-210mm (Photojottings).

Sony NEX-5n review at Trustedreviews (Click here).

What’s In the Bag? Sony Artisan Brian Smith at ThePhoBlographer (Click here).

Sony booth CP+ report at Ctec3 (Click here).

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