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September 8, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Hot: First Sony A99 image leak (via xitek)

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An anonymous reader sent us this picture found on the chinese Xitek (P.S.: He forgot to send me the link…you may send it to me?). My sources told me that this is a 100% correct picture of the upcoming new Sony A99 Full Frame SLT camera. The camera will be announced next week on Wednesday September 12th. As I told you before Sony wanted to realize the best hybrid video and still Full Frame camera on market by beating the current Canon 5DmarkIII. What is coming along the A99 is not only a camera but also a whole system of innovative accessories around it. It also marks the possible end of the classic DSLR Full Frame line with optical viewfinders. The A850 (Click here) and the A900 (Click here) were the last two models with viewfinder.

Below you can find the full A99 specs and the info about all the rest of the Sony stuff that is going to be announced on the same say. I want to highlight once again that I can confirm that there is also a new unexpected professional NEX camera coming too! I am working on that rumor but it looks like only few people on the world have access to the info. It’s the best kept Sony secret ever. I have been told this is a “Game Changer camera”. I highly recommend you all to follow SonyAlphaRumors in these days. Sony may be the big star at Photokina if all those rumors are correct. And to not miss any single news be sure to follow the RSS feed and Twitter stream and join the Facebook fan page!

Sony A99 specs

  • 24.3 Mpx Full frame CMOS Exmor sensor
  • SLT technology
  • New Bionz imaging engine
  • 14 bit RAW recording
  • 10 fps
  • ISO 100 up to 25.600
  • 50 ISO extended (with lower dynamic range)
  • 102 AF point AF (11 cross).
  • AF range
  • MF assist
  • Dual Phase detection system (with AF phase pixels on sensor)
  • 30 sec and 1/8000 maximum shutter speed
  • Time Lag 0.05 sec.
  • Shutter life guarantee of 200,000 cycles
  • 2.360k OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 3″921k LCD with same tilting system of the A77
  • Full HD video recording at 1920×1080/50p (US: 60p) AVCHD 2.0 format.
  • Clean HDMI output
  • Built-in stereo mic
  • Auto HDR capability
  • New multi-segment low pass filter
  • Photodiode expansion technology
  • Light concentration technology
  • Selective noise reduction
  • Ultrasonic anti dust system
  • In body image stabilization
  • Two memory slots: SD and SD+MS cards
  • USB: 2.0
  • Announced on September 12, 2012
  • Available in stores in late October 2012
  • New accessories to be released with the a99: battery grip, flash, remote control, microphone etc.
  • Very light, weather sealed magnesium alloy body.With 730 g this is the lightest FF body on market!
  • Price unconfirmed yet but should be at around 2800 Euro/Dollars.

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All Photokina stuff coming from Sony

Cameras

  • Sony A99: 24MP Exmor CMOS full frame sensor, AVHCD 2.0. Price $2799. Available in mid October.
  • Sony NEX-6: 16MP Exmor CMOS APSC sensor, AVHCD 2.0. Price around $1000.
  • Sony NEX PRO camera: Super secret first professional NEX camera with yet unknown specs.

Sony lenses

  • Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II lens (SAL300f28GII): Nano AR coating, weather sealed, SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), focus hold button. Price: $7500, to be released in October, 2012.
  • Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM lens (already announced and available for preorder at BHphoto).
  • Sony E-mount 10-18 f/4 OSS: available in November 2012 for $850.
  • Sony E-mount 35mm f/1.8 OSS: available in December 2012 for $450.
  • Sony E-mount 16-50 f/3.5-5.6 OSS (kit lens): available in January 2013 for $350.
Sony a99 accessories
  • Sony HVL-F60M flash: guide number: 60, built-in LED light, price: $550.
  • Sony HVL-RL1 ring flash: priced around $350.
  • Sony VG-C99AM vertical grip for a99: weather sealed, price: $380.
  • Sony XLR-K1M audio input terminal: price: $800.
  • Sony RMT-DSLR2 remote control.
  • Sony LCS-BP3 back pack.
Camcorders
  • Sony NEX-VG900 camcorder: interchangeable lens HD camera with 24MP Exmor CMOS full frame sensor, 1080×1920 video recording at 24p/60p, 3″ LCD, XGA OLED EVF, price: $3,300.
  • Sony NEX-VG30/VG30H camcorders: 16MP Exmor APS-C sensor, BIONZ processor, 1080×1920 video recording at 24p/60p, 3″ LCD, XGA OLED EVF, available in November from $1,800.

 

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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 7, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) HOT surprise! Super secret mirrorless camera to be announced on September 12th!

UDPATE: This turned out ot be a half correct rumor. The camera will be anmed RX1. it is a FF mirrorless camera but it has a fixed lens :(

 

This is a super hot “little” rumor I got. A surprising new and “professional Mirrorless camera” is going to be announced on Wednesday. I have been told that this is (and now was…LOL) a super well kept secret. I am working on it right now to get some details. I repeat the sources underlined that this is a “Game Changer” camera!!!! If I would be you…and you have the money to spend on a PRO NEX…I would consider to sell your Sony NEX-7 on eBay :)
UPDATE: Also Steve Huff “broke” the info although he didn’t write that this is actually a new PRO NEX cameras.

I will work this weekend to get some details but it will be a tuff battle to find out more. Will do my best…you really have to stay tuned on SAR. Things are going fast now. Subscribe our RSS feed and Twitter stream and join the Facebook comunity! Really, this is going to be one hell of a time now on SAR!!!

Note: I will list all new Photokina Sony stuff at Alphacameradeals.com. Subscribe the RSS feed and join the Facebook page.

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 7, 2012
Posted in deals

Massive price drop in US: Sony 16mm pancake for $149! And NEX-7 discount too…

As I told you a couple of days ago Sony UK marked the 16mm pancake NEX lens as “previous model”. And now you can have the lens with an impressive $100 price drop on Big Value on eBay (Click here). But I have to admit that I haven’t heard of any possible new version of the lens. Doesn’t mean that it is not coming…

More deals: There is also a $100 discount on the NEX-7 at Arphoto and a $50 discount on Amazon. And don’t forget that twelve Zeiss for NEX are finally in Stock for the normal price via Samys on Amazon (Click here).

September 7, 2012
Posted in news

Samyang announces the 24mm Tilt Shift Lens for Sony.

There is a new A-mount lens for us! Samyang just released the 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt Shift lens. This is the press text:

Samyang Optics is about to release a new lens with the perspective control function — Samyang T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC. The official product presentation will take place on September 18th 2012, during international photographic Photokina fairs held in Cologne.

New Samyang T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC is a wide-angle, full-frame lens fitted with the perspective control and tilt-shift functions. Its unique optical and mechanical construction makes it an ideal tool for architecture and landscape photography. The product will be also extremely useful when convergence of the lines in the frame is required. Owing to the mechanism of optical axis tilt, focus depth operation brings utterly new quality and possibilities, enabling photographers to shape the image according to their individual needs, both on digital and nalog carriers.

Optical design of Samyang T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC comprises of sixteen lenses arranged in eleven groups, including two aspherical lens and two lens made of ED glass with low dispersion factor. Thanks to this solution, the lens perfectly reproduces detailed elements and gives splendid image plasticity, also with the T-S function on. Each optical component of the product was covered with multi-layered, anti-reflective UMC coatings, which provide great light transmission factor, high contrasts and render only natural colors of the photographed scene. With sophisticated optics and developed T-S function, Samyang T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC is currently the most advanced lens produced by Samyang Optics and may compete with similar lenses of other brands.

Tilt-Shift function

Tilt-Shift function in Samyang T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC allows for smooth and individual adjustment of the focus plane angle by +/-8.5 and enables parallel shift of the optical axis by +/-12 millimeters. To make Tilt-Shift function even more seamless, both the lens mount as well as Tilt-Shift section may be rotated on the optical axis. The Tilt-Shift section may be rotated left by 90 degrees (with 30 degree adjustment), while mount of the lens may be rotated both in left and right direction by 90 degrees, also with 30 degree adjustment.

Samyang T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC will be available with mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K and Sony A. We welcome everyone to visit us at Photokina at our booth A025 in the hall 2.1.

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).

September 7, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) A99 with clean HDmi out!

Sony A77 Clean HDMI Output Test from Dave Dugdale on Vimeo.

Short update about the A99. Unlike the current Sony A77 (See video on top) the A99 will have a “clean” Hdmi output. You will be able to on/off the menu info on the HDmi video. It’s a little but very important feature for filmmakers. What I don’t know yet is the compression format of the HDmi streaming.

Stay tuned! And keep in mind that Sony will announce all that super nice stuff next week on Wednesday (European time).

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