June 29, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) 36 Megapixel sensor for one of the fullframe prototypes

Day after day I am receiving new tidbits of rumors about the Fullframe strategy. And I will soon have more news for those waiting for more NEX-7 and A77 info.

A new source told me one of the prototypes has a 36 megapixel sensor. At first Sony had problems with overheating in 40+C conditions but they managed it to solve them. A trusted source told me that all fullframe camera will have the same tilt-swivel solution you have seen on the A77 picture. Whenever I look at that pic I have to say that it looks like it could break very easily! Hope I am wrong :)

And as I already told you there will be more than one fullframe cameras announced in 2012. They will all be Translucent, have built-in GPS and be optimized for video. I have been told that the video quality will be lot better than the Canon 5D markII (Click here to see that cam on Amazon).

One more thing: I want to thank all the sources for sending me rumors. Please understand that I usually try to doublecheck rumors before to post them And if I can’t than I will publish them with low rumor ranking (SR2 or SR3). But I will keep your (fake) names in mind and if rumors turn out to be true you will automatically become a trusted source :) P.S.: Got some strange rumors about the NEX pro having a curious “mount solution”. If you have some info about that camera drop me a line. Thanks!


June 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony testing various fullframe prototypes. Nikon DX3 competitor coming (with built-in grip)

Image on top shows the Nikon D3X which could get competition from Sony!

As you know Nikon fullframe cameras do use sensors made by Sony. (UPDATE: Nikon says their FF sensors do have a custom design but the D3X sensor and A900 sensor are very similar in specs). And we always had the feeling that Sony isn’t seriously competing against the famous partner. But this could change soon! According to our sources Sony is testing different fullframe prototypes. And we know for sure that at least two FF cameras will be announced in 2012. One of the tested prototypes is a high resolution camera with built-in grip aimed to compete against the Nikon D3X and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. Sounds like Sony is really planing to enter the (High) PRO market! One of our sources told us the prototype is based on the new Translucent technology and has a very high resolution sensor (Close to 40 megapixel!). Please keep in mind that we are talking about prototypes so specs are not 100% definitive yet. But I will keep you updated with all the news I can get.

P.S.: I also have a question for my sources, will Nikon still have a “priority” on the new generation of Sony sensors or will Sony don’t give any advantage to Nikon anymore? Thanks!

Linsk to the cameras mentioned in that post:
Nikon D3X at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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!

June 27, 2011
Posted in news

Sony TidBits

The video on top shows a (funny) mechanical Intervalometer (Via SonyAlphaNex).

A full Sony NEX-C3 Review at korean SLRclub. But they post the korean text as JPEG so google translation tool will not work :(
Take a look at those search links ot see if NEX-C3 preorders are available at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Le Sony Alpha 55 à l’épreuve du (tout) terrain (Alpha Numerique).

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 at BHinsights.

As you know the A77 will have USB 3.0. And there are more and more products coming. Lexar’s just announced the USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader.

Sony A55 HDR test at DC.watch.

June 27, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Smoke about a third Alpha camera (to be announced along A65 and A77)

The image on top shows the last Sony camera with optical viewfinder. The Sony A580 (Click here to see the cam).

I finally recovered from my long trip on the dolomites. It has been an amazing experience but I don’t want to talk with you about that :)
Last week you saw the very first picture of the A77 and A65 production models. But there is also a rumor that is “work in progress”, something I am not sure yet but I want to share here anyway (with an SR3 value -> see rumor classification at the bottom of the post). A week ago a known source told me that Sony may changed the decision to release translucent cameras only. He said there could be an optical viewfinder DSRL announced along the A77 and A65. And yesterday another source told me that there should be a third Alpha camera announced along the A77 and A65.
Now, I don’t know if there is a correlation between the two rumors, please if you are an optical viewfinder fan don’t be to excited yet. Is till do believe there will be no new OVF camera. But I do hope that after reading this post my trusted sources will tell me more about that mysterious third Alpha camera.
Anyway, I know that most of our readers are still hoping that Sony will continue to release OVF cameras. But I do believe EVF are the future and solution like the hybrid viewfinder on the Fuji X100 (Click here to see that cam) are not the future. All depends from the EVF quality which has to be improved (current EVF quality is insufficient). And I think also Canon and Nikon will go this route sooner or later!

P.S.: Those are the links to the latest OVF cameras:
Last APS-C camera was the Sony A580 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Last FF camera was the Sony A850 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (now discontinued)

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!

June 25, 2011
Posted in reviews

Samyang 35mm and Tokina 11-16mm reviews

If you want to get a good manual lens for a cheap price Samyang is really the best! And the latest test of the new Samyang 35mm f/1.4 lens on Photozone (Click here) confirms that those lenses are very good performers! The lens has been tested on an APS-C Canon camera but the results will not differ when used on your Sony APS-C camera: “Samyang continues to surprise us regarding the quality of their recently released products. The full format Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC is capable of delivering a very high quality straight from f/1.4“…”It may be a surprising news but this is somewhat superior to the mighty Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L
So this is definitely a highly recommended lens and it is in Stock for $499 at Amazon (Click here), branded with the name Rokinon on eBay (Click here) and branded with the name Samyang on eBay (Click here).
The real bargain is 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).

Kurt Munger (Click here) posted a full review of the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 lens: “The Tokina performs superbly at the shorter focal lengths, with sharp centers that nearly match the mid-sections and corners when stopped down.  It has some of the sharpest corners of any super wide zoom I’ve ever tested, and that’s saying something!“.
Check the price and availability fo the lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Those are all direct Tokina search links).

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