July 4, 2011
Posted in news

POLL: Should Sony re-establish the “Rokkor” brand on Sony lenses?


Some “higher forces” asked me to publsih this poll to ask the community if they would like Sony to re introduce the “Rokkor” brand on future lenses. This would help to get away from those boring names like “SAL-30M28” or “DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM Lens” and anchor the future lenses on a glorious past. You can read a bit of history at Camerapedia, Alphatracks, and Minolta.rokkor.de.

You can still get Rokkor lenses on eBay (Click here) and use them on your NEX cameras!

Would you like Sony to bring back to live the "Rokkor" brand?

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P.S.: Don’t ask me who those “higher forces” are :)

July 3, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Nikon D4 uses a new Sony sensor!

A couple of days ago I asked my sources if the future Nikon FF cameras will still use Sony sensors. They gave me all the same answer…YES! The upcoming new D4 will indeed use a new Sony sensor which will be “tweaked” by Nikon engineers. The same sensor will be used by the future Sony FF translucent camera that will be announced in 2012! I am not sure yet about the D4 sensor specs, I know for certain that Sony developed two sensors (probably a 24MPX and a 36MPX FF sensor). The current Nikon D3X (Click here ot see that camera) has a Sony 24 megapixel sensor which is "almost" the same as the one used for the Sony A900 (Click here ot see that camera). I hope to learn more about the new FF Sony sensors soon!

One more thing: I am working on new NEX-7 and A77 rumors. Stay tuned this week. There will be some cool news!!!

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!

July 1, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Two sources confirm the launch of the NEX-7 in late August (same A77 sensor)

This is not a new rumor but just a confirmation! Some of you (and me too) were worried that the NEX-7 announcement might would have been delayed for a very long time. Todaye my sources confirmed the NEX-7 will be announced along the A77 in late August.  SO we don’t have to wait that much! The only reliable info I have about the camera is that it will use the same amazing 24 Megapixel sensor of the A77. There were also rumors about the NEX-7 having a Minolta Dimage A2 look (Click here to see that camera on eBay). But I have no confirmation about that.

One more thing: I am still in touch with some A77 and full frame camera testers. Should get some more exciting news soon!

Stay tuned on SAR!
Andrea

July 1, 2011
Posted in news

Ricoh buys Pentax!!!

That’s almost unbelievable! A company with a minimal camera division like Ricoh just bought the Pentax imaging division from Hoya! You can read the full press release here: hoya.co.jp (pdf file!). As you know both Ricoh and Pentax are currently using Sony sensors. By merging the two camera division the Ricoh-Pentax will probably become much stronger and this means more competition for Sony (In the DSLR segment Pentax is currently on 4th place right behind Sony). Ricoh is quite an innovative camera maker (see the interesting althaugh not perfect GXR modular system) and Pentax is well know for their “photographer oriented” camera design. Those are two characteristics Sony should learn from!

June 30, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Ultrawide G lens (SR2) Possible Zeiss lens roadmap


Pictured on top: The Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6. There will be a similar zoom for fullframe within 2011.

It’s very difficult for me to get reliable info about the upcoming lenses. This because the recent Earthquake in Japan changed the plan of all camera manufactors (Sony and Zeiss). As I already told you the 500mm f/4.0 G lens has been delayed and I have to check what of the orgiginal 4-5 planed Fullframe lenses will be announced within 2011. But there is one small reliable info I can share with you today. Sony should release a premium ultrawide G fullframe zoom within end 2011. I have been told it is “along the lines of the 11-18 but much higher quality, and not DT” Check the 11-18 Sont DT lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

One more rumor (SR2)
I ask my sources if they know something about that Zeiss lens roadmap I got from a new source:
14mm Distagon f/2.8
28mm Distagon f/2
35mm Distagon f/1.4
200mm ApoSonnar f/2

Would love this to be true!!! If you know more about the lens roadmap feel free to drop me a text at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar (it’s anonymous!)

The current Zeiss fullframe lenses are the:
- SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (Check those direct search links for price and specs: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
- SAL-24F20Z Sony Distagon T* 24mm f/2 SSM (Price and specs: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
- SAL-2470Z 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (Price and specs: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
- SAL-85F14Z Telephoto 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* (Price and specs: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
- SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* (Price and specs: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)

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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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