September 13, 2013
Posted in rumors

The (non) rumors on A-mount and NEX-7 successor.

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For almost two months now things have been relatively quite on the A-mount camera and NEX-7 successor front. Two of my trusted sources told me that they still didn’t get any info about a possible A-mount or NEX-7 successor release this year. They only told me about the following camera being released between October and January:
– Two NEX-FF
– ILC-7 (APS-C camera).
– ILC-9 (FF camera)
– RX10

New anonymous sources we can rank somewhere between SR2-SR3 told me that A-mount and more NEX APS-C stuff is coming very early 2014 only. For now Sony’s priority seems to be the NEX-FF and ILCE (E-mount DSLR shaped) cameras. I think that within the next couple of weeks we will know a lot more about the Sony roadmap. Don’t worry A-mount camera owners and NEX-7 successor waiters :)

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September 13, 2013
Posted in news

Sony NEX-FS700R announced! And Sony-Zeiss 16-70mm in Stock now one eBay!


NEX-FS700R promo video

Sony just released that NEX-FS700R promo video. The only difference with the previous model is the version 3.0 firmware with 4k support and slog2.

The second E-mount news of the day is that the Zeiss 16-70mm is now shipping in Asia. You can buy it via eBay resellers in Hong Kong (Click here) and Korea (Click here). they ave the lens in Stock for worldwide shipment. But you are likely going to have some import tax on it.

September 12, 2013
Posted in deals

Reminder: Up to $200 rebate on most Zeiss A and E-mount lenses!

The Zeiss rebates will end on September 28!

Zeiss for E-mount NEX:
$200 off on the Sony 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Zeiss for A-mount:
$200 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony 16-80mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$180 off on the 135mm f/1.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$140 off on the 24mm f/2.0 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

September 12, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) First short NEX-FF system hands-on report (We need lenses)!

One of my very long time trusted sources had the chance to see the two new NEX-FF cameras. For obvious reason he cannot unveil specs but he shared two short impressions and also corrected some points of David Kilpatrick’s report. This is what he told me:

1) The two NEX-FF cameras are great and the camera he likes most is definitely the High End version. Both feature the same (new) sensor.
2) David Kilpatrick is not correct when saying the camera is an interchangeable lens mount version of the RX1. The NEX-FF are clearly based on the Sony NEX-7 design. And yes, they are about 20% bigger than the NEX-7.
3) The cameras do not have a Fuji alike hybrid viewfinder.
4) All E-mount lenses will work on both, the NEX-FF and NEX-APS-C cameras (obviously APS-C lenses will work in crop mode on FF E-mount cameras)
5) He didn’t like the lenses. The zooms are to big and the primes not fast enough. The NEX-FF camera will appeal pro photographer but Sony didn’t make the right lenses yet (so he says). He hopes they do it in future.

Editor’s note:
A fast 35mm, 50mm and 85mm (all f/1.4) should have been made for the system right from the start. Instead we will get a 35mm f/2.8, 55mm f/1.8 and likely a 85mm f/1.8 Zeiss lenses. Good lenses but still not as good as hoped. We will have to use third-party Leica M Lenses, Voigtlander M lenses, Canon FD lenses, Zeiss ZM lenses and more…on our NEX-FF get some more “interesting” focal length and aperture. Send me your third-party lens tests done on the VG900. They will be very useful to read now that the NEX-FF is coming!

 

P.S.: Can you suggest Sony a bunch of Full Frame lenses they have to develop? Comment this post and I will sum your suggestion in a soon to be published POLL. Thanks!

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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 11, 2013
Posted in news

Great A99/RX1 video by Enrique Pacheco (Nw RX100/RX100MII books by Friedmann).

Wonderlights from Enrique Pacheco on Vimeo.

Sony Photographer Enrique Pacheco realized that video with the A99 and RX1! A good video to start “relaxed” in that new day! HOpefully we will soon see his NEX-FF video samples too 😉

And Gary Friedmann posted the Complete Guide to Sony’s RX-100/MK2: RX100 (CLick here) and RX100MII (Click here).

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