July 23, 2012
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(UPDATED from SR2 to SR0) Huge surprise coming soon? 36 Mpx SLT this week according to Kirk Tuck.

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Will the Nikon D800 topseller camera get a competition from Sony?

Now, I have to be sincere. I wouldn’t have posted this rumor if it wouldn’t come from a person I do respect a lot….from Kirk Tuck! Today he posted on DP forum the following message: “I spoke with two people today who sell Sony products. Both commented that there would be an announcement this coming week to introduce the Sony a99 (yes, that’s the official model designation). They added that it will definitely be a 36 megapixel sensor. ISO 100-4000, 12 FPS in raw. Definitely SLT design, no OVF. And coming quicker than we thought. I have reserved one with my local Sony dealer sight unseen. Not sure by we could see them shipping in Sept. I feel pretty confident in the sources. This will be fun. $2799 US. At least that’s what they think.

Now before to get too much exited let’s start from the rumors I got via my sources. As I always told you Sony developed two FF SLT cameras, one with 24 Mpx and one with 36 Mpx sensor. Now, until now I heard that one camera would arrive at Photokina and another one in 2013. And the original Sony plan was to release the 24 Mpx first.

After reading Kirk’s message we can think at two possibilities:
1) I am sure Kirk is telling us the truth when reporting his rumor but it simply happens that sometimes rumors are wrong :)
2) Seeing the Nikon D800 huge sales success Sony quickly decided to anticipate the 36 MPX SLT announcement. It’s unlikely but sometimes miracles do happen.

For now I will rank this rumor with a low SR2 value only. But the best part of this rumor is that Kirk said the camera should be announced this week. So it will not be long until we find out if the rumor is correct or not. A Sony announcement is scheduled for this Thursday!

I hope other sources can just send me a short message to comment Kirk’s post. Thanks!

Some personal thoughts: The Nikon D800 uses a 36MPx Sony sensor and cost around $2999 at Amazon (Click here). An SLT camera with fast fps, better video, better AF for $200 would be a total killer (even if some here would miss the OVF). That 36Mpx may become the hotseller of the moment like the Sony RX100. It sill rules the ABSOLUTE camera sales ranking at Amazon US (Click here). But….that ISO 4.000 sounds a bit strange…

Would you consider to buy the SLT Full Frame with 36 Megapixel for $2799?

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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!

July 23, 2012
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(SR5) Next lens leak: Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6!

Via Digicaminfo we got our hands on the new Sony DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 image. The lens will sell for 50,400 yen (530 Euro or $640). This is certainly not a suprise. The lens info was leaked through the Sony Service leak from two weeks ago along the new SAL 300mm G lens. And I think this is just the beggining of the new Sony lens announcements coming in August! Stay tuned guys!!! And hopefully some lenses of you wishlist will get real!

 

P.S.: The Zeiss for NEX is back in Stock for the normal price at BHphoto (Click here) and via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here).

 

July 22, 2012
Posted in news

Canon goes after the Sony NEX (new EOS-M annnounced)

It pretty much looks like Canon was looking close at the Sony’s entry level NEX cameras when developing the new Canon EOS-M camera. This has been announced today…full coverage by Ale at MirrorlessRumors.com (Click here). It is even a bit more compact than the newly announced Sony NEX-F3 althaugh more expensive. I am still looking at the specs if this is a worthy Sony NEX competitor…what you think?

Canon specs and info:
Dedicated presentation page on Amazon (Click here).
EOS-M Black at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
EOS-M White at BHphoto (Click here).
EOS-M 22mm pancake at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
EOS-M 15-55mm kit lens at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
EOS-M adapter at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
EOS-M Flash at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

July 22, 2012
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(SR3) Some sort of Sony small (videostuff?) announcement on July 26th.

A SAR friend posted a small rumor on our SonyAlphaRumors Facebook page (Click here). He said that Sony will have a small announcement on July 26th that possible has to do with the NEX-FS700. This is a super great NEX camera with a not so super available NEX lens range :)

One more thing: There seems to be a small surprise for the late August Sony announcement. There is not only an A99 and NEX-5F coming. Keep your expectations low, it’s not another FF SLT or a new FF mirrorless. I will share the info as soon as I can confirm it via trusted sources.

Back to facebook. I never really pushed the SAR community on Facebook. I think it’s a great tool to read SAR news and get in contact with me. So feel free to click on the “Like” button ;)

July 21, 2012
Posted in news

Sony TidBits


The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide will be for sale from July 28th at Amazon US (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

Sony A37 review at ePhotozine.

Sony RX100 as a movie machine by Outbackphoto.

Stefan: “I created a group for the Yasuhara Nanoha on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/groups/nanoha/pool/ Questions and wishes for pictures welcome.

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN (NEX) Lens Review at SLRlensreview.

The Sigma 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here).
The Sigma 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here).

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