December 19, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Compact and video camera only for CES. But likely major stuff coming 3 weeks after!

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There are two big electronic shows to come. On January 8th the CES event in Las Vegas and on January 31st the CP+ show in Yokohama. And I have been told that Sony will split their product announcements in two. At the CES show Sony will introduce new Cybershot cameras and new Camcorders. While they will likely announce new NEX and SLT products at the CP+ show.

I have been told the new Cybershot cameras are not really exciting. And I am yet not 100% sure which of the rumored SLT and NEX camera/Lens is going to be announced at the CP+ show and what is coming  in April-May. As I told you the last few weeks we Sony is going to introduce:
1) four new A-mount lenses within the first half of the year (50mm Zeiss, 18-270mm DT, 70-200mm and 70-400mm). It’s very likely that the 18-270mm and the 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss will be introduced at the CP+ show (That’s SR4).
2) Two new SLT cameras will be announced within the first half of the year. Both APS-C, both with new sensor and features. The first SLT camera should be a low end model. it may be displayed at the CP+ show.
3) A couple of new NEX lenses are also coming. One could be the 85mm f/1.8 lens. Also likely to come at the CP+ show.
4) Still no 100% reliable news on the NEX front. But new I have been told a new entry level NEX is coming within the first half of 2013.
5) 100% sure, no FF NEX and no FF SLT within the first half of the year.

As I said, I am very confident that this is the NEX/SLT stuff that we will see the next few months. I am not yet sure about the exact timing also because sometimes I don’t know if sources actually send me the announcement period or the in Stock timing :)

What about the surprises? Yep, there is room for a new RX10 while major news should arrive the second half of the year. But that is still a rumor I have to investigate before I can be sure of that!

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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!

December 19, 2012
Posted in deals

First 35mm f/1.8 lenses for sale in Asia (and Amazon US)


35mm lens auctions on eBay (screenshot via Slidoo).

The 35mm f/1.8 OSS E-mount lens could become a very popular lens for the NEX system. It’s fast, compact, has image stabilization and a very good optical quality (check out the review at ePhotozine). And finally the lens is shipping in Asia via a couple of eBay stores (Click here) and in US via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here). For the rest of the world click the links below to check the shipment estimation for your country:

Estimated shipping date at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.

And me I am back on the rumor work. I have plenty of things I am working on. And certainly we can expect a lot of fire from the NEX front!

December 18, 2012
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) RX1 back in Stock at Amazon right before Christmas.

There is still hope to get the RX1 right time for Christmas. The camera should be in Stock and shipping on December 22th according to Amazon (Click here). UPDATE: Also Adorama (Click here) has the RX1 in Stock and shipping.

And if you want to read a new very…”extreme” review check out Ken Rockwells thoughts on the RX1.

Plenty of (sometimes expensive) RX1 cameras atre in Stock on eBay (via Slidoo).

December 18, 2012
Posted in rumors

Sony SLT37 discontinued. Replacement in Spring…

Sony Japan just marked the A37 as “Discontinued“. As I have told you lately there will be 2-3 new APS-C SLT cameras coming next year. The first one is scheduled for spring. From what I heard entry level SLT will be replaced and than new semi pro APS-C SLT will follow.

And as you know in US all current SLT APS-C models are heavily discounted at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here)!

December 18, 2012
Posted in news

Sony A99 support at DxO


Sony A99 – full hands on review by PhotoNewsReviews

DxO Optics Pro 8.1.1 supports Sony SLT-A99. At the same time they added a new tool to measure the “perceived resolution” which should be an easier to comprehend alternative to MTF graphs. You can check out the article at DxOmark.com.

 

Cheapest eBay acutions in Europe of the A99 (Click here) and RX1 (Click here).

 

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