January 30, 2013
Posted in rumors

Important message to a source…


Sorry SAR reader to bother you. An important anonymous source just sent me an info via contact form and I have no other way to contact him than writing a public post.

Dear Source: The link is not working. Can you provide me the info via other resources? You have a text or screenshot to share? Create a fake gmail account if you want to contact me anonymously. Thanks! I can tell you is that your info is 100% correct. Not 80-90%. Got exactly the same info from other sources too.

P.S.: Again sorry readers if I have to do that and you don’t know what’s going on. It’s delicate and a very long term rumor that I am working on since a few months now.


January 30, 2013
Posted in news

Sony FanBoy video at Digitalrev. A99 for $2499. Message to square sensor source.

The video on top is made again by that crazy Kai from Digitalrev! A noble attempt to make a joke about the “fanboyism” culture :)  But we have to admit…the last two days have been that frustrating for us (see unspectacular CP+ announcements and fw upgrade) that we certainly have no reason to be a Sony fanboy!

Now lemme focus again on future news. I just got a weird info about a possible Sony square sensor from an anonymous source. As I have no other way to contact him than writing within that official SAR post I may ask the source to contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com? Thanks! And you SAR readers keep feet on earth. This is just an anonymous message and often those messages are not right at all.

A99 price drops:
That said I noticed that Cameraland keeps selling small numbers of new A99 cameras for $2,499 on eBay (Click here). They keep posting such deals 1-2 times per week. To get notified when this happens login and save this search on our eBay application Slidoo (Click here).

January 30, 2013
Posted in news

Sony firmware table on Dpreview.

Dpreview (Click here) posted that nice table that displays the firmware update details. That said I am disappointed that Sony hasn’t taken the chance to also improve other aspects of our SLT and NEX cameras. There are so many bug fix and features requests here and on other sites and none of them has been addressed. It seems like that some managers at Sony do not understand that by not supporting continually our cameras they will not gain the trust from customers. Sony has superb engineers and lots of tech. But service is crucial too!

January 29, 2013
Posted in deals

New Sigma E mount lens preorders at BHphoto (Press text error: 30mm not for A-mount yet)

Important note: Sorry guys, the 30mm f/1.4 lens announced by Sigma today is NOT coming for A-mount. The first official press release posted on Dpreview contained an error (P.S.: check the comment section with people complaining). Damn, that was likely the most interesting lens announced by Sigma today :(

To learn more about the new Sigma lenses for Sony check out the links I posted below. They do contain the full lens presentation and the original MTF charts. Here are the links to the Sigma page and the BHphoto product pages that should soon allow you to hit the preorder button:

E-mount lenses:
Official Sigma 19mm lens page (Click here)
Black Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Silver Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Official Sigma 30mm lens page (Click here)
Black Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Silver Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Official Sigma 60mm lens page (Click here)
Black Sigma 60mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Silver Sigma 60mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).

UPDATE:  The double Sigma lens deal for $199 is back in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

January 29, 2013
Posted in news

Sony Japan announces the SLT and NEX firmware update!

Sony Japan (translation here) just announced that they will release a new firmware update for SLT and NEX cameras on February 05th. This is the google translated text:

SAL100M28(book6),SAL50M28, SAL85F28 adds automatic lens correction support, SAL85F14Z, SAL135F18Z, SAL70300G, SAL70200G, SAL35F14G, SAL1635Z, SAL100M28, SAL50M28, SAL85F28, SAL300F28G[2] adding compatible lens [1] Dual AFSAL24F20Z(book 11), SAL18200, SAL20F28, SAL28F28
Α77, α65, α57, α37 
Add Lens for automatic correction [1]SAL100M28(book6),SAL50M28, SAL85F28, SAL18200, SAL20F28, SAL28F28
Faster storage corresponding lens when the power is turned OFF when using automatic correction [1] SELP1650 when using [2] SELP1650
Distortion correction is possible in Ver.4.2 or later software “(image data converter) Image Data Converter” developmentversion up※ RAW dataof [2] RAW data format support automatic correction when using [1] SELP1650 [3 Improved stability of the operation [5] AF lens container faster when the power is turned OFF (1.0EV, 2.0EV, 3.0EV) at the time of use [4] SELP1650 adding the number of stages of the continuous mode setting bracket]
Automatic correction when using the corresponding [1] SELP1650
SEL1018(book5),SEL35F18, SEL30M35, SEL50F18, SEL18200LEaddition of compatible lenses [1] Fast hybrid AF

Have you found the original english press text?


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