October 10, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) More sources confirm: A7 and A7r sensors are brand new (and fake A7r image warning)


First a warning: The image on top that is floating on all forums is a FAKE!!!! All source I asked said it’s 100% fake. So please let it know to everyone that this is not the A7r.

And now the good news: I asked my sources to give me more info on the A7 (24MP) and A7r (36MP) sensors. They all confirmed that the A7 and A7r sensors are newly designed FF sensor. Exclusively made for them to overcome the issues of the ultra short flange distance. Wide Anlge lenses will perform much better on the A7 and A7r than on the VG900 E-mount FF sensor. In short: these camera do not use the Sony A99 or Nikon D800E sensor!

One more additon to my 21mm lens roundup. The best review I found on 21mm lens has been posted by Ronscheffler.com (Click here). As you know there want be many FE lenses yet. So most of you are likely going ot use third party lenses via adpater.  Here again some of the 21mm lenses you can buy. My next roundup is about 24mm lenses and you may send me your reviews of these lenses on a Leica or VG900 camera at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Here are the links to the lenses:
Leica Summilux-M 21mm f/1.4 (here on eBay).
Voigtländer Ultron 21mm f/1,8 (here on eBay).
Olympus OM 21mm f/2.0 (here on eBay).
Miolta MD/MC 21mm f/2.8 (here on eBay).
Zeiss ZM 21mm f/2.8 (here on eBay).
Olympus OM 21mm f/3.5 (here on eBay).
Leica Tri-Elmar 21mm f/4.0 (here on eBay).
Voigtländer Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 (here on eBay).
Konica Hexanon AR 21mm f/4.0 (here on eBay).
Zeiss ZM 21mm f/4.5 (here on eBay).

October 10, 2013
Posted in news

First image of the Sony A7-A7r presentation? (low resolution pics of the cams).


Over at Xitek we found the image of a Sony A7-A7r event that has taken place somewhere in Asia (China or Hong Kong). The writing on top of the cameras and lenses says something like: “Full Frame Mirror less Camera Launch“. Sadly you cannot see the cameras very well and I even don’t know if this is a 100% real picture. I hope they guys on Xitek can soon share a more “detailed” image. We want to see the stuff on the podium! :)

Here is an enlarged image with description made by one of our SAR readers:

If the image is real (I repeat…”IF”) than the EVF bump is really not as big as expected. I am sending this pic to sources and asking them to let me know what they think about…

P.S:: There is also an official invitation text (google translated):

sony is committed to providing the perfect imaging experience a revolutionary new imaging products invite you to synchronize the first to experience the world Event Date: October 16, 2013 (three)
Activity :19:00-20: 30
Event Location: Eslite Xinyi performances Center (Taipei Xinyi District No. 11 Song Gao Road, 6th Floor)

This is the original image on which a SAR reader translated the text in english:

Thanks to all SAR Chinese readers for their amazing help in finding, sharing and translating the picture!!!

October 10, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) More A7/A7r specs and info


There was already an A7 in our history: The image on top shows the Minolta A7…great camera!

Here are a couple of A7/A7r info I got from many sources:

1) AF is faster than the RX series but still not as fast as the best in the mirrorless world
2) A7 and A7r have focus peaking
3) eye tracking AF
4) they are about same size as the Olympus OMD series
5) There is an optional vertical grip
6) They have Wifi and NFC
7) no Tri Navi, They had scroll wheels in front and back (which were very much like nex-7’s) and an exposure comp wheel from RX1.
8) One source the body quality is very good and the camera had a Pentax LX feeling.
9) 1/8000 shutter speed
10) both have tiltatble screen


What we already know is. Both cameras have no IBIS, both have same body design, both have an integrated EVF on top (middle) of the camera. NEX-7 grip and a slihly OMD look. A7 has 24MP sensor with on sensor PDAF (and AA filter. A7r has 36MP sensor without PDAF and without AA filter. A7 with 28-70mm f/3-5-5.6 kit lens will cost under 2000 Dolalr/Euro. A7r body only will cost around 2300-2400 Dollar/Euro. There will be also three Zeiss lenses: 24-70mm f/4.0, 35mm f/2.8 and 55mm f/1.8. But I have been told they may show more lenses that are on roadmap.


Very important: Announcement next week on Wednesday October 16 at around 5-6am London time. You can follow the announcement live here on SonyAlphaRumors. As usual we will update you live with news, tests, first samples and early preorders links!

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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!

October 9, 2013
Posted in reviews

Zeiss 16-70mm and A3000 tests


We have new reviews and tests of the most recently released Sony stuff:

1) David Kilpatrick posted the full A3000 camera review at Photoclubalpha (Click here).

2) Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS sharpness test by Antonio Forma FB. Full test at FredMiranda. And a review at Sony-club Russia (google translation here).

Just a note because many asked me this: The A7-A7r looks quite differently from the A3000!


October 9, 2013
Posted in deals

New Sony US deals roundup.


There is one deal of the day for A-mount camera owners. You can buy the Tamron 75-300mm F/4-5.6 for $79(!) only on Buydig (via eBay). It’s the deal of the day on eBay.
Another great deal is the A58 superkit with ten(!) free extra accessories at Camera (Click here).

More US deals:
$50 off on the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 at Amazon (Click here).
$50 off on the Sony SEL20F28 20 mm F/2.8. AF Lens on CameraLand (via eBay)
$10 off on the Toshiba 8GB Class 10 UHS-I Hi Capacity SDHC Memory Card on CameraLand (via eBay)
Hasselblad Lunar with free 8GB SD card on Samys (via eBay)! ok…not really a deal :)

And a list of all Worldwide deals of the day can be found on DealsRunner.com.


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