May 9, 2011
Posted in rumors

Message for our sources

I have a bunch of messages for our sources (AXL, Tip. and the others).

1) I havn’t received any confirmation from other sources about the exact A77 launch date in July. But I am going to post the rumor soon with SR4 value.
2) I received the final price of the A77 with kit lens from three different sources. Last question. What kind lens do you mean? The current 18-55mm or the rumored new constant aperture lens?
3) Can you confirm the 26 May lens announcement? Is the 24mm f/1.7 Zeiss coming too?
4) Some news about the NEX-C3 and A35 possible announcement date?



P.S.: You can use the contact form on the right sidebar to send us anonymous messages. Please be patient. I try to double check rumors before to post them. I want to avoid to post false rumors. Thanks for your understanding

May 9, 2011
Posted in news

What should Sony learn from the Fuji X100?

Sony delayed the A35 and NEX-C3 announcements and there is still a bit to wait before we can see the new Sony A77 and NEX-7 in July. But also Nikon (a part the Nikon D5100), Canon, Olympus and Panasonic didn’t announce any new camera. The only camera manufacturer that is getting a lot of attentions around the web is Fuji. Since months every website is talking about the Fuji X100. The question I have to all SonyAlphaRumors readers is:

What aspect of the Fuji X100 should Sony take into consideration for future Alpha and NEX cameras? (you can select a maximum of three options)

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I think the X100 is an “overstimated” camera. The hybrid viewfinder is a bit a pain to use (see focusing problems) and the fixed lens is quite a limitation if you consider the price of the camera. What I really like is the build quality and the manual controls. But I am curious to see what you think about the X100!


P.S: Check the Fuji X100 price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.


May 9, 2011
Posted in reviews

Tamron 60mm and Samyang 35mm reviews (+ Kowa 55mm f/1.0)

Kurtmunger (Click here) tested the Tamron 60mm f/2.0 macro lens for Sony: “I would highly recommend the Tamron 60mm F/2 lens when used out in the field at longer distances, where F/2 can come in handy for getting a defocused background, or hand-held available light situations.  For people wanting a good macro lens with plenty of working distance, and will be using it at close focus, I’d recommend the Sony 100mm macro.
Click on shopnames to check price and availability of the Tamron: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
And click here to check price and availability of the Sony macro: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

On Dpreview forum (Click here) a user tested the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 on the NEX-5.

P.S.: “jieying” made four new reworked Kowa 55mm f/1.0 lenses for NEX. He is selling them on eBay (Click here).

May 6, 2011
Posted in news

Sony Titbits

NEX-5 using the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer and Nikon 50mm f/1.4.

A new german Fuji X100 forum ( Visit it! ;)

NAB 2011 – Odds ‘N’ Ends (ProVideoCoalition).

Mails from our readers

1) Adam: “I thought you might like to see a personal short film I just finished that was shot on an NEX-5 using the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer and Nikon 50mm f/1.4.
I’ve uploaded it Vimeo and Youtube (I personally find the quality of video often looks better on Vimeo but many more people seem to visit Youtube)
Youtube link:
Vimeo link:
A little bit of info on my site:
I’ll be adding more details to my site on the set-up I used in the coming weeks. Just got to find some time I guess… sigh.
Anyway… I hope you like it. Would love you get some feedback.” Editor’s note: you can see the embedded video on top!

2) Jason: “Hello, here is a few links to the Alpha 55 review material I have done so far.

3) Anonymous: “You can find a lot of photos of the Nex 5 with Zeiss Contax Lenses at Flickr (Click here)

May 6, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony deals in US (+ new deals for teacher and students)

Sony is putting Canon and Nikon under pressure. Look at those US deals:

1) Bhphoto created that nice Sony rebates page (Click here). You can see the full list of deals. And there are so many of them! Like that nice A850+lens deal for example (Click here). The same deals are also ongoing on other stores like Amazon, Adorama and J&R. But they didn’t display them as good as BH did.

2) There is an additional Full-time Student/ Photography “Teacher” Rebate at Adorama:
$250 back on the purchase of any A900 (Click here)
$150 back on the purchase of any A850 (Click here)
$75 back on both the A55 and A580 (Click here)
Added to the current instant rebates out there on the web you so prominently feature, anyone with the access to a Full-time student or photography teacher would be wise to take advantage of this opportunity while it exists!  Covers the entire range of lenses as well… (Thanks Nolan for sending me the deal news!)


Just a reminder for our (lucky) US readers. Most curreny Sony cameras are discounted:
-$50 on the A580 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H and J&R.
-$50 on the A55 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the A33 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.