December 7, 2012
Posted in rumors

Private message to the anonymous source that just sent me an important rumor.

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Sorry dear SAR readers. I just got an important rumor from an anonymous source and I want to contact him back. So the following message is for him:

First: I can confirm that I got similar rumors from two other sources.

Second: You may create a fake gmail account and contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com? I have some questions regarding that high end NEX and other rumors I got from other sources.

 

SAR readers: I promise to post the rumor as soon as I can. But I have to be carefull. Some rumors are so important that I want to make no mistake when posting it!

December 7, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New A-mount lenses to be announced within 1-2 months. One is the 18-270mm!

Image on top: The Tamron 18-270mm lens for Sony.

The weekend is coming but I am not done with SR5 rumors :)

According to trusted sources Sony will announce new A-mount lenses in early 2013. One of the new lenses that will be announced in Q1 is the new 18-270mm DT lens. This will be Sony’s version of the Tamron 18-270mm lens (here on eBay).

We will also have the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 and the new 70-200mm f/2.8. What I don’t know yet is if all these lenses will be announce together or one after another on separate days. We can also expect new E-mount lenses. I am working to get the specs…stay tuned on SAR…I  will hopefully post the coming weeks! Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here)!

P.S.: I don’t know the price of the lens but we have many Zeiss 50mm lenses for different mounts and I thought it would be nice to give you an overview:
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* for Canon (see auctions on eBay)
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* for Nikon (see auctions on eBay)
Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 50mm f/1.4 50/1.4 LTM (see auctions on eBay)
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 for Contax (see auctions on eBay)
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 ZF 50mm F1.4 Nikon Ai-S (see auctions on eBay)

As you see the price range is soemwhere between $500 and $800. Of course these are all manual focusing lenses and do have a different design. But I hope the price will be a bit below the $1.000 mark.

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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 7, 2012
Posted in reviews

Double Canon Canon-EF for NEX autofocus adapter test at DC.watch.

As you know we now have three new EF to E-mount adapter that support full electronic control (aperture and autofocus).
One is the Techart EOS-E-mount adapter (here on eBay)
Than we have the RJ EOS-E-mount adapter (Click here).
And soon to come the updated Metabones Smart Adapter II (only the older version yet available on eBay).

DC.watch (translation here) is the first website to test the new Metabones adapter and compared it with the Techart adapter. In short the Metabones has the better AF performance according to the reviewer (and is also the adpater the costs most!).

More news:
R.J.’s Electronic EF to NEX Adapter Review (Click here).
Techart Adapter video (Click here).

December 6, 2012
Posted in deals

Save $140 on the Sigma 30mm 1.4. Update on the Sony RX1 availability at Adorama.

The current Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC got a $140 rebate at BHphoto (Click here). And there are still some ongoing Sigma and NEX deals at Amazon (Check that deals overview page).

And the wrong Sony RX1 in Stock status info at Adorama (Click here) now got fixed. They now marked the product as “Available for pre-order – Shipping; in Limited Quantity“. Helene from Adorama was kind enough ot post a comment on SAR:
We DID receive a delivery; our automated inventory system would have shown them in stock when they were unloaded and scanned into our system. However, as we had more back-orders than units delivered, there are back-orders still to be filled when we get our next delivery. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have an ETA from the manufacturer.

Helen Oster
Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador
Helen@adorama.com

December 6, 2012
Posted in news

Short new project presentation Slidoo -> may be ideal to find your RX1 now :).

I linked to the Slidoo website a couple of times but it’s about time to explain you why I am doing it…it’s actually a new SAR and 43rumors creation.

Eight months ago we rumors guys decided to develop a new website that might be useful for you. It’s an easy eBay search and notification service named Slidoo.com. I guess most SAR readers do use eBay to search and find stuff. Slidoo is an eBay approved application that has full and fast access to their database.

The reason why we did Slidoo are:
1) With the sliders it’s much easier to set price and condition of the search. And results do change live while you slide! No need to wait until page gets reloaded.
2) The use of real time sliders helps you to compare different kind of searches (for example by switching from “used” to “new” you easily get an idea of the price difference).
3) Once you have set you search parameters you can save the search and get notified when a new product pop ups within the settings.
4) Also eBay offers a saved search service but a) it’s difficult to manage (to have to click through two times before to see the list) b) you cannot set the notification parameters. On Slidoo you can chose to get notified in different ways (email-facebook-twitter-or nothing) and with different frequency (once per day, multiple times per day and never).

Example of some Sony searches I stored:
Sony RX1 (Click here). I did set a minimum price of $910 to cut off all that cheap Asian accessories I don’t need. Once an auction breaks the $910 barrier I will get notified. Easy! Recently I found some RX100 cameras for less than $600 and I saved the search with “new” and “buy it now” conditions.

Login and set your country:
Of course you can set a different country for your basic search. Just login to change it for example to UK or Germany in the notification settings page. If you set Germany than the Location slider will adapt and you will have the “Germany-Europe-Worldwide” options while as USA you have “USA-North America-Worldwide”.

It’s Beta! What’s coming next:
The service is still in beta testing and I would invite you to join and test it. You can quickly become member using your same facebook or twitter account. So you will not have to keep in mind new login and password data.

This is a fast changing site and a Slidoo Amazon version is coming too! Tablet and Phone version will follow in Spring. Feedback is welcome and you can send it to contact.slidoo@gmail.com. You don’t know how many nights we spent to think on this. I really hope you will find it practical and useful for a daily use! Link to the webiste: Slidoo.com.

Thanks!
Andrea and the other guys and ladies that worked on this (Ale, Melle, Elena, Mate and Richard).

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