April 22, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) The NEX-7 and A77 announcement will not be delayed. But…

I got a small A77 and NEX-7 update for you: A well known and a new SonyAlphaRumors source just sent me a good and a bad news.

The good news first: The NEX-7 and A77 announcement scheduled for mid July has not been delayed due the recent earthquake disaster.
The bad news: Quantities will be limited at first.

If quantities are limited the price might be higher than expected as retailers could higher the margin to compensate the loss in quantity. But that’s just my speculation and I hope I might be wrong. At least this is not true for the Sony A55 which just got a $50 instant rebate on US stores like Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Click on the names to directly see the A55 product page and price).

P.S.: I also got one more info from the new source I am checking with my trusted sources. Soon I should learn more about the exact announcement day.

Thanks A. and Tipster

April 22, 2011
Posted in reviews

First image samples taken with the chinese 28mm f/2.8 NEX lens.

We are all waitng Sony, Sigma, Tamron and Zeiss to release new high quality lenses for our NEX camera. But in the meanwhile we can only report about new lenses made by chinese companies.
The latest addition is the new 28mm f/2.8 Mitakon lens for NEX. You can see image of the lens on Flickr (Click here) and image samples at Xitek (Click here).
I don’t know where you can buy the lens. I searched on eBay (Click here) where I could find Mitakon lenses but not for the NEX.

The other chinese lenses with NEX mount are the SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 you can already buy on eBay (Click here) and the soon to come fast prime 23mm (again from SLRmagic).
There are also a few reseller that do rework the mount so that it can fit on a NEX camera without the need for an adapter. An example: The Kowa 50mm f/1.0 you can find on eBay US (Click here).

April 21, 2011
Posted in news

Sony shows a 18 Megapixel sensor with 120 fps

Sony announced a new near APS-C sensor with 19,3 Full and 17,7 effective pixels. But the really amazing feature of the sensor is that it can capture 120 fps (frame per second) at a full 12 Bit resolution. And it takes 60 fps at 14 Bit! The only real limit here is the mechanical shutter (that’s why the final fps could be lower). The sensor has been designed to limit the Rolling Shutter effect while recording video. The sensor has consumes less power than the current 16 megapixel sensor of the Sony A55.

UPDATE: A reader noticed that “the dimensions are not APS-C as we know them (1.5x crop  3:2 sensor), it’s a few mm short on the height.  It’s closer to aspect ratio of 16:9 than 3:2 , thus probably a video sensor, nothing for a Alpha body.” And another reader (Thom) said: “This sensor uses Clearwid rotated pixels, effective resolution is 27 MP; it is to be used in the new 8K (about 24 MP) Ultra High Definition TV cameras, developed by Sony, in conjunction with NHK. Even BBC participates in this project.

There is a very detailed description of the sensor specs at the japanese DC.watch (Click here) website. To bad the google english translation tool seems to be confised working on the original text. We would welcome if our japanese friends could comment this post and add some more interesting information we might have missed. Thanks!

Via DC.watch.Impress

April 21, 2011
Posted in deals

$50 instant rebate on the Sony A55 (US deal)

An anonymous mailer just sent me the link to the recent Sony A55 deal (Thanks!). There is an $50 instant rebate offer that ends on May 14:

Click those links to check the final price of both body-only and the kit lens option: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Also the A33 deal is back (there was already an instant rebate offer a couple of weeks ago). Check out at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
And the NEX deal is still ongoing at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

I confess I am bit surprised to see those offers. I hope it means that supply problems from Japan are not as worse as expected.

April 21, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) NEX-7, A77 and lens rumors summary

A few readers asked me to make a summary of all future camera and lens specs. It’s easy to get lost with all those rumors going around the web.
Those rumors are coming form our SonyAlphaRumors sources. Please link back to SAR if you post those specs on your website. Thanks!

The Sony A77

Coming in mid July
Shipment start early October
Coming with new kit lens (A Sony 16-50mm zoom. Compared to the Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 it will have a constant aperture and probably have a bit higher price. Zeiss 16-80mm price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.)
24 Megapixels (The combination of the new sensor+new Zeiss lens delivers 62% more resolution than the A55 16 Megapixel sensor.)
1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps and 720p/30fps high-definition video
AF fine-tuning capabilities. A source told us that it has an improved focusing system (quite fast and accurate).
3 Million dot OLED viewfinder (more than double of the resolution fo the current Sony A55/33 viewfinder.)
magnesium alloy
According to our sources it will be a little bit more expensive than the 60D. Canon 60D price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
It will take CF+SD+MS cards
No flip-up mode to allow shooting without this extra sheet of glass in place
1.000 pictures with one battery

The NEX-7

Coming in mid July
Shipment in September
High-quality body
Many manual controls.
Price $1.300 with kit lens
24 Megapixels
1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps and 720p/30fps high-definition video
It uses a 3 Million dot viewfinder (we don’t know yet if it’s external or buil-in)


16-50mm for Alpha mount (already mentioned inside the A77 specs)
500mm Sony G lens (to be announced along the Sony A77)
200mm f/2.0 (no release date yet)
55-200mm E-mount lens (late May)
24mm f/1.7 Zeiss E-mount lens (probably coming in late May)
A total of 4-5 Zeiss lenses will be announced within 2011 (I am working to find out the definitive specs)

NEX-C3 and A35


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