June 3, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR2) New A77 firmware info.

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I know from trusted sources that a new A77 firmware is coming this summer. Yesterday a new source sent me some details. I don’t know yet if what I got is correct or not. So don’t get to excited yet. As usual I hope trusted sources can answer me soon on this to tell me if it’s correct or not. Thanks!

The source told me that the new A77, A65, A57, A37, A58 firmware with new jpg engine will be released in early July. The changes will be:

1) Added Lens Correction
2) Updated Jpg Engine (based on the honami smartphone project).
3) Revisions to menu structure
4) Revisions to video capture rates

As usual with SR2 rumors you know that they can’t be trusted for now! Certainly I would be very happy if that one turns out to be correct! That would be the second good news after yesterdays amazing A77 price drop:

SLTA77 Body $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here)Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 18mm-135mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 16mm-50mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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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!

 

June 2, 2013
Posted in news

Lens Turbo roadmap released.


MXcamera (Click here) released the full Lens Trubo for NEX roadmap:

Pentax K (here one Bay) and Minolta MD/MC (here one Bay) are available now.
Contax C/Y (here one Bay) release this week.
M42 (here one Bay) will be released on 1st week of June
Canon FD (out of stock out) (here one Bay) will be restocked on 1st week of June.
Nikon Ai-s (out of stock out) (here one Bay) will be restocked on 3rd week of June.
Canon EF will be released on 4th week of June. Save this search in Slidoo to get notified when there will be an auction.
Leica R will be released on 1st or 2nd week of July. Save this search in Slidoo to get notified when there will be an auction.

 

SAR reader Andrea sent me his Lens Turbo first impression:

“First of all congrats for your great blog, I usually follow your updates every day.
I bought a lensturbo for canon fd lenses by the Shanghai eBay seller you posted  the link.
I received it two days ago. I tested it with my 50mm and it is fantastic to see the larger frame and, it seems, a better contrast and sharpness. The weak point is the already known issue of the blue spot when facing a light or the sun, but is not such a big issue.

The real problem came when I tested the lens turbo with the canon fd 20mm. I almost risked to ruin the rear/back lens of the 20mm! The fact is that when you are trying to reach the infinity focus the rear lens of the 20mm protrusion hit the front lens of the lens turbo!!

That problem is not mentioned by the seller and also by the reviewer (the martist, you linked in a post). I wrote to both. The reviewer only write to me he doesn’t have this problem. This is strange because the lensturbo seller just wrote to me:

Hi Andrea,
Thanks for the message…
Indeed the FD 20/2.8 can not use… the rear lens protrusion will hit the lens… sorry… I think you can only focus up to 3 meter, right ?
except for the 20, the other lenss 28, 35, 50, 85 all can use..
best,
R.J.
– jinfinance

Therefore I’m writing this to you because I want to avoid that the same thing happens to others.

I’d also like to know if other lensturbo buyers had the same problem as I did.

Thx for your time.
Best regards

June 2, 2013
Posted in deals

Not only the A77 got discounted: A65, A58 and NEX deals.

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Oh guys! Not only the A77 but also the A65 and the A58 got discounted! You can see the full Sony SLT deal page at Amazon (Click here). And than there is a new NEX deal too (Click here to see it on Amazon).

And these are the detailed deals on the A77:
SLTA77 Body $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here)Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 18mm-135mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 16mm-50mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

One more great deal: There is a $400 rebate on the   Canon PIXMA PRO-10 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer at Adorama (Click here).

June 2, 2013
Posted in deals

$300 off on the Sony A77!

Here it is the new great A77 rebates! You can see a full deal summary page at Samys (Click here). and Amazon (Click here). These are in detail the deals:
SLTA77 Body $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here)Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 18mm-135mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 16mm-50mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Great deal!!! And keep in mind that the new A77 firmware update is coming in 1-2 months too!

June 1, 2013
Posted in news

SAR reader work roundup (by Jason, Marc, Алексей, Laszlo, Ainga, Jonathan, Sergey, Gkemp, Lehwego, Jeroen, Brandon and Anders).


Chain Reaction: A Story in Four Images

Here is a roundup of all mails to tests and work done by SAR reader. If you have links to send me (or if I missed to post a work you sent me in the past) contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

Jason:Not exactly news  but thought id share anyway, testing the Sony FS700 with the Metabones Speed booster and loving the full frame esque results. https://vimeo.com/67176161

Marc:Here are some photos of the new sigma 35 f 1.4 for alpha and a few sample shot available in full resolution; http://www.flickr.com/photos/alhadeff/sets/72157633770534271/

Алексей:  “Hello, Andrea.If You have 10 – 15 free minutes welcome to http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/paparazi2008/album/351277/ My first outdoor shooting with A99 – many CamJpg + several RAW + several A77 foto. Fullsize without postprocessing with open exif.

Laszlo: ” yesterday I got the new Sigma 35mm f1.4 from www.Digitfoto.de and it´s really a wonderful lens on my A57. I uploaded some testshots on google –> https://plus.google.com/photos/104390226143263323305/albums/5882966453347908337?authkey=CKL2w8Ws3cDOhQE

Ainga:I think your readers will be interested in seeing the very capable Sony NEX 7 in low light action. Most of the images were taken with the NEX 7 and the 24mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.8. Here is one of the posts shot entirely with the NEX 7: http://aingaframes.com/blog/2013/4/15/bw-photo-set. I wrote a NEX 7 user review here: http://aingaframes.com/blog/2013/4/6/sony-nex-7-one-year-review

Jonathan: “Hi Andrea, I made a comparison video between the new and old 70-400 with focus speed and sharpness comparisons.  My conclusion:  the focusing is MUCH better on the new lens, but the IQ is pretty close. Check out the video: http://youtu.be/QzKQWqTUJ6Y

Sergey:I am a photographer from Russia. March 1, 2013 I started my “Project 365″ with the camera Sony NEX-6. Every day I make one picture and write a story about photo and the camera. This is my fifth NEX – and the camera is so good, that I started this project: http://nex6everyday.blogspot.ru/

Gkemp: “I modded a Meike clone VG-B50AM grip so it can be used with my a55, allowing me to power the a55 with a pair of NP-FM500H batteries and get use of the shutter release.  For details, see my set on flickr linked below.  Feel free to share pics with SAR readers if you like.  Just thought I would pass this info around in case others find it useful. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gkemp/sets/72157633542391862/with/8756515667/

Lehwego: “just sharing a video I made from trinidad carnival earlier this year.  Nex5n with 35mm/1.8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRvl90c1lWo

Jeroen:RX-100 to the test in video! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151472068242151

Brandon: just shot an episode of the MTV show True Life on two Rx100’s.  Here’s my blog post with all the details: http://rungunshoot.com/how-i-made-an-mtv-reality-show-with-two-pocket-cameras-and-a-macbook/

Anders:Hello, I haven’t seen any pictures by people using professional Sony equipment.  If you like to, do I have a picture I took yesterday with a Sony a99, and Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F/2.8. The picture shows how big dynamic a99 have, and the power from a carl zeiss. http://500px.com/photo/36169198

Thanks you all!

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