April 24, 2013
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(SR4) NEX-7n could be the only NEX or A mount camera ot come this year.

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I know it sounds surprising but the change is big that the NEX-7 successor may be the only interchangeable camera to come this year. This means no other NEX or Alpha camera will be announced. As I told you many times before the new Sony CEO is pushing to release camera with game changing tech rather than small updates only. That’s why the A77 successor and two SLT-FF have been taken off the roadmap.

In short, in 2014 we will have new A-mount FF cameras, new NEX-FF cameras using new viewfinder and new sensor tech. I know it’s a long time to go but I hope to get some info about the new roadmap soon. I may can entertain you a bit while you are waiting for the big 2014 news :)

By the way, I don’t know what the new sensor tech could be. But I saw plenty of patents with “Foveon alike” sensors (See Sigma DP series). That would mean, true 100% color info for every single pixel, no AA filter and bigger pixels (or more Megapixels). Yep, that would be a hell of a sensor!

P.S.: The RX series will be extended. Ther eis no delay here!

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April 23, 2013
Posted in news

Sony HX50V announced.

Sony today announced the new HX50V compact camera. The camera features a 20 Megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI sensor. And has a huge 24-720mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom. The full press release can be read at Dpreview, ThePhoBlographer, some image samples at Photographyblog and preorders at Amazon and SonyStore.

What’s more important for us is that Zeiss will have an announcement on May 7th. Be sure to be on SAR that day!

April 23, 2013
Posted in news

Sigma 30mm will not be made for A-mount “due to the older version selling poorly”

The 30mm f/1.4 Canon mount version

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SAR reader Okie-Centric (Thanks!) got an answer from Sigma about their new 30mm f/1.4 lens not being available as A-mount versions:

Upon inquiring about the future of Sigma A-Mount lenses, got this response. There was a little back & forth too. Now I like Sigma all the more, for their quick and personal response(s)…..
Good morning,
We will still be making Sony mount for some of the new Global Vision lenses. The new 35mm as well as the new 17-70 both have Sony versions. The new 120-300 won’t be in Sony, but the older version wasn’t either. The only upgraded lens that has dropped Sony was the new 30mm and from I can tell, that was due to the older version selling poorly. Our parent company didn’t see the demand for the lens and therefore decided not to produce it.
Please be assured that going forward, Sigma will still be producing lenses for Sony cameras, however which new lenses get made in Sony are determined on a case by case basis.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!
Sincerely,
——-(name removed)
SIGMA Corporation of America”

That’s bad news. By the way, the old 30mm lens version wans’t really a good quality lens (see test at Photozone). That could also be a reaosn why they didn’t sell many A-mount lenses!

P.S.: The new 35mm f/1.4 will ship next week according to BHphoto (Click here).

April 23, 2013
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(SR5) Zeiss will announce the three E-mount primes on May 7!

Good news folks! Zeiss is going to announce three E-mount primes on May 7! We will get the Zeiss Planar 32mm f/1.8 and the Distagon 12mm f/2.8 (with shipment in June) and the Macro Planar 50mm f/2.8 (shipment late 2013). All three lenses cover the APS-C sensor area and not will not cover the FF area of the current VG900 and future FF NEX. But they will of course work in crop mode on those cameras too.

I am still not sure about the exact price but it should be a little bit over $1000 like the current Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens.

What Zeiss lens will you buy?

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P.S.: The 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss A-mount lens will ship in July according to BHphoto (Click here). Preorders are up at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and SonyStore USA (via AlphaCameraDeals). In Europe at Wex UK and Amazon DE.

 

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April 22, 2013
Posted in deals, reviews

Sony 10-18mm tested at Photozone (And Nex-6 kit for $799)


Image courtesy: Photozone

Quick note for US readers: $100 savings on the NEX-6 with kit lens that now sells for $799 at CameraLand (Click here).

Our friends at Photozone (Click here) tested the Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS lens. And they actually like the lens: “Upon first contact, you are positively surprised about the high build quality. All-metal lens body are fairly rare these days. The lens is capable of delivering sharp results at medium aperture settings.” But they also shared their thoughts about one quality issue: “while the build quality of the lens is very fine, we continue to be concerned about the centering quality of Sony products. Ever since we started the NEX tests, we are either terribly unlucky or the centering is as bad as it is

I hope Sony is reading this…and improves the mentioned issue.

10-18mm price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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