July 30, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) The Sony DDay on August 23/24!!! The biggest Sony Photo products announcement in history?


Ylovephoto.com found that french A77 and A65 leak at the bottom of page 36 in Réponses Photo (a french magazine). And the September edition will contain the real pictures and specs ;)

According to our trusted sources Sony will announce the A77, A65, NEX-7, (probably a NEX-5N and VG20 too) and the new 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM and 24mm f/1.7 Zeiss E-mount lens (+ maybe 50mm and 55-210mm) on August 23/24! Maybe the reason why I go two dates is because all depends from the timezone you live (for example it could be August 24 in Japan and August 23 in USA). I should get the exact announcement time and the exact product list very soon. My sources already told to me that this is probably the biggest Sony photo announcement ever made! So stay tuned! I am sure we will have some exciting time here on SAR!

P.S: As you might remember Sony originally had the plan to announce all those products in early July but due the Tsunami tragedy the product roadmap shifted forward for almost 2 months. The new cameras should be in Stock by early October (at least in Asia), probably later in Europe and US!

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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 (60-80% the rumor is correct)
SR5=almost certainly correct!

July 30, 2011
Posted in reviews

New full Samyang/Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 review at Kurt Munger.


Kurt Munger (Click here) reviewed one of my favorite lenses, the Samyang/Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 lens: “Optically speaking, the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 is excellent, with very high sharpness at almost all apertures, low distortion, minimal light fall-off at F/2, and no coma, even in the far corners at F/1.4!  Probably the biggest drawback for most people is the fact that it’s a manual only lens, meaning there is no communication between the lens and camera (Sony models)

To find the lens you have to search for the different brand names! In US you can find it as Rokinon at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay (Click here). In Europe the name is Samyang and you can find it on eBay (Click here) and with the name Wallimex again on eBay (Click here).

The real bargain is the 85mm f/1.4 you can get for $274 on Amazon (Click here), branded with the name Rokinon on eBay (Click here) and branded with the name Samyang on eBay (Click here).

July 29, 2011
Posted in deals

NEX-C3 and A35 will be in Stock in USA in 2 weeks. First cameras on eBay.

I just got an email from BHphoto which says they will have the NEX-C3 and A35 in Stock by mid August. They are now taking preorders on the Sony NEX-C3 (Click here) and on the Sony A35 (Click here). If you ae in hurry you can get the NEX-C3 on eBay (Click here) but they are sold by asian resellers. German readers can also find 2 cameras in Stock at Redcoon via eBay (Click here).

July 29, 2011
Posted in rumors

16-50mm has 72mm filter size (and an explanation why sometimes rumored specs do change).

We just got a confirmation that the 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM lens has 72mm filter size. But this post is more about an explanation I have to give you. Some of my trusted sources gave me slightly different specs (for example different filer size or SAM /SSM characteristics of the lens). The thing I may had to tell you more clearly is that usually Sony (like other companies) does develop a couple of slightly different prototypes. I know for example for SURE that there wee A77 camera with CF slot, A77 cameras with fixed LCD, and so on, but as you know the final A77 will have a tilting LCD and most likely no CF slot. What matters is that most of the core features are correct. I knew since almost nine months the A77 would have a 24 Megapixel sensor (and I have been the first to tell you that), since months I knew there is a 16-50mm kit lens, and so on. What changed in the meanwhile are the “minor” features (which are of course also very important).

I ask you to keep in mind that we are dealing with rumors here and not with official news. It’s not an easy job believe me, and I am learning more every day!

July 28, 2011
Posted in deals

First Sony A35 and NEX-C3 cameras in Stock in european stores! Soon in Stock in US too!

The last two announced cameras are now in Stock ins some eurpean stores:
The new Sony NEX-C3 is in Stock at Amazon Deutschland (Click here), Amazon France (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here) will have it in Stock on August 1.
You can get the A35 at Amazon France (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

And there is one more news for our US readers.BHphoto is now taking preorders on the Sony NEX-C3 (Click here) and on the Sony A35 (Click here). That means they will have them in Stock soon!

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