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!

July 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) More bits about the 16-50mm lens.

The trusted source that told me first about the 16-50mm lens performance wanted me to share you some updated info about the upcoming Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM lens:

He told me to reassure you that the 16-50mm lens is not a “reworked tamron”. (Click here to see that lens on eBay). Sony chose to start with 16mm (instead of the 17mm from the Tamron) to prevent consumers from comparing to the existing tamron”. Yeah it is slightly vignetting at 16mm but don’t forget “The key word is “slightly”…not “extreme bad” vignetting!”. And what he tested “was a prototype. Not the final production model.

Thanks “Source” for clarifying that! I am sure all our readers will appreciate it!

July 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) EXCLUSIVE: First User reviews about the new adapter, A77, NEX-7 and 16-50mm lens!

Now that is working fine! Yesterday we asked our sources if they can send us some more hands-on report about the new products and here we are with the very first short impressions shared by them:

1)  Translucent adapter
It delivers exactly the same autofocus performance as in the A33/A55

2) A77
The camera is soooooooooooo fast! The bad news is that CF was dropped at the last stage of design. The screen really is awesome. Another bad news is that price has gone up again likely retail at 1299$ body only.

3) NEX-7
Feels really nice in your hands and the built-in OLED viewfinder is a winner. It records video at 24p FX/PS 1080. The prototype photo is accurate! The controls do make a lot of sense when you know what all the buttons do.

4) 16-50mm SSM lens
It is SILENT! I didn’t notice any vignetting at 16mm but didn’t really look. And the lens is weather sealed (as is the a77+grip)

If you can add more info about the new products feel free to contact me by using the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar. As you already know it doesn’t require your name and email address and it doesn’t store the IP-address neither!

And to all our readers, feel free to make questions and the sources might will send me the answers!

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!

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July 27, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) First quality report about the upcoming 16-50mm SSM lens!!!

One of our sources was so kind (Thanks!) to send us his first impression about the upcoming new 16-50mm SSM lens! He tested a prototype which is close to production model. Apparently the 16-50mm lens is suffering from slightly corner vignetting and corner softness at f/2.8. It is not too bad at all but just not perfect. The very good news is that at 17mm the lens is is perfect!

As you know the lens is a Sony (not a Zeiss) and it will have a price of 750 Euro ($799 dollars).

Some other source did test the lens and can confirm the quality report made by that source?

UPDATE: The source also said that Sony was (or is?) considering to make it 17-50mm (instead to start with 16mm) to increase the image quality. But the problem could be the fact that there is alreayd an excellent Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR for Sony! P.S: Click those links to see the Tamron for Sony: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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