February 7, 2011
Posted in news, rumors

Sony opens the E-mount specifications! (SR5) New third party lens announcement soon!

Yesterday we told you that new lenses would be announced at the CP+ show. Today Sony announced it will disclose the basic specifications of its “E-mount” for interchangeable single lens cameras, without fee, to manufacturers of lenses and mount adaptors, starting April 1st, 2011 (Source: Sony.net). Sony also included the list of the first companies that will join the system:
1) Zeiss
2) Cosina
3) Sigma
4) Tamron

That’s good news folks! It’s a long time we are waiting the news! The only thing we don’t know yet is if Sony will also share the AF specifications.
Are we are going to see the first lenses tomorrow? Yes! Take a look at Zeiss! ;)

Via Sony Japan

February 7, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) No new Sony NEX camera or Alpha at CP+ show. (but something else is coming?)

The CP+, the biggest asia photoshow of the year will start on Wednesday. I have one bad news and two good news. The bad news first: There will be no new NEX camera or Alpha camera! Please don’t cry yet because there are also two good news:
1) I have been told there could be new stuff like new lenses, new colored NEX cameras and maybe something else(?).
2) Sony chose to launch the big stuff within the second and third quarter of the year. So you don’t have to wait a lot! “he who laughs last, laughs best“! I will post more about that soon!

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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!

February 7, 2011
Posted in news

New Canon Rebel competition for Sony (what do you think?)

Canon just announced the new Rebel T3i/600D and the RebelT3/1100D. You can read the specs and previews at Dpreview. All in all Canon didn’t bring any big innovation and as usual they proved to have a very conservative product strategy. But we must admit, Canon is selling Rebels like hotcakes so why should they change the philosophy? And now it’s your turn. What do you think?

What do you think about the new Rebel T3i/600D?

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February 4, 2011
Posted in deals

UPDATED: A900, A33 and Nex-3 instant rebates in US!

If you are an european citizen like me you can skip that news. Only in US you can get those nice instant rebates! The A33 and the NEX-3 have been discounted:
50$ price drop on the Sony A33 at Amazon (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). UPDATE: Includes Free: Transcend 4GB Class 6 SDHC Card & Lowepro Rezo TLZ 10 Compact Holster-Style Bag (Black)
50$ price drop on the Sony NEX-3 at Amazon (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). Offer ends 03/05/2011!

UPDATE:
Also the Sony A900 gets a huge $200 instant rebate at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

UPDATE_2:
Also the A290 and A390 are discounted at BHphoto (Click here)!

February 4, 2011
Posted in rumors

Wild speculation: What if Sony will use the foveon like sensor inside the A77?

I confess this is more a speculation than a rumor! But “something” made me suspicious. During my usual Sony patent search I found so many Sony patents that do explain the functionality of foveon like sensors. Unlike Bayer sensors the Foveon sensor uses an array of photosites, each of which consists of three vertically stacked photodiodes. The advantage is that you can have bigger pixels with greater light gathering ability, you have no color artifacts and no demosaicing is required. The drawback is that current sensors (from Sigma) are quite noisy.

Wild speculation: Sony keeps saying the A77 will be a revolutionary cameras. So what if the A77 has been delayed because Sony took time to develop a new 24 megapixel “Foveon” sensor? What do you think, is that something you would like to see in future cameras?

- Bayer sensor (Source: Wikipedia)
- Foveon X3 sensor (Source: Wikipedia)
- List of Sigma Foveon cameras at Amazon.
- The Sigma SD1 website.

Do you think a "foveon-like" sensor would make the A77 a better camera?

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