September 24, 2013
Posted in rumors

Double Sony Lens patent (28-70mm and 24-135mm)


The image on top shows you the specs of a new 28-70mm f/4.0 Sony G Lens patent. You can read all specs at Freepatentsonline. It’s a Full Frame Lens but there is no info about the flange distance. I cannot say if it’s designed for A or E-mount cameras.

One more Sony 24-135mm F3.5-4 patent has been spotted by Egami. Weird, it’s an APS-C lens!

September 24, 2013
Posted in deals, reviews

Sony RX100MII tested at Dpreview. QX10/100 shipment start today.


Today is the DDay for the new QX Lens cameras. They are marked as ready for shipment on Amazon US (Click here). And the QX100 counterpart, the RX100MII just got tested at Dpreview (Click here) and it earned a Silver Award:

“Overall, the RX100 II is virtually untouchable in its compact camera class. For anyone simply looking for the best image quality from a compact, the RX100 II is the answer. Enthusiasts, however, should be cautioned. Anyone who picks up the camera will love the images it produces, but someone looking for a more satisfying shooting experience might need to look elsewhere.”

This is definitely the best real-compact camera with zoom lens. I say “real” because many of the so said “compact” cameras are too big to fit comfortably in your pocket.

September 24, 2013
Posted in deals

(UPDATED- Sold Out) The cheapest FF camera in the world is now the Sony VG900 (1145 Euro or $1,545).


Question: How low can the price of a Full Frame camera drop? Answer: 1145 Euro! That’s what you pay right now for the Sony VG900 at Redcoon in Germany (Click here). Damn would I love to have a cheap NEX-FF photocamera for that price :)

UPDATE: It’s now sold out!!!

Converted in US dollars the price is $1,545. That’s lower than the already superdiscounted Nikon D600 ($1575 here on BigValue) and the Canon 6D ($1749 here on RedTag).

September 24, 2013
Posted in rumors

The SR5 rumors roundup…


Sony is doing a very fine job controlling information leaks much stronger than they did with the Xperia or QX announcement in early September. But I expect specs of the new cameras to be posted the coming 1-2 weeks. In the meantime here are some SR5 rumors the last weeks and this is a roundup to remind you what could be announced soon. These are all SR5 ranked rumors which means that there is a 90% chance the info is correct:

1) At least one NEX-FF will be announced in October.
2) The camera will be displayed at the PhotoPlus show in New York City which starts on October 23.
3) The NEX-FF has a NEX-7 shape but it’s a tiny bit bigger
4) There will be a second (cheaper) NEX-FF model. We don’t know yet if it will be announced in October or a couple of months later (early 2014).
5) There will be an ILCE-7 or A7 E-mount APS-C and DSLR shaped camera (we don’t know yet if it will be announced in October or in early 2014. But the chances are good it’s coming in October already)
6) There will be a Full Frame ILCE-9 or A9 (also here we don’t know if it will be announced in October or early 2014).
7) There will be new FE (“F”ull Frame “E”-mount) lenses. The Zeiss 35mm f/2.8, the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8, a 24-70mm Zeiss, a cheaper kit zoom and maybe another portrait lens (85mm f/1.8).
8) 70-200mm GII A-mount lens (October or early 2014)
9) Sony RX10 will be announced in October (likely an APS-C fixed lens camera)
-> 10) SR4: Although not coming via my own sources I am now pretty confident that a new NEX-7R will be announced soon too! Hope trusted sources can confirm it so that I can rank it SR5!



All other rumors like the Z-shift sensor tech, A-mount mirrorless cameras, the SAL-120F28 and SEL-70400G2 lenses are ranked between SR3 and SR4. I hope to get some more info about that the next couple of days!

Important note: A-mount camera owners really shouldn’t be worried! Your “rumor time” will come soon too!


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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!

September 23, 2013
Posted in deals

10% discount on Sony Europe stores!


Last weekend the European Sony Stores had a blackout. Sites where offline for a short time. To make it good Sony is now offering a 10% discount on their products! You will have to use the code “SORRYSEP13” when checking out!

Here are the links to Sony Stores (I linked to the RX1 but you can buy what you want):
Sony Deutschland, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.

Thanks to all SAR readers that warned me about the offer!


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