June 7, 2011
Posted in rumors

Sony A850 and A290 and A390 officially discontinued

Sony officially announced (via Amateur Photographer) that “Sony plans to discontinue its full-frameAlpha 850 DSLR this summer and has already stopped making its Alpha 290 and 390 DSLRs, less than a year since they were announced.” and “Sony plans to halt production of the Alpha 850 (pictured) in July or August because the 24.6MP camera is too similar in specification and price to the flagship Alpha 900 model.

You can still get those cameras in some stores:
A850 direct search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A390 direct search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A290 direct search links atAmazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Via Amateur Photographer

June 7, 2011
Posted in rumors

Good Morning! Waiting for the announcement :)

Good Morning dear readers!

I am almost ready for the announcement day! Woke up here in the middle of the Dolomites and it’s raining (and snowing on the top of the mountains!). Like you I am also excited to see thew new products. I am seriously considering to buy the NEX-C3 so let’s see when that camera will be available.

If you find some last minute leak or press release or reviews and image samples would be nice if you could help me by sending the right links. I will sum them up in one post so that readers can easily find all the info they need.

And now the big question for me is, will I have time for a Cappuccino yet? Will I miss the announcement if I go away 30 minutes to the bar close to my house? Hmmm, I will go, can’t afford to skip my breakfast! :)

June 7, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) More cameraporn: Full size pictures of the pink NEX-C3. Is the 30mm lens too big?

Here is the new PINK Nex-C3 with three different lenses. Click on picture to enlarge the image. I am a bit worried the 30mm macro might be too big and too slow (f/3.5) to sell well. It has the same size of the Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT macro which is faster and made for DSLR cameras. Wasn’t one of the advantages of mirrorless lenses that they can be more compact compared to DSLR lenses?

I searched on eBay to find some examples of compact macro lenses. Found one that is veeery small! The Zeiss S-Planar 60/4 Macro (Click here to see it on ebay). That is a macro lens I would love to see from Sony (or Zeiss)! Or look at the awesome Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see it on ebay).

Let’s assume the image quality of the new macro lens for NEX is very high (price is 349 Dollars/Euro). Here is the question for you:

Will you buy the 30mm macro?

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Reminder: Sony announcement tomorrow (June 8th) between 7-10am London time!
And here are the direct search links to the Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT macro: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

June 7, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) A Nex-C3 with lens size comparison (Announcement tomorrow!)

The A35, the NEX-C3 and the 30mm macro will be announced tomorrow -> YES I am sure that time ;)
The image on top shows the NEC-C3 with the new macro lens. As you see the 30mm macro is as big as the current 18-55mm lens.
I will stay up the whole night to see if there are some last minute news and rumors. I hope that also new NEX firmware will be announced tomorrow! At what time should we expect the announcement? I think sometime between 7 and 10 am London time. So stay tuned!

Those are the most important NEX-C3 specs:
16, 2 Megapixel,
ISO100 – 12800
5.5 fps
video: 1280X720 (29.97fps/Progressive, Std/Fine appx 9/6Mbps)
3 inch 921.6K LCD
Scene selection: Portrait, Landscape, Macro,Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight
The body weights 225g.

June 6, 2011
Posted in news

Sony TidBits!

NEX-FS100 First Official Unboxing. Direct links for preorders check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Tempus NEX Sony NEX Intervalometer Remote (SonyAlphaNex).

Sony presented two new CCD for compact cameras. A 16mp 1/2.3″ CCD and a 10mp 1/2.93″ CCD (Photographyblog).

Short Sony CLM-V55 LCD Screen review (Photocomment). Direct search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Sony HVL-F43AM test (Lowyat). Direct search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Sony 35mm f/1.8 lens tested at lenstip. Direct search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Which digital camera functions best on a microscope? (Lmscope.com) and…Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-3 in microscopy (again Lmscope).

New pop-up LCD protection (DC.watch).

Alpha-numérique vous invite au Salon de la Photo 2011

A new layout for our friends website http://www.sonyrumors.net/.

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