April 17, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5) A77II is only a nice incremental update (don’t expect any revolution on this camera yet).

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Image on top shows the silhoutte of the current Sony A77.

The A-mount A77II will be announced around May 1-2 and so far we know it has an updated 24 MP sensor and that everything on the camera has been trimmed for speed. A trusted source told me that he saw the camera and he confirmed there is no revolutionary feature on it. He said that what Sony did is to improve every single aspect of the camera. I have to say I like that 🙂

Stay tuned on SAR!

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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!

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April 16, 2014
Posted in reviews

New A6000 review roundup!

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Sony A6000 Review in Iceland! By Jimmy Fok

While everyone is talking about the Sony A7s lately you don’t have to forget that another quite revolutionary camera is now shipping: The Sony A6000 with the worlds fastest af of any system camera yet! At least, that’s what Sony claims are 🙂

So let’s see the latest reviews:
On top you can watch the video of the A6000 tested in freezing Iceland.
Techradar posted the full camera review and writes: “Sony has come within touching distance of creating the perfect compact system camera, but it’s not quite there yet. Fantastic image quality, a small and sleek system, customisable buttons are all great to have, but there are a couple of niggles keeping it from true greatness.
Gordon Laing added some ISO video tests on his Vimeo site (Click here).
Sony A6000 Image Quality Analysis—our take on how this hot camera stands up to the competition (Imaging Resource).
The video below shows you how much Tony Northrup loves the new A6000 🙂


Sony a6000 Hands-on Review: An $800 mirrorless camera with the world’s fastest AF by Tony Northrup.

Sony A6000 store link list with US and Europe links:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
Silver A6000 at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony A6000 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore, Sony Canada, WexUK.
Silver A6000 with lens at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony 70-200mm FE at Amazon, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT

 

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April 16, 2014
Posted in deals

New “cheap” Sony 4K TV announced. 65% off on Kingston SD cards.

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With the new Sony A7s release we now have to talk more about the 4K world 🙂 Well today Sony announced their new 4K TV’s including the “cheapest” 4K Tv which will cost $2,099 only. All Sony 4K TV’s can be seen and ordered at that Sony 4K TV page (Click here).

And for all extreme 4K and high Megapixel shooters: There is a new Gold Box deal at Amazon that will interest you: Up to 65% Off Select Kingston Memory Cards and USB Drives (Click here).

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April 16, 2014
Posted in news

First image of the new Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount lens!

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I just got this picture and the full specs of the soon to be announced Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount lens!  Like I already told you before the lens will be unveiled on April 20th and costs $799 only. It’s Mitakon second E-mount lens after the 35mm f/0.95 lens for ASP-C E-mount cameras (they are on auction here on eBay) which unlike the new 50mm lens doesn’t cover the FF sensor area. Image samples of the soon to come 50mm lens can be seen on that SAR post (Click here).

The lens will ship in May and these are the specs:
Lens mount: Sony FE
Focal length: 50mm
Optics: 10 Elements (7 groups)
Image cover: 35mm full frame
Max. Aperture: f/0.95
Min. Aperture: f/16
Filter size: 58mm
Lens size: 87mm (L) x 68.5mm (diameter)
Weight: 720g.

Preorders will be taken from April 20th at eBay MXcamera. WIll link to the exact page as soon as it’s online!

Here is the lens design:

 

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April 16, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR3) 14 FE lenses within 2014. Including the new manual Zeiss lenses.

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The official Sony FE lens roadmap.

Well, a trusted source told me that Sony is really pushing the FE lens development and we will soon get a new announcement. While I still have no SR5 ranked rumor to give you about the possible lens specs I got some tidbits from an anonymous source: He said a total of 14 FE lenses will be available by end 2014. This includes the manual focusing Zeiss lenses that will be announced at Photokina. In short these could be all FE lenses we could have by end 2014 (ordered by focal length):

wide angle Zeiss zoom (to be announced soon in Spring)
24-70mm FE Zeiss (Available now at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
28-70mm FE Sony (Available now at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
28-135mm f/4.0 Powerzoom lens.
35mm FE Zeiss (Available now at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
55mm FE Zeiss (Available now at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
70-200mm FE Sony (Available now at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
fast prime FE Zeiss (portrait lens? to be announced soon in Spring)
macro Sony prime lens (to be announced before Photokina)
+ five manual focusing Zeiss primes. High Quality, Pricey and compact (not all of them).

Note that Zeiss itself already confirmed they will make such manual focusing lenses for the FE system.A nd they will be announced at Photokina! They said they will launch five such lenses but it’s possible one of them may be announced later in 2015.

Anyway, if by end of 2014 we will really have these lenses I will be happy. All I am concerned now is….the price of such lenses. Have mercy on us Sony and Zeiss!

For reference only: These are the Zeiss manual focusing lenses for the “Full Frame” ZM camera (some of them would be nice to have for the FE system!):
Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Distagon T* 4/18 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 2,8/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Planar T* 2/50 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Sonnar T* 2/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Tele-Tessar T* 4/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).

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