March 17, 2015
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(SR4) Two new Full Frame Sony cameras coming soon!

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Small updated about the new big Sony announcement rumor I posted yesterday: I am now 90% sure Sony will very soon announce (at last) two new Full Frame cameras. Definitely one E-mount, not sure yet if the second cam is A-mount or E-mount….fingers crossed and stay tuned on SAR!
Reminder: There is on Sony announcement before the NAB show in early April and one in May. Expect the two new cameras to be announced at one or both these events.

A small tidbit: One of my trusted sources told me these cameras will come with a “soft announcement”. It means almost no reviewer or press will get the camera before the announcement and the little info shared will come directly via Sony Japan. Just like it happened with the Sony A7II.

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March 17, 2015
Posted in deals

New 24-240mm FE lens is now in Stock at SonyStore and BestBuy. New lens tests.

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The new Sony FE 24-240mm is right now in Stock at SonyStore (Click here) and BestBuy on eBay (Click here). And it’s shipping from the other US stores. And there is a new hands-on review and image samples posted by George on SonyAlphaForum:

Ergonomically mounted on the A7II it feels fine and it is pretty easy to zoom in and out though a bit stiff. The lens hood brings the width to about 3-3/4” in diameter. I am not much for the lens grading sites so I test the lens for myself to see how I like it and I made a target to shoot at. On the target I try to fill the frame and I shoot at 1 aperture, shutter speed and ISO through the whole range of the zoom. I use 2 flashes in small soft boxes. Anyhow I am more pleased than I thought I would be with this lens as it is really not too bad! It should really make a good travel lens and work well during my impending trip to Disney World.  So on the lens itself at 24mm there is substantial barrel distortion (easy fixed in Lightroom) and some softness on the edges but still acceptable. At 35mm the barrel is almost gone but it is still on the soft size. At 50mm the distortion changes to pin cushion but it becomes very sharp and continues that until 150 where the image becomes a bit soft on the edges again and is the same at 240mm. 

More new tests at Velgos and in German at SystemKameraBlog.

All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
In Asia/Australia at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.
Sony 28mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Sony 90mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

March 17, 2015
Posted in rumors

Getting close to 10.000 Twitter followers…

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Right now I am writing my next SR4 rumors. In the meantime help me out to break the 10,000 Twitter followers barrier. Don’t know what will happen once I reach the magic number…Sony will call me and unveil the A9 specs? :) Twitter: https://twitter.com/SonyAlphaRumors

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March 17, 2015
Posted in news

Two Voigtländer news: Ultron 35mm lens pricing unveiled. Heliar 15mm III to ship beginning of April.

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The “old” style looking new Ultron lens.

Two small news about new Voigtländer M-mount lenses you can use on Sony E-mount cameras with an adapter:

1) Fotocommunity unveiled the pricing/shipment of the new Ultron 35mm f/1.7 lens. It will cost 1.000 Euro and ship in May. The lens is M-mount but has been “optimized” to be used on digital cameras.

2) The Sony FE optimized Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lens will ship from early April at Fotomundus Germany (Click here) and Shenikon Hong Kong (Click here). A review of the lens on the Sony can be seen here on SAR.

Thanks Martin for finding and sharing the news.

March 16, 2015
Posted in deals

A77II with kit lens and free vertical grip for $1549.

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You get a free vertical grip along the already heavily discounted A77II kit at Sony Store US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Also do not forget that other great deal: NEX-7 kit for $598 only at BHphoto (Click here).

Sony eBay deals:
55mm FE lens for $744 at GetDigital on eBay US (Click here)
Refurbished 55mm FE lens for $745 on eBay (Click here).
$250 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm FE lens (Click here).
A3000 with kit lens and Photoshop Elements for $249 (Click here).
Refurbished NEX-5T with two lenses for $399 (Click here).
$250 off on the Open Box A7r at Samys eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Open Box A7 with kit lens at Samys eBay (Click here).
$150 off on the Open Box A7 at Samys eBay (Click here).
$250 off on the Open Box A7s at Samys eBay (Click here).

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