First rumors about possible unexpected Sony camera surprise…

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I told you a couple of times that for sure this year we will get the A7RV and A9III. Both cameras will be on market for the second half of the year only due the worldwide sensor chip shortage. But last in December I also started to get some “hints” about unexpected new E-mount gear. And now that I got the same “hint” from three different sources I will share with you what this is about:

Basically there is a chance that Sony might introduce something “different” and “new”. Not a successor of a current existing camera. The sources didn’t tell me what this might be. So don’t read too much into it for now. The last time we rumored about something “new” we got the Sony A7C that didn’t really meet the high expectations. I hope to get more info about this model soon…

What do you think...what "new" camera should be done by Sony?

  • A7000 APS-C E-mount high end camera in A7 body (34%, 1,200 Votes)
  • Sony A5 Full Frame camera in A5/6xxx alike body for $999 (29%, 1,007 Votes)
  • New medium format camera (26%, 909 Votes)
  • NIkon Z9 alike camera with great ergonomics and built-in grip (11%, 400 Votes)

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Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM II review at Photographyblog: “it is a step above its predecessor in virtually every regard”

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Sony 70-200mm GM II Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. BuyDig. FocusCamera. FotoKoch DE, Calumet DE, WexUK, ParkUK.

Photographyblog tested the new 70-200mm GMII lens and concluded:

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS is the first ever G-Master lens that Sony have decided to update, and while the original version was itself no slouch, it’s clear that this new Mark II edition is a step above its predecssor in virtually every regard.

Offering even greater sharpness, more pleasing bokeh effects, faster auto-focusing, improved weather-resistance, a closer focusing distance, more controls including the very welcome aperture ring, and a much lighter construction, Sony have really gone to town on making this their best possible 70-200mm lens.

It delivers outstanding sharpness in the centre of the frame throughout virtually all of its entire aperture and zoom range, distortion and vignetting are well controlled, and bokeh is noticeably nicer than on the original.
Other than a tendency for exhibiting a little too much flare when shooting directly into the sun, there’s almost nothing to complain about and lots to like when it comes to image quality.

The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II lens offers very fast and very reliable auto-focusing on the A7R IV camera that we tested it with, again being noticeably better than the Mark I lens.
Although some shooters won’t be overly interested, instead preferring to use the cameras’ control dials, the aperture ring is a great addition, especially as it can be de-clicked for video recording.

We’re sure that everyone will appreciate the Mark II’s weight loss, with Sony somehow managing to make it weigh 29% less than the original despite being virtually identical in size.
Which leaves the price as being the only real downside of this new lens – £2600 / $2800 is even more than the original version launched at, although the Mark II offers so many improvements that the moderate price hike is justified.
You can still buy the original version, but if you’re going to spend this kind of money on a 70-200mm F2.8 zoom, please make sure that it’s the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II that you’re ordering – you won’t be disappointed…

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Amazon EU deal on Sony lenses: Save 130 Euro on the 200-600mm FE lens

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The deal got extended for five days:  Europeans save big money on twelve Sony E-mount lenses sold by Amazon Germany (Click here to see them all). You also save big money on Sony Audio products, and on the Sony Tough SD card!

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Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.

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New Rockstar 40mm f/5.6 about to be announced soon

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The Chinese company Rockstar will soon announce this new 40mm f/5.6 FE lens. Specs:

  • 0,4m close focus
  • black and silver versions
  • 150g
  • 200 Dollars
  • Leica M mount will be released first with E-mount version coming soon after…

Not really sure why a f/5.6 prime would be interesting.

via Weibo

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