RUMOR: Sony Alpha launch roadmap will be affected by the Coronavirus epidemic

I just got this:

I heard extremely concerning news regarding the Coronavirus and the impact it will have on Sony’s production line and roadmap. We can expect product launched to be very delayed along with much lower capacity in production volumes for many of their current imaging products.

Thanks to the source for the info. And yes, please let me know more about Sony’s roadmap….for example about new FE lenses and A7IV :)

Sigma 24-70mm FE will ship from February 20 at BHphoto

A new Stock of lenses will finally ship out on February 20 according to BHphoto. And exactly one week after Sigma might announce the new 70-200mm f/2.8 FE :)

Photographyblog just posted the Sigma lens review and concluded:

In terms of its optical performance, it’s tack-sharp in the centre throughout all of the zoom range, with sharpness only falling off a little at f/2.8 at the very edges of the frame. It also produces some very nice bokeh effects thanks to the 11-blade iris diaphragm.

There’s some vignetting at wide-open apertures, barrel distortion at 24mm and slight pincushioning at 70mm, but all of this can be corrected either in-camera or during post-processing.

Auto-focusing proved to be very quick on the Sony Alpha A7 III that we tested the lens with, and manual focus over-ride at any time is a great feature.

Overall, the new Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art is a very well-built, very fast standard zoom lens that delivers superb image quality at a frankly unbelievable price, and is therefore a more than worth winner of our highest award.

 

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Competition news: Fuji has announced this nice looking X100V

Fuji X100V at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon and FocusCamera.

Fuji has announced this fixed lens X100V APS-C camera. It’s a kind of camera that has no competition on the market. Maybe a niche Sony should attack with a special RX camera? Would be nice if Sony could widen their product portfolio don’t you think?

What I like about this kind of camera is that it’s super compact. My dream is this: Sony making a super small and think FF E-mount camera with a series of f/4.0 pancake lenses for it :)

Sony says “coronavirus outbreak in China could affect image sensor and electronics business enormously” !

Nikkei reports:

Sony told investors on Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak in China could disrupt its operations, despite raising its operating profit and revenue forecasts for the current fiscal year, mainly due to strong sales for its image sensor business.

The epidemic in China has cast a pall over the otherwise bright picture, with Sony’s Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki warning: “It may negate our revised earnings outlook,” at a news conference in Tokyo the same day.  “Depending on the future progress of the virus, we cannot deny that our production and sales supply chain for the image sensor and electronics business could be affected enormously.”

Which components will be affected most?

At present, Sony assumes the virus may have the biggest effect on its smartphone image sensor and module parts production, as well as production of its PlayStation 4 gaming hardware, depending on when its plants are back in operation.

While Sony didn’t mention camera I am pretty certain their ALPHA roadmap will be affected by this. Sony cameras are produced in their Thailand factory, Sony sensors in Japan and lenses are produced in China. Still, there is a complex chain of components that travel across all Asia. And of course if the sensor business is affected we can expect supply shortages for cameras too!

Now that’s bad new considering that just yesterday CIPA reported that in 2019 the camera industry had it’s worst year of the decade :(

 

HyperDrive GEN2: Next Generation USB-C Hub. 2X Speed & Power launched on Kickstarter

The new HyperDrive GEN2 has been launched on Kickstarter. This might be an ideal tool to transfer your images on your mobile device. With HyperDrive GEN2, you get

  •  4K60Hz HDMI HDR (vs 4K30Hz HDMI on 1st generation USB-C hubs)
  •  300MB/s UHS-II MicroSD/SD (vs 104MB/s UHS-I MicroSD/SD)
  •  10Gb/s USB-A Gen 2 (vs 5Gb/s USB-A Gen 1)
  •  100W USB-C Power Delivery (vs 60W USB-C Power Delivery)