UPDATED-> Work in progress on SonyAlphaRumors (new theme)

Surprise! The new theme has just been installed. As you can see there is still a lot of work to do. But I hope this is a step in the right direction. The theme is based on buddypress which is a social blog. Feel free to register (it doesn’t work now…wait few hours) and you will be able to send messages to each sonyalpharumors members, you will be able to create groups and soon there will be a forum and a wiki!

Now I have a lot of work left and in some cases you could help me!
1) The camera database on the top will contain all Sony cameras and lenses (for now only current and important stuff). For each camera and lens I will list reviews and camera specs. If you want to help me send me links to reviews. Thanks!
2) I need to fix the menu
3) I will try to look for a better fonts for the post-title
4) I need to add a favicon
5) I need to add the register form where you can become a SonyAlphaRumors member
6) I need to add the contact form

Feel free to send me your suggestions!

Thanks for the rumors! -> keep sending us rumors: )

I received many rumors in this days, about the next Fullframe camera, about the 7xx and about new Zeiss and G lenses. I want to thank all anonymous sender! Please don’t expect me to post your rumor quickly because I need to doublecheck them before to post them (don’t want to have a rumorchaos). If you want to stay in touch with me contact me on sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. I am the only one reading those emails. I suggest you to create a fake gmail account. That would make it easy for me to “classify” you as source and you will keep yourself anonymous.
Some tips on how to send anonymous messages and images comes form our friend from Nikonrumors:

(just replace [at] with @ and [dot] with .) by using one of those free services:

Anonymous image hosting (upload an image and just email me the link):

Thanks all!

Sony TidBits

Sony NEX-VG10 First Look Preview

Sony Alpha NEX-3 review on Photoreview Australia
Sony Alpha NEX-5 review on PCW.co.uk
Sony DT 55-200mm F/4-5.6 review (Kurtmunger)
Interview: Sony NEX of “E Mount strategy.” (in japanese, click here to read the terrible google english translation)
Sony’s 3D Plan? We Can Fix It in Post (StudioDaily)
Sony World Photography Awards 2010 Student Winners (Photographyblog)

Continually updated: New Sony lenses now official!

Zeiss preview and samples on Dpreview and Amateur Photographer

Press release:
Photoscala (german)
Focus Numerique (french)
CNET news
First press release on Quesabesde (google english translation)

1) Zeiss SSM 24mm f/2.0: Fullframe lens of 9 elements in 7 groups and 550 grams. 19cm close focus distance. Available late September for €1,250!
2) Sony 85mm f/2.8: Fullframe lens 175 grams. Available late September for €250!
3) Sony SAL DT 35 mm f/1.8: APS-C lens, 170 grams, 23cm close focus. Available mid October for €200!

Press release:

Sony expands A-Mount lens line-up for Alpha DSLR cameras with three new lenses

Sony is expanding its already strong line-up of over 30 A-mount lenses with new models that will appeal to seasoned photographers and those new to DSLR cameras alike

  • The Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (SAL24F20Z) features the acclaimed Carl Zeiss Distagon design and rounds out the existing Planar (SAL85F14Z) and Sonnar (SAL135F18Z) models also developed in conjunction with Carl Zeiss. It is intended to appeal to experienced photographers looking for a large-aperture wide-angle lens of real distinction.
  • The DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) adds the important 35mm focal length to the ‘Easy Choice’ series. ‘Easy Choice’ is intended to provide great value, compact and lightweight lenses that are attractive to entry-level and advanced photographers alike. Each lens in the series is selected for a specific purpose, for example portraiture or macro.
  • The 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28) is another ‘Easy Choice’ lens, this time offering the 85mm focal length considered the standard for portraiture because of the natural perspective it provides. True to type it is extremely compact and light, weighing just 175g.

The Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM (SAL24F20Z)
The Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM (SAL24F20Z) functions as a wide-angle 24mm lens on full-frame cameras with 35mm sensors, or as a 36mm equivalent lens ideal for general use on cameras with APS-C sensors. Jointly developed with Carl Zeiss, it features the highly-regarded Carl Zeiss Distagon retro-focus lens configuration designed for wide-angle lenses.

This lens is distinguished by its fast response focus and extremely quiet, very smooth operation thanks to its built-in SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor).

It offers a wide and therefore highly versatile focal range from 0.19m to infinity, and features a nine-blade circular aperture that along with the large F2 maximum aperture contributes to smooth, natural bokeh effects.

In keeping with traditional Carl Zeiss design, the all-metal lens barrel has been finished to a very high standard resulting in a visibly high-quality appearance.

The DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
Part of the ‘Easy Choice’ series, offering photographers at all levels great value, compact and lightweight lenses, the DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) weighs just 170g. It can be added to a lens kit system and carried without noticeably increasing the weight of the bag.

With an approximately 50mm (35mm equivalent) focal length on an APS-C sensor, this lens is ideal for snapshots and portraits under a wide range of shooting conditions. The high-speed F1.8 maximum aperture is particularly advantageous for hand held shooting in low light.

At just 0.23 metres, the DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) has the shortest minimum focus in its class, making it an excellent choice for dramatic close-ups too. Whatever the shot, the internal Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) drives the focussing group directly and ensures responsive and fluid autofocus operation.

The 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28)
This is the first full-frame lens in the ‘Easy Choice’ range, so its launch represents an important development of the line-up as a whole. The 85mm focal length is a standard for portraiture because of the natural perspective that it provides. On an APS-C sensor camera the 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28) functions as a 127.5mm (35mm equivalent) telephoto lens – and features a Sonnar-type optical design that is considered ideal for mid-range telephoto lenses.

The lens is sharp center to corner, and features smooth defocusing thanks to its large F2.8 maximum aperture and circular aperture design. At 0.6 metres, the minimum focusing distance is the shortest in its class, and SAM motor technology ensures smooth autofocus operation.

The quality optical and mechanical features of the lens mean it is suitable for serious photography and should more than satisfy intermediate to advanced users.

Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon 24mm F2, DT 35mm F1.8 SAM and 85mm F2.8 SAM specifications

Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM
DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
85mm F2.8 SAM
Street price • TBC (US)
• £1100 (UK)
• € 1250 (EU)
• TBC (US)
• £ 175 (UK)
• € 200 (EU)
• TBC (US)
• £ 220 (UK)
• € 250 (EU)
Focal length 24mm 35mm 85mm
Maximum aperture F2 F1.8 F2.8
Lens Construction • 9 elements/7 groups
• 2 ED glass elements
• 2 aspherical glass elements
• 6 elements/5 groups • 5 elements/4 groups
Minimum focus 0.19m 0.23m 0.6m
Maximum magnification 0.29x 0.25x 0.2x
AF motor type Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
Filter thread 72mm 55mm 55mm
Supplied accessories • Hood
• Case
• Front & Rear caps
• Hood
• Front & Rear caps
• Hood
• Front & Rear caps
Weight 555g 170g 175g
78mm diameter x 76mm length
70mm diameter x 52mm length
70mm diameter x 52mm length

Photoscale.de: New Cosina and Novoflex Adapter!

Image courtesy: photoscala.de

Cosina Japan annonced the new VM-E Adapter (M-mount to E-mount), F-E-mount Adapter (Nikon F), K-E-mount Adapter (Pentax K-mount) and SC-E-mount (Nikon S-mount) Adapter. You can choose the black or silver version! They will be available in netween August and September and cost 19.800 Yen (180 Euro).
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Also Novoflex announced new adapter which will be available starting form August:
Canon FD, Contax / Yashica, Leica M, Leica R, M42, Minolta MD, Minolta AF / Sony Alpha, Nikon F, Olympus OM, Pentax K und T2. The price will be between 89 an 350 Euro,The NEX-Adapter for Nikon, Minolta AF and Pentax K do have an aperture ring!
There will be also a new Novoflex adapter for Hasselblad-V-, Pentax-6×7- und Mamiya-645 Lenses!!!

Source: photoscala (google english translation)