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December 10, 2018
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Rumors recap: Sony 8k, telephoto lens, 35mm and 135mm FE, A7000, A7sIII

Here is an extended recap of rumored E-mount gear:

Sony A7000.
Sony officially confirmed that a high end APS-C camera is in the works. And recently Sony registered a new mirrorless camera in Asia which I believe is the new APS-C camera (and not the A7sIII). This is what our sources told us about this camera:

– it’s not an A6500 successor
– it has a new design with EVF in the center
– it’s a new High End APS-C camera
– mini-A9
– probably 20 fps and 5.6 milion dot EVF

Sony A7sIII:
For sure it has 4k60p, 4:2:2 10bit (external), 5.6 milion dot EVF, new stacked sensor and announcement in first half 2019. Sony also said it will have some “unexpected” features. Unclear what they could be.

Sony prime lenses:
35mm f/1.8 G and 135mm f/1.8 GM are on the roadmap.

Sony telephoto lenses:
Sony officially confirmed a new telephoto lens is coming soon. No specs have been shared but we found patents for 500mm and 600mm f/5.6 lenses. And there was an unconfirmed rumors about a possible 200-600mm FE lens too.

Sony f/1.2 primes:
I never got a rumor about such a lens but the fast lenses from Nikon and Canon might convince Sony to add such a lens in their roadmap. Sony stated officially that “Maybe some demand exists for an f/1.2

New FF sensors:

Sensor 1:
60MP
16 channels (which is crazy, normally it should be 8),
4.6FPS@16bit
12FPS@14bit
8k30P@12bit
8K60p@10bit
4k60p@12bit
FHD300P@10bit
Sensor 2:
36MP
10FPS@16bit
60FPS@10bit
on-chip PDAF

Tamron FE:
100-400mm 5-6.3 and 70-200mm f/2.8 FE could be announced in 2019.
Tamron 70-200mm FE could be announced in early 2019.

Sigma FE:
Sigma will announce the first FF lenses exclusively designed for mirrorless in 2019.


December 7, 2018
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(SR3) Tamron rumored to launch a new 70-200mm f/2.8 FE lens in Q1

Tamron 28-75mm FE lens at BHphotoAmazon, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Adorama, Amazon DE and WexUK.

We now got this:

Tamron is in the process of making a 70-200mm or similar(maybe deviate slight like their 28-75mm….but definitely a tele zoom) it will have an aperture of f2.8. Expecting it early Q1 2019.

This one sounds very exciting and I bet it will cost much less than the Sony 70-200mm GM!

December 6, 2018
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(SR5) UPDATED: you cannot use the full potential of Sony’s new 60, 54 and 36MP FF 8K sensors without the proprietary SLVS-EC interface

The past week I shared the specs of three new Sony 8K sensors. All these will be available for third-party companies too. But there is one very important aspect we learned now from our sources:

UPDATED: The full sensor power can only be used if the companies buy the proprietary Sony SLVS-EC interface too. Without it you CANNOT have the full sensor potential. Sources told me that it is highly unlikely that companies like Nikon and Panasonic will suddenly start to use Sony SLVS-EC interface. A source told me this:

To use the full potential of a Sony sensor, the proprietary SLVS-EC interface must be used. SLVS-EC interface offers much bigger throughput and bandwidth than traditional sub-LVDS interface. Usually SLVS-EC allows 16bit ADC and much higher framerate at a given readout resolution. SLVS-EC interface costs significantly more than sub-LVDS.

This new info makes it more likely that these sensors will indeed be used by future Sony cameras like the A7sIII or A9II or A9r. And Nikon/Panasonic will probably use the same sensors but with some crippled features.

December 3, 2018
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(SR5) Another new Sony sensor: IMX455, a stripped down version of the 60MP IMX551 available off-the-shelf.

So a new sensor (variant) just surfaced, IMX455, a stripped down version of the 60MP IMX551 available off-the-shelf.

Effective pixels: 9600×6400
Recommend recording pixels: 60MP
11/12/14/16Bit ADC
Full Pixel 9fps/14Bit ADC
SLVS-EC 8Lane
Single ADC in Video Mode
12-ADC in Still Picture Mode
Native ISO 64/400
December 3, 2018
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(SR5) More info about the new Sony 60MP 8k Full Frame Sensor: Has 64 native ISO

I got some more screenshots unveiling tidbits about the new Sony 60Mp 8K Full Frame sensors:

What’s interesting is that it has 64 native ISO.  This is a hell of sensor! But keep in mind that usually cameras do not use the full potential of the sesnor because of processing hardware limits and overheating issues.

SAR note: I keep reading on other news-rumors-blog sites that the new Sony 36MP FF 8K sensor will be used by the Sony A7sIII. I want to repeat it that there is absolutely NO guarantee this is the sensor that will be used by the A7sIII. asll we heard is that this sensor is open to be used by third manufactures too. I find it a bit hard to believe Sony will use the 36MP sensor knowing everybody can use it.

December 1, 2018
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(SR5) Here is the full leaked spec sheet of Sony’s new 36 megapixel 8k Full Frame sensor

10 days ago I leaked the info about the new 60MP and 36MP with 16bit and 8K recording. Some still didn’t trust my SR5 rumor but today I am happy to share the full spec sheet of the new 36MP sensor. This should convince the hardcore skeptics :)

Enjoy:

Like I told you before: This sensor is meant to be used by third party camera manufacturers too. As usual keep in mind that cameras using that sensor might NOT use the full capabilities of this sensor. The bottleneck is the processor and overall camera design (aka overheating issues). The future A7sIII could sue this sensor (less likely) or a variation of this sensor (more likely).

November 30, 2018
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(SR4) Also a 54MP FF variation of the 4um architecture used in A6500 is said to be announced in the near future

Also a 54MP FF variation of the 4um architecture used in A6500 is said to be announced in the near future. This is the info I got from a source:

Got word on a new Sony FF sensor, Exmor R, 54MP, 4um photosite, essentially a full frame version of A6500 sensor. Also, Sony Semicon supplied Fujifilm the sensor for X-T3, the latest gen 3.76um photosite architecture seen on IMX411/IMX461 medium format sensors, BSI+copper interconnect+16bit ADC.

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