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December 7, 2017
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Rumored Sony roadmap recap: A7III, A7sIII and lenses (135mm, 20mm and 200-600mm FE)

Before we move on tonew 2018 rumors let’s recap what we have so far. This recap is based on sources who were right in the past, some new sources and stripped off the info from sources who were wrong in 2017:

Sony cameras:

1) Sony A7sIII: 95% chance it’s shipping in Q2 2018 (between April and June).
Shoul dbe announced at or before the NAB show and have 4k60fps and A9 autofocus system.

2) Sony A7III: 80% chance it’s shipping within first half 2018.
This mini brother of the Sony A9 is going to ship in early 2018. Exact announcement date is still unconfirmed. Hopefully February-March at or around CP+. The camera is rumored to have a new updated 24MP sensor, 6fps, joystick, touchscreen, 4K 30fps and same or similar A9 autofocus system.

3) Sony A77III (A-mount): 50% chance this is coming in early 2018
This could be the next A-mount camera. Still not info about the possible release. Spec wise we expect this to have the same A77m2 AF-phase detection module combined with a new Hybrid-AF (on sensor AF of the A6500). It uses the 24MP A6500 sensor and has 4K recording.

Still no info about the new RX or A6xxx cameras. Now let’s move on to lenses:

E-mount lenses:

First a non-rumor: The Sony 400mm FE will ship in September 2018 (see BHphoto)

1) Sony 135mm FE: 70% chance to get this within 2018. Probably f/1.8 aperture.

2) Sony 20mm f/2.8 FE: 50% chance to get this within 2018

3) Sony 200-600mm lens: 50% chance to get this within 2018.

4) Zeiss Batis and Loxia:
I have no specs yet about the upcoming lenses but there might be two lenses in 2018.

5) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 FE other FE lenses:
Announcement likely in February 2018 for the 35mm f/1.4 FE. More lenses should be released after that within 2018.

6) Voigtlander FE:
The 35mm f/1.4 lens will come in ealry 2018 (a fact and not a rumor). After that we might get a new 125mm f/2.0 macro FE lens.

7) Tokina FE:
They plan to release a new Super Wide and a fast wide FE autofocus lens in 2018. A Standard zoom is expected to be released in late 2018 or early 2019.

8) Samyang FE:
135mm FE will be announced and maybe a new zoom FE lens too.

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December 6, 2017
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(SR3) Voigtlander working on a new 125mm f/2 Macro 1:1 FE lens?

65mm FE Lens

Back in February Voigtlander announced the develeopments of three new FE lenses: The 65mm macro (in Stock now at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay), the 40mm f/1.4 (in Stock now at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay) and the soon the be launched 35mm f/1.4.

And now a source spilled out the beans about what we can expect next:

Voigtlander are working on a 125mm f/2 Macro 1:1 lens as their 65mm has sold really well apparently.

I do hope this rumour turns out to be true. I really like that focal length and aperture. If it’s as good as the 65mm macro I will buy it.

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December 1, 2017
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Tokina Super wide and Wide FE primes to be unveiled in 2018

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Back in July I already told you that the next Tokina FE lenses would be on market in 2018 only. These will be the new Super Wide and a fast wide FE autofocus lens.

Now Tokina US confirmed the lenses will be unveiled in 2018:

The reaosn why it’s taking longer than expected is because Tokina firsts wanted to have the time to evaluate the sales of the new 20mm f/2.0 FE lens (here at BHphoto).

November 29, 2017
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Photons to Photos measurement: Sony A7rIII Pixel Shift gives over one stop dynamic range increase!

Photons to Photos posted their Pixel Shift Dynamic Range test results: You gain over 1 stop of Dynamic Range when shooting in Pixel Shift! This is a big difference and I recommend all A7rIII shooters to take Pixel Shift mode when shooting landscape or still life.

Oh, and please check out Colby Browns article “32 Tips & Tricks for Getting the Most Out Of Your Sony a7R III“. Useful if you want to know how to setup your A7rIII!

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests.

November 24, 2017
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Sony A6700 specs speculation by That1CameraGuy

The A6700 with “selfie screen” as designed by Narek on SonyAlphaForum

2018 will be surely an even more exciting camera year than 2017. And It’s easy to guess that Sony will release a new A6700 as a sort of “mini-A9” camera. I think the speculation from That1CameraGuy in his latest video is spot on!

Join the current A6500 (and future A6700) Facebook group.

November 22, 2017
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The new Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens is expected to ship in September 2018

According to BHphoto the new Sony 400mm lens will ship in September 2018. There are still no pictures of the lens yet.

November 8, 2017
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Sigma 16mm f/1.4 E-mount lens to ship from November 22 for a price around $400

Tomorrow at 12m NYC time preorders will be open on the new Sigma 16mm f/1.4 ASP-C E-mount lens.

The Japanese site Nokishita said the price will be 50,000 YEN. This means the lens should cost about $400. The lens shipment start is scheduled for November 22.

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