RUMOR: First test suggest the Tamron 70-180mm FE is sharper than the Sony 70-200mm GM lens!

One of the first images of the new lens mounted on the Sony A7III (via Digitalcamera.jp)

I received the first test report of the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 FE lens. I was told we shall get some more “official” news about this lens soon. In the meantime I can share this:

  • Lens MTF at f/2.8 shows that at least at 70mm and 180mm the lens is sharper than the Sony GM 70-200
  • VXD motor is incredibly fast and is able to focus across its focusing range almost instantly

The lens tested was close to final production version. If confirmed this is indeed great news. Now let’s hope Tamron will share full pricing and shipment start info next week…

Competition news: This is the new Fuji X-T4 and Panasonic says they are not ready for 8K

We got two competition news:

  • Sony A6600 competitor:
    Fujirumors just leaked those X-T4 images and specs. This camera will be priced a little above the Sony A6600
  • Sony A7sII-A7sIII competitor:
    Panasonic said they are not ready to launch an 8K L-mount camera. And I believe also Sony will not offer 8K on the A7sII successor. I guess 8K isn’t something really needed yet on the market and the Canon EOS-R5 might only feature a “crippled” 8K video to create some marketing hype.

I have small hope that Sony will make an A7000 any time soon. In my opinion it would make a lot of sense but Sony marketing seems to think differently…

RUMOR: More Sony 20mm f/1.8 G FE lens specs

Image on top shows the 24mm GM aperture ring

We now know the specs of the Sony 20mm f/1.8 G FE lens that will be announced around February 25

  • 67mm filter diameter
  • 0,19 minimal focal distance
  • Function button on lens with switch for MF and AF
  • Aperture ring like the 24mm Gmaster with click less option
  • Material and feel touch same as 16-55 f/2.8

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RUMOR: A new camera is coming soon…is it the fixed lens camera or is there also something more?

One single source got hinted that Sony will announce a camera “soon”. The word “Soon” is relative and my guess it means within a couple of weeks. The safest bet is that this is the fixed lens camera already registered in Asia. But there is a “lot of whisper” on this camera. Translated for you readers this means this ain’t going to be just a boring minor release.

Also I keep mixed feedback on the A7sII successor…while the camera might not be on market soon there is a small chance that Sony will give us some kind of “teaser” of this camera. If they are smart they will do it to kill the attention from the EOS-R5 and X-T4.

To sum up what we know so far:

  • 100% chance Sony will have an announcement day around February 25
  • 100% chance we will get the 20mm f/1.8 FE G
  • 60% chance we will get a new “camera” around February 25
  • 100% chance the 12-24mm f/2.8 GM will be available this summer

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RUMOR: Yes folks! Sony will announce the new 20mm f/1.8 FE G lens around February 25 !!!

Image on top shows the current 35mm f/1.8 lens. The new 20mm f/1.8 shall have a similar size

It took me a long time to get this rumor but now I have it :)

I can now confirm that around February 25 (+/1 day) Sony will announce he new 20mm f/1.8 FE G lens (SEL20F18F)! I have been told the size and construction should be similar to the current 35mm f/1.8.

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Moreover:

  1. I can also confirm via other multiple sources the 12-24mm f/2.8 GM will be available this Summer. Announcement date is unknown but I guess it might be displayed at the Photokina in May
  2. And I can also confirm that I have heard of no A7IV or A7SII successor being announced at the Cp+ show in late February. The best we can hope is to get some kind of “teaser” from Sony. But knowing how their marketing works they are unlikely to do so?
  3. Totally wild: There are some rumors I got saying the A7sIV “announcement” (not availability) might come before the A7IV…
  4. There might be a “NICE” compact camera coming soon….stay tuned!

I hope to be able to give you some A7SIV details soon…

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Claus Pfeifer from Sony says the A7sII successor will be “a great camera”

At minute 2:50 Claus Pfeifer from Sony said:

Sony a7s iii or whatever the camera will be called is going to be a great camera that will be out sometime in the future

To sum up the little we know so far:

  • A7sII successor might be announced in late August or early September before the IBC show. It’s not excluded that Sony might give us some teaser months before the launch
  • A7sII successor will at elast record 4k60p and 10bit 4:2:2
  • As7III successor is rumored to record 4k120p toohttps://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/french-website-leakes-the-first-canon-eos-5r-images/

A suggestion for Sony: Why not start a teaser campaign to keep us on the loop? Tonight Canon will do exactly that! They will announce the development of the EOS-R5 8K camera with IBIS. You can already see the images and some info on MirrorlessRumors.com