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September 13, 2018
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Not Canon and not Nikon…but Panasonic might be the most serious Sony A7-A9 competition!

Well, we expected Canon and Nikon to launch good but not extraordinary cameras. After all they are historically conservative players in the market doing just the necessary to defend their current market share. Sony has played conservative too by holding back the A7sIII launch until some serious competition appears. Well folks this is “status quo” is going to change soon!

99,999% reliable sources from 43rumors.com report this:

– Panasonic will launch a new Full Frame system camera on September 25 (will be on market by march 2019)
– It will probably use the Leica SL mount and be compatible with their six lenses (those are expensive but also very good lenses)
– Panasonic will both offer superb video quality with 4k60p and a new very high-resolution sensor (around 50MP and sensor designed by Panasonic)
– The camera is aimed to compete with the best High End cameras from Sony, Nikon and Canon but with a much lower price rumored to be around $3,000

As you can see in one strike Panasonic will offer the top video performance of the A7sII (and future A7sIII), the speed of the Sony A9 and a higher resolution than the Sony A7rIII. All that for just around $3,000!!!

This news matters for us because it could have a cascade effect on Sony! If Panasonic is indeed going to launch this beast on September 25 Sony will have to launch the A7sIII very soon too. Plus it will have to be priced at a decent price.

And than there is a more philosophical question: If the Panasonic can do both super video and super high-resolution stills….time may come for Sony to announce one single camera that can do it all? Something like a Sony A9r with 4k60p, 60+ megapixels and the speed of the A9…ok I am dreaming…wake me up now by trolling me in the comment system :)

 


September 13, 2018
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Reminder: Sony press conference tomorrow! Sony and Zeiss big announcements between Sept 20 and Sept 27.

Just a reminder for those who have missed to read the past rumors on SAR. This is the 90% reliable recap of what’s coming next from Sony and Zeiss:

  • Sony announcement on Sept 14 at 9.30am CET time. They will likely announce new camcorder gear only. There is only 10% chance to see the A7sIII :(
  • UPDATED: Sony announcement around September 20 (could be +/- 1 day). It’s confirmed there will be new E-mount lenses. Most certainly a 24mm f/1.4 GM. And maybe new 135mm f/1.8 GM too
  • Sony press conference on September 25. Unclear what’s going to be announced (if anything at all)
  • Zeiss press conference on September 27. Batis 40mm f/2.0 and the new fixed lens FF camera from Zeiss will be announced
  • One more Sony press conference and product announcement in mid-October
  • We know for sure Sony has two cameras ready: The new High End APS-C E-mount camera (not a direct A6500 successor) and the new A7sIII. But we have no SR5 confirmation about when they will be announced.

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September 12, 2018
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(SR5) Additional Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2.0 CF FE specs

Zeiss will have a major announcement on September 27. And that’s when they will show us the new Full Frame fixed lens camera and the new Batis 40mm f/2.0 CF FE lens. Nokishita spilled out some additional info on the lens:

“ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF” announced soon will weigh 361 g. The lens composition is 8 groups 9 pieces, the shortest shooting distance is 24 cm, the filter diameter is 67 mm, optical vibration reduction is not installed.

I know it’s a bit hard to believe the announcement will take place in the midts of Photokina but here is the official Zeiss invitation to prove it:

September 11, 2018
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Leaked: This is the new Profoto B10 for Sony

A source (Thanks) sent us this leaked image and specs of the new Profoto B10. It will work on Sony cameras too! The B10 will be announced tomorrow.

September 10, 2018
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(SR1) All the anonymous A7000 and A7sIII rumors I got the past hours :)

There is an exciting time ahead and first let me recap what’s SR5 so far (SR5 means 90% chance the rumor is correct):

  • Sony announcement on Sept 14 will give us a new camcorder. And there is only 10% chance to see the A7sIII
  • Sony announcement around September 18 (could be +/- 1 day). It’s confirmed there will be new E-mount lenses. Most certainly a 24mm f/1.4 GM. And maybe new 135mm f/1.8 GM too
  • Sony press conference on September 25. Unclear what’s going to be announced
  • Zeiss press conference on September 27. Batis 40mm f/2.0 and the new fixed lens FF camera from Zeiss will be announced
  • One more Sony press conference and product announcement in mid-October

The hardest part is to know which of the three rumored camera will be announced at all:
We know from reliable sources Sony developed a new very high End APS-C E-mount model that is going to likely have a new body design too. This will be a mini-A9 super fast camera.
We know the A7sIII is long ready but I guess Sony will wait to see what Panasonic will launch on September 25. The Panasonic (specs here) is going to be a direct Sony A7sII competitor on steroids!
We heard about a new FF E-mount model that would be the first of its line. We are working on that new rumors too…

And now to the completely SR1 part (unreliable rumors from first time and anonymous sources)
Those rumors rarely turn out to be true…but sometimes they are correct :)

Probably all BS (no offense intended) but may be fun for a discussion on SAR:

Source 1:
2 APS-C model.
A6300 Mark II/Refresh(name not sure): 26MP ExmorR BSI CMOS, no IBIS, using the A6x00 body.
A7000: ExmorRS Stacked CMOS with more pixels, IBIS, using the A7III body.
A grip will be released to provide extra functionalities.
A new APS-C lens, expect a premium standard zoom.

Source 2:
first wave of the a6800 specs;
30.8 mpx sensor.
15 fps.
325 contrast points.
425 phase detection points.
A7 iii color science
4k at 24.30.60.
1080p up to 180 fps.
bitrate on both 4k and hd 60/100/200 mbit/sec.
joystick,bigger grip and batterie
price:2000 dollars.

Source 3:
A new travelzoom lens is coming from sony that is noteworthy because of two properties
It is a pure APS-C E mount lens
the zoom range is 12-200mm f2.8-f6.3

Source 4:
new “un-rumored” FF E-mount camera coming

September 9, 2018
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A correction and a confirmation on Zeiss Batis and FF camera launch

 

A correction and a confirmation on the two upcoming Zeiss events:

Correction: It seems like the rumor about the Batis 40mm f/2.0 launch on Sept 10 is inaccurate. I hope to be able to give you the new date soon but it may be a matter of a few days delay only

Confirmation: As you can see from the image on top Zeiss just confirmed that they have an even on September 27. And there we will see their new fixed lens full frame camera. This is a sort of RX1III with Zeiss camera and lens design and Sony electronics.

September 7, 2018
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(SR5) So far confirmed: Sony will announce new E-mount lenses around September 18

Trusted sources confirmed the September 18 event (+/- 1 day depending on time zone).  They also confirmed Sony will announce new E-mount lenses. They have NO info yet about new camera announcements.
So for now know there is a 99% chance to get new lenses. But hold your horses for now if you expect a new camera.
Keep in mind there is also a second announcement at Photokina (September 25) and one more announcement in mid October!

While yet still to be 100% confirmed I expect the new 24mm f/1.4 GM and 135mm f/1.8 GM to be unveiled on September 18. The new APS-C lens should be announced along a new High End APS-C camera.

So let’s make a “rumor-summary” to keep an order on what’s going to happen:

(SR5) What’s confirmed:
1) Sony pro camcorder launch on September 14
2) Sony E-mount lens launch around September 18
3) WX700 compact camera launch on one of the upcoming events
4) Sony press conference on September 25
5) Zeiss FF fixed lens camera on September 27
6) One more Sony event in October

(SR4) What’s highly likely:
1) 24mm f/1.4 GM launch on September 18

(SR3) What’s totally in the wild yet:
1) Sony APS-C High End E-mount camera is ready to launch but we don’t know when!
2) Sony A7sIII is ready to launch but we don’t know when Sony will announce it. And it might be a longer wait than for the APS-C E-mount camera!
3) Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM could be announced on September 18
4) New APS-C lens to be announced with the new High End APS-C camera
5) There is a rumor about a completely new FF E-mount camera launch (more about that soon on SAR)
26 Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2.0 to be announced on September 10

Please hold me accountable for SR5-SR4 rumors. SR3 ranked rumors and lower have to be confirmed first. So please keep that in mind in your discussions and expectations on the upcoming announcement days!

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