WOW! New Sigma patent discloses the design of a new 300mm f/2.8, 250mm f/2.0 and 200mm f/1.8 FE lens!

Optical design of the 300mm f/2.8 FE

A new Sigma patent published today unveils some superb new lenses options for us Sony shooters:

  1. Sigma 300mm f/2.8 for mirrorless system cameras (which definitely means there will be an E and L-mount version).
  2. Sigma 250mm f/2.0 for mirrorless system cameras
  3. Sigma 200mm f/1.8 for mirrorless system cameras

Now usually patents are no guarantee these lenses will make it into final production. But it would make sense from a business point of view because currently Sony doesn’t offer affordable telephoto prime lenses. Not everyone can spend $12,000 for the Sony 400mm GM :)

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via Asobinet and Asobinet. Thanks Lu!

SAR note: This post has been updated with new patent info!

RUMOR: Sony is rumored to announce the world fastest 16mm f/1.8 FF GM lens in 2021?


Image on top shows the current two fast wide angle primes: 20mm f/1.8 G and 24mm f/1.4 GM (via CameraSize).

A trusted sources gave me the info about a new Sony GM lens. If the rumor turns out to be true this will be the world’s fastest 16mm FF lens ever made: The new Sony 16mm f/1.8 GM will be announced in early 2021.

The currently widest fast FF lens from Sony is the 20mm f/1.8 G and the widest f/1.8 is the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 FE. I have been told it has about the same size and build quality of the 24mm f/1.4 GM.

I don’t know the price yet but I am sure it’s going to be rather expensive. Landscape and Astro photographers are going to like this lens a lot. Now here is a question for SAR readers:

Are you interested in buying a 16mm f/1.8 GM lens?

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RUMOR: Sony is going for the Canon EOS-R5 kill: New Sony A9x camera with ~50 Megapixel and 8K30p video is coming in Q1 2021

So folks, at first I called this rumor bullshit because I didn’t trust the source of the info and odd timing (right after A7sIII launch). But now reliable sources who also gave me the correct A7sIII rumors confirmed this camera is real (although with some changes on the other rumor…like price info and additional Megapixel info). So here is what they told to me:

  • Sony will launch a new High End camera in Q1 2021
  • It will be named as an A9x series camera and not A7x (not sure if it’s “A9s” or “A9III”)
  • It has a new ~50 megapixel sensor
  • 8k30p video confirmed with no overheating. It’s still an “infant” 8k mode…meaning it’s not 8k60 which would be crazy and there will be limitations in the quality you can record internally.
  • Other specs similar to A7sIII (EVF, autofocus, and so forth)
  • At least $1,500 more expensive than the EOS-R5 (but price hasn’t be finalized yet) Expect something like $4,999-$5,499

Apparently Sony wants to show they can outperform the EOS-R5. And they do not consider it a threat to A7sIII sales because of the way more expensive price. This camera is also meant for the use at the Olympics (so I have been told) which seems to suggest that this might be more of a A9II successor on steroids.

The sources will try to give me some more hints the coming weeks…stay tuned on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and chat with me live on Discord to not miss any rumors!

P.S.: Somebody wants to buy Sony A7rIV? :)

RUMOR: No more new E-mount cameras announcement this year (no A7IV) but there will be a new E-mount lens announcement soon!

The Covid-19 outbreak postponed the Sony roadmap. And it appears that the long awaited Sony A7IV camera will not be released this autumn. A trusted source told us we should expect no new E-mount camera announcement in 2020.

At the same time trusted sources confirmed new lenses will be announced in October/November. Comment this post with your wishlist :)

RUMOR: New Sigma 105mm f/2.8 ART FE lens will be announced by end of of the month!


Image on top shows the current Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EF

I have been told Sigma will announce at least one new E-mount lens around September 30. The lens will be the new Sigma 105mm f/2.8 ART FE. Still no word about the new 70-200mm f/2.8 FE. Like I told you before Sigma is struggling with the autofocus algorithm on this lens. But we may get some info about this on Sept 30.

Sony A7c officially announced: It’s the worlds smallest FF system camera with EVF

Preorders:
In the USA at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera.
In Europe at Calumet DE. Foto-erhardt DE. Fotokoch DE. Wex UK. Park UK.
Sony HVL-F28RM External Flash at BHphoto.

Hands-on and reviews:
Dpreview. Explora. Product page at Sony UK. ThePhoBlographer. Photographyblog. Lens hands-on by Photographyblog.

Images:
Dpreview. Alphauniverse.

Videos:

POLL:

Will you buy the A7c?

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