March 29, 2010
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Photozone: Sony Alpha 550 test

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Photozone tested the Sony Alpha 550. The reviewer liked the camera so much that he has taken the camera on his outdoor trip to Australia :)

Read the review: http://www.photozone.de/dslr_reviews/487_sonydslra550?start=7
Read the Sony A550 product page on amazon

P.S.: And once again the latest japanese DSLR charts prooves that the A550 is the best selling Sony camera.

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March 27, 2010
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The 10 most sold Sony mount lenses in Japan

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BCNranking just published the lens sales ranking for January-Febraury 2010.

The following lens list contains the 10 most sold Alpha mount lenses (including third-party producer like Sigma). Click on the lens name to see the product page on amazon.

1 Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6
2 Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR DiII LD Aspherical[IF]Macro
3 Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM
4 Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM
5 Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
6 Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1
7 Sigma APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO
8 Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
9 Sony DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3
10 Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC
10 Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM
10 Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO

What can we learn from the ranking?
1) No expensive Zeiss lens made it into the top 10!
2) Thirs-party producer are selling ver well!

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March 25, 2010
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Conflicting reports about the new Alphas. Will they have video or not?

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Sorry guys I have to make a step back. After posting the latest rumor about the upcoming entry level Alphas I received some conflicting reports. It seems that there have been some doubts with the new Alphas having videorecording or not.

Let’s start with the key-points where everyone of my sources do agree:
All of them do confirm that new announcement about still cameras will be made at NAB (April 10-14). All of them confirm that we are talking about APS-C cameras. And all do confirm that there will be no A7xx.

But I have to “suspend” the rumor which told you that they will not have video. I ask you more time to get some more reliable information about that.

UPDATE: Mirrorless cameras will come in May. They will not be launched on NAB!

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March 25, 2010
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First detailled Sony A450 review.

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The Sony A450 almost disapperead from the scene. Not many magazines and reviewers are talking about it. The very knwon korean website SLRclub tusted the camera. The bad news is that they always post their review as an image (.jpg) so you can’t run google translation over it :(

Anyway take a look at the images and comparisons!

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March 24, 2010
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(SR4) UPDATED -> Two new Sony Alpha camera on early April

UPDATE: Now I have two trusted sources confirming that at least one new Alpha will be introduced. Both do say it will be an APS-C camera. Anyway I downgraded the rumor value from SR5 to SR4 because e are not 100% that Sony will launch two Alphas (instead of one).

So finally we have some more reliable rumors for you! SonyAlphaRumors learned that Sony is going to announce two new entry level cameras at the NAB show in Las Vegas. The show starts on April 10th.

One camera should be the A2xx and the other one a A3xx (Don’t know the exact name yet)

I know it is not exactly what we were all waiting for :(

March 23, 2010
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Happy Birthday Zeiss (and give us more lenses and a digital Ikon)

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Today Zeiss becomes 120 years old! Happy Birthday!

Zeiss has such an incredible history! An example: Did you know that Zeiss produced a Planar 0,7/50 mm Lens which has been used by Stanley Kubrick in „Barry Lyndon“? Zeiss Lenses have also been used by astronauts on the moon and for the “Lord of the Rings” movies.

What do I wish for the future?
1) More Sony Zeiss fast prime lenses of course!
2) Lower the price please
3) Make a digital Zeiss Ikon ZM :)

To read the google english translation fo the original german press release click the link below:

Read the rest of this entry →

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March 23, 2010
Posted in rumors

So…is the A7xx coming or not?

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Hi!
I am receiving many rumors in these days but I admit that they sometimes are very contradictory. My trusted sources only told me that there will be new Alphas, but they didn’t tell me what kind of Alphas we should expect :(
I am not talking about the mirrorless cameras. They are coming in May (I am certain of that). I am talking about the new generation of Alphas with HD video and EXMOR sensor.
As you know SonyAlphaRumors is a relative new website and I will need some time to understand which one of the new sources is telling me the truth.
The rumors I receive from the unkown sources do suggest three different scenarios:

1) New A7xx in May.
Honestly this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me because if Sony wants the promote the camera for the Soccer WorldCup, May will be too late!
2) New Alphas in May but not the A7xx.
This scenario is more likely to happen. One of my trusted sources also thinks that the A7xx will not be announced yet!
3) Sony pellix camera (The very High-End APS-C).
Since November we know Sony is working on it and recently we found the Sony patent which prooved that our “rumors” were correct. The Sony pellix camera is rumored to be a High-FPS shooter and has phase detection autofocus during video recording. That would be a perfect camera to promote for the upcoming WorldCup event!

If you have rumors and news contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.
I also need your help to improve the website so feel free to send me your suggestions.
Thanks again for your help!

I really hope to give you some good news soon. May is not far away!

P.S.: My English is very poor and I need to improve it :)

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