August 29, 2010
Posted in news

The a560/580 has Mirror Lockup!

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After adding the DOF preview Sony also added Mirror Lockup! This has been one of the most requested “features” by Sonyfolk! As you might remember we had a Sony MLU petition (SonyAlphaRumors supported the petition). I guess your pressure did the job and Sony did the great job listening to you!

Source: http://forums.dpreview.com

Official Sony A560/A590 product specifications are available at Sony.net (click here to download the .pdf). Also the A33/A55 manual is available for download

Something else: See the Sony A55v “naked” at CNET Asia ;)

P.S.: Sounds like Kagoo has some A580 cameras in Store

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August 29, 2010
Posted in reviews

NEX & Voigländer love: The 35mm and 40mm f/1.4 lenses

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As you know we started a new SonyAlphaRumors section. Many manufactors are building more and more adapters for E-mount cameras. And we want to see how those third-party lenses do work on our NEX cameras! I would be happy if you send me your images taken with third party lenses and also some nice cameraporn pictures :)

Today we show you the Voigländer 35mm and 40mm f/1.4 lenses. They are both M-mount lenses so you need to use the Leica M-mount to E-mount adapter (just click here to check out the whole list of available adapters on eBay)

The Voigtländer 35mm f/1.4 lens
Let’s start with the cameraporn: An image of the Sony NEX-5 + 35mm lens is available here at Flickr and here again at Flickr. As you can see it’s a pretty compact and nice combination!
Image samples are available at Flickr.
To buy the lens and for price informations just check out for current eBay auctions (click here).

The Voigtländer 35mm f/1.4 lens
We found some nice images on Clubsnap. Pictures were taken handheld, edited but without noise reduction done. All taken at f/2-2.8 aperture. There is also one image on Flickr
To buy the 40mm lens and for price informations just check out for current eBay auctions (click here).

Do you have some more image samples or camerporn pics to share? Comment this post or send us an email!

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August 28, 2010
Posted in rumors

A7xx camera on Xitek?

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Updated: this Is an old rendering of the Sony A700 successor. We found it on Xitek (a chinese forum). You can see the new Sony Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 on the left of the camera.

P.S:: Thanks for sending us the link!

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August 27, 2010
Posted in rumors

UPDATE: Sony UK says the “Sony A850 is a previous model” !

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Sony UK do mark the Sony A850 as a “PREVIOUS MODEL”. I checked oder sonystyle stores and couldn’t find similar results. Don’t know if that is just a BIG mistake. We from SonyAlphaRumors didn’t get any rumor about a Photokina FF introduction. But we really don’t know everything from Sony!

UPDATE: J. from UK phoned Sony: “They told me that both models are discontinued (previous model). They have NO A850s in their warehouse and 2 A900s left in the UK. So does this mean that Sony really are withdrawing from the FF frame market or does it mean that they are going to reveal something unexpected between now and Photokina?

P.S.: All important stores do have the A850 in Stock. I found a new Sony Alpha 850 $55 price drop on Amazon :)

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August 27, 2010
Posted in reviews

Sony A55/A33/A560/A580 news roundup (+ preorder news)

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There have been so many news that I thought I should make a “resumee” of all recent news about the new Sony cameras

1) A full list of press releases, reviews and image samples are available here “New Sony cameras announced!” and here “more reviews

2) Videos taken with the new cameras are available here “First video taken with the Sony A55!!! + more videos!” here “More new Translucent videos!” and here “Hear the Sony A55 shutter sound!


PREORDERS:

BHphoto has the Sony Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 (click here!), the Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM Lens (click here), the Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Mid-range Telephoto Lens (click here!), the Sony A55 on BHphoto, Sony A33 on BHphoto and the Sony A560 on BHphoto

As you know every Country has a different Sonystyle shop. I can’t link to every product from every country. Just search for Sonystyle on google and you should find the right store address for you (click here).

For UK: Jessops has the cameras available for preorder

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August 27, 2010
Posted in news

(SR3) Nikon is still using Sony sensors! And Pentax will soon come with their Sony powered cameras!

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UPDATE: I will check the rumor with my other sources. I downgraded the rumor rating and I hope to give you an update soon. Anyway the source gave me good and correct news in the past. He is reading your comments and he will answer your questions!

The rumor:
As you may remember Thom Hogan “speculated” that Nikon is or will starting to produce their own sensors. A source told us that this is NOT going to happen:

new D3100 CMOS is indeed Sony designed and manufactured, to Nikon specs. It is basically a Sony CMOS with some mainly cosmetic differences and since not all pixels are being normally used at the edges, it gives the manufacturers the leeway to make the specs change to make them look different. Sony’s policy, for over a decade, has been to sell its chips to competition with 6 months delay. Although Nikon had sample chips to design their products, they could not start making the products during the 6 months of Sony selling products with the same chips, unless Sony has a different arrangement with Nikon, which I doubt. Nikon does not have the expertise to design its own chips, never the kind that Sony designs. Nikon would never be able to achieve Sony’s expertise. See the video codec on the Nikon CMOS. Do you really believe that it is different than Sony’s. It’s just set at 24p; that’s all. Do you believe that Nikon could design chip with this codec? Do you think that Sony would licence them the technology to copy Sony’s design? Sony and Nikon have a strong relationship and work together in fighting Canon. Canon is really nervous about Sony camera releases. The NEX and the 33/55 cameras are and will be marketed totally differently than previous Sony cameras, where Sony just continued the Minolta tradition, until they developed their own cameras, which were from the beginning meant to properly integrate video and still photography, which is the future trend and it is where Sony expertise lies. Total misinformation is that Sony is getting out of FF sensor business. Sony’s future is no OVF on APSC and a pro FF line with OVF. That will be Sony’s main future emphasis. That will naturally include continuous design and manufacturing of FF CMOS sensors. Pentax tried Samsung sensors. They dropped tham and went quickly back to Sony. No company cam produce better sensors than Sony.”

P.S.: We from SonyAlphaRumors that Sonys next step is to satisfy the semi-pro and after that the pro market. So stay tuned!

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August 26, 2010
Posted in deals

European stores: Sony new cameras and lenses

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It’s impossible for me to keep up with all preorder options in european stores (damn there are so many!). So feel free to comment this post with your store “suggestions”. Let people know where they can get those new Alphas!

1) As you know every Country has a different Sonystyle shop. I can’t link to every product from every country. Just search for Sonystyle on google and you should find the right store address for you (click here).

2) Amazon Deutschland:
Sony A55v
Sony A33
Sony A560
Sony A580

3) Jessops UK:
Sony A55
Sony A33
Sony A560

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