February 14, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR2) First foveonlike camera by early 2012?

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There is no doubt Sony is working on a “foveon-like” sensor. Every week we find new patents explaining the technology (Click here to read one patent example). The question now is: when are we going to see the first foveon camera from Sony? We just got an info from a new SonyAlphaRumors source. As usual take rumors from new sources with a grain of salt. That’s why the rumor has the value “SR2” (read the rumor classification explanation at the bottom of the post).

According to the new source there will be a new A770 announced in early 2012 (this is not the translucent A77!). It will use the same 15.2 mp Sigma SD1 foveon sensor. The test shows that it’s 24 mp to 25 mp equivalent (instead of 30 mp or 46 mp) to a conventional bayer sensor.

One more thing, the A770 does not have video recording feature.

List of useful links about the Sigma foveon sensor:
Sigma SD1 product page at BHphoto.
Sigma and Foveon discuss the forthcoming SD1 (Dpreview)
Carl Rytterfalk about the SD1
First SD1 image samples at shinzlogclips
A very interesting new interview at DSLRmagazine.
List of Sigma Foveon cameras at Amazon.

Stay tuned on SonyAlphaRumors because the next few months we will see many new REAL products from Sony. That includes Alpha and E-mount lenses but also new NEX and Alpha cameras. Don’t miss any rumors. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and follow our RSS-feed!

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unkown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

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February 14, 2011
Posted in news

Sony TidBits -> with a bit of A77 cameraporn ;)

Let’s start the week with a bit of A77 cameraporn:
A77 at DC.watch.
Sony A77 Price and Features: Soapbox Edition (Photographybay).
Exclusive: CP+ Show Full Covarage (Megapixel)
A very close up vidoe of the A77 at youtube.

Hardware architecture information about Sony NEX, VG10, Alpha 560, Alpha 580 (gh1-hack.info).

Sony NEX Balloon Aerial Photograph (SonyAlphaNex).

A100/A55 comparison shots…which is better? (Dpreview forum).

Sony Malaysya convention news at dslt.sony (via alphanatics)

Editors note: We are going to post a few very interesting rumors this week. Invite your friends to follow us! Anf join us at Facebook, Twitter and follow our RSS-feed!

February 11, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) UPDATED -> Zeiss 24mm f/1.7 for NEX (SR5) New e-mount lenses within the next 2-3 months!

UPDATE: We made a small mistake and the sources did correct the rumor. The lens is f/1.7 and not f/2.0! that’s even better ;)

Message to one of our sources “A.” -> Thanks for your help. If possible contact me using a fake gmail account. So that I can send you rumors. Bye!

According to two of my best sources the upcoming 24mm Zeiss lens for NEX should have an aperture of f/1.7 (faster the current 24mm f/2.0 for Alpha mount). But the very good news (SR5!) is that new E-mount lenses from Sony and also from third party lens makers will be announced within the next 2-3months. I mean those are the REAL lenses and not prototypes…finally! I will write more about that soon!

Direct link to the Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 (Alpha mount): Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
And those are the current available NEX lenses:
– Sony 16mm f/2.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
– Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
– Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

Stay tuned on SonyAlphaRumors because the next few months we will see many new REAL products from Sony. That includes Alpha and E-mount lenses but also new NEX and Alpha cameras. Don’t miss any rumors. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and follow our RSS-feed!

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unkown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

February 11, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Sony A580 review at techradar (DxO supports the A580)

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Lately we read many positive reviews about the A55 and the A580. But Techradar doesn’t agree with all of them. They tested the A580 and gave them a Overall score of 3/5 only! They didn’t like the Image Quality results: “Although the majority of images are accurate enough, the camera does have a tendency of making them a little too warm. This, together with the odd underexposure, can produce dense-looking results, although the system also shows a tendency to veer towards unexpected coldness at times, which is particularly noticeably when the same scene is shot from a slightly different perspective. In summary, the A580 is clearly capable of capturing good images with plenty of detail, but leaving it to its automated settings doesn’t always produce the desired result.

Read the full review at Techradar and feel free to share yout thoughts about their test results.

Meanwhile ThePhoBlographer posted the third part of the A580 field review.

P.s.: DxO Optics Pro v6.5.4 adds support for the Sony A580

Direct shop links (Click on shop name to visit the product page and check price and availability):
Sony A580 at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE, AmazonFR, AmazonUK, eBay

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February 10, 2011
Posted in news

New Sigma lenses (also for Sony A-mount?).

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With the only exception of the 500mm f/4.0 (and the new lens kit announcement) Sony didn’t show new Alpha Mount lenses at the CP+ show. Don’t worry new lenses will be announced along the A77! Meanwhile Sigma announced four new interesting lenses at the Cp+ show in Yokohama. Sadly Sigma has not specified when and for which mount the lenses will be released.

A good news: Sigma Japan also announced that the 85mm f/1.4 for Sony will be available on February 11th. You can preorder the lens at Adorama. That’s a good quality and cheaper alternative of the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 (Click here to check price at Amazon) lens.

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February 10, 2011
Posted in news

Sony TidBits

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Sony’s hold on the professional video, film, and TV markets, and its popularity among professionals in these fields (televisual)

NEX with Voigtlander 12mm Ultrawide Heliar Lens (SonyAlphaNex)

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Interchangeable Lens Review (ePhotozine)

The British journal of photography tested the Sony A55: “So why buy it? Size, weight, resolution and the GPS function make the A55 an ideal travel camera – free from unsynchronised camera and GPS clock settings – embedding data in raw files, movies or JPEGs.

Sony Alpha SLT-A55 Studio Sample Photos at Photographyreview.

CP+ 2011, Sony : une moisson d’objectifs pour la monture E (Focus Numerique).

Check out the current Sony A55 price at Amazon, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT

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February 9, 2011
Posted in news

Video and pictures from the Sony booth ( +POLL)

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Akihabara posted a set of new images and the video above directly from the Sony booth in Yokohama! You can see tons of new cool stuff like the A77 + battery grip, the Sigma 30mm E-mount lens, the professional NEX videocamera the Zeiss CP lenses for Sony and more!
P.S.: Sigma should have done the 30mm lens as fast as the 30mm f/1.4 lens which is already available for Alpha mount. That would be a nice lens!

Also DC.watch posted a set of new images from the booth.

Should Sony make a 135mm f/1.4 FE lens priced at $2,000-$2,500?

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And those are the official Sony images! Click on them to enlarge!

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