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)


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

February 10, 2011
Posted in news

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


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.

February 10, 2011
Posted in news

Sony TidBits


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

February 9, 2011
Posted in news

Video and pictures from the Sony booth ( +POLL)


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!

February 8, 2011
Posted in news

(Continually updated) HOT! A77 and new E-mount lens roadmap!!! + Sigma 30mm for NEX!


Sony Japan just showed the new Sony A77 prototype!!! Attention has NOT been released! Sony Japan says it will be released mid 2011 (like we told you for months!!!). Our japanese friends could help us to translate the text found here: http://www.sony.jp/dslr/info2/20110209.html ? Thanks! There will be a new grip, new standard lens, new external flash and the long awaited 500mm f/4 lens!

And this is the new E-mount lens roadmap! Source Sony Japan:

Carl Zeiss lenses (scheduled for release in 2011, focal length: 24mm)
Telephoto zoom lens (available in 2011, focal length :55-200mm)
Macro lens (scheduled for release in 2011, focal length: 30mm)
Lens – Portrait (scheduled for release in 2011, focal length: 50mm)
G – High-performance standard zoom lens (available 2012)
Zoom wide (scheduled for release in 2012)
Medium Telephoto Lens (available 2012)

And finally Sigma shows a lens prototype for NEX! it’s a 30mm f/2-8. Source: DC.watch.

February 8, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Zeiss Cp lenses for E-mount coming.


After today’s Sony announcement there are many rumors floating around the web about the upcoming lenses. A very reliable rumor says that Zeiss will make the CP lenses available for Sony E-mount too! The Zeiss CP lenses are compact primes with manual focusing. They are very expensive and meant for the use on the future professional NEX videocameras. The price is crazy high: you can get them for $3900 at Bhphoto or on Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay! Not exactly a lens you will buy for your Sony NEX-3/5!


Via Zeissrumors