July 20, 2011
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(SR5) First Sony A77 and A65 price leaks!!!

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Ylovephoto.com found that french A77 and A65 leak at the bottom of page 36 in Réponses Photo (a french magazine). Those are the leaked info and prices:

  • Sony Alpha 77 + 16-50mm f/2.8 SAM = 1800€
  • Sony Alpha 77 body only = 1050€
  • Sony Alpha 65 + 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM = 1000€
  • Sony Alpha 65 body only = 900€

What do you think about the price? It’s damn close to what we told you months ago (Click here to read our rumor)! That’s less than the main competition:
Check Canon 7D price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Check Nikon D7000 price at price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

We also told you the lens would cost $799 (in Euro it will be 750). The lens itself costs much less than the counterpart lenses:
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS costs around around $300 more at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 $ is twice more expensive! Check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

Both cameras will be announced in late August. Happy with the price???

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July 20, 2011
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Engadget likes the NEX-C3 and “we undoubtedly plan to purchase it ourselves”

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Engadget makes no mistery and does confess they absolutely fell in love with the Sony NEX-C3! You can read their full review here: http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/20/sony-alpha-nex-c3-review/. That is the part I do like most: “We have an opportunity to test an enormous variety of gadgets each year, including dozens of point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. Seldom, however, do we come across a device that we undoubtedly plan to purchase ourselves. The Sony NEX-C3 is one of few exceptions — in fact, we’re even considering outfitting every member of the Engadget team with one of these compact, versatile ILCs once they hit stores next month.

You want the Nex-c3 too? Click on these direct search links to check price and availability: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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July 19, 2011
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(SR5) Last week leaks of the A77 are REAL images!

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It took some time to get a multiple confirmation from my trusted sources but finally I can tell you that the A77 leaked images are deifnitely REAL! I first made a bit of confusion because of a miscomunication with my sources. So take a deep look at the images because this is it! The new A77!!!

Once again thanks Pyoshin (dyxum forum) for posting this!

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July 18, 2011
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Minolta AF 200mm f/2.8 review at Photozone. It’s a “marvel lens!!!”

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Image courtesy: Photozone (Thanks!)

And here we have the next nice review from Photozone (Click here). They tested the Minolta AF 200mm f/2.8: “The Minolta AF 200mm f/2.8 APO G HS is a marvel of a lens indeed. It is sharp as a tack in the relevant aperture range and even superior to the current Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G SSM.” Oh makes me wonder why such good lenses are no more in production!!! Sony wake up! Release a new 200mm lens that has at least the same terrific performance! The only place where you can find the lens in of course on eBay (Click here to see the Minolta lens auction).

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July 18, 2011
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(SR2) A99 (fake?) specs!

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Over at Photorumors they published the A99 specs they received from an unkown source. Even Photorumors doesn’t believe the specs are true. So take it easy!

A99
Translucent mirror
36.9 Megapixel 3MOS Exmor sensor
(No Bayer filter)
ISO 100-102400 extendable to 204800 and 409600
12 frames per second
No infrared or anti-alias filters
Digital infrared filtering with three modes NO IR,WITH IR,ONLY IR
In camera moire remove
89 cross-type points AF
Metering direct from sensor
60/1-1/24000sec, time, bulb shutter (focal plane)
Flash synchronization up to 1/500sec and high-speed sync up to 1/24000sec
Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi plus Thunderbolt
Two CompactFlash card slots
Price around €3000

Probably the most interesting aspect are the complete removal from the antialias and infrared filters. My sources may can tell me more about that soon? Thanks!

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July 18, 2011
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Some additional thoughts about the adapter….

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As I told you the adapter rumor would be a relatively “small rumor”. Nothing one can really get excited about when you read the article for the very first time. But I strongly believe the rumor is revolutionary because of one main reason: I do believe that in a couple of years Sony will make mirrorless cameras only. And I do believe that’s the reason why Sony will announce that adapter. If I am right than in a few yours you will look back at that rumor and recognize that the adapter was the first step of the merging of the two systems Mirrorless and DSLR/SLT.

Going further I do also believe Sony is working on modular cameras. Camera you can transform in size and aspect, cameras where you can change the sensor, cameras you can upgrade not only via software but also via hardware. It will definitely take some time before those ideas will get in production and some time before they become “mature”.

I bet this is what’s coming from Sony, and the adapter is the very first small anticiaption of that future!

P.S.: Sorry for my usual baby-english language ;)

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July 18, 2011
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(SR5) The revolution is coming: NEX adapter with built-in translucent mirror!

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Image on top shows an adpater with built-in mirror from Leica (something similar is coming from Sony now!)

Is this the end of DSLR-SLT cameras? That is the first sentence that came into my mind when I read the following rumor: According to my very best sources Sony is ready to launch a special Alpha to E-mount adapter with built-in translucent mirror and phase detection AF system!!! This means you can transform every NEX camera in a perfect A-mount compatible system! Something similar has been made by Leica with the Visoflex (Click here to see that adapter on eBay). The electronic viewfinder is not included on the adapter (you can attach it separately on the hotshoe). I don’t know the price yet, but it will definitely be much more expensive than the current simple Sony Alpha LAEA1 Alpha to E-mount adapter.

This  could be the first step of major revolution that will make the classic DSLR (or SLT)  obsolete. In a couple of years there might be mirrorless cameras only on the market. Going a huge step forwared (with my imagination) Sony could also develop adapters with built-in Optical viewfinder system! Wouldn’t that be cool? So you could have three cameras in one, Mirrorless (NEX), SLT (with EVF) and DSLR (with OVF). Ok ok, I know I am dreaming for now, but in my opinion that’s the way to go Sony!!!

But let’s make a step back, I know for sure that Sony will make SLT cameras for the next years (A77, A99 and so on). So those of you that still do prefer the “classic” camera design should not worry.

But I want to hear what you think about that “rumor”:

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Useful links:
The Leica Visoflex on eBay (Click here).
The current A to E mount adapter at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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

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