October 26, 2010
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(SR1) Crazy rumor: Speculation of an Apple Acquisition!

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Let’s post a crazy rumor: Reuters reports that Sony Corp’s stock rose nearly 3 percent on Tuesday due to reports of a possible Apple acquisition of Sony! Sony spokeswoman Sue Tanaka said: “We cannot comment on rumors or speculation.” But analysts who follow technology downplayed the likelihood that Apple would chase Sony — or any other major acquisition.

Imagine a Sony Alpha camera designed by Apple! Just dreaming, it’s not going to happen ;)

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October 25, 2010
Posted in rumors

(SR5) All future Zeiss lenses will be fullframe (3-4 new Zeiss lenses within 18 months!)

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According to SonyAlphaRumors sources Sony and Zeiss just defined the future lens strategy. All future Zeiss lenses will be Fullframe. There will be no more Zeiss DT lenses (like the Sony 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T DT Zoom Lens). I also know that there will be at least 3-4 new Zeiss lenses during the next 12-18months. One of these should be the 200mm f/2.0 lens. Reminder: Zeiss made the Aposonnar 200mm f/2.0 for Contax (you can find them used on eBay). The lens itself will be cheaper than the Nikon 200mm f/2G ($4,799.00 at Amazon right now).
We need to doublecheck the rumors we received about the next Zeiss lenses. If you know more about the future Zeiss lenses please contact me using the right form on the sidebar or at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Every little help helps! Thanks!

Those are the current fullframe Zeiss lenses (Click on store name to check price and availability):
– Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens (Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto)
– Sony 24mm f/2.0 Distagon T* lens (Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto)
– Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T Zoom Lens (Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto)
– Sony 85mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T Coated Telephoto Lens (Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto)
– Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T Telephoto Lens (Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto)

P.S: Just my two cent. I would love see a new wide fast Zeiss lens, the 28mm f/1.4 or/and the 35mm f/1.4 :)

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October 25, 2010
Posted in reviews

Sony A33 preview at Cameralabs and review at Fotopolis

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Cameralabs tested the new Sony A33 camera:”for now can assure you the movie experience is the closest we’ve found to a consumer camcorder yet“. The final review will be posted soon but you can already see some interetsing tests.

Meanwhile Fotopolis posted a complete A33 review. Those are the pros and cons:
+ Pivotally mounted LCD
+ AVCHD 1080i HD movie with a fast AF
+ 7 shooting fps
+ Interesting exposure modes, including 3D panoramas and HDR
+ Image stabilization inside the body
+ Low noise for high ISO
+ Excellent reproduction of detail
+ Natural color reproduction
+ Quite good ergonomics
+ SDXC + card support, and MS Pro Duo

– Semi-transparent mirror, limits the access of light to the sensor
– At the expense of optical electronic viewfinder
– Body made of average quality plastics
– Cannot record movies in Single AF mode
– Relatively high price

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October 22, 2010
Posted in news

Four new Adobe Cam­era Raw Lens Pro­files available for download

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Our friend Florian Knorn created four new Adobe Cam­era Raw Lens Pro­files. You can download them for free (donations for Florian are welcome!): http://www.florian-knorn.com/tag/profiles.

Those are the supported lenses (Click on store name to specs and price of that lenses)

Peleng 8mm F3.5 Fisheye (eBay, Amazon)

Minolta 85mm F1.4 G (eBay)

Minolta 17-35mm F2.8-4 (eBay, Amazon

Sony 35mm F1.4 G (eBay, Amazon)

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October 22, 2010
Posted in news

Sony TidBits

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Sony NEX Leica 28mm Elmarit-R via Tilt Adapter (SonyAlphaNex)

Underwater Model shots with NEX-5 and Nikonos 15mm u/w lens (Dpreview forum)

New Sony Cyber-Shot Phone Packs 16 Megapixel Punch (Petapixel)

Sony 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 tested at Focus Numerique.

Sony A33 reviewed at Amateur Photographer: “While the image quality may be better from the Canon EOS 550D, for those who want to photograph moving subjects, such as sports or wildlife, the Alpha 33 is an excellent camera. In fact, it can’t be bettered for its price.”

Image samples of the new Sony 85mm f/2.8 lens have been posted at C-TEC and SonyDSLR.

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October 21, 2010
Posted in news

Most sold system cameras in Japan: Three Sony cameras into the top 10!

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Great news for Sony. The new A55 and the two NEX cameras made it into the Japanese top10 of the most sold system cameras in September! Source: BCNranking.
Speaking of manufactures shares. In May Sony had 6.1% of the Japanese sales share. After the NEX camera release Sony jumped up to 19.4%. And in September with the release of the SLT cameras the share further increased to 21.2%. Now they are pretty close to Nikon that is holding the second place (behind Canon) with 24.4%.
I would be damn curious to know how it is going in Europe and US. Sadly those kind of reliable and detailed rankings are available in Japan only.

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Order the new Sony A55 at: Amazon, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

Order the Sony NEX cameras at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

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October 21, 2010
Posted in news

Finallay! NEX firmware update for US

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Download page: http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?upd_id=6191&mdl=NEX5KB

Improvements over version 02:

  • Adds “Soft key Settings” to the “Setup” menu to allow customization of the soft keys
  • Adds the “Menu start” function
  • Adds two more settings to the “MF Assist” function
  • Improves menu item selection using the Control Wheel
  • Changes the aperture setting function so the setting is maintained when using “Background Defocus Control” or “Aperture Priority” movie recording modes
  • Adds support for auto focus with A-mount lenses (see Supported A-mount Lenses below)
    Note: This feature also requires a firmware update for the LA-EA1 Mount Adapter (Mount Adapter sold separately).
  • Adds a function to enlarge the image when “Release w/o Lens” is set to “Enable”

Order the Sony NEX cameras at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

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