March 16, 2011
Posted in reviews

Double new lens review: 18-55mm E-mount and 85mm lens reviews

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Lenstip (Click here) tested the Sony 18-55mm E-mount lens for NEX cameras: “There are categories in which the Sony E 18–55 f/3.5–5.6 OSS fares really well – very good resolution in the frame centre, a decent stabilization level or good control of the coma. An accurate autofocus is hardly the advantage of a lens used on cameras with contrast detection system but nevertheless it is a valuable merit of the system as a whole. The list of the tested lens’s flaws is regrettably quite long too. In some categories its results can be only called a spectacular slip-up. We think here mainly about the weak work against bright light and the high level of chromatic aberration. Also the frame edge resolution leaves a lot to be desired, especially if we intend to use the maximum relative aperture at both ends of focal lengths range. The distortion might be quite bothersome and also you must mention the level of vignetting at wide angle.
Click those links to check the 18-55mm lens price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

Photozone.de (Click here) tested the new Sony 85mm f/2.8 fullframe lens. They tested the lens on the Sony A700: “The Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM ( SAL-85F28 ) is an impressive lens when used on APS-C DSLRs – at least with respect to its optical capabilities. The lens is extremely sharp across the frame from f/2.8 to f/8. Diffraction is a limiting factor beyond. Lateral CAs are quite low which adds to the subjective quality perception. The lens produces only a very slight amount of pincushion distortion. Thanks to its full-format design there’s almost no vignetting to speak of on APS-C DSLRs even at max. aperture. The quality of the bokeh is good. LoCAs/Bokeh fringing can be visible at f/2.8 and the issues dissolves gradually when stopping down. A weakness is a tendency towards purple fringing at max. aperture.
Click those links to check the 85mm lens price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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March 15, 2011
Posted in deals

A nice eBay finding: Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 with NEX adapter!

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While I was searching for a new lens on eBay I found a Japanese store selling the Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 along the MicroFourThirds to NEX adapter. The whole set costs you $1,450.00 which is not so expensive. Click the link to see the auction: Nokton 25mm for NEX. The lens will vignette quite a bit but if you want a better f/0.95 lens the only option is the $10,495.00 cheap Leica 50mm f/0.95 :(

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March 15, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Confirmed: There will be a new tranlsucent camera, the A35!

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Our very reliable sources just confirmed that a new Sony A35 translucent camera will be announced in April! And voilà, even Sonystyle confirmed that the Sony A33 sales are ended! Check out Sonystyle Japan: http://www1.jp.sonystyle.com/Qnavi/Main/dslr_000019/

Our sources told us the new A35 will bring some minor improvements and fixes. And what is going to happen with the A55?
UPDATE: The A77 is not the successor of the A55, the A55 will be replaced by another model sometimes within 2011! P.S.: The A77 will be announced in a few months!
Sony is going to announce a huge ammount of new products on early April. Don’t miss any rumor! Join us at Facebook, Twitter and follow our RSS-feed!

Sony A55 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony A33 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

Reminder (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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March 14, 2011
Posted in news

1.200 Sony employees saved with Helicopters in Tagajyo.

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We just learned (via fotointern.ch) that the Tsunami hit the Sony factory in Tagajyo. All 1.200 Sony employees (+100 refugees) managed it to escape on the roof of the building. All people have been saved by Helicopters and nobody was injured.

Tagajyo currenlty produces Blue ray discs. Sony had to close seven factories (none of them is producing cameras or lenses).

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March 14, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony A33 to be discontinued! (SR3) Sony A35 to be announced in April?

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I’m receiving rumors after rumors from many new and trusted sources. The latest rumor is a bit…surprising!

An important dealer (can’t reveal the name here) contacted me to say that Sony told them they will not sell anymore A290,A390,nex3 and the A33! He is not surprised about the first three cameras but “I don’t really understand why they stop so quickly the “production” or just the selling life (of the A33).
We know the A33 price dropped in US (Check here: Amazon, Adorama, B&H). Another new source told me weeks ago that Sony would introduce a new Alpha, the Sony A35 in April!I confess that I am a bit confused as it doesn’t make any sense to me to release such a camera. What do you think?!?!?

I ask my trusted sources if they can confirm or deny the rumor! Thanks!

In Summary: It sounds like Sony will announce an incredible amount of new cameras (and hopefully lenses) on April 4th right before the NAB show in Las Vegas. We do expect the new NEX-C3 (That’s SR5), a more advanced VG-10 model (SR3, with XLR, no name yet), the NXcam modular videocamera (SR5), the fullframe camcorder and 2-3 more new camcorders (SR5). If the A35 rumor turns out to be correct than we will have another translucent camera too! There should be new E-mount lenses too but I don’t have a 99% sure confirmation about that…yet!

In the meanwhile check if some store has officially announced the following cameras:
Sony A33 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony A290 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony A390 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

Reminder (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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March 14, 2011
Posted in news

Will Sony delay any new product announcement?

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As you know Sony halted and evacuated six factories in northeastern Japan: “The company is assessing the impact of power outages and damage to its facilities in the region, which make Blu-ray discs, magnetic heads and batteries.”  A first consequence of the earthquake is that Sony postpone indefinitely the launch of MotorStorm 3 in Japan (Source: Akihabara). Will Sony delay the announcement of the new NEX and camcorders on April4 too? Probably not because those products will be shown at the NAB show Las Vegas on April 4th and they can’t miss that. More likely the production and shipment of the new products will be delayed. If you can find some news about possible delays or productions stops drop me a line at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

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March 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony A33 review at Photozone

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Photozone is a well known lens review website but from time to time he tests camera too. Today they published their 9 page long Sony A33 review (Click here). The camera gets recommended by the reviewers: “The 14.2 megapixel sensor delivers a remarkable image quality at lower ISO sensitivities and the articulating display leaves nothing to be desired – the same applies of course to the good electronic viewfinder. Apart from the more conventional feature set the Sony SLT-A33 offers lot’s of more or less useful options from smile detection over panorama to a HDR functionality. Despite its very small size the camera handling is excellent. Subjectively we didn’t really like the camera’s finish due to the amount of plastics but objectively it did the job during the tests and that’s where it counts after all.

You can check price and availability of the A33 clicking those direct links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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