(SR5) Tons of new leaks: Sony A35 and NEX-C3 manual. Sony 30mm macro for NEX priced at 259 Euro!


What a day! Thanks to the help of our readers we found many new leaks on Sony websites! Let’s make a summary of all of them:

1) The Sony NEX-C3 czech manual is available for download here: http://sony.zstudio.cz/PERSONAL_VIDEO_FOTO-VIDEO/NEX-C3. You need a username and password to enter. But the most surprising thing here is that the czech Sony website shows you the username and password you have to use! Check: http://www.sony.cz/article/id/1091522716812. I repeat those are all official Sony sites, there is no hacking here!

2) Also the SLT-A35 czech manual is available for download here: http://sony.zstudio.cz/PERSONAL_VIDEO_FOTO-VIDEO/SLT-A35.

3) Sony Service Canada does list the new NEX-C3 and A35 cameras + the new Sony 30mm f/3.5 macro lens for E-mount.

4) And the french store Camara.fr does list the 30mm lens priced at 259 Euro!

Sounds like we are going to see that stuff soon in our stores! A special thanks goes to all SAR readers that are collecting and sending the leaks!

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(SR4) 30mm f/3.5 macro for E-mount to be announced soon?


We heard from our sources that Sony will announce new lenses on May 26. One of these lenses is certainly the 55-200mm tele zoom for NEX.

Now one of our readers (Thanks “DNicholas”) noticed that Sony Service Canada does list the Sony 30mm f/3.5 macro lens for E-mount. Go to https://www.sonyservice.ca/ServWebII/modelSuggestedPriceSearch.do and click on “Download Model Price List”.

You can find that code:
SEL30M35 E-mount 30mm F3.5 Macro 4W

Keep checking the list. You might find other new products ;)

P.S.: Sony has already a 30mm f/2.8 macro lens for Alpha mount. Check price and specs at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.


Sony Service Canada also mentions the NEX-C3 and Sony A35


Sony Service Canada officially confirmed the existence of the NEX-C3 and A35 models. Visit that website: https://www.sonyservice.ca/ServWebII/modelSuggestedPriceSearch.do and click on “Download Model Price List”. The list contains the following codes:

SLTA35K           SLTA35K WITH 18-55MM LENS             4WNOT AVAIL
NNEXC3KB          NEX N-Sample camera                     NOT AVAIL
NEXC3KB           NEXC3KB with 18-55mm Lens             4WNOT AVAIL
NEXC3MOCK         NEXC3 Mock-up                           NOT AVAIL

I hope Sony will announce the new cameras soon, also because I am very tempted to buy the NEX-C3!


USA-today: Sony could benefit from shortages of Canon, Nikon SLRs.


Mike Worswick (president of the Photographic Research Organization) said at USA TODAY that with the shortages in cameras, due to the crisis, “The opportunity for Sony, Olympus and even Samsung to grow a little market share in the next few months is clearly out there“. At a time when many Canon SLRs are hard to find, due to production issues, the Sony models are not only in amply supply, but discounted to sell with special promotions.

Thom Hogan commented that statement on his website: “USAToday speculates that the shortage of Canon and Nikon cameras caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami will benefit Sony’s DSLR market share. Maybe, but not for any of the reasons USAToday suggests. First, Canon has already announced that it doesn’t expect any drop in DSLR sales, so USAToday would essentially be saying the Sony share increases would come at the expense of Nikon. That’s probably true, but it isn’t really the earthquake and tsunami that is the root cause here.“..:”Sony’s inventory problems had been somewhat the opposite of Nikon’s: most items have been in plentiful stock, partly because they’re not as efficient as Nikon in getting a customer in a store asking for something. So, yes, USAToday’s basic premise is correct: if sales shift away from Nikon, Sony should gain.”

My two cent on that: I learned via my sources that Sony has quite a problem with the CMOS sensor production. I have my doubts that what Mike Worswick is telling us is true.

P.S.: The deals we are talking about are only running in US (didn’t find any deals in european countries:
-$50 on the A580 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H and J&R.
-$50 on the A55 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the A33 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.


NEX-C3 and A35 manuals online (but password protected)


The error message that appears when you try to login. Nice to see Sony uses Ubuntu servers ;)

UPDATE: A SAR reader found the links (???) to the official NEX-C3 and SLT-A35 manuals written by zstudio.cz. To bad that you need username and password to login. Without them I can’t login and see if those manuals are real :(