March 23, 2010
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So…is the A7xx coming or not?

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Hi!
I am receiving many rumors in these days but I admit that they sometimes are very contradictory. My trusted sources only told me that there will be new Alphas, but they didn’t tell me what kind of Alphas we should expect :(
I am not talking about the mirrorless cameras. They are coming in May (I am certain of that). I am talking about the new generation of Alphas with HD video and EXMOR sensor.
As you know SonyAlphaRumors is a relative new website and I will need some time to understand which one of the new sources is telling me the truth.
The rumors I receive from the unkown sources do suggest three different scenarios:

1) New A7xx in May.
Honestly this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me because if Sony wants the promote the camera for the Soccer WorldCup, May will be too late!
2) New Alphas in May but not the A7xx.
This scenario is more likely to happen. One of my trusted sources also thinks that the A7xx will not be announced yet!
3) Sony pellix camera (The very High-End APS-C).
Since November we know Sony is working on it and recently we found the Sony patent which prooved that our “rumors” were correct. The Sony pellix camera is rumored to be a High-FPS shooter and has phase detection autofocus during video recording. That would be a perfect camera to promote for the upcoming WorldCup event!

If you have rumors and news contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.
I also need your help to improve the website so feel free to send me your suggestions.
Thanks again for your help!

I really hope to give you some good news soon. May is not far away!

P.S.: My English is very poor and I need to improve it :)

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March 22, 2010
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(SR3) New Sony A7xx specs

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Few days ago I received following few specs from a new source. I had the chance to talk with one of my trusted sources and he confirmed the specs but not the release date!

This is the text I received:
I am a professional photographer using Canon + Nikon equipment but I got this info about Sony Alpha 700 replacement Replacement is coming in late May most likely and it will be in the same arena with Canon’s 50D upgrade and Nikon’s D90 upgrades. New Alpha will be very user friendly with controls and preset dials (sports, portrait, landscape shootings, etc.). I don’t know the exact model name/number, all I know it will replace A700. It will be around 15-16 MP with iso up to 12800. New Alpha will have 30fps 1080p avchd video recording.

Thanks to the anonymous sender :)

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March 22, 2010
Posted in news

Sony TidBits

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Sony A550 – product demonstration video

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Sony Cyber-shot TX7 Review (PhotographyBay)
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Sony H55 Hands-On Review (Photographybay)
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New weekly Japanese DSLR sales rankings (BCNranking)
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And here you have a NO-news: Focus Numerique had an exclusive interview with Hidenori Toyoda from Sony Japan. The Interview doesn’t reveal anything new :(

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March 21, 2010
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Sony Alpha A450 review (whatdigitalcamera)

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We have almost forgotten that Sony announced the A450 few months ago. For those of you interested in seeing how the camera performs WhatDigitaLCamera posted the new A450 review. Check it out: http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/reviews/digitalslr/127941/1/sony-alpha-a450-review.html

oh! And their verdict begins with following statement “The a450 excites and perplexes.

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March 19, 2010
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New Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 for Sony

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Sigma just announced the new Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 for Sony. Price should be $990.

Press release: sigma-photo.co.jp

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March 18, 2010
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(SR3) New Alphas to be announced in May

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We just received an info from a source we know since months. He told me that “he heard” that Sony will announce at least two new Alpha models in May. And when he says “he heard” “from someone” he certainly didn’t get the info from the mediamarkt guys :)

So May will be definitely an interesting month. Following stuff should be announced:
– two mirrorless cameras
– firmware upgrade for A850 and A900
– at least two new Alpha cameras
– The 500mm and 24mm lens

I got some more details but I will try to double check them before to post them here. If you know something more feel free to contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Or use the form on the right sidebar. You don’t need to give me your name or email address :)

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=fake rumor (1% chance the rumor will become real)
SR2=rumor from unknown and unreliable source (10-20% chance the rumor will become real)
SR3=a rumor unknown source or sources which sounds realistic (20-50% chance the rumor will become real)
SR4=rumor from our trusted sources (50-70% chance the rumor will become real)
SR5=rumor from many of external and internal sources (70-90% chance the rumor will become real)

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March 17, 2010
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Photozone re-tests the Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 on Fullframe!

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Few days ago we told you that Photozone just tested the lens on the Sony A700.

Now they have re-done the review on the Sony A900. The big question is: Is the lens better on the fullframe camera or on the APS-C camera? Read both tests and you will find the answer!

Currently the Zeiss ZA Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm f/2.8 SSM sells for $1,899.00 on amazon (click here).

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