Sony TidBits


Sony’s hold on the professional video, film, and TV markets, and its popularity among professionals in these fields (televisual)

NEX with Voigtlander 12mm Ultrawide Heliar Lens (SonyAlphaNex)

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Interchangeable Lens Review (ePhotozine)

The British journal of photography tested the Sony A55: “So why buy it? Size, weight, resolution and the GPS function make the A55 an ideal travel camera – free from unsynchronised camera and GPS clock settings – embedding data in raw files, movies or JPEGs.

Sony Alpha SLT-A55 Studio Sample Photos at Photographyreview.

CP+ 2011, Sony : une moisson d’objectifs pour la monture E (Focus Numerique).

Check out the current Sony A55 price at Amazon, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT


Video and pictures from the Sony booth ( +POLL)


Akihabara posted a set of new images and the video above directly from the Sony booth in Yokohama! You can see tons of new cool stuff like the A77 + battery grip, the Sigma 30mm E-mount lens, the professional NEX videocamera the Zeiss CP lenses for Sony and more!
P.S.: Sigma should have done the 30mm lens as fast as the [shoplink 5450]30mm f/1.4 lens which is already available for Alpha mount[/shoplink]. That would be a nice lens!

Also posted a set of new images from the booth.

Should Sony make a 135mm f/1.4 FE lens priced at $2,000-$2,500?

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And those are the official Sony images! Click on them to enlarge!


(Continually updated) HOT! A77 and new E-mount lens roadmap!!! + Sigma 30mm for NEX!


Sony Japan just showed the new Sony A77 prototype!!! Attention has NOT been released! Sony Japan says it will be released mid 2011 (like we told you for months!!!). Our japanese friends could help us to translate the text found here: ? Thanks! There will be a new grip, new standard lens, new external flash and the long awaited 500mm f/4 lens!

And this is the new E-mount lens roadmap! Source Sony Japan:

Carl Zeiss lenses (scheduled for release in 2011, focal length: 24mm)
Telephoto zoom lens (available in 2011, focal length :55-200mm)
Macro lens (scheduled for release in 2011, focal length: 30mm)
Lens – Portrait (scheduled for release in 2011, focal length: 50mm)
G – High-performance standard zoom lens (available 2012)
Zoom wide (scheduled for release in 2012)
Medium Telephoto Lens (available 2012)

And finally Sigma shows a lens prototype for NEX! it’s a 30mm f/2-8. Source:


(SR5) Zeiss Cp lenses for E-mount coming.

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After today’s Sony announcement there are many rumors floating around the web about the upcoming lenses. A very reliable rumor says that Zeiss will make the CP lenses available for Sony E-mount too! The Zeiss CP lenses are compact primes with manual focusing. They are very expensive and meant for the use on the future professional NEX videocameras. The price is crazy high: you can get them for $3900 at Bhphoto or on [shopcountry 5419]! Not exactly a lens you will buy for your [shoplink 3003]Sony NEX-3/5[/shoplink]!


Sony opens the E-mount specifications! (SR5) New third party lens announcement soon!


Yesterday we told you that new lenses would be announced at the CP+ show. Today Sony announced it will disclose the basic specifications of its “E-mount” for interchangeable single lens cameras, without fee, to manufacturers of lenses and mount adaptors, starting April 1st, 2011 (Source: Sony also included the list of the first companies that will join the system:
1) Zeiss
2) Cosina
3) Sigma
4) Tamron

That’s good news folks! It’s a long time we are waiting the news! The only thing we don’t know yet is if Sony will also share the AF specifications.
Are we are going to see the first lenses tomorrow? Yes! Take a look at Zeiss! ;)


(SR4) No new Sony NEX camera or Alpha at CP+ show. (but something else is coming?)


The CP+, the biggest asia photoshow of the year will start on Wednesday. I have one bad news and two good news. The bad news first: There will be no new NEX camera or Alpha camera! Please don’t cry yet because there are also two good news:
1) I have been told there could be new stuff like new lenses, new colored NEX cameras and maybe something else(?).
2) Sony chose to launch the big stuff within the second and third quarter of the year. So you don’t have to wait a lot! “he who laughs last, laughs best“! I will post more about that soon!

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources (60-80% the rumor is correct)
SR5=almost certainly correct!


New Canon Rebel competition for Sony (what do you think?)


Canon just announced the new Rebel T3i/600D and the RebelT3/1100D. You can read the specs and previews at Dpreview. All in all Canon didn’t bring any big innovation and as usual they proved to have a very conservative product strategy. But we must admit, Canon is selling Rebels like hotcakes so why should they change the philosophy? And now it’s your turn. What do you think?

Which new product are you going to buy?

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