UPDATED: A900, A33 and Nex-3 instant rebates in US!

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If you are an european citizen like me you can skip that news. Only in US you can get those nice instant rebates! The A33 and the NEX-3 have been discounted:
50$ price drop on the Sony A33 at Amazon (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). UPDATE: Includes Free: Transcend 4GB Class 6 SDHC Card & Lowepro Rezo TLZ 10 Compact Holster-Style Bag (Black)
50$ price drop on the Sony NEX-3 at Amazon (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). Offer ends 03/05/2011!

UPDATE:
Also the Sony A900 gets a huge $200 instant rebate at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

UPDATE_2:
Also the A290 and A390 are discounted at BHphoto (Click here)!

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Wild speculation: What if Sony will use the foveon like sensor inside the A77?

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I confess this is more a speculation than a rumor! But “something” made me suspicious. During my usual Sony patent search I found so many Sony patents that do explain the functionality of foveon like sensors. Unlike Bayer sensors the Foveon sensor uses an array of photosites, each of which consists of three vertically stacked photodiodes. The advantage is that you can have bigger pixels with greater light gathering ability, you have no color artifacts and no demosaicing is required. The drawback is that current sensors (from Sigma) are quite noisy.

Wild speculation: Sony keeps saying the A77 will be a revolutionary cameras. So what if the A77 has been delayed because Sony took time to develop a new 24 megapixel “Foveon” sensor? What do you think, is that something you would like to see in future cameras?

Bayer sensor (Source: Wikipedia)
Foveon X3 sensor (Source: Wikipedia)
List of Sigma Foveon cameras at Amazon.
The Sigma SD1 website.

Will you buy the new Zeiss 50mm FE f/1.4 Planar lens?

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Kipon tilt-adapter for NEX cameras.

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I was looking for a new adapter for NEX and I cam across something I never saw before. Kipon sells [shoplink 5391]tilt adapter[/shoplink] for NEX cameras. You might be interested in get some of those. Some of you tried it? Feel free to share your images by commenting this post!

[shoplink 5391]Click here to check out the current Kipon tilt-adapter on eBay[/shoplink].

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Sony TidBits (JVC copying the NEX design)

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Sony a55 timelapse

Let’s start with a triple “made in Russia” review:
1) Personal impressions of Sony Alpha SLT-A33 Kit (pavel-kosenko)
2) Test Sony SLT-A33 (chistoprudov.livejournal)
3) Sony A55/A33 test (livejournal)

And that is very interesting: JVC released a videocamera that looks like a NEX camera with a big lens attached (See images at DC.watch!)

Sony A390: análisis (Quesabesde).

Sony WX10 Hands-On Review (Photographybay).

Three NEX cameras made it into the top 10 of the weekly most sold system cameras in Japan (BCNranking).

A readers mail: “Contacted Sony Canada to ask about the availability of the Alpha 580. I was told that they did not know if / when the Sony Alpha 580 would be available in Canada. On the Sony.ca site, the only DSLR cameras are the 900, the 850 and the 390. Does Sony figure that Canadians don’t take photos?

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POLL: Flip-up mode for the translucent mirror

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As you have seen from the latest DxOmark test there is a sensible image quality difference between the translucent [shoplink 3617]A55[/shoplink] and the classic [shoplink 3028]A580[/shoplink] DSLR. The main cause is very likely the semitransparent mirror that reflects 30% of the light to the AF sensor.That’s why I ask you to share your opinion about the importance to have a “flip-up” mode for the translucent mirror that would allow you to take picture without having the light loss. Let Sony know what you think!

Should Sony make a high end APS-C E-mount camera?

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HX100v and HX9v price and preorders.

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Amazon is now accepting preorders of the new HX100v (Click here) and HX9v (Click here). I tried to find some videos that do show how well the new 1080p60 recording works and how fast the new AF is. If you find some please drop me a line!

P.S.: Today I am a little bit late with news because I had to work the whole night. I will read all your A77 comments and answer your questions.

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(SR4) Sony A77 to be unveiled in Q3 (third quarter)

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A few days ago a dutch A77 rumor created a lot of buzz announcing the A77 would be announced in April. As our trusted sources pointed out quickly that rumor is NOT TRUE! De facto the rumor was a mix of already published SonyAlphaRumors and a few added WRONG specs. As you know the “A77 packshots are ready and currently being reviewed by management.“. If no problems will occur during that process the A77 will be on market in Q3 (July-September).

All sources point me out that this will be an amazing camera. Much better than anything out there (in the APS-C world). We should expect a real huge improvement over the [shoplink 3617]Sony A55[/shoplink]. They know that people is frustrated because of the long wait. But they have not a single doubt that it will be worth the wait!

I repost our correct specs (collected form trusted SonyAlphaRumors sources):
– 24 megapixel sensor
– FullHD
– New advanced OLED(?) EVF
– UNCONFIRMED -> There were rumors (and also a Sony patent) about some kind of hybrid viewfinder ( a là Fuji X100 (Click here to see that camera on Amazon)?).
– ISO will go ‘up into the hundreds of thousands’
– price will be in the same area of the [shoplink 5117]Canon 60D ($900-1200. Click here to check price)[/shoplink] – The A77 has a bigger and robust body compared to current SLT cameras.
– The A77 will not have a flip-up mode to allow shooting without this extra sheet of glass in place.
– It will take CF+SD+MS cards, of which you can use two at the same time.
– With the new battery you can take around 1.000 pictures.

P.S.: Paul Genge of Sony UK said that “this camera will include such high specification features that current [shoplink 3228]A700[/shoplink] owners will be amazed”

P.P.S.: We have a new facebook page! Join us at http://www.facebook.com/sonyalpharumors!

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

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