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(SR5) Sony vs Samsung -> Competing in the mirrorless camera segment…with the same lens manufactor?

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We don’t need to be a clairvoyant to see that Sony and Samsung will both play a big role in the future mirroless and interchangeable camera market. But what I really didn’t know until today is that both companies are working together with the Optrontec company which will produce the lenses for both mirrorless system..the one from Samsung and the one from Sony!

The news is from yahoo.kr which has been published in December!
Original korean text: http://kr.finance.yahoo.com/news/view?aid=2009121513383846825
English -> Google translation

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Sony TidBits

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New Sony alpha and lenses PMA 2010

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Digitalcamerareview: Hands-on with Sony TX5 and Sony H55
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Engadget Sony PMA report
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The polish website Fotopolis.pl posted the MTF graphs of the new Sigma 85mm lens.
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The hungarian website pixinfo made a nice ISO comparison table of the Sony A550. (no translation available)
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Sony Alpha A500 Review at TrustedReviews

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(SR4) What Sony didn’t tell you about the mirrorless camera

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The Sony press release and mockups do not reveal anything about concrete specifications and release date. So we thought it would be nice to make a small summary of all the rumors we received from reliable sources.

Important note: What we post here are rumored specs, not official Sony specs! We collected the rumors from reliable sources (which gave me correct informations in the past) and added a probability percentage.

1) 50% chance this information could be true -> The System name will be “NEX”

2) 50% -> The first two cameras will be on market within June-July (The NEX3 and NEX5?)

3) 50% -> A more advanced mirrorless camera should be unveiled at Photokina and compete against the future Panasonic GH2

4) 80% -> In Lens stabilization (Sonys goal was ot make the mirrorless cameras as thin as possible)

5) 80% -> Built-in Flash

6) 80% -> Body price under 1000 USD

7) 80% -> First three lenses: 18-55/F3.5-5.6 / 16mm f/2.8 / 18-200mm (900-1000 USD)

50% = rumor comes from one trusted source only (the trusted soruce gave me correct informations in the past)

80% = rumor has been confirmed by one trusted sources + one or more new soruces

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(SR5) Zeiss will make lenses for the new Sony mirrorless System

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In an interview with dpreview Masashi Imamura (President of Sony’s Personal Imaging and Sound Business group) said that “the company’s relationship with Carl Zeiss will extend to lenses designed for the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

There is no concrete information about future lenses specifications and timeline.

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