No Sony announcements yet?

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Many brands are now having press releases and new compact camera announcements. Until now we did not hear anything about possible Sony press releases. If they will launch new cameras they probably will do it shortly before the PMA (February 21). Stay tuned!

If you have some news and rumors send them to sonyalpharumors@gmail.com

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(SR5) New Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for Sony Alpha mount!

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It’s fine to start the new week with good news! Tokina will launch the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for Sony Alpha mount! Expected release in Japan on February 24. This lens is designed for APS-C sensors. Filter size is 77mm. Body size is 84.1 × 96mm (maximum diameter × length). Weight is 560g.

The price should be something around $630.00. Amazon has the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for Nikon in Stock for $627.00

A review of the lens on a Canon camera is available here at photozone (it performs very very good!).

Source: DCwatch (in japanese)

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Amazon US: More price drops on Alpha stuff…

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In two days only we saw a price drop on five! Sony APS-C lenses. I don’t know if that is a sign for something new coming from Sony. Could be also a normal aggressive Sony price strategy!

Click on the link or picture to visit the product page:

Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens. New price $499.00 (Previous $599.00)

Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens. New price $429.00 (Previous $529.00)

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens. New price $199.00 (Previous $249.00)

Sony A500(Body only). New price $699 (Previous $749.00)

Sony 50mm f/1.8. New price $124 (Previous $149.00)

Sony 30mm f/2.8 Lens. New price $175 (Previous $199.00)

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We found a new Alpha product…the Alpha Watch :)

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The Sony Alpha limited edition watch

We are currently scanning the world wide web for new Alpha rumors and the only thing we found is that:
. (The auction is now closed so you can’t have it)

I hope we will find something more interesting for you soon! If you have rumors or news or if you only want to talk with us write us at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com

P.S:
Thanks Tim :)

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(SR5) UPDATE -> New Sony patent shows a new lens

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IMPORTANT: When you find a patent like this it doesn’t necessary become real. Sony could decide to not bring the lens on market. Anyway if they patented it… :)

One of our SonyAlphaRumors found a new Sony Lens patent.

Application Number:
12/457357

Publication Date:
01/28/2010

Filing Date:
06/09/2009
UPDATE:
David Kilpatrick gave us some more details about the patent:

“The patent does not relate to simply making a 16-80mm f/2.8-3.5 – it relates to how the problem of keeping lens size down is tackled. The patent covers the concept of moving the position of aperture at ONE exact point in the zooming, so the lens has two apertures. From 16 to 24mm, it is a constant f/2.8 – from 25mm to 80mm, it is a constant f/3.5. Instead of the gradual change (reported by the lens IC as a series of 1/3rd or 1/2 stop steps, according to how your camera is set) this lens is like having two constant aperture zooms.

One of the problems currently being faced by Canon is their inability to use electronic aperture zooms, with variable apertures, for smooth changes in exposure during video filming. Unlike the mechanical aperture of the Alpha mount, which is analog in operation though the camera limits it to fixed settings, the Canon EF aperture is electronically set in 1/3rd steps and can not be varied smoothly. Constant aperture zooms are vital for video, and ISO variation is the preferred way to cope with light changes during video.

Sony’s patent may be partly connected with perfect smooth control (continuous) of aperture, which will be necessary to make the Alpha system match their exacting video standards. It could be accompanied by a zoom range limiter, to ensure that the user does not zoom through the sudden position-shift of the iris assembly within the lens described in the patent.

The benefits of using a variable position aperture (or in this case, a two-position aperture) are seen in a substantial reduction of the diameter and size required for the front zoom group – a negative group, like a retrofocus w/a – without aberration and vignetting issues.”

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