Before we move on tonew 2018 rumors let’s recap what we have so far. This recap is based on sources who were right in the past, some new sources and stripped off the info from sources who were wrong in 2017:
1) Sony A7sIII: 95% chance it’s shipping in Q2 2018 (between April and June).
Shoul dbe announced at or before the NAB show and have 4k60fps and A9 autofocus system.
2) Sony A7III: 80% chance it’s shipping within first half 2018.
This mini brother of the Sony A9 is going to ship in early 2018. Exact announcement date is still unconfirmed. Hopefully February-March at or around CP+. The camera is rumored to have a new updated 24MP sensor, 6fps, joystick, touchscreen, 4K 30fps and same or similar A9 autofocus system.
3) Sony A77III (A-mount): 50% chance this is coming in early 2018
This could be the next A-mount camera. Still not info about the possible release. Spec wise we expect this to have the same A77m2 AF-phase detection module combined with a new Hybrid-AF (on sensor AF of the A6500). It uses the 24MP A6500 sensor and has 4K recording.
Still no info about the new RX or A6xxx cameras. Now let’s move on to lenses:
First a non-rumor: The Sony 400mm FE will ship in September 2018 (see BHphoto)
1) Sony 135mm FE: 70% chance to get this within 2018. Probably f/1.8 aperture.
2) Sony 20mm f/2.8 FE: 50% chance to get this within 2018
3) Sony 200-600mm lens: 50% chance to get this within 2018.
4) Zeiss Batis and Loxia:
I have no specs yet about the upcoming lenses but there might be two lenses in 2018.
5) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 FE other FE lenses:
Announcement likely in February 2018 for the 35mm f/1.4 FE. More lenses should be released after that within 2018.
6) Voigtlander FE:
The 35mm f/1.4 lens will come in ealry 2018 (a fact and not a rumor). After that we might get a new 125mm f/2.0 macro FE lens.
7) Tokina FE:
They plan to release a new Super Wide and a fast wide FE autofocus lens in 2018. A Standard zoom is expected to be released in late 2018 or early 2019.
8) Samyang FE:
135mm FE will be announced and maybe a new zoom FE lens too.
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