Reports Describe Sony Camera with a 50+ MP Sensor

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II product images review (2 of 3)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

As if the 42.4MP full frame sensor in the Sony A7r Mk II wasn’t enough for you, Sony Alpha Rumors is stating that a brand new sensor may be on the way. Said camera is reported to have more megapixels and may even have the most of any 35mm full frame camera at its release.

In many ways, it makes a lot of sense–but I doubt that it will be a sensor comes to a mirrorless camera, at least initially.

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Review: Metz 64 AF-1 Flash (Sony Alpha E)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Metz flash product photos (1 of 10)ISO 6401-50 sec at f - 4.0

Editor’s Correction: In an earlier version of this article, we called the flash the 54 AF-1. It is indeed the 64 AF-1. We apologize for this mistake.

Metz believes that the future of the flash is very…touchy. To be specific, we’re talking about a touch screen. So when the 64 AF-1 was shown to us around Photokina 2014, we were quite intrigued. The flashes are available for Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Sony and the Micro Four Thirds world. It tries to be futuristic with its massive touch LCD screen. Metz has been long known in the industry for having a more affordable alternative to the camera manufacturers, but in recent years they’ve stepped back to Phottix, Lumopro and Yongnuo.

The Metz 64 AF-1 otherwise is like many flashes on the market: it can rotate around and tilt its head. Unlike Sony’s flashes, the 64 AF-1 isn’t a cobra head design. But like many of Sony’s flashes, some of the settings can be controlled via the camera thanks to its interactions from the multi-interface shoe. This means that it will work with the NEX 6, A7, A7s, A7r, A7 Mk II, A99, A77, A77 Mk II and a couple of others.

The flash is also one of the first designed for the new Sony shoe since the company introduced it a couple of years ago. While it’s a good first attempt, it fails in certain aspects.

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Reports State that Sony Will Kill Most of their DSLR Line

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A77 Mk II first impressions images (3 of 9)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 2.2

Though this report seems a bit crazy to hear, Sony Alpha Rumors is stating that the company may kill off almost all of their DSLR lineup of cameras to push consumers more towards the mirrorless options and pros more towards both mirrorless and DSLR (or SLT in Sony terms.) Instead, only the top end of the cameras will survive: with those being the A77 and the A99 series. Hopefully, this will also help to fix the marketing with all of the cameras now being included in the Alpha series.

Ever since the company announced that both E and A mounts are in the Alpha series, many have been very confused.

If the A mount is to only continue with two cameras, what that may also mean is that the next A77 or A99 models may be positioned more towards a higher level enthusiast than the pro. They’re a company that has always gone after that market segment more than professionals–with the exception of the company’s first full frame camera: the A900.

There is also the chance that the report isn’t true at all because of all of the consumer oriented lenses that Sony has created over the years. It would be a total waste to abandon all of that production.

Hasselblad Announces The Sony A99 Robocop Edition (Really, But Not Really)


There have been rumors going around about Hasselblad rebranding the Sony A99 since last year’s CES. And now it appears that they’re totally true. Petapixel is reporting that the company has badged the camera as the Hasselblad HV–and that it has an exterior coating that is said to be only second to diamonds. All this and they decided to slap an $11,500 price tag on it.

Since it is more or less a glorified A99 camera, it is Sony A mount and that means that it can take all of the glass for said mount. The best part from the press release is where the CEO states,

“There are growing numbers of very keen and often extremely talented amateur photographers and photo-enthusiasts all over the world that are willing to invest in the kind of high performance capture products that elite professionals enjoy.”

In this economy? Really? Granted, the camera comes with Sony’s 24-70mm f2.8 lens, which we really are smitten for. But at that price tag, I’d need to have not bet on the Broncos during last night’s Super Bowl.

More images are after the jump. But you probably don’t care anyway. So instead, check out our Sony A99 review. We tested it with the old 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.4, and 135mm f1.8. Plus we’ve got a review of the newer 50mm f1.4.

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Hasselblad Coming Out With a Sony DSLR


When Hasselblad first announced the Lunar camera, they also cited that they’d be working together closer with Sony on future collaborations. Back then, they also cited that they’d be working with Sony on a DSLR–and we’re positive that they’ll be putting out some sort of iteration of the A99. Petapixel picked up on a job listing citing the DSLR’s development and Photo Rumors did a little bit more research. According to Photography Bay, the job listing cites the need for a product manager to work on a pair of compacts and a DSLR.

A pair of compacts you say?! Yes, and hopefully they won’t have such a craptastic build quality as previous owners have cited. Indeed though, this isn’t what we’ve come to know and love about Hasselblad. They do a damned good job in the medium format realm–arguably the best. And they killed their darling 503CW, but all the previous rumors before the Lunar announcement pointed to the camera perhaps being a digital panoramic cam.

And unfortunately, Hasselblad’s previous lovers have been let down. In terms of a business strategy though, they’re surely trying to bring in new customers–and in this case ones that can shell out the dough.

First Impressions: Sony A58

Sony a58

Sony a58

Sony rang, and we answered the call. Editor-in-Chief Chris Gampat and I headed over to the Museum of Natural History for an invite-only press event for Sony’s new line of consumer electronics. There were upcoming television, audio, and photo offerings on display, and it was the latter of the three that particularly interested us. Following a presentation by COO Phil Molyneux and several product specialists, we signed out cameras and went on a small tour of three exhibits. Chris took the new NEX-3N and I had the a58, Sony’s latest addition to its SLT line. In summary, it’s something you’re either going to like or not.

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These Aren’t The Sony Firmware Updates You’re Looking For

Sony 10-18mm F/4 Review

I have heard from friends and read online about a long awaited firmware update for their beloved Sony Cameras. Unless you have been waiting day after day for additional lens support this is sadly not the firmware update you have been looking for. I have personally written an article about the lenses supported with the dual AF systems in the A99 and NEX cameras and this will make a lot of people feel reassured that Sony is there to support them. Lets get into detail about what cameras support what lenses and what lenses now work on what cameras. Continue reading…

Review: Sony Zeiss 135mm f1.8 (Tested with the A99)


The Sony 135mm f1.8 is one of the fastest aperture lenses at this focal length; and it the focal length is also a mainstay for many portrait and headshot photographers. Sony’s version of the lens was a collaboration with Carl Zeiss, and incorporates autofocus as well as a metal body and some of the best image quality we’ve seen from any lens out there. I was first turned onto the lens when Photographer Brian Smith let me use his for a little bit during a previous Sony event, but when this lens goes in front of the A99’s sensor, something awesome happens.


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Review: Sony A99


We’ve been working with the Sony A99 for around a month now after having played with it a lot during the Media Excursion out in California. Though our experiences are a little different than what they were before, the Sony A99 still represents the premium of what Sony currently has to offer for the professional and high end enthusiast. In many ways, the A99 is really quite an awesome camera and even almost made me switch systems. However, it still wasn’t quite there.


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Sunday Boredom: Ask Us Anything About the Sony A99

Hey readers, we just got the Sony A99, 135mm f1.8, 85mm f1.4 (yes the Zeiss ones) 50mm f1.4 and HVL-F60M all in for review and we’ve been playing with them quite a bit so far. We understand that there is a ton of interest about the camera and the system overall. To help you guys out, we’d love to answer any questions you have about the camera, lenses, flash, and system.

But before you fire away, take a look at our studio tests with the A99, high ISO test sample, our landscape tests, and our first impressions. Plus, be sure to check out exactly which lenses will take full advantage of Sony’s new AF-D mode. If you’re in the market for a Sony DSLR, also be sure to take a look at which lenses we recommend for the system at the budget level.

Leave us a comment down below in the post. I’ve got nothing to do until tonight and will be happy to answer your questions.

Sony A99 Gets Torn Down Because You Sick Masochists Like Seeing What’s Inside Stuff

Usually we see companies like iFixit open up Apple products and recently they carefully dissected the Nikon D600 but this time Sony gets around to it first. It’s no secret that here at the site we have a thing for the newest Sony full frame camera and in the above video above they go over each of the areas of the camera in an exploded view. Myself I would like to see them take apart the RX1, that would get quite a few “ooohs and awwweeesss” out of me.

You can find the rest of the information on Sony’s blog here.

David McLain’s, “The Calling” Was Shot with the Sony A99; Kind of Awesomer Than Reverie

David McLain is an extremely accomplished photographer, as well as a Sony Artisan. During the Sony Media Excursion, we were treated to the above video from David. It is one of the first pieces of polished video work done with the Sony A99. And to be honest, it looks stunning. There is also a behind the scenes look at how this was made if you’re interested.

The video output from the camera is stunning and at the moment I’m still working with some of the files in Adobe Premiere Elements.

Check out the video and tell us what you think.

Tackling Southern California with the Sony A99: Fast Cars, Helicopters, Sunsets and Aquariums

In the past 24 hours, I’ve been testing lots of new cameras from Sony. But the one that I seem to consistently reach for is the A99. By far, it has to be one of the best cameras I’ve ever tested and its versatility makes my jaw drop. It has also opened up a ton of possibilities to me: I’ve shot better sports photos with the camera, better landscapes (and I really think I suck at landscapes though some like my work) and I’ve also for the first time created video with very little camera shake while shooting handheld with a DSLR. The video will come in a later post, but here are my impressions for my experiences today.

Editor’s Note: be sure to check out our three way full frame comparison test, the NEX 6 vs the X Pro 1, our studio shoot with the A99, our first studio sample with the camera, and a high ISO/long exposure.

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Quick Unscientific High ISO Comparison: Canon 5D Mk II, Sony A99, and Sony RX-1

Tonight I did a super quick and super informal comparison post in my hotel suite between the Canon 5D Mk II, Sony A99 and RX1. Why the 5D Mk II? Well, most of you couldn’t tell the high ISO differences between the 5D Mk II and 5D Mk III; so why bother?

Each camera was set to Auto White Balance, 35mm at f2.8, 1/1000th and ISO 6400. They all focused on the same spot as well. Take a look at the samples and let us know your thoughts.

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Want to Use The 102 AF Points on The Sony A99? Well You Better Own One of These 6 Lenses!

A couple of days ago my friend messaged me and asked when I think all of the Sony lenses will get an update to be compatible with the new A99. I replied saying what do you mean? They are all compatible! This was the start of a discovery for me that I somehow missed during my press release with Sony, my news writing and Chris missed this with his hands on impressions with the camera.

The news is / or at least my impression at the time of launch was that the 102 AF points would work alongside the 19 point AF to ensure a more precise focus. The truth is that the 102 AF points will only work in the new AF-D mode of the camera which can sense depth and continuously track objects very accurately. The big news to me and the staff was that the camera only currently supports 6 lenses at this point of time. Continue reading…

Sony A99, NEX-6, RX1 and VG30 Available for Pre-Order at B&H Photo

Sony spewed out a whole bulkload of awesome new gear last night, and the internet went all crazy about it. Be it the new A99 SLT camera, the awesome RX1 fullframe compact, the new NEX-6 or the VG30 camcorder — I am sure many of you are longing to own the one or the other of these items. Well, you know what? You can already preorder them over at B&H Photo, and be one of the first to actually own (and use) them!

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to All the Stuff that Sony’s Unicorn’s Vomitted Today

We know that today’s announcements can be a tad bit overwhelming. Heck, it was overwhelming on the news team to get all this stuff to you today. But we did the job, so here’s the skinny:

– Sony announced the new RX1 point and shoot camera with a full frame sensor and a 35mm f2 fixed lens made by Carl Zeiss. We’ve got a news post with all the specs that you care about, and I had some personal fondling time with the camera too.

– The Sony NEX 6 was also true. Indeed, it is a step in between the NEX 7 and NEX 5R. So if you want something in between and if Sony’s menu system drives you bonkers, this may be the one for you. We’ve got all the news and our first impressions ready for you.

– We didn’t really think it was possible, but the Sony VG900 camcorder is the world’s first E-Mount camcorder with a full frame sensor. In fact, when you put a full frame lens on there, there is no cropping at all. We’ve got a news post explaining the technology and our first impressions too.

Sony’s A99 has been much anticipated. And today, the company is announcing their challenger to the Canon 5D Mk III and Nikon D800. The new camera features a 24.3MP full frame sensor and is smaller than all the direct competition. We’ve got a news post and our first impressions/thoughts.

– Not to be outdone in the lighting department, but the company also announced a new flash, and it seems very nice.

From the viewpoint of a technology journalist that has been in the industry and seen it change over the years, 2012 has to be the most exciting year that I’ve seen so far in the world of photography. Last year, we had earthquakes and other natural disasters cause a ton of havoc. And this year, we’re starting to see companies like Sony come in and innovate. Though we will hold our judgements for the final reviews, it goes without saying that the world is looking at Sony now and that the era of the big two may be over sooner or later.

Announcing The Sony A99, The First Full-Frame SLT Camera

The long awaited successor to the A900 is here,the Sony A99. Full-frame cameras have a long life cycle and this camera has been in development for four years. This incorporates the latest and best technology from Sony and is the first full-frame camera to offer articulating display, EVF, 60p as well as SLT.

Sony’s first priority for the A99 was to achieve exceptional image quality and with this in mind they developed brand new 24.3 mp sensor. The pixel count may remain the same as the A900 but everything has changed about this sensor all the down to the silicon is different. The sensor isn’t the only thing new about this camera, there are many new features coming to the A99 including a dual AF system, display, video features and more. Continue reading…