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Sony a9 Is Announced And The Rumors Were Right — The $4,500 Is An ‘Hail Mary’!

by Anura Guruge

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So it is cheaper than what was rumored (i.e., $6,000) BUT that is no consolation.

The $4,500 (U.S.) just for the body puts this well into the ‘Professional Only’ category.

Yes, I could get one IF I wanted BUT I can’t justify that price to MYSELF let alone anyone else — and it is the fact that I can’t justify it to myself that matters.

It is funny but I rarely use multiple-shot shutter bursts! Just one of my many foibles. I wouldn’t know what to do with 20fps.

So, looks like I will be getting a Sony a7II soon. {SMILE}

My March 27, 2017 post.

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The Supposed $6,000 Price Tag For The Rumored Sony a9 Full Frame Is BEYOND Crazy!

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IF it is priced at anything above $2,700 (US) it will just be confirmation that Sony executives just like their counterparts at the other Japanese digital camera manufacturers are ingesting drugs that are addling their brains.

It is a 20MP camera.

To prices it way above the a7S II or the new a99 II would mean that Sony is putting a $2,000 — $3,000 price on the NEW Auto Focus (AF).

That will be a hard-sell.

If it is priced at $6,000 the Sony a7 II will be one heck of a bargain.

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Will The Rumored Sony a9 Full Frame Be Announced At Video-Oriented NAB Show On April 23, 2017?

by Anura Guruge

From the ‘New Camera’, March 24, 2017. Click image to access the original.

Yes, it is possible.

Sony hasn’t, as yet, announced ANYTHING in 2017.

That is unusual to go this long into a year without something from Sony.

Yes, this is very much a broadcasting-centric show; hence the emphasis is on video, film, virtual reality, mobile etc.

However, ANY camera Sony now announces will indeed have some impressive video capabilities. So there is that.

April 23 is just under a month away.

I guess we will just have to wait and see.

I do hope they make THE announcement. I really do want to go ahead and order a camera

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The Rumored Sony a9 MIGHT Be Perfect For My Needs.

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The Sony a9 rumors have cropped up again.

Not clear whether this a9 is the same as the much anticipated Sony a7 III or indeed a very different camera.

One thing seems to be coalescing — i.e., that it is going to be a ‘low resolution’, i.e., 20 MP camera.

I find that intriguing.

The only way that makes sense to me is IF it like the 12 MP Sony a7S (II) is to have outstanding low-light performance.

The rumors don’t mention that but talk about the ‘FASTEST AF, EVER‘!

This might also have to do with low-light since light plays such a big role in AF.

So the a9 might in essence be an updated a7S II with a 20MP sensor.

24 MP, which I now have, with my Sony a6000 is overkill for my needs. I don’t really want to go beyond that, e.g., 42 MP. That would just be too cumbersome for my needs.

20 MP, with OUTSTANDING low light performance and fast AF would be GREAT for my needs.

So, I am all ears.

I have YET to get the Sony a6500 I was supposed to get last year!

Nothing to do with funds, all to do with TIME.

I was in the midst of writing yet ANOTHER book, my 27th. I didn’t want to get a new camera until that book was done. Didn’t want to be distracted.

That book is done and is currently being proofed.

So, I am ready to buy my ‘new/next’ camera.

But, I am NO LONGER sure I want the a6500!

I am going Sony Full Frame.

Come on. I am entitled. My bucket list.

I have never owned a digital full frame and I do not want to die without having played around with one! Simple as that.

So I am thinking Sony a7 II rather than Sony a6500.

But, I don’t want to order an a7 II if a a7 III or 20MP a9 is just down the road.

So, that is my dilema.

Not a bad one. I still have the a6000 and Nikon P900. So it isn’t as if I don’t have a camera,

A nice problem to have.

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Looks Highly Unlikely That The Sony a7 III To Be Announced This Weekend.

by Anura Guruge

No chatter at all, at all.

So, we have to start thinking end of March or maybe even mid-April.

My druthers insist that a new a7 announcement has to be imminent. But, I could be wrong.

Just keep YOU posted, as promised.

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IF Sony a7 III To Be Announced Within Week — Lack Of Rumors/Chatter Seems V. Strange.

by Anura Guruge

There has been a muted expectation that
the Sony a7 III might be announced at the
March 18 – 21, 2017,
The Photography Show“, in the U.K.

was discussed in this post.

IF this is to be the case you would have thought that there would have been much more ‘chatter’ by now.

With the Fuji X-T2 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII, last year, there were tons of ‘leaks’ at this stage, i.e., a week ahead of supposed announcement.

Are we in for a disappointment?

Is Sony this good at keeping announcements under wraps?

Don’t they need to invite press to the event etc.?

Just seems strange.

Hope I am wrong and that we do see the a7 III unveiled this weekend.

Fingers crossed.

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Rumored Panasonic Lumix LX200 Unlikely To Offer 20MP & Needs A Lens Tweak To Make It Special.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Daily Camera News’. See link below.

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The inevitable rumors of a Panasonic Lumix LX200 — the successor to the widely popular Lumix LX100 (which I own) — have surfaced again today, with a vengeance.

The LX100, announced in September 2014, is now getting old in the tooth and Panasonic no doubts knows that the LX100 owner base, including I, will happily cough up $900 for the follow-on, if it is the LX200.

But the rumored specs. don’t reflect reality from the PERSPECTIVE of one that owns and uses, near daily, a Lumix LX100.

The sensor more than likely will be a micro four thirds 20 megapixel from Sony. OK. But that doesn’t mean the LX200 will be a 20MP camera IF Panasonic perseveres with its ‘cropping’ approach. The LX100 has a 16MP sensor but the MOST you get is 12.7MP at the 3:2 aspect ratio. IF the LX200 follows suit the most we will get, at 3:2, is 15.2MP.

SO STOP TALKING 20MP unless we know what the crop is going to be. Yes, of course, Panasonic could OEM a 26MP sensor and then, with that crop, we could get 20MP.

Panasonic’s ‘Depth of Defocus‘ (DFD) autofocus would be nice BUT if you have a LX100 you will know that autofocus is not half bad. Plus I use Manual Focus at least 50% of the time. Isn’t that the point of owning a ‘real’ camera like the LX100?

Larger OLED viewfinder. Yep, that would be nice, BUT not a huge game changer. The electronic viewfinder on the LX100 isn’t great BUT it isn’t bad either.

Of course higher ISO will be nice BUT with a micro four thirds what price will we pay in terms of noise?

Built-in ND filter? Not a biggie for I and as such NOT a game changer for I.

Built-in flash. I just had a look at my LX100. Not sure WHERE they could put one WITHOUT making the body bigger and bulkier and the current LX100 is about as BIG as I am willing to contend.

What would be really nice is more zoom and more SPEED. SMILE. Might be hard to do. But even another 25mm would help. That would be a biggie.

So the bottom line is let’s be realistic. Folks who are propagating the rumors (and I THANK them for it) aren’t LX100 aficionados and as such are not thinking things through

But I will most likely upgrade to a LX200 the minute it is available. Deanna has already said, knowing my propensity to get new cameras every few months, that she will have the LX100. That is good. I won’t have to sell it and it will still be around. I do like the LX100. SMILE.

My Panasonic Lumix LX100.

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