It’s probably no surprise that pictures of the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II leaked shortly before the announcement. But now it’s officially out, and we’ve learned something more about the new and improved 70-200 Sony FE lens.
This one’s been a long time coming and long rumoured, but it look like Sony might finally be getting ready to announce a 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS successor. Nokishita has posted a couple of photos and diagrams of a 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II to Twitter, suggesting that we might be getting pretty close to an official announcement.
The images aren’t terribly high resolution but show an array of switches for OSS on/off and mode, AF vs MF, focus range, aperture click on/off and various other features. We also see three control rings for zoom, focus and aperture. No specs have managed to find their way out yet, although I guess we may find out as soon as tomorrow.
Well, this is odd. I stumbled across a leak from over the weekend about the new Samyang AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE parfocal zoom lens for full-frame Sony E mount cameras and then spotted over on Mirrorless Rumors that it had actually been released… Except, strangely, it seems to have only been released in Thailand, of all places.
What makes this particular lens special over other 24-70mm lenses out there is that it’s parfocal. This means that as you zoom the lens from one extreme to the other, the focus distance does not change. This is typically more in line with lenses geared towards video rather than photography and is normally quite pricey. Although this one seems to be a bit of a bargain at only $975.
ProGrade Digital has announced its new CFexpress Type A cards. At the moment, this means that their only real competitor is Sony and their target market is Sony shooters. The new cards offer read speeds of up to 800MB/sec, with sustained and burst write speeds of 400MB/sec and up to 700MB/sec respectively for high-resolution video capture.
One of the biggest companies appearing at NAB in Las Vegas each year (well, each non-pandemic year when the event actually goes ahead) is Sony. This year, NAB has been rescheduled from its usual date in April to October 9-13th at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, replacing the usual NAB New York shot at the Javits Center.
Sony, however, has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 Delta variant, Sony has decided to pull the plug and will not be attending in person at next month’s NAB Show. They also won’t be appearing at the audiovisual trade show InfoComm 2021 in Orlando, Florida, either.
Well, there haven’t been all that many rumours about the apparently impending Sony A7 IV. We’ve figured it must be coming at some point relatively soon, given Sony’s typical release cycles and the fact that it was possibly a body Sony registered in April, but there hasn’t been a lot of information leaked about it at all.
It seems, though, that an announcement had been planned for mid-September. Now, according to Sony Alpha Rumors, that announcement has been delayed until late October. And, not surprisingly, even after the announcement comes, there will be a limited supply for the first few months due to the global silicon shortage.
Released in early 2017, the Sony A9 immediately proved itself to be a very popular camera. It still continued to remain in Sony’s lineup for almost two years after its Mark II successor was announced in October 2019. Now, though, it seems that the original Sony A9 might be coming to an end as retailers including B&H are listing the Sony A9 as being discontinued.
Despite retailers listing the camera as being disconnected, it is still listed on the Sony USA website. It’s listed as being on sale, too – perhaps a clearout sale? – with a pretty hefty $1,000 discount, bringing the cost down to $2,999. That being said, there’s no “Add to cart” button. Just a button to be notified when it becomes available. There are a couple left on Amazon, though.
Sony was expected to announce its new ZV-E10 APS-C E mount vlogging camera on July 7th but the launch event was cancelled over backlash from China due to the date – which coincided with the anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident. Well, after recovering from that little snafu, Sony has set a new announcement date. July 27th. Yup, tomorrow.
As reported a few days ago, Sony has posted to Weibo suggesting that the postponement of today’s announcement is due to the anniversary is due to the Marco Polo Bridge Incident on July 7th, 1937, that led to the Second Sino-Japanese War, which led to large scale invasions of China.
When Sony initially announced the impending July 7th launch date, users on the Chinese social media site Weibo were quick to respond, and not in a positive way. Sony has now published an apology to Weibo, acknowledging those concerns.
Sony had scheduled an announcement via YouTube streaming event for July 7th, but that event has now been postponed over what is rumoured to be “inappropriate” timing for people in China. July 7th marks the anniversary of the “Marco Polo Bridge Incident” in 1937. No official reason, however, has been mentioned by Sony.
The previously scheduled stream has been removed from their YouTube channel and Sony posted the simple 10-second video (above) in its place, noting the postponement. A new date has not yet been announced, although it’s expected to come soon.