Sony is working on plenty of new E and A-mount, APS-C and full frame cameras and lenses, including the Zeiss 85mm f/1.8 ZA, that should be announced within the next six months.
Plenty of Sony rumors have been circling around the web throughout 2013. The reason for that is pretty simple: the company has decided that it would be wise to scrape all of its previous plans and come up with new ones. A different strategy was required and, since the number of new Sony products was small, industry watchers were forced to be satisfied by gossip talk.
Zeiss 85mm f/1.8 ZA lens leaked, as Sony NEX camera with support for Canon, Nikon, and Pentax mounts is rumored
The first in line are two new Sony E-mount cameras, which will be joined by several lenses, including the Zeiss 85mm f/1.8 ZA. This optic has just been leaked on the web and it is seen boasting a focus ring, while an aperture one is missing.
Either way, it will be available for NEX APS-C shooters. Switching focus back to the cameras, it appears that one of these will provide a unique capability. According to the rumor mill, it will be able to support Canon, Nikon, and Pentax lenses.
It is nearly impossible for a camera to be compatible with multiple mounts without the use of an adapter. This is why 4-in-1 mount support without one seems a little bit dreamy. However, the Sony lens-camera modules show that the company can innovate and it remains to be seen how Canon, Nikon, and Pentax owners will be convinced to sell their cameras, keep their lenses, and switch to E-mount.
Sony NEX-FF camera is still a rumor mill subject and it’s coming in late 2013 or early 2014
Another product that will get its own press event is the Sony NEX full frame camera, which will be introduced in late 2013 or early 2014. It is said that its design is inspired by the existing NEX lineup.
Speaking of which, the company will release a pair of optics for this shooter and Zeiss will join the party with a couple more. All current NEX glass will be compatible with the NEX-FF, but the system will function in crop mode. A-mount lenses will not be supported by the NEX-FF.
Sony NEX-7 successor is on its way, along with firmware updates for NEX-7 and A99
The Sony NEX-7 replacement is still coming. It has to be one of the most delayed models of all time, but the company’s engineers have been focused on other units, so they had little time to work on this project.
Either way, it is being looked at and it should become available in the near future. Meanwhile, plenty of A-mount and E-mount cameras, such A99 and NEX-7, will receive major firmware updates to get improved features.
Several APS-C and full frame A-mount cameras, including A79, set to be released next year
Last but not least, the A-mount has a big future ahead of it. Several APS-C and full frame cameras will be introduced throughout 2014. However, the first units will be revealed during next year’s first few months.
The Sony A79 specs have already been leaked. The APS-C device will sport a brand new 32-megapixel sensor, up to 14 frames per second in burst shot mode, an impressive 480-point AF system, and a huge buffer totaling 4GB.