A new Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 lens for A-mount cameras is rumored to be announced in early May alongside the Sony A77II camera that replaces the original A77.
The Photokina 2014 is only a few months away and will be the launch pad of numerous new products for the digital imaging world. Despite its vicinity, several companies will still opt for revealing new gear ahead (and after, of course) the world’s largest photography-related event, just to keep in touch with the fans.
At this point it would be weird to introduce high-profile products, but a camera and a lens that sit somewhere in the middle of pack are two things that would be wise to announce. This is the exact combination that Sony is rumored to make official at the beginning of May when the A77II camera and a new A-mount lens are set to be unveiled.
New Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 lens set for early May announcement along with Sony A77II camera
In addition to refreshing the Sony A77, the Japan-based company will also replace the current 16-50mm f/2.8 lens with a newer version.
The new specifications list will be roughly identical to the one provided by the original optic. However, an insider has confirmed that the newer model will be offering an enhance image quality, the same thing that the upcoming Alpha SLT camera will be doing when compared to its predecessor.
The lens will be based on the DT design, which refers to Sony’s lenses for DSLR cameras with APS-C image sensors. It will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-75mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8, perfect for achieving a shallow depth-of-field at the telephoto end.
Sony A77II camera rumored to feature WiFi and 11fps continuous shooting mode
As for the camera, the Sony A77II will sport a new 24-megapixel image sensor, an enhanced electronic viewfinder, a quick autofocus technology, and built-in WiFi, the latter allowing photographers to connect to a mobile device in order to remotely control the camera and to transfer photos in an instant.
The latest information, coming from the rumor mill, is claiming that the new Sony A-mount camera will come packed with a continuous shooting mode of up to 11fps, which is slower than the 12fps achieved by the A77.
Both the new Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 lens and the A77II camera will be revealed on May 1 or 2, the rumor mill says. For now, the Sony A77 and 16-50mm f/2.8 kit can be purchased at Amazon for less than $1,400, a 30% price reduction from the original price of around $2,000.