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Old Mar 2, 2009, 10:03 PM   #1
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See:

http://www.sony.co.jp/SonyInfo/News/Press/200903/09-031/index.html

I don't know what all that other stuff means, but I see:

 (1)Super Telephoto Lens
 (2)DT 50mm F1.8
 (3)DT 30mm F2.8 Macro
 (4)DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
 (5)DT 55-200mm F4-5.6
 (6)28-75mm F2.8
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Old Mar 2, 2009, 10:47 PM   #2
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I would have rather seen a 30mm f/1.8 or an 85mm f/1.8, but this is progress.
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Old Mar 3, 2009, 1:24 AM   #3
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CNet News.com has a report on this (in English).

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Two of the six concept lenses Sony showed are geared for these higher-end full-frame cameras, said Reiji Seki, a planner of Sony's lens and accessory line. They are the supertelephoto, of unspecified focal length, and a 28-75mm zoom.
The other four cameras are for Sony's smaller-sensor SLRs: a 50mm f1.8, 30mm f2.8 macro, 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 zoom, and 55-200m f4-5.6 zoom.

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Sony, which entered the SLR market with its Alpha line after acquiring the assets of Konica-Minolta in 2006, is the only camera maker to challenge market leaders Canon and Nikon with a high-end model using a large sensor the size of a frame of 35mm film.
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Old Mar 3, 2009, 1:29 AM   #4
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TCav wrote:
Here's the English version of the PMA 2009 Press Release:
http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Pr...31E/index.html

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The "α" body series are all on display, including its flagship model "α900".
The interchangeable lenses including newly introduced 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM and "Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM" will be exhibited, in addition to the prototypes of 6 interchangeable lenses, optional flash HVL-F58AM and accessories. With this expanded product portfolio, "α" is set to broaden its system configuration capabilities and appeal to a wider user base.

Exhibited Prototypes
Interchangeable Lenses
A wider lineup of interchangeable lenses offering high picture quality and performance has been planned for development. 6 concept lenses from the line-up are exhibited at PMA 2009.
1. Super Telephoto Lens
2. DT 50mm F1.8
3. DT 30mm F2.8 Macro
4. DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
5. DT 55-200mm F4-5.6
6. 28-75mm F2.8
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Please note the word "prototypes".
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Old Mar 3, 2009, 2:29 AM   #5
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We all have our wish list.

The 50mm f/1.8 is promising because as much as we all think we need the f/1.4, in reality the f/1.8 is generally good enough for many people. That said, personallyI would rather the lens be a bit faster (1.7) so as to match up with my old film lens in performance, but I will take the 1.8 if the price is right.

18-55 seems to be an upgrade to the kit lens. Don't know how much of an upgrade is likelyas the speed rating remains the same. Of course SSM could get added.

55-200 is reduntant. Might be an upgrade, or maybe Sony is changing up the cosmetics of the lens line and and this is just a cosmentic change.

28-75 sounds a lot likea rebadged Tamron lens. Time will tell.

30mm Macro? Why? Something additional needs to be released about the lens to justify the 30mm size. Maybe it will give us better than 1:1 ratio, like maybe 2:1 or 3:1. Hmmmm, there is a thought.






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Old Mar 3, 2009, 6:59 AM   #6
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StevieDgpt wrote:
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18-55 seems to be an upgrade to the kit lens. Don't know how much of an upgrade is likelyas the speed rating remains the same. Of course SSM could get added.
In the face of everybody else upgrading their kit lenses, and since the 18-70 isn't very good to start with, SSM or not, a new kit lens would be a good idea.

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30mm Macro? Why? Something additional needs to be released about the lens to justify the 30mm size. Maybe it will give us better than 1:1 ratio, like maybe 2:1 or 3:1. Hmmmm, there is a thought.
Interesting.

But 2:1 or 3:1 with a 'DT' Lens? And without a macro ring flash, I don't know how useful it would be.
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18-55 seems to be an upgrade to the kit lens. Don't know how much of an upgrade is likelyas the speed rating remains the same. Of course SSM could get added.
In the face of everybody else upgrading their kit lenses, and since the 18-70 isn't very good to start with, SSM or not, a new kit lens would be a good idea.

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30mm Macro? Why? Something additional needs to be released about the lens to justify the 30mm size. Maybe it will give us better than 1:1 ratio, like maybe 2:1 or 3:1. Hmmmm, there is a thought.
Interesting.

But 2:1 or 3:1 with a 'DT' Lens? And without a macro ring flash, I don't know how useful it would be.
There was one of those internet rumours about a Sony macro ring flash a while back. Of course it might have been somebody's fantasy.
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There was one of those internet rumours about a Sony macro ring flash a while back. Of course it might have been somebody's fantasy.
Minolta made a Ring Flash that worked with the same controller as the Twin Flash. When Sony took over, they dropped the Ring Flash in favor of a Ring Light, and changed the Twin Flash controller so it doesn't work with the Mminolta Ring Flash.

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Old Mar 3, 2009, 9:57 PM   #9
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The 30mm macro is intended for the smaller sensor with its 1.5 conversion factor. That makes it the equivalent of 45mm on a full frame film camera, which is close to the old standard 50mm macros. A 70mm macro is equivalent to the old 105mm film macro lens. Sigma has had both the 30 and the 70 for quite a while.
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...Sigma has had both the 30 and the 70 for quite a while.
True. But Sigma's 30mm isn't a macro lens.
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