Sony NEX-7R Coming Soon; Leaks Already Free-Flowing

Zeiss Lens for Sony NEX-7

Another interesting leak situation happened with Sony’s rumored NEX-7R, which is expected to serve as the replacement for the highly-regarded Sony NEX-7.

As noted by Sony Alpha Rumors:

New York fashion Photographer Clayton Nelson shared a couple of pictures he has taken “with the Sony NEX-7R, a new prototype APS sensor digital camera” (these are his own words).

The shared images have sinced been removed from Nelson’s Facebook account; however, there seems to be a lot coming together that makes this sound very legit.

Previous rumors suggested that the NEX-7 replacement would be unveiled in October 2013 (likely prior to PhotoPlus 2013 that occurs at the end of October). This would be a big camera for this rather large show and would give Sony a nice chunk of press for the prosumer crowd leading into the holiday season.

Additionally, the Sony NEX-7 successor (previously referred to as the NEX-7N) has been rumored to stick with a 24MP APS-C sensor instead of pushing its luck with a higher-MP offering.

Sony NEX-7R Rumored Specs

  • New 24 MP APS-C sensor with 1/2 stop improvement and increased dynamic range
  • 3.8 million dot EVF
  • Touchscreen
  • Hybrid Contrast and Phase Detection AF
  • Tri Navi design reviewed
  • Improved focus peaking with choice of colors
  • Wi-Fi
  • No built-in GPS
  • Same size and form factor of the current NEX-7 but with a minor design changes

Hasselblad Lunar Now Shipping in US for $7000

Hasselblad Lunar

I know all of you have been waiting so long to get your hands on a Hasselblad Lunar, so you’ll be glad to know that the Lunar has started shipping in the US for an insane price of $7000.

In case you have missed my previous rants, the Lunar is essentially a glorified Sony NEX-7 with a reworked body and controls from Hasselblad and a bloated price tag. You can pick up one (or two) for yourself here at Amazon.com.

Hasselblad Lunar Delayed Until June

Hasselblad Lunar

The Hasselblad Lunar was supposed to launch this month; however, Hasselblad has reportedly informed Amateur Photographer “that the Lunar is ‘scheduled’ for June availability.” No reason was provided for the delay in the launch of the exotic camera.

Thus far, I have heard of no one who is actually looking forward to this camera . . . even though it will be available with a Zebra Wood body. I have seen or heard nothing from Hasselblad’s marketing that suggests anything other than excess for the simple sake of it. [Read more...]