NEX-F3 Annonuced

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El Matadurr
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May 17, 2012

Just for those interested: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2012/05/16/press-release-new-sony-nex-f3-and-18-200-le-announced-an-entry-level-nex-camera/

I personally think I'll stay with my "last-gen" NEX-7. (I know I know, completely different cameras for different markets)

Equally interesting of note is the black 18-200 announcement, which is supposedly smaller and 12% lighter than the silver version, lending myself to believe that it could be just a rebranded Tamron (18.5 ounces vs 16 ounces).

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In reply to El Matadurr, May 17, 2012

Upon doing the math, 18.5 ounces vs 16.2 ounces, the difference is indeed 12.2%. It's the Tamron 18-200, without a doubt. Same 62mm filter thread (SEL18200 is instead 67mm) as the Tamron as well.

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I really do wonder what is the point of selling the same lens under a different brand.. Are they giving up on the SEL18200 (silver)?

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LoneReaction wrote:

I really do wonder what is the point of selling the same lens under a different brand.. Are they giving up on the SEL18200 (silver)?

I've heard it's just to get back some of the sales lost to black NEX-7's and 5n's that look better with the Tamron. Sony has something like 11% holdings of Tamron, so this isn't a particularly huge shock.

The SEL18200's super steady shot is much more effective in video than just the optical steady shot (which the new SEL18200 lacks), meaning it pairs better with the NEX video cameras. I can definitely see here in the near future the SEL18200LE being marketed towards the cameras, with the SEL18200 staying with the video cams.

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El Matadurr wrote:

LoneReaction wrote:

I really do wonder what is the point of selling the same lens under a different brand.. Are they giving up on the SEL18200 (silver)?

I've heard it's just to get back some of the sales lost to black NEX-7's and 5n's that look better with the Tamron. Sony has something like 11% holdings of Tamron, so this isn't a particularly huge shock.

The SEL18200's super steady shot is much more effective in video than just the optical steady shot (which the new SEL18200 lacks), meaning it pairs better with the NEX video cameras. I can definitely see here in the near future the SEL18200LE being marketed towards the cameras, with the SEL18200 staying with the video cams.

I'm interestd to know if the LE version is optically at par with the normal one. Personally, I'd prefer they just colored the previous version to black if IQ is affected.

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dj0502 wrote:

I'm interestd to know if the LE version is optically at par with the normal one. Personally, I'd prefer they just colored the previous version to black if IQ is affected.

Seeing as the Sony and Tamron are in all practical respects the same in IQ, I'd say there's nothing to worry about.

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Here's the MTF curves for the old Sony 18-200:

.. and the new:

The specs are up on the Sony Japan site:
http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/products/SEL18200LE/

Tamron:
13 groups, 17 elements
0.5m min focus distance
460g

Sony:
13 groups, 17 elements
0.5m min focus distance
460g

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In reply to El Matadurr, May 17, 2012

Would be interesting to see these 2 side by side.

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seachicken2000 wrote:

The specs are up on the Sony Japan site:
http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/products/SEL18200LE/

Tamron:
13 groups, 17 elements
0.5m min focus distance
460g

Sony:
13 groups, 17 elements
0.5m min focus distance
460g

What'd I say...

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