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Interesting New Rumor Says Sony May Have Two RX Full Frame Cameras In The Works…

By Anthony Thurston on August 6th 2014

We have been pretty sure, based on current rumors, that Sony will release the first of its new curved sensors in an RX Full Frame camera with a 35mm F/1.8 prime lens. But now some new rumors have surfaced that say Sony may not just be coming out with one curved sensor RX Full Frame, but a second one as well.

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Unlike the curved sensor RX camera, this second RX would feature a standard CMOS sensor and a high quality zoom lens. More specifically, the sensor would be the same one as is in the Sony A7r, and that the lens would be a 35-70mm F/2.8 lens.

[REWIND: Sony’s RX Full Frame To Feature Curved Sensor Tech]

The rumor comes from an anonymous source, so take it with a heavy dose of salt, but it does make some sense. Sony has admitted that the creating zoom lenses for their curved sensor at this point in time is incredibly difficult, so maybe this is their way of appeasing those who want a zoom without breaking the bank trying to develop a special zoom lens for that new curved sensor.

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What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it makes sense that Sony would do a zoom with a standard CMOS sensor, or do you think this is just some wacky dream rumor? Leave a comment below!

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Phil Bautista

    Not having seen the results of this new curved sensor, I can’t really comment on why Sony should come out with 2 new cameras, one using the new sensor while another using the old, other than to say that there are quite a few people out there who prefer the versatility of a zoom over the IQ bump of a prime. That said, given how much the first RX cost, I’m not really in the market for either even if the rumors prove true.

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    It would be very interesting to see a 35-85mm lens so that people could also shoot better portraits and still have a wide angle to shoot in diverse locations and situations.

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    • adam sanford

      And this is why fixed lens cameras don’t succeed. We photographers have too many focal length preferences, and the hands-down best solution to satisfying them all is to given them an interchangeable lens system.

      Other than (perhaps) a street photog who could get by on a limited FL range, I can’t see this working well for a large subgroup of photographers, who would inevitably feel handcuffed on a $2k+ piece of kit.

      I’m all for Sony pushing new tech and working in-between-the-lines of companies like Canon/Nikon/Leica, but sometimes you have to follow suit and give photogs what they want.

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  3. Austin Swenson

    If there is indeed that 35-70 zoom model, that might really be something to consider as a dedicated short range wedding portrait camera…

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  4. Austin Swenson

    This whole camera series is just a mystery to me. Other than the journalist that wants to keep a low profile camera or the street photographer who just wants the 35mm focal length, I’m not sure why people would want these cameras. Now, if it was an 85mm fixed lens, well that would be different, it could be a straight up portrait session camera. If I was a studio guy, I would buy something like that.

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  5. adam sanford

    But, that said, this buzz about a curved FF sensor is intriguing. Too bad my Canon doesn’t license Sony sensors…

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  6. adam sanford

    I’m lost on why you’d spend > $2k on a camera and not have the ability to change lenses (though I’ve always felt that way about the RX1/1R line).

    Unlike the A7/A7R/A7S, which has poached a few curious Canon and Nikon FF shooters, I see an FF body with a fixed lens (even if it’s a zoom) being a very expensive novelty or toy for photography lunatics who would like something different/smaller/simpler to play with. That’s got to be a small market.

    I think Sony would be much better served skipping this fixed line and build the lead they have with interchangeable FF mirrorless –> improve the a7 mirrorless line with better ergonomics, AF and burst rates. Every Canon guy I know that has use the a7 has raved about the sensor but cursed the ergonomics, layout and AF. All of those seem to be correctable offenses.

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    • Paul Monaghan

      Fixed lens camera’s offer the ability to have higher IQ than a interchangeable lens camera as the lens can be matched to the sensor with very tight tolerances.

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    • adam sanford

      You are correct, but professional photographers overwhelmingly choose interchangeable systems because the IQ differences are very, very small.

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  7. Kishore Sawh

    I think, if they do push out the 24-70 2.8… I may be tempted to buy that as my all round travel camera. Dammit. Now I really REALLY want that.

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  8. Paul Blacklock

    i’m exciiiiiited :)

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