September 20, 2017
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Sony folk at IBC unofficially do confirm S-LOG 8 bit is coming to the Sony A9

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Michel Satoer shared an “unofficial” info on our Sony A9 facebook group. S-LOG 8 bit should be added via future firmware added on the A9. I am very confident this will happen soon.

 

Sony A9 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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September 20, 2017
Posted in deals

(SR2) UPDATED: An impossible A6000II rumor?

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The White A6000 with kit lens sells for $499 at Amazon Germany (Click here). That’s around 50-60 Euro less than the “normal” price. There is also a 30Euro discount on the 10-18mm lens.

(SR2) A6000II rumor:

An anonymous (and new) source keeps sending me info about a so-called A6000II. I don’t know the source and for now I think this info is 90% likely to be wrong:

You might have noticed the A6000 bundles are discounted right now by $200-300 to clear stock.
Wanted to share some specs of the upcoming Sony A6000 Mark II which should be announced soon.

24mp sensor (from A6300)
Same AF system as A6300 – 425 PDAF points
Silent Shooting mode
4k Video 30fps
3″ LCD Touchscreen
2.3M dot OLED EVF
Polycarbonate body
No weather sealing
$749 body only/$849 with 16-50mm

As you can see the specs are very similar to the A6300 but it is missing weather sealing and mag-alloy body.

The chance is very low this info is correct. It would make sense though for Sony to update the A6000.

Note: I updated this post twice and I got this info from another new source:

A few weeks ago i talked to an employee of Sony. We talked about the Alpha6000 and how I wanted to use it mounted on a drone. However, he said that before the earthquake destroyed the Kumamoto factory, Sony was near to the release of an Alpha6000 successor. He didn’t gave it a name, but he definitly didn’t meant an Alpha6700. instead it’s something like Alpha 7000 or the mentioned Alpha6000II.
I didn’t wrote you this info earlier because it wasn’t clear what happened with the project, but now it seem’s you have more info than me and maybe this is interesting for you.

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September 20, 2017
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Hasselblad X1D Field Kit – Unboxing (Sony 50MP sensor inside)

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony A99 II and 70-400mm G II SSM Lens (SonyAlphaLab).
Sony Imaging PRO Support at the U.S. Open (Alphauniverse).
Testing FS5 Slow Motion and Low Light (Jeff Remas).
Lilliput A7S FullHD 4K On-Camera Monitor (Personal View).
World’s fastest lens for mirrorless gets an “upgrade” (MirrorlessRumors).
Palm-Sized and Super-Fast: Samsung T5 Portable SSDs (Explora).
Sony VENICE LA Launch Event (Newsshooter interview).

 

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September 19, 2017
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Announced: Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic for Sony E and A-mount

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Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic for Sony E and A-mount. You can preorder it for $379 at BHphoto (Click here).

Image samples can be seen at Explora.

 

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September 19, 2017
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Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 FE lens officially announced in Japan

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Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 on the Sony A7 (image by Optyczne.pl).

The new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 manual focusing FE lens has been announced in Japan by Cosina. The dollar converted price is around $1,200. Image samples can be found here: cosina.co.jp/gallery/iida-40-1_2/index.html

And those are the full lens specs:

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September 19, 2017
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Full Biotar 58mm f/2.0 E-mount lens specs. Has 17 aperture blades!

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Oprema Optik just launched the Indiegogo funding campagn for the new Biotar 58mm f/2.0 lens. It’s also available as native E-mount option:

Press Text:

Oprema Jena Launches Campaign to Revive Biotar 58/f2
Lens’ one-of-a-kind design includes 17 aperture blades

Koblenz, Germany. New German lens maker Oprema Jena launched a campaign today on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to resurrect the Biotar 58mm f2, promising to faithfully recreate the original lens’ optics down to its unique 17 aperture blade design.
The Biotar 58mm is Oprema Jena’s second lens project, following its successful Kickstarter campaign to revive the Biotar 75mm f1.5. Oprema’s plan calls for bringing some of the greatest lenses in history that are no longer being produced back to the market.

The new Biotar 58/f2 will be a truly remarkable lens that combines sharpness and bokeh in one sleek package. But what really sets the Biotar 58mm apart is what you’ll find on the inside — 17 aperture blades that will help it produce a one-of-a-kind background blur.
There’s not another modern lens on the market with that many aperture blades.


How can Oprema design a lens with that many blades when some of the best modern lenses on the market have 10 blades or fewer? The answer is in the Biotar’s fully manual design.
Auto-focus lenses are designed with fewer aperture blades to cut down on moving parts and reduce noise. Those are factors that the Biotar doesn’t have to worry about.
The Biotar 58 should be ready for the market in October 2018 at an expected retail price of $1,999 USD. However, backers on Indiegogo will be first in lines to get this special lens.
The Biotar lens family was originally produced by Carl Zeiss in Jena, Germany and both the 58mm and 75mm classic lenses are in high demand on the vintage market.

The Oprema Jena team includes Dr. Stefan Immes, who leads the Meyer Optik Goerlitz lens brand, famed designer Andre de Winter, who has won awards for the mechanical design of the Leica Summicron — M 35mm ASPH lens and the Leica Summilux — C lenses. Also on the team is Wolf Dieter Prenzel, a leading expert in the field of optical design of classic lenses. Prenzel, who worked for the original Meyer Optik, is the designer who created modern versions of several classic Meyer Optik lenses, including the legendary Trioplan and Primoplan lenses. Tokyo-based Tokina, one of the industry’s leading lens makers, will handle the production of the Biotar 58.

The Biotar 58 will be available in most major mounts, and, like the Biotar 75 will have rangefinder coupling, allowing it to be manually focused on the Leica-M rangefinders.

 

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September 18, 2017
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Nikon says: “nearly no professional people uses Sony, Olympus, Fuji”

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Mr. Goto Teng from Nikon got interviewed by the Chinese Weibo site. BeforeI start the mass discussion one important note: I relied on Google translation tool for this. I hope I didn’t misiniterpret something. But if I undertsood this correctly well Nikon was quite harsh towards Sony and the competition:

First: Nikon confirmed they will go Full Frame mirrorless soon

Second: They said they will not the modern design route from Sony A7 cameras. The google translation says: “Sony has a full frame but the shape we do not like

Third: Nikon says “Just a small part of the real professional people to use their cameras (referring to Sony-Olympus-Fuji)

Fourth: Nikon would not release so many cameras as Sony did. Sony had to go through a lot of failures before they came up with the A9. Nikon does not need to go through that process as they already went though that failures process due their long camera history.

Nikon really made some bold claims in this interview and in my opinione undermined the value of mirrorless players like Sony and Fuji. Probably this is a strategy to keep potential buyers from buying Sony and Fuji?

via Mirrorlessrumors

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