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December 10, 2014
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New Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 Lensbaby for A and E-mount cameras.

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There is a new A and E-mount version of the Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 lens. That’s the kind of picture you take with it:

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This is the full press text:

Lensbaby Circular Fisheye Lens 185-Degree View Sets New Standard for Creative-Effects Photographers/ Now Available in New Mounts for DSLRS

PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – Nov 24, 2014) – Lensbaby, providing lenses to creative-effects photographers that ignite their creativity and expand their unique visions of the world, today announced the availability of new mounts for the 5.8mm 185 degree Circular Fisheye lens. The company now offers the lens in Sony A and E, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Pentax K, Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. Launched to rave reviews in April, extreme sports photographers and Google Sphere shooters are among the growing number of serious hobbyists with crop sensor cameras bringing new life to wide angle shots using this unique lens.

Digital Trends noted that with the incredible 185-degree view, the Circular Fisheye lens is able to look slightly behind itself. The reviewer concluded that the lens creates a perfectly circular image with a spectacular panoramic view. Popular Photography also noted the extremely wide field of view as well as a reflective internal barrel, which produces interesting reflections, flares, and light spills in a halo around the main image.

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http://lensbaby.com/cfe

The Circular Fisheye is great for capturing the scale of endless landscapes and big events, fun self-portraits, quirky shots of pets or friends, creating extreme perspective, and experimenting with unique lens flare. This manual lens has built-in aperture control ranging from f/3.5-22 and features an ultra-wide 5.8mm focal length. It is capable of capturing a 185 degree angle of view and focusing from 1/4 inch in front of the lens to infinity. That extreme close-focus paired with the incredibly wide 5.8mm focal length produces other-worldly distortion with exceptional sharpness throughout.

“Serious hobbyists and professional photographers need innovative photography products to stand out from the crowd, to be different and unique, to create something imagined,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer. “The Circular Fisheye furthers our mission to lead the market in developing innovative new products. We’re looking forward to being blown away by what photographers create with the most versatile fisheye lens ever made.”

Circular Fisheye lens
Specs and Features

5.8mm focal length
185º angle of view
f/3.5-22
Focus type: Manual
Polished internal barrel for creative flare & reflection outside the image circle
Focus distance scale & hyperfocal scale to aid in focusing
Available for Sony A and E, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Pentax K, Canon EF and Nikon F camera mounts
Size/Weight: 2.75″ (7cm) high x 3″ (7.6cm) wide / 10.5oz (298g)

Pricing
Circular Fisheye retails for $299.95 (MSRP). The lenses will be available in all mounts listed above beginning 11/28/14 through Lensbaby.com, B&H, Adorama and Amazon, and from select photo specialty stores worldwide.

About Lensbaby
For a decade, creative-effects photographers have relied on Portland, Oregon based Lensbaby to provide lenses that ignite their creativity and highlight their unique personalities. The company’s latest innovations transform a smartphone camera- LM-10 Sweet Spot lens, expand the Lensbaby ecosystem for optic swap-Sweet 50, and bring new life to wide angle shots for extreme sports photographers and Google Sphere shooters- Circular Fisheye. Lensbaby products are sold and distributed worldwide. Visit www.lensbaby.com

December 9, 2014
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How Sony can win the PRO battle (Diglloyd and Soundimagesplus).

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Sony’s goal for 2015.

Sony still has a long way to go to win the Full Frame battle against Nikon and Canon. And if Sony engineers are reading this they may check out these two articles to learn what should be done:

Sony, Fix These Things and Win (Diglloyd)
The SONY FE MIRRORLESS SYSTEM – Getting There For Professionals? (Soundimagesplus).

I agree on 99% of what these two guys wrote :)

December 8, 2014
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Zeiss Loxia 50mm lens could remain out of Stock for months. 35mm Loxia will ship from December 12!

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Image courtesy: kakaku.

First the bad news:
Plenty of dealers contacted me to tell me that indeed Zeiss will not ship them new Stock of the 50mm Loxia any time soon. One of them even got an unofficial note saying that new Stock of lenses are likely going to ship in a few months only. Only major store having many of them in Stock is Digitalrev (Click here). So grab it there if you want to get one now.

Now the good news:
The same dealers confirmed Zeiss will ship the firts Stock of Zeiss Loxia 35mm Biogon lenses from December 12 already (Source: DC.watch)! P.S.: Japanese Loxia 35mm test at Kakaku and Kasayapa.

Zeiss Loxia preorders:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro, Digitalrev.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.

 

 

December 7, 2014
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Sony Artisan Brian Matiash confirms some third party lenses get 3 axis stabilization “only”.

Sony Artisan Brian Matiash posted that Sony A7II hands-on video and confirmed in it that some third-party lenses will “only” get the 3 axis stabilization. Would be nice to know from Sony why those lenses cannot get the full 5 axis stabilization…

More A7II news:
The A7II shipment date also changed from Dec 9 to Dec 11 in USA (Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore).
New Japanese tests at Yodobashi and Kasyapa. Norwegian first impression by Toralf Sandåker.

If you find more test feel free to post them all on our forum thread: sonyalphaforum.com/topic/135-sony-a7ii-steadyshot-test-la-ea2-sal70400g-ssm-ii/.

USA/Canada preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.

EU preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

Asian/Australia preordersNote:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

December 7, 2014
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This week SAR readers photos selection.


Olivier Rougeron‎
Shot in Iceland, with the Sony A7 and the stock lens 28-70mm. Iceland is a very photogenic country!

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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