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September 4, 2015
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(SR5) New FS E-mount 4K camcorder to be announced soon!

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If the A7rII and A7s are too small for your 4K video recording use than watch out! There is a new Sony FS E-mount 4K camcorder to be announced soon at IBC in Amsterdam! The Sony press event is scheduled for September 11.

interesting to note that the FS700 got a huge price drop (here at BH) while the FS100 is discontinued.

P.S.: Thanks Ironfilm (for the FS100) and Newsshooter (for the FS700) product info (price drop and discontinued note)

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September 1, 2015
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(SR4) No other new Zeiss Batis lens will be announced in 2015. One new Loxia to be shown at PhotoPlus in October.

loxia-35mm

According to a “Zeiss source” there is no plan to release another new Batis lens in 2015. Their first goal now is to see how good the current two Batis lenses will sell and get a feedback from readers about the prefered future focal lengths. I will do a Poll about that on SAR very soon!

But there will be one wide angle Loxia announcement soon. I have beent told the lens will be shown at the PhotoPlus show in October. The current FE Loxias are based on the ZM line. So the wide angle lens could be too based on one of those:
Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Distagon T* 4/18 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).

Both Batis lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

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August 31, 2015
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Sigma CEO is considering to develop compact FE prime lenses!


Image courtesy: Ming Thein (original file on Flickr).

Premise: Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki  is a person I highly respect for his very personal approach on photography. Unlike so many CEO’s out there he is a visionary and a dreamer. Something we deeply miss in our current business culture :(

Ming Thein interviewed Mr. Kazuto Yamaki during his visit in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a very interesting article I invite you to read. There is also a small hint about what could be the first Sigma lenses for the Sony FE system:

A fast FF lens or lens of a certain resolving power is still going to be a certain size regardless of flange distance. Though they are looking into Sony FF lenses, there may be compromises made for size/resolving power/cost reasons – similar to the f2.8 M4/3 and APSC lenses they have made previously.

The current Sony/Zeiss lens line up is very pricey. I certainly would like to get some nice cheap but also good quality f/2.8 prime lenses!

Question to SAR readers: Let’s say Sigma would launch a range of 24mm 35mm 50mm 85mm f/2.8 FE lenses…

Would you consider to buy a compact, cheap f/2.8 autofocus prime lens?

  • Yes! (84%, 3,019 Votes)
  • No. (16%, 570 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,589

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August 28, 2015
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(SR5) Tamron will soon announce two new A-mount primes: SP 35mm f/1.8 Di-USD and SP 45mm f/1.8 Di-USD!

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Within the next few weeks or even days Tamron will announce two new A-mount lenses:

SP 35mm f/1.8 Di-USD
SP 45mm f/1.8 Di-USD

There is yet no info on price and availability.

via Digicameinfo.

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August 27, 2015
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(SR3) Sony A6xxx/a7xxxx has a new backlit sensor and RGBW pixel array.

 A6000gariz
The current
A6000 with Gariz case.

A new source shared some more details about the soon to be announced new Sony E-mount camera.

1) Sony is preparing the next step in video quality and experience

2) This is an interchangeable lens camera with
– Best in class low light performance (backlit sensor and RGBW pixel array)
– internal 4k video recording with full sensor readout in 60fps
– extremly fast autofocus system

This would become the world’s first System camera with RGBW sensor. More info about that sensor can be read via Sony.net:

The built-in “RGBW Coding” function which adds W (White) pixels to the conventional range of RGB (Red-Green-Blue) pixels has realized higher sensitivity, enabling high-quality shooting with low noise even in dark indoor or night settings. While the addition of W (White) pixels improves sensitivity, it has the problem of degrading image quality. However, Sony’s own device technology and signal processing realizes superior sensitivity without hurting image quality.

This is an info that still has to be confirmed by trusted sources. But my guts tells me that new source is spot on with the info he shared!

So when will it be announced? There is the IFA in Berlin (Sept. 7) and the IBC in Amsterdam (Sony press day on Sept. 11). There will be certainly new Sony action cameras, maybe QX news too. And I hope the 4K A6xxx will be announced in one of those events too. But so far no trusted source confirmed when the camera will be announced.

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