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January 31, 2017
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Sony Australia confirms the 135mm Zeiss A-mount lens is “discontinued”

Sony Australia officially confirmed this:

“The Sony SAL135F18Z camera lens has been discontinued and will no longer be in production as of this week. The website may still show that it is in back-order, but the information on the website will be updated anytime from now.”

I don’t know if that means that Sony will no more sell that lens in Australia or if a new version II is about to be released. What our sources told us is that Sony will update some of the current A-mount lenses to improve the autofocus performance.

Thanks Yubin!

Store links to the 135mm Zeiss: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

January 25, 2017
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We got that image of the Pentax KP with new 24MP Sony sensor and 819200 ISO!

UPDATE: The camera is now listed at Amazon US (Click here).

One of my trusted sources just sent me these two images of the new Pentax KP.
Why should we care about this camera? Because it’s rumored that this model has a new 24 Megapixel APS-C Sony sensor with incredible low light performance. The KP can go up to top 819200 ISO!

It might be that Sony will use that sensor on future own 24MP sensor cameras like the A77II successor or the A6700 which arrives in march…just joking again :)

January 25, 2017
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(SR5) First image of the new Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 II lens

A source just sent me this images of a new 2nd generation Tamron 70-200mm Di VC USD lens. There will be also a non-VC version for Sony A-mount. The lens will be announced at the CP+ show.

We posted the Tamron info back in October thanks to Dan M Lee.

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January 24, 2017
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(SR1) The Impossible rumors…(A7r Mark III and a 2017 roadmap)

sony-a7III

This is a new chapter of the “impossible” rumors I received form anonymous source. Please read the note at the bottom to understand what those “impossible rumors” are.

Source 1: Sony A7rIII

I work in the Broadcast industry, written to you before. I have good connections with Sony Broadcast and buy equipment from them.
Was down at “XXX” (Editor’s note: name removed) looking as some Sony IP switching solutions. They know I am a keen Sony person as I own an a7Rii and FS5 with a ton of FE lenses, keen hobbyist.
Although I have pre ordered my a6500 was told new upgraded a7Rii will have
70-80 Meg sensor, apparently they like the market position Phase One has so they are cool with that. Not sure what the new camera slated for mid 2017 will be called.
Dual card slots (obviously)
Working on an even newer processor (Wow) and this thing apparently will work at mega processing speeds, buffer overflows an inconvenient fact of history.
Still cannot get any firm details but Sony are working on some ground breaking sensor technology in line with the new processing technology. What this means I am not sure but I guess to keep up with the new colour depths on 4K TVs they want something that will grade very nicely in say DaVinci Resolve to yield outstanding picture/colour quality.
Last but in my opinion the best is they will be radically overhauling IBIS as you know Olympus are pretty awesome in this field.
They want to improve “run and gun” so that might make my SteadXP kickstarter order redundant (if it ever materialises)
Maybe they will use the same principles as SteadXP and process on board who knows for a max 20% crop, but could be an exciting prospect for IBIS.

Source 2: Sony A7rIII

54MP sensor, new autofocus system with 2,460 focus points. jan-feb announcement

Source 3: Sony roadmap

Sony next release cycle is starting soon
First event
1: New high end FF camera
2: A7 II successor
3: New Gmaster lenses
second event
4: New consumer camera Lineup
5: A7S II succesor
Third event
6: A7R II succesor
7: Highend Compact camera


Notes on those kind of (im-)possible rumors:

  • Fake rumors sent by so claimed sources that are known to create fake rumors are NOT included. What you see here are messages I got from unknown sources where I have no track of any “rumor history”
  • It’s by readers request that I create this sum up of low ranked rumors. But please remind all that these are not rumors from trusted sources and don’t count me accountable on those kind of very low ranked rumors :)
  • The last year a couple of those rumors were right (RX1rII and A6300 specs). So miracles sometimes can happen :)
January 19, 2017
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Metabones Unveils Fifth-Generation Smart Adapters on Fifth Anniversary

Press text:

Vancouver, Canada, January 18, 2017 – Metabones unveils 4 new products on the fifth anniversary of the original Smart Adapter. They are EF to E CINE Smart Adapter™, EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA, EF to E Smart Adapter V and EF to E Speed Booster ULTRA II.

The headline feature of EF to E CINE Smart Adapter and EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA is a positive-lock EF lens mount carried over from the critically acclaimed Metabones EF-FZ CINE Smart Adapter, a perfect companion to the positive-lock mount of the new Sony FS7 Mark II camera.
All 4 new products are equipped with a rubber gasket to protect the E-mount connection from dust and moisture. To promote ease-of-use, an LED indicates the adapter’s operation mode, optical image stabilization operation and communication status. A dedicated switch controls in-body image stabilization (IBIS) on Sony cameras equipped with SteadyShot INSIDE.
EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA and EF to E Speed Booster ULTRA II feature the same world-renowned Speed Booster ULTRA optics by Caldwell Photographic and WB Designs that make lenses brighter, wider and sharper.
Metabones recounts the beginnings of the world’s first fully electronic EF to E mount adapter 5 years ago, with only aperture control and auto-magnify (requires lens with distance information) but no autofocus support back then. Over the years firmware work has significantly expanded its capabilities. Today, the very same original Smart Adapter, though long discontinued, can still be upgraded to leverage the latest firmware benefits such as smooth iris (lens support required), fast contrast detection autofocus on all E-mount cameras, eye-AF, direct manual focus (DMF), zoom and distance display (requires lens with distance information), assignable custom button and 5-axis image stabilization (requires camera support).
Since the advent of the original EF to E Smart Adapter 5 years ago, Metabones has assumed a pivotal role in the mirrorless revolution. Cinematographers and photographers all over the world are armed with unprecedented flexibility of lens and camera choice.
EF to E CINE Smart Adapter will be available in February 2017 for USD 449 plus applicable taxes, duties and shipping, and EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA will be offered at the same time for USD 699 plus applicable taxes, duties and shipping. Availability and pricing of EF to E Smart Adapter V and EF to E Speed Booster ULTRA II are to be determined.

Product Specification

Product name (model number): 

Canon EF-E mount T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA (MB_SPEF-E-BT3)

  • Dimension / Weight  (H:91cm W:88cm D:26.5cm / 242g), Suggested Retail Price USD699

Canon EF-E mount T CINE Smart Adapter (MB_EF-E-BT6)

  • Dimension / Weight (H:91cm W:88cm D:31cm / 207g), Suggested Retail Price USD449

Canon EF-E mount T Speed Booster ULTRA II (model number MB_SPEF-E-BT3)

  • Dimension / Weight (TBD), Suggested Retail Price TBD

Canon EF-E mount T Smart Adapter (MB_EF-E-BT5)

  • Dimension / Weight (TBD), Suggested Retail Price TBD

 

New key features

·       CINE models feature a new positive-lock EF lens mount. (Patent pending)
·       Rubber gasket protects E-mount connection from dust and moisture.
·       Compatible with Sony FS7 Mark II camera
·       Status notification LED light
·       Dedicated switch controls in-body image stabilization (IBIS)

Electronic features

·       Fast contrast-detect AF on all E-mount cameras.
·       Phase-detect autofocus support on A7RII, A7II, A6300 and A6500.
·       Smooth iris support with the latest Canon (2009+), Tamron (SP series 2013+) and Sigma (2016+) lenses
·       Supports 5-axis in-body image stabilization of A7II, A7RII and A7SII. (Distance information from lens required; 3-axis IBIS if lens does not transmit distance information.)
·       Powered by camera body. No external power source required.
·       Aperture control from camera body.
·       Custom function button assignable to more than 50 functions on A7 series and A6300/A6500.
·       High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
·       Supports image stabilization (IS) lenses.
·       Supports electronic manual focusing (e.g. EF 85/1.2L II and discontinued EF 50/1.0L)
·       EXIF support (focal length, aperture, zoom range)
·       Distance and zoom display on VG and FS series camcorders, A7 series and A6300/A6500 (lens with distance information support required).
·       Auto magnify (lens with distance information support required)
·       Auto “APS-C Size Capture” on full-frame cameras.

 

Optical (Speed Booster models only*) /Mechanical Features

·       Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop.*
·       Increase MTF.*
·       Makes lens 0.71x wider.*
·       Advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tantalum-based optical glass by Caldwell Photographic in the USA (patent).*
·       Felt material flocked inside the opening to reduce internal reflection.
·       The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, and Photo Clam ball heads.

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