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July 31, 2016
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Experiences with the LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D prototype by Dierk Topp

Note: The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens is now on Kickstarter:

Experiences with the LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D prototype (by Dierk Topp)

I am a wide angle junky, bought my first 17mm fish eye Takumar in 1970 :-)

Last year I got the Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angled 1:1 Macro Lens  and posted my impressions at Steve Huff:
and in June 2016 I posted my first images made with the new Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f/5.6 Aspherical here at SAR:

A few weeks ago Venus Optics contacted me and asked, if I would be interested in comparing their new LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D to the new 10mm f/5.6 Voigtlander. Of course I was interested! Last Saturday the packet from Hong Kong arrived, customs and everything payed by Venus Optics.

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July 28, 2016
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(SR3) Sony canceled the A5100 successor launch?

Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-28 um 07.32.50

Back in Spring the Sony A5100 successor was rumored to be announced in June. But after the Kumamoto sensor facility stop Sony had to completely rework their camera release roadmap. This is what I got from two different sources:

Source 1: At least one of the new / planned cameras have been scraped. The already made and delivered aluminum body parts will have to be shipped back from the assembly factory to a scrap metal junkyard.

Source 2: Sony canceled a lower end super compact APS Camera that was supposed to follow the a5100. The reason is that all the sensors will be needed to fulfill the demand for the a6300

I guess Sony will launch the A5100 successor sometimes next year when all the sensor production issues are over. Trusted sources already told us that Sony expects to have a “Normal” sensor stock situation from September.

July 27, 2016
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(SR3) Sony A99 successor to be announced very soon? 42MP, 499 AF points, 4K….


I finally got some new info about the Sony A99 successor. The following specs are not confirmed by highly trusted sources yet. But there is a fair chance these could be correct:

42 Megapixel sensor
499 AF points
Dual AF
4K video recording
Dual card slot
improved flash system+battery
will ship together with new 24-105 f/4.0

Announcement “veeryyy soonn” said the source :)

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July 25, 2016
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Sony take note: Nikon has a new “WOW” lens in their line: 105mm f/1.4


The new Nikon 105mm f/1.4 versus the Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 A-mount lens

Nikon will soon announce one of those new kind of products Sony should really “clone” as soon as it gets! On August 26 they will announce a new 105mm f/1.4 lens that will be priced around $2,200. This is one of those lenses that unleashes a highly “I want it” gear acquisition syndrome. I guess Sony is currently developing an E-mount version of their equally exciting Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 A-mount lens. But let’s see if a faster 105mm lens would be welcomed by our community:

Should Sony make a 135mm f/1.4 FE lens priced at $2,000-$2,500?

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Image from Digicameinfo. Via Mirrorlessrumors.

The current Zeiss 135mm store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

July 25, 2016
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(SR5) Venus Optics will launch a new “E-mount Magic Shift Converter”!

The new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 E-mount lens on the Sony A7s

As I reported yesterday on July 30 Venus Optics will Kickstart a new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Full Frame lens that will be available for both Sony mounts (A and E). We now got confirmations that there is now an additional special additional product for the E-mount folk:

It will be a E-mount Magic Shift Converter to convert the lens from 12mm f/2.8 (DSLR) into 17mm f/4 with +/- 10mm SHIFT & 360 rotation (Full Frame E-mount). The glass elements inside the converter ENLARGE the image circle of the lens in order to fulfil the shifting! See attached photo:

This is a very NEW thing in the market!

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