September 29, 2016
Posted in news

New Software updates: Capture One 9.3 and Apple Camera Raw 9.7

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Capture One 9.3 (Click here) got released. It has new features and also added support for the following lenses:

• Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35 mm F2.8 ZA SSM II
• Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24–70 mm F2.8 ZA SSM II
• Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70 mm F4 ZA OSS
• Sony 1.4x Teleconverter
• Sony 2x Teleconverter
• Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA

And Apple Camera Raw 9.7 (Click here) added new lens profiles:

Sony A Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS
Sony A Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS II
Sony A Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS
Sony A Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS II
Sony E Rokinon 12mm f/7.4 RMC Fisheye
Sony FE Rokinon 50mm AF F1.4 FE
Sony FE Samyang 50mm AF F1.4 FE
Sony FE Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA
Sony FE Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro
Sony FE Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 (T3.2) Smooth Trans Focus
Sony FE Voigtlander HELIAR-HYPER WIDE 10mm F5.6
Sony FE ZY Optics Mitakon SpeedMaster 85mm f/1.2

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September 28, 2016
Posted in deals

Sony Lens Savings will expire on October 1

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The Sony semiannual deals will end on October 1. So grab them now at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama page (Click here). The FE deals are:
$25 off on the Sony 21mm f/2.8-22 Ultra Wide Converter Lens at Amazon.
$25 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 28mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm FE f/1.8 lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 90mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

All new Sony stuff on preorder:
Sony A99II at BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon. Calumet Germany and WexUK.
Loxia 85mm f/2.4 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Tamron 150-600mm G2 A-mount lens at Bhphoto.Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 APS-C E-mount lens at BHphoto.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 autofocus FE lens at Amazon and BHphoto.

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September 28, 2016
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Will Sony announce a new 100mm f/2.8 STF lens in October?

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Image above shows the Sony 135mm f/2.8 STF A-mount lens (Image from Jörg Haag on SystemKameraForum).

Back in early August Kakaku reported about a news shared by Sony lens designer Mr. Motoyuki Otake. He said a new FE mount STF lens was under development. I have no solid info about the lens specs yet. But I got this from an Asian source:

October
FE STF 100mm F2.8 T4.5
Look forward to it!

Let’s hope he is right on this!

For those of you who don’t know what “STF” stands for. This is the description copied from BHphoto:

Sony’s Smooth Trans Focus (STF) technology has a very unique effect on defocused light sources, changing the way defocused areas appear depending on how it is adjusted. Smooth Trans Focus (STF) employs a special “apodization” element that controls the parts of the image that are not in focus. This does not affect the focused part of the image, only what is out of focus, and is set independently from the camera’s focus and aperture via the STF ring.  

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September 28, 2016
Posted in reviews

Sony interview at Imaging Resource: New LSI chip likely to be used on future mirrorless cameras too

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Imaging Resource had a chat with Sony manager Kimio Maki and Takashi Kondo. And those are the take-aways written by Imaging Resource:

  1. He (Kimio Maki) did indicate that we’d likely see the LSI in future cameras, including mirrorless models.
  2. I found it particularly interesting that Sony doesn’t appear to view the A99 II so much a tool for convincing people to switch to Sony from Canon or Nikon (or Fuji or Olympus) as it is about delivering new technology to long-time A-mount loyalists, some of whom have been using the platform for decades.
  3. the sense we got was that Sony isn’t currently planning on launching an equivalent to its G Master lenses for the A-mount. Instead, he noted that A-mount shooters should be able to get the maximum image quality from their existing A-mount glass by simply stopping down slightly when paired with the A99 II body

All new Sony stuff on preorder:
Sony A99II at BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon. Calumet Germany and WexUK.
Loxia 85mm f/2.4 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Tamron 150-600mm G2 A-mount lens at Bhphoto.Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 APS-C E-mount lens at BHphoto.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 autofocus FE lens at Amazon and BHphoto.

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September 28, 2016
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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INTERVIEW: Jimmy from Sony shows us the product line up!

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Bhphoto, eBay and Amazon.com.
Sony Introduces Ziptronix DBI Technology in Samsung Galaxy S7 (Electroiq).
External Battery Rig for DSLR and Mirrorless with NP-F970 by Chung Dha
Sony Lenses I use for Wedding Photos/Films (Jason Vong).
Hands-On With the ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm T2.9 – T3.9 (Cinema5D)
Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE – Initial thoughts and test images (Nictaylorphoto).
Understanding Crop Factor (Explora).
85mm GM test at LeMondeDeLaPhoto.
These Zunow Wide Angle Converters Increase Your FOV on 4K Zooms (Cinema5D).

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