September 15, 2012
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SLRmagic announces new 35mm f/1.4 and 23mm f/1.7 E-Mount lenses.

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And here are two new manual focusing but fast E-mount lenses from SLRmagic. Read the press release to learn more about it:

PRESS RELEASE:

Hong Kong, September 15th, 2012.
During Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany (September 18-23), SLR Magic will present attractive new CINE products as well as its Toy Lenses, all of the highest technical quality. Among them, will be a new SLR Magic CINE 35mm T1.4 lens in stores by the end of 2012. SLR Magic would like to invite all participants of Photokina fair held in Cologne to visit our stand in Hall 3.1 B059. SLR Magic will present its entire range of camera lenses, cine lenses, spotting scopes, and camera accessories during Photokina.

A major attraction is a high-performance mirrorless format cine lens with manual focus. With a focal length of 35mm and aperture of T1.4, this lens joins the family of cine lenses designed for demanding users. The reason why the 35mm T1.4 lens is not in the HyperPrime series is because T1.4 is not the fastest speed we can design for this 35mm lens.
Ever since the release of the HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 lens, cinematographers have been requesting for a set of HyperPrime CINE lenses. In addition to our new CINE 35mm T1.4 lens, we will also showcase our 25mm T0.95 (MSRP: US $649) in mFT and 35mm T0.95 (MSRP: US $1,249) in mFT, X-mount and E-mount concept lenses that are based on the optical design of the HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 lens.

Due to difficulty to source a particular material to manufacture the HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 for E-mount announced on December 8th 2011 it was discontinued within 3 months of launch. During this time, we have re-designed the lens, increasing image quality across the frame yet keeping the lens size and price similar to the original. The new design also supports mFT and X mount cameras.

All details concerning the optical type and physical size of the lens will be published at a later date. The SLR Magic CINE 35mm T1.4 lens in mFT, X-mount and E-mount (MSRP: US $279) will be introduced for sale in December 2012. The SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 (MSRP: US $399) in mFT, X-mount and E-mount will be introduced for sale in February 2013.

SLR Magic CINE 35mm f/1.4

Mount : mFT mount / E mount / X mount /
Black Magic Cinema Camera mFT mount
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)    : 70mm[mFT]   52mm[E]   52mm[X]
80mm[Black Magic mFT]
Minimum Focus Distance    : 0.3m
Maximum Aperture    : T1.4
Minimum Aperture:     :T16
Optical Design            : 8 elements, 8 groups (4 x Tantalum)
Lens Length           : 70.3mm
Lens Weight            : 370g
Filter Thread Diameter: 52mm

SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7

Mount : mFT mount / E mount / X mount /
Black Magic Cinema Camera mFT mount
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)    : 46mm[mFT]   35mm[E]   35mm[X]
52mm[Black Magic mFT]
Maximum Aperture    : F1.7
Minimum Aperture     : F22
Optical Design            : 9 elements, 8 groups (4 x Tantalum)
Lens Length            : 61.3 mm
Lens Weight           : 265g
Filter Thread Diameter: 49mm

 

P.S. Current SLRmagic lenses for the E-mount system:
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC (here on eBay).
SLR Magic Toy Lens 28mm Bokehmorphic lens (here on eBay).
SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 (here on eBay).
SLR Magic 28mm f/2.8 lens (here on eBay).

September 14, 2012
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New nice A99 video (and NEX-6 Alaska behind the scene)

The incredibly busy Sony week is now about to end and here on top of this post you can watch that nice new A99 video posted by Sony. Below you can fin another video about the NEX-6 in Alaska. Such videos are worth more than thousand of words. Enjoy!

September 14, 2012
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Should Sony go low price FF? Nikon D600 and Canon 6D at $2100.

So, the Sony A99 is out but as usual we always want to know what Sony will (or has to do) as next. Nikon and Canon are now fighting on a new terrain…the entry level FF cameras! The Nikon D600 is leading the Amazon ranking (Click here to check out). And the Canon 6D is about to be announced soon (specs here). Both cameras are priced at around $2100. Question for you is…

....would you be interested in buying an A95 entry level FF camera for $2100?

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By the way, I think the RX1 ($2800 here at Amazon) as a NEX-FF camera would cost even less than the D600 and Canon 6D. The Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 may be worth $1000…if you count that the Zeiss 24mmf /1.8 lens costs $1100! That would make the NEX-FF the first sub-$2000 FF camera. But you know, that’s just my baby math. Things may would not be that simple in the real world…

Meantime if you need to see an A99 versus D600 spec comaprison check out that page on Dpreview. And here are some more A99 image samples at Rob Skeoch, Chip.de and Fotoskoda.

A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

September 14, 2012
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First picture of the real Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM prototype on the A99!

The friends of Alphaniacs posted that nice picture of the  Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM prototype lens attached on the new Sony A99. You notice that nice “00000000” mark on the lens! That would sell for a hell of a price on eBay :)

We don’t knwo the price of the lens but we have many Zeiss 50mm lenses for different mounts and I thought it would be nice to give you an overview:
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* for Canon (see auctions on eBay)
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* for Nikon (see auctions on eBay)
Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 50mm f/1.4 50/1.4 LTM (see auctions on eBay)
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 for Contax (see auctions on eBay)
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 ZF 50mm F1.4 Nikon Ai-S (see auctions on eBay)

As you see the price range is soemwhere between $500 and $800. Of course these are all manual focusing lenses and do have a different design. But I hope the price will be a bit below the $1.000 mark.

P.S.: Thanks again to the SAR facebook comunity for finding this picture!

September 13, 2012
Posted in reviews

A57 gets the Gold Award at dpreview. New Tamron lenses.

Dpreview published the full Sony A57 review. Just in time enough to push the Nikon D600 news down from the top… :) DP writes: “The A57 combines a high quality 16MP sensor, easy access to shooting parameters and class-leading video performance. And does this while providing an equivalent shooting experience whether composing images via the EVF or rear LCD“. The Sony A57 is one of the very few cameras earning the Gold Award!

Price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

 

P.S.: Tamron announced two new ALpha mount lenses. The 70-200mm f/2.8 and 90mm f/2.8 Macro lenses.

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