April 7, 2015
Posted in news

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 A-mount lens officially announced!


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Today Lensbaby announced the new Velvet 56mm f/1.6 lens. The A-mount lens can be preordered directly at Lensbaby (Click here). An E-mount version will be released later this year.

Lensbaby writes:

Our Velvet 56 classic portrait lens gives you a velvety, ethereal start with a smooth finish, from the big picture to the smallest details. Bringing modern-day simplicity to the carefully crafted build and look of Golden Era-quality portrait lenses, this 56mm f/1.6 manual portrait and macro lens evokes an experience like no other. Embrace the moment as you easily go from capturing gorgeous, radiant environments to intimate details in the same scene.


  • f/1.6-16 aperture
  • 1:2 Macro
  • 56mm
  • 62mm filter
  • Focuses from 5” /13cm from front element to infinity
  • Metal lens hood included with Velvet 56mm lenses for mirrorless cameras only
  • Dimensions (DSLR) 86mm at infinity to 112mm at Macro, 71.96mm diameter
  • Dimensions (Mirrorless without hood) 94mm Infinity to 120mm at Macro
  • Weight ~400 grams

A full review has been posted by ePhotozine.

As far as effects lenses go, this one seems to strike a good balance between blurring details for effect, and being able to produce usably sharp images. The hazy effect itself is quite pleasant. In some ways the effect is similar to what you’d expect from a soft focus filter, but in other ways the look it produces is more complex than that. The ability to focus close enough for 1:2 magnification is a huge bonus too, although the hazy effect may not be best suited for general macro photography.

Those who enjoy using Lensbaby’s range of existing products will surely enjoy this lens and the effect it produces. Others after something different to add to their arsenal may also consider it. So long as the effect produced is accounted for, it can be a very versatile lens, although it will surely be better for photographing some subjects than others.

April 7, 2015
Posted in news

Konica-Minolta is designing the lenses for Sony curved sensor (for the iPhone?)


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This is NOT surprise. While Konika-Minolta HAS stopped MAKING their own lenses they still are in the business to design lenses for others! And a brand new Japanese patent spotted by Egami shows how they are working on a 20mm f/2.8 lens designed for a small-sized curved 1/3.2 inch sensor. I guess that kind of sensor will find his way in future iPhones as first. Just recently Sony also patented a 35mm f/1.8 lens for a Full Frame sensor. I guess we are now really close to see such kind of sensors used on smartphones and high-end cameras.

The advantages of having a curved sensor is that lenses do not have to correct for corner issues. It means lenses can be smaller and/or brighter compared to classic lenses designed for flat sensors.

April 7, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony Tidbits…


10 Reasons You Don’t Need a DSLR

Sony Camera Club Challenge Winners (Sony Blog).
Planet Alpha is giving away a new Think Tank Urban Approach 15 backpack to one lucky forum member.
A Comparison Between the Canon 70D and Sony A7 (ilovehatephoto).
Professional Photography with E-Mount (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony’s 4K FDR-X1000V Vs. GoPro 4K GoPro Hero4 Black (ActionCameraRumors).

Eric:I have a Kickstarter up and many of the images were shot on the A7r: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ehodgesphoto/alpamayo-to-yerupaja

Andrea:I’m Andrea Corticelli of CP tech srl Italy. The b-grip line. We have released a new holster specifically designed for mirrorless and compact sized cameras: http://www.bgrip.com/uno-en/

April 6, 2015
Posted in deals

Price of the refurbished Sony A7 drops down to $899.


You now can grab a refurbished Full Frame E-mount camera for under $1,000. You get it for $899 only at Secondipity eBay (Click here).

More refurbished deals:
Refurbished A7r sells for $1,399 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Refurbished Zeiss FE 55mm lens for $749 at Secondipity eBay US (Click here)
Refurbished RX100m2 sells for $379 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Refurbished A5000 sells with two E-mount lenses and free 16GB SD card for $349 at Secondipity eBay (Click here)
$300 off and free SD card and case on the A6000 double lens kit at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
$100 off on the A3000 with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Save $250 on Open Box Sony A7s cameras sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).

April 6, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR2) First very wild rumors about the April 23 products (A-mount and RX).



I am now 99% sure Sony will announce new (non E-mount) products on April 23. And E-mount stuff will be announced soon after in May! So as you see there may be something nice coming for everyone :)

I got this very wild rumor from a Japanese store. They told me that but kep it with a grain of salt as usual:

1.) A9 Almost sure to happen. Almost sure to be A-mount and 50MP. And, you can check current 50MP camera from Canon to get an idea on what it’s going to cost.
2.) RX series, from what I heard, going to be RX100-IV (or 4). NOTHING on a RX10 sequel. (i.e., RX20, etc.)

Again keep in mind that “store rumors” are never really reliable stuff! But I will keep my fingers crossed for a new A-mount cam to be released!

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