September 26, 2014
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Sigma says they could surprise us with “Something nobody else has”.

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I really have a lot of respect for Sigma. They are a small “family company” doing great lenses without outsourcing anything of their production process. And some of the best A-mount lenses we have so far are from Sigma:

– The 50mm f/1.4 ART lens which is almost as good as the 4 times more expensive Otus: The lens can be preordered in USA Amazon at BHphoto and Adorama. And in Europe at WexUK and WexDe.

– The 18-35mm f/1.8 fastest zoom of the world (here on Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.).

And Sigma promises a lot more exciting product releases in 2015. Sigma CEO MR.Kazuto Yamaki have been interviewed at Reviewed and at Cnet. And those are some of they key info he released:

1) Sigma said they are working on unique zoom and prime lenses and they hope they can release them both in 2015.

2) Interesting story about the 18-35mm f/1.8 lens: “When I started the project I told the engineer, “You don’t need to care about the quality, because it’s the world’s first. It’s really challenging. Your mission is just to make the lens f/1.8 zoom, period.” And I did not expect, actually, that high quality!

3) When asked if Sigma will make lenses for the FE system the answer is: “I can’t comment on any specific product, but in general we would like to expand our product lineup for compact system mirrorless cameras.

 

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September 26, 2014
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(SR3) New RX20 with 4K coming soon?

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Panasonic’s new FZ1000 is forcing Sony to react quickly. I am not surprised to have received that rumor from an anonymous source:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX20, mid Oct 2014, Same Sensor (20,1 MP, 1″), Same lens (24-200 F2.8), little ergonomical upgrade, 4K video Recording, XAVC-S Codec just like at AX100, 1080p frame rates remains the same, but at 720p @ 120fps will be possibile. S-LOG2 will not be available. Price 1300 USD/1050 GBP, Predecessor remains in the market, with a 100-200 USD price drop.

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September 25, 2014
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Curiosity: Canon says we and not Sony make the best sensors!

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rx100sensor

I really had a laugh when reading that part of the Canon interview released at Dpreview. DP asked Canon why their sensors cannot compete with Sony sensors in terms of dynamic range. The answer was:

I’m not sure what measurements you’re looking at but when it comes to dynamic range for example we consider image quality as a whole, from low to high ISO sensitivities and on balance we consider our sensors to be the best.

Canon really believes their sensors are “currently the best on the market“! They are really living on another planet 🙂

I am not trying to play down Canon. Their DSLR are in many aspects superior to Sony SLT cameras. But when it comes to sensor performance they really denied the evidence. While every test from DxOmark shouldn’t be taken as a holy grail or as an absolute truth the difference in performance is really huge:

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Like I told you in my previous post both companies will offer new kind of FF sensors in the upcoming 2015 cameras. That’s going to be exciting!

One more thing: Canon you make the best sensor? Than why you use the same RX100m3 sensor inside your new G7x? (Source: CanonWatch).

 

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September 25, 2014
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Two new Zeiss videos about the 85mm Otus and 35mm ZM.

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Carl Zeiss Lenses – Otus 1.4/85

Zeiss posted those two new videos. You can use both lenses on your E-mount camera. One is the world’s best 85mm lens, the Zeiss Otus.  and the other one is the 35mm f/1.4 M-mount lens. And it may be that one day this new 35mm Distagon will be the “basic” for the Loxia version.


Carl Zeiss Lenses – Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM

Otus  and ZM Preorders:
BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
In Australia at CameraPro.
Distagon ZM preorder at BHphoto (Click here).

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September 25, 2014
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New Photoshop Elements 13 released. Reloaded Sony ref stuff.

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Adobe released the new Photoshop Elements 13 software. You can buy it at BHphoto (Click here) and of course at Adobe (Click here).

Current deals list:
Sony SD double pack at Adorama (Click here).
Free bag, SD card and Lightroom 5 with the A6000 sold by Groupon (Click here).
NEX-5T with bag and two(!) lenses for $449 on eBay US (Click here).
Sony A7 for $1,399 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 55mm FE for $874 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 24-70mm FE for $999 on eBay US (Click here).
Distagon 24mm for 984 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-5T with kit lens for $349 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-6 for $324 on eBay US (Click here).
A full list of refurbished cameras and lenses can be seen on SonyStore (Click here).
E-mount QX camera is now shipping fo the first time worldwide through Digitalrev (Click here) and on plenty of eBay Hong Kong dealers (Click here).

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