September 1, 2014
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(SR5) First image of the E-mount FS 4K camcorder!

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Image source: Filmaker.cn

This is the first image of the new Sony E-mount FS 4K camcorder. It will be announced soon! I have been told it has the same resolution, sensor size and codec as the $30k F55 camera. I don’t know if that will please current F55 owners…because the FS700II costs only one-third. But that’s how technology goes…

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September 1, 2014
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Metabones announces the new Speedbooster ultra!

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The new Speedbooster Ultra does everything the original first generation Speedbooster did…but it does it better! It has an advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass to achieve extraordinary optical performance with improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting.

You can preorder them now at BHphoto:

Metabones Canon EF-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (Click here).
Metabones QBM-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (Click here).
Metabones Contarex-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (Click here).
Metabones OM-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (Click here).
Metabones MD-Emount Speed Booster Ultra -Black Matt (Click here).
Metabones FD-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (Click here).
Metabones Alpha-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (Click here).
Metabones Alpa-Emount Speed Booster Ultra -Black Matt (Click here).
Metabones Nikon G-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (Click here).
Metabones Leica R-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (Click here).

 

This is the official press text from Metabones:

Sharper corners, less distortion, reduced vignetting 

Like the revolutionary original Metabones Speed Booster announced in January 2013, the Speed Booster ULTRA has a magnification of 0.71x, and so it effectively reduces the crop factor of mirrorless cameras with DX-sized sensors, such as Sony E-mount and Fuji X-mount cameras, from 1.5x to 1.07x.  However, the new ULTRA design makes very effective use of exotic materials at the furthest limit of glassmaking technology, and as a result is well corrected for use with virtually all fullframe SLR lenses regardless of exit pupil distance. Thus, the Speed Booster ULTRA performs extremely well with professional-grade f/2.8 zoom lenses such as the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms by Canon and Nikon to produce 17-50mm f/2.0 and 50-142mm f/2.0 high-speed zooms, respectively.  Similarly, high-speed fixed focal length lenses such as a 50mm f/1.2 will be transformed into a 35.5mm f/0.9 lens with excellent contrast and resolution from the center all the way to the edges of the image. (More information can be found in the press release here)

Key Features
  • Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop.
  • Increase MTF.
  • Makes lens 0.71x wider.
  •  Advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass by Caldwell Photographic in the USA (patent pending).
  • Electronic integration of aperture diaphragm, controlled by or from the camera body.
  • Partial autofocus support for late-model (post-2006) Canon-brand lenses.
  • Powered by camera body. No external power source required.
  • High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
  • The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, Photo Clam ball heads.
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September 1, 2014
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(SR5) Definitely a new E-mount 4K video camera to be announced at Photokina!

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Image on top shows the current FS100.

I can confirm via trusted sources that Sony will indeed soon announce a new high end E-mount 4K video camera. I have yet no 100% reliable specs a part of the obvious 4K recording capability. But here are some rumors I got from three new sources (Thank You All).

Source 1) Sony will be taking design cues from the success of the Canon Cinema series. Will replace FS100. E-mount. 4k. Competitively priced. These will be C100 and C300 killers!!

Source 2) Sony will release a C100/300 killer. More E mount video/cinema-centric lenses to come.

Source 3) Sony will soon release another E mount S35 (crop) cinema camera. This one will shoot 4k internally to memory cards. Not an A7s sensor, maybe an F5 sensor? Under $10k USD. Possible announce at IBC or photokina

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September 1, 2014
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(SR5) More Zeiss Loxia images and Loxia description.

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Tomorrow or After tomorrow (Sept 1-2) Zeiss will finally launch their exclusive new “Loxia” lens line for Sony FF E-mount cameras. There will be two of them coming now and three more lenses coming within the next 6-12 months. Here are more pictures and full description of the first two Loxia lenses:

Official Zeiss Press text:

Loxia lenses from ZEISS are perfectly suited to the many strengths of Sony α7 series cameras. Add to that their compact size and low weight, and you have a series of lenses you can use just about anywhere for high quality photographs and films.

High precision

• Precise and durable construction, low weight.
• The functionality of the Loxia lenses is perfectly matched with the camera functions of the Sony α7-series.

Perfect for photography and video

• High quality images thanks to proven optical design.
• Automatic activation of the magnification function when turning the focus ring.
• Optional switchable aperture lock, allowing for smooth adjustment in video mode.
• Consistent 180° focus rig rotation for all lenses in the series.

High quality construction

• Robust, all-metal construction for many years of use.
• Grippy focus ring for fine manual adjustment.
• A special gasket at the mount protects the connection between camera and lens.

Focal length 50 mm
Aperture range: f/2.0–f/22
Elements/groups: 6/4
Focusing range m/ft: 0.45–∞/1.48–∞
Field angle* (diag./horiz./vert.):  46.78°/39.38°/26.70°
Coverage** mm/inch: 255.1 x 168.3/10.04 x 6.63
Length  mm/inch: 66.2/2.6
Diameter  mm/inch (max.): 62.1/2.44
Weight* g/oz:
320/11.29
Filter thread: M 52 x 0.75

Focal length 35 mm
Aperture range: f/2.0–f/22
Elements/groups: 9/6
Focusing range m/ft: 0.30–∞/0.98–∞
Field angle* (diag./horiz./vert.):  63°/54°/37°
Coverage** mm/inch: 210.2 x 139.4/8.28 x 5.49
Length  mm/inch: 66/2.6
Diameter  mm/inch (max.): 62.1/2.44
Weight* g/oz: 340/12
Filter thread: M 52 x 0.75

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August 31, 2014
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Zeiss posts the Loxia Leaflet. But will announce pricing on September 5th only.

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Zeiss published the official Loxia leaflets and you can download it in English (Click here) or German (Click here) language. UPDATE: Zeiss now removed the leaflet and the links lead to an error page.

I have been told by a trusted source that Zeiss will announce the official price on September 5. Preorders are expected to be online the same day!

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Reminder: Sony QX announcement on Wednesday!

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