February 21, 2017
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Deal of the day: $350 off on the Vello EF to E-mount autofocus adapter!

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Today only you save $350 on the Vello EF to E-mount autofocus adapter sold by BHphoto (Click here). There are also new “president’s week” specials at Adorama (full list here) and BHphoto (full list here)

Reminder:
You save up to $400 on A6500-A6300-A6000 bundles sold by BHphoto (Click here to see the list).
Up to $300 savings on Sony cameras and lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
New Sony US trade-in program is now running at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Sony A7 cameras:
$300 off on the Sony A7rII at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sony A7sII at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sony A7II at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 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 28-70mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$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 5omm f/1.4 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 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 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 90mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

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February 21, 2017
Posted in reviews

Dpreview says Sigmas new 85mm ART lens “outperformed the Sony GM across the board”

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Dpreview tested the new Sigma 85mm ART lens and compared it with the Sony 85mm GM:

The Sigma beat out the Sony in nearly every category. Sharpness, vignetting, distortion and the handling of lateral CA (though not LoCA, in harsh lighting situations, wide open) all went to the Sigma. It simply outperformed the Sony across the board. In terms of lens character the Sigma does an excellent job in subject isolation and overall bokeh presentation, but so does the Sony. In fact, it’s really difficult to see any major differences in this respect.

The Sony’s advantages lies in the more compact and weathersealed construction.

And actually that’s good news for us. Because Sigma will DEFINITELY launch their first FE lenses soon! And if they can keep that level of quality in a more compact body…well I am sure we will buy them all!

Sigma 85mm ART comes in Nikon/Canon mount at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
It can be used on E-mount cameras with the excellent Sigma MC-11 adapter here: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony 85mm GM at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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February 21, 2017
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New lens announcement tonight!

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UPDATE: A reliable source told me there will be a new lens announcement at around 5-7am London time (Feb 22). He said this is a lens for the Sony system but it’s not from Sony or Zeiss.

Just a guess: I know from another source that Venus Optics will disclose new details of their Laowa 15mm FE lens. But as I said, don’t know if the “Sony-related” announcement is about that lens.

Reminder: Sony is probably going to have an announcement the second half of March. But that rumor still has to be confirmed by our verified sources…stay tuned.

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February 21, 2017
Posted in news

Press text: Sigma to Unveil Four Brand New Global Vision Lenses at CP+

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Here is the full press text with specs and images of the four new Sigma lenses. As our sources reported none of them will be available for A-mount. But these lenses work fine on E-mount cameras with the MC-11 adapter.

PRESS TEXT:

Sigma to Unveil Four Brand New Global Vision Lenses at CP+

February 21, 2017 – Sigma Corporation today announced its brand new Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses to be introduced at the 2017 CP+ Camera + Photo Imaging Show in Tokyo, Japan.

  • 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art – World’s first F1.8, ultra-wide, full-frame prime lens designed for high resolution cameras; ideal for shooting architecture, astrophotography, documentary and landscapes.
  • 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art – Formidable telephoto prime with high-speed aperture; ideal for shooting weddings, concerts, events and studio/location portraiture.
  • 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art – Fast, constant-aperture zoom workhorse upgraded to the exacting standards of the high performance Sigma Art series.
  • 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary – Highly versatile, lightweight and compact super zoom touting strong IQ and image stabilization.

Individual product briefings are available upon request. Media review samples will be available later.

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Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art
Debuting the world’s first 1.8 wide-angle lens, the 14mm F1.8 Art incorporates the same groundbreaking aspherical element as Sigma’s critically acclaimed 12-24mm F4 Art. Boasting outstanding image quality from center to edge, the 14mm F1.8 Art features the largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three lens elements are made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberration. In addition to the great IQ from edge to edge, the new 14mm F1.8 offers a superfast and efficient AF system.

With a minimum focus distance of 10.6 inches at 14mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive backgrounds.

The all new Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art lens will be announced later.

The full 14mm F1.8 Art announcement and product images can be downloaded from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c8nl4irdglfwbtk/AACy5bed18snVr8nsoubTBqha?dl=0.

Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art
Boasting outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge, the 135mm F1.8 Art lens enters the market as Sigma’s new premiere mid-range telephoto prime lens. Ideal for events such as concerts, indoor sports, conferences and press events, the 1.8 F-stop delivers greater “shallow depth of field” and isolation of subjects. The outstanding compression effect makes it equally as powerful for up-close and full-length portraits. Its new large hyper sonic motor (HSM) provides ample torque to the focus group for optimal speed while the acceleration sensor detects the position of the lens for compensation focus groups for factors including gravity, producing faster and more responsive AF. Equipped with a focus limiter, the 135mm F1.8 Art can be easily optimized for a variety of distances and situations.

The all-new Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art lens will be announced later.

The full 135mm F1.8 Art announcement and product images can be downloaded from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4lw092y7ldn86f4/AADkq0pyAP59RZg5scf137mQa?dl=0.

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art
Featuring a brand new OS and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70mm F2.8 Art embodies all the technical qualities and finesse that define the high-performance Sigma Global Vision Art series. Covering a wide range of shooting scenarios, the 24-70mm workhorse DNA includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s groundbreaking thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion.

The newly revamped Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens will be announced later.

The full 24-70mm F2.8 Art announcement and product images can be downloaded from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s482wt2v1mdu8zk/AABxyaiKdZdeSD87nHNStH52a?dl=0.

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary
Boasting outstanding reach and performance value, the new 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary telephoto zoom lens offers great IQ and usability with its lightweight, compact, dust- and splash-proof design. Equipped with the newly released Sigma OS and AF, the lens provides exceptional performance at lower shutter speeds. Highly versatile, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary also features Sigma’s unique macro function (1:3.8 ratio) for perfecting close-ups and distance shots, and push/pull focal zooming for ease of use.

The all-new Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lens will be announced later.

The full 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary announcement and product images can be downloaded from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9js8o8g2vi5x13w/AAATYj6oxpSSQep_bPn4DiA7a?dl=0.

Sigma Global Vision lenses, including the new 14mm F1.8 Art, 135mm F1.8 Art, 24-70mm F2.8 Art and 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lenses, can be updated with the latest lens software from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately). The new Sigma lenses are also available for mount conversion services.

 

 

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February 21, 2017
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…(10 hour day with the Sony A99II by Patrick Murphy-Racey)

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10 hour day with the Sony A99II by Patrick Murphy-Racey

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Year in Review: Our Top Articles of 2016 (Adorama Learning Center)
What are your custom button settings on A7R ii – C1, C2, C3 ? (SonyAlphaForum).
Gallery update: shooting basketball with the Sony a99 II (Dpreview).
This is the 2017 Camera shipment Forecast from CIPA: They expect a 10,3% decline (Mirrorlessrumors).
Sony A6500 Field Test Part II (Imaging Resource).
Meike 12mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle for E-Mount (TechnologyMafia).

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Mike:A little something different, I took the amazing video from the A7sii and tried to make it look as far from modern as a I could in this promo for a swing dancing convention. https://youtu.be/tXZjoPjCVKI

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