April 24, 2014
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Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount officially announced.

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The Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 FE lens has been officially announced (Source: Mxcamera). It will be available soon on eBay MXcamera. And you can save that search on Slidoo to get notified when it’s in Stock. This is Mitakons second E-mount lens after the 35mm f/0.95 lens for ASP-C E-mount cameras (they are on auction here on eBay)

And Steve Huff got the number 00001 of the lens in an extremely nice package which is included in the $799 price. This could become a real hot seller if the Image quality wide open is acceptable.

The lens will ship in May and these are the specs:
Lens mount: Sony FE
Focal length: 50mm
Optics: 10 Elements (7 groups)
Image cover: 35mm full frame
Max. Aperture: f/0.95
Min. Aperture: f/16
Filter size: 58mm
Lens size: 87mm (L) x 68.5mm (diameter)
Weight: 720g.

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April 24, 2014
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What happens if you put a Sony sensor inside a block of aluminum? You will get a $1800 Leica camera ;)

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Well, Leica knows how to make ane exclusive camera! They just announced the Leica T APS-C mirrorless camera ($1800 here at BHphoto). It has the same 16 Megapixel sensor of the $398 NEX-3n. But the NEX-3n comes with a lens while the Leica T does not. And the (slow!) Leica T kit zoom costs another $1750.

Just like Hasselblad (but admittedly much better than the latter) Leica tries to appeal the luxury market. It’s a kind of market Sony has no access and were usually the brand is what matters. Obviously, the Leica T has some appealing features (mainly design and build quality) but sometimes I wonder how Leica can survive focusing on that small niche market.

Anyway, what matters to know is that here we have another Sony sensor inside a new camera. Sony may not completely successful in selling cameras but they are incredibly successful in selling sensors.

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April 24, 2014
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Still running: RX100 for $399 (few left). A6000 deals.

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You still have a couple of hours left to grab the RX100 for $399 on eBay US (Click here). And two days left to save $300 on that exclusive A6000+16-70mm Zeiss lens kit at BHphoto (Click here).

Meantime the A6000 keeps getting marked in and out of Stock and always via third-party resellers at Amazon US (Click here).

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April 24, 2014
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(SR4) 16-50mm lens gets small updated with the A77II released.

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Sony will “update” the current A77 by releasing a new A77II A-mount camera next week (announcement around May 1-2). As I told you before this is an “upgraded” A77 which means it’s rumored to have an updated 24MP sensor, 11fps (new rumor), WiFi, improved EVF and I have been told very fast autofocusing. Also Body layout will remain similar to the A77.

A trusted source also added that there are some minor updates on the 16-50mm lens too which will marginally improve the image quality of the lens. The lens is going to be announced along the A77II.

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April 23, 2014
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Sony A7s gets a pricing in Australia ($3499 AUSD).

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The Australian Store Teds is accepting preorders on the A7s. And the price is set at $3499 AUSD. Converted this is about $3200 or 2350 Euro. This without to take in consideration the tax and other regional differences. And a “bird” told me that this should be a pretty accurate pricing (the AUSD pricing, not the conversion).

A7s Preorder or pure notification store links:
USA: Sony USAmazon and BHphoto.
Europe:  Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.
Asia: Digitalrev

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