July 13, 2017
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Patent adds one more evidence the Zeiss Batis 18mm has been designed by Tamron

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Zeiss Batis desing on the left – Tamron lens design patent on the right

I found a newly published Tamron patent describing a Full Frame 18mm f/2.8 lens design. And as you can see from the comparison I made above it really looks like Zeiss licensed that design for their Batis 18mm FE lens. This is one more evidence of a tight Tamron-Zeiss collaboration on the development of their Batis lens range.

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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July 13, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…

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A9 Silent Shutter concept

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Hands-on with the Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 cine lens (Dpreview).
Entaniya Fisheye 250 and Sony a7Rii in the fridge 360VR (Youtube video).
Metabones T Smart Adapter (Mark IV – MB_EF-E-BT4) VS Sigma MC-11 for (mostly) Landscape Photography (Richard Fox).
How to build a photo portfolio that gets you noticed (CameraJabber).
85mm f/1.8 FE tested at Photographyblog.
DigiKam 5.6 released (Mirrorlessrumors).

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July 12, 2017
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Next rendering by a SAR reader: Zeiss 12mm f/2.0

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A Chilean SAR reader sent me this creatiion of a Zeiss 12mm f/2.0 A-mount lens. This is why he made this design:

“I think that if sony see the community looking for new lenses for the a mount, there may be a small probability that sony will respond to the community.”

With a greta camera like the A99II is surely would love to get some new great glass.

 

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July 12, 2017
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New Sony A9 reviews by Jared Polin, CameraJabber and ePhotozine

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On top you can watch Jared Polin’s A9 review.

ePhotozine:

Looking at what the A9 can do that other cameras cannot, then the 20fps is impossible to beat, especially with no blackout between images. It is likely that the DSLR, with its mechanical constraints, can never surpass what might be possible with a mirrorless camera. For various reasons of lens availability and professional backup, the Sony has a little way to go yet, but it delivers some unique possibilities as it is and is a fine camera.

CameraJabber:

The Sony A9 is a fantastic camera. Is fast, clever autofocus system makes photographing tricky subjects like birds in flight a cinch while its electronic viewfinder allows you to be confident that you’ve got the result you want as you shoot. With a good quality lens like the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS mounted, the level of detail in images is superb and thanks to the full-frame sensor, f/4 is wide enough to isolate your subject from its background. Noise is also controlled well and raw files have plenty of latitude for adjustment.

Sony A9 store links to Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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July 12, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…

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BEST 85MM LENS FOR SONY ALPHA a9 a7R II a7 II a6500 a6300 a6000

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Caltech research team develops lensless camera (Dpreview).
Litra Led Lights, Cine Gear 2017 (Personal View interview).
Quality Extension – ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 lens test (Lenspire).
Mirrorless Camera Maniac: Does Form Follow Function? (Photofocus).
How To Safely View The Total Solar Eclipse (Adorama Learning Center)
10 Cameras to Help Raise Your Selfie Game (Explora).
Radiant Images 360 camera, Cine Gear 2017 (Video by Personal View)
2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs: full-frame (Dpreview).

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Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
Sony A7rIII group and Sony A7rIII page
Sony A7sIII group and Sony A7sIII page
Sony A7III group and Sony A7III page
Note: In groups you can post your own stuff like images, news and questions. While on pages you will read the specific camera news from SAR.

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July 12, 2017
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Nikon CEO is sure their upcoming new mirrorless system camera will be better than the competition (and better than Sony E-mount of course)

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Nikon CEO Kazuo Ushida confirmed at Newswitch.jp that they are working on a new professional mirrorless camera system. In his words this will be a “Nikon-rashii” camera which means it will be unique and different from other companies in terms of performance. It’s still unclear when such a camera will be launched.

I find it hard to believe Nikon will find a way to beat Sony/Fuji’s camera performance at their first shot. But it’s good news if Sony will finally get some real pressure from Nikon.

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July 12, 2017
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Venus Optics announces the Laowa Magic Shift Converter for Sony E-mount!

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Venus Optics announced the new Laowa Magic Shift Converter for Sony E-mount. You can buy it now directly at venuslens.net/product/laowa-magic-shift-converter/.

With this lens you convert your Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D to a Wide Angle SHIFT lens. The adapter is designed to use with Canon/Nikon mount lenses and Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras.
Canon EF – Sony FE : Shipment starts from late July
Nikon AI – Sony FE : Pre-order and shipment will start in a few months.

This is the “effect” you get:

More images can be seen on that Venus page. And here is a video:

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