August 16, 2016
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Samyang will ship the new 14mm f/2.8 FE autofocus lens in September for 699 Euro

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Samyang finally disclosed the pricing info and shipment date of their second Autofocus FE lens. The 14mm f/2.8 FE AF will cost 699 Euro and ship in September. Here is the official press text:

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August 15th, 2016, Seoul, Korea – The global optics brand, Samyang Optics (http://www. samyanglensglobal.com) today announced the long-awaited release of autofocus lens: 14mm F2.8 for Sony E mount Mirrorless cameras with full frame sensor size. The new Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE is the widest lens in its class offering superb quality images to photographers. This launch follows the recent availability announcement of Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE.

Optimised Optical Design for Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Lens

Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE is specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. The flow of light is devised based on the uniqueness of the distance from glass to sensor in mirrorless cameras to create optimal performance. Along with portability of mirrorless lenses, the 14mm F2.8 is compatible with full frame sensors to deliver the wideness and sharpness of image to photographers.

The 14mm F2.8 is the widest angle available in the market in its class, broadening the sight of photographers to capture the world. Based on Samyang Optics’ exceptional optical technology, Ultra Multi Coating and three aspherical lenses have been included among 14 glasses in 10 groups to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, delivering high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image.

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AF Performance and Ergonomic Design Based on Class-Leading Technology

This new product will be one of the first autofocus lenses in over 40 years of Samyang’s class-leading core optics technologies. Samyang has captured the essence of world leading image technology with their manual focus lenses and reinterpreted it into autofocus lenses. Photographers now can enjoy the prime manual lens image quality and autofocus lens. Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE is compatible with both phase detect and contrast detect sensors to operate fast and accurate focus detection.

The 86mm of maximum diameter is also the result of years of R&D for best handling, by adding stability. Also the minimal and sleek design and metal-housing solidify the build quality with the internal focus system.

Available from September 2016

This launching expands the boundaries of Samyang Optics photo lens line-up from manual focus only, to now include autofocus lenses. With the addition of 14mm to 50mm, Samyang now has two autofocus lenses along with 39 manual focus photo & cine lenses and 6 professional cine lenses, XEEN. The lens will be globally available from September, and the suggested retail price is EUR 699.

More information will be released soon on Samyang Optics official website (http://www.samyanglens global.com), Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/samyanglensglobal) and Instagram (http://www.instagram.com /samyanglensglobal). 

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August 16, 2016
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Sony Tidbits…

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Optic 2016: Beyond the Snapshot – Advanced Travel Photography with Brenda Tharp

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Bhphoto, eBay and Amazon.com.
2016 Vancouver Pride Prede, SONY A7RII with Kinoptik 100/2 (SonyAlphaForum).
Using Vello AF Extension Tubes for Close-Ups of Azaleas (Explora).
The Zeiss FE Batis 25mm f/2.8 & Loxia 35mm f/2 Lens MTF Charts (Lensrentals).
Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (Dpreview).
Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 by Mark Galer: https://youtu.be/-__3A4V5ino
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Scubapix:Check out this fantastic reel featuring macro marine life shot with the Sony A7R11 and Sony 90mm 2.8 Macro. https://www.facebook.com/scubapix/videos/1310225595664172/

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August 15, 2016
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Amazon issues “High Demand” warning on the 70-200mm GM

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The new Sony 70-200mm GM FE lens isn’t Stock in USA nor in and Europe. Amazon US (Click here) just added a note on the lens page:

Because of high demand, we anticipate being unable to fulfill all customer orders with our first allocation. Product supply from Sony is very limited. Your place in line will be maintained and your credit card will not be charged until the product is shipped.

I got word from store owners that Sony will ship them a new Stock starting from mid-late September.

Check the 70-200mm GM in Stock status at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera. Calumet.de. Amazon GermanyCyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.

There is also a new 70-200mm GM lens test by Jason Vong:

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August 15, 2016
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(SR2) Sony is completely redesigning the menu?

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Sony’s menu system can be quite painful to use. But there is hope folks! I just got this:

“Sony is developping a new menu System. Not the one you published as a mockup, the changes are even more dramatic.”

Now let’s hope that they don’t make it even worse! Just joking Sony engeneers :)

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August 15, 2016
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EISA award for the Sony RX1rII, A7sII, A6300 cameras and the 85mm G lens

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The European Media group EISA announced the 2016-2017 photography awards:
Best Professional compact system lens is the Sony 85mm f/1.4 G (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).
Best Premium compact camera is the Sony RX1rII (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).
Best Photo&Video camera (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).
Best Prosumer compact system camera (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).

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