February 22, 2018
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(SR5) Leaked image of the new Tokina 20mm f/2.0 FE autofocus lens

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Today Tamron will announce the new 28-75mm f/2.8 lens. But also Tokina has a surprise for us! This is the first image of the new 20mm f/2.0 FE autofocus lens that will be announced tomorrow (Feb 23). This lens is an updated version of their current manual focusing 20mm Firin. Here are the specs google translated from Japanese:

  • Full size compatible AF lens for Sony E mount
  • Lens configuration: 11 groups of 13
  • Filter size: 62 mm
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.28 m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 10.29
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Size: 73.4 mm × 81.5 mm
  • Weight: 464 g
  • Expected release date: End of April 2018
  • Is the announcement on February 23?

via Nokishita

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February 22, 2018
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(SR5) More leaked images of the new Sony HVL-F60RM flash

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Here are a few more leaked images of the new radio controlled Sony HVL-F60RM flash.

This flahs will be announced aloing the new “entry-mid” level Alpha camera on February 22.

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February 21, 2018
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Up to $1,000 bonus on Sony’s FS5-FS7-FSII E-mount cameras

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You get pp to $1,000 bonus on Sony’s FS5-FS7-FSII E-mount cameras sold by Adorama (Click here).

Big new Sony US deals:

1) up to $900 off on Sony camera sand lenses. See full special page at BHphoto, Adorama, Buydig.
2) Up to $500 trade-in bonus to buy a Sony cameras. See special page at BHphoto, Adorama, Buydig, FocusCamera.

In detail:

Sony Cameras:
$500 off on the Sony A7rII at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony A7sII with free extras at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$500 off on the Sony A7II at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and FocusCamera.
$200 off on the Sony A6500 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Sony 6300 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 6000 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 5100 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$250 off on the A6000 dual kit at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
FF E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 12-24mm f/4.0 lens at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon.
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, 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.
$25 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, Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the 70-200mm f/4.0 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.
$50 off on the Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
APS-C E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 10-18mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-70mm Zeiss lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
$50 off on the 18-105mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sony E PZ 18-110mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 18-200mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 20mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 30mm macro at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Accessories:
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the HVL-F43M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$100 off on the HVL-F60M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC1EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC2EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC3EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony ECM-CG60 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony RX100 underwater housing at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.

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February 21, 2018
Posted in rumors

(SR2) Low ranked rumors about a sort of “Sony A6000mk2” camera coming on February 26

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We know Sony will announce a new “entry-mid-level” Alpha camera on February 26. But so far I have no 100% reliable info about what this camera is about. But I think we can narrow down the choices to two cameras: The A7III and a new APS-C E-mount camera. It will be onw of the two.

I will now report four “unconfirmed” rumors (which means non-reliable yet):

Source 1:

“A7mk3 at CP+ 24MP sensor”

Source 2:

“There will be a new aps-c type camera from sony.
it won’t be a direct successor to the a6500 model.I will be in a lower series using the same sensor but less features…”

Source 3:

“there are reasons to claim new camera will be APS-C budget E-Mount camera. Something like a5500 or a6000 mk2. I give it 70% and 30% for a7 mk3.”

Source 4:

Sony will not announce a new a7 camera, just a new small entry level compact camera with special new Facebook, IG and Twitter dedicated buttons for instant social media uploads. I think the camera will sell very well with the teenage generation.

Let’s see whom of the three source is going to land on the hall of fame….or flame :)

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February 21, 2018
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(SR5) Leaked: This is the new Sony HVL-F60RM flash!

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You remember how trusted sources that Sony would announce two things on Feb 26: The “entry-mid” level Alpha and a new Flash. Well the sources were spot on so far as this image of the new Sony HVL-F60RM flash just got leaked via Nokishita. It’s a radio-controlled version of the Sony HVL-F60M (we posted a rumor about it back in October).

Now the question remains: What’s the new entry-level camera? Place your bet here:

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February 21, 2018
Posted in reviews

Sony A7R III Teardown shows one major weather sealing flaw at the bottom

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Lensrentals analyzed the weather sealing of the A7rIII by tearing down the camera

Except for the bottom this camera has thorough and extensive weather sealing, as good as any camera I’ve seen.That being said, the bottom of the camera is not protected worth a damn. If you’re out in a sprinkle or shower, this probably doesn’t matter; water hits the top first. But if you’re in severe weather, near surf, or might set your camera down where someone might spill something, you need to be aware of that. If I knew I was heading out in such conditions, honestly I’d tape up the bottom of the camera or encase it in plastic taped all around the body. Yeah, battery changes will be a pain, but the new battery is supposed to last a lot longer.

We now know where Sony needs to improve the weather sealing. I hope the next A7s3 will have fixed this issue.

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February 21, 2018
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First Voigtlander 1.4/35 FE review by Phillip Reeve: “this lens is in no way competitive to modern designs”

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Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 FE lens is in Stock for the very first time via BHphoto.

Phillip Reeve is the first review testing the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 FE lens. And his findings so far are very disappointing:

“With the “classic” in the name and based on what I have seen from the M-mount version my expectations were rather low. As it seems so far for good reasons: this lens is in no way competitive to modern designs. Sharpness is anything but great, corners never reach the quality of most other primes and many aberrations like Coma or Astigmatism are not well corrected.
So for now I think this is a lens mostly for people who just like the look of the harsh and nervous bokeh, but still want to enjoy some modern features like Exif data and decent coatings or do not want to get into adapting legacy lenses.”

I do own the older 35mm f/1.4 M-mount lens and indeed it doesn’t perform that well. But still, if you need speed and a compact lens this new 35mm FE will do the job.

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