October 20, 2018
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Sigma CEO says the first Full Frame designed lenses for mirrorless will arrive in 2019

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Lensvid had an interesting talk with Sigma CEO Yamaki. And there are some things that could be of interest for us:

  • Next year Sigma will start making dedicated Full Frame mirrorless lenses (SAR note: I am 99% certain these lenses will be available for both L-mount and E-mount).
  • These new lenses will be smaller but not by much. Mr. Kazuto Yamaki gives an example of Sony’s 35mm FF lens vs. their own DSLR lens with an adaptor and explains that making the lenses significantly smaller might not always be possible even if they are designed for mirrorless cameras from the ground up.
  • Making tilt-shift lenses for mirrorless cameras is not a priority for Sigma
  • Sigma always tries to make its lenses smaller and lighter but at least in the art series, it prefers optical performance over size/weight as opposed to the contemporary series which is more balanced.
  • Sigma is interested in Phase Fresnel but this doesn’t mean that we will see any lens based on this technology (which Nikon and to some extent Canon) employed.
  • Mr. Kazuto Yamaki agrees that we are at the start of a new area in Photography, one that signifies the move from DSLR to mirrorless cameras. He also mentioned that he believes this is part of a process of change that has been going on for a long time and has been happening every 20-30 years. The last time was the move from analog to digital, before that we had the move from manual focus to autofocus and even before that the move from rangefinder to DSLR cameras.
  • Mr. Kazuto Yamaki predicts that we will see more mirrorless sales than DSLRs in about 3 years. However, DSLR lens sales will probably still be higher (as there will still be many more DSLRs around compared to mirrorless cameras).

Found via L-rumors.com

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October 20, 2018
Posted in reviews

Pro Wildlife Photographer Takes Us to Wild Alaska with the Sony a9 – Real World Review

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Aaron contacted me to share his A9 review:

Award-winning Professional wildlife photographer Aaron Baggenstos travelled to Alaska to photograph the incredible biodiversity of birds and wildlife that teem there. For the first time Baggenstos left his Nikon D5 at home, instead carrying Sony’s a9 flagship mirrorless camera. In the video below, Baggenstos details his findings highlighting his favorite features and critiques, all while showcasing stunning images from his encounters with giant brown bears, fox, puffins, eagles, and a grand variety of Alaskan wildlife.

Sony A9 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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October 20, 2018
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Sigma Five New Lenses and little more

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras finally have some competition (Engadget)
The Brain Behind Laowa Lenses Interviewed – Dayong Li (Cinema5D).
Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8: IQ Breakdown (Dustin Abbott).
Jared Polin: Nikon Z7 Auto Focus REVIEW | Good, Bad, or ATROCIOUS? Is Sony Better? (Nikoneye.com).
Meike 50mm F2 review (Sonyalpha.blog).
Fuji manager confirms GFX 100 records 4K video 4:2:0 10 bit internally (Mirrorlessrumors.com).
Go Big with the New Sachtler flowtech 100 MS Tripod Legs and Kits (Explora).

Personal photos and tests from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and 500px.

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We have our own Facebook camera groups and pages you can join to discuss the upcoming new cameras in detail:
Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
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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.


Sony RX100V Natural Light Portrait Photography Session | Breakdown with Miguel Quiles


Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 Hands On Review


Laowa Goes Wide With Four New Lenses For E Mount and Micro Four Thirds


Sony RX100V Natural Light Portrait Photography Session | Breakdown with Miguel Quiles


New Ibelux II 40mm f/0,85


Sony RX10 IV – $1700 P&S Worth it?

Profoto Unleashes the Power of Small with the B10 Off-Camera Flash (Explora).

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7Artisans 50mm F1.8 review (Sonyalpha.blog).
7Artisans 55mm F1.4 review (Sonyalpha.blog).
Samyang 50mm F1.2 AS UMC CS review (Sonyalpha.blog).
Zeiss Touit 12mm F2.8 review (Sonyalpha.blog).
Zeiss Touit 50mm F2.8 Macro review (Sonyalpha.blog).

Two more Photokina videos about the new 40mm f/0,85 II Ibelux and Alpa 4k 100 Megapixel camera! (Mirrorlessrumors.com).
Leica says other Lens manufacturers could join the L-mount world (Mirrorlessrumors.com).
Zenit M image samples and interview (Mirrorlessrumors.com).

 

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October 19, 2018
Posted in deals

The new Rokinon 85mm f/1.8 APS-C E-mount lens in Stock for the first time via Adorama

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The new Rokinon lens is in Stock for the first time via Adorama (Click here). This is a manual focusing APS-C lens.

Now in Stock:
The new Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here).
The Sony A7III is now in Stock at Amazon, BHphoto, Buydig, FocusCamera,
The Tamron 28-75mm FE is in Stock at Buydig.

Now on preorder:
Sony 128GB TOUGH SD card at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.
Sony 64GB TOUGH SD card at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.
Sony 32GB TOUGH SD card at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.

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October 19, 2018
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Sony confirms at Dpreview new A7s and new APS-C E-mount cameras are coming

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Dpreview interviewed Kenji Tanaka, VP and Senior General Manager of Sony’s Business Unit. Here are some info:

1) Sony knew about the competition FF mirrorless plan. Tanaka said “I already predicted that Canon and Nikon would join the market, and even Panasonic. It wasn’t a surprise to me.

2) About going Medium format:Right now there are a lot of things still to do with full-frame sensors, so at the moment I don’t have any ideas about starting work on new larger imaging sensors.

3) APS-C lenses: Sony plans to make small size lenses too. And they also plan to make new APS-C lenses.

4) APS-C cameras:The APS-C market is very important for us, so we will create new models in the APS-C market, but we need to ask customers what kind of models they want.” And interesting: “APS-C cameras for professional use must exist.“.

5) Weathersealing: Sony is working to improve it.

6) Sony SD cards choice:Right now, processing speed is slower than SD UHS-II, so using SD is OK. But in the future, for example in any camera with 8K/30p video, SD won’t be enough.

7) About the Sony A7sIII:The next model should of course be more than they expect. So we’re planning a future S model right now, but it will take time.” Sony also knows that their customers want “4K/60p, 4:2:2 10-bit, and of course more battery power, increased AF accuracy – many things!

8) About the new Sony AI strategy:Currently we’re planning upgrades to existing models, and of course future models that will contain new AI features.

To sum up:
Sony confirmed our rumors about a professional APS-C camera are spot on!
Sony A7sIII will meet the requests of the customers and even “exceed” them
New APS-C lenses coming…hurray!
The new artificial features like “Animal Eye-AF” are going to be implemented on current cameras too.

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October 19, 2018
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This is a cool Sony A7000 rendering (not the real cam)

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An anonymous reader (Thanks!) sent me these nice renderings of the A7000:

Rendering of the A7000 based on multiple rumors.
Design may not be accurate because it was made entirely by my subjectivity.
Based on the design of the Sony A9, there is an upper LCD and a right mode dial and a left multi-purpose dial.There are two custom buttons at the top.

This camera looks seriously cool! I want it :)

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October 19, 2018
Posted in reviews

Sigma 14mm F/1.8 DG HSM Art review by Marc Alhadeff

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Marc Alhadeff posted the review of the new Sigma 14mm F/1.8 DG HSM Art lens:

The Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art (1600 euros) is an excellent lens optically for a wide angle with the fastest aperture available for that focal length.
Centre sharpness is excellent , and corners are already good wide open and become progressively excellent
The Sigma 14mm F1.8 is certainly the best 14mm available in the market in term of sharpness , bokeh and color rendition, and it low coma makes it suited for astrophotography
The F1.8 allows for some unique effect of background blur for a wide angle that has no equivalent
The only issue is the capricious Autofocus and the price tag (1600 euros), one of the most expensive of the Art line

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 70mm macro for $569 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and  Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

 

 

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