Field Made Co Unveils Next-Generation Lens Indicator Labels!


Fieldmade announced a new generation of lens indicators (Click here and use our code “SONYRUMORS10” to save 10%).

Field Made Co Unveils Next-Generation Lens Indicator Labels – Crafted in Our Workshop, Made in North America

After a year of relentless prototyping, navigating a steep learning curve, and tackling challenges head-on, Field Made Co is thrilled to launch our next-generation Lens Indicator Labels.

**What’s New:**
These labels aren’t just labels; they’re a testament to our unwavering commitment to quality. We’ve taken things up a notch. Our Next-Generation Lens Indicator Labels are now meticulously handmade right here in our workshop, using premium materials sourced exclusively from North America.

**Introducing Front Cap Indicator Labels:**
We’ve been listening to our fellow photographers and filmmakers and heard your needs loud and clear. That’s why we are proud to introduce Front Cap Indicator Labels alongside our classic rear cap indicators. These are designed to make your gear even more accessible and organized.

**Filter Size Included:**
But that’s not all. We understand that precision matters. That’s why our new labels now include the filter size, enabling photographers and filmmakers to find the right filter easily.

**New Rear & Front Lens Indicator Packs**
Field Made Co lens indicator packs are now available for rear or front caps and as a bundle.
New packs are now available for Canon RF & EF, Nikon Z & FX, Sony FE, Fujifilm XF & GF.

**New Individual Lens Indicators**
New individual indicators are now available for Canon RF & EF, Nikon Z & FX, Sony FE, Fujifilm XF & GF, and Tamron.


Sigma is teasing the launch of a new product on October 5. We are getting the new 70-200mm f/2.8 FE lens!


On October 5 at 9am London time Sigma will announce a new product. And I was the first to tell you ahead of time that we are likely getting a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for both Sony E and Leica L-mount ;) Below you can find the Japanese YouTube teaser:

Stay tuned on SAR…as soon as I can I will share more info about this lens!

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Sony Unveils Three Wireless Microphones with Exceptional Sound Quality, Lightweight and Unparalleled Portability


Sony announced the new ECM-S1 wireless streaming mic with multi interface shoe. You can preorder it now for $419 at BHphoto, Adorama, FotoErhardt.

They also announced the ECM-W3  wireless mic you can preorder for $369 (or $469 with 2 mic) at BHphoto, Adorama, FotoErhardt.

This is the press text:

Sony Unveils Three Wireless Microphones with Exceptional Sound Quality, Lightweight and Unparalleled Portability

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 27, 2023 – Expanding its microphone portfolio, Sony Electronics introduces the ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S wireless microphones, along with the wireless streaming microphone ECM-S1. These cutting-edge microphones combine high-quality sound capture with a lightweight design. With the ECM-W3, ECM-W3S, and ECM-S1 models, Sony empowers video content creators with the ability to achieve superior audio recording across various shooting scenarios. ​

The ECM-W3 has a two-channel receiver and two microphones and the ECM-W3S has a one-channel receiver and one microphone. Both the ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S are perfect for video content creators who work in a wide range of shooting scenarios such as Vlogs and interviews, where the user needs them to easily record high-quality voices even when shooting away from the camera.

For professional videographers and video content creators who require top-notch audio quality for shoots, livestreams, and podcasts, the ECM-S1 microphone is the ultimate tool. The microphone has a compact and lightweight body and is equipped with three 14 mm large-diameter capsules tuned to capture human voices naturally and with high-quality sound. Its seamless connection to cameras, computers, and smartphones makes an indispensable asset for content creators seeking a dynamic and engaging audio-video experience. As audio can be recorded directly to the camera via a wireless connection, “sound and video lag” that sometimes occurs when sound and video are input separately to a distribution device during live streaming does not occur, thus delay compensation is not required.

“Sony’s ECM-W3, ECM-W3S, and ECM-S1 microphones embody the brand’s commitment to innovation and excellence,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics. “With these new offerings for microphones, Sony continues to push the boundaries of audio technology, empowering creators to achieve remarkable sound quality across various content creation avenues. We know that professional and hobbyists alike want to have the best audio quality and we are continuing to offer solutions for this.”

Main features of the “ECM-W3” and “ECM-W3S” wireless microphones

 Achieves high-quality sound pickup with reduced noise

The ECM-W3 consists of a receiver and two microphones, and the ECM-W3S consists of a receiver and one microphone. By designing with sound quality in mind, Sony has achieved high-quality sound pickup with reduced noise. The ECM-W3 wireless microphone is an ideal solution for interviews and one-on-one conversations and the ECM-W3S microphone excels in capturing clear and articulate user voices for vloggers and video content creators with a focus on delivering a natural organic sound. These microphones ensure exceptional sound pickup while effectively reducing noise.

Equipped with a noise-cut filter that effectively reduces harsh noise with digital signal processing, the microphone also has a low-cut filter that reduces unwanted low-frequency noise such as wind, air conditioning, and vibration noise. The included windscreen reduces the noise generated when strong wind or breath hits the microphone, making it possible to record clear audio without interference from the ambient environment. Working together, the filters and windscreen results in less noise removal processing during post-production.

When connected to a Sony camera equipped with the Multi-Interface (MI) shoe, the ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S receiver is compatible with a digital audio interfacei and the camera can then directly record the audio signal output. This enables superb sound recording with minimal noise interference. The ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S are equipped with a safety function that suppresses sound distortion at high volumes, and an attenuator function that manually reduces the sound during high-volume recording. Both the ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S deliver low power consumption, low latency, and high sound quality with Bluetooth 5.3 (Bluetooth Low Energy) and LC3Plusii ​ codec.

Enhanced convenience through versatile connectivity

MI Shoe support enables greater flexibility with battery-free and cable-free shooting. Power is supplied directly from the camera to the receiver, so there is no need to worry about running out of batteryiii. Equipped with a USB Type-C® terminal, it is possible to output digital audio (48kHz/24bit) from the receiver to a USB-connected smartphone or PCiv. Also, the microphone has a 3.5mm mini jack (stereo) audio output terminal, ensuring compatibility with cameras, PCs, IC recorders, etc., that do not have an MI shoev. Included is a terminal protection holder/stand for the multi-interface foot and it can be used as a microphone stand when attaching the receiver to equipment other than a camera or attached to a smartphone clamp as an adapter with screw holes.

The microphone has a 3.5mm mini jack (monaural) which can be used as an external microphone input terminal. It can be used in combination with a lavalier microphone such as ECM-LV1, you are able to pick-up the subject’s voice while the microphone is hidden from view. The rechargeable microphone can be used continuously for up to six hours on a full chargevi.

Compact and lightweight, high portability with charging case included

The compact and lightweight microphone’s dimensions are 25.0mm x 52.5mm x 20.5mm (W/H/D) and weighs approximately 17g. The receiver is 32.0mm x 29.0mm x 50.0mm (W/H/D) and weighs approximately 25g. Both the microphones and receivers can be used anywhere, anytime with ease. For added durability, the ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S are designed to be dustproof and moisture resistantvii, which allows for worry-free outdoor usage. With the lightweight and portable charging case, it is possible to charge even while on the move.

Main features of the wireless/streaming microphone “ECM-S1”

High-quality sound pickup performance and synchronization of sound and video by connecting to a camera

The ECM-S1 is equipped with three large-diameter (14mm) capsules that correspond to three sound pickup modes: Uni-directional, Omni-directional and Stereo, providing high-quality sound pickup with high sensitivity, and wide frequency characteristics. The microphone’s intrinsic low noise levels and wide dynamic range allows for clear recording of even the softest sounds. ​

By tuning it to record human voices naturally and clearly, the microphone can capture realistic and rich textured sound during recording that is unique to streaming microphones. It also has a noise cut filter that effectively removes harsh noise through digital signal processing, and a low-cut filter that reduces unnecessary low-frequency noise such as wind, air conditioning, and vibration, thus reducing the effects of the surrounding environment. The ECM-S1 has a full range of functions that reduce noise and support high-quality sound pickup.

A new sound pickup style with a compact, lightweight housing and versatile connectivity

The ECM-S1 microphone is light, weighing approximately 157g (about 5.54 oz), and compact at 63.0 mm x 137.5 mm x 63.0 mm(W/H/D) with an ultra-light and compact receiver that weighs approximately 25g (about 0.88 oz) at 32 mm x 29 mm x 50 mm (W/H/D). The Bluetooth 5.3 (Bluetooth Low Energy) and LC3plusviii codec deliver low power consumption, low latency, and high sound quality. Using wireless connection allows for a recording style that remains unaffected by environmental conditions. The user can achieve a new level of sound pickup, enabling conversation and singing accompanied by musical instruments to be recorded in high sound quality.

For connectivity, the receiver can be attached to a compatible camera via the MI Shoe. The microphone and receiver are equipped with USB Type-C® terminals that support 48 kHz/24-bit digital audio outputix. As a result, the microphone can record high-quality sound in a variety of ways, such as connecting the microphone wirelessly to a PC or smartphone via the receiver’s USB or connecting the microphone directly to a PC or smartphone via USB. The receiver also has a 3.5mm mini jack (stereo) as an audio output terminal.

High operability that meets the needs of diverse creators

The microphone is equipped with an independent dial that adjusts the sound recording level. The ECM-S1’s audio input level volume can also be adjusted intuitively with the upper dial while checking the audio input level in real time with the indicator lamps. The built-in LINK lamp indicates the communication status between the microphone and receiver to prevent any missed recording.

When recording via a USB connection between the microphonex and a PC or smartphone, headphones (commercially available) can be connectedxi to the microphone’s headphone out jack to monitor the audio without involving the connected device. The headphone volume can also be adjusted with a short press of the dial on the bottom of the microphone. The user can adjust the audio mixing ratio between the input volume level of the audio from the microphone and that of the audio from the computer or smartphone via the USB connection with the headphone volume/mixing ratio adjustment dial on the microphone.

The ECM-S1 and receiver each have a built-in battery for extended use. The receiver can also be used continuously with the support of direct power supply when connected to the camera’s MI Shoexii  or a USB Type-C® cable. The microphone can be used continuously for up to 13 hours when the battery is fully charged using a USB Type-C® cablexiii.

In addition, a pop guard reduces popping noises that occur when the speaker’s mouth is close to the microphone and their breath comes into direct contact with the microphone. This enables vocals, narration, and other audio to be recorded under optimal conditions. A stand that can be attached to the microphone is also includedxiv, allowing the microphone to stand without support while recording. The microphone angle can also be adjusted forward or backward. Alternatively, the stand can be removed when not in use and the 1/4” thread on the bottom of the microphone allows it to be mounted on a tripod or attached to a commercially available microphone armxv 

Pricing and Availability

The ECM-S1 wireless microphone will be available for pre-order starting Sept. 28, 2023, with shipping beginning in October 2023, while ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S wireless microphones will follow in November 2023. ​


Just announced: New DxO PhotoLab 7 & DxO FilmPack 7


DxO just launched the new DxO PhotoLab7 (Click here) and the new DxO FilmPack 7 (Click here). You can also download a free trial version for both.

Press text:

DxO PhotoLab 7 introduces unique color calibration and editing tools, revamped local adjustments, and a powerful B&W workflow
This release also benefits from new LUT support (with 17 original presets included), vibrant color renderings, inspirational black-and- white effects, and more.

Paris (France): DxO Labs, for two decades the pioneering force in photo-editing software, today announces the release of DxO PhotoLab 7, its complete RAW image-processing and correction software. This new version features a unique in-frame color calibration tool, exclusive to DxO, which lets photographers create scientifically accurate, real-life colorimetric profiles in just a few clicks. For the first time, Look-Up Table (LUT) support is also introduced, along with a host of interface and usability improvements to its local adjustment tools. In addition, version 7 introduces DxO Styles, a selection of distinctive renderings that give photographers a creative foundation for their edits.

“Our goal has always been to give photographers the ultimate in image quality, and PhotoLab 7 takes this another step further,” says Product Director Fabrizio Dei Tos Navalesi. “Combined with our ultra-wide gamut and soft proofing functionality, the introduction of the color calibration tool and support for LUTs creates a whole new level of control.”

Committed to color

This new version of DxO PhotoLab enables photographers to apply true-to-life, scientifically accurate color profiles to their images. Facilitated by a unique tool, working in concert with one of six industry-standard color checker charts from Calibrite and Datacolor, PhotoLab 7 can therefore eliminate the fallibility introduced by human ocular perception and the guesswork required when compensating for ambient viewing light or the color profile of a monitor.

Cinematic-style grading

PhotoLab 7 now supports Look Up Tables (LUTs) and comes with 17 DxO starter presets. These developments complement the advances in color management made in version 6, which introduced re-engineered color processing algorithms, a new extended working color space (DxO Wide Gamut), and a Soft Proofing mode.

PhotoLab first began to set the standard in color control through its innovative HSL Color Wheel. The spectrum of color control tools now available in version 7 is therefore the result of years of concerted effort to deliver the lifelike and expressive color demanded by serious photographers.

HSL editing as part of local adjustments

PhotoLab 7 also brings color control to a local level. Photographers can now enjoy the powerful but easy-to-use HSL ColorWheel as part of their local adjustments, for instance, altering the color of a subject’s clothing, or subtly warming the highlights of a landscape scene, all with the highest quality and total creative freedom.

A natural black-and-white workflow

Just like its commitment to color, DxO PhotoLab 7 has new tools that help photographers create their definitive monochrome workflow. The interface includes a new tab to switch to monochrome and a range of new film renderings – plus PhotoLab 7 introduces a six-channel mixer for complete tonal control across black-and-white photography.

Local adjustments revamped

The ability to make precise local adjustments is a vital part of creative photo editing. DxO PhotoLab 7 makes this easy by organizing local adjustment tools into a new dedicated palette in the workspace. This evolution keeps the interface cleaner and makes photos more visible while they’re being worked on, allowing even greater precision from the popular U PointTM tool.

DxO FilmPack 7 includes fresh editing tools, an enriched Time Machine mode, new film renderings, and more personalized workflow
FilmPack 7 is DxO Labs’ tribute to analog image-making, immersing photographers in its rich history and creativity.

Paris (France): DxO Labs, a pioneer in photo-editing software for over 20 years, today announces the release of DxO FilmPack 7, designed for digital photographers who love the timeless magic of film. It follows almost two decades of researching and digitizing the unique characteristics of classic film stocks in order to keep them alive in the digital era.
The release of FilmPack 7 includes: a powerful Luminosity Mask tool for complete tonal control; more iconic photos presented with historical information and related renderings in the Time Machine mode; a selection of new film renderings; and more.
“At DxO, we love photography,” explains VP of Product Strategy Jean-Marc Alexia. “FilmPack is our tribute to 200 years of analog history. Version 7 gives photographers who miss the magic of film the chance to immerse themselves — but with all of the convenience of digital.”
To celebrate the release of this version, DxO has partnered with large format film photographer Gary Zuercher, who, for 20 years, has documented the beauty of Paris and its bridges at night — and those who purchase FilmPack 7 will be eligible to win a copy of his photobook.

New Luminosity Masks for unequaled editing
New in DxO FilmPack 7, Luminosity Masks enable the fine adjustment of exposure, color, and contrast. Users can now target specific parts of the image for precise changes such as adding warmth to highlights, offering a new level of control.

Upgraded Time Machine mode
Inspired by history’s greatest photographers and their favorite film stocks, DxO FilmPack 7’s Time Machine features a large collection of iconic photographs. Users can experience historical styles in context and then apply them to their own shots.
Spanning almost two centuries of image-making, Time Machine is presented as a simple timeline gallery. Below each image, users can find the backstory to the photograph, as well as corresponding renderings. In a couple of clicks, users can enjoy the exact same look on their own photos.
In DxO FilmPack 7, photographers can enjoy 22 new historical images and events, in addition to 26 new presets, bringing the total to 94.

25 new film renderings and digital styles

In addition to its already wide array of authentic film renderings, FilmPack features a series of digital styles — a nod to the popular color and black-and-white modes on modern cameras. The new release has enriched the selection of both.
With 5 new analog film renderings and 20 new digital effects, users have more choice in defining the unique look of their photography. These renderings include modern classics: Cinestill Redrum 200, LomoChrome Metropolis 200, Lomography Redscale XR 200, Berlin Kino B&W 400, and Earl Grey B&W 100. The digital renderings see new styles from Nikon and Fujifilm.
In FilmPack 7, the new additions bring the total number of high-fidelity color and monochrome film renderings to 89 and the total number of digital styles to 82. These are all highly adjustable, giving photographers a vast resource to find their signature look.

Win a copy of ‘The Glow of Paris’
To celebrate the launch of FilmPack 7, DxO is offering customers the chance to win a beautiful photobook of black-and-white photographs, worth $50. ‘The Glow of Paris’ by internationally acclaimed photographer Gary Zuercher presents Parisian bridges at night, and DxO has 100 copies to give away. For more details visit

DxO’s 1,185 new Optics Modules deliver optimum quality for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica, Sigma, and more
Support arrives for the Sony a6700, 800mm and 1200mm prime lenses from Canon and Nikon, Sony’s brand new 70-200mm f/4, and more.

Paris (France): DxO, the recognized authority in automatic optical corrections, today announces 1,185 new Optics Modules, bringing previously unavailable quality to thousands of camera and lens combinations. The release introduces support for the recent Sony A6700 camera, plus several super-telephoto prime lenses including Canon’s RF 800mm and RF 1200mm lenses, Nikon’s AF-S 800mm f/5.6E, and Sony’s lightweight FE 70-200mm f/4 Macro G OSS II. Modules for Leica and Sigma lenses are also included.

Latest DxO Optics Modules

The latest DxO Optics Modules update — available now — includes the following cameras and lenses, each optimized for specific camera-lens combinations:

• Sony A6700

• Canon RF 1200mm F8L IS USM
• Canon RF 1200mm F8L IS USM with RF TC 1.4x
• Canon RF 1200mm F8L IS USM with RF TC 2x
• Canon RF 800mm F5.6L
• Canon RF 800mm F5.6L with RF TC 1.4x
• Canon RF 800mm F5.6L with RF TC 2x
• Leica Summicron-SL 35mm F2 ASPH
• Leica Summicron-SL 50mm F2 ASPH
• Nikkor AF-S 800mm F5.6E FL ED VR
• Nikkor AF-S 800mm F5.6E FL ED VR with AF-S TC-14E III
• Nikkor AF-S 800mm F5.6E FL ED VR with AF-S TC-20E III
• Nikkor Z 70-180mm F2.8
• Nikkor Z 70-180mm F2.8 with Z TC 1.4x
• Nikkor Z 70-180mm F2.8 with Z TC 2x
• Sigma 17mm F4 DG DN (Sony FE)
• Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN | C (L-mount)
• Sigma 24mm F3.5 DG DN C (L-mount)
• Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN (L-mount)
• Sony FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II
• Sony FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II with SEL TC1.4x
• Sony FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II with SEL TC2x


Now available on Amazon: New SMALLRIG NP-FW50 for your Sony Alpha cameras!


You can now buy it for $33 at Amazon US&EU. You get 5% off with the promotion code “SonyRumors”.

This NP-FW50 battery has a USB Type-C charging port that reduces charging time by 30% compared to other USB-C camera batteries, and reduces charging time by 40% compared to conventional charging. With high current charging (5V/1A), you can have a full battery in 135mins. And it comes with a charging indicator to clearly show the charging progress. Red indicator for charging, green indicator for fully charged.

One more thing: Also their new NP-F550 and NP-F970 batteries are now on Amazon.