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

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


October 20, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…


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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I kindly invite you all to follow our RSS feed, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss news and rumors

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.
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.


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).

 

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

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.

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

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 :)

October 18, 2018
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ON1 Photo RAW 2019 update to be released in November

Press text:

Today we are announcing ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will be available this November.
Version 2019 is one of the biggest and best releases in our history. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will include tons of improvements to the photo editing workflow and new features.

Version 2019 will include significant updates to both performance and image quality, notable new features like a new non-destructive workflow for layers, Lightroom® photo settings migration, auto-alignment of layers, focus stacking, a new portrait module, a new AI-powered masking tool, a new text tool, new digital asset management updates, and more.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 Announce Campaign Page
https://www.on1.com/

Announce Campaign Details:
– ON1 Photo RAW 2019 with 1 year of ON1 Plus: $129.99
– Full Version for NEW customers: $99.99
– Upgrade for existing ON1 Product owners: $79.99

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 Product Page
https://www.on1.com/

Product Highlights

New Workflow for Layers
Layers will no longer be a separate module. Instead, the power of layers will be accessible within the non-destructive workflow inside of Develop and Effects.

New Lightroom Photo Settings Migration
New AI-powered algorithms will give customers the ability to transfer Lightroom edited photos, keep the non-destructive settings, and move them into ON1 Photo RAW.

Portrait Module
The new Portrait module will automatically detect faces in your photo and will retouch to smooth skin, brighten and sharpen eyes, and whiten teeth.

Focus Stacking
Blend multiple photos at different focus distances to increase depth-of-field.

Auto-Align Layers
Easily combine multiple photos as layers, then automatically align them based on image content.

Text Tool
Perfect for creating posters, adding your byline or adding editing annotations. Easily control font size, color, position, and more, then save to a preset to add the same text overlay to a batch of photos quickly.

Master Keyword List
Now you can see every keyword that you use in a single, searchable list. You can quickly apply, clear, edit, or delete keywords.

Improved Local Adjustments
Local adjustments will be updated to use the raw processing data. This allows for more highlight and shadow details with more tonal range.

Layered HDR Workflow
With the powerful new non-destructive layers you can combine other photos, text, or alternate exposures with your HDR photos. You can even use the powerful masking tools to combine multiple HDR renditions.

Filter Options in Effects
We have added dedicated film grain, curves, and color adjustment filters to Effects. There’s also a new way to select and browse filters.

User Interface
Overall contrast has been reduced to make photos stand out along with a new font to help increase readability. New icons, tabs, and sliders will also take up less visual space.

October 18, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…


All Quiet (not quite) on The Sony Front at Photokina, But Why Not?

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Zeiss Touit 32mm F1.8 review (Sonyalpha.blog).
Canon XF705 Nurturing Guide (Personal View).
Nikon Z7 Dissasembly and Teardown (Nikoneye.com).
Panasonic says L-mount alliance formed just a couple of months ago and Olympus didn’t want to be part of it (Mirrorlessrumors.com).
Track and Time-Lapse with the Syrp Genie II (Explora).

Evan:Shooting a magazine editorial shoot. I go over lighting, hardware, settings for each shot, as well as methodology. I am shooting tethered with the Sony a7RIII, Microsoft Surface Pro, and Profoto B1 lights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiZLTnp0Mts

Philip:Breakthrough photography, the filter company, will be making a 150mm filter holder like this: https://breakthrough.photography/products/x100-holder?variant=13005112836138.It will allow you to fit a filter to the 12-24mm FE lens! This will be announced within 4-5 months, I believe. It’s a bit of a wait but it’s really good news in my opinion.

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

Join the new Sony Alpha Camera Facebook group.
To get news from our Forum subscribe that RSS feed.
I kindly invite you all to follow our RSS feed, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss news and rumors

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.
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.

October 17, 2018
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Sony officially announces the new Medium Format, Full Frame, APS-C and MFT sensors

Today Sony officially updated their sensor database. It includes all new MFT up to Medium format sensors company can buy from them. The list includes these sensors:

IMX411 medium format sensor … 150MP BSI (which also comes as monochrome version): Used by Phase One IQ4.
IMX461 medium format sensor … 100MP BSI (which also comes as monochrome version): Used by the new Fuji GFX100s.
IMX410 full size sensor … 24MP BSI: Probably used by the Nikon Z6 and Panasonic S1
IMX571 APS-C sensor … 26MP BSI: Probably used by the new Fuji X-T3
IMX271 APS-C sensor … 24MP
IMX272 4/3 sensor … 20MP
IMX299 4/3 sensor … 11MP BSI

 

 

 

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