Here are the six new next Sony Full Frame sensors. One of them has Quad Bayer Structure!

Sony has registered six new Full Frame sensors. Below you can find the full spec sheets. What’s particular is that the sensor named IMX521 uses the Quad Bayer Structure. Sony writes:

HDR function is available by dividing exposure time in the 4 same color pixels into long exposure pixels and short exposure pixels. or dividing conversion gain in the 4 same color pixels into LCG pixels and HCG pixels.
Quad Bayer RAW function makes it possible to readout 4 same color pixels without addition.
When normal operation. 4 same color pixels are added and made 1 pixel, and output as bayer pixel array. In addition, a group of divided 4 same color pixels is defined as 1 pixel unit in this product specification.

Here are the short sensor specs:
IMX311: 48,9MP (45° deg. square pix array)
IMX313: 48,9MP (16bit A/D, stacked 3:2, 30p at 16:9 FULL 8k readout. 60p at 6k with crop.)
IMX409: 55MP
IMX410: 24.6MP (24mpix, 19fps for photography. 6k 40fps, 4k crop 100fps.)
IMX521: 15MP with Quad Array
IMX554: 30MP

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This week SAR readers photos selection


Alex Phan
Female Peregrine Falcon attacks Pelican for flying too close to her nest.
A9 + 400GM + 1.4x TC
iso: 640 , 1/2500 , f/5.6 @560mm
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Press Release: Aurora Aperture introduces a new filter system: adapter mount format filters for mirrorless mount adapters

Aurora Aperture introduced a new filter system which you can preorder on Kickstarter (Click here).

Press Text:

Aurora Aperture introduces a revolutionary filter system: adapter mount format filters for mirrorless mount adapters

Irvine, California, July 15th, 2019 – Aurora Aperture Inc. today has introduced a revolutionary filter system, the Aurora Aperture Adapter Mount Format (AMF) filter for mirrorless mount adapters.

The AMF filters drop into mirrorless camera mount adapters such as the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, the Nikon FTZ, the Sigma MC-11 for Sony E, and the Sigma MC-21 for the L mount.

“In 2017 we introduced a rear mount filter system for the Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM: The Aurora CR format, an industry-first rear mount glass filter,” said Jeff Chen, founder and CEO of Aurora Aperture Inc. “The Aurora Aperture CR format filters solves the problem of needing a huge filter adapter and massive filters for lenses that have protruding front elements. Due to the recent pivot of mirrorless camera development and releases from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, and others: We’ve invented the Adapter Mount Format for the mirrorless mount adapters which enables mirrorless camera users to use a single set of filters for all their DSLR lenses regardless of the filter thread size.”

One Mount One Filter

Designed in California, the Aurora Aperture AMF drop-in filters offer many advantages over traditional front–mounted lens filters. Since a drop-in filter goes inside a mount adapter, users only need one set of filters per adapter instead of specific thread sizes for each lens. It not only saves users from having to buy multiple sets of filters or large diameter filters – but it also means awkward to use step-up rings are no longer necessary.

The drop-in filters are very compact and lightweight, meaning that they’re easily carried. They cost much less than traditional front mount filters, especially in comparison to large filter thread sizes.

Any DSLR lens that can be mounted on the four supported mirrorless mount adapters can be used with these drop-in filters, whether the lens has a front filter thread or not. This is especially beneficial for ultra wide-angle lenses without a front filter thread which would otherwise require massive filters on a bulky adapter.

Available Filters

  1. PowerUV™, a sensor protector filter to shield the camera sensor from contamination
  2. PowerND™, neutral density (ND) filters of light reduction strength in ND4 (2 stops), ND16 (4 stops), ND64 (6 stops), ND256 (8 stops), ND4000 (12 stops), and ND65000 (16 stops)
  3. PowerGND™, soft graduated neutral density (GND) filters of light reduction strength in ND3 (1.5 stops), ND6 (2.5 stops), and ND12 (3.5 stops)
  4. PowerDusk™, a light pollution reduction filter for astrophotography and for cityscape photography in blue hours by reducing artificial light pollution.

Schott B270® glass is used as the foundation of filters except for the PowerDusk which is based on neodymium glass. Multi-layer nano-coatings are used for light reduction so the filters are able to meet high-resolution demands of 4k/8k video and the high pixel density of modern-day sensors.

A PFPE based nano-coating is applied to both optical surfaces, ensuring the protection of filter against water, oil, dust, and dirt. This coating allows the filter to be easily cleaned as substances do not adhere as easily and are removed with little effort. The PFPE based nano coating has a 110-degree static contact angle, one of the best in the industry.

Aerospace-grade 7051 aluminum alloy is used for the filter frame. This material is practically twice as strong as 6000 series aluminum alloy used in conventional lens filters.

Availability and Pricing

The AMF Filters will be available through a kickstarter.com crowdfunding campaign starting in July 2019. The general public and dealer availability starts in October 2019. The price will start from $44 and goes up to $83 per filter, depending on the type of filter.

Firmware update for SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Sony E-mount

Sigma isssued a new major firmware update for their current FE lenses:

Press text

[Applicable products] Sigma 14mm f/1.8 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

[Benefits of the update] ・It has improved the AF speed.
・It has improved the AF accuracy when the Face Detection setting is turned on, while using AF.
・With the Sony α9 or Sony α6400, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby the AF stopping position occasionally had a variation when shutter was half pressed repeatedly during auto focusing on the same subject.
※For customers who have Sony α9, please update the camera’s firmware to Ver.5.00 or later.

[Applicable product] Sigma 105mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

[Benefits of the update] ・It has improved the AF accuracy when the Face Detection setting is turned on, while using AF.
・With the Sony α9 or Sony α6400, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby the AF stopping position occasionally had a variation when shutter was half pressed repeatedly during auto focusing on the same subject.
※For customers who have Sony α9, please update the camera’s firmware to Ver.5.00 or later.

[Applicable product] Sigma 40mm f/1.4 FE lens at Adorama, FocusCamera and BHphoto.

[Benefit of the update] ・With cameras which incorporate DMF mode, when using the AF while the MF assist function is turned on, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby it automatically displays a magnified view as it gets in focus.
※For customers who have Sony α9, please update the camera’s firmware to Ver.5.00 or later.

To update the firmware, please refer to the following link;
https://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/lenses/firmware/

Sigma FE lenses:
Sigma 35mm f/1.2 FE at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, FocusCamera, Henrys. In EU at Calumet DE, ParkUK, WexUK.
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 FE at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, FocusCamera, Henrys. In EU at Calumet DE, ParkUK, WexUK.
Sigma 45mm f/2.8 FE at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, FocusCamera, Henrys. In EU at Calumet DE, ParkUK, WexUK.

 

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Sony A7rIV officially announced!

Today Sony announced the first of the four new camera they will announce within the next 1-2 months. Today we got the Sony A7rIV and next week we will get another camera :)

The A7rIV has 50 incremental improvements over the predecessor. This isn’t a revolutionary camera but a well thought evolution. Check out all the info here:

Sony A7rIV and new accessories:
Sony A7rIV in USA/CA at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera, Amazon, Henrys.
Sony A7rIV in EU at Calumet DE, ParkUK, WexUK, Calumet NL.
Sony A7rIV in Asia at Sony Japan. Sony Australia.
Sony VG-C4EM grip in USA at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera, ParkUK, WexUK.
ECM-B1M Digital Audio Shotgun Microphone at BHphoto, Park UK.
XLR-K3M Mic at BHphoto, Park UK.

Press:
Full press text on SAR
Official product page on Sony.net
Rewatch the A7rIV video presentation at BHphoto.

Reviews:
Taking The New Sony a7R IV to Alaska (Colby Brown)
First impressions review by Albert Dros.
Image samples on Explora.
Sample images at Dpreview.
Image samples by Photographyblog.
Image samples at ePhotozine.
Hands-on images by ePhotozine
Hands-on images at Photographyblog.

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