Announced and available for preorder: New Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D FE lens

Venus Optics announced this new Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D FE lens (worldwide preorder here).

Press text:

14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D is a wide-angle lens designed for full frame mirrorless cameras. It features close-to-zero distortion(Zero-D) with 114° angle of view. The screw-in 52mm filter thread and the ultra wide perspective allows photographers to create the inspiring pictures with one-of-kind elements. Also, it is extremely compact and lightweight (weight: 228g, dimension: 58mmx59mm)which can be carried to anywhere, anytime with Zero Burden. 

Full size image samples can be seen on their official product page. And here is the first full review of the lens by Christopher Frost:

Surprising news: Sony will stop all sales of consumer products such as TV, audio and cameras in Brazil

Sony Brazil will stop selling consumer products such as TV, audio and cameras in Brazil from end 2021. It’s a surprise to see Sony drop out of this big market. I guess brazilian will have to buy Sony products from US online stores.

Here is the official press release (google translated)

Dear,

We inform that the Sony Group decided to close its factory in Manaus at the end of March 2021 and interrupt, in mid-2021, sales of consumer products by Sony Brasil Ltda.—such as TV, audio and cameras—considering the recent environment and the expected business trends. The decision aims to strengthen the structure and sustainability of its businesses, in order to respond to rapid changes in the external environment.

We also inform you that Sony Brasil will continue to maintain its local operation to offer all consumer support for products under its commercial responsibility in accordance with applicable laws and its product warranty policy.

It is important to clarify that the other Sony group businesses in Brazil (Games, Professional Solutions, Music and Pictures Entertainment) will continue to maintain their strong presence in the local market.

With 48 years of history in Brazil and in this trajectory, we are grateful for the relationship of trust built over the whole time with our strong partnership.

We are available to schedule a meeting so that we can share and detail the next steps of this trajectory.

Confident of being able to count on your understanding, we thank you in advance for your always prompt attention and collaboration with Sony Brazil.

Kind regards,
Senior Operations Manager

via PetaPixel

Curiosity: Silver A7c clearly sells better than the Black version according to Amazon

The Sony A7c Silver kit version is the best selling option according to the latest Amazon US (see here) . It’s exactly the other way around if you looks at the BHphoto bestseller ranking.

My humble non required opinion is this: I would only get the silver version if the camera would have had a more “classic” look like the Olympus PEN-F:

I know I know…I am old….

Support SAR by using those affiliate links to preorder the A7c:
Sony A7c at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera. In EU at Calumet DE. Foto-erhardt DE. Fotokoch DE. Wex UK. Park UK.
Sony HVL-F28RM External Flash at BHphoto.

And this is Kai’s take ont he A7c:

Sony A7c officially announced: It’s the worlds smallest FF system camera with EVF

Preorders:
In the USA at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera.
In Europe at Calumet DE. Foto-erhardt DE. Fotokoch DE. Wex UK. Park UK.
Sony HVL-F28RM External Flash at BHphoto.

Hands-on and reviews:
Dpreview. Explora. Product page at Sony UK. ThePhoBlographer. Photographyblog. Lens hands-on by Photographyblog.

Images:
Dpreview. Alphauniverse.

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