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September 12, 2018
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September 12, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…


the SIGMA 105mm 1.4 | First impressions and Photoshoot

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
My FAVORITE Travel Lenses for Sony a7III & a7RIII – P.S. NEW Peak Design Bag 😉 (Jason Vong).
testing the A7III for astrophotography at amazingsky.net.
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art Lens for Sony FE Mount Cameras (Darren Miles).
Sony Releases Sustainability Report 2018 Outlining Its Efforts to Create Sustainable Social Value
Choosing Storage! DAS/NAS Options for Photographers (Explora).
Samyang 85mm f/1.8 UMC CS lens review with samples (Christopher Frost Photography).

Hanna:My latest bts video using Zeiss 35mm and 85mm GM with sony a7r3 and a73 youtube.com/watch?v=BV_65nDJmjg

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

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September 11, 2018
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Official: Sigma Adds Three New Lenses to Its Cine Lens Lineup

Sigma just officially announced three new Cine lenses that will be available as native E-mount option too. This is the press text:

Sigma Adds Three New Lenses to Its Cine Lens Lineup
Brand new introductions to the FF High Speed Prime Line – 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF – will be debuted at IBC2018

September 11, 2018 – Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the development of three new Sigma Cine lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line: 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF. With these additions, the FF High Speed Prime Line now includes ten lenses covering 14mm to 135mm and T1.5 to T2, giving cinematographers even more options to empower their artistic expression and take their cinematic vision to the next level.

Available for test-shooting at the 2018 IBC Show in Amsterdam from September 14-18, 2018, attendees are welcome to visit the Sigma booth 12.D64 to get hands-on with the new cine lenses.

New Models in the Sigma Cine FF High Speed Prime Line
All the lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line, including the brand new 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF, are compatible with full-frame image sensors and optimized for ultra-high-resolution 6K-8K shooting.

All three lenses come in PL, EF and E mounts with lens support foot and cap included. The 105mm T1.5 FF is expected to start shipping in October 2018, the 40mm T1.5 FF in the end of 2018, and the 28mm T1.5 FF in early 2019. Pricing for each new model will be announced at the time of availability. For further technical specifications and lens characteristics and high-resolution product images, please download the full announcements here: https://bit.ly/2O46Gen.

September 11, 2018
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Metabones Launches Contax N-Mount Speed Booster ULTRA and Smart Adapter for Sony E-mount

Today Metabones announced the new N-mount Speed Booster and Smart Adapter. With those you can use the rather excellent Contax N lenses (see them here on eBay).

Press text:

Metabones Launches Contax N-Mount Speed Booster ULTRA and Smart Adapter

Vancouver, Canada, September 10, 2018, Owners of legendary Carl Zeiss optics in Contax N-Mount have long demanded a trusted migration path to mirrorless cameras. With the advent of Metabones® Contax N-Mount to Sony E-Mount Speed Booster® ULTRA and Contax N-Mount to Sony E-Mount Smart Adapter, the longing is over.

Built upon the foundation of Metabones’ past success, phase-detection autofocus on A9, A7R Mark III, A7 Mark III, A7R Mark II, A7 Mark II, A6500 and A6300 not only offers pinpoint accuracy but also AF speed significantly surpassing the original Contax N series AF cameras. (Tailored to single-lens reflex cameras with a traditional phase-detection autofocus system, Contax N lenses are not compatible with contrast-detection autofocus mirrorless cameras such as A7S Mark II.)

Get a glimpse of the ergonomic experience of the original Contax N1 camera by using the lens’ own aperture ring in aperture priority and manual exposure modes on A9, A7 series, A6500 and A6300. Fully automatic exposure and shutter priority are also available.

A customizable button on the adapter can be assigned to more than 50 different functions on an A9, A7 series, A6500 or A6300 camera, including depth-of-field preview. Putting that button on the hand-grip side would have matched a genuine Contax N camera, but since that would have been next to Sony’s lens release button, we opted to place this customizable button on the other side of the adapter instead, right where the thumb of your left hand is.

The workmanship and attention to detail are evident from the signature Metabones design and the two electrical contacts carrying power, which are thicker in the same way as a genuine Contax N series autofocus camera. The inside of the adapter is flocked with felt to minimize internal reflection. A tripod foot compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release is included.

Metabones has a proven track record of firmware stability and timely firmware support. Firmware is user-upgradable via the adapter’s micro USB port.

Metabones adapters relay distance information from the lens to the camera body to enable full 5-axis in-body image stabilization of the A9, A7 Mark III series, A7 Mark II series and A6500. (The Contax 645 Makro-Planar 4/120 lens does not report distance information and supports only 3-axis in-body image stabilization.)

Contax made history by offering the world’s first full-frame digital camera, Contax N-Digital, in 2002. All Contax products had been discontinued by 2005, leaving some of the finest autofocus optics ever made in search of a successor. None of these lenses feature optical image stabilization, and this is where the 5-axis in-body image stabilization (SteadyShot INSIDE) of Sony A9, A7 Mark III series, A7 Mark II series and A6500 comes in as a much-needed complement.

The heritage lives on, with the very same Carl Zeiss lenses from the dawn of full-frame digital photography now leveraging the latest and greatest mirrorless camera features and poised to benefit from further technological advances in the future.

Speed Booster® ULTRA

Speed Booster® ULTRA uses an advanced 5-element/4-group optical design by Caldwell Photographic Inc., incorporating ultra-high index tantalum-based optical glass to achieve extraordinary optical performance with improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting. Speed Booster® ULTRA has a magnification of 0.71x, effectively reducing the crop factor of APS-C cameras from 1.5x to 1.07x. The Speed Booster® ULTRA design makes very effective use of exotic materials at the furthest limit of glassmaking technology, and as a result is well corrected for use with virtually all full-frame SLR lenses regardless of exit pupil distance. Thus, the Speed Booster ULTRA performs extremely well with professional-grade f/2.8 zoom lenses such as the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*2,8/17-35. Similarly, high-speed fixed focal length lenses such as the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50 and Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85 will be transformed into f/1.0 lenses with excellent contrast and resolution from the center all the way to the edges of the image. Like all Metabones Speed Boosters, the Speed Booster ULTRA is optimized to fully account for the camera’s filter stack located near the sensor surface. This is especially critical at the extremely large apertures made possible by Speed Booster technology. As a result of this careful optimization, the complete range of Contax N and Contax 645 lenses will function flawlessly when adapted to Sony E-mount APS-C format camera bodies. (Speed Booster ULTRA cannot be used to adapt a Contax 645 lens to a full-frame E-Mount camera such as the A9 and the A7 series.)

Availability

Metabones® Contax N-Mount to Sony E-Mount Smart Adapter and Contax N-Mount to Sony E-Mount Speed Booster ULTRA are available right now for USD 399 and USD 399 respectively, plus applicable tax(es), duties and shipping, from Metabones’ web store and its worldwide network of resellers.

Supported Lenses (edited by SAR with links)

The following Contax N mount lenses are supported and tested:
Vario-Sonnar T* 17–35/2.8 (ebay search link here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 24–85/3.5–4.5 (ebay search link here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 28–80/3.5–5.6 (ebay search link here).
Planar T* 50/1.4 (ebay search link here).
Vario Sonnar T* 70–300/4.0–5.6 (ebay search link here).
Planar T* 85/1.4 (ebay search link here).
Makro-Sonnar T* 100/2.8 (ebay search link here).
Tele-Apotessar T* 400/4 (ebay search link here).

In addition, the following Contax 645 lenses, adapted to Contax N-mount by Contax NAM-1 adapter (not included), are supported and tested:
Distagon T* 35/3.5 (ebay search link here).
Distagon T* 45/2.8 (ebay search link here).
Distagon T* 55/3.5 (ebay search link here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 45–90/4.5 (ebay search link here).
Planar T* 80/2 (ebay search link here).
Sonnar T* 140/2.8 (ebay search link here).
Sonnar T* 210/4 (ebay search link here).
Tele-Apotessar T* 350/4 (ebay search link here).

Specifications

Product name (Model Code):

Metabones Contax N Lens to Sony E-mount Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x (MB_SPCN-E-BT1)
Product page: http://www.metabones.com/products/details/MB_SPCN-E-BT1
Dimension: 31.2 x 72.3 x 76.0mm

Weight: 207g
Retail Price: USD 649.00

Metabones Contax N Lens to Sony E-mount Smart Adapter (MB-CN-E-BT1)
Product Page: http://www.metabones.com/products/details/MB_CN-E-BT1

Dimension: 35.4 x 72.3 x 76.0mm
Weight: 167g
Retail Price: USD 649.00
Color: Black Satin exterior; Black Matte interior

Electronic Features:
AF with Contact N mount lens (details refer to the above supported lenses list)
Enable full 5-axis in-body image stabilization of the A9, A7 Mark III series, A7 Mark II series and A6500.

Optical Features (for Speed Booster ULTRA version only * ):
Magnification: 0.71x wider *
Increase max aperture by 1 stop *
Advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tantalum-based optical glass by Caldwell Photographic in the USA (patent granted) *
Felt material flocked inside the opening to reduce internal reflections

Tripod Mount:
Detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins and Photo Clam ball heads

September 11, 2018
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Sony A9 firmware update 3.10 released

Sony issued a new firmware update for the Sony A9 with the following benefits:

  • Support of “SEL400F28GM”
    Adds a [Silent priority] option to the [Aperture Drive in AF] setting in the menu.
    *Using the lens “SEL400F28GM”, when [Silent priority] is selected, the sound emitted by the aperture drive will be reduced. This is useful in shooting conditions where camera noise should be kept to a minimum. Note that Auto Focus may become slower when [Silent priority] is selected.
  • Other improvements
    Improves the overall stability of the camera
September 11, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…


Three Sigma Lenses for Your Sony a6000 (APS-C) | Initial Impressions

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Comparison of the new Nikon Z cameras and the Sony A7riii and A7iii… pros, cons and recommendations (Enthusiastphotoblog).
New Data: Sony SLT-A57 Photographic Dynamic Range and Other Sensor Measurements (Photons to Photos).
Sony A9 – Speed matters (Ole C. Salomonsen).
The 4 Toughest Hard Drives for Your Next Adventure (Explora).
Sony 24-240mm F/3.5-6.3 Review (Enthusiastphotoblog).
Sony RX100 VI – Beginners Guide – How To Use The Camera (SonyAlphaLab).

Mathieu:here is my new video : 5 Creative ideas for amazing Portraits. Shot on A7III. https://youtu.be/iK36LLiy_Cw I hope you like the result

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September 10, 2018
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What’s the Canon R and Nikon Z feature Sony should absolutely “copy and paste” in their fourth generation of A7 cameras?

So while we should get the A6xxx (or A7xxx) and A7sIII soon let us know what Sony should absolutely “copy and paste” from the new Canon-Nikon cameras:

Choose the three Nikon Z and Canon R features Sony has to implement in their strategy:

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