Tokina announced this Dot Sight SZ Super Tele Finder Lens and a new EF to E-mount adapter

This is their new EF to E-mount adapter (press text here):

  • Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. will start selling the mount adapter “SZ Mount Converter EF-FE (TA-019)” that allows Tokina’s EF mount lenses to be used with Sony FE mount cameras from March 24, 2023.
  • Equipped with electrical contacts for autofocus and AE.
  • Switch between mode 1 for still image AF and mode 2 for movie AF shooting.
  • Recommended for use with models that support focal plane phase detection AF (α7II or later, α6100 or later).
  • Two lens mount indexes, EF and EF-S, are supported.
  • Equipped with a USB-B terminal inside the mount. Supports firmware update.
  • Released on March 24, 2023, suggested retail price: ¥ 38,000 (excluding tax)

This is their new Dot Sight SZ Super Tele Finder Lens (press text here):

  • Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. will start selling the dot site “SZ Super Tele Finder Lens (TA-018)” that allows you to quickly check the shooting range with a super telephoto lens from March 24, 2023.
  • A dot sight for super-telephoto shooting, developed by Kenko Tokina Group’s “scope” technology. The dot sight is bright and easy to see, and the brightness can be switched in 10 steps. In addition, the attached long plate allows you to freely change the mounting position.
  • Released on March 24, 2023, suggested retail price: 59,800 (excluding tax)

AI imaging will change the way we work. My first attempts to merge it with real photos made with the Sony A7rV

I damn hate this AI tools. I hate it because it forces me to change view on how images are created, I hate it because it’s another step into a world were digital “fakes” will dominate authenticity. But I know there is nothing I can do to stop this.
Looking back, I hated the switch to digital photography, I hated to know that good Photoshoppers became more important than good Photographers, I hated the narcissism and lies of influencer photography.

The only good thing about AI photography is that it actually is the culmination of a decade long trend away from classic photography towards a completely “Imagined” one. The “Lie” finally becomes clear and obvious!
And don’t get me wrong, there can be good ART in this, but it’s not photography as we know it.

After playing for two months I feel like I learned the following:

  • Most “mass” photography will be replaced by AI imaging (Stock photography, social-viral shit, magazine and website photos and so forth)
  • Real photos will soon be edited through AI tools instead (or in combination) with classic Photoshop workflow tools
  • Authenticity might soon become even more valuable than before. Having a real hard proof of a photo (for example as a chemical film or polaroid) may be more appreciated than before.

So the upcoming months I will try to dig into those AI tools to learn how I can edit my Sony A7RV photos to create some different kind of imaginary. I will also shoot more with my Mamiya 7 as a silent sign of interior rebellion :)

I will show you my findings on my Youtube channel. So please subscribe if you are interested into wondering this deep Rabbit Hole!

Sony Tidbits…

Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE II Review Compared to the Sony 85mm f/1.4GM and Sigma 85mm f/1.4

Today deals at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, FotoErhardt DE, FotoKoch DE.
Olympus E. Zuiko 100mm f/2.8 tested on the Sony (Opticallimits).
Nikon Z9 vs. Sony a1 – WILDLIFE SHOOTOUT! (Steve Perry).
Enjoy Outdoor Shooting with the Protective PhotoPod and MyPod (Explora).
How to Use Natural Light in Photography (42West).
Zeiss 55mm FE test by Kitamura.
Canon R6 Mark II vs Lumix S5 Mark II vs Sony A7IV Comparison (James Reader).

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Just announced: New Duovox Ultra Military Grade Night Vision Monocular with Sony Starvis sensor

Duovox successfully funded their new Night Vision and Sony Starvis powered Monocular on Kickstarter.

  • Full color at low light: Take full advantage of the Starvis CMOS high-sensitivity sensor and capture your surroundings in vibrant, vivid colors (1080FHD) even at 0.001 lux.
  • Built-in IR: We have upgraded the Duovox Ultra with an 850 NM infrared illuminator, which allows getting clear vision of your ‘target’ up to 500 meters in complete darkness.
  • 128GB storage: Stores 1000 high-quality images and 120 minutes of 1080 Full HD video. Now you’ll never miss out on the best shots ever again!
  • Up to 10 hrs battery: Comes with a powerful in-built 4000mAh rechargeable battery, giving you up to 10 hours of uninterrupted use and up to 5 hours with IR turned on.

Two more hot Kickstarter projects:

  1. If you need a flexible, portable high quality 4k Laser projector to show your images and videos than check out the new JMGO N1 Ultra on Kickstarter (Click here). It’s the first gimbal and easily portable 4K Laser projector.
  2. The new Benro Theta has collected voer 1 million Dollars on Kickstarter (Click here)!