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August 16, 2018
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(SR3-SR5) The new rumored E-mount lenses from Sony, Zeiss, Samyang, Sigma…

The leaked image of the new Zeiss 40mm f/2.0 FE Batis

These are the lenses that are likely to be announced in 2018 and 2019:

(SR4) Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM FE
Probably coming at Photokina. The lens launch got delayed from Spring to Photokina because of noise issues. The new developed version will be slightly larger.

(SR5) Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2.0 CF FE lens
Announcement likely between Photokina and PhotoPlus. Specs:
Distagon optical design
The shortest shooting distance is 0.24 m
With focus limiter (Full / ∞ ~ 0.4 m / 0.5 m to 0.24 m)
Filter diameter is 67 mm
Batis Size close to 85mm (40mm is slightly smaller)

(SR4) Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 FE lens:
This lens could be announced at Photokina.

(SR3) 200-600mm G FE:
I heard the 200-600mm FE is on the Sony roadmap and that it should be announced some time after the 400mm FE availability.

(SR3) 500mm and 600mm f/4.0 GM FE:
Both lenses are being developed by Sony and one of these could be announced in late 2019 at earliest.

(SR4) 135mm FE GM:
The lens is scheduled to be released in 2019. I am not 100% sure about the aperture but it should be f/1.8.

(SR4) Samyang:
One more Samyang AF lens will be announced this year

(SR4) Tokina:
New super wide FE lens and and new FE zoom to be announced between Photokina and early 2019

(SR4) Sigma 50mm f/1.4 APS-C E-mount lens:
Sigma should announce this new APS-C lens at Photokina


And now let us know which of the new lenses you would buy:

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August 15, 2018
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(SR4) Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM lens should be announced at Photokina…

 Sigma 24mm 1.4 ART lens and Samyang 24mm 2.8 pancake

I told you some time ago that the Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM lens was actually supposed to be announced in Spring. A trusted source told me this when it will be announced and why the lens launch got delayed:

The annnouncement of 24mm f1.4GM was postponed due to AF noise issue. Sony changed size of its lens.
Anyway this lens supposed to be announced until photokina.

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August 14, 2018
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Sony “serious” answer to Canon and Nikon’s new FF mirrorless will follow soon after their announcement

Image of the new Nikon FF mirrorless

On August 23 Nikon will launch the new Z6 and Z7 camera along an impressive 58mm f/0,95 lens (full specs here). And Canon is rumored ot announce their FF mirrorless on September 4/5 (info here).

In these days had an informal chat with people close to Sony. They have been told by Sony managers that Sony is not “unprepared” by Canon and Nikon’s FF mirrorless launch. I guess with not unprepared they mean they more or less know what kind of specs those cameras will have.

And they also said Sony has new tech and the necessary resources to outperform both systems. They told me to “expect a serious answer after the Canon/Nikon announcements

Of course Nikon and Canon folks can argue that this might be only some bullish manager talk. But somehow I got the feeling that in this case Sony is telling the truth. Canon and Nikon surely can make cameras with better ergonomy. But Sony is learning fast and after all they have the leading tech when it comes to sensor quality and other electronic parts (like the new 5.6 million dots EVF).

It would be nice to get a new stunning Sony A7sIII right after the Canon and Nikon announcements. Something that will “out-wow” them :)

August 10, 2018
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Rumor says Sigma still uncertain if they will release the new 70-200mm lens for E-mount in September

The bokeh beast at BHphoto and Adorama.

I just got a short note from a Sigma source:

Sigma will announce new lenses on September possibly 70-200 but they don’t know if it’s possible to make for Sony e-mount .

Sigma officially stated that making E-mount zooms is complicated because of the autofocus algorithm. Let’s see if Sigma can tackle this issue in time for the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens launch at Photokina.

New Sigma FE lenses:
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 70mm macro for $569 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and  Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

August 8, 2018
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(SR2) The first rumored Sony A6700 spec list?

Trusted sources the Sony A6700 is still on schedule to be released by end of this year. We got no reliable specs yet. So let’s share one rumor I got from a new sources. This means it’s likely not correct but let’s give him a chance and he might prove me wrong :)

The next A6X00 High-end Camera Specs
-New Sensor With better low light (Still 24MP)
-Huge improvements to IBIS
-Slight improvements to AF+Eye AF
-New “Better AA Filter”
-New SONY Color Science applied
-Full Articulating screen
-4K 60FPS With Crop|4K 30FPS No Crop|No overheat
-Big Improvement to Rolling shutter
-UHS II Card
-Faster startup/less lag, it will be faster overall
-Better UI+Touchscreen
-Uncompressed Raw
-20FPS (Yes 20)
-1/8000 Shutter
-Viewfinder size Got smaller/Resolution is the same
-USB 3.1

-NO Dual Cards
-NO Z Battery
-NO Extra Dial
-NO Joystick
-NO Removal of AA Filter
-NO 10Bit Video

Will be Priced 1399$
The Camera Design/Specs already Complete, Expected release date is 3 Months from now

I like those specs! It makes it look like a mini-SonyA9 camera for a third of the price!

August 2, 2018
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The new Nikon mount teaser: Why the 43.8×32.9mm sensor size makes little sense

Nikon image teaser compared with Sony E-mount (Thanks Jmar – see video here).

Now, before I argue why this sensor makes little sense and people start to scream how fanboy I am I will say this:

1) I am happy Nikon and Canon will join the mirrorless world. This will finally put some pressure on Sony.
2) Nikon and Canon new mirrorless offering will likely be better than Sony cameras when it comes to ergonomic, menu, weather sealing and other important aspects Sony has still to catch up with.

I know there is a lot of people saying the larger mount will help to improve the IQ of fast lenses. Something we have to see and test to see if it’s true. And even if it’s true I doubt people will join the system to buy very expensive f/0.9 lenses…

Nikon says this is a Full Frame sensor camera. But it is also speculated on the web that Nikon did adopt a 65mm mount size diameter in order to eventually fit the larger 43.8×32.9mm sensor. And this (rumor) makes little sense to me:

1) This sensor is only 1.5 larger in terms of area over Full Frame. But the production costs are much higher.
2) In no way this sensor seems to be visibly better than the best Full Frame sensors (Check DxOmark scores or anythe Dpreview X1D review conclusion)
3) Lenses are really much heavier, costlier to produce and slower.
4) The medium format sensor market is totally dominated by Sony. There is no competition here and few sensor to choose from. All of them will be used by all manufacturers. Unless Nikon found a way to get sensors from somewhere else (Towerjazz?)

That said I will repeat myself once more: I hope that if Sony will ever join the medium format world they will go for the larger 54x40mm sensor. It would become a mirrorles system for ultimate quality. Something no other manufacturer could ever match.

P.s.: Canon where are you?

August 1, 2018
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Debunking the next myth: Sony could make super fast FE glass if they wish to do so…

That huge Nikon mount size created a myth on the web: That the Sony E-mount would never allow to make f/0.95 fast autofocus glass because their mount diameter would be too small. I talked to people close to Sony and their answer is that this is pure Bullshit. Sony has no plan yet to launch any f/0,95 FE lens. The simple reason for that is there are still too many gaps in the E-mount lens range to fill before to make such a special lens that only few people would buy. Such a lens would be big and expensive ($3,000 or more).

Seems like the large size of the Nikon mount has more to do with allowing them to eventually use larger than FF sensor. And if Nikon launches a fast lens that’s purely to give us a big “wow” to attract attention on the system. That’s what they need to hide the fact that they have a big lens gap to close. Don”t get fooled by Nikon huge DSLR lens range that can be used with adapters. Those lense are not designed for mirrorless continous autofocus system. They will not work as fast as the new “native” Nikon lenses designed for mirrorless

And by the way, this is the third big myth on E-mount I counted in those 8 years:

The first myth: I remember many years ago people argued that E-mount wouldn’t allow to have Full Frame sensor in it. The discussion only ended once Sony launched the FF VG900 camcorder.

The second myth: This one camera after the Sony A7 launch. It said it would be impossible for Sony to add-on sensor stabilization as the FF sensor barely fitted inside the E-mount. Of course Sony proved them wrong once more with the A7II launch

I guess that my post will absolutely NOT end this discussion. I hope Sony will make a 50mm f/0.95 just to end this third myth sticking around the web :)

Note this is an image of the Leica 50mm f/0,95 (manual focus lens) on the Sony A9:

One more message to Sony: Ah yes, one more thing, please Sony, please consider making a new medium format system too. Preferably with the larger 54x40mm sensor as I think the smaller GFX-X1D sensor size really makes little sense (too close to FF in terms of size with no visible IQ advantage). Dear Sony, make one new “real” medium format system to kill them all :)