First images of the new Rumiere APO 75mm f/0.95 FE lens!

This is the new Rumiere APO 75mm f/0.95 FE manual focusing lens. UPDATE: This lens is NOT made by Nisi

I find it interesting that their “Noct-master” logo clearly resembles that one of the Nikon 58mm f/0,95 lens that will be announced tomorrow:

Nikon might sue them if they really use that logo :)

Here are more images of the lens:

I have no info about the possible price and launch date yet…but surely it looks like an intriguing lens!

Voigtlander has announced the new 50mm f/2.0 Lanthar FE lens!

This is the google translated  text from the Photoscala article:

Announcement Voigtländer 50 mm / 1: 2.0 APO-LANTHAR E
The most powerful standard lens of all time in the history of Voigtländer!


To mark the 20th anniversary of the Voigtland Classic Line, we are today presenting the Voigtland APO-LANTHAR 50 mm F2.0, which was developed exclusively for Sony E-Mount full-frame cameras!

The name APO-LANTHAR is only awarded for particularly powerful lenses in the Voigtländer range. And with the new APO-LANTHAR 50 mm F2.0 we are talking about a real masterpiece! The development goal was to provide the highest level of imaging performance without compromising on design. For this purpose almost all technically possible registers were drawn to ensure this top performance. Two aspherical lens elements, five with anomalous partial dispersion, an integrated floating-focus system and an optical calculation that reduces chromatic aberrations to near zero ensure outstanding performance. The total of 12 diaphragm blades have a special shape, so that not only at aperture F2.0 but also at aperture F2.8 creates a circular opening. This allows for circular bokeh from a point light source. As usual from Voigtländer, the aperture selection and the focusing are done manually, with the focus peaking function, this can be done very precisely. The shutter snaps in 1/3 steps and can also be completely switched to stepless (and therefore silent).

The Voigtland APO-LANTHAR 50 mm F2.0 has electrical contacts that integrate the lens settings in the image acquisition with the Exif information. In addition, the lens is equipped with a distance encoder, which enables the support of 5-axis image stabilization on Sony cameras by providing the distance to the subject to compensate for camera shake.

Our new APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2.0 is a true high-performer and sets the tone in the top class. Especially in conjunction with the new high-performance sensors from Sony, one can expect outstanding results!
The main features summarized:

Designed and optimized for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras
Excellent performance through the use of aspherical lens surfaces
Extremely solid and durable construction
Manual focus with focus peaking for precise focus
Built-in shutter-click-stop mechanism for video
Optical design that eliminates chromatic aberrations
12 aperture blades allow a circular aperture in F2.8

Information on the market launch and selling price is not yet available and will be announced later.

I have been told it will have the same excellent performance as the 110mm Lanthar.

Sony Introduces Alpha 9 II Adding Enhanced Connectivity and Workflow for Professional Sports Photographers and Photojournalists

In a quite unusual fashion Sony announced the new A9II without an official live stream presentation and journalist gathering. That’s why you don’t find hands-on videos! Here is all we know so far:

Sony A9II at BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. FocusCamera. BuyDig. Calumet DE. WexUK. ParkCameras.

Press coverage:
News on Explora. Product page at Sony UK. Image samples at SonyUK. Sony A9 vs A9 II – The 10 main differences (Mirrorlesscomparison).
The a9 II is the camera Sony had to make – but they didn’t make it for you (Dpreview).

Product videos:

Youtubers reaction videos (they have no loaner of the A9II !!!)

Sony Press release:

Sony today announced Alpha 9 II (model ILCE-9M2). The latest model from Sony’s acclaimed line-up of α™(Alpha™) full-frame interchangeable lens cameras has been created specifically to support working professionals in the fields of sports photography and photojournalism.

The new Alpha 9 II builds on the impressive legacy of the original Alpha 9, maintaining ground breaking speed performance including blackout-free continuous shooting[i] at up to 20 frames per second[ii] with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations[iii] while incorporating even more functionality driven directly from the voice of professionals. Updates include significantly enhanced connectivity and file delivery, continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter, evolved AF performance with newly optimised algorithms, a re-designed build to enhance durability and operability and more.

“The voice of our customers is absolutely critical to Sony – we are always listening,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “The Alpha 9 II is the direct result of countless feedback sessions with agency, sports and news photographers since the launch of the original Alpha 9. We’ve added connectivity and network capabilities that drastically improve the professional workflow, while also making subtle adjustments to design, interface and processing power that complete the user experience. Complemented by our extremely versatile E-mount system – with 55 native lenses introduced at this point, including the super-telephoto 600mm and 400mm G Master™ series lenses – this new camera is a tool unlike any other for professionals either in the field or on the field.”

Raising the Bar for Built-in Connectivity in the Professional’s Workflow

The Alpha 9 II includes an in-built 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal, enabling gigabit communication for high-speed, stable data transfer operations. Additionally, File Transfer over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) is supported for increased data security and PC remote (tether) shooting performance is improved, with decreased release time lag and reduced live view screen delay when using the ‘Remote Camera Tool’ desktop application[iv]. The speed of the camera’s built-in wireless LAN functionality has also been increased, adding a stable and fast 5 GHz (IEEE 802.11ac)[v] band, in addition to the 2.4 GHz provided in the Alpha 9. IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards are all supported.

Designed to improve the speed of news agencies’ workflow, the Alpha 9 II features a new Voice Memo function that allows spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice memos that can be replayed when the images are reviewed. The voice data can also be included with images sent to an editor, giving them important information needed for effective editing. Alternatively, a field photographer can also use the ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on’ “Imaging Edge™” application[vi] to transfer voice tags with the images to their mobile device and have the voice memos automatically[vii] converted to text and added to the JPEG images in the form of IPTC metadata[viii]. All of this can be done automatically or manually, selectable by the photographer.

By combining wireless voice / image transfer and automatic voice to text conversion with the ability to auto transfer images with attached voice memos via FTP, it is possible to shoot and transfer the results to an FTP server without ever having to operate a smartphone. FTP settings within the app can also be sent to a camera via Bluetooth®, allowing for a faster workflow.

The Platinum Standard for Speed and Auto Focus Performance

The new Alpha 9 II shares the same acclaimed 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2 MP[ix] Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor with integral memory as the original Alpha 9, giving it the same unmatched speed performance and outstanding image quality. The new model can shoot continuously and completely silently[x] at 20 fps for up to 361 JPEG images[xi] or 239 compressed RAW images[xii], with no viewfinder blackout, allowing the photographer to follow the subject and action with no interruption to the EVF during picture taking. For times when mechanical shutter is preferred or required, the new Alpha 9 II has been improved to shoot at up to 10 fps, about 2x the speed of the Alpha 9.

The camera is able to function whilst continuously calculating Auto Focus and Auto Exposure at up to 60 times per second, with newly optimised AF algorithms that provide notably enhanced AF precision and performance, ensuring that even the most erratic subject motion, often experienced in sports, is captured with high precision. Also useful for sporting events, the camera now offers an anti-flicker[xiii] shooting mode that automatically detects and adjusts for the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting to maximise image quality.

The advanced focusing system in the new Alpha 9 II is comprised of 693 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the image area, as well as 425 contrast AF points. This Fast Hybrid Auto Focus system achieves extremely fast and accurate performance, ensuring all fast-moving subjects are accurately captured. Additional notable focusing capabilities include Real-time Eye AF with right eye / left eye selection, Real-time Eye AF for animals[xiv] – augmented with a new algorithm, Real-Time Eye AF for movie[xv], Real-time Tracking,[xvi] selectable focus frame colour, Touch Pad focus point control while using the viewfinder and more. AF can continuously track even in continuous shooting is greater than F16[xvii], providing further accuracy for shots that require slower shutter speeds.

Refined Build and Operability

  • Upgraded BIONZ X™ image processing engine gains maximum benefit from the sensor’s fast readout speed. Processor works with front-end LSI to enhance speed in AF/AE detection, image processing, face detection and accuracy, and more
  • Upgraded dust and moisture resistant[xviii] design to meet the needs of professionals in even the most challenging outdoor conditions. Stronger sealing provided at all body seams as well as the battery compartment cover and media slot
  • Latest image-processing algorithm reduces noise in the medium-to-high sensitivity range while improving subjective resolution and image quality
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation system that provides a shutter speed advantage of 5.5 steps[xix]
  • Improved grip configuration for even greater comfort and sure hold. Compatible with Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip
  • Improved button design and feel. Increased diameter and feedback of the ‘AF-ON’ button; a refined multi-selector joystick design; an exposure compensation dial lock button and a redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial
  • Redesigned shutter mechanism to suppress even the slightest movement that can cause image blur. Tested for durability in excess of 500,000 shutter cycles[xx]
  • USB Type-C™ connector that supports fast USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer
  • Dual media slots that are both compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II SD cards, allowing higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds
  • Digital audio interface has been added to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe) enabling the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit to be connected directly to the MI Shoe for cleaner, clearer audio recordings

Pricing and Availability

The Alpha 9 II will ship in Europe in October 2019, priced at approximately €5,400.

For full product details on the Alpha 9 II, please visit:

A product video on the new Alpha 9 II can be viewed at:

A variety of exclusive stories, videos and exciting new content shot with the newest cameras and other Sony α products can be found at Sony’s European photography hub is available in 22 languages and details product news, competitions and an up-to-date list of Sony events in each country.

[i] Electronic shutter mode. Display updating will be slower at slow shutter speeds

[ii] “Hi” continuous shooting mode. At of 1/125 sec. or higher. In AF-C mode the maximum continuous frame rate will depend on the shooting mode and lens used. A software update may be required for some lenses. Visit Sony’s support web page for lens compatibility information

[iii] At shutter speeds of 1/125 sec. or higher. The number of AF calculations will depend on the lens used

[iv] Version 2.0 or later required. For more information on the new application updates, please visit the ‘Remote Camera Tool’ website at

[v] Models sold in some countries/regions support IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) wireless LAN only. 5 GHz communication may be restricted in some countries and regions

[vi] Version 1.1 or later required. Ver.1.1 will be released in October 2019. For more information on the new application updates, please visit the ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on’ website at

[vii] Only available in regions where Google services are available. Voice Memo exceeding 50 seconds cannot be converted to text

[viii] “IPTC Metadata” is standards of metadata included in digital images formulated by IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council)

[ix] Approximate effective megapixels

[x] Silent shooting is possible when Shutter Type is set to “Electronic” and Audio signals is set to “Off”

[xi] “Hi” continuous shooting mode, UHS-II memory card. According to Sony tests

[xii] “Hi” continuous shooting mode, compressed RAW, UHS-II memory card. According to Sony tests

[xiii] Only 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected. Continuous shooting speed may decrease. Flicker-free shooting is not available during electronic shutter, BULB exposure, or movie recording

[xiv] Stills only

[xv] This function does not track animal eyes

[xvi] “Tracking” in the menu

[xvii] When the camera [Aperture Drive in AF] is set to [Focus Priority], the aperture value can be set greater than F16. The continuous speed slows down.The compatible lenses are [SEL200600G][SEL35F18F][SEL400F28GM][SEL600F40GM]

[xviii] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof

[xix] CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off

[xx] Sony internal tests with electronic front curtain shutter

(SR3) Sony A7sII successor records 4k120p and has a cooling vent?

Image on top shows the cooling vent of the new Panasonic S1H

This rumor is from a reliable source. He had the chance to see a testing prototype of the new Sony A7sII successor some months ago. And here comes the warning: He saw a prototype months ago which means Sony might have changed some things in the meantime. Still let’s see what  he had to say:

1) The Sony A7sII successor now records 4k120p
2) It does NOT record 8K
3) The camera has a cooling vent on the back

We have still no 100% info about the exact A7sIII (name???) release date but it’s likely the camera will now be announced after  the A9II launch in early 2020.

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(SR5) These are the four new Tamron FE lenses: 70-180mm, 20mm, 24mm and 35mm f/2.8

These are the specs  of the four new Tamron FE lenses that will be announced in October:

– 70-180mm f/2.8
– 20mm f/2.8
– 24mm f/2.8
– 35mm f/2.8

All four lenses have relatively compact size but are reported to still have excellent image quality. Not going to doubt that statement having seen the quality of their first two lenses!

Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 FE:
In the USA at BHphoto, Amazon, FocusCamera, BuyDig and Adorama.
In Europe it’s available at Amazon DE, Calumet DE, WexUK, Park UK, Amazon IT, Amazon FR, Amazon ES, CameraTools NL.

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 FE:
Tamron 28-75mm lens at at Amazon, Bhphoto, FocusCamera and Adorama. in Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK and Amazon FR.

That’s an approximate size comparison with the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8:


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Sony has officially announced the new A6100 and A6600 cameras, 16-55mm f/2.8 and 70-350mm lenses

Sony has officially announced four new APS-C products! Here is all the info you need (post will be continually updated):

Sony A6600 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Calumet DE, Park UK, WexUK.
Sony A6100  at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Calumet DE, Park UK, WexUK.
E 16-55mm F2.8 G at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Calumet DE, Park UK, WexUK.
E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama , FocusCamera. In EU at Calumet DE, Park UK, WexUK.

Whats hot:
– Sony A6600 has 14 bit RAW!
– We got the very first GM classified APS-C lens!

There will be one more camera announcement soon…A7sIII?

Previews and hands-on:
Hands-on by Sony Ambassadors on Alphauniverse.
Sony A6100 vs A6400 vs A6600 – The 10 main differences (Mirrorlesscomparison).
Sony A6600 review so far (CameraLabs).
Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G Hands-on Photos (PhotographyBlog).
Sony A6600 hands-on photos (PhotographyBlog).
First look at Gizmodo.
Hands-on by Engadget.

Official press releases:
A6600/A6100 press release on SAR.
Lens press release on SAR.
A6600 product page at Sony.
A6100 product page at Sony.
E 16-55mm product page at Sony.
E 70-350mm product page at Sony.
Press on Explora.

Sony A9 firmware 6.0 will be available in September:

Difference between A6100, A6400 and A6500:

Youtuber Videos:

Products Videos:


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Good news: Jim Kasson says a7RIV wont have the same PDAF banding the plagues the GXF 100 and the Nikon Z cameras

Jim Kasson tested the Sony  A7rIV files and writes:

From this data, I’m surmising that the a7RIV wont have the same PDAF banding the plagues the GXF 100 and the Nikon Z cameras. I’m relieved. I may have PDAF striping, but that’s the lesser of the two evils.

This is a preliminary conclusion but Jim Kasson has a high reputation of being accurate with his analysis…

Sony A7rIV and new accessories:
Sony A7rIV in USA/CA at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera, Amazon, BuyDig, 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, BuyDig, ParkUK, WexUK.
ECM-B1M Digital Audio Shotgun Microphone at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera, BuyDig, Park UK.
XLR-K3M Mic at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera, BuyDig, Park UK.