First images of the new Laowa 15mm f/4.5 W-Dreamer shift lens. And specs of five more new Venus Optics lenses!


Venus Optics is going to launch quite some interesting lenses in 2020. A couple of days ago I reported how they are ready to announce a crazy fast f/0,95 “ARGUS” lens for the Sony E-mount. And today I can show you those pics of the new Laowa 15mm f/4.5 W-Dreamer shift lens which will be available for Sony E-mount too.

Venus Optics plans to launch a total of six new lenses in 2020:

9mm f/5.6
11mm f/4.5
14mm f/4.0
15mm f/4.5 shift lens
50mm f/2.8
65mm macro

The list doesn’t include the f/0,95 ARGUS lens. By the way…Venus Optics said there will be multiple f/0,95 lenses!

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You can now get the new Sony Wireless Bluetooth Shooting Grip/Tripod at Amazon (will ship from Jan 23)


You can preorder it now on Amazon (Click here). It will start shipping out on January 23 already.

Voigtlander US up to $150 savings on FE lenses:
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$100 off on the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 FE at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
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$100 off on the Voigtlander 110mm f/2.5 FE at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
$100 off on the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 FE at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
$100 off on the Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount lens at Amazon and BHphoto.
$100 off on the  Voigtlander 10mm f/5.6 FE at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
$50 off on the Voigtlander 65mm f/2.0 FE at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
$50 off on the Voigtlander 15mm Skopar at BHphoto.

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Wild speculation hits the web again: Sony A7sIV and A7IV sensor specs


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Back in July I posted those six new Sony ensor specs. Those are sensors available for Sony and for third party companies. Androidlad posted this image showing the A7sIV and A7IV specs.

But I want to remark that this is just a pure guess for now! There is no way to tell if Sony will use those sensors or a customized version. What I find odd is that the A7sIV would only be able to record 4k/30p. No way the A7sIV doesn’t have at least 4k/60p folks!

So please, take this table just a wild speculation!


Japan December sales results: Nikon regains the second position at Sony’s cost


BCNranking posted the Japanese sales result for December. In the interchangeable system camera business Sony lost the second position and now has 17,5% of the share. Nikon re-gained the second position and now has 19,2% of the share.

This isn’t a surprise because Nikon announce a very decent Z-50 affordable camera while Sony’s new A9II is only meant to sell in small numbers to professionals.

On the other hand it’s a bit surprising  to see that both Canon and Fuji shares dropped slightly while Olympus slaes seem to do very fine in Japan.


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Venus Optics quietly announced the new Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye E-mount lens…and its in Stock now!


You can now buy this new Laowa 4mm f/2.8 APS-C E-mount Fisheye lens at (Choose Sony E as mount option).

And the world’s first review of the E-mount version has been posted on SonyAlphaBlog:

Well at 279 euros , the Laowa 4mm F2.8 is in the high price range of circular fisheye for Sony E mount but the results are there : among the 11 fisheye for sony E-Mount it is the best one for circular fisheye , the Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II (360 euros) being the best for stereographic fisheye (filling entire frame)

Using the Laowa 4mm gives you a unique perpective with 210° field of view, images are very sharp and color rendition is very good. Morever you keep (almost) a circular frame when using it in video