Old news goes viral: Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 E-mount lens “upgraded” to f/16 via simple software update?

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Back in May (via FR) there was a “non official” firmware update for the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 FE lens that would “upgrade” the lens to f/1.6. Now Viltrox debunked they released such a firmware so if you use it know it’s at your own risk!

In the meantime Viltrox has released the new 85mm f/1.8 II FE lens you can buy directly at Viltrox (worldwide shipment) or BHphoto.

 

 

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New Sigma 85mm f/1.4 size comparison, image samples and autofocus test

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Preorders:
85mm f/1.4 FE preorder at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.

This little Sigma 85mm f/1.4 seems to be real gem: Best 85mm lens in class (says Sigma) super compact, relatively cheap and great autofocus performance:

This is how much smaller it is compared to the ugly previous lens :)

And here it is compared with the Sony GM (courtesy of our reader “lee.arw”):

This is the lens on the Sony:

Click here to see the image samples:

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Sigma announces the world’s best 85mm f/1.4 FE lens (Preorder it now)

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Preorders:
85mm f/1.4 FE preorder at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.

Sigma says this is the best quality 85mm f/1.4 lens on the market: It will outperform the Sony GM lens and it’s more compact and a lot cheaper. Here is the full video where CEO Yamaki explains why this lens is that good:

Reviews and news:
Product page at Sigma. Presentation at Explora. Hands-on at Dpreview.

Video reviews:

Italian review:

Poll:

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Fully leaked Sigma 85mm f/1.4 FE lens specs and images!

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Preorders:
85mm f/1.4 FE preorder at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.

Today at 14:00 CEST time Sigma will announce the new 85mm f/1.4 FE lens.This is how it looks mounted on the Sony:

 

Here are all last minute leaked images:

Specs:

  • Name: 85mm F1.4 DG DN
  • 15 elements in 11 groups (including 5 SLD lenses and 1 aspherical lens),
  • shortest focus distance is 0.85m,
  • maximum shooting magnification 1:8.4
  • 11 diaphragm blades (circular diaphragm)
  • filter Diameter 77mm
  • size φ82.8 x 94.1mm
  • weight 630g
  • stepping motor
  • dustproof and drop proof,
  • iris ring lock switch
  • $1199 dollars

It has the same price of the current 85mm f/1.4 lens (there is currently an additional $100 discount)

via Nokishita

 

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Sony warns there might be Sony A7sIII shipment delays because preorders “greatly exceeded our expectations”

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Sony Japan issued a warning because the A7sIII preorders “greatly exceeded our expectations“. This means it may take more time than expected to ship out the camera.

Sony A7sIII Preorders:
Sony A7sIII in USA at Adorama (up to $400 off with lens). BHphoto. Amazon. FocusCamera.
Sony A7sIII in EU at Fotokoch. Calumet DE. WexUK. Park UK.

New Sony A7sIII accessories:
You will also have to preorder the world’s first CFexpress Type A cards at Adorama, BHphoto. Amazon.
And of course the new Sony MRW-G2 CFexpress Type A/SD Memory Card Reader at Adorama and BHphoto.

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New firmware update for the Sony A7rIV and Tamron 28-200mm FE

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Sony issued a new firmware update for the A7rIV (download here).

Improvements:

  • The Auto Focus (AF) performance is improved when recording movies with the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM (SEL1224GM) lens
  • Improves the overall stability of the camera

And Tamron released a new firmware update for he 28-200mm FE (download here).

Improvements:

  • When AF-S mode, the AF operation rarely stops in the middle and the focus indicator lights up even though it is not in focus.
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