February 21, 2018
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(SR5) Leaked: This is the new Sony HVL-F60RM flash!

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You remember how trusted sources that Sony would announce two things on Feb 26: The “entry-mid” level Alpha and a new Flash. Well the sources were spot on so far as this image of the new Sony HVL-F60RM flash just got leaked via Nokishita. It’s a radio-controlled version of the Sony HVL-F60M (we posted a rumor about it back in October).

Now the question remains: What’s the new entry-level camera? Place your bet here:

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February 21, 2018
Posted in reviews

Sony A7R III Teardown shows one major weather sealing flaw at the bottom

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Lensrentals analyzed the weather sealing of the A7rIII by tearing down the camera

Except for the bottom this camera has thorough and extensive weather sealing, as good as any camera I’ve seen.That being said, the bottom of the camera is not protected worth a damn. If you’re out in a sprinkle or shower, this probably doesn’t matter; water hits the top first. But if you’re in severe weather, near surf, or might set your camera down where someone might spill something, you need to be aware of that. If I knew I was heading out in such conditions, honestly I’d tape up the bottom of the camera or encase it in plastic taped all around the body. Yeah, battery changes will be a pain, but the new battery is supposed to last a lot longer.

We now know where Sony needs to improve the weather sealing. I hope the next A7s3 will have fixed this issue.

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February 21, 2018
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First Voigtlander 1.4/35 FE review by Phillip Reeve: “this lens is in no way competitive to modern designs”

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Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 FE lens is in Stock for the very first time via BHphoto.

Phillip Reeve is the first review testing the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 FE lens. And his findings so far are very disappointing:

“With the “classic” in the name and based on what I have seen from the M-mount version my expectations were rather low. As it seems so far for good reasons: this lens is in no way competitive to modern designs. Sharpness is anything but great, corners never reach the quality of most other primes and many aberrations like Coma or Astigmatism are not well corrected.
So for now I think this is a lens mostly for people who just like the look of the harsh and nervous bokeh, but still want to enjoy some modern features like Exif data and decent coatings or do not want to get into adapting legacy lenses.”

I do own the older 35mm f/1.4 M-mount lens and indeed it doesn’t perform that well. But still, if you need speed and a compact lens this new 35mm FE will do the job.

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February 20, 2018
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Sony A7 with kit lens and free Rode Video Mic PRO for $998

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Sony is trying hard to sell the A7. You now get the camera with 28-70mm lens and a Rode video mic for $998 at Adorama. While the body only sells with extra battery and SD card for $798 at BHphoto.

Big new Sony US deals:

1) up to $900 off on Sony camera sand lenses. See full special page at BHphoto, Adorama, Buydig.
2) Up to $500 trade-in bonus to buy a Sony cameras. See special page at BHphoto, Adorama, Buydig, FocusCamera.

In detail:

Sony Cameras:
$500 off on the Sony A7rII at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony A7sII with free extras at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$500 off on the Sony A7II at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and FocusCamera.
$200 off on the Sony A6500 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Sony 6300 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 6000 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 5100 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$250 off on the A6000 dual kit at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
FF E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 12-24mm f/4.0 lens at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon.
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 28mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 28-70mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 5omm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm FE f/1.8 lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the 70-200mm f/4.0 G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 90mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
APS-C E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 10-18mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-70mm Zeiss lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
$50 off on the 18-105mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sony E PZ 18-110mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 18-200mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 20mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 30mm macro at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Accessories:
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the HVL-F43M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$100 off on the HVL-F60M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC1EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC2EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC3EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony ECM-CG60 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony RX100 underwater housing at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.

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February 20, 2018
Posted in rumors

All the rumors so far: Sony announcement, Sigma ART FE, Tamron E-mount, Tokina FE, Samyang and Laowa…

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This Sigma roadmap shows the 50mm f/1.4 for APS-C E-mount

We posted many rumors the past days so let’s make a short recap:

1) Sony
Trusted:
From trusted sources we know Sony will announce new “entry-mid” level Alpha camera and a new Flash on February 26 at the WPPI in Las Vegas.
Unconfirmed: We definitely will NOT get a new A7sIII. But it’s unconfirmed yet what that “entry-mid” level camera might be: A new A7III, A5300, A6500 or A77m3???

2) Sigma
Sigma should show their first ART FE lenses at the CP+ show. It’s unclear if one or some of the lenses will hit the market right away or if this will be more of a roadmap/development announcement.
There might be also a new 50mm f/1.4 lens for APS-C E-mount cameras.

3) Tamron
Tamron will announce a new 28-75mm f/2.8 FE lens.

4) Venus Optics
the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 will for APS-C E-mount will be announced in late March for $499.

5) Tokina
Tokina might finally show their two wide and super wide FE lens primes

6) Samyang
Samyang is going to announce a new portrait FE lens as next. But announcement date is yet unconfirmed. Could be ay Cp+ or shortly after that.

Curious note: If the rumored A7III specs will turn out to be true I will have some great rumor for the A7sIII too from the very same source…fingers crossed his A7III specs are correct!

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February 20, 2018
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(SR5) First leaked image of the new Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD FF E-mount lens for Sony!

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Our source was spot on and indeed this is the first image of the new Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD Full Frame E-mount lens for Sony! It should be announced on February 22.

This is the first non-Sony FE zoom lens. Tamron was also the first third party lens maker launching an 18-200mm APS-C E-mount zoom (here on Amazon US, Amazon DE).

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February 20, 2018
Posted in news

Samyang announces the 50mm f/1.2 lens for 50+ Megapixel cameras

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Samyang announced a new XP 50mm f/1.2 FE lens. This has a resolution of more than 50 megapixels for photography and 8K for video. At first this lens will be available for Canon EF mount only but more mount versions should be launched later.

The EF version can be used on any E-mount camera with adapter.

More info at: samyanglensglobal.com

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