June 19, 2018
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Voigtlander officially releases the 110mm f/2.5 FE macro lens


Voigtlander finally announced the full specs and pricing of the new 110mm f/2.5 FE macro lens. The lens costs £849.00 in the UK and ¥ 148,000 in Japan. The US price has not been released yet but it should be around $1,100. The lens will start shipping out in August.

Image samples can be seen here: cosina.co.jp/gallery/oomura-110mm/index.html

Press text:

The Voigtländer MACRO APO-LANTHAR 110mm f2.5 is a 1:1 macro lens designed exclusively for full frame Sony E-mount cameras. The APO-LANTHAR designation is given to especially high performance lenses in the Voigtländer lens lineup, with APO being derived from the apochromatic optical design. A need for apochromatic optical designs that reduce the longitudinal chromatic aberrations of the three primary colours (RGB) of light to practically zero arose with the increasing popularity of colour film. Now, with the current range of high-resolution digitals sensors, this need for extremely high-level control of chromatic aberrations is even more pertinent than when film changed from monochrome to colour in the middle of the 20th century. So rather than just being for already solved old technology, apochromatic optical designs are indeed a subject requiring serious consideration in the digital age.

Retaining a similar form factor to the highly regarded Voigtländer MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2.0 Aspherical released in August 2017, this lens covers the full frame image area, and achieves a maximum image reproduction of 1:1 life size without the need for attachments.

In order to ensure subjects from minimum focus distance to infinity are captured with extremely high image quality, a 3-group floating mechanism is employed to adjust three optical groups.

Another attractive feature is the ability to create images with a strong out-of-focus ‘bokeh’ effect, made possible by the 110mm focal length and F2.5 maximum aperture. This lens is a manual focus and manual aperture design, but also features electrical contacts for storing exif data.

Furthermore, the lens is installed with a distance encoder to enable support for 5-axis image stabilisation on bodies with this feature, by providing distance to subject information used to compensate for camera shake. Focus peaking while manual focusing is also supported.

Main Features

  • Full frame Sony E-mount with electrical contacts
  • Apochromatic optical design that eliminates chromatic aberrations
  • Optical design optimized for digital imaging sensors
  • Maintains high image quality at all shooting distances with a 3-group floating mechanism
  • Extremely solid and durable all-metal barrel
  • Manual focus for precise focusing
  • Maximum reproduction ratio of 1: 1 at a minimum focus distance of 35 cm


June 19, 2018
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Samyang announces a new 85mm f/1.4 lens for Canon…and it might come for Sony FE too


Samyang announced a new 85mm f/1.4 autofocus lens for the Canon EF system. While it’s not official I think it’s highly likely that Samyang will release this lens for E-mount sometimes later. I think this lens woule be very welcome in the FE range. The current Sigma and Sony 85mm f/1.8 lenses are very big. The Samyang is lightweight and compact, weighs only 485g without lens caps and hood. Moreover the Samyang will cost $800 only!

So please Samyang gives us that FE version soon!


June 19, 2018
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New firmware update for the Tokina 20mm f/2 FE AF Lens


Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE AF Lens for at BHphoto and Adorama.

Here is the press text:

Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF lens firmware update

We here by announce the availability of a firmware update for Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF lens.

Benefits of this firmware update
With this firmware update the auto-focus performance of Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF in AF-C mode at high-speed shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid) when used with Sony α7III, Sony α7RIII, Sony α9 cameras will be improved (when used with Sony α9 auto-focus tracking will work only in Mechanical Shutter type AF-C mode). SAR
For the firmware update procedures and further instructions please contact the shop where the lens has been purchased. For more information please contact your local official Tokina Distributor or contact us.

June 19, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…


How To Shoot WITHOUT an SD Card!? – Sony a7III a7RIII a9 HACK!

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Unterwegs mit der Alpha 7 III: Eine Frage der Vernunft? (Photoscala).
Should You Buy the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 on Sony a6000, Sony a6300, Sony a6500? (That1CameraGuy).
Does sensor size still make a difference? (Dpreview).
Insta360 Titan 10K VR 360 Stereo Camera (Personal View).
Review: Leica APO-Elmarit-R 2.8/180 (Phillipreeve).

Hugo:I travelled with the Sony A7m3 through Norway first days of May 2018. I published a first part from Helsinki/finland to Nordkapp/norway at youtube. (my first youtube project) https://youtu.be/M6rUi9XA1bQ Maybe interesting for all new shooters – as me – to RAW, what is possible with the A7m3 and RAW. I shoot 10 years a Nikon D300 everytime jpg, sold all Nikon items january 2018. plan was just shooting with mobile in future, but than I read at your website everything about the A7m3 and i could convict my wife to buy. I am still happy, best buy since years. Great tool for photo and why i havent shoot RAW before?

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June 18, 2018
Posted in reviews

First image samples shot with the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Bokeh Monster on the Sony A9


The most exicting new Sigma lens for Sony is the 105mm f/1.4 Bokeh Monster (preorder at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama). The E-mount version is rumored to ship in late Summer only but Takuya Ikeda shared some image samples shot with the Canon version using the MC-11 adapter on the Sony A9:

I am seriously considering to buy this one…and you?

New Sigma FE lenses:
All lenses listed on one page at BHphoto (Click here).
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.

June 18, 2018
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New Zeiss 40mm f/2.0 Batis and new Sony camera to be announced this summer


With all the RX100VI buzz it’s time to recap the two SR5 rumors you might have missed or forgotten about:

(SR5) Zeissis 40mm Bat:
Zeiss is testing a new Batis 40mm f/2.0 CF FE lens. The lens will be announced between now and Photokina. These are the lens 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)

(SR5) Sony camera:
Sony will announce a new camera within 1-2 months. In Asia they registered a new model with code “WW213188”. We don’t know yet what it will be: A6700, A7sIII or a new compact camera?
Sony will also launch the long teased 400mm FE launch in August-September.

One more thing: Also Sigma, Samyang and other comapnies are likely to announce new lenses at Photokina in September and at the New York show in October.


June 18, 2018
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Sigma firmware updates


Sigma released new firmware updates for the MC-11 adapter and lenses:

Sigma MC-11 EF-E             2018/06/12            v.1.14

  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM|Art for Canon.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA interchangeable lenses for Canon that have the latest firmware Ver.2.01.

Art lenses (e.g. 1.4/50)   2018/06/12            v2.01

  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the continuous shooting speed of some SIGMA interchangeable lenses with firmware Ver.2.00 decreases in certain combinations with some cameras.

Here are the 2.01 updates for the following lenses:
18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013
24-35mm F2 DG HSM A015
24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM A017
35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012
50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
135mm F1.8 DG HSM A017
100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C017

Thanks Mike!