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Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony A6400 Review (Enthusiastphotoblog).
The One-Lens Photography Tool: The All-in-One Zoom Buying Guide (Explora).
Street Photography and Sony A9 real time tracking (Enthusiastphotoblog).
Panasonic Lumix S1 vs Sony A7 III : le leader perd-il sa place ? (LesNumeriques).
2019 Buying Guide: Best enthusiast long zoom cameras (Dpreview).

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Sony A9 now a desired object thanks to the 5.0 firmware update and new $1,000 price drop

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The Sony A9 just got a lot more appealing because of two events:

1) The major 5.0 firmware release
2) The new $1,000 price drop at Buydig, BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera.

And there is one more major firmware update coming this Summer with Animal Eye-AF support and built-in Intervalometer!

The crazy Sony US superdeals are now live! Check them out:

Sony cameras:
$1000 off on the Sony A9 at Buydig, BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera.
$400 off on the SonyA7rIII at BuyDig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, FocusCamera.
$400 off on the Sony A7rII at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$400 off ($600 off with kit lens) on the Sony A7II at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$150 off on the Sony 6300 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony 6000 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$150 off on the Sony 5100 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 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.
$200 off on the Sony 24-105mm FE at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, FocusCamera, BuyDig.
$100 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 28mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 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 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.
$50 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 18-135mm lens at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera and BestBuy.
$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.
$50 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-EA4 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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Officially announced: Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 mark III FE lens

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Press text:

ZY Optics releases the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 mark III, designed for Sony FE

Shenyang China, Apr 17, 2019 – Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) have released the new Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 version III for full frame Sony E, Nikon Z and Canon RF cameras.
Offering a natural 50mm perspective along with an ultra-fast f/0.95 maximum aperture, the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 is a compact prime characterized by its bright f/0.95 aperture to suit working in low-light conditions. It also affords a great degree of control over depth-of-field for isolating subjects from the background and producing selective focus effects.
The new version III features a new optics design which offers a slightly more compact size and a better flare resistance. A carefully-designed 10 elements in 7 groups optics system with 1pc of HRI (High Refractive Index) & 5pcs of UD (Ultra-low dispersion) elements successfully minimizes the chromatic aberrations and delivers exceptional image quality.
An eleven-blade diaphragm helps to produce a softly diffused out-of-focus rendering (bokeh). The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability.

Pricing & Availability
Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 III is now available to ship and purchase at ZY Optics official website (http://www.zyoptics.net/). The Recommended Retail price (before tax) is USD 799/pc.

About ZY Optics
Shenyang Zhongyi Optical and Electronic Company (ZY Optics) is a leading Chinese camera lens & adapters manufacturer. We currently manufacture lenses and lens turbo adapters under the brand name of ‘Mitakon’ & ‘Zhongyi’.
For more information about Shenyang Zhongyi Optical and Electronic Company Limited and our products information, visit our official website http://www.zyoptics.net

Product Page
http://zyoptics.net/product/mitakon-speedmaster-50mm-f-0-95-iii/

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Confirmed: Zeiss Ventum 21mm f/2.8 E-mount is a lens for aerial applications

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Nokishita confirmed what we reported weeks ago: The new Zeiss Ventum 21mm f/2.8 is an E-mount lens meant to be used for aerial applications. It’s a stripped down Loxia 21mm lens: that is made to be as light as possible. Zeiss advertises this lens as:

– Lightweight lens for new perspectives
– excellent for aerial applications
– Fixed focus settings to reduce number of moving parts
– Splash-water and dust-regstant lens housing

The lens should be announced shortly…

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Black Hole mystery solved ;)

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Just apply some sharpening in Photoshop to see it :)

via  Lawrence Tang

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Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 E-mount lens priced at 1200 Euro (£899)

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Voigtlander Europe announced the pricing of the new 50mm f/1.2 FE lens. The lens will start shipping out on April 19 for 1200 Euro. You can preorder it now at WexUK.
Press:
The NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-mount is a high-speed manual focus lens optimized for the full frame imaging sensors of Sony mirrorless cameras.
50mm F1.2 standard lens could be called a special lens for photo enthusiasts. During the middle to late 20th century, when the maximum aperture of fast standard lenses was generally F2 or F1.4, a 50mm lens with F1.2 aperture was favored by professional photographers as a special fast lens. Because of this, even today many photo enthusiasts are still captured by the tradition and charm of this lens.
Nokton Classic 35 mm / 1:1.4
 
 
The NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-mount is a newly designed standard lens with today’s technology for specifications that bring out the best in a high-speed standard lens. By using two out of eight elements, each with two aspherical surfaces, it realizes a compact size while having a large aperture. With this lens, you can enjoy comfortable handling well-balanced with camera body and gentle, ample bokeh.
Nokton Classic 35 mm / 1:1.4
 
This lens is a manual focus and manual aperture design, but also features electrical contacts that enable the lens settings at image capture to be included in the Exif information of the image data. Furthermore, the lens is installed with a distance encoder to enable support for 5-axis image stabilization 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. The aperture ring has click stops in 1/3 steps. The lens also features a click stop switching mechanism that enables the click stops to be turned off when shooting video.
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