December 5, 2017
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Why speed matters and why Sony should make some crazy fast f/1.2 (or f/1.0) FE lenses

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I do own the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE lens. I love its size and it’s the lens I used most in the past three years. But just today I decided to test my old Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 M-mount lens on the new A7rIII. And it was instant and deep love.
From a purely technical point of view this is a step backward: The Zeiss is sharper, has less Vignetting and no smearing in the corner. But there is a kind of “character” in the Voigtlander that I miss from most current modern lenses. I love the compact size (just marginally bigger than the Zeiss), I love the manual focusing ring, I love the looks of the lens and I love the speed it has that gives me so much more creative choice.

Yes, I now want speed…as much as I can get! I surfed on sites to check on all available options and I stumbled upon a great article from Thorsten Overgaard that explains in easy word why speed matters (he tested the insane Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0,95). He writes:

Photography has always been about photographing at the highest shutter speeds, at the fastest film speeds, with the fastest lenses and in as little light as possible.
For precision work that require straight lines, sharpness, ease of use and defined details, Noctilux is not the answer. Most Leica photographers will have other lenses that does that well and better. But when we need some witchcraft and fascination in our photography, som artistic bokeh, some challenge of our ability to focus we take out the Noctilux.

To “see” what he means with that check out that image he shot with the Noctilux:

Some will hate the fact that they can’t clearly determine where the focus is … and if it’s really sharp. That is not the point; look at the atmosphere and consider if there would be a photo if it had been with another lens.

I know there are plenty of fast lenses out there to be used with adapter. But I would prefer Sony (or Zeiss or Sigma) to give me some native options optimized for the use on Sony cameras.

I hope Sony will consider to make super fast lens range for the FE system. Voigtlander recently tried to do this with the 40mm f/1.2 FE lens. But the focal length is odd and I hope they will make an improved FE version of their 50mm f/1.1 M-mount lens soon.

Noctilux 50mm f/0,95 vs Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 FE vs Canon 50mm f/1.2 via CameraSize.

My personal opinion is that having manual focusing lenses would be better: To keep the size down (see Noctilux vs 55mm FE image above) and allow us a creative use via proper mechanical focus ring. But I bet Sony would go for big and autofocus lenses only: With the blogosphere and reviewers world being so focused on MTF, focus speed and tech specs there is little space for the “creative value” of a lens. Dear Sony engineers listen to me and not to your managers (LOL), gives us a WOW lens and make a Noctilux alike manual lens for half the price!

Now let’s put my idea under vote and see how many SAR readers consider my proposal as valuable:

Should Sony launch a series of f/1.2 (or faster) FE lenses for creative use?

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December 5, 2017
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BastianK reviews the Laowa 15mm f/2.0 FE lens (and ends up buying it)

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BastianK tested the Laowa 15mm f/2.0 FE lens and liked it so much that ended up buying it:

It is one of the very few lenses making actual use of the narrow flange distance of mirrorless cameras. When I first heard about this lens I thought it sounded almost too good to be true. But despite the few shortcomings this is in fact a pretty astonishing lens the guys at Laowa have put together. I also tend to think it is the most versatile ultra wide angle lens I have used so far:
It lets me take crazy close up shots, I can use standard filters on it, build quality is top notch, the size makes it a lens I want to put in my bag and yes, it can also be used for astrophotography. Personally I prefer it to the Samyang 14mm 2.8 (MF) for astrophotography because of the more even exposure and the speed advantage.

Matthew Durr alst tested the lens on the A6500:

There’s a whole lot to like about the Laowa 15mm f/2, and very little to complain about. At its price point, I would expect nothing less. The lens provides a pleasant shooting experience every time I take it out of the bag, and its high optical performance is notable given the compact size. While I can’t wait to use this lens to its full potential on a full-frame camera, it still performs admirably as a standard wideangle on APS-c. I highly recommend it to either E-mount camp looking for a versatile wide lens.

One a personal note…I am actually considering this lens too…

Get the lens at BHphoto, Adorama and Venuslens.net.

 

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December 5, 2017
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For EU readers: 190 Euro off on the Zeiss 16-70mm lens

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You save 190 Euro ont he Zeiss 16-70mm E-mount lens sold on Amazon France. And you save up to 69% on Sigma lenses at Amazon DE.

Reminder: Check out these links for the big Cashback action: Amazon Germany special page, Wex UK, Sony Netherland, Amazon France.

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December 4, 2017
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Sony A7R III Dissasembly and Teardown (by Ilija Melentijevic)

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Ilija Melentijevic from Kolarivison disassembled the new Sony A7rIII. There are some interesting findings in his article that we are re-posting in full here:

Sony A7R III Dissasembly and Teardown

Our pre-ordered Sony A7R III finally arrived this morning, and we couldn’t wait to crack it open and see what’s inside. The A7R III has been receiving a lot of positive reviews and I can see why. First off, the camera looks and feels great. And, we finally got two card slots! The multi-selector and larger capacity battery are also a nice improvements. Beyond the cosmetics, the camera boasts significant improvements in frame rate, buffer capacity, light sensitivity, dynamic range, and more. I can go on, but I’ll leave that for the more detailed reviews. What we did notice is the camera is snappy. The A7 line has always had that signature shutter lag, it always felt like there was a slight delay from hitting that button to firing. With the A7R III, I am happy to say this is greatly improved; it feels like a more natural extension of the body. I think DSLRs might still be faster, but this is the first A7 series model that is competitive in that regard. We liked this camera so much, we almost decided not to tear it apart. Almost. We present you with the first look inside an A7R III.

One last look before we start.

Read the rest of this entry →

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December 4, 2017
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Sigma 16mm f/1.4 E-mount lens in Stock at Adorama

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The new Sigma 16mm f/1.4 APS-C E-mount lens is in Stock for the very first time in USA thanks to Adorama (Click here).

The Zeiss and Sigma deals expired but the Sony deals are still running:

Cameras:
$500 off on the Sony A7rII at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$500 off on the Sony A7sII with free extras at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama.
$200 off on the Sony A6500 at BestBuy, Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$70 off on the Sony 6300 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Sony 6000 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 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.
$50 gift card with the RX10m5 at Adorama.
FF E-mount lenses:
$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.
$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.
$50 off on the Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE at BestBuy, Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G 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 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-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 ECM-CG60 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony RX100 underwater housing at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.

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December 4, 2017
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CamFi Limited launches the fastest wireless camera controlled, CamFi Pro.

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The CamFI PRO project has been launched on Indiegogo. This is the press text:

CamFi will launch the fastest wireless camera controller in the world

GUANGDONG , China – November 30, 2017 – CamFi, maker of wireless controllers for digital cameras, today announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for the fastest wireless camera controller, CamFi Pro. CamFi Pro uses the 802.11ac protocol to transfer the photo from the camera. It can offer Wi-Fi transfer speeds up to 866Mbps. Tests show it can reach speeds of 10M bytes per second in reality, two to three times faster than most built-in Wi-Fi cameras and 2.4G Hz wireless camera controllers.

CamFi Pro supports most of Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras. And it will be the only 5.8G wireless tether solution for Sony cameras in current market.

“Speed is a big problem for current Wi-Fi products. It limits the productivity of the professional photographers.” Said Mark Ma, CEO of CamFi. “CamFi Pro is going to use new technology to solve this challenge.”

CamFi Pro takes two to three seconds to transfer a raw photo with a size of 20 megabytes. It supports auto view mode, which enables the client device to receive the photos in real time when the photographer is taking the photo. Selective transfer is also supported. The photographer can send only JPEGs to the client device and keep the raw photos on SD card.

By using 5.8G band, the device effectively avoids Wi-Fi interference. This is suitable for professional photographers covering events and meetings. The live view works smoothly for high transfer speed, making it effective for recording the video as well.

CamFi Pro also supports timelapse, HDR, focus stacking and multiple camera control. The photographer can use one computer to control multiple cameras to shoot and transfer the photos back. It can be applied for bullet – time effect and 3D modelling.

It can be controlled from Android and iOS mobile devices as well as PCs and Apple computers. Backers of CamFi Pro will be the first to receive the product. Delivery is expected for February, 2018. More information, including a full list of compatible cameras, can be found on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/camfi-pro-the-fastest-wireless-camera-controller#/

via Dpreview

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December 4, 2017
Posted in deals

RX1 and RX1r cameras no more available at Adorama. RX1RII price to be lowered and replacement coming soon?

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Both the RX1 and the RX1r are no more available at Adorama and available on special order only at BHphoto. You can only see a very limited quantity in Stock at Amazon. The RX1RII is obviously still in Stock but the fact that the first generation is fading out might be still a sign that the RX1RII price might be lowered and a new model might come out soon.

It’s unclear of Sony will make a Full Frame or a Medium Format successor. We also reported many times about Sony’s curved sensor FF and MF patents. I expect the next High End RX camera to show some very new unique features.

What would you prefer to get?

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