February 10, 2015
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Voigtlander 40mm for Sony E-mount now in Stock!

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I know this is quite a “weird” lens. It’s a 40mm Voigtlander M-mount that has to be used along the separate close focus E-mount adapter (you have to buy it separately although many stores offer them as a bundle). The lens has been designed to be used on E-mount cameras only! It works well on both FF and APS-C cameras. And it’s now in Stock:
In USA at Adorama, BHphoto and eBay.
in Europe at Fotomundus.
In Hong Kong on eBay.
in Japan on eBay.

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February 10, 2015
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Newegg Flash Deal: $200 off on the refurbished RX100m3.

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There is a new flash sale: You get the refurbished RX100m3 for $599 only at Newegg Flash (Click here). Thanks Joe for finding the deal!

Sony US deal reminder:
Sony A7r cameras for $1,669 on eBay (Click here).
Save $200 on the grey imported but with full 3 year US warranty coming 55mm FE lens sold at GetDigital on eBay US (Click here)
Open Box Sony A7 for $1,150 at Samys eBay (Click here).
58 with two lenses, free LR5 and free $50 gift card at BeachCamera (Click here).
New Fotodiox Light Tight mount at Amazon in Silver ($49) and limited edition Gold ($59).
Sigma 60mm APS-C E-mount lens got a $30 rebate at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
There is also a new price drop on the massive 256GB(!) PNY SD card at Amazon (Click here).
A7s for $2,045 on eBay (Click here)
A7r for $1,795 on eBay (Click here).
$1,000 rebate on the VG900 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
The Loxia 50mm is nwo in Stock in USA via BHphoto (Click here), Popflash eBay (Click here) and Focuscamera eBay (Click here).
The Loxia 35mm is now in Stock in Europ via Photo Porst Germany eBay (Click here)

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February 10, 2015
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Sony Artisan Brian Smith: “someone might just make a 50mp camera for less than 3700 bucks!”

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Sony Artisan Brian Smith commented after the Canon 5Ds launch:

Canon fired the first shot in the Great Mega-Pixel War of 2015, announcing a pair of 50.6 mp Canon 5DS cameras – This is just the first shot! Expect to hear more announcements soon… Who knows, someone might just make a 50mp camera for less than 3700 bucks!

He is likely “hearing” the same rumors I got….sounds exactly like the A7rII to me ;)

Sony has now plenty of time to “fight back” with the A7rII as the Canon 5ds preorders will start on April 30 only at Amazon. And shipment is June/July.

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February 10, 2015
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Sigma announced a nice 24mm f/1.4 but it doesn’t come for A-mount yet :(

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Sigma announced another great ART prime lens. The 24mm f/1.4 (here on BH)! But the bad news is that for now it’s not coming for Sony A-mount (and not for Pentax K-mount neither). I guess they will announce the Sony version sometimes in 6-9 months as usual…I do hope

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Press release:
Sigma Corporation of America Introduces New 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens at CP+ Imaging Show
Latest Global Vision Art lens offers highest-quality optical performance in its class

YOKOHAMA, Japan — February 10, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the ninth Global Vision lens to join the company’s iconic Art line-up. The announcement comes at the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2015, which begins on Feb. 12 in Yokohama, Japan.

The much anticipated 24mm F1.4 Art wide angle lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The lens is ideal for capturing a variety of photography subjects, including cityscapes, mountain ranges, astrophotography and weddings and is great for videography work as well. The 24mm also excels at indoor photography in low illumination thanks to the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness, and gorgeous bokeh rendered by nine rounded aperture blades. The lens achieves a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches. The 24mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification especially in the edge of the image field. Moreover, the optimized power layout includes aspherical elements that are positioned in the rear of the lens for improved wide open performance. This helps to ensure minimal distortion through the correction of axial chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare. The new lens element design also delivers excellent peripheral brightness.

“The Sigma Art lenses are recognized by photographers for world-class performance, and the new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM will be a significant contribution to our selection of fast aperture prime lenses which is quickly becoming a strong force in the industry” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma is redefining the expectations of fast-aperture full-frame prime lens performance, especially wide-open, and the results the 24mm F1.4 will deliver will be up to the exacting standards set by the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM .”

Other updates to this lens include a new full-time manual focusing mechanism that switches to manual focusing, simply by rotating the focus ring, even when AF is being used, first introduced on the 50mm Art. This allows the photographer to make focus adjustments quickly and easily. As with all new lenses under the Global Vision categories, every 24mm will be tested using Sigma’s own MTF measuring system, “A1,” in the company’s factory in Japan.

Other lenses in the Art line include 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 50mm F1.4 DG HSM, 19mm F2.8 DN, 30mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN.

The 24mm F1.4 is compatible with Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update the lens’ firmware and change focus parameters as well as manual focus over-ride using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. The lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, and timing, pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

For information about Sigma, go to www.sigmaphoto.com or follow the company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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February 10, 2015
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Pentax and Nikon announcements soon, Sony will follow.

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Just a quick note: Pentax and Nikon will announce their stuff within 24 hours (Their new DSLR cameras will use Sony sensors). Maybe at the time you read this they will always have had the announcement while I am asleep in my bed :)

Sony itself will have an announcement after those companies (still not sure about exact day and hour). Four new FE lenses and two converters coming. That’s it the only 100% sure thing for now.

 

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February 9, 2015
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Big deals reminder: $200 off on the 55mm FF and refurbished NEX-5t double lens kit for $399.

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You save $200 on the grey imported but with full 3 year US warranty coming 55mm FE lens sold at GetDigital on eBay US (Click here). And also still running is the deal on the refurbished NEX-5t with two lenses and bag for $399 at Secondipity on eBay US (Click here). And Open Box Sony A7 for $1,150 at Samys eBay (Click here).

Sony US deal reminder:
New Fotodiox Light Tight mount at Amazon in Silver ($49) and limited edition Gold ($59).
Sigma 60mm APS-C E-mount lens got a $30 rebate at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
There is also a new price drop on the massive 256GB(!) PNY SD card at Amazon (Click here).
A7s for $2,045 on eBay (Click here)
A7r for $1,795 on eBay (Click here).
$1,000 rebate on the VG900 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
The Loxia 50mm is nwo in Stock in USA via BHphoto (Click here), Popflash eBay (Click here) and Focuscamera eBay (Click here).
The Loxia 35mm is now in Stock in Europ via Photo Porst Germany eBay (Click here)

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February 9, 2015
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Sony FE PZ 28-135mm to ship (again) from February 17 in USA.

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We will have to wait a bit more than expected to get their new FE 28-135mm lens. It will ship from February 17 only according to BHphoto (Click here). And it should ship in Europe within days too.
This is really a great lens for filmmakers although a bit “unbalanced” when used on the A7s like you see on the picture on top. We really need a serious PRO FE camera with a much larger grip for that lens!

UPDATE: Note that a small Stock of these lenses shipped in early January btu was quickly sold out. Now after one mont a new Stock is finally being shipped again!

US preorder at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStoreUS.
EU preorders at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.

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