Jul 25

New discounts/coupon codes for Rocky Nook camera guides, Macphun Luminar and Nikon gear at KEH

Rocky Nook is offering 45% off their camera guides with coupon code CONQUER45 (this offer will end at 11:59pm PST on July 30th).

Macphun Luminar 72 hours flash sale ($20 off) – the lowest price so far (valid only Tuesday, July 25th – Thursday, July 27th):

  • $49 instead of $69 – for all the new users
  • $39 instead of $59 – for current Macphun users

Also: try for free the new Macphun Luminar for Windows (beta version).

Nikon sale at KEH: you can get 5% off cameras, 10% off lenses and 15% off accessories with code RUMORS-N07 at checkout (this offer is valid only for the next 24 hours).

Jul 23

Additional information on the Irix ILA-FE2EF adapter for Sony E-mount

In September last year I reported about Irix coming up with a new Irix 45mm f/1.4 lens, Irix ILA-FE2EF adapter for Sony E-mount (for using Nikon and Canon lenses on E-mount cameras) and Irix filters (already announced). Here are some additional pictures and information on the Irix ILA-FE2EF adapter for Sony E-mount:

  • The price will be around $70
  • The official launch will be around October
  • A new lens will be announced in the same time frame (probably the Irix 45mm f/1.4)
  • The pictures shown here are from a prototype, not the final version
  • The new adapter should work better than anything else available on the market today

Irix products are sold in the US (B&H, Adorama, Amazon) and in Europe (Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Amazon IT).

Jul 23

There will not be a new 7artisans 50mm f/1.0 mirrorless lens

Last month I reported about a not yet announced 7Artisans / DJ-Optical 50mm f/1.0 mirrorless lens that appeared in one of the promo pictures (see this and this post).

I contacted the manufacturer directly and they confirmed that they do not have any plans to release such lens. They will be however releasing a new 7Artisans 35mm f/2 rangefinder coupled lens for Leica M-mount – see this post for some pictures of the new lens.

7Artisans lenses can be purchased at: Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon DEeBay US and eBay UK.

Jul 22

What else is new?

This week’s recap from the rumors and addicts blogs:

Early GODOX X1T-F Impressions

Kipon EF-GFX E and Contax645-EF AF

Fujinon XF80mm LM OIS WR Macro 1:1 Details Were Leaked in January

SILKYPIX Adds Sony a9 Support

Sigma MC-11 Adapter Firmware Update

DXO OpticsPRO 11 Now Supports Panasonic GH5

What is the lightest and cheapest full frame camera/lens set?

The Leica TL2 and Visoflex issue could be fixed with a firmware update

Jul 21

Sony has a patent for an astronomical camera with a curved medium format sensor

Sony and several other companies (including Nikon) have already filed multiple patents for curved sensors or for lenses designed for curved sensors. Back in June Sony filed a patent (2017-102189 ) for an astronomical camera with a curved medium format sensor.

The first fully functional prototype of a 20MP full frame curved sensor by CEA-LETI was recently awarded prizes by the European Astronomical Society (EAS):

After ten years of effort to convince the astronomical community about the benefits offered by curved focal planes, the activity is now ongoing around the world, with academic developments at ESO, Stanford, MIT, but also at the industrial level with recent realizations from Sony and Microsoft.”

It is clear that curved sensors are mainly going to be first used for astronomy and it will be a while before (if ever) you see them in your local camera store.

Curved sensors have several advantages and benefits including requiring smaller/faster/simpler lenses and overall better corner to corner IQ (curved sensors provide correction of field curvature):

Sony curved sensor

A curved CMOS sensor has a few advantages over a planar sensor, Itonaga said. Because of the geometry, it can be paired with a flatter lens and a larger aperture, which lets in more light. Photodiodes at the periphery of a sensor array will be bent toward the center, which means light rays will hit them straight on instead of obliquely. What’s more, the strain induced on a CMOS sensor by bending it alters the band gap of the silicon devices in the sensor region, lowering the noise created by “dark current” — the current that flows through a pixel even when it is receiving no external light. (via IEEE)

Jul 20

Voigtlander APO-Macro Lanthar 65mm f/2 Aspherical E-mount lens officially released, US priced revealed (*UPDATED*)

Update: the US price of the lens is $1,059 and is now available for pre-order at B&H and Adorama.

Back in February at the 2017 CP+ show, Cosina announced the development of three new full frame Voigtlander lenses for Sony E-mount. The new lenses will have:

  • EXIF transmission to camera body
  • Support for five-axis image stabilization
  • Manual focus
  • 1/3 step aperture selection

One of the lenses, the Voigtlander APO-MACRO LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical E-mount lens is now officially released – shipping will start on August 10th in Japan.

The European price is 999 Euros. The US price is not officially released yet (check here for updates).

Some sample photos from the lens can be found here, here and here. The technical specifications of the lens:

Focal length used on full format camera body 65 mm
Aperture ratio 1:2
Minimum aperture F22
Click-stop tba
Lens construction 10 elments in 8 groups
Angle of view 38°
Aperture blade 10
Minimum focus 0,31 m
Maximum diameter 77,2 m
Length 98,5 mm
Mount E
Electrical contact: Exif data transfer from lens to camera body for lens correction available
Manual focus assistant available
Weight tba
Filter size 67 mm
Color black
Others Selective aperture control system, “screw-in”-type lens hood

Additional info on the Voigtlander APO-Macro Lanthar 65mm f/2 Aspherical E-mount lens:

The Voigtländer MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm F2 Aspherical was announced at Photokina 2016 in Cologne, Germany, as a reference exhibit. Since then specifications and appearance have been improved. The Red, Green, and Blue lines on the lens barrel proudly indicate its heritage from vintage APO-LANTHAR lens designs – High Performance. At F2, this lens is one of the fastest macro lenses available for full frame format. Macro Ratio is 1:2. Minimum Object Distance is 31cm.

Here are two hands-on videos of the lens from the 2017 CP+ show:

Jul 20

Confirmed: Bowens is going out of business

An update on my post from last week – it is now official: the lighting manufacturer Bowens is going out of business. In a statement today the parent company Aurelius Group confirmed the news:

Aurelius said the decision was due to the “the far-reaching changes affecting its market, including new, considerably less expensive products by Chinese manufacturers, product innovations by competitors, and the changed buying behavior of professional photographers, who are now only willing to invest in new equipment if the investment guarantees additional income.” (via PDN)

Bowens products are sold at Adorama and B&H.

Jul 20

2018 and 2019 Photokina dates announced

Until last year, Photokina (the biggest photo show in the world) was taking place every other year in September. Back in May, I reported that Photokina will start taking place annually starting from 2018. We now know the exact dates for the 2018 and 2019 Photokina shows:

  • 2018: September 26-29
  • 2019: May 8-11

Via Dpreview