Oct 10

New DJI teaser for the “next stage in cinematic vision” (announcement tomorrow)


DJI has a new video teaser called “Reflections“. The text under the video indicates that the “next stage in cinematic vision” will be announced tomorrow (October 11th) at 5pm PST:

My guess is that DJI will introduce a new, high-end camera for drones.

Oct 10

Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical lens for E-mount: US pricing and first reviews


The new Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical lens for E-mount is now listed on Amazon with a price tag of $1,059 (currently in stock).

Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical lens technical specifications:


Focal length 40 mm
Aperture ratio 1: 1.2
Minimum aperture F22
Lens configuration 6 groups 8 pieces
Angle of view 55 °
Number of diaphragm blades 10 sheets
Shortest shooting distance 0.35 m
Maximum shooting magnification 1: 6.2
Maximum diameter × total length φ 70.1 × 59.3 mm
Filter size φ 58 mm
weight 420 g
Lens hood Attached
Electronic contact There
Focus magnification function Correspondence
Exif information: Correspondence
Lens correction selection Possible
5-axis body internal handshake Correspondence (limited to body with 5 axes)
Other: With aperture switching mechanism

Sample photos can be found here, here and here. MapCamera also published their lens report. Check out also the first detailed review of the lens here. Here are two more hands-on reports:

Additional information on the Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical lens for E-mount:

A compact size yet full size 40 mm lens realizes the world’s first large aperture. Two double-sided aspherical lenses are adopted as an optical system optimized for the image sensor of mirrorless camera made by Sony. It has a performance that you can use with confidence from opening the aperture, you can enjoy a smooth and large blur taste.

Main features:
With Sony E mount compatible electronic contact, lens usage status is reflected in Exif information of shooting data. In addition, because it incorporates a distance encoder, it supports 5-axis camera shake compensation on the camera body side. It is also possible to enlarge the viewfinder by operating the focus ring.

Optimized optical design
In addition to securing full-size image circle, it adopts optical design optimized for Sony E mount sensor. High resolution is maintained up to the periphery of the screen, and phenomena such as color hue are suppressed.

Versatile view angle
Since the angle of view of 40 mm is equivalent to 60 mm in the APS – C size camera, it can be handled as a standard lens even in full size or APS – C size.

Manual focus that enables reliable focusing
By adopting a total metal helicoid unit machined and adjusted with high accuracy and high quality grease producing moderate torque, smooth operation feeling is realized. It enables delicate focus adjustment.

Aperture click changeover mechanism An iris changeover mechanism capable of opening and closing the iris ring steplessly without generating click sound is installed. There is no worry of picking up the operation sound of the aperture ring at the time of movie recording.

Oct 10

Yashica digiFilm camera now on Kickstarter


A few hours ago the previously rumored Yashica camera was listed on Kickstarted and already has almost reached its financing goal of $100,000. Here are the details on the new Yashica digiFilm camera (the camera uses digiFilm cartridges):

Yashica digiFilm camera specifications:

  • 1/3.2-inch CMOS sensor
  • 14 megapixel photos
  • Built-in viewfinder
  • Apertures of f2.8
  • Focal Length 35mm
  • A minimum focusing distance of 1m (~3 feet) to infinity
  • 5 selectable steps shutter speeds 1s, 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/250s, 1/500s
  • SD card storage (wifi card compatible)
  • Micro USB connectivity for data transfers
  • Tripod mount ready
  • Operate with 2 x AA batteries
  • Image controlled by digiFilm™


Dimension:

  • Body Only: 100 (w) x 64 (h) x 28 (d) mm
  • With lens and switch: 110 (w) x 70 (h) x 55 (d) mm


The Unprecedented Camera – digiFilm™ Camera Y35

Coupled with the masterpiece design of the first electronic controlled shutter camera in the world, the YASHICA Electro 35, featuring with the Unprecedented digiFilm system, YASHICA Y35 camera brings in an extraordinary photography experience.

In both appearance and sensation, YASHICA Y35 recaptures the joy and meaning of analogue-photography but eliminating the time and expense required for film development.

Taste as analogue camera, need to load a “digiFilm” to create your album. A brief pause is required to wind on the film before shooting. At this millisecond of pulse, it grants us time to inspire and think, the exact moment the shutter snaps.

The digiFilm™ System

The innovative digiFilm system was created by YASHICA. It features a glass lens for super sharp photos, an advanced automatic mode that makes sure every shot is perfectly exposed with an aperture of 2.8 as well as lot of creative digiFilm.

Via Kickstarter

Oct 09

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens for Sony E-mount officially announced


Back in August I reported about the leaked/rumored Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens for Sony E-mount. The lens is now officially announced (US pricing not yet announced):

Samyang Optics is pleased to announce the release of their fourth autofocus lens: AF 35mm f/1.4 FE. The bright f/1.4 aperture and absolute resolution turn every moment into artwork. This lens now expands Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up to four which includes three existing autofocus lenses, AF 14mm f/2.8 FE, AF 35mm f/2.8 FE and AF 50mm f/1.4 FE.

Aim High, Create Artwork
This new AF 35mm f/1.4 FE works in harmony with full-frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount such as Sony α7 or α9 series. It is designed to appeal to enthusiasts and professionals who are ready to take the next step up in photography. It is the excellent companion to create artworks from everyday moments, while the tiny AF 35mm f/2.8 FE released in June of this year is the perfect partner for everyday photographers.

High Performance beyond Expectation
Absolute resolution across the entire image field is the key feature of Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE. The lens includes 11 elements in 9 groups and features 2 aspherical lenses and 2 high-refractive lenses, plus Ultra Multi Coating. The optical design minimises various aberrations and unnecessary light dispersion to deliver outstanding resolution. Fast, precise and quiet autofocus performance meets Samyang’s exceptional optical technology to capture any moments clearly. The bright F1.4 secures fast shutter speed and creates shallow depth of focus images in wide-standard angle of view. The new 35mm f/1.4 lens is ideal for professional photography including low-light events, landscapes and portraits with expressive characteristics.

Available from November 2017

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE, a lens for photographers aiming high in photography, will be available globally from November and will carry a suggested retail price of £599.00 inc VAT.

Additional information:

  • Minimum shooting distance: 0.3 m
  • Filter diameter: 67 mm
  • Length: 115 mm
  • Weight: 645 g
  • Design: 11 elements in 9 groups




Via SonyAddict

Oct 09

What’s next?


Here is the updated list of all upcoming/rumored cameras and lenses – several of the rumored products could be announced at the Photo Plus show in NYC (October 26-28):

Next 1-3 months:

Next 3+ months:

Questionable/not confirmed/not reliable rumors:

Oct 08

List of upcoming/rumored Leica cameras and lenses


Here is an updated list of upcoming/rumored Leica cameras and lenses from LeicaRumors:


Leica Q Silver Chrome camera (mockup shown above)


Leica mirrorless camera with L-mount and EVF (mockup shown above)


Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens (there could also be a new 35mm f/1 or f/0.95 M-mount lens)


Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH lens


Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 lens (old version shown above)


New Leica APO-Summicron 50mm LHSA 50th anniversary lens

Leica Sofort “LimoLand by Jean Pigozzi” edition camera (Leica x Limoland)


New Zenit-Leica camera


Leica Andy Summers limited edition camera (Ralph Gibson edition shown above)


Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro with dual Leica cameras

Via LeicaRumors

Oct 08

The best-rated cameras according to DxOMark


Last week DxOMark released the Nikon D850 DxOMark sensor test score and labeled the D850 as the “first DSLR to hit 100 points“. There have been three more cameras in the past that scored above 100 (many websites described DxOMark’s rating of 100 as a perfect score and it is not – it’s just a number that can go above 100):

The RED Helium 8K camera got a 108 DxOMark sensor score (the RED Epic Dragon camera got 101):


The Pentax 645z scored 101 at DxOMark but the results were never officially published (nobody knows why):


Here is the current list of top rated cameras according to DxOMark (click for larger view):

Oct 08

What else is new?

New Kickstarter project promises digital back for Nikon 35mm film cameras

Nikon D850 DxOMark sensor review: the first DSLR to hit 100 points

Instax Mickey Edition

Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Reviewed by ePhotozine and Samples

Photons To Photos: Panasonic LX100 Dynamic Range Results