Meyer-Optic Görlitz is Back Again With 3 New Lens Designs

Meyer-Optic Görlitz is back again and they are prepared to launch three new lens designs that should be suitable for modern mirrorless cameras. Sadly their first relaunch attempt was not successful due to a variety of reasons so let’s hope this attempt is a more successful one.

“We are currently revising the entire portfolio and are expected to release the first optimized lens at the end of November. This is the Trioplan 100 f2.8 II. The other lenses such as Trioplan 50, Lydith 30 or Primoplan 75 will follow (presumably) in monthly intervals.”

Meyer Optik Görlitz version II lenses:

  • Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100 f/2.8 II: “With our Trioplan 100 f2.8 II we present you the classic of the Meyer Optik Görlitz family in a new, revised version. The optimized mechanics, the improved optical design and a newly designed lens coating enable the best Trioplan pictures of all times. In addition, the minimum focussing distance has been reduced to 0.9m. The Trioplan 100, worldwide known for its distinctive soapbubble bokeh, offers photographers the opportunity to rediscover the artistic soul of photography in times of point-and-shoot, instagram snapshots and pixel battles from major manufacturers. With our Trioplan 100 f2.8 II you create unique images and stand out from the crowd.”
  • Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan 50 f/2.9 II: “Our Trioplan 50 f2.9 II has been redesigned from scratch. A new mechanical design based on the Trioplan 100 f2.8 II now offers photographers an excellent handling of the 50mm focal length from the Trioplan family. By optimizing the optical design, it is now possible to focus on infinite sharpness even at aperture f2.9 and thus nothing stands in the way of versatile use. Of course, the Trioplan 50 f2.9 II also draws the famous soapbubble bokeh and at shorter distances a light swirl is created in the bokeh of the image. Like all current Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses, the Trioplan 50 f2.9 II was also designed for full format, but can of course also be used on APS-C cameras.
  • Meyer Optik Görlitz Lydith 30 f/3.5 II: “Like our Trioplan 50 f2.9 II, the new Lydith 30 f3.5 II has undergone a complete mechanical redesign. Haptics and handling could be improved and at the same time the compact construction could be maintained. The optical improvements support the brilliant sharpness over the entire image, as well as the faithful color reproduction of the photographed object. The imaging performance of the Lydith 30 f3.5 II achieved in this way leads to its special charm.

Coming for Canon EF, Fuji X, Leica L, Leica M, M42, MFT, Nikon F, Pentax K and Sony E mounts.

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Sony Holiday Savings Sunday

Amazon is still offering an additional 15% off and many retailers are starting to offer holiday savings before Black Friday.

Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f/5.6 ASPH (Save $100):
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Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 ASPH III (Save $50):
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Voigtlander 21mm f/1.4 FE (Save $100):
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Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/3.5 ASPH (Save $100):
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Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 FE (Save $100):
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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 FE (Save $150):
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Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.2 FE (Save $100):
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Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 ASPH (Save $50):
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Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 110mm f/2.5 (Save $100):
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DPRTV: Sony a6100 Review

The replacement for the Sony a6000 is an incredible value and step up over one of Sony’s most popular cameras by far. The Sony 6100 has received almost universal praise and should be good enough for just about anyone to capture anything they would want. Below is a summary of the above video.

  • The Sony a6000 is the Camry of cameras
  • Sony a6100 isn’t super comfortable to hold, but the new grip is appreciated
  • EVF has been improved, but basically the same pixel count
  • Back LCD should be higher resolution, but the new touch screen is good to have for picking AF points even if it is limited
  • The a6100 is very fully featured, but it still uses Sony’s bad menu system
  • The built-in flash is useful and can be bent back to shoot upwards unlike the a6600
  • Sony-W battery is more efficient than ever and CIPA rated for 400+ shots
  • The new AF system has great human and animal face/eye detection
  • The new JPEG color engine is vastly improved over the a6000
  • 11fps top speed shooting, but it’s not real-time so you are always seeing the previous shot you took
  • Mid shooting speed is better for tracking things as they move around the scene
  • The 16-50mm is the kit lens and it is one of the worst on the market
  • If you’re going to print you should get a good cheap prime lens, but if you’re going to shoot for Instagram the kit lens is fine
  • If you want better glass go with the Fujifilm X-A7 or Canon EOS M50 since their kit lenses are better
  • New 24MP sensor is a substantial improvement over a6000 sensor.
  • Realtime tracking is the reason to go Sony
  • You can always shoot AF-C wide area if you’re not technical because it will pick the closest object or persons face first
  • They recommend shooting flexible spot focus medium-sized
  • Jordan likes to shoot auto ISO, but the only way to keep the shutter speed from going too low is to fix shutter and aperture in manual mode
  • When shooting kids Jordan forces his camera to be 1/250 or even 1/500
  • If you’re going to shoot video with the a6100 it is very capable and tracks well, but you should set your camera up for touch tracking.
  • The video image out of the a6100 is very punchy
  • Not a great handheld camera because of rolling shutter
  • The a6100 is basically the same as camera as the a6000, but real-time AF is a game-changer worth the extra money alone

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SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Only $1,099!

Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Six FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
Positioned as a workhorse lens among Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless systems, the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art is a versatile wide-angle to portrait-length zoom characterized by its f/2.8 constant maximum aperture. The bright design suits working in available lighting conditions and also affords increased control over depth of field. The optical design incorporates a series of low dispersion and aspherical elements that greatly reduce a variety of aberrations in order to achieve high sharpness, enhanced clarity, and improved color accuracy. Both Super Multi-Layer and Nano Porous Coatings have also been applied to improve contrast and color rendering by suppressing lens flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.

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Sigma 50mm f/1.2, 40mm f/1.2, and 35mm f/1.2 Patents Uncovered

The Sigma 35mm f/1.2 has already been announced and released, but it looks like Sigma has some additional f/1.2 lenses in the works. A Sigma 50mm f/1.2 would be great, but a Sigma 40mm f/1.2 might make a more interesting option.

50mm, f/1.2 Specification and lens arrangement of embodiment 1
Focal length: 50.99 mm
F no: 1.25
2ω : 45.97
Image height: 21.63 mm
Lens length: 154.20 mm

40mm, f/1.2 Specification and lens arrangement of embodiment 4
Focal length: 41.35 mm
F no: 1.26
2ω : 57.17
Image height: 21.63 mm
Lens length: 157.00 mm

35mm, f/1.2 Specification and lens arrangement of embodiment 6
Focal length: 35.99 mm
F no: 1.26
2ω : 64.62
Image height: 21.63 mm
Lens length: 140.00 mm

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Sony Adds Real-Time Eye AF For Animals To Award-Winning RX10 IV

Sony Adds Real-Time Eye AF for Animals To Award-Winning RX10 IV
Firmware update 2.00 adds animal eye tracking, unlocking new shooting possibilities.
Sony today released Firmware Update 2.00 for the Sony RX 10 IV camera, giving users of the camera advanced real-time  Eye AF for Animals.

The firmware update, available on Sony’s support page adds this new machine-learning-driven focusing system, and enables Eye-Af activation though a half-press of the shutter.

Real-Time Eye AF for Animals is demonstrated with this video of Loki the Wolfdog.

The RX10 IV received DPReview’s Gold Award, being called the “ultimate 1″ bridge camera” thanks to its “…outstanding image quality” plus phase detect autofocus. The RX10 IV is the only camera in its class to offer this high-performance focusing system, and it’s what powers the RX10 IV Real0Time Eye AF for Animals

Link to Sony’s RX10 IV Firmware Update Page:

Link to Sony’s support page detailing the setup of these new features:

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