DCWatch Sony a6400 Interview


DC.Watch sat down with Sony about the new a6400. Below are excerpts from the interview:

  • Sony used the same mount for APS-C and Full Frame so that people could pick the right body for the job with any of their lenses.
  • Using the same mount also lets you upgrade easily
  • a6400 uses the same BIONZ X in the a9
  • The FE 24 mm F1.4 GM was designed to go well with APS-C and Full Frame bodies
  • The a6400 replaces the a6300 not the a6500 since it has IBIS
  • No comment about the replacement for the a6500 but it will exceed expectations
  • Most APS-C camera demand is for the high end
  • a6400 is about superior AF performance
  • The Sony a9 firmware update is coming in March and α7R III/α7 III will be in April
  • Sony can now use the image processing engine better in the Sony a9 which is why the improvement is coming
  • Sony focuses on the needs of everyone and not just professionals when designing cameras
  • Sony is trying to streamline there update and release schedule
  • The Sony a7III is selling well and it’s based on the advancements with the a9
  • The entire market is shrinking, but mirrorless continues doing well
  • Sounds like they want better battery performance across their line up
  • No data to release publicly about Imaging Edge software since its release
  • Since the a9 Sony professional services have grown
  • Sounds like their marketing is going to shift towards one mount for all when releasing and marketing new APS-C and Full Frame cameras

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Samyang Plans to Launch 8 New Lenses


Samyang shared an aggressive plan to launch 8 lenses on their social media today.

“With winter slowly leaving us behind, and the sun reemerging to warm us up, it’s time to get out the camera to photograph the beauty that is spring! And to make it a season to remember, Samyang has something special in store, with 8 new lenses on their way. Who’s ready for spring with Samyang? Stay tuned for more information to come!”

Below Mistral75  gives us a list of what is coming

From left to right and according to the silhouettes:
(1) = Samyang XP 10mm f/3.5
(2) and (6) = Canon RF and Nikon Z versions of Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF/F/FE
(3) and (7) = Canon RF and Nikon Z versions of Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE
(4) = Sony E version of Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF
(5) = Nikon F version of Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF
(8) = some new lens in Sony E mount.

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Light Announces Joint Development with Sony Semiconductors Solutions Corporation of Multi-Image Sensor Solutions Reference Designs


Light Announces Joint Development with Sony Semiconductors Solutions Corporation of Multi-Image Sensor Solutions Reference Designs

Focused on Multi-Camera Applications for Smartphones with Four or more Cameras
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Light, the leader in advanced computational imaging announces the agreement with Sony Semiconductor Solutions, the leader in the Image Sensor industry to jointly work on development and marketing of multi-image sensor solutions.

The agreement allows Light to use and recommend to its customers and partners, Sony’s image sensors built in Light’s computational imaging solutions and reference designs. These new reference designs combine Light’s multi-camera technology together with Sony’s image sensors to create new multi-camera applications and solutions beginning with the introduction of smartphones containing four or more cameras.

“Sony is the recognized quality and market share leader in image sensors and we are thrilled to partner with them,” said Dave Grannan, CEO and co-founder, Light. “We are entering an entirely new era of intelligent imaging applications that will transform smartphones, autonomous vehicles, and security systems. With Sony’s world-class image sensors, we can introduce new innovations in the multi-camera imaging space.”

“We are excited to be working with Light and driving multi-sensor-based products and solutions into the market,” said Hank Ochi, president of Component Solutions Business Division, Sony Electronics Inc. “Light and its technology are transforming how devices see the world. This new partnership will allow us to work together to evolve and speed up the design of today’s multi-image sensor enabled connected devices. Starting today, our jointly developed reference designs will help our smartphone OEMs to quickly and easily enhance the imaging capability of multi-camera enabled smartphones.”

For more information, please visit https://light.co/

About Light
Light is forever changing how our devices see the world. Powered by sophisticated computational software and intelligent processing power, Light delivers high-quality, multi-camera imaging at cost-effective, global scale. Light’s first product, the award-winning L16 Camera, pushed the boundaries of computational imaging and eliminated the quality or convenience dilemma that has plagued photographers for a century. Light’s compact hardware and imaging software are licensed for use in applications like smartphones and beyond. To learn more about Light, visit light.co.

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Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE Announced


Preorders (Soon): B&H Photo

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Tamron announces the development of three lenses—two for full-frame DSLRs and one for full-frame mirrorless cameras
February 20, 2019, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the development of two new lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras—the 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043) zoom lens and the SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045) fixed focal lens; and a new high-speed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras—the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046).

Tamron will display these new lenses at CP+ 2019, the World Premiere show for camera and photo imaging, beginning February 28 through March 3, 2019 at Pacifico Yokohama and at the Wedding and Portrait Professionals International (WPPI), February 27 through March 3, 2019 in Las Vegas.

The lenses are expected to launch in the middle of 2019. Read More »

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Luminar 3.0.2 With RX100VA, RX100VI, DSC-HX99, DSC-HX95 Support


Luminar is still one of my goto apps for quickly producing images to share and it now supports even more Fujifilm cameras. If you want to grab a copy you can do so here and you can save $10 on your purchase by using our sister cites code FUJIADDICT at checkout.

Mac version new features:

  • DATABASE MANAGEMENT. Your Luminar image catalog database is automatically backed up to preserve your edits and metadata.  You can control the frequency of backups with the new Preference Panel.
  • PREFERENCE PANEL. Take control of your preferences settings by choosing Luminar 3 > Preferences. You can specify options for Cache, Catalog, and Automatic Backup.
  • IMPROVED HANDOFFS. If you’re working with raw file or 16-bit image and use the File > Open In command, a high-quality 16-bit files is exported.
  • AURORA HDR INTEGRATION. Easily hand off bracketed photos to merge in Aurora HDR.  Just select multiple photos in your library and choose File > Open In > Aurora HDR.
  • LOCATE FOLDER. Have you moved or copied media to a new location? You can right-click on an offline folder and choose Locate Folder to select and reconnect files.
  • ADDING FOLDER IMPROVEMENTS. Change your mind when adding a folder? Just click Cancel to stop the current task.
  • IMPROVED NAVIGATION. Quickly switch between Gallery and Single Image view with dedicated toolbar buttons.
  • NEW LANGUAGES SUPPORTED. Use Luminar in more languages with new localizations: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Italian
  • SAFER IMPORTS & COPIES. Luminar will alert you if you try to import or copy more files to a new destination when there’s not enough hard drive space.
  • IMPROVED EXPORTS. If you try to export images that already exist in a location you’ll be prompted to control if the files are overwritten or renamed.

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Picktorial 4 With New Digital Asset Manager Released


Picktorial, the popular photo editor­organizer, announces version 4.0 and it’s free for everyone.

Jerusalem, Israel, February 2019 ­ Picktorial Innovations, Ltd. is excited to announce that Picktorial 4, its renowned non­destructive photo editing platform for Mac, is faster than ever ­ and is now available for free download at Picktorial.com.

Hailed as the true Apple Aperture replacement, Picktorial is also filling the void left by Picasa, offering a wide array of photo management and advanced editing tools for free. With its revolutionary user experience and simplified interface, beginners and pros alike to can bring their visions to life with ease.

Main features of the free plan include: Read More »

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