Save $80 on Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE

The exceptional Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE is currently $80 off on Amazon. B&H Photo currently has the Tamron listed for $879 and so does Adorama. This lens is a way better value than the Sony 24-70mm GM unless you absolutely must have 24mm. I find 28mm to be enough for me even when I choose to use this lens for Astrophotography.

It’s interesting that Amazon has the Tamron listed for its original asking price without showing that it is discounted. Maybe someone messed up the listing or maybe the price is going to come back down even though demand is very strong for this lens.

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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DPRTV: Sony a6400 vs Fujifilm X-T30 Buyers Guide

DPReviewTV made a comparison buyers guide video for the Fujifilm X-T30 and Sony a6400 but didn’t come to a firm final conclusion. Below is the break down of their opinion:

Price:
Almost exactly the same

Handling:
Dimensions Sony is shorter from top to bottom, but the Fujifilm is thinner
It’s all about hump and bump
Fujifilm manual controls are superior
Sony manual control are mushy
Fujifilm joystick is preferable
Both have my menus
Sony has more customizable button
Sony weather sealed

Autofocus:
X-T30 is a huge improvement, but face/eye tracking only works well up close
a6400 has the best AF of any APS-C camera they have tried
Video AF is great on both, but the sony edges out the Fujifilm

Color:
Sony has improved their color, but Fujifilm wins with great color, film simulation, RAW processing in the camera
Can always fix Sony colors in RAW editor

Technology:
Fujifilm has the newer faster sensor
Sony has better high ISO

Lens Selection:
Fujifilm wins hands down because they have an extensive lineup of high quality reasonably priced glass
Sony has ignored APS-C
Sigma makes some nice prime lenses for Sony

Displays:
Fujifilm has higher resolution LCD but touchscreen controls aren’t great
Sony has a fully articulating screen and a higher magnification EVF

Video:
Fujifilm 10min 4k and 15min 1080p recording
Sony unlimited 4k record time
Both support 4k 30p
Sony has a 3.5 mm mic jack
Fuji has a 2.5 mm mic jack
Fujifilm USB monitoring ability
Sony a6400 4k has crop and has rolling shutter
Fujifilm full sensor readout for 4k and little rolling shutter
Fujifilm has higher data record rate and you can get 10-bit output via HDMI

Conclusion:
Looks like Fujifilm X-T30 is the winner, but both are very close
Fujifilm’s biggest advantage is that it has superior color
Sony’s biggest advantage is tack sharp images

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Sony a6400: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T30:
 B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO Announced


The Tokina FíRIN 100mm f/2.8 FE MACRO was announced today and it looks like a great value for portraiture and macro work. You can preorder at B&H Photo and Adorama.

Sample Images

Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO worldwide sales date announcement
Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the worldwide sales date for the new Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO (SONY E-mount) for digital mirrorless cameras.

Sales will commence on April 26th, 2019.

Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO is the second lens in FíRIN series designed to help shooting artistic photos of people, landscape or things at a very close distance, allowing to see the details that human eyes would hardly see.

It is a moderate tele macro lens with incorporated optics designed for Sony full frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens is capable of life-sized (1:1) reproduction at 30cm. Due to its macro specifications the lens has extremely high resolution, low distortion and low falloff. Fast aperture f/2.8 provides excellent performance in low light conditions. Beautiful soft bokeh makes this lens an extremely attractive tool for macro, portraits, landscapes, art reproduction, commercial and general purpose shooting.

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Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 ASPH Selling Quickly on Amazon


The Voigtlander 50mm f/1.2 Aspherical for E-Mount has been listed on Amazon by Camera Quest, but there aren’t many lenses left. Voigtlander has been making some great lenses in recent years so if you want a fast manual focus 50mm this is probably your best option at this time. Check Amazon while supplies last.

“The NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-mount is a high-speed manual focus lens optimized for the full frame imaging sensors of Sony mirrorless cameras. 50mm F1.2 standard lens could be called a special lens for photo enthusiasts. During the middle to late 20th century, when the maximum aperture of fast standard lenses was generally F2 or F1.4, a 50mm lens with F1.2 aperture was favored by professional photographers as a special fast lens. Because of this, even today many photo enthusiasts are still captured by the tradition and charm of this lens. The NOKTON 50mm F1.2 Aspherical E-mount is a newly designed standard lens with today’s technology for specifications that bring out the best in a high-speed standard lens. By using two out of eight elements, each with two aspherical surfaces, it realizes a compact size while having a large aperture. With this lens, you can enjoy comfortable handling well-balanced with camera body and gentle, ample bokeh.”

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Kamlan 8mm f/3.0 Manual Focus Super Wide-Angle Lens Coming April 20th


Sightron Japan Co., Ltd. will release an APS-C compatible single-focus lens “KAMLAN 8mm F3.0” on April 20 as a new product of the “KAMLAN” brand. The suggested retail price is open. Estimated over-the-counter price is around 25,000 yen excluding tax ($223 USD).

As KAMLAN brand lenses, we have already released a total of three lenses for APS-C compatible lenses “FS 50mm F1.1” and “FS 28mm F1.4”, and a lens for “Micro Four Thirds” FS 7.5mm F3.2 ” There is.

Main Specifications
Focal length: 8 mm
Maximum aperture: F3.0
Minimum aperture: F22
Angle of view: 180 degrees
Lens configuration: 11 pieces of 9 groups
Shortest focusing distance: 0.1 m
mount: Canon EF-M / Fujifilm X / Sony E (APS-C)
focus: manual
External dimensions: 64 x 62 mm
weight: About 240 g
Store over-the-counter price: About 25,000 yen excluding tax (open price) ($223 USD)

Kamlan Lenses are available on Amazon

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New Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 III Officially Announced

Product Highlights

  • Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z-Mount Full-Frame Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/0.95 to f/16
  • Four Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Ultra High Refraction Element
  • Stepless, Silent Aperture Control
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Depth of Field and Distance Scales
  • 11-Blade Aperture
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 1.6′

Press release

Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) have released the new Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 version III for full frame Sony E, Nikon Z and Canon RF cameras.

Offering a natural 50mm perspective along with an ultra-fast f/0.95 maximum aperture, the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 is a compact prime characterized by its bright f/0.95 aperture to suit working in low-light conditions. It also affords a great degree of control over depth-of-field for isolating subjects from the background and producing selective focus effects.

The new version III features a new optics design which offers a slightly more compact size and a better flare resistance. A carefully-designed 10 elements in 7 groups optics system with 1pc of HRI (High Refractive Index) & 5pcs of UD (Ultra-low dispersion) elements successfully minimizes the chromatic aberrations and delivers exceptional image quality.

An eleven-blade diaphragm helps to produce a softly diffused out-of-focus rendering (bokeh). The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability.

Technical specifications

Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/0.95 – 16
Camera Mount Type Sony FE, Canon RF, Nikon Z
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor/
APSC
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.1
Angle of View 45°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64′ (50 cm)
Elements/Groups 10 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 11
Features
Autofocus No
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.89 x 3.29″
(Ф73.3 x 83.5 mm)
Weight 1.58 lb (720 g)

Sample photos

Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 III: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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