Voigtlander 50mm f/2.0 APO-LANTHAR FE Coming in December

I have been a Voigtlander fan for a long time on M-Mount and they are continuing their quality glass on E-Mount today. Voigtlander’s 50mm f/2 APO-LANTHAR will certainly be an interesting addition to their line up, but will it be as popular as their ultra-wide and fast glass?

The price of a domestic mass merchandise store for the APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical E-Mount, which was announced overseas the other day, seems to be around 128,000 yen including tax. Scheduled release date is December 2019

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Luminar 4 Launches November 18, 2019

1. Luminar 4 + Signature Looks bundle for US$69 instead of US$138
2. Luminar 4 + Signature Looks + Luminar 3 bundle for US$99 instead of US$207

Image editing made extraordinarily fast through AI advancements in Luminar
Flagship software to bring innovative machine-learning tools and workflow to photographers as both a standalone application and plugin.

BELLEVUE, WA – October 15, 2019 — Skylum is pleased to announce additional enhancements coming to Luminar 4 to be shipped on November 18, 2019. The release intends to change the way photographers approach photo editing, offering several tools informed by extensive machine-learning and a new streamlined  interface to make photo editing more accessible than ever before.

Luminar 4 isn’t just another photo editor — it brings time-saving, creative photo processing to everyone in an easy-to-use approach. Skylum wants people to enjoy not only the  taking of photos, but also the processing images which is typically where many photographers have the most frustration. With Luminar 4, anyone can create a masterpiece.

With a refreshed interface and workflow, Luminar 4 shifts from being a tool-based approach to one that is purpose-based. It shortens the learning process, helping any photographer experiment  creatively and expand their vision. While the software incorporates complex tools, they’re completely customizable and easy to use, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned professional.

For example, in Luminar 4, photographers will experience the power of AI Sky Replacement — the first automated sky replacement tool in the market. AI Structure provides photographers with a tool to adjust fine details in their photographs, without destroying relevant subjects. Finally, tools like AI Skin Enhancer and Portrait Enhancer will take an everyday portrait and turn it into a masterpiece! Read More »

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Patrick Murphy-Racey’s Lengthy Sony a9II Review

Patrick probably has the most Sony a9II experience out there shooting multiple events across over 2,000 miles. The video is very long and focuses on 18 reasons why you should buy an a9II along with 6 pain points. If you don’t have an hr to setaside and watch below are excerpts from his video:

18 reasons why you should buy Sony a9II

  1. Improved AF performance
    • Same sensor, but it’s more mature and robust now
    • Flexible spot medium tracking on the a9 jumps between modes rapidly
    • The camera juggles distance, contrast, face detection, eye AF, color, and pattern when doing real-time tracking
    • The Sony a9II almost always keeps all of these factors in the air without an issue
    • Faster acquisition than the original a9
    • More icing on the cake
  2. Improved Image Quality and Color
    • No issue with various lighting types including LED
    • Great high ISO
    • Great with Strobes
    • Image quality overall is better even if it is only coming from processing
    • The engineers have had 3 years to improve image quality
    • Image quality improvements show the most when shooting high ISO because the color remains accurate
    • Very little you have to do to correct color regardless of how bad light is
    • 2-Stops better IQ than the a9 in Patrick’s opinion
    • Image processing is just cleaner
  3. Anti-Flicker
    • Was shocked that the a9 didn’t have anti-flicker, but now Sony is adding it to a lot of cameras and the a9 needed it badly
    • You must go into the menu’s to turn this feature on
    • The C3 button has to be used to use the mechanical shutter because anti-flicker won’t work with the electronic shutter
    • Flicker is a big issue when shooting in gyms like high school gyms with lower end lighting
  4. Red AF Frame
    • a9 got this via a firmware update, but he’s so happy to have it that he is mentioning it here
  5. Voice Memo
    • Great to be in camera because it can help you organize
    • It will playback if you hit the button twice so be careful if you’re somewhere that has to be quite
    • When you have the camera connected to FTP voice memo’s can be converted to text for the image
  6. Dust and Moisture Sealing
    • Gen4 cameras are much better sealed than in the past so the a9II and a7RIV
    • Every door has a seal
    • He has never had a camera go down from water from the rain because he uses rain covers
  7. 10 FPS mechanical shutter
    • The a9 dropping to 5fps mechanical was disappointing and the a9II has corrected the issue
    • Mechanical and Electronic shutters can be used for sports now.
    • Can shoot basketball with strobes
    • New shutter is very quiet too
    • Can work quietly with the mechanical shutter
    • Only camera Sony has that syncs at 1/200th of a second with a pocket wizard, but still wants 1/250th
  8. Big buttons and better grip
    • AF on button is almost as big as a D5 now so you can find it with gloves on
    • The Joystick is now flat and won’t break off
    • Feels great with the grip
  9. Faster wifi
    • Original only has 2.4ghz and it was slow, but the new 5ghz is very fast and you barely see the bar
    • Very impressive
  10. Two UHS-II card slots
    • No longer have a UHS-I card holding it back so now the camera isn’t held back
    • The top slot is slot 1 and the bottom 2 so the opposite of the original
  11. USB Fast Charging
    • You can now quick charge with USB-C, which is much faster than the old USB charging
    • Can probably deal with fewer batteries now
    • Canon/Nikon cant fast charge
  12. Real-time Eye AF in Video
    • Revolutionary and useful
    • Helps keep costs down
  13. The ability to custom name video files
    • Now you can name your files differently than your other Sony cameras so you can be more organized
    • Less time wasted
  14. Digital Audio
    • The new shotgun mic is great
    • The new XLR mic is great too
  15. Exposure dial toggle lock
    • Keeps you from changing exposure comp without noticing
    • Press once to move freely and once again to lock
    • Can safely shoot aperture priority
  16. New Function Button Options
    • Less work to move between shooting stills and video
  17. Battery efficiency improved
    • No complaints about the original a9, but now it’s even better, but he hasn’t noticed, because most of the time one battery is enough.
  18. Just not finished yet
    • Sony will add more features with time
    • The camera came out now to service Olympics photographers now
    • More features will likely come before the Olympics

6 Pain Points

  1. High EyepointEVF
    • Not great for people that need to wear glasses
    • Should be more like Nikon F3P
    • Can’t see the entire viewfinder with glasses
    • Should zoom EVF in and out to correct
    • Non-issue if you do not wear glasses
  2. Still no 1/250th sync
    • Should be able to sync any flash you want at 1/250
    • Must have for sports photographers
    • 50% of sports are using a strobe (basketball and hockey)
    • This makes Sony a9 the best camera for only half of the sports
  3. Small/Medium RAW files
    • Should be able to shoot medium RAW and large JPG
  4. Automatic Sensor Protection When Changing Lenses
    • The shutter should close and remain closed when changing lenses to protect the sensor from dust
  5. Seamless Interface With Apple
    • Sony needs to find a better way to interface with iOS and OSX
    • iPhone/Mac users are very unlikely to use anything else regardless of your features
    • He has to keep an old computer around to update his lenses and camera bodies, which is crazy
    • Imaging Edge isn’t all that great
  6. 1966 Strap Lugs
    • Digital cameras have horrible strap lugs and they should have developed something new over the old style
    • They make a lot of noise and they drive Patrick Nuts

The Sony a9II is a great tool that makes your life easier, but some might benefit more from the cheaper used a9 prices that will come from the introduction of the Sony a9II.

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Sony a9II: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Sony a9II: The Best Camera For Sports and Photo Journalism

The Sony a9II is the king of spray and pray photography allowing photographers to easily capture thousands of images in RAW during a single day of shooting. Shooting any a9 camera is a unique experience and I really enjoyed my time with one, but you have to be able to manage thousands of images efficiently to really benefit from one. The a9II isn’t for everyone, but it is currently the best camera on the market for photographers that can’t risk missing the decisive moment.

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Sony a9II: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Sony GP-VPT2BT Grip With Bluetooth Remote Control Support Registered

Sony’s GP-VPT2BT shooting grip with Bluetooth remote control function has been registered with an overseas certification body.

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IEDM 2019: Sony Presents 48MP All-pixel PDAF, 3-layer Organic, and InGaAs SWIR Sensors, Samsung finFETs for >100MP CIS, Omnivision Voltage Domain GS

Image Sensor World grabbed some details from IEDM 2019 that was accidentally put online earlier but is now removed. Below are the details from the now-removed pos which will be reposted in mid-October: Read More »

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