Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II Firmware V1.1.6 Released

Viltrox released a firmware update for the recently released Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II. Below are the notes and you can download the update here.

AF 85/1.8 II FE   V1.1.6
1.Fixed an issue where AF-C focusing failed to follow the focus during low-speed continuous shooting.
2. Fix the occasional failure of the aperture.

Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II: B&H Photo / Amazon

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Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM Coming Soon – Article Spotted Overseas

Nokishita spotted an article titled “FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM” in Sony G Master series” on an overseas news site that was likely pulled down quickly since there is no link or cache. We should see this lens soon if articles are already being published by mistake.

The article title of “Hand-on preview of the widest-angle lens “FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM” in Sony G Master series” was added to an overseas news site.

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Samyang/Rokinon MF 85mm F1.4 MK2 and MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 Available For Preorder

The Mark II Rokinon 85mm and 14mm lenses for E-Mount can now be preordered. Both of the Mark I lenses were known for being very sharp and a good value, so the Mark II lenses should be even better.

MF 85mm F1.4 MK2: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Samyang’s best-selling manual focus 85mm has been updated and released. While retaining the excellent expressive imaging quality of the conventional 85mm lens, many customers ‘needs adopt the’De-click’ function, weather sealing, micro pattern focus ring, etc. to improve usability. Further strengthened. Samyang’s MF 85mm F1.4 MK2 makes it easier to capture important moments in your life.

MF 14mm F2.8 MK2: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Samyang’s best selling, manual focus 14mm lens has been upgraded! While maintaining the excellent imaging quality of the conventional 14mm lens that is loved by customers around the world, we have added’Focus Lock ‘and’De-click’ functions. In addition, it is also equipped with Weather Sealing, so you can shoot freely in various environments.

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Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL Announced

Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL: Venus Optics / B&H Photo / Amazon

Anhui China, Jun 29, 2020 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer specialized in making unique camera lenses, unveiled the new Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL lens, the world’s widest rectilinear lens for full frame cameras. Venus Optics have been designing ultra-wide angle lenses with outstanding optical performance and their 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 lens is currently the world’s widest zoom lens for full frame cameras.

Ultra-wide perspective
Featuring a remarkable 135° angle of view, the new Laowa 9mm f/5.6 is currently the widest non-fisheye lens ever developed for full frame mirrorless cameras. Landscape photographers can now experience an ultimate wide-angle photography with beautiful scenery captured in one shot. The ultra-wide angle of view is particularly helpful for interior shooting as it helps exaggerated the sense of space. The one-of-a-kind perspective also helps realized a lot of formerly impossible shots.

Super compact & lightweight
In response to the demand from mirrorless camera shooters of having a compact wide angle lens, Venus Optics have taken advantage of the flange distance of mirrorless cameras and compress the size of the 9mm f/5.6 lens to the smallest in its class, measuring approximately 2.4 inches (~6cm) long and weighing only 12 oz. (350g) with a lens diameter of 60mm. It is a welcome relief for landscape, architecture, interior or travel photographers that are traveling over long distances and looking for a high quality and portable ultra-wide lens to carry anywhere.

Extremely close focusing distance
In addition to the ultra-wide perspective, the new Laowa 9mm lens can focus extremely close, almost like a macro lens. The closest focusing distance is only 4.72” (12cm) measuring from subject to sensor. This is so much closer than the other ultra-wide angle lenses in the market and it provides a greater flexibility for photographers to compose shots at close and far distances and control depth of field much more easily.

Exceptional optical performance
Incorporating a 14 elements in 10 groups optical design, the 9mm is able to deliver an outstanding image sharpness from corners to corners. The 2pcs of big aspherical elements and 2pcs of extra-low dispersion elements help to eliminate chromatic aberrations successfully. Despite the fact that it is not one of the Zero-D lenses, the lens still exhibit a very low distortion at infinity distance compared to other ultra-wide angle lenses in the market.

Various mount options
The new 9mm lens is currently available in Leica M, Sony FE, Nikon Z and L mount. It’s the first Leica M lens Venus Optics have ever produced. It also supports rangefinder coupling on Leica cameras. 2 colors (Black & Silver) are available for Leica M mount. 100mm-wide filters compatible Venus Optics truly understand that filter is essential to produce an impressive landscape photo. Despite being an ultra-wide angle lens, Venus Optics have managed to work with partners to carefully design a filter holder that 100mm-wide filters can be used without serious vignetting. Unlike some other wide angle lenses where 120mm or even 150mm filter system are required, the entire landscape shooting setup for the Laowa 9mm lens will be extremely portable.

10 point sunstars
Laowa 9mm f/5.6 is designed with 5-bladed aperture where a clean and appealing 10-point sunstar rendering can be created.

Pricing & Availability
The new Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics

Name Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL
Focal Length 9mm
Max. Aperture f/5.6
Angle of View 135°
Format Compatibility Full Frame
Lens Structure 14 elements in 10 groups
Aperture Blades 5
Min. Focusing Distance 12 cm
Max. Magnification 0.21
Focus Mode Manual Focus
Filter Thread – –
Dimensions 62.4 x 66 mm
Weight 350g
Mounts Leica M & L / Sony FE / Nikon Z
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Sony Kenji Tanaka Interview: Sony a7SIII Coming This Summer! 4k/60P, 10-bit 4:2:2, RAW Video, and More?

DPR interviewed Kenji Tanaka from Sony about the affect COVID-19 is having on Sony and when the a7SIII is coming. Below is a summary of the interview:

  • COVID-19 has had an impact on production, and on procurement of supplies, but manufacturing in China and Thailand has helped.
  • COVID-19 should have a little long-term impact on production and logistics, but it might cause demand to decrease faster.
  • There is still strong demands for the Sony a7III and a7RIV
  • Demand is recovering in most regions already
  • Full-frame video is a big growing opportunity
  • The content creator market is growing rapidly so ZV1 has sold well even with COVID-19
  • Demand for products like the ZV1 is increasing
  • The Sony a7SII successor is coming later this summer the Sony a7sIII
  • The Sony a7SIII will be completely new
  • S from the S line originally stood for sensitivity but now it will stand for supreme thanks to the big pixels that many professionals and high-end users will like
  • People want 4k/60p and 10-bit 4:2:2 in the a7SIII
  • Sony is also working hard to deliver RAW video
  • Technology and innovation are Sony’s strengths
  • Sony continues developing products for consumers and not to compete with others they want their customers to say wow!
  • More cameras will have stacked sensors in the future
  • AF will get better with increased detection speed and accuracy for photo and video
  • AI is very, very important for the future
  • Sony is working on AI technology for the future and autofocus actuators for lenses
  • In ten to fifty years computational photography will likely do a lot of the things that traditional lenses do now
  • In the next 5 years, glass will still be superior to computational photography
  • Lenses can still evolve a lot
  • Unsure if cameras will act more like smartphones in the future or if smartphones will act more like cameras

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Sony Savings Sunday

Camera Bodies
Sony a9 (Save $500):
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Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f/5.6 ASPH (Save $150):
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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 $200):
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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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