Sony Alpha & Minolta Camera History

Tony & Chelsea Northrup created another excellent camera history video. Their Fujifilm history was spot on and in some ways the Sony/Minolata story is even better.

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Metabones PL to Sony E-mount T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x


Speed Booster ULTRA  for E-Mount and X-mount cameras
Sharper corners, less distortion, reduced vignetting
New optical design:  advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tantalum-based optical glass to achieve extraordinary optical performance with improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting.

Like the revolutionary original Metabones Speed Booster announced in January 2013, the Speed Booster ULTRA has a magnification of 0.71x, and so it effectively reduces the crop factor of mirrorless cameras with DX-sized sensors and Super35 camcoder, such as Sony E-mount, Fuji X-mount cameras Sony FS7 MARKII, from 1.5x to 1.07x.  However, the new ULTRA design makes very effective use of exotic materials at the furthest limit of glassmaking technology, and as a result is well corrected for use with virtually all fullframe SLR/Prime lenses regardless of exit pupil distance.  (More information can be found in the press release here)

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TheCameraStoreTV: Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Thailand

Sony invited all the celebrity photography bloggers to Thailand for a tour of the alpha factory and to demo the new Sony FE 85mm f/1.8, which is an amazing value. Hopefully they were also shown the a7III while there. Normally Sony plans these trips before product launches, not after. Chris jokes about the rumored a9, but not a new a7 so there might be an NDA in place.

Sony FE 85mm F1.8 B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Sigma MC-11 EF-E Adapter Firmware Update


Press Release:
We would like to announce the firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E. This firmware update allows it to be compatible with the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art (Release: April), SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary (TBD), Cine Lens 50mm T1.5 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line (TBD) and so on.

For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using a supplied USB Cable.
※ Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.

【SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page】
http://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/lenses/sigma-optimization-pro/

For SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E, firmware update announced on March 10th, 2017 allows it to be compatible with SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary.

【Applicable product】
・ SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

【Benefits of this firmware update】
・It has become compatible with the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary.
・It has become compatible with the Cine Lenses; SIGMA 20 mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 24 mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 35mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 50 mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 85 mm T1.5 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line, and 24-35mm T2.2 FF EF mount from FF Zoom Line.

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Irix ILA-FE2EF Canon AF Adapter For Sony E-Mount


ePhotozine spotted the Irix ILA-FE2EF at The Photography Show in Birmingham. The ILA-FE2EF is designed to let you used Canon EF mount lens on E-mount, but no pricing data is available yet and it is coming soon.

via ePhotozine

 

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TheCameraStoreTV: Facebook Live Sony Portrait Lenses Thailand

The Camera Store TV did a factory tour for the new Sony FE 85mm F1.8 which might sound boring, but they found it very interesting. Sony had people trained to know the feel and sound of the lenses in operation, which they found surprising. They also asked Sony to produce more APS-C lenses in the future. Beyond that it’s a lot of rambling and celebration about hitting 250k subscribers on YouTube, but feel free to enjoy.

Sony FE 85mm F1.8 B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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