AsahiFlex to Sony E-mount Adapter


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Rayqual is producing a unique M37 screw mount adapter for AsahiFlex lenses.

Asahi Flex of Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. is the first domestically manufactured 35 mm single-lens reflex camera that appeared in 1952. The mount is a screw type with a diameter of 37 mm and is often called M37 mount. This mount, the caliber is smaller than the 39 mm of the Leica screw mount, but the flange back is the most delicate specification of 45.5 mm which is the same as the M42 mount. If you are wearing a camera, you will come up with a way to attach a 37-42 mm conversion ring to the lens and use it with the M42 mount adapter.

It’s always nice to see classic systems brought back to life. Kind of interesting that the flange back distance wasn’t consistent though.

First of all, it is flange back variation. Although I do not know whether it is due to manufacturing or due to secular change, the existing body of Asahi Flex seems to have variations in flange back as it is said. Rayquar gets 7 to 8 ASAHI flex bodies, measures flange back, calculates realistic flange back figures with variations added. I am designing a mount adapter based on that.


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Sony and Profoto Sale


Profoto will include a FREE Profoto Air Remote ($411 value) with the purchase of any B1 or B2 Kit at B&H Photo or Adorama through April 21st.

B&H Photo expand their Sony sale. Some of the deals include discounts on the Sony RX100/RX10/a6xxx/and more. You can see the complete list of deals here.

Sony Bodies
Sony a7rII (Save $300): B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$200 GiftCard)
Sony a7sII (Save $300): B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$200 GiftCard)
Sony a7II (Save $200): B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony a7 (Save $200): B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama

FE-mount lenses:
Sony 28mm FE (Save $25):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$25 GiftCard)
Sony Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony Zeiss Planar T* 5omm f/1.4 (Save $100):
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Sony 50mm FE f/1.8 (Save $50):
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Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$100 GiftCard)
Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS (Save $50):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$25 GiftCard)
Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$150 GiftCard)
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$100 GiftCard)
Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS (Save $100):
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APS-C E-mount lenses:

Sony E-Mount SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle (Save $25):
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Sony 20mm f/2.8 Alpha E-mount (Save $25):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$25 GiftCard)
Sony Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 ZA E-Mount (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$100 GiftCard)
Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS (Save $50):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS (Save $50):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS (Save $50):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$25 GiftCard)
Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS (Save $50):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)
Sony E PZ 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama (+$50 GiftCard)

Sony Accessories:
Sony 21mm f/2.8-22 Ultra Wide Converter Lens (Save $25):
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Sony VCLECF2 10-13mm f/2.8-22 Fisheye Lens Fixed Prime Fisheye Converter (Save $25):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony VCLECU2 12-16mm f/2.8  Ultra Wide Converter for SEL16F28 and SEL20F28 (Save $25):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony Adaptor Kit with Microphone (Save $100):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony HVLF32M MI (Multi-interface shoe) Camera Flash (Save $50):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony HVLF43M High Power Flash with Quick Shift Bounce (Save $50):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony VGC2EM Vertical Grip (Save $50):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony LA-EA4 A-Mount to E-Mount FF Lens Adapter with TMT (Save $50):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony HVLF20M (Save $25):
B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony ECMGZ1M Gun/Zoom Microphone (Save $20):
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Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS/FE 85mm F1.8 Coverage

The new Sony lenses that were just announced are somewhat impressive, but not a lot is known about them yet. So far there are a lot of videos available and Sony’s image gallery, but there isn’t a lot of information about how the ADP element affects AF yet. Fujifilm’s ADP lens is unable to utilize PDAF, which is a pretty big disadvantage beyond the loss of light, but if you’re into this kind of lens it should be amazing.

Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS
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Sony FE 85mm F1.8
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Sony HVL-F45RM
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Nissin Air 10s


The New Standard – Nissin Air 10s. An advance 2.4Ghz wireless TTL strobe commander
Nissin Japan Limited (Chairm an Mr. Goto Chikara) proudly announces the Air10s, an advance NAS (Nissin Air System) 2.4Ghz Wireless TTL commander for Fujifilm, Sony, Micro Four Thirds, Canon  and Nikon cameras, available in April 2017.

The Air10s is an advanced strobe commander in the N.A.S., Nissin Air System*1. The simple and clear dial layout with Color LCD display allows the user to seamlessly and quickly control a large group of strobes from a dark indoor studio, to a bright outdoor environment. It can control the NAS Ready strobes (i60A and Di700A) and the receiver Air R wirelessly. Read More »

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Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS/FE 85mm F1.8 and HVL-F45RM Pre-Orders

Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS
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Amazon
Adorama

Sony FE 85mm F1.8
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Amazon
Adorama

Sony HVL-F45RM
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Amazon
Adorama

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Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS/FE 85mm F1.8 and HVL-F45RM Press Release


LAS VEGAS, Feb. 7, 2017 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced two new lenses for their popular line of E-mount interchangeable lens cameras.

Sony’s new lenses include one of their flagship G Master Series – an FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS mid- telephoto prime lens (model SEL100F28GM) built to deliver breathtaking bokeh with a unique STF™ (Smooth Trans Focus) design, and a new compact, lightweight FE 85mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens (model SEL85F18) that is a welcome addition to the bag of any hobbyist or enthusiast photographer looking to create amazing portraits.

They have also introduced a new powerful, compact flash (model HVL-F45RM) with radio-controlled wireless communication that is ideal for professional shooting with Sony’s lineup of α7 full-frame cameras.


FE 100mm F2.81 STF GM OSS Telephoto Prime Lens
A specially designed mid-telephoto, full-frame prime lens, the new 100mm STF is built to produce truly unique, magnificent and beautiful bokeh while maintaining the exceptional standard of resolution that is showcased by Sony’s entire line of flagship G Master series lenses, making it a powerful photographic tool for any portrait, fashion, nature or wedding photographer.

These impressive defocus capabilities are made possible by the lens’ advanced optical structure, as it features a newly designed 11-bladed aperture and a unique optical apodization lens element. Similar to a neutral density filter that increases in density towards the edges, the apodization element creates beautiful transitions of in-focus to out-of-focus areas within an image, making for exceptionally soft, smooth bokeh that adds depth and dimensionality. This allows the subjects to stand out against beautifully defocused elements in both the foreground and background, producing an image that is naturally pleasing to the eye. The design of the lens also ensures that vignetting is kept to an absolute minimum, ensuring optimum image quality.

Additionally, the new 100mm lens supports both contrast AF and focal-plane phase detection AF, and has a high-precision, quiet direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Motor) system that ensures exceptionally fast and accurate AF performance. The SEL100F28GM also offers up to 0.25x close-up capabilities with a built-in macro switching ring, built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, a customizable focus hold button, AF/MF switch, aperture ring and more. It is dust and moisture resistant as well.


FE 85mm F1.8 Telephoto Prime Lens
The new 85mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens offers an extremely versatile, lightweight and compact telephoto prime lens solution for a variety of Sony camera owners ranging from working professionals to emerging enthusiasts that have stepped up to full-frame or APS-C cameras for the first time. With its wide F1.8 aperture, it can produce impressive, exceptionally sharp portraits with soft background defocus that take advantage of its 85mm focal length and wide F1.8 maximum aperture.

The new prime lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system to allow for fast, precise and quiet focusing. It also has a focus hold button that can be customized and assigned together with functions in the camera body like the popular Eye AF feature. There is a smooth, responsive focus ring and AF/MF switch as well, and the lens is also dust and moisture resistant.


New Compact Radio-controlled Flash
Sony’s new HVL-F45RM flash enhances the radio-controlled lighting system capabilities of their growing system, offering a compact professional shooting solution when combined with the currently available wireless remote controller FA-WRC1M and receiver FA-WRR1.

The new flash, which is designed to complement the compact bodies of Sony’s E-mount camera lineup including full-frame α7 models, produces a maximum lighting output as expansive as GN45. This ensures sufficient illumination even when shooting with bounce lighting or high-speed-sync (HSS) flash. The radio capabilities of the HVL-F45RM allow it to be used as a transmitter or a receiver at up to 30m (approx. 98 feet5), making it an ideal fit for creative lighting with multiple flashes. Additionally, unlike optical flash systems, radio-control flashes do not require a direct line-of-sight between components to function properly, while also minimizing any impact that bright sunlight has on signal transmission and control.

The HVL-F45RM flash has an impressive battery life of up to 210 bursts, and can tilt up to 150o vertically, a complete 360o horizontally and up to 8o downward to maximize versatility. Usability has been maximized with a new large, bright and highly visible LCD display, an LED light, dust and moisture resistant design3 and a revamped menu system that mimics those of Sony’s newest camera systems.

Pricing and Availability
Both of the new lenses and the new flash unit will ship to authorized dealers throughout North America.

The new FE 100mm F2.8 STF OSS GM Telephoto Prime Lens will ship this March for about $1,500 US and $2,050 CA.

The new FE 85mm F1.8 Mid-Telephoto Prime Lens will ship this March for about $600 US and $800 CA.

Replacement lens hoods for each of the new models will also be available for purchase as well.

The new HVL-F45RM flash will ship this May for about $400 US and $550 CA.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new lenses and other Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony’s community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.

Content is also available at the global Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube. Detailed information pages within Sony.com for the new products can be found at:

SEL100STFGM (US)
SEL100STFGM (CA)
SEL85F18 (US)
SEL85F18 (CA)
HVL-F45RM
HVL-F45RM (CA)

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