Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 First Look

The Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 was first reported back in January, but now we have some images to share of the lens above so the lens should be close to launching. It will be available first from Venus Optics Laowa and other retailers later so stay tuned if this is a lens that interests you. Laowa has been providing a lot of quality for the price with their lenses this year.

Laowa 12-24mm F5.6 ultra-wide-angle zoom

  • Supported formats: Full size
  • Focal length: 12-24mm
  • Aperture: F5.6-F22
  • Angle of view: 121.9 ° -84 °
  • Lens configuration: 15 elements in 11 groups (2 aspherical elements, 3 ED lenses)
  • Aperture blade: 5 pieces
  • Shortest shooting distance: 15cm
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.4x
  • Size: φ69.4 × 74mm
  • Weight: 497g
  • Mount: Leica M, Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon RF

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Sony Maintains Large Sensor Market Share Through Innovation


Nikkei released an interesting article talking about how Sony has managed to maintain its 60% market share goal. Below are some excerpts from the article which you can read in full here.

  • The Sony Group will further enhance the functionality of image sensors used in smartphone cameras and other devices.
  • We will realize a technology that simultaneously focuses on bright and dark objects, which was difficult in the past.
  • It is difficult to shoot objects with different light and darkness, and in the past, the focus was on only one side. Sony’s new technology solves this problem.
  • Sony Semiconductor Solutions, which is in charge of the semiconductor business under the Sony Group, released a new technology called “Octa PD” to the press on the 17th. You can focus at high speed in any scene such as bright or dark places.
  • Sony’s semiconductor business is centered on CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors used in cameras, etc., and has secured half of the world market share for a long time.

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Moment Anamorphic 1.33x Adapter Kick Starter


We added Moment as an affiliate a while ago due to their approach to photographers and good experiences ordering from them in the past in addition to some of the unique Fujifilm swag they had which we promoted on FujiAdduct. I say this because many are not fans of Kickstarter, but Moment has decided to release their latest product via Kickstarter and it is already fully funded so you have nothing to lose by ordering from this established company. I am personally still not a fan of products being launched via Kickstarter, but this is an interesting accessory that will add a lot of value to legacy glass if you have any.

Introducing Moment Anamorphic
We’re introducing our first (of many) big camera lenses. This new Moment 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter changes your current lenses, whether vintage or modern, into a classic anamorphic lens. The quality is unmatched, it’s easier to use than anything else on the market, and it’s compatible with more lenses.  This is the best lens we’ve ever made. Read More »

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New Meike 85mm f/1.8 AF


Meike announced a new autofocus lens for Sony Cameras the Meike 85mm f/1.8 AF, which is a mirrorless lens currently available for other mounts on Amazon, but only available directly for the time being.

Meike 85mm F1.8 Auto Focus Medium Telephoto STM (Stepping Motor) Full Frame Portrait Lens Compatible with Sony E-Mount Mirrorless Cameras A7 A7R A74 A7R4 A7C A7III A7RII A7RIII A7SIII A7SII A9, etc

Compatibility:

  • Compatible with Sony E-Mount Cameras A7 A7R A74 A7R4 A7III A7RII A7RIII A7SIII A9; Also compatible with Sony APS-C frame cameras A6300 A6400 A6500 A6600 , the equivalent focal length is 127.5mm

Functions:

  • Standard 85mm full frame lens for portrait, subject, architecture and landscape photography
  • Wide aperture of f1.8 with 9 diaphragm blades, designed to produce super smooth round blur effect (bokeh)
  • Support AF, electronic aperture adjustment and EXIF information transmission
  • Equipped with STM stepping motor, the lens will bring you experience of silent and smooth focusing.
  • Features micro USB firmware upgrade interface, enables you to upgrade the lens online

Instruction:

  • Meike 85mm f1.8 is a medium-telephoto lens designed for medium and long range, which can provide clear image for daily shooting.
  • The lens is easy to carry and its images are sharp and clear at any aperture.
  • The brand new 85mm f1.8 uses the newest optical structure, making it able to achieve a large aperture of f1.8 while maintaining miniaturization and lightweight.
  • Multi-layer coating technology is used on both sides of the lens to restore more realistic colors.
  • The lens is not easy to attach dust or stains, and can be easily wiped clean.

Specification:

  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Format: Full Frame
  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Aperture range: F1.8-22
  • Lens diameter: 79.5mm
  • Aperture blades: 9 blades
  • Lens structure: 6 groups 9 elements
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.85m
  • Angle of View:  Horizontal: 16° Vertical: 24° Diagonal: 28.5°
  • Weight: 386g/0.85lb (only body)

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OL: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Review

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II:
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Optical limits published its full review of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II which you can read in full here. It sounds like Sony really stepped up the quality of Sony’s new 24-70mm GM lens in addition to lightening the lens quite a bit. Below is an excerpt from the review.

The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II is a positive surprise in this lens class… At less than 700g, it is in the same weight class as your average 24-105mm f/4… great sharpness at most settings. The results are just great at 24mm and 40mm and still quite impressive at 70mm. The vignetting, distortion and CA figures are about typical for a lens in this class… The quality of the bokeh is pretty good for a standard zoom lens – especially when compared to its predecessor. In critical scenes, you may spot some LoCAs but it isn’t overly pronounced at least. The weakest aspect of the Sony lens is flare which can get freaky in difficult scenes thus it’s also a good idea to leave the lens hood attached during shooting.

…Despite using more plastics, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II still feels like a professional-grade tool… lens is sealed against dust and moisture – and the fluorine-coated front element should help in this respect as well. …Sony has been using XD linear motors for focusing for a while now but this time they incorporated no less than 4 of them …the AF speed is exceedingly fast and, of course, silent. In-lens image stabilization is not provided…

Overall, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II is an impressive piece of equipment and at least for the time being, it’s back at the top of the food chain. Highly recommended!

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Tamron 90mm f/2.8, 60mm f/2 APS-C, 180mm f/3.5, and 150mm f/2.8 Patents Found


Overview

  • [Public number] P2022092339
  • [Release date] 2022-06-22
  • Description: Optical system and image pickup device
  • [Filing date] 2020-12-10
  • [Applicant]
    [Identification number] 000133227
    [Name or name] Tamron Co. , Ltd.
  • PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a compact optical system and an image pickup apparatus having high optical performance regardless of an object distance while realizing high-speed focusing.
  • [0002]
    In recent years, small image pickup devices using solid-state image pickup elements such as digital still cameras have become remarkably widespread. Along with this, there is a demand for higher performance and smaller optical systems. In addition, it is possible to suppress aberration fluctuations during focusing, especially deterioration of spherical aberration and curvature of field during focusing from an infinity object to a short-distance object, and maintain high optical performance regardless of the object distance. It has been demanded.
  • [0003]
    For example, in Patent Document 1, the first lens group having a positive refractive power, the second lens group having a negative refractive power, and the positive refractive power arranged in order from the object side are described in Patent Document 1. It consists of a third lens group, a fourth lens group having a positive refractive power, a fifth lens group having a negative refractive power, and a sixth lens group having a positive refractive power. An optical system that focuses by moving the fourth lens group to the object side with different trajectories has been proposed.
  • [0005]
    That is, in the optical system of Patent Document 1, a focusing method based on an inner focus method having a so-called floating mechanism is adopted. The optical system disclosed in Patent Document 1 realizes high-speed focusing and suppresses aberration fluctuations during focusing to obtain high optical performance. However, the diameter of each focusing group is relatively large, and the product The overall miniaturization is not enough.
  • [0006]
    Therefore, an object of the present invention is to provide a compact optical system and an image pickup apparatus having high optical performance regardless of an object distance while realizing high-speed focusing.


Example 1

  • Focal length: 87.300
  • F value: 2.8840
  • Half angle of view: 13.4377
  • Image height: 21.633
  • Overall length: 133.000


Example 3

  • Focal length: 61.800
  • F value: 2.0600
  • Half angle of view: 12.4078
  • Image height: 14.200
  • Overall length: 116.420


Example 4

  • Focal length: 174.600
  • F value: 3.6050
  • Half angle of view: 7.0630
  • Image height: 21.633
  • Overall length: 170.000


Example 5

  • Focal length: 145.482
  • F value: 2.8840
  • Half angle of view: 8.2806
  • Image height: 21.633
  • Overall length: 149.991

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