Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic Announced

Lensbaby has announced the launch of the Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic.

This is a 80mm f/2.8 tilting lens designed for portrait photographers or anyone looking for selective focus at longer focal lengths. The new optic features an internal 12-blade aperture which can be stopped down all the way to f/16.

The Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic will be available for purchase in early October 2017 for $379.95. For those who already own an Optic Swap compatible Lensbaby lens body, the Sweet 80 Optic will be available separately for $199.95.

Lensbaby Launches Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic

Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic Announced

Lensbaby announces the launch of the Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic.

The Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic is an 80mm f/2.8 tilting lens designed for portrait photographers or anyone looking for selective focus at longer focal lengths. By bending the depth of field around photographers’ subjects, the Sweet 80 achieves Lensbaby’s classic “sweet spot” effect of tack sharp focus on the subject while the surrounding area fills with compelling streaky bokeh.

“A Lensbaby lens is like a paint brush with a very distinctive stroke,” said Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder Craig Strong.

“As you get to know these perfectly imperfect brushes for your photographic canvas you’ll be surprised at the previously impossible images you’ll create.”

Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic Specs:

  • 80mm focal length
  • f/2.8-16
  • 46mm filter
  • Internal 12-blade aperture
  • Up to 15 degrees of tilt
  • Focuses from 22″ from the front element to infinity
  • Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches
  • Weight: 8.9 ounces
  • Mounts: Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E, Sony Alpha A, Fuji X, Micro 4/3, Pentax K, Samsung NX

The Composer series of lenses are tilting lenses that allow the photographer to move a spot or slice of focus anywhere in the frame. This lens series features Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System. Simply purchase one lens for your camera system, then, when you’re ready to shake things up, use a different optic to change the effect and focal length of your lens.

The Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic will be available for purchase in early October 2017 for $379.95. For those who already own an Optic Swap compatible Lensbaby lens body, the Sweet 80 Optic will be available separately for $199.95. To further extend the Optic Swap System offering, Lensbaby will also launch the Creative Bokeh Optic. Harkening back to Lensbaby’s iconic vintage roots, this optic features a single, uncoated 50mm glass element, an internal 12-blade aperture and magnetic drop-in apertures in a variety of shapes. These drop-in disks create obvious patterns and texture in the out of focus areas of the image. An Optic Swap compatible lens body is required to use this optic and it will be available for purchase in October 2017 for $99.95.


Voigtlander Announces Nokton 40mm f/1.2 FE Lens in Japan

Voigtlander has officially announced the Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Asperical FE Lens. Designed for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, the new optic is manual focus only.

Like other Voigtlander E-mount lenses, this lens that transmits EXIF lens data to the camera allowing Auto IBIS image stabilization with Sony a9, a7-Series cameras and Sony a6500.

The Nokton 40mm f/1.2 FE lens costs around $1,200. You can find sample images at the Cosina website.

Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 FE Lens Announced in Japan

Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 FE Lens Announced in Japan

See the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.2 manual focusing FE lens specifications below.


Leica TL2 becomes official with 24MP sensor and 4K video

Leica TL2 is an APS-C mirrorless camera with a body crafted from a single block of aluminum. It features a 24MP sensor and faster processor than the original TL.

The mirrorless interchangeable lens camera supports for TL (crop) and SL (full-frame) lenses. Leica TL2 specs includes 4K video recording (30p)20fps continuous shooting using the new electronically controlled shutter. It also gains a Type-C USB 3.0 connector and HDMI output. Leica also claims faster startup times, faster focus and an eight-fold increase in touchscreen responsiveness.

The Leica TL2 remains compatible with the Visoflex Typ 020 2.36M-dot EVF. The camera is available in either Silver or Black anodized finish with a price for $1,950… Continue reading


Lensbaby Velvet 85mm F/1.8 lens announced

Lensbaby announced a new Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens with 1:2 macro capabilities for SLR and mirrorless cameras.

The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 mounts and focuses manually. Like the Velvet 56mm, it is designed to offer an atmospheric, soft rendering at wide apertures.

The price of the Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens is $499.95 and and available at Adorama and B&H. Sample images can be found here. … Continue reading


Samyang announces AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens

Samyang officially announces the AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens designed for Sony E-mount cameras.

The compact and lightweight optic expands the Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up with the existing AF 14mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE models.

The lens features aspherical lens, Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) of Samyang Optics and Circular aperture with 7 blades. The price of the Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE would be around 299$ in USD. This makes it $500 cheaper than the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE lens (Amazon, B&H). … Continue reading


Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G Wide-Angle Lens Becomes Official

Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra wide-angle lens officially announced to grow their lineup of full-frame E-mount lenses.

Offering 18-36mm focal length on APS-C sensor cameras, the optic uses a Direct Drive Supersonic Wave Motor. Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens offers a dynamic perspective for landscape, architecture and interior photography, and is well-suited for both stills and video shooting.

The lens is dust and weather resistant. The construction includes Sony’s ‘Nano AR’ coating to improve transmission and reduce internal reflections.  The new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens will start shipping this July sold for about $1,700 US and $2,300 CA. … Continue reading


Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM wide-angle lens announced

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens announced for full-frame E-mount cameras.

The company expands the G-Master series with a wide-angle zom lens. The optic joins the acclaimed FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM and FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS to round out the F2.8 large aperture zoom lenses.

The lens features an 11-blade aperture design. Rounded aperture blades are designed to give near-perfectly circular rendering of out-of-focus detail between F2.8 and F5.6.

The new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens will start shipping this August. It will be selling for about $2,200 US and $3,000 CA. … Continue reading


Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens officially announced

Sony has announced the FE 100-400 F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens along with the Sony A9 shooter.

The new full-frame lens maintains the high standard of resolution that is shared among all of Sony’s flagship line of G Master series.

It also offers incredibly fast, precise AF capabilities, a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional functions and customizability. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 98cm/3.2 feet and weighs in at a ‘lightweight’ 1.4kg/49 oz.

The Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom (model SEL100400GM) will start shipping in May.

Check the camera stores for availability
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS $2,500.00 Amazon | B&H | Adorama

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Sony A9 (ILCE-9) Full-frame E-mount Sports Camera Announced

Sony A9 full-frame E-mount sports camera officially announced with 24MP stacked CMOS sensor.

The high-end E-mount shooter has a blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW and 362 JPEG images. This speed monster is a direct competitor to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or Nikon D5 DSLRs.

The camera primarily uses an electronic shutter but also features a mechanical shutter mechanism, allowing a flash sync speed of up to 1/250th of a second.

The Sony A9 (model ILCE-9) specs also includes 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second. The Sony A9 will be available in May 2017 with a price around $4500.

Sony A9 (ILCE-9) Full-frame E-mount Sports Camera Announced

Check the camera stores for availability
Sony A9 $4500.00 Amazon | B&H | Adorama

Sony A9 high-end full frame mirrorless camera announced with 24MP Sensor

Sony A9 (ILCE-9) Full-frame E-mount Sports Camera Announced

Groundbreaking Full-frame Mirrorless Camera Delivers Unmatched Speed, Versatility and Usability

  • World’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP resolution
  • Blackout-Free Continuous Shooting at up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW / 362 JPEG images
  • Silent, Vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec
  • 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
  • Extensive professional features including Ethernet port for file transfer, Dual SD card slots and extended battery life
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilisation with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage

The sensor’s back-illuminated design also affords high sensitivity to an extended ISO 204,800 with reduced noise for clean image quality in a variety of lighting conditions.

Sony A9 also sports 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization to minimize the appearance of camera shake when shooting handheld.

Sony A9 high-end full frame mirrorless camera announced with 24MP Sensor

Sony A9 Video Features

The new Sony α9 offers 4K (3840x2160p) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. When shooting in this format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Recording is also available in the popular Super 35mm size.

Additionally, the camera can record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking

In addition to high-resolution internal recording, uncompressed HDMI output also enables the use of an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording with 4:2:2 sampling.

Sony A9 Accessories

Sony has released a variety of new accessories to compliment the new α9 camera, including:

  • NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Battery – high-capacity battery with approximately 2.2x the capacity of the NP-FW50 W-series battery. It also supports InfoLITHIUM® technology, making it possible to view the remaining battery power as both a percentage display and five step icon on the camera’s LCD screen.
  • VG-C3EM Vertical Grip – provides same operation, handling and design as theα9 camera, doubles battery life and allows USB battery-charging via the camera body.
  • NPA-MQZ1K Multi-Battery Adaptor Kit – External multi-battery adaptor kit capable of functioning as an external power supply for four Z series batteries and as a quick charger. Kit comes with two packs of NP-FZ100 rechargeable batteries.
  • GP-X1EM Grip Extension – Grip extender with same look, feel and design as α9 body. Enables more solid hold on camera.
  • FDA-EP18 Eyepiece Cup –eye piece cup with locking mechanism
  • BC-QZ1 Battery Charger –quick-charging battery charger. Charges one new Z series battery in approximately 2.5 hours.
  • PCKLG1 Screen Protect Glass Sheet – hard, shatterproof glass screen protector with anti-stain coating to prevent fingerprints. Compatible with touch operation and tilting LCD screen

Zeiss Announces Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO Sonnar FE lens

Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO Sonnar lens officially announced for Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras.  The mid-length telephoto prime lens is the fourth member of the Batis lens family.

The lens also sports a unique OLED display on the top of the lens barrel to indicate focus distance and depth of field range for quickly recognizing your focusing parameters.

Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO Sonnar FE lens has a price tag of $1,999. It is available at Adorama and B&H Photo. Shipping will start from the beginning of May. … Continue reading