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Weekly Assignment 728 winner: voltaire Sep 28, 2016

Congratulations to voltaire for winning WA 728, based on the theme: Lights at night.

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Techart PRO FAQ Sep 27, 2016
Techart PRO FAQ
This is our Techart PRO FAQ. Corrections and suggestions for additional topics are welcome. Please post them in this thread and I will update the FAQ accordingly.

What is the Techart PRO?
The Techart PRO adapter (abbreviated as "TAP") is an autofocus adapter for manual focus camera lenses when mounted on certain Sony mirrorless cameras. According to the Techart PRO website:
[The TAP] is basically a lens adapter with a motor and a printed circuit board, allowing the camera to measure the focus and communicate with the motor, [which] will move the lens closer or further away from the camera sensor to reach the focal point. The principle is similar to the Contax AX camera in that the flange distance is adjusted to reach the focus. The maximum z-shift is 4.5mm which is sufficient to cover the focusing distance for most of the lenses. And the optical performance will NOT be affected for unit focusing lenses.

What are the main features of the Techart PRO?
  1. Leica M Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera
  2. Optimized for Use with A7 II, A7R II, and A6300 cameras
  3. Shifts Lens up to 4.5mm for Autofocus
  4. Supports PDAF with AF-S & AF-C Modes
  5. Improves Close Focusing Ability
  6. Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity & Mobile App
  7. Stores 10 Sets of Lens Data
  8. Compatible with 3-Axis Stabilization (pitch, yaw, and roll)
  9. Drives Lenses Weighing up to 700g
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Welcome to the new Micro Four Thirds Forum! Sep 25, 2016
Welcome to the new Micro Four Thirds Forum!
As requested, we just started a new Micro Four Thirds board here at FM.

Please start new threads related to m/43 gear here. When posting a thread you will see an option to simultaneously post it to additional boards like the Alternative Gear and Lenses.

Enjoy and please support our new M43 board!
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Sep 23rd - Featured Thread Winners! Sep 24, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Storm Light, El Cap, February by Mjollnir

Nature & Wildlife:
Kingy, Dad & Chicks by Howard Kearley

People Photography:
Testing out the 105 1.4 lens by nextelbuddy

Voigtlander 65/2 Macro Apo-Lanthar E-Mount Sep 20, 2016
Voigtlander 65/2 Macro Apo-Lanthar E Mount announced posted more information about the new Voigtlander 65mm f/2 Macro Apo-Lanthar FE lens.

Read the English translation here.

This lens is scheduled to be released in 2017. The red, green, and blue lines on the barrel are reminiscent of the classic design. The new 65/2 APO will have minimum focusing distance of 0.31m and filter diameter of 67mm.
Its image quality "aim of the world's best"

More information at the
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Official: Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Announced! Sep 19, 2016
Fuji GFX 50S Medium Format Digital System is on it's way...
Just in time for our new Fuji board!

Fujifilm is back in the Medium Format business. Even though their APS-C digital system is successful, many of us still hoped that a full frame mirrorless camera was somewhere on the company's drawing board. Instead they surprised us all with a very bold move, announcing the development of a medium format body using Sony's 51.4MP sensor, which is four-times the size of their current APS-C sensor. The official announcement by Fuji of the development of the GFX 50S, Fuji's first mirrorless medium format camera, reminds us that this brand - that once had a strong position with film medium format cameras, is back to play in the big leagues.

It uses a similar version of the same 51.4MP sensor used by many companies including Hasselblad H6D-50c, X1D, Pentax 645z and Phase One IQ350. Compared to full frame, this sensor is about 1.7x larger, has a 4x3 format and its lenses have a crop factor of 0.79x.

The camera looks slightly heavier and bigger than the announced Hasselblad X1D mirrorless but it gains in adaptability since it has a focal plane shutter. There is a 26.7mm registration distance and its EVF viewfinder is removable.

Fuji announced the development of six lenses by the end of 2017. The first three lenses will be released at beginning of 2017. They are the GF 63mm F2.8 R WR, a GF32-64mm F4R LM WR and GF 120mm F4 Macro. (~50mm, 25-50mm and 95mm full frame equiv.)
These will be followed by a GF23mm F4 R LM WR and GF110mm F2 in Mid 2017 and a GF45mm F2.8 R WR in late 2017 (~18mm, 100mm and 35mm equiv.)

Fujifilm says its target price for the GFX 50S with 63mm standard prime will be 'well under $10,000'.

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Pre-order: Sigma 85/1.4, 12-24/4 and 500/4 Art lenses! Sep 19, 2016
Pre-order: Sigma 85/1.4, 12-24/4 and 500/4 Art lenses!
Sigma has announced three new full-frame lenses today at Photokina: Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art, the 12-24mm F4 Art, and the 500 F4 DG OS HSM Sport.

  1. The Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art has been designed for high resolution sensors focusing on bokeh rendering. The new and improved HSM AF motor produces 1.3x the torque of the previous setup. It will available in late October at a price $1199.

    Pre-order :
    B&H Photo (Canon, Nikon) | Adorama (Canon, Nikon)

  2. The Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art is a new ultra-wide-angle zoom with similar stronger AF module. It features the largest aspherical glass mold in the market.The lens will be available in late October for $1,599.

    Pre-order :
    B&H Photo (Canon, Nikon) | Adorama (Canon, Nikon)

  3. The Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport is a lightweight super-telephoto thanks to materials like carbon fiber and magnesium alloy. It features a dust and splash resistant construction, perfect for nature shooters. The Sigma 500mm F4 Sport lens, in Canon and Sigma mounts, will be available in late October. The Nikon mount will be available in late November. The Sigma 500/4 will retail for $5,999.

    Pre-order :
    B&H Photo (Canon, Nikon) | Adorama (Canon, Nikon)
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Pre-order: Sony Alpha a99 II DSLR! Sep 19, 2016
Official: Sony Alpha a99 II DSLR Announced!
Sony has just announced the new Alpha a99 II DSLR which on paper sounds like an improvement of their flagship A7RII mirrorless camera. The 42MP BSI CMOS sensor is capable of shooting 8fps with full AF and AE up to 12 fps with AF.
Video includes 4k as well as 1080p up to 120fps stabilized by an internal 5-axis steadyshot IBIS system and a hybrid phase detection with 79 points 399 contrast points should ensure amazing AF for videographers and photographers.
The Sony Alpha a99 II DSLR will ship in November for $3,199!

Update: Available fro pre-order today!

B&H Photo | Adorama

Main specs:
  1. 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  2. BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  3. Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma
  4. S&Q Motion in Full HD from 1-120 fps
  5. 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  6. Hybrid Phase Detection AF System
  7. 0.5″ 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  8. 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  9. ISO 102,400 and 12 fps Shooting with AF
  10. Dual SD Card Slots; 14-Bit Raw Output

For more details check out | Download PDF brochure

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Sep 16th - Featured Thread Winners! Sep 17, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Wormslow Plantation. by MalcolmTully

Nature & Wildlife:
Warning: This Post Is a Lot of Bull by DocsPics

People Photography:
dance portraits with fellow FMers granddaughter by friscoron

Official: Loxia 85mm f/2.4 announced at $1,399 Sep 15, 2016
Official: Loxia 85mm f/2.4 announced at $1,399
Zeiss officially announced a new Loxia family member today: The Loxia 85mm f/2.4 telephoto.

It's a heavier than its siblings at 600 grams, focus as close at 2.6' and follows the same Loxia mold with a 52mm filter thread and de-clicking 10-blade aperture.
The Sonnar optical design features 7 elements in 7 groups and 3 anomalous partial dispersion elements.

Pre-order today: ($1,399)

B&H Photo | Adorama

Features in detail:
  1. Sonnar Optical Design
  2. Elements/Groups: 7/7
  3. 3 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  4. Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  5. 10 aperture blades
  6. Manual Aperture Can Be De-Clicked
  7. All-Metal Barrel, Engraved Scales
  8. Weather-Resistant Lens Mount Gasket
  9. Minimum Focus Distance: 2.62' (80 cm)
  10. Filter Thread: 52 mm
  11. Size (DxL): Approx. 2.46 x 3.73"
  12. Weight: 594g
Zeiss posted Loxia 85/2.4 sample images here. Zeiss official page.

Check out Pascal's review at Dear Susan.
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Weekly Assignment 726 winner: oldrattler Sep 14, 2016

Congratulations to oldrattler for winning WA 726, based on the theme: Diversity.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

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Weekly Assignment 727 just started with theme: "Lights at night"
Deadline: September 21st noon - Participate!
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Is Your Camera Really The Best Optical Test? Sep 14, 2016
Is Your Camera Really The Best Optical Test?
Roger Cicala just posted an insightful article for all of us struggling with the same question when trying a new lens.

Did I get a good copy?

Personally, I detect more lens asymmetry issues with higher megapixel bodies. Any slight tilt in the lens usually deteriorates a great portion of the image field and discrepancies are more noticeable near the corners. This ill-effect is noticeable in our high resolution monitors and/or final prints -- especially when shooting at wider apertures.

I believe simple ‘decentering’ tests with our own cameras are the solution for now as we will be able to quickly discover any defect. It seems that manufacturers are finally waking up to the idea and perhaps in the near future they will invent new and cost-effective ways to tighten their quality control.

Here’s the summary from Roger’s article:
  1. The optics of new lenses are designed to take advantage of high resolution sensors. They are sharper than they were a decade ago.
  2. An optically misaligned lens is just as soft in the bad area no matter how good the design. But the difference between the good and bad areas may be greater.
  3. Opto-mechanical design and sample variation isn’t really much different than it was when the best cameras were 16 megapixels. (Some manufacturers have made improvements, but not most.)
  4. Cameras resolve far more than they did a few years ago. They can demonstrate lens flaws you might not have seen with your last camera.
  5. Metrology (optical testing and measurement of lenses) is the same as it was decades ago (There are some exceptions, particularly Sigma). In many cases you may see defects in your pictures that the service center can’t see with their testing.
Read the entire article
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Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D unveiled! Sep 13, 2016
Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D unveiled!

Anhui China, Sept 14, 2016 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of quality lenses with ‘World’s First’ specifications, is proud to unveil two premium lenses with extreme specifications and impressive performance, the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D & the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT.

The new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE is currently the World’s Fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for Full Frame cameras. It features a close-to-zero optical distortion, allowing photographers to take landscape or architecture shots with straight lines retained.

Dedicated to fulfill the need of photographers, Venus Optics have managed to add a 72mm filter thread onto the 15mm f/2 lens. Photographers can easily install standard screw-in filters without paying for an expensive yet bulky filter holder system.

Designed specially for the Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras, Venus Optics has successfully controlled the size and weight of the lens to the minimal. Weighing less than 1.1 pounds (500g) and 82mm in length, the portability and compactness of the Sony E- mount Mirrorless cameras can be maintained when used with the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Lens.

Featuring the fastest f/2 aperture ever built with a 15mm lens, the new Full Frame E- mount lens is engineered for professionals to shoot impressive landscape, architecture and primary astro photos with great details. This is an every-day and must-buy lens that every Sony Full Frame Mirrorless camera user should have one in his bag.

The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D and the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT will be available to the market in early 2017. Engineering prototype will be available to test in Venus Optics’ Photokina debut. Venus Optics’ booth is in Hall 2.1, Booth A-045.
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Sep 9th - Featured Thread Winners! Sep 10, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Lightning Storm over the Grand Canyon by finnianp

Nature & Wildlife:
A few tanagers from Costa Rica by juankgigo

People Photography:
DePaul dancers by friscoron

DxOmark: Sony FE 85/1.4 GM has Otus-grade performance Sep 07, 2016
DxOmark: Sony FE 85/1.4 GM has Otus-grade performance
DxOmark just tested the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master lens. The results have placed it 2nd place in the DxOMark lens database.

The 85/1.4 GM is pretty much free of distortion, has very low CA and high transmission. Compared to the the Zeiss Batis 85/1.8, it shows similar peak resolution levels and similar sharpness at corresponding apertures. It delivers similar performance when comparing to Otus on a lower megapixel body. (36MP body)

"When tested on the full-frame 42-Mpix Sony A7R II body, the new 85mm achieved an excellent overall score of 49 (2nd place in the DxOMark lens database). Individual metrics were of course very high, with the lens attaining outstanding results for sharpness and control of distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, and vignetting."

Read entire review at


Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM ($1,798)
B&H Photo | Adorama
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Sep 2nd - Featured Thread Winners! Sep 03, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Tower of Power by Jeffrey

Nature & Wildlife:
Bears by reko

People Photography:
Flagstaff Wildflowers by Lisa_Holloway

Monthly Assignment 147 winner: kylebarendrick Sep 01, 2016

Congratulations to kylebarendrick for winning MA 147, based on the theme: Evil toy.

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Monthly Assignment 148 just started with theme: "Fruit"
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Weekly Assignment 724 winner: jbush Aug 31, 2016

Congratulations to jbush for winning WA 724, based on the theme: Umbrella.

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Weekly Assignment 725 just started with theme: "Diversity"
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