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Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA in stock at B&H Photo! Jul 29, 2016
Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA in stock at B&H Photo!
The new FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA is now in stock at B&H Photo:
  1. Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA ($1,499)



More reviews:
  1. LensRentals

  2. Dpreview

  3. Focus-numerique

  4. Lesnumeriques
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Huge price drop: Canon EOS-1D C at $4,999! Jul 27, 2016
Huge price drop: Canon EOS-1D C at $4,999!
Canon just dropped $3,000 on their Canon EOS-1D C body.

The current price after instant savings is now $4,999!
This is still a very capable professional stills camera with amazing 4k image quality. I bought mine for $12,000 not too long ago.

B&H Photo | Adorama

Specs:
  1. 18.1Mp CMOS Sensor
  2. 4K Cinematic Quality Video
  3. 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video
  4. Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  5. 3.2" LCD Screen
  6. Eye-Level Pentaprism Viewfinder
  7. Dual CF Card Recording Media
  8. Canon EF Lens Mount
  9. Magnesium Alloy Body
  10. 61-Point High Density Auto Focus
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Weekly Assignment 719 winner: mp356 Jul 27, 2016

Congratulations to mp356 for winning WA 719, based on the theme: Repetition.

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

Voting is now open for the WA 720 winners.
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Weekly Assignment 720 just started with theme: "Standing Out from the Crowd"
Deadline: August 3rd noon - Participate!
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Official: Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED lens announced! Jul 27, 2016
Official: Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED lens announced!
Nikon officially announced their new AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens at $2,199.

Pre-order: B&H | Adorama

Shipping starts in August.

Here are the lens main features:
  1. F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  2. Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  3. Three Extra Low-Dispersion Elements
  4. Nano Crystal Coating
  5. Silent Wave Motor AF System
  6. Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  7. Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  8. Protective Fluorine Coating
  9. Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  10. Filter Thread: Front: 82 mm
  11. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 3.72 x 4.17" (94.5 x 106 mm)
  12. Weight: 2.17 lb (985 g)

  13. The "three-dimensional high fidelity" NIKKOR lens design concept enables rending of the large and beautiful bokeh with gradual transition from the focus position increases and a natural sense of depth
  14. Superior optical performance with high resolution even in the peripheral areas, sharp rendering of distant subjects even at maximum aperture, and high reproduction capability of point light sources
  15. Adoption of ED lens elements that compensates for chromatic aberration, and Nano Crystal Coat, which effectively reduces ghost and flare
  16. Equipped with an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that enables stable exposure control, even with high-speed continuous shooting
  17. Highly durable fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water, grease, and dirt applied to the outer surfaces of the two lens elements at either end (front and rear) of the lens
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Jul 22nd - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 23, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Alpine Paintbrush by ArturS

Nature & Wildlife:
Loons Flapping and Feeding... by arbitrage

People Photography:
Model Shoot by Adam_A

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Pre-order: Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE ($699) Jul 22, 2016
Pre-order: Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE ($699)
The new Samyang (Rokinon) AF 50mm f/1.4 FE is now available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $699.
It will begin shipping in August 2016!

Pre-order it from B&H Photo

The big question is: How does it compare to the new FE 50/1.4 ZA costing about twice as much?

We already have two reviews: PhotographyBlog and ePhotozine.

Here is an excerpt from the ePhotozine review:

"Sharpness can simply be described as excellent. In more detail, centrally every aperture reaches this standard, the lens peaking at between f/2 and f/11 where the figures are very even throughout. The actual pinnacle of sharpness centrally is f/2.8 but in reality it is little different from the other mid apertures. It's pretty impressive."
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Weekly Assignment 718 winner: matejphoto Jul 20, 2016

Congratulations to matejphoto for winning WA 718, based on the theme: Recession.

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Weekly Assignment 719 just started with theme: "Romantic"
Deadline: July 27th noon - Participate!
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LensRentals: Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA is absolutely superb! Jul 18, 2016
LensRentals: FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is absolutely superb!
Roger Cicala at LensRentals just posted MTF and Variance Testing for the new Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens.
Center and extreme edges are outstanding beating pretty much all 50mm lenses on the market including the Otus 55/1.4!!

Here are some excepts:

"The Sony is phenomenally good in the center; just absolutely superb. The Sony, though, is clearly better than the Otus in the center, and just as good as the Otus away from the center as well."

"If you do need one, it’s worth the money; it’s really superb. The center sharpness in particular is unheard of in a 50mm lens. This seems to be a pattern we’re seeing with some of the new Sony lenses, too: The fine resolution (at higher frequencies) is higher than we’re used to seeing."

Read entire review

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Pre-order link:

B&H Photo | Adorama ($1,498.00)
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Jul 15th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 16, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Rainbows, Sunset and some Lightning by Klaus Priebe

Nature & Wildlife:
My 1st Trip to Alaska (31) by troy bilt

People Photography:
FPJ - A random spattering of family life (35 images) by JakAHearts

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Weekly Assignment 717 winner: kv9f68 Jul 13, 2016

Congratulations to kv9f68 for winning WA 717, based on the theme: Doors.

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Voting is now open for the WA 718 winners.
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Weekly Assignment 718 just started with theme: "Repetition"
Deadline: July 20th noon - Participate!
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Sony announces Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Jul 11, 2016
Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens
Sony just announced the FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens!

Pre-order link:

B&H Photo | Adorama ($1,498.00)

Main specifications:
  1. E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  2. Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  3. Elements/Groups: 12/9
  4. One AA Element & One Aspherical Element
  5. One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  6. Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  7. Ring Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor System
  8. Physical Aperture Ring; De-Click Switch
  9. AF/MF Switch; Internal Focus
  10. Dust- & Moisture-Resistant Construction
  11. Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  12. Magnification: 0.15x
  13. Minimum Focus Distance: 17.72" (45 cm)
  14. Filter Thread: 72mm
  15. Dimensions: Approx. 3.29 x 4.25" (83.5 x 108 mm)
  16. Weight: 27.44 oz (778 g)

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Press-Release:

SAN DIEGO, July 11, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and theSEL50F14Z_A world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA (model SEL50F14Z).

This 50mm prime lens features a large F1.4 maximum aperture that offers impressive contrast and outstanding resolution that are hallmarks of the ZEISS® brand. It produces these consistently strong qualities throughout the entirety of the frame – from center to corner – and at all aperture settings, even while shooting wide open at F1.4. The cutting edge optical structure includes high-precision AA (Advanced Aspherical) and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that reduce spherical and chromatic aberration, as well as a ZEISS® T* Coating that minimizes flare and ghosting creating the classic ZEISS® clarity. Additionally, its Planar design ensures minimal distortion.
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Jul 8th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 09, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
No Bad Days at Moraine Lake (Banff National Park) by Scott Stoness

Nature & Wildlife:
Mountain Goats, Mt Evans Colorado by G.E. Smith

People Photography:
Floating by canerino

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Pre-order: Sony FE 70-200/2.8 GM priced at $2,598! Jul 08, 2016
Pre-order: Sony FE 70-200/2.8 GM priced at $2,598!
I just spotted that Best Buy has the new Sony FE 70-200/2.8 GM priced as $3,500.
It's not in stock but it's interesting to see this price:


UPDATE:
Forget about $3,500.
The actual price will be $2,598!!

Pre-order links:
  1. Sony FE 70-200/2.8 GM ($2,598)

  2. Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter ($548)

  3. Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter ($548)


Here is a screenshot from B&H:
90 posts  |  5190 views
Weekly Assignment 716 winner: keithandersonc Jul 06, 2016

Congratulations to keithandersonc for winning WA 716, based on the theme: Change.

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

Voting is now open for the WA 717 winners.
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Weekly Assignment 717 just started with theme: "Recession"
Deadline: July 13th noon - Participate!
5 posts  |  1099 views
Jul 1st - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 02, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Winter is Coming by ArturS

Nature & Wildlife:
Mouse Deer (Very rare specie) by munzir.khan

People Photography:
Hats by airfrogusmc

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DXOMark: Sony FE 24-70/2.8 GM - Best zoom in the range Jul 01, 2016
DXOMark: Sony FE 24-70/2.8 GM - Best zoom in the range
DXOMark just posted their review and lab tests for the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

"Given the emphasis on the high-grade components and construction to match the maker’s high-resolution sensors, we had high hopes for the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM, and we weren’t disappointed. It is the best-performing zoom in the maker’s range and can easily hold its own against the new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR. However, for edge-to-edge to sharpness, the Sony isn’t quite in the same league as the Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM II, but we still have to add the Sony A7RII to propose a fair comparison with the 50 Mpix Canon EOS 5DSR. Nevertheless, the Sony does have certain strengths — better transmission and lower lateral chromatic aberration than many high-grade primes — and while certainly pricey, it’s still a competitive and tempting addition to the range."

See all test measurements at DXOMark.com

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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM ($2,198)

B&H Photo | Adorama
98 posts  |  5798 views
Monthly Assignment 145 winner: CalBoy87 Jul 01, 2016

Congratulations to CalBoy87 for winning MA 145, based on the theme: Flower.

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

Voting is now open for the MA 146 winners.
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Monthly Assignment 146 just started with theme: "Evil toy"
Deadline: August 1st noon - Participate!
3 posts  |  909 views
DXOMark: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II - New Class Leader Jun 29, 2016
DXOMark: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II - New Class Leader
DXOMark just posted their sensor review and lab tests for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

"The Canon performs exceptionally well. Not only does it have a wider useful dynamic range at base and low ISOs than the Nikon, it’s not far behind the Sony, and that small difference won’t be noticed in use. The Canon sensor continues to offer a wide dynamic range at every ISO setting, improving on the Sony from ISO800 onwards, and falling only slightly behind the Nikon’s strong performance from ISO6400 onwards. Indeed, the difference at most is around +0.6EV. Canon cameras are known for high ISO noise performance, and the Mark II surpasses both the Nikon and Sony by nearly +0.5EV."

See all test measurements at DXOMark.com

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Premium Kit with 64GB CFast 2.0 Memory Card and Reader ($5,999)
B&H Photo, Adorama
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