New XPERIA 5 - New Sony Phone has eye-af??

Sony Announces Xperia 5 Smartphone

Xperia 5 joins Sony’s flagship series, bringing creative entertainment experiences in a sleek and compact design

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  • Triple camera array with critically acclaimed Eye AF technology from Sony’s Alpha™ cameras, continuous burst shooting at up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure) with increased calculations up to 30 fps

  • 21:9 CinemaWide™ 6.1 inch Full HD+ OLED display with BT.2020 color accuracy

  • Sleek and compact body with a sophisticated pocket friendly design

  • Improved Game enhancer allows you to record your gameplay as well as change your voice

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September 5, 2019 –Sony continues its smartphone evolution with the introduction of Xperia 5, the latest addition to the flagship series, bringing key technologies from Xperia 1 into a compact, stylish and sleek smartphone design.

“With Xperia 5 we’ve brought what our customers loved from Xperia 1 into a smaller design with the latest award-winning technology from Sony,” said Mitsuya Kishida, President, Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia 5 continues to bring uncompromised performance and leading experiences to a smartphone, only possible with Sony.”

Triple camera system with Eye Autofocus

Xperia 5 features an advanced triple camera system with 12 MP sensors on each module, as well as Sony’s powerful BIONZ X™ image processor for mobile and Optical SteadyShot™image stabilization.With a 16mm lens for super-wide angle shots, a versatile 26mm lens and a 52mm portrait and tele lens (35mm equiv.), you can capture great moments in any occasion.

Additionally, the new Xperia 5 includes Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology,  plus continuous burst shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure) calculations happening at up to 30 fps, allowing it to capture moving subjects with precision focusand optimal exposure.  The main 26mm camera features a bright F1.6 lens and Dual Photo Diode image sensor with extremely large 1.4μm pixel pitch, enabling it to produce beautifully sharp low-light images. 

For mobile cinematography, the new Xperia 5 features Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” application. Developed in partnership with engineers from Sony’s professional digital cinema camera division, Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” allows users to create multiple video projects with different settings or looks, as well as offering more flexibility and customizability for video shooting by adjusting white balance, manual focus and audio recording levels. Individual clips can also trimmed and merged together.  These powerful capabilities compliment the ability of the Xperia 5 to record video in multiple high-resolution formats including full native 4K resolution.   

Xperia 5 is also compatible with Sony’s ‘Imaging Edge™ Mobile’[i]application, for easy transfer and social sharing of images and video from compatible Alpha or Cyber-shot™ camera.

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Experience superb content immersion with a 21:9 CinemaWide display and Dolby Atmos sound

Xperia 5 brings the 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio to a smaller form factor, for a viewing experience that is true to creators’ intent.  

The 21:9 CinemaWide 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display is powered by Sony’s award-winning BRAVIA® TV technologies with X1™ for mobile engine bringing HDR (High Dynamic Range) remastering technologies for more contrast, color and clarity.

Xperia 5 also has Creator mode  inspired by Master Monitor color reproductionbringing precise color accuracy in your hands. As with Xperia 1, Xperia 5 also has 10-bit tonal gradation[ii]  representing a myriad of colors and delivering deeper blacks, while colors appear more natural. The display, together with originally developed image processing, supports wide color space ITU-R BT.2020 as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65.

The entertainment factor is further enhanced by Dolby Atmos, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, for an immersive entertainment experience that flows all around you with breath-taking realism when using headphones or Xperia 5’s built-in stereo speakers. While Sony’s audio technologies, Hi-Res audio for both wired and wireless[iii], DSEE HX and Stereo speakers empowers you to hear music in its purest form.

The expansive 21:9 display also takes mobile gaming to the next level by offering a deeper unrestricted field-of-view of all your gameplay, while Game Enhancer optimizes the performance and blocks unwanted notifications, as well as enables you to record gameplay and find game tips online. In addition, you can now power up your gaming with improved Game enhancer allowing you to record your game play with burst screen capture at 20fps and synthesize your voice with Game enhancer’s voice changer feature.

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Advanced technology in a sleek and compact design

Xperia 5 brings the best of Xperia 1 into a smaller footprint while keeping the 21:9 CinemaWide display. The sleek metal frame is protected with the help of durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on the front and back, while Xperia 5’s IP68/IP65certified water resistance[iv]guards against the elements. The device will have Android™ 9 Pie pre-installed.

Stay connected and entertained all day

Xperia 5 features ‘Smart connectivity’ to make sure you’re connected to the most optimal network. It uses Sony’s deep learning engine (Neural Network Libraries) to analyze Wi-Fi signals and predict near-future connectivity issues. Smart connectivity will automatically switch to LTE when it predicts any compromise in Wi-Fi connection to ensure you always have optimal connectivity. 

Xperia 5 has the latest flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform with the integrated X24 LTE Modem for enhanced performance with gigabit LTE connectivity. It features 4 x 4 MIMO technology supporting all LTE bands, uniquely including low-bands, so you’re connected even in areas with weak signal coverage.

 Xperia 5 also features Smart Stamina, USB PD fast charging and a 3140mAh battery to keep your device running all day.


Xperia 5 will be available in the United States at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H Photo & Video, and other participating retail outlets on November 2019 with a retail price of $799.99.  Xperia 5 is operable on GSM networks and certified to work on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. For more information on all technology and features contained in Xperia 5 please visit

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Sony a6600 vs a6500 vs a6400 vs a6300 vs a6100 vs a6000 - Chart Comparing the Sony a6000 series

At the end of August, 2019 Sony announced TWO new APS-C camera - the a6100 and a6600. This brings the total of Sony APS-C cameras to SIX different models you can buy. Check the chart below for a quick look at the important differences and my thoughts on each.

Sony a6600 vs a6500 vs a6400 vs a6300 vs a6100 vs a6000 - Chart Comparing the Sony a6000 series

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B&H Photo BuySony a6000Sony a6100Sony a6300Sony a6400Sony a6500Sony a6600
Body PRICE$448.00$748.00Discontinued$898.00$1,198.00$1,398.00
Body + Lens$548.00$848.00$1,148.00$998.00$1,598.00$1,798.00
Headline featureCHEAPCHEAP w/ the newest AF system and 4k videoUpdated & more robust version of a6000Real time tracking AF and eye af system borrowed from a9 - impressive AF in such a compact camera.A stabilized version of the a6300 Z battery for awesome battery life and the best AF for photos and video of all current 6xxx series cameras
Viewfinder Resolution1.4 million dots1.4 million dots2.3 million dots2.3 million dots2.3 million dots2.3 million dots
Screen ArticulationYesYes - Flips 180°YesYes - Flips 180°YesYes - Flips 180°
BatterySmall PoorSmall OKSmall OKSmall DecentSmall OKLarge Excellent
AF PerformanceDecentExcellent for still/Very Good for VideoVery GoodExcellent for still/Very Good for VideoVery GoodExcellent for stills and video with real time eye-af during video
Battery Life CIPA360420400410350810
Body ConstructionPlastic CompositePlastic CompositeMagnesium AlloyMagnesium AlloyMagnesium AlloyMagnesium Alloy
VerdictSerious budget constraints? Still an excellent valueThe current go to camera for budget consious but want that eye-af systemSKIPIt doesn't offer the IBIS, the bigger battery or real time eye af during video but it does save you $500 vs the sony a6600 and for most photographers an excellent value.Skip unless you are a videographer dying for IBIS and don't have the money for the a6600The current best and it is an excellent camera - that Z battery provides all day (and more) battery life, the autofocus system is excellent for photos AND video and the built in stabilization can help for hand held shots and video.

Sony a6600 Sample Photos w/ Sony 16-55 f/2.8 and 70-350 f/4.5-6.3 G Lenses

Two days of shooting in New York City with the Sony a6600 and the new 16-55 f/2.8G and the 70-350 f/4.5-6.3. And one shot with the Sony 85mm f/1.8 lens. Overall I am impressed with image quality and I am VERY happy with the performance of these two lenses. They should perform well - they are on the expensive side for APS-C glass.

The 70-350 f/4.5 - 6.3 $998 - Preorder

The 16-55 f/2.8 $1398 - Preorder

Sony Announces the a6100, a6600 and lenses 16-55 f/2.8, 70-350 f/4.5-6.3

Sony just announced FOUR new products that demonstrate a serious commitment to APS-C. Two new cameras including a flagship model that offers IBIS and uses the larger Z battery for significantly improved battery life and an entry level a6100 that really doesn’t compromise despite a friendly price of $750. Two new G series lenses for APS-C the 16-55 f/2.8 and the 70-350 f/4.5-6.3


Sony a6100 Specs

  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor

  • BIONZ X Image Processor (same as in a9)

  • UHD 4K30p and Full HD 120p Video

  • SVGA Tru-Finder 1.44m-Dot OLED EVF

  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot 180° Tilting Touchscreen

  • Up to 11-fps Shooting, ISO 100-32000

  • 4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points

  • Real Time Eye AF for Stills and Video

  • Mic Port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

  • W Battery - Standard Sony battery used in prior a6xxxx series cameras

  • $748.00 Body Only Preorder Soon

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Sony a6600 Specs (differences from a6100 bolded)

  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor

  • BIONZ X Image Processor (Same as in a9)

  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas

  • XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF

  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot 180° Tilting Touchscreen

  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization

  • Up to 11-fps Shooting, ISO 100-32000

  • 4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points

  • Real Time Eye AF for Stills

  • Real Time Eye AF for video

  • Headphone & Mic Ports, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

  • Z Battery - Used in a7iii cameras offering 821 shots per charge (actual real world usage will likely be higher)

  • Magnesium Alloy Body with Dust & Moisture Resistant

  • $1498 Body Only Preorder Soon

The big differences between the a6100 and a6600 beyond the price. $1498 for a6600 and $748 for the a6100

The a6600 offers IBIS - built in sensor stabilization, a 2.36m EVF vs 1.44m EVF in the a6100 and real time eye af in video. Both cameras have the same AF system for stills and offer real time tracking in video but they a6600 will also do eye tracking during video. And the a6600 offers a headphone jack, a magnesium alloy body and dust/moisture resistance.

Overall the AF system in these two cameras is extremely impressive and the amount of tech/performance built into a $748 camera is awesome but I really did want to see a redesign of the body. The a6600 has a slightly deeper grip to accommodate the bigger battery but otherwise the design remains relativley the same which lacks a front dial and makes these cameras less manual mode friendly. It is a trade off for their lightweight and compact nature but I would love to see Sony really focus on the manual mode useability of this line of APS-C Cameras. I will be shooting hands-on for the next several days with all of the new gear, including the lenses listed below and will be sharing more soon. Be sure to follow me on instagram.

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Also announced two new lenses

The 70-350 f/4.5 - 6.3 $998 - Preorder Soon

The 16-55 f/2.8 $1398 - Preorder Soon

Both of these lenses are exciting - the zoom is a much needed lens for Sony APS-C shooters and on a crop that equates to a 560mm reach making this a solid option for wildlife. I will be back with more hands-on with all of this gear soon.

Canon 90D DSLR - Capable with Pro Level Features!

The latest model in the popular mid-tier DSLR of Canon’s offerings has just been announced. 

  • 32.5 MP

  • 45 AF points - All cross type (highest accuracy)

  • -3 EV for low light capable focusing

  • 10 fps - Fast (up from 7 fps in Canon 80D)

  • Digic 8 Processor

  • ISO 25,600

  • 4k 30p not cropped beyond existing APS-C crop

  • 3” 1 mil dot Vari Angle LCD (fully articulating tousch screen)

  • Thumbstick for focus point movement (80D lacked thumbstick)

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That thumbstick near the top right of the articulating LCD screen is borrowed from the 7D line - Good Stuff!

That thumbstick near the top right of the articulating LCD screen is borrowed from the 7D line - Good Stuff!

The rumor was the 90D would incorporate some elements of the 7D line and it appears with the 10fps, lower light focusing, Digic 8 processor and thumb stick that this is true. This is not a minor bump in specs from the 80D. This does look like a marriage of the two lines.  Jumping to 32MP in a crop sensor is interesting - higher than many entry level full frame cameras that are currently on the market and certainly a larger MP offering than almost all APS-C cameras currently on the market. The cost at launch will be similar to the 80D. I am impressed that Canon has blended elements from the powerful 7D Mark II into the 90D while keeping the price the same as the 80D was at launch. 

Canon EOS 90D  Body $1199

Canon EOS 90D w/18-55mm STM Kit $1349

Canon EOS 90D w/18-135mm USM Kit $1599

Shipping will begin in Mid-September

The big question I have - how will this 32MP sensor perform? I feel that Canon has at times in the past relied on megapixels to grab attention and fallen behind on low light performance and dynamic range- stats that more and more photographers care about. There is a chance that although they crammed more megapixels in here it won’t perform noticeably better than prior sensors.  Overall I think this will represent a solid upgrade for existing 70D and 80D owners and I think will make the decision between staying with a crop sensor body and upgrading to a full frame a bit more difficult. The Canon 6D Mark II with fewer megapixels is almost the same price - though you will need to factor in the cost and additional weight of new lenses. And we are rumored to be just hours away from new Sony APS-C cameras too that offer a lighter, more compact body built around some of the best APS-C sensors on the market. And while we are talking about weight - more and more I hear from people tired of carrying a big DSLR around and the 90D is basically the same size and weight.  And there is Fuji with the BEST mirrorless APS-C, the XT-3. And finally Canon’s own EOS M6 Mark II- a mirrorless camera designed around the same sensor. That’s all to say - it’s a crowded field these days and I am anxious to see just how well this new sensor performs but it’s clear Canon has played to its strengths here with a well built, decently specd camera offered at a good value. Combine that with their ease of use, friendly Canon interface and 1 bazillion Canon lenses and I think the Canon 90D will sell to those not already switched to other cameras or on the fence. I don’t think it offers anything compelling enough to pull photographers and videographers back from other systems.  What do you think?

Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 vs Sony 16-35 GM- I can save you $1300!

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Sony announces the a7RIV - 61MP & capable of 240MP Photos!!

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Sony has just announced the a7R IV - a 61MP, 10FPS beast.

I feel Sony reached camera maturity with the release of the a7R III and a7 III. Now, with the a7R IV, Sony is refining already excellent cameras. Offering more megapixels than any other full frame camera and an AF system that rivals flagship DSLRS that cost twice the price. This is now the camera to beat by most metrics.

Headline features:

  • 61MP (the a7R III is 42MP) & the highest resolution of any full frame camera!

  • 10 fps

  • ISO 100-32000

  • 567 phase-detect autofocus points that cover 74% of the frame

  • Real time Eye-AF

  • Upgraded Pixel shift with 16 image combo for 240MP photos (a7RIII pixel shift only combines 4 photos for increased detail, no increase in resolution)

  • 5.76 million dot UXGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED EVF

  • Updated ergonomics and weather sealing - EV comp dial now lockable!

  • Dual UHS-II SD Card slots (a7R III has one USH-II and one USH-I)

  • 4k UHD Slog 2/3 and HDR

  • Real-time Eye AF for movie recording

  • Wireless Tethering with Imaging Edge, Fast USB-C Data Transfer and FTP upload

Available in September for $3498 - Preorders start at 10am ET, Thu Jul 18
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I knew a Sony announcement was coming in mid July but I did not expect the a7R IV. The current a7R III stands on top of many lists as the best in its class and these improvements are impressive. As an owner of the a7R II and the a7R III I was very happy with the ergonomic improvements from version II to III as well as the speed and AF. The IV seems to further refine these improvements . I do hope they have addressed the slight lag when turning dials that is still present in the a7R III.

Lockable Exposure Compensation Dial

Lockable Exposure Compensation Dial

The EV comp dial is now lockable - a very welcome improvement as some photographers found it easily changed with no way to disable. The updated EVF with 5 million dots is going to present an incredibly detailed view of your subject. 61 MP and the APS-C mode provides 26MP. Wildlife photographers will find the amount of detail, even after heavily cropping, impressive. And again, as a Sony a7R III user - I can easily capture birds in flight with the current AF system. Now the AF system is described as being on par with the Sony a9 - a camera that beats all major flagship DSLRS. 15 stops of dynamic range sounds very similar to the a7R III which I find to be excellent. Video features seem similar with 4K HDR and SLOG options. APS-C video will still provide the cleanest output. The A7R IV does add eye-AF during video and enhanced subject tracking.

The upgraded Pixel Shift is interesting. In my a7R III you can combine 4 photos for increased detail and color accuracy. This provides images the same resolution as a single shot but with greater detail. You do need to be on a tripod and photographing a mostly static scene. The a7R IV will combine 16 images for greater detail AND greatly increased resolution - creating monster 240MP photos. Truthfully I have owned the A7R III since the day it was released and have only used Pixel Shift a handful of times. It’s limited in its usefulness.

Sony clearly wants to remain in the lead with the most full featured full frame cameras on the market and the Sony a7R IV looks to solidly improve on the a7R III, offering one of the best and most versatile full frame cameras on the market.

Should a7R III owners upgrade? It’s a little too early to say but on paper this camera looks to represent a noticeably upgrade in AF capabilities and resolution. If those factors greatly impact your shooting you should consider upgrading. Otherwise you should invest in a lens or two instead - Lenses retain their value and are excellent ways to grow your system. a7R II owners, should you upgrade? Yes! I jumped to the a7R III for the better battery life and ergonomics and going from the II to the IV is something I can fully support - the camera is improved in every way possible.

Photographers shooting with Canon, Nikon and everyone else - is this the time to switch? Honestly I thought the a7R III was more compelling than anything offered by Canon or Nikon and told many that they wouldn’t be disappointed switching and now the a7R IV certainly seems to take it to a higher level. And no, it’s not a perfect camera - I am sure as I dive into the full review I will find some drawbacks but overall I expect this to be a winner when matched against possible competitors.

Available in September for $3498 - Preorders start at 10am ET, Thu Jul 18
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iPadOS Beta - Can the iPad replace a photographer's laptop for travel?

I was curious - with the new features in ipadOS - is this the iPadPro the perfect machine for photographers and videographers looking to travel light, easily backup AND edit photos and video on the go? And just how well does that new Sidecar feature work? Is Wacom Tablets going to be out of business soon. Well I loaded the beta of IpadOS on here and it’s pretty sweet - so let’s take a look.

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Take Epic Hands-Free Fireworks Photos

With the American Independence day holiday right around the corner I thought it would be timely to have a quick how-to post on shooting fireworks. In the first part of this video I share basic fireworks tips and tricks for getting great shots.  

  1. You must have a tripod or something to hold the camera steady or a few seconds. I love the Leofoto Tripod

  2. Use manual mode on your camera - Shutter speeds between 2 and 8 seconds, Aperture f/5.6-8.0, ISO 100-200 if you have a P&S camera use the fireworks scene setting (still need a tripod)

  3. Use a remote release device to trigger your camera- I recommend Intervalometer with multiple connections:

  4. Be ready! Some of your best opportunities happen early on, as the smoke builds your shots may get hazy unless you have a breeze removing the smoke. So I suggest you start to setup before it gets dark, frame your composition and take a few test shots - use trees or light poles near the fireworks launch spot to focus on - review the photos watching for stray objects or horizon lines that might distract from the fireworks. If you end up setting up in the dark, use the following tips - set your ISO to MAX and your shutter speed long enough to get a well lit photo, we don't care if it is grainy, we just want to get quick feedback on focus and composition. Once you have those set then use the suggested settings in step 2 for the actual fireworks shots.

  5. Try to time your shots to start just as the rockets head up, longer shutter speeds are going to capture more of the action

  6. Experiment but don't forget to enjoy the show some too

  7. Finally, watch out for the Grand Finale - shorten the shutter speed during that fireworks-heavy period or you will end up with an overexposed image.

Related - Long Exposure Sparklers Photos / Light Painting

BEST $500 Camera - DSLR vs Mirrorless vs SuperZoom in 2019

The Best $500 Camera in 2019

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Why buy a DSLR 02:15
Mirrorless Cameras - Canon M100 vs Panasonic G7 8:20
Point & Shoot Canon SX70HS vs Fuji XF10 21:25
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Sony a9 Firmware Version 5.0 Released

SCROLL DOWN FOR HANDS-ON VIDEO Sony a9 Gains Powerful New Autofocus Capabilities and More Through Software Version 5.0 Update
Sony’s industry-leading a9 camera has received a significant software update that brings AI-driven autofocus capabilities to its award-winning autofocus (AF) system, improves image quality, and introduces a range of customer-requested workflow improvements. Autofocus advanced firmware version 5.0 for the Sony a9 adds Sony’s newly-developed, AI-driven Real-time Tracking mode for precise and robust subject tracking. Real-time Tracking uses Sony’s latest AF algorithm—which includes Artificial Intelligence-based object recognition—to detect and follow subjects with unprecedented accuracy. Real-time Tracking AF works in conjunction with Real-time Eye AF, also added with Firmware version 5.0. The latest iteration of Sony’s best-in-class Eye AF technology, Real-time Eye AF also uses AI-based object recognition, resulting in an unprecedented level of speed and performance for locking on and holding focus on a subject’s eyes. Additionally, with Real-time Eye AF, users can now activate eye detection via a half-press of the shutter release, and can enjoy focus tracking accuracy even if a subject’s eyes are temporarily obscured during shooting. Also added with firmware 5.0 is Fast Hybrid AF for video, which now provides smoother, more accurate focus during video shooting, even if/when objects move in front of the subject.
Image Quality
Firmware version 5.0 offers notably improved image processing, which maximizes the capabilities of the full-frame sensor. The camera now more accurately reproduces subtle changes in light for smoother, more natural tonal gradations and improved auto white balance results.
Improved Usability And Workflow
With Firmware version 5.0, the Sony a9 adds several customer-requested features:New My Dial menuRevised Custom Key menuImproved touchpad capability,Enhanced dual-card functionalityEnhanced tagging
Imaging Edge
Sony is also announcing the release of Imaging Edge™ mobile applications, plus updates to the ‘Remote,’ ‘Viewer’ and ‘Edit’ desktop applications that brings exciting new features to all Sony imaging customers. For professional photographers, Sony is also releasing a new mobile application ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on’ that supports instant delivery workflow by allowing users to transfer content to their mobile devices via the camera’s FTP background transfer functionality. It also enables voice input for text captioning to streamline overall workflow between photographers and other team members.

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Sony 135mm F1.8 G Master

Sony Announces New Full-frame 135mm F1.8 GM; Prime Lens with Stunning Resolution and Bokeh, Excellent AF Performance

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Preorder Sony FE 135 f/1.8 GM from B&H Photo - $1,798.00

SAN DIEGO — Feb. 26, 2019 —Sony Electronics Inc today introduced a highly anticipated addition to their acclaimed G Master series of full-frame E-mount interchangeable lenses – a 135mm F1.8 full-frame,large-aperture telephoto prime lens (model SEL135F18GM).

Equipped with Sony’s most advanced optical technologies, the new lens is built to meet the extremely high standards of Sony’s G Master series. The new FE 135mm F1.8 GM offers exceptionally high resolution and exquisite bokeh, two qualities that are signature attributes of Sony’s flagship G Master brand.  The new lens combines rapid autofocus (AF) acquisition with a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional functions, making it a versatile, high-performance tool for professional portrait photographers, wedding photographers, sports photographers and a wide variety of imaging enthusiasts.    

“Sony’s commitment to growing our lensline up remains stronger than ever,” said Neal Manowitz, vice president of imaging solutions at Sony Electronics.  “Our 31st native full-frame FE lens and 49th overall E-mount lens, the highly anticipated 135mm prime brings the acclaimed G Master quality to another popular focal length for both professionals and enthusiasts to enjoy. We will continue to drive market-leading innovation in all aspects of our imaging business, giving our customers the opportunity to capture and create like they never have before.”

Realizing consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.8, the FE 135mm F1.8GM boasts an innovative optical design that places XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements in the front group to effectively suppress all common telephoto lens aberrations. Additionally, the Super ED element plus one ED glass element are strategically positioned to compensate for axial chromatic aberration, minimize color fringing and maximize overall resolution, ensuring outstanding image quality. For impressive clarity, Sony’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce flare and ghosting that can occur when shooting backlit portraits.  

The new telephoto prime lens utilizes its XA element, refined with Sony’s latest bokeh simulation technologies during the design and manufacturing stages, to control spherical aberration and achieve exquisite bokeh. In addition, an 11-bladed circular aperture mechanism contributes towards achieving extremely natural and beautiful background defocus. The exciting new model also features dual-autofocus groups in a floating focus arrangement for improved close-up capability, allowing a minimum focus distance of just 0.7 meters and a maximum magnification of 0.25x.  

To ensure that this lens can keep up with fast-moving portrait or sports subjects, the FE 135mm F1.8 GM has been equipped with a total of four of Sony’s proprietary XD linear motors—two for each group—that achieve rapid, reliable and speedy AF tracking and performance. There is also a control algorithm that helps to maximize control response and ensure quiet, low-vibration AF. All of this exceptional performance is packaged in a compact, lightweight body weighing in at 33.6 oz.  

The FE 135mm F1.8 GM includes a number of professional controls that enhance ease of operation for both stills and movie shooting. These include an aperture ring that allows direct, intuitive aperture control and a focus ring that features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control. There is also a focus range limiter switch,  two customizable focus hold buttons, and a focus-mode switch that makes it possible to quickly select auto or manual focus to match changing shooting conditions.

New Circular Polarizing Filters

In addition to the new FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens, Sony has also announced a new lineup of Circular Polarizing Filters. The new filters, including models for lens diameters 49mm, 55mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm, preserve image quality and resolution about twice[i]as effectively as  Sony’s existing circular PL filter lineup, making them a perfect partner for Sony’s flagship G Master series lens. They also feature a ZEISS® T* Coating to minimize flare and a slim filter design to prevent image vignetting and maximize overall performance.  

Pricing and Availability

The FE 135mm F1.8 GM will ship in late April 2019 for approximately $1,900 US and $2,600 CA. The lens will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

The new circular polarizer filters will ship in May2019, with approximate pricing outlined below:

  • 49mm (model VF49CPAM2) - $100 US / $130 CA

  • 55mm (model VF55CPAM2) - $110 US / $150 CA

  • 62mm (model VF62CPAM2) - $140 US / $190 CA

  • 67mm (model VF67CPAM2) - $155 US / $200 CA

  • 72mm (model VF72CPAM2) - $165 US / $220 CA

  • 77mm (model VF77CPAM2) - $180 US / $240 CA

  • 82mm (model VF82CPAM2) - $230 US / $300 CA

Canon Announces the EOS RP

Screen-Shot-2019-02-13-at-9.01.06-PM-1-400x229.png New Full Frame Mirrorless at an Extremely Reasonable PriceCanon has just announced the EOS RP - the second camera in their new, full frame, mirrorless line.  Two impressive facts about this camera  - A new full frame camera being offered at $1299* and the body size and weight is smaller/less than the Canon Rebel DSLR line.*And that $1299 price includes EOS R adapter to fit EF lenses and a small colored grip too.Full Spec List

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor

  • 4K at 25fps at 120Mb/s 8-bit internal

  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF

  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder

  • 3" Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity

I liked the Canon EOS R but felt that at $2399 it wasn't a great value - mostly an AF system that just wasn't as fast as I would like and beaten solidly by the Sony a7iii in AF performance and 4K video. But this RP at $1000 less in a smaller lighter package becomes very compelling. The RP is still going to have the those Continuous AF issues and the crop when shooting 4k is annoying but again, at this price point I can forgive those issues - no other full frame camera is offered at this price point.Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) $1299- includes EOS R Adapter- Includes EG-E1 Extension GripCanon EOS RP with 24-105 RF $2199 (Excellent Value)- includes EOS R Adapter- Includes EG-E1 Extension Grip

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It’s official and I am impressed - The CANON EOS RP - A tiny full frame mirrorless camera from Canon. The headline here is the price (which includes an EF Adapter and colored grip) and the small lightweight size. Just $1299 for a new Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with Canon’s user friendly menu system and full articulated touch screen Just $2199 with the excellent 24-105 RF Lens - a great combination. Preorder now - Shipping near the end of the month. Learn more including my concerns at the link in my bio. Or visit #canon #EOSGear #CanonUSA #canongear #EOSR #ESORP

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We also have word that by the end of 2019 Canon will release 6 more RF lensesThe details of the new Canon RF lenses under development are as follows:The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is a large aperture mid-telephoto prime lens. It offers excellent performance for advanced and professional portrait photographers and is a widely popular focal length and aperture speed combination for users.The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS, with Defocus Smoothing lens technology, is a uniquely designed lens that offers a combination of beautifully smooth defocused bokeh. Featuring a super-fast F1.2 aperture, the lens will help produce breathtaking portraits that will surely stand out from the crowd.The RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM is a high-performance, standard zoom lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts alike – ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, documentaries or weddings.The RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, offering a wide angle and fast aperture in a single package is ideal for a variety of shooting applications including architecture, interiors or landscapes.The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is a must-have for any professional photographer, especially for those shooting weddings, sports or wildlife. This lens is a great all-around, high-speed, medium telephoto zoom lens and does well to round out any camera bag.The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is the ideal lens for amateurs and advanced amateurs who love to travel, no matter the destination. The versatile, all-purpose lens offers a range of focal lengths for capturing extraordinary shots in a form factor that is both compact and lightweight.