Zeiss Lenses for Sony NEX and Fuji X-Series Coming Soon

Carl Zeiss unveiled plans at Photokina 2012 to build lenses for the Sony NEX and Fuji X-Series mirrorless cameras.

Zeiss has three prime lenses in development now – a 2.8/12, 1.8/32 and 2.8/50 macro.  What’s more is that the lenses will be AF lenses.  The Fuji X-Series versions will also feature a manual aperture setting.

Pricing is said to be similar to the Zeiss Sonnar 24mm f/1.8 for Sony Alpha cameras, which runs about $1100 USD.  Expected availability on the new Zeiss lenses is in the Spring/Summer of 2013.

Hasselblad Lunar Mirrorless Camera w/ Sony E-Mount

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Hasselblad has unveiled plans to launch a high-end mirrorless camera with a Sony E-mount.  Dubbed the “Lunar”, the camera will sport a 24.3MP APS-C sensor and capture full HD video.

The Hasselblad Lunar appears to be a rebadged Sony NEX-7 with lots of Hasselblad fluff on the outside.  The body and grip of the Lunar will feature carbon fiber, titanium, wood, leather and precious metals, including gold, to help drive up the price to around €5000 (no word yet on US pricing).

The Hasselblad Lunar should arrive in the first quarter of 2013.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Sony Shipping This Week

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The Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Sony will start to ship this week.  Here are the key features:

  • Wireless 2.4GHz. TTL and Manual Flash Triggering
  • Remote power control of groups in TTL with +/- EV adjustments (3 stops in 1/3 stop increments  – 18 different levels.)
  • Remote manual mode flash power control with 1/3 stop adjustments
  • Remote flash head zoom adjustments – auto or manual
  • Mix TTL and Manual flash – fire some groups in TTL, others as manual
  • Remote power control in A:B ratio modes with +/- EV adjustments
  • High speed sync – shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec.
  • Second curtain sync functions
  • Compatible with Phottix Strato 4-in-1, Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Triggers and Phottix Atlas II Triggers
  • Upgradeable firmware via built-in USB port.

Now that they’ve made a TTL trigger with that ridiculous, backwards mount, Sony unloads the A99 and RX1 with a standard ISO hot shoe.  I talked to Phottix about this and was told that they are actively evaluating Sony’s new move and when update us once their R&D team has had time to assess the new Sony system.  In the mean, their are a whole lot of Sony Alpha shooters out their with the old Minolta mount that can make immediate use of these new triggers.

Check out the Phottix Online Store, Amazon or Adorama for Phottix products.

Canon PowerShot G15 Coming Next Week?

Canon PowerShot G15

It looks like Canon may be announcing a true successor to the PowerShot G12 next week prior to Photokina 2012.  Recall that the Canon G1 X was announced earlier this year at CES 2012, causing speculation that the G-series may move to a larger sensor format.

The above leaked image appears to confirm, however, that the more compact-oriented camera line will continue with a PowerShot G15. [Read more...]

Tamron Unveils New 1:1 Macro Lens, the SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens is a new 1:1 macro lens that will be available for Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha mount cameras later this year.

As with the new Tamron 70-200mm lens announced today, the Canon and Nikon mount version of this 90mm macro lens will features Tamron’s Vibration Compensation, while the Sony model will not due to the presence of Sony’s sensor-based SteadyShot image stabilization system.  As such, the Sony models is designated as the Tamron SP SP 90mm F/2.8 Di USD.

Pricing for the new lens has not yet been announced. I would expect this lens to be priced in the $1000 range.  The current non-VC Tamron 90mm macro lens retails for $499 at present.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Announced

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron has announced a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.  The new lens will be available for Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha mounts later this year.

The Canon and Nikon mount version of the lens will features Tamron’s Vibration Compensation, while the Sony model will not due to the presence of Sony’s sensor-based SteadyShot image stabilization system.  As such, the Sony models is designated as the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD lens.

Pricing for the new lens has not yet been announced.  However, I would expect this lens to be priced in the $1500-$2000 range.  The current non-VC version is quite the bargain at $769 right now.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]