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...]

Sony NEX-VG900 Full Frame Camcorder and NEX-VG30 APS-C Camcorder Announced

Sony NEX-VG30

Sony NEX-VG30

Sony has announced the NEX-VG900 and NEX-VG30 interchangeable lens camcorders.  The NEX-VG900 is the first full frame camcorder to hit the market.

The NEX-VG30 is an APS-C format camcorder that comes available with an 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 power zoom lens.

Sony NEX-VG900

Sony NEX-VG900

 

Both the VG900 and VG30 capture 1080p at 24p and 60p frame rates using the AVCHD 2.0 codec.  The VG900 is compatible with both E-mount and Alpha mount lenses courtesy of the included LA-EA3 adapter.  When using E-mount lenses, the VG900 operates as an APS-C crop camcorder without any loss of resolution.

The NEX-VG900 has a new Multi Interface Shoe that works with a new XLR adapter kit, which allows you to connect higher-end shotgun mics.

The Sony NEX-VG900 will be available in November for $3300.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

The Sony NEX-VG30 will be available in a kit with the 18-200mm power zoom lens in November for $2700.  It will also be available in a body-only version for $1800.  You can order the NEX-VG30 here at B&H Photo.

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Camera Announced – and It Is Gorgeous!

 Sony RX1

The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is a new full frame compact camera, which sounds like a bit of an oxymoron.  Somehow, Sony managed to stuff a full frame image sensor inside a compact body and bolt a 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens on the front with a 9-blade aperture for circular bokeh.

And, you know what?

It looks amazing. [Read more...]

Sony A99 Full Frame DSLR Flagship Officially Unveiled

Sony A99

The Sony A99 is a 24.3MP full frame DSLR that packs a punch on both the still image and video capture side of things.  The A99 is capable of capturing still images at 10 fps in full 24.3MP resolution.

The camera sports a new AF system that combines a standard 19-point AF system with 11 cross-type sensors and a new 102-point AF sensor that overlays the main image sensor. [Read more...]