Coming Soon : Canon EOS R8, EOS R50 w/ Two New Kit Lenses on February 8th

Finally, some definitive rumors started to come on the Canon side. Canon will announce two camera bodies very soon alongside the recently uncovered Canon RF 24-50mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.

The long rumored Canon EOS R8 will be announced, along with the Canon EOS R50. If we’re going by the information in this post, the Canon EOS R8 will be full-frame and the Canon EOS R50 will be APS-C and will likely be the evolution of the EOS M system to the RF mount.

There is also another STM lens coming with these cameras, the Canon RF-S 55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM. Here are the details :

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Rumors : Sony A9 III to be Announced in February

According to latest rumors, the Sony A9 III full frame mirrorless camera rumored to be announced in February 2023. Probably around CP+ Show in late February. Sony A9 II (Amazon,B&H and Adorama) was officially announced for almost three years, so this makes sense.

Sony a9 III will be the successor of Sony a9 II, and it is set to compete with Canon EOS R5/R5 Mark II. The Sony A9 II camera will have a major upgrade in core specification while maintaining a standard resolution of 24MP. While the technical specifications of the Sony a9 III are not conclusively confirmed, on the sensor side, the pixel count will remain unchanged, and the continuous shooting speed, buffering, video performance, AF performance, etc. will be improved.

Here are the specifications from the Sony A9 III Rumors so far : Continue reading “Rumors : Sony A9 III to be Announced in February”

Development of Sony FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS Lens Announced

Along the new Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G Lens (Pre-Order at B&H Photo/Adorama/Amazon), Sony also announced the development of Sony FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS lens. This new lens is scheduled to be released in early 2024.

Sony is developing a large aperture telephoto lens G Master “Sony FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS” with a focal length of 300mm F value of 2.8  E mount lens for commercialization in early 2024.

In response to further requests from front-line photographers, we are currently developing a large-aperture telephoto fixed focal length lens with a focal length of 300mm and an open F value of 2.8 as the G Master.

This lens is a large-aperture telephoto fixed focal length lens that is frequently used by professionals to meet the needs of shooting sports, news reports, and events. 
The 300mm F2.8 has been in high demand, and although it will take some time. Sony has a lineup of extremely lightweight and high-performance super-telephoto lenses such as the FE400mm F2.8 GM and FE 600mm F4 GM, so we decided to use a similarly lightweight and extremely high-performance lens for the next 300mm F2.8. We are looking forward to it.

Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens Announced, Priced $1,999, Available for Pre-Order

Sigma has just officially announced the new Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E and Leica L mounts. It is the second full-frame mirrorless zoom lens in the Sigma Sports line, covering a vast 10x range and is well-suited for a wide variety of subjects, including sports, wildlife, portraiture, and fast-moving action.

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens (Leica L): $1,999 at B&HAdorama.

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens (Sony E): $1,999 at B&HAdorama.

At a Glance

  • Lens construction of 27 elements in 19 groups (2 FLD and 3 SLD)
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) motors, compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Dust and Splash Resistant Structure
  • Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element)
  • Newly designed “OS2” Optical Stabilizer function: 7 stops at the wide end and 6 stops at the telephoto end
  • Rotary zooming using the zoom ring, and zooming grasping the end of the lens
  • Minimum focusing distance at 60mm is 45cm, with a 1:2.4 maximum magnification at 200mm
  • Three AFL buttons for easy customization and operate in any orientation
  • Weighs 5.5 pounds
  • Technical specifications
  • Sample photos
  • Hands-on reports at Explora
  • First look
  • Press Text

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Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G Lens Officially Announced, Priced $1,098, Available for Pre-Order

Sony has just officially announced the new Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G Lens. It is a “normal” zoom lens, not only to vloggers and selfie connoisseurs but also to photographers and videographers. The FE 20-70mm F4 G standard zoom lens will be available around the start of February at a recommended price of $1099. You can check pre-order options at B&H Photo/Adorama/Amazon.

Sony FE 20-70mm f/4 G Press Release

Sony FE 300mm f/2.8 G Development Press Release Continue reading “Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G Lens Officially Announced, Priced $1,098, Available for Pre-Order”

Canon RF-S 11-22mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Coming in the first half of 2023

Canon is expected to release at least three new RF-S lenses in 2023, two of which will be based on existing EF-M models.

One of the lenses that is rumored to be launching in the first half of 2023 is an RF-S 11-22mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. The EF-M version of this lens was a favorite of EOS M shooters when it was first released, and it remains a popular choice today thanks to its excellent image quality and affordable price.

Canon recently announced the new RF-S 18–45mm F4.5–6.3 IS STM and RF-S 18–150mm F3.5–6.3 IS STM that are designed to be paired with the new EOS R7 and R10 cameras. In addition to these products, Canon is rumored to announce several new RF-S APS-C mirrorless lenses in 2023.

At the moment, CP+ is also scheduled to be held locally, so what kind of new products will Canon announce for CP+? We’re looking forward to it.

Via: CR

Nikon Announces the Development of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S and NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 Lenses

Nikon just officially announced the development of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S, a fast mid-telephoto prime lens, and the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8, a slim wide-angle prime lens, for Z-mount full-frame/FX-format mirrorless cameras.

Nikon is being very tight-lipped about their new ultrafast telephoto prime, leaving us with just the focal length, maximum aperture and 82mm front filter thread revealed in the single product image released alongside the press release. Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about pricing or availability just yet, but if you’re attending CES 2023 in Las Vegas from January 5–8, you can get a sneak peek of the lens at Nikon’s booth.

Press release: Continue reading “Nikon Announces the Development of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S and NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 Lenses”

Panasonic LUMIX S 14-28mm f/4-5.6 Macro Lens Announced

Along with the new Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX, Panasonic also announced a new S-series lens, the LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 Macro. The compact, lightweight full-frame lens joins two existing “budget” lenses in the LUMIX S system, the LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 and the LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 Macro O.I.S.

The LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 Macro lens will be available by the end of March for $799.99.

Pre-order links:

Panasonic LUMIX S 14-28mm f/4-5.6 Macro Lens: $797.99 at B&HAdorama.

Panasonic LUMIX S 14-28mm f/4-5.6 Macro Lens Features

Covering a versatile wide-angle focal length range, the Panasonic Lumix 14-28mm f/4-5.6 MACRO Lens is well-suited for everything from landscapes and cityscapes to street scenes and architecture. An excellent choice for travel photography and everyday shooting, this full-frame lens delivers beautiful images across the entire zoom range and is a great choice for still photography, vlogs, and other video content.

  • Compact ultra-wide-angle zoom lens designed for use with full-frame Leica L-mount mirrorless cameras.
  • Minimum focusing distance of just 5.9″ throughout zoom range for working with close-up subjects.
  • Micro-step aperture control for smooth exposure change and professional quality video.
  • Optimized for video, an advanced optical design minimizes focus breathing when changing focal lengths.
  • Lens design includes one aspherical ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) element, one aspherical element, three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) elements, and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) element.
  • Dust and splash-resistant construction for use in inclement conditions, plus a fluorine coating on the front lens element to protect against dust, dirt, and smearing.
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Press release:

Panasonic Announces a New Compact and Lightweight Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens with Macro Capability

Las Vegas, NV (January 4, 2023) – Panasonic is pleased to introduce a new cost-effective ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO based on the L-Mount system. The LUMIX S Series offers three budget-friendly lenses including the LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO (S-R1428), LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 (S-R2060) and LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R70300) to cover 14mm ultra wide-angle to 300mm telephoto. All of these lenses achieve high optical performance and stunning mobility fit to LUMIX S5 series cameras for both photo and video.

The LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO is comprised of 14 lens elements in 10 groups including one aspherical ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, one aspherical lens, three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens. The use of aspherical lenses realizes both high descriptive performance and beautiful bokeh. The three ED lenses effectively suppress chromatic aberration. Despite its compact size and approximately 345g of light weight, the LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO boasts 0.25 (at 14mm) – 0.5x (at 28mm) macro capability. Taking advantage of the minimum focusing distance of 0.15m at entire zoom range, it can be used for close-up shots with beautiful bokeh. It is suitable for versatile situations including sweeping landscape shots in ultra-wide-angle of view.

The LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision AF system with the sensor drive at max 240 fps.

For the non-linear setting, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring. Focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring for the linear setting. Sensitivity (the amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) can be selected from 90 to 360 degrees to enable intended focus operation¹. The LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a fatal problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography. Together with a micro-step aperture control for smooth exposure change, professional quality video can be recorded.

The LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO and LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 lens feature a common overall length and position of control parts to provide practical advantages in use. The weight and the center of the gravity of these lenses is similar, making it easy to exchange lenses quickly with minimum balance adjustment when the camera is on a gimbal.

The rugged dust/splash-resistant² design withstands use under harsh conditions even at -10° Celsius for high mobility. A fluorine coating is applied to the front lens element to secure water/oil-repellency. An ND/PL filter with 77mm diameter can be attached.

Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance is committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup to fulfill the needs of customers.
The LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO will be available at valued channel partners for $799.99 at the end of March.

Notes

¹ The maximum sensitivity differs by camera model, up to 1080 degrees on S5II, S5IIX and BS1H (as of January 2023).
² Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.

• L-Mount is a trademark or registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
• Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX Officially Announced

The new Panasonic Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX mirrorless cameras are now officially announced. The new Panasonic cameras add phase detection autofocus to its 24MP CMOS sensor and uses the L mount shared with Leica and Sigma.

Pre-order links:

Panasonic Lumix S5 II body: $1,997.99 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Panasonic Lumix S5 II with 20-60mm Lens: $2,297.99 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX body: $2,197.99 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX with 20-60mm Lens: $2,497.99 at AmazonB&HAdorama. Continue reading “Panasonic Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX Officially Announced”

Canon EOS R8 Will Be Announced at CP+ 2023 in February

According to latest Canon rumors, the upcoming Canon EOS R8 mirrorless camera will be announced around CP+ 2023 in February in February 2023 (February 23-26).

Reportedly, this Canon EOS R8 camera will have a unique “flippy screen” and will be outfitted with the same 24.2MP image sensor found in its older brother, the EOS R10. All signs point to the EOS R8 fitting nicely in the lineup between the EOS R7 and EOS R10. As we eagerly await the official unveiling of the EOS R8, we’re left to wonder what other surprises Canon has for us at the CP+ show. Continue reading “Canon EOS R8 Will Be Announced at CP+ 2023 in February”