Sigma 14mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens Announced, Price $1,599

Sigma today has officially announced the new 14mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens. The Sigma 14mm F1.4 DG DN | Art will be available in L-mount and Sony E-mount.  The US price for this lens is $1,599, now available for pre-order at B&H Photo Video/Adorama.

Sigma 14mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens Features

  • Lens construction: 19 elements, 15 groups (1 SLD, 3 FLD and 4 aspherical elements)
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) motor
  • Compatible with lens aberration correction*
  • Support DMF, AF+MF
  • Compatible with AF assist function (Sony E-mount only)
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Aperture Ring
  • Aperture Ring Click switch
  • Focus Mode switch
  • AFL button (customisable on some models
  • Petal-type Hood (fixed)
  • MFL (Manual Focus Lock) switch
  • Rear filter holder
  • Specially designed front cap (Filter slots, Lock mechanism)
  • Dust and Splash Resistant Structure
  • Water and Oil Repellent Coating (Front element)
  • Tripod Socket (TS-141)
  • Support for switching between linear focus / non-linear focus ring settings (L-Mount only)**
  • Compatible with the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (Optional / L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimise flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Made in Japan craftsmanship

* Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model. On cameras where aberration correction is controlled with ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to ‘ON’ (AUTO).

** Only on compatible cameras.

Hot Deal: Venus Optics Laowa 15mm F2 FE Zero-D Lens for $649

Hot Deal!!! Today, B&H launched a great deal on Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for only $649! This is $200 cheaper than regular, available for Canon RFNikon ZSony E and Leica L mounts.

  • Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens–$200 Off
Key Features
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Rectilinear Design, Low Distortion
  • Frog Eye Dust & Water-Repellent Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • 5-Blade Diaphragm

Venus Optics lenses are sold at Adorama and B&H.

Leica Q3 Price, Specs, Release Date Announced

Leica has announced the Q3, price tag $59995, a full-frame compact camera with a fast Summilux lens and Triple-Resolution Technology.  Check availability at AdoramaB&HPhoto and Amazon.

Leica Q3 features a newly developed BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of either 60MP, 36MP or 18MP. The Leica Q3 uses the entire size of the sensor when shooting at each resolution, with a native sensitivity range from ISO 50 on up to 100,000.

The Triple-Resolution sensor is paired with Leica’s latest Maestro Series processor. The new Leica camera also boasts a hybrid AF system with both phase detection and contrast autofocus.

Not traditionally known for video, Leica has also given the Q3 some powerful tools for filmmakers. The camera can record C8K and 8K video at up to 30p, C4K and 4K video at up to 60p and Full HD at up to 120p. The Leica Q3 records both MP4 and MOV files and uses the h.264, h.265 and Apple ProRes codecs.

On the front of the Leica Q3 is a fast Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH fixed lens, which allows you to focus on subjects from as close as 17cm thanks to an integrated macro mode. The lens also allows users to zoom digitally to focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm. What’s more, it incorporates Leica Perspective Control and Leica Dynamic Range to finesse your images.

Other features include a tilting 3-inch, 1.843k-dot touchscreen and a 5.760k-dot EVF. In continuous shooting mode you can shoot at up to 15fps, while the Leica Q3’s electronic shutter allows for shutter speeds as fast as 1/16,000sec.

Leica Q3 Key specifications:

  • 60MP full-frame sensor
  • 28mm F1.7 Summilux stabilized lens
  • Crops to 35, 50, 70 and 90mm (39, 19, 8 and 6MP)
  • 5.76M dot OLED EVF with 0.79x magnification
  • 3″ tilt touchscreen LCD with 1.8 million dots
  • Native ISO range of 50-100,000
  • Hybrid autofocus (PDAF + contrast AF with DFD)
  • 8K video capture in UHD or DCI ratios up to 30p (H.265)
  • Apple ProRes 422HQ support for 1080p video capture up to 60p
  • AI-assisted perspective control and dynamic range tools for JPEG mode
  • IP52-rated dust and water resistant
  • USB-C and micro-HDMI ports
  • Wireless charging via optional hand grip add-on
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

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Leica Q3 Camera to be Announced on May 26, 2023

According to latest rumors, Leica will announce the new Leica Q3 on May 26th, 2023. Here are the rumored specifications of the Leica Q3.

The US price for Leica Q2 is $5,795.00, and available at B&H Photo/Adorama. The price would be higher than the Q2 unfortunately.

Here are the updated Leica Q3 camera rumored specifications: Continue reading “Leica Q3 Camera to be Announced on May 26, 2023”

ON1 Photo RAW 2023.5 Software Coming in June

The ON1 Photo RAW 2023.5 is coming in June and will include the new Resize AI with Face Recovery, new Masking Tools and Curves Control, improved raw processing for better quality images, and more:

Photo RAW 2023.5 is a free update for ON1 Everything subscribers and owners of version 2023. You can order now with coupon code  NEW2023-5 for a special introductory price.

Here are the key features coming in version 2023.5 in early June:

  • New Face Recovery Technology in Resize AI for upscaling faces with remarkable detail. Perfect for upscaling old photos or cropping a portrait or headshot out and upscaling it to super-resolution.
  • Upgraded raw processing for more natural shadows, fewer edge artifacts, and more responsive sliders
  • Greatly improved Refine Mask Brush for masking challenging areas like hair and trees
  • New Encircle option in the Refine Mask tool, to draw around the borders of an object when masking
  • Enhanced Mask AI for improved masking in photos of people and animals
  • New dropper tool for the Curves control in Effects
  • Zooming and panning the preview as well as adjusting tool properties such as brush size can now be accomplished simultaneously with the scroll-wheel
  • New Cameras and Lenses

Leica Q3 Camera Image Leaked

Here is the first leaked picture of the Leica Q3 camera. According to latest Leica Rumors Leica Q3 announcement expected in May/June 2023 timeframe.

The US price for Leica Q2 is $5,795.00, and available at B&H Photo/Adorama. Leica is expected to announce the Q3 camera within the next 2-3 weeks (most likely in the last week of May). The price would be higher than the Q2 unfortunately. Continue reading “Leica Q3 Camera Image Leaked”

Leica M11 Monochrom and Leica Summilux-M 50mm F1.4 ASPH Lens Announced

Leica announces M11 Monochrom, a 60-megapixel camera built for black and white photography.

The M11 Monochrom is a digital rangefinder sporting a 60-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated monochromatic image sensor. This is the same resolution as the standard color Leica M11 camera, and the M11 Monochrom also features the same multi-resolution functionality, allowing users to swap between 18, 36, and 60-megapixel resolution, complete with varying crop factors (sort of like swapping between different prime lenses).

The M11 Monochrom will be available from today at a price of $9195. Check availability at Adorama | B&H | Amazon.

Continue reading “Leica M11 Monochrom and Leica Summilux-M 50mm F1.4 ASPH Lens Announced”

Officially Announced: New Sigma 17mm f/4, 50mm f/2 and 23mm f/1.4 lenses

Sigma has added three lenses to its line-up. The Sigma 17mm F4 DG DN and a 50mm F2 DG DN compact, mid-priced ‘I Series’ primes as part of its Contemporary range and a 23mm F1.4 DC DN for APS-C Sony E, Fujifilm X & Leica L-mounts.

All these three lenses will be officially released in late April 2023.

Key specifications 17mmF/4 DG DN

  • Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups (2 SLD and 3 aspherical elements)
  • Angle-of-view: 103.7°
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Minimum aperture: F22
  • Minimum focusing distance: 12cm
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:3.6
  • Filter size: 55mm
  • Dimensions: 64.0mm x 48.8mm
  • Weight: 225g

Key specifications 23mm F/1.4 DC DN

  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups (3 SLD and 2 aspherical elements)
  • Angle-of-view: 63.4°
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Minimum aperture: F16
  • Minimum focusing distance: 25cm
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:7.3
  • Filter size: 52mm
  • Dimensions: 65.8mm x 76.9mm
  • Weight: 340g

Key specifications 50mm F/2 DG DN

  • Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups (1 SLD and 3 aspherical elements)
  • Angle-of-view: 46.8°
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Minimum aperture: F22
  • Minimum focusing distance: 45cm
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.9
  • Filter size: 58mm
  • Dimensions: 70.0mm x 68.0mm
  • Weight: 350g

Continue reading “Officially Announced: New Sigma 17mm f/4, 50mm f/2 and 23mm f/1.4 lenses”

Leica Q3 to be Announced in late Spring, Rumored Specs Leaked

Leica Q3 camera to be announced soon! According to latest Leica Rumors Leica Q3 announcement expected in May/June 2023 timeframe. Here are some updated Leica Q3 specifications ahead of the official announcement.

The Leica Q2 is a fixed-lens, full-frame camera sporting a new 47.3MP sensor and a sharp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens. Leica has paired the sensor with an updated Maestro processing engine to enable a sensitivity range of ISO 50–50,000, a maximum continuous shooting rate of up to 20fps with the electronic shutter, and 4K (3840 x2160) video recording at 24/30fps (or C4K 4096 x 2160 at 24p).

The US price for Leica Q2 is $5,795.00, and available at B&H Photo/Adorama. Continue reading “Leica Q3 to be Announced in late Spring, Rumored Specs Leaked”

Leica Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400mm F/5-6.3 Telephoto Zoom Lens and 1.4x Extender

Leica has announced the Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400mm F5-6.3, a telephoto zoom lens for L-mount. Also announced a 1.4x teleconverter that’s compatible with the lens to deliver a combination that extends to 560mm F9.

The new lens costs $2,195, first available for pre-order at B&HAdorama. Along with Leica Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400mm F5-6.3 lens, Leica also announced Extender L 1.4x for this new lens. It costs $875, first available for Pre-Order at B&HAdorama.

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