Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF Lens Officially Announced

The Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF lens from Venus Optics is now officially announced. The APS-c format ultra-wide angle zoom lens will be available for Sony E, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z, Canon RF, and Canon EF-M mounts.

The 8-16mm lens offers an ultra-wide perspective of 82.8°-120.9°, making it perfect for various photography genres such as landscape photography, architectural marvels, and wide-angle portraits. Content creators can also utilize the lens to create a unique perspective for their vlogs. Priced at only 549 USD, this lens is also an excellent choice for beginners who want to explore the world of ultra-wide photography at an affordable price level.

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

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GoPro HERO12 Black Officially Announced, Price $399

GoPro officially announced the new GoPro HERO12 Black camera. The US price is $399 and it will be released in September 13, 2023. Now the new GoPro HERO12 Black is available for pre-order at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Pre-order link:

GoPro HERO12 Black: $399 at AmazonB&HAdorama

Key Features

  • 27MP with Improved Performance
  • 5.3K60/4K120/2.7K240 Video, 27MP Photos
  • HyperSmooth 6.0 Image Stabilization
  • Front and Rear LCD Screens
  • Bluetooth Audio Connectivity and Control
  • 33′ Waterproof without Housing
  • 8x Slow-Motion Video
  • 1720mAh Capacity Rechargeable Battery

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GoPro HERO12 will be Announced on September 6th

According to recent reports, the new GoPro Hero 12 camera will be announced on September 6th.

Now In Stock GoPro HERO11 Black – $499.99

Now In Stock GoPro HERO11 Black Creator Edition Bundle – $699.99

Here are the updated GoPro Hero 12 camera specifications: Continue reading “GoPro HERO12 will be Announced on September 6th”

AstrHori 18mm f/8 2X Probe Macro Lens Announced

AstrHori 18mm f/8 2X Probe Macro Lens: Amazon

AstrHori Introduces the First APS-C 2X Macro Probe Lens — 18mmF8
Let everyone realize creative, macro photography.

AstrHori announces the APS-C 18mm f/8 2x Macro Probe Lens for Sony E, Fuji X, Canon RF, EF, Nikon Z and more mounts.
The lens will be officially launched on May 29th on Amazon, AliExpress, independent stations and other platforms.
The lens is now on sale for an impressively-low price of just USD 719, EUR 999, JPY 119,599, GBP 879, MXN 14,369, CAD 989.

Following the launch of the 28mmF13 2X macro probe lens, the 18mmF8 2X macro macro probe lens is launched. I don’t know if there will be a 28mmF13 second-generation lens, let us look forward to it. Continue reading “AstrHori 18mm f/8 2X Probe Macro Lens Announced”

Sony ZV-1 II Leaked Specs

The Sony ZV-1 II will be officially announced tomorrow at 10am ET New York time. Here are the leaked specs of Sony ZV-1 II.

Rumored Sony ZV-1 II Specs

  • Same 20MP sensor of the ZV-1
  • It will feature a newly designed 18-50mm f/1.8-4.0 lens (compared to the ZV-1 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens)
  • cinematic vlog
  • animal eye AF
  • looks nearly the same as the current ZV-1
  • It will be expensive with a price close to 1000 Dollars/Euro

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Viltrox AF 16mm f/1.8 Lens Specifications Leaked

Viltrox AF 16mm f/1.8 Lens is expected to be announced sometime in May.
Newly leaked pictures of the Viltrox AF 16mm f/1.8 lens from the Chinese social network Weibo reveal a large LCD screen on the side of the lens. Check it out.

Here are the Viltrox AF 16mm f/1.8 lens specifications:

  • Angle of view as full frame: 115mm
  • Design: 16 elements in 11 groups
  • Aperture blades: 11
  • Focus range: 0.88m-∞
  • Internal focusing system
  • Diomensssions: 87×101mm
  • Weight: approx. 669g
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • The lens will be officially announced this month (May 2023)

Sony ZV-E1 In Stock / Availability Tracker

The newly announced Sony ZV-E1 is now available for pre-order in US B&HphotoAmazonAdorama. The camera body costs $2,198 and with 28-60mm lens kit for $2,498.

Sony ZV-E1 currently is one of the best selling cameras in the world. Due to the high demands and the short supply, Sony ZV-E1 will be out of stock everywhere for almost several weeks, even for several months. Here is a pre-order/in stock /availability tracker for Sony ZV-E1: Continue reading “Sony ZV-E1 In Stock / Availability Tracker”

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

AstrHori AH-M1 Light Meter Officially Announced

AstrHori just announced a unique new light meter, the AstrHori AH-M1 Light Meter, that you can find on Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.

  • Display screen: 0.6 6 “O L E D
  • Battery type: built-in 120mAh lithium battery
  • Battery Life: Approximately 12 hours metered with continuous operation.
  • Charging is USB – – Type – C interface, use 5 V power supply to charge, about 40 minutes to fully charge
  • Metering parameters: about 30 ° average photometry, single photometry time ≤ 0.5 s.
  • Metering range: ( I S O 1 0 0 ) E V 1 ~ E V 2 2
  • Aperture adjustment range: F 1 ~ F 3 2
  • Shutter time adjustment range: 3 2 s ~ 1 / 8 0 0 0 s
  • Adjustment range: I S O 6 4 0 0 ~ I S O 5
  • Exposure compensation range: + 3 E V ~ – 3 E V
  • Metering Mode Average Metering: Weight Approx. 48 g
  • Size: 38*26*14mm

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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.


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.