Venus Optics Announces Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT Lens with Automatic Aperture Control

Venus Optics has announced an updated version of its Laowa 7.5mm f/2 Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens that has electronic aperture control.

This lens is currently the widest rectilinear lens available for Micro Four Thirds. It gives a field of view equivalent to a 15 mm lens on 35 mm sensors. This allows MFT users to enjoy an impressive 110° ultra wide angle of view for a broad range of shooting.

The new lens features the same optical construction as its fully-manual predecessor (13 elements in nine groups), but adds an electronically-controlled aperture at the cost of reducing the number of aperture blades to five.

Designed for the MFT system, Laowa 7.5mm f/2 lens with electronic aperture control costs $549. Venus Optics lenses are sold atAdorama and B&HYou can view a gallery of full-sized sample images on Venus Optics’ Flickr album.

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New ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f//0.95 Lens for L-mount

ZY Optics released a new version of their Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 version III for full frame L mount (Sigma FP, Panasonic S1 and S1H, Leica SL, SL2).

The price of the new lens is $799 and you can order with free international shipping. The bright prime lens is also available for Nikon ZSony E, and Canon RF mounts.

The ZY Optics Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 M-mount lens weighs 1.38 lb. (675g). The lens is 3.46″ (88mm) long and has a maximum diameter of 2.95″ (75mm). The lens has a 75mm filter thread.  Other features include a nine-blade aperture diaphragm, an aperture range of F0.95 through F16 and a 100cm (3.25ft) minimum focusing distance. Continue reading “New ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f//0.95 Lens for L-mount”

Panasonic Lumix S5 Sensor Review : Scored 94 Points at DxOMark

DxOMark published their tests and review of 24.2MP sensor inside the Panasonic Lumix S5 camera ($1,697).

According to sensor review, the Panasonic Lumix S5 gets an outstanding overall DxOmark score of 94 points, with a combination of 25.1 bits color depth, 14.5 EV dynamic range, and 2697 ISO low-light score.

Here are the details about the Panasonic sensor review: Continue reading “Panasonic Lumix S5 Sensor Review : Scored 94 Points at DxOMark”

Atomos Ninja V+ 8K HDMI H.265 Raw Recording Monitor Announced

Atomos officially announced three new pieces of news regarding its Ninja V lineup:

  • Atomos Ninja V gets H.265 codec support in a new, paid upgrade
  • Atomos Ninja V+ 5″ 8K HDMI H.265 Raw Recording Monitor
  • Ninja Stream – 4Kp60 HDR for a high-quality social distancing production environment

Atomos Ninja V: $599 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Atomos Ninja V+: $1,499 at B&HAdorama.

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Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 Z Lens Firmware Update Version 1.2.0 Released

Viltrox released a new firmware version 1.2.0 for Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 Z Lens for Nikon Z-mount.

The lens is currently available to purchase on Amazon for $399. That’s $300 less than the MSRP of Nikon’s own Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S lens. The lens will work on all Nikon Z full-frame cameras, including the new Z6 II and Z7 II.

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM Lens for Nikon Z-Mount – $399 at Amazon and B&HPhoto.

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TTArtisan 21mm f/1.5 lens for Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon R and Leica L

The TTArtisan 21mm f/1.5 lens is now available for Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon R, and Leica L mounts.

Fast and wide, the 21mm f/1.5 from TTArtisan is an ultra-wide prime designed for mirrorless cameras. The broad field of view is complemented by the bright f/1.5 maximum aperture, which excels in low-light conditions as well as for isolating subjects using selective focus techniques. The lens’s manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3′ away and it features a 10-blade diaphragm that contributes to a smooth bokeh quality. Additionally, a lens hood is included that protects the front of the lens as well as reduces stray light from causing flare.

The lens is currently available on Amazon.com and  B&HPhoto ranges from $250 –  $429. Continue reading “TTArtisan 21mm f/1.5 lens for Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon R and Leica L”

Silver Viltrox AF 23mm, 33mm & 56mm f/1.4 Lenses Released

Viltrox has released silver version of their 23mmF1.433mmF1.4 and 56mmF1.4 X-mount AF lenses.

All three lenses has a metal structure, and  offers a wide manual focus ring and internal focusing, along with a noiseless STM motor to power the autofocus. The widest of the three new autofocus lenses is the 23mm – which offers an equivalent focal length of a 35mm when used on an APS-C mirrorless camera.

VILTROX 85mm f/1.8 II: B&H Photo / Amazon
VILTROX 56mm f/1.4: B&H Photo / Amazon
VILTROX 33mm f/1.4: B&H Photo / Amazon
VILTROX 23mm f/1.4: B&H Photo / Amazon

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Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II Lens for Canon EF, Nikon F, MFT, Pentax K, Sony E, Fuji X, Leica M & L

The Meyer-Optik Gorlitz brand has expanded its range with a new full frame lens – the Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II. As expected, this new lens has been released for various mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, M42, Pentax K, Sony E, Fujifilm X, Leica L, Leica M, as well as Micro Four Thirds.

The Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II lens is marketed by the manufacturer as a “reborn” version of the original lens, developed by Meyer-Optik designer Paul Schefter 80 years ago. Then this lens became popular due to the extremely high aperture for that time, as well as the ability to create a wide range of bokeh effects – from swirling to “creamy” with small details in a blur.

The manufacturer focuses on the quality of the optics assembly, high-quality color reproduction with high sharpness of the image, and, of course, on the possibility of creating an expressive bokeh effect (see sample images on the Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 II).

Price and availability

The cost of the Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II lens is $899 and it can be purchased via the B&HPhoto website. Here are all updated/new Meyer Optik Görlitz lense. Continue reading “Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II Lens for Canon EF, Nikon F, MFT, Pentax K, Sony E, Fuji X, Leica M & L”

Atomos announces development of ProRes RAW support for Sony FX3

Atomos announces development of Apple ProRes RAW support on the Ninja V for Sony’s New FX3. With the Apple ProRes RAW support, Sony FX3 will be getting 4.3K/60p ProRes RAW external recording to Ninja V.

The FX3 is Sony’s latest offering in its newly formed Cinema Camera Line and borrows a lot of its features from the popular a7S III, remixing it into a body better suited for video-centric workflows.

According to Atomos, they will soon enable the Ninja V 5-inch monitor/recorder to record 12bit ProRes RAW up to 4.3K/60p from the Sony FX3.

Atomos previously announced the Alpha 1 will be receiving the same treatment. Here are the details.

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Insta360 GO 2 Flagship Waterproof Action Camera

Insta360 introduces the Insta360 GO 2 flagship action camera. The brand new, thumb-sized, and ultra-light Insta 360 camera weighes less than 27 grams. Thanks to its stabilization, the 360 2 enables high-resolution, hands-free recordings and allows you to capture extraordinary perspectives while shooting videos.

Insta360 GO 2 is the world’s smallest action camera. It weighs about 6x lighter than your old action cam, with the same sized image sensor, and fits perfectly on your shirt.

The US price is $299.99 and it is now available for pre-order at B&HAdorama. Continue reading “Insta360 GO 2 Flagship Waterproof Action Camera”