Cosina announces three Voightländer branded lenses for Sony mirrorless full frame cameras; one was actually announced last year, but now they have 'improved' the specifications and appearance and added the other two. The release date and price is yet unknown, and for all we know it could be another year before they are widely available. I've used Voightländer lenses on film cameras, but not with digital, so we'll see after I review them.
35mm F/1.4, likely an eight element (8/6) lens that looks quite small, no official specs yet or price.
40mm F/1.2, another small, yet fast lens, no idea of the optical formula, no official specs yet or price.
65mm F/2 Macro APO Lanthar; a fancy Voightländer heritage name with nifty red-green-blue hash marks. Half macro size 1:2. No official specs or price.
The second lens is a $1500 USD 100mm F/2.8 STF G Master, designed very much like the one I reviewed a few years ago, but a bit shorter at 100mm instead of 135mm. One hundred millimeters is awfully close to 85mm, and at F/2.8, (with a 'T' rating of F/5.6), this is a slow lens! I'm scratching my head on the 100mm focal length decision. Hopefully Sony will come out with an FE version of the spectacular 135/1.8 Zeiss lens, which I would much rather have than the STF. Check out the review above to see if STF is right for you!!
Also announced, a new radio flash for people that don't want to buy separate radio triggers, retail around $400 USD. Availability in March.
I’ve listed all the lenses (almost 60!) that I was able to find that will fit Sony’s ‘E’ mount, but for now I’ve only completed the ‘FE’ system which covers full frame. I’ll get the full list of APS-C lenses next. Go here for the list.…
Photojottings and Kurtmunger have been combined!! Everything on my old site is here, but you’ll probably want to use the search box to find something. I added all the old site pages from the left side navigation bar to the header above, so that may help.
I’ve added a new set of resolution sample shots taken with the fantastic little Sony FE 55/1.8 lens. I bought this lens after I reviewed it and still can’t believe how sharp it is wide open. The old resolution samples were taken in cloudy weather, this new set in full sun, and a different scene.…
Sony finally produces their first full frame normal macro lens, a 50mm F/2.8 for the FE system. Sorry 'a' mount folks, you'll have to keep using the 1980s Minolta designed macros. This new FE macro lens has a stated minimum aperture of F/16, that seems not nearly small enough for close work and adequate depth of field. Of course I'll be reviewing this lens soon. Below is a press release.
Sony announces a new APS-C camera, this time a minor upgrade to the A6300, both good cameras, however, the retail price of the new 6500 is $1400!! This new camera gets some AF, and video tweaks, and a touch screen. Below is a recent press release.
Stable, fast, and versatile, the Alpha a6500 from Sony is an apt APS-C-format mirrorless …