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  2. Sony did not announce a new APS-C camera at the 2018 Photokina show and it seems they will not announce one this year. The Japanese website pronews.jp recently interviewed Kenji Tanaka (Sony Senior General Manager) who confirmed that Sony will announce a new APS-C based mirrorless camera by the CP+ show that will take place in Japan at the end of February (February 28th - March 3th). He also emphasized that Sony has not abandoned their APS-C mirrorless camera line. The last Sony a6500 APS-C mirrorless camera was announced in October 2016. The Sony a6300 was announced in February 2016. The model before that (Sony a5100) was announced in August 2014 (the Sony a6000 was introduced in February 2014). via Photorumors.com
  3. Tamron Japan issued an apology for not having enough supply to meet the demand for their Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lens that is supposed to start shipping on May 24th. The new Tamron 28-75mm lens offers good quality image quality (more reviews added to this post) for E-mount shooters for a price significantly lower compared to similar Sony/Zeiss offerings.
  4. Sony patent for PDAF usable up to the array edges.
  5. Today Tokina announced additional information on their new FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE AF full frame lens for Sony E-mount. The official release date in Japan is Friday, April 20, 2018. The actual shipping date for the rest of the world is June 1st. The suggested retail price in Japan is 138,000 yen excluding tax (around $1,200 - $1,300).
  6. Sony A7 III Tested at DxOMark DxOMark published their test results for the Sony A7III full frame mirrorless camera ($1,998)
  7. Samsung Wants to Dethrone Sony in the Image Sensor Business Samsung is going to challenge Sony’s leadership in the Image Sensor Business. Etnews.com reports that Samsung wants to become number 1: Samsung has yet no goal to make APS-C or FF Image Sensor for the photo industry. Their focus is on smartphone cameras and automotive industry. Still, their NX1 camera was ahead of times in many areas, pity they did quit. Oh and by the way, back when they had their NX system Samsung was bragging that they would become number 1 in the camera mirrorless camera industry. It didn’t work out well. via Dpreview
  8. Pricing Announced for the New Sigma DG HSM Art Lenses Sigma announced the pricing of their new series of full-frame mirrorless prime Art lenses for Sony E-mount - the price is the same as the DSLR versions. Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art: $1,599 Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art: $899 Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art: $849 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art: $899 Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art: $949 Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art: $1,199 Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art: $1,399 via photorumors.com
  9. Sony A7III Mirrorless Camera Officially Announced The Sony A7III mirrorless camera is now officially announced: Sony a7 III body only price: $1,998 (pre-orders will open on Wednesday at 10am EST time) Sony a7 III lens kit price: $2,198 Newly Developed Full-frame 24.2MP Back-Illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Image Sensor with Evolved Image Processing Wide ISO range of 100 - 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and 15-Stop Dynamic Range at low sensitivities World Class AF system featuring 693 phase-detection AF points covering 93% of image area, 425 contrast AF points and fast and reliable Eye AF Continuous Shooting at up to 10 fps with either Mechanical Shutter or Silent Shooting and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage High Resolution 4K Movie Shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning across full-width of full-frame sensor The longest rated battery life of any Mirrorless camera at 710 shots per charge Upgraded operability and functionality including addition of joystick for adjusting focus points, Dual SD Card Slots, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ Terminal and more via Photorumors.com
  10. Sigma will gradually introduce the following Art lenses for the Sony E-mount digital camera series with full-frame image sensors: 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO Art (brand new) 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (brand new) 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art From the press release: While offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models will feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Sony’s continuous autofocus (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. Like the converter, the lenses will be compatible with in-camera image stabilization and in-camera aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion. via Photorumors.com
  11. New Sony A7III Will Be Announced on February 26 at 4pm Las Vegas Time!
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