When Sony first announced their mirrorless full frame E mount system, the 24-70mm f4 was mentioned as one of the first lenses to be offered. Fast forward a bit, and it has hit the retailers and is receiving reviews. As one of the first zooms offered to a brand new system, there is a lot riding on the 24-70mm f4 FE OSS due to to the fact that it will help to keep the system afloat in its infancy. So with that in mind, Sony made this lens splashproof and dustproof–whatever that really means.
Despite the build though, folks purchase a lens for its image quality. And boy, does it exhibit some pretty good image quality–emphasis on pretty good. This lens doesn’t seem to be the company’s sharpest zoom lens, and to be honest it’s very much more of a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none. But in the hands of the right creative, it can do some great work.
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It looks like the Fujifilm X100s is about to get an update of some sort very soon. Mirrorless Rumors got a hold of evidence allegedly leaked by photographer David Hobby. the EXIF data of some of the images (which were now taken down) state that they’re from a new camera called the X100T. This sort of makes sense, as it’s the next letter in the alphabet. However, the S in the nomenclature stood for speed–and we’re not sure what T could stand for.
Fuji Rumors is stating that the camera will boast a 24MP APS-C sensor with faster AF, a new fixed lens, a tilting screen, a new EVF, and a wider phase detection area. These are all upgrades that the X100s needed since the lens attached to the camera was more or less the same as the X100–and the larger megapixels need to work with a newer lens for more resolution.
It’s about time for an X100s update anyway since there have been no major firmware updates to the camera in a while. We’re just going to have to wait and see what comes this way.
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Hasselblad is giving all of its old V-System analog cameras a new lease on life with its freshly announced CFV-50c digital back. The 50MP CMOS sensor-based back will let users capture 8272 x 6200 pixel images with any V-System camera dating all the way back to 1957.
On top of producing massive print quality photos, the CFV-50c can take a 12-minute exposure for those long stares into starry skies. The sensor back can also shoot up to ISO 6400 whilst promising to produce exposures with “relatively low noise.” On the back there’s a high-res 3-inch TFT LCD to preview your images.
Supposedly Hasselblad has created the CFV-50c at the behest of photographers still using V System cameras. “We have experienced a substantial resurgence of interest in our iconic V cameras – users love the traditional ergonomics and the unique appearance,” said Hasselblad CEO Ian Rawcliffe.
Hasselblad hasn’t posted a release date or any official pricing yet, but Shutterbug reports CMOS sensor-based back will be available for 11,000 Euros (about $14,900). We’re sure to hear more about it soon. Until then head past the break for more specs and images.
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Hoya just announced a new line of filters that they’re claiming will repel dust. They’re called the EVO Antistatic filters, and not only are able to repel dust off of them, but they are also claiming that they have a 99.8% light transmission rate–which is really only 0.1% better than previous generations of filters. But they’re saying that it will have virtually no effect on the white balance and contrast. Besides these features, Hoya is saying that the coatings are water resistant, stain and scratch resistant and they’re also claiming that the filters will clean easily when smudged.
These filters are designed for professionals and are meant to protect the expensive gear that they own. In real life though, dust on your lens doesn’t really affect the image quality at all because the particles are so small and so close to the front element that it’s negligible. But it’s a nice touch if you’re going out into the desert since it will keep the lens clean and sand out of the lens.
The new EVO ANTISTATIC series of filters consist of a Protector, UV, and Circular Polarizer in sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm. There is no official word on pricing yet, but we’re not expecting these to be affordable given the science behind them.