The Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Lens for E Mount Has 11 Aperture Blades

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The full frame Sony E mount lineup of lenses already has two 50mm offerings in the form of the 50mm f1.8 and the Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8–and today they’re getting a third in the form of the Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 for full frame E mount cameras. This latest offering boasts dust and moisture protection, 11 aperture blades (like the 85mm f1.4 G Master before it), advanced aspherical elements, extra-low dispersion elements, and the Zeiss T+ coating that minimizes flare and gives your images lots of punch–just like standard Zeiss glass does.

Like many of the company’s other f1.4 prime lens offerings, this lens has an aperture ring, an SSM motor, and an overall nice feel to the body. When it launches this month, you’ll be able to score one for $1,500. Details on this lens and much more from Sony (with some re-announcements) are after the jump.

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Fujifilm Lens Roadmap Shows Us a Weather Sealed 23mm f2 Lens

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While Fujifilm already has a large number of great lenses available, it looks like the revamps will come in the form of adding weather sealing to some of their optics in exchange for a bit of light gathering abilities. According to the new lens roadmap released, we’re supposed to be seeing a 23mm f2 lens this year and next year we’re getting two new lenses.

Also be sure to check out the coverage of the brand new Fujifilm X-T2 and the Fujifilm X Pro 2 firmware updates announced today.

The Fujifilm X-T2 has 325 Autofocus Points, Shoots 4K Video

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For some odd reason, it always seems that someone can’t keep their mouth shut–as the rumors we all heard about the Fujifilm X-T2 all seem to be true. The camera is the follow up to the award winning Fujifilm X-T1 and brings with it a number of new changes that were only to be expected.

The Fujifilm X-T2 boasts the same 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor inside the Fujifilm X Pro 2. However, the camera will come standard with 4K video recording along with the ability to use each film simulation–including Acros. As such, it lives besides the X Pro 2 as a flagship camera.

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New Camera Lift-Strap Looks To Take The Weight Off Your Shoulders

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The Camera Lift-Strap is looking to solve a major problem for photographers who carry heavy cameras. The team at PONTE Leather Co. have come up with what they feel is a solution to that problem – the Camera Lift-Strap, and they are currently seeking your support to the tune of $10,000 in an ongoing Kickstarter campaign. The Camera Lift Strap aims to take the added weight of the camera off your neck, by instead placing it on a backpack. The concept is simple really. A quality leather strap with a built in loop and button attaches to the hanger loop on the top of your backpack and holds the strap off your neck, transferring the weight onto the backpack rather than your neck.

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Hilarious Craigslist Ad Asks For Lots from a Professional Student Photographer

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Lead image by Jason Chen.

When we’re all starting out and trying to go from hobbyist to pro photographer, it isn’t uncommon of us to use Craigslist and get trapped in the whole world of trying to justify someone actually paying you for your services. Quite often, photographers will put up a faux craigslist ad to express their disgust–such as with the case of one ad from Richmond, VA.

The faux ad calls for a student photographer that owns loads of professional DSLR gear including a full frame camera.

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Offer Your Clients a Uniquely Artistic and Timeless Product with Shots on Stone

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It’s pretty interesting that not many people have thought about what “Shots on Stone” is trying to do right now. There have been Polaroid emulsion lifts onto wood and stone, but this is a different process.

The project, just as the name implies, involves developing prints on stone tablets for an incredibly unique and artistic way to display your imagery.

More after the jump…

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DECISIVE: New Currents in Street Photography is Looking for Submissions

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Sixteen Mile Arts Photography Gallery announced an open call for entries for Decisive: New Currents in Street Photography. They’re being put on some of the same folks who do the Mobile Photography Awards.

The exhibit will showcase SIXTY (60) photographs: thirty (30) prints & thirty (30) images in rotation on our digital screen. Deadline for entry is July 22nd, 2016 and the exhibit will run throughout August, 2016.

To submit, you don’t need to be an established shooter–instead you can be emerging, etc. That’s what an open call is. It’s being juried by Photographer Jose-Luis Barcia-Fernandez & Sixteen Mile Arts curator/owner Daniel Berman. I’ll also be serving as a judge.

All photo-based images are welcome. Images may be created with any type of camera, including film, digital, & mobile phone.

 

Want to enter? Click here.