All pictures courtesy of Fengniao forum user Romil.
A little while ago, the Chinese lens manufacturer Mitakon announced the first super-fast lens for Sony’s new full-frame E-mount cameras, the Mitakon 50mm f0.95. After the 35mm f0.95 for the APS-C E-mount cameras, this is Mitakon’s second über-speedy normal lens for Sony’s mirrorless cameras. Now the first couple sample images taken with the lens on a Sony A7 have popped up on a Chinese forum, and they’re looking gorgeous.
Head past the jump if you’re ready for some super creamy bokeh and extra-slim depth-of-field.
Back in August, Pentax, now owned by Ricoh, announced a re-issue of its DA Limited lenses, which are now labelled HD and come with new coatings for better image quality and rounded aperture blades for nicer bokeh. Now RiceHigh’s Pentax Blog reports that Ricoh is planning to also revamp the Pentax FA Limited lenses, which consist of the 31mm f1.8, 43mm f1.9 and 77mm f1.8. According to a discussion thread on the Chinese Xitek forum, a Ricoh official stated that the FA Limited lenses will soon receive the same HD coatings plus a number of optical tweaks to their barrels.
In another recent article, RiceHigh reports about an interview with the Chief Sales and Marketing Manager of Ricoh Imaging, published in issue 1/2014 of the Japanese Impress photo magazine. In that interview, it’s allegedly being hinted that a replacement for the 645D digital medium format camera might be on its way, and that it may come with a full-frame 6×4.5 sensor. The current Pentax 645D uses a cropped sensor.
The same Ricoh official is also reported to have claimed in an interview with a Hong Kong magazine that there will likely be no full-frame Pentax DSLR coming, at least not before the 645D successor. As a reason for that, he mentions that APS-C models make up about 80-90% of the total DSLR market share, and that there are already enough choices for the remaining 10-20% of the market. That’s really a pity, because we know for a fact that many Pentax fans would love to be able to use their legacy K-mount glass on a 35mm full-frame system. But there’s still the Sony A7 and A7R for that.
As always, these are early reports and to be taken with a grain of salt. It’s very likely that we’ll see the revamped FA Limited lenses for CP+ in 2014, but we wouldn’t speculate on when a possible 645D successor might see the light of day, and whether or not there’ll ever be a 35mm full-frame Pentax DSLR. Though we surely wouldn’t mind one.
When the Sony A7 and A7R full-frame E-mount cameras were first announced, the’re wasn’t really a huge number of lenses available for the system. Granted, both cameras work with E-mount APS-C lenses, but those don’t provide the large image circle needed for the full-frame sensor. So what many early adopters did was to adapt lenses from other systems to the A7 and A7R.
In order to address the lens shortage issue, Samyang/Rokinon, as one of the first manufacturers, has now come up with E-mount versions of some of its full-frame DSLR lenses. In order to make the lenses fit the A7 and A7R, Rokinon added extension to the lens barrels that make up for the difference in flange distance between the mirrorless E-mount and regular DSLR mounts. Hence why the lenses look like they’ve been mated to an adapter.
The Sony 55mm f1.8 lens is one of the companies first full-frame offerings for the A7 and A7R. One of the advantages it has over its 35mm f2.8 sibling is that it has a faster aperture. The sheer power of the A7 and the A7R left many wondering why the initial lens offerings aren’t faster, but with time, the lens options will grow. The 55mm f1.8 performs very well when paired with the A7, and it delivers some beautiful bokeh thanks in no small part to its nine aperture blades. And it’s weather sealed, too.
In an interview recently conducted by the Thai website 2how.com, Fujifilm manager Kawahara-san claims that at this point, the company had no plans to introduce a full-frame X-mount camera. The question came up because such a camera body has recently been asked for by fans of the X-system, in part due to the fact that Sony recently introduced the world’s first mirrorless full-frame camera that is not a Leica M rangerfinder. It would seem only logical that we’d see more cameras like the A7 and A7R in the near future.
Kawahara-san mentions a couple of convincing reasons for not going full frame with the X-system, though. For one, current X lenses would not be compatible with the new camera because they were designed for APS-C sensors. Also, part of the X-system’s formula is overall small size, which would be compromised by introducing a full-frame sensor along with new lenses that will work with it.
The good news though is that Fujifilm is continuing to actively improve their current models by listening to the wishes of their customers and providing firmware upgrades. They’ll continue to do so, which is part of the reason they won’t introduce an X-Pro 2 soon. Instead, they want their customers to use their cameras longer in their life. That’s actually one of the best things we’ve heard from any industry official all year, because it means the company won’t make your new camera obselete in half year or a year from now, further nurturing the throwaway culture.
The full interview is after the break, and it’s well worth spending ten minutes for it, if you’re into the Fujifilm X-system at all.
Nikon Rumors reports that a Nikkor 35mm f1.8G lens for FX format cameras will come for CES, which will take place in Las Vegas in early January next year. Currently, Nikon has a 35mm f1.8G lens for DX (APS-C) cameras in its lineup, along with a 35mm f1.4G for the FX full frame system. The next best thing Nikon has for FX users is the 35mm f2D, so it seems it was about time to introduce a more affordable and more lightweight alternative to the G-series.
For what it’s worth, the current 35mm is quite good as it covers a full frame sensor (who would have thought?) but isn’t so sharp in the corner. Still, it’s a lens that you’re bound to keep with you for a while.
The exact release date as well as the retail price of the lens are currently unknown, but it should be somewhere in between the 35mm f1.4G for FX and the 35mm f1.8G for DX. Truthfully, Nikon should make this a kit option at some point.