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The new ZEISS Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM for professional reportage photography Das neue ZEISS Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM für die Profi-Reportagefotografie

There were rumors of a new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Otus lens floating around the web, and if you’re a forum lurker hoping to bite your lip and close your eyes to the chart readings then you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. The reason for that is because the new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM lens was designed for Leica M mount cameras. It has been unveiled today at Photokina 2014.

As it is though, 35mm f1.4 lenses are very highly sought after in the M mount world with Leica releasing a redesign of theirs a couple of years ago. The new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM lens features a T* anti-reflective lens coasting, 10 blade aperture, 1/3 stop adjustment, and ergonomic finger rest,

We’re very curious about how this will perform on cameras like the Sony A7r or the Fujifilm XT1. But at $2,290 this is a bit more than we can swallow. Tech specs are after the jump.

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In the continued support that Sony is trying to create for their full frame E mount system, the company is announcing today their 16-35mm f4 lens. To complement the A7 series of cameras, this lens is moisture and dust resistant. This lens sports 12 elements in 10 groups with 5 aspherical elements and 3 ED glass elements. It also has a 7-blade aperture, with a minimum focusing at 0.28 meters–which means that that may be the only place where you actually really get any bokeh.

More interestingly, the lens incorporates Optical Steady Shot technology–which is nice for shooting video.

Coming in at $1,349 you of course shouldn’t expect it to be super affordable but it surely isn’t so badly priced. That’s about all the information that we have on the lens so far, but we’re surely looking forward to our review.



Given the fact that the Sony A7s is pretty much designed for videographers, Sony has decided to find a way to support the video front even more with their new 28-105mm f4 G OSS lens. This lens features power zooming capabilities more suited for news and documentary videographers as well as sports shooters.

In our meeting with Sony, they told us that a lot of work went into the design of this lens to ensure that focus breathing didn’t occur at all when focusing in and out, lest it otherwise mess with the quality and framing of a scene being shot. Additionally, the zooming was made to be very silent by using Sony’s SSM motor technology. Otherwise, it features aspherical elements, multi coating technology, and is designed to be very contrasty. For serious videographers, that will mean that you’ll get an extra boost of faux-sharpness due to how the human eye sees blacks. But it will also mean that your color profiles will need to be even flatter. Finally, a lens like this would be nothing would optical stabilization–and of course it’s built in.

Expect this lens to hit the stores at a $2,500 price point.

Sony QX1 Sony 500mm f4 G lens

If you thought mounting a full frame lens onto a mirrorless camera just imagine what attaching a massive telephoto lens in front of your smartphone would look like. Well actually we don’t have to imagine any more because Sony Alpha Rumors posted a mock up created by Facebook user Usperedi that shows a Sony 500mm f4 G lens plus the requisite adapter Alpha to E-mount adapter attached to a QX1. The whole thing looks ridiculous especially since it’s all clipped onto a thin and tiny Sony Xperia smartphone.

Of course it’s possible for someone to mount the whole thing together. After all Sony is showing off the QX1 equipped with a Sony FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS lens (which you can check out after the break) at the IFA tech show happening in Germany right now.

There are plenty of other more insanely large lenses out there in the world. We’d really like to see the someone attach Sigma’s way larger 800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO HSM or 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM lenses to the QX1.

Via Sony Alpha Rumors

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony A7s product images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 5.6

We have an announcement: upon reviewing what gear the staff of the Phoblographer owns, we’ve come to a big conclusion. Many of us use a mirrorless camera of some sort on a daily basis or it has at least has become one of our main cameras. Additionally, we all own at least one. While DSLRs are still seemingly the dominant cameras amongst many consumers, we’ve collectively agreed that it’s time for mirrorless cameras to shine even more than they do already.

And here’s why we all switched over.

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Canon EF to Sony E-mount Speed Booster Ultra

Metabones has announced a new line of Speed Booster Ultra adapters made for mounting full-frame glass onto Fujifilm X-mount and Sony E-mount cameras. The new speed booster have a newly improved optical design incorporating five glass elements in four groups to improve sharpness in the corners, reduce distortion, and reduce vignetting.

Aside from these new improvements the speed boosters still reduces the typical crop factor of the smaller sensor by a factor of 0.71x while adding an extra stop of light. This effectively lets you mount a 50mm f1.4 lens and turn it into a 53.5mm f1 lens.

The Metabones Speed Booster Ultra adapters are now available for preorder on BH Photo starting at $449-499. Users will be able to find a variety of adapters to mount their full-frame glass from Canon FD, Nikon G, Leica R, Sony Alpha, Contarex lenses, to the old Minolta MD (aka SR) mount.

Metabones also introduced a new Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster Ultra. The adapter comes at a slightly higher $649 price due to the inclusion of electric contacts, which allows the Sony camera to communicate aperture changes and more to the Canon lens.