The year 2013 was a year packed full to the brim with new developments in the photo industry. It started with CES in Las Vegas and CP+ in Yokohama in January, then along came IFA in Berlin in September, followed by Photo Plus in New York in October. In the meantime, manufacturers didn’t pause with their announcements of new products. We saw a lot of exciting stuff launched, but also some things that had us scratch our heads. And then, there were those announcements that nobody could really wrap their head around. Here’s a list of we here at The Phoblographer consider this year’s top and flop five industry developments.
Though we wish that no photographer has a bad day, it sure seems like Chase Jarvis had one. In an experiment gone horribly wrong, a DJI Phantom, a Quadracopter meant for photographers and videographers, took a swim in the frigid Iceland waters. When it fell into the water, a Sony RX 100 II went along with it. They were trying to use that camera because of its image stabilization and raw capabilities. However the Quadracopter was meant for a GoPro camera. The hack they tried was well thought out, but it did not work out well in the end.
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Sony Alpha Rumors is reporting on a 50mm f0.95 lens that will released soon by the company Mitakon. The lens will be the first true 50mm optic for the system and will also be the first super fast optic. Getting anything in focus at f0.95 is going to be quite tough to do even with Sony’s peaking feature. All of the company’s lenses are manual focus optics with a real aperture ring and a working distance and depth of field scale–very much like the Voigtlander optics made for Micro Four Thirds. To get the best use out of them you’ll probably want to use the zone focusing system unless you choose to use the magnify setting on Sony’s A7 and A7r.
Mitakon creating this lens makes us wonder how the bigger player, SLRMagic will respond. Last year, the company stopped making their lenses in Leica M mount because of a debacle on a forum where a customer (we believe wrongfully) lied about the company’s customer service policy. The A7 and A7r dip into that market a bit, but we believe that SLRMagic with their large list of hyperprime lenses should surely tackle this sector.
As an aside, Rokinon and Samyang are also getting into the game: though they aren’t Chinese made optics–they’re manufactured in Korea. Rokinon and Samyang also have the advantage of being carried in many photo specialty retailers while SLRMagic is only on Amazon, eBay and Adorama.
No official word on pricing yet, but it should be coming next year.
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Zeiss has already developed some of its Touit Lenses for the NEX system, but those are designed for APS-C sensor. According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the company stated that they are working on new manual focus lenses for the full frame cameras. Now, what this could mean is that they’re essentially going to take their current lineup of lenses and adapt them with a full frame E mount. However, it could also mean that brand new lenses may be coming. As it is, we really liked the performance of the 55mm f1.4 Otus on the A7r.
Zeiss currently has lots of lenses in their lineup–many of which we have reviewed. When it came to producing their cinema line of lenses, the company mostly took their current lineup and ergonomically adapted them; though some of the lenses have changes. In terms of the way a company is run, it would make the most economic sense for Zeiss to simply adapt the lenses to Sony full frame E mount. The lenses that the company designs for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts have a couple of subtle design differences as the Nikon lenses have a working aperture ring. The new Sony full frame lenses, however, could effectively expand the lineup of options that the Sony full frame E mount system will have when combined with everything that Samyang/Rokinon offer. But these lenses won’t have weather sealing like the Zeiss branded Sony offerings.
We’re totally not sure what this could mean and this is us just theorizing, but we can expect to see them next year around Photokina. The Otus lens might be an excellent option for the also rumored 54MP full frame sensor that Sony is working on. At the moment though, we’re testing the A7 and A7r; and the A7r produces some huge files that is filling up our hard drives quite fast.