Feb 232016
Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 art

Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 Art


Sigma produce a new lens which will be very interesting for many especially portrait photographers. Everybody waited for the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art and the lens which will come is the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 Art. It is an unprecedented lens. Earlier Sigma has a 50-150mm f/2.8 lens but this lens is brighter.

Focal length

Sigma earlier made several big success which such interesting bright zoom lenses for example the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8mm art. The 50-100mm is classical portrait range, which allows the photographer to frame the subject as he/she want.


Exotic lens elements: the lens has 4 interesting lens elements: 1 SLD and 3 FLD elements, it is quite interesting for such a lens, when the concurrence only throw 1 Ed elements maximum in their similar prime lenses.

The lens has totally 21 lens elements in 16 groups, which I would say a complex design.

Filter size is 82mm.

Weight: 52.6 oz. / 1.49 kg

Dimensions: 3.7 x 6.7″ / 9.4 x 17 cm

Minimum focusing distance: 37.4″ / 0.95 m


The initial price of the lens is 1100 USD.

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Feb 232016
Pentax K-1 release date review specs

pentax k1 release date price specs

New Pentax full frame camera

Pentax company (Ricoh) reached a new milestone. They will release a new Full frame camera the first full frame Pentax in this digital era. In an age when all photo websites most popular phrase is mirrorless it is a bold move from Pentax. The new camera has many interesting features, seems Pentax puts everything in this camera which he can.


First it has a state-of-the-art 36.2 MP Sony sensor. This is one of the best you can get in any camera. Some reviews compare it to Middle format sensors and conclude this sensor is very good even against middle format sensors.

In camera stabilizer

The camera has a 5 axis, 5 stops CIPA rated in camera stabilizer which means you can use it with any lenses attached to the camera. No other FF cameras has this in-camera stabilizer, other manufacturers like to charge extra for their stabilized lenses.

Tilting LCD panel

pentax k1 price
The camera has an interesting looking back LCD panel which tilts in many directions. Four brackets holding the monitor. This also can be very useful in many situations.

Astro tracer and super resolution mode

The camera Astro tracer mode which uses the in built GPS modul to compensate star trails in long exposure. The camera also has a super resolution mode which combines multiple frames to have the best possible resolution of the final image.

The new Full frame Dslr also has an extensive waterproofing against dust and moisture. These are the basics but there are some interesting technologies as well in the camera.


The camera has built in Wifi and mic jack as well for videos.

Pentax K-1 specs

Release date

The release date of the camera is 2016. (expected in April)



The initial price of the Pentax K-1 is 1899 USD.


Lens mount

The camera has a Pentax K mount. Most Pentax lenses can be used with the camera, most of them in Dx mode, there are few new lenses, but in the future the goal I think to sell many lenses.


Sensor size

The camera has a 36 x 24 mm Fx format CMOS sensor.

Crop factor

The crop factor is 1.0x.

Crop mode

The cameras has a crop mode for DX lenses. The camera automatically select crop mode with Dx lenses, but can be used them in FX mode as well.


Image processing engine

The cameras has a Prime IV image processing engine.


ISO range

The Pentax K-1 iso range is from 100-204,800


Center-weighted, evaluative and spot metering.

Matrix or center-weighted metering: No more detailed information yet.


Exposure compensation

The camera has an exposure compensation of +-5EV, which is a wide range to play with.

Flash exposure compensation

From -2EV to +1 Ev

Flash synch speed

The camera has no built in flash. The fastest flash synch speed is 1/200s.

Exposure bracketing

No info yet.


Picture parameters

The camera highest resolution is 7360 x 4912 pixel

Other picture sizes

No info yet about the other picture sizes.

File format

The camera can make pictures in DNG, Jpg and Raw format. Videos can be recorded in MOV and mp4 format.

Picture qualities

There are no info yet about the different picture qualities.


Autofocus parameters

Pentax SAFOX 12 AF autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 33 focus points (including 25 cross-type sensors).

-3 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)

Autofocus type

Pentax SAFOX 12 AF

Autofocus points

The camera has 33 autofocus points totally, out of which 25 all cross-type autofocus sensors.

Autofocus sensitivity

There are three f/2.8 sensitive sensors and the af can be used from as dark as -3EV


Camera physical parameters

Camera weight: The camera weight is 32.6 oz / 924 g.

Camera dimensions : The camera size is 5.4 x 4.3 x 3.4″ / 136.5 x 110.0 x 85.5 mm.

Card slots: Dual Sd card slots


Camera appearance

The camera has a black color.

Used materials

The camera mostly made of metal and hard plastic.


The build quality of the camera is very good. Everything is tightly assembled, the grip is comfortable.


The buttons are properly placed, each function is easily accessed, the camera has a premium feel.


Viewfinder Type

As a Dslr camera, the camera has an optical viewfinder.

Viewfinder Magnification

The camera has a 0.7x sized bright optical viewfinder.

Viewfinder coverage

The viewfinder coverage is 100%.



The camera has No built in flash unit, but there is a possibility to connect external flashes as well.

Guide number
No built in flash

Flash modes

No info yet about the flash modes.

Flash hot shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts


Back LCD monitor

The camera has a 1040k pixel moving LCD monitor.

Monitor type

The camera has a 3.2″ sized tilt LCD monitor with many possible tilting directions, tilting upwards 90°, downwards 44°, each side 35°.


No info yet if the camera has a touchscreen.


Body construction

The camera made from Magnesium alloy shell, which makes the camera quite durable. The camera feels tightly assembled, and has a quality feel.

Camera dials

The camera has two control dials, which helps to quick settings of the camera. Most entry level cameras (like Nikon d3xxx and Nikon d3xxx cameras) only usually has one dial.

Memory cards

The camera has two memory card slots.

The camera accepts Sdhc, Sdxc memory cards.


Shutter lifespan

There is no information about the shutter lifespan, usually 150,000 actuations or more for such cameras are the designed level, but no warranty on that one.

Shutter sound

No info yet about the shutter sound.

Burst mode

The camera can make 4.5 frames per second in burst mode in Full resolution, in Dx mode 6 frames. The max number of frames are the following:

No info yet


The camera can make HDR images in camera.


Timelapse mode

The camera can make timelapse videos in camera.


Live view

The camera has a live view feature, which means a camera can be used with the back LCD in the same manner, as we would use a compact camera. In live view the viewfinder obviously not usable.

Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (M)

AF-area modes

No info yet about the af area modes



Matrix metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

File format: Mov, Mp4

1920 x 1080/ 59.94/50/30/24 fps


White balance modes

The camera has a following white balance modes: Auto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten

Kelvin white balance

No info yet.

Pre set white balance modes

No info yet.


Scene modes

The camera has plenty of scene modes to choose from: Night, landscape, portrait, snow, sport, beach high key, low key.
Auto (auto; auto [flash off]), scene (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait, night landscape, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, pet portrait, candlelight, blossom, autumn colors, food, silhouette, high key, low key), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M),


User defined settings

No info about user definied settings yet.


High iso performance


Supplied accessories

It may different in different countries.


Operating conditions

According to Pentax the camera can be used between -10 and 40 degree Celsius or (14 104 Fahrenheit).


No info yet about the humidity levels allowed.



No info about the languages yet.

Pentax K-1 release date

The camera will be released in 2016. Expected 5th of April 2016.

Pentax K-1 price

The price of the new Pentax K-1 is 1899 USD which is quite competitive, say only the 36.2 MP sensor in it.

 Posted by at 11:41 am
Feb 112016
Camera market share in 2016

camera market share 2016
Which manufacturer sells the most cameras ? You can check it here. The datas from Japan from the website BCNrankings.jp covering approximately 2/3rd of the retail in Japan. So it is only the situation in Japan.

Camera market share 2016 in Japan
Dslr cameras Mirrorless cameras
Canon 56.2 % Olympus 34.5 %
Nikon 36.7 % Sony 24.8 %
Ricoh (Pentax) 6.7 % Canon 13.6 %

Interesting the Olympus sells more mirrorless cameras than Sony in Japan, even more interesting that the earlier year 2015 was an other way. Other interesting thing the Canon who only has 3 mirrorless cameras to date came to the third position.

Interchangeable lens Cameras with fixed lens
Canon 24.1 % Canon 30.5 %
Nikon 15.2 % Nikon 21 %
Sigma 13.5 % Casio 14.8 %

Here the interesting thing is how close Sigma to Nikon regarding lens selling. The difference is only 1.7% between the two manufacturer. Casio is also a surprise for me how good is their selling in Japan regarding cameras with fixed lenses.

Camera market share 2015 in Japan
Dslr cameras Mirrorless cameras
Canon 54.7 % Sony 34.3 %
Nikon 39.1 % Olympus 22.3 %
Ricoh (Pentax) 4.5 % Panasonic 11.9 %

Interchangeable lens Cameras with fixed lens
Canon 21.2 % Canon 28.7 %
Nikon 15.2 % Nikon 15.3 %
Sigma 13.3 % Casio 15.2 %

The most interesting question is not covered here, how the Dslr fare against mirrorless ? There were some info that in Japan they sell more mirrorless than Dslr but in the world I think is the other way around. The market share for mirrorless is around 45% in Japan, but most interesting markets like in the US it is only around 5-10%. The trends is increasing sell of Mirrorless cameras. Of course it won’t tell the whole story as most Dslr owners doesn’t upgrade every year, and many Dslr owner own a mirrorless as well.

There is one more category like video cameras, here Panasonic leads the sales in Japan before Sony.

Feb 112016
Panasonic 100-400 release date review specs

Panasonic 100-400 release date
A new Super telephoto lens is coming from Panasonic. It is a long awaited lens, until now there was not really a good lens for bird/wildlife photography in the Micro 4/3 system. There were several 100-300 zooms from Panasonic and Olympus but this is not so exciting especially for birders.

Official name

It is funny it is called Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 f/4.5-6.3 Asph, what is funny I call it Panasonic. The lens has one UED, two ED and 1 Aspherical lens element. The minimum focusing distance is 1.3m which translates to 0.25x magnification.

Focal length

If you think 400mm and mostly use Aps-C cameras, perhaps not so excited about 400mm. But if you compare it Aps-C, on a 4/3 camera it is more like a 500mm. I don’t say on a Full frame camera, it is lot less, not exciting at all, at least for me. If you compare Aps-C I guess most people use out there, on a Micro 4/3 camera, all lenses has an extra 25% reach. To be totally precise the depth of field is more because of the smaller sensor. So it is more like an 500mm f/5.6, which is much more exciting. And it is under 1kg / 2 lbs, and only 17cm, or approximately 6″.

The lens has a stabilizer and it is possible to use with cameras stabilizers as well which means we can have Dual stabilizer with a proper camera attached to this lens.

Panasonic 100-400 competition

The Micro 4/3 compatition is the also new Olympus 300mm f/4 prime, which is also more like a 375mm f/4. At first for me seems more interersting than a zoom, if we add a 1.4x teleconverter in it as well which will be a 420mm f/5.6. The zoom is more versatile, the prime usually has more brightness and optical quality. But we don’t know yet either lens optical quality. The advantage of the Panasonic that it is small, especially if compare to Canon and Nikon, but I don’t expect it to better for a 300mm f/2.8 or 500mm f/4 on either system (but if Canon continues winter sleeping regarding sensor technology, their super expensive primes will have a very nice resale value, at least until everybody switch to Nikon or mirrorless). If you shoot from a tripod, no matter. You can put a Sigma 150-600 or a Tamron 150-600mm and you shooting at a whopping 750mm (on Aps-C) on paper at least, but without autofocus.

Panasonic 100-400 price

The initial price of the new super telephoto lens is 1800 USD. I wouldn’t call it cheap.

Video promo

It is not an official promo, I think even better.

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Feb 102016
Sony G master lenses

Sony G master lenses
Sony has started a new series of lenses called Sony G master lenses. Before Sony was often criticized because the lack of lens lineup to their high quality mirrorless cameras, often used by professionals as well. The first three lenses of this G Master series are the

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

(initial 2200 USD, 9 blade iris)

Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM

(initial price 1400 USD, ring ultrasonic af, 11 blade iris)

Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master OSS

(compatible teleconverters, 11 blade iris, two focusing groups, no price yet)
lenses, which was announced recently. For the last lens Sony also will release a 1.4x and 2x teleconverter as well. The price of the 70-200m and the teleconverters are not yet decided.

All three lenses are fit the Pro requirements regarding focal length, and aperture. These are the focal length and aperture mostly preferred by wedding or portrait photographers.

According to Sony these lenses designed with 4K video in mind. According to offical people they build these lenses for eternity, which means very durable build. The lenses designed with high resolution and great bokeh. 50 l/mm was mentioned as a standard for these lenses which is quite high.

What is interesting that all three lenses has different autofocus drives. The first one has Direct drive supersonic af motor (SSM), the 85mm has a ring type ultrasonic drive, while the third one has a dual drive, where both the front and the rear group is moving for focusing, the first group is moving by a ring ultrasonic motor the rear with a Dual linear motor. All lenses has sealing against dust and moisture. The two telephoto lens has 11 blade aperture, which is not usual, the 24-70mm has 9 blade aperture. The 70-200mm has a floating optics which is usually used in macro lenses and a first in Sony land. The minimum focus distance of the 70-200m is less than 1m (0.96mm / 3.15′).

Sample photos with the new GM series lenses

Sony Europe official announcement

Three new models including 24-70mm F2.8 Zoom, 85mm F1.4 Prime and 70-200mm F2.8 Zoom deliver unrivalled imaging experiences

Sony today introduced their flagship G Master™ brand of interchangeable lenses. The new brand includes three new E-mount full frame lenses including a 24-70mm constant F2.8 standard zoom, an 85mm F1.4 prime and a 70-200mm constant F2.8 telephoto zoom. Representing the ultimate blend of high resolution and beautiful bokeh, the new lenses feature Sony’s innovative optical element technology, design and calibration. This allows them to produce still image and video content with a level of detail and expression that has never before been possible.

“The new G Master brand represents the finest and most impressive group of lenses that Sony has ever brought to market,” said Yosuke Aoki, Vice President, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “With our knowledge of what the future will bring for digital imaging, we have designed these lenses and can ensure that the G Master brand will inspire and ‘wow’ photographers and videographers for years to come.”

New FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Standard Zoom Lens

Featuring some of the most advanced lens technologies in the market today, the new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM (model SEL2470GM) is the ultimate choice for those seeking the highest possible optical performance for portrait, travel and event photography or even simple everyday shooting[i].

The new lens is built with three aspherical elements including a newly developed, extremely precise XA (extreme aspherical) element that reduces aberration and delivers the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom range and aperture range, as well as from corner to corner of all image files. Additionally, an ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass element and Super ED glass element keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximising resolution and bokeh without any unnatural colouration.

The lens features a 9-bladed aperture that maintains a near circular shape at all settings and is coated with Sony’s original Nano AR coating to suppress reflections and ensure spectacular contrast and clarity.

The new FE24-70mm F2.8 GM lens has a direct drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) focusing system that works with incredible efficiency thanks to a new set of algorithms that position the lens elements quickly and accurately. The motor is smooth and quiet, making it an ideal choice for shooting both still images as well as movies.

To maximise usability, the lens is dust and moisture resistant and features a compact, streamlined design that includes AF/MF switch as well as focus hold, zoom lock and hood release buttons.

Two new matching filters for the FE24-70mm F2.8 GM lens have also been introduced, including the VF-82MP MC protector and VF-82CPAM Circular PL filter.

New FE 85mm F1.4 GM Telephoto Prime Lens

Designed as the ultimate portrait lens, the long-awaited new FE 85mm F1.4 GM telephoto prime lens (model SEL85F14GM) strikes a perfect balance between resolution and bokeh in a compact package.

The lens features a new XA (extreme aspherical) element as well as three ED glass elements that work together to ensure that the in-focus areas are captured in extremely high resolution while the surrounding out-of-focus areas dissolve smoothly into a beautiful soft backdrop. It has a circular aperture with 11 blades – the most ever used in an α lens – that ensures bokeh is smooth and visually appealing. Externally, the new model has Sony’s original Nano AR Coating, which is of particular importance in a portrait lens as it reduces flare and ghosting, even with backlit subjects or similarly challenging lighting conditions.

For accurate autofocusing, the FE 85mm F1.4 GM lens includes a ring drive SSM motor system that provides ample power and speed to drive the lens’ large, heavy focus group. It’s also equipped with two position sensors to support flawless focus control of the large, heavy lens elements.

This new professional portrait lens is dust and moisture resistant and also has an aperture ring with on/off switchable click stops that can be adjusted based on whether a user is shooting still images or movies. It also has an AF / MF switch and a focus hold button[ii].

New FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Telephoto Zoom

Covering the frequently used 70-200mm focal range, the new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS telephoto zoom lens (model SEL70200GM) offers extremely high rendering, AF performance and image stabilisation, making it a versatile choice for shooting wildlife, sports, weddings and a variety of other events and locationsi.

The new flagship telephoto zoom model delivers extraordinary sharpness and clarity throughout the entirety of its zoom range thanks to its three advanced lens elements including XA, Super ED and ED glass components, as well as its Nano AR coating.

The new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens features a floating focusing system – implemented in an α zoom lens for the first time – that contributes to an impressive minimum focusing distance of merely 0.96m and ensures AF performance is optimised during both still and video shooting. The lens includes a SSM (Super Sonic Motor) plus dual linear motors that work together to move large lens elements quickly – a task that requires a high level of drive control and ensures focus accuracy. The new model also has built in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation for capturing sharp, blur-free subjects at all focal lengths and a rotating tripod mount that allows the camera to be quickly removed from a connected tripod as needed.

The new 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens is dust and moisture resistant with an additional fluorine coating added to the front lens. It also has a focus hold button as well as a focal range limiter.

Sony has also announced new compact 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters – models SEL14TC and SEL20TC respectively – that offer even greater reach while maintaining the overall streamlined design and feel of the 70-200mm lens[iii].

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Standard Zoom and 85mm F1.4 GM Telephoto prime lenses will be available in Europe in March 2016 priced at approximately €2,400 (SEL2470GM) and €2,000 (SEL85F14GM).

The new 70-200mm F2.8 GM Telephoto Zoom Lens and its compatible 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters will be available in Europe in May 2016 with pricing still to be confirmed.

For more information, please contact your local PR manager or:

David Edwards, Corporate Communications, Sony Europe

david.edwards@eu.sony.com / +44 (0)1932 817 022

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $68 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/

[i]A software update may be required to provide compatibility of lenses with some cameras. See the Sony support site www.esupport.sony.com for additional details.

[ii] Limitations apply to AF operation when shooting movies with certain camera bodies. A software update may be required to provide AF compatibility ofFE 85mm F1.4 GM with some cameras during movie shooting. See the Sony support site for lens/body compatibility details.

[iii]SEL70200GM is the only compatible lens at the time of announcement

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, imaging, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $68 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/

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