Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 vs Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Comparison

Here is an excellent review of the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 vs Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Comparison.

The 28-75mm F2.8 Di III VXD G2 has been redesigned to make use of a VXD linear focus motor, rather than the RXD stepper motor used in the original lens

The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 has some slight advantages over the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD, which you can see below.

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2:
B&H Photo / Amazon

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Sigma 20mm f/2, 24mm f/2, and 28mm f/2 Patents Found

Sigma has filed new patents for three different lenses with f/2 aperture size. These lenses are Sigma 20mm f/2, 24mm f/2, and 28mm f/2 Lenses for Sony E-mount full frame mirrorless cameras. Continue reading “Sigma 20mm f/2, 24mm f/2, and 28mm f/2 Patents Found”

Christopher Frost: Upgrading your Sony APS-C kit lens!

If you want to upgrade your Sony APS-C kit lens, you should definitely check this video out. You can find all the recommendations from Christopher Frost.

He says :

So you’ve just bought a new Sony camera, with the smaller-sized APS-C sensor. Where do you go from here? All kinds of avenues are open nowadays – so let’s take a look at your options.

Three New Sony APS-C E-mount Lenses Coming Soon

It seems that the next new products from Sony will be three new APS-C format E-mount lenses. According to the latest Sony rumors, the company will announce three new APS-C E-mount lenses in the next several weeks, probably in May/June, 2022. These should be TWO FAST PRIMES and ONE ZOOM.

Recently, the Sony a6100 has been discontinued, and orders for the Sony a6400 and ZV-E10 also been suspended. This means the sales of Sony’s APS-C machines are shrinking considerably.

It is unclear what kind of single focus / zoom will appear, but considering the recent trends, these may be three lenses suitable for vlogging and movie shooting.

Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G Lens: $1,398 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Most Sold Cameras and Lenses in Japan for Q1 of 2022

Here are the most sold cameras and lenses in Japan during Q1 of 2022. BCNranking collected the detailed sales from around half of the japans stores. The Sony A6100 was the best selling Sony camera while Tamron  leads for the lens category.

Cameras:

  1. Canon EOS Kiss M2 Double Zoom Kit White
  2. Canon EOS Kiss M2 Double Zoom Kit Black
  3. Canon EOS RP / RF24-105 IS STM Lens Kit
  4. Sony α6100 Double Zoom Lens Kit Black
  5. Sony α7 IV
  6. OM Digital PEN E-PL10 EZ Double Zoom Kit White
  7. Canon EOS Kiss M Double Zoom Kit White
  8. Sony α6400 Double Zoom Lens Kit Silver
  9. Nikon Z 50 Double Zoom Kit
  10. Panasonic LUMIX G100 standard zoom lens with tripod grip

Lenses:

  1. Tamron 28-75mm F / 2.8 Di III VXD G2 Model A063
  2. Tamron 28-200mm F/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Model A071
  3. OM SYSTEM M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II
  4. Canon EF50mm F1.8 STM
  5. Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary (Sony E mount)
  6. Tamron 18-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD Model B061 (Sony E mount)
  7. Canon RF50mm F1.8 STM
  8. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f / 1.8G
  9. Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS
  10. Fujifilm Fujinon Lens XF35mmF1.4 R

Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE II Lens Review : “Much better in term of Sharpness”

Here is the latest Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE II Lens Review published online. SonyAlphaBlog tested the new Samyang 35mm II lens and they say the lens is “much better in term of sharpness“.

The 2nd generation lens is optimized for portraits, landscapes, and shooting video. Designed for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras, the new Samyang / Rokinon lens features a fast aperture of f/1.4 just like its predecessor but offers many changes inside.

Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up includes several autofocus lenses, AF 35mm F1.4 FEAF 14mm F2.8 FEAF 35mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE. Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE II lens will be available soon (check for US pricing). Check out the details of Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE II Lens Review below : Continue reading “Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE II Lens Review : “Much better in term of Sharpness””

Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens Images and Specs

First images and specifications of the Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens have been leaked online. Venus Optics will announce the new Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens for Sony E mount. The lens will also available for  Canon RF, Nikon Z, Leica L mounts. The officiall announcement will be on May 23, 2022.

Here are the leaked images and specifications of the upcoming Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens.

 are sold at Adorama and B&H

Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens Specs

  • 13 sheets in 10 groups (3 ED lenses and 3 high-refractive)
  • 13 diaphragm blades
  • Shortest shooting distance 20.4cm
  • Filter size 67mm
  • Size 74 x 120mm
  • Weight 619g
  • mount Sony E / Canon RF / Nikon Z / Leica L

Sony Xperia 1 IV Smartphone Officially Announced, Price $1,598

Sony officially announced the new Xperia 1 IV smartphone. The US price is $1,598 and it will be released on September 1, 2022. The new Sony Xperia 1 IV is available for pre-order at AmazonB&HPhotoAdorama.

The Xperia 1 IV has three rear cameras, each producing 12MP images using a Sony Exmor RS image sensor. While the sensor sizes vary, resolution and 4K/120p HDR video capabilities are available across all three. The 16mm F2.2 camera uses a 1/2.5-inch type image sensor. The main camera offers a 24mm equivalent lens with an F1.7 aperture and a large 1/1.7-inch type sensor with SteadyShot optical image stabilization. Rounding out the trio is the new, world’s first, 85-125mm optical zoom lens with a variable F2.3-2.8 aperture and 1/3.5-inch type OIS-equipped sensor. The zoom uses a periscope design to deliver true optical zoom across its range.

Pre-order link:

Sony Xperia 1 IV: $1,598 at AmazonB&HPhotoAdorama

Sony Xperia 1 IV Smartphone Key Features

  • GSM/4G LTE + 5G Sub6/mmWave Compatible
  • Rear Triple 12MP Cameras & 3D iTOF
  • Telephoto with 85-125mm Optical Zoom
  • All Rear Lenses Shoot 4K/120p HDR
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform
  • 512GB Storage Capacity + 12GB of RAM
  • 6.5″ 4K HDR 21:9 120 Hz OLED Screen
  • Micro-HDMI for DSLR Streaming/Monitor

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Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Coming in Summer 2022

As you might remember that we’ve previously shared Sigma will announce a new 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens for Sony E mount. According to recent reports this maybe the only lens to be announced during summer.

Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Specifications

  • Lens configuration: 16 elements in 11 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 25cm
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 5.6
  • Number of aperture blades: 9 (circular aperture)
  • Filter diameter: 72mm
  • Size : Φ77.2 x 100.6mm (E mount version is 102.6mm)
  • Weight: 450g
  • Mount: L mount,  Sony E mount

In addition, Sigma will also announce two new 50mm lenses:

Sigma Patents for 24-70mm F2.8, 28-70mm F2.8 and 28-85mm F2.8

Sigma has filed new patents for 24-70mm f/2.8, 28-70mm f/2.8 and 28-85mm f/2.8 Lenses for Sony E-mount full frame mirrorless cameras.

[Publication number] P2022067732
[Publication date] May 9, 2022
[Patent application title] Large-diameter zoom lens

Example 1 (24-70mm F2.8)

Zoom ratio 2.75 Wide-
angle intermediate telephoto
focal length 24.72 39.76 67.98
F number 2.92 2.92 2.92
Full angle of view 2ω 85.24 56.96 34.33
Image height Y 21.63 21.63 21.63
Lens total length 135.00 145.60 171.09
Back focus 17.6206 17.6036 17.5749

Example 3 (28-70mm F2.8)

Zoom ratio 2.35 Wide-
angle intermediate telephoto
focal length 28.81 40.01 67.69
F number 2.92 2.92 2.92
Full angle of view 2ω 75.92 56.06 33.85
Image height Y 21.63 21.63 21.63
Lens total length 120.04 126.08 142.66
Back focus 19.6292 19.5884 19.6020

Example 4 (28-85mm F2.8)

Zoom ratio 2.90 Wide-
angle intermediate telephoto
focal length 28.79 49.98 83.51
F number 2.92 2.92 2.92
Full angle of view 2ω 75.61 45.42 27.77
Image height Y 21.63 21.63 21.63
Lens total length 135.02 146.97 164.94
Back focus 17.6146 17.5433 17.5817