7Artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye II Start Shipping

The 7Artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye II will be available on Amazon, B&H Photo, and Adorama soon.

Announcement
We will release “7 artisans 7.5mm F2.8 Fish-eye II”, a new type of fisheye lens for mirrorless cameras of 7 craftsmans (Shichikousho). The corresponding mount is Canon EF-M, Sony E (APS-C), Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds.

7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 Fish-eye II (Fisheye lens)
Manufacturer’s suggested price ¥ 24,000 (excluding tax)

Renewed appearance design
The symptoms of vignetting due to the conventional lens hood are improved by integrating the hood and the lens barrel. The lens mount parts are made of durable aluminum alloy, which is the material of aircraft, and can be mounted with high accuracy. In addition, the new metal lens cap has been improved to a covered type, making it easy to remove and install.

7.5mm F2.8 Fish-eye II lens configuration / MTF diagram

Samples

Specification
Model number / mount 75MB2 [Canon EF-M Mount]
75EB2 [Sony E (APS-C) Mount]
75FXB2 [Fuji Film X Mount]
75M43B2 [Micro Four Thirds Mount]
Focal length Canon EF-M | 7.5 mm (35 mm equivalent [12 mm equivalent])
Sony E (APS-C) | 7.5 mm (35 mm equivalent [12 mm equivalent])
Fujifilm X | 7.5 mm (35 mm equivalent [11 mm equivalent])
Micro Four Thirds | 7.5 mm (35 mm equivalent [15 mm equivalent])
Aperture blade 11 sheets focus MF (manual focus)
Shortest shooting distance 0.12 m Supported imaging screen size APS-C
filter Not fit Aperture F2.8-F22
size 6 62.5 mm × 59 mm Lens configuration 11 pieces of 9 groups
mass About 280g Color black

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DPR CP+ 2019: Sigma Interview


DPReview interviewed Kazuto Yamaki about CP+ 2019. Below are excerpts form the interview:

  • Sigma wanted to show commitment to L-Mount at CP+ 2019 and they feel they succeeded
  • The response to L-Mount has been very positive in fact better than expected
  • It’s not comprehensive compared to Sony’s system, but customers seem very interested in it
  • Sigma will probably make a few lenses designed for the short flange back of L-Mount this year
  • L-Mount users need a lot more lenses, which is why they announced 11 lenses at CP+
  • Sigma might make a few lenses only for L-Mount
  • Sigma tries to keep their lenses as affordable as possible all the way down to the employee level where they run the smallest team they can.
  • Sigma is about providing the highest quality at the lowest price
  • Can’t comment on if they will implement DFD
  • DFD requires a lot of processing power
  • Sigma/Leica/Panasonic are constantly updating the way lenses communicate with the body to get the most out of technologies like DFD
  • Sigma is viewed as a 3rd party and because of this, they try to differentiate themselves from others
  • In the past, Sigma made similar lenses to manufacture at a low price, but that didn’t work well
  • Sigma likes to bring unique lenses to camera systems
  • They produce everything in Japan today which makes it impossible to make cheaper
  • In the Future Sigma might make some smaller lighter lenses
  • They are very interested in Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras and how they might grow
  • Sigma is working on optimizing their lenses for AF adapters atm
  • Mount circumference might cause issues with Sigma using one lens design across systems
  • Large circumference mounts make designing fast high-performance optics easier, but there are concerns of reflection problems coming from shorter flange-backs
  • Sigma will likely design their future mirrorless lenses for the longest flange back so they are easy to adapt
  • If Sigma designed lenses exclusively for Nikon Z mount they might be 2-3mm shorter but that won’t make a big difference
  • CDAF lenses work better on PDAF cameras, but the image quality might go down
  • When designing a lens Sigma works on minimizing the aberrations and coma
  • Today Sigma can simulate their designs bokeh so they can check if its ok or not before committing to a lens design
  • Sigma doesn’t want to go too big with their lineup, because it could cause confusion during production since they produce everything
  • If Sigma relied on many suppliers they could easily have a wide lineup of lenses for many systems, because they would just have to change their order size
  • Sigma is going to have to reorganize and they have been preparing for it because producing lenses designed for DSLR and Mirrorless will be a strain because it will likely increase the demands on their production line bet up to twice.
  • Sigma has plans to expand its factory with a new building in the same location as the assembly line to build modern high-performance glass
  • There will be more technology in the assembly line for checking performance and adjusting lenses
  • The assembly line is getting longer so they need more space and Sigma will start construction on two new buildings soon just to keep pace with modern technology and not to expand the production capacity.
  • Sigma is getting asked if they will make Fujifilm lenses by many and Fujifilm customers seem to want Sigma to make lenses for X-Mount.
  • Fujifilm has a lot of good customers and they match Sigma’s ideal customer, but Fujifilm not disclosing their protocol between lens and camera makes designing lenses difficult, expensive, and time-consuming
  • For now, Sigma will stick to Sony E mount, our L-mount system, existing DSLR mounts and Micro Four Thirds.
  • Reverse engineering Canon and Nikon will likely be more profitable because their mirrorless mount market should be large enough to justify the expense
  • Sigma makes unique high-quality products, but when their camera bodies start coming out for L-Mount they should be more extreme
  • The Sigma DP was the first large-sensor compact camera so something along those lines would make Sigma stand out
  • Full Frame Fovean will offer better image quality than APS-C
  • Sigma plans for their Foveon to be 20MP x 3 so about 60MP and the pixel size will be large 1:1:1 like the original Foveon
  • The new Foveon sensor will have improved readout speed, color separation, noise performance
  • Sigma is working on improving color transition
  • DNG output was well received by customers at first, but many preferred SPP despite the processing penalty because it they were disappointed by the quality since the pre-processing was different
  • They are working on improving DNG performance
  • Sigma Photo Pro software can do some pre-processing that DNG cannot
  • The power of in-camera processing is limited so it’s better to process on a PC
  • Sigma is impressed with the Canon 28-70mm f/2 and 50mm f/1.2 despite using slower motors

You can read the full interview here.

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Panasonic LUMIX DC-G95 and LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. POWER OIS Announced


Panasonic announced the LUMIX G95 Today. You can preorder at B&H Photo and Adorama. They also announced the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. POWER OIS which can be ordered at B&H Photo and Adorama also.

Reviews:
DPreview – Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review in Progress
ePhotozine – Panasonic Lumix G90 First Look Review
CameraJabber – Panasonic Lumix G90 Review
CameraLabs – Panasonic Lumix G90 G95 review – first-looks
PhotographyblogPanasonic Lumix G90 Review

Samples
Dpreview

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Panasonic LUMIX DC-G90/G95/G99 and LUMIX G VARIO 14-140 mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. POWER OIS Leaked

LUMIX DC-G90 / G95 / G99

  • Effective pixel count 20.3M pixel Live MOS sensor, low pass filterless
  • 5-axis Dual IS 2, camera shake correction effect for 5 stages
  • Unlimited 4K30p / Full HD Movies
  • V-log L is pre-installed
  • 2.36 million dots organic EL LVF, finder magnification 0.74 times
  • 3.0 type vari-angle touch panel monitor
  • Dust and drip proof
  • Equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Size: 130.4 x 93.5 x 77.4 mm
  • Weight: about 536 g
  • Domestic release date: May 23, 2019
  • Kit: Body, high magnification zoom lens kit (overseas standard zoom kit is also available)

LUMIX G VARIO 14-140 mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. POWER OIS

  • H-FSA 14140
  • Dust and drip proof
  • The appearance is almost the same as H-FS14140-KA
  • Filter diameter: 58 mm
  • Size: φ 67 mm × about 75 mm
  • Weight: 265g
  • Domestic release date: May 23, 2019

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Godox V1 Preorders Start For Affordable Profoto A1 Clone


Adorama has the new Godox V1 available for preorder now on their site as a Flashpoint flash and B&H Photo should have it soon under the Godox name. It looks very similar to Profoto A1 and Profoto is even threatening to sue them for this fact so if you want a Profoto A1 maybe buy a Godox V1 instead.

Key Features

  • Round zoom head design delivers the smoothest, most pleasing light ever to grace a speedlight
  • Command 4 Groups independently to the whole R2 Family
  • Internal Lithium Ion Polymer battery for 650 full power flashes
  • Flashpoint R2 Remote TTL System built right in
  • High Speed Sync for shutter speeds up to 1/8000 second
  • Powerful GN 92ft / 28m @ISO 100 50mm zoom
  • Compatibility: Made For Fujifilm
  • Flash Type: Shoe Mount Flash

Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X Features

  • Round zoom head design delivers the smoothest, most pleasing light ever to grace a speedlight
  • Magnetic round flash head rim holds a treasury of light modifiers
  • Beautiful Powerful Flash with GN 92ft / 28m @ISO 100 (50mm)
  • Uses an advanced Lithium-Ion Polymer battery for speedy recycle and longer life
  • Full power recycle time of fewer than 1.5 seconds
  • Approximately 650 full power flashes per charge
  • Remote Canon ETTL power control with the Flashpoint R2 System built-in
  • Complete compatibility with ETTL system features like exposure compensation, EXIF inscription, flash value lock, and High Speed Sync
  • R2 TTL communication flashes as a Master or Slave
  • Control of 4 different wireless groups
  • Backlit Matrix LCD
  • Multipurpose Buttons with Digital Marking for Faster Navigation
  • Zooming head with automatic zoom or manual control
  • High Speed Sync for shutter speeds up to 1/8000 second
  • Front or Rear Curtain Sync
  • Laser AF Assist Lamp For Instant Autofocus Even In Complete Dark On Low ContrastSurfaces
  • SMD LED Modeling Lamp
  • Regular and Intelligent Optical Slave Modes
  • Stable color temperature at 5600±200K over the entire power range
  • 330-degree rotation and 120+ degree tilt
  • Perfect for on and off camera use
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Sharp Joins in the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group


Olympus Corporation and Panasonic Corporation jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System standard in 2008 and have since been working together to promote the standard. We are pleased to announce that Sharp Corporation has recently declared their support for the Micro Four Thirds System standard and will be introducing products compliant with the standard.

As the driving force behind 8K imaging technology and a product developer, Sharp Corporation now supports the Micro Four Thirds standard. In the future, Sharp will add Micro Four Thirds products to their line-up. The possibilities unique to a joint standard will expand the enjoyment of imaging further.

As the company responsible for initiating both the Four Thirds System and the Micro Four Thirds System standards, Olympus will continue to develop and enhance the product line-up to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

via Olympus

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