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Zeiss Batis 40mm F/2 CF

Zeiss announced a new addition to their Batis line of lenses made for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. The new Batis 40mm F/2 CF is a lightweight prime lens designed for high optical performance. Although rather sizable to achieve a bright F/2 lens without compromise, this 40mm prime weighs merely 361g while being fully weatherproof.

This latest Zeiss lens gets the CF label for close focusing, achieving 0.3X magnification when it focuses closest at 24cm from the focal-plane. Like previous Batis lenses, this is an AF lens and supports Quick-Shift AF. It has an eInk display that shows the focusing distance.

The Zeiss Batis 40mm F/2 CF is scheduled to ship in the middle of November for $1300 USD. Adorama is ready to accept pre-orders.

Zeiss ZX1

It was quite a surprise to see Zeiss also announce a fixed lens digital camera at Photokina 2018! The new and completely unique Zeiss ZX1 is built around a 37 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor paired with a 35mm F/2 prime lens. This camera features the sharpest and largest EVF ever made, a 0.7″ unit with a whopping 5.7 megapixels and 0.74X magnification. The rear LCD is also the largest on the market at 4.3″ and 920K pixels.

Despite being a high-end camera, the ZX1 does not offer a memory card slot. Instead it relies on 512GB of internal memory which is sufficient for thousands of 42 MB RAW files and significantly more JPEGs. The new concept is that the cameras is nearly entirely driven by touchscreen and images are edited and shared from within via WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 LE. There is even a version Adobe Photoshop CC built right into the camera to allow image manipulation on-camera.

Pricing and availability has not been announced yet.

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Starting Photokina 2018, veteran camera maker Hasselblad who were first out with a mirrorless Medium Format system just expanded their lineup of XCD mirrorless lenses with 3 new additions

Hasselblad XCD 65mm F/2.8 Lens

The XCD 65mm F/2.8 is a lightweight normal lens for Medium Format. It provides a relatively bright aperture and, as all lenses for the XCD mount, a built-in leaf-shutter that can synchronize to 1/2000s.  It uses a standard 67mm filter-size and weights 727g.

Hasselblad XCD 80mm F/1.9 Lens

The XCD 80mm F/1.9 is the brightest lens Hasselblad ever made. Its F/1.9 aperture being quite uncommon for Medium Format and roughly equivalent to a F/1.5 on full-frame when comparing depth-of-field. Remarkably for a bright lens such as this, it weighs just over 1kg. The front element even supports a standard 77mm filter.

Hasselblad XCD 135mm F/2.8 Lens

The longest lens in the lineup is now the XCD 135mm F/2.8 which is a short telephoto lens with moderately bright aperture. Hasselblad  managed to keep it relatively manageable, weighing less than 1kg and using a standard 77mm filter-thread.

Pricing and availability are to come.

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Ahead of Photokina 2018 opening day, Sigma has revealed 5 entirely new lenses, each available in multiple mounts. These new addition cover various ranges from ultra-performance Art lenses to small and light Contemporary mirrorless ones.

Sigma A 28mm F/1.4 DG HSM

Wide-angle full-frame lens with an ultra-bright aperture. High-end optics and weatherproof construction with oil-repellent coating. Available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma S and Sony E mount.

Sigma A 40mm F/1.4 DG HSM

Full-frame lens with high-end optics in a fully weatherproof body. Virtually distortion-free. Available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma S and Sony E mount.

Sigma C 56mm F/1.4 DC DN

Lightweight normal mirrorless lens with an ultra-bright aperture. Available in Micro Four-Thirds and Sony E mounts although only APS-C cameras.

Sigma S 70-200mm F/2.8 DG OS HSM

High-performance bright-aperture telephoto zoom for full-frame cameras. Built to last with a weatherproof body, oil repellent coating and tripod color.

Sigma S 60-600mm F/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Extremely telephoto zoom in a weatherproof body. Covers a huge 10X optical zoom range with built-in image-stabilization effective to 4 stops. Available in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma S mounts. Ships at the end of next month for $2000 USD.

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Panasonic just announced their entrance into the full-frame arena with a pair of new Full-Frame mirrorless digital cameras. Although in-development, Panasonic is preparing two full-frame digital cameras the S1R and S1 to be launched in early 2019.

Together with Leica and Sigma, Panasonic and company announced that the build a the new mirrorless system around the Leica L-mount. This full-frame capable mount has a 52mm width and 20mm flange-distance and is already in-use among Leica mirrorless digital cameras which obviously comes with several compatible lenses. This gives the new alliance a head-start in terms of lenses over rivals Nikon and Canon who just launched their own new full-frame mirrorless systems.

The pair of to-be-released digital cameras come in nearly identical bodies with different sensors. The high-resolution S1R will be built around a 47 MP sensor, while the S1 a 24 MP one. Both will be capable of recording 4K Ultra-HD video at 60 FPS, the first among Full-Frame mirrorless cameras. Panasonic is also including their own Dual IS system which combines sensor-shift image-stabilization and optical lens stabilization into one.

These new cameras are targeting professional users with a weatherproof body and dual memory card-slots, although asymmetric ones combining SDXC and XQD into a single body. Both the S1R and S1 are said to offer the highest resolution EVF among any camera.

Pricing and availability of these new full-frame cameras has not been announced, nor were images circulated yet. Stay tuned as we receive more information.

Panasonic is not abandoning the Micro Four-Thirds camera either, only expanding to target professional photographers who rely on larger sensors for more sensitivity, resolution and more shallow depth-of-field. To this effect, Panasonic also announced today the development of the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F/1.7 lens, the brightest zoom lens ever made!

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Photokina 2018 is off to a fantastic start. Just a day ahead of the start of the conference is Germany, Fujifilm made a slew of Medium Format announcements.

First up is the most concrete announcement of the day, the Fujifilm GFX 50R is a rangefinder-style Medium-Format Digital Camera with the core pipeline from the GFX 50S reviewed here packed into a smaller, more compact and robust body. Like the GFX 50R, this new mirrorless camera is built around a 51 megapixels CMOS sensor with 0.8X crop-factor paired with an X-Processor Pro. This combination delivers 51 MP images 3 FPS and Full 1080p HD video.

The Fujifilm GFX 50R has huge 0.5″ EVF with 3.7 Megapixels, 100% coverage and 0.77X magnification and an essential Eye-Start Sensor built right in. This professional-grade digital camera is fully weather-sealed and freezeproof down to -10C and is highly ergonomic. The body features dual control-dials, dedicated EC and Shutter-Speed dials, plus an 8-way joystick.

Although smaller, the GFX 50R manages to maintain the same 400 shot-per-charge battery-life of the GFX 50S. It also keeps the Dual SDXC UHS-II card slots and adds Bluetooth 4.1 LE to facilitate remote-control and image-transfer.

Fujifilm expects the GFX 50S to be widely available in November for a suggested price of $4500 USD or $5700 CAD. Pre-order yours right here from Adorama or B&H Photo. This ensures you will be among the first to receive this camera while helping support this site without spending a penny more than otherwise.

Emphasizing their continued emphasis and dedication to the GFX Medium Format platform, Fujifilm also showcased a preview of the next GFX 100S. This unique flagship Medium Format digital camera is expected to be the first such camera with built-in Image-Stabilization. Also the only such large sensor to offer built-in Phase-Detect AF. As its name suggests, the GFX 100S is being built around a new 102 megapixels CMOS sensor.

Three more GFX lenses were also added to the roadmap:

  • Fujinon GF 100-200mm F/5.6R LM OIS WR
  • Fujinon GF 45-100mm F/4R LM OIS WR
  • Fujinon GF 50mm F/2.5R WR

Designed to resolve over 100 megapixels, all these lenses will be both weatherproof and freezeproof. Pricing and availability were not announced yet, nor were any photos of the lens circulated, so stay tuned.

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