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Today, the widely known Fujifilm XF 50mm F/1R WR lens was officially launched. The company announced they were working on an F/1 last year which was originally intended to be a 35mm which would produce a normal field-of-view when mounted on a camera with an APS-C sensor. The optics required to build such a lens proved to be too heavy for practical use and so Fujifilm announced that they would built a 50mm F/1 instead. Here it is.

Fujifilm XF 50mm F/1R WR

The new Fujifilm XF 50mm F/1R WR joins a select few extremely bright lenses designed for mirrorless cameras. Having a short flange distance allows these lenses to produce much better image-quality than previously possible for this type of lens.  Fujifilm is promising exceptional optical performance for this new X-mount lens.

Given that it is to be mounted on mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor, the XF 50mm F/1 will produce a 31° field-of-view, similarly to a 75mm lens mounted on a Full-Frame. Crop-factor also affects Depth-of-Field which will be equivalent to an ultra bright F/1.5 lens, again on Full-Frame. This huge aperture produces very shallow depth-of-field favored by portrait photographers.

This new lens becomes the brightest autofocus lens ever made. Until now, autofocus was only possible with lenses of F/1.2 or smaller maximum aperture. The extra brightness allows the Fujifilm X-T4 to focus down to -7 EV, an unprecedented level of darkness. The body of the lens is fully weatherproof and freezeproof to -10C, as one would expect for such a high-end product.

Fujifilm excepts to ship the XF 50mm F/1R WR this fall for $1500 USD or $2000 CAD.

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Today, Sony unveiled their 5th adapter to connect A-mount lenses to E-mount cameras. The new LA-EA5 joins the capabilities of all previous adapters in a new compact form-factor with absolutely no loss of image-quality. Like at LA-EA3 and LA-EA4, the new adapter is Full-Frame capable. Like the LA-EA2 and LA-EA4, it can also autofocus mechanically but unlike those two, it does not divert any light away from the sensor so that autofocus is performed by the camera rather than the adapter.

Sony LA-EA5

The Sony LA-EA5 adapter allows any A-mount lens to be used with full capabilities on any E-mount camera. When the body offers Phase-Detect AF, it will be used to autofocus the attached lens. When the lens does not feature an internal focus motor, the adapter will drive focus mechanically. Otherwise, it will power the internal SAM or SSM autofocus motor. Given that there is no semi-transparent mirror within the adapter, all light reaches the sensor to maintain maximum image-quality.

Availability of the LA-EA5 is scheduled for next month at a suggested price of $250 USD or $330 CAD.

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As already announced during one of their video interviews, Ricoh officially launched silver versions of four Full-Frame products: The Pentax K-1 Mark II, the Pentax HD D-FA*  70-200mm F/2.8 DC AW, the Pentax HD D-FA 50mm F/1.4 SDM AW and the Pentax HD D-FA 85mm F/1.4 SDM AW. All these new versions are identical to the standard black version except for their finish. Each of these new offerings will be produced in a limited series of 1000 units with serial numbers from 1 to 1000.

Pentax Silver Full-Frame

The Pentax K-1 Mark II is currently the only Stabilized Full-Frame DSLR on the market. It boasts a 36 MP sensor that delivers incredible dynamic-range and color-depth while exceeding at low-light performance. In fact, this camera has the widest dynamic-range of any DSLR and the best low-light performance. Including mirrorless cameras into the mix, it is still 6th in terms of dynamic-range and within the top 10 for low-light capabilities. Its 5-axis image-stabilization mechanism provides it with unique capabilities that make ideal for astro-photography.

Ricoh chose to make their newest lenses in silver to match their latest DSLR. These are all extremely high-quality optics that command a premium price tag with weight to match! While one is showing continued effort from Ricoh, the lack of new produces is concerning, particularly with the rumors that much of the new Full-Frame lens lineup is borrowed from a third-party manufacturer and hence cannot offer standout performance like the camera itself. One can only hope they are working on something to leap ahead once more.

In absolute terms though, the Pentax K-1 Mark II remains a top-notch powerhouse that will outlast any other thanks to its extremely tough build quality, ultra-long battery-life and huge feature-set. This comes at the price of being one of the heaviest cameras – even more so with lenses – on the market which is tilting towards dominance by significantly lighter and more compact mirrorless cameras.

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Venus Optics unveiled this week a pair of lenses that expanded their extensive lineup with one new Full-Frame option available for 3 mounts and one high-magnification macro lens for Micro Four-Thirds.

Venus Laowa 11mm F/4.5 FF RL

First up is the Laowa 11mm F/4.5 FF RL which is an extremely wide lens that provides a 126° field-of-view on a Full-Frame camera. This highly compact optic takes advantage of the latest short flange-distance of mirrorless mounts to achieve a 254g weight and 6.3cm length. This lens is available for Leica L, Nikon Z and Sony FE mounts.

This lens joins the 9 and 10-18mm to become the third-widest rectilinear lens available on all three mounts. As with other Venus Optics lenses, it is a completely mechanical lens which required focusing and setting the aperture manually on the lens.

Venus Laowa 50mm F/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro

The second lens is an all-new-design that brings 2X magnification to Micro Four-Thirds in a highly compact form. This lens offers the third-highest magnification ratio for Micro Four-Thirds, allowing it to create extreme closeups. It’s 50mm focal-length gives it a short working distance of 13.5cm and 24° angle-of-view.

Venus Optics upgraded the construction of their lenses with a more refined finish for this lens. As always with their lenses, this one is completely manual too. The Laowa 50mm F/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro weighs 240g and measures 7.9cm in length.

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Venus Optics just announced today a lens designed for cinematography which is launching a new series of ultra-high-end lenses for video.  This new OOOM series is constructed without compromise to deliver on image-quality and maximum consistency as aperture, focus and focal-length change.

Venus Laowa OOOM 25-100mm T/2.9

The new Laowa OOM 25-100mm T/2.9 offers a 4X optical zoom range that covers a Super-35 imaging-area which is slightly wider than 1.5X APS-C while being less tall due to the 16:9 aspect-ratio. Given that a circle is obviously always circular, this lens is usable on APS-C sensor cameras with the Canon EF and Sony E mount, plus the Arri PL-mount used by professional video cameras. All 3 mounts are interchangeable and included with the lens itself.

With a whopping 20 elements, this huge lens weighs in an astounding 2.5kg. It is a completely mechanical lens with three rings which driven manually or via a gear link for smooth changes required during filming. The front elements support 95mm filters and comes with a step-up ring for 114mm, which we suppose are more common in videography. Venus provided a sample reel filmed with this new and unique lens:

Given its imaging circle, the Laowa 25-100mm T/2.9 is equivalent to a 37-150mm lens which covers a field of view of 60 – 16° which is useful for natural perspective until close-up shots, including the flattering perspectives used for typical portraits. This new lens is available for ordering direct only the Venus Optics site.

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