Sony ILCE7RM4A/B, ILCE7RM3A/B up for Pre-order from Amazon US

Back in May, Sony quietly launched two new alpha Full fram cameras – Sony Alpha 7R IV ILCE7RM4A/B and Sony Alpha 7R III ILCE7RM3A/B. These models are slightly improved versions of older A7RM3 and A7RM4 cameras.

Amazon US has now listed both Sony ILCE7RM4A/B ( Price: $3,499.99) and ILCE7RM3A/B ( Price: $2,799.99 ) up for Pre-order online. These items will be released on June 21, 2021.

So What’s new on these New Sony Alpha models?

  • SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2) compatible Type-C port
  • 2.35 million-dot ( 2,359,296dots ) LCD screen ( old one has a 1,440,000 dots screen )
  • The Sony logo under the LCD monitor has been removed

There may be other changes, but these are the official changes Sony noted in their Official promo video of Alpha 7R III (ILCE-7RM3A) on Youtube.

If you are not interested in these ‘New’ features you can grab older models for cheaper prices. Sony ILCE7RM4/B model now sells for $2,998 and the ILCE7RM3/B model can be bought for $2,298 in the US. ( June 2021 prices on Amazon US ).

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Olympus M.ZUIKO 8-25MM PRO lens up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Olympus has launched M.ZUIKO 8-25MM PRO lens in the US online. It has a launch price tag of $1,099.99 USD. This Pro lens is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US. According to the listing, it will be released on July 9, 2021.

Olympus M.ZUIKO 8-25MM is a constant F4.0 aperture lens coming under the Pro line-up. It weighs 411g and offers a full-frame equivalent focal length of 16-50mm making it a great walk-around lens for a micro four-thirds camera.

This has 16 elements in 10 groups lens construction with a few special lenses inside ( 1 DSA lens, 2 Aspherical ED lenses, 1 Super ED lens, 1 ED lens, 1 Super HR lens, 1 HR lens, 1 HD lens ).

This has a 7 bladed aperture. The max aperture it can open to is F4.0 and can be stopped down to F22 if needed. The closest focusing distance this lens can achieve is 0.23m and it takes 72mm filters.

Olympus has given this lens a IPX1 rating – which we rarely see on camera lenses. When used with a Olympus splashproof Body, this lens is Dust & Drip Proof.

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Olympus M.ZUIKO 8-25MM PRO Specifications

  • Focal length: 8-25mm ( 16-50mm Full frame equivalent )
  • Lens construction: 16 elements in 10 groups
  • Special lenses: 1 DSA lens, 2 Aspherical ED lenses, 1 Super ED lens, 1 ED lens, 1 Super HR lens, 1 HR lens, 1 HD lens
  • Auto-focus: High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.23m ( all focal length )
  • Aperture: F4.0 – F22 ( 7 bladed aperture )
  • Filter size: 72 mm
  • Weight: 411g
  • In the box: LC-72C Lens Cap, LR-2 Lens Rear Cap, LH-76E Lens Hood, CS-53 Wrapping Cloth

NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Nikon has launched two new macro lenses for their Z Mirrorless Cameras – The NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 and the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S. Both of these lenses are now available to pre-order online from Amazon US.

NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 has a launch price tag of $649.95 in the US. You can buy NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S for $999.95.

Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 is a standard micro lens compatible with full-frame Z mount cameras. This is a compact and lightweight lens, weighing just 260g.

The lens construction include 10 elements in 7 groups, with 1 ED element and 1 aspherical element. It supports a minimum focus distance of 0.16 m and has maximum reproduction ratio of 1.0.

It uses an STM motor to focus and has a front focusing system. According to Nikon, this lens is a total length shorter by 26% and weight lighter by 39% than the existing F mount model.

NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 Specs

  • Nikon Z mount Full Frame Lens
  • f/ 2.8 max aperture
  • f/ 22 min aperture
  • Lens construction: 10 elements in 7 groups
  • Special glass: 1 ED element, 1 aspherical element, fluorine-coated front lens element
  • Front focusing system
  • Min focus: 0.16 m ( 0.53 ft)
  • Max reproduction ratio: 1 x
  • Aperture opening: 9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
  • 46 mm filter thread
  • Weight: 260 g
  • Focus limit switch
  • Included in the box: LC-46B Lens Cap (front cap), LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap), HN-41 Lens Hood, CL-C1 Lens Case

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NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Nikon has launched NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S lens in the US online. It has a launch price tag of $999.95 and is now available to pre-order from Amazon US ( check here ). This item will be released and ship to customers on June 30, 2021.

NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is the first Macro lens from the Nikon for its Z series Mirrorless cameras. It is part of the NIKKOR Z S-line of lenses. Nikon has also announced NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 lens along with this and has confirmed 28mm F2.8 and 40mm F2 prime lenses for Z-mount are coming later this year.

The NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S has a minimum focus distance of 0.29m and offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1.0. Nikon uses one aspherical lens element and three ED glass elements in the construction of this lens ensuring suppression of chromatic aberration.

This lens uses a new stepping motor (STM) made specially for this lens and comes with a multi-focusing system offering fast and precise AF performance. For greater stability, this lens has vibration reduction (VR) mechanism offering up to 4.5-stops. Nikon is using Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO Coats to reduce Ghost and flare offering better overall image quality.

NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 Specs and Features

  • Z-mount macro lens
  • Full 1:1 reproduction ratio
  • 4.5 stop Vibration Reduction
  • Multi-focus system
  • Max F2.8 aperture
  • Min f/32 aperture
  • Min focus distance: 0.29 m/0.96 ft from focal plane
  • Lens construction: 16 elements in 11 groups ( including 3 ED glass elements, 1 aspherical lens element )
  • Aperture opening: 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  • Weight: 630 g
  • Accessories in the box: LC-62B Lens Cap (front cap), LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap), HB-99 Lens Hood, CL-C2 Lens Case

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Tamron has launched 150-500mm lens for Sony E-mount Full Frame Cameras

Tamron has just launched a 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057) zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. This is a compact, ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a max aperture range of F5-6.7. You can use it on an APS-C crop Sony Alpha body as well and can get the extra reach thanks to the crop factor.

Tamron 150-500m Sony E-mount Lens Price in the US: $1,399 ( Expected shipping date: June 10 2021 – will be available to pre-order from Amazon US / B&H Photo / Adorama etc in the coming weeks ).

Related: Sony FE 14 mm F1.8 GM Lens available to pre-order on Amazon US | Price: $1,599 USD.

Tamron 150-500mm is made with 25 elements in 16 groups optical construction and has a length of just 209.6mm ( 8.3 in ) zoomed out. When you extend the lens to 500mm, the length increases to 283mm (11.1 in). For good auto-focus, Tamron uses linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) and has and VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization to get the best shots when shooting handheld.

At 150mm, this lens has a min focus distance of 0.6m (23.6 in). At 500mm, the min focus distance is 1.8m (70.9 in). The arc of rotation of the zoom ring is only 75° which lets you zoom in and zoom out easily. To get the best image quality, Tamron is using XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), LD (Low Dispersion) and hybrid aspherical lens elements in this lens’ construction. To suppress ghosting and flare, it has BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) coating as well.

Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057) Specs

  • 150-500mm focus range
  • Full frame Sony E-mount lens
  • F5-F6.7 max aperture
  • F22-32 min aperture
  • 25 elements in 16 groups lens construction
  • Min focusing distance: 0.6m (23.6 in) (Wide 150mm) / 1.8m (70.9 in) (Tele 500mm)
  • φ82mm filter size
  • Weight: 1,725g (60.8 oz)
  • 7-blade diaphragm
  • 75° arc of rotation for the zoom ring
  • Zoom lock switch
  • Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount
  • Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF support
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • BBAR-G2 Coating
  • Fluorine Coating on the front lens element

Sample Images: Image 1 , Image 2 ( Source: Tamron Official )

Sony FE 14 mm F1.8 GM Lens Price in the US

Sony E 14 mm F1.8 GM Lens ( SEL14F18GM ) up for Pre-order online on Amazon US | Price: $1,599 US.

Sony has launched the E 14 mm F1.8 GM Lens ( SEL14F18GM ) in the US. It has a pre-order price tag of $1,599 USD and is now in stock online on Amazon US ( check here ).

Sony FE 14 mm F1.8 GM ( SEL14F18GM ) is a compact, large F1.8 aperture, an ultra-wide-angle lens that is part of their premium G-Master series of lenses. This is made for Sony Alpha E-mount Full Frame cameras. You can use it on a crop sensor APS-C camera as well, albeit with a crop ( 21mm ).

The fast F1.8 aperture makes it a great lens to have for astrophotography. The ultra-wide 14mm focal length and G Master lens quality make it a wonderful lens to use in real estate interior photography and landscape photography as well. This lens boasts sharp resolution from corner to corner with little to no distortion. It weighs just 460g. Comparing to the Sigma 14mm lens, this lens is much compact and lightweight. Check out the Dpreview review of this lens comparing these two lenses here.

Sony has used Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and one aspherical lens element to get an excellent resolution out of this lens. It also has Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one Super ED glass element to suppress chromatic aberration issues and offer good contrast and image quality. To get a circular and smoother bokeh, this lens has a 9-blade circular aperture mechanism.

Usually,, ultra-wide-angle lenses do not need super fast autofocus features. Sony, however, is using two XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors to get fast and accurate Auto-focus even at wide open at F1.8. To use filters like ND filters, you will have to use the rear filter holder as you can’t screw in a filter at the front due to the bulbous front glass which is common on ultra-wide-angle lenses. As always with a G-Master lens, Sony FE 14 mm F1.8 GM SEL14F18GM lens also has a dust and moisture resistant design.

Sony FE 14 mm F1.8 GM Lens Specifications

  • Mount: Sony E-mount 35 mm full-frame
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • Aperture range: F1.8 – F16
  • Lens construction: 14 elements in 11 groups
  • Min focus distance: 0.82 ft
  • Two XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors for Autofocus
  • 9 bladed circular aperture
  • Customizable focus hold button
  • Aperture ring with click-stop switch
  • Linear Response MF
  • Fluorine coating on the front and rear elements
  • 2x ultra-precise XA elements
  • 2x ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements
  • One Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion)
  • Nano AR Coating II
  • Dust and moisture resistant design
  • APS-C focal length: 21mm
  • Weight: 460 g

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Fujifilm XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR in Stock on Amazon US

If you have been looking to buy a fast 18mm lens for your Fujifilm Mirrorless Camera, you would be happy to know Fujifilm has just launched a brand new Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR lens in the market. This has a launch price tag of $999.95 in the US. It is now available to pre-order online in the US from Amazon ( check here ). It will ship to customers on April 30, 2021.

Fujifilm XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR as the name suggests comes with a fast F1.4 aperture. This is an APS-C lens offering an equivalent full-frame view of 27mm when we take the crop factor into the consideration. Fujifilm claims this lens to have corner to corner sharpness with little-to-no distortion at the frame’s edges. It uses 15 elements in 9 groups including 1 ED and 3 aspherical elements to control optical aberrations.

XF18mmF1.4 has a 9 bladed aperture offering a rounded diaphragm opening. The lowest aperture it can go is F16. Minimum focusing distance achievable is 20cm with a max magnification of 0.15x. This lens just weighs 370g making it a great lens to carry around with your Fujifilm camera.

You can find the sample images taken by this lens here.

Fujifilm XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR Specifications

  • Lens type: Fixed Prime
  • Lens mount: Fujifilm X mount
  • Focal length: 16mm ( 27mm full-frame equivalent )
  • Max aperture: F1.4
  • Min aperture: F16
  • Aperture blades: 9 rounded diaphragm opening
  • Lens construction: 15 elements in 9 groups
  • Mim focus distance: 20cm
  • Weight: 370g
  • Filter thread size: 62mm

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Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Canon has launched the RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM lens in the US online. This is made for Canon’s RF Series of Cameras such as EOS R5, R6, etc, and has a launch price tag of $1,399.

These lenses will ship to customers in July 2021 and is now available to pre-order online in the US from Amazon US, B&H Photo, Adorama, etc.

Canon has also announced two other lenses – RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM ( Price: $11,999 ) and RF600mm F4L IS USM ( Price: $12,999 ).

Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM as the name suggests is a macro lens with a min focus distance of 0.86 ft. / 0.26m. It has Auto-focus support and offers a maximum magnification ratio of 1.4x for great close-up photography. Canon has equipped this lens with an Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 Stops of Shake Correction. If you are using it with a camera like EOS R5 which has built-in image stabilization, you get around 8 stops of shake correction. The lens also features Hybrid IS technology which reduces blurring in handheld macro photography by compensating for both angle and shift camera shake.

For the first time, Canon has implemented a Spherical Aberration (SA) Control Ring in a lens, that lets you adjust the bokeh characteristics on the fly. Using this ring, you can change the shape and character of the foreground and background bokeh paving way for some creative, unique-looking shots. There is also another Control Ring available on the lens which can be programmed to adjust shutter speed, lens aperture, exposure compensation, etc.

For faster and better accurate Auto-focus, Canon has equipped this lens with dual independent Nano USMs motors. The RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM lens features dust and weather-resistant construction in the lens mount, switch panel, and all rings. The fluorine coatings on the front and rear help you to easily clean smudges and fingerprints off the glass.

Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM Lens Specifications

Lens MountCanon RF mount ( compatible with Canon EOS R-series cameras like EOS R5, R6, R3, etc )
Focal length100mm ( Full-frame )
Lens typePrime lens
Min Focus Disatance0.86 ft. (10.2 in.) /0.26 m.
Maximum Magnification1.4x
Aperture rangeF2.8 – F32
Aperture blades9 circular
Lens construction17 elements in 13 groups
Lens CoatingSuper Spectra Coating; Fluorine coating
Filter size67 mm
Image stabilization5 stops built-in ( up to 8 stops using a camera with build-in image stabilization like EOS R5 ), Hybrid IS support
Weight730g
Special FeatureSA (Spherical Aberration) Control Ring to change Bokeh characteristics.
Dust/Water ResistanceRubber Ring on the lens mount, Focus Ring, Control Ring, SA Control Ring, switch panel, and switches

From the manufacturer

The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM lens is the world’s first medium telephoto AF Macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x (as of 4/14/21). This lens is perfect for portraits, weddings, still life, and even landscapes with its Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 stops of shake correction, up to 8 stops when used in combination with an EOS camera with Optical Image Stabilizer, and an SA (Spherical Aberration) Control Ring that lets you change the look and style of the foreground and background blur.

Specs Source: Canon USA

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Sony launches 3 new Full Frame G Lenses ( 24mm F2.8 G, 40mm F2.5 G, 50mm F2.5 G )

Sony has launched 3 new Full Frame G Lenses for their Alpha Cameras. They are 24mm F2.8 G ( SEL24F28G ), 40mm F2.5 G ( SEL40F25G ) and 50mm F2.5 G ( SEL50F25G ). All these lenses have a price tag of $600.00 USD in the US and $800.00 in Canada.

These lenses will be available to pre-order online in the US from Amazon US, B&H Photo, Adorama, etc in the coming days ( check here ). All these models will ship to customers in May 2021.

March 24 2021 update: Available to pre-order from Amazon US.

Sony has also launched the high-end 50mm F1.2 SEL50F12GM lens in the US and is now available to pre-order for a price of $1,999.

These 3 new lenses are part of the Sony G Series lineup which means they are of good quality, but not as great as the expensive G-Master series of lenses. All these lenses have a lightweight and compact design which makes these great lenses to use with the compact Sony A7C camera. You can also use these with APS-C cameras ( A6000 Series ).

Sony 24mm F2.8 G ( SEL24F28G ), 40mm F2.5 G ( SEL40F25G ), and 50mm F2.5 G ( SEL50F25G ) have the same size and filter diameter thread ( 49mm ). All 3 have similar weight as well (FE 50mm F2.5 G 172.9g, FE 40mm F2.5 G 172.9g, and FE 24mm F2.8 G 161.5g ). All three lenses focus internally and use aspherical elements and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements to achieve better image quality and resolution.

The FE 50mm F2.5 G ( SEL50F25G ) lens has a minimum focus distance of 0.35m and a max magnification of 0.18x. The FE 40mm F2.5 G ( SEL40F25G ) has a min focus distance of 0.28m and a max magnification of 0.20x. The widest FE 24mm F2.8 G ( SEL24F28G ) has a min focus distance of 0.24m. All three lenses support Auto Focus as well as Manual Focus modes.

Specs Highlights

  • Full Frame Prime Lenses
  • Sony G Lens Series
  • Focus hold button, focus mode switch, aperture ring, aperture click switch
  • Linear Response MF
  • 49mm Filter diameter
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • 2x linear motors for Fast Auto Focus
  • 3x aspherical elements
  • 1x ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element
  • Aluminum finish lens body
  • 7-blade circular aperture
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant design
  • Price: $600.00 USD

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Sony Alpha 50mm F1.2 SEL50F12GM up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Sony has launched their first 50mm F1.2 lens for their E-mount mirrorless bodies. The Sony SEL50F12GM FE 50 mm F1.2 GM has a price tag of $1,998 in the US and $2,600.00 in Canada. It will be available to pre-order online from Amazon US, B&H Photo, Adorama etc in the coming days.

Mar 17 2021 Update: Sony 50mm F1.2 now available to pre-order from Amazon US ( check here ). This item will be released on May 13, 2021.

SEL50F12GM is the 60th lens made for the E-mount system by Sony. Since this is a G Master lens, Sony has used the premium materials available to make this lens offering excellent image quality, beautiful bokeh, and quick quiet autofocus. This lens has a 14 elements in 10 groups construction including three XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements to get the best resolution across the range. Sony’s Nano AR Coating II which we also saw on many other GM lenses, helps to minimize internal reflections, eliminate flare and ghosting issues.

According to Sony, this lens has a newly developed 11-bladed circular aperture unit that offers smooth, deep bokeh in both the foreground and background. Since this has an extreme shallow depth of field, Sony is using 4 XD linear AF motors to quickly get the subject in focus. This lens has a minimum focus distance of 1.32 feet and has a 72mm filter thread. It weighs 27.5 oz ( 779.6g ) which is lighter than Nikon and Canon’s F1.2 lenses.

Sony Alpha 50mm F1.2 SEL50F12GM Specs

  • E-mount Ful Frame Lens
  • Premium G Master Series Standard prime lens
  • 11 bladed Circular aperture
  • 50mm focal length ( 75mm on APS-C cameras )
  • Lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
  • F1.2 max aperture
  • F16 min aperture
  • 3XA elements for high resolution
  • Sony Nano AR Coating II
  • Linear Response MF
  • 4XD Linear Motors for Autofocus
  • Focus hold button
  • Aperture Click switch
  • 27.5 oz (778 g)
  • 72 filter diameter (MM)
  • 0.17 max magnification
  • 1.32 ft (0.4 m) minimum focal distance
  • Fluorine front-element coating

Source: Sony Alpha US.