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 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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PENTAX K-3 Mark III DSLR Price in the US

PENTAX has launched the K-3 Mark III DSLR camera in the US online. It has a launch selling price of $2,199.95 ( body only ) and is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US ( check here ). This item will be released on April 29, 2021.

June 2021 Price on Amazon US: $1,996.

PENTAX K-3 Mark III is probably the last flagship APS-C DSLR Camera we can expect from a big camera manufacturer. It features a new 25.7MP BSI CMOS sensor that supports an ISO range of 100 to 1600000. Pentax has equipped this camera with 5-axis sensor-shift shake reduction image stabilization offering up to 5.5 stops.

This DSLR camera comes with Dual SD Card Slots. It can take SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Cards with UHS-1/UHS-II speeds. However, only SD1 slot supports UHS-II speed. You can save to both cards or use one card to save raw images and the other for storing jpegs.

PENTAX K-3 Mark III features a Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder offering approx 100% field of view and approx. 1.05X magnification. It can shoot up to 12 images per second in AF-S mode and up to 11 images in AF-C mode. Pentax has equipped this model with SAFOX 13 AF system with 101 focus points. The older PENTAX K-3 II only had 27 focus points – so a big jump in this area.

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PENTAX K-3 Mark III DSLR Specifications

  • Mount: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount
  • Sensor: Approx. 25.73 megapixels Effective Pixels / Approx. 26.78 megapixels Total pixels
  • ISO range: 100 to 1600000
  • File format: RAW (PEF/DNG 14-bit), JPEG (Exif 2.3)
  • Image stabilizer: Sensor-shift shake reduction “SR II”(5-axis) offering 5.5 shutter steps
  • Dual SD Card Slots ( only 1 supports UHS-II )
  • Viewfinder: Pentaprism Optical Finder ( Approx. 100% coverage )
  • LCD monitor: 3.2 inch TFT color LCD ( 1620K dots / touch support )
  • Auto-focus: SAFOX 13, 101 points (25 cross-type focus points)
  • AF Modes: Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec.
  • Video recording: 4K @ 30p/24p
  • Battery: Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90
  • Battery Usage: Approx. 800 images
  • Data transfer: USB 3.2 Gen1 USB Type-C
  • Wireless: IEEE 802.11b/g/n ( WPA2 authentication ) / Bluetooth 4.2
  • Other features: Focus Peaking, Face detection, Touch AF
  • Weight: Approx. 735g

Specs Source: Pentax

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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.

DJI FPV Drone Combo up for Pre-order on Amazon US

DJI has launched FPV Drone Combo in the US online. It has a pre-order price of $1,299 for the combo kit. It is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US ( check here ).

With the DJI FPV Drone Combo ( Model name: WM170 ), you get 1x DJI FPV Drone, 1x DJI FPV Goggles V2, 1x DJI FPV Remote Controller 2, 4x DJI FPV Propellers (Pair), and 1x DJI FPV Intelligent Flight Battery/Goggles Battery. You also get a few other things in the box. Scroll down for the full list.

Since this is an FPV drone, it can go faster than any other DJI Mavic drones out there. It has a max speed of 87.24 mph. It features a 12MP 1/2.3” CMOS sensor which we also saw on the DJI Mavic Mini 2 drone launched a while back. The FPV Drone is capable of shooting 4K @ 60fps video with RockSteady Stabilization while the Mini 2 tops out at 4K @ 30fps.

This new drone from DJI uses OcuSync 3.0 and offers a max transmission distance of 6.2mi ( 10KM approx ). This drone has a wind resistance of Level 6 while other DJI Mavic drones top out at Level 5.

You can fly the FPV Drone in 3 different modes. The S mode offers a hybrid flight mode combines the freedom of flying manually with the simplified controls of previous DJI drones. The N mode is designed for beginners while the M – Manual mode is for those who wants to go full on and enjoy the full FPV flight experience.

Related products: DJI FPV Intelligent Flight Battery for FPV Drone, DJI Motion Controller, 5 Hour Battery Life, for DJI FPV ( Price: $199 ), DJI FPV Battery Charging Hub.

DJI FPV Specs and Features
  • Image sensor: 12MP 1/2.3” CMOS Sensor
  • Max speed: 87.24 mph
  • Max flight time: 20mins
  • Max video recording supported: 4K @ 60fps support
  • Obstacle Sensing: Forward + Downward
  • Transmission Tech: OcuSync 3.0
  • Max Transmission Distance: 6.2mi
  • Wind resistance: Level 6
  • Flight modes: S Mode, N Mode, M Mode
  • Other features: RockSteady Stabilization, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), Modular design, Audience Mode

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Specs and Features Source: Amazon US

Sony Alpha FX3 ILME-FX3 up for Pre-order from Amazon US

Sony Alpha FX3 ILME-FX3 Cinema Camera is now available to pre-order online in the US from Amazon. It has a launch selling price of $3,899.99 in the US.

Sony Alpha FX3 ILME-FX3 is a full-frame Cinema Line Camera that can shoot up to 4K @ 120fps. If you ever wanted to have a Sony A7SM3 in a cinema line camera body, FX3 is just the right one for you. It features the same sensor, and according to many review videos online, has the same ISO performance as well as dynamic range as the A7S M3 model.

One thing you can find in the Sony ILME-FX3, but not in the A7SM3 is the presence of S-Cinetone color. However, according to new reports online, Sony will be pushing a firmware update to enable this feature in the A7S models as well.

From the manufacturer: Sony’s FX3 Cinema Line camera brings the visions of passionate content creators to life. Cinematic expression is matched with reliable performance and streamlined operation to serve the needs of today’s creative community. Compact and lightweight, it’s easy to carry and handle.

Sony Alpha FX3 ILME-FX3 Specs and Features
  • 12MP sensor ( same as A7SM3 )
  • E-mount camera
  • Full frame
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ XR image-processing engine
  • 4K (QFHD) high-frame-rate 120fps recording support
  • S-Cinetone support
  • ISO 80–102400 equivalent ( up to ISO 409600 in expanded mode )
  • Dual CFexpress Type A / SD card slots
  • 3.0 inch 1.44M dots Vari-angle LCD touch-panel monitor
  • XLR adaptor and digital input for quality audio
  • Uninterrupted 4K/60p
  • Silent cooling fan ( not available on A7S series )
  • six customizable buttons
  • multiple screw holes on the body and handle
  • Front and rear tally lamps
  • In-camera image stabilization ( Catalyst Browse supported )
  • 7 AF Transition Speed settings
  • 5 AF Subject Shift Sensitivity settings
  • Real-time Eye AF
  • 4K internal recording ( 10-bit depth / 4:2:2 color )
  • 16-bit RAW HDMI output
  • 10-bit S-Log3
  • HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)

Panasonic S-R70300 Lumix S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Pansonic has launched Lumix S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 Macro lens ( S-R70300 ) for the L-mount system. It has a pre-order price of $997.99 and an MSRP price of $1249 in the US. It is now available to pre-order online from Amazon ( check here ). According to the listing, it will ship to customers on April 18, 2021.

Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R70300) is a medium telephoto zoom lens made for L-mount cameras like the LUMIX S Series cameras. It uses 17 lens elements in 11 groups including one ultra extra-low dispersion ( UED ), two extra-low dispersion lenses ( ED ), and one ultra-high refractive index lens (UHR) element for better quality images.

For better bokeh, Panasonic has made this lens with an 11-bladed iris, offering a circular aperture. This lens has an excellent close focusing capability for better closeup and macro photography. It can achieve a maximum magnification of 0.5x (at 300mm). With lens image stabilization on, you can get up to 5.5 stops of slower shutter speed which will come in handy when you are in low light scenarios.

Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm S-R70300 Lens Specs and Features

  • Mount: L-mount
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 11 groups (2 ED lenses, 1 UED lens, 1 UHR lens)
  • Built-in O.I.S with 5-Axis Dual I.S 2 Compatibility
  • Focal length: 70-300mm ( Full Frame )
  • Max aperture: F4.5 (Wide) – F5.6 (Tele)
  • Min aperture: F22
  • Aperture Type: Circular – 11 diaphragm blades
  • Closest focal length zoomed out at 70mm: 0.54m/1.77ft
  • Closest focal length zoomed in at 300mm: 0.74m/2.43ft
  • Max magnification at 300mm: 0.5x
  • Dust and Splash Resistant
  • 77mm Filter size
  • Weight: 790g

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Fujifilm GF80mmF1.7 R WR Lens up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Fujifilm has launched GF80mmF1.7 R WR Lens in the US online. It has a launch list price of $2,299.95 and is now available to pre-order from Amazon US ( check here for the lowest price ). This item will ship to customers on March 11, 2021.

Fujifilm GF80mmF1.7 R WR is a premium, F1.7 aperture Fast Prime lens made for Fujifilm Medium Format bodies ( GFX Series – GFX100 / GFX100S / GFX 50S / GFX 50R ). It claims to be the brightest lens with Auto Focus available for a Medium format or Large Format Camera.

GF80mmF1.7 R WR is a compact lens, weighing 795g. It has rounded 9 bladed aperture blades offering beautiful and smooth bokeh. To achieve auto focus, this lens uses a DC motor and a high-precision GMR sensor.

Fujifilm has made this lens with 12 elements in nine groups. It has 1x Aspherical element and 2x ED elements included to produce better high-resolution images from the demanding high MP GFX cameras. This is a WR lens, which means you don’t have to worry about taking it out in challenging conditions like rain or cold, as it is dust- and weather-resistance. It can operate in temperatures as low as -10°C

Fujifilm GF80mmF1.7 R WR Lens Full Specs

  • Max Aperture: F1.7
  • Minimum Aperture: F22
  • Lens Construction: 12 elements in 9 groups ( 1 Aspherical element, 2 ED element )
  • Aperture blades: 9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
  • Minimum Object Distance: 70cm
  • Weight: 795g
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Max Magnification: 0.15x

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Sony Alpha 1 up for Pre-order with various Lens Bundles on Amazon US

Sony Alpha 1 with 50MP Sensor is now available to pre-order with different Sony Lens bundles. The Camera alone ( ILCE1/B ) has a launch selling price of $6,499.99 in the US. According to Amazon US, this item will ship to customers on March 4, 2021, only.

  • Sony Alpha 1 Body Only Price: $6,499.99
  • with FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS ( SEL100400GM ) : $8,897.99
  • with FE 12-24mm F2.8 G Master ( SEL1224GM ) : $9,497.99
  • with FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM (SEL1635GM) : $8,597.99
  • with FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens (SEL200600G) : $8,397.99
  • with FE 24-70 mm F2.8 lens ( SEL2470GM ) : $8,597.99
  • with FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens ( SEL70200GM ) : $8,897.99

Check out the current lowest prices for these models here.

Sony Alpha 1 is currently the high end camera in the Sony Mirrorless Line-up. It features a 50MP sensor and can shoot up to 30fps continous which is insane for a camera with such a high MP sensor. It is powered by the BIONZ XR image processing engine which according to Sony is 8x more powerful than the previous gen. This camera features 9.44M dot 0.64” QXGA OLED EVF which we also saw on the A7S Mark 3 launched a few months back. This EVF supports 240fps refresh rate which is higher than the one we saw on the A7S. According to Sony, Alpha 1 is the World’s first anti-flicker mechanical and electronic shutter camera.