Fuji X100T and Samsung NX1 cameras are now in stock in the US

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The Fuji X100T is currently in stock at Amazon. The Samsung NX1 is in stock at Adorama.

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Black Friday deals on photo gear

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I already started collecting all of the current deals and rebates on photo gear for the upcoming holiday season (including Black Friday and Cyber Monday) into one place - there is now a new tab in the navigation called "Deals":

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Bookmark this page as I will be updating it in the next few weeks.

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Sony a7 II could start shipping worldwide in January 2015

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The new Sony a7 II is for now officially announced only in Japan and will start shipping on December 5th, 2014. The latest Sony mirrorless camera with with 5 axis in-body stabilization will most likely start shipping worldwide in January, 2015. The European price will be 1,800 EUR.

A new firmware for the Sony  A77 II camera will be released in December, 2014.

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Sony announced the development of two new Vario-Sonnar T* lenses: 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II

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With the introduction of the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II lens, Sony also announced the development of two new Vario-Sonnar T * models:

  • 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
  • 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II

The new lenses will offer faster AF, better performance and will be dust and water proof. Shipping is expected to start in Spring of 2015.

Here is the updated Sony lens roadmap:

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Sony announced a new 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II lens (SAL70300G2)

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In addition to the a7 II camera, Sony announced also a new 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II lens (SAL70300G2) with a minimum shooting distance of 1.2m and 4 times faster AF tracking performance compared to the current SAL70300G model. Shipping will start on February 28th, 2015. The Japanese price is 132,000 yen (around $1,100).

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Sample photos and lens MTF charts can be found here.

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New Fuji MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 macro extension tubes plus X cameras firmware updates announced

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Fujifilm announced two new macro extension tubes: MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 (more information available here).

There are also new firmware updates for the X-E2, X-Pro1, X-E1 and X-T1, X-T1 graphite cameras.

Fuji also has a new HS-V5 for Windows tethered shooting software.

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Sony a7 II mirrorless camera with 5 axis in-body stabilization officially announced

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The previously rumored Sony a7 II mirrorless camera with with 5 axis in-body stabilization is now officially announced only in Japan for now. Shipping will start on December 5th, 2014. The new camera will be announced for the rest of the world in few months.

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Sony a7 II camera specifications (sample photos can be found here and here):

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