New discounts/coupon codes for Rocky Nook camera guides, Macphun Luminar and Nikon gear at KEH

Rocky Nook is offering 45% off their camera guides with coupon code CONQUER45 (this offer will end at 11:59pm PST on July 30th).

Macphun Luminar 72 hours flash sale ($20 off) - the lowest price so far (valid only Tuesday, July 25th - Thursday, July 27th):

  • $49 instead of $69 - for all the new users
  • $39 instead of $59 - for current Macphun users

Also: try for free the new Macphun Luminar for Windows (beta version).

Nikon sale at KEH: you can get 5% off cameras, 10% off lenses and 15% off accessories with code RUMORS-N07 at checkout (this offer is valid only for the next 24 hours).

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Additional information on the Irix ILA-FE2EF adapter for Sony E-mount

In September last year I reported about Irix coming up with a new Irix 45mm f/1.4 lens, Irix ILA-FE2EF adapter for Sony E-mount (for using Nikon and Canon lenses on E-mount cameras) and Irix filters (already announced). Here are some additional pictures and information on the Irix ILA-FE2EF adapter for Sony E-mount:

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There will not be a new 7artisans 50mm f/1.0 mirrorless lens

Last month I reported about a not yet announced 7Artisans / DJ-Optical 50mm f/1.0 mirrorless lens that appeared in one of the promo pictures (see this and this post).

I contacted the manufacturer directly and they confirmed that they do not have any plans to release such lens. They will be however releasing a new 7Artisans 35mm f/2 rangefinder coupled lens for Leica M-mount - see this post for some pictures of the new lens.

7Artisans lenses can be purchased at: Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon DEeBay US and eBay UK.

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What else is new?

This week’s recap from the rumors and addicts blogs:

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Sony has a patent for an astronomical camera with a curved medium format sensor

Sony and several other companies (including Nikon) have already filed multiple patents for curved sensors or for lenses designed for curved sensors. Back in June Sony filed a patent (2017-102189 ) for an astronomical camera with a curved medium format sensor.

The first fully functional prototype of a 20MP full frame curved sensor by CEA-LETI was recently awarded prizes by the European Astronomical Society (EAS):

After ten years of effort to convince the astronomical community about the benefits offered by curved focal planes, the activity is now ongoing around the world, with academic developments at ESO, Stanford, MIT, but also at the industrial level with recent realizations from Sony and Microsoft."

It is clear that curved sensors are mainly going to be first used for astronomy and it will be a while before (if ever) you see them in your local camera store.

Curved sensors have several advantages and benefits including requiring smaller/faster/simpler lenses and overall better corner to corner IQ (curved sensors provide correction of field curvature):

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Voigtlander APO-Macro Lanthar 65mm f/2 Aspherical E-mount lens officially released, US priced revealed (*UPDATED*)

Update: the US price of the lens is $1,059 and is now available for pre-order at B&H and Adorama.

Back in February at the 2017 CP+ show, Cosina announced the development of three new full frame Voigtlander lenses for Sony E-mount. The new lenses will have:

  • EXIF transmission to camera body
  • Support for five-axis image stabilization
  • Manual focus
  • 1/3 step aperture selection

One of the lenses, the Voigtlander APO-MACRO LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical E-mount lens is now officially released - shipping will start on August 10th in Japan.

The European price is 999 Euros. The US price is not officially released yet (check here for updates).

Some sample photos from the lens can be found here, here and here. The technical specifications of the lens:

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Confirmed: Bowens is going out of business

An update on my post from last week - it is now official: the lighting manufacturer Bowens is going out of business. In a statement today the parent company Aurelius Group confirmed the news:

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