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Sony has announced a new A6500 Mirrorless camera. This came as a surprise to me since they announced the A6300 a mere 8 months ago. The A6500 does not appear to be a directly replacement for the A6300, but rather a step above by offering in camera 5-axis stabilization (similar to the A7II series bodies), a touchscreen and faster processor for about $400 more than the A6300. Read more Sony Announces New A6500 Mirrorless camera
Tamron has announced 2 new fast prime lenses: a 35mm f/1.8 and a 45mm f/1.8. both lenses will feature Tamron’s VC “Vibration Compensation” image stabilization technology and weather resistant builds. The new 35mm will compete directly with the Canon 35mm f/2 IS that was released not to long ago, with the Tamron sporting the slightly faster max aperture and weather resistant construction over the Canon. The 45mm is a rather odd choice to me – not sure why they didn’t make it a traditional 50mm instead. The Sigma Art Series lenses (24mm 35mm and 50mm) have been very successful so it will be interesting to see if the Tamron lenses will be as popular. Read more Tamron Announces New 35mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 Lenses
Today Canon announced the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. This lens replaces the curren “L” series 35mm f/1.4 lens with a new version that incorporates a new lens formula called “Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics” and a stronger build quality. The lens will be available in October for around $1800. Read more Canon Announces New Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Canon USA announced today that the Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Camera Coming to the US. It will be interesting to see how it does in a market that is dominated by Sony and Olympus/Panasonic. I currently own a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony A6000, and the thought of having a single system that can share lenses is appealing. Read more Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Camera Coming to the US