Announced! New Sony A6500 and RX100mV


And here it is the new Sony A6500! Yes folks, 8 months after the A6300 launch Sony alreayd announced a new model. It won’t replace the A6300…Sony did put it on top of the A6xxx line with a whopphy $1399 price tag!

The camera has everything you always wanted on a A6xxx camera: 5axis IBIS, Touchscreen, Long buffer and hopefully no more overheating?

You can preorder the camera on October 10 at BHphoto. And the new RX100m5 again at BHphoto,

A6500 news:
A6500 at
Official press text on SAR.
Image samples at Gallery.
A6500 introduction interview by Patrick Murphy Racey on Vimeo.
Sony press event on Periscope by Hugh Brownstone.


New Lensbaby Trio 28mm f/3.5 for the MFT, Sony E and Fuji X system cameras


Lensbaby announced a lens that actually is a three lens in one! You can swap between the Twist, Velvet, and Sweet effects. The lens can now be preordered for Fuji X, MFT and Sony E-moutn system at BHphoto and Adorama.

Image samples at LensBaby. Video review by Cnet. Review by PCmag.

Press text:

Don’t waste time pulling a lens out of your bag or swapping optics with the Lensbaby Trio 28mm f/3.5 Lens. This pancake-style lens incorporates a rotating front that holds Twist, Velvet, and Sweet optics for selecting different effects at a moment’s notice. The Twist uses a true Petzval design for a sharp center area surrounded by a swirl of twisty bokeh. Velvet has a dreamy central area with a soft focus look along with a soft glow. Sweet creates a sharp spot of focus in the center with a gradual fall-off to blur. And, all of these can be carried without stuffing your bag with a variety of miscellaneous equipment.

Available here for Fujifilm X-mount cameras, the Trio will provide a 42mm equivalent field of view that provides a normal perspective for working in a wide range of shooting conditions. Also, it has a fixed f/3.5 optic that ensures predictable looks in a variety of situations. All of the optics are multi-coated for minimal flare and ghosting and it has a manual focusing ring for focusing anywhere form 8″ to infinity. Additionally, users can attach filters using the front 46mm thread for even more creative control.

Works with APS-C cameras where the normal 42mm perspective that can be used to capture a variety of subjects, including street, portraits, landscapes, and more.
Fixed f/3.5 aperture helps create a predictable effect in a wide range of situations.
Rotating front dial with options for Twist, Velvet, and Sweet effects.
Twist effect uses a true Petzval design for a central area of sharp focus surrounded by a swirl of twisting bokeh. This optic utilizes four glass elements in three groups.
Velvet effect creates a soft focus effect with a dreamy center area with a delicate glow out to the edges.
Sweet effect offers a central spot of sharp focus surrounding by a gradual increase in blur.
Manual focusing ring that allows users to focus anywhere from 8″ to infinity.
Multi-coating minimizes ghosting and flare.
Front filter thread of 46mm

Google announces the new Pixel smartphone. DxO says it has the best camera on any mobile yet.


Smartphone cameras are getting better and better eating up the entry level camera business. Today Google announced their new “Pixel” smartphone camera. They name already brings it up to the point: The 12MP camera delivers the best performance on any mobile available yet according to DxOmark testing.

The Pixel is on preorder at Verizon and Google Store.

Fuji X-PRO 2 firmware update leaked!


Fujirumors spotted the full X-PRO2 firmware update press text including the link to download and install the new firmware (which is not working yet):

Fujifilm Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is pleased to announce that a free firmware update (Ver. 2.00) for the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 is now available to download. With the added performance provided by this firmware update, the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 rangefinder-style mirrorless digital camera will stand alongside the new FUJIFILM X-T2 D-SLR-style mirrorless digital camera as one of the “double flagship” X Series cameras.

Key X-Pro2 firmware version 2.00 features
1. The new autofocus algorithm* that is implemented on the FUJIFILM X-T2 will also be implemented on the FUJIFILM X-Pro2. As a result, more accurate autofocus is now possible, and the AF tracking in AF-C mode will be improved. The number of focus point will be increased from 77 to 91 points (13×7) and from 273 to 325 points (25×13) to improve framing.

* Excludes the new AF-C Custom Settings functions.

2. Compatibility with the new hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500 will enable wireless multi-flash lighting with TTL control up to three groups and high-speed flash sync.

3. AUTO POWER OFF will now have 15 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min. options. AUTO POWER SAVE function, which was previously only available in ECONOMY mode, is now available as an option in HIGH PERFORMANCE and STANDARD modes to allow users to minimize battery power consumption.

4. AF point position interlocked with parallax will be displayed to provide a more accurate and easier-to-use Optical Viewfinder even when Corrected AF frame function is set to OFF.

More improvements
In our constant endeavor to improve user’s enjoyment of Fujifilm products, the firmware version 2.00 update will provide a total of twenty improvements to the X-Pro2. For a list of all improvements, please visit the link below.

Firmware download
Click the link below to download new X-Pro2 firmware update