In three years Sigma expects their lenses for mirrorless to account for 70% of all sales

Dpreview published their Sigma CEO interview. And there is a lot of interesting info but I am only reporting two of them here:

This is what he said about the mirrorless future:

Within three or four years I expect our mirrorless mount lens sales to be much bigger than for DSLR. Maybe 70% to 30%.

This is what he said about the Canon EOS-R

The 50mm F1.2 and 28-70mm F2. Very impressed – and a little jealous! They’re possible due to the wide diameter and short flange back. Otherwise such lenses would be very difficult or impossible. Having the larger elements at the rear of the optical system makes it easier to achieve good performance at large apertures.

He confirmed indirectly what Leica manager said about the E-mount…it’s really not optimal for lens design.

New DPreview and Kai Wong tests of the Fuji X-T3

On top you can watch the new review of the Fuji X-T3. At the same time Dpreview also posted a preview of the new Canon EOS-R:

I suspect that most users that will invest in an EOS R will be mid-level enthusiasts (i.e. Rebel and EOS 80D upgraders) that are most interested in the larger sensor and the fact that it says ‘Canon’ on the front; I also suspect they’ll not be terribly interested in the fact that it’s Canon’s first ‘serious’ mirrorless offering. Unfortunately for those users, if you come to the EOS R with expectation of how a Canon camera ‘should work,’ you’re likely to be frustrated for a bit. You’ll be much better off approaching it with an open mind.
All that said, we’re not meaning to let Canon off easy on this one. There are definitely some aspects of the EOS R that need to be refined or reworked (the default out-of-box action for the M-Fn Bar is to cryptically flash ‘not available’ at you), even for a less demanding audience. We’ll of course be addressing those when we complete our full review. In the meantime, for those of us waiting for Canon to usher in a truly revolutionary camera built around the new RF mount, one aimed at more demanding users and more demanding use cases, I think we’ll just have to wait a little longer.

X-T3 preorders are now open at Bhphoto, Adorama and Amazon. In Europe at ParkCameras, Calumet.de. In Australia at CameraPro.

And here is Kai Won’gs take on the camera:

These nearly indestructible Sony Tough SD cards are now on preorder

If you are afraid your toddler could one day destraoy your SD card well get these TOUGH cards today:

Sony 128GB TOUGH SD card at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.
Sony 64GB TOUGH SD card at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.
Sony 32GB TOUGH SD card at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera. In EU at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.

 

Sony says ok your are right…we now will focus on APS-C again :)

The endless and justified complains against the weak Sony APS-C E-mount support finally had some effect. Mr. Tanaka from Sony confirmed in an interview at Pronews.jp that they will now focus on APS-C again.

In his words Sony had to complete the FF camera line first before to move on to APS-C again. As rumored weeks ago Sony is expected to launch a new High End APS-C model soon. It will have:

  • EVF in the center
  • larger body
  • 20fps
  • new around 30MP sensor?

Let’s hope some nice APS-C glass is going to be announced too…

Skylum showcases their new “Sky Enhancer” tool for Luminar

Skylum pre-announced the new Sky Enhancer feature (full announcement blog post here). It’s going to be released as a free Luminar update on November 1. If you plan to buy Luminar use our code “MIRROR” to get a $10 discount.

About AI Sky Enhancer:

This filter was created for photographers who would rather focus on creating photos, and have neither the time or inclination to spend hours correcting their images.

By moving a single slider you can add depth, definition, and detail to the sky without exposing unwanted artifacts or affecting any other aspect of the image.

No one wants boring skies in their photos, and restoring and improving the sky is one of the most important things while creating a masterpiece. We’ve done our best to make this process as simple as it can be –  the new AI Sky Enhancer creates no halos, automatically detects the edges of the sky and recognizes the sky even inside other objects such as bridges.

Offer Availability:

The new and advanced AI Sky Enhancer Filter is going to be added to Luminar on November 1, 2018 in advance of Luminar Libraries.

Pricing:

  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $59 USD ($49 with “MIRROR” coupon code)

  • Current users of Luminar 2018 may update for free

  • Current users of Luminar 2017 may upgrade for $49 USD ($39 with “MIRROR” coupon code)