First image of the new Nisi 75mm f/0,95 Full Frame manual focus lens for Sony E, Canon R and Nikon Z

Nisi 75mm f/0,95 prototype. Image courtesy: Phillip Reeve

Bokeh Lovers will be happy to read this news today:

Nisi will launch a new 75mm f/0,95 lens in 2019. The Full Frame lens will be available as native Sony E, Canon R and Nikon Z version!

Phillip Reeve already tested this lens and the early conclusion is:

The lens is quite big and heavy as is to be expected from one with these parameters. It is a short flange/mirrorless design and will be available for several mounts (including Sony FE, Canon R and Nikon Z). The prototype we saw is native E-mount and the lens covers the full frame sensor area.

Of course we weren’t able to fully evaluate the cine lenses by spending a bit of time with them at Photokina, but handling and build quality both left a good impression, the focus and aperture rings had a really nice resistance.
The emphasize of the optical design is meant to be on bokeh rendering and indeed I would describe it as very smooth. Contrast and sharpness were more than sufficient as well.

We cannot and should not rate the 75mm f/0.95 yet as it was an early prototype, but the bokeh looked really smooth and as a fan of the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 I look forward to this lens.
If the final production model is close to the cine lenses in terms of contrast, resolution and flare resistance this will be an interesting lens for people into shallow depth of field photography.

No info about price yet but this lens should be in store sometimes in 2019.

Last days to save $10 on the new AI powered Aurora HDR 2019 preorders

Skylum just launched the new AI powered Aurora HDR 2019 Pre-Order for MAC and Windows. The software will be releases on October 4 and you save $10 on it if you preorder it before that date!

About Aurora HDR 2019:
Skylum’s Quantum HDR Engine harnesses the power of AI for a more streamlined editing experience than ever before. It reduces burned-out colors, loss of contrast, noise and unnatural lighting caused by halos and unstable deghosting.

The Quantum HDR Engine has taken three years to create within Skylum’s AI lab, and contains the vast knowledge of the development team paired with artificial intelligence to bring you seamless HDR editing, be it with a single image or multiple bracketed shots.

Skylum’s developers tested thousands of bracketed shots through a neural network, and used the results to develop the technology needed for creating incredible HDR photographs – whether it’s real estate, landscape, cityscape or any other type of HDR photography.

Here are the most essential changes:
New Quantum HDR Engine
LUTs support with 11 New Integrated LUTs
Photoshop plugins support
New HDR Smart Structure filter for realistic and artefact-free structure (can be found in the new HDR Enhance filter)
Presets are now called ‘Aurora HDR Looks’
Improved Adjustable Gradient filter with new sliders for Shadows and Highlights added
Improved HDR Details Boost Effect ( the photo is shown in high-resolution while fine-tuning the filter)

Offer Availability:
Aurora HDR 2019 is available for pre-order on September, 12, and released on October, 4.

Pre-Order Pricing:
Current users may upgrade at a price of $49 USD ($59 USD MSRP)
New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2019 at a price of $89 USD ($99 MSRP)

Pre-Order Bonuses:
Video Tutorial: Getting the Most from Aurora HDR 2019 by Trey Ratcliff
Landscape Photography Handbook by David Johnston
Burning Moods LUTs by Richard Harrington
Exclusive interior Aurora Looks by Richard Harrington
3-month 500px Pro membership
$300 USD OFF a multi-day Iceland Photo Tours

Your Aurora HDR 2019 Pre-Order Page text link:

The new Nikon Z7 is now in Stock at Amazon

The new Nikon Z7 is now in Stock at Amazon US.

There asre also new reviews by Photographyblog, Jared Polin, Ming Thein. The probably biggest talking point on the Z7 is the banding issue reported by Dpreview:

  • In principle, dynamic range is comparable to that of the D850: one of the best performances we’ve seen.
  • However, striping and banding (caused by the addition of on-sensor PDAF) means the usable dynamic range is reduced.

Have no idea if this is something Nikon can fix via future firmware update…

New version of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 to be released in November with major updates

Press text:

Today we are announcing ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will be available this November.
Version 2019 is one of the biggest and best releases in our history. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will include tons of improvements to the photo editing workflow and new features.

Version 2019 will include significant updates to both performance and image quality, notable new features like a new non-destructive workflow for layers, Lightroom® photo settings migration, auto-alignment of layers, focus stacking, a new portrait module, a new AI-powered masking tool, a new text tool, new digital asset management updates, and more.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 Announce Campaign Page

Announce Campaign Details:
– ON1 Photo RAW 2019 with 1 year of ON1 Plus: $129.99
– Full Version for NEW customers: $99.99
– Upgrade for existing ON1 Product owners: $79.99

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 Product Page

Product Highlights

New Workflow for Layers
Layers will no longer be a separate module. Instead, the power of layers will be accessible within the non-destructive workflow inside of Develop and Effects.

New Lightroom Photo Settings Migration
New AI-powered algorithms will give customers the ability to transfer Lightroom edited photos, keep the non-destructive settings, and move them into ON1 Photo RAW.

Portrait Module
The new Portrait module will automatically detect faces in your photo and will retouch to smooth skin, brighten and sharpen eyes, and whiten teeth.

Focus Stacking
Blend multiple photos at different focus distances to increase depth-of-field.

Auto-Align Layers
Easily combine multiple photos as layers, then automatically align them based on image content.

Text Tool
Perfect for creating posters, adding your byline or adding editing annotations. Easily control font size, color, position, and more, then save to a preset to add the same text overlay to a batch of photos quickly.

Master Keyword List
Now you can see every keyword that you use in a single, searchable list. You can quickly apply, clear, edit, or delete keywords.

Improved Local Adjustments
Local adjustments will be updated to use the raw processing data. This allows for more highlight and shadow details with more tonal range.

Layered HDR Workflow
With the powerful new non-destructive layers you can combine other photos, text, or alternate exposures with your HDR photos. You can even use the powerful masking tools to combine multiple HDR renditions.

Filter Options in Effects
We have added dedicated film grain, curves, and color adjustment filters to Effects. There’s also a new way to select and browse filters.

User Interface
Overall contrast has been reduced to make photos stand out along with a new font to help increase readability. New icons, tabs, and sliders will also take up less visual space.

From Zero to Hero: Sony will announce a new High End APS-C E-mount camera soon!

From a pure marketing point of view Sony got heavily beaten at Photokina by the L-mount alliance announcement, the Canon EOS-R and Nikon Z. Sony missed to bring any kind of possible new “mass distraction weaponry” and left the conference room with a general hint about 12 future E-mount lenses.

But they seem to find their way back to the headlines with this: SAR reports that they will soon announce a new kind of High End APS-C camera with EVF in the middle just like the Fuji X-t3 and Panasonic GH5. This will be the new jewel on Sony’s APS-C crown and bring Sony A9 alike features for the masses. New lenses will be announced too (no specs yet).

And if Full Frame is your thing the next camera should be the A7sIII which will be announced sometimes in early 2019.