ZEISS has announced a completely new line of E-Mount prime lenses, Loxia, which cover the full 35mm (photo) sensor size. The first two that will be announced are 50 and 35mm versions, both of which start at f/2.
They are completely newly designed E-Mount lenses specifically aimed at users of Sony’s A7 line, namely the A7, A7R and A7s – the last one of which is a beautiful camera for video shooters due to its insane low light ability and the quite decent built-in 50Mbps 8-bit XAVC S codec.
These are fully manual lenses targeted at photographers and filmmakers who want to work with a very small kit. One of the Sony A7 series’ biggest advantages is the small size of its bodies. One downside is that many out of Sony’s range of E-Mount lenses (also the ones born out of a cooperation between Sony and Zeiss) is limited in terms of speed (most of the lenses aren’t faster than f/4). There are some faster primes but they are mainly made for autofocus and therefore not ideal for video use.
The new Loxia line is entirely created by ZEISS without Sony’s involvement, and that’s why they went down the fully manual route.
The Canon 7D was released in fall 2009. Now it gets a substantial firmware update that also affects movie recording.
The Firmware just announced by Canon is called Firmware 2.0 and will be available for download in August 2012.
Aside from a lot of RAW handling improvements and more ISO to the photo side of the DSLR, it will be getting manual audio controls. During movie recording? The press release doesn’t say. This would definitely be something that has proven very convenient on the 5D mark III.
Together with Mosaic Engineering’s moiré and aliasing filter this will make the Canon 7D a competitive HDSLR once again. We will have a review on this filter tomorrow.
– 16 bit, 48khz, 64 step manual audio control
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