February 26, 2017
Posted in reviews

Sony 70-200mm GM teardown at Lensrentals

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This is how the 70-200mm GM looks in pieces

Lensrentals dismantled the Sony 70-200mm FE GM lens and those are their findings:

  1. The Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM has a lot of solid construction with heavy metal barrels and proper weather sealing.
  2. The rollers, cams, and screws seem appropriate for what they do. They aren’t over-engineered by any means, but certainly adequate.
  3. The lens is designed to take apart in the middle. That’s really different for a 70-200 f/2.8, but we’ve seen some super telephoto lenses that are similar. I doubt it’s going to break in half if you drop it. Or more to the point, if you drop it hard enough to break it in half, other stuff would be breaking too.
  4. There’s a lot of impressive engineering in here, but not what we (from a take-it-apart perspective) would call elegant. It looks similar to a Nikon design, which isn’t a bad thing, Nikon makes lots of great lenses. That are a pain to work on. Pain to work on often (but not always) translates into expensive to repair.

Photographyblog reviewed the lens and the conclusion is:

The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS is an oustanding telephoto zoom lens for Sony’s full-frame compact system cameras, although there’s a high price to pay for such quality. It delivers outstanding sharpness in the centre of the frame almost throughout its entire aperture and zoom range, also performing very well wide-open at f/2.8, although you’ll need to stop down to f/4 to get similar quality at the edges of the frame. The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens offers very fast and reliable auto-focusing on the A7R II camera that we tested it with, plus intuitive manual focusing, lovely bokeh, built-in 5-axis image stabilisation and stellar build quality – it’s even usefully weather-tight too. The only real downsides are that sky-high asking price and the very large size and weight, although both are typical of an f/2.8 full-frame lens like this. If you need the best telephoto zoom for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, we’d definitely recommend the new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens.

Sony 70-200mm GM at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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February 26, 2017
Posted in news

Laowa shows the new 15mm FE at Cp+

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Laowa displayed the new 15mm f/2.0 FE lens at the Cp+ show. But there is still no info about the pricing and shipment time.

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February 26, 2017
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection

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Sergei Gavrilov‎
Sony A7R2, GM 24-70 2.8 FE
https://www.instagram.com/gavrilovsergphoto/

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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February 25, 2017
Posted in deals

On preorder at BHphoto: The new Nissin 2.4Ghz Wireless TTL Strobe Commander for Sony

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The new Nissin Sony compatible Air10s 2.4Ghz wireless TTL strobe commander is now available for preorder at BHphoto.

Reminder:
You save up to $400 on A6500-A6300-A6000 bundles sold by BHphoto (Click here to see the list).
Up to $300 savings on Sony cameras and lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
New Sony US trade-in program is now running at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Sony A7 cameras:
$300 off on the Sony A7rII at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sony A7sII at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sony A7II at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 28mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 28-70mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 5omm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm FE f/1.8 lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 90mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

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February 25, 2017
Posted in news

The Sony booth at the Cp+ show

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Plenty of images at DC.watch.

Twitter images by Fujiacamera


Hands-on with the new Voigtlander FE lenses at DC.watch.

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