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June 24, 2016
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Lensrentals tests the FE 16-35 and FE 24-70mm f/4 Zooms

FEzeiss

On left the 24-70mm f/4.0 and on right the 16-35mm f/4.0 lens (via CameraSize).

Lensrentals tested the two f/4.0 zooms and the conclusion is:

I will say I’m pleasantly surprised. The Sony FE 24-70mm f/4, while not a great lens is adequate (note I didn’t say adequate for the price, I said adequate) and its copy-to-copy variation isn’t bad. The Sony FE 16-35mm f/4actually is excellent for an ultra-wide zoom, and again, it seems to have decent sample variation. Would I buy them? Probably not the 24-70 f/4 unless I had no options, but I wouldn’t hesitate on the 16-35mm f/4.

I think Sony should remake the 24-70mm f/4.0 lens. Make it more compact and with higher image quality. I know I am aksing a lot but it would make the lens atrtactive again for those who don’t want to carry that big and expensive 24-70mm GM lens!

Store links:
24-70mm FE at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
16-35mm FE at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

June 23, 2016
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Sony A6300 gets DxOmarked: “best-performing APS-C size sensor in the company’s range”

A6300

DxOmark (Click here) just posted the full Sony A6300 sensor results. And unsurprisingly the A6300 features the best performing sensor of all Sony APS-C cameras.

The A6300 achieved a DxOMark score of 85 points, making it currently the best-performing APS-C size sensor in the company’s range. It shows performance gains over both the 24-Mpix A6000 and the A77 II, as well the highly-regarded NEX-7 (introduced back in 2011). The sensor has excellent low noise levels at base, resulting in a wide dynamic range of +13.7 EV, yet maintains both a relatively wide dynamic range and low noise at high ISOs, especially when compared to those earlier models.

Sony A6300 store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

One more news: Max Yuryev also posted his A6300 video review:

June 23, 2016
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Sony A7rII vs Hassleblad X1D camera and sensor size comparison. And what the next A7 generation should “steal” from it :)

X1D-vs-A7rII4

Preorders:
The Hasselblad X1D-50c at BHphoto, Adorama and Calumet.de.
Hasselblad 90mm F/3.2 XCD Lens for XD1 at BHphoto, Adorama and Calumet.de.
Hasselblad 45mm F/3.5 XCD Lens for XD1 at BHphoto, Adorama and Calumet.de.

A new Sony A7 contender?
We now have to deal with a new scenario: The Sony A7 series is no more the very top end in the mirrorless system camera business. With the new Hasselblad X1D there is now an expensive but still not crazy expensive “PRO” option. So let’s check out how the Hasselblad compares against the current best A7 camera, the Sony A7rII.

First a camera size comparison (images via Camerasize):

X1D-vs-A7rII X1D-vs-A7rII2 X1D-vs-A7rII3

As you see the Hasselblad camera is bigger but not my that much!

And here is the sensor size comparison (Thanks Paul for sending this):

FF-MF-APS-C-Sensor-Comparisons-590x443

The X1D sensor size is roughly twice as big as the FF sensor. The real advanatge is that given the same number of pixels on both sensors the pixel size is double the size on the medium format sensor.

Features the Hasselblad X1D has and the Sony should add to the third generation A7 cameras
1)
Dual SD card. I think the next generation of A7 series should have this too! The Sony A9 is rumored to have a dual XQD card support
2) USB 3.0. This is also something Sony definitely has to add-on the new A7 series
3) 16bit RAW. Not a big deal for 95% of the photographers out there. But PRO’s would certainly love to have that feature on Sony cameras too.
4) Touchscreen. really Sony…it’s time to add this!

More size comparisons and X1D introduction videos:

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June 23, 2016
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Macro tutorial with the 90mm FE by TheCameraStoreTV

On the video above Chris Niccolls teaches you how to shoot macros. And he is using the superb Sony 90mm FE macro lens for his tutorial. I know Sony makes a lot of buzz around their GM and Zeiss lenses. But the Sony 90mm FE is a real gem of the current E-mount lens line!

90mm FE lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

June 20, 2016
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Unobvious Things about the Sony A6300 by Gary Friedman

Gary just sent me that message:

“I just made a video telling about the Unobvious Things about the Sony A6300 which I discovered while writing my book about the camera. “

Watch the video to learn more about the “discoveries” and don’t forget you can buy Gary’s A6300 book at http://friedmanarchives.com/a6300.

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