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February 26, 2017
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Sony 70-200mm GM teardown at Lensrentals


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.

February 24, 2017
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Is the new Sony 85mm f/1.8 as good as the Zeiss Batis for half the price?

Thats the question Jason Lanier is going to answer in this video! And images are available for download at Jasonlanier.com.

The new lenses are now also available for preorder in Amazon Europe stores:
85mm f/1.8 FE at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon IT. Amazon FR. Amazon ES. PhotoPorstNeuwied.
100mm f/2.8 STF FE at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon DEAmazon UK. Amazon IT. Amazon FRAmazon ES. PhotoPorstNeuwied.
HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash at BHphoto, Adorama. PhotoPorstNeuwied.

February 23, 2017
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First hands-on pictures and image samples with the new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 FE lens

Focus Numerique posted hands-on pictures with the new 40mm f/1.2 FE lens. And also shared on RAW file for download. You can see two more 40mm f/1.2 image samples shot by Silvell and Yoshiza on Twitter. Full press release and specs on SAR.

And this is how the lens looks like on the Sony A7 (image by Optyczne.pl).

February 23, 2017
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Full Fujinon 18-55mm E-mount review by Cinema5D and image samples by Photogearnews


Image courtesy: Cinema5D

Cinema5D posted the full technical review of the new Fuji 18-5mm E-mount Cine lens:

Because as a whole this is a well-performing, lightweight cine lens that is ideal for documentary-style shooters, it has convinced us with the following attributes in our test:

  • Very good edge-to-edge sharpness in 4K throughout the range
  • No focus breathing
  • Minimal chromatic aberration
  • Much nicer colors, contrast and image than the Canon photo lens we tested

And Photogearnews tested the this lens for stills photography:

What exactly do images from the Fujinon 18-55mm T2.9 look like? Filmmaking is all about ‘a look’. Filmmakers pay thousands and thousands of pounds to get lenses that have a certain contrast, bokeh and sharpness to them. From our initial photos the Fujinon 18-55mm T2.9 lens looks to be a great option as a manual focus lens for stills photograph. It may not be as critically sharp as a fixed lens, but the out of focus areas look smooth and beautifully rendered, and the lens has a nice natural level of contrast.

Preorders:
Fujinon Cine 18-55mm T/2.9 E-mount lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Fujinon Cine 50-135mm T/2.9 E-mount lens at BHphoto.

February 22, 2017
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Detailed reviews of the new Fuji E-mount Cine lens


The new Fujinon Cine lens on the A7 (image courtesy: Cinema5D).

Preorders:
Fujinon Cine 18-55mm T/2.9 E-mount lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Fujinon Cine 50-135mm T/2.9 E-mount lens at BHphoto.

Today Fuji announced their first two E-mount Cine lenses. While still photographers have nothing to gain from that news video folks will actually scream for joy. Cine Zoom Lenses are usually very expensive but that Fuji is an exception in many ways: It’s “cheap”, it’s designed for E-mount which means it’s smaller and lighter than all other Cine Zoom Lenses. So let’s take a look at the reviews posted today:

Cinema5D writes:

The new FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9 lens is a great addition for anyone using an E-mount camera for their professional work. Indeed (and thankfully) there are more lens options out there, but it looks like FUJIFILM has hit the sweet spot when it comes to lens quality, portability and price. For me personally, the maximum focal length of 55mm is a bit too short, but for others it may be perfectly OK. I also think FUJIFILM would be wise to offer the 2-lens set at a reduced price, providing a useful focal length coverage at an affordable price. All in all it is a great lens, the quality is right and knowing its limitations means having the ability to bypass them in order to achieve high-quality results.

Newsshooter added an interesting analysis about why Fuji decided to make these E-mount lenses:

There are two main reasons why Fujinon decided to only make these lenses available in E-mount.
The first is that Fujinon have been conducting research that indicated 29% of all lenses sold in the emerging production market were E-mount. Now this is still far behind the Canon EF mount which has 67%, but when they looked at the camera quantity share based on mounts, 57% of the cameras being sold were using the Sony E-mount. This really is testament to just how popular the Sony FS7, FS5, and Alpha series of mirrorless cameras have become.
The second reason has to do with the actual E-mount itself. By making the lenses E-mount only, Fujinon have been able to keep the design small and lightweight. The E-mount’s short flange back makes this possible. If they had tried to make the same lens in either PL, EF, or an interchangeable mount the physical size and weight of the lens would have been much larger. Building a constant T2.9 aperture cinema zoom with no breathing, that is parfocal weighs less than 1kg is only possible because of the E-mount.

Philip Bloom tested the lenses and writes:

The lens was an absolute pleasure to use. The focus was smooth and it has a perfect 200 degree rotation which makes it easy to focus by hand or with a focus puller. Many cine lenses are 300 degrees which is too much for a one person operator. The focus also didn’t breathe which was a wonder to behold, no changing of frame sizes when you rack focused unlike DSLR zooms! The zoom is definitely parfocal, for documentary filming this is a godsend; with DSLR zooms you are in focus, zoom in and the focus is off. There is also a lovely macro feature just like my old ENG lenses for super close focus. Oh…of course the constant aperture is a joy. Absolutely NO change in exposure when zooming in. NONE.

Here are all links to the Fujinon lens videos:
Cemetery of the nameless – FUJINON MK18-55 T2.9 sample footage by Cinema5D
CRAZY Good: We Go Hands-On With Fujinon MK 18-55 T2.9 in Sony E-Mount (Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions)
Fujinon MK 18-55 f2.8 E-mount cine zoom first look by Newsshooter
Aperture Photographic – shot with Fujinon MK 18-55 T2.9 and Sony FS7 II by Newsshooter
Fujinon MK 18-55 T2.9 Lens Preview (TheCameraStoreTV).
BTS FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9 Shot by Philip Bloom
FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9 Footage Shot by Philip Bloom
Dancing in New York with the FUJINON MK18-55mm T/2.9 Cine Lens (Adorama).
First Look: FUJINON MK 18-55mm T2.9 & 50-135mm T2.9 by BHphoto.
Shooting with the Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 cinema lens by Dpreview.

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