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March 18, 2017
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The new Sigma 135mm f/1.8 tested on the Sony A7rII

The German Blog Docma (translation here) is the first site testing the new Sigma 135mm f/1.8 on the Sony A7rII. Their conclusion is:

1) the mild Background effect is (almost) unique and perfect for “full body” Model Shooting.
2) The lens shows no compromise in any area
3) The Bokeh is very harmonic and shows no artifacts
4) the lens is sharp from edge to edge even at f/1.8 aperture.

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 lens at BHphoto Adorama.

Found via Dpreview forum

March 17, 2017
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Kai reviews the new 18-55mm Fujinon E-mount lens

Kai tested the new Fuji Cine E-mount lens and seems to be quite impressed by its performance.

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.

March 17, 2017
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Review – Digital Medium Format on a Budget! – Kipon Baveyes MF Focal Reducer (Mattias Burling)

The new Kipon Baveyes Medium Format to Sony E-mount focal reducer adapter are now shipping in different versions:
Pentax 645 adapter at Amazon US and Amazon DE. (lenses here on eBay).
Alpa at adapter Amazon US. (lenses here on eBay).
Pentax 67 at adapter Amazon US and Amazon DE. (lenses here on eBay).
Hasselblad at adapter Amazon DE. (lenses here on eBay).
Mamiya 645 adapter at Amazon DE. (lenses here on eBay).

Mattias Burling reviewed the Kipon Baveyes MF Focal Reducer. The full review can be read at Gunpowdervideo. The conclusion in short:

Should you buy it?

YES if you are an analog MF shooter that has lenses.
YES if you are an A7/Leica shooter that want to get into analog MF as well.
YES if you are an A7/Leica shooter that loves vintage glass and experimentation.
MAYBE if you are primarily a digital shooter that wants some fast portrait lenses or just happen to have $500 burning a hole in your pocket.
NO if you think DOF is everything.
NO if you think megapixels is tha shit!

Pros:

The awesome MF lenses!
$500 isn’t much to give another dimension to your camera.
Quality is great.
80mm f1.9 at x0.7 crop is awesome.
Its the Medium Format Experience on the cheap.

Cons:

If you don’t have an interest in MF film it becomes niche.
No AF.
Some MF lenses are big.
Not all MF lenses focus to infinity (according to rumor).
$500 is still $500 and used once aren’t gonna be very common.

The adapters are also available trough eBay sellers.

 

March 16, 2017
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Check this out: Sony A6500 with the Burress 1900mm f/15 lens

Sony A6500 telescope mount

Ever wondered how good the A6500 works on extreme telephoto lenses? Watch the video on top to see what you can do on the 1900mm f/15 lens (2850mm equivalent).

March 15, 2017
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BBC explains how the Sony A7s changed their work in the Planet Earth series

In this video the BBC explains what cameras they used the past decades to record their Planet Erth series. And from minute 5 you can see how the Sony A7s played an important role for them!

Sony A7sII at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony A7s at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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