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November 29, 2016
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First Tokina Firin 20mm f/2.0 review by Stan Moniz

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Stan Moniz tested the new Tokina 20mm FE Firin lens:

So no joke and I’m not just saying this. This piece of glass will blow minds! Tokina has FINALLY entered the mirrorless game. Maybe a little late but never less they came in kicking the door down with their first of many e-mount lenses to come. Hope this review and sample images with the new Tokina Firin was helpful to you. 

The lens will ship in Q1 2017. It’s yet listed on BHphoto but with no preorder option.

November 29, 2016
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DxO tests the RX100m5. And as expected it has same RX100m4 performance.

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DxOmark posted their RX100m5 sensor test results:

The upgrades to Sony’s RX100 V autofocus and burst shooting frame rate are welcome improvements for photographers after a high-performance compact. Its incredible 24fps frame rate with full autofocus and exposure tracking, not to mention its ability to capture up to 150 RAW and JPEG files, is some impressive high-speed shooting, and the new 315-point autofocus should improve focus tracking, too. Image quality hasn’t improved over the Mark IV, but it’s still very good for a compact camera. If you can shoot outdoors or in good lighting conditions at low ISO sensitivities, both color and dynamic range are excellent, and noise is respectable up to ISO 800. If high-quality low-light photography is important, however, the higher levels of noise above ISO 800 might be disappointing and may require some smoothing in post-production for better results.

No surprise here…

November 29, 2016
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New Sony A6500 tests (and it’s shipping in Europe)

Hugh Brownstone published that over 30min long A6500 review. So have your popcorn ready when you starting watching this :)

Sony A6500 Field Test Part I at Imaging Resource:

Although burst performance is greatly improved, write performance isn’t. This has long been something of a bugbear for Sony’s cameras, and the A6500 is no different. With no UHS-II compatibility, it can take a while for the A6500 to catch up after a burst and write your images to memory — and until they’re all written, they can’t be checked for focus, exposure and composition.
You can now, however, at least review those images which have already been written to storage while you’re waiting for the buffer to clear. And there’s also now an indication on the display showing how many images are remaining in the buffer. That helps a bit with the watched-kettle-never-boils syndrome, giving you an idea of how much longer you’ll have to wait before you can review those last images or access the camera’s full capabilities.

The A6500 is shipping in Europe (example Fotomundus) and will ship within 24 hours in USA too:

A6500 in Stock status at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. In EU at Amazon.de, Fotomundus, Calumet.de. WexUK. PCHstore.

November 25, 2016
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A6500 reviewed by TheCameraStoreTV: Touchscreen is a let down and IBIS better than on the A7II series

Chris and Jordan from TheCameraStoreTV tested the new Sony A6500. The camera has two major new features but only one seems to be well implemented:

  1. The touchscreen is a big letdown. But hopefully Sony can improve this by adding features via firmware upgrade.
  2. IBIS is excellent and according to Jordan it seems to work better than on the A7II series

Upgrading to the A6500 makes more sense for video makers than pure still photographers.

A6500 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. In EU at Amazon.de, Fotomundus, Calumet.de. WexUK. PCHstore.

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November 24, 2016
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Zeiss Loxia 85mm tests by Phillip Reeve and Diglloyd: “it is as good as an Otus”

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The 85mm Loxia didn’t get much love by SAR readers. But if you can get over the noo so fast aperture limatation the lens seems to be quite a stellar performer!

Phillip Reeve is testing the lens and writes:

So, who is this lens aimed at? I think people looking for maximum image quality who don’t need a faster aperture and therefore do not want to pay the size, weight and price penalties that come with the Otus lenses. This lens is quite similar to the Loxia 21mm 2.8 in terms of contrast and corner to corner sharpness, in case of the latter I tend to say even better. ANd sharpness is great across the whole distance scale, at infinity and at the minimum focus distance.
The quality of the bokeh wide open is also quite nice as the lens features many special glass elements with anomalous partial dispersion but not a single aspherical lens, so you won’t encounter any onion rings making it actually a nice “allround” lens.
To be honest I haven’t found a real flaw yet, coma performance wide open isn’t great, but for an 85mm lens this is not of real importance to me.

Diglloyd posted many short test (post one, post two, post three). In Short he writes:

This image is a jaw dropping testament to what the Loxia 85mm f/2.4 can deliver at f/5.6, though full effect can really only be understood at the 28 megapixel size and with the crops on an iMac 5K—unbelievably crisp. It is as good as an Otus and its performance is achieved under low contrast bluish light. Every tiny branch and twig is sharp everywhere in the frame, excepting the OOF nearby trees. I wish the image had been recorded on a 100 megapixel sensor.

The lens can be preordered at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama. In Eu at Amazon.de.

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