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February 21, 2017
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Dpreview says Sigmas new 85mm ART lens “outperformed the Sony GM across the board”

Dpreview tested the new Sigma 85mm ART lens and compared it with the Sony 85mm GM:

The Sigma beat out the Sony in nearly every category. Sharpness, vignetting, distortion and the handling of lateral CA (though not LoCA, in harsh lighting situations, wide open) all went to the Sigma. It simply outperformed the Sony across the board. In terms of lens character the Sigma does an excellent job in subject isolation and overall bokeh presentation, but so does the Sony. In fact, it’s really difficult to see any major differences in this respect.

The Sony’s advantages lies in the more compact and weathersealed construction.

And actually that’s good news for us. Because Sigma will DEFINITELY launch their first FE lenses soon! And if they can keep that level of quality in a more compact body…well I am sure we will buy them all!

Sigma 85mm ART comes in Nikon/Canon mount at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
It can be used on E-mount cameras with the excellent Sigma MC-11 adapter here: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony 85mm GM at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

February 19, 2017
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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens First Shoot and Impressions on the Sony A7Rii by Jason Lanier

Sony Artisan of Imagery Jason Lanier as he gets his hands on the 85mm Full Frame E Mount lens for Sony’s Mirrorless system.

New Sony FE lens preorders:
85mm f/1.8 FE at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. PhotoPorstNeuwied.
100mm f/2.8 STF FE at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. PhotoPorstNeuwied.
HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash at BHphoto, Adorama. PhotoPorstNeuwied.

February 17, 2017
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New 100mm STF lens tests by Dpreview, Imaging Resource

Imaging Resource posted a very detailed analysis of the new Sony 100mm f/2.8 STF G Master lens and concludes:

The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF G has a physical aperture of f/2.8, but exposes like an f/5.6. And when it comes to DOF, it shoots like an f/4, but produces some of the most amazing, creamy bokeh we’ve ever seen. Given it’s price, it’s a somewhat special-purpose lens, but oh man; if you want amazing bokeh, this is the way to get it!

DPreview also tested the 100mm STF and writes:

Similar STF lenses tend to be manual focus or contrast detect-only, since peripheral light rays – the very ones the filter is designed to block out – are necessary for traditional phase-detect sensors to function. However, since (at least Sony’s) on-sensor PDAF sensors can still use more central light rays for focusing, focusing does still work, remarkably well in fact with the a7R II, even indoors, wide open.

Sebimagery posted a Sony FE 85mm 1.8 First look:

While it’s been deemed the “Budget 85” for Sony’s e-mount the performance is quite fantastic.  For half the price of the Batis, this thing will be a solid performer.  The advantage over the Batis is the customizable button on the side of the lens like all the G Master lenses have.  

PcMag also tested the 85mm FE:

The FE 85mm F1.8 certainly wins out on price, coming in at about half that of the Zeiss Batis 1.8/85. Images look quite crisp, autofocus is speedy, and the lens maintains the same dust- and moisture-resistant design as other FE lenses.

German readers can also check out the 100mm review by Photoscala.

New Sony FE lens preorders:
85mm f/1.8 FE at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. PhotoPorstNeuwied.
100mm f/2.8 STF FE at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. PhotoPorstNeuwied.
HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash at BHphoto, Adorama. PhotoPorstNeuwied.


February 16, 2017
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First 85mm FE and 100mm STF images samples and tests (Newsshooter, Brian Smith and more)

85mm f/1.8 FE at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. In Europe at Calumet.
100mm f/2.8 STF FE at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. In Europe at Calumet.
HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash at BHphoto, Adorama.

Sony invited the press to show their new FE lenses. And here are the first image samples and previews:

Hands on with Sony’s new bokeh king: the FE 100mm STF G OSS (Newsshooter).
100 STF full size samples by Miguel Quiles on SonyAlphaCamera.
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Sample Photos (ePhotozine).
Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens Sample Photos (ePhotozine).
100mm STF review by Brian Smith.
Sony 85mm f1.8 FE and Sony 100mm f2.8 STM G Master FE image samples by ThePhoBlographer.
Shooting with Sony’s latest portrait perfect lenses (Techradar)
Hands-on Sony FE 85mm F1.8 review (CameraJabber).
Hands-on Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS review (CameraJabber).
Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS Sample Images (Photographyblog).
Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Sample Images (Photographyblog).
En busca del mejor bokeh: Sony 100 mm f2.8 STF y 85 mm f1.8 FE (Photolari).
Sony FE 100 mm f/2,8 STF G Master y FE 85 mm f/1,8 – Toma de contacto (DSLRmagazine).
85mm FE Image samples by Optyczne
100mm STF Image samples by Optyczne

Newsshooter Sony FE 100mm STF G OSS interview:

Newsshooter Sony FE 100mm STF G OSS lens test footage:

February 16, 2017
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Sony shows the difference between their new global shutter and classic rolling shutter sensors

Global Shutter IMX273,IMX287,IMX296,IMX297 vs. Rolling Shutter

Sony posted a new video that shows the massive advantages of the new Sony Global Shutter sensors over the regular Rolling Shutter sensors. Lets hope it will not take long until we see that tech on future Sony FF and APS-C cameras too.

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