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January 11, 2017
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RED just dethroned the Sony A7rII at DxOmark

Two new RED cameras dethroned the Sony A7rII at the overall DxOmark sensor ranking:

The Helium 8K is an impressive achievement by RED. For those with the budget, its top-of-the-line image quality, high frame rate, and 16-bit RAW capture capability absolutely make it worth considering as a competitor to high-end DSLRs and medium-format cameras for still image capture.

Now let’s see if the next generation FE cameras can close that 10 points gap…

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January 10, 2017
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24-70mm GM lens review by Jannik Peters: “can keep up optically with many of the best prime lenses in every regard”


The 24-70mm GM tested by Jannik Peters

Just two days ago Photozone posted a not so favorable 24-70mm GM lens review. Jannik Peters now posted his 24-70mM GM review and sent me a note saying that he could NOT agree with the negative Photozone statements about the quality of the bokeh and the longitudinal CA issue. His conclusion is:

This zoom lens can keep up optically with many of the best prime lenses in every regard except of speed and flare resistance. Furthermore, it is built to highest standards, offers pleasing handling, focusing and flexibility. The lens is very expensive but the price of the lens is adequate in relation to it’s performance and to the prices of it’s competitors.

Just to say how reviewers can have different opinions on the very same lens…

24-70mm GM store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

January 9, 2017
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Lok watches a Sony A7R II get taken to pieces

Lok pays a visit to the Sony Imaging Pro Support booth and watches a technician take apart a Sony A7R II.

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January 8, 2017
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Loxia 85mm will ship in February in USA

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The new Loxia 85mm f/2.4 should have started to ship out on December 21. But SAR reader Eric (Thanks) reports us that stores managers told him that “unfortunately we don’t have an estimate yet for when it will be coming in“. On Amazon the estimated shipment is Jan. 30 – Feb. 14 !!!

And here is a new review from Eric Barger:

January 8, 2017
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24-70mm GM lens tested by Photozone: “while we are impressed by the quality, it didn’t really blow off our socks either.”

Photozone reviewed the 24-70mm GM lens and the conclusion is:

Sony’s marketing made some pretty aggressive announcements at the time of the announcement of their new GM lineup. The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM is the first GM lens that we tested here and while we are impressed by the quality, it didn’t really blow off our socks either. Now please note again that lens was tested on a 42 megapixel sensor. This is challenging. e.g. Our full format Canon tests are now based on 50 megapixels and some of you may have noticed that many lenses struggle here as well. So keeping this in mind, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM is actually a very good lens indeed.
If there is a single aspect that disappointed us it’s the bokeh. Or to be precise – the difference between Sony’s claim and reality. Generally the bokeh is good for a standard zoom lens … that is except for the rendition of highlight discs. Sony made quite a fuzz around clean highlight discs but truth remains that they can be rather rough and they aren’t any better than what we’ve seen from Canon or Nikon really.
The build quality of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM is extremely high. The materials are top notch and the weather/dust sealing is the cream on the cappuccino here. However, at that price point we expected no less and the competition is, again, no worse either. Anyway, if you want the best standard zoom lens in Sony E mount, this is certainly it.

24-70mm GM store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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