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August 9, 2017
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Sony a7sII vs FS5 – Field Tested in Tokyo by Matt Granger (and new firmware for the FS5)

The FS5 just got a huge price drop at Adorama and Bhphoto. And today Sony also released the new 4.02 firmware update.

Here is a new A7sII vs FS5 test just posted by Matt Granger:

August 6, 2017
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New Sony 12-24mm FE lens reviews by Coby Brown and That1CameraGuy

Colby Brown reviewed the new Sony 12-24mm lens and wrote:

For an ultra-wide angle lens, it offers both great IQ and near corner to corner sharpness. Distortion is very minimual and the sunstar is definitely a step up above the 16-35 f/4 (that I am now retiring). Lastly, astro photographers will be happy with both COMA and astigmatism, especially if they pair this lens with the a7S II that can easily handly pumping up the ISO to counter for the fact that this is an f/4 lens.

Lens store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

And That1CameraGuy posted that first hands-on review:

August 5, 2017
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Sony E PZ 18-110mm review by AbelCine, Hugh Brownstone and Photographyblog

Photographyblog conclusion is:

This lens is an interesting proposition for the E-mount, but is by its very nature reasonably niche. It’s large and cumbersome, but, it’s not too weighty making it ideal for handheld video shots, and arguably for somebody who really wants a wide aperture and flexible focal length choice in one package.
The handling of the Sony E PZ 18-110mm f/4 G OSS makes it an obvious choice for professional videographers who need a super high quality lens setup without the hassle of having to change lenses, but for photographers, it’s likely that other lenses will suit them better.

And AbelCine posted that short video review:

And also Hugh Brownstone has tested the lens:

Sony E PZ 18-110mm store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

August 4, 2017
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Full-frame f/1.1…for under $400! 7artisans 50mm f/1.1 lens review with samples

Christopher Frost tested the 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 M-mount lens on the Sony A6500. This lens will be available soon in ative E-mount too so it might be interesting for you to check out his video review:

Also Casey Cavanaugh tested this lens:

The Chinese company 7Artisans listed four new E-mount manual focusing lenses on Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, and eBay.

August 3, 2017
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Kai W (re-)tests the Sony A9: “One of the most insane cameras for action”

Kai played one more time with the new Sony A9. He confirms this is a whole new (and insane) experience. And yes, for him the A9 is a game changer.

Sony A9 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

August 3, 2017
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Sony 12-24mm review by LL: “it is not a G-Master, but it should be.”

Luminous Landscape posted their full Sony 12-24mm lens review

The 12-24 Sony lens is not a G-Master, but it should be.  It passed with flying colors for the kind of work I do.  It makes shooting wide-angle fun.  I often find myself taking this lens out of the bag and just having fun with it. I have complete confidence that it will give me sharp images with good contrast and no more distortion than expected. And, I know I can use Capture One to correct for some distortion, especially keystoning.
If you have a Sony system or are thinking of getting one, make sure this lens is in your kit. The price is more than fair when compared to Nikon and Canon. The weight will make using this lens a joy. I tip my hat to Sony for making such an incredible lens that I know many shooters will thoroughly enjoy.

Lens store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

August 2, 2017
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100-400mm Field Test from Imaging Resource: “A home run for Sony E-mount owners”

Imaging Resource posted their 100-400mm GM field test. And their conclusion is that this is a “A home run for Sony E-mount owners“:

What I like:

  • Great build quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • Good control of chromatic aberration
  • Versatile zoom range – and a really nice zoom mechanism
  • Impressive close focus capabilities
  • Despite being expensive, this is a great value given its unique role in the E-mount lineup

What I didn’t like:

  • Quite front-heavy with the APS-C A6500 body
  • Autofocus can be slow when focusing on a close subject, especially at the telephoto end
  • Focus ring feels loose
  • Not easy to remove the tripod foot

While the performance of a zoom lens won’t match a similar prime lens, all else equal, the Sony 100-400mm G Master lens is still incredibly sharp and performs very well. Considering its versatility, build quality, optical quality and price, the Sony 100-400mm GM is a home run and deserves a place in the kit of every Sony E mount shooter in need of telephoto reach. Granted, it is still $2,500 and that is a lot of money, but if you can afford this lens, buy it.

Lens store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

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