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June 17, 2016
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Jonathan Stewart and Matt Granger discuss what Sony has to do to fulfill wildlife photographers needs

How well does a Sony mirrorless camera take an African safari? How does it handle the dust? What about using it for wildlife? People and landscapes? Matt Granger and Jonathan Stewart discussed the pros and cons of the Sony mirrorless system when compared to the top of the line from Nikon.

Their answers in short:

  1. We need a bigger Sony A9 body (with bigger battery)
  2. E-mount version of the current 300mm A-mount and 500mm A-mount telephoto lenses (possibly priced less!)
  3. Bullet proof autofocus system to not miss any shot
  4. No interface lag

The question is if Sony thinks that wildlife and sport photography are important for their business right now. It’s a real small niche and it’s hard to win over professional Canon and Nikon photographers!

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June 17, 2016
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Sony FE 90mm review at Photozone: “Both Canon and Nikon should be scared by now …”


Photozone posted the full Sony 90mm FE lens review on the NEX-7:

“The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS macro performed great on the Sony A7R II already so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it is even a bit better on an 24mp APS-C camera.Of course, our “highly recommended” mark remains intact in the APS-C scope. Sony is on quite a run really. Both Canon and Nikon should be scared by now …

90mm FE lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

Side note: Nice to see the NEX-7 again. Why not make a new version of it Sony? :)

US reader save $150 on the Sony 90mm FE lens sold by BestBuy (Click here). It’s Open Box (perfect condtiion and 1 year Sony US warranty)


June 16, 2016
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DxOmark shows the A6300 scores just two points less than the best APS-C cameras


DxOmark posted the full Canon EOS80D sensor score result and also displayed the A6300 sensor ratings as a comparison:

“The Canon EOS 80D has improved low ISO noise and a more useful dynamic range at and close to base ISO over its siblings. However, class-leading sensors such as those found in the Sony a6300 and the Nikon D7200 still have more usable dynamic ranges, and that’s not just at base, but at high ISOs as well.”

The A6300 scores 85 points which is only two points behind the Nikon D7200 and the Samsung NX1/500. The Nikon uses the Sony 24.2MP sensor but has its own way to process the images.

A6300 store links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

June 16, 2016
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Sony 50mm FE review at Imaging Resource: “a lot to like in this small, inexpensive package”


50mm FE vs the 55mm FE size comparison.

Imaging Resource reviewed the new 50mm FE lens and writes:

Optically, the lens can perform extremely well, but for edge-to-edge sharpness you have to stop down to ƒ/8. I don’t necessarily see this as a failing, as most images require some form of subject isolation, and the extra softness on the edges actually works for you in this regard. And if you’re shooting on something like the A7r II, with 42 megapixels, your technique has to be rock-solid.
Otherwise, there’s a lot to like in this small, inexpensive package, and Sony’s done well here.

Get the 50mm FE at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.


June 15, 2016
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Dpreview claims the Sony A7rII and A7II are better than the Canon and Nikon competition.


Dpreview claims that the newest generation of A7 cameras is better than the Canon and Nikon DSLR competition

  1. The best Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras is the Sony A7rII. Dpreview writes:
    “The a7R II overcomes inherent issues of many DSLRs and especially the shortcomings of its predecessor, and the sum total of innovations and features help get the camera out of the way, allowing you to focus on image-making. While we still have concerns over ergonomics, and mirrorless cameras still have shortcomings for sports photography, one cannot deny the sheer photography-accelerating technical prowess of the a7R II.
  2. The best Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras within the $1200-2000 category is the Sony A7II. Dpreview writes:
    The mirrorless a7 II is more adaptable, accepting a wide range of 3rd-party lenses via adapters, and focusing many of them quickly and continuously using on-sensor phase detection. There’s a growing family of high quality native E-mount lenses as well. Low light Raw performance lags behind most full-frame cameras, but the JPEG engine is one of the most intelligent in terms of sharpness and noise reduction we’ve ever seen. While not everyone will appreciate its user experience (or short battery life), the a7 II is an attractively-priced camera for those new to full-frame.

Store links:
Sony A7rII at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony A7II at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.



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