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August 1, 2016
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Patrick Murphy-Racey tests the new 70-200mm GM lens and says autofocusing performance is “awesome”

Sony Artisan Patrick Murphy-Racey tested the autofocus performance of the new 70-200mm GM lens and says it’s “awesome”:

“All hesitation and temptation to hunt in terms of AF has all but gone. The combination of twice as much light coming through the optic to the chip makes it 50% more accurate and helps hold focus even in shadow areas and severely backlit situations. This lens is the real deal.”

The 70-200mm GM lens is shipping now in USA and on August 4 in Europe. Check out at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera. Calumet.de. Amazon GermanyCyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
The lens is also the Besteller among all lenses for mirrorless systems at BHphoto (Click here to see the ranking).

One more new test: Mark Galer posted some Full Size image samples shot on the new 50mm Zeiss Planar lens on Flickr.

USA:
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera. Adorama.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Sony FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Sony VMC-MM1 Multi Terminal Cable at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Europe:
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens at Calumet.de. Amazon Germany. Cyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at Calumet.de. Amazon GermanyCyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.

August 1, 2016
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New Sony video: Teardown of the FE 24-70 mm G Master Lens

If you want to see how the new 24-70mm GM lens looks from the inside just click the play button on the video above.

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

July 30, 2016
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Mobile01 tests the new Planar 50mm f/1.4 FE lens and says it’s very close to the OTUS!

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The highly reputable Taiwanese website Mobile01 (translation here) posted the full Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 FE lens review. Here are a couple of notes in their final verdict statement:

– The lens performed beyond their expectations and is close to the best in class the Zeiss 55mm Otus.
– The lens has almost zero distortion, little purple fringing, as well as little coma.
– The only shortcoming is the not so fast autofocus
– The lens is bulky and heavy but the performance is worthy of its price
– They doubt with such high performance that Sony will ever make a 50mm GM lens. Mor maybe the GM version will be f/1.2?

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. Focuscamera. Calumet.de. Amazon Germany. Cyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.

July 29, 2016
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Couple of new Zeiss 50mm FE test videos from Jason Lanier


Night Time Bokeh Test with the Sony Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 Planar Lens in Honduras by Jason Lanier

Sony Artisan Jason Lanier posted four videos about the new Zeiss 50mm FE lens.

The new Zeiss lens will ship on Friday at BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera. Calumet.de. Cyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.


Beauty Portraits in an Alleyway- using the Sony 50mm FE Zeiss f/1.4 in Tegucigalpas, Honduras


The Shoemaker- photo shoot using the Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 lens in Honduras by Jason Lanier


Sony Planar 50mm FE f/1.4 Zeiss ZA lens first shoot and initial thoughts by Jason Lanier

All new Sony FE lenses and wireless products will start shipping out today:

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USA:
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Sony FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Sony VMC-MM1 Multi Terminal Cable at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Europe:
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens at Calumet.de. Cyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at Calumet.de. Amazon GermanyCyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.

July 26, 2016
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Luminous Landscape reviews the Phase One XF with the huge Sony 100MP sensor

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What is it like to shoot with the Phase One XF featuring the impressive 53.7 x 40.4mm  100MP Sony sensor?

Luminous Landscape posted a detailed review and here are just a few notes:

“Image quality, as expected, was nothing less than incredible.The Highlight and Shadow recovery tools in Capture One easily helped to recover any of these, and allowed an image of incredible detail and light to dark range.  In many of my landscape images, I loved the subtle details in shadows that would have gone completely black with other systems. You have to experience the 100MP images as prints to truly appreciate the detail.

Image quality is not determined by megapixels alone.  While megapixels certainly play a part, it is the quality of the file that sets it apart.  Phase One’s 16-bit capture with a 15 stop dynamic range becomes very obvious when doing comparison images from some of the higher megapixel DSLRs.

Contrary to the many naysayers, medium format is coming to life again.  Pentax has a system, and Hasselblad has their system, and a new camera they just introduced, and rumors abound that even Sony and Fuji are looking into the medium format business.  Medium format is alive and well.”

With Sony working close with Phase One and Hasselblad I think it’s hard to see a Sony medium format camera any time soon. But for sure I would love to see Sony making a medium format mirrorless system camera just like Hasselblad did with the X1D!

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