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May 7, 2016
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New A6300 tests by Colby Brown, Anthony Thurston, Jeff Orig and tutorial from Tony Northrup.

Sony a6300 Overview Tutorial

We got some new A6300 tests. Above you can also find the tutorial video posted by Tony Northrup.

A6300 review by Sony Artisan Colby Brown:

The a6300 seems to hit all the right points for me and is an improvement in every way over the a6000. It improved on the already impressive Image Quality found in the a6000, allows for better ISO sensitivity, has a more robust and accurate AF system and has an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) that rivals most top end OVF (Optical Viewfinders) out there. I also love the fact that the a6300 now includes some handy video features such as 4k (Super 35), 1080p 120 fps slow motion and an AF system that actually works incredibly well in video mode. Throw in the new weather sealed magnesium body and this sub $1000 APS-C mirrorless camera has a lot going for it.

Sony A6300 review by Anthony Thurston:

Let me start off by saying that I have enjoyed my time with the A6300 over the last month immensely. I talk about my annoyances with its size, and some (in my opinion) design flaws that Sony failed to address, but when push comes to shove, I would be very happy to have an A6300 in my bag wherever I am going.
For their next round of upgrades, I would love for Sony to consider increasing the size a bit. I have already stated my case above, but I really do think that the usability improvements from it would make it well worth it (and still very compact). While I am on the subject of future improvements, some other things that would be nice include a touchscreen (with touch AF capability), an improved LCD tilt mechanism, and bigger or better batteries.

Jeff Orig sent me this:This is a rolling shutter comparison between the Sony A6300 vs the Sony A7s vs the Canon 5D Mark iii.  In my opinion, it is a little bit more real world than other tests I have seen.
Some Sony lenses have the focus hold button on the side. It can unlock special features.  You can lock focus and much more with this button including programming it for anything else as a custom button.
This is a quick video on how I set my custom buttons and function menu on the Sony A7S ii. If you have different ideas or suggestions, please let me know.

Sony A6300 store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

May 6, 2016
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First 50mm f/1.8 FE lens hands-on

Sony 50mm 1.8 FE Lens Unboxing, AutoFocus and Image Test with an A7SII

Sony FE 50mm 1.8 First Impressions (Dsphotoblog):

wow really did not expect that kind of image quality and detail, also really beautiful bokeh and even some 3d pop on some images, so image quality is excellent. How is the autofocus? Well, unfortunately this is not a strength of this lens. First the autofocus is loud and it looks like there is a slow motor built in, so you will not get a silent and fast SSM lens here. It also looks like this lens will need a firmware update because it focuses back and forth till it gets the focus everytime and thats really not what you would expect from a native FE lens.

Gerd: “Since I just got the new nifty fifty from Sony Sony FE 50mm F1,8 and had the chance to test it on my Sony Alpha 7 MII today let me share my shots with the community. The pics are mostly unedited (crop/rotation in some cases). 1 Shot was done also with an adapted Minolta MD 50 1,7 for comparison. I’m mostly happy with the lens although it searches for focus a lot, maybe a problem still with not using phase detection, not sure, i’m no pro.”

German readers can check out the video review by K&G.

The 50mm FE f/1.8 lens is in Stock:
In USA at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. FocusCamera. eBay.
In Europe at Calumet Germany. WexUK. Jessops. eBay.
In Asia at Digitalrev. eBay.

The 70-300mm FE lens is in Stock:
In USA at BHphoto. Amazon. AdoramaFocusCamera. eBay.
In Europe at Calumet Germany. WexUK. Jessops. eBay.
In Asia at Digitalrev. eBay.

May 4, 2016
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Good news: Samyang 50mm f/1.4 FE autofocus lens will cost less than $600!

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Sigma ART 50mm vs Zeiss 55mm vs the new Samyang 50mm size comparison by

I got some good news on the new Samyang 50mm f/1.4 FE autofocus lens. Our reader Egrry wrote:

Representative said the price is not set but would be less than 600 USD and more than 400 USD with tax in Korea. It won’t be available until late June.

This is a very competitive price! Finally a fast FE lens that everyone can afford to buy! The question for you now is…

Will you buy the new Samyang 50mm f/1.4 FE lens?

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He also shared some more tests and findings on It’s Korean but he did it sum up for us in English (Thanks!):

1) AF lenses is not named yet. They’re conducting naming contest in Kora. That’s why it’s just engraved like AF 14/2.8 FE.
2) 14mm f2.8 is not ready for the exhibition so no hands-on time.
3) 560g. almost double of FE55.8ZA but it’s f1.4. Sigma 50.4 Art is 860g even without adapter.
4) closest focus distance is 45cm which is not suprising in Fifties.
5) Aluminum casing feels good, very similar to Sony lenses.
6) Unfortunately, focus ring is focus-by-wire. They confirmed it.
7) Sharpness at 1.4 is not surprising. It improves vastly at f2. There’s some amount of CA from 1.4 to 2. from 2.8, there’s nothing bothering in my eyes.
8) AF is good. not fast as 55.8ZA but I guess faster than 50.8. for sure it’s faster and reliable than Sigma 50.4 with MC-11. Wobbling is bigger than Sony lenses. Noise is not big but noticable than Sony.
9) Movie AF is not satisfying. You can check it another article here.(also sharpness and Bokeh test! sharpness at f2 is certainly wrongly focused.)
10) Price is not finalized yet. Samyang is listening visitors’ opinion. I said 600 USD with tax and they said it won’t be that expensive. The other said 400 USD and told it will be more than it. So I guess it would be around 500 USD. I think it’s good positioning.
11) All lenses are beta version. so it can be improved when launched.

You cna see the first image samples at Popco (Click here). There is also a new autofocus test video:

May 4, 2016
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First real world images and autofocus test with the new Samyang 50mm FE lens!

Long time SAR reader Eggry shared to use the world’s first real world images of the new Samyang 50mm f/1.4 FE autofocus lens! These are the pictures he posted on Twitter:

And this is also an autofocus test (via Poor but happy shop):

He told me that:

Size is reasonable. Bigger than 55.8 but much smaller than Sigma 50.4 Art. Also quite light weight. not heavy at all. Aluminum casing feels good, very similar design and feel of Sony lenses. AF is good enough, not fast as 55.8 but faster and reliable than Sigma+adapter. 14mm f2.8 is not ready for the exhibition(P&I 2016) so no hands on with it.

Sounds good!

May 4, 2016
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The Great 24-70mm F2.8 Shootout by TheCameraStoreTV: Sony is the sharpest lens!

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TheCameraStoreTV tested the new Sony 24-70mm GM lens. And if you don’t have time to watch the full video here are the key findings regarding the lens:

  • Sony autofocus is the worst of the bunch (but that may be more a limitation of the body than the lens)
  • Bokeh of the Sony was the best of the bunch
  • Sony is the sharpest of all lenses

Overall TCSTV team says the Sony is the best lens of the bunch!

24-70mm f/2.8 GM FE store links at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuyAmazon Germany. WexUK. Jessops.

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