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June 11, 2016
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Photoclubalpha tests the new EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony: “sign that Sony has arrived as a professional camera system.”

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David from Photoclubalpha tested the new Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony. He writes:

It’s been a long time coming but this unit is, I think, the sign that Sony has arrived as a professional camera system.

Check out his full review!

June 11, 2016
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Beautiful Las Vegas infrared video shot on the RX100IV by Philip Bloom


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This is a beautiful video from Philip Bloom! He writes:

Shot with a hardware modified Sony RX100 IV (with the infrared blocking filter removed) in 250fps 2 second burst mode with a 665nm filter.
Mostly shot from a moving vehicle creating a surreal study or a surreal city all set to one of my favourite pieces of music, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony 2nd Movement,
To know more about how this video was made check out my super in depth blog post here: http://philipbloom.net/blog/lasvegasi…
Additional colour work done with Film Convert. 10% with code bloom or via this link: gopb.co/filmconvert
Thanks to James Miller for this special DeLUT which I used as well!

RX cameras store links:
In USA at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

June 10, 2016
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Canon 85mm f/1.2 versus the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM by Gary Fong

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Gary Fong compared the mighty Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens against the new Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM bokeh king lens. Note that there is a typo on the video and the Canon images are shot at f/1.2 and not at f/1.8 as written on the video.

85mm GM store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

June 9, 2016
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The new Samyang FE autofocus lenses will ship in July. Watch the MTF graphs and image samples.

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Samyang Korea issued a full press text regarding the two new Autufocus FE lenses. The two lenses will ship in July in Korea and a bit later elsewhere in the world. They still didn’t announce the final pricing but the price will be less than $600.

They released the MTF graphs and some low resolution image samples too:

50mm F1.4 AS IF UMC Full Frame E-mount

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14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC Full Frame E-mount

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found via Dicahub. Thanks!

Reminder: Eggry.blog shared some info on those new lenses:

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.)
http://www.popco.net/zboard/zboard.php?id=samyang
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.

June 8, 2016
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Sony 85mm GM lens tested at Imaging Resource: “offers top-notch image quality”

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The Sony GM vs Zeiss Otus

Imaging Resource tested the new 85mm GM lens and writes:

Sony claims the new FE-mount 85mm ƒ/1.4 G Master lens is the “ultimate portrait lens,” and after our testing they just might be right. While it costs a pretty penny, this is a lens aimed at professional photographers, in a similar vein to, say, Canon L-series lenses, and it offers top-notch image quality. This lens is very sharp — though watch out for some corner softness on full-frame at ƒ/1.4 — and it also shows excellent distortion and CA control. Its build quality is also fantastic, and it actually appears to be properly weather-resistant with a gasket seal around the lens mount! Though it’s quite big and heavy, it nevertheless balances well on both Sony A7-series cameras and smaller bodies like the A6300. If you’re a professional or advanced enthusiast and shoot with Sony equipment and need a true fast-aperture portrait lens for your next wedding, portrait session or editorial project, this premium 85mm G Master lens is definitely worth considering.

85mm GM store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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