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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.

May 2, 2016
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New Batis 18mm lens test by 3Dkraft: “This lens is simply amazing!”

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Image courtesy: 3Dkraft

3Dkraft writes:

The Batis 2.8/18 demonstrates an impressive level of optical performance that can be achieved in a compact and lightweight mirrorless full-frame system. Although at the time of this writing there are no lens correction profiles available in Lightroom / Adobe Camera Raw for this super wide angle Batis, I see no demand for it as the results were almost free from distortion and vignetting. Only at open aperture you may see a need to correct some minimal CA at extreme contrast edges. Resolution, contrast and color richness are excellent even when you shoot against direct sun light. The autofocus works fast and reliable, it may be helpful especially at open aperture when playing with depth of field in the close-up range. This lens is simply amazing!

BAtis 18mm hands-on videos:
Zeiss Batis 18 f/2.8 initial impressions by Artur Kociola on Youtube.
Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 – 18mm Super Weitwinkel mit f2.8 an der Sony a7II – on Youtube
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens Unboxing & Quick Look by Digitalrev on Youtube.

Batis 18mm store links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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