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April 6, 2016
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Lensrentals reviews the new 24-70mm GM lens: “impressive MTF curves with excellent resolution”

Lensrentals tested the new 24-70mm Sony GM lens and there are two good news:

  1. World Class Optical Quality:
    LR writes that it has “impressive MTF curves with excellent resolution“. Compared with the Canon and Nikon 24-70mm lenses “the Sony is at least as good as the other two lenses. It actually has the best center resolution, particularly at higher frequencies, which backs up Sony’s statement that this lens was designed with high-resolution sensors in mind.
  2. Low Copy-to-Copy Variation:
    To my surprise and pleasure, the variation of the Sony G Master lenses at 24mm is at least as low as, and perhaps a bit better than, the Canon and Nikon zooms, both of which we consider good for zooms.

Finally Sony is catching up (and maybe surpassing) with the big guys!

GM lens store links:
85mm f/1.4 GM FE at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuyAmazon Germany. WexUK. Jessops.
24-70mm f/2.8 GM FE at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuyAmazon Germany. WexUK. Jessops.


April 5, 2016
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First 70-300mm FE lens hands-on review by Ryan Mense

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Ryan Mense (Fstoppers) posted a first hands-on review of the new 70-300mm FE lens:

All in all, I think this lens is best suited for the landscape and travel photographer and can see quite a few of them dropping their current FE 70-200mm f/4 to pick up this lens for the extended reach. For action, wildlife, and wedding photographers, the sharpness and autofocus capabilities are there, but I think you’ll have to dig in a bit to see if it’s a good pairing for your particular style.

FE 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. FocusCamera. Calumet Germany. WexUK. Jessops.
FE 70-300mm at BHphoto. Amazon. AdoramaFocusCamera. Calumet Germany. WexUK. Jessops.

April 4, 2016
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24-70mm GM reviews by RoseCharles and Fred Miranda.


We have two new 24-70mm GM tests:

Fredmiranda is comparing the zoom with other FE lenses in the range. He writes:

So far, I’m quite impressed. At 24mm, center and mid-field is quite strong wide-open. Yes, extreme corners improve at f/4 and are optimal at f/5.6. The zoom performs better from 24-35mm wide open. At 50mm there is a slight drop in resolution. In my opinion, the 70mm FL looks great. It’s very good at f/4 with a sweet spot at f/5.6. (Perhaps f/6.3). That’s is surprising as I thought it would not perform this strong at 70mm.

RoseAndCharles tested the lens and this is his Pros and Cons list:


  • Excellent build quality with gaskets and weather sealing
  • Silent, accurate and fast autofocus
  • Quite sharp even wide open at F2.8
  • Very sharp when stopped down a little
  • Smooth background blur with round bokeh balls out to the corners
  • Good colors and rendering


  • Very expensive at $2200
  • Somewhat heavy and large
  • Some vignetting at wider apertures (correctable)
  • Can have chromatic aberration near edge of frame (correctable)
  • Can flare strongly in some situations

Gm lens store links:
85mm f/1.4 GM FE at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuyAmazon Germany. WexUK. Jessops.
24-70mm f/2.8 GM FE at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuyAmazon Germany. WexUK. Jessops.

April 3, 2016
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Nikon D5 vs Sony a7R II: ISO 3 MILLION 4K video quality test!

Nikon D5 vs Sony a7R II: ISO 3 MILLION 4K video quality test!

Tony Northup made a carzy 3 Million ISO comparison between the Sony A7rII and Nikon D5. He writes:

Nikon’s first 4K video camera, and it offers up to ISO 3,276,800–which is *7* stops beyond what the Sony a7R II offers. It’s not the low-light champ you’d hope, though. We tested the a7R II in full-frame mode, even though it offers 1 stop better quality in Super 35 mode. We wanted to start testing with the worst case scenario for the Sony… but since it won even while handicapped, I don’t see the need to continue testing.
The a7S offers another stop beyond that, so it would be about 2 stops better than the D5. The a7S II offers still another stop improvement, so it whould be about 3 stops cleaner than the D5.

A7rII store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
D5 store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
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April 3, 2016
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The big comparison: Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 vs Otus 1.4/28 vs Sigma Art 20/1.4 at 3Dkraft


3Dkraft (Click here) posted a detailed comparison between the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 vs Otus 1.4/28 vs Sigma Art 20/1.4 bs Zeiss 16-35mm FE vs Color Scopar 21/4 vs Ultron 21./1.8. And he writes:

The Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 is propably the best compromise between size, weight, low light capability and optical performance. It is a perfect fit for the A7-series, has excellent edge and border performance right from open aperture, rich colors and contrast, excellent back and stray light resistance due its perfect coating and it has a weather sealing. Some users critisize that there is only a small part of the barrel that you can grab when you mount it to the camera body. In the near range, it also provides nice options to play with a shallow depth of field. This little gem seems to be worth every cent you pay for it, if you like the 21mm viewing angle.

Loxia 21mm store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

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