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November 12, 2016
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Did you realize the most sold lens at Amazon is the 18-105mm E-mount?


Every week I do check the Amazon lens sales ranking (Click here) and through all the year 2016 one lens kept remaining steadily on top. It’s the Sony 18-105mm E-mount lens. Surprised?
If you wonder why this lens sells fine just read the review conclusions just posted by Photozone:

The broad zoom range is highly useful for applications such as travel photography. It’s also a natural mate to the Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS. And unlike Sony’s full format lenses, the Sony E 18-105mm f/4 G OSS is also surprisingly affordable (600US$/500EUR). So all in all we haven’t seen greatness in this lens but it is an attractive package nonetheless.

Reminder: Once again I ask Sony engineers and marketing guys to also focus on the development of new APS-C E-mount lenses. Thanks!

November 8, 2016
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Set of new tutorial videos from Alpha Creative Skills

Why a Sony Mirrorless user needs to know about ‘Setting Effect’

Mark Galer posted a long list of video tutorials for Alpha shooters. You can check them out here:

November 3, 2016
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RX100 V tested by Dpreview: “most capable camera in its class”


Dpreview posted the Sony RX100mV review:

The Sony RX100 V builds on a camera that was already class-leading in many respects and crams 24fps burst shooting, oversampled 4K video and a 315-point autofocus system into this new pocket-sized companion. But there are no updates to its design, ergonomics or user interface that would ease direct control of its immense feature set. It’s the most expensive pocket zoom camera on the market today, and there are other models that we find nicer to use in practice, but the RX100 V remains the highest-specced and most capable camera in its class.


RX100m5 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. In EU at WexUK. PCHstore.

October 28, 2016
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SLRlounge on the A99II: “It’s astonishing”. Digitalrev on the A6500: “This is no upgrade, it’s a A6300 fix”.

SLRlounge posted a hands-on review of the A99II:

“Sony not only hangs with the Nikon and Canon big boys, it does so while enabling many more selectable AF points, wider AF coverage, doubling the resolution, and all within a smaller lighter body that uses comparatively much less expensive standard SD cards. It’s astonishing.”

Sony A99II at BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon. Calumet Germany and WexUK.

And Digitalrev keeps critizing Sony’s startegy ont he A6500 in a new post:

This is no upgrade – it’s a fix on a flawed core function of the a6300, and it should have been addressed by Sony engineers before the launch of the a6500’s predecessor.

And here is the A6500 hands-on video by Gear Glasses & Gadgets

A6500 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. In EU at, WexUK. PCHstore.


October 28, 2016
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Sony RX100V review by Cinema5D and Digitalrev

There is also a new review by Cinema5D. Of course being a video blog site their focus is on the video performance of the camera:

In my opinion, the Sony RX100 V remains a camera with a split identity. On the one hand, it is a technological wonder which integrates the same engine as Sony’s a99II flagship camera in a tiny space. Additionally, it offers a feature-rich video manual control options including some that are hard to find in even more expensive and advanced devices from other respected manufacturers. Also, the improved autofocus in video mode is a pleasure to work with. On the other hand, many functions are “almost there”. A body with a mic interface but no headphone jack, HFR with almost HD quality and continuous shooting mode that might be great for photographers but almost useful to videographers. I’m fully aware that this is not a professional shooting device, and for now it can serve as a great family companion and second camera to just throw in the bag and keep handy for any production. But with a little extra attention and open ear to video enthusiasts, (especially when sales graphs are proving that video professionals would like to use that type of equipment),  this camera could have become a real gem!

Digitalrev writes:

With a fast card we were able to capture 65 RAW and JPEG images before filling the buffer, which is something many larger cameras can’t do. It was ridiculously fast in testing, although we do wonder what’s the necessity of all this firepower in such a small camera, since ultimately image quality will be limited due to the sensor size and lens.

RX100m5 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. In EU at WexUK. PCHstore.

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