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September 26, 2014
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85mm battle on the A7s: Otis vs Nikon vs Canon lenses (by Cinoflex).

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Note: The following is a review from Cinoflex (cinoflex.com  and Facebook) and T M Camera Solutions. And it has been first published on SAR. Images copyright from Cinoflex (please do not reause them without permission).

Cinoflex tested three 85mm lenses on the Sony A7s.

Cameras and Lenses used:
Sony A7s (here on Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
Cinoflex Camera
Zeiss Otus 85mm (here on Adorama, BHphoto, CameraPro.)
Nikkor AIS 85mm (here on eBay)
Canon FD 85mm (here on eBay)


Here is a first comparison showing the performance at full aperture (Click on image to enlarge).

Here is the reviewers text:

This lens really is as good or better than you have heard. The technical aspects live up to all the specifications and quality touted, but the real impressive element is the pure characteristic and personality.
The fall-off is truly magnificent. Just a beautiful immediacy to the range and fall-off when shooting at T1.4, sharp images in focus, and very gentle images out of focus.
The Otus 85mm T1.4 is built to a supreme standard, and you can feel that throughout each contour of the barrel, the elements, and the highly precise mechanics.
The most astonishingly, and obvious factor for the Otus vs. the Nikkor AIS and Canon FD “L” – 85mm – lenses, is the CLARITY. The Otus 85mm is so clear and precise. The glass really blooms under bad conditions. The reproduction is so accurate hat you be surprised, even by the Zeiss standards.
The Zeiss Otus 85mm T1.4 lens presents qualities and elements that combine some of the factors most desirable in today’s cinematography culture, all in one tightly machined and perfectly presented package.

Look at the tests below. See for yourself!

Links to the three larger images:
Otus chart JPG (Click here)
Canon chart JPG (Click here)
Nikkor chart JPG (Click here)


Bokeh with the Otus and A7s

Cineflex note:

Lenses are designed by different manufactures, for different uses, and different markets. To label one lens better than another is silly. Each lens displays characteristics in line with the intention of the manufacturer. At CINOFLEX we test lenses to create an analysis of character and personality into which each lens fits the creative design of a project. The 85mm OTUS is a great lens, period. But the Nikkor AIS, or CANON FD L lens is not inferior, the Panavision Primo lens is not better, they are simply different. When reading reviews that constantly profess the absolute “FACT” that one lens is better than the next, this could not be further from the truth. Keep in mind, most tests and endorsements are created by individuals who are not professional camera technicians, nor IATSE 600 ICG members, making their qualifications very suspect. Respect the tools of cinematography and use tests to find the lens that you think is best!

Any questions or comments please contact us @ INFO@CINOFLEX.COM
CINOFLEX and T M CAMERA SOLUTIONS in all publications and social media.

 

September 24, 2014
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New A7s reviews from Cinema5D, BestMCR, GVFX and more…

Shooting Sony A7s & S-Log2 – A closer look & downloadable footage from cinema5D on Vimeo.

Let me catch up with some interesting Sony A7s tests and review I got the last coule of weeks:

Shooting Sony A7s & S-Log2 – A closer look & downloadable footage (Cinema5D).
Full A7s review at BestMirrorlessCameraReviews.
Urban Exploration with the Sony A7S (GVFX).
Shooting Ephemerisle with the A7S and Voigtlander 35mm 1.2 (Judd Weiss).
kingfisher picture`s A7s + LA-EA4 + SAL500mm F4 SSM G (Dyxum).
Somewhere there you see the A7s (SAR twitter).
Sony A7s against Panasonic GH4 by Dave Dugdale.
Michaela Baranov and the Sony A7s at JoshMcLeod.

Luke:Shot a short test video with my new A7s this last Saturday and am pretty happy with the results. Using SLOG2 was a little trickier than I had imagined so I think a few of the scenes are a little underexposed/overexposed, but by the end I think I had a handle on it. https://vimeo.com/106735759

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

September 24, 2014
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First full ILCE-QX1 review at Photographyblog and says it’s and “expensive gimmick”.


Image made by Usperedi.

Photographyblog just posted the full ILCE-QX1 review and the camera score is just “above average”:

While it is great that you can interchangeable lenses with your smartphone, the Sony ILCE-QX1 is fairly unwieldy to use when attached to a phone itself, and having to attach it and set it all up is a bit of a faff that sometimes ultimately leads you to not to bother.
Where it is more fun, and you can see it being more widely used, is when used remotely – whether that’s for selfies or when attached to a smartphone. Here you can experiment a bit more widely with the Sony ILCE-QX1 and really get the best from it – that said, it’s quite an expensive gimmick for doing such a thing with.

Yep, it’s a strange product but Sony itself said they are selling more of those things than expected. I would never buy one but maybe one day the QX line will become more mature and make more sense to me…maybe :)

Preorders of the new QX cameras (Click on store name to open the exact product page in a new tab):
E-mount QX1 in USA at Amazon, SonyStore US, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.
E-mount QX1 in Europe at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony ES, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony NO, Sony BE, Sony PT, Sony SE, Sony FI.
E-mount QX1 in Asia at Digitalrev.
QX30 in USA at Amazon, SonyStore US, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.
QX30 in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here).

September 23, 2014
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Sony A5100 gets DxOmarked.


A5100 unboxing video by John Sison.

Well, we are talking about a new not so exciting but very “solid” new E-mount camera. It doesn’t WOW you but it does well pretty much everything you will ever need! It’s basically a “cheaper” A6000 version as DxOmark (Click here) writes:

In fact it appears to use the same (A6000 sensor) unit with practically identical imaging performance (and identical AF functionality). Naturally some attractive features of the A6000 are missing, notably the EVF, higher continuous frame rate of up to 11fps and wireless flash control, but if those features aren’t high on your wants list then theA5100 looks like a tempting option.

The camera scores 80 points which is only 2 points behind the A6000 and easily out scores the direct competition like for example the E-M10 and GM1:

Bildschirmfoto 2014-09-23 um 13.09.32

Not bad for such a tiny entry-level cam!

A5100 preorder link list:
A5100 black body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony NL, Sony IT,
A5100 black with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
A5100 white with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony RM-SPR1 Remote Commander with Multi Terminal, 2.6′ Cord at Adorama.
Sony LCS-EBD Body Case for Alpha NEX 5000 and 5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera, Leather Like Material, Brown at Adorama.
Sony LCS-EBD Body Case for Alpha NEX 5000 and 5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera, Leather Like Material, Black at Adorama.

 

September 22, 2014
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This is how much fun you can have while testing Sony A7s slow motion video :)

Those strange guys thought to test the Sony A7s slow motion feature by acting crazy. Well, it’s more funny than many other boring slow motion videos showing water drops, a cat moving around the house or so on :)

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

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