Spinn Design launches a new Camera Plate on Kickstarter to easy your strap pains :)

Share

If you are annoyed with the way the usual camera strap disturbs you while walking and shooting than you have to check out this:

Spinn Design launched a new Camera Plate on Kickstarter that solves some of the most annoying issues with regular straps:

There is also one mor eproject that might be interesting for some of our readers:

The Most Powerful 100W Portable Mobile Power Ever is available for $79 on Kickstarter

Share

Sony Tidbits…

Share


Smamyangg 85mm f/1.4 vs the Sony GM

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Samyang 85mm F1.4 AF test by Marc Alhadeff.
Macro Lens Buying Guide (Explora).
Ricoh lease contract for the Pentax brand ends in 2020? (MirrorlessRumors).
Running with the Moza Air 2 and Sony A7iii // 24mm F1.4 GM (Chris Brockhurst).
Sony A6400 + Sigma 16mm 1.4 Low light test (Manny Ortiz).
Test objectif SAMYANG AF 85mm f1.4 FE (Une Bolée d’Air).

Personal photos and tests from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and 500px.

Join the new Sony Alpha Camera Facebook group.
To get news from our Forum subscribe that RSS feed.
I kindly invite you all to follow our RSS feed, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss news and rumors

Share

New superdeal: $250 off on the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 FE lens

Share

Starting from today you save $250 on the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 FE lens sold by Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and FocusCamera.

Kickstarter projects:

  1. You can now preorder the new Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 E-mount lens for $199 on Kickstarter.
  2. New Peak Design superlight tripod on Kickstarter.
  3. DUO photographers bag on Kickstarter.

The Sigma US deals are back:

Full Frame:
$125 off on the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
$100 off on the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
$100 off on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
APS-C:
$50 off on the 16mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Adorama, Amazon.
$50 off on the 30mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Adorama, Amazon.
$50 off on the 56mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Adorama, Amazon.
MC-11 autofocus adapter:
$100 off on the MC-11 Canon EF to Sony E-mount autofocus adapter at Amazon, FocusCamera, Adorama and BHphoto.

Sony US superdeals

Sony cameras:
$1000 off on the Sony A9 at Buydig, BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera.
$400 off on the SonyA7rIII at BuyDig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, FocusCamera.
$400 off on the Sony A7rII at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$400 off ($600 off with kit lens) on the Sony A7II at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$150 off on the Sony 6300 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony 6000 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$150 off on the Sony 5100 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the A6000 dual kit at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.

FF E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 12-24mm f/4.0 lens at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon.
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sony 24-105mm FE at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, FocusCamera, BuyDig.
$100 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 28mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 28-70mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 5omm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm FE f/1.8 lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 90mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

Share

First review of Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G for wildlife shooter by Alex Phan

Share

USA Preorders:
Sony 200-600mm FE at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, BuyDig and Adorama.
Sony 600mm FE GM at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, BuyDig and Adorama.
EU Preorders:
Sony 200-600mm FE at Calumet DE. WexUK. ParkCameras. Calumet NL. Cameratools NL.
Sony 600mm FE GM at Calumet DE. WexUK. ParkCameras. Calumet NL. Cameratools NL.
Asia Preorders:
Sony 200-600mm FE at Sony Japan. Sony Australia.
Sony 600mm FE GM at Sony Japan. Sony Australia.

—-

SAR reader Alex Phan shared to us his full review of the new Sony FE 200-600mm G lens:

Review of Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G for wildlife shooter.

Thanks to Sony USA for trusting me with their new lens in the last couple days. This allow me to get out and shot some real wildlife stuff from Los Angeles all the way down to San Diego. 🙏🙏🙏😍😍

—————————————————————
Please don’t ask for RAW or bigger file images. View on a 32″ or more monitor if you want to do pixel peeping.
Please don’t ask to test on other camera or compare to different lens combo since i don’t have time for it.
This lens is testing on Sony A9.
====================================

Sigma 150-600mm lens (fully extended) versus the Sony 200-600mm

Sony 200-600mm vs the Sony 100-400mm GM

Sony 400mm GM vs the Sony 200-600mm vs the Sony 100-400mm GM

When i first pick up the lens, the first word came out of my mouth was “No way”. It is much more compact compare to all the pictures i saw. The second words came out was “Damnnn”..when I hold the lens. It is lighter than Nikon 200-500 and Sigma 150-600 Sport or Sigma 60-600. Only 4.6 lbs.

* Build Quality & Handling:
The lens construction and build quality is very solid. It looks just a tad bigger than the 100-400. What special about this lens is it’s an internally zooming lens. By having the zoom internal, no zoom creep issue and most important, you don’t have to deal with balance and front-heaviness as the lens physically extended as you zoomed. It is all done internal now. Your hand position stay the same through out. This will help a lot. Less fatigue.

The zoom ring is large, nice grip material, and is very smooth to rotate. It also have a very short throw from 200 to 600. You don’t have to twist your hand for the zoom like other lenses. With your thumb, you can just gently rotate the zoom ring. Smooth like butter. 😉 I love it. It make zoom and panning so much easier as the falcon fly straight to you from the ocean at 200 mph.

*Image Quality & Performance:
Keep in mind, this lens is not designated as Sony’s top-tier G Master series. Sony didn’t use magnesium-alloy, or the newer XD linear auto focus actuator for it. What this mean in the field? The AF speed/respond from close to far distance is slow. This also mean trying to focus on an object that coming to you is slower. However, this is when your experience kick in to compensate for it.

AF is extremely responsive. I was able to spot the falcon far away that blend in the muddy/cloudy sky and grab focus of it and follow through the entire time as it zip through the ocean floor up the cliff and blend around the busy vegetation background. I choose to falcon because of the raw speed they fly, unpredictable path, it will fly through different lighting setting, different background. I’m more than happy to say it pass the Falcon AF tracking test.

Image quality is sharp with great detail. PLEASE VIEW THE IMAGES with your computer monitor. Recommend from 32 to 42″.

This lens is variable aperture. it will be f/6.3 once you zoom to 400mm range. So if your neck of the woods doesn’t have lots of sun, be ready to pump up your ISO to keep up with your shutter speed.

* Teleconverters and Clear zoom images:
This lens is compatible with both Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters. AF is fast with both TC. I was able to track swallow with 2.0x TC (fiew of view at 1200mm)

200-600 + 1.4x TC: AF fast, IQ still great.
200-600 + 2x TC: AF fast, IQ is bad. Image is very soft.
Clear zoom images is works perfectly with this lens.

* Conclusion:
With the releasing of 200-600 and 600GM, the day of adapting lens is ending soon. The design, the performance, the price is right on. This will open the door for many many users from DSLR that love the amazing AF performance of Sony A9 but don’t want or can’t afford the big prime (400/600GM), this lens is perfect for you or I would say about 95% of users out there. 🙂 I strongly recommend this lens as it is a great lens and very versatile. Just think what you can do for the money with A6400 & 200-600 combo for static or distant shot? or like my buddy Thy Bun could do with his stacking TC and CIZ so he can get the image that is miles away. You just can’t beat it.

* My personal though:

This is an excellent lens but it is not for me. Yes, i hate the fact that i have to deal with vignetting when using 1.4x and 2x TC on 100-400GM, i hate the fact that my TC something wiggly a bit but i’m after absolute speed and subject acquisition. Also, the IQ on 100-400GM + 2x TC is usable for BIF. I’m belong to the remain 5% that need the absolute IQ, reliable AF and snappy subject acquisition.

So before you order this lens, please ask yourself a honest question: What is your goal here? How demand are you for speed? What kind of wildlife are you shooting? Are you belong to the 5% or 95% group. Know the limitation of the lens, know your needed/ goal and go from there. If I can track a falcon zip through the ocean cliff at 200 mph with this lens, you can basically shot anything with it.

Also, there is no such thing as free lunch. There is a reason why prime lenses cost 6x time more.

Happy shooting. 🤪🤪🤪🤪

Click on thr thumbnails to see the full size image:

 

USA Preorders:
Sony 200-600mm FE at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, BuyDig and Adorama.
Sony 600mm FE GM at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, BuyDig and Adorama.
EU Preorders:
Sony 200-600mm FE at Calumet DE. WexUK. ParkCameras. Calumet NL. Cameratools NL.
Sony 600mm FE GM at Calumet DE. WexUK. ParkCameras. Calumet NL. Cameratools NL.
Asia Preorders:
Sony 200-600mm FE at Sony Japan. Sony Australia.
Sony 600mm FE GM at Sony Japan. Sony Australia.

 

Share

Curiosity: Hasselblad just announced thir cheapest medium format camera ever

Share

Just a curiosity note: Hasselblad has just announced the new X1dII featuring the well-known Sony 50MP medium format sensor. What’s interesting is that the camera costs $5,750 “only” at BHphoto.

It’s the cheapest medium format camera Hasselblad has ever announced. Although it ain’t as cheap as the $3999 Fuji GFX50r which features the same sensor.

What I really like from this camera is the big 3.6 inch LCD screens. Would love to have that one on a Sony…but than the camera would have to be bigger too!

 

Share

See the Sony E-mount lenses on the Nikon Z cameras…with the autofocus Techart adapter!

Share

Techart is known for it’s many autofocus adapter including the quite unique Leica M to Sony E-mount AF adapter you can find here on Amazon.

What you see on this video is their Sony E to Nikon Z autofocus adapter. Don’t think Nikon Z camera owners will really buy this adapter to use E-mount lenses. Autofocus will always be unreliable and not fully functional…

Shoten also announced this new adapter will start shippin out in July.

Share

Sony Tidbits…

Share


Sony A9 Custom Settings Masterclass for Capturing Action

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Why Sony still dominates the full-frame camera market (Engadget).
Sony RX0 MK II Review | The Ultimate Vlogging Camera? (GeorgeCamerasTV).
Ausprobiert: Sony Alpha 6400 – die Sportskanone unter den APS-C-Spiegellosen? (Photoscala).
Flowtech 100 with FSB 10 Fluid Head: Lightweight, Heavy-Duty Tripod (Explora).
DPReview TV: Our USB ports should do more!
Ricoh at Dpreview: “I imagine, in two or three years, some users who bought mirrorless cameras will return to DSLRs” (MirrorlessRumors).

Personal photos and tests from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and 500px.

Join the new Sony Alpha Camera Facebook group.
To get news from our Forum subscribe that RSS feed.
I kindly invite you all to follow our RSS feed, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss news and rumors

Share