Marc Alhadeff confirms the Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE is an exact copy of the Viltrox

Marc Alhadeff from SonyAlpha.Blog tested the new Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE lens. he had previously tested the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 FE and can confirm it appears to be exactly the same lens:

As a copy of the Viltrox 85mm F1.8 PFU RMBH STM , it gives basically same results but at a much higher price

So unless you prefer the different look of the Tokina I would suggets you save some bucks and get the Viltrox instead:

Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.
Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 FE at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, Amazon DE.

The Great Pre-amp Shootout: Which camera has the best audio quality? Spoiler…it’s not the Sony A7III :(

Well let’s get straight to th best news: The Sony A7III was the worse performing camera of the bunch because of “the amount of noise is unbelievable, it’s last in all categories and might not even be fixable in post

The list of camera from best to worse:

  1. Canon 1DX MK III
  2. Nikon Z6 and Panasonic S1H
  3. Fujifilm X-T3
  4. Olympus EM1 MKIII
  5. Sony A7III

Let’s hope the future Sony A7IV will be dramatically improved on the audio front too!

First review of the new Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 FE lens (price around 1.200 Euros)

The German youtuber Krolop&Gerst posted the worlds first review of the new Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 FE lens. The most important news first: Tamron told them the price will be “around 1.200 Euros” which is less than half the price of the Sony 70-200mm GM. Moreover the Tamron weights 815g only compared to the 1480g from the Sony.

The reviewers say that the Sony lens has those advantages:
– The Sony lens feels more solid
– The Sony has a tripod mount
– The Sony has internal focusing
– The Sony has in lens stabilization
– The Sony has more buttons
– The Sony has more reach 200mm vs 180mm
– Better flair resistance

The Tamron advantages:
– The Tamron is sharped in the corners
– The Tamron seems to have a better light transmission (1/3 stop faster in terms of real world t-stop)
– It focuses close 85cm vs 96cm
– The Tamron is a lot cheaperSAR
– The Tamron is lighter
– The new autofocus system works very fast in both stills and video mode

The reviewers conclusion is that the Tamron offers the same (if not a tiny bit better) optical performance than the Sony. Ad unless you need those Sony extras like extra 20mm reach, buttons and so forth the Tamron is definitely the best choice.

Marc Alhadeff: These are the sharpest lenses for the A6xxx camera series

Marc Alhadeff listed the sharpest lenses for the A6xxx APS-C camera series. It’s interesting to see that the only “outstanding” lens is the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 E lens which is also among the cheapest to buy (Check price at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon. Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES)

A couple of important notes from Marc:

  • It focuses only on the resolving power of the lens = sharpness
  • Optical sharpness on APSC is obtained around F5.6-F8 at F11 diffraction is already visible and reduce the sharpness
  • Many other criteria needs also to be considered before choosing a lens : AF accuracy and speed, Bokeh, background blur, color rendition , CA , resistance to flare, distorsion ….So don’t take the pure sharpness ranking on its own to make your choice but look at the other criteria as well
  • For the APSC series only 2 models have in-body stabilisation : A6500 and A6600, so people doing primarily video should first look at the optical stabilization before sharpness. Only Sony lenses offers the OSS (Optical steadyshoot) among APSC lenses






Sony FE 28mm f/2 test by Opticallimits: “it’s quite obvious that Sony had to cut a couple of corners in order to save costs”

Opticallimits tested he Sony FE 28mm f/2 and concluded:

The Sony FE 28mm f/2 may be a prime lens but it’s quite obvious that Sony had (or wanted) to cut a couple of corners in order to save costs. The resolution characteristic isn’t overly harmonious to say the least. The lens may be sharp at medium aperture settings but has a substantial border/corner weakness at f/2 and f/2.8. Of course, you may argue that this isn’t really overly important for shallow depth-of-field photography but it’s hardly impressive for a prime lens in any case. If you operate the camera with activated image auto-correction, you won’t notice drastic weaknesses beyond this. However, both the original image distortions as well as vignetting are on the high side. Lateral CAs aren’t all that hot either for a contemporary lens. The quality of the bokeh is one of the better aspects. The rendition of out-of-focus highlights is a little rough but the general blur is very smooth.
The lens may not feel like much due to its low weight but objectively there isn’t anything to complain about the build quality. An all-metal body and a smooth focusing ring are good base ingredients and adding a constant length as well as the dust- and moisture-sealing makes it a very decent package. The AF is also reasonably fast and, typical for most Sony lenses, noiseless. Sony skipped the implementation of an optical image stabilizer but this would have been unusual in this lens class anyway.
The reason for the existence of a prime lens should be that it offers something “more” over a zoom lens its focal length class. In the case of the Sony FE 28mm f/2, it’s about an extra stop or two of speed. The question is whether this alone can be a reason for buying the lens …
So not really a great conclusion :(