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April 18, 2018
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Sony versus Sigma FE size comparison!

Demis sent me these images with the following text:

I don’t know, if someone already send you that kind of layout with the forthcoming Sigma FE lenses, but I did it because so much people asking about real world comparison.
If it can helps that’s good 👍🏻

Insta: @demiscourquetlesaulnier

The first new Sigma FE lenses will start shipping out in 10-15 days:
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto and Adorama.

So it’s really “just” the 85mm Sigma that is really a lot bigger. Sigma also promised to make new lenses designed for Sony FF mirrorless only which should help to reduce the size. Can’t wait to see them!

April 17, 2018
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First Sigma FE autofocus test and image sample by Jason Vong

According to BHphoto the first Sigma FE lenses will shipping out in late April. And thanks to Jason Vong we can finally see some image samples and check the autofocus performance:

Links to all new Sigma FE lenses:
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto and Adorama.

April 17, 2018
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New Sony 18-135mm reviews

Sony vs Canon 18-135mm lenses via CameraSize.

Photographyblog writes:

The Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS is a big step up from the kit lenses that ship with Sony’s APS-C mirrorless cameras, at a price that won’t break the bank.
It’s pretty small and lightweight considering the versatile 7.5x zoom range on offer, and it delivers great image quality with the minimum of fuss. The built-in optical image stabilisation is a standout feature, enabling you to handhold the camera and still get sharp shots in low-light, while the auto-focusing on the A6500 that we tested the lens with proved to be fast, quiet and reliable. 

ePhotozine writes:

As a general purpose lens, a good 18-135mm is hard to beat on APS-C format cameras. The close focus and long reach lend themselves well to close ups such as flower studies. The 18mm wide angle can accommodate most architecture and landscapes. The close focus means small object photography is simple, and quality of results at these close distances are well maintained.
The Sony lens generally performs well, but with caveats. Central sharpness is fine until we reach small apertures of f/16 and beyond, but beyond that detail is soon lost. The edges are quite poor when longer focal lengths are used, although the centre still sparkles crisply. This in itself can be used creatively for portraiture and other close ups.
Although not perfect, the lens is still a very good choice for general photography and capable of delivering good, bright and sharp images.

ThePhoBlographer writes:

The Sony 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 OSS isn’t a bad lens. I genuinely feel like there is no such thing like that anymore. But something about this lens and the technology inside of it feels like this is a lens that should have been released in 2010 a year after I founded the Phoblographer. Then consider the price point on this lens. If you’re going to go for a superzoom option of some sort, then perhaps consider Tamron or go for the Sony and know what you’re getting. I’ll stand by my statement that primes are better for the a6500 and the a6000 lineup of cameras. Just go with those.

18-135mm lens at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, FocusCamera and BestBuy.



April 16, 2018
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Sony A7III kit in Stock at BHphoto (and new test roundup)

The Sony A7III kit is back in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). I bet it will be sold out soon!

Sony A7 III Cinematic Low-Light to Night + Timelapse (Hendrik Morkel).
How the Sony a7iii performed in a real wedding (David Oastler).
Quick noise comparison between the A7 III and the A7 II up on Admiring Light

A7III review by Marc Galer:

April 16, 2018
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Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM review by Opticallimits: “certainly a good lens”

Opticallimits tested the 16-35mm GM lens:

The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM is certainly a good lens but it has a couple of flaws as well. The lens has been optimized for the lower part of the focal length range – which is certainly most important for most buyers anyway. The corner performance isn’t great at fully open aperture except at the sweet spot around 20mm. The performance is decent at longer focal lengths but it stays a little short of the very high exceptations at least. That being said – keep in mind that today’s high resolution sensors are killers.

Lens store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

April 15, 2018
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New Sony A7III test roundup (Alin Popescu, Dpreview, Imaging Resource…)

Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (Dpreview).

Sony A7III in USA at Adorama, BHphotoAmazonBestBuy, FocusCamera, BuyDig.
Sony a7III in Europe at Amazon DE, Calumet Germany, Amazon UK, ParkCameras UK, WexUK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.

Alin Popescu posted his final A7III review:

“Same as it did the little a6000 (still on sale and production), I think the A7 III will last longer. It’s a great camera, the best money can buy for it’s incredible features list. I already know a bunch of people who took the step and have changed boats because of the A7 III. More are going to come.”

Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (Dpreview).
Sony A7 III First Shots (Imaging Resource).
Setting up, customizing and accessorizing your Sony A7iii (Enthusiastphotoblog).

April 13, 2018
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This is how much faster thew new Luminar 2018 works with the Sony A7rIII

Yesterday Skylum released the update for Luminar 2018 named “Jupiter”. This is a very major release with a lot of updates I reported here. But today I got the report about the speed improvement when working with the Sony A7rIII files. As you can see from the images it’s huge (Click on them to enlarge).

If you plan to buy Luminar use the coupon code “SAR” you will get $10 off:
Luminar 2018 link:
Luminar 2018 link to the Trial page:

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