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June 23, 2018
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Sony RX100VI review by Tony&Chelsea Northrup

Sony RX100VI at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, FocusCamera and BestBuy. In EU at Calumet Germany and Wex UK.
Sony VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip at BHphoto, Adorama and BestBuy.

Tony & Chelsea Northrup:

We review the Sony RX100 Mk 6 (http://sdp.io/rx1006). It’s a purse-sized camera that creates better images and video than your smartphone can thanks to a 24-200mm equivalent lens. However, it has some drawbacks… the battery life is poor, there’s no mic or headphone jack, no intervalometer, and video is limited to 5 minutes of 4k/30p. Still, it’s the best option for those looking for a smaller camera (when you don’t want to bring your DSLR) or for smartphone shooters who want better action and telephoto shots.

And here is the test from Precision Camera


June 18, 2018
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First image samples shot with the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Bokeh Monster on the Sony A9

The most exicting new Sigma lens for Sony is the 105mm f/1.4 Bokeh Monster (preorder at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama). The E-mount version is rumored to ship in late Summer only but Takuya Ikeda shared some image samples shot with the Canon version using the MC-11 adapter on the Sony A9:

I am seriously considering to buy this one…and you?

New Sigma FE lenses:
All lenses listed on one page at BHphoto (Click here).
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 70mm macro for $569 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and  Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

June 17, 2018
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Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD Hands-On Field Test by DPReview TV

Tamron 28-75mm FE lens at BHphotoAmazon, BuyDig, FocusCamera and Adorama. In Europe at Amazon DE and WexUK.

It ‘s rumored that possibly that week Tamron will announce the new firmware that should fixe some (or all) of the autofocus issues. And here is Chris and Jordan’s take on the new Tamron 28-75mm FE lens:

June 14, 2018
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The first Sigma ART FE lenses are now shipping. And here are the owners reviews and unboxing videos.

The first Sigma FE lenses are finally shipping out to their customers. And here are the first owners reviews and unboxing videos:

New Sigma FE lenses:
All lenses listed on one page at BHphoto (Click here).
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 70mm macro for $569 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and  Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

June 14, 2018
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A7III weather sealing test bi Jim Kasson

Jim Kasson made an interesting A7III battery door weather sealing test. As we know from the previous Imaging Resource testing the battery compartment seems to be the weak spot on the new generation A7rIII and A7III cameras. Jim conclusion:

It appears that the flow comes from the hinge area and that the flow is mostly over the top of the hinge, which is why it takes a fair amount of water to get the floodgates to open. The RRS plate makes an effort to seal the top of the hinge, but it’s not working well. Looking at the camera itself, there is no soft material that mates with the top of the hinge, so this flooding over the top is likely to occur at least as badly with cameras that have no plate attached.

This explains why some users have reported no problems when setting the camera down on wet surfaces, and others have had flooding — it depends on how deep the water is. It is possible, and even likely, that there will be leakage with small amounts of water given enough time. I only gave the camera a minute or so to deal with the small amount of water before I increased the depth.

I hope the Sony will fix this design issue in time for the new A7sIII.

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

June 14, 2018
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The size comparison between the three Sigma-Samyang-Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lenses

The three lenses do have about the same length. So which one would you get? I think in terms of price-quality balance the Sigma wins. The Zeiss on the other hand gives you a nice aperture ring and probably a tiny better AF performance. If you are on budget you save the Samyang just got a discount making it by far the cheapest of the the three.

Links to the three 35mm lenses:
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Sigma 35mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Samyang 35mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

New Sigma FE lenses:
All lenses listed on one page at BHphoto (Click here).
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 70mm macro for $569 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and  Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

June 13, 2018
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New RX100VI tests by Kai, Cinema5d, Techradar and Rakichevich

Sony RX100VI at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, FocusCamera and BestBuy. In EU at Calumet Germany and Wex UK.
Sony VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip at BHphoto, Adorama and BestBuy.

Cinema5D checked if the new camera is any good for Vloggers:

The Sony RX100 VI is a truly compact camera, baring nice features, like the 200mm ultra zoom and tilted screen. But with a price tag of $1200 and very limited audio capabilities, I cannot see many Vloggers using it. In my opinion, it is very much of an “Engineering product” and not a “User product”, meaning, it is clearly a product that wants to be noticed but on the expense of usability. If the video functionality of this camera is important to Sony – especially as it is being marketed to Vloggers – I do hope that they will take some notes and try to improve the usability and functionality of the related video functions in the next generation, hopefully.

Nino Rakichevich tested it shortly for Alphauniverse:

I only had a chance to use the camera for about a week, but after shooting with it on the streets of New York and Los Angeles, I’m planning on buying one and adding it to my bag as soon as I can. Here are some of my favorite photos from my days shooting with the new Sony RX100 VI.

Techaradar writes:

Should you buy one? In many ways this is one of the best compact cameras out there – certainly, when it comes to performance there’s nothing else that can touch it, while the images from the 20.1-inch sensor are excellent. But the RX100 VI’s strength is also its weakness, with some of the tech that’s on tap – and which you’re paying a premium for – feeling a little like a sledgehammer for cracking nuts.

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