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November 20, 2018
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Official Canon EOS-R test by Dpreview: “lag behind the competition considerably”

It’s a damn long time since I have seen a camera NOT getting a Silver or Gold Award at Dpreview. Well here we are with the Canon EOS-R full review and the conclusion is rather negative:

Richard Butler writes:

The EOS R feels like a series of good ideas undermined by their implementation. The interface tries to balance innovation and familiarity but instead delivers that most un-Canon-like experience: inconsistency. Used a certain way the sensor and autofocus can both be extremely good but other situations will confound the autofocus or highlight the dynamic range and video shortcomings. It does enough to earn faint praise, but also deserves the rebuke this implies.

Barney Britton writes:

The Canon EOS R is a camera I really want to like, but despite its attractive form-factor, good sensor and solid stills photography feature set, I just don’t enjoy shooting with it. I appreciate Canon trying something different with the ergonomics, but the end result is a camera that – very unusually for Canon – feels like it’s never entirely in my control. That said, I will happily put up with almost anything to use some of Canon’s excellent new RF-series lenses. 

Compared with the A7III the Canon doens’t stand a chance:

Sony’s a7 III sets a high bar at a similar price point to the EOS R. Compared to the Canon, the Sony has faster burst rates, a more capable autofocus system, dual memory card slots, better battery life, full-width (and very detailed) 4K video, and it all comes in an appreciably smaller package. There are those who may prefer the EOS R’s larger grip, articulating screen and user interface over the Sony’s, but in most regards we think that the a7 III is a better camera for most users.

I think the best thing about the new Canon RF system are their lenses. I would love if Sony could make an E-mount version of their 50mm f/1.2 and 28-70mm f/2.0 lenses!


November 17, 2018
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85mm size comparison between the new Sigma, Sony GM and my favorite Sony f/1.8


via CameraSize

Here is the size comparison between the three 85mm FE lenses. In that case I have no doubt the smaller Sony f/1.8 FE lens is the best choice unless you really need that tiny faster aperture. The GM is the bokeh king while the Sigma is the sharper than the GM. But I think the Sigma is really way too big for my taste :)
I do own the 85mm f/1.8 and it’s super for my hiking trips (light and sharp). Get it!

Links to the three 20mm lenses:
Sony 85mm GM at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Sigma 85mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Sony 85mm 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.

November 14, 2018
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Sony 24mm F1.4 GM review by Marc Alhadeff: “it is a new masterpiece from Sony”


Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM lens at Bhphoto. Adorama. Amazon. Calumet Germany. WexUK.

Marc Alhadeff tested the new Sony 24mm GM lens. This is his conclusion:

The Sony 24mm F1.4 GM is a new masterpiece from Sony and well deserve its GM label. It is certainly one of the best 24mm if we consider all criteria together

  • Excellent sharpness wide open across the full field, even wide open (Note : for close distance corners are “only” very good at F1.4/F2)
  • Fast and accurate AF with very good Eye AF performance
  • Small and light
  • Excellent bokeh and very smooth background blur 
  • Fast Aperture : F1.4 : perfect for low light 
  • Very small focusing distance + F1.4 = perfect for small depth of field
  • Very good contrast and 3D effect at F1.4 for people portraits
  • No field curvature
  • Very low distorsion
  • Very low coma (suited for Astrophotography)
  • Suited for video thanks to click less aperture ring
  • Very good color rendition (but Zeiss Loxia 25mm F2.4 is excellent)
  • Very well built, weather sealed

There are however a few area where it is not “perfect”

  • Very small amount of CA
  • Resistance to flare is good but not excellent
  • Vignetting at F1.4 & F2 (a future Lightroom Lens profile will correct it)
  • Price (but in line with GM price range)

The lens is very versatile and will be the perfect choice for landscape, street photography, , low light, architecture, people reportage, full body portraits, astrophotography, and this  both in photo and in video

Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM lens at Bhphoto. Adorama. Amazon. Calumet Germany. WexUK.

November 13, 2018
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Voigtlander 21mm f/3.5 FE Color-Skopar Review at Photographyblog: “excellent wide-angle prime lens”

Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount lens at Amazon and BHphoto.

Photographyblog tested the new Voigtlander FE lens and the conclusion is:

The super-compact and very lightweight Voigtlander 21mm F3.5 Color-Skopar is an excellent wide-angle prime lens that delivers great image quality. Shooting at the maximum f/3.5 aperture does reveal a very minor reduction in sharpness in the centre of the frame, but this is quickly resolved by stopping down to f/4. The edges aren’t quite so sharp, though, with f/8-f/16 producing the best results.

In addition to the edge sharpness, there are a couple of other image quality drawbacks to the Voigtlander 21mm F3.5 Color-Skopar. Vignetting is obvious wide-open at f/3.5, and still fairly evident at f/5.6, although in real-world use it’s less of a problem than when photographing a white wall/test-chart. The lens also suffered from some rather obvious purple and green fringing in high-contrast shots. The Voigtlander 21mm F3.5 Color-Skopar does deliver nice sun-stars though thanks to its ten-blade aperture.

The Voigtlander 21mm F3.5 Color-Skopar is a veritable pleasure to use, thanks to its superb build quality, smooth focus ring and tactile aperture ring. As this is a manual-focus only lens, you’d expect this aspect of the operation to be intuitive, and so it proved. Together with the A7R II’s excellent Peaking and Manual Focus Assist features, the Voigtlander 21mm F3.5 Color-Skopar delivered a very high percentage of keepers. The 20cm minimum focusing distance also makes the lens surprisingly versatile when shooting close subjects.

We did miss having a de-clickable aperture ring, though, which recent Voigtlander lenses designed from the ground-up for the Sony FE system have offered, making this lens less suitable for video use.

In summary, the Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm F1.4 is a very compact, extremely well-built and affordable wide-angle prime lens for full-frame E-Mount Sony owners. Highly Recommended!

Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5 E-mount lens at Amazon and BHphoto. In Europe at PCHstore.

November 11, 2018
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7Artisans 35mm f/1.2 E-mount lens review by Marc Alhadeff: “my favorite so far in their line up”

The lens is in Stock at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.

Marc Alhadeff tested the new 7Artisans 35mm f/1.2 E-mount lens. This is his conclusion:

The 7Artisans 35mm F1.2 (159 euros) is a little more expensive than the other  7Artisans lenses priced at less than 100 euros but this lens is certainly one of the best they have produced and is my favorite so far in their line up

The lens is really good for portrait taken at F1.4  to F2 with a very nice color rendering and beautiful background blur. sharpness is excellent as of F2.8  

Pro’s

  • For portrait good sharpness wide open at F1.2 and very good as of F1.4
  • Good sharpness for the corners as of F2.8
  • Very good blurry background and Bokeh balls
  • Good color rendition
  • Clickless aperture for video
  • Easy focusing ring

Average

  • Build quality
  • Vignetting
  • Chromatic Aberrations
  • Field curvature

Con’s

  • High distorsion ,
  • Resistance to flare are really below average

The lens is in Stock at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.

November 9, 2018
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Nikon Z7 reviewed by Dpreview: “overall, the a7R III will likely be the more capable option for most users”

Dpreview posted the final Nikon Z7 review. And overall recommends the Sony A7rIII compared to the new camera:

The most obvious and direct comparison on the mirrorless side is the Sony a7R III, another camera we hold in extremely high esteem. And the similarities between these two cameras are remarkable; spec for spec, they nearly mirror one another. But the Sony is a third-generation product, while the Nikon is a first, and it shows. While there are things we prefer about the Nikon (like more sensible menus, better operational responsiveness and a more comfortable grip), in terms of raw performance the a7R III manages at least match it in everything from Raw dynamic range, to video quality, to AF reliability. We also love Sony’s Eye AF. These differences aren’t huge, but overall, the a7R III will likely be the more capable option for most users.

Just an additional note: I keep reading that Nikon had it hard because it’s their first generation of mirrorless cameras. But I never heard the counter argument that in many aspects they actually had a much “easier” job to do than Sony. They knew in advance what they were competiting with, they knew in advance what people like and disliked from Sony cameras. To me this must balance the “first generation” argument. Sony had to figure out everything all alone in these years…

November 9, 2018
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Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 Review at Photographyblog: “outstanding short-standard prime lens”

Zeiss 40mm f/2.0 CF lens preorder at Adorama and BHphoto.

Photographyblog posted the full Zeiss Batis 40mm FE lens review:

The Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 is an outstanding short-standard prime lens. The novel 40mm focal length takes a little while to get used to, falling as it does between the more “normal” 35mm and 50mm focal lengths, but it quickly loses any real significance after you’ve used it for a while.

Sharpness is very high across the frame. Even with our A7R II test camera recording 42-megapixel images, detail is exceptionally sharp. Shooting at the maximum f/2 aperture does reveal a minor reduction in sharpness, but this is already resolved by f/2.8, and even at this aperture the lens is able to produce beautifully smooth bokeh.

Some vignetting is apparent when shooting wide-open at f/2, but quickly disappears as you stop down, while chromatic aberrations, distortion and flare are all very well controlled, and the bokeh is very appealing for this type of lens. The 24cm minimum focusing distance and 1:3.3 magnification ratio makes the lens versatile enough to shoot close subjects.

The Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 proved to be a pleasure to use, thanks to its superb build quality, smooth focusing ring and innovative OLED display. When manually focusing, together with the A7R II’s excellent Peaking feature, the Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 delivered a very high percentage of keepers, and it also proved to be very quick, quiet and accurate when auto-focusing.

There’s only one real drawback to the Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 lens – the asking price. £1129.99 / $1299.99 / €1,299 is a lot of money to pay for a standard prime lens, even one as well featured and built as this.

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