DxO RX100 VII sensor review: “doesn’t quite match the exceptional imaging performance of the previous generation”

DxO tested the Sony RX100VII and concluded:

With sensors larger than those found in typical compacts, offering 20MP resolution and high image quality with low noise, and with dynamic range approaching that of some interchangeable-lens camera, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 series has come to define an enthusiast’s advanced compact ever since it was introduced in 2012.

Although it doesn’t quite match the exceptional imaging performance of the previous generation of 1-inch type BSI CMOS sensor, the Sony RX100 VII’s newly-developed “stacked” sensor comes very close. With its built-in DRAM and enhanced PDAF providing a number of benefits, along with the Real-Time Tracking AF feature, it seems a fair tradeoff. All in all, with its new capabilities and solid image quality, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII looks like one of the most compelling compacts available.

I guess it’s the bigger 24-200mm lens that makes it performs worse than the RX100 versions with the 24-70mm lens

First review of the new Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE lens

Image by Christophe Anagnostopoulos

Christophe Anagnostopoulos posted the first review of the new Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE lens:

A great option in the medium telephoto range, an ideal prime lens for ambient light images and videos, like portraits, landscapes and street shots, with excellent optical quality, smooth bokeh, fast and accurate autofocus, packed in a solid build and premium looking body, and all that, in a very competitive and affordable price which is going to establish it in the top ranks of the demanding mirrorless market.

Here is also a quick autofocus test video:

Tokina preorder at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.

First reviews proof the new Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is an excellent lens!

You can now preorder the new Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO APS-C E-mount lens at BHphoto and VenusOptics (worldwide shipment).

Opticallimits tested the X-mount version and concluded:

Not all Laowa lenses are excellent but some are and the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is certainly among them. Canon, Fujifilm & the likes have reasons to get a little nervous by now. As of today, Laowa is still a niche player today but once they’ll be able to source the necessary parts for implementing AF and electronic coupling, they’ll be heading straight for the mainstream.

Also other reviewers like Christopher Frost, Micael Widell and Jonas Rask came to the same excellent conclusions!


The new Voigtländer 50mm FE is the sharpest lens ever tested by Marc Alhadeff

Marc Alhadeff tested the new Voigtländer 50mm FE lens and this is the sharpest lens he ever tested! He writes:

The Voigltänder 50mm F2 Apo Lanthar is an exceptional lens which redefines what sharpness is on A7RIV. It excels at close distance for portrait (very good color rendition and smooth background) and is excellent for distant subject like landscape or architecture with an incredible level of detail and an excellent contrast. Its small form factor and very good ergonomics make it a pleasure to use on day to day

The only other lens that can come close to this optical quality for a 50mm is the  Sony Planar T* 50mm F1.4 Zeiss  which share similar sharpness in the centre but is less consistent that the Voigtlander. However its F1.4 aperture & AF and smoother rendering will please more to the majority of photographers

If you looking for the best 50mm for portrait and street landscape  and you are ok with manual focus and F2 , this is the best lens you can get

Get the Voigtlander 50mm FE at BHphoto and WexUK.