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July 2, 2018
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German “Stiftung Warentest” says top three best cameras are all Sony’s

There is and will always be some pro Sony fanboy reviewers and some anti Sony testers. But the German Stiftung Warentest is certainly known to be a neutral review platform. From Wikipedia:

Stiftung Warentest is a German consumer organisation and foundation involved in investigating and comparing goods and services in an unbiased way.

So what are their unbiased testing results about the current best FF cameras? Florian translated their findings posted on N–tv.de:

Stiftung Warentest has crowned 3 Sony cameras as best full frame cameras on the market. It’s the leading independent testing service in Germany and is highly recognised as truthful and reasonable. Amazing news for Sony in Germany. And even more buzz for them.

Here is the ranking (lower numbers are better):

  1. Sony A7III with 1.5 points (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
  2. Sony A7rIII with 1.6 points (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
  3. Sony A99II with 1.7 points (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
  4. Nikon D850 with 1.8 points
  5. Pentax K-1II with 2.0 points
  6. Pentax K-1 with 2.0 points
  7. Canon EOS 5D IV with 2.0 points
  8. Canon EOS 6D II with 2.1 points

Fanboys share this news, anti-Sony folks I wanna see your fantasy arguments now :)

 


June 30, 2018
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TheCameraStoreTV: Sony a7 III Rodeo Field Test with Todd Korol

TheCameraStoreTV:

The Sony a7 III mirrorless camera is impressive, especially considering the price point. But, is it a contender for a professional photographer who usually shoots this style of work with the powerhouse Canon EOS 5D Mark IV?
Evelyn Drake joins award-winning photojournalist Todd Korol at a couple of Alberta’s small-town rodeos to put the a7 III to the test capturing the rodeo action and the atmosphere in wet, muddy conditions.
All images in this episode were photographed by Todd Korol.

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 28, 2018
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First Sony 400mm FE size comparisons

Preorder links (USA preorders open on Friday at 9am NYC time):
400mm f/2.8 FE at BHphoto and Adorama. In EU at Calumet.de and ParkCamera.

CameraSize added the new Sony 400mm FE lens in their database. On top you can see the new Sony vs the Canon. They don’t have the Nikon 400mm in their database so the best I can give you is this screenshot from Matt Grangers comparison:

The Sony is the shortest of the three by a small amount. But the real advantage is the lower weight and the better weight distribution. And than of course the faster in lens linear focusing mechanism.

This is a screnshot from Northrups video:

June 27, 2018
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World’s first comparison between the new Sony 400mm and the Canon-Nikon lenses by Matt Granger

Preorder links (open on Friday at 9am NYC time):
400mm f/2.8 FE at BHphoto and Adorama.

Matt Granger made de world’s first comparison between the new Sony 400mm (SEL400F28GM), the Canon 400mm and the Nikon 400mm lenses. Pixel Peepers can download the 369mb ZIP file with RAW files on his website (Click here). Matt says:

Lighter, fast and optically superior – the Sony lens is damned impressive! However there are two issues…

The quirks are minor (but still annoying). Hopefully Sony can address them right in time when the lens will ship this September. Here is the video:

 

June 27, 2018
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From Big to Small: 20mm E-mount lens size comparison


via CameraSize

This is the size comaprison between the current three 20mm E-mount lenses (two for FF and one for APS-C).

Links to the three 20mm lenses:
Sigma 20mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Tokina 20mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Sony 20mm 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 27, 2018
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New Sigma 105mm FE test by Miguel Quiles (Sigma FE tests by Marc Alhadeff, Dustin Abbott, Hunter Press, Photographyblog)

Miguel Quiles tested the EF mount version of my favorite new Sigma lens: The 105mm f/1.4 Bokeh Monster. He adapted in on the Sony but keep in mind the native version should have faster AF.

Below you can find more reviews of the new Sigma FE lenses:

New Sigma FE lenses:
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.

Marc Alhadeff review of the Sigma 85mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art:

If you are in the search of max image quality whatever the size, then this lens can give you amazing results.
If you are more looking for a very good portrait lens for day to day use, then the Sony 85mm F1.8 & Sony 85mm F1.4 GM will be more suited for you

Marc Alhadeff review review of the Sigma 50mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art:

I am much more convinced by the Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art than by the Sigma 85mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art that is a monster to carry
It is a superb optic at a reasonable price vs other 50mm F1.4 and the size and weight are still acceptable for a day to day use even if on the heavy side

Photographyblog tested the 85mm FE:

In summary, the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM is a great addition to the Sony full-frame family, offering another high-quality 85mm lens option to the range. It is a very large and heavy 85mm lens by mirrorless standards, though, and certainly isn’t going to appeal to those who believe that a mirrorless system should be small and light.

June 25, 2018
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New Tamron 28-75mm FE reviews by Jordan Steele, Max Yuryev and Patrick Murphy-Racey

Jordan Steele from Admiringlight posted the full Tamron 28-75mm review and the conclusion is:

The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 is a fast standard zoom that is an excellent value for money. It’s rather sharp, and produces very pleasing images with a good overall image rendering. Bokeh can get a bit chunky at times, and there’s some distortion that you’ll have to correct, but when taken as a whole, the optical performance of the lens is quite good. Considering the reasonable $799 price tag, and the very high price of its competition, the bang for the buck is the best among all the standard zooms for the full-frame E mount.

In addition to the good optical quality and affordable price, the Tamron succeeds most due to its compact nature. In comparison with the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, the Tamron 28-75mm is so much lighter and easier to handle as a walk-around lens that it would be hard for me to entertain the GM even if their cost was similar. While improvements could be made, it’s a very solid effort from Tamron, and will fit the bill for a wide range of Sony shooters. I started out a bit wary of the lens, but have grown more and more fond of it the more I’ve used it. I’ve found it to be a very versatile lens with very good image quality, and it’s earned a permanent spot in my bag.

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

Tamron 28-75 F2.8 vs Sony 24-70 GM by Max:

Tamron 28-75 F2.8 vs Sony 24-105 F4 by Max:

And here is the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lens Review by Patrick Murphy-Racey:

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