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March 26, 2018
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Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D review at Opticallimits: “is pretty good indeed”


Laowa 9mm f/2.8 APS-C E-mount lens is now available for preorder at VenusLens Store.

Opticallimits (former Photozone) tested the new Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D. They tested ther X-mout version but the conclusion are 100% valid for the E-mount version too:

Extreme ultra-wide lenses are never perfect. Keeping this in mind the Laowa is pretty good indeed. It’s super-sharp in the image center and if you avoid f/2.8, the borders/corners are decent. Lateral CAs are generally not an issue. Image distortions are extremely low for a lens of this focal length – and that’s without image auto-correction. The primary weakness is vignetting which is rather extreme at max aperture. However, at medium aperture settings, it’s a lesser issue outside of lab conditions. Flare in strong contra-light can produce quite a bit of glare – a generally weaker aspect in Laowa lenses it seems.

The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D may have some shortcomings but that being said we really enjoyed using the lens out there. In real life, the fully manual character wasn’t really an issue. Given the depth-of-field of a 9mm lens you can pretty much guess the focus distance and if needed for close-ups, you can just use magnified focus view in your camera. For most of us, a 9mm lens is quite exotic already thus it shouldn’t be a burden when carrying it. The form and size factor is pretty perfect if these are your constraints as well. We heard that the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is pretty popular among the drone folks. The 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D has the potential to do the job (and more) on APS-C mirrorless cameras.

Preorder the lens now at VenusLens Store.


March 22, 2018
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First real world test of the new Sigma 135mm and 35mm FE lens by Chris Chu

The one thing that makes those new native Sigma FE lenses interesting is that Sigma said autofocus will be much better than on the MC-11. Our reader Chris Chu is the only person so far who got one of these native FE lenses and what he writes sounds promising:

“Got the FE 135/F1.8 ART lens. AF Performance is as good as native lens, Eye-AF in burst shooting much better than 85GM

And he also got the 35mm FE:

Received the FE35/1.4 ART😝 Much sharper than Zeiss 35/1.4ZA, but the bokeh is not as smooth😐 AF performance and size/weight are at the same level

Here said he will soon share more info and images on our Sony A9 and Sony A7III facebook groups.

Sigma FE lens preorder links:
All lenses listed on one page at BHphoto (Click here). In detail:
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.

March 21, 2018
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Sony a7 III studio scene published at Dpreview. New tests Jared Polin, Imaging Resource, Biscuitsalive, Max Yuryev.

Dpreview added the A7III images to their studio scene database and writes:

Our studio scene suggests* that, if the a7 III has an anti aliasing filter, it’s extremely weak, designed to only filter excessively high frequency detail in the horizontal axis. It’ll be interesting to see what effect this has in the real world.

There are plenty of new A7rIII tests:

Sony A7III preorder links:
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.
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March 21, 2018
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New A7III reviews by Dan Watson and Cinema5D


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.

Dan Watson and Cinema5D posted their take on the new Sony A7III:

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March 20, 2018
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Very first two image samples shot with the new Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 FE lens

SAR reader Daze (Instagram, Youtube) was able to shortly test the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 at the Photography Show in the UK:

Here’s the 2 photos I took — http://bit.ly/tamron_2875_sony
They are RAW converted to JPG & exported at full res. No editing. They look really good in my eyes! Eye-AF worked great, although very slightly missed due to his glasses?
Taken on A7iii, 28mm & 75mm, both @ f2.8, both @ 1/125th, 28mm @ ISO640, 75mm @ ISO1000.

Click on those images to open the full size version:


Those images are copyrighted by Daze and used with permission.

The Tamron lens will ship in late April-early May. The price is rumored to be the same of the slower 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss (check at Amazon US and Amazon DE).

March 20, 2018
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Sony A7 III vs A7S2 – Detailed Comparison for Video Shooters

Max Yuryev made another of his super detailed and reliable videos. And the conclusion is that Sony really has to announce the new A7sIII soon. Because the A7III mostly dethrones the current A7sII.

Sony A7III preorder links:
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.
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March 18, 2018
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Sony A7III field test by TheCameraStoreTV: “a very strong camera”


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

TheCameraStoreTV finally posted their Sony A7III field test. And as expected they really like the new camera. Check it out:

 

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