New Sigma 85mm f/1.4 vs Sony Zeiss 85mm f/1.4

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Sigma recently introduced a new [shoplink 5600]85mm f/1.4 HSM lens[/shoplink] for Sony. The question now is: How does the Sigma compare with the $450 more expensive [shoplink 5601]Sony Zeiss 85mm f/1.4[/shoplink]? You can find the very first comparison at Dpreview forum here and here. So what do you think?

You can preorder the Sigma lens at [shopcountry 5600] Check the price and availability of the Sony/Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 at [shopcountry 5601]

Sony Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 review at Kurtmunger

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Our friend Kurt Munger just posted the new Sony Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 review (Click here to read the full review): “The Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm F/2 lens is expensive, but is it worth the price? As I explained above, it has some really good qualities, and a few flaws for a very expensive lens, it all depends on what’s important to you. Based on some preliminary tests, I’d say if you own the [shoplink 3034]CZ 16-35mm[/shoplink] and/or [shoplink 4835]CZ 24-70mm[/shoplink], and won’t need F/2, then you probably won’t benefit from the CZ 24mm[/shoplink]. However, F/2 is a whole stop faster than F/2.8, that’s a big part of the additional expense, and very important when doing hand-held shooting in low light.

Check the current Zeiss 24mm price at [shopcountry 3037] (Click shopnames to visit the direct product page).

Kipon EOS to NEX adapter with built in aperture control.

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I can imagine that some of our readers do own Canon lenses they would love to use on their NEX cameras. Until today you had no way to control the aperture of the Canon lenses using the currently available adapters. Kipon now provides a solution for your problem. they made an [shoplink 5561]EOS to NEX adapter[/shoplink] with built-in aperture control! You can find a review including image samples at the japanese website DC.watch (Click here). They tested the 50mm f/1.4 USM and 24-70mm f/2.8 Canon lenses.
If you have “Canon-friends” you might mention them the adapter to help them to buy a into the NEX system ;)

Check out current Kipon adapter auctions at [shoplink 5559]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].

More new Sony A33/55 reviews…

Geek.com tested the SonyA55 translucent camera. But they prefer the Canon rebels over the Translucent cameras: “There are a number of aspects about the Sony A55 that I really like. The camera has great technology, it takes awesome video (with excellent full-time AF while shooting), has built in GPS, ISO 12800, and it has all the perks of a pellicle mirror. It’s not without its problems though: the camera seems like it could use a firmware upgrade (past v1.10), the GPS was wonky, and the sensor overheating made shooting video a pain when it should have been a great experience. I’m still impressed with the A55, and it could be a good choice if you need something that takes excellent (short) videos, but I wouldn’t recommend it over cameras like the T2i/T3i.

The french website Alpha-Numerique posted the second part of their A55 review. They went to a theatre to test the A55 performance. They found that the AF speed, EVF and Image stabilization features are very useful features for theatre video works because it makes it possible to work in very low-light conditions.

And to finish cameralabs updated their Sony A33 review (To be honest I don’t remember what parts have been changed but I have been told that they did change the article).

Direct Sony A55 shop links [shopcountry 3617] Direct Sony A33 shop links [shoplink 3620]

New Sony A55 review at Photographyblog

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Photographyblog posted their new [shoplink 3617]Sony A55[/shoplink] review: “The Sony A55 turns conventional design on its head to provide what is in many ways a better user experience than traditional DSLRs can achieve, at a price point that Canon and Nikon must be worried about.“…”The Sony A55 is a great marriage of new and old, competitively priced to take on the best that mid-range DSLRs and Compact System Cameras can offer, and surpassing both in many ways. Highly Recommended.

Click those links to visit the A55 page and check price and availability: [shopcountry 3617]

The next A55 vs A580 comparison at Dkamera

The german website Dkamera (Click here) created a nice Sony [shoplink 3617]A55[/shoplink] vs [shoplink 5509]A580[/shoplink] comparison tool. There is no need to read german to play with it! You can select the ISO and RAW or JPG option to compare the image quality. You can select daylight, night and flash image samples. Cool! And now let us know. Which camera shows the better results?

Check A55 price and availability at [shopcountry 3617] (Click on shop name to visit the direct product page).
Check A580 price and availability at [shopcountry 5509]

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New Sony A580 review at techradar (DxO supports the A580)


Lately we read many positive reviews about the A55 and the A580. But Techradar doesn’t agree with all of them. They tested the A580 and gave them a Overall score of 3/5 only! They didn’t like the Image Quality results: “Although the majority of images are accurate enough, the camera does have a tendency of making them a little too warm. This, together with the odd underexposure, can produce dense-looking results, although the system also shows a tendency to veer towards unexpected coldness at times, which is particularly noticeably when the same scene is shot from a slightly different perspective. In summary, the A580 is clearly capable of capturing good images with plenty of detail, but leaving it to its automated settings doesn’t always produce the desired result.

Read the full review at Techradar and feel free to share yout thoughts about their test results.

Meanwhile ThePhoBlographer posted the third part of the A580 field review.

P.s.: DxO Optics Pro v6.5.4 adds support for the Sony A580

Direct shop links (Click on shop name to visit the product page and check price and availability):
Sony A580 at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE, AmazonFR, AmazonUK, eBay