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November 18, 2017
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Full Size image samples shot with the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 E-mount lens

You can check out full size samples shot on the new Sigma lens at Sigma Canada and Sigma Global.

For $449 you get this new fast lens at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera and Wex UK. Shipment start is November 22.

 

Sigma CEO Yamaki-San talks about the new lens:


November 18, 2017
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New A7rIII Pixel Shift report by Darren Soh and Albert Dros

Albert Dros (video on top) tested the Pixel Shift feature and concludes:

This function is not a gimmick, it really works. Will I use it as a landscape photographer? I will definitely try. I love to shoot images with as much detail as possible. In reality I will often not be able to use this function because of moving subjects. However, as I am blending images lots of times I can definitely see this function being integrated in my photography. Think of very fine stones on buildings, churches, mostly ancient structures. I would sometimes see slight moire when shooting these. Shooting with Pixel Shift completely eliminates the moire. I could blend a pixel shift image with ‘normal’ images to overcome the moving scene issues. There are definitely possibilities in which I will use this technique. It’s super fast to activate anyway, and if you have your camera on your tripod waiting for a sunset, why not shoot a pixel shift image while you’re waiting?

Darren Soh (Click on image on top) shared his Pixel Shift test findings on our Sony A7rIII Facebook group:

A7rIII pixel shift comparison.
Because of the 1 sec lag in between each of the four exposures, pixel shift imaging has unfortunately been quite limited. Once you are shooting outdoors, many things can happen in the +/-4 secs that you need to get the shot. So I decided to shoot my bookshelf instead. But even then, at 100% the differences were quite subtle.
So this is what I did. I up-rezed both 16 BIT TIFF files that came from the Sony Imaging Edge software in Adobe Photoshop using the new Preserve Details 2.0 algorithm and only then (with an approximately 95 MP file) did the differences show.
So I learnt something today – if you used pixel shift successfully, you’ll be able to interpolate the resulting file 100% with little loss in detail.
Amazing indeed, if only Sony would cut the lag time in the future.

Eddy Hagen (Click on image on top) sent me this:

I got my A7R III yesterday and today I wanted to test the Pixel Shift Multi Shooting. I’ve taken a few pictures and there is definitely a big difference. Attached is a screenshot from Photoshop, at 200%, with at the left the regular image, at the right the PSMS. Both images were converted with the default settings in the Imaging Edge software. The subject is part of an artwork, a screenprint.
I’ve just send out a tweet about it (@insights4print), by mid next week I’ll publish a full report on this at https://www.insights4print.ceo.

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

November 17, 2017
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Sony a7R III added to Dpreview’s studio scene comparison

Dpreview added the A7rIII to their Studio Comparison Tool. SAR readers are welcome to discuss their findings. Seems like the A7rIII has more chromatic aberration and bit more sharpness than the previous A7rII. Noise handling seems to be improved too (Note the Canon in this comparison only goes up to 12800 ISO):

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

November 16, 2017
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Sony A7rIII tests roundup (Untitledshot, Jason Lanier, Patrick Murphy-Racey)

Josselin Cornoufrom “Untitledshot” posted this video on top and also made some RAW images available for free download here: hive.co/l/sonya7r3raw. Hew writes:

“The Sony A7r3 is coming, and it feels like an important iterative upgrade over the A7r2. After trying it, it should purely be an update around increasing your productivity, with a better AF, 10FPS, longer battery life, dual SD card and a better grip.
On the image quality side, it is hard to justify upgrading to the A7r3. The image quality is so similar to the A7r2 that I was not – with the current Camera RAW processor – able to find any differences.
Pixel shift may seems like a good feature, but it requires a software to edit the file. No – the camera won’t do the stitching for you. You cannot see the result right away – I think it is a big limiting factor, especially for outdoors/landscape photography. Also the lack of playmemories software might be a limiting factor for those who were relying on apps.
On the other side, I was really impressed by the 24-105mm, the file won’t resolve 42mp, but still – this may be the first decent  all around lens for the Sony A7/A9 series.
P.S.: I also uploaded a quick Slow motion video of the two shutters: https://youtu.be/7L1B1WqZTmU.”

And here we got some more new A7rIII tests:

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

November 16, 2017
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RX10 IV tested by Dpreview: “the most wholly capable all-in-one camera package money can buy”

Dpreview posted their RX10IV review:

The Sony RX10 IV is – as of publishing – is the most wholly capable all-in-one camera package money can buy. It is truly a fully-realized RX10 III and the perfect option for anyone seeking a camera that can handle high-quality stills and video duty with total ease. From run-and-gun video shooters, to multimedia news reporters to travelers seeking a camera that can do it all: the RX10 IV is for you.

RX10IV at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

 

November 12, 2017
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Very first Sony A7rIII Pixel Shift mode test by DPreview: “All details are clearer, crisper”

Dpreview posted the very first test of the new Sony A7rIII

“It’s like a veil has been lifted off your scene: something landscape photographers will simply love. All details are clearer, crisper, and there is no hint of moiré anywhere.”

I checked their studio comparison tool and I am seriously impressed. Which makes it even more frustrating because you can use it only in very specific situations.

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

November 12, 2017
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First a7rIII unboxing video and buffer test

This is the very first A7rIII unboxing video:

Jason Lanier also made this A7rIII buffer test:

Sony A7R III – Hands-On First Look and Sample Photos:

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

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