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September 16, 2017
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September 13, 2017
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RX10m4 test roundup

Above you can see the RX10m4 tour video from Gary Fong. Below you can see the Touch Focus test from Hugh Brownstone and few more tests:

Hands-on pictures at Dpreview.

September 11, 2017
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Kai tests the new Laowa 15mm FE lens

Get the lens at BHphoto, Adorama and

Kai tested the new 15mm FE Zero Distortion lens:

September 10, 2017
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New lens reviews by Mark Galer, Photographyblog, SonyAlphaLab, Marc Alhadeff

Lens review: Sony FE 100-400 F/4.5-5.6 GM OSS
1.4X Tele Converter Album:
FE 100-400 F/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Album:

Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G Review by Photographyblog:

The Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G is a very good, if pricey, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Sony A9/A7/A7R II/A7S full-frame cameras. It delivers excellent sharpness in the centre of the frame almost throughout the full aperture and zoom range and also performs very well at the edges of the frame too, although the performance at 24mm isn’t as good as the rest of the zoom range. The Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G lens does suffer from some distortion and vignetting, but chromatic aberrations are very well-controlled and it can even create some fairly nice bokeh effects when shooting wide-open at 24mm.
Lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review by SonyAlphaLab:

The images produced by the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens are optically phenomenal at the end of the day in my opinion. I would not mind having this lens in my stable at all! If I were shooting weddings for example with the Sony A9 or Sony A7r II, I would certainly have this lens mounted most of the time for my style of shooting.
Lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

Marc Alhadeff tested the new Tokina 20mm FE lens:

The Borders / corners are clearly less good than the centre wide open and this persist until F4, at F5.6-F8 you get consistent excellent results across the frame
Lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

September 9, 2017
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Confirmed with actual measurements: A7rII has Higher DR than the new Nikon D850 (except ISO 64)

Photonstophotos now published the real world Dynamic Range measurements of the new Nikon D850. And with the exception of ISO 64 and 400 the 2,5 years older Sony A7rII performed better across the entire ISO range.

Just to be clear, we are talking about minor differences that will certainly not make your photos better and worse. What is interesting about this test is:

1) There has been no DR progress on the D850 compared to the 2,5 year older Sony camera.
2) Sony needs to add a serious native ISO 64 support to squeeze out the best performance (Note: As reported by Jim Kasson the A7rII has a “fake” ISO 64 setting).
3) Sony might has reserved the top edge tech for the 2018 Sony A7rIII model (Note: Nikon surely uses Sony manufactured sensors).

And to not pass as a Sony fanboy. From a usability point of view the D850 beats hands down the Sony. Sony needs to improve a lot and with the A9 they surely did show they are on the right path on this.

Reminder: $200 off and free extras on the A7rII at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.

September 9, 2017
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Using the Sony A9 20fps to shoot a movie

The video above has been shot using the 20fps feature of the Sony A9. You tell me if it works :)

This is the behind the scenes video:

Sony A9 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

via Petapixel

September 5, 2017
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Voigtländer 65mm macro FE review by Marc Alhadeff

65mm at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama

Marc Alhadeff posted the full 65mm macro lens review. This is his conclusion:

The Voigltänder 65mm F2 Macro Apo Lanthar is an exceptional lens with a strong character.

  • Exceptional sharpness across the whole frame wide open at F2
  • Excellent color rendition
  • Reasonable price for the performance (900 euros)
  • nice sunstars effects
  • build like a tank

but you will need to live accommodate with

  • Some CA
  • Odd focal length : 65mm
  • Bokeh good in close distance , less good at longer distance
  • Only 1:2 magnification
  • Focusing ring precise in macro but less precise for portrait, street photography

For me this lens will be terrific for portraits , street photography , some details shooting, proxy photography, but for real macro, I still prefer Sony 90mm macro that I find better suited with its 1:1 magnification

Red his full review at SonyAlphaBlog.

The lens is now in Stock at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.

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