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July 6, 2018
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Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport in the field with Sony A9 (Alex Phan)

Alex Phan tested the Sigma 150-600mm on the Sony A9. He posted images samples and videos on Facebook: Part One, Part Two and Part Three. He writes:

As we all know, Sony 100-400 G master is the best native lens when pairing with A9 /A7 III / A7R III.This field report is strictly for 2 purposes: 1. Can it focus fast as the G master? 2. How is the IQ compare to the G master?
After a half slow action shooting the Falcon today, i’m happy to report that this Sigma 150-600 Sport can hang with the G master. 🙂

Pros:
* You get ALL natives features. Be able to retain “zone” focus for BIF is a huge advance.
* Super fast AF as 100-400G Master.
* Fast focus between close/far distant.
* Lower price compare to G master (You can pick up new for $1800 and $1200 for used)
* Extra 200mm
* f/6.3 at 600mm vs f/8 on Sony G master with 1.4x TC

Cons:
* Heavy
* The zoom ring placement is further out vs Sony G Master. This create friction on the MC11 and the Camera mount as if you keep rotate or using the push/pull method. This also make your arm tired if you’re out in the field for a long time.
* Front heavy. Not balance for handheld.
* Zoom creep. It will just slide out from 150 too 600 if you don’t lock it. With Sony, you have the option to control it.

Conclusion:

This is a great alternative for anyone that already have the Sigma lenses or thinking about buying it due to the price. You can track the fastest flying bird (falcon) or the most crazy erratic movement (swallow bird) with this Sigma lens.

I wasn’t able to asset further IQ quality of this lens due to the slow activity on my visit today. I wasn’t able to take more picture to do a compare with the G master. As for AF speed, it is a passed from me.


July 3, 2018
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Zonlai 22mm f/1.8 lens review with samples by Christopher Frost

In March Zonlai announced a new 22mm f/1.8 APS-C E-mount lens. You can buy it on Amazon US in Black or Silver finish. It’s also available in Europe through Amazon DE and Amazon UK.

Christopher Frost just tested this lens:

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.

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