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October 5, 2017
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Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 E-mount lens review by ePhotozine: “excellent photographic, creative qualities”

Image by ePhotozine

This is the cheapest fastest APS-C E-mount lens you can buy: It costs $169 on Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT and Amazon ES.

And ePhotozine posted the full lens review:

KamLan has a simple, ambitiously specified lens for a very low price. It is well made, performs well and, within the limitations of manual focus and lagging edge quality, it is still a lens that delivers something very useful. The bright f/1.1 aperture is one thing and the gorgeous bokeh is another. The lens is not technically perfect, but it does have excellent photographic, creative qualities that could be used to advantage. At £126, there is little to lose.


October 5, 2017
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First image samples show with the new and very fast 40mm f/1.2 Voigtlander FE lens


Image courtesy: Mapcamera

Mapcamera posted a set of image samples shot with the new 40mm f/1.2 FE lens. This lens looks so sexy on the A7 I might buy it too :)

The lens is listed without preorder option at BHphoto. It’s available in Europe in many stores like eBay.

UPDATE: Many more images have now been posted at Google Photos (Click here).

Voigtlander (フォクトレンダー) NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
絞り:F1.2/ シャッタースピード:1/1250秒 / ISO:100/ 使用機材:SONY α7II + Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
Voigtlander (フォクトレンダー) NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
絞り:F2/ シャッタースピード:1/1000秒 / ISO:100/ 使用機材:SONY α7II + Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
Voigtlander (フォクトレンダー) NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
絞り:F2/ シャッタースピード:1/60秒 / ISO:160/ 使用機材:SONY α7II + Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical

More images at Mapcamera.com/KASYAPA.php?itemid=31056&19&1&18

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Thanks Sven and Alexis!

October 4, 2017
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Manny Ortiz: Sony Full frame vs Sony Crop sensor. Is there a difference?

Manny sent me the link to his video with this text:

In my video, I shoot with a full frame and crop sensor camera to compare the final images and the results are pretty surprising (Not really) The message of the video is that there isn’t much difference between the photos coming from both types of cameras and other factors play a bigger role!

October 4, 2017
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Samyang 24mm FE Tilt Shift review by Marc Alhadeff

I think it’s the first time I see a review of the Samyang 24mm FE Tilt Shift lens for Sony. Marc Alhadeff conclusion is:

If you look at the other tilt shift lenses you could use on a Sony you have the Nikon or Canon ones at 2000 euros. Is the Samyang costing a little bit less 1000 euros worth it ?

  • It is well built , only the knobs are a little bit small and in plastic (long term durability ?)
  • In architecture , the shift mode allow to get very good results at F11 from centre to borders
  • Distorsion is an issue but can be corrected manually or by taking as a proxy the Samyang 21mm F1.4
  • For the tilt effect you can get the Scheimpflug type of effects , but tuning a tilt is a delicate operation that is requiring a tripod to be at ease

I would recommend the lens for the hobbyist willing to do a lot of architecture,

If you are pro , it is certainly worth to invest in the Canon 24mm Tilt Shift with the Sigma MC11 adaptor to mount it on your A7 body. This one has much less distorsion and better sharpness at apertures wider than F11, and will be able to transmit exif data to the body (Lens name + aperture)

Full review at sonyalpha.blog/2017/09/20/samyang-24mm-f3-5-tilt-shift-ed-as-umc/

The Samyang T/S lens sells for $799 on BHphoto.

September 28, 2017
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New RX10IV tests by CameraLabs, Fstoppers and Rangefinderonline

Gordon from CameraLabs posted that 1 hour(!!!) video review of the RX10IV. And two more previews have been posted by Fstoppers and Rangefinderonline.

Sony RX10m4 at Amazon, Bhphoto and Adorama.
RX0 at Amazon, Bhphoto and Adorama.

September 27, 2017
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Voigtlander 65mm FE test by Kasson: “spectacular performance”

Jim Kasson posted a three part review of the new Voigtlander 65mm f/2.0 macro FE lens.

I don’t think I’ve seen this level of on-axis sharpness on the a7RII before. 
To give you an idea what a spectacular performance this is, compare it to the very sharp Soony 90 mm f/2.8 macro at the same f-stop and reproduction ratio. The green channel peak with the 90 is about 1700 cy/ph, and compare that to the  2300 cy/ph peak of the Apo-Lanthar.
I am seriously impressed.

Jim is a damn serious reviewer…so if he says it than this is a real winner lens!
The lens is now in Stock at BHphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
September 27, 2017
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Kerlee 35mm f/1.2 FE lens in Stock at Amazon (new review by Christopher Frost)

The Kerlee 35mm f/1.2 FE lens is now in Stock at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon DE and Amazon UK.

Christopher Frost tested the lens:

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