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June 14, 2018
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A7III weather sealing test bi Jim Kasson

Jim Kasson made an interesting A7III battery door weather sealing test. As we know from the previous Imaging Resource testing the battery compartment seems to be the weak spot on the new generation A7rIII and A7III cameras. Jim conclusion:

It appears that the flow comes from the hinge area and that the flow is mostly over the top of the hinge, which is why it takes a fair amount of water to get the floodgates to open. The RRS plate makes an effort to seal the top of the hinge, but it’s not working well. Looking at the camera itself, there is no soft material that mates with the top of the hinge, so this flooding over the top is likely to occur at least as badly with cameras that have no plate attached.

This explains why some users have reported no problems when setting the camera down on wet surfaces, and others have had flooding — it depends on how deep the water is. It is possible, and even likely, that there will be leakage with small amounts of water given enough time. I only gave the camera a minute or so to deal with the small amount of water before I increased the depth.

I hope the Sony will fix this design issue in time for the new A7sIII.

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 14, 2018
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The size comparison between the three Sigma-Samyang-Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lenses

The three lenses do have about the same length. So which one would you get? I think in terms of price-quality balance the Sigma wins. The Zeiss on the other hand gives you a nice aperture ring and probably a tiny better AF performance. If you are on budget you save the Samyang just got a discount making it by far the cheapest of the the three.

Links to the three 35mm lenses:
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Sigma 35mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Samyang 35mm 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.

June 13, 2018
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New RX100VI tests by Kai, Cinema5d, Techradar and Rakichevich

Sony RX100VI at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, FocusCamera and BestBuy. In EU at Calumet Germany and Wex UK.
Sony VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip at BHphoto, Adorama and BestBuy.

Cinema5D checked if the new camera is any good for Vloggers:

The Sony RX100 VI is a truly compact camera, baring nice features, like the 200mm ultra zoom and tilted screen. But with a price tag of $1200 and very limited audio capabilities, I cannot see many Vloggers using it. In my opinion, it is very much of an “Engineering product” and not a “User product”, meaning, it is clearly a product that wants to be noticed but on the expense of usability. If the video functionality of this camera is important to Sony – especially as it is being marketed to Vloggers – I do hope that they will take some notes and try to improve the usability and functionality of the related video functions in the next generation, hopefully.

Nino Rakichevich tested it shortly for Alphauniverse:

I only had a chance to use the camera for about a week, but after shooting with it on the streets of New York and Los Angeles, I’m planning on buying one and adding it to my bag as soon as I can. Here are some of my favorite photos from my days shooting with the new Sony RX100 VI.

Techaradar writes:

Should you buy one? In many ways this is one of the best compact cameras out there – certainly, when it comes to performance there’s nothing else that can touch it, while the images from the 20.1-inch sensor are excellent. But the RX100 VI’s strength is also its weakness, with some of the tech that’s on tap – and which you’re paying a premium for – feeling a little like a sledgehammer for cracking nuts.

June 13, 2018
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New Tamron 28-75mm FE lens reviews

Tamron 28-75mm FE lens at BHphotoAmazon, BuyDig, FocusCamera and Adorama. In Europe at Amazon DE and WexUK.

Photographyblog writes:

The new Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD isn’t the best standard zoom lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras in terms of outright image quality, performance and build quality, but it is currently the best lens in terms of its cost to performance ratio, offering a lot of bang for not a lot of buck.
In summary, there’s a lot to like about the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD and not a lot to loathe.

June 12, 2018
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Size comparison between the new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 and Samyang 24mm f/2.8

CameraSize added the new Sigma 24mm ART lens and Samyang 24mm pancake in their CameraSize comparison tool. That Sigma lens is a beast in terms of size!

New Samyang:
24mm f/2.8 for $399 at BHphoto and Adorama.

New Sigma FE lenses:
All lenses listed on one page at BHphoto (Click here).
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 70mm macro for $569 at BHphoto and  Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for $1,599 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto and Adorama.

June 11, 2018
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New RX100VI tests by CameraLabs, Jason Vong, That1CameraGuy, PGN, Adorama, SonyMirrorlessPro, Dpreview

Preorders:
Sony RX100VI at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, FocusCamera, BuyDig and BestBuy. In EU at Calumet Germany and Wex UK.
Sony VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, BuyDig and BestBuy.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery updated at Dpreview.
Hands-On RX100 VI Review by Sony Mirrorless Pro.

June 9, 2018
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(UPDATED) Sony solved the star eating issue with the new A7III…or not?

The A7III kit is in Stock at BuyDig (Click here).

Alan Dyer (article here) shared a good news. He tested the new A7III for Astrophotography and the conclusion is:

“The Star Eater is gone. Stars are not smoothed out in long exposures.”

UPDATE: Jim Kasson has just started testing the A7III spatial filtering. And while there is no final conclusion yet it looks like the A7III may has not fixed this issue once and for all:

There was a recent posting to the effect that the spatial filtering (aka “Star Eater”) present in many a7x cameras and firmware releases at shutter speeds of longer than 3.2 seconds has been “fixed” in the a7III. The spatial filtering is different, but it has not disappeared.

This means we have to hold off and wait until Jim has made the complete testing.

via PetaPixel

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