October 13, 2017
Posted in reviews

DxO mark test: Sony 16-35mm GM is the Highest-rated wide-angle zoom!


DxOmark published the 16-35mm GM lens test results. And this has now become the Highest-rated wide-angle zoom! Read the conclusion:

The Sony’s Overall score of 42 puts it 6 points ahead of its nearest competitor, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, while its Sharpness score of 34 is a remarkable 10 points ahead.

Another big strength of the Sony is that its image quality remains very consistent across its entire focal range — a relief for those accustomed to having to remember to coddle their lenses if they are weak at some parts of their range. Sony’s sharpness, for example, is ahead of its competitors over its entire zoom range.

The lens is also impressive for its light transmission. While it may not seem exciting to say that a lens rated f/2.8 measures out at a T-Stop of 2.9, its competitors are all over 3. It is in the middle of the pack for vignetting — something fairly easy to address in post-processing — and has relatively little chromatic aberration, which is something much harder to correct after the fact.

With the new Sony EF 16-35mm f/2.8 lens, you are simply getting better quality images for about the same price you would pay for many of its f/2.8 wide-angle zoom competitors.

if you need a fast wide angle zoom this is a no brainer buy. Worth every cent! Get the 16-35mm GM Lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.


October 13, 2017
Posted in rumors

The “unofficial talk” on the Digital Splash show: Tamron ceased A-mount lens development and will make E-mount lenses only?


A SAR reader reported to me the unofficial talk he collected on the Digital Splash show. While this is just unofficial chatter it’s still interesting to know what managers are spilling out on those kind of events:

News I took from sony at digital splash:
The people at the sony stand told me either sony is workig to get E mount lens line up to rival A mount selection before making more A mount lenses or the person said, it is possible no more lenses will be made but cameras will definately continue to be developped atleast for the next couple of years.
Tamron….it is with a very heavy heart that tamron have now ceased all future A mount lens development and instead are shifting focus to E mount and fuji mount, the price of A mount for some reason has shot up in recent times which paired with the shrinking A mount market share has led them the call it a day, all recent releases will be fullfilled up untill a certain point which wasn’t specified.
After having lengthy discussions with tamron through this year, it is looking more likely we will see sports/wildlife primes in the medium distant future(2-4 years) specifically 600mm f4 and 400mm f2.8.
The only lens maker currently actively developing new A mount lenses is venus optics via the Laowa lenses line.
Sad day, but i did try the A9, it is a nice camera, controls are fiddly coming from an a99ii, my fingers still get wedged between grip and lens neck so it would be great to see a slightly fattened out version of the A9, possibly with an a99ii style body but with E mount lens system.
Af on the a9 is shockingly good, even in a dimly lit room using the 24-70gm it picked focus almost instantly from infinity to near subject.
C’mon sony, make a 45mp 14fps A9r and let me finally lose the mirror.
As a funny end note, the display version of the A mount 500mm f4 that is used for shows and events was broken during a recent event, a man was changing lenses and instead of break his own gear he let the 500mm f4 go for the sake of saving his camera and lens. 

Tamron only has one native E-mount lens in their lineup. The Tamron 18-200mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

October 13, 2017
Posted in rumors

Is Sonys a9 sensor being used for both the new Venice and the future A7sIII?

The Japanese site Image no-mania (a sensor guru blog) thinks A9 sensor is nearly the same used by the new VENICE camcorder. That means the α9 sensor potentially can do 4k60fps or 6k24fps. If (again a big if) the new A7sIII (or a9s) has this sensor we can expect it to record 4k 60fps.
Note: Before you start saying that the A9 video features have been crippled down by Sony. While the sensor might be capable of 4K60fps you would need the processor to be designed to be a video workhorse. And you have to design the body in a way to avoid quick overheating.
October 13, 2017
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Native 85mm E-Mount Primes and the Sony FE 85 F/1.8

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
The Sony 16-35 f/2.8 GM vs Sony Zeiss 16-35 f/4 for Landscape Photography by Albert Dros.
5 Storage Solutions for Aerial Photos and Cinematography (Explora).
Profoto B1X for Sony tested at ThePhoBlographer.
Filmpower Orvi Crane (Personal View).
70-200mm GM review by Phillip Reeve.

Chuck:Yesterday (9/16/17) I photographed my first Division 1 College Football Game at West Virginia University. The attached photo is WVU WR # 2 Ka’Raun White catching a 28 yd TD Pass from QB Will Grier at 10:45 in the 2nd Qtr.  
My camera settings: 1/2500s, f/5.6, 100mm, ISO 500
I shot the entire game with my Sony A9 and the 100-400 G Master Lens.  I also used the 24-70 GM and the 12-24 G lenses to capture other environmental elements in order to tell the whole story of the day.
It was an awesome experience!
A few action shots here:  http://www.twotwentystudios.com/Sports/WVU-Football-v-Del-St-09-16-17/

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October 12, 2017
Posted in news

Images of the modified A7 Full Frame E-mount camera without EVF!


A Chinese member of the Xitek forum shared these pictures of his Full Frame E-mount camera wihtout EVF. He modified the Sony A7 by removing the EVF on top of the camera. It now has become a sort of Full Frame a6500 camera. The forum members clearly liked his “creation” and maybe Sony should really consider to make such a camera.

Click on these pictures to see how he modified the camera:

Just a reminder: Sony actually once patented a FF compact camera without the top EVF:

October 12, 2017
Posted in reviews

First full review of the new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 FE lens: “excellent image at a pleasingly wallet-friendly price”


The lens is now in stock at Amazon (Click here).

We have the first full review of the new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 FE lens via Photographyblog. The only real downside of this lens is purple-fringing at f/1.2. But that’s not a major issue if you take time to correct this in post. But this is really the only “cons” of this lens:

The 40mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical is another sharp, well-built and compact standard prime lens from Voigtlander that offers an addictively fast, if somewhat tricky to use, maximum aperture of f/1.2. Combined with the 10-blade aperture and a 35mm full-frame Sony camera, with a certain amount of patience it’s possible to create some beautiful bokeh effects. The manual focusing experience is once again top-class and the clicked/de-clicked aperture ring is a great touch.
In summary, the Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 Nokton Aspherical offers a compelling bland of compact size, excellent image quality and sheer speed, all at a pleasingly wallet-friendly price.

This is a “home run” lens from Voigtlander. Personally the only thing that holds me back is the 40mm focal length. I would have preferred it to be a tack wider. And maybe some of you would have preferred it to be a tack closer.

UPDATE: Marc Alhadeff just posted his 40mm FE review:

Overall the Voigtländer 40mm F1.2 is a very nice lens with a unique character , however as I was not as impressed as the stellar  Voigltänder 65mm F2 Macro Apo Lanthar. The lens is not for everyone, you will need to be patient and practice to be able to get decent manual focus at F1.2

October 12, 2017
Posted in rumors

Speculating about the possible A7sIII specs


On October 18 (+1 or -1 day) Sony will announce a new camera. Of that I am 1000% sure. And the chances are good that this might be the new A7sIII. All we know from a reliable source is that it has the same A9 PDAF. All the rest is speculation for now.

Dominik Kutrowski from our Sony A7sIII facebook group shared this:

I was on a sony alpha day this weekend. Some employees from Sony were present. One of them told me, that there are rumors about a Sony a9s, that combines the low light caps of the Sony a7s II with the incredible sensor of the Sony a9. There could be also features like 4k60p and a complete new gamma profile. He said that he can’t confirm that properly, but that it’s very possible.

If Dominik info is correct (which we obviously cannot take for granted) this sounds like an A9 camera trimmed for video. If true I hope Sony improved the A9: For example real advanced touchscreen features, two FAST SD card slots, articulating screen and so on.

Anyway, that’s just speculation. What are you hoping to see on the new A7sIII?


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