Apr 272016
 

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FIRST LOOK: My 1st day with the new Olympus 300mm F/4 Pro Lens. It’s a Beauty!

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The Olympus 300mm F/4 Pro. Every now and again you get a product in your hands and say WOW, this IS QUALITY. I mean, I have never been a long telephoto guy, ever. I usually maxed out at 150mm though back many years ago I did own a Canon 70-300 DO and a 100-400 that I had loads of fun with. Either way, I am a standard 24, 35, 50, 75, 90 kind of guy, just what I am used to. When Olympus decided to ship me their new 300mm f/4 Pro which is a full pro lens weather sealed, built like a tank, and has on board IS as well as giving us a 600mm equivalent field of view. Yes, 600mm. You can even add the teleconverter on to make it even more insane.

Just two days ago this lens appeared on my doorstep, as if by magic a man in a brown shirt and shorts dropped it off! Was incredible, lol.

I have used this lens before, though VERY briefly. While in Austin with Olympus a while ago we were all able to use the 300mm for a few moments and then I knew it was quite special though using a 600mm equivalent lens, you need to be in some wide spaces or else forget it! Being in your kitchen with 600mm is not something that is useful. But shooting wildlife or sports or race cars or whatever you need 600mm worth of reach for, this will do the trick.

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My 1st thoughts after a day at the zoo with it is that it is incredibly sharp, easy to handhold and again, built to pro specs, very impressive. Of course, it should be used on a pro body like an E-M1 but I was using it on the newest PEN-F, which I just adore. This camera is so gorgeous, so slim, so nicely made and designed and the color and IQ are also top notch.

I will have a full review down the road of this incredible optic but I have never used a 300mm (or 600mm) quite this nice. It is well worth the cost of $2499 for someone who loves long telephoto primes of uncompromising quality. I mean, a Canon 600mm f/4 is over $11,000.  $2499 for the same equivilant FOV in an equally as well made lens, is quite, well, incredible. Olympus, to me, makes the best lenses next to Leica when it comes to size, color, quality and design and while this is a huge long lens and for a certain type of photography, Olympus knows how to make fantastic lenses and their Micro 4/3 system is still an amazing IQ machine here in 2016, with their bodies better than ever.

See my PEN-F review here if you missed that and take a look at the 1st samples below I shot yesterday at the zoo. FULL review with more samples will be coming soon BUT I just wanted to share my enthusiasm for this lens, it is so so beautiful!!! A 300MM DOES NOT SEEM TO GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS. In fact, for some, this lens may be a reason to shoot Olympus. It’s that good. 

You can order the Olympus 300mm F/4 Pro at B&H Photo or Amazon

CLICK ALL images for larger view. None have been edited. Most from RAW. All handheld with a PEN-F.

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PLEASE! I NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP THIS WEBSITE RUNNING, IT IS SO EASY AND FREEE for you to HELP OUT!

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Apr 252016
 

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FIRST LOOK! Voigtlander 15 f/4.5 III for Sony E-Mount! Awesome!

Lets face it, 15mm is WIDE. Ultra wide in my book, but sometimes it is just what you may need in tight quarters. Ever since the very 1st version of the Voigtlander 15mm, which was TINY, I have bene smitten with this lens. In the early days, the first two versions were not perfect when used on digital cameras. Even though the version 1 and 2 were Leica M mount, there was vignetting and color shifts when used on a Leica M9 or M 240. Same thing when adapted to be used on the Sony full frame A7 system.

It was not until Version III that things started looking very good for this lens as it did away with the color shifts and gave us a super wide with barely any distortion, no color shifts and great sharpness. The ONLY issue with Version III was using it on a Sony, the extreme corners were not as sharp as they should have been. This is an ongoing issue with some Leica M glass and the Sony A7 series of cameras. But overall, the M version III worked great on the Sony. EVen so, they made it even better now..

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HAVE NO FEAR, VOIGTLANDER IS HERE! They have now released the 15mm in Sony E Mount, which means they are optimized for E mount which should mean NO ISSUES AT ALL. I am happy to say after having the lens in hand for a day, it is one hell of a lens for the Sony system. Coming in at $799, this lens which was sent to me from CameraQuest to review is just about the same size as the M version. It is small, light and focusing it is a breeze. When you turn the focus barrel it instantly goes into magnify mode so you can get a good view of what you are focusing on. With its huge depth of field, focusing is quick and easy and even zone focus is usable if you so desire to venture into that area.

Now, I have only had it for a day and have not been out too much to use it but the 1st snaps I shot with it are just what I had expected and hoped for. The IQ is fantastic. Sharp and WIDE! I will be using it over the next 2-3 weeks and will eventually have a full review up, but for now, a few casual test snaps.

In my review I will compare it side by side with the Sony/Zeiss 16-35 at 16mm which I own. 

As always, click on them for better view! Full review soon!

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Apr 142016
 

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IN USE: The Leica T and the new 35 1.4 Summilux T Lens!

THIS IS AN “IN-USE” REPORT – Giving my thoughts after a week or so of use. Shorter than a full review, with plenty of image samples. Click ’em for larger! 

Hello to all of you here! It’s another beautiful day (90 degrees in sunny Phx AZ in mid April) and here I am looking at one hell of a gorgeous lens today. Now, I will admit up front that the Leica T camera is lagging today when it is compared to its competition, it just is and this is a fact. Yep, it is slower than most, not good for moving subjects as its C-AF is sluggo, it has a lag after every shot and will not give you cutting edge low light or high ISO shots that can compete with the newer cameras today (that are less expensive than the T), but then again, neither does a Leica M but it still has its charms and has many buying it at $6-7k, it’s the Leica way after all. We buy with our heart, at least I always have.

As for the Leica T, I expect that a new T model would be in the works by now, but who knows. Maybe, maybe not.

EVEN with that bit of info, and even though the T is not great at high speed, high ISO, or 2016 functionality (no built in EVF, no tilt LCD) when compared to newer APS-C offerings, it does one thing better than all of those other APS-C competitors and with this lens, even more so.

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With the new 35 1.4 Summilux T lens, the T has some new life breathed into it as this lens is a stunner, even outperforming the M version (if it were to be used on the T) and that is saying A LOT. This new lens for the T system is gorgeous, and can also be used on the new Leica SL in crop mode. THIS IS an APS-C lens as is the T itself but it has the traditional Leica build, feel and performance.

YOU MUST CLICK ON ALL IMAGES HERE to see them the way they were meant to be seen! The 35 1.4 for the T has a beautiful way of rendering. 

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I was actually VERY curious about this lens and wondered if it would be worth a look so when Leica asked if I wanted to give it a try, I could not resist! I am glad I did as I really enjoyed using it, and it had me, at times, wondering if it was worth it for me to own just to use on the SL as I do not own a T and have no plans to buy one at this point in time. With a price tag of $2395 new, this lens is NOT cheap. It’s more expensive than the full frame top tier professional new Sony G master lenses, and those are some mighty fine pieces of glass (of course, they will not work on a T, was just comparing cost) though much larger and heavier, and again, for Sony not Leica.

For most, a crop sensor prime lens for $2350 is tough to swallow but then again, all of Leica’s cameras and lenses are on the pricey side. That is no secret or mystery as it has been like this forever. Just look at the 35 Summilux M lens for a REAL expensive but oh so gorgeous 35 1.4 lens that is small, built like a tank and delivers that Leica look and glow we all love :) Just under $5k. Makes this one look affordable ;)

If you own a Leica T though, and If you have the money to spend, you could do worse than buying this lens. Believe me when I say that this lens is a stunner in every way. Sharpness, Bokeh, Color, Contrast, Build, Feel, AF accuracy and speed (limited only by the T itself) is as good as it gets in a 35 1.4 APS-C lens.

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I am not sure how many of you that are reading this own a T but if you do, and love fast prime lenses, this is one you WILL want to take a look at.

While being a 35mm lens, the equivalent focal length of this lens will be more like 52mm so many will see it as a 50mm lens. Due to the APS-C crop factor of 1.5, 35mm is not the field of view you will get, so keep that in mind. But hey, 52mm may be even better for most as 50mm is usually a goto for most prime shooters.

The Leica 50 Summilux has always been their most popular lens for the M mount, and this lens will give you a 50mm reach (though not a 50mm character) when used with the T or SL, so what is NOT to like?

The struggle for some will be the price. Many have been wondering what is going to happen with the Leica T line as it has been sort of slow out of the gate and talk about the T is quiet sparse on the forums, even the Leica forums.  It never seemed to take off even though it has a slick interface, is created from a solid block of aluminum and hand polished for hours in Germany :) My full review from when it was launched can be seen here. It is like a camera that APPLE would create in so many ways.

Even so, many have been harsh critics of the T. When I originally reviewed the T, I enjoyed it and thought it was great for the time. The IQ stood out with the Leica X style of IQ and color, and the only issue at launch was the two lenses you had to choose from. One a slow expensive zoom and one a 23mm Summicron f/2 prime that stopped down to a slower aperture if you focused closely.

These days there are a few more lenses to choose from with the T but jumping into the T system could cost you more than jumping into other possibly more attractive systems. $4100 is what it would cost you for a T camera and this one lens. Around the same cost as a Q and $1000 more than an RX1RII. More than an A7II or Fuji X-T1.

Is the T worth buying just for this lens? For some, it just may be. For others, no. For those who own a T, it is a MUST to at least look at it, rent it or give it a try.

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LEICA = SIMPLICITY – PASSION – GORGEOUS BUILD AND IQ

Leica offers simplicity, solid build and gorgeous IQ and lenses. That’s what you can expect from them in todays world of whiz bang cameras that are really computers in disguise. Many buy into Leica just for that reason as many feel, myself included, that Leica IS photography. There has always been a mystique around the brand and while many cry they are only for the elite, I say this is NOT true. Leica is for the passionate photographer which is why I jumped in with an M7 many many years ago while my income at the time was below poverty level. I saved, and saved and sacrificed other things to own it and that camera was with me for a long time, and I adored it.

My 1st Leica was an M7, and I adored it and shot hundreds of rolls of film through it with my 50 Summicron

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I was not ever any kind of “elite” and never will be but I appreciated the design, the form, the way it worked and the small jewel like lenses that were just at times, GODLY. I enjoyed the history of the company and knew I had a product in my hand I could be proud  to own, happy to own. It’s a special thing when you own a Leica as it is the passion inside of us that attracts many of us to the brand.It truly is. So not all Leica users or owners are “Elite’ or “Rich’ or “Snobs”. Many are true working class photographers, others are hobbyists and enthusiasts and yes, some are collectors. But most of the friends I know that shoot Leica, are in no way rich. They just really enjoy the Leica experience, and contrary to what many may say, you do get a Leica experience with the T, as there is nothing else like the T from any other camera manufacturer. While not an M or an S or an SL or X, the T is like the red headed stepchild of the Leica family. The oddball in the bunch.

But odd as in good. Different. Unique.

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So in my opinion, this is who a lens and camera like this are made for, the passionate photographer who has always had a thing..a spark or a love for the Leica brand of cameras. It is expensive, sure, but gear like this always rewards you with gorgeous results and that pride of ownership that many cameras lack. To some, a camera is just a tool they use occasionally. For others, they bond with their cameras and make the most of owning that camera. They use it daily, learn its weaknesses and strengths and exploit those strengths.

The Leica 35 Summilux T is by all accounts a fantastic performer in the real world. While I have never done scientific chart testing, I am sure this lens will test out great as the real photos from it bring out the best of the T itself. FOR ME, it is the best T lens available to date. If you love your Leica T, this is where it’s at! I always say these days, buy ONCE and be done with it. Meaning, I quit buying cheap lenses as I never liked them or loved them, even though I knew I was saving money. Buy once, and you will not lose money as you will have something you love and can bond with. QUALITY.

WHERE TO BUY?

You can pre-order the Leica 35 Summilux T at the dealers below, all whom I recommend 100%

KEN HANSEN – Email him at [email protected]. Ken is a legendary Leica dealer.

POPFLASH.COM – PopFlash.com is a huge Leica dealer as well. Tony Rose is very well respected in the Leica world.

B&H PHOTO – Order the 35 1.4 at B&H HERE

A few more samples with the Leica 35 Summilux T on the T. CLICK the images for larger, better versions. EXIF is embedded on all of these shots. 

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PLEASE! I NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP THIS WEBSITE RUNNING, IT IS SO EASY AND FREEE for you to HELP OUT!

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Apr 012016
 

HANDS ON! First look and samples from the Sony 70-300 f/4.5-f/5.6 OSS FE Lens!

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Hey guys! It’s Friday and today I have more from the new Sony gear announcements this week. Yesterday I posted samples and thoughts from Sony’s new 50 1.8, the day before I posted thoughts and samples from the RX10 III. Today I have the third and final “first look” from the trip of new Sony products. Today I am showing just a few samples from the new 70-300 f/4.5-f/5.6 G OSS Lens. This lens is built much like the Sony 90 Macro and looks similar, feels similar and is balanced nicely on the camera.

Only four from the 70-300 but click them for better versions!

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I have memories of 70-300mm lenses from my old DSLR Days back when I shot a Canon 5D (Mark I) and my memories of the 70-300 I used back then were just “OK”. I think I owned the Canon 70-300 DO lens which was at the time, sort of a hot seller due to the size of the lens. It was small and compact for a 70-300 zoom, and performed pretty well but had many IQ issues as well. Many hated the lens, I liked it but sold it off after two years of using it when I realized there were much better solutions in that focal range. I ended up moving to mostly all primes and gave up on most zooms, but lately there have been some astonishing zoom lenses being produced.

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Leicas 24-90 for their new SL system is probably the highest quality zoom I have ever used as every focal length on that lens performs like a high quality prime. The Olympus 40-150 Pro is also one of the best Zooms I have ever used in IQ, build, feel and features. Both of the lenses I just mentioned are pretty expensive, coming in at $5k (Leica) and $1500 (Olympus) respectively. When I saw the Sony 70-300 I thought, at first, it would be a mediocre cheap kit style zoom. I soon realized it was more serious than this. The Sony comes in at $1200, and is a high quality telephoto zoom. While the aperture range is slower at 4.5-5.6, the IQ and color and AF speed was fantastic. The Bokeh is also very creamy and beautiful in most cases, from my limited time with it so far.

The IQ from the 70-300 is better than the 50 1.8 from what I can see (as it should be) and this is a lens for those who want the *reach* of 300mm for their full frame A7 series body (though this will work great with the APS-C A6000 and 6300 as well and give even more reach).

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While not giving you the 600mm reach of the new RX10 III, this is a lens not a camera and it is less expensive than the RX10 III by $300 (though you do not get a camera with the 70-300). Some would ask “why would I pay $1200 for a 70-300 when I can pay $1500 and get a full featured camera with a 24-600 zoom?”

Well, as I said in my 1st look of the RX10 III, the A7 series, which this lens was made for, is a full frame body. Full frame image quality will always beat image quality, noise, dynamic range, smoothness, depth and color of any 1″ sensor. So while the RX10 III will offer way more bang for the buck with its big range zoom the 70-300 on an A7 series body will always yield much nicer image quality results.

This is a great lens to add to the Sony E mount collection and Sony now has 20 lenses available for the A7 series (though I think Sony is counting the two teleconverters), all native (that is not including lenses like the Zeiss Batis range or Loxia range or other third-party options) so the Sony glass collection for these cameras has grown massively in just 2-3 years. I remember when everyone would complain about the lack of Sony lenses, which was warranted as in the beginning we only had 2-3 lenses. Now we have a ton to choose from, so life is good for Sony A7 and 600 series shooters and getting better every few months it seems.

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From my limited use of the new 70-300 G lens (maybe about 30 minutes) I found it to offer great build, feel, nice balance on an A7RII and the IQ was and is beautiful. No softness or focus issues from what I have seen. I feel this will be a very attractive lens to those looking for something in this focal length range, and it sure beats the hell out of my old Canon 70-300 DO (which now sells for $1400 these days).

YOU CAN PRE-ORDER THE NEW SONY 70-300 AT B&H PHOTO HERE. It will start shipping early May. 

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HAND’s ON! Sony’s Nifty Fifty! A $249 50 1.8 FE Lens

Hey to all! It’s nearing the end of the week and man it has been a busy one for me! I have a load of new camera gear at the Huff household to start using and reviewing (Leica T 35 1.4 Summilux, Sony G Master lenses, Sony A6300, Olympus 300MM) and while one of those pieces of gear sitting here is NOT this new 50 1.8 from Sony, I did get to use this lens for a day this week in San Francisco and I will tell all Sony A7 owners right now:

*If you are a Sony A7 user, as in, you own and use ANY A7 series body from the 1st to the most recent and you DO NOT own the Sony/Zeiss 55 1.8..or a fast 50..then YOU MUST seriously consider this lens. For $248, it is a steal*

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Canon and Nikon have their inexpensive 50 1.8’s and now Sony does as well, and while it is not as crisp or WOW as the Zeiss 55 1.8, it comes in at a MUCH lower price of $248 and comes with a nice little lens hood as well. For $248, this is a huge bang for the buck and I feel every Sony user should own one (if you do not already have the 55 1.8 or other fast 50). Even their older crop sensor 50 1.8 is more expensive! This is a full frame lens my friends!

The 50 1.8 on a Sony A7RII at f/1.8. For $248, this is stunning performance. Vignette added by me. To see the image sharper and how it should be seen, click on it. All images here must be clicked on to see them correctly as the site softens them up (as you see them here without clicking). 

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When I first held  this lens I was surprised at how light it was..then again, remembering the price point and other “Nifty-Fifty’s” I came to realize that this is how low cost fast 50’s feel. Yes, it is light but the performance is VERY good. While this is not a full drug out review (as I only had access to the lens for hours) and no huge tests against other 50’s, I can say that out of the camera files with this lens will be lower contrast than say the Zeiss 55 1.8 that has had rave reviews since its release. But this lens is much less expensive, so you will not have the out of the box performance of the Zeiss. But all that is needed is a quick slide of the contrast slider in your fave editing platform and you will have something like you see above.

Another in B&W with this lens and a crop below. This was also shot wide open at 1.8. I added vignetting here for effect, but as it is, there is none from this lens when used on my A7RII.

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When using the lens I expected the images to be a tad soft, and maybe have vignetting or issues but Sony actually added an ASPH element here to minimize distortions and enhance clarity and sharpness. They also added a double-gauss optical design to reduce field curvature and give edge to edge sharpness. This is not a “Cheap” 50. It is an inexpensive ($248) 50 that performs more like a $500 lens. Here are a few more details on this lens from Sony:

  • Normal-length 50mm prime lens is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however, can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 75mm equivalent focal length.
  • Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also avails greater control over focus placement for working with shallow depth of field techniques.
  • One aspherical element minimizes spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness.
  • Double-gauss optical configuration helps to reduce field curvature and distortions for more consistent image quality from edge-to-edge.
  • DC actuator offers quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance to suit both stills and video applications.
  • Metal bayonet offers increased durability and a solid feel when mounting the lens.
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

There is not much to say about a simple fast 50 but if you have never used a 50mm prime, then you are really missing out. I expect 95% of you reading this page probably have either owned or used a fast 50mm prime at some point. It’s the staple of many lens collections. I used to only use a 50mm and did for almost two years when I was shooting film on a Leica. The 50mm focal length was truly my thing, and the more I used it and stuck with it, the better my photos were getting. Soon, it got to the point to where I could just look at my surroundings and I could see ANY scene or frame in my head, in 50mm. I knew exactly how the image would look, Bokeh and all. I also found 50 to be a nice mid portrait lens. Many feel 85 or longer is best for portraits, and for headshots those people would be correct. For portraits like you see above, a 50 can also do the job, especially in tighter quarters.

Not all 50’s are created equal though. Some are SUPER 50’s like the Leica 50 Summilux, which I feel is the “Gold Standard” among 50’s for price, character and lovely Bokeh and 3D separation. That lens is $3500. This lens is $248 and while it is nothing like a Leica 50 Lux, it will deliver nice sharpness, no real distortions and can be used for so many situations. Being an f/1.8 it will allow you to get more light to your sensor when you need it making  this a great all around, every day general inexpensive lens.

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When using the 50 1.8 lens I made a mental note  to pay attention to the focus speed and accuracy. Only having it for a short time, I wanted to make sure it had no issues focusing because if it did, then I would have had a problem with it. I am not a fan of lenses or cameras that focus slowly or give inaccurate AF readings.

I can say that the 50 1.8 focuses just fine. While not a speed demon with blazing AF like something you would see in a $2000 lens, it punches above its weight a little delivering consistent performance across the board from AF speed, accuracy, IQ and handling. This is an extremely light lens, and it makes your A7 feel extra light. This is good, just do not drop the lens ;) While the lens focuses it does extract in and out a bit, so the internals move and you will hear a slight motor noise as it goes in and out and attains focus. But its quiet and would never bother me or anyone while shooting.

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At the end of the day, I can HIGHLY recommend this lens. It is cheap in price, great in quality, delivers performance and speed of a $500 lens vs the under $250 that it does cost. The Bokeh seems smooth and pleasant and while the contrast and pop is low out of the box, a few tweaks to your image (contrast) will make them pop. It’s not up there in performance, build or 3D pop that you get with the more expensive Zeiss 55 1.8 but for the money, nothing will beat it on a Sony A7 system. This is a full frame lens unlike the old Sony 50 1.8 they made for APS-C. So this is the lens you want for your full frame Sony A series body.

You can pre-order the new Sony 50 1.8 FE at the links below. Cost is under $250 and it starts shipping next month in may. Pre-order assures you will get it first and these shops do not charge you until your lens ships. Pre orders can also be canceled anytime before the lens is shipped. If you have a serious interest in this lens I HIGHLY suggest pre ordering as I expect (as does Sony) that this lens will be HUGELY popular due to the cost and performance it provides. Also, using my links below will help keep this site going and going! Thank you!

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PRE ORDER THE SONY 50 1.8 AT B&H PHOTO HERE

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Mar 302016
 

FIRSTLOOK

HANDS ON: Sony RX10 III. Some Samples & Thoughts

So yesterday myself and 20 other members of the digital imaging media world (DP Review, Imaging Resource, Popular Photography and others) met up with Sony in San Francisco for a very cool meeting where we learned of some of Sony’s future plans in the world of cameras, televisions,  and even some other innovations. We were able to check out the new Sony camera gear as well and we all had a chance to use the new camera and lenses for a few hours. Yep, the all new RX10 III and the $249 50 1.8 as well as the new 70-300 G lens. Both lenses for full frame FE mount.

I also posted a live stream video to my Facebook showing off the new gear (you can see that here) but that was before I gave the RX10 III and the new 70-300 G and 50 1.8 a try. I’ve never been a HUGE HUGE fan of the RX10 series but now that the Mark III has this new amazingly versatile Zeiss lens – yep a 24-600mm (but the kicker is you can shoot at f/4 at 600mm, and f/2.4 at the wider end) and at 600mm you can easily handhold if you have decent light due to the optical steady shot inside which offers up to 4.5 stops.

The RX10III is full of all kinds of tech. From the standard expected things like the 1″ imaging sensor from the RX100 MKIV to the swivel LCD screen to the manual controls. It’s quick and responsive and quiet as well thanks to its electronic shutter capable of 1/32,000 S. In addition to this the RX10 III has killer 4K video capabilities, in fact, Sony is saying it will put out the best 4K video of any camera as it captures in 6K and then down samples to 4 for less moire and sharper details. The RX10III has this very impressive zoom lens that is the most versatile I have ever seen. A 24-600mm equivalent, and yes, at 600mm it is sharp and looks simply amazing.

An OOC JPEG at 600mm…handheld..click it for larger

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The RX10 III opens up so many possibilities and it can do all of this wonderful stuff, like offer a 600mm equivalent lens thanks to the 1″ sensor. These days, 1″ sensors are VERY good. They have snap, pop, and the only weakness is for those who love shallow DOF, or massive Bokeh. This will never give you the DOF options of a full frame camera, but other than that, this camera ROCKS.

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The RX10 Mark III also has some snazzy video features such as super slow motion capabilities that offer up to a 960 FPS capture. Of course, super slow motion is not available in 4K. But this slow motion is fantastic and used to only be seen in uber expensive video cameras. The RX10 MKIII has many strengths. In fact, some would say this could be the perfect all around one camera solution for serious amateurs, enthusiasts and pros.

Out of camera JPEGS from the RX1R III, click them for larger!

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While it offers a ton of great things, it’s not perfect. I found that cameras using these 1″ sensors will never have the Dynamic Range of the larger sensor cameras. Makes sense right? If shooting in harsh sun, it can be tricky to avoid blowing highlights and they are not recoverable if blown too much. This portrait below looks a tad harsh in the highlights to me…on her face and chest. I should have dialed back the EV comp to avoid this, and I could have, but I thought I was exposed correctly. So while this is not an issue, you do need to take a little caution with these 1″ sensor cameras in these kinds of bright direct lighting.

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Dynamic Range is not up to par with larger sensor cameras but still excellent for a 1″ sensor. Below is a shot with the RX10III in direct sunlight, the RX10III burned some highlights..but it could have been avoided if I dialed in some EV comp.

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In comparison, the A7RII with the new $249 50 1.8 had no DR issues, as is to be expected from a $3000+ camera.. The new 50 1.8 at $249 is a fantastic buy..and the A7RII is a DR monster.. (my full review here) No tweaks here, just the OOC rendering. 

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The power of the zoom. 

Take a look at what 24mm looks like, and then 600mm. This is the range of the f/2.4-f/4 Zeiss Zoom on the RX10 III..

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With 600mm, you have a TON of reach.

So while I enjoyed the new Sony RX10III quite a bit, I also really enjoy the new 50 1.8 and 70-300 lenses. I will have a 1st look report on those later today or tomorrow morning. I can say for now though that the RX10III is the best of the RX10 series to date. No question. With the new stunning lens capabilities, the slightly refreshed body (better grip), the impressive 4K video options, the optical steady shot inside, the super slow motion, EVF and loads of other goodies in this camera it will be well with the $1500 cost to many who are itching for a superzoom of super quality. It comes in at a couple hundred more than the Mark II (which is staying in the Sony lineup) and well worth it IMO.

Even I am considering buying this one as I could use it for video (of which I do a ton of outside of this page), and all kinds of amazing things. Having a 600mm reach on hand, in this size, is pretty incredible and this would be the main reason I would consider it myself. It’s a powerful camera, no question.

Look for more on the RX10III soon. You can pre-order the RX10III at  B&H using the link below STARTING TOMORROW. It will be shipping in May, next month!

Pre Order the RX10 III at B&H HERE AT B&H PHOTO

A few more from the RX10 III. Enjoy! ALL are out of camera JPEGS

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Mar 252016
 

First Voigtlander 10mm f/5.6 Sony E Mount Sample Pics!

Thanks to Stephen Gandy for sending these over…

The new Voigtlander lenses for Sony E Mount are almost here, and the new 10mm f/5.6 ULTRA Wide looks like it will do just fine on the Sony bodies! Some first samples below from this lens on a Sony A7RII body and without any issues that I can see, and this is the 10!

The new Voigtlander lenses are available for pre-order at cameraquest.com right HERE.  I am looking forward to the 15 myself!

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Mar 242016
 

The Sony A6300 is STUNNING. Small, fast, powerful. 1st Look. 

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I was going to wait to write about the new Sony A6300 until I did a full review. After using it for the past two days, I became excited by it and knew that I would be using this camera over the next few weeks more and more. I own the A6000 (see that review here), and have since it was launched. I have used it for video, I have used it for family snaps and even loaned it to others when they wanted a quick, and very nice camera. I will admit, when the A6300 was announced I thought it would be just another rehash and slight improvement.

But seeing that the Sony A6000 was the hottest selling mirrorless camera over $600, I knew I needed to drop my A7RII for a while and my other cameras to concentrate on the A6300, which comes in at under $1000. So I will be using and digging into the A6300 over the next 2-3 weeks and will be writing up a full review soon, using all  kinds of glass from Sony native to Zeiss to other surprises, even the TECHART adapter. For now, I just wanted to share some 1st thoughts on performance.

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With its new sensor, new 4D focus, amazing focus speed and tracking abilities (that are still not perfect) and great low light performance, the A6300 is a very real alternative to the much more pricey and larger A7 series. It is smaller, but faster. It is very versatile with its EVF, 4K video, Swivel LCD and very hard to knock AF performance. IQ is up there with the best of APS-C and for many this is better than full frame as we do not have to worry about TOO SHALLOW depth of field with some of these fast lenses. The A6300 is small, sleek, built well, weather sealed, has a great EVF, swivel LCD and fast and accurate AF. All under a grand.

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*The a6300 has a new 24.2MP sensor with a top ISO sensitivity of 51,200. More importantly, the sensor’s hybrid autofocus system offers a whopping 425 phase-detect points for burst shooting at 11 fps with continuous autofocus. At 8 fps, a live feed makes it easier to follow fast action*

Yep, the A6300 has amazing specs, and is a camera that I feel will be relevant for many years. The IQ if the new sensor is stunning, both for color or B&W work.

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4K VIDEO WITH FULL SENSOR READOUT

The a6300 reads the entire sensor area to maximize the quality of its UHD 4K/24p videos. Videos use the XAVC S codec with a maximum bit rate of 100MBps. In addition to 4K, the a6300 can also capture 1080p video at 120 frames per second, which can be played back in slow motion.

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The a6300 has a 3″ tilting LCD display with 921k dots and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Tilting displays are great for overhead and waist-level shooting.

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Weather-resistant body

The a6300 is a well-built camera with a magnesium alloy body. Its various buttons, dials and ports are sealed against dust and moisture.

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It seems the new A6300 is gearing up to be a worthy successor to the hottest selling mirrorless camera ever (over $600), the A6000. In APS-C land, I find it hard to find a camera, at this price, that offers more or even gets close to what this new Sony offering serves up. Look for my full review soon. I think this would make a great camera all by itself or for some, a backup to their A7 series body.

As for the 85 1.4 GM lens, it is absolutely INCREDIBLE. I must own this lens. My 1st look at the lens can be seen HERE. 

The TECHART Adapter with M lenses works very well on the A6300. This one is with the Jupiter 3+

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You can order the A6300 at Amazon or B&H Photo

REVIEW SOON!

Steve

 

Mar 032016
 

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Two days with the Sony G Master 24-70 f/2.8 Lens

This week I was able to have two days in Miami, FL with the Sony A7RII, Sony A6300, Sony 85 1.4 G Master and the 24-70 f/2.8 G Master. Today I head home back to Arizona and while tired from getting only 6 hours sleep the last two nights, these lenses have inspired me to write about them. I showed a few out of camera samples from the 85 the other day, if you missed it, see it here.  Many asked for samples from the 24-70, so here you go!

As always, click the images to see them correctly. If you do not, they may look soft..

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In the new G Master line of lenses, Sony has told me that they decided to create a NO COMPROMISE set of lenses. They are a full pro line lens, with pro build and optics and even some exotic techniques in making them. They are not cheap, but they are lenses that can go head to head against Canon and Nikon equivalents, and in my opinion, beat them. The build and feel is so nice, they feel and look like nothing Sony has ever released. They are stunning in person, and me, never being a zoom guy, actually really enjoyed the 24-70 2.8 for the two days I was able to give it a try.

While large and pricey we are talking about top-tier full frame glass, and we can not escape physics here. Full frame lenses that are high quality, have AF and are sealed, need to be large. Sony does offer a much smaller set of lenses, and the 24-70 f/4 is tiny in comparison to the new G Master 24-70 2.8.

Miami – 24-70 G Master f/2.8

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Shooting in any situation the 24-70 2.8 never flared, never gave me CA and never gave me focus issues. It is fast to AF, accurate with AF and the detail/sharpness and overall rendering is quite beautiful. The way it renders the light is among the best lenses in the world. Truly beautiful.

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As I was able to shoot all kinds of subjects I found this lens was really nice for portraits. Shooting a portrait with a fast f/1.4 lens can be fun, but challenging. Shooting a portrait at f/2.8 or f/4 is much better as we can get the entire subject in focus. The 24-70 is considered the jack of all trades, and if it’s a quality 24-70, then a master of MANY things. It is one of the most useful focal length ranges as we have a wide end at 24 and a mild telephoto at 70mm. In between we have the classic 35 and 50 focal lengths.

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In the past few years I have used many zoom lenses..the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 and even the new Leica 24-90 zoom lens that was released with the Leica SL.

While the Leica SL 24-90 is probably the best zoom I have ever used, this Sony G master comes in a tight 2nd to that but the Sony is smaller, lighter, and less than HALF the cost of the Leica while giving 96% of the quality. With the new line of lenses from Sony, we FINALLY have true pro level optics to go with the awesome capabilities of the A7II, A7RII and A7SII.

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I will say what I have said many times..IT IS ALL ABOUT THE GLASS!

When buying a really nice camera (such as the A7RII) my opinion is it would be a waste to slap on a cheap kit zoom as they are ALWAYS compromised. Either in speed, or sharpness, or contrast or color or just overall WOW factor. You truly need great lenses if you want your work to stick out. For example, these new lenses are going to be eaten up like mad by the wedding and portrait crowd, they are absolutely perfect for that situation. I feel these lenses will help propel Sony even farther and they are already growing very fast. Sony is leading the mirrorless revolution from what I see. I think because they are giving us what we want..they listen to feedback and offer a quality product that many are jumping to the A7 series ever day.

While DSLR sales are declining more and more every year, mirrorless is strong.

More and more are using these A7 cameras and today, with the G master lenses, they have “arrived” officially for the pro market.

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What I have been seeing with these new lenses is fantastic balance…great color performance, contrast, bokeh and details/sharpness. They also can give off a little bit of magic in the way they render the light. I see sharpness from edge to edge and no faults. Keep in mind I only had it in my bag for two days, so further testing will be needed but in every day shots, real world use, this lens is perfect for anyone who is a fan of the 24-70 focal length.

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All images here are pretty much right out of the A7RII as I did not have time or my main computer to work on, so what you see is what you get.

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The beauty of the A7RII and a lens like this is that you can shoot at extreme ISO’s and still get beautiful results. I remember the days when shooting ISO 1600 would be an awful noisy mess. Today we can easily go to ISO 6400 without noise reduction and even higher with something like an A7SII.

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So far so good. Sony has impressed me and all that were here with me that I spoke with about the lens felt the same. The 85 1.4, for me is the drool worthy lens but for many, this 24-70 2.8 will be their main go to lens for their A7 series camera. THE PRICE IS NOT CHEAP! But it is a pro lens, with amazing optics. To put it in perspective, the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 VR which is much longer and larger, is $2400. The Sony is $2200. The Nikon is 1″ longer and .35lbs heavier and $200 more expensive. So the Sony is not overpriced, at all. It is right in line with other pro 24-70 lenses. The Canon 24-70 2.8 is the least expensive at $1750 but it lags behind the Nikon and Sony for performance IMO (and many others opinions).

In any case, I can’t wait to see what Sony has up their sleeve next. I predict and A9 pro, new sensor, pro build, weather sealed, an EVF to beat the Leica SL, and the fastest AF speed yet. But that’s just a guess ;) I have NO inside info, and it is not a rumor. Just a hunch.

I will be posting more from the G Master lenses soon, as soon as I get review samples. But believe me, they are the best Sony has ever made, ever. Even they say so. Stay tuned…

Steve

You can pre-order the Sony 24-70 G Master lens below:

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Mar 022016
 

A few with the Sony 85 1.4 G Master Lens

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So wow. Just wow. I was in Miami, FL shooting the new Sony 85 1.4 G Master lens on my Sony A7RII last night and it is without question, the best 85mm lens I have ever shot. Sony says it is the best lens they have ever made, period. I believe it. The build is so nice. Beats the Nikon 85 1.4 and Canon 85 1.2 and the optics are just beautiful. Between this and the Zeiss Batis, I much prefer the Sony G Master 85 1.4. While the Batis is also gorgeous, this one is a step above in build and performance.

What you are about to look at here are some OOC images using the new 85, all wide open up to ISO 6400 in mostly very low light.

As always, you must click on each image to see it correctly but so far, what I see is fabulous Bokeh, superb sharpness, biting color and contrast. The focus is fast in good light, it gets slower in low light but no slower than the Nikon 85 1.4 and faster than the slow Canon 85 1.2. I will say it again, this lens is GORGEOUS, and IMO, well worth the asking price. Sony pulled out all the stops here, making the best lens they can make, and it shows.

I will be reviewing this lens in full soon, as I see this becoming my fave E mount lens. Just gorgeous. More updates  this week, so sty tuned!

The Sony 85 1.4 G Master can be pre-ordered HERE. 

CLICK ON IMAGES TO SEE THEM CORRECTLY – ALL WERE SHOT IN VERY LOW LIGHT EXCEPT ONE OF THESE, ALL WIDE OPEN. OOC IMAGES…

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Feb 292016
 

IN HAND VIDEO: Techart Leica M Auto Focus adapter for Sony E Mount (A7 Series)

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Good morning and happy Monday to all! Yesterday I posted a video to my YouTube channel showing off the TECHART Leica M AF Adapter for Sony E mount and yes, it works and works pretty well. See the video below where I tested the adapter with the 40 2.4 Summarit which was converted from a Minilux to an M housing and mount. I also tested the adapter with a 50 Jupiter 3+ and 50 Summilux and it nails the focus every time. In the video below I show off the adapter and take some shots to show you how fast it will AF outdoors. Review soon, with many more thoughts on using it in different scenarios. So far, so good! You can pre-order the adapter HERE if you so desire, $349.

First Look at the Techart Adapter

Full Review SOON!

Feb 222016
 

A look at the 4V Design Lusso Slim Camera Strap

A few days ago I received a package from 4V design with a couple of straps inside the box. I had no idea what to expect but can state that I get shipped TONS of straps as it seems everyone in the photo world want their straps reviewed. I end up reviewing probably 25% of them as most are just copies of other straps. Sometimes a strap comes along that is beautiful in looks, comfortable when worn and made of high quality leather with important things like ADJUSTABILITY.

The straps from 4V that were in the box were their LUSSO SLIM strap as well as a Wrist Strap. BOTH have super soft high quality leather, unique color and can be adjusted very easily. If you go  to the 4V website (here) you will see that they are made in Italy, and that they seem to take their strap design and quality very seriously.

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When I unboxed the straps I did a quick video look on them which you can watch below if you so desire:

The strap is very comfy, since it has a memory foam padding with a very grippy surface where it hits your shoulder, so even heavy cameras will be soft and cozy on your shoulder and back. The leather quality is among the best I have seen in a strap, up there with exotic $300 straps. The details are fantastic and the black and cyan color combo is stunning. It just pops.

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Over the years I have used/tested and checked out hundreds of straps. I have a drawer full of them and change them out from time to time. With the Lusso slim, I may have found the strap that will stay on my beloved Sony A7RII for quite some time as its comfort is up there with the best and I love everything about it. Not much one can say in a strap review, but if you want to read more about these straps or the other straps in the 4V line, check out their website HERE.  Highly recommended.

If you want to order one, you can do so at B&H Photo HERE. They have all colors in stock!

 

Feb 212016
 
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Vancouver Moments with the Fuji X-Pro 2 and ACROS film simulation

By Olaf Sztaba

The mission was simple: take the Fuji X-Pro2 with the XF 35mm F1.4 and head downtown to capture some Vancouver moments using the latest ACROS film simulation from Fuji.

We have already had a chance to experiment with this new film simulation w and we really liked the new ‘weak’ grain effect (there is also the ‘strong’ grain option).

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For those of you who would like to read more about the ACROS film simulation and its inner-workings, you can find more information here

www.olafphotoblog.com
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Feb 152016
 
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A Quick 1st look at the Lomography Jupiter 3+ Re-Issue Lens!

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So yesterday I received a package from CameraQuest.com that had the new Lomography Jupiter 3+ Lens inside. THIS EXCITED ME as I have a thing for the old Russian Jupiter lenses. The big let down with them though has been finding a good one. They are all old, many 60+ years old, many have been abused, dropped, mistreated and these days, when you find an original Jupiter 3 50mm f/1.5 it is not in very good shape. I went through several and found one a while ago that did quite well on a Leica M or on my Sony A7 cameras. It was beat up, dented and felt VERY light, almost plastic like..but it worked. It gave me LOW washed out contrast, softness and crazy Bokeh. But at times it gave me nice looking classic results.

The Jupiter 3+ wide open at f/1.5 on the Sony A7RII. Soft corners are a character of this lens, the sharpness is more towards the center. This is not a lens for landscape bit is more preferred for portraits and objects IMO. Notice though that the color and contrast is much better than the old original. 

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The crazy Bokeh of the Jupiter…

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Many want to try these lenses and many have, and been turned off by the bad samples. Many have amazing samples that they acquired for $50 and love the lens. But now Lomo is here with their new current production Jupiter 3+, made in Russia with great QC and the finished product is gorgeous to look at. It has a heft to it my previous old Jupiter did not have. It’s also sharper, gives bolder color results and has the same crazy bokeh that many hate.

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Lomography has packaged this lens in an amazing way. The box is lovely showing off an image taken with the Jupiter 3+, and they include a nice thick booklet inside with information and history on the original Jupiter 3 as well as talking about their new production version. Loaded with photos taken with the lens, it is a lovely little book to read and go through. They also include a Leica Screw Mount to M adapter inside (which is super thin and adds NO size to the lens at all) as the lens is made like the original, in the old Screw Mount. Why make it screw mount? Well, it is a replica of the original, so why not? The adapter is MEGA THIN, and is not noticeable when on the lens. When on, it appears like a standard M lens mount. I am just happy they threw it in!

Below is my 1st look video on the Jupiter 3+ from Lomography, take a look:

Now of course, with this new version we can never expect it to cost $50 or $100. Nope, this is a NEW current run of this lens, made in Russia just like the old originals. QC is in place and there have been some improvements which is why it has a + next to the name. Lomography has launched this lens at $649, which is quite lofty for a Jupiter but I look at it this way…buying a NEW lens will get you the NEW Lens. No worries about focus, no worries about construction quality or haze or fog or fungus. This new version is heftier, made better, feels awesome in my hand and the results are just what one would expect..creamy, dreamy but with better color and contrast (and sharpness at the focus point) than the original.

Sure, one can go find an old one for $80-$120 but you are indeed taking a gamble. With new, there is no gamble. This new version is $649, so not cheap, but worth it to anyone who love the Jupiters for their rendering (instead of cheap price). This is not your grandfathers Jupiter! It is indeed slightly better all the way around, comes with a nice metal lens cap, the M adapter and is ready to roll on your RF or EVF camera. Yes, $649 is steep for this lens, but it’s sort of a classic and well liked by many, hated by some and many just avoided it due to the issues of the old lenses circulating.

All Wide Open at f/1.5 on the new Production Jupiter 3+

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So enjoy this 1st look. I will have a longer review coming soon. I’m digging it so far, but it’s a jupiter..an art lens more so than an everyday lens. So expect some crazy rendering, much like the Lomo 85 Petzval Art Lens, reviewed HERE. 

For those with the itch already…This lens is available NOW at CameraQuest.com

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Samples from the new Sony 85 1.4 GM and 24-70 2.8 GM lenses!

As posted earlier, Sony held an event today to announce and show off their new uber high-end lenses for the Sony FE (A7)  cameras. These are all no compromise lenses that are the best Sony has ever created, and the price reflect this. They are not cheap, but I think the 85 1.4 will be an amazing lens and huge seller. That is a perfect portrait lens for the A7 series, even though it is larger, it has a no compromise quality according to Sony. I had Amy Medina in NY today to check out the lenses and the new A6300 but for now I wanted to share a few images she shot with the new 85 1.4 GM and the 24-70 f/2.8 GM lens:

All are shot with the Sony A7RII and the new 85 1.4 GM, all images by Amy Medina

CLICK THEM TO SEE THEM CORRECTLY! JPEGS…

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And one from the new 24-70 f/2.8 GM…

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So far these two lenses are looking mighty nice. I will of course be reviewing them IN FULL VERY SOON.

To pre-order these new lenses, see the links below:

Sony 24-70 2.8 GM – B&H Photo

Sony 85 1.4 GM – B&H Photo 

Sony 70-200 f/2.8 GM – B&H Photo

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