Tony Northrup put the Nikon D5 and Sony A7R II side-by-side for an ISO comparison when shooting video. He ran the comparison up to ISO 3,276,800, which is seven stops beyond the A7R II’s capability. He pushed the exposure for the A7R II in post to match the D5 and it held up quite well.
The new 50mm f/1.8 lens isn’t quite in the “nifty fifty” price range of others, but it still isn’t too expensive at just $248. It has a 7-blade aperture and a nice, large manual focus ring for better control. It also features a 49mm filter thread. The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 lens will ship in May 2016 and is available for pre-order here at B&H Photo.
The new 70-300mm lens adds to Sony’s G line and features built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, two ED glass elements, four aspherical elements and a Nano AR coating to reduce ghosting and flare. It also features a 9-blade circular aperture and a 72mm filter thread. It has a minimum focusing distance of 3′ and a focus limiter for faster AF when shooting beyond three meters.
Priced at $1198, the Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G OSS lens will ship in May 2016 and is available for pre-order here at B&H Photo.
Sony has introduced a third camera in the RX10 lineup and adds an incredible zoom lens for massive telephoto reach. The Sony Cyber RX10 III features the same 1″ format 20MP sensor as found in the RX10 II but uses a new 24-600mm equivalent f/2.4-4 lens for the added reach (as compared to the 24-200mm f/2.8 equivalent lens on the RX10 II). [Read more…]
B&H has the Sony A6300 4K camera in stock and now shipping. The A6300 features a newly developed 24.2MP APS-C sensor with uses Sony’s 4D Focus system and shoots 4K video to an internal SD card.
Sony has released a firmware update for for the A6000, A7R II, A7R, A7S A7 II, A7 and A5100 cameras. The firmware version 3.10 adds new lens support, phase detection AF support (for compatible cameras) and movie AF support for the new 85mm f/1.4 GM lens.
It’s good to see Sony supporting older cameras after the new whiz-bang models come out. You can download the new firmware by searching for your specific camera model here on Sony’s website.
The new Sony A6300 started shipping today. B&H confirms that pre-orders have started going out to customers and will continue to fill orders as new stock arrives.
Chinese lens maker Zhongyi Optics has updated its Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 with a new Mark II version. The good news is that it is smaller and lighter but ZY Optics also claims it offers drastic improvement in sharpness and better control of chromatic aberration.
As with its predecessor, this is designed as a lens for mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensors. It is available for Sony E, Fuji X and Canon EOS-M mounts. It looks like ZY Optics swapped the Micro Four Thirds mount on the Mark I for the Canon EOS-M mount on the Mark II model. More good news is that the price remains $599 – like its predecessor. [Read more…]
ebay (via GetItDigital) has the Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA lens for Sony E-Mount cameras for $699 (reg. $999) in limited quantity. The last time they had this lens at this price, it didn’t last long. Check it out here on ebay.
Note: This is labeled as a gray market lens. ebay seller GetItDigital has a positive feedback rating of 99.6% at the time of this post.