Nikon Z9 vs Canon EOS R3 vs Sony a1: Amazing!

Tony & Chelsea Northrup published a video review for the Nikon Z9. However they also compare this full-frame sports & wildlife mirrorless camera to the incredible Sony a1 and Canon R3.

They go through three different comparisons: sports (shot with each camera’s mirrorless 70-200 f/2.8), wildlife (shot with each native 600mm f/4 + 1.4X teleconverter) and motorsports (again with the 70-200 f2.8 lens).

Check out the Nikon Z9 vs Canon EOS R3 vs Sony a1 comparison review :

The price of the high-end full frame mirrorless camera is $6,499 and available at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Review : “Step above its predecessor in virtually every regard”

Here is the latest Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II lens review. Photographyblog tested the new 70-200mm GMII lens and they say “it is a step above its predecessor in virtually every regard”

The new Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II lens is now available for pre-order at  B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon. The US price is $2,798.

You can find whole details about the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Review below.
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Introducing the Vista 21mm and 29mm T1.5 lenses

Tokina Vista 21mm T1.5: B&H Photo
Tokina Vista 29mm T1.5:
 B&H Photo

The new Tokina Cinema Vista 21mm and 29mm T1.5 lenses, announced today, provides cinematographers with highly sought after focal lengths. The lenses present a natural perspective which flatters subjects’ faces, while rendering a beautifully smooth background when required. It is equally suitable for Super35 and larger-sized frame coverage up to Vista Vision and even beyond.

It joins the existing nine-strong set of 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 85mm, 105mm, and 135mm T1.5 high resolution (8K+) Vista prime lenses.

The Tokina Cinema Vista 21mm and 29mm T1.5 share the same exacting build quality and highly tuned optical performance that users have come to expect from the Tokina Cinema Vista prime range. It maintains the form factor of the other Vista primes, sharing a common 114mm front diameter and similar weights to each other.

The Tokina Cinema Vista 21mm T1.5 has 18 groups with 19 elements while the 29mm has 18 groups and 18 elements. There are nine iris blades in each to ensure the roundness of the apertures. Lens distortion and chromatic aberration are well-controlled, with minimal focus breathing, soft pleasing flare and gentle roll-off from subject to background.

With an area of definition of 46.7mm, the Vista 21mm and 29mm T1.5 is an ideal choice for larger sensor cameras like the RED Monstro 8K VV and ARRI Alexa LF Mini. The lens even has an area of illumination that will cover larger formats up to Alexa 65 2:1 Open Gate. It is available in interchangeable ARRI PL, Canon EF, Micro Four Thirds, Sony E, and ARRI LPL mounts.

The Tokina Cinema Vista 21mm and 29mm T1.5 will be available from Tokina Cinema USA, or your local authorized dealer, at an MSRP of $7,499.00 USD.

Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF Released

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the sales release of the Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF lens. With the debut of the SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF, the SZ series offering a range of exciting products with specific features and valuable advantages.

Sales will commence on February 18, 2022.

Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF is a 500mm super tele lens that adopts catadioptric type optical design with a constant F8 aperture. The lens offers a compact alternative to standard tele photo lenses as more and more photographers are looking for easy-to-carry gear. Keeping in mind active travel photographers that seek outdoor landscape, wild nature or birds, the 500mm F8 Reflex MF is designed as a compact and lightweight mirror lens – a type of lens to be rediscovered in this new era of also compact but high-tech mirrorless cameras. The Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF adopts a T-mount standard (pitch 0.75mm, thread 42mm) that allows the lens to be attached to any camera by using mount adapters. Continue reading “Tokina SZ SUPER TELE 500mm F8 Reflex MF Released”

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 V2 Firmware 1.2.4 Update Released

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 V2 Firmware 1.2.4 Released. The new  Firmware 1.2.4 Update can be downloaded here.

Firmware update instructions:
1. Optimize the stability of video tracking at small aperture.

VILTROX 85mm f/1.8 II: B&H Photo / Amazon
VILTROX 56mm f/1.4: B&H Photo / Amazon
VILTROX 33mm f/1.4: B&H Photo / Amazon
VILTROX 23mm f/1.4: B&H Photo / Amazon

Sony A9 III Rumors Update

Let’s make a small update for Sony A9 III. According to the latest rumors, the Sony A9 III camera (successor of Sony A9 II) is expected to arrive in Q4 of 2022.

Latest Sony Rumors  indicates that the  camera will have a major upgrade in core specification while maintaining a standard resolution of 24MP. Here are the specifications from the Sony A9 III Rumors so far : Continue reading “Sony A9 III Rumors Update”

Engadget Review of Sony A7IV : “A nearly perfect hybrid powerhouse”

Engadget published the full Sony A7IV review. Sony’s 33-megapixel A7 IV has reclaimed its title as the best mainstream mirrorless hybrid camera. It offers a big step up in resolution with no downgrade in noise or light sensitivity, while delivering the best autofocus in its price range.

Major US retailers started shipping out the Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera. Check availability at B&HAdorama. Here is the Engadget Review of Sony A7IV :  Continue reading “Engadget Review of Sony A7IV : “A nearly perfect hybrid powerhouse””

Sony FE 85mm f/1.2 GM Lens Coming Soon

The latest rumor suggests the new Sony FE 85mm f/1.2 GM lens is being tested in the field, and it will probably be announced in February ahead of the CP+ show 2022.

The details of the FE 85mm F1.2 GM lens are unknown, but this Sony FE 85mm f/1.2 GM lens is expected to be more compact in size, just like the FE 50mm f/1.2 GM lens.

The US price for FE 85mm f/1.2 GM lens will probably be over $2,000. According to Sony Rumors, we expect the company alo unveil the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II lens in 2022.

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens: $1,998 at B&HPhotoAdorama and Amazon.

Sony Alpha a7 IV In Stock at Adorama and B&H

Great news that the newly announced the new Sony a7 IV is now first in stock and shipping. Major US retailers started shipping out the Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera. Check availability at B&HAdorama.

Key Features
  • 33MP Full-Frame Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • Up to 10 fps Shooting, ISO 100-51200
  • 4K 60p Video in 10-Bit, S-Cinetone
  • 3.68m-Dot EVF with 120 fps Refresh Rate
  • 3″ 1.03m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • 759-Pt. Fast Hybrid AF, Real-time Eye AF
  • Focus Breathing Compensation
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Creative Looks and Soft Skin Effect
  • 4K 15p UVC/UAC Streaming via USB Type-C

Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens Review

Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO is specially designed for Full Frame mirrorless cameras. Here is the latest full in-depth review from Opticallimits.

Available for Sony E-mount the US price of this lens is $499 and available at Adorama and B&H. Like most Laowa ultra macro lenses, the Laowa 85mm f/5.6 focuses from infinity to 2x. The working distance at 2x is at a comfortable 69mm. Check out the Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens Review details with hands-on videos. Continue reading “Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens Review”