Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens Test Results

DxOmark tested the new  FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM II OSS and it’s the best lens in its class yet. They have tested the lens on the 61 MP Sony A7R IV, where the lens and sensor are measured together as a system achieved an overall score of 41, which is the best-corrected lens in its class.

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens –  B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon.

From DxOmark conclusion: Continue reading “Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens Test Results”

Meike 85mm F/1.8 Full Frame Auto Focus STM Lens Now Available In Sony E-Mount

Meike has introduced a new autofocus prime lens for the Sony E-mount that has a focal length of 85mm and an f/1.8 aperture.

The standard 85mm full-frame lens can be used for a variety of subjects, particularly portraits as the wide f/1.8 aperture and 9 diaphragm blades are designed to produce super smooth rounded bokeh.

Meike 85mm F/1.8 Lens Specifications

  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Format: Full Frame
  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Aperture range: F1.8-22
  • Lens diameter: 79.5mm
  • Aperture blades: 9 blades
  • Lens structure: 6 groups 9 elements
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.85m
  • Angle of View:  Horizontal: 16° Vertical: 24° Diagonal: 28.5°
  • Weight: 386g/0.85lb (only body)

Sony RX10 V to be Announced in Late 2022

The latest rumor suggests Sony will announce a new Sony RX10 V high-power zoom camera with a fixed lens in late 2022 or earlier.

Sony RX10 V rumored specs

  • AI / computational technology will be installed in Sony cameras for the first time.
  • Improved design and ergonomics.
  • Removal of the flash
  • Incorporation of the a6600 battery (NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion)
  • The lens is the same as the Sony RX10 IV (ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.4-4 Zoom Lens)
  • This camera will feature blackout free EVF bursts up to 24FPS.

The current Sony RX10 IV is a bridge camera (a non-compact camera with a fixed lens), it is a very easy-to-use camera with the stacked CMOS sensor, image plane phase detection AF and α series AF performance. I think that many people expect the completed “RX10 V” equipped with the latest AF algorithm and system.

This info is NOT confirmed by trusted sources, so just take it with a grain of salt!

Laowa 90mm F2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens for Sony E-mount

Venus Optics announces Laowa 90mm F2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The US price of the macro lens is $499 and available for Sony E mount.

 are sold at Adorama and B&H

The lens is constructed of 13 elements in 10 groups, including three extrea-low dispersion (ED) elements. It features a 13-blade aperture diaphragm, has an aperture range of F2.8, uses a 67mm front filter thread and has a minimum focusing distance of 20.5cm, at which it offers 2x magnification. Continue reading “Laowa 90mm F2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens for Sony E-mount”

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Review: “Performs Wonderfully Well”

The new Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G lens is now in stock at Amazon / B&HPhoto. The US price is $798.

Lenstip published their test results for the Sony FE 20mm G lens and concluded:

I have to admit I didn’t expect to be charmed by the performance of the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8G. Still, I had an opportunity to check out that lens not only during a studio session and my traditional session outside but also during a week-long trip to Iceland and it performed wonderfully well (several sample shots from that trip I post below). The lens is small, lightweight, handy, but it allows you to use ordinary filters with a diameter of 67 mm, a really moderate value for this angle of view. It’s a joy to use in landscape photography and its great aperture fastness provides additional advantages when it comes to wide angle astrophotography.
In fact, the lens has just one flaw, something you could anticipate and expect. After all it would be foolish to think an instrument with such dimensions and parameters would be able to correct vignetting in a perfect way. Well, all I have to say the final result of this testing category still was lower than our expectations so it wasn’t a complete disaster.
Taking it all into account I award the Sony FE 20 mm f/1.8G our Editor’s Choice badge without any qualms. The lens deserves it.

New Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens (SEL14F18GM) Review

The new Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM lens is now in stock at B&HPhoto, Amazon and Adorama. The US price is $1,598.

Optical Limits published its full review of the Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM. They say the lens  it is an exceptional lens within its category.

See the excerpt from the review below:

The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM has its flaws but within its category, it is an exceptional lens. The center performance is breathtaking and the outer image field is pretty good as well even at f/1.8 – quite an achievement. Technically, it is never really “tack sharp” in the corners (in high megapixel images) but no extreme ultra-wide angle lens is. There is a bit of field curvature so it’s best to pull the focus a little in infinity depth-of-field scenes. Image distortion is low even in raw images. Unsurprisingly, the vignetting is quite extreme at f/1.8 so it’s best to leave the image auto-correction activated. This also takes care of the moderate CAs. Positive aspects also include the smooth bokeh – unusual for such a lens – and the way sun stars are rendered at smaller aperture settings. The flare resistance is also better than usual but, of course, present when pushing it.

The Sony lens offers a very high build quality in a compact, lightweight package. The lens body is made of some compound material but it feels solid and combined with the anti-dust- and moisture sealing, the lens should be good enough for professional abuse. The AF is super fast and silent. If you prefer setting the aperture on the lens you can do so with this lens. Video makers will also appreciate the clickless option for it.

If you are an ultra-wide fanatic, the Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM is your ticket. Due to its fast max aperture, it is also more versatile than more conventional prime lenses in this range. And it’s reasonably priced for what it is. Highly recommended!

You can read the full review here

New Tests for Sony E 15mm f/1.4 G, 11mm f/1.8 & PZ 1-20mm f/4 G Lenses

Three new APS-C mirrorless E-mount lenses:  now officially announced.  Here are the new tests for Sony E 15mm f/1.4 G, 11mm f/1.8 & PZ 1-20mm f/4 G lenses.

Preorders:
10-20mm at B&HPhotoAmazon.
15mm f/1.4 at B&HPhotoAmazon.
11mm f/1.8 at B&HPhotoAmazon. Continue reading “New Tests for Sony E 15mm f/1.4 G, 11mm f/1.8 & PZ 1-20mm f/4 G Lenses”

Sony FE PZ 16-35mm G & 24-70mm GM II Lenses in Stock and Shipping

Both the new 24-70mm GM II and the 16-35mm G are now in Stock. Designed for E-mount camera systems, Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G (model SELP1635G)Amazon US, BHphoto. and Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens (B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama) now in stock and shipping.

Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Shipping Amazon USBHphoto

Sony FE PZ 16-35mm f/4 G Lens Features

  • The world’s lightest full-frame F4 wide-angle power-zoom lens
  • Outstanding resolution in an ultralight compact G Lens (12.5 oz)
  • Power zoom using 4 XD Linear Motors for responsive operation and control
  • Reduced focus breathing/shift for refined movie imagery
  • Fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking by 2 XD Linear Motors for movies and stills
  • Naturally rendered bokeh and excellent close-up performance (min focus 9.5″)
  • Consistent balance for easy handling with internal focus and zoom structures
  • Focus, zoom and aperture rings with lock and click on/off functions
  • Constant or variable zoom speed from lens or compatible cameras/remotes
  • Dust and moisture resistant design and front fluorine coating for reliability

New Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL-3 Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer with Built-In Micophone and Fill Light

Zhiyun announced this new gimbal with buit.in mic an light. You can preorder it at BHphoto and read the press release on Explora.

ZHIYUN is one of the world’s leading manufacturers when it comes to gimbals for filmmakers, cameras and smartphones with stabiliser solutions for all production sizes and budgets. Today the company has announced the release of the all new WeeBill 3 designed for use with mirrorless and DSLR cameras. Continue reading “New Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL-3 Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer with Built-In Micophone and Fill Light”

Sony launches ECM-B10 3-in-1 compact shotgun microphone

Sony has announced the ECM-B10, price tag $250, a compact three-in-one shotgun microphone for vlogging and interview-style videos that’s just 79.3mm long.

The Sony ECM-B10 price tag will be $250 with a release date set for July 2022. You can now order the new Microphone at BHphoto and Adorama. Continue reading “Sony launches ECM-B10 3-in-1 compact shotgun microphone”