DPReview: Sony a7III Receives Gold Award


DPReviews has given the Sony a7III a glowing review and no one should be surprised. The a7III offers an incredible value for those looking to purchase a full frame camera and you can read the full review here or just check out the summary below.

Put simply, the Sony a7 III is a new benchmark for full frame cameras due to its compelling combination of value and capability – and the fact that this series of cameras has come so far in less than five years is impressive in its own right. For around the same price as an ‘entry-level’ full frame camera in 2012 and 2013, the a7 III offers speed for the sports shooter, autofocus accuracy for the portraitist, dynamic range for the landscape photographer and low light image quality for the couple at a candlelit dinner. And don’t forget about the best video quality and feature set this side of a dedicated cinema rig.

What we like What we don’t
  • New 24 megapixel BSI sensor
  • Great low ISO dynamic range, and high ISO noise performance
  • Very reliable autofocus system lifted from Sony’s a9 sports camera
  • Updated ergonomics including an autofocus joystick
  • 10 frames-per-second burst shooting, dropping to 8 with ‘live view’
  • Very high-quality 4K and HD video, including Log capture and slow-motion
  • Updated menu system
  • Good battery life
  • Market-leading noise reduction and detail in out-of-camera JPEGs
  • Expansive customization options for both stills and video capture
  • Good wireless connectivity
  • USB charging, USB C / 3.1 connection
  • Headphone / mic jack included
  • Viewfinder resolution on the low side
  • Lacks DSLR feeling of ‘immediacy’ for controls and menus
  • Continuous AF at smaller apertures can result in hunting or focus failure
  • Only one card slot supports the faster UHS-II format
  • Some lenses may result in ‘striping’ in images containing flare
  • Lackluster touchscreen experience
  • Moiré artifacts may be a problem
  • Weather-sealing doesn’t appear to be as robust as competitors
  • Unintuitive video autofocus
  • Some buttons are too small and could use more tactile feedback
  • No in-camera Raw processing
  • 8-bit internal and external video capture limits Log footage flexibility

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Sony Savings Sunday


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Meike 85mm f/1.8 Autofocus E-mount Lens Announced

Meike has an 85mm f/1.8 AF lens coming for Sony E-mount. Meike lenses are usually available via Amazon. You can find all of the details about the lens below. Read More »

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Dr. Rudolph’s APO Plasmat Lens 105mm f2.7 Returns

Meyer Optik is launching another lens via kick starters the Plasmat Lens 105mm f2.7 that will be available for E-Mount. We previously mentioned this lens coming here.

When Dr. Paul Rudolph designed the Makroplasmat he was aiming at the highest or better to say perfect stage of chromatic correction. The result was a lens that is spherically corrected to the highest degree for the colors of the spectrum at various diaphragm stops. For the blue rays the diaphragm opening is slightly smaller than for the yellow rays. Paul Rudolph called the fact that he had spherically corrected the Makroplasmat equally well for all colors of the spectrum “Sphero-Achromatic”. By using the most modern glasses with tightest specifications we could improve this feature some more and the Makroplasmat lens is therefore designed to bring the three wavelengths (typically red, green, and blue) into focus in the same plane. The Makroplasmat is also corrected for spherical aberration at three wavelengths. The effect which is derived is a chiaroscuro (light and shade) of the Plasmat that shows an enhanced plasticity and a unique transmission of space formation with greatest pictorial atmosphere.

You can find more information about the Plasmat Lens 105mm f2.7 here.

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Laowa 10-18 f/3.5-4.5 and Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Officially Announced

Press Release
Venus Optics announces 4 new & unique lenses in development, led by the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE, World’s widest zoom lens for Sony full frame E-mount cameras

All 4 lenses will make their debut in the coming Beijing P&E Imaging Fair.

Anhui China, Apr 20, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce 4 new and unique lenses.

–  Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
–  Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
–  Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
–  Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT
–  Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom

This lens is currently the widest zoom lens available for Sony full frame E-mount cameras. Designed primarily for travel photography, Venus optics have managed to compress the size to smallest in its class, less than 10 inch (<10cm) and only 1.1 pounds (<500g). The 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) angle of view provides flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element to deliver exceptional performance. It can focus as close as 15cm for some mini-macro shooting. A rear filter slot is included to fit with 37mm filter. Click/clickless aperture can be toggled by the switch on the lens barrel.

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The wide magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subject at any sizes. This 100mm portrait lens also features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that no chromatic aberration can be found. The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness image in both macro and tele distances. Canon EF / Nikon AI / Pentax K / Sony FE mounts are available.

Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
This is currently the widest available native lens option for Fujifilm G-mount cameras. The new Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX has a field of view equivalent to 13mm in 35mm format (113°). Featuring a close-to-zero distortion and 86mm filter thread, this lens is ideally suited for landscape, architecture & interior photography. The 21 elements in 14 groups design with 2pcs of aspherical & 3pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements successfully help to control the distortion & chromatic aberrations to the minimal.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT
Featuring a 210° angle of view, this lens delivers unique circular fisheye field of view on Micro four thirds cameras. The ultra-wide angle view allows photographers to create 360° panorama with ease. Despite the unique & ultra-wide perspective, the lens only weighs 0.3 pounds (135g).

Availability
All four lenses will be available for trial at Venus Optics’ booth (T225) in Beijing P&E Imaging fair during 3rd-6th May 2019. They are expected to be shipped in mid/late 2018. Exact shipping date and pricing are to be confirmed.

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Overall Winners Revealed For 2018 Sony World Photography Awards


Overall winners revealed for 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
● British artist Alys Tomlinson named Photographer of the Year
● 10 Professional category winners and finalists revealed
● Overall Open, Youth and Student winners announced
● Images available at www.worldphoto.org/press

London, April 19, 2018: The World Photography Organisation today names the overall winners of the prestigious 2018 Sony World Photography Awards at a London ceremony.

The coveted Photographer of the Year title was presented to British artist Alys Tomlinson for her series Ex-Voto, winning the photographer $25,000 (USD). The work was praised by the jury for its beautiful production, technical excellence and sensitive illustration of pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice to a greater power.

Tomlinson was selected from the 10 category winners of the Professional competition who were announced today alongside those in 2nd and 3rd place in each Professional category. The overall winners of the Awards’ Open (best single image), Youth and Student Focus competitions were also revealed.

All winners were flown to the London awards ceremony and received Sony digital imaging equipment, publication in the winners’ book and their work will be shown as part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London.

Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Candida Höfer was also at the ceremony to collect her prize.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year. The Awards’ annual London exhibition brings together the best established and emerging talent from around the world, providing winning and shortlisted photographers the opportunity to showcase their work on an international stage. Read More »

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