Lensrentals released their test results for the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS and they are surprisingly disappointing. Up until now I have heard very good things about this lens, but Lensrentals testing is very reputable and they seemed shocked by the results too.
“If you view the charts at 100%, you’ll see that they’re consistent with the MTF charts Roger generated for all three lenses. The Sony just isn’t that great, and that’s really disappointing considering the price tag and how long customers have had to wait for that lens to be available. But if you need f/2.8 and working autofocus, it’s really the best option out there for Sony mirrorless cameras.”
It’s a shame that Sony missed the mark on such an important and expensive lens and maybe there is something software wise that corrects the error, but it failed to impress even when they shot the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS with comparable 70-200’s on a Sony a7RII. If you’re as shocked as I was then go check out the full Lensrentals article here for more details.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive ultra-wide fisheye Meike just released their 6.5mm f/2.0 fisheye. It’s available at Amazon, but if 6.5mm is a little too wide for you the 8mm f2.8 Samyang that I own is excellent and a lot of fun, but it’s a little more expensive at Amazon.
Lots of big reviews were published right before the beginning to the new year. Most by switchers, but a few were from new Sony a99 Mark II users. Image-Resource and The Photoblographer published their completed Sony a99 Mark II reviews just before the end of the new year.
Rokinon announced the launch of its new Rokinon Digital Photo 20mm f1.8 and Cine DS 20mm t1.9 Full Frame Super Wide Angle lenses, which are made from high-strength aluminum alloy and feature a 94.8 degree field of view. Both Lenses have non-rotating 77mm filter mounts, Rokinon’s Ultra Multi-Coating, and smooth, quiet focusing control. They have a 7.9/0.20m minimum focusing distance, 13 elements in 12 groups, three extra-low dispersion elements, and a pair of aspherical elements. The Cine DS alone has a geared aperture and controls, a de-clicked aperture control ring, and dual right/left distance and t-stop scales.