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Never say ‘zoom with your feet’…

There’s a dismissive and rather superior position some camera club buffs take – ‘why not zoom with your feet?’. It is well worth ignoring. The focal length of your lens, whether your use a zoom or a range of fixed focal length lenses, decides the exact relationship of elements in the picture including one component . . . → Read More: Never say ‘zoom with your feet’…

New 85mm f/1.8 FE and 100mm f/2.8 STF for E-mount

Sony has announced two new lenses for E-mount mirrorless cameras.

The FE 100mm F2.8[i] STF GM OSS is the first Smooth Transition Focus prime since the acclaimed A-mount 135mm and is designed for the best possible bokeh without any trace of aperture-related artefacts. The compact, lightweight FE 85mm F1.8 portrait prime lens may . . . → Read More: New 85mm f/1.8 FE and 100mm f/2.8 STF for E-mount

Sony A6500 – IBIS, touch screen, 200k shutter, €1700 body

Sony’s official press release – we’re working here on magazines with deadlines tonight so this is unedited hot news. Enjoy!

Sony today introduced its new flagship APS-C sensor camera, the α6500 (model ILCE-6500). As the latest addition to Sony’s line-up of award winning mirrorless cameras, the new α6500 shares the same unrivaled 4D FOCUS™ . . . → Read More: Sony A6500 – IBIS, touch screen, 200k shutter, €1700 body

Sony launches A99II at photokina

Sony has today released the details of the updated A99II, using a 42MP sensor and 5-axis stabilisation to match the A7RII. It does not appear to have retained GPS and the paragraph highlighted in red later on indicates a weasel-worded possible get out for this – it may not embed GPS in the image . . . → Read More: Sony launches A99II at photokina

Sony FE Macro 50mm f/2.8 – only $500

Sony has just announced yet another 50mm, and this time it’s different – a truly affordable 50mm 1:1 macro, only $500 US. We reckon this will become the most popular standard 50mm lens by far, even more so than the budget 50mm f/1.8. Now you can photograph your food properly at last!

It certainly . . . → Read More: Sony FE Macro 50mm f/2.8 – only $500

Sony UK cashbacks end Sept 4th

Some worthwhile Sony lens cashbacks – some applying to in-stock lenses which may not have suffered the August price-hike yet – can be found from UK dealers such as WEX Photographic.

Amazon.co.uk has a reasonably good list of lenses too and the 70-200mm f/4 FE OSS G can still be found for under £1k . . . → Read More: Sony UK cashbacks end Sept 4th

Sony new RF wireless flash system

Sony today announced the availability of a new radio-controlled lighting system to meet the growing demands of professional and advanced amateur Sony photographers.Designed for compatibility with Sony’s α interchangeable lens cameras[i] and external flash units[ii], the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless . . . → Read More: Sony new RF wireless flash system

Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

A quintessential wide-aperture 50mm “normal” lens, the new ZEISS® Planar F1.4 offers high resolution, high-contrast and overall exceptional performance

Sony today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA (model SEL50F14Z). (Press release 2pm UK time)

. . . → Read More: Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

Tamron’s super value 70-300mm USD on the A7RII

If you want to get a 70-300mm which works on the Sony A7RII, the A7 series body with the best on-sensor phase detection/contrast detection mix, your first choice should be the new Sony FE 70-300mm f/4-5.6 G OSS. But that demands a wallet opened with £1,150 (UK SRP) in it. In return you get . . . → Read More: Tamron’s super value 70-300mm USD on the A7RII

Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony MFA

This is expanded from the feature which appears in the July/August issue of f2 Cameracraft magazine. We’ve been using the Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony Multi-Function Accessory shoe since its arrival on May 28th as the first test unit released by Elinchrom. If you wonder why I don’t immediately do a clickbait blog . . . → Read More: Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony MFA