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For almost a decade the Sigma 12-24mm full frame ultra wide angle zoom has been unrivalled by any other makers – not Nikon, not Canon, not Tamron, not Tokina, not Sony. No maker has ventured where Sigma went, to the extremes of over 120° coverage combined with well corrected straight line geometry. Today, the original 12-24mm [...] . . . → Read More: Sigma ultrawide zooms – old and new 12-24s versus 8-16mm
Side by side on my light table (which collapses with a ‘pop’ when sixteen tons of Nikon is placed on it), and the NEX-7 is given the foreground role to avoid any accusations of using perspective to make it look tiddly. I’m writing some reviews of the Nikon and other new professional DSLRs for the British [...] . . . → Read More: David and Goliath? Nikon D4 dwarfs NEX-7!
I’m about to offend myself. I own this lens, and I know how upset owners of brand new lenses get when someone says it’s not perfect. Well, the 16-50mm SSM is far from perfect and if you know how to check out lenses, you’ll agree should you be lucky enough to own one. It’s a [...] . . . → Read More: Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM
After using Sigma’s 18-250mm optically stabilised zoom on Alpha bodies for a year and more, the first thing which strikes about the Tamron 18-270mm for Sony mount is the lack of the VC (Vibration Control) stabiliser found on the same lens made for Canon or Nikon. Tamron’s lenses come without a case, but with a custom [...] . . . → Read More: Tamron 18-270mm – a hero, but no VC…
TOKINA lenses – the brand name for optical giant Hoya’s interchangeable range – have always been renowned for their tank-like build quality and resistance to plastic trends. They compare so well with Nikon’s own lenses it is hard to tell the difference by feel, and the current design also matches Nikon more than it does [...] . . . → Read More: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 SD (IF) DX
Continuing to make profiles when time permits, here is a reasonably detailed profile for the Sony DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss zoom (2007) created using the Sony Alpha 550 14.2 megapixel camera using Manual Focus Check Live View at 14X to set the lens focus and ensure the chart is positioned to use 100% [...] . . . → Read More: CZ 16-80mm Adobe Profile
Sony, which has a UK event taking place on Thursday July 15th showcasing new products for the Christmas market, has surprised us by launching its NEX mount HD camcorder with 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and 18-200mm OSS interchangeable lens much sooner than anyone expected. . . . → Read More: NEX camcorder launched
Press release from Sony, March 3rd 2009 – important bits highlighted in bold, uncalled-for comments in italics: The Cyber-shot HX1 by Sony, teams stunning picture quality, lightning-fast shooting and powerful creative features in a stylish, supremely easy to use camera. The new flagship of the Cyber-shot range showcases a range of sophisticated image sensing, optical and [...] . . . → Read More: HX1 Cyber-shot with EXMOR CMOS and G Lens
Tamron’s new ultra wide angle zoom for APS-C/DX is getting a bit of a blasting from reviewers. Now, when I see this happen, I get curious. Lens testing is often badly designed for such zooms, involving test chart targets at distances which are extremely close and result in very bad figures caused mainly by a [...] . . . → Read More: Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5
TAMRON has announced that its new 10-24mm lens will be an ƒ3.5-4.5 design – not an ƒ2.8 as some rumours had it – and will hit the shops in Nikon and Canon mounts first, on September 20th. . . . → Read More: Tamron 10-24mm ƒ3.5-4.5 announced