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Laowa 15mm f/2 FE: Rolling Review and Comparisons Jul 19, 2017
Laowa 15mm f/2 FE: Rolling Review and Comparisons
In an effort to provide our readers with the latest and most up to date info, I will continue to update this review with additional tests and details as they become available.

Introduction:

Venus Optics prides themselves on providing “unique, practical and affordable lenses.” In fact over the last four years they have launched some appealing lenses into the marketplace.

The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is their first ultra wide lens designed for the Sony E-mount. We were offered a production model to test for a few weeks and here’s a glimpse into what we found.

First - I was curious about many aspects of this lens including resolution, contrast and aberration control. Since I own great number of native lenses that cover the 15mm focal lens, I thought it would be interesting to compare them side-by-side at infinity distance and find out how they differ...
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Weekly Assignment 770 winner: james milligan Jul 19, 2017

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Jul 14th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 15, 2017
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Chasing the Icelandic Midnight Sun by tmiller9

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People Photography:
Caroline Senior Portraits by friscoron

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Jul 7th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 08, 2017
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Landscape Photographer:
The Dreamland by LSExplorer

Nature & Wildlife:
BC interior - 2 by Colin F

People Photography:
Magazine cover by friscoron

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Weekly Assignment 768 winner: ox0312 Jul 05, 2017

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Monthly Assignment 157 winner: Vcize Jul 01, 2017

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Jun 30th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 01, 2017
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A couple from GTNP by JimKied

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Spring Has Finally Arrived Part IV by Chris Schlaf

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"Strength and Beauty" Diaries of a female Boxer by J.Marcus Photo

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LR test: Sharpness Tests of the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Jun 30, 2017
LR test: Sharpness Tests of the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8
Roger Cicala at LensRentals just posted MTF and variance testing for the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8.
There are side-by-side comparisons to the similar speed Batis 85/1.8 and faster lenses like the FE 85/1.4 GM and Sigma 85/1.4 Art.

Here is an except from Roger's summary:

"So was this exciting or what? I’m sure the answer to that question is dependent on who you are and if you appreciate nerding out to MTF charts. We have a reasonable performance 85mm f/1.8 lens at a fairly reasonable price in FE mount now. It isn’t cool, or sexy, or going to change the way you do photography and see the world around you. But it’s a useful option to have, and I bet it finds its way into a lot of camera bags.."

Read entire review.

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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8: B&H Photo | Adorama
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Official: Canon Announces the EOS 6D Mark II Jun 29, 2017
Official: Canon Announces the EOS 6D Mark II
Canon just announced the update of two of its camera lineups with the announcement of the 6D Mark II and Rebel SL2 bodies.

EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera ($1,999)

Pre-order: B&H Photo | Adorama

Designed with enthusiast photographers in mind, Canon’s popular and versatile EOS 6D DSLR camera historically served to bridge the gap between Canon’s higher-end APS-C DLSRs and Full-Frame DSLR cameras. The EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera features several enhancements over its predecessor model, and its benefits include:
  1. 26.2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
  2. Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System1
  3. Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection & Full HD 60p
  4. DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-40000
  5. Vari-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD
  6. Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3, Bluetooth®4 and GPS technology
  7. High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.5 fps
  8. Dust- & Water-resistant

EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera ($549.99)

Pre-order: B&H Photo | Adorama

The EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR camera features several other enhancements over its predecessor model, the EOS Rebel SL1, including:
  1. 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  2. Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  3. 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD Touch-Screen
  4. Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 Technology
  5. Full HD 60p & External Microphone Input
  6. DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-25600
  7. Optical Viewfinder with a 9-point AF System
  8. Feature Assistant
  9. Small and Lightweight Body

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera is scheduled to be available in late July 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1,999.00 for body only, $3,099.00 with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM II lens and $2,599.00 with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens**. In addition the EOS Rebel SL2 is scheduled to be available in late July 2017 for a retail price of $549.99 for body only and $699.99 with the Canon EF-S 18-55m f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.
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Weekly Assignment 767 winner: Danpbphoto Jun 28, 2017

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LensRentals very impressed by the FE 12-24/4G Jun 27, 2017
LensRentals very impressed by the FE 12-24/4G
Roger Cicala at LensRentals just posted MTF and Variance Testing for the new Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G.
Looking at the results, the new Sony ultra-wide seems to be flat field without much astigmatism while maintaining high resolution and contrast. It did very well against the much heavier competition.

Here is an except from Roger's summary:

"The MTF results tell you if the lens should be a sharp lens, and the results here indicate that it should. That makes it worth further investigation for those of you interested in this focal length. It’s one of the more impressive Sony offerings that have come out; reasonable price, excellent MTF, reasonable sample variation.

There is something that is more interesting to me in the bigger picture, though. Sony has made this lens smaller than the others in this range, which will be nice sitting on an FE camera. And they’ve done that without the customary ‘Sony surcharge’, which is nice on your wallet. At this point, I can’t help but be very impressed."

Read entire review.

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Pre-order: Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

(Expected availability: Thu Jul 6)

B&H Photo | Adorama

Main features:
  1. Four Aspherical Elements
  2. One Super ED and Three ED Elements
  3. Nano AR Coating
  4. Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor
  5. Focus Hold Button, AF/MF Switch
  6. Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  7. Seven-Bladed Rounded Diaphragm
  8. Angle of View:122° - 84°
  9. Minimum Focus Distance: 11.02" (28 cm)
  10. Magnification: 0.14x
  11. Elements/Groups: 17 / 13
  12. Filter Thread: None
  13. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 3.5 x 4.6" (88.90 x 116.84 mm)
  14. Weight: 1.24 lb (565 g)
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Jun 23rd - Featured Thread Winners! Jun 24, 2017
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Landscape Photographer:
Apocalypse by Nubcake

Nature & Wildlife:
It's been a while since I worked the neighborhood hawk by MedicineMan404

People Photography:
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Preorder: Sigma 14mm f/1.8 & 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lenses Jun 22, 2017
Preorder: Sigma 14mm f/1.8 & 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lenses
You can now preorder the new Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art & Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lenses today!

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art: ($1,599)

Canon: B&H Photo | Adorama

Nikon: B&H Photo | Adorama


Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art: (1,299)

Canon: B&H Photo | Adorama

Nikon: B&H Photo | Adorama

The lenses should start shipping by Friday Jun 23rd.
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Weekly Assignment 766 winner: mic37 Jun 21, 2017

Congratulations to mic37 for winning WA 766, based on the theme: Togetherness.

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Jun 16th - Featured Thread Winners! Jun 17, 2017
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Landscape Photographer:
Far up Right Fork is an oasis in Zion by gordon l

Nature & Wildlife:
Todays Theme: Chew by USM IS

People Photography:
Left Behind | Volume II by Lisa_Holloway

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Weekly Assignment 765 winner: Danpbphoto Jun 14, 2017

Congratulations to Danpbphoto for winning WA 765, based on the theme: Taboo.

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Weekly Assignment 767 just started with theme: "Triangles"
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Jun 9th - Featured Thread Winners! Jun 10, 2017
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Landscape Photographer:
5 Images From Joshua Tree NP by Adam_A

Nature & Wildlife:
The colour is back! Costa Rica only by juankgigo

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Laura at the Valley of Fire by Adam_A

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