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Apr 29th - Featured Thread Winners! Apr 30, 2016
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Landscape Photographer:
Positive Vibes by Scott Kroeker

Nature & Wildlife:
The Great Wildlife Variety of Viera Wet(20) by Shasoc

People Photography:
Engagement by FotoHouse

Weekly Assignment 706 winner: Wysongj Apr 27, 2016

Congratulations to Wysongj for winning WA 706, based on the theme: Color: Blue.

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Weekly Assignment 707 just started with theme: "Faceless portraits"
Deadline: May 4th noon - Participate!
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Apr 22nd - Featured Thread Winners! Apr 23, 2016
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Landscape Photographer:
Cold Climb - Northwest Territories by Gary Clennan

Nature & Wildlife:
Polar Bears and Cubs Part 2 by Natures Photo

People Photography:
Jeannie and Auggie - One Year later by DianeinCR

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Voigtlander 15/4.5 III E-mount Rolling review Apr 22, 2016
Voigtlander 15/4.5 III E-mount Rolling review
I just received the new Voigtlander 15/4.5 III E-mount and will be comparing to the M-mount and the Distagon ZE 15/2.8 Distagon.

The initial tests will be against the M-mount to see if there are any optical improvements at infinity.

Pre-order today ($799)
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Weekly Assignment 705 winner: gregfixit Apr 20, 2016

Congratulations to gregfixit for winning WA 705, based on the theme: Chaos.

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Weekly Assignment 706 just started with theme: "Connection"
Deadline: April 27th noon - Participate!
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Apr 15th - Featured Thread Winners! Apr 16, 2016
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Landscape Photographer:
Huangshan China by Dave Dillemuth

Nature & Wildlife:
Four days with a cheetah family by hobbes382

People Photography:
Hailee & Jaci {a twin sister shoot} by Lisa_Holloway

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Official: Batis 18/2.8 announced for $1,499 Apr 14, 2016
Official: Batis 18/2.8 announced for $1,499
Zeiss announces the Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens. Ships on May 5 for $1,499.

The lens has a 77mm filter thread, floating elements and seven special glass including 4 asphericals!

Main features:
  1. E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  2. Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  3. Distagon Optical Design
  4. Four Aspherical Elements
  5. Seven Special Glass Elements
  6. Floating Elements System
  7. Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  8. OLED Display for Focus Distance and DoF
  9. Linear Autofocus Motor
  10. Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  11. Filter size: 77mm
  12. Weight: 330g!
Pre-order your today:

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Weekly Assignment 704 winner: IsaacTheGray Apr 13, 2016

Congratulations to IsaacTheGray for winning WA 704, based on the theme: Texture.

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Weekly Assignment 705 just started with theme: "Color: Blue"
Deadline: April 20th noon - Participate!
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85mm f/1.4 G Master Tear Down! Apr 12, 2016
85mm f/1.4 G Master Teardown!
Roger Cicala just posted the tear down of the new Sony FE 85/1.4 GM.

Here is a section regarding focusing noise, scratches and dust:
"A couple of facts that Iíve gleaned from simply examining and testing 40+ copies of the 85mm f/1.4 Master.

  1. The Piezo (or SSM if you prefer) ring-linear drive does make noise. Itís noticeable. Every copy Iíve tried does to some degree, although some are louder than others. HOWEVER, if the camera is put in video mode the AF slows down and the noise is markedly reduced. So photo mode fast and noisy, video mode slower and quiet. Thatís logical.
  2. Every 85mm wide-aperture lens Iíve ever looked in has some dust inside, NIB and no matter the brand. Itís partly because this type of lens has a front group that magnifies the interior. If yours doesnít have dust in it then you donít have a bright enough light to fuel your dust paranoia properly.
  3. Just over half of the 85mm f/1.4 G Master lenses Iíve looked at have some marks on the inner focusing barrel that look like either scrapes or lubricant. These donít make any more or less noise than ones without marks. Also a fair number have marks on only the lower part of the barrel. These are no noisier over the marked part than over the unmarked part. In other words, I didnít find any association between barrel marks and noise."

To read the entire test, check out Lensrentals.com

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Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM ($1,798)
B&H Photo | Adorama
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Sony FE 85/1.4 GM Lens MTF and Variance Apr 11, 2016
Sony FE 85/1.4 GM Lens MTF and Variance
Roger Cicala posted MTF graphs and variance tests for the new Sony FE 85/1.4 GM.

He summarizes:
"Of course, the proof of a lens is in the pictures it takes, not in this simple testing. But the test results can be useful and these are certainly reassuring. The Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master lens is pricey, but not much different than the price of other top-quality 85mm f/1.4 lenses. It delivers the image quality you would expect for the price and copy-to-copy variation is reassuringly low. Sony has definitely taken strides to fix the variation problem that we saw in some of the earlier FE lenses. Give them credit, and also give them some understanding. They are turning out lots of new lenses in a new mount with a bunch of new technology."

To read the entire test, check out Lensrentals.com

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Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM ($1,798)
B&H Photo | Adorama
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Adorama savings on new GM and other E-mount lenses Apr 10, 2016
Adorama savings on new GM and other E-mount lenses
Lots of Gift Card deals on FE lenses at Adorama:

Free $200 Gift Card on the new Sony FE 24-70/2.8 GM lens. (Final price: $1,998)
Free $100 Gift Card on newly released and still in pre-order FE 70-300/4.5-5.6G OSS. (Final price: $1,098)

More deals on many other FE lenses:
  1. $150 gift card on the FE 16-35/4 OSS
    (Final price: $1,098)

  2. $150 gift card on the FE 70-200/4 G OSS
    (Final price: $1,248)

  3. $50 gift card on the FE 90/2.8 G Macro OSS
    (Final price: $948)

  4. $50 gift card on the FE 35/1.4 ZA
    (Final price: $1,448)

  5. $50 gift card on the FE 55/1.8 ZA
    (Final price: $848)

  6. $50 gift card on the FE 35/2.8 ZA
    (Final price: $648)

  7. $50 gift card on the FE 24-240/3.5-6.3 OSS
    (Final price: $923)

  8. $50 gift card on the FE 24-70/4 ZA OSS
    (Final price: $1,048)

  9. $50 gift card on the FE 28/2
    (Final price: $398)
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Apr 8th - Featured Thread Winners! Apr 09, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
B-Sides - The Eclectic Mix by Matt Anderson

Nature & Wildlife:
Pumas, pumas, pumas (28(32)...now 35 images) by eyelaser

People Photography:
Beauty with wildflowers by rongwam

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New Hasselblad 100MP. Only $32.995! Apr 08, 2016
New Hasselblad 100MP. Only $32.995!
Hasselblad just released its new medium format DSLR with Sony's latest 100MP sensor.
The camera will be available in June 2016 for $32,995.

Pre-order the new Hasselblad H6D-100c Medium Format DSLR Camera at B&H Photo.

Main features:
  1. 100MP 53.4 x 40.0mm CMOS Sensor
  2. 16-Bit Color, 15-Stop Dynamic Range
  3. Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
  4. UHD 4K and Full HD RAW Video at 30 fps
  5. ISO 64-12800, Shooting Up to 1.5 fps
  6. Shutter Speeds: 60 min to 1/2000 sec
  7. 3.0" 920k-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  8. Dual CFast and SD Memory Card Slots
  9. Built-In Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 Type-C
  10. Includes Body, Back, HVD 90x Viewfinder
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Photozone review: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS Macro Apr 06, 2016
Photozone review: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS Macro
Photozone just posted a review on the Sony FE 90/2.8 G OSS Macro lens.

Klaus Schroiff has been skeptical of the quality control of Sony E-mount lenses until now. However, he mentions that the FE 90/2.8G OSS macro is an example of how things have improved.

Main points from his review:
  1. Macro lenses are usual free of image distortions and this also applies to the Sony lens ... in JPEG mode with activated distortion correction that is. The distortion level is slightly higher at 0.9% (barrel-type) when looking at RAW images.

  2. Light falloff reaches a medium level of 1.4EV (f-stops) - this is noticeable in certain scenes albeit far from being dramatic. Stopping down to/4 reduces the issue and it's basically gone from f/4

  3. Highly impressive sharpness results straight from the max. aperture. The center performance is already excellent at f/2.8 and the quality of the outer image region is easily very good. The peak performance is reached between f/4-5.6 although the increase in quality from f/2.8 is rather marginal.

  4. Very low amount of lateral CA

  5. Out-of-focus highlights have a circular shape between f/2.8 and f/5.6. However, the inner zone of the highlight discs is nervous at least in bright discs.

  6. Rendition of the focus transition zone is very smooth and buttery in both the image background, slightly less so in the image foreground.

  7. The lens is moderately fast so it's not overly affected by LoCA. You can spot traces of this at f/2.8 but this is rather negligible.

Read entire review at Photozone.com

Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS Macro at B&H Photo ($998.00)
15 posts  |  1821 views
Weekly Assignment 703 winner: voltaire Apr 06, 2016

Congratulations to voltaire for winning WA 703, based on the theme: Structures.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

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Weekly Assignment 704 just started with theme: "Chaos"
Deadline: April 13th noon - Participate!
5 posts  |  1011 views
The 24-70mm f/2.8 GM MTF and Variance Tests Apr 06, 2016
The 24-70mm f/2.8 GM MTF and Variance Tests
Roger Cicala posted MTF graphs and variance tests for the new 24-70mm f/2.8 GM.

As we have already seen from the infinity tests I posted a few days ago, his bench-test results confirm that the FE 24-70/2.8 is stronger at the wider range with a slight resolution drop towards the longer end. The low variance between copies is also good news for Sony shooters.

He summarizes:
"When the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 Mk II came out a couple of years ago, I hailed it as dramatically better than what had ever been available in this range. Sony FE shooters now have itís equal in a native-mount lens. Sure the fanboys can split hairs about this or that, but the differences in the lenses themselves are tiny. Of course, the proof is in the image, but early reports from reviewers seem to agree the new Sony performs just as well in the field as it does on the MTF bench. Well done, Sony!"

To read the entire test, check out Lensrentals.com

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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM ($2,198)
B&H Photo | Adorama
27 posts  |  3255 views
Apr 1st - Featured Thread Winners! Apr 02, 2016
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Few from Kauai by Gregg B.

Nature & Wildlife:
2015 Eagle Nest in Review... by arbitrage

People Photography:
Kimberly by Evan Baines

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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Rolling Review Apr 01, 2016
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Rolling tests
After receiving my Sony FE 24-70/2.8 GM today, I first checked to see if the lens was well-centered. The good news is that it passed my decentering tests at all focal lengths (24, 28, 35, 50 and 70mm). My tests are done at infinity and to make sure there is no room for variance.

Next, I took many aperture tests at most focal lengths and compared some of them with the lenses I have (Loxia 21/2.8 ,Loxia 50/2 and FE 28/2). The Loxia 21mm will be compared with the zoom at 24mm.

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM ($2,198)

B&H Photo | Adorama
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