When Sony first announced their mirrorless full frame E mount system, the 24-70mm f4 was mentioned as one of the first lenses to be offered. Fast forward a bit, and it has hit the retailers and is receiving reviews. As one of the first zooms offered to a brand new system, there is a lot riding on the 24-70mm f4 FE OSS due to to the fact that it will help to keep the system afloat in its infancy. So with that in mind, Sony made this lens splashproof and dustproof–whatever that really means.
Despite the build though, folks purchase a lens for its image quality. And boy, does it exhibit some pretty good image quality–emphasis on pretty good. This lens doesn’t seem to be the company’s sharpest zoom lens, and to be honest it’s very much more of a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none. But in the hands of the right creative, it can do some great work.
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When walking around the streets of any big city, the best camera is always the one that you have on you. But lots of us here at the Phoblographer love point and shoots. These cameras are lightweight, better than a phone, small, and so low profile that no one will think that you look like a creep. But what we care about a whole lot more is the image quality–and many modern cameras perform more than well enough to please even the most snobbish of shooters.
Here are our picks for the best cameras for street photography.
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Phottix already wowed us with the performance of its Mitros+ flash on Canon and Nikon cameras, and now it’s available to Sony bodies as well. Like the flash’s earlier renditions, the Mitros+ comes with a built-in 2.4GHz transceiver inside that can communicate with other Mitros+ flashes as well as Odin and Strato II flash triggers for TTL control.
Like the Canon version we reviewed earlier last year, the Mitros+ can’t communicate with Sony’s own flashes. On top of that it also needs Phottix’s Odin receiver or another flash trigger of some sort. But the shoe is the older Minolta shoe; not the new Multi-interface shoe that has been around since the Sony A99.
As a flashgun itself the Mitros+ covers a flash-zoom range of 24-105mm and features a 360-degree rotating head. The unit can also be set to a full range of manual and automatic modes including high-speed sync and First Curtain Sync for cameras with electronic front curtain shutters such as the Sony A6000 and A7 when used with the right adapter.
The Phottix Mitros+ for Sony is still on its way to stores but it will be available for $449.99. Until then you can gawk at some more technical details after the break and see more images of the flashgun.
According to a new Sony patent found by Sony Alpha Rumors, the company is trying to eliminate rolling shutter completely. The company first started to talk about this when they announced the RX10: and their method was to eliminate rolling shutter and issues by outputting the entire sensor readout pixel for pixel. However, it’s easier for them to do this with a 1-inch sensor.
For the uninformed, rolling shutter is a video issue that occurs due to what’s known as line skipping. By that, when the camera reads a scene, it takes out individual lines of information. This is different from Global Shutter: which in the entire frame is used.
Sony’s new tactic in the new sensor design pictured above is to read the entire plane four lines at a time. What they’re also claiming is that high ISO noise will be reduced and dynamic range will be increased.
While this will greatly help them in the video market, many of the pros still seem to reach for Arri and Canon camcorders–and Sony is going to have to find a way to get them back. Back around 2005-2009, Sony had most of the pro market. Since the Canon 5D Mk II was released, Canon took it and continued to build on it with the 1DC, C300, C500, and the 5D Mk III. Further hacks from Magic Lantern made some of the cameras even better. But Sony has been making attempts at fighting back through the A7s and a couple of other products.
It may be too early to see this technology at Photokina just yet, but we’re sure that we’ll be hearing about it some time down the line.
Two of this year’s best point and shoot cameras are the Canon G1X Mk II and the Sony RX100 Mk III. Both cameras share a decorated lineage and both are aimed at the enthusiast that wants a pocket camera with a large sensor.
But just which one is better?
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