Sample Gallery: Sony a7r III RAW Files Edited in Capture One

The Sony a7r III seems to have a sensor that allows for ultimate versatility

We’re currently in Sedona, Arizona with Sony and a number of other journalists using the Sony a7r III camera along with some of the company’s latest lenses. Additionally, I’ve been testing the Sony a7r III with the Profoto B1 and the Profoto A1. We’ve been shooting a number of landscapes, portraits, sports, and documenting decisive moments with this camera. Thus far, the Sony a7r III seems really fantastic as a mirrorless camera but there are still a few quirks. However, the good far outweighs the bad.

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First Impressions: Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

The Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is a pretty impressive optic

When I first got to see and hold the Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens, I didn’t think it would be anywhere near as lightweight as it is. To be honest, I’ve seen and held 70-200mm f2.8 lenses that are heavier and in some ways bigger, at least when collapsed. Granted, this lens has external zooming.

The Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is designed for photographers who shoot stuff like wildlife, sports, etc. and want something lightweight, good quality and with professional performance. And even though I handled a prototype at Photo Plus, it’s showing a lot of promise.

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A Sony G Master 400mm f2.8 FE Lens is Coming in Summer 2018

For the sports and wildlife photographers, look forward to the Sony G Master 400mm f2.8 FE Lens.

In addition to the company’s new Sony a7r III and Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS lens, the company is announcing the development of their new Sony G Master 400mm f2.8 FE Lens. This new lens is coming in Summer 2018 and is Sony’s first super telephoto prime. The company has super telephoto zoom lenses, but this is the first very long prime that the FE lineup of lenses will get. In case you’re wondering, a lens like the Sony G Master 400mm f2.8 FE Lens may find its way not only in the hands of sports and wildlife photographers, but also with photojournalists.

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Review: Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master FE (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

There are few lenses that have the extra versatility that something like the Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master FE does–it’s a decent option for wildlife, landscapes, outdoor sports, and a variety of other applications that really need longer focal lengths. Though at the same time, I don’t expect it to be one of Sony’s most popular lenses. Why? Well, the 70-200mm f2.8 with teleconverters provide photographers with a fair amount more versatility. But in addition to that, I just don’t see most photographers using it vs something like the 70-200mm f2.8 G Master. That’s an obviously given fact. And with all that in mind, that doesn’t at all mean that the Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master FE is a bad lens. In fact, it’s fantastic!

But at the same time, its release was a curious one. The Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master FE was released with the Sony a9. In terms of the sports world, that makes sense; but where are Sony’s long telephoto fast primes for this type of photography? At the time of publishing this review, they’re nowhere to be seen.

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Review: Canon 6D Mk II

I want to get something straight that not a lot of reviews are putting out there: the Canon 6D Mk II isn’t a bad camera, in fact for most people, it will be a pretty darned good one. But for the rest of us who are at a point where we are demanding more from our cameras and image quality, we shouldn’t even be looking at this one. In many ways, the Canon 6D Mk II is the modern Canon full frame Rebel. What do I mean by that? Canon has squarely given the camera enough features to please the folks who just want to move up to full frame and their current lineup of users. There’s nothing incredibly revolutionary about it and the folks at the NYTimes aren’t bound to write praises about it; but at the same time it isn’t a terrible camera at all.

But in every single way, it isn’t something I’d recommend to any sort of working pro or semi-professional except for perhaps portrait photographers.

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Review: Sony a9

It took Sony long enough, but earlier this year the company announced a true flagship mirrorless camera: the Sony a9. The Sony a9 is designed to take on the likes of the Canon 1DX Mk II and the Nikon D5. It’s a camera designed for a photojournalist who needs not a whole lot of resolution but a balance between that and good high ISO output. To appeal to these photographers, Sony gave the Sony a9 an impressive 20 fps shooting ability with no blackout of the viewfinder. The autofocus is also very effective, and can be used with a variety of lenses designed for the Sony E mount. Other connections such as a built in ethernet port and dual card slots are also bound to be very valuable to these photographers. Indeed, the Sony a9 is a camera for the working pro who brings in gainful employment and taxable income using their camera. With that said, you’d be absolutely stupid to purchase this for street photography unless you’re making some serious money off of it–so just stop right there.

Despite how fantastic it is, Sony still hasn’t gotten it 100% perfectly right. But to be fair, neither have Canon or Nikon.

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First Impressions: Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM FE (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

With the announcement of the new Sony a9, the new Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master FE lens was slightly overshadowed by all the new tech in the camera. However, this new lens is also one that is very important for the specific crowd that camera is targeted to. The Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master is designed for sports shooters, wildlife photographers, and photojournalists who need a whole lot of reach. During our testing period with prototype models, we found the 100-400mm lens to be really useful in many situations, but we’re going to need to give it more testing to give a final verdict.

Here’s our first impressions thus far though.

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