First Impressions: Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art

Sigma finally adds weather sealing to an Art Series lens!

For the longest time, it has been a bit of a pain for photographers wanting that unicorn-esq combination of fast aperture and ultrawide field of view. Their only real options were in the form of extremely expensive lenses from Canon or Nikon, or third party options that offered questionable image quality, build quality, or had some sort of usability issues that made them not ideal choices. Well, as Sigma has been known to do, they want to blow that dynamic up, and they are doing so in a big way with their new 14-24mm F2.8 Art.

This is a lens that offers that now legendary Sigma Art lens aesthetic that combines excellent image quality with great build quality in an affordable package. But Sigma has also upped the ante with this lens, adding weather sealing on par with their Sports designated lenses making this lens an excellent choice for those looking to shoot outdoors in less than ideal conditions.

We had a chance for some quick hands-on time with the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 Art at WPPI 2018 in Las Vegas and today we have some initial hands-on impressions for you. So let’s get to it… Continue reading…

Sony A7 III Initial Impressions and Sample Images

Sony says they are setting a new bar for the ‘basic’ full frame camera with today’s A7 III announcement at WPPI in Las Vegas.

We were somewhat surprised when Sony launched their A7R III back at PPE, mainly because Sony had traditionally announced the standard A7 model before the S and R models. But if you have ever heard the saying ‘good things come to those who wait,’ you will be a very happy camper with today’s A7 III announcement, which shows that Sony isn’t resting on their laurels. It’s also a warning shot to any potential future full frame mirror less competitors: they have some big shoes to fill if they plan to challenge the Sony E Mount lineup at all.

We are here in Vegas covering the launch of the A7 III. Since we have had our hands on the camera, and were allowed to take some shots, we are coming to you here with our (very) initial thoughts on the Sony A7 III. Let’s jump right on in… Continue reading…

It’s True: The Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD is Coming for the Sony FE Lineup of Cameras

Best of all, the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD is most likely going to be affordable.

It’s been awhile since any of the major third party manufacturers said they’d be developing any sort of lenses for the Sony FE lineup of cameras, but the new Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD is being announced right before WPPI 2018. Though details are still scant, we know a few major tidbits. Today’s press release states that the lens will have a minimum focusing distance of 7.5 inches, measure only 4.6 inches in length, and have what Tamron is calling their Rapid eXtra-silent stepping drive–which is essentially a silent, really fast focusing motor. Plus, it’s going to have moisture-resistance and a coating on the glass elements that makes it resistant to fingerprints.

More details from the press release are after the jump.

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