Monday, February 8, 2021

Is the Sony A1 the PERFECT camera?

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Could the Sony Alpha 1 really be the elusive perfect camera? It certainly comes close, according to enthusiastic early reviews...

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Sony A1 Reviews on YouTube

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The Sony USA embargo has just ended for Sony Alpha 1 reviews over on YouTube, so you can now watch a number of real-life hands-on videos about this exciting new flagship camera.

We've rounded them all up in one handy post - so grab our popcorn and enjoy!

If you prefer stills to video, then Sony Ambassador Mark Galer has posted a gallery of full-size JPEG sample images on Flickr to accompany his YouTube video.

The Sony USA embargo has just ended for Sony Alpha 1 reviews over on YouTube, so you can now watch a number of real-life hands-on videos about this exciting new flagship camera. We've rounded them all up in one handy post - so grab our popcorn and enjoy! If you…

Sony A1 Review (so far)

Mark Goldstein

We've kicked-off our review of the Sony Alpha 1 camera, or Sony A1 for short, with a look at its key features, product shots, full specs, its main rivals, and some sample images...

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Do you REALLY Need the Sony Alpha 1?

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

That’s the question that Sony Alpha shooters everywhere are asking themselves this week, as they wrestle with the tricky decision of whether or not to take the financial plunge and upgrade to the new Sony A1.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Has the Sony A1 FAILED Already?

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The very first review of the new Sony Alpha 1 has just arrived, and the overall verdict isn't particularly promising...

Friday, January 29, 2021

Sony A1 vs A7R IV vs A9 II vs A7S III - Head to Head Comparison

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Comparisons

The all-singing, all-dancing Sony A1, also known as the Sony Alpha 1, that was announced this week is billed as "one camera without compromise", the pinnacle of Sony's extensive full-frame camera range and potentially able to be the only camera that you'll ever need. We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Sony A1 versus the A7R IV, A9 II and the A7S III to find out if it really can out-perform them all...

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Leica SL2-S Review

Mark Goldstein

The Leica SL2-S is an impeccably built full-frame mirrorless camera, offering a 24.6 megapixel BSI sensor, DCI 4K/60p video recording, 25fps burst shooting, a class-leading EVF, IBIS worth 5.5 stops, ISO 100,000 and dual UHS-II SD memory card slots. Read our in-depth Leica SL2S review to find out what this £3,975 / $4,895 camera is capable of...

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sony A1 vs Canon R5 - Head-to-head Comparison

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Comparisons

The brand new Sony Alpha 1 that was announced yesterday and last years Canon EOS R5 have similar key specifications, so which of these flagship 35mm full-frame sensor mirrorless cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Sony A1 versus the Canon R5.

Fujifilm X-E4 Mirrorless Camera Offers Classic Design, 26 Megapixels and 4K 30p Video

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Fujifilm have just unveiled the X-E4, an APS-sensor mirrorless camera that features the same image sensor, processor and auto-focus system as the flagship X-T4 model, in a lighter, more compact and much cheaper body.

It features the same 26.1-megapixel, X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, fast 0.02 sec autofocusing, and fantastic colour science found in the professional X Series cameras, but weighs in at just 364g and measures 121.3mm x 72.9mm x 32.7mm, making it the most compact interchangeable-lens camera using Fuji's 4th generation sensor and processor.

Available in March 2021, the Fuji XE4 comes in black or silver priced at £799 / $849 body only or £949 with the new XF 27mm F2.8 R WR prime lens.

We've published a comparison of the X-E4 with the previous X-E3 and also a comparison of the X-E4 with the X-S10, which is the next model up the Fujifilm X-series ladder.

Fujifilm have just unveiled the X-E4, an APS-sensor mirrorless camera that features the same image sensor, processor and auto-focus system as the flagship X-T4 model, in a lighter, more compact and much cheaper body. It features the same 26.1-megapixel, X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, fast 0.02 sec autofocusing, and fantastic colour…

Fujifilm GFX 100S Mirrorless Medium-format Camera Offers 102 Megapixels and 4K 30p Video

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The GFX 100S is Fujifilm's fourth mirrorless medium-format camera, offering a 102 megapixel sensor, 4K/30p video recording, and 6-stops of 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS).

No heavier or bigger than a 35mm full-frame DSLR, the Fuji GFX 100S can acquire focus in as little as 0.18 seconds down to -5.5EV low-light, features a a PASM dial and a 1.8-inch sub LCD monitor on its top plate.

For the first time on any Fujifilm camera, the GFX 100S offers the brand new Nostalgic Negative Film Simulation, said to be reminiscent of American New Colour Photography which emerged in the 1970s.

The GFX100S will be available from 4th March 2021 priced at £5499 / $5599 body only.

The GFX 100S is Fujifilm's fourth mirrorless medium-format camera, offering a 102 megapixel sensor, 4K/30p video recording, and 6-stops of 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS). No heavier or bigger than a 35mm full-frame DSLR, the Fuji GFX 100S can acquire focus in as little as 0.18 seconds down to -5.5EV…

2nd-Generation Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 R WR Lens is Now Weather-Resistant

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

Fujifilm have updated the XF 27mm F2.8 pancake lens that we reviewed way back in 2013, by making it weather-resistant, adding aperture ring markings and an A (Auto) Position Lock, and including a dome-shaped lens hood.

Optically the Mark II version of this lens is identical to the original version.

The Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 R WR will be available from 18 March 2021 priced at £419 / $399.

Fujifilm have updated the XF 27mm F2.8 pancake lens that we reviewed way back in 2013, by making it weather-resistant, adding aperture ring markings and an A (Auto) Position Lock, and including a dome-shaped lens hood. Optically the Mark II version of this lens is identical to the original version…

Fujifilm Launches Affordable XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Zoom Lens

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The Fujifilm XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens that provides a focal range equivalent to 107-457mm in 35mm full-frame terms.

This weather-resistant lens offers 5.5-stops of optical image stabilization, a fast linear motor for autofocus, and is also compatible with the XF 1.4X TC WR and XF 2X TC WR teleconverters, extending the reach to a maximum of 914mm.

It also boasts a minimum focus distance of 83cm (32.6in) and magnification of 0.33x, which is a 35mm equivalent of 0.5x, and weighs in at just 580g.

The Fuji 70-300mm F4-5.6 lens will be available from 18 March 2021 priced at £729 / $799.

The Fujifilm XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens that provides a focal range equivalent to 107-457mm in 35mm full-frame terms. This weather-resistant lens offers 5.5-stops of optical image stabilization, a fast linear motor for autofocus, and is also compatible with the…

Fujifilm GF 80mm F1.7 R WR is World's Fastest Medium-format Autofocus Lens

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The Fujifilm GF 80mm F1.7 R WR is the world’s first F1.7 interchangeable lens with autofocus designed for a medium format camera system.

The weather-resistant GF 80mm F1.7 has a standard focal length of 80mm (a 35mm equivalent of 63mm), measures 99.2mm (3.9in) long and weighs in at just 795g.

The Fuji 80mm F1.7 will be available from 4 March 2021 priced at £2099 / $2299.

The Fujifilm GF 80mm F1.7 R WR is the world’s first F1.7 interchangeable lens with autofocus designed for a medium format camera system. The weather-resistant GF 80mm F1.7 has a standard focal length of 80mm (a 35mm equivalent of 63mm), measures 99.2mm (3.9in) long and weighs in at just 795g…

Fujifilm GFX 100S vs GFX 100 vs GFX 50S - Head-to-Head Comparison

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Comparisons

Wondering what the differences are between the new Fujifilm GFX 100S, the 18-month-old GFX 100 and the 3-year-old GFX 50S medium format mirrorless cameras? Then check out our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Fujifilm GFX100S versus the GFX100 and GFX50S.

Fujifilm X-E4 vs X-S10 - Head-to-head Comparison

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Comparisons

The brand new Fujifilm X-E4 that was announced today and the recent Fujifilm X-S10 have very similar specifications, so which of these mid-range APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Fuji XE4 versus the XS10.

Fujifilm X-E4 vs X-E3 - Head-to-head Comparison

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Comparisons

The new Fujifilm X-E4 replaces the 3-year-old X-E3 as Fujifilm's retro-styled, mid-range APS-C sensor mirrorless camera for 2021. So what exactly has changed in the 3 years since the launch of the X-E3, and is the older model still worth considering? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Fujifilm XE4 versus the XE3.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Sony Alpha 1 Full-frame Mirrorless Camera Shoots 50 Megapixels at 30fps and 8K Video

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The new flagship Sony Alpha 1 full-frame interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera can shoot 50 megapixel images at 30fps.

It has a brand new 50.1-megapixel stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and an upgraded BIONZ XR imaging processing engine with eight times more processing power.

It features 15-stops of dynamic range, 120 times p/sec AF/AE calculations (double the speed of the Alpha 9 II), and completely blackout free shooting.

The Sony A1 has a 9.44 million dot OLED viewfinder with a refresh rate of 240fps, 0.9x magnification and an eye-point of 25mm, 5.5-stops of 5-axis IBIS, and anti-flicker shooting with both mechanical and electronic shutter.

The camera features 759 phase detection points in a high-density focal plane phase-detection AF system covering approximately 92% of the image area and provides Real-time Eye AF for birds for the very first time.

It offers 8K/30p 10-bit 4:2:0 XAVC HS video recording with 8.6K oversampling, in addition to 4K 120p 10-bit 4:2:2 and FullHD at 240fps movie shooting capabilities, and can output 16-bit Raw video over HDMI.

There is a 30 minute time limit in the 8K/30p and 4K/60p video modes.

Flash sync is improved, with the Alpha A1 supporting up to 1/200 sec with the electronic shutter or 1/400 sec with the mechanical shutter.

The improved Pixel Shift Multi Shooting combines 16 different images into one 199 megapixel photo.

The Alpha 1 has two memory card slots that both support UHS-I and UHS-II SDXC/SDHC cards as well as new CFexpress Type A cards.

The Sony Alpha 1 will be available in Europe in March 2021 priced at £6,500 / $6,500 / 7,300Euros.

The new flagship Sony Alpha 1 full-frame interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera can shoot 50 megapixel images at 30fps. It has a brand new 50.1-megapixel stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and an upgraded BIONZ XR imaging processing engine with eight times more processing power. It features 15-stops of dynamic range, 12…

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Review

Mark Goldstein

The Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a new standard prime lens for EOS R full-frame mirrorless cameras. Priced at just £$200, it's also the cheapest native RF lens currently available. Read our in-depth Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM review complete with full-size sample images to find out if it's worth the modest outlay...

Friday, January 15, 2021

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR Review

Mark Goldstein

Fujifilm's X-series camera system is maturing, so much so that they've started to refresh and improve some of their original lenses. One such lens is the new Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR, which adds weather-proofing, improved OIS, a better aperture ring and a slight weight reduction to the 2014 original. Read our review of the 2021 XF 10-24mm lens to find out what this ultra-wide-angle zoom has to offer...

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM Review

Mark Goldstein

The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM is a brand new, ultra-fast moderate wide-angle prime lens for Sony Alpha full-frame and APS-C cameras. Offering a fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 in a compact and lightweight design, is this premium lens worth the asking price? Read our in-depth Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM review to find out...