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Two years after the launch of the first lens in its highly-respected Art line, Sigma has finally added a 85mm f/1.4 model. In case you’re unfamiliar with Sigma’s Global Vision, the Art primes are the company’s high-speed f/1.4 models that have have been developed to compete in image quality with the very best lenses from Canon and Nikon, and can even give legendary lens maker Zeiss a run for its money.
Announced in February 2016, the $2598 Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS (Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8) is a short-to-mid telephoto zoom lens for such Sony full-frame a7 series cameras as the a7R II. The “GM” in the full lens name signifies that the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 belongs to Sony’s “G Master” lineup of pro-grade optics.
Announced in February 2016, the $749 Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (Tamron 85mm f/1.8) is a fast, short telephoto prime lens available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony lens mounts. This review considers the performance of the Canon version.
Announced in February 2016, the $749 Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (Tamron 85mm f/1.8) is a fast, short telephoto prime lens available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony lens mounts. This review considers the performance of the Nikon version.
RED’s prototype Helium 8K sensor has shattered our previous top DxOMark sensor score. With a dramatic jump to 108, it leaps past the only other sensor to have broken the 100 barrier – RED’s own Epic Dragon prototype (101 points). RED has made a name for itself by producing high-performance cameras intended primarily for cinematographers, but their low noise and support for 16-bit RAW output make them worth evaluating as tools for capturing still images.
With a slightly narrower angle of view and a slightly greater image magnification than the 85mm, resulting in marginally more pronounced subject isolation, the 105mm has long been a popular alternative. This new high-speed F1.4 autofocus model from Nikon will eventually replace the earlier AF DC-Nikkor 105mm F2D (defocus control) model, and is currently the fastest of its type.
The Sony SLT A99 II is the Japanese electronic giant’s latest full-frame, DSLR-style, interchangeable-lens camera. Packing a 42Mp backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, the A99 II offers a significant jump in resolution over its predecessor and achieves an impressive overall DxOMark score of 92 points. Benefiting from a pixel arrangement that increases the volume and quality of light captured by its imaging elements, a BSI sensor improves low-light image quality.
Towards the end of last year, Zeiss relaunched what the company now calls the Classic range of DSLR lenses for Canon and Nikon as the new Milvus line, in some cases completely redesigning the models and in other cases just changing the shell. This lens is a re-shelled version of the Makro Planar T* 2/100, however Zeiss claim that, with a new and enhanced T* coating, the lens has improved imaging characteristics.