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The Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Available Today

The Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Available Today

Sony Alpha 7 Body (10)

 

Some consider the full-frame sensor to be the perfect sensor size and when it’s combined with a mirrorless camera, you get smaller camera bodies, without any reduction in image quality, all without the size of a large full-frame DSLR. Ideal for the professional and advanced photographer, looking for the best image quality possible, as well as better low-light results.

Sounds good, right? Well, we’ve put together a list of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras currently available so you can make a more informed choice when parting with your hard-earned cash. 

As several older full-frame mirrorless cameras are still available, we’ve included quite a few older models and you’ll notice there are quite a few Sony ones as they’ve actually been making full-frame mirrorless cameras since 2013. In fact, the original A7 is still available for under £1000 and that includes a lens! 

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Why Is My Favourite Camera Not On The List? Feel free to make a suggestion in the comments section below if you don’t see a camera, you think, is perfect. 

 

Right… let’s start the list. 

 

Sony Alpha A7 Mark III 

Sony Alpha A7 MarkIII (6) (Custom)
 

Sony had the clever idea of telling everyone, that this was “the basic model” in the Sony Alpha range. The Sony A7 III is anything but basic, easily beating other full-frame DSLRs for specifications and features (at this price). 

The Sony Alpha A7 Mark III, on specifications alone, offers everything you could want from a camera, including low noise at higher ISO speeds, high-speed continuous shooting, rapid focus, and numerous focus points. 

Thankfully the camera also performs as well – with excellent image quality, thanks to reliable exposure, excellent lenses, great dynamic range and rapid focus performance. High-quality 4K video recording is just icing on the cake.

The camera body offers good handling – although the menus can seem a little long and slightly disorganised. With a compact prime lens, the camera system can be quite compact, however, most lenses, such as the excellent FE 24-105mm f/4 G lens are quite large, which makes the system fairly large. 

In terms of this camera being a “basic” model, the Sony Alpha A7 Mark III is hardly what we’d call “basic” – and quite easily makes everything else look slower, larger, heavier, less innovative, and more expensive. 

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 10fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 710 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth built-in, Dual SD card slots.

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Nikon Z7 II 

Nikon Z7 II (9)

The Nikon Z7 II updates the original 45.7mp Z7, but improves the camera’s performance with improved AF, faster continuous shooting, an improved EVF refresh rate, 4K 60p video recording, and a second memory card slot, with the camera now supporting SD UHS-II cards. You also get in-body image stabilisation that works with any Nikkor Z lens, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Key Features: 45mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 10fps continuous shooting, ISO32 to ISO102400, 4K 60p video recording, 360 shot battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, CFexpress/XQD and SD UHS-II card slots.

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Nikon Z6 II 

Nikon Z6 II (1)

The Nikon Z6 II updates the Z6, which is still available, but adds in some extra speed, and features, including a second card slot, so that you can now use SD cards with the camera. The continuous shooting speed has been increased to 14fps, and 4K 60fps video (cropped) will be coming with a future firmware update due in Feb 2021. Battery life is slightly improved, but still relatively short compared to some other cameras. However, we feel that the most impressive feature of the Nikon Z6 II (and the Z series) is the range of very high-quality lenses available for the camera, which results in some exceptional image quality, with fantastic levels of detail, and Nikon’s great colour reproduction.

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 14fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 340 shot battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, CFexpress/XQD and SD UHS-II card slots.

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Sony Alpha A7R Mark IV 

Sony Alpha A7R IV

Sony continues to innovate with the latest high-resolution, high-speed, BSI CMOS sensors, and this means they’re able to offer high-resolution 61mp images, with low noise.

If you’re looking for a high-resolution full-frame camera, then the Sony Alpha A7R IV gives high-resolution 61mp images, with ease, and a high level of success. You don’t need to use a tripod (unless you want to), you don’t need to use a self-timer, or worry about shutter shock, instead, you can simply concentrate on your photography, framing, and composition, and shoot away. The camera has a reliable focus system and gives good JPEG results straight from the camera. If you pair the camera with a high-quality zoom lens or a prime lens, then you can quickly get great results. 

The camera offers improved handling, with a larger grip, and better controls, but despite some improvements, the menu system remains long-winded, and badly organised, (why isn’t there a separate video section in the menus?), so can take some time to get used to. With a MyMenu system, and customisable function screens (separate for stills and video), the camera can be customised to your preferences, so that you can try and avoid using the menu system. 

There’s still the NTSC/PAL switchover issue for video recording, and we live in hope that this will one day be resolved. Ignoring this issue, the camera gives an excellent video solution, and the use of the Z series battery is a welcome addition, improving stills and video battery life. With Sony on the 4th version of the Sony A7R camera, the A7R IV is the best yet. Should you buy it? If you need (or want) high-resolution images, and have the computer power to deal with larger, high-resolution images, then the Sony Alpha A7R Mark IV offers a very complete package, with a wide range of lenses available, right now. Something few other systems can say. 

Key Features: 61.0mp full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, without OLPF, 240.8mp multi-shot mode, 5.76mllion dot EVF, 0.78x magnification, 2.95inch tilting touch-screen, 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, ISO100 to ISO32000 (Native), extends to ISO50 and ISO102400, 4K video, 30/25fps, SLog2/3, HDR, 10fps continuous shooting, with AF/AE, upgraded dust and moisture resistance

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Panasonic Lumix S5 

Panasonic Lumix S5

The Panasonic Lumix S5 offers a compelling option in the full-frame mirrorless camera market, with obvious strengths in what’s on offer for videographers, offering better specifications and features than many of the other full-frame mirrorless cameras in this price range. There is also a planned firmware update that will further improve the video features.

For stills photography, the camera gives great results, with good focus, good colour reproduction, and good noise performance. There are enough options, settings, and shooting modes to keep the majority of photographers happy. However, sports photographers are likely going to want to look elsewhere, due to the 7fps continuous shooting speed.

The camera is easy to use, with good handling, thanks to quick access to some of the most important settings, with WB/ISO and exposure compensation buttons available just behind the shutter release button.

The 20-60mm lens is rather nice indeed and could be a great reason to invest in the L-Mount system, thanks to good image quality, compact size and weight, and relatively good price point (excellent value for money when bought as a kit!). It’s often said that the “Lens is the heart of a system” and therefore we’d definitely recommend looking at what lens(es) you want to use, and whether you can find them in the L-Mount system, or whether they’re to be found in a different system. In terms of full-frame mirrorless cameras, only Sony has a wider range of lenses currently.

Key Features: 24mp Full-Frame CMOS sensor, L-Mount Alliance, Sensor-based Image Stabilisation, 5-stops, 3inch screen, 1.84m dots, 0.74x magnification electronic viewfinder, with 2.36m dots, 7fps continuous shooting, 6K/4K Photo Modes, 96-megapixel High-Resolution multi-shot mode, 4K 4:2:0 10-bit video, 60fps, V-Log, 4K HDR video support, FullHD video up to 180fps. Dual ISO, ISO50 to ISO204800, Dual SD card slots, 1x UHS-II, 1x UHS-I, New battery – 470 shots (with LVF). Wi-Fi and, Bluetooth built-in, Weather-sealed camera body, 714g with battery and memory card

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Sony Alpha A7R Mark III

Sony A7R MIII (1)
 

The Sony Alpha A7R Mark III delivers excellent image quality with good colour and very good noise performance. Levels of detail in images can be improved by using the Pixel shift multi-shot mode, for still subjects, although this does require further processing on your computer to produce the final image. It’s a shame that the images aren’t merged in the camera as found in other cameras with this feature. The new software, Imaging Edge, offers tethered shooting with live view, as well as image viewing, and editing.

You can also adjust further settings, including setting the JPEG quality when shooting RAW+JPEG and tethering as well as a USB3 connection are provided – both which are important for professional use, and the 10fps continuous shooting mode makes this camera much more useful for sports or other high-speed shooting requirements. Plus, with 650 shots possible, the battery gives near DSLR levels of battery life.

Without a doubt, Sony has another winner on their hands, as the Sony Alpha A7R Mark III does practically everything you could want, and does it extremely well. 

Key Features: 42mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 10fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 650 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth built-in, Dual SD card slots.

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Nikon Z6 

Nikon Z6 With 24 70mm (2)
 

You could look at the Nikon Z6 as an upgrade or replacement for the 24mp Nikon D750, however, with 12fps continuous shooting, it offers speeds nearer to the Nikon D5 (with 12fps or 14fps with mirror up), and more focus points (273 vs 51 and 153 respectively). In terms of size, it’s smaller and lighter than both of these. You also have the benefits of Mirrorless technology, such as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) electronic viewfinder, an electronic shutter, and in-camera image stabilisation (a first for a Nikon ILC).

The nice thing about the Nikon Z system is the introduction of a number of compact lenses, and in addition to this, Nikon has published a lens roadmap, so that you can see if future lenses are what you’re looking for.

It’s a shame the battery life isn’t better, and there will be people who will find one memory card slot an issue. There will also be those that prefer SD cards due to the wide support for them (for example, built-in card readers in laptops), but with the purchase of an XQD card reader, this is quite easily resolved.

Focus performance is very good, with a high success rate, thanks to on-sensor phase-detection focus points, and a firmware update added eye-detection focus.

With the choice of a 24mp Z6 or a high-resolution 45mp Z7, Nikon is offering a very good line-up of cameras, with the Z6 offering very good value for money, particularly when you consider that the camera offers 12fps continuous shooting, beating the full-frame competition at this price point. We expect Nikon to have great success with the Z series, and as new lenses (and camera bodies) are introduced the appeal of the system will grow. 

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 12fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 310 shot battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, Single XQD card slot.

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Sony Alpha 1

Sony Alpha A1 (16)
The Sony Alpha A1 offers a hell of a lot. Video users will be extremely happy with 8K 30fps / 4K 120fps footage, and this will be overkill for the average videographer. High-speed stills photographers will be impressed by the 30fps on offer, and even those looking for high-resolution shots will be impressed by the 50mp on offer.

However, the price seems to be at a real premium over the competition, putting the camera easily into Leica territory. For the professional photographer, the camera should be able to pay for itself over the years.

Many of the previous complaints made against Sony cameras, to do with handling, have been resolved with the A7S III and Alpha 1. If you want the best and have the money, then, without a doubt, the Sony Alpha 1 is the best all-round digital camera currently available.

Key Features: 50.1-megapixel full-frame stacked BSI CMOS sensor, In-body Image Stabilisation (IBIS), 5-axis, up to 5.5stops, 3.0inch TFT tilting touch-screen, 0.64type electronic viewfinder (EVF), 9.4m dots, 0.90x magnification, 759-point phase detection AF points, 425 contrast detection, 92% coverage, Face and eye detection, with new real-time eye-AF bird mode, 30fps continuous shooting with AF/AE (electronic shutter), 10fps continuous shooting with mechanical shutter, ISO50 to ISO102400 (extended), 8K video with 30/25fps, 4K video at 120/100fps, 430 / 530 shot battery life (EVF/LCD), Dual SD (UHS-I/II) / CFexpress Type A card slots, Built-in Wi-Fi supports 2×2 MIMO.

 

Sony Alpha A9 

Alpha 9 (ILCE-9)

The 24 megapixel Sony Alpha A9 is a brilliant camera – fast, responsive and delivering superb results.

However, it looks as though Sony’s intention is to take on the fast shooting that previously had been the sole purview of the DSLR. The “big guns” from Canon and Nikon are more expensive, much bulkier and definitely much heavier. 

Looking at what the A9 can do, it is likely that the DSLR, with its mechanical constraints, can never surpass what might be possible with a mirrorless camera. The only issue with the Sony A9 is the price. 

Overall, the Sony Alpha A9 is a fast and responsive camera, with some cool features and delivers superb results.

NOTE: The Sony Alpha A9 II is now available, however, you’ve got to be heavily invested in the system to decide the Sony Alpha A9 II is the camera for you. If you already own the Sony Alpha A9, then it’s unlikely there’s enough on the A9 II to justify the upgrade, unless you specifically need some of the new updates on offer. However, if you had the A9 and then had to replace it, then it would make sense to go for the A9 II instead of the A9.

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 20fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 650 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, Ethernet socket, Dual SD card slots.

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Nikon Z7

Nikon Z6 Z7 In Hand (4)

The Nikon Z7 offers a top of the range full-frame Mirrorless camera, with the benefits of a more compact camera body (than a similar specification Nikon DSLR such as the D850), as well as benefits of Mirrorless technology, such as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) electronic viewfinder. You’ll also find fast continuous shooting (9fps from the Z7 and 12fps from the Z6), an electronic shutter, and in-camera image stabilisation (a first for a Nikon ILC).

Image quality is excellent, easily matching the D850, with good noise performance, and Nikon’s tried, tested (and loved) colour reproduction.

Focus performance is very good, with a high success rate, much improved compared to a DSLR, thanks to on-sensor phase-detection focus points. Since release, the camera has benefited from firmware update(s) that have added useful features including eye-detection focus.

With a camera this good, it’s clear to see that the Nikon Z series is the future direction for Nikon’s full-frame cameras – and one we’ll be watching with close interest.

Key Features: 45.7mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 9fps continuous shooting, ISO32 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 330 shot battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, Single XQD card slot.

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Nikon Z5

Nikon Z5

 

The Nikon Z5 is a very solid introduction to the Nikon Z series and the kit lens is a very solid performer as well. There is a considerable saving to be made compared to the Z6 and Z7 and thus it widens the potential market without seriously affecting the end quality. The Z range is incredibly good and the newcomer does not let it down; there is a lot to like about it, as well as a few minor niggles mentioned in the review.

Overall, a highly successful offering and one that can be enthusiastically Highly Recommended.

Key Features

  • 24.3MP CMOS sensor (Nikon FX-format)
  • Nikon Z full-frame lens mount
  • Weather-resistant construction
  • In-camera 5 axis sensor shift VR (Vibration Reduction)
  • 3.2-inch tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD 1,040,000 dot monitor
  • 0.5 inch 3,690,000 dot OLED EVF with 100% frame coverage
  • Focal plane shutter 30s – 1/8000s
  • 4.5fps shooting with a mechanical shutter
  • ISO range 100-51,200 (expands to 50-102,400)
  • 273 focus points
  • Supports focus stacking
  • 4K UHD Movie shooting
  • Movie formats H.264/MPEG-4
  • Audio formats Linear PCM/AAC
  • WiFi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth
  • EN-EL 15c Li-ion battery
  • Weight including battery and SD card 675g
  • Accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
  • Supports UHS-I and II cards, 2 card slots
  • Supports Snapbridge app for iOS and Android

 

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Sony Alpha A7S III

Sony A7S III (4)

The Sony A7S III is Sony’s “low-light” video camera, with exceptional low-light performance, thanks to a new 12mp full-frame BSI CMOS sensor. The camera offers 4K video at up to 120fps, FullHD video at 240fps, 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), and uses Sony’s Z battery for improved battery life. The camera also benefits from Sony’s latest menu system, and this makes the camera easier to use and change settings. There’s a 3inch vari-angle touch-screen that can be turned to face forwards, which will be great for vloggers, and for photographers, the camera has an impressive electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 9.3 million dots, and 0.90x magnification!

Key Features: 12mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 10fps continuous shooting, ISO40 to ISO409600, 4K 120fps / FullHD 240fps video recording, 600 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC, CFexpress Type-A / SD UHS-II support (dual slots), and real-time eye-AF.

 

Panasonic Lumix S1R

Panasonic Lumix S1R

 

The Panasonic Lumix S1R has it all excellent image quality, excellent video quality, great handling, weather sealing, fast performance, and an easy to use menu system. The biggest negative, is the camera’s size and weight, being easily the same size and weight as a full-frame DSLR, but without the long battery life of a DSLR. But the camera size is very much a personal thing, and what’s too big for one person, will easily be just right for another. Perhaps the Panasonic Lumix S1R will be just right for you?

Key Features: 47mp full-frame sensor, 187mp High-Res Multi-shot mode, 4K 60fps video recording, good menu system, in-camera IS, weather-sealed, USB charging, part of the L-mount alliance 

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Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS R5

 

The Canon EOS R5 is Canon’s flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, with class-leading video specifications, as well as impressive stills performance. For stills photography, it does not offer the highest resolution (that goes to the A7R IV) but does offer plenty of resolution. 45mp is going to be enough for 99% of the population. You can also shoot at up to 12/20fps at the full 45mp resolution. Impressive!

These things aren’t just cameras with one main aim anymore, they can do it all, high-resolution, high-speed video, high-speed continuous shooting (at 20fps with an electronic shutter). The camera is suitable for all types of photography, although perhaps sports photographers will want a camera with longer battery life, or a lower resolution sensor.

Canon’s headline feature “8K video” is the thing that got everyone “hyped” about the camera, but it’s also the Achilles heel of the camera, with the camera’s ability to record 8K video without “overheating” and then needing a cooldown period, most likely going to be one of the most frustrating things about the camera. If you buy this camera for 8K video, then you will be frustrated if you use this feature. After the dust settled, and Canon released an updated firmware, the camera is more usable, but it’s likely there will still be those that still run into video recording time limits.

For everyone else, the camera offers a great full-frame mirrorless camera, with a high-resolution sensor, excellent electronic viewfinder, rapid focus and fast continuous shooting. For stills photographers, the Canon EOS R5 would make a great upgrade from an earlier Canon, whether that’s the Canon EOS R, or the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. However, the price does seem a little expensive, especially if you’re not interested in the 8K video features, and if you don’t need 8K, then you may want to look at the Canon EOS R6.

Key Features:

  • 45mp Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Sensor-based image stabilisation (IBIS) – works with any lens
  • 5.76 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), 0.76x magnification
  • 3.2inch vari-angle touch-screen, 2.1m dots
  • 12 / 20fps continuous shooting (mechanical / electronic)
  • ISO100 to ISO51200, Low ISO50, High ISO102400
  • 5940 autofocus points/positions
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Face and Eye-AF tracking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • CFexpress and SD card slots

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Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS RP

 

The Canon EOS RP offers a cracking price point for a new full-frame mirrorless camera, compared to the competition, with a price just over £1000, when the competition is often around the £2000+ price point. 

Image quality is excellent, with Canon’s reliable colour reproduction, and Canon’s RF lenses delivering high image quality. Care needs to be taken at times to monitor the exposure, but there are a number of ways to avoid over-exposure. You’ll also need to buy a second battery, as the battery life is disappointingly short, at just 250 shots. 

The Canon EOS RP is the cheapest full-frame camera that you can buy that is capable of recording 4K video, and results are good. There is a noticeable crop factor of 1.6x when recording 4K video, so this is definitely something to think about. 

The screen and electronic viewfinder may not be as large or as high-resolution as other mirrorless cameras on the market, but for the price, the EOS RP offers an excellent combination of features and technologies. If you are happy with the lens range available or have Canon EF lenses available to you, then the Canon EOS RP offers a great alternative to a (larger) DSLR. 

Key Features: 26.2mp full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video, ISO12800/ISO25600, 2.36m dot OLED EVF, 0.70x magnification, 3inch touch-screen, 1.04m dots, 5fps continuous shooting speed

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Sony Alpha A7S Mark II

Sony Alpha A7S II (5)

 

For the hardcore low-light video fan, the Sony A7S Mark II would be a dream camera, as long as you don’t need 4K DCI CINE (4096 × 2160) resolution video, as the A7S Mark II records as 4K UHD video at a resolution of 3840 × 2160. For the low-light photographer who relies on auto-focus the case for the A7S Mark II is less clear-cut, with the A7R Mark II offering phase detection focus on the sensor. If you need images with more than 12 megapixels, then the A7S Mark II isn’t going to satisfy you. Although, the A7S Mark II has a very wide ISO range, even if it has been surpassed by other cameras now. 

There are a number of improvements over the previous model, including improved handling and controls, additional focus points, as well as the excellent 5-axis image stabilisation system, and internal 4K video recording. However, as competitors (and Sony) have increased megapixels and began offering 4K video, the case for the A7S has become slightly less clear. For those that own the original A7S, the A7S Mark II is going to make an excellent upgrade. The range of FE lenses available has also increased, and if you can look past the 12-megapixel resolution, then the A7S Mark II is capable of producing excellent images.  

Key Features: 12mp FF CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO409600, 4K video recording, 310 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, and NFC, Single SD card slot.

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Sony Alpha A7 Mark II

Sony Alpha A7II (3)
 

The Sony Alpha A7 Mark II might be old now but it has 5-axis image stabilisation that works with any lens used with the camera, which will be of appeal to anyone who has been using the Sony Alpha A7 series cameras with alternative lenses using an adapter.

Whether used with Sony lenses or using an adapter, the camera is set up for accurate and easy manual focus thanks to focus peaking and other display options, as well as a clear and high-resolution electronic viewfinder. 

The A7 Mark II feels comfortable in use and the finish on the weather-sealed magnesium alloy body has a design/style more similar to a Digital SLR, and the larger hand-grip will help when using the camera with larger lenses. The 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor delivers excellent results, the tilting screen looks great and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC makes transferring images easy. 

Key Features: 24mp FF CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO25600, FullHD video recording, 350 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC built-in, Single SD card slot.

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Canon EOS R

Canon EOS R Hands On (9)

The Canon EOS R is a great camera with a great kit lens, capable of delivering excellent image quality. There are minor operational, and design quirks that will make the camera feel awkward compared to a DSLR such as the 5D Mark IV, but for the most part, the EOS R does the job efficiently and is a pleasure to use. Professional photographers, or those used to Canon EOS DSLRs, may be disappointed by the lack of dual card slots, and the shorter battery life of this camera.

The EOS R is mostly well thought out and will fit with Canon DSLR user’s existing lenses and cameras (with an adapter). One slight snag is the lack of a lens roadmap so we don’t know when, or how long, we’ll have to wait for favourite lens choices specifically designed for the EOS R to appear but if you’re happy to use current lenses with an adapter, then this may not be an issue for you.

Key Features: 30mp FF CMOS sensor, 8fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 370 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Single SD card slot.

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Leica SL2

Leica SL2

The Leica SL2, like most of the Leica range, isn’t a mass-produced, mass-production camera, the camera is made in Germany, and this is part of the reason why the Leica SL2 has a higher price than much of the competition. At £5,300 the price is comparable to other Leica cameras, but when you factor in lenses, the complete system could turn into quite an investment.

However, some would say that we’re reaching a point where digital cameras are “good enough” or rather so good that you shouldn’t need to upgrade for several years, so why not invest in a camera that will hopefully last the next 5 – 10 years and still be capable of producing exceptional images?

For video users, the options available, as well as a wide range of lenses could make this an appealing choice. Assuming you don’t need 6K or 8K, and also as long as you don’t mind the lack of a vari-angle screen.

The camera produces great-looking photos. The high-resolution 47mp full-frame sensor makes it suitable for a wide range of uses, including fashion, landscape, and commercial photographer, as well as portraits. For archiving or fine-art reproduction, or even just still-life work and product photography, the 187mp high-resolution mode could be of particular interest.

If still available near you, then you could look at the previous version, the Leica SL (Typ 601) – a 24-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera with weather-sealing, 11fps continuous shooting, and 4K CINE video recording.

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Leica SL2-S 

Leica SL2-S

We enjoyed shooting with the SL2-S camera, and we’re pleased with the results, with great image quality, and excellent noise performance. One thing that we did find a little frustrating when using the camera were the top and bottom bars displayed on-screen, and whilst they can be switched off, the bottom bar re-appears as you focus your shot. If you’re trying to be really careful about what is or isn’t in the frame, this can be really frustrating and seems like a real oversight. If you use the electronic viewfinder, this isn’t an issue.

The SL2-S is a great camera, with excellent results possible, however, for stills photographers, the price is going to be a hard pill to swallow compared to what’s on the market. For serious videographers, there are other options available that offer 8K video and/or 4K 120fps video for a similar price. It’s likely the fixed screen may be off-putting to some as well. The Leica SL2-S gives great results, offers high-speed shooting, and unlimited video recording, for those that have the budget to spare, it should provide many years of quality.

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Sigma fp L

Sigma Fp L (4) | 1/30 sec | f/8.0 | 30.0 mm | ISO 1600

The Sigma fp L, along with the Sigma fp is the world’s smallest full-frame mirrorless camera, introduces a new electronic viewfinder attachment, as well as a new 61mp BSI CMOS sensor with phase-detection AF. As well as a full-frame 61mp BSI CMOS sensor, the camera has 10fps continuous shooting and a silent electronic shutter. The camera is marketed as a hybrid model, featuring a CINE shooting mode capable of shooting 4K UHD video. There’s a touch screen which is a good size, but this doesn’t tilt. 

Key Features: 61mp Full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, L-Mount Lens Mount, 3.15inch touch-screen, 2.1m dots, ISO100 to ISO25600 (Standard), Extended ISO6 to ISO102400, 49 focus points, contrast and phase detection, Face and eye-detection focus (AF), 14-bit RAW (DNG), 10fps continuous shooting speed, 4K UHD video, CinemaDNG, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), UHS-II SD Card slot, HDR, Focus bracket, Fill light bracket, Weather-sealed, dust and splashproof

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Sigma fp

Sigma Fp 45mm (3)

The Sigma fp is currently the world’s smallest full-frame mirrorless camera (as of January 2019), and has a modular design, which allows it to remain small. You can add on to the body only what you need – handgrip, hot shoe, or base plate, for example. 

It features a 24-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 18fps continuous shooting, and a silent electronic shutter. The camera is marketed as a hybrid model, featuring a CINE shooting mode capable of shooting 4K UHD video. There’s a touch screen which is a good size, but this doesn’t tilt. 

Key Features: 24mp Full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, L-Mount Lens Mount, 3.15inch touch-screen, 2.1m dots, ISO100 to ISO25600 (Standard), Extended ISO6 to ISO102400, 49 focus points, contrast detection, Face and eye-detection focus (AF), 14-bit RAW (DNG), 18fps continuous shooting speed, 4K UHD video, CinemaDNG, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), UHS-II SD Card slot, HDR, Focus bracket, Fill light bracket, Weather-sealed, dust and splashproof

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ZEISS ZX-1 

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Speaking as a photographer, we see the things that are missing, such as Shake Reduction and Weather Resistance and we see the slow operation…Speaking as a mobile phone user we see a quality camera with built-in image adjustments, vast potential from connectivity options and something that operates from menus just like my phone. Perhaps we have a Marmite camera here, that we might love or hate…

Whatever our point of view though, the ZEISS ZX-1 remains a very slick bit of design that produces quality images, albeit it at a price. If it suits your way of working, then definitely ‘Recommended’.

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The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy

The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy

OM-D E-M5 Mark II

 

The mirrorless camera, or compact system camera (CSC), lets you change lenses, as well as providing DSLR sized sensors with DSLR image quality in a much more compact camera body. With a rapid refresh cycle, there is a number of new cameras introduced each year, with many offering innovative new features. Here we highlight the best advanced Compact System Cameras with an APS-C or Micro Four Thirds sensor and a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Click the camera names to read our full reviews of these cameras to see how they have scored, as well as the pros and cons of each model.

If you’re looking for a full-frame mirrorless camera, have a look at our Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras.

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Here we highlight the best APS-C and MFT Premium Compact System Cameras:

 

Nikon Z fc

Nikon Z fc

As always, there is the conflict of interests involved in seeing a product that “I want” as well as considering “I need”, and the Nikon Z fc very definitely falls into the highly desirable category of “I want”. It looks gorgeous, and the bonus is that it also handles superbly well and performs impeccably. There is an absolute cornucopia of options within the camera, and when we download the full manual then it fills to the brim the 624 pages.

It is of course a personal choice, but the two lenses reviewed with the camera are both something special and well worth having. They are likely to cost significantly less when purchased as part of a kit.

There are of course disadvantages too, such as a shorter battery life than most DSLRs, some controls that are too easy to engage and no weather resistance, but these may be outweighed by the delight at using a very fine camera design that not only performs well but is also probably smaller and lighter than many alternative designs, especially DSLRs.

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Panasonic Lumix G9 

Panasonic Lumix G9

The Panasonic Lumix G9 offers a wealth of features, including extremely rapid shooting, and a great design that makes the camera enjoyable and easy to use. Winning an Editor’s Choice award, the Panasonic Lumix G9 produces great images with good noise performance (up to ISO6400), excellent IS, rapid focus and 60fps continuous shooting. You get in-camera raw editing, Wi-Fi / Bluetooth, 4K video, a large EVF and a design that’s comfortable to hold. Some may not like the size, but apart from this negative, there’s lots to like about the Lumix G9, including the price, which has come down to make it a bit of a bargain!

You also get access to Micro Four Thirds lenses, and there is a lot to choose from! The Micro Four Thirds lens mounts let you use Panasonic, Olympus, and other lenses using the Micro Four Thrids lens mount.

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Fujifilm X-T3  

Fujifilm X-T3

“The Fujifilm X-T3 offers specifications and features beyond what is expected at this price point, and results are equally impressive.” That’s what we say in our review where the Fujifilm X-T3 received an ‘Editor’s Choice’ award and impressed us with its 4K 60fps video, 26MP BSI CMOS sensor, excellent colour reproduction, high-speed focus and 30fps/20fps continuous shooting. The camera is also solidly built with good ergonomics but the battery life does let it down a little and touch-screen functionality could be better.

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Fujifilm X-T4 

Fujifilm X-T4

The camera’s 26mp BSI CMOS sensor and image processing is known to produce excellent image quality, and continue to do so, with exceptional colour reproduction and dynamic range. For those looking to upgrade from an earlier X-T1, or X-T2 camera, the X-T4 offers a compelling set of features, and if you’ve ever been frustrated with battery life from your camera, then the X-T4 offers a great option for you.

The X-T4, with high-speed continuous shooting (up to 30fps), is up there with the quickest, with only the E-M1 II / III and G9 offering quicker continuous shooting (at 60fps), and in terms of video, it’s only the G9 of these that also offers 4K 60fps video. The switch between stills and video is a great idea, and will benefit video and stills photographers greatly.

The camera is well suited to a wide variety of photography, with good noise performance and IBIS making it better in low-light situations, great colour reproduction making it suited to portraits and other photography, and high-speed shooting further expands the camera’s appeal in particular for wildlife or sports photography.

For anyone wanting the best the X-Series has to offer, the X-T4 is it, with a great 26mp sensor, great colour reproduction, and high-quality video recording, the X-T4 has it all, including high-speed autofocus and continuous shooting. Add in-body image stabilisation, along with improved battery life, and you have the complete package.

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Fujifilm X-T30 

Fujifilm X T30 Graphite Silver (10)

The Fujifilm X-T30 offers the same 26mp BSI CMOS image sensor, and image processor, from its bigger brother, the X-T3, meaning you get the same excellent image quality, at a much more wallet-friendly price. Images have great colour reproduction, with low noise levels, even when using higher ISO speeds, and dynamic range performance is very good. Video quality is impressive, offering CINE 4K video and plenty of options. However, the camera does not offer In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS).

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Fujifilm X-S10 

Fujifilm X-S10

If you’re looking for a great digital camera, with excellent handling, but don’t want to spend £2000 on a camera, then the Fujifilm X-S10, with its price of around £1000 (depending on lens choice), would be a great choice. The camera is great value for money, being available for £999 with the 15-45mm lens, although it’s worth noting that if you want the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens, then the kit price is £1299. You’re getting the same excellent image quality at Fujifilm’s flagship camera, the X-T4. Albeit without the weather-sealing of the more expensive model, and without 4K 60fps video. You still get in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), 4K CINE video at 30fps, and a high-quality metal body, as well as high-speed continuous shooting options. We are happy to highly recommend this camera, with the only negatives being relatively minor complaints.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM D E M5 MarkII (2)

The 16 megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is an impressive camera, with a range of features to suit all aspects of photography, from the video enthusiast, who will benefit from the 5-axis image stabilisation, or someone looking for high resolution (stills) photography, the 40-megapixel mode will be very appealing. The camera produces excellent images, with an abundance of options and settings available. There is a large, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), ISO100 to ISO25600, a vari-angle touch-screen, built-in Wi-Fi, 10fps continuous shooting, and a weather-sealed camera body. The 16mp sensor has been surpassed by 20mp alternatives, and the lack of 4K video could make this less appealing.

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 II The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 2

Panasonic Lumix GH5 II (18)

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 II has an updated 20-megapixel sensor, improved 5-axis image stabilisation, and a 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen. The GH5 II is capable of shooting in 6K (photo) at 30fps and offering 18 megapixel still images from this, as well as 4K CINE video at 60fps, with V-Log, HLG, and an abundance of video options. There’s also 12fps continuous shooting at 20mp. The updated GH5 II offers improved image quality, as well as Live Streaming Support, making this a great choice for anyone passionate about video.

As well as the GH5, and GH5 II, the Panasonic GH5S is also available which is designed for low light video as well as capturing stills. 

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Panasonic Lumix G90 The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 2

Panasonic Lumix G90

The Panasonic Lumix G90 offers a compelling set of features, combined with excellent handling, and a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. In-camera image stabilisation results in sharp photos, and using the Micro Four Thirds system means there’s an abundance of lenses available, both compact and professional. Whilst the battery life is a little short, the power saving option promises to extend this to 1000 shots. 

Overall, the Panasonic Lumix G90 offers compelling video features, and great image quality is possible.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 2

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

If you have a desire for a more compact camera system, compared to the DSLRs and APS-C cameras available, then the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III has a vast range of interesting and appealing features and can deliver excellent images, as well as access to a vast array of relatively compact Micro Four Thirds lenses.

With still subjects, you also have the option of 50mp (handheld) or 80mp (tripod) high-resolution shots. This makes it particularly suited to high-detail product photography, and other still life photography.

The fast, rapid focus and face and eye-detection focus make it suitable for a wide range of shooting scenarios, including street photography, family and portrait photography, and we were impressed by the updated face and eye detection focus being noticeably quick and rapid.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 2

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

If you’re in the market for a mirrorless camera that you can easily take with you everywhere you go, then the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is an excellent choice. With weather sealing, a compact camera body, in-camera image stabilisation, 30fps high-speed continuous shooting, and 4K CINE video recording, the E-M5 III offers a compelling, and somewhat unique offering, for the price point. The camera also benefits from the Micro Four Thirds system, which has possibly the widest range of native fit lenses of any mirrorless camera system. 

The camera now uses a plastic construction, which will be off-putting for some, however, this has allowed the camera to be lighter. Time will tell whether the camera will survive the same level of abuse as the E-M5 II and E-M5.

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Nikon Z50 The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 2

Z50

The Nikon Z50 has hit the ground running, so to speak, with a camera body that has excellent ergonomics, a solid design, great handling, and easy to access settings. The body is compact, giving you the benefits of a mirrorless camera system, but not too compact, and not at the expense of handling and ease of use. There’s a larger than normal 3.2inch touch-screen, with easy to access zoom controls (for playback), and the electronic viewfinder gives a good view of the scene, with a decent resolution of 2.36m dots.

One thing to be aware of, is the lack of DX (APS-C) lenses available for the system, and we’d always recommend looking at what lenses you want (and whether they are available) before buying into a camera system. If you do go for the Z50, then you’ll find a high-quality 20mp APS-C CMOS sensor, that gives excellent noise performance, great colour reproduction, rapid focus, and pretty much everything else you could want from a new camera.

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Panasonic Lumix GX9 The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 2

1 sec | f/5.6 | 21.0 mm | ISO 100

The Panasonic Lumix GX9 updates the GX8, with a more compact camera body, a tilting screen, and smaller electronic viewfinder (EVF), which is most likely unavoidable due to the smaller body size. The 3inch tilting touch-screen has a good resolution of 1270K dots, and continuous shooting speed has been improved to 9fps. In-camera image stabilisation has been updated to 5-axis image stabilisation and can be used in combination with lens-based image stabilisation when using Panasonic lenses. Image quality has been improved with slightly better noise performance, and colour reproduction is now better than ever with Panasonic’s latest cameras. 

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Fujifilm X-E4 The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 2

Fujifilm X-E4

The Fujifilm X-E4 looks like the X100V, but with the added bonus of letting you change the lens to your own personal preferences. With a compact lens like the XF 27mm R WR, the camera is a compact and easily pocketable camera. The looks get instant reactions from anyone who sees it, with the question being “Is that an old camera?”

Handling will be greatly improved with the optional accessory kit, as the camera has no front or rear handgrip without these. Without these, the camera is best suited for use with a compact lens like the XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR, which is offered as a neat kit. It’s unfortunate there are not more controls on the camera, and adding the optional grips doesn’t help with this.

For video use, the lack of image stabilisation will be of concern, and the X-S10 is likely to be a better option. In fact, the logical choice would be the X-S10, for its better handling, and in-body image stabilisation, but based on looks alone, the X-E4 is hard to ignore. 

With great image quality, thanks to using the same 26mp BSI CMOS sensor and image processor as the flagship X-T4, combined with a compact and stylish camera body, the X-E4 is a desirable little camera, that is also great value for money.

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Sony Alpha A6600 The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 2

Sony Alpha A6600

If you’re looking for something small, with an excellent range of lenses then the Sony Alpha A6600 offers a compelling option, as one of the smaller APS-C mirrorless cameras available. It offers excellent battery life, which would make it a great choice for travel and documentary use. For many, the oddities of Sony cameras will be something worth living with, and for Sony users, it’s probably something they’re already familiar with. 

“The Sony Alpha A6600 offers a compact 24mp APS-C mirrorless camera, with excellent battery life.”

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Sony Alpha A6400 The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 2

Sony Alpha A6400

The compact size of the Sony Alpha A6400 makes it a great choice for travel compared to a larger full-frame camera. Image quality is impressive, with the camera delivering great image quality, with improved noise performance. The 18-135mm lens performs well for a super-zoom lens, giving very good results, and it makes for a good travel combination

If you have a much older Sony E-mount camera, and you’re looking to upgrade, then the A6400, as the most recent APS-C camera makes a lot of sense, particularly if you have a range of lenses to go with the camera. Even if you don’t have lenses already, then the Sony Alpha A6400 could make a good option, particularly if you’re looking for something compact, with unlimited video recording, and great image quality.

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Fujifilm X-Pro3 The Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras Available To Buy 11

Fujifilm X-Pro3

The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 updates the X-Pro 2 with the internals from the X-T3, adding a number of new features along the way. Some of these, such as the great new film simulation mode, and additional options will find their way to the other cameras in the range via a firmware update. But for those wanting a digital rangefinder with an optical viewfinder / updated electronic viewfinder, the X-Pro 3 offers a unique shooting experience.

The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 offers a unique shooting experience, one that isn’t designed to appeal to every photographer. In fact, it’s always been about giving a rangefinder experience, and the X-Pro 3 continues to do this.

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More Top Lists & Reviews 

For more mirrorless compact system camera reviews, have a look at our latest mirrorless reviews. Don’t forget to pick up a bag for it to protect it – have a look at our complete guide to bags. If you want a memory card for your camera, have a look at our complete guide to memory cards. 

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Cokin NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System Now Available

Cokin NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System Now Available

Cokin has designed a filter system optimised for wide-angle lenses and created with long exposure landscape photography in mind.

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NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

Photography filter manufacturer Cokin has introduced a new NX-SERIES Filter System specifically for wide-angle lenses such as the popular 16-35mm zoom.

The NX-SERIES filter holder is made from premium aluminium, is lightweight/compact and can also be used with Nuances filters as well as Cokin L-size adapter rings and other 100mm filters made by other manufacturers.

 

NX-SERIES System Features: 

  • 100mm wide filter-holder system with protective frames, optimised for wide-angle lenses such as 16-35mm zooms
  • Compatible with COKIN NUANCES Extreme filters in L size and 100mm filters with 2mm thickness, made by other manufacturers
  • The dedicated NX-SERIES polarising filter has a slim mount and only absorbs 1 f-stop
  • Premium design, manufactured in CNC precision-machined aluminium
  • Compatible with COKIN CREATIVE adapter rings in L size, available from 49mm to 95mm

 

Pricing & Availability

The NX-SERIES system is available in 5 different kits:

  • Starter Kit: Includes filter-holder, polarising filter, one frame 100x100mm, one frame 100×143.5mm. This kit is ideal for users owning some NUANCES Extreme filters. SRP is £225. 
  • Long Exposure Kit: Includes filter-holder, polarising filter, one neutral density  NUANCES Extreme ND1024 10-stop filter (mounted in its frame ready to use). SRP  is £277. 
  • Landscape Kit: Includes filter-holder, polarising filter, one neutral density  NUANCES Extreme ND1024 10-stop filter and one graduated neutral density filter  S-GND8 soft, both mounted in their frames, ready to use. SRP is £370.
  • Expert Kit: Take a Landscape Kit and add two additional NUANCES Extreme filters. One reverse-graduated filter R-GND8 (max 3-stops) and a brand new graduated neutral density filter with a “Hard” transition of 3-stops max. This filter is particularly efficient for short focal lengths which increase the length of filter transition into the picture (the “hard” graduation has a shorter transition area on the filter). SRP is £555. 
  • Professional Kit: Combines the Expert Kit plus two NUANCES Extreme full neutral density filters ND8 (3-stops) and ND64 (6-stops) mounted into their frame. The  Professional Kit has a total of 7 filters. SRP is £710

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

From Holdan: 

Holdan, a specialist distributor to the professional video, broadcast and photography sector, has today announced the long-awaited arrival of Cokin’s new NX-SERIES 100mm filter system. It is exclusively distributed by them in the UK and Ireland.

COKIN has been developing creative filter-holders and systems since their invention by founder, Jean Coquin back in 1978. Since then, millions of professional and amateur photographers and videographers have been able to explore the creative possibilities offered by these systems.

The 100mm-wide filter format has become Cokin’s most popular size since its launch in 2005 and the radical new NX-SERIES holder system allows 100mm filters to be used on ultra-wide-angle lenses of 14mm, or wider in some cases. The filter-holder is made from premium aluminium and is both compact and lightweight.

T he NX-SERIES filter holder system is compatible with Cokin Nuances Extreme filters, Nuances Clearsky and Infrared IR720, as well as COKIN adapter rings in ‘L’ size (also known as Z-Pro). COKIN has also extended compatibility to 100mm filters made by other manufacturers, provided they have a common thickness of 2mm.

 

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

 

The NX-SERIES filter-holder uses metal frames which has enabled COKIN to increase the angle of view of the filter-holder and consequently reduce the risk of vignetting, even with ultra-wide lenses. These frames are available in 3 sizes:

  • 100x100mm (for square filters)
  • 100×143.5mm (for Nuances Extreme graduated filters)
  • 100x150mm (for graduated filters from other manufacturers)

The metallic frames offer additional protection to the filters and allow easy handling, even when wearing gloves. The NX-SERIES filter-holder uses ball-bearings which exert gentle pressure to guide the frames in their slots, for smooth and precise operation.

The NX-SERIES has a dedicated polarising filter which is placed closest to the lens and can be rotated precisely using the adjustment wheel integrated into the filter-holder, regardless of the orientation of the holder. Recessed areas in the filter-holder are provided for easy insertion and extraction of the polarising filter using gentle simple pressure. The NX-SERIES polarising filter is highly efficient and only absorbs 1 f-stop of light. It is provided with an individual protective pouch.

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

 


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The Nikon Z9 Teaser Trailers Keep On Coming With A Fourth And Final Teaser Now Available

The Nikon Z9 Teaser Trailers Keep On Coming With A Third One Showcasing Speed And Focus

Nikon has now released four 30-second teaser trailers for the Nikon Z9 camera where Nikon say we need to ‘get ready to experience image-making like never before.’

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Nikon fans will be excited to hear that Nikon has given the world a glimpse of the Nikon Z9 in a teaser video they’ve posted on their YouTube channel. 

We still don’t have any update on specs, pricing or when the camera will be available but the video does give us a closer look at the Nikon Z9 that was announced earlier this year when Nikon said it would be the first flagship Z-mount camera. Nikon also confirmed that the Nikon Z9 would use a newly developed full-frame stacked CMOS sensor and a new processing engine. It will also shoot 8K video which means the camera will have a sensor with a resolution of at least 33.1 megapixels (as this is the resolution of an 8K frame).

From looking at the video, we can see that there’s a tilting screen and what appears to be a top smaller secondary display. There’s also a standard hot shoe, various dials/buttons which includes customisable buttons, a round eyepiece around the viewfinder and a deep grip. If you spot anything else that’s of interest or new, please do comment below. 

The Nikon Z9 will update the Z-series which features cameras such as the Nikon Z7-II high-end full-frame mirrorless camera.  

Update: Following on from the release of the teaser trailer, Nikon has added 3 more teaser trailers of the Z9 to its YouTube Channel. There’s still no news on a full list of specs but we do see the Z9 in action on safari where we get a clearer look at the display, controls and eyepiece that surrounds the viewfinder. 

In the third trailer, focusing and speed seem to be the name of the game with runners, motorsport, tennis and other high-energy sports featured. Plus, Nikon seems to be hinting that the Z9 will have excellent Eye-Detection AF with small squares appearing on the eye(s) of those featured in the footage. 

You can watch the new trailers below. 

 

Nikon Z9

 

 

 

 


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Vanguard Launch New VEO Adaptor Backpacks, Available November 2021 at £99.99

Vanguard Launch New VEO Adaptor Backpacks, Available November 2021 at £99.99

No need to run out of power when you’re out and about, as these modern and slim backpacks introduce a USB interface port that allows any photographer to charge and use their kit on the go. 

Ever been out and about when you notice the battery indicator blinking red and realising you don’t have a backup? Maybe the camera batteries have been running down faster than planned. Or the GPS on your navigation app is devouring the power in your smartphone battery.

With the VEO Adaptor Backpack Series you now have a backup that allows you to connect your device to the power bank(s) of your choice in the top compartment and connect it through an integrated USB-A interface port to your device to keep the power flowing while you go.

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In addition, the VEO Adaptor Series delivers everything you’d expect in a high-quality camera bag, and introduces extra wide side access into the line-up, so you have easy access to your kit on “S” models for both left/right-handed photographers. To prevent anyone opening the side pocket without your knowledge, it’s protected on the go. Simply thread the zipper tag through the elasticated loop at the top of the side pocket and it prevents anyone from opening the side pocket without your knowledge. The side flaps also include built in memory card and cable storage to keep you organised on the go.
Alternatively there are traditional rear access models capable of holding pro DSLR cameras and multiple lenses, up to 600mm and up to a 16” laptop.
 
Each model will carry a tripod centrally for optimal balance, with a tripod foot pocket that folds away discreetly when not needed. In addition, a tripod (or bottle) can be carried using either elasticated side pocket.

Despite the slim and modern profile, the VEO Adaptor Series is stuffed with additional storage space. The “S” models feature a daypack section (which can be removed to allow top access), and all models include multiple pockets for cables, SD cards, etc.

To carry the kit in comfort, there is a wide, well padded comfortable harness with an airflow system to stay cool. For longer trips, the harness includes a chest strap and waist strap to spread the load. When not needed, the waist strap can be tucked away to stop it flapping and getting in the way.
Constructed with high quality polyester fabric with PU coating, the VEO Adaptor Series delivers enhanced waterproofing, but for wetter days a rain cover is provided, keeping your kit safe and dry, whatever the conditions.

So if you’re looking for a stylish and capable camera backpack with the ability to keep your energy levels up, check out the VEO Adaptor Backpacks and #makeupyourownmind.

    
All:

• USB-A interface port
• Tripod holder
• Ergonomic harness system with waist strap that tucks away when not needed
• Can be set up for top access
• Top pocket
• Front pocket
• 2-side zip up pockets with internal pockets for accessories such as SD cards and cables
• 2-side elasticated pockets for water bottle (or another support)
• Enhanced waterproof material with rain cover provided
• Reflective stitching to stay safe at night
• Available in black (BK) or grey (GY)

“S” Models:
• Extra wide side access with zipper stop for security
• Ability to access from either side, so suitable for left/right-handed photographers
• Daypack section

“R” Models:
• Traditional rear access Recommended

Retail Pricing:
• VEO Adaptor S41 £99.99
• VEO Adaptor S46 £119.99
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• VEO Adaptor R44 £99.99

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Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today

Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today

 

Sony Alpha A9

 

As we’ve reviewed the majority of Sony E-Mount and FE mount lenses to date, we thought we’d put the top-scoring lenses into a list so you can easily see which are the best, and what options are available. You can use Sony E-Mount and FE-Mount lenses on all Sony E-Mount mirrorless cameras, which includes the Sony Alpha 7 series, the Alpha 9, the Sony Alpha A6000 series and the Sony Alpha A5000 series.

 

A Little Lens Background 

You can use Full-Frame FE-mount lenses on APS-C Sony E-Mount cameras, and this will give you a 1.5x crop of the lens. For example, a full-frame 50mm lens will give the equivalent of a 75mm lens. You can also use APS-C E-mount lenses on full-frame Sony E-Mount cameras, and this will use a cropped area of the sensor, with the resolution of the image depending on the camera used. This will make an APS-C 50mm lens equivalent to 75mm. 

 

Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

A new leader, the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS is, no doubt, an amazing lens and the use of an apodization element adds something very special. It would be easy to think of this in too narrow a way, but the obvious application is of course for portraiture. This could give that something extra to images where already, to be fair, we can get beautiful bokeh with existing lenses. But this does go the extra mile, offering outstanding sharpness as well as that vital, gorgeous bokeh. The lens is actually a total pleasure to use.

Offering outstanding sharpness with sublime bokeh, it’s a magnificent lens. 

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Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

AF 85 1
The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 is our leading third party lens. It offers even sharpness, a fast and bright f/1.4 aperture as well as excellent manufacturing quality for a very fair price. The lens is also weather-sealed and will prove to be an excellent portrait lens.

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Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

Sony 90mm G Oss Macro

This is a large and impressive looking lens that offers an equally impressive performance. Sharpness is excellent and Chromatic Aberration is almost zero centrally and generally kept under one pixel at the edges. At f/22 diffraction reduces edge sharpness but results remain good and flare is also totally absent. Images have good contrast and almost anything can be added to the shooting repertoire for the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

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Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master OSS (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

The Sony G Master FE 70-200mm f/2.8 OSS is, without a doubt, a very fine lens. It operates smoothly and is very well made, however it is worth taking care when shooting against the light. Bokeh is excellent but edges do show some signs of fringing, particularly at 200mm where it becomes quite obvious in some subjects, such as branches against the bright sky. This can, however, be easily corrected in software so it’s not really anything to worry about. Sharpness figures are superb and it is also extremely even from centre to edge, giving a very precise overall crispness. Some may think the price is a little high but for what the lens offers, Sony E-mount users may consider it an excellent buy. 

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Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master OSS Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master OSS

 

There has been a gap in the Sony mirrorless range and the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master lens fills it perfectly.

The Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master is a superb lens in every way, offering excellent image quality, outstanding sharpness and very well controlled CA. Distortion levels are low, AF is silent and the bokeh the lens produces can only be described as beautiful. 

Quality clinches it as an Editor’s Choice.

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Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

Batis 40mm f/2.0 CF

 

Zeiss optics are always going to give you a level of build quality and elegance of design that other manufacturers can fall short on. The Batis 40mm f/2 CF is a lens that produces crisp, clean images, justifying its price tag in terms of the image quality you get. We praised it for its insignificant CA levels, no flare, and a relaxed and pleasant bokeh quality. 

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Sony FE 24mm f/1.4G Master Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

Sony Fe 24mm F1,4 Gm Front Oblique View
Sony G Master is the premium lens series of Sony’s arsenal, and this Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 doesn’t disappoint. It performed impeccably at a competitive price point. It earned an editor’s choice award for its superb sharpness throughout, fast and silent AF, and gorgeous bokeh. It also features a declickable diaphragm for video applications. 

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Sigma AF 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
The Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a fast, bright lens that can be used for a wide range of shooting applications. It handles well, with a precise focus and superb results. The price is fair for the quality of image you can achieve. The lens is also dust and splashproof and has beautiful bokeh.

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Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

1/160 sec | f/13.0 | 100.0 mm | ISO 100
This compact, high quality and reasonably priced AF 24mm f/2.8 FE lens has excellent sharpness at the centre and edge, virtually no distortion and fast and accurate AF. It’s a classic and compelling focal length to use, making it a great third party lens choice. 

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Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

56mm f/1.4 DC DN C

Another third-party contender, Sigma offer their 56mm f/1.4 lens at a competitive price, with superb performance and superb sharpness. It has smooth bokeh, a high-quality build and moisture and dust sealing. It’s an editor’s choice for its unobtrusive design that works efficiently. 

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Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Even though this lens is ideal for portrait photography, the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM is actually ideal for a wide variety of subjects. It’s a very fine lens that’s incredibly well made and is a joy to use. Resistance to flare is excellent, sharpness is outstanding and CA (chromatic aberration) is almost zero in the centre of the field, and is contained to less than one pixel at the edges. Distortion is also commendably low and the lens produces beautiful bokeh. It’s superb in every respect and received the ‘Editor’s Choice’ accolade as a result. 

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Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 13

Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE

 

Some lenses are a real pleasure to use, and the Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE falls into this category. The technical quality is excellent, the AF is fast and accurate and the results look punchy with superb colour rendition.

In terms of value, it’s hard to argue with such a modestly priced lens when it performs so well. Weather resistance would be nice, as would full-time manual focus in AF mode, but apart from that the lens pretty much hits the spot. It is certainly an excellent match for the Sony mirrorless range for which it has been designed.

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Sony FE 14mm F/1.8 G Master Lens Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony FE 14mm F/1.8 G Master Lens

 

If you love ultra-wide lenses, then the Sony FE 14mm F/1.8 G Master Lens could well be the one that will hit the spot. The dynamic compositions that are possible are unique to this type of optic, and on top of that, we have an absolutely superb optical performance, far in excess of what the first lenses that I have mentioned were capable of. The price seems high, but it is competitive compared with the alternatives, and we do have that fast f/1.8 aperture.

For architecture, landscapes, interiors, special effects and all sorts of image-making, the look of a 14mm is awesome, although it does need some thought to be given to the composition to extract the best out of it. It is especially true that we need to get in closer, and closer, to avoid an image with tiny subjects in a wide, empty space. Fortunately, the lens focuses close enough to make this easy. It is also very useful for shooting small models, such as the doll’s house picture, as it opens up the subject and it looks more realistic.

A lovely lens indeed, and definitely ‘Highly Recommended’.

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Sony FE 40mm F/2.5G Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony FE 40mm F/2.5G

 

What a delightful lens this is to use. It has an elegant simplicity, performs superbly well and is a useful, if somewhat unusual, focal length. Of particular note are the high and even sharpness, centre and edge vying through the aperture range for supremacy, the resistance to flare and the general ease of use.

The 40mm focal length has been tried many times over the years and is a popular choice, not as wide as a 35mm and yet not as restrictive as a 50mm. All these focal lengths fall into the description of a “standard lens”, and the 40mm could be seen as an excellent compromise. One that handles as well as this and performs as strongly especially so.

The Sony FE 40mm f/2.5G is a very classy lens that is ‘Highly Recommended’.

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Sony FE 24mm F/2.8G Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony FE 24mm F/2.8G

What a delight to have such a light and compact lens that handles superbly and delivers excellent sharpness both centre and edge. 24mm is such a useful wide-angle and it is quite surprising that there are so few prime lenses of this focal length currently on the market. Those that do exist tend to be much larger, fast lenses for DSLRs, and also much more expensive. Of course, there are many zooms that cover 24mm, even at f/2.8, but they are comparatively bulky and expensive and this new lens is a very different sort of beast.

The Sony FE 24mm f/1.8G lens is a real joy to use and is ‘Highly Recommended’.

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Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art is a really sharp lens, with excellent handling and beautiful bokeh, which makes a powerful mix. Although many photographers have felt that 135mm was slightly too long for a short portrait telephoto, perhaps looking at 100mm instead, with this Sigma the close focusing seems to be a game-changer. Whereas the 135mm often stopped short at 4 feet or so, at just over 3 feet this new lens makes the tight head shot absolutely possible and probably tips the balance. Coupled with a truly splendid performance, Sigma has a winner, without a doubt.

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Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Lens

 

The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master is indeed a very impressive lens. In terms of design, ergonomics and performance it cannot be faulted. It is expensive, and that is really the only downside to a lens that will produce the goods and offers the potential of a very long service life.

A superb choice for Sony FE mount full-frame users and as such Highly Recommend.

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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

 

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens is superb to use, and also superb in many ways in terms of its performance. The lower cost compared to most 85mm lens does not seem to have reduced the performance at all. So full credit to Sony for achieving this. The one weakness is the tendency to flare against the light, which is a shame, but it need not be a deal-breaker, depending on the sort of image-making we do.

To summarise, an excellent performance from a well-priced lens and one that can easily be Highly Recommended.

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Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE

 

With a high level of performance and a pleasing character, the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens has plenty of potential to become a favourite. There are some parameters that may need some additional correction in software, not really an issue as the solutions are there. It is light and compact and generally just delivers the goods in a simple, discrete package. When used for street photography, it can be an advantage to use an unobtrusive lens.

There is some flare and there is no weather sealing, so these are a couple of disadvantages, but to be absolutely fair, the price tag is a very attractive one and generally, the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens is a delight to use. Highly recommended.

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Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Apo Sonnar T* (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Zeiss Batis 135mm F2,8 Front Oblique View
 

The Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Apo Sonnar T* lens is a beauty, of that there is no doubt. It oozes quality and there would appear to be little downside to it apart from the price. A lens to aspire to and, if it can be afforded, to put very high on the list of possible purchases. 

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Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

SEL50F14ZA A

 

The Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA full-frame prime lens is designed to be used with Sony E-Mount cameras and it’s another excellent offering from Zeiss / Sony. Image quality is excellent, sharpness is superb and CA (Chromatic Aberration) is very much under control. Flare does have some effect and when shooting against the light there can be a drop in contrast and there is a small amount of barrel distortion but really, it’s an insignificant figure. The bokeh of the lens is very smooth and overall, images are crisp and clear. 

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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 34

FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
Zoom lenses do have strengths and weaknesses in their performance, but there is little to complain about with this Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. Sharpness at its best is excellent to outstanding, CA and distortion can be addressed in software, although centrally CA is very well controlled anyway and flare is non-existent. Images are excellent and the bokeh is indeed beautiful in fact, it’s quite sublime at times. The Sony lens represents a level of performance that can only be found in the most expensive lenses. It is itself quite expensive, but given that prices may yet ease over time it is within the realms of being a realistic price.

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Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE

 

The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens is a very attractive proposition for those seeking a fast 35mm lens. The quality is uniformly excellent and the price much lower than the marque alternatives. All in all, the lens is excellent value for money.

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Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony E 50mm F18 Oss (3)
 

Our lens reviewer described this lens as a ‘belter’ and thanks to its price point, sharpness levels and overall image quality, it’s easy to see why. The Sony NEX 50mm f/1.8 OSS does have a few Chromatic aberration problems but this flaw is easily overlooked taking into account this lens’ positive attributes. Autofocus is very fast and accurate and optical stabilisation is a nice feature to have and it allows sharp hand held images to be taken in around half the time with shutter speeds as low as 1/10sec. 

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Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro

 

The Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a well made, well-priced lens that will do the job efficiently and to an excellent standard.

As a general-purpose short telephoto for portraits, landscapes, etc., it may be that the loss of AF will be an inconvenience. However, in the arena of macro shooting, this lens comes into its own, being what it is clearly designed for. Very often MF is the method of choice for macro shooting anyway. All the accuracy of the focusing is concentrated in the macro range and the image snaps clearly into focus in the viewfinder or on the monitor screen.

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Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master

 

Expensive, but outstanding. That is the simple equation, the choice that is there. Definitely, the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master lens is one to aspire to and one that upholds the fine performance levels of the G Master range. The focal length range is versatile, the aperture a fast and constant f/2.8 and the construction quality of a very high order. In conclusion, a very desirable lens.

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Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary

 

The Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary is another superb I-series lens from Sigma that offers outstanding sharpness, low central CA, good flare resistance and pleasant bokeh. Construction is excellent, the body is dust/splash-proof and the lens comes with a 3-year guarantee. 

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Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary

Make no mistake, this is a beautiful lens that has a really strong performance. It’s very close to ideal anyway and with its all-metal construction and very fine optical performance (albeit with in-camera corrections switched on if necessary), we don’t have any hesitation in giving the Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary the accolade of Highly Recommended. 

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Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony Fe G 70 200mm F4 Front Oblique View
 

This lens is a high-level performer that does the job efficiently. Don’t be put off by the f/4 maximum aperture as it’s not really much of a disadvantage. In fact, the size and cost of the lens actually make it a serious contender for those in the market for a new telephoto lens. The only slight drawback is the possibility of some flare, but fortunately, this does not seem to be a major problem. Our reviewer was happy to ‘Highly Recommend’ the 70-200mm f/4 G OSS and said it was ideally suited to the Sony Alpha 7R II.

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Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony Nex 35mm F1 8 Lens 3

The Sony E35mm f/1.8 OSS might seem expensive but the performance it delivers does make it a worthwhile purchase. Sharpness is very good from maximum aperture, and can even be considered as outstanding as the lens is stopped down. Other optical anomalies, such as CAs, falloff and distortion are also kept well in check and the lens is lightweight as well as compact which will please many. 

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Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

The Sigma AF 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens gives excellent performance, a reasonable price and a very bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, which all add up to a very desirable package, that will be appealing for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount photographers.

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Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

The Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS performs very well indeed on a technical level, but also produces clean, sharp, smooth images that give overall an impressive aesthetic result. If anything is a bit weak it is the CA performance, although that can be corrected for those images that demand it. Overall, however, it’s a great result and we have a sharp, crisp lens with close focusing, fast and silent AF, impressive flare resistance, superb control of distortion and at par for the course price. Highly recommended.

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Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 34

Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD

The Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD lens is a pure delight to use. It does its job admirably, without any glitches or vices getting in the way of enjoying our photography. The optical performance is not perfect, although at the centre of the field it is excellent throughout. The edges at wider apertures are weaker, but even this need not be too much of a problem as it does open up some nice portrait possibilities as well as offering a selection of apertures where the images are indeed crisp right across the frame. Being aware of the lens’s characteristics enables us to work with it to produce the images we want.

Overall, a lovely lens that is well priced and works well with the Sony camera body. Highly recommended.

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Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

The Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G is expensive, but also excellent, which is always a dilemma. Easy to handle, superb central performance, huge potential creatively, there is so much to like about the lens. There is no doubt this is a very worthy choice for, especially, full-frame Sony users.

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Laowa C-Dreamer 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Laowa C-Dreamer 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D

The Laowa lenses as a range are certainly very interesting, sometimes unique and always deliver the goods in terms of performance. Traditional metal construction does mean a higher price, but we have to choose whether the trade-off of quality of results balances out the cost/performance equation. This will obviously be different for different users.

What we get is the widest lens in its class, with a fast, bright f/2.8 aperture, that performs very well indeed.

The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 is a compact, widest in class lens with fast f/2.8 aperture and excellent overall performance

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Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon T* Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon T*

The Loxia range is an attractive proposition, with useful focal lengths and, if the 25mm f/2.4 is anything to go by, excellent qualities. The new 25mm f/2.4 is compact, beautiful to use in a most traditional way, full of the tactile high grade feel that is rarely seen. The price may be slightly on the high side, but then again what price quality? Some may question the manual focus, but with this lens, it is so easy to find the point of focus that with minimal practice it should soon become second nature. Admittedly that will not suit everyone.

All in all, a lovely lens that matches well to the Sony FE full-frame mirrorless cameras.

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Carl Zeiss Sonnar E 24mm f/1.8 ZA (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 18 24 Tstar (8)

This lens delivers a performance worthy of the Carl Zeiss name, especially in the centre of the frame, where sharpness is excellent, or even outstanding when stopped down. The Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* lens is a premium piece of glass that doesn’t disappoint. Contrast holds up very well when shooting into the light and there are very few instances of flare, even in very harsh lighting conditions. Sharpness is excellent but there are a few problems with CA, however, the amount of fringing will be acceptable for many. 

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Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Zeiss Batis 85mm F1,8 Side View With Lens Hood
 

The Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 is a lovely lens that’s designed well, is a pleasure to use and the results ooze quality. The OLED display is actually quite useful and the construction quality is impeccable. The only thing not to like is perhaps the price, but it starts to look much better value when pitched against other premium quality lenses. Overall, the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/2 is a beautiful premium lens for full-frame E-Mount users.

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Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T* (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 25

Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 Three Quarter View Front
 

The Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 is an exquisite premium lens for full-frame E-Mount users. There’s nothing really negative to say about it as design, the way it handles and the images it produces are all superb. There was a tiny issue with CA (nothing that can’t be corrected) and the price might put some people off but overall, it’s a pleasure to use and construction is impeccable, just as you expect from a brand such as Zeiss. 

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Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 52

Sony 28mm F2 0 Lens (4)

The Sony FE 28mm f/2 has a lot going for it, delivering high levels of sharpness in a lightweight and compact body that has a reasonable asking price. It’s a shame the aperture has to be stopped down to improve performance towards the edges of the frame and to reduce chromatic aberrations, but overall the lens performs well. The lens is quite resistant to flare although contrast can be noticeably reduced when shooting into the light.

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Meike 50mm f/1.7 Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 52

Meike 50mm F1,7 Front Oblique View

The Meike 50mm f/1.7 is on the budget side of prime lenses however it does offer you impressive, even sharpness, a metal construction and low CA as well as low distortion for Just over £100. It’s also weather-resistant so you can shoot with it in inclement situations. 

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Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Power Zoom (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 54

Sony 18 200 Pz Oss (2)

The price alone will ensure the Sony E PZ 18-200mm f/e.5-6.3 OSS becomes a niche item, but if money is no object, and you require the best quality, most convenient solution for general picture taking, then this lens could be for you. This lens is quite resistant to flare and retains good contrast, even when shooting into the light and Chromatic aberrations are pretty well controlled. Sharpness levels are excellent and so is the build quality. 

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Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 T* (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 52

Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm F2 8 Nex Lens (7)

Zeiss has, yet again, produced a lens with optical characteristics worthy of the Zeiss reputation, that’s well designed and solidly built. Although the Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 T* does carry a premium price, the additional cost isn’t so much that it will put this lens beyond the reach of everyone, especially those serious about using quality glass with their camera. Sharpness levels are excellent, Chromatic aberrations towards the edges of the frame are very well controlled and shouldn’t pose issues for most images, distortion is very mild and falloff of illumination towards the corners of the frame is incredibly well controlled.

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Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 52

Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

As a general-purpose lens, a good 18-135mm is hard to beat on APS-C format cameras. The close focus and long reach lend themselves well to close-ups such as flower studies. The 18mm wide-angle can accommodate most architecture and landscapes. The close focus means small object photography is simple, and quality of results at these close distances are well maintained.

The Sony lens generally performs well, but with caveats. Central sharpness is fine until we reach small apertures of f/16 and beyond, but beyond that detail is soon lost. The edges are quite poor when longer focal lengths are used, although the centre still sparkles crisply. This in itself can be used creatively for portraiture and other close-ups.

Although not perfect, the Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens is still a very good choice for general photography and capable of delivering good, bright and sharp images.

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SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Lens

 

KamLan has a simple, ambitiously specified lens for a very low price. It is well made, performs well and, within the limitations of manual focus and lagging edge quality, it is still a lens that delivers something very useful. The bright f/1.1 aperture is one thing and the gorgeous bokeh is another. The lens is not technically perfect, but it does have excellent photographic, creative qualities that could be used to advantage. At £126, there is little to lose.

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OnePlus Nord 2 5G Smartphone Priced At £399 Is Available Now

OnePlus Nord 2 5G Smartphone Priced At £399 Is Available Now

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G brings flagship features for a mid-range price and goes on sale today from various retailers, including Amazon.

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OnePlus has announced that its latest smartphone from the Nord product line – OnePlus Nord 2 5G – is now available across the UK from O2, Three, John Lewis and Amazon UK as well as direct from OnePlus.com.

The OnePlus Nord 2 is the newest addition to the company’s more affordable smartphone line, OnePlus Nord, and delivers a comprehensive upgrade from the first Nord, from camera and performance to charging and design. It combines flagship-level hardware, including a 50 MP AI triple camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS), Warp Charge 65, and the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor, along with OnePlus’s signature OxygenOS software, to offer users a fast, smooth, and versatile experience.

At Amazon, customers will be able to buy the OnePlus Nord 2 5G 8GB/128GB for £399 in Blue Haze and Gray Sierra. They will also be able to purchase Nord 5G with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in Gray Sierra for £469.

For more information, take a look at ePHOTOzine’s review of the OnePlus Nord 2 5G where we awarded the smartphone a ‘Recommended’ accolade. 

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Astrophotography Stacking & Image Retouching Is Now Available In Affinity Photo

Astrophotography Stacking & Image Retouching Is Now Available In Affinity Photo

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Version 1.9 of Affinity Photo launched earlier this year in February and introduced an array of useful and powerful improvements, from linked layer functionality to better organisation for LUTs, OpenCL hardware acceleration for Windows and long-awaited saveable workspaces.

 

Introducing Astrophotography Stacking In Affinity

Flame And Horsehead Nebula HaRGB |
Flame And Horsehead Nebula HaRGB

 

One of the more esoteric additions was the introduction of a new ‘Persona’ (or workspace) for astrophotography stacking. This functionality is not commonly found in image editors –  instead, it has always been the domain of dedicated astrophotography software, which can vary in price from free to several hundred dollars.

In this regard, Affinity Photo is relatively unique: it can perform the entire postproduction workflow required for professional-level astrophotography, all in 32-bit linear precision. The workflow is not complex either – if anything, the straightforward nature of the entire process may seem contradictory to expectations at first!

 

Astrophotography Stacking In An Inexpensive Photo Editor

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Vela Supernova Remnant HaOIIIRGB

 

To understand the significance of having this functionality in a low-cost image editing application, we should consider the complexity of the stacking workflow and its requirements. We stack multiple exposures of the same subject to increase SNR (signal to noise ratio) – essentially, to reject noise and other artefacts from the final exposure, which allows you to pull through more meaningful detail of the actual night sky objects.

Depending on the subject and its brightness, long exposures – sometimes in excess of five or even ten minutes – are usually required to reveal enough detail, and with longer exposures comes increased noise levels and greater risk of visual artefacts like star trailing, light pollution and light trails from aircraft flying overhead. These all produce challenges during both the stacking and editing process that the software must be able to tackle.

There’s also the requirement of being able to calibrate the image frames before they are stacked together. This is achieved using a variety of calibration frames, which are often shot during the imaging session, although with temperature-controlled sensors and mounted telescope systems this is not always necessary.

 

The Stacking Process In Affinity Explained

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Stack Persona (alpha)

 

The stacking process is easy in Affinity Photo: the light (image) frames and calibration frames are loaded into separate file lists within the Astrophotography Stack Persona, and you can configure various stacking options such as the clipping threshold, which is useful for rejecting aircraft light trails and other inconsistent pixel information. You then click the Stack button, and once the images have stacked you will see the final tone-stretched result. If you need to modify any settings, you can do so and click the Stack button again (with significantly reduced processing time) – each time you do this, a new layer will be placed into the Stacked Images panel at the bottom right.

Once you are happy with the result, you can click Apply and each stacked image is brought through as a layer into your main document’s layer stack. Levels and Curves adjustment layers are also provided by default which perform the initial tone stretching – you can tweak this further if required.

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Stack Persona (White Fill)

 

For monochrome imaging, where narrowband or broadband filters are used to capture different wavelengths of light, you would typically stack each data set separately, then copy the final pixel layers into one document and blend them together. Layers may need to be aligned, which can be achieved by selecting them all and using Arrange>Align Layers by Stars.

From this point, it’s a fascinating editing process whose complexity can vary depending on the requirements of the subject. Light pollution can be tackled with the dedicated Remove Background filter, found in the Filters>Astrophotography menu. You can single-click to set sample points within the image and easily remove gradients from the background sky detail.

 

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Remove Background
 

The software also has a comprehensive set of masking and selection options too, so you can easily make selections of star detail or background detail, then apply adjustments and live non-destructive filters. For example, you can use a Minimum Blur live filter to reduce the intensity of stars in the image or use an HSL adjustment to reduce background luminosity whilst boosting deep-sky object detail.

Since Affinity Photo also supports macros (recordable operations that can be played back instantly), you can speed up any techniques you find yourself using frequently, such as creating luminosity masks, applying your own tone stretching or even setting up blending of the initial monochrome data layers to produce the full-colour composition.

Another technical advantage to highlight is the ability to complete the entire workflow in 32-bit precision. With the exception of Median Blur (and therefore also Dust & Scratches), all adjustments, tools and filters are available for you to use in 32-bit. This cuts out the requirement of merging or flattening then converting to 16-bit in order to continue editing, and allows you to take advantage of processing entirely in a linear colour space from start to finish, as well as making use of the extra precision.

 

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Orion Nebula HaOIII

 

Astrophotography, much like regular photography, can quickly become an expensive hobby or profession. Therefore, in some ways, you may argue that an extra few hundred dollars spent on dedicated astrophotography software is hardly worth quibbling over rather than investing a smaller amount into a more general image editing application. However, even if budget is not a concern, Affinity Photo offers a streamlined and straightforward workflow, especially if you are used to other layer-based image editing software. It’s ideal for newcomers to the genre, but also offers several notable advantages to seasoned astrophotographers as well, particularly for non-destructive workflows.

 

Even More Affinity Photo Astrophotography Tutorials

For anyone interested in exploring Affinity Photo’s astrophotography capabilities, we have a plethora of tutorial videos covering the subject available both on our website and YouTube.

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inPixio Photo Studio 11 Now Available With New Sky Replacement Tool & More

inPixio Photo Studio 11 Now Available With New Sky Replacement Tool & More

inPixio Photo Studio 11

 

inPixio has updated its popular photo editing software, Photo Studio, with several new tools that will make photo editing easier than ever. 

Photo Studio 11 for Windows now features a sky replacement tool so you can quickly add new skies to images and the popular photomontage and easy-to-use erase tools have also been updated.

With the new sky replacement tool, as well as replacing the sky, the software makes adjustments to ensure the new sky fits with the tones of the original image. Plus, you can go one step further and remove backgrounds altogether with the background erase tool which, with just a few clicks, can cut out any detail, person, object or landscape element from your photos. You can also use the erase tool to remove signs, wires, people or any other subject that distracts you from the main subject in your photo. inPixio says that the erase tool is up to 7x faster, thanks to an improved algorithm, so this is something we’ll be putting to the test in our review (take a look at our review of inPixio Photo Studio 10 Pro). 

If you don’t want to remove the background, you can now blur it instead when using the Pro version of the software to replicate the look of bokeh captured in-camera at the time you took the photo. 

 

Remove unwanted objects from images

 

For those who enjoy creating collages and photomontages, this feature has now been added to Photo Studio 11 so you can cut out parts of other photos and add them to your new background. there are also stickers, frames and filters you can play around with and text can be added, too. 

One-click correction automatically improves the colours and light in your photos with a single click making photo editing something simple and easy to learn. Plus, inPixio has also added video tutorials, as well as a user guide, should further instruction be needed. 

Other features include a tool for adjusting perspective, tilt-shift options for creating miniature effects, colour effects, a text tool and stickers. 

 

Photo Montage

 

New In Photo Studio 11

  • Erasing is up to 7x faster thanks to an improved algorithm.
  • Cutting out your subject is now more accurate thanks to edge enhancement. This new tool helps deal with tricky edges, such as hair, for a more precise result.
  • Instead of removing your background, you can blur it to put the focus on your subject and create beautiful portraits.
  • The photomontage tools are now all in one place. You can start with any background image, and directly add new cutout images. You can also copy and paste. items from one background to another.
  • Photomontage content has been updated with a range of new stickers and images to choose from.

 

Photo Studio 11 Main Features:

  • Remove and replace backgrounds
  • Change the sky
  • Combine different features in a photomontage
  • Erase distracting objects
  • Clone and duplicate objects
  • Auto-correct images
  • Add effects, filters, LUT styles, frames and textures
  • Correct haze, noise, red-eye and photo perspective
  • Do selective editing of colours
  • Supports Raw image formats

 

Pricing & Availability 

inPixio Photo Studio 11 is available now in two versions: inPixio Photo Studio 11 and inPixio Photo Studio 11 Professional. inPixio Photo Studio 11 is priced at £49.99 and inPixio Photo Studio 11 Professional is usually priced at £79.99 but currently, you can save 25% so it’s priced at £59.99. These prices are for a 1-year license. 

inPixio Photo Studio 11 Professional vs inPixio Photo Studio 11  Sky replacement, one-click image correction, 100+ filters, effects and frames and 50+ textures are only available in the Pro version of the software. 

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Samyang VDSLR MK2 Cine Lenses Now Available In RF Mount And Lens Kits

Samyang VDSLR MK2 Cine Lenses Now Available In RF Mount And Lens Kits

Samyang VDSLR MK2 series

The Samyang VDSLR MK2 series, which was launched in the Summer of 2020 and features 5 focal lengths, is now available in the Canon RF mount for use on cameras such as the Canon EOS R

The MK2 line-up comprises 5 of the most-used focal lengths: 14mm (T3.1), 24mm (T1.5), 35mm (T1.5), 50mm (T1.5) and 85mm (T1.5) which can be purchased individually or as part of a 3-lens or 5-lens kit. 

Individually, the lenses ranging from £399 to £639 while the kits, which come in rugged cases, have a suggested retail price of £1499 (3-lens kit with 4mm, 35mm and 85mm models) and £2599 (5-lens kit featuring the 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm).

For more information, visit the Intro2020 website. 

 

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Samyang VDSLR MK2 series

 

Following Samyang’s recent addition of the 14mm T3.1 model to its VDSLR MK2 cine-lens series, the full range is also now available in Canon RF Mount.

Launched in August 2020, the Samyang VDSLR MK2 series is a compact and versatile cine lens range, designed to be the foundation lens set for filmmakers. The MK2 line-up comprises 5 of the most-used focal lengths: 14mm (T3.1), 24mm (T1.5), 35mm (T1.5), 50mm (T1.5) and 85mm (T1.5). Fast T-stop values, renowned image quality and enhanced user-friendly features deliver full-frame coverage.

VDSLR MK2 lenses are available individually, with suggested retail prices ranging from £399 to £639 (inc. VAT).

They are also now available as a 3-Lens Kit (comprising 14mm, 35mm and 85mm models) and a 5-Lens Kit (14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm). As kits, the lenses are supplied in a high quality rugged and waterproof case, custom-fitted with laser-cut high-density foam to safely store and transport them. Suggested retail prices are: £1499 for the 3-lens kit and £2599 for the 5-lens kit (all prices include 20% VAT).

 

VDSLR MK2 Main Features:

Compact Cine Lens Covering Full-Frame Sensor Size
The compact size of Samyang’s VDSLR lenses makes them perfect for hand-held and gimbal shooting. The new VDSLR 14mm T3.1 MK2 is only 9.6cm long and weighs just 650.2g and the 50mm T1.5 MK2 is even smaller at 7.47cm long and 525.8g in weight. In contrast to their compact size, the VDSLR MK2 lenses cover full-frame sensors (36x24mm) and are ready for the high-quality video making environment.

 

Most Popular Focal Lengths and Available in 7 Camera Mounts
The VDSLR MK2 range now includes 5 focal lengths: 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. These are the essential focal lengths for any creative or commercial projects. All 5 lenses are available and fully compatible with 7 camera mounts: Canon EF, Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon F, Canon M, Fuji X and MFT. They are suitable for both DSLR and mirrorless systems and ready to support all types of filmmakers around the globe. Of special note is that the full set of 5 VDSLR

 

MK2 lenses now fully support the latest Canon RF mount and are equipped with rear filter holders
Long Focus Throw and De-Clicked Aperture Ring Even though VDSLR MK2 lenses are compact in size, they are fully-featured with de-clicked aperture rings and focus gear rings. The long focus throw of over 130° enables cinematographers to focus precisely on their subjects, creating a more professional feel to video footage than with autofocus photo lenses.

 

Samyang VDSLR MK2 series Kit

 

Fast Aperture for Low-Light Situations
For independent filmmakers, a versatile lens saves time and budget. The Samyang VDSLR MK2 series has fast, T1.5 apertures across the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm focal lengths, the 14mm is still fast at T3.1. This supports filmmakers, allowing them to concentrate more on the scene and creativity, without having to concern themselves about image quality, even in low-light situations. Also, the shallow depth of field available effectively blurs out the background and highlights the subject, adding depth to the story.

 

New Feature #1: Weather Sealing
The new VDSLR MK2 series includes a weather-sealing feature to protect the most vulnerable gap between the lens and camera mount, to prevent dust, light rain and snow from penetrating. It provides the ability to capture stunning images in less than perfect conditions.

 

New Feature #2: 9 Aperture Blades for Exceptional Bokeh and Starburst Effect
The VDSLR MK2 series has been updated with 9 aperture blades across all 5 focal lengths, providing unified, smooth and circular bokeh. It adds a three-dimensional quality and pleasing out of- focus effects. 18-ray starburst highlights can also be created by stopping down to small apertures.

 

New Feature #3: Updated Design with Side Scales
The Samyang VDSLR MK2 models have a sleek new design: The black and matte finish boosts usability and professionalism on the set. They are lightweight, but sturdy and fully equipped for innumerable projects. Focus distance scales are visible on both sides of the lens bodies, as are the focal lengths. These features support focus pullers and assistant cinematographers to operate more intuitively.

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