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News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.

Sony yesterday released updates for 6 models:

  • the full frame A7RII, A7SII, A7II and the new flagship A9. For the A9 there is just a modification for the overheating warning, while the other models received an interesting list of improvements, especially the A7RI/A7SII a change when noise reduction is set to NO, and this seems to target the wide complain from stars shooting people with the star eater problem of these cameras (even with no noise reduction set, the camera apply a noise reduction effect, technically known as "spatial filtering"

Today Sony has published an article (see here) in which it reports that the NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service (www.npd.com) has seen Sony becoming the second vendor in the US regarding full-frame cameras, surpassing Nikon.

Company Serif has announced the availability of Windows version of Affinity Photo, after its availabilty for Mac. Affinity Photo is a product "similar" to Photoshop, with advanced features for handling images including RAW of course.

Differently from current Lightroom product, it provides supports for layers but it misses the advanced cataloguing feature of the Adobe product. Performance are not (yet) satisfyng on Windows systems in my opinion, but price is very interesting around 50 $ one-time (discount untile 22nd of December), not like Adobe that forces user to a subscription.

The announcement from Serif is available at this link.

Sony has announced the new top-of-the-line mirrorless APS-C (1.5 crop factor with respect to full frame) camera: the A6500.

This announcement is quite unexpected, since the A6300 has been launched just 6 months ago... very little time ago. Someone supposes that the A6300 was delayed and the A6500 is on original schedule, that's why they are so close.

Yesterday Canon has announced a new mirrorles interchangeable lens camera: the M5. Canon so far hasn't show so far much determination in entering the mirrorless market, for obvious reasons giving its extremely wide consumer base especially for non-mirrorless lenses and its models have less features and performances with respect to other manufacturers, especially Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji.

The new M5 appears the first "serious" model (i.e. at least comparable to other manufacturers' models), let's see in detail the feature, also looking at some direct concurrent models of Sony (the new A6300) and the Panasonic and Olympus micro four thirds:

We have published a deep review and comparison between two popular lenses for compact Sony mirrorless (APS-C format, E-mount) like A5100, A6000, A6300, NEX: Sony E 50 mm f1.8 OSS versus Sigma 60 mm f2.8 DN (Art series).

Two great primes compared: the review is at this link.

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