Reviews and overviews of mid/high segment cameras, software and other photographic stuff.

In this review we will compare in detail two quite similar lenses for Sony mirrorless APS-C, so E-mount: the Sony 50 mm f1.8 OSS and then Sigma 60 mm f2.8 Art.

They are two primes for cameras like A5100, A6000, A6300, NEX series, that, having a sensor with a crop factor of 1.5 with respect to full frame one, makes the equivalent focal lenght longer, respectively 75 mm for the Sony lens and 90 mm for the Sigma one. They are two medium telephoto lenses for portrait, since they have a large maximum aperture (f1.8 and f2.8) that allows for nice blurred backgrounds.

The Sigma lens is also available for micro four-thirds cameras, e.g. the compact mirrorless Olympus, Panasonic and so on with interchangeable optics.

Let's dive into the various aspects on a Sony camera (specifically an A6300).

Yesterday Canon has announced its new flagship DSLR: the full-frame EOS-1D X Mark II, less than a month after the announcement of Nikon of its new full-frame D5 - see our article here.

Let's see in detail the main differences with some comparison with the latest Nikon D5 (label Canon / Nikon when one of the two wins).

In this review, we will deeply analyze the version 4.0 of popular Adobe software Lightroom. It is one of the most complete functional review available on the Web and can also be useful as a guide to the new features. We will not mention support for new cameras that are added at each major and minor Lightroom upgrade.

Let's start!

The version 3 of Adobe Lightroom brings very interesting (and sometimes needed) improvements.

Let''s see them all, module by module.

General

  • performance improvements, since LR 2 was quite slow. LR 3 is not as fast as we'd like, but scrolling in the library view and preview building is now visibly faster. The changes were also targeting catalogs with tens/hundreds of thousands of photos, where performances were unsatisfactory for an efficient workflow. Also, to improve performance, cache can be increased up to 200 Gb (if you have enough room on your disk....).

Today, one day before Photoshop Convention in Orlando, Adobe has released the beta 2 for Lightroom v3 which was near to expire at the end of April.

Curiously, yesterday there were a couple of leakages on this update: DPReview and Adobe Tv sites published something soon removed provoking an interesting debate on the imminent announcement.

Here are the good news:

  • support for video files. FINALLY! I made some tests and not all formats seem to be supported (especially MP4/H.264 have several variants) but it was a mandatory move.

Canon has announced a new consumer DSLR: the EOS 550D or Rebel T2i (USA) as an evolution of 500D.

Let''s see the main additions and improvements with comments as in the style of LightPoint articles: