Canon EF 85mm F1.2 vs Sony 85mm F1.4 GM comparison

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Gary Fong compares Canon’s tried and true EF 85mm F1.2 lens against Sony’s latest G Master 85mm F1.4 lens. The Sony 85mm F1.4 got a lot of press lately and it’s interesting to see how it compares to one of Canon’s most regarded lens.

Please note that there is a small typo in the video: the Canon images are shot at f/1.2 and not f/1.8. You can download all test shots from Gary Fong’s dropbox folder, and compare them by yourself.

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Debunking a myth: why Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras aren’t what Sony wants you to believe

Size advantage? Sony A7R vs Canon EOS 5Ds R (right), both with a 85mm lens.

Size advantage? Sony A7R vs Canon EOS 5Ds R (right), both with a 85mm lens (image courtesy of Camera Size)

I came over a very interesting and educated article at PetaPixel. It’s about why Sony’s full frame pro mirrorless was a fatal mistake that can’t hold up to the promises.

The article analyses five of the apparent advantages a full-frame mirrorless camera is supposed to have for the professional photographer, and systematically debunks those myths. A full-frame mirrorless camera is supposed to have the advantage of

  • Compactness
  • Weight
  • In-Body Image Stabilization
  • You can adapt non-native lenses
  • Live Exposure Preview

Well, it’s not as easy as Sony tries to sell it. The supposed advantages fail to deliver in the real world.. In the conclusion the author says:

So we find ourselves returning for the last time to the original question: what is the point of professional grade FF mirrorless? It isn’t for the compactness (beyond shooting with just one pancake type lens), certainly not for the faster autofocus, not for faster frame rates, not for EVF/exposure preview, not for access to a high cost-performance lens habitat, not for manual focus peaking, not for the ergonomics, and almost universally not for the sake of adapting lenses.

When it comes to FF professional grade mirrorless, the answer is that there is little or no point. People are buying into it because it is an irrational fad. You end up having to buy lots of big and expensive lenses for the one tiny body, when it is preferable to have lots of smaller lenses for the one big body, since the total lens-body combination is the same anyway due to physics. In actual fact the lens-body combination makes professional grade FF mirrorless multi-lens packages larger overall. Read the article…

An article that’s definitely worth to be read before you waste your money for something that will turn out not to be what you expected and what you have been told. Better go for serious gear.

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Is the Sony A7RII ready for the pros? Matt Granger tries to answer

Matt Granger on YouTube posted a video where he tries to answer the question if the Sony Alpha a7RII is made for professional photographers. The answer is long, is of the kind “it depends”, and tends toward a “not really”. Matt Granger is definitely a pro-Sony reviewer.

Can we say that Canon/Nikon make cameras for photographers, and that Sony makes cameras for engineers? As much as I like the innovative technology featured on Sony’s a7-series full-frame mirrorless cameras, I still have a hard time to see the Sony a7RII as a “real camera”. I can not see the strong commitment to photograhy I feel with other brands. Fuji for instance, with their excellent X-T10 and X-T1, made (mirrorless) gear really aimed at photographers. Just my 2 cents.

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Sony Alpha a7RII vs Canon EOS 5Ds R shootout video

MichaelTheMentor on YouTube posted a 40 minutes shootout video, Alpha a7RII vs EOS 5Ds R. Table of contents:

02:29 – Lenses Used in Tests
02:59 – Metabones IV Adapter with Canon Lenses
05:05 – Rack Focus Test
06:47 – Side-To-Side Action Servo Test
07:07 – Forward Action Servo Test
07:19 – Backlight Servo Test
08:23 – Buffer Performance
11:06 – Low Light Focusing
12:53 – Face Detection
15:52 – Eye Detection
17:03 – High ISO Stills
18:15 – High ISO Video
20:31 – Moire
20:57 – Rolling Shutter
21:27 – Heat Signature Tests
23:37 – Dynamic Range
23:52 – Portrait Test
26:34 – High ISO Sharpness Test
32:10 – Things I didn’t like about the Sony A7Rii
35:17 – Conclusion

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Sony Alpha A7RII vs Canon EOS 5Ds R comparison (ephotozine)

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ephotozine posted a comparison between the Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Sony Alpha a7RII. The two cameras belong to different product families (mirrorless vs DSLR) but have both high resolution sensors (Sony 42MP and Canon 50MP).

While I recommend you read the review to learn the whole story, have a look at an excerpt of the conclusion:

Whether the Sony Alpha A7R II is for you or not, depends on your shooting style, as well as whether you are currently invested in any system. If you wanted to switch to a smaller system, with more modern features, then the Sony Alpha A7R II certainly delivers an impressive range of features, as well as impressive image quality and noise performance. However, it would be particularly useful to check what lenses you would use with the Sony A7R II and whether they would deliver the results you wanted. If you have a number of Canon lenses, and are particularly familiar with Canon EOS 5D series cameras, then the 5DS R would make a great choice as the top of the range Canon EOS DSLR. Read the review.

I think the Alpha a7RII is somewhat overhyped, but it also is a feature-packed and innovative mirrorless camera.

Canon EOS 5Ds: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA | Canon EOS 5DS R: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA | Sony Alpha a7RII: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA