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02-26-2019, 10:10 PM   #76
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The Zeiss is too close to the price of the newly announced Sony so I would go for the Sony personally. I think I can get my job to pay for the Fuji 90mm and I have a feeling that the AF is faster on the X-T3 than on the X-T2. I would like to own both the Sony and Fuji. Especially if I eventually get the A7R4 which I'm sure will be a very impressive piece of kit when it gets released.
You can pick up the Zeiss 135mm Batis for $1,300 the Sony 135mm GM is $1,900. There are going to be a lot of good deals on the Batis as people chase the latest and greatest. If you can get a free Fuji 90mm that would be the way to go. The Batis is an excellent lens, but that doesn't beat free. APO lenses have their advantages. I'm sure the XT-3 AF is faster, but the 90mm is just a slower lens. Like the Sony 85mm GM or the Canon 85L, they are just a little slow. Not enough to matter for portrait work though.


I'm not sure we see an A7R4 in the near future. I was hoping Canon/Nikon/Panasonic would release cameras that would be a step ahead of the Sony A7III/A7RIII/A9 and force Sony to get off of the lazy butts, but that has not been the case. Panasonic might be the closest. Looks like Sony will just push out a firmware update and keep a comfortable lead over everyone. I think we get an A9II and an A7S3 in time for the 2020 Olympics in Japan. I don't see an A7IV or an A7RIV being launched before 2021. Sony has said the GM lenses are designed for 100MP FF sensors, but I don't know when we get there.




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02-28-2019, 08:21 PM   #77
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No doubt about it Sony has incredibly impressive AF technology going on in both the new lenses and bodies especially after firmware updates. Another reason for me to get the Sony 135mm. I will be getting my tax refund in about a month so might put my order in around that time.
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No doubt about it Sony has incredibly impressive AF technology going on in both the new lenses and bodies especially after firmware updates. Another reason for me to get the Sony 135mm. I will be getting my tax refund in about a month so might put my order in around that time.
From Roger Cicala at Lens Rentals (he does a lot of extensive lens testing):
"I've only had a a couple of copies to test, so limited information.

But the limited information suggests this is really spectacular. Perhaps the best Sony lens period as far as sharpness."
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No doubt about it Sony has incredibly impressive AF technology going on in both the new lenses and bodies especially after firmware updates. Another reason for me to get the Sony 135mm. I will be getting my tax refund in about a month so might put my order in around that time.
These results are insanely good. At 100 lp/mm the Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM has a higher MTF than most excellent primes do at 50 lp / mm. If you don’t speak MTF, basically that means this lens can resolve fine details that would be a blur on excellent lenses. This is the sharpest lens we’ve tested. Period.

https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2019/03/sony-fe-135mm-f1-8-gm-early-mtf-results/


I think ‘extreme’ aspheric may be more of a marketing, than an optical, term. But what was very clear is they have (and I saw micrographs to demonstrate it) been able to polish this aspheric to a smoother degree than has been possible, reducing or eliminating any onion-skin bokeh.


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@LeRolls, I can't help but comment that I just saw your 500px account and those were fantastic and inspiring images. Makes me want to think that you can produce gorgeous photos with any system.
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@LeRolls, I can't help but comment that I just saw your 500px account and those were fantastic and inspiring images. Makes me want to think that you can produce gorgeous photos with any system.
Thanks so much.

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I'm still on the original Sony a7r. With all its limitations around slow auto focus & shutter shock it still meets my needs so no plans to upgrade. This was shot in the v&a museum in London. A7r + Zeiss Loxia 21mm.




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