The Sony a6500 [B&H|Amazon] is a great camera, as it is essentially an a6300 with in-body image stabilization, a few ergonomic tweaks, a much bigger buffer, and an imperfect touch auto focus system. Here's my freaking half-hour review, with plenty of footage. I tell you which of the two -- along with the original a6000 -- you should buy.
We sit down with Juan to go over the whats and whys of the FS7 II, an update to the incredibly successful original, including a new E PZ 18-110mm f/4.0 lens that looks to be a much better match to the camera's capabilities than either the E PZ 18-105 or the FE PZ 28-135.
It was only a matter of time before Sigma went up-market to take on Canon and Zeiss in the cine lens space. With pricing just announced on their 18-35mm and 50-100mm zooms of around $4,000 a pop -- and a meaty, solid and precise 85mm T/1.5 in my hands for all of 90 seconds -- it seems clear to me that Canon and Zeiss should be worried.
I missed Photokina (I had to head home from Europe two weeks before Photokina began), but with announcements of Fuji's GFX 50S medium format digital camera, Panasonic's GH5 and Olympus' OM-D EM1 Mark II, there's no way I was going to miss PhotoPlus Expo in New York City hot on the heels of the German show for a chance to see and feel these puppies in the metal. Too bad ALL of them were still under glass. Still, with my mind already expanded, I found (just like the manufacturers wanted!) that their current cameras were more interesting than I'd imagined.
It was Aputure's $299 Amaran HR672C [B&H|Amazon], an ipad-sized, bi-color LED panel with high color accuracy, wireless remote control, and dual Sony NP style batteries all tucked away in a small travel case that put the final nail in the coffin of my ARRI Softbank IV Fresnel Lighting kit. I kept pestering the guys at Aputure to bring out some light modifiers for it, which they subsequently did with their $49.95 EZ-Box and Grid combo [B&H|Amazon]. Now accessories manufacturer Kamerar further burnishes the Amaran line's reputation with their own dedicated versions of these modifiers for the same light, the $29.95 D-FUSE Soft box[B&H|Amazon] and $24.95 Grid [Amazon]. They're easier to set up and take down than Aputure's originals, but they're not without issue either.
Want the 4K, all-in-one convenience, and reach of the non-interchangeable lens zoom of an RX10 Mark III; the 10-bit 4:2:2 HD, long battery life and freedom from worrying about thermal shut-down or 30 minute recording limit of the Sony FS5; and a price and image quality that splits the difference? Welcome to the Sony Z150.
I had the opportunity to go hands on for a short period of time with Sony's new RX100 Mark V ($998 at B&H) at their NYC press event. At some point I switched over from JPEG extra fine to RAW, only to realize once I started loading the files onto my computer that Lightroom, Photos and even Capture One do not yet have the RAW driver. So: JPEG's only for the moment - I will add once the drivers are available.