Hello and welcome to the March edition of GAS.

GAS is a look back at all the noteworthy news, reviews and goings-on in the world of Sony Alpha during the previous month.

February turned out to be a bumper month, with multiple new lenses announced and of course the launch of the new Sony a7 III. So there’s definitely no shortage of articles to read and videos to watch to keep your GAS in check this month.

New Product Announcements

  • Sony launches the a7 III with some very impressive specs. Read more…
  • Sony announces New Flagship HVL-F60RM Flash. Read more…
  • Sony announces the VMC-MM2 Release Cable for the RX0. Read more…
  • Sigma announces 9 New Sony FE Prime Lenses. Read more…
  • Zeiss announces the new ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25 for full-format Sony E-mount cameras. Read more…
  • Tamron announces that they are working on a 28-75mm F2.8 lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras. Read more… 
  • Tokina Global officially announces the FíRIN 20mm F2.0 FE Autofocus Lens for Sony full-frame E-mount. Read more…
  • Venus Optics announce Laowa 9mm F2.8 and 25mm F2.8 Macro Lenses. Read more…

Camera Reviews

  • A compilation of some early hands-on a7 III review videos on YouTube that are worth a watch. Watch now…
  • Jim kasson summarises his findings on the autofocus accuracy of the a7R III and compares this to the Nikon D850. Read more…
  • Roger from Lensrentals.com takes apart the Sony a7R III to see how good the weather sealing really is. Read more…
  • Kevin Raber from Luminous Landscape reviews the Sony RX0. Read more…
  • Richard Fox reviews the Sony a7R III and talks about whether it was worth upgrading from the a7R II from a landscape photographers perspective. Read more…

Lens Reviews

  • Arthur from TechnologyMafia reviews the Sony E 55-210mm lens. Watch now…
  • Arthur from TechnologyMafia reviews the Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS E-Mount Lens. Watch now…
  • Christopher Frost reviews the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lens on the Sony a6300. Watch now…
  • Phillip Reeve refreshes his review of the Sony Sonnar FE 1.8/55 ZA lens. Read more…
  • Bastian from Phillip Reeve starts his rolling review of the E-mount Voigtlander 35mm 1.4 Nokton Classic lens. Read more…
  • Seb from Phillip Reeve reviews the tiny Carl Zeiss 2.8/28 (Contax G) on the Sony a7 series. Read more…
  • Roger from Lensrentals.com gives the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 OSS lens a thorough workout in his lab. Read more…
  • Dustin Abbott reviews the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G lens. Read more…
  • Klaus from OpticalLimits reviews the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens. Read more…
  • Chris Gampat from The Phoblographer tries out the Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art lens on his a7R III with the Metabones adapter. Read more…
  • Chris Gampat from The Phoblographer pens an early review of the new Zeiss Loxia 25mm F2.4 lens for Sony full-frame E-mount. Read more…
  • Paul from The Phoblographer reviews the new Lensbaby Burnside 35mm F2.8 for Sony Full Frame E-Mount. Read more…
  • John Sison reviews the Sony FE 100-400 GM 4.5-5.6 lens. Watch now…
  • John Sison reviews the Sony 16-35mm F2.8 G Master lens. Watch now…
  • Ross from The Brotographer tests the Tamron 24-70mm and 70-200mm G2 lenses with the Sigma MC-11 adapter on the a7R III. Watch now…
  • Sony Ambassador Marc Alhadeff reviews the Samyang 12mm F2.8 fisheye lens with the MC-11 adapter. Read more…
  • Sony Ambassador Marc Alhadeff reviews the Zhong Yi Mitakon 50mm F0.95 Dark Night on the a7R III. Read more…
  • Caesar Lima summarizes his thoughts on using the Sony a7R III for portrait shoots with the 85mm F1.4 GM and the 58mm Primoplan F1.9. Read more…

Comparisons

  • Sony a7 II vs a7 III – I compare 12 Key differences. Read more…
  • Chua and The Bell compare the Sony a9 vs. Fuji X-T2 for wedding photography. Watch now…
  • Mathieu from MirrorlessComparison compares the image quality of the Sony a7R III with the medium format Fujifilm GFX 50s. Read more…
  • DPReview compares the $2,500 Sony a7S II vs $50,000 ARRI Alexa Mini. Read more…
  • Adrian from AO&JO Photography does a direct comparison between the Sony FE 85mm F1.8 and the FE 85mm F1.4 GM lenses. Watch now…
  • Lindsay Dobson compares the new Sony E 18-135 F3.5-5.6 OSS lens with the E 18-105 F4 G lens. Read more…
  • Steve Huff compares the Voigtlander 40 f/1.2 M-Mount vs the E-Mount version. Watch now…

Pre-Orders and New Stock

  • Pre-orders for the new Sony a7 III have now started in the US and Europe. Read more…
  • The Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens is now in stock and available to order in the US and Europe.

Education

  • Tony Northrup has put together a great video tutorial on the Sony a7R III. It’s worth checking out if you are thinking to buy this camera, or even if you already own it. Watch now…
  • Maarten Heilbron talks through his settings for shooting video with the Sony a7R III. Watch now…
  • Sony Artisan Patrick Murphy-Racey explains the differences in all the different Sony camera mounts. Watch now…
  • Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles walks through an easy setup for shooting studio style portraits using speedlites and the Sony a6500. Watch now… He also talks through 5 ways that he uses a beauty dish. Watch now…
  • Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles also walks through the features of the new HVL-F60RM radio-controlled wireless flash. Watch now…
  • Sony Alpha Imaging Collective member Manny Ortiz goes through his one flash studio setup. Watch now… He also cover 5 portrait photography don’ts. Watch now… 
  • Sony Ambassador Mark Galer walks through the new Nisi S5 filter system for the Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G lens. Watch now…

Rumors

  • The Sony a7S III is rumored to be announced at the NAB show in April. Read more…

Firmware Updates

  • The Sony a6300 and a6500 both received firmware updates that add support for the new Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens and improve overall stability. Read more…
  • Sigma released firmware update v03 for their 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary APS-C E-Mount Lens for improved Eye AF and Lock-on AF performance. Read more…

Repair Programs

  • Sony has announced a repair program for out of focus issues with the relatively new 24-105mm F4 G Lens (SEL24105G). Read more…

Deals

Deals come and go in the blink of an eye, therefore I run a separate deals email for Alpha Shooters in the United States and the UK. Unlike GAS which you will only ever receive once per month, my deals email gets sent out as soon as a hot deal comes up that’s worth a shout.

That said, there are a couple of longer deals running right now.

  • Sony are currently running a trade-in scheme and also offering up to $500 off cameras and accessories. This runs until the end of March 2018 in the US. Full details here.
  • Zeiss are running wedding week deals from March 1st till April 15th 2018. During this time there are saving on the Batis 1.8/85 (save $200), the Batis 2.8/135 (save $500), and the Loxia 2.4/85 (save $200). These deals are valid in the US and Europe. Full details here.

Other News

  • A security expert has warned that Sony’s firmware updater is a security risk. Read more…
  • The latest updates to Adobe Lightroom and Camera RAW have added a lens profile for the new Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens. Read more…
  • New York Times photography Doug Mills switches from Canon to Sony. Read more…
  • Shourya Ray (www.shouryaray.com) shoots some incredible portraits in the cities and villages of Rajasthan using the Sony a7R II paired with a couple of Leica M lenses. Read more…

That’s a Wrap

That’s all the GAS worth mentioning for February. You’ll hear from me again in early April. If you need a quick fix beforehand you can always follow my Alpha Shooters Facebook Page where I post news and reviews throughout the month. Just remember to select the option “see first” otherwise you’ll see more of your friends cat photos than Alpha news.

I’d just like to say a big thank you to all loyal members of GAS. I really do appreciate you following along and taking the time to read this email each month. If you have any feedback, suggestions to improve GAS, or any other questions, please don’t hesitate to hit the reply button.

Also don’t forget to check out our niche Facebook Groups if you haven’t already done so. We have groups for landscape, portrait, wedding, wildlife, sports, urban/street, macro, and video shooters, as well as a generic group for everything else Alpha related.

Until next month, take care and happy shooting! 🙂

Tim
AlphaShooters.com

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