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Carl Zeiss’s latest range of Batis lenses has been specifically designed for the Sony A7 series of full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7R II and Sony A7S II. Together with the legendary optical precision and outstanding build quality for which Carl Zeiss lenses are known, the new Batis lenses also feature autofocus and an innovative OLED display on the lens barrel that gives both focus distance and depth-of-field information. The first new lenses released in the Zeiss Batis lineup are the 25mm f/2 wide-angle prime and 85mm f/1.8 short telephoto prime.
Carl Zeiss’s latest range of Batis lenses have been specifically designed for the Sony A7 series of full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7R II and Sony A7S II. Together with the legendary optical precision and outstanding build quality for which Carl Zeiss lenses are known, the new Batis lenses also feature autofocus and an innovative OLED display on the lens barrel that gives both focus distance and depth-of-field information. The first lenses released in the Zeiss Batis lineup are the 25mm f/2 wide-angle prime and the 85mm f/1.8 short telephoto prime.
The Leica Q borrows heavily from the Leica rangefinder form, yet dispenses with tradition by adopting a fixed 28mm Summilux lens developed especially for a new full-frame 24-Mpix CMOS sensor, and features the highest-resolution electronic viewfinder to date. Read on to find out how well this new intriguing new addition to the lineup performs.
The Sony RX1R II is the successor to the popular RX1 and RX1R premium compacts. It inherits the same 35mm f2 Zeiss Sonnar lens, but features the 42-Mpix sensor of the Sony A7R II and boasts a built-in pop-up style EVF. Read on to find out how well this new update performs.
The new Sony A7S II is the upgrade to the A7S and offers ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO409600 and 5-axis stabilization in what promises to be an impressive available-light camera. In addition, the A7S II builds on its predecessor’s video credentials, adding 4K (UHD) internal and Full HD video up to 120 fps. Read on to find out how well the sensor in this new model performs.
Designed exclusively for Sony E-mount cameras and the full-frame A7 series models in particular, the Zeiss Loxia 2/50 (50mm f/2), like the Otus ZF models, deliberately avoids AF in favor of a mix of manual mechanical controls and electronic data transfer. Read on to find out how well this lens performs.
Packing a 28.2Mp BSI CMOS sensor, the Samsung NX500 is one of the highest-resolution APS-C hybrids cameras currently available. Wasting no time after posting scores for its sister model, the NX1, our latest review analyzes the stats and scores for the NX500.
Building on the success of the full-frame 36-Mpix Sony A7R, the recently announced update to that model looks to be one of the most promising cameras of the year. Along with a slight increase in pixel count over the original, the sensor in the 42-Mpix A7R II offers BSI architecture and on-chip PDAF with 399 points. Read on to find out how well this new sensor performs.
As shown in the comments sections here (http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX1R-II-sensor-review-Take-two and http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Tamron-SP-45mm-f-1.8-Di-VC-USD-Review-Tasty-prime-for-Nikon-FX), the team is working on that.
Will you be doing an update to your DXO numbers with the new RAW update for the a7rII. Also there are currently no lenses tested with this new model. It would be great to see how the lenses stack up on this new body. Their have been several new lenses released and I use your numbers to help me decide which fit my needs. Thanks for all your hard work it is very much appreciated. Thanks, Tayne
Re: Uncompressed RAW update and lens testing-- When?
I too would like too see some lens results for this camera--as would many others. It's quite disappointing that the camera with the best sensor score still doesn't have such tests. Many people do depend upon DxO in making critical lens selections.
Re: Uncompressed RAW update and lens testing-- When?
<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Sony/A7R-II">this page on the website</a></div>Will you be doing an update to your DXO numbers with the new RAW update for the a7rII. Also there are currently no lenses tested with this new model. It would be great to see how the lenses stack up on this new body. Their have been several new lenses released and I use your numbers to help me decide which fit my needs. Thanks for all your hard work it is very much appreciated. Thanks, Tayne
Hi all, Retesting all devices would be too time consuming, which is why we never retest cameras, lenses or mobiles, unless the test unit was deficient, leading to inaccurate results. This also ensures the normalization of our measurements. For your information, we are currently working on the Sony A7R II lens recommendations, but I unfortunately cannot provide you with any precise publication date at the moment. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
I would buy into the Sony system if they had touch screens. Why on earth no touch screen?
My old Canon 70d with dual pixel and touch screen which was able to pull very cinematic focus changes. 1080 max video res though. Another wonderful feature for stills: touch a point of interest and the very moment the camera attains focus it captures the image.
Then I bought a Samsung NX1 for mostly shooting 4K to a PIX-E5H also capable of cinematic focus by touch. Again this camera allows you to touch a point of interest and capture the still image the moment it achieves focus.
Now I'm shooting the Panasonic AG-DVX200 and a PIX-E5H still very happily taking advantage of cinematic touch to focus capabilities.
I sounds as if the a7R II would be awesome in terms of face tracking etc but it is HOBBLED by not having a touch screen. How do you change faces (or point of interest) for focus, in mid-take, while shooting video? Abandon the camera's intelligence and focus manually. Wait, what?
After shooting video with several cameras capable of cinematic focus pulls by simply touching the screen I will NEVER go back to another focus method for run-n-gun documentary type shooting. The touch to focus during video significantly increases the percentage of good takes while allowing me more time to think about composition and point of view and less time thinking about focus.
Before anyone comments about how they prefer physical buttons (the non-smartphone users among us I assume), please realize that all three of these cameras offer full normal functionality through button pressing, and they also allow important (imho) additional features which can't be accomplished with button pushing.
Hey Sony... anybody listening? Why no touchscreen?
I don't have an issue with the results but with the images of the cameras provided. The size of the sensor in the Sony is visibly bigger than the other two. We know they are the same size. If seems funny that DxO which prides itself on it details would grossly overstate this one unless it was intentionally done. If it was done in ignorance, it calls to question the outcomes. At least disclose and dis-claim the images as being representative but not necessarily accurate,
What a stupid comment! If yo paid attention to the images of ALL cameras when they are listed by DXO you would see that they simply compose the image of each camera to fill the space in the image area... It in no way is trying to represent the A7RII has a 'bigger sensor' LMOA! Just look at some of the micro 4/3 or APSC camera body images!
I was wondering if you know what the maximum exposure time of the camera is? I see the shutter speed listed as 30sec, but the Nikon cameras have this as well, and they also have a "Bulb" mode. On previous Nikon cameras - D700 - I have been able to do long exposures (over 15 minutes) and get very good images from this. On other cameras, the "Max shutter speed" is often linked to ISO setting, so at 200 ISO, exposure is say 60secs, but at 400ISO, the exposure is limited to 400ISO. I've heard several reasons why exposure time is limited.
So, as a general suggestion, it would be great for me if you could list the longest exposure time allowed by the camera, and if this is ISO dependent.
And, specifically for the Sony A7RII, does someone know what this limit is?
Yes the A7RII (and all FF A series) has Bulb mode... As far as I know in bulb mode you can keep the shutter open indefinitely or at least as long as the battery lasts... The longest shutter I have actually used was 12Min 30Sec with no issues.... But lots of people use the A7xxx's for Astro photography and I have seen numerous images of 360 degree star trails shot with the A6000 up to the A7RII...
I am not expecting any measurable difference with these sort of tests. But I will be doing my own testing for thoroughness when files are available. Since you seem to monitor dpreview I thing you'll notice when I post there.
Re: Restest after firmware upgrade for losless raw
<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Sony/A7R-II">this page on the website</a></div>Are you planning to restest the camera and change dxo optics pro module after the announcee firmware upgrade to the sony a7r II to losless raw?
Hi again Marc,
Our lab team confirmed that lossless compression of previous firmware does not impact our score. Data and pictures we used were already checked carefully. Kind regards
A good photographic tool needs no adapters. It needs high resolution, prime, AF lenses. The Sony A7R (II) now has two such lenses; 55mm and 90mm. It's a start. But where are the rest ? Sony needs better 28mm and 35mm lenses. And I need 20mm, 135mm, 200mm, 300mm, 400mm and 600mm. No zoom lenses please, unless they perform like primes over their entire range.
While the need for a range of native lenses is a valid point, it's reassuring to see that Sony are rapidly addressing this.
As noted above, there were already good options at 35mm, and the 35mm f1.4 is one of my favourite lenses. The Zeiss Batis 25mm and 85mm are worth considering, and the recently released G Master lenses plus the 70-300 G are excellent IMO.