Canon’s G series of enthusiast compacts are some of the best-known and most enduring range of digital cameras, though inevitably over the years they’ve undergone some fundamental changes. — Not the least is the move from the smaller-type sensor formats to the much larger (relatively speaking) one-inch CMOS sensor. Read on to find out how well this new camera performs.
Announced in September 2015, the new $479 Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX (Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8) is a wide-angle zoom lens for Canon, Nikon and Sony APS-C DSLRs. Updated from Tokina’s popular 11-16mm f/2.8, this latest wide-angle alternative offers an increased focal range that’s equivalent to 16-30mm on Nikon DX-format DSLRs.
With a DxOMark Mobile score of 76 points, the OnePlus 2 mobile offers solid camera performance. It’s particularly strong for still photography, achieving a mobile photo sub-score of 80, compared to 67 for video. Still photos capture good detail in all lighting conditions, together with low luminance noise on images shot in bright light.
The Leica SL was predicted in some quarters but was a surprise for others. As a mirrorless camera, it marks a move away for the company from the use of the rangefinder or an optical viewfinder. Instead, the Leica SL adopts one of the highest-resolution electronic viewfinders to date and marries this with a completely new body and lens mount. It also has a 24-Mpix full-frame CMOS sensor similar to that in the earlier Leica Q. Read on to find out how well this camera with its intriguing new system performs.
The Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC is a high-speed manual focus lens available in a wide range of mounts, including Sony A and E, Fujifilm X, Micro Four-Thirds, and Pentax K, as well as the expected Canon EF and Nikon F options. Offering a wide f/1.4 maximum aperture, and as a 130mm equivalent on an APS-C format camera (such as the current Pentax DSLRs), the Samyang 85mm is an ideal lens for low-light indoor sport and outdoor photos.
With a DxOMark Mobile score of 78 points, the One A9 performs noticeably better than other recent HTC smartphones, and after several devices with disappointing imaging results, puts the Taiwanese manufacturer back into competition with other high-profile brands.
The new Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3) is a super-zoom lens for Canon, Nikon and Sony APS-C sensor DSLRs. Offering a wide-angle through to long telephoto focal length in a single optic, it’s an ideal all-in-one shooting option for photography day trips and convenient general use when you don’t want to keep changing lenses.
After releasing the highly-regarded 35mm and 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art series primes, Sigma has introduced an ultra-fast, high-grade 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art zoom intended to appeal to enthusiasts who might favor convenience over outright lens speed. Available in Canon and now Nikon lens mount versions, the Sigma 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art is a constant-aperture, full-frame zoom designed to rival the equivalent focal length f/2 and f/2.8 primes in image quality, and tempt people away from standard zooms.
The number of APS-C semi-professional cameras remains remarkably small, with the Sony A77 II being one of the most well-rounded models in both sensor performance and features. The body is only half the equation, of course, with lens choice being an equally important consideration, maybe even more so. We’ve analyzed the results of nearly 50 lenses altogether, comprising 20 different primes and 28 zooms, including wide-angle, standard, and telephoto models.
Along with the 35mm f/1.8 reviewed previously, third-party maker Tamron also announced an almost identical-looking 45mm f/1.8 model. Like its sibling, this new high-grade prime features image stabilization, one ED glass element, and two aspheres. Read on to find out how well this new model performs.