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In this article I will compare two high quality wide angle lenses for Sony full frame cameras (A7 and A9 series): the Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD and the Batis 18mm f/2.8.

We will consider all the aspects, from the build quality to focusing and above all the optical quality (not just sharpness) with a lot of real shots to see practically the differences and help to choose who is looking for a great and fast wide angle in the 16-20 mm focal range for his/her Sony full frame. Let's anticipate that both are very good, priced around 1000 €/$ (with taxes) for the Tamron and 1300 €/$ for the Batis. Of course the comparison will be done with the Tamron at 18mm focal length.

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Currently when looking for a full-frame mirrorless camera in the 2K-4K €/$ price range, the competition is among these models: the Sony A7III and its more expensive sister Sony A7RIII, recent Canon EOS R and new Nikon Z6 and pricier Nikon Z7 models. See our overviews of new Canon system in this article and of Nikon in this article.

We will compare here the characteristics of all of these cameras in a side-by-side table so that it is easier to pick up which is the best for anyone's need.

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In this article we will review the zoom lens Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS, available since end of 2017 (all details in our lens database here) at a price of around $1300, not cheap so we expect good performances for the price. Let's see.

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Focusing

Optical Quality

Alternatives

Conclusions

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After the announcement from Adobe last October that there will be no more a perpetual licence for Lightroom but just a monthly subscription including also cloud storage and/or Photoshop, many hobbyist photographers have started to look for alternative software that do not required to pay more than 100 $/€ per year to be used. Competing companies are pushing more than ever their products to make the best of this period and attract photographers away from Adobe.

We have tested for you the most popular alternative software to Adobe Lightroom for photo development -especially RAW- and image cataloguing as a guide to evaluate their latest versions and eventually choose one of them. We will look both at free and paid software. Let's start!

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In this review we will compare in detail two quite similar lenses for Sony mirrorless APS-C, so E-mount: the Sony 50 mm f1.8 OSS and then Sigma 60 mm f2.8 Art. Full specifications available in our LightPoint Lens Database at these links: Sony E 50 f1.8 and Sigma 60 f2.8.

They are two primes for cameras like A5100, A6000, A6300, NEX series, that, having a sensor with a crop factor of 1.5 with respect to full frame one, makes the equivalent focal lenght longer, respectively 75 mm for the Sony lens and 90 mm for the Sigma one. They are two medium telephoto lenses for portrait, since they have a large maximum aperture (f1.8 and f2.8) that allows for nice blurred backgrounds.

The Sigma lens is also available for micro four-thirds cameras, e.g. the compact mirrorless Olympus, Panasonic and so on with interchangeable optics.

Let's dive into the various aspects on a Sony camera (specifically an A6300).

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Yesterday Canon has announced its new flagship DSLR: the full-frame EOS-1D X Mark II, less than a month after the announcement of Nikon of its new full-frame D5 - see our article here.

Let's see in detail the main differences with some comparison with the latest Nikon D5 (label Canon / Nikon when one of the two wins).