Photography News Issue 70


New arrivals further bolster Sony’s popular APS-C mirrorless system Sony announces twoAPS-C cameras and two lenses

Leica adds 50mm prime

The Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH uses the same autofocus with stepping motors and Dual Syncro Drive as other members of the Summicron-SL lens family, allowing focus to infinity, among other features. Again, as with other Summicron-SL lenses, the new 50mm features effective weather sealing and can be used in almost any weather conditions. The SL 50mm f/2 ASPH is on sale now at £3750. •

Sony’s latest batch of new products strengthens its already powerful and popular APS-C system. The A6600 and A6100 are lightweight cameras featuring leading-edge AF skills, excellent image quality and the latest video technologies. The A6100 is aimed at newcomers to interchangeable lens camera photography who want to shoot high- quality still images in a wide variety of situations, while the A6600 is designed to appeal to demanding photographers and video-makers. The two cameras share some identical features. At their heart is a 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor using the latest BIONZ X image processor to deliver low-noise images even in very poor light. And both cameras feature fast and accurate AF systems with an AF acquisition time of just 0.02 seconds using a 425 phase detect system that covers about 84% of the image area. The wide coverage and high density of AF points helps ensure spot-on autofocus in the most challenging conditions. Both models offer real-time tracking using Sony’s

£1450 body only

£830 body only

Leading Chinese tripod brand Leofoto has appointed Hähnel as its official UK distributor. For the past decade, Leofoto has built its reputation for its high-class tripods made from ten-layer Torayca carbon fibre – a high-end material made in Japan – and precision-machined aluminium components. • Leofoto appoint Hähnel

latest algorithm with AI (artificial intelligence-based) object recognition for accurate AF, and there’s real-time eye AF, too, which again uses AI for accuracy and tracking speed of human and animal subjects. Both cameras have a native ISO range of 100 to 32,000, although the A6100 goes to 51,200, while the A6600’s range is expandable to 50-102,400.

The A6100 and A6600 offer 4K video in Super 35 format, which gives full pixel readout without pixel binning, giving about 2.4x the amount of data for 4K shooting – and this oversampling ensures great results. Sony considers the A6600 to be the new flagship of its APS-C range and extra features include a five-axis in-body image stabiliser, with a 5EV benefit. It uses a Sony Z battery, giving a capacity of approx 720 still images using the EVF, and the body is dust and moisture resistant. There’s also real- time eye AF for movie shooting, so you can let the camera do the work while you concentrate on content. The Sony A6600 will be available from this October at a £1450 body only, or as a kit with the 18-135mm zoom lens for £1800. Meanwhile, the A6100 will be available from the same time and is priced at £830 body only, or as a kit with the 16-50mm zoom

lens at £900. A two-lens kit with 16- 50mm and 55-210mm zooms is priced at £1150. Sony’s two new APS-C lenses are both G lenses. The E 16-55mm f/2.8 G is a dust- and moisture-resistant zoom and an XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motor gives fast, quiet AF and efficient tracking. This lens will be available from this October priced at £1200. The E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS gives an equivalent 35mm range of 105- 525mm and is very compact, weighing just 650g and uses an XD Linear Motor for fast, precise AF. Built-in OSS (Optical SteadyShot) stabilisation helps sharp shooting at the longer focal lengths, the lens is dust and moisture resistant and a focus hold button can be assigned different functions via the camera body. This telezoom will be available from this October priced at £830. •


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