If you want a fast f/2.8 standard zoom for your full-frame Sony mirrorless camera but were put off by the size, weight and price of the only lens available (Sony’s G-Master), then now you have a choice. The Tamron’s build quality isn’t in the same league, but optically it’s not far off and it works just as well in most shooting situations. It’s a mid-range, mid-price standard f/2.8 zoom for Sony full-frame.
For the ultimate in image quality for a DSLR or mirrorless camera, the Zeiss Otus is about the best you can get. But it comes at a high price compared to other lenses that are designed for smaller cameras – all of which have very effective autofocus systems.
If you shoot Sony and want a fast, super-telephoto for wildlife or sport, then you’ve been out of luck until now. But the premium G Master lens series is now up to a magnificent seven, thanks to the new, eye-wateringly expensive FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS.
There are lots of external hard drives on the market at widely varying prices, but very few are designed with the very specific needs of the modern filmmaker in mind. The sort of user who wants loads of storage space, incredibly quick data transfer to robust Enterprise-class drives, lots of RAID options for security of footage, a rugged case to be able to take the unit on location and ideally the fastest ports you can get for use on the latest Mac computers.
New from Sennheiser is the HD-300 PRO, a set of specialist monitoring headphones. This is Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range offering for those who take audio seriously.
Manfrotto’s traditional twin-tube aluminium video tripod with mid-level spreader, teamed with the firm’s 504 fluid head, has long been the go-to set of sticks for filmmakers around the globe who demand performance and value. And it’s easy to see why – sturdy but not too heavy, rugged, long-lasting and top value for money.
When fashion-conscious Robert Baggs used to go out on a shoot, he’d give all the regular camera bag brands a wide swerve as he hated their functional but often unstylish looks. Instead, he’d use a designer bag with a padded insert inside to keep his cameras safe and street cred high. But with a lot of weight inside a bag not designed for the job, it soon led to problems such as discomfort and eventually back pain.