1. Sony 11-16mm T3 PL and 18-252mm Sony F3 Lens Review


    from Matthew Allard ACS Added 6,053 31 27

    This is a lens review of the new Sony 11-16mm T3 PL zoom and Sony 18-252mm zoom lenses. This was all done in 3 hours yesterday afternoon in Tokyo. I was lucky enough to get Sony Japan (through System 5) to lend me these lenses to test. I do not have any commercial arrangement with Sony or System 5 and nor do I receive any of these products for free. If I want them I have to buy them like everyone else. I'm not normally in front of the camera so please excuse the rambling and mistakes that are made. This is more of a review than a test. There are no charts, just me using the lenses for a few hours to get a general feel for them and to help me evaluate what I liked and didn't like about them. I missed a few things in my review as I ran out of time! A few of the key things I forget to mention were that the 18-252mm zoom can be controlled via the F3 remote control. This is quite a cool feature and would be very handy on a jib, slider or dolly. The zoom itself is quite smooth and not jumpy but I didn't check to see in the menus anywhere whether there was a way of increasing or decreasing the zoom speed. The auto focus function was very slow and pretty much unusable. Another small concern is that the servo motor on the lens is quite loud, although in saying that I couldn't hear it on the onboard recorded audio. Would I buy either of these lenses? Thats a good question. The 18-252 has a lot of strengths and some weaknesses. What it does offer is something that no other product has done before. A zoom rocker controlled Super 35mm lens with a big range. Yes it's not fast, but if your using it outside which I think most people would or in controlled lighting situations it's pretty good. You can still get reasonable shallow depth of field despite it not being a fast lens. It's not perfect, far from it, but it does offer a lot of convenience and a pretty nice image up until about 220mm. The 11-16mm is quite nice. It's fast for the range at T3 and is very sharp. It also handles flare and highlights very well. It is very expensive and probably too expensive in my belief. If this lens was 3-4k I would buy it on the spot, but 7k! that's a lot of money for any lens. If you have any questions about either lens feel free to comment and I will be happy to answer. I'm sure I've missed out lots that people want to know! You can follow me on twitter at @mattaljazeera or read more about this review on www.dslrnewsshooter.com in the coming weeks. This video was heavily compressed too. Original file was 17GB so it's a bit hard to judge the quality on Vimeo!

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