Sony's Alpha A9 is a brilliant camera for shooting action, thanks to its incredibly quick AF system and 20fps burst shooting. However, it's been hampered a little by the limited selection of Sony telephoto lenses, with the FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS the longest dedicated optic for Sony's range of full-frame mirrorless cameras.Now Sony has launched the much-anticipated FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS telephoto prime, which offers a focal length that's all but essential for sports photographers, and for many nature photographers too. We got our hands on the new optic to try it out for ourselves.FeaturesNewly developed XD Linear motor11-blade aperture diaphragmBuilt-in optical image stabilizationWhile the lack of a 400mm f/2.8 lens has left a big hole in Sony's lineup, the specification of the new FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS suggests it will have been worth the wait.Sony has developed new high-speed XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors that drive the lens's focusing. Compared to the older design, these … [Read more...] about Field test: Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS review
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Finding the right kind of camera bag for travel or street photography – or generally just walking around snapping – is really difficult. A shoulder bag gives you easy access, but it swings about too much when you’re leaping on buses or squeezing between tables at a busy restaurant, and a backpack is comfortable and practical but hopeless when you need your camera quickly.Image 1 of 3Image 2 of 3Image 3 of 3Compact and comfortableThe FastTrack-8 sling bag itself is both compact and comfortable to wear. It’s designed for compact mirrorless cameras, though, so while you might also be able to squeeze a small entry-level DSLR into the top compartment, a mid-sized DSLR isn’t going to fit. The side compartment has space for a couple of mid-size lenses or 3-4 smaller lenses if you don’t mind stacking them. … [Read more...] about Manfrotto Pro Light FastTrack-8 Sling Bag review
On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we’re kicking things off with Google’s confirmation of the Pixel 2 event on October 4 and the latest in rumors surrounding the new Pixel phones. After that, it’s on to our Galaxy Note 8 and Essential Phone reviews, which both wrapped within the last week. Since this is Galaxy Note 8 launch day, you’ll want to listen in if the phone is on your shortlist. Finally. we’ll follow up review talk with a recap of Apple’s latest iPhone X event (because why not?), the new Android One phones, Motorola Oreo updates, carrier battles, and more! It’s a packed show! We’ll be live at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM Eastern)! If you miss us live, you can always subscribe through the variety of links below. … [Read more...] about Galaxy Note 8, Essential Phone Reviews
The majority of changes you will spot are definitely on the evolutionary side of the spectrum and not that revolutionary at all, and that's great, though we can easily see why some might ultimately deem Android Oreo as being quite a boring update. There aren't many flashy new features that will greatly overhaul the way you interact with your device as this year's major software overhaul is focusing on under-the-hood improvements and refinements that aim to make yo Here follow our impressions. System improvements and battery tweaks Android Oreo is really bringing a slew of new features to almost any area that you might think of, but the most important bunch are the system and under-the-hood ones as these will affect your experience the most are the performance and battery-saving enhancements Google has thrown inside. It won't be an overstatement to proclaim Android O as the most iOS-like Android ever because it now employs one of the most appealing features of Apple 's mobile OS - … [Read more...] about Android 8.0 Oreo review: Oh, you’ll love it!
's head for a good time leading up to the announcement of the Galaxy S8 earlier this year. That's because the company was still enduring the fallout from its failure with the Note 7 during the crucial holiday season last year. Initially, it seemed as though the was going to rocket to stardom thanks to positive reviews from critics around, but things went off on a tangent once reports started surfacing about Note 7 handsets exploding. Eventually, it was determined that battery faults were the culprit in the phone's issue, but the more pressing manner was Samsung's approach to addressing the issue. And after numerous recalls and attempted fixes, the handset was discontinued entirely – bruising Samsung's reputation in the process. Nearly a year after that debacle, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is finally here to help rebuild the reputation that the handset has established over the many years it's been in existence. Does the Note 8 have what it takes to make us forget? … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on review