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Tokina Opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF Review

The good thing about ultra-wide lenses is that they never really go out of fashion, and when you look at the Tokina Opera 16-28mm F2.8, you start wondering just why. This is a new lens that Tokina has released both for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLR cameras and offers a maximum aperture of f/2.8, which in our opinion, is pretty great. If you do end up putting it on a crop sensor camera, you will be getting the slightly narrower, but still respectable field of view with this lens.

The lens itself is built solidly, comprising of 15 elements in 13 different groups. Needless to say, the lens is definitely looking promising. Whatever the camera you have, regardless of the mounting system, using this lens is actually one of the easiest experience that you could ask for.  It is a bit heavy at 940 grams but if you do have a camera that is around the same weight, there is a nice balance.

However, you do need to know that despite being supported by an APS-C camera, it will not look good physically as those cameras are smaller. However, pair it with a full-sized body, and you will have absolutely no problems in the process.

There is no denying that this is one of the most promising lenses available in the market, it offers a fast f/2.8 aperture, and you have some of the best sharpness in the center that I have seen. If you are looking to shoot ultra-wide videos with this camera, you will have a great experience through and through, and without any issues that might come in the way. Despite some people talking about this lens is expensive, when compared with the competition, you will realize that this lens actually provides great value for the money, as well.

There are a few concerns that we would like to talk about here, though. For starters, the autofocus is not fast, and certainly not at the silent end. While the center sharpness is one of the best we have seen, the same cannot be said about the corner sharpness, and last but not the least, for some reason, the lens does not come with a filter attachment thread. Another thing that bothered us is how there is no weather sealing on this lens.

Conclusion

There is no denying that Tokina has done a great overall job with the Opera 16-28mm lens. Although the company has an impressive portfolio if ultra-wide lenses, this one actually takes the cake, too. There are a lot of good things we have discussed.

This lens does come with a more modern design that we first saw when the Opera 50mm f1.4 was released, however, looking at the same design language in a much versatile lens is definitely a good sight to behold.

However, as we have discussed before, there are some downsides, too. For starters, the lens comes with a slow and audible autofocus system, and on top of that, you cannot even thread a filter system on top of it. Sadly, the evident lack of weather sealing is also an issue that most people will be facing.

Surely, there are good things like the image quality being one of the best. I had an absolutely amazing time recording videos with this lens and everything came out looking wonderful, and with minimum issues, as well.

Overall, we have to say that the Tokina Opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF is definitely one of the best lenses available in the market. Whether you are shooting videos or taking pictures.

Sony RX0 II Review

Looking at the name, it should not be a surprising factor to you that the Sony RX0 II is actually a refreshed, or a second version of the first RX0 camera that was released 2 years ago in 2017. I know it might sound strange to some that Sony is already introducing a newer camera, but for what it is worth, we are definitely looking forward to seeing just what has improved and what still bugs us.

The good news is that the updated camera does bring some nice features, so you are not left behind. For starters, Sony has added the 4K recording, but this time around, it offers full pixel readout, which means that there is no pixel binning happening this time around. Additionally, the camera also features electronic video stabilization, a screen that can be tilted 180 degrees upward, and 90 degrees downward.

Aside from these changes, the RX0II, more or less, is the same as the predecessor. It still has the same 1-inch sensor, which is definitely larger when compared to the predecessors. You get 15.3 megapixels in total, a 1.5-inch screen, and a battery life of 240 shots, which is not really good.

Now looking at the good things, there are many, to begin with. However, at the given cost of this camera, you should be getting those. For starters, the 4K at 30 FPS is great, especially considering how most people are now aiming for that resolution in general. However, you can even do 1080p at 120 FPS for some nice slow shots, but if that is not enough, you can go as high as 1,000 FPS for some of the best slow-motion captures. The camera is waterproof, as well as crushproof, so you really do not have to worry about breaking or damaging the camera. The fact that the touch screen can be tilted is really nice especially if you want to use the camera to record yourself.

There are a few downsides, though. That you should keep in mind. For starters, the camera is slightly on the expensive end. Another thing that we did not like about this camera is the screen is small, does not have a high resolution, and does not offer touch screen either. Last but not least, the interface itself is cumbersome at best.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we would like to talk about how the Sony RX0II is definitely more capable than the predecessor; it actually offers more versatility, as well.  It can work great as an action camera, a compact camera, as well as for multi-camera rig that you can use to shoot B and C rolls, and most importantly, you can even use this camera for the purpose of vlogging.

There are just so many uses to this camera that you can easily buy it and not have to worry about your overall experience. However, at the same time, we cannot overlook the downsides, especially the price tag which makes this camera almost twice as much expensive as the GoPro Hero 7, or the others of this caliber. This only goes to show that the Sony RX0II is for the users who are truly looking for a niche product and are the people who are either loyal Sony user or those who are looking for all the features that are provided by this specific camera.

As far as the overall experience is concerned, it really is a good one and you will not run into any issues, either. That is for sure.

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Review

One of the best things about Canon is that in the pursuit of becoming one of the best imaging companies in the market, they do not forget about their lesser known or lesser famous products. This only solidifies even further when we look at the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS, one of the newly released point and shoot cameras that comes with 25 times optical zoom which is also optically stabilized, and a staggering 25-625mm focal length which happens to be 35mm equivalent.

Needless to say, as far as the specs are concerned, the camera is certainly looking impressive on all angles. But there is more, the camera offers a 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 4+ processor, and all the goods that you can expect from a Canon PowerShot camera. But is there more? You would be surprised.

For starters, we cannot overlook the fact that when it comes to photography, the SX620 HS does what it is made to do best. Sure, the images do not look as good as the ones that are captured from a professional camera, but there is a disparity to be found, that is almost too big to ignore. For all its worth, the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS still gives you a decent performance.

It is a good digital camera, a great one, even. However, it is marred by some of the flaws or shortcomings that Canon is best known for. The camera is a lot similar to its predecessor that was released back in 2015, and the biggest, and perhaps the only upgrade is the zoom lens.

Now an average consumer may start blowing the trumpets against Canon but it is mainly due to the fact that the market for such cameras is niche at best, Mirrorless and DSLR cameras have taken over, and more and more people are using those cameras, than something like this SX620.

Conclusion

If you examine closely, you will come to realize that the Canon PowerShot HX620 HS is the perfect example of something that is becoming a thing of the past, or a dying breed, if you may. However, the sad part is that Canon, having all the advanced technology that they do possess, will not really do much in order to make the situation of this camera, better.

At the same time, the company is simply not willing to leave this market segment largely due to the fact that those people who are predominantly interested in taking some sort of pictures are still interested in buying these cameras for one reason or another.

Now the good thing, and the main reason why this camera is still relevant in today’s market is that it still has the ability to actually work really well against the smartphone cameras, and considering how smartphone cameras have become so much more popular, it makes all the more sense to keep this camera pumping, and available in the market, as well.

Overall, we have to say that the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is one of the most promising cameras available in the market that gives you fairly decent performance, and the best part is that you really do not have to pay a lot of money for it. What we cannot say here is whether Canon will be replacing this camera or not, as the possibility of something like that happening is definitely something that still exists.

As for now, for what it is worth, the camera is definitely something that will give you a great overall experience, provided you know what you are getting into.