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The World Finally Gets a Glimpse of H.E.R. During 2017 BET Experience

Billboard.com - 1 hour 6 min ago
After a teased performance of two songs at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards on Thursday night (June 22) behind a silhouette, the world finally got a...
Categories: Music Industry

Jeremy Corbyn Gets Rock Star Welcome at Glastonbury Festival

Billboard.com - 1 hour 33 min ago
Britain's famed Glastonbury music festival has embraced an unlikely headline act: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn, 68, received a rock...
Categories: Music Industry

The Best Moments From Jason Mraz's 40th Birthday Hollywood Bowl Celebration

Billboard.com - 3 hours 14 min ago
Jason Mraz knows how to throw a birthday party. His 40th birthday celebration concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Friday (June 23)...
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Brock Jones Leaves Spectra to Launch Indie Promoter 191 Touring

Billboard.com - 3 hours 59 min ago
Comcast Spectacor’s in-house concert promoter is parting ways with the venue management company to start his own independent concert promotion...
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Glastonbury 2017 Day 1 Highlights: Radiohead, Lorde, Major Lazer & More

Billboard.com - 5 hours 43 min ago
Nostalgia isn’t a quality that Radiohead are particularly well known for, yet Friday night (June 23) saw the Oxford art rockers roll back the...
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9 Times Musicians Assisted With Marriage Proposals

Billboard.com - 6 hours 29 min ago
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John Legend: Singer, Songwriter, Spelling Bee Champ

Billboard.com - 6 hours 42 min ago
John Legend's work has won Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony, but years before achieving global fame, the Legend-to-be took home another prize:...
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How to Watch the 2017 BET Awards

Billboard.com - 8 hours 29 min ago
The 2017 BET Awards will kick off Sunday night (June 25) at 5 p.m. PST at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and here's how you watch it live....
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13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Katy Perry Crowns Billboard 200, Lorde Up Next

Billboard.com - 9 hours 29 min ago
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, earns its sixth week atop the ...
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Video: Sony a9 falls short with Canon 300mm and 400mm lenses attached

DPReview.com - Latest News - 12 hours 29 min ago
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Sports shooters considering Sony's speedy a9 have one major hurdle to overcome: glass. There's a dearth of long, fast primes available to Sony FE shooters, and it seems like using off-brand glass while you wait for Sony to catch up just isn't a great option.

In this video, photographer Dan Watson of Learning Cameras tried both the Sigma MC-11 and Metabones Mark IV lens adapters to test how well the a9 worked when attached to the Canon EF 300mm F2.8L IS II USM and Canon EF 400mm F2.8L IS II USM.

Watson mainly wanted to test the focusing capabilities, and unfortunately, the results were somewhat disappointing.

Before you dive into the video, it's worth pointing a few things out. Our own Rishi Sanyal has tested the focus capability of the a9 with adapted lens, and points out a couple of caveats to Watson's otherwise solid points:

First, the performance of far off-center AF points depends on the lens. While Watson is correct in pointing out that they don't perform well with long lenses (despite working astonishingly fast with Sony's own 100-400 F4.5-5.6), they do work well with shorter focal lengths (we've had success with a Sigma 85/1.4, Canon 35/1.4, 24-70/2.8, etc.). With these wider lenses, 'Wide' area mode will continue tracking subjects to the extremes of the frame.

Second, Sony A-mount lenses adapted with the LA-EA3 adapter do shoot at an impressive 10 fps with autofocus, something we confirmed with the 50/1.4 (as long as you've updated the firmware of the adapter).* With the Metabones and Sigma adapters though, as with all Sony FE bodies, only the L drive mode offers continuous focus. And it's actually only 2.5 fps, not the 5 fps Watson mentions (technically L is 3 fps, but it slows to 2-3 fps with continuous focus).

With that out of the way, Watson's video is a great resource for seeing how well (or not) the a9 performs when attached to the long, fast Canon primes sports shooters love. And while single-shot focus with central points is speedy and almost 100% accurate with long adapted lenses, the lack of true subject tracking (Lock-on AF modes) or continuous focus at speeds higher than ~2.5 fps (or in video) will probably be a deal breaker for many fast-action photographers.

Once you've lost the impressive high speed shooting advantages Sony baked into the a9, you might as well be shooting with any other camera. Moral of the story: stick to Sony glass and hope they keep churning out new lenses at break-neck pace.

You can watch the full demo for yourself up top. And if you're considering jumping ship from Canon to Sony, keep this information in mind – like all previous Sony bodies, you'll only have access to the a9's slowest continuous drive mode when you're adapting your own glass.

* We've not yet confirmed the performance of off-center points with long A-mount glass.

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Liam Gallagher Announces Debut Solo Album 'As You Were' Release Date

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:55pm
Liam Gallagher is gearing up for his first official solo album release with As You Were, which will be out Oct. 6, the former Oasis frontman has...
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Metro Boomin Has 'No Complaints' on New Track With Drake & Offset

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:47pm
It's officially Drake Day. Around the same time Drizzy's latest song "Signs" hit streaming services, Metro Boomin unveiled his...
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Drake's New Song 'Signs' Is Now Streaming

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:14pm
Drake's new track "Signs" is now streaming, after premiering Thursday during Louis Vuitton's SS 18 men's show at Paris Fashion...
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One Direction's Liam Payne & Niall Horan Reunite at Indiana Concert

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:44pm
One Direction bandmates Liam Payne and Niall Horan enjoyed a reunion in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday (June 23) and shared the encounter on social...
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Way-Too-Early 2018 Grammys Contenders: Kendrick Lamar, Lorde & Ed Sheeran Take the Lead

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:29pm
A Grammys 2018 predictions piece in June 2017? We know, we know, but hear us out. The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be held on Jan. 28, 2018, which...
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Bradley Cooper Crashes Kris Kristofferson's Glastonbury Set to Shoot 'A Star Is Born' Scenes

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:05pm
Bradley Cooper surprised fans at Glastonbury on Friday (June 23) by shooting scenes from his upcoming film A Star Is Born at the U.K. festival....
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Martin Garrix Side-Project Area21 Releases 'We Did It': Listen

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:54pm
When Martin Garrix isn't performing around the world or dishing out hit singles like his recent Troye Sivan collaboration "There for You,...
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Lionel Richie Says Joint Tour With Mariah Carey Will Be 'Camp City'

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:52pm
Lionel Richie is welcoming full diva behavior from Mariah Carey when she joins his All the Hits tour next month. Richie jokes that he expects Carey...
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Dennis Rodman Blasts Staind While Using Women's Restroom at Airport

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:04pm
Dennis Rodman was seen using a women's restroom at Long Beach airport Wednesday night and the whole episode was soundtracked by Staind's 2001...
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'Morning Joe' Host Joe Scarborough Releases His Debut EP: Listen

Billboard.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:45pm
By day, former U.S. Representative Joe Scarborough hosts Morning Joe on MSNBC. By night, he makes indie rock music. (I don’t actually...
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