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 Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Check out Adorama's Deals of the Day for $140.00 savings on the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E-mount cameras. Other great deals are available including a Microsoft Surface Pro for $799.00.
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/14/2020 10:11:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 13, 2020
Use coupon code PARTY20 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to save 20% on your order. Valid until 7/24.
 
Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/13/2020 9:45:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Apple iPad Pro 12.9" (256GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Space Gray, Previous Gen — Save $450.00), & more!
 
Also browse the just-launched Deals of the Week at B&H.
 
Save $303.00 on the Sony a7R IV and get free accessories!
 
A huge range of additional items are available, and most deals include free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/13/2020 7:50:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, July 11, 2020
"All Dell Outlet computers, monitors, and accessories are an EXTRA 10% off sitewide with coupon."
 
Use coupon code 170410Ins to save an extra 10% at the Dell Outlet.
 
I have been purchasing my Dell XPS laptops from the Dell Outlet for over a decade. The "Certified Refurbished" models are like new and a good deal without the 10% savings.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/11/2020 9:18:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 9, 2020
 Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Stock up – a camera you want uses these. Save big on ProGrade Digital 256GB CFexpress 2.0 Gold Memory Cards in today's B&H Deal Zone.
 
Also included in the DealZone is the heavily-discounted Manfrotto MVMXPROA4US Aluminum XPRO Video Monopod+. Check out the rest of today's great deals.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/8/2020 7:04:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Preorder the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens at B&H.
 
The manufacturer specifications for this relatively compact new lens are loaded on the site. Check out these comparisons, paying attention to the size and weight:
 
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens Compared to Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G Lens
 
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens Compared to Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens
 
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens Compared to Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens
 
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens Compared to Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
 
Though its price is high, the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens will attract attention.
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/7/2020 4:21:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sony:
 
Sony Electronics Grows Lens Line-up with Launch of 12-24mm G Master, the World’s Widest Full-frame Zoom with a Constant F2.8 Aperture
 
SAN DIEGO – July 7, 2020 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced an exciting new addition to its full-frame lens line-up with the introduction of the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM (model SEL1224GM) Large-aperture Ultra-wide Zoom lens. This compact and versatile lens is ideal for shooting landscapes, astrophotography and architecture while providing extra mobility for active sports shooters who want to capture ultra-wide perspectives. As part of Sony’s flagship G Master series lenses, users can be completely confident that it delivers outstanding image quality up to an ultra-wide 12mm angle of view with F2.8 constant aperture and beautiful bokeh effects.
 
The introduction of the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM now extends the F2.8 range of Sony’s G Master series zoom lenses all the way from 12mm to 200mm[ii] and at 12mm, offers the world’s widest range of zoom at F2.8. At this focal length, it is possible to emphasize distance and create dynamic perspectives that are beyond the scope of the human eye, opening the door to new avenues of creative expression.
 
“We are excited to introduce the new FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM as the 57th lens in Sony’s E-mount line-up”, said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas, Sony Electronics. “It is important for us to continue to push boundaries in the industry to develop the best tools for our customers. By extending our range of G Master constant F2.8 zoom lenses out to 12mm, we are excited to see how these new innovations will help our customers create like never before.”
 
The FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM benefits from innovative construction that delivers outstanding corner-to-corner image quality throughout the entire zoom range. It features three precise XA (extreme aspherical) elements including the largest XA element ever made for an a - Alpha brand lens. These XA elements, with an additional aspherical element, effectively suppress astigmatism, coma and field curvature right out to the image edges. Furthermore, three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements plus two Super ED glass elements, powerfully control chromatic aberration and combine to deliver corner-to-corner clarity while minimizing color fringing.
 
An extremely effective floating focus mechanism divides the lens’s focus group into two independently controllable groups, ensuring both outstanding close-up performance and maximum sharpness at any distance. The two independently controlled groups help realize a constant 11” (28 cm) minimum focusing distance throughout the zoom range, and because it is an internal focus lens, its length remains constant, so its center of gravity varies very little and is always optimally balanced in the hand.
 
The signature bokeh effects of Sony’s G Master series lens are achieved through the fine tuning of the lens’s spherical aberration characteristics during both the design and manufacturing process. At the same time, the extremely high surface precision of the lens’s XA elements effectively suppresses spherical aberration and, in combination with a 9-blade circular aperture, further enhances its exquisite bokeh.
 
The FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM employs four original high-speed, high-thrust XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors to ensure that it is compatible with the speed performance of both current and future camera bodies. With two XD Linear Motors for each of the lens’s focus groups, autofocus is fast and precise. New control algorithms maximize the response of the system while achieving flawless synchronization between the two focus groups. Further benefits include extremely quiet operation with minimal vibration and lower power consumption.
 
A brand-new Nano AR Coating II that can be evenly applied to large lens elements or highly curved element surfaces has been used for the first time on the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM. It suppresses internal reflections, minimizes flare and ghosting for clear, crisp imagery and despite the lens's wide angle of view, Nano AR Coating II maintains high clarity and contrast throughout the entire image, even in difficult light.
 
Moviemaking
 
The constant F2.8 maximum aperture at all focal lengths ensures that exposure is stable when zooming. As a result, this means that shutter speed and ISO sensitivity can remain constant while shooting movies. The creative opportunities afforded by shooting movies at a 12mm angle of view with F2.8 constant aperture in full-frame are boundless, and when used on an APS-C or Super 35 camera, the wide end of the zoom range becomes equivalent to 18mm, providing a useful zoom range for moviemaking.
 
Professional Control
 
Weighing only 1.87 lbs (847 g), the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM offers numerous features for full professional control of shots. These include a customizable focus-hold button, focus-mode switch, zooming ring and focusing ring that are positioned for easy operation while shooting. The Linear Response MF ensures that the focus ring responds directly to the most subtle adjustments when focusing manually so control feels immediate and precise. It is dust and moisture resistant [iii] and the front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants, making it easier to wipe off any fingerprints from the lens surface. The rear filter holder accommodates standard sheet-type ND, color correction and other filters for expanded expressive capability. A cutting template for sheet filters is supplied.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM is available in in August 2020 for a suggested retail price of $2,999.99 USD and $3,999.99 CAD.
 
[1] Compared to interchangeable constant F2.8 zoom lenses for 35mm full-frame format digital cameras. As of July 2020. Sony survey.
 
[1] SEL1224GM, SEL1635GM, SEL2470GM, SEL70200GM
 
Preorders
 
Preorder the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens at B&H (starting 5pm ET, Tue Jul 07).
 
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 7/7/2020 9:38:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Browse through the current Deals of the Week at B&H.
 
A huge range of items are available with most deals including free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/7/2020 8:28:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 6, 2020
Through July 7 at 12 PM EDT, take advantage of the Skylum Independence Day Sale!
 
Pricing
 
• Luminar 4 for new users — $64 instead of $89
 
• Luminar 4 upgrade — $45 instead of $74
 
Bonuses:
 
• Aurora HDR + Natural Looks by Elena Petrova — $55 (previously $109)
 
• Caribbean Skies — $12.50 (previously $25)
 
• Enchanting Twilight Looks — $12.50 (previously $25)
 
• Cinematic Looks — $12 (previously $24)
 
• Captivating Cityscapes Looks — $9.50 (previously $19)
 
• Fireworks — $19.50 (previously $39)
 
Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get the additional $10.00 discount!
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/6/2020 9:56:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code BEACH50 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to take $50 off when you spend $200 or more on orders arriving by 7/17/2020.
 
Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/6/2020 9:51:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, July 4, 2020
For those of us residing in the USA, today we celebrate our country's independence. Take some time to study the history, including what our forefathers said, did, and wrote on this day, one that is foundational to our country.
 
Independence Day (aka, the 4th of July) is often celebrated with friends, family, grilled food, and fireworks. The effect seen in this fireworks image is from manually adjusting focus during a long exposure. Check out the following tips articles and the gear list below them.
 
Fireworks Photography Tips
 
Post Date: 7/4/2020 10:48:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 2, 2020
Through July 7 at 12 PM EDT, take advantage of the Skylum Independence Day Sale!
 
Pricing
 
• Luminar 4 for new users — $64 instead of $89
 
• Luminar 4 upgrade — $45 instead of $74
 
Bonuses:
 
• Aurora HDR + Natural Looks by Elena Petrova — $55 (previously $109)
 
• Caribbean Skies — $12.50 (previously $25)
 
• Enchanting Twilight Looks — $12.50 (previously $25)
 
• Cinematic Looks — $12 (previously $24)
 
• Captivating Cityscapes Looks — $9.50 (previously $19)
 
• Fireworks — $19.50 (previously $39)
 
Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get the additional $10.00 discount!
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/2/2020 11:32:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out the B&H July 4th Sale!
 
A huge range of additional items are available, and most deals include free shipping.
 
Also, check out today's B&H DealZone Deals for especially big savings.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/2/2020 9:08:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Just posted: Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens Review.
 
Excellent lens. Great value.
 
The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/1/2020 8:03:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 30, 2020
 Monday, June 29, 2020
"Popsi-cool ... Seven days for the price of three on orders arriving by July 4th!"
 
Use coupon code COOLPOP (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to get 7 days for the price of 3 on orders arriving by 7/4/2020.
 
Rent something fun to use over the holiday!
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/29/2020 11:37:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG ART Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras in the Deal of the Day slot, priced at only $399.00 (reg. $569.00 before the $100.00 instant rebate).
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/29/2020 11:27:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today only: Get the Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2019, Space Gray) or (Mid 2019, Silver) for only $1,099.00 (reg. $1,499.00) at B&H!
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/29/2020 11:04:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay is celebrating July 4th with a 20% off sale.
 
Until 11:59 PM PT on July 6, 2020, use coupon code PLUS20 at eBay save 20% on select items. See details at eBay (no minimum purchase, up to $100.00, 2x uses, does not apply to auction-style listings or purchases made through the Best Offer feature).
 
A quick browse of the select items shows some great cameras and lenses available. For example, get the Canon RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM Lens (USA version) with a SanDisk Extreme 32GB memory card for only $399.20 — compare at $499.00.
 
Select your camera brand under 'Brand" to quickly narrow down your selection. Then browse the "All" category to explore other deals.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/29/2020 10:03:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H DealZone Deals for big savings on the Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro (Silver or Space Gray | Mid 2019) — only $1,099.00 (save $400.00)!
 
Also included in today's deals are the Tether Tools Case Air Wireless Tethering System and the Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head and Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Tripod with Middle Spreader kit. See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/29/2020 8:12:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens Review page.
 
You are going to like these results.
 
Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens compared to Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
 
Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens compared to Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens
 
Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens compared to Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens
 
Expect the full review to be completed very soon.
 
The Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/29/2020 7:48:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 26, 2020
Check out today's B&H DealZone Deals for huge savings on the Gitzo Gimbal Fluid Head, & more!
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/26/2020 7:42:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens is in stock at Adorama.
 
Act fast — this lens has been out of stock and hard to get since it first became available.
 
For more information on this lens, check out the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens Review.
Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Photography Deals, In Stock Notices
Post Date: 6/26/2020 7:14:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 25, 2020
The new Tamron 28-200mm F/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens is now in stock at B&H.
Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Photography Deals, In Stock Notices
Post Date: 6/25/2020 10:16:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just a quick reminder that some of the hottest deals of the year are ending today at midnight EDT. Check out the B&H Mega Deal Zone one more time.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/25/2020 8:55:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Interesting news from Olympus:
 
Olympus Corporation ("Olympus") and Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. ("JIP") hereby announce that, today, the parties signed a memorandum of understanding to carveout Olympus’s Imaging business to a new company (“NewCo”) and subsequently transfer its shares to a fund managed, operated or otherwise handled by JIP (the "Transaction").
 
After the due diligence and further discussions and negotiations, the parties are aiming to sign a legallybinding definitive agreement for the Transaction (the "Definitive Agreement") by September 30, 2020. We will promptly make further announcement if any matters relating to the Transaction that needs further announcement occur.
 
1. Background and Purpose of the Transaction
 
Olympus's Imaging business began with the manufacture and sale of a camera using the photographic lens Zuiko in 1936. Through innovative technology and unique product development capabilities, Olympus has developed and launched various products, aiming to contribute to make people’s lives more fulfilling. Those products include: Olympus Pen, the innovative half-sized camera; Zuiko Pearlcorder, the world's first micro-cassette tape recorder; and Olympus OM-D series, the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
 
Olympus has implemented measures to cope with the extremely severe digital camera market, due to, amongst others, rapid market shrink caused by the evolution of smartphones; Olympus has improved the cost structure by restructuring the manufacturing bases and focusing on high-value-added interchangeable lenses, aiming to rectify the earning structure to those that may continue generating profit even as sales dwindles. Despite all such efforts, Olympus’s Imaging business recorded operating losses for 3 consecutive fiscal years up to the term ended in March 2020.
 
Under such circumstances, Olympus considers that, by carving-out the Imaging business and by operating the business with JIP, the Imaging business’s corporate structure may become more compact, efficient and agile and it is the most appropriate way to realize its self-sustainable and continuous growth and to bring values to the users of our products as well as our employees working in the Imaging business. Olympus therefore has decided to sign the memorandum of understanding for the Transaction.
 
JIP has strong track records in supporting strategic carve-outs that realize growth potential and encourage autonomous growth. By adding support from JIP, the NewCo, as the successor of reputable brands such as “OM-D” and “ZUIKO,” will utilize the innovative technology and unique product development capabilities which have been developed within Olympus, and will realize continuous growth of the business by bringing better products and services to the users and customers and by making itself a productive and rewarding work place for its employees.
 
2. Imaging Business after the Transaction
 
NewCo will succeed and maintain the research and development functions and manufacturing functions globally as reformed under the contemplated structuring reforms to continue to offer high-quality, highly reliable products; and also continue to provide supports to the imaging solution products that have been distributed by Olympus.
 
3. Outline of the Transaction
 
The specifics of the Transaction shall be decided in the Definitive Agreement after careful examination and consultation between the parties. The parties currently consider the outline of the Transaction shall be as follows.
 
The parties will proceed with the actions and procedures for Transactions in full compliance with applicable laws including consultation obligations and other requirements under local employment laws.
 
(1) Structure : (i) Olympus’s Imaging business will be transferred to the NewCo by way of company split or otherwise, and then, (ii) shares in the NewCo will be transferred to a new company to be established by JIP.
 
(2) Signing of Definitive Agreement : Scheduled to be signed by September 30, 2020
 
(3) Closing : Olympus and JIP strive to close the Transaction by December 31, 2020.
 
4. Structuring Reform
 
Prior to the closing of the Transaction, Olympus plans to implement structuring reforms to the Imaging business aiming to change the business structure of Imaging business to be more profitable and sustainable. We are currently investigating costs and other impacts of the structuring reform. If any future event which requires disclosure arises, Olympus will announce it promptly.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Olympus News
Post Date: 6/25/2020 7:47:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 24, 2020
If a recent Deal Zone deal caught your attention, very likely you have a regret-elimination opportunity, a second chance to score that deal right now.
 
Through tomorrow, 6/25, the B&H Mega Deal Zone hosts some of the hottest deals of the year.
 
Browse the deals now!
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/24/2020 10:22:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 23, 2020
B&H is having a 1-day sale on SandDisk memory cards and flash drives. Save up to $230.00!
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/23/2020 7:32:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H Mega Deal Zone hosts some of the hottest deals of the year.
 
This sales lasts for 3 days only, through 6/25. Browse the deals now!
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/23/2020 6:52:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 22, 2020
Check out the just-launched Deals of the Week at B&H.
 
Some standout deals include:

  • Lexar CFexpress Memory Cards
  • MacBook Pro 13.3" (Mid 2019) and Other Laptops
  • Pelican Waterproof Hard Cases
  • Portable SSDs and HDDs
  • Manfrotto Tripods

A huge range of additional items are available, and most deals include free shipping.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/22/2020 11:05:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
"Popsi-cool ... Seven days for the price of three on orders arriving by July 4th!"
 
Use coupon code COOLPOP (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to get 7 days for the price of 3 on orders arriving by 7/4/2020.
 
Rent something fun to use over the holiday!
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/22/2020 9:53:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 19, 2020
 Thursday, June 18, 2020
Update: this sale was just extended through July 5th.
 
Don't miss this hot deal coming to an end on June 21st: use coupon code ThinkTank20 to get 20% off EVERYTHING at Think Tank Photo.
 
Think Tanks Photo's gear is top quality, and this is your chance to score some awesome gear at a big discount.
 
Don't forget that you'll get a free gift and free shipping when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/18/2020 8:52:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma Corporation of America:
 
Sigma Unveils 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary Telephoto Lens for Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras; Mirrorless-Exclusive Teleconverters; USB Dock for Sigma Mirrorless Lenses; and F1.4 Mirrorless L-Mount Lens Trio
 
June 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m. EDT
 
Sigma Corporation today made the following announcements:

  1. Launch of the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary, Sigma’s first ultra telephoto lens designed exclusively for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
  2. Introduction of two new teleconverters designed exclusively for Sigma mirrorless lenses: TC-1411 magnifies lens focal length by 1.4x. TC-2011 magnifies lens focal length by 2x.
  3. Release of the Sigma USB Dock UD-11 for L-Mount and EF-M Mount mirrorless lenses.
  4. Availability of 16mm F1.4, 30mm F1.4 and 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lenses in L-Mount.

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary - Compact Size, Ultra Telephoto Performance
 
The 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary lens is Sigma’s first full-frame mirrorless telephoto zoom lens. Designed from the ground up for mirrorless camera systems, its new optical formula ensures edge-to-edge sharpness and high-contrast image quality throughout its entire focal range. The lens construction is made up of 16 groups and 22 elements, with one FLD and four SLDs used for the effective correction of aberrations and distortions. Its superior image quality and compact size make it an excellent companion lens to the previously released full-frame mirrorless zooms from Sigma, the 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art and 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art. It will be available in Sony E-mount and L-mount.
 
The fifth Sigma lens designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless camera systems, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary further expands the possibilities of mirrorless camera photography. Thanks to the stepping motor system that is optimized for both phase detection AF and contrast AF, the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary makes shooting video with eye-tracking AF very smooth. It consistently achieves high levels of optical performance and makes the most of its capabilities as a zoom lens at every focal length from wide to close-up shots to telephoto photography.
 
When paired with the new Sigma Teleconverter TC-1411 and/or TC-2011 (sold separately / for L-Mount only), which were exclusively developed for the use with mirrorless cameras, the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary gives photographers a "super telephoto" range with a focal length of up to 800mm while still benefiting from a compact lens and effective AF. It functions as a 140-560mm F7-9 AF ultra-telephoto lens with the Sigma Teleconverter TC-1411, and as a 200-800mm F10-12.6 AF ultra-telephoto lens with the Sigma Teleconverter TC-2011.
 
The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary will be available on July 10, 2020 for $949.00 USD.
 
Sigma USB Dock UD-11 - Easily Update Lens Firmware and Customize Settings
 
Designed exclusively for Sigma L-Mount and Canon EF-M Mount mirrorless lenses, the Sigma USB Dock UD-11 allows users to update firmware and customize settings on lenses in these lineups.
 
In addition to firmware updates, users can adjust the sensitivity of MF function* speed. It employs the new USB Type-C connection.
 
*Scope of adjustment varies depending on specifications of the individual product.
 
The Sigma USB Dock UD-11 will be available on July 10, 2020 for $59.00 USD.
 
Sigma Mirrorless Teleconverter TC-1411 and TC-2011
 
The Sigma Teleconverter TC-1411 and TC-2011 are designed exclusively for use with Sigma L-mount mirrorless lenses. Mounted between a lens and the camera body, the TC-1411 magnifies the focal length of the camera by 1.4x, and the TC-2011 by 2x. Designed to complement Sigma’s renowned optical formulas, these teleconverters preserve the image quality of the lens while extending the focal length for added zoom capability.
 
The new teleconverters have a dust- and splash-proof construction comparable to that of the Sigma Sports line lenses, and can withstand harsh outdoor shooting environments when combined with a dust- and splash-proof camera body and lens. Lightweight and compact, these accessories will upgrade lens performance to an "ultra telephoto" focal length without the need for additional lenses.
 
The Sigma Teleconverter TC-1411 and TC-2011 will be available on July 10, 2020 for $399.00 USD (TC-1411) and $429.00 USD (TC-2011).
 
F1.4 Mirrorless Trio Now Available in Native L-Mount - Compact, Affordable, High Quality
 
Sigma’s F1.4 Mirrorless Trio - the 16mm, 30mm, and 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lenses - each benefit from a fast aperture of F1.4 to achieve sufficient amount of bokeh and admirable brightness even with APS-C size cameras, which tend to have smaller bokeh effects compared to 35mm full size systems. Each lens has a compact and lightweight body that is perfect for daily use as they cover the range from true wide angle to normal to portrait. Stepping motors ensure smooth, swift, quiet autofocus for both still and video capture. In addition to the upcoming L-Mount variations, these products are available for Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M mount and Micro Four Thirds camera systems.

  • 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary ($449 USD) - High performance wide angle prime in a compact package.
  • 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary ($339 USD) - Lighter and brighter Art line image quality with Contemporary compactness.
  • 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary ($479 USD) - Exceptional image quality and smooth AF for video shooting.

Sigma F1.4 Mirrorless Trio lenses will begin shipping on July 10, 2020. Pricing detailed above.
 
Preorder the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary Lens at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/18/2020 8:47:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/18/2020 7:55:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.:
 
Dear customers. Thank you all for supporting Tokina brand.
 
On March 6, 2020 in commemoration of the 70th Tokina anniversary we made a development announcement of Tokina new lens line-up 2020 that thankfully attracted great attention of amateur and professional photographers. We received a lot of supportive messages from all around the world that is greatly appreciated.
 
The development process is constantly changing, so here we would like to update the lens roadmap as below. We are doing our best to introduce our new products to the market as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
 
Notes: The release schedule is tentative. Product design may be changed without preliminary notification.
 
 
Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF worldwide sales date announcement
 
Jun 18, 2020
 
Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the sales release of Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF. The Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF is the third renewed long seller AT-X 11-20 F2.8 PRO DX (11-20mm f/2.8) model to fit contemporary DSLR cameras in newly launched atx-i series.
 
Sales will commence on July 10, 2020.
 
The Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF is designed as an ultra wide angle zoom lens for APS-C sensor DLSR cameras. It is the only f/2.8 fast ultra wide angle zoom lens for APS-C sized DSLR cameras on the current market*.
 
Focal length 11-20mm that covers equivalent angle of wide prime 18mm, 21mm, 24mm, 28mm lenses makes this lens attractive to be chosen after standard zoom lens or initially possessed wide angle zoom kit lens.
 
A constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the entire zoom range is realized to achieve great results in low light conditions, for depth of field control and easy manual shooting, while maintaining a reasonable size and weight.
 
* At present time April, 2020
 
Highlighted Features

  • 11-20mm focal length featuring ultra-wide angle
  • Constant maximum aperture of f/2.8
  • Excellent optical performance
  • Improved AF accuracy
  • Internal focus
  • Water-repellent coating
  • One-touch Focus Clutch mechanism
  • Greatly balanced cost performance


 
Get your Tokina lens from B&H.

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Post Date: 6/18/2020 7:35:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 17, 2020
B&H is having a Father's Day sale. Note: they are not checking to find out if you are gifting these deals to your father.
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Post Date: 6/17/2020 10:19:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 6/17/2020 10:09:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Skylum has extended the Luminar 4 Summer Bundle Sale through Friday, June 19 at 9 AM PT!
 
Through Friday, June 19 at 9 AM PT, take advantage of these deals:
 
• Luminar 4 Inspiration Edition - Luminar 4 + Amazing Planets - US$69 (old US$138, savings of US$69)
 
• Luminar 4 Plus Edition - Luminar 4 + Amazing Planets + Power of Nature - US$84 (old US$167, savings of US$83)
 
• Luminar 4 Max Edition - Luminar 4 + Aurora HDR + Amazing Planets + Power of Nature - US$139 (old US$266, savings of US$127)
 
Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get the additional $10.00 discount!
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Post Date: 6/17/2020 10:04:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has SanDisk Memory Cards in today's DealZone. CFast and a variety of SDXC memory cards along with an SD card reader are included. The savings are significant (see after-coupon prices, save up to $80.00).
 
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities including a Pelican case.
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Post Date: 6/17/2020 7:57:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 16, 2020
From Sony:
 
"Regarding SD memory cards of SF-M series, SF-M series TOUGH specification, and SF-G series TOUGH specification, recorded data on the card may be damaged or data may not be recorded correctly when shooting video on a camera* in video speed class mode.
* The camera compatible with video speed class V60/V90 etc. as recommended recording media."
 
Visit Sony's service notice page to identify and replace affected cards.
Post Date: 6/16/2020 7:26:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Don't miss this: 5DayDeal's 5DayDeal Complete Video Creators Bundle 2020 will be gone today, June 16th after 12:00 PM (noon) PDT. Get $2,700+ worth of video resources for just $89.00, a huge savings.
 
A great part of this event is the impact on those in need, with ten percent of the bundle revenue ($8.90 per sale) going directly to charities.
 
5DayDeal's resource bundles have been extremely popular, so be sure to check this one out.
 
Also, please share our link with those in your network, for their benefit, and for the benefit of the charities.
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Post Date: 6/16/2020 7:18:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 15, 2020
One day only – limited quantity available: Adorama has the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens in Canon and Nikon mounts on sale for only $499.00. Save $300.00.
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Post Date: 6/15/2020 7:41:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 6/15/2020 7:34:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sony has introduced a new promotion running through Jun 21, 2020 featuring significant savings on select popular camera and lens models. Here is a selection of the deals:

ModelRebate Amount 
Sony a7R IV Buy$300.00 - $600.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony a7R III Buy$300.00 - $600.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony a7R II Buy$400.00 - $890.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony a7 III Buy$200.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

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Post Date: 6/15/2020 11:00:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Skylum has just announced a Summer Sale featuring significant Luminar Bundle discounts.
 
Through June 17 at 9 AM PT, take advantage of these deals:
 
• Luminar 4 Inspiration Edition - Luminar 4 + Amazing Planets - US$69 (old US$138, savings of US$69)
 
• Luminar 4 Plus Edition - Luminar 4 + Amazing Planets + Power of Nature - US$84 (old US$167, savings of US$83)
 
• Luminar 4 Max Edition - Luminar 4 + Aurora HDR + Amazing Planets + Power of Nature - US$139 (old US$266, savings of US$127)
 
Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get the additional $10.00 discount!
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Post Date: 6/15/2020 10:46:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 14, 2020
Today only: B&H has the PolarPro 77mm Peter McKinnon Edition Variable Neutral Density 1.8 to 2.7 Filter (6 to 9-Stop) on sale for only $199.99 (reg. $299.99).
 
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
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Post Date: 6/14/2020 7:26:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Much is said about using photography to tell stories, but another great aspect of photography is creating stories. I'm not talking about deceptive reporting and the like, but setting the goal to be photos, and enjoying an adventure unfolding, the story, while capturing them.
 
There was an exceptionally long off-trail hike in north-central PA involving a couple of deep canyons and lots of waterfalls that I had been planning to take for a long time. The schedule for this spring looked favorable for making that adventure happen, and I selected what appeared to be the perfect waterfall photography day. The weather forecast indicated full cloud cover and some light rain could be expected.
 
Then my youngest daughter asked if she could go along, and after my enthusiastic, positive response, I was then asked if three of her friends could also come along. After warning them over the duration and exertion this hike entailed, all were set on going. All four of the girls were distance runners, so I expected they were physically up to the hike. They were advised to bring the appropriate gear and supplies for an entire day that could include rain, and I welcomed the additions to the adventure.
 
We arrived at the start location late in the morning, and a beautiful waterfall greeted us a short distance into the forest. I hurriedly set up the camera (four girls were waiting for me), established the right settings, and captured some nice images. We then bushwhacked, rock-hopped (including creek crossings), and hung on the side of very steep terrain for, according to my daughter's Garmin watch, three miles until we arrived at another impressive waterfall. I captured more images, and we ate lunch.
 
That was the last time the camera came out of my MindShift Gear BackLight 26L. The rain started and quickly exceeding the forecasted slight-chance volume. The sky became very dark, and the rain didn't relent until it was nearly dark out.
 
Waterfalls require a cliff for the water to fall over, large falls require big cliffs and the falls that we continued to encounter had larger-than-needed cliffs. Getting around waterfalls meant moving downstream a distance until the wet sides were climbable (without ropes). How steep were the canyons, and how much time did we spend on them? At the end of the adventure, the girls were complaining that their arms hurt more than their legs, a sure sign that a good adventure happened.
 
At about 8 miles into the hike, a key landmark was missing. I had spent hours researching the hike, but this missing landmark was a key to finishing the hike as planned. There was no signal to locate ourselves via a smartphone, so I relied on a previously downloaded topographic map and a conventional compass to continue our route. While I knew we wanted to go east, I was not precisely sure how far north we had traveled. If I didn't guess correctly, we could miss the canyon we needed to find. Hedging enough to be safe, we walked southwest across the vast, densely forested, flat mountaintop. Note that walking through such terrain under a cloudy sky without a navigational aid is a sure way to get lost.
 
About 2 miles into the compass-directed portion of the dark and rainy adventure, the girls were becoming nervous, and one member of our team was staying immediately behind me. Eventually, we encountered a swampy area with a little flowing water, and I relented to traveling due east following that flow as the water had to be going down into the canyon we were hunting.
 
After a considerable distance down the steep mountain, we arrived at the targeted creek. While there was some relief among our group, deep, forested canyons are dark, and the what if we don't make it out before dark question began to be raised — repeatedly. I assured the group that we would light up the dark (I like the Black Diamond Spot 325 Headlamp BTW), and that we had the supplies necessary to make it out.
 
Still, the challenge of hiking the sides of the waterfall canyons increased while the light levels decreased. Finally, I declared that everyone had to begin wading across the streams. Yes, building rock bridges was fun, but it was time-consuming, and darkness was approaching.
 
Amazingly, we arrived back at the first waterfall at the precise time I had guessed to the group to expect to return. My distance estimate was not quite as accurate, with the Garmin indicating 13.1 miles of distance with 3,500' (1.07 km) in elevation change. The excitement brought on by the accomplishment and relief hitting the girls simultaneously made the adventure worthwhile, and all were ready to sign up for the next adventure. Interesting is that the next day their arms were sorer than their legs — due to holding onto trees and rocks while navigating the steep terrain.
 
No girls were harmed in the creation of this image, but photographically, the adventure was not so productive, with most of the waterfalls being from the sky. However, I know where some great images are, and will likely return for at least a partial repeat hike.
 
What will your story be? Use photography as a purpose for creating a story!
 
Here is one of the last photos I captured on this journey: Girl on a Waterfall Adventure.
Post Date: 6/14/2020 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, June 13, 2020
Don't miss this: 5DayDeal's 5DayDeal Complete Video Creators Bundle 2020 is available now and will not be available for long.
 
Until June 16th at 12:00 PM (noon) PDT, get $2,700+ worth of video resources for just $89.00, a huge savings.
 
A great part of this event is the impact on those in need, with ten percent of the bundle revenue ($8.90 per sale) going directly to charities.
 
5DayDeal's resource bundles have been extremely popular, so be sure to check this one out.
 
Also, please share our link with those in your network, for their benefit and for the benefit of the charities.
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Post Date: 6/13/2020 12:34:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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