Following is a look at the Sigma and Tamron Father's Day instant savings promotions in place.
|Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens||$100.00||B&H | Adorama | Amazon|
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|Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS C Lens||$100.00||B&H | Adorama | Amazon|
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|Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens||$50.00||B&H | Adorama | Amazon|
|Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens||$50.00||B&H | Adorama | Amazon|
|Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens||$50.00||B&H | Adorama | Amazon|
From Sony Electronics
Sony Electronics Announces New Airpeak S1 Professional Drone
Sony’s First Professional Drone is World’s Smallest that can be Equipped with Alpha Mirrorless Camera, Boasts High Speed and Stable Flight Performance
SAN DIEGO, CA – June 9, 2021 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced their first-ever professional drone, the "Airpeak S1"[i]. An introductory model in the new Airpeak line, the S1 is the world's smallest[ii] drone that can be equipped with a full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens Alpha camera, opening up a new world of creative possibilities.
The new drone utilizes a proprietary motor, propeller, control system and sensing technology, allowing it to fly at extremely high speeds with very stable wind resistance. Additionally, the Airpeak S1 features an advanced remote controller that can support the production of high-quality aerial images and freely control the aircraft. It also includes obstacle detection, automatic flight control via sensing and increased safety via cloud management of the aircraft and flight information.
“Sony is excited to launch our new drone business with the Airpeak S1,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “Combining an extremely compact size with some of Sony’s most advanced imaging, sensing, AI and robotics technologies, the S1 will allow content creators, storytellers and commercial professionals to capture that which they’ve never been able to capture before.”
Aircraft with Advanced Flight Performance
The new Airpeak S1 offers dynamic flying capabilities, including a maximum speed of 55mph (90km/h)[iii], a maximum angular velocity of 180°/s[iv], and a maximum tilt angle of 55°[v].
Propulsion technology using a combination of Sony developed key devices provides wind resistance in strong wind speeds up to 44.7mph[vi] (20m/s). An example can be viewed below.
Independently developed propulsion device and flight control system
In addition to the lightweight, highly efficient, sturdy and responsive proprietary 17" propeller and brushless motor, the Airpeak S1 is equipped with an ESC (Electric Speed Controller) for optimal control of these components. A unique, high-performance flight control system integrates the propulsion device and all sensor information to ensure stable flight and high maneuverability.
Stable Flight by Sensing
Stereo cameras equipped with Sony’s image sensors are installed in 5 locations (front, back, left, right, bottom) of the aircraft. Sony's Vision Sensing Processor, which processes camera data at high speed and with low power consumption, and proprietary algorithms are used to accurately estimate the aircraft's spatial position and orientation in real time, enabling stable flight even in environments where GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) reception may be hindered, such as indoors or under bridges. The Airpeak S1 is also equipped with a unique high-performance flight control system that integrates all sensor information such as IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), direction, barometric pressure and infrared ranging to optimize the propulsion device.
The Airpeak S1 uses Multi-directional sensors to enable its obstacle braking function. The front, rear, left and right stereo cameras and the infrared range-finding sensor mounted on the top recognize obstacles in the vicinity of the aircraft, allowing the aircraft to automatically decelerate and stop according to the behavior of the aircraft and the surrounding conditions.
Multiple Camera and Lens Variations
Users have the flexibility to choose the right Alpha system for their desired application to expand their filmmaking horizons. The Airpeak S1 is compatible with a wide range of camera bodies including: the Alpha 7S series and FX3 for high descriptive capability with suppressed noise, the Alpha 7R series for ultra-high definition, and the Alpha 9 series and others for distortion-free images. The Alpha 1, which can shoot footage in 8K, is also compatible.
The new professional drone includes “Airpeak Flight,” an iOS® and iPadOS® compatible application[vii] that integrates the aircraft, transmitter, camera, and gimbal, allowing the operator to monitor status information such as flight distance and remaining battery power, and change various operations and settings on the screen.
Airpeak S1 also includes a dual operation mode so that one user can operate the drone, while another user can operate the gimbal and camera simultaneously, all while checking the same image, even in complicated scenes. The FPV (First Person View) camera, which can be tilt-operated from the remote controller, is mounted on the nose of the aircraft and is useful for the operator to check the direction of the aircraft and the direction of travel.
Highly Efficient Workflow with Automatic Flight
The new drone includes "Airpeak Base," a web application that allows the operator to manage equipment, create flight plans, and manage flight logs. In the equipment management, information on the equipment used is automatically listed and managed based on the flight log. This allows the operator to check the condition of the aircraft before going to the field, minimizing on-set issues.
With Airpeak Base, the operator can create advanced flight plans and automatically fly the aircraft along the same course repeatedly, as if the drone were on rails installed in the air. It is able to set the position (latitude, longitude and altitude) and speed of the aircraft along the timeline, and specify the orientation of the gimbal and the timing of video or still image shooting. It can also draw smooth curves on the map. Reproduction flight is an automatic flight function that reproduces the flight route, gimbal, and camera movements based on the flight logs that have flown in the past.
All aircraft information, including logs, can be uploaded to the cloud via the mobile app Airpeak Flight. Airpeak Base allows users to check the status of the aircraft and can provide notifications if necessary. Users can manage the status of all managed aircraft in one place before flight. Past flight logs can be viewed on the logbook screen, and details such as in-flight errors can also be reviewed.
“Airpeak Plus," a cloud service that allows users to use the rich features of Airpeak Base, and "Airpeak Protect Plan," a service plan to cover accidental damage to the product, will be available to customers. Further details regarding both services will be available on the Airpeak website before the related products and services go on sale
Pricing and Availability
The new Airpeak S1 suggested retail price is approximately $9,000.00 and will ship with two (2) pairs of propellers, a remote controller, two (2) batteries and a battery charger. A third-party gimbal made specifically for the Airpeak S1 will be sold separately. The Airpeak S1 will be available for pre-order and ship to customers in the fall of 2021. Airpeak S1 is made in Japan.
[i] Operating a drone in the USA is regulated by federal law and regulations. State and local ordinances may also apply to certain operations. When operating a drone, it is the remote pilot’s responsibility to always comply with applicable laws and regulations.
[ii] Based on Sony research and testing.
[iii] No payload, and obstacle brake disabled.
[iv] Vision positioning disabled.
[v] Obstacle brake disabled.
[vi] No payload.
[vii] All apps require network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information.
[viii] Those who use drones to provide products and services to customers. If you register as a professional supporter, you will receive emails about events sponsored by Sony, opportunities to experience aircraft flight, and the latest product information.
From Canon USA:
New Free Firmware Boosts Cinema and Live Production Capabilities of Canon Cinema EOS Equipment
Updates Bring Added Functionality and Features to Renowned Products
MELVILLE, NY, June 1, 2021– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced upcoming firmware updates for several of its professional imaging products. Based largely on feedback from our users, these firmware updates provide improved workflow, ease-of-use, customization options, and enhanced lens compatibility and functionality for several popular Canon products. Some of the key free firmware updates are as follows:
EOS C70, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C500 Mark II
Adds BT.709 Standard Gamma, Custom Picture Name Support of 16 Letters – A BT.709 Standard/BT.709 option has been added under Gamma/Gamut. Standard BT.709 will be set to CP File “C6.” Also, a Custom Picture file can now have a maximum of 16 letters.
EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II (View Video)
XC Protocol Functionality – Canon’s new IP Protocol for streaming and camera control. Developed specifically for live production, the XC Protocol allows for camera control with the Canon Remote Controller RC-IP100 and easier development for 3rd party product collaboration.
12G-SDI Output Option for 2K/FHD – Adds the option to limit the 12G-SDI output to 2K/FHD when recording in resolutions at 4K and above. This allows compatibility from the SDI Out port with 3G-SDI devices.
MON. Out & HDMI Simultaneous Output –Adds the ability to use both the Mon. Out & HDMI output simultaneously. This brings the total number of monitor outputs to three, increasing flexibility in production.
Anamorphic 1.8x De-squeeze – Adds 1.8x de-squeeze function to further increase compatibility with anamorphic lenses.
“Look File” Feature – Originally introduced with the EOS C70, this feature allows the user to load a 3D LUT file onto the camera and apply the look to the recorded image. This allows the user to apply the results of a color corrected image to be recorded in-camera with no additional post-production necessary.
EOS C70 (View Video)
HDMI View Assist –Adds the View Assist feature, which allows for a WideDR/BT.709 LUT to be displayed over HDMI when shooting in a Canon Log gamma.
Improved AF Feature – This update adds a “Whole area” option to the AF Frame size, increasing the AF area to 80% of the frame. When “Whole Area” is selected the AF switches to “Tracking” by a single touch operation and switches to “Face Detection” when a face is touched.
When Using the EF-EOS R 0.71x adapter, the Possible AF Range Frame is now only momentarily displayed when selecting the AF Frame position.
Expanded EF Lens Support When Using the EF-EOS R 0.71x Adapter – adds the following lenses, fully compatible with DPAF, optical corrections, and metadata transmission:
EF16-35mm F2.8L II USM
EF16-35mm F4L IS USM
EF24-105mm F4L IS USM
EF70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM
EF70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM
EF70-200mm F4L IS USM
EF70-200mm F4L IS II USM
EOS C300 Mark III
60p -> 24p/30p Pulldown Feature –This feature allows for seamless switching of the frame rate aesthetic without interrupting the output signal to a production switcher. This allows you to change the frame rate “look” quickly with the press of a button with no blackout or glitch.
EOS C500 Mark II
Anamorphic 4:3/6:5 Resolution Options When Sensor Mode is set to Full Frame Mode (Cinema RAW Light only) –Adds these resolution modes to allow for more options and simplify the anamorphic post-production process.
Support for Both the COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm and 70-200mm Lenses[i] – Compact production now fits in the palm of your hand! The popular ENG lenses can now be used (via an EOS R adapter) on the dynamic EOS R5 camera when both the camera and lens firmware have been updated.
Firmware for EOS C70 is expected to be available for download on June 30, 2021, the firmware for the EOS C300 Mark III and EOS C500 Mark II cameras is expected to be available on July 30, 2021, and the firmware for the EOS R5 is expected to be available on August 18, 2021.
Firmware Version 1.3.2 will incorporate the following fixes and enhancements:
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
Many more good comparisons are available – select the ones most relevant to you.
The Canon USA Store refurbished cameras, lenses, and flashes inventory was just updated!
Expect Canon USA refurbished gear to be like new with an as-new warranty and a great price.
From Canon USA:
Canon Announces Additional Details of EOS R3 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Currently In-Development
Following up on the announcement of the development of Canon’s most powerful professional full-frame camera, the EOS R3, Canon has new details to share on the upcoming product.
The upcoming EOS R3 will offer enhanced AF performance and tracking capabilities using Deep Learning technology, with even better face, eye, head, and animal body detection. The EOS R3 will add vehicle subject recognition and tracking for cars and motorcycles, ideal for photographers capturing fast-action motorsports.
The EOS R3 will be able to autofocus in extreme low light conditions up to EV-7, along with up to eight stops of coordinated IS control when used with RF lenses that feature Optical Image Stabilization. Users of the upcoming EOS R3 will be able to shoot 4K video with Canon Log 3 support, oversampled 4K, and RAW movie internal recording.
For added flexibility and the necessary support for high-speed image transfer, the EOS R3 will have Wired LAN and 5GHz Wi-Fi capability built-in. The new accessory shoe will provide further options for data communication and power while also supporting new accessories. In addition, the use of Canon Speedlite products will still be possible when the EOS R3’s electronic shutter is active.
Additional Specifications Include:
Visit our Canon EOS R3 page for additional information.
Canon has released more information about and pictures of the EOS R3.
Get the details in the second set of bullet points on the Canon EOS R3 page.
The conversation (via text) went something like:
"Dad, can you shoot graduation pictures for me?"
Answering that question required no thought. "Of course!"
"Can I come down the day before graduation for that project?"
Later, I asked what time we can start.
"How long does shooting in 5 locations require?"
I replied, "Figure 15-30 minutes per location plus time to get to the next location."
Her reply: "15 minutes should be adequate."
Later, she says: "I can't be ready until 6:45 PM."
I quickly calculate the amount of time before the 8:14 PM sunset to be 1:29. That meant 15 minutes per location and 15 minutes total for getting to the next locations, which happen to be spread over a half-mile distance. You see where I'm going here — it was going to be a rushed shoot. Then she arrived 30 minutes late.
I foresaw the shortness of the time allocated for this portrait shoot and planned for shooting fast and for shooting in low light.
One of my overriding goals was to include a sense of place, to include background showing the university campus. This goal caused me to favor wider but still portrait friendly focal lengths as these angles of view would include more background and avoid unrecognizably blurring it. Still wanting to keep the subject standing out prominently (and wanting the shutter speed help for run-and-gun handheld shooting that would end in very dark light levels), I opted for wide aperture lens options. That these lenses were also among the best available from an image quality standpoint made the decision process easier.
Into a MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L went:
The 24mm lens didn't see much use, but having the other three lenses instantly ready (already mounted to a camera) enabled efficient use of the limited time. And, the image quality delivered by this entire kit was outstanding.
The a1 and R5 both feature outstanding eye AF performance. With the cameras set to the widest AF area (covering most of the frame) and people eye AF enabled, switching between camera brands was easy, and my primary job was to create the composition.
This shoot started with a grand exit, and the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens was called into play.
Here, the ambient shade light mixed well with the interior lighting brightness level.
Precisely capturing symmetry in a scene is a challenge even when not rushed. Ideally, the camera should be centered in the scene and horizontally level.
I worked with a variety of camera distances and roll angles, including fully leveled. From a technical perspective, I like the sides of the door frame parallel with the side of the camera frame. However, I kept coming back to this image as my favorite. The slightly lower camera angle makes the subject appear grand as she exits the doorway to this beautiful building. In addition, this camera position aligns the subject's head on a background window and includes the chandelier in the frame.
I hope to share images captured by the other mentioned lenses soon.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
We expected this to be a great lens. Here are some comparisons:
Many more comparisons are logical – select the ones most relevant to you.
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Firmware Version 1.1.8 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
Update: this firmware version has been removed until a minor bug can be fixed.
Firmware Version 1.3.2 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
Just posted: Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G Lens Review.
In many ways, this lens is like the Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens. However, there are some, primarily image quality, differences.
Just posted: Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens Review.
Learn more: Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM Lens Review
Read the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review, and especially view the image quality results from this lens model.
These results are looking great. Here is a comparison to get you started:
The uncorrected distortion test result tells part of the story.
A large bull moose is a good animal to run out of the path of.
This image is brought to your by the R5's incredible AF system paired with the versatile RF 100-500's outstanding image quality. This camera and lens combination is perfect for the quick catch-the-shot and get-out-of-the-way moments.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Just posted: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens review.
If you liked the first Sigma 35mm Art Lens, you are going to love this one.
There are a lot of lenses that can be logically compared to this one. I'll get you started:
I have this lens in my hands and hope to share test results very soon.
The pages for these three coming-soon Sony compact prime lenses are filled with information and expectations.
Note that these lenses are very similar aside from their focal lengths and corresponding optical formulas. The lens pages differ primarily by the focal length discussion and the comparisons section, and otherwise, reading one page is sufficient.
Just posted: Crucial X6 Portable SSD Review.
Faster, smaller, lighter, more robust, increased reliability, higher capacity, and lower price. That sounds like a winning scenario, right?
Even if the SSD does not interest you, be sure to read the data backup warning.
The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens page is filled with expectations for and information about this highly-anticipated new lens.
The size, weight, and MTF chart tell us a lot.
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A bull elk with an incredible set of antlers intently watches his herd of cows in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Strongly blurring the background while keeping an animal this large comfortably in the frame requires a long focal length and wide aperture. The 600mm and f/4 combination is unsurpassed for meeting that challenge. In this case, it was the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens getting that job done.
Behind the lens was the Canon EOS R5.
While the pose shown in this image does not appear to be an AF challenge, this bull was constantly in motion. The elk moving in all directions meant that the required AF point was continuously changing. Chasing the animal's eye with a focus point used to be a considerable challenge — and stress. With the R5's game-changing animal eye AF performing incredibly well, the person behind the camera can better enjoy following the animal in the frame.
As I've said many times before, low shooting positions work great for photographing elk (and most other animals). This scenario permitting going low and a few quick leg lock twists on the Robus RCM-439 Carbon Fiber Monopod placed me there. This position pushed the bright grasses lower in the frame, with the dark blurred evergreens creating an excellent background for the elk's head and antlers.
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A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
From Sony (translated):
Notice regarding supply of lens FE 50mm F1.2 GM "SEL50F12GM" for digital single-lens camera a [E mount]
Thank you for your continued patronage of Sony products.
The lens FE 50mm F1.2 GM "SEL50F12GM" for the digital single-lens camera a [E-mount] released on April 23, 2021 (Friday) has received orders that greatly exceeded our expectations, and is a product. It may take some time before delivery.
We are currently making every effort to meet the needs of our customers, so please wait for a while.
When the preorders for this lens went live, I guessed that this model would be hard to get for a long time. Still, the best way to get the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens as soon as possible is to get in line now. Place an order with B&H and Adorama.
This is an outstanding lens — learn more in our Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM Lens review.
Sony has released full year 2020 financial results to the Investor Relations page.
New Products Release of Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN ART A | ART
The evolution of a classic
The 35mm F1.4 Art is reborn
Supplied accessories: Petal type hood with lock (LH728-01), case
Available mount: L-Mount, Sony E-mount
* The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change.
*This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.
* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
#SIGMA #SIGMA35mmF14Art #SIGMAArt #SIGMADGDN
Superb optical performance and usability power up the most popular focal length.
An "Art F1.4 35mm" reborn for mirrorless and empowered through SIGMA's technology to date.
The existing 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was SIGMA’s first GLOBAL VISION lens. Released in 2012, it set the standard for all of SIGMA’s subsequent Art-line lenses, and thanks to its exceptional image quality it is still the 35mm prime lens of choice for many professional photographers. Nine years on, the 35mm F1.4 has been redesigned from the ground up specifically for mirrorless cameras, and is the culmination of much of the optical design expertise and advanced production techniques gained over the past decade of GLOBAL VISION lens development. As with all of SIGMA’s lenses, the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is built entirely at its sole factory in Aizu in Japan, where the standard of craftsmanship is of the highest level.
As is true with all SIGMA lenses, class-leading optics are right at the heart of the design concept of this new 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art. Despite being significantly smaller and lighter than the existing 35mm F1.4, it displays an outstanding level of sharpness right to the edges of the frame at all apertures, as well as exceptionally smooth and attractive bokeh and remarkably well-controlled optical aberrations.
Designed exclusively for use with mirrorless cameras, the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is light enough to feel perfectly balanced on a compact mirrorless camera, yet is packed with an array of professional features including ultra-fast AF, a de-clickable and lockable aperture ring and a customizable AFL button. This gives the lens operability and portability without compromise, making it as ideal for professional projects as it is for casual outings, and as well-suited to video as it is stills.
SIGMA is delighted to introduce you to the new gold standard in wide-aperture 35mm primes.
1. Exceptional optical performance
Central to the design of the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is its sophisticated optical performance, which is consistent with the development of all Art line lenses. The lens incorporates 15 elements in 11 groups. With two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements, an Extraordinary Low Dispersion (ELD) element, an ‘F’ Low Dispersion (FLD) element and two aspherical elements, and as well as other high-performance glass, the lens’ advanced optical construction utilizes SIGMA’s state-of-the-art optical design technology, minimizing all types of aberration including axial chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected in-camera.
In spite of having a very wide aperture of F1.4, the lens is able to control sagittal coma flare extremely well even wide open, stopping bright points of light from flaring out near the edges of the frame. This will be particularly appealing to night sky photographers.
Owing to its 11 rounded diaphragm blades, the lens displays smooth, round bokeh so that out-of-focus areas are not distracting. This makes the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art well-suited to portraits, supported by its ultra-sharp image quality and minimal color bleeding. It also performs very well in backlit conditions thanks to SIGMA's anti-ghosting and anti-flare technology that it has cultivated through countless simulations and real-life testing in our many years of lens development. This keeps shots high contrast and free of excessive flare even when working in difficult light.
2. Fast and quiet AF in a compact body
The focusing mechanism in the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art features a stepping motor. This motor controls a focusing lens group composed of a single, lightweight element, which means AF is responsive and quiet, and is able to keep track of moving objects very effectively. Manual focusing is smooth and precise, but with the right amount of resistance for film-makers. Certainly, this lens has a focus mode switch on the body.
The SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art wholly embraces the Art line concept, which is “designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance”. This—paired with its advanced autofocus performance and the convenience of a compact size—makes for a lens that raises the standards.
3. Professional feature-set
On the body of the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is an aperture ring that allows aperture to be controlled via the lens, or when set to Auto, using the camera. An aperture lock switch on the lens body allows the aperture ring to be locked in Auto so that it’s not accidentally knocked during shooting. A big plus for film-makers, the aperture ring can be de-clicked, allowing users to seamlessly adjust exposure. Also on the lens barrel is a focus mode switch and an AFL button, which can be customized to a desired function from within the camera menu (depending on the model). The switch is ergonomically positioned to be controlled by the thumb during use.
A petal type lens hood is included in the box, which helps reduce flare and offers the lens added protection if dropped. The hood has a lock mechanism that keeps it attached securely to the lens, and its rubberized grip makes it quick and easy to attach and remove.
On top of this impressive array of features and elegant exterior, the body of the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art offers an exceptional level of durability that helps it withstand long-term professional use as well as individual operating parts that give a good fit to the hand. The dust and splash proof structure provides sealing on buttons and along joins between constituent parts, and there’s a rubber gasket around the mount. There’s also a water and oil repellent coating applied to the front element ensures that photographers can rely on it in any conditions.
The figures below are for L-mount
Lens construction: 11 groups, 15 elements (1 FLD, 1 ELD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical lens)
Angle of view: 63.4 °
Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F16
Minimum focusing distance: 30 cm / 11.8 in.
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5.4
Filter size: 67 mm
Dimensions (Maximum Diameter × Length): 75.5 mm × 109.5 mm / 3.0 in × 4.3 in
Weight: 645 g / 22.8 oz
Sony E-mount:0085126 303655
Name of product / barcode
Petal type hood with lock LH728-01 / 0085126 939267
Name of product / barcode
SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 L-Mount / 0085126 878696
SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR 67mm / 0085126 931803
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 67mm / 0085126 930943
SIGMA PROTECTOR 67mm / 0085126 931070
SIGMA WR UV FILTER 67mm / 0085126 930684
SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 67mm / 0085126 930813
I doubt the in stock status will remain for long – act fast if you think you would like this lens.
Check out our just-released Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens Review.
Just posted: Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens Review
Stellar performing lens.
Even when 50 MP resolution exceeds the final resolution required for an image, the ultra-high resolution is often unexpectantly valuable. In this example, the selected camera position was optimized for capturing vertically oriented images of the runners jumping from a hurdle (going high in the air) while attempting to clear a water pit.
Crashes always draw attention, and the fall was the eye-catcher of this pass. However, the compressed body position and splashing water no longer worked well in the vertically oriented frame. The horizontal orientation crop seemed favorable, and the optimal framing required a tight crop, including pulling in from the sides. Despite the heavy cropping, the a1 image provided an often sufficient nearly 20 MP of final resolution.
While the Sony Alpha a1's 30 fps drive rate seems extreme, I am finding it addicting. In this case, the 30 fps results provided the ideal moment of touch down and splash combination.
Regarding splashing water, bright water droplets in front of a subject are notorious for stealing a camera AF system's attention. While a sustained high volume of water drops covering the subject sometimes eventually stole the a1's focus, the default AF settings held on the subject's eye behind the splashing very well.
The 400mm and f/2.8 combination is often perfect for photographing track and field events. In this example, the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens renders the foreground and background diffusely blurred, making the subject and water drops stand out. Despite the cloudy day and 1/2000 sec. shutter speed, the ISO setting remained relatively low.
We can enjoy the spectacle of this water crash without feeling too sorry for the runner. Being cold is apparently motivating for running because she went on to win this event with a top 10 list time for the university.
New 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle Lens Designed for Sony E APS-C Cameras
(New York, New York) April 23, 2021 – ROKINON continues to build upon its impressive array of auto-focus prime lenses with the unveiling of its new 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle lens for APS-C Sony E mount cameras. The feature set and overall performance of this fast and rugged lens are unmatched by any in its class.
At 7.51oz in weight, 2.33” in length and a MSRP of $499, this compact and lightweight autofocusing lens offers the best combination of value and performance than ever before. What’s more, it provides a rectilinear 99.1°angle of view, and with the added protection of weather sealing, and a Rear Protector Glass, it allows for lots more versatility.
Utilizing the newest Linear Stepping Motor technology, the ROKINON 12mm F2.0 AF lens combines a more compact design with improved auto-focus performance. By requiring the movement of only a single focusing group, it delivers especially fast, quiet, and precise focusing, whether shooting stills or videos. The design also allows for close focusing to 7.48” with no change in length or front element rotation.
With a bright F2.0 aperture, faster shutter speeds can be achieved for superior astrophotography and low light results. Furthermore, the F2.0 aperture can help create an impressive sense of depth to your daytime images by effectively separating the subject from a pleasing, de-focused background.
The optical construction is comprised of twelve elements in ten groups with a new and further advanced version of Ultra Multi Coating (UMC). Besides controlling Flare and ghosting, this improved UMC maximizes light transmission, contrast and color accuracy. Thanks to I've specialized lens elements (1 Aspherical, 3 Extra-low Dispersion, and 1 Hybrid-Aspherical) aberrations and distortion are minimized to produce sharp, thoroughly corrected imagery.
The ROKINON 12mm F2.0 AF incorporates a new elegant look with a matte black finish and comfortable micro pattern rubber focusing ring over a durable all-metal housing. And, with its dramatically wide angle of view, this ROKINON exciting and attractively priced high-performance model is the lens of choice for landscape, night sky, architecture and interior shooting.
The Rokinon 12mm F2.0 AF Lens for Sony E mount comes packed with a removable petal-shaped hood, lens caps, a custom fitted case, and is expected to be available early June, 2021.
ROKINON 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Sony E
APERTURE RANGE: F2.0 - F22
OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION: 12 Elements in 10 Groups Including 1 ASP + 1 Hybrid ASP + 3 ED
COATING: Ultra Multi-Coating (UMC)
MIN. FOCUSING DIST.: 7.48in (190mm)
MAGNIFICATION RATIO: 0.09x
FILTER SIZE: 62mm
DIAPHRAGM BLADES: 7
MAX. DIAMETER: 2.75” (70.0mm)
WEATHER SEALED: Yes
AF MOTOR: Silent Linear STM AF
Ultra Multi-Coating (UMC)
Lens Hood: Removable Petal Shaped
Length: 2.33” (59.2mm)
Weight: 7.51oz (213g)
Mount: Sony E
Item #: IO12AF-E
UPC Code 0-84438-76720-9
Angle of View APS-C: 99.1°
Featuring: Extra Low Dispersion, Aspherical, Hybrid Aspherical, Rear Protector Glass
Non-Rotating Filter Mount
Get your Rokinon 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle Lens at B&H.
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This is an impressive lens – check out the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens Review for more info.
What Zeiss has been up to: 10 new lenses and 4 lens sets added to the Supreme Prime Lens family.
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