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 Tuesday, August 29, 2023

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Introduces the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II Full-frame Zoom G Master lens, the World's Smallest and Lightesti Full-frame F2.8 Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II Full-frame wide-angle Zoom G Master completes the second generation of standard and telephoto zoom lenses with a maximum aperture of F2.8, enhancing Alpha system capabilities

SAN DIEGO, CA. August 29, 2023 - Sony Electronics announces the launch of the wide-angle zoom lens G-Master™ FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II, a 35mm full-frame a™ (Alpha™) E-mount lens that covers focal lengths from 16mm to 35mm with a maximum aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range.

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II (model SEL1635GM2) satisfies the needs of photographers and videographers seeking high-performance lenses, and with the descriptive power and high-speed AF (autofocus) unique to G Master, it is possible to fully bring out the high performance of our advanced camera bodies. With the expansion of this wide-angle zoom lens, a maximum aperture of F2.8 second-generationii zoom lens will be available, along with standard (24-70mm/ SEL2470GM2) and telephoto (70-200mm/ SEL70200GM2). These lenses, which are each the world's lightest in their categoryi, have excellent resolution performance, further strengthening the Alpha system, by capturing rich and varied shooting environments.

“The newest FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II answers the call for all creators who want the highest performance lens in the lightest body,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc.

World's smallest and lightesti high-resolution F2.8 wide-angle zoom lens

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II has a new optical design that effectively arranges the extremely high surface precision XA (extreme aspherical) lens which achieves high resolution with a maximum aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range. This is made possible by creating an aspherical shape with a higher degree of freedom than before. In addition to the stunning G-Master bokeh expression with a wide angle, it offers an outstanding close-up performance throughout the zoom range, a minimum shooting distance of 0.22m and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.32x. Sony's original Nano AR Coating II suppresses ghosting and flares to capture clear images even when a strong light source comes into the frame. This is the world's smallest and lightesti wide-angle zoom lens with a total length of 111.5mm and a weight of approximately 547g, which is about 20% lighteriii than the first-generation model.

Extraordinarily fast and precise AF that brings out the best in advanced bodies

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II includes the latest XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors that effectively work on high-speed drive. It achieves quiet AF that is suitable for both still images and movies and is up to twice

as fast as conventional modelsiv. Even with high frame rate videos where focus shifts are noticeable, the subject is tracked with high precision. When combined with the Alpha 1 camera body, high-speed continuous shootingiv at up to 30 fps is possible with high-speed, high-precision, and quiet focusing.

Operability and reliability for comfortable shooting of both still images and movies

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II offers comfortable operability and excellent still image and movie shooting performance that meets the needs of professional and advanced hobbyist users. By reducing focus breathing during video recording compared to previous models, it is possible to achieve high-quality image expression without fluctuations in the angle of view. In addition, it suppresses the movement of the center of gravity during zooming and enables stable shooting, so any user can shoot comfortably with a gimbal. Operability has also been improved with features such as an aperture ring that can be clicked on/off with a switch, and two focus hold buttons that can be assigned a desired function from the camera body.

Fluorine coating is applied to the front lens, so dirt adhering to the lens surface can be easily removed. The dustproof and splash-resistant design allows the camera to be used safely even outdoorsv, giving greater freedom in shooting.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II will be available in Fall 2023 at a variety of Sony authorized dealers for approximately MSRP $2,299.99 USD, $3,099.99 CAN.

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Notes:

i As of the August 2023 product announcement. Compared to full-frame F2.8 16-35 mm zoom lenses that support autofocus. Sony survey.

ii Standard zoom lens “FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM II” / Telephoto zoom lens “FE 70-200 mm F2.8 GM OSS II”

iii Compared to” FE 16-35 mm F2.8 GM”

iv With the Alpha 1: “Hi+” continuous shooting mode. Effective at 1/125 sec. or higher shutter speed.

v Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.

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Post Date: 8/29/2023 10:29:36 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 27, 2023

Cliff swallows flying around their community nesting sites appear to be in chaotic synchronization. While birds are flying everywhere, each seems to accomplish its task, arriving at and leaving their mud nests.

Today's question answered is, do cliff swallows ever collide? Until now, I would have answered "No." However, I was wrong, and this image makes the question rhetorical.

Photographing the cliff swallow chaos in Badlands National Park was a huge challenge, and the keeper rate was low. Aligning the lens into the area where hundreds of birds were approaching and hitting the shutter release as soon as one entered the frame was the technique deployed for this capture. The Canon EOS R5's impressive subject detection and tracking capabilities were relied on for focusing.

Capturing a pair of cliff swallows large in the frame during a mid-air collision with a supporting juxtaposition of blurred birds was a gift.


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 8/27/2023 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 25, 2023

Just posted: Sony FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II Lens Review.

Is it worth the price?

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Post Date: 8/25/2023 9:59:32 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 23, 2023

From Tamron Americas:

TAMRON announces development of world’s first1 17-50mm wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras

Zooming from 17mm ultra wide-angle to 50mm standard, unique lens offers maximum versatility for still and video creators

August 23, 2023, Commack, NY – Tamron announces the development of the 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD (Model A068), a wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens is expected to be available this Fall.

This groundbreaking lens zooms from 17mm ultra wide-angle to 50mm standard, the world’s first with such a dynamic zoom range for full-frame mirrorless cameras. TAMRON’s new 17-50mm F4 for Sony mirrorless cameras is a wide-angle zoom with a constant F4 aperture covering ultra wide-angle to standard focal lengths, a zoom range ideal for both still photography and video recording. This lens achieves excellent optical performance across the entire zoom range, with crispness from edge-to-edge. The lens also incorporates VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism with superior quietness and agile performance and achieves high-speed and high-precision autofocus. Additionally, the physical length of the lens does not change while zooming. It’s the perfect lens for taking still photos and is also ideal for video shooting, in part since it’s easy to balance even when fitted to a gimbal stabilizer or other equipment. The excellent close-range shooting performance provides an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.19m (7.5in) at the wide end and 0.3m (11.8in) at the tele end. This lets users get closer to the subject to capture one-of-a-kind photos in a broad range of situations. The ideal “walk around” lens, the new 17-50mm F4 zoom offers great portability and convenience and makes it possible to shoot a variety of content, both still images and video, from sweeping landscapes to snapshots, all without switching lenses.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Zoom lens that covers ultra wide-angle to standard focal length at constant F4 aperture
  2. High optical performance and image quality throughout the entire zoom range
  3. Compact for easy handling with internal zoom for superlative balance
  4. Fast and accurate AF for still and video shooting
  5. Outstanding close-range shooting performance expands versatility
  6. Additional features for greater convenience
  7. Proprietary software tool TAMRON Lens UtilityTM expands the possibilities of still imaging and video capture
  8. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating)
  9. 67mm filter size, same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras

1 Among the zoom lenses for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras (As of July 2023 — TAMRON)

*Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

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Post Date: 8/23/2023 11:23:21 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

The 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD is the next Tamron lens to hit the streets in the Nikon Z mount. Preorder this lens at B&H or Adorama.

Learn more: Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD Lens Review

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Post Date: 8/23/2023 11:41:26 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 20, 2023

It was adventure day. Some new gear was in house, two of the girls were home and anxious to go somewhere, and a plan was quickly formulated.

Gear prep included mounting a Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens to the Sony Alpha 6700 and the Sony FE 70-200mm F4 Macro G OSS II Lens to a Sony Alpha 1. For fast access, both kits were put into Lowepro Photo Active TLZ AW Top-Loader Camera Bags, the 45 and 50 respectively. A CPL filter for each lens was stowed in the case's front pocket.

We picked up sandwiches and drove close to 2 hours to the boulder field at Hickory Run State Park. After hiking out onto the rocks beyond the other visitors, the a6700 was pulled out for the requisite rock and cloud photos. That's when I discovered that the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Lens was mounted instead of the 16-35. The lenses are similar in appearance, and both were on my desk for evaluating the a6700.

While the FE 24-70 II is an outstanding lens, the angle of view was not as wide as I wanted for an APS-C camera body at this location. Still, the 24-70mm APS-C angle of view range worked fine for the primary need, field use with the a6700.

Our next location involved a close to 2-mile hike to a river gorge vista. Again the 16-35 would have been ideal, but good use for the 24-70mm range was availed. When photographing a still subject while focal length limited on the wide end, a panorama technique is a great option, and I made that happen.

As we explored the relatively small rock outcropping, my middle daughter shouted "Copperhead!", referring to one of the three venomous snakes found in Pennsylvania. All of us watched parts of the snake move through the mountain laurel and rocks that prevented a view clear enough for a photo.

Soon, the snake went under a rock, and we went back out onto the rocks. A few minutes later, the same daughter and I simultaneously spotted a timber rattlesnake hiding in the shade of rock layers included in the landscape pictures already captured. The dark-phased snake was highly camouflaged by the shadow it was in. Within seconds, we had the rest of the area scanned, with the realization that we were hanging out with 8 copperheads and two timber rattlers, one of which was quite large.

With a heightened sense of awareness, we began observing this location's newly availed photo subjects. While the 70-200 still in the car would have been the ideal lens, it didn't make this hike's light packing list. However, the inadvertently included 24-70 got the job done much better than the 16-35 would have.

Snakes under light-colored rocks on a sunny day create a dynamic range challenge. To overcome that obstacle, a well-positioned daughter created shade.

Numerous compositions were captured, but none of them show the awkwardness of photographing these snakes in rock cracks. To get low enough to see the snake and get the desired eye-level view, the back of my hand was on the rock, supporting (and protecting) the camera along with some upper body weight. While the a6700's LCD rotates, the angle reflected the sun, making the display unusable, and looking through the viewfinder at this height added to the challenge. Scars heal, but memories aided by digital images last a lifetime.

The elevation angle was easy to discern, but the side-to-side position decision was not as easy. In this example, the shallow f/2.8 plane of sharp focus was aligned to include the visible eyes of both snakes.

To those who fear snakes and are feeling creeped out by this image, understand that we were not in danger. While they are venomous, copperheads and timber rattlesnakes are generally docile if not attacked. Fleeing is their first choice vs. biting, and these snakes didn't care that we were there.

We said goodbye to the vipers and moved on to the next stop on the adventure.

Processing this image involved a minor complication. Despite the daughter shade, the snakes under the rock were darker than the rock above and in front of it. A manually processed single-image HDR strategy evened the lighting.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
52mm  f/2.8  1/40s
ISO 100
6192 x 4128px
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Post Date: 8/20/2023 7:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 17, 2023

The Sony Alpha 6700 is here, and it is time to set up this camera for use. Following are the steps taken to prepare an out-of-the-box a6700.

  1. Charge the battery. Note that a battery charger or USB cable is not included in the box.
  2. Record the serial number, and add the camera to insurance policy
  3. Download and install Capture One (for Sony) or Sony Imaging Edge if you want free RAW image processing software.
  4. Insert the charged battery, and power on the camera
  5. Insert a memory card (we'll format it later)
  6. Select M mode press "Menu" and configure the camera as follows:
  7. Set the time zone date time timeformat
  8. Shooting Menu 1 Image Quality: Image Quality Settings: File Format: RAW (provides the best image quality)
  9. Shooting Menu 1 Image Quality: Image Quality Settings: RAW File Type: Lossless Compressed (full image quality reduced file size)
  10. Shooting Menu 1 Image Quality: Long Exposure NR: Off (I'll enable this option for very long exposures)
  11. Shooting Menu 1 High ISO NR: Low
  12. Shooting Menu 1 Image Quality: Lens Compensation: Shading Chromatic Aberration and Distortion Comp: All Off (I use the RAW processing software to enable any lens compensation with CA correction frequently selected)
  13. Shooting Menu 2 Media: Format (ensure there are no important files on the card(s) prior to formatting)
  14. Shooting Menu 3 File: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On Set Photographer: [your name] Set Copyright: [as desired] Write Serial Number: On (note: entering this information on the touchscreen may be a painful process)
  15. Shooting Menu 5 Drive Mode: Bracket Settings: Selftimer during Bracket: 2 Sec
  16. Shooting Menu 5 Drive Mode: Bracket Settings: Bracket order: ->0>+ (eases image selection for HDR processing)
  17. Shooting Menu 6 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Lens: Disable
  18. Shooting Menu 6 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Card: Disable (why is this not the default?)
  19. Shooting Menu 9 Shooting Display: Grid Line Display: On (Rule of Thirds selected)
  20. Exposure/Color Menu 6 Color/Tone: D-Range Optimizer: Off
  21. Exposure/Color Menu 6 Color/Tone: Creative Look: NT (Neutral) Sharpness = 1 (this setting provides a lower contrast histogram. I usually process with the Natural creative style in Capture One)
  22. Focus Menu 1 AF/MF: Focus Mode: Single-shot AF (I prefer to control the type of focusing in use, Single-shot or Continuous AF)
  23. Focus Menu 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-S: AF
  24. Focus Menu 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-C: AF
  25. Focus Menu 2 Focus Area: Focus Area: Spot: S (I change this setting frequently)
  26. Focus Menu 2 Switch V/H AF Area: AF Point Only
  27. Focus Menu 4 Initial Focus Mag.:c x6.1
  28. Focus Menu 5 Peaking Display: On
  29. Playback Menu 4 Delete confirm.: "Delete" first
  30. Playback Menu 7 Playback Option: Display Rotation: Off (image fills LCD)
  31. Network Menu: 7 Network Menu: Airplane Mode: On
  32. Setup Menu: 3 Operation Customize: Custom Key/Dial Set.: Rear1: Focus Mode
  33. Setup Menu: 4 Dial Customize: Custom Key/Dial Set.: Dial/Wheel: Front Dial: Av/Tv (Tv in M mode) (option #2) (I adjust the shutter speed more frequently and urgently than aperture and the front dial is easier to access quickly); Rear Dial: Av/Tv (Av in M mode)
  34. Setup Menu: 5 Touch Operations: Touch Panel/Pad: Both Valid
  35. Setup Menu: 5 Touch Operations: Touch Pad Settings: Touch Position Mode: Relative Position
  36. Setup Menu: 10 Sound Option: Audio signals: Off (how to turn off the loud and usually-annoying AF beep sound)
  37. My Menu: Format, Shutter Type, Steady Shot, Recognition Target, Anti-flicker Set., Flash Comp.
  38. With a lens mounted and a subject in focus adjust the viewfinder diopter until the scene is sharp

I make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.

To copy this configuration means you intend to shoot as I do, including in RAW-only format. While this setup works optimally for me, you should adjust the camera setup to your needs.

If you can't remember your menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a great idea. Anytime the camera is set to the factory state, such as when serviced or when acquiring an additional camera, the list will ensure all settings are quickly re-established. Consider saving the camera settings to a card (Setup menu, tab 2: Reset/Save Settings menu, Save/Load Settings, Save) for an easy restore or replication. The setup file can be copied to a computer drive for long-term storage.

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Post Date: 8/17/2023 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 15, 2023
 Monday, August 14, 2023

Atomos Announces New Ninja Series

The industry-leading ProRes monitor-recorder just goes from strength to strength

Melbourne, Australia – 14th August 2023 – Atomos has announced the latest generation of its hugely successful Ninja line of camera-mounted monitor-recorders: Ninja and Ninja Ultra.

The original Ninja rocked the world when it was introduced in 2010, combining an HD disk recorder with a touchscreen monitor you could hold in your hand. It captured pristine, uncompressed video direct from the first generation of DSLRs straight onto a removable SSD.

The latest Ninja base model handles video sources up to nine times that resolution, has a 5-inch HDR screen, records ProRes RAW, and connects to almost every camera in the world. Little wonder “Atomos” is now in the vocabulary of almost every filmmaker.

A key component of both new Ninja models is the completely overhauled operating system, AtomOS 11. Cleaner, fresher and faster, thanks to hardware performance optimized for AtomOS 11, it delivers a host of new features too, including EL Zone exposure referenced colorized image, ARRI False Color, and new scheduled playback & recording tools.

Both models sport a distinctive ‘camo’ color polycarbonate body and now include more codecs as standard: 6K ProRes RAW, ProRes, DNxHD as well as H.265, which was previously available as a paid option.

While the Ninja is targeted primarily at owners of DSLR and mirrorless cameras, Ninja Ultra is built to get the most out of camera to cloud technology and leans into cinematic workflows with Atomos Connect. It can record full-quality files to ProRes RAW up to 4K 60p while at the same time recording HD 60p to H.265, and supports automatic matching filenames, timecode and record from ARRI, Canon and RED cameras. More cameras will be supported very soon.

Ninja Ultra’s new 4K camera to cloud mode lets you record and upload much higher quality bitrate H.265 video with higher framerates. H.265 files are half the size of H.264 media. They’re small enough for camera to cloud workflows but more than good enough for immediate use on social media, sports reporting or news gathering.

Adding an Atomos Connect expansion module to either a Ninja or a Ninja Ultra enables Atomos RemoteView - a brand new technology that lets you share live views from your Atomos screen with other Atomos monitors, as well as with iPads, Macs and Apple TVs wirelessly. You can monitor what’s happening on-set and look through any connected camera taking the shot, from anywhere in the world. RemoteView is a total game-changer for remote production, offering many new features never seen before.

For Ninja Ultra only, the Atomos Connect module provides a lower latency, higher throughput and more stable connection with Wi-Fi 6E. Once again, Atomos is leading the way by incorporating this cutting-edge Wi-Fi standard into its cloud-enabled products.

Both Ninjas are backwards-compatible with their predecessors, Ninja V and Ninja V+, so all Atomos and third-party accessories can be used with the new products.

“While we continue to innovate, we continue to listen to our customers too,” said Trevor Elbourne, CEO of Atomos. “Ninja remains the go-to ProRes monitor-recorder for individual content creators and freelancers, but with even more functionality. If cloud connectivity is not your priority right now, that’s no problem at all - you can just add that option further down the road as your business dictates.”

“Ninja Ultra, on the other hand, has been tuned for cinematic workflows as well as the cloud, although we strongly recommend that it’s paired with the Atomos Connect module to maximize its potential for studios and broadcast facilities. The addition of dual recording in 4Kp60 ProRes RAW and H.265 has been the most requested feature since we introduced cloud-enabled products last year.”

Both Ninja and Ninja Ultra will be shipping from early September 2023, priced at $599/€599 and $799/€799 respectively, excluding local sales taxes. You can see them both at IBC, Amsterdam on the Atomos booth (11.D25).

Orders

Learn more about the new Atomos Ninja and Ninja Ultra 5" On-Camera Monitors at B&H.

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Post Date: 8/14/2023 10:23:57 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results, along with standard product images, are now available on the Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens Review.

This lens is tiny, ultra-light, and affordable (especially in used condition).

Support this site by ordering the Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (or anything else) from B&H | Adorama | WEX | KEH | MPB

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Post Date: 8/14/2023 9:32:20 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 13, 2023

To an observer unfamiliar with elk behavior, this bull's antler flossing may not make sense. However, it is all about the scents.

Pine trees smell great to me, and apparently, this elk would agree. Or, at least pine trees are a good place to get and leave scents.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/2500s
ISO 2000
8192 x 5572px
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Post Date: 8/13/2023 8:05:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Learn more about the new PressPass Series at Think Tank Photo.

Don't forget that you'll get a free gift and free shipping when using this site's links for your purchase at Think Tank Photo ($50.00 minimum purchase required).

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Post Date: 8/9/2023 2:29:00 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Tamron has posted 2nd Quarter FY2023 Financial Results.

Page 3 provides a quick-read summary.

"Operating income, ordinary income, and net income in the 1st Half reached our historic high for two consecutive years."

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Post Date: 8/9/2023 12:36:28 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sony's FY 2023 Q1 financial results are available on the Investor Relations page.

Presentation (track ET&S for the Entertainment, Technology & Services Segment (cameras), I&SS for the Imaging and Sensing Solutions segment)

Speech Transcript
Financial Statements
Supplementary Information
Webcast

This report shows the Entertainment, Technology & Services showing a nice (4%) sales increase (digital cameras specifically mentioned) and 4% operating income increase. A 2% FY2023 sales increase is forecast, with "Impact of foreign exchange rates" specified as a reason.

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Post Date: 8/9/2023 10:45:48 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Tamron Americas:

TAMRON announces development of second-generation 70-180mm F2.8 zoom with Vibration Compensation and TAMRON Lens Utility™ compatibility

Class-leading compact and lightweight telephoto zoom for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless

August 8, 2023, Commack, New York – Tamron announces the development of the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 (Model A065), a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens is expected to be available in the Fall 2023.

The 70-180mm F2.8 G2 marks the further evolution of the first-generation model that earned high acclaim in the marketplace and incorporates several enhancements. Leading the list of improvements of the new G2 lens is the incorporation of TAMRON’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism. The lens maintains the maneuverability of class-leading compact size and weight* while enabling shooting with greater stability.

*Among full-frame compatible fast-aperture F2.8 telephoto zoom lenses equipped with Vibration Compensation. (As of July 2023 — TAMRON)

The optical design has been revamped from the first-generation 70-180mm F2.8 and achieves uncompromising high image quality across the entire zoom range. TAMRON also shortened the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) at the wide end to 0.3m (11.8in) compared to the first-generation 0.85m (33.5in), enabling users to enjoy unique photographic expressions distinctive to the lens. Additionally, the new 70-180mm F2.8 G2 zoom features TAMRON’s renowned VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism enabling high-speed, high-precision auto-focusing that performs well whether shooting stills or video.

The new 70-180mm F2.8 G2 zoom also supports the dedicated TAMRON Lens Utility™ and TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile™ apps that were developed in-house by TAMRON. The software can be used to customize functions based on various shooting styles for still photography and video. The new lens design improves operability and provides scratch resistance. This single lens combines profound maneuverability and practicality that is worthy of the second-generation G2 badge and will deliver shooting experiences that make a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens even more enjoyable.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Even with VC image stabilization, the lens is just 6.2” (156.5mm) long and weighs only 30.2 o.z (855g)
  2. Revamped optical design delivers truly superb performance at all focal lengths
  3. VXD provides high-speed and high-precision AF with vastly improved subject tracking
  4. Equipped with TAMRON’s proprietary VC mechanism
  5. Achieves MOD of 11.8” (0.3m) at 70mm and 33.5” (0.85m) at 180mm
  6. Proprietary software tool TAMRON Lens Utility for lens function customization
  7. Additional features for greater convenience
  8. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating)
  9. Compatible with many camera-specific features and functions, including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF
  10. Ø67mm filter size, same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

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Post Date: 8/9/2023 9:40:55 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Sony Alpha 6700 firmware update version 1.01 is available for download.

Firmware Version VERSION incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes an issue where the LCD monitor menus and icons may be displayed in the wrong color
  2. Improves the operational stability of the camera

Get the Sony Alpha 6700 at B&H.

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Post Date: 8/8/2023 8:47:41 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 4, 2023

It's time to check this trip off of your bucket list. I'm looking for a small number of photographers to join me on the Brown Bear Chasing Salmon in Remote Katmai National Park, Alaska Instructional Photo Tour in 2024

The dates are Tuesday, September 3 to Tuesday, September 10, 2024.

This trip promises an incredible experience and outstanding images.

Can I sign you up or answer questions?! Email me to sign up or ask questions!

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Post Date: 8/4/2023 9:35:51 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Just posted: Alpine Astro Baader AstroSolar BDSF 3.8 Digital Solar Filter Review.

Now is a good time to prepare to photograph the April 2024 total solar eclipse.

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Post Date: 8/1/2023 8:58:40 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 27, 2023

Just posted: Canon RF 100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review

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Post Date: 7/27/2023 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 26, 2023

From Micron:

Crucial Expands Portable SSD Portfolio, Unveiling Revolutionary New Storage Architecture

Crucial X9 Pro and X10 Pro Portable SSDs Unlock Storage Performance to Dramatically Improve Workflow Processes for Content Creators

BOISE, Idaho, July 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU), today announced the Crucial® X9 Pro Portable SSD and Crucial X10 Pro Portable SSD, two new performance offerings in the Crucial Pro Series product portfolio, designed for content creators such as photographers, videographers, designers, or any performance-seeking consumer. Both drives utilize Micron TLC NAND and leverage a revolutionary single-ASIC portable storage architecture to enable a breakthrough, ultra-compact, lightweight form factor and allows Micron to ship the most capacity per square millimeter in the industry1. With either the Crucial X9 Pro and X10 Pro, users can safely store, transport and backup important videos, photos, files and more on the go, without cloud or internet access at lightning-fast speeds.

“We recognize that fast, efficient workflow processes are essential to the success of videographers, photographers and other content creators,” said Jonathan Weech, senior director of product marketing for Micron’s Commercial Products Group. “We designed and built our two new portable SSDs, the Crucial X9 Pro and the Crucial X10 Pro, to specifically address these demanding workloads. With more photos and videos being taken than ever before, consumers are looking for ways to save, preserve and protect their digital lives reliably and quickly. These two new Crucial Pro Portable SSDs are a great choice for anyone who needs dependable, fast, high-capacity storage.”

Real speed. Raw power. Crucial X10 Pro Portable SSD

The Crucial X10 Pro Portable SSD, the fastest external SSD offered to date by Micron, delivers sequential read/write speeds up to 2,100MB/s and 2,000MB/s respectively2 and up to 4TB of space3. Creative professionals can transfer 1TB of data in under nine minutes4, dramatically improving video editing workflow efficiencies. The Crucial X10 Pro can connect directly to a laptop or workstation via the provided USB-C cable5 to blaze through multi-camera timelines and users can even edit, trim and render directly from the drive. Both water and dust resistant (IP55)6, the Crucial X10 Pro works with Windows, Mac, Android, game consoles and more right out of the box7.

Powerful performance. Broad compatibility. Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD

With space to store thousands of photos, files and videos, the Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD provides the speed required to organize, curate, edit and retouch photos quickly. Photographers can accelerate their workflow with powerful performance and storage capacity, as the Crucial X9 Pro provides sequential read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s2 and is available in sizes up to 4TB3. The Crucial X9 Pro is plug-and-play ready with a USB-C connection5 and works with Windows, Mac, Android devices7 and more. Its diminutive size of 65 x 50 millimeters provides palm-sized portability and weighs only 38 grams.

Micron + Adobe: Accelerating the pace of content creation.

Micron has collaborated with Adobe to provide a one-month Creative Cloud All Apps plan with the purchase and complete drive registration for every Crucial X9 Pro or Crucial X10 Pro Portable SSD product8. This product bundle will allow a wide variety of users to express their creativity more easily than ever before.

Availability

The Crucial X9 Pro and Crucial X10 Pro Portable SSDs are available now in capacities of 4TB, 2TB and 1TB at B&H.

Notes

1. Based on internal competitive research and analysis across portable SSDs.

2. MB/s speed measured as maximum sequential performance of device as measured by Crucial on a high-performance desktop computer with Crystal Disk Mark (version 8.0.1 for x64). Your performance may vary.

3. Some of the storage capacity is used for formatting and other purposes and is not available for data storage. 1GB equals 1 billion bytes.

4. As measured using the Crucial X10 Pro on a high-performance desktop computer.

5. Best speeds available with included USB Type-C to C cable on USB 3.2 Gen2 supported devices. Use USB Type-A adapter for older devices. USB 3.2 Gen2 2x2 full performance can only be achieved on USB-C host devices.

6. Protection against dust and water projected in jets against the enclosure from any direction. The X10 Pro should not be submerged in water. For more information, visit www.iec.ch/ip-ratings.

7. Compatibility may vary and may be contingent on device formatting and host capabilities. Compatible Android devices must be able to work with USB Mass Storage over OTG. Operating system updates and reformatting may be required.

8. Terms and conditions apply.

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Post Date: 7/26/2023 9:06:19 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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