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 Tuesday, July 25, 2023

As I mentioned recently, the ultra-high-performance of the Canon RF 100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens means still excellent image quality with extenders mounted, including the Canon RF 2x Extender. The 2x addition results in a 200-600mm f/5.6 IS lens, and ideal choice for wildlife photography.

So, this combination and I headed out for some birding.

A great blue heron was standing on a small, mostly-submerged log — for a long time. I was having the oft-repeated stay-or-go argument with myself when the bird started looking intently into the water, clarifying that staying won the argument. The bird plunged its head and entire body into the water and came up with a speared sunfish.

I know, these birds do this every day — it is how they survive. However, what the bird did was incredible.

Duckweed covers the entire surface of the water (except where the plunge just occurred), making underwater visibility from above water, even for a bird, seemingly impossible, but this heron performed a perfect strike at the extent of its reach under these circumstances. Upon shaking the duckweed from its feathers, the heron turned slightly toward the camera for an "I'm so cool" hero pose.

Significant foreground obstructions mean limited openings for shooting in this location, and I couldn't move any further away from this great blue heron. The Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens is my usual choice for the selected location. While that lens has a 1-stop aperture advantage, it lacks the other focal lengths. The RF 100-300 with the 2x in place provides the 600mm angle of view while enabling zooming out to 339mm from this GBH vantage point for a full-body image.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/5.6  1/400s
ISO 2000
4268 x 2847px
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Post Date: 7/25/2023 10:45:48 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Get your DJI Air 3 at B&H or Adorama.

From DJI:

Double Your Aerial Imaging Skills with DJI’s New Air 3 Drone

Dual Primary Cameras, Up To 46 Minutes Flight Time, Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing and O4 HD Video Transmission Help to Make Your Subject The Center Of Aerial Photography

July 25, 2023 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today introduces the DJI Air 3, a new powerful addition to the Air Series with dual primary cameras. Featuring a wide-angle camera and a 3x medium tele camera, it empowers more users to get a sense of compression in their shots and delivers a medium focal length to more aerial photography enthusiasts. This advanced all-round drone offers tremendous picture details and effortlessly stunning footage with both cameras delivering 48MP Photos and 4K/60fps HDR Videos. Up to 46 minutes flight time1, omnidirectional obstacle sensing2, the O4 HD Video Transmission System and many other flagship features will help users to master aerial photography further.

“The DJI Air 3 is the first drone of our Air Series which offers professional features like dual primary cameras and omnidirectional obstacle sensing and at the same time retaining its lightweight capabilities with a weight of just 720g for more freedom and flexibility,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director at DJI. “The drone is the perfect all-rounder for your outdoor adventures and offers you a more diverse camera language.”

Highlight your Subject in the Frame with Dual Primary Cameras

The DJI Air 3 boasts the first dual-primary camera system of the Air Series, which embeds a 1/1.3-inch CMOS wide-angle camera and a 1/1.3-inch CMOS 3x medium tele camera in a compact space. The two cameras have the same sensor size but different focal lengths, which result in more consistent image quality3 and more diverse camera language.

With the wide-angle camera, sweeping landscapes can be captured more fully. It offers 2.4µm pixel size, 24mm format equivalent and a F1.7 aperture. The 3x Medium Tele Camera offers 2.4µm pixel size, 70mm format equivalent and a F2.8 aperture.

The 3x medium tele camera can achieve 3x optical zoom and also create a strong sense of spatial compression, enabling a unique perspective to present the user or anyone else as the subject of aerial photography. With people in the scene, aerial photography now has more diverse possibilities.

Pilots can use the wide FOV of the wide-angle camera to embrace the whole landscape or switch to the 3x medium tele camera, and capture the subject as a bold focal point, with the landscape before and behind the subject seemingly within reach. Both cameras offer 48MP photos not only to deliver true-to-life details, but also to support post-cropping for easy secondary composition.

The DJI Air 3 has two 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensors that support dual native ISO for direct output of 4K/60fps HDR video at high frame rates and up to 4K/100fps max. video specification now even without FOV cropping compared to its predecessor, the DJI Air 2S4. Those videos can record rich color details and natural lighting transitions to restore the stunning landscape before your eyes. Both cameras support 10-bit D-Log M and 10-bit HLG color modes. 10-bit D-Log M mode can retain more highlight and shadow details for more flexible post-production.

The DJI Air 3 is the first drone of the Air Series supporting 2.7K vertical video shooting (9:16), which can be shared immediately on social media.

Extended Flight Time, Easy Power Accumulation

Compared with its predecessor in the Air Series, the DJI Air 3 has 48% more max flight time5 of up to 46 minutes. Thus, pilots can seek the best position and adjust the composition with more peace of mind during a single flight.

The new battery charging hub supports a power accumulation function. Users can press and hold the function button to transfer the remaining power from multiple batteries to the battery with the highest remaining power[6]. This feature gives pilots the freedom and flexibility to make the most out of their flight during for example hiking in the mountains or biking in the forest, where charging possibilities are limited.

Confident Takeoff and Safe Landing with Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing and O4 Video Transmission

The DJI Air 3 is the first drone in the Air Series to include omnidirectional obstacle sensing. This feature enables comprehensive environmental awareness, allowing the drone to detect obstacles in all directions. In the front and at the back the drone is equipped with a pair of fisheye lenses to achieve forward, backward, left, right and upward sensing, while the bottom is equipped with binocular lenses and a 3D TOF, achieving powerful omnidirectional obstacle sensing.

When an obstacle is detected, the DJI Air 3 can also use APAS 5.0 to actively avoid and smoothly bypass obstacles, which ensures uninterrupted shooting for a greatly enhanced flight experience7. Even as an aerial photography beginner, users can fly with confidence and unlock more creative ideas. The ActiveTrack function further frees the pilots’ hands and works with Advanced RTH8 to achieve fully automatic flight as well as worry-free return- to-home.

The next generation O4 video transmission system endows the DJI Air 3 with outstanding performance. It not only offers a transmission distance of up to 20 km9, but also further improves transmission stability to avoid stuttered live view for safer flight. It supports up to 1080p/60fps live feeds, and a higher frame rate ensures a smoother viewing experience.

Intelligent Features, Infinite Inspiration

FocusTrack for both cameras: Consisting of Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 5.0 and Point of Interest 3.0. FocusTrack keeps the subject in the center of the frame. When using the 3x medium tele camera, a unique sense of spatial compression will be generated to highlight the pilot or any other person as the subject in terrific status.

QuickShots: Empowers the DJI Air 3 to perform creative camera movements like Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Helix, Boomerang, and Asteroid10.

2.7K Vertical Shooting: The DJI Air 3 supports dual-camera 2.7K vertical video shooting. The wide-angle camera can include rich image information, while the 3x medium tele camera can portrait the pilot or others as the subject, facilitating more eye-catching vertical aerial photography. The 2.7K vertical shot output can be shared immediately on social media without post-cropping.

MasterShots: Allows the DJI Air 3 to automatically perform diverse camera movements, shoots multiple clips, edits the clips, and adds music to generate fast and effortless cinematic footage.

Night Mode: Thanks to the noise reduction algorithm, the DJI Air 3 can capture up to 4K/30fps clean footage in low-light environments.

Hyperlapse: Select from four sub-modes of Free, Circle, Course Lock, and Waypoint to shoot up to 4K horizontal or 2.7K vertical timelapse footage.

Slow Motion: Select 4K/100fps or 1080p/100fps to directly record a 4x slow-motion video.

SmartPhoto 3.0: In single shot mode, the DJI Air 3 uses SmartPhoto 3.0 by default, which can automatically select among HDR, hyperlight, and scene recognition according to the scenario for better imaging results. In HDR DNG format11, the camera can record a larger dynamic range with built-in contrast enhancement. The image file can achieve JPG-level quality in post-editing software, reducing the difficulty of post-production.

QuickTransfer: Quickly download photos and videos from the aircraft to your smartphone through a wireless connection, saving time and effort.

LightCut: Connect the DJI Air 3 wirelessly to the LightCut app on the phone for intelligent recognition of highlight moments and one-tap editing. There is no need to download the footage during the process, saving storage on the phone.

One-Tap Edit: Intelligently identifies the composition and flight path, selects clips with delicate composition and stable camera movements, automatically matches the best template and sound effects, and then generates a cinematic video effortlessly.

Tilt-Shift Effects: Enjoy incredible effects that make the shot look miniature and toy-like with just one tap. Apply this feature to footage shot with the 3x medium tele camera for even better results.

Waypoint Flight: This feature is available on the Air Series for the first time. The user can plan flight routes and shooting actions for the DJI Air 3 in advance to achieve difficult camera movements like one-takes. Pilots can also save a flight route to repeat the same mission precisely later, making it easy to create long-duration timelapse videos that capture transitions such as day to night or season to season.

Outstanding Accessories for further Flight Performance12

DJI Air 3 ND Filters Set: This set provides ND8/16/32/64 filters, allowing the user to create smoother footage at slower shutter speeds.

DJI 100W USB-C Power Adapter: The power adapter can fast charge the battery and remote controller simultaneously, or mobile devices through the USB-C ports.

DJI 65W Car Charger: The lightweight and portable car charger uses a universal port. It can charge a battery, remote controller, smartphone, laptop, and other devices.

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh, the comprehensive protection plan for DJI products, is now available for DJI Air 3. The replacement service covers accidental damage, including flyaway, collisions and water damage. For a small additional charge, you can have your damaged product replaced if an accident occurs. DJI Care Refresh (1-Year Plan) includes up to two replacements in one year. DJI Care Refresh (2-Year Plan) includes up to four replacements in two years. Other services of DJI Care Refresh include official Warranty and free shipping. For a full list of details, please visit: https://www.dji.com/support/service/djicare-refresh

Price and Availability

The DJI Air 3 is available to order from authorized retail partners, with shipping starting today, in the following configurations:

DJI Air 3 (DJI RC-N2) for the retail price of $1,099

DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo (DJI RC-N2) for the retail price of $1,349

DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo (DJI RC 2) for the retail price of $1,549

Get your DJI Air 3 at B&H or Adorama.

Footnotes: 1. Measured by DJI Air 3 flying at a constant speed of 28.8 kph in a windless environment at sea level, with APAS off, AirSense off, camera parameters set to 1080p/24fps, video mode off, and from 100% battery level until 0%. Data is for reference only. Pay attention to reminders in the app during your flight.

2. DO NOT use the aircraft in severe weather conditions, including heavy wind exceeding 12 m/s, snow, rain, fog, hail, or lightning. DO NOT fly the aircraft 6000 m (19685 ft.) or higher above sea level. DO NOT fly the aircraft in environments where the temperature is below -10° C (14° F) or above 40° C (104° F). DO NOT take off from moving objects such as cars or boats. DO NOT fly close to reflective surfaces such as water or snow. Otherwise, the vision system may not work correctly. When the GNSS signal is weak, fly the aircraft in environments with good lighting and visibility. Low ambient light may cause the vision system to function abnormally. DO NOT fly near areas with magnetic or radio interference. Familiar magnetic or radio interference sources include Wi-Fi hotspots, routers, Bluetooth devices, high-voltage lines, large-scale power transmission stations, radar stations, mobile base stations, and broadcasting towers. Avoid sand entering the aircraft when taking off in desert or beach areas. Fly the aircraft in open areas away from crowds. Buildings, mountains, and trees may block the GNSS signal and affect the onboard compass.

3. The wide-angle camera and 3x medium tele camera have different apertures.

4. Recording frame rates. The corresponding video plays as a slow-motion video.

5. Compared with DJI Air 2S.

6. DO NOT connect the charger, connect external devices, or insert/remove any batteries during power accumulation.

7. The obstacle avoidance action should be set to Bypass in the app.

8. Only available when ambient light meets the working conditions of the vision systems. Always pay attention to the surroundings and app warnings. For specific usage conditions, please refer to the product user manual.

9. 20km@FCC, 10km@SRRC/CE/MIC — Measured in an outdoor, open environment, without interference, and with FCC compliance. The above data shows the farthest communication range for one-way, non-return flights. Pay attention to reminders in the app during your flight.

10. The 3x medium tele camera does not support Asteroid.

11. DJI Air 3 saves photos in HDR DNG format when the aircraft is stationary and the exposure parameters are automatically set in Auto or Pro mode.

12. Sold separately.

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Post Date: 7/25/2023 11:34:56 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Learn more about the new travel-ready Venturing Observer Travel Series at Think Tank Photo.

Special offer: buy a roller and get a free clothing cube set!

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: 7/18/2023 10:42:13 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 17, 2023

Hey Everyone,

I'm excited to invite you to a top-of-the-bucket-list immersive photo experience: 2024 Brown Bear Chasing Salmon in Remote Katmai National Park, Alaska Instructional Photo Tour

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?! Email me to sign up or ask questions!

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Post Date: 7/17/2023 12:20:51 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens Review.

The RF 28 will become a most-loved lens. Sample pictures will be added soon.

Please share!

Support this site by ordering the Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon (all available countries) | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 7/17/2023 12:18:29 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, July 16, 2023

The Canon RF 100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and I hung out with these fawns for a couple of hours this week.

White-tailed deer fawns are at the top of my most adorable animal list, and white-tailed deer fawn bokeh also works well.


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Camera and Lens Settings
300mm  f/2.8  1/1250s
ISO 200
8192 x 5464px
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Post Date: 7/16/2023 7:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 13, 2023

Sony ZV-E1 firmware update version 1.01 is available for download.

Firmware Version 1.01 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improved the operational stability of image stabilization.

Support this site by ordering the Sony ZV-E1 at B&H.

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Post Date: 7/13/2023 8:58:06 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 12, 2023

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Expands the Range of Shooting Expressions with the High Imaging Power and AF Performance of the FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II Lens™

“FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II" telephoto zoom lens with compact and lightweight design; World's firsti half-macro shooting with a maximum magnification of 0.5x throughout the zoom range.

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 12, 2023. Today, Sony Electronics introduces the telephoto zoom lens "FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II" (product name SEL70200G2) that covers focal lengths from 70 mm to 200 mm with a F4 maximum aperture, compatible with 35 mm full-frame a™ (Alpha™) E-mount series and any camera with an E-mount.

The FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II is a compact, lightweight telephoto zoom lens that can be used in a wide range of situations. Not only does the FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II contain high imaging power, high-speed and high-performance AF that are unique to G lenses, this is the world’s firsti zoom lens to offer half macro capability throughout the zoom range, with a maximum magnification of 0.5xii throughout. In addition, with a teleconverter (sold separatelyiii), super-telephoto shooting up to 400 mm and life-size 1:1 macro shooting throughout the entire zoom range is possibleiv.

"We are excited to introduce the versatile 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II to our already incredible lineup of lenses. For both photographers and videographers, the new lens provides the ultimate lens in a compact, lightweight form that is a qualified telephoto coupled with macro capability throughout the focal range and a maximum aperture of F4 for any shot demanding shallow depth of field and creamy bokeh,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc.

This launch marks Sony’s 50th full-frame E-mount lensv. Since the first lens Sony has remained committed to supporting the creative activities of photographers and videographers by bringing together the latest technologies and expanding the E-mount lineup that covers both full-frame and APS-C size formats.

Compact, lightweight and compatible with a teleconverter

With a total length of 149 mm and a weight of approximately 1.7 lb (excluding the tripod mount), the FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II is a zoom lens that can be used for a wide range of purposes, including sports scenes, landscapes, wildlife, and even macro photography.

Shooting from 70 mm to 200 mm, the lens also enables the world’s firsti half-macro shootingii, with a maximum magnification of 0.5x throughout the zoom range. The advanced aspherical lenses contribute to uniformly excellent corner-to-corner resolution and contrast. In addition, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass suppresses chromatic aberration.

It also supports a high-performance teleconvertervi (sold separatelyiii). With a super-telephoto of up to 400 mm (equivalent to 600 mm when using with an APS-C camera)iv, it can capture distant subjects in a larger size, along with beautiful bokeh. When the SEL20TC is attached, it is possible to take macro shots at up to 1:1 over the entire zoom range.

Fast autofocus and excellent video recording performance

Sony's unique XD (extreme dynamic) linear motor increases the autofocus speed by up to 20% during still image shootingvii. Tracking performance for moving objects has improved approximately twice as much compared to the previous modelvii, so it continues to track the target subject with high accuracy. Focus tracking performance during zooming has also been greatly improvedviii. When paired with the flagship a1 body, it is possible to shoot high-speed bursts at up to 30 frames per second.

In addition, a new MODE3ix setting of SteadyShot has been added that optimizes the camera shake correction algorithm, emphasizing framing stability when shooting moving subjects. By combining it with a compatible camera body, the user can more effectively compensate for camera shake and shoot stable movies.

Intuitive operability and high reliability for most conditions

The FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II provides intuitive and secure operability that supports photographers and videographers. In addition to a focus range limiter and a full-time DMF switch that instantly switches from AF to MF (manual focus), the detachable tripod mount included in the box provides a sense of stability during super-telephoto and macro shooting.

In addition, the front lens element features a fluorine coating, which makes it easy to remove fingerprints, dust, oil, and other contaminants from the lens surface. The dust and moisture resistant design provides extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditionsx and expands the freedom of shooting.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II will be available for pre-order starting July 13, 2023, for MSRP $1,699.99 USD and $2,299.99 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers.

Orders

Support this site by ordering the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS II Lens from B&H | Adorama

Product Video

Notes:

i As of July 2023 product announcement. Sony’s survey.

ii When using a 35mm Full-frame sensor camera. In the case of using an APS-C sensor camera, 0.75x equivalent magnification throughout the zoom range in the 35mm format.

iii 1.4x Teleconverter Lens “SEL14TC” and 2.0x Teleconverter Lens “SEL20TC”

iv With “SEL20TC”

v As of July 2023 product announcement.

vi Maximum aperture with the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters is F5.6 and F8, respectively.

vii Compared to SEL70200G, Sony’s test conditions

viii Compared to SEL70200G, when shooting stills, Sony’s test conditions.

ix A software update may be required. See Sony’s support page on the web for camera compatibility info.

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

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Post Date: 7/12/2023 11:02:52 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Releases Next-generation APS-C Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera "a6700” with Simultaneous Release of Versatile Compact Shotgun Microphone ECM-M1

High-precision subject recognition by AI and the latest still image and video performance are condensed into a compact APS-C body for the first time

SAN DIEGO, CA. July 12, 2023 - Today, Sony Electronics announces the release of its newest APS-C mirrorless camera, the a6700. This new offering combines the cutting-edge still image and video capabilities found in the latest full-frame Alpha™ and Cinema Line series with the compact and lightweight design of the a6000 series, resulting in Sony’s most advanced APS-C mirrorless camera to date.

Combining an APS-C back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS image sensor boasting 26 effective megapixels with the speed and power of Sony’s advanced BIONZ XR® processing engine, the a6700 achieves exceptional imaging performance while maintaining a compact and lightweight design.

The camera supports high-resolution 4K video recording at up to 120fpsi, a wide latitude of 14+ stopsii for capturing details in harsh or under-lit conditions and features the S-Cinetone™ picture profile found in Sony’s professional Cinema Line for refined movie imagery that doesn’t require color grading, and it delivers stunning representation of human skin tones. For videographers and vloggers, Sony simultaneously releases the ECM-M1 shotgun microphone, capable of high-quality sound with eight sound pickup modes including stereo.

"With the release of the a6700, Sony continues its commitment to elevate the abilities of creators everywhere and at every level by empowering them with state-of-the-art tools that enable their creativity to relentlessly move forward. Sony will continue to expand its APS-C line-up to cater to and support image production activities of a diverse array of creators," says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc.

Highly accurate subject recognition with AI

The latest APS-C size, back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor boasts approximately 26 effective megapixels, paired with our advanced BIONZ XR engine for exceptional imaging performance. Standard ISO sensitivity spans 100 to 32000 for both stills and movies, allowing high-sensitivity, low-noise shooting. Enhanced color reproduction ensures subjects like people and plants are captured with natural hues, while Creative Look features allow unique visual expressions.

The AI processing unit is inherited from the a7R V, enabling high accuracy "Real-Time Recognition AF (autofocus)." Beyond the a6000 series' human and animal recognition, it now accurately identifies various subjects such as human, animal, bird, insect, car/train, and airplane, catering to diverse creative expressions. When paired with today's newly launched FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS IIiii, it offers 105 mm to 300 mm focal lengths in 35mm full-frame equivalent, leveraging the power of telephoto zoom for high-quality shooting. Additionally, it's compatible with a broad array of E-mount lenses, and Sony’s E-mount lenses covering full-frame and Cinema Line cameras with a single mount.

Excellent video performance compatible with 4K120pi

Harnessing data equivalent to 6K, the a6700 outputs superior 4K video, including support for high-frame-rate recording at 4K 120fps. It features S-Log3, offering a latitudes of 14+ stopsii, for stellar gradation. Also equipped with S-Cinetone, the a6700 offers impressive skin tone depiction and subject highlighting, technologies honed through our Cinema Line development, while its AI-driven Auto-Framingiv smoothly tracks subjects, eliminating the need for manual camera movement. The body houses a Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe compatible with digital audio interfaces. Used in conjunction with the new ECM-M1 shotgun microphone, it allows for direct digital audio transmission, capturing high-quality, undegraded sound.

Mobility, operability, and connectivity unique to a compact and lightweight device

With a compact design (approx. 4 7/8 × 2 3/4 × 3 in. and weighing about 1 lb 1.4 oz.v), the a6700 is highly portable. It has a user-friendly, touch-operable vari-angle LCD monitor, coupled with a modern touch menu for effortless operation. Customizable front dial and a switching dial for still images, movies, and S&Q modes are also featured. It is also equipped with optical 5-axis in-body image stabilization system with 5.0 stopsvi of shutter speed advantage for stills and an Active Modevii ensures stable footage.

In terms of connectivity, the camera now supports the Creators' Appviii for seamless uploads of videos and still images to cloud services. Sony also plans to roll out a new version of the "Camera Remote SDK" in July 2023, allowing remote operation and setting adjustments.

Environmental conscious and accessibility

Recycled materials, including SORPLASTMx, are used throughout the camera body, reducing environmental impact without sacrificing functionality. Over the past 10 years, Sony has replaced approximately 379 tonsix of virgin plastic with recycled plastic in digital cameras and digital video cameras.

In addition, it is equipped with Sony’s Screen Reader functionxi that reads menus and video playback screens aloud to assist operations, supporting the creative activities of a wide variety of creators.

Main features of shotgun microphone ECM-M1

The ECM-M1 is the world's first shotgun microphone with eight dial-selectable audio recording modelsxii. With 4 microphone capsules and unique beamforming and advanced digital processing technology, it offers varied modes including stereo. Its ultra-directional mode captures targeted sound from the front (within a 30-degree width) and at the same time effectively suppresses other sounds, dynamically adapting to ambient sound in the surroundings. This mode is ideal for interviews and selfie-oriented scenarios where the subject is always in front of the microphone.

A newly added mode dial with a locking mechanism ensures easy, secure switching of sound pickup modes. The ECM-M1 features noise reduction utilities like a noise cut filter for reducing background noise and a low-cut filter for minimizing vibration and low frequency noise. These filters are implemented through digital signal processing, maximizing audio quality at the recording stage and thereby reducing the need for complex post processing. It also supports 4-channel recording (compatible cameras only), allowing safety recording in omnidirectional mode on channels 3 and 4, while channels 1 and 2 focus on selected directivity.

Compact and lightweight, the ECM-M1 enhances mobility, empowering creators to capture high-quality audio in diverse situations. Simply clip the microphone into the Multi Interface Shoe on a compatible camera for direct power and audio connections without the need for extra cables or batteries. When connected via the Multi Interface Shoe of a compatible camera that features a built-in digital audio interface, the audio signal is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that no degradation can occur. A simple switch also provides compatibility with a wide range of cameras using an analog interface.

Pricing and Availability

The new a6700 will be available in 2023 at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers:

a6700 camera only: MSRP $1399.99 USD, $1899.99 CAN

a6700 “L” kit w/PZ1650: MSRP $1499.99 USD, $1999.99 CAN

a6700 “M” kit w/18135: MSRP $1799.99 USD, $2399.99 CAN

The new ECMM1 microphone will be available for MSRP $349.99 USD and $469.99 CAN.

Orders

Support this site by ordering the Sony a6700 from B&H | Adorama

Order the Sony ECM-M1 Compact Camera-Mount Digital Shotgun Microphone from B&H | Adorama

Videos

Launch Video:

Camera Product Feature Video:

Mic Product Feature Video:

Short Video:

Notes:

i QFHD (3840×2160). About 38% of the angle of view is cropped.

ii When shooting S-Log3. Sony internal measurement.

ii For details on the FE 70-200MM F4 Macro G OSS II, please see the press release announced on July 12, 2023. URL: XXXXXX

iv Valid only in video mode. The angle of view is narrowed because it is cropped from a 4K resolution image.

v Weight includes battery and memory card.

vi CIPA standard compliant, Pitch/Yaw direction, with FE 50 mm F1.2 GM attached, long exposure noise reduction off.

vii In Active Mode, the shooting angle of view is slightly narrower.

viii Check regional availability of services and applications via the URL below: Creators’ App: https://www.sony.net/cca , Creators’ Cloud: https://www.sony.net/cc/ Download app at Google Play and the App Store. 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.

ix According to Sony research. Recycled materials used for product body and accessories from April 2012 to March 2022.

x SORPLAS™ may not be used for the parts used depending on the production period.

xi Supported languages differ depending on the sales region.

xi As of the July 2023 press release. Sony research. As a camera microphone.

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Post Date: 7/12/2023 10:46:33 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Briefly, the Badlands National Park skies produced a nice show this evening, complete with the clouds seeming to match the ground texture. While I like the photo, the experience was even better.

See the sheep standing on the leftmost peak? We were in location for the sunset photo when this bighorn sheep ewe showed up on the ridge immediately to our right.

Then, it ran down the side of the cliff and ran up the one it is shown on. The sheep's ability to navigate the steep, slippery terrain at speed is incredible.

Experiences like these happen when you spend time in the right places. A second sheep is bedded on the tall peak close to the center of the image, and two more are walking between the two. Also impressive is that all four sheep stood still for a one-second exposure.

The optically impressive Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM Lens got the call for this sunset. With clouds covering most of the sky, the odds of good sunset color were low. However, that scenario meant the entire sky could light up brilliantly, and I wanted ultra-wide angles of view ready to capture as much color as possible.

A small opening in the clouds created a light show that made 12mm a highly welcomed option. The Sony Alpha 1's ultra-high resolution makes the distant sheep easily recognized when the image is viewed large.


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 7/5/2023 1:44:25 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 30, 2023

Just Posted:

Sachtler aktiv10 Fluid Head Review
Sachtler flowtech 100 Tripod Review

This Sachtler kit is expensive, but the quality of the movements it enables and its fast setup speed are worth the price to serious videographers.

Support this site by ordering the Sachtler aktiv10 Fluid Head and flowtech 100 Tripod from B&H or | Adorama | Amazon (all available countries) | WEX

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Post Date: 6/30/2023 10:15:30 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 28, 2023

From 3Pod:

3Pod Debuts Everest Series of Carbon Fiber Tripods and Accessories at Adorama

3Pod’s New Series Feature Two 4-Section Carbon Fiber Compact Tripods and Two Arca-Type Ball Heads

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 27, 2023) – 3Pod today announced the Everest Series - a line of Carbon Fiber tripods and accessories designed to support photographers and videographers in any location and on any adventure. Featuring two 4-Section Carbon Fiber quick-release compact tripods and two Arca-Type Ball Heads, the new accessories give creators the tools they need to capture their vision with no bounds or restrictions.

The 3Pod Everest Carbon Fiber tripods and accessories are covered by a 5-year warranty and are available now exclusively at Adorama.

“The new 3Pod Everest Series is built to withstand the rigors of daily use, making any content-capture adventure possible,” said Usher Sperber, Product Manager for 3Pod. “Our mission is to aid and inspire photographers and videographers at every level through innovative design, durability, and easy-to-use systems. Whether you’re in a studio, on the streets, in rugged terrain or on top of a mountain, our product solutions will meet your needs without breaking the bank.”

3Pod Everest Series 4-Section Carbon Fiber Compact Tripods Equipped with Carry Case:

Made with 10X carbon fiber, the toughest travel 3Pods provide superior strength, and an innovative detachable center column design for compactness and extreme low angle performance. The lightweight tripods perform dependably in any environment and allow for still photography in the studio or shooting on location.

• Everest T3 4-Section Carbon Fiber Compact Tripod (MSRP $399.95) – Ultra-lightweight and designed for travel and adventure photographers, supporting up to 33lbs with a working height of up to 5.3ft.

• Everest T5 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod (MSRP $699.95) – The toughest workhorse with superior strength and stability for photographers and videographers, supporting up to 55lbs with a working height of up to 6.6ft.

3Pod Everest Series Ball Heads with Arca-Type Quick Release and Lever-Release Clamps:

The ball heads employ state-of-the-art ergonomic design, damping for flawlessly smooth movement and jitter-free panning. The two bubble levels assure absolute alignment in any three-dimensions. At the base of the head, the convenient inscribed 360-degree dial makes for easy, perfect positioning throughout the ball head's full range of panoramic movement. They are equipped with an innovative flip-lock clamping quick-release plate that lets users rapidly lock and release cameras with one hand.

• Everest H2 Ball Head (MSRP: $199.95) - Load Capacity up to 33lbs

• Everest H4 Ball Head (MSRP: $349.95) - Load Capacity up to 55lbs

Get the 3Pod Everest gear at Adorama.

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Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: 3Pod News
Post Date: 6/28/2023 4:34:06 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony Electronics

Sony Electronics Announces Free ZV-E1 Upgrade to Elevate Content Creation

4K 120p Upgrade Now Available for Users

SAN DIEGO, June 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics announces an upgrade for the ZV-E1, the world's most compact and lightweight full-frame interchangeable lens camerai, offering video creators maximum creative freedom and versatility. Announced in March of this year, the ZV-E1 is designed to offer the ultimate video creation experience.

With this new upgrade, the ZV-E1 joins a roster of Sony cameras featuring 4K 120p video recording, including the Alpha 1 and Alpha 7S III, and the FX6, FX3, and FX30 from Sony's Cinema Line. This feature enables faster high-speed frame rate video recording, resulting in smooth slow-motion footage that is five times slower than standard 24fps, highlighting Sony's commitment to providing groundbreaking technology for all creators.

The upgrade also introduces Full HD 240p recording capability to the ZV-E1, providing even more flexibility for the video creator.

The original release of the ZV-E1 showcased impressive video performance with the ability to record high-quality 4K video at 10-bit 4:2:2 with full pixel readout, without pixel binning, and with minimized rolling shutter. This latest upgrade further enhances the camera's video capabilities and is unlocked through Sony's Creators' Cloud platform.

Sony's Creators' Cloud, designed for content creators of all types, offers services and applications optimized for the entire creative process, from shooting to collaboration with creators worldwide. This integration includes the Creators' App, a mobile application that facilitates seamless content transfer from camera to cloudii.

Completing the ZV-E1 upgrade via the Creators' Cloud is a simple process. Users sign into their Creators' Cloud account, access the Upgrade page, input their ZV-E1 model serial number, and download a free license. Installation can be performed via an SD card or with a USB plug-in. With the Creators' Cloud platform, users can also easily manage and reinstall licenses via the License Management pageii. A Sony Creators' Cloud account is required to access the license to upgrade.

Upgrade is available as of today, June 28, 2023, via the Creators' Cloud application at no additional cost to Alpha ZV-E1 users.

For more information about the ZV-E1 upgrade, please visit Sony's official website: https://creatorscloud.sony.net/cameraupgrade/4k120p/.

Get your Sony ZV-E1 at B&H.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 6/28/2023 8:56:20 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Think Tank Photo just announced the MindShift Backlight XP 26L. The MindShift Gear BackLight 26L is currently my most-used backpack. The new XP version features X-pac Sailcloth, a lightweight yet incredibly durable material.

Learn more and place an order at Think Tank Photo (limited supply available).

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: 6/27/2023 11:22:59 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens firmware update version 03 is available for download.

Firmware Version 03 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improves AF performance

While the benefits list is short, everyone appreciates better AF performance.

Get the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens at B&H.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/27/2023 9:02:35 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 25, 2023

Last fall, my oldest and her husband were blessed with a son, Elliott. Right, that makes me a grandfather, and no other word has made me feel older. If you have followed this site from the beginning (celebrating 20 years this fall), it might make you feel old too.

It was time for another round of Elliott pictures. Timing baby pictures, even for babies as adorable as Elliott (I admit bias in that regard), revolves around the short durations between eating, sleeping, and being fussy.

It was nearly noon when I got the "We're ready!" call. Outdoor pics were requested, and the available lighting was from a bright overhead sun. The good location option under this bright spotlighting condition is facing outward from just inside a shade, yielding a large, but directional, soft light. A patio was the choice for this example.

These pics were all about Elliott, and a sense of place was not important. The Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens was my easy first choice. Especially with the close subject distance required to fill the frame with a baby, this lens easily turned the background into a strong blur.

The shallow depth of field produced by the 135mm and f/1.8 combination at close distances challenges a camera's AF system. With a DSLR, a significant percentage of always-moving baby pics with such a lens would be at least slightly out of focus, and getting a perfectly focused image combined with the perfect baby pose is difficult.

With the latest round of mirrorless cameras, the challenge has become selecting the favorite image to share (and having the fortitude to delete cute baby pictures to avoid overload). The Canon EOS R5 in servo mode with people eye detection AF enabled allowed me to focus on framing and shutter release timing. The camera's results were nearly perfect. Image selection was almost exclusively based on Elliott and I coordinating on the timing and framing.

Post processing primarily involved use of the drool and mulch removal tools. Check out how sharp this eye is:

Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens Sharp Eye Crop Example

Most results looked like this. Drool inspiring.

Hopefully you picked up a photo tip and felt the joy of this little boy.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
135mm  f/1.8  1/800s
ISO 100
5464 x 8192px
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Post Date: 6/25/2023 7:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 22, 2023

While you may or may not think this image is "great", the bird is undoubtedly a "great egret", and this beautiful bird is a great subject, especially at Gatorland, where they are acclimated to people.

Combine the permitted close proximity with the greatness of the Canon EOS R7 and RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens combination, providing an ultra-high-resolution APS-C imaging sensor and a tight angle of view at 500mm, and creative bird headshots become easy.

In this example, another egret behind the subject provided an all-white background, making the colorful bill and eye stand out artistically.


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Camera and Lens Settings
500mm  f/7.1  1/320s
ISO 320
6960 x 4640px
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Post Date: 6/22/2023 3:05:08 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art Lens firmware update version .04 is available for download.

Firmware Version .04 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. AF assist function during video recording is now supported.
    *Only SONY camera models with AF assist function are supported.

Get the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art Lens at B&H.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/22/2023 8:50:11 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 18, 2023

Do you ever dream of the perfect shot playing out before you? For example, a huge bull moose emerging from hemlocks into a clearing while walking over a bed of bright red huckleberries? This cooperative bull meant I didn't have to wake up from that dream.

As I said before, when many miles are on the wildlife photography hiking plan, the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens is probably on my camera, the Canon EOS R5 in this case.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
135mm  f/4.5  1/500s
ISO 1600
8192 x 5560px
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Post Date: 6/18/2023 7:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 16, 2023

With the sustained write speed, the performance factor that usually matters most, on the label, new from ProGrade Digital:

PROGRADE DIGITAL ANNOUNCES HIGHER CAPACITY 3rd GENERATION CFEXPRESS TYPE B 2TB MEMORY CARD

The CFexpress 2TB Gold Memory Cards Provide Dramatically Improved Specifications Needed for Longer Duration, High-Resolution Video Applications at Very Attractive Price Points

San Jose, CA June 16, 2023, 8:00 am — ProGrade Digital, Inc., founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade digital memory cards and workflow solutions, announces its new higher capacity 3rd generation of 2TB CFexpress™ Type B Gold memory cards. This new generation features the same industry-leading quality of ProGrade current 2nd generation 128GB and 256GB capacity cards - leveraging PCIe, Gen 3 interconnect with NVMe 1.3 host controller interface. ProGrade Digital 3rd generation CFexpress 2TB cards provide read speeds of up to 1,700MB/s and burst write speeds of up to 1,500MB/s and sustained write speeds of up to 1,300MB/s – ideally suited for high-resolution video capture applications. To differentiate the new generation from prior generations, the sustained write speed is now clearly stated on the card’s top label.

“The introduction of our 3rd generation CFexpress 2TB Gold cards provides the extra-large capacity and performance needed for a very broad range of video capture needs,” said Wes Brewer, founder, and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “Our introduction of a 2TB capacity point, ensures that nearly all video capture modes can be utilized while also meeting traditional read speeds for quick offloading.”

ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type B 2TB Gold Memory Card:

  • Maximum read speed up to 1700MB/s
  • Burst write speed up to 1500MB/s
  • Minimum sustained write speed up to 1,300MB/s
  • Capacity: 2TB
  • MSRP: $799.99

CFexpress Type B 2TB Delivers:

  • Fully compliant with CompactFlash™ Association 2.0 specification
  • NVMe host interface with PCIe Gen3 X2 interconnect
  • Extended battery life and low standby power through NVMe PS0 – PS4 support
  • Metal enclosure for improved durability and heat dissipation
  • Thermal throttling protects the card from overheating
  • Laser etched unique serial numbering for the tracking of key components and manufacturing data for the highest quality control
  • Temperature ranges: operating 14°F to 158°F/ -10°C to 70°C; storage -4°F to 185°F/ - 20°C to 85°C
  • Packaging: Biodegradable fiber
  • Refresh Pro ready*
  • X-ray proof and shock-proof
  • 3-year warranty

Get the ProGrade Digital 2TB Gold CFexpress Type B Memory Card at B&H.

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Post Date: 6/16/2023 11:02:14 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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