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 Saturday, April 29, 2023

Be the first to check out when B&H opens tonight at 9:15 PM ET:

Headlining the Canon RF lens inventory is a like new RF 135mm F1.8 Lens ("Like new with open box and full manufacturer's warranty or 1-year B&H warranty"). This lens will sell immediately. RF 15-35mm, RF 24-70mm, RF 16mm, RF 35mm F1.8, RF 85mm F2, and RF 100mm macro lenses also just arrived.

A used EOS R6 is available in the Canon EOS mirrorless camera inventory.

A couple of used a1 and a7C cameras and an a7S III are available in the Sony Alpha camera inventory.

An open box FE 200-600mm and used FE 100-400mm, 14mm F1.8, 24mm F1.4, 50mm f1.2, 135mm F1.8 were just added to the Sony FE lens inventory.

A 10-rated used Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Versa Series 2 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) (currently my favorite tripod) is available in the Really Right Stuff inventory. An Ascend-14 Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod is also available.

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Post Date: 4/29/2023 10:01:34 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 28, 2023

Sony's FY 2022 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 and Imaging and Sensing Solutions divisions looking strong.

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Post Date: 4/28/2023 9:52:38 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 27, 2023

On a trip targeting the Bisti / De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area in New Mexico, I ended up in Bears Ears National Monument, Utah.

Why? Two reasons.

First, 3 days of sand and dust storms (even stones were in the air) provided an unfavorable New Mexico greeting. Second, Bears Ears National Monument has some great photo subjects.

This image is of House on Fire in Mule Canyon, Cedar Mesa. Late in the morning, the sun reaches the red rock below this ancient Puebloan granary, creating a warm-toned light that reflects up into the massive rock overhang. That warm light color combines with lines in the rock to create the look of a raging fire over the ancient building.

Photographers chose a wide range of editing choices for this subject, some including red color tone emphasis and wild saturation. The chosen concept is typically to make the flames appear intense, and personal preference or audience preference rules (unless processing for a client).

I opted to process this image using the cloudy white balance setting, cooler than the shade option technically right for the scenario (6500k vs. 7500k), with a bit of vibrance (+30) to bring out the richness in the colors.

House on Fire affords a wide variety of compositions. To fully cover the focal length range potentially desired, I carried two awesome zoom lenses, the Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM Lens and the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Lens.

Primarily, the 12-24mm lens met the needs, delivering this corner-to-corner sharp image in a single shot.


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 4/27/2023 1:16:17 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality test results are now available on the Sony FE 50mm F1.4 GM Lens page.

This is an impressive-performing lens.

There is no shortage of comparable lenses. I'll get you started:

Compared to the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens

Compared to the Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM Lens

Compared to the Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Lens

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Post Date: 4/27/2023 9:32:03 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 21, 2023

Learn about the new MindShift Gear Firstlight 35L+ and 46L Camera Backpack 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 ($50.00 minimum purchase required).

The FirstLight 35L+ and 46L+ are also available to order at B&H.

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Post Date: 4/21/2023 2:04:56 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

A Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens firmware update is coming soon.

This firmware update will incorporate the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. By updating the image stabilization algorithm to the newly developed OS2, the image stabilization performance will be improved from approximately 4 stops to approximately 6.5 stops at the wide end and 5.5 stops at the telephoto end. (Based on CIPA standard, measured with a 35mm full-frame camera at focal lengths of 150mm and 600mm)
  2. In addition, for Sony E-mount lenses, the AF-C tracking performance has been improved.

Get the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens at B&H.

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Post Date: 4/21/2023 12:19:28 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 13, 2023

Just posted: Sigma 23mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens Review.

Check out how the first 23mm lens reviewed on this site performs. Hint: it's good.

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Post Date: 4/13/2023 12:30:46 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Just posted: Sigma 50mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens Review

This is another great little Sigma I Series lens. I hope to add a selection of sample images to this review soon.

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Post Date: 4/12/2023 9:51:32 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Launches New SDK Version Taking Remote Shooting and Camera Integration to the Next Level

Sony’s new Camera Remote SDK version introduces faster processing speed and enhanced function support as well as extending compatibility to the ZV-E1

SAN DIEGO, CA. April 12, 2023 – Sony Electronics announces the launch of a new version (Version 1.08) of the Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK) that enables remote operation and setting changes of Sony cameras. Version 1.08 widens the range of potential applications with new features, as well as expanding the compatible models. Version 1.08 means the SDK can be used with the ZV-E1 full-frame interchangeable lens camera, announced on March 29, 2023.

“With each SDK release, we are integrating learnings from customers and expanding the functionality and magnitude of applications and capabilities,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “The updated SDK allows our cameras to be used in more industrial and B2B applications, ranging from photogrammetry or medical companies, to inspection, and e-Commerce. We are excited for professional clients to have the ability to explore new functionalities.”

Key new features include:

  • Improved processing speed: In repetitive shooting scenarios, the processing speed for setting, shooting, and transferring files is reduced by approximately 20%i, improving workflow efficiency. This will be perfect for e-Commerce applications, where users need to take 360 degree continuous pictures of an object or model for web publishing, with quick turnaround times. Capturing more frames in a shorter time also means that battery life is optimized, which is particularly important for drone applications such as mapping or surveying.
  • Added support for shutter trigger by electrical signal and remote power on/offii. In photogrammetry, photobooths or even road traffic management, an electrical signal improves the accuracy for triggering image capture, opposed to a software-based trigger.
  • New remote settings support: Version 1.08 supports remote menu settings for video, including picture profile settings and timecode (TC)/user bit (UB) settingsiii. This will create an enhanced workflow for video making and widen possibilities for existing photo-based applications.
  • “Overheating warning” status notification: This function allows the camera to notify remote users of any significant increase in temperatureiv. In outdoor applications such as desert roads or systems where the camera is embedded in a wider computer infrastructure with high heat due to processing, users will be able to monitor the cameras more precisely.

With this SDK release, software developers can design bespoke applications tailored to business requirements, integrating Sony’s equipment for size-critical drone and speed camera systems, as well as other medical, education, government, and e-commerce applications. This SDK will continue to be available free of charge. The Camera Remote SDK can be used to control several cameras in the Sony camera range including Cinema Line cameras, with the full list of compatible cameras available here.

For details and download of the Camera Remote SDK, please refer to the following URL: Camera Remote SDK | SONY

Notes:

i When compared with the combination of a1 and Camera Remote SDK Version 1.07. According to Sony measurement conditions. Compatible models: ZV-E1, a7R V, and a7 IV, when using their latest available software update.

ii Compatible model: ZV-E1. To use the extended interface function, users must configure and connect through another device. Please refer to the API reference for details.

iii Compatible models: ZV-E1, a7R V, a7 IV when using the latest software update

iv Compatible models: ZV-E1, a1, a9 II, a7R V, a7R IV, a7S III, a7 IV, a7C, FX3, FX30, DSC-RX0M2

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Post Date: 4/12/2023 10:19:40 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Announces New Firmware Update for FX3 & FX30

The new firmware enables the cameras to shoot DCI 4K in true 24 fps, adds anamorphic lens desqueeze and breathing compensation to bring unified operability and common workflow to the Cinema Line

SAN DIEGO, CA –Today, Sony Electronics announced new firmware updates for the FX3 full-frame digital cinema camera and the FX30 Super 35 digital cinema camera, enhancing their features for cinematic storytelling and connectivity for film creators. Since its launch, the FX3 has become a popular tool for everyone from high-end feature films, television series and independent filmmakers around the world. Now, after feedback from the community, Sony is pleased to offer new updates to enhance high-end filmmaking. FX3 Version 3.00 and FX30 Version 2.00 include highly requested features such as the ability to shoot DCI 4K in true 24.00p (4096 x 2160)ii with new format XAVC S-I DCI 4K (17:9).

"The FX3 is a great companion to the VENICE in the filmmaking adventure. Its color rendering and accuracy equals its bigger sibling, the VENICE. I have used the FX3 on my last several shows and always find myself excited and pleasantly surprised. I’m looking forward to seeing what else it can do,” says Emmy award-winning cinematographer Checco Varese ASC.

In addition to true 24p, FX3 Version 3.00 and FX30 Version 2.00 now offer anamorphic lens desqueeze options of 1.3x and 2.0x while FX3 Version 3.00 now features focus breathing compensation. When used with compatible lenses iii, focus breathing compensation minimizes the shifts in the angle-of-view as the focus point shifts, with additional compensation available in post-production using Catalyst Prepare/Browse and the Catalyst Prepare Plugin. Other functionality has also been added to improve the camera’s ease of use, including the ability to switch from Standard Movie and S&Q Motion modes via the press of a button. File naming is now similar to our high-end CineAlta cameras such as the FX9, VENICE and VENICE 2, to ensure easy workflow, especially in projects where the FX3/FX30 is used as a B- or C-cam iv.

The new firmware update also features smartphone connection and integrates with Sony’s new Creators’ Cloudv platform for individual content creators. Creators’ Cloud provides services and optimized applications from shooting to collaborating with creators around the world. This Creators' Cloud platform also includes Creators’ App, a content transfer mobile application from camera to cloud.

Pricing and Availability

The new FX3 Version 3.00 and FX30 Version 2.00 update will be available on April 11, 2023, at 9pm PT. Filmmakers can easily download the update directly to their camera using a PC or Mac. More details can be found HERE.

About Cinema Line

Cinema Line is a series of cameras that have a cinematic look – cultivated from Sony’s long experience in digital cinema production – plus enhanced operability and reliability that respond to the wide variety of creators’ high demands.

Cinema Line includes Sony’s flagship digital cinema camera VENICE, which has been used on over 500 feature films, television and commercials, including three of the top grossing feature films in the world in 2022. The Cinema Line includes the professional camera FX9, which is popular for documentary and drama production and the FX6, for grab and shoot action and content creation. With the addition of the FX3 and FX30, the most compact cameras in the series, Sony offers a true line up of versatile creative tools for all types of visual storytellers.

Notes:

i When de-squeeze is active, autofocus and image stabilization are disabled. This function cannot be assigned to a custom button or Fn menu. ii At 24.00p, proxy recording is disabled. When 24.00p is selected or deselected, the camera will automatically restart.

iii Compatible lenses are listed at: https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/support/ilc/breathing/en/ Angle of view and imager quality may change slightly when this function is turned ON. Full compensation may not be possible with some lenses. This function is not available when shooting movies at 120p, when using the S&Q mode at 120p or when shooting stills.

iv The file name of the recorded movie becomes "Camera ID+Reel number+Cameraposition+File number+Date+Random” string.

v Availability will vary by timing, countries and regions. The service will be updated regularly.

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Post Date: 4/12/2023 9:47:32 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 10, 2023

Just posted: Sigma 17mm F4 DG DN Contemporary Lens Review

Again, this is a sweet little lens. I hope to add a selection of sample images to this review soon.

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Post Date: 4/10/2023 12:42:18 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 3, 2023

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results, along with specs and standard product images, are now available on the Sigma 17mm F4 DG DN Contemporary Lens page.

This is a sweet little lens.

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Post Date: 4/3/2023 8:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results, along with specs and standard product images, are now available on the Sigma 23mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens page.

Sigma recently promised to announce some unique lenses, and this lens is one of them. A 23mm lens? The Sigma 23mm F1.4 DC DN C Lens covers the APS-C image circle, and a 23mm on a Sony APS-C format camera provides a 34.5mm full-frame-equivalent angle of view (23mm x 1.5), and 34.5mm rounds to the 35mm angle of view that everyone loves.

This lens is a great addition to the Sigma F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens series.

Compared to the Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

Compared to the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

Compared to the Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

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Post Date: 4/3/2023 8:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results, along with specs and standard product images, are now available on the Sigma 50mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens page.

I expect that you will like this lens.

Compared to the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens

Compared to the Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens

Compared to the Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G Lens

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Post Date: 4/3/2023 8:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From SIGMA Corporation of America

SIGMA Releases New "I series" Lenses, Adding Ultra-Wide and Classic Prime Focal Lengths to the Compact, All-Metal Lineup

Ronkonkoma, NY – April 3, 2023 – SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce two new prime lenses in the Contemporary line, designed exclusively for mirrorlesss camera systems.

The SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary ($599 US MSRP through authorized retailers) and the SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary ($639 US MSRP through authorized retailers) are stylish "I Series" full-frame lenses featuring all-metal barrels. These two lenses are offered in Sony E-Mount and Leica L-Mount. Both lenses will be available through authorized retailers in late April 2023.

The SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary delivers supreme compactness in the widest "I series" lens to date. This super-compact, ultra wide-angle lens weighs just 225g (L-Mount), with a length of 48.8mm, and is designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless systems. It is an exceptional lens in terms of angle of view, optical performance, and build quality, with a design inspired by SIGMA CINE lenses. As an I series lens, it features a metal barrel with knurled focus ring, aperture ring and lens hood. Both metal magnetic and snap-on lens caps are provided.

By shortening the overall length of the lens and making changes to the focus configuration, the 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary lens is capable of focusing as close as 12cm with an impressive magnification ratio of 1:3.6, allowing for unique close-up photographs with expansive backgrounds, making it particularly appealing to vloggers, hikers, landscape photographers and more. A stepping motor offers swift, precise AF for both still and video applications.

The SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary adds the classic standard prime lens focal length to the I series. This is the fifth F2 I series lens to date, joining the 20mm, 24mm, 35mm and 65mm lenses. All F2 I series lenses feature an arc-type AF/MF switch and a stylized ring on the all-metal barrel. This DG DN lens is designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless systems and is offered in Sony E-mount and Leica L-Mount versions.

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Exclusively designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras

C | Contemporary

SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN

Ultra-wide in sight. Tiny in size.

  • "Ultra-wide-angle lens" that matches the optical performance standards set by the SIGMA Contemporary line of lenses.
  • Expanding the I series lineup. "Creating pictures that are beyond beautiful".
  • Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

Supplied accessories: Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF55-01M), Petal Type Hood (LH576-03), Front Cap (LCF-55 II), Rear Cap (LCR II)

Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount

* The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change.

* Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation.

* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

#SIGMA #SIGMA17mmF4Contemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMAContemporaryPrime #SIGMADGDN #Iseries #SIGMAIseries

Compact, lightweight and high-performance ultra-wide-angle 17mm lens with an impressive minimum focusing distance. Now available as a "Premium Compact Prime" I series lens.

"Compact, lightweight and high-performance ultra-wide-angle lens". Using the latest technology, the 17mm has been created without compromise, despite this challenging design concept. Its wide-angle of view creates impactful landscape images with a unique perspective and, thanks to its minimum close focusing distance of 12cm, the lens can be enjoyed in a variety of alternative ways, including close-up photography and handheld selfies.

The optical design has been created exclusively for mirrorless camera systems, which helps reduce lens flare and ghosting that results in excellent image rendering. The all-metal lens barrel highlights SIGMA's craftsmanship and attention to detail, making the SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary a pleasure to use on every shoot.

[Key Features]

1. "Ultra-wide-angle lens" that matches the optical performance standards set by the SIGMA Contemporary line of lenses.

The lens construction consists of two SLD glass elements and three aspherical lens elements. Aspherical lenses are used for both the front and rear optics. This not only keeps the size of the lens compact but also helps with correcting lens aberrations. As a result, the lens features a 55mm filter thread (which is smaller than comparable lenses of similar focal lengths) which makes it easy to change filters between SIGMA I series lenses that share the same filter size.* Its construction also helps minimize flare and ghosting that is commonly found in ultra-wide-angle lenses, creating clear images in any environment. This is a lens with truly modern performance, thanks to the advanced processing and production technologies at SIGMA's only production facility in Aizu.

*In addition to the 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary, I series lenses with a 55mm filter thread include the 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary, 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, and 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary (as of April 2023).

A highlight of using the 17mm is the impressive minimum focusing distance of 12cm. Capture close-up macro style images in remarkable detail with expansive backgrounds. It is also suitable for selfies and vlogging, where items need to be shown at an arms-reach. A quiet, high-speed stepping motor drives the AF delivering fast and accurate results in both stills and video.

2. Beyond "beautiful pictures" – the value provided by the SIGMA's I series

The SIGMA I series features full-frame compatible lenses that offer new value to mirrorless systems. The combination of superb optical performance with a level of compactness that is perfectly suited to smaller and lighter modern mirrorless cameras will bring you new opportunities for a perfect shot. SIGMA is aware that in today's world we have a wide range of camera choices, especially with the increase in mobile phone ownership. But with many photographers looking for something more than something that simply captures images when they choose to own a camera and lens, I series lenses offer the ultimate combination of superb optical performance, outstanding usability and compact form-factor. SIGMA's excellence in development and production technologies has been built up since our founding in 1961 and became increasingly sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision brand in 2012. With this as a base, SIGMA has given careful thought to the quality of the products, the feeling of using it and the pleasure of owning it. This is how the I series was born.

3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA's cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA's CINE LENS line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use. What is more with the I series is that this high build quality is condensed into a palm-sized lens body. The SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary is one of the smallest in the series. Combine with multiple I series lenses to create a remarkably compact shooting system that is lightweight and small in size.

[Additional Features]

  • Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups with 2 SLD and 3 aspherical lens elements
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping Motor
  • Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction
    *Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
  • Support DMF and AF+MF
  • Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only)
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Aperture ring
  • Focus Mode Switch
  • Petal Type Hood (LH576-03)
  • Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF55-01M)
  • Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
  • Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only)
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system
  • 7-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • "Made in Japan" craftsmanship

[Key Specifications]

The figures below are for the L-Mount version:

Lens Construction: 9 elements in 8 groups (2 SLD and 3 aspherical elements)
Angle of view: 103.7°
Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F22
Minimum focusing distance: 12cm / 4.8 in.
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:3.6
Filter size: 55mm
Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 64mm x 48.8mm / 2.5 in. x 1.9 in.
Weight: 225g / 7.9 oz.

[Product Barcode]

L-Mount: 0085126415693
Sony E-mount: 0085126415655

[Accessories: Supplied]

Product Name / Barcode Magnetic metal lens cap SIGMA FRONT CAP LCF55-01M: 0085126938680
FRONT CAP LCF-55 III: 0085126930066
Petal Type Hood (LH576-03): 0085126940478
REAR CAP LCR II (for L-Mount): 0085126937256
REAR CAP LCR II (for Sony E-mount): 0085126929879

[Accessories: Optional]

Product Name / Barcode

SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126878696
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 55mm: 0085126930912
SIGMA PROTECTOR 55mm: 0085126931049
SIGMA WR UV FILTER 55mm: 0085126930653
SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 55mm: 0085126930783

Sigma 50mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens

Exclusively designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras

C | Contemporary

SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN

Compact 50mm. Big Surprise.

  • "Standard lens" that matches the optical performance standards set by the SIGMA Contemporary line of lenses.
  • Expanding the I series lineup. "Creating pictures that are beyond beautiful".
  • Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

Supplied accessories: Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF58-01M), Hood (LH633-01), Front Cap (LCF-58 III), Rear Cap (LCR II)

Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount

* The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change.

* Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation.

* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

#SIGMA #SIGMA50mmF2Contemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMAContemporaryPrime #SIGMADGDN #Iseries #SIGMAIseries

Performance beyond expectations condensed into a small body.

50mm F2 joins the "Premium Compact Prime" I series.

The SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary features high optical performance with a bright F2 aperture, that creates expressive images with a shallow depth of field and beautiful bokeh effects. With its compact size, this popular classic focal length is perfect for portraits, street and everyday photography. The lens has been designed to be used over a long period of time. Using that same technology that SIGMA used to create the SIGMA CINE lens range, the 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary uses an all-metal construct that is robust and provides a premium feel.

All these elements combine to create an exceptionally versatile lens that can be used in a variety of creative ways to create images in outstanding definition. Perfectly suited to new photographers looking to take the next step, professionals who require reliable lenses and photographers who prefer smaller full-frame lenses that offer the best optical quality.

[Key Features]

1. "Standard lens" that matches the optical performance standards set by the SIGMA Contemporary line of lenses.

SIGMA I series lenses are developed around the concept of "compact everyday lenses with outstanding image quality" and the SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary is exactly that. It features high-quality optics in a compact size, perfect for a wide variety of photographic styles. Built from the ground up for mirrorless cameras, the SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary is constructed using a single SLD glass element and three aspherical lens elements that are excellent at correcting various types of aberration for clear, high-definition images.

The conflicting ideals of improving optical performance while reducing body size and weight are achieved through the latest optical design, and the processing and production technologies at SIGMA's only production facility in Aizu.

The 50mm focal length is mostly known for portrait photography, so careful consideration was taken when designing the lens, focusing on the smoothness of the bokeh created by the F2 aperture. Its optical design gives smooth transitions from in-focus to out-of-focus areas, and helps minimize flare and ghosting caused by backlit environments. The quiet stepping motor provides quick, reliable autofocusing for both stills and video.

2. Expanding the I series lineup. "Creating pictures that are beyond beautiful".

The SIGMA I series features full-frame compatible lenses that offer new value to mirrorless systems. The combination of superb optical performance with a level of compactness that is perfectly suited to smaller and lighter modern mirrorless cameras will bring you new opportunities for a perfect shot. SIGMA is aware that in today's world we have a wide range of camera choices, especially with the increase in mobile phone ownership. But with many photographers looking for something more than something that simply captures images when they choose to own a camera and lens, I series lenses offer the ultimate combination of superb optical performance, outstanding usability and compact form-factor. SIGMA's excellence in development and production technologies has been built up since our founding in 1961 and became increasingly sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision brand in 2012. With this as a base, SIGMA has given careful thought to the quality of the products, the feeling of using it and the pleasure of owning it. This is how the I series was born.

3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA's cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA's CINE LENS line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use. A smooth hairline cover ring is used between the focus and aperture rings to act as a finger hold when attaching and detaching the lens.

[Additional Features]

  • Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups with 1 SLD and 3 aspherical lens elements
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping Motor
  • Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction
    *Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
  • Support DMF and AF+MF
  • Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only)
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Aperture ring
  • Focus Mode Switch
  • Hood (LH633-01)
  • Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF58-01M)
  • Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
  • Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only)
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • "Made in Japan" craftsmanship

[Key Specifications]

The figures below are for the L-Mount version:

Lens Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups (1 SLD and 3 aspherical elements)
Angle of view: 46.8°
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F22
Minimum focusing distance: 45cm / 17.8 in.
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.9
Filter size: 58mm
Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 70mm x 68mm / 2.8 in. x 2.7 in.
Weight: 350g / 12.3 oz.

[Product Barcode]

L-Mount: 0085126314699
Sony E-mount: 0085126314651

[Accessories: Supplied]

Product Name / Barcode

Magnetic metal lens cap SIGMA FRONT CAP LCF58-01M: 0085126938642
FRONT CAP LCF-58 III: 0085126930141
Hood LH633-01: 0085126940393
REAR CAP LCR II (for L-Mount): 0085126937256
REAR CAP LCR II (for Sony E-mount): 0085126929879

[Accessories: Optional]

Product Name / Barcode

SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126878696
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 58mm: 0085126930929
SIGMA PROTECTOR 58mm: 0085126931056
SIGMA WR UV FILTER 58mm: 0085126930660
SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 58mm: 0085126930790

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Post Date: 4/3/2023 8:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From SIGMA Corporation of America

SIGMA Releases 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary Lens, an Essential Focal Length Prime for APS-C Format Cameras

Ronkonkoma, NY – April 3, 2023 – SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary ($549 US MSRP through authorized retailers) lens, a wide-angle fast-aperture prime lens designed specifically for APS-C mirrorless systems. This lens offers a 35mm field of view equivalency with the 1.5X crop factor applied, and is the fourth fast-aperture F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary prime lens, joining the popular 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, and 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary for crop-sensor mirrorless systems. The DC DN family also includes the 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary Zoom lens.

The SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary is offered in Sony E-mount, Leica L-Mount, and Fujifilm X Mount versions. The Sony E-mount and L-Mount versions will be available through authorized SIGMA retailers in late April 2023. The X mount version will be available in summer 2023.

To take advantage of the mobility of APS-C mirrorless cameras, the lens body is compact and lightweight, with a weight of 340g*, length of 76.9mm* and filter diameter of 52mm, offering exceptional imaging performance when paired with compact APS-C mirrorless camera along with high-megapixel, full-frame mirrorless cameras in APS-C crop mode such as the 61MP SIGMA fp L.

AF is driven by a quiet, high-speed stepping motor for swift, silent operation for both still and video capture, and excellent flare/ghosting resistance makes it ideal for real-world conditions. The lens is ideal for landscapes, journalism, everyday photography, and so much more; with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7.3 and a minimum focusing distance of just under 10 inches.

* L-Mount version

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Sigma 23mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

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Exclusively designed for APS-C mirrorless cameras

C | Contemporary

SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN

A prime lens that is hard to let go.

  • Large aperture F1.4 brightness and excellent resolution from maximum aperture
  • Compact body optimized for APS-C mirrorless cameras
  • A wide variety of APS-C format F1.4 prime lenses

Supplied accessories: Petal Type Hood LH554-01, FRONT CAP LCF-52 III, REAR CAP LCR II

Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount, FUJIFILM X Mount

* The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change.

* Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation.

* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

#SIGMA #SIGMA23mmContemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMAContemporaryPrime #SIGMADCDN

The wide-angle lens ideal for APS-C mirrorless cameras joins the Contemporary line. High optical performance, F1.4 brightness, and compact enough to carry around every day.

With an easy-to-use angle of view equivalent to 35mm (on full frame), high optical performance, the brightness of a large F1.4 aperture, and a compact and lightweight lens body, SIGMA's experience accumulated in the Contemporary line has culminated in a lens that is ideal for use with APS-C mirrorless cameras. The lens offers excellent resolution from maximum aperture and the rich bokeh effects thanks to its F1.4 brightness. The lens demonstrates its descriptive power in a wide range of applications, including landscapes, portraits, and table photography. In order to take advantage of the high mobility of mirrorless cameras, the compactness of the lens body was also pursued. The SIGMA Contemporary lineup includes several compact and lightweight F1.4 single focal length lenses in the APS-C format, which are surprisingly compact to carry around. If you want to keep your equipment light and small, but not compromise on image rendering performance, this lens is sure to meet your needs, and will be a lens you will never want to let go.

[Key Features]

1. Large aperture F1.4 brightness and excellent resolution from maximum aperture.

The SIGMA 23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary has an easy-to-use angle of view equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format, as well as the brightness of a large F1.4 aperture and high descriptive power. The optics is composed of 13 elements in 10 groups, including 3 SLD glass elements and 2 aspherical lens elements, to achieve sharp, clear images. The lens delivers excellent resolving power from the maximum aperture. Furthermore, the large F1.4 aperture allows for large, beautiful bokeh effects. The compact, palm-size body allows you to enjoy the rich descriptive power of mirrorless cameras. Careful countermeasures against ghosting and flare enable clear shooting even in backlit environments.

2. Compact body optimized for APS-C mirrorless cameras

To take advantage of the mobility of APS-C mirrorless cameras, the lens body is compact and lightweight, with a weight of 340g*, length of 76.9mm*, and filter diameter of 52mm. At the same time, the quality of the lens body itself has not been compromised. The high-precision machining technology of SIGMA's sole production facility in Aizu, Japan, has enabled the lens body to achieve the ideal balance between excellent optical performance based on the latest optical and mechanical design and compactness. The AF drive system uses a quiet, high-speed stepping motor. The latest algorithm enables quick focusing for easy shooting.

*The figures are for L-Mount.

Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (L-Mount only)

For L-Mount cameras, it is possible to switch to "linear focus," in which the focus shifts by a fixed amount according to the rotation angle of the focus ring.

*Only for compatible L-Mount camera bodies.

3. A wide variety of APS-C format F1.4 prime lenses

The SIGMA Contemporary line offers a wide variety of APS-C format F1.4 prime lenses. All of them share the concept of combining superior resolution with compactness and light weight. By combining them according to your needs, you can build a compact photographic system without compromising on image quality.

Sigma APS-C F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens Comparison

The above figures are for L-Mount.

[Additional Features]

  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups with 3 SLD and 2 aspherical lens elements
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping Motor
  • Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction
    *Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
  • Support DMF and AF+MF
  • Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only)
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Petal Type Hood LH554-01
  • Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
  • Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only)
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • "Made in Japan" craftsmanship

[Key Specifications]

The figures below are for the L-Mount version:

Lens Construction: 13 elements in 10 groups (3 SLD and 2 aspherical elements)
Angle of view: 63.4°
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F16
Minimum focusing distance: 25cm / 9.9 in.
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:7.3
Filter size: 52mm
Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 65.8mm x 76.9mm / 2.6 in. x 3.0 in.
Weight: 340g / 12.0 oz.

[Product Barcode]

L-Mount: 0085126348694
Sony E-mount: 0085126348656
FUJIFILM X Mount: 0085126348755

[Accessories: Supplied]

Product Name / Barcode

Petal Type Hood LH554-01 0085126940461
FRONT CAP LCF-52 III: 0085126929800
REAR CAP LCR II (L-Mount): 0085126937256
REAR CAP LCR II (Sony E-mount): 0085126929879
REAR CAP LCR II (FUJIFILM X Mount): 0085126939861

[Accessories: Optional]

Product Name / Barcode

SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126878696
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 52mm: 0085126930905
SIGMA PROTECTOR 52mm: 0085126931032
SIGMA WR UV FILTER 52mm: 0085126930646
SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 52mm: 0085126930776

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Post Date: 4/3/2023 8:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 30, 2023

Sony Alpha 7R V firmware update version 2.00 is available for download.

Firmware Version 2.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds support for the Creators' App
    Note: The new Creators' App mobile application replaces the Imaging Edge Mobile app. The Creators' App allows you to transfer images from the camera to your smartphone, shoot remotely, and use various other functions.
  2. Adds a function that improves security when connecting with the Creators' App and Imaging Edge Desktop software for remote shooting and image transfers
    Note: Please update the Imaging Edge Desktop software to the latest version (Ver.3.6 or later)
  3. Adds a function to switch the face that is prioritized for focus with a custom key
  4. Improves the operational stability of the camera

Get the Sony Alpha 7R V at B&H.

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Post Date: 3/30/2023 8:47:46 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Announces the ZV-E1, a New Full-Frame, Interchangeable Lens Camera for Video Creators

A Compact Lightweight Body Designed to Give Creators the Ultimate Video and Content Creation Tool

SAN DIEGO, CA - March 29, 2023 – Sony Electronics announced today the new ZV-E1, an interchangeable lens camera with a high performance 35mm full-frame image sensor for the ultimate video creation experience. Newly positioned in Sony’s ZV vlog camera line-up, the ZV-E1 boasts a 12MP full-frame image sensor, Sony’s latest BIONZ XR image processing engine, a dedicated AI (artificial intelligence) processing unit, compatibility with over 70 Sony E-mounti lenses, and other advanced technologies for capturing cinematic imagery with rich colors, low noise and high precision. The world’s most compact, lightweight full frame interchangeable lens cameraii , the ZV-E1 offers outstanding mobility, with refined operation to give video creators maximum creative freedom and versatility.

“The ZV-E1 has been designed to deliver a premium content creation tool for video creators who want to elevate their content,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “We are constantly listening to feedback from our customers, pushing to innovate to meet their demands. We have taken all the information into mind with our development of this new camera – with more sophisticated video features, a streamlined user experience and an extremely compact design, the ZV-E1 offers a whole new way for today’s creators to create top level video content.”

Expressive Imagery That Emphasizes the Subject

The ZV-E1 is a dedicated content creation camera that features a 35mm full-frame back-illuminated CMOS Exmor R™ sensor, with approximately 12.1 effective megapixels, delivering high sensitivity, low noise and gorgeous bokeh.

With up to eight timesiii more processing power than previous Sony processors, the new BIONZ XR™ image processing engine markedly boosts high-sensitivity performance, gradation rendering, color reproduction, low-noise performance, and more. The high volume of data generated by the image sensor can be processed in real time, even when shooting 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) footage at 120piv. The BIONZ XR processor also contributes significantly to improved AF speed and precision.

High-quality 4K (QFHD) video can be recorded with full pixel readout at 10-bit 4:2:2, without the need for pixel binning and with very high speed to minimize rolling shutter. This makes the expressive advantages of the full-frame format available for video recording while delivering high-resolution 4K footage. Users can upgrade from 4K 60p to 4K 120pv through the Creators’ Cloud for extraordinarily smooth 5x (max.) slow-motion imageryvi. Direct playback for video in slow or quick motion in the S&Q modevii boasts outstanding image quality.

With 15+ stop latitudeviii, it’s possible to capture natural looking images in a wide variety of lighting to capture natural looking images even in extraordinarily low light situations without losing highlight or shadow detail. The standard ISO range extends from 80 to 102400 for both stills and movies. The expanded range for stills is 40 to 409600, and the expanded range for movies is 80 to 409600.

Turn Cinematic Dreams Into Reality

The ZV-E1 can create standout content with Cinematic Vlog Settingsix, an intuitive way to capture scenes with the cinematic look of feature movies. By choosing an appropriate Look, Moodx and AF transition speed, anyone can create cinematic footage that ideally matches the scene and creative intent. The overall cinematic feel is further enhanced by a 24 fpsxiv frame rate and the widescreen Cinemascope aspect ratio (2.35:1)xv.

For a truly cinematic look, the ZV-E1 features S-Cinetone, a unique Sony feature which can create a cinematic look straight out of the camera without post-processing. Based on Sony’s Cinema Line technology, S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin color to deliver cinematic quality.

A selection of new Creative Looks makes it easy to create interesting appearances for stills and video right in the camera. Ten Creative Looks are provided as presets that can be used as they are or customized with the touch of a button. Newly added My Image Style xvi makes it possible to shoot in the Intelligent Auto or Scene Selection mode; icons on the touch-sensitive monitor make it easy to directly adjust background bokeh, brightness, and color tone, as well as select a Creative Look.

AI Plus Leading Technology Delivers Consistently Stunning Imagery

The ZV-E1 features a dedicated, powerful AI (artificial intelligence) processing unit that leverages Sony’s technologies to uniquely overcome the challenges of self-taken footage faced by “crew of one” creators. By using AI human recognition, newly developed features of Multiple Face Recognition, Auto Framing, Framing Stabilizer and even Auto Microphone directivity have now become possible. For the first time, the ZV-E1 allows for true self-taken footage and even minimizes or eliminates the need for a second shooter.

Real-time Recognition AF incorporates an innovative AI processing unit that uses subject form data to accurately recognize movement - human pose estimation technology uses learned human forms and postures to recognize not just eyes, but body and head position with high precision, making it possible to lock onto and track a subject facing away from the camera. The AI processing unit can even differentiate between multiple subjects having different postures and recognition of individual faces so that tracking reliability is achieved in challenging situations such as when a subject’s face is tilted, in shadow, or backlit. In addition to Human and Animalxvii, the AI processing unit now makes it possible to recognize Birdxviii, Insect, Car/Train and Airplanexviv subjects, providing even greater flexibility and reliability when shooting both stills and video.

The camera features Multiple Face Recognitionxx which automatically adjusts bokeh and focus on multiple recognized faces when shooting group selfies or group portraits - preventing problems like only the faces in the front being in focus while others further back are out of focus. Breathing Compensationxxi suppresses image shifts when focusing to maintain a consistent angle of view and achieve smooth focusing effects.

The ZV-E1 features AI-based Real-time Trackingxxii that can be activated by specifying the subject and half-pressing the shutter button. The camera will then automatically track the subject, leaving the user free to concentrate on framing and composition. The new camera has a fast Hybrid AF for fast acquisition and tenacious tracking as well detailed AF settings for ultimate precision and control.

Another new feature of the ZV-E1 is the AI-based Auto Framing for videoxxiii which is ideal for recording interviews, music performances, cooking, and much more. Using AI-based subject recognition technology, the Auto Framing feature automatically crops the frame to the users desired level, keeping the subject in a prominent position when shooting video. Even when the camera is mounted on a tripod, for example, the framing is continually adjusted so that the recorded footage looks like the subject is being followed by an experienced camera operator, ideal for a single person shooting scenario.

A compact, 5-axis xxiv stabilization unit and gyro sensors with optimized algorithms achieve up to 5.0-stepxxv stabilization. The in-body image stabilization of the camera provides effective stabilization with a wide range of lenses, including E-mount lenses that do not include their own stabilization. Dynamic active Mode stabilization xxvi is approximately 30% more effective than what Active Modexxvii provides. This makes it easier than ever to shoot smooth, stable footage while moving around for bold, dynamic expression. The ZV-E1 also boasts a Framing Stabilizerxxviii that uses advanced AI-based subject recognition in conjunction with the camera’s Dynamic active mode image stabilization to automatically keep the subject’s position in the frame constant.

The camera also features a Bokeh Switch for one-touch background bokeh enhancementxxviii and of course, the ZV-E1 also includes the Product Showcase Settingxxix in the rest of the Sony ZV line, designed for product review videos and allowing users to smoothly switch focus from the presenter’s face to a product and back.

Control Time To Capture Unforgettable Moments and Situations

In-camera time-lapse creation is a great feature for users who want to record time-lapse video sequences like the movements of clouds, people, cities and other slowly changing subjects in uniquely expressive ways. The exposure intervalxxx can be set from 1 second to 60 seconds, making it easy to compress slow action into enjoyable time-lapse sequences. Interval shooting used to capture individual still images at intervals greater than 60 seconds is also available.

Advanced Audio for Winning Content

The ZV-E1 features a high-performance 3-capsule microphone with variable directivity to optimize clear and crisp audio recordings. Front, all directions, and rear directivity settings are available to match a variety of environments, and for the first time, automatically switches to a direction in line with face recognition, so users can easily make optimal recordings. The new Autoxxxi setting allows [Front] or [All Directions] directivity to be automatically selected according to the current subject recognition and tracking status. The camera also includes a Multi Interface (MI) shoe with digital audio interface and mic and headphone jacks offer expanded audio capabilities. Supplied with the camera, is a windscreen that can significantly reduce noise when shooting in windy conditions.

Advanced and in-Depth Editing Support Gets The Creator’s Intent Across

The ZV-E1 can record 10-bit 4:2:2 video internally when using Long GOP or All Intra compression, supports internal intra-frame (All-I)xxxii recording and XAVC HSxxxiii format recording using the MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec provides approximately doubled efficiency.

The camera has Flexible ISO, which can be set to AUTO or manually set between 640 and 102400 (160 and 409600 in expanded ISO mode). Picture profiles with assignable LUTs are available so users can create specific looks when shooting in modes other than one of the preset Log modes.

The ZV-E1 records image stabilization and camera rotation metadata that can be useful when editing in the free Catalyst Browse desktop application, paid Catalyst Prepare desktop applicationxxxiv or pluginxxxv as users can quickly and precisely stabilise footage during editing. Lens breathing compensation can be applied during editing.

Designed for easy content creation

The ZV-E1 has been designed for ease of use, with a side-opening vari-angle, 3 inch type 1.07 Mdot LCD Screen for easy monitoring, a touch function while recording and control layout and grip optimized for content creation.

The new camera features uninterrupted power for extended recording with Sony’s high-capacity Z battery and USB PD (Power Delivery) that supports fast chargingxxxvi. The ZV-E1 also features a dust and moisture resistant designxxxvii.

Stream top-quality live content as when connected to a personal computer or smartphonexxxviii via USB the ZV-E1 can function as a 4K (2160p) webcam and take online meetings, live events, and even simple conversations with family and friends to new creative heights.

Creators’ Cloud and Easy Smartphone Connection

Creators can connect and share content easily with Sony’s newly announced Creator’s Cloudxxxix platform and easy smartphone connection.

The Creator’s App can be used to control the ZV-E1 from the smartphone, and transfer stills and videos shot on the camera to the smartphone. Camera battery and media status can be monitored from the smartphone, and date and camera names can be edited as needed. The Creator’s App also provides a convenient way to update camera software.

Designed With Sustainability in Mind

In addition to Sony’s commitment to a sustainable future with global initiatives like Road to Zero and the 2030 renewable energy goal, the ZV-E1 has been specifically developed with sustainability in mind.

The camera has a newly developed windscreen using fibers made from recycled PET bottlesxxxx to reduce Sony’s environmental impact, without compromising functionality. Lastly, the outer packaging of the ZV-E1 is environmentally conscious and recyclable with no plastic and employs Sony’s ‘Original Blend Material’ – bamboo, sugar cane and recycled paper. Also, plant-based non-woven fabrics are used for the product bagsxxxxi to minimize Sony’s environmental footprint.

Also, ZV-E1 includes accessibility features that facilitate operation in several ways, including screen reader functionality for the visually impairedxxxxii. Accessibility features allow anyone to enjoy shooting and playback using the ZV-E1.

Pricing and Availability

The new ZV-E1 will be available in May 2023 at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers, for an estimated retail price of $2,199.99 USD and $2,999.99 CAN. A kit variation including the compact full-frame 28-60 mm F4.5-5.6 zoom lens is also available for an estimated retail price of $2,499.99 USD and $3,399.99 CAN.

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Notes:

i It can be used with all E-mount lenses including the superlative G Master series with stunning resolution and world-class bokeh.

ii As of the March 2023 product announcement, based on a Sony survey of interchangeable-lens digital cameras with 35mm full-frame image sensors and optical in-body image stabilization.

iiiCompared to the BIONZ X image processing engine in the ZV-E10. Sony tested.

iv A free license key must be downloaded from Sony’s camera upgrade website and installed in the camera. Not available in some countries and regions. To be released in June 2023 or later. Visit the following URL for details: https://creatorscloud.sony.net/cameraupgrade/4k120p/ QFHD(3840×2160) with approx. 10% image crop.

v A free installation key must be downloaded from the issuing web site and installed in the camera. QFHD(3840×2160) with 10% image crop.

vi Post-production editing and S&Q mode recording required.

vii Audio recording not available in the S&Q mode.

viii S-Log3 movies, Sony tests.

ix Available in the Movie and S&Q modes. Not available for XAVC S-I 4K recording in S&Q mode.

x Mood is not available when the [Mono] Look is selected.

xi S-CINETONE/ CLEAN / CHIC / FRESH / MONO

xii AUTO / GOLD / OCEAN / FOREST

xiii HIGH / MID / LOW

xiv Recording frame rates are indicated as the closest integer values. The actual corresponding frame rates are as follows: 24p: 23.98 fps, 30p: 29.97 fps, 60p: 59.94 fps, and 120p: 119.88 fps.

xv The black bands above and below the image are recorded as part of the image. The image area between the black bands is Cinemascope aspect ratio, but aspect ratio of the entire recorded image area is 16:9.

xvi Settings are reset when switching between the still, movie, and S&Q modes (including REC in Still mode).

xvii Animal recognition has been expanded, now recognising the eye of some grazing and small animals in addition to the eyes and heads of dogs, cats, and similarly featured animals

xviii The newly added Bird mode easily pinpoints the eyes of a variety of bird types as well as recognising bird heads, bodies, and poses

xviv Camera may not accurately recognize all specified subjects in all conditions. Available subject settings are: [Human], [Animal/Bird], [Animal], [Bird], [Insect], [Car/Train], and [Airplane]. Subject types other than the type specified may be erroneously recognized in some cases

xx Available in the movie or S&Q mode when Intelligent Auto is selected with [AF Subject Recognition] set to [Human].

xxi Only available with lenses that support Breathing Compensation. Angle of view and image quality may change slightly. Full compensation may not be possible with all lenses. This function is not available when Distortion Comp. is OFF, the S&Q mode is in use, or the recording format is set to RAW or any format that includes RAW. http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/support/ilc/breathing/en/

xxii [Tracking] in the menu. Based on advanced artificial intelligence, including machine learning.

xxiii Only available for video. Framing is cropped from 4K images, resulting in reduced angle of view.

xxiv Angular shake (pitch/yaw) has the biggest impact on image quality and tends to increase at longer focal lengths, X/Y shift that is most apparent in high magnification macro shots and rotational shake (roll) that can ruin night shots and movies.

xxv CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. FE 50mm F1.2 GM lens. When shooting stills.

xxvi Dynamic active Mode reduces angle of view more than Active Mode. Clear Image Zoom is not available when shooting 4K movies using Dynamic active Mode.

xxvii Compared to the a7S III Active Mode. Sony internal tests.

xxviii Backgrounds can be quickly defocused by simply pressing it. This feature makes it easy to achieve beautiful full-frame bokeh that effectively emphasizes the main subject while creating deep, impressive images.

xxix [Subject Recognition in AF] is locked to [Off], and [Focus Area] is set to [Zone].

xxx Maximum exposure interval is 6 seconds when shooting 4K.

xxxi [Front] or [All Directions] directivity is automatically selected according to the current subject recognition and tracking status.

xxxii When XAVC S-I 4K or HD is selected via the file format menu.

xxxiii Catalyst Browse™ Version 2022.1 or later, or other XAVC HS compatible editing software is required for editing

xxxiv Supported in Catalyst Browse/Prepare Version 2020.1 or later. Image stabilisation metadata that can be used by Catalyst is generated when using a Sony E-mount lens with the camera’s optical image stabilisation set to [OFF] or [Active].

xxxv These features may not be usable in some countries or regions. For details, refer to Service Availability by Country/Region here https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/app/cpplugin/

xxxvi USB charging and power delivery are only supported via the USB Type-C® terminal. A battery must be installed in the camera when supplying USB power. The internal battery may drain even if USB power is supplied, depending on the adapter used and camera operating conditions.

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

Xxxviii When streaming via USB maximum image resolution is 3840 x 2160 and maximum frame rate is 30 fps. The OS of the computer or smartphone used must be compatible with UVC/UAC. Use the most up-to-date OS available for your device. A commercially available USB cable and/or terminal adaptor may be used to connect to equipment with a USB Type-C port. When connected via USB2.0. maximum image resolution is HD (720p) and maximum frame rate is 30p.

xxxix Sony’s Creator’s Cloud platform brings the latest camera technology together with cloud AI technology to support the entire creator workflow, from shooting to production. Availability timing of services will vary by region and country.

xxxx Recycled material may not be available depending on the time of production.

xxxxi Not including materials used in coatings and adhesives. Natural non-woven fabric may not be available during some production periods.

xxxxii The initial shipping setting is English and can be changed to 10 different languages in the menu.

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