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 Saturday, January 28, 2023

You can try searching, but there are no marmot photography workshops available. At least, I didn't find one.

Certainly, you could talk someone into providing a custom marmot photo tour, but there is a reason (or multiple reasons) why such tours are not readily available. I'll start the list. We don't value marmots and marmot photos enough to spend our time and funds chasing them.

However, these small animals are fun to hang out with, and they are easily cute enough to be photo-worthy.

I photographed these creatures in three national parks last year. This marmot was a Rocky Mountain National Park resident. However, a couple of coyotes were attempting to end that residency. Thus, survival was at the top of this wary marmot's priority list, and the high rock perch advantaged the marmot in this competition.

Marmots, and animals in general, vary on their minimum people distance. In relation to close shooting distance, experience, observation, and acclimation are the photographer's keys to getting the best wildlife images. Marmots in people-frequented areas of national parks tend to be quite tolerant of people.

However, getting too close is not good for photos or the critter being photographed — the subject departs.

When an interesting subject is discovered, photograph it for the insurance shots. Then, if the situation warrants, slowly move a bit closer, perhaps not directly toward the subject. Repeat until, or better yet, just before, the animal shows the least discomfort with your presence.

This image represents what I felt was near this marmot's minimum people distance. It is alert and wary, but his concern is not me.

The marmot presented a variety of poses, but most were looking toward the sides. Composition involves many factors, but the simple one in this scenario was that the critter should be looking into the frame. Placing it high in the frame helps convey the lookout role.

Sorry, I'm not opening a marmot-specific photography tour this year. But, I may have a couple of openings in my elk rut instructional photo tour in September.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/160s
ISO 200
8640 x 5760px
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Post Date: 1/28/2023 10:40:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 26, 2023

From Sigma Global:

Firmware update for SIGMA Global Vision lenses in Sony E-mount

Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for SIGMA Global Vision lenses in Sony E-mount listed below.

[Applicable products]

·SIGMA 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary in Sony E-mount Ver.02
·SIGMA 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary in Sony E-mount Ver.02

[Benefit of the update]

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

The focus distance shown on the screen during manual focus has been optimized.

[Applicable products]

·SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art in Sony E-mount Ver.04
·SIGMA 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary in Sony E-mount Ver.04
·SIGMA 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art in Sony E-mount Ver.02

[Benefit of the update]

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

[Applicable products]

·SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary in Sony E-mount Ver.03

[Benefit of the update]

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

*If the firmware of this product is Ver. 01, it is not possible to update the lens firmware via the camera. Please contact our Customer Support Department for the firmware update to be performed by us.

[How to update]

Please select the applicable product from the following page, go to the download page, click “Sony E-mount” and follow the update procedure. https://www.sigma-global.com/en/support/purpose/firmware/?mode=search&product_category=lens

*After the update is complete, be sure to remove the battery pack from the camera and reinsert it.

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Post Date: 1/26/2023 8:26:57 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Yellow Mounds make all the Badlands National Park top photography locations lists. They are beautiful, intriguing, and worthy of their position on those lists.

However, creating great images that include these mounds is not easy. Of course, lighting changes everything, and dramatically reducing the image quality challenge on this day was natural spotlighting that, incredibly, illuminated the feature highlights of this scene.

As is often the case, the Canon EOS R5 and RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens combination was outstanding for this landscape photograph. The RF 24-105 is relatively compact, has an excellent general-purpose focal length range, consistently produces impressively sharp images, and was my primary lens for over two weeks in this park last year.


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 1/24/2023 11:57:32 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From ProGrade Digital:

ProGrade Digital Announces 3rd Generation CFexpress Type B 1TB Memory Cards

The CFexpress 1TB Gold Memory Cards Provide Dramatically Improved Specifications Needed for Longer Duration, High-Resolution Video Applications at Very Attractive Price Points

San Jose, CA January 19, 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 3rd generation of 1TB CFexpress™ Type B Gold memory cards. This new generation features the same industry-leading quality of ProGrade current 2nd generation CFexpress cards - leveraging PCIe, Gen 3 interconnect with NVMe 1.3 host controller interface. ProGrade Digital 3rd generation CFexpress 1TB 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. ProGrade Digital is also introducing a 3rd generation 512GB CFexpress Type B Gold memory card with read speeds of up to 1,700MB/s, burst write speeds of up to 1,500MB/s and sustained write speeds of up to 800MB/s. The 512GB card will be shipping in February 2023. All new 3rd generation CFexpress Gold cards now clearly state the sustained write speed on the front label. This additional messaging clearly states the real-world capability of our cards - especially critical for high performance video capture applications.

“The introduction of our 3rd generation CFexpress 1TB Gold cards provides the large capacity and dramatically improved performance needed for a very broad range of video capture needs,” said Wes Brewer, founder, and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “Our re-introduction of a 1TB capacity point, at 1,300MB/sec sustained write speed, ensures that nearly all video capture modes can be utilized while also providing our traditionally high read speeds for quick offloading.”

ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type B 1TB Gold Memory Cards:

  • Maximum read speed up to 1700MB/s
  • Burst write speed up to 1500MB/s
  • Minimum sustained write speed up to 1,300MB/s
  • Capacities: 1TB
  • MSRP: $399.99

CFexpress Type B 1TB 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 tray
  • Refresh Pro ready*
  • X-ray proof and shock-proof
  • 3-year warranty

Orders

Order ProGrade Digital CFexpress Memory Cards from B&H.

*Refresh Pro™ functionality requires ProGrade Digital Refresh Pro™ software application and a ProGrade Digital card and reader. This is a great way to monitor card health and restore the card back to factory-fresh conditions.

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Post Date: 1/24/2023 10:06:06 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 23, 2023

Image quality test results are now available on the Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens page.

The new Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens does not feature the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens optical design, and the new design nicely outperforms the old one.

Support this site by ordering the Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens from B&H | Adorama | WEX

Rent the Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 1/23/2023 9:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Boundary-breaking performance with the M2 Pro or M2 Max chip.
  • All-day battery life — up to 22 hours.
  • A stunning Liquid Retina XDR display.
  • All the ports you need.
  • And superfast Wi Fi 6E.

Learn more about the new Apple 14" and 16" MacBook Pro M2 Pro and M2 Max at B&H.

Learn more about the new Apple Mac mini M2 at B&H.

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Post Date: 1/18/2023 8:57:08 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Some forward-looking product news from Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Announces Development of New 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS Telephoto Full-Frame E-mount Lens, Targeting to Launch in Early 2024

SAN DIEGO, CA – Jan. 17, 2023 – Today, Sony Electronics announced the development of the long-awaited full-frame E-mount 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS Telephoto Lens, with a target launch date in early 2024.

Large-aperture super-telephoto lenses such as the FE 400mm F2.8 G Master™ OSS and FE 600mm F4 G Master™ OSS are highly acclaimed by sports and wildlife photographers around the world for their outstanding resolution and autofocus (AF) performance, as well as being remarkably lightweight. The new lens will feature the incredible high-resolution and spectacularly beautiful bokeh true to Sony's acclaimed line of flagship G Master™ series lenses, while also offering a far-reaching 300mm focal length and F2.8 large aperture. This combination will deliver a new elevated shooting experience for all professional sports, news and event photographers and videographers looking to capture decisive moments with higher image quality.

Sony will continue to expand its attractive lens line-up to meet the demands and maximize the creative possibilities for all types of creators, including professionals, and expand the possibilities of artistic expression.

Additional details and specifications on the new FE 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS Telephoto Lens will be released at a later date.

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Post Date: 1/17/2023 10:36:09 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Introduces New Standard Zoom with Launch of the Ultra-Wide FE 20-70mm F4 G Lens

New Addition to Sony’s E-mount G Lens Line-Up Offers Versatile Zoom Range, Outstanding Image Quality, and Supreme Autofocus Performance

SAN DIEGO, CA – Jan. 17, 2023 –Sony Electronics is redefining its standard zoom category of lenses with the introduction of the full-frame E-mount 20-70mm F4 G (model: SEL2070G) that boasts a versatile zoom range, a remarkably compact and lightweight form-factor, and a constant F4 aperture throughout the zoom range. With impressive Sony G LensTM image quality, high speed accuracy and tracking autofocus (AF), and a smart design for maximum mobility and operability, this new lens is designed for a wide range of creators. The FE 20-70mm F4 G is the perfect choice for a variety of content capturing scenarios including vlogging, video production, portraits, and landscapes.

“The FE 20-70mm F4 G is our 71st E-mount lens and is redefining the standard zoom in our G Lens category to meet the needs to today’s content creators,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “Having tools that creators can utilize to create both still and video content is ever more important. The FE 20-70mm F4 G ranges from 20mm to 70mm in a compact form-factor — this is an excellent lens option for hybrid content creators and those seeking versatility in a standard zoom.”

Compact with a Standard Zoom Range Ideal for Hybrid Creation

With an unprecedentedlyi wide 20mm to 70mm zoom range and constant F4 aperture, the FE 20-70mm F4 G offers outstanding optical performance in a compact and lightweight form-factor. Combined with a compact Sony AlphaTM brand mirrorless body, this lens can deliver superb image quality in just about any situation at all focal lengths. The versatility of this lens makes it an ideal selection for still, video, and hybrid content creation.

A key benefit of a zoom lens that includes a 20mm offering is its ability to maintain a wide-angle-of-view when shooting video with a 16:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This allows content creators to capture more within a single frame, which is critical when vlogging or selfie-style shooting. The wide-angle also provides content creators with additional flexibility to crop their frames in the post-production process to increase the effectiveness of image stabilization. This is an increasingly popular editing technique that benefits creators who are filming without the stabilization support of a gimbal.

Image Quality Consistent with the G Lens Line-Up

With Sony’s latest technology, the new lens boasts unique G Lens image quality in a surprisingly compact and lightweight package. With two AA (advanced aspherical) elements, one aspherical element, three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements, and one ED aspherical element, this lens simultaneously corrects chromatic and spherical aberration for extremely high optical performance across the whole zoom range. Optimized coatings add high flare and ghost resistance for extraordinary contrast and clarity.?

Beautiful bokeh is achieved with full-frame image sensors and is further enhanced by a 9-blade circular aperture and optimally controlled spherical aberration. This combination supports the naturally rendered bokeh, offering impressive, memorable imagery.

The FE 20-70mm F4 G has a minimum focus distance of up to 11.8” (30 cm) at the wide end and up to 9.8” (25 cm) at the telephoto end of the zoom range when using AFii, making it easy to maneuver around subjects to find the ideal angle.

Maximizes Camera AF Performance for Stills and Video

The lens’s focus group is driven by two of Sony’s latest XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors, providing a fast, quiet, low-vibration focus drive. Thrust efficiency has been significantly improved over previous modelsiii, resulting in up to a 60% increase in AF speediv. Because tracking performance has been improved by about two times compared to previous modelsv, moving subjects are tracked with consistent reliability and precision. Reliable tracking is achieved when shooting continuous stills of fast-moving subjects at up to 30 frames per second with the Alpha 1 cameravi and can smoothly record when shooting video at a high frame rate.

Video Performance Designed for Refined Imagery

The FE 20-70mm F4 G features the latest lens technology to reduce focus breathing, as well as focus and axial shift when zooming. This lens has also been carefully designed for quiet operation when shooting movies, with advanced XD linear motors and a newly developed aperture unit that dramatically reduces noise and vibration.? ?

The Alpha brand series cameras’ Active Modevii image stabilization is highly effective at the wide 20mm end of the FE 20-70mm F4 G zoom range. This can be particularly useful for shooting smooth, stable handheld footage while walking.

Focus is especially critical when shooting high-resolution 4K or 8K movies. The FE 20-70mm F4 G’s compact design and XD linear motors work with Alpha series camera bodies to easily acquire accurate focus and smoothly track fast-moving subjects. The ability to leave focusing to the camera when solo shooting can be a huge advantage.

In addition, the Linear Response MFviii ensures that the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually and an independent aperture ring offers direct, intuitive aperture control.

High-Level Operability and Reliability for Any Environment

The new FE 20-70mm F4 G’s independent focus, zoom, and aperture rings feature optimized diameter, width, and positioning for full control when shooting stills as well as maximum versatility when recording video.

Customizable focus hold buttons are provided in two locations for easy access and convenient control. A focus mode switch on the side of the lens makes it possible to switch between autofocus and manual focus to quickly adapt to changing shooting conditions. To offer additional creative control, the FE 20-70mm F4 G is compatible with circular polarizing filters despite being a wide-angle zoom lens. It also includes an Iris Lock switch to prevent unwanted changes while shooting.

Lastly, the FE 20-70mm F4 G has a dust and moisture resistant designix and the front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels fingerprints, dust, water, oil, and other contaminantsx.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 20-70mm F4 G will be available in March 2023 for approximately $1,099 USD and $1,499 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

Orders

Preorders start Wed, Jan 18th, 2023, at 10:00 AM ET.

Support this site by ordering the Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G Lens from B&H.

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Notes:

i January 2023, Sony survey of full-frame constant F4 standard zoom lenses.

ii 0.25 throughout the zoom range when focusing manually.

iii Compared to the SEL2470Z.

iv Compared to the SEL2470Z. Sony test conditions.

v Compared to the SEL2470Z. Sony test conditions.

vi “Hi+” continuous shooting mode. Effective at 1/125 sec. or higher shutter speed. In AF-C mode at shutter speeds of 1/250 sec. or higher the maximum continuous frame rate will depend on the shooting mode.

vii With a compatible camera. Active Mode causes a slight reduction in angle of view.

viii This feature also works effectively with cameras such as the a7 IV and FX6 AF Assist function, giving creators enhanced artistic control.

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

x While making it easier to wipe off any contaminants that do become attached to the lens surface.

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Post Date: 1/17/2023 10:16:48 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sony E PZ 16–50 mm F3.5–5.6 OSS Lens firmware update version 02 is available for download: Windows | Mac.

Firmware Version 02 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improves AF performance

Get the Sony E PZ 16–50 mm F3.5–5.6 OSS Lens at B&H.

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Post Date: 1/17/2023 9:17:22 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 13, 2023

The Sony Alpha 7R V is here and it is time to set up this camera for use. Following are the 35 steps taken to prepare an out-of-the-box a7R V.

  1. Charge the battery
  2. Record the serial number, and add the camera to insurance policy
  3. Download and install Capture One (for Sony) or Sony Imaging Edge (unless your current favorite RAW image processing software supports this camera)
  4. Insert the charged battery, and power on the camera
  5. Insert a memory card(s) (we'll format it later)
  6. Select M mode press "Menu" and configure the camera as follows:
  7. Set the time zone date time timeformat
  8. Shooting Menu 1 Image Quality: Image Quality Settings: File Format: RAW RAW File Type: Lossless Compressed L (full image quality reduced file size)
  9. Shooting Menu 1 Image Quality: Long Exposure NR: Off (I'll enable this option for very long exposures)
  10. Shooting Menu 1 High ISO NR: Low
  11. Shooting Menu 1 Image Quality: Lens Compensation: Shading Chromatic Aberration and Distortion Comp: All Off (I use the RAW processing software to enable any lens compensation with CA correction frequently selected)
  12. Shooting Menu 2 Media: Format (ensure there are no important files on the card(s) prior to formatting)
  13. Shooting Menu 3 File: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On Set Photographer: [your name] Set Copyright: [as desired] Write Serial Number: On (note: entering this information on the touchscreen may be a painful process)
  14. Shooting Menu 5 Drive Mode: Selftimer during Bracket: 2 Sec
  15. Shooting Menu 5 Drive Mode: Bracket Settings: Bracket order: ->0>+ (considerably enhances image selection for HDR processing)
  16. Shooting Menu 6 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Lens: Disable
  17. Shooting Menu 6 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Card: Disable (why is this not the default?)
  18. Shooting Menu 9 Shooting Display: Grid Line Display: On (Rule of Thirds selected)
  19. Exposure/Color Menu 6 Color/Tone: D-Range Optimizer: Off
  20. Exposure/Color Menu 6 Color/Tone: Creative Look: NT (Neutral) Sharpness = 1 (this setting provides a lower contrast histogram. I usually process with the Natural creative style in Capture One)
  21. Focus Menu 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-S: AF
  22. Focus Menu 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-C: AF
  23. Focus Menu 2 Focus Area: Focus Area: Spot: S (this setting is often changed)
  24. Focus Menu 2 Switch V/H AF Area: AF Point Only
  25. Focus Menu 4 Initial Focus Mag.:c x4.7
  26. Focus Menu 5 Peaking Display: On
  27. Playback Menu 4 Delete: "Delete" first
  28. Playback Menu 7 Playback Option: Display Rotation: Off (image fills LCD)
  29. Network Menu: 7 Network Menu: Airplane Mode: On
  30. Setup Menu: 4 Dial Customize: Custom Key/Dial Set.: Dial/Wheel: Front Dial: Av/Tv (Tv in M mode) (option #2) (I adjust the shutter speed more frequently and urgently than aperture and the front dial is easier to access quickly); Rear Dial: Av/Tv (Av in M mode)
  31. Setup Menu: 5 Touch Operations: Touch Panel/Pad: Both Valid
  32. Setup Menu: 5 Touch Operations: Touch Pad Settings: Touch Position Mode: Relative Position
  33. Setup Menu: 10 Sound Option: Audio signals: Off (how to turn off the loud and usually-annoying AF beep sound)
  34. My Menu: Format Shutter Type Steady Shot Recognition Target Anti-flicker Set. Flash Comp.
  35. With a lens mounted and a subject in focus adjust the viewfinder diopter until the scene is sharp

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

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

If you can't remember your menu setup parameters keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a great idea. Consider saving the camera settings to a card for an easy restore.

More Information

Sony Alpha 7R V

Order the Sony Alpha 7R V at B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX.

Rent the Sony Alpha 7R V from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 1/13/2023 8:54:06 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 12, 2023

RRS's long-awaited version II Pano-Gimbal head is on the streets!

Just posted: Really Right Stuff PG-02 MK2 Pano-Gimbal Head Review.

This head features another really great (and innovative) RRS design.

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Post Date: 1/12/2023 11:40:07 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Another great lens choice from Sigma:

SIGMA Introduces 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports Lens, the World's First and Only 10x Ultra-Telephoto Zoom for Mirrorless Camera Systems

Ronkonkoma, NY – January 12, 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 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports lens. This is the world's first and only* mirrorless 10x ultra-telephoto zoom. The second full-frame mirrorless zoom lens in the SIGMA Sports line, covering standard (60mm) to ultra-telephoto (600mm), along with 1:2.4 maximum magnification (at 200mm), and weighing just 5.5 pounds (2.5kg), this lens offers exceptional versatility and is offered in Sony E-mount and L-Mount.

The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports is designed to be the one essential lens for travel, outdoor sports, wildlife, and safari that can cover it all from standard to ultra-tele, plus close-ups, all without ever swapping lenses; and it offers an impressive 6 stops of Optical Stabilization at the telephoto end and 7 stops at the standard end.

The newly designed HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) focusing motor delivers unprecedented fast and precise autofocusing, and dual action zoom allows for both the precision of the zoom ring and the swift, intuitive response of the push-pull action on the front end of the barrel. The three AFL buttons are easy to operate in any orientation, and the Zoom Lock switch can be locked at all marked focal distances.

The mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring, switches, switch panel and exterior connection are dust and splash resistant** to prevent dust and dirt from entering the lens, which are likely in the many outdoor situations where this lens is designed to perform.

A completely new optical design was created to for the DG DN (DG = full-frame, DN = mirrorless-exclusive) version of the 60-600mm featuring both SLD and FLD glass elements, and a multi-material structure is employed to balance durability and portability.

The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports will be offered for $1,999 through authorized SIGMA America retailers, and will be available beginning mid-February, 2023.

Order the Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens from B&H.

Watch Sigma's presentation:

* As an interchangeable lens exclusively for mirrorless, as of December, 2022 by SIGMA

**The structure is designed to be dust and splash resistant, and is not waterproof.

Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras

S | Sports

SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS

The decisive moment, captured exactly as intended.

  • The one and only 60-600mm zoom lens, able to handle every situation from standard to ultra-telephoto all by itself
  • High customizability and build quality of SIGMA's Sports line

Supplied accessories: Case, Hood (LH1144-02), Cover Lens Cap (LC-740E), Shoulder Strap, Tripod Socket (TS-121), Front Cap (LCF-105 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 #SIGMA60600mmSports #SIGMASports #SIGMADGDN

The world's first and only* mirrorless 10x ultra-telephoto zoom, now available from SIGMA.

The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports is a high-power ultra-telephoto zoom lens exclusively for full-frame mirrorless cameras with a unique 10x focal length. The latest optical design delivers high optical performance throughout the entire zoom range, even with 10x zoom, which makes it capable of capturing any scene in high definition. The newly developed linear motor "HLA (High-response Linear Actuator)" delivers unprecedentedly fast and precise autofocusing. In addition, the newly developed algorithm "OS2" enables image stabilization of 7 stops at the wide end and 6 stops at the telephoto end. Of course, it is also equipped with Dual Action Zoom, Dust and Splash Resistant Structure, as well as a wealth of customizable functions and specifications of SIGMA's Sports line to meet the needs of various shooting environments and situations. With its many features and stellar optical performance, this lens captures the moment with a rich sense of dynamism.

The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports is a one-of-a-kind ultra-telephoto zoom lens which combines high magnification with an extremely high level of image quality and mobility.

* As an interchangeable lens exclusively for mirrorless, as of December, 2022 by SIGMA

[Key Features]

1. The one and only 60-600mm zoom lens, able to handle every situation from standard to ultra-telephoto all by itself

The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports is an ultra-telephoto 10x zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras that covers a zoom range of 60-600mm, a range only available from SIGMA. It enables users to seamlessly capture scenes from close-ups to long distance shots without changing lenses, even in difficult situations such as air shows or professional sports events.

Stable and high optical performance throughout the entire zoom range

SIGMA employed the latest optical design to effectively correct chromatic aberrations that tend to occur in the ultra-telephoto range using a variety of high quality materials, including FLD and SLD glass elements. The lens is capable of capturing every moment with uncompromising high image quality in the unique focal length range of 60-600mm.

The minimum focusing distance is 45cm at the wide end, and at the focal length of 200mm, the lens offers a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.4, allowing users to also enjoy the lens as a telephoto macro lens, adding to its overall versatility.

High-speed AF owing to newly developed motor "HLA" to capture the decisive moment

The autofocus of the SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports makes use of the newly developed linear motor "HLA (High-response Linear Actuator)". This high-output linear motor and advanced electronic control realize a quiet autofocus with unparalleled high speed and high precision. The new motor also enables high focus-following performance, ensuring that the decisive moment is not missed in sports photography and any other situation where the subjects are in motion, from motor vehicles to birds in flight.

Newly developed optical stabilizer algorithm "OS2" with high compensation capability of up to 7 stops

The OS (Optical Stabilizer) function employs SIGMA's newly developed algorithm "OS2". The new algorithm significantly improves image stabilization performance, with 7 stops at the wide end and 6 stops at the telephoto end. This allows the lens to capture powerful and dynamic moments with a rich sense of motion.

The lens is equipped with two OS modes: Mode 1 is suitable for general shooting, and Mode 2 is best suited for fast panning shots, for example in motorsports and other dynamic situations. In Mode 2, an acceleration sensor combined with SIGMA's Intelligent OS, an algorithm specially designed for panning shots, enable effective image stabilization even when the camera is moved vertically or diagonally, regardless of the horizontal and vertical orientation of the lens. This means that the movement of the subject can be expressed without losing the effect of panning shots.

Multi-material structure for lightweight and strong robustness

The lens features a multi-material structure, in which materials such as magnesium, CFRP*1, and TSC*2 are optimally arranged according to their characteristics. As a result, the lens barrel is lighter in weight while retaining the same robustness as previous models, thereby providing high versatility in a variety of scenes and applications.

*1 Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic, a light but strong material used in the interior and exterior fittings of aircraft, among many other applications.

*2 Thermally Stable Composite, a polycarbonate with a thermal expansion rate similar to that of aluminum. Its high affinity to metal parts contributes to high manufacturing quality standards.

Dual Action Zoom for intuitive framing

The lens supports Dual Action Zoom, allowing users to use both rotary zooming by rotating the zoom ring and straight zooming by grasping the tip of the lens. This enables both precise and quick operation in any given situation.

Dust and Splash Resistant Structure for security in various shooting situations

The mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring, switches, switch panel and exterior connection are all dust and splash resistant* to prevent dust and dirt from entering the lens. Further, the front element of the lens features a water and oil repellent coating to facilitate maintenance when water droplets or dust adhere to the lens.

* The structure is designed to be dust and splash resistant, but not waterproof. Be careful not to bring the lens in contact with a large amount of water. Water inside the lens may cause major damage and even render the lens unrepairable.

2. High customizability and build quality of SIGMA's Sports line

The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports is equipped with substantial features of SIGMA's Sports line standard of high-mobility, high-performance lenses. Manufactured in SIGMA's sole production base in Aizu, Japan, the lens features an exceptional build quality that combines robustness with practicality and a high level of precision in every single detail.

Customizable functions

Equipped with a Focus Limiter switch, the lens enables users to limit the focus driving range during AF when necessary, allowing quick and precise focusing.

Further, the lens features three AFL buttons* ready to be assigned to preferred functions using the camera. The AFL buttons are easy to operate regardless of how the camera is oriented or which settings are used.

For the L-Mount version, the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 can be used to set OS operation or focus limiter range for the Custom Mode switch.

* Only on compatible cameras. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used.

Interchangeable Tripod Socket

The lens body incorporates an Arca Swiss compatible magnesium alloy tripod socket. The leg can be removed and replaced with other interchangeable tripod sockets (sold separately) or attached to a monopod, allowing for a multitude of different uses and situations.

Tele Converter for L-Mount (1.4x / 2.0x)

The L-Mount version of the lens is compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 (1.4x) and TC-2011 (2.0x). Using a tele converter, the focal length can be multiplied by 1.4x and even 2x, for AF-enabled shooting at ultra-telephoto focal lengths of up to 1200mm.

[Additional Features]

  • Lens construction: 27 elements in 19 groups (2 FLD and 3 SLD)
  • OS (Optical Stabilizer) function
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • HLA (High-response Linear Actuator)
  • Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction
    * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections and auto correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model.
    * On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with 'ON' or 'OFF' in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to 'ON' (AUTO).
  • Support for DMF, AF + MF
  • Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only)
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element)
  • AFL button
    * Only on compatible cameras. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used.
  • Focus Limiter switch
  • Focus Mode switch
  • OS switch
  • Custom Mode switch
  • Zoom Lock switch
  • Dust and Splash Resistant Structure
  • Hood (LH1144-02)
  • Tripod Socket TS-121 (replaceable lens foot type)
  • Compatible with SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 / TC-2011 (sold separately / 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: 19 groups, 27 elements (2 FLD and 3 SLD)
Angle of view: 39.6-4.1°
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F22-32
Minimum focusing distance: 45-260cm / 17.8-102.4 in.
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:2.4 (at 200mm focal length)
Filter size: 105mm
Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 119.4 x 279.2mm / 4.7 x 11.0 in.
Weight: 2,495g / 88.0 oz.

[Product Barcode]

L-Mount: 0085126 732691
Sony E-mount: 0085126 732653

[Accessories: Supplied]

Product Name / Barcode

Front Cap LCF-105 III: 0085126 929640
Cover Lens Cap LC-740E: 0085126 931193
Hood LH1144-02: 0085126 936785
Tripod Socket TS-121 (replaceable lens foot type): 0085126 936846
Rear Cap LCR II (for L-Mount) 0085126 937256
Rear Cap LCR II (for Sony E-mount) 0085126 929879

[Accessories: Optional]

Product Name / Barcode

SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 for L-Mount: 0085126 825690
SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2011 for L-Mount: 0085126 826697
SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126 878696
SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR 105mm: 0085126 931865
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 105mm: 0085126 931001
SIGMA PROTECTOR 105mm: 0085126 931131
SIGMA WR UV FILTER 105mm: 0085126 930745
SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 105mm: 0085126 930868

Orders

Order the Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens from B&H.

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Post Date: 1/12/2023 8:10:29 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 11, 2023

From DJI:

DJI Treats Mirrorless Camera Owners to New Travel Stabilizer DJI RS 3 Mini

DJI’s Industry-Leading Ronin Stabilizer Portfolio Broadened with New Mini Version

January 10, 2023 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today introduces DJI RS 3 Mini, a lightweight handheld travel stabilizer developed specifically to support today’s mainstream brands of mirrorless cameras and lenses. With a smaller and lighter body, the DJI RS 3 Mini continues the excellent stabilization performance of the RS 3 series, allowing users to create professional-grade content while traveling around landscapes or in urban locations. Furthermore, weighing less than 800 g (1.8 lbs), the gimbal can carry a weight of up to 2 kg (4.4 lbs), features Bluetooth shutter control, a 3rd generation stabilization algorithm, native horizontal and vertical switching, and a 1.4-inch color touchscreen.

“Since the introduction of DJI’s Ronin series for cinematography in professional environments, DJI has been working on bringing professional-grade technology to an increasing number of content creators,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Line Manager at DJI. “The DJI RS 3 Mini is testament to DJI’s core value of bringing innovative stabilization technology to everyone with a love of capturing their moments in a photo or on video. Now, anyone with a mirrorless camera can experience the same industry-leading technology used on film sets and studios across the globe.”

With Just One Hand

The RS 3 Mini adopts an all-in-one design which is both compact and portable. At only 795 g (1.7 lbs) in vertical shooting mode, the RS 3 Mini is around 50% lighter than the RS 3 Pro and 40% lighter than the RS 3. This makes the device much easier to carry, and allows it to achieve great results with just one hand. It can be stored easily in a shoulder bag, and its weight makes it much more suited to traveling during longer outdoor shooting.

A Tool for Every Mirrorless Owner

With the ability to carry a weight of up to 2 kg (4.4 lbs), the RS 3 Mini supports a range of mainstream mirrorless camera and lens combinations, such as the Sony A7S3 + 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens, Canon EOS R5 + RF24-70mm F2.8 STM lens or Fuji X-H2S + XF 18-55 mm F2.8-4 lens, to name a few (see the full compatibility list here). A powerful motor ensures that even when the zoom reaches the maximum focal length, the footage captured remains stable, and there is no need to repeat balancing.

Native Vertical Shooting

In order to meet the needs of today’s vertical video creation, the RS 3 Mini features a freshly designed dual-layered quick-release plate. By attaching the quick-release plate to the vertical arm, vertical shooting can be achieved without the need for additional accessories, and the gimbal rotation angle is not limited, compared to traditional vertical mode. Short video social media content can be shot with ease. RS 3 Mini also features an upper plate with a new curved placement guide, which prevents the camera from rotating and loosening.

3rd Generation Stabilization

Lightweight and powerful, RS 3 Mini is a professional stabilizer that will bring an unprecedented, easy, and flexible landscape or street shooting experience to users of all levels, achieving portability and professionalism at the same time. DJI’s 3rd generation stabilization algorithm as found in the RS 3 Pro, has been utilized in the RS 3 Mini to provide outstanding performance, whether the user is running, shooting at a low angle or in flashlight mode. Content stability is ensured throughout shooting and professional-level image stabilization can be achieved regardless of the user’s experience. When users are shooting around human subjects, the RS 3 Mini achieves smooth camera movements effortlessly. Users don't need to pay too much attention to footwork and pace, as the RS 3 Mini can follow people steadily and switch between high and low angles for a more diverse range of shots. Dynamic 360°-rotation imaging delivers a strong visual impact and eye-catching shots.

Effortless Connection

The Wireless Bluetooth Shutter function supports linking with the majority of today’s mainstream mirrorless cameras. After the initial linking, the camera will be ready automatically for action as soon as it is turned on, and users can directly control the video recording and photo capture functions via the record button on the gimbal, enabling them to concentrate on shooting straightaway. When using a Sony camera with a supported digital lens, users can also directly control the lens's optical or digital zoom via the front dial, eliminating the need for a camera control cable.

Control at Your Fingertips

For convenient control, a 1.4-inch full-color touchscreen, M-mode button to switch between the gimbal’s three custom modes and front dial for focusing, can all be found within easy one-handed reach.

Accessories a Plenty

Featuring a NATO port on the side of the body, the RS 3 Mini opens up more shooting options by connecting various accessories such as DJI’s Briefcase Handle, external fill lights or microphones.

Fantastic Power for a Day’s Shoot

The integrated battery handle of the RS 3 Mini provides up to 10 hours charge, meeting the needs of a day’s shoot. It supports charging during use and can be fully charged in as little as 2.5 hours.1

Make the Most with the Ronin App

The Ronin app has a wealth of smart shooting functions to help users get the most from their creations.

  • Time-lapse: Add a timelapse to any video for an engaging opening or breathtaking transition.
  • Track recording: Set the gimbal to move along up to 10 pre-set points for a dynamic video of any scene or environment.
  • Panorama: Enhance the camera’s field of vision with a panoramic photo showing the whole scene in front of you.

Price and Availability

DJI RS 3 Mini will be available for purchase today from authorized retailers and at www.store.dji.com with a price of USD $369. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/rs-3-mini

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is a comprehensive protection plan for DJI products and is now available for RS 3 Mini. Accidental damage is covered by the replacement service, including natural wear, 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 2 replacements in 1 year. DJI Care Refresh (2-Year Plan) includes up to 3 replacements in 2 years. Other services of DJI Care Refresh include rewards for safe use, international warranty service, and free shipping. For a full list of details, please visit www.dji.com/support/service/djicare-refresh

Camera and lens compatibility can be found here: www.dji.com/support/compatibility

Orders

Learn more, and order the DJI RS 3 Mini from B&H.

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Post Date: 1/11/2023 4:20:17 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From DxO:

DxO releases 1,693 new Optics Modules, providing unrivaled corrections for Canon EOS R6 Mark II, Fujifilm X-T5, Sony A7R V, and a selection of Sigma lenses

DxO’s Optics Modules offer unparalleled corrections, including unique lens softness improvements and distortion corrections that maximize field of view. DxO’s software now corrects more than 80,000 lens and camera combinations.

Paris (France): DxO, the company that has pioneered calibration-based optical corrections for 20 years, today announces its latest batch of Optics Modules. The release of 1,693 DxO Optics Modules includes support for the Canon EOS R6 Mark II, the Fujifilm X-T5, the Sony A7R V, five lenses from Sigma, and more.

For quality-conscious photographers, DxO Optics Modules are a wealth of individually tailored, laboratory-grade corrections, which present the most accurate and powerful route to improving image quality on the market. Superior to other optical correction software, DxO’s adjustments vastly improve results, whether they are applied to entry-level lenses or professional-grade glass.

Essentially, the performance of any lens can be boosted by processing RAW files with DxO software: PhotoLab, PureRAW, FilmPack, and ViewPoint.

A unique approach to defeating lens softness

All correction software offers digital sharpening to combat lens softness, but DxO’s approach is unique and superior, taking into account the varying levels of sharpness across a lens’s entire field of view. Rather than applying general sharpening across the entire image (as with lesser software), DxO Optics Modules target sharpening as required, such as when a lens gets progressively softer towards its edges.

As seen with the Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN, the boost in image quality by DxO Optics Modules makes it perform better in terms of sharpness and distortion (while also eliminating vignetting and aberrations). As illustrated below, nowhere is this clearer than in combating lens softness.

DxO Optics Lens Correction Example 1

1. The uncorrected lens displays a significant difference in sharpness between the center of the frame and the corners.

DxO Optics Lens Correction Example 2

2. Typically, photo editing software uses a generic profile to make a global correction across the entire image based on the sharpening required at the center.

DxO Optics Lens Correction Example 3

3. Edge of frame sharpening from Adobe Lightroom® (left) and DxO Optics Modules (right). Unlike Adobe Lightroom, DxO Optics Modules are able to progressively increase corrections away from the frame’s center, allowing for a sharper overall image.

Sophisticated distortion corrections deliver greater image area

DxO’s Optics Modules frequently deliver a greater image area thanks to more refined assessments when correcting distortions. When needed, DxO Optics Modules give photographers the option to gain extra image area when compared with the crop applied as the result of Lightroom’s corrections.

DxO Optics Lens Correction Example 4

Intelligent control of chromatic aberration

In addition, DxO’s Optics Modules remove chromatic aberrations — both longitudinal, and lateral. Chromatic aberrations vary depending on the focal length and distance, and DxO’s algorithms take these into account in order to perform more accurate corrections. Colored outlines are removed without degrading the image’s color or detail.

Vignetting accurately removed

Finally, vignetting is resolved, correcting the darker edges of the frame that can occur in certain lenses and at specific focal lengths.

The most exacting science, the highest quality

Each DxO Optics Module is created using individual camera and lens combinations. This means that any minor differences in the performance of a sensor can be measured across all the examples of it in a manufacturer’s lens mount range.

For instance, with the new Optics Modules for the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS S, measurements were not made using just a single full-frame Alpha camera, but with almost every Sony camera on the market.

Latest DxO Optics Modules

The latest DxO Optics Modules update — available now — includes the following cameras and lenses, each optimized for specific camera and lens combinations:

  • Canon EOS R6 Mark II
  • Fujifilm X-T5
  • OM System OM-5
  • Sony A7R V
  • Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | C (L-mount)
  • Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C (Sony FE)
  • Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN | C (Sony FE)
  • Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN | C (L-mount)
  • Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS S (Sony FE)
  • Tokina ATX-M 11-18mm F2.8 (Sony E)

Orders

Order your DxO Software direct from DxO.

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Post Date: 1/11/2023 3:22:22 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, January 8, 2023

I took a little time out to finish off another moose photo waiting in the to-process queue.

The Canon EOS R5 and RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens are a fantastic wildlife combination and take credit for this picture.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
300mm  f/5.6  1/400s
ISO 1600
8192 x 5464px
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Post Date: 1/8/2023 12:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 6, 2023

Resolution test results are now available on the Sony Alpha 7R V Review page.

These results are outstanding, as expected.

Here is the Sony Alpha 7R V vs. Alpha 1 resolution comparison.

Order the Sony Alpha 7R V at B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX.

Rent the Sony Alpha 7R V from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 1/6/2023 9:04:19 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 5, 2023

Noise test results are now available on the Sony Alpha 7R V Review page.

The results are very good, as expected for the resolution.

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Rent the Sony Alpha 7R V from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 1/5/2023 9:56:37 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 3, 2023

During last year's Rocky Mountain National Park instructional photo tour, we spotted this bull elk from about a mile away. The size of the antlers was an easy reason to go after this animal, but there was another good reason.

While a great subject is paramount for a great image, a primary wildlife or portrait subject often fills a relatively small percentage of the frame. Elk are large animals, and this one fills the composition enough to leave just-comfortable breathing room at the top and bottom. Still, most of the frame is background.

The full Sony Alpha 1 image measures 8,640 x 5,760 pixels, yielding 49,766,400 total pixels. Cropping the image to fit only the elk results in 3,499 x 4,729 pixels and 16,546,771 total pixels. Dividing the smaller total pixels number by the larger one indicates that the elk consumes only 33% of the frame.

Therefore, the background is a vital part of the image. Blurring the background is a great option for emphasizing the subject and removing distractions. While a 600mm f/4 lens can blur the background stronger than most others, the size of the elk pushes the focus distance long enough that the background details remain discernable. Thus, the background still needs to be supportive.

A reason for pursuing this opportunity was the evenly vegetated meadow background. The meadow provides a complementary color and a sense of the location without competing for attention.

A bull elk standing in bright sunlight is an easy scenario to produce a sharp image in, and a fast framerate is unnecessary, right? Not so fast.

That bright sunlight creates heatwaves, and telephoto-focal-length-magnified heatwaves blur the image. The background is already blurred, but the eye must be sharp. Heatwaves move fast, and high-speed continuous shooting often results in some eye-sharp images among the blurred ones.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/800s
ISO 125
8640 x 5760px
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Post Date: 1/3/2023 1:38:29 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Tamron Americas:

Tamron Announces Distribution Change for Canada:

Tamron Americas Now Serving Canadian Retailers and Consumers Directly

January 3, 2023, Commack, NY – Tamron Americas (formerly Tamron USA), based in Commack, NY, announces it is responsible for direct sales, marketing, and repair service for the Canadian market effective January 1, 2023. Tamron Americas (“Tamron” hereafter) is the direct subsidiary of Tamron Co., Ltd., and is now handling Tamron Photo Lens and Industrial Optics business for all North and South America. The move will allow pricing parity of Tamron products and Instant Savings for Canadian and U.S. customers (when converted to Canadian dollars) and many other benefits. Customers will enjoy their same retailer network throughout the Canadian provinces and can locate their local retailer here.

Canadians will also benefit from robust marketing throughout Canada that will include sales and educational events. Tamron will bring educational events to authorized retailers in the form of in-person workshops and seminars with Tamron’s top-notch team of professional photographers and technical representatives. Events are listed on the Tamron Americas website here.

Instant Savings on select Tamron lenses is available when purchased through an authorized Tamron Americas Canada dealer. Current Instant Savings are published on the Tamron Americas website here.

Tamron’s 6-year limited warranty will be available for all new purchases made in Canada from an authorized retailer starting January 1, 2023. Repair service for Canadian customers will be handled through Tamron’s authorized repair service center in Toronto. Users in need of repair can contact Tamron Americas at 1-800-827-8880 or email Customer Service at custserv@tamron.com for repair request information. Those Tamron owners with products purchased prior to this date will maintain their existing warranty. See website for details here.

Tamron publishes Tamron Magazine three times per year, and the digital version of the magazine will be available in English, French and Spanish. The current issue 14 is available in French now here. Photographers can also enjoy their choice of four eNewsletter subscriptions available in English, French and Spanish, starting in February 2023. Photo enthusiasts and pros can subscribe to the eNewsletters subscriptions—General (New Product, Promos, and News); Everything Travel and Landscape Photography; Portrait, Sports and Event Photography; and World of Close-Up and Art Photography—here. On Tamron’s website, information found at each lens product page will be available in English, French and Spanish. In addition, Tamron’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube) will incorporate informational and inspirational content for Canadian and American customers.

Canadian customers will register their Tamron lenses purchased on or after January 1, 2023, at the Tamron Americas website here. Qualifying Canadian customers will be admitted to the Tamron VIP Club in 2024. Find details for the VIP Club here.

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Post Date: 1/3/2023 12:28:09 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 29, 2022

Their day job primarily involves harassing the herd bulls, but the satellite bulls will also fight each other. These two young Rocky Mountain National Park bulls seemed to be sparing vs. having an all-out battle.

To keep the eyes of both bulls in the sharp plane of focus, a side-on position was taken. A low shooting position gives the elk a larger apparent stature and increases the background distance, letting it go strongly blurred.

This fight took place early in the day. With limited light, an all-action-stopping shutter speed required a very high ISO setting. I opted to shoot with a slow shutter speed to avoid the high noise levels. This decision reduced the keeper rate, but often a small number of great images is better than many mediocre ones, and I had a nice quantity of sharp images from the fight.

That said, the ISO 4000 setting yields a noticeable amount of noise. Subject detail, such as hair, hides noise better than evenly colored areas, such as the smoothly blurred background. Strong noise reduction destroys details, but it is especially helpful for removing noise from a blurred background.

So, this image was processed once with weak noise reduction and once with strong noise reduction. The two images were loaded into photoshop layers, with the subject-selected mask hiding the strong noise reduction layer. The subjects retain details (and noise) and the background appears similar to a low ISO setting. A similar tactic can be used in Lightroom.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/200s
ISO 4000
8640 x 5760px
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Post Date: 12/29/2022 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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