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 Sunday, November 20, 2022

The big super-telephoto lenses deliver the ultimate wildlife image quality. The Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens and Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS Lens are my favorite wildlife lenses, and they are my easy first choices for photographing elk.

However, there are times when wider would be helpful — a wider focal length and a wider aperture. In those cases, the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Lens become my first choices. Unfortunately, flying with and managing two big lenses in the field is challenging.

This year, I opted to take on that challenge, taking a lens from each class to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Pelican 1615 Air Wheeled Hard Case was the primary solution to the mentioned challenge. When flying, the camera bodies were unmounted, the big lens hoods were reversed, pads were added, and additional lenses were included in the case — up to the airline-checked bag weight limit. The case was locked and checked.

In the field, the configuration shown below worked great. With the Robus monopods removed, the Pelican case closed, enabling easy and safe transport to and from my room.

Pelican 1615 Air Wheeled Hard Case Loaded

As pictured, both lenses in their LensCoat covers were immediately available for roadside opportunities or for the long stalk.

This bull elk, fresh out of the wallow, was proud of his muddy (and smelly) coat and looking for cows. When photographing wildlife, predicting behavior correctly delivers the ultimate shots, and I guessed this one right.

Seeing the relatively short working distance available for the potential water crossing, the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens got the call. This lens's angle of view was just wide enough to fit the elk in the frame, and the f/2.8 aperture strongly blurred the background, which is not easy to do while fitting a large elk in the frame.


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 11/20/2022 6:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 17, 2022

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 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary in Sony E-mount
·SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary in Sony E-mount

[Benefit of the update]

·AF assist function during video recording is now supported.

*Only Sony camera models with AF assist function are supported.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports in Sony E-mount

[Benefits of the update]

·AF assist function during video recording is now supported.

*Only Sony camera models with AF assist function are supported.

·The phenomenon whereby in rare cases the focus moves after being set during single AF when it is used on the Sony a7 IV has been corrected.

[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.

Learn more:

Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Review
Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Review
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens Review

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Post Date: 11/17/2022 6:17:31 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 16, 2022
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Post Date: 11/16/2022 8:06:01 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 15, 2022

From ProGrade Digital

PROGRADE DIGITAL ANNOUNCES A HIGHER CAPACITY 512GB MEMORY CARD

SDXC V60 512GB Enables You to Capture a Larger Number of Stills and Record Extended Number of Video Clips at a New Price Point

San Jose, CA November 15, 2022, 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 higher capacity SDXC UHS-II V60 512GB memory card. With the same sustained read speeds of up to 250MB/s and sustained write speed of up to 130MB/s as our other SD V60 Gold memory cards professionals can now capture even longer clips of high-resolution video and/or greater amount of still images. ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 cards bring high performance to digital cinema cameras, DSLRs, and mirrorless cameras, which produce incredibly rich data streams and require greater capacity from a memory card.

“The addition of an SD V60, 512GB capacity point into our Gold product line provides a nice option for those shooting large amounts of 4K video at bit rates that don’t demand a V90 performance level,” said Wes Brewer, founder, and CEO of ProGrade Digital. We see this capacity and performance level providing a great value to less demanding photography and videography needs with a very attractive price point just under $200 USD.” This card will also be compatible with our unique Refresh Pro™ software, allowing professionals to refresh their ProGrade Digital cards back to factory condition and monitor the health of their cards.

ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II V60 512GB, U3, Class 10 portfolio:

  • Maximum read speed up to 250MB/s
  • Burst write speed up to 130MB/s
  • Minimum sustained write speed 60MB/s
  • Capacities: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

SD V60 Delivers:

  • High-performance speed verified to perform at a sustained read rate of up to 250MB/s
  • Video tested and certified to perform at a minimum sustained recording rate of 60MB/s
  • Recommended and tested in a wide range of DSLR, MILC, and Cinema-grade video cameras
  • Optimized for 4K, UHD, Full HD, Motion JPEG, and most high bit rate MPEG-4 CODECs
  • Laser etched unique serial numbering for the tracking of key components and manufacturing data for the highest quality control
  • Refresh Pro support to monitor card health and refresh the card back to factory-fresh condition
  • Packaging: Biodegradable fiber tray
  • 3-year warranty

Card Format: SDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60

Speed: Up to 2500 MB/s read speed, Up to 130MB/s write speed

Capacities: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Pricing: $54.99, $104.99, $199.99 Orders

Order the ProGrade Digital SDXC Memory Cards at B&H.

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Post Date: 11/15/2022 10:19:22 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sabrent, a popular and respected brand in the computer accessories market, is now producing memory cards and readers. I mentioned using them recently, and here is a closer look at the Sabrent CFexpress Type B and SDXC Memory Cards and Readers.

Support this site by ordering the Sabrent CFexpress Type B and SDXC Memory Cards and Readers from B&H.

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Post Date: 11/15/2022 8:01:16 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 14, 2022

From Lexar:

LEXAR ANNOUNCES NEW LEXAR® PROFESSIONAL CFEXPRESS™ TYPE A CARD GOLD SERIES 320GB – THE WORLD’S FASTEST CFEXPRESS TYPE A Key Features:

  • For photographers and videographers who demand superior performance with transfer speeds of up to 900MB/s1 read
  • Transfer speeds up to 900MB/s read, 800MB/s write, and minimum write speed of 700MB/s1
  • Large capacity of 320GB for professionals with demanding workloads on the go
  • Bundled with the Lexar® Professional CFexpress™ Type A / SD™ USB 3.2 Gen 2 Reader for seamless workflow4
  • Smooth and high-speed capture of high-quality images and 8K and 4K 120FPS video
  • Rated Video Performance Guarantee 400 (VPG 400)
  • Lifetime limited warranty³

San Jose, USA, November 8, 2022 — Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, is proud to announce the new Lexar® Professional CFexpress™ Type A Card GOLD Series in the 320GB capacity. Ideal for professional creators, photographers, and videographers who want to capture high-quality images with superior read speed up to 900MB/s. 1 The 320GB model will be bundled with the Lexar® Professional CFexpress™ Type A / SD™ USB 3.2 Gen 2 Reader for a more seamless workflow from field to post-production.

With read speed up to 900MB/s1 and write speed up to 800MB/s1, Lexar® Professional CFexpress™ Type A Card GOLD Series 320GB is designed to seamlessly capture high-resolution images and cinema-quality 8K video. It is also ideal for professionals who need to handle demanding workflow on the go.

Also, the Lexar® Professional CFexpress™ Type A Card GOLD Series 320GB allows professional creators to get back to business without having to constantly switch cards. And for added peace of mind, the card is also rated Video Performance Guarantee 400 (VPG 400) meeting a minimum write speed of 700MB/s1 so your content is captured seamlessly without dropping a frame.

With superior performance to capture cinema-quality video, the Lexar® CFexpress™ Type A Card Gold Series in 320GB delivers the rugged durability you need to protect from temperature, shock, and vibration allowing you to capture more adventures and store valuable data in a variety of elements2.

“We are excited to announce the Lexar® Professional CFexpress™ Type A Card GOLD Series in the 320GB capacity. And, with the Lexar® Professional CFexpress™ Type A / SD™ USB 3.2 Gen 2 Reader included, professionals can expect top performance and speed up their workflow from capture to transfer and editing," said Joel Boquiren, General Manager of Lexar.

Lexar® Professional CFexpress Type A Card GOLD Series 320GB with Lexar® Professional CFexpress™ Type A/SD™ Card Reader bundle is available now for purchase online at an MSRP of $ 699.99.

Orders

The Lexar Professional CFexpress Type A Memory Card GOLD Series and reader are in stock at B&H.

1 Up to 900MB/s sustained read transfer, write speeds lower. Speeds based on internal testing. Actual sustained speed may vary depending on the host device.

2 Temperature-proof: Withstands operating temperature range from 14ºF (-10ºC) to 158ºF (70 ºC) and non-operating temperatures from -4ºF (-20ºC) or 185ºF (85 ºC).

Shock resistant (50[G], 11[ms] / half sine wave. Apply the above impact 3 times from each of 3 orthogonal directions.)

Vibration resistant (10[Hz] to 2000[Hz] to 10[Hz], Sweep time: 20 minutes. 12 cycles per axis, (36 cycles for 3 axes), Test time: 12[hr]).

3 Lifetime limited warranty is limited to 10 years from purchase in Germany and regions not recognizing lifetime warranty.

4 Bundle for CFexpress Type A GOLD Series 320GB ONLY

Lexar is not liable for any loss of data or images.

Warning: CFexpress™ Type A cards are only compatible with devices that support the CFexpress™ format. Highest transfer speed achieved only when used with a CFexpress™ Type-A reader, indicated by a boxed USB logo on the product. Contact your device manufacturer for details.

Warning: Compatible with CFexpress™ Type A memory cards and SD™ memory cards only, as clearly indicated by the framed USB label on the card. The use of incompatible memory cards will result in data loss. For more information on memory cards, please consult the card manufacturer

[Note:]

[Product page only:] Product appearance, performance, software offerings, and packaging may vary depending on ship date and available inventory.

Actual usable memory capacity may vary. 1GB equals 1 billion bytes.

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Post Date: 11/14/2022 10:00:00 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 10, 2022

Sony Alpha 7 IV firmware update version 1.11 is available for download.

Firmware Version 1.11 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improved the reliability of shutter travel.
  2. Improved the phenomenon that the movie file rotated by the camera may not be rotated on the computer.

Get the Sony Alpha 7 IV at B&H.

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Post Date: 11/10/2022 8:02:49 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Portkeys:

PortKeys PT6 Live Streaming Assist Monitor

PortKeys has launched the PT6 Live Streaming Assist Monitor, a 600-nit budget-friendly monitor packed with content creation and live streaming assist features.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor 3D LUT Output

The touchscreen display is a 5.2", 1920x1080 resolution monitor featuring a 600-nit peak brightness with a 1500:1 contrast ratio. The screen can display a 100% P3 colour gamut at 10-bit depth.

The display supports inputs up to 4096 x 2160 at 24hz. This wide range allows support for even the latest professional cameras.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor Color Gamut

As a live streaming assist monitor, the PT6 has an HDMI Output and Input. The PT6 can output a 1920x1080p signal at 60Hz. The PT6 can output a signal which includes a 3D LUT, Anamorphic De-Squeeze, UI from the Camera and the Stretch Legs feature. Live streaming can be achieved with only the PT6, a compatible camera and a live streaming box.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor 3D LUT Output

The Stretch Legs feature allows the user to stretch the image below a chosen point when shooting vertically. Alongside this feature, the PT6 has a customizable menu to access features such as Zebras, 3D Lut, and Luma Histograms.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor Stretch

The PT6 can de-squeeze anamorphic footage in a wide range of aspect ratios listed below.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor Anamorphic

The image brightness, tint and contrast can all be adjusted on the PT6, ready for perfect live-streaming output.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor Brightness

The PT6 has several options for peaking, which can be customized in the UI to help you nail focus every time.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor Peaking

A customized image crop can be applied on the PT6 and adjusted in the UI for the perfect output frame.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor Crop

The PT6 has multiple power options. It supports Sony NP-F970/F960/F750/F550 and Canon LP-E6 batteries. Alternatively, the PT6 can also be powered with a 7~24V power supply. The battery tray features a lock to avoid heavier batteries falling out of place.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor Power

Additional interface features are a USB-A port that can be used for future firmware updates and 3D LUT importing. Alongside this, there is a 3.5mm microphone jack for audio monitoring. Included are the PT6 monitor, an MH-2 Mount, HDMI Cable, HDMI - Micro HDMI Cable, User Manual, Carrying Box and a Sunshade for outdoor monitoring.

PortKeys PT6 4K HDMI Touchscreen Monitor Diagram

Overall, for $169, the PT6 is a feature-packed monitor that will assist the video creation process for creators of all levels.

Full List of HDMI Output Features

  • 3D LUT
  • Tint
  • Contrast
  • Luma Histogram
  • Chroma
  • HDR(HLG)
  • Gesture Zooming
  • Sharpness
  • UI Interface
  • Image Brightness
  • Check Field
  • Anamorphic
  • Vertical Extension
  • Rectangle Crop

Orders

Order the B&H.

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Post Date: 11/10/2022 7:49:53 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 8, 2022

This day was spent at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, a US Olympic & Paralympic training site, and the BMX stunt bikers were delivering incredible stunt after incredible stunt. While it was tempting to just watch the impressive action, images create a longer memory, and I had a job to do.

Fortunately, the Canon EOS R6 Mark II and Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens made capturing peak BMX bike stunt action easy.

The camera position for this image provided a beautiful blue sky background, and the camera angle took full advantage of the circular polarizer filter's effect. Despite the polarizer reducing light, the ultra-wide f/1.8 aperture allowed an action-stopping 1/1250 shutter speed at ISO 100.

With all focus points selected, the R6 II would pick up the stunt rider entering the frame and track them for the extent of the burst. The R6 II's 40 fps continuous shooting rate ensured that the perfect moment of every stunt was on the card.

While it was fun to shoot the stunt riders with wide-angle lenses on the ramp, the mid-telephoto 135mm focal length was ideal for keeping the rider large in the frame at the peak of the stunt, while still showing the ramp for perspective.

Note that a preproduction R6 II camera and RF 135 lens captured this image.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
135mm  f/1.8  1/1250s
ISO 100
6000 x 4000px
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Post Date: 11/8/2022 11:22:33 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Lens firmware update version 2.0 is available for download.

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens firmware update version 2.0 is available for download.

Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens firmware update version 3.0 is available for download.

Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens firmware update version 2.0 is available for download.

Firmware updates incorporate the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improves the Image Stabilization performance when used with the ILCE-7RM5 camera
  2. Improves operational stability
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Post Date: 11/8/2022 7:45:32 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

"Capture One 23 (16.0.0) is a feature release containing new functionality, new camera and lens support, and important bug fixes."

New features and functionality

  • Smart Adjustments
  • Cull and Import upgrades
  • Layers in Styles
  • Change Capture Time
  • Capture One Live: Reviewer Management
  • Capture One Live: New Business Model

General User Experience Improvements and tweaks

  • Improved performance for Sony files
  • Improved performance for systems with multiple GPUs
  • New touchpoints for Capture One Live

Get the full details of this update in the release notes.

Support this site by ordering Capture One Pro at B&H.

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Post Date: 11/8/2022 7:28:08 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 7, 2022

Image quality test results are now available on the Tamron 20-40mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens Review page.

Create some comparisons.

Support this site by ordering the Tamron 20-40mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 20-40mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 11/7/2022 7:51:24 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, November 6, 2022

It seemed awkward to show up for dinner with a tripod, but I did take a camera. Then the balance of the hotel lights with the blue hour sky called.

Until this point, most of the R6 II photo opportunities involved fast action that stressed its outstanding AF capabilities and high-speed frame rate. This subject was going nowhere, but the light was dim. While the ISO settings could be increased, a clear blue sky makes high ISO noise readily apparent.

Squatted down with a Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens set to 27mm and mounted to the Canon EOS R6 Mark II, The R6 II captured mostly sharp 1-second exposures and a solid number of sharp 2-second exposures (even with ADD kicking in before a second of holding the shutter release down). While a tripod would have been the optimal support for this shot, IBIS did the job remarkably well.

The capabilities of IBIS are extremely valuable, adding versatility to the kit. The value of adding image stabilization to your current non-stabilized lenses (including EF models) is huge.

Note that a preproduction R6 II captured this image.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
27mm  f/5.6  1s
ISO 250
6000 x 4000px
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Post Date: 11/6/2022 7:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 2, 2022

From Canon USA:

Boundless Creativity: Canon Announces the Canon EOS R6 Mark II Hybrid Full-Frame Camera

New RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens and Speedlite EL-5 Flash Unit Also Announced

MELVILLE, NY, November 2, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the launch of the new EOS R6 Mark II camera body, Canon’s new hybrid full-frame camera, and the first EOS R series full-frame mirrorless to take the step into the second generation. In addition, Canon is also introducing the new RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM mid-telephoto portrait lens and Speedlite EL-5 flash unit.

Ideal for advanced amateurs and featuring user-friendly functions, the EOS R6 Mark II camera is a high-performance hybrid camera that’s designed to capture decisive moments in both photo and video formats. It will satisfy a wide range of needs including professional production, vlogging, still pictures, filmmaking, and more. The camera is also well-suited for various photography subjects such as portrait, landscape, sports and wildlife. With the EOS R6 Mark II camera, creativity has virtually no borders.

As the market share leader for mirrorless cameras in the United States through Q3 of 2022[i], Canon continues to strengthen its innovative EOS R lineup with the new EOS R6 Mark II camera. The EOS R6 Mark II offers enhanced video and photo functions, such as in-body Image Stabilization, as well as specifications that can satisfy video production needs, such as controlled focusing.

“As a filmmaker who is always on the move, I need a camera I can trust in a multitude of environments as well as keeping up with my fast paced style of shooting and the new Canon EOS R6 Mark II does just that.” said Canon Co-Lab Creator, Sam Newton.

Canon EOS R6 Mark II Body

In addition to its compact size and ease of use, the EOS R6 Mark II camera also features:

  • 24.2 megapixels, full-frame image sensor
  • 4K 59.94p video recording
  • External 6K RAW video recording / Internal 4K video recording oversampled from 6K
  • High-speed burst shooting
  • Canon Log 3 maximizing dynamic range
  • Autofocus (AF): highly accurate subject detection with human, animal[ii], vehicle and automatic settings
  • Horses, trains, and airplanes are newly detectable through the use of deep learning technology
  • Continuous movie recording that exceeds 30 minutes
  • Up to 12 frames per second mechanical shutter
  • Up to 40 frames per second with electronic shutter
  • In-body Image Stabilization as effective as up to 8 stops faster shutter speed[iii]

Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens

Alongside the new camera body, Canon has announced a new addition to its growing line of innovative RF lenses – the RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM. This is a fixed focal length mid-telephoto portrait lens that is compatible with any EOS R-series camera. The RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM achieves beautiful and generous bokeh with the large-diameter F1.8 and comes equipped with in-lens Image Stabilization. The coordinated control of this IS coupled with the in-body IS present in the EOS R6 Mark II camera and other EOS R equipped IBIS cameras helps reduce camera shake and empowers photographers to express a feel of motion when shooting in dark areas with slow shutter speeds.

“The image quality and super smooth bokeh out of the new RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM lens is absolutely spectacular and superior to the EF version.” said Canon Explorer of Light, Vanessa Joy.

Canon Speedlite EL-5 Flash

Additionally, Canon has announced the new Speedlite EL-5 flash unit, designed for superior compatibility with the new EOS R6 Mark II. The Speedlite EL-5 is Canon’s first flash product compatible with the new multi-function shoe present in the EOS R6 Mark II, EOS R3, EOS R7 and EOS R10 cameras.

“The new Canon Speedlite EL-5 flash will give that magical kiss of light that brings a picture to life and illuminates your creative vision.” said Canon Explorer of Light, Bob Davis.

Price & Availability

Canon EOS R6 Mark II camera body only and kits with either the Canon RF24-105 F4 L IS USM or the RF24-105 F4.0-7.1 IS STM USM lens will be available in late November 2022 for estimated retail prices of $2499.00, $3599.00 and $2799.00 respectively*.

The Canon RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM will be available in late January 2023 for an estimated retail price of $2099.00*.

The Canon Speedlite EL-5 flash unit will be available in late March 2023 for an estimated retail price of $399.99*.

Orders

Support this site by ordering the Canon EOS R6 Mark II from B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | WEX

Order the Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | WEX

Order the Canon Speedlite EL-5 from B&H

# # #

[i] The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, U.S., Detachable Lens Cameras, Digital Lens Type: Mirrorless, Jan.- Sept. 2022 combined.

[ii] Effectiveness varies depending on the subject. In some cases, dogs, cats or birds may not be detected, while some animals other than dogs, cats or birds may be detected.

[iii] CIPA standards compliant, using RF24-105 F4 L IS USM as the lens, with a focal length of 105mm.

* Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

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Post Date: 11/2/2022 12:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Sony's 2022 Q2 financial results are available on the Investor Relations page.

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

Speech Transcript
Financial Statements
Supplementary Information Webcast

This report shows that Entertainment, Technology & Services and Imaging and Sensing Solutions had a good quarter and first half, with a strong forecast. A positive impact of foreign exchange rates and an increase in camera and imaging sensor sales are cited.

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Post Date: 11/1/2022 9:51:26 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 26, 2022

From Sony Electronics Inc.:

Sony Electronics’ New Alpha 7R V Camera Delivers a New High-Resolution Imaging Experience with AI-Based Autofocus

New Artificial Intelligence (AI) Processing Unit with 61 MP High Resolution Image Sensor and BIONZ XR™ Processing Engine Combine to Deliver Best-Ever Image Quality for an Alpha Body

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 26, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. announced the Alpha 7R V (model ILCE-7RM5) as the newest R series camera in its acclaimed line of Alpha mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The Alpha 7R V combines Sony’s highest resolution image sensor in an Alpha camera with a new AI (artificial intelligence) processing unit dedicated to AI-based image recognition – a first in any Alpha camera – as well as the powerful BIONZ XR™ image processing engine – a first in the “R” full-frame lineup. The combination of the high-resolution sensor and these processors enables new breakthroughs in subject recognition and capture for both still photography and video.

The new Alpha 7R V offers 61.0MP still images plus the most effective 8-step image stabilization system ever offered in any of Sony’s Alpha cameras, as well as refined 8K movie recording, a new 4-axis multi-angle LCD monitor, high-speed communication functions, high-level operability and smooth workflow integration. Sony’s newest camera is ideal for professionals who need a first-class high-resolution imaging tool.

“The newest addition to our Alpha 7R lineup is the perfect example of our relentless drive to develop industry-leading imaging technology,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “We are thrilled to introduce the all-new Alpha 7R V with high-resolution and extremely advanced AI integrations that deliver next-generation autofocus performance. We are excited to see what our community creates with the new Alpha 7R V.”

Sony Alpha 7R V with LCD Open

Improved AF Accuracy Based on Newly Developed AI Processing Unit

The Alpha 7R V features next-generation AF Real-time Recognition AF, with advanced accuracy and broader subject recognition thanks to a new AI (artificial intelligence) processing unit with deep learning. The state-of-the-art AI processing uses detailed information about human form and pose estimation to dramatically improve recognition accuracy beyond systems which only detect face and eye and make full use of its potential. Real-time Recognition AF, using AI subject recognition, has been developed to include several subject types, including animals, vehicles and insects. The Alpha 7R V also includes continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking.

In addition to the advanced AI technology, the Alpha 7R V includes improvement to many beloved features from other cameras in Sony’s Alpha series that are now included for the first time in Sony’s 7R series:

  • Tenacious Real-time Tracking
  • Faster and more precise wide-area, high-density AF system
  • Silent, vibration-free shooting at up to 7 fps
  • Continuously shoot up to 583 compressed RAW images at high speed

The Alpha 7R V also includes focus features that support high resolution including full-time DMF (direct manual focus), and focus bracketing, a highly-requested capability that allows for focus stacked images.

Extraordinary Resolution Known to Sony’s Alpha 7R Series

The Alpha 7R V was designed to deliver overwhelming detail thanks to the latest BIONZ XR™ image processing engine and a 35mm full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with approximately 61.0 effective megapixels. The latest BIONZ XR image processing engine ensures that the resolution potential of the camera’s sensor is fully utilized to deliver the highest resolution at low sensitivity in the Alpha series thus far. This enables sensitivity settings from ISO 100 to ISO 32000 for both stills and movies and wide dynamic range with 15 stops for stills.

The Alpha 7R V’s entire image stabilization system has been updated with a high-precision image stabilization unit, advanced gyro sensors, and optimized image stabilization algorithms for stills and video. In addition to up to the 8-step compensation effect for stills, the new stabilization algorithm provides precise detection and control right down to the single-pixel level, taking full advantage of the sensor’s 61.0-megapixel resolution potential to bring out the finest subject details. Sony’s newest camera also offers upgraded Pixel Shift Multi Shooting, which takes advantage of the precision in-body image stabilization system control, capturing multiple pixel-shifted images that are later composited using a computer to achieve overwhelming resolution in a single image. Using the latest version of Imaging Edge Desktop™ Ver.3.5 computer application, small pixel-level movements, such as a shift in the subject’s position or leaves on a tree, are automatically detected and corrected for optimized compositing can be achieved. 16-image composites with approximately 240.8 million pixels (19,008 x 12,672 pixels) can be produced from data that is equivalent to approximately 963.2 million pixels. The Alpha 7R V also supports precise and versatile external flash control for additional creative flexibility. Additionally, when in challenging lighting conditions the Alpha 7R V effectively suppresses flickering from artificial lights for stills and video.

Additional features that offer flexibility for still photography includes:

  • Addition of Lossless RAW image compression and selectable RAW image sizes and quality
  • Greatly expanded focus and exposure bracketing
  • Creative Look settings for stills and videos in camera
  • High-quality HEIF images with high compression efficiency
  • Wide brightness range for large screen viewing.

Cinematic Video Capabilities

In addition to incredible still photography capabilities, the Alpha 7R V offers advanced video capabilities. Sony’s newest camera delivers 8Ki 24/25p video, 4K video oversampled from 6.2K without binning, a high-efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, all intra recording, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, and more for high image quality and flexible editing. It also includes evolved subject recognition for unprecedented real-time tracking reliability, breathing compensation and the ability to use camera metadata for post-processing and advanced in-body image stabilization. In addition to in-body Active mode image stabilization for smoother on-the-go recording, the Alpha 7R V is compatible with select lenses that include built-in image stabilization for even more stable framing and smooth footage.

Operability and Reliability

The Alpha 7R V pairs outstanding reliability for professional needs in both stills and videos with a compact, lightweight form factor. The Alpha 7R V includes a new 4-axis multi-angle LCD monitor that combines the utility of a conventional tilting monitor with side-opening vari-angle flexibility, and an electronic viewfinder with 9.44 million dots. The Alpha 7R V also includes two CFexpress Type A/SDXC compatible media slots and a brand-new menu system with touch control and a wide range of customizable functions.

The Alpha 7R V also allows professionals to optimize their workflow with updated connectivity for improved support. Data can be transferred at high speed over Wi-Fi (802.11ac) 2x2 MIMO or a wired SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps connection via a USB-C® port. In addition to allowing efficient remote shooting as well as still and movie file transfers, new USB streaming features support UVC/UAC, allowing direct streaming from the camera even in 4K (QFHD) resolution with audio as well.

Based on feedback from professionals, the Alpha 7R V includes improved heat dissipation for extended recording times, an upgraded dust and moisture resistant design, a durable magnesium alloy chassis, and other refinements for maximum reliability in challenging working environments.

The Alpha 7R V is also compatible with the new PCK-LG3 Screen Protect Glass Sheet, which maintains touch sensitivity while protecting the LCD monitor against stains and fingerprints. ?

Designed for Professionals with Sustainability in Mind

Measures have been taken to reduce the environmental footprint of this product at various stages of its life cycle: from product development through supply chain, production, and packaging. Sony aims to inspire through efficient use of energy and resources. Recycled plastic including SORPLAS™ ? were partially used for the camera body. In addition, manufacturing takes place at a facility using renewable energy.

Sony is working towards the use of plastic free packaging materials that provide ample protection against shock and impact. Plant-based non-woven fabrics are used for product bags. All of these considerations help to minimize environmental impact.

Pricing and Availability

The new Alpha 7R V will begin shipping in December and is available for approximately $3,900 USD and $5,300 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

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Support this site by ordering your Sony Alpha 7R V from B&H.
 

Notes:

1 CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. FE 50mm F1.2 GM. Long exposure NR off.

2 Slow & Quick Motion is not available when recording XAVC HS 8K movies. [APS-C/S35 Shooting] is fixed at [Off]. Angle of view is approx. 1.2x.

3 Camera may not accurately recognize all specified subjects in all conditions. Subject types other than the type specified may be erroneously recognized in some cases.

4 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.

5 Up to 8 fps with AF/AE tracking when shooting with live view. Maximum continuous shooting speed will depend on camera settings.

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

7 Some image distortion may occur when shooting fast-moving subjects or when panning or otherwise moving the camera rapidly.

8 Up to 7 fps in continuous “Hi+” mode. Maximum continuous shooting speed will depend on camera settings.

9 Sony CEA-G160T CFexpress Type A memory card used. Continuous Hi+ mode. Actual number of images may vary according to shooting conditions.

10 Not applicable to the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS and E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS LE lenses or any A-mount lens. Full-time DMF is not available when shooting continuously in AF-C or AF-A mode (not including Lo), or when using the SEL70200GM lens in AF-C mode.

11 A-mount lenses not supported.

12 Expandable to ISO 50-80 and 40000-102400 for stills.

13 Sony test conditions. Still images

14 As of the October 2022 product announcement. Applicable models: Alpha 1 and Alpha 7R V

15 Image size after compositing is approx. 60.2 million (9 504×6 336) pixels for 4-image shots, and approx. 240.8 million pixels (19 008 x 12 672) for 16-image shots.

16 Only 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected. Continuous shooting speed may decrease. Phase-detection AF coverage is reduced. Flicker-free shooting is not available during silent shooting, BULB exposure, or movie recording.

17 When shooting Super 35mm at 30p or 24/25p.

18 Slight image crop in Active Mode. Active mode not available when recording XAVC HS 8K or using a frame rate of at 120 (100) fps.

19 See Sony’s support web page for information on compatible lenses: https://www.sony.net/dics/7rm5-s/ ? A software update may be required for some lenses. Compensation effectiveness may vary according to the lens used.

20 Monitor movement may be limited when cables are connected to the camera’s connectors.

21 Wi-Fi® communication is enabled on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. 5 GHz communication may be restricted in some countries and regions.

22 Sony internal tests with [Auto Power OFF Temp.] set to [High].

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

24 Depending on the time of production, SORPLAS™ may not be used for some parts

25 Not including materials used in coatings and adhesives.

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

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Post Date: 10/26/2022 9:37:06 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 24, 2022

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 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art in SONY E-mount
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art in SONY E-mount

[Benefit of the update]

AF assist function during video recording is now supported.

*Only SONY camera models with AF assist function are supported.

[Applicable product]

  • SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art in SONY E-mount
  • SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary in SONY E-mount
  • SIGMA 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary in SONY E-mount
  • SIGMA 35mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary in SONY E-mount
  • SIGMA 65mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary in SONY E-mount
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art in SONY E-mount

[Benefits 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.

[How to update]

Please select the appropriate 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

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Post Date: 10/24/2022 9:56:05 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD Lens Review

This lens is currently ranked 21st among the best-selling mirrorless lenses at B&H — out of 1204 lenses.

Support this site by ordering the Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 10/24/2022 12:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, October 23, 2022

The foreground lighting in this Badlands National Park Milky Way image is courtesy of a pair of Simorr Vibe P96L RGB Video LED Lights on Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Tripods.

Even at their lowest intensity settings (1%), half the light face required gaffer tape to bring the overall light balance down to Milky Way levels.

Post-processing of this image primarily involved peripheral shading correction and increasing the contrast of the foreground and background independently.


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 10/23/2022 7:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The key to photographing at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park is knowing when and where to point the camera. Fortunately, there are so many good options that it is easy to get some of them right.

The simplistic and distinct erosion features seen in this image held my attention long enough to create a selection problem. Today, it was time to pick one and move on. Well, that is at least until I decide it is time to pick another one.

This scene is looking into the rising sun, with reflected light creating a warm color temperature.

While a telephoto lens may not be an obvious first-choice landscape lens, the long focal lengths often provide easy compositions even in locations with limited beauty. The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is an outstanding choice for this purpose (and Zabriskie has unlimited beauty).


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 10/18/2022 9:41:20 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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