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 Monday, October 10, 2022

I did not set out to photograph coyotes this evening, but Rocky Mountain National Park sometimes produces the unexpected.

While waiting for a herd of elk to do something interesting, movement in the tall grass caught my eye. It didn't take long to determine that a coyote was on the hunt. However, it was mostly obscured by the grass. Autofocusing on the coyote was impossible, and focusing on the grass at precisely the same distance was nearly as challenging.

Then, the coyote made a pounce to catch a rodent. On heightened alert, I readied to hit the shutter release on the next leap. This process was mostly waiting with little shooting, but it only takes one successful sequence to get the desired image.

As the coyote cleared the grass, a Sony Alpha 1 shutter release press instantly locked the FE 600mm F4 GM OSS Lens's focus and tracked through the leap.

Yes, this leap also resulted in dinner for the coyote. Of course, that dinner was mostly hidden by the grass.


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 10/10/2022 9:56:09 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 6, 2022

I just returned from over two weeks of chasing the elk rut (and landscapes and nightscapes), including nearly two weeks of leading small photography groups in Rocky Mountain National Park.

With the incredible performance of the cameras now available, selecting a small number of images to share is daunting, to say the least. The image shared here was low-hanging fruit. Why do I like it?

The subject is a good starting point. Elk make great photo subjects, and this bull is an especially great specimen, having a big body and a large set of antlers, with all points visible. Also, all four legs are partially visible (no overlap).

Bugling is one of the primary elk rut activities, and this bull, angled slightly toward the camera, has his nose up and curled back. The high head position better facilitates a catchlight.

The cloudy sky provided even lighting void of harsh shadows.

The 600mm f/4 compression and shallow depth of field combined with a low shooting position render the foreground and background strongly blurred, making the subject stand out. At the same time, the juxtaposition of the blurred items is complementary to the bull.

While working on a monopod is significantly more demanding than working on a tripod, the monopod permits fast position adjustment that makes captures such as this one possible.

When photographing wildlife in dim light levels, it is advantageous to use a relatively slow shutter speed to enable optimally bright images with a lower ISO setting for less noise. However, motion-blurred subjects are not usually acceptable.

Elk seldom move fast when bugling, and the bugle usually lasts long enough for a quick adjustment before shooting. However, once the bugle is completed, the bull may suddenly chase after another animal. This fast action requires a significantly faster shutter speed.

I use manual exposure mode with the ISO set to Auto to enable quick shutter speed adjustment. A quick roll of the top dial takes the camera from still motion to fast action shutter speeds in a fraction of a second, with the ISO automatically adjusting as needed.

To accommodate auto exposures being affected by bright grass or a dark forest (both seen in this image), I adjust exposure compensation. That adjustment is simply the turn of a dial on the Sony Alpha 1.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/320s
ISO 400
8640 x 5760px
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Post Date: 10/6/2022 12:02:17 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Western Digital

Western Digital Turbocharges Versatility with New SanDisk Professional PRO-G40 SSD

San Jose, Calif. - October 05, 2022

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced it has expanded its SanDisk® Professional line of premium storage solutions with the new PRO-G40™ SSD that supports dual-mode compatibility with both Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB 3.2 Gen 2 interfaces. Inspired by the way people create and share data today, this new drive is the company’s most rugged offering to date with a high-level IP68 rating, allowing professionals to immerse themselves in the action wherever their work or vision takes them.

“The nature of my work is unpredictable and as a result I must be incredibly flexible and versatile. I share the same expectations for every piece of equipment that I use from capture to archive which is why the SanDisk Professional PRO-G40 drive will immediately be a crucial part of my workflow,” said Andy Handcock, action, portrait and reportage photographer, and PRO-TEAM ambassador. “I need storage solutions that are lightweight, compact, rugged, and insanely fast. This checks all the boxes for me. The PRO-G40 SSD can easily withstand the rigors of travel and location work while doing so with a minimal footprint. Thanks to SanDisk Professional products like these, workflow is one less thing I need to stress about which frees me to focus more on the creative. That is paramount.”

Whether for a business professional or creative pro, the PRO-G40 SSD is a simple, flexible solution that offers great efficiency to get the job done. Professionals who are ingesting, editing, rendering, and transferring large amounts of mission-critical content need portable storage that is powerful enough to eliminate unnecessary downtime, and durable enough to handle heavy usage. The versatility of both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface compatibility when collaborating eliminates the need to have two different drives, one for each interface. The PRO-G40 SSD offers extreme speed and durability for real-time editing 4K/8K straight off the drive, smooth AR/VR rendering, or transferring daily workloads in quickly.

“The new PRO-G40 SSD eliminates the problem we have all experienced before: grabbing the wrong USB-C™ cable or computer for our Thunderbolt 3 or USB devices,” said Hector Sandoval, vice president of product marketing, pricing and programs at Western Digital. “By supporting both interfaces and including a cable that does as well, this drive enables creatives to efficiently collaborate across devices without having to worry about carrying the right gear nor diminishing sustained performance as they continue producing impactful content that powers our world.”

Key Features

  • Dual-mode compatibility with both Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) and USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) hosts through a single port makes collaboration across devices easier for maximized efficiency.
  • The new offering boasts super-fast speeds up to 2700MB/s** read and 1900MB/s** write with a Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) interface. Move 50GB in 30 seconds or less and power through even the most demanding workloads. The cool aluminum core pulls heat away from the internal drive to help maintain super-fast transfer speeds over time.
  • The PRO-G40 SSD has a pro-grade enclosure that is ready for any adventure and delivers a premium strength you can feel. Its ultra-rugged design with IP68 dust/water resistance, up to 4000-pound crush resistance, and up to 3-meter drop resistance*** help withstand the elements in just about every location for ultra-durability.

Availability

The PRO-G40 SSD is available now for MSRP $299.99 (1TB*) and $449.99 (2TB*) in the United States with a five-year limited warranty.

Orders

Order the SanDisk Professional PRO-G40 SSD from B&H.

* 1TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less depending on operating environment.

** 1 MB/s = 1 million bytes per second. Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon host device, usage conditions, drive capacity, and other factors.

*** On a carpeted concrete floor.

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Post Date: 10/6/2022 8:01:44 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 5, 2022

From Benro:

Introducing Polaris

The world’s first electric tripod head with camera interface controller, remote DSLR preview & configuration through WiFi/cellular.

Remote Shooting - From Anywhere, Easily Capture the Best Moments, Smooth & Precise

As the world’s first electric tripod head with camera interface controller, Polaris enables remote precision - whether you’re adjusting the composition of a photo - or programming the geared head and camera to capture a series of photographs to create a high resolution motion timelapse. The head also supports WiFi or Cellular connection - you can preview, review, and download files quickly and from anywhere.

The intuitive app based pre-programming and electromotion system allows you to customize your own shooting schedule or routine. Simply frame the shot by adjusting your pitch and pan angles - then check and input your parameters like ISO, apeture, shutter and more.

After that - let Polaris take care of your pro-level shooting without the need to even snap the shutter. Moreover, Polaris is so smart that it analyzes your shots and automatically dials in exposure values and sharpens details in your creations, saves you from the time consuming hassle of image retouching like focus stacking and time-lapse, etc.

More than just a remote head, Polaris contains high-precision brushless motors that allow you to have control over micro adjustments to framing both vertically and horizontally.

Even a novice can tune in the perfect composition by adjusting the head through the app or manually using the physical knobs. Make the fine details in your photos even finer and capture enrapturing videos without missing a degree of what you were trying to capture.

Also, the built in GPS & compass can easily determine celestial paths and adjust the camera angles for you to capture your perfect starry sky shot or hone in on a breathtaking timelapse of a stunning landscape during sunrise or sunset.

Remote-Shooting-From-Anywhere, Strong, From Inside Out

Engineered to withstand the harsh elements outdoor shooting presents, Polaris is made with aluminum alloy that endures severe working environments. Having a bad weather day? With an IPX6 waterproof level, Polaris resists water and dust even when it comes as a splash, light rain, or a heavy storm - your inspiration is no longer limited. Polaris’s weather resistance makes every event you want to capture possible.

Moreover, driven by a high-efficiency power supply system with low consumption, Polaris ensures you an outdoor shooting experience that is both concise and reliable; The unique power-saving design further prolongs Polaris’s battery life for ultra-long outdoor shooting.

Polaris not only allows you to adjust the composition of a photo, but it enables users to program the intelligent head to capture a series of photographs, easily track and take long exposures of stars, or create high resolution motion timelapses. Polaris also offers a wireless connection so you can do all of the above remotely as well as preview, review, and download files via a dedicated app from nearly anywhere.

The Astro version is capable of all intelligent modes, and the Timelapse version is capable of all modes apart from star tracking. An Astro module add-on is also available separately if wish to upgrade your Timelapse version to be Astro capable.

Suport this site buy ordering the Benro Polaris Smart Tripod Head from B&H.

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Post Date: 10/5/2022 9:15:46 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Image quality test results are now available on the Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD Lens page.

I like what I see except the wide open 400mm results are a bit soft (f/8 produces better sharpness).

Create a few comparisons.

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: 10/4/2022 8:09:40 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 29, 2022

From Tamron:

Launch Announcement

TAMRON Announces Category-Disrupting, Fast-Aperture Standard Zoom 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A062)

New lens is smallest and lightest in its class* and opens new video opportunities

September 28, 2022, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the launch of the 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A062), a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens will be on sale October 27, 2022, at $699. However, due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.

The 20-40mm F2.8, TAMRON's latest innovation, is an unparalleled new fast-aperture standard zoom lens that can be easily carried around for everyday shooting for both still images and video. Designed for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras, the lens was created in aggressive pursuit of portability that is ideal for everyday use. Starting from 20mm at the ultra wide-angle end and covering up to 40mm in the standard focal range, it is the smallest and lightest in its class1. The 20-40mm F2.8 delivers beautiful images across the entire zoom range and is great for still photography and for creating vlogs and other video content. The lens incorporates TAMRON’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), an AF drive system using the linear motor focus mechanism. The VXD boasts superior quietness and agile performance and achieves high-speed and high-precision autofocus. With an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of just 6.7” and maximum magnification ratio 1:3.8 at the wide end, the lens provides exceptional close-range shooting capability, offering the added feature of wide macro photography.

Product Highlights

1. Fast F2.8 aperture, compact size and exceptionally versatile 20-40mm zoom range

The 20-40mm F2.8 is TAMRON's innovative creation of a new standard zoom lens, born from the unbridled desire to produce a compact size that can be carried around easily. It delivers a fast F2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range from 20mm to 40mm and achieves a class-leading compact and lightweight design at just 3.4” and 12.9 oz. At the longest zoom end, the lens offers a standard focal range of 40mm, handy for everyday shooting of snaps, portraits, and food photos. Meanwhile at the wide end, the ultra-wide 20mm focal length lets users enjoy a broad range of photography including stunning and powerful natural landscapes that make use of the unique ultra wide-angle perspective, something that cannot be expressed as readily with a fast-aperture standard zoom lens that starts at 24mm.

2. Fabulous family videos, vlogs, and other online content

The compact and lightweight 20-40mm F2.8 offers excellent handling that is well balanced even when accessories like camera grips or gimbal stabilizers are attached. With this single lens, you won't miss a shot, from street videography to vast landscapes during travel and selfies that include wide backgrounds.

3. High image quality in a compact, lightweight body

4. TAMRON’s VXD linear motor for high-level AF speed and precision

5. Wide macro shooting: 6.7” MOD and maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8 at the wide end

6. Rapid zooming (Zoom ring rotation arc is just 65°)

7. TAMRON Lens UtilityTM software for Focus Ring Function Setting and firmware updates

8. New design with improved texture and scratch resistance

9. Ø67mm filter size, same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras

10. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating)

11. Compatible with many camera-specific features and functions, including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF

Orders

Get the Tamron 20-40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD Lens at B&H.

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

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Post Date: 9/29/2022 6:03:03 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 28, 2022

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Expands Cinema Line with New 4K Super 35 Camera for Future Filmmakers

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 28, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. is pleased to announce the newest addition to the brand's prestigious Cinema Line – the FX30 (model ILME-FX30). The new FX30 is a 4K Super 35 compact cinema camera that offers many professional features of the Cinema Line, such as Dual Base ISO, Log shooting modes, and user-imported LUTs (Look Up Tables) at a price point that appeals to many aspiring filmmakers.

In addition to introducing the new FX30, Sony announced two new CFexpress Type A Memory Cards – CEA-G320T and CEA-G640T. Both are large capacity cards that support high-speed performance with a maximum writing speed.

"The new FX30 is a great fit for a wide range of filmmakers," said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. "As part of our Cinema Line, it is an attractive addition for seamless integration into large productions. Additionally, by incorporating many professional features found in our flagship cinema cameras, it is a perfect camera for up-and-coming filmmakers that are working with tight budgets."

Creating a Cinematic Look

The FX30 offers next-generation filmmakers cinematic expression with the latest imaging systems. It features a new back-illuminated 20.1 megapixels APS-C Exmor R™ CMOS sensor (Super 35 format) with a dual base ISO (800/2500) to deliver high sensitivity, low noise, and 14+1 stops of latitude.

The FX30 supports a variety of video recording codecs. It can shoot in high frame rates, including 4K at 120fps and full HD at 240fps2. The FX30 also features the ability to shoot 4K Super 35 (16:9) by oversampling from 6K at up to 60fps. Both 16:9 recording modes can shoot at 10-bit 4:2:2 while the HDMI Type-A port outputs 4K, 16-bit RAW3 for an external recorder4.

Like the rest of the Cinema Line, the FX30 features Log shooting modes by enabling Cine El, Cine El Quick, and Flexible ISO modes for recording with the S-Log3 gamma curve, which allows more flexibility when color grading. All three modes allow video shooting while monitoring with an appropriate LUT to preview the final image. In addition, the FX30 includes a selection of built-in cinematic looks, such as Sony's S-Cinetone™, and can shoot single stills. The camera offers advanced image processing capabilities with the BIONZ XR processing engine for natural gradations and realistic color reproduction.

Designed to Support Creators' Needs

The FX30 features Sony’s fast and reliable still and video autofocus, with settings including:

  • Real-time Eye AF (human, animal or bird5)
  • Real-time Tracking
  • Detailed AF settings
  • AF Assist6

Creatives also have more control when using the Focus Map7, which makes it easy to visualize depth of field, and Breathing Compensation8 to offer a stable angle of view when focusing. The camera includes effective stabilization for run and gun shoots using Active Mode9 thanks to the optical in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The FX30 also includes time code sync10.

The FX30 incorporates other features that retain the spirit of the Cinema Line, including:

  • New customizable list-style main menu screen for quick access to frequently used items
  • New standby movie screen that provides an unobstructed view of the subject
  • Buttons and dials dedicated to movie shooting

The FX30 also includes added functionality to assist with the creative workflow, such as post-production editing using embedded LUT, and EI metadata11. ? This metadata is available using the latest version of Sony’s Catalyst Prepare12 or Catalyst Browse applications. A new "Catalyst Prepare Plugin" for Adobe Premiere Pro was released in August.

Easy Operation and a Compact Form Factor

Compact and lightweight, the FX30 has a flat-top design with threaded accessory attachment points, making it easy to use for shooting handheld, capturing low-angle shots, mounting on a gimbal, or adding accessories. The FX30 also features an XLR handle unit13, which can be used to capture low-angle shots and also allows filmmakers to capture crystal clear audio through various audio inputs, including two XLR audio inputs and a 3.5 mm stereo mini jack for 4-channel recording. External microphones can be connected directly to the camera via the Multi Interface Shoe or microphone jack. The FX30 also features an internal stereo microphone for audio recording.

The FX30 are equipped with two memory card slots that are compatible with both CFexpress Type A cards and SDXC/SDHC cards, bringing wide range of shooting experiences to filmmakers. The FX30 is also compatible with the newly announced large capacity CFexpress Type A memory cards.14

The FX30 pairs advanced performance with outstanding reliability. It features an innovative heat dissipation structure for uninterrupted 4K/60p recording, reliable power for extended recording, and a durable magnesium alloy chassis. A comprehensive selection of E-mount lenses, high-performance microphones, and other essential components offers extraordinarily flexible systems for a broad range of creative needs.

Sony Future Filmmaker Awards

The new FX30 is an ideal choice for filmmakers actively working on or considering entering the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, a major new annual awards program for short films. Sponsored by Sony and free to enter, the Awards set out to elevate original voices from around the globe with a fresh perspective on storytelling. For more information, please visit: www.sonyfuturefilmmakerawards.com. ?

?Pricing and Availability

The FX30 enables ultimate creative freedom and comes with an option to purchase with or without the XLR handle15.

The new FX30 (supplied with the XLR handle) will be available in late October for approximately $2,200USD and $2,900 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers throughout North America.

The new FX30B, (supplied without the XLR handle) will also be available in late October for approximately $1,800 USD and $2,400 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers throughout North America.

Orders

Order the Sony FX30 at B&H.

The FX30 will also be compatible with the new version of Camera Remote SDK (Version 1.06), a development kit for software that enables remote operation and configuration changes.

CFexpress Type A Memory Cards: CEA-G320T and CEA-G640T

The compact and high-performance CFexpress Type A memory card CEA-G320T will be available in October for approximately $650 USD and $850 CAD (CEA-G320T),while the CFexpress Type A memory card CEA-G640T16 will be available in December for approximately $1,250 USD and $1,630 CAD. In addition to the existing 80GB and 160GB cards, large capacity 320GB and 640GB cards will be added to the series.17

These large capacity cards support high-speed performance with a maximum writing speed of up to 700MB/s and Video Performance Guarantee "VPG400", which offers sustained writing speeds of up to 400MB/s, and enables 4K 120p high bit rate video shooting.

The new large capacity cards have achieved TOUGH specification, which means they have been certified to be waterproof, dustproof, and robust enough to support stable long-term shooting in various environments. 18

Orders

Order the Sony CFexpress A cards from B&H.

Notes:

1 S-Log3 movies, Sony tests.

2 With approx. 38 % image crop. Post-production editing or S&Q mode recording required. In case of S&Q mode, data must be recorded to a CFexpress Type A memory card when the frame rate is 120 (100 in PAL) fps or higher.

3 With a choice of 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 23.98p frame rates and color spaces

4 Supported devices are as follows: as of September 2022, ATOMOS NINJA V and NINJA V+ HDR monitor-recorder support planned. ? For further details, please contact ATOMOS.

5 Accurate focus may not be achieved with certain subjects in certain situations.

6 Not available when using the SELP1650, SEL18200LE or A-mount lenses.

7 The Focus Map function cannot be used in the following conditions: When shooting stills, when the Focus Magnifier function is in use, when using digital zoom, during USB streaming, when no lens is mounted, when an A-mount lens is mounted, or when using the SEL16F28. For other lenses, please use the latest lens software.

8 Angle of view and image quality may change slightly when this feature is turned on. Breathing Compensation is not available for unsupported lenses, 120p (100p) movie recording, S&Q recording at 120p (100p), or stills. The compatibility of lenses is limited. Please see Sony support page for lens compatibility. https://www.sony.net/dics/breathing/

9 Slight image crop in Active Mode. "Standard" setting is recommended for focal lengths of 200 mm or longer. Active Mode is not available when recording at frame rates of 120 (100) fps or higher, including S&Q.

10 VMC-BNCM1 is required for time code synchronization. VMC-BNCM1 requires the following annotations. The availability of the VMC-BNCM1 (product number: A-5051-506-A) may vary depending on the country or region. Refer to the following support site for inventory confirmation and purchase. https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/Support/

11 This metadata includes Embedded LUT, Image stabilization, Breathing Compensation, Camera rotation and Movie mark

12 Software download page URL: https://www.sony.net/disoft/

13 FX30B ? does not include the XLR-H1 handle unit. The XLR-H1 handle unit will also be available as a stand-alone item, which will be available in early 2023.

14 The newly announced CEA-G320T and CEA-G640 CFexpress Type A memory cards.

15 FX30B comes without the XLR handle while the FX30 model which comes with the XLR handle

16 To use CEA-G640T memory card with the following cameras, the camera software version must be as listed below. Alpha 1 (Ver.1.31 or later), Alpha 7S III (Ver.2.11 or later), and FX3 (Ver.2.00 or later).

17 1 GB = one billion bytes. A portion of this card capacity is used for system files and may vary.

18 Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage. Sony does not guarantee damage to recorded data or card based on every situation or condition.

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Post Date: 9/28/2022 11:49:14 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 23, 2022

"This update was originally released and then suspended on August 24, 2022, because some products could not operate properly after the update to Ver.1.10. However, the update has resumed with countermeasures, and we are happy to bring all of its added functionality to the Alpha 7 IV."

Note: "This update is executed via SD card/CFExpress card, and users will need to ensure the Alpha 7 IV is running or updated to Ver.1.05 first, before updating to v1.1. Instructions can be found in the links in the release."

Here is the original press release from Sony:

New Alpha 7 IV Firmware Update Enables Lossless RAW File Options and Improved Accuracy and Operability

SAN DIEGO, CA – August 23, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the v1.1 firmware update for the Alpha 7 IV full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, adding Lossless Compressed RAW in three sizes for still images, shutter speed and ISO setting retention, touch shutter function, improved Eye AF (autofocus) accuracy and more. ? ?

The update adds Lossless Compressed RAW files in S, M and L (small, medium or large) file sizes – a highly requested feature. Selecting L size preserves the same image quality as an uncompressed RAW format while significantly reducing the file size. The M and S sizes record fewer pixels than the L size, providing even smaller RAW file sizes.

Alpha 7 IV v1.1 allows photographers to retain shutter speed and ISO settings for flash photography. This newest update also offers a Touch Shutter Function and improves the accuracy of the Eye AF feature.

Other updates in the Alpha 7 IV v1.1 include:

  • The ability to record the camera's serial number in the metadata of video files
  • Improved operability of Wi-Fi connections
  • A one-minute setting added to Power Save by Monitor menu
  • The ability to brighten the viewfinder display according to the ambient brightness
  • Improved operational stability of the camera

Availability

Alpha 7IV v1.1 is available now and can be downloaded HERE.

Download instructions can be found HERE.

More Information

Sony Alpha 7 IV Review

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

Rent the Sony Alpha 7 IV from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 9/23/2022 9:27:49 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 20, 2022

From Topaz Labs:

Topaz Photo AI is here.

Maximize your image quality on autopilot. Edit sharper, cleaner, enhanced, and upscaled photos with our brand new flagship app.

We know you love Topaz apps! This is your chance to get the all-new Topaz Photo AI at a huge discount! Topaz Photo AI is on sale until October 7, 2022

Buy Topaz Photo AI once, own it for life with unlimited upgrades for 1 year.

Learn more at Topaz Labs.

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Post Date: 9/20/2022 10:22:39 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

"Capture One 22 (15.4.0) is a service pack containing several bug fixes, along with additional lens support."

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

Order Capture One Pro at B&H.

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Post Date: 9/20/2022 9:20:23 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Learn more about the GoPro HERO11 Action Camera at B&H.

Learn more about the DJI Osmo Action 3 at B&H.

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Post Date: 9/14/2022 10:31:18 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon USA:

Help Make Your Memories Last with the New Canon SELPHY Photo Printer

For crafting, decorating, and more – the new Canon SELPHY compact photo printer provides high quality prints quickly and easily

MELVILLE, NY, September 14, 2022 –Scrapbookers and parents rejoice as Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the SELPHY CP1500 compact photo printer as the newest addition to the SELPHY printer line. Delivering long lasting1, durable, high-quality prints in less than a minute2, gifting friends and family physical memories and keepsakes which can be shared and enjoyed for decades3 (when stored in an album) has never been easier.

Designed with Space in Mind

In a stylish and compact design, the Canon SELPHY CP1500 photo printer is small enough to fit in a pocket or small purse and can be taken on the go – whether using the included AC adapter or the optional battery (sold separately)4. Its diminutive size doesn’t make the CP1500 short on function, though. The printer’s standard print size is 4”x 6” postcard – printed in approximately 41 seconds2. With the purchase of the optional cassette (sold separately)5, it can also print card (2.1” x 3.4”) and square label (2.1” x 2.1”) sizes. Thanks to protective coating, the CP1500 creates long-lasting photos that can withstand wear for more than 100 years when stored in an album3. Those looking for a bit more fun can personalize photos with a variety of borders, text, and pattern overlays – such as hearts around your family or paw prints for your furry friends. The creative possibilities are endless – customers can use these photos for crafting, journaling, decorating, or for school projects such as family trees.

Photos In A Pinch

The SELPHY CP1500 compact photo printer comes with diverse connectivity, allowing users to connect wirelessly to a compatible smart phone using the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app6. Additionally, users can utilize the SELPHY Photo Layout app7 to convert a URL into a QR code that can be printed onto a photo – directing to social media pages or to photo locations on a map.

Specific product specs of the SELPHY CP1500 compact photo printer include:

  • Dye-Sub technology
  • Accommodates paper sizes: Postcard (4.0” x 6.0”) and, with purchase of optional cassette (sold separately)5, Card Size (2.1” x 3.4”) and Square Label (2.1” x 2.1”)
  • Enlarged LCD monitor (3.5 inches) compared to the CP1300 printer
  • Pattern overcoats (stars, hearts, flowers, and others)

Pricing

The Canon SELPHY CP1500 compact photo printer is scheduled to be available in October 2022 for an estimated retail price of $139.998 and will be available in two colors, black and white.

Orders

Order the Canon Selphy CP1500 Compact Photo Printer from B&H.

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Availability and specifications subject to change without notice.

1 Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors.

2 Postcard size (4” x 6”) prints in approximately 41 seconds. Print speed obtained using compatible digital camera incorporating DIGIC II (other camera models may vary).

3 Based on accelerated testing by Canon in dark storage under controlled temperature, humidity and gas conditions, simulating storage in an album with plastic sleeves. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors.

4 Supplies may be limited. Battery has an anticipated suggested retail price of $89.99. Actual price is set by individual dealers and may vary. Price is subject to change without notice.

5 Supplies may be limited. Cassette has an anticipated suggested retail price of $12.99. . Actual price is set by individual dealers and may vary. Price is subject to change without notice

6 Requires an Internet connection and the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with Apple devices running iOS 7.0 or later and Android mobile devices running Android 4.0 or later. Your device must be connected to the same working network with wireless 802.11 b/g capability as your printer. Requires a compatible social media account and is subject to that social media account's Terms of Service. Certain exceptions may apply.

7 Requires an Internet connection and the SELPHY Photo Layout app, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with Apple devices running iOS 7.0 or later and Android mobile devices running Android 4.0 or later. Your device must be connected to the same working network with wireless 802.11 b/g capability as your printer. Requires a compatible social media account and is subject to that social media account's Terms of Service. Certain exceptions may apply.

8 Price is subject to change without notice. Actual price is set by individual dealers and may vary.

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Post Date: 9/14/2022 10:07:37 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Tokina:

Tokina atx-m 11-18mm F2.8 E worldwide sales date announcement

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the sales release of the Tokina atx-m 11-18mm F2.8 E for Sony E (APS-C) camera mount.

Sales will commence on September 16, 2022.

Overview

The Tokina atx-m 11-18mm F2.8 E is the first super wide angle zoom lens in Tokina's product line-up designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras. It features a fast f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, and a 11-18mm (17-27mm in 35mm equivalent) zoom stored in a compact and lightweight body for hybrid users who shoot stills and video.

The atx-m 11-18mm F2.8 E performs impressive resolution from the wide to tele end of the zoom. This lens boasts high contrast and low distortion, and quick and precise AF response in still and video modes. It is fully compatible with Sony camera functions, including Image Stabilization, Direct Manual Focus, MF Assist and optical corrections.

With its compact design, versatile focal length and optical quality, the Tokina atx-m 11-18mm F2.8 E is the perfect gear for shooting landscape, group photos, environmental portraits, architecture, automobile photography, street snaps, documentary videos and vlogging.

Highlighted Features

  • 11-18mm super wide angle zoom for dynamic landscape and architecture.
  • Fast f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range for shallower depth-of-field, and 9 blades rounded diaphragm for soft bokeh background.
  • Compact and lightweight design to carry while travelling, or attaching to gimbals.
  • 2 aspherical and 2 super low-dispersion glass elements suppress chromatic aberrations.
  • Superb optical design performs rich color reproduction, low distortion and low light fall-off.
  • Short minimum focusing distance to create unique wide-angle macro images with perspective effect.
  • Silent ST-M motor unit for fast and precise auto focusing operations in still and video modes.
  • Full compatibility with Sony E cameras, including Image Stabilization, Direct Manual Focus, MF Assist mode, Eye AF and optical corrections.
  • Micro USB port (Type B) for firmware updates.

In Stock Now

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Post Date: 9/14/2022 9:46:28 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 8, 2022

Just posted: Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens Review

Image quality test results from a second lens (Sample 2) are now available. The second lens performs similarly to the first.

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Post Date: 9/8/2022 8:22:17 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 7, 2022

From Sony Electronics Inc.:

Sony Electronics Launches the FR7, the World’s First*1 Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera to Combine a Full-frame Image Sensor, Lens Interchangeability, and Remote Shooting Functionality

Sony’s Cinema Line PTZ camera opens new creative and cinematic possibilities for content creators, from filmmakers to live event or music video producers

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 6, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. announces today the latest addition to its Cinema Line, the ILME-FR7, an E-mount interchangeable lens camera with a full-frame image sensor and built-in pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) functionality. Its versatile remote control and cinematic features open creative possibilities in studio, live production and filmmaking settings.

A high-performance full-frame image sensor and the expressive scope of Sony’s extensive E-mount lens*2 lineup work with remote pan/tilt/zoom control, high flexibility in zoom capability and wide angle shooting to break through location and space limitations. It also offers the cinematic look and operability that have made Sony digital cinema cameras push the boundaries of the filmmaking industry, plus versatile connectivity and efficient multi camera workflow support.

“The cinematic look and feel is rapidly becoming the norm in broadcasting and live production as it opens up new ways to tell a narrative,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “In parallel, over the last 2 years, we’ve seen a steep rise in content created remotely or in small locations where access is difficult. At Sony, we are always listening to our customers. We are thrilled to announce the FR7 that combines the flexibility of a standard PTZ camera with stunning visuals through advanced cinematic features.”

Uncompromised Image Quality in a PTZ Form Factor

The FR7 features a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame CMOS image sensor Exmor R™ with approximately 10.3 effective megapixels and wide 15+ stop latitude*3 in a pan tilt zoom (PTZ) camera for the first time. In addition to wide dynamic range, low noise, and cinematic full frame bokeh, this amazing sensor also delivers high sensitivity that allows ISO to be expanded up to 409,600*4 when shooting in low light.

The FR7 features Sony’s E-mount and can mount a wide range of E-mount lenses*2, including the G Master™ series with stunning resolution and bokeh effect. A choice of focal lengths ranging from 12 mm to 1200 mm*5 gives users comprehensive creative control.

A number of Cinema Line features are built into the camera to deliver a cinematic look and feel including:

The Sensitivity setting allows ISO to be expanded up to 409,600*4 when shooting in low light.

A 15+ stop latitude*3 allows smooth highlights and low noise levels.

A number of preset scene files are included including S-Cinetone for natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin color, plus soft colors and gorgeous highlights. Since the target look can be created while shooting, time can be saved in post-production. In the Cine EI mode, base sensitivity can be set to either ISO 800 or ISO 12800 to match lighting conditions and to minimize noise while maintaining a consistent look. This mode is ideal for post-production, as it allows the use of Sony’s original S-Log3 gamma, wide S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine color spaces.

Shooting up to 120fps 4K (QFHD) and 240 fps FHD*6 slow-motion is possible, again creating that emotional possibility offered by a cinematic look.

Easy Operation for Storytelling from New Angles

With a new dedicated web application, pan, tilt, zoom, focus, record, playback, and all camera settings can be intuitively controlled from a tablet or computer web browser. Multiple people can monitor FR7 footage remotely at the same time. Multi camera monitoring is also enabled, allowing multiple cameras to be viewed remotely on one device. With its integrated remotely controllable pan/tilt mechanism, the FR7 can be mounted on a tripod, on a ceiling with the dedicated CIB-PCM1, or in other locations with limited access so that subjects can be unobtrusively followed and recorded from unique viewpoints. It is also compatible with Sony’s RM-IP500 remote controller*7 for multi-camera production, expanding creative potential while reducing the need for dedicated staff in production studios and other shooting situations. A single RM-IP500 unit can remotely control up to 100 PTZ cameras and provide precious joystick-controlled pan, tilt, and zoom operation. ?

The supplied infrared remote controller will also support the FR7’s simple operation.

Variable PTZ Movements for Smooth Camera Work

Pan and tilt speed can be continuously varied from 0.02 degrees per second to 60 degrees per second, supporting a wide range of stable and smooth camera movements. The pan angle range is from -170° to +170°, and the tilt angle range is from -30° to +195°.

Up to 100 Preset Camera Positions

The FR7 can memorize up to 100 camera position presets.*8 The built-in web application and optional RM-IP500 remote controller allow up to 100 camera position presets to be recalled. Presets include camera direction, zoom, and focus, and can be recalled at the touch of a button.

The FR7 will also support S700 protocol via Ethernet, enabling control of this product from Sony’s Remote Control Panel (RCP) and Master Setup Unit (MSU) with a firmware update*9.

Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking

Fast Hybrid AF and pan/tilt/zoom functionalities combine to focus on static or fast-moving subjects precisely and smoothly over a wide area, to avoid blurred images, even when a shallow depth of field is used.

The integrated BIONZ XR™ engine realizes detection performance for pinpoint eye focus even when subjects are looking at steep angles, allowing the operator to concentrate on composing the best shot. Touch Focus can be used to initiate focusing with Real-time Tracking on the desired subject when using the FR7’s web application, with Real-time Eye AF if an eye is detected.

Sony’s Built-in Electronically Controlled Variable ND Filter

The built-in electronic variable ND filter allows seamless ND adjustment. An Auto ND function keeps exposure constant by automatically adjusting the ND filter to match changing light. Remote control is also possible, allowing exposure control at a distance from the camera.

Versatile Interfaces for Various Production Workflows

The FR7 is built to integrate and adapt to many workflow scenarios, from simple plug and play to more complex high-end productions, thanks to a comprehensive selection of video inputs and outputs, IP streaming, power supply, and synchronization with other devices.

Internal XAVC Recording and External RAW Output

A rare feature in a PTZ camera, the FR7 also features dual media slots that support CFexpress Type A and SDXC memory cards. The ability to record high-quality XAVC-I footage with metadata makes the FR7 an excellent choice for a wide variety of video production applications.

CFexpress Type A cards are particularly well suited to high bitrate 4K movie production, with high-speed write capability that ensures stable recording of high volume, high frame rate data. Simultaneous recording, relay recording, interval recording, and proxy recording are also supported. The SDI output can deliver a 16-bit RAW signal to a compatible external recorder (sold separately).

Professional Video and Audio Interface

HDMI Type A and 12G-SDI connectors are provided for video output as well as optical output*10 for long transmission.

The AUDIO IN (XLR type 5-pin) connector will receive signal from an external microphone or audio device. AUDIO CH-1 and CH-2 use a single connector.

Ethernet Connectivity

Camera control, video and audio transfer, and power supply can also be carried out via a single LAN cable, simplifying cabling requirements.

The FR7 LAN (network) connector supports a variety of streaming protocols, including RTSP, SRT and NDI ® |HX*11, perfect for working in an IP based environment.

The FR7 can be powered from an external PoE++ (Power over Ethernet Plus Plus)*12 device via a standard network cable, eliminating the need for separate power supply cabling.

Multicamera Production Synchronization

The Timecode IN connector receives timecode for synchronization with an external device, while the GENLOCK receives synchronization signals in multi camera setups.

Additionally, red/green tally lights are provided on the camera’s side panels, allowing performers and staff to easily identify the on-air and preview cameras in multi camera setups in studio or on location. ?

Pricing and Availability

The new FR7 will be available in November 2022 for approximately $9699.99 USD and $12,399.99 CAD. The FR7K, which includes the FR7 and SELP28135G lens, will be available for $12,199.99 USD and $15,699.99CAD while the CIB-PCM1 ceiling bracket will be available for $119.99 USD and $159.99 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers throughout North America.

The FR7 will be showcased for the first time on Sony’s booth at IBC 2022 in Amsterdam from September 9th to 12th. A product video on the new FR7 can be viewed here:

To see it in action, visit here:

Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new FR7 as well as Sony's other imaging products can be found at www.sonycine.com a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony Cinema Line.

Orders

Order the Sony FR7 PTZ Camera from B&H.

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Notes:

*1 As of Sept 6th. 2022 product announcement, compared to cameras with integrated pan/tilt mounts, Sony survey.

*2 When using the SEL100400GM, SEL200600G, SEL400F28GM, and SEL600F40GM, please use after fixing the pan/tilt with the locking mechanism of the camera.

*3 S-Log3 recording. Sony measurement.

*4 Custom mode.

*5 SEL20TC teleconverter is required.

*6 10% crop, approximately.

*7 Sold separately.

*8 RM-IP500 software version 2.2 or later required.

*9 Update in early of 2023.

*10 Optical output requires SFP+ module (sold separately).

*11 NDI® is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc. NDI®|HX is a technology of NewTek, Inc. An NDI®|HX Upgrade must be purchased from NewTek.

*12 Conforms to IEEE802.3bt (Type 4, Class 8). Internal recording and playback are not available when PoE++ power is used.

*13 Within the Cinema Line series. As of September 2022.

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Post Date: 9/7/2022 8:23:43 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma Corporation of America:

SIGMA Announces Development of 65mm T1.5 FF CINE Prime and 65mm T2.5 FF CINE Classic Prime Lenses, Plus Individual Purchase Option of All CINE Classic Prime Lenses

New lenses to debut at IBC 2022

Ronkonkoma, NY – September 7, 2022 – 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 development of the 65mm T1.5 FF CINE Prime lens, an addition to the SIGMA CINE LENS Full Frame Prime line, as well as the 65mm T2.5 CINE Classic Prime lens. With the addition of these new 65mm lenses, SIGMA now offers a total of eleven full-frame compatible prime lenses in each line ranging from 14mm to 135mm, covering the full range of standard cine focal lengths.

Additionally, effective with the introduction of the 65mm T2.5 FF CINE Classic Prime, lenses in this line may now be purchased individually. Prior to this announcement, the FF CINE Classic Prime lenses were offered exclusively for purchase as a ten-lens bundled kit.

Pricing and availability of the 65mm T1.5 FF CINE Prime will be announced at a future time. Pricing and availability of all individual CINE Classic Prime lenses will be announced at a future time.

Both new lenses will be on display at SIGMA Booth 12.C35 at IBC 2022, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 9th to 12th, 2022.

Development of FF High Speed Prime Line 65mm T1.5 FF Announced

SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce its development of the FF High Speed Prime Line 65mm T1.5 FF, an addition to the offering of SIGMA CINE LENS interchangeable lenses for movie production. The 65mm T1.5 FF is a FF High Speed Prime Line lens that is compatible with large format digital cinema cameras. This is a prime lens that incorporates an optical system specially designed for cinema lenses to meet the stringent demands of this audience. As one of the few options compatible with the latest digital cinema cameras with large image sensors, it further expands the possibilities of movie production in the digital age. With the addition of the 65mm T1.5 FF, SIGMA will have a total of eleven 35mm full-frame compatible prime lenses ranging from 14mm to 135mm. The 65mm T1.5 FF announced at this time will be exhibited at IBC 2022, which is scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 9th to 12th, 2022.

FF High Speed Prime Line
65mm T1.5 FF
Launch: TBD
Accessories: Cap, Lens Support Foot (SF-31) supplied
Lens Mounts: PL (/i Technology compatible), EF and E-mount

* The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change.
* /i is a registered trademark of Cooke Optics Limited used with permission.
* For detailed specifications, please refer to the product specifications.

#SIGMA #SIGMA65mmT15FF #SIGMACINELENS

[ SPECIFICATIONS ]

Model Name 65mm T1.5 FF
Product Line FF High Speed Prime Line
Edition Number 023
Lens Mount PL Mount (/i Technology compatible), Canon EF Mount, Sony E-Mount
Focal Length 65mm
Aperture T1.5 – T16
Diaphragm Blades 9 (rounded)
Close Focus *1 0.65m / 2'2"
Magnification Ratio 1:7.9
Image Circle FF f43.3 mm
Front Diameter f95mm / 3.7"
Filter Size M 86 x 1.0mm
Length *2 PL Mount (/i Technology compatible): 120.6mm / 4.8"
Canon EF Mount: 128.6mm / 5.1"
Sony E-Mount: 154.6mm / 6.1"
Weight *3 TBD
Angle of View FF *4: 31°
S35 *5: 21.4°
APS-C *6: 20.7°
Lens Support Foot LENS SUPPORT FOOT SF-31

* 1 Close focus distance is measured from the image plane
* 2 Front to mount flange
* 3 Without lens support foot
* 4 Horizontal angle of view for a full-frame camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 36mm x 24mm / 1.42" x 0.94")
* 5 Horizontal angle of view for a super 35 digital cinema camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.8, dimensions 24.6mm x 13.8mm / 0.97" x 0.54")
* 6 Horizontal angle of view for an APS-C camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 23.7mm x 15.7mm / 0.93" x 0.62")

Development of FF Classic Prime Line 65mm T2.5 FF Announced

SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the development of the 65mm T2.5 FF from the SIGMA CINE LENS "FF Classic Prime Line". The Classic Prime Line 65mm T2.5 FF adopts an optical system designed exclusively for the 65mm T1.5 FF cinema lens, but like the previously released FF Classic Prime Line lenses, the optical system is centered upon uncoated lenses. This configuration makes it possible to achieve both the high resolution that SIGMA CINE LENS is known for, as well as classic image expression with low contrast and beautiful flaring and ghosting effects. With the addition of the 65mm T2.5 FF Classic Prime Line lens, SIGMA now offers a total of 11 of these expressive 35mm full-frame prime lenses ranging from 14mm to 135mm. Both new 65mm cine lenses announced at this time will be exhibited at IBC 2022, scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 9th to 12th, 2022.

FF Classic Prime Line
65mm T2.5 FF
Launch: TBD
Accessories: Cap, Lens Support Foot (SF-31) supplied
Lens Mount: PL (/i Technology compatible)

* The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change.
* /i is a registered trademark of Cooke Optics Limited used with permission.
* From conventional cine lenses, it is not possible to apply for the Mount Conversion Service for this "FF Classic Prime Line".

#SIGMA #SIGMAClassicPrimeLine #SIGMACINELENS

[ SPECIFICATIONS ]

Model Name 65mm T2.5 FF
Product Line FF Classic Prime Line
Edition Number 023
Lens Mount PL Mount (/i Technology compatible)
Focal Length 65mm
Aperture T2.5 – T25
Diaphragm Blades 9 (rounded)
Close Focus *1 0.65m / 2'2"
Magnification Ratio 1:7.9
Image Circle FF f43.3 mm
Front Diameter f95mm / 3.7"
Filter Size M 86 x 1.0mm
Length *2 120.6mm / 4.8"
Weight *3 TBD
Angle of View FF *4: 31°
S35 *5: 21.4°
APS-C *6: 20.7°
Lens Support Foot LENS SUPPORT FOOT SF-31

* 1 Close focus distance is measured from the image plane
* 2 Front to mount flange
* 3 Without lens support foot
* 4 Horizontal angle of view for a full-frame camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 36mm x 24mm / 1.42" x 0.94")
* 5 Horizontal angle of view for a super 35 digital cinema camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.8, dimensions 24.6mm x 13.8mm / 0.97" x 0.54")
* 6 Horizontal angle of view for an APS-C camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 23.7mm x 15.7mm / 0.93" x 0.62")

Announcement of the Start of Individual Sales of FF Classic Prime Line

SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce that the FF Classic Prime Line, the latest lineup of SIGMA CINE LENSES will be available for sale individually. The FF Classic Prime Line will be exhibited at IBC 2022, scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 9th to 12th, 2022.

LAUNCH: TBD

#SIGMA #SIGMACINELENS #SIGMAClassicPrimeLine

[ Common Specifications ]

Lens Mount PL Mount (/i Technology compatible)
Diaphragm Blades 9 (rounded)
Image Circle FF f43.3 mm
Front Diameter f95mm / 3.7"

Get your Sigma Cinema Lens at B&H.

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Post Date: 9/7/2022 7:36:07 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 6, 2022
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Post Date: 9/6/2022 8:00:39 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 29, 2022

In addition to the Image quality test results shared last week (20mm, 24mm), vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens and Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens pages.

Order the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens from B&H | Adorama | WEX

Order the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens from B&H | Adorama | WEX

Rent the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens from Lensrentals.

Rent the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 8/29/2022 11:08:30 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 28, 2022

When two wide-angle f/1.4 lenses promoted as ideal for photographing the milky way (an addicting pursuit) show up in the same box with a dark, cloudless sky predicted for the next evening, you drop everything and drive hours to the darkest sky location in the region. In this case, that location was Cherry Springs State Park, an International Dark Sky Park, near Coudersport, PA. After a few hours of sleep and especially after loading the photos from the memory cards, you forget about arriving home at 2:30 AM.

The two lenses were the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens and the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens. The 20 and 24mm ultra-wide-angle focal lengths are ideal for framing the heart of the milky way, and the ultra-wide f/1.4 aperture allows sufficient light to reach the imaging sensor in the exposure time necessary to prevent star trails.

Here is the Cherry Springs State Park Milky Way at 24mm.


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 8/28/2022 7:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 26, 2022
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