I spotted this lone bristlecone pine tree on my first drive up Mount Evans.
The uniquely shaped tree alone on the side of the mountain begged to be in an image and on the last day of this trip, I made that pine my sunrise subject.
A clear sky does not hold promise for an amazing sunrise or sunset, but what can be counted on is the opportunity to incorporate a great sunstar into the image.
To create a sunstar from a point light source requires a narrow aperture.
The narrower the aperture, the bigger the sunstar is the rule.
I often select f/16 for these types of images as the effects of diffraction are usually tolerable at this aperture, even on the highest resolution cameras.
A downside to using a narrow aperture with the sun in the frame is that flare effects are increased, especially from lenses with high element counts.
Whether or not the flare shapes are attractive and desired may be a personal preference.
Also note that, in general, wide aperture lenses create the largest sunstars.
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens' f/4 aperture isn't terribly wide and in this case, I opted for f/22 to get a larger and more attractive (including stronger points) star.
I don't like the softness that diffraction creates at f/22 so the portion of the frame without the sunstar in it was merged from an f/11-captured frame.
I captured a 5-shot bracket (varying by 1 stop) at each aperture setting and opted to use a brighter f/11 image for the foreground.
The other property a clear sky can promise is a very warm light immediately after the sun rises or immediately before the sun sets and the warm first or last light of the day raking over a scene is often welcomed from a landscape photography perspective.
The small crescent moon included in the frame just above the left side of the pine tree was a bonus for this image.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Anhui China, Jul 8, 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, are proud to introduce the the Nikon Z & Canon RF mount to the world’s widest rectilinear f/2 lens (Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D) and the world’s widest zoom lens (Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6).
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D (Both Nikon Z & Canon RF mounts)The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D is currently the widest f/2 rectilinear native lens for full frame mirrorless cameras.
The lens falls into the Laowa ‘Zero-D’ products line-up and the patented optical design successfully minimizes the optical distortion to the lowest.
This compact and lightweight lens comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements.
Photographers can also take advantage of the super close focusing distance (less than 6” from the sensor) and the f/2 aperture to create some wide angle close-up shots with pleasing bokeh.
Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics have successfully minimized the size of the lens to only 1.1 lbs and 3” long.
The flat front surface design allows photographers to use 72mm circular filter with ease.
Unlike the Sony E variant, the new Nikon Z / Canon RF variants feature a design of 5 straight aperture blades which produce a clean and sharp 10-point sunstar rendering.
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom (Nikon Z mount only)
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom lens is currently the widest full frame zoom lens in the market.
The 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) FoV provides a great deal of flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease.
The one-of-a-kind 130° FoV also helps photographers to realize many formerly impossible shots.
Similar to the Sony E-mount variant (released a few months ago), Venus Optics have managed to compress the size of this new Nikon Z variant to the smallest in its class, measuring approximately 3.5 inches (~9cm) long and weighing only 1.1 lbs (<500g) with a lens diameter of 70mm.
It also incorporates a 5 straight blade aperture to deliver a sharp, clean, well-defined 10- point sunstars.
The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element.
It comes with an excellent close up performance and is able to focus as close as 6” from the sensor.
A rear 37mm filter thread is included to fit with 37mm UV/ND filter.
Venus Optics have NO plans to launch Canon R mount for Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6.
The new variants of Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D & Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 are currently available to order and from authorized resellers.
Recommended Retail Price in US (without tax) is USD 849 for each lens.
Pricing may vary in different countries.
On February 26, 2014, Nikon released a Service Advisory informing users of the D600 that Nikon would provide corrective servicing, free of charge, of D600 cameras exhibiting a particular issue.
This announcement is to inform users of the D600 that requests for this free corrective servicing will only be accepted until January 10, 2020.
Service to address this issue requested after the offer of free service expires will be handled in accordance with standard Nikon repair policies.
If you would like to have your Nikon D600 inspected for this issue and corrected as needed, at no cost to you, please request the service from a Nikon service center as soon as possible.
Some users have indicated the appearance of multiple granular dust spots in images captured with the Nikon D600 digital-SLR camera. These granular dust spots are reflections of internal dust generated with camera operation, or external dust particles that have found their way into the camera, either, or both of which, have adhered to the camera's low-pass filter.
While the structure and concept of digital-SLR cameras make the complete elimination of these dust spots very difficult, it has come to our attention that, in some rare cases, they may be reflected noticeably in images. Therefore, Nikon is informing users of a service to reduce this issue again.
Ultimate large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens optimized for full-frame mirrorless cameras -“The definitive lens for astrophotography” with astonishing resolution.
Many photographers like to use low sensitivity shooting to minimize noise as much as they can.
Particularly in the photography of starry skies, bright wide-angle lenses are often selected because they can efficiently collect weak light.
The 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art has been developed as the ultimate large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens by optimizing the standard specifications for photographing starry skies for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
The uniform rendering performance and outstanding resolution to the edge of the frame make it the “definitive lens for astrophotography.”
By utilizing the characteristics of the short flange focal length, this new-generation large-diameter zoom lens combines both compact body and unprecedented high-resolution image quality.
About Product Name: Product name includes “DG” when the lens is designed to deliver the ultimate in performance on cameras with full-frame sensors, and “DN” when the lens design is optimized for mirrorless cameras with the short flange focal length.
Newly developed high-performance lens series for full-frame mirrorless cameras - With mirrorless cameras emerging at an accelerated pace, expectations towards lenses suited for high-performance full-frame mirrorless cameras are growing.Unfortunately, many photographers may feel that they have little choices for mirrorless lens systems in terms of performance, size, extensive lineup, and due to the burden of having to use multiple systems.SIGMA has thus developed and proposes this new full-frame mirrorless lens series as the optimal solution to this challenge. SIGMA will develop interchangeable lenses with unprecedented specifications and performance by designs that benefit from the short flange focal length feature of mirrorless cameras while retaining the concepts of “Contemporary,” “Art,” and “Sports.”We will announce three models as the first lenses from this series.
45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary - Compact size is realized while maintaining high image quality and is compatible with full-frame mirrorless cameras. This prime lens refines the concept of the Contemporary line.
35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art - The world’s first 35mm F1.2 as L-Mount and Sony E-mount autofocus lens for full-frame mirrorless system. The high image quality of the Art line that pursues ultimate performance is realized by F1.2 maximum aperture.
14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art - Large-diameter, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. While pursuing the ultimate image quality of the Art line, the size is reduced thanks to the exclusive design for mirrorless cameras.
High-resolution image quality developed with exclusive low dispersion glass elements and NPC (Nano Porous Coating) - One FLD glass and five SLD glass elements are appropriately arranged to suppress chromatic aberration to the edge of the frame. Three aspherical lenses, including a large-diameter aspherical lens at the foremost surface, are used to effectively minimize coma flare, etc., thereby achieving mind-blowing resolution. The super multi-layer coating is combined with a newly developed NPC (Nano Porous Coating). The lens has been designed to be less susceptible to strong incident light such as backlight.
Substantial functions enable user confidence, even in tough environments - Incorporating a stepping motor enables the high speed, quiet AF drive. Shooting is comfortable even in target AF such as Face/Eye Detection AF and during video shooting. The AFL button which can be assigned with various functions widens the range of operations available on the lens. Furthermore, the lens features a dust- and splash-proof structure, along with a water- and oil-repellent coating on the frontmost surface of the lens, which further supports shooting in various environments.
Rear filter holder as a standard accessory - The lens comes with a rear filter holder equipped with a fall prevention lock for attaching sheet type rear filters for shooting starry skies.
Full-time manual mode
Available Mount Conversion Service
Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system: A1
11-blade rounded diaphragm
High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount
“Made in Japan” craftsmanship
SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art
Bringing the “pursuit of ultimate image quality” to the next level with an F1.2 Art line lens for mirrorless cameras
First wide-angle AF lens with F1.2 maximum aperture for the full-frame Sony E-mount and L-Mount system.
This lens enables a creation of artwork with astounding resolution and large bokeh effects, such as portraits that make use of a shallow depth of field.
It brings the development concept of the Art line “pursuit of ultimate image quality” to the next level.
While utilizing optical correction function inside the camera, aberrations that are difficult to post-process are thoroughly corrected thanks to the optical design and it thereby enhances resolution.
Large-diameter, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. - While pursuing the ultimate image quality of the Art line, the size is reduced thanks to the exclusive design for mirrorless cameras.
SIGMA’s First F1.2 maximum aperture, large-diameter prime lens - The "Art line in the age of mirrorless cameras" pursues ultimate performance as a large-diameter lens with a focal length of 35mm and also achieves a maximum aperture of F1.2. Three SLD glass elements and three aspherical lenses including a double-sided aspherical lens are optimally arranged in a lens construction of 17 elements in 12 groups. In addition to the optical design that makes use of the characteristic of the short flange focal length, it effectively takes advantage of the correction function inside the camera to correct distortion and peripheral illumination. Various aberrations that are difficult to correct by post-processing, such as sagittal coma flare, are thoroughly corrected by the compilation of the optical design technologies that SIGMA has cultivated, achieving an overwhelming resolution that can resolve over 50 million pixels.
High operability that supports various shooting situations in both still and video - In autofocus photography, comfortable shooting for a F1.2 large-diameter lens is achieved by the large Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that gets desired torque required to drive the focus lens group. In manual focus photography, the focus ring driven by the focus-by-wire system with the optimized torque setting responds to fine operations of the photographer. The aperture ring is also mounted with a de-click function for removing clicks, enabling seamless operations that are especially useful during video shooting.
Substantial functions enable user confidence, even in tough environments - The AFL button which can be assigned with various functions widens the range of operations available on the lens. Furthermore, the lens features a dust- and splash-proof structure, along with a water- and oil-repellent coating on the frontmost surface of the lens, which further supports shooting in various environments.
Full-time manual mode
Hood with lock
Available Mount Conversion Service
Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system: A1
As I shared prior regarding the first lens' test results:
While these image quality results may appear simple, they have a background.
Keeping the story short, my first copy of this lens took forever to arrive and when it did, the performance was not as expected with damage sustained in transit being strongly suspected.
The second lens also took a long time to acquire and the results being shared here are from this lens.
Before announcing these results, I did some sanity checking including with my Canon USA technical rep.
My concern (always) is ensuring that this lens' performance is representative of what buyers should expect from their own lens.
The MTF charts suggest that the version III lens should perform nearly equally to the version II lens.
While I'm not absolutely 100% confident that a better copy of this lens is not available (and will likely test at least one more copy of this lens to be sure), I have enough confidence that this lens is representative of the model, showing what we should expect, to share these results.
That said, let's jump right into the comparison that most will be interested in, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III vs. II Lens image quality comparison.
The version III lens produces very impressive image quality wide open.
My only cause for concern about this lens copy was that the version II lens is very slightly sharper in the center of the frame with the difference primarily noticeable when extenders are being used.
With less lateral CA, the version III lens produces better peripheral image quality, even with the 2x extender in place.
Unmistakably better is the version III's weight.
As I was creating this post, I grabbed the lens from my desk and ran to attempt to catch a pileated woodpecker on a tree just outside the studio.
That effort reminded me how amazingly light this lens is for its specs.
Apple has updated the MacBook Air and the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air gets a True Tone display, while the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro gets fully kitted out with an 8th-Gen Intel® Core™ quad-core processor, Touch Bar, True Tone, and more. The MacBook Air now has True Tone on its Retina Display. True Tone automatically adjusts the white balance to the color temperature of the light around you, providing a much more natural viewing experience.
Learn more here.
If you're like me, after having purchased the 5DayDeal Complete Video Creators Bundle (especially over multiple years), you may have a ton of LUTs (Look Up Tables) that can be used to color grade your videos and images.
For instance, the last time I counted, I had over 600 LUTs sitting in a folder on my hard drive.
Unfortunately, sifting through my LUTs to find one that's appropiate for a specific video/photo project has has been a painfully slow and tedius process, requiring the of application of each LUT individually within the software editor for preview purposes.
Thankfully, there's a better way.
A Swedish software designer has created an excellent (and free) program – Bulk LUTs Previewer – that allows for fast and easy previewing of your locally stored LUTs.
How Does Bulk LUTs Previewer Work?
It's really simple.
Open the program and click "Import" to point Bulk LUTs Previewer to the image you'd like to use as the sample.
I'd suggest using a small resolution image as a full-resolution image will make the previews load significantly slower.
Click the "3D Luts" button and navigate to your folder containing the LUTs.
Click "Generate" to generate the LUT previews.
How to Apply a LUT in Photoshop
Once you've found the LUT you'd like to use, here are the steps for applying the LUT to an image in Photoshop.
Open your image and add a Color Lookup Table adjustment layer.
In the Properties panel of the adjustment layer, click "Load 3D LUT..."
Click the "Load 3D LUT..." option and navigate to the appropriate LUT.
While the sofware is free, I highly suggest donating to the author (using the "About" menu option) to encourage the software's further development (I did).
As a photographer, you've probably run into a situation where your camera's sensor couldn't capture the full range of brightness levels in a scene, necessitating techniques – such as bracketing – to obtain a higher dynamic range image.
Well, those recording audio often face a similar issue capturing the full range of sounds available without clipping and/or distortion.
However, the new Zoom F6 uilizes 32-bit floating recording and dual analog to digital converters (one tuned to capture loud sounds, one tuned to capture low sounds) which the unit combines to create a full range of clean audio.
The processing is so good, in fact, that it's almost impossible to clip audio when the device is set to 32-bit recording (the limiter isn't even available at this setting).
If you are you interested in photographing brown bears chasing salmon (among other things) in a remote section of Katmai National Park, I need to hear from you very soon.
I have the opportunity to charter a boat with an extremely-experienced operator, one very familiar with coastal Katmai NP and the brown bears.
Photographing brown bears chasing and catching salmon is the anticipated highlight of this trip which would take place at the typical peak of the salmon run, at end of August or early September in 2020.
I've had the privilege of going on this trip and highly recommend having it on your bucket list.
The scenery in this area is amazing.
The float plane flight to and from the boat is amazing.
The animals are amazing.
Every day is a new adventure.
I do not have much time to lock in this opportunity.
I need 8 participants to make this affordable with the cost being very approximately $8,500 for 6 nights.
This rough estimate cost is all-inclusive from Kodiak (and possibly Homer) (aside from crew tips).
Again, the window on this opportunity will close quickly, so I need to hear from you soon if this is a trip you are interested in joining me on.
Email me now to reserve your spot or ask questions!
Sony Electronics Boosts Full-frame Lens Line-up with Introduction of FE 35mm F1.8 Lightweight Prime
SAN DIEGO —July 9, 2019 —Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the latest addition to its E-mount full-frame lens line-up with the introduction of the FE 35mm F1.8 wide-angle prime lens, model SEL35F18F.
The compact dimensions and lightweight of this full-frame, large-aperture lens provide mobility and convenience for shooting a wide range of subjects, such as everyday snapshots, food photography, landscapes, night scenes and more.
The new lens provides outstanding corner-to-corner image quality, while its quiet autofocus and tenacious tracking performance make it a great choice for both stills and movie shooting.
Additionally, its compact form makes it an appealing choice for both APS-C body users, offering a 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras.
“Our E-mount lens lineup now includes 34 full-frame models and 52 lenses in total,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics.
“The new 35mm prime combines outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness with a compact design, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of shooters.
Sony will continue to develop and expand its imaging lineup, giving creators more options than ever before to realize their vision.”
High-resolution and large-aperture, full-frame performance in compact and lightweight lens
Large F1.8 maximum aperture, weighing in at just 280 grams and measuring 65.6 mm (diameter) by 73.0mm (length); this new lens sets a new standard for portability
Advanced optical construction, including an aspherical element to suppress aberration and deliver high resolution throughout the entire image frame; 9-blade circular aperture enhances beautiful bokeh
Minimum focus distance of 0.22m and maximum magnification of 0.24x offer easy access to the world of close-up photography
Versatile control and handling for a wide range of imaging needs
Conveniently placed, customizable focus hold button and a focus mode switch for instantaneous switching between auto and manual focus
Linear Response Manual Focus for fine, responsive manual focus control
Dust- and moisture-resistant design add to the versatility and reliability of this new lens and invoke a feeling of confidence in the user
Quiet AF with excellent tracking for movies as well as stills
Fast, precise and quiet linear-motor AF drive system for both stills and continuous focus control
Pricing and Availability
The FE 35mm F1.8 will ship in August 2019 for approximately $750 US and $800 CA and will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens preorders start at 11am ET on Thu, Jul 11th (be sure to preorder using our links): B&H |