Canon and Sony News for Apr 2021 (Page 2)

 Friday, April 9, 2021

From Sigma:

Important Notice for SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary Users

Dear valued customers,

Thank you for your purchase and continued support of our products.

Regarding the SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary interchangeable lens for mirrorless cameras announced on March 23rd, 2021, as a result of our investigation, there is a possibility that the ghost resistance will deteriorate with some products from the initial lot.

In addition, since we have confirmed the countermeasures by process management regarding this matter, we would like to inform you below that we would like to collect all the products with the target serial number and replace them with new ones.

Applicable Product and Serial Number

Applicable Product: SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary (for L-mount, Sony E-mount)

Serial Number: serial number prior to 55488834, regardless of mount.

Treatment on this issue

We will respond by replacing the applicable product with a new one.

For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA Service Station listed in the link below:

https://www.sigma-global.com/en/world-network

For customers in the US requiring more information, please contact our Service and Support team at info@sigmaphoto.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused to customers who are using the applicable product, and those who are looking forward to purchasing this product.

Order the Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN DN Contemporary Lens from B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/9/2021 10:13:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Rokinon:

Rokinon

New AF 24mm F1.8 Compact for Sony E

With Focus Hold Button and Custom Switch Full Frame · Fast · Weather Sealed

(New York, New York) April 9, 2021 – ROKINON has announced its new AF 24mm F1.8 Full Frame Compact Wide Angle Lens for Sony E mount. It is its eleventh auto focus lens specifically engineered for Sony mirrorless cameras. Weighing only 8.1 ounces and measuring just 2.8 inches in length, this new 24mm combines a compact and light form factor, a fast 1.8 aperture and a host of additional features that are unmatched by any other 24mm E mount lens in the market.

New and special features include:

  • Customizable Focus-Hold Button
    Pressing and holding this button will keep the lens locked at the auto-focused distance. The user can also assign to the focus hold button other desired functions through the Custom Key Settings menu of the camera.
  • Astrophotography Mode
    Astrophotography Mode automatically sets the lens focusing mode to MF, moves and locks the lens to infinity focus, and the Infinity Focus Confirmation LED will light in green. If the focus control ring is moved, the LED will turn to red.

  • Custom Switch
    The Custom Switch enables the focusing ring to function either as a manual focus control (Mode 1) or as an aperture control (Mode 2). Additional Custom Switch functions are being developed and will be made available via firmware updates. Fine tuning focusing parameters, new functions, and firmware updates may be obtained by using a ROKINON Lens Station.

The latest optical technology allows this speedy wide angle to achieve stunning corner-to-corner resolution, even at F1.8 maximum aperture. A total of 11 elements in 8 groups, with 7 special lenses (2 Aspherical + 3 High Refractive Index + 2 Extra Low Dispersion) and Ultra Multi-Coating deliver outstanding images. With this lens, spherical aberration and coma are highly controlled for the benefit of astrophotographers.

The Rokinon AF 24mm F1.8 excels not only at available light photography. It also allows great selective focus control with beautifully blurred backgrounds. Smooth-creamy bokeh with natural, circular, out-of-focus highlights is a result of this wide angle’s 9-blade circular aperture. This lens will also perform beautifully at an equivalent focal length of 36mm wih Sony E mount APS-C cameras.

A new STM (Stepping Motor) design controls superb auto-focus capability by moving only a single focusing group for extremely fast, precise and silent operation - whether shooting stills or videos. This design also prevents front element rotation and changes in length for easy use with 58mm polarizers and other filters that require precise positioning.

Other notable features include weather sealing in five areas to protect from dust, light rain and snow, a wide-angle view of 83.7° and a short minimum focusing distance of 7.48” (190mm). Coupled with its sophisticated optical design, you can capture stunning images in less than perfect environments - indoors and outdoors.

The ROKINON AF 24mm F1.8 Full Frame Lens for Sony E comes complete with a removable petal shaped lens hood, a custom fitted case and is expected to be available from authorized ROKINON dealers in June with a MSRP of $549.00.

SPECIFICATIONS

APERTURE RANGE: F1.8 - F22
OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION: Elements in 8 Groups (2 ASP + 3HR Index + 2 ED)
COATING: Ultra Multi-Coating (UMC)
MIN. FOCUSING DIST.: 7.48in (190mm) MAGNIFICATION RATIO: 0.21x
FILTER SIZE: 58mm
DIAPHRAGM BLADES: 9
MAX. DIAMETER: 2.56” (65.0mm)
WEATHER SEALED
AF MOTOR: Linear STM
CUSTOM SWITCH
INFINITY CONFIRMATION
FOCUS HOLD BUTTON
Angle of View: Full Frame 83.7° APS-C: 60.9°
Length: 2.81” (71.5mm)
Weight: 8.11oz (230g)
Mount: Sony E
Model: IO2418-E
Code: 0-84438-76721-6
MSRP: $549

Orders

B&H will be taking orders for the Rokinon 24mm f/1.8 AF Compact Lens for Sony E.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 4/9/2021 7:49:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 8, 2021

Sony has quietly appended an "A" to the product model names of the Sony Alpha a7R IV and Sony Alpha a7R III mirrorless cameras.

The primary changes this update brings appear to be the LCD resolution increasing significantly to 2,359,296 dots from 1,440,000 dots, with the battery life dropping by an insignificant amount, along with the USB spec improving from USB 3.1 to USB 3.2 on the a7R III.

Watch for the new a7R IV and a7R III revision A to arrive at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 4/8/2021 8:21:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 7, 2021

From Canon USA:

Canon U.S.A. Bolsters the Company’s Industry-Leading1 Number of UHDgc 4K Portable Zoom Lenses With The Introduction Of The New CJ17ex6.2B

The New Lens Features a 17x Zoom, Built-In 2x Extender, Cleverly Designed Lens Barrel and Coating to Help Reduce Ghosting and Flaring

MELVILLE, NY, April 7, 2021– Designed to provide both stunning HDR imagery as well as beautiful 4K, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is introducing a new addition to its cost-effective UHDgc series of portable 4K broadcast zoom lenses — the CJ17ex6.2B. This lens supports 4K UHD quality optical performance and provides operators with a compact, lightweight, and highly portable form factor for easy integration into Houses of Worship, ENG, and commercial environments. With the addition of this lens, Canon further expands its lineup of 4K broadcast lenses, now at an industry-leadingi 18 models.

The CJ17ex6.2B features a wide-angle focal length of 6.2 mm and a 17x zoom ratio that brings the telephoto focal length up to 106 mm. The lens is also equipped with a built-in 2x extender that enables users to quickly double the focal length up to 212 mm while maintaining amazing image quality and fine details. The lens utilizes UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens elements, optimally arranged in a Canon proprietary optical configuration, providing superb color reproduction to the image's peripheral areas by enabling the suppression of potential chromatic aberrations such as color bleeding and fringing. Special lens coatings on all elements combine with a number of optomechanical strategies on the interior of the lens barrel to help reduce ghosting and flaring. Like all Canon 4K lenses, the CJ17ex6.2B comes standard with a drive unit that contains 16-bit absolute value encoders for smooth cooperation with CG environments, as well as three 20-pin connectors for easy integration into virtual and robotic systems. In addition, the lens supports HDR and WCG compatible color gradation, producing images rich with vivid colors and details.

The CJ17ex6.2B lens is easy to maneuver and shoulder, with its compact and lightweight design, weighing approximately 4.78 pounds and measuring approximately 6.49 inches (w) x 4.31 inches (h) x 9.46 inches (l) in size. The lens itself is designed with optimally located handgrips to help minimize operator fatigue when shoulder-mount recording.

Availability

The CJ17ex6.2B 4K UHD portable zoom broadcast lens is scheduled to be available in June 2021*. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com/broadcast.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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

1 As of April 7, 2021. Based on Canon research.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 4/7/2021 10:23:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Pausing to celebrate:

With the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens Review now live, The-Digital-Picture.com has reviews of all currently available (non-PZ) Sony FE Lenses.

This compilation of resources has been four years and many thousands of hours in the making, and the milestone remains a moving target.

We'll attempt to keep up with the new Sony FE lens models as they are availed, with the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens (expectations already shared) coming soon and the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens (expectations also shared) not far behind.

Thanks for sharing this journey with us, and especially thanks for your support along the way!

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/7/2021 9:23:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens Review.

This is an unsurprisingly exceptional lens.

The Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens is in stock or available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA

Rent the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/7/2021 8:48:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 2, 2021

Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens page.

For the size, weight, and price of this lens, it has to perform incredibly well. Sony, of course, knew that.

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens vs. Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 Lens vs. Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 Lens GM OSS with 1.4 vs. Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens

The Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens is in stock at Adorama and Amazon USA and is available to order at B&H.

Save the tax, use the B&H Payboo payment card.

Rent the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/2/2021 8:09:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 1, 2021

Canon has released new versions of Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility.

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.14.0:

  • Supports Firmware Version 1.4.0 or later for the EOS-1D X Mark III.
  • Supports Firmware Version 1.3.0 or later for the EOS R5.
  • Supports Firmware Version 1.3.0 or later for the EOS R6.

Download: DPP 4.14.0 and EOS Utility 3.13.20

Post Date: 4/1/2021 11:27:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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