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 Saturday, August 6, 2022

From Tamron:

Development Announcement

TAMRON Announces Development of TAMRON Lens Utility MobileTM for AndroidTM1 OS

Users can tune lens features in the field via a smartphone

August 3, 2022, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the development of TAMRON Lens Utility MobileTM, a dedicated application for smartphones and tablets running the Android OS2 that provides convenient use in the field and expands the possibilities of video and still photography. The application is the mobile version of the TAMRON Lens Utility dedicated PC software that has earned praise from many TAMRON lens users since its release in October 2021 and was developed in-house by TAMRON. The Tamron Lens Utility Mobile is expected to launch later this year.3

Summary of TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile

October 2021 marked the release of TAMRON Lens Utility, a dedicated PC software that enables the customization of various functions of select TAMRON lenses to match the video and still photography style of the lens user. Since then, we have received feedback regarding improved convenience from customers wishing to make lens function customizations when shooting in the field. As a result, we have developed TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile for Android OS (compatible OS Android 6-124). Using the optional TAMRON Connection Cable5, an Android smart device can be connected to a lens to easily configure lens customizations without requiring a computer.6

A new function that enables lens operations to be controlled from a smartphone has also been added. For example, the A-B Focus function that smoothly shifts the focus from one preselected subject to another can be setup without touching the lens.

Expansion of functions in the future is possible to make users even more comfortable to try out video production.

Functions of TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile

Tethered remote control

  • Dedicated features developed for the smartphone can be configured to perform tethered control. (Features that can be configured with the Remote Set Button in the application)
  • A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus shift between A and B
  • Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a single tap of the Remote Set Button7

Customizing the Custom Switch or Focus Set Button (Normal functions available with the PC version)

  • A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus shift between A and B7
  • Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a single press of the Focus Set Button7
  • Select AF/MF: Select AF and MF function using the Focus Set Button
  • Switch Focus Ring Function (Focus/Aperture): Switch Focus Ring Function from focus adjustment to aperture adjustment
  • Assign function from the camera: Assign custom functions from the camera body to the Focus Set Button

*The function of the Focus Set Button can be cleared.

Customizing the Focus Ring

  • MF Ring Rotation: Change the rotation direction of the focus ring
  • MF Method: Choose the method of focus operation when using the focus ring

*As the application is still under development, the screenshots are subject to change without notice due to design evolution or other factors.

  1. Android is a trademark of Google LLC.
  2. This application is designed for Android OS. Please note that iOS is not supported at this time.
  3. Release date is subject to change depending on development conditions.
  4. Compatible with Android devices fitted with USB Type-C ports only.
  5. TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type C to Type C) (Model CC-350) is sold separately.
  6. Lens firmware updates are not supported with the Mobile version. Performing firmware updates requires the TAMRON Lens Utility for PC and a computer.
  7. With the Mobile version, the focus travel time can be specified in 0.1-second increments. With the PC version, there are eight possible speed levels.
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Post Date: 8/6/2022 12:00:52 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony EU:

Sony Unlocks In-Camera Forgery-Proof Technology

Sony today announced the availability of its in-camera forgery proof photo technology for corporate business users. Using digital signatures processed at capture, Sony technology supports detection of any modification to an image, thus protecting it from fraudulent usage.

Following widespread issues with unauthorised editing and misconduct around digital photo data, Sony has developed forgery-proof technology, based on standard cryptography, for corporate users to safeguard images against future misuse.

With Sony’s in-camera signing mode activated, images are immediately cryptographically signed by the camera processor upon capture. Following this, any pixel modification, tampering or potential forgery will cancel the image signature, as the image manipulation will be detected by the customer’s own certificate server during examination.

Available on the Alpha 7 IV camera, with expansion to other models to be considered in sequence, this new functionality streamlines the lengthy process required from image submission through to verification, all with the addition of extra security.

The Alpha 7 IV also combines a 33.0MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with BIONZ XR™ imaging engine to deliver high-speed processing and outstanding resolution.

Sony’s new forgery-proof signing mode ensures the secure creation and transmission of images based on cryptographic methods, as the fundamental need for certifying unmodified and secure images grows in many applications, across multiple industries.

This technology is particularly applicable for passports and ID verification but goes further in tackling image manipulation in the media, medical and law enforcement fields. For the insurance and construction sectors, this technology will offer a secure foundation for inspection and recording of damage.

Yasuo Baba, Director of Digital Imaging and European Product Marketing at Sony, commented: “It is Sony’s missions to strengthen business solutions with cutting-edge imagery technology and our in-camera digital signing is a real gamechanger for combatting image manipulation and forgery across multiple industries. Whilst appropriate adaptations for each industry need to be made, the digital signature is multilingual and can be used internationally, enabling organisations worldwide to streamline mandatory image signing with Sony technology.”

Currently compatible with the Alpha 7 IV, and subject to receipt of a license to enable Sony’s signing mode, this facility will be available for business users with plans for further model expansion to follow. In tandem, Sony will continue to examine how we can utilise our industry-leading imaging technology to further support enhanced security across multiple industries, with plans to expand the line-up of supported cameras hereafter.

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Post Date: 8/6/2022 11:23:44 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Sony's 2022 Q1 financial results are available on the Investor Relations page.

Presentation (track I&SS for the Imaging and Sensing Solutions segment)
Speech Transcript
Financial Statements
Supplementary Information Webcast

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Post Date: 8/3/2022 12:02:48 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 28, 2022

From Rokinon:

85mm F1.4 AF Series II Full Frame Telephoto (Sony E)

The Rokinon AF SERIES II 85mm F1.4 for Sony E is the smallest (99.5mm/3.92in length) and lightest (509g/17.95oz weight) among all the large-aperture standard 85mm focal length lenses compatible with the Sony E mount.

The AF 85mm F1.4 E II (Large-Aperture Standard) lens delivers a 28.9° angle of view for full-frame & 19.1° for APS-C, as well as a bright maximum aperture of F1.4, as preferred by full-frame camera users. In particular, optimum resolution is achieved through the optical design of 11 elements in 8 groups (4 HR and 1 ED). Combined with Sony's full-frame image sensor, this lens delivers superior sharpness and contrast in all areas of the image.

Fast and Quiet AF Performance

Tracking the subject accurately and quickly, the AF also operates quietly and smoothly when shooting video. Rokinon’s Linear STM (Stepping Motor) satisfies both photographers and videographers with quieter and more accurate control of the focusing lens groups.

Impressive Background Blur and Bokeh with Bright F1.4 Aperture

The AF 85mm F1.4 E II uses a large-diameter aperture to provide smooth background blur. It effectively separates the subject from the background, using a shallow depth of field and adding drama to the scene. The 9 diaphragm blades create smooth and natural bokeh with light splitting.

Less Breathing for Shooting Video

The AF 85mm F1.4 E II has minimized focus breathing, so there is almost no change in the angle of view when focusing and therefore less screen shake. This is effective when shooting movies with the subject moving forward or backward, or focusing from the front or back.

Enhanced Usability with Custom Switch and Focus Hold Button

There is a custom switch, which can be set allow adjustment of the aperture by rotating the focus ring. Using the optional Lens Station, you can setup the mode to suit your own preference*.

* More functions will be added through firmware updates in the future

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.

Short Minimum Focal Distance

The minimum focal distance is just 0.85m (2.79ft), so it is versatile and possible to produce a unique perspective close to the subject. This makes it easier to take close-up and dramatic shots of food, portraits and nature.

Weather-Sealing Design

The usability of the AF 85mm F1.4 E II lens has been developed and enhanced, taking into consideration not only the design but also the user's shooting environment. It has a micro-patterned rubber focus ring, so feels great to operate and weather-sealing also protects the lens from light rain, snow and dust.

Order the Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 FE II Lens for Sony E from B&H.

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Post Date: 7/28/2022 7:37:25 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Tamron:

Development Announcement

Game-Changing Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Starting at 50mm

New 50-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD (Model A067)

July 27, 2022, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the development of the versatile 50-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD (Model A067), a next level ultra-telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens is expected to be available Fall 2022. However, due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.

The 50-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD (Model A067) creates an entirely new category for high-performance ultra-telephoto mirrorless zoom lenses. With an 8x zoom ratio that begins at an unprecedented 50mm (commonly called the “standard” focal length for full-frame cameras), this new ultra-telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras is the same size as conventional 100-400mm zoom lenses yet offers a wider angle of view on the wide end for exceptional versatility.

The 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 is remarkably compact with a length of just 7.2” and a light weight of 40.7oz. yet provides unparalleled high performance at all focal lengths. Despite the high magnification ratio, high image quality is delivered across the entire 50-400mm range through the effective arrangement of special lens elements. Equipped with TAMRON’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism that offers excellent quietness and responsiveness, plus TAMRON's proprietary image stabilization mechanism VC (Vibration Compensation), the lens delivers versatile capability for all shooting scenarios.

Since the 50-400mm provides up to one-half life-size magnification during close focus, users can enjoy the world of half-macro photography with excellent close-up shooting capabilities, with an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 9.8” at the 50mm end.

The filter size is Ø67mm, the same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras, providing greater convenience when using multiple lenses together. The lens also features ergonomic features that support comfortable shooting, such as the adoption of a new lens design with improved texture and operability, and a Connector Port for the dedicated TAMRON Lens UtilityTM originally and uniquely developed by TAMRON. In addition, for this 50-400mm F4.5-6.3, TAMRON Lens Utility newly offers a "Focus Limiter” function. An optional Arca-Swiss compatible accessory tripod mount is available for convenience when using a tripod.

The 50-400mm is a highly portable, versatile zoom lens that ensures users never miss a shooting opportunity, from the 50mm standard focal length up to the 400mm ultra-telephoto. This is a breakthrough product that creates an entirely new category of ultra-telephoto-mirrorless zoom lenses, another first for TAMRON.

Main Features

  1. Expansive 8x zoom ratio starts at 50mm and extends to 400mm ultra-telephoto with a single lens
  2. Unfaltering high image quality across the entire zoom range
  3. VXD produces high-speed and high-precision AF
  4. Equipped with TAMRON’s proprietary VC image stabilization
  5. Super-compact with a length of only 7.2” and a weight of 40.7oz
  6. Half-macro photography with magnification ratio of 1:2 at the 50mm setting
  7. New design with improved texture and scratch resistance
  8. Ø67mm filter size, same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras
  9. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, Zoom Lock switch, etc.)
  10. Compatibility with many camera-specific features and functions, including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF
  11. Enhanced operational and versatile features
    • Connector Port for the TAMRON Lens Utility
    • New “Focus Limiter” function added to the TAMRON Lens Utility
    • Rapid zooming (Zoom ring rotation arc is just 75°)
    • Optional tripod mount (Arca-Swiss compatible)
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Post Date: 7/28/2022 9:31:48 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Based on the release date, this is some slightly old-dated info from Tokina that is now hitting the news:

About price revision and renewing of Tokina brand lenses

Jun 17, 2022

Dear Customers,

We sincerely thank you for your continued support of Tokina lenses.

Due to recent cost hikes of raw materials and components, our production costs have been greatly increased. We have been making every effort to absorb the cost hike.

However, regrettably, we are not able to bear all the cost increase any further and we need to revise the price of all Tokina lenses. In line with this revision some of our Tokina lenses will be discontinued and renewed respectively as below. The global shipment of renewed models is scheduled to start from June, 2022.

Tokina lens to be renewed

The below models will be renewed. The renewed models will be marked with the "PLUS" sticker on the package and will come with Tokina branded microfiber cleaning cloth. The technical specifications remain the same.

Model nameEAN code
Tokina atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF NAF PLUS4961607640791
Tokina atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF CEF PLUS4961607640807
Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF NAF PLUS4961607640814
Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF CEF PLUS4961607640821
Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF Macro NAF PLUS4961607640876
Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF Macro CAF PLUS4961607640883
Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE PLUS4961607641064
Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4 E PLUS4961607641088
Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4 X PLUS4961607641170
Tokina atx-m 33mm F1.4 E PLUS4961607641101
Tokina atx-m 33mm F1.4 X PLUS4961607641187
Tokina atx-m 56mm F1.4 E PLUS4961607641125
Tokina atx-m 56mm F1.4 X PLUS4961607641194

Package design

Tokina Plus Box

The renewed models will be marked with the "PLUS" sticker on the package (on all sides).

Seal design and size can be changed without prior announcement. Seal position on the box can be slightly different from real product.

Tokina Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Tokina branded microfiber cleaning cloth included in the box.

Following the renewing the Tokina lenses, the following products will be discontinued.

Model nameEAN code
Tokina atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF NAF4961607696958
Tokina atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF CAF4961607696941
Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF NAF4961607634752
Tokina atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF CAF4961607634769
Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF MACRO NAF4961607634462
Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF MACRO CAF4961607634455
Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE4961607634486
Tokina NEW atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE LTD4961607640418
Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4 E4961607634585
Tokina atx-m 33mm F1.4 E4961607634622
Tokina atx-m 56mm F1.4 E4961607634639
Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4 X4961607634646
Tokina atx-m 33mm F1.4 X4961607634653
Tokina atx-m 56mm F1.4 X4961607634684
Tokina AT-X 107 f/3.5-4.5 DX Fisheye NH NAF4961616965564
Tokina AT-X 107 f/3.5-4.5 DX Fisheye NH CEF4961616965632

We would appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation.

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Post Date: 7/28/2022 8:59:31 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 22, 2022

Check out the brief Canon EOS R7 Auto Level Feature Demo on the updated review page.

This is a valuable feature.

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Post Date: 7/22/2022 9:21:50 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 13, 2022

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Launches New ECM-G1 Shotgun Microphone

Versatile Microphone is Ideal for Vlogging and Offers High Quality Sound Anywhere, Anytime

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 13, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. today introduces the new ECM-G1 microphone for enhanced video recording through high-quality sound collection. The new ECM-G1 was designed for vloggers and video content creators seeking a compact, high-quality microphone. With ambient sound suppression and clear frontal sound collection, creators can enjoy excellent sound quality when capturing content.

Enhance Standard of Video Recording with High-Quality Sound

Clear, high-quality sound plays an important role when capturing video content. The ECM-G1 includes a large-diameter (14.6 mm) microphone capsule that provides clear sound collection while suppressing noise, which improves the quality of video production.

The ECM-G1 is the perfect accessory for video content creators on-the-go as it captures clear voices, includes a wind screen to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors and has an optimized structure to suppress frequency vibration noise with anti-vibration dampers. When connected via the MI (Multi Interface) shoe, the cableless design even eliminates cable-transmitted vibration noise.

Ambient Sound Suppression and Clear Frontal Sound Collection

Clear sound collection when facing the front of the camera, the ECM-G1 super-cardioid[i] and ambient sound suppression to ensure only wanted audio is captured, an ideal feature when recording in selfie mode. The ECM-G1 is also highly effective in capturing clear conversation audio indoors by reducing echo pickup from walls and voice reverberation.

Enjoy High-Quality Sound Anywhere, Anytime

The microphone’s MI Shoe support enables additional power options and cable-free operation for even greater flexibility. The power is supplied directly from the camera to the microphone – even when shooting with the vari-angle LCD monitor open horizontally.

The ECM-G1 is ultra-light and compact, weighing just 1.2 ounces (34 grams) and measuring 1 inch x 2 inches x 1.9 inches (W x H x D: 28.0 mm x 50.8 mm x 48.5 mm), making it easy to use anywhere, anytime. The microphone’s compact size and weight provides flexibility and mobility, even when using gimbals and grips. In addition, due to its small size, the front of the microphone remains out of the frame, even when using a wide-angle lens. Its compact form factor also allows creators to easily look through the camera viewfinder without the microphone touching their forehead.

The new ECM-G1 also includes a microphone jack and recording cable[ii], making it compatible[iii] with a wide range of devices[iv] with a 3.5mm mic jack, giving users the ultimate flexibility for various shooting requirements. ?

Pricing and Availability

The new ECM-G1 will be available in August 2022 for approximately $150.00 USD and $190.00 CAD. Pre-sale opens tomorrow, July 13, 2022 at 10:00AM (EDT)/ 7:00AM (PDT) at a variety of Sony authorized dealers in North America, with an expected customer ship date of August 22, 2022.

Orders

Support this site by ordering the Sony ECM-G1 Shotgun Microphone from B&H.

Notes:

[i] This directionality is achievable with only one microphone capsule, resulting in small physical size, while allowing sound from the desired frontal area to be emphasized more effectively than by a general unidirectional microphone. The frontal extent of the sound collection area is wider than that of super-directional microphones, but super-cardioid microphones are generally more compact

[ii] 3.5 mm TRS – TRS cable

[iii] A commercially available conversion adapter may be required. Regarding device compatibility, please refer to the respective device manufacturers’ specifications

[iv] Compatibility not guaranteed with all products

[v] Sell-in quantity, from April 2021 to March 2022

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Post Date: 7/13/2022 10:59:18 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 11, 2022
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Post Date: 7/11/2022 8:04:33 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 8, 2022

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens page.

This is a small, lightweight lens.

Here is the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens compared to the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens, the most similar alternative.

Support this site by ordering the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 7/8/2022 8:41:33 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Just posted: Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Lens Review.

This is an outstanding ultra-wide to wide-angle zoom lens option, geometric distortion aside.

Order the Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 7/5/2022 7:58:12 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 30, 2022

"Capture One 22 (15.3.1) is a service pack containing new camera and lens support, bug fixes, and quality of life improvements."

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

Purchase Capture One Pro at B&H.

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Post Date: 6/30/2022 8:05:28 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Just posted: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Lens Review.

Excellent lens. Love the size and weight.

Order the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 6/28/2022 7:37:26 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Image quality test results are now available on the Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Lens Review.

Sharp lens.

Note that the severe barrel distortion at the wide end of the focal length range will require correction most of the time.

Here are some Sony FE PZ 16-35mm F4 G Lens comparisons (compare at various focal lengths, including 35mm):

Compared to the Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Lens

Compared to the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens

Compared to the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens (distortion correction forced for the Canon lens)

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Post Date: 6/22/2022 8:21:36 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Image quality test results are now available on the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Lens page.

This little lens turns in signficantly sharper image quality than its predecessor. Here are some comparisons (minimally compare 70mm also):

Compared to the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Lens (visualize between the modestly different test camera resolutions)

Compared to the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens

Compared to the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens

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Post Date: 6/21/2022 8:29:31 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 16, 2022
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Post Date: 6/16/2022 12:13:57 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From DxO:

Nik Collection 5: Major upgrades to Color Efex and Analog Efex, improved local adjustment technology, and a smoother user experience

The latest version of the Lightroom Classic ® renowned suite of eight plugins for Adobe Photoshop® and also features a brand new tool to reduce haze and 29 faithfully reproduced color film grains. Powerful and diverse, the eight plugins of Nik Collection 5 also function as stand alone apps and offer unlimited creative potential. More than 300 presets give instant results, while intuitive sliders and DxO’s exclusive UPoint technology for local adjustments bring endless creative opportunities and the ability to refine every detail.

Revamped user interface for a more refined editing experience

The user interfaces of Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex have been rebuilt from the ground up, bringing them into line with the recently updated Nik Silver Efex and Nik Viveza. Nik Color Efex is a powerful means of enhancing and manipulating color and continues to be Nik Collection users’ most popular plugin, while Nik Analog Efex is unique in its potential to recreate vintage photographic effects. Thanks to the newly refined and function al user experience in both of these plugins, presets are now more accessible with improved options for saving and editing favorite settings.

Local adjustments just got even smarter thanks to U Point™ technology

U Point™ technology, the pioneering local adjustment tools that make targeted changes feel intuitive and efficient without using masks, continues to evolve in Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex. Control Points can now be renamed, making them easier to manage, and users can also save them as part two Color Selectivity sliders — of a preset, speeding up workflows. The addition of Luminance and Chrominance — gives users greater control over the impact of local adjustments, and the interface has been updated so that creating and editing a Control Poin t is a clean and distractionfree experience.

Two more major boosts to Color Efex: ClearView technology to remove haze and 29 authentic color film grains

Haze in photographs is simple to remove when using Nik Color Efex thanks to the addition of ClearView, technology borrowed from DxO PhotoLab 5. Fog, mist, smoke, and pollution are intelligently reduced using a simple slider, returning contrast and color to photographs. Color Efex also benefits from 29 new, authentic color film grains created in DxO’s purpose-built laboratories, giving analog era enthusiasts a host of new creative options.

Nik Perspective Efex adds more than 4,300 new camera and lens combinations

Nik Perspective Efex benefits from the ongoing research conducted in DxO’s exclusive labs with more than 20 new cameras and 60 lenses added to its database of supported equipment. The plugin can now automatically correct the geometric distortions of more than 70,000 camera and lens combinations.

DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL joins the party

Those shooting RAW get to experience the power of DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL, the featurerich photoediting software that contains DxO’s renowned Optics Modules and U Point™ technology for precise local adjustments.

About Nik Collection

First created more t han 25 years ago, Nik Collection is a suite of eight innovative plugeach quickly launched from within Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Lightroom Classic®, or DxO PhotoLab, or as standalone software. Plugins, ins are packed full of innovative filters, tools, and p resets that give photographers endless creative potential. The latest updates build on the success of Nik Collection 4 which brought interface improvements and the option to save local adjustments using U Point™ technology as part of presets. It also intro duced Meta Presets which allow users to combine changes from multiple plug and apply them to an image in Adobe Photoshop ® with a single click, and fresh ins functionality in Adobe Lightroom® to copy and paste settings and quickly apply recent edits for a smoother workflow.

Price and availability

Nik Collection 5 (Windows and macOS) is now available for download on the DxO website for $149. Photographers who already own Nik Collection 4 can upgrade their software by signing into their customer accounts for $79. A fully functional, one-month trial version of Nik Collection 5 is available on the DxO website.

Order the Nik Collection from DxO.

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Post Date: 6/16/2022 1:35:55 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 15, 2022

From DJI:

DJI PRO’s Newest Products Give Creators Bold New Tools That Set Up Faster, Operate More Easily, Connect Seamlessly and Transmit for Miles

DJI RS 3, DJI RS 3 Pro, And DJI Transmission Incorporate Professional User Feedback to Offer Highly Effective, Reliable, and Efficient Next-Generation Video Tools

June 15, 2022 – DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today unveils three new tools that will enable filmmakers and the content creation community to easily, seamlessly, and intuitively bring their visions to life. The DJI RS 3 and DJI RS 3 Pro stabilizers bring landmark improvements to the classic and reliable Ronin series, while DJI Transmission – DJI’s first independent wireless video solution – combines reception, monitoring, control, and recording in one. This new generation of the Ronin ecosystem allows creators to focus on what’s in front of their camera by simplifying everything connected to it.

The Ronin product line is a key part of DJI, supporting content creators from keen hobbyists to professionals around the globe. Last October’s launch of Ronin 4D cemented DJI’s presence in the professional filmmaking world, giving cinematographers an entirely new way to create. Whether it’s the new automated axis lock system, 3rd-Gen RS stabilization algorithm improving performance by 20%, or the one-tap calibration, RS 3 and RS 3 Pro have been optimized for user efficiency and reliability.

“The needs and requirements of the content community are extremely important to us,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Line Manager at DJI. “Ever since the introduction of the first Ronin back in 2014, we’ve continually gained feedback from industry professionals on how we can enhance our products to cater to their evolving needs. Implementing this feedback, we’ve optimized the design, stabilization, and gimbal control to create next-generation, highly effective, and reliable stabilizers designed for unparalleled efficiency. Furthermore, we don’t just stop at stabilization. We understand the importance of video transmission and the various pain points faced in large, complex venues. Whether it’s dealing with range, lagging images, or lost signals, the new DJI Transmission addresses these issues and offers an incredible 20,000-foot on-ground transmission distance.”

DJI RS 3: Ready When You Are

Every Second Counts

DJI RS 3 incorporates a range of new features to get filmmakers up and running as quickly as possible. A redesigned axes-locking system means that the process is now automated. By simply turning on the gimbal, the automated axis locks release and unfold the gimbal, allowing the operator to get started in seconds. Tapping the power button once will send the device into sleep mode, which makes powering on the device, stowing it away, and relocating much faster. There’s also no need for repetitive balancing with position memory via quick-release plates, enabling fast mounting with the perfect balance of the payload. Furthermore, the addition of a Bluetooth Shutter Button supports automatic connection without the need to connect a camera control cable.

Lightweight Body, Heavyweight Stabilization

Weighing in at just under 1.3 kg[1] (2.8 lbs), RS 3 can easily be held in one hand, while its just under 3kg (6.6lbs) tested payload capacity is more than enough to support the majority of mainstream devices.

Thanks to the 3rd-Gen RS Stabilization Algorithm, a 20% improved performance over RSC 2 can be seen, making it easy to operate while shooting at low angles, running, or even filming from a moving vehicle. For lenses with focal lengths of up to 100mm, SuperSmooth mode aids stabilization even further.

Parameter Setting at The Touch of a Screen

In addition to its improved stability, RS 3 is also easier to configure with a brand-new 1.8-inch OLED full-color touchscreen, an increase of 80% surface area when compared to the previous RSC 2. Most gimbal setups can be done directly without connecting to the mobile app, while the UI and interface logic have been redesigned to put all controls rights at your fingertips. This includes a physical gimbal mode switch that operators can slide to alternate between pan follow, pan and tilt follow, and FPV modes instantly.

All-Day Battery

With a brand-new battery grip providing up to 12 hours of battery life, creators can concentrate on the action without worrying about power. RS 3 features a quick-release structure and supports PD fast charging at 18 watts. The battery can be charged independently or even during use, allowing users to operate non-stop.

DJI RS 3 Pro: Nothing Out of Reach

For Those Demanding Even More

For users with higher demands, RS 3 Pro is an even more professional version offering a full suite of features as a versatile camera platform.

Arms constructed from one uncut piece of carbon fiber – just like Ronin 2 – makes RS 3 Pro lighter and stronger than the jointed carbon fiber material used on previous stabilizers. They have also been extended to allow for more balancing space for commonly used professional cameras like the Sony FX6, Canon C70, and RED Komodo, and the structure has been optimized to keep its weight at 1.5 kg1 (3.3 lbs) with an impressive 4.5kg (10lbs) tested payload capability. Naturally, the stabilizer also shares the automated axis locks, Bluetooth Shutter Button, 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen, and gimbal mode switch of RS 3.

Manual Lenses, No Problem

Manual lenses can bring focusing challenges for solo shooters involved in professional projects. RS 3 Pro carries Ronin 4D’s advanced LiDAR focusing technology to create the new DJI LiDAR Range Finder (RS), capable of projecting 43,200 ranging points within a 14-meter indoor area. A next-generation focus motor provides torque three times stronger with one-step mounting, enabling autofocus on manual lenses with no need for repetitive calibration. Furthermore, the LiDAR Range Finder carries a DJI-developed chip identical to the one used in Ronin 4D and a built-in 30mm camera, boosting the computing power of ActiveTrack by more than 60 times, creating ActiveTrack Pro. With target identification and tracking more sensitive and accurate than ever before, RS 3 Pro will enable professional cameras to maintain a steady, clear shot in even more dynamic scenarios.

Evolving Product Ecosystem

With its dual RSA/NATO port and battery port, RS 3 Pro can connect to various accessories such as the new Briefcase Handle, Twist Grip Dual Handle, and Tethered Control Handle, opening up a variety of shooting options.

The DJI RS SDK protocol enables third-party manufacturers and individual developers to create customized shooting solutions for RS 3 Pro to build an even richer ecosystem with more developers. Whether filming from a moving vehicle, with a jib or Steadicam, or from a cable cam or slider, RS 3 Pro provides anyone with comprehensive shooting solutions and greater creative possibilities.

DJI Transmission: Vision Beyond Boundaries

Going the Distance with DJI Transmission

DJI Transmission is DJI’s first independent wireless video solution. Developed on the heels of Ronin 4D’s advanced video transmission technology, this system combines reception, monitoring, control, and recording into one, taking your filmmaking experience to a whole new level.

O3 Pro transmission technology enables the transmission system to offer an incredible 20,000-foot on-ground transmission distance with end-to-end ultra-low latency, a massive upgrade from traditional Wi-Fi transmission. Video is transmitted in 1080p/60fps and provides live audio monitoring at 16-bit 48 kHz, offering crews an excellent remote visual and audio monitoring experience.

To cope with the demands of complicated signal and structural environments, a DFS band has been added on top of the traditional 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz settings, offering up to 23 channel options that provide crews with more compliant and interference-free transmission channels. A built-in frequency sweeper automatically scans the current electromagnetic environment for the best wireless channel, instantly switching channels when needed. When necessary, users can also manually select an appropriate channel to avoid interference between devices.

Wireless Monitoring

DJI’s 7-inch, 1500-nit High-Bright Remote Monitor includes an integrated receiver, eliminating the need for video cables running into a monitor. The device supports one transmitter with multiple receivers, as well as two transmission modes to address different transmission needs. In Control mode, monitoring can be carried out from two receivers at the same time, while the gimbal and camera can also be controlled remotely. For a large crew with various units such as lighting, art department, and props, Broadcast mode can also be enabled on top of Control mode, which will allow an unlimited number of receivers and elevate shooting efficiency to a new level.

On large sets like reality shows, DJI Transmission can work simultaneously with ten or more transmitters sending signals to transmit to ten devices, creating a completely synchronized experience that is hard to achieve with traditional transmission.

It’s All Under Control

DJI Transmission isn't just a powerful video transmission tool; it’s also a comprehensive control system. When used with RS 3 Pro, it can work as a gimbal and camera controller, unlocking more functions and fully integrating the ground-based Ronin ecosystem.

The High-Bright Remote Monitor has a built-in gyroscopic sensor that acts as a standalone motion controller for RS 3 Pro. And when combined with the Ronin 4D Hand Grips, the operator of an RS 3 Pro stabilizer can control the gimbal, focus, exposure, and start/stop a recording with both hands.

As well as simultaneous access to video time codes, the High-Bright Remote Monitor allows for independent recording and playback of 1080p/60fps H.264 footage, making it easy to edit sample footage on set.

Expanding on the Ronin ecosystem, DJI Transmission works seamlessly with DJI Master Wheel and Force Pro, giving operators a variety of ways to control camera movement in the whatever way the shot demands.

Apple ProRes 4444 XQ Codec, Zenmuse X9 Extension Cable & L-Mount Alliance

DJI PRO continues to collaborate with industry professionals while enhancing our products to cater to their evolving needs. As of August this year, Ronin 4D will support the Apple ProRes 4444 XQ codec, which is the highest-quality version of Apple ProRes for 4:4:4:4 image sources.

For these users, we are also introducing the Zenmuse X9 Extension Cable. With this addition, the Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera can be used separately from the body of Ronin 4D, helping cinematographers navigate more complex and diverse scenes while reducing approximately 80% of the weight they need to carry around, allowing for a more versatile and flexible filming experience.

As of today, DJI is officially a member of the L-Mount Alliance and has partnered with Leica to introduce the exclusive Zenmuse X9 L-Mount Unit, enabling Ronin 4D users to fit Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma L-Mount lenses onto their cameras.

Price and Availability

DJI RS 3 will be available for purchase today from authorized retailers and at www.store.dji.com with two purchase options available for the stabilizers. The standalone DJI RS 3 retails for $549 and includes one Gimbal, BG21 Grip, USB-C Charging Cable, Lens-Fastening Support, Extended Grip/Tripod (Plastic), Quick-Release Plates, Multi-Camera Control Cable, and Screw Kit. The DJI RS 3 Combo retails for $719 and additionally includes one Briefcase Handle, Focus Motor (2022), Focus Motor Rod Kit, Focus Gear Strip, a second Multi-Camera Control Cable, and one Carrying Case. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/rs-3

DJI RS 3 Pro will be available for purchase today from authorized retailers and at www.store.dji.com with two purchase options available for the stabilizers. The standalone DJI RS 3 Pro retails for $869 and includes one Gimbal, BG30 Grip, USB-C Charging Cable, Lens-Fastening Support (Extended), Extended Grip/Tripod (Metal), Quick-Release Plates, Briefcase Handle, Multi-Camera Control Cable, Screw Kit, and Carrying Case. The DJI RS 3 Pro Combo retails for $1,099 and additionally includes one Extended Quick Release Plate, Phone Holder, Focus Motor (2022), Focus Motor Rod Kit, Focus Gear Strip, Ronin Image Transmitter (previously known as the DJI RavenEye Image Transmission System), two Hook-and-Loop Straps, and additional cables. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/rs-3-pro

DJI Transmission will be available for purchase this September from authorized retailers and at www.store.dji.com. The DJI Transmission Combo retails for $2,499 and includes one DJI Video Transmitter, DJI High-Bright Remote Monitor, Remote Monitor Hood, Installation Toolkit, Protector Case, two WB37 Intelligent Batteries, one WB37 Battery Charging Hub, as well as various cables and battery adapters. The independent Video Transmitter and High-Bright Remote Monitor will also be available for separate purchase and retail for $1,699 and $1,099, respectively. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/transmission

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is a comprehensive protection plan for DJI products and is now available for both DJI RS 3 and DJI RS 3 Pro. Accidental damage is covered by the replacement service, including natural wear, collisions, and water damage. For a small additional charge, you can have your damaged product replaced if an accident occurs.

DJI Care Refresh (1-Year Plan) includes up to 2 replacements in 1 year. DJI Care Refresh (2-Year Plan) includes up to 3 replacements in 2 years and extends the original warranty up to 2 years from the date of purchase. Other services of DJI Care Refresh include rewards for safe use, international warranty service, and free shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://bit.ly/DJICareRefreshRonin

Footnotes

1. Includes weight of the gimbal, battery grip, and quick-release plates.

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