Canon and Sony News for Oct 2019 (Page 3)

 Tuesday, October 8, 2019

MTF test results have been added to the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens page.

Create comparisons keeping in mind that only max aperture openings are being shown.

The Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens from Lensrentals.

Post Date: 10/8/2019 10:55:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H will be closed for one day this week but much more impacting will be their closure during the following two weeks. Plan ahead — place your orders ASAP!

SuperStore & Offices

B&H will be closed Tue Oct 8 through Wed Oct 9. We will reopen at 9am Thu Oct 10.

Online Orders

Checkout will be unavailable from 6:15pm ET Tue Oct 8 until 7:45pm Wed Oct 9.

Shipping

Any orders placed after 6:15pm ET Mon Oct 7 will be processed after we reopen on Thu Oct 10.

Buy Online – Pickup in Store

Store Pickup orders placed before 7:30pm Mon-Thu will be available for pickup within 30 minutes until 8pm, same day. Orders placed after 8pm will be available the next day at 8am, Mon-Fri (Sun at 10am).

Place your B&H now. We are grateful for your support of this site by using our links to place your order (for anything)!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 10/8/2019 9:45:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Along with Image quality test results, vignetting, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, eye candy, and standard product images have been added to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens page (flare results coming soon).

One mm wider with less linear distortion. I like that.

Here is a visual comparison you might find interesting. From a specification perspective, similarly interetsing is the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS vs. EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens comparison.

I've spent a lot of time with this lens and hope to have this review completed very soon.

The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Please share these results with your friends!

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/8/2019 8:22:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 7, 2019

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

New York Yankees Shortstop Didi Gregorius wants to prove that not all baseball players are created equal. The Bronx Bomber talks to B&H about his love for all things creative, from photography to digital illustration and how there is so much more to him that just being a baseball player.

B&H carries Sony cameras and lenses.

Post Date: 10/7/2019 5:22:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Sports Shooter Academy YouTube Channel:

Workshop instructor Keith Birmingham conducts a hands-on class on rigging backboard and post remote cameras for capturing a unique angle for covering basketball. Thanks to PocketWizard for providing loaner gear for SSA participants to use during the workshop. The Sports Shooter Academy workshops are sponsored by Nikon Professional Services. Video shot with a Nikon Z and Nikkor lenses. Video produced by Myung J. Chun for Sports Shooter Inc.

B&H carries magic arms.

Post Date: 10/7/2019 5:12:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 4, 2019

Please visit the Photography Workshops page for the latest openings.

It's time to check off another line item on your bucket list. With pleasure I invite you to join me in remote coastal Katmai National Park for 7 nights in mid-September, 2020 to photograph brown bears chasing salmon.

Arrangements have been made with a highly-respected, long-term (over 2 decades) coastal Katmai NP boat operator to host our group. After a 1-hour floatplane flight from Kodiak, AK, we will set down on a remote coastal Katmai NP bay where we will be met by a skiff and shuttled to the "Ursus", the original "Time Bandit" boat from the TV show Deadliest Catch, our home for the week. This is a solid ship that I've had the privilege of staying on and the Katmai NP bays we will be visiting are incredible (Geographic and Kukak Bays for example). While we will be boat-based (extremely convenient in this location), the skiff will transport us to the shores of the salmon streams where we will get up close and personal with the bears while photographing them. The amount of time allocated for this trip means that the ship can move from bay to bay, targeting the best salmon runs and providing variety in our images.

The Ursus

The September timeframe is ideal for bears looking good with new coats and a huge size, up roughly 40% from August. The lighting is softer at this time of the year with a low angle ideal that is ideal for photography. Also, the number of dark hours is adequate for a decent night of sleep while still taking advantage of the ideal lighting hours. Humpback/pink, chum/keta/dog, and sometimes sockeye/silver salmon, a bear favorite, run at this time of the year. There are no promises that we will see wolves, but this time of the year holds an increased chance of this encounter.

Float Plane

Plan on hanging out with a small group that shares your passion for wildlife photography in a spectacularly scenic location. Note that this is not Katmai NP's popular Brooks Falls where there is often a waiting line to get onto the observation deck.

When and Where

Thu, September 17 to Thu, September 24, 2020 in remote coastal Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Who

Hopefully you, along with up-to-7 other participants. Sign up with your friends!

Cost

The cost for the 7-night Kodiak-to-Kodiak trip is $7,695 per person plus crew tips. Meals are included. Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!

Shaking Brown Bear, Katmai National Park, Alaska

What are We Photographing?

Our primary photo subject will be brown bears. Wildlife, by definition, is "wild" and that means it is unpredictable and there can be no guarantees. That said, coastal Katmai National Park is an extremely reliable location to photograph brown bears and, as mentioned, the bears should be chasing salmon in the small streams at this time of the year.

In addition to brown bear, we could see other animals including sea otters, whales, and potentially even wolves. We will be opportunistic and take advantage of any interesting subjects that we encounter – and discovering those moments are part of the excitement. In addition to the immersive wildlife photography experience, there will certainly be opportunity for some landscape photography. The views from the boat are awesome.

Brown Bears and Epic Katmai National Park Landscape

Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition

While the implied definitions of these terms vary, I see "workshops" typically laid out with a planned schedule and "tours" typically designed to put you in front of subjects at the right time. I'm calling this trip a "tour" because the primary goal is for you to get great images and we will be opportunistic in that regard, making a firm schedule difficult to implement. That said, we will spend a lot of time together and I will teach (including as we are actively photographing), answer questions (please bring many), critique images, assist in editing, etc. throughout our time together. Thus, the educational element will also be a primary part of our time together – an "Instructional Photo Tour".

In the field, we will photograph side-by-side. You taking great images home will be a primary goal, but you capturing those images yourself is important and I can best describe what you should do if I am doing it myself at the same time. This also provides the participant opportunity to watch how it is done. Your constant feedback and questions during the IPT are important and will enable me to provide you with the best experience possible.

An "expedition" is another type of immersive photography experience and this event involves multiple daily mini-expeditions. Certain is that we will have an adventure.

Physical Requirements

This will be an only modestly strenuous trip, with much of the strain dependent on the size and weight of the gear you are carrying. Sometimes the hike from the skiff to the bears will be short and sometimes we might eventually end up as far as (roughly) a mile up the streams. Thus, one needs to be in reasonable physical condition.

What is Included

From Kodiak and back to Kodiak, all food and lodging (on the boat) is provided. In the boat's current configuration, lodging is two bunks per room and two rooms per bathroom.

What is Not Included

Transportation to/from Kodiak and any lodging prior to or post trip. Note that flights to Kodiak are typically out of Anchorage.

Tips for the crew are not included.

Brown Bears Fighting, Katmai National Park, AK

Schedule

The schedule may vary, but a typical day looks like this: We will wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, slip into waders (hip waders provided, bringing your own chest waders is a better option), board the skiff with our gear, and, along with a bear guide, will head for the streams holding both salmon and bears. Typically, we come back to the boat for lunch and go back out for another round of photography later in the day. Staying out all day is an option we can request.

Cancellation Policy

Please note: travel insurance is very strongly recommended for this trip. While the operator has had "only three trip cancellations in the past twenty-two years due to weather (guests didn't schedule buffer days)", they "cannot accept liability for costs incurred due to weather or other forces of nature." They are "a small company, servicing relatively few clients each season, and the nature of [their] trip presents some variables over which [they] have no control." Safety comes first. If conditions are not safe, they don't fly. Allowing some flexibility in travel (buffer days) is highly recommended in this part of Alaska.

This trip will fall under the operator's booking guidelines as follows:

To reserve your space, a 50% deposit (not refundable unless your reserved space can be rebooked) of trip price within 10 days of verbal confirmation of your desired dates. Final payment is required 90 days prior to trip departure date. Reservations made within 90 days of trip departure dates require full payment. Credit card payments are welcome. Cancellation fees are in effect. Anyone requiring a different payment plan can ask about the Custom Pay Plan.

Let's Do This! Sign Up Now!

Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!

Camera Gear Needed

Aside from a great attitude and a strong interest in wildlife photography, you are going to need some gear and while most cameras with a telephoto lens will work fine, mid-upper-grade gear should be considered for best results from this event.

There will be times when a fast frame rate is beneficial (bears chasing salmon for example), but I will likely opt for higher resolution cameras that typically do not have the fastest-available frame rates. A DSLR camera or a late-model MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) should be in your bag.

A telephoto lens or lenses will be needed with a full-frame equivalent of at least 400mm (250mm on an APS-C) suggested and having longer focal lengths available will be appreciated at times (full frame 600mm equivalent is ideal and a 1.4x may even be appreciated behind this lens). Wide apertures are often an advantage, especially on dark days, and the wide aperture's ability to blur the background can be useful. Any telephoto lens can work, but there may be times when an f/4 or wider aperture is preferred. This is a great event to break out your big lenses for and it is also a great time to try a new one, perhaps via renting.

My current plan is to take a pair of high-resolution cameras such as the Canon EOS 5Ds R along with a 600mm lens such as the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens (probably along with a Black Rapid shoulder strap to carry it with) and a telephoto zoom lens such as the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens for my primary wildlife kit. In this location, I plan to carry both setups in a MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L.

We will sit together in a line on small folding stools while photographing streamside and a strong tripod with a gimbal head is ideal. I'll leave my backpack on the ground/sand beside me (on a garbage bag to keep it clean) with the second camera and lens ready to grab when the bears get too close for the big lens (expect them to get very close at times).

Bring some basic landscape photography gear.

Bring adequate memory card capacity, enough batteries to last at least a day and enough chargers to restore that capability overnight. Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, enabling review of your images throughout the time we have together. Bring an external hard drive (or multiple of them) for an additional level of backup. Bring a flashlight.

Consider what failure of any piece of gear means for your experience and consider bringing a backup for items identified as critical.

As always, feel free to ask us for gear advice.

Weather / Clothing

The weather in Katmai in late September is typically very nice, though cool and sometimes even cold (mostly mornings and late evenings). Dressing in layers is the best plan. Rain protection may be required at times, including rain covers for camera gear while in the field.

The wildlife we are pursuing is acclimated to humans and does not seem to care what we are wearing. Thus, camo clothing is not necessary. Just in case you were wondering, bears think salmon taste much better than people.

Sign Up or Ask Questions!

Contact me at Bryan@Carnathan.com.

Huge Brown Bear, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Post Date: 10/4/2019 11:47:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

I've just returned from an awesome 17-day trip to Colorado, hanging with some great people, and taking (more than) a few pictures. As I began unpacking, I thought I'd keep track of what I removed and share with you what was in my backpacks for this trip.

While leading photography workshops was my primary purpose for being in Colorado, I can instruct best when I am shooting myself. Those, I needed gear appropriate for what we were photographing — wildlife and landscape. As this site is also a higher priority than my personal photography, I needed to do field testing of as much new gear as possible at the same time.

Flying meant my gear was limited to what would fit in my max-airline-dimensions checked bag, a carry-on, and a personal item. My photo trip packing strategy is to put the items with the most value (both financially and for the shoot) and the items most sensitive to damage in my carry-on and personal item camera backpacks that go with me onto the plane. Unless my checked bag is under the 50 lb weight limit (it seldom is and the bag I checked for this trip registered exactly 50.0 lbs on the scale), I'm also interested in putting the densest (think metal) items in my carry-on and personal item packs (I've not yet had these bags weighed for domestic USA flights).

The MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L and MindShift Gear BackLight 18L are my current favorite camera backpacks for travel. The larger pack goes on my back with the waist belt tightened enough for the weight to be supported on my waist — not my shoulders. The smaller pack goes on in reverse direction — a front pack — with the waist belt clipped around the front of the case (to get it out of the way). Here is the list of what is (or was) in the two backpacks along with some interspersed reasoning:

Camera gear in the checked bag included:

  • Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod. As already mentioned, the larger lenses were supported on a monopod most of the time, leaving the tripod needs to landscape purposes and this model was perfect for that use — light and solid.
  • Really Right Stuff MC-34 Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • 3 LensCoat camera rain covers
  • 4 battery chargers — 2 for each camera brand. These mission-critical items were in my carry-on on the flight out, but they had reduced value to me on the return flight (they could easily be replaced). Being relatively light, I put them in my checked bag and moved heavier items to the backpacks. I needed to remove enough weight from the checked bag for the Sony a7R IV box to be packed home. Yes, having the original box helps with resale value — it is psychologically important to some and therefore monetarily important to me.
  • BlackRapid Breathe Sport Camera Strap (I opt for the "Left" model for big lenses) with a Really Right Stuff B2-FABN Screw-Knob Clamp.

Note that all of the links in this post lead to reviews on this site or the product pages of our affiliate retailers. Hopefully you have found this information at least entertaining and watching me carry the gear through the airport is probably even more so.

Post Date: 10/4/2019 9:46:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

2019.10.04 – SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of interchangeable lenses for the Canon EF-M mount digital camera series with APS-C image sensors. SIGMA will gradually introduce the lenses as members of the Contemporary line.

The new Canon EF-M mount models will feature a newly and exclusively developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Servo AF and lens aberration correction.

The lineup will include the Contemporary line set of three prime lenses 16mm, 30mm, and 56mm. While retaining the compact, lightweight and outstanding image quality concepts of the Contemporary line, this new large-aperture lens series covering from wide to mid-tele angle provides the amount of bokeh and admirable brightness expected from F1.4 to be enjoyed on Canon EF-M mount cameras.

Key features

  • Impressively compact construction with image quality rivaling SIGMA’s Art line.
    To achieve such a compact construction, the lens design is considered based on the capabilities of the camera body function to correct peripheral light amount and distortion. A compactness and lightweight construction combined with superb image quality is achieved.
  • Smooth AF ideal for video shooting
    The combination of optical design for video AF and use of the stepping motor enables smooth and quiet autofocus. This lens is also compatible with the camera’s Face + Tracking AF.
  • Data loaded for compatibility with in-camera aberration correction
    The lenses will be fully compatible* with in-camera aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion. By matching corrections to the optical characteristics of the lens, this function takes image quality to an even higher level.
  • Available Mount Conversion Service
    This service converts the mount of SIGMA lenses to that of a different camera body, allowing photographers to continue using their favorite lenses over the long term regardless of camera system.

* Only when the camera is compatible.

EF-M Mount Models

  • SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary
  • SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

Mount Conversion Service is available to convert other mounts of SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary and SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary for Canon EF-M mount. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor.

B&H carries Sigma lenses.

Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Sigma News, Sigma Announcements
Post Date: 10/4/2019 5:23:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 3, 2019

My favorite print company, AdoramaPix, is now Printique.

Check out the 15% savings offer currently available on the Printique home page.

From Printique:

Introducing Printique!

We are excited to announce our new name, Printique! For over 20 years, we have been proud to serve you with industry-leading quality print products as AdoramaPix. We couldn't have come this far without your support. It's time we focus on the future and our new name reflects our commitment to excellence, quality and above all, customer satisfaction. Our new name is just the beginning. It comes with a brand new website solely focused on what we do best...printing. We remain the same great artisans with the same great passion for print, but with a fresh new digital experience and an expanding product line. We are continuing our dedication to innovation and being leaders in the photo printing industry. If you have stored photos and projects in your AdoramaPix account, they are available in your new Printique account. Use the same username and password to log in. You can access your account as if nothing has changed. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call customer service: 888-216-6400. We are here for you.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 10/3/2019 12:38:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality test results have been added to the Sony a7R IV page.

This camera's 61 MP resolution is quite impressive. Here is the Sony a7R IV vs. III comparison.

Canon's highest resolution imaging sensor is in the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R. Here is the Sony a7R IV vs. Canon EOS 5Ds R comparison.

Nikon's highest resolution imaging sensor is in the D850 and Z 7. Here is the Sony a7R IV vs. Nikon Z 7 comparison. Note that different lenses were used in this comparison test.

Higher pixel density on the imaging sensor means that the softening effects of diffraction start becoming noticeable at the pixel level — not in equal output sizes — at wider apertures than with lower resolution imaging sensors. Here is an f/11 vs. f/8 comparison.

The Sony a7R IV is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony a7R IV from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/3/2019 11:58:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony:

Sony Electronics Introduces the Alpha 9 II with Enhanced Connectivity and Workflow for Professional Sports Photographers and Photojournalists

New Alpha 9 II Combines Alpha 9’s Unrivaled Speed with New Functionality to Match the Needs of Professionals

SAN DIEGO — October 3, 2019 — Sony Electronics today announced Alpha 9 II (model ILCE-9M2). The latest model from Sony’s acclaimed line-up of a (Alpha) full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, the new model has been created to support working professionals in the fields of sports photography and photojournalism.

The new Alpha 9 II builds on the impressive legacy of the original Alpha 9, maintaining groundbreaking speed performance, including blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking at 60 calculations per second.

Updates include significantly enhanced connectivity and file delivery, continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter, and evolved AF performance with newly optimized algorithms, re-designed build to enhance durability and operability.

“The voice of our customers is absolutely critical to Sony – we are always listening,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “The Alpha 9 II is the direct result of our work with agency, sports and news photographers since the launch of the original Alpha 9. We have added connectivity and network capabilities that drastically improve the professional workflow, while also making enhancements to design, interface and processing power that complete the user experience. Complemented by our extremely versatile E-mount system – with 55 native lenses introduced at this point including super-telephoto 600mm and 400mm G Master™ series lenses – this new camera is a tool unlike any other for professionals, whether in the field or on the field.”

Raising the Bar for Built-in Connectivity in the Professional’s Workflow

The Alpha 9 II includes a built-in 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal, enabling gigabit communication for high-speed, stable data transfer operations. Additionally, File Transfer over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) is supported for increased data security and PC remote (tether) shooting performance is improved, with decreased release time lag and reduced live view screen delay when using the ‘Remote Camera Tool’ desktop application. The speed of the camera’s built-in wireless LAN functionality has also been increased, adding a stable and fast 5 GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) band, in addition to the 2.4 GHz provided in the Alpha 9. IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards are all supported.

Designed to improve the speed of news agencies’ workflow, the Alpha 9 II features a new Voice Memo function that allows spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice memos that can be replayed when the images are reviewed. The voice data can also be included with images sent to an editor, giving them important information needed for effective editing. Alternatively, a field photographer can also use the ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on’ “Imaging Edge™” application to transfer voice tags with the images to their mobile device and have the voice memos automatically converted to text and added to the JPEG images in the form of IPTC metadata. All of this can be done automatically or manually selected by the photographer.

By combining wireless voice/image transfer and automatic voice-to-text conversion with the ability to auto-transfer images with attached voice memos via FTP, it is possible to shoot and transfer the results to an FTP server without ever having to operate a smartphone. FTP settings within the app can also be sent to a camera via Bluetooth®, allowing for a faster workflow.

The Platinum Standard for Speed and Auto Focus Performance

The new Alpha 9 II shares the same acclaimed 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2 MP Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor with integral memory as the original Alpha 9, giving it the same unmatched speed performance and outstanding image quality. The new model can shoot continuously and completely silently at 20 fps for up to 361 JPEG images or 239 compressed RAW images, with no viewfinder blackout allowing the photographer to follow the subject and action with no interruption to the EVF during picture taking. For times when mechanical shutter is preferred or required, the new Alpha 9 II has been improved to shoot at up to 10 fps, about 2x the speed of the Alpha 9.

The camera is able to function while continuously calculating Auto Focus and Auto Exposure at up to 60 times per second, with newly optimized AF algorithms that provide notably enhanced AF precision and performance, ensuring that even the most erratic subject motion that is associated with sports are captured with high precision. Also useful for sporting events, the camera now offers an anti-flicker shooting mode that automatically detects and adjusts for the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting to maximize image quality.

The advanced focusing system in the new Alpha 9 II is far beyond the capabilities of any professional camera. Comprised of 693 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the image area, as well as 425 contrast AF points, the Fast Hybrid Auto Focus system achieves extremely fast and accurate performance, ensuring all fast-moving subjects are accurately captured. Additional notable focusing capabilities include Real-time Eye AF with right eye / left eye selection, Real-time Eye AF for animal augmented with a new algorithm, Real-Time Eye AF for movie, Real-time Tracking, selectable focus frame color, Touch Pad focus point control while using the viewfinder and more. AF can also now continuously track even if continuous shooting is greater than F16, providing further accuracy for shots that require slower shutter speeds.

Refined Build and Operability

  • Upgraded BIONZ X™ image processing engine gains maximum benefit from the sensor’s fast readout speed; processor works with front-end LSI to enhance speed in AF/AE detection, image processing, face detection and accuracy, and more
  • Upgraded dust and moisture resistant design to meet the needs of professionals in even the most challenging outdoor conditions; stronger sealing provided at all body seams as well as the battery compartment cover and media slot
  • Latest developed image-processing algorithm reduces noise in the medium-to-high sensitivity range while improving subjective resolution and image quality
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization system that provides a shutter speed advantage of 5.5 steps
  • Improved grip configuration for even greater comfort and sure hold; compatible with Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip
  • Improved button design and feel; increased diameter and feedback of the ‘AF-ON’ button; a refined multi-selector joystick design; an exposure compensation dial lock button; and a redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial
  • Redesigned shutter mechanism to suppress even the slightest movement that can cause image blur; tested for durability in excess of 500,000 shutter cycles
  • USB Type-C™ connector that supports fast USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer
  • Dual media slots that are both compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II SD cards, allowing higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds
  • Digital audio interface has been added to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe), enabling the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit to be connected directly to the MI Shoe for cleaner, clearer audio recordings

Pricing and Availability

The new Alpha 9 II will be available in November 2019 priced at approximately $4,500 US and $6,000 CA. It will be sold at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers throughout North America.

Order the Sony a9 II

Orders for the Sony a9 II will be accepted beginning on Oct 3rd at 6:00 PM EDT. Support this site by ordering from one of these highly-trusted retailers:

B&H | Adorama | WEX

# # #

  1. Electronic shutter mode. Display updating will be slower at slow shutter speeds
  2. “Hi” continuous shooting mode. At of 1/125 sec. or higher. In AF-C mode the maximum continuous frame rate will depend on the shooting mode and lens used. A software update may be required for some lenses. Visit Sony’s support web page for lens compatibility information
  3. At shutter speeds of 1/125 sec. or higher. The number of AF calculations will depend on the lens used
  4. Version 2.0 or later required. For more information on the new application updates, please visit the ‘Remote Camera Tool’ website at https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/app/remotecameratool/l/index.php
  5. Models sold in some countries/regions support IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) wireless LAN only. 5 GHz communication may be restricted in some countries and regions>
  6. Version 1.1 or later required. Ver.1.1 will be released in October 2019. For more information on the new application updates, please visit the ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on’ website at https://sony.net/ttad/
  7. Only available in regions where Google services are available. Voice Memo exceeding 50 seconds cannot be converted to text
  8. “IPTC Metadata” is standards of metadata included in digital images formulated by IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council)
  9. Approximately, effective
  10. Silent shooting is possible when Shutter Type is set to "Electronic" and Audio signals is set to "Off"
  11. “Hi” continuous shooting mode, UHS-II memory card. Sony tests
  12. “Hi” continuous shooting mode, compressed RAW, UHS-II memory card. Sony tests
  13. Only 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected. Continuous shooting speed may decrease. Flicker-free shooting is not available during electronic shutter, BULB exposure, or movie recording
  14. Stills only
  15. This function does not track animal eyes
  16. “Tracking” in the menu
  17. When the camera [Aperture Drive in AF] is set to [Focus Priority], the aperture value can be set greater than F16. The continuous speed slows down.The compatible lenses are [SEL200600G][SEL35F18F][SEL400F28GM][SEL600F40GM]
  18. Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof
  19. CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off
  20. Sony internal tests with electronic front curtain shutter

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 10/3/2019 10:38:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

Today we show you how to create a beautiful double exposure effect in only a few minutes! Learn how to use Levels to change a light background into a pure white background and then blend two images together using the magic of Blending Modes.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 10/3/2019 6:19:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama youTube Channel:

Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates an image with the look of end of day sunlight using studio lighting and some knowledge of how the “real sun” works. One trick to creating light that feels natural is to study and understand existing light. Then when the time comes that you must make it, you will be ready to create your own sun or moon as the case may be.

Products Used

Post Date: 10/3/2019 5:18:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The GoPro HERO8 Black and MAX 360 action cameras are available for preorder at the following retailers:

GoPro HERO8 BlackB&H | Adorama | Amazon US

GOPro MAX 360 - B&H | Adorama | Amazon US

GoPro HERO8 Black Highlights

  • Up to UHD 4K Video, Slow Motion
  • HyperSmooth 2.0 Video Stabilization
  • TimeWarp 2.0 Stabilized Time-Lapse Video
  • SuperPhoto 12MP Stills with HDR Support
  • Waterproof to 33' without a Housing
  • Direct Live Streaming to Facebook Live
  • Night-Lapse Video, Live-Burst Stills
  • Intuitive, Smartphone-Like Touchscreen
  • Face, Smile & Scene Detection
  • 15-Command Multi-Language Voice Control

GoPro MAX 360 Highlights

  • Supports 4992 x 2496 360° Video
  • Photo Resolution up to 5760 x 2880
  • Wide 8.9mm Focal Length
  • HyperSmooth Digital Stabilization
  • PowerPano 360° Photo Mode
  • In-Camera Stitching & App Control
  • Rugged Body, Waterproof to 16'
  • Up to 14 Voice Commands
  • Includes Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Rechargeable 1600mAh Li-Ion Battery

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