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 Thursday, October 21, 2021

Today, Instagram enabled a new feature. No longer is emulating a phone (via F12 in Chrome) necessary to post images and short (under 1 minute) videos from a desktop browser. Look for the new "+" button at the top of the page to get started.

While there, don't forget to follow me.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Instagram News
Post Date: 10/21/2021 8:48:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

Firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

[Benefits of the update]

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver2.03.

[How to update]

Connect the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to a computer with the included USB cable, then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware isn’t the latest version, the following message will appear: ‘The latest SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware is available’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.

*Before attaching the updated SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera then reinsert.

* Before updating MC-11 firmware, please ensure you update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version.

[SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page]

https://www.sigma-global.com/en/software/sigma-optimization-pro/

Get the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 EF-E at B&H where it is currently on sale for $50.00 off.

Post Date: 10/21/2021 8:22:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

Firmware update for SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for the SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount.

[Benefits of the update]

·It has improved the phenomenon whereby the lens occasionally cause blurring when using the in-body image stabilization function while the lens is attached to a gimbal.

·It has optimized the focus distance displayed on the screen during manual focus shooting.

[How to update]

To update the firmware, please refer to the following link; https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c021_28_70_28/?tab=support&local=firmware

* After the update is complete, be sure to remove the camera battery pack and reinsert it.

More lens information: Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/21/2021 8:04:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Read the Capture One 21 (14.4.1) release notes for more information.

In addition to bug fixes, notably included in the update is support for the following:

  • Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM
  • Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN | A
  • Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN | C
  • Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | A
  • Sony ZV-E10

Get Capture One at B&H (Download, Mac/Windows).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Capture One News
Post Date: 10/21/2021 7:54:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Just posted: Pelican 1637 Air Wheeled Hard Case Review.

Most photographers will find the Pelican 1637 Air Wheeled Hard Case the ultimate choice for checking cameras, lenses, and accessories for flying and for transporting such gear via other methods.

If you want the padded divider version of this case, order it immediately from B&H as it is OOS everywhere else I checked.

The Pelican 1637 Air Wheeled Hard Case is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA

Please share!

Post Date: 10/20/2021 8:43:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 19, 2021

From Samyang:

A Versatile All-In-One Zoom

Meet Samyang's first ‘All-In-One’ zoom lens, the AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE, celebrating the 50th year since its foundation! The AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE has several features optimized for video shooting to effectively capture the trend change of users who need the flexibility of not only photography but also video shooting. In addition to a zoom lens that reflects consumer needs for video shooting and video-specialized functions, Samyang exclusive accessories allow users to further enjoy functions available on existing professional Cine lenses with this new Samyang zoom lens.

Why the Samyang AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE is the 'All-In-One' zoom lens?

  1. Optimized features not only for outstanding still images but also for video shooting
  2. Standard zoom angle of view from wide-angle to short-telephoto
  3. A bright maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range
  4. The weather-sealing design and the custom switch, considering the user's shooting environment and convenience

Optimized Features for Video Shooting

The AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE lens is optimized for video shooting. You can get the video continuously maintaining focus on the subject when zooming in and out on MF mode. As the AF speed is carefully controlled during video recording, focus wobble is reduced, so very stable video recording is possible. Linear MF changes linearly in response to focus ring rotation, giving the user the control immediacy needed for fast, accurate manual focusing. And also the aperture ring moves smoothly and quietly, providing seamless, silent control for moviemaking.

Customized Cine Kit for More Professional Video Shooting

A Samyang Cine Kit, consisting of focus gearing, follow focus, and tripod mount, enables you to shoot professional video. With this Cine Kit, you can easily exchange the shooting system such as the lens or the follow focus, so it saves your time changing systems for shooting. This kit is designed, considering the user's shooting environment, so manoeuvrability is very good. For instance, an additional accessory is usually needed to utilize the rod, but a huge accessory like a cage is unnecessary when you have a Samyang Cine Kit. Enjoy the essential elements of video shooting at once with the Samyang Cine Kit! * The Samyang Cine Kit is available separately.

A Versatile, Bright Standard Zoom Lens, Excellent Resolution in All Areas of the Image

This zoom lens delivers a 24-70mm (wide-angle to short-telephoto) angle of view and a bright maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range, as commonly utilized by full-frame camera users, so it can be used for diverse photos such as landscapes, portraits, and snaps. In particular, the optimum resolution is achieved through the optical design of 17 elements in 14 groups (2 ASP, 1 H-ASP, 3 HR, and 3 ED). Take high-quality images with superior resolution in all areas of the image!

Impressive Background Blur and Bokeh with Bright F2.8 Aperture

Bright aperture of the AF 24-70 F2.8 FE offers beautifully blurred background. The subject and background are effectively separated with shallow depth of field, creating impressive images highlighting the subject. The 9-blade circular aperture contributes natural-looking bokeh and the beautiful starburst effect.

Short Minimum Focusing Distance

The minimum focusing distance is just 0.35m (1.15ft), so it is possible to produce a unique perspective close to the subject. It makes it easier to take various images such as food on tables or portraits with exaggerated features.

Advanced Fast and Quiet AF for Stills and Movies

Now Autofocus needs to consider not only how more accurately and quickly it captures images, but also how quiet and smooth it is. The AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE features the latest STM(Stepping Motor), a larger and heavier focus lens group can be controlled more quietly and precisely, providing excellent image quality in both photos and videos.

Enhanced Usability Considering the Shooting Environment, Weather Sealing for Protection from External Influences

The AF 24-70 F2.8 FE enhanced the usability considering the user's shooting environment. This Samyang's first zoom lens features weather sealing for 7 spots to protect from light dust, rain, and snow and provide the ability to capture stunning images in less than perfect conditions.

Custom Switch to Set Multiple Functions

Equipped with the Custom Switch, shooting and operation are more intuitive and simple. You can easily select various functions such as Aperture Control Mode or MF Mode from the Switch, and enjoy the shooting mode that suits your personal preference.

*More functions will be added through the firmware update in the future.

Orders

Order the Rokinon 24-70mm F2.8 AF Zoom Lens for Sony E from B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 10/19/2021 10:41:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

New product announcement: SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary

SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary.

Stunning versatility.

A large F2.8 aperture zoom lens that need never leave your camera This exceptionally small, light and bright standard zoom for crop-sensor mirrorless cameras is the ultimate workhorse lens. SIGMA’s first APS-C size mirrorless zoom lens has a versatile full-frame equivalent zoom range of 27-75mm, which makes it ideal for a wide range of photo and video applications including landscapes, portraits, street photography, architecture and events. It can also be used for macro-style close-up photography owing to its maximum magnification of 1:2.8*1, which allows a minimum focusing distance of just 12.1cm. In terms of its bright F2.8 aperture, it makes for easier hand-held low-light shooting and provides a shallow depth-of-field for high-impact results.

Autofocus is exceptionally fast and quiet thanks to the stepping motor, which can be particularly useful when shooting video, or fast-moving subjects such as children and animals. The lens’ exceptionally small and light form factor that weighs less than 300g makes it perfect as a first interchangeable lens, and as a sub-lens for full-frame bodies*2, as well as for various shooting situations.

*1 The minimum focusing distance and maximum magnification ratio are both values at the wide end.

*2 Please switch to APS-C crop mode when used on full-frame cameras.

Supplied accessories: Petal Type Hood (LH582-02), Front Cap (LCF-55 ?), Rear Cap (LCR?)

Available mount: L-Mount, Sony E-mount

* The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change.

* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

* This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.

Orders

Order the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary Lens from B&H and Adorama.

#SIGMA #SIGMA1850mmContemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMADCDN

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/19/2021 9:11:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 18, 2021

Apple has announced the 14 and 16" MacBook Pro with M1 PRO and M1 MAX Silicon.

Preorder now at B&H.

Also announced and available for preorder are the Apple AirPods with Charging Case (3rd Generation)

Learn more at B&H Explora.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Apple News
Post Date: 10/18/2021 6:17:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Skylum:

Luminar Neo — innovatively solving problems for the modern creative

Skylum solves major workflow challenges with cutting-edge AI tools that free up time for creativity

NEW YORK, NY - October 18, 2021 — Professionals or hobbyists, visual storytellers are often challenged by boring routine tasks and the complexity of sharing their final results online. In the fast-moving era of social media and mobile photography, routine editing and multi-step sharing can hinder the goal of any artist: creating work that fulfills their creative vision.

Today, Skylum reveals more details about Luminar Neo, a creative image editor which ships this winter. Featuring a full suite of tools for visual storytellers, Luminar Neo solves common problems and allows artists to focus on being creative.

New tools solve common frustrations

The Luminar family is well known for providing AI-guided tools that give artists powerful ways to explore their creative muse. But no image is perfect right out of the camera. Many of the existing tools like AccentAI solve common capture problems with exposure and color balance. SkinAI removes blemishes from portraits while Portrait Background RemovalAI allows artists to completely isolate their subjects from the background and make them pop.

Still, right out of the camera, many images are plagued with visual distractions, some in the scene captured and others from within the camera itself. Luminar Neo introduces new tools which leverage AI to deal with these distractions easily.

Dust RemovalAI — When capturing images in the field, artifacts can be introduced from dust on the surface of a lens or dust that finds its way onto the sensor during a lens change. After using AI to automatically detect these artifacts, Dust RemovalAI removes them to provide a spotless result. Now, artists can easily fix ruined photos, clean distracting spots in images, and save their beautiful memories.

Line RemovalAI — Used separately or as part of SkyAI, this new tool automatically removes unwanted power lines and phone lines from the sky in landscape photos. Whether editing photos of weddings, landscapes, or popular sightseeing spots, automatically getting rid of unwanted lines allows artists to focus on making powerful images, not cleaning up distractions.

Overlays leverage the power AI-enabled compositing

Skylum has already revealed RelightAI and Portrait Background RemovalAI, two tools that use Layers and the new MaskAI feature to help artists move beyond photo editing and explore compositing as a tool for creative expression. Overlays, graphic and photographic elements with a transparency channel, are yet another way for artists to break out of the photographic box.

To light the creative fire, Luminar Neo includes a rich library of free overlay content. Our community of artists and ambassadors regularly add new overlay content to the Luminar Marketplace, which is directly accessible from within Luminar Neo. Finally, using MaskAI, creators can create and save custom overlays to be used across their body of work.

Luminar Share

After editing comes another important yet sometimes tedious step in the artist’s workflow: exporting images from desktop to mobile in order to share them. Today, the sharing process is complicated and requires third-party services. Syncing to cloud drives is helpful, but what is really needed is a round-trip experience that fully integrates mobile devices with desktop editing. Luminar Share does exactly that. With Luminar Share, we aim to completely remove exporting complications and give artists the possibility to share their work in one click directly from the desktop.

A native mobile app, Luminar Share connects the photo library on Android and iOS mobile devices directly to Luminar Neo. Using a QR code pairing tool similar to those found in WhatsApp, Signal, and other synced messaging services, Luminar Share creates a secure link between a mobile photo library and Luminar Neo. Advantages include:

  • A completely secure and private connection
  • Automatic, round-trip synchronization of photos and edits
  • Direct sharing from Luminar Neo to social networks (e.g. Instagram)
  • No additional cost for cloud storage

Skylum is looking forward to growing and developing in the mobile field, and Luminar Share is the first big step towards that goal. From photographers sharing their work to influencers sharing a new look or a new adventure, visual storytellers of every stripe will find Luminar Share to be a great resource. At launch, it will be available for Android and iOS mobile devices.

Availability

Luminar Neo ships this winter with Luminar Share, Dust RemovalAI, Line RemovalAI, and other exciting tools. Early-bird pricing for the Luminar Neo application and plugin is available here and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping.

Orders

Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to (usually) get a $10.00 discount.

For artists making a new purchase:
$76 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo
$87 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo

$105 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI
$126 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI

For artists who own Luminar or Aurora:
$54 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo
$69 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo

$83 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI
$108 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Skylum News
Post Date: 10/18/2021 8:52:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony:

New product announcement on October 21st 2021

Be ready for the announcement of the new Alpha. October 21st, 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST / 22:00 SGT

Watch the annoucnement here:

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 10/18/2021 7:42:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 14, 2021

Hatcher Pass is always beautiful, but a recent snow leaving the mountains capped in white made this pass especially picturesque.

The distant mountains with craggy peaks were beautiful, and I was searching for some foreground to go with that background. At the same time, I was searching for Pikas. Pikas live in rock piles, and rock piles make great foreground subjects, so the location had the potential for a win-win combination.

While a couple of pikas were heard (they sound like a squeak toy), the rocks proved best as a foreground on this afternoon.

The 28mm focal length was selected to keep the distant mountains relatively large in the frame. While mountains surrounded this location, the mountain peaks with the most character were what I wanted to emphasize (along with the cloud formation over them). The width provided by a 15mm angle of view (that lens was in the MindShift Gear BackLight 18L) would have been filled with mountains, but the 28mm choice on the already-mounted Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens de-emphasized the already-large rock in front of me and added emphasis on the craggy mountain peak. At the same time, 28mm was not too long of a focal length to achieve sharp focus through the entire image at f/11, an aperture not greatly affected by the softening effects of diffraction.

I recently returned from an intense three weeks in Alaska and Colorado, working in the field with some great gear. As always, the trip was extremely valuable educationally, and the stack of images to be sorted through is a bit overwhelming. This picture was among the low-hanging fruit.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 10/14/2021 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens page includes the press release, specifications, product images, MTF charts, and other diagrams.

Before you decide that you do not need this lens, check out the MTF charts — they are very impressive.

Did you count the switches on this lens? Seven of them. Complete control? Or an added challenge to find the most used settings?

The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens vs. Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens comparison is an interesting one.

Note the relatively small size and weight difference in the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens and Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens comparison.

Orders

Preorders open today, Oct 14th at 10:00 AM.

I expect the The Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens to be hard to get for a long time, so get in line ASAP. Order this lens from B&H | Adorama | WEX

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/14/2021 7:46:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 13, 2021

From Sony:

Sony Electronics Continues to Redefine Excellence in Imaging with the Introduction of the new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II

Sony’s Newest G Master Lens Features Superb Resolution and Bokeh with Next-generation AF Performance in the World’s Lightesti Large-aperture Telephoto Zoom Lens

  • Constant aperture F2.8 70-200mm telephoto zoom
  • Fast, precise quiet AF (autofocus) and continuous AF tracking capabilities
  • Advanced features for video creators
  • World’s lightesti 70-200mm large-aperture telephoto zoom lens, approximately 29% lighter than the previous model
  • Up to approximately four timesii faster AF, with focus tracking while zooming improved by approximately 30% when compared to the previous modelii
  • Professional-level control and reliability

Sony G Master Lenses

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 13, 2021 – Sony Electronics Inc. announced the newest lens in their G Master lineup – the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II, which delivers an extraordinary combination of resolution and bokeh as well as unequalled AF (autofocus) performance known to Sony’s G Master design.

“Sony is always listening to our customers. Thanks to feedback from users around the world, including leading professionals, Sony continues to develop and evolve the G Master lineup,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is lightweight and offers outstanding handling in any shooting situation. The newest addition to our G Master series will make a perfect telephoto zoom addition to any creator’s kit who is looking to maximize their gear potential for both stills and video.”

Designed to perfectly pair with Sony’s E-mount camera bodies, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II not only offers outstanding optical quality and advanced AF performance, but it is the lightesti F2.8 70-200mm zoom in the world and allows for unprecedented shooting freedom and flexibility. Sony continues to strengthen the Alpha system with this newest addition to the broadest selection of mirrorless lenses on the market as the 65th lens in its E-mount lens lineup.

New Levels of Performance

The new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II delivers outstanding image quality with high resolution and clarity. Users can expect a clean and clear image from corner to corner throughout the entire zoom range, even when the aperture is wide open. Thanks to the two aspherical lens elements, including one XA (extreme aspherical) element manufactured to 0.01-micron surface precision, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II effectively controls distance-related aberration variations to ensure outstanding resolution throughout the image area.

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II also employs two ED (extra-low dispersion) spherical glass elements and two Super ED spherical glass elements to significantly reduce chromatic aberration without color bleeding. This lens also includes an ED aspherical element for the first time in an Alpha system lens, which simultaneously suppresses chromatic and spherical aberration, common issues in other telephoto lenses.

Smooth, beautiful bokeh is made possible by a large F2.8 maximum aperture and a newly developed 11-blade circular aperture unit. In addition, the lens’ advanced optical design including an XA element thoroughly suppresses the unwanted ‘onion ring’ effect, further enhancing the bokeh. The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II also offers excellent close-up performance with deep bokeh. The minimum focusing distance is just 15.7 inches (0.4 meters) at 70mm and 32.3 inches (0.82 meters) at 200mm, with a maximum magnification of 0.3x. Moreover, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II can be easily paired with Sony’s high-performance 1.4x or 2.0x teleconverteriii to extend the lens’ focal length to 400mmiv at an F5.6 aperture, all while maintaining its G Master quality.

To avoid any unwanted flare and ghosting in challenging lighting conditions, Sony’s original Nano AR Coating II produces a uniform anti-reflection coating on the surface of the lens. In addition, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II’s optical design also effectively suppresses internal reflections to improve clarity.

Industry-leading Autofocus

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II’s state-of-the-art lens technology brings out the best in the advanced camera body it is paired with. The new lens uses four Sony-original XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors for extraordinary fast and precise AF, making it up to approximately four times fasterii and with focus tracking improved by 30% when compared to the previous modelii. When paired with Sony’s flagship Alpha 1, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to 30 fpsv. Superb AF tracking is also available even when using a teleconverter. For video, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II offers smooth and quiet AF to reliably lock in focus and track fast-moving subjects, even while zooming, so the user can leave the focusing to the camera.

Advanced Features for Video

With its constant F2.8 maximum aperture, astounding AF performance, versatile control, and solid reliability, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is a perfect choice for video. The new lens was designed to dramatically reduce focus breathing, focus shift, and axis shift when zooming so that there is minimal unwanted image movement and angle of view variations.

For easy video-use operation, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II features independent control rings for focus, zoom, and aperture (iris), allowing precise manual operation. The aperture ring also has a click ON/OFF switch. Additionally, Sony’s Linear Response MF ensures responsive, low-lag manual focus control. The supplied lens hood also features an opening that allows convenient operation of circular polarizing filters or variable ND filters for more creative flexibility.

Designed for Professionals

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is the world’s lightesti F2.8 telephoto zoom lens and is approximately 29% lighterthan the previous model, weighing just under 37 oz (1,045g). In addition to its light weight, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II was designed for professionals to offer an ideal balance without front-heaviness, ensuring that the lens’ center of gravity falls directly above the tripod mount. It also features internal zoom to keep the center of gravity constant.

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II has been specifically designed for professionals based on their direct feedback. The new lens includes focus functions to support the user’s professional needs such as Full-time DMF, natural and linear manual focus response, and a focus-range limiter switch. The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II also includes three customizable focus hold buttons that are provided 90° apart for easy access and convenient control when shooting in horizontal or vertical orientation, and nearly any angle.

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II features both a click ON/OFF switch and an iris lock switch for quick, flexible aperture control. The aperture ring click stops can be turned ON to provide tactile feedback when shooting stills, or OFF for smooth, silent aperture control when shooting movies. In addition, the zoom ring torque is optimized and now includes image stabilization with MODE 3vi for moving subjects.

Based on feedback from professionals, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is designed to be reliable in even the most challenging environments. It features dust and moisture resistancevii, equal to the FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS and FE 600mm F4 GM OSS. The front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants, while making it easier to wipe off any contaminants or fingerprints that may become attached to the lens surface.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II will be available in December for approximately $2,800.00 USD and $3,500.00 CAD.

Orders

Order the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens from B&H | Adorama | WEX.

Video

Notes

[i] As of the October 2021 product announcement, compared to full-frame F2.8 70-200mm telephoto zoom lenses that support autofocus. Sony survey.

[ii] When attached to the Alpha 1, compared to SEL70200GM. Sony test conditions.

[iii] Maximum aperture with the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters is F4 and F5.6, respectively.

[iv] 2.0x teleconverter can realize 400mm focal length. 1.4x teleconverter can realize 280mm focal length.

[v] Sony test conditions.

[vi] A software update may be required. See Sony’s support page on the web for camera compatibility info.

[vii] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.

Sony Lens Family

Sony Lenses

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 10/13/2021 9:29:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 12, 2021

From Sigma:

10/19 21:00 JST | Online New Products Presentation “SIGMA STAGE ONLINE”

Information

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We are pleased to announce the holding of an online event “SIGMA STAGE ONLINE”, which is a presentation of new products. It will be held on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021, from JST 21:00 / CET 13:00 / EDT 08:00.

Date:

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 JST 21:00 / CET 13:00 / EDT 08:00 (about 30 minutes)

Watch the announcement here!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/12/2021 8:19:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Note the "etc." (translated) adding vagueness to the lens list.

From Sony:

Notice and apology regarding the supply of digital imaging products

Thank you for your continued patronage of Sony products.

Currently, with regard to digital imaging products, parts procurement is delayed due to the effects of global semiconductor shortages.

This has affected the production of some products and may take some time to deliver.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to customers who are looking forward to the product.

We will do our utmost to deliver the product as soon as possible, and we appreciate your understanding.

[Main products that take time to deliver]

Digital single-lens camera: a7S III / a7 II series / a6400 series / a6100 series / ZV-E10 series

Digital single-lens camera Interchangeable lens: SEL20F18G / SEL50F18F / SEL50M28 / SELP18105 etc.

Professional camcorder: PXW-Z190

 
If there is something you want, don't wait to order it.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 10/12/2021 8:09:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 6, 2021

From Sigma:

Operating conditions of SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount with gimbal

2021.10.06

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We have identified that the SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount could occasionally cause blurring when using the in-body image stabilization function while the lens is attached on the gimbal.

At the moment, we are in process of the development of the new firmware that can correct this phenomenon, and aiming for the announcement on October 21st.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor. https://www.sigma-global.com/en/world-network/

We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.

Review: Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/6/2021 8:29:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Check out the new JOBY Podzilla Tabletop Tripods at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Joby News
Post Date: 10/5/2021 9:47:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Lowepro:

LOWEPRO’S PHOTOSPORT PRO PROVIDES SUSTAINABLY-MADE GEAR CARRYING SOLUTIONS FOR MULTI-DAY JOURNEYS

Lowepro completes their innovative Photosport III Series with the Addition of the PhotoSport PRO

  • PhotoSport PRO line tops off the third-generation PhotoSport collection designed for adventure photographers who embark on multi-day photographic journeys
  • 85% of all fabrics are recycled*, lightweight and water-resistant with included All Weather AW Cover™ to protect gear from the elements.
  • Integrated GearUp™ camera insert and accessory strap system bring flexible protection for multiple carrying configurations with an optional Runabout pack for explorations from the basecamp.
  • ActivLift™ system on the back panel provides a comfortable fit and weight distribution for optimal outdoor comfort.

Cassola, October 2021 - Lowepro, a company with a 50-year legacy of creating protective gear-carrying solutions for adventure photographers, content creators, explorers and travellers continues the enduring PhotoSport III Series with the addition of the PhotoSport PRO, a range of multi-day hike backpacks designed to give the utmost protection, comfort, and modularity for the most challenging photographic journeys. The PhotoSport PRO comes in 2 sizes along with modular accessories designed to efficiently carry the necessities of a multi-day photographic expedition. The PhotoSport PRO line advances the Lowepro green line label that features sustainable products with a loading bar indicator of recycled fabrics level measured by surface area.

The PhotoSport PRO line consist of backpacks that carry an expansive array of both camera gear and hiking essentials to cover hiking and shooting for several days. The PhotoSport PRO backpacks come with a durable all-weather design that features the characteristic PhotoSport V-shaped exterior front panel. Built for the most extreme outdoor photography adventures, the PhotoSport PRO backpacks offer the carrying capacity needed for multiple days of hiking and backcountry travel without compromising on comfort and modularity while keeping their photography gear safe and secure.

This professional backpack line is offered in 2 sizes: 55 and 70 liters, both made to carry a full frame mirrorless or DSLR camera with a vertical grip and attached 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, with room for 2 additional lenses or a portable camera drone and accessories. Both bags are made to carry hiking and camping essentials such as a sleeping bag, a tent, meal camp, jacket, and trekking poles enough for the needs of a multiple day journey. Each variant is available with a choice of two sizes of shoulder straps. S-M straps are designed to fit smaller torsos better. The straps have slightly more curve and a shorter length. M-L straps are designed to fit larger torsos better. The straps are longer and less curved. Foam is strategically perforated for flexibility where you need it and more padding where it helps most.

Each backpack comes with a modular GearUp PRO XL, accessible from both a front and a back access door, and serves as a removable camera compartment as well as provides added protection from impact and moisture.

An outdoor photographer requires carrying solutions that adapt to what the situation calls for. As the PhotoSport PRO backpacks allow the photographer to bring anything and everything needed for the journey, they also offer an adaptive carrying solution. Not all the equipment has to be carried throughout the adventure. Once at basecamp, the GearUp Pro XL can be removed from the entire backpack to be brought for when the photography happens.

The backpack comes with an array of straps that allows added modularity in carrying the GearUp Pro individually, or to make additional attachments. The GearUp Pro XL can also be purchased individually, along with the GearUp Pro L variant which is only sold separately. The 18L Runabout daypack to be sold separately as well, is a portable backpack which is folded to a minimal size and expanded to carry the entire camera compartment as a stand-alone camera bag while all other equipment are left at basecamp.

The PhotoSport PRO backpacks are equipped with a fully adjustable ActivLift™ system that offers outstanding weight distribution and breathability that assures optimal comfort even with the heaviest loads in the longest of journeys. With its adjustable torso length, shoulder pad angle, chest straps, and waist straps, the backpack ensures comfortable fit for outdoor photographers and hikers of any body type.

Anyone who loves the outdoors surely has a lot of concern for the environment. That is why the PhotoSport PRO backpacks join Lowepro’s green line label in which all gear carrying solutions are made from recycled fabrics. Each variant comes with a loading bar indicator that contains information about the percentage of recycled fabrics in the product. The PhotoSport PRO backpacks consist of 85% (BP 55L) and 86% (BP70L) recycled* fabric while the GearUP PRO XL and L consist of 50% and 47% respectively. The Runabout daypack is made up of 84% recycled fabric as well. As the brand continues to grow supporting photographers and travelers through any photographic endeavor, Lowepro carries its community of photographers towards a direction committed to preserving and protecting the environment on which we set foot on each journey that begins with a packed bag.

The PhotoSport PRO collection will be available worldwide by October 2021.

SKUProduct DescriptionGear FitSizeWeightPrice
LP37341-PWWPhotoSport PRO 55L AW III (S-M)Pro DSLR or Pro Mirrorless body with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached + 1-2 extra lenses41x 36 x 70 cm
16,1 x 14,2 x 27,6 cm
3 kg
6,64 lb
$469.99
LP37342-PWWPhotoSport PRO 55L AW III (M-L)Pro DSLR or Pro Mirrorless body with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached + 1-2 extra lenses41x 36 x 70 cm
16,1 x 14,2 x 27,6 cm
3 kg
6,64 lb
$469.99
LP37436-PWWPhotoSport PRO 70L AW III (S-M)Pro DSLR or Pro Mirrorless body with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached + 1-2 extra lenses41x 36 x 80 cm
16,1 x 14,2 x 31,5 cm
3,2 kg
6,95 lb
$499.99
LP37437-PWWPhotoSport PRO 70L AW III (M-L)Pro DSLR or Pro Mirrorless body with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached + 1-2 extra lenses41x 36 x 80 cm
16,1 x 14,2 x 31,5 cm
3,2 kg
6,95 lb
$499.99
LP37441-PWWGearUp PRO camera box L IIPro DSLR or Pro Mirrorless body with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached31,5 x 16,5 x 16,0 cm
12,4 x 6,5 x 6,3 cm
0,3 kg
0,61 lb
$44.99
LP37442-PWWGearUp PRO camera box XL IIPro DSLR or Pro Mirrorless body with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached + 1-2 extra lenses31,5 x 16,5 x 16,0 cm
12,4 x 6,5 x 6,3 cm
0,4 kg
0,93 lb
$59.99
LP37443-PWWRunAbout BP 18L&nbs;25X 17 X 50 cm
9,8 x 6,7 x 19,7 cm
0,4 kg
0,85 lb
$79.99

*Measured as recycled yarn content by surface area as percent of total fabric surface area.

Some materials are 100% recycled. The specific xx% percentage of each item accounts for all the fabric panels.

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Post Date: 10/5/2021 8:31:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Manfrotto:

Introducing Manfrotto Move Ecosystem: Create at the speed of inspiration

  • A game-changing modular Ecosystem of interconnectable parts and products created to offer maximum versatility on productions while slashing down on set up times.
  • Empowered by Manfrotto’s innovative Move Quick Release System which enables instant switching between setups while maintaining unwavering stability. Featuring the latest addition of dedicated products like Gimbal 300XM, Gim-Pod, and 496 Ball Head which make Move Ecosystem the go-to solution for CSC users.
  • Designed for today’s hybrid CSC photo and video shooters who are looking for maximum integration from their equipment and lightning quick transferability when switching between their photo and video heads, sliders, tripods, and gimbals.

Cassola, Italy, October 2021

Manfrotto, the worldwide leader in photography and videography supports, has unveiled the first products from an all-new modular line that comprises their forward thinking Move Ecosystem. Developed to harness the concepts of speed of use and versatility, these dedicated Move Ecosystem products are designed for today's modern creatives who shot both video and photo and want the ability to transition frequently between their varying supports with no lag. Move signals the birth of a faster and more versatile future for the workflow of photo and video professionals everywhere who will finally be able to move limitlessly at the speed of their inspiration.

The Move Ecosystem is designed around the new Quick Release System, a lightweight base and plate system which when attached to users various supports offers increased speed of transfer between them without having to stop to screw and unscrew parts. It all happens in one click that immediately actions professional stability no matter the direction in which the equipment is inserted, though an additional twist lock is provided to ease heavy users minds. And while speed is certainly a profound benefit of the Quick Release System, due to its universal 3/8” connection standard, the system is capable of connecting varying support types to each other revealing enhanced functionality from users existing systems. For example, Manfrotto tripods can be coupled with sliders and different heads on top, while Manfrotto’s Gimboom can be paired with the new Modular Gimbal 300XM in order to have a 2 meters long stabilized support with remote control capabilities that can be fully operated by a single user.

This is possible due to the 300XM Gimbal’s detachable modular construction including its stabilizing head and electronic controls which when separated can still communicate via bluetooth connection. The gimbal head can also be adapted onto a completely separate support such as a tripod or slider, for example, and be used a remotely operated shooting station. With its limitless modular application this market leading handheld Gimbal is guaranteed to redefine the standards of professional gimbal support for CSC users.

And while Move’s innovative adaptability is set to make huge improvements to the speed and versatility of production, Manfrotto’s approach to modularity isn’t just looking to what’s new. With a brand-new set of attachable twin legs Gimboom has also been revamped to introduce the two-in-one solution Gim-Pod, which equally performs as a professional grade boom as well as a tripod. Paired with Manfrotto’s newly announced and upcoming Q6 Ball Head featuring a sliding Arca-Swiss compatible top-locking mechanism and 3 bubble levels this configuration offers infinite applications for creators, from a lightweight kit.

The Move Ecosystem is much more than a collective of innovative solutions, it is a shift in paradigm. By harnessing the power of modularity Manfrotto has created a new age of interconnecting supports and parts that will allow professionals to not only move at an unprecedented speed but also allow users to customize their gear to meet their individual project needs. Welcome to the age of Move.

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Post Date: 10/5/2021 8:30:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Manfrotto:

MANFROTTO UNVEILS REDESIGNED CAMERA BAG RANGE

  • All-new PRO Light Collection with 5 backpacks and 2 new Tough hard cases to fit any professional workflow and style
  • Redesigned Manfrotto Advanced collection with a wide range of carrying solutions for every creative
  • Renewed and expanded Manfrotto Street collection for the everyday on-the-go content creator
  • Unparalleled gear protection and shock resistance in all renewed collections with the the M-Guard™ Protection System

Cassola, 5th October 2021 - Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, videography and imaging equipment and accessories industry, is thrilled to present an entirely renewed collection of camera bags and carrying solutions that were carefully and brilliantly designed to fit the needs of every kind of imaging creative. With the all-new PRO Light, and the redesigned Advanced and Street camera bag collections ushering in an all new padded protection system, the Manfrotto camera bag range ensure stylish and customizable carrying solutions with best-in-industry gear protection.

Manfrotto re-focuses on the core professional and advanced users providing the best-in-industry CSC protection for professional photo and video applications. The new PRO Light 2021 collection is a specialized camera gear carrying solution line that was conceptualized and developed to cater to specific gear needs of photo and video professionals. This includes 5 uniquely designed backpacks that offer various capacities, access points, and specialized compartments, as well as two Tough hard cases that expand the line up of rolling bags with the launch of the new Tough carry-on sized with pre-cubed foam insert and check-in sized rolling bag and unique modular Tough accessories. With this also comes the re-launch of the Advanced series that is geared towards the everyday needs of urban photographers. The all-new Street collection completes the range of Manfrotto carrying solutions with specific models designed for vloggers and content creators who use compact system cameras.

PRO Light

The PRO Light collection was designed and created to cater to the high demands of professional photographers and filmmakers. It offers 4 backpack variants each made to provide solutions for different highly specialized usage and applications. Each bag has different access points into the gear compartments that would allow more efficient body mechanics to fit different creative workflows. With the PRO Light Backloader that is available in 2 sizes offering full rear access and a secondary top door, the PRO Light Frontloader backpack that offers full compartment access from the front with a secondary quick-access side door, the PRO Light Multiloader M that offers front main access, as well as double side and top access doors, and the PRO Light Flexloader L that provides a full front access to the main compartment, with a unique expandable secondary compartment for gimbal stabilizers and other accessories for additional equipment requirements that require their very own padded space. The PRO Light collection also expands the rolling bags collection with the addition of a carry-on sized Tough hard case that come in two sizes to fit aviation standards and compatible modular accessories, and a check-in sized Tough hard case for bigger capacities.

Advanced

The reputable Advanced collection has been revamped with a renewed design. This collection includes an all-new carry-on sized rolling bag for expansive photographic gear requirements. The backpack range offers the most diverse selection of camera backpacks that are designed for specific needs of photographers and filmmakers. The Advanced Compact, Active, Befree, Gear, Fast, and Travel backpacks offer a diverse variations of backpacks that differ in overall capacity, designated compartments for camera gear and personal items, and various options for access points to the gear compartments that complement the needs of every creator with any kind of on-the-go workflow. For quick and easy on-the-go shooting that requires controlled movement and protection, the Advanced Holster comes in small, medium, and large sizes, the Advanced Shoulder bag comes in extra small, small, medium, and large for the carrying needs of different sizes, and the all-new Advanced Messenger bag that pack a fully adjustable and customizable cross-body carrying solution for protected yet comfortable shooting. Topping off the collection is the Advanced Rolling Bag that offers a full photographic carrying solution for all kinds of camera and support gear in the size of a cabin-friendly carry-on sized luggage.

Street

The iconic Manfrotto Street camera bag has also been refreshed to give 100% convertible bags that shift from a full photography gear centric configuration to a lifestyle bag in an instant. Its contemporary urban design perfectly goes with the demands of a dynamic daily life. The Street collection caters to users with mirrorless cameras and related modern imaging accessories that aid in digital storytelling and creation on-the-go. The Street backpack now comes in a slim form with interchangeable front or back opening, and removable inserts that converts it into a 100% everyday lifestyle bag. The Slim backpack is now accompanied in the range by a convertible Street tote for a modular and trendy lifestyle bag that instantly turns into a backpack with the harness stowed in its own dedicated compartment. This Street Convertible Tote bag has a top opening compartment for personal items, and a rear opening compartment for compact camera gear. This expanded line also comes with the Street Waist bag, that can be carried through a variety of ways and carries compact camera gear and accessories. The Street Tech Organizer is a handy compartment for small and medium sized tech accessories such as cables, batteries, portable lighting, and small audio accessories, and topping off the collection is the Street Crossbody pouch, a compact compartment for smartphones and small accessories that can be carried individually through a pull-out drawstring, or as an extended compartment to the Street backpack or tote.

M-Guard™ Protection System

All of the renewed Manfrotto camera bag and carrying solutions collections feature an all new protection system in the form of high-performance modular divider that improve customizability and cushioning of the internal compartments. The M-Guard™ Protection System was specifically designed and laboratory tested to guarantee the highest level of protection and shock resistance especially on areas of the bag where protection is most crucial. M-Guard™ dividers are made of high-density EVA foam that provide exceptional shock absorption while maintaining a super slim profile.

The renewed expansive Manfrotto bag collection made up of the stylish Street collection, the urban-centric Advanced collection, and the Professional grade PRO Light bag collection stand in the front lines of Manfrotto’s aim to provide iconic and stylish carrying solutions that raise the bar in gear protection that is unrivaled and maintained to be the best in the industry. The vast collection of renewed products is aimed at providing uncompromising options for any kind of photographer and filmmaker no matter the workflow requirements and individual skill level.

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Post Date: 10/5/2021 8:30:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

New EzyFrame Background 2m x 2.3m (6.5’ x 7.5’)
additional vintage covers and kits

Manfrotto, the world’s leading manufacturer of photography, video and cinema production equipment announces the launch of six new Vintage style Covers and Kits for the EzyFrame Background System.

These six new background surfaces have already proven extremely popular in our collapsible background collection and are favoured by image makers the world over for achieving a fashionable, hand painted vintage look that subtly complement the chosen subject in a truly portable solution.

These textures are inspired by this popular choice of background style and take influence from classic and present trends within the fashion, beauty and portraiture industry. They feature six fresh colours with a characteristic classic design and feel, which complement the existing range: Tobacco, Olive, Smoke and Concrete perfectly. Meaning there are now a total of ten beautiful surfaces to choose from in the highly innovative EzyFrame Background system.

The 2m x 2.3m (6.5’ x 7.5’) EzyFrame Background is a large format collapsible background system offering a much larger shooting area than our 5’ x 7’ collapsible ‘pop-up’ style backgrounds. The extra width and height combined with the squarer format offers an increased surface area of over 46% allowing the content creator to pose multiple subjects and use large props. Ideal for family portraits, more animated action poses, fashion and commercial shoots.

The Ezyframe Vintage Background features the tried and tested rapid assembly aluminium frame and clip on cover design used on our highly successful Skylite and ProScrim light control kits, Panoramic and Chroma Key FX Backgrounds and StudioLink Chroma Key solutions. Assembled in a matter of minutes the frame and cover packs down into a small rigid carry case measuring only 103cm x 19cm x 14cm (40.5” x 7.4” x 5.5”) making it extremely portable.

The EzyFrame Vintage Background covers include a small 15cm (6”) skirt along the bottom edge that conceals the aluminium frame and allows the user to combine the background with their chosen floor surface when shooting full length images. The background can be supported directly against a wall or freestanding using a light stand with a Manfrotto Griphead (LL LA8446). The EzyFrame Vintage Background is also compatible with the Manfrotto Aluminium Frame Support Kit (LL LA8450).

The backgrounds are available as kits which include frame, cover and carry case or ‘covers only’ for users looking to interchange different surfaces on the same frame.

Item numberItem descriptionPrice
LL LB7922EzyFrame Vintage Background 2 x 2.3m Ink$458.99
LL LB7923EzyFrame Vintage Background Cover 2 x 2.3m Ink$274.99
LL LB7932EzyFrame Vintage Background 2 x 2.3m Sage$458.99
LL LB7933EzyFrame Vintage Background Cover 2 x 2.3m Sage$274.99
LL LB7934EzyFrame Vintage Background 2 x 2.3m Walnut$458.99
LL LB7935EzyFrame Vintage Background Cover 2 x 2.3m Walnut$274.99
LL LB7936EzyFrame Vintage Background 2 x 2.3m Pewter$458.99
LL LB7937EzyFrame Vintage Background Cover 2 x 2.3m Pewter$274.99
LL LB7938EzyFrame Vintage Background 2 x 2.3m Aubergine$458.99
LL LB7939EzyFrame Vintage Background Cover 2 x 2.3m Aubergine$275.99
LL LB7940EzyFrame Vintage Background 2 x 2.3m Crimson$458.99
LL LB7941EzyFrame Vintage Background Cover 2 x 2.3m Crimson$274.99

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Post Date: 10/5/2021 8:29:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 30, 2021

Read the Capture One 21 (14.4.0) release notes for more information.

Get Capture One at B&H (Download, Mac/Windows).

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Post Date: 9/30/2021 7:00:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 29, 2021

From Tamron:

TAMRON Announces the Launch of Second-Generation Fast-Aperture Standard Zoom Lens for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

New 28-75mm F2.8 G2 offers significantly improved optical and autofocus performance and new function customization

28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063)

September 29, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc. announces the launch date of the previously announced 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063), a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The new lens will be on sale October 28, 2021, at $899 USD. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.

The 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063) is the successor of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), a popular zoom lens that has earned high evaluation worldwide. It reflects the fruits of continuous evolution and customer-focused refinement. Retaining the well-received compact size of its predecessor, the new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 incorporates a new optical construction based on a design that has been revamped to enhance imaging performance and its features are compatible with the latest model digital cameras that offer increased resolution. The AF drive, TAMRON’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, is adopted to deliver higher autofocus speed with greater precision. With the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 7.1” at the wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7, the lens boasts advanced close-up shooting performance. Additionally, it features a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic texture.

TAMRON pioneered the category of compact fast-aperture standard zoom lenses for mirrorless cameras and the new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 truly is a next-generation lens for everyday use.

Proprietary software tool TAMRON Lens Utility™ for lens function customization

This lens is compatible with the new TAMRON Lens Utility software originally and uniquely developed by TAMRON. TAMRON Lens Utility can be operated using computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional TAMRON Connection Cable[1]. Users can customize the functions and update the firmware through the lens. The personal customization gives flexible shooting options to match the shooting situation such as still photography or videography.

[1] TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type-A to Type-C) sold separately.

(Functions of TAMRON Lens Utility) | Focus Set Button settings

  • A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus automatically shift between A and B
  • Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a single button press
  • 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 Focus Set Button can be cleared

| Focus Ring settings

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

| Firmware update

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Best image quality in standard zoom lens class

The optics have been revamped from the ground up, employing the latest design expertise to develop an optical construction with 17 elements in 15 groups. With two optimally arranged LD (Low Dispersion) and GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements, optical aberrations are controlled to the maximum degree possible. Image quality at wide-open aperture has been significantly improved over the predecessor Model A036, offering extremely high resolution throughout the entire zoom range and from edge-to-edge of the frame. The lens also delivers the soft and beautiful bokeh effects distinctive to fast-aperture lenses. The new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 achieves extremely high performance when paired with high-grade, ultra-high resolution digital cameras and is the same compact size as its predecessor Model A036.

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens MTF Chart Comparison

2. Fast, quiet VXD linear motor for high-speed and high-precision autofocus

The AF drive system employs TAMRON’s VXD linear motor focus mechanism. The high-speed, high-precision AF is exceedingly responsive to the actions of the photographer, providing a dependable and steady focusing experience from the MOD to infinity, despite the fast F2.8 aperture. Focusing speed has been improved approximately twice[2] as fast as its predecessor. The lens offers excellent focus tracking of moving objects, so you are ready for those important moments. Additionally, the focus motor is quiet, so it is ideal for shooting both still images and video in situations that demand low noise.

3. MOD of 7.1” at 28mm and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7 for creative close-ups

The Model A063 features an MOD of 7.1” at the wide end, an improvement over the 7.5” limit of the Model A036. The working distance shrinks to around 1.7” when operating at the MOD. With a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7, you can get close to your subject for wide macro photography, enabling powerful visual impact with the subject large while keeping a wide view of the background in frame.

4. New design provides enhanced texture and greater user-friendliness

The all-new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 incorporates a new design that becomes the hallmark of TAMRON lenses introduced in the future. Changes to the texture of the zoom ring surface and focus ring surface improve the grip and enhance ease of operation. The surface of the lens exterior is shiny black, much glossier than previous models. Improved abrasion resistance makes the lens harder to scratch and resists fingerprints. In addition, certain internal parts have been enhanced. These advancements result in smoother overall operability. TAMRON has also adjusted the resistance and torque of the zoom ring to facilitate smoother and more precise operation.

5. Lightweight, compact design with emphasis on ease of use, plus 67mm filter size

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

[2] Compared to RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) used in Model A036

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Post Date: 9/29/2021 10:35:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Tamron:

TAMRON Announces the Launch of the World's[1] First Mirrorless Zoom Lens with a Maximum Wide-Open Aperture of F2

Fast-Aperture 35-150mm F2-2.8 “Travel Zoom” Covers Wide-Angle Through Telephoto Range and Features New Function Customization

35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058)

September 29, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc. announces the launch date of the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058), a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras on October 28, 2021, at $1899. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.

[1] Among the zoom lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras (As of August 2021: TAMRON)

The 35-150mm F2-2.8 is a zoom lens that covers the range from wide-angle (35mm) through telephoto (150mm) and is ideal for travel photography. It is the first zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras to have a maximum wide-open aperture of F2. With this focal range, you can enjoy shooting magnificent views and large buildings at 35mm and dynamic close-up shots at 150mm. Travel photographers can easily take beautiful sunrise and sunset shots, shoot distinctive exterior buildings and interiors like restaurants, and take twilight and nightscape photos. With high-level performance under a wide variety of shooting conditions, this new fast lens is ideal for trips aimed at creating photographic works. In addition, by incorporating the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, the lens features a very high-speed and high-precision autofocus for a fast-aperture lens. It also incorporates a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic convenience.

This lens supports the full array of frequently used angles-of-view including wide-angle, standard, medium telephoto and telephoto, making it easy to compose the perfect shot without changing your position from the subject.

Proprietary software tool TAMRON Lens Utility™ for lens function customization

This lens is compatible with the new TAMRON Lens Utility software originally and uniquely developed by TAMRON. TAMRON Lens Utility can be operated using computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional TAMRON Connection Cable[2]. Users can customize the functions and update the firmware through the lens. The personal customization gives flexible shooting options to match the shooting situation such as still photography or videography.

[2] TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type-A to Type-C) sold separately.

(Functions of TAMRON Lens Utility)

| Custom Switch settings

  • 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 press of 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

*The function of Focus Set Button can be cleared

| Focus Ring settings

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

| Firmware update

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. The world's first F2-2.8 fast-aperture zoom lens The new 35-150mm F2-2.8 features a fast maximum aperture of F2 at the 35 mm focal length, compared to the typical F2.8 fast-aperture zoom lenses. This lens enables you to achieve enhanced, beautiful bokeh style even on the wide-angle end of the lens's focal range. The faster F2 aperture allows use of higher shutter speeds and lower ISO settings, so users enjoy less potential camera shake and reduce high-ISO image noise.

2. Versatile zoom range provides seamless shooting from wide-angle 35mm to telephoto 150mm The 35mm to 150mm zoom range of the new Model A058 is ideal for travel photography because you can do so much with just one lens. You can capture snapshots at the wide angle of 35mm or standard angle of 50mm, close-up portraits at 85mm and telephoto shots at 150mm. The responsive zoom ring enables you to continue shooting as you shift from wide to telephoto seamlessly and smoothly without changing lenses—which is convenient for video as well as still photography.

3. Outstanding optical performance throughout the zoom range Thanks to the latest optical design featuring four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements optimally arranged, the 35-150mm F2-2.8 provides superior optical performance throughout the entire zoom range. Even when used with today’s extra-high-resolution digital cameras, it consistently achieves high image quality to the edges of the frame and reduces onion ring bokeh (concentric circles) while presenting a beautiful, soft bokeh style that is achieved only by fast apertures. The versatile zoom range enables photographers to express themselves freely while capturing images focal lengths they are familiar with, including 35mm, 50mm (considered “normal” or standard), 85mm (mid-telephoto length commonly used for portraits), 100 mm or 135 mm, as well as the maximum 150mm tele focal length—and any focal length in between. It’s like six lenses in one!

4. Fast, quiet VXD linear motor mechanism for high-speed and high-precision autofocus The lens's AF drive uses the linear motor focus mechanism VXD. The high-speed, high-precision AF provides the lens with superior responsiveness to the photographer’s actions, delivering stable and reliable focusing even with fast-aperture lenses, from the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) to infinity. The 35-150mm F2-2.8 offers excellent focus tracking of moving objects so you are ready for those important moments. Additionally, the focus motor is quiet, so it is ideal for shooting both still images and video in situations that demand low noise.

5. Superior close-focusing capability with an MOD of 0.33m (13 in) at the wide end for creative close-ups

6. Compact body with 35-150mm zoom range and fast F2 maximum aperture

7. New design provides enhanced grip and greater intuitive operation

8. Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, and hood with locking mechanism for greater convenience

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

Orders

Get the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens from B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 9/29/2021 10:25:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 21, 2021

From Prograde Digital:

Prograde Digital™ Announces CFExpress™ Type A Memory Card With Read Speeds Of 800mb/s

CFexpress Type A Cards Provide Minimum Sustained Write Speeds of 400MB/s (VPG 400)

San Jose, CA September 20, 2021, 8:00 am—ProGrade Digital™, founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade digital memory cards and workflow solutions, announces its new CFexpress™ Type A memory card. ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type A cards provide read speeds up to 800MB/s and burst write speeds up to 700MB/s. In addition, ProGrade Digital’s CFexpress Type A card delivers a minimum sustained write speed of 400MB/s (VPG 400) – specifically designed for high-resolution video capture.

CFexpress Type A is a memory card format that is smaller than full-size SD, and bigger than microSD. By leveraging PCIe, Gen 3 interconnect with NVMe 1.3 host controller interface, CFexpress Type A provides levels of performance three times greater than the fastest UHS-II cards available in the market.

The CFexpress Type A form factor is gaining broad industry adoption due to its size and performance, and its open industry standard support from major device manufacturers.

“Due to the size and performance of CFexpress Type A, we believe that next generation compact DSLR and mirrorless cameras will start adopting this form factor over SD as we have already seen in some of the new cameras” said Wes Brewer, founder and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “We are now able to offer the widest range of CFexpress card choices to meet both current and future needs of all leading-edge imaging applications. Coupled with our CFexpress Type A USB 3.2 Gen 2 high speed reader, our customers have a complete solution for capturing and downloading still and video images as well as enhancing their digital imaging workflow.”

Orders

Order Prograde Digital CFExpress Cards from B&H.

ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type A memory card key features:

  • Fully compliant with CompactFlash™ Association 2.0 specification
  • NVMe host interface with PCIe Gen3 X1 interconnect
  • Extended battery life and low standby power through NVMe PS0 – PS4 support
  • Metal enclosure for improved durability and heat dissipation
  • Thermal throttling protects card from overheating
  • Unique serialized tracking of every card enabling identification of key components and manufacturing data for the highest quality control
  • Rigorous 100% full card testing down to individual memory chips for optimal quality
  • X-ray proof, shock-proof
  • Temperature ranges: operating 14 to 158°F/ -10 to 70°C; storage -4 to 185°F/ -20 to 85°C
  • Three year warranty
  • MSRP $329.99

ProGrade Digital CFexpress portfolio:

CFexpress Type A Cobalt

  • Maximum read speed 800MB/s
  • Burst write speed 700MB/s
  • Minimum sustained write speed 400MB/s (VPG 400)
  • Capacities: 160GB

CFexpress Type B Cobalt

  • Maximum read speed 1700MB/s
  • Burst write speed 1500MB/s
  • Minimum sustained write speed 1400MB/s
  • Capacities: 325GB, 650GB

CFexpress Type B Gold

  • Maximum read speed 1700MB/s
  • Burst write speeds up to 1500MB/s
  • Minimum sustained write speeds up to 400MB/s
  • Capacities: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Post Date: 9/21/2021 11:50:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 13, 2021

Adorama is having a big Flashpoint Lighting & Studio Sale.

Now is a good time to consider expanding the lighting kit.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 9/13/2021 10:34:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony:

Sony Electronics’ “Visual Story™” Version 2.0 App Adds Compatibility with Video Content

Updated Visual Story App Version 2.0 Now Supports Video in the Story Gallery and Offers Improved Connectivity and Usability for Professional Event Photographers and Videographers

Learn more here.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 9/13/2021 10:13:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 9, 2021

From Sigma:

SIGMA Introduces 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary Lens

See the bigger picture.

KEY FEATURES:

  • I series | Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users
  • New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line
  • Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

The all-new SIGMA 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary delivers exceptional edge-to-edge rendering power in an ultra-compact, all-metal body. This impressive, wide-angle, I series prime is now available for L-Mount and Sony E-mount systems.

The 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary premium compact prime is the latest prime lens to be added to SIGMA's growing I series range. It joins four existing I series lenses as well as the new 90mm F2.8, offering superb optical performance, a bright F2 aperture, an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring. Designed from the ground up for mirrorless systems it feels perfectly-balanced on modern full-frame bodies, and boasts exceptional resolving power that can keep up with the latest ultra-high-resolution cameras.

The lens' advanced optical design produces sharp, high-contrast results from the center of the frame to the far corners, and together with its F2 aperture and wide angle-of-view, it's an excellent choice for night sky photography, events and interiors. Owing to its compact size, the lens can be carried around effortlessly, which makes it perfect for day-to-day use. The high quality, all-metal construction – which is found on all of SIGMA's I series models – makes the experience of owning and operating this lens extremely satisfying.

This new full-frame 24mm F2 prime is designed for photographers who need a sharp, fast, robust, wide-angle optic that will not weigh them down. It is available for L-Mount and Sony E-mount systems.

I series | Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users

The SIGMA I series features full-frame-compatible lenses that offer mirrorless users a new and better alternative, both in the experience of shooting with the lens and in the impressive results it is able to achieve.

One of the key advantages of mirrorless cameras is their smaller form-factor, and this new SIGMA 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary optic is designed to be perfectly matched to these more compact systems without sacrificing performance. This combination of superb optical quality with exceptional portability, not previously possible with DSLR systems, will bring new opportunities to this and future generations of photographers.

Simultaneously, SIGMA is aware that, in this day and age when we have such huge diversity when it comes to what we use to photograph, as represented by smartphones, people look for something more than a mere act of "taking pictures" when they choose to own a camera and lenses.

SIGMA's excellence in development and processing technologies has been built up since it was founded in 1961, and has become further sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision in 2012. With this as a base SIGMA has given careful thought to how photographers use and enjoy their lenses, including optical design, advanced functionality, build quality and the experience of picking up and using the lens, and with all of this carefully considered the I series was born.

New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line

The SIGMA 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary, like the SIGMA 35mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary and the SIGMA 65mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary, combines the highest level of optical performance even at its maximum aperture of F2 and a well-balanced body.

The lens uses two SLD glass elements and one FLD glass element to correct axial chromatic aberration, which is a particular concern with bright lenses. It also incorporates two high-precision glass-molded aspherical elements, made possible by the processing technology of SIGMA's sole production facility in Aizu. This has enabled the total number of lens elements to be kept down and the size and weight of the lens to be reduced, while providing excellent correction of various aberrations.

In anticipation of wide-angle lens applications, SIGMA's optical designers have ensured the lens resolution is extremely high, and is uniform from the center to the periphery of the image. Sagittal coma flare is also well suppressed, giving the lens a high degree of rendering power that makes it ideal for night sky photography.

The AF drive system incorporates a quiet, high-speed stepping motor. This allows photographers to capture every detail of the spacious 24mm scene with light AF.

Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA's cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA's cine lens line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use.

The cover ring between the focus ring and the aperture ring has hairline processing that is also used for the rear cylinder of the Art line. This covering functions as a finger hold when attaching or detaching the lens.

Additional Features

  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 11 groups, with 1 FLD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical lens elements
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping motor
  • Compatible with lens aberration correction (Supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.)
  • Supports DMF and AF+MF
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Aperture ring
  • Focus mode switch
  • Petal-type lens hood (LH656-02)
  • Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF62-01M)
  • Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • "Made in Japan" craftsmanship

Key Specifications:

Lens Construction: 11 groups, 13 elements (1 FLD, 2 SLD, and 2 aspherical lenses)
Angle of View: 84.1°
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture: F22
Minimum Focusing Distance: 9.65 in. / 24.5cm
Maximum Magnification 1:6.7
Filter Size (mm): ?62mm
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 2.76 x 2.83 in. / 70 x 72mm
Weight: 12.9 oz. / 365g
Available Mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-Mount
Supplied Accessories: FRONT CAP LCF III 62mm, LENS HOOD LH656-02, REAR CAP LCR II

All figures calculated by L-Mount.
Appearance, specifications, and other aspects of the product are subject to change for improvement without notice.

Orders

Order the Sigma 24mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary Lens at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/9/2021 7:47:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

SIGMA Introduces 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary Lens

Capture every inspiring moment.

KEY FEATURES:

  • I series | Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users
  • New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line
  • Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

Introducing the all-new SIGMA 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary mid-telephoto I series prime for mirrorless systems. This compact 90mm F2.8 optic is versatile, well-built and offers stunning optical performance, making it perfect for portraits, close-ups, weddings and events.

A brand new 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary premium compact prime has been added to SIGMA's growing I series range. It joins four existing I series primes as well as the all-new 24mm F2, offering superb optical performance, a bright F2.8 aperture, an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring. Designed especially for mirrorless systems it feels well-balanced on modern full-frame bodies, and boasts exceptional resolving power that can keep up with the latest ultra-high-resolution cameras.

With its versatile mid-telephoto focal length, the lens is the longest I series lens yet, but still remains remarkably compact and light so is ideal for day-to-day use. It is fully-optimized for mirrorless systems with ultra-fast and accurate AF performance, and it boasts outstanding optical capabilities. The rich, smooth bokeh makes for attractive backgrounds, which is perfect for portraits, and the minimum focusing distance of 50cm allows photographers to get closer to their subject.

This high-quality, everyday lens is able to bring scenes to life with its beautiful rendering and ultra-sharp optics, all in a portable, robust and tactile lens body.

I series | Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users

The SIGMA I series features full-frame-compatible lenses that offer mirrorless users a new and better alternative, both in the experience of shooting with the lens and in the impressive results it is able to achieve.

One of the key advantages of mirrorless cameras is their smaller form-factor, and this new SIGMA 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary optic is designed to be perfectly matched to these more compact systems without sacrificing performance. This combination of superb optical quality with exceptional portability, not previously possible with DSLR systems, will bring new opportunities to this and future generations of photographers.

Simultaneously, SIGMA is aware that, in this day and age when we have such huge diversity when it comes to what we use to photograph, as represented by smartphones, people look for something more than a mere act of "taking pictures" when they choose to own a camera and lenses.

SIGMA's excellence in development and processing technologies has been built up since it was founded in 1961, and has become further sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision in 2012. With this as a base SIGMA has given careful thought to how photographers use and enjoy their lenses, including optical design, advanced functionality, build quality and the experience of picking up and using the lens, and with all of this carefully considered the I series was born.

New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line

The SIGMA 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary boasts exceptional optical performance with a ultra-high resolving power to match the latest high-resolution mirrorless cameras.

The lens is built using the very latest optical technology, and includes five SLD glass elements. This helps to reduce axial chromatic aberration that cannot be corrected in-camera, allowing the lens to achieve high resolution and clear image quality with no color bleeding. A high-precision glass molded aspherical lens provides both high resolution and beautiful bokeh. Photographers can enjoy shooting with soft, large bokeh without coloration and this is something that only a full-frame lens is able to deliver.

The lens also utilizes the camera's optical correction functionality, which is an advantage of mirrorless systems, SIGMA's optical designers were therefore able to concentrate on correcting aberrations that can only be corrected by the optical design, thereby improving rendering performance and reducing the size and weight of the lens.

With a minimum focusing distance of 50cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5, close-up macro-style photography is possible. The lens highlights the subject, allowing photographers to focus in on fine details or create more abstract compositions.

The AF drive system incorporates a quiet, high-speed stepping motor, making it suitable for still images as well as video recording.

Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor

All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA's cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA's cine lens line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use.

The 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary shares the same 64mm maximum diameter and 55mm filter size as the 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary and the 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, making them a natural trio, especially for filmmakers who use filters more regularly. With a combined weight of only 735g / 25.9 oz.*, these three lenses (wide-angle, standard, mid-telephoto) can be used together as part of a high-spec and compact camera system that covers a wide range of shooting situations.

* Figures are for L-Mount.

Additional Features

  • Lens construction: 11 elements in 10 groups, with 5 SLD and 1 aspherical lens elements
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping motor
  • Compatible with lens aberration correction (Supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.)
  • Supports DMF and AF+MF
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Aperture ring
  • Focus mode switch
  • Round-type lens hood (LH576-02)
  • Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF55-01M)
  • Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • "Made in Japan" craftsmanship

Key Specifications:

Lens Construction: 10 groups, 11 elements (5 SLD, 1 aspherical lens)
Angle of View: 27.0°
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture: F22
Minimum Focusing Distance: 19.7 in. / 50cm
Maximum Magnification: 1:5
Filter Size (mm): ?55mm
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 2.52 x 2.35 in. / 64 x 59.7mm
Weight: 10.4 oz. / 295g
Available Mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-Mount
Supplied Accessories: FRONT CAP LCF III 55mm, LENS HOOD LH576-02, REAR CAP LCR II

All figures calculated by L-Mount.
Appearance, specifications, and other aspects of the product are subject to change for improvement without notice.

Orders

Order the Sigma 90mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/9/2021 7:46:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Just posted: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens Review.

This lens is a great option for wildlife and sports.

I usually post reviews in the morning, but this day went a bit sideways. We had a tremendous storm this afternoon, with extreme wind (wind shear or perhaps a small tornado), hail, and a huge amount of rainfall in a short period of time. In the storm's path are trees down, and with them, the power went down. The laptop battery and UPS are still up, so I'm sharing the review now.

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 9/8/2021 7:09:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Badlands National Park has the full deal for landscape photography — interesting foregrounds in front of incredible backgrounds. Mix those features with the warm light from a rising (or setting) sun, and great results are waiting.

With the extremely warm light hitting the red-colored rock, the red channel is the one to watch. Make that channel too bright, and the red details will be lost. Use the RGB histogram to monitor exposure levels, and having an understanding how far your camera's red channel can be pushed is helpful.

While there were a few lenses in the backpack this morning, the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens was the only one to see use. This lens on the R5 produces outstanding results and is an ideal choice for landscape photography.

In this camera position, the sunlight angle made own-shadows a bit of a problem. So I hid in the shadow of a land formation during the image capture, and the tripod shadow was removed with the healing brush tool in Photoshop.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 9/8/2021 8:58:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 6, 2021

Among the interesting subjects in Badlands National Park are the shadows created by water erosion channels.

While sunrise and sunset are easily my favorite times to photograph in this park, those times of the day do not provide light on some of the great subjects. A higher sun is necessary to light the depths of the canyon. Higher, though not fully overhead as that light often erases the shadows.

I often talk about wide-angle focal lengths being useful for emphasizing an interesting foreground in front of a vast attractive background, with all details in sharp focus. This scene provided that combination, and the perspective captured by the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens at 15mm was ideal for this photo.

Well, ideal until I decided that more sky might be a nice addition. The clouds were attractive, and it seemed advantageous to sometimes capture a picture of mostly sky to enable stitching later. In the end, the selected to share photo seemed best with the sky image stitched in.


Among the interesting subjects in Badlands National Park are the shadows created by water erosion channels.

While sunrise and sunset are easily my favorite times to photograph in this park, those times of the day do not provide light on some of the great subjects. A higher sun is necessary to light the depths of the canyon. Higher, though not fully overhead as that light often erases the shadows.

I often talk about wide-angle focal lengths being useful for emphasizing an interesting foreground in front of a vast attractive background, with all details in sharp focus. This scene provided that combination, and the perspective captured by the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens at 15mm was ideal for this photo.

Well, ideal until I decided that more sky might be a nice addition. The clouds were attractive, and it seemed advantageous to sometimes capture a picture of mostly sky to enable stitching later. In the end, the selected to share photo seemed best with the sky image stitched in.

Post Date: 9/6/2021 8:28:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 3, 2021

Sigma will announce new products on September 9th.

Watch that announcement here.

"Join us and discover our new products!"

JST 21:00 / CEST 14:00 / EDT 08:00

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/3/2021 7:52:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 1, 2021

From B&H:

Turn any Light Stand with a 5/8" baby mounting stud into a platform for mounting ball head or pan-and-tilt tripod heads.

Add functionality to a light stand or combo stand by using the LS-BHA to attach a standard photo or video tripod head with a 3/8"-16 female mounting thread. By removing the locking knob, the adapter's receiver quickly converts into a 1-1/8" junior pin for compatibility with stands having junior receivers.

Get the Impact LS-BHA Baby Ball Head Adapter at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Impact News
Post Date: 9/1/2021 12:00:19 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Learn about the new Manfrotto Element MII Video Monopods at B&H.

These video monopods appear to be a great addition to the high value Manfrotto Element lineup.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/1/2021 10:55:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, and distortion test results have been added to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens page.

The DSLR version of this lens was very popular, and the new DN version is sure to be a big hit.

Comparisons provide great perspective. Let's dive into some of those.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens compared to:

Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Lens

Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens

Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS C Lens

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens

Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens

Don't stop here. Use one of the above links to build additional comparisons.

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 9/1/2021 9:26:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 30, 2021

Just posted: Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Review.

Find out how this standard zoom lens compares to the others in its class, including the directly-competing Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens.

The Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 8/30/2021 8:35:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 27, 2021

In June, at this latitude, there is not much time between sunset and sunrise. However, at this time of the year, in this location, there are few sunrises and sunsets worth sleeping through.

While driving at a high rate of speed (as permitted by the high posted speed limit on I90) toward the park this morning, I could see the beautiful sunrise color begin to show in the sky and feared being too late. Fortunately, that fear was unfounded.

Near the end of a narrow ridge, the camera could be positioned to capture just the end of that ridge, helping to emphasize the dramatic depth. The 15mm focal length was ideal for this big scene.

The Canon EOS R5 and Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens made this exposure-bracketed capture easy. However, ensuring that the blend between the sky and foreground was void of bright or dark edges while HDR stacking was a bit more challenging. With the foreground carefully separated from the background (in Photoshop), and its brightness reduced by a stop, there is plenty of latitude for changing my mind in a month or 5 years.

While this site's white background is perfect for product photos, it is a touch harsh for sample pictures. Head over to my portfolio site for a larger image on a darker background, a combination that improves especially this image's appearance.

Post Date: 8/27/2021 10:10:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD Lens likely sounds familiar. Tamron issued a development announcement for this model back in July.

Here is the formal announcement press release from Tamron:

TAMRON Announces the Launch of the World’s First[1] All-In-One Zoom with 16.6X Zoom Ratio for Sony E-mount

18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061)

August 25, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc. announces the launch date of the previously announced 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A[2] VC VXD. The Sony E-Mount model B061S will be on sale September 24, 2021, at $699 USD. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change. The launch of the previously announced Fujifilm mount under development is expected this Fall.

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD covers a wide zoom range from approximately 27mm to 450mm in full-frame equivalent focal length. The first APS-C mirrorless camera zoom lens in the world with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the lens delivers the benefits of a versatile all-in-one zoom lens ideal for an extensive array of photographic scenarios. Its AF drive system uses Tamron’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism for superior quietness and agile performance. The lens includes special lens elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge and provide high image quality making it the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses.

Moreover, with an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 5.9" at the 18mm wide end and a remarkable maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, this lens performs astonishingly well when shooting up close. The lens is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, effectively reducing image blur caused by camera shake in low-light conditions or in the ultra-telephoto range at slower shutter speeds.

Also, same as most other Tamron lenses for mirrorless cameras, the lens features a unified 67mm filter size. With a wide variety of other features for comfortable shooting, this is a highly versatile lens that allows you to easily enjoy high image quality from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. The world’s first 16.6x all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD is the world's first lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the greatest feature of this lens, covering wide angle to an ultra-telephoto range. The full-frame equivalent focal length range is from 27mm to 450mm. With this broad coverage, it empowers shooting in a wide variety of situations, including everyday life and travel snapshots, both wide-angle and dynamic ultra-telephoto landscape photography and macro photography.

2. Best-in-class, extremely fast and precise AF provided by VXD linear motor focus mechanism

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD utilizes Tamron's proprietary VXD linear motor focus mechanism. It achieves AF speed and precision that stand among the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses. Throughout its range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto, it provides precise AF shooting. Excellent when tracking a moving subject in focus, it is ideal when photographing animals, aircraft, railways, and other moving subjects. It’s extremely quiet, and therefore perfectly suited for both still and video shooting in conditions that demand silent operation.

3. MOD of 5.9” and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 at wide end

With an MOD of 5.9” at the 18mm wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD performs amazingly well when shooting up close compared to other all-in-one zoom lenses[3]. It enables users to enjoy creative macro photography with highly blurred backgrounds, a feature unique to macro photography. As a pioneer in all-in-one zoom lenses, Tamron demonstrates unmatched originality in close-up shots.

4. The best image quality in its class

In terms of image quality, this new 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD is one of the best-performing all-in-one zoom lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras. To achieve a zoom ratio of 16.6x while ensuring high image quality, the lens features a well-balanced arrangement of three hybrid aspherical elements and four LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to effectively suppress optical aberrations. Throughout the zoom range, it maintains high resolving power from the center to the corners.

5. Outstanding VC stabilization

Despite its compact size, the lens is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC mechanism. With or without image stabilization in the camera body, the VC included in this lens effectively mitigates camera shake that is likely to occur in low-light conditions indoors and at night. Furthermore, using AI technologies, the lens will choose the compensation characteristic for videography at focal lengths of 70mm or less.

6. Comfortably compact

7. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, Zoom Lock switch)

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

[1] Among interchangeable zoom lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras (As of July, 2021: TAMRON)

[2] Di III-A: For APS-C format mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras

[3] When shooting at the MOD of 0.15m / 5.9" (at the wide end 18mm), the distance between the subject and the tip of lens is approximately 5mm (0.2"). Use precaution so that the front element does not touch the subject when shooting at MOD

Orders

Order the affordable Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD Lens from B&H or Adorama.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/25/2021 10:17:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens Review.

Both thumbs up. Impressive lens.

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Post Date: 8/25/2021 11:26:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 24, 2021

From B&H:

Godox Launches New Ving V860III Flash

Godox is launching the new Ving V860III Flash, available for Canon, FUJIFILM, Nikon, and Sony TTL systems. The sleek new speedlight supports Godox’s X wireless radio system and has a guide number of 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm. The flash head covers lenses from 20mm to 200mm, has a fastest flash duration of 1/20,000 second, and runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack that offers 450 flashes per charge.

Product Highlights:

• Built-In X Wireless Radio System
• Recycling 1.5 sec Full Power
• Guide Number: 197' at ISO 100
• Battery Gives 450 Full-Power Flashes
• Flash Coverage: 20-200mm
• Wireless Master/Slave TTL Functionality

Price: $229.00

Order the Godox Ving V860III TTL Li-Ion Flash from B&H.

The Godox Ving V860III TTL Li-Ion Flash is also badged as the Flashpoint Zoom Li-on III R2 TTL Speedlight Flash Kit at Adorama.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Godox News
Post Date: 8/24/2021 8:35:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 23, 2021

The fog was so thick this evening that I was concerned about getting lost (at least to the point of requiring the compass), and the low visibility hindered subject locating abilities. Having this monster walk into visibility was thrilling.

Despite the capabilities of this incredible camera and lens, the tiny water droplets in the fog noticeably impacted the contrast and resolution of this image, as always.

When the fog effect is undesired, a circular polarizer filter can cut the reflections significantly, improving clarity. However, in this case, I welcomed the fog's differentiating look (and didn't want the light loss incurred by CPL filter use).

One makes the most of an opportunity such as this one. The Canon EOS R5 and ProGrade Digital 325GB CFexpress 2.0 Cobalt Memory Card combination supports holding the shutter release down as long as desired (until the card is full) in high-speed continuous shooting mode, the strategy implemented for this moment. The moose beginning to angle away was provided the logical endpoint to the burst as, at that time, I expected no better images to be made.

The animal was walking at a steady pace but not so fast that the R5's framerate couldn't capture a plethora of images. This particular image stood out as a favorite because of the overall body position. The bull is angling slightly toward the camera (when in doubt of this, use the antler base juxtaposition, minimally indicating head angle) with its legs evenly separated. The front leg lifted and showing slight motion blur illustrates motion.

The RF 100-500 proved an outstanding choice for this moose hunt.


A larger version of this image is available on my portfolio site.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
114mm  f/4.5  1/200s
ISO 2500
8266 x 5407px
Post Date: 8/23/2021 10:30:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 19, 2021

Sony has made Sony Alpha a7C firmware update version 1.01 available for download.

Firmware Version VERSION incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes an issue where the information displayed in the viewfinder may not appear in the correct position

Get the Sony Alpha a7C at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 8/19/2021 8:48:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In a development announcement for the XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d, Tascam reveals capabilities of the new accessory shoe featured on the Canon EOS R3 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Canon XF605 4K UHD Professional Camcorder.

From Tascam:

Development of new Tascam XLR audio adapter in collaboration with Canon, Fujifilm and Nikon allows mirrorless cameras to capture professional audio

Teac Corporation is proud to announce the development of the Tascam CA-XLR2d professional XLR microphone adapter for mirrorless cameras. This product is targeted for worldwide release by the end of 2021.

Product Name – Product model
XLR Microphone Adapter CANON Kit CA-XLR2d – CA-XLR2d-C
XLR Microphone Adapter FUJIFILM Kit CA-XLR2d – CA-XLR2d-F
XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d-AN Analog Interface Kit – CA-XLR2d

The CA-XLR2d lineup is a collaboration between TEAC Corporation working independently with Canon Inc., Fujifilm Corporation and Nikon Corporation. The strategy is to combine the leading camera manufacturers know-how, and the high quality audio capturing technology from Tascam.

The video and movie streaming market has been quickly expanding, and it is widely known that audio quality is one of the essential elements to influence viewers engagement. Because of this, the number of video creators and producers who are exploring better audio quality as well as better image quality has been increasing. Since mirrorless cameras typically used for high-quality video shooting do not accommodate an XLR input for professional microphones or a high-quality preamplifier, there are very limited options to upgrade your audio quality within the capability of the camera itself. Currently, when you need high-quality XLR microphones to capture professional audio, a digital audio recorder is required to capture audio separately from the camera. However, extra time is needed to synchronize your audio and video manually when editing.

To solve this issue, the CA-XLR2d was designed as an XLR input expansion adapter for mirrorless cameras that enables filmmakers and videographers to capture high quality audio directly into cameras. The result is the audio from the XLR input is directly recorded into the camera along with the video. Filmmakers and videographers no longer need extra time to synchronize audio and movie when editing. What is more remarkable is with a digitized accessory shoe from Canon and hot shoe from Fujifilm, the built-in high-performance AD converter will enable filmmakers to transfer crystal clear digitized audio directly into cameras without any audio degradation.

CA-XLR2d is the perfect solution to meet the needs from professional users who demand the best audio quality to amateur users who are discovering a higher level of audio quality as part of video content.

Canon Kit “CA-XLR2d-C”

Thanks to co-design and evaluation of a digital hot shoe connection with Canon, compliant with their multi-function shoe, digital audio transmission directly into the camera and bus power supply from the camera is available for a cable-free system with high mobility. In addition, the CA-XLR2d is also planned to be compatible with the multi-function shoe of the Canon XF605 Professional Camcorder. This combination will provide a maximum of four XLR input channels in addition to the built-in two XLR channels on the camcorder.

Preliminary product compatibility include: Mirrorless camera [EOS R3], Professional Camcorder [XF605]

With the included 2 x AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter, CA-XLR2d also works with existing cameras which don’t have the multi-function hot shoe by connecting an analog audio cable between CA-XLR2d’s analog out and camera’s mic-in.

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Canon EOS R3

CA-XLR2d-C with EOS R3

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Canon XF605

CA-XLR2d-C with XF605

Fujifilm Kit “CA-XLR2d-F”

Thanks to co-design and evaluation of a digital hot shoe connection with Fujifilm, compliant with Fujifilm’s digital hot shoe, digital audio transmission directly into the camera and bus power supply from the camera is available to build a cable-free system for high mobility.

Preliminary product compatibility include: Mirrorless digital cameras “FUJIFILM X-T4”, “FUJIFILM X-S10”

With the included 2 x AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter, CA-XLR2d also works with existing cameras which don’t have the digital hot shoe by connecting an analog audio cable between CA-XLR2d’s analog out and camera’s mic-in.

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Fujifilm X-T4

CA-XLR2d-F with FUJIFILM X-T4

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Fujifilm X-S10

CA-XLR2d-F with FUJIFILM X-S10

Analog Interface Kit “CA-XLR2d-AN”

Thanks to the collaboration of creating an analog interface kit by Nikon, using the included 2 x AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter works by connecting an analog audio cable between CA-XLR2d’s analog out and Camera’s mic in. CA-XLR2d will work as an analog audio adapter to deliver high-quality audio to a wider range of camera users.

Preliminary (initial) product compatibility include: [Nikon Z 7II], [Nikon Z 6II], [Nikon Z 7], [Nikon Z 6], [Nikon Z 5], [Nikon Z fc], [Nikon Z 50]

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Nikon Z 7II

CA-XLR2d-AN with Nikon Z 7II

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Nikon Z 6II

CA-XLR2d-AN with Nikon Z 6II

Key Features

  • Microphone adapter to add a professional audio XLR input to mirrorless cameras
  • Direct digital audio transmission via a digitized accessory shoe with built-in AD converter (only compatible for products from Canon and Fujifilm)
  • Power is supplied by the camera using the data transmission shoe (only compatible with products from Canon and Fujifilm)
  • Build-in high-performance Tascam HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic-preamplifier achieves high quality audio, low noise, wide dynamic range (Mic/Line level switchable, +48V phantom power supply)
  • Two modes on analog output
  • Camera mode for audio transfer to camera’s mic-in
  • Headphone mode for direct monitoring with headphones

B&H carries Tascam products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tascam News
Post Date: 8/19/2021 8:26:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 12, 2021

Tamron has released 2nd Quarter FY2021 Financial Results showing an over 30% increase in net sales and an upward-revised FY2021 forecast.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/12/2021 8:18:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 10, 2021

See the new DJI Mini SE at B&H. This little drone is in stock and low priced – only $299.00.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 8/10/2021 8:23:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 9, 2021

Ironically, the day after sharing the first Canon vs. Sony IBIS Comparison Test, Sony released Alpha 1 firmware update version 1.10. While IBIS was not called out in the list of updated features, discussions hinted that an IBIS performance update was possibly included in the "Other improvements in operational stability" line item. Sony would not divulge the answer to that question. That possibility left a little doubt in my mind, and ... I don't like doubt more than I don't like testing image stabilization.

Round 2. The procedures for the second comparison test were the same as for the first, and the text for this test will remain mostly identical to that of the initial test.

When shooting handheld, image stabilization performance can be a significant image quality factor. Sony has incorporated In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) in their cameras for many years — the a7 II and a7R II had this feature. Canon's first IBIS implementations arrived last summer in the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.

Especially given Sony's long head start with this technology, I wanted to know: Is Sony's IBIS better than Canon's? Or is Canon's IBIS better? It was also possible that the two systems would perform equally, and that piece of information would also be helpful to know. It was time to create a comparison featuring the latest high-end models from each company, the Canon EOS R5 vs. Sony Alpha 1.

CIPA's image stabilization ratings attempt to provide an objective measure of a camera's stabilization assistance capabilities. However, CIPA is considerably steadier than I am. There are no objective image stabilization tests that measure a camera's stabilization assistance specifically for me — or for you, and it is only a camera's stabilization assistance performance for the person holding the camera that matters. Even our personal stabilization needs are situational, with wind, physical exertion, footing stability, and other factors influencing our ability to hold a camera steady.

While I had opinions on the overall image stabilization performance of various Canon and Sony camera and lens combinations, explicitly testing the difference between the Canon and Sony camera IBIS had been interesting me. With identical Canon and Sony non-stabilized lenses in the lab at the same time, this comparison hit the top of my to-do list, becoming the priority.

While completely objective testing was not possible, it seemed that subjective testing could be dialed in to have meaning.

This IBIS testing was performed in the studio, with ideal handheld testing conditions, including solid (concrete) footing and no wind. During testing, elbows were not resting on the body, and the viewfinder was in use (vs. the rear LCD).

The Canon EOS R5 with an RF 50mm F1.2 L USM Lens was tested against a Sony Alpha 1 with an FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens. The cameras were set to single-shot mode, with the electronic first curtain shutter selected in Tv mode. A detailed test target (exceeding camera resolution) was positioned at eye level about 10' (3.3m) away, with the distance marked for consistency.

Starting at 1/25 second exposures (roughly 2 stops of stabilization assistance expected for me), 10 images were captured with each camera. The shutter duration on both cameras was then increased by 1/3 stop, and the testing was repeated, alternating cameras until 1-second exposures were on the cards. That procedure amounted to 150 pictures taken with each camera (10 shots x 15 shutter speeds), 300 pictures total.

The measure of sharpness is not boolean, true or false, meaning an arbitrary determination of pass or fail was required, and adding an intermediary grade seemed a good idea. In addition, everyone loves a score, a firm number that can quickly be compared and quoted.

If the image was unsalvageable, it went into the "Delete" category. If an image is blurry, it was a waste of time to capture, load, and process. Worse is that I may have counted on the image being sharp, meaning that the desired image was lost. The blurry image also consumed space on the memory card and later on the computer's SSD. Thus, in the "Score" column, five points are deducted for each image falling in this category.

If the image was salvageable via increasing the sharpness or down-sizing the image, it went into the "Useable" category. No points were given for these images. While they will often get the job done, these results were mediocre.

Crisply sharp images are what we want. Test images making the "Sharp" grade were awarded 5 points.

Most images were not hard to place in one of these three categories. The "benefit of the doubt" rule was implemented for those hard to grade, and the higher grade was given.

Here is the resulting Canon vs. Sony IBIS comparison table:

 CanonSonyDiff (Canon - Sony)Score
ExposureDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpCanonSonyDiff
1/2500100190-1150455
1/200010001000050500
1/1500100190-1150455
1/130010118-1-12503515
1/10118226-1-12352015
1/8019217-202452520
1/6046226-220302010
1/5136217-12-125250
1/4307712-4-1520-2545
1/3235613-42215-1530
0.442441501-105-5
0.5523910-413-10-4535
0.68201000-220-40-5010
0.89107302-20-45-35-10
1820910-110-40-455
Total412188611772-2041623555180

The testing was so much fun that I decided to do it again. OK, the fun part was missing, but meaningful test results should be repeatable, right? While I made a significant effort to capture every test shot to the best of my current abilities, I had enough doubt in my mind to leave me unsatisfied. Testing for consistency seemed necessary.

Thus, after thoroughly evaluating the first set of results, the same test was repeated — another 300 images were captured. The results are as follows:

 CanonSonyDiff (Canon - Sony)Score
ExposureDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpCanonSonyDiff
1/2500100370-33503515
1/200010001000050500
1/150010127-1-23503020
1/1312712700030300
1/10019325-3-14451035
1/8037316-321351520
1/6037226-211352015
1/5217334-1-2325520
1/4037613-62435-1550
1/3145514-43120-525
0.43251000-72510-5060
0.55321000-532-15-5035
0.68111000-211-35-5015
0.89101000-110-45-505
19011000-101-40-5010
Total382191741759-36432265-75340

While these numbers are as meaningful as the first table, it was the consistency with the first test results that most interested me. The following table shows the deviation between the two tests. The second result was subtracted from the first result, with 0 or close to 0 indicating similar performance.

 CanonSony
ExposureDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharp
1/250000-22
1/20000000
1/15000-1-12
1/130000-11
1/100-11-101
1/8000-101
1/601-1000
1/5-12-1-1-23
1/43-3010-1
1/31-1010-1
0.410-1-615
0.50-11-110
0.601-1000
0.8000-330
1-12-1-110
Total30-3-13013

To account for any testing anomalies, after compiling the second test results, the four exposure durations with the most deviation (none were significantly differing) for each camera were tested a third time (80 additional test shots). The worst of the three results for each camera was thrown out, leaving the results shown in the above tables.

I am very impressed at how consistent the results for the two tests are. The similarity adds credence to the test results.

Here is a summary table showing the combined first and second test results, along with the final scoring.

 CanonSonyDiff (Canon - Sony)Score
ExposureDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpCanonSonyDiff
1/25002004160-441008020
1/20002000200001001000
1/1500201316-1-341007525
1/1312172315-1-12806515
1/1012175411-4-26803050
1/804165213-523804040
1/607134412-431654025
1/534135411-202503020
1/433141325-101955-4095
1/337101127-85335-2055
0.47491415-73410-4555
0.510551910-945-25-9570
0.616312000-431-75-10025
0.8182017301-10-90-85-5
117211910-211-80-9515
Total794217913534131-56848500-20520

So, we just got highly analytical with 680 subjective test results. Still, there seems to be some meaning here.

The sharp column from this table is illustrated in the graph included at the top of this post. From these results, it is arguable that the IBIS technology in the Canon EOS R5 is superior to that in the Sony Alpha 1 (for me, on this day, in this location, with the referenced lenses mounted). For example, follow the "10" line in the chart to see the shutter speed I required for a 50% sharp image rate.

Mostly, I experience a 1/3 - 2/3 stop advantage with the Canon camera. That difference is not dramatic, and the bottom line is that IBIS is valuable in both camera brands. This feature adds substantially to the versatility of non-stabilized lenses, such as the 50mm f/1.2 models tested here. IBIS is one more reason to love the latest mirrorless camera models.

Post Date: 8/9/2021 2:22:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 4, 2021

From Tamron:

TAMRON Announces the Development of the World's[1] First Mirrorless Zoom Lens with a Maximum Wide-open Aperture of F2

A fast-aperture “travel zoom” with seamless zoom action from wide-angle through telephoto range

35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058)

August 4, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the development of a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058). The lens is expected to launch in 2021.

[1] Among the zoom lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras (As of July 2021: TAMRON)

Overview of the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058) features

The 35-150mm F2-2.8 is a zoom lens that covers the range from wide-angle (35mm) through telephoto (150mm) and is ideal for travel photography. It is the first zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras to have a maximum wide-open aperture of F2. With this focal range, you can enjoy shooting magnificent views and large buildings at 35mm and dynamic close-up shots at 150mm. Travel photographers can easily take beautiful sunrise and sunset shots, shoot distinctive exterior buildings and interiors like restaurants, and take twilight and nightscape photos. With high-level performance under a wide variety of shooting conditions, this new fast lens is ideal for travel aimed at creating superb photographic works. By incorporating the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, the lens features a very high-speed and high-precision autofocus for a fast-aperture lens. It also incorporates a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic texture.

The new lens supports the full array of frequently used angles-of-view including wide-angle, standard, medium telephoto and telephoto, making it easy to compose the perfect shot without changing lenses or your position from the subject.

Originally developed software ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ for lens function customization

This lens is compatible with the new ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ software originally and uniquely developed by TAMRON. TAMRON Lens Utility can be operated via your computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional TAMRON Connection Cable[2]. Users can customize the functions and update the firmware through the lens rather than through the camera. The personal customization gives flexible shooting options to match the shooting situation such as still photography or videography.

[2] TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type-A to Type-C) sold separately.

(Functions of TAMRON Lens Utility)

Focus Set Button settings

  • A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus automatically shift between A and B
  • Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a click
  • 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 Focus Set Button can be cleared

Focus Ring settings

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

Firmware update

Orders

When orders are accepted, get the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens from B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/4/2021 10:57:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Another highly attractive lens from Tamron:

TAMRON Announces Development of Second-Generation Fast-Aperture Standard Zoom Lens for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

New 28-75mm F2.8 G2 offers significantly improved optical and autofocus performance and new function customization

28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063)

August 4, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the development of a second generation fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras: 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063). The lens is expected to launch in 2021.

Overview of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063) features

The 28-75mm F2.8 G2 is the successor of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), a popular zoom lens that has earned high evaluation worldwide. It reflects the fruits of continuous evolution and customer-focused refinement. Retaining the well-received compact size of its predecessor, the new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 incorporates a new optical construction based on a design that has been revamped to enhance imaging performance and its features are compatible with the latest model digital cameras that offer increased resolution. The AF drive, TAMRON’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, is adopted to deliver higher autofocus speed with greater precision. With the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 7.1” at the wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7, the lens boasts advanced close-up shooting performance. Additionally, it features a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic texture. TAMRON pioneered the category of compact fast-aperture standard zoom lenses for mirrorless cameras and the new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 truly is a next-generation lens for everyday use.

Originally developed software ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ for lens function customization

This lens is compatible with the new ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ software originally and uniquely developed by TAMRON. TAMRON Lens Utility can be operated via your computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional TAMRON Connection Cable[1]. Users can customize the functions and update the firmware through the lens rather than through the camera. The personal customization gives flexible shooting options to match the shooting situation such as still photography or videography.

[1] TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type-A to Type-C) sold separately.

(Functions of TAMRON Lens Utility)

Focus Set Button settings

  • A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus automatically shift between A and B
  • Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a click
  • 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 Focus Set Button can be cleared

Focus Ring settings

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

Firmware update

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens MTF Chart Comparison

Main features

  • Best image quality in standard zoom lens class
  • Fast, quiet VXD linear motor for high-speed and high-precision autofocus
  • MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 7.1” at wide end and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7 for creative close-ups
  • New design provides enhanced texture and greater user-friendliness
  • Lightweight, compact design with emphasis on ease of use, plus 67mm filter size

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

Orders

When orders are accepted, get the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens from B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/4/2021 10:40:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Sigma 150-600mm DG lenses have been extremely popular, and the DN lens is even better, including considerably smaller size and lighter weight than the Sports version.

Order the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens at B&H and Adorama.

From Sigma:

SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports.

Capture the magic through your finder.

Introducing the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports, a powerful ultra-telephoto zoom and the first ever Sports line lens for mirrorless systems. This portable and practical optic revolutionizes the way mirrorless users capture wildlife, motorsport and other fast-action subjects.

The 150–600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports is SIGMA Sports line’s first ultra-telephoto zoom lens, designed from the ground up specifically for full-frame mirrorless cameras. It offers outstanding levels of performance, functionality, and build quality required for ultra-telephoto shooting in the most demanding situations.

Image quality is exceptional, with ultra-high-performance glass capable of delivering ultra-sharp results even on the highest resolution cameras. The lens displays beautiful bokeh throughout its zoom range, and optical aberrations are kept well under control. It can be used with SIGMA’s 1.4× and 2x L-Mount teleconverters, with AF effective up to 1200mm.

Fast and accurate autofocus owing to an AF unit equipped with a high-precision magnetic sensor, combined with an OS (Optical Stabilizer) function effective to approximately 4 stops* of image stabilization makes this a highly responsive lens that can handle even the most challenging subjects. It has a Dual Action Zoom system that includes straight and ring zoom, a dust and splash resistant structure, and customizable switches helping photographers and filmmakers adapt quickly and easily to virtually any shooting environment.

Capture the long-reach images you have always wanted with an ultra-telephoto lens—that’s the visual experience you will enjoy with the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports, the first ultra-telephoto lens for mirrorless systems from SIGMA Sports line.

* Based on CIPA guidelines (measured in 600mm with a 35mm full-size image sensor)

Supplied accessories: Case, Cover Hood (LH1034-01), Front Cap (LCF-95?), Cover Lens Cap (LC-747E), Shoulder Strap, Tripod Socket (TS-121), Rear Cap (LCR?)

Available mount: L-Mount, Sony E-mount

* The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change.

* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

*This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.

#SIGMA #SIGMA150600mmSports #SIGMASports #SIGMADGDN

Watch the interesting, detailed product announcement video below. Skip to 8:00 to begin the content portion:

Order the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens at B&H and Adorama.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/4/2021 9:32:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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