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 Monday, August 2, 2021

Just posted: Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD Lens Review.

This lens is worth adding to the kit.

The Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD Lens is available for order at B&H (expected in stock Aug 04)| Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 8/2/2021 9:14:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 27, 2021

From Skylum:

Luminar AI Update 4 — Beautiful Bokeh In Seconds

With the fourth update to Luminar AI, Skylum introduces Portrait Bokeh AI, a powerful new tool for the portrait photographer’s toolbox.

NEW YORK, NY - July 27, 2021 — Today, Skylum released LuminarAIUpdate 4, which delivers the much-anticipated Portrait BokehAI along with other, useful, free features to help visual storytellers unlock their creativity.

Complete control of focus with Portrait BokehAI

Building on our AI-guided depth mapping tools, Portrait BokehAI isolates the subject of a portrait from the background. It recognizes people in groups or in unusual positions or poses. With subjects isolated from the background, Portrait BokehAI blurs the background to emulate the rich, hazy bokeh of a high end lens at a wide open aperture.

Intelligent mask creation. Thanks to amazing artificial intelligence, LuminarAI can recognize people in a photo and can create the perfect mask to separate subjects from the background. The mask is generated automatically, but the artist can still refine and customize the mask to add or subtract focus to a photo.

Creative control. While the bokeh is automatically generated, it is entirely controlled by the artist with a single slider.

Any lighting; any lens: Traditionally, creamy bokeh could require expensive cameras and lenses coupled with complex lighting. No more. Bokeh PortraitAI works on any portrait.

Refined backgrounds. In addition to adjustable bokeh, artists can further refine the background using sliders to adjust the background exposure, add glow to highlights, set a specific depth of field and refine edges.

Stunning subjects. With the background made perfect, artists can use our AI-powered Portrait Tools — FaceAI, SkinAI and BodyAI — to really make subjects stand out in the frame.

Audition Textures with visual preview

We’ve improved Textures to help artists see how they might be used to achieve their creative vision. To understand how a Texture might fit your work in progress, you can now visually browse Textures just as you do with our SkyAI and Augmented SkyAI tools. Using custom Textures? They are now also accessible right within the dropdown grid. Artists can also load their own textures for reuse to build up a library of their favorites.

Visual Horizon Control in SkyAI

We pride ourselves on making complex things simple for our artist community. With that in mind, we’ve reimagined how replacement skies are aligned to the horizon in SkyAI. The Vertical Position, Horizontal Position, and Horizon Blending sliders have been replaced with the Shifting Horizon Control, found in the Sky Orientation section. This single control allows the artist to better position a replacement sky in the frame to align it with the horizon and create a much more seamless and naturalistic final image.

Availability

LuminarAI Update 4 is a free update for current LuminarAI users. To update:

macOS: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Check for updates. If you purchased via the Mac App Store, open the App Store and go to the Updates tab.

Windows: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Help > Check for Updates.

If you are running LuminarAI as a plugin with Photoshop, Lightroom Classic or Photoshop Elements, it’s also recommended you rerun the plugin installer. Click here for more information.

The LuminarAI user manual has also been expanded to make it easier than ever for users to search and find answers to questions they might have about LuminarAI.

To purchase LuminarAI, visit https://skylum.com/luminar-ai.

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

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Skylum News
Post Date: 7/27/2021 11:42:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony Electronics Introduces the New Interchangeable-Lens Vlog Camera ZV-E10 for Vloggers and Video Creators

The ZV-E10 APS-C Camera Delivers High Quality Video and Audio Performance, Vlog-Optimized Functions and Versatile Connectivity – Perfect for Video Creators

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 27, 2021 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the first Alpha series interchangeable lens vlog camera, the new ZV-E10. Designed from the ground up for vlogging and vloggers, the new camera combines Sony’s advanced imaging technology with extensive usability and a custom-built feature set that is optimized for video creators.

At its core, the ZV-E10 features a 24.2-megapixel (approx. effective) APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine to produce high-quality imagery with high-sensitivity, detailed texture depiction and beautiful natural bokeh. Additionally, the ZV-E10 includes the acclaimed vlogging-specific features favored in the popular ZV-1 digital camera including “Background Defocus”[i] that can smoothly switch between a blurred (bokeh) and sharp background, as well as the “Product Showcase Setting”[ii] mode that allows the camera to automatically shift focus from the subject’s face to an object being highlighted.

“With the introduction of Sony’s first interchangeable lens vlog camera, the ZV-E10, we are excited to meet the growing needs of today’s creators,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “The new ZV-E10 pairs the versatility and excellent image quality of a large-sensor interchangeable lens camera with user-friendly features that are specifically designed for vlogging, making it an ideal tool for video creators looking to transition to a more advanced set up.”

The ZV-E10 features a video-first design in a lightweight form factor (approx. 12 oz. / 343g[iii]) and includes the popular side-opening Vari-angle LCD Screen that allows creators to connect external mics on top of the camera. This simplifies setup while still allowing users to see the screen in selfie shooting mode and from high and low angles.

In addition to the screen, the ZV-E10 includes several other easy-to-use functions that are specifically designed for vlogging, including a new mode button located on the top of the camera that allows creators to easily change between Still/Movie/Slow and Quick modes with just one touch.

The new camera also includes advanced video features such as 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) video shooting and Slow Motion with high picture quality (FHD 120p)[iv]. Electronic image stabilization with Active Mode[v] is also available and delivers stable video recording even while walking and shooting hand-held. Further, the ZV-E10’s advanced AF (autofocus) technology provides fast, precise AF with excellent tracking performance, as well as high quality audio for clear sound recording.

Sony Vlog Challenge Contest

Together with this announcement, Sony will host their second Sony Vlog Challenge Contest that encourages entrants to create a vlog that highlights something that they are the most passionate and enthusiastic about. The entry period is July 27 – September 27, 2021 and is open to video creators in the U.S. (excl. terr.) and Canada (excl. Quebec). See contest official rules here*.

Creative Versatility

An Interchangeable Lens Camera for Expanded Creative Expression

The ZV-E10 allows the user to expand their creative expression by utilizing the ideal lens for each individual scene they want to shoot. The wide variety of compatible lenses in Sony’s E-mount lens lineup lets the user choose the perfect lens based on their creative vision.

Advanced Autofocus

Sony’s industry-leading AF technology enables the user to leave focusing to the camera so that they can concentrate on composing their shot. The ZV-E10 includes Fast Hybrid AF and Real-time Eye AF for video[vi] with Real-time Tracking[vii] that allows the camera to keep track of the subject’s face and eyes for fast and precise autofocusing even while recording on-the-go and in challenging environments. The user can also customize the camera’s AF settings, such as AF Transition Speed and AF Subject Shift Sensitivity, to choose the rate at which the camera shifts from one point to another according to their creative preferences.

Additionally, the ZV-E10’s Touch Focus function allows the user to intuitively set the focus position by simply touching the screen. With one tap, the user can instantly shift the focus position from one subject to another – almost anywhere in the frame. This is available in both still and video modes.

High Quality Audio

Sony’s leading technology, thanks to its internal Directional 3-Capsule Mic, enables the ZV-E10 to capture crystal clear sound recordings that accurately capture the speaker’s voice and the supplied wind screen to greatly reduce wind noise. For expanded audio options, the ZV-E10 includes a Digital audio interface via Multi Interface (MI) Shoe and a mic jack to connect an external mic. The inclusion of a headphone jack allows the user to connect headphones to accurately monitor sound recordings. Audio output timing can also be set for Live or Lip Sync.

Putting the Subject First

When shooting in different settings with dramatic changes in light, the user can rest assured that the ZV-E10 will automatically correct the exposure, using an original Face Priority AE (autoexposure) algorithm capable of rapid AE transitions, so that the subject’s face is not over or under exposed. This allows the camera to detect the subject’s face and adjusts the exposure to ensure that the face is depicted at optimal brightness, even when selfie-shooting in scenes with extreme changes in lighting, and even if the subject’s face turns away momentarily from the camera. In addition, the camera features the same advanced color science from the popular ZV-1 to optimize skin tones for any subject in both still and video modes.

Cutting-Edge Video Features

  • Internal 4K movie recording through full pixel readout without pixel binning[viii]
  • High bit rate XAVC S™ codec[ix] at 100Mbps when recording 4K
  • Slow & Quick Motion[x]
  • High-speed full HD recording at 120 fps[xi]
  • Interval Shooting[xii] for stunning time-lapse videos[xiii]
  • Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR) [xiv] / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3 / S-Log3

Designed for Video Creators

Users can comfortably operate the new ZV-E10 thanks to its easy-to-hold body grip and large MOVIE button that is conveniently located on top of the camera. When paired with the optional Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander (GP-VPT2BT, sold separately), one-handed shooting is simplified with easy to access zoom, record and a customizable button. A recording lamp (tally light) is also provided on the front face of the body for an at-a-glance indication of recording status. A red frame on the LCD screen also appears while recording to quickly and easily lets the user know if recording is active when behind the camera.

A unique feature of the ZV-E10 is the zoom lever that can operate optical zoom with power zoom lenses and Clear Image zoom with both zoom and prime lenses. Using Clear Image zoom, the user can zoom without losing video resolution to maintain full 4K video. The user can also choose from eight zoom speed settings for added creative flexibility.

The ZV-E10 features long battery performance with enough power to capture up to 125 minutes[xv] or 440 images[xvi] on a full charge so the user can record for long periods without worry. When shooting indoors, AC power supplies like the optional AC-PW20AM can supply power, so the user can continue to record without worrying about battery consumption. Power can also be supplied through a USB Type-C® connector, allowing external batteries to power the camera for extended battery life when shooting on the go. To conserve the camera’s battery, the ZV-E10’s Vari-angle LCD Screen allows the user to put the camera into Power save mode[xvii] by closing it and instantly turn the camera on by opening the panel.

Stay Connected

Livestreaming

The ZV-E10 can also be used as a high-quality webcam or live streaming camera by simply connecting it to a PC or smartphone[xviii] for increased mobility while streaming with no additional software needed. The feature allows the user to take advantage of the ZV-E10’s outstanding image quality and crystal-clear audio as well Face Priority AE and Soft Skin Effect while livestreaming or on video calls. The ZV-E10 supports standards used for USB cameras like UVC (USB Video Class) / UAC (USB Audio Class). The ZV-E10 also allows users to connect to a power supply via USB cable while livestreaming for longer usage. For added convenience, the user can assign this function to a custom button to start streaming instantly.

Easy File Data and Transfers

Using Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile app[xix], users can transfer selected images and video files to a mobile device via Wi-Fi. This also allows the user to transfer RAW image files. After the camera has been paired to the Imaging Edge Mobile app, the files’ location data can be acquired from the mobile device and recorded. Users can transfer files from an SD card in the camera to a smartphone (mobile device) via Bluetooth even if the camera is powered OFF[xx].

Pricing and Availability

The new ZV-E10 will be available in black and white in the end of August for approximately $700.00 USD and $900.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

A new kit featuring the ZV-E10 camera and E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom lens will also be available in the end of August and will be sold for approximately $800.00 USD and $1,000.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers throughout North America.

Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new camera and Sony's other imaging products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony a - Alpha brand.

New content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery. For detailed product information, please visit:

(US) – ZV-E10
(CA) – ZV-E10

More Information

For more information on the ZV-E10 visit the Alpha Universe website ZV-E10 page.

More information on the Sony Vlog Challenge Contest can be found HERE.

* NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY. “Sony Vlog Challenge Contest”. Open to legal residents of U.S. / D.C. (excluding territories) and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18+ (19+AL, NE,) at time of entry. 07/07/21-09/07/21. See Official Rules, including prizes, entry instructions, and odds of winning at https://www.sony.net/united/sonyvlogchallenge/northamerica/en. Void in P.R., Quebec and where prohibited. Sponsor: Sony Electronics Inc., 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127.

Orders

Order the Sony ZV-E10 from B&H and Adorama.

Videos

Notes

[i] Background Defocus is the name of the function assigned by default to the C1 button. Aperture values in Bokeh Switch Defocus / Clear are as follows. Movies: [Background Defocus: Defocus] lens widest aperture; [Background Defocus: Clear] F8-11, controlled automatically between F8 and F11 according to the environment. Stills: [Background Defocus: Defocus] lens widest aperture; [Background Defocus: Clear] F11. F values are not displayed in either Movies or Stills. The menu item associated with the Bokeh Switch is named “Background Defocus”.

[ii] When Product Showcase Setting is activated image stabilization on this model it remains on.

[iii] With battery and memory card included.

[iv] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps.

[v] Image crop in Active Mode. Active Mode is not available when recording at frame rates of 120 (100) fps, including S&Q

[vi] Real-time Eye AF for animals is not available in movie shooting.

[vii] Tracking” in the menu.

[viii] When recording at 24p. With image stabilization Off/Standard Mode.

[ix] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps

[x] Sound recording is not possible. A Class 10 or above SDHC/SDXC card is required.

[xi] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC card is required for XAVC S format movie recording. UHS speed class 3 or higher is required for 100 Mbps recording. Frame rates are 1-120fps (NTSC) or 1-100fps (PAL).

[xii] Wi-Fi is not operational during interval shooting

[xiii] Time-lapse movie creation is possible on a PC

[xiv] Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable to display HDR (HLG) movies

[xv] Continuous recording time for movies. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage.

[xvi] CIPA standards.

[xvii] On this model, whatever the screen orientation (inward or outward facing), the user can shoot as soon as they open the screen.

[xviii] Your PC or smartphone OS must be compatible with UVC/UAC to use this functionality. Among smartphones, operation has been verified with the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II (latest firmware required) for Android™ 11 or later (As of May 2021). Compatibility with other smartphones depends on manufacturers’ specifications. A commercially available USB cable and/or terminal adaptor may be used to connect to equipment with a USB Type-C port.

[xix] Imaging Edge Mobile version 7.5.1 or later is required. Download app at Google Play and the App Store. Network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information.

[xx] “Power off connection” in the camera’s smartphone settings must be turned ON, and the camera and smartphone must be paired via Bluetooth.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 7/27/2021 9:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, July 25, 2021

I scheduled three days to photograph Custer State Park in South Dakota. Those three days included two significant travel days and followed a nearly 1-week-long photo trip in Badlands National Park. On that day, the plan was for my daughter and I to scout from Spearfish Canyon down into Custer State Park.

Upon arriving in the park, the highest priority was to scout a milky way photography location in The Needles, featuring incredible rock formations. A Needles Highway closure foiled that plan. An unfortunate person's camper was stuck in the Needles Tunnel, a peril relatively easy to encounter in this extremely narrow tunnel.

After checking in to the hotel mid-afternoon and grabbing a bite to eat, my daughter and I drove the Custer State Park wildlife loop in search of wildlife subjects. That endeavor was mostly unproductive, with only the donkeys cooperating on this evening.

Exhausted from driving all day (and a rough schedule for the prior two weeks), we opted to sleep in the next morning. With the camper now extracted from the tunnel, the original Needles Highway scouting mission was completed late on our only full day in the park. The perfect position was established, and with help from The Photographer's Ephemeris and a compass, it was determined that the milky way would ideally align just before 3:30 AM, just before the sky started brightening in the morning (nautical start).

Hotel checkout was in the morning, and a 7-hour drive to the airport was on the must-do list. Thus, a reasonable amount of sleep was required for a safe drive. However, the National Weather Service forecasted the clouds to (finally) dissipate at approximately 2:30 AM, the already set moon meant that the sky would be dark, and I couldn't pass up this opportunity. So the alarm went off at 2:30 AM. We jumped into warm clothes and drove to the selected site.

While it was the middle of June, the air temperature was low and the sustained wind speed was extremely high. Tucking into the rock spires helped reduce the felt wind, and the high-performing Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head combination took care of the remaining stabilization requirements. Every frame the Sony Alpha 1 and Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens captured on this shoot was tack sharp.

Upon establishing the ideal composition, with manual focus on the stars, images were captured in quick succession (as quick as 25-second exposures permit) to ensure the perfect alignment among the needles spire formations, including the Needles Eye, was captured. Also captured was an increasingly bright blue sky, providing a range of options to choose from later. As the new day dawned, the sky continued increasing in brightness, with the foreground brightening as well. Once the milky way had passed through the optimal alignment among the spires, it was time to do some light painting for foreground compositing options.

My light painting flashlight of choice is the Black Diamond Spot 325 Headlamp. This small, lightweight headlight is an excellent all-around choice for outdoor photographers, featuring an extremely bright spot light for navigating in the dark, a red light for preserving night vision, and lower-power floodlight that casts a wide, even light, perfect for many uses, including light painting. The duration of the light panning across the scene was informally measured by counting and adjusted from frame to frame to create varying brightness options.

To gain improved directionality to the light painting, the flashlight was positioned around the far side of the nearby rock spire. The 10-second self-timer provided time to run to this position after the shutter was released.

At 4:00 AM, the milky way was no longer visible. Tired but exhilarated, we packed up and headed back to the hotel for second bedtime.

As so often is the case, the memory of the tiredness, coldness, and effort required for this shot was short-lived, already faded. However, the photos and positive memories will last a lifetime.

Note that a benefit of shooting at this time of the day was that, not surprisingly, we didn't see another car or person during this entire shoot.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/25/2021 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 23, 2021

A Capture One 21 Update 14.3.0 (save 25% at B&H) has been released, featuring the Magic Brush, new Exporter, asset management, tethering support, additional camera and lens support, and more.

Get the full details here:

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Capture One News
Post Date: 7/23/2021 10:04:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 22, 2021

From Tamron:

TAMRON Announces Development of its First Lens for FUJIFILM X-Mount, Also Available in Sony E-mount

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

July 21, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron Co., Ltd. announces the development of its first lens for FUJIFILM X-mount and Sony E-mount cameras simultaneously. The lenses are expected to be available in the Fall 2021.

Since the launch of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2018, TAMRON has continually expanded its line of lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras. The popularity and wide adoption of these lenses prompted many user requests for the manufacture of the lens for other camera brands.

As a specialist in the all-in-one zoom lens category, TAMRON recognized the potential to develop the first all-in-one zoom lens for the FUJIFILM X-mount. The 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A[2] VC VXD (Model B061) is the world's first all-in-one zoom lens for Sony and FUJIFILM APS-C mirrorless cameras featuring a 16.6x zoom ratio. To provide the pleasure of photography to more people around the world, TAMRON will continue to develop unique products and expand the number of lenses compatible with more camera brands.

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

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

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

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 covers a wide zoom range from approximately 27mm to 450mm (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 a broad array of photographic possibilities. Its AF drive system uses TAMRON’s linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) for superior quietness and agile performance; and the lens includes special lens elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge and provide high image quality that is among the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses.

With an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 5.9” at the wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, this lens performs astonishingly well in its category when shooting up close. It is equipped with TAMRON's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism that supports stable photography even at ultra-telephoto focal lengths. And it features a unified Ø67mm filter size, the same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras.

Main features

  1. The world’s first 16.6x all-in-one zoom.
  2. Extremely fast and precise autofocus—the highest-level in its class—with TAMRON’s VXD linear motor focus mechanism.
  3. MOD: 5.9“ / maximum magnification ratio: 1:2 at 18mm wide end.
  4. The best image quality in its class.
  5. Outstanding VC.
  6. Comfortably compact.
  7. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, Zoom Lock switch)

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

Orders

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

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 7/22/2021 7:07:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Oben News
Post Date: 7/21/2021 1:04:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, July 18, 2021

If you plant it, they will come. Coneflowers, butterflies, and the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens go together beautifully.

This eastern tiger swallowtail was moving from flower to flower, rotating in a circle on each. Getting to the flower and in position before the rotation was complete was the key to capturing a pleasing angle.

Hanging out in the garden with the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens is quite fun.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/2.8  1/640s
ISO 100
7987 x 5327px
Post Date: 7/18/2021 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 16, 2021

From Sigma:

Firmware update for SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | 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 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary for Sony E-mount.

It has been found that the lens firmware cannot be updated from Ver.01 to Ver.02 by the end user via the camera. Therefore, SIGMA will update the lens firmware free of charge.

[Applicable product]

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary for Sony E-mount with firmware Ver.01

[How to check the current firmware version]

Please check the firmware version from the camera menu. If the lens version is firmware Ver.01 it is necessary to update to the new firmware version.

[Benefits of the update]

Firmware Ver.02:

It has improved the phenomenon whereby the lens' optical stabilizer effect differs depending on the shutter type and drive mode used.

It has corrected the phenomenon whereby the lens firmware cannot be updated via the camera.

[Treatment on this issue]

For customers who use the target product with the affected firmware version, SIGMA will update the lens firmware to Ver.02 free of charge.

Please note that customers cannot update to lens firmware Ver.02 by themselves. After the lens has been updated to Ver.02 by SIGMA, the user can then update all future lens firmware via the camera.

For US-based customers, please contact SIGMA America at: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/service-support

For worldwide support, please contact your local authorized SIGMA Service Station at: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/world-network/

We apologize for any inconvenience.

SIGMA Corporation

Note that the L-mount version of this lens has also has a firmware update for the OS issue.

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

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma Firmware Updates
Post Date: 7/16/2021 6:42:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Tamron Japan (translated):

28-75mm F / 2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) For customers who purchased after June 22, 2021

Target serial number

28-75mm F / 2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

9087206 – 9087237 9088710 – 9087725 9088742 – 9088005 9089551 – 9089606 9090311 – 9090312 9090314 – 9090318 9090327 – 9090363 9090365 – 9090374 9090959 – 90090974 9090991 – 9091046 9092527 – 9092582 9092607 – 9092611

Future response

Details are under investigation and will be announced on the support information page at a later date. We apologize for the inconvenience, but thank you for your patience. If you have purchased a lens with the target serial number, please contact us. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 
Our review: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 7/16/2021 8:19:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 13, 2021

With four lenses in the lab right now, some testing is happening in parallel for efficiency reasons. While not as exciting to most as the image quality test results already shared, valuable additional results, including vignetting, flare, and distortion test results, along with measurements and standard product images are now available on the pages of these four lenses:

Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens (flare testing awaits a clear sky)
Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens
Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD Lens

Post Date: 7/13/2021 9:08:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Essentially, all tripods, monopods, and heads have included a weight capacity rating for as long as I can remember. However, a specific standard for establishing these ratings is seldom (never?) mentioned.

Manfrotto has just announced compliance with a new standard to ensure safety for supported gear.

From Manfrotto:

For the first time in the imaging industry, UNI/PdR 105:2021 establishes an official reference practice for payload safety providing full transparency about payload measurements to consumers.

No more gear purchased on arbitrary product specifications:

UNI/PdR 105:2021 guarantees that a support loaded with a weight equal to the declared Safety Payload is never jeopardized, no matter the position, taken all the safety parameters into account.

Whereas, Max Payload indicates the maximum load a support can hold, sometimes not taking safety parameters into account. This means that applying the maximum weight, the support’s safety and functionality might be compromised.

Get more details at https://www.manfrotto.com/us-en/safetypayloadunipdr105-2021/.

Get more Manfrotto gear at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 7/13/2021 8:38:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Adorable or vicious killer? Right — both descriptions accurately describe this little predator.

The opportunity was a unique one. What started as a glimpse of a weasel hunting in the brush turned into an afternoon of waiting, with some watching and photographing mixed in.

Often nocturnal, weasels are seldom seen, and when they show do themselves, getting these fast- and erratically-moving critters in the frame is tremendously challenging, even without accounting for accurate focusing. This weasel finally paused momentarily to check out (her reflection in?) the near-ground-level Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens aimed in her direction.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/13/2021 8:10:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, July 10, 2021

You don't leave when the sun sets, do you? Usually, the best show is yet to come when the fiery ball goes below the horizon.

With primarily flat ground outside of Badlands National Park, the sun is not blocked by tall nearby mountains when the sun is at a low angle. This scenario bodes extremely well for sunrise and sunset sky color, creating an above-average percentage of great opportunities, especially during the storm season.

Sunrises and sunsets can be seen nearly anywhere, and they are often beautiful — highly photogenic. But, having a great foreground can give sunrise and sunset images an additional positive element, and when you are somewhere special, make your images show that place.

My least favorite foreground element is a power line. My most favorite foreground element is a glassy reflective lake or pond. However, a mountain with character ranks just behind that favorite. So when it became apparent that the skies would light up after sundown this evening, I headed for such a mountain.

Upon arrival on the scene, the first task was to set up a Canon EOS R5 with an RF 15-35 mounted with an also interesting close foreground. With exposure duration bracketing established for later HDR compositing, getting the time of day bracketed was the remaining key for this camera's capture. Pressing the shutter release frequently (using the 2-second self-timer) took care of the latter goal.

As this scene's primary intrigue seemed to be the incredible sunset color fronted by the gnarly character of the Badlands mountain, a panorama capture was calling me. The Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens mounted on another R5 was the perfect option.

The first task was to establish a manual exposure. The scene brightness varied significantly throughout the proposed pano, promising a range of auto exposures that would increase the stitching challenge later. This manual exposure was established by pushing the red channel, much brighter than the green or blue, against the right side of the histogram.

After autofocusing on the mountains (I depend on the R5's excellent AF accuracy), the AF/MF switch was moved into the MF position. Having all images focused at the exact same distance eliminates any focus breathing issues for panorama stitching.

The image captures ensued. The camera was rotated from left to right, capturing vertically orientated images with at least 1/3 scene overlap between frames (more like 50% overlap, which was overkill). The frames were captured in quick succession to reduce cloud movement and sky brightness change between the frames. The viewfinder grid was used to keep the images vertically aligned. Upon pressing the shutter release, the height of the horizontal grid line was noted against the background and maintained as the camera was panned.

When quickly capturing frames handheld, it is easy to rush the shots and end up with blurry images. Ensure that the camera is still for each gentle press of the shutter release (with a slight lag to the release of the press — a follow-through of sorts) to ensure sharp images. A tripod works best for this task, but that support was under the RF 15-35 mentioned above, and there was not enough capacity to bring two tripods on this trip (my preference). The RF 100-500 and R5 coordinated IS were not stressed by the 1/100 second shutter speed and delivered a 100% sharp image rate.

I mentioned that the exposure was established to protect the red channel. That exposure provided a dark foreground. While the foreground needed to stay dark for a natural balance, making foreground details slightly visible seemed a good idea. Taking advantage of the R5's dynamic range, the original frames were processed brighter. Note that the brighter foreground is much easier to see in a larger version and with a darker background.

Photoshop's Photomerge feature with "Reposition" selected created the pano from 16 source images. Unfortunately, that PS feature created a slightly different resulting image from the brighter-processed source files than from the darker ones. Creating 16 HDR images to use for the stitching source seemed too much work (and likely prone to additional differences), so the foreground pano was manually position-adjusted where it did not properly align. A small area of the sky was processed slightly darker and blended into position. The final images measure over 300 megapixels. For improved display on devices, the image was cropped on the right side, with a sense of balance used to establish where the right side should be.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/5.6  1/100s
ISO 100
24449 x 9050px
Post Date: 7/10/2021 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 9, 2021

From Sigma:

Firmware update for SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount

We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount.

[Applicable product]

SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

It has improved the AF speed when used in combination with Canon mount adapter EF-EOS R series attached on Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.

[How to update]

Connect the lens to a computer via the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01 (sold separately), then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If the lens firmware isn't the latest version, the following message will appear: "The latest lens firmware is available". Click "Yes" to update.

* Before updating lens firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01, 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/

Post Date: 7/9/2021 2:46:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

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

We are pleased to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 is now available.

[Applicable product]

SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

[Benefits of the update]

It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver. 2.03.

[How to update]

Connect the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to a computer with the included USB cable, then open SIGMA Optimization Pro. If there is a newer firmware version available than the one currently installed on your converter, you will see the message "There is the latest firmware for the converter". 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.

* Please be sure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version when updating the MC-11 firmware.

SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/software/sigma-optimization-pro/

Post Date: 7/9/2021 2:45:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 6, 2021
 Friday, July 2, 2021

Fireworks season is upon us. Check your local fireworks display schedule, read our Fireworks Photography and Creative Fireworks Photography pages, and head out to your selected show!

Post Date: 7/2/2021 10:27:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality test results have been added to the Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Review.

The first comparison I wanted to see was with the 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

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/2/2021 8:12:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 1, 2021

From MAC Group:

MeFOTO, MeVIDEO and INDURO consolidate under Benro.

This opportunity sets Benro up for future growth with a broad range of solutions for content creators, livestreamers, filmmakers and photographers.

White Plains, NY USA

July 1st, 2021 - Benro, a global leader in the photo and video space has been busy planning for future success.

The MeFOTO, MeVIDEO and INDURO brands have been manufactured at Benro’s facility and have now merged their product design and innovation resources, becoming available as “Super” Collections under the Benro brand. Long favorites of traveling photographers and content creators who appreciated their range of features and thoughtful design aesthetic, the move consolidates and unifies the MeFOTO, MeVIDEO, INDURO and Benro design and innovation teams in order to share best practices and resources within the state-of-the-art Benro manufacturing facilities.

Benro has long been committed to providing support to a global community of creators in the photography and filmmaking spaces as well as the ever-expanding universe of content creators who need support systems to tell their unique and diverse stories. The range of technology available today makes it simpler than ever for a creative individual at any experience level to pick up a device and begin sharing their vision. This also represents a growth opportunity as creators look to add tools that enable them to maximize what’s possible.

B&H carries Benro products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Benro News
Post Date: 7/1/2021 10:18:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From X-Rite: Introducing Calibrite Photo Solutions Powered by X-Rite

X-Rite partners with Calibrite to serve the global photo, video and content creation markets.

Grand Rapids MI, North White Plains NY, Birmingham UK, July 1st, 2021 - Today, X-Rite Incorporated and Calibrite announce their partnership to transition the X-Rite photo and video portfolio to Calibrite, a newly formed company dedicated to servicing the color management needs of the photo, video, and content creation markets. Calibrite will collaborate with X-Rite on product development and take direct global control of the packaging, distribution, and marketing of X-Rite photo solutions. The new Calibrite suite of products will be powered by X-Rite technology.

For decades, X-Rite led the market for color management products in the photo and video industries and developed a range of award-winning products, including color targets and calibration devices. As part of a strategic change, X-Rite decided the photo and video market would be best served through a dedicated partner solely focused on the unique needs of photographers and filmmakers.

Calibrite was formed by a group of passionate investors who worked with X-Rite in the photo and video markets for more than 20 years. Calibrite will continue to provide industry-leading solutions for photographers, filmmakers, designers, and content creators who demand the very best tools for working with color. The Calibrite team is committed to building upon X-Rite’s products and legacy while adding a heightened level of education, inspiration, and customer support.

Powered by X-Rite

Under the agreement, Calibrite will license core technologies from X-Rite. X-Rite will manufacture the devices for monitor and printer calibration and provide color materials from the Munsell Lab for ColorChecker targets. This is intended to ensure Calibrite customers will receive the same level of quality and innovation X-Rite photo customers have enjoyed for decades.

Innovation by Calibrite

The team at Calibrite remains dedicated to an extensive research and development program that will result in upgrades and new products covering monitor, printer, camera, scanner, and projector calibration. Calibrite will collaborate with X-Rite color scientists to develop solutions that evolve with the speed of technology.

Calibrite ColorChecker Name

All of Calibrite’s products should look familiar. X-Rite i1Display and i1Studio devices and the full range of ColorChecker targets will now be rebranded under the Calibrite ColorChecker name.

Calibrite Global Distribution

X-Rite’s distributors, MAC Group in North America and LUMESCA Group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, are appointed by Calibrite as exclusive Calibrite distributors in those territories. There is a seamless transition for their customers to the new Calibrite product range. Calibrite has agreements with other X-Rite photo and video distributors in the Asia-Pacific region and is actively seeking new partnerships for territories that are not currently covered.

Support for Current X-Rite Customers

Calibrite is providing global support for all existing X-Rite photo and video customers and honoring warranties for products previously sold by X-Rite. Customer support is provided via a dedicated support portal on www.calibrite.com with technical specialists responding to support requests by email or phone. Calibrite maintains access to X-Rite’s massive library of customer support documents.

Calibrite-branded items are available for order at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Calibrite News
Post Date: 7/1/2021 8:38:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The new Lowepro PhotoSport III 15L and 24L Photo Backpacks have been announced. Get the details at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 6/30/2021 3:13:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/30/2021 7:40:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Image quality test results from a second lens have been added to the Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens Review.

The second lens results, shown as sample 1, are nearly identical to the first lens results, now denoted as sample 2. Here is that comparison.

It is a rare lens that our test chart results do not accurately represent, but the FE 14mm GM lens is one of them. The test chart results for the two lenses were only mediocre (to be kind) and well below expectations for a prime G Master lens. Obvious is that a flat test chart highlights field curvature, a feature that few (none?) of us want. That the depth of sharp focus at the periphery become shallower and moves slightly rearward at close focus distances is the cause of the chart anomaly.

If carefully focused in the corner of the frame, as illustrated here, this lens produces sharp corner image quality. However, this improvement comes at the expense of the center of the frame performance. Fortunately, this lens performs significantly better at long distances.

The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens is an outstanding choice for photographing the milky way. Check out sample crop showing pin-point star rendering in the full-frame corners. Add this lens to the already long list of impressive Sony milky way lens options, including the FE 20mm f/1.8 G, FE 24mm f/1.4 GM, FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM, and FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lenses.

The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens is in stock at B&H and available for order at Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/29/2021 10:15:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From CyberLink:

CyberLink Expands its Entire Library of Shutterstock Royalty-Free Premium Content to All Director Family 365 Products

For the first time ever, all Director Family 365 customers can now access CyberLink’s full collection of Shutterstock premium royalty-free content of high quality photos, video, and audio

Taipei, Taiwan—June 29, 2021—CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) today announced the availability of their entire Shutterstock premium content library across all Director Family 365 products, making the extensive royalty-free collection of high quality photos, video, and audio available to users for free with unlimited access. This expanded collection is integrated directly into the software’s library for a streamlined workflow and easy user access. All content will be available for both personal and commercial use. The new release from CyberLink also features brand new ad templates for PowerDirector 365 Business and the AdDirectorapp so users can now leverage a whopping 600 pre-designed templates combined with an extensive library of Shutterstock content for creating professional-grade video ads.

Beyond the expansion of their full Shutterstock premium content library across all 365 products and new ad templates for PowerDirector 365 Business and the AdDirector app, CyberLink’s update comes with several new features and add-ons, together with notable user interface enhancements across its creative software offerings:

  • PhotoDirector 13 features new photo editing capabilities, including:
    • Light hit effects
    • Three-way color grading
    • Content aware removal enhancement
  • PowerDirector for Mac features new video and audio editing capabilities, including:
    • Blending effect
    • Simple Video Stabilizer
    • Masking: Create text, image, linear and parallel masks. Generate free form selection mask with keyframing.
    • Nested projects able to resize/rotate/freeform, etc.
    • Audio editor added DRC, EQ, Echo and Reverb
  • PowerDirector for PC features new video editing capabilities, including:
    • Mask Designer: Auto subject detection and selection tool (PowerDirector 365 only)
    • Auto image subject detection and selection – creates a mask and has brush tool to edit (PowerDirector 365 Business only)
    • Overall UX improvements

“At CyberLink we pride ourselves as a highly customer-centric creative software brand that consistently delivers on user demand,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “Our customers of all skill levels have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback on our expansive Shutterstock premium content library, so we are now offering the entire collection to all our Director Family 365 users. Today’s release is unprecedented for the CyberLink ecosystem and we plan to continue developing new, exciting updates for users so they have the tools, features and content to foster their creative potential.”

Product Availability The above products are available online at B&H

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Cyberlink News
Post Date: 6/29/2021 8:56:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony has made Sony Alpha 1 firmware update version 1.10 available for download: Windows | Mac.

Sony Alpha 1 Version 1.10 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improved AF performance and operational stability
  2. Improved operability when using the Remote Camera Tool * Please update the Remote Camera Tool to the latest version.
  3. Improved operational stability when using Imaging Edge Mobile
  4. Improved detection performance of the eye sensor under strong light sources such as the sun
  5. Improved operational stability when using SEL100400GM, SEL200600G, SEL600F40GM
  6. Other improvements in operational stability

This is a nice update – the eye sensor fix alone is huge.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/29/2021 8:10:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 28, 2021

Ironically, the day after sharing the comparison below, 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. Jump over to the latest Canon vs. Sony IBIS Comparison Test for the round 2 results.

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? The two systems could also 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 has been interesting me. With nearly 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
1/250010127-1-23503020
1/20019118-101453510
1/150010145-1-45502030
1/13019235-2-24451530
1/10136613-52325-1540
1/8037343-3-1435035
1/6037334-30335530
1/5244613-43110-1525
1/44332442-1-1-510-15
1/3244613-43110-1525
0.48024424-40-30-10-20
0.5604901-303-10-4030
0.610001000000-50-500
0.8802910-1-12-30-4515
18201000-220-40-5010
Total492477732948-24-529140-125265

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 was not especially steady on this day), I had enough doubt in my mind to leave me unsatisfied. Testing for consistency seemed necessary.

Thus, after fully 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
1/2500100190-1150455
1/200010001000050500
1/15028235-2-13401525
1/1313602811-22540-15
1/10046703-74330-2050
1/8136433-30325-530
1/6037163-1-34351025
1/5253532-3215-1520
1/4235532-30315-1530
1/3352721-431-5-3025
0.4622622000-20-200
0.5811901-110-35-405
0.610007213-2-1-50-30-20
0.89101000-110-45-505
19101000-110-45-505
Total513366732750-2261675-115190

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
1/2500011-2
1/2001-111-2
1/150-22-110
1/13-1-2321-3
1/101-10-110
1/8-101-110
1/60002-31
1/50-111-21
1/420-2-312
1/3-1-12-1-12
0.42-20-220
0.5-2-13000
0.60003-2-1
0.8-1-12-110
1-110000
Total-2-91102-2

To account for any testing anomalies, after compiling the second test results, the three exposure durations with the most deviation (though none were significantly differing) for each camera were tested a third time (60 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
1/2500201316-1-341007525
1/2001191118-101958510
1/1502183710-3-58903555
1/1314152513-1-12705515
1/1017121316-126655-3590
1/81613776-6-1760-565
1/60614497-4-37701555
1/54971145-75215-3045
1/4668776-1-1210-515
1/35961334-8625-4550
0.4142410644-40-50-30-20
0.514151802-413-45-8035
0.6200017213-2-1-100-80-20
0.817121910-202-75-9520
117302000-330-85-10015
Total100571431465698-46145215-240455

So, we just got highly analytical with 660 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, at least in many of the shutter speed comparisons (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.

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: 6/28/2021 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 27, 2021

With air-to-ground lightning strikes averaging under 10-seconds apart, this thunderstorm was awesome.

After dark, lightning becomes easy to photograph. Mount the camera to a tripod, frame a composition that includes the location with the most frequent lightning, focus to a long distance, set the aperture and ISO to control the lightning and overall image brightness, and then open the shutter long enough to catch at least one strike. Easy is to use 30-second exposures controlled by the camera (the strategy implemented for this example), but the Bulb setting controlled with a remote release enables the exposure timing to be adjusted as desired. For example, lock the remote release button down until there is a strike or the time duration exceeds the tolerance for long exposure noise.

Make safety a priority. Photographing lightning from a safe distance (far away) is advised. Locations with long distance visibility are advantaged in this regard, and the flat midwest prairie gets impressive thunderstorms.

Along with this storm came wind, wind strong enough create significant camera vibrations with even a sturdy tripod and strong enough to put a significant amount of dirt in the air. The solution to this issue was to drop down into the canyon a bit. The difference in wind speed 25 yards (25 m) down from rim was substantial and a solution to the problem.

Right, the title says four minutes, but a 30-second shutter speed was in use. This image is a four-minute exposure created by blending eight 30 second exposures using the "Lighten" layer blending option in Photoshop. This blending option is simple to use, allowing the lightning strikes from the layers below to show through.

As usual, the Canon EOS R5 and RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS Lens performed impressively on this shoot.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 6/27/2021 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 24, 2021

Just posted: MindShift Gear BackLight Elite 45L Review

A first-choice full-size backpack for nearly any adventure.

The MindShift Gear BackLight Elite 45L is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Please share!

Post Date: 6/24/2021 11:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The new Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens is in stock at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 6/23/2021 2:21:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens Review.

This is a very nice little lens.

The Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/23/2021 7:36:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Just posted: Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens Review.

Excellent lens.

Get in line if you want this one. Order the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/22/2021 9:43:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 21, 2021

Just posted: Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens Review.

A second FE 14mm lens is on order, and I intend to update the review upon testing that lens.

The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/21/2021 10:17:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony has made Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens firmware update version 02 available for download.

Firmware Version 02 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improved the phenomenon that the aperture value becomes unstable in rare cases when operating the aperture ring.
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/21/2021 8:20:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 17, 2021

Sony has made Sony Alpha a9 II firmware update version 3.10 available for download.

Firmware Version 3.10 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improved operability when using the Remote Camera Tool
    * Please update the Remote Camera Tool to the latest version.
  2. Fixed the problem that the battery level display may not be correct when using the vertical grip.
  3. Improved operational stability
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/17/2021 7:55:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony has made Sony Alpha a7 III firmware update version 4.01 available for download.

Firmware Version 4.01 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Added FTP transfer function
    1. FTP transfer is now possible when shooting still images or playing back images.
    2. Addition of various transfer methods
      1. Transfer images at once by specifying conditions to be transferred such as protected images and untransferred images [FTP transfer]
      2. By assigning a function to a custom key, you can immediately transfer the selected image during playback [FTP transfer (one sheet)]
      3. Automatically transfer all captured images [Automatic transfer at the time of shooting]
      4. Added a setting to transfer both RAW and JPEG files when shooting RAW + JPEG.
    3. Improvement of FTP server settings
      1. Increase in the number of FTP servers that can be registered in the camera (3 - 9)
      2. The transfer destination folder structure on the FTP server can be changed flexibly. --Change to a folder structure that puts images directly under the specified folder- Memory card slot number can be registered in the folder structure-Can be transferred to the server side with the same folder structure as the camera
    4. Improved operability of FTP transfer
      1. [Server settings] items can be set from the smartphone app (Transfer & Tagging add-on) *
        * Download may not be possible depending on the country or region.
  2. Improved operational stability
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/17/2021 7:51:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Image quality, vignetting, and distortion test results have been added to the Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens page.

Some discussion is warranted here. This lens's center of the frame performance is outstanding, even wide open at f/1.8. Primarily at issue are the soft corners falling below expectations, with all four corners performing similarly. At the 14mm full frame angle of view, a very close focus distance is required to fit even a large chart in the frame, and my first thought was perhaps the close-focusing image quality was the issue. However, some quick outdoor testing also shows relatively soft peripheral performance even at very long distances, though as usual, natural details appear better than the sharp, high-contrast test chart. So, I next need to make a decision on how to proceed.

If this retail-purchased lens is performing properly, it might be worth carrying the additional weight of the Sigma Art Lens. Here is that comparison.

The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 6/15/2021 10:38:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sony has made Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens firmware update version 06 available for download.

Firmware Version 06 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improves operational stability during AF under certain conditions.
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/13/2021 8:42:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 10, 2021

From Sony Electronics

Sony Electronics Announces New Airpeak S1 Professional Drone

Sony’s First Professional Drone is World’s Smallest that can be Equipped with Alpha Mirrorless Camera, Boasts High Speed and Stable Flight Performance

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 9, 2021 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced their first-ever professional drone, the "Airpeak S1"[i]. An introductory model in the new Airpeak line, the S1 is the world's smallest[ii] drone that can be equipped with a full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens Alpha camera, opening up a new world of creative possibilities.

The new drone utilizes a proprietary motor, propeller, control system and sensing technology, allowing it to fly at extremely high speeds with very stable wind resistance. Additionally, the Airpeak S1 features an advanced remote controller that can support the production of high-quality aerial images and freely control the aircraft. It also includes obstacle detection, automatic flight control via sensing and increased safety via cloud management of the aircraft and flight information.

“Sony is excited to launch our new drone business with the Airpeak S1,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “Combining an extremely compact size with some of Sony’s most advanced imaging, sensing, AI and robotics technologies, the S1 will allow content creators, storytellers and commercial professionals to capture that which they’ve never been able to capture before.”

Aircraft with Advanced Flight Performance

The new Airpeak S1 offers dynamic flying capabilities, including a maximum speed of 55mph (90km/h)[iii], a maximum angular velocity of 180°/s[iv], and a maximum tilt angle of 55°[v].

Propulsion technology using a combination of Sony developed key devices provides wind resistance in strong wind speeds up to 44.7mph[vi] (20m/s). An example can be viewed below.

Independently developed propulsion device and flight control system

In addition to the lightweight, highly efficient, sturdy and responsive proprietary 17" propeller and brushless motor, the Airpeak S1 is equipped with an ESC (Electric Speed Controller) for optimal control of these components. A unique, high-performance flight control system integrates the propulsion device and all sensor information to ensure stable flight and high maneuverability.

Stable Flight by Sensing

Stereo cameras equipped with Sony’s image sensors are installed in 5 locations (front, back, left, right, bottom) of the aircraft. Sony's Vision Sensing Processor, which processes camera data at high speed and with low power consumption, and proprietary algorithms are used to accurately estimate the aircraft's spatial position and orientation in real time, enabling stable flight even in environments where GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) reception may be hindered, such as indoors or under bridges. The Airpeak S1 is also equipped with a unique high-performance flight control system that integrates all sensor information such as IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), direction, barometric pressure and infrared ranging to optimize the propulsion device.

The Airpeak S1 uses Multi-directional sensors to enable its obstacle braking function. The front, rear, left and right stereo cameras and the infrared range-finding sensor mounted on the top recognize obstacles in the vicinity of the aircraft, allowing the aircraft to automatically decelerate and stop according to the behavior of the aircraft and the surrounding conditions.

Multiple Camera and Lens Variations

Users have the flexibility to choose the right Alpha system for their desired application to expand their filmmaking horizons. The Airpeak S1 is compatible with a wide range of camera bodies including: the Alpha 7S series and FX3 for high descriptive capability with suppressed noise, the Alpha 7R series for ultra-high definition, and the Alpha 9 series and others for distortion-free images. The Alpha 1, which can shoot footage in 8K, is also compatible.

Free Operability

The new professional drone includes “Airpeak Flight,” an iOS® and iPadOS® compatible application[vii] that integrates the aircraft, transmitter, camera, and gimbal, allowing the operator to monitor status information such as flight distance and remaining battery power, and change various operations and settings on the screen.

Airpeak S1 also includes a dual operation mode so that one user can operate the drone, while another user can operate the gimbal and camera simultaneously, all while checking the same image, even in complicated scenes. The FPV (First Person View) camera, which can be tilt-operated from the remote controller, is mounted on the nose of the aircraft and is useful for the operator to check the direction of the aircraft and the direction of travel.

Highly Efficient Workflow with Automatic Flight

The new drone includes "Airpeak Base," a web application that allows the operator to manage equipment, create flight plans, and manage flight logs. In the equipment management, information on the equipment used is automatically listed and managed based on the flight log. This allows the operator to check the condition of the aircraft before going to the field, minimizing on-set issues.

With Airpeak Base, the operator can create advanced flight plans and automatically fly the aircraft along the same course repeatedly, as if the drone were on rails installed in the air. It is able to set the position (latitude, longitude and altitude) and speed of the aircraft along the timeline, and specify the orientation of the gimbal and the timing of video or still image shooting. It can also draw smooth curves on the map. Reproduction flight is an automatic flight function that reproduces the flight route, gimbal, and camera movements based on the flight logs that have flown in the past.

All aircraft information, including logs, can be uploaded to the cloud via the mobile app Airpeak Flight. Airpeak Base allows users to check the status of the aircraft and can provide notifications if necessary. Users can manage the status of all managed aircraft in one place before flight. Past flight logs can be viewed on the logbook screen, and details such as in-flight errors can also be reviewed.

Related Services

“Airpeak Plus," a cloud service that allows users to use the rich features of Airpeak Base, and "Airpeak Protect Plan," a service plan to cover accidental damage to the product, will be available to customers. Further details regarding both services will be available on the Airpeak website before the related products and services go on sale

Pricing and Availability

The new Airpeak S1 suggested retail price is approximately $9,000.00 and will ship with two (2) pairs of propellers, a remote controller, two (2) batteries and a battery charger. A third-party gimbal made specifically for the Airpeak S1 will be sold separately. The Airpeak S1 will be available for pre-order and ship to customers in the fall of 2021. Airpeak S1 is made in Japan.

Orders

Order your Sony Airpeak S1 Professional Drone at B&H.

Notes:

[i] Operating a drone in the USA is regulated by federal law and regulations. State and local ordinances may also apply to certain operations. When operating a drone, it is the remote pilot’s responsibility to always comply with applicable laws and regulations.

[ii] Based on Sony research and testing.

[iii] No payload, and obstacle brake disabled.

[iv] Vision positioning disabled.

[v] Obstacle brake disabled.

[vi] No payload.

[vii] All apps require network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information.

[viii] Those who use drones to provide products and services to customers. If you register as a professional supporter, you will receive emails about events sponsored by Sony, opportunities to experience aircraft flight, and the latest product information.

Post Date: 6/10/2021 11:28:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 7, 2021

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, and measurements have been added to the Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens page.

Here are some comparisons to get you started:

Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens compared to Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G Lens

Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens compared to Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens compared to Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens compared to Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens

Many more good comparisons are available – select the ones most relevant to you.

The Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 6/7/2021 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 28, 2021

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, and measurements have been added to the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens page.

We expected this to be a great lens. Here are some comparisons:

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens compared to Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM Lens

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens compared to Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens (at f/1.4)

Many more comparisons are logical – select the ones most relevant to you.

Act fast: the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens is in stock at Amazon USA.

Order the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 5/28/2021 8:55:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Just posted: Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G Lens Review.

In many ways, this lens is like the Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens. However, there are some, primarily image quality, differences.

The Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 5/26/2021 7:16:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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Post Date: 5/25/2021 7:48:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 24, 2021

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G Lens page.

These results are looking great. Here is a comparison to get you started:

Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G Lens compared to Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens

The Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 5/24/2021 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, May 23, 2021

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens page.

The uncorrected distortion test result tells part of the story.

The Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 5/23/2021 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, May 22, 2021

A large bull moose is a good animal to run out of the path of.

This image is brought to your by the R5's incredible AF system paired with the versatile RF 100-500's outstanding image quality. This camera and lens combination is perfect for the quick catch-the-shot and get-out-of-the-way moments.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/5.0  1/500s
ISO 200
8192 x 5464px
Post Date: 5/22/2021 10:46:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 21, 2021

Just posted: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens review.

If you liked the first Sigma 35mm Art Lens, you are going to love this one.

The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 5/21/2021 8:29:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 5/19/2021 7:52:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 10, 2021

The pages for these three coming-soon Sony compact prime lenses are filled with information and expectations.

Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens
Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G Lens
Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens

Note that these lenses are very similar aside from their focal lengths and corresponding optical formulas. The lens pages differ primarily by the focal length discussion and the comparisons section, and otherwise, reading one page is sufficient.

The Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

The Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

The Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 5/10/2021 8:02:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 6, 2021

Just posted: Crucial X6 Portable SSD Review.

Faster, smaller, lighter, more robust, increased reliability, higher capacity, and lower price. That sounds like a winning scenario, right?

Even if the SSD does not interest you, be sure to read the data backup warning.

The 1TB and 4TB models are on sale now. Save up to $75.00 at Crucial X6 Portable SSD is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA

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Post Date: 5/6/2021 11:10:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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