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 Wednesday, December 6, 2023

As usual, this gear is being sold to fund new gear to review. Check the list to see if anything fits into your kit. Most items are like new.

Bryan's Used Gear for Sale

Brands available include Sony, Really Right Stuff, ProGrade Digital, B+W, and more.
 

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Post Date: 12/6/2023 10:44:01 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens (Sony E Mount) – only $329.00 after $70.00 instant savings
  • Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head (Aluminum) – only $119.95 after $130.00 instant savings
  • Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head (Carbon Fiber) – only $169.95 after $180.00 instant savings
  • SmallRig Rhinoceros Cage Kits for Sony Cameras (Basic) – only $119.00 after $80.00 instant savings
  • SmallRig Rhinoceros Cage Kits for Sony Cameras (Advanced) – only $120.00 after $159.00 instant savings
  • Photographer's Winter Extreme Apparel Kits (Small, Medium, or Large) – only $49.97 after $60.00 instant savings
  • Nanuk 910 Hard Utility Cases with Foam Insert – only $39.95 after $39.00 instant savings
  • EZQuest 8-Port USB Type-C Multimedia Hub Adapter with Power Delivery 3.0 – only $24.00 after $45.99 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

Worth browsing: Deals of the Week at B&H.

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Post Date: 12/6/2023 9:15:57 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 4, 2023

From Sigma Corporation of America:

SIGMA America Announces First-Ever "Holiday Mirrorless Lens Giveaway"

Entrants get a chance to win four lens packages – one each week of December – worth up to $3,997 each

December 4, 2023 – Ronkonkoma, NY – SIGMA Corporation of America, a leading camera and lens manufacturer for both photography and cinema applications, today announced its first-ever "Holiday Mirrorless Lens Giveaway" which offers the chance to win SIGMA lens packages in the month of December for four mirrorless interchangeable lens camera systems.

The four lens package prizes are:

Week #1 (Dec. 4-10)

Three ultra-fast SIGMA prime lenses for Fujifilm X Mount cameras (MSRP $1,267)

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

Week #2 (Dec. 11-17)

Three pro-level F2.8 zoom lenses for Sony E-Mount cameras (MSRP $3,997)

  • 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art
  • 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art
  • 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports

Week #3 (Dec. 18-24)

Three pro-level F2.8 zoom lenses for Panasonic, Leica & SIGMA L-Mount cameras (MSRP $3,997)

  • 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art
  • 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art
  • 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports

Week #4 (Dec. 25-31)

Three ultra-fast SIGMA prime lenses for Nikon Z cameras (MSRP $1,397)

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

"Four lucky photographers will win lens sets featuring some of the most well-regarded lenses available for each mirrorless camera platform, and bring their equipment portfolio to a whole new level," said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, President of SIGMA America. "The Holiday Mirrorless Lens Giveaway is our way of expressing gratitude to SIGMA's loyal customers during the holiday season, welcoming new customers, and supporting the growth of the art of photography."

Interested photographers can complete the entry form here for a chance to win the first of four lens packages. Entrants can also earn bonus chances to win by browsing the SIGMA America website, answering some easy questions, and visiting SIGMA on social media. Entry information for additional giveaways can be found in the coming weeks on SIGMA America social media channels.

Although there will only be four winners in SIGMA's first-ever "Holiday Mirrorless Lens Giveaway," all holiday shoppers have the chance to enjoy savings on dozens of SIGMA lenses through the 2023 Holiday Sale.

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Post Date: 12/4/2023 12:43:38 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 Lens Review.

This is a great little lens.

Support this site by ordering the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 Lens (or anything else) from B&H | Amazon (all available countries) | Adorama | WEX | Camera Canada

Rent the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 12/4/2023 9:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Highlighting some just-arriving gear in the B&H Used Department:

A used EOS R8 is available in the Canon EOS mirrorless camera inventory.

Used RF 15-35mm, 24-105mm F4-7.1, 100-400mm, 50mm F1.8, 100mm Macro, and 2x lenses were just added to the Canon RF lens inventory.

Used FX3 and a7C R cameras are available in the Sony Alpha camera inventory.

A used FE 24-70mm II lenses was just added to the Sony FE lens inventory. Also note the price drop on the Open Box FE 600mm F4 lens, now $999.00 less than new.

Used TVC-24 and TVC-24L Versa Series 2 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripods are available in the Really Right Stuff inventory.

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Post Date: 12/4/2023 9:16:26 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E – only $579.00 after $270.00 instant savings
  • Vello Lens Adapters – only $14.50 - $95.00 after $44.00 instant savings
  • B+W Filters (Special 50th Anniversary Edition) – only $59.95 - $125.00 after $100.00 instant savings
  • ProGrade Digital UHS-II SDXC Memory Cards (128GB or 256GB | V60 or V90) – only $38.49 - $188.99 after up to $81.00 instant savings
  • Benro Aluminum Video Tripods – only $139.95 - $159.95 after up to $230.00 instant savings
  • Lume Cube Panel GO Bi-Color LED Light Panel (Broadcast Lighting Kit) – only $69.99 after $50.00 instant savings
  • SKB iSeries Waterproof Case for Zoom H4N (Special 50th Anniversary Edition) – only $49.95 after $40.00 instant savings

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

Take in the entire list of Holiday Deals at B&H.

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Post Date: 12/4/2023 9:03:02 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, December 3, 2023

The Really Right Stuff PG-02 MK2 Pano-Gimbal Head with Full Gimbal is now in stock at B&H. Preorder the Side Mount version.

More info: Really Right Stuff PG-02 MK2 Pano-Gimbal Head Review.

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Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 12/3/2023 10:40:33 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

The Skylum Luminar Cyber Week Sale ends tomorrow.

Use our coupon code, THEDIGITALPICTURE, for additional discounts.

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Post Date: 12/3/2023 1:58:27 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 30, 2023

"Capture One Pro (16.3.2) is a service release containing bug fixes, a new preference for cameras capable of saving to both card and Capture One during tethered shooting, and support for new camera models."

New camera support includes:

Sony Alpha 7C R
Sony Alpha 7C II

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

Get Capture One at B&H, where it is on sale for less than half price — only $139.00 (reg. $299.00).

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Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Capture One News
Post Date: 11/30/2023 8:43:24 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Canon EOS R5 and RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens combination was the perfect choice for the white-tailed deer I was photographing in the Shenandoah National Park woods.

The 400mm focal length permitted close enough working distances to avoid obstructions, and that focal length combined with the f/2.8 aperture blurred the abundant foreground and background distractions.

Then, this barred owl showed up. Obviously, owls are much smaller than deer, and suddenly, significantly more focal length was needed.

Fortunately, the friend I was shooting with solved that problem via a pair of extenders in his pocket. He opted to use the 1.4x on his lens, kindly loaning me the 2x.

The capability to go too 800mm was indispensable in this case.

After getting sharp insurance shots at faster shutter speeds, the exposure time was increased, decreasing the ISO setting for less noise. The keeper rate dropped, but only 1 sharp image was necessary, and the results surpassed that requirement.


A larger version of this image is available here.

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Post Date: 11/28/2023 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Announces Custom Gridline License Available for Alpha Camera Bodies

Various camera bodies starting with the Alpha 7 IV, etc.

SAN DIEGO – Nov. 28, 2023. Today, Sony Electronics announces a new custom gridline license planned for the Alpha 7 IVi in March 2024 onward, and more camera bodiesii in the future.

The new license offers the ability to import up to 4 customized original gridlines. The gridlines can be displayed on EVF (electronic viewfinder) and LCD (Monitor on the rear of the camera) when shooting which makes for easier, more consistent images. For example, staff at schools, photo studios, theme parks, cruise ships, malls, etc. will now have the ability to update their cameras with ease and utilize this tool for quick and precise, more professional shots. Imported customized gridlines are replaceable and color gridlines are available. Once gridlines are registered, it can be displayed with HDMI output as well. After shooting, users can check the images with the grid lines overlayed on EVF and LCD.

“The ability to import customized gridlines into a mirrorless camera is an essential feature for all of our photographers to capture images consistently,” says Frank Lombardo, National Photography Manager for Inter-State Studio and Publishing. “These simple gridlines keep head sizes the same for all our products and improve our production time. They also allow us to know where the edge of print will be during capture.”

“With a focus to improve both the consistency and quality of school photography, this advancement is a great foundation to a platform geared for volume photographers across the globe. Sony’s commitment to continually innovate along with their unparalleled support aligns perfectly with Strawbridge Studio’s, Inc. mission to provide the best picture day experience for schools across the country,” says Nic Davidson, Director of Photography of Strawbridge Studios, Inc.

"Sony’s commitment and support for this industry is unprecedented, from their support in student photography across the US to their training of future photographers and videographers and now, developing a camera system that will radically change the volume photography space for years to come," says David Crandall, the Executive Director of School Photographers of America (SPOA).

“Now anyone can make a pattern, import it, then change and improve it to their liking. The possibilities are endless - simply rotate the four favorite patterns you need for the job at hand. Sony gives us real practical solutions, allowing the School, Sports and Volume Photography industry to produce better, more accurate compositions. The ability to import any four graphics, then scroll between them makes our jobs easier and results better than ever before,” says John Rak, member of the School Photographers Association of California (SPAC).

Not only can this be utilized as gridlines, they can also be used as partially filled transparency masks. In addition to school and sports photography, Sony has positioned this to be used for businesses such as cruise lines, theme parks, nature photography, ID photography, dentistry, and CG photography. Sony hopes that this custom gridline feature will help improve the creativity and work efficiency of photographers in a variety of industries.

The license will be available at a suggested retail price of $149 USD through the Upgrade and License Management Suite at https://ulms.sony.net as of Spring 2024.

Notes:

i A license must be downloaded from Sony’s camera upgrade website: pro.sony/ue_US/digital-imaging/custom-gridline and installed in the camera.

ii Future compatible models will be announced through the web site below: https://pro.sony/en_ME/digital-imaging/

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Post Date: 11/28/2023 10:46:41 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 27, 2023

Image quality test results are now available on the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS Sports Lens page.

I expect that you are going to like these results. Be sure to explore the range of focal lengths.

Let's look at some comparisons:

Compared to the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens (then look at the price difference)

Compared to the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens

Compared to the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens

Support this site by ordering the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS Sports Lens (or anything else) from B&H | Adorama | WEX | Camera Canada

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Post Date: 11/27/2023 3:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 22, 2023

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics and The Associated Press Complete Testing of Advanced In-Camera Authenticity Technology to Address Growing Concerns Around Fake Imagery

New In-Camera Signature Solution Attaches Digital Certificate to Photos at the Point of Capture to Certify Legitimacy

SAN DIEGO – Nov. 21, 2023 – Today, Sony Electronics announces the completion of a second round of testing for Sony’s in-camera authenticity technology with Associated Press. This in-camera digital signature allows for the creation of a birth certificate for images, validating the origin of the content.

Sony’s authenticity technology provides a machine-based digital signature, removing the opportunity for undetected manipulation at the start. The digital signature is made inside the camera at the moment of capture in the hardware chipset. This security feature is aimed at professionals wanting to safeguard the authenticity of their content and provides an extra layer of security to aid news agencies in their fight against falsified imagery.

“While the rapid evolution of generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) brings new possibilities for creative expression, it has also led to growing concern about the impact of altered or manipulated imagery in journalism,” says Neal Manowitz, President and COO of Sony Electronics. “The dissemination of false information and images has real world social impact that brings harm not only to our photojournalist and news agency partners, but to society as a whole. We care deeply about this challenge and are committed to using our resources to help solve it. Through Sony’s work on the steering committee for C2PA (Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity), we have helped set the current industry standard for the tracking of editing and manipulation of imagery. Additionally, our in-camera authenticity technology has shown valuable results, and we will continue to push its development towards a wider release.”

“Fake and manipulated images are a major concern for news organizations. Not only do they contribute to mis- and disinformation but ultimately, they erode the public’s trust in factual, accurate imagery,” said David Ake, AP Director of Photography. “We are proud to be working alongside Sony Electronics to create an authentication solution that can help combat this problem.”

Sony and AP’s most recent field test was completed during October of 2023. In this month-long test, both capture authentication and workflow process were evaluated. To accomplish this, Sony partnered with Camera Bits – the company behind the industry standard workflow tool, Photo Mechanic. Alongside Sony and AP, Camera Bits created technology in Photo Mechanic that preserves the camera’s digital signature all the way through the metadata editing process.

“We appreciate the significant challenge that manipulated imagery poses for our partners, and we are highly motivated to play a role in helping solve it,” says Dennis Walker, President and Founder of Camera Bits. “Photo Mechanic has been used by the photojournalism industry for 25 years and continues to evolve as the industry introduces new technology. We are committed to ensuring Photo Mechanic remains a trusted and authentic workflow solution.”

Sony’s new in-camera signature and C2PA authentication is planned for release in a firmware update in the newly announced Alpha 9 III, Alpha 1, and Alpha 7S III in the Spring of 2024 i.

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Post Date: 11/22/2023 8:47:50 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Just posted: Tamron 17-50mm F4 Di III VXD Lens Review.

Find out how this record-setting lens performs!

Support this site by ordering the Tamron 17-50mm F4 Di III VXD Lens (or anything else) from B&H | Amazon (all available countries) | Adorama | Camera Canada | WEX

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Post Date: 11/21/2023 11:07:03 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 16, 2023

From Sigma Corporation:

Sigma Announces Release of 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports Lens

Ronkonkoma, NY, November 16, 2023 – SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the official release of the highly-anticipated SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports lens.

A reliable and lightweight large-aperture telephoto zoom lens designed exclusively for full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports is available for Sony E-mount and Leica L-Mount. Combining high-speed AF, remarkably effective OS, exceptional mechanical reliability, and superior optical performance, this high-performance lens is purpose-built to meet the rigorous demands of professionals, and is suitable for a wide range of styles and genres including nature, wildlife, photojournalism, action sports, wedding and portraits. The lens will retail for $1,499 USD and will be available through authorized retailers on December 7, 2023.

Dust and splash-proof construction, high-performance optical stabilizer (OS), and an inner zoom mechanism that does not affect barrel length, are all features designed for the most demanding photographic conditions. It is also the first SIGMA DN zoom lens to be equipped with an aperture ring (click/declick type).

Streamlined optical design and a multi-material structure featuring magnesium and TSC have resulted in a lightweight lens body. A new compact tripod collar and foot also help minimize weight, as does a CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) lens hood. Compared to the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for DSLR cameras (1,805g for SA mount), the 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports is significantly lighter (1,345g for L-Mount).

Featuring Dual HLA-driven floating focus for fast, accurate AF, the focus lens is driven using a high-thrust HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) as the focus actuator, and a floating focus is used to achieve high-speed AF drive. The floating configuration of this lens, in which the two focus groups are driven in opposite directions, reduces the amount of movement of each focus group to about half that of a single group focus system, achieving extremely fast AF that is highly responsive. The latest OS2 stabilization algorithm achieves image stabilization performance of 7.5 stops at the Wide end and 5.5 stops at the Tele end.

The SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports has very minimal focus breathing on both the wide and tele ends, making it a powerful lens for video applications. The minimal change in center of gravity enables stable shooting in all situations, including handheld, on a tripod, and with a gimbal. During zooming, five groups are moved to suppress aberration fluctuation, achieving high optical performance throughout the zoom range.

Exclusively for mirrorless cameras | Compatible with full-frame cameras

S | Sports
SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS

Performance, reliability, and mobility at its highest level.

  • High-speed AF and optical stabilizer function that maximize superior optical performance
  • Top-level build quality condensed into a highly mobile lens
  • A wealth of functions to assist professionals

Supplied accessories: Case, LENS HOOD LH860-01, TRIPOD SOCKET TS-151, FRONT CAP LCF-77mm III, REAR CAP LCR II

Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount

Launch date: December 7, 2023

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

* Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation.

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

#SIGMA #SIGMA70200mmSports #SIGMASports #SIGMADGDN

Packed with all the technology SIGMA has to offer.

The large F2.8 aperture provides stable and high descriptive performance at all zoom and focus ranges. The high-speed AF with a dual HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) based on a floating focus structure, and the Optical Stabilizer function with the OS2 algorithm with up to 7.5 stops of correction effect*, ensure that users can take the right shot when there is no room for error. The highly mobile lens with high durability, rigidity, and texture is equipped with a wealth of functions to assist comfortable shooting, including an inner zoom mechanism for easy handling, as well as an aperture ring and switches with various customization functions. The flagship SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports, combined with the best of SIGMA's latest technologies to meet the high-level demands of professionals, has finally arrived.

* Based on CIPA guidelines (Measured at 70mm and 200mm with a 35mm full-frame image sensor)

[Key Features]

1. High-speed AF and optical stabilizer function that maximize superior optical performance

The SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports, developed with professional use in mind, offers not only high optical performance, but also high-speed AF with a dual HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) and an optical stabilizer function with up to 7.5 stops. The Sports line lenses offer high optical performance, and all functions are based on state-of-the-art technology.

High descriptive performance at all zoom and focus ranges

The latest optical design, which employs luxurious glass materials including 6 FLD and 2 SLD elements of special low-dispersion glass, delivers high resolving power throughout the entire zoom range. Three aspherical lenses are used, as they are now indispensable for superior optical performance and streamlined lens construction. The exceptionally high precision of the aspherical lenses, which take advantage of the technical capabilities of SIGMA's only production facility, the Aizu factory, further improves optical performance. The incorporated floating focus is advantageous in improving short-range performance, ensuring a stable, high-level image quality throughout the entire range from the minimum focusing distance to infinity.

High-speed AF with a dual HLA

The SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports with floating focus has a structure in which the two focus groups move in opposite directions, thereby reducing the amount of focus lens movement by about half. In addition, the use of an HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) motor in each of the two focus groups enables high-speed autofocusing. In addition to being fast and accurate, the lens also employs a control program that is designed to be quiet, so users can shoot movies comfortably without worrying about noise.

OS2 algorithm in optical stabilizer function

The latest OS2 optical stabilization algorithm provides an extremely high image stabilization effect of 7.5 stops at the wide end and 5.5 stops at the telephoto end*. The lens is equipped with two OS modes: Mode 1 is suitable for general shooting, and Mode 2 is ideal for panning shots of motorsports and other sports. In Mode 2, SIGMA's Intelligent OS, an algorithm specially designed for panning shots, enables effective image stabilization even when the camera is moved vertically or diagonally, irrespective of the horizontal and vertical orientation. This ensures that the subject's movement can be captured without losing the panning shot effect.

* Based on CIPA guidelines (Measured at 70mm and 200mm with a 35mm full-frame image sensor)

Designed to minimize focus breathing

The lens has been designed to suppress focus breathing. The change in angle of view due to focus shift is minimized, creating a natural-looking focus shift when recording video.

Designed to minimize flare and ghosting

Flare and ghosting, which reduce image quality, are addressed under all conditions of incident light based on the most advanced simulation technology. High backlight resistance enables clear and sharp images under any lighting conditions.

2. Top-level build quality condensed into a highly mobile lens

SIGMA is committed to excellent build quality in all its lenses. Among them, the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports, which is part of the Sports line, offers not only high weather resistance performance for shooting in harsh environments, but also improved quality and durability through the use of cutting-edge materials in appropriate places based on a streamlined optical and mechanical design. At the same time, a high level of mobility is also realized, resulting in a professional equipment that can be used with confidence over the long term.

High quality and durability despite its small size and light weight

The latest optical and mechanical design streamlines the lens configuration and internal structure, resulting in a significantly smaller and lighter body than the previous SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports model. The body, including the hood, features a "multi-material structure" that optimally arranges materials such as magnesium, CFRP*1, and TSC*2. Even with enhanced mobility, the lens features SIGMA's renowned excellent build quality, including high durability, reliable rigidity, and various control rings and switches that have been carefully designed to feel good.

* 1 CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic), a light but strong material used in the interior and exterior fittings of aircraft, among many other applications.

* 2 TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) is a type of polycarbonate with a thermal expansion rate similar to that of aluminum. It has high affinity to metal parts which contributes to high quality product manufacturing.

Adoption of inner zoom mechanism

The zoom mechanism employs an inner zoom. Since the total length of the lens does not change with zoom operation, it is easy to handle when shooting hand-held, highly stable when installed on a gimbal, and resistant to dust and water droplets.

Weatherability of Sports line specifications

The mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring, switches, switch panel and exterior connection are all dust and splash resistant* to prevent dust and dirt from entering the lens. Further, the front element of the lens features a water and oil repellent coating to facilitate maintenance when water droplets or dust adhere to the lens.

* The structure is designed to be dust and splash resistant, but not waterproof. Be careful not to bring the lens in contact with a large amount of water. Water inside the lens may cause major damage and even render the lens unrepairable.

3. A wealth of functions to assist professional photographers

In addition to an aperture ring, a magnesium tripod mount, and various switches, the highly mobile lens has a wealth of functions available, enabling a more comfortable and versatile shooting experience for users.

Equipped with an aperture ring

This is the first SIGMA zoom lens for still photography to be equipped with an aperture ring. It is also equipped with an aperture ring click switch and an aperture ring lock switch, allowing for aperture operation suited to the shooting application.

Newly developed tripod socket

The lens body incorporates an Arca-Swiss compatible magnesium alloy tripod socket. The detachable leg is newly designed for the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports in order to achieve a compact and lightweight design.

Customizable functions

Equipped with a Focus Limiter switch, the lens enables users to limit the focus driving range during AF when necessary, allowing quick and precise focusing.

Further, the lens features three AFL buttons* ready to be assigned to preferred functions using the camera. The AFL buttons are easy to operate regardless of how the camera is oriented or which settings are used.

For the L-Mount version, the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 can be used to set OS operation or focus limiter range for the Custom Mode switch.

* Only on compatible cameras. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used.

Tele Converter for L-Mount (1.4x / 2.0x)

The L-Mount version of the lens is compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 (1.4x) and TC-2011 (2.0x). Using a tele converter, the focal length can be multiplied by 1.4x and even 2x, for AF-enabled shooting at ultra-telephoto focal lengths of up to 400mm.

Cover-type lens hood included

A lightweight, high-strength, exclusive cover-type lens hood made of CFRP* is included. In addition to its slim design that does not impair the mobility of the lens, the tip of the hood is rubberized to protect the lens from abrasion and scratches caused by placing the lens upside down.

* CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic), a light but strong material used in the interior and exterior fittings of aircraft, among many other applications.

[ Additional Features ]

  • Lens construction: 20 elements in 15 groups (6 FLD, 2 SLD, 3 aspherical elements)
  • OS (Optical Stabilizer) function with the latest "OS2" algorithm
  • Inner zoom
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • HLA (High-response Linear Actuator)
  • Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction
    * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections or auto correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model.
    * On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with 'ON' or 'OFF' in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to 'ON' (AUTO).
  • Supports DMF and AF+MF
  • Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only)
  • Nano Porous Coating
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element)
  • Aperture ring
  • Aperture ring click switch
  • Aperture ring lock switch
  • AFL button (3 buttons)
    * Only on compatible cameras. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used.
  • Focus Limiter switch
  • Focus Mode switch
  • Support for switching between linear focus / non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only)
  • Function available on supported cameras only.
  • OS switch
  • Custom Mode switch
  • Dust and Splash Resistant Structure
  • LENS HOOD LH860-01
  • TRIPOD SOCKET TS-151 (detachable lens foot type)
  • Compatible with SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 / TC-2011 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • 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
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Mount Conversion Service available
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The following specifications are for L-Mount.

Lens Construction: 20 elements in 15 groups (6 FLD, 2 SLD, 3 aspherical elements) Angle of view: 34.3° - 12.3° Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F22 Minimum focusing distance: 65 (W) - 100 (T) cm / 25.6 (W) - 39.4 (T) in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5.2 (at focal length 200mm) Filter size: 77mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 3.6 x 8.1 in. / 90.6 x 205mm Weight: 47.4 oz. / 1,345g (includes tripod foot)

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Post Date: 11/16/2023 1:54:34 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 9, 2023

Sony's FY 2023 Q2 financial results are available on the Investor Relations page.

Presentation (track ET&S for the Entertainment, Technology & Services Segment (cameras), I&SS for the Imaging and Sensing Solutions segment)

Speech Transcript
Financial Statements
Supplementary Information
Webcast

This report shows the Entertainment, Technology & Services with a 9% sales decrease (a decrease in sales of televisions due to a decrease in unit sales specifically called oput) and 22% operating income decrease. The FY2023 sales forecast remqains nearly unchanged, with "Impact of foreign exchange rates" and "Decrease in sales of televisions and smartphones due to a decrease in unit sales" specified as reasons.

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Post Date: 11/9/2023 8:17:58 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 8, 2023

"Capture One Pro (16.3.1) is a service release containing bug fixes and support for new camera models and lenses."

New lens support includes:

Canon RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens
Canon RF 24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z Lens
Canon RF 200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM Lens

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

Get Capture One at B&H.

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Post Date: 11/8/2023 12:34:04 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

DxO Software has introduced PureRAW 3.7 (and recently introduced FilmPack 7).

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Achieve uniform sharpness across the entire field of view with this exclusive DxO technology. Your entry-level optics will look amazing, and your expensive ones - wow! DxO Optics Modules leverage knowledge of your exact camera-lens combination for any focal length and aperture.

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Post Date: 11/8/2023 12:27:22 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Sony Electronics just raised the bar:

Sony Electronics Releases the Alpha 9 III; the World's First Full-Frame Camera with a Global Shutter Systemi

The next-generation Alpha 9 III captures all decisive moments with up to 120 frames per second high-speed shooting, distortion-free and blackout-free images, and flash sync at all shooting speeds

SAN DIEGO- Nov. 7, 2023 – Sony Electronics today introduced the Alpha 9 III camera equipped with the world's firsti full-frame global shutter image sensor.

The newly developed global shutter image sensor exposes and reads all pixels simultaneously, unlike a rolling shutter sensor that records images sequentially from the top row of pixels to the bottom. The impressive global shutter full-frame image sensor enables the camera to shoot at burst speeds up to 120 frames per second with no rolling shutter distortion or camera blackout. This innovative sensor is combined with Sony’s most advanced AF (autofocus) system to date - boasting AI autofocus with up to 120 times AF/AE focus calculations per second. With the added ability to sync flash at all shooting speeds, the Alpha 9 III opens up a new world of possibilities for professional photographers to capture every decisive moment.

"The Alpha 9 III full-frame camera is a landmark achievement for the industry,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics. "Designed with the needs and demands of professional photographers in mind, every single update to this camera – from the sensor to even the size to the button layouts and menu functions – has been made to address specific input and feedback from our community. We have listened and are thrilled to bring the new capabilities of the Alpha 9 III to market---capabilities which allow photographers to capture things they’ve never been able to capture before." Cheng continued, "For professionals everywhere, they can achieve even more dynamic expressions when the Alpha 9 III is combined with our rich lineup of lenses, in particular with the new 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS – the world’s lightestii large-aperture telephoto lens."

Features of the Alpha 9 III Full-Frame Camera

A New Dimension of Still Image Performance Created by the World's Firsti Global Shutter Image Sensor

The Alpha 9 III is equipped with the newly developed, world's firsti global shutter full frame stacked CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.6 effective megapixelsiii and built-in memory. Combined with the latest image processing engine BIONZ XR®, the Alpha 9 III achieves blackout-free Continuous Shooting Speed with AF/AE trackingiv of up to approximately 120 fpsiv. The Alpha 9 III is supplied with high-density focal plane phase detection AF. A designated AI processing unit uses Real-time Recognition AF to recognize a wide variety of subjects with high precision. By combining high-speed performance of up to 120 fps with highly accurate subject recognition performance, it is possible to easily photograph scenes and moments that cannot be seen with the naked eyeiv. The AI processing unit in the Alpha 9 III supports movies as well as still photography with accurate subject form and movement recognition. The Real-time Recognition AF and Real-time Tracking provide a significant improvement in human eye recognition performance, allowing the camera to automatically recognize, track, and focus on the eyes of a specified subjectv. The Alpha 9 III is equipped with 8.0 stopsvi of optical 5-axis in-body image stabilization, allowing for high-quality image rendering.

Shutter speed is freed from the limitations of conventional mechanical shutter image sensors and achieves a maximum shutter speed of 1/80,000 second (1/16,000 second during continuous shooting)vii, making it possible to capture at high speed without any distortion. When a compatible Sony flashviii is attached, such as the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM (sold separately), it is possible to synchronize the flash and take pictures at all shutter speeds up to 1/80,000 secondvii. Previously, if the user released the shutter at a speed faster than the flash's synchronization speed, the amount of light would drop sharply, but with the full-speed flash synchronization function, it’s now possible to photograph scenes that could not be easily captured with conventional technology. Also, when shooting stills or movies under LED lighting, the Hi Frequency Flicker function can significantly reduce high-frequency flicker problems by allowing the shutter speed to be finely adjusted to match the flicker frequency while viewing the monitor.

The Alpha 9 III features selectable release lag modes which allows the user to prioritize release lag or viewfinder/monitor displayix. The newly developed Pre-Capture function allows the camera to continuously record up to one second before the shutter is released, making it easy to capture moments that would otherwise be missed. When selected, the Continuous Shooting Speed Boostx function allows for the user to change to a faster, preset speed set by the user at any time during shooting, and enhanced burst stamina ensures that important moments are reliably captured due to a large buffer memory and increased overall system speed allow up to approximately 390 Fine JPEG imagesxi to be captured in one continuous 30 fpsxii burst.

Customizable focus areas have been expanded to include from XS to XL in addition to the previous S, M, and L sizes. The Preset Focus/Zoom function allows preset focus and zoom settings to be memorized in the camera for quick recall when neededxiii. In addition to the existing custom white balance frame size, the user can now select other sizes as needed which allows for fine white balance adjustment after an image has been composed. The Alpha 9 III has upgraded features such as the latest AF algorithms to achieve high AF precision down to light levels as low as EV-5 in AF-S mode (ISO 100 equivalent, F2.0 lens), AF tracking for continuous shooting at F22xiv and a composite RAW shooting function that gives the ability to combine multiple consecutive images into a high-quality composite.

Advanced Video Performance Without Distortion

The global shutter image sensor provides distortion-free image expression for videos as well as still images. For example, the user can shoot images of nearby scenery from a fast-moving vehicle such as a car or fast-moving subjects with ease. This camera is the first in the Alpha™ series to be able to record 4K 120p high-frame-rate video without cropping, allowing the user to shoot at the angle of view intended. It is also possible to shoot high-resolution 4K 60p videos with 6K oversampling.

The Alpha 9 III has S-Cinetone™, a unique Sony feature which can create a cinematic look straight out of the camera without post-processing. S-Cinetone was created through the development of the VENICE high-end cinema camera and makes human skin tones and subjects stand out beautifully, creating natural highlights. The Alpha 9 III has the latest video performance including rich gradation performance and S-Log3, and when in Log shooting mode, it can reflect and display the user's favorite imported LUT (lookup table). The Alpha 9 III is compatible with the mobile app "Monitor & Control" for video creators.

Operability and Reliability for Professionals

Sony has listened to the voices of professional photographers and created operability and reliability that supports professional users. The shape of the grip is improved and ergonomically designed so that it can be easily held in the palm of the hand to avoid straining the user even when wearing a telephoto lens or using it for long periods of time.

The VG-C5 vertical grip (sold separately), provides the same operability and versatility as when shooting horizontally; the user can comfortably support long shooting sessions. The grip and shutter button area share the same design as the main body, allowing image capture without feeling uncomfortable, with the same operability as the camera. The Alpha 9 III is equipped with a 4-axis multi-angle LCD monitor that can be operated by touch, allowing for intuitive operation using the latest touch menu. The electronic viewfinder uses a 9.44 million-dot Quad XGA OLED and achieves high visibility with the same brightness as the Alpha 7R V and a magnification of approximately 0.90x. Also, a custom button is placed on the front of the camera, and the continuous shooting speed can be changed by operating the custom button assigned with Continuous Shooting Speed Boost with the finger holding the grip, allowing for highly immediate operations. It supports professional photographers when shooting in all environments.

High-Speed Workflow and Scalability to Support Immediate Delivery

New features for the Alpha 9 III include a playback image filter that allows the user to efficiently select a large number of images using high-speed continuous shooting, and a function menu that can be used even during image playback, strongly supporting professional workflows from shooting to delivery.

The "Playback Function Menu" can be assigned in advance, so the user can perform protection, smartphone transfer, File transfer protocol, etc. during image playback. The user can select images narrowed down with a playback filter and play them from the function menu, allowing for quick delivery of specific images. The camera has a dedicated microphone for voice memos on the back, and by positioning the built-in microphone near the user’s mouth allows clear recording of audio even in noisy environments. The recorded audio data can be transferred via FTP along with the images. The camera allows the user to set up to 20 presets from the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC), an international consultative body in which news organizations from various countries participate.

The Alpha 9 III can transfer data up to twice as fast as the Alpha 9 II. 5 GHz communication offers maximum speed and stability for news and sports shooters who need to deliver immediately via FTP, as well as for studio environments. The Alpha 9 III allows stills and movies to be recorded to memory media in numerous ways including the two media slots that support CFexpress Type A cards as well as UHS-I and UHS-II SD cards.

It is compatible with the professional mobile application "Transfer & Tagging" which speeds up the image delivery workflow, and the application "Remote Camera Tool" which allows remote shooting of PCs using wired LAN. Also, Sony plans to support a new version of Camera Remote SDK, a software development kit that allows remote camera operation and changing shooting settings, in Spring 2024.

In addition, the Alpha 9 III is scheduled to support functional enhancements such as FTP operability, relay playback, and C2PAxv format support xvi through a camera software updatexvii.

Firmware Updates for the Alpha 1 and Alpha 7S III Models

In addition to the release of Alpha 9 III, Sony has announced new firmware updates for the Alpha 1 and Alpha 7S III full-frame mirrorless cameras xvii. The new software will provide both models with some of Sony’s latest imaging technologies including the highly requested Focus Breathing Compensation feature, IPTC and FTP workflow enhancement, and C2PA format support. The firmware will also update the Alpha 1 with Relay Playback, and the Alpha 7S III with DCI 4K 24.00P shooting format. The camera software update will be available in Spring 2024.

Pricing and Availability

The Alpha 9 III camera is available for pre-order Nov. 8, 2023, at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers, for a suggested retail price of $5,999.99 USD and $8,299.99 CAN.

The VG-C5 vertical grip is available for pre-order Nov. 8, 2023, at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers, for a suggested retail price of $399.99 USD and $549.99 CAN.

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Here is the Sony Alpha 9 III announcement (skip the first 30 minutes).

Notes:

i Compared to interchangeable-lens digital cameras. As of the November 2023 product announcement. Sony survey.

ii As of the November 2023 product announcement. Sony survey of interchangeable 300mm F2.8 lenses for full-frame digital cameras.

iii Approximate, effective.

iv Sony test conditions. Maximum continuous frame rate may be lower in some shooting conditions. Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the lens used in AF-C focus modes. Visit Sony’s support web page for lens compatibility information. https://www.sony.net/dics/ilce9m3cnlns/ A software update for the lens itself is also required. The software is scheduled to be released after December 2023.

v When subject recognition is ON during AF shooting. Face, eye, etc. recognition status can be monitored when subject recognition frame display is ON.

vi CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. FE 50mm F1.2 GM lens. Long exposure NR off.

vii Maximum shutter speed is 1/16000 second when F1.8 or larger aperture is used. 1/80,000 second speed not available when shooting movies, when using the Var. Shutter function, or when no lens is mounted.

viii A software update is required. The software update will be released simultaneously with the Alpha 9 III. Some variation in brightness and color may occur between shots when using shutter speeds higher than 1/10000 second. Light level may not reach the manual light output level setting at some shutter speeds, resulting in insufficient light level. Refer to the support page at https://www.sony.net/dics/ilce9m3fl/ for details.

ix With the default [Auto/Off] setting no blackout occurs when shooting is started, and release time is controlled for optimum display latency. The [Fast Release/On] setting provides the shortest possible release time lag with blackout occurring on only the first image in a continuous burst. The [Stable Release/On] setting minimizes variations in release lag with blackout occurring on only the first image in a continuous burst, making it easier to release the shutter at the intended moment.

x Continuous shooting may be interrupted when Continuous Shooting Speed Boost is used to switch from a low shooting speed to a shooting speed higher than 60 fps, or when switching from a high shooting speed to a shooting speed lower than 30 fps.

xi With Sony CEA-G160T CFexpress Type A memory cards (sold separately). Sony test conditions.

xiiSony test conditions. Maximum continuous frame rate may be lower in some shooting conditions. Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the lens used in AF-C focus modes. Visit Sony’s support web page for lens compatibility information.

xiii Preset focus works with compatible lenses such as the FE 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS lens. Preset Focus/Zoom settings cannot be recalled while the shutter button is half-pressed. Only focus can be preset for prime lenses. If a zoom lens without power zoom is attached, the focus position/zoom positions can only be registered and recalled via remote operation using the computer software Remote Camera Tool. For details, refer to the following website. https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/app/remotecameratool/l/index.php Preset Focus/Zoom can only be recalled when the lens that was mounted when the settings were registered is used. Not all lenses are compatible.

xiv When [Aperture Drive in AF] is set to [Focus Priority], the aperture size can be smaller than F22. Results may vary depending on shooting conditions and the lens used.

xv A standards organization that develops open standards and technical specifications for the origin and authenticity of digital content.

xvi Will be available in select countries and regions.

xvii Software update available by Spring 2024

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Post Date: 11/7/2023 10:51:57 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony Electronics

Sony Electronics Releases 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS; the World’s Lightesti Large-Aperture Telephoto Prime Lens

Capture dynamic moments such as sports scenes with high agility and supreme image quality

SAN DIEGO - November 7, 2023 – Sony Electronics is pleased to announce the release of the world’s lightesti 300mm telephoto prime lens G Master™ (SEL300F28GM), a full-frame a™ (Alpha™) E-mount lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8.

The anticipated FE 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS lens has the high depiction performance and high-speed, high-precision AF (autofocus) which are the hallmark of G Master. The lightweight design of approximately 1470gii (excluding tripod mount) and excellent weight balance allow the user to capture sharp, dynamic and decisive moments such as those of fast-moving sports or agile animals with handheld shooting. Paired with the Alpha 9 III full-frame camera that also launched today, high-speed continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking up to 120 frames per second is possibleiii. Even subjects with complex and diversified movements can be tracked with high precision. It is an ideal match for lightweight camera bodies by reducing the load on the user, minimizing fatigue during long handheld shooting sessions. It is also compatible with an optional teleconverter, allowing the user to shoot in the telephoto range of up to 600mm (equivalent to 900mm when using with an APS-C camera)iv.

“Ever since our announcement of the development of this lens in January of this year, we have received an overwhelming number of positive reactions from photographers around the world who are looking forward to its release,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics. “By adding this 300mm lens to the already available E-mount 400mm and 600mm super-telephoto prime lensesv ,it supports a wide range of needs and shooting environments for professional and advanced amateur photographers.”

Main Features of the FE 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS

G Master Telephoto Lens that Captures Decisive Moments with High Resolution and Beautiful Bokeh

Incorporating Sony's cutting-edge technology, the G Master's high-resolution performance and beautiful bokeh makes the subject stand out clearly and capture decisive moments such as sports, news reports, events, and wildlife photography. An innovative optical design that includes three Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one ED glass element, effectively placed to suppress chromatic aberration and achieve high resolution and contrast across the entire frame. Outstanding resolution and contrast are maintained right out to the image edges, which also allows for more flexible cropping and editing.

The gorgeous, creamy bokeh is a hallmark of the G Master design and ideally complements the lens’s 300 mm focal length and F2.8 maximum aperture, allowing the use of narrow depth of field to make subjects stand out from the background. Each lens is individually calibrated during manufacture to optimize bokeh quality and has an 11-blade circular aperture mechanism that contributes to smooth rounded bokeh.

High-Performance AF that Captures Dynamic Moments and High-Speed Continuous Shooting with AE/AF Tracking up to 120 Frames per Secondiii

The combination of two latest XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors and control algorithms provide high-speed, high-precision, and low-vibration AF performance. When combined with the newly announced Alpha 9 III full-frame camera, high-speed continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking of up to 120 frames per second is possible. This allows dynamic subjects to be captured without missing a moment’s opportunity, even when shooting scenes in which the subject moves quickly, such as sports or animals, or scenes in which the subject moves erratically, such as at competitive events. The high AF performance is demonstrated even when the separately sold teleconverteriii is attached.

Exceptional Mobility and Comfortable Operability that Support Professionals in the Field

Extensive weight reduction measures make FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS the lightest in its classi, at approximately 1470g (excluding tripod mount) and has been designed with consideration to weight balance. The internal lens barrel uses durable magnesium alloy to achieve both high robustness and light weight. The weight is not concentrated at the front of the lens barrel, making it highly stable and allows for agile and accurate panning while shooting. In addition, MODE3vi, which provides enhanced viewfinder stability and optimizes the image stabilization algorithm, allows you to accurately capture dynamic scenes.

When used with the Alpha 9 III, the user can assign “preset focus” to the function ring that allows for an instant recall of focus to any pre-determined positionvii. Furthermore, the lens features comfortable operability that supports professional shooting, including focus hold buttons placed in four locations that can be assigned to the favorite functions from the camera body making it ideal for any professional.

The FE 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS has a dust and moisture resistant designviii along with fluorine coating to help prevent dirt and fingerprints to keep up with the needs of professional photographers.

Pricing and Availability

The FE 300mm F2.8 G Master OSS lens will be available for pre-order starting November 8, 2023 at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers with shipping starting in February 2024, for a suggested retail price of $5999.99 USD and $8199.99 CAN.

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Here is the full Sony Alpha 9 III announcement (skip the first 30 minutes).

Notes

i As of the November 2023 product announcement. Sony survey of interchangeable 300mm F2.8 lenses for full-frame digital cameras.

ii 1470 grams is approximately 51.85 ounces

iii Sony test conditions. Maximum continuous frame rate may be lower in some shooting conditions. Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the lens used in AF-C focus modes. Visit Sony’s support web page for lens compatibility information.

iv 1.4x SEL14TC and 2x SEL20TC

v Focal length 400mm "FE 400mm F4 GM OSS" / Focal length 600mm "FE 600mm F4 GM OSS"

vi MODE 3 is supported by the latest body software version. Refer to the appropriate support web pages for information on body compatibility.

vii The functions assigned to the function ring vary depending on the camera you are using. Please refer to your camera's help guide for details.

viii Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.

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Post Date: 11/7/2023 10:19:49 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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