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 Monday, October 16, 2023

Just posted: Sigma 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary Lens Review.

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Post Date: 10/16/2023 8:54:59 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, October 15, 2023

Two weeks of guiding elk photography in Rocky Mountain National Park resulted in a rather overwhelming number of images. Selecting the keepers is a huge project, and deciding which image to share first was daunting. It seems that everyone loves breath shots, so I'll start with that option.

This bull walked in so close to us that it didn't fit in the 600mm frame when its head was turned. While I liked the tight image that crops the back of the antlers, I knew that having the entire elk and its breath in the frame might be an option I later wanted.

To avail that option, additional images containing the cropped content on the left and right were captured immediately after the primary image, and the three images were manually stitched in Photoshop as a panorama.

This image utilized a camera position near the ground, just high enough to create a blur that transitions into the animal's legs, and elk legs are one of my favorite leading line sources, especially when they are equally spaced apart. The relatively close proximity of the elk combined with the distant background creates a strong background blur that makes this bull stand out.

Getting obvious breath in an image requires cold temperatures and a supporting background. While I could see the breath in many other images by the changes apparent when browsing one after the other, light-colored and detailed backgrounds often hide the breath in single images. A dark background and backlighting create an ideal scenario for making the breath element obvious.


A larger version of this image is available here.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/400s
ISO 5000
7967 x 8843px
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Post Date: 10/15/2023 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 9, 2023

Just posted: Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II Lens Review

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Post Date: 10/9/2023 12:19:15 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 5, 2023

From Sigma Corporation:

Development announcement of SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS|Sports

The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the development of the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports.

The SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports is a large-aperture zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. In addition to the expressive imaging capabilities owing to the latest optical design, the lens offers a high level of performance and features that meet the expectations of professionals in both still and video, including high-speed autofocus with HLA (High-response Linear Actuator), optical stabilizer with the latest algorithm "OS2", and the superior weather resistance of SIGMA’s Sports line.

Combined with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art and the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art, SIGMA's three zoom lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras with a bright F2.8 constant aperture cover a wide range of focal lengths.

Launch: December, 2023

Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount

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

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

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

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Post Date: 10/5/2023 4:13:27 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results, along with specs, measurements, and standard product images, are now available on the Sigma 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary Lens page.

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Post Date: 10/5/2023 4:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma Corporation of America:

SIGMA Announces 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, the World's Smallest and Lightest F2.8 Zoom Lens for APS-C Mirrorless Cameras

Ronkonkoma, NY – October 5, 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 SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens. This is the first SIGMA lens being announced and released concurrently for the L-Mount, Sony E-mount and Fujifilm X Mount. The lens will be available through authorized retail partners on October 26, 2023 for $599.

This is the world's smallest and lightest F2.8 zoom lens designed for APS-C format mirrorless systems at just 2.8 x 2.4 inches (72.2 x 62mm) and 9.2 ounces (260g)*. The lens covers a 15-27mm (35mm equivalent) focal range, with a fast F2.8 constant aperture. Paired with the 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, this duo of lenses covers a 15-75mm (35mm equivalent) range with the same bright F2.8 maximum aperture at a combined weight of under 19.5 ounces (550g).

* As an AF F2.8 zoom lens for mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor. As of October 2023 by SIGMA. Figures are for L-Mount. Additional specifications included in the full press release below.

The SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary uses an aspherical concave lens with a large polarization ratio and high refractive index in the first group, reducing the number of elements in the first group and shortening the overall length. Additionally, a new push-on petal type hood has been developed. Thanks to the new structure with a spring and lever, which is not utilized by any other manufacturer, the hood has been made both thinner and smaller, which also contributes to the overall compactness of the lens.

The optical design of the lens delivers a short 4.6 inch (11.6cm) minimum focusing distance and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4 at the wide end, allowing for close-up photography with pleasing background separation. The optical design also minimizes focus breathing, and the stepping motor delivers swift, quiet autofocus during both still and video use.

Thanks to its high optical quality and compact size, the SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens is an excellent choice for travelers, adventure photographers, vloggers, content creators, and family photographers who want great image quality when paired with today's leading lightweight crop-sensor cameras on the three supported mirrorless platforms.

#SIGMA #SIGMA1018mmContemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMAContemporaryZoom

C | Contemporary
SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN

Small lens, big personality

  1. Large-aperture, ultra-wide-angle zoom with expressive imaging capabilities
  2. Extremely compact and lightweight
  3. Ideal for landscapes, travel, video and online content creation

Available: October 26th, 2023
Supplied accessories: Push-on petal type hood LH706-02, FRONT CAP LCF-67mm ?, REAR CAP LCR II
Available mount: L-Mount, Sony E-mount, FUJIFILM X Mount

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

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

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

#SIGMA #SIGMA1018mmContemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMAContemporaryZoom #SIGMADCDN

Create expressive images on the go with the world's smallest and lightest ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C cameras*

The SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary is the world's smallest and lightest ultra-wide- angle zoom lens for APS-C cameras*, covering an effective focal range of 15-27mm (35mm equivalent). With ultra-sharp optics, a bright F2.8 aperture and a newly developed push-on petal type lens hood, photographers can create expressive images anytime, anywhere. The lens features a unique aspherical element that reduces the overall size of the lens and enhances image quality.

An 11.6cm (1:4) minimum focusing distance to produce unique compositions, with expansive backgrounds and pleasing bokeh. With a weight of only 260g*, a fast AF stepping motor and minimal focus breathing, the lens can be easily mounted onto a motorized gimbal to create impressive video content for social media use and professional projects. The lens is available for L-Mount, Sony E-Mount and FUJIFILM X Mount systems.

* As an AF F2.8 zoom lens for mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor. As of October, 2023 by SIGMA.

* L-Mount Specification.

[Key features]

1. Large-aperture, ultra-wide-angle zoom with expressive imaging capabilities

By utilizing unique optics which have been designed to correct lens aberrations, the SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary produces images that are sharp across the entire image.

Aspherical lens, special low-dispersion glass

The use of an aspherical lens with large eccentricity and refractive index as the first lens element has enabled a lens construction with a reduced number of elements. Used in conjunction with multiple aspherical lenses and special low-dispersion glass, the lens can produce high resolution images whilst remaining compact and lightweight.

Minimum focusing distance 11.6cm, maximum magnification ratio 1:4

Create expressive close-up images using the 11.6cm minimum focusing distance when shooting at 10mm. With a magnification ratio of 1:4, the lens captures unique portraits, still life and more.

2. Extremely compact and lightweight

The SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary is the world's smallest and lightest ultra-wide angle zoom lens for APS-C cameras*, with a length of 62.0mm, a maximum diameter of 72.2mm, and a weight of 260g*. The lens can be carried around with ease or attached to an APS-C mirrorless camera and a gimbal to create an ultra-portable video setup.

* As an AF F2.8 zoom lens for mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor. As of October, 2023 by SIGMA.

* The values are for L-mount.

Newly developed push-on petal type hood

A newly developed push-on petal type hood is included with the lens. Unlike the conventional bayonet type lens hoods that attach with a rotating movement, this push-on type lens hood is attached onto the lens using a spring and lever system. The implementation of this new design reduces the size and thickness of the hood so that it matches the compact size of the lens.

Compact, lightweight, high-performance F2.8 constant aperture zoom lens series

When combined with the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, a total, unbroken focal range of 15-75mm (35mm equivalent) with a constant F2.8 aperture can be covered. The combined weight of both lenses is only 550g.

* The values are for L-mount.

Fast-growing lineup of lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras

In addition to the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, the lineup of lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras includes 16mm, 23mm, 30mm, and 56mm prime lenses, all with F1.4 brightness. This flexible lens selection can be used for a wide variety of photographic applications.

*Lineup is as of October 2023.

Mount with dust and splash resistant structure

The lens mount incorporates rubber sealing to protect it from dust and water drops.

3. Ideal for landscapes, travel, video and online content creation

With ultra-wide focal length, portable body and razor-sharp optics, the SIGMA 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary is the perfect portable option for landscape, travel, interior and street photography. It also boasts impressive video capability owing to its bright F2.8 aperture, which makes it well-suited to shooting in low-light environments and creating a shallow depth-of-field. The ultra-wide angle-of-view is ideal for hand-held vlogging that requires the capture of both the subject and the environment.

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.

Supports various camera functions

The lens is compatible with the electronic image stabilization function, aberration correction function, DMF, and AF+MF in camera bodies from various manufacturers. The advantage using this ultra-wide-angle lens is that it provides a generous angle-of-view even when the electronic image stabilization function crops the image.

* Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections or auto correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model.

Stepping Motor

A fast and quiet stepping motor is used to deliver precise AF when shooting stills and video. It is fully compatible with in-camera AF tracking modes.

[Additional features]

  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups (3 FLD, 1 SLD, and 4 aspherical elements)
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping motor
  • 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).
  • Support DMF and AF+MF
  • Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only)
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings on L-Mount bodies
    * Function available on supported cameras only.
  • Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
  • Push-on petal type hood LH706-02
  • 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
  • 7-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Mount Conversion Service available
  • "Made in Aizu, Japan" craftsmanship

To learn more about SIGMA’s craftsmanship, please visit SIGMA website at: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/

[Key specifications] The figures below are for L-Mount.

Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups (3 FLD, 1 SLD, and 4 aspherical elements)

Angle of view: 109.7°-76.5° (APS-C)|Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded diaphragm)

Minimum aperture: F22|Minimum focusing distance: 11.6 (W) -19.1 (T) cm / 4.6 (W) -7.6 (T) in. | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4 (W) - 1:6.9 (T)|Filter size: f67mm

Dimensions (Maximum Diameter x Length): f72.2mm × 62.0mm / f2.8in. × 2.4in.

Weight: 260g / 9.2oz.

[Barcode]

L-Mount: 0085126 207694 Sony E-mount: 0085126 207656 FUJIFILM X Mount 0085126 207755

[Accessories: Supplied] Name of product / barcode

Lens Hood LH706-02: 0085126 941093
FRONT CAP LCF-67mm: 0085126 929473
REAR CAP LCR: L-Mount 0085126 937256
Sony E-mount 0085126 929879
FUJIFILM X Mount 0085126 939861

[Accessories: Optional] Name of product / barcode

SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126 878696
SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR 67mm: 0085126 931803
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 67mm: 0085126 930943
SIGMA PROTECTOR 67mm: 0085126 931070
SIGMA WR UV FILTER 67mm: 0085126 930684
SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 67mm: 0085126 930813

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Post Date: 10/5/2023 4:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Image quality, vignetting, and distortion test results, along with specs and standard product images, are now available on the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II Lens page.

The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II Lens is shown between the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens in this post's image, showing the II's nicely reduced size.

Let's look at some image quality comparisons:

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

Compared to the Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM Lens

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

Compared to the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens

Compared to the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens

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Post Date: 10/3/2023 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 29, 2023

Sony ZV-E1 firmware update version 1.02 is available for download.

Firmware Version 1.02 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes an issue where some movie metadata (Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, etc.) may not be recorded
  2. Fixes an issue where JPEG files may not be enlarged and played
  3. Fixes an issue where Switch V/H AF Area may not work correctly
  4. Fixes a Creators' App issue where the Auto Time Correction and Auto Area Adjustment features turn off
  5. Improves the operational stability of the camera

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 9/29/2023 3:16:14 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Sony Alpha 7 IV firmware update version 2.0.1 is available for download.

* Please read the provided instructions before proceeding. The firmware installation order requirement is specified.

Firmware Version 2.0.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes a Creators' App issue where the Auto Time Correction and Auto Area Adjustment features turn off
  2. Improves the operational stability of the camera

Get the Sony Alpha 7 IV at B&H.

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Post Date: 9/27/2023 4:52:38 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Formerly a development announcement, the Tamron 17-50mm f/4 Di III VXD Lens for Sony E is now formally announced by Tamron Americas and available for preorder:

TAMRON announces world’s first1 17-50mm wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras

Zooming from 17mm ultra wide-angle to 50mm standard, unique lens offers maximum versatility for still and video creators

September 20, 2023, Commack, NY – Tamron announces the launch of the 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD (Model A068), a wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens will be available on October 19, 2023, at $699 USD / $949 CAD.

This groundbreaking lens zooms from 17mm ultra wide-angle to 50mm standard, the world’s first1 with such a dynamic zoom range for full-frame mirrorless cameras. TAMRON’s new 17-50mm F4 for Sony mirrorless cameras is a wide-angle zoom with a constant F4 aperture covering ultra wide-angle to standard focal lengths, a zoom range ideal for both still photography and video recording. This lens achieves excellent optical performance across the entire zoom range, with crispness from edge-to-edge. The lens also incorporates VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism with superior quietness and agile performance and achieves high-speed and high-precision autofocus. Additionally, the physical length of the lens does not change while zooming. It’s the perfect lens for taking still photos and is also ideal for video shooting, in part since it’s easy to balance even when fitted to a gimbal stabilizer or other equipment. The excellent close-range shooting performance provides an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.19m (7.5in) at the wide end and 0.3m (11.8in) at the tele end. This lets users get closer to the subject to capture one-of-a-kind photos in a broad range of situations. The ideal “walk around” lens, the new 17-50mm F4 zoom offers great portability and convenience and makes it possible to shoot a variety of content, both still images and video, from sweeping landscapes to snapshots, all without switching lenses.

1 Among the zoom lenses for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras (As of July 2023 — TAMRON)

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS 1. Zoom lens that covers ultra wide-angle to standard focal length at constant F4 aperture

No need to switch lenses— users can zoom from ultra wide-angle 17mm for dynamic expressions to snapshot photography at the 50mm standard focal length end, an angle of view close to that of human vision. What’s more, the wide-open aperture of F4 is consistent across the entire zoom range and thereby maintains constant exposure when zoomed in or out. Whether shooting still images or video, the new 17-50mm F4 has you covered.

2. High optical performance and image quality throughout the entire zoom range

With the expert arrangement of 15 lens elements in 13 groups, including three LD (Low Dispersion), a GM (Glass Molded Aspherical), and two hybrid aspherical lens elements. the new 17-50mm lens efficiently suppresses chromatic and other optical aberrations, ensuring clear capture of fine details from edge-to-edge in all images. The lens also delivers outstanding bokeh at the F4 wide open aperture, creating appealing shots in which subjects such as trees and flowers that color the seasons pop out against the background in natural landscape photography.

3. Compact for easy handling with internal zoom for superlative balance

The 17-50mm F4 weighs just 460g (16.2oz) and is only 114.4mm (4.5in) long, a form factor that is well-balanced on a Sony mirrorless camera body. The lens employs an internal zoom mechanism that keeps the lens barrel at its fixed length, so it’s easy to balance when framing still or video shots or when paired with a video rig or gimbal stabilizer. Additionally, the new zoom features Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating. The easy handling provided by its compact size makes it a great choice for active scenarios such as mountain climbing or other outdoor activities.

4. Fast and accurate AF for still and video shooting

The 17-50mm F4’s AF drive uses VXD linear motor focus mechanism to achieve class-leading high-speed and high-precision auto-focusing. With fast and accurate focusing of moving objects, plus excellent subject-tracking performance, users can readily shift into a fast-paced shooting rhythm. Thanks to the quiet operation during AF, the lens is superb when shooting still images or video for low noise shooting in silent settings.

5. Outstanding close-range shooting performance expands versatility

The MOD of the 17-50mm F4 are 0.19m (7.5in) at the wide end and 0.30m (11.8in) at the standard 50mm end. The working distance at 17mm is only about 5.7cm (2.3in), closer even than most non-zoom lenses. Users can freely get close to the subject and can enlarge the foreground against a blurred background, or comfortably focus without needing to change their shooting position even in places with limited space.

6. Additional features for greater convenience

7. Proprietary software tool TAMRON Lens UtilityTM expands the possibilities of still imaging and video capture

8. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating)

9. 67mm filter size, same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras

* Length is the distance from the front end of the lens to the lens mount face.

** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

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

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

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Post Date: 9/20/2023 11:28:53 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 15, 2023

Just posted: Sony Alpha 6700 Review.

Superb camera.

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Post Date: 9/15/2023 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 14, 2023

From Rode:

MacOS Sonoma and How It Impacts RØDE Products

Released 14 Sep 2023

Apple recently announced its latest major MacOS update, Sonoma. This is currently in beta and will most likely be rolled out in mid-late 2023.

A limitation has been identified in Intel-based Mac devices running Sonoma that affects compatibility with some MFi-certified USB audio devices (note: this does not includes M1 and M2 Macs).

MFi stands for “Made for iOS" and is a certification that denotes that an accessory has been approved by Apple to be used with its products. Many RØDE products are MFi-certified and will be affected by this limitation (along with audio devices from a wide range of other manufacturers). This causes compatibility issues and will likely mean you cannot use your RØDE product with your device that is running MacOS Sonoma.

This includes the following RØDE products:

AI-Micro
NT-USB+
PodMic USB
VideoMic GO II
VideoMic NTG
Wireless GO II
Wireless ME
Wireless PRO
RØDECaster Pro II (note: this affects USB 2 only)
RØDECaster Duo (note: this affects USB 2 only)

This limitation has been present in all beta versions of MacOS Sonoma, including the current “release candidate” version, and is likely going to be present in the public release.

RØDE has escalated this issue to Apple and we are waiting for further information on when it will be addressed. Until then, we recommend you do not update to MacOS Sonoma if you wish to continue using your RØDE product.

If you have any questions, contact our friendly customer service team at info@rode.com and we will be happy to help.

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Post Date: 9/14/2023 9:46:05 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Tamron Americas:

TAMRON announces 2nd-generation 70-180mm F2.8 zoom with Vibration Compensation and TAMRON Lens Utility™ compatibility

Class-leading compact and lightweight1 telephoto zoom for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless

September 13, 2023, Commack, NY – Tamron announces the launch of the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 (Model A065), a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras on October 12, 2023, at $1299 USD / $1699 CAD.

The 70-180mm F2.8 G2 marks the further evolution of the 1st-generation model that earned high acclaim in the marketplace and incorporates several enhancements. Leading the list of improvements of the new G2 lens is the incorporation of TAMRON’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism. The lens maintains the maneuverability of class-leading compact size and weight1 while enabling shooting with greater stability.

The optical design has been revamped from the 1st-generation 70-180mm F2.8 and achieves uncompromising high image quality across the entire zoom range. TAMRON also shortened the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) at the wide end to 0.3m (11.8in) compared to the 1st-generation 0.85m (33.5in), enabling users to enjoy unique photographic expressions distinctive to the lens. Additionally, the new 70-180mm F2.8 G2 zoom features TAMRON’s renowned VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism enabling high-speed, high-precision auto-focusing that performs well whether shooting stills or video. The new 70-180mm F2.8 G2 zoom also supports the dedicated TAMRON Lens Utility™ and TAMRON Lens Utility Mobile™ apps that were developed in-house by TAMRON. The software can be used to customize functions based on various shooting styles for still photography and video. The new lens design improves operability and provides scratch resistance. This single lens combines profound maneuverability and practicality that is worthy of the 2nd-generation G2 badge and will deliver shooting experiences that make a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens even more enjoyable.

1 Among full-frame compatible fast-aperture F2.8 telephoto zoom lenses equipped with Vibration Compensation (As of August 2023: TAMRON)

Product features:

1. Even with VC image stabilization, the lens is just 156.5mm (6.2in) long and weighs only 855g (30.2oz)

As with the 1st-generation, the new 70-180mm F2.8 G2 embodies the aggressive pursuit of compact size and reduced weight. TAMRON achieved a class-leading compact size and lightweight design while still providing a constant F2.8 aperture, 180mm telephoto reach and VC. The filter size is f67mm, maximum diameter is f83mm and the length at the 70mm focal length is 156.5mm (6.2in). The total weight is just 855g (30.2oz). The new 70-180mm F2.8 G2 zoom offers outstanding maneuverability and is well-balanced on a camera body. Add it all together and you have a zoom lens that puts the enjoyment of handheld fast-aperture telephoto zoom shooting within easy reach.

2. Revamped optical design delivers truly superb performance at all focal lengths

The optical construction of the new 70-180mm F2.8 G2 zoom comprises 20 elements in 15 groups. The design has been completely reworked and features a generous and effective arrangement of special lens elements, including one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), one hybrid aspherical lens element, three LD (Low Dispersion) and two GM (Glass Molded aspherical) lens elements. These combine to efficiently control chromatic aberration and other artifacts and deliver high resolution without compromise throughout the entire zoom range. BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating is used to suppress ghosting and flare, ensuring that fine subject detail is captured even in backlit situations, and delivering stunning clarity and contrast. Another feature everyone enjoys is the beautiful, soft bokeh that only the fast F2.8 aperture can provide.

3. VXD provides high-speed and high-precision AF with vastly improved subject tracking

The new 70-180mm F2.8 G2 zoom is equipped with a VXD linear motor focus mechanism that was first used in the 1st-generation model. Tracking performance when following moving subjects such as sports action and vehicles has received a further boost while maintaining TAMRON’s highest-ever level of high-speed, high-precision autofocus. The enhanced performance ensures users won’t miss decisive moments whether shooting stills or video. The linear motor also suppresses vibrations and noise during AF more effectively than conventional drive systems, making it ideal for shooting both still photos and video in environments that demand quietness.

4. Equipped with TAMRON’s proprietary VC mechanism

The new 70-180mm F2.8 G2 zoom is equipped with TAMRON’s proprietary VC mechanism. VC effectively suppresses camera shake that tends to occur when shooting at the telephoto end, when panning to capture moving objects, or during close-focusing, thereby enabling stable handheld shooting. It also suppresses camera shake that often occurs when shooting handheld under low-light conditions such as dimly lit interiors and night landscapes, vastly expanding the freedom of shooting without a tripod. Moreover, at focal lengths up to 100mm, artificial intelligence (AI) technology provides vibration compensation with videography in mind.

5. Close MOD of 0.3m (11.8in) at 70mm and 0.85m (33.5in) at 180mm

By optimizing the optical design, TAMRON has reduced the MOD from the 0.85m (33.5in) in the 1st-generation, to 0.3m (11.8in) in the new model. Users can now get a step closer to subjects and make the most of shooting with beautifully soft bokeh effects. In addition, with an outstanding maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.6, users can enjoy distinctive and powerful composition unique to the lens.

6. Proprietary software tool TAMRON Lens Utility for lens function customization

7. Additional features for greater convenience

8. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating)

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

10. 67mm filter size, same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras

Orders

Support this site by ordering the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 Lens from B&H.

* Length is the distance from the front end of the lens to the lens mount face.

** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

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

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

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Post Date: 9/14/2023 9:08:30 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Sony released the Sony 1920GB and 960GB CFexpress Type B TOUGH Memory Cards today. Order them at B&H.

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Post Date: 9/12/2023 1:18:10 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

The minimum goal was seemingly simple. Capture one great (to my eyes) photo of a dall sheep ram in Alaska, and I allocated eight days to accomplish that goal.

Dall sheep are usually found high in mountains, where accessibility becomes a challenge. This challenge was furthered by the weather, and primarily rain and snow prevented climbing into sheep altitudes for five of those eight days.

Fortunately, the success enjoyed on those three good days ranged from good on the first ascent to outstanding on the last. Ironically, weather, snow specifically, was part of the reason for the incredible photo opportunities on that last ascent. In this case, a snowstorm creates a clean background, while brighter clouds behind the camera created a strong, yet soft, light.

This huge dall sheep ram surveyed its environment as it walked over the alpine ridge, with continuous shooting providing a full range of head positions, including this direct glance.

The Canon EOS R5 and RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens got the call for this outing. The R5 was chosen for its high resolution, AF performance, and ease of use, and the RF 100-500 was selected for the optimal focal length range, including 100mm for environmental portraits and 500mm for tighter framing or distant subjects, and outstanding sharpness over the range, backed up by an optimal image stabilization system. The relatively compact size of this combination proved ideal for the climb.

I expected the sheep eyes on white hair to be an easy eye detection target for the R5, but the camera sometimes preferred the round black nostrils over the eyes when the sheep was facing the camera. Still, the eyes are sharp in an extremely high percentage of the sheep images, impressive performance.


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Post Date: 9/12/2023 12:19:51 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Announces “BURANO”, the Newest Addition to Sony’s CineAlta Family of Digital Cinema Cameras

The BURANO combines extraordinary cinematic images and exceptional mobility for single camera operators and small crews

LOS ANGELES, SEPT. 12, 2023 -- Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the new BURANO camera, an exciting new model from their CineAlta lineup of digital cinema cameras. Designed for single-camera operators and small crews and featuring a sensor that matches the VENICE 2, the new BURANO combines exceptional image quality with high mobility.

Compact, versatile, and flexible, BURANO is the world's first1 digital cinema camera with a PL-Mount to feature in-body image stabilization. Additionally, when the PL lens mount is removed, the camera can be used with E-mount lenses to support Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) and Subject Recognition AF, ideal for capturing fast moving subjects.

"The BURANO gives filmmakers new options to help push the boundary of filmmaking. It’s the perfect camera for both scripted and unscripted projects, including commercial, wildlife, or documentary styles. This camera will be a wonderful addition to be used on set alongside our lineup of digital cinema cameras," explains Theresa Alesso, President, Imaging Products and Solutions Americas, Sony Electronics.

Unjoo Moon directed “Original,” a Sony BURANO launch film. It’s an exuberant, high-energy K-Pop style dance “battle” that has an original score by Tushar Apte. Moon opted to create a short dance film to highlight the camera’s exceptional mobility and cinematic look. She explains, “The whole spirit of this camera is about originality and about giving the creator freedom.”

Main Features: Powerful 8.6K Full-Frame Sensor

The BURANO has a compact and lightweight body for high mobility, measuring over an inch shorter and more than three pounds lighter than the VENICE 2. The camera is housed in a rugged magnesium chassis, making it suitable for filming in the most challenging environments. Additionally, the packaging that the BURANO camera and accessories are delivered in is made primarily of plant-based cellulose2 instead of plastic as part of Sony’s efforts to be environmentally conscious. Moreover, a molded pulp cushion is used on the camera body when shipping as the cushioning and protective material, thus not using expanded polystyrene.

The BURANO is equipped with a full-frame sensor that shares many of the specifications of the VENICE 2 and can work alongside the VENICE 2 on both scripted and unscripted productions. The camera has an 8.6K full-frame sensor with dual base ISO of 800 and 3200 and 16 stops of dynamic range to produce stunning images even in the most challenging lighting conditions. The BURANO also features the color science inherited from the VENICE series, which has been trusted on more than 500 productions from feature films to commercials.

Academy award-winning Director of Photography Dion Beebe ACS ASC3 tested the combination of VENICE 2 and BURANO for a short dance film and shared his experience working with the two cameras.

“We were in a very stretched dynamic range purposefully and for me that was very much part of what I wanted to see both in the VENICE 2 and in the BURANO. Moving through the edit, you really were not aware that you were moving from the VENICE 2 sensor to the BURANO sensor back to the VENICE 2. That compatibility, across the dynamic range, color interpretation and all of those things are important when I’m putting a package together and trying to complement a bigger sensor camera, like the VENICE 2. These two sensors, these two looks, really fall in line with one another.” ?

The BURANO sensor and camera body were also designed to include one of the most popular features of the Cinema Line – namely Sony's Fast Hybrid AF and Subject Recognition AF. The BURANO's autofocus offers excellent support for filmmakers shooting fast-moving animals or objects and multi-camera setups using E-mount lenses.

Built-In Optical Image Stabilization

The BURANO is the world's first digital cinema camera with an interchangeable E-mount and PL-mount lens to support built-in image stabilization. With a newly developed image stabilization mechanism and control algorithm that leverages the advanced image stabilization technology cultivated in the a series of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, unwanted camera shake, such as movement from shooting handheld or walking, can be corrected when shooting with an E-mount or PL-mount lens.

Variable ND Filter

The BURANO is equipped with an electronic variable ND filter from 0.6 to 2.1, enabling easy adjustments in various lighting conditions. In addition, the electronic variable ND filter allows you to control the depth of field with the iris and adjust the exposure with the ND filter to get the optimum exposure without changing the depth of field. This filter is also far thinner than prior ND filters in Sony’s lineup of cinema cameras and is adjacent to the optical image stabilization mechanism – a technological feat that helps to keep the camera as compact and lightweight as possible. ? ?

E-mount lenses for an increased flexibility

Sony offers a range of more than 70 E-mount lenses that can be used with the BURANO when filmmakers need a smaller, lighter, or wider lens set up. Additionally, pairing the BURANO with Sony’s E-mount lenses also unlocks other features such as Fast Hybrid AF, Subject Recognition AF, and 5-axis image stabilization. ? ?

Cache Recording and Flexible Capture Modes

The BURANO also features adjustable pre-roll or cache recording—perfect for unscripted filmmakers. Pre-roll or cache recording allows filmmakers to capture a modifiable amount of footage before pressing the record button. This is perfect for action sports, wildlife, and documentary filmmakers working in unpredictable scenarios.

The BURANO allows cache recording to be adjusted depending on the codec, resolution, and frame rate. For example, the BURANO can enable cache recording of up to 11 seconds while filming 8.6K at the highest codec or set up to 73 seconds while filming 4K for maximum flexibility.

Like all cameras in Sony's full-frame Cinema Line, the BURANO will have the ability to shoot at full-frame, Super 35, and also feature a desqueeze function for anamorphic lenses. It can film at frame rates including up to 8K at 30 frames per second, 6K at 60 frames per second or 4K at 120 frames per second.

Updated Body Design

The BURANO also includes design improvements thanks to feedback from the filmmaking community. For example, all menu buttons are positioned on the camera operator's side. Additionally, tally lamps are placed in three locations to make it easier for the surrounding crew to check the shooting status. The 3.5-inch multi-function LCD monitor can be used as a viewfinder, for touch focus, or menu control. The BURANO also comes equipped with an optional robust T-handle, viewfinder arm, two 3-pin XLR audio inputs, and a headphone terminal (stereo minijack), convenient for solo operation. ?

Award-winning wildlife and natural history director and cinematographer Danny Schmidt has been a Sony camera owner and operator for nearly a decade. As a current FX9 and FX6 owner and operator, he shared his experience with the BURANO. ?

“This camera is a big level-up from the FX series for me. The noise and the grain are beautiful. The image is cinematic and it’s inspiring to look at. I immediately loved the form factor. It was a size that looked to me just slightly larger than an FX6, a modular camera that has a lot of possibilities. I can put it on a long lens, hang it from an easy rig, or rig it up for shoulder mounting. I see this being my primary camera.”

Variety of Recording Formats

The BURANO can record digital files from HD to 8K depending on the resolution, aspect ratio, and codec. BURANO supports multiple internal recording formats, such as the new XAVC H™ for 8K, which utilizes the MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 high-compression efficiency codec. Other recording formats include XAVC and X-OCN LT. X-OCN is Sony's original compressed RAW format that can capture information shot with 16-bit linear data, which gives filmmakers more freedom in post for color grading. X-OCN LT is the lightweight version of the X-OCN codecs and can reduce file transfer time and storage size load, making post-production workflows more efficient than standard versions of RAW data.

The BURANO is also equipped with two new CFexpress Type B memory card slots and supports VPG400, which can sustain high bitrate writing of video data, including X-OCN LT 8K. Sony will also be releasing new compatible CFexpress Type B memory cards, CEB-G1920T (1920 GB)/ CEB-G960T (960 GB).

Versatile and Efficient Production Ecosystem

Like the VENICE series, the BURANO supports log recording as well as different color spaces including S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine, which cover a wide color gamut that exceeds BT.2020 and DCI-P3. The BURANO can reproduce the same color as all cameras in Sony's Cinema Line, including the VENICE 2. This allows filmmakers to match cameras within the line.

BURANO comes with four new cinematic looks: Warm, Cool, Vintage, Teal, and Orange, in addition to supporting industry standard s709 and 709 (800%) Look Up Tables (LUTs).

Also, like the VENICE series, the BURANO features gen-lock and can be used for virtual production using large screen LED displays such as Sony's new Crystal LED, called VERONA.

Improvements to the Cinema Line

In addition, the FX30 and FX3 cameras are now compatible with Sony's new mobile app “Monitor & Control ,” the latest addition to the Creators Cloud. The app enables wireless video monitoring, support for high-precision exposure determination using false color and waveform monitors, and intuitive focus operation of compatible cameras, on the screen of a smartphone or tablet. In future updates, the BURANO will also be compatible with this app. In addition, Version 1.1 of Camera Remote SDK, the software development kit which now features monitoring will also be supported.

The BURANO will also support S700 protocol over ethernet and a 1.5x de-squeeze display function when using anamorphic lenses, by approximately next summer. Additional software updates to improve user experience and convenience will also be added to the BURANO in future updates.

Sony will also be releasing separately a new remote grip control, GP-VR100, that allows filmmakers to efficiently control the BURANO via a hand grip. The remote grip control works with the BURANO in shoulder mounted scenarios and enables convenient access to the zoom lever and recording start / stop button located on the hand grip. The remote grip control is perfect for single camera operators and unscripted productions such as sports, reality, wildlife, and documentary filmmaking.

Pricing and Availability

The BURANO, CFexpress Type B memory cards, CEB-G1920T (1920 GB)/ CEB-G960T (960 GB) and new GP-VR100 Grip remote control (sold separately) will be available in Spring 2024. For a first look at the BURANO, please visit the Sony booth at IBC 2023 from Sept. 15 to 18, 2023, in Amsterdam. ?

Orders

Get the Sony BURANO 8K Digital Motion Picture Camera at B&H

To watch Director Unjoo Moon and Director of Photography Dion Beebe ACS ASC’s short dance film, "Original," which shows how well the VENICE 2 and the BURANO can be used together:

Watch how "Original" was made in this behind-the-scenes video:

Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new BURANO can be found at www.sonycine.com a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony Cinema Line.

1 As of September 2023, based on Sony research, among cameras with standard equipped PL mount.

2 Excludes materials used in coatings and adhesives. Depending on the production period, plant-based non-woven fabrics may not be available.

3 2005 Academy Award Best Cinematography, Memoirs of a Geisha

4 When used with compatible Sony E-mount lenses.

5 Please check BURANO product website for details on image scan modes

6 Teal and Orange looks are commonly referred to as a Blockbuster LUT

7 The Monitor and Control app will see its compatibility expand to cover models outside Cinema Line, with different functions available for each model. Further details at www.sony.net/ccmc.

8 Version 1.11 will be available in November 2023. For more details https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/app/sdk/en/index.html

9 Please visit for details: https://pro.sony/products/professional-cameras/cinematography-burano-firmware-roadmap

10 Please visit for details: https://pro.sony/products/professional-cameras/cinematography-burano-firmware-roadmap

Sony Monitor & Control Mobile App

Sony is pleased to announce the roll-out of "Monitor & Control", a new mobile application for visual creators. This app is a new addition to the lineup of apps provided by Creators' Cloud, and the app can be used with compatible Sony cameras* such as FX3 and FX30.

*The functions provided by Monitor & Control vary depending on the compatible cameras.

The new Monitor & Control mobile app supports wireless image monitoring, support for highly accurate exposure determination using false color and waveform monitors, and intuitive focus operations of the compatible cameras on the larger screen of smartphones and tablet devices.

For more details, please visit the Monitor & Control’s website. (App can be downloaded for free) https://www.sony.net/ccmc

The current compatible cameras for this app are FX3, FX30, and FX6, and BURANO will be compatible in the future. It will also be compatible with Interchangeable Lens Cameras Alpha 1 and Alpha 7S III from March 2024 or later. The number of compatible cameras will be expanded gradually. The cameras need the following software updates:

FX3 (Ver. 4.00~)
FX30 (Ver. 3.00~)
FX6 (Ver. 3.00~)

Monitor & Control support page: https://www.sony.net/ccmc/help/

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Post Date: 9/12/2023 11:23:36 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Learn more about the just-released Lowepro Pro Trekker BP AW II 43L Gray Backpack at B&H.

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Post Date: 9/6/2023 7:22:33 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 5, 2023

From ProGrade Digital:

PROGRADE DIGITAL ANNOUNCES 3rd GENERATION CFEXPRESS 4.0 TYPE B 1.3TB MEMORY CARD

The CFexpress 4.0 1.3TB Cobalt Memory Card Provides the Optimal Capacity for RAW Cinema Level Video Shooting Applications with New Higher Performance Read/Write Speed Capability

San Jose, CA September 5, 2023, 8:00 am ET — ProGrade Digital, Inc., founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade digital memory cards and workflow solutions, announces the 3rd generation of its CFexpress™ Type B Cobalt-class memory card in a new 1.3TB capacity. This new generation features the same industry-leading quality of ProGrade current 2nd generation 325GB and 650GB capacity cards, but now leverages PCIe Gen 4 interconnect with NVMe 1.4c host controller interface. ProGrade Digital’s 3rd generation CFexpress Cobalt cards are fully compliant with the just released CFexpress 4.0 specification, and provide read speeds of up to 3,400MB/s, burst write speeds of up to 3,000MB/s, and sustained write speeds of up to 2,800MB/s – ideally suited for the highest-resolution cinema grade video capture applications. As in past Cobalt-class memory card generations, the highest endurance and reliability memory technology is utilized – ensuring years of trouble-free, high performance capture.

“The introduction of our 3rd generation CFexpress Cobalt card at the 1.3TB capacity point provides the extra space and unparalleled performance needed for the very highest resolution video capture needs,” said Wes Brewer, Founder and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “Our inclusion of PCIe Gen 4 controller technology, coupled with upcoming USB 4.0 high-speed readers will allow offloading speeds 3x greater than previously possible, providing a dramatic reduction in workflow processing time.”

ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type B 1.3TB Cobalt Memory Card:

  • Maximum read speed up to 3,400MB/s
  • Burst write speed up to 3,000MB/s
  • Minimum sustained write speed up to 2,800MB/s
  • CFexpress 4.0
  • Capacity: 1.3TB
  • MSRP: $1,459.99

CFexpress Type B 1.3TB Cobalt Delivers:

  • Fully compliant with CompactFlash™ Association 4.0 specification and backward compatible with 2.0 specification
  • NVMe host interface with PCIe Gen4 X2 interconnect
  • Low standby power through NVMe PS0 – PS4 support enabling extended battery life
  • Metal enclosure for improved durability and heat dissipation Thermal throttling protects the card from overheating
  • Laser etched unique serial numbering for the tracking of key components and manufacturing data for the highest quality control
  • Temperature ranges: operating 14°F to 158°F/ -10°C to 70°C; storage -4°F to 185°F/ -20°C to 85°C
  • Packaging: Biodegradable fiber tray
  • Refresh Pro ready*
  • SLC (Single Level Cell) memory technology for the highest endurance and reliability
  • RED V-Raptor and Komodo X approved
  • X-ray proof and shock-proof
  • 3-year warranty

Orders

Order the ProGrade Digital 1.3TB Cobalt CFexpress 4.0 Memory Card and Card Reader at B&H.

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Post Date: 9/5/2023 10:20:42 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From ProGrade Digital:

PROGRADE DIGITAL™ ANNOUNCES USB 4.0 CFEXPRESS™ TYPE B SINGLE-SLOT READER

Data Transfer Rate Capability of up to 40Gbps Allows Users of CFexpress Type B Devices to Triple Their Current Workflow Performance

San Jose, CA September 5, 2023, 8:00 ET —ProGrade Digital™, founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade digital memory cards and workflow solutions, announces its new PG05.6 card reader, a single-slot reader designed specifically for the latest CFexpress 4.0 (PCIe Gen 4) Type B memory cards. The PG05.6 reader is based on the latest USB 4.0 technology which is designed to achieve speeds of up to 40Gbits/sec. When used in conjunction with the latest CFexpress 4.0 (PCIe Gen 4) memory cards, benchmark tests highlight a tripling of data transfer speed from card to host. The PG05.6 is also equipped with ProGrade’s patented magnetic base and an adhesive metal plate that allows users to mount the reader to any work surface, such as the back of a laptop. The new reader is also supplied with a certified USB 4.0 cable – assuring the maximum performance possible.

“Our new PG05.6 reader provides a tremendous leap forward in workflow performance by allowing content offload speeds to be reduced by 67% when compared to the performance of USB 3.2, Gen 2 technology of our current product line-up”, said Wes Brewer, CEO and Founder of ProGrade Digital. “Along with faster speeds comes the need to provide extra cooling capability for reader and card – something we’ve spent more than a year perfecting in the new design.”

ProGrade Digital USB 4.0 CFexpress Type B Single-Slot Card Reader Key Features:

  • Single-slot memory card reader for CFexpress 4.0 Type B cards
  • Backward compatible with CFexpress 2.0 Type B cards
  • Transfer rates of up to 40Gbps (5GBytes/sec)
  • USB 4.0 interface
  • Patented magnetic base and included adhesive metal plate
  • Heat sink for extra cooling capability
  • Refresh Pro™ enabled*
  • USB 4.0 certified cable included
  • MSRP $99.99

Like all ProGrade readers, each PG05.6 reader contains a unique serial number to ensure best in-class after sales support and tight quality control of the components used inside. Using this serial number, a customer can register their product at http://progradedigital.com/register to receive product updates. The new reader is also shaded a dark grey with blue accents on the rear connector to clearly differentiate it from the prior generation of USB 3.2-based readers.

Orders

Order the ProGrade Digital 1.3TB Cobalt CFexpress 4.0 Memory Card and ProGrade Digital USB 4.0 CFexpress TYPE B Reader at B&H.

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Post Date: 9/5/2023 10:19:58 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 29, 2023

From Sony Electronics:

Sony Electronics Releases Two New Alpha 7C Series Cameras Including the Alpha 7C R with 61MPi High-Resolution Sensor and the Alpha 7C II with the latest still image and video performance

SAN DIEGO, CA. August 29, 2023 – Today, Sony Electronics announces the release of two new additions to the Alpha 7C series of compact full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, the Alpha 7C II (model ILCE- 7CM2) and Alpha 7C R (model ILCE-7CR). The Alpha 7C II is equipped with a full-frame image sensor with approximately 33.0 effective megapixels and features the latest still image and video functions and performance in a compact and lightweight design (approximately 4.88 in wide x 2.8 in high x 2.5 in deep and weighs approximately 18.1 oz.) It is the second-generation version of the Alpha7 C, which is celebrated for its combination of performance and features in a compact size, perfect for a wide range of shooting scenarios such as travel and street photography.

The Alpha 7C R is a new compact full-frame interchangeable lens camera, boasting the high-resolution and rich gradation performance of a full-size image sensor with approximately 61.0 effective megapixels, the same sensor found in the Alpha 7R V, into a compact and lightweight body (similar size and weight as the Alpha 7C IIii, approximately 18.2 oz). In addition to daily snapshots, it easily realizes high-quality image capture in a wide variety of settings, such as portrait, wildlife, and landscape photography, meeting the expectations of creative work with mobility.

Both models are equipped with the same AI-processing unit and BIONZ XR® processors found in Sony’s newest interchangeable lens cameras such as the Alpha 7R V and Alpha 6700. Real-time Recognition AF recognizes a wide variety of subjects with high accuracy, and 5-axis in-body mage stabilization provides a 7.0 stepii shooting advantage when capturing stills. In terms of video performance, both models support high-quality 4:2:2 10-bit video recording up to 4K60piii, and both models support Sony’s acclaimed S- CinetoneTM color science for rich cinematic video. In addition, they have Active Mode in-body image stabilization, AI-based auto-framing, digital-audio interface support, and other features that support high- quality video shooting.

“At Sony, we're committed to continually raising the bar and elevating standards for content creators. With the introduction of the Alpha 7C II and Alpha 7C R models, we're offering an innovative solution that serves creators in both photography and videography. This fresh addition to their toolkit ensures top-tier imagery and visual performance across our state-of-the-art imaging devices. By fusing advanced technology with user-friendly design, we're empowering content creators to realize their artistic vision like never before,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics.

As the demand for sending and sharing captured content on social media networks has increased, more creators are looking for a combination of compact size and high imaging performance in mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. With the introduction of the Alpha 7C II and Alpha 7C R, which achieve high mobility and high-quality image expression in a compact size, Sony responds to the wide range of image expressions sought by creators.

Main Features of the Alpha 7C II

  • Equipped with a full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor with approximately 33.0 effective megapixels and the latest BIONZ XR® image processing engine to achieve high imaging performance. For capturing either still images or movies, users can easily enjoy high-quality image capture in a wide range of scenes such as travel and daily snapshots.
  • Compared to the Alpha 7 IV which is approximately 5.1 inches x 3.8 inches x 3.2 inches and weighs approximately 1.54 lbs, the Alpha 7C II is approximately 22% lighter and has approximately 45% less volume.
  • The standard ISO sensitivities range from 100 to 51200 for both still images and movies (expanded ISO 50 to 204800 for still images), enabling high-sensitivity, noise-free shooting.

Main Features of the Alpha 7C R

  • Equipped with a full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor with approximately 61.0 effective megapixels and the latest BIONZ XR® image processing engine to achieve high-resolution and high-definition imaging performance.
  • Compared to the Alpha 7R V which is approximately 5.25 inches x 3.875 inches x 3.25 inches and weighs approximately 1.6 lbs, the Alpha 7C R is approximately 29% lighter and has approximately 53% less volume.
  • The standard ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 32000 for both still images and movies (expanded ISO 50 to 102400 for still images).
  • In addition, with 7.0-stepiv optical 5-axis in-body image stabilization, even slight blurring at the 1-pixel level is detected and corrected.
  • Equipped with Pixel Shift Multi Shooting that takes multiple images and combines them on a PC to create an ultra-high resolution image.
  • By combining with the grip extension GP-X2 included with the Alpha 7C Rv, you can shoot comfortably with a stable hold even when shooting for long periods of time or using a telephoto lens.

Common Features of the Alpha 7C II and Alpha 7C R

1. Compact size and high mobility

Both models are easy to handle and easy to carry. Compact size (both models are approximately 4.88 in wide x 2.8 in high x 2.5 in deep) and weighi approximately 18.1 oz for the Alpha 7C II and approximately 18.2 oz for the Alpha 7C R. When combined with the wide-angle zoom lens, FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II, announced today, it achieves the excellent image expression and high-speed AF that are unique to the G Master™ series, with the brightness of F2.8 at full zoom range. The user can choose their favorite lens from Sony's extensive E-mount series of more than 70 lenses and enjoy a variety of image expressions in both still images and movies.

2. AF performance with improved subject recognition performance thanks to the built-in AI processing unit

Equipped with the same AI-processing unit as the Alpha 7R V, which recognizes subjects with high accuracy with Real-time Recognition AF. For example, when taking a picture of a person, even if the subject strikes a complicated pose or their face is hidden, human-pose estimation technology can be used to capture and track the subject with high accuracy. In addition to the existing tracking capabilities for people and animals already found in the Alpha 7C series, it is now possible to recognize birds, insects, cars, trains, and airplanes as subjects in the new models.

3. Advanced video performance

The Alpha 7C II and Alpha 7C R condense high-resolution and detailed video data equivalent to 7K and 6K, respectively, and can output high-quality 4K video. Equipped with S-Log3, which supports a wide latitude of 14+ stopsvi, it renders rich gradation with little overexposure and underexposure even in scenes with contrast. Also, in Log shooting mode, the LUT imported by the user can be displayed on the camera monitor image, allowing the user to shoot while checking the finished image in post-production. In addition, it is equipped with S-Cinetone™, a unique Sony feature which can create a cinematic look straight out of the camera without post-processing. Based on Sony's Cinema Line technology, S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin color and deliver cinematic quality. It also features Creative Look, which allows you to easily change the look and feel of video and still images.

4. Operability and connectivity

Equipped with a touch-operable vari-angle LCD monitor, intuitive operation with the latest touch menu supports comfortable shooting. In addition to the new front dial that allows the user to assign their favorite functions, the still image/movie/S&Q switch dial, and an XGA high-resolution viewfinder, etc., the camera is easy to use. The camera is equipped with a 7.0-stepiv optical 5-axis in-body image stabilization to support stable camera work.

In terms of connectivity, the camera is compatible with the smartphone application Creators' Appvii that uploads videos and still images taken with the camera to a cloud service, while allowing remote camera operation and image transfer from the camera to mobile devices. By the end of September 2023, Sony plans to support a new version of the software development kit Camera Remote SDK that enables remote operation and settings adjustments.

5. Designed with environmentally friendly principles in mind

Over the past 11 years, Sony has replaced approximately 395 tonsviii of virgin plastic with recycled plastic in digital cameras and digital video cameras. Recycled materials, including SORPLAS™ix, are used for the camera body, reducing environmental impact without sacrificing functionality. In addition to being equipped with Sony’s Screen Reader functionx that reads menus and video playback screens aloud to assist operations, a new menu Magnify Display function has been added to support the creative activities of a variety of creators.

Pricing and Availability

The new Alpha 7C II will be available in Fall 2023 at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers:

Camera only: MSRP $2199.99 USD, $2999.99 CAN

Camera w/ 28-60mm lens: MSRP $2499.99 USD, $3399.99 CAN

The new Alpha 7C R will be available in Fall 2023 at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers:

Camera only: MSRP $2999.99 USD, $4099.99 CAN

The new GP-X2 extension will be available in Fall 2023 at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers for MRSP $159.99 USD, $214.99 CAN.

Orders

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Sony Alpha 7C R launch video:

Sony Alpha 7C II launch video:

Notes:

i Approximate effective megapixels.

ii Weight includes battery and memory card.

iii Alpha 7C II:QFHD (3840×2160). 4K60p/50p recording is only available in Super 35mm mode. Alpha 7C R: Angle of view is approx. 1.2x when shooting 4K 60/50p movies.

iv CIPA standard compliant, Pitch/Yaw direction, with FE 50 mm F1.2 GM attached, long exposure noise reduction off.

v Grip extension (model GPX2) for the Alpha 7C II sold separately.

vi When shooting S-Log3. Sony internal measurement.

vii Check regional availability of services and applications.

viii According to Sony. Recycled materials used for product bodies and accessories from April 2012 to March 2023.

ix Depending on the time of production, SORPLAS™ may not be used for some parts.

x Supported languages differ depending on the sales region.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 8/29/2023 11:11:34 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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