Canon ‘refreshed’ the ever-so-popular 70-200mm f/2.8 lens from a ‘II’ to a ‘III’ with new optical coatings and paint, but no major changes. While the price is higher than the current II, it actually is the same price as the II was sold at for most of its life. A meh moment for almost everyone except those who scooped up the ‘II’ at reduced prices.
I did wonder if perhaps there might be a bit more under the hood than what Canon had announced. These are arguably the most popular lenses Lensrentals.com stocks; hundreds of copies with constant turnover. Since we do in-house repairs, over the years we’ve noticed some minor upgrades that have taken place; an internal ring and some gears have changed, etc. Internally, the 70-200mm f/2.8 is also one of the ugliest bits of engineering in the Canon fleet. We can understand why it had to be that way; it’s an incredibly complex lens. But we figure this bothered Canon’s optomechanical engineers as much as it did us, so maybe they snuck some changes in.
Just for fun, I hit the tool's "Generate" button a few times to come up with my own Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 G2 press release:
This is a true advance that will inspire your craft and create new opportunities in your imaging world. Now you can possess a single wide-angle lens that coaxes you to seize images that are both extraordinary and impressive. Its performance is unquestioned with regards to tonal depth yet it provides astounding flare control. Like all of our products, this lens incorporates our extensive expertise. This lens provides a classic focal length, offering a unique opportunity to enhance your natural creativity.
We have created a galvanizing new benchmark in photography that will dramatically improve your images. This is a new breakthrough that will revolutionize your craft and create new opportunities in your imaging world. Like all of our products, this lens is in a class of its own. We have combined intuitive control with unsurpassed technology to provide you a singular experience. Catch an instant and make it your revenue photoGenerator forever.
Using advanced technology including multiple floating elements and the industry’s most accurate autofocus system, this lens can take your imaging to new achievements. Discover detail that you never saw was around you. Whatever the subject matter, in any working condition, in all lighting conditions, this lens offers amazing definition while maintaining excellent vignetting control. Designed for the connoisseur, it offers the finest craftsmanship most only wish for, at a price that most can’t afford. Capture images in a way you’ve always wished you could.
Well, that was easy.
The funny thing is, Tamron doesn't mention in their own press release that the G2 model features the exact same optical formula as its predecessor. Want proof? Check out the optical formula diagrams taken from Tamron USA's product pages.
So what's actually new in the G2 model? Here's a quick rundown of the updated features, sans marketing mumbo jumbo:
New coatings on the same ol' lenses
Improved Vibration Compensation - G2 model provides up to 4.5 stops of compensation; previous model's VC assistance was never specified
Improved autofocus performance through, primarily, a new AF algorithm
Possibly better weather sealing - the original model had some sealing that included a rear mount gasket, but the internal seals diagram was never provided
Rear filter holder
Updated exterior to match other G2 lenses
Compatibility with the TAP-in console
As usual, the improvements listed above come at a cost; the G2 version's MSRP is $100.00 more than the original one's and the price difference is even larger considering the current $100.00 instant savings on the G1 model. Check out our Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review for more information on the G2's predecessor.
August 31, 2018, Commack, New York - Tamron announces the launch of a new high-speed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041), for full-frame DSLR cameras.
The new model will be available in Nikon mount on September 21st and in Canon mount October 12th at a suggested retail price of $1299.
With a well-established reputation for ultra-high-quality wideangle zoom lenses with its Model A012, Tamron carries on the tradition of high optical performance with the new SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041).
By incorporating an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element, as well as multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements, the distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations so common in wideangle shooting have been greatly minimized.
Furthermore, a newly developed AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating has been applied to reduce ghosting and flare more thoroughly than ever before.
The optical performance in this high-speed F/2.8 ultra-wideangle zoom lens is outstanding.
In addition, the built-in Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) enables vastly improved AF speed and precision and image stabilization.
This is a next-generation super high-quality, high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens with first-rate optics and a wide range of features that serve to revitalize the user's shooting experience.
With the release of this model, three of Tamron's high-speed F/2.8 zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation) are now G2 (Generation 2).
Super high-quality high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens
The Model A041 is an F/2.8 ultra-wideangle lens with a focal length starting at 15mm that offers high resolution even in the peripheral area of the image. By incorporating an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element and multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to curtail distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations, Tamron has achieved a degree of resolution throughout the range that is just as good as a fixed focal length lens.
Newly developed AX Coating
The AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating, especially effective for wideangle lenses that tend to let in harmful light from peripheral areas, was developed to control rays that affect image quality. It is a revolutionary new proprietary coating developed in-house by Tamron using specialized deposition technology. The new coating keeps the reflection factor for peripheral areas at the same high level as that for the center area, not only overcoming standard curvature issues, but even overcoming the problems of conventionally produced convex surface with large curvatures for which uniform deposition has always proved difficult to achieve. Furthermore, the Model A041, along with eBand (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating utilizing nanotechnology, and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, makes effective use of three different types of coatings, thereby enabling unsurpassed curtailment of ghosting and flare and consequently enabling superlative, exceptionally clear image quality edge to edge.
High-speed, high-precision AF
Superb AF speed and precision is delivered by equipping the lens with a Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system and employing an enhanced AF control algorithm to improve performance. The AF drive uses proprietary Tamron technology, USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), enabling high torque, high response, and silent operation. And because it comes with a Full-time Manual Focus override system, manual focus adjustments can be made on the fly.
VC promises sharp images for all varieties of shooting
Tamron released the first high-speed F/2.8 ultra-wideangle zoom lens in the world equipped with a VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, the original Model A012. The new Model A041 has been further improved with a newly developed VC mechanism that surpasses former versions and reaches 4.5 stops, according to CIPA standards. This makes it possible to shoot sharp photos over a wide range of photographic scenes, including indoor and outdoor shots as well as handheld shots at stopped-down aperture settings for landscape photography.
Rear filter holder
The Model A041 made for use on Canon (EF-mount) cameras comes with a filter holder as a standard feature that lets you insert gelatin and other sheet filters into the rear side of the lens. This makes photography using filters much easier and simpler by overcoming the problem of the curvature of the front lens elements that made shooting with filters so difficult in the past.
Vastly improved highly durable Fluorine Coating
Abrasion resistance capability has been vastly improved on the new Model A041. The front surface of the lens element is coated with a Fluorine Coating based on a newly developed fluorine compound with high water- and oil-repellent properties. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints, and enabling your important lenses to be continually protected on a long-term basis.
The new design provides greater operability and design consistency
With the new SP design applied, Model A041 shares the same feel of high quality and operability as the other two models in this series, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) and SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025). Tamron has merged beautiful craftsmanship with intuitive design in this new high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens. Even details like the shape of the switch box, distance-scale window, and the precision and stability of the metallic mount reveal a commitment to functionality, as well as design. The result is a next-generation lens that's easy to use yet loaded with cutting-edge technology.
Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new Model A041 is compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer for easy updating of the lens's firmware as well as customization of features including fine adjustments to the focus position of AF and VC control.
Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series
Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product's robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.
Photolemur is the world’s first fully automated solution for creating perfect photos.
It works on Mac and PC, automatically analyzes and perfects your images, and doesn’t require any manual involvement.
Photolemur is powered by artificial intelligence that recognizes objects, faces, trees, sky, foliage and more; distinguishes between portraits, landscapes and macro photographs; and applies the appropriate enhancements for each type of image.
Photolemur 3.0 includes the world's first fully automatic processing and retouching of faces: skin smoothing, removing skin defects, smart eye enlargement and hair structure.
The new Photolemur 3.0 version has six new styles along with the ability to impose them on images. The program is also able to enhance a large number of photos simultaneously: more than 200 images at the same time, which will speed up a workflow considerably.
Photolemur 3.0 is possibly the greatest time-saver in the history of photo editing!
Here are the most essential changes in Photolemur 3.0:
Automatic Face Enhancement with skin retouching and teeth whitening
Smart Eye Enlargement
Adding Styles to photos
New menu for opacity settings
Quick access menu for face enhancement, lens correction and eye enlargement
Apply settings from one image to all images in batch
SmugMug Export (for Mac version)
Performance and stability boost
Photolemur 3.0 will be available for pre-order on August 28, and released on September 14.
New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Family at a special pre-order price of $49
A collection of bonuses will also be included in every purchase.
Photolemur 3.0 Regular Pricing:
Current users may upgrade at a price of $19
New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Family at a price of $59
New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Single at a price of $39
The Redesigned Nikon D3500 is the Most Portable Entry-Level Nikon DSLR Ever, and the Easiest Way to Capture the Moments that Matter Most
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon unveiled the new Nikon D3500, a compact, entry-level DSLR that makes capturing the world easier and more convenient than ever.
The 24.2-megapixel D3500 features an updated CMOS image sensor and Nikon EXPEED image processor to capture sharp details and vivid colors, and is packed with easy-to-use features that help first-time DSLR users start capturing better photos and video right away.
With its ergonomic and lightweight body, approximately 1,550 shots on a single charge and convenient features like Nikon SnapBridge and helpful Guide Mode, the Nikon D3500 is a great option for parents, travelers and photo enthusiasts who are eager to take their photography to the next level.
“The Nikon D3500 is ideal for consumers who are looking to easily capture the kinds of images that their smartphone simply cannot match, and share them seamlessly with family and friends,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc.
“The D3500 reaffirms our commitment to releasing convenient DX-format DSLR options for those just discovering photography.”
Capture Stunning Images and Video with Ease
The Nikon D3500 is bursting with high-performance features that help first-time DSLR users capture amazing images in a variety of situations.
The camera’s broad ISO range of 100-25,600 makes it easy to capture sharp, clear images in low-light shooting situations with very little noise, while the 11-point autofocus (AF) System locks onto subjects, even fast-moving pets or children to help ensure that fleeting moments aren’t missed.
The D3500 also features built-in Effect Modes to help entry-level users discover and express their personal creative vision.
Additionally, the Nikon D3500 is capable of continuous shooting up to five frames-per-second (fps), helping to capture candid moments with ease.
The Nikon D3500 is also equipped with Full HD 1080/60p video capability.
Users can switch from shooting photos to video at the press of a button, allowing them to capture spur-of-the-moment memories that will last a lifetime with stunning sharpness and clarity.
To further expand creativity, the in-camera Guide Mode gives new DSLR users the tools they need to learn about their new camera’s capabilities and become better, more knowledgeable photographers.
All these amazing features have been incorporated into a new ergonomic and lightweight design featuring a more comfortable, deeper grip and the slim monocoque body design similar to the Nikon D5600.
The new design also features a more beginner-friendly and intuitive control layout, with a larger playback button and the most frequently-used controls all relocated to the right side of the camera’s LCD where they are easiest to access.
The redesigned Nikon D3500 is ideal for a fast-paced on-the-go lifestyle, making it the perfect companion for any family event or travel adventure.
Always Connected for Easy Sharing
Sharing photos with the ones you love is easier than ever with the Nikon D3500 and Nikon SnapBridge app.
The D3500 uses Bluetooth to create an always-on connection between the camera and a compatible smart device, making it possible to seamlessly share 2MP images to social media as they are captured.
Additionally, D3500 users will now be able to trigger their camera remotely via Bluetooth using SnapBridge.
Nikon SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space, a free online image sharing and storage service that preserves memories in the cloud.
Pricing and Availability
The Nikon D3500 will be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED, for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $849.95 in September 2018.
A Nikon D3500 single-lens kit with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will also be available for (SRP) of $499.95 in September 2018.
In this video, Nikon Optical Engineer and Technical Liaison Atsushi Suzuki explains the merits of the new mirrorless Z-mount.
What I found particularly impressive was Suzuki writing backwards on plexiglass so that the text could be read by someone on the other side.
As I watched him do this, I was immediately reminded of my father, a 20-year Air Force veteran, who used to write backwards on dry erase boards (as a party trick) as I was growing up.
He learned to write backwards quickly and accurately to convey aircraft movements to the "higher ups" on the other side of a glass wall while working as a Control Center Plotter in Okinawa. [Sean]
Preorder the new Nikon mirrorless cameras and lenses here.
Fastest SD Card Completely Sealed One-Piece Molded Structure and Ribless, Switchless Design Keeps Images Safe and Guards against Drops, Bends, Water and Dust
Sony’s new “SF-G series TOUGH specification” UHS-II SD cards are designed to keep images safe in any shooting environment, combining the world’s fastest read and write speeds with an ultra-rugged design that is bend-proof, drop-proof to 5 meters, water-proof and dust-proof. The new cards are 18 times stronger than SD standard (180N compared to 10N rating) to guard against bending and dropping, and use the world’s first monolithic structure with a completely sealed one-piece molding that leaves no empty space in the card and prevents dust or debris from entering. The TOUGH spec. series uses materials of high-grade hardness, unlike conventional SD which uses a thin, 3-part ensemble. They are protected against typical physical damage that can affect conventional SD cards such as a broken plastic casing, broken data protection lock and broken connector ribs.
For photographers fighting the elements to get the perfect shot, the TOUGH spec. SD cards are also waterproof with an IPX8 rating and dustproof with an IP6X rating.
As the world’s first ribless SD card with no write protection switch, the new cards’ design ensures that easy-to-break parts are removed entirely.
Unleash the power of the camera
Continuing an industry trend driven by Sony, full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the a9 and a7 series are packing more and more performance into stills and video performance. These high-end cameras rely on fast memory cards to maximize their performance and with professional photographers now using SD cards more frequently, users are demanding higher levels of reliability and durability associated with other professional card types. With the world’s fastest write speed of up to 299MB/s, buffer clearing time is minimized, allowing photographers to shoot at the highest burst speeds.
The TOUGH spec. SD cards also support V90, the highest standard of video speed class, making it an ideal companion for shooting high-resolution video.
Transferring high-capacity photo and video files is made simple with the TOUGH spec. cards, thanks to a read speed of up to 300MB/s, another world’s fastest, which dramatically streamlines the post-shooting workflow. Addressing the practical needs of photographers, the SF-G series TOUGH specification range feature a bright yellow banding design, making the card easier to spot in dark shooting conditions.
The TOUGH spec. series SD cards include a SD Scan Utility, allowing the user to check that the card is in good condition and File Rescue Software to recover accidentally deleted data and photos. The new cards are also X-ray proof, magnet proof, anti-static, temperature proof and feature UV Guard.
Pricing and Availability
The new SF-G TOUGH series of memory cards are planned to be available in October, at the following suggested prices:
Today, we show you how to easily color match in Photoshop to create realistic composites. Nothing beats manual color work, but in some cases this automatic trick can make matching colors simpler than ever.
Most Creative Cloud applications receiving updates in the next major release will still support Windows 7. It is only Adobe video and audio tools that aren’t supporting Windows 7 – Lightroom and Photoshop will still support [Windows 7].
As we prepare for our next major release of Creative Cloud, we wanted to share some information on updated operating system requirements. To take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies, the next major release of Creative Cloud will not support Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511 and v1607, and Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan). For more detailed information about operating system requirements for the next major release of Adobe video and audio tools, see this post.
If you’re running Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511 and v1607 or Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan), you can continue to run and install current and previous versions of Creative Cloud applications. However, you will not be able to install or run the next major release of Creative Cloud unless you’re on a supported version of Windows or MacOS.
Creative Cloud Desktop, which manages application installs, will continue to be supported on Windows 7 or later and Mac OS X v10.9 or later.
Focusing our efforts on more modern versions of Windows and Mac operating systems allows us to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members, while ensuring peak performance that takes advantage of modern hardware. Visit this site for detailed information on current Creative Cloud app system requirements.
Think Tank Photo’s Upgraded Retrospective Shoulder Bags Feature Increased Photography Gear Security and Lighter Weight
Santa Rosa, Calif. – When Think Tank Photo first released the Retrospective shoulder bag series, they took the photo industry by storm.
Think Tank has now upped the ante with the Retrospective V2.0.
While retaining the soft, form-fitting design, they are lighter than the original.
For greater security, the Retrospective shoulder bags now feature a zippered opening under the main flap that tucks away when not in use.
Each bag has a dedicated interior tablet or laptop pocket, luggage handle pass-through, and a compressible water bottle pocket.
Think Tank also improved its innovative “Sound Silencer” closure, allowing photographers to work more quietly.
The Retrospective V2.0 shoulder bags come in five sizes:
Retrospective 5 V2.0 – Fits a standard DSLR or Mirrorless body with a 17–40mm f/4 lens attached and a 9” tablet. Examples include a Canon 5DMIV with a 50mm f/1.8 attached, 24–70mm f/2.8, and an iPad Mini; or a Sony a7RIII with a 24–70mm f/4 attached, 16–35mm f/4, 55mm f/1.8, and an iPad Mini.
Retrospective 7 V2.0 – Fits a standard DSLR with a 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8 unattached, flash, 10” tablet, and a 13” laptop. Examples include a Nikon D850 with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8, and a SB-5000 AFSpeedlight; or a DJI Mavic Pro drone, controller, batteries and accessories.
Retrospective 10 V2.0 – Fits a gripped DSLR with a 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 10” tablet, 12” laptop, 70–200mm f/2.8 unattached, and a flash. Examples include a Nikon D5 with a 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8 unattached, and a SB-5000 AFSpeedlight.
Retrospective 20 V2.0 – Holds a gripped DSLR with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached or a 300mm f/2.8 unattached, 24–70mm f/2.8, 10” tablet, 12” laptop, and a flash. Examples include a Nikon D5 with a 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, 14–24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8, and a SB-5000 AFSpeedlight.
Retrospective 30 V2.0 – Fits two gripped DSLRs with a 24–70mm f/2.8 and 16–35mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8 unattached, and a 15” laptop. Examples include two Nikon D5 bodies with a 24–70mm f/2.8 and 14–24mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8 unattached, and an iPad.
“Reflecting on your past work helps you be more creative in the future,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s President and lead designer. “When we designed the original Retrospective shoulder bag series, we looked back on our personal experience for inspiration. We wanted to bring back the classic canvas look that is soft yet durable — but doesn’t look like a camera bag full of expensive gear. The Retrospective V2.0 series combines all our experience as photographers and product designers into a highly functional yet timeless camera bag.”
Dedicated pocket fits a tablet or small laptop (size dependent)
Luggage handle pass-through
Collapsible water bottle pocket
Hook-and-loop “Sound Silencers” offer discretion when needed
Webbing rail to accommodate modular pouches or carabineer
Additional dividers to sub-divide compartments for smaller lenses
Front pocket fits a 10” tablet (Retrospective 7, 10 and 20 only)
Wide storage pocket on back
Removable carrying handle
Zippered pocket for valuables and small items
Adjustable shoulder strap with cushioned non-slip pad
Retrospective 5 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 9.5” W x 7.8” H x 4.9” D (24 x 19.5 x 12.5 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 10” W x 8.5” H x 6” D (25.5 x 21.5 x 15 cm)
Tablet pocket (fits 9” tablet): 9.1” W x 6.3” H x 1.0” D (23 x 16 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.0 lbs. (0.9 kg) including all accessories
Retrospective 7 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 12.5” W x 8.8” H x 5.4”D (31.8 x 22.4 x 13.8 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 13.5” W x 9.5” H x 7” D (34.3 x 24.1 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop Pocket (fits up to 13” laptop): 12.2” W x 8.7” H x 1.0” D (31 x 22 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.7 lbs. (1.2 kg) including all accessories
Retrospective 10 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 12” W x 9.5” H x 6.7” D (30.5 x 24 x 17 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 13” W x 10.5” H x 7” D (33 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop Pocket (fits up to 12” laptop): 11.4” W x 9.1” H x 1.0” D (29 x 23 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.7 lbs. (1.2 kg) including all accessories
Retrospective 20 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 12” W x 11.75” H x 6.7” D (30.5 x 29.8 x 17 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 13” W x 12.5” H x 7” D (33 x 31.7 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop Pocket (fits up to 12” laptop): 11.4” W x 11” H x 1.0” D (29 x 28 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3 kg) including all accessories
Retrospective 30 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 15” W x 10.5” H x 6.7” D (38 x 26.7 x 17 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 16” W x 11.2” H x 7” D (40.6 x 28.5 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop Pocket (fits up to 15” laptop): 14.2” W x 9.8” H x 1.0” D (36 x 25 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3 kg) including all accessories
Most higher-end image editing programs now feature automated panorama stitching, but if you don't rotate the lens on its nodal point while capturing the individual images for your spherical panorama, even the best image editing programs will find it challenging to stitch all of the images perfectly.
Instead, portions of the stitched areas don't precisely line up, a result of parallax errors.
Rotating the lens on its nodal point allows you to avoid those parallax errors, ultimately leading to a better panoramic image.
But how do you find the nodal point for your lens?
The solution is probably easier than you think.
Yesterday I determined the nodal points for eight lenses (one at two different focal lengths) using my pano rig.
To find your lens' nodal point:
1. Set up your camera along with aligned subjects.
Set up your tripod-mounted pano rig so that it is level and pointed at two objects that are perfectly lined up in the center of your viewfinder/frame using Live View at max magnification.
For me, that was two light stands set up in my studio about 6' (1.83m) apart.
The farthest light stand was extended just a little bit higher than the closest light stand to make aligning the two subjects easier.
2. Rotate the camera left or right and move the camera forward/backward to create an identical view.
Move your magnified live view frame all the way to the left or right, then rotate the camera so that the front object is within the magnified view.
Now, move the camera forward or backward using the nodal rail until the two objects are lined up just as they had been in the center of the frame view.
3. Record your results.
Record the position of the nodal rail in your clamp, such as "Clamp centered on 49mm rail mark," the lens being used and (if using a zoom lens) the focal length setting of the lens.
If using a zoom lens for your panos, you'll need to determine the nodal points for all focal lengths you intend on using for your panos.
Typically speaking, I usually calculate the nodal points for the shortest and longest focal lengths of a zoom lens.
I find it handy to record the measurements in a cloud-based document so that they can be accessed from any location where data services can be accessed.
Also, keep in mind that your nodal point calculations may be different depending on whether your camera is in portrait orientation or landscape orientation.
Typically, you'll want to orient your camera vertically to maximize your panorama's resolution.
However, if shooting horizontally, the plates in your L-brackets may be offset from one another.
For 5D Mark III L-bracket, the offset is 15.5mm, meaning I have to subtract 15.5mm from my vertical orientation measurement to get the landscape oriented one.
If planning to travel to remote areas to capture panoramic images, storing the nodal point measurement values locally on your smartphone in a notepad app (or alternately in a traditional paper notepad) would be best.
My particular pano rig consists of a bidirectional clamp and a multi-purpose rail.
Instead of moving the rail in the tripod's head, I move the bidirectional clamp that's connected to the camera.
Therefore, I have to ensure that the rail is clamped into the index rotator's clamp at the exact same position each time if I ever entirely break down the setup.
While that sounds a bit complicated, it's not in practice.
I just make sure the first measurement mark on the rail is lined up with the front edge of the index rotator clamp, and all is well.
After calculating the nodal points for several of my lenses, I got the itch to create another 360-degree panorama.
After a short time thinking about the possible locations to photograph, as you can see from above, our renovated second bedroom was the subject I chose.
To capture the image, I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens a 3-shot exposure bracket at each 20° interval.
I then combined the exposure brackets in Lightroom (using identical settings for each HDR blend) and compiled the panoramic image with Hugin.
Want to step into our nursery?
Download and install FSPViewer and open this high-resolution version of the image above in the app for a cool virtual experience.
August 27, 2018 – New York, New York – Rokinon has announced its new Digital Photo 85mm F1.8 Compact Prime Lens, the 7th in its compact lens series. The new 85mm is sized and optically designed specifically for mirrorless cameras to deliver high resolution performance from the center of the image to its corners. It is a high speed telephoto lens that delivers equivalent focal lengths of approximately 128mm with APS-C Sony E and Fuji X cameras, 136mm with Canon M cameras, and 170mm with Micro 4/3 cameras.
Optically, the Rokinon 85mm F1.8 is constructed of 9 elements in 7 groups and features a High-Refractive Index element and an Extra-low Dispersion element. Additionally, it uses UMC ultra multi-coating to help minimize chromatic aberrations and unnecessary light dispersion. Intuitive, damped and precise manual focus control combine with its fast 1.8 aperture and rounded 9 blade diaphragm for exceptional low light, bokeh and selective focus capabilities.
The compact and light-weight design of this fast telephoto offers excellent portability and comfort that is perfect for travel, candid, portraits, and close up photography with mirrorless cameras. Additional features include a non-rotating 62mm filter mount, a reversible for storage lens hood and a soft pouch case.
9 Glass elements in 7 Groups
Aperture Range: F1.8-22
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Coating: Ultra Multi-Coating
Minimum Focusing Distance: 2.13ft (0.65m)
Filter Size: 62mm
Lens Hood: Removable
Maximum Diameter: 2.66” (67.5mm)
The new Rokinon Digital Photo 85mm F1.8 compact prime lens is expected to be available in September with a street price of only $399.00.
Mavic 2 Series Features Two Industry First Camera Options With New Intelligent Features And Optimized Flight Performance
August 23, 2018 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today introduced a new era for camera drones with two additions to its iconic Mavic series: Mavic 2 Pro, the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera, and Mavic 2 Zoom, the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability.
The Mavic 2 is the most advanced DJI camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators. Incorporating the iconic folding design of the world’s most popular Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 is a powerful platform with new gimbal-stabilized cameras and advanced intelligent features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling. With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, Mavic 2 delivers the optimal flight experience for capturing epic shots.
“When the Mavic Pro was launched two years ago, it redefined the way people looked at a drone and expanded possibilities for creators around the world,” said Roger Luo, President at DJI. “Today, we enter a new era of aerial photography with the introduction of DJI’s new flagship product, the Mavic 2 series. The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom will enable photographers and videographers to take their inspirations to the air quickly and elevate their creative ideas to new heights.”
Mavic 2 Pro: Superior Image Quality with Hasselblad
Co-engineered in partnership with Hasselblad, the leading manufacturer in medium format photography, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera for outstanding image quality with superior light and color performance. Housing a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, the camera captures four times as many levels of color per channel compared to Mavic Pro to provide maximum flexibility for photo and video editing. The Mavic 2 Pro can capture 20-megapixel aerial shots with utmost color accuracy using Hasselblad’s unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology, while an adjustable aperture from f/2.8-f/11 provides more control across a wide variety of lighting conditions. With 4K 10-bit HDR support, the Mavic 2 Pro can be plugged into a 4K TV with HLG and will play back footage with the right color tones.
Mavic 2 Zoom: A Dynamic Perspective with Optical and Digital Zoom
Powered by a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, the Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with zoom, providing a dynamic perspective that ushers in a new era of creative storytelling. With the Mavic 2 Zoom, you can get closer to your subject at a moment’s notice by combining two-times optical zoom (24-48mm) with two-times digital zoom to simulate a 96mm telephoto lens that captures lossless video in full HD resolution. Hybrid auto-focus on the Mavic 2 Zoom combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy with an increased focus speed of up to 40% faster than before. Shoot vivid 12-megapixel photos or take advantage of the new Super Resolution feature that uses optical zoom to automatically capture and stitch nine photos together for a highly detailed 48-megapixel image, making it an ideal option for landscape photography.
Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom, the new Dolly Zoom QuickShot mode opens a new visual language for storytelling that was previously reserved for professional cinematographers. It creates an otherworldly warped perspective by automatically zooming in as it flies away from its subject, keeping the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed.
Mavic 2 Series: DJI’s New Flagship Consumer Drone with Powerful Camera Options
Both cameras capture vivid 4K ultra-high definition video with extreme detail, recording at a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec to give you an exceptional degree of latitude in post-production workflows. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range, giving the Mavic 2 Pro an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range and Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.
New Intelligent Tools For Epic, Cinematic Shots
The Mavic 2 is the ultimate tool for aerial content creation with new intelligent flight modes that make capturing professional-quality results almost effortless. A new Hyperlapse feature produces establishing shots that show the passing of time, which you can share to social media immediately. JPEG and RAW photos can be simultaneously saved on a Micro SD card or the internal storage, leaving more room for post editing. Choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:
Free - pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
Circle - automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
Course Lock - keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
Waypoint - plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.
Keeping a moving subject in the frame is now easier than ever with ActiveTrack 2.0. This enhanced auto-track feature delivers a powerful combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future. When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).
Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight
The Mavic 2 delivers autonomous flight capabilities that help you capture shots with even more confidence in complex environments. A fully upgraded FlightAutonomy system transmits data to a more powerful central processor for more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions, allowing you to focus on capturing the perfect shot.
An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.
A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that support both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams. It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, allowing you to instantly edit and upload Full HD footage directly from the video cache in the DJI app in a wider variety of situations. Original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device, so you can immediately share what you create without the need to transfer files from the drone.
Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time
The Mavic 2’s redesigned, more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode. Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, the Mavic 2 has a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.
To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers' data.
A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. The Mavic 2 is compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.
Price and Availability
The US retail price of a Mavic 2 Pro, including the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers, is $1,449 USD. The US retail price of a Mavic 2 Zoom, including the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers, is $1,249 USD. A Fly More Kit, including two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, retails at $319 USD. A gimbal replacement service exclusively for Mavic 2 will be available soon.
Starting today, the Mavic 2 is available for preorder at DJI authorized retailers.
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the full-frame (Nikon FX–format) Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 mirrorless cameras, as well as NIKKOR Z lenses, featuring a new, larger-diameter mount to enable the next generation of ultimate optical performance.
The new Nikon Z mount system is comprised of mirrorless cameras and compatible NIKKOR Z lenses and accessories.
This system has been realized through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance.
It has inherited Nikon’s tradition of quality, superior imaging technology, intuitive operability and high reliability, all innovated from its digital SLR cameras.
At the heart of the Z mount system is the new, larger-diameter mount, which unlocks further possibilities of lens design.
The Z mount system will offer a variety of high-performance lenses, including the fastest lens in Nikon history, with f/0.951.
Additionally, the new mount adapter will enable compatibility with NIKKOR F mount lenses, adding to the range of choices for photographers.
The letter “Z” represents the culmination of Nikon’s relentless pursuit of ultimate optical performance, and a bridge to a new chapter.
It is about redefining possibilities to provide image makers with tools to pursue greater creativity.
Nikon will expand the value of mirrorless cameras through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance, and by upholding Nikon’s tradition of quality while responding to the evolution of imaging technology.
By providing image makers with stimulating new products, Nikon will continue to lead imaging culture.
Z 7, Z 6 Product Overview
The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with built-in focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.
The high-resolution Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64–25600.
In combination with NIKKOR Z lenses, the camera achieves an outstanding level of sharpness and detail, all the way to the edges of the image.
The versatile Z 6 is an all-purpose FX-format camera with 24.5 effective megapixels, and supports the wide sensitivity range of ISO 100–51200.
With superior performance at high ISO sensitivities and full-frame 4K UHD video capture with full pixel readout, the Z 6 responds to a variety of needs, such as shooting in dimly lit environments and high-quality movie recording.
These two models combine legendary Nikon reliability and a familiar interface with the benefits of a mirrorless, including rapid FPS, hybrid AF, silent shooting and advanced multimedia capabilities.
Primary Features of the Z 7 and Z 6
Equipped with a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with a new backside illumination, Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6. The Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels and supports ISO 64–25600 range of standard sensitivities (reduction to the equivalent of ISO 32 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 102400 is also possible). The Z 6 has an effective pixel count of 24.5 megapixels, and supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100–51200 (additional reduction to the equivalent of ISO 50 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 204800).
A fast and accurate hybrid AF system with focus points covering approximately 90% of the imaging area The Z 7 has 493 focus points2 and the Z 6 has 273 focus points2, enabling broad coverage of approximately 90% of the imaging area both horizontally and vertically. This hybrid AF system uses an algorithm optimized for the FX-format sensor, to automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF when focusing to achieve focus. Newly-designed NIKKOR Z lenses take full advantage of this system, providing faster, quieter and with increased AF accuracy than previously possible for both still images and videos.
The new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine for sharp and clear imaging, and new functions that support creativity The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with the new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine. Employing the superior resolving power of NIKKOR Z and NIKKOR F mount lenses, subjects are rendered more sharply than ever before. Noise is also effectively reduced. Additionally, a mid-range sharpening option has been added to Picture Control sharpness parameters. This option, along with existing sharpening and clarity parameters, allows users to make various textures within the screen sharper or softer, for both still images and video3. The cameras also offer 20 options of Creative Picture Control, supporting creative imaging expression. The effect level is adjustable from 0 to 100.
An electronic viewfinder that utilizes Nikon's superior optical and image-processing technologies to offer a clear and natural view The electronic viewfinder adopted for the Z 7 and Z 6 is comfortable and easy to use, comparable to optical viewfinders. Both cameras are equipped with an electronic viewfinder for which an approximately 3690k-dot OLED panel has been adopted. The electronic viewfinder has frame coverage and magnification of approximately 100% and 0.8x, respectively, as well as an approximately 37.0° diagonal viewing angle. It draws on Nikon's superior optical technologies and image-processing technologies, ensuring a clear and comfortable view, with reduced aberration and minimum eyestrain, even during extended shoots. Furthermore, a fluorine coat that effectively repels dirt has been applied to the eyepiece protection window. In addition, the menu can be displayed in the electronic viewfinder, allowing users to quickly view and adjust a variety of shooting settings, including ISO sensitivity, AF-area mode, and Picture Control, all while looking through the viewfinder.
An ergonomic design unique to Nikon that enables intuitive and familiar operation The Z 7 and Z 6 have inherited the superior operability that Nikon has cultivated over the years through its development of cameras. The bodies are compact, while boasting a firm grip that is easy to hold, and the sub-selector and buttons such as AF-ON, ISO, and exposure compensation are all placed so that they can be operated swiftly and easily. Additionally, a display panel has been placed on the top plate of the camera, where information about settings can be displayed, similar to high-end digital SLR camera models.
Video functions such as 10-bit N-Log that enables wide dynamic range, and timecoding that respond to professional needs The Z 7 and Z 6 support recording of not only full-frame 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p movies using the FX-based video format, but also Full-HD/120p movies. Sharper 4K UHD movies are made possible, using the full-pixel readout4. Additionally, Active D-Lighting, electronic vibration reduction, and focus peaking can be used with 4K UHD and Full-HD movie recording. Nikon’s original N-Log color profile can also be used with 10-bit5 HDMI output. The N-Log setting utilizes extensive color depth and twelve-stop, 1,300% dynamic range to record a wealth of tone information from highlights and shadows for more effective color grading. Timecode support makes synchronizing video and sound from multiple devices easier. Additionally, the control ring built into NIKKOR Z lenses can be used to quietly and smoothly adjust settings such as aperture and exposure compensation.
Nikon's first6 in-camera vibration reduction with approx. 5.0-stop7 effectiveness The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with in-camera vibration reduction (VR). The VR unit provides compensation for movement along five axes. The effects of vibration reduction are equivalent to a shutter speed up to approximately 5.0 stops7. This function can also be used effectively with NIKKOR F lenses, including those not equipped with a VR function, with the Mount Adapter FTZ (sold separately)8.
Same level of strength and durability, as well as dust- and drip- resistance, as the Nikon D850, offered in a compact body
A 3.2-in., approximately 2100k-dot touch-sensitive LCD monitor, with a tilting mechanism
Silent photography function eliminates shake and noise caused by shutter release
Peaking stack image function9 enables confirmation of the area in focus after shooting using focus shift, which is convenient for focus stacking10
High-speed continuous shooting (extended)11 at approximately 9 fps (Z 7) and 12 fps (Z 6) captures fast motion
Interval timer photography that makes 8K (Z 7) time-lapse movie creation10 possible
An extended low-light metering range12 allows users to easily capture scenes such as the transition from sunset to starry night sky, using aperture-priority auto exposure
Built-in Wi-Fi for direct connection to a smart device using SnapBridge
Built-in Wi-Fi makes the transfer of images and movies to a computer possible
Support for existing digital SLR camera accessories such as the EN-EL15/a/b batteries, WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (available separately) for transferring images and movies at high speed over a wired or wireless LAN, and radio-controlled/optical controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, which makes flexible multi-flash photography possible
Development of the MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack
The MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack that is currently in development will hold two EN-EL15b, effectively increasing the number of shots possible and/or movie recording time by approximately 1.8x. It will provide the same level of dust and drip resistance as the Z 7 and Z 6, and will support USB charging using the EH-7P Charging AC Adapter. Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.
Price and Availability
The Nikon Z 7 will be available September 27 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3399.95* for the body-only configuration, or for $3999.95 SRP as a kit with the new NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S lens. The Nikon Z 6 will be available in late November for the $1995.95 SRP for the body only configuration, or for the $2,599.95 SRP with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens kit.
1 Within interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lens. 2 With FX (36x24) image area and single-point AF enabled. 3 Mid-range sharpness adjustment is only possible at “High quality” movie setting. 4 DX-based movie format with the Z 7. 5 Simultaneous recording of 4K UHD movies with 10-bit output to the camera's memory card is not possible. 6 Among interchangeable-lens cameras. 7 Measured in accordance with CIPA standards (using the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, with zoom set at the maximum telephoto position) 8 The level of compensation achieved when a NIKKOR F mount lens is used is not as high as that of a NIKKOR Z lens 9 Can only be confirmed using the camera with which focus shift was performed. 10 Third-party software is required. 11 Continuous H (extended) in 12-bit RAW, JPEG, or TIFF format. 12 With interval timer shooting or time-lapse movie recording with silent photography and exposure smoothing enabled.
Designed Exclusively for the Nikon Z Mount System, Featuring a New, Larger-Diameter Mount
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of three new lenses designed for the next-generation Nikon Z mount system's full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras, for which a new larger-diameter mount has been adopted. The three new lenses are the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, the wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and the standard prime NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S. Nikon has also announced the Mount Adapter FTZ for Z System compatibility with existing NIKKOR F mount lenses and development of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens1.
NIKKOR Z lenses pursue a new dimension in optical performance, by taking advantage of the superior design flexibility made possible by the combination of the larger Z mount with its inner diameter of 55mm, and a short flange focal distance of 16mm. The lenses offer sharp resolution with both still-image and video recording, and are equipped with functions that include: compensation for focus breathing (the shifting of the angle of view when focus is adjusted), quiet operation, smooth exposure control, a control ring and performance that is well suited for video capture.
The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S are S-Line interchangeable lenses. The S-Line is a newly designated grade of NIKKOR Z lenses that adhere to a new benchmark in optical performance, realizing rendering performance that surpasses that of conventional f/4 standard zoom lenses and f/1.8 wide-angle or standard prime lenses. From maximum aperture, clear and sharp resolution can be achieved as well as beautiful bokeh characteristics.
Additionally, the Mount Adapter FTZ has been designed to allow users of Nikon SLR cameras to utilize their existing NIKKOR F mount lenses with the Z mount system and enjoy taking advantage of an even wider variety of lens characteristics with their photography.
Development of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct
Nikon is currently developing the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, a standard prime manual focus lens and the fastest lens in Nikon’s history. The design of the Noct lens exemplifies Nikon’s mission to pursue the ultimate optical performance in the mirrorless category. As the result, the Noct is positioned at the top of the S-Line. In addition, Nikon is planning on releasing a variety of new lenses that will continue to expand its line of attractive, high-performance NIKKOR Z lenses that further extend photographers' creative expressions.
NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Primary Features
Standard focal-length range from wide-angle 24mm to medium-telephoto 70mm can effectively cover a wide variety of scenes and subjects with rendering performance that will change the perception of what is possible with zoom lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4
Optical design that suppresses variations in aberrations from shooting distances of close-up to infinity, demonstrating sharp resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame from the maximum aperture, as well as fine point-image reproduction
Achieved a minimum focus distance of just 0.3 m across the zoom range
Adoption of an ED glass element, an aspherical ED lens element, and three aspherical lens elements
Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghosting and flare
Has the size needed to deliver an extremely high standard of optical performance, yet provides outstanding portability; employs a retracting mechanism that can be set on/off without pressing a button and reduces total length for a compact lens that can easily be taken anywhere
In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed
Fluorine coat applied to front lens surface
NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Primary Features
Superior rendering ignites creativity, and redefines perceptions of what a 50mm f/1.8 lens can do
Thorough suppression of axial chromatic aberration ensures superior resolution with faithful reproduction of the fine textures in subjects, even from maximum aperture
Sharp and clear rendering of details from the center of the frame to the peripheral edges, regardless of the shooting distance
The soft and beautiful bokeh characteristics at any shooting distance possible only with a fast (bright) lens
Adoption of two ED glass, and two aspherical lens elements
Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghosting and flare
Adoption of a new, powerful stepping motor (STM) enables quiet and accurate AF control during both still-image capture and video recording
In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed
Mount Adapter FTZ Primary Features
Full compatibility with more than 90 lenses and functionality with approximately 360 existing NIKKOR F lenses from AI type onwards2
The unique characteristics of NIKKOR F mount lenses can be applied to Z mount system image quality
In-camera VR (Vibration Reduction) with three-axis VR is available when attaching a NIKKOR F lens without built-in VR; in-camera VR also performs well with stills and video recording
When attaching a NIKKOR F lens with built-in VR, lens VR and in-camera VR effectively work together to compensate for camera shake by enabling three-axis VR.
Various sections of the adapter are effectively sealed to ensure dust- and drip-resistant performance equivalent to that of NIKKOR F lenses
Designed to be lightweight yet tough with consideration for superior operability as a part of a complete system
Development of the New NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens that Pursues Ultimate Optical Performance
The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct that Nikon is currently developing will be a large aperture, standard 58mm prime focal-length, the fastest lens in Nikon’s history3, manual-focus lens positioned at the very top of the S-Line. It will stand to symbolize the Nikon Z mount system's new dimension in optical performance.
It has inherited the design concept behind the original AI Noct-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2, a standard prime lens released in 1977, named for “Nocturne” (a musical composition inspired by or evocative of the night), and was popular for its ability to finely reproduce point light sources as point images. This new Noct lens that is currently in development will take advantage of the advanced design flexibility afforded by the Z mount, pursuing ultimate optical performance. Development continues with the goals of achieving an extremely fast maximum aperture of f/0.95, offering the ultimate in NIKKOR rendering performance with superior detail and sharpness. Additionally, the goal is to achieve beautiful blur characteristics, or bokeh, with good continuity, and ensure outstanding point-image reproduction capabilities for more compelling, three-dimensional imaging.
The NIKKOR Z Lens Roadmap
Information in the roadmap, including release dates, are subject to change. Product names after the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct are not yet finalized.
Price and Availability
The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S and NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S will be available September 27 for the suggested retail prices (SRP) of $999.95* and $849.95*, respectively. The NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens will be available in late October for the SRP of $599.95*. The Mount Adapter FTZ will be available September 27 for $249.95* SRP (Additional $100 savings when purchased together with a Z 7 or Z 6, through 12/31/2018).
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is a high-performance, FX-format, super-telephoto lens that supports 500 mm focal length. The adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element has significantly reduced the size and weight of the lens, making hand-held super-telephoto photography easier and more enjoyable.
With a maximum diameter of 106 mm and length of 237 mm, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, which weighs 1,460g (roughly the same weight as the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR) is significantly lighter than previous 500mm lenses which can typically weigh up to more than 3,000g. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is designed with consideration to dust- and drip- resistance, which in addition to the fluorine coat applied to the front lens surface, allows greater agility when shooting.
The use of one PF lens element and three ED glass elements enables extremely sharp and detailed rendering that is compatible with high pixel-count digital cameras. In addition, the materials used in the new PF lens element have been developed effectively to reduce PF (diffraction) flare, allowing light sources to be reproduced in near-original colors. In combination with Nikon's coating technologies, such as the Nano Crystal Coat, effective in controlling ghost and flare, extremely clear images are achieved.
AF speed has been increased by making lens elements in the focusing group lighter. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is equipped with a VR mechanism that offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.01-stop increase in shutter speed. The SPORT VR mode that has been adopted is especially effective when photographing fast-moving and unpredictable subjects such as wild birds, or in scenes such as sporting events. The stabilization of the image displayed in the viewfinder is also an effective feature for recording movies.
Additionally, the use of the Mount Adapter FTZ will allow the lens to be used with mirrorless cameras Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, also announced today. Users will be able to enjoy super-telephoto shooting at the 500 mm focal length with a system that is even more compact than ever before.
We are also planning to release the Dot Sight DF-M1, an accessory that is highly effective with super-telephoto photography. With super-telephoto shooting, a narrow field of view in the viewfinder tends to be made visible – making it easy to lose track of the subject. The Dot Sight DF-M1 makes it easy to keep track of the intended subject within the frame, even if the subject exhibits sudden movement.
PF (Phase Fresnel) Lens Elements
The PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration, utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon2. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with fewer lens elements.
Significantly smaller and lighter with the adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, making 500 mm hand-held super-telephoto photography easier and more enjoyable
Designed with consideration to dust- and drip-resistance; fluorine coat applied to front lens surface, effectively repelling water droplets, grease, and dirt
Adoption of one PF lens element and three ED glass elements for extremely sharp and detailed rendering, compatible with high pixel-count digital cameras
Optical performance that is not compromised with the use of the TC-14E III AF-S teleconverter
Materials used in the new PF lens element effectively control PF (diffraction) flare
Ghost and flare effectively suppressed with the adoption of the Nano Crystal Coat, enabling clear images
AF speed increased by making lens elements in the focusing group lighter
Equipped with a VR mechanism that offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.01-stop increase in shutter speed, in two modes: NORMAL and SPORT
Electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism adopted for extremely precise aperture control
We will release the Dot Sight DF-M1 (available separately), an accessory that is highly effective with super-telephoto photography. This accessory makes it easy to keep track of the intended subject, even if the subject exhibits sudden movement.
Price and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR will be available September 13 for the suggested retail prices (SRP) of $3,599.95. The Dot Sight DF-M1 will be available for $174.95 SRP.
I am very much looking forward to spending some time photographing whitetail buck during the rut in beautiful Shenandoah National Park this fall and would love to have you join me!
The Wed-Sat spaces have been filled, but space for two people remains available during the Sun-Wed dates. Interested in taking your wildlife photography skills to the next level? join me!
A 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens is an extremely versatile tool. So veratile, in fact, it's often a pro photographer's most-used lens (or maybe just behind their general purpose zoom).
Engagements, weddings, parties, events, theater, stage performances, high school senior, fashion, documentary, lifestyle, zoo, product and landscape photography are all great uses for this focal length range.
If you're looking to add a 70-200(ish) mm zoom lens to your kit, and don't need an f/2.8 max aperture and/or don't want the size/weight/cost penalties tied to the wider aperture, then the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens are likely at the top of your considerations list.
Both lenses feature an f/4 max aperture that can be stopped down to f/32, nine rounded aperture blades and built-in stabilization.
Where the two lenses differ, of course, will determine which one is the better candidate for your kit.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Shared Features
70-200mm-class focal length range
Constant f/4 max aperture; can be stopped down to f/32
9 rounded aperture blades
High grade build quality with weather sealing
Optional tripod ring
Primary Advantages of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Better image stabilization: 5-stops vs. 4
Slightly lighter weight: 28.2 oz (800g) vs. 30.3 oz (859g)
Autofocus range limiter vs. none
Better AF performance, especially when using the outer AF points
Better balance: rearward positioned zoom ring vs. forward positioned
Primary Advantages of the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens
Slightly smaller size: 2.99 x 6.9” (76 x 175.3mm) vs. 3.15 x 6.93” (80 x 176mm)
Higher maximum magnification: 0.32x vs. 0.27
Focus calibration can be adjusted by focal length range and subject distance in the lens via optional TAP-in Console accessory vs. adjusted by focal length range only in camera via camera bodies with Autofocus Microadjustment feature
Extra 10mm of focal length range on the long end
Other things to consider:
Filter size: 72mm (Canon) vs. 67mm (Tamron)
Large magnification change while zooming (Tamron)
Rings rotate in the Nikon-standard direction (Tamron)
The Canon is noticeably sharper at f/4 (especially at 200mm) and shows less flare
The Tamron shows less vignetting and geometric distortion
Who should opt for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens?
From an image quality perspective, most photographers will appreciate the sharpness of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM's images compared to the better distortion and vignetting performance of the Tamron.
If you're shooting in situations where you can't afford to miss focus, the Canon's better autofocus performance (both in accuracy and consistency) will more than offset the lens' higher acquisition cost, especially in low light situations.
And in regards to low light situations, the Canon's 1-stop higher rated stabilization system will help you get sharper images of non-moving subjects under the same shooting conditions.
For those that will typically utilize the lens at its longest focal length, the Canon's better image quality at 200mm will certainly be appreciated.
If intending on having your 70-200mm lens mounted for long periods of time, the Canon's rearward positioned zoom ring will certainly be more comfortable to use.
And finally, if you currently only have Canon-made zoom lenses in your kit, acclimating to Tamron's reversed rotating zoom and focus rings can be maddening, especially when a fleeting shot opportunity requires a fast reaction speed.
Who should opt for the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens?
If your budget does not extend to the Canon equivalent, the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens offers many of the same benefits at at less than two-thirds the cost (without rebates).
For those who plan on using their medium telephoto zoom primarily for static portraiture, especially when a focus-and-recompose technique can be employed while using the enter AF point, the Tamron's AF performance should be more than sufficient for the task.
Do you own an EOS Rebel-series camera body without the ability to fine-tune AF parameters via Autofocus Microadjustment?
The Tamron may prove to be the safest choice as you can compensate for autofocus miscalibration issues via the optional TAP-in Console; if you experienced a similar issue with the Canon lens, you'd need to send your camera and lens to Canon's Service Department for calibration, a much less convenient solution to the problem.
Note about focal length range difference: The extra 10mm of focal length range provided by the Tamron will not be terribly significant from a practical standpoint. For instance, the difference in framing the an identical target at 200mm with the Canon and 210mm with the Tamron amounted to slightly more than 1' (305mm), meaning you could get the same basic framing with the Canon lens by leaning forward.
As you can see, from a specifications standpoint, these lenses are very similar.
If your budget extends to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM, and you'll be using it with a body that features Autofocus Microadjustment, we highly recommend adding the L-series lens to your kit because of its sharpness, IS/AF and balance advantages over the Tamron.
However, if your budget is more limited, the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD is an excellent value when its versatility and overall performance are considered.
This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements such as Book module update, customizing pages, uploading Presets and Profiles in bulk, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.
Book module enhancements
New Blurb Book styles and Paper type
In this release of Lightroom Classic CC, two new book types (Blurb Magazine and Blurb Trade Book) and a new paper type (Standard Layflat) have been introduced in the Book module.
New Blurb Book styles
To access the new Blurb book styles, do the following:
Navigate to the Book module.
In the Book Settings panel on the right, click the Book drop-down list.
In the drop-down list, you can choose from Blurb Photo Book, PDF, JPEG, and the newly introduced Blurb Magazine and Blurb Trade Book.
New Paper type
In the Book Settings panel, select Book as Blurb Photo Book.
In the Paper Type drop-down list, you can choose from Premium Lustre, Premium Matte, ProLine Uncoated, ProLine Pearl Photo, Standard, and the newly introduced Standard Layflat. When using Standard Layflat, the minimum page count is 33 due to the binding requirements. The minimum page count for all other paper types is 20.
Choose where a page number is visible when printed
You can now select where page numbers are printed on a book, including on only left or right pages, or all pages. To adjust the location and display of page numbers in a book, do the following:
Navigate to the Book module.
In the Page panel on the right, select the Page Numbers check box to enable the following options:
Location: Choose where you want to print the page number on page - Top Corner, Bottom Corner, Top, Side, or Bottom.
Display: Choose which pages in the book you want to print the page numbers on - Left and Right, Left Only, or Right Only.
Customize cells within a page
You can now add your own custom-sized cells within a page that are not restricted by the standard padding. Add multiple cells on a page, move specific cells to the front or back and drag the cell exactly where you want it. Then, save the look as a custom page to use the look again for another photo book. To add a new cell to a page:
Select the page in the preview area.
Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) anywhere on the page and choose Add Cell > Photo or a Photo Description from the context-menu.
To resize or move the cells:
Select a cell. A bounding box appears around the cell.
To move the selected cell to a specific location on the page, drag the square icon at the center of the bounding box. Alternatively, use Alt (Win)/Option (Mac) + Arrow keys to move the selected cell.
To adjust the size of the selected cell, drag one of the corner handles of the bounding box.
To arrange a cell to the front or back:
Select a cell.
Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) and choose one of the Send to Back or Bring To Front options from the context-menu.
To save your page modifications as a custom page:
Select a page in the preview area.
Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) anywhere on the page and choose Save As Custom Page from the context-menu. You can access the saved custom page in the Page panel on the right.
Pause and resume the upload of book to Blurb
In the Activity and Status area at the upper-left corner of the window (next to the Lightroom icon), you can now also pause and resume the upload of the pages to Blurb in the expanded progress bar.
Upload Presets and Profiles in bulk
Starting with this release, you can now import multiple presets or profiles in a zip file into Lightroom Classic.
Navigate to the Develop module.
Do any one of the following:
From the menu bar, choose File > Import Develop Profiles and Presets.
In the Presets panel, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-right corner and choose Import Presets from the menu.
In the Basic panel, click the Show Profile Browser icon in the Profile area. In Profile Browser, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-left corner and choose Import Profiles from the menu.
In the import dialog that appears, select the .zip containing profiles and presets that you want to import. You can import XMP presets and profiles, DCP profiles, and LCP profiles as part of a zip file. However, .lrtemplate presets can't be imported as part of a zip file.
HEIC image files support on Windows
Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic CC now supports Apple's HEIC image file format on Windows 10.
Support for new cameras and lenses
Sony RX100 VA (DSC-RX100M5A)
Sony RX100 VI (DSC-RX100M6)
Fixed customer issues
Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 (August 2018 release)
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