Canon and Sony News for Sep 2020

 Wednesday, September 30, 2020
B&H is ready to accept preorders on 10/14/2020 at 12:00 AM EDT.
Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 9/30/2020 11:42:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Until 10/1/20 at 11:59 p.m. E.T, get "Up to 30% savings on Laptops, Desktops, and Monitors."

Save up to 30% at the Dell Outlet limited time sale.

I have been purchasing my Dell XPS laptops from the Dell Outlet for over a decade. The "Certified Refurbished" models are like new and a good deal without the additional savings. My most recent upgrade is a fast, loaded XPS 13 9300.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 9/30/2020 10:42:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
How fast can you check out? The Canon EOS R5 body is in stock at Canon USA.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 9/30/2020 10:25:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I've just returned from 17 days of field testing in some great locations with the Canon EOS R5 (best camera ever), Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens (awesome lens), and an assortment of other gear.

A solid set of images of this huge Alaska Yukon moose was the reward for packing gear nearly three miles into the Alaska mountains. On this afternoon, the cloudy sky created soft, shoot-from-any-direction lighting, and the light rain saturated the fall-colored foliage and hemlock backdrop. I couldn't have scripted a scenario much better than this.

Working in the thick forest meant a zoom focal length was required clear obstructions while facilitating ideal framing that included, at times, a significant amount of the environment around the subject(s). The need to move and work fast meant there was no time for tripod setup. While the RF 100-500 does not have the widest aperture, its image stabilization system coordinating with the R5's in-body image stabilization meant that nearly all of my images were sharp. I came away very impressed and have been re-training my brain to shoot handheld at longer shutter speeds throughout the trip. That is when the animal was motionless.

When photographing wildlife, I usually use manual exposure mode with the aperture wide open (unless the scenario dictates otherwise) along with auto ISO. These settings enable the top dial to be quickly rolled to the minimum shutter speed required to stop any camera or subject motion (or until ISO 100 is reached) in the current shooting scenario. Often, after getting the insurance shots with a relatively fast shutter speed, I capture images at progressively longer exposures attempting to better what has already been captured. Exposure compensation was adjusted as appropriate as moose are very dark animals, encouraging the camera to overexpose the scene.

For this shoot (and for most wildlife photography), AI Servo AF was used, readying the camera for any movement the animal makes. For the moose photos, touch and drag AF was used with the small AF point selected. While this camera's animal eye AF is awesome (game-changing for most wildlife photography, including birds), the black around the moose's eye caused animal eye AF challenge enough times that I opted for the also-good alternative selection method. When I did my job correctly, nearly all images were focused correctly.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr (with the catchlight in the eye much more visible).

 
Camera and Lens Settings
118mm  f/4.5  1/500s
ISO 1600
7757 x 5174px
Post Date: 9/30/2020 9:29:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
We don't cover Olympus products here at this time, but it is still interesting to keep up on the industry news. From Olympus:

September 30, 2020

Olympus Agreed on Transfer of Imaging Business with JIP

Tokyo, September 30, 2020 – Olympus Corporation (“Olympus”) today concluded a definitive agreement with Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (“JIP”) regarding the transfer of the Olympus Imaging business. Under the agreement, Olympus will transfer its Imaging business to a newly established wholly-owned subsidiary of Olympus (the "New Imaging Company"), through an absorption-type split. This is to be followed by transferring 95% of the shares of the New Imaging Company on January 1, 2021, to OJ Holdings, Ltd., a special purpose company established by JIP.

Olympus began the manufacture and sale of cameras using the Zuiko lens in 1936 and became one of the world’s leading camera makers. Olympus was among the first companies to make small, lightweight compact cameras with professional quality, such as the award-winning Olympus ‘OM’ and ‘Pen’ series. Driven by the desire to make people's lives more fulfilling around the world, the company applied innovative technology and unique product development to distinguish itself in a highly competitive industry.

In recent years, however, the market has shrunk rapidly due to the evolution of smartphones, leading to a significant downturn for the digital camera market globally. Despite taking various steps to improve its cost structure and efficiency, Olympus’ Imaging business recorded operating losses for three consecutive fiscal years up to March 2020.

Under such circumstances, Olympus concluded that, by carving-out the Imaging business and operating the business under JIP, its business structure would become more compact, efficient, and agile, and it is the most appropriate way to realize self-sustainable and continuous growth. With a loyal following and long history of innovative products, the New Imaging Company would be committed to building on Olympus’ accumulated expertise and to continue providing customers with innovative, high quality cameras under the new business structure.

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all our customers for their patronage and support of Olympus products, and for their passion devoted to photography. I have the utmost confidence that this transfer is the correct step forward in sustaining the value of our products and services,” said Yasuo Takeuchi, President and CEO of Olympus Corporation.

“At the same time, I am certain that this opportunity is the best choice for our long-time patrons, new customers and photography enthusiasts. Under the new company, the development, manufacturing, sales and service functions will continue tight collaboration to introduce new products that will satisfy customers,” Takeuchi added.

The agreement applies to Olympus’ global Imaging business, which includes all R&D and manufacturing facilities currently dedicated to its Imaging business. The New Imaging Company will continue to provide high-quality, highly reliable products. Built on a solid foundation, including the Zuiko and OM brands, which are grounded in optics and digital imaging technologies cultivated by Olympus over many years, the New Imaging Company will be appropriately positioned to further pursue new developments.

Head of sales and marketing, R&D and designing departments for imaging products will be relocated to the headquarters of the New Imaging Company in Hachioji, Tokyo. Production will continue at the location in Dong Nai province, Vietnam, where imaging products are currently manufactured. The New Imaging Company will continue to provide customer support for the imaging products which have been manufactured and sold by Olympus.

Following the transfer of the Imaging business, Olympus will concentrate on Medical and Scientific Solutions, in our ongoing efforts toward making people's lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling.

Information on the New Imaging Company is as follows.

  • Company name: OM Digital Solutions Corporation
  • Location: Hachioji, Tokyo
  • Representative Director: Shigemi Sugimoto
  • Business operations: Operations involving the manufacture and sale of digital cameras (primarily mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras), interchangeable lenses, IC recorders, and other audio products
  • Capital: Not fixed

For the details about the company split and the transfer of shares, please refer our corporate disclosure “Signing of Definitive Agreement for Divestiture of Imaging Business.” (https://www.olympus-global.com/news/ir/2020/)

B&H carries Olympus products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Olympus News
Post Date: 9/30/2020 8:45:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:

New Product Announcement Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN DN Macro Art

A | ART

SIGMA 105MM F2.8 DG DN MACRO

Designed exclusively for full-frame mirrorless cameras

Make everyday details more magnificent.

  1. Everything required in a mid-telephoto macro lens has been achieved at highest levels
  2. SIGMA Art line class optical and AF performance
  3. A full range of functionalities and an excellent build quality

Supplied accessories: Case, Hood (LH653-01)

Available mount: 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.

Performance exceeds expectations

SIGMA Art line introduces a supreme edition to classic macro lenses

Mid-telephoto macro lenses give photographers a boost to creativity and a versatile working distance, which makes the lenses a favorite among professionals as part of their basic gear. Introduced as the first macro lens for mirrorless cameras in the Art line of lenses for mirrorless cameras, the 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art packs the highest level of performance expected of a mid-telephoto macro lens into its body, from its superb optical performance to excellent build quality.

Beyond being a high-spec macro lens that excels in a wide range of settings, the SIGMA 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art is ideal for macro shooting or portraits. It can also give photographers an opportunity to rediscover a new way of looking at or enjoying things such as unexpected beauty or something precious in everyday life through its perspective that is unique to a macro lens. It provides performance that goes far beyond the expectation or imagination of what a "classic mid-telephoto macro lens" can be.

[Key features]

1. Everything required in a mid-telephoto macro lens has been achieved at highest levels

The latest optical design of the 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art ensures exceptional sharpness at all shooting distances from extreme close-up, which is crucial in macro shooting, all the way up to infinity. In addition, its aberration correction places a particular focus on longitudinal chromatic aberration which cannot be handled by the in-camera aberration correction. The superior optical design produces clear images with both delicate rendering and free of color bleeding.

Bokeh was one of the focuses in the 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art design, which figures largely in mid-telephoto shooting. The ample volume of peripheral light helps create beautiful bokeh circles, while natural bokeh effect in the background, as well as foreground, gives more flexibility to photographic expressions. Furthermore, when equipped with the TC-1411 (1.4x) or TC-2011 (2.0x), SIGMA's latest models of teleconverters designed exclusively for the use with L-Mount lenses, it allows photographers to shoot macro at even higher macro magnifications while keeping the working distance.

The 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art has achieved everything that is required of a mid-telephoto macro lens at the highest levels.

2. SIGMA Art line class optical and AF performance

The SIGMA Art line lenses prioritize optical performance above all else in their design. This applies to the 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art, which produces outstanding rendering performance from the center of the frame all the way up to the edges. It excellently handles comatic aberration, which often happens at the edges. On the other hand, its abilities to minimize ghosting and flare, which have been validated through rigorous testing from the early stages of its development, ensures that it performs well in backlit conditions.

On top of optimization for the latest functionalities, such as face/eye detection AF, which is something mirrorless camera systems do well, it incorporates a powerful Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM) in its focus motor system to achieve high-precision, quiet AF operation.

All of these elements are brought to life using advanced production technology at the Aizu Factory, SIGMA's only production site, giving the 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art the highest levels of performance worthy of the SIGMA Art line.

3. A full range of functionalities and an excellent build quality

On its body, the 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art features a focus limiter setting which comes in handy during macro shooting and the AFL button* to which users may assign select functions. The aperture ring, which is designed to help users work intuitively, has a setting to turn ON or OFF the clicking sound that isn’t required by some users when shooting macro. It also comes with a switch for a ring lock system. Its enhanced functions allow users to customize their shooting operations in accordance with their shooting styles.

The lens also has a dust- and splash-proof structure which is built to handle all manner of shooting conditions. The rings and switches, meanwhile, have a build quality that is superb in terms of durability, as well as how they work and how they feel.

With levels of user-friendliness, adaptability to the environment, and smoothness of operation that are designed for professional uses, the 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO | Art pushes the boundaries for photographers and gives them wider creative possibilities.

*Limited to compatible cameras. Also, the functions depend on the camera.

[Additional features]

  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups, with 1 SLD lens
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Compatible with lens-based optical correction
    * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
  • Dust-and splash-proof
  • Water- and oil-repellent coating
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Aperture ring
  • Aperture ring click switch
  • Aperture ring lock switch
    * When turned ON at the position A, the aperture ring is locked at A. When turned ON at a position other than A, it is locked within the range between the maximum to minimum apertures and will not engage at the position A.
  • AFL button
  • Focus limiter switch
  • Focus Mode Switch
  • Lens Hood
  • Compatible with SIGMA TELECONVERTER TC-1411, TC-2011 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Support DMF, AF+MF
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system "A1"
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • "Made in Japan" craftsmanship
  • The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor)

[Key specifications]

The figures below are for L-mount.

Lens construction: 12 groups, 17 elements (1 SLD lens) |

Angle of view: 23.3°|Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)|

Minimum aperture: F22|Minimum focusing distance: 29.5cm / 11.6in.|

Maximum magnification ratio: 1:1|Filter size:f62mm|

Maximum dimensions x length: f74mm×133.6mm / f2.9x5.3in.|

Weight: 715g / 25.2oz.

[Accessories: Supplied] Name of product / barcode

Lens Hood (LH653-01): 0085126 938598

[Accessories: Optional] Name of product / barcode

SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 L-Mount:0085126 825690

SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2011 L-Mount:0085126 826697

SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 L-Mount:0085126 878696

SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 62mm :0085126 930936

SIGMA PROTECTOR 62mm :0085126 931063

SIGMA WR UV FILTER 62mm :0085126 930677

SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 62mm :0085126 930806

ELECTRONIC FLASH MACRO EM-140 DG SA-STTL* :0085126 922641

*for SIGMA fp only

Preorders

Preorder the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens for Sony E from B&H | Adorama

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/30/2020 8:31:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:

Operating conditions of SIGMA’s lenses for Canon EF mount with the Canon EOS R5

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to share the results of our investigation regarding the operation of SIGMA’s lenses for Canon EF mount, when used on the Canon EOS R5.

We have verified the operation with our SIGMA GLOBAL VISION (SGV) interchangeable lenses (Contemporary, Art, and Sports lines) for Canon EF mounts used on the“Canon EOS R5” with Canon’s mount adapter “EF-EOS R Series”, and confirmed that there were no problems with general operations such as AE, AF, and image stabilization.

Please note the following points when using our products.

1. For SGV interchangeable lenses released before 2017* , it is necessary that the lens firmware is updated to Ver.2.00 or later. * The release year can be confirmed by the edition number (A017, C015, etc.) engraved on the lens barrel.

Please refer to the following page for details of the lens firmware. https://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/lenses/firmware/

2. After setting the Digital Lens Optimizer to [OFF], set the “Peripheral Illumination Correction”, “Chromatic Aberration Correction”, and “Distortion Correction” of the “Lens Aberration Correction” function to [ON] to achieve the appropriate corrections in accordance with the optical characteristics of each lens.

3. AF can be used within the area of approximately 80% of the height and 80% of the width of the sensor surface.

4. For lenses without an OS (Optical Stabilizer) mechanism, the in-camera image stabilization can not be used when the Full-time MF setting is set to “Full- time MF ON” via SIGMA Optimization Pro. When using in-camera image stabilization, please set the Full-time MF setting to “Full- time MF OFF”.

* The default Full- time MF setting is “Full- time MF OFF”.

5. Image stabilization does not work optimally with interchangeable lenses which are not from the Contemporary, Art or Sports line. Please turn off the camera’s Image stabilization setting, or turn off the OS switch for lenses equipped with an OS (Optical Stabilizer) mechanism when using.

6. For interchangeable lenses which are not from the Contemporary, Art or Sports lines, using MF is recommended, since it may be difficult to achieve sufficient focusing speed and accuracy when AF is used.

We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/30/2020 8:07:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
On my last afternoon in Alaska, I spent some time with professional photographer Michael Mauro. Check out our conversation in the latest, just-released edition of the Wild and Exposed podcast.

While there, sign up for a free Wild and Exposed podcast subscription, featuring "Tales from the Wilderness".

Post Date: 9/30/2020 7:52:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 9/30/2020 7:33:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Friend of the site Manuel Delgado shares: LaCie 1big Dock SSD Pro Review

When speed is important, this drive is a great option.

Order the LaCie 1big Dock SSD Pro from B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Post Date: 9/29/2020 8:35:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on 43 Vello Lens Adapters, & more! Note that the EF to RF adapter is not included.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 9/29/2020 8:32:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 28, 2020
Some previously out of stock Canon cameras, lenses, and accessories are now in stock at B&H:

Canon BG-R10 Battery Grip

Canon LP-E6NH Lithium-Ion Battery

Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-105mm f/4-7.1 Lens ($100.00 instant savings)

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens ($100.00 instant savings)

Most RF lenses are now in stock with the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens expected availability in 7-14 business days. RF lenses notably still OOS are the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Lens, Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens, Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM Lens, and Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS Lens.

Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Photography Deals, in Stock Notices
Post Date: 9/28/2020 8:56:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, September 27, 2020
Until 10/11, the Canon USA store has the refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses on sale for only $299.00.

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens is also on sale, but the price is only $10.00 less.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 9/27/2020 6:48:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tamron:

Tamron Announces the World’s Smallest and Lightest Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony E-mount Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

September 24, 2020, Commack, New York – Tamron announces the launch of the 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD (Model A047), a telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens will be on sale on October 29, 2020 at approximately $549.00; however, due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule can change.

While Tamron has manufactured many popular telephoto zoom lenses that extend to 300mm for DSLR cameras, the new 70-300mm is the first model designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Developed with the concept of bringing the joy of easy telephoto shooting to photographers everywhere, it’s the world’s smallest and lightest 70-300mm zoom lens— just 5.8 in. in length and weighing a mere 19.2 oz.— and delivers exceptional image quality.

Its Moisture-Resistant Construction provides greater protection when shooting outdoors and the lens shares the 67mm filter diameter common to all members of Tamron’s lens series for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens also takes full advantage of in-camera features, including Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF that support a fantastic shooting experience. The 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 is a highly practical lens that makes the excitement of telephoto shooting easier than ever before across a diverse range of shooting styles including landscapes, sports and other athletic events, wildlife, portraits, and more.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. A telephoto zoom so compact you will want to carry it around everyday

Tamron has adopted a dedicated design for mirrorless cameras and achieved a compact size once again by fixing the aperture at F6.3 at the telephoto end. The maximum diameter is 77mm. Measuring just 5.8 in. and weighing a mere 19.2 oz., this 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 is the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Compatible with Sony’s popular E-mount cameras, it has been developed with the concept of enabling photographers to experience the universe of full-scale, full-frame 300mm telephoto photography more easily.

The AF drive system incorporates the exceptionally quiet RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor. Because this lens is compatible with Sony camera features, including in body image stabilization and Eye AF, you can enjoy comfortable, high-speed, high precision telephoto photography, even handheld.

Experience the excitement of bringing distant subjects closer as well as the perspective flattering characteristics achieved by full-scale telephoto photography more easily than ever before. For landscapes, sports, birds, and wildlife as well as closer subjects such as portraits and street scenes, this lens expands the range of telephoto photography.

2. Superior optical performance and supreme lightweight portability

Pursuing lightweight design as a top priority, Tamron has created a compact 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 zoom lens that makes 300mm telephoto shooting easy and fun. The superb optical design is based on a rigorous simulation process using state-of-the-art design technologies. As a result, Tamron has successfully struck a balance between extreme lightness (19.2 oz.) and compactness (5.8 in.), incorporating a slim lens barrel with a maximum diameter of 77mm— all without sacrificing high image quality. The optical design includes 15 elements in 10 groups, with an LD (Low Dispersion) lens element precisely arranged to suppress axial chromatic and other aberrations that are likely to happen with telephoto zoom lenses. At 300mm, a commonly used telephoto zoom focal length, the design delivers excellent resolution from edge-to-edge. Overall, the efficient optical construction (which also contributes to its light weight), plus Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating with its well-established reputation for anti-reflection properties, combine to enable the photographer to capture extremely clear, crisp images across the entire zoom range. While the lens features an advanced design with excellent core image quality, optical performance can be enhanced even further by employing the lens correction features found on Sony cameras.

With the introduction of this lens, all photographers, from first-time users of dedicated telephoto zoom lenses to experienced enthusiasts seeking a compact, lightweight telephoto zoom, can comfortably enjoy the advantages of a powerful, versatile zoom without worry about size or weight. Photographers who are shooting with in-camera image stabilization or using a tripod, can reduce the burden of their gear. Moreover, the 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 maintains excellent balance even when used with the APS-C sized E-mount cameras that are smaller than full-frame cameras (e.g., Sony a6500); consequently, users can also enjoy photography with an even greater equivalent telephoto zoom appearance of approximately 450mm.

3. The RXD stepping motor unit is exceptionally quiet

The AF drive incorporates a sensor that accurately detects the position of the lens while the RXD motor unit delivers optimized AF control. This achieves very fast and accurate autofocus operation and allows users to maintain tack-sharp focus on continuously moving subjects shot at the telephoto zoom position. Thanks to the exceedingly quiet AF, the lens can be used discreetly in concert halls and other situations that require low noise levels, and for video recording.

4. A full family of superb, compact lenses made especially for mirrorless cameras

The 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 shares the same uniform 67mm filter diameter as other members of Tamron’s series of full-frame mirrorless camera lenses. When using an assortment of these lenses, users can easily interchange filters (e.g., PL, ND, etc.) and lens caps, thereby increasing convenience and minimizing costs as it is unnecessary to purchase a collection of different size filters.

Tamron’s lineup of lenses with 67mm filter diameter for full-frame mirrorless cameras (in the order they were launched):

  • 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) / High-speed standard zoom lens
  • 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046) / High-speed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens
  • 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051) / Prime lens
  • 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053) / Prime lens
  • 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F050)/ Prime lens
  • 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056) / High-speed telephoto zoom lens
  • 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD (Model A071)/ All-in-one zoom lens

5. Moisture-Resistant Construction for added protection

Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to deter infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

6. Compatible with camera-specific features and functions

Tamron’s new 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 is compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. These include the following:

  • Fast Hybrid AF
  • Eye AF
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
  • In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
  • Camera-based lens unit firmware updates
  • Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera’s owner’s manual for details. (As of August 2020)

SPECIFICATIONS

Model : A047
Focal Length : 70-300mm
Maximum Aperture : F4.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) : 34°21'-8°15' (for full-frame mirrorless format)
Optical Construction : 15 elements in 10 groups
Minimum Object Distance : 31.5 in. (WIDE), 59.1 in. (TELE)
Maximum Magnification Ratio : 1:9.4 (WIDE) / 1:5.1 (TELE)
Filter Size : Ø67mm
Maximum Diameter : Ø77mm
Length* : 5.8 in.
Weight : 19.2 oz.
Aperture Blades : 7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum Aperture : F22-32
Standard Accessories : Round-shaped hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts : Sony E-mount

* Length is the distance from the front tip 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 disclosed by Sony Corporation under license agreement with Sony Corporation.

Preorders

Preorder the Tamron 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Lens at B&H | Adorama | WEX

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 9/27/2020 4:34:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H canceled preorders for the RRS L-plates (I'm guessing because of a modest price increase). Those who want one or more of these brackets should re-order. B&H is again accepting preorders for Really Right Stuff Canon EOS R5 and R6 Base and L-Plates.

I ordered a pair of the L-Plates.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 9/27/2020 3:08:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 24, 2020
Note the versatility-increasing EF-to-RF adapter announced for this camera.

From Canon:

Ready For Action: The Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera Packs Cinema EOS Imaging Features Into Still Camera Ergonomics

The First Cinema EOS Camera with an RF Mount, this New Compact and Lightweight Model Features a Super 35mm Dual Gain Output (DGO) Sensor, DIGIC DV7 Image Processor, and 16+ Stops of Total Dynamic Range

MELVILLE, NY, September 24, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the company's first-ever RF mount Cinema EOS camera, the EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera. When the Canon RF mount was first introduced, imaging professionals began to dream about the possibilities that this revolutionary mount system might provide them. One request that Canon consistently heard was to put an RF mount on a Cinema EOS camera so that future lens performance could capitalize on the short flange depth. Just two short years later, those wishes have come true with the new C70 camera.

The unique design of the EOS C70 camera puts a significant emphasis on operational convenience for the end-user. The small form-factor, weighing only 2.6lbs., allows the camera to be easily handheld and dramatically enhances a videographer's mobility, providing a seamless bridge between the EOS and Cinema EOS families for cinematic applications. Cleverly designed, the camera features a slim, motorized ND filter unit – having a mere 6mm depth – that is built into the short flange back of the RF mount. The motorized 10-stop ND filter provides users with the flexibility to control exposure while keeping the desired depth-of-field and capturing images that feature the desired level of bokeh. Thirteen customizable buttons allow users to select from more than 80 functions to be assigned based on individual preferences.

"The Canon EOS C70 camera is truly a special tool that will undoubtedly satisfy and delight a variety of users on the search for a high-powered piece of video equipment," said Tatsuro "Tony" Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. "In today's fast-moving, ever-changing world of filmmaking and content creation, versatility is key, and the EOS C70 will provide a familiar form and feature set to our entire spectrum of imaging customers. We are eager to see how creatives use this tool and the projects that come from it."

The camera features Canon's innovative and next-generation Super 35mm DGO Sensor that further extends the high dynamic range and lowers noise levels by reading out each photodiode with two different gains. One gain prioritizes saturation – protecting detail in highlight areas – while the other suppresses noise in the shadows. The result is an image with up to 16-plus stops of total dynamic range, clean, rich shadows, and vibrant highlights in up to 4K/ 60p or 2K/120p in Super16mm Crop mode. The EOS C70 camera also features Canon's recently developed DIGIC DV7 image processor that collects the extensive information captured from the DGO sensor and processes it into exceptional HDR imagery while offering choices between Canon Log 2 and 3, in addition to PQ and HLG gamma functionality. The C70 camera can also record 4K DCI or UHD up to 120fps and 2K DCI or HD up to 180 fps – with an important flexibility in the choice of codecs.

The camera supports XF-AVC format (in variable bit-rate) – both Intra and Long GOP with MXF file format. The intra-frame format compresses the data after analyzing each frame separately, while Long GOP format compresses data at a higher rate, creating an even smaller file size. A secondary choice is Long GOP 10-bit 4:2:2/4:2:0 MP4/HEVC (a next-generation HDR video recording compression standard) with an MP4 file format – a first in the Cinema EOS line.

The camera's independent air intake system is separated from the electrical systems to protect the sensor from water, sand, and dust. In addition, the camera also features two air outlet vents that allow uninterrupted recording for extended periods of time.

Canon EOS C70 Back

Additional features of the Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera include:

  • New Direct Touch Menu System
  • Coordinated Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Two built-in Mini XLR inputs
  • Time-code input/output terminal
  • Custom picture processing via import of 3D LUTs and recording to Look Files
  • Dual-SD card slots
  • Built-in stereo mic
  • Support for optional Canon RC-V100 remote control

Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x

The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x is a new optical adapter that allows users to tap into Canon's extensive collection of superb full-frame EF lenses when operating the EOS C70 camera. The adapter implements two critically important functions – preserving the similar FF wide angle image onto the 4K Super 35mm image sensor while simultaneously elevating the lens camera sensitivity by one stop. The mount adapter preserves full electronic communication between the lens and camera, enabling optical lens corrections and transfer of lens metadata between the EOS C70 camera and select Canon EF lenses*.

Price & Availability

The Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera is scheduled to be available in November 2020 for an estimated retail price of $5499.00. The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x is scheduled to be available in December 2020 for an estimated retail price of $599.99**.

Preorders

Preorder the Canon EOS C70 from B&H (Explora) | Adorama

Preorder the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x from B&H | Adorama

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

*Compatible EF lenses are EF16-35mm F2.8L III USM, EF24-70mm F2.8L II USM and EF24-105mm F4L IS II USM. As of September 24, 2020. Firmware update provided free of charge, compatibility will be added for additional EF lenses in the future. Even if you do not update the firmware, you can use the EF lens, but it is recommended to use the firmware update in order to effectively use the function linked with the camera.

** Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 9/24/2020 4:35:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Use coupon code PLANT50 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to get $50 off orders of $250 or more arriving by 10/2/2020.

Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.

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Post Date: 9/22/2020 11:22:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, September 19, 2020
Be aware of the upcoming holiday closings at B&H. Place your orders before the holiday closings.
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Post Date: 9/19/2020 10:48:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 18, 2020
Act fast: use coupon codes XJ49WS7 and L1N5YWT (stacked) to save 10% plus 10% (19% net) on new and refurbished gear at the Canon USA store.

Note: some exclusion apply (including the EOS R5).

Post Date: 9/18/2020 11:18:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 17, 2020
Act Fast: Save 10% on Sigma and Tamron Lenses at B&H Use coupon code BHCC09 to save 10% on Sigma lenses and Tamron lenses at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 9/17/2020 8:41:47 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama's Canon EOS R5 Body page now says "Expected to arrive by 10/20/2020."

Whether that is good or bad news depends on your original expectation. I'm happy to see the preorders expected to be filled by that date.

I'm giving a pair of R5 cameras a workout in Rocky Mountain Park this week. They are performing remarkably well – I remain very impressed.

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Post Date: 9/17/2020 1:21:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out Adorama's Deal of the Day for big savings on the already great value Godox Professional Studio Flashes, ranging in power from 400-1000Ws.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 9/17/2020 12:32:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 9/17/2020 12:17:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 16, 2020
September 16, 2020 – San Francisco, California – Breakthrough Filters today introduced an all-new EF to RF filter adapter, making it the first non-Canon EF to RF drop-in filter adapter. The new EF to RF Drop-In Filter Adapter will start shipping on November 16th and is available for preo-rder

The all-new EF to RF Drop-In Filter Adapter delivers a number of hardware improvements including all-metal construction, dust and water-resistant weather-sealing and a detachable tripod foot for mounting to ballheads, arca plates and other mounts. Autofocus, Image Stabilization and EXIF are supported.

Breakthrough Filters is selling the new drop-in filter adapter for $199, and the first 500 units ordered will receive an X4 Clear for free.

Breakthrough Filters is also doing a buyback for the standard Canon EF to RF adapter ($69) as well as the Canon Drop-In filter adapter ($149). Get the program details on their website.

For more information visit: www.dropinfilters.com

Learn more about the "Breakthrough R" Drop-In Filter System for Canon R-series cameras.

Preorder the new Breakthrough EF to RF Drop-In Filter Adapter.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Breakthrough Photography News
Post Date: 9/16/2020 8:41:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:

Check out the newest updates on the official release version of our EOS Webcam Utility software — making online connections with a Canon camera even better!

  • Compatible with even more livestreaming apps
  • Now available on over 40 Canon cameras
  • Record internally on your camera while you stream

Learn More!

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Post Date: 9/16/2020 9:00:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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