Canon has released new versions of Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor.
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.15.20:
Canon has released the first quarter 2021 financial results to the Investor Relations page.
Some Relevant Highlight Quotes from the Presentation Material
From a supply standpoint, our supply chain was seriously impacted by the shortage of semiconductors and other parts, and production activities were stalled due to strict lockdown measures in Southeast Asia.
... Operating profit improved significantly to 58.7 billion yen, more than 3 times higher than the previous year, and net income was 49.3 billion yen, close to 3 times higher than the previous year.
... the EOS R 5 and EOS R 6, which are highly competitive products, have maintained strong sales and have become the driving force behind business results, even one year after their launch. Amid challenging conditions surrounding parts procurement, we focused on the production and supply of high end products and lenses, which enabled us to secure a double digit profit ratio.
Regarding the fourth quarter, the deterioration in utilization rates of manufacturing sites in Southeast Asia is generally subsiding. As for parts shortages, we continue to consider new suppliers and alternative parts as well as parallel production at multiple manufacturing sites Through measures such as these, we will work to make up for the delay in production.
As for Imaging, demand for cameras remains solid Though we lowered our sales plan for camera bodies by 50 thousand units, this was due to impact from the shortage of parts. Despite this, we expect to achieve a double digit profit ratio, as sales of our enhanced lineup of RF lenses have been stronger than expected.
As for cost reduction, we expect costs to actually increase as we prioritize the supply of products to customers and secure parts amid soaring prices. We also expect to see a significant increase in costs associated with recovering from the deterioration in utilization rates at our manufacturing sites caused by COVID 19 as well as an increase in logistics costs due to the use of air transportation.
The camera market remained solid thanks to the strength of personal consumption, particularly in Europe and the United States, and the launch of new full frame mirrorless cameras by each company that stimulated the need for high quality image expression However, due to the global shortage of parts, the size of this year’s market is now projected to be 5 9 million units, 100 thousand units fewer than in our previous projection Similarly, we expect our own unit sales to be 2 95 million units, 50 thousand units fewer than in our previous projection.
As for the third quarter, although one year has passed since the launch of the EOS R 5 and EOS R 6 they continue to be strong selling models As for our enhanced lineup of lenses, we exceeded our unit sales plan thanks to their synergy with camera bodies.
We plan to increase our lens lineup to 26 within this year, including the RF 5.2 mm F2.8 L DUAL FISHEYE lens that we announced this month, our first lens designed specifically for capturing VR images This lens, when mounted on an EOS R 5 allows for the easy capture of 180 degree 3D VR images, and is attracting attention as a product that extends the user's image expression to the area of VR.
In November, the EOS R 3 will be added to our lineup Going forward as well, we will effectively introduce new camera bodies and lenses, strengthening the competitiveness of our products and maintain high profitability.
THE NIKON Z 9: UNSTOPPABLE PERFORMANCE, REVOLUTIONARY INNOVATION
Nikon’s First Mirrorless Flagship Defies Conventional, Debuts with a Series of Industry-Firsts for Still & Video Creators
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon announced the Z 9, the most advanced Z series mirrorless camera to date. Powered by a completely new, Nikon-developed 45.7 megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and next generation EXPEED 7 image processing engine, the full-frame Z 9 renders ultra-high resolution images and offers unparalleled AF performance using a revolutionary new scene detection system built on deep learning technology. Additionally, the camera is capable of sustained fast continuous shooting bursts, in-camera 8K video recordings for extended periods, truly blackout-free Real-Live visibility in the viewfinder and a sensor scan rate so fast that it completely eliminates the need for a traditional mechanical shutter.
“The Z 9 is the complete package, offering an unprecedented balance of speed, resolution, reliability and performance that will exceed expectations for any type of shoot, including fast action sports, commercial fashion, low light, landscapes and more,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The Z 9 looks to the future, with innovations and features that give all types of imaging professionals and content creators the advantage when it matters most and the confidence to create in nearly any conditions.”
A New Kind of Pro Mirrorless
At the core of the Z 9 is the Nikon-developed 45.7MP BSI stacked CMOS sensor, coupled with the new EXPEED 7, Nikon’s most powerful engine yet, which is approximately 10x faster than the Z 7II. This combination brings significant increases in AF speed, burst rate, buffer capacity, video resolution and so much more. The Z 9 is the camera that can be trusted on the sidelines, in the field or in the studio, with the high-speed capture capability needed for the fastest action and the immense resolution to reveal the most subtle details.
Rely on the Fastest, Most Intelligent AF System Yet
The Z 9 features Nikon’s fastest, most sophisticated and reliable AF tracking performance ever, utilizing a new Subject Detection algorithm developed with deep learning technology, as well as 3D-tracking.
Unstoppable Performance and Speed
This is the fastest, most powerful Nikon flagship ever. Users can capture amazing images at unbelievably fast burst speeds, all with full AF/AE performance. Whether shooting full-resolution fashion or delivering a sports sequence when a split-second matters, the Z 9 is the versatile solution.
Nikon’s Most Capable 8K UHD Video Camera
The Z 9 offers an extensive suite of advanced video features to elevate any kind of production. Combined with the astonishing resolving power of NIKKOR Z S-Line lenses, video is rendered with absolute clarity and sharpness from edge to edge.
Built for the Toughest Assignments
The rugged body of the Z 9 is optimized for a professional workflow, thoughtfully engineered for a superb balance of reliability and usability. The body features an integrated vertical grip and controls, while the durable magnesium alloy chassis has drip and dust-resistance equivalent to the D6, yet is 20% smaller than its DSLR counterpart.
New Nikon Software The Ecosystem for the Nikon Z series continues to expand. Nikon has also released two new software solutions for professional image capture and workflow.
NX Mobile Air NX Mobile Air is a smart device app for managing and transferring images when working in the field. The new app will be compatible with many of the most current Nikon cameras, and will allow users to have a wired connection to their phone or device from the camera for fast wireless image transfer to an FTP server over a 5G cellular signal. Additionally, the app will support the transmission of IPTC, voice memos and more. The app will be available either as a free version or as a subscription for $5/month with enhanced capabilities. For additional details and device compatibility please visit https://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Imaging-Software/nx-mobileair.page.
NX Tether Nikon NX Tether is free software to enable tethering of Nikon cameras to instantly display captured content on a computer monitor. This software is an easy way for commercial, food or studio photographers to visualize their output for client review in real time. The software will work via USB or wirelessly, and will collaborate seamlessly with the current suite of Nikon software including NX Studio. For more information, please visit https://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Imaging-Software/nx-tether.page.
Pricing and Availability
The new Nikon Z 9 full-frame mirrorless camera will be available within this year (US) for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $5499.95*. For more information about the latest Nikon products, including the new Z 9, NIKKOR Z lenses and the entire collection of Nikon Z series cameras, please visit nikonusa.com.
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1 . Among mirrorless cameras available as of October 28, 2021, based on Nikon research.
2. Among mirrorless cameras incorporating an image sensor of 30 megapixels or larger, available as of October 28, 2021, based on Nikon research.
3. In high efficiency RAW . When using NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens and ProGrade Digital Cobalt 1700R 325GB memory card; in [RAW + JPEG] or [JPEG + JPEG] recording, duration for continuous shooting is approx. 3 seconds; future firmware update within this year will further enhance this function. With AF/AE tracking. JPEG normal image quality only. The number of frames that can be shot is less than that of high-speed continuous shooting. Use of a recommended card is advised. With C30 setting, approx. 45-megapixel images can be shot at 30 fps.
4. With AF/AE tracking. JPEG normal image quality only. The number of frames that can be shot is lower than that of high-speed continuous shooting. Use of a recommended card is advised. With C30 setting, approx. 45-megapixel images can be shot at 30 fps
5. Smoothness of the viewfinder image will differ depending on settings such as shutter speed, etc.
6. In High Efficiency RAW?, the file size is approx. 1/2 of the conventional uncompressed RAW.
7. At a temperature of 23°C/73.4°F. With an EN-EL18d Rechargeable Li-ion Battery in use. When video shoot is started after powering on. CFexpress Type B cards with fast writing speed are recommended for video recording.
8. Among interchangeable lens digital cameras adopting a full-frame image sensor, available as of October 28, 2021, based on Nikon research.
9. Available only when [H.265 10-bit (MOV)] is selected for [Video file type].
10. Compatible with up to 4K/60p, except for Full HD/24p, 25p and 30p.
11. Synchro VR compatible lenses (As of Oct 28th include -NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S (firmware update required), -NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S, NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S
*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
Sony has released the first quarter 2021 financial results to the Investor Relations page.
Just posted: Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM Lens Review.
This little lens is easily worth the low price.
Remaining on the to-do list for this review: testing for flare and coma (weather dependent), product images and measurements including the hood (OOS), and the addition of some sample photos.
From the Canon press release: "Long gone are the days of optical corrections ..."
Apparently, software correction has replaced optical correction as (strong) barrel distortion correction is forced by the camera and DPP software when using this lens.
Here are some comparisons:
Note that an extreme corner crop has been added to the image quality tool. A small number of lens test results have this crop available (the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens and Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens have it), I expect all future test result sets to include it, and if I get time, I'll process this crop for some earlier tests.
From Kenko Tokina:
Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4 E, atx-m 33mm F1.4 E, atx-m 56mm F1.4 E worldwide sales date announcement
Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the sales release of Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4 E, atx-m 33mm F1.4 E, atx-m 56mm F1.4 E lenses for Sony E mount (APS-C) mirrorless cameras.
Sales will commence on November 12, 2021.
Tokina atx-m 23mm F1.4 E, atx-m 33mm F1.4 E and atx-m 56mm F1.4 E lenses for Sony E mount (APS-C) are designed as a highly popular optical gear for amateur or even semi - professional photographers to capture portraits, street portraits, street snaps and landscapes in still or video mode. Three lenses cover major focal lengths - wide, standard and semi-tele to meet 3 important genres in photography - landscape, street snap and portraits.
Order first, ask questions later.
The supply chain issues being faced today combined with the pent up demand should make the new Sony a7R IV hard to get for a long time.
As always, thanks for using the site's links to place your order!
Sony Electronics’ Alpha 7 IV Goes Beyond ‘Basic’ with 33-Megapixel Full-frame Image Sensor and Outstanding Photo and Video Operability
Sony Also Announces Two New Flashes to Evolve the Powerful Alpha Lighting System
San Diego, CA – October 21, 2021 - Sony Electronics Inc. today announced three new additions to its imaging line-up: the Alpha 7 IV interchangeable-lens camera (model ILCE-7M4) with a newly developed 33-megapixel (approx.,effective) full-frame image sensor, as well as two new flashes – the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM.
The Alpha 7 IV takes “basic” to the next level for full-frame cameras with excellent image quality and performance, redefining the lofty standards set by the acclaimed Alpha 7 III. The new model features many of Sony’s most advanced imaging technologies, including the latest BIONZ XR™ processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities from the flagship Alpha 1 combined with streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and movies, making it the perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals. The Alpha 7 IV also boasts a 33MP (approx., effective) image resolution, rich movie expression and various features to support the growing demand for remote communication, bringing new meaning to what a “basic” camera can accomplish.
“Since its introduction over three years ago, the Alpha 7 III has made tremendous impact in our industry, completely redefining the expectations for what can be accomplished with a ‘basic’, or entry-level full-frame camera,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “Now, it’s time to break through all existing boundaries again. The Alpha 7 IV brings together the best of Sony imaging technologies in both photo and video to deliver a high-end experience to a wider range of customers. This gives today’s creators a new level of freedom to capture, create and share in ways that they’ve never been able to before, no matter the situation in which they find themselves.”
Alpha 7 IV: Innovation Never Ends
The new Alpha 7 IV is an exceptional hybrid camera packed with outstanding still image quality and evolved video technology with advanced autofocus, enhanced operability and improved workflow capability. The model was developed with the environment in mind by using Sony’s original recycled plastic SORPLAS™ for the camera body and packaging with recyclable[i] materials and less plastic.
Outstanding Image Quality
Thanks to a newly developed 33MP (approx., effective) full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor, superior image quality and Wide ISO sensitivity range expandable to ISO 50 - 204,800 is achieved. The high resolution enables the Alpha 7 IV to express smooth gradation, fine details and textures of the subject while reducing noise, and its 15-stop dynamic range allows a wide expressive range while Creative Look settings can help create original looks effortlessly for both stills and video.
Next-Level AF performance
The latest BIONZ XR™ processing engine is the same that is used in Sony’s flagship Alpha 1, delivering high-speed AF, uninterrupted continuous shooting up to 10fps[ii] with AF/AE tracking and a large buffer for a prolonged shooting experience. The Alpha 7 IV tracks subjects with tenacious Real-time Tracking and 759 phase-detection AF points in a high-density focal plane phase-detection AF system that covers approximately 94% of the image area. Additionally, for the first time, Real-time Eye AF can now track birds’ and animals’ eye for both still images and movies, in addition to humans. The Alpha 7 IV also has face and eye detection accuracy for humans that is improved by approximately 30% compared to the Alpha 7 III.
Evolved Movie Technology
The Alpha 7 IV inherits technology taken from real-world movie production, including the S-Cinetone™ picture profile adopted from Sony’s highly regarded Cinema Line cameras. This delivers a rich, cinematic look that has become popularized by a broad range of cinematographers and filmmakers who are shooting on Sony. High quality movie is achieved with 4K 60p recording in Super 35mm mode and up to 4K 30p recording with 7K oversampling is available in full-frame mode. The new camera also features 10-bit depth 4:2:2 color sampling to enable natural gradation, XAVC S-I™ intra-frame encoding for more efficient editing workflows and XAVC HS™ H.265 long-GOP for doubled compression efficiency.
To meet the growing need for precise autofocus performance when shooting videos, unique AF features are achieved when using the Alpha 7 IV with a Sony E-mount lens, including AF Assist[iii] that supports focus transitions when using AF, and Focus Map that visualizes depth of field. For the first time in the Alpha series, the new camera features Breathing Compensation[iv] to combat focus breathing and maintain a consistent angle of view throughout focus changes and can be switched on or off.
Advanced Operability as a Genuine Hybrid Model
The Alpha 7 IV is a hybrid still and video camera with outstanding operability and reliability that easily allows the user to switch from photo to video and back at their convenience. New to Sony’s lineup of Alpha cameras is a dual-layer mode dial, with a lower layer for selecting Still/Movie/S&Q and a top layer for Auto/P/A/S/M and MR (Memory Recall), enabling users to quickly select and switch between the dedicated settings. It also has 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization for a 5.5-step[v] shutter speed advantage, an improved grip for greater comfort, and a CFexpress Type A compatible media slot to support media with faster writing and clearance. Additionally, the 3.68 million-dot (approx.) OLED Quad-VGA viewfinder is 1.6 times the resolution of the Alpha 7 III viewfinder, benefiting users with an upgraded live-view image quality that minimizes false color and increases resolution.
Videographers can record 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 video continuously for more than an hour thanks to the camera’s heat-dissipating structure. Optical ‘Active Mode’[vi] image stabilization further stabilizes movie shooting. They can also benefit from the 3-inch (3.0-type) 1.03 million-dot (approx.) side-opening vari-angle touch-panel rear LCD monitor, top-panel REC button and high-capacity Z-series battery.
The Alpha 7 IV body is built with magnesium alloy to achieve a robustness while minimizing its weight. In addition, the redesigned structure and lens lock button contribute to enhanced dust and moisture resistance[vii].
Enhanced Workflow Capabilities
By offering a variety of connectivity options, the Alpha 7 IV enables on-the-spot streaming and sharing of high-quality content to meet the growing need for remote communication in real-time without sacrificing excellent image and sound quality. The connection between the camera and Imaging EdgeMobile™ application[viii] is simplified via Bluetooth, and fast data transfer is possible by 5GHz/2.4.GHz Wi-Fi.
The camera also has a new feature called “Shot Mark” to enable easy access to the marked scenes in a video clip, within camera and on Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare applications.[ix]
Moreover, the camera has a range of new features to support live streaming and remote communication without needing dedicated software. UVC (USB Video Class) and UAC (USB Audio Class) turn the Alpha 7 IV into a high-performance live streaming camera when connected to a computer or smartphone[x]. High image quality such as 4K 15p and 1080 FHD 60p deliver realistic video for remote sharing and the Alpha 7 IV’s digital audio interface can be paired with a range of mics and accessories to deliver high quality sound.
Finally, Sony plans to offer a new cloud service next year, “AI Video Editing Studio”, for automated editing with AI technology. To allow creators to focus on more creative tasks, “AI Video Editing Studio” automatically performs initial editing in the cloud, using AI technology. Sony will continue to strive to offer a wide variety of imaging experiences and services through the active integration and advancement of cameras, cloud and AI.
Designed with the Environment in Mind
In line with Sony’s environmental efforts based on the "Road to Zero" initiative, environment was an important factor in the development of the Alpha 7 IV’s design, production and packaging. The camera uses recycled plastic, SORPLAS™, which does not depend on non-renewable resources and is produced at the sites by using renewable energy such as solar power generation. The product packaging also adopts recyclable plastic-reduced materials.
HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM: Powerful Flashes to Evolve Alpha Lighting System
The HVL-F60RM2 with GN 60 and 20-200mm[xi] coverage and HVL-F46RM with GN 46 and 24-105mmxi are powerful wireless flashes to offer precise control, enhanced high-speed and intuitive operability. They are designed to meet the needs of both professional and advanced content creators when shooting with a Sony Alpha camera, including the Alpha 7 IV, to offer the ultimate Alpha Lighting System by the detailed communication between cameras and external flash.
Both flashes have upgraded continuous shooting flash performance, up to 200 consecutive flashes at 10 frames per second[xii] for the HVL-F60RM2 and 60 times for the HVL-F46RM. The optimized flash algorithm ensures both flashes are overheat-resistant, and a set of four Ni-MH (Nickel-metal hydride) batteries can power up to 240 flashes with a 1.7 second recycle time for the HVL-F60RM2 and up to 320 flashes with a 2.0 second recycle time for the HVL-F46RM[xiii].
When used in combination with an Alpha camera, they allow users to experience the unique communication and system benefits of the Alpha Lighting System that sets a new standard for mirrorless camera lighting systems. For example, with the Alpha 7 IV, P-TTL flash control metering for every frame in Mid, and Hi continuous mode has become possible in addition to Lo continuous mode. The flash release time lag is also shortened to capture momentary facial expressions and movements of the subject.
With the Alpha 1, the HVL-F60RM2 achieves a phenomenal up to 20fps of continuous shooting[xiv] and approximately 20 flashes per second can be produced for more than 10 seconds with the external flash battery adapter FA-EBA1 (sold separately). When the Alpha 1 is used with Sony’s flashes, including HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM, users can sync up to 1/400 second shutter speed to expand expressive capabilities when shooting in full-frame mode. In addition, with the silent electronic shutter of the camera, silent flash shooting is possible when absolute silence is required.
Other system benefits of HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM with an Alpha camera include:
Both flashes also feature improved robustness and operability. The Multi Interface shoe with Sony’s unique metal shoe foot with rugged side frame significantly increases strength and reliability. Shoe sealing helps the flashes to be more dust and moisture resistant[xvi]. The HVL-F60RM2’s original rotating head mechanism, “Quick Shift Bounce,” that enables flexible positioning and optimum lighting control has also been improved to prevent unintended change in the bounce angle.
They support wireless radio communication and can control up to 15 flashes and/or receiver units in 5 groups via wireless radio communication for enhanced lighting control versatility.
Visual Story is now Supported on Android
“Visual Story” is a mobile application for professional event photographers and video creators to enable immediate and automatic delivery of photos and movies[xvii] to their clients after an event through gallery creation, utilize AI (artificial intelligence) assistance for easy image selection, upload assets online and more. While the Visual Story app is already available to iOS users, Android user can now also take advantage of the benefits Visual Story provides to professional photographers and videographers.
When using the Alpha 7 IV, “Shot Mark” is also supported by Visual Story on iOS Version 2.1.
Visual Story on iOS is available to download for free HERE
Visual Story on Android is available to download for free HERE
Pricing and Availability
The new Alpha 7 IV will be available in December 2021 for approximately $2,500.00 USD and $3,200.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America. The PCK-LG2 Screen Protect Glass Sheet accessory for the Alpha 7 IV will be available at the same time.
A kit version with Sony’s FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens will also be available for approximately $2,700.00 USD and $3,400.00 CAD.
The new HVL-F46RM will be available in November 2021 for approximately $400.00 USD and $550.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.
The new HVL-F60RM2 will be available in November 2021 for approximately $550.00 USD and $750.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.
A product video on the new Alpha 7 IV can be viewed here.
[i] This product packaging is recyclable only in the communities that have appropriate recycling programs.
[ii] Up to 10 fps in continuous “Hi+” mode, or up to 8 fps in continuous “Hi” mode. Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on shooting conditions. Sony tests.
[iii] Not available when using the SELP1650, SEL18200LE or A-mount lenses.
[iv] Angle of view and image quality may change slightly when this feature is turned ON. Breathing compensation is not available for unsupported lenses, 120/100p movie recording, S&Q recording at 120/100p, or stills. For the supported lens, please check here.
[v] CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off. Still-image mode.
[vi] Slight image crop in Active Mode. “Standard” setting recommended for focal lengths of 200mm or longer. Active mode not available when recording at 120 (100) fps.
[vii] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
[ix] Supported in Catalyst version 2021.1 or later.
[x] PC or smartphone OS must be compatible with UVC/UAC to use this functionality. Compatibility with PC and smartphones depends on manufacturers’ specifications. A commercially available USB cable and/or terminal adaptor may be used to connect to equipment with a USB Type-C port.
[xi] 35mm full-frame equivalent.
[xii] 1/32 flash output level using Ni-MH batteries
[xiii] When using Ni-MH batteries. Sony tests
[xiv] Alpha 1 electronic shutter in continuous Hi+ mode. Flash output level manually set to 1/32.
[xv] Visit Sony support webpage for functional compatibility information.
[xvi] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof. Dust and moisture resistance will vary also according to the body to which the unit is attached.
[xvii] Video delivery is only supported on iOS. Download app at Google Play and the App Store. Network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted, or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information.
Today, Instagram enabled a new feature. No longer is emulating a phone (via F12 in Chrome) necessary to post images and short (under 1 minute) videos from a desktop browser. Look for the new "+" button at the top of the page to get started.
While there, don't forget to follow me.
Firmware update for SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount and Canon EF-M mount.
SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount and Canon EF-M mount
[Benefits of the update]
·It improves the operational stability when updating the firmware of the applicable product.
[How to update]
Connect the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 to a computer with the included USB cable, then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 firmware isn’t the latest version, the following message will appear: ‘The latest SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 firmware is available’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.
* Before updating SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 firmware, please ensure you update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version.
[SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page]
More dock information: Sigma Dock Review
Firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
·SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
[Benefits of the update]
·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver2.03.
[How to update]
Connect the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to a computer with the included USB cable, then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware isn’t the latest version, the following message will appear: ‘The latest SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware is available’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.
*Before attaching the updated SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera then reinsert.
* Before updating MC-11 firmware, please ensure you update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version.
[SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page]
Firmware update for SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount.
SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount
[Benefits of the update]
·It has improved a rarely-occurring phenomenon whereby the recording stops during movie shooting when used with Canon EOS 80D.
[How to update]
Connect the lens to a computer via the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01 (sold separately), then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If the lens firmware isn’t the latest version, the following message will appear: ‘The latest lens firmware is available’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.
* Before updating lens firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01, please ensure you update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version.
[SIGMA Optimization Pro download page]
Standard test results: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens
Firmware update for SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for the SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount.
·SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount.
[Benefits of the update]
·It has improved the phenomenon whereby the lens occasionally cause blurring when using the in-body image stabilization function while the lens is attached to a gimbal.
·It has optimized the focus distance displayed on the screen during manual focus shooting.
[How to update]
To update the firmware, please refer to the following link; https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c021_28_70_28/?tab=support&local=firmware
* After the update is complete, be sure to remove the camera battery pack and reinsert it.
More lens information: Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens
Read the Capture One 21 (14.4.1) release notes for more information.
In addition to bug fixes, notably included in the update is support for the following:
Just posted: Pelican 1637 Air Wheeled Hard Case Review.
Most photographers will find the Pelican 1637 Air Wheeled Hard Case the ultimate choice for checking cameras, lenses, and accessories for flying and for transporting such gear via other methods.
If you want the padded divider version of this case, order it immediately from B&H as it is OOS everywhere else I checked.
It’s time to create VR through a new lens.
[Did you notice the lateral tripod column used to keep the tripod out of the frame?]
The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens brings VR to Canon EOS, opening a world of possibilities for digital storytellers. It’s the world’s first digital interchangeable lens that shoots stereoscopic 3D 180° VR to a single image sensor*, outputting a single image file for a convenient VR workflow. This L-Series RF mount lens is compact, lightweight, and portable, shooting stereoscopic 3D* with a 60mm interpupillary distance and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 to a deep depth of field f/16. An exciting new entry to the realm of 180° VR production, the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens brings VR in reach.
More info (press release): Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens.
*When paired with the Canon EOS R5 camera equipped with firmware update version 1.5.0 or later, and with the use of Canon EOS VR Software solutions. Viewing in 3D requires a compatible Head Mount Display.
A Versatile All-In-One Zoom
Meet Samyang's first ‘All-In-One’ zoom lens, the AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE, celebrating the 50th year since its foundation! The AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE has several features optimized for video shooting to effectively capture the trend change of users who need the flexibility of not only photography but also video shooting. In addition to a zoom lens that reflects consumer needs for video shooting and video-specialized functions, Samyang exclusive accessories allow users to further enjoy functions available on existing professional Cine lenses with this new Samyang zoom lens.
Why the Samyang AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE is the 'All-In-One' zoom lens?
Optimized Features for Video Shooting
The AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE lens is optimized for video shooting. You can get the video continuously maintaining focus on the subject when zooming in and out on MF mode. As the AF speed is carefully controlled during video recording, focus wobble is reduced, so very stable video recording is possible. Linear MF changes linearly in response to focus ring rotation, giving the user the control immediacy needed for fast, accurate manual focusing. And also the aperture ring moves smoothly and quietly, providing seamless, silent control for moviemaking.
Customized Cine Kit for More Professional Video Shooting
A Samyang Cine Kit, consisting of focus gearing, follow focus, and tripod mount, enables you to shoot professional video. With this Cine Kit, you can easily exchange the shooting system such as the lens or the follow focus, so it saves your time changing systems for shooting. This kit is designed, considering the user's shooting environment, so manoeuvrability is very good. For instance, an additional accessory is usually needed to utilize the rod, but a huge accessory like a cage is unnecessary when you have a Samyang Cine Kit. Enjoy the essential elements of video shooting at once with the Samyang Cine Kit! * The Samyang Cine Kit is available separately.
A Versatile, Bright Standard Zoom Lens, Excellent Resolution in All Areas of the Image
This zoom lens delivers a 24-70mm (wide-angle to short-telephoto) angle of view and a bright maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range, as commonly utilized by full-frame camera users, so it can be used for diverse photos such as landscapes, portraits, and snaps. In particular, the optimum resolution is achieved through the optical design of 17 elements in 14 groups (2 ASP, 1 H-ASP, 3 HR, and 3 ED). Take high-quality images with superior resolution in all areas of the image!
Impressive Background Blur and Bokeh with Bright F2.8 Aperture
Bright aperture of the AF 24-70 F2.8 FE offers beautifully blurred background. The subject and background are effectively separated with shallow depth of field, creating impressive images highlighting the subject. The 9-blade circular aperture contributes natural-looking bokeh and the beautiful starburst effect.
Short Minimum Focusing Distance
The minimum focusing distance is just 0.35m (1.15ft), so it is possible to produce a unique perspective close to the subject. It makes it easier to take various images such as food on tables or portraits with exaggerated features.
Advanced Fast and Quiet AF for Stills and Movies
Now Autofocus needs to consider not only how more accurately and quickly it captures images, but also how quiet and smooth it is. The AF 24-70mm F2.8 FE features the latest STM(Stepping Motor), a larger and heavier focus lens group can be controlled more quietly and precisely, providing excellent image quality in both photos and videos.
Enhanced Usability Considering the Shooting Environment, Weather Sealing for Protection from External Influences
The AF 24-70 F2.8 FE enhanced the usability considering the user's shooting environment. This Samyang's first zoom lens features weather sealing for 7 spots to protect from light dust, rain, and snow and provide the ability to capture stunning images in less than perfect conditions.
Custom Switch to Set Multiple Functions
Equipped with the Custom Switch, shooting and operation are more intuitive and simple. You can easily select various functions such as Aperture Control Mode or MF Mode from the Switch, and enjoy the shooting mode that suits your personal preference.
*More functions will be added through the firmware update in the future.
New product announcement: SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary
SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary.
A large F2.8 aperture zoom lens that need never leave your camera This exceptionally small, light and bright standard zoom for crop-sensor mirrorless cameras is the ultimate workhorse lens. SIGMA’s first APS-C size mirrorless zoom lens has a versatile full-frame equivalent zoom range of 27-75mm, which makes it ideal for a wide range of photo and video applications including landscapes, portraits, street photography, architecture and events. It can also be used for macro-style close-up photography owing to its maximum magnification of 1:2.8*1, which allows a minimum focusing distance of just 12.1cm. In terms of its bright F2.8 aperture, it makes for easier hand-held low-light shooting and provides a shallow depth-of-field for high-impact results.
Autofocus is exceptionally fast and quiet thanks to the stepping motor, which can be particularly useful when shooting video, or fast-moving subjects such as children and animals. The lens’ exceptionally small and light form factor that weighs less than 300g makes it perfect as a first interchangeable lens, and as a sub-lens for full-frame bodies*2, as well as for various shooting situations.
*1 The minimum focusing distance and maximum magnification ratio are both values at the wide end.
*2 Please switch to APS-C crop mode when used on full-frame cameras.
Supplied accessories: Petal Type Hood (LH582-02), Front Cap (LCF-55 ?), Rear Cap (LCR?)
Available mount: L-Mount, Sony E-mount
* The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change.
* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
* This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.
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Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
Can I store a camera without the battery inserted? Or is this a bad idea? This question came to mind as a grumpy airport gate attendant was forcing me to gate check a camera backpack that I knew would fit under the seat.
Sometimes, hearing the answer to a question you thought you already knew the answer to fills some educational gaps. This is especially true when Canon USA's Rudy Winston is answering the question, and I wanted to hear what Rudy had to say on this topic:
No problem with something like leaving a battery out of the camera for a few hours or even days. The primary issue that comes up is that nowadays, the built-in, back-up battery within the camera (retains things like date & time, and other basic info) is recharged when a charged, normal battery (like a Canon LP-E6NH is used in an EOS R5) is installed. If the camera’s normal battery was to be left out of the camera for a long time – like several months – the built-in, secondary battery can lose its charge, and lose ability to retain camera settings and basic info. This might happen, for instance, if the camera was stored without a normal battery in-place for 3 or 4 months. (The built-in, back-up battery would be re-charged, upon installation of a charged “normal” battery.)
The built-in, back-up battery is not user-accessible, nor is it something the user can service or independently charge themselves, aside from what I just mentioned, above.
The rechargeable, back-up battery is something we’ve had in DSLRs and now mirrorless cameras for at least a decade; it replaced the previous concept of having a coin-type, disposable battery (like a CR2025) also located in the camera’s battery compartment.
Hope this helps!
While I knew about the rechargeable internal battery, the approximate duration it could hold a sufficient charge is interesting.
Luminar Neo — innovatively solving problems for the modern creative
Skylum solves major workflow challenges with cutting-edge AI tools that free up time for creativity
NEW YORK, NY - October 18, 2021 — Professionals or hobbyists, visual storytellers are often challenged by boring routine tasks and the complexity of sharing their final results online. In the fast-moving era of social media and mobile photography, routine editing and multi-step sharing can hinder the goal of any artist: creating work that fulfills their creative vision.
Today, Skylum reveals more details about Luminar Neo, a creative image editor which ships this winter. Featuring a full suite of tools for visual storytellers, Luminar Neo solves common problems and allows artists to focus on being creative.
New tools solve common frustrations
The Luminar family is well known for providing AI-guided tools that give artists powerful ways to explore their creative muse. But no image is perfect right out of the camera. Many of the existing tools like AccentAI solve common capture problems with exposure and color balance. SkinAI removes blemishes from portraits while Portrait Background RemovalAI allows artists to completely isolate their subjects from the background and make them pop.
Still, right out of the camera, many images are plagued with visual distractions, some in the scene captured and others from within the camera itself. Luminar Neo introduces new tools which leverage AI to deal with these distractions easily.
Dust RemovalAI — When capturing images in the field, artifacts can be introduced from dust on the surface of a lens or dust that finds its way onto the sensor during a lens change. After using AI to automatically detect these artifacts, Dust RemovalAI removes them to provide a spotless result. Now, artists can easily fix ruined photos, clean distracting spots in images, and save their beautiful memories.
Line RemovalAI — Used separately or as part of SkyAI, this new tool automatically removes unwanted power lines and phone lines from the sky in landscape photos. Whether editing photos of weddings, landscapes, or popular sightseeing spots, automatically getting rid of unwanted lines allows artists to focus on making powerful images, not cleaning up distractions.
Overlays leverage the power AI-enabled compositing
Skylum has already revealed RelightAI and Portrait Background RemovalAI, two tools that use Layers and the new MaskAI feature to help artists move beyond photo editing and explore compositing as a tool for creative expression. Overlays, graphic and photographic elements with a transparency channel, are yet another way for artists to break out of the photographic box.
To light the creative fire, Luminar Neo includes a rich library of free overlay content. Our community of artists and ambassadors regularly add new overlay content to the Luminar Marketplace, which is directly accessible from within Luminar Neo. Finally, using MaskAI, creators can create and save custom overlays to be used across their body of work.
After editing comes another important yet sometimes tedious step in the artist’s workflow: exporting images from desktop to mobile in order to share them. Today, the sharing process is complicated and requires third-party services. Syncing to cloud drives is helpful, but what is really needed is a round-trip experience that fully integrates mobile devices with desktop editing. Luminar Share does exactly that. With Luminar Share, we aim to completely remove exporting complications and give artists the possibility to share their work in one click directly from the desktop.
A native mobile app, Luminar Share connects the photo library on Android and iOS mobile devices directly to Luminar Neo. Using a QR code pairing tool similar to those found in WhatsApp, Signal, and other synced messaging services, Luminar Share creates a secure link between a mobile photo library and Luminar Neo. Advantages include:
Skylum is looking forward to growing and developing in the mobile field, and Luminar Share is the first big step towards that goal. From photographers sharing their work to influencers sharing a new look or a new adventure, visual storytellers of every stripe will find Luminar Share to be a great resource. At launch, it will be available for Android and iOS mobile devices.
Luminar Neo ships this winter with Luminar Share, Dust RemovalAI, Line RemovalAI, and other exciting tools. Early-bird pricing for the Luminar Neo application and plugin is available here and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping.
Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to (usually) get a $10.00 discount.
For artists making a new purchase:
$76 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo
$87 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo
$105 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI
$126 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI
For artists who own Luminar or Aurora:
$54 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo
$69 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo
$83 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI
$108 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo+Luminar AI
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