Canon and Sony News for Apr 2021

 Thursday, April 29, 2021

From Sony (translated):

Dear customers

Notice regarding supply of lens FE 50mm F1.2 GM "SEL50F12GM" for digital single-lens camera a [E mount]

Thank you for your continued patronage of Sony products.

The lens FE 50mm F1.2 GM "SEL50F12GM" for the digital single-lens camera a [E-mount] released on April 23, 2021 (Friday) has received orders that greatly exceeded our expectations, and is a product. It may take some time before delivery.

We are currently making every effort to meet the needs of our customers, so please wait for a while.

When the preorders for this lens went live, I guessed that this model would be hard to get for a long time. Still, the best way to get the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens as soon as possible is to get in line now. Place an order with B&H and Adorama.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 4/29/2021 8:38:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 27, 2021

From Sigma:

New Products Release of Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN ART A | ART

The evolution of a classic

The 35mm F1.4 Art is reborn

  1. Exceptional optical performance
  2. Fast and quiet AF in a compact body
  3. Professional feature-set

Supplied accessories: Petal type hood with lock (LH728-01), case

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.

#SIGMA #SIGMA35mmF14Art #SIGMAArt #SIGMADGDN

Superb optical performance and usability power up the most popular focal length.

An "Art F1.4 35mm" reborn for mirrorless and empowered through SIGMA's technology to date.

The existing 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was SIGMA’s first GLOBAL VISION lens. Released in 2012, it set the standard for all of SIGMA’s subsequent Art-line lenses, and thanks to its exceptional image quality it is still the 35mm prime lens of choice for many professional photographers. Nine years on, the 35mm F1.4 has been redesigned from the ground up specifically for mirrorless cameras, and is the culmination of much of the optical design expertise and advanced production techniques gained over the past decade of GLOBAL VISION lens development. As with all of SIGMA’s lenses, the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is built entirely at its sole factory in Aizu in Japan, where the standard of craftsmanship is of the highest level.

As is true with all SIGMA lenses, class-leading optics are right at the heart of the design concept of this new 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art. Despite being significantly smaller and lighter than the existing 35mm F1.4, it displays an outstanding level of sharpness right to the edges of the frame at all apertures, as well as exceptionally smooth and attractive bokeh and remarkably well-controlled optical aberrations.

Designed exclusively for use with mirrorless cameras, the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is light enough to feel perfectly balanced on a compact mirrorless camera, yet is packed with an array of professional features including ultra-fast AF, a de-clickable and lockable aperture ring and a customizable AFL button. This gives the lens operability and portability without compromise, making it as ideal for professional projects as it is for casual outings, and as well-suited to video as it is stills.

SIGMA is delighted to introduce you to the new gold standard in wide-aperture 35mm primes.

Key features

1. Exceptional optical performance

Central to the design of the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is its sophisticated optical performance, which is consistent with the development of all Art line lenses. The lens incorporates 15 elements in 11 groups. With two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements, an Extraordinary Low Dispersion (ELD) element, an ‘F’ Low Dispersion (FLD) element and two aspherical elements, and as well as other high-performance glass, the lens’ advanced optical construction utilizes SIGMA’s state-of-the-art optical design technology, minimizing all types of aberration including axial chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected in-camera.

In spite of having a very wide aperture of F1.4, the lens is able to control sagittal coma flare extremely well even wide open, stopping bright points of light from flaring out near the edges of the frame. This will be particularly appealing to night sky photographers.

Owing to its 11 rounded diaphragm blades, the lens displays smooth, round bokeh so that out-of-focus areas are not distracting. This makes the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art well-suited to portraits, supported by its ultra-sharp image quality and minimal color bleeding. It also performs very well in backlit conditions thanks to SIGMA's anti-ghosting and anti-flare technology that it has cultivated through countless simulations and real-life testing in our many years of lens development. This keeps shots high contrast and free of excessive flare even when working in difficult light.

2. Fast and quiet AF in a compact body

The focusing mechanism in the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art features a stepping motor. This motor controls a focusing lens group composed of a single, lightweight element, which means AF is responsive and quiet, and is able to keep track of moving objects very effectively. Manual focusing is smooth and precise, but with the right amount of resistance for film-makers. Certainly, this lens has a focus mode switch on the body.

The SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art wholly embraces the Art line concept, which is “designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance”. This—paired with its advanced autofocus performance and the convenience of a compact size—makes for a lens that raises the standards.

3. Professional feature-set

On the body of the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is an aperture ring that allows aperture to be controlled via the lens, or when set to Auto, using the camera. An aperture lock switch on the lens body allows the aperture ring to be locked in Auto so that it’s not accidentally knocked during shooting. A big plus for film-makers, the aperture ring can be de-clicked, allowing users to seamlessly adjust exposure. Also on the lens barrel is a focus mode switch and an AFL button, which can be customized to a desired function from within the camera menu (depending on the model). The switch is ergonomically positioned to be controlled by the thumb during use.

A petal type lens hood is included in the box, which helps reduce flare and offers the lens added protection if dropped. The hood has a lock mechanism that keeps it attached securely to the lens, and its rubberized grip makes it quick and easy to attach and remove.

On top of this impressive array of features and elegant exterior, the body of the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art offers an exceptional level of durability that helps it withstand long-term professional use as well as individual operating parts that give a good fit to the hand. The dust and splash proof structure provides sealing on buttons and along joins between constituent parts, and there’s a rubber gasket around the mount. There’s also a water and oil repellent coating applied to the front element ensures that photographers can rely on it in any conditions.

Additional features

  • Lens construction: 15 elements in 11 groups, with 1 FLD, 1 ELD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical elements
  • Internal focusing
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping motor
  • Compatible with lens-based optical correction * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Water and oil repellent coating (front element)
  • 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 Mode Switch
  • Support DMF, AF+MF
  • Dust and splash proof structure
  • Petal type hood with lock
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system "A1"
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • "Made in Japan" craftsmanship

Key specifications

The figures below are for L-mount

Lens construction: 11 groups, 15 elements (1 FLD, 1 ELD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical lens)

Angle of view: 63.4 °

Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm)

Minimum aperture: F16

Minimum focusing distance: 30 cm / 11.8 in.

Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5.4

Filter size: 67 mm

Dimensions (Maximum Diameter × Length): 75.5 mm × 109.5 mm / 3.0 in × 4.3 in

Weight: 645 g / 22.8 oz

Barcode

L-Mount:0085126 303693

Sony E-mount:0085126 303655

Accessories: Supplied

Name of product / barcode

Petal type hood with lock LH728-01 / 0085126 939267

Accessories: Optional

Name of product / barcode

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

SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR 67mm / 0085126 931803

SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 67mm / 0085126 930943

SIGMA PROTECTOR 67mm / 0085126 931070

SIGMA WR UV FILTER 67mm / 0085126 930684

SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 67mm / 0085126 930813

Orders

Order the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens from B&H or Adorama.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/27/2021 8:06:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 26, 2021

Just posted: Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens Review

Stellar performing lens.

Get in line. The Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/26/2021 8:30:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon has released the first quarter 2021 financial results to the Investor Relations page.

Presentation Material
Results
Supplementary Data

Some Relevant Highlights

"As for Imaging, still benefiting from the effects of new camera bodies, unit sales of both cameras and lenses exceeded our plan. Profitability improved significantly from last year due to a rise in average selling price and an increase in sales efficiency."

"Changes in exchange rates, particularly the yen’s depreciation against the euro, had a positive impact on net sales and operating profit of 7.9 billion yen and 6.0 billion yen, respectively."

"As for cost reduction, improvement was made mainly in fixed costs, reflecting, among others, last year’s decline in factory utilization rates due to the effects of COVID-19."

"As for expenses, while we aggressively invested in the development of new businesses, the effects of structural reforms and more efficient sales activities resulted in a 16.0 billion yen improvement. As a result, SG&A as a percentage of net sales declined significantly from 41.6% in the first quarter of last year to 37.2% this year."

"Our view that the global economy will accelerate towards normalization from the second half of the year has not changed since the beginning of the year."

"As for the semiconductor component shortages and logistical bottlenecks, based on our best estimate at this time, we budgeted for higher costs and delays in delivery. However, the situation is changing day by day. As such, we will continue to monitor the trends going forward."

"We raised our projection to reflect not only the building of a stable business foundation through the promotion of business portfolio transformation, but also acceleration in the global economy recovery."

"Compared to our previous projection, we raised our outlook for net sales by 100.0 billion yen, operating profit by 39.5 billion yen and net income by 25.0 billion yen, and now expect net sales to increase 10.8% to 3.5 trillion yen, operating profit to increase 79.1% to 198.0 billion yen, and net income to increase 68% to 140.0 billion yen."

"For Imaging, because the size of the camera market is already approaching the number of users that are particular about visual expression, we expect the market to be limited to moderate contraction going forward. As current sales of mainly new products are exceeding our plan, we raised our full-year projection for both sales and profit."

"As for cameras, even amid continued restrictions on people’s movement, demand for cameras remains solid, supported by the need for high-quality visual expression. Based on this, we still expect the 2021 camera market to be up slightly or 5.8 million units."

"In the first quarter, revenue was significantly higher than last year, as sales remained strong, driven by the EOS R5 and EOS R6 which were launched in the second half of last year. Additionally, the synergy effect of having competitive camera bodies and expanding our lineup of RF lens, which command high margins, led to an increase in average selling prices. This, and the establishment of efficient online sales activities nurtured through COVID-19 is leading to an improvement in profitability."

"For the full year, reflecting the situation surrounding sales in the first quarter, we not only raised our projection for camera unit sales by 100 thousand to 2.9 million, but also raised our projection for revenue."

"To further strengthen mirrorless camera lineup, in April we announced the development of a new model, the EOS R3, which is equipped with a backside illumination stacked CMOS sensor that achieves high-speed signal processing, which allows for a number of functional improvements such as continuous shooting performance. At the same time, we announced 3 new RF lenses, bringing the total to 22 and we will continue to enhance this lineup going forward. By raising the appeal of the R series, we aim to further raising our market share in the full-frame category and increase sales."

"Additionally, for new types of cameras, such as the PowerShot Zoom that was launch at the end of last year and has attracted quite a bit of attention for its ease of capturing long-range images with one hand, we are steady creating new markets."

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/26/2021 8:01:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 23, 2021

Even when 50 MP resolution exceeds the final resolution required for an image, the ultra-high resolution is often unexpectantly valuable. In this example, the selected camera position was optimized for capturing vertically oriented images of the runners jumping from a hurdle (going high in the air) while attempting to clear a water pit.

Crashes always draw attention, and the fall was the eye-catcher of this pass. However, the compressed body position and splashing water no longer worked well in the vertically oriented frame. The horizontal orientation crop seemed favorable, and the optimal framing required a tight crop, including pulling in from the sides. Despite the heavy cropping, the a1 image provided an often sufficient nearly 20 MP of final resolution.

While the Sony Alpha a1's 30 fps drive rate seems extreme, I am finding it addicting. In this case, the 30 fps results provided the ideal moment of touch down and splash combination.

Regarding splashing water, bright water droplets in front of a subject are notorious for stealing a camera AF system's attention. While a sustained high volume of water drops covering the subject sometimes eventually stole the a1's focus, the default AF settings held on the subject's eye behind the splashing very well.

The 400mm and f/2.8 combination is often perfect for photographing track and field events. In this example, the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens renders the foreground and background diffusely blurred, making the subject and water drops stand out. Despite the cloudy day and 1/2000 sec. shutter speed, the ISO setting remained relatively low.

We can enjoy the spectacle of this water crash without feeling too sorry for the runner. Being cold is apparently motivating for running because she went on to win this event with a top 10 list time for the university.


 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/2.8  1/2000s
ISO 1600
5440 x 3627px
Post Date: 4/23/2021 9:05:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Rokinon:

New 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle Lens Designed for Sony E APS-C Cameras

(New York, New York) April 23, 2021 – ROKINON continues to build upon its impressive array of auto-focus prime lenses with the unveiling of its new 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle lens for APS-C Sony E mount cameras. The feature set and overall performance of this fast and rugged lens are unmatched by any in its class.

At 7.51oz in weight, 2.33” in length and a MSRP of $499, this compact and lightweight autofocusing lens offers the best combination of value and performance than ever before. What’s more, it provides a rectilinear 99.1°angle of view, and with the added protection of weather sealing, and a Rear Protector Glass, it allows for lots more versatility.

Utilizing the newest Linear Stepping Motor technology, the ROKINON 12mm F2.0 AF lens combines a more compact design with improved auto-focus performance. By requiring the movement of only a single focusing group, it delivers especially fast, quiet, and precise focusing, whether shooting stills or videos. The design also allows for close focusing to 7.48” with no change in length or front element rotation.

With a bright F2.0 aperture, faster shutter speeds can be achieved for superior astrophotography and low light results. Furthermore, the F2.0 aperture can help create an impressive sense of depth to your daytime images by effectively separating the subject from a pleasing, de-focused background.

The optical construction is comprised of twelve elements in ten groups with a new and further advanced version of Ultra Multi Coating (UMC). Besides controlling Flare and ghosting, this improved UMC maximizes light transmission, contrast and color accuracy. Thanks to I've specialized lens elements (1 Aspherical, 3 Extra-low Dispersion, and 1 Hybrid-Aspherical) aberrations and distortion are minimized to produce sharp, thoroughly corrected imagery.

The ROKINON 12mm F2.0 AF incorporates a new elegant look with a matte black finish and comfortable micro pattern rubber focusing ring over a durable all-metal housing. And, with its dramatically wide angle of view, this ROKINON exciting and attractively priced high-performance model is the lens of choice for landscape, night sky, architecture and interior shooting.

The Rokinon 12mm F2.0 AF Lens for Sony E mount comes packed with a removable petal-shaped hood, lens caps, a custom fitted case, and is expected to be available early June, 2021.

SPECIFICATIONS

ROKINON 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Sony E
APERTURE RANGE: F2.0 - F22
OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION: 12 Elements in 10 Groups Including 1 ASP + 1 Hybrid ASP + 3 ED
COATING: Ultra Multi-Coating (UMC)
MIN. FOCUSING DIST.: 7.48in (190mm)
MAGNIFICATION RATIO: 0.09x
FILTER SIZE: 62mm
DIAPHRAGM BLADES: 7
MAX. DIAMETER: 2.75” (70.0mm)
WEATHER SEALED: Yes
AF MOTOR: Silent Linear STM AF
Ultra Multi-Coating (UMC)
Lens Hood: Removable Petal Shaped
Length: 2.33” (59.2mm)
Weight: 7.51oz (213g)
Mount: Sony E
Item #: IO12AF-E
UPC Code 0-84438-76720-9
MSRP: $499
Angle of View APS-C: 99.1°
Featuring: Extra Low Dispersion, Aspherical, Hybrid Aspherical, Rear Protector Glass
Non-Rotating Filter Mount

Orders

Get your Rokinon 12mm F2.0 AF Compact Ultra Wide Angle Lens at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 4/23/2021 7:44:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Think Tank Photo Manager Series Rolling Cases just received the version 2 treatment, featuring:

  • Added shock-absorbing wheels to Logistics Manager 30 and Production Manager 40
  • Added customizable identification panel
  • Reduced weight 2-4 lbs.
  • Upgraded Logistics Manager 30 front and side panel to Production Manager 40 style
  • Replaced stretch material on side pockets to ballistics fabric with ladder-lock tightener
  • Upgraded foot style on Logistics Manager 30

See the new Think Tank Photo Manager Series V2 Rolling Cases
 
Don't forget that you'll get a free gift and free shipping when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).

Post Date: 4/22/2021 4:53:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Godox TL30 RGB LED Tube Light and an abundance of accessories have been announced. Get the details at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Godox News
Post Date: 4/22/2021 3:59:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

What Zeiss has been up to: 10 new lenses and 4 lens sets added to the Supreme Prime Lens family.

See the Zeiss Supreme Prime Lens line-up (including the kit that costs more than a big house in the country) at B&H.

Learn more about the new additions at B&H Explora.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:47:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Tokina SZX 400mm f/8 Reflex MF lens announcement was an interesting one. This lens is already available in many camera mounts, but adding the Canon RF and Nikon Z options to the mix is welcomed.

From Tokina:

Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF lens for Nikon Z and Canon RF camera mounts worldwide sales date announcement

Apr 22, 2021

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the sales release of Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF lens for Nikon Z and Canon RF camera mounts.

Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF adopts a T-mount standard (pitch 0.75mm, thread 42mm), that allows this lens to be attached to various cameras by using different mount adapters. To provide photographers a chance to use Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF lens with popular Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras we release Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF for Nikon Z and Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF for Canon RF mounts. New mount adapters for Nikon Z and Canon RF mirrorless cameras can be purchased separately as well.

B&H carries Tokina lenses.

Sales will commence on May 7, 2021.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:34:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Tamron:

TAMRON Announces Compact 500mm Ultra-Telephoto Zoom for Sony E-mount Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057)

High-speed, high precision AF and TAMRON’s VC make comfortable handheld photography with a compact 500mm zoom a reality.

April 22, 2021, Commack, NY – TAMRON announces the launch of the 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057), an ultra-telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras on June 10, 2021 at approximately $1, 399 USD. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is TAMRON's first ultra-telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras that reaches the 500mm focal length and when used on APS-C mirrorless format cameras, the zoom range is an approximate 225-750mm full-frame equivalent. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens is still compact enough for comfortable handheld shooting. This zoom lets users enjoy casual shooting with steady performance and high image quality in the ultra-telephoto realm where conventional wisdom once dictated a tripod. To support handheld shooting in the ultra-telephoto range, the 150-500mm is equipped with VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), a linear motor focus mechanism that delivers excellent quietness and agile performance, and TAMRON's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism for high-level image stabilization. At the 150mm end, the lens offers an MOD of 23.6” for powerful and dramatic close-ups.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. A hand-holdable full-frame 500mm lens that defies conventional wisdom

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is just 8.3” long with a maximum diameter of Ø93mm, an astoundingly compact size for a 500mm-class ultra-telephoto zoom for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens is still remarkably compact at only 11.1”. The lens zooms from 150mm to 500mm by rotating the zoom ring through an arc of just 75° — less than one-quarter of a turn. This feature enables rapid adjustment to the desired angle of view with minimal movement, avoiding missed opportunities and facilitating intuitive composition. TAMRON’s renowned VC mechanism also significantly improves handheld performance by counteracting camera shake.

2. Amazing high image quality despite its compact size

The optical construction features 25 elements in 16 groups. The generous and effective use of special lens elements including one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), five LD (Low Dispersion), and two Hybrid Aspherical lens elements thoroughly controls aberrations including axial chromatic aberrations. This 150-500mm F5-6.7 ultra-telephoto zoom lens is designed and constructed with strong emphasis on compact size and usability without compromising image quality, so users can enjoy exceptionally high resolving power across the entire image.

3. VXD AF motor provides high speed, high precision, and excellent quietness

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 features the same highly acclaimed VXD linear motor focus mechanism that was first introduced in the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056). VXD delivers extreme high-speed and high-precision movement and ensures exceedingly responsive performance. Even when shooting at the ultra-telephoto end with a focal length of 500mm, the 150-500mm provides fast, comfortable and accurate focusing at all shooting distances, from near to far.

Focus tracking has been vastly improved to facilitate capturing fast-moving subjects like sports, birds, and aircraft. This ensures that those dramatic, action-packed moments are never missed, whether shooting still photos or video. Additionally, the linear motor also reduces drive noise and vibrations produced during focusing (as compared to a conventional drive system), making it ideal for shooting both still photos and video in low-noise environments.

4. TAMRON’s acclaimed Vibration Compensation delivers excellent image stabilization

The slim, compact 150-500mm F5-6.7 is equipped with TAMRON’s VC mechanism. The lens features a VC mode selection switch with three settings (Mode 1: Standard, Mode 2: Exclusively for Panning, and Mode 3: Framing Priority) so the ideal VC mode can be invoked to match shooting conditions. This functionality delivers excellent image stabilization performance, enabling efficient reduction of image blurring caused by camera shake.

5. Exciting telephoto macro focuses as close as 23.6”

The 150-500mm F5-6.7 offers excellent close-up shooting capabilities for an ultra-telephoto lens. The MOD is 23.6” at the 150mm end and 70.9” at the 500mm telephoto end. The maximum magnification ratio at 150mm is exceptionally high at 1:3.1. Users can shoot powerful telephoto-macro images of subjects including flowers and insects while maintaining a reasonable shooting distance — closer than you can get with conventional ultra-telephoto zoom lenses.

6. Additional features for greater convenience

- Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount with strap attachment holes

included

- Lens hood with flexible, protective front portion
- New switch design for improved operability
- FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism to support greater usability

7. BBAR-G2 Coating minimizes ghosting and flare

8. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating provide extra protection

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

Specifications

Model A057
Focal Length 150-500mm
Maximum Aperture F5-6.7
Angle of View (diagonal) 16°25'-4°57' (for full-frame mirrorless format)
Optical Construction 25 elements in 16 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.6m (23.6 in) (WIDE) / 1.8m (70.9 in) (TELE)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:3.1 (WIDE) / 1:3.7 (TELE)
Filter Size 82mm
Maximum Diameter 93mm
Length* 209.6mm (8.3 in)
Weight 1,725g (60.8 oz) (without tripod mount included) /
tripod mount 155g (5.5 oz)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minumum Aperture F22-32
Standard Accessory Round-shaped hood, Lens caps, Tripod mount
Compatible Mounts Sony E-mount

Orders

Order the Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Lens at B&H.

* 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 which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:06:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Tamron

TAMRON Announces World's First Compact, Lightweight F2.8 Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens for Sony E-mount APS-C Mirrorless Cameras

April 22, 2021, Commack, NY – TAMRON announces the launch of the 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A RXD (Model B060), a fast-aperture ultra wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras on June 24, 2021 at approximately $829. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change.

Model B060

The new 11-20mm F2.8 zoom is the world's first[1] ultra wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount APS-C[2] mirrorless cameras that features an aperture of F2.8. Despite its fast F2.8 aperture, the lens is very small (3.4”) and feels perfectly balanced attached to a compact APS-C mirrorless camera body. It is the ideal ultra wide-angle lens for regular use. At the 11mm ultra wide-angle end, the lens exhibits stunning close-range shooting performance, achieving an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 5.9” and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4. This feature invites wide-angle macro shooting that exploits the creative effects of naturally occurring distortion that only ultra wide-angle lenses can provide.

[1] Among interchangeable F2.8 ultra wide-angle zoom lenses for Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras (As of March, 2021: TAMRON)

[2] Di III-A: For APS-C format mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras

The new zoom is protected by Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating in consideration of outdoor shooting. Its Ø67mm filter size is identical to TAMRON's 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD (Model B070) fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras and nearly all TAMRON’s lenses in the series of full-frame mirrorless cameras that sit nicely on APS-C cameras as well. Compatible with many of the features that Sony builds into its cameras, including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF, the lens is packed with highly practical features that support comfortable shooting that let photographers enjoy the superb image quality of this ultra wide-angle, fast F2.8 aperture lens.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. The world's first F2.8 ultra wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras

The 11-20mm F2.8 is a bona fide ultra wide-angle zoom lens with an aperture of F2.8 across the entire zoom range. Meanwhile, it is compact, lightweight and very practical. You can enjoy the unique and powerful world of ultra wide-angle photography at the 11mm end (the full-frame equivalent of 16.5mm). Ideal for regular use, the 20mm focal length (the full-frame equivalent of 30mm) is well suited for casual snapshot photography such as street shooting. With its usefulness rooted in its compact, lightweight design and fast F2.8 aperture, the 11-20mm F2.8 provides an exciting shooting experience with greater freedom in diverse shooting situations.

2. Compact and lightweight for superior usability

The 11-20mm F2.8 is only 3.4” in length and weighs just 11.8 oz. For a fast-aperture F2.8 ultra wide-angle zoom lens, this is remarkably compact and light. When used with an APS-C mirrorless camera body, it enables photographers to enjoy a responsive image capture system without being hindered by the size or weight of the lens. It provides a comfortable user experience for still photography and for shooting video using a small tripod or gimbal stabilizer.

3. Outstanding optical performance

The 11-20mm F2.8 construction includes 12 elements in 10 groups. Two precisely located GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements assure high resolution across the entire image, from edge to edge. In addition, the 11-20mm F2.8 incorporates one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and two LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to produce sharp images with optical aberrations highly corrected. It also features the BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating that suppresses ghosting and flare to a minimum level and reveals the minute details of objects even when the subject is backlit. The combination of features harmonizes to provide sharp images with natural colors and rich saturation.

4. MOD of 5.9” at the 11mm focal length

The 11-20mm F2.8 boasts an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 5.9” at the 11mm focal length setting and 9.4” at the 20mm end. This results in better and more versatile close-range shooting performance than existing ultra wide-angle zoom lenses at their widest focal length. At the widest 11mm setting it has an astonishing maximum magnification ratio of 1:4 to provide wide-angle macro photography that parlays the perspective unique to ultra wide-angle lenses, while also leveraging the expressive bokeh provided by the fast, bright maximum aperture of this lens.

5. A user-friendly unified Ø67mm filter size across the series

The 11-20mm F2.8 is so light that the total weight of it and the 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD (Model B070) standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras together is only approximately 30.3 oz. The combination of these two lenses covers an extreme range of focal lengths from 11mm to 70mm (equivalent to 16.5mm to 105mm on full-frame cameras) with a fast, wide-open aperture of F2.8 at every focal length, thereby enabling the size and weight of an entire mirrorless system to be massively reduced without sacrificing capabilities. Just like nearly all of TAMRON's lens models for Sony E-mount cameras, it has a unified Ø67mm filter size that allows reciprocal sharing of filters such as PL and ND, and lens caps.

6. The RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit is exceptionally quiet and perfect for video use

7. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating provide extra protection

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

Specifications

Model B060
Focal Length 11-20mm
Maximum Aperture F2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 105°20'-71°35' (for APS-C frame mirrorless format)
Optical Construction 12 elements in 10 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.15m (5.9 in) (WIDE) / 0.24m (9.4 in) (TELE)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:4 (WIDE) / 1:7.6 (TELE)
Filter Size 67mm
Maximum Diameter 73mm
Length* 86.2mm (3.4 in)
Weight 335g (11.8 oz)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minumum Aperture F16
Standard Accessory Flower-shaped hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Sony E-mount

Orders

Order the Tamron 11-20mm F/2.8 Di III-A RXD Lens at B&H.

* 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 which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron Announcements
Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:04:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 20, 2021

From Sony:

Sony Electronics Continues to Push Boundaries with the Introduction of the Compact, Ultra-wide Angle, Large Aperture FE 14mm F1.8 G Master™ Prime Lens

Newest Addition to Sony’s E-mount Lens Lineup Offers Extraordinary Resolution, Advanced and Quiet Autofocus Capabilities, Beautiful Bokeh Rendering and More

SAN DIEGO, CA – April 20, 2021 – Sony Electronics Inc. further expands its E-mount lens lineup with the introduction of the groundbreaking FE 14mm F1.8 G Master (model SEL14F18GM) – a compact, large F1.8 aperture, ultra-wide angle lens that allows users to capture the world with new perspectives by delivering sharp resolution from corner to corner with little to no distortion, especially when shooting landscapes, architecture, starry skies and interiors.

“Sony continuously strives to meet the needs of our customers with the most advanced tools possible. We’re excited to share the newest member of our G Master series, the FE 14mm F1.8 G Master,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “This lens sets a new standard for 14mm primes, by delivering extraordinary corner-to-corner resolution and advanced autofocus capabilities in a compact design that has never before been realized in this focal length.”

Extraordinary Resolution in an Incredibly Compact and Lightweight Design

The new FE 14mm F1.8 G Master features a compact design, measuring just 3 3/8 in x 4 in (83mm x 99.8mm) and weighing just 16.3 oz (460g), with advanced optical technology that delivers superb resolution and stunning contrast. Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and one aspherical lens element maintain excellent resolution throughout the entire image area and contribute to its compact and lightweight design. Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one Super ED glass element result in optical refinements that suppress chromatic aberration and deliver excellent contrast and precise rendering at all apertures.

The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master is useful in all types of low-light situations for both still and movie shooting, thanks to the maximum F1.8 aperture. Users can faithfully render point light sources, like stars for astrophotography, without having to use extremely slow shutter speeds. A common problem plaguing wide angle lenses is light entering at extreme angles that could reflect internally. The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master uses Sony’s original Nano AR Coating II technology to maximize clarity and effectively subdue flare and ghosting.

The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master can produce beautiful bokeh at F1.8, even with the ultra-wide 14mm focal length. With a 9.8-inch minimum focus distance, the FE 14mm F1.8 G Master offers expanded possibilities for close-up still and video shooting and creates stunning bokeh known to Sony’s G Master premium series of lenses. In addition, its precise XA elements, a 9-blade circular aperture mechanism and optimally controlled aberration allow the FE 14mm F1.8 G Master to produce exquisite background bokeh without the undesirable “onion-ring” effect.

Advanced and Quiet Autofocus

Using two XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors, focus can be accurately acquired and maintained even when shooting with narrow depth of field at F1.8 giving professional shooters the reliability they need to get the job done in challenging conditions. Moreover, the FE 14mm F1.8 G Master enables quiet AF with minimal vibration for smooth focus transitions, perfect for video content creation.

Professional Level Control and Reliability

The new lens also features several advanced and versatile control options including a focus hold button, a focus mode switch and a focus ring to ensure smooth, efficient operation in a wide range of shooting environments. For added customization, a number of functions can be assigned to the focus hold button from the camera body interface. The FE 14mm F1.8 G Master also features Linear Response MF for direct and precise manual focusing. An aperture ring that allows intuitive aperture control and is also included, with click stops that can be switched ‘on’ for still photography or switched ‘off’ for smooth and quiet iris transition when capturing video. For added creative freedom, the FE 14mm F1.8 G Master includes a rear filter holder that accepts standard sheet-type filters for ND, color correction, soft filter and more.

A dust and moisture resistant design[i] provides the reliability needed for challenging conditions. The front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants. The rear element is also fluorine coated to keep that surface clean when changing the rear filter. The lens also has a built-in petal hood that effectively blocks extraneous light that can cause flare and ghosting.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 14mm F1.8 G Master will be available in May for approximately $1,600 USD and $2,100 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

Orders

Order the Sony FE 14mm F1.8 G Master Lens from B&H | Adorama | WEX

[i] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 4/20/2021 9:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 19, 2021

Some reviews go on indefinitely, and this review is one of those. So, I'll call it finished, but will continue to tweak it: Sony Alpha a1 Review.

This is an outstanding camera.

The a1 is in high demand and will be so for a long time, so get in line ASAP. Order the Sony Alpha a1 at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Need it immediately? Rent the Sony Alpha a1 from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 4/19/2021 9:08:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Gitzo GIGH4383LR Series 4 Center Ball Head with Arca-Type Lever Release QR Receiver was just announced. Get the details and preorder at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 4/19/2021 8:59:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 16, 2021
 Thursday, April 15, 2021

From DJI:

DJI Air 2S Melds Incredible Image Quality With Unmatched Flight Performance

Added Obstacle Sensors Improve Autonomous Flying, While The 1” Sensor Offers 20-Megapixel Photos and 5.4K Video

April 15, 2021 – DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today sets a new benchmark for high-grade flight performance and incredible imagery with the new DJI Air 2S. This portable camera drone is an all-in-one solution, offering robust flight performance, state-of-the-art camera upgrades and high-grade preprogrammed content creation tools.

“Every creator remembers what it felt like to fly a drone for the first time, and they’ll feel the same sense of wonder and possibility when they first experience DJI Air 2S’s unparalleled mix of astonishing flight capability and gripping image quality,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director, DJI Europe. “DJI Air 2S is a wish list come to life for everyone who demands more from a drone, showcasing upgrades that truly elevate the system into a highly versatile drone. From content creators, to drone enthusiasts and travelers, we are confident that a lot of people will be excited about this drone.”

The DJI Air 2S is the first drone of its size to capture 20-megapixel still images or video in 5.4K with a new one-inch sensor that was previously available only on larger, less agile drones. DJI continues to enable the effortless creation of imaginative content with the new MasterShots feature. This advanced feature uses automatic flight path planning to set the drone’s course while recording video. Upon completion of the flight, DJI Air 2S automatically merges the footage under one theme to create an eye-catching video.

DJI Air 2S’s 31 minutes of maximum flight time and four-way directional obstacle sensors let the pilot focus on the shot while the drone’s safety systems warn when obstacles are getting close. APAS 4.0 is the most advanced autopilot system on any DJI drone and when turned on, seamlessly maneuvers around objects autonomously. O3, DJI’s third iteration of OcuSync, brings the most reliable transmission technology in the drone market to this portable, foldable drone so users know their connection is stable. The upgraded FocusTrack mode includes a suite of programmed modes like Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0 and Point of Interest 3.0 that easily mimic the focus, control and movement of a professional video operator.

An All-In-One Tool for All Your Content Capturing Needs

Expand your creative vision and capture high-grade footage using a new one-inch sensor capable of recording 20-megapixel still images, 5.4K video at 30fps or 4K at 60fps and 150Mbps. The one-inch sensor is larger than the sensor on the original Mavic Air 2 and offers a larger pixel size of 2.4µm, capturing more information and detail for better photos and videos. Get closer to the subject without moving the drone using a new digital zoom that supports 4X zoom at 4K 30fps, 6X at 2.7K 30fps, 4X at 2.7K 60fps, 6X at 1080P 60fps and 8X at 1080P 30fps. DJI’s renowned three-axis mechanical gimbal smooths out footage for professional-level quality and 8 GB of internal storage have been added. Users can choose to record in H264 or H265, depending on their preferences for image detail and storage capacity and can also choose from three video color profiles, Normal (8 bit), D-Log (10 bit) or HLG (10 bit) to match their video needs.

In addition to standard photo options like Timed Photo, AEB and Panoramas, DJI Air 2S’s SmartPhoto mode records 20-megapixel photos using advanced scene analysis and deep learning to automatically choose the best of three options that will create the most visually appealing image for you, including HDR, Hyperlight and Scene Recognition. HDR modes merge several images together for a vibrant scene while Hyperlight is designed for low-light scenarios and Scene Recognition can identify several common settings and apply camera adjustments to capture photos that pop.

Pre-Programmed Modes for Pro-Level Footage

The DJI Air 2S has the most programmed flight modes and image capture modes of any DJI drone of its size. These creative options include:

  • MasterShots: Professional-level aerial footage has never been easier. After activating MasterShots, the drone will autonomously plan a flight path, choose from three different image capture modes, including Proximity, Portrait or Landscape, and start recording classic aerial footage. Pilots can choose different themes and the DJI Fly app will generate a unique video that’s ready to be shared with the world.
  • FocusTrack: Focus on the scene and let DJI Air 2S do the hard work for you. Select your subject by drawing a square around it on your mobile device, then choose from Point of Interest 3.0, an autonomous flight path around the subject; ActiveTrack 4.0, a tool that seamlessly tracks the subject and keeps it in the frame; or Spotlight 2.0, where the drone movement is controlled by the pilot while it locks the subject into the frame.
  • QuickShots: A staple DJI feature, QuickShot modes include Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang and Asteroid.
  • Hyperlapse: See the world sped up from the air and in motion with the Hyperlapse option in resolution up to 4K. Content captured in 4K resolution and lower can apply digital stabilization for an added layer of smoothness.

Safe and Intuitive Flight Operation in an Ultra-Portable Drone

DJI Air 2S uses four high-grade antennas and the latest version of DJI’s proprietary OcuSync transmission tech, O3, to deliver a stable feed at a maximum distance of 12km1, even in areas with a high number of signals. A maximum 31 minutes in the air gives pilots more time to capture visually appealing footage while four-way sensors help reduce the risk of collision. The newly upgraded front, rear, bottom and top obstacle sensors incorporate binocular zooming technology to recognize incoming objects from further away at faster speeds.

DJI Air 2S uses the latest and most advanced version of Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 4.0, which allows the drone to autonomously and seamlessly maneuver around, under and over obstacles. While flying at normal speeds, the newly improved APAS 4.0 offers a wider field-of-view to detect obstacles compared to previous versions. If pilots are flying at higher speeds, as the angle of the drone pitches forward more and the newly added upward obstacle sensor plays a critical part in assisting obstacle detection. As with DJI’s latest drone models, the DJI Air 2S’s AirSense system warns drone pilots of nearby airplanes and helicopters transmitting ADS-B signals, so the drone can be quickly moved to a safer location. Other standard DJI safety features of DJI Air 2S include an improved Return-To-Home (RTH) feature, which can bring a drone back to its launch point if it loses contact with the controller or reaches a critically low battery level, and the GEO 2.0 geofencing system to advise pilots of sensitive locations and help them automatically keep away from high-risk areas such as airports. DJI Air 2S uses the latest version of the DJI Fly app, which features a wealth of educational information and tutorials to get new pilots up in the air quickly.

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for DJI Air 2S, covering various accidents, such as water damage, collisions, flyaway, etc. For an additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers up to two replacement units within one year, including coverage for one flyaway incident. The two-year plan provides three replacement units in two years, including coverage for up to two flyaway incidents and an extension of the original warranty period by one year (extension durations vary by region). Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes exclusive after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.

Price and Availability

DJI Air 2S is available for purchase today from store.dji.com and from authorized retail partners in several configurations. The standard combo retails for $999 USD and includes the drone, remote controller, one battery and all the cables and parts needed to get into the air. The Fly More Combo retails for $1299 USD includes everything from the standard combo with the addition of 2 batteries for a total of 3, ND filters, a charging hub and a shoulder bag.

In Stock Now!

The DJI Air 2S is in stock at B&H and Adorama.

Learn more about the Air 2S at B&H Explora.

1 DJI Air 2S transmission system has a maximum range of 12 km when unobstructed, free of interference and FCC compliant. Maximum flight range specification is a proxy for radio link strength and resilience. Always fly your drone within visual line of sight unless otherwise permitted and check local laws and regulations in the region being operated.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 4/15/2021 8:56:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Canon USA has released EOS R5 Firmware Update 1.3.1 for download.

Firmware Version 1.3.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon, in which when shooting with Canon Log 3, if the [View Assist.] setting is set to [On], the image in the viewfinder and on the LCD screen is displayed brighter than it should be.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 4/14/2021 5:10:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

During one announcement less than 3 years ago, two of the biggest and best super-telephoto lenses ever made, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens, were unveiled. The same just occurred again – the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens were simultaneously introduced – and the sameness does not stop there.

The first piece of important information to share is that the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 and 600mm F4 L IS USM Lenses are essentially identical to their EF IS version III counterparts except for a brushed metal EF to RF mount adapter built in (and the focus distance window is removed). The RF 400 and 600 are equivalents to the EF 400 and 600 with a Mount Adapter EF-EOS R behind them. This includes optical and mechanical performance.

It is easy to say that Canon took the easy way out when creating the 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4 lenses for the RF mount, and it is also hard to argue against that statement.

However, it is unlikely that optical advances significant enough to justify a new design became available since the EF lens introduction less than 3 years earlier. Also, since lens models go into the design phase long before they are announced, it is probable that the EF 600 III was already designed for optimal use on the RF mount. That Canon's first R-series camera, the EOS R, was introduced in the same announcement as the EF 600 III lends credence to that theory. Also noteable is that long focal length lenses tend to benefit less from the short flange distance on the mirrorless camera models, reducing the justification for a redesign.

Why bother introducing the RF model if the mount is the significant design improvement, and compatibility with EOS DSLR Cameras is foregone? Eliminating the mount adapter creates a slightly tighter, more secure fit and reduces weight slightly for two minor benefits. The adapter is no longer at risk of being forgotten or lost.

An interesting benefit provided by the technology in the RF mount (specifically) is a CIPA image stabilization assistance rating increase to 5.5 stops from 5 stops.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of the built-in RF mount is compatibility with the Canon RF 1.4x and RF 2x Extenders, a compatibility the Canon mount adapter (probably) should have availed. I'm anxious to see how well the RF extenders perform with the new RF super-telephoto lenses.

While I plan to replace my EF 600mm version III lens with the RF version, the new RF 400 and 600mm super-telephoto lenses are practically the same as their respective EF lenses, including having the same price.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/14/2021 12:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Until today, Canon RF Extenders were compatible with only a few lenses, and all of those lenses had narrow apertures without an extender in place. The RF 400mm F2.8 and RF 600mm F4 lenses announced today are considerably more appealing to combine with an extender than the previously available options. I do not know how strong the current inventory levels are for Canon RF extenders, but certainly the demand for these lenses just increased, at least somewhat.

If you think you might want an RF 1.4x Extender or RF 2x Extender, buying one immediately is a good idea.

The Canon RF 1.4x Extender is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA

The Canon RF 2x Extender is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/14/2021 12:04:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

While many of us are excited by the prospects of the Canon EOS R3, a development announcement, as usual, left us with many questions. What I know is on the R3 page.

Much is known about the new RF macro lens, and the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens page is filled with those details along with expectations.

Nearly everything is know about the new Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens. I'll call these completed reviews pending image quality testing, including with RF extenders.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/14/2021 12:03:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Get in the front of the line!

The Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

The Canon Tripod Mount Ring and Adapter E(B) is available for order at B&H | Adorama

The Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

The Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/14/2021 12:02:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon USA:

DEVELOPING NEWS: CANON ANNOUNCES THAT THE POWERFUL PROFESSIONAL FULL-FRAME EOS R3 MIRRORLESS CAMERA IS ON ITS WAY

The Company Is Also Welcoming Three New RF Lenses: The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4L IS USM

MELVILLE, NY, April 14, 2021 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a new, high-performance professional camera — the Canon EOS R3*. When it arrives, the EOS R3 will be an outstanding complement to the three new RF lenses the company also introduced today — The Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.

“The development of the Canon EOS R3 and the launch of the new RF lenses are the latest testament to the company’s commitment to professional still and video image and content creators,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “When the camera becomes available, it will pair well with each of the new RF lenses announced today. Canon is excited to share this news today, and we look forward to seeing the images captured with the new RF lenses and upcoming EOS R3.”

Under Development - The Canon EOS R3

The Canon EOS R3 will join the current lineup of EOS R full-frame mirrorless series cameras. This camera will usher in a new category to the EOS R system, positioned squarely between the EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras. The camera will put great emphasis on superb AF performance and speed, with fast-moving subjects. It is being designed to meet the reliability and durability demands of professionals, even when working in challenging conditions.

At the heart of the EOS R3 camera’s performance will be an EOS camera first, a Canon-developed, full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with a back-illuminated design, providing substantially faster read-out speeds during still-imaging recording. This completely new sensor is designed to produce less “rolling shutter” distortion during Electronic Shutter operation and offer continuous Electronic Shutter still-image shooting at speeds up to 30 fps — with full Dual Pixel CMOS AF and auto exposure1.

The AF system will leverage technology and performance from the well-received EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, using Deep Learning technology to further enhance eye and body detection for even better performance during portrait and action-type shooting. In addition, the EOS R3’s subject detection AF will offer new recognizable subjects for its AF system, bolstering its focusing capabilities during challenging shooting conditions.

The Electronic Viewfinder of the EOS R3 will offer photographers the ability to select the initial area for AF tracking by simply looking directly at the viewfinder location where they want to begin AF. With Eye Control AF2 and Servo AF activated, the camera will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame. When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.

The camera body will be entirely new and accentuates the camera’s high-performance design. It’s a one-piece design, integrating the body with a vertical grip section. The weather and dust-resistance will be equivalent to that of EOS-1D class cameras — an essential consideration for nature, wildlife, sports and photojournalism content creators working in extreme conditions. In addition, news photojournalists will be excited to add the Mobile File Transmitter application for iOS and Android devices that will be available.

Full details of all the EOS R3’s features and specifications will be provided at the time of its formal announcement*.

From Up-Close To Far Away, New Canon RF Lenses Have You Covered

The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM lens is not only Canon’s first RF lens designed specifically for macro photography, but also the world’s first3 medium telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x. The new lens, designed for both advanced photo enthusiasts and professionals, takes macro photography expression to the next level with the introduction of a spherical aberration (SA) control ring. The SA control ring allows users to change the character and appearance of the bokeh and obtain a softer focus effect with a simple turning of the ring to the desired result. Additional features of the Canon RF100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM include:

  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to five stops of Shake Correction4.
  • When combined with a camera featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer, up to eight stops of shake correction5 is possible with coordinated operation of Optical and In-Body Image Stabilizer.
  • Hybrid IS helps to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during macro shooting.
  • High-speed, smooth and quiet auto focus with dual nano USM.
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design.

The Canon RF400mm F2.8L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are both designed to be optically identical to their EF counterparts. The RF400mm and RF600mm weigh in at 6.37 and 6.81 pounds with a minimum focusing distance of 8.2 and 13.8 feet, respectively. Both lenses share many of the same critical features that help professional high-end super-telephoto lenses stand out from the crowd. Those features include:

  • Ideal for a wide variety of shooting situations, including sports, aviation, trains, automotive, and wildlife, such as birding.
  • Optical Image Stabilization with up to 5.5 stops6 of shake correction. Including three IS Operation Modes — still subjects, panning, and irregular movement.
  • Proprietary Canon lens coatings, Super Spectra Coating (SSC), and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) help minimize ghosting and flaring. Lens placement and coatings are optimized to provide users with clear, high-contrast images even when there is a bright light source.
  • Lenses include fluorite and super UD lens elements arranged in such a way to help correct chromatic aberration and make the models more compact. Like the latest Canon EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses, released in the fall of 2018, weight on these RF-series super-telephotos has been significantly reduced vs. previous-generation Canon super tele designs.
  • Compatible with Canon RF 1.4x and 2x extenders, and feature a customizable electronic focus ring, with manual focus capability during SERVO AF.
  • A nine-blade circular aperture provides users beautiful bokeh and ideally blurred backgrounds when the aperture is stopped down.
  • For added convenience when on a shoot, two focus presets are available. Users can instantly return to one of two memorized focus distances.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design with vibration and shock resistance. The front element has been dressed with a fluorine coating for easy cleaning.
  • Infrared reflective pigments with high reflectance and titanium oxide lens barrel coating with silica provide excellent UV weather resistance and heat reduction.

Canon RF Lenses Pricing and Availability

The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, Canon RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are scheduled to be available in July 2021 for an estimated retail price of $1,399.00, $11,999.00 and $12,999.00, respectively*.

Orders

Get in the front of the line!

The Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | WEX

The Canon Tripod Mount Ring and Adapter E(B) is available for order at B&H | Adorama

The Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | WEX

The Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | WEX

* Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

1 Continuous shooting speed may decrease, depending upon lens in use, and shooting conditions.

2 Eye Control AF may not be available, depending upon differences with individual users, or the shooting environment. In addition, Eye Control AF may not be possible with certain sunglasses, mirror sunglasses, hard contact lenses, or bifocal eyeglass lenses.

3 As an autofocus interchangeable lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Canon survey as of April 14, 2021.

4 Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS R camera.

5 Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS R5 camera.

6 Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS R camera.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 4/14/2021 12:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 12, 2021

We knew that the highly anticipated Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens was production delayed, with Sony indicating that the estimated ship date was "To be determined."

"To be determined" is obviously vague, and our expectations have since been guided by the estimated ship date provided by retailers. B&H originally moved the expected ship date from Mon, Feb 22nd to Mon, Apr 12, and now lists the more vague "End of Apr 2021" as the expected availability for this lens.

Amazon USA and Adorama are not guessing.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/12/2021 9:00:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 10, 2021

Canon EOS R5 and RF 100-500 Lens Create Giant Bull Moose Environmental Portrait, Alaska When the subject is in a great environment, incorporating that environment into the portrait is usually the priority. While I love tightly-framed wildlife portraits, capturing a great environmental portrait is a more significant challenge.

Of course, with that set of antlers in the frame it is difficult to take a bad picture.

As is so often the case, the Canon EOS R5 and Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens were a perfect handheld combination for this run-and-gun pursuit.

Right, the 1/200 shutter speed is a relatively long exposure for photographing close wildlife. The beast paused (he was watching a cow) long enough for me to roll the shutter speed down to this setting. With auto ISO selected in manual exposure mode, the camera then chose a very low noise ISO setting despite the dark light levels.


The Canon EOS R5 is in stock at B&H.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/4.5  1/200s
ISO 500
8192 x 5464px
Post Date: 4/10/2021 9:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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