Canon and Sony News for Aug 2021

 Monday, August 30, 2021

Just posted: Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Review.

Find out how this standard zoom lens compares to the others in its class, including the directly-competing Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens.

The Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/30/2021 8:35:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 27, 2021

In June, at this latitude, there is not much time between sunset and sunrise. However, at this time of the year, in this location, there are few sunrises and sunsets worth sleeping through.

While driving at a high rate of speed (as permitted by the high posted speed limit on I90) toward the park this morning, I could see the beautiful sunrise color begin to show in the sky and feared being too late. Fortunately, that fear was unfounded.

Near the end of a narrow ridge, the camera could be positioned to capture just the end of that ridge, helping to emphasize the dramatic depth. The 15mm focal length was ideal for this big scene.

The Canon EOS R5 and Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens made this exposure-bracketed capture easy. However, ensuring that the blend between the sky and foreground was void of bright or dark edges while HDR stacking was a bit more challenging. With the foreground carefully separated from the background (in Photoshop), and its brightness reduced by a stop, there is plenty of latitude for changing my mind in a month or 5 years.

While this site's white background is perfect for product photos, it is a touch harsh for sample pictures. Head over to my portfolio site for a larger image on a darker background, a combination that improves especially this image's appearance.

Post Date: 8/27/2021 10:10:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD Lens likely sounds familiar. Tamron issued a development announcement for this model back in July.

Here is the formal announcement press release from Tamron:

TAMRON Announces the Launch of the World’s First[1] All-In-One Zoom with 16.6X Zoom Ratio for Sony E-mount

18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061)

August 25, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc. announces the launch date of the previously announced 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A[2] VC VXD. The Sony E-Mount model B061S will be on sale September 24, 2021, at $699 USD. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change. The launch of the previously announced Fujifilm mount under development is expected this Fall.

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD covers a wide zoom range from approximately 27mm to 450mm in full-frame equivalent focal length. The first APS-C mirrorless camera zoom lens in the world with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the lens delivers the benefits of a versatile all-in-one zoom lens ideal for an extensive array of photographic scenarios. Its AF drive system uses Tamron’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism for superior quietness and agile performance. The lens includes special lens elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge and provide high image quality making it the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses.

Moreover, with an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 5.9" at the 18mm wide end and a remarkable maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, this lens performs astonishingly well when shooting up close. The lens is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, effectively reducing image blur caused by camera shake in low-light conditions or in the ultra-telephoto range at slower shutter speeds.

Also, same as most other Tamron lenses for mirrorless cameras, the lens features a unified 67mm filter size. With a wide variety of other features for comfortable shooting, this is a highly versatile lens that allows you to easily enjoy high image quality from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. The world’s first 16.6x all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD is the world's first lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the greatest feature of this lens, covering wide angle to an ultra-telephoto range. The full-frame equivalent focal length range is from 27mm to 450mm. With this broad coverage, it empowers shooting in a wide variety of situations, including everyday life and travel snapshots, both wide-angle and dynamic ultra-telephoto landscape photography and macro photography.

2. Best-in-class, extremely fast and precise AF provided by VXD linear motor focus mechanism

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD utilizes Tamron's proprietary VXD linear motor focus mechanism. It achieves AF speed and precision that stand among the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses. Throughout its range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto, it provides precise AF shooting. Excellent when tracking a moving subject in focus, it is ideal when photographing animals, aircraft, railways, and other moving subjects. It’s extremely quiet, and therefore perfectly suited for both still and video shooting in conditions that demand silent operation.

3. MOD of 5.9” and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 at wide end

With an MOD of 5.9” at the 18mm wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD performs amazingly well when shooting up close compared to other all-in-one zoom lenses[3]. It enables users to enjoy creative macro photography with highly blurred backgrounds, a feature unique to macro photography. As a pioneer in all-in-one zoom lenses, Tamron demonstrates unmatched originality in close-up shots.

4. The best image quality in its class

In terms of image quality, this new 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD is one of the best-performing all-in-one zoom lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras. To achieve a zoom ratio of 16.6x while ensuring high image quality, the lens features a well-balanced arrangement of three hybrid aspherical elements and four LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to effectively suppress optical aberrations. Throughout the zoom range, it maintains high resolving power from the center to the corners.

5. Outstanding VC stabilization

Despite its compact size, the lens is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC mechanism. With or without image stabilization in the camera body, the VC included in this lens effectively mitigates camera shake that is likely to occur in low-light conditions indoors and at night. Furthermore, using AI technologies, the lens will choose the compensation characteristic for videography at focal lengths of 70mm or less.

6. Comfortably compact

7. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, Zoom Lock switch)

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

[1] Among interchangeable zoom lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras (As of July, 2021: TAMRON)

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

[3] When shooting at the MOD of 0.15m / 5.9" (at the wide end 18mm), the distance between the subject and the tip of lens is approximately 5mm (0.2"). Use precaution so that the front element does not touch the subject when shooting at MOD

Orders

Order the affordable Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD Lens from B&H or Adorama.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/25/2021 10:17:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens Review.

Both thumbs up. Impressive lens.

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 8/25/2021 11:26:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 24, 2021

From B&H:

Godox Launches New Ving V860III Flash

Godox is launching the new Ving V860III Flash, available for Canon, FUJIFILM, Nikon, and Sony TTL systems. The sleek new speedlight supports Godox’s X wireless radio system and has a guide number of 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm. The flash head covers lenses from 20mm to 200mm, has a fastest flash duration of 1/20,000 second, and runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack that offers 450 flashes per charge.

Product Highlights:

• Built-In X Wireless Radio System
• Recycling 1.5 sec Full Power
• Guide Number: 197' at ISO 100
• Battery Gives 450 Full-Power Flashes
• Flash Coverage: 20-200mm
• Wireless Master/Slave TTL Functionality

Price: $229.00

Order the Godox Ving V860III TTL Li-Ion Flash from B&H.

The Godox Ving V860III TTL Li-Ion Flash is also badged as the Flashpoint Zoom Li-on III R2 TTL Speedlight Flash Kit at Adorama.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Godox News
Post Date: 8/24/2021 8:35:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 23, 2021

The fog was so thick this evening that I was concerned about getting lost (at least to the point of requiring the compass), and the low visibility hindered subject locating abilities. Having this monster walk into visibility was thrilling.

Despite the capabilities of this incredible camera and lens, the tiny water droplets in the fog noticeably impacted the contrast and resolution of this image, as always.

When the fog effect is undesired, a circular polarizer filter can cut the reflections significantly, improving clarity. However, in this case, I welcomed the fog's differentiating look (and didn't want the light loss incurred by CPL filter use).

One makes the most of an opportunity such as this one. The Canon EOS R5 and ProGrade Digital 325GB CFexpress 2.0 Cobalt Memory Card combination supports holding the shutter release down as long as desired (until the card is full) in high-speed continuous shooting mode, the strategy implemented for this moment. The moose beginning to angle away was provided the logical endpoint to the burst as, at that time, I expected no better images to be made.

The animal was walking at a steady pace but not so fast that the R5's framerate couldn't capture a plethora of images. This particular image stood out as a favorite because of the overall body position. The bull is angling slightly toward the camera (when in doubt of this, use the antler base juxtaposition, minimally indicating head angle) with its legs evenly separated. The front leg lifted and showing slight motion blur illustrates motion.

The RF 100-500 proved an outstanding choice for this moose hunt.


A larger version of this image is available on my portfolio site.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
114mm  f/4.5  1/200s
ISO 2500
8266 x 5407px
Post Date: 8/23/2021 10:30:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 19, 2021

From Canon U.S.A.:

Designed with Ease and Convenience in Mind – Canon U.S.A. Introduces New Pixma Multifunction Inkjet Printer

MELVILLE, NY, August 19, 2021 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the launch of the new PIXMA TR4720 printer. Designed to be the go-to inkjet printer for at-home business projects, this new four-in-one multifunction printer helps solve basic needs, as well as provide an improved user experience when compared to previous models.

College students, schools and home office users will find the functionality of the PIXMA TR4720 printer easy to navigate while producing the high-quality prints consumers have grown accustomed to. In addition, the printer includes a large capacity paper tray, which can reduce the frequency of paper refilling (especially helpful when facing an impending deadline). The app compatibility of the PIXMA TR4720 printer is also impressive. Apps such as: AirPrint®1, Mopria Print Service (AndroidTM users only)2, PIXMA Cloud Link3, Smart Assistant Support (select brands only)4, PosterArtist Lite (Windows® OS users only)5 and more allow the end user to experience a variety of creative print options based on their preferences.

Direct customer feedback was utilized to help improve the user experience versus the predecessor model. The PIXMA TR4720 printer features enhancements that make the input-to-output process easier and more convenient. Compared with previous models, the PIXMA TR4720 printer enables a user to create and print at the touch of a button. Such user experience improvements include:

Improved printer initial setup through Canon PRINT app6 provides step-by-step instructions to follow along for simple installation

  • Easier installment and replacement of ink cartridges
  • Front paper tray redesign allows for easier insertion of desired paper size
  • As an affordable, true four-in-one multifunction printer, the PIXMA TR4720 printer covers both home and business needs. From business plans to term papers – the reliability and versatility that comes with the new PIXMA printer is for anyone who is looking to print quality documents with ease. The PIXMA TR4720 also features a built-in fax, eliminating the need to use a mobile application to complete faxing needs.

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 printer also includes:

  • 2 FINE 4 color hybrid ink cartridges
  • Approximately 8.8 ipm (black) / 4.4 ipm (color) print speed7
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi print resolution8
  • Auto Document Feeder for scanning documents
  • Wireless Direct Connection9
  • Auto Duplex Print for letter-size paper

Pricing and Availability

The Canon PIXMA TR4720 Printer is anticipated to be available in late August for an estimated retail price of $99.9910.

Order the Canon PIXMA TR4720 Printer from B&H

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Availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

1 AirPrint functionality requires a compatible iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch device running iOS 7.0 or later, and an AirPrint-enabled printer connected to the same network as your iOS device. A printer connected to the USB port of your Mac, PC, AirPort Base station, or Time Capsule is not supported.

2 Requires Android™ mobile device with Android 4.4 operating system or later with the Mopria Print Service pre-loaded with that device and the compatible PIXMA printer on the same wireless network. The Mopria experience is also available on Android 4.4 or later mobile devices with a download of the Mopria Print Service from Google Play. Requires Android™ mobile device with the Mopria Print Service pre-loaded with that device. The Mopria experience is also available with a download of the Mopria Print Service from Google Play.

3 Requires an Internet connection and the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with iPad, iPhone 3GS or later, and iPod touch 3rd generation or later devices running iOS 12.0 or later, and Android™ mobile devices running Android 4.4 or later. Your device must be connected to the same working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n capability as your printer. Requires a compatible social media account and is subject to that social media account's Terms of Service. Certain exceptions may apply.

4 Requires an active Amazon Alexa or Google Home smart assistant account linked and accompanying app enabled, the smart device and printer to be actively connected with permission to the Canon Inkjet Cloud Printing Center, and the required action(s), skill(s), or applet(s) available/enabled to the compatible printer. Voice commands cannot be displayed as text on Amazon smart devices with screens.

5 PosterArtist Lite software v3.X is compatible with 64/32 bit versions of Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 only. Minimum computer system requirements: Pentium4 2.8Ghz CPU or higher with 1GB RAM, 1024x768 pixel display and 5GB of system hard drive space.

6 Requires an Internet connection and the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with iPad, iPhone 3GS or later, and iPod touch 3rd generation or later devices running iOS 12.0 or later, and Android™ mobile devices running Android 4.4 or later. Your device must be connected to the same working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n capability as your printer. Requires a compatible social media account and is subject to that social media account's Terms of Service. Certain exceptions may apply.

7 Document print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734. Print speed may vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, page coverage, type of paper used etc See www.usa.canon.com/ipm for additional details.

8 Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.

9 Wireless printing and scanning requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g/n capability, operating at 2.4GHz. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.

10 Price subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

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

App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Apple, AirPort, AirPrint, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac and Time Capsule are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iOS is a registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries, and is used under license. Android, Google Home and Google Play are trademarks of Google LLC. Amazon and Alexa are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or is affiliates. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. All other product and brand names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 8/19/2021 1:48:19 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony has made Sony Alpha a7C firmware update version 1.01 available for download.

Firmware Version VERSION incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes an issue where the information displayed in the viewfinder may not appear in the correct position

Get the Sony Alpha a7C at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 8/19/2021 8:48:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In a development announcement for the XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d, Tascam reveals capabilities of the new accessory shoe featured on the Canon EOS R3 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Canon XF605 4K UHD Professional Camcorder.

From Tascam:

Development of new Tascam XLR audio adapter in collaboration with Canon, Fujifilm and Nikon allows mirrorless cameras to capture professional audio

Teac Corporation is proud to announce the development of the Tascam CA-XLR2d professional XLR microphone adapter for mirrorless cameras. This product is targeted for worldwide release by the end of 2021.

Product Name – Product model
XLR Microphone Adapter CANON Kit CA-XLR2d – CA-XLR2d-C
XLR Microphone Adapter FUJIFILM Kit CA-XLR2d – CA-XLR2d-F
XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d-AN Analog Interface Kit – CA-XLR2d

The CA-XLR2d lineup is a collaboration between TEAC Corporation working independently with Canon Inc., Fujifilm Corporation and Nikon Corporation. The strategy is to combine the leading camera manufacturers know-how, and the high quality audio capturing technology from Tascam.

The video and movie streaming market has been quickly expanding, and it is widely known that audio quality is one of the essential elements to influence viewers engagement. Because of this, the number of video creators and producers who are exploring better audio quality as well as better image quality has been increasing. Since mirrorless cameras typically used for high-quality video shooting do not accommodate an XLR input for professional microphones or a high-quality preamplifier, there are very limited options to upgrade your audio quality within the capability of the camera itself. Currently, when you need high-quality XLR microphones to capture professional audio, a digital audio recorder is required to capture audio separately from the camera. However, extra time is needed to synchronize your audio and video manually when editing.

To solve this issue, the CA-XLR2d was designed as an XLR input expansion adapter for mirrorless cameras that enables filmmakers and videographers to capture high quality audio directly into cameras. The result is the audio from the XLR input is directly recorded into the camera along with the video. Filmmakers and videographers no longer need extra time to synchronize audio and movie when editing. What is more remarkable is with a digitized accessory shoe from Canon and hot shoe from Fujifilm, the built-in high-performance AD converter will enable filmmakers to transfer crystal clear digitized audio directly into cameras without any audio degradation.

CA-XLR2d is the perfect solution to meet the needs from professional users who demand the best audio quality to amateur users who are discovering a higher level of audio quality as part of video content.

Canon Kit “CA-XLR2d-C”

Thanks to co-design and evaluation of a digital hot shoe connection with Canon, compliant with their multi-function shoe, digital audio transmission directly into the camera and bus power supply from the camera is available for a cable-free system with high mobility. In addition, the CA-XLR2d is also planned to be compatible with the multi-function shoe of the Canon XF605 Professional Camcorder. This combination will provide a maximum of four XLR input channels in addition to the built-in two XLR channels on the camcorder.

Preliminary product compatibility include: Mirrorless camera [EOS R3], Professional Camcorder [XF605]

With the included 2 x AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter, CA-XLR2d also works with existing cameras which don’t have the multi-function hot shoe by connecting an analog audio cable between CA-XLR2d’s analog out and camera’s mic-in.

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Canon EOS R3

CA-XLR2d-C with EOS R3

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Canon XF605

CA-XLR2d-C with XF605

Fujifilm Kit “CA-XLR2d-F”

Thanks to co-design and evaluation of a digital hot shoe connection with Fujifilm, compliant with Fujifilm’s digital hot shoe, digital audio transmission directly into the camera and bus power supply from the camera is available to build a cable-free system for high mobility.

Preliminary product compatibility include: Mirrorless digital cameras “FUJIFILM X-T4”, “FUJIFILM X-S10”

With the included 2 x AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter, CA-XLR2d also works with existing cameras which don’t have the digital hot shoe by connecting an analog audio cable between CA-XLR2d’s analog out and camera’s mic-in.

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Fujifilm X-T4

CA-XLR2d-F with FUJIFILM X-T4

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Fujifilm X-S10

CA-XLR2d-F with FUJIFILM X-S10

Analog Interface Kit “CA-XLR2d-AN”

Thanks to the collaboration of creating an analog interface kit by Nikon, using the included 2 x AA battery box and cold shoe mount adapter works by connecting an analog audio cable between CA-XLR2d’s analog out and Camera’s mic in. CA-XLR2d will work as an analog audio adapter to deliver high-quality audio to a wider range of camera users.

Preliminary (initial) product compatibility include: [Nikon Z 7II], [Nikon Z 6II], [Nikon Z 7], [Nikon Z 6], [Nikon Z 5], [Nikon Z fc], [Nikon Z 50]

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Nikon Z 7II

CA-XLR2d-AN with Nikon Z 7II

Tascam XLR Microphone Adapter CA-XLR2d with Nikon Z 6II

CA-XLR2d-AN with Nikon Z 6II

Key Features

  • Microphone adapter to add a professional audio XLR input to mirrorless cameras
  • Direct digital audio transmission via a digitized accessory shoe with built-in AD converter (only compatible for products from Canon and Fujifilm)
  • Power is supplied by the camera using the data transmission shoe (only compatible with products from Canon and Fujifilm)
  • Build-in high-performance Tascam HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic-preamplifier achieves high quality audio, low noise, wide dynamic range (Mic/Line level switchable, +48V phantom power supply)
  • Two modes on analog output
  • Camera mode for audio transfer to camera’s mic-in
  • Headphone mode for direct monitoring with headphones

B&H carries Tascam products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tascam News
Post Date: 8/19/2021 8:26:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon U.S.A. has made Canon EOS R5 firmware update version 1.4.0 available for download.

Firmware Version VERSION incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds support for outputting 8K/30p/10-bit video signals for ProRes RAW recording to ATOMOS's Ninja V+ recorder* via HDMI.
    * If you have any questions about ATOMOS products, please contact ATOMOS directly.
    * Please note that the recorder may become hot.
  2. Adds support for movie recording when the camera is connected to the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S EF cinema lenses.
    * Still photography shooting is possible however performance is not guaranteed.
    * Movie shooting in vertical position is possible however performance is not guaranteed.
    * External power supply is required for AF operation during servo zoom operation. When there is no external power supply, AF operation is activated only when the servo zoom is not in use.
  3. Adds simultaneous movie recording capability on card 1 and card 2, however RAW movies and RAW(Light) movies cannot be recorded simultaneously on card 1 and card 2.
  4. Adds support for the VPG 400 (Video Performance Guarantee Profile), a standard based on the CFexpress 2.0 specification.
  5. Improves operation stability when using the RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.
  6. Fixes an issue in which, during HDMI connection, if the camera's screen turns off, a zebra pattern is displayed via the HDMI output.
  7. Fixes an issue in which sufficient image stabilization effects may not be attained immediately after the start of shooting.

Get the awesome Canon EOS R5 at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 8/19/2021 7:32:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 18, 2021

From Canon U.S.A:

The New Canon XF605 4K UHD Professional Camcorder Packs Broadcast-Quality Features in a Compact and Lightweight Body

MELVILLE, NY, August 17, 2021 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of the XF605 4K UHD professional camcorder. The new XF-series professional camcorder comes equipped with a 1.0-inch CMOS sensor and the ability to record 4K/60p/4:2:2/10-bit/HDR video to dual on-board SD card slots. Equipped with Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS AF1, the XF605 achieves high-speed and high-accuracy focusing, and is the first XF-series model to include Eye Detection AF, as well as improved face and head detection, enabling more accurate and stable tracking of subjects. The new camcorder also includes new video transmission functionality, making it an ideal tool for broadcast journalists.

Featuring a Canon L-Series lens with 15x zoom, 3-ring operation, a 1.0-inch CMOS sensor, and a DIGIC DV7 image processor, the XF605 allows for the capture of in-camera HDR video. Users also have the ability to leverage a high frame rate of up to 120 FPS when opting for Full HD recording. Canon Log 3 recording is also available, to provide additional color latitude. Weighing more than 21 ounces less than the XF705, (which is more than a 25% reduction), the XF605’s compact body is also 10% shorter in both length and height.

In addition, the camcorder provides professionals with a more intuitive user experience through features such as Direct Touch menu operations and touch-panel playback. By way of the newly released CTM2 mobile app for iOS, the XF605 can connect and transfer recorded video data via cable3 or wirelessly to compatible iOS devices and transfer proxy footage, audio, and metadata to servers at broadcast stations or other locations, thus making possible faster and more efficient workflows for broadcast operations. The camcorder features built-in Wi-Fi/Ethernet connectivity for Browser Remote, IP streaming, and FTP transfer. What’s more, the camcorder is also the first XF-series model to feature USB Video Class, allowing use as a webcam without the need for?a third party HDMI to USB adapter.?

The XF605 is equipped with a new multi-accessory shoe. By connecting the XLR microphone adapter CA-XLR2d-C4 (sold separately) developed by TEAC Corporation, up to four channels of XLR input can be used together with the audio input of the XF605. This enables flexible audio recording workflow.

The Canon XF605 4K UHD Professional Camcorder is scheduled to available in mid-October 2021 for an estimated retail price of $4499.00*. For more information, please visit, usa.canon.com/provideo.

Orders

Order the Canon XF605 UHD 4K HDR Pro Camcorder from B&H and Adorama.

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

1 Focus area is approximately 80% (vertically) x 80% (horizontally)

2 Content Transfer Mobile, a paid application to be released in mid-October 2021. Compatibility will gradually be extended to additional devices.

3 Compatible USB cable (sold separately) required when transferring data via wired connection.

4 For details, please refer to the press release of TEAC Corporation on August 18, 2021. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

* Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 8/18/2021 8:16:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 16, 2021

Just posted: Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens Review.

Learn how this little lens measures up!

The Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/16/2021 8:09:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 12, 2021

Tamron has released 2nd Quarter FY2021 Financial Results showing an over 30% increase in net sales and an upward-revised FY2021 forecast.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/12/2021 8:18:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 10, 2021

In addition to the Image quality test results previosuly shared, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images, and other product images have been added to the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens page.

Remember that Canon mandates distortion correction for this lens in-camera (in the viewfinder) and in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP).

See the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens visually compared to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens here.

The Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/10/2021 10:01:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

See the new DJI Mini SE at B&H. This little drone is in stock and low priced – only $299.00.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 8/10/2021 8:23:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 9, 2021

Ironically, the day after sharing the first Canon vs. Sony IBIS Comparison Test, Sony released Alpha 1 firmware update version 1.10. While IBIS was not called out in the list of updated features, discussions hinted that an IBIS performance update was possibly included in the "Other improvements in operational stability" line item. Sony would not divulge the answer to that question. That possibility left a little doubt in my mind, and ... I don't like doubt more than I don't like testing image stabilization.

Round 2. The procedures for the second comparison test were the same as for the first, and the text for this test will remain mostly identical to that of the initial test.

When shooting handheld, image stabilization performance can be a significant image quality factor. Sony has incorporated In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) in their cameras for many years — the a7 II and a7R II had this feature. Canon's first IBIS implementations arrived last summer in the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.

Especially given Sony's long head start with this technology, I wanted to know: Is Sony's IBIS better than Canon's? Or is Canon's IBIS better? It was also possible that the two systems would perform equally, and that piece of information would also be helpful to know. It was time to create a comparison featuring the latest high-end models from each company, the Canon EOS R5 vs. Sony Alpha 1.

CIPA's image stabilization ratings attempt to provide an objective measure of a camera's stabilization assistance capabilities. However, CIPA is considerably steadier than I am. There are no objective image stabilization tests that measure a camera's stabilization assistance specifically for me — or for you, and it is only a camera's stabilization assistance performance for the person holding the camera that matters. Even our personal stabilization needs are situational, with wind, physical exertion, footing stability, and other factors influencing our ability to hold a camera steady.

While I had opinions on the overall image stabilization performance of various Canon and Sony camera and lens combinations, explicitly testing the difference between the Canon and Sony camera IBIS had been interesting me. With identical Canon and Sony non-stabilized lenses in the lab at the same time, this comparison hit the top of my to-do list, becoming the priority.

While completely objective testing was not possible, it seemed that subjective testing could be dialed in to have meaning.

This IBIS testing was performed in the studio, with ideal handheld testing conditions, including solid (concrete) footing and no wind. During testing, elbows were not resting on the body, and the viewfinder was in use (vs. the rear LCD).

The Canon EOS R5 with an RF 50mm F1.2 L USM Lens was tested against a Sony Alpha 1 with an FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens. The cameras were set to single-shot mode, with the electronic first curtain shutter selected in Tv mode. A detailed test target (exceeding camera resolution) was positioned at eye level about 10' (3.3m) away, with the distance marked for consistency.

Starting at 1/25 second exposures (roughly 2 stops of stabilization assistance expected for me), 10 images were captured with each camera. The shutter duration on both cameras was then increased by 1/3 stop, and the testing was repeated, alternating cameras until 1-second exposures were on the cards. That procedure amounted to 150 pictures taken with each camera (10 shots x 15 shutter speeds), 300 pictures total.

The measure of sharpness is not boolean, true or false, meaning an arbitrary determination of pass or fail was required, and adding an intermediary grade seemed a good idea. In addition, everyone loves a score, a firm number that can quickly be compared and quoted.

If the image was unsalvageable, it went into the "Delete" category. If an image is blurry, it was a waste of time to capture, load, and process. Worse is that I may have counted on the image being sharp, meaning that the desired image was lost. The blurry image also consumed space on the memory card and later on the computer's SSD. Thus, in the "Score" column, five points are deducted for each image falling in this category.

If the image was salvageable via increasing the sharpness or down-sizing the image, it went into the "Useable" category. No points were given for these images. While they will often get the job done, these results were mediocre.

Crisply sharp images are what we want. Test images making the "Sharp" grade were awarded 5 points.

Most images were not hard to place in one of these three categories. The "benefit of the doubt" rule was implemented for those hard to grade, and the higher grade was given.

Here is the resulting Canon vs. Sony IBIS comparison table:

 CanonSonyDiff (Canon - Sony)Score
ExposureDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpCanonSonyDiff
1/2500100190-1150455
1/200010001000050500
1/1500100190-1150455
1/130010118-1-12503515
1/10118226-1-12352015
1/8019217-202452520
1/6046226-220302010
1/5136217-12-125250
1/4307712-4-1520-2545
1/3235613-42215-1530
0.442441501-105-5
0.5523910-413-10-4535
0.68201000-220-40-5010
0.89107302-20-45-35-10
1820910-110-40-455
Total412188611772-2041623555180

The testing was so much fun that I decided to do it again. OK, the fun part was missing, but meaningful test results should be repeatable, right? While I made a significant effort to capture every test shot to the best of my current abilities, I had enough doubt in my mind to leave me unsatisfied. Testing for consistency seemed necessary.

Thus, after thoroughly evaluating the first set of results, the same test was repeated — another 300 images were captured. The results are as follows:

 CanonSonyDiff (Canon - Sony)Score
ExposureDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpCanonSonyDiff
1/2500100370-33503515
1/200010001000050500
1/150010127-1-23503020
1/1312712700030300
1/10019325-3-14451035
1/8037316-321351520
1/6037226-211352015
1/5217334-1-2325520
1/4037613-62435-1550
1/3145514-43120-525
0.43251000-72510-5060
0.55321000-532-15-5035
0.68111000-211-35-5015
0.89101000-110-45-505
19011000-101-40-5010
Total382191741759-36432265-75340

While these numbers are as meaningful as the first table, it was the consistency with the first test results that most interested me. The following table shows the deviation between the two tests. The second result was subtracted from the first result, with 0 or close to 0 indicating similar performance.

 CanonSony
ExposureDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharp
1/250000-22
1/20000000
1/15000-1-12
1/130000-11
1/100-11-101
1/8000-101
1/601-1000
1/5-12-1-1-23
1/43-3010-1
1/31-1010-1
0.410-1-615
0.50-11-110
0.601-1000
0.8000-330
1-12-1-110
Total30-3-13013

To account for any testing anomalies, after compiling the second test results, the four exposure durations with the most deviation (none were significantly differing) for each camera were tested a third time (80 additional test shots). The worst of the three results for each camera was thrown out, leaving the results shown in the above tables.

I am very impressed at how consistent the results for the two tests are. The similarity adds credence to the test results.

Here is a summary table showing the combined first and second test results, along with the final scoring.

 CanonSonyDiff (Canon - Sony)Score
ExposureDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpDeleteUseableSharpCanonSonyDiff
1/25002004160-441008020
1/20002000200001001000
1/1500201316-1-341007525
1/1312172315-1-12806515
1/1012175411-4-26803050
1/804165213-523804040
1/607134412-431654025
1/534135411-202503020
1/433141325-101955-4095
1/337101127-85335-2055
0.47491415-73410-4555
0.510551910-945-25-9570
0.616312000-431-75-10025
0.8182017301-10-90-85-5
117211910-211-80-9515
Total794217913534131-56848500-20520

So, we just got highly analytical with 680 subjective test results. Still, there seems to be some meaning here.

The sharp column from this table is illustrated in the graph included at the top of this post. From these results, it is arguable that the IBIS technology in the Canon EOS R5 is superior to that in the Sony Alpha 1 (for me, on this day, in this location, with the referenced lenses mounted). For example, follow the "10" line in the chart to see the shutter speed I required for a 50% sharp image rate.

Mostly, I experience a 1/3 - 2/3 stop advantage with the Canon camera. That difference is not dramatic, and the bottom line is that IBIS is valuable in both camera brands. This feature adds substantially to the versatility of non-stabilized lenses, such as the 50mm f/1.2 models tested here. IBIS is one more reason to love the latest mirrorless camera models.

Post Date: 8/9/2021 2:22:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon U.S.A.:

Canon U.S.A., Inc. Focuses on Consumer Safety with an Anti-Counterfeit Consumer Education Microsite Update

MELVILLE, NY, August 9, 2021 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is taking the opportunity to spotlight its commitment to anti-counterfeit consumer education and safety awareness. Canon has a longstanding commitment to fight against the proliferation of counterfeit Canon products by helping to protect customers from receiving non-Canon products that are hazardous and can cause damage to their equipment. As part of this effort, Canon has updated its anti-counterfeit consumer education microsite, providing expanded information about commonly counterfeited Canon products, as well as informing consumers about the battery recognition technology that is built into certain Canon cameras and camcorders. The website can be found at usa.canon.com/aboutcounterfeits.

With the surge of online shopping, the availability of counterfeits for many brands has persisted and grown, leaving consumers unaware about counterfeits and unable to make informed purchasing decisions. The Canon anti-counterfeit consumer education microsite includes updated tips on how to spot counterfeits that unlawfully bear the Canon logo as well as a discussion about the difference between gray market and counterfeit goods for consumers who may not know how to distinguish between them. The microsite also offers consumers handy links to anti-counterfeit product advisories and resources, as well as a link to some valuable information that Canon provides to its consumers concerning another form of fakery being offered to the public-- some service and support companies passing themselves off as authorized Canon repair facilities.

Canon promotes safety by partnering with its consumers and sharing technical expertise. On the microsite, U.S. consumers are encouraged to use Canon U.S.A’s most important safety education tool – its anti-counterfeit hotline at 1-855-46-CANON – that allows Canon consumers to report suspicious Canon goods so that they can be authenticated by Canon before use.

“At Canon, we have invested deeply to ensure our technical staff is thoroughly trained and well equipped with the knowledge and tools required to properly identify non-genuine merchandise. The specific combination of our formal processes, access to proprietary manufacturing attributes, training, and tools available exclusively to our Canon service staff, allows us to discern even the most intricate differences between genuine and non-genuine items,” says Jason Fligman, Senior Director & General Manager of Customer Support Operations for the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are very aware of the quality and safety issues that are common amongst counterfeit Canon products, and committed to assisting our valued customers in ensuring the authenticity of Canon-branded items.”

Canon encourages consumers who seek to buy genuine Canon products to purchase them through authorized dealers by using a dealer locator link on Canon’s website or through a brand-based online store, such as Canon Direct. Canon also pursues counterfeiters in the U.S. and around the world to protect its customers from potentially unsafe products that unlawfully use the Canon name, as well as to protect the value, trusted reputation and loyalty that the Canon brand has acquired over decades in producing high-quality, safe and reliable products.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 8/9/2021 3:01:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 8, 2021

Correction: I Just fixed a duplication mistake in the revised review (sorry about that). There are two new sets of 100% crop samples shared in the revised review, and now they are different. The missing second set was relevant to the "Will I notice?" discussion.

Original post: I couldn't let the uncertainty of the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens focus shift issue rest and have just tested a second copy of the lens.

The Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens Review has been updated. Search the review page (CTRL-F / CMD-F) for "bad copy" (sorry, the bookmark link is not working) to jump to the update.

Order the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/8/2021 1:04:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 6, 2021

I couldn't let the uncertainty of the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens focus shift issue rest and have just tested a second copy of the lens.

The Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens Review has been updated. Search the review page (CTRL-F / CMD-F) for "bad copy" (sorry, the bookmark link is not working) to jump to the update.

Order the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/6/2021 11:29:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 5, 2021

Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens page.

Note that Canon mandates distortion correction for this lens in-camera (in the viewfinder) and in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP).

Here are some comparisons to get started:

Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens compared to Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens

Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens compared to Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens

The Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/5/2021 8:15:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 4, 2021

From Tamron:

TAMRON Announces the Development of the World's[1] First Mirrorless Zoom Lens with a Maximum Wide-open Aperture of F2

A fast-aperture “travel zoom” with seamless zoom action from wide-angle through telephoto range

35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058)

August 4, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the development of a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058). The lens is expected to launch in 2021.

[1] Among the zoom lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras (As of July 2021: TAMRON)

Overview of the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058) features

The 35-150mm F2-2.8 is a zoom lens that covers the range from wide-angle (35mm) through telephoto (150mm) and is ideal for travel photography. It is the first zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras to have a maximum wide-open aperture of F2. With this focal range, you can enjoy shooting magnificent views and large buildings at 35mm and dynamic close-up shots at 150mm. Travel photographers can easily take beautiful sunrise and sunset shots, shoot distinctive exterior buildings and interiors like restaurants, and take twilight and nightscape photos. With high-level performance under a wide variety of shooting conditions, this new fast lens is ideal for travel aimed at creating superb photographic works. By incorporating the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, the lens features a very high-speed and high-precision autofocus for a fast-aperture lens. It also incorporates a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic texture.

The new lens supports the full array of frequently used angles-of-view including wide-angle, standard, medium telephoto and telephoto, making it easy to compose the perfect shot without changing lenses or your position from the subject.

Originally developed software ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ for lens function customization

This lens is compatible with the new ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ software originally and uniquely developed by TAMRON. TAMRON Lens Utility can be operated via your computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional TAMRON Connection Cable[2]. Users can customize the functions and update the firmware through the lens rather than through the camera. The personal customization gives flexible shooting options to match the shooting situation such as still photography or videography.

[2] TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type-A to Type-C) sold separately.

(Functions of TAMRON Lens Utility)

Focus Set Button settings

  • A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus automatically shift between A and B
  • Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a click
  • Switch Focus Ring Function (Focus/Aperture): Switch Focus Ring Function from focus adjustment to aperture adjustment
  • Assign function from the camera: Assign custom functions from the camera body to the Focus Set Button

*The function of Focus Set Button can be cleared

Focus Ring settings

  • MF Ring Rotation: Change the rotation direction of the focus ring
  • MF Method: Choose the method of focus operation when using the focus ring

Firmware update

Orders

When orders are accepted, get the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens from B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/4/2021 10:57:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Another highly attractive lens from Tamron:

TAMRON Announces Development of Second-Generation Fast-Aperture Standard Zoom Lens for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

New 28-75mm F2.8 G2 offers significantly improved optical and autofocus performance and new function customization

28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063)

August 4, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the development of a second generation fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras: 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063). The lens is expected to launch in 2021.

Overview of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063) features

The 28-75mm F2.8 G2 is the successor of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), a popular zoom lens that has earned high evaluation worldwide. It reflects the fruits of continuous evolution and customer-focused refinement. Retaining the well-received compact size of its predecessor, the new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 incorporates a new optical construction based on a design that has been revamped to enhance imaging performance and its features are compatible with the latest model digital cameras that offer increased resolution. The AF drive, TAMRON’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, is adopted to deliver higher autofocus speed with greater precision. With the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 7.1” at the wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7, the lens boasts advanced close-up shooting performance. Additionally, it features a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic texture. TAMRON pioneered the category of compact fast-aperture standard zoom lenses for mirrorless cameras and the new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 truly is a next-generation lens for everyday use.

Originally developed software ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ for lens function customization

This lens is compatible with the new ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ software originally and uniquely developed by TAMRON. TAMRON Lens Utility can be operated via your computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional TAMRON Connection Cable[1]. Users can customize the functions and update the firmware through the lens rather than through the camera. The personal customization gives flexible shooting options to match the shooting situation such as still photography or videography.

[1] TAMRON Connection Cable (USB Type-A to Type-C) sold separately.

(Functions of TAMRON Lens Utility)

Focus Set Button settings

  • A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus automatically shift between A and B
  • Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a click
  • Switch Focus Ring Function (Focus/Aperture): Switch Focus Ring Function from focus adjustment to aperture adjustment
  • Assign function from the camera: Assign custom functions from the camera body to the Focus Set Button

*The function of Focus Set Button can be cleared

Focus Ring settings

  • MF Ring Rotation: Change the rotation direction of the focus ring
  • MF Method: Choose the method of focus operation when using the focus ring

Firmware update

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens MTF Chart Comparison

Main features

  • Best image quality in standard zoom lens class
  • Fast, quiet VXD linear motor for high-speed and high-precision autofocus
  • MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 7.1” at wide end and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7 for creative close-ups
  • New design provides enhanced texture and greater user-friendliness
  • Lightweight, compact design with emphasis on ease of use, plus 67mm filter size

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

Orders

When orders are accepted, get the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens from B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/4/2021 10:40:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Sigma 150-600mm DG lenses have been extremely popular, and the DN lens is even better, including considerably smaller size and lighter weight than the Sports version.

Order the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens at B&H and Adorama.

From Sigma:

SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports.

Capture the magic through your finder.

Introducing the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports, a powerful ultra-telephoto zoom and the first ever Sports line lens for mirrorless systems. This portable and practical optic revolutionizes the way mirrorless users capture wildlife, motorsport and other fast-action subjects.

The 150–600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports is SIGMA Sports line’s first ultra-telephoto zoom lens, designed from the ground up specifically for full-frame mirrorless cameras. It offers outstanding levels of performance, functionality, and build quality required for ultra-telephoto shooting in the most demanding situations.

Image quality is exceptional, with ultra-high-performance glass capable of delivering ultra-sharp results even on the highest resolution cameras. The lens displays beautiful bokeh throughout its zoom range, and optical aberrations are kept well under control. It can be used with SIGMA’s 1.4× and 2x L-Mount teleconverters, with AF effective up to 1200mm.

Fast and accurate autofocus owing to an AF unit equipped with a high-precision magnetic sensor, combined with an OS (Optical Stabilizer) function effective to approximately 4 stops* of image stabilization makes this a highly responsive lens that can handle even the most challenging subjects. It has a Dual Action Zoom system that includes straight and ring zoom, a dust and splash resistant structure, and customizable switches helping photographers and filmmakers adapt quickly and easily to virtually any shooting environment.

Capture the long-reach images you have always wanted with an ultra-telephoto lens—that’s the visual experience you will enjoy with the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports, the first ultra-telephoto lens for mirrorless systems from SIGMA Sports line.

* Based on CIPA guidelines (measured in 600mm with a 35mm full-size image sensor)

Supplied accessories: Case, Cover Hood (LH1034-01), Front Cap (LCF-95?), Cover Lens Cap (LC-747E), Shoulder Strap, Tripod Socket (TS-121), 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.

#SIGMA #SIGMA150600mmSports #SIGMASports #SIGMADGDN

Watch the interesting, detailed product announcement video below. Skip to 8:00 to begin the content portion:

Order the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens at B&H and Adorama.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/4/2021 9:32:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review.

Like its RF 600mm counterpart and as expected, this lens turns in outstanding results.

Despite the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens being nearly identical, including a shared optical design, one opportunity for the RF 400 to differentiate itself was optical performance with extenders. More specifically, RF extenders vs. EF extenders.

Here is that comparison.

There is some improvement with the RF extenders in place, and the 1.4x comparison at f/4.5 shows slightly more improvement.

Can the RF 400mm F2.8 lens and 1.4x extender substitute for an RF 600mm F4? Perhaps. Keeping in mind that 560mm is not 600mm, check out the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens vs. Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens comparison. Then remember that the 600mm lens does not have f/2.8 available.

Additional comparisons:

Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens compared to Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Don't miss the with extenders comparison.

Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens compared to Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens

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

Rent the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/3/2021 9:22:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 2, 2021

Just posted: Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD Lens Review.

This lens is worth adding to the kit.

The Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD Lens is available for order at B&H (expected in stock Aug 04)| Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/2/2021 9:14:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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