Sony Japan Unveils the a7II Mirrorless Camera, 70-300mm G SSM II A-Mount Lens

It was just over a year ago when the groundbreaking full-frame a7 series was released and now Sony Japan is looking to further establish themselves with the announcement of the Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera.

Sony Returns with the 2nd-Gen DPT-RP1 Digital Paper System

Leave your piles of paper and heavy books at home, and bring the Sony DPT-RP1 Digital Paper System instead. A successor to the 1st-Gen DPT-S1, the 2nd-Gen DPT-RP1 features the same 13.3" glare-free e-ink display, but it bumps the resolution from 1600 x 1200 up to 2200 x 1650. The higher resolution allows for clear, sharp text. It also bumps the storage from 4GB to 16GB. The DPT-RP1 is slimmer and lighter than its predecessor.

Sony Goes Wide with FE 16-35mm f/2.8 and 12-24mm f/4 Lenses

After tackling the normal-to-telephoto arena for most of its recent lens releases, Sony is going wide with today’s announcement of the FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and FE 12-24mm f/4 G for full-frame E-mount cameras. The star of the show is clearly the latest G Master release, which completes the f/2.8 trifecta, when paired with the 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses.

Sony Introduces New Xperia Smartphones

Sony has launched new models of its popular Xperia line of smartphones, all running Android’s latest operating system, Nougat, and all sporting powerful cameras for taking mobile photos and videos. The Xperia XA1’s 23-megapixel camera with a 1/2.3" shoots through a 23mm-equivalent f/2.0 lens. At the front, an 8-megapixel camera shoots high-res selfies. The phone runs on a 2.3 GHz octa-core processor and has a 5" HD display with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

3 Quick Tips for Shooting Close-ups with Extreme Wide-Angle Lenses

Close-ups taken with wider-angle lenses also expose subtle detail, but by framing your subject in its surroundings, you also create a narrative to go along with the visual detail. “Normal” macro photographs expose detail, ultra-wide-angle close-ups tell stories.

Photographs © Allan Weitz

Exploring the World of Infrared Flash Photography

We photographers are always searching for that new camera, lens, accessory, project, or technique that will take our photography someplace special. Most of us have ideas incubating in the backs of our minds just waiting for the right time to spring forth. One of mine was a fascination with shooting candid black-and-white street photography at night with infrared flash that was inspired by the iconic photos Weegee produced with infrared film in the 1940s.

How to Pick a Focal Length for Macro Photography

There are many different macro lenses on the market today, with focal lengths from 15mm to 200mm. Most of them hit the same 1:1 magnification ratio that gives shooters the life-sized reproduction they want for superb close-ups. With so many options to choose from, how should you go about making your decision?

9 of the Best Gifts for Photographer Moms

Here are some gift suggestions for the photographer mom, for Mothers Day, on B&H Explora.

10 Mother’s Day Gifts for Working Moms

Here are 10 great gift suggestions for Mothers Day, at B&H Explora.

The One Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 50mm

If you are stranded on a desert island and can only have one camera lens with you, which lens would you choose? If your answer wasn’t, “a 50mm (or 50mm equivalent lens),” then you might be wrong. The 50mm prime lens is the one lens every photographer toting an interchangeable-lens camera should own… and use.


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