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Posted 08/03/20
Olympus has announced its latest OM-D series mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M10 Mark IV, which becomes the fourth iteration of this compact Micro Four Thirds camera since the series debuted in 2014. The E-M10 is the sleekest camera in the OM-D lineup and this latest Mark IV is not only lighter than its predecessor, it has improved features, including an upgraded 20MP sensor. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Designed for travelers, enthusiasts, and those who appreciate great image quality from a truly compact interchangeable lens camera, the E-M10 Mark IV features a 20MP Live MOS sensor, which is a resolution boost over the Mark III’s 16MP sensor.  Other welcomed upgrades include a selfie-friendly 180° tilt-down touchscreen LCD, compared to 45° on the Mark III, and the availability of direct USB charging. Continuous shooting with the camera’s mechanical shutter is a bit faster, as well, reaching 8.7 fps, and its in-body 5-axis image stabilization compensates for approximately 4.5 stops of camera shake to improve image quality in low light. There is also UHD 4K video recording, up to 30 fps, along with Full HD 60 fps recording and high-speed HD video at 120 fps. Wireless connectivity was limited to Wi-Fi in previous models but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are now included for “always-on” connection and background connection via Bluetooth and the OI Share Smartphone app. Also, an Instant Film filter was added to the array of fun and useful in-camera Art Filters. Already known for its palm-size retro good looks and easy handling, this version of the E-M10 managed to shave off a bit of weight, and with its kit-mate attached (the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ), it weighs right around 1.25 lb. It really is an ideal camera with which to “leave the phone in your pocket” and jump into interchangeable-lens photography. Having used several E-M10 models over the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate this series, not simply because of its handling and attractive, compact body, which includes a deep grip enabling easy one-handed shooting and more stability when using a long lens. I like its Digital ESP metering system, the range of focus features, such as Eye Priority and Face Priority, and the Silent Modes available in SCN, AP, P, A, S, M, and ART modes. AP Mode also includes a new Sweep Panorama function. Its 121-point Contrast Detection autofocus provides Super Spot AF when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached. Manual focus assist functions such as magnification and focus peaking are very helpful, and the 1.04m-dot rear touch control monitor enables touch AF, in addition to shutter release, Wi-Fi connection, and other settings control. Also, catering to social interests, the flip-down 3.0" monitor works in tandem with the camera’s dedicated selfie mode, which turns on automatically when the monitor is flipped down. The rear button layout is also adjusted for simple operation when in selfie mode. 4K and Full HD video are supported, and a multi-mode built-in flash, as well as a hot shoe for external flash, are available. M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS Lens                                                         Olympus has also announced a new telephoto zoom lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS, which is an ideal match for the new E-M10 Mark IV, given that it is also quite compact for a lens with such long reach. Its 200-800mm equivalent focal length is well suited to bird, wildlife, sports, and other genres of image making that require distance from your subject. When paired with the MC-20 M.Zuiko Digital 2.0x Teleconverter, its equivalent effective focal length reach goes up to 1600mm! Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS Lens At just 8.1" long and 2.5 lb, its handsome barrel is also dust- and splash-proof, affording a measure of security when working in rain or sub-optimal conditions. In-lens image stabilization adds to the ability to capture sharp images in low light and, when working at extreme telephoto lengths, a focus-limiter switch aids in fast autofocus control. Minimum focus distance is a very respectable 4.3' with 0.57x magnification. The lens has 21 elements in 15 groups, including a series of high refractive index elements and extra-low dispersion glass, and a Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical Coating to minimize unwanted reflections and provide high-resolution telephoto imaging. While this lens is compatible with all of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, it is a fine partner for the new OM-D E-M10 Mark IV mirrorless camera, which is an ideal camera for those looking to step up from their smartphone, improve their photography skills, or just have a palm-size, fully automatic and manual camera as an everyday carry. Please let us know your experiences with the Olympus E-M10 series and ask any questions you may have in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 07/31/20
We show you how to make fake ice cream, how to style your food photography, how to set up your lighting, and how to edit your photos. Whether you are a food blogger or are looking to start doing commercial photography, this in-depth tutorial is for you!
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Posted 07/28/20
The Sony a7S III is finally here! The newest Sony camera features a brand-new back side-illuminated 12.1MP full-frame CMOS sensor that delivers vibrant, yet natural colors, fast autofocus for photo and video, internal 4K 10-bit video up to 120 fps, touch focus in every mode, 5.5 stops of image stabilization, passive heat management, and much more! Doug Guerra takes the Sony a7S III out for a real-world test in various conditions, including low light. He also compares its features to the Sony a7S II and the Sony a7R IV. Learn more about the Sony a7S III Mirrorless Digital Camera at B&H Explora.
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Posted 07/24/20
Summer is the perfect time to start practicing your sunset photography! Maria shows you what camera gear and settings to use, how to plan a sunset photo shoot, and how to compose sunset photos. A golden hour photo shoot can yield amazing results, not only in landscape photography, but portrait photography as well.
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Posted 07/24/20
In early July 2020, Canon announced a pair of EOS R-series cameras that should prove to be true game changers in the world of mirrorless cameras. The new cameras are the Canon EOS R5 and R6. Both are full-frame cameras—the R5 features a 45MP sensor, the R6 features a 20MP sensor—and have amazing stills and video. The following is everything else you need to know about these exciting new cameras. Also, at the top of this page is a replay of our Live Q&A with Canon Technical Expert Rudy Winston. You'll find some questions have an accompanying timestamp; in these cases, you can actually click through the video above and find where this particular subject was addressed during the event. The Cameras—Canon's EOS R5 and R6 Camera Sensors Still Imaging Video Viewing Systems Autofocus Exposure Control 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization EF Lens Compatibility Wi-Fi Memory Cards Battery Life The Cameras—Canon's EOS R5 and R6 What are the differences between the Canon EOS R5 and R6 camera bodies? (Video Time Code – 4:39) The clearest and most direct difference between the two is the sensor: the R5 has the higher resolution 45MP sensor while the R6 has a more modest 20MP sensor. And, though they closely resemble one another, there are a number of differences between the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6 in regard to their construction materials. The R5 is made predominantly of magnesium alloy and is comparable to the Canon EOS 5D IV in terms of weatherproofing and construction quality. (Video Time Code – 24:58) Canon EOS R5 Canon EOS R6 Canon EOS 5D Mark IV The body of the R6 features a higher percentage of reinforced polycarbonate materials and fewer metal alloy components. The top plate of the R5 features a settings display whereas the R6 has a mode dial. (Video Time Code – 16:50 / 2:32:58) The R5 also has a full-size N3 remote release socket on its front plate and PC sync port on the side, along with 3.5mm headphone and 3.5mm mic ports. (Video Time Code – 02:04:52) The R6 also features 3.5mm headphone and 3.5mm mic ports but lacks the N3 remote and PC sync ports. Both cameras feature four main control dials and a joystick on the back of the camera for quick AF-point selection and menu navigation. (Video Time Code – 16:35 / 2:32:58) What about shape, size, and weight? How do the R5 and R6 differ? (Video Time Code – 15:29) Canon's EOS R5 and R6 are similar in size and weight and they share a similar form factor. The R5 weighs 1.62 lb versus the 1.5 lb of the R6, and dimensionally they are very similar, but the shape of the R5 is slightly more angular compared to the R6. The R5 also features better weather sealing compared to the R6. In terms of construction and performance, if you had to compare the R5 and R6 to any of the existing Canon DSLRs, how would they stack up? (Video Time Code – 9:29 / 2:32:58) In terms of construction and performance, the EOS R5 is comparable to Canon EOS 5D-series cameras while the EOS R6 is comparable to Canon EOS 6D-series cameras. Does either camera feature a built-in flash? No, but both cameras are compatible with Canon eTTL Speedlites and other compatible on- and off-camera flash systems. Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Who are the target audiences for the R5 and R6? The R5 is a "Class 5" EOS camera, which is aimed at professionals, including portrait and wedding photographers, cinematographers, editorial shooters, and others requiring high resolution and maximum camera performance. (Video Time Code – 18:00 / 2:32:58) The R6 is aimed at photographers, vloggers, YouTubers, and other visual content producers who require high performance but do not necessarily require high pixel counts. Is either camera GPS enabled? (Video Time Code – 42:06) No. Are grips available for Canon's EOS R5 or R6? Both cameras are compatible with the BG-R10 Battery Grip, which makes handling a bit easier, especially for vertical shooting, and gives you space for two batteries to permit longer shooting times. Canon BG-R10 Battery Grip Alternatively, the R5 can be also used with Canon's WFT-R10A Wireless File Transmitter, which does double duty by serving as a network workflow asset. The WFT-R10A battery grip features vertically oriented control dials and a joystick for shooting in portrait mode. It's built to the same weather-proofing standards as the R5 and enables you to transfer image files using either wired or wireless LAN connections with FTPS, FTP, and SFTP support. The WFT-R10A also accepts two LP-E6/LP-E6NH batteries—one to power the camera and one to power the grip. Can you use Canon EF and EF-S lenses on the new R-series cameras without any performance issues? (Video Time Code – 18:57) Yes. EF and EF-S lenses can be adapted for use on the R5, R6, and other R-series cameras. Camera Sensors Do both cameras contain full-frame sensors and, if so, are they the same imaging sensors? (Video Time Code – 43:52) Both cameras feature full-frame CMOS sensors, though they are not the same sensors. The EOS R5 features a 45MP CMOS sensor. The EOS R6 features a 20MP CMOS sensor. Do either of these cameras have anti-aliasing (AA) filters? Yes. Canon's EOS R5 and R6 both employ anti-aliasing filters to reduce the possibility of recording moiré patterns when photographing fabric, textiles, and other subjects with repeat patterns. What about APS-C? Can they be set to shoot in APS-C mode Yes, both can be set to capture using a smaller APS-C (1.6x) area of the sensor; this will be automatically triggered if you're adapting EF-S lenses, too. Is the 20MP sensor in the R6 the same as the 20MP sensor in Canon's EOS-1D X Mark III? (Video Time Code – 7:40 / 2:32:58) No. The sensor in the R6 is based on the sensor in the 1D X Mark III, but it's not exactly the same sensor. Do the R5 and R6 share a common image processor? Yes. Both cameras feature Canon's latest DIGIC X image processor. Still Imaging What types of files do the new cameras capture? The R5 and R6 both record three file formats—JPEG, raw, and HEIF (High-Efficiency Image Format), which is a relatively new format that takes up less storage space on your memory cards compared to standard JPEGs, but isn't quite as well supported by editing programs just yet. Can the R5 and R6 be set to simultaneously record different file types or different resolutions to each of the camera's card slots? Yes, on all counts. What are the aspect ratios choices with the new cameras? Both cameras allow for capturing image files in 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, and 16:9 aspect ratios. Is focus stacking an option with either the EOS R5 or R6? Yes, though with a caveat. When set to Focus Stacking mode, both cameras automatically capture a series of stills at bracketed focus points. The resulting stills must be processed into the final focus-stacked image post-capture. Video (Video Time Code – 01:05:46) What are the video formats of Canon's EOS R5 and R6? (Video Time Code – 2:30 / 2:32:58) The EOS R5 supports DCI 8K 30 fps raw video recording internally, along with 4K recording up to 120 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit with Canon Log or HDR-PQ for in-camera HDR production. The EOS R6 offers UHD 4K video recording up to 60 fps, along with Full HD at 120 fps for slow-motion playback. Both formats can be recorded internally at 4:2:2 10-bit and both Canon Log and HDR-PQ are supported. Both cameras support external recording, via their HDMI ports, for clean 4K output at up to 60 fps. Also, it's worth noting that both cameras can make use of Dual Pixel CMOS AF II at all recording settings. (Video Time Code – 02:11:13) Is the 8K footage from the EOS R5 cropped or uncropped? (Video Time Code – 03:59) The footage is essentially uncropped in terms of width, and only cropped in height due to the 3:2 aspect ratio of the sensor. The UHD has to come in a little bit, but the footage is essentially uncropped. There's been some confusion concerning whether the R5 and R6 shoot at 24 fps? Do they? (Video Time Code – 4:14 / 2:32:58) This is a misconception. The R5 and R6 can both capture video at 24 fps in Full HD and 4K. When shooting video with the R5, is raw only available in 8K or is it also possible to shoot raw in 4K? Unfortunately, not. You can shoot H.265 4K, but no raw. Can you shoot video in Canon Log or Canon Raw with both the R5 and R6? You can capture video with Canon Log, but only the R5 offers raw recording, and only when set to 8K resolution. Do the R5 and R6 feature the same video shooting modes? The R5 allows you to shoot video in a full range of exposure modes, including Shutter and Aperture control and Custom modes. The R6 only allows you to shoot video in Program and Manual mode, leaving you with Auto ISO and 1/8-stop increment aperture control as workaround tools for exposure control. What are the specs for shooting slow motion video with the R5 and R6? The R5 can record 4K up to 120 fps and Full HD up to 60p with Canon Log, HLG, and HDR-PQ. The R6 can record 4K up to 60 fps and Full HD up to 120p with Canon Log, HLG, and HDR-PQ. Is it possible to record raw video to the CFexpress card while recording lower-res video to the SD card on the R5? Yes. The R5 allows you to record 8K raw to the CFexpress card and 4K DCI to the SD card simultaneously. Viewing Systems Do the R5 and R6 have the same viewing systems? Both cameras feature 0.76x-magnification OLED EVFs for eye-level viewing and rear LCDs, but the resolution of the EVFs and LCDs differ. The R5 features a 5.76m-dot OLED EVF and a 3.2" 2.1m-dot rear LCD. The R6 features a 3.68m-dot OLED EVF and a 3.0" 1.68m-dot rear LCD. To better emulate an OVF-like viewing experience, both cameras can be set to run at 120Hz for more fluid rendering of motion. Can the LCDs on the EOS R5 and EOS R6 be tilted? Both cameras feature Free-Angle Tilting LCDs, which, in addition to front-facing viewing, can be easily adjusted for working from high and low shooting angles. Autofocus (Video Time Code – 01:14:57) Do the R5 and R6 share the same autofocus system? (Video Time Code – 5:42 / 2:32:58) Yes. Both cameras feature Canon's newest Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system, which integrates dual photodiodes within each pixel that together vastly improve AF speed, accuracy, and subject tracking. How many autofocus points does the new AF system feature and what's the extent of the AF sensor's field coverage? (Video Time Code – 02:15:16) There are 1053 selectable focusing zones that between them enable nearly 100% field coverage vertically and horizontally for maximum focus control. Is it true the new AF system recognizes birds and other animals? Yes. The AF system in both cameras can recognize and lock focus onto the bodies of animals, specifically including birds. At closer ranges, the focus automatically transitions from body-AF to head and eye-AF for finer focus accuracy. The AF system on the R5 and R6 both feature "EOS iTR AF X" technologies. What is that and what does it do? EOS iTR AF X technologies are the basis of Canon's advanced AF systems. EOS iTR AF X incorporates advanced algorithms that analyze body types, face, and eye features, and use this data to track subjects while keeping them in sharp focus as they transverse the image field. What is the AF sensitivity range under low light on the R5 and R6? In stills mode, the R6 is rated to be accurate to light levels as low as-6.5 EV with an f/1.2 lens and-5 EV in video mode. The R5 is rated down to-6 EV for stills and-4 EV for video when used with an f/1.2 lens. Does the camera's touchscreen allow for touch-focus control? (Video Time Code – 01:26:31) Yes. How about focus-bracketing? Do either of the new cameras support focus bracketing? (Video Time Code – 27:43) The EOS R5 supports focus bracketing but the R6 does not. What other features are new or improved in the camera's new AF system? Deep Learning technology has been incorporated that vastly improves the AF system's ability to recognize the eyes, faces, and heads of not only people, but animals too! In the case of animals, the camera's AF system automatically switches from body-AF to eye-AF when the animal comes within a closer focusing range. Exposure Control What are the sensitivity ranges of the EOS R5 and R6? (Video Time Code – 01:02:29) Both cameras have a base of ISO 100. The R5 tops out at ISO 51200 and is expandable to ISO 102400. The ISO sensitivity of the R6 extends an additional stop to ISO 102400, and is expandable to ISO 204800. What are the highest continuous frame rates when shooting stills with the R5 and R6? (Video Time Code – 5:50 / 2:32:58) Both cameras can shoot up to 12 fps in mechanical shutter mode and up to 20 fps with the electronic shutter engaged. The difference between the cameras is that the R5 can buffer up to 180 raw files or 350 JPEGs with the mechanical shutter or 83 raw and 170 JPEG using the electronic shutter, while the R6, which produces smaller image files, can shoot up to 1000 JPEGs or 240 raw files at 12 fps with either a mechanical or electronic shutter. (Video Time Code – 02:07:53) What are the shutter speed ranges for the R5 and R6? (Video Time Code – 02:03:57) Both cameras have shutter speed ranges of 1/8000 to 30 seconds with a mechanical or electronic front curtain shutter, or 1/8000 to ½ second with an electronic shutter. Can the R5 and R6 be set for interval recording? Yes, both cameras can be set for interval recording. 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization Do the R5 and R6 feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and, if so, how many stops? Canon's EOS R5 and R6 both contain 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization systems that compensate for up to 8 stops of camera shake when shooting handheld with select lenses. What does "5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization" mean? A 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system is a stabilization system that compensates for camera movement by micro-shifting the camera's image sensor in the opposite direction of the camera movement, which effectively cancels or greatly reduces the chance of blur in photographs taken at slower shutter speeds. What does "8 stops of image stabilization" translate to in real-world numbers? An 8-stop effective IS system means, for example, if you can normally hand-hold a lens at 1/500 sec, then 8-stop IS will enable you to theoretically handhold the same lens under the same conditions at ¼ sec and get equally sharp results. When shooting with IS-enabled EOS R lenses, does the IS system in the lens add additional stability to the camera's IBIS? Yes. When shooting with IS-enabled EOS R-series lenses, depending on the lens, you can realize up to a total of 8 stops of image stabilization. The IS system will use the lens's optical stabilization when possible and then provide additional support by shifting the sensor. Can I get the same combined image stabilization if I adapt IS-enabled Canon EF-mount lenses to an R5 or R6 camera? Not entirely. While Canon EF-mount lenses will work, and the image stabilization will be supported, it won't be to the same degree as native RF-mount lenses. Adapted EF-mount lenses will still offer optical image stabilization, and the camera will still use sensor-shift image stabilization to control shake, but it won't be as effective as 8 stops worth of camera shake reduction. EF Lens Compatibility (Video Time Code – 18:28 / 2:32:58) Are Canon EF lenses adaptable to Canon EOS R bodies? Yes, Canon EF lenses can be adapted to both the R5 and R6 by using Canon EF-EOS R lens adapters, which allow for seamless use of EF and EF-S lenses on EOS R cameras. Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R When adapting Canon EF-S lenses on EOS R cameras, does the camera automatically crop to an APS-C format? Yes. What about AF performance? Do EF and EF-S lenses perform equally well when used on EOS R cameras or is there a noticeable drop in performance levels? (Video Time Code – 21:11, Video Time Code – 01:47:59) EF and EF-S lenses perform equally well when used on an R5, R6, or other EOS R-series camera. Wi-Fi What about Wi-Fi connectivity? Do both cameras offer similar options? The R5 offers 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, connectivity for transferring image files to mobile devices. The R6 only offers 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Canon Camera connect app uses both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to communicate—Bluetooth is for keeping the connection and Wi-Fi is for actual transfer. Bluetooth also acts as a remote trigger. (Video Time Code – 02:09:35) Are there any quicker, more powerful Wi-Fi options for either camera? The R5 can be used with Canon's WFT-R10A Wireless File Transmitter Grip, which in addition to enabling wired Ethernet and wireless LAN connectivity features the option of a faster 802.11ac/c 2x2 MIMO Technology connection for transfer speeds of up to 867 Mb/s. Standard 802.11b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 802.11ac/a/n at 5 GHz can also be used depending on the network. Memory Cards Both cameras feature dual card slots. What types of cards do they use? (Video Time Code – 00:46:56) Both cameras feature dual memory card slots, but they use different combinations of card types. The R5 has slots for a single CFexpress Type B card and a single SD (UHS-II) memory card. The R6 has slots for dual SD (UHS-II) memory cards. Can I use SD UHS-I cards in the R5 and R6? Yes, of course. Most SD cards should work, but if you're recording 4K or 8K video or shooting in quick bursts, you should stick to UHS-II cards. Canon went as far as including the buffer capacity based on UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards in the R5/R6 spec sheets. Battery Life (Video Time Code – 13:50 / 2:32:58) Do the R5 and R6 use the same batteries? (Video Time Code – 14:11 / 2:32:58) Yes, both cameras use Canon's latest 16Wh LP-E6NH batteries. Older Canon LP-E6-type batteries can also be used. Canon LP-E6NH Lithium-Ion Battery How many exposures can we expect from the new LP-E6NH batteries? (Video Time Code – 32:24) In default mode, you can expect about 320 exposures per charge from the R5 when using the camera's EVF and about 490 exposures with the rear LCD. These numbers fall by about 30% when the camera is set to a higher viewfinder refresh rate. The R6 is rated at 380 exposures per charge when using the camera's EVF and about 510 exposures when using the LCD. These figures also go down by about 30% when the camera is set to a faster refresh time. Note, though, that these are tested and official numbers, but you might be able to get a greater number of shots per charge depending on the conditions in which you're working, how you're shooting, and which other camera settings you use or don't use. Can the LP-E6NH batteries be used in older Canon EOS cameras that normally use LP-E6/E6N batteries? (Video Time Code – 14:00) Yes, they can, but the increase in battery life will only be recognized when used in the R5 and R6. Similarly, older LP-E6/E6N batteries can be used in the R5 and R6 albeit with fewer exposures per charge. Did we miss anything? If you have other questions, let us know about them in the Comments section below and we'll get an answer for you ASAP.
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Posted 07/17/20
Looking for flower photography tips? Look no further! In this photography tutorial, we share essential gear, settings, and other tips for beginners looking to blossom into flower photography. For more useful tips on getting in close with your camera, click for our Macro Photography page! We hope you enjoy the video, and we invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 07/12/20
Doug Guerra tests the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens for Sony E, out in the real world. This versatile lens is perfect for outdoor photography, having a wide focal length of 28mm and a telephoto focal length of 200mm. Learn more about the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens at B&H Explora.
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Posted 07/07/20
Sony's formidable G Master series is about to get a whole lot wider with the release of the FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens. This ultra-wide-angle zoom builds upon the success of the popular FE 12-24mm f/4 G lens, boasting an even wider constant aperture, complex optical design, and lightning-fast AF. As the widest lens to join Sony's GM lineup, it is perfect for landscapes, cityscapes, and astrophotographers in search of uncompromising image quality and performance. The new lens's constant f/2.8 aperture features a nine-bladed, circular design for beautiful focus falloff. It is constructed of 14 groups arranged into 17 elements. Three XA (extreme aspherical) lenses and one aspherical lens minimize distortions common to such wide lenses, such as coma, field curvature, and astigmatism. Three ED (extra-low-dispersion) and two Super ED elements manage chromatic aberration for accurate color rendering. With such a wide lens, the sun and other harsh light sources can present a challenge when shooting. Sony's Nano AR Coating II helps to mitigate flare and ghosting by reducing internal reflections. Autofocusing is quiet, fast, and accurate, thanks to a build that incorporates four XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors. The lens features floating focusing, which splits the lens's focus group into two independently controlled groups, each assigned two focusing motors for quicker response time. Speed is further boosted by internal focusing functionality, which works by moving only the middle groups of the optical system. A focus hold button on the side of the lens barrel makes it easy to maintain focus once achieved. Alternatively, the lens also features linear response manual focusing. Like other GM lenses, a manual-AF switch on the side of the lens simplifies moving between the two focus modes. The lens's minimum focusing distance of 11 inches provides up to 0.14x magnification when shooting from close proximity. A built-in lens hood blocks off-axis light while adding a line of defense to the lens's curved surface, and a fitted lens cap provides additional protection. A rear filter holder allows you to use neutral density or color-correction filters with ease. A template is even provided to cut sheet filters to the correct size to drop in. The lens features a fluorine coating to protect against fingerprints, smudges, dirt, and water on the lens's front optics. The rest of the lens benefits from a dust- and moisture-resistant build for safe use outdoors. Previous Pause Next Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master Lens | Sample Photos Have you tried any of Sony's wide-angle lenses? Excited about this addition to the GM series? Let us know your thoughts or experiences in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 07/03/20
We show you tips and tricks for ring photography. Similar to our product photography video, we’ll be using a tabletop setup and a combination of natural light and studio lighting. Also check out these At-Home videos for more ways to help you stay creative at home.
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Posted 06/18/20
Sigma is continuing to expand its commitment to full-frame mirrorless, and the L Mount in general, with the launch of the 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary lens. This is the fifth lens from Sigma that has been specifically designed for the shorter flange-back distance of full-frame mirrorless camera systems, as opposed to SLR-intended lenses that have been adapted to mirrorless mounts, and brings with it an especially sleek form factor, lightweight design, and impressive optical qualities to suit the current crop of high-res cameras. While it is available for Sony E-mount cameras as well, the Leica L version of this lens stands out as something unique for the fledgling mount. It's the first super telephoto for the L Mount, which is shared among Sigma, Leica, and Panasonic right now, and opens up new long-range shooting possibilities for these cameras. Despite it being a long-reaching, so-called "super" telephoto, it is also part of Sigma's Contemporary series of lenses, which means it also retains a modest size and weight for walk-around, handheld use. In terms of optics, this 100-400mm has an array of low-dispersion glass that helps to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range, as well as realize accurate color and reduce flaring. Among other features, one of the most welcome will be the inclusion of optical image stabilization, which compensates for up to four stops of camera shake. This OS system can be used in conjunction with camera-based in-body image stabilization, too, for even more robust support to aid making sharp handheld images. In terms of focusing, this lens follows the path laid by the 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN and uses a stepping motor to enable quick and quiet AF performance for both photo and video needs. An integrated AFL button can be programmed to adjust various shooting settings from the lens, and a focus limiter switch also lets you constrain the focusing range for faster focusing within the specified range. Also, when working at the 400mm position, a minimum focusing distance of 5.2' is available for a 1:4.1 magnification ratio that suits headshot and other midrange shooting applications. Other points worth noting: the 100-400mm has a rounded nine-blade diaphragm and a brass bayonet mount, and it is dust  and moisture sealed at the mount to suit working in adverse conditions. Also, it is compatible with the optional TS-111 Tripod Socket if you're looking for a well-balanced means of working with this lens atop a tripod or monopod. Previous Pause Next Sample images taken with the Sigma 100-400mm. Doug Guerra Beyond the lens itself, Sigma is announcing even more goods for L-mount shooters, including a pair of teleconverters and a newly designed USB Dock. The TC-1411 and TC-2011 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, respectively, allow you to extend the effective reach of a lens even further. When paired with the new 100-400mm, the T-1411 turns the lens into an effective 140-560mm f/7-9 and the TC-2011 produces an effective 200-800mm f/10-12.6 range. Both teleconverters fully maintain AF, AE, and OS functions as well as transfer Exif data. And, finally, Sigma is also releasing a UD-11 USB Dock for L-mount only, which will allow you to fine-tune some focusing settings and update the firmware of compatible lenses. Sigma TC-2011 2x Teleconverter & Sigma UD-11 USB Dock What are your thoughts on Sigma's new super tele zoom? What are your thoughts on the L Mount in general? Let us know, in the Comments section, below.
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