Equipment

Tamron Teases Four New Full-Frame Lenses for Sony E-Mount – Photography Article

Tamron is giving Sony full-frame mirrorless shooters a reason to get excited today. In a video published to the brand’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, the company is teasing four new lenses for FE-mount: one zoom lens and three primes. Unfortunately, the teaser doesn’t give much away other than making it pretty obvious that these will be full-frame mirrorless lenses for the Sony system. The teaser opens with a shot of the current Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD and…

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Moment Launches New 37mm Filters and Filter Mount for Your Smartphone – Photography Article

Moment just launched an exciting new product for smartphone photographers: a line of high-quality 37mm Cine filters and compatible filter mount that you can attach directly to your Moment smartphone case. Previously, you could only use Moment’s filters on the company’s smartphone lenses, making it impossible to use a filter with your phone’s native wide or tele lenses. The new filters and filter mount changes this, allowing you to slap any screw-on 37mm ND or circular polarizing filter directly onto…

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Sony Quietly Raised the Price of the 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens by $200 – Photography Article

This past weekend, Sony quietly increased the price of its exceptionally sharp 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens by $200, raising the price from $1,898 to $2,098 overnight without any explanation. It’s left the industry wondering why, and some speculating that the US/China trade war is to blame. The price increase was originally spotted by Sony Alpha Rumors, who speculated that it may have something to do with the current trade war between the US and China, and the new tariffs…

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Canon Leaks Full Product Brochures for the Canon 90D and EOS M6 Mark II – Photography Article

Canon Australia sprung a massive leak last night, when the product pages for the un-released Canon 90D and Canon EOS M6 Mark II both went online by accident. We’ve already shared the promo videos for both cameras that were posted there, but that wasn’t all—Canon leaked its own product brochures, too. There’s very little mystery left about either of these two cameras, which are allegedly scheduled to be announced next week. We don’t know the exact release date, sales start…

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32.5MP Sensor, 4K Video, 30fps RAW Burst – Photography Article

In addition to the Canon 90D promo video we just shared, Canon Rumors has also gotten received a seemingly-official promo video for EOS M6 Mark II, showing what Canon has in store for this compact APS-C mirrorless camera. According to the leaked video, the current Canon EOS M6 is getting a serious overhaul, with more resolution, higher speed, better controls, and higher-quality video all on the list. The Canon EOS M6 Mark II maintains the M6’s compact size and lack…

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32.5MP Sensor, 10fps, 4K Video – Photography Article

Canon Rumors has gotten ahold of the official promo video for the upcoming Canon 90D. The video was leaked just minutes ago, and it reveals all of the key specs and design elements for what may be Canon’s new flagship APS-C DSLR. Previous rumors indicated that the EOS 90D would replace both the Canon 80D and the Canon 7D Mark II, making it Canon’s new APS-C flagship DSLR. While it doesn’t seem that the upcoming 90D will totally fill the…

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Testing the New Canon RF 24-240mm Over Three Weeks in Pakistan – Photography Article

I can’t even begin to describe how excited I was about trying out the new Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS.Full disclosure: I’m a Canon Ambassador and two months before it hit the shelves, I was sent the lens for testing. This review reflects my personal experiences and opinion. It’s about using the lens daily in a challenging environment. I’ve intentionally left out technical details since these have no bearing on my work. Canon EOS R with 24-240mm at 24mm –…

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Landscape Photography with an Old $79 Camera from 2007 – Photography Article

Photographer Toma Bonciu of Photo Tom recently decided to experiment with doing landscape photography with an outdated digital camera. He bought a Canon PowerShot S5 IS from 2007 for $79 from Amazon and took it out into the great outdoors to see what he could get.The 8-megapixel camera only shoots JPEGs and has a focal length of 36-432mm (in 35mm terms). It does have full manual shooting, though, so that’s handy for photographers wanting more control. “The question is, will…

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This Guy Turned a Sony a7R III Into a Leica Q2 – Photography Article

We’ve seen some unusual camera modding projects before, but this one is next level. Someone over in China took a $2,500 Sony a7R III, took it apart, and, through an insane amount of work, turned it into a $5,000 Leica Q2.The project was shared to the Chinese social media service Weibo by a guy who goes by Neutral Gray. He started off with a sketch — his goal was to arrive at a camera that looks somewhat like a $5,000…

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Nitecore Made the World’s First Smart Battery for Sony Cameras – Photography Article

The Chinese battery brand Nitecore has announced the world’s first “smart battery” for Sony’s mirrorless cameras. Called the NFZ100, it’s a battery that can be wirelessly managed with an app on your phone.The app is called NNERGY, and it lets you check the current status of your battery in real-time. With a capacity of 2280mAh, the battery allows for about 500 photos on a single charge using a Sony a9. For photographers who have multiple NFZ100 batteries, the app lets…

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In Defense of Zoom Lenses: A Wedding Photographer’s View – Photography Article

I’ll begin by saying that I don’t only shoot with zoom lenses. I should also add that what I’m about to say is perhaps most relevant to other wedding photographers, particularly those shooting in a documentary style like myself.If I was a landscape or portrait photographer for example, and wasn’t under quite the same time pressure, and was likely to be making large prints, or wanted a particular flair or bokeh effect, I would most probably want to use prime…

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These are the Best Cameras and Lenses of 2019 According to the EISA Awards – Photography Article

The prestigious EISA Awards has announced its selections for the top cameras, lenses, and products for 2019-2020. After Sony dominated the mirrorless camera categories last year and won Camera of the Year with the a7 III, its competitors took top prizes with their new products this year.The prizes are selected by technical experts from 17 leading photography publications based in countries around the world. Camera of the Year: Nikon Z6 The Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera is the winner of the…

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Leica Unveils the Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH for $4,495 – Photography Article

Leica has just announced the new Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH, a new “all-purpose” lens for the Leica SL full-frame mirrorless system.“Often seen as the standard focal length for full-frame cameras, this new 50mm promises a level of performance high enough to demand a spot in the gear bag of any photographer looking to take advantage of the L-Mount system,” Leica says. “Whether the task at hand is travel photography, studio work, architecture, landscape, portrait or documentary photography, the Leica…

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Open Source Code for a Remote Timelapse DSLR – Photography Article

Want to set up a remote DSLR for shooting a time-lapse? The Intervalometerator (AKA ‘intvlm8r’) is an open-source intervalometer that can help you do so at minimal hardware cost (as long as you’re comfortable tinkering with hardware and software).Created by Sydney-based coder Greig Sheridan and his photographer partner Rocky over the course of a year, the Intervalometerator is designed to be both cheap and easy to build with familiar tools and using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontrollers. “My partner and…

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FAA Bans Some 15-Inch MacBook Pros from Flying Due to Battery Recall – Photography Article

If you own one of the 15-inch MacBook Pros that was part of Apple’s recent battery recall, you’ll want to get the battery replaced before you try and take it on a flight. The FAA has confirmed that all affected MacBook Pros are banned from flying until and unless the battery is replaced by Apple. In case you missed the news, Apple recalled a “limited number” of 15-inch, mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pros back in June after it was brought to…

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This Crazy Camera Rig Spins a Phantom Camera at 150RPM – Photography Article

Steve Giralt is a photographer and “visual engineer” who uses wild-looking camera rigs to capture eye-popping shots seen in ads. His latest project involved a large, heavy camera rig that spins a Phantom VEO 4K high-speed camera around a tabletop subject at 150 rotations per minute.The camera reaches linear speeds of 32 miles per hour (~52km/h) with 23G of force. Here’s a 2-minute behind-the-scenes video that shows the rig being built over 50 hours, it in action, and some resulting…

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A Prime Lens Photographer Tries Out Tamron f/2.8 Zoom Lenses – Photography Article

Being in the photography game over 12 years has given me some fixed routines that are hard to break. Routines like focusing solely on prime lenses. In the last few years I’ve been carrying 20mm, 35mm, 85mm, and 200mm fixed focal length lenses on my camera bag while occasionally wondering if the grass looks greener on the flexible focal length side.Spectacular clouds and the calm sea in the morning. Tamron 28-75mm @28mm, f/9, ISO 100, 6-25s, ND filter. 4 images…

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Did Nikon and Canon Follow Micro Four Thirds’ Lead? – Photography Article

I was excited when Canon and Nikon finally stepped into the mirrorless game seriously more seriously, releasing their full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2018. Nikon launched their Z6 and Z7 with the new Z-Mount, while Canon released the EOS-R with a new RF-Mount. Taking a closer look to the mount design, both companies adopt very similar approach, and I can’t help but notice the similarities and be reminded of what Four Thirds promised and delivered in 2003 when Olympus DSLR E-1…

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Canon Designed a Crazy 50-80mm f/1.1 Lens – Photography Article

Canon is apparently hard at work developing some never-before-seen lenses. A newly published patent shows that the camera company has at least toyed with the idea of a crazy 50-80mm f/1.1 lens.First spotted by Northlight Images, the patent (US20190243111) shows designs for a number of ultra-fast 50-80mm zoom lenses, including a f/1.8, f/1.6, f/1.4, f/1.2, and f/1.1. Canon has offered an f/1.0 lens before in the rare 50mm f/1.0, but offering a fixed f/1.1 aperture on a zoom lens of…

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Venus Optics Releases 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens with 210° Field of View – Photography Article

Venus Optics has been slowly releasing the four lenses it teased back in April of 2018. We saw the 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 for Sony E-Mount in October, the 100mm 2x Macro for full-frame DSLRs in June, and the 17mm f/4 Zero-D for Fuji GFX earlier this month. Today, they’re officially releasing the last lens: the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye for Micro Four Thirds systems. This 8mm equivalent fisheye lens’ party trick is the fact that it can actually see behind…

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Sony to Launch Two New APS-C E-Mount Cameras this Month: Report – Photography Article

The end of August is going to be a busy time for the APS-C market. Not only will Canon reportedly announce the EOS 90D and an EOS M6 successor, it seems Sony is planning to release not one, but two new APS-C E-Mount cameras, including the long-awaited a6500 successor. The latest information, published with high confidence by Sony Alpha Rumors, claims that Sony will be rounding out its APS-C E-Mount lineup by replacing both the a6500 and the a5100, bringing…

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Uses Bigger Sensor & Canon EF Mount – Photography Article

Blackmagic is shaking up the cinema camera industry once again with the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. Sold alongside the 4K version, the BMPCC 6K features a larger Super 35mm 6K HDR image sensor and uses the Canon EF mount, opening up a huge number of stills and cinema lens options for BMPCC users. The newly released Canon EF-mount cinema camera boasts a 6144 x 3456 Super 35mm HDR image sensor, which translates into just over 21MP of usable…

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Google is Developing a ‘DSLR-Like Attachment’ for Pixel Phones: Report – Photography Article

The Google Pixel 3 may be suffering from some serious camera issues, but the engineers in Mountain View are still going full steam ahead on the upcoming Pixel 4. And according to the most recent reports, that phone may come with a ‘DSLR-like accessory’ for more serious photographers. The report was published by 9to5Google, who received some exclusive tidbits about the upcoming smartphone from a “reliable source.” In addition to some details about the battery, RAM and screen resolution specs,…

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Will It Blend? Torture Testing Sony’s TOUGH SD Cards – Photography Article

Sony’s TOUGH SD cards are extremely popular among photographers. But just how tough are they? Photographer and writer Steve Huff decided to put the latest iteration of these TOUGH cards through the ultimate battery of tests: freezer, washer, dryer, pool, and… just for fun… blender. When it comes to getting the best combination of reliability and speed out of your SD cards, there’s not a better option out there than Sony’s SF-G Series TOUGH SD cards. Not only do they…

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Canon to Release RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS and 24-70mm f/2.8L IS this Month – Photography Article

Canon announced the development of the so-called “holy trinity” of zoom lenses for the RF mount back in February, and it looks like they’re about ready to release two of the three. According to the latest rumors out of Japan, the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS and RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS will both be available for pre-order later this month. The report comes from the ever-reliable Nokishita, who tweeted that both lenses “have been added to Canon’s latest product list” and…

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$6,700 iMac Pro vs $5,700 PC – Photography Article

Pye Jirsa over at SLR Lounge recently published a Mac vs PC comparison that answers an important question for photographers: which is better for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, a powerful iMac Pro or an equivalent custom-built PC? It’s important to note that this is not a straight-up Mac vs PC “shootout” that takes every variable into account vis-a-vis operating system, upgradability, etc. It’s just meant to pit a very powerful Apple computer against a very powerful custom built PC and…

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Why I Won’t be Switching to the Fuji X-T3 – Photography Article

I’m a big Fuji fan. I love my X100F and have been thinking about switching to Fuji for my professional work for a while now. The X-T3 is a fantastic camera: fun to use, well-built, excellent image quality and focus. I love it, but I can’t use it. One of the reasons I want to move to a crop-sensor mirrorless camera is the smaller form factor and reduced weight. Carrying all that gear for an 8-hour wedding day can be…

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‘The Most Versatile Continuous LED Light’ – Photography Article

Elinchrom has partnered up with Light & Motion to announce the new Elinchrom ELM8: a battery-powered continuous LED light for photo and video shooters that they’re calling “the most versatile continuous LED light on the market.” While we don’t know how exactly you quantify that claim (and they have a lot of competition in the continuous LED market) the Elinchrom ELM8 certainly seems to be a powerful and versatile option thanks to its build quality, portability, and compatibility with Elinchrom’s…

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New LEE100 Tandem Adapter Lets You Use Two Filter Holders at Once – Photography Article

LEE filters has released a useful accessory for landscape photographers who want more versatility out of their filter system. The new LEE100 Tandem Adapter lets you stack two LEE100 filter holders on top of each other and rotate them independently, so you can really dial in your exposure in-camera. Announced on Facebook a few days ago, the company is calling its LEE100 Tandem Adapter “a totally unique feature of the LEE system.” It works simply enough. Just slot the adapter…

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This Guy Turned His Broken Computer Into a Working Camera – Photography Article

When Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami’s first computer from 20 years ago died, he decided to give it new life and a new purpose by turning it into a camera.Rostami took the various components from the computer (and other old computers) and constructed a light-sealed box for the camera body (with the help of some light-blocking paper). He placed a wooden backing in the rear to hold his film and a Linhof lens mount on the front. The unusual-looking camera is…

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