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Sony Alpha A7 Mark IV Introduced Along With Two New Flashes

Sony Alpha A7 Mark IV Introduced Along With Two New Flashes

Maciej Suwalowski A7IV BTS 01 Scaled Landscape 2000x700 | 1/125 sec | f/3.5 | 35.0 mm | ISO 640
 

Sony has updated its line-up of full-frame mirrorless cameras with the 33MP Sony Alpha 7 IV which Sony says is the ultimate hybrid camera. Plus, two new flashes (HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM) have been introduced. 

“The Alpha 7 IV takes ‘basic’ to the next level for full-frame cameras with excellent image quality and performance, redefining the original standard set by the Alpha 7 III,” Sony. 

The new model features many of Sony’s advanced imaging technologies including the latest BIONZ XR processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities based on the flagship Sony Alpha 1 model. 

Sony Alpha 7 IV Features:

  • Newly developed 33.0MP43 full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor
  • Advanced BIONZ XR image processing engine with up to 8x the processing performance
  • Reliable AF capabilities including Real-time Eye AF for humans, animals and birds
  • Movie-making with 4K 60p
  • Advanced functions for movies including Active Mode, Breathing Compensation and AF Assist

 

Pricing and Availability: The Sony Alpha 7 IV will be available in December 2021 priced at £2400 (body-only) and £2600 for the lens kit. The HVL-F60RM2 flash will be available in November 2021 priced at £550 while the HVL-F46RM flash has a price tag of £370 and will be available at the same time. 

More information on the Sony Alpha 7 IV can be found from Sony below. 

 

From Sony UK:

ALPHA 7 IV

 

Sony today announced three new additions to its imaging line-up – the interchangeable-lens camera ALPHA 7 IV with newly developed 33- megapixel (approx., effective) full-frame image sensor and two new flashes, the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM.

The ALPHA 7 IV takes ‘basic’ to the next level for full-frame cameras with excellent image quality and performance, redefining the original standard set by the Alpha 7 III. The new model features many of Sony’s most advanced imaging technologies including the latest BIONZ XR processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities based on the flagship Alpha 1 model, combined with streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and movies, making it the perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals who shoot all scenarios. The ALPHA 7 IV also boasts 33 MP resolution, rich movie expression and various features to support the growing demand for remote communication, bringing new meaning to what a ‘basic’ camera can accomplish.

“With the introduction of the Alpha 7 III, we set the baseline for what full-frame cameras should deliver and now it is time to redefine those boundaries,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “The ALPHA 7 IV brings together the best of Sony imaging technology to deliver a fantastic experience in both stills and video, meaning that users will be able to capture exactly the content that they want, in whatever situation they find themselves in.”

The new ALPHA 7 IV is the ultimate hybrid camera packed with outstanding still image quality and evolved video technology with advanced autofocus, enhanced operability and workflow capability. The model was also developed with the environment in mind by using Sony’s original recycled plastic SORPLAS for the camera body and the packaging with recyclable materials and less plastic.

 

Outstanding image quality

With a newly developed 33MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor, superior image quality and Wide ISO sensitivity range expandable to ISO 50-204800 is achieved. The high resolution enables the camera to express smooth gradation, fine details and textures of the subject while reducing noise. Its 15-stop dynamic range allows a wide expressive range while Creative Look settings can help to create original looks effortlessly for both stills and video.

 

Next level AF performance

The latest processing engine BIONZ XR used in the flagship Alpha 1 delivers high-speed AF, uninterrupted continuous shooting at 10fps with AF/AE tracking and a large buffer for a smooth shooting experience. ALPHA 7 IV tracks subjects with tenacious Real-Time Tracking and 759 phase-detection AF points in a high-density focal plane phase-detection AF system that covers approximately 94% of the image area. Additionally, for the first time, Real-time Eye AF can now track birds and animals’ eye for both still images and movies, in addition to humans. The detection accuracy for human face and eyes is also approximately 30% more improved, compared with Alpha 7 III.

 

Evolved movie technology

The ALPHA 7 IV inherits technology taken from real-world movie production including S-Cinetone – adopted from Sony’s highly regarded Cinema Line cameras used by a broad range of filmmakers and content creators – to deliver a rich, cinematic look. High-quality movie is achieved with 4K 60p recording in Super 35mm mode and up to 4K 30p recording with 7K oversampling in full-frame mode. The new camera also features 10-bit depth 4:2:2 colour sampling to enable natural gradation, XAVC S-I intra-frame encoding for more efficient editing workflows and XAVC HS™ for doubled compression efficiency.

To meet the growing need for precise AF performance when shooting videos, unique AF features are achieved when using the ALPHA 7 IV with a Sony E-mount lens, including AF Assist that supports focus transitions when using AF and Focus Map that visualises depth of field. For the first time in the Alpha series, the new camera features Breathing Compensation to combat focus breathing and maintain a consistent angle of view throughout focus changes and can be switched on or off.

 

Advanced operability as a genuine hybrid model

The ALPHA 7 IV is a hybrid still and movie camera with outstanding operability and reliability that easily allows the user to switch from photo to movie and back at their convenience. New to Sony’s line-up of Alpha cameras is a dual layer mode dial with the lower layer for selecting Still/Movie/S&Q and the top layer for Auto/P/A/S/M and MR (Memory Recall), enabling users to quickly select and switch between the dedicated settings. It also has 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation for a 5.5-step shutter speed advantage, as well as an improved grip for greater comfort and a CFexpress Type A compatible media slot to support media with faster writing and clearance. Additionally, the 3.68 million-dot (approx.) OLED Quad-VGA viewfinder is 1.6 times the resolution of the Alpha 7 III viewfinder, allowing users to benefit from the upgraded live-view image quality that minimizes false colour and increases resolution.

Videographers can record 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 video continuously for more than an hour thanks to the camera’s heat-dissipating structure. Optical ‘Active Mode’ image stabilisation helps optimum video shooting. They can also benefit from the 3.0-type 1.03 million-dot (approx.) side-opening vari-angle touch-panel rear LCD monitor, top-panel REC button and high-capacity Z-series battery.

The ALPHA 7 IV body is built with magnesium alloy to achieve a robustness while minimising its weight. In addition, the redesigned structure and lens lock button contribute to enhanced dust and moisture resistance.

 

Enhanced workflow capabilities

By offering a variety of connectivity options, the ALPHA 7 IV enables on-the-spot streaming and sharing of high-quality content to meet the growing need for remote communication in real-time without sacrificing excellent image and sound quality. The connection between the camera and mobile application Imaging Edge Mobile is simplified via Bluetooth, and fast data transfer is possible by 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi.

The camera also has a new feature called “Shot Mark” to enable easy access to the marked scenes in a video clip, within camera and on Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare applications.

What’s more, the camera has a range of new features to support live streaming and remote communication without the need of dedicated software. UVC (USB Video Class) and UAC (USB Audio Class) turn the ALPHA 7 IV into a high-performance live streaming camera when connected to a computer or smartphone. High image quality such as 4K 15p and 1080 FHD 60p deliver realistic video for remote sharing and the ALPHA 7 IV’s digital audio interface can be paired with a range of mics and accessories to deliver high-quality sound.

Finally, Sony plans to offer a new cloud service, “AI Video Editing Studio”, for automated editing with AI technology. To allow creators to focus on more creative tasks, “AI Video Editing Studio” automatically performs initial editing in the cloud, using AI technology.

Sony will continue to strive to offer a wide variety of imaging experiences and services through the active integration and advancement of cameras, cloud, and AI.

 

Designed with the environment in mind

According to Sony’s environmental efforts based on the “Road to Zero“, environment was an important factor in the development of ALPHA 7 IV’s design, production and packaging. The camera uses recycled plastic, SORPLAS™, which does not depend on non-renewable resources and is produced at the sites using renewable energy such as solar power generation. The product packaging also adopts recyclable plastic-reduced materials.

 

HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM: Powerful flashes to evolve Alpha Lighting System

The HVL-F60RM2 with GN 60 and 20-200mm coverage and HVL-F46RM with GN 46 and 24-105mm[xii] are powerful wireless flashes that offer precise control, enhanced high-speed and intuitive operability. They are designed to meet the needs of both professional and advanced content creators when shooting with a Sony Alpha camera, including the ALPHA 7 IV, to offer the ultimate Alpha Lighting System by the detailed communication between cameras.

Both flashes have upgraded continuous shooting flash performance, up to 200 times at 10 frames per second for the HVL-F60RM2 and 60 times for the HVL-F46RM. The optimised flash algorithm ensures both flashes are overheat-resistant, and a set of four Ni-MH (Nickel-metal hydride) batteries can power up to 240 flashes with a 1.7 second recycle time for the HVL-F60RM2 and up to 320 flashes with a 2.0 second recycle time for the HVL-F46RM[xiv].

When used in combination with an Alpha camera, they allow users to experience the unique communication and system benefits of the Alpha Lighting System.

For example, with the ALPHA 7 IV, P-TTL flash control metering for every frame in Mid, and Hi continuous mode has become possible in addition to Lo continuous mode. The flash release time lag is also shortened to capture momentary facial expressions and movements of the subject.

With the Alpha 1, the HVL-F60RM2 achieves a phenomenal up to 20fps of continuous shooting[xv] and approximately 20 flashes per second can be produced for more than 10 seconds with the external flash battery adapter FA-EBA1. When Alpha 1 is used with Sony’s flashes including HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM, users can sync up to 1/400 second shutter speed to expand expressive capabilities when shooting in full-frame mode. In addition, with the silent electronic shutter of the camera, silent flash shooting is possible when absolute silence is required.

Other system benefits of HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM with an Alpha camera include:

  • Flash parameters controlled directly from the menu of a compatible camera
  • Flash control linked to camera face detection
  • Automatic correction of white balance based on the colour temperature information from the flash

 

Both flashes also feature improved robustness and operability. The Multi-Interface shoe with Sony’s unique metal shoe foot with rugged side frame significantly increases strength and reliability. Shoe sealing helps the flashes to be more dust and moisture resistant. The HVL-F60RM2’s original rotating head mechanism, “Quick Shift Bounce” which enables flexible positioning and optimum lighting control has also been improved to prevent unintended change in the bounce angle.

They support wireless radio communication and can control up to 15 flashes and/or receiver units in 5 groups via wireless radio communication for enhanced lighting control versatility.

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We Get Our First Look At The Nikon Z9 In Two Teaser Trailers

We Get Our First Look At The Nikon Z9 In Teaser Trailer

Nikon has released two 30-second teaser trailers for the Nikon Z9 camera where Nikon say we need to ‘get ready to experience image-making like never before.’

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Nikon Z9 in Mirrorless Cameras

 

Nikon fans will be excited to hear that Nikon has given the world a glimpse of the Nikon Z9 in a teaser video they’ve posted on their YouTube channel. 

We still don’t have any update on specs, pricing or when the camera will be available but the video does give us a closer look at the Nikon Z9 that was announced earlier this year when Nikon said it would be the first flagship Z-mount camera. Nikon also confirmed that the Nikon Z9 would use a newly developed full-frame stacked CMOS sensor and a new processing engine. It will also shoot 8K video which means the camera will have a sensor with a resolution of at least 33.1 megapixels (as this is the resolution of an 8K frame).

From looking at the video, we can see that there’s a tilting screen and what appears to be a top smaller secondary display. There’s also a standard hot shoe, various dials/buttons which includes customisable buttons, a round eyepiece around the viewfinder and a deep grip. If you spot anything else that’s of interest or new, please do comment below. 

The Nikon Z9 will update the Z-series which features cameras such as the Nikon Z7-II high-end full-frame mirrorless camera.  

Update: Following on from the release of the teaser trailer, Nikon has added a second teaser of the Z9 to its YouTube Channel. There’s still no news on a full list of specs but we do see the Z9 in action on safari where we get a clearer look at the display, controls and eyepiece that surrounds the viewfinder. 

You can watch the new trailer below. 

 

Nikon Z9

 

 


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johnriley1uk’s latest blog : brinkburn priory part two – the mansion

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Brinkburn Priory Part Two – The Mansion

11 Oct 2021 12:04PM  
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Just a few steps away from Brinkburn Priory is the Mansion, a fascinating and tantalising insight into what it might once have been and indeed how it was constructed. It’s a pity that our son Mike, who is an architect, wasn’t there as well as he would have been able to answer the questions that I had. Still, one good speculation is worth a thousand certainties, so here goes with a sampling of first the outside and then the interior. Camera was the Pentax K-3 II, used at whatever ludicrous ISO values as necessary, with the Pentax 12-24mm and 18-135mm lenses.

The Mansion is right next to the Priory
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The kitchen range has survived in situ
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Fragments of the finished interior exist throughout the ground floor
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There must have been a point at which the interior was still absolutely gorgeous, maybe faded but something to want to preserve. How it could be trashed so is just shocking really, allowed to rot gently perhaps until it was too late in terms of cost, and then stripped bare of all its valuable fitments, leaving just fragments of fine plasterwork, the ocassional door, some wood panelling and the range. Presumably the range was too heavy to easily shift and regarded as old fashioned anyway.

But we can visit and explore and perhaps hear in our minds the bustle of a busy mansion, the chatter of afternoon teas and the swirling music of the ballroom in full swing.

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Tamron Confirms Pricing For Two FF Sony E-Mount Lenses & A Zoom Lens For Fujifilm X-Mount

Tamron Confirms Pricing For Two FF Sony E-Mount Lenses & A Zoom Lens For Fujifilm X-Mount

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

Tamron’s distributor for the UK & Ireland, Transcontinenta UK, has said that the Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD and Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 will be available for sale after 28 October 2021 along with the Tamron 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (model B061X) for Fujifilm X-mount.

The Tamron 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (model B061X) for Fujifilm X-mount has a unique 16.6x zoom and will be available for pre-order today, along with the two lenses for FF Sony E-Mount, from retailers. 

Pricing Information

  • Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD – £679.99
  • Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 – £849.99
  • Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD – £1599.99
     

You can learn more about the two lenses for full-frame Sony E-Mount cameras in our previous announcement: Tamron Is Working On Two New Lenses For Sony E-mount Full-Frame Cameras

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dudler’s latest blog : round two

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Round two

21 Sep 2021 8:44AM  
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Life this week has been interrupted a bit by the birth of our first grandchild: Della arrived on Sunday morning, and everyone’s been telling me that I’ve got a free model for the next few years. It’s been a while since I’ve had much practice photographing babies, and it ought to be so much easier with digital than it was with film.

When my children were small, 1000 ISO was pushing it: 10 times that is easily achievable these days, and a modern auto focus system with eye recognition should make life a lot simpler! Best of all, I’m neither responsible for getting up in the middle of the night to feed Della, nor do I have had a job to get in the way.

I’m inspired by a lot of my Ephotozine friends who have posted beautiful, evocative portraits of their grandchildren: I’m particularly indebted to Roy (kaybee) who is probably my oldest friend on here. Roy took exception advantage of the photographic opportunities his grandchildren have offered, and I’ll be doing well if I match them.

There is one big downside though. I was never the most physically flexible photographer in the room, and it definitely takes me longer to get down onto my knees. Getting up is more a matter of the calendar than the stopwatch. But on the whole, the way is open for much photographic mischief and many photographs that I will need to print and distribute around the family.

Of course, whether you get to see any of them will be a matter of parental choice. Watch this space.

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Sigma Announces Two Brand New Lenses For L Series and Sony E-Mount Mirrorless Users

Sigma Announces Two Brand New Lenses For L Series and Sony E-Mount Mirrorless Users

Sigma launch two brand new lenses for Mirrorless users; the 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary and the 90mm F2.8mm DG DN Contemporary, available from 24 September 2021 at the SRP £549.99

The two new lenses are the 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary and the 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, sitting in the l series line-up and are designed from the ground up for L-Mount and Sony E-mount systems. This brings the total number of l series lenses to six, presenting mirrorless users with plenty of choice.

01 PPhoto 24 2 Dg Dn C021 Lmt Horizontal (2) |
The all-new 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary delivers exceptional edge-to-edge rendering power in an ultra-compact, all-metal body. This impressive, wide-angle, I series prime is now available for L-Mount and Sony E-mount systems.
The 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary premium compact prime is the latest lens to be added to SIGMA’s growing I series range. It joins four existing I series lenses as well as the new 90mm F2.8, offering superb optical performance, a bright F2 aperture, an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring. Designed from the ground up for mirrorless systems it feels perfectly-balanced on modern full-frame bodies, and boasts exceptional resolving power that can keep up with the latest ultra-high-resolution cameras.
The lens’s advanced optical design produces sharp, high-contrast results from the center of the frame to the far corners, and together with its F2 aperture and wide angle-of-view it’s an excellent choice for night sky photography, events and interiors.
Owing to its compact size the lens can be carried around effortlessly, which makes it perfect for day-to-day use. The high quality, all-metal construction, which is found on all of SIGMA’s I series models, makes the experience of owning and operating this lens extremely satisfying.
This new full-frame 24mm F2 prime is designed for photographers who need a sharp, fast, robust, wide-angle optic that will not weigh them down. It is available for L-Mount and Sony E-mount systems.

Key features
1. I series – Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users
The SIGMA I series features full-frame-compatible lenses that offer mirrorless users a new and better alternative, both in the experience of shooting with the lens and in the impressive results it is able to achieve.
One of the key advantages of mirrorless cameras is their smaller form-factor, and this new 24mm optic is designed to be perfectly matched to these more compact systems without sacrificing performance. This combination of superb optical quality with exceptional portability, not previously possible with DSLR systems, will bring new opportunities to this and future generations of photographers.
Simultaneously, SIGMA is aware that, in this day and age when we have such huge diversity when it comes to what we use to photograph, as represented by smartphones, people look for something more than a mere act of ‘taking pictures’ when they choose to own a camera and lenses.
SIGMA’s excellence in development and processing technologies has been built up since it was founded in 1961 – actually, this lens is being announced 60 years to the day since SIGMA’s story began – and has become further sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision in 2012. With this as a base SIGMA has given careful thought to how photographers use and enjoy their lenses, including optical design, advanced functionality, build quality and the experience of picking up and using the lens, and with all of this carefully considered the I series was born.

2. New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line
The SIGMA 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary, like the SIGMA 35mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary and the SIGMA 65mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary, combines the highest level of optical performance even at its maximum aperture of F2 and a well-balanced body.
The lens uses two SLD glass elements and one FLD glass element to correct axial chromatic aberration, which is a particular concern with bright lenses. It also incorporates two high-precision glass-molded aspherical elements, made possible by the processing technology of SIGMA’s sole production facility in Aizu. This has enabled the total number of lens elements to be kept down and the size and weight of the lens to be reduced, while providing excellent correction of various aberrations.
In anticipation of wide-angle lens applications, SIGMA’s optical designers have ensured the lens resolution is extremely high, and is uniform from the center to the periphery of the image. Sagittal coma flare is also well suppressed, giving the lens a high degree of rendering power that makes it ideal for night sky photography.
The AF drive system incorporates a quiet, high-speed stepping motor. This allows photographers to capture every detail of the spacious 24mm scene with light AF.

3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor
All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA’s cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA’s cine lens line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use.
The cover ring between the focus ring and the aperture ring has hairline processing that is also used for the rear cylinder of the Art line. This covering functions as a finger hold when attaching or detaching the lens.
      
 Additional features
• Lens construction: 13 elements in 11 groups, with 1 FLD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical lens elements
• Inner focus system
• Compatible with high-speed autofocus
• Stepping motor
• Compatible with lens aberration correction
* Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
• Support DMF and AF+MF
• Super Multi-Layer Coating
• Aperture ring
• Focus Mode switch
• Petal-type lens hood (LH656-02)
• Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF62-01M)
• Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
• Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
• Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
• Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system
• 9-blade rounded diaphragm
• High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
• “Made in Japan” craftsmanship
Key specifications (The figures below are for L-Mount)
Lens construction: 11 groups, 13 elements (1 FLD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical) Angle-of-view: 84.1°
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F22
Minimum focusing distance: 24.5cm
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.7
Filter size: φ62mm
Dimensions (Maximum Diameter x Length): φ70mm×72mm Weight: 365g

Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary in our Equipment Database

SIGMA’s brand new, mid-telephoto I series prime for mirrorless systems, the compact 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary premium compact prime, has also been added to SIGMA’s growing I series range. It joins four existing I series primes as well as the all-new 24mm F2, offering superb optical performance, a bright F2.8 aperture, an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring. Designed especially for mirrorless systems it feels well-balanced on modern full-frame bodies, and boasts exceptional resolving power that can keep up with the latest ultra-high-resolution cameras.

01 PPhoto 90 28 Dg Dn C021 Lmt Horizontal |With its versatile mid-telephoto focal length, the lens is the longest I series lens yet, but still remains remarkably compact and light so is ideal for day-to-day use. It is fully-optimized for mirrorless systems with ultra-fast and accurate AF performance, and it boasts outstanding optical capabilities. The rich, smooth bokeh makes
for attractive backgrounds, which is perfect for portraits, and the minimum focusing distance of 50cm allows photographers to get closer to their subject.
This high-quality, everyday lens is able to bring scenes to life with its beautiful rendering and ultra-sharp optics, all in a portable, robust and tactile lens body.

Key features
1. I series – Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users
The SIGMA I series features full-frame-compatible lenses that offer mirrorless users a new and better alternative, both in the experience of shooting with the lens and in the impressive results it is able to achieve.
One of the key advantages of mirrorless cameras is their smaller form-factor, and this new 90mm optic is designed to be perfectly matched to these more compact systems without sacrificing performance. This combination of superb optical quality with exceptional portability, not previously possible with DSLR systems, will bring new opportunities to this and future generations of photographers.
Simultaneously, SIGMA is aware that, in this day and age when we have such huge diversity when it comes to what we use to photograph, as represented by smartphones, people look for something more than a mere act of “taking pictures” when they choose to own a camera and lenses.
SIGMA’s excellence in development and processing technologies has been built up since it was founded in 1961 – actually, this lens is being announced 60 years to the day since SIGMA’s story began – and has become further sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision in 2012. With this as a base SIGMA has given careful thought to how photographers use and enjoy their lenses, including optical design, advanced functionality, build quality and the experience of picking up and using the lens, and with all of this carefully considered the I series was born.

 2. New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line
The SIGMA 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary boasts exceptional optical performance with a ultra-high resolving power to match the latest high-resolution mirrorless cameras.
The lens is built using the very latest optical technology, and includes five SLD glass elements. This helps to reduce axial chromatic aberration that cannot be corrected in-camera, allowing the lens to achieve high resolution and clear image quality with no color bleeding.
A high-precision glass molded aspherical lens provides both high resolution and beautiful bokeh. Photographers can enjoy shooting with soft, large bokeh without coloration and this is something that only a full-frame lens is able to deliver.
The lens also utilizes the camera’s optical correction functionality, which is an advantage of mirrorless systems, SIGMA’s optical designers were therefore able to concentrate on correcting aberrations that can only be corrected by the optical design, thereby improving rendering performance and reducing the size and weight of the lens.
With a minimum focusing distance of 50cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5, close-up macro-style photography is possible. The lens highlights the subject, allowing photographers to focus in on fine details or create more abstract compositions.
The AF drive system incorporates a quiet, high-speed stepping motor, making it suitable for still images as well as video recording.

3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor
All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA’s cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA’s cine lens line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use.

The 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary shares the same φ64mm maximum diameter and 55mm filter size as the 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary and the 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, making them a natural trio, especially for filmmakers who use filters more regularly.
With a combined weight of only 735grams / 25.9oz.*, these three lenses (wide-angle, standard, mid-telephoto) can be used in tandem as part of a high-spec and compact camera system that covers a wide range of shooting situations.
*The figures are for L-Mount.

 Additional features
• Lens construction: 11 elements in 10 groups, with 5 SLD and 1 aspherical lens element
• Inner focus system
• Compatible with high-speed autofocus
• Stepping motor
• Compatible with lens aberration correction
* Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
• Support DMF and AF+MF
• Super Multi-Layer Coating
• Aperture ring
• Focus Mode switch
• Lens hood (LH576-02)
• Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF55-01M)
• Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
• Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
• Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
• Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system
• 9-blade rounded diaphragm
• High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
• “Made in Japan” craftsmanship
Key specifications (The figures below are for L-Mount)
Lens construction: 10 groups, 11 elements (5 SLD and 1 aspherical) Angle-of-view: 27°
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F22
Minimum focusing distance: 50cm
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5
Filter size: φ55mm
Dimensions (Maximum Diameter x Length): φ64mm×59.7mm. Weight: 295g

Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary in our Equipment Database

 

UNTIL WE GET CHANCE TO REVIEW THESE NEW LENSES, TAKE A LOOK AT THE BEST SIGMA LENSES YOU CAN BUY RIGHT NOW

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Tamron Is Working On Two New Lenses For Sony E-mount Full-Frame Cameras

Tamron Is Working On Two New Lenses For Sony E-mount Full-Frame Cameras

35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD
 

Tamron has started the development of two new lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras which include the world’s first mirrorless zoom lens with a maximum wide-open aperture of f/2 and a second-generation fast-aperture standard zoom lens, that updates the 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD, for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058) and the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063) will be available this year (2021) with further details on pricing to be released soon. 

 

Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD Features:

  • The world’s first F2-2.8 fast aperture zoom lens
  • Versatile focal length range to support seamless shooting from wide-angle 35mm to telephoto 150mm photography
  • Outstanding optical performance throughout the range
  • Fast, quiet VXD linear motor mechanism for high-speed and high-precision autofocus
  • Superior close-focusing capability with an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.33m at the wide end for creative close-ups
  • Comfortably compact zoom lens with F2 open aperture
  • New design provides enhanced texture and greater user-friendliness

 

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 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 0.18m 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

 

From Transcontinenta UK:

Transcontinenta UK Ltd., Tamron distributor for UK and Ireland, announces that Tamron starts the development of two new lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras. The world’s first mirrorless zoom lens with a maximum wide-open aperture of F2: the Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058) and the second generation fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063). Both new lenses are planned within 2021. 

 

Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD

The 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD 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 trips aimed at creating photographic works. In addition, 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.

This 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 your position from the subject.

28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2
 

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2

The 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD 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 F/2.8 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 0.18m 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 Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD G2 truly is a next-generation lens for everyday use.

‘Tamron Lens Utility’ software for lens function customization

Both the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 are compatible with the new ‘Tamron Lens Utility’ software originally and uniquely developed by Tamron. ‘Tamron Lens Utility’ can be operated via your own computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional Tamron Connection Cable. 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.

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Tamron Has Won Two TIPA Awards

Tamron Has Won Two TIPA Awards

The Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD and Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD have been awarded prestigious TIPA accolades making this year the eighth year Tamron has been praised by the Technical Image Press Association.

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Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD (A056) in Industry News

70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD (A056)
 

Tamron has announced that the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has given the Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD with the ‘BEST STANDARD ZOOM LENS’ award and the Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD has been awarded the ‘BEST TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS’ accolade. 

The TIPA Awards are world-renowned as the most influential photo and imaging product awards in the industry. The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has a worldwide membership of photo and imaging magazines from 14 countries across five continents and once a year, the editors of TIPA’s member magazines meet to vote for the best photo and imaging products in each category.

This is the eighth consecutive year Tamron has been praised by the TIPA judges, with the following lenses receiving awards since 2014: 

 

17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD
 

Here’s what the TIPA judges said about the Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD and Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD:

 

BEST STANDARD ZOOM LENS – Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD

“A midrange zoom is an excellent choice for family, outdoor, and travel photography. When it’s fast (here f/2.8 throughout the focal length range), lightweight (525 g) and compact 119.3mm; it can quickly become a regular photo companion. The Tamron 17-70mm is built for Sony E mount, APS-C cameras, thus the effective focal length is about 25.5-105 mm; it can be mounted on a full-frame Sony camera using the camera’s APS-C crop mode. It incorporates Tamron’s Vibration Compensation system and can focus as close as 19 cm at the wide setting and 39 cm at the telephoto. The constant f/2.8 aperture means low-light shooting is enhanced with potential for excellent soft background effects as well.”

 

BEST TELE PHOTO LENS LENS – Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD

“This fast, versatile zoom can serve equally well as a landscape, wedding candid, portrait or travel lens. Versatility extends to its full compatibility with various camera features, including Fast Hybrid and Eye AF, a close focusing distance 0.85 m and Tamron’s VXD, a quick and quiet linear motor that is ideal for video and still photography alike. Portability is another attractive feature, one that encourages always packing this lens. Compact and lightweight, it’s a mere 15 cm at the 70 mm and weighs a mere 0.8 kg, plus special weather-sealing and lens coating allows for secure use even in inclement weather. And having a constant aperture throughout the focal length range means full advantage can be taken of bokeh effects for portraits and nature photography alike.”

To see some of our favourite Tamron lenses, have a look at our ‘Top 21 Best Tamron Lenses‘ round-up. You can also view the full list of 2021 TIPA awards over in news: TIPA World Awards 2021 Announced.

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bobby55’s latest blog : two wheels to the vaccination

bobby55's latest blog : two wheels to the vaccination

Two wheels to the vaccination

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Time for my second jab.
How to get there?….the car is on SORN and with no buses serving the village, it’s either train or my scooter. I opted for the latter as it is already sat outside so very little walking is required.
Donning my Belstaff jacket, gloves and helmet I ventured outside for only the second time this year.

Now the old girl is 19 years old, tatty but give her credit she started on the button, so now the first hurdle.
She sits pointing the wrong way, so to turn her I need to start the engine and let her move herself along on tick over…..no problem there.
The next hurdle being the gate which is at a funny angle to the path with a wall and a large bush in the way, requiring a sort of three point turn to get her straight with just half an inch either side.
That’s where I forgot that opening the throttle means go go go when you don’t have a clutch!
She shot through the gate like a cut cat, with me hanging onto the bars skipping after her, fortunately the brakes worked and the side stand was still deployed avoiding total catastrophe.
I made it to the medical centre without further incident, and was duly jabbed where after the obligatory 15 minute wait, I set off back home again at peak time.
On the way back, 80 mph on the dual carriageway was indicated (much to the surprise of those foolish motorists who mistaking the 250 Piaggio for a 50cc moped, attempted an overtake only to be left sitting in the outside lane ). A quick stop at the village shop was made to collect my self promised treat of a bottle of Teachers and a pack of Scampi Fries. I then had to negotiate the dreaded garden gate again, but this time I remained mounted and rode through without event.

I’m now safely back in my little hermitage fully vaccinated and with no intention of venturing out for a while. 🙂

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johnriley1uk’s latest blog : watch the birdie part two

johnriley1uk's latest blog : cool activities on the streets of manchester

Watch the Birdie Part Two

9 Dec 2020 1:58PM  
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This was promised for yesterday, but other things cropped up. Life getting in the way of the important stuff! To recap, I suggested that practice was the way forward with images of wildlife and in particular with birds. So, a few years or so after the first batch of images, have my pictures of birds got worse, stayed the same or got better? You can let me know, please do! This batch are from the last year or two, as even this year Coronavirus hasn’t stopped birds flying, only silver ones.

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Lenses as before, usually a 75-300mm fairly inexpensive zoom lens on full frame. It’s all enjoyable though, even freezing in the winter in some draughty hide has its compensations.

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