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New firmware update for the Sigma MC-11 adapter

By SonyAlpha Admin

Sigma issued a new firmware update (download here) for the MC-11 adapter: This firmware update corrects the phenomenon that AF does not operate properly when some lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11 are attached. This firmware update does not guarantee accurate operation with lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11. Sigma MC-11 […]

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II sample gallery

The sun’s been out in Seattle, giving us ample opportunity to shoot with the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Initial impressions point to a capable, well-rounded full-frame camera with controls and handling nearly identical to that of the Canon 80D. In the field the camera’s AF coverage feels small compared to the 80D, though the Live View shooting experience is the same: excellent.

We’ll be adding to this gallery more as we work toward posting the review. In the meantime, here are 100+ initial samples from a full-production camera to start with.

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Go Super Wide With the Zunow DWA-075 DSLR Adapter

By Olaf von Voss

Zunow DWA-075

Buying quality lenses can get pretty expensive. The Zunow DWA-075 wide attachment for DSLR lenses offers a good cost-benefit ratio if you’re in need of a wide-angle lens, especially as it’s heavily-discounted over at B&H and CVP right now.

landscape photograph credit: Vincent Guth | unsplash.com

Zunow DWA-075 wide attachment

Japanese company Zunow is known for manufacturing purpose-built optical adapters, mostly for wide-angle conversion (you can read all about their IBC 2016 lineup here). When dealing with optical elements, however, things can quickly get a little complicated, as not every piece of glass you put in front of an existing lens will perform the way you hoped for. Therefore, Zunow offers a whole range of different adapters, and each one comes with a compatibility chart.

Most of the Zunow range of focal length adapters are made for mid-sized camcorders with fixed lenses, such as the Canon XF-300 and the like. The Zunow DWA-075, however, has been designed to work with DSLR lenses. For this reason, it seems to be a much better fit for more cinematic-looking work than other products in the Zunow catalogue.

The Zunow DWA-075 offers 0.75x magnification, so it will give you roughly a 25% greater field of view on your chosen lens. As mentioned above, this wide-angle adapter comes with a compatibility chart of its own, as its 77mm filter thread makes it compatible only with lenses with this filter thread size.

Compatibility

The Zunow DWA-075 can be used with on of the following DSLR lenses:

Canon:

EF 17-40 F/4 L USM
EF 24-70 F/2.8 L USM
EF 24-105 F/4 L IS USM
EF-S 17-55 F/2.8 IS USM

Nikkor:

AF-S 12-24 F/4 DX
AF-S 17-55 F/2.8 DX
AF-S 17-35 F/2.8 ED
PC-E 24 F/3.5 ED
PC-E Micro Nikkor 45 F/2.8 ED

Tokina:

AF 11-16 F/2.8 AT-X PRO DX
AF 12-24 F/4 AT-X II PRO DX
AF 12-24 F/4 AT-X PRO DX
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Fujifilm X-A3 Review

The Fujifilm X-A3 is an inexpensive 24 Megapixel mirrorless camera with a classic rangefinder design. The X-A3 is targeted more toward beginners and social shooters, with its flip-up, selfie-friendly LCD serving as exhibit A. Compared to the next model up, the X-E2S, the X-A3 has a lower quality build and fewer direct controls, and also lacks the electronic viewfinder of that model. The X-A3 also uses a traditional (Bayer) color filter rather than the X-Trans filters found on the company’s more expensive models, such as the X-E2S.

With an MSRP of $599 including a lens, the X-A3 is competitively priced, with peers such as the Canon EOS M10, Nikon D3400, Olympus E-PL8, Panasonic GX850 and the yes-it’s-still-in-production Sony a6000. Yep, pretty crowded.

It’s worth mentioning the X-A10, which is Fujifilm’s entry-level model. Among other things, it has an older/lower resolution sensor, non-touch LCD and lacks 1080/60p support.

Key Features

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 77-point contrast-detect AF system
  • 3″ touchscreen LCD w/180° upward tilt
  • Twin control dials
  • Film Simulation modes
  • 1080/60p/24p video
  • Wi-Fi w/remote capture

Everything there is consistent with recent Fujifilm X-series cameras, except for the aforementioned lack of the X-Trans filter and a contrast-detect-only AF system.

Compared to…

The X-A3’s closest peers, in our opinion, are the Canon EOS M10, Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic GX850. The chart below sheds some light on how they compare in terms of spec.

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Canon M10 Fuji X-A3 Olympus E-PL8 Panasonic GX850
Sensor size APS-C APS-C Four Thirds Four Thirds
Resolution 18MP 24MP 16MP 16MP
Lens mount EF-M X-mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Image stabilization Lens-based Lens-based In-body Lens-based
AF system Hybrid Contrast-detect
LCD type 3″, 180° tilt-up
Touchscreen Yes
Built-in flash Yes Yes Clip-on Yes
Flash sync 1/200 sec

After introducing an AF-P 70-300mm telezoom for its crop-sensor DSLRs last year, Nikon is adding a full-frame version to the mix. The AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR is the first FX Nikkor lens to offer a pulse (stepping) motor, with quieter autofocus ideal for video shooters.

It claims 4.5 stops of stabilization, which is two stops better than 2.5 claimed on Nikon’s website for the current 70-300mm F4.5-5.6. This updated version also provides a shorter minimum focus distance of 1.2m / 3.94ft (compared to 1.5m / 4.9ft), ‘dust and drip resistance,’ a 9-blade aperture and an ED element to reduce chromatic aberration. It also has electronic aperture control for smooth exposure transitions while shooting video and bursts.

The AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR will sell for $700 with availability to be announced later.

NIKON INTRODUCES NEW FULL-FRAME TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS: THE AF-P NIKKOR 70-300MM F/4.5-5.6E ED VR

MELVILLE, NY (July 11, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon announced the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR, modernizing this popular zoom lens with a myriad of the latest Nikon technologies. The new lens features enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and integrates a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens. This new NIKKOR lens is a versatile, compact telephoto option for intermediate FX and DX-format photographers looking to capture sports, wildlife, candids, travel and other subjects at long distances, all with stunning clarity.

“This latest lens reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to giving FX-format shooters of all levels the unparalleled quality of NIKKOR glass, with the benefits of our latest optical technologies,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

Updated with the Latest NIKKOR Lens Technologies
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New firmware update for the MC-11 adapter improves AF performance and adds new lens support

By SonyAlpha Admin

Sigma issued a new firmware update for the MC-11 E-mount adapter: By updating the firmware, the lens will offer improved AF performance. In addition, the latest firmware for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E will allow compatibility with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | […]

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Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability

The Nikon D7500 is a midrange APS-C DSLR that both sits below and borrows a lot from Nikon’s APS-C flagship D500 including its 20.9MP sensor, high-res metering sensor (used for subject recognition) and very probably its image processor. In a lot of ways, it’s like a mini D500, which in and of itself is like a mini D5. All three are built for speed.

The D7500 gets a 2 fps bump over its predecessor and can shoot 8 fps for an impressive 100+ JPEGs (3x the buffer of the D7200). That’s note quite as fast as the D500’s 10 fps burst, but it’s still serious firepower for enthusiasts and serious photographers alike. Its AF system remains the same, reliable 51-point module from D7200 and D7100. But the new metering sensor should mean better 3D Tracking. If you haven’t guessed by now, this is a great camera for fast action photography.

Key features:

  • 20.9MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 51-point phase detect AF
  • 8 fps burst for 100+ JPEGS or 50 Raws
  • 180k-pixel RGB sensor for metering and subject recognition
  • 3.2″ tilting touchscreen LCD
  • AF point joystick
  • Deeper grip
  • Weather-sealing
  • 4K (UHD) video from 1.5x crop of sensor
  • In-camera batch Raw processing
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Externally, not much has changed about the D7500’s designed compared to its predecessor. The D7500 maintains its position as a compact yet capable twin dial DSLR geared toward enthusiasts. 4K video has been added, but like most current Nikon cameras, it comes with limitations including a 1.5x crop factor. The addition of a tilting touchscreen screen, deeper grip and beefed-up sealing are all welcomed improvements, though.

The rivals

Nikon D7500 Nikon D500 Nikon D7200 Canon 80D Sony a6500
Sensor resolution 21MP 21MP 24MP 24MP 24MP
AF points 51 153 51 45 425
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Latest Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens improves AF speeds, image stabilization

Tamron has announced the latest generation of its 24-70mm F2.8 lens, officially known as the ‘SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032).’

Highlights of this new full-frame zoom include Dual Micro-Processing Units (MPU) which provides ‘faster and more precise autofocus’ and improves the Vibration Correction system to the point where it can reduce shake by up to five stops. The lens has 17 elements, of which 2 are extra-refractive, 3 are low-dispersion, 3 are glass-molded aspherical and 1 is a ‘hybrid’ aspherical element. The aperture is made up of nine circular blades.

There’s also Tamron’s nano-scale ‘eBAND Coating’ to reduce ghosting and flare. The front element has a fluorine coating to keep oil and fingerprints away, and the lens as a whole is weather-sealed. The lens supports electronic aperture control on compatible Nikon cameras and can be used with Tamron’s TAP-in Console dock for updating firmware and fine-tuning AF and Vibration Correction.

The Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2 will ship in August for Nikon F-mount and September for Canon EF. It will be priced at $1199 for both mounts.

Press Release

Tamron introduces next-generation high-speed 24-70mm F/2.8 zoom lens with advanced features

Versatile new lens delivers ultra-high image quality, image stabilization of 5 stops1 and superb performance even in backlit scenes

SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032)

June 30, 2017, Commack, New York— Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new high-speed zoom lens, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A032 is a fast F/2.8 zoom that achieves top-level image quality. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class2 (CIPA level of → continue…

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Latest Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens improves AF speeds, image stabilization

Tamron has announced the latest generation of its 24-70mm F2.8 lens, officially known as the ‘SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032).’

Highlights of this new full-frame zoom include Dual Micro-Processing Units (MPU) which provides ‘faster and more precise autofocus’ and improves the Vibration Correction system to the point where it can reduce shake by up to five stops. The lens has 17 elements, of which 2 are extra-refractive, 3 are low-dispersion, 3 are glass-molded aspherical and 1 is a ‘hybrid’ aspherical element. The aperture is made up of nine circular blades.

There’s also Tamron’s nano-scale ‘eBAND Coating’ to reduce ghosting and flare. The front element has a fluorine coating to keep oil and fingerprints away, and the lens as a whole is weather-sealed. The lens supports electronic aperture control on compatible Nikon cameras and can be used with Tamron’s TAP-in Console dock for updating firmware and fine-tuning AF and Vibration Correction.

The Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2 will ship in August for Nikon F-mount and September for Canon EF. It will be priced at $1199 for both mounts.

Press Release

Tamron introduces next-generation high-speed 24-70mm F/2.8 zoom lens with advanced features

Versatile new lens delivers ultra-high image quality, image stabilization of 5 stops1 and superb performance even in backlit scenes

SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032)

June 30, 2017, Commack, New York— Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new high-speed zoom lens, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A032 is a fast F/2.8 zoom that achieves top-level image quality. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class2 (CIPA level of → continue…

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Video: First look at the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Quite a lot has changed since Canon first debuted its budget-oriented full frame option, the EOS 6D, back in 2012. Five years later its successor, the 6D Mark II is here, and with a lot to offer including an updated AF system, vari-angle touchscreen and 1080/60p video capture. But is the update worth the wait? Watch our video to find out.

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