Tamron Teases a New Versatile Zoom Lens for Sony E-Mount


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Tamron plans to keep expanding its lineup of excellent full-frame Sony E-Mount lenses. In a teaser released earlier this morning, the company showed off what looks to be a versatile zoom lens that will (rough translation) “delicately depict any scenery.”

Unfortunately, we don’t have much information. All we know is what we can glean from the short teaser video below, the blacked out “Coming Soon” image above, and the information on Tamron’s new Sony E-Mount webpage. On that page, which was launched alongside this teaser, Tamron re-iterates all of the key features of its E-Mount series of lenses:

Pentax Officially Unveils Long-Awaited FA* 85mm f/1.4 Lens for the K-Mount


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After first showing off the lens over a year ago, and sharing a few more teasers during a livestream two weeks ago, Ricoh has officially unveiled the HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm f/1.4ED SDM AW—a “next-generation, high-performance” portrait prime for K-mount DSLRs.

The lens is only the second prime to be added to the “Star series” of high-performance lenses for digital cameras, and like its 50mm f/1.4 predecessor, it promises to deliver “extra-clear, high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness.”

Optically, it will achieve this by using 12 lens elements in 10 groups—including three Super ED elements and

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Samyang Unveils New 85mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens for Canon RF Mount


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Following last year’s release of the AF 85mm f/1.4 FE for the Sony E Mount, Samyang/Rokinon today unveiled a version of the lens for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless RF Mount. According to Rokinon, the new AF 85mm f/1.4 RF is “arguably the best value, high performance and affordable autofocusing portrait prime available.”

Optically, the Samyang/Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 RF looks to be identical to the Sony FE version. There are 11 elements in 8 groups, including 1 Extra Low Dispersion (ED) element and 4 High Refractive Index (HRI) elements to cut down on chromatic aberration and allow

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Panasonic Unveils Versatile 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens for L-Mount Cameras


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Panasonic has just unveiled a versatile new zoom lens for the L-mount system. The Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 is a standard zoom lens for full-frame cameras that combines the variable aperture found in more affordable glass with some professional-grade features like weather sealing and specialized lens elements.

If you look at only the lens name, you might see this as a re-think of the classic 18-55mm kit lens that Nikon and Canon have been releasing for their DSLRs for ages. But Panasonic promises that this lens is “designed for professional use.”

Inside, you’ll find 11 elements in

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Reflecting on Two Years in the Sony Alpha Ecosystem


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The third of this month marked two years since I took my first foray into the Sony Alpha Ecosystem. I thought it would be a good idea to look back to see how I’m liking the system and if my views have changed since my 12 month a7 III review.

Briefly: Why I Switched

I won’t go into great detail as to why I switched since I’ve already explained that in my previous review. The plain and simple fact is that I switched due to G.A.S. In these types of posts, you’ll hear most people say that they

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You Can Now Use Fujifilm X and GFX Cameras as Webcams


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Fujifilm has just officially announced webcam support for X and GFX series cameras. The new software allows you to use your mirrorless camera — yes, even a medium format one — as a camera for your online video calls or video streaming.

FUJIFILM X Webcam Support is compatible with 64-bit Windows 10 and the following cameras: GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3, and X-T4.

“As interconnectivity and video conferencing become increasingly important to all of us, Fujifilm is pleased to announce a simple, free way for compatible Fujifilm X Series/GFX cameras

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Samyang Unveils Redesigned 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 ‘MK2’ Lenses


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Samyang/Rokinon have released “MK2” (AKA “Series II”) versions of their popular manual focus 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses. These tried and true lenses—which are available for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, and MFT cameras—now sport “a host of new and useful features” like weather sealing, an aperture click switch and more.

The update does not impact the optical design of either lens. The 14mm f/2.8 is still made up of 14 elements in 10 groups, and the 85mm f/1.4 is still made of 9 elements in 7 groups.

What has changed is the design

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Sony Unveils the ZV-1 Compact Camera: An RX100 for Vloggers


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After an official teaser and a thorough leak that left almost nothing to the imagination, Sony has officially unveiled the ZV-1: an RX100-like compact camera that has been retooled specifically for “video content creators” and vloggers.

At first blush, the ZV-1 just looks like an RX100 with a flippy screen and a better microphone and… well… that’s pretty much what you’re getting. But that’s not a bad thing.

At its core, the ZV-1 features a 1-inch 20MP stacked CMOS sensor and the 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens from the RX100 III, IV, and V (A). It also includes the

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Duracell Sells Cheap Batteries for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras


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Duracell is best known for its popular “copper top” alkaline batteries, but did you know that the brand also makes batteries for a wide range of DSLR and mirrorless cameras?

Head over to DuracellDirect.com and you’ll find batteries available for most major brands, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm.

If you find your camera listed, then Duracell has a compatible battery for you.

The batteries are much more affordable than the ones offered by the camera manufacturers. For example, the Canon 5D Mark IV battery by Duracell costs $27.50 while the Canon version costs $63. The Fujifilm X-T3

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The Canon EOS R5 Will Cost ‘Under $4,000’: Report


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One of the last bits of information that Canon has withheld about the thrice-teased EOS R5 is the price. Will it cost upwards of six grand, like this (likely unreliable) rumor claimed, or will it come in closer to the price of the 5D Mark IV at launch ($3,500). Fortunately, it will be the latter.

According to a high-confidence report from Canon Rumors, the EOS R5 will cost “under $4000 USD for the body.” This information comes from a reliable source that “didn’t want to divulge the exact price” but says that it has been set.

This backs

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Sensor Size Comparison: MF vs Full Frame vs APS-C vs Micro Four Thirds


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JP Morgan and Kenneth Merrill over at The Slanted Lens have put together an in-depth sensor size comparison that will definitely spark some conversation. They’ve compared medium format, full-frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds, in a side-by-side shootout—taking identical photos and making large prints to see how the image quality and dynamic range compares across formats.

The four cameras used for this comparison are the Hasselblad X1D II 50C, Sony a7R IV, Sony a6600 and Panasonic GH5, and all of them were set to capture the same scenes side-by-side using the exact same exposure settings.

For the

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How to Use the Underrated FTP Transfer Feature on Sony Cameras


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The FTP transfer feature in the Sony α7 Mark III (and other newer Alpha models) doesn’t usually get a lot of attention. Sure, with all the modern technologies and apps, it’s easy to overlook this humble feature. But when it comes to transferring RAW and JPEG files, FTP can really hold its own.

In fact, it has several important advantages:

Sony Teases New Compact Camera for Vloggers, Photos Already Leaked


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Sony UK has published a teaser website for a new RX100-style compact camera that will be officially announced on May 26th. The thing is, detailed product photos and even press text for the camera have already leaked.

The rumored camera is allegedly called the ZV-1, and it looks to be a video-focused spin-off of the RX100 series, with a fully articulating screen, huge record button, a large built-in microphone, and even a tally light. Of course, you would only be able to see some of that in the teaser image below:

The rest of the details come from Nokishita, who

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Photographer Converts Instax Camera to Shoot Tiny Wet Plate Photos


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Italian photographer Ursula Ferrara‘s Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide camera is a bit different than others you’ll find. Instead of shooting Instax Wide instant photos, it’s used for capturing tiny wet plate collodion photos.

Ferrara started out by taking the shell of an empty Instax Wide cartridge and combining it with the metal shell of a light switch using some brads.

For plates, she poured collodion on black plastic cards — any flat plastic card will work, from fancy business cards to hotel card keys.

After pouring the collodion and then sensitizing the plate in a silver bath in the darkroom,

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Could Nikon Make a Medium Format Z-Mount Camera?


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Photographer Matt Irwin recently took to his YouTube channel to share a theory—or maybe it’s just a glimmer of hope—about Nikon’s plans for the mirrorless Z mount. That theory is that Nikon wants to turn the Z-Mount into an all-encompassing system that includes APS-C, full-frame, and medium format cameras.

To be clear, this entire video is pure speculation. Irwin isn’t claiming to have any special behind-the-scenes knowledge of what Nikon is planning. Rather, he’s simply pointing out that the very wide and very shallow Z-Mount allows for this possibility, and that Nikon would be foolish not to take advantage of

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Zhiyun Releases Tiny, Foldable 2-Axis Smartphone Gimbal for Just $60


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Gimbal and accessory maker Zhiyun Tech—a major competitor to DJI in that space—has just unveiled the Zhiyun SMOOTH-X: a foldable 2-axis smartphone gimbal that packs a lot of useful features into a palm-sized unit that’ll cost you just 60 bucks.

The Smooth X is a lightweight competitor to more expensive alternatives like the DJI Osmo Mobile 3, which offers 3 axes of stabilization, but costs more than twice as much.

With the Smooth X, you get a 2-axis gimbal (roll and pan) with native Bluetooth control of iOS and Android devices, a built in 260mm telescoping extension, and

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Aurora Aperture Unveils Next-Gen Rear-Mount Filter System


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The Irvine, California-based photography gear startup Aurora Aperture has announced a new next-generation rear mount filter system. It’s designed to be an elegant solution for photographers to use filters on ultra-wide lenses that don’t have a front filter thread.

Traditionally, photographers using such lenses would have to choose between using lower-quality gel filters on the rear end or ultra-large adapted glass filters on the front end.

Aurora Aperture announced the photo industry’s first rear-mount glass filters, the CR (Canon Rear Mount) filter set, back in 2017. Now the company is building upon that idea and expanding its horizons.

The

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That Canon EOS R5 Price ‘Leak’ Was an Error, It Won’t Cost $6,700


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Over the past 24 hours, several reports claimed to share the “leaked” price of the upcoming Canon EOS R5 based on a listing on an Australian retail site. However, as far as we can tell, this was not a “leak” but a simple mistake (or brilliant marketing stunt).

The story began gaining traction yesterday morning, in no small part because the listed price was so high: $10,500 AUD, or approximately $6,700 US. We were immediately told by multiple sources that this number was pure fiction, and so held off reporting the rumor until further confirmation could be had.

Now that

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Pentax Reveals New APS-C DSLR and Three Lenses in Online Presentation


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Ricoh released a 40-minute video presentation last night on YouTube, detailing its plans for several Pentax products that are “in-development.” The video was released in lieu of a CP+ 2020 presentation, and shared details about the upcoming APS-C DSLR, one previously-announced 85mm lens, and two brand new lenses we hadn’t heard about before.

The “star” of the show is the upcoming Pentax flagship APS-C DSLR, which Ricoh has yet to name.

Originally teased as “in development” back in September of 2019, the video gives us an update on where this product stands. The goal, says Ricoh’s Shigeru

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Sony Unveils the World’s First Camera Sensors with Built-in AI


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Sony today unveiled the world’s very first image sensors that have artificial intelligence capabilities built-in. The sensors are capable of processing captured images and extracting intelligent metadata at high speeds.

The upcoming IMX500 and IMX501 intelligent vision sensors can be paired with cloud services, and having built-in AI “reduces data transmission latency, minimizes any privacy concerns, and reduces power consumption and communication costs,” Sony says.

The IMX500 and IMX501 are backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch sensors that have resolutions of approximately 12.3 megapixels and 4K/60fps video capabilities, and they’re expected to be priced at ¥10,000 and ¥20,000 ($93 and $187), respectively.

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