I am a photographer, in particular since 1993 a full time photographer. I have specialized in landscapes and city skylines.
It has been an interesting journey that has taken me all around our great country. I have visited many historic sites and most of our magnificent cities. One thing that has struck me has been the kindness and helpful spirit of the many people I’ve met along the way.
It has been an opportunity to learn a great deal about many remarkable locations and people. I was able to travel a remote portion of the Oregon Trail in Idaho. I visited the source of the Missouri River in Montana, and reached down to taste the cold, crystal clear water, as Meriwether Lewis had done 200 years earlier. A few months later I found his final resting place along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee.
There have been many moving moments during this long journey. However, the wonderful and kind people of America have been the greatest source of inspiration throughout my travels.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master Lens Announced – First Look and Sample Footage
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master zoom lens has just been announced. It offers an ultra-wide focal length with constant aperture while covering full-frame sensors. Weighing 847 grams (29.88 oz), the lens features minimum focusing distance of 28cm (11″), 9-blade aperture, and rear filter holder system for sheet-type NDs. The lens is available for around €3,300. Take a look at our short video with test footage.
GearComments Off on A Review of the Leica S3, the New, Medium Format, $19,000 Camera
If you need a rugged workhorse to take with you on your next trip to the mountains of Patagonia, you may want to consider the new Leica S3, a beast of a camera that, on reflection, is nowhere near as expensive as you might expect.
Photographer David Farkas from RedDotForum runs you through the new features of the S3 and explains how Leica has included some significant upgrades over its predecessor, the S-Typ 007 that was released back in 2014. For anyone confused, this is the fourth (or fifth?) iteration of Leica’s medium format SLR, which began with the S1 but more accurately with the S2, succeeded by the Typ 006 and then the Typ 007. Now, we’re back to the original naming convention with the arrival of the S3. Confused much? Me too.
GearComments Off on Nikon to Release Updated Z6s and Z7s Full-Frame Cameras This Year: Report JUL 06, 2020
Breaking news from the Nikon camp. According to a report published moments ago by Nikon Rumors, the camera company is planning to release the Nikon Z6s and Nikon Z7s later this year, adding several important new features and replacing the current Nikon Z6 and Z7.
NR doesn’t mention a source for this information, but according to the rumor site the Z6s and Z7s will be incremental upgrades to the almost two-year-old Nikon Z6 and Z7 that seem to “fix” many of the complaints that photographers have about the current full-frame mirrorless lineup.
According to Nikon Rumors these cameras will use the same sensor as the current models; however, they’ll feature several improvements, including:
Dual EXPEED processors
A new Nikon EN-EL15c battery (the current models use the EN-EL15b)
The ability to be powered over USB (possibly thanks to the new battery)
Dual memory card slots (no word on whether the second slot will be SD or CFExpress)
The ability to use a proper vertical grip with buttons/controls
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on 8 Things About the New Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 That You May Have Missed
Today’s Canon announcements came fast and furious, with two full-frame cameras, four RF mount lenses, two teleconverters, and a printer all being announced at the same time. Fortunately, our friends at DPReview TV have put together a helpful video that goes over 8 things you might have missed about the new EOS R5 and EOS R6 while you were trying to process all the news.
In a rush to share all of the most headline-grabbing specs baked into its new full-frame mirrorless cameras, Canon glossed over some important features and quirks that you should know about. That’s why Chris and Jordan put together this video based on a deeper dive into the spec sheet, and their own experience with a pre-production EOS R5 and full production EOS R6.
GearComments Off on Nikon Rumored to Announce a Brand New Full Frame Mirrorless Camera and Three Z-Mount Lenses
It’s being reported that Nikon is close to launching an entry-level, full frame mirrorless camera and three new lenses, with the announcement due to come within the next three weeks.
The rumor mills have been discussing the arrival of the mooted Z 5, an affordable full frame mirrorless camera that would rival the Canon EOS RP. Speculation has wavered over whether this camera would include an EVF, perhaps only featuring a rear LCD with the option of a bolt-on EVF that could be added via the hotshot.
The chatter now seems to have decided that Nikon has not taken this route, choosing to ditch only the top-panel LCD, and borrowing the EVF from the existing Z 6. Other guesses include a 24 megapixels sensor, dual card slots, IBIS, a 1.7x crop in 4K, and stills at 6 frames per second.
Perhaps of greater interest to existing Z 6 and Z 7 owners are the three new lenses that may be announced at the same time. The three lenses are:
GearComments Off on Atomos and Z CAM Release 5.8K and 4K ProRes RAW Recording for Z CAM E2 Series of Cameras
Atomos and Z CAM just released an update that enabling 12-bit 5.8K Apple ProRes RAW over HDMI recording on the Atomos Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder for the Z CAM E2-F6, E2-F8, and E2-S6. For the Z CAM E2, E2-M4 and E2 C Micro 4/3 cameras, you can record in 4K ProRes RAW to the Ninja V. Also part of the update, Atomos released new camera control functions for all Z CAM models that allow crucial features to be set from the Ninja V via the monitor’s touchscreen. Let’s take a closer look at it.
Atomos Unleashes ProRes RAW Recording to All Z CAM E2 Cameras
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Hands On with the Sigma 100-400mm DG DN: A Budget Superzoom For Sony
Wildlife photographers who shoot with Sony have been limited when it comes to lens choice. The Sony 100-400mm GM was released in early 2017, but the price ($2,500) was out of reach for many. Last year, Sony released the 200-600mm G, which was a bit more budget friendly ($2,000) but is a pretty large lens to carry around on wildlife hikes.
Fortunately, Sigma recently announced their new 100-400mm Contemporary lens for Sony E-Mount and Leica/Panasonic/Sigma L-Mount. We had the chance to test out an E-Mount 100-400 for a few days – read on to see what we thought.
GearComments Off on Olympus Unveils Webcam Software for OM-D Cameras, New Lens Roadmap
Recent industry-shaking news aside, Olympus isn’t going anywhere just yet. In fact, earlier today, the company revealed an updated lens roadmap and released OM-D Webcam Beta Software: a Windows-only program that turns several of the most popular OM-D cameras into webcams for livestreaming and video conferencing.
First up, following in the footsteps of Canon, Fuji, and Panasonic, Olympus has released its own “Webcam Beta Software.” Just like the previous releases from other companies, this first release is Windows-only, but if you happen to be a PC user and you own one of the cameras listed below, you can now use them as high-quality webcams over USB by installing this free software.
GearComments Off on SIGMA 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Lens for L-Mount and E-Mount Introduced
SIGMA 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary lens is the company’s new ultra-telephoto zoom lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras with L-Mount and Sony E-Mount. The lens features a relatively compact and lightweight design with autofocus and image stabilization. SIGMA also announced new TC-1411 (1.4x) and TC-2011 (2x) Teleconverters for L-Mount.
It is obvious that SIGMA is fully committed to supplying the L-Mount cameras – including their own SIGMA fp (click here for our review) – with a wide choice of native lenses. In a recent live stream, the SIGMA Corporation CEO Kazuto Yamaki himself announced a new lens in the company’s lineup. It is the first ultra-telephoto zoom lens designed natively for L-Mount. Additionally, Kazuto Yamaki announced two teleconverters to accompany the new lens. The SIGMA 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary will also be available for Sony E-Mount. What are the features and specs of this new lens?
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on FUJIFILM X-A7 and X-T200 – Firmware Update Enables USB WEBCAM Capabilities
FUJIFILM released a new firmware update for the X-T200 and X-A7 mirrorless cameras. The update brings USB WEBCAM capabilities via USB-C connector and is available for download free of charge. The company further announced that the macOS version of its FUJIFILM X Webcamwill come in mid-July 2020.
FUJIFILM X Webcam now for X-A7 and X-T200 as well. Source: FUJIFILM
In previous months we have seen many camera manufacturers releasing firmware updates and special software to make it easier to use their camera models as webcams without the need for any third-party devices. Canon, FUJIFILM, and Panasonic are at the forefront of these efforts.
Roughly a month ago, FUJIFILM X Webcam app enabled selected GFX medium format cameras and X-Mount cameras to act as a webcam only via connecting it to the computer via USB. FUJIFILM, however, initially only included its top X-Mount cameras (X-Pro2 & X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 & X-T4) to be compatible with the X Webcam. Now, there is a new firmware update that adds this functionality to the X-T200 and X-A7 “entry-level” cameras.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Laowa 7.5mm T2.1, 9mm T2.9 Zero-D and 15mm T2.1 Zero-D Cine Lenses Introduced
Laowa has introduced three cine lenses to its lineup: the Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine for MFT cameras, the Laowa 9mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine that covers Super35 sensors, and the 15mm T2.1 Zero-D Cine for Full Frame cameras. All lenses feature a gear pitch of 0.8mm on the focus and aperture rings, the aperture ring is click-less, and the housing is much more robust for cinema applications. Let’s take a closer look at these new Laowa Cine wide-angle lenses!
Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine
The Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine is a wide-angle lens compatible with Micro Four Thirds camera. This lens was initially announced back in September 2018, but it’s now finally shipping with new housing and some improvements.
The Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine features a 110° FoV on an MFT sensor. However, it is not a “Zero-Distortion” lens, but, according to Laowa, the lens distortion is minimal and well-controlled. The minimum focus distance is 12cm/4.7″, and the lens weight just 226g/0.5 lbs, which makes it a good match with the Panasonic GH5, the BMPCC4K, and the Z CAM E2. In front of the lens, there is a 55mm front filter thread to attach filters.
GearComments Off on Sony 200-600mm Lens Settings for Bird Photography
In this video I will go through each setting of the Sony FE 200-600mm super-telephoto zoom lens and show you how I use them for bird photography.
The Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens features a full settings panel on the left side plus three customizable focus hold buttons midway down the barrel. The settings from top to bottom include an AF/MF switch, a focus limiter switch, an Optical SteadyShot on-off switch, and lastly a mode switch to choose how the image stabilization will operate.
GearComments Off on Makayama Flat Color Camera App for iPhone now Available for Purchase
The app Makayama Flat Color Camera was released last month. This software is a new iPhone app to shoot flat color profiles to prevent over-exposure in highlights, create options for color correction, reduce blow-out in highlights, extend the dynamic range, and deliver better control over color tones and subtle details. The “Flat Color Camera” App is available for $5,49 in the App Store now. Let’s take a closer look at this new app.
Makayama Flat Color Camera – From Grading to Post-Production (Credits: Makayama, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
While all the post-processing of the frames from the sensor usually takes place inside the iPhone – when using the Camera App – and the user can only alter the result within stringent limits of the consumer-grade H.264/HEVC coded footage from the iPhone, Makayama presents users with an attractive new solution.
Action cams, GearComments Off on DJI Promo Code Offer on B&H – Save Up To $239 on Select Drones and Gimbals
DJI offers an interesting discount of up to $239 on its gear on B&H using the promo code “BHOPTIC20”. The offer includes DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and Pro drones, Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 drones, and DJI Ronin-S and Ronin-SC gimbals. Additionally, there are interesting deals on DJI Osmo Pocket and Osmo Action.
From time to time, we are publishing the best current deals on filmmaking gear available in online stores. This time, the deals are specific to a certain brand and especially interesting for our readers in North and South America. Our partner store B&H currently offers interesting deals on select DJI drones and gimbals. The deals are time-limited until tomorrow June 11th, 2020. The discounts can be activated at checkout with the discount code “BHOPTIC20”.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on FUJIFILM Firmware Updates for XC/XF Lenses
FUJIFILM has released several minor firmware updates for seven of its XC/XF lenses. These lenses include the popular FUJIFILM XF10-24mm F/4 R OIS, XC16-50mm F/3.5-5.6 OIS II, and XF80mm F/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro, for example. Let’s take a closer look at it!
FUJIFILM Firmware Updates for XC/XF Lenses
FUJIFILM is continuously improving their products by releasing firmware updates, and they just released seven firmware updates for XC/XF lenses. These firmware are pretty “minor,” and FUJIFILM is staying vague by just saying that these FW updates contain “fixes of minor bugs.”
The Mavic Air 2, DJI’s latest drone, sits squarely between its other drones, the Mavic Mini and the Mavic 2 Pro, but what does it offer that its siblings don’t? Gena Nagata, a.k.a Potato Jet, takes all three for a spin to find out.
The size and convenience of the Mavic Mini made the world of drones suddenly incredibly accessible, and the Mavic Pro 2 offers some higher-end features that make it suitable for slightly bigger projects. As you’d expect, the Mavic Air 2 brings a little of both, and for Nagata, it’s enough that this is his day-to-day drone of choice.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Are Canon’s Rumored Super-Telephoto Lenses a Serious Threat to Olympus?
The rumored Canon lenses coming out have got a lot of us talking and pricked up a number of ears. One set of ears it ought to have pricked up, however, is Olympus’ — and here’s why.
Some of you may know that earlier this year, Olympus was kind enough to send me to Costa Rica with their new OM-D E-M1 Mark III to review it with the help of some of South America’s staggeringly diverse wildlife. From the first pre-trip presentation, it was clear the direction Olympus had been going for some time was the one there were intent on staying on: wildlife and sports. Their micro four thirds sensor puts a lot of people off — not least because of its age now — but it comes with at least one perk, and it’s a big one: effective focal length. With the 300mm f/4 IS PRO lens on the aforementioned body, I was shooting at the full frame equivalent of 600mm. Then, when I added the 2x teleconverter, I’m shooting at the equivalent of 1,200mm on a full frame body, something that is not easily or cheaply done!
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on The Best APS-C Camera Ever Made? A Review of the Fujifilm X-T4
Fujifilm’s X-T4 has been seen by some as an incremental progression over its predecessor, the X-T3, and if you’re a stills shooter that doesn’t need advanced autofocus performance, that might well be true. This excellent review runs through the features and explains why it might be a worthy upgrade.
Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake of DPReview bring a wealth of experience to their review of the X-T4 and, suffice to say, they’re impressed. As the video makes clear, this is definitely not a turkey.
GearComments Off on These are All of the Lenses Canon Will Announce in 2020: Report
Notoriously reliable site Nokishita has posted a list of six lenses and two teleconverters that Canon is planning to release in 2020. All of them are RF-mount lenses, some are exciting, and some of them are quite strange… like the 600mm f/11 and 800mm f/11 super-telephoto primes.