As camera technology and autofocus technology advances, companies sometimes need to adapt to work with one another. Traditionally, third party lenses sometimes have trouble with focusing but this issue has largely disappeared in the past three years. With the release of some of Nikon’s newest cameras though, problems seem to be rearing their ugly heads. According to a statement put out by Sigma recently, their lenses are having focusing trouble with the Nikon Df. On top of that, the stabilization isn’t always working either.
In response, the company is offering a free firmware update to solve the issue. Specifically, it seems to be occurring with certain products. No word has come through yet on whether future updates might be available via the USB Dock or not.
The full details from Sigma are after the jump. Be sure to also check out our Sigma Prime Lens Guide while you’re at it.
There are very few times that a camera strap makes me stop and literally drool, but…what the hell am I saying, straps are beautiful. And you should own ALL THE STRAPS!
But in all seriousness, A7 has released a couple of brand new straps targeted at the city dweller–and holy crap are they gorgeous. There are three brand new straps with one being updated. The Lincoln strap has been given a bit of a facelift to include adjustable buckles. The strap is still made from vegetable tanned leather and is designed for small to medium rigs. You’ll be able to snag one in Black, Tan or Chocolate.
The new straps are the Morgan, Porter, and the Parkway. The Morgan is similar to the Lincoln but has a more secure buckle system for more hefty camera setups. The Parkway is designed for smaller cameras and maintains the company’s use of vegetable tanned leather. Specifically, our reps tell us that, “It has vegetable tanned leather upper backed with suede and has nylon ends.”
Lastly is the Porter. This strap is a brand new design and the company is also saying that it is made with brand new materials. According to them, “Comes with a canvas upper backed with suede and has vegetable tanned leather ends. The Buckle system is similar to the Morgan so can be used for bigger setups.”
More images are after the jump. The straps, as always, are made in America and will probably cost you a pretty penny. But man, are they worth it for the discerning photographer. Prices can be seen at A7′s website.
Recently, Canon announced their EOS M2 camera; but made it a Japan exclusive. Quite literally, lots of folks in the press (and many of us were chatting about this yesterday here in NYC) were wondering why it hasn’t been announced in the US yet.
Canon Rumors is stating that after contacting Canon USA, the company has no plans on bringing it US of A. Quite literally, they were told that there are no plans to bring it in. After we read about the announcement, we contacted Canon as well but we were told, “At this time, we have no plans to announce in the U.S.”
Photographer Erik Johansson posted a tutorial video earlier this year detailing all of the steps that went into the creation of his image called Drifting Away. The video details everything that lots of conceptual and fantasy photographers go through such as story boarding, planning etc. It shows Erik doing things like shooting the actual bottle, the landscapes and then the creation of the real image. While some may say that the photo involves too much photoshopping (and therefore may not make it a photo anymore) we believe it can still surely be called a photo. Lots of photos have photoshopping done without us knowing.
The tutorial video is after the jump. Erik has also done a TED talk if you have some extra time to kill.
CMOSIS, Belgian imaging sensor manufacturer and creator of the 24 megapixel sensor inside the Leica M Typ 240, has come up with a new 4k sensor that is capable of recording 300 fps video at full resolution, according to Red Shark News. The sensor, which is labelled CMV-12000, outputs 4k video at a resolution of 4,096 x 3,072, and is said to be capable of even higher framerates at reduced resolutions, such as 1080 or 720.
As a comparison, the Red One camera is currently capable of 120 fps at 2k resolution, and if you want much more than that you’ll have to go for the almost unaffordable Phantom Flex. In that regard, this new sensor is definitely a huge step up, if not a game changer. There’s no word on availability yet, so we have no idea whether it’ll be implemented in actual cameras anytime soon.