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When we first received news of this release, it seemed a bit odd–and then it made sense. Today, Sigma is announcing the new 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art lens for full frame DSLRs. Yes, that’s right–the one was designed for full frame cameras and at the time of writing this post, the Sigma 24-35mm f2 is the fastest constant aperture full frame zoom lens designed for photography. According to the press release, this lens has updated AF algorithms that should make it one of the fastest lenses to autofocus. Of course, the fact that it’s also a wide angle lens sure does help.
The 24-35mm f2 is said to boast large-diameter aspherical lens elements, one “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass, and seven Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements with two aspherical lenses.
Additionally, it has manual focus override, silent focusing, an inner focusing system, nine aperture blades, 18 elements in 13 groups, and weights 33.2 oz.
When the Sigma 24-35mm f2 launches, it will be available for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony A mounts. No word on pricing yet though, but keep your eyes peeled.
Today, Canon is announcing their new G3 X camera that has been the subject of many a leak. The camera sports a 25-600mm equivalent zoom lens that starts out at 2.8 and ends at f5.6 at the 600mm range. The camera houses a 20.2MP 1 inch CMOS sensor that is accompanied by a DIGIC 6 processor. It also features dust and water resistance along with WiFi and NFC.
Other features of note are a built in ND filter, RAW shooting capabilities, full manual mode, a 3.2 inch multi-angle touch screen with 1.6 Million dots of resolution, can shoot 5.9 frames per second, a star trails mode, and a star time lapse mode.
With a zoom range like that, it’s perfect for
going to the closest beach and taking photos of attractive humans traveling abroad and in the rain. In our meeting, Canon boasted about the small size quite a bit, and the 1-inch sensor has already proven to be great for so many things such as street photography and candid images while you’re out and about.
The Canon G3 X sits below the G1 X Mk II, and above the G7 X. The weird but incredible feature about the camera is that it is the toughest of the G series since it has weather resistance. In our meeting, Chuck Westfall told us that if you wanted to really add extra weather sealing, a user can add a UV filter but that it isn’t really necessary for a camera like this. Users can also hook up an external EVF (DC1) if they choose to use one.
When it hits the market, it will be available for $999.99. More images are after the jump.
Today, Ricoh is announcing an update to what may possibly be the best point and shoot digital camera ever made. The Ricoh GR II is an update to the original Ricoh GR and adds WiFi Integration, NFC, and uses a 16.2MP APS-C sensor along with a 28mm f2.8 equivalent lens. We’re not sure if it the same sensor as the original, but we’re sure they wouldn’t do that. Otherwise, the camera seems to be very much the same as the original–which may start to show its age very soon compared to what Canon, Sony and Fujifilm are delivering these days.
The Ricoh GR II has autofocus performance enhancements and boasts AF confirmation as quick as 0.2 seconds. The camera can also wirelessly control the Pentax flashes available on the market.
Photographer Jeff Cremer recently completed a video showcasing his trek into the rainforest to photograph the elusive Harpy Eagle–the largest eagles in the world. While he’s at it, he also talks a lot about the Canon 800mm f5.6 lens that he’s shooting with and trekking up high into the trees. His lens is covered in camo gear to keep it blended in well with the surroundings and he’s using the Canon 7D to capture photos of the birds.
Jeff talks about how he’s shooting in aperture priority with the ISO fixed at 800 to allow the shutter speed to be fast enough. This way he can focus more on actually getting the photo than fiddling with settings. Jeff also talks about exposure compensation and how brighter images reduce the amount of ISO noise in a scene.
The video is a great break from the daily routine and will get you excited if you aren’t already by one of the world’s most elusive birds.
Recently, a major theft happened when LensProtoGo’s Concord, MA location was broken into and $600,000 worth of lenses and accessories were stolen. In a blog post from the company, they reassured customers that their orders will still be going through.
A large amount of Sony, Canon and Nikon gear was taken and a giant hole in the wall was left. But Zeiss, Sigma, Tamron, and Fujifilm gear was also taken. LensProtoGo released the serial numbers of the products for people to check in case they go ahead and purchase some used gear sooner or later. Be sure to check the number of your product, and consider the fact that grey market products aren’t always what they seem to be despite being cheaper.
What’s even more puzzling is that these thieves seemed quite smart in some ways to go after more lenses than camera bodies since lenses tend to hold more value for a longer amount of time. There have been reports of thefts happening when Canon DSLR bodies are gone but over $20,000 in lenses are left alone.