I have tested a few long lenses here. They were mostly prime lenses. The Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 is one of the latest zoom lenses from this third party lens maker. It is a company with a long history in the photography world. I recently purchased their 70-200mm f2.8 and was eager to try this new telephoto zoom. What mattered to me about this lens most was its performance. During this review period, we were at the tail end of some psychotic weather. Snow was still everywhere. [click to continue…]
With everyone and their mother trying to make the move to 4K right now, it was only a matter of time until reports of Sony coming out with a 4K DSLR style camera emerged. Since Canon released the C Cinema style cameras, we’re sure that companies like Sony have been looking at the success and now want to get into the game themselves. Sony Alpha Rumors is reporting that the company may be launching one sooner or later–which makes perfect sense since this year is also a Photokina year.
However, Sony may be announcing it a bit before NAB 2014–which means very soon. The camera is said to have an FZ mount; which an adaptable system that lets you put PL, A or E mount lenses on. Even further is that the camera may have 2 axis stabilization–which borrows from the technology in the Sony A99.
Recently, Sony hasn’t been making huge waves in the pro video scene. It’s been all about Canon and ARRI instead. Years ago though, everyone loved Sony’s offerings and this may be the company’s way of trying to push back at everyone else. One of the biggest complaints that videographers and editors have though is the company’s codec and the versatility of the files.
What we’re also wondering though is when 4K video may come to their regular DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.
As I sit here cleaning and organizing my lens collection, I’m thinking about which lenses are the foundation of my photography. Sometimes for simplicity and frugality’s sake, I wish I could start my photography life over. If I could travel through time and space back on my photography path, here are the lenses I would tell the newbie me to focus on first. I think these are the types of lenses every DSLR owner should have. [click to continue…]
Picking new photography gear can be an emotional experience–especially if there’s almost always a photographer you really admire who used a particular camera or lens to create an image you love. If you want to grow as a photographer, it may seem as if all the ads and reviews out there label you to fail if you don’t own what’s advertised. This is the point where you have to step back and let logic take over. This will help you avoid obtaining that which you do not really need.
Yup, it’s finally here. After Nikon’s first announcement of the camera and with Adobe knowing what the camera would be like, the company is finally letting the cat out of the bag. The Nikon D4s is what the D3s was to the D3–just a slight speed bump.
The company is once again using a 16.2MP full frame sensor in the camera, but it houses an EXPEED 4 processor that they’re claiming is 30% faster and also allows for the recording for 1080p 60p video (plus 24 and 30p). The processor also lets the camera go to ISO 25,600 with 12 bit uncompressed RAW output. Other features include face priority analysis being able to be turned on or off, 11fps shooting, six possible preset white balances and five AF sensors used as a group.
The D4s also has XQD and CF card format support, the ability to change the size of the focusing point in Live View mode, and a timelapse mode with up to 9,999 images.
When it becomes available for pre-order, you’ll be able to snag yours for $6,496.95. Be sure to check Adorama for availability. More images of the camera are after the jump.
When the King of the Hill admits defeat, you know the game is over. And according to what both Canon Watch and SlashGear are saying, that’s the case with Canon and the low end point and shoot game. They both cite a Google Translated article stating that Canon is ceasing to focus on cameras under the $200 entry point because of the way that smartphones have affected the sale of compact cameras. Instead, they’re going to be focusing on higher end compacts and their DSLRs. As far as the latter goes, Canon is the #1 seller. Despite being very conservative and trying to make sure that no camera eats into the others’ sales, they’re still not producing bad cameras at all. In fact, no one that is a major manufacturer is.
What this could mean in the future is that CES and other trade shows may be a bit more dead or more focused on higher end products. On top of that, we may not see the major innovations and risks taken by the company that we saw from 2008 on for a while. When the company was first producing the 5D Mk II, announcing the 7D and 1D X, and making the Rebels better than previous generations it was a much more exciting time.