Hasselblad was the mirrorless company making all of the waves this week with the announcement of their new 1XD medium format mirrorless camera. But today we are talking about our first pioneering mirrorless company, Sony (You know, the company that gave us the world’s first full frame mirrorless system? I know, I know – full frame mirrorless is soooooo 2013!). They have some killer deals on lenses, even $600 off the original A7, but we expect them to be expiring soon. So come take a look after the jump and save some dough while you still can!
Yesterday, Pentax announced their brand new K-70 DSLR camera; which is offering weather sealing in a DSLR at a very affordable price point. In fact, it’s built so tough that the company claims it to be able to survive down to 14°F (-10°C).
The Pentax K-70 also offers a top sensitivity of up to ISO 102,400, a PENTAX-developed PRIME MII image processor, a new Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system, the PENTAX Pixel Shift Resolution System, which produces high-resolution images, and an in-body shake-reduction mechanism that reduces the effects of camera shake up to 4.5 shutter steps.
Oh yeah, and WiFi. When it hits retailers, the camera will run you $649.95. Feature on this camera and the newly announced lens are after the jump.
All images by Jason Bach. Used with permission.
“We live in a world where media & film censorship favors violence over the beauty of the naked form.” says photographer Jason Bach about how he got into intimate portraiture. “To me, its an appalling concept and should be reversed – we should be embracing and teaching younger generations that sexuality and nudity is natural and a much more positive representation of humanity than what violence offers.” You see, Jason isn’t one of those guys on the social interwebs using nudity to become Instafamous–he creates genuinely intimate, sensual and beautiful work.
Jason Bach is a wedding and commercial photographer who owns his studio The Photogenic Lab based in Denver, CO. He labels his distinctive style as “playful, innovative images that wrap stories into single moments.” Indeed, it makes a lot of sense. And when it comes to creating intimate scenes, he says that it’s all about the serious nature behind the work.
Ever hear of the reciprocal rule of shutter speeds? It’s a fundamental lesson that I genuinely don’t think enough photographers know but can prevent the effects of
that fourth cup of coffee from Starbucks camera shake to an extent.
Sure, image stabilization on a sensor or in a lens can do similar, but all that they’ll end up doing is helping you out a bit. If you follow this rule and combine it with good methods of holding your camera and shooting, then you’ll get better photos with less visual effects from camera shake.
Tamron knocked the ball out of the park with their 85mm f1.4 Di VC USD lens–and so updating the 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD, one of their more popular options just made sense. This lens is very much a jack of many trades. It’s designed to shoot macro images, have image stabilization, great image quality, and also has weather sealing. For many years it was in the hands of enthusiasts and hobbyists, but the 90mm is worthy of being in the hands of many professionals.
This one, like many of the company’s new lenses, offer a metal exterior, weather sealing, 9 aperture blades, 14 elements in 11 groups and 4.5 stops of vibration compensation. For the $649 price point you’re getting quite a bargain..
The Godox Thinklite TT685S TTL is a flash that I’ve honestly been waiting for for a very long time. While Sony has announced their own radio transmitter and receiver to work with their own flashes, sometimes all you need is a really good an affordable flash and transmitter. Seriously, how do you beat $165 for a flash and a transmitter that both have solid build quality?
But that’s not all that this flash has. It’s got a radio receiver built in, TTL, groups, channels, manual control, multi-stroboscopic flash abilities, and full incorporation with what Sony’s platform offers.
If you’re a strobist, looking for a budget friendly option and the most bang for your buck for your Sony camera with a multi-interface shoe, then you’d honestly be stupid not purchase this–and I say that with complete and total honesty.
It was only a matter of time until Sony announced their 24-70mm f2.8 lens that put it more squarely in the eyes of professionals. This lens is part of the company’s G Master lineup: which despite the hilarious name is also very capable of helping you shoot and gain a ton of excitement (I had to, sorry.)
Unlike some of Sony’s other lenses, this one has weather sealing at the mount and resistance built in all around the lens. Plus it focuses quickly, is pretty well built overall, and is pretty compact for a 24-70mm lens.
It’s meant for the professional, and the price really reflects that.
All images by Benjamin Weir. Used with permission.
“I took it on my phone :)” says Instagrammer Benjamin Weir when we asked about how his iPhone photos have such great, organic bokeh. “I took apart an old digital camera I had and used one of the lenses to get macro shots with a small focal point.”
Ben first got the idea by looking at magnifying glass refracting his garden against a wall. This made him want to play with lenses more. “I had a pretty good understanding of how all the lenses within a lens worked but I thought if I could just find a lense similar to the magnifying glass but much smaller and stronger I could maybe get great closeups with my phone.” he states.