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.
Wow, is it December already? Another year went by so quickly, it’s almost unreal. In retrospective, 2013 was a great year for The Phoblographer. We saw a couple of great new additions to our staff, while unfortunately we had to let go of others. But first and foremost, we saw our visitor numbers on the site as well as our facebook following grow exponentially, and for that we’re super thankful to you, our readers. Because without you, this site wouldn’t be what it is. And without you, what we do here at The Phoblographer wouldn’t have any meaning. So let’s take a look back at our ten most popular posts of 2013, which were in part responsible for our great visitor numbers this year. And if you haven’t already read them all, then we recommend you grab a cup of coffe, lean back, and enjoy!
Zeiss has already developed some of its Touit Lenses for the NEX system, but those are designed for APS-C sensor. According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the company stated that they are working on new manual focus lenses for the full frame cameras. Now, what this could mean is that they’re essentially going to take their current lineup of lenses and adapt them with a full frame E mount. However, it could also mean that brand new lenses may be coming. As it is, we really liked the performance of the 55mm f1.4 Otus on the A7r.
Zeiss currently has lots of lenses in their lineup–many of which we have reviewed. When it came to producing their cinema line of lenses, the company mostly took their current lineup and ergonomically adapted them; though some of the lenses have changes. In terms of the way a company is run, it would make the most economic sense for Zeiss to simply adapt the lenses to Sony full frame E mount. The lenses that the company designs for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts have a couple of subtle design differences as the Nikon lenses have a working aperture ring. The new Sony full frame lenses, however, could effectively expand the lineup of options that the Sony full frame E mount system will have when combined with everything that Samyang/Rokinon offer. But these lenses won’t have weather sealing like the Zeiss branded Sony offerings.
We’re totally not sure what this could mean and this is us just theorizing, but we can expect to see them next year around Photokina. The Otus lens might be an excellent option for the also rumored 54MP full frame sensor that Sony is working on. At the moment though, we’re testing the A7 and A7r; and the A7r produces some huge files that is filling up our hard drives quite fast.
2013 is nearly over and we’ve seen a slew of new products this year. Some may even say that this year is the one that the Photo Industry came back to full swing since the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. And for that, I think that we all have something to be thankful for. What it means in the end for the consumer is that we end up getting better products due to stronger competition.
And this year, much of what the big two have offered did not make our compilation of Editor’s Choice Award products.
When you send a camera out into the wild, something bad is usually bound to happen to it. One time when watching a Nova special, I saw Harpy Eagles attack a camera that researchers had put near its nest. Chris McLennon is no different at this point. He put a Nikon D800E on a little remote control buggy and sent it off to capture lions. While the male of the pride seemed to look at it with curiosity and leave it alone, the females were a bit more rough with it. They start to sniff it, bite it, etc. All the while, the camera was snapping images of the pride.
The reactions from the photographers are priceless though as they were able to nail some amazing photos. The video is after the jump.
Earlier this year, Indie Film Lab, a lab dedicated to film shooters, decided to take a road trip. It was from Montgomery, Alabama to Las Vegas, Nevada. During that time they made a documentary about it. It is called “Long Live Film” on the trip they talked about why they shoot film. They talked with other photographers about how they feel about film photography. In essence its about their love of film photography.
And if you’re an analog film lover, you might be happy with what you see after the jump.