First Impressions: Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM FE (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

With the announcement of the new Sony a9, the new Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master FE lens was slightly overshadowed by all the new tech in the camera. However, this new lens is also one that is very important for the specific crowd that camera is targeted to. The Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master is designed for sports shooters, wildlife photographers, and photojournalists who need a whole lot of reach. During our testing period with prototype models, we found the 100-400mm lens to be really useful in many situations, but we’re going to need to give it more testing to give a final verdict.

Here’s our first impressions thus far though.

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This Vintage Camera Video Ad Was Shot With the Nikon F5

Lead photo by Tahir Hashmi. Used with Creative Commons permission.

These days, it’s not uncommon to see timelapse videos shot with just still cameras; but it was very uncommon to see it back in 1997 and done with the Nikon F5. A vintage ad (yes, because the 90s are vintage), this commercial was shot in 1997 by Alastair Thain using the Nikon F5 camera! According to the YouTube description, this was the first time a stills camera had ever been used to shoot “moving images”. More than 200 rolls of 35mm film were developed for the commercial, in rolls of 36 shots each. These were spliced, graded for colour, and edited.

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5 Quick Sports Photography Tips with Patrick Murphy Racey

All images by Patrick Murphy Racey. Used with permission.

Photographer Patrick Murphy Racey has been shooting sports for many years now and has a whole load of incredible tips that he can offer. We’ve previously featured a video on how he lights basketball games, but as we all know, sports photography is a whole lot more than just lighting. Patrick is a Sony Artisan, and uses the company’s cameras and lenses to shoot photos that keep wow’ing editors.

After the jump, we feature a short video aimed at beginners featuring Patrick’s tips on how he shoots sports photos.

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Review (Complete): Sony 70-200mm f2.8 OSS G Master (Full Frame E Mount)

When you consider a camera system, one of the most important lenses to look out for is a 70-200mm equivalent–and Sony has been working on delivering that in the form of the Sony 70-200mm f2.8 OSS G Master lens for full frame E mount cameras. With weather sealing, a white body, 18 groups with 23 lens elements, and a constant f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range coupled with a small size overall–there is a lot of love about this lens.

Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the changes we’ve been doing here on the site, we’re once again changing our review format. First impressions reviews will be completely replaced with a fuller and fuller review that will be updated overtime. Readers will be given notifications on when the full review is complete. Each section will also be rated with stars and an overall cumulative rating. Additionally, comparisons will be made. If parts seem incomplete it’s because they’re still being worked on

Update 12/21: this review is complete

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Red Bull Illume Sneak Peek Offers Glimpse of the World’s Best Action Sport Photography

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All images used with permission from Red Bull. Lead image by Jean Baptiste Liautard.

Red Bull Illume is one of the world’s top photography contests for the action sports and adventure specialized photographers out there. This is the fourth iteration of this contest, which convenes every three years and started back in 2007, in which thousands of the world’s top action and adventure sports photographers submit their work to the panel of 50 photo editors to be judged. Out of this year’s 34,624 entries from 5,645 photographers located in 120 countries,  11 Category prize winners and 1 Grand Prize winner will be announced. Continue reading…

How to Light a Basketball Court For the Big Game

Editor’s note, we contacted Patrick to ask for permission to share an image or two. We will update if he responds.

If you know anything about lighting, you’re probably every aware that some of the photos you see in sports are very well lit–especially with basketball. Ever wonder how that’s done? Well photographer Patrick Murphy-Racey created a video on just how: and trust us, it isn’t simple. In fact, it’s quite a production and he shows off that it requires a photographer to get there very early ahead of the game to set up. In fact, Patrick says that you should go the day before if possible.

In the video after the jump, he shows you how to safely install a 4- head Dynalite Arena System into a large, NBA sized arena. The packs used in this video are the AP1600 and they’re used with AH4000 heads, AR0040 reflectors and Avenger clamps. The sync is setup and secured so that all the lights will fire at once.

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95% Dumb Luck: Photographing Baseball with Jim Bryant

Seattle Mariners' Adrian Beltre, right, breaks up a double play attempt by Detroit Tigers' second baseman Placido Polanco in the seventh inning of Major League Baseball game in Seattle on Sunday, July 6, 2008. ©2008. Jim Bryant Photo. All Rights Reserved

Seattle Mariners’ Adrian Beltre, right, breaks up a double play attempt by Detroit Tigers’ second baseman Placido Polanco in the seventh inning of Major League Baseball game in Seattle on Sunday, July 6, 2008. ©2008. Jim Bryant Photo. All Rights Reserved

All images by Jim Bryant. Used with permission.

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Photographer Jim Bryant has been shooting sports for longer than many of us have even been alive, and he believes that good baseball photography is 5% being there and 95% dumb luck. Jim, who is well into his 60s, still has perfect 20/20 vision and is typically assigned to photograph the Mariners.

Originally from Columbus, Georgia Jim first got into photography when he would watch his stepfather develop and contact print his 4 x 5 Speed graphic negatives in the kitchen of their home. Today, he totes around three cameras and some very big glass. His job typically entails getting the shots and transmitting the images to the wire services quickly.

 

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