Safari Review - Sony 100-400

I take the Sony FE 100-400 and Sony 1.4x Teleconverter on Safari in Tanzania, Africa with McKaylive.com and https://thomsonsafaris.com/ - I loved, LOVED the results and share with you my full review of the Sony 100-400, with sample photos and a report of how the Sony 100-400 performs paired with the Sony 1.4x Teleconverter for wildlife and portraits!

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Sample Photos Sony FE 100-400 f/4.5 - 5.6

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Sony FE 100-400 with 1.4x Teleconverter Sample Photos

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Sample raw files for personal use only.

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Sony 100-400

Sony 100-400

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Sony 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 Specs

Focal Length

100 - 400mm

Aperture

Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6Minimum: f/32 - 40

Mount

Sony FE (Full Frame or APS-C)

Angle of View

24° - 6° 10'

Minimum Focus Distance

3.22' (.98 m)

Magnification

0.12 - 0.35x

Optical Design

22 Elements in 16 Groups

Blades

9, Rounded

Image Stabilization

Yes

Auto Focus

Yes

Tripod Collar

Yes, Removable

Filter Size

Front: 77 mm

Dimensions

Approx. 3.70 x 8.07" (93.9 x 205 mm)

Weight

3.07 lbs (1395 g)

IRIX 11mm f/4 - Affordable Ultra Wide & Rear Filters Suck

A review of the ultra wide-angle 11mm f/4 lens from Irix. This fully manual lens delivers impressive results for the cost but those rear filters SUCK.

Irix 11mm f/4.0

Irix 11mm f/4.0

IRIX 15mm f/2.4

IRIX 15mm f/2.4

Irix Edge Gelatin Filter Set

Irix Edge Gelatin Filter Set

The IRIX 11mm f/4 Blackstone lens is a great deal for those wanting to shoot wide angle. As with the 15mm IRIX we reviewed last year it comes in the metal built Blackstone version and plastic Firefly. Optically they are the same lens, you'll just get a better build quality with Blackstone. For the price point, it's a great lens, the corners look great wide open at F/4 for distortion and there's very little chromatic aberration. It's nice to use with a handy stop for infinity built into the focus ring, which you'll be using frequently with a lens this wide. The only complaint so far is the rear filters, which we recommend you picking up a set of Nisi filters instead. The IRIX 11mm f/4 Blackstone is a manual focus lens, but for the price, it's the best option at the moment.Buy the IRIX 11mm f/4: https://bhpho.to/2ojJbSVBuy the IRIX 15mm f/2.4:https://bhpho.to/2occZkZWatch the Irix 15mm f/2.4 ReviewRear Filters from IRIX: https://storeeu.irixlens.com

Sigma Announces 14-24mm F/2.8 Art Full-frame Lens

SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM ArtWe're 2/3rds of the way through the lens trinity with Sigma announcing the new Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens. A full-frame design, this should be an excellent lens for shooting landscapes, interiors, and stars. Designed to work with 50MP cameras. Near zero distortion (less than 1%) and minimal chromatic aberration is the claim. The Sigma ART line has impressed photographers for several years now and I expect this lens to be a serious winner.With the recently released 24-70 Art, we're just waiting on a 70-200mm lens at this point. The 14-24mm lens currently only available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma SA mounts, Sony owners must use an adapter like the Sigma MC-11 adapter for now.  There are strong rumors that in just a few months Sigma will announce FE mount versions of many of their lenses.SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM ArtThe Sigma 14-24 Art features Sigma's Sports line of dust and splash proofing with a seal at the mount. Build for high-speed, high accuracy autofocus. This should be a great option for those wanting to capture close up sports and action shots.Another exciting announcement is the introduction of the front mount conversion service for the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 which allows the lens to be used in multicam productions, e.g., VR rigs. The exclusive front round component minimizes the risk of interfering with other cameras and eliminates undesired shadows in the content.We're one step closer to the lens trinity from the Sigma Art line and this likely represents an excellent option for Canon photographers and Nikon user looking to save over the current Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 that costs nearly $1900.

Preorder Coming Soon at B&H

Canon Mount | Nikon Mount

Sample Images

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Specifications

Lens Construction
17 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View
114.2°-84.1°
Number of Diaphragm Blades
9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture
F/22
Minimum Focusing Distance
26 - 28 cm10.2-11.0 in
Maximum Magnifications
1:5.4
Dimensions (Diameter x Length)
ø96.4mm x 135.1mm3.8in. x 5.3in.
Weight
1,150g/40.6oz.
Mounts
Canon, Nikon, Sigma
Price
TBA

A New Lightweight 24-105mm f/4 Lens From Sony

FE 24-105mm F4 G OSSAlong with the Sony a7R III, more on that here, we've also got a new 24-105mm lens this week from Sony. The Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens is a nice addition to the current lineup in sharpness, focus, and weight. We'll have more on this lens and the Sony A7R III as Toby is on location with it in New York so keep an eye out for more info.The lightest among the 24-105 lenses out, it's a great wide to mid-telephoto range for photography and perfect for travel, weighing 23.4oz (663 g). Compared to Canon and Nikon it's MTF chart shows a large improvement vs the competition with great corner to corner sharpness. Multiple extra-low dispersion and aspherical glass elements, with a Nano AR coating as well cut down on distortion and reducing flaring while boosting sharpness.Silent and fast featuring DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM), benfits photographers AND videographers. It can handle slow speeds fine with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to create crisp photos at low speeds. Dust and moisture-resistant design.Preorders start today on the Sony 24-105mm lens for $1,298.00 and the a7R III. If you have been thinking of switching to Sony now is the time. Great performance with a small size should be good on the go for traveling or just as a convenient zoom lens.

Sample Photos

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Specifications

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens

  • Mount: Sony E-mount
  • Format: 35 mm full frame
  • Focal Length: 24-105mm
  • 35mm EquivFocal focal Length (APS-C): 36-157.5
  • Lens Groups / Elements: 14-17
  • Angle of View on APS-C: 61°-15°2
  • Angle of View on Full Frame 84°-23°
  • Aperture Range: F/4 - 22
  • Aperture Blades: 9
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.25ft (0.38 m)
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot
  • Size: 3-3/8 x 4-1/2 in (83.4 x 113.3 mm)
  • Weight: 23.4 oz (663 g)

Press Release

Sony Expands Full-Frame Lens Lineup with New Compact, Lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Covering Wide-angle to Mid-telephoto rangeNew E-mount FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Delivers Serious Still and Video Performance with Compact Design  NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2017 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their expanding full-frame E-mount lens lineup, the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom (model SEL24105G).The new full-frame lens covers the commonly used 24 to 105mm focal length range, delivering outstanding G Lens™ imaging performance with the most lightweight design in its class1, maximizing its versatility and usability.  Therefore, the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS can be used for versatile shooting such as landscape, portrait, wedding and so on.  This lens also features fast, precise and quiet autofocus capabilities in both still and video shooting, making it an ideal complement for Sony’s extensive lineup of E-mount cameras.High Optical Performance and Outstanding Resolution             Sony’s new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens delivers excellent corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entirety of its zoom range, while also producing beautifully rendered ‘bokeh’ or background defocus at all focal lengths.This high image quality is made possible thanks to its advanced optical design featuring four aspherical lens elements, two of which are high precision AA (advanced aspherical) lenses.  There are also three strategically located ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that work in combination with the aforementioned aspherical lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration and ensure the ultimate resolution is captured.The lens also has Sony’s original Nano AR coating to minimize flare and ghosting, and utilizes a circular aperture to ensure it delivers high quality bokeh that is consistent for all Sony’s G series.Compact, Lightweight Design and Shooting Flexibility            The new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens weighs in at approximately 663 grams (23.4 oz), making it the lightest lens in its class1.  When combined with one of Sony’s compact E-mount bodies, it gives photographers and videographers a far more mobile, manageable camera system that greatly increases their shooting flexibility.In addition to the compact design and versatile 24-105mm focal length, the new lens has a minimum focus distance of 1.25ft, allowing for impressive close up detail.  It also includes built-in optical image stabilization to make it easier to produce sharp, blur-free images when shooting handheld.Highly Advanced and Accurate AutoFocusIn order to keep up with fast-moving subjects, the new standard zoom lens features a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) system that is capable of rapid positioning of the lens’ focus groups with high accuracy and very minimal noise.  This advanced system combined with a constant F4 aperture at all focal lengths makes the SEL24105G an excellent choice for both still and video shooting.Further adding to its versatility, the new standard zoom lens also features a customizable focus hold button, a dust and moisture resistant design2 and a fluorine coating on the front element to help minimize dust, water, oil and other contaminants.Pricing and AvailabilityThe new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Lens will ship this November for about $1,300 US and $1,700 CA.1. Compared to currently available full-frame 24-105mm F4 standard zoom lenses (October 25th, 2017, Sony research)2. Compared to currently available full-frame 24-105mm F4 standard zoom lenses (October 25th, 2017, Sony research)2. Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof

Sigma Announces the 16mm f/1.4 DN - Better Lenses for Sony a6300/a6500

Mixing a comfortable wide-angle design with an ultra-fast maximum aperture, this 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens from Sigma is a 24mm-equivalent prime for APS-C-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras like the a6300 and a6500. With a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, this lens is well suited for low-light conditions and also affords increased control over depth of field. With a 9-bladed aperture design for smooth background blur. This lens also sports a stepping AF motor for quick, quiet, and smooth focusing performance that suits both still photography as well as video applications. Additionally, a weather-sealed, durable construction enables this 16mm f/1.4 to excel in inclement weather conditions.Suitable for the stars or landscape work as well as an excellent focal length for general walk around photography. Available in Sony and Micro 4/3 mounts.[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" ids="16358,16359,16310"]

  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 24mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • 3 FLD, 2 SLD, and 2 Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Stepping AF Motor
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Weather-Sealed TSC Construction

Preorder Links at B&H Photo

Score Fuji Deals

fuji dealsToby loved the Fuji X-T2 and it's on sale today. You can pick it up, along with the best walk around lens with this month's deals. But you don't have to take it from me, check out Toby's review below for this hot mirrorless camera.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKew22eOUQI[/embed]

Highlights:

  • 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
  • X-Processor Pro Engine
  • 0.77x 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD Screen
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & F-Log Gamma
  • Two UHS-II SD Slots
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 325-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF System
  • Up to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • Weather-Sealed Body
  • XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens

Best Canon Lenses on SALE!

Canon RebatesCanon has a new batch of rebates including their top L grade lenses you can buy. The Canon 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses are excellent and versatile pieces of glass - sharp, excellent in low light and a pair of lenses coveted by wedding, event and portrait photographers. The Canon 100mm Macro is a close-up dream lens for macro shots such as rings, product photography, and can still do portraits if you're in a pinch. Check the B&H rebates page out, Canon has deals on these lenses and more!

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM LensCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM LensInstant Savings: $200.00

Tamron Releases World's First 18-400mm Lens

Tamron has announced a new 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD APS-C lens billed as the world's first to cover the extended range. Having reviewed the Sigma and Tamron 18-300's in a previous video this might be the one for those that prioritize convenience. For $649 you get 22.2x zoom ratio covering wide angle shots from 28mm to ultra-telephoto 640mm (Canon crop ratio). The lens also features a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9 so you can enjoy tele-macro photography. With the new design comes their new LD (Low Dispersion Glass) with an ashperical lens to control the chromatic aberration (color fringing) all-in-one lenses are known for typically. For it's size, Tamron managed to make it quite small at 4.8 inches long and 24.9 ounces, in comparison Sigma's 18-300 Contemporary Lens clocks in at 4 inches and 20.6 ounces with 100mm less in focal length. The 18-400mm lens also incorporates 2.5 stops of stabilization with a zoom lock to get the sharpest shots possible from the 640mm focal range. If you are interested the 18-400mm gets you that all-in-one convenience for a decent price. As with our 18-300mm comparison, there is a cost for the benefit, we'll have a review out soon on this new lens.Interesting to note, rumor held the new Tamron 24-70 was also to be announced with advanced notice going to the press. With a Sigma 24-70 also being released this week it seemed the announcement has been postponed for now.Pre-order today at B&H, available in Canon and Nikon mounts:Tamron 18-400

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Introducing the world’s first*1 ultra-telephoto all-in-onezoom lens with an extended range that covers 18-400mm18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028)

Dramatic extended range achieved by combining cutting-edge optical design andother new breakthrough technologies including a redesigned cam structure

June 23, 2017, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the new 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028), the world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras, which covers a focal length range of 18-400mm. Since the 1992 launch of its AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D), Tamron has dominated the all-in-one zoom category and has produced many lenses that cover wide-angle to telephoto zoom ranges. Tamron has now developed an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom that extends to 400mm (35mm equivalent of 620mm) and a 22.2x zoom ratio. Packed in a light, compact body (121.4mm/705g)*2 is Tamron’s accumulated knowledge and experience for all-in-one zoom lenses, including the most advanced optical and mechanical designs, an HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) for the AF system and the Vibration Compensation system. Photographers can now enjoy wide-angle to ultra-telephoto photography using one lens, which is ideal for travel photography and eliminates the need to carry extra lenses. The new Model B028 lens enables a wide variety of ultra-telephoto images including everyday casual scenes.

lens: Model B028
PRODUCT NAME 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD(Model B028)
DATE OF LAUNCH July 20, 2017The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched simultaneously.

*1 Among interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (As of May 2017; Tamron)*2 Length and weight are based on the Nikon-mount lens.

Product Information

  1. The world’s first*1 ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens to achieve 400mm telephoto

    The new Model B028 is the world’s first lens for APS-C DSLR cameras that covers a focal length range of 18-400mm and achieves a zoom ratio of 22.2x. The focal length of 400mm on the telephoto end enables the capturing of ultra-telephoto pictures with the 35mm equivalent of 620mm angle of view. Now, with just this one lens, a photographer can readily enjoy the power of the ultra-telephoto to bring distant subjects closer as well as the perspective-flattening effects that only extreme telephoto settings can achieve. This all-in-one zoom lens is ideal for travel and everyday carry. It allows a photographer to switch from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto without changing lenses, making it faster and easier to capture a much wider range of subjects including travel scenes, wildlife, action sports, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and food.*1 Among interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (As of May 2017; Tamron)

  2. Excellent image quality across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto

    The optical construction of the B028 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. The use of specialized glass elements such as LD (Low Dispersion) and aspherical lens elements effectively minimizes wide-ranging aberrations, including chromatic aberrations and distortion, thereby assuring outstanding image quality. Optimum power distribution among the individual lens element groups achieves both the optical performance and the compact size necessary for an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens that boasts 400mm focal length. Also, it enables tele-macro photography with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9.

  3. Lightweight and compact design exhibits Tamron’s basic philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses

    Despite being an all-in-one zoom lens that achieves 400mm ultra-telephoto, Model B028 is light and compact with a total length of 121.4mm and a weight of 705g*2. A new lens barrel design utilizing three-step extensions was developed to enable the necessary elongation to produce a 22.2x zoom ratio. Compared to the conventional approach, the division into a larger number of cams ensures comfortable operation and stability while zooming. Tamron’s philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses is to allow each photographer to casually capture everyday images with a lens of a practical size, and Model B028 fulfills this philosophy.*2 Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens.

  4. HLD motor provides high-precision AF and enables compact lens construction

    The AF drive system for Model B028 uses Tamron’s exclusive HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) motor. The power-saving HLD motor produces outstanding driving torque, and adjusts motor rotation from low to high speed to enable accurate and quiet focusing. The HLD motor takes up less space thanks to its small size and circular arc shape that allows the size of the lens to be reduced.

  5. Equipped with the Vibration Compensation system necessary for ultra-telephotography at 400mm

    Despite its compact size, Model B028 is equipped with Tamron’s original VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which effectively curbs camera shake under low light conditions (such as a dimly lit room or at dusk) and while taking ultra-telephoto pictures. This greatly expands opportunities for casual handheld shooting. The jitter-free stability of the viewfinder image allows for easier framing and enables the photographer to compose the subject quickly and comfortably.

  6. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

    The electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses*3. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.*3 Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300S, D500) (As of May, 2017; Tamron)

  7. User-friendly features for everyday comfortable use

    With an eye toward active outdoor photography, Model B028 features Moisture-Resistant Construction to ensure worry-free shooting as well as confidence while shooting under adverse weather conditions. Also, the Zoom Lock mechanism prevents undesired movement of the lens barrel under its own weight when the camera is angled downward while walking.

  8. Compatible with TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product

    The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling the user to easily update the lens’s firmware as well as to customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

  9. External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use

    While inheriting the design that makes use of many organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new Model B028 comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places a lot of importance on the lens’s functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring and the switch shape design.

Tamron, the pioneer of all-in-one zoom lenses

Tamron launched the world’s first all-in-one zoom, the AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D), in 1992, thereby establishing this exciting and popular market category and making Tamron truly the pioneer of all-in-one zoom lenses. Because of this innovation, photographers can change the composition and the angle-of-view easily by zooming instead of changing lenses or distance from the subject. This benefit made all-in-one zoom lenses widely popular among consumers all over the world. In the course of developing and refining its lens products over the years, Tamron has developed key innovative technologies such as groundbreaking optical systems, compact lens barrels and complex, high-precision cam configurations—in addition to durable and attractive design aesthetics. Now equipped with Tamron’s proprietary Vibration Compensation system, the Tamron all-in-one zoom lenses continue to exceed the user's expectations.

<Tamron’s all-in-one zoom lens products over the years>

Released year Product name
1992 AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D)
1996 AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 LD Aspherical [IF] Super (Model 171D)
1999 AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical IF MACRO (Model 185D)
2000 AF28-300mm F/3.8-5.6 LD Aspherical IF Super II MACRO (Model 371D)
2001 AF28-200mm Super Zoom F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical XR [IF] MACRO (Model A03)
2002 AF28-300mm Ultra Zoom XR F/3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A06)
2004 AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A061)
2005 AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A14)
2006 AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 XR Di Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A031)
2007 AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro (Model A18)
2007 AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro (Model A20)
2008 AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model B003)
2010 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008)
2010 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011)
2014 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)
2014 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010)
2014 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III (Model C001)
2015 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018)
2017 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028)

Specifications

Model B028
Focal Length 18-400mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) 75°33' - 4° (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction 16 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.45m (17.7 in)*
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:2.9
Filter Size Φ72mm
Maximum Diameter Φ79mm
Length** for Canon 123.9mm (4.9 in)for Nikon 121.4mm (4.8 in)
Weight for Canon 710g (25 oz)for Nikon 705g (24.9 oz)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Image Stabilization Performance 2.5stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)(For Canon : EOS-80D is used / For Nikon: D7200 is used)
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon

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Available for Pre-Order: Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM and 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lenses

The Sigma 14mm F/1.8 DG HSM Art and Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lenses are available to preorder now for Canon and Sigma Mounts. Nikon will be coming out shortly in July so you won't have to wait long. Sigma's new 14mm lens is faster than Nikon and Canon respectively being F/2.8 with Sigma going down to F/1.8. As for Sigma's 24-70 Art, it's priced under the competition with the Nikon ($2200) and Canon ($1700) much higher. With news of the upcoming Tamron 24-70 G2 also releasing at the same price it'll be interesting which wins out. These may be the lenses to beat for their focal lengths and great options to order today, we'll have reviews soon.Available to pre-order via B&H[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM ArtSigma 14mm[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"]Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM ArtSigma 24-70[/vc_column][/vc_row]Canon EF Mount with MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter for Sony E Kit[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]Sigma 14mm[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"]Sigma 24-70mm[/vc_column][/vc_row] Press Release via Sigma[quote_box_center]

Sigma Begins Shipping Its 14mm F1.8 DG HSM and 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lenses

The world’s first and only F1.8 ultra wide-angle full-frame lens for DSLR cameras is available now for $1,599.00 USD; the new Sigma Global Vision workhorse zoom lens is available now for $1,299.00 USDRonkonkoma, NY – June 22, 2017 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, announced today the pricing and availability for its new Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM and Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lenses from its lauded Global Vision line. The ultra-wide angle full-frame 14mm F1.8 Art lens begins shipping in June 2017 for Canon and Sigma camera systems and in July 2017 for Nikon camera systems, for a retail price of $1,599.00 USD. The standard zoom full-frame 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens begins shipping in June 2017 for a retail price of $1,299 USD.The Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art, which is the first and only F1.8 ultra wide-angle lens among interchangeable lenses for digital SLRs*, incorporates the same aspherical element as Sigma’s critically acclaimed 12-24mm F4 Art, allowing the lens to deliver a new dimension of visual experience. Boasting outstanding image quality from center to edge, the 14mm F1.8 Art features an 80mm front lens — the world’s largest glass aspherical lens in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Equipped with a superfast and efficient autofocus system, three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) elements, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements to reduce chromatic aberration and coma flare, the 14mm F1.8 Art is suitable for a wide range of photographic needs including astrophotography, architecture and landscape photography.The 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens, Sigma’s new workhorse standard zoom lens, touts a brand new Optical Stabilizer (OS), Hypersonic Motor (HSM) for highly efficient and fast autofocus, as well as a dust- and splash-proof mount with rubber sealing. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens embodies all the technical qualities and finesse that define the high-performance Sigma Global Vision Art series. A popular industry focal range covering a wide array of shooting scenarios, the 24-70mm’s optical design also includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to ensure image accuracy and sharpness. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion.Both the 14mm F1.8 DG HSM and the 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lenses are available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Sigma and Canon mount lenses work with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm.Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art Lens Features and Benefits:> Sharp, rich image quality

  • Minimized chromatic aberrations: Three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and four SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass elements help reduce transverse chromatic aberration, which tends to be noticeable in shots taken with ultra wide-angle lenses. The result is outstanding image quality from the center of the image to the edges.
  • Distinctive bokeh effect: Even at the 14mm ultra wide-angle of view, F1.8 brightness makes possible a very shallow depth of field with the subject standing out dramatically against a pleasingly softened background. It’s the unique mode of expression that only a large-diameter lens can deliver.
  • Minimized distortion: Serving as the front lens element, the large 80mm precision-molded glass aspherical lens effectively minimizes distortion. Offering excellent peripheral brightness, this lens delivers outstanding image quality from the center to the edges.

> Offers full-frame coverageSigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art Lens Features and Benefits:> Superior optical performance

  • Optimal image quality for ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs: This lens offers top performance from the center to the edges of the image thanks to the optical system minimizing coma, which causes points of light to streak, and transverse chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected via aperture control. The optical system also minimizes distortion, which can be particularly evident in wide-angle shots, resulting in excellent optical performance throughout the zoom range.
  • Expressive bokeh effect every time: At wide-open aperture, this lens offers outstanding photographic expression. The area in focus is extremely sharp, while the background exhibits a beautiful, creamy bokeh effect with only slight spherical aberration. Since large-diameter zoom lenses are often used at wide-open aperture, Sigma has paid close attention to the shape of the bokeh, aiming for artistic circularity.
  • Aspherical Lens Processing Technology: The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art incorporates an aspherical lens element that helps achieve extremely high resolution. This element is much thicker at the center than the edges, and forming its unusual shape is a feat of manufacturing technology. Moreover, Sigma processes the surface of this aspherical lens element with ultra-precise tolerances that are measured in hundredths of a micrometer. This extremely fine surface allows the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art to deliver a very natural and smooth bokeh effect, without the visible concentric rings that afflict typical aspherical lens elements.

> Fast and nimble autofocus photography

  • Designed for advanced utility in a wide variety of situations, the optical stabilizer (OS) offers a powerful stabilization effect. The newly designed large hypersonic motor (HSM) offers 1.3 times the torque of its predecessor for exceptionally stable performance.

Sigma Global Vision Line Features & Benefits:

  • Each lens is eligible for user customizable micro-focus and in-home firmware updates with the optional USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro software.
  • Each unit is crafted in Aizu, Japan and individually tested for QC and optical performance with the exclusive A1 MTF device.
  • Sigma’s Exclusive Mount Conversion Service allows lenses to be switched between any released mounts (fee-based).
  • Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11, allowing use of Sigma lenses in Sigma and Canon mounts with the Sony E-mount camera systems.

*As of February 2017[/quote_box_center]

Croatia Photo/Video Gear

https://youtu.be/UWWsvoKWQAk I just finished a fantastic trip in exploring the coast and islands of Southern Croatia. Beautiful country, friendly people. My goal on this trip was to produce video first and photos second. With video being my primary goal I am calling this the

Videography Travel Bag

 

Bags & Holster

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]MindShift BackLight 26L[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Mindshift Gear - Backlight 26LAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]SpiderHolster SpiderLight BackPacker Kit[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Camera Holster - Spider Backpacker KitAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Mindshift Multi-Mount Holster 30[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Secondary Bag - Multi-Mount Holster 30Amazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row]

Gear

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Panasonic LUMIX GH5[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Panasonic GH5Amazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lumix F2.8-4.0[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Lumix 12-60 f/2.8-4 LensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lumix 42.5MM[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Lumix 42.5mm f/1.7 LensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lumix 45-200[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Lumix 45-200 f/4.0-5.6 LensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Rokinon 7.5mm mft[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 lensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Rode Video Micro ProAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 RII[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Sony RX1R IIAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]DJI Mavic Pro - Fly More System[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]DJI Mavic Pro - Fly More SystemAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Hoya Circular Polarizer [/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Hoya Circular Polarizers for each lensB&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Hoya .3 ND Filter[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Hoya ND Filters 0.3 for each lensB&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]MeFoto Carbon Fiber Road Trip[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]MeFoto Carbon Fiber Road TripAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Olympus TG Tracker WP Camera[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Olympus TG Tracker WP CameraAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row]  

NEW - Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

built-in Macro Lites that allow photographers to carefully arrange macro lighting without using special equipment.

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PREORDER FROM B&H PHOTO  $349.99- available June, 2017

New Compact and Lightweight EF-S Macro Lens Opens Up a World of Photographic Possibilities and Helps Capture Close Subjects with Incredible DetailMELVILLE, N.Y., April 6, 2017 – Compact and lightweight, the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM, announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is the widest-angle Macro offering in Canon’s popular EF-S lens series. The new lens is designed to help both entry-level and advanced amateur DSLR photographers discover the incredible possibilities of macro photography. Capable of capturing close-up subjects with incredible detail, Canon’s new EF-S macro lens is also the first in the series to feature built-in Macro Lites that allow users to control lighting with ease.“Macro lenses are an amazing way to explore the worlds that exist all around us, and the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is the ideal starting point for amateur photographers eager to capture incredible, up-close details on the go,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Whether capturing a delectable dessert or the subtleties of a backyard flower, users will be challenged to find new colors and shapes that turn everyday moments into art.”The new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM captures stunning images and is a terrific companion lens for entry-level users eager to expand beyond their existing Canon EOS DSLR kit lens. Capable of shooting as close as 30mm from the end of the lens to the subject, aspiring photographers can get up close to a fruit or flower for an entirely new perspective, while capturing high-quality images with beautiful background blur. Additional technologies built into the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens include:

  • Popular 35mm focal length (56mm equivalent) and wide f/2.8 aperture
  • Hybrid IS system offers up to four stops* of shake correction
  • Smooth Movie Servo AF with Lead Screw-type STM ensures quiet AF operation
  • Full-time Manual Focus

https://youtu.be/k9-9TQBW57sIn a first for the EF-S lens series, the new Canon EF-S 35mm lens sports built-in Macro Lites that allow photographers to carefully arrange macro lighting without using special equipment. With built-in LED lights on each side of the lens, users can create compelling shadows on either side of a subject or adjust the intensity to give images a sense of dimension. Once the scene is set, the lens uses superb rendering performance to capture high contrast, sharp images.While specialized for high magnification photography, the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is still a versatile option for day-to-day use, easily capable of capturing portraits, landscapes or snapshots. As the latest addition to the lineup of EF-S lenses, Canon continues its commitment to providing a wide-range of affordable lens options for photographers of all levels.The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in June 2017 for an estimated retail price of $349.99.

PREORDER FROM B&H PHOTO  - available end of June, 2017

Sample Images

Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 35 mm
Image stabilization Yes (4 stops)
Lens mount Canon EF-S
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Optics
Elements 10
Groups 6
Special elements / coatings Glass-molded aspheric element
Focus
Minimum focus 0.03 m (1.18)
Maximum magnification 1×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter No
Physical
Weight 190 g (0.42 lb)
Diameter 69 mm (2.72)
Length 56 mm (2.2)
Sealing No
Colour Black
Filter thread 49.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens Review

Guest Review from Videographer and Photographer Korey Rowe - Check out his Youtube Channel.

While there are countless detailed reviews out there that can give you the true spec’s and breakdown on this new lens, these are my personal thoughts regarding choosing the Canon 70-300 Mkii over other zoom lenses including L Series Glass.The new Canon 70-300 MkII is a viable L series Tele-Zoom replacement for Canon (Canon Mounted) shooters, especially those looking to have a photo and video zoom lens. With a “Nano IS Motor” that delivers four stops of IS and STM like smooth and quiet focusing, this USM upgrade is nothing to pass over. It incorporates Canon's first digital display on the lens which is customizable and quite handy.New lens elements (UD Glass) gives you sharper results at an economical price point with better light disbursement over its predecessors and cheaper than fluorite glass elements typically found in high-end zoom lenses. While it softens in the corners just a touch and has a variable 4-5.6 max open aperture as cons, the savings and versatility in video mode make this my new go to kit tele-zoom lens.We all know that shooting distances in photo mode can be tricky and it gets even more complicated in video mode. Capturing a professional result that is not too shaky or not sharp enough can often be difficult when dealing with older zoom lenses. Because Canon DSLR’s often leave the IS up to lens to do the work having this much stabilization will be a game changer when shooting run and gun close ups especially in 4k video mode on the 5D Mk iv (pushes the focal length over 400mm).In a two camera shoot having a reliable B-cam on close-ups that can publish smooth cutaways can make or break the final outcome of a short form advertisement or YouTube video. Also having a digital display that can give you quick reference on focal length (Which updates for APS-C cameras), aperture and more is the next step in lens evolution.Lastly, saving on space and weight can be a nice addition when traveling and trying to make it in those shrinking overhead bins. As sensor technology continues to expand almost daily it's nice to see that the lenses have started to get some new tech as well.
Guest Review from Videographer and Photographer Korey Rowe - Check out his Youtube Channel | Instagram

Canon Rumors for CP+: Updated

Update 2/14: Prices and more item details added. The CP+ Show in Japan is coming February 23rd and it's expected Canon will be announcing products today for the show. With the arrival, there's a handful of Canon rumors and leaked images for what's coming down the line. We'll be getting a refresh with new T7 rebels, a M6 mirrorless, 18-55mm lens, and more. Somewhat oddly, Canon has decided to go from the Ti/Ts name convention to a new 77D for the T6s line of cameras.As a note, no SL2 mentions recently to go with this batch of camera news.  The given rumor was a SL2 release at CP+ last year, then CES, but it went by without a blip. The SL1 while entry level was quite popular and we still get asked about it now. As for the SL line's small size it seems Canon is focusing on the M6 for now.Canon EOS T7i 

  • Will be available in the new 18-55 f/4-5.6 IS STM lens below and the older 18-135mm STM
  • Price will run $749 for the body only
  • Specifications
    • 24.2 MP
    • DIGIC 7
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
    • 6 FPS Burst
    • ISO 100 -25600
    • Full HD Video, 5-axis electronic image stabilization
    • LCD: Type 3 Touch Panel Bali Angle LCD
    • Built-in WiFi / Bluetooth
    • Dimensions: 131.0 × 99.9 × 76.2 mm
    • Weight: 532 g

Canon EOS 77d

  • 77D will be the replacement to the T6s with a different naming convention
  • Prices will run $899 (body only), $1049 with the new 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, and $1499 with the older 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
  • Specifications
    • 24.2 MP
    • DIGIC 7
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
    • AF point: 45 points
    • 6 FPS Burst
    • ISO 100 -25600
    • LCD: Type 3 Touch Panel Bali Angle LCD
    • Built-in Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
    • Dimensions: 131.0 × 99.9 × 76.2 mm
    • Weight: 540 g

Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless

  • Coming in black and silver
  • Packaged body only, with a 15-45mm kit lens, a 18-150mm kit lens, or a double lens kit
  • Also coming, sold separately, with the M6 is a Canon EVF-DC 2 viewfinder attachment
  • Body only Price will be $779
  • Specifications
    • 24.2 MP
    • DIGIC 7
    • 49 Point AF
    • 7 FPS (9 if auto focus is fixed)
    • ISO 100 -25600
    • Shutter Speed: 1/4000 - 30
    • Sync Speed: 1/200
    • Video: Full HD, HD, VGA
    • LCD: Type 3 tilt type touch panel
    • Recording medium: SD / SDHC / SDXC card
    • Built-in WiFi / Bluetooth
    • Size: 112.0 × 68.0 × 44.5 mm

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

  • A new kit lens that will be packaged with the kit lenses and available separately. Something to note is that it's aperture is just slightly slower then the current generation of kit lens.
  • Lens construction: 12 elements in 10 groups
  • Minimum shooting distance: 0.25 m
  • Filter: 58 mm
  • Size: 66.5 x 61.8 mm Weight: 215 g

Canon BR-E 1

  • A Bluetooth wireless remote, shown below

Canon EH30-CJ

  • A body jacket for the announced M6
Rumors and photos via Nokishita, Digicame-Info

Yongnuo 100mm Lens Coming Soon

It looks like the next big item to come out from Yongnuo is a 100mm lens after the decent 50mm F/1.8 and 35mm F/2 lenses that have came out recently. Photo Rumors doing a bit of hunting managed to find a gallery of new 100mm lens product images from Yongnuo and a new sales listing so consider this an unofficial leak with an official announcement expected soon. As of now we know that it's a 100mm Prime similar to Canon's lens priced at $170 for Canon EF mount and Nikon mount expected to follow later. It's a speedy F/2 lens with auto focus and similarly sized to Canon's model. With the release of their two prior lenses it's an interesting option for sure considering the estimated low price.Specifications:

Aperture: F/2-F/22Blades: 9 BladesFocus mode: Af, MfMaximum Magnification: 0.140 timesFocal length: 100mmLens size: 76.6 * 122mmType: Fixed focal length lensFull frame: YesFocus Type: PrimeModel Number: YN100mm F2.0 CLens Type: AutomaticFilter Size: 58mmWeight: 401g-500g
 

Hands-on With the Samyang Premium 85mm 1.2 and 14mm 2.4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWPAUypP6EoSamyang enters the premium lens lineup with their 85mm F/1.2 and 14mm F/2.4 lenses. Getting into the Sigma Art and L lens territory these lenses are said to hold up to 50mp Sensor's and 8k video. While pricing is under the table at the moment both lenses are rumored to be in the $1000 range. Find out Scott's thoughts in our video hands-on with these lenses at Photokina in the video above. So far the 85mm will only be available in Canon EF mount while the 14mm will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, or Sony E mounts. With a decent build quality, good specs, and sharp glass Samyang certainly made a step into the high end market.

Specifications
 Samyang 85mm 1.2 Samyang 14mm 2.4
85mm F/1.2
14mm F/2.4
Focus
Manual
Manual
Aperture Range
F/1.2 ~ 16
F/2.4 ~ 22
Optical Construction
10 Elements in 7 Groups
18 Elements in 14 Groups
Special Optics
1 Aspherical Lens2 High Refractive Lens
2 Aspherical Lens1 Hybrid Aspherical Lens2 Extra-low Dispersion Lens3 High Refractive Lens
Minimum Focus Distance
0.8m / 2.6'
0.28m / 11"
Maximum Magnification
x 0.13
x 0.08
Filter Diameter
86mm
No Filter
Number of Blades
9
9
Maximum Diameter
93mm
95mm
Mount
Canon EF
Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E
Angle of View 35mm
APS-C
28.52°18.98°
114.12°89.2°
Length
98.4mm / 3.87"
109.4mm / 4.31"
Weight
1,050g / 2.31lb
791g / 1.74lb

Just Announced! The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens

ef-hr-ef70-300-side-hires In a bit of Pre-Photokina news Canon announces an update to the aged Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens. The 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 IS II USM is a nice addition as it’s predecessor came out in 2005. It’s needed a bit of an update comparatively to the newer EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and a full frame option to fill a mid range selection in the lens ecosystem. Featuring:Sample Image

  • High-speed autofocus with new Nano USM technology
  • 4 stop image stabilization
  • New lens information display
  • Ultra Low Dispersion element for reducing chromatic aberration   
  • 9 blade aperture construction for better bokeh

Following the new 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens this is the second lens from Canon using the technology. Nano USM is Canon’s blend of STM technology for quiet operation and smooth autofocus with USM Technology for high-speed autofocus. The best of both worlds and like STM technology you still gain full time manual focus. ef70_300_isiiusm_feature_02Like the Zeiss Batis Lenses announced in April it will include an led display. The LCD will display focusing distance, focal length, and shake amount information. A display mode button lets you switch between these features and background color for visibility. The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens will be released November 30th, 2016 for $549.99. Available for pre-order today at Amazon and B&H. As Scott Fautley will be visiting Photokina we will have a bit of hands on video coming soon. Full Specifications:

Lens Mount Canon EF
Focal Length 70-300mm
Lens Construction 17 elements in 12 groups with a UD element
Motor Type Nano Ultrasonic
Focus Adjustment AF with full-time manual
Image Stabilization 4 Stops
Maximum Aperture F/4-5.6
Minimum Aperture F/32-45
Number of Blades 9
Diagonal Angle of View 34° - 8° 15' (with full-frame camera)
Closest Focusing Distance 3.94 ft. / 1.2 m
Maximum Magnification 0.25x
Filter Size 2.6 in. / 67mm diameter
Max. Diameter x Length,Weight Φ3.15 x 5.73 in., approx. 25.04 oz.Φ80 x 145.5mm, approx. 710g
Price $549.99
Pre-order today at Amazon or B&H

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Looking for a New Lens? - Canon 55-250 STM

EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM _no cap_FRA_tcm13-1086694The best budget telephoto lens! After getting your new camera and kit lens you may want to look for another lens. As lenses are the best investment one suggestion would be the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. After the 18-55 or 18-135mm kit lenses this covers the other half of your range allowing you the focal length and distance you need to get your shot. For the price and sharpness it's the best in the market, and a far better choice than the older Canon 70-300mm usm that's still packaged with camera bundles. [gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" ids="11917,11933,11915,11922,11920,11934,11931,11932,11929,11928,11919,11914"] amazon-logo_transparentBH-logo-480x250 

Buy it today at Amazon or B&H!

Optional lens hood ET-63 can be found on Amazon here or B&H here to prevent lens flare and glare from other lights.

Rokinon 14mm - Best Budget Lens for Astrophotography!

Hands-on review with the budget-friendly Rokinon 14mm full frame lens - Is this the BEST budget lens for shooting the night sky full of stars? And you all have suggested some great alternatives I listed below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TSrFKLzsrQUPDATE SEPT- 2017 The IRIX Firefly is sharper with better features for Full Frame astrophotographers and is now my pick for budget astrophotography lens.Watch this updated video and learn more Buy the IRIX Firefly from B&H Photo $400.00Using my links for purchase or shopping of ANYTHING helps support the work we do here.

 Alternative options

Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 (manual focus)  $429 - Buy from B&H Photo

Good

  • Faster Aperture
  • Full Frame compatible
  • Takes Filters
  • Lovely walk around focal length for general photography

Bad

  • On crop 24 = 36mm, less exciting for wide starry skies

Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens $429 - Buy from B&H Photo (best option for crop DSLRS)

Good

  • 16mm on Crop - nice and wide

Bad

  • Crop Only
  • Still no filter threads

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood - $232 - $299 - Buy from B&H Photo

Good

  • WIDEEEEEE!
  • CHEAP!!!!

Bad

  • Crop Only
  • No filters
  • f/3.5
  • Fish eye even more limited in use.

Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS $299  - $399 - Buy from B&H Photo (my pick for MIRRORLESS crop alternative)

Good

  • Very portable
  • Takes filters
  • Fast f/2.0

Bad

  • Not available for DSLRS- only mirrorless

Rokinon 16mm f/2.0 $351 - $380 - Buy from B&H Photo (decent alternative - just not very wide)

Good

  • Takes filters
  • Fast f/2.0

Bad

  • Crop only
  • Barely wider than kit lens

 Learn more about the Tokina 11-16 vs the Canon 10-18 and Canon 10-22Learn more about the more expensive full frame wide angle lens options- Canon 16-35, Tamron 15-30 

Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 and 30mm f/1.4 DC

We have Sigma's press release below - The 50-100 f/1.8 at $1099 is an interesting lens, certainly one of the more expensive APS-C lenses but still way below the cost of something like the 70-200 f/2.8 and likely providing better performance on an APS-C camera.   The 30mm f/1.4 looks really nice for micro 4/3 as a portrait lens - you have roughly a 2x crop with micro 4/3 which makes this a fast 60mm lens for just $339! Sigma Expands Its Global Vision Lens Line With Two New High-Performance Lenses:50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art and 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary50-100mm is first constant aperture F1.8 telephoto zoom; 30mm represents first affordable F1.4 high-performance lens for mirrorless camerasKANAGAWA, JAPAN  February 23, 2016 Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessories manufacturer, today announced the addition of two high-performance APS-C format lenses to the Sigma Global Vision product line: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens and the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens.“Sigma’s aim is to provide high-performance lens options that lead with innovation and break new boundaries for every photographic scenario our customers can dream up,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “These new lenses build on Global Vision’s great IQ technology and reflect this goal, delivering immense value, quality and performance that the Sigma brand is known for.”Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM ArtBuilding on the groundbreaking Sigma Global Vision 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens, the new Sigma 50-100 F1.8 (75-150mm on 35mm format) mid-range zoom lens embodies the same engineering prowess to deliver outstanding prime lens-like results. Factoring in the APS-C image circle of 1.5x, the 50-100mm F1.8 covers three popular short tele prime focal lengths: 85mm, 105mm and 135mm. Like the 18-35mm F1.8, the new 50-100mm F1.8 maintains a constant F1.8 aperture yielding exceptional brightness and resolution throughout the zoom, while simultaneously maintaining focus as the lens is zoomed, a feature videographers will greatly appreciate.Sigma 50-100 f/1.8Sigma Art Line Image Technology Innovation

  • Features three FLD (F Low Dispersion) glass elements, one SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, and one high-refractive index, high-dispersion glass element to minimize aberrations.
  • Redesigned and enhanced, the new Hyper Sonic Motor is 30% slimmer and provides fast and accurate AF.
  • Highly durable polycarbonate diaphragm made with fluorine; blades feature carbon feather film offering exceptionally smooth operation even during continuous shooting.

Outstanding Zoom Lens Maneuverability

  • Inner focusing and zoom design offer versatile shooting options
  • Tripod socket for stable, comfortable operation
  • Features 21 elements / 15 groups, Minimum Aperture: F16, 82mm filter thread, Minimum Focus Distance: 37.4in, Dimensions: 3.7x6.7, Weight: 52.6oz

The new Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. For more information, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com/50-100mm-f1-8-dc-hsm-art.Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN ContemporaryCombining outstanding optical performance and compact design, the new affordable Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens brings immense value to mirrorless cameras. Boasting superior image quality with F1.4 brightness, the versatile lens covers a wide range of photo and video capture scenarios, delighting users with its beautiful bokeh effects.Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DCContemporary Line Performance and Value

  • Represents first affordable F1.4 performance lens for the mirrorless market
  • Sigma engineered quality within a sleek compact design
  • Fast, smooth AF stepping motor designed to support video
  • Features one aspherical element and one double-sided aspherical element producing imaging quality comparable to the Art line.
  • Features 9 elements / 7 groups, Minimum Aperture: F16, 52mm filter thread, Minimum Focus Distance: 11.8in, Weight: 9.3oz, Dimensions: 2.6x2.9in.

The new Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens will be available in Sony E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds mount. For more information, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com/30mm-f1-4-dc-dn-c.Sigma Global Vision lenses including the new 50-100mm F1.8 DC Art and 30mm F1.4 Contemporary lenses can be updated with the latest lens software from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately).

Sony 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens - Image Samples

Quick Review -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp8diXkUh3o Sony 35mm f/2.8 ZA lens.Sony 35mm f/2.8 ZA LensSpecs:

  • f/2.8 to f/22
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • 4.23 oz (120 g)
  • Integrated Lens Hood
  • 49mm filter size
  • $798.00
Pros: Sharp, high-quality lens in a lightweight and portable packageCons: Cost, Only f/2.8 (see used link below for savings)Sample Images -  (Full size RAW to download)