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Tamron promises better performance with updated 70-200mm and 10-24mm zooms

Create: 02/17/2017 - 21:19
Tamron 70-200mm and 10-24mm

Tamron has updated two of its zooms that sit at opposite ends of the optical spectrum.

The 70-200mm zoom has several new features, while the 10-24mm lens also gets a makeover.

Visually, both lenses align with Tamron’s new design that includes the gold ring near the lens mount that it began using last year with its SP series lenses. The 11-24mm is not an SP lens, but still gets the gold (ring).

Sony 85mm, 100mm optics expand E-mount portrait-lens offerings

Create: 02/17/2017 - 18:11
Sony FE 100mm and 85mm

Sony has released two full-frame E-mount lenses to satisfy different types of portrait photographers.

The two autofocus lenses should appeal to different buyers – specifically, those with a large photography budget and those on a tight budget, as well as those who are interested in the special feature of one of the lenses.

Sigma product updates cover 30mm lens, SD Quattro H and Sigma Photo Pro software

Create: 02/06/2017 - 17:38
Sigma Photo products

Sigma has released several updates that are noteworthy, covering a lens, a camera body and its own image-editing software.

All of the updates are available from Sigma's website, and the links are provided below.

Sigma f/1.4 30mm DC DN | Contemporary for Micro Four Thirds mount

Firmware update v1.2 addresses an issue when the lens was mounted to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II in which the autofocus did not work when C-AF was selected.

The great outdoors awaits the 24.3-MP Pentax KP DSLR

Create: 01/25/2017 - 23:42
Pentax KP

While there are many digital SLRs that are made to operate in all kinds of conditions, Ricoh Imaging is marketing the Pentax KP as a camera for all seasons.

The Pentax KP has a 24.3-MP APS-C CMOS sensor that is linked to the Prime IV image-processing system. There is no low-pass filter, which is being seen increasingly these days. The ISO range is 100 to an astounding 819,200. Whether the top of the range is a usable ISO will remain to be seen.

Fujifilm looks to the X-T2 to create the X-T20

Create: 01/22/2017 - 21:25
Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm’s successor to its X-10 seems to have a lot in common with another of its newer bodies, the X-T2.

The X-T20 uses the same 24.3-MP X-Trans III CMOS sensor. Like Fujifilm’s other X-series cameras, this is an APS-C sensor. Its ISO range is 200 to 12,800, which can be extended to 100 to 51,200.

Coinciding with the announcement of the X-T20 is a new f/2.0 50mm lens.

Fujifilm GFX mirrorless medium-format digital system ready for its February debut

Create: 01/22/2017 - 18:36
Fujifilm GFX system

For those who have been waiting anxiously for the Fujifilm mirrorless digital medium-format system, the wait is nearly over.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S and three of six lenses should begin shipping February 2017 and will be priced competitively with similar offerings.

The highly anticipated camera comes at a good time for Fujfilm, which has built a solid following with its X-series cameras and lenses.

Fujifilm stays the course with the rangefinder-style X100F

Create: 01/21/2017 - 23:03
Fujifilm X100F

It was nearly five years ago in 2011 that Fujifilm reinvigorated its digital camera lineup with the X100.

What made the X100 so popular was its retro styling and a rangefinder style optical-electronic viewfinder that the camera-buying public loved.

Up to that point, Fujiflm had produced quite a few digital point and shoots and several DSLRs that were based on Nikon bodies fittied with a Fujifilm sensor.

Leica M10 edges closer to the film experience

Create: 01/19/2017 - 22:27
Leica M10

As time goes on, Leica continues its effort to make its full-frame digital M rangefinder series more like its film cameras.

In annoucing its latest camera, the Leica M10 (Typ 3656), Leica spends time discussing how it is similar to its traditional film cameras.

For example, the body from back to front is 33.7mm – identical to a film M body. Leica says it’s the slimmest digital M to date.

Harvard University offers free online digital photography course

Create: 01/15/2017 - 16:57
Free photogrpahy class

UPDATE: This course was withdrawn from Alison's site at the request of Harvard University. Those viewing the program were given until Feb. 15, 2017, to complete the course.

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Harvard University is offering inexperienced photographers the chance to take one of its courses at no cost.

Harvard is working with Alison, a world-wide online learning site, in offering “Digital Photography.”

Video features get even more powerful for Panasonic's new flagship Lumix GH5

Create: 01/13/2017 - 23:10
Panasonic Lumix GH5

Let’s get right to the point.

While the Panasonic Lumix GH4 is one heck of a good camera for still photography, many bought it for shooting video, and that was always noticed by Panasonic.

In the digital camera space, the Lumix GH4 is considered one of the best cameras for professional video.

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