Tonight from the PhotoPlus Expo, Sigma has announced the pricing and availability of its new 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art lens. It will be on shelves next month, starting with Canon mounts, for the MSRP of $899. That’s quite a bit less than the Canon equivalent that, for many, leaves a lot to be desired. If Sigma’s past lenses have been any indication of quality, we can expect it to be worth it. [more]
Nikon put out a video that seems to be teasing something huge for the company… the retro full frame compact that has been hitting the rumor mill pretty heavily in the past week. That said, this video from Nikon seems to be pointing to the rumors being more fact than fiction. This camera looks like it’s coming, and soon. [more]
This was unexpected: the popular retailer and manufacture of digital and physical imagery products, Shutterfly, has aquired BorrowLenses, one of the top online gear rental outlets in the country. As part of the deal, BorrowLenses’s Founders Max Shevyakov and Mark Gurevich, will join Shutterfly Inc. Aside from vesting stock information for the two founders (and even then, that information includes no explicit dollar amount), no monetary value of the exchange has been released. [more]
I am not sure how widespread the issue is, but for some of us who updated to Apple’s latest OS, Mavericks, Adobe Creative Cloud doesn’t seem to be functioning fully. Some Fstoppers staff are reporting the inability to access their cloud files, inability to update their apps, and in an extreme case, the inability to even open any Adobe apps. So we ask, how is it working for you? [more]
I’m all kinds of excited for Photo Expo this week in New York. One of the biggest things I am looking forward to is Shoot NYC just down the street from the Convention. If you are planning on attending the convention this week, don’t forget to register for the Hasselblad/Broncolor Shoot NYC. It’s packed with free speakers and will be a great chance to get your hands on some of the worlds best gear. Plus it’s totally free.
If you are fortunate enough to be in London right now Lukas Renlund and Anders Lönnfeldt are wrapping up their third and last day of “Steal My Photograph! London” (ending 4pm London time). This series is one of my favorite photo exhibit concepts to date. In case you missed them, here is the 1st and 2nd installment of the series. I’ll bring you the results of the London exhibit as soon as the boys get it off the cutting room floor.
Big news in the world of Fuji today. They’ve just announced the release of two new models – the mid range mirrorless, interchangeable lens 16.3 megapixel APS-C sensor XE-2, which replaces the XE-1. The also announced the compact point and shoot XQ1, which supersedes the XF1. Both cameras are available for pre-order now and will be shipping next month, in November.
In the wee hours of the night Nikon announced the new D5300, not even a year after its predecessor the D5200. It’s no doubt that entry level cameras are going above and beyond what they originally were, but new features on the D5300 rumor to make it appeal to videographers and photographers alike. [more]
Nikon has unveiled the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens priced at $1696, apt timing after Zeiss released their $4000 55mm last week. The lens uses two aspherical elements, a Nano Crystal Coating, and Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating in an attempt to remove all traces of flaring or light falloff. Nikon claims this will allow it to be used in low-light situations by maintaining edge-to-edge sharpness and even lighting at all apertures. [more]
If you’re curious about learning how to shoot video with your DSLR, or wanting to improve the video you shoot, this might be right up your alley. New York fashion and portrait photographers and videographers, Lindsay Adler and Jeff Rojas, are about to kick off a 3 day workshop called ‘Keep It Simple – Video for Photographers’ on Creative Live focused on helping photographers make the jump into shooting great video simply and efficiently. [more]
I’ve wanted to be impressed with Sony for a long time, and I think that time has finally come. The rumored full frame compact interchangeable lens camera is real, as Sony has announced the Alpha 7R and Alpha 7. Featuring full frame sensors, fast hybrid AF with phase-detection and a new image processing engine, these might be everything we’ve wanted in a compact camera. [more]
UPDATED: Estimated arrival date released. In a stunning development, Sigma has placed the rumored 24-105mm on their website. I say stunning, because the whole of the Sigma USA team is on holiday today and we were never briefed on this lens officially (which is HIGHLY unusual, eg. this is the first time it’s happened). This story is still developing, but the page is live and you can look at it yourself. [more]
If you’ve been following Fstoppers, you might recall the Benro S2 and S4 video monopods that we reviewed in the spring of 2013. They’re solid, and despite an abundance of plastic parts that could be a turn off, the larger S4 was a great monopod. Seeing the need for one just a bit larger, Benro today announced the S6 video monopod. [more]
The portfolio review is likened to speed dating for good reason — you often have only 20 minutes to make a lasting impression. Whether you are having a one-on-one chat in a prospective client’s office or meeting at a photo festival round robin with several reviewers, here’s some advice for how to succeed… and, hopefully, put yourself in contention for future visual opportunities. As the saying goes, “you never have a second chance to make a first impression.”
Photoshelter has some pretty sweet webinars relatively regularly, and this week they’re hosting one on aerial photography: “How Eric Cheng Is Democratizing Aerial Photography.” Eric Cheng spent over 10 years mastering underwater photography before deciding to try his hand at aerial videography. Now he’s already turning the industry on its head with a new innovation that allows photographers to capture above-ground footage without the massive expense of a helicopter. [more]