If you couldn't make it to the Photo Plus Expo in New York (PPE) which kicks off today, you don't have to miss out on everything. Not only will our own Zach Sutton be reporting from the show floor, but Sigma is providing a live stream from their booth that they are calling "Sigma Safari," featuring hands-on shooting experiences starring professional models transformed into safari animals.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
In 2012 I interviewed Carli Davidson regarding her animal portrait photography. She was able to bring out and show personality and emotion in our furry friends in a way that was truly unique. She recently released her book "SHAKE" which is filled with pages upon pages of dogs shaking off, caught in the action. If you or anyone you know is a dog-lover, this is a book you'll want sitting on your coffee table.
I don't speak Russian, but to understand what is going on in this video, you don't have to. It's amazing what can be done in post, but to be honest, I wasn't even aware the extent this could be done in video. You can see the "cloud" following her hair on the right, so I'm guessing they did some retouching on a still frame, and then motion-tracked those layers with her eyes. Perhaps? I don't know. It's pretty amazing stuff.
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.
Sony's new Alpha 7R is flying off the shelves at B&H. From what I've gathered, they're selling pre-orders at a ridiculously rapid pace for a camera body that has not yet been reviewed. Based on that, and generally the hankering by photographers for more full frame bodies, it is only a matter of time before it's joined by other camera makers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canon Rumors is reporting an image of what appears to be a legit image of the rumored 24-105mm f/4 that Sigma has purportedly been working on. It will supposedly be heavier and larger than the Canon 24-105, but that's not unexpected given the build of the previous pro lenses Sigma has released.
I love order. I'm kind of crazy when it comes to organizizing (Taxi Driver reference). One of my favorite Tumblr blogs is is all about unrelated things fitting into each other. So when I saw this series on Reddit submitted by yamsilem, I got really excited. They are images from the book "The Art of Cleanup," by Ursus Wehrli (Author), Geri Born (Photographer), Daniel Spehr (Photographer). It speaks to my soul. It makes me want to organize my sock drawer. Or my liquor cabinet. Or everything.
At least once a week I enjoy watching something that totally blows my mind. I love challenging my brain and my perspective, and this video featuring Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses does just that. Not really sure what it's supposed to teach me about sunglasses, but it sure as heck is sweet to watch.
I certainly wasn't expecting this from Leica today: The new Leica Ultravid Colorline collection of compact, high quality binoculars. In addition to the classic models with black leather trim, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 and Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 are now also available in vibrantly colored leather trim: apple green, Aztec beige, dove blue, Capri blue, cherry red and lemon yellow.
Last summer Lindsay Adler and Brooke Shaden teased a new show they were working on with the [F]ramed Network called "The Concept," where they will take on the challenge of executing a surprise concept by the Framed Producers. Equipped with the same Sigma lenses, both photographers will be expected to shoot the same models in the same location, giving viewers the opportunity to see them plan a shoot from start to finish, the first episode of which will air on October 22.
When Nikon released the D610, I’m sure that many of you (myself included) initially reacted with joy. “Hooray!” we said. “They’ve fixed the problem of the D600! Nikon made things right!” But then I let things sit for a few hours and I realized, Nikon did no such thing. They didn’t fix anything, no more than Canon “fixed” the T4i when they released the T5i. Hooray? No. Not hooray.