Sony: Canon Adopted Lenses AF Speed On Canon DSLRs And A7RII Is A Close Match

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It seems that Sony is going after Canon shooters and are trying to make an enticing offer that will allow Canonistas to keep their lens collection while moving to a A7R II system.

In a recent (somewhat promotional) interview between (Sony Artisan) Thibault Roland and a top engineer from the recently announced A7R II crew, the engineer claimed that with a full firmware upgrade and a good lens adapter like the Metabones Mark IV, Sony’s are a tight match for AF speed vs Canon DSLRs:

We were confirmed that AF of Canon lenses was “much faster than before. With adapters (and in particular with a firmware updated Metabones mark IV) Canon lenses are almost as fast as on a Canon body”

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Meet the Sigma 24-35mm DG HSM; The World’s First f/2 Full Frame Zoom Lens

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Sigma’s Art lens lineup continues to impress with the introduction of the 24-35mm f/2; the world’s fastest constant aperture full frame zoom lens.

The focal length struck some people as odd, others were disappointed it wasn’t the rumored 24-70mm f/2 lens, but if this lens is as good as Sigma says it is it could easily replace 24mm, 28mm and 35mm prime lenses for those who do not need the f/1.4 aperture.

The company calls this lens “another notch on Sigma’s belt for pure photographic innovation”, and I couldn’t agree more.

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Leaked Images Reveal a Full Frame Sigma 24-35mm f/2 ART Lens; Coming “Soon”

sigma_24-35f2_001Sigma has hit it off big time with the ART series of lenses and if these leaked images are real it seems the company has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

For years now there has been talk about a rumored 24-70 f/2 lens coming from Sigma, and this might be the lens behind all the chatter.

While disappointing that the focal length doesn’t go all the way to 70mm, Sigma has done an amazing job lately with its lenses and I don’t expect this one to be an exception.

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Ricoh GR II Announced; No Touchscreen and Rather Disappointing

Ricoh_GRIIMaybe I’m missing something here, but the Ricoh GR replacement was officially revealed and I’m not quite sure why.

I mean, the camera includes some nice specs for a compact camera, but Ricoh has had 26 months to work on the GR II and there’s not much to show for it.

Below are the full specs; maybe you’ll disagree and I’m still numb from the crazy upgrades packed in Sony’s a7R II.

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Canon PowerShot G3 X Comes With a Hefty Lens and No Buffer Lag

Canon_G3XCanon’s Latest premium compact camera has been announced today, joining the G1 X Mark II and G7 X.

Boasting a 25x optical zoom, equivalent to 24-600mm in 35mm terms, the camera’s lens makes it not-so-compact, but sports and action shooters will enjoy the long zoom combined with 5.9 frames per second and no buffer lag (probably just for JPEGs).

The 20.2MP 1″ CMOS Sensor and the DIGIC 6 Processor are said to enable high-resolution, low-noise images up to ISO 12800, but does it justify the rather hefty price tag?

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DxO ONE Camera Boasts a 1” CMOS 20.2 MP Sensor and Attachs to Your iPhone; Coming Tomorrow

DxO-ONE-cameraFor the past week DxO has been sharing mysterious teasers on its New Shape of Photography website, announcing its new vision of photography will launch on June 18th.

It didn’t take too long, however, before the secret was revealed and the full specs of the upcoming camera were made available prior to the official release.

The camera, claiming to include the world’s most advanced image processing, can be used as a standalone camera or connect to an iPhone/iPad to offer a large interactive viewfinder and ‘other powerful DSLR features’.

While DxO’s desire to pour its extensive knowledge into creating its own camera is understandable, how will this move affect the credibility of the company’s sensor and lens ratings?

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Nine of the Common Species of Amateur Photographers You Can Spot in the Wild

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You know them, you’ve encountered them, you might even be one of them and now you can finally learn about more about them.

In a 5-minute long Nat Geo-style documentary parody, the team at DigitalRev TV present nine of the common species of amateur photographer you can spot in the wild.

The species include the Streetus Togus, easily found in the urban jungle, and the extremely territorial and annoying Photographus Bombus.

Watch the humorous video to also learn about the Gear Whore-us, the Instagramanus and other widespread species.

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Sony and Olympus Release Firmware Updates for a6000, a7, a7R, a7S, E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II

Just days after announcing the extraordinary a7R II, Sony has announced the 2.0 software version for its popular a6000, a7, a7R and a7S.

Reducing the start-up time for all cameras, and brining XAVC-S recording to the a6000, the download links should become available shortly.

Olympus also released firmware updates for two of its E-system cameras: the E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II.

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Nikon Rumored to Announce New 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR Lenses with a Fluorite Element

Nikon 500mm. The fluorite element will make it smaller.

Nikon 500mm. The fluorite element will make it smaller.

Nikon’s 500mm and 600mm f/4G ED VR lenses are rumored to be updated in the near future, with a fluorite element being added to each.

The aging lenses were announced in 2007 and will be smaller and lighter, though more expensive, thanks to the new technology.

The flagship D5 should also be announced before the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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