The non-photographers might want to skip this blog post as it is a fairly detailed Tamron 70-180 v Canon 70-200 lens review for Sony E-mount cameras. There have been lots of reviews comparing the new Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD (A056) against the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS (SEL70200GM) and Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS (SEL70200G) zoom lenses. These reviews are great, but I feel there’s a bit of gap as they assume you already have one of the big white Sony zoom lenses. I know many people that have switched to Sony over the last few years from Canon who have held onto some of their Canon lenses to use with an adapter. With the Sony 70-200 f2.8 currently costing £2149.00 quite a few I know have held onto their Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens, put off by the huge cost of the Sony equivalent. This was definitely the case for me.
The Zhiyun Crane 3S is the latest iteration of Zhiyun’s flagship line of Crane gimbals, traditionally designed for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. On first glance, the Crane 3S looks a lot like the Crane 3 LAB, but it definitely holds a few extra tricks up its sleeve.
I’ve been using one for a few weeks now when weather and Scotland’s lockdown rules have allowed and I’m going to go over some of those differences and the advantages the Crane 3S has to offer over the Crane 3 LAB.
The Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN is fast becoming my favorite L mount lens for the Sigma fp. I’ve been taking it around Scotland to capture some wonderful scenes like his scene of Bow Fiddle Rock close. The wide field of view it provides along with its clean and sharp rendering makes it a joy to shoot landscapes with. Today I want to show you how I use this lens without cumbersome front filters using the Haida’s Rear Lens ND Filter Kit (B&H, Amazon).
Since the announcement of the new Nikon D6, it’s been a long wait till the camera was available in the market. Here in Singapore, we finally received the first batch of Nikon D6. I was very fortunate to be invited by Nikon Singapore to have a hands-on experience with the new camera.
Like the predecessor D5, the D6 is nothing short of the ruggedness of what a professional needs. There are no doubts that the D6 will continue the legacy to produce high-quality images under any challenging situation.
The year 2020 is for sure a breaking point for the photography industry as the market got filled with mirrorless cameras from major brands and with them, many lenses were developed specifically for these systems.
Canon is one example. We now have the first EOS R system, a promise that will be the point of the spear for the years to come for this brand. Not only we saw the arrival of their first two mirrorless cameras – the Canon EOS R and EOS RP – but also a line of supreme objectives for the RF mount. No one can deny the quality of these glasses, becoming some of the best glasses nowadays. In the same way, it’s hard to ignore how expensive they are, getting at the top of the prices. Taking into consideration the previous asseveration, third-party manufacturers are also developing alternative options for the consumer with more affordable prices.
Recently Meike announced their new 3.5mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye lens. It’s a super low budget extreme wide-angle lens costing a mere $159.99 designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless systems.
New Zealand based Photographer and filmmaker Richard Wong has been playing with one for a little while. In this video, he goes over it in quite some depth offering up his thoughts about the new lens and puts it side-by-side against the similarly-ludicrously-wide Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens.
Variable neutral density filters have become invaluable tools for many photographers and filmmakers. They allow us to carry less kit to be able to extend our shutter speed in a variety of lighting conditions vs big holders and multiple square format filters. In recent years, their prices have fallen quite dramatically, too, while their overall quality has greatly improved.
Moment’s recently released variable ND filters have come in at a very attractive price, but do they hold up to scrutiny? With the lockdown in Scotland, I haven’t been able to get out to play with them properly in the wild yet, but I have been able to do some testing to get an idea of their capabilities. So, here’s what I think.
DJI recently announced the much anticipated Mavic Air 2 drone. It boasts an impressive feature set over its predecessor, with a whopping 48-megapixel 1/2″ sensor, 4K 60fps video, HDR video, a 10-kilometre range and a rather substantial 34-minute flight time. But how well does it actually work? How does it feel to use?
Well, with all the lockdown in place around the world at the moment, it’s difficult for those who have units to really get out and give it a good try. But in this video, iPhonedo does what he can, showing us what comes included with the kit, some footage shot with the camera and some tests of how the various tracking modes work (wich some very impressive obstacle avoidance).
The Godox AD300Pro is the latest portable flash in the Godox X 2.4Ghz system lineup. It sits between the AD200Pro and AD400Pro in terms of power, but it seems to have the best bits of both. It has a decent amount of power when you need it, with colour consistency and fast recycle times, but it’s also small. Smaller than a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.
This review from Wes Perry goes through the features of the lens, with some practical tests and demonstrations offering up some of his thoughts of how the flash performs. It also has a few unique tricks of its own, that neither of its nearest siblings can perform – like a bicolour modelling light.
We’ve been fans of the Feelworld F6 Plus here at DIYP for a while. It’s a great monitor for what it costs, offering a 1080p IPS touchscreen display, LUTs and 4K HDMI support. We first saw it a year ago at NAB 2019 in Las Vegas. I finally got my hands on one about six months ago and posted my complete review back in November. Or at least, it was complete then. Now, that review is a little incomplete. So, let’s call this Review Part 1.5.
Two of the things I mentioned in my review that the Feelworld F6 Plus was lacking were a waveform and a vectorscope. Well, it looks like Feelworld has listened because a recently released firmware has just added both of those features to this inexpensive monitor. This might just make it the best value on-camera monitor on the market today.