Sigma Ships Its Most Anticipated Global Vision Lens of the Year – Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Nine FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Dust- and Moisture-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters

The Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports will begin shipping in Canon mount in late December for $1499. You can pre-order it at B&H Photo

Sigma press release:

Sigma Ships Its Most Anticipated Global Vision Lens of the Year – Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens

Ronkonkoma, NY – December 10, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced the pricing and availability of the highly anticipated Sports line addition announced at Photokina – the new flagship large-aperture telephoto zoom Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports. The new lens to complete the Sigma F2.8 zoom trio, including the award-winning 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Artwide-angle zoom and the 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art modern workhorse zoom – the essential tools for professional photographers, will begin shipping in Canon mount in late December for $1499.00. The advanced optical formula delivers the renowned Sigma Art image quality inside the rugged, weatherproof build of a Sports lens.

As Jim Koepnick, a leading aviation photographer and a Sigma Pro, states, “There are three lenses a working professional photographer always wants in his or her camera bag – a wide zoom, a medium zoom and a telephoto zoom. All of professional quality and F2.8 brightness. We call it the must-have trio. With those three lenses you can handle just about any job a client throws at you. The trio in my camera bag has just been updated in a most professional way. I’ve just added the new Sigma 70-200 F2.8 Sport lens. For my type of photography, which includes action, commercial and photojournalism, this lens will get the majority of my use. Putting it to work the last few days, the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 Sport lens delivered in every case with professional caliber results.”

Key Features and Benefits
Outstanding Action-Capture Performance
With the strongest possible optical formula, sturdy yet lightweight design and exceptional handling, the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 Sports lens is a staple for professional photographers and advanced amateurs looking to expand their artistic expression in an action setting. The lens incorporates Intelligent OS with an acceleration sensor and the latest algorithm capable of panning in all directions. This algorithm, alongside high-speed AF and HSM, allows photographers to capture instantaneous photography movement, an absolute necessity for the best sports and action lenses.

10 Exclusive Low-Dispersion Glass Elements
The Sigma 70-200 F2.8 Sports’ optical design delivers excellent correction of color aberration through its 9 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements. This ensures high resolution from the center to the edges of the image, making it suitable for all photography genres, from news to sports to wildlife. It’s even great for portrait photography, with a smooth bokeh effect achieved through 11 rounded diaphragm blades and optimizing spherical aberration.

Strong Build Withstanding the Toughest Weather
Like all other lenses from the Sigma Sports line, the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 is handcrafted with a dust- and splash-proof structure featuring a water- and oil-repelling coating on the front element. Photographers can take on the most difficult shooting conditions without having to worry about lens safety – instead, they can rest assured they will capture sharp images even in the most challenging situations. Despite its robust structure, this lens stands out with its light weight and high mobility thanks to the magnesium alloy components incorporated into its build. The new state-of-the-art facility located at the Sigma Aizu factory in Fukushima, Japan is now fully operational and solely dedicated to the processing of magnesium alloy. It provides toughness and durability while being lightweight, and minimizes the weight typically associated with a telephoto zoom lens.

Versatility with Multiple Customization Options
Equipped with customization options such as a Focus Limiter and Manual Override, the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens is extremely versatile. An AF Function button is present to allocate various functions. By selecting it from the menu on the camera body, or using the optional Sigma USB Dock, users can locate and manipulate functions other than AF Lock to expand and accommodate their shooting styles. In addition, the tripod socket with 90° click stops, also made with a tough yet lightweight magnesium, is incorporated to ensure easier changes of shooting position from vertical to horizontal and vice versa. It can be attached directly to an Arca Swiss type clamp.

The Third Lens in a Maximum Performance Trio
The 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, alongside the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art and the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art, completes the lineup of three F2.8 large-aperture zoom lenses capable of covering focal lengths from 14mm to 200mm. The three F2.8 zooms consisting of wide, standard and telephoto, are also known as “The Big Three Zooms,” offer wide coverage of the focal range, F2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range and extreme durability. Together, the lenses produce maximum performance in various scenarios, including scouting filming locations or overseas reporting assignments.

Yongnuo YN 35mm f/1.4 Lens (Canon Mount) In Stock And Ready To Ship At Amazon US

Yongnuo YN 35mm

Amazon US has the  Yongnuo YN 35mm f/1.4 lens for Canon mount in stock and ready to ship at $399.99.

Product highlights:

  • 35mm focal length provides wider angle of view for various photographic subjects such as landscape, portrait, street snap.You can also get close to the subject to do a close-up shooting with closest focusing distance of approx.0.35m and large aperture of F1.4 flexibly.
  • Bokeh can be obtained easily to highlight the effect of the subject,in low-light conditions,you can also use low sensitivity and higher shutter speed for shooting. Equipped with 2 pieces of aspherical lenses, which can effectively compensate a variety of aberration.
  • The whole series of this product adopt glass optical lens and multilayer coating technology to effectively increase light transmittance and control backlight ghost image and glare. Adopts 2 pieces of abnormal dispersion lenses,which not only effectively represses dispersion lens problem ,but also improves secondary spectrum.
  • Equipped with USB port. You can download the latest firmware from the official YONGNUO website and update the lens. Live view focusing (Lv). makes it easier to focus when shooting from special angles, or focus precisely from the broadened view on the display screen.
  • Adopts 7pcs of aperture blades, which helps to take picture of circular defocused spots as well as 14-star effect if you stop down the aperture. Supports auto focus and manual focus,you can select the focus mode according to your own shooting needs.

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens In Stock And Ready To Ship At Focus Camera

Sigma 60-600mm

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports at a glance:

  • Focal Length: 60-600mm
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5-6.3 to f/22-32
  • Canon Mount
  • Full Frame Format
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 25 lens elements in 19 groups
  • 3 FLD lens elements and 1 SLD element
  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF system
  • 1:3.3 magnification ratio
  • Dustproof, Splashproof, Water and oil repellent

Focus Camera has the new Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports in stock and ready to ship at $1,999.

Skylum Luminar 3 With Libraries Comes December 18, Pre-Order Today At A Special Price

Skylum opened pre-orders for the upcoming Luminar 3 with Libraries at a discounted price. But it gets better: you can preorder it today with an additional $10/€10 discount using code “WATCH“ at checkout, and hence paying $49/€49 instead of $59/€59. Luminar 3 includes the highly anticipated library module that will make it a full fledged alternative to Lightroom. Luminar 3 will be made available for download on December 18, 2018. If you pre-order before 12/8 you get a bunch 0f bonus items.

Pricing:

● New users can purchase Luminar for $49/€49 using coupon code “WATCH
● Current users of Luminar 2018 can upgrade for $39/€39 with coupon code “WATCH“).

Bonuses:

● US$20 gift card to Manfrotto & Gitzo
● 3 video tutorials by Dan Kordan
● 3-month ViewBug membership
● 2-month KelbyOne membership
● Free eBook from Rocky Nook
● US$300 OFF Iceland Photo Tours

luminar 3

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The Most Popular Photo Gear Rentals at Lensrentals, Canon Dominates

Canon Lens Rentals

Lensrentals posted some stats about the gear they rent. As expected Canon has quite a presence.

  1. Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II
  2. Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
  3. Canon 5D Mark IV
  4. Canon 5D Mark III
  5. Sennheiser G3 Wireless Mic Kit -Freq A
  6. Sony Alpha a7S II
  7. Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
  8. Canon 35mm f/1.4L II
  9. Canon 50mm f/1.2L
  10. Sony Alpha a7 III
  11. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS
  12. Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L
  13. Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro
  14. Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 3-Axis Stabiliser
  15. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III
  16. Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
  17. Panasonic GH5
  18. Sony Alpha a7R III
  19. GoPro HERO6 Black
  20. Nikon D750

And here is the share of camera brands:

Brand This Year Last Year
Canon 41.57% 44.90%
Sony 26.31% 24.67%
Nikon 15.28% 15.06%
Panasonic 9.41% 6.72%
FujiFilm 4.27% 4.65%
Leica 1.49% 1.72%
Olympus 0.95% 1.47%
Pentax 0.49% 0.60%
Hasselblad 0.22% 0.22%

 

Photokina 2019 Has Been Cancelled, Comes Back in 2020

Photokina

Well, this comes as a surprise.

Photokina 2019 has been cancelled. The next Photokina will happen in May 2020. Is this a sign of the crisis the photo industry is experiencing?

Photokina press release:

The next photokina will take place in May 2020

Imaging industry and Koelnmesse decide on new starting point for the new annual cycle

Following a successful photokina 2018, the German Photo Industry Association (PIV), as conceptual sponsor of the trade fair, and the event’s organiser Koelnmesse have agreed not to organise the next leading global trade fair in May 2019, as initially planned, but in May 2020. From Wednesday 27 May 2020 to Saturday 30 May 2020, all the market leaders in the imaging industry are expected once again in Cologne. The decision to postpone the start of the announced annual cycle by one year is intended to give all participants the opportunity to further develop the new concept for photokina and to tap into new target groups among exhibitors and visitors in order to heighten the status of the trade fair as a global platform for the photography and imaging industry.

“photokina 2018 clearly exceeded our already optimistic expectations with groundbreaking innovations and 180,000 visitors from 127 countries,” explained PIV’s CEO Rainer Führes. “As a result, we set the bar very high for the next event. It is therefore unlikely that, in May 2019 after just over seven months, we will once again be able to create the same enthusiastic atmosphere that characterised photokina 2018. This is why we have decided to start the planned annual cycle in 2020. The Photoindustrie-Verband would like to thank Koelnmesse for its willingness to quickly comply with this request. This shows once again the great professionalism and excellent customer orientation that has characterised our trusting partnership for decades now.”

“We understand that even the most powerful technology companies cannot ensure that they will once again be able to bring such innovative strength to the exhibition halls as we experienced at photokina 2018 within an extremely short lead time of just seven months,” added Koelnmesse’s CEO Gerald Böse. “It is precisely these innovations, however, that shape the character of photokina as the world’s leading trade fair – as does the presence of all the leading suppliers in the industry as well as important users, retailers and service providers worldwide. In order to make sure we can continue to fulfil this requirement in the future and meet the expectations of exhibitors and visitors with every event, we have responded flexibly to PIV’s wishes. This will ensure the continued unique impact and public appeal of one of our flagship trade fairs in the future.”

This year, photokina had successfully presented itself with a new concept, which included the increased involvement of new exhibitors from innovative areas such as mobile, imaging analytics, digital workflow and moving images, as well as a stronger focus on experience for visitors. This combination of experience and product presentation, which was very well received by younger target groups in particular, ensured full halls, overcrowded workshops and spectacular presentations on the event areas, in front of which large crowds of people repeatedly formed, despite the trade fair being shortened by two days. As a result, the trade fair was mentioned not only in conventional media but also in digital and social channels such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to a greater extent than in previous years. The newly created Imaging Lab, in which start-ups, investors and scientists presented and discussed new imaging applications, also proved to be an important impetus for the entire industry. Together with numerous groundbreaking innovations from established imaging companies, this resulted in a showcase of the great dynamism with which the imaging industry is positioning itself for the digital future and which will also shape photokina 2020.