Thanks to an error on Amazon’s website, several users in the US were able to score some very expensive photography gear—including lenses and camera kits—for just $94.48 (£75.60) apiece.It started when a Slickdeals member discovered and shared a Prime Day deal for the Sony a6000 mirrorless camera bundled with a 16-50 millimetre lens for $94.48; a kit that normally sells for around $550 (£440).In the wild west that Amazon’s vast online store has become, it’s not uncommon to see questionable third-party sellers offering brand name gear at incredibly low prices which are, more often than not, too good to be true.Not everyone who contributed to the Slickdeals forum’s discussion about this deal saw the discount when they logged into Amazon, and by the time many of them read about the pricing mistake the camera bundle had long sold out.But other members soon noticed that the Sony bundle wasn’t the only piece of photography gear discounted to $94.48.I just bought a 3000$ telescope for 94.48,” while member Eragorn asked, “Just ordered an a7iii for $94 with kit lens...
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After years spent focusing on DSLRs or Micro Four Thirds shooters, Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic have finally all entered the full-frame mirrorless market with their EOS R, Nikon Z, and Lumix S1 camera lines.However, despite all these new challengers, Sony remains the leader in the full-frame mirrorless segment, with the A7 III outselling both the EOS R and Nikon Z combined in Japan.Now, with the new A7R Mark IV, it looks like Sony could extend its lead even more.The A7R IV’s standout feature is a super high-res 61-MP sensor, which Sony claims is a first for a full-frame mirrorless camera), with 10 FPS continuous shooting speeds and 15 stops of dynamic range.The A7R IV has a boatload of other sophisticated upgrades including a special 240-MP pixel shift photo mode, 567 phase detect focus points, and a grippier, redesigned weather-resistant body.Sony says it’s upgraded its eye-tracking autofocus so now you can track both humans and animals in real-time, including while recording video.
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DJI’s popular Ronin-S gimbal has lost some weight.On Wednesday, July 17, DJI launched the Ronin-S Compact (SC), a three-axis gimbal designed to stabilize mirrorless cameras with one hand.But the gimbal is going mobile in more ways than one, integrating new smartphone-powered tools including subject tracking and remote control of the camera’s movement.Weighing 2.4 pounds, the DJI Ronin-SC is 41% lighter than the original.As the heavier hitter, the Ronin-S remains geared for heavier cameras, while the SC supports camera-lens combos up to 4.4 pounds, including most major mirrorless cameras from brands like Sony, Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, and Fujifilm.Despite the weight loss, the Ronin-SC is constructed with magnesium, steel, aluminum, and composite plastic and offers motorized three-axis stabilization.
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Today DJI introduced a new $440 gimbal that allows mirrorless camera users to take command of stabilization in videos of all sorts.This machine is simple-to-use, relatively small, and right on the high end of all the pro points.DJI suggests on their site that “due to limited new product availability,” they’ll only sell two units to each prospective customer.This machine is able to work with a wide variety of cameras and accessories – pretty much anything that’ll fit with its holes and/or ports.Accessory connections include a 1/4” Mounting Hole, 3/8” Mounting Hole, Camera Control Port, Accessory Port, USB-C Port, and an RSA Port.Users will be able to connect wirelessly with the machine using Bluetooth 5.0, with an app for iOS or Android.
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DJI has announced a successor to its Ronin S handheld gimbal that’s smaller, lighter, and cheaper, starting at $439 and available today.It’s called the Ronin SC, with the “c” standing for “compact,” and it’s more tailor-made for mirrorless cameras than its predecessor.The Ronin SC largely shares the design of its predecessor, with a single stalk that leads up to a big 3-axis gimbal, all made of magnesium, steel, aluminum, and composite plastic.There’s a joystick and some buttons, which let the user change how those gimbals move (or control the movement directly).And this time around there are lock switches on each arm of the gimbal, which not only will help users store the Ronin with less chaos, but also should make it easier to initially balance.The big selling point is that the Ronin SC has essentially been shrunk down to a more manageable 2.4 pounds, nearly half the weight of the Ronin S. That means its payload capacity is more limited — it can only carry a total of 4.4 pounds worth of cameras and lenses, compared to the Ronin S’s nearly eight pound capacity.
The camera stabilizer has been an interesting piece of DJI’s product play.A kind of offshoot of the company’s advanced drone-based imaging systems, the Ronin line has allowed it to appeal to photographers and videographers of the terrestrial variety.And as with its drone line, the accessories have grown at an impressive rate, becoming one of the key de facto choices for professional filmmakers.The product sits somewhere between the line’s high end SLR models and entry level products like the smartphone-friendly Osmo Mobile and Pocket.In spite of this, the gimbal is actually more capable than the higher-end Ronins, incorporating a number of smarts developed for drones like the Mavic line.We happened to be at the company’s Shenzhen office this week, ahead of the launch and were able to take the product for a spin in person.
Sony has dropped a bombshell, officially announcing the A7R IV mirrorless camera.Built around a newly developed 61-megapixel full-frame sensor, it is the highest-resolution full-frame camera now on the market — and the one to finally beat out the 50MP Canon EOS 5DSR from 2015.The new sensor offers about a 19-megapixel increase over the A7R III, but thanks to its backside-illuminated design, Sony says it still offers good low-light sensitivity and an impressive 15 stops of dynamic range.The body features improved weather sealing, a stronger lens mount, and a new, more ergonomic handgrip.The electronic viewfinder has been bumped up to 5.76-million pixels (putting it on par with the Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R).Continuous shooting speed remains an impressive 10 frames per second, a speed it can hold for up to 7 seconds in both JPEG and RAW.
Sony has finally lifted the lid on what it's been teasing over the past few days, confirming that a new Sony A7R Mark IV will join its full-frame camera stable.The A7R IV is the latest arrival in the company's hugely popular A7 line of mirrorless cameras, and follows the A7R III released in 2017.And with a new back-illuminated 61MP sensor at its heart, resolution is once again very much the focus here.This pixel count is a significant step up from the 42.4MP A7R Mark III, and ahead of the 47.3MP Panasonic S1R, which has, up until now, offered the highest sensor resolution on a full-frame mirrorless camera.This can also be used on an APS-C crop mode, outputting images at 26MP, while 15 stops of dynamic range are promised from the sensor.As we would expect, the A7R Mark IV arrives with five-axis image stabilization built in, and this can work in partnership with the equivalent system inside E-mount lenses.
Sony clearly doesn’t want Canon and Nikon encroaching on its territory.Having seen what its competitors have offered up with the EOS R and Z6 / Z7 respectively, today Sony announced the A7R IV, its latest and most advanced full-frame mirrorless camera yet.Sony says it delivers “medium-format image quality” with the help of a new 61-megapixel sensor.This camera’s predecessor, the A7R III, features a 42.4-megapixel sensor, so you can see that Sony has made some strides in how far it can push resolution.Sony says the new sensor enables an extraordinary level of detail — even when you zoom far into your images.The A7R Mark IV will be released in September for $3,500.
Sony may be on the cusp of announcing the Sony A7R Mark IV if current rumors are borne out.This would be the first fourth-generation model in the A7 line of cameras from the company, and an update to the excellent A7R III (pictured above), so we expect it would arrive with some significant updates on what we've seen previously.Here's what we know so far.The company has already made it clear that something is on the way, with a livestream set to begin at 10am ET / 3pm BST on July 16 on the Sony Alpha Universe website.Quite what will be revealed has been subject to all kinds of speculation, from an Sony A7000 mid-range mirrorless camera through to a Sony A7S III or A9 Mark II full-frame body.But right now, with just hours to the big reveal, the most credible rumor appears to be that we'll see an A7R Mark IV surface.
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Sony unveiled the latest in its line of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras on Tuesday, debuting the A7R IV, its top-of-the-line full-frame digital shooter aimed at pros.The new camera packs a walloping 61-megapixel sensor, and will retail for $3,500 when it goes on sale this September.The camera’s image resolution is a “world first” for a 35mm equivalent full-frame digital sensor, Sony notes, and that’s not where the improvements on this successor to the wildly popular A7R III ends: The A7R IV also has 10fps rapid shooting with continuous autofocus and autoexposure tracking capabilities; 567 phase-detect autofocus points that cover 74% of the frame; real-time eye autofocus tracking for stills and movies, which can handle both human and animal subjects; 4K movie recording without any pixel binning and with S-Log 2/3 support for editing (although without a 60p mode, as it caps out at 30p); ISO range of 100-32000 (and 50-102400 expandable); battery life of around 539 shots with the EVF or 670 shots without, and much more.This Sony camera is clearly a shot across the bow at recent entrants into the full-frame mirrorless camera market including Nikon and Canon, and it looks like Sony will be upping one of its biggest advantages by offering even better subject-tracking autofocus, which is a category where it already has a strong lead.The high-resolution sensor is another area where the competition will be left behind, since the Nikon Z7 captures at 45.7 MP and the Canon R maxes out at 30.3 MP.Real-time eye autofocus in movie recording will also help a lot for video shooters, after Sony introduced it to still shooting for the A7 and A7R III via a firmware update in April.
Not only will it keep your lenses sparkling clean, but it’s easy to transport thanks to the integrated pouch and clip.While a microfiber towel is far from the most exciting topic in the world of photography, it’s still pretty important.Expensive lenses for your DSLR or mirrorless camera need looking after, and for longevity, keeping them clean and free of dust and dirt is vital.Any photographer serious about their craft should carry at least one microfiber towel amongst their kit.Their own branded microfiber towel comes in a compact clip-on bag making it easy to carry around.Microfiber towels can sometimes be found guilty of feeling flimsy in the hand.
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Camera maker Sigma has revealed its latest mirrorless digital shooter, and it sounds like quite the device.Dubbed the Sigma fp, the company says that this new camera is “the world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless digital camera with a full-frame image sensor.” That a pretty big, if not very specific, boast.Sigma says that the fp has overall dimensions of 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3mm while weighing in at just 370g without the battery attached and an SD card installed.That’s pretty light, but of course, you’ll need to attach a lens to the fp in order to actually snap pictures and shoot video with it.The variety of attachments the fp can support are previewed in the sizzle video you see below, and with some of them, it’s pretty easy to imagine this tiny camera becoming quite the beastly device.The fp uses a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor that serves up 24.6 effective megapixels.
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Sigma has announced its first full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sigma fp, and the company is looking to make an impression on the market with the claim that it’s the “smallest & lightest” full-frame mirrorless camera in the world.Designed as a “pocketable full-frame” camera, the fp measures 4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78 inches but still offers a 24.6-megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor.(For comparison, Sony’s RX100 VI, which features a 1-inch sensor, is only marginally smaller at 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.7 inches.)Despite the small size of the body, you’ll still need to attach a lens to it.Given the size of most full-frame lenses, that means you’ll have a slightly awkward weight to balance, but the fp’s diminutive form factor does look pretty impressive.From a shooting perspective, the fp supports an ISO range of 100-25600, offers a 49-point autofocus system, and features electronic image stabilization.
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Sigma’s popular Art lens series is getting overhauled for mirrorless cameras.On Thursday, July 11, Sigma unveiled three new lenses in a new series for full-frame mirrorless cameras, including the company’s brightest aperture yet on the new Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art.The new series, which also includes the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary and 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art, are designed for L-Mount and Sony E-Mount bodies, including Sigma’s own Fp camera.While the series is new, the full-frame lenses will use the same Art, Contemporary and Sports designations of the company’s existing lens options.Headlining the new series, the Sigma 35mm F2.8 DG DN Art uses the company’s brightest aperture yet while also sitting as the first wide-angle F1.2 for both the Sony E-Mount and L-Mount systems.The lens also uses in-camera distortion correction, while the optics itself help to fight aberration.
Sigma had previously mentioned that it had a full-frame camera in the works, and now all has been revealed.As reported by DPReview, the camera uses a 24.6MP back-illuminated full-frame sensor with no optical low-pass filter.However, while it was excepted that Sigma would employ its Foveon X3 sensor, as in previous Sigma models, it instead adopts the more conventional Bayer color filter array that's used in many other cameras.As expected, the camera will also use the L mount, and the model has already been pictured with the new 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary that's also been announced.Sigma is one of three partners in the L-mount alliance, along with Panasonic and Leica, both of whom already use the mount for their own cameras.The FP's sensitivity range stretches from ISO100-25,600, although expansion settings up to an ISO102,400 equivalent and right down to a setting equivalent to ISO6 – yes, six – are also on hand.
Ricoh Imaging might not have a shiny new mirrorless camera range to focus on like many of its rivals, but that's allowed it to finesse its existing, much-loved lines, from its Pentax-branded DSLRs through to its GR-series compact cameras.And now it's sought to better an older fisheye lens developed for Pentax DSLRs, namely the smc Pentax-DA Fisheye 10-17mm F3.5-4.5ED (IF), which has been transformed into the new HD-Pentax DA Fisheye 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED.The new lens differs from its older sibling in two ways.First, Ricoh has applied the same multi-layered HD coatings that feature across its most recent lenses.These are claimed to help deliver high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness and minimal flare and ghosting, and they're joined by a Super Protect (SP) coating on the front element to help repel water, grease and dirt.The second change is a reworking of the lens barrel, which now matches the barrels of other modern Pentax lenses.
Loaded with bells and whistles for all manner of photographers, the Panasonic Lumix S1 is the best full-frame camera you can buy, combining a 24-megapixel sensor and excellent image stabilization system that performs double duty in a high-resolution mode, creating 96MP composite photos.Best full-frame camera overall: Panasonic Lumix S1Best full-frame DSLR: Nikon D850Best Sony full-frame camera: Sony A7 IIIBest Nikon full frame camera: Nikon Z 6Best Canon full-frame camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Canon’s full-frame EOS R system may be less than a year old, but we’ve already gotten a good glimpse at the breadth it will cover.The EOS R launched in 2018 as a mid-upper tier model, followed shortly after by the entry-level EOS RP — the cheapest new full-frame camera ever made.5,655-point Dual Pixel autofocus, eye-detection AF4,779-point Dual Pixel autofocus down to -5 EVNone (available in some lenses)None (available in some lenses)
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If you’re new to the world of photography, the idea of a lens that doesn’t zoom might seem a bit odd.Even our phones have zoom lenses on them now, or a least a version of zoom thanks to multiple lenses and digital tricks.And yet, some of the best lenses for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have no zoom at all.While sometimes cheap, these “prime” lenses can go on to cost thousands of dollars.So what makes such a seemingly basic lens so valuable?As prime lenses don’t need the moving parts and extra glass required for a lens to zoom in and out, they can focus on other features.
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