Since we first reported the introduction of Canon’s fast and flexible EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with Internal 1.4x Extender Lens, we’ve had an opportunity to spend some quality time with this unique lens to see how it handles and performs in the field.
Canon has just announced a new telephoto-zoom lens that covers a range of oft-used longer focal lengths and brings with it the quality and usability of their L series lenses: the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens.
Sigma has announced a very interesting new fast-aperture zoom lens. The 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens, which is available for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, is an APS-C format lens with an exceptionally fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 throughout the zoom range.
Lens selection is a highly personal choice for most photographers. Client base, shooting style and cost all factor in directly when you're deciding how to build a kit intelligently. Wedding photographers need a diverse assortment, given the expectation that they must cover such a broad range of subject matter in one day’s work.
Fujifilm has just announced a new lens for their X series cameras, the XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. This new lens stands as the longest lens in the current XF lineup and picks up where their first zoom lens, the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, leaves off.
When piecing together your lens kit for photographing a wedding, a number of ideas should be running through your head in regard to the variety of imagery the clients require and the types of situations that can occur throughout the event. While it would be ideal to photograph a wedding with a single, do-it-all lens, the simple fact is that this is not typically possible.
When photographing a wedding, a variety of lens focal lengths is essential to "get the shot" from different vantage points and in different scales and compositions. Zoom lenses make this task a bit easier, due to their coverage of numerous focal lengths in a single lens barrel. A macro lens can also serve as an ideal prime portrait lens. Tamron’s recent additions to their lens lineup meet these needs.
Samsung has announced a new mirrorless digital camera for their NX mount and has bundled it with a versatile zoom lens, an external flash unit and Adobe software. The Samsung NX1100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens is a compact mirrorless camera that features a 20.3MP APS-C-sized CMOS sensor for high-resolution, detailed imagery with notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800.
The JVC GY-HM650 is an intriguing camcorder for news producers for one very good reason: it integrates FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, which means that by using a wireless mobile hotspot, you can send raw video back to the station immediately after you shoot it. In this video, Kelby Media's Mia McCormick reviews the HM650 and finds that this feature works as advertised.
When assembling a kit of lenses for photographing a wedding, one should take into consideration the location in which the wedding is taking place, the number of guests and, of course, the type of imagery you are seeking to create.
Sony has just released several updates and new models in their lines of photographic equipment. Two interchangeable-lens cameras, new lenses and Cyber-shot point-and-shoots are available. These cameras build upon Sony’s extensive history of making cameras with high imaging performance that are enjoyable to use regularly.
In September, Sigma announced a reorganization of their lens classification guidelines. They outlined three categories within which all future lenses would be placed, the logic being that this will simplify the selection process for the buyer and improve quality expectations on both the manufacturer’s and consumer’s side of the equation.
Fujifilm has recently released two more lenses to further round out their expanding lineup of XF lenses for use on the X series interchangeable-lens cameras. These lenses, the XF 14mm f/2.8 R and the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, complement the existing three prime XF lenses and add more options and functionality to the entire system.
Nikon has just announced two new models they've added to their expansive line-up of NIKKOR lenses: a super-telephoto 800mm f/5.6 and a wide-angle zoom 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5. These lenses incorporate advanced optical constructions, including aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements.
JVC has developed two new professional camcorders, branded as “Mobile News Cameras.” The GY-HM600 and the GY-HM650 are nearly identical handheld camcorders, designed for traditional HDTV broadcast productions as well as Internet distribution.