7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro With Large Extension Tube at CP+ 2019

7Artisans showed their 60mm f/2.8 Macro with a giant extension tube at CP+ this year mounted to a Sony a6000 that does 5:1 magnification. We knew the 7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro was coming, but this is certainly an interesting way to show the lens. Fengniao captured it at CP+ in a video.

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Sony a6400 Real-Time Tracking vs Canon 6D Mark II Dual Pixel Autofocus

Sony’s new real-time tracking is so sticky compared to other AF on the market at this time that even Canon’s dual pixel AF can’t come close to matching the a6400’s AF performance. It’s interesting that Sony keeps leapfrogging over the competition when it decides to focus on a feature and we can only hope that Sony puts a similar amount of work into a future menu system and ergonomics.

The Sony a6400 isn’t even their best AF camera, but we are still waiting for the Sony a9’s AF update which promises to be even more impressive. Mirrorless cameras have come a long way and we are starting to reach a point where DSLR will have to catch up to survive.

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Sony a6400: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Canon EOS 6D Mark II: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Deal Zone: MITAKON ZHONGYI 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens Discounted Today Only


B&H Photo has the MITAKON ZHONGYI 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens discounted for the remainder of the day.

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Sony a6000 Firmware 3.21 Released


Sony a6000 ILCE-6000 System Software (Firmware) Update Ver. 3.21 

Benefits and Improvements from the latest update

  • Improves stability of the AF operation

Download Here

Sony a6000: B&H Photo / Amazon /Adorama

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Kazuto Yamaki President of Sigma on E-mount


Kazuto Yamaki President of Sigma gave lenstip an interview, which I covered on 43Addict and he had some interesting things to say about E-mount and in the broader interview lens design for mirrorless:

E-Mount

  • Growing very rapidly and it impresses Kazuto Yamaki
  • Sigma will release a short flange back lens for E-Mount this year
  • The Sony a7 launched right after they announced Art, Contemporary and Sport series lenses so they had to prioritize them and they also started work on cinema lenses so that took a lot of resources so there was no time to focus on mirrorless.

You can read the full interview here or read the excerpts here on 43Addict.

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LEE 100 Filter Holder Released

Longtime readers know that I use LEE as my primary filter system and I prefer them even though some others might have slightly more convenient ways to attach and affix filters. It looks like LEE is finally trying to catch up to them with their LEE100 holder. The filter market isn’t exactly exploding since many like to just fix photos in post, but if you like to get it right in camera the first time a good filter system is a must own.

LEE100: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

How does it work?
Precision engineered from injection-moulded composite materials, the holder is rigid, strong and lightweight. It clips on to the adaptor ring in the same, familiar way, by pulling the spring release and snapping the holder on. Simple to operate, the holder can be attached and removed from the adaptor ring one-handed, if necessary.

After this, the user has a number of options. There is now a blue locking dial around the base of the spring release, and this has three possible positions. When it is in ‘neutral’, the holder is locked to the adaptor ring in the way it always has, can be rotated freely, and allows the user to quickly remove it. It can also be knocked off, should you catch it accidentally, and so keeping your camera and lens safe.

Turn the blue locking dial upwards, and the holder can still be rotated; however, in this setting, the holder cannot be removed – it is locked firmly to the adaptor ring and therefore cannot be knocked off accidentally.

Turn the blue locking dial downwards, and once again the holder itself is locked in place and cannot be knocked off. However, in addition to this, when the locking dial is in this position, the holder itself cannot be rotated.

While it’s fine for the holder to remain locked on to the adaptor ring if you’re moving around with your camera – for instance, with your tripod over your shoulder – it is not recommended to keep the filters in the holder, as there is a danger of them slipping out and being damaged or broken. Read More »

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