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2020.05.27

Fujifilm Webcam Software

Now owners of high-end Fujifilm mirrorless cameras can use it as a webcam! Using new software introduced by Fujifilm, the live feed from all GFX and many X-series cameras can be streamed like a webcam. This will turn any compatible camera into the highest-quality webcam available with cinematic look and flexibility that comes from interchangeable lenses.

At this time, the software is specific to Windows 10 64-bits only. It supports the GFX 100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 and the new flagship Fujfiilm X-T4. These cameras connect via USB. Detailed instructions are provides on the Fujifilm Webcam Support page. Be sure to follow those instructions carefully because some things, like setting to camera into Photo mode, are  not intuitive considering the camera is outputting a live video stream.

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2020.05.27

Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6

Panasonic just revealed the most original lens for full-frame cameras of recent years! This unique zoom is designed for the Leica L-mount system of Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras uses by Leica, Panasonic and Sigma. The innovative Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 covers an exceptionally wide angle-of-view and a normal view in a single lens. At its widest, the angle-of-view spans 94° on a Full-Fame. On the other end, its 60mm focal-length produces a 40° angle-of-view. This flexibility comes with a dim F/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture, depending on the focal-length.

This lens is part of the generic S-series which does not put it on the same level as the Pro S-series but allows Panasonic to make this lens compact and very light while remaining fully weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C. At 350g, this is the lightest Full-Frame zoom for L-mount and one of the lightest lenses overall. All Panasonic Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras feature builtin image-stabilization, so this lens does not need any.

It is exciting to start seeing highly innovate products like this one! The focal-range provided by the Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 is incredibly versatile. Being able to capture landscape and standard images with a single lens is sure to please travel and event photographers that take the whole view or details without swapping lenses. This lens even manages to achieve a 0.43X magnification to reach near-macro capabilities.

Panasonic expects to ship the Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 at the end of July for $600 USD. Canadian pricing has not been announced yet. Pre-order this incredible lens at Adorama or B&H Photo. Neither of these two reputable stores will charge your credit-card until the lens actually ships, while securing a spot among the first to receive one.

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2020.05.26

Earlier today Sony launched a completely unique digital camera designed for vlogging. Parallel to the concept of selfie relative to photography, a vlog is its equivalent for videography. Camera manufacturers produced a number of selfie-optimized digital cameras and now Sony is first to create one for vloggers.

Sony ZV-1

Although sporting a vaguely similar appearance to their Premium Compact Digital Cameras, the new Sony ZV-1 is built around a 20 megapixels 1″ EXMOR RS CMOS sensor with an on-sensor 315-Point Phase-Detect AF system.  This sensor features a stacked design that provides it ultra-high-speed capabilities, which are detailed below. The sensor is paired with an ultra-bright 24-70mm F/1.8-2.8 lens that packs optical image-stabilization and sliding graduated neutral density filter that cuts-off up to 3-stops of light.

Photographers can enjoy 24 FPS continuous shooting of unspecified duration, while videographers will rejoice at up to 1000 FPS at Full HD resolution, plus standard 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS. The new design favors heat-dissipation, allowing the ZV-1 to record video without limit until the SDXC memory-card is full. Oddly though, the ZV-1 does not record in industry-standard MPEG-4 format but instead uses XAVC S for Ultra-HD and AVCHD for Full HD capture.

One of the headline and completely unique feature of the Sony ZV-1 is a 3-capsule microphone that records directionally in front of the camera to hear someone filming with the camera pointed towards them. A physical noise-filter, often called a cat due to its resemblance to that animal, is includes with this camera and attaches to the Multi-Interface Hot-Shoe exclusive to Sony. This hot-shoe has additional electronic contacts allow it to support digital audio. The ZV-1 is also compatible with traditional microphones via a standard mini-jack.

Sony ZV-1

Sony thought through the entire design of this digital camera, making many small changes for vloggers. This starts with a rotating 3″ Touchscreen LCD that is equally pleasing to the selfie-crowd. For this usage, there is no need for a viewfinder and so the ZV-1 does not have one. It also does not have a builtin flash since videos must be lit using continuous lighting, saving space and power for other components. The final ergonomic change is a large Video-Record button with Zoom-Rocker that can be thumb-operated while the index finger lands on the recording button. What is missing a control-dial that can be operated from the front since there is only one mounted vertically on the back of the camera.

Processing inside the Sony ZV-1 was highly optimized for vloggers but those work equally well for selfies. Headlining the feature-set is a new continuous autofocus system that closely tracks eyes and faces appearing centrally within the frame. A new metering system works in conjunction to render faces brighter. The white-balance system was equally tuned to improve rendering of skin tones regardless of complexion.

Narrowly missing to include all Premium Compact features due to its lack of viewfinder and having a single control-dial, this compact digital camera is quite capable. It offers full-manual controls, including Manual Focus and choice of 5 metering-patterns! A hybrid shutter inside spans shutter-speeds of 1/32000s to 30s, plus Bulb exposures of unspecified limit. ISO can be set anywhere from 100 to 12800, plus expands down with ISO 64 and 80 sensitivities. Several bracketing modes plus an Interval-Timer round off the ZV-1 capture feature-set. This camera also includes builtin WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.

The new Sony ZV-1 is scheduled to be available in June. Orders from the USA until June 28 will get a rare introductory discount of $50 from the suggested retail price of $800 USD. The suggested price of Canada is $1000 CAD. Both B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders with the discounted launch price.

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2020.04.08

Tamron Di III 70-180mm F/2.8 VXD

Continuing on delivering a set of unique lens for Sony E-mount, Tamrom just launched a new bright constant-aperture zoom for Sony Full-Frame mirrorless digital cameras. The Tamron Di III 70-180mm F/2.8 VXD is designed specifically for to deliver the lightest possible constant-aperture telephoto zoom lens and even manages to provide a weatherproof constructions.

The Tamron Di III 70-180mm F/2.8 VXD is medium telephoto lens which keeps a bright maximum F/2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range. The external zoom is quite packed with optical elements which makes the lens a little front-heavy and so Tamron included a locking mechanism to prevent zoom creep. As a match for Sony mirrorless which now all sport 5-axis image-stabilization systems, this new Tamron lens does not include stabilization to save weight and complexity, allowing it to sell at a lower cost. The only downside is that uses of low-end Sony APS-C mirrorless will not get stabilization at all with this lens.

A newly designed VXD motor promises faster autofocus while reducing the AF-range which is a highly unusual choice. The electronic autofocus motor can focus down to 85cm at any focal-length which gives it a magnification of 0.21X when set to 180mm. Switching over to Manual Focus though, the lens can focus down to 27cm which gives a much better 0.5X magnification. In theory, using a limited focus-range would allow the lens to autofocus more quickly.

What is really interesting about the new Tamron Di III 70-180mm F/2.8 VXD is that it offers a unique compromise. While there are already two longer 70-200mm constant aperture zoom made by Sony for their Full-Frame mirrorless, cutting down just 20mm on the long-end allowed Tamron to make their F/2.8 lens lighter than the Sony F/4 version while providing the same F/2.8 aperture a lens that weighs a full pound more!

Tamron expects to ship this new lens mid-May for a suggested retail price of $1200 USD. Those interested can already place pre-orders at B&H Photo or Adorama. No charge will be made until the lens actually ships, while ensuring to be among those to receive it first.

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2020.04.01

Almost year ago, Peak Design unveiled the first revolutionary tripod design of the decade with a KickStarter campaign. The newly developed prototype realized an extremely compact form by reshaping components for the legs and ball-head so that they fold tightly to minimize empty space. As this new tripod gets ready ship, the global COVID-19 crisis emerged and so Peak Design decided to donate all profits from the first 4-days of sales for their new Travel Tripod.

The Peak Design Travel Tripod originally launched on Kickstarter in May 2019, raising over $12 millions from backers. Their truly innovative approach to tripod design achieved the most portable and easy-to-deploy tripod for all levels of photographers. Two price-points are offered with the lightest carbon-fiber model selling at $600 USD and a slightly heaver aluminum version for $350. Sales open starting April 7 at midnight pacific time.

Next week, from April 7 to 10, 100% of profits from purchases of the Peak Design Travel Tripod made online or at retailers worldwide,  will be donated to the CDC and Climate Neutral to help with the pandemic and climate change, respectively.

Peak Design is running a site-wide sale currently for those interested in their other unique products. Pre-order the  Travel Tripod here. Be sure to go over accessories for this unusual tripod as it comes with its down ballhead which is not replaceable without an adapter.

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