Friday, June 23, 2017

Pricing details for Sigma's 24-70mm f/2.8 and 14mm f/1.8 Art lenses revealed

Sigma has so far built up a good reputation among photogs and he video community for providing sharp , affordable lenses at half the price of the camera manufacturer's kit .The 24-70 f2.8 - a refresh to the older lens which was launched almost 6 years back (HSM) .

The new lens , which includes 19 elements in 14 groups which includes 3 (super low dispersion) elements has now been priced at $1299 , which puts it en par with Tamron's upcoming 24-70 G2 which will be announced soon .

Price: $1,299
Lens Construction -  19 Elements in 14 Groups
Angle of View -  84.1-34.3º
Number of Diaphragm Blades -  9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture -  f22
Minimum Focusing Distance -  37 cm / 14.5 in
Filter Size (mm) -  82mm
Maximum Magnifications - 1: 4.8
Dimensions (Diameter x Length) - 3.5 x 4.2 in

Sigma also revealed their pricing for the 14mm f 1.8 . The new lens , which includes 16 elements in 11 groups with three FLD low dispersion elements and 4 SLD (super low) dispersion elements and a 80 mm aspherical element has now been priced at $1599 .

The Sigma lenses are available on Canon EF , Nikon F and Sigma SA mounts and the 14mm is compatible with Sigma MC11 Smart adapter for Sony E mount as well.

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source+purchase links B&H and Adorama - Nikonrumors

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lets talk about the upcoming Canon 6D Mark 2 ......

via - Nokishita Camera
Canon's full frame lineup has so far been a 3 tier system , at the top of the food chain , we have the 1DX's offspring - the elite race , below that , you have the general workhorse lineup - the 5D series , and if you go a bit down , you find the Canon 6D - a model that is popular among amateur wedding photogs and a second body option for those who own a 5D model .

But like all entry level models , the 6D was slightly neutered when compared to the higher end models , and this , along with the fact that both Sony and Nikon have 2 camera models to fight in the same category does mean that the 6D remained on the short end of the stick when specs are compared , however , a camera is still a tool , and so far I have seen many people shoot excellent work with this camera( eventhough the autofocus is not the best ) ,so the next model will definitely be a "kickass" camera (even if it gets destroyed by angry mobs who would probably pick on this as they did with the 5D Mk4 at first) .

Say hello to the rumored and now leaked Canon 6D Mark II . The new camera , designed to use 45 cross type AF points , dual pixel autofocusing and a touchscreen display , the new camera makes the older model look "old" as the change between the upcoming model and the first gen model from 2012 is worlds apart to some degree . For starters , new rumors state that the 6D mk2 will have a 26.2 MP 35mm sensor with Canon's excellent Dual pixel AF for tracking . This sensor features a maximum ISO upto 40,000 with boosted ISO upto 120,000 (the lowerst we predict is ISO 100 -but that's to be seen) . The sensor also features 45 cross type AF points , and it also features 6.4 fps in continuous shooting .

If you were planning on getting 4K and other video nick-nacks on this (4K timelapse is available though)  , you will sadly have to consider the 5D mk4 ,or another system as Canon is rumored to leave that option out in favor of 1080p @ 60fps .This puts it in the same ball park as the 80D and will therefore not cannibalize Canon's 5D Mk4 sales ,so therefore it won't be a videography oriented camera even though its considered as a priority feature in this day and age (might as well get into Panasonic or Sony if you are into that anyway) .But like the EOS M5 , which was Canon's first mirrorless camera to rival its equivalent DSLR rival (80D) , the 6D MkII will feature 5 axis electronic image stability (EIS) which uses the internal gyroscopes and two axis stability from a stabilized lens ,this is not effective as IBIS ,but its much better than 2 axis and having to smooth out micro-jitters in post production .And also remember that the display is tillable and is a touchscreen which would be good for low angle shots and touch focusing on selected points in live-view .

Overall the 6D MkII looks to be a solid update to the 6D , the range , which focuses on intermediate photographers and second body buyers would surely benefit from the extended ISO and the AF system , videographers on the other hand would have to look elsewhere as this is a photo oriented device rather than a hybrid camera ,but if you already have a 80D and want a full frame sensor to take full advantage of the EF lenses (but care less about 4k) then this is right for you .

Expect the Canon 6D MKII to launched in about two weeks time .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Sources - nokishita-camera , Canonwatch , canonrumors

Tamron SP 24 -70 mm f2.8 G 2 leaked before announcement

Tamron recently updated their 70-200mm f2.8 lens with a second gen (G2) . The lens , which is said to be an excellent bokeh-monster is now said to get another trinity lens member in the form of a 24-70mm f2.8 which would replace the previous generation 24-70 model from 2012 . The new model which would carry the G2 badge and a more subtle velvet black finish would also be optically superior in order to meet the new sensor needs of modern DSLR and mirrorless camera systems . The new lens will be available for both Canon and Nikon and would retail for about $1299 . Specs listed below are from Nokishita-Camera

SP 24 - 70 mm F / 2.8 Di VC USD G 2

Lens composition: 12 groups 17 sheets
Diaphragm blade: 9 (circular stop)
Minimum shooting distance: 15 inches (about 0.38 m)
Maximum magnification: 1: 5
Image stabilization effect: Approximately 4.5 steps max. 5 steps
Filter diameter: 82 mm
Maximum diameter: 3.5 inches (approx. 89 mm)
Length: 111 mm (for Canon), 108.5 mm (for Nikon)
Weight: 905 g (for Canon), 900 g (for Nikon)
Best-in-class AF performance by dual MPU (Micro Processing Units)
Overseas price: 1299 USD, 1299 GBP

Announcement details are not known , but we expect it to launch hopefully within a month .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

source -

ZEISS Milvus 35mm F1.4

Zeiss has officially announced the leaked Milvus 35mm F1.4 . The new lens , designed for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts .

Press release  -

ZEISS has launched a new lens for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon1 and Nikon2 on the market: the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35. Now the tenth lens in the Milvus family, the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is particularly suitable for portrait photography thanks to its speed. "The high maximum aperture enables the subject to stand out clearly against the background, and the photographer can achieve creative combinations of focus and blur," says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. "The manual focus enables very exact focusing, and the creamy bokeh provides an excellent image look. And even at full aperture the image quality leaves nothing to be desired.” The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is also perfectly at home in landscape photography: "The 35-millimeter focal length is a genuine all-rounder." Like all lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, it is protected against dust and splashes and, according to Casenave, even bad weather is no problem. The metal barrel gives the lens its robust and durable character.

Practically no chromatic aberrations thanks to a new optical design

With aspherical lens elements, special glass materials and advanced correction, ZEISS has given the lens a completely new optical design. “This means the photos are practically free from chromatic aberrations," says Casenave. Thanks to their excellent edge-to-edge imagery the ZEISS Milvus lenses are designed for high-performance digital cameras. "The resolutions of camera sensors are constantly becoming higher, and this also increases the demands made on the lenses. For ZEISS Milvus lenses this is no problem. They are a solid investment in the future."

Also suitable for filming

The ten lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, ranging between 15 and 135 millimeters, are also suitable for film productions: the manual focus with a large rotation angle can be operated with the aid of a ZEISS Lens Gear with a follow-focus system. The de-click function allows the aperture to be set continuously in the version for Nikon3 cameras. A further benefit for filming: ZEISS has matched the color characteristics of the ten lenses. Filmmakers can therefore switch between the focal lengths and still have a uniform color look. "This facilitates editing enormously," says Casenave.

Price and availability

The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 will be available from specialist dealers and in the ZEISS Online Shop from July 2017. The recommended retail price is 1,999 euros.

technical data sheet can be downloaded here

via - zeiss

ZEISS Milvus 35/1.4 to be unveiled in a few hours .

credits - Mirrorlessrumors (see link below)
Zeiss is set to officially launch their latest classic style 35mm F1.4  for Canon and Nikon mounts . The new lens , which is said to launch in a few hours is said to be priced at Eur 1999 .Expect updates soon .!

via - Nokishita Camera

Product page · Press release (English)
Mount: ZE (Canon EF) · ZF.2 (Nikon Ai-S compatible with CPU)
Lens construction: 11 groups 14 pieces
Minimum shooting distance: 0.3 m
Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 4.6
Filter diameter: φ 72 mm
Maximum diameter × length: φ 85 mm × 125 mm (ZE) / 126 mm (ZF.2)
Weight: 1174 g (ZE) / 1131 g (ZF.2)
Overseas release date: July 2017
Overseas price: 1999 euro

Via - Nokishita-camera
image(s) - Mirrorlessrumors/zeiss

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Oneplus 5

OnePlus - a company that started out as a small smartphone venture has now grown to a point where their smartphones sit toe to toe with current gen flagships , the Oneplus smartphone range , which consisted of the One , Two , Three and the OnePlus X (4 is excluded as it sounds similar to the word "death" in many Asian cultures ) is almost 4 generations long , and their lineup , which has focused on delivering a unrivalled smartphone experience at about 2/3 the flagship price has so far worked well for the Chinese OEM and this has paved the way for their latest iteration - the OnePlus 5 .


Its no secret that the OnePlus 5 looks almost similar to another flagship smartphone from a year back . The designs , camera layout gives the impression that the design has been based on other iPhone 7 design clones from China (Oppo comes into mind) anyways , the phone features a headphone jack which is good news in itself . The aluminum rear panel flows throughout the device except for the built in antenna bands and the plastic rubber lip which sits as a cushion seal for the display, below that , you can find the USB type C port and two down firing speakers  . The rear also has a single dual tone LED flash and the dual camera set up as well

Up front , the display is protected by Gorilla glass 5 and it also has a ceramic coated fingerprint sensor which would be quite durable than most Android manufacturers who use a plastic coating instead . The OnePlus 5 however is not resistant as most flagship smartphones today .


Although the design of the phone is a bit .. the internals of the device is not something to laugh at . The brain of the phone is a Snapdragon 835 clocked to 4.25 Ghz (max) . The processor is also backed up by Adreno 540 Graphics and has 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4 ram on board . Storage options of the phone vary on the RAM options and if you select the base version with 6GB of RAM , you can get 64GB of storage while 8GB of RAM gets you 128GB of storage , MicroSD options are sadly not available on the device but the internal storage will be sufficient for most users .

Display technology of the OP 5 does not feature anything groundbreaking as it retains the 1920x1080p resolution and 5.5" display size and the Optic AMOLED display . The display is 
protected by Gorilla Glass 5 .

Cameras on the device includes a dual camera layout at the back and a single 16MP shooter up front , this camera features a f2.0 aperture , 1080p recording and has electronic image stabilization provided by the gyroscope . The rear shooters , which include a 16MP 1/2.8" sensor with a fixed f2.0 and a 1.12 micrometer size , this camera is backed up by a 20MP 1/2.8" sensor with a fixed f2.0 aperture and a 1.6x optical zoom when shifting between the 16mp and 20mp units . The camera unit is backed up by a LED flash .

The battery on the phone features a built in 3300 mAh battery with dash charge for fast charging .


The 6GB/64GB option costs $479 while the 8GB/128GB $539 .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD
Source - Oneplus

Monday, June 12, 2017

Microsoft unveils Xbox One X

Say hello to Microsoft's most powerful Xbox ever made ! . The new Xbox One X , a technical flagship successor to the Xbox One and One S lineups is all about bringing raw performance , 4K playback and game  compatibility throughout the Xbox Range .

Priced at the same $499 starting price ,the console brings a direct competitor to Sony's Playstationn 4 pro .The new Xbox One X ships on the 7th of November .

E3 marks the world premiere of Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console designed for immersive true 4K gaming, ultimate compatibility, and unrivaled craftsmanship. As the newest member of the Xbox One family of devices, Xbox One X will offer gamers premier console performance for $499 USD / 449 GBP / 499 EUR / 599 CAD/ 649 AUD and begins rolling out to all Xbox One markets starting Nov. 7. Every Xbox One X unit will come with a 1TB hard drive, a matching Xbox Wireless Controller, HDMI cable, power supply, a 1-month free Xbox Game Pass subscription and a 14-day free Xbox Live Gold membership.

Inspired by the sleek design elements of Xbox One S, now in black, Xbox One X is not only the most powerful console we’ve ever created, it’s also the smallest. Like the Xbox One S, it includes a 4K UHD Blu-ray player, built-in power supply, three USB 3.0 ports (one in the front and two in the back), and IR blaster. It can be placed horizontally or vertically with an optional stand. For those who already own an Xbox One S, all the cables you own will transfer over, with port locations designed to be an easy plug-and-play swap in your existing gaming setup.

Games play better on Xbox One X

With 40 percent more power than any other console, Xbox One X is the world’s most powerful console. Games play better on Xbox One X. It’s the first time we’ve engineered a system around today’s cutting-edge engines and the blockbuster titles you already love. With the 6-teraflop Scorpio engine, developers can realize their biggest worlds in vibrant 4K and in a superior format for 1080p screens. Built-in supersampling means more visible detail and smoother edges, and you’ll get into the action faster with more efficient loading times.

Xbox One X delivers immersive, true 4K gaming

Xbox One X is built for true 4K gaming, which combines 2160p frame buffers, High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut into a pristine visual package. It also offers an immersive audio experience that puts you in the center of spatial sound. Your 4K experience includes recording game clips in 4K at 60 frames per second and 4K screenshots. At launch, we’ll be offering Xbox One X Enhanced versions of existing Xbox One games including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy 15, Rocket League, each upgraded to take advantage of Xbox One X’s additional performance. In addition, some of this year’s biggest blockbuster will be launching in true 4K including Forza Motorsport 7.

Xbox One X is fully compatible across the Xbox One family of devices.

With the Xbox One family of devices, our focus is on hardware innovation without sacrificing compatibility. That’s why all existing Xbox One games, including Xbox Play Anywhere titles, Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games and accessories, will be compatible with Xbox One X. And those games will load faster and look and play better, on Xbox One X.

Fans can enjoy all the same benefits of Xbox Live on Xbox One X

Xbox Live is the most advanced multiplayer network and all its benefits extend to the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X. Those include dedicated servers to maximize performance, speed and reliability, cross-platform integration with gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices, as well as two to four free games each month with Xbox Live Gold.

It’s an incredibly exciting time for the industry and for our fans, and we’re looking forward to launching the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, starting this November.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) J5 (2017) and J7 (2017) announced

Samsung has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy J3 2017 , Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 and the Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 . The three phones , set to succeed their predecessors from last year bring incremental updates in form of hardware and a major design overhaul in the aesthetics department as they follow a curve design which is seen on Samsung higher end S7/S8 models . Unlike previous years , the new smartphones come in aluminum monolithic unibody designs and retain Samsung's well known homebutton with a biometric scanner . The three smartphones will ship in August 2017 with the Galaxy J3 (2017) costing EUR219 (USD 245), the Galaxy J5 (2017) for EUR 279 (USD 312) and the Galaxy J7 (2017) for €339(EUR 379) (Note that prices will vary from region to region) .

Samsung Galaxy J3 2017

*5" 1280x720p SAMOLED  , scratch resistant glass
*2GB RAM , 16GB internal storage ,expandable upto 256 via MicroSD
*Exynos 7570 Quadcore A53 , 1.4 Ghz
*13mpxl f1.9 /5mp front , 1080p recording , rear LED flash
*LTE , GPS/GLONASS ,Bluetooth 4.2 MicroUSB 2.0
*2400 mAh battery
*Android 7.0 nougat

Samsung Galaxy J5 2017

*5.2" 1280x720p SAMOLED  , scratch resistant glass
*2GB RAM , 16GB internal storage ,expandable upto 256 via MicroSD
*Exynos 7870 octacore A53 , 1.6 Ghz
*13mpxl f1.9 /5mp front , 1080p recording , rear LED flash
*LTE , GPS/GLONASS ,Bluetooth 4.2 MicroUSB 2.0
*3000 mAh battery
*Android 7.0 nougat

Samsung Galaxy J7 2017

*5.5" 1920x1080p SAMOLED ,401 ppi , scratch resistant glass
*3GB RAM , 16GB internal storage ,expandable upto 256 via MicroSD
*Exynos 7870 Quadcore A53 , 1.6 Ghz
*13mpxl f1.9 /13mp front , 1080p recording , rear and front  LED flash
*LTE , GPS/GLONASS ,Bluetooth 4.2 USB type C 1.0
*3600 mAh battery
*Android 7.0 nougat


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sony offers $1000 rebate on FS5

The FS5 , Sony's entry level cinema style camera has apparently received a $1000 rebate option for every purchase . The special offer , which costs $4,749.00 once you get your mail in rebate back (after you complete a online form and ship a print out to Sony's U.S address - read pdf here) also includes a Metabones EF to E mount (MK4) adapter which will be shipped once  a online form is filled - read pdf here  . This deal , which would retail for $5649 usually is quite a steal as it basically undercuts every other 4k cinema style camera including the recently announced Canon C200 and Panasonic's new EVA1 5.6k cameras launched last week.

source - cinema5D

Rumored - Fuji and Nikon partnership

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Samyang 35mm f2.8 AF for Sony E mount .

Samyang has officially announced a new lens based on the Sony E mount ..The new 35mm f2.8 AF , designed in the street friendly pancake lens format is only 1.3 inches (barrel length) . The lens has a 7 bladed aperture and features a 49mm thread ,minimum focusing distance is 1.14ft .Pricing is said to be $300 or GBP279.99 .

source - dpreview

Apple Macbook Air gets minor upgrade

Some say that you can't improve on perfection ...during its hay-day , the Macbook Air was the one laptop basically everyone wanted .Designed in the late Jobsian era , the laptop was and still is quite popular with students and coffee shop patrons eventhough the Macbook has stolen its thunder , but keeping true to the sales figures  Apple  quietly made a processor update to the Macbook air lineup . The new  intel i5 5350U processors are a welcome update to the aged laptop which had a (i5 -5250U previously) has stayed in the hearts and minds of many as its low price , portability and excellent battery life are second to none . Although we are not sure how long Apple will keep the Macbook Air around , but with this minor refresh , it is quite clear that its not going out until next year (atleast)

Those who expected a new display , new ports including USB C can look elsewhere as the hardware and IO have not been upgraded .

Specs of the 2017 Macbook Air refresh

*13" 1440x900 TN LCD display
*1.8Ghz Intel Core i5 -5350U dual core
*Intel graphics 6000 @1000mHz
*128GB SSD
*Usual IO ports - 2x USB , a thunderbolt 3.0 port , SDXC and even a  3.5mm headphone jack
*45wH battery , 12 hours usage
*Possibly ships with MacOS high sierra (or upgradable)

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Anandtech