Sigma’s new 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens is now available. While Sigma’s listed retail price of the lens is $1400, street prices are closer to the $1100 range. You can find it at B&H Photo.
The Sony NEX-C3 is a follow-up to last year’s NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras. Based on the feature set and price point, the NEX-C3 appears to serve as more of a direct replacement for the NEX-3.
The NEX-C3 offers a 16.2MP APS-C sensor and captures 720p HD video. The NEX-C3 covers a broad sensitivity range of ISO 200-128000 and is capable of capturing images at a frame rate of 5.5 frames per second. [Read more…]
Earlier this week, Sigma announced a 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens with its great HSM AF motor inside. The new macro lens offers a 1:1 magnification ratio, along with a 9-blade circular diaphragm.
While Sigma showed off the new lens at Photokina 2010, it has not released further details concerning its price or availability. For the sake of reference, the current 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Nikon mounts and carries a street price of around $730.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]
This is a pretty intense video that documents the disassembly and resurrection of a cheap Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens into a SuperMacro version of the same lens. It’s not for the faint of heart.
The Pentax D FA MACRO 100mm f/2.8 WR lens features a weather-resistant construction, which works hand-in-hand with weather resistant DSLRs like the Pentax K-7.
The new lens will ship in January 2010 at an initial retail price of $849.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.
More details in the press release below.
The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens fills a void in Canon’s L-series lineup. The new macro lens also features Canon’s hybrid image stabilization technology designed for handheld macro photography.
The following post on the use of fill-flash in macro photography was written by professional photographer Ron Kruger. Learn more about Ron at the end of this post.
I’m an outdoor writer/photographer, and I’ve always admired those minuscule blossoms I see around my blinds and hides and along rivers and streams. This past spring, sort of as a sideline, or hobby with the hope of some potential profit, I embarked on a mission to record macro images of every tiny wildflower I could find.
As a professional, I’m always looking for ways to do things differently than the average photographer. One I’d like to share is fill-flash for macro, which we called flash-fill back in the day when you had to make all kinds of complicated readings and calculations to pull it off. I’m not talking about a dedicated macro ring flash, either, but your common, everyday external flash unit and/or your on-camera flash. Both work, and they work great together. [Read more…]
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new ELECTRONIC FLASH MACRO EM-140 DG for Sony and Pentax cameras.
ELECTRONIC FLASH MACRO EM-140 DG is designed to work with both AF 35mm film and Digital SLR cameras. The EM-140 DG Macro Flash is ideal for photographing subjects in fine detail when the shadowless mode is used and is extremely effective for scientific and medical applications. Dual flash tubes can fire simultaneously or separately. Using only one flashtube creates shadow, which can give a three-dimensional feeling to the subject. The flash features a guide number of 14 w/ISO 100. The Modeling Flash function makes it possible to check for reflections and shadows before actually taking the flash picture. A wireless flash function is also available, when the EM-140 DG is used as master and the EF-530 DG SUPER as a slave unit for creating fine shadow details. High Speed Synchro and Exposure compensation functions are also available for advanced flash photography.
- Ideal for Close-up photography, especially medical and scientific applications
- Fully dedicated with the latest TTL auto exposure systems
- Flash tubes can be switched on or off for creative flash control
- Wireless Flash Control
- High Speed Synchro Flash