Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 AF-S G ED VR Lens ( new )

The Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 AF-S G ED VR Lens is an FX and DX format compatible, 3.5x standard zoom lens that covers a broad focal range from wide-angle up to telephoto.

This lens is brand new and in perfect condition. 2 day delivery in the UK .The lens incorporates Nikon’s vibration reduction (VR) system that minimises camera shake and allows flexible hand-held shooting by stabilising the image to the equivalent extent of using a shutter speed that is four stops faster. The Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 AF-S G ED VR Lens features Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating which offers superb colour reproduction, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for quiet operation and an option to use two focus modes, Autofocus with manual override and manual focus. Phone 07723-538941 for more details .

The Key Features

  • FX-format standard zoom lens with 24–85mm focal range (36–127.5mm when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR).
  • Vibration Reduction (VRII) system enables more stable handheld shooting and lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to 4.0* stops slower.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating greatly reduces ghosting and flare and ensures outstanding color reproduction.
  • Designed specifically for use with Nikon FX-format digital SLR sensors.
  • ED (extra-low dispersion) glass and three aspherical lens elements ensure high resolution and contrast while minimizing aberrations and distortions.
  • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet and accurate autofocus.
  • Two focus modes: M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus).
  • Lightweight and compact body.
  • Weather-sealed rubber lens mount.

Specifications

  • Focal length – 24-85mm
  • Maximum aperture – f/3.5-4.5
  • Minimum aperture- f/22-29
  • Lens construction – 16 elements in 11 groups (including 1 ED glass and 3 aspherical lens elements)
  • Angle of view – 84° – 28°30′ (61° – 18°50′ with Nikon DX format)
  • Minimum focus distance – 0.38 m/1.25 ft (from focal plane)
  • Maximum reproduction ratio – 0.22x
  • No. of diaphragm blades – 7 (rounded)
  • Filter-attachment size – 72mm
  • Diameter x length – (distance from camera lens mount flange) Approximately 78 x 82 mm/3.1 x 3.2 in.
  • Weight – Approximately 485 g/17.1 oz
  • Supplied accessories – 72 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-72, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-63, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1118

new Sony A7R III released

In a somewhat familiar move, Sony has followed an RX camera refresh with a new full frame mirrorless model – the α7R III. Much faster and more capable than its predecessor, the Mark III delivers speedy burst shooting, features improved autofocus and promises mammoth battery life.

The new model’s sensor looks about the same as the outgoing model on paper, but Sony has paired the 42.4 MP back-illuminated Exmor R with the latest Bionz X image processor for up to 10 fps continuous shooting with full autofocus for a burst of 28 uncompressed RAW or 76 JPEG format stills using a mechanical shutter or silent shooting. And an ISO range of 100 – 32,000, which can be expended down to ISO50 and up to 102,400, together with a reported 15 stops of dynamic range. There’s an LSI processor for super fast readout speed, too.

The Mark III is capable of capturing 4K footage, with Super 35 mode serving up even higher resolution, better dynamic range and low light performance than the 4K full-frame mode. Slow motion needs are met with Full HD availability at 120 fps with AF tracking.

The camera features a brand new low vibration shutter mechanism designed to deliver maximum image sharpness, and 5-axis optical image stabilization for stills and video shooting. Autofocus gets a refresh, with 399 point phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast AF points. The mirrorless camera is also reported to acquire focus much quicker than the Mark II in low lighting, with face and eye detection also getting a substantial speed bump.

Something called Pixel Shift Multi Shooting makes its debut in the Mark III, which alters the sensor position for each shot so that the image produced contains around 169.6 megapixels of data. In this mode, the four images will need to be exported to free software from Sony for processing.

The Mark III has pretty much the same look as 2015’s α7R II, but with the addition of a focus point controller and an AF-On button. Anti-flicker technology that attempts to compensate for inconsistent exposure in fluorescent/artificial light, and Sony has included dual SD card slots. The camera’s been given a higher capacity battery, too, that snaps up to 650 stills per charge when using the 3-inch, 1.44 million dot touchscreen display panel, or 530 shots with the 3.686 million dot Tru-Finder OLED viewfinder.

Finally, there’s integrated Wi-Fi for wireless file transfer to a smartphone or computer, and micro-USB is joined by a USB-C port – meaning that the Mark III could operate when tethered and charging.

The α7R III is due for release next month for a suggested retail price of US$3,199. The video below outlines the main features of the new camera.

Product page: Sony α7R III

Godox A1 flash for iPhone

After teasing the product and sharing some sample portraits, the Chinese flash manufacturer Godox has now officially announced the A1. It’s a flash, LED, and trigger 3-in-1 unit designed for the iPhone and smartphone cameras.

The Godox A1 features an 8W flash with a color temperature of 6000K (+/- 200K) and a 1W LED light. Power output for the flash can be adjusted with 5 steps from 1/1 to 1/16.

The device also has 2.4GHz and 433MHz wireless transmitters for triggering all Godox flashes through TTL/M/Multi mode. There’s also a 2.5mm sync cord jack if you’d like to trigger your flash that way.

A dedicated GodoxPhoto mobile app lets you make adjustments to flash/LED output as well as control groups of flashes.

An OLED panel on the top of the A1 provides the simple interface through which you can adjust the A1’s settings. Wireless connectivity is through Bluetooth 4.0, which has a 50-meter transmission range on the A1 when linking up with your smartphone.

The small (80x65x23mm/3.15×2.56×0.9in) and light (110g/3.88oz) A1 is powered by a built-in lithium battery that can put out 700 flashes before requiring a recharge. On the bottom of the A1 is a standard tripod mount.

Here are some actual sample portraits captured using a Godox A1, iPhone 7 Plus, and a Godox studio flash:

Here’s an introduction/announcement video showing the A1 in action in creating sample portraits:

Godox says it’s also planning to launch a smaller, single miniature flash for smartphones as well.

The Godox A1 will start shipping for iPhones at the end of August 2017 and for Android sometime in September. It has a price tag of $70 and can be pre-ordered through the Godox online store.

This article first appeared on Petapixel

5 simple ways to improve your food photography

Food photography is great fun and really easy to get into. All you need is a camera (which if you own a smart phone, you already have) and some food.

Here are 5 simple ways to improve your food photography.

1) Use a window or one large rectangular softbox for lighting.
Most of us eat our food at a table, and if we are lucky, the room is being lit by a large window. The light from this is what we have come to expect when we see food, the softness, direction and even the catch lights on our tomatoes. Following this rule will give appetizing light every time.

2) Work with a food stylist
Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and as photographers, we can’t do everything perfectly. Almost all high-end food photography is taken as a collaboration between a home economist, food stylist and a prop house. Bring people in to help you achieve the best shot possible if you want to take it seriously.

3) Get overhead
Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest have made this common practice. However, holding a professional camera over a table is a lot harder than holding an iPhone above one. In the studio, I either stand on pallets either side of the dish which is placed on the floor, or I use a large studio tripod. The most important thing is to have the camera completely level.

4) Create simple shapes in groups of three
This principle goes throughout photography. Creating triangles with objects and placing circles strategically has a great impact on your photography in general and food photography is no exception to this rule. Before the food is plated, grab the items and make a rough layout focusing on the shapes and patterns through the viewfinder.

5) Isolate the product
Sometimes the food or raw ingredient is striking enough. Try not to overcomplicate things if there is a striking image right there in front of you

What tips for food photography can you share?

Originally published on Fstoppers

Panasonic GH5 Firmware 2.0 Update Details

Panasonic just published the full release notes of the promised free firmware update for the GH5. Upon release earlier in the year, early adopters of the camera have been blown away with its performance, yet have come across some several teething issues that have been fed back to Panasonic. This release aims to correct some of these issues while also introducing improved All-I modes for higher bit-rate video recording.

As seen in the table below, a raft of new ALL-Intra video recording modes have been added, including 400 Mbps All-I compression options in 4K and 200 Mpbs in 1080p.

There are also improvements to the anamorphic recording mode, which will now utilize more of the sensor for higher resolution anamorphic shooting up to 6K. Full options can be seen in the table below:

A new option in picture style called, “Hybrid Log Gamma,” will be added to meet HDR AV standards, essentially allowing recording with wider dynamic range. This picture style can be paired with a view assist function to make monitoring of the HDR footage easier when shooting while retaining the full dynamic range in the recording.

All this had already been promised, but what else have they included in this update? Well, quite a bit actually. Panasonic seems to have taken criticisms of the on-board autofocus performance and claims to have improved its performance, particularly when tracking low-contract subjects. Wireless improvements will be added, including a Bluetooth remote shutter mode. Also, tethering capabilities have finally been added to the Panasonic toolset, providing photographers the opportunity to set up a studio-based workflow.

There are also a whole host of bug fixes and minor tweaks, including the ability to add crop marks to your display, improved time-lapse options, and improvements in the image stabilization system when shooting handheld. The full published release notes can be found here.

The quoted release date is “the end of September 2017,” so get prepared with those manufacturer-recommended V60- and V90-class cards to stretch the best video consumer camera to its limits.

DJI Spark drones require a mandatory software update

DJI Spark drones will not fly after 1 September unless owners apply a mandatory software update, the device’s maker has warned.

DJI said the update to the small drone’s core software fixes some flight control issues suffered by the gadget.

The drone maker said it had warned owners about the deadline so they could avoid having their craft grounded.

But the mandatory update has caused some owners to question the control DJI retains over their devices.

In a statement, DJI said the update would improve how the Spark manages power. It also helps it work with smart spectacles that give owners an immersive view of what the drone films.

It added: “If the firmware of either the aircraft or the battery is not updated by September 1, Spark will not be able to take off.”

The update is now available via the Go 4 management app used to configure and fly the craft as well as DJI’s Assistant 2 desktop software.

A spokesman said it issued the warning so it could be sure Spark owners took the chance to update their drone before the deadline so craft are not grounded.

Gary Mortimer, writing on drone news site SUAS News, said DJI’s demand that people apply the software had caused “consternation”.

He said performance fixes bestowed by the software were welcome but DJI’s ability to throw a kill switch to stop the device working was more “questionable”.

Earlier this month, the US Army ban serving soldiers from using DJI drones saying their use posed “operational risks”. In response, DJI drones were given a privacy mode that restricted who saw the video they shot.

Aero drones photography

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is the jewel in the crown of Scottish castles with its fairytale setting and a long and colourful history stretching back many centuries .
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Eilean Donan Castle poster , Giant A3 size , 16 by 11 inches , just £3.95 including free UK delivery .
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This image is also available in a larger size as a poster to US and UK customers on RedbubblePictures of the castle have been published in hundreds of calendars , books and websites. Castle pictures.com has ńow published its own castle poster. The Scottish castles collection features pictures of Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland by photographer David Rankin.Our original image of Eilean Donan Castle is now available as a poster .

Eilean Donan Castle means Island of Donan (a religious figure from the 12th century). Eilean Donan was Clan MacKenzie’s most important stronghold from the 13th Century until it was destroyed in 1719. Robert the Bruce was given refuge in Eilean Donan Castle by John MacKenzie, Second of Kintail when he was being hunted by the English at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

Eilean Donan Castle HDR Christmas print

Above the entrance to the castle there is a Gaelic inscription which translates as: As long as there is a MacRae inside, there will never be a Fraser outside. Inside the courtyard is the famous Murchison Stone with an inscription about John Murchison of Auchtertyre who was killed in the Battle of Sherrifmuir in 1715. In the upper floor inside the castle there are six bedrooms named Loch Alsh,Loch Long, Eilean Donan, Ballimore, Loch Duich and Conchra. There is also a panel with the names of the constables ( guardians ) of the castle carved on it.

Eilean Donan Castle was originally built in 1220 and owned by the MacKenzies of Kintail. The MacRae Clan who settled in the area came from the Beauly Firth where they had protected the Clan Fraser.They acted as bodyguards to the MacKenzie chiefs. Although there was a number of disputes, the MacKenzies held Eilean Donan right up until until the 16th century. The MacRaes first became Constables of the Castle in 1511 with a lot of control over the surrounding area. A feud between the MacKenzies and the McLeods of Dunvegan, over the disputed claims of Donald Gorm MacDonald to the title of Lord of the Isles, came to a head when he attacked the Castle with 50 galleys. He was shot and killed by Duncan MacRae with a single arrow. The Castle was garrisoned by Government troops but later retaken by the Jacobites before the Battle of Sheriffmuir.

In 1719 it was held by Spanish Jacobites. Three English frigates sailed into Loch Duich and bombarded the castle with cannon fire until it was in ruins. The castle them lay in ruins for nearly 200 years. In 1911 John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the castle and start work to restore the castle over a period of twenty years at a total cost of a quarter of a million pounds. Local materials were used wherever possible.

More recently the castle featured in the film Highlander and a James Bond movie.

Eilean Donan Castle is on an island in the middle of 3 lochs – Loch Alsh, Loch Long and Loch Duich – and surrounded by the mountains of the Highlands. If you climb the hill overlooking the castle you can see the Isle of Skye. The castle is next to the village of Dornie and about 10 miles from the Kyle of Lochalsh and the bridge to the Isle of Skye to the North. The castle is on the west coast of Scotland, about 90 miles north of Glencoe and about 180 miles from Edinburgh. You can take the train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and take a taxi to the castle. There is a bus route from Glasgow past the castle once a day. There are many bus tours from Edinburgh to the castle.

Due to a change in Scots law it is now possible to get married in a Scottish castle. Wedding receptions can be held inside the castle . The castle is open most of the year and it is run by the Conchra Charitable Trust.

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