Shimoda bags are a great line designed and tested for those who seek adventure, and want to carry their camera gear to capture it. Founded by snowboarder and explorer Ian Millar, these bags have been designed and tested by photographers and videographers who live for adventure around the world. People like Levi Allen, an adventure film director; Colin Adair, an outdoor and lifestyle photographer; and Paris Gore, a photographer and mountain biker. Built and supported by their community, Shimoda launched on Kickstarter and was completely funded in just over 30 hours. By the end of their campaign, they had exceeded their goal by 600%.
Canon has announced two new compact cameras: the G7X Mark III and G5X Mark II. As updates to their previous iterations, these cameras feature 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor, and now run with Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor and cameras 20.1 megapixels.
Canon has announced the next lens in their full-frame mirrorless lineup: the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM. This is the first telephoto zoom lens announced for the RF mount, and offers a 10x zoom in a relatively compact package.
Sony has announced a new FE 35mm F1.8 lightweight lens. This lens brings the total number of Sony E-mount lenses to 52, 34 of which are full frame.
The lens, which has been designed to be a small and lightweight option similar to the FE 28mm F2, weighs only 280g (approx. 0.62 lbs) and will be a compact option for both full frame and APS-C cameras. It features a 9-blade circular aperture, a minimum focus distance of 0.22m, and a convenient focus hold button. It is also dust and moisture resistant, and has a quiet, linear-motor AF system.
Tamron has announced a new lens: the 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046). This has been designed as a sister lens to the very popular 28-75mm F2.8 that was released last year, and is compatible with Sony E-mount cameras (both crop and full frame).
Leica has announced the new M-E (Type 240).
The camera features a 24 megapixel newly developed LEICA MAX CMOS sensor, and a 2GB buffer (improved over the 1GB found in the M-P Type 240). A new “anthracite paint” gives the camera a sleek dark grey finish, combined with black cowhide leather for a classic look.
When it comes to portraits, the lens you choose has a huge impact on the final image. Good glass can make great portraits. Here’s five things to consider when choosing your next portrait lens:
1. Fast aperture = beautiful bokeh – With a lens that has an aperture like F2.8, or F1.8, or even F1.2, you can get beautifully blurred out backgrounds that look professional and draw more attention to your subject.
2. Sweet and sharp – Higher quality optics, such as Canon’s L-series lenses, translate to sharper images, and a sharpness that extends to the edge of the frame. This means you can fill the frame with your subject and still retain a stunning level of detail even in the wisps of hair to the edge of the image.
3. Go long to flatter – A longer lens, like an 85mm, 135mm, or even 200mm will compress the image, rather than distort it in an unflattering way. A longer lens will also give you more working room, so you’re not invading your subject’s personal bubble as much.
4. Prime-time – Prime lenses (lenses with a fixed focal length, like 50mm) are often sharp, small, and have a faster aperture as compared to their zoom counterparts at the same price point, and are often favoured by professional portrait photographers.
5. Zoom for less room – A zoom lens (like the popular 24-70mm F2.8) will take up less room in your bag than three or four primes within the same focal range. They’re also really handy if you’re trying to work quickly in a more confined space where you don’t have as much room to move around.
Investing in good glass is always a good idea – it will last longer than your camera and can make a world of difference in your images. Canon’s L-series are designed to be top-quality and perform to help you get the picture.
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Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM
Canon EF 135mm f2.0L USM
Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM
Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L USM
Canon EF 35mm f1.4L II USM
Image by Javier Corso from his project Matagi
The winner of the 2019 Mountain Photo Essay Competition, part of the Banff Centre Mountain Film & Book Festival, has been announced. Javier Corso was selected as the winner for his essay Matagi, which explores the culture of the traditional Japanese hunters of the same name.
Hasselblad has announced the next camera in their mirrorless medium format lineup, the X1D II 50C. Additionally, an XCD 35-75mm F3.5-4.5 lens has been announced for the system, as well as the development of a new digital back and body in the CFV II 50C and 907X.
Sony has announced two new telephoto lenses, a 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS and a 600mm F4 G Master prime lens.