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  1. Martin Vronsky

    Sony a7 IV

    Press Release: Sony Electronics’ Alpha 7 IV Goes Beyond ‘Basic’ with 33-Megapixel Full-frame Image Sensor and Outstanding Photo and Video Operability Sony Also Announces Two New Flashes to Evolve the Powerful Alpha Lighting System San Diego, CA – October 21, 2021 - Sony Electronics Inc. today announced three new additions to its imaging line-up: the Alpha 7 IV interchangeable-lens camera (model ILCE-7M4) with a newly developed 33-megapixel (approx.,effective) full-frame image sensor, as well as two new flashes – the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM. The Alpha 7 IV takes “basic” to the next level for full-frame cameras with excellent image quality and performance, redefining the lofty standards set by the acclaimed Alpha 7 III. The new model features many of Sony’s most advanced imaging technologies, including the latest BIONZ XR™ processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities from the flagship Alpha 1 combined with streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and movies, making it the perfect all-around camera for today’s imaging enthusiasts and professionals. The Alpha 7 IV also boasts a 33MP (approx., effective) image resolution, rich movie expression and various features to support the growing demand for remote communication, bringing new meaning to what a “basic” camera can accomplish. “Since its introduction over three years ago, the Alpha 7 III has made tremendous impact in our industry, completely redefining the expectations for what can be accomplished with a ‘basic’, or entry-level full-frame camera,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “Now, it’s time to break through all existing boundaries again. The Alpha 7 IV brings together the best of Sony imaging technologies in both photo and video to deliver a high-end experience to a wider range of customers. This gives today’s creators a new level of freedom to capture, create and share in ways that they’ve never been able to before, no matter the situation in which they find themselves.” Alpha 7 IV: Innovation Never Ends The new Alpha 7 IV is an exceptional hybrid camera packed with outstanding still image quality and evolved video technology with advanced autofocus, enhanced operability and improved workflow capability. The model was developed with the environment in mind by using Sony’s original recycled plastic SORPLAS™ for the camera body and packaging with recyclable[I] materials and less plastic. Outstanding Image Quality Thanks to a newly developed 33MP (approx., effective) full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor, superior image quality and Wide ISO sensitivity range expandable to ISO 50 - 204,800 is achieved. The high resolution enables the Alpha 7 IV to express smooth gradation, fine details and textures of the subject while reducing noise, and its 15-stop dynamic range allows a wide expressive range while Creative Look settings can help create original looks effortlessly for both stills and video. Next-Level AF performance The latest BIONZ XR™ processing engine is the same that is used in Sony’s flagship Alpha 1, delivering high-speed AF, uninterrupted continuous shooting up to 10fps[II] with AF/AE tracking and a large buffer for a prolonged shooting experience. The Alpha 7 IV tracks subjects with tenacious Real-time Tracking and 759 phase-detection AF points in a high-density focal plane phase-detection AF system that covers approximately 94% of the image area. Additionally, for the first time, Real-time Eye AF can now track birds’ and animals’ eye for both still images and movies, in addition to humans. The Alpha 7 IV also has face and eye detection accuracy for humans that is improved by approximately 30% compared to the Alpha 7 III. Evolved Movie Technology The Alpha 7 IV inherits technology taken from real-world movie production, including the S-Cinetone™ picture profile adopted from Sony’s highly regarded Cinema Line cameras. This delivers a rich, cinematic look that has become popularized by a broad range of cinematographers and filmmakers who are shooting on Sony. High quality movie is achieved with 4K 60p recording in Super 35mm mode and up to 4K 30p recording with 7K oversampling is available in full-frame mode. The new camera also features 10-bit depth 4:2:2 color sampling to enable natural gradation, XAVC S-I™ intra-frame encoding for more efficient editing workflows and XAVC HS™ H.265 long-GOP for doubled compression efficiency. To meet the growing need for precise autofocus performance when shooting videos, unique AF features are achieved when using the Alpha 7 IV with a Sony E-mount lens, including AF Assist[III] that supports focus transitions when using AF, and Focus Map that visualizes depth of field. For the first time in the Alpha series, the new camera features Breathing Compensation[IV] to combat focus breathing and maintain a consistent angle of view throughout focus changes and can be switched on or off. Advanced Operability as a Genuine Hybrid Model The Alpha 7 IV is a hybrid still and video camera with outstanding operability and reliability that easily allows the user to switch from photo to video and back at their convenience. New to Sony’s lineup of Alpha cameras is a dual-layer mode dial, with a lower layer for selecting Still/Movie/S&Q and a top layer for Auto/P/A/S/M and MR (Memory Recall), enabling users to quickly select and switch between the dedicated settings. It also has 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization for a 5.5-step[V] shutter speed advantage, an improved grip for greater comfort, and a CFexpress Type A compatible media slot to support media with faster writing and clearance. Additionally, the 3.68 million-dot (approx.) OLED Quad-VGA viewfinder is 1.6 times the resolution of the Alpha 7 III viewfinder, benefiting users with an upgraded live-view image quality that minimizes false color and increases resolution. Videographers can record 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 video continuously for more than an hour thanks to the camera’s heat-dissipating structure. Optical ‘Active Mode’[VI] image stabilization further stabilizes movie shooting. They can also benefit from the 3-inch (3.0-type) 1.03 million-dot (approx.) side-opening vari-angle touch-panel rear LCD monitor, top-panel REC button and high-capacity Z-series battery. The Alpha 7 IV body is built with magnesium alloy to achieve a robustness while minimizing its weight. In addition, the redesigned structure and lens lock button contribute to enhanced dust and moisture resistance[VII]. Enhanced Workflow Capabilities By offering a variety of connectivity options, the Alpha 7 IV enables on-the-spot streaming and sharing of high-quality content to meet the growing need for remote communication in real-time without sacrificing excellent image and sound quality. The connection between the camera and Imaging EdgeMobile™ application[VIII is simplified via Bluetooth, and fast data transfer is possible by 5GHz/2.4.GHz Wi-Fi. The camera also has a new feature called “Shot Mark” to enable easy access to the marked scenes in a video clip, within camera and on Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare applications.[IX] Moreover, the camera has a range of new features to support live streaming and remote communication without needing dedicated software. UVC (USB Video Class) and UAC (USB Audio Class) turn the Alpha 7 IV into a high-performance live streaming camera when connected to a computer or smartphone[X]. High image quality such as 4K 15p and 1080 FHD 60p deliver realistic video for remote sharing and the Alpha 7 IV’s digital audio interface can be paired with a range of mics and accessories to deliver high quality sound. Finally, Sony plans to offer a new cloud service next year, “AI Video Editing Studio”, for automated editing with AI technology. To allow creators to focus on more creative tasks, “AI Video Editing Studio” automatically performs initial editing in the cloud, using AI technology. Sony will continue to strive to offer a wide variety of imaging experiences and services through the active integration and advancement of cameras, cloud and AI. Designed with the Environment in Mind In line with Sony’s environmental efforts based on the "Road to Zero" initiative, environment was an important factor in the development of the Alpha 7 IV’s design, production and packaging. The camera uses recycled plastic, SORPLAS™, which does not depend on non-renewable resources and is produced at the sites by using renewable energy such as solar power generation. The product packaging also adopts recyclable plastic-reduced materials. HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM: Powerful Flashes to Evolve Alpha Lighting System The HVL-F60RM2 with GN 60 and 20-200mm[XI] coverage and HVL-F46RM with GN 46 and 24-105mmxi are powerful wireless flashes to offer precise control, enhanced high-speed and intuitive operability. They are designed to meet the needs of both professional and advanced content creators when shooting with a Sony Alpha camera, including the Alpha 7 IV, to offer the ultimate Alpha Lighting System by the detailed communication between cameras and external flash. Both flashes have upgraded continuous shooting flash performance, up to 200 consecutive flashes at 10 frames per second[XII] for the HVL-F60RM2 and 60 times for the HVL-F46RM. The optimized flash algorithm ensures both flashes are overheat-resistant, and a set of four Ni-MH (Nickel-metal hydride) batteries can power up to 240 flashes with a 1.7 second recycle time for the HVL-F60RM2 and up to 320 flashes with a 2.0 second recycle time for the HVL-F46RM[XIII]. When used in combination with an Alpha camera, they allow users to experience the unique communication and system benefits of the Alpha Lighting System that sets a new standard for mirrorless camera lighting systems. For example, with the Alpha 7 IV, P-TTL flash control metering for every frame in Mid, and Hi continuous mode has become possible in addition to Lo continuous mode. The flash release time lag is also shortened to capture momentary facial expressions and movements of the subject. With the Alpha 1, the HVL-F60RM2 achieves a phenomenal up to 20fps of continuous shooting[XIV] and approximately 20 flashes per second can be produced for more than 10 seconds with the external flash battery adapter FA-EBA1 (sold separately). When the Alpha 1 is used with Sony’s flashes, including HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM, users can sync up to 1/400 second shutter speed to expand expressive capabilities when shooting in full-frame mode. In addition, with the silent electronic shutter of the camera, silent flash shooting is possible when absolute silence is required. Other system benefits of HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM with an Alpha camera include: Flash parameters controlled directly from the menu of a compatible camera[XV] Flash control linked to camera face detectionxv Automatic correction of white balance based on the color temperature information from the flash Both flashes also feature improved robustness and operability. The Multi Interface shoe with Sony’s unique metal shoe foot with rugged side frame significantly increases strength and reliability. Shoe sealing helps the flashes to be more dust and moisture resistant[XVI]. The HVL-F60RM2’s original rotating head mechanism, “Quick Shift Bounce,” that enables flexible positioning and optimum lighting control has also been improved to prevent unintended change in the bounce angle. They support wireless radio communication and can control up to 15 flashes and/or receiver units in 5 groups via wireless radio communication for enhanced lighting control versatility. Visual Story is now Supported on Android “Visual Story” is a mobile application for professional event photographers and video creators to enable immediate and automatic delivery of photos and movies[XVII] to their clients after an event through gallery creation, utilize AI (artificial intelligence) assistance for easy image selection, upload assets online and more. While the Visual Story app is already available to iOS users, Android user can now also take advantage of the benefits Visual Story provides to professional photographers and videographers. When using the Alpha 7 IV, “Shot Mark” is also supported by Visual Story on iOS Version 2.1. Visual Story on iOS is available to download for free HERE Visual Story on Android is available to download for free HERE Pricing and Availability The new Alpha 7 IV will be available in December 2021 for approximately $2,500.00 USD and $3,200.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America. The PCK-LG2 Screen Protect Glass Sheet accessory for the Alpha 7 IV will be available at the same time. A kit version with Sony’s FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens will also be available for approximately $2,700.00 USD and $3,400.00 CAD. The new HVL-F46RM will be available in November 2021 for approximately $400.00 USD and $550.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America. The new HVL-F60RM2 will be available in November 2021 for approximately $550.00 USD and $750.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America. Notes [I] This product packaging is recyclable only in the communities that have appropriate recycling programs. [II] Up to 10 fps in continuous “Hi+” mode, or up to 8 fps in continuous “Hi” mode. Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on shooting conditions. Sony tests. [III] Not available when using the SELP1650, SEL18200LE or A-mount lenses. [IV] Angle of view and image quality may change slightly when this feature is turned ON. Breathing compensation is not available for unsupported lenses, 120/100p movie recording, S&Q recording at 120/100p, or stills. For the supported lens, please check here. [V] CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off. Still-image mode. [VI] Slight image crop in Active Mode. “Standard” setting recommended for focal lengths of 200mm or longer. Active mode not available when recording at 120 (100) fps. [VII] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof. [VIII] Version 7.6 (to be released soon) or a later version. Download Imaging Edge app at Google Play and the App Store. Network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted, or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information. Membership to Imaging Edge account and app on smartphone required with connection to Wi-Fi. See Imaging Edge terms and conditions/privacy policy for details. [IX] Supported in Catalyst version 2021.1 or later. [X] PC or smartphone OS must be compatible with UVC/UAC to use this functionality. Compatibility with PC and smartphones depends on manufacturers’ specifications. A commercially available USB cable and/or terminal adaptor may be used to connect to equipment with a USB Type-C port. [XI] 35mm full-frame equivalent. [XII] 1/32 flash output level using Ni-MH batteries [XIII] When using Ni-MH batteries. Sony tests [XIV] Alpha 1 electronic shutter in continuous Hi+ mode. Flash output level manually set to 1/32. [XV] Visit Sony support webpage for functional compatibility information. [XVI] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof. Dust and moisture resistance will vary also according to the body to which the unit is attached. [XVII] Video delivery is only supported on iOS. Download app at Google Play and the App Store. Network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted, or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information. Specifications Price MSRP - $2499, €2,800, £2,400 (body only) Body type Body type - SLR-style mirrorless Body material - Magnesium alloy Sensor Max resolution - 7008 x 4672 Image ratio w:h - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 Effective pixels - 33 megapixels Sensor photo detectors - 34 megapixels Sensor size - Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) Sensor type - BSI-CMOS Processor - Bionz XR Color space - sRGB, Adobe RGB, BT.2020 Color filter array - Primary color filter Image ISO - Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800) Boosted ISO (minimum) - 50 Boosted ISO (maximum) - 204800 White balance presets - 7 Custom white balance - Yes Image stabilization - Sensor-shift Image stabilization notes - 5-axis CIPA image stabilization rating - 5.5 stop(s) Uncompressed format - RAW JPEG quality levels - Extra fine, fine, normal File format JPEG (Exif v2.32) HEIF Raw (ARW 4.0) Optics & Focus Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor) Phase Detect Multi-area Center Selective single-point Tracking Single Continuous Touch Face Detection Live View Autofocus assist lamp - Yes Manual focus - Yes Number of focus points - 759 Lens mount - Sony E Focal length multiplier - 1× Screen / viewfinder Articulated LCD - Fully articulated Screen size - 3″ Screen dots - 1,036,800 Touch screen - Yes Screen type - TFT LCD Live view - Yes Viewfinder type - Electronic Viewfinder coverage - 100% Viewfinder magnification - 0.78× Viewfinder resolution - 3,686,400 Photography features Minimum shutter speed - 30 sec Maximum shutter speed - 1/8000 sec Exposure modes Program Aperture priority Shutter priority Manual Built-in flash - No External flash - Yes (Multi-interface shoe) Flash X sync speed - 1/250 sec Drive modes Single Continuous Self-timer Bracketing (AE/WB/DRO) Continuous drive - 10.0 fps Self-timer - Yes Metering modes Multi Center-weighted Highlight-weighted Average Spot Exposure compensation - ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) AE Bracketing - ±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) WB Bracketing - Yes Videography features Format - MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264, H.265 Modes 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 600 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 500 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 300 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 250 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 240 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 222 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 185 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 111 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 93 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 89 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM Microphone - Stereo Speaker - Mono Storage Storage types - One CFexpress Type A/UHS-II SD, One UHS-II SD Connectivity USB - USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec) USB charging - Yes (USB PD supported) HDMI - Yes (Standard) Microphone port - Yes Headphone port - Yes Wireless - Built-In Wireless notes - 802.11ac (dual band) + Bluetooth Remote control - Yes (wireless or smartphone) Physical Environmentally sealed - Yes Battery - Battery Pack Battery description - NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery charger Battery Life (CIPA) - 580 Weight (inc. batteries) - 659 g (1.45 lb / 23.25 oz) Dimensions - 131 x 96 x 80 mm (5.16 x 3.78 x 3.15″) Other features Orientation sensor - Yes GPS - None
  2. Press release: TAMRON Announces Development of Second-generation Fast-Aperture Standard Zoom Lens for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras New 28-75mm F2.8 G2 offers significantly improved optical and autofocus performance and new function customization August 4, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the development of a second generation fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras: 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063). The lens is expected to launch in 2021. Overview of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063) features The 28-75mm F2.8 G2 is the successor of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), a popular zoom lens that has earned high evaluation worldwide. It reflects the fruits of continuous evolution and customer-focused refinement. Retaining the well-received compact size of its predecessor, the new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 incorporates a new optical construction based on a design that has been revamped to enhance imaging performance and its features are compatible with the latest model digital cameras that offer increased resolution. The AF drive, TAMRON’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, is adopted to deliver higher autofocus speed with greater precision. With the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 7.1” at the wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7, the lens boasts advanced close-up shooting performance. Additionally, it features a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic texture. TAMRON pioneered the category of compact fast-aperture standard zoom lenses for mirrorless cameras and the new 28-75mm F2.8 G2 truly is a next-generation lens for everyday use. Originally developed software ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ for lens function customization This lens is compatible with the new ‘TAMRON Lens Utility’ software originally and uniquely developed by TAMRON. TAMRON Lens Utility can be operated via your computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional TAMRON Connection Cable . Users can customize the functions and update the firmware through the lens rather than through the camera. The personal customization gives flexible shooting options to match the shooting situation such as still photography or videography. (Functions of TAMRON Lens Utility) Focus Set Button settings A-B Focus: Set 2 focus positions (A and B) and make the focus automatically shift between A and B Focus Preset: Set your desired focus position and move the focus to the recorded point by a click Switch Focus Ring Function (Focus/Aperture): Switch Focus Ring Function from focus adjustment to aperture adjustment Assign function from the camera: Assign custom functions from the camera body to the Focus Set Button *The function of Focus Set Button can be cleared Focus Ring settings MF Ring Rotation: Change the rotation direction of the focus ring MF Method: Choose the method of focus operation when using the focus ring Firmware update Main features 1. Best image quality in standard zoom lens class 2. Fast, quiet VXD linear motor for high-speed and high-precision autofocus 3. MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 7.1” at wide end and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7 for creative close-ups 4. New design provides enhanced texture and greater user-friendliness 5. Lightweight, compact design with emphasis on ease of use, plus 67mm filter size
  3. Press Release: HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM: Powerful Flashes to Evolve Alpha Lighting System The HVL-F60RM2 with GN 60 and 20-200mm[XI] coverage and HVL-F46RM with GN 46 and 24-105mmxi are powerful wireless flashes to offer precise control, enhanced high-speed and intuitive operability. They are designed to meet the needs of both professional and advanced content creators when shooting with a Sony Alpha camera, including the Alpha 7 IV, to offer the ultimate Alpha Lighting System by the detailed communication between cameras and external flash. Both flashes have upgraded continuous shooting flash performance, up to 200 consecutive flashes at 10 frames per second[XII] for the HVL-F60RM2 and 60 times for the HVL-F46RM. The optimized flash algorithm ensures both flashes are overheat-resistant, and a set of four Ni-MH (Nickel-metal hydride) batteries can power up to 240 flashes with a 1.7 second recycle time for the HVL-F60RM2 and up to 320 flashes with a 2.0 second recycle time for the HVL-F46RM[XIII]. When used in combination with an Alpha camera, they allow users to experience the unique communication and system benefits of the Alpha Lighting System that sets a new standard for mirrorless camera lighting systems. For example, with the Alpha 7 IV, P-TTL flash control metering for every frame in Mid, and Hi continuous mode has become possible in addition to Lo continuous mode. The flash release time lag is also shortened to capture momentary facial expressions and movements of the subject. With the Alpha 1, the HVL-F60RM2 achieves a phenomenal up to 20fps of continuous shooting[XIV] and approximately 20 flashes per second can be produced for more than 10 seconds with the external flash battery adapter FA-EBA1 (sold separately). When the Alpha 1 is used with Sony’s flashes, including HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM, users can sync up to 1/400 second shutter speed to expand expressive capabilities when shooting in full-frame mode. In addition, with the silent electronic shutter of the camera, silent flash shooting is possible when absolute silence is required. Other system benefits of HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM with an Alpha camera include: Flash parameters controlled directly from the menu of a compatible camera[XV] Flash control linked to camera face detectionxv Automatic correction of white balance based on the color temperature information from the flash Both flashes also feature improved robustness and operability. The Multi Interface shoe with Sony’s unique metal shoe foot with rugged side frame significantly increases strength and reliability. Shoe sealing helps the flashes to be more dust and moisture resistant[XVI]. The HVL-F60RM2’s original rotating head mechanism, “Quick Shift Bounce,” that enables flexible positioning and optimum lighting control has also been improved to prevent unintended change in the bounce angle. They support wireless radio communication and can control up to 15 flashes and/or receiver units in 5 groups via wireless radio communication for enhanced lighting control versatility. [XI] 35mm full-frame equivalent. [XII] 1/32 flash output level using Ni-MH batteries [XIII] When using Ni-MH batteries. Sony tests [XIV] Alpha 1 electronic shutter in continuous Hi+ mode. Flash output level manually set to 1/32. [XV] Visit Sony support webpage for functional compatibility information. [XVI] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof. Dust and moisture resistance will vary also according to the body to which the unit is attached.
  4. Press release: TAMRON Announces the Launch of the World’s First All-In-One Zoom with 16.6X Zoom Ratio for Sony E-mount 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061) August 25, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc. announces the launch date of the previously announced 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD. The Sony E-Mount model B061S will be on sale September 24, 2021, at $699 USD. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change. The launch of the previously announced Fujifilm mount under development is expected this Fall. The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD covers a wide zoom range from approximately 27mm to 450mm in full-frame equivalent focal length. The first1 APS-C mirrorless camera zoom lens in the world with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the lens delivers the benefits of a versatile all-in-one zoom lens ideal for an extensive array of photographic scenarios. Its AF drive system uses TAMRON’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism for superior quietness and agile performance. The lens includes special lens elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge and provide high image quality making it the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses. Moreover, with an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.15m (5.9 in) at the 18mm wide end and a remarkable maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, this lens performs astonishingly well when shooting up close. The lens is equipped with TAMRON's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, effectively reducing image blur caused by camera shake in low-light conditions or in the ultra-telephoto range at slower shutter speeds. Also, same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras, the lens features a unified 67mm filter size. With a wide variety of other features for comfortable shooting, this is a highly versatile lens that allows you to easily enjoy high image quality from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS 1. The world’s first 16.6x all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD is the world's first lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the greatest feature of this lens, covering wide angle to an ultra-telephoto range. The full-frame equivalent focal length range is from 27mm to 450mm. With this broad coverage, it empowers shooting in a wide variety of situations, including everyday life and travel snapshots, both wide-angle and dynamic ultra-telephoto landscape photography and macro photography. 2. Best-in-class, extremely fast and precise AF provided by VXD linear motor focus mechanism The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD utilizes TAMRON's proprietary VXD linear motor focus mechanism. It achieves AF speed and precision that stand among the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses. Throughout its range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto, it provides precise AF shooting. Excellent when tracking a moving subject in focus, it is ideal when photographing animals, aircraft, railways, and other moving subjects. It’s extremely quiet, and therefore perfectly suited for both still and video shooting in conditions that demand silent operation. 3. MOD of 5.9” and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 at wide end With an MOD of 5.9” at the 18mm wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD performs amazingly well when shooting up close compared to other all-in-one zoom lenses. It enables users to enjoy creative macro photography with highly blurred backgrounds, a feature unique to macro photography. As a pioneer in all-in-one zoom lenses, TAMRON demonstrates unmatched originality in close-up shots. 4. The best image quality in its class In terms of image quality, this new 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 VC VXD is one of the best-performing all-in-one zoom lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras. To achieve a zoom ratio of 16.6x while ensuring high image quality, the lens features a well-balanced arrangement of three hybrid aspherical elements and four LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to effectively suppress optical aberrations. Throughout the zoom range, it maintains high resolving power from the center to the corners. 5. Outstanding VC stabilization Despite its compact size, the lens is equipped with TAMRON's proprietary VC mechanism. With or without image stabilization in the camera body, the VC included in this lens effectively mitigates camera shake that is likely to occur in low-light conditions indoors and at night. Furthermore, using AI technologies, the lens will choose the compensation characteristic for videography at focal lengths of 70mm or less. 6. Comfortably compact 7. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, Zoom Lock switch) 8. Compatible with many camera-specific features and functions, including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF
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