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Canon RF 800mm f11 release date review specs compared pricing

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Oct 222020
 
Canon RF 800mm f11 release date review specs compared pricing

canon rf 800mm f11
As a birder this thing is quite interesting (long focal length, more affordable than super duper telephoto lenses),
as a photographer f/11 what is it ? In photographic terms, everything below f4 is a dark tunnel, all of us heard / read this before. I do not even like f/5,6 lenses, but would be interesting an 500mm f/5,6 for example which no one would like to release. (Canon, Nikon, Sigma, etc), sorry Nikon released an 500mm f/5.5 fl Ed vr. This lens is aimed at RF system which is a mirrorless one, and it is a Full frame lens, for me as a birder the longer one is much more interesting. After many sample shots can judge picture quality. The f/11 aperture is a serious drawback, very dark only can be somewhat acceptable photographing the sky / birds in the sky / airplanes and such bright things as fire / UFOs etc. The minimal focus distance is 6m, nobody
like this I guess, would be really great if it were shorter like 3 or 4m or so.

How to use it ?

The lens is compact when we transport it, than when we want to use it first need to unlock it, after pull for longer physical size than locking again.
Other thing to consider is shutter speed, it is a good idea to place it on a tripod or monopod, and first try with nearly static subjects (in a zoo for example). For moving subjects or handheld you need shutter speed like 1/1600s or even more to get consistently sharp results, depending on your hand shake. The subject must be minimum 20′ or 6m away.

What is it good for ?

Think about it as a telescope, with very narrow depth of field. Birding, wildlife, aviation, surfing such things came in my mind. Not portrait, macro, landscape. So the usage of this lens is quite limiting, including the reasons below regarding f/11 aperture.

Biggest drawback f/11 fixed aperture

The lens has a fixed f/11 aperture, cannot be stopped down if you want more areas in focus, and won’t be brighter either. This means in practical terms that almost useless in all but the brightest situations. Electronic viewfinder can compensate dark viewfinder view, but if you point the lens upwards and there are plenty of light and the sensor cannot capture the dynamic range you don’t see nothing. Not a case with the optical viewfinder.

Biggest advantage compare to the competition

The lens is smaller and lighter than the competition, and perhaps more
affordable than some other Canon mount lenses. Not fair to compare this price wise
this to a super expensive telephoto which is much brighter and has better picture
quality. Don’t be fooled with marketing you get quite a different thing for this
money.

Is it worth to buy RF camera because of this lens ?

If you already have an RF camera, this lens is interesting. If you don’t have
you need to decide, according to your budget. I prefer optical viewfinder (Dslr) and
fully functional brighter lens for birding, which you can get much cheaper, for example
a used 7d with a 400mm f/5,6 with a 1,4 teleconverter. Not a full frame camera, not the
latest lens, but more usable according to my opinion.

Canon RF 800mm f11 Specs

Filter thread: 95mm / 82mm for the 600mm f/11
Mount: Canon RF (mirrorless, not fit for Dslr)
Weight: 1260 g / 950g for the f11
Dimensions: 101,6*351,8 mm
Minimal Focusing distance : 6 m
Optical stabilizer in lens: yes
AF motor type: Stm

Canon RF 800mm f11 release date

Canon RF 800mm f11 lens already released.

Canon RF 800mm f11 pricing

The price in the US is 699 Dollars, in Europe you can expect lot more.

Canon RF 800mm f11 Pros

– Small, compared to the focal length
– light, compare to what it is
– more affordable than the super expensive EF telephoto primes

Canon RF 600mm f11 Cons

– Dark f/11, dark view, slow photographically
– No weather sealing
– Not L build quality
– picture quality not yet known, but don’t expect wonder for this price, no control for out focus areas (aperture)

Canon RF 800mm f/11 teleconverters

There are 2 special teleconverters for this lens, older EF converters are not fit to this lens. According to my experience the 2x teleconverter is useless for 99% of the lenses except the really sharp ones, like the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 II, or the other wonders. The lens will be immediately f/22 which is a useless setting for high megapixel digital cameras unless you shoot landscapes from 30 cm. I would not the put the f/1,4 either. Yes you get
reach, but eliminate picture quality many ways (diffraction, high ISO, low light quantity, motion blur).

Canon RF 800mm f/11 alternatives

There are many alternatives, the EF mount lenses, like the
Sigma 150-600mm, Tamron 150-600mm, the good old Canon 400mm f/5.6, Nikon Coolpix P900, P1000 compact
camera with 2000mm focal length or more with the same lighting conditions perhaps has similar results

 Posted by at 4:01 pm
Oct 152020
 
Canon powershot zoom
Canon powershot zoom

Canon powershot zoom

What is it ? It is a small pocketable mononcular which can shoot superzoom stills and video. For example can shoot a goal of the football or soccer match or the distant bird or animal. (If you skilled enough to do this, not an easy task to capture a moment like this) It has a 12 Megapixel 1/3″ sized point and shoot sensor, and can shoot HD video at 30 fps. It has a four axis stabilizer to make pictures usable. Focal length 100 and 400mm and digitally can extended 800 mm. The weight of the gadget is only 130 g. At d/5.6-6.3 aimed at good light usage. The initial price will be 300 USD. The gadget works as a point and shoot camera with minimal operation.

Canon powershot zoom release date

The planned release date of the new Canon powershot zoom is 2020 November.

Canon powershot zoom pricing

The initial price will be 300 USD. European prices not yet known.

canon powershoot zoom

canon powershoot zoom

Interesting gadget, no predecessor, or similar product yet known. Don’t expect miracles about picture quality from a small sensor. The tipical point and shoot sensor size is 1/3,5″ (7,25 mm), this gadget has a little bigger sensor 1/3″ (8,46mm).

 Posted by at 11:17 am
Sep 102017
 
Nikon d850 release date review specs

(Nikon d850 release date 2017 september, 3300 USD, 45 Mpix, 4K UHD video at 30fps, HD video at 120 fps)
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The new Nikon d850 is soon coming, with a 45 Mp sensor, 4K UHD video at 30 fps, for 3300 USD.

Nikon D850 order link at BH photovideo

Nikon d850 specs

Sensor: Full frame 36 x 24 mm without anti aliasing filter
Pixel count: 45,7 Megapixel
Sensor type: BSI CMOS sensor (back illuminated)
Image processor: EXPEED 5
Sensor auto focus system: Multi cam 153 point 20K system
Monitor size: 3,2″
Monitor type: tilting touchscreen
ISO range: 64 – 25,600
Base ISO at 64
9 frame per sec burst mode

120 frame per sec HD video
8 K time lapse capability
180K Pixel RGB sensor focus shift mode
Burst mode: 7 frames per second for 51 frames
Connectivity: Snap bridge blue tooth and Wifi
Built in flash: NO
Dynamic range: said is similar to the dynamic range of the
the Nikon d810
Improved battery

Nikon d850 release date

Downsides: No CF cards
No in built camera flash

Nikon d850 release date

The camera seems to be available from 7th of September 2017

May 192017
 
Upupa epops

upupa-epopsThe Upupa epops or Hoopoe is a small bird which is common in Hungary between March and September. The bird spends the winter in Africa. The bird likes open areas, agricultural farms, typically can be found walking on dirt roads looking after insects. This is a widely spread bird in many places throughout Eurasia and Africa.

This is not particularly shy bird, relatively easy to approach, but keeps the distance if you want to go too close. In flight the black and white pattern of the wings is more apparent, if we can photograph from closer distances.

It is also called stingy bird, because in case of danger the chicks

Breeding

The bird usually lay 5-10 eggs in a hole of tree or in a building. Only the female incubating the eggs, but feeding is done by both parents. The male birds fighting heavily with each other for the females and for the territories.

 Posted by at 6:52 am
Feb 242017
 
New Sigma Art lenses coming

4 new Sigma Art lenses coming
New Sigma Art lenses coming. At this time we can expect 4 new lenses, some of them are unique in the market. Nowadays Sigma really rocking, with lenses like the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art , or the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art series lenses. Not to speak about the new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens, which is also unbeleivable.

The new lenses are:

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 art

It looks like a bright ultrawide lens for astrophotographers, with a huge bulb element.

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8

The standard workhorse lens of the wedding photographers.

Sigma 135mm f/1.8

King of bokeh type of lens with a unique f/1.8 aperture.

Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3

Lighter super telephoto lens with a moderate aperture for hobbyists. It will be similar in performance like the popular 150-600mm type of lenses according to recent information.

No price information yet about the new Sigma Art series lenses.

Feb 182017
 

Canon 77d release date

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Canon 77d release date is expected in April 2017. At the moment it looks like a 200 USD cheaper 80d, if the sensor is the same. It looks has anything Canon has to offer, apart from 4K or other gimmicks.
The new Canon dslr camera coming between the Canon 80d and the Canon 770d with a 24,2 megapixel CMOS sensor. This camera starts a product line on his own, which is in the serious amateur consumer-prosumer segment. The camera has 45 all cross type focus points and a Dual pixel af system.

It will have newer processor (DIGIC 7), has lower burst speed (6 fps), higher native ISO range (100 – 25,600) than the Canon EOS 80d. The LCD monitor is articulated touchscreen. The camera has a Dual-pixel autofocus, but no phase detect focus (Meaning non Canon lenses won’t af in live view mode I guess). The viewfinder coverage is lower (95 vs 100%) than the coverage of the 80d. The price of the new 77d is 200 USD cheaper, than the price of the 80d.

Canon 77d specs
Pixel count: 24,2 effective / 25,8 Megapixel
Exposure compensation: +-5 EV, +-3 EV in AEB
Highest res: 6000×4000
Viewfinder: pentamirror / (pentaprism for 80d line)
Max shutter speed: 1/4000s
Viewfinder coverage: 95 %
Focusing system: 45 cross-type af points
Burst mode: 6 fps
Camera weight: 540g (18,05 oz.) without lens with battery and memory card, 493g body only
Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.8″ / 112 x 68 x 44,5 mm
Native ISO range: 100 – 25,600
Camera mount: Canon EF
Sensor format: Aps-C
Sensor size: 22,3 x 14,9 mm
Kit lens: EF-s 18-55mm f / 3,5-5,6
Viewfinder: yes
Built in flash: yes, guide number 12 meters
Bluetooth: yes
Wifi: yes
NFC: yes
Video resolution: 1920 x 1080 at 60 (59,94) fps
Tilting LCD: yes fully articulated
LCD size: 3″
LCD resolution: 1040k dots (1620k in case of the Canon M5)
Picture styles: 3 No User Defined ones, Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome
White balance settings: Auto,Day Light, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light
Flash,Color temperature, Custom
Battery: LP-E17 x 1
Battery life: 820 shots using the viewfinder
Movie recording time:


The question is whether the new sensor used in the Canon 80d is in the camera with the wider dynamic range or the older one in the 760d (13,2 vs 12 EV), or something in between. Between the two sensor there is a significant difference in high ISO performance (1135 vs 915) and color depth (23,6 vs 22,6 bits) as well.

Compare to the 80d apart from the sensor are the following: less viewfinder coverage (95 vs 100%), lower burst rate (6/7 fps), lower max shooting speed (1/4000s vs 1/8000s) but has wider native iso range, newer image processor (Digic 7 vs 6). For me any of these are not seem a deal breaker, if the sensor is the same.

Canon M6 release date

The camera will be available from April 2017.

Canon 77d price

The initial price of the new Canon EOS M6 is 899,99 USD.

Canon 77d promo video

Feb 152017
 

Canon M6 release date

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The new Canon mirrorless will have a 24,2 megapixel CMOS sensor. The camera is little smaller and lighter than the predecessor (the EOS M5), but unfortunately has smaller screen, and has no viewfinder. It is cheaper though than the Canon EOS M5.

It will have newer processor (DIGIC 7), has faster burst speed (9 fps), higher native ISO range (100 – 25,600). The camera will be available in black and silver colors. The camera has a Dual-pixel autofocus.

Canon M6 specs
Pixel count: 24,2 effective / 25,8 Megapixel
Highest res: 6000×4000
Camera weight: 390g without lens with battery and memory card
Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.8″ / 112 x 68 x 44,5 mm
Native ISO range: 100 – 25,600
Camera mount: EF-M
Sensor format: Aps-C
Sensor size: 22,3 x 14,9 mm
Kit lens: EF-m 15-45mm f / 3,5-5,6
Viewfinder: No
Built in flash: yes, guide number 5
Bluetooth: yes
Wifi: yes
NFC: yes
Video resolution: 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps
Tilting LCD: 180 degree up, 45 degree down (85/180 in case of the Canon M5)
LCD size: 3″
LCD resolution: 1040k dots (1620k in case of the Canon M5)
Picture styles: 3 No User Defined ones, Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome
White balance settings: Auto,Day Light, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light
Flash,Color temperature, Custom
Battery: LP-E17
Battery life: 425 shots (ECO mode on)
CIPA compliant: 295 shots
Movie recording time: app. 85 min.


The question is whether the new sensor used in the Canon 80d is in the camera with the wider dynamic range or the older one in the 760d (13,2 vs 12 EV), or something in between. Between the two sensor there is a significant difference in high ISO performance (1135 vs 915) and color depth (23,6 vs 22,6 bits) as well.

Canon M6 release date

The camera will be available from April 2017.

Canon M6 price

The initial price of the new Canon EOS M6 is 899,99 USD.

 Posted by at 11:16 pm
Jan 082017
 
Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art release date price specs

sigma-85mm-1-4-art-release-date

Seems the long awaited Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art portrait lens is finally coming. This lens was expected when the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 Art lens was released. This kins of a lens is a workhorse for the professional portrait photographer. For 1200 USD it is not really cheap, but much more affordable than the competition (Nikon 85mm 1.4 and the Canon 85mm 1.2 version II lenses). The wide f/1.4 aperture helps to create pleasing buttery creamed background for portrait photography. I think this lens is extremely sharp if it follows the line of the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, and the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 lenses. Regarding the competition it is cheaper by 400 USD than the Nikon version, and 600 USD than the Canon version (the 1.2 though), which makes the lens quite attractive.

Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art specs

Filter size: 86mm
Lens elements / groups: 14/12 not the simplest design
Special lens elements: 2 SLD and 1 asperical lens element
Lens weight: not specified by the manufacturer, means it is a heavy beast or put it another way the optical quality is the most important here
Minimum focusing distance: 85cm
Max. reproducing ratio: 1:8.5
Dimensions: 3.73 x 4.97″ (94.7 x 126.2 mm)
Angle of view: 28.6º
Aperture range: f/1.4 – 1/16
No. of aperture blades: 9
Compatibility: Full frame
The lens is compatible with the Sigma’s USB dock and the MC11 lens converter.

Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art price

The price of the new Art series lens is 1199 USD. (January 2017)

Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art release data

The lens can be purchased from 2017. It is already available, but seems it is back ordered.

Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art MTF curves

Below you can check the MTF curves for the new lens.
sigma-85mm-1-4-art-mtf-chart
The upper line is the contrast the below line shows resolution (detail).
The left part of the chart shows the center of the lens, the right part is the extreme corners.
The ideal MTF would be a horizontal line as close to 1 as possible.

Actually if we use this lens for portraits the corners are not so relevant, but I am sure everyone prefers dead sharp corners as well, if for example we use the lens for landscapes occasionally.

Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art link at Sigmaphoto website

you can check official website here

 Posted by at 5:24 am
Nov 302016
 
Nikon d5600 release date

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The Nikon d5500 was quite a successful camera for Nikon, got good reviews, and was the first Nikon with a Touchscreen (if I remember well). The new Nikon d5600 wants to continue this camera line with more connectivity and creativity.

The new camera has the good old 24,2 MP resolution CMOS sensor without optical low pass filter, has 39 autofocus points with 9 cross-type sensors, and a deeper grip for better handling.

The autofocus system now tracks in 3D. The camera can take photos at 5 frames per second in burst mode, and HD videos at 60/50 frames per second rate (see complete specification below).

The camera has a new Time-lapse mode. The camera advertised with connectivity. The Snapbridge app helps to connect the camera with the smartphone via Wifi and NFC.

The camera can be purchased with the new Af-P lenses (18-55 and 70-300mm) as well optimized for video recording.

Nikon d5600 specs
Sensor

Sensor: 24,2 MP CMOS
Sensor size: DX 23,5*15,6mm
Optical low pass filter: No
Sensor cleaning: yes
Dust off reference data: yes with Software

LCD monitor

Monitor type: fully articulated
Monitor resolution: 1037 K dots
Touchscreen: yes

Mount

The camera has a Nikon F mount.

ISO range

ISO range: 100-25,600

Physical parameters

Weight: 16.4 oz./465g
Camera dimensions: 4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″ / 124 x 97 x 70mm

Viewfinder

Viewfinder coverage: 95%
Viewfinder magnification: 0,82

Shutter speed

Max shutter speed: 1/4000s
Burst mode: 5 frames per second

Video

Video resolution: 1920×1080 at 60/50/30/25/24 fps
1280×720 at 60/50 fps (the actual rates are 59.94 and 23.976)
File format: MOV
Encoding: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Max length of clips: 29 min 59 s

Metering

The camera can meter in Matrix, Center-weight average, Spot (3.5mm circle, 2.5% of the frame)

Compatible lenses

Autofocus is available with AF-S, AF-P and AF-I lenses

Functions

Built in flash: yes
Flash synch speed: 1/200s
Exposure compensation: +-5 EV
Wifi: yes
NFC: yes

Supported languages

Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Camera modes

Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]); programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M), scene modes (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait, night landscape, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, pet portrait, candlelight, blossom, autumn colors, food); special effects modes (night vision, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect, miniature effect, selective color, silhouette, high key, low key)

Nikon d5600 price

The initial price of the new Nikon D5600 is 596 USD (body only), 796 USD with the 18-55mm and 796 USD with the 18-140mm lens. The camera also can be purchased with the new AF-P 18-55 and AF-P 70-300 lenses as well. These lenses similarly to Canon’s stm lenses has the stepper motor which is silent and optimized for video recording, allowing smooth transitions.

 Posted by at 9:51 am
Nov 152016
 
Monitor cleaning spray

monitor-cleaning-spray
I sit in front of the computer for years, and if I wanted to clean it (with a wet cloth normally), usually I was not really successful. I don’t know how but got this monitor cleaning spray (see above). It does the job perfectly. I can recommend it wholeheartedly. Just makes the monitor perfectly clean. I don’t see any reviews about monitor cleaning equipments or products just got this.

Perhaps it is not a big relevation for most people, but perhaps there are some out there who like me. If you have some tips/experience in this matter, you can share it in the comments.


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 Posted by at 11:39 am
Oct 182016
 
Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art

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The long awaited Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art is almost here. The lens accepts 86mm filters, and bigger and heavier than the competition. It comes after the very popular, high performance Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art or the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lenses.

Why is this lens is so awaited ? Because it is the classical short telephoto portrait focal length, when we can create very nice creamy background blur. Most professional photographers are portrait or wedding photographer, and this lens is one of their workhorse lenses (the others can be a 24-70 or 70-200mm). Before this lens Sigma released the also very interesting Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 Art lens which can be also very interesting for portrait photographers.

Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art official name

The official name of the lens is Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG HSM Art

DG – Digital
HSM – Hypersonic focusing motor
Art – the new line of Sigma lenses, usually with bright aperture

Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art specification

Mounts: Sigma, Canon, Nikon
Filter size: 86mm
Weight: Not specified, seems this a weak point, I guess around 0.8kg or little more. The Nikon is 591g, the Canon 85mm 1.2 II is 1025g for reference.
Lens elements: 14 elements in 12 groups
Max magnification: 1:8,5
Min. focusing distance: 85cm / 33″
Dimensions: 94.7mmx126.2mm / 3.7in. x 5.0in.
Price: 1199 USD
Updated Af system with 3x torque
Stellar optical performance
USB dock, MC11 compatible

What’s new here

The Sigma Art line lenses has great build quality, with high unique optical performance usually, as we seen this in several such lenses in the past. The optical design as you can see below is quite complex, with many lens elements. It is designed and tested for the new, high megapixel cameras.

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 Posted by at 6:01 am
Oct 132016
 
The forest man of India

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Click on the next image to see the video. This is just a jpg with no link.
I like trees very much, and I plant some trees as well single handedly. But the man in this story exceeds any imagination. He’s name is Jadav Payeng. See the story in more detail in the following video.

Jadav lives in the island of Majuli which once was covered with thick vegetation. Unfortunately the area become flat later, without trees or other vegetation. Jadav single-handedly built 1200 hectare forest himself, 37 years ago. He spent his last 30 years of life to plant this forest, which is now a home of 5 Tigers, included in the migratory route of Elephants and home of many creatures.

 Posted by at 12:48 pm