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Posted 08/03/20
Olympus has announced its latest OM-D series mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M10 Mark IV, which becomes the fourth iteration of this compact Micro Four Thirds camera since the series debuted in 2014. The E-M10 is the sleekest camera in the OM-D lineup and this latest Mark IV is not only lighter than its predecessor, it has improved features, including an upgraded 20MP sensor. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Designed for travelers, enthusiasts, and those who appreciate great image quality from a truly compact interchangeable lens camera, the E-M10 Mark IV features a 20MP Live MOS sensor, which is a resolution boost over the Mark III’s 16MP sensor.  Other welcomed upgrades include a selfie-friendly 180° tilt-down touchscreen LCD, compared to 45° on the Mark III, and the availability of direct USB charging. Continuous shooting with the camera’s mechanical shutter is a bit faster, as well, reaching 8.7 fps, and its in-body 5-axis image stabilization compensates for approximately 4.5 stops of camera shake to improve image quality in low light. There is also UHD 4K video recording, up to 30 fps, along with Full HD 60 fps recording and high-speed HD video at 120 fps. Wireless connectivity was limited to Wi-Fi in previous models but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are now included for “always-on” connection and background connection via Bluetooth and the OI Share Smartphone app. Also, an Instant Film filter was added to the array of fun and useful in-camera Art Filters. Already known for its palm-size retro good looks and easy handling, this version of the E-M10 managed to shave off a bit of weight, and with its kit-mate attached (the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ), it weighs right around 1.25 lb. It really is an ideal camera with which to “leave the phone in your pocket” and jump into interchangeable-lens photography. Having used several E-M10 models over the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate this series, not simply because of its handling and attractive, compact body, which includes a deep grip enabling easy one-handed shooting and more stability when using a long lens. I like its Digital ESP metering system, the range of focus features, such as Eye Priority and Face Priority, and the Silent Modes available in SCN, AP, P, A, S, M, and ART modes. AP Mode also includes a new Sweep Panorama function. Its 121-point Contrast Detection autofocus provides Super Spot AF when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached. Manual focus assist functions such as magnification and focus peaking are very helpful, and the 1.04m-dot rear touch control monitor enables touch AF, in addition to shutter release, Wi-Fi connection, and other settings control. Also, catering to social interests, the flip-down 3.0" monitor works in tandem with the camera’s dedicated selfie mode, which turns on automatically when the monitor is flipped down. The rear button layout is also adjusted for simple operation when in selfie mode. 4K and Full HD video are supported, and a multi-mode built-in flash, as well as a hot shoe for external flash, are available. M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS Lens                                                         Olympus has also announced a new telephoto zoom lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS, which is an ideal match for the new E-M10 Mark IV, given that it is also quite compact for a lens with such long reach. Its 200-800mm equivalent focal length is well suited to bird, wildlife, sports, and other genres of image making that require distance from your subject. When paired with the MC-20 M.Zuiko Digital 2.0x Teleconverter, its equivalent effective focal length reach goes up to 1600mm! Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS Lens At just 8.1" long and 2.5 lb, its handsome barrel is also dust- and splash-proof, affording a measure of security when working in rain or sub-optimal conditions. In-lens image stabilization adds to the ability to capture sharp images in low light and, when working at extreme telephoto lengths, a focus-limiter switch aids in fast autofocus control. Minimum focus distance is a very respectable 4.3' with 0.57x magnification. The lens has 21 elements in 15 groups, including a series of high refractive index elements and extra-low dispersion glass, and a Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical Coating to minimize unwanted reflections and provide high-resolution telephoto imaging. While this lens is compatible with all of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, it is a fine partner for the new OM-D E-M10 Mark IV mirrorless camera, which is an ideal camera for those looking to step up from their smartphone, improve their photography skills, or just have a palm-size, fully automatic and manual camera as an everyday carry. Please let us know your experiences with the Olympus E-M10 series and ask any questions you may have in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 05/27/20
Positioned as  the go-to kit lens for L-mount shooters, Panasonic’s new Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom adds a fresh dimension to its full-frame mirrorless system. This compact yet highly versatile lens offers a unique range, from an ultra-wide 20mm to a normal 60mm focal length when fully extended. Measuring only 3.4" long and weighing just over a mere 12 oz, this sleek optic affords all-day portability while supporting versatile shooting opportunities, from landscapes to snapshots. When zoomed to 20mm, the expansive field of view provides maximum coverage for small interior spaces and other tight spots and, at 60mm, the slightly long-normal field of view is great for isolating subjects and homing in on details. On the inside, this 20-60mm boasts 11-element, 9-group construction, which includes two aspherical elements, three extra-low dispersion elements, and one ultra high refractive index element to minimize chromatic and spherical aberrations and achieve superior MTF performance across the entire frame and zoom range. Macro photographers will benefit from a high maximum magnification of 0.43x and a 5.9" minimum focusing distance, and a nine-blade rounded diaphragm contributes to satisfying bokeh quality. Videographers and macro photographers alike will also appreciate the minimal focus breathing exhibited when shifting between focal lengths. Previous Pause Next Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens- Sample Images When put to work, the lens’s high-speed stepping motor offers near-silent autofocus operation and excellent focus tracking, making this a great choice for videography and vlogging. A rugged dust/splash-resistant exterior design protects the lens against dusty and rainy conditions, as well as cold temperatures down to 14°F. A fluorine coating also protects the front element against water and oil smudges. What do you think of Panasonic's new zoom? Are you excited about its 20mm ultra-wide reach? Let us know your opinion in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 10/25/18
Dropping by Photo Plus Expo 2018, Oliver Covrett walks us through Sigma’s latest lens releases. These include two new additions to the Art series, the 28mm and 40mm f/1.4, an APS-C 56mm Contemporary, and the 70-200mm f/2.8 and 60-600mm zooms, both joining the Sports series. You can read more about these lenses in our announcement from Photokina 2018, as well as a review of the 60-600mm lens. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 08/22/18
Join Sigma Tech Rep Marc Farb for an informative Sports 101, Sigma style. Learn about its lineup of lenses and how to control shooting better images while getting the inside scoop on how to unlock the added performance of Sigma products using the USB technology. You can also learn some of the techniques for getting better images of fast action sports, as well as some intelligent lens choices. Take advantage of Farb’s knowledge and select the right lens(es) for your shooting needs and get the real story on how to use a tele converter best, and what lenses it might benefit. When you’re finished, be sure to check out the rest of our wide selection of instructional and informative videos, at BandH.com.
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