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Posted 10/13/21
Sony has announced the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II lens, an extensive overhaul of one of the most popular lenses in the G Master lineup. The upgrade boasts completely reconfigured optics, faster and more accurate autofocus, and a laundry list of practical improvements for still and video shooters. A favorite zoom of professional portrait, event, sports, and wildlife photographers, this bright, constant max-aperture lens works well for a wide variety of subjects. Inheriting lens tech from Sony’s super-telephoto G Master primes, the new lens boosts performance while simultaneously cutting back on weight. At 2.3 lb, it is 30% lighter than the previous model and claims the title of lightest large-aperture 70-200mm on the market. Collectively, it comprises 17 elements in 14 groups and includes an extreme aspherical (XA) element that eliminates distance-related aberrations, like onion-ring bokeh. Two ED and two Super ED elements have also been added to combat chromatic aberration for accurate image rendering. On the exposed elements, a Nano AR Coating II provides anti-reflection protection to temper flare and ghosting so you can use it in challenging lighting environments with minimal distortion. Corner-to-corner sharpness has been improved, providing the kind of resolution photographers have come to expect from Sony’s G Master line. With a minimum focusing distance a hair under 16" and maximum magnification of 0.3x, the new lens will get you closer to your subjects than its predecessor could. It’s also compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters to achieve the reach of up to a 400mm f/5.6 while retaining all communication and functionality. An 11-blade circular aperture produces smooth, natural-looking bokeh when separating subjects from their environments. Sony FE 1.4x and Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverters Not content to simply tweak optics, the latest G Master also features evolved autofocusing capabilities, making it four times faster and 30% more accurate than its past version. In order to achieve this feat, four extreme dynamic linear motors are used—two for each focusing group—making this the first large-aperture tele-zoom to feature such a design. Internal focusing permits fast, smooth, and quiet capture with less distraction when shooting, and floating elements are featured, too, for consistent sharpness throughout the focusing range. Previous Pause Next Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens Sample Photos Videographers will appreciate reduced focus breathing, focus shift while zooming, and axis shift while zooming for consistent capture. Like other recent G Master lenses, the 70-200 includes a de-clickable aperture ring for smooth depth of field adjustments. A full-time DMF switch allows you to activate manual focusing when the focusing ring is used, even in AF-C mode so you can easily fine-tune capture. Linear response manual focusing enables intuitive and accurate focus adjustment, too. Optical image stabilization is available with the addition of Mode 3, which benefits framing stability for moving subjects. Physically, the lens incorporates a blend of new and old features. Focus, zoom, and aperture are all independently controllable for streamlined, on-lens adjustments. Three customizable focus hold buttons further expand on-lens functionality. Additionally, a focus limiter switch offers full range or infinity-to-3m for more efficient capture. An iris-lock switch is also incorporated into the lens barrel to revert adjustments to the camera body, preventing accidental on-lens changes. Dust and moisture resistance have been boosted around seams, buttons, and the lens mount so you can take this lens on assignment virtually anywhere with confidence. A fluorine coating on the front element protects against fingerprints, dust, and oil. Last, but not least, the new lens incorporates a refashioned lens hood that has an opening so you can adjust circular polarizer and ND filters, a flocked interior to prevent reflections, and silicone rubber on the front edge for added protection. Are you a fan of Sony’s G Master lenses? What would you photograph with its latest zoom? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 10/02/21
Photographer Olga Torrey shares her tips on finding wildlife to photograph, opening your eyes to the possibilities—from birds to rabbits—in New York City! Of all the locations that wouldn’t occur to most of us, where would you shoot photos of wildlife? Tell us in the Comments section!
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Posted 09/20/21
When the weather isn’t cooperating, or when you don’t have a lot of time, there are still opportunities to take photos! Lisa Langell shares her creative photography ideas, taking you through the process from photographing to editing. How do you find inspiration on a photoshoot that doesn’t go according to plan? Share your experiences with us in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 08/27/21
Light, composition, moment. Ralph Lee Hopkins talks about his National Geographic expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, revealing how he captures his breathtaking wildlife and landscape photos. What are your nature photography tips when in harsh conditions? Share them with us below.
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Posted 08/30/21
If you live in the United States, you too can find opportunities to photograph wildlife. Joe and Mary Ann McDonald demonstrate how you can find wildlife in your own backyard! From photographing birds in flight to rabbits in the grass, you will find a new appreciation for local winged and furry friends. Are you a local wildlife photographer? Tell us about your favorite subjects in the Comments section!
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Posted 07/23/21
Join Lisa Langell out in the field as she photographs wildlife and shares her photography tips for taking photos from a boat. She offers her advice about taking photographs of wildlife, camera settings, the proper camera gear, and more! Have you ever tried photographing birds in the wild? Tell us about your experience in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 05/14/21
Wildlife photographer Kristi Odom goes into the thought process behind crafting an image that tells a story. From research to camera settings, you will learn photography tips for capturing the emotion in a nature scene. For more wildlife-related news and tips, be sure to check out the rest of Wildlife Week on B&H Explora! How do you bring out emotion in your own wildlife photography? Share your tips below!
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Posted 05/08/21
Join award-winning photographer David Cardinal as he shares his wildlife photography tips, including the right camera gear, photography composition, lighting, and workflow. Are you a wildlife photographer? Please share some of your own tips and techniques in the Comments section. Sponsored by Western Digital and Synology
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Posted 12/02/20
Maria Perez chats with photographer Autumn Schrock, who shoots landscape, wildlife, travel, adventure, and astrophotography. They talk about her next photography workshop, her favorite animal to photograph, her reasons for loving nature photography, and more. We hope you enjoy this video, and we invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 02/27/21
Wildlife photographer Yaron Schmid helps you elevate your nature and wildlife photography from beyond “common shots.” Learn how to prepare, utilize composition rules, and experiment with camera settings to tell a story in your wildlife photos. Stick around for the Q&A to learn about camera gear, specifically for safari conditions! Then share your own experiences photographing wildlife in the Comments section, below.
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