Joe Biden’s official photographer Adam Schultz uses three Sony A9II cameras for his work!

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Dpreview had a chat with Joe Biden’s official photographer Adam Schultz. It’s curious to note he uses three(!!!) Sony A9II cameras for his work. He says:

I have three Sony a9 II bodies, about twelve batteries, and four lenses, including the three I mentioned earlier. The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM, the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS, which is mostly a backup, then the FE 85mm F1.4 GM, which is a great lens, and the FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS.

Only 3-4 years ago nobody would have imagined pro journalists using Sony gear for their work. Now here we are!

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This new patent shows Sony is working on Fresnel Lens technology

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Nikon currently has two 500mm and 300mm Fresnel lenses in their range. This technology allows to make smaller and lighter lenses compared to traditional lens designs:

The design allows the construction of lenses of large aperture and short focal length without the mass and volume of material that would be required by a lens of conventional design. A Fresnel lens can be made much thinner than a comparable conventional lens, in some cases taking the form of a flat sheet.

One of the downsides of Fresnel lenses are the Flare artifacts. But a new Sony patent proves that they are ready to launch such lenses with a new tech that can suppress the flare issue:

The present invention has been made in the light of the actual situation described above, and one of objects thereof is to provide a Fresnel lens and a method of manufacturing the Fresnel lens which can suppress a flare which is generated in an image visually recognized through the Fresnel lens so as to extend toward a center of a lens.

Finally we might get closer to our dream to have both small FF cameras and small FF lenses?

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DxO launches PhotoLab 4. Features DxO DeepPRIME, a revolutionary demosaicing and denoising technology based on artificial intelligence and trained with deep learning.

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DxO announced the totally new PhotoLab (Click here to read all info and get the 30% discount). You can also download the free trial (Click here) if you want to test it before to buy it!

This is the Press text:

DxO PhotoLab 4 features DxO DeepPRIME, a revolutionary demosaicing and denoising technology based on artificial intelligence and trained with deep learning.

DxO PhotoLab 4 has also added a new dynamic interface system called DxO Smart Workspace, enriched its photo library with a batch renaming feature, and created an even simpler workflow by adding a new and exclusive editing history tool called DxO Advanced History and the ability to selectively copy and paste specific settings. Lastly, the new DxO Instant Watermarking feature lets users sign their photos by adding a watermark directly to the image.

Key new features:

DxO DeepPrime: a revolutionary demosaicing and denoising technology based on artificial intelligence and trained with deep learning.

DxO Smart Workspace: a new dynamic interface with a simpler workflow with batch renaming.

DxO Advanced History: a new and exclusive editing history tool to scroll back to different moments in the editing process.

Selective Copy Paste: to synchronise the settings of several similar images by applying individual edits from one photo to another.

Instant Watermaking: to add watermarks directly to your photos.

During launching we have a special promo offer -30% on new purchases and upgrades (from 21/10/2020 to 19/11/2020).

DxO PhotoLab 4 ESSENTIAL Edition: $99.99 instead of $129

DxO PhotoLab 4 ELITE Edition: $149.99 instead of $199

 

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RUMOR: Sigma 200mm f/2.0 FE lens to be released as early as in 2021 ?

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The Sigma 200mm f/2.0 optical design described within a Sigma patent

One of our Sigma source told us about a new kind of Sigma lens. He said the 200mm f/2.0 development has been approved and we can expect a release as early as in second half 2021. This lens would obviously be available as native E-mount option too (along the other FF mirrorless mount versions).

Would you buy the Sigma 200mm f/2.0 FE lens?

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