Topaz launches multiple updates on their software and a new 15% discount


Topaz issued a major firmware update on their software (Click here) and you save 15% using the checkout code “rumor”.

Sharpen AI v3.3 at a glance

  • Improved masking experience – Everything you need to apply selective sharpening has been made more intuitive thanks to the newly designed Masking panel.
  • New AI-powered auto-selection tools – It’s even easier to selectively apply sharpening to the primary subject in your photo thanks to the new auto-selection tools. Choose from auto-detecting a subject, a portrait, or a landscape within your photo, and Sharpen AI will automatically create a mask of your selection.
  • Improved usability with the new AI model selector – We’ve made many improvements to Sharpen AI, including making it easier to choose the most effective AI models for your photos thanks to the auto model selection and refreshed model list.
  • (full list of new features can be read on that page)

Gigapixel AI v5.7 at a glance

  • Updated Standard AI model with Auto settings – Our newly trained Standard model provides sharper edge details and higher overall quality when upscaling a broad range of photos.
  • Improved cropping experience – We’ve improved the cropping tools to be more intuitive by presenting the most important settings you’ll need to refine your composition exactly the way you want it to be.
  • Lots of bug fixes and usability improvements – New AI model tooltips, improvements with keyboard shortcuts & scrolling, and a host of bug fixes make Gigapixel AI more convenient than ever before.
  • (full list of new features can be read on that page)

DeNoise AI v3.4 at a glance

  • Native Apple M1 silicon support – Experience 20-30% performance improvement compared to the previous version that required Rosetta emulation.
  • Expanded RAW file support – Additional RAW support for many popular new camera models.
  • AI Engine performance and stability improvements – Process improvements to the AI engine, usability enhancements throughout the user interface, and a more streamlined installation process on the Mac. We also squashed a lot of bugs.
  • (full list of new features can be read on that page)

Video Enhance AI v2.6 at a glance

  • Native Apple M1 silicon support – Experience a 20-30% performance boost compared to the previous version that required Rosetta emulation.
  • New Chronos Fast AI model – Built for high-resolution video clips with fast motion, delivering 2-3x faster performance than the current Chronos v2 AI model.
  • New Proteus, Artemis, and Dione AI models – Optimized to be about 30% faster on Windows computers while providing improved quality compared to previous models. Refinements to these AI models also increase video quality compared to previous versions.
  • Lots of usability improvements and bug fixes – We’ve made many improvements to our AI engine for improved speed and stability across a wider range of hardware, as well as including several helpful usability improvements.
  • (full list of new features can be read on that page)


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by joseramosphotography⁠
“Contrasts” | Brihuega Lavender Fields, Spain | The curious and inquisitive open mind is magnetically pushed towards contrasts, naturally sensing the beauty which lies in them, capturing the richness of the symbolic meaning of “diversity”.⁠
⁠Sony a7R + Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 | Focal distance: 55mm | Aperture: f9 | ISO: 200 | Exposure: 1/10 seconds | 4 stops Medium ND Grad Nisi | FLM Tripod

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Tamron 35-150mm f/2.0-2.8 review by Photographyblog: “This is a fantastic all-round zoom lens that could effectively replace two fast zooms in your lens arsenal”


Tamron 35-150mm f/2.0-2.8 FE lens at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. Fotokoch DE. Foto Erhardt DE. Wex UK. Park UK.

Photographyblog reviewed the Tamron lens and concluded:

Once in a while something comes along that makes you think “Why has no one ever thought of that before – what a great idea!” and the Tamron 35-150mm certainly fits the bill. This is a fantastic all-round zoom lens that could effectively replace two fast zooms in your lens arsenal.

A lot of event photographers typically rely on two fast zoom lenses for their bread and butter shooting – a 28-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 – and Tamron already offer great versions of each one for Sony shooters (and other lens mounts too).

The beauty of this new 35-150mm is that it could replace both of those lenses in your camera bag, if you don’t mind the reduction in zoom range at either end. This has the twin benefits of saving weight – although the Tamron 35-1500mm is a heavy lens at 1.15kg, it would still be dwarfed by most 28-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 lens combinations – and saving time – instead of having to swap lenses on a single body or between dual camera/lens setups, you can simply use one lens that’s always on the camera and snap away.

Being able to quickly zoom from moderate wide-angle to telephoto using in lens is extremely liberating and really allows you to concentrate on capturing the moment. What’s more, there are virtually no compromises in terms of image quality, other than a tendency for exhibiting too much flare when shooting directly into the sun and some noticeable pin-cushion distortion at 150mm.

This is one sharp lens throughout the generous zoom range and at both the centre and edges of the frame, and in our opinion it’s more than good enough to effectively replace not only those two 28-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms, but also a bagful of primes if you don’t mind slightly slower maximum apertures.

The Tamron 35-150mm eye-opening maximum aperture of f/2 is unheard of in a lens of this type, and although it quickly reaches f/2.2 at around 40mm and f/2.8 at around 80mm, having the ability to shoot between f/2-f/2.8 from 35-80mm is something that very few zoom lenses offer.

It is an undeniably expensive lens, compared against both its main Sony rivals and all other recent Tamron lenses, but on the other hand it’s cheaper than a dual 28-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 setup. Deciding the value for money will ultimately come down to how you view the versatile all-in-one nature of this lens, and how it might fit into your day-to-day shooting.

Once again Tamron have thought outside the box to create a truly unique lens that offers something genuinely fresh and most importantly of all useful, crucially backed up by excellent image quality, impeccable performance, solid build quality and enough features. The Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD is a potential game-changer for many photographers and a lens that gets us off to a flying start for 2022!


Sony Tidbits…


Making An f/1.2 Lens For LESS Than $100 – THE BOKEH IS INSANE! 😍

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay,,,,,
prime vintage lenses for portraits/street photo (SonyAlphaForum).
The Best Cameras For Beginners in 2021 (42West).
One Nice Wide Angle –Viltrox 24mm F1.8 (Matti Sulanto).
Sony 50mm F1.8 – Better than I thought for Video + Photo (Chris Brockhurst)
Subject, Self, and Gear: Take Better Wildlife Photos without Buying Anything (Explora).

Personal photos and tests from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and 500px.