Bird photography at Machias Seal Island

Puffin

Puffin

Razorbills

Razorbills

Bird photography at Machias Seal Island is a guest post by long-term reader AnimalsByBarry which many of you probably know from the comments section of NikonRumos and PhotoRumors (If you have an interesting idea for a guest post, you can contact me here):

This article is mostly to share great wildlife photography locations rather than going into a lot of detail about equipment. These places are so good that you can get great pictures no matter what you use. I paint animals, and my photos are only used as a reference for my paintings. You can visit my website www.animalsbybarry.com to see what I paint, or check out my Roadrunner pages where I will post articles about great locations and lots of photos.

The Machias Seal Island photos were taken with Nikon D810, Nikon 200-400 F4 VR II and teleconverter:

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Flickr acquired by SmugMug

I just received this email about Flickr being acquired by SmugMug:

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Four out of the five rumored Laowa lenses officially announced



Today Venus Optics officially announced four out of the five new Laowa lenses I reported about yesterday. The Laowa 25-100mm f/2.8 mirrorless cinema Super 35 lens will be announced later. Additional information on the new Laowa lenses:

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Additional information and pictures of the upcoming five Laowa lenses from Venus Optics


A quick update on my previous post - I received some updates and additional information on the upcoming Laowa lenses from Venus Optics:

  • Laowa 10-18 f/3.5-4.5 full frame manual focus lens for Sony FE (pictured above) - the widest FE zoom full frame lens, this lens is designed for travel photography and it will be extremely compact and small
  • Laowa GF 17mm f/4 for Fuji GFX (the widest native GFX lens available)
  • Laowa 4mm f/2.8 fisheye MFT lens (210 degrees sphere shape fisheye)
  • Laowa 25-100mm f/2.8 mirrorless professional cinema lens (Super 35 sensor) for Sony E-mount with no focus breathing (lens not in the above teaser)
  • Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 macro DSLR lens for Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sony mounts - after the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro ($399) this is the second 2:1 lens in Laowa's lineup with infinity focus and no chromatic aberration. The lens is designed to be a direct competitor to the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. Here is the first picture of the lens:

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Check out this new Sionyx night vision action camera


Sionyx has a new night vision action camera that will soon start a funding campaign on Kickstarter tomorrow (April 20 - May 25):

Here is some additional information:

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What else is new?

The 2018 TIPA and EISA awards are out

Imaging Resource visits Nikon’s Hikari glass factory

Capture One 11.1 released with support for more Leica cameras and lenses

Imaging Resource CP+ interview with Ricoh: “We would like to concentrate on the camera with prism”

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Several new Laowa lenses to be announced at the Beijing P&E show next month

The current Laowa lens lineup

The current Laowa lens lineup

Venus Optics will have several major announcements at the Beijing P&E show that starts on May 3rd. The following new Laowa lenses are rumored/expected:

  • Laowa 10-18 f/3.5-4.5 full frame manual focus lens for Sony FE
  • Laowa GF 17mm f/4 for Fuji GFX
  • Laowa 2x tele macro for DSLR cameras
  • Laowa fisheye lens wider than 180° (not 100% sure about this lens)
  • Laowa 25-100mm f/2.8 full frame mirrorless lens (also not 100% sure about this lens)

The latest Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens is delayed until the end of May.

Additional information on Venus Optics products can be found here.

Laowa lenses are sold at B&H and on their official website.


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