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Top 5 Posts of 2015

It's the end of the year so let's take a minute to reflect on the stories you clicked on the most. It may have been an incremental year for many camera manufactures but there were a few headturners got us interested. So these are the top 5 articles from 2015.

5. DJI Osmo 
This one surprised me quite a bit. Not only was the Osmo only just released, the article did not even contain the full review (still working on it)! The Osmo was definitely a cool concept, got quite a bit of attention, and you will have to wait for the final review for my thoughts. 
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I have a Sony A7SII - Ask me your questions


The Sony A7SII is finally here and I will begin to put it through it's paces. But that doesn't mean you have to wait for the full review to get my thoughts, sample footage, and to get your questions answered. Head over to our Facebook page at facebook.com/learningcameras and follow us for all the details and to ask your questions. 

You can purchase the Sony A7sII on September 17th at: B&H Photo |  Amazon 

You can also follow me on:
Youtube, Twitter, & Instagram @learningcameras

Sigma 20mm f1.4 Art Lens Announced


Sigma has just announced the Sigma 20mm F/1.4 Art Lens which is officially the widest focal length f1.4 prime lens available. This lens brings the quality we have enjoyed from Sigma's Art collection to another focal length. Availability is set for mid November at $899. Check out all the details of this new lens after the break and you can preorder this lens today.

Pre-order Sigma 20mm F/1.4 Art:  B&H Photo | Adorama 

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DJI introduces the Osmo 3 Axis handheld Stabilizer


Dji has just introduced a brand new 3 axis handheld stabilizer featuring a build in 4k video camera with 12MP stills. An app for your mobile phone allows for control as well as timelapse, panoramic, and long exposure functionality. While the Osmo comes with a smaller 1/2" camera system, this powerful camera allows UHD recording at up to 30p and HD recording at 120P for slow motion work. For those who crave even better quality, both the DJI X5 and the X5R are fully compatible with the Osmo and offer a larger Micro 4/3 recorder. Check out more information as well as a demo video past the break.

Preorder today at B&H: DJI Osmo  

Read more: DJI introduces the Osmo 3 Axis handheld Stabilizer

Sony announces 14 Bit RAW for a7SII, a7RII, and others


Sony has announced that the new Sony a7SII will ship capable of 14 bit RAW in October with firmware updates on the way starting with the Sony a7RII and other cameras shortly after. This is great news as this was an unfortunately limitation I noted in the Sony a7RII Review and something we should have in a professional camera system. While this will likely mean larger file sizes and will be an un-noticeable change for most people, it is great to see Sony responding to their customers demanding the best from their cameras. More details past the break.

Read more: Sony announces 14 Bit RAW for a7SII, a7RII, and others

Sony a7SII Just Announced


Sony has just announced the new Sony Alpha a7SII which brings internal 4k recording and 5 axis image stabilization to the already amazing a7s. In addition, Sony is adding S-log3, a larger .5" 2.36m-dot EVF, and a new 169 point autofocus system. Head past the break for more coverage of the a7SII and you can even check out our recent review of the Sony a7RII while you wait!

You can preorder the Sony A7sII on September 17th at: B&H Photo 

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Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC and 45mm f/1.8 VC Announced


Tamron has just announced two new lenses, the Tamron 35mm f1.8 VC and Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC both with new LD coatings to reduce flair and ghosting as well as image stabilization. These lenses will likely go head to head with Canon's 35mm f2 IS which I reviewed previously. These lenses are great for videographers as well as photographers and while made for full frame cameras, will be great options for APS-C shooters. Prices will be $599 for each lens with availablility towards the end of September.

Preorder today
Tamron 35mm f1.8 VC: B&H Photo   
Tamron 45mm f1.8 VC: B&H Photo

Canon EOS M3 Announced


Canon has just announced a new mirrorless camera sporting a 24MP APS-C sensor and a Digic 6 processor. While the original EOS M was met with less than perfect appeal due to it's poor autofocus system, later firmware updates improved results but the damage had already been done. While I personally own and love the original EOS M for it's small size and very good overall image quality, it has been due for an update for some time. Check out the details below to see if Canon delivered

Preorder the EOS M3
B&H Photo   |    Adorama 

Read more: Canon EOS M3 Announced 

Sony a7RII Sample Footage in 4k and full resolution jpeg + RAW available to download


Download this video in 4k without youtube compression for best results. Details on our FB page http://www.facebook.com/learningcameras
Check out some amazing footage I have been shooting with the Sony a7R II. The footage shows a variety of no picture profile, slog2, full frame, and super 35. Keep up with me on facebook for the sample images on the way: 
Shot with the Sony fe 24-70 f4 oss, Sony FE 55mm f1.8, Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro

Check out the full video after the break

Read more: Sony a7RII Sample Footage in 4k and full resolution jpeg + RAW available to download 

Photography Masterclass Magazine - 3 Months Free Subscription


Dan Watson with LearningCameras was just featured in the latest issue of Photography Masterclass Magazine with our Samsung NX1 review! As a part of us being in this months issue, we have a special for our viewers of 3 months free subscription.
To get your free 3 month subscription promo code, head to:

Photography Masterclass Magazine
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This month's issue contains Samsung NX1 reviews, tutorials, and other tests as well as plenty of other tutorials by some amazing photographers. It's an awesome digital magazine and available on:
Android & iTunes  

Check out some amazing products and tutorials from Profoto


For those of you who like Profoto gear (and who doesn't) or just like checking out the amazing images and tutorials of photographers who do use their gear, B&H has a special page dedicated to the amazing work completed with Profoto. There are several in-depth tutorial and informational videos on using off camera flash as well. 

B&H: Profoto

Sigma 24-35mm f2 Lens Announced


This is a bit unexpected...Sigma has announced a new 24-35mm f2 zoom lens featuring similar optical performance to the Sigma 35mm f1.4 which I reviewed previously and was (still am) a big fan of. While the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 (also reviewed) offered an amazing range with a wide aperture, it was still limited to APS-C cameras. However, Sigma's new 24-35mm f2 lens will now work on full frame cameras! 

We should expect availability in the next 6 weeks for Canon cameras with Nikon & Sony usually following later. The price has not yet been announced but expect it to be higher than the $799 price tag on the 18-35mm. Unfortunately I find the new 24-35mm to be decidedly less useful. While Sigma touts the ability to replace both 24mm and 35mm prime lenses, the slower aperture will certainly be missed. Unless the price is low, I would likely prefer having the f1.4 apertures on the 24 and 35mm lenses than the convenience of a free spot in my bag. 

You can preorder the lens today at: B&H Photo  

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