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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Can Be Upgraded to f/1.6 with. a Firmware Update

1 month ago   |   By Peta Pixel

The $399 Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 has been garnering attention for being a tack-sharp yet affordable portrait lens for Sony E and Fujifilm X cameras. It has now come to light that you can even turn it into a faster f/1.6 lens with a firmware update .
It may sound too good to be true, but it seems some lenses can actually physically open their aperture blades wider than the maximum aperture the lenses ship with, and a firmware update can force the lens to open up wider.
Photographer Stefan Malloch made this 5-minute tutorial showing how to update the lens using the Micro-USB port found on the...
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Nikon Unveils Free Software that Turns Your Camera into a Webcam

Nikon Unveils Free Software that Turns Your Camera into a Webcam

1 month ago   |   By Peta Pixel

Following in the footsteps of Canon , Fuji , Panasonic , and others , Nikon has officially released a free Webcam Utility that allows you to use the latest Nikon mirrorless cameras and DSLRs as a webcam for video conferencing and live-streaming, without the need for a capture card.
As with the original releases from Canon and Fuji, the Nikon Beta Webcam Utility is only available for Windows 10 for now. If that's not an issue, downloading and installing the utility will allow you to use the cameras below as webcams over USB by selecting “Webcam Utility” as the output source in your video...
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Sony to Unveil a New Entry-Level Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera: Report

Sony to Unveil a New Entry-Level Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera: Report

1 month ago   |   By Peta Pixel

Sony is reportedly gearing up to announce a brand new mirrorless camera line: an entry-level camera that will be its smallest and cheapest full-frame body yet.
sonyalpharumors is hearing that the camera will not be part of the a7 or a9 lines - it will likely be the first model in a brand new line, possibly called the a5 or a6.
Based on a newly discovered registration filed by Sony Taiwan, the camera looks like it will use Sony's NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery , have a USB Type-C port, feature a single SD card slot, have built-in mic and headphone jacks, and offer Wi-Fi/Bluetooth...
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Sigma Unveils 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens for Mirrorless Cameras

Sigma Unveils 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens for Mirrorless Cameras

1 month ago   |   By Peta Pixel

The rumors were right: Sigma has unveiled a new 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens designed specifically for mirrorless cameras. Promising stellar optical performance and coming in at just $1,200, the lens undercut's Sony's 85mm G Master by a whopping $600... and yet it doesn't skimp on features.
The new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens-available for the Sony E-Mount and the Leica/Panasonic/Sigma L-Mount -replaces the previous “DG HSM” variant of the lens, which was basically just a Canon EF lens with an MC-11 adapter soldered on. As such, it's a LOT smaller than its predecessor, as this photo from...
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