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Top 10 – What’s on at The Photography Show 2017

18-21 MARCH 2017 – NEC, BIRMINGHAM

              

The Photography Show is a destination event for all image creators. Whether a seasoned professional, or just starting out, head to the NEC, Birmingham on 18-21 March and be inspired by a host of experts, learn new photography and video techniques, get hands on with the latest kit and  find fantastic deals. It’s an unmissable date in the diary for anyone looking to reveal the next step in their photography journey.

 

1 HEAR FROM THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE GAME

Photography icons Sebastião Salgado, Albert Watson, Nadav Kander, Frans Lanting, Jill Furmanovsky, Clive Arrowsmith, David Alan Harvey, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Alex Webb and Louis Cole will take to the Super Stage this year. Each will offer insights into the images they’ve captured, their eventful careers and the challenges they’ve faced along the way.*

 

2 GET UP TO SPEED WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY

Take a leap into the world of virtual reality and get hands on with 360° technology. Be sure too to check out the Drone Zone – complete with a drone flying demo area and drop into the Video Theatre, packed with insightful sessions giving give you the skills you need to capture dynamic footage on camera and integrate moving image into your photography skill set.

 

3 SHOPPING & EXHIBITORS

From the latest cameras, lenses and bags, to albums, clothing and gadgets you didn’t even know you needed, you’ll find the latest kit and accessories from over 200 leading photography brands including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Sony at the show. With the chance to try before you buy and some great bargains up for grabs, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

 

4 EXPERIENCE LIVE PHOTO SHOOTS

The Live Stage* promises to put you right at the heart of the action and excitement of a live shoot – expect to be enthralled and inspired by various demo offering practical insight into taking beautiful shots of a range of subjects, in character and in action – with lighting and settings thrown in. Everything from shooting the big day to a live catwalk show awaits.

 

5 HEAR THE STORIES BEHIND THE SHOTS

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and at The Photography Show this year, a host of imaging experts will step out from Behind the Lens to reveal how they captured some of their most stunning and specialist shots. Richard Bradbury will divulge the stories behind shooting record breakers whilst on assignments for Guinness Book of World Records.  Other sessions include: Coastal visions (Karl Holtby), Expedition photography (Ben Cherry), Capturing time (John Miskelly), Close-up and macro photography (John Humphrey), and Forgotten locations and hidden worlds (Rebecca Bathory), among others.

 

6 MASTERCLASSES & CONFERENCES

If you’re looking to take your photography journey to the next level, why not consider one of the Masterclasses and Conferences on offer at The Photography Show this year. Sessions are designed for all levels: beginners, professionals and those thinking about making the leap from amateur to pro.

 

 

7 TAKE AWESOME PHOTOS ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE AND GET SHARING

Click… Flash…Edit… Filter… Tag… Share… the all-new Mobile & Social Stage**line-up will spark the creativity of anyone looking to make the most of their mobile phone camera or their use of social platforms to showcase their image-creation skills. The full programme will include YouTube photography vlog sensation Bert Stefani and Weekly Imogen, plus Insta-famous photographers Tobishinobi and @Levanterman.

8 EXPLORE THE GALLERIES AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS

Take some time out to explore the galleries around the show including the highly anticipated Outdoor Photography of the Year exhibition, showcasing compelling imagery taken from around the world.

 

 

9 PUT WHAT YOU’VE LEARNT INTO PRACTICE

There will be many photo opportunities around the show so remember to bring your camera or snap away on your mobile phone and use the techniques you’ve acquired straight away – get social and use the show hashtag #UKPhotoShow to share the images of your experience at The Photography Show.

 

10 CAPTURE BIRMINGHAM

Capture Birmingham, the weekend-long photography and arts extravaganza, will return to the city this March (18-19), offering a series of exhibitions, photo-walks, masterclasses and workshops for all with an interest in photography. Extend your experience at The Photography Show by taking part in one of the many Capture Birmingham activities around the city.

 

 

 

TICKET NOTES

Additional talks, seminars and workshops can be booked in addition, at a price of £10 each

Student entry will be free of charge on Tuesday 21 March

*Tickets to all sessions on The Super Stage are priced at £10 each

**Sessions are included in the show entry ticket fee and will take place on all four days of the show.

About The Photography Show

The Photography Show (TPS) was launched in 2014 by Future plc, a world-leading photography publisher. Attracting both professional and amateur visitors over the four days, The Photography Show is now considered to be a major UK calendar fixture by attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.

At The Photography Show, visitors can expect to learn the latest techniques, hear from industry thought leaders and experts, and see the latest technology and kit revealed.

The Photography Show is run by a team with over 60 years collective event organising experience and is backed by Future’s market-leading photography portfolio, which serves an extensive audience across the global photography industry via magazines, websites, apps and events.

 

Since its launch, The Photography Show has celebrated many achievements, including:

  • Event Experience of the Year (PPA Awards 2016), Winner
  • Event of the Year – Consumer Media (PPA Awards 2015), Winner
  • Best New Organiser Team (Exhibition News Awards 2015), Winner
  • Best Consumer Show (Exhibition News Awards 2015), Highly Commended
  • Organiser Team of the Year (AEO Excellence Awards 2014), Winner
  • Show Rising Star (Exhibition News Awards 2015), Highly Commended
  • Launch of the Year (PPA Connect Awards 2014), Highly Commended

 

New QNAP Thunderbolt NAS line-up at the Photography Show

QNAP showcases new Thunderbolt NAS lineup, budget-friendly 10GbE-ready business NAS and more NAS solutions at the Photography Show 2017

QNAP Thunderbolt

QNAP® Systems, Inc. will be exhibiting at the Photography Show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, from March 18th to March 21st, 2017. Visitors heading to QNAP’s stand C51 will have the chance to get hands on with QNAP’s latest NAS solutions for all image creators, including the industry-leading Thunderbolt™ 3 NAS and many other models of the feature-rich NAS series.

Explore the Best NAS for photographers with QNAP

QNAP will present amateur and professional photographers a variety of QNAP NAS solutions designed to suit their needs in image production. With live demos, visitors will see how QNAP NAS can help optimise their workflows. The TVS-882T Thunderbolt™ 2 NAS is a perfect match for Mac users. The TVS-882T features up to 20Gb/s bandwidth to deliver high-speed file transfers and to boost the 4K video editing process, making it ideal for 4K image production workflow. For image creators with multiple needs in backup, the TVS-473, equipped with the powerful AMD R-Series APU, is the perfect NAS solution to build a private cloud. With the support of USB 3.1 10Gbps connectivity and 10GbE expandability, it satisfies users who demand higher bandwidth for fast backup and restore for an ever-growing amount of data. It provides various backup applications including volume and LUN snapshots, RTRR, Rsync and cloud storage backup. Additionally, QNAP will also introduce the TS-453A. Featuring advanced 8th-generation Intel® HD Graphics, it supports 4K hardware decoding and 4K (H.264) video transcoding, bringing a quality multimedia experience with its superior video playback ability.

Highlights of QNAP’s stand also include high-performance yet cost-effective NAS solutions

To meet diverse consumer needs for various media applications, a selection of QNAP’s SMB NAS models will also be displayed at the Photography Show. More from QNAP’s Thunderbolt NAS line will be exhibited, including the TVS-1282T, TVS-882ST2 and TVS-1282ST3. The TVS-1282ST3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS is the latest addition to QNAP’s Thunderbolt NAS lineup. Being the best companion for the latest MacBook Pro®, the pioneering TVS-1282T3 adopts the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 technology. Coupled with QNAP’s exclusive Thunderbolt to Ethernet (T2E) Converter technology, the NAS allows Thunderbolt-enabled computers to connect to 10GbE networks for wider application scenarios. Visitors will also see the highly-acclaimed, cost-effective 10GbE-enabled business NAS, TS-431X and TS-1635. The quad-core 16-bay TS-1635 provides huge storage potential, ideal for media professionals that create vast amounts of high-resolution media files from daily work routines.

 

Removu S1 World’s First Rainproof 3-axis Gimbal for GoPro® Cameras

The Removu S1 is a 3-axis stabilising  gimbal designed and made for use with GoPro Hero 3, 4, 5 and Session cameras. This rainproof gimbal features a detachable handgrip, removable battery,  wireless remote control and is fully compatible with GoPro’s range of helmet, body  and bike mounts.

Removu S1

Removu S1

Advanced stabilisation

The Removu S1 delivers extremely stable and vibration free footage. The 3-axis stabilisation is manufactured with world class brushless DC motors and rotary sensors, removing unwanted movements and giving your footage a smooth professional look.

Water resistant

The motors and body of the Removu S1 are specifically designed to be water resistant. So whether your using the waterproof GoPro Hero5 or the S1’s rainproof housing for GoPro’s 3 & 4, you can keep shooting through whatever nature can throw at you!

Wireless control

The Removu S1 comes equipped with a detachable wireless joystick remote control. This allows you to control the angle of the camera and switch between the different modes on the gimbal using the 5-way jog key on the wireless remote.

Hold. Wear. Mount.

Removing the handrip from the body transforms the Removu S1 into mountable gimbal. You can attach the main gimbal body to any GoPro compatible mounting system o譠ering incredible versatility.

Control modes

PAN: The camera will smoothly follow your panning motion but cancel out any pitch  or roll movements.

FOLLOW: The camera will follow the direction the S1 is facing left, right, up and down.

LOCK: The camera is locked into it’s current position and maintains that orientation regardless of how the S1 is moved.

Extended battery life

The S1 has an excellent battery life of 3-5 hours. But what makes the Removu S1 even more attractive is that once the battery does run low, you can simply swap it out for a fully charged spare! There are also two micro SD slots in the handle cap so you’ll be able to capture every second of your adventure.

Removu S1 Specification

Gimbal

Operating Voltage (DC): 6.4V ~ 8.4V

Weight: 380g (Housing and Battery excluded)

Vertical Tilt Angle: 292°

Roll Angle: 90°

Horizontal Panning Angle: 292°

Operating Time (@25°C): 3h ~ 5h

Battery: 7.4V / 850mAh

Battery Charging Time: 2.5h (5V/2A)

Operating Temperature: -20°C ~ 45°C

Handle

Dimensions: 32.8 x 32.0 x 160.4 mm

Weight: 70g

Remote Control

Operating Time (@25°C): 10h

Operating Distance: 33ft (10m)

Weight: 24g

Battery: 3.7V / 200mAh

Battery Charging Time: 2.5h (5V/2A)

Operating Temperature: -20°C ~ 45°C

Removu S1 SRP: £349.99

removu.com

Four new Sigma lenses revealed CIPA+

It’s time for Japan’s big annual photographic industry event, CIPA+, which is held in late winter each year in Yokohama. So it’s no surprise that Japan’s largest independent lens maker, Sigma, has used the occasion this year to launch four new lenses. There are three new high-end Art lenses, inluding an f/!.8 14mm ultra wide angle, and a Comtemporary line 100-400mm tele zoom.

Here are all the details:

A | Art

SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

Sigma Contemporary 100-400

Sigma Art 24-70
Sigma Art 24-70

Sigma Art 14mm f/1.8Top-level performance optimized for the era of ultra-high-megapixel cameras

Accessories: Case, Petal Hood(LH876-04)

AF Mounts: SIGMA, NIKON, CANON

Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

The definitive large-diameter standard zoom lens for any shoot

What photographers demand from the 24-70mm F2.8 specification is much more than outstanding image quality. They want all the features that make this a go-to lens for a wide range of photographic opportunities, including optical design ideal for the latest ultra-high-megapixel digital cameras, HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) for high-speed autofocus, OS (Optical Stabilizer) with powerful stabilization effect, dust- and splash-proof mount with rubber sealing, and a metal barrel for a stable, rigid feel. This all-new 24-70mm F2.8 lens from SIGMA delivers the performance and functionality that help pros succeed in news, nature, and many other fields of photography.

【Key features】

  1. The large-diameter standard zoom ideal for today’s ultra-high-megapixel digital cameras
  • Outstanding optical performance

Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass lens elements and four aspherical lens elements help minimize optical aberrations. To ensure outstanding image quality from the center to the edges of the photograph, the optical system minimizes coma, which causes points of light to streak, and transverse chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected via aperture control, The optical system also minimizes distortion, which can be particularly evident in wide-angle shots, resulting in excellent optical performance throughout the zoom range.

  • 24-70mm F2.8 lens that meets the high standards of the Art line

SIGMA has continuously pioneered 24-70mm F2.8 lenses that are a step ahead of the times. The first model of this specification, SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL DF, launched in 2001. Representing the fourth generation of the family, the new SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art accomplishes a challenging feat in optical design: incorporating optical stabilizer functionality in a large-diameter standard zoom. By leveraging all of its design and manufacturing expertise, SIGMA has ensured that this new lens fulfills the uncompromising requirements of the Art line for image and build quality.

  • Bokeh that is a cut above

At wide-open aperture, this lens offers outstanding photographic expression. The area in focus is extremely sharp, while the background exhibits a beautiful bokeh effect with only slight spherical aberration. Since large-diameter zoom lenses are often used at wide-open aperture, SIGMA has paid close attention to the shape of the bokeh, aiming for perfect circularity.

  • Incorporating advanced aspherical lens processing technology

Aspherical lenses necessitate refined expertise in the design and manufacturing of advanced, high-performance lenses. SIGMA’s representative products to feature this technology were the SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art, which both incorporated a large ⌀80mm aspherical lens as their front lens element. Building on the success of these predecessors, the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art incorporates an aspherical lens element that helps achieve extremely high resolution. This element is much thicker at the center than the edges, and forming its unusual shape is a feat of manufacturing technology. Moreover, SIGMA processes the surface of this aspherical lens element with ultra-precise tolerances that are measured in hundredths of a micrometer. This extremely fine surface allows the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art to deliver a very natural and smooth bokeh effect, without the visible concentric rings that afflict typical aspherical lens elements.

  1. OS functionality and newly designed HSM for success on any shoot

Designed for advanced utility in a wide variety of situations, the optical stabilizer OS (Optical Stabilizer) offers a powerful stabilization effect. The newly designed large hypersonic motor HSM(Hyper-Sonic Motor) offers 1.3 times the torque of its predecessor and exceptionally stable performance even at lower speeds.

  1. Lens barrel designed for high rigidity

Since large-diameter standard zoom lenses tend to serve as a go-to lens and see frequent use, the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art is designed to stand up to the challenging shooting environments that pros encounter. To this end, the lens barrel contains a large amount of metal, while the external moving parts feature TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which is resistant to thermal expansion and contraction. This structure contributes not only to the outstanding optical performance of the lens but also to its high rigidity and confidence-inspiring build quality.

  1. Other features
  • Mount with dust- and splash-proof design

Since the area of the lens most vulnerable to dust and other foreign bodies is the mount, rubber sealing * helps provide peace of mind. In addition, the front lens element features a water- and oil-repellent coating that helps the lens perform well in the rain, near water, and in other challenging conditions.

*Except for the SIGMA mount.

  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included

The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that allows it to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting.

Note: Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies.

  • Fast AF with full-time manual focus
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan

With outstanding craftsmanship

  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release
  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK

Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible

  • Available Mount Conversion Service

Allows use with another camera body

For more information about the SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lineup of fine products, please visit the official SIGMA global website:

SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: http://www.sigma-global.com

Lens Construction: 19 elements in 14 groups | Angle of view (35mm): 84.1-34.3° | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) | Minimum aperture: F22 | Minimum focusing distance: 37cm./15in. | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4.8 | Dimensions (diameter x length): φ88mm×107.6mm /3.5in. x 4.2in. | Weight: TBD

Sigma Art 14mm f/1.8

A | Art

 

SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM

Introducing the world’s first and only* F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens

A true high-speed lens that delivers a new dimension of visual experience

*Among interchangeable lens for digital SLRs as of February 2017

  1. 14mm ultra-wide angle of view and F1.8 brightness deliver a new dimension of visual experience
  2. Seventh 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line
  3. Other features

Launch: TBD

Accessories: Case, Cover Lens Cap

AF Mounts: SIGMA, NIKON, CANON

Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

A true high-speed lens that delivers a new dimension of visual experience

In taking photographs of starry skies or other celestial scenes at night, or of the seashore with a wide perspective, a large-diameter lens is a strong ally, since it allows the capture of a moving subject by adjusting shutter speed without relying on ISO sensitivity. With its full-frame 35mm coverage, 14mm focal length for an ultra-wide angle of view, F2 barrier-breaking F1.8, the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art is the true high-speed ultra-wide-angle lens for which so many photographers have been waiting. Although some zoom lenses are available that can cover 14mm, the large diameter delivering F1.8 brightness is a singular advantage. Going beyond fast shutter speed, this lens can capture a swarm of fireflies with crystal clarity, a beautiful bokeh effect, and outstanding control of light streaking.

【Key features】

  1. 14mm ultra-wide angle of view and F1.8 brightness deliver a new dimension of visual experience

By leveraging its extreme angle of view and the dramatic perspective this creates, an ultra-wide-angle lens can get up close and personal with a subject while at the same time taking in a vast background—an example of photography going beyond normal human vision.

SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art combines the extremely deep depth of field that comes from an ultra-wide angle of view with the extremely shallow depth of field that comes from F1.8 brightness. The result is a sharply captured subject set against a vast background dramatically blurred with a beautiful bokeh effect. It is a highly impressive mode of photographic expression that until now simply has not existed.

  • Minimized chromatic aberrations

Three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and four SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass elements help minimize transverse chromatic aberration, which tends to be noticeable in shots taken with ultra-wide-angle lenses. The result is outstanding image quality from the center of the image to the edges.

  • Featuring a large-diameter aspherical lens element

The SIGMA 12-24mmF4 DG HSM | Art was the first SIGMA lens to feature a large ⌀80mm aspherical lens element. Building on the expertise derived from this success, the new lens features a large ⌀80mm precision-molded glass aspherical lens as its front element. This technology has made possible the 14mm F1.8 specification—the first of its kind.

  • Minimized distortion

Serving as the front lens element, the large ⌀80mm precision-molded glass aspherical lens effectively minimizes distortion. Offering excellent peripheral brightness, this lens delivers outstanding image quality from the center to the edges.

  • Distinctive bokeh effect

Even at the 14mm ultra-wide-angle of view, F1.8 brightness makes possible a very shallow depth of field with the subject standing out dramatically against a bokeh background. It’s the unique mode of expression that only a large-diameter lens can deliver.

  1. Seventh 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line

Launched in 2012, the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was the first lens in the Art line. Since then, SIGMA has developed a wide variety of lenses for the line, and the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art is the seventh prime lens in the line to offer 35mm full-frame coverage. Now even stronger, the Art line sets the new standard for prime lenses in the ultra-high-megapixel era.

  1. Other features
  • Fast AF with full-time manual override

Note: The operation of full-time MF may vary based on mount type

  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK

Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible

  • Available Mount Conversion Service

Allows use with another camera body

  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan

With outstanding craftsmanship

  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

For more information about the SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lineup of fine products, please visit the official SIGMA global website:

SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: http://www.sigma-global.com

Lens Construction: 16 elements in 11 groups | Minimum aperture (width): F16 | Angle of view (35mm): 114.2° | Minimum focusing distance: 27cm./10.6in. | Dimensions (diameter x length): ø95.4mm x 126mm/9.5in. x 5.0in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:9.8 | Weight: 1,170g/41.3oz.

Sigma Contemporary 100-400

C | Contemporary

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Introducing the light, new approach to the ultra-telephoto zoom

  1. Top performance with the specification and functionality of a more expensive unit
  2. Compact packaging with uncompromising image quality
  3. Push/pull zoom mechanism incorporated
  4. Telephoto plus macro functionality
  5. Other features

Launch: TBD

Accessories: Hood(LH770-04)

AF Mounts:SIGMA, NIKON, CANON

Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

A compact body and top performance in one complete package   

An ultra-telephoto lens with an optical stabilizer (OS) system has several advantages. The OS allows the photographer to take photographs in unstable circumstances. The narrow angle of view makes it possible to dramatically compress perspective and flexible handling of the background. The photographer can thereby make the subject appear to jump out of the image, with the area in focus impressively sharp and clear. Nevertheless, ultra-telephoto lenses have traditionally had some disadvantages as well. With the goal of creating an ultra-telephoto lens that is far more accessible, SIGMA incorporated all of its latest technologies into SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary. With its outstanding combination of optical performance and compactness, this is an ultra-telephoto lens that is a joy to carry and use. While keeping the robust functionality and exceptional image quality of an ultra-telephoto zoom lens intact, SIGMA has achieved amazingly compact packaging enclosing 400mm optics. Introducing the new and greatly enhanced ultra-telephoto zoom lens.

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary offers the compact size, lightweight, and high cost performance of a 70-300mm lens while delivering 400mm telephoto performance. This approach results in a tempting new ultra-telephoto choice for photographers. Offering a combination of stunning image quality and outstanding functionality, this lens satisfies the needs of pros and amateurs alike.

【Key features】

  1. Top performance with the specification and functionality of a more expensive unit

Since its release, the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary has won photographers over with its strong fundamental performance and exceptional image quality. The new lens retains all of this performance in a compact 400mm ultra-telephoto zoom package with a filter size of just ⌀67mm and weight of just 1,160g. Yet it also comes with the full range of features and functions expected of an ultra-telephoto zoom: optical stabilizer (OS), hypersonic motor (HSM) with updated algorithm for fast autofocus, focus limiter, and more. In addition, this uncompromising specification becomes customizable with the available SIGMA USB Dock accessory.

  1. Compact packaging with uncompromising image quality

In designing this lens, SIGMA strived to push both compactness and image quality to the limit. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass lens elements and an optimized power distribution help minimize optical aberrations. Moreover, by taking special care to minimize transverse chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected via aperture control, SIGMA has ensured outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range.

  1. Push/pull zoom mechanism incorporated

For quick control of the angle of view, the zoom ring incorporates a push/pull mechanism in addition to the regular twist mechanism. The exclusive lens hood has also been designed to accommodate push/pull zooming and overall lens maneuverability. By making it possible to adjust the angle of view instantly, this lens gives photographers an even better chance of getting that crucial shot.

  1. Telephoto plus macro functionality

With a minimum shooting distance of 160cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8, this lens can shoot either from a distance or up close.

  1. Other features
  • Dust- and splash-proof mount

Since the area of the lens most vulnerable to dust and other foreign bodies is the mount, rubber sealing helps provide peace of mind.

  • All-new optical stabilizer (OS) unit with exclusive algorithm

Featuring a newly developed gyroscopic sensor and a new and exclusive algorithm, the all-new OS unit provides a powerful stabilization effect. An acceleration sensor detects camera shake in any direction—horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. This technology allows the OS to stabilize the image very effectively, regardless of whether the camera is being held in horizontal or vertical orientation.

  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included

The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that allows it to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting.

Note: Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies.

  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Compatible with the newly developed tele converters
  • Fast AF with full-time manual override
  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK

Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible

  • Available Mount Conversion Service
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan
  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

For more information about the SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lineup of fine products, please visit the official SIGMA global website:

SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: http://www.sigma-global.com

Lens Construction: 21 elements in 15 groups | Minimum aperture (width): F22 | Filter size: ø67mm | Angle of view (35mm): 24.4-6.2° | Minimum focusing distance: 160cm./6.3in. | Dimensions (diameter x length): ø86.4mm x 182.3mm/3.4in. x 7.2in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:3.8 | Weight: 1,160g/ 40.9oz.

Sigma Art 135mm f/1.8

A | Art

SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM

With F1.8 brightness, this telephoto lens for full-frame cameras further strengthens the Art line’s prime options

  1. The ultimate 135mm telephoto designed to prioritize optical performance
  2. Fast and nimble autofocus photography
  3. Sixth 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line
  4. Other features

Launch: TBD

Accessories: Case, Cover Lens Cap

AF Mounts: SIGMA, NIKON, CANON

Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Introducing the ultimate 135mm telephoto featuring top-level performance

135mm telephoto lenses are often categorized as the foundational telephoto, the first one to add to a lens collection. This focal length delivers a strong perspective compression effect, while the large diameter with F1.8 brightness provides a dramatic bokeh effect. By minimizing axial chromatic aberration, the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art makes this bokeh effect not only impressive but also beautiful while delivering superb contrast and sharp image quality in every shot. It offers the outstanding resolution required for 50MP or higher ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs. By incorporating its latest innovations in design and optical glass and rethinking every aspect of the lens, SIGMA has ensured outstanding image quality all the way to the edges, establishing the new standard in 135mm telephoto lenses.

With resolution so crystal-clear that individual hairs can be discerned in a portrait, this large-diameter lens also delivers a beautiful bokeh effect, giving photographers everything they need. It is ideal for close-ups and full-body shots, with subjects standing out against a pleasantly blurred background. In addition to standard portraits, including bridal shots, this lens is a top performer for live events, with its super-fast autofocus capturing subjects with ease.

【Key features】

  1. The ultimate 135mm telephoto designed to prioritize optical performance
  • Image quality optimal for ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs

To deliver the ultra-high resolution that brings the best out of 50MP or higher ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs, the focus mechanism features SIGMA’s floating system. No matter what the distance from the subject, this lens offers top performance from the center to the edges of the image. By minimizing distortion as well, the lens delivers impeccable image quality—no need for digital adjustment during image processing.

  • Ideal for portraits requiring a dramatic bokeh effect

The 135mm focal length delivers a stunning compression effect: even fairly close to the subject, the telephoto ring allows the photographer to establish a variety of dramatic perspectives. The compression effect truly shines in both close-ups and full-length portraits, making composition easy. Moreover, the large diameter with F1.8 brightness makes possible a body shot with an impressive bokeh background. In sum, this lens puts a full menu of compositional options at the photographer’s fingertips.

  1. Fast and nimble autofocus photography

The large hypersonic motor (HSM) offers two benefits. It delivers ample torque to the focusing group for outstanding speed, ensuring exceptionally stable performance even at lower speeds. The acceleration sensor detects the orientation of the lens, allowing the autofocus system to respond to varying loads on the focusing group due to gravity. Along with the optimized AF algorithm, these features deliver fast autofocus photography. In addition, the focus limiter makes AF highly responsive to distance from the subject for even more nimble performance.

  1. Sixth 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line

Launched in 2012, the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was the first lens in the Art line. Since then, SIGMA has developed a wide variety of lenses for the line, and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM|Art is the sixth prime lens in the line to offer 35mm full-frame coverage. Now even stronger, the Art line sets the new standard for prime lenses in the ultra-high-megapixel era.

  1. Other features
  • Fast AF with full-time manual override

Note: The operation of full-time MF may vary based on mount type

  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Mount with dust- and splash-proof construction
  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK

Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible

  • Available Mount Conversion Service

Allows use with another camera body

  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan

With outstanding craftsmanship

  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

For more information about the SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lineup of fine products, please visit the official SIGMA global website:

SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: http://www.sigma-global.com

Lens Construction: 13 elements in 10 groups | Minimum aperture (width): F16 | Filter size: ø82mm | Angle of view (35mm): 18.2° | Minimum focusing distance: 87.5cm./34.4in. | Dimensions (diameter x length): ø91.4mm x 114.9mm/4.0in. x 4.5in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5 | Weight: 1,130g/40.2oz.

Nissin Air10s wireless commanders

The New Standard Nissin Air10s

An advance 2.4Ghz wireless TTL strobe commander

Nissin Air10s wireless commander

Nissin Japan Limited (Chairman Mr. Goto Chikara) proudly announces the Air10s, an advance NAS (Nissin Air System) 2.4Ghz Wireless TTL commander for Fujifilm, Sony, Micro Four Thirds, Canon and Nikon cameras, available in April 2017.

The Air10s is an advanced strobe commander in the N.A.S., Nissin Air System*1. The simple and clear dial layout with Color LCD display allows the user to seamlessly and quickly control a large group of strobes from a dark indoor studio, to a bright outdoor environment. It can control the NAS Ready strobes (i60A and Di700A) and the receiver Air R wirelessly.

Sustainable performance – easily updated via a Micro SD card slot

The Air10s has been equipped with a Micro SD card slot that allows users to update the device easily by themselves. Nissin plans on putting a Micro SD card slot on all future strobes and commanders.

Expand the creativity boundary – Control your strobes up to 100 meters*2

The device’s range of use has been greatly extended (when compared to older models) to a maximum distance of 100 meters, and the TTL Mode, high speed sync (FP sync) supporting up to 1/8000 High- speed shutter speed, rear curtain, and other functionalities can be controlled remotely.

Finest adjustment – supporting 1/3EV step in TTL flash exposure correction, and the smallest output down to 1/256*3

Used under the TTL mode, minimal adjustments are possible with just 1/3EV step. In addition, under manual mode, the device supports the lowest power adjustment down to 1/256, which comes in handy for highly sensitivity shoots.

Instant strobes setup – Manual output power instantly transform from TTL exposure data

The device has a “TTL Memory Function”, which memorizes the exposure during a TTL Mode shoot, and allows for a one-touch switch to manual mode. You can save time during the strobes setup as the device takes the TTL exposure data, calculates the individual output internally, and transforms the exposure data into manual mode for advance adjustment.

Set your group of strobes free – The Open Mode*4 allowing multiple Air10s to pair with the same group of strobes

The “open mode” allows for multiple Air10s units to pair with the same group of strobes. This means, the need to re-pair devices is eliminated, and even if cameras are changed, the same settings can be used as the shoot continues. This convenient functionality allows multiple cameras and commanders to share a same group of NAS strobes.

Crossover control – Full Control of Different versions of NAS Strobes

Even if your Air 10s is for Sony Mount, it is possible to pair it with Canon, Nikon and other differing version of NAS strobes (i60A, Di700A), and you can retain use of all the functions, including TTL Mode (Applies to the other type of Air10s versions as well).

*1 NAS stands for Nissin Air System, a proprietary wireless TTL communication system developed by Nissin for 2.4GHz radio transmission that allows for stable operation of slave strobes in outdoor or environments that may have other disturbances.

Devices are paired beforehand to ensure stable communication with each other, and to avoid signals from getting mixed up, 8 channels have been set up, providing a secure communication environment.*2 For Canon Mount devices that are set to Mode II, the rear curtain sync function cannot be used.*3 Only supported on i60A. When the device is paired with Di700Aor Air R, the TTL is -2.0~2.0EV, 1/2EV step, in Manual it is 1/1-1/128, 1EV step.*4 When using in Open Mode, the NAS strobe’s firmware needs to be updated.

Product Information

Product name: Nissin Air10s SRP: 170USD

Release Date: Different versions of Air10s will sequentially introduce to the market from April 2017

Specifications

The Air10s specification and model design are subject to change before the release date without prior notice. Type For Canon, Nikon, Sony, Four Thirds and Fujifilm Systems

Compatible Strobe I60A, Di700A

Compatible Receiver Air R

Wireless system Radio category

Radio specifications 2.4GHz ISM band (Obtaining technical standards conformity certification) Communication Pairing is needed before the use of Air10s

Channel 8 channels

Flash Groups A, B, C, D & Ȧ, Ḃ, Ċ, Ḋ(total 8 Groups)*5

(Group control and a specific group can be choosen to stop transmitting)

Power Source 2 x AAA batteries Continuous shooting speed 10 shots/sec

Number of flashes per charge Approx. 3,000 flashes

Transmission distant Max. 100mDepending on the environment

Mode [TTL] i-TTL (Nikon) / E-TTL II / E-TTL (Canon) [manual]/ ADI/ PTTL (Sony) / TTL (Fujifilm) / TTL (Micro Four Thirds/ Four Thirds)

Manual zoom Manual adjustment 24/ 35/ 50/ 70/ 85/ 105/ 135/ 200 mm

EV compensation on flash [TTL] -2.0 ~ + 2.0,1/3 EV step, each group can be adjusted independently or synchronized

Synchronization modes Color LCD with dial control

Manual mode power ratio 1/256- 1/1 with 1/3 step selection, each group can be adjusted independently or synchronized

Synchronization modes Canon: 1st- Curtain synchronization, 2nd- Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, FE Lock and FV Lock (set on camera).

Nikon: 1st- Curtain synchronization, Rear Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization,

Sony: 1st- Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, FEL Lock (set on camera)

Four Thirds/ Micro Four Thirds: 1st- Curtain synchronization, 2nd- Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, Slow synchronization, Red-eye reduction (Olympus only)

Fujifilm: 2nd Curtain synchronization, Slow synchronization, Red-eye reduction Other functions Micro SD card slot (For firmware update), Remote shutter release socket,

Modeling light control*5

AF-assist beam range 0.7 ~ 5m

Operation panel LCD color panel and select dial

Dimensions 65(L) x 60 (W) x 60 (H)mm/ 2.6(L) x 2.4(W) x 2.4 (H)inch

Weight 73g / 2.5oz (without batteries)

*5 “8 groups” and “modeling light” are functions prepared for Nissin products to be released in the future. It does not correspond to the current model.