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Preorder: Sigma 14mm f/1.8 & 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lenses Jun 22, 2017
Preorder: Sigma 14mm f/1.8 & 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lenses
You can now preorder the new Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art & Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lenses today!

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art: ($1,599)

Canon: B&H Photo | Adorama

Nikon: B&H Photo | Adorama


Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art: (1,299)

Canon: B&H Photo | Adorama

Nikon: B&H Photo | Adorama

The lenses should start shipping by Friday Jun 23rd.
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Weekly Assignment 766 winner: mic37 Jun 21, 2017

Congratulations to mic37 for winning WA 766, based on the theme: Togetherness.

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Weekly Assignment 768 just started with theme: "Education"
Deadline: June 28th noon - Participate!
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Jun 16th - Featured Thread Winners! Jun 17, 2017
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Far up Right Fork is an oasis in Zion by gordon l

Nature & Wildlife:
Todays Theme: Chew by USM IS

People Photography:
Left Behind | Volume II by Lisa_Holloway

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Weekly Assignment 765 winner: Danpbphoto Jun 14, 2017

Congratulations to Danpbphoto for winning WA 765, based on the theme: Taboo.

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Weekly Assignment 767 just started with theme: "Triangles"
Deadline: June 21st noon - Participate!
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Jun 9th - Featured Thread Winners! Jun 10, 2017
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Landscape Photographer:
5 Images From Joshua Tree NP by Adam_A

Nature & Wildlife:
The colour is back! Costa Rica only by juankgigo

People Photography:
Laura at the Valley of Fire by Adam_A

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Sony releases new Firmware Updates! Jun 08, 2017
Sony released new firmware updates for many of their E-mount cameras. Some are long waited fixes like the option for wider apertures during focusing acquisition with certain lenses and hopefully the Star Eating issue has been resolved.

Download it below:
  1. A9
  2. A7rII
  3. A7sII
  4. A7II
  5. A6500
  6. A6300
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Weekly Assignment 764 winner: kentwaller Jun 07, 2017

Congratulations to kentwaller for winning WA 764, based on the theme: Energy.

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Weekly Assignment 766 just started with theme: "Togetherness"
Deadline: June 14th noon - Participate!
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Samyang announced AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens Jun 05, 2017
Samyang announced: AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens
Samyang officially announced their new AF 35mm F2.8 FE lens.

You may pre-order it today for $399 at B&H Photo.

Key features:
  1. E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  2. Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  3. Two Aspherical Elements, One HR Element
  4. Ultra Multi-Coating
  5. Autofocus with Manual Focus Override
  6. Seven-Blade Diaphragm
  7. Filter Thread: Front: 49 mm
  8. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 2.43 x 1.30" (61.8 x 33 mm)
  9. Weight: 85 grams

More info at Samyang's page.
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Jun 2nd - Featured Thread Winners! Jun 03, 2017
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Monthly Assignment 156 winner: MikeMancil Jun 01, 2017

Congratulations to MikeMancil for winning MA 156, based on the theme: Charity.

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Monthly Assignment 158 just started with theme: "Death & rebirth"
Deadline: July 1st noon - Participate!
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Weekly Assignment 763 winner: jonnyt5050 May 31, 2017

Congratulations to jonnyt5050 for winning WA 763, based on the theme: Solitude.

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Weekly Assignment 765 just started with theme: "Taboo"
Deadline: June 7th noon - Participate!
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Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO Review May 30, 2017
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO Review
David Braddon-Mitchell, aka @DavidBM, posted a review on the Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO at phillipreeve.net.

Here is an excerpt from his conclusion:

"At this stage I’m pretty convinced that the optical qualities are as Zeiss’ own MTF suggests; impeccable..."

"..I think it’s safe to say that it’s optically one of the finest lenses you can buy...But it is very expensive: so it will justify its price only if it’s not only optically outstanding but also offers ergonomic and handling advantages that make it preferable to larger, faster and cheaper lenses."

Read the full review here.

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Order the Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO:

B&H Photo | Adorama
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May 26th - Featured Thread Winners! May 27, 2017
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Few from Patagonia by Gregg B.

Nature & Wildlife:
Training Day (12) by Thang

People Photography:
Beautiful Family Session - Two Gorgeous Locations by Lisa_Holloway

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Weekly Assignment 762 winner: keithandersonc May 24, 2017

Congratulations to keithandersonc for winning WA 762, based on the theme: Shiny.

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Weekly Assignment 764 just started with theme: "Energy"
Deadline: May 31st noon - Participate!
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May 19th - Featured Thread Winners! May 20, 2017
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Laguna de los Tres [Patagonia] by Aztatlan

Nature & Wildlife:
Killdeer by Imagemaster

People Photography:
Spring Babies by Lisa_Holloway

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Pre-order Now! Sony FE 16-35/2.8 GM and FE 12-24/4 G May 17, 2017
Pre-order Now! Sony FE 16-35/2.8 GM and FE 12-24/4 G
Sony Goes Wide with FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and 12-24mm f/4 G Lenses (Available for Pre-order on Friday)

Sony is going wide with today’s announcement of the FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and FE 12-24mm f/4 G for full-frame E-mount cameras. The new GM ultra wide completes the f/2.8 "pro trinity", when paired with the 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses. However, the 12-24mm offers a great ultra-wide perspective with its ability to reach all the way down to just 12mm.

The FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM provides extreme resolution and smooth bokeh. It manages to incorporate two extreme aspherical (XA), three aspherical, and two extra-low dispersion elements. Combine this with the fast and constant f/2.8 aperture and the eleven-bladed diaphragm, and you have the high sharpness and creamy bokeh that the G Master series promises. The FE 12-24mm seem to be optimized for resolution with four aspherical elements, one Super ED element, and three ED elements. The short flange distance of the A7 series, the lens design was able to stay compact and lightweight at this ultra-wide range.

Pre-order is now available!

Help support FM by using our links for your purchase! - Thank you!

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM:
B&H Photo | Adorama

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G:
B&H Photo | Adorama

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FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Main features:
  1. Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  2. Three Aspherical and Two XA Elements
  3. Nano AR and Fluorine Coatings
  4. Two Direct Drive SSM AF Groups
  5. Focus Hold Button, AF/MF Switch
  6. Angle of View: 107° - 63°
  7. Minimum Focus Distance 11.02" (28 cm)
  8. Magnification: 0.62x
  9. Elements/Groups: 16 / 13
  10. Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  11. Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  12. Filter Thread: 82 mm
  13. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 3.48 x 4.79" (88.5 x 121.6 mm)
  14. Weight: 1.50 lb (680 g)

FE 12-24mm f/4 G Main features:
  1. Four Aspherical Elements
  2. One Super ED and Three ED Elements
  3. Nano AR Coating
  4. Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor
  5. Focus Hold Button, AF/MF Switch
  6. Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  7. Seven-Bladed Rounded Diaphragm
  8. Angle of View:122° - 84°
  9. Minimum Focus Distance: 11.02" (28 cm)
  10. Magnification: 0.14x
  11. Elements/Groups: 17 / 13
  12. Filter Thread: None
  13. Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 3.5 x 4.6" (88.90 x 116.84 mm)
  14. Weight: 1.24 lb (565 g)
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Weekly Assignment 761 winner: willmeades May 17, 2017

Congratulations to willmeades for winning WA 761, based on the theme: Shallow depth of field.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

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Weekly Assignment 763 just started with theme: "Solitude"
Deadline: May 24th noon - Participate!
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May 12th - Featured Thread Winners! May 13, 2017
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Some PNW Flavor by MajeedB

Nature & Wildlife:
Pied-billed Grebe & Babies by Thao_Nguyen

People Photography:
Anthony & Calista | Senior Prom 2017 by Lisa_Holloway

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