The U.S. wedding industry brings in about $72 billion a year in revenue; a notable slice of that is wedding photography. So, every year photographers and industry experts flock to Wedding & Portrait Photography International in Las Vegas; the convention is a hub for the latest nuptial trends and, of course, the best new gear for photographing the big day.
Below is a roundup of new items being highlighted at WPPI 2019 from Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Nikon, and Ricoh.
Sigma Interchangeable Lenses For L-Mount Cameras
Sigma had a big day with the release of eleven new lenses and L-Mount lens adapter. Yes, you read that correctly—eleven new lenses. This Art line prime lens lineup is for full-frame, L-mount cameras. They cover a range of 14mm to 135mm and all of them feature in-camera image stabilization and aberration correction. Plus, they’re AF-C mode compatible.
Here is the full list of new Sigma interchangeable lenses for L-Mount cameras:
SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
2. SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
3. SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
4. SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
5. SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
6. SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
7. SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
8. SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art
9. SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
10. SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
11. SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
Mount Converter MC-21
The Sigma Mount Converter MC-21 is a significant pairing with the aforementioned release. It allows Sigma’s SA mount and Canon EF mount lenses to be used on L-Mount camera bodies. This lends a lot of flexibility to photographers using L-Mount cameras from Sigma, Leica, and Panasonic.
There are 29 interchangeable lenses available for L-mount cameras that include:
35mm Full Frame
|12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art|
|14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art|
|24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art|
|24-70mm F2.8 DGOS HSM | Art|
|24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art|
|60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports|
|70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports|
|100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary|
|120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports|
|150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports|
|150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary|
|14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art|
|20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art|
|24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art|
|28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art|
|35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art|
|40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art|
|50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art|
|70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art|
|85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art|
|105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art|
|135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art|
|500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports|
|17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary|
|18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art|
|18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary|
|18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM| Contemporary|
|50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art|
|30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art|
135mm Full-Frame G Master Prime Lens
This 135mm full-frame F1.8 lens provides an extremely narrow depth of field and exceptional bokeh. It has XA (extreme aspherical), Super ED (extra-low dispersion), and ED glass elements in the front of the group to eliminate aberrations and keeps crystal-clear focus from corner to corner. The result is stunning G Master Bokeh, minimal color fringing, and impressive sharpness.
It’s also worth taking a moment to highlight this lens’s autofocus capabilities. It has four XD (extreme dynamic) linear focus motors that drive two synchronized focus groups. Together, they offer outstanding speed, precision, tracking, and noise cancelation. It also nearly eliminates the aberration variations that occur when shooting a moving subject; instead, it maintains optimal resolution throughout the focal range.
Sony RMT-P1BT Wireless Bluetooth Remote Commander
While most new cameras pair with smartphone apps to take remote photos, they don’t give you the same level of control that this remote does. Highlights include focus buttons for manual control over subtle focal changes and a “custom” settings button that can be pre-set based on your shooting preferences. It also includes Start/Stop movie recording and control over power-zoom or digital-zoom functionality.
The Coolpix B600 is Nikon’s latest addition to its line of bridge cameras. Nikon’s powerful EXPEED image-processing engine combined with its high-performance NIKKOR lens makes it a powerful solution for new photographers. In terms of notable specs, the B600 offers an impressive 60x optical zoom and shoots full HD 1080/60i (50i) videos. It also has 19 shooting modes to accommodate any situation, a snap-back zoom button, and connects seamlessly with the SnapBridge smartphone app so you can share content instantly.
This sleek Coolpix A1000 point and shoot features a respectable 16MP CMOS sensor and an ISO sensitivity range of 100-6400. This is the perfect grab-and-go travel camera if you’re going hiking or exploring a city and aren’t interested in lugging around a larger body. It has 35x optical zoom for those hard-to-get nature close-ups and 4K ultra HD video for when photos just aren’t enough to capture the moment. It also features a handy 3” tilting LCD touchscreen for taking perfect selfies.
The Ricoh Theta Z1 is the latest addition to the company 360° camera line. Its newly developed lens, 1-inch back-illuminated 22.5MP CMOS sensors, and image processing algorithms create beautiful still images in 7K resolution. It’s also the first Theta to support RAW DNG capture. If you’re interested in video and live streaming, the Theta Z1 can record 360° footage in 4K at 30 fps and is equipped with a 4-channel microphone.
In addition to being pocket-sized (it only weighs 182g), the Z1 is packed with new features and a range of shooting modes including aperture priority, HDR rendering, interval composite shooting, and multi-bracket shooting for taking continuous shots.
SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD
This year is the 40th anniversary of Tamron’s SP series. To celebrate, the company released the new SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD for Canon and Nikon mounts. This fixed focal length lens is a culmination of the optical technology and craftsmanship Tamron has developed over the last four decades. This lens provides high-resolution image quality and beautiful background bokeh along with a fast aperture and high-speed, precision AF. All in all, it’s an ideal combination of operability and durability making it a perfect everyday lens.
35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD
The Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD is a fast, compact portrait zoom lens designed for quick adjustments and easy transportation. It features a zoom that extends from 35mm to 150mm and an optimal 85mm focal length. As for the internal components, this model has low dispersion glass elements and aspherical segments that help prevent optical aberrations.
17-28 mm F/2.8 Di III RXD
Finally, we have the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD lens. This high-speed, ultra wide-angle zoom lens is for Sony E-mount cameras. Like the lens above, this 17-28 mm F/2.8 is remarkably lightweight and portable while maintaining high resolution and edge-to-edge contrast. This model’s autofocus is powered by the “Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive” stepping motor unit; the result is precise and near-silent operation ideal for shooting both stills and videos.
That’s it for today! Keep checking back for more WPPI 2019 release updates.