Sigma announces pricing and availability of its 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport lens

More than two months after first showing it off at Photokina 2018, Sigma has announced its 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport lens will be available by the end of December 2018.

The lens, which rounds out the signature F2.8 trio alongside Sigma's 14-24mm F2.8 and 24-70mm F2.8, will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma SA mounts. It's constructed of 22 elements including one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) element and nine F Low Dispersion (FLD) elements alongside an 11-blade aperture diaphragm and 1.2m (1.31yds) minimum focusing distance.

Following suit with most of Sigma's other lenses in its Global Vision lineup, the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport lens comes in at a discount compared to its Canon and Nikon counterparts. Sigma has set the retail price at $1,499 USD, a full $600 cheaper than Canon's 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM lens and exactly a thousand dollars cheaper than Nikon's 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens.

The 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport lens is available for pre-order on B&H (Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA).

DxO PhotoLab 2.1 update brings file indexing feature to macOS, better search for Windows

DxO launched its PhotoLab 2 in late October, and now it is back with an update to version 2.1. The updated photo editing software brings the file indexing feature to macOS that was previously only available to Windows users. As well, the Windows version of PhotoLab 2.1 now includes a more detailed search history, including one-click access to past image searches when in a new session.

DxO PhotoLab 2.1 features an optimized database architecture that improves the editor's image management system, the end result being "significantly faster searches," according to the company.

In addition to the new features and improvements, PhotoLab 2.1 adds support for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone, Fujifilm X-A5, and Nikon Z7, as well as the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F4 S and the NIKKOR F FX lens. DxO plans to add support for the NIKKOR Z 35mm F1.8 S and NIKKOR Z 50mm F1.8 S early next year.

The company is working on adding support for the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom drone, Nikon Z6, Canon EOS R, Canon EOS M50, Fujifilm GFX 50s, and Fujifilm GFX 50r cameras, as well.

DxO PhotoLab 2 Essential and Elite editions are currently discounted to $99.99 (£79.99) and $149.99 (£119.99), respectively, until December 25. Existing PhotoLab 2 software owners can download the version 2.1 update for free.

Kipon announces five ‘Elegant’ F2.4 prime lenses for Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts

Lens and lens adapter manufacturer Kipon has announced a new series of lenses for the latest Canon and Nikon full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The Elegant series, as it's called, consists of five prime lenses in the following focal lengths and apertures: 24mm F2.4, 35mm F2.4, 50mm F2.4, 75mm F2.4 and 90mm F2.4. Each lens comes in both Nikon Z and Canon RF mount options and is entirely manual. The lenses features a focus ring, a physical aperture dial, and focus guide markings. The exact optical construction of each lens remains unknown, as the press release is vague and short on details.

The lenses will be available by the end of December 2018 with the following pricing:

• 24mm F2.4 — $499 USD
• 35mm F2.4 — $468 USD
• 50mm F2.4 — $325 USD
• 75mm F2.4 — $355 USD
• 90mm F2.4 — $386 USD

Although not currently available for purchase, the lenses will be listed on Kipon's Adorama and eBay shop when they become hit shelves later this month.

AirMap announces real-time geofencing alerts on Android, iOS for DJI drones

Airspace management company AirMap announced the release of real-time geofencing alerts in its AirMap for Drones mobile app that is available for iOS and Android devices.

The new feature alerts pilots visually and/or verbally when their drone is approaching airspace that is unsafe or areas where drone flying is not permitted. AirMap uses data from organizations such as civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers and local authorities to build its databases and airspace maps.

AirMap says real-time geofencing will soon get the ability to prevent drones from entering unsafe operating area or leaving its flight path, instead of just sending out alerts. Pilots will have to opt in to activate this function.

In addition to implementing real-time geofencing alerts in its own app, AirMap is also making the feature available to other developers and OEMs as a mobile SDK for iOS and Android, allowing them to 'to build services enhancing flight safety, compliance and overall experience for their users.'

Real-time geofencing alerts are currently only available for users of DJI drones when operating in the AirMap for Drones fly mode. More information can be found on the AirMap website.

GoPro moving production of U.S.-bound action cameras out of China, cites concerns over tariffs

GoPro announced today it will be moving camera production out of China for cameras destined for the U.S. market.

In a press release shared this morning, GoPro stated that while its cameras bound for the international market will continue to be made in China, gear destined for the United States will be moved elsewhere by summer 2019, citing concern over the recent tariffs put in place as a part of the trade war that's been brewing between the U.S. and China.

'Today's geopolitical business environment requires agility, and we're proactively addressing tariff concerns by moving most of our US-bound camera production out of China,' says Brian McGee, executive vice president and CFO of GoPro in the press release. 'We believe this diversified approach to production can benefit our business regardless of tariff implications.'

McGee assured consumers and investors alike the move will have little impact on GoPro's financials, saying 'It’s important to note that we own our own production equipment while our manufacturing partner provides the facilities, so we expect to make this move at a relatively low cost.'

As of writing this article at 10:10am on Monday, December 10th, 2018, GoPro is priced at $4.82 USD per share, down 2.82% on the day on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C sample gallery

The Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary is a welcome addition to the Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount lens lineups, combining a sensible sub-$500 price tag and excellent performance. On Sony's APS-C mirrorless cameras it offers an 85mm equivalent view, a favorite for portraits. Take a look at what it can do.

See our Sigma 56mm F1.4 sample gallery

Video: What is DX encoding and how did it become an industry standard in the analog age?

Have you ever wondered what those silver squares on the side of film cassettes are? They're called Camera Auto Sensing (CAS) codes and they're part of DX encoding, an industry standard first announced by Kodak in March 1983.

While DX encoding might be common knowledge for some DPReview readers, others — particularly the younger crowd — might not know what DX encoding is, how it works and what it took to become an industry standard.

These exact questions and more are answered and explained by Azriel Knight of the YouTube channel This Old Camera. In the six minute video, the first in a new series he's calling This Old Camera X-tra, he explains how Kodak introduced DX encoding, the purpose of the individual rectangles and how it became an ANSI and I3A standard that nearly all of the photography industry adopted, even though certain companies were a little hesitant to hop on board.

You can find more of Azriel's videos by subscribing to his YouTube channel or following him on Twitter and Instagram.

Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR sample gallery

The 250mm F4 is Fujifilm's longest lens for its medium-format system. It's equivalent to about 200mm on a GFX camera, and we put it to work on some portraits as well as some scenes around Seattle's waterfront – take a look.

See our Fujifilm 250mm F4 sample gallery

Sony removes a7/R III firmware version 2.0 from its website, says it’s ‘working on the issue’

Two months after releasing firmware version 2.0 for its a7 III (Windows, MacOS) and a7R III (Windows, MacOS) mirrorless cameras, Sony has removed the firmware update from its website.

At the top of the download pages for Sony's a7 III and a7R III firmware, an update read:

IMPORTANT: We apologize for the inconvenience, but the release of this software update has been delayed. We are working on the issue and will release the update as soon as possible. (Added on 12-07-2018)

DPReview contacted Sony Friday, December 7th, 2018 asking for more detail on why the update was removed. As of publishing this article on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 DPReview has not received a response. This article will updated accordingly if and when DPReview gets a response from Sony.

DPReview TV: the 2018 DPReview Awards

With the launch of full-frame mirrorless systems from two of the industry's biggest players, it's safe to say that this was an especially busy year for the camera world. It's not an easy job picking out the strongest products and innovations in such a year, but we endeavored to do just that for our yearly DPReview Awards. This year, Chris and Jordan joined us to help celebrate what we think is the best gear of the past 365 days.

See all of our award winners and runners-up, and get new episodes of DPReview TV every week by subscribing to our YouTube channel!

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