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For those of you who keep a close eye on tech and camera news, it’s been an exciting few weeks. A number of new camera bodies from various brands have been announced, one of them being the FujiFilm X-T30 Mirrorless Camera. 

Credit: FujiFilm

The X-T30 offers similar performance as seen with the FUJIFILM X-T3, all housed in a compact and light camera body. According to FujiFilm, both cameras share the following features:

  • Phase-detection AF system with almost 100% frame coverage
  • blackout-free high-speed continuous shooting of up to 30fps
  • monochrome adjustment function
  • Color Chrome effect
  • Sports Viewfinder mode

So how does the X-T30 differ? It’s beginner-friendly. The camera body boasts a number of functions that cater to the novice or amateur photographer, such as the Advanced SR Auto function. As stated by FujiFilm, the X-T30 is the coming together of features developed over four generations of X Series. This includes enhanced image quality and processing speed using the combination of the latest X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and image processing engine, in an even more compact and lightweight body.

We were beyond excited when we were invited to take the X-T30 for a test drive. Heading south, the San Diego area seemed like the perfect place to capture a variety of subjects. We even shot some video clips to test out the camera’s 4k recording feature.

First stop – South Casa Beach in La Jolla, CA

Currently, Southern California is experiencing some cold and wet weather. At first, we were concerned about the outdoors being too gloomy and grey. However, the La Jolla coast did not disappoint.

Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | South Casa Beach,  La Jolla, CA Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | South Casa Beach,  La Jolla, CA Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | South Casa Beach,  La Jolla, CA Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | South Casa Beach,  La Jolla, CA

Did we mention the sea lions? Yeah, there’s a little patch of beach where sea lions gather. As you can imagine, it’s a very popular spot to take pictures. We even spotted a couple of baby sea lions!

Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | South Casa Beach,  La Jolla, CA Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | South Casa Beach,  La Jolla, CA Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | South Casa Beach,  La Jolla, CA

Although we could have stayed and watched the sea lions all day, it was time to jump in the car and head to our next destination…

…Balboa Park in San Diego.

Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Balboa Park is one of the most picturesque destinations in Southern California. The park is actually an expansive complex that features a number of museums, restaurants, and walkable gardens. With the X-T30 in hand, we did some people watching…

Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Shot with the FujiFilm X-T30 | Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
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Have you heard the news?

Sony has introduced the latest addition to its a6000 series – the a6400. And, there’s A LOT packed into this light and compact mirrorless camera body.

Credit: Sony

According to Sony, the a6400 is loaded with impressive capabilities and features. With super-fast AF and highly precise subject tracking, it’s ideal for capturing fast-moving action, while its wide sensitivity range and stunning image quality make it suitable for just about any photographic opportunity you may encounter, whether you’re shooting stills or movies.

Just take a look at some sample photographs captured with the a6400. The images speak for themselves:

Credit: Sony Credit: Sony Credit: Sony

But, how far can the a6400 be pushed in, let’s say, low light?  “Maximum standard ISO sensitivity has been increased to ISO 32000 (expanded to ISO 102400 for stills),” as stated by Sony, “while improved imaging algorithms, detail reproduction technology, and area-division noise reduction result in more realistic textures, better detail in shadow regions, and more lifelike colors, including human skin tones and natural plant colors.”    

Credit: Sony

Looking to shoot videos for YouTube? Paired with the GP-VPT1 grip, the a6400 could be your next vlogging camera.

Sony | α | α6400 | Vlog With Sony | Travel (Indoor) - YouTube

The Sony a6400 also boasts the following features:

  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Highly accurate autofocus, even in dark settings
  • AF in Focus Magnifier for finer focus adjustment
  • Real-time Tracking
  • High-speed continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking
  • APS-C size, 24.2-megapixel7 ExmorTM CMOS
  • 4K movie recording in high-bit-rate XAVC S format
  • Slow and Quick motion, and high-speed 120fps recording

The a6400 is currently available for pre-order; however, our Los Angeles customers have the chance to demo the new camera prior to its release.

You are invited to stop by and demo the new a6400 prior to release. Just head up to our third-floor camera department today, Friday, February 22 from 10am-4pm. Our friendly Sony rep, Marcus, is here to answer any of your gear questions.

Hi Marcus!

Also, any Samy’s Camera sales pro is happy to help with placing a pre-order. Kick off your weekend with a fun trip to Samy’s Camera.

Learn more about a6400 price and specs. 

The post One Day Only: Demo the Sony Alpha a6400 at our Los Angeles Store appeared first on Samy's Camera Photo Blog.

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Where did the year go?

2019 is upon us – meaning it’s a time to reflect on the year gone by. It’s also a time to celebrate what’s ahead in the new year.

However, as New Year’s Eve approaches, it also means that the holiday season is coming to a close. And for many, the months of November and December mark a special time of the year.

One reason why the Holidays are pretty awesome, particularly in Southern California, can be found in Anaheim.

Of course, we are talking about Disneyland.

Shot with the Nikon Z 7

The folks over at Disney take the holidays pretty seriously. Local pass holders visit frequently and tourists travel from all over the world to spend Christmas at the Happiest Place on Earth.

It’s quite popular. | Shot with the Nikon Z 7

So, before everything goes back to normal January 7th, we decided to take a Nikon z 7 mirrorless camera to capture the merry magic of Disneyland.

Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7 Shot with the Nikon Z 7

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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In case you haven’t heard, Canon recently introduced its new EOS system: the R Mirrorless camera. And, we’re pretty excited about it.

Credit: Canon

As one can imagine, one of the cool things about working for a camera store is that the staff gets to test out the latest gear. Since we wanted to see what this new camera could do out in the field, one of our Los Angeles Canon pros borrowed an R body for a couple of days.

He returned with images that provided a peek into the camera’s many advanced features. We narrowed it down to our top five favorites.

Here are five things we love about the Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera.

The R’s electronic viewfinder is unbelievably sharp

Credit: Ian Santer

With the EOS R camera’s electronic viewfinder, what you see is what you get: an ultra sharp and bright view of the subject.

Let’s talk auto-focusing Credit: Ian Santer

Go ahead, take a VERY close look.

EVERYTHING. IS. IN. FOCUS.

According to Canon, is this because the EOS R camera’s AF system features an incredible 5,655 manually selectable AF points. Combined with a focus area that covers approx. 88% horizontal and 100% vertical when using RF lenses and select EF lenses, this AF system helps ensure swift and accurate focus no matter where your subject is located in the frame.

In other words…

ISO sensitivity range of 100–40000 (yes, you read that correctly) Credit: Ian Santer

Photographing in low light can be incredibly intimidating, especially for those just starting out. However, the R’s standard ISO sensitivity range (100–40000 for stills and 100–25600 for video; 100–12800 for 4K video shooting) aims to make low light photography possible even in the most challenging locations.

30.3 MP Full-frame powered by a SERIOUS processor Credit: Ian Santer

Don’t be fooled by the R’s compact design. This camera packs a serious hardware punch. According to Canon, it’s new mirrorless camera features a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with approx. 30.3 effective megapixels for stunning results with incredible detail and clarity, even in low-light situations. It’s powered by the DIGIC 8 Image Processor, which enables an expansive ISO range, enhances Image Stabilization and turbocharges operations across the board for outstanding image quality and impressive performance.

CR3 Files Credit: Ian Santer

Remember when purchasing a 256GB SD card was a BIG DEAL?  Now, particularly if one shoots video, it’s a necessity to have lots and lots of digital room available. Knowing how valuable every SD, micro SD and external hard drive is to photographers and videographers, the R offers a file option called Compact Raw (.CR3). Smaller than RAW files, C-RAW files can be processed in camera, can render an L-sized JPEG, are compatible with the Digital Lens Optimizer and more.

So, one see’s all these advanced features at work and falls head over heels with the R. However, there is a hurdle: the price. Luckily for those looking to add another member to their gear family, there are a number of opportunities to save big during the holiday season. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and check out our current deals on the Canon R Mirrorless camera. 

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Not sure if you’ve heard, but September means one thing around here at Samy’s Camera: It’s our anniversary! And, as always, we would like to say thank you to all of our loyal customers with an amazing Anniversary Sale.

Sales often have an interesting effect on people. Whereupon seeing great products at amazing deals, a person may just get the urge to make a few more purchases than originally anticipated.

However, we here at Samy’s understands that, especially for new and budding photographers, it’s imperative to stick to a budget. Our Anniversary Sale not only features the latest and greatest available in today’s photography market; we also feature a number of products, specifically kits, that are budget-friendly and pack quite the specs punch.

Here are our top five camera kits for entry-level photographers.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

The camera with the quality your photos deserve, the EOS Rebel T6 can be ideal for smartphone or digital point-and-shoot camera users looking to step up their imaging game. It’s equipped with an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS image sensor and the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for highly detailed, vibrant photos and videos even in low light. Whether you’re out on an adventure hike or snapping candids of your friends during a late night out, the EOS Rebel T6 can help you take photos you’ll want to show off.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens & 45-150mm Lens Kit

Nearly half the size of most DSLRs, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 delivers impressive large sensor performance in the most compact camera system ever designed by Panasonic LUMIX. Modern enthusiasts will love the WiFi mobile control and next-generation flexibility that 4K Video, 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus modes bring to the creative experience.

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses

With the Sony Alpha a6000, capture every subject clearly with unparalleled precision, at record speed, thanks to Sony’s newly advanced Fast Hybrid AF with vastly improved phase-detection and contrast-detection capabilities. Furthermore, shooting comfort is enhanced by a 3 in LCD screen that smoothly tilts to accommodate everything from low to high-angle shooting. This tilting flexibility combines with the camera’s compact mobility to greatly expand your shooting options.

Nikon D5600 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm & 70-300mm Lenses

Stand out from the crowd with photos and videos so impressive, they’ll inspire you to keep shooting and learning. Out of the box, you can leave things up to the camera and immediately start taking great photos and videos without the learning curve. As your skills develop, the Nikon D5600 offers plenty of room to grow with exceptional image quality, intuitive controls and powerful tools for pushing the boundaries of your creativity as far as they’ll bend. Unlike others, with a battery lasting over 970 shots per charge, you’ll be able to keep shooting all day long.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is perfect for the entry-level photographer on the go – small and lightweight so it’s effortless to take along. The simple to use touchscreen interface and exclusive Shortcut Button remove all mystery from camera settings. And foolproof image stabilization virtually eliminates motion blur and shake from your stills and 4K video. The E-M10 Mark III. Your photographic journey starts here.

The celebration doesn’t stop here. Browse our Anniversary Sale here. Or, if you happen to visit one of our locations between September 13-19, ask one of our sales pros about in-store anniversary promotions.

Happy Shopping!

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What does one do when asked to take four brand new Sigma Prime lenses for a spin? First: pinch yourself. Then, one immediately and enthusiastically accepts.

When testing out new lenses (especially four at one time), it can seem a bit overwhelming. What, when, and where should one shoot?

However, the true test of any lens kit is adaptability. The best thing to do, with any new equipment, is to get out and take some photos. Lots and lots of them. And, that’s exactly what one of our Los Angeles sales pros did.

Before we get to the final results, let’s talk gear.

The photography know-how of our L.A. sales pro was accompanied by the following:

Sony Alpha A7R II Camera Body Sony

The α7R II combines the world’s first1 back-illuminated 42.4 MP2 35 mm full-frame CMOS image sensor, Fast Hybrid AF, 5-axis image stabilization and advanced 4K movie recording, with sensitivity and speed to keep even fast-moving subjects looking sharp. An extended family of lenses and gear makes the most of its remarkable resolution even in tough field use.

along with the…

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E Sigma

The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E is the first entry into Sigma’s Art series of professional lenses, with an emphasis on artistic expression and the creative potential of the lens. With a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, floating inner focusing system, and Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) you’ll have quick and accurate control over the artistic effects achieved by the lens’high-quality elements.

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E Sigma

The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The Sigma 24mm /1.4 lens is ideal for capturing a variety of photography subjects, including cityscapes, mountain ranges, astrophotography and weddings and is great for videography work as well.

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E Sigma

The Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E is the latest addition to the world-renowned Sigma Global Vision Line. Designed and engineered for unparalleled image quality, the Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art employs a completely new optical design and premium components. 2 FLD (performance equal to fluorite) glass elements and 1 element boasting a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and high refraction achieve a class-leading level of performance. The highly anticipated 85mm 1.4 Art is an ideal lens for a variety of photographic subjects, particularly portrait photography, both in-studio and on-location.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E Sigma

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E has been redesigned and re-engineered to set a new standard for the Art line. With a large f/1.4 aperture, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 prime lens is pro level performer for shooting everything including portrait photography, landscape photography, studio photography and street photography.

When it came to narrowing down subjects, living in Southern California made it difficult to just settle with one person, place or thing. So, variety was the only reasonable solution.

Beach Vibes

Captured using the Sigma Prime 85mm Prime Lens

Venice Beach | Ian Santer

Whether capturing still or candid action shots, the Sigma 85mm prime proved to be a true jack-of-all-trades lens. Not to mention, the sharpness of the 85mm is unbelievable – great for capturing the smallest details.

Venice Beach | Ian Santer City Life

Captured Using the Sigma 24mm Prime Lens

Santa Monica Alley | Ian Santer

If you are a street photographer, the Sigma 24mm f1.4 comes highly recommended for capturing cityscapes, crowds, and murals.

Captured using the Sigma 35mm Lens

San Diego Convention Center | Ian Santer

And while you are at it, pick up the Sigma 35mm for that added boost. No detail or depth lost here, just a slightly different perspective than the 24mm.

At Sunset

Captured Using the Sigma Prime 24mm Lens

San Diego | Ian Santer

The Sigma 24mm effortlessly went from capturing cityscapes to experimenting with that harbor-side light.

San Diego | Ian Santer San Diego | Ian Santer Fur and Feathers

Captured using the Sigma Prime 35mm lens

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