The ShiftCam ProGrip Wants to Make Your Phone Feel Like a Pro Camera

ShiftCam has unveiled the ProGrip, a new ergonomic battery grip that’s designed to take your smartphone photography to a new level. “[ShiftCam] designers recognized that one of the major differences experienced when it comes to shooting on their phones is that it just doesn’t provide the security and balance of a traditional DSLR camera, especially […]

The ShiftCam ProGrip Wants to Make Your Phone Feel Like a Pro Camera

ShiftCam has unveiled the ProGrip, a new ergonomic battery grip that’s designed to take your smartphone photography to a new level.

“[ShiftCam] designers recognized that one of the major differences experienced when it comes to shooting on their phones is that it just doesn’t provide the security and balance of a traditional DSLR camera, especially while shooting for long periods of time across different locations,” the company says. “They wanted to create a product that can close the gap by combining the accessibility and convenience of mobile phones, along with the familiarity and control of a traditional camera.”

ProGrip is designed to make your smartphone look and feel more like a traditional larger camera, and the built-in Bluetooth shutter button provides a familiar shooting mechanic. A built-in pivot rotation allows the phone to be switched between portrait and landscape.

The grip also doubles as a Qi wireless battery bank that charges your smartphone as you’re using it to ensure you have enough juice to get through your shoot and day.

Oh, and the grip also doubles as a handy stand for propping up your phone for anything from watching videos hands-free to viewing it as a clock.

Instead of being designed for a specific phone model, the ProGrip has a universal fit for whatever smartphone you’re looking to combine it with. Once attached, the grip also brings a cold shoe mount and a 1/4″ screw mount for attaching accessories and using a tripod.

Here’s a 3.5-minute video introducing the new ProGrip:

The ShiftCam ProGrip is set to have a price tag of $150 when it hits store shelves, but it’s currently being launched on Kickstarter, where supporters can contribute $99 and receive one of the first units (assuming the company successfully delivers on its promises).

This is ShiftCam’s 6th crowdfunding campaign, and at the time of this writing, the ProGrip has already raised over $220,000 with an initial goal of $50,000.

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After some very accurate leaks last week, Sigma has officially revealed four products today: an affordable 100-400mm f/5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras, two teleconverters for L-Mount mirrorless lenses, and a USB dock for Sigma’s L-Mount and EF-M Mount mirrorless lenses. Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary Sigma dropped a lot […]

Sigma Unveils Affordable 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Lens for Mirrorless Cameras

After some very accurate leaks last week, Sigma has officially revealed four products today: an affordable 100-400mm f/5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras, two teleconverters for L-Mount mirrorless lenses, and a USB dock for Sigma’s L-Mount and EF-M Mount mirrorless lenses.

Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary

Sigma dropped a lot on us today, but the main release is obviously the 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary lens”designed exclusively for full-frame mirrorless cameras.” For now that means Sony E-mount and Leica/Panasonic/Sigma L-mount lenses, but these designs may eventually be modified for the RF mount an Z mount as well, given enough time and R&D.

The new lens—Sigma’s 5th “DG DN” mirrorless lens—is being hailed as a “Handy Tele Master.” Optically, it’s made up of 22 lens elements in 16 groups, with one Low Dispersion (FLD) and four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements to tackle aberration. In terms of AF, the lens incorporates a stepping motor that has been “optimized to the latest algorithm,” and Sigma goes out of its way to point out the “Dual Action Zoom” feature that lets you zoom using the focus ring or by simply pulling and pushing on the lens hood trombone-style:

Finally, the OS in the lens name means the lens is also optically stabilized, promising up to 4 stops of pitch and yaw correction. All of this is packed into a (relatively) compact package that measures 3.4-inches (86mm) in diameter, 7.8-inches long (197mm), and weighs in at 40oz (1.14kg).

Here’s a closer look at the new lens:

While this isn’t one of Sigma’s highly acclaimed “ART” series lenses, the company maintains that the 100-400 DG DN deliver “uncompromising image quality” across the focus range, from center to the edges of the frame. If it can deliver the goods, it will compete with Sony’s $2,500 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master… but at a fraction of the price.

The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary lens will cost just $950, and is already available for pre-order. Shipping begins July 10th.

Sigma 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters for Mirrorless

In addition to the new mirrorless lens, Sigma also unveiled two new teleconverters designed specifically for its L-mount DG DN lenses.

The Sigma Teleconverter TC-1411 and TC-2011 are “designed to complement Sigma’s renowned optical formulas … preserv[ing] the image quality of the lens while extending the focal length for added zoom capability.” They’re built to be dust- and splash-proof to the same level as Sigma’s lineup of Sports lenses, and

The 1.4x Sigma TC-1411 and 2x Sigma TC-2011 teleconverters will run you $400 and $430, respectively. Both are already available for pre-order, and they are scheduled to start shipping on July 10th.

Sigma USB Dock UD-11

Last and, let’s be honest, least: Sigma also unveiled a new USB dock that will allow you to update your lens firmware and customize your lens settings from the comfort of your own home.

The Sigma USB Dock UD-11 is available for L-Mount and EF-M Mount mirrorless lenses and, unlike some previous USB docks, the UD-11 allows you to adjust the sensitivity of your lens manual focus speed. Both versions of the dock also use USB-C connections instead of USB-A.

The Sigma USB Dock UD-11 will cost you $60. Pre-orders are live right now, and shipping will begin (you guessed it) on July 10th.

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