John Wall explodes to rim for huge jam

Washington Wizards guard John Wall pulls in a loose ball against the Denver Nuggets late in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Denver. The Wizards won 109-104. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Guarding John Wall once he crosses halfcourt seems like a solid plan. Clearly the Los Angeles Lakers missed the memo, especially upon seeing one of the fastest players in the league put the ball on the deck. When you don’t put a body on Wall, you might want to watch out at the rim.

Fair or foul, Wall will continue to be judged by how he performs in the postseason.

Not being checked by guards and then exploding at the rim has been the story of Wall’s career. He has posted great numbers and established himself as an elite player in the league, but when challenged, he has been unable to climb over the trench.

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Astros outlast Dodgers in wild World Series Game 2

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, George Springer one Marwin Gonzalez celebrate after Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 7-6 to tie the series at 1-1. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-6, in 11 innings in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night from Dodger Stadium. In the first ever extra-inning World Series game at Dodger Stadium, it was the clutch hitting late from Houston that knotted the series at a game apiece heading back to Texas.

Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night was the backdrop for one of the wildest seesaw contests in World Series history. The two teams combined for eight home runs, a record in the Fall Classic.

Prior to the game, Astros manager A.J. Hinch gave leadoff hitter George Springer a vote of confidence. In the 11th inning, he rewarded his skipper with the go-ahead, two-run home run to right-center field off Dodgers starting pitcher-turned-reliever Brandon McCarthy. It gave the the team a lead it would never relinquish.

Houston’s first comeback began in the eighth inning when Carlos Correa delivered an RBI single to cut the Dodgers’ lead in half. It was an inning later when Marwin Gonzalez delivering the biggest hit of his career; he lined a home run to left-center field off Kenley Jansen, who was attempting to lock down the final six outs.

The Astros season has been defined by their superstar middle infielders Jose Altuve and Correa. On Wednesday, they were two of the heroes yet again. Altuve took Dodgers reliever Josh Fields deep to lead off the top of the 10th inning, before his friend and double play partner followed with the first-ever back-to-back home runs in extra innings in World Series history.

Los Angeles had been 98-0 when leading after eight innings during the season. Entering the night, its bullpen had allowed three runs as a unit this entire postseason, before yielding six on Wednesday alone.

Justin Verlander has still not lost as a member of the Astros. His team got him out to a 1-0 lead with an RBI single off the bat of Alex Bregman in the third inning, before Joc Pederson tied the game for L.A. in the bottom of the fifth, delivering his second home run of the postseason.

It was another left-handed young Dodger that put the team on top when Corey Seager launched an opposite-field two-run blast the next inning, hitting the ball so well that he began to celebrate in the batter’s box.

Los Angeles trailed by two runs in the bottom of the 10th, with Yasiel Puig leading off the inning with a solo blast. After a walk to Logan Forsythe and pitch that went to the screen, Kike Hernandez knotted the game at five to force an 11th inning.

Even after suffering the Springer home run, L.A. refused to say die with Charlie Culberson hammering a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the frame. The game ended with Puig whiffing on a Chris Devenski changeup.

The two teams will have a travel day on Thursday before they reconvene for Game 3 of the Fall Classic on Friday night in Houston. Trade deadline acquisition Yu Darvish gets the start for L.A., while Houston will counter with ALCS hero Lance McCullers Jr.

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Postcast | Turnovers Torch Jazz vs Suns

Ron Boone and David Locke recap the Utah  Jazz loss to the Phoenix Suns.  The Jazz offense was turnover-laden and the guys try to figure out why.   The Utah Jazz lost to the Phoenix Suns 97-88.   Surprisingly, the Jazz defense was still very good all night and continued its strong start to the season.

Plus, they take your questions on Facebook Live about why Alec Burks didn’t play, how are Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert working together and more things about the Jazz and the offensive struggles.

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Photo Of The Day By Clayton Peoples

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Black Sand Basin Sunset” by Clayton Peoples. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Photo By Clayton Peoples

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Black Sand Basin Sunset” by Clayton Peoples. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

“We took a summer road trip that included stops near the Sawtooths in Idaho, Glacier National Park in Montana and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming,” says Peoples. “We went to the Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone one evening and caught the sunset. The orange cumulus clouds reflected in the steaming pools of the basin provided a new perspective on this awe-inspiring geothermal wonderland.”

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Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Sony Announces a7R III, 24-150mm And 400mm f/2.8 Development

Sony a7R III
Sony a7R III (front).

Today Sony introduced the third generation of its high-resolution full-frame a7R camera, along with the new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS zoom and, of particular interest for wildlife and sports photographers, the development of a fast prime 400mm f/2.8 lens. The a7R III and 24-105mm will be available in November. The FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Super-Telephoto has a “target launch date in Summer 2018.”

Key features of the a7R III include 42.4-megapixel resolution, with continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with full AF and AE tracking, and can maintain that capture rate for up to 76 JPEG or 28 uncompressed RAW files. These speeds are possible with either the camera’s mechanical focal plane shutter, or its electronic shutter, with silent shooting capability when using the latter.

Sony a7R III
Sony a7R III (back).

The camera offers an ISO range of 100-32,000, expandable to 50-102,400, and boasts a 15-stop dynamic range “at low sensitivity settings,” according to the press release (below). For handheld shooting, the a7R III has 5-axis optical image stabilization which provides up to 5.5 stops of correction, which Sony states is “the world’s highest compensation performance for an image stabilization system.”

The a7R III’s AF system includes 399 phase-detection AF points which cover about 68 percent of the image area, along with 425 contrast-detection AF points, and Eye AF functionality, which tracks focus on your subject’s eye, that Sony states is twice as effective compared to the previous generation of the technology.

Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS.

The a7R III will retail for $3,200 when it ships in November. The FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS zoom will retail for $1,300. No pricing is yet announced for the FE 400mm F2.8.

See the press releases below for more details.


Sony’s New Full-frame α7R III Interchangeable Lens Camera Delivers the Ultimate Combination of Resolution and Speed

Innovative Full-frame Mirrorless Model Offers 42.4 MP High-Resolution, 10 fps Continuous Shooting, Fast and Precise AF Performance in a Compact Body

  • 35mm Full-Frame 42.4 MP1 Back-Illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Image Sensor with Evolved Image Processing
  • Continuous Shooting at up to 10 fps2 with either Silent Shooting or Mechanical Shutter and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking
  • 399 phasedetection AF points covering 68%3 of image area, 425 contrast AF points and approximately 2 times more effective Eye AF4
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization with a 5.5 step5shutter speed advantage
  • High Resolution 4K6 Movie Shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning7
  • Completely redesigned for professionals, including upgraded Auto Focus, Dual SD Card Slots, Extended Battery Life, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ Terminal and more
  • Compact, Lightweight body at only 23 oz8

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2017 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced an impressive addition to their full-frame mirrorless camera lineup, the α7R III (model ILCE-7RM3).

Thanks to an evolutionary leap in image processing power and efficiency, the new α7R III combines a high-resolution 42.4 MP1 back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with impressive shooting speeds at up to 10 fps2 with full AF/AE tracking, as well as beautiful image and 4K6 video quality, wide 15-stop9 dynamic range, high sensitivity with noise reduction of almost a full stop4 and more.   With these immense capabilities and a compact, lightweight body, it’s an extremely versatile tool for photographers, videographers, multi-media creators and all other types of professionals that demand reliability, flexibility and versatility.

“We’re continuing to raise the bar for innovation in the imaging marketplace, in particular with our full-frame camera lineup,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging for Sony Electronics.  “As an industry, we are now entering the true digital age of imaging.  The capabilities of the α7R III camera – silent shooting at 10 fps at full 42.4 MP resolution, extreme AF coverage and speed for both video and stills – exceed anything that is physically possible with a DSLR, making it an excellent symbol for this paradigm shift”  He added, “It offers a level of customization, speed and stamina that will satisfy even the most demanding professionals, and ensures that they can take full advantage of this impressive tool to capture and create in ways they never could before.” 

A New Level of Image Quality

The 42.4MP high-resolution, back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor utilizes a gapless on-chip lens design and AR (anti-reflective) coating on the surface of the sensor’s seal glass to dramatically improve light collection efficiency, resulting in high sensitivity with low-noise performance and wide dynamic range.

Sony’s new α7R III also features a new front-end LSI that effectively doubles4 the readout speed of the image sensor, as well as an updated BIONZ X™ processing-engine that boosts processing speed by approximately 1.8 times compared to the α7R II.  These powerful components work together to allow the camera to shoot at faster speeds while also enabling its impressive ISO range of 100 – 32000 (expandable to ISO 50 – 102400 for still images) and massive 15-stop9 dynamic range at low sensitivity settings.  This ensures outstanding overall performance at all settings and in all shooting conditions.

This new full-frame model was built without an optical low pass filter to maximize resolution, while also having the ability to output 14 bit RAW format even when shooting in silent or continuous mode.  The camera is equipped with an innovative 5-axis optical image stabilization system that has been fine-tuned to support its high-resolution shooting capacity, resulting in a 5.5 step5 shutter speed advantage, the world’s highest10 compensation performance for an image stabilization system.  There is also a new low-vibration shutter that reduces vibration and image blur in all modes, including the high speed 10 fps shooting, as well as several advancements in accurate color reproductions of skin tones.

High-Performance AF and AF/AE Tracking at up to 10 fps2

The innovative new α7R III full-frame mirrorless camera is equipped with a refined image processing system that allows it to shoot full 42.4MP images at up to 10 fps with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking for up to 76 JPEG / RAW images or 28 uncompressed RAW images11.  This high speed 10 fps mode is available with either a mechanical shutter or a completely silent shooting12, adding to the immense flexibility of the camera.  The camera can also shoot continuously at up to 8 fps13 in live view mode with minimal lag in the viewfinder or LCD screen.  These high speed options ensure that fast moving subjects can be captured with extreme accuracy and incredible image detail.

For added convenience, while large groups of burst images are being written to the memory card,   many of the cameras key functions are operable, including access to the ‘Fn’ (Function) and ‘Menu’ buttons, image playback and several other menus and parameters14 including image rating and other functions that facilitate on-location image sorting.

Additionally, if there is fluorescent or artificial lighting present in a shooting environment, users can activate the Anti-flicker15 function to allow the α7R III to automatically detect frequency of the lighting and time the shutter to minimize its effect on images being captured.  This minimizes any exposure or color anomalies that can sometimes occur at the top and bottom of images shot at high shutter speeds.

The upgraded focusing system of the α7R III is comprised of 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 68% of the image area in both the horizontal and vertical directions.  There is also 425 contrast AF points, an increase of 400 points compared to the α7R II.  This advanced system delivers AF acquisition in about half the time as the α7R II in low-light conditions, with tracking that is approximately 2 times more accurate as well.  The acclaimed Eye AF feature is also approximately 2 times more effective, and is available when utilizing Sony’s A-mount lenses with an adapter16.

Additional improvements in focusing flexibility include AF availability in Focus Magnifier mode, focal-plane phase-detection AF support when using A-mount lenses17, an ‘AF On’ button, a multi-selector or ‘joystick’ for moving focusing points quickly, flexible touch focus functionality and much more.

High Quality 4K for the Video Professionals

The new α7R III is exceptionally capable as a video camera, offering 4K (3840×2160 pixels) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor.  When shooting in Super 35mm format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 5K18 of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth.

A new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) 19 is available on the α7R III that supports an Instant HDR workflow, allowing HDR (HLG) compatible TV’s to playback beautiful, true-to-life 4K HDR imagery.  Further, both S-Log2 and S-Log3 are available for increased color grading flexibility.  The camera can also record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps6, allowing footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion20 video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking.

Build, Design and Customization for Professionals

Sony’s newest full-frame camera is equipped with a variety of enhanced capabilities that give it a true professional operational style.  These include dual media slots, with support in one slot for UHS-II type SD memory cards.  Users have a variety of options for storing their content, including separate JPEG / RAW recording, separate still image / movie recording, relay recording and more.  Battery life has been greatly extended as well, as the new camera utilizes Sony’s Z series battery that have approximately 2.2 times the capacity of the W series battery utilized in the α7R II.

The α7R III features an upgraded high-resolution, high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with approximately 3,686k dots for extremely accurate, true-to-life detail reproduction.  The Tru-Finder, also found in the acclaimed Sony α9 camera, utilizes a ZEISS® T* Coating to greatly reduce reflections, and has a fluorine coating on the outer lens that repels dirt.  It also has a customizable frame rate, with options of either 60 fps or 120 fps21 to best match the action.  The LCD screen has been upgraded as well, with a resolution of 1.44M dots and WhiteMagic™ technology that improves viewing in bright, outdoor conditions. “Standard” or “High” display quality settings are also available for both the viewfinder and monitor as well. “High” takes advantage of the large amount of data read from the 42.4MP sensor to provide extra fine viewfinder and monitor displays for a more natural view.  The new camera also offers a multi-selector joystick that provides a fast, efficient way to shift focus points, as well as an ‘AF ON’ button to activate autofocus when shooting stills or movies.

The new α7R III allows for convenient transfer of files to a smartphone, tablet, computer or FTP server via Wi-Fi®, while also including a sync terminal, enabling external flash units and cables to be connected directly for convenient flash sync.  A SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ Terminal is also available for increased flexibility in power supply or connected accessories, as well as a faster image transfer speed when connected to a PC.

New “Imaging Edge” Software Suite and Pixel Shift Multi Shooting Mode

New with the α7R III is a software suite called “Imaging Edge” that extends the creative capabilities of the entire shooting process – from pre-processing to post-processing.   “Imaging Edge” provides three PC applications called ‘Remote’, ‘Viewer’ and ‘Edit’, available for free download, which support live-view PC remote shooting and RAW development.

Also making its debut on the versatile α7R III is a new Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode, which takes full advantage of the advanced 5-axis optical in-body stabilization to create beautiful true-to-life, super-high resolution composite images.  In this mode, the camera precisely shifts the sensor in 1-pixel increments to capture four separate pixel-shifted images containing a total of approximately 169.6 MP22 of image data.  These four images can be composited together and processed utilizing the new “Imaging Edge” software suite.  This ultimately results in a still image with overwhelming resolution and an unprecedented level of color accuracy, and is ideal for photographing architecture, art or any other still life photography subject with many intricate details and colors.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony α7R III Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will ship this November for about $3,200 US and $4,000 CA.  It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.


Sony Expands Full-Frame Lens Lineup with New Compact, Lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Covering Wide-angle to Mid-telephoto range

New E-mount FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Delivers Serious Still and Video Performance with Compact Design

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2017 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their expanding full-frame E-mount lens lineup, the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom (model SEL24105G).

The new full-frame lens covers the commonly used 24 to 105mm focal length range, delivering outstanding G Lens™ imaging performance with the most lightweight design in its class1, maximizing its versatility and usability.  Therefore, the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS can be used for versatile shooting such as landscape, portrait, wedding and so on.  This lens also features fast, precise and quiet autofocus capabilities in both still and video shooting, making it an ideal complement for Sony’s extensive lineup of E-mount cameras.

High Optical Performance and Outstanding Resolution

Sony’s new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens delivers excellent corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entirety of its zoom range, while also producing beautifully rendered ‘bokeh’ or background defocus at all focal lengths.

This high image quality is made possible thanks to its advanced optical design featuring four aspherical lens elements, two of which are high precision AA (advanced aspherical) lenses.  There are also three strategically located ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that work in combination with the aforementioned aspherical lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration and ensure the ultimate resolution is captured.

The lens also has Sony’s original Nano AR coating to minimize flare and ghosting, and utilizes a circular aperture to ensure it delivers high quality bokeh that is consistent for all Sony’s G series.

Compact, Lightweight Design and Shooting Flexibility

The new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens weighs in at approximately 663 grams (23.4 oz), making it the lightest lens in its class1.  When combined with one of Sony’s compact E-mount bodies, it gives photographers and videographers a far more mobile, manageable camera system that greatly increases their shooting flexibility.

In addition to the compact design and versatile 24-105mm focal length, the new lens has a minimum focus distance of 1.25ft, allowing for impressive close up detail.  It also includes built-in optical image stabilization to make it easier to produce sharp, blur-free images when shooting handheld.

Highly Advanced and Accurate AutoFocus

In order to keep up with fast-moving subjects, the new standard zoom lens features a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) system that is capable of rapid positioning of the lens’ focus groups with high accuracy and very minimal noise.  This advanced system combined with a constant F4 aperture at all focal lengths makes the SEL24105G an excellent choice for both still and video shooting.

Further adding to its versatility, the new standard zoom lens also features a customizable focus hold button, a dust and moisture resistant design2 and a fluorine coating on the front element to help minimize dust, water, oil and other contaminants.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Lens will ship this November for about $1,300 US and $1,700 CA.


Sony Announces Development of New G Master™ 400mm F2.8 Super-Telephoto Full-Frame E-mount Lens

Launching in Summer 2018

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2017 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced the development of the long-awaited FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Super-Telephoto lens, with a target launch date in Summer 2018.

The new lens will feature the incredible high-resolution and spectacularly beautiful bokeh of Sony’s acclaimed line of flagship G Master™ series lenses, while also offering a far-reaching 400mm focal length and F2.8 large aperture.  This combination will deliver a new elevated shooting experience for all professional sports, news and wildlife photographers  looking to capture all of the decisive moments with higher image quality.

Sony will continue to evolve their lens lineup in order to meet the demands of all types of photographers, videographers and multi-media creators, with many different offerings to maximize the power of the innovative α™ camera lineup.

Additional details and specifications on the new FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Super-Telephoto Lens will be released at a later date.


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How to increase your chances of snagging an iPhone X on preorder day

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5 reasons Amazon should build HQ2 in Puerto Rico

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This tiny tracking gadget works anywhere thanks to 4G LTE

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