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Pentax makes subtle changes to create full-frame K-1 II

Create: 10/29/2018 - 21:50
Pentax K-1 II

Pentax is one of the beloved names of photography, first capturing a generation with the Spotmatic and then introducing 35mm film via the K1000.

In the digital space, the Pentax name hasn’t been at the top of the leaderboard. Even with the Pentax brand now being part of Ricoh.

But that doesn’t mean Pentax doesn’t have a viable digital camera. In 2016, Pentax released its first full-frame DSLR, the K-1. This year, the camera has undergone an update.

A closer look at the Zeiss ZX1

Create: 10/28/2018 - 12:30
Zeiss ZX1

One of the more interesting announcements this fall is the Zeiss ZX1 – a fixed-lens camera.

Historically, Zeiss has been a manufacturer of camera lenses but not a manufacturer of cameras. From 1929 through the early 1970s, one of its units, Zeiss Ikon, made cameras, but Zeiss itself has not been involved in camera manufacture.

Even the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder that was produced in the late 2000s was manufactured by its partner, Cosina of Japan.

Canon finally produces a serious mirrorless camera, the EOS R

Create: 10/26/2018 - 19:14
Canon EOS R system

After testing the waters these past few years with varying degrees of commitment to the mirrorless segment, Canon apparently has decided to get serious.

The Canon EOS R represents a concerted effort by the camera maker to provide photographers with a high-end camera.

The EOS R is a full-frame camera that arrives with yet another camera mount for Canon – the RF. Note that Canon was careful to not confuse its current users by making the name a variation of “EF.”

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS has far reach with 65X zoom, 4K video

Create: 10/18/2018 - 16:58
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

Coinciding with the release of the PowerShot SX740 HS, Canon also announced its latest so-called bridge camera, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS.

Like the SX740 HS, this camera adds just enough new features to keep the product fresh. New to this camera is the ability to record 4K video.

Sony makes vast improvements in creating the A7R III

Create: 02/18/2018 - 11:51
Sony A7R III

Rather than making huge strides in its technology, the Sony A7R III improves on what already is a very popular full-frame mirrorless digital camera.

And there is much to mention with this camera.

Like its predecessor, the A7R III uses a backside-illuminated 42.4-MP Exmor sensor with an ISO range of 100-32,000, which is expandable to 50-102,400. The sensor has no low-pass filter, which should yield sharper images out of the camera.

The Fujifilm Finepix XP130 should handle whatever weather you can throw at it or throw it into

Create: 01/26/2018 - 19:27
Fujifilm Finepix XP130

If the Fujifilm Finepix XP130 seems familiar, it’s because we’ve seen this camera before when it was known as the Fujifilm Finepix XP120.

Feature for feature, the small point and shoot Finepix XP130 is nearly identical to the Finepix XP120, with a few new items on its list. Among them is Bluetooth connectivity, which allows the Finepix XP130 to share images with your phone or smart device.

Sony improves focusing with most recent RX10 IV bridge camera

Create: 01/14/2018 - 18:02
Sony RX 10 IV

Even as Sony continues its work on its E-mount mirrorless cameras, it continues to develop its RX10 bridge camera.

The latest version, the RX10 IV, continues to use a 1.0-inch 20.1-MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a sensitivity of ISO 100-12,800, which can be extended to 25,600.

Fujifilm adds a wide-angle lens to its digitial GFX medium format lineup

Create: 10/15/2017 - 17:54
Fujinon f/2.8 GF45mm R WR

Fujifilm has added a sixth lens for its digital GFX medium format system. The Fujinon f/2.8 GF45mm R WR, which provides for a 36mm field of view when thought of in terms of full-frame 35mm, weighs about 17 ounces (490 grams).

Fujifilm says the GF45mm is a good choice for street photography and documentary work.

The lens has 11 elements in eight groups and includes one aspherical element and two extra-low dispersion (ED) lenses. There are nine aperture blades.

Zeiss gives its Milvus 35mm lens a dose of extra speed

Create: 06/24/2017 - 20:08
Zeiss Milvus f/1.4 35mm

Even as many lens makers are shifting their efforts to more exotic lenses, along comes Zeiss with a 35mm lens.

In this day, a 35mm wide-angle lens is often met with a collective ho-hum. Does photography need another 35mm lens? Does Zeiss need another 35mm lens when it already has a Milvus f/2.0 in that focal length?

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