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Olympus recasts the OM-D E-M10 Mark III in effort to reach smartphone photographers

Create: 09/09/2017 - 09:18
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

It's a fact that occasional photographers have abandoned point and shoot cameras in favor of their smartphones.

In response, camera makers are trying to figure out how to appeal to those in the group who might want to step up to something that offers better flexibility and expandability.

That brings us to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, the company's latest mirrorless digital camera.

Canon adds f/1.4 85mm portrait lens, three tilt-shift macro lenses, close-up lighting rig

Create: 09/04/2017 - 11:03
Canon lenses, macro light setup

In its current lineup, Canon has two portrait lenses. One is f/1.8 and the other is f/1.2. The just-announced Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM is one of four lenses Canon has announced, as well as a macro-light setup.

The 85mm lens sits between its two current offerings for those who want the half-stop difference.

It uses 14 elements in 10 groups and includes a glass-molded aspherical element. The aperture is formed by nine blades, and Canon promises smooth bokeh.

Canon hopes smartphone shooters take notice of EOS M100

Create: 08/29/2017 - 18:38
Canon EOS M100

Make no bones about it: Canon wants smartphone photographers.

Canon mentions that group several times in its press release announcing the Canon EOS M100 mirrorless camera.

“The new Canon EOS M100 can be the ideal camera for those eager to step up their images and share their creative vision without sacrificing image quality or on-the-go performance,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon USA’s president and COO.

Ricoh has a special kit for those considering the Pentax K-1

Create: 08/28/2017 - 21:47
Pentax K-1 Limited Silver

Ricoh is now offering potential buyers of its full-frame Pentax K-1 camera a second option when it comes to body color. The Pentax K-1 Limited Silver is otherwise the identical to the black-bodied K-1.

Pentax says this camera will visually match up with silver FA Limited lenses.

This is the first and only silver-bodied full-frame SLR. Silver bodies began to fall out of favor in the 1980s, and there haven't been any silver full-frame SLRs in the digital era.

Nikon improves the full-frame experience with the D850

Create: 08/27/2017 - 14:21
Nikon D850

Nikon's newest full-frame digital SLR brings increased resolution and 4K video.

The Nikon D850 uses a full-frame 45.7-MP DX CMOS back-side illuminated sensor, its first DSLR to incorporate BSI technology. This model replaces the D810 in Nikon's lineup.

The sensor has an ISO range of 64-25,600, which can be extended lower to 32 and upward to 102,400. Nikon has removed the low-pass filter in front of the sensor, which should provide for sharper photos.

Nikon says it is developing the full-frame D850

Create: 07/25/2017 - 13:16
Nikon D850 preview

Nikon announced it is developing its next FX full-frame digital SLR, the Nikon D850.

Nikon released no technical details about the camera but says it is being developed based on user feedback and will have “new technologies, features and performance enhancements.”

The D850 succeeds the D810, which was released in July 2014.

Leica TL2 boasts new 24-MP sensor, 4K video, electronic shutter

Create: 07/14/2017 - 21:38
Leica TL2

The new Leica TL2 camera is more than a simple upgrade over the TL and the T.

Leica has improved its mirrorless camera in several key areas that should broaden its appeal and allow it to compete with similar offerings from rival companies.

The TL2 uses an all-new 24-MP APS-C CMOS sensor, which is tied to the new Maestro II image processor. The sensor’s ISO range is 100-50,000.

Leica to skip PhotoPlus Expo 2017, will hold events at SoHo Leica Store

Create: 07/02/2017 - 20:37
Leica booth at PhotoPlus Expo.

Leica has announced that it won’t participate in PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in New York City.

Instead, Leica will hold four days of special events during PhotoPlus Expo at its Leica Store in SoHo. The planned events include Leica Akademie workshops, and Leica said it might hold events at other locations in New York City. Leica also will have all of its products available.

Canon serves up two DSLRs for different amateur photographers

Create: 07/01/2017 - 09:56
Canon EOS 6D Mark II and EOS Rebel SL2

Canon’s two news digital SLRs serve opposite points in the amateur market.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a full-frame camera, while the EOS Rebel SL2 is an entry level camera. Both bodies succeed similarly named cameras in Canon’s lineup.

Both camera have WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth built-in to make connectivity with a computer or smart device easier and can shoot Full HD 60p video.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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