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Two new film cameras under development represent modern, traditional approaches

Create: 11/12/2017 - 22:37
Reflex and Elbaflex

With most in the digital photography declaring film dead, maybe there is some life left in celluloid.

Two Kickstarter campaigns take a different approach to 35mm film photography, but both have the ultimate goal of renewing interest in the format.

The two cameras are the Reflex and the Ihagee Elbaflex, and both are manual-focus 35mm single-lens reflex cameras.

Fujifilm downsizes X-E3 while adding improved sensor, 4K video

Create: 10/18/2017 - 21:17
Fujifilm X-E3

Fujifilm has freshened its X-series lineup with the X-E3, which replaces the X-E2.

While not an entry-level model, Fujifilm is touting the camera’s features that would appeal to amateur photographers and content producers.

The X-E3 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor while increasing the pixel count of its APS-C sensor and adding the ability to record 4K video. There are other changes, as well, that seek to make the camera easier to use.

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.

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.

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