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Pentax adds high-performance f/1.4 50mm lens to its premium Star series

Create: 11/01/2018 - 17:11
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW

Every major digital system has a premium normal lens, and now Pentax is among them with its HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW.

The lens is part of the Pentax Star line and is dustproof and weather-resistant. The lens is priced at US$1,199.95.

It uses the KA4 mount, which means that it lacks an aperture ring. That limits its use to Pentax cameras that can provide electromagnetic aperture control.

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.

Nikon ready to take on mirrorless market with Z6, Z7 cameras

Create: 10/27/2018 - 18:47
Nikon Z6 and Z7

As one of the big camera makers, Nikon has been absent from the mirrorless market for serious photographers.

The Nikon 1 line of cameras appealed to novice photographers with some of the later models introducing a few features to broaden its appeal, but the one-inch sensor was clearly a limiting factor in broadening its appeal among enthusiasts.

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.

Canon improves its two L-series 70-200mm zooms

Create: 10/17/2018 - 22:42
Canon EF 70-200 f/4.0 II and 70-200 f/2.8 III

When it comes to lenses, Canon’s L series are always held in high regard. Just look at the sidelines at any sporting event, and you’ll see lots of the off-white lens barrels.

For those who need an excellent all-purpose telephoto zoom, Canon has updated two of its most popular lenses.

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM should satisfy those looking for a high-quality optic.

Fujifilm hopes to find foothold in the pro market with the X-H1 camera

Create: 03/25/2018 - 07:50
Fujifilm X-H1

Fujifilm has enjoyed widespread popularity and loyalty with its excellent mirrorless X-series cameras and lenses, but there is one market that the company hasn’t cracked in significant numbers: professional photographers.

That could change with the release of the Fujifilm X-H1.

Nearly everything about this camera is intended to appeal to the working photographer, from being weather resistant to a body that is touted as being able to take some knocks.

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.

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