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Fujifilm releases details of upcoming GFX digital medium format camera, lenses

Create: 09/23/2016 - 20:29
Fujifilm medium format cameras

Bulding on the popularity of Fujifilm’s X series of mirrorless digital cameras, there is now a new system on the horizon from the photography company.

Fujifilm said that because of demand from professional photographers, it has begun development on a medium format Fujifilm GFX mirrorless system with a line of GF lenses.

Fujifilm has named the camera the “GFX 50S.”

Sigma announces 12-24mm and 85mm Art lenses and a Sports 500mm telephoto

Create: 09/23/2016 - 19:33
Sigma 12-24mm, 85mm and 500mm lenses

Sigma has unveiled a trio of lenses that could find appeal among three very different groups of photographers.

The three lenses – 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm f/4.0 DG HSM Art and 500mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Sport – are part of Sigma’s Global Vision series.

The lenses are available in three mounts – Canon EOS, Nikon F and Sigma – and can be adapted to the Sony E-mount via Sigma’s own MC-11 converter.

High-speed prime lens among three new Olympus optics for Micro Four Thirds

Create: 09/22/2016 - 06:12
Olympus 12-100mm, 25mm and 30mm

Photokina was a busy event for Olympus. In addition to two new bodies for two different target markets: OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the Pen E-PL8, the company also announced three new lenses in the Micro Four Thirds mount.

Two of the three are M.Zuiko Pro lenses while the third is a macro.

  • M.ZUIKO ED f/1.2 25mm Pro
  • M.ZUIKO ED f/4.0 12-100mm IS Pro
  • M.ZUIKO ED f/3.5 30mm Macro

M.Zuiko ED 25mm f1.2 PRO, US$1,199.99

Olympus hopes Pen E-PL8 is attractive to a different group of photographers

Create: 09/21/2016 - 17:14
Olympus Pen E-PL8

Olympus has built a strong niche with its Pen cameras.

The latest model, the Olympus Pen E-PL8, shifts its attention to style rather than bringing any groundbreaking features.

It doesn’t mean that it’s a bad camera. Far from it. It has plenty to attract any photographer:

Olympus touts speed with OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Create: 09/19/2016 - 22:52
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II should be one fast shooter.

The new model has slightly higher resolution: 20.4-MP Live MOS sensor, compared with 16.3-MP for the previous model. The ISO range is 200-25,600.

However, it should be able to record images quicker, thanks to the TruePic VIII quad-core processor.

Sony gives its full-frame A99 a makeover with new sensor, smaller body

Create: 09/19/2016 - 21:52
Sony A99 II

Sony’s E-mount cameras seem to have gotten most of the attention this year, with its A-mount family standing on the sidelines.

Unknown to most, Sony was working behind the scenes and has announced the full-frame A99 II.

Priced at US$3,199, the A99 II ups the resolution with a 42.4-MP backside-illuminated full-frame CMOS sensor – a big increase in resolution from the 24.3-MP CMOS sensor of the original model. The A99 II omits the low-pass filter.

FíRIN f/2.0 20mm is Tokina's first lens for Sony E-mount

Create: 09/16/2016 - 22:07
Tokina FiRIN f/2.0 20mm lens

Tokina is entering the mirrorless market with a new line of lenses that bears an unusual name.

Its first product is a high-speed superwide-angle FíRIN f/2.0 20mm FE MF lens. While it’s intended for the full-frame Sony A7 cameras, it also can be used with Sony E-mount bodies that have an APS-C sensor, when it becomes a 30mm full-frame equivalent.

Tokina says FíRIN is derived from the Irish word “Fírrine,” which means truth.

Leica goes instant with SOFORT

Create: 09/15/2016 - 21:10
Leica SOFORT

Leica is making its first entry into the instant picture market with a camera that it is calling SOFORT.

The boxy camera uses Fujifilm Instax 800 Mini film.

Those looking for the Live View experience will need to readjust their approach, because there is no LCD viewfinder. There is a small optical viewfinder, as well as a narrow monochrome LCD display to control the camera's various functions and modes.

Zeiss adds 85mm portrait lens to Loxia line

Create: 09/15/2016 - 20:05
Zeiss Loxia f/2.4 85mm

What's been missing from Zeiss’ Loxia line of manual-focus lenses for the Sony E-mount is a portrait lens.

It's missing no more, as Zeiss has filled that vacancy with a f/2.4 85mm lens.

While the lens is intended for the Sony full-frame A7 cameras, it also can be used on models with an APS-C sensor, where it becomes a 127.5mm full-frame equivalent.

Canon fits 70-300mm zoom with stepping motor, LCD panel

Create: 09/15/2016 - 17:01
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM

Canon has udpated its EF 70-300mm telephoto zoom, adding a couple of noteworthy features.

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens is driven by the company’s NANO USM technology for “high-speed and near-silent focusing,” which will be welcomed by those who shoot video.

NANO USM combines ring USM (ultrasonic motors) for high-speed autofocus and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for very quiet autofocus for video recording.

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