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New Nikon 500mm and 600mm Lenses Coming Soon

Nikon are expected to launch revamped versions of their high end 500mm and 600mm super telephoto lenses, within the next couple of months.  The lenses will no doubt follow the same lines as the 400mm f/2.8 update from last year, with decreased weight and a Fluoride coating, and possibly a switch in lens collar placement for the 600mm version. Current versions of the 500 and 600 sell for $8295 and $9699 respectively, and have been around since 2007. I would expect the new versions to increase in price, as the last 400mm update did (to a whopping $12,000). The current versions...

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Just Announced: Sony RX10 II

The Sony RX10 has been updated today, and includes all the good bits from the update to the RX100 that we also saw, including a new stacked sensor design and 4k video shooting.  This camera’s key feature has always been the 14-200 f/2.8 zoom, which remains unchanged in this second iteration of the camera.  I’ve always felt this camera was a compelling camera for the multimedia journalist because it spans the gap between photo and video so well.  In fact at only $1300, it’s making the Canon XC-10 look kind of pointless, no?  They share the same sensor size,...

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Just Announced: Sony A7R II

Sony have just announced the new A7R II, and it’s looking to be a pretty giant leap forwards from the already incredibly popular A7R.  The A7R II fetaures a 42MP full frame sensor that introduces a whole new design, back-illumination. BSI sensors have been rumored from Sony (and Canon in fact) for some time, and they promise to provide improved color rendition and low-light performance which will be important when there’s so many megapixels crammed onto the sensor. The other headline feature of the A7R II, is 4K video recording, internally, using the XAVC S7 codec.  Previous A-Series camera’s...

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Just Announced: Sony RX100 IV

Today, Sony unveiled a new version of their popular “professional” point and shoot camera, the RX100 IV.  On the outside, there looks to be little different between this one, and last year’s RC100 III, but internally there have been some decent improvements that include a new stacked sensor and 4k video recording with the XAVC S codec.  On top of that, the RX100 IV also features up to 40X slow motion shooting, which is an incredible 960fps.  I’m sure this is at a highly reduced resolution, but even so, it demonstrates pretty incredible processing power from the camera’s new internals....

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Just Announced: Leica Q (Type 116)

Leica have today unveiled the new Leica Q (Type 116) that has been heavily rumored, and also previously leaked.  As expected, the Q features a 24MP full-frame sensor and a fixed 28mm f/1.7 Summilux lens.  By all first accounts appearing on the major review sites, this is a pretty stunning camera. First reviews are revealing image quality that matches, if not surpasses, that of the M 240, particularly in high ISO shooting.  This is a new sensor design for the Leica Q, NOT the same as the M (Type 240). The Leica Q features full autofocus, although the lens...

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Zeiss Touit Lenses – A Failed Experiment, Or Sensible Decision?

According to the SonyAlphaRumors site, there will not be any new lenses added to the Zeiss Touit lineup this year, and possibly not even next year.  It seems that they did not sell well, and Zeiss will now continue development on the new Batis lineup of full frame lenses instead.  Discounts on the Touit lineup have been available for some time, so it’s not a huge surprise, and reviews weren’t exactly stellar in the first place. There’s always been two problems with the Touit lineup. 1. The Fuji X-Mount versions are competing against an already excellent set of Fujifilm...

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Are Fuji Working On A New Medium Format Camera?

An interesting rumor has surface again, that suggests Fuji might be working on a new digital medium format camera. Fuji has a long history in the medium format world, with cameras like the incredible GF670, so it would make some sense that they might try to revisit this now that sensor production costs have come down so much. Last year we saw the first medium format CMOS sensor from Sony, and that was used by Pentax, Leaf and Phase One in the digital MF backs. Could we soon be seeing the first medium format X-Trans sensor? When asked about...

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Sony A99 Replacement In September – Features 4K Video

Sony Alpha Rumors is reporting that the A99 II was originally slated for a release alongside the A7 II last year. In the end, Sony held it back to advance some of the features. I’m curious how many A99 shooters are still out there looking for this camera? – The A99 II to be announced in mid-September – Internal 4K recording – New sensor – New 24-105mm f/4.0 and new Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 SSM. –  Potential new 135mm f/1.8 SSM alongside the  A99II Your browser does not support iFrame.   Via:...

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First Image Of Ricoh GR II Leaked

Here is the first leaked image of the soon-to-be-announced Ricoh GR II. At the moment, I’m a bit baffled by this camera.  It looks the same as the old GR, it has the same 16MP APS-C sensor and the same 18.3mm f/2.8 lens. What is the point Ricoh?  Can anyone explain?  Some people are claiming there is a new hot shoe! But if that is a leading feature of this camera then they are quite mad! Your browser does not support iFrame.   Via:...

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Canon 5DS And 5DS R Begin To Ship To Reviewers

The hotly anticipated Canon 5DS and 5DS R is now shipping to the first lucky reviewers, with customer sales slated for a June 14th start date. Photography Blog has posted the first set of production model image samples. Your browser does not support...

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