Author: Mr White

Just Announced: Canon G3X

A development announcement for this camera was given back in March, and today Canon unveiled the camera’s full specifications, pricing ($999) and shipping date (mid-July).  Essentially this is a very similar camera to the G7X, but with a 24-600mm f/2.8-5.6 zoom lens on it, and some minor handling and build changes, notably the addition of weather sealing. In fact, Canon say that the weather sealing is equivalent to that of an EOS 70D, which makes it their toughest point and shoot camera today. Specifications One-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor 24-600mm equivalent, f/2.8-5.6 25x...

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Patent: A Canon 10mm f/2.8 Rectilinear Full Frame Lens

Canon has filed a patent for the word’s widest rectilinear (non fisheye) lens, a 10mm f/2.8.  A couple of years ago, this would have sounded crazy, but with the recent introduction of the 11-24mm f/4 L, it’s now quite plausible, if not inevitable. Translation: Explanation and self-interpretation of the patent literature Patent Publication No. 2015-102620 Published 2015.6.4 Filing date 2013.11.22 Example 3 Focal length f = 10.30mm Fno. 2.88 Half angle of view ω = 64.54 ° Image height 21.64mm Lens length 124.58mm BF 38.00mm Effective front lens system 59.00mm Lens configuration 11 group 16 sheets Aspherical four sides...

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Hasselblad Continues to Devalue their Brand: Meet the Lusso

It’s fair to say that Hasselblad’s re-branded Sony cameras have been the laughing stock of the photography industry in the last few years.  With the change in CEO last year, I figured, as many did, that we would see the end of this ridiculous project.  Sadly not…meet the Lusso, a rebadged Sony A7R. Hasselblad has an incredible heritage, and worked hard to establish themselves as a premium brand.  Every time they launch one of these cameras, EVERY photo website on the planet pokes fun at it. Who is making these marketing decisions?? I mean seriously?  It’s embarrassing, Hasselblad. It’s...

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Sigma Announces Price and Availability of the dp0 Quattro Camera

The latest camera in the Quattro lineup will ship in July for $999 and comes with a fixed 14mm f/4 lens which is a 21mm equivalent. Purchase links B&H Photo Sigma Corporation of America Announces Pricing and Availability of dp0 Quattro Camera Fourth camera in the Quattro series to be available in late July RONKONKOMA, N.Y.—Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, announced the pricing and availability of the fourth compact camera in the Quattro series, the Sigma dp0 Quattro. The...

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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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