Author: Mr White

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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First Leaked Photos Of The Leica Q (Type 116)

We finally have the first images of Leica’s upcoming full frame fixed lens camera, and boy is it a stunner!  Featuring the same 24MP full frame sensor from the Leica M-P, and a 28mm f/1.7 Summilux fixed lens, this camera won’t come cheap. The Leica Q Type 116 will be announced on June 11th! For these photos, we can thank the Facebook page of a Leica dealer from Hong Kong, called NPC Photo… although they might be an ex Leica dealer after this monumental faux pas. Specifications should be as follows… Lens: Summilux 1: 1.7 / 28mm ASPH 24MP CMOS full...

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The Fuji X-Pro 2 Will Be Weather Sealed!

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what Fuji’s next major camera release is going to be.  With crowds of professional photographers flocking to the XT-1, the X-Pro lineup has been left out in the cold now for a few years.  The X-Pro 2 is a highly anticipated camera and with the success of the X-T1, it has a lot to live up to.  Fuji Rumors is reporting that a trusted source has told them the X-Pro 2 will feature weather sealing.  I should hope so!  This is supposed to be their top of the line camera… I...

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Phase One Launches New XF Camera, IQ3 Digital Backs + New Lenses

It was a busy day for Danish camera manufacturer, Phase One.  Some details about this launch were leaked a few days ago, but today the new XF platform was officially unveiled, alongside three new IQ3 digital backs and a couple of new Schneider lenses. The XF camera looks to be a rather incredible piece of technology that screams “Medium Format is not dead!”.  It is modular in design, and features innovative technology like built in sensor thermometer, seismograph for measuring shutter vibration and a Profoto wireless trigger. On the digital back side of things, the IQ3 backs are a...

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New Phase One XF Camera & IQ3 Digital Backs Coming

The long-awaited update to the Phase One medium format camera system looks set to take place this coming week with an all new XF modular camera system. The new XF platform has a waist level viewfinder which is a first for digital medium formate cameras, and it appears to be a simple modular option that can be removed and switched for a more traditional viewfinder. Alongside the XF camera, there will be a new 80MP CMOS back called the IQ3 series.  It’s not clear yet whether this will be a “cropped” medium format frame like the previous IQ2 CMOS...

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