A new Tokina 11-16mm lens, two new possible Leica cameras, Nikon and Canon’s new mid-sized DSLRs…!? From the already-announced to the soon-to-be released, we have this week’s updates on gear news. Check out the full post for the goods.
ApertureAcademy has an interesting article by Stephen Oachs about a recent sighting of someone who apparently works for Canon. He seemed to be testing a new 5D (or perhaps 7D) series camera. At some point, he also had pulled out a 600mm lens along with a new 200-400mm lens with — get this — a built-in teleconverter! Brilliant! See the full post for all the juicy details and photos.
As much as we’ve all been hoping there must be some way for Kodak to save itself, today marks the beginning of…a new beginning. Credited for bringing photography to the masses and creating the industry’s leading film technology, we’re sad for Kodak’s continuing struggle. At least, however, there is hope: Kodak does expect to be completed with restructuring in 2013. Read the press release in the full post.
The new, much-awaited, and potentially game-changing cinema camera from Canon, the EOS-C300, is now available for pre-order at B&H in either the Canon EF mount or the PL mount. Additionally, in the full post, check out a great BTS video with Vincent Laforet on his new short, Mobius, shot on the C300.
Between Nikon’s D4 announcement at the end of last week and this week at CES, it’s been (and will continue to be) an exciting time of imaging innovation. In this post, we’ll re-cap some of the top innovations that have been introduced recently and what these new features mean for you — in the real world.
The new PowerShot G1 X launched today. It as a 14-megapixel larger-than micro four-thirds sensor, allowing for increased light sensitivity and depth of field. One crazy new feature: this camera can store facial recognition for individuals with names and birth dates, allowing auto-focus priority to the youngest in the group! See the full post for the full press release.
As expected, today, Fuji released their much-awaited X-Pro 1 mirrorless camera, featuring a revolutionary, new organic sensor that supposedly rivals 35mm image quality and even color fidelity. We’ll wait to see what reviews say, but if true, this technology could give Nikon and Canon a run for their money. Check out the full post for all the specs.
Most are aware, by now, that 2011 has been dubbed ‘the year of the protest.’ However, in our corner, it’s also the year of the mirrorless camera. As small-sensor image quality is improving and electronics are shrinking, manufacturers are taking advantage of being able to fit slightly larger-than-before sensors into the same pocket-sized cameras. Interchangeable lenses give even more flexibility, and, in the mirrorless format, give consumers a greatly portable system at a relatively low cost. Fuji’s new X-Pro 1 mirrorless camera (with a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that’s supposed to rival the quality of full-frame 35mm sensors) is expected to be announced early this coming week, but the new lenses that will be available for the system have already leaked early on Amazon. If you’re thinking of getting the system, you may want to consider ringing in the new year’s first mirrorless camera by building your lens set in advance.
On the heels of Sony’s XQD announcement comes Lexar’s first 1000x compact flash (CF) cards. Available in February in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB sizes, these cards now promise speeds of up to 150MB/s, even faster than the Sony XQD’s 125MB/s. Prices are slightly higher, too, but it seems as though the premium paid for top-of-the-line, professional, solid-state storage is dwindling, making it more affordable, finally. Lexar’s cards, in theory, should also support the Nikon D4′s massive 100-frame burst possibility (200 frames in JPG).
Additionally, Lexar has released the world’s first 256GB CF card, running at 400x (or 60MB/s). These will be available sometime in the first half of this year.
Full press releases and prices in the full post.
Last night the Nikon D4 went on sale at Amazon for about an hour before it sold out. The only other store that we know of that is currently taking pre-orders is Adorama. Head over to their site and put down just $250 to reserve your camera today.
Card of the future or just another format we need to buy? Time will tell. Sony, tonight, alongside the Nikon D4 announcement, announced their plans for a new memory card based on the new XQD format that the D4 supports. The XQD format is based on a smaller form factor and Sony’s boasts write and read speeds up to 1Gbps(125MB/s) with future theoretical speeds reaching up to 5gbps. While this might help ultra-high resolution video professionals, it could also help still photographers capture up to an unprecedented 100 images in burst modes with cameras such as the Nikon D4. And for starters, prices seem ‘under control’ at 16GB for $129.99 and 32GB for $229.99. Tell us what you think in the comments section.
Read the press release in the full post:
We’ve all seen leaks after leaks about Nikon’s newest flagship DSLR. Some of us have been saving forever. Some of us are still saving. Some of us just want the price of the D3S to drop, and then some don’t care much because they shoot Canon. Well, whichever we might all be (I’ll have mine on order soon), the time has come.
Just around 11PM EST, Nikon finally released it — the Nikon D4. Replacing the D3s, the D4 boasts 16MP stills, full HD video, and excellent low-light capabilities. It even supports the new XQD card format! There’s a bunch of awesome stuff about this new body, and all in all, it should prove a strong competitor against Canon’s recently announced EOS-1D X.
For all the info on what we learned tonight, including price, photos, and a comparison table, check out the Full Post and check out the hands on review below!
Update (January 6): The new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter featuring wireless 802.11a/b/g/n for the D4 and the new Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S were both released yesterday alongside the D4. Personally, I’m a huge fan of what I call Nikon’s ’1.8 line,’ as they offer a great product at a great value. If you don’t quite have the cash for three $1500+ pro lenses, you can get three of the ’1.8 line’ for a fraction of the price and have a great set of primes. And Nikon’s 85mm 1.8G is a welcomed addition. Pre-order links for the 85mm 1.8G and links for the rest of the ’1.8 line’ to suit your focal length needs below.
Update 2 (January 7): Unfortunately, the Nikon D4 does have less battery life than the D3s with its new EN-EL18 battery, lasting only 2,600 shots instead of the previous 4,200. Additionally, it’s another $60 over the other battery, and the dual battery charger is another $150 over that of the D3s. The D4 is certainly a pricey upgrade, but if necessary, you may still want to get some backup batteries or chargers, now available on Adorama: EN-EL18 Battery; MH-26 Battery Charger for EN-EL18.