Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master Lens Announced – First Look and Sample Footage

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master Lens Announced – First Look and Sample Footage
Jul 092020
 

Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master zoom lens has just been announced. It offers an ultra-wide focal length with constant aperture while covering full-frame sensors. Weighing 847 grams (29.88 oz), the lens features minimum focusing distance of 28cm (11″), 9-blade aperture, and rear filter holder system for sheet-type NDs. The lens is available for around €3,300. Take a look at our short video with test footage.

Read More:

cinema5D

~

A Review of the Leica S3, the New, Medium Format, $19,000 Camera

 Gear  Comments Off on A Review of the Leica S3, the New, Medium Format, $19,000 Camera
Jul 092020
 

If you need a rugged workhorse to take with you on your next trip to the mountains of Patagonia, you may want to consider the new Leica S3, a beast of a camera that, on reflection, is nowhere near as expensive as you might expect.

Photographer David Farkas from RedDotForum runs you through the new features of the S3 and explains how Leica has included some significant upgrades over its predecessor, the S-Typ 007 that was released back in 2014. For anyone confused, this is the fourth (or fifth?) iteration of Leica’s medium format SLR, which began with the S1 but more accurately with the S2, succeeded by the Typ 006 and then the Typ 007. Now, we’re back to the original naming convention with the arrival of the S3. Confused much? Me too.

Read More:

fstoppers

~

Nikon to Release Updated Z6s and Z7s Full-Frame Cameras This Year: Report JUL 06, 2020

 Gear  Comments Off on Nikon to Release Updated Z6s and Z7s Full-Frame Cameras This Year: Report JUL 06, 2020
Jul 092020
 

Breaking news from the Nikon camp. According to a report published moments ago by Nikon Rumors, the camera company is planning to release the Nikon Z6s and Nikon Z7s later this year, adding several important new features and replacing the current Nikon Z6 and Z7.

NR doesn’t mention a source for this information, but according to the rumor site the Z6s and Z7s will be incremental upgrades to the almost two-year-old Nikon Z6 and Z7 that seem to “fix” many of the complaints that photographers have about the current full-frame mirrorless lineup.

According to Nikon Rumors these cameras will use the same sensor as the current models; however, they’ll feature several improvements, including:

  • Dual EXPEED processors
  • A new Nikon EN-EL15c battery (the current models use the EN-EL15b)
  • The ability to be powered over USB (possibly thanks to the new battery)
  • Dual memory card slots (no word on whether the second slot will be SD or CFExpress)
  • 4K/60p video
  • The ability to use a proper vertical grip with buttons/controls

Read More:

petapixel

~

Hands-On First Impression of the Fujinon GF 30mm f/3.5

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on Hands-On First Impression of the Fujinon GF 30mm f/3.5
Jul 022020
 

Fujifilm’s newest lens for the G mount is coming soon and it offers a mid-range prime between its two current options.

The go-to wider primes for Fuji’s G mount are the Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR and the Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR. This left a reasonably sized gap between the two which could be filled by the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR, but that would be giving up a prime for a zoom. If you’re like me and you gravitate towards primes wherever possible, that wouldn’t be an option.

Read More:

fstoppers

~

Nikon Rumored to Announce a Brand New Full Frame Mirrorless Camera and Three Z-Mount Lenses

 Gear  Comments Off on Nikon Rumored to Announce a Brand New Full Frame Mirrorless Camera and Three Z-Mount Lenses
Jul 022020
 
Nikon Rumored to Announce a Brand New Full Frame Mirrorless Camera and Three Z-Mount Lenses

It’s being reported that Nikon is close to launching an entry-level, full frame mirrorless camera and three new lenses, with the announcement due to come within the next three weeks.

The rumor mills have been discussing the arrival of the mooted Z 5, an affordable full frame mirrorless camera that would rival the Canon EOS RP. Speculation has wavered over whether this camera would include an EVF, perhaps only featuring a rear LCD with the option of a bolt-on EVF that could be added via the hotshot.

The chatter now seems to have decided that Nikon has not taken this route, choosing to ditch only the top-panel LCD, and borrowing the EVF from the existing Z 6. Other guesses include a 24 megapixels sensor, dual card slots, IBIS, a 1.7x crop in 4K, and stills at 6 frames per second.

Perhaps of greater interest to existing Z 6 and Z 7 owners are the three new lenses that may be announced at the same time. The three lenses are:

  • Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3
  • Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S
  • Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S

Read More:

fstoppers

~

Hands On with the Sigma 100-400mm DG DN: A Budget Superzoom For Sony

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on Hands On with the Sigma 100-400mm DG DN: A Budget Superzoom For Sony
Jul 022020
 

Wildlife photographers who shoot with Sony have been limited when it comes to lens choice. The Sony 100-400mm GM was released in early 2017, but the price ($2,500) was out of reach for many. Last year, Sony released the 200-600mm G, which was a bit more budget friendly ($2,000) but is a pretty large lens to carry around on wildlife hikes.

Fortunately, Sigma recently announced their new 100-400mm Contemporary lens for Sony E-Mount and Leica/Panasonic/Sigma L-Mount. We had the chance to test out an E-Mount 100-400 for a few days – read on to see what we thought.

Read More:

petapixel

~

FUJIFILM X-A7 and X-T200 – Firmware Update Enables USB WEBCAM Capabilities

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on FUJIFILM X-A7 and X-T200 – Firmware Update Enables USB WEBCAM Capabilities
Jun 232020
 

FUJIFILM released a new firmware update for the X-T200 and X-A7 mirrorless cameras. The update brings USB WEBCAM capabilities via USB-C connector and is available for download free of charge. The company further announced that the macOS version of its FUJIFILM X Webcamwill come in mid-July 2020. 

FUJIFILM X Webcam now for X-A7 and X-T200 as well. Source: FUJIFILM

In previous months we have seen many camera manufacturers releasing firmware updates and special software to make it easier to use their camera models as webcams without the need for any third-party devices. Canon, FUJIFILM, and Panasonic are at the forefront of these efforts.

Roughly a month ago, FUJIFILM X Webcam app enabled selected GFX medium format cameras and X-Mount cameras to act as a webcam only via connecting it to the computer via USB. FUJIFILM, however, initially only included its top X-Mount cameras (X-Pro2 & X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 & X-T4) to be compatible with the X Webcam. Now, there is a new firmware update that adds this functionality to the X-T200 and X-A7 “entry-level” cameras.

Read More:

cinema5D

FUJIFILM Firmware Updates for XC/XF Lenses

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on FUJIFILM Firmware Updates for XC/XF Lenses
Jun 142020
 


FUJIFILM has released several minor firmware updates for seven of its XC/XF lenses. These lenses include the popular FUJIFILM XF10-24mm F/4 R OIS, XC16-50mm F/3.5-5.6 OIS II, and XF80mm F/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro, for example. Let’s take a closer look at it!

FUJIFILM_Featured

FUJIFILM Firmware Updates for XC/XF Lenses

FUJIFILM is continuously improving their products by releasing firmware updates, and they just released seven firmware updates for XC/XF lenses. These firmware are pretty “minor,” and FUJIFILM is staying vague by just saying that these FW updates contain “fixes of minor bugs.”

Read More:

cinema5D

~

The Best APS-C Camera Ever Made? A Review of the Fujifilm X-T4

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on The Best APS-C Camera Ever Made? A Review of the Fujifilm X-T4
Jun 102020
 

Fujifilm’s X-T4 has been seen by some as an incremental progression over its predecessor, the X-T3, and if you’re a stills shooter that doesn’t need advanced autofocus performance, that might well be true. This excellent review runs through the features and explains why it might be a worthy upgrade.

Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake of DPReview bring a wealth of experience to their review of the X-T4 and, suffice to say, they’re impressed. As the video makes clear, this is definitely not a turkey.

Read More:

fstoppers

~

Should I Use a Crop Sensor or Crop an Image From a Full Frame Sensor?

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on Should I Use a Crop Sensor or Crop an Image From a Full Frame Sensor?
Jun 082020
 
Should I Use a Crop Sensor or Crop an Image From a Full Frame Sensor?

If a crop sensor is used, it will look like the focal length is much longer. Photographers that need long telephoto lenses can benefit from this. But instead of using a crop sensor, it is also possible to crop a full frame sensor to have the same field of view. Let’s take a look at the differences.

It isn’t really that difficult. A small sensor will record only a part of the projected image of the lens you are using. A bigger sensor will record a larger part of that same projected image. A full frame sensor with the dimensions of 24 x 36 mm will have a larger area compared to a 1.5x crop sensor that measures 23 x 15 mm. But when the recorded image is viewed at the same size on a screen, the image of the crop sensor will result in a magnification of 1.5 times that of the full frame sensor.

This is why a lens on a camera with a sensor that is smaller than a full frame sensor will act as if it has a longer focal length. A 24mm the lens will act like a 36mm lens, a 50mm lens will become a 75mm lens, and a 400mm lens will imitate a 600mm lens. This is when the sensor has a 1.5x crop. If a micro 4/3 sensor is used, with a crop factor of 2x, the focal lengths will be 50mm, 100mm, and 800mm compared to its full frame cousin.

Read More:

fstoppers

~

Canon 1D X Mark III Review and Sample Footage

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on Canon 1D X Mark III Review and Sample Footage
Jun 072020
 

The Canon 1D X Mark III has been shipping for quite some time and with its capability to record up to 5.5k RAW video internally, it promises to be a leader in its class. Together with the upcoming EOS R5, Canon is showing muscle flexing and an explosion of technical generosity. To me, it looks like a true come back for the creator of the VDSLR segment and a former leader of that field.  

Read More:

cinema5D

~

8Sinn SIGMA fp Cage – Hands On

 Gear  Comments Off on 8Sinn SIGMA fp Cage – Hands On
Jun 012020
 


8Sinn
, an accessories manufacturer based out of Poland, creates a wide variety of products aimed at supporting a majority of the small sized camera market. The SIGMA fp camera, launched in 2019, is billed as the world’s smallest full frame mirrorless camera weighing in at under a pound and I’ve been finding ways to beef up the camera to a true Cine-style rig. Will the 8Sinn SIGMA fp cage both hold up to the constant stress of production? Let’s find out!

Read More:

cinema5D

~

Fstoppers Reviews the Fujifilm X-T4: A Deviation

 Gear  Comments Off on Fstoppers Reviews the Fujifilm X-T4: A Deviation
May 212020
 
Fstoppers Reviews the Fujifilm X-T4: A Deviation

In a release cycle reminiscent of certain other manufacturers, Fujifilm decided to replace their flagship X-T series camera in 18 months rather than the usual 2 years. With a smattering of feature updates, a new battery, and a couple of cosmetic changes, is it really worth the upgrade from the X-T3? Let’s find out. 

This review will be taken from the perspective of someone who has owned an X-T1, two X-T2s, an X-H1, and an X-T3. You could say I’m an addict. The other thing to note is that I’m a full time stills photographer. About once or twice a year, I’ll be asked to shoot a video, but my main use for these cameras is stills, so we won’t be taking a deep dive into the changes for video work. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the heavy hitting features of the X-T4

Read More:

fstoppers

~

Sony Unveils the World’s First Camera Sensors with Built-in AI

 Cinematography, Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on Sony Unveils the World’s First Camera Sensors with Built-in AI
May 142020
 

Sony today unveiled the world’s very first image sensors that have artificial intelligence capabilities built-in. The sensors are capable of processing captured images and extracting intelligent metadata at high speeds.

The upcoming IMX500 and IMX501 intelligent vision sensors can be paired with cloud services, and having built-in AI “reduces data transmission latency, minimizes any privacy concerns, and reduces power consumption and communication costs,” Sony says.

The IMX500 and IMX501 are backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch sensors that have resolutions of approximately 12.3 megapixels and 4K/60fps video capabilities, and they’re expected to be priced at ¥10,000 and ¥20,000 ($93 and $187), respectively.

Read More:

petapixel

~

Sony a7III vs Fuji X-T4 vs Nikon Z6: IBIS and Video Comparison

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on Sony a7III vs Fuji X-T4 vs Nikon Z6: IBIS and Video Comparison
Mar 042020
 

YouTuber Max Yuryev recently went out on the streets of New York with the Sony a7 IIINikon Z6, and the brand new Fuji X-T4 to compare the video quality and—of particular interest to stills shooters—the IBIS performance of all three cameras side-by-side.

It’s really worth watching the comparison in its entirety above, especially if you have a 4K display and can crank the video’s resolution for the video comparison, but even without that it’s immediately obvious that Fujifilm did a lot of things right with this new flagship.

Read More:

petapixel

~

FUJIFILM X-T4 Hands-on Review – The Good Has Just Become Much Better

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on FUJIFILM X-T4 Hands-on Review – The Good Has Just Become Much Better
Mar 022020
 

The new FUJIFILM X-T4 has just been released, promising to be one of the more interesting cameras to be delivered during 2020. If you are like me, an owner of the FUJIFILM X-T3 who wished for a little extra, then the wait is over. Enhanced performance, combining the advantage of the now discontinued X-1H (stabilised sensor) and articulating LCD screen, can now be found within this newcomer camera. Prepared to be impressed by what seems to be the best all around small and lightweight APS-C sensor camera that can shoot video, currently in the market? 

Read More:

cinema5D

~

Hands On with the Fuji X-T4: Trying the IBIS, 240fps Slow Motion, and More

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on Hands On with the Fuji X-T4: Trying the IBIS, 240fps Slow Motion, and More
Feb 282020
 

I didn’t have a terribly long time with Fujifilm’s latest hybrid shooterbefore it was released—it was only about a week for what you see shot below—but thankfully, not too much has changed since the previous X-T3, and what has is obvious and easy to evaluate.

Compared to the X-T3, the X-T4 is still weather resistant, still shoots 10-bit 4k internal F-Log at 60p, and maintains much of what made its predecessor great. Fuji has simply added a few things that make it an even better tool for the hybrid creators like myself. 

These additions are what I’d like to discuss. Furthermore, given my rather limited experience with the new gear, I want to keep these initial thoughts succinct. 

Read More:

petapixel

~

FUJIFILM X-T4 Hands-on Review – The Good Has Just Become Much Better

 Cinematography, Mirrorless  Comments Off on FUJIFILM X-T4 Hands-on Review – The Good Has Just Become Much Better
Feb 262020
 

The new FUJIFILM X-T4 has just been released, promising to be one of the more interesting cameras to be delivered during 2020. If you are like me, an owner of the FUJIFILM X-T3 who wished for a little extra, then the wait is over. Enhanced performance, combining the advantage of the now discontinued X-1H (stabilised sensor) and articulating LCD screen, can now be found within this newcomer camera. Prepared to be impressed by what seems to be the best all around small and lightweight APS-C sensor camera that can shoot video, currently in the market? 

Read More:

cinema5D

~

The Three Main Advantages of Sony Cameras Over Fujifilm

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on The Three Main Advantages of Sony Cameras Over Fujifilm
Feb 242020
 

Last year, Usman Dawood of Sonder Creative decided to switch systems from Sony to Fujifilm for both his stills and video work, but he didn’t end up doing it. In this video, he shares the three main reasons why the switch never happened—in other words: the three “major” advantages of Sony cameras over Fuji.

The point of this video, says Dawood, is not to trash on Fujifilm or turn people off from the system. His goal is to inspire change in a company he respects a great deal.

Read More:

petapixel

~

Sony Axes Mirrorless Camera Features Due to Parts Shortage: Report

 Gear, Mirrorless  Comments Off on Sony Axes Mirrorless Camera Features Due to Parts Shortage: Report
Feb 202020
 

Sony has reportedly canceled features that were set to be released in an upcoming mirrorless camera due to a scarcity of parts that its other businesses are competing for.

In an article titled “Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts,” Bloomberg reports that there isn’t enough flash memory to go around between Sony’s video game, smartphone, and camera products.

“The company’s biggest headache is ensuring a reliable supply of DRAM and NAND flash memory, with both in high demand as smartphone makers gear up for fifth-generation devices, according to people familiar with Sony’s operations,” Bloomberg states.

Read More:

petapixel

~