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

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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

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8 Things About the New Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 That You May Have Missed

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Jul 092020
 

Today’s Canon announcements came fast and furious, with two full-frame camerasfour RF mount lenses, two teleconverters, and a printer all being announced at the same time. Fortunately, our friends at DPReview TV have put together a helpful video that goes over 8 things you might have missed about the new EOS R5 and EOS R6 while you were trying to process all the news.

In a rush to share all of the most headline-grabbing specs baked into its new full-frame mirrorless cameras, Canon glossed over some important features and quirks that you should know about. That’s why Chris and Jordan put together this video based on a deeper dive into the spec sheet, and their own experience with a pre-production EOS R5 and full production EOS R6.

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

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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.

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Olympus Unveils Webcam Software for OM-D Cameras, New Lens Roadmap

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Jul 022020
 

Recent industry-shaking news aside, Olympus isn’t going anywhere just yet. In fact, earlier today, the company revealed an updated lens roadmap and released OM-D Webcam Beta Software: a Windows-only program that turns several of the most popular OM-D cameras into webcams for livestreaming and video conferencing.

First up, following in the footsteps of CanonFuji, and Panasonic, Olympus has released its own “Webcam Beta Software.” Just like the previous releases from other companies, this first release is Windows-only, but if you happen to be a PC user and you own one of the cameras listed below, you can now use them as high-quality webcams over USB by installing this free software.

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These are All of the Lenses Canon Will Announce in 2020: Report

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Jun 102020
 

Notoriously reliable site Nokishita has posted a list of six lenses and two teleconverters that Canon is planning to release in 2020. All of them are RF-mount lenses, some are exciting, and some of them are quite strange… like the 600mm f/11 and 800mm f/11 super-telephoto primes.

First things first, here is the full list:

  • RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
  • RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM
  • RF 50mm f/1.8 STM
  • RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
  • RF 600mm f/11 DO IS STM
  • RF 800mm f/11 DO IS STM
  • RF 1.4x teleconverter
  • RF 2x teleconverter

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Canon Will Launch the EOS R5 and R6 ‘On or Around July 2nd’: Report

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Jun 072020
 

Canon’s upcoming full-frame mirrorless cameras will be here very soon. According to the most recent reports, both the heavily previewed Canon EOS R5 and the rumored Canon EOS R6 will be announced together “on or around July 2nd.”

This news comes from the ever-reliable Canon Rumors, who has been on a tear in terms of predicting Canon’s moves with the EOS R-series of cameras. Initial reports of an EOS R with 20fps continuous shooting and 8K video capability were scoffed at, only to be confirmed by Canon shortly thereafter. Since then, just about every spec they’ve reported has been officially confirmed.

Now, CR is reporting that both the EOS R5 and its lower-resolution little brother, the 20MP EOS R6, will be officially announced in less than a month.

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Pentax Officially Unveils Long-Awaited FA* 85mm f/1.4 Lens for the K-Mount

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May 282020
 

After first showing off the lens over a year ago, and sharing a few more teasers during a livestreamtwo weeks ago, Ricoh has officially unveiled the HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm f/1.4ED SDM AW—a “next-generation, high-performance” portrait prime for K-mount DSLRs.

The lens is only the second prime to be added to the “Star series” of high-performance lenses for digital cameras, and like its 50mm f/1.4 predecessor, it promises to deliver “extra-clear, high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness.”

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DJI Zenmuse X7: The First Super 35mm Camera for Aerial Cinematography

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Mar 112020
 

DJI just announced the DJI Zenmuse X7, the world’s first Super 35mm camera optimized for aerial cinematography. It’s designed primarily for the DJI Inspire 2 drone and features interchangeable lenses as well as a new DJI Cinema Color system for greater creative freedom in cinematography.

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The Sigma fp Will Get Cinemagraphs, 120fps RAW Video, and More in Major Firmware Update

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Mar 042020
 

Sigma has announced a forthcoming firmware update for the full-frame mirrorless Sigma fp that will add some very impressive features including cinemagraph functionality, Full HD 120fps RAW video capture, HDR shooting, and more.

The official announcement was posted last night as a sort of “preview of coming attractions.” Slated to be released in Summer of 2020, the Firmware Update Ver.2.00 will improve the Sigma fp by adding support for six important features:

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

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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.

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The Three Main Advantages of Sony Cameras Over Fujifilm

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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.

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Sony Axes Mirrorless Camera Features Due to Parts Shortage: Report

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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.

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Yongnuo and Venus Optics Officially Join the Micro Four Thirds Standard

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Feb 202020
 

The 12-year-old Micro Four Thirds standard just got a nice third-party boost today. In a joint release, Olympus and Panasonic announced that three new companies were officially joining the group: Yongnuo, Venus Optics, and a B2B company called Mediaedge.

Mediaedge isn’t terribly relevant for photographers, but both Yongnuo and Venus Optics have released Micro Four Thirds compatible products before.

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Canon Unveils the G1X: A Large Sensor Compact Answer to the Mirrorless Craze

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Jan 092020
 

Unlike Nikon, which jumped headfirst into the interchangeable lens mirrorless game last year, Canon appears to be content with simply upping the sensor size in its existing compact cameras. Today the company announces the G1X, a new camera into the G-series line that offers a sensor large enough to compete with existing mirrorless camera systems.

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Insta360 Unveils the One R Modular Action Cam ‘Co-Engineered’ with Leica

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Jan 082020
 

Insta360 has just revealed the (painfully) teased Insta360 One R “adaptive” action camera. The modular creation was co-engineered with Leica, and features a “unique interchangeable lens design” that lets you swap between modules for standard 4K, 360° video, 5.3K with a 1-inch sensor, and more.

It’s hard to see the Insta360 One R as anything other than a more versatile version of the GoPro Hero 8. While GoPro is showing off their Media Mods with attachable mics and lights at CES 2020, Insta360 just released an even more versatile creation that combines a “core” processing unit with a bunch of very useful modules.

“The concept is simple — one battery, one processor and a selection of quick-swapping lens Mods,” explains Insta360. “In an instant, ONE R transforms from a dual-lens 360 shooter to a standard action cam.”

Here’s the One R intro video just released by Insta360: 

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Hands-On with the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 for E-Mount and L-Mount

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Jan 062020
 

Back in mid-2017, I was tasked with reviewing Sigma’s first 24-70mm lens, the 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM IF Art lens, and I was extremely disappointed. You can read my whole review here, but in summary, I found it to be sadly inconsistent with its sharpness. Most notably, I found that edge sharpness was really quite bad.

There is one photo I took that pretty well shows my problems with the lens, and it’s this one:

Photo by Jaron Schneider, taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II w/ Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art

Taken from a helicopter over Los Angeles, I really like the composition of the image and was looking forward to printing it. When I got it back to my edit station, however, I was very much let down with how soft anything other than the middle of the frame was. I was so disappointed that I put this photo in a digital folder and hadn’t looked at it again until I started writing this story.

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Leaked Photo Shows Canon 1D X Mark III with Silver-and-Black Color Scheme

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Dec 202019
 

A low-res leaked photo published by Canon Rumors today purports to show a Canon 1D X Mark III… but it doesn’t look like any 1D camera we’ve seen in recent years. The color scheme looks more like a film SLR from years past.

The photo has been modified by CR to cut out the photographer holding the camera, but otherwise this is a real photo of a real Canon camera being used in the wild. The question is what exactly are we looking at? Either Canon is planning to differentiate the 1D Series by adding another color option to the mix with the 1D X Mark III—which is currently only shown in black at online retailers—or this is just an unpainted prototype currently being tested in the wild.

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The Most Unfair Camera Comparison Ever: iPhone vs $250K TV Camera

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Dec 182019
 

You’d have to look long and hard to find a more absurd camera comparison than this. After putting together a very useful video that explains why broadcast TV cameras are so huge and expensive, YouTuber Zebra Zone pit this $250,000 setup against its most obvious rival… the iPhone 11 Pro.

As a quick refresher, the broadcast “camera” that is being used is a combination of several very expensive elements:

  • BlackMagic Ursa Broadcast Camera – $3,000
  • Fujinon UA107 Box Lens – $212,000
  • Tripod and Fluid Head – $20,000
  • Remote Control Handles – $9,000
  • Camera-to-Lens Adapter – $7,000
  • Monitor – $1,800
  • Fiber Optic Transmission Module – $3,000

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Canon 1DX Mark III Will Shoot No-Crop 4K and (Maybe) 6K RAW Video: Report

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Dec 182019
 

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has already been development announced, but according to Canon Rumors, Canon is keeping two major features under wraps until the official release announcement: no-crop 4K with dual-pixel AF, and the ability to record 6K RAW video over HDMI.

CR cites “multiple sources” who claim Canon is holding back two “major” features for the full announcement and release of the Canon 1D X Mark III.

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Nikon D850M vs D850: A Comparison of Monochrome and Color DSLRs

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Dec 022019
 

Nikon introduced the Nikon D850 in 2017 with a 45.7-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) Nikon-specified/Sony-designed/TowerJazz manufactured sensor. The Nikon D850 is regarded as one of Nikon’s best cameras and continues to range at the top of consumer DSLRs.

Full disclosure: I’m the president of MaxMax.com, which makes the monochrome D850 (D850M), and this article is blatantly self-promoting. That being said, everything happens to be true.

My business MaxMax has been converting a limited range of cameras to monochrome since 2009. After being encouraged by The Desert Fireball Network of Curtin University in Australia to convert a Nikon D850 to monochrome, MaxMax decided to try it.

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