Six Canon RF Lenses Under Development

Alongside the headline-stealing EOS RP announcement, Canon also released details on six upcoming RF mirrorless lenses: a 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS, 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS, 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS, 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS, and two 85mm f/1.2 primes (one normal, one “Defocus Smoothing” version optimized for bokeh). These are great additions to Canon’s growing RF lens lineup, especially for photographers interested in pro-level glass. The lenses will be released throughout 2019, but Canon hasn’t announced specific dates yet.

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Panasonic S1 and S1R Announcement

Panasonic just announced its first ever full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 24 megapixel S1 and 47 megapixel S1R. These are also the first Panasonic cameras to use Leica’s L mount, thanks to the Panasonic/Leica/Sigma L-mount alliance announced last year. The S1 launches at a price of $2500, while the S1R is $3700. Panasonic also announced three lenses alongside the cameras, including a kit 24-105mm f/4. Below, we cover everything you need to know.

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Super Wolf Blood Moon Eclipse on January 20

If you are located in North or South America, you are in for a real treat to see a spectacular total lunar eclipse on the night of January 20th, 2019. This particular lunar eclipse is rather special, because it will take place with the moon being at its closest proximity to the Earth (Super), it will take place in January (Wolf) and we will see a reddish tint during the lunar eclipse as a result of light being refracted by…

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Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Announcement

Today Nikon announced another killer lens for its new Z line-up of lenses, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S. It is the first announcement of 2019 for the new Nikon Z mount and it is something many Nikon Z6 and Z7 owners have been anxiously waiting for. The main reason for the excitement is that this particular lens is not only the first ultra wide-angle lens for the Nikon Z-series cameras, but also world’s first lens that can go…

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Nikon Z Firmware Update Announced: CFexpress, RAW Video, Eye AF

Today, Nikon announced the development of a firmware update for Z series mirrorless cameras, with three new major features coming soon: RAW video output, Eye AF, and CFexpress card support. This marks one of Nikon’s largest firmware updates ever, following up on the company’s goal to add new features to the Nikon Z cameras over time (and departing from their more limited style of DSLR firmware updates). The release date of this update has not yet been announced.

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The “L Mount Alliance” – A Full-Frame Storm is Coming

This year is certainly going to be marked as one of the most important ones in the camera history. With both Nikon and Canon releasing their first mirrorless camera systems a few weeks ago, we now have another major competing system, and this time from three different manufacturers: Leica, Panasonic and Sigma. The trio decided to come together to form an “L Mount Alliance”, standardizing their cameras and lenses on Leica’s L mount. This essentially means that the three companies…

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Five Sigma Global Vision Lenses Announced

As part of a slew of Photokina-related announcements yesterday, Sigma has announced five new lenses. Four are for full-frame cameras, and one is compatible with Micro 4/3 and Sony E mount crop sensor cameras. The 28mm f/1.4 Art, 40mm f/1.4 Art, 70-200mm f/2.8 Sport, 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3, and 56mm f/1.4 (for crop sensor only) join Sigma’s growing lineup of “Global Vision” lenses. Pricing and shipping dates of most of the lenses have not yet been announced.

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Fuji GFX 50R Announcement

Fuji just announced their rumored (comparatively) affordable medium format mirrorless camera, the GFX 50R, a 51.4 megapixel camera with a rangefinder design, due in November 2018. The retail price is $4500, which, though not cheap, makes it the least expensive medium format digital camera ever upon launch. The GFX 50R’s specifications match those of the GFX 50S in many ways, with the biggest differences being the form factor – more similar to that of the Fuji crop-sensor cameras – and…

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Fujifilm X-T3 Announcement

It has been over two years since Fuji gave us the amazing X-T2 and today, the company unveiled its latest update to the popular camera, the Fujifilm X-T3. Although it sports the same retro look as its predecessor, the X-T3 has seen a number of important upgrades. First of all, the camera features a newly-developed 26 MP BSI X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor with a native ISO range of 160-12800. Thanks to a much beefier quad core image processor, the camera…

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Canon EOS R Announcement

It has been less than two weeks since Nikon announced its new Z mirrorless camera system, and today, Canon has also released their own much-anticipated Canon RF mirrorless system. With this release, Canon has announced its first camera in this category, the Canon EOS R. The camera is basically a compact mirrorless version of the Canon 5D Mark IV with a very similar image sensor and other features. In the heart of the camera we have a 30.4 MP full-frame…

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Canon RF Lens Announcements

Along with the EOS R mirrorless camera, Canon just announced four full-frame mirrorless “RF” lenses. Two of them are relatively standard for a new system launch – a 24-105mm f/4L and a 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro – but Canon also announced two very surprising lenses as well. The 28-70mm f/2L will be widest aperture 28-70mm lens in history, while the 50mm f/1.2L joins a highly select club of f/1.2 autofocus lenses. All four lenses have customizable control rings.

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Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III and EF 600mm f/4L IS III Announcements

Along with all the new Canon mirrorless announcements today, the company also released three new lenses – one wide aperture prime for their crop-sensor mirrorless EF-M mount and two EF mount telephoto lenses for their DSLRs. First is the EF-M 32mm f/1.4, the widest aperture lens currently available for this system. And for their EF mount, the 400mm f/2.8L III and 600mm f/4L III replace two of Canon’s top-end supertelephotos. Read more and pre-order below:

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Nikon D3500 Announcement

Nikon just announced the D3500 DSLR, the most recent in their popular line of entry-level D3X00 cameras, with a starting price of just $499 with the 18-55mm AF-P kit lens. It has been two years since the prior model, the D3400, was released, and the new D3500 comes with a few noteworthy changes. Namely, the new camera has higher battery life than its predecessor (up from 1200 to 1550 shots), as well as a lighter and more ergonomic design.

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Nikon 500mm f/5.6E PF Lens Announcement

In all the whirlwind Nikon mirrorless announcements yesterday, what normally would have been a top-tier headline – Nikon’s announcement of a new 500mm f/5.6E PF lens with a phase-fresnel element, selling for $3600 – almost became a footnote! That’s a shame, because this lens brings a lot to the table. For Nikon DSLR users, especially sports and wildlife photographers who want a lightweight option with as much reach as possible, it could be the lens you’ve been waiting for.

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Mirrorless Camera Announcement – Nikon’s Next Chapter Begins

After years of speculation, rumors, guessing, and leaks, it finally happened: Nikon has announced its first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7. This is a long time coming, ever since the Sony A7-series cameras shifted the tide of the photography world in the direction of mirrorless cameras. Now, the Z6 and Z7 sport some of the most impressive specifications of any Nikon camera ever, matching or exceeding the features on almost all their DSLR and mirrorless competitors.

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Nikon Developing a 500mm f/5.6 with Phase Fresnel Element

Nikon just announced that it is developing a 500mm f/5.6 lens with a Phase Fresnel element, which would make it only the second lens in Nikon’s lineup to have such a specialized component, the other being the 300mm f/4 PF. This indicates that Nikon is prioritizing low weight for the 500mm f/5.6, given that a PF element can replace multiple standard lens elements with one that is much smaller and thinner. No price, shipping date, or photos of the new…

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SmugMug Acquires Flickr in Unexpected Move

Two giants in the world of photography – SmugMug and Flickr – have become one. In a surprise move announced Friday, SmugMug has bought Flickr from Yahoo (owned by Verizon) for an undisclosed amount. The two platforms do have obvious similarities, with both built around uploading and hosting your photos online. However, SmugMug is intended more for creating a personal photography website, while Flickr adds a strong element of social media and community to the mix. So, what does this…

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Gnarbox 2.0 SSD Announcement

Having just reviewed both WD My Passport Wireless SSD and the original Gnarbox, I came to the conclusion that both were half-baked solutions (with each having its own list of pros and cons) due to all the performance, hardware and software issues I encountered. It looks like while I was busy reviewing the Gnarbox, the team behind the product was already busy releasing the next iteration, “Gnarbox 2.0 SSD”. After looking at the details of this major release, it appears…

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