Baby animals love Spring as a good time to introduce themselves to the world. It seems that camera companies agree. This week, the long-awaited Nikon Z8 camera saw the light of day, but what other news happened in the photography world? It wasn’t just Nikon who had something interesting happen this week. Let’s take a look.
The biggest news of the past week was of course the announcement of the long-awaited Nikon Z8 camera. You can see our announcement here, some sample photos here, and comparisons against the Canon R5, Sony a1, Sony a7R V, Nikon Z7 II, and Nikon Z9.
Other announcements this week include:
- Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD: It was already available for APS-C cameras with Sony E-mount, and now it’s also for Fujifilm X cameras. Ultra-wide-angle lens with constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the range. The construction is moisture resistant. The front lens surface is fluorine coated. Filter thread diameter 67mm. Available from May 30 for $829.
- Canon PowerShot V10: A vlogging-focused pocket-sized camera with its own integrated stand. A 1″-type sensor and a 19mm equivalent lens, with a a 20.9 megapixel sensor. The camera records up to up to 4K video with 8-bit 4:2:0 MP4 files. It has a 2″ 460,000-dot touchscreen with a 180° upward tilting design. There are 14 in-camera color filters and a Smooth Skin shooting mode. Available in black and silver for $429.
- Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX: Video-centric twin of the Lumix S5 II. Apart from the overall darker design (the only color other than black is the red REC button), it differs from it mainly by some bonus video features. Specifically, the Lumix S5 IIX is able to capture 5.8K ProRes to a SSD with All-Intra compression and ProRes RAW to an Atmos recorder. Available for pre-order for $2,198.
The Rumor Mill
Leica Q3: Raising the Curtain
More pictures of the Leica Q3 have been leaked on Leica Rumors, and it reveals some interesting things about the camera. For example, the Leica Q3 will have a tilting display, which is an exciting change for the Leica Q line. Aside from the design of the camera, the Q3 is expected to have more resolution (60 MP rather than 47.3 MP), internal memory, a better EVF, and wireless charging. However, according to Leica Rumors, there will also be a price increase. It should be launched at the end of the month.
Viltrox prepares 16mm f/1.8 full-frame lens
Viltrox is starting to build a reputation as a third-party lens manufacturer that competes with established brands. Last week, a report appeared on Photo Rumors that we could soon see a fast, ultra-wide, full-frame lens from the company. The leaked images even reveal some interesting details, such as an electronic display built into the lens.
Photo Contest Corner
9th Jalón Ángel International Photography Awards
- Topic: Portrait, Travel and traditions, Science and Photography, Education and Training
- Fees: Free
- Prize: €1000 for the winner of each category
- Deadline: May 28
- Topic: The contest is open to any B&W photography interpretation, from photojournalism, street photography, artistic photography, portrait, nudes, landscapes, nature, wildlife, urban, architecture, fashion, fine art, or documentary photography.
- Fees: $30 for first three images, $5 for each additional image.
- Prize: $500 for the winner. $300 for second and $200 for third place.
- Deadline: May 30
Good Deals and New Sales
At Photography Life, we’ve been fans of smaller-sensor cameras for wildlife photography for years, including 1″-type cameras and Micro Four Thirds. Last year, Nicholas Hess wrote about the possibilities in his article Micro Four Thirds for Wildlife Photography and then gave us his opinion on choosing the best lenses for this system. Why do I bring this up? Because today, you can buy MFT cameras and lenses at really interesting prices. Here is an overview of the most interesting sales:
- OM SYSTEM OM-1 (was $2,200, now $2,000)
- Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III (was $1,799, now $1,499)
- OM SYSTEM OM-5 (was $1,200, now $1,000)
- Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III (was $1,200, now $750)
- Panasonic Lumix GH5 II (was $1,698, now $1,198)
- Panasonic Lumix GH6 (was $2,199, now $1,698)
- Panasonic Lumix G9 (was $1,298, now $898)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO (was $3,000, now $2,800)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO (was $1,400, now $1,200)
- Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (was $1,598, now $1,198)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 (was $900, now $700)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO (was $1,400, now $1,200)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 (was $400, now $300)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro (was $550, now $400)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro (was $350, now $200)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 Lens (was $800, now $600)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO (was $1,400, now $1,200)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 (was $500, now $400)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO (was $1,100, now $900)
- Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm f/1.7 ASPH. (was $498, now $448)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO (was $1,400, now $1,200)
- Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. (was $1,098, now $898)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 (was $700, now $500)
- Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (was $998, now $698)
- OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II (was $1,000, now $800)
- Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. (was $1,798, now $1,498)
- Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (was $998, now $798)
- OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II (was $650, now $550)
- Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH. (was $1,798, now $1,498)
- Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II POWER O.I.S. (was $1,098, now $898)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO (was $1,500, now $1,300)
- OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4 PRO (was $900, now $700)
- Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (was $1,698, now $1,398)
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS (was $1,500, now $1,300)
- Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (was $1,798, now $1,298)
Other Pages of Interest
Viewed from an altitude of 36,000 km (22,000 miles), our planet looks like a colorful jewel in the middle of a dark universe. On the European Space Agency’s (ESA) website, you can see the level of detail provided by the cameras on board Meteosat’s Third Generation Imager 1. You can even download, print and hang the 12,000 x 12,000 pixel image on your wall.
Despite how the planet looks from a distance, on closer inspection, it can be a place of pain and despair. At least that’s what the photographs that won this year’s Pulitzer Prize suggest. Images depicting the suffering caused by the war in Ukraine won in the Breaking News Photography category. Feature Photography offers “an intimate look into the life of a pregnant 22-year-old woman living on the street in a tent.”
But to end today’s photography news on a positive note, take a look at images from places where the world is still (mostly) okay. A few days ago, the results of the seventh annual Czech Nature Photo Contest were announced, and here are the best photos selected by the jury. The first prize went to a female bear defending her cubs. Or rather, the prize went to a Slovak photographer, Miroslav Ondrus, who captured this emotional moment with his camera.
Ive got m43 gear for wildlife and surveilance its ideal, but dont see much future. OM Digital only want to make the OM1and OM5 and you cant buy any lower end gear from omd or panasonic easily now, its going niche so can only be a smaller percentage of gear sold. I tried to find a GX9 in the UK last month, no chance
Huh? The EM10 iv exists and is available for $700
“affordable” depends on the depth of you wallet! $700 + more for some lenses is still a lot for indebted students; the lack of affordable “first step” models may be the downfall of camera-based photography, for as the pool of potential camera buyers ages and isn’t refresehed by newer entrants who take up the hobby / profession, the market will be in perpetual decline.
How many reading the website here started with a truely affordable entry level film cameras and brands for which the equivalent new model doesn’t exist today. Secondhand gear fills the gap for now – but for how long can that go on as those cameras wear out?
I have to admit that wildlife photography is one of the most financially demanding disciplines. When you add the cost of equipment, travel and time into the equation, I don’t even want to know the final amount. But there are always alternatives. Sure, used DSLRs will gradually disappear, but they will be replaced by mirrorless cameras. I’m optimistic about that. Some of my photos were taken with equipment that cost less than $500 used. Including the lens. But that’s extreme.