Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated camera releases this year is the Sony A7R II, a mirrorless monster with world’s first 42.4 MP BSI CMOS sensor and a slew of features, such as in-body image stabilization, electronic first-curtain shutter, completely silent electronic shutter, high-resolution electronic viewfinder and 4K video recording, to make it worth seriously looking into. We have written about this release last week and based on our readers’ feedback, many are excited about the Sony A7R II release. I have been personally waiting for this camera for years, because it brings pretty much everything I want in a compact mirrorless camera – Sony did a great job in addressing most of my concerns that I have expressed on previous iterations of the A7 line. Although battery life is still a concern and 14-bit lossless / uncompressed RAW support is only a promise by Sony at this time, I will still go ahead and order the Sony A7R II for myself for a number of reasons. First, the camera already has most of the features that I want in a mirrorless camera. Second, with Zeiss backing up Sony with their new Loxia and Batis lines of lenses, along with Sony’s own high-quality primes, I don’t have any more concerns about native lenses. Lastly, the A7R II will be my reference camera for evaluating Sony-mount lenses, which I am planning to test and review more of. Sony has been working hard on the A7 line and it these cameras have now reached the point of maturity, so I consider them safe to invest in. In fact, if the A7R II turns out to be as good as the specifications promise, I might start using it heavily for my landscape photography needs. Well, today is an exciting day, because you can pre-order your copy of the Sony A7R II!
The newly introduced and long anticipated Canon 5DS and 5DS R caused quite the stir – after all, both cameras feature no less than 50 megapixels. Even the 36 megapixel Nikon D810 is too much for many, so it is not surprising that the big numbers associated with the two new Canon models divide opinion. We at Photography Life were rather impressed by the image samples, though, and believe both the 5DS and 5DS R are bound to be popular. And both are now available for pre-order.
Our partners at B&H and Adorama informed us earlier today that they are already accepting pre-orders for the newly announced Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED lens and the SB-500 Speedlight. All three should start shipping at the end of September, which is in roughly two weeks. If you would like to pre-order and support our efforts, please use the below links.
If you are excited about the new Nikon D810 and want to pre-order it via our trusted affiliates B&H Photo Video and Adorama, please use the below links. Detailed information about the newly announced D810 is provided earlier here and you can find the announcement, along with promotional information and videos in this post. The release date of the Nikon D810 is scheduled for July 17th, 2014 in the USA, so it is a relatively short waiting window. Please note that both B&H Photo Video and Adorama will serve orders on a first come, first serve basis depending on your spot in the pre-order queue. If you want to get the camera on the day of the announcement, I would recommend to place the pre-order as soon as possible. Those that pre-ordered the D800 / D800E probably remember that they had to wait for months for availability.
Our affiliates B&H and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders for the Nikon Df. Here are the links for the body-only and body+lens options:
I have just been notified that our friends at B&H are already accepting pre-orders for the Nikon D7100. Here are the links for the body-only and body+kit options:
Nikon D7100 Pre-Order Information
- Nikon D7100 Body Only for $1199 at B&H
- Nikon D7100 kit with Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR for $1599 at B&H
Given its impressive specifications, I expect the D7100 to sell really well with its $1,199 price. The expected availability of the D7100 is March 21, 2013.
Some manufacturers seem to fail to understand what photographers of this day seek in a compact, digital package (I’m talking to you, Nikon), some choose a safe and dependable bet. Add a couple of manufacturers who don’t really know what they are doing, and you have a whole bunch of cameras which are often good, but a little… predictable? Yes, that seems to be the word. Happily, there are those who strike a certain balance between innovative technology and character to stand out from the crowd. On the expensive side, we have Leica. On the less expensive side, we have Fujifilm, which has been steeling thunder for the last whole year at the very least. Now, if there are two cameras in 2013 our team is most intrigued by, it’s the recently announced Fujifilm X100S and X20. So for those of you who feel one of these is the right tool for you, read on for the pre-order links.
Looks like B&H is already getting ready for the holidays, with some great deals on high-end Canon and Fuji cameras. The Canon 5D Mark II has a huge drop in price while supplies last – it is now $1,699, which makes it the cheapest full-frame DSLR on the market today. The Canon 5D Mark III has also been reduced to $3,199, which finally brings it closer to the Nikon D800 in pricing. On top of that, the Fuji X-100 is now $200 off, bringing it down to $999 (regular price is $1,199). And if you have been buying cameras like D600 and need plenty of storage, you might need some good cheap memory – the Transcend 64GB SDXC memory is selling for $49. If you need faster cards, the Lexar CF and SD cards are also heavily discounted until the end of this month.
Looks like our friends at B&H are already accepting pre-orders for the Nikon D600. Here are the links for the body-only and body+kit options, along with links to the new UT-1 unit:
Nikon D600 Pre-Order Information
- Nikon D600 Body Only for $2099 at B&H
- Nikon D600 kit with Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR for $2699 at B&H
- Nikon UT-1 (pricing not yet available)