Category: Compact System Camera

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sony Launches Radio-Controlled Lighting System

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Sony today announced the availability of a new radio-controlled lighting system. Designed for compatibility with Sony’s Alpha interchangeable lens cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver. The new system will start to ship in September 2016 with the FA-WRC1M Remote Commander priced at approximately €420 and the FA-WRR1 Remote Receiver priced at approximately €240.

Sony today announced the availability of a new radio-controlled lighting system. Designed for compatibility with Sony’s Alpha interchangeable lens cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver. The new system will...

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system. This 50mm prime lens features a large F1.4 maximum aperture that offers impressive contrast and outstanding resolution that are hallmarks of the ZEISS brand. The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens will ship this July and will be available across Europe for approximately €1,800 and in the UK for £1,500.

The Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system. This 50mm prime lens features a large F1.4 maximum aperture that offers impressive contrast and outstanding resolution that are hallmarks of the ZEISS brand. The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fujifilm X-T2 - 11fps / 8fps Continuous Shooting

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The new Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera can shoot at 11fps with the with the VPB-XT2 battery grip attached, or a slightly slower 8fps if the grip isn't fitted.

The key difference is that shooting at 11fps is limited to 73 JPEGs / 30 Lossless Raws / 27 Uncompressed Raws, whereas at 8fps shooting appears to be unlimited, at least when the VPB-XT2 battery grip is fitted.

Here are a couple of video clips showing the Fujifilm X-T2 in action on both settings until the camera's buffer is full (using the JPEG setting).

The new Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera can shoot at 11fps with the with the VPB-XT2 battery grip attached, or a slightly slower 8fps if the grip isn't fitted. The key difference is that shooting at 11fps is limited to 73 JPEGs / 30 Lossless Raws / 27 Uncompressed Raws, whereas at 8fps shooting...

Fujifilm X-T2 Preview - Is this the DSLR Slayer?

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Photography Blog attended the recent UK press launch of the Fujifilm X-T2 in central London. As one of the first people outside of Fujifilm to actually get their hands on the X-T2, here are my initial thoughts...

Photography Blog attended the recent UK press launch of the Fujifilm X-T2 in central London. As one of the first people outside of Fujifilm to actually get their hands on the X-T2, here are my initial thoughts...

Fujifilm XF Lens Roadmap Update, July 2016

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses

Fujifilm have updated their XF Lens Roadmap, with three new lenses scheduled for release in 2016 and 2017.

2016

XF 23mm f/2 R WR

2017

XF 50mm f/2 R WR

XF 80mm f/2 R LM OIS WR 1:1 Macro (this replaces the 120mm Macro lens that has previously appeared on the lens roadmap)

Fujifilm have updated their XF Lens Roadmap, with three new lenses scheduled for release in 2016 and 2017. 2016 XF 23mm f/2 R WR 2017 XF 50mm f/2 R WR XF 80mm f/2 R LM OIS WR 1:1 Macro (this replaces the 120mm Macro lens that has previously appeared on the...

Fujifilm X-T2 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the original X-T1 model, the new VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip, and the EF-X500 flashgun.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the original X-T1 model, the new VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip, and the...

Fujifilm X-T2 vs X-T1 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly how the new Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera compares to the original X-T1 camera?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-T1 compact system cameras.

Want to see exactly how the new Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera compares to the original X-T1 camera? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-T1 compact system cameras.

Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip for the Fujifilm X-T2 looks like?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip.

Want to see exactly what the new VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip for the Fujifilm X-T2 looks like? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip.

Fujifilm EF-X500 Flashgun Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun for the Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras looks like?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun for the Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras looks like? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun.

Fujifilm X-T2

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-T2 is the ultimate mirrorless digital camera that uses advanced technologies to achieve premium image quality, outstanding operability and beautiful design reminiscent of traditional cameras. The X-T2 offers outstanding image quality with FUJIFILM’s colour reproduction formulated over 80 years, advanced autofocus functions and 4K high definition video. The Fujifilm X-T2 will go on sale on September 8th 2016. In the UK, the Fujifilm X-T2 body only will cost £1399 / $1599 and the Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF18-55 lens will cost £1649 / $1899.

The Fujifilm X-T2 is the ultimate mirrorless digital camera that uses advanced technologies to achieve premium image quality, outstanding operability and beautiful design reminiscent of traditional cameras. The X-T2 offers outstanding image quality with FUJIFILM’s colour reproduction formulated over 80 years, advanced autofocus functions and 4K high definition video....

Fujifilm EF-X500

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The Fujifilm EF-X500 is a high-end multi-function external flash. The EF-X500 is a hot-shoe mount flash with the maximum guide number of 50.  Its support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) means the flash can be fired at any shutter speed. The EF-X500 also supports multi-flash lighting. The Fujifilm EF-X500 will be avilable in September 2016 for £449.99 in the UK.

The Fujifilm EF-X500 is a high-end multi-function external flash. The EF-X500 is a hot-shoe mount flash with the maximum guide number of 50.  Its support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) means the flash can be fired at any shutter speed. The EF-X500 also supports multi-flash...

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Firmware 2.0

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm have announced a firmware update for the X-Pro2 camera to further enhance its performance. Firmware 2.0 for the X-Pro2 will add the new autofocus algorithm that is implemented on the new X-T2, incorporate compatibility with the new hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500, improve the parallax correction function, and add more Auto Power Off settings. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 Firmware 2.0 will be available for download in October 2016.

Fujifilm have announced a firmware update for the X-Pro2 camera to further enhance its performance. Firmware 2.0 for the X-Pro2 will add the new autofocus algorithm that is implemented on the new X-T2, incorporate compatibility with the new hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500, improve the parallax correction function, and add more Auto...

Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR, XF 50mm F2 R WR, XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm have announced the development of three new lenses for the X series of digital cameras. The latest Fujifilm lens roadmap adds three new lenses - the XF 23mm F2 R WR, XF 50mm F2 R WR, and the XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.

Fujifilm have announced the development of three new lenses for the X series of digital cameras. The latest Fujifilm lens roadmap adds three new lenses - the XF 23mm F2 R WR, XF 50mm F2 R WR, and the XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8

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The Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is a new ultra wide angle lens for 35mm full-frame cameras. Available in Canon ,Nikon, Pentax and Sony E mounts, the Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 is comprised of 16 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion. This manual focus lens offers a field of view of 121.96°, 7 aperture blades, minimum focusing distance of 18cm, and an aperture range of f/2.8 - f/22. The lens is so new that we don't have an official picture yet (we've shown you the Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro lens instead), and the scheduled release date is "more likely to be August rather than July", according to distributor UK Optics Ltd.

The Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is a new ultra wide angle lens for 35mm full-frame cameras. Available in Canon ,Nikon, Pentax and Sony E mounts, the Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 is comprised of 16 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Panasonic at the Farnborough International Airshow

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Panasonic will be exhibiting at The Farnborough International Airshow public weekend, taking place in Hampshire on 16th and 17th July. With an array of products suited to enthusiasts and families alike, Panasonic will showcase a selection of their Lumix G & Lumix cameras and HD camcorders on their stand. Having only just been announced, this will be one of the first chances for consumers to see the new ultra wide-angle Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens (read review) that has been created to satisfy professional needs for shooting landscapes. The Panasonic Lumix GX80 and a selection of Panasonic’s 4K camcorders will also be on the stand. For those interested in purchasing a product, Panasonic has teamed up with London Camera Exchange to give visitors the chance to secure exclusive show offers on the Lumix G, Lumix and camcorder range.

Panasonic will be exhibiting at The Farnborough International Airshow public weekend, taking place in Hampshire on 16th and 17th July. With an array of products suited to enthusiasts and families alike, Panasonic will showcase a selection of their Lumix G & Lumix cameras and HD camcorders on their stand....

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sigma sd Quattro Pricing Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sigma have revealed availability and pricing for the new Sigma sd Quattro compact system camera. Building on the concept of the SD1 Merrill, the sd Quattro features a Sigma SA lens mount, making it compatible with all of the Sigma Global Vision lenses in the Contemporary, Art and Sports lines. Equipped with a 19.6-megapixel APS-C size sensor, the camera offers a combination of contrast-detect and phase-detect auto focus, plus a focus peaking function for manual focus enthusiasts. The high-resolution 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder features near-100% viewfinder coverage and a 1.09 magnification ratio. O-rings and environmental seals around buttons and seams prevent the intrusion of dust and water, making the camera suitable for use in adverse weather conditions. The Sigma sd Quattro will be available in early July with a suggested retail price of £799.99 including VAT and a new lens kit of the Sigma sd Quattro plus 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art lens will be available in early July with a suggested retail price of £999.99 including VAT.

Sigma have revealed availability and pricing for the new Sigma sd Quattro compact system camera. Building on the concept of the SD1 Merrill, the sd Quattro features a Sigma SA lens mount, making it compatible with all of the Sigma Global Vision lenses in the Contemporary, Art and Sports...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hasselblad X1D Preview - Bringing Medium Format to the Masses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Photography Blog attended yesterday's global launch of the Hasselblad X1D at the Gothenburg Museum of Art. As one of the first people outside of Hasselblad to actually get their hands on the X1D, here are my initial thoughts...

Photography Blog attended yesterday's global launch of the Hasselblad X1D at the Gothenburg Museum of Art. As one of the first people outside of Hasselblad to actually get their hands on the X1D, here are my initial thoughts...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hasselblad X1D

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Hasselblad X1D is the World's first CSC with a 50-megapixel medium-format CMOS imager. Weighing in at 725 grams, the Hasselblad X1D is lighter and more portable than a lot of 35mm full-frame DSLRs, while delivering superior image quality courtesy of its considerably larger sensor. Hand-made in Sweden, the new X1D offers 14 stops of dynamic range; Full HD video recording; integrated Wi-Fi and GPS; a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600; dual SD card slots; an XGA electronic viewfinder and a large 3" multi-touch display with a graphical user interface similar to that of the Hasselblad H6D. The new camera uses an entirely new line of XCD lenses, which feature auto focus and built-in leaf shutters; but is also compatible with all 12 lenses and lens accessories from the Hasselblad H System, via an adapter. Available in late August / early September, the Hasselblad X1D carries an MSRP of £5,990/€7,900/$8,995 (+VAT where applicable).

The Hasselblad X1D is the World's first CSC with a 50-megapixel medium-format CMOS imager. Weighing in at 725 grams, the Hasselblad X1D is lighter and more portable than a lot of 35mm full-frame DSLRs, while delivering superior image quality courtesy of its considerably larger sensor. Hand-made in Sweden,...

Sony Cautions Against Firmware Hacks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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Sony Japan has issued a warning about the installation of unauthorised camera apps and firmware hacks on their cameras. Although not specified in the statement, these may include the new STGuploader, which enables PMCA (PlayMemories Camera Apps) compatible cameras to upload files to Google Photos directly, without using a computer; and a hack that gets rid of the 30-minute video recording limit imposed on certain Sony camera models. The company calls attention to the fact that by installing any third-party firmware or uncertified apps, users risk voiding their warranty.

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Sony Japan has issued a warning about the installation of unauthorised camera apps and firmware hacks on their cameras. Although not specified in the statement, these may include the new STGuploader, which enables PMCA (PlayMemories Camera Apps) compatible cameras to upload files to Google Photos directly, without using a computer;...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits

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Canon will showcase its new Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits during VidCon 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 23-25 June 2016. The EOS 80D Video Creator Kit ($2,049.00, available from August 2016) includes an EOS 80D DSLR camera and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card. This kit also includes the Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 which allows creators to smoothly control their zoom at the push of a button or right from their compatible smartphone by using the Canon Camera Connect app. The EOS M3 Video Creator Kit ($899.99, available later this month) includes an EOS M3 compact system camera and EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, an external microphone and a 32GB SD card. The new bundles join a family of Video Creator Kits that include the EOS Rebel T6i, Rebel T5i and EOS 70D.

Canon will showcase its new Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits during VidCon 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 23-25 June 2016. The EOS 80D Video Creator Kit ($2,049.00, available from August 2016) includes an EOS 80D DSLR camera and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, an external microphone...