Monday, August 10, 2020

Hasselblad XCD 21mm F4 Review

Tim Coleman

The XCD 21mm F4 is the widest-angle lens available for the Hasselblad X1D medium-format camera system. A natural choice for landscape and architecture photography, this lens offers an approximate equivalent 17mm focal length in 35mm full-frame terms. Priced at around £3,300, we find out just what the Hasselblad XCD 21mm F4 is capable of of in our latest in-depth review.

Leica M10-R Review

Gavin Stoker

The Leica M10-R is a brand new digital rangefinder camera, offering an upgraded 40 megapixel full-frame colour sensor, super-quiet shutter, and touch screen operation. Find out if this is the most versatile M10 camera ever by reading our in-depth Leica M10-R review, complete with full-size sample photos.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Canon EOS R6 Review

Mark Goldstein

The EOS R6 is the best ever Canon mirrorless camera - there, we said it! If you want to find out why, carry on reading our in-depth Canon EOS R6 review, complete with full-size sample photos and videos.

Tamron 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD for Sony Alpha Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

The 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD is the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. It measures 5.8 in. in length, weighs 19.2 oz. and has a maximum diameter of 77mm.

Currently "in development", this lens is planned for release in Autumn 2020.

The 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD is the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. It measures 5.8 in. in length, weighs 19.2 oz. and has a maximum diameter of 77mm. Currently "in development", this lens is planned for release in Autumn 2020.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS Super-telephoto Zoom Lens

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS offers a huge focal length range of 200-800mm in a compact and lightweight format, combined with the acclaimed Olympus weather sealing.

"All the wildlife photographers I know well are really excited about this lens. It hits a sweet spot and for travelling light it's perfect" Claire Voyle, Olympus UK Marketing Product Specialist.

The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS will be available from late August priced at £1099.99 in the UK.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS offers a huge focal length range of 200-800mm in a compact and lightweight format, combined with the acclaimed Olympus weather sealing."All the wildlife photographers I know well are really excited about this lens. It hits a sweet spot and for travelling light…

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV 20 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV mirrorless camera has a new 20 megapixel Live MOS sensor and offers improved C-AF precision for continuous focusing on moving subjects.

"The E-M10 Series has always been a personal favourite as it captures the essence of the original film OM-10: great to hold; easy to carry around and really rewarding to use." Mark Thackara, Olympus UK

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IVwill be available from mid-August priced at £699.99 in the UK.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV mirrorless camera has a new 20 megapixel Live MOS sensor and offers improved C-AF precision for continuous focusing on moving subjects."The E-M10 Series has always been a personal favourite as it captures the essence of the original film OM-10: great to hold; easy to…

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS Review

Mark Goldstein

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS is a brand new super telephoto lens for the Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera system. Offering an effective focal range of 200-800mm in 35mm terms, the Olympus 100-400mm is aimed at bird, wildlife and sports photography enthusiasts. Read our Olympus 100-400mm review now, complete with full-size sample photos.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Review

Amy Davies

The Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR is a new all-in-one travel super-zoom lens for Nikon's range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Billed as an alternative to the Z 24-70mm f4.0 S, it's not quite as fast from 50mm onwards, but it offers a lot more reach and also built-in vibration reduction. Could this be the only lens that some Nikon Z owners actually need? Find out now by reading our in-depth Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR review, complete with full-size sample photos...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Review

Mark Goldstein

The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM is a brand new telephoto zoom lens for Sony's range of full-frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras. Costing a lot less than its main rival, the Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS, is this third-party lens really a viable alternative? Read our in-depth Sigma 100-400mm for Sony FE review to find out...

Sony A7S III Mirrorless Camera Offers "Best Ever 4K Recording"

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The cinema industry is changing as it moves from Super35mm to full-frame.

Sony's one-mount strategy is focusd on E-mount, with 57 lenses in total, 37 of which are full-frame.

It's been 5 years since the launch of the A7S II, with lots of requests during the last 2 years for its successor.

Now Sony have launched the A7S III mirrorless camera, which they claim delivers “The best 4K Sony ever made”.

The whole concept of the product has changed to achieve this. With freelancers now working on their own more, the Sony A7S III is aimed at this new workflow for hybrid shooters.

The cinema industry is changing as it moves from Super35mm to full-frame. Sony's one-mount strategy is focusd on E-mount, with 57 lenses in total, 37 of which are full-frame. It's been 5 years since the launch of the A7S II, with lots of requests during the last 2 years for…

Sony Announces World’s First CFexpress Type A Memory Card

Mark Goldstein | Accessories

Delivering high transfer speed, durability and reliability, Sony’s new CFexpress Type A cards offer professional and stress-free performance for photographers and content creators.

Delivering high transfer speed, durability and reliability, Sony’s new CFexpress Type A cards offer professional and stress-free performance for photographers and content creators.

Panasonic LUMIX S1H Raw Video is Available Today For Free

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

After a last minute delay due to a technical issue, RAW video data output via HDMI on the Panasonic LUMIX S1H is finally available via the free Firmware Version 2.1.

Working together with Atomos, the new firmware enables the output of maximum 5.9K/29.97p and 59.94p 4K RAW video data over HDMI to the Atomos Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder and saves it as Apple ProRes RAW.

After a last minute delay due to a technical issue, RAW video data output via HDMI on the Panasonic LUMIX S1H is finally available via the free Firmware Version 2.1. Working together with Atomos, the new firmware enables the output of maximum 5.9K/29.97p and 59.94p 4K RAW video data over…

Fujifilm Unveil EF-60 Flashgun and EF-W1 Wireless Commander

Mark Goldstein | Accessories

Fujifilm have unveiled a compact and high-power flashgun, the EF-60, which supports radio-controlled wireless remote triggering when combined with the new EF-W1 Wireless Commander.

The EF-60 flash is available now priced at £389, whilst the EF-W1 Wireless Commander costs £199.

Fujifilm have unveiled a compact and high-power flashgun, the EF-60, which supports radio-controlled wireless remote triggering when combined with the new EF-W1 Wireless Commander. The EF-60 flash is available now priced at £389, whilst the EF-W1 Wireless Commander costs £199.

Monday, July 27, 2020

​Hasselblad X1D II 50C Review

Tim Coleman

The Hasselblad X1D II 50c is a modern medium-format mirrorless camera with a 51 megapixel sensor, large 3.6-inch touchscreen LCD and an improved electronic viewfinder, all housed in a beautifully crafted body. Read our in-depth Hasselblad X1D II 50c review now...

Friday, July 24, 2020

Venus Optics Adds L-mount to 6 Laowa Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

Six Laowa lenses are now available for L-mount, which can currently be used on Panasonic S1 series , Sigma FP and Leica SL/CL cameras. They are:

  • Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6
  • Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D
  • Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D
  • Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro
  • Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro
  • Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO

Pricing is the same as the other available mounts and shipping will start from August onwards.

Six Laowa lenses are now available for L-mount, which can currently be used on Panasonic S1 series , Sigma FP and Leica SL/CL cameras. They are:Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-DLaowa 15mm f/2 Zero-DLaowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro…

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Nikon Z5 is an Entry-level Full-frame Mirrorless Camera with 4K Video and IBIS

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Nikon have just announced the Z5, an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera with 4K Video and IBIS that sits below the Z6 and Z7 models.

Other key features include a 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, 100-51200 ISO range, 273-point Hybrid AF system with eye and animal detection, 3690k-dot electronic viewfinder, tilting touchscreen, weatherproof magnesium alloy body, dual UHS-II SD card slots, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Pitched directly against the Canon EOS RP, the Nikon Z5 has the main advantage of 5-axis vibration reduction, something that the Canon rival notably lacks. The Z5's 4K video mode does suffer from a very similar 1.7x crop, though (1.6x on the EOS RP).

Meanwhile, the 2-year-old Sony A7 III is more than a match for the new Nikon Z5 and is still our pick for "best entry-level full-frame camera", on paper at least, although it is admittedly slightly more expensive than the Canon EOS RP and Nikon Z5 at full RRP.

Compared to the Nikon Z6, the new Z5 commendably shares a lot of the same features, with a simpler top-plate with a shooting mode dial rather than a status LCD (which some people may actually prefer), polycarbonate rear and base plates rather than fully magnesium alloy (still the same level of weatherproofing though), and fewer video options. The Z5 is so similar to its siblings that it even uses the same MB-N10 battery grip as the Z6 and Z7.

Nikon have just announced the Z5, an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera with 4K Video and IBIS that sits below the Z6 and Z7 models. Other key features include a 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, 100-51200 ISO range, 273-point Hybrid AF system with eye and animal detection, 3690k-dot electronic viewfinder, tilting touchscreen…

NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Kit Lens for Nikon Z5

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

The NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is the new kit lens for the Z5 entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera. This portable lens features a retractable design that is extended by rotating the zoom ring.

It doesn suffer somewhat from having a rather modest 24-50mm focal range, wide but pretty short for an all-in-one lens, and very slow f/4-6.3 maximum apertures, but there is a customisable control ring and Nikon claims that the focusing is quiet enough for video use.

The Nikon Z5 looks like such a capable camera that we'd probably skip this lens entirely and invest in some decent glass, like the Z 24-70mm f/4 S, unless the price for the Z5 kit is simply too tempting.

The NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is the new kit lens for the Z5 entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera. This portable lens features a retractable design that is extended by rotating the zoom ring. It doesn suffer somewhat from having a rather modest 24-50mm focal range, wide but pretty short for an…

Nikon Update NIKKOR Z Mirrorless Lens Roadmap, Z 14-24mm f/2.8 Due in 2020

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

Nikon has announced that it will continue to expand the NIKKOR Z lens line-up with a variety of high-performance lenses that help to "stimulate photographers' creative intent".

Nikon has announced that it will continue to expand the NIKKOR Z lens line-up with a variety of high-performance lenses that help to "stimulate photographers' creative intent".

Nikon Announces 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters for NIKKOR Z Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

Nikon have unveiled two new teleconverters, the traditional 1.4x and 2x variants, for their NIKKOR Z range of full-frame mirrorless camera lenses.

The first lens to be compatible with these teleconverters is the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S, which hasn't actually been released. We can probably expect the teleconverters and 70-200mm to be launched alongside each other sometime in "late Summer 2020".

Nikon have promised that "as the NIKKOR Z lens line-up expands, more lenses will be compatible with the Z Teleconverters", which seems to suggest that they aren't compatible with any of the Z lenses that have already been released.

Pricing is somewhat predictably on the eye-wateringly high side - £549 | €649 for the 1.4x and £599 | €699 for the 2x.

Note that Nikon have significantly one-upped Canon by releasing teleconverters that actually work with their 70-200mm f/2.8 mirrorless lens...

Nikon have unveiled two new teleconverters, the traditional 1.4x and 2x variants, for their NIKKOR Z range of full-frame mirrorless camera lenses.The first lens to be compatible with these teleconverters is the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S, which hasn't actually been released. We can probably expect the teleconverters and…

Nikon Z50 V2.00 and Z7/Z 6 V3.10 Firmware Updates

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Nikon has just announced new firmware updates for the Z50, Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Version 2.00 for the APS-C (Nikon DX format) Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera adds Animal-Detection AF, improves subject-tracking AF and adds support for the new 1.4x and 2x teleconverters.

Firmware version 3.10 for the full-frame (Nikon FX format) Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 mirrorless cameras adds support for the new 1.4x and 2x teleconverters.

Nikon has just announced new firmware updates for the Z50, Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras. Version 2.00 for the APS-C (Nikon DX format) Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera adds Animal-Detection AF, improves subject-tracking AF and adds support for the new 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. Firmware version 3.10 for the full-frame…