ZEISS has announced a 1:1 Macro lens for Fujifilm (X-mount, with aperture ring) and Sony (E-mount) APS-C mirrorless DSLRs. The Touit 2.8/50M has an equivalent focal length of 75mm, aperture range of F2.8-F22, and is priced at US $999. The video shows it being used as an effective portrait lens.
The ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M is a perfectionist with an eye for the details: with its exceptional image performance up to a scale of 1:1, this autofocus macro lens is the ideal choice for extreme close-ups. But it also comes into its own when shooting portraits or panoramas as a light tele-lens.
OLYMPUS EXPANDS OM-D® CAMERA LINE-UP WITH NEW, EXTREMELY COMPACT E-M10 — THE OM-D FOR ALL
The Image Quality and Power of the E-M1 and E-M5 are now Packed into a More Affordable OM-D Body; Two New Lenses Broaden Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds® System
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 29, 2014 — Olympus adds to its award-winning OM-D family with the new E-M10, an interchangeable lens camera that combines the outstanding image quality, speed and power of the flagship Olympus® OM-D E-M1 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 into an extremely compact and stylish all-metal body. Featuring the new TruePic VII image processor, the same found in the OM-D E-M1, 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, Wi-Fi® technology, a large, high-speed electronic viewfinder, 3-axis image stabilization, ultrafast autofocus and a built-in flash, it’s the OM-D for photographers looking for an affordable, yet powerful, system camera they can use every day. The new, super-slim M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL 14-42mm f 3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens and the super-bright M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f1.8 expands Olympus Micro Four Thirds line-up to 15 lenses.
FUJIFILM X-SERIES REACHES A NEW PEAK WITH WEATHER RESISTANT X-T1 CSC
X-T1 compact system camera features a fast real-time OLED viewfinder, extreme AF speed, and Wi-Fi remote controls for photographic freedom anywhere
Mississauga, ON, January 27, 2014 – FUJIFILM Canada, a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image resolution, today announced the new FUJIFILM X-T1, a weather-resistant premium compact system camera with a large OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) that delivers a near-instant image preview, the latest generation 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and the world’s fastest auto focus speed of 0.08 seconds*1 for a truly remarkable photographic experience anywhere.
The FUJIFILM X-T1 now gives professional and enthusiast photographers the award-winning imaging power of the X-Series in a sealed water, dust and temperature resistant body that braves outdoor challenges like never before.
Weather-resistant. The Fujifilm X-T1 is a premium compact system camera targeted to serious and advanced photographers. It inherits the beautiful retro design, the innovative APS-C 16MP X-Trans CMOS II image sensor, and the X Mount that accepts the full range of interchangeable XF and XC lenses. It is weather-resistant and three new weather-sealed lenses will be available in June 2014: XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, XF16-55mm F2.8 R OIS WR and XF50-140mm F2.8 R OIS WR.
The X-T1 has a huge 2.36m dot resolution OLED viewfinder with the world’s highest magnification (0.77x). The digital info automatically rotates when the camera is held vertically. Manual Focusing is assisted by an innovative Dual View display, Focus Peak Highlight and Digital Image Split. The tilting 3.0-in. LCD features 1.04m dot resolution. The LCD is not touchscreen.
The X-T1’s body is magnesium-alloy, is dust and water-resistant with approximately 80 points of weather sealing. It is freeze resistant to -10°C. The direct control dials are beautifully designed with the right amount of resistance when turning them: shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO, plus aperture ring on the lens.
There is no built-in pop-up flash, but an external one is included in the box. There is a hot shoe to allow you to attach an external flash unit.
The Fujifilm X-T1 boasts a quick start time of 0.5 sec. (when in sleep mode) and a shutter time lag of approx. 0.05-sec. Continuous Shooting is a fast 8fps at full resolution.
The X-T1 also offers the Film Simulation Mode popularized in its compact digital cameras to simulate the color and tonal qualities of its acclaimed film brands: PROVIA for a true-to-scene natural look, Velvia for vibrant tonality and saturated colors and ASTIA, for a silky soft look and beautiful skin tones. You can also shoot double exposure and a number of filter effects are also available in still photography.
Other practical features include built-in Wi-Fi (with remote control), One-touch Movie Recording button, six customizable Fn buttons and a Quick Menu button. A number of bracketing functions are also available. Interval timer shooting for Time Lapse photography is available with intervals of 1 second to 24 hours and up to 999 frames. The X-T1 is the world’s first camera that can use the Ultra High Speed UHS-II SD memory cards. Accessories include a Vertical battery grip VG-XT1.
The Fujifilm X-T1 is not only beautiful, intuitive, weather-proof and built tough, it also delivers superb image quality especially at high ISOs in low light. It is uncompromising in its handling with direct controls that allow an enjoyable user experience.
LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 6, 2014 – The versatile new Sony α5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is the world’s lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity.1 Weighing in at less than 8oz., the new camera boasts a formidable amount of imaging power for its size.
“Packing DSLR imaging power into an incredibly small and light package, our new α5000 is the ultimate ‘everyday shooter’ that will appeal to a wide range of customers,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. “Its sleek, user-friendly design will attract point-and-shoot users looking to upgrade, while its impressive imaging credentials will appeal to photo enthusiasts looking for a compact camera that can deliver the performance, flexibility and results they crave.”
The new camera features a large 20.1 MP APS-C sized sensor that is paired with a new-generation BIONZ® X processor – the same processor in the award winning Sony α7 and α7R full-frame cameras. These key devices work together to deliver crisp, high-quality still images and full HD videos in all types of shooting conditions.
Samsung Launches the NX30 Camera alongside First Premium “S” Lens
Capture and share high quality imagery in an instant with advanced features, improved flexibility and fast connectivity
SEOUL, Korea – January 02, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced today the professionally-inspired NX30 compact system camera, featuring high quality images and with faster than ever performance. Samsung also expanded its line of NX lenses with the introduction of its first “S” Series premium lens.
“The NX30 continues the evolution of our award-winning NX series of cameras, bringing with it new and improved features such as a better imaging processor and our advanced SMART Camera offering. Not only does this camera deliver the performance users demand, it is also easy-to-use so that moments are never missed,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “The NX30 allows photographers to shoot with confidence, providing a seamless ability to capture moments and share them immediately, delivering exceptionally beautiful photographs while creating an unmatched photo-sharing experience.” Continue Reading »
The Samsung SMART CAMERA NX30 is Samsung’s flagship mirrorless camera, featuring a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor (23.5 mm x 15.7 mm) with Hybrid AF that combines 105 Phase detection AF and 247 Contrast-detect AF for lightning-fast and accurate autofocusing.
The NX30 ticks almost all the features enthusiasts look for and adds one more that you may not even have thought of: an XGA (2.36M-dot) EVF that conveniently tilts 80° up. A Proximity eye-sensor automatically switches the display from the AMOLED screen to the EVF when you bring your eye up to the viewfinder, and back to the AMOLED screen when you move your eye away from the viewfinder.
A top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. allows freezing fast-moving subjects and capturing the decisive moment in action photography as well as allowing the use of a large aperture in bright daylight to obtain shallow depth of field bokeh effects. Continuous Shooting is at 9fps with autofocus.
The Samsung NX30 is brimming with Wi-Fi capabilities, including Embedded NFC (Near Field Communication) and Wi-Fi to allow you to send pictures to your smartphone or tablet by simply touching the camera to the device.
Shoot Full HD 1080 / 60p video with stereo sound with a 3.5pi microphone. A standard 3.5 mm microphone jack allows the use of an external microphone. The Smart Range+ feature automatically gives tonal detail a boost, so shadows are a little brighter, and highlights are a little darker. Dual IS features both optical and electronic image stabilization. HDMI interface connects your camera to your HDTV.
Features advanced photographers will appreciate: RAW file support, PASM shooting modes (with full shutter speed range available), manual zoom ring, manual focus ring (fly-by-wire), and a iFn feature that turns the focus ring into a Function ring.
You won’t have to suffer through a cheap image viewer and editor here: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is bundled free with your NX30.
The Samsung NX30 retails (street prices) for CAD $ 969 / US $799 / £652 with the 18-55mm OIS III kit lens. Check latest prices / Buy
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is an advanced mirrorless offering a number of firsts for Panasonic. Using the latest-generation 16 megapixels CMOS sensor, this camera adds built-in stabilization to benefit all lenses. It also offers highly flexible framing with both a tilting EVF and tiling LCD. The EVF is unrivaled with an unprecedented 2.8 megapixels and nearly 100% coverage of AdobeRGB colors.
The GX7 offers both mechanical and electronic shutters. Both can sustain 5 FPS at full-resolution and the latter is used to capture full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. A maximum speed of 1/8000 lets it capture ultra-fast action. As the most feature-rich Panasonic to date, the GX7 bristles with functionality which includes bracketing, multiple exposure, built-in HDR, an interval timer and much more.
A review of the Panasonic GX7 was just published. Read it to find out everything there is to know about the GX7 and how it compares to the competition. Be sure to check out the gallery of full-resolution images and sample video.
FUJIFILM ONCE AGAIN REDEFINES THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE WITH THE NEW X-E2
New X-E2 digital camera features high-speed hybrid AF with phase detection, lens modulation optimizer and professional movie capture
Valhalla, N.Y., October 18, 2013 – As a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image resolution, FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-E2, a premium interchangeable lens camera featuring the latest generation 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II*1 sensor and the segment’s fastest autofocus of 0.08 seconds*2 for a truly remarkable photographic experience.
As the fifth interchangeable lens camera system introduced within the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Series, the FUJIFILM X-E2 delivers picture quality that rivals full-frame cameras with high definition image capture, Fujifilm’s legendary color reproduction and category-leading speed.
“Outstanding image quality and beautiful design are the hallmarks of the FUJIFILM X-Series experience, and today’s announcement of the new X-E2 shows Fujifilm’s unrelenting commitment to photographic excellence,” said Manny Almeida, senior vice president and general manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Imaging and Electronic Imaging Divisions. “With the X-E2, photographers will immediately be amazed by its high-speed hybrid AF with phase detection, pin-sharp image quality, and improved HD movie capture for endless photographic possibilities.” Continue Reading »
Panasonic’s LUMIX GM1 (DMC-GM1) is the new ultra compact DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera as well as the most compact and fashion forward looking LUMIX G camera to date. “Combining a balance of style and photographic hybrid performance, the GM1 provides outstanding picture quality.” With ground-breaking micro technology, the GM1 easily fits into your pocket and can be incorporated into day-to-day activities for any style-conscious enthusiast.
Stay in Style with an Ultra Compact Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
New Stylish LUMIX GM Series Raises its Cool Factor
Mississauga, ON (October 17, 2013) – Panasonic is proud to announce the new, fashionable, compact GM series to its line of LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras. The DMC-GM1 boasts an iconic and stylish compact profile plus highly functional performance with a large Digital Live MOS Sensor based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The LUMIX GM1 offers the perfect balance of style and photographic performance on-the-go with outstanding image quality.
Whether it’s an artistic shot that encapsulates a city or an expression of personality and style, this camera will capture your vision with absolute clarity and precision. The LUMIX GM1’s 16 megapixel sensor delivers a modern approach to image capture with both high quality HD movies and dynamic photos, and all with the simple press of a button.
A fashionable compact for your lifestyle
The LUMIX GM1 represents the most compact and fashion-forward LUMIX G camera to date. Ground-breaking micro technology design has enabled Panasonic to pack the very latest imaging technology into the camera’s compact metallic alloy frame. Not only does this give the LUMIX GM1 an elegant look and feel, but the camera easily fits into your pocket and can be incorporated into the day-to-day activities of any style-conscious photo enthusiast. Plus, with many interchangeable lenses to choose from, creative options are nearly limitless. Continue Reading »
SONY UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERAS1
New Sony α7 Series Are World’s Smallest, Lightest Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras2
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15, 2013 – Sony’s new α7 and α7R digital cameras are the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens models2. Highly anticipated by professional photographers and imaging enthusiasts alike, the two new cameras offer an unmatched combination of creativity, customizability and portability.
The α7R model features a 36.4 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor – the highest resolution sensor in the history of Sony’s α line – with no optical low pass filter for added resolving power and increased image detail. The α7 model boasts an impressive 24.3 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor and an innovative fast Hybrid AF system.
Each camera is equipped with advanced imaging features including a powerful new BIONZ® X processor; fast AF capabilities; a clear, bright XGA OLED Tru-finder, full HD 60p video recording, Wi-Fi® and NFC connection, dust-and moisture- resistance and more.
“With these new α7 camera systems, Sony has completely redefined the look and feel of a professional-grade digital camera,” said Mike Kahn, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics. “The α7 and α7R cameras are significantly smaller, lighter and more portable than any other full-frame interchange lens camera yet deliver image quality, power and performance that professionals and enthusiasts crave.” Continue Reading »
Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape took a pre-production E-M1 during a week’s trip to Paris, France and has completed his rolling field report. His conclusion is telling and a harbinger of what APS-C (mirrorless and traditional mirrored DSLR) cameras can expect to be facing in the future when pitted against the Micro Four Thirds (mFT) mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The mFT standard is a good one, offering users the freedom to mix and match cameras and lenses and not get tied down to one system only. Let’s hope that more camera manufacturers will see the light and join this standard.
The MFT advantage used to be smaller cameras and smaller and lighter lenses. Now the body size advantage has been challenged, but the lens size advantage remains, and always will, MFT used to mean some compromises when it came to image quality, but those days are past. Only the most neurotic pixel peeper will find anything to kvetch about with files from the Olympus E-M1 and its contemporaries.