Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO
In addition to the previous development announcement of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150- 400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens, Olympus will continue to expand the M.Zuiko Digital lens lineup, adding the ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO standard zoom lens and the ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS super telephoto zoom lens.
These three lenses and their detailed specifications will be officially announced in 2020.
Further information will be available at the time of the official announcements.
An additional PRO telephoto zoom lens of an unspecified focal length will also join the M.Zuiko family, part of Olympus’ commitment to the market to broaden the field of photographic expression.
The following video presents Olympus 5-axis Sync IS: “5-axis Sync IS a powerful image stabilization technology that offer 6-shutter stops of image stabilization making handheld photography a breeze.“
We are pleased to announce three lens model updates to the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital Lens roadmap, including the addition of the ultra-compact M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO and super-telephoto M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS lenses. We have also added a PRO series telephoto zoom lens. All lens models are compatible with the Micro Four Thirds® System standard.
The following video presents Epson FastFoto FF-680W | See the Wireless Photo Scanner In Action: “With the Epson FastFoto FF-680W scanner, you can quickly organize your entire photographic history. Easily colour correct and restore photos that have faded or are in poor condition. And, most importantly, share your memories with friends and family using your favorite social media applications such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more.“
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“Epson’s holiday gift ideas satisfy everyone on your shopping list”: 2019
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Get the workaholic in your life a gift that is as ambitious, driven and productive as they are. The EcoTank ET-4760 All-in-One Supertank Printer, powered by PrecisionCore®, offers cartridge-free printing and enough ink to print up to 7,500 black and white or 6,000 colour pages1, which is the equivalent to approximately 80 individual cartridges2. It’s the ultimate gift for the workaholic who has no time to worry about replacing ink and can’t afford to run out of ink when they need it most.
Epson EcoTank® ET-4760
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Sony’s highest-resolution digital camera is the full-frame A7R IV. This mirrorless surpasses the resolution of its predecessor by almost 50%! Using a completely new 61 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor with 567-Point Phase-Detect AF incorporated, this new model can capture extremely fine details and bring them into focus with speed.
Along with the new sensor, Sony included their state-of-art 5-axis image-stabilization system, real-time tracking autofocus system in a revised weatherproof body with triple control-dials. This high-end camera offers the highest resolution EVF on the market with 5.8 megapixels of resolution.
Neocamera got their hands on this ultimate mirrorless and produced a truly in-depth review of the Sony A7R IV. There is a gallery of images at all ISO and a pixel-per-pixel comparison with a Medium Format camera to answer the question everyone had since the launch of the A7R IV: How does this compare to Medium Format? Read this A7R IV review to find out.
The Canon EOS Ra (EOS R astrophotography) is the first mirrorless camera specially designed for astrophotography. That Canon should be the first mirrorless camera manufacturer to satisfy the needs of this specialized market says a lot about its commitment to its full-frame EOS R mirrorless series.
Targeting the needs of astrophotographers, the new EOS Ra full-frame mirrorless camera is based on the EOS R and incorporates the RF mount design, 30.3MP CMOS sensor, high-precision electronic viewfinder, high-sensitivity, low-noise performance and 4K time-lapse shooting. The infrared cutoff filter in front of the sensor has been modified to allow four times greater transmittance of hydrogen-alpha (Hα) light of 656.3 nm compared to the original EOS R, and that helps to capture high-precision images of the deep-red wavelengths emitted by nebulae in vivid color, without any special camera alterations. Also, a 30x maximum magnification allows extremely precise manual focus adjustments.
Canon EOS Ra: Shooting Mode: Bulb, Shutter Speed (TV): 89.9, Aperture (AV):2.8, ISO Speed: 1250, Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, White Balance: Color Temperature (4800K), Picture Style: Standard: Image Courtesy of Canon
An optional accessory that would be a must-have for this kind of photography is an AC adapter kit, which allows the camera to be powered through an AC wall outlet or a battery-powered inverter. Other optional accessories include a BG-E22 battery grip and three EF-EOS R mount adapters to accommodate the entire range of over seventy EF and EF-S lenses.
Note that, because of the modified IR filter, Canon does not recommend the EOS Ra for general photography, since the camera cannot achieve normal color balance when shooting subjects that emit or reflect infrared radiation. However, Sky&Telescope has tried it for normal daytime photography using Auto and Daylight white balance, with interesting results.
How easy is it to attach the EOS Ra to a telescope? In an article on Canon UK, Canon professional imaging specialist and astrophotographer Matteo La Torre writes that the attachment “is less complex than with a DSLR, thanks to the short flange distance and large diameter mount of the EOS R System. You can attach the EOS Ra directly to the eyepiece holder of the telescope via a T2-RF adapter ring or by using one of the EF-EOS R mount adapters and a T2-EF ring. Alternatively, you can fit a lens to the EOS Ra and mount this on the telescope using a static or tilting ‘piggyback’ device, which enables the telescope and camera lens to be aligned and track the sky in parallel.”
The following video presents Canon EOS Ra – Astrophotography Camera | First Look: “Introducing the Canon EOS Ra, built for astrophotographers! This full-frame mirrorless camera was made for photographing the stars and other celestial bodies, with features like 4K video and 4K time lapse, 30x magnification, silent shutter, long battery life, and more!“
Canon EOS Ra
Capture The Beauty Of The Night Sky With Canon’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera For Astrophotography
Introducing the EOS Ra Camera with Specialized Filtration that Delivers Four Times Greater Hydrogen-alpha Wavelength (656.3 nm) Transmittance Compared to the EOS R
Canon EOS Ra
MELVILLE, NY, November 5, 2019 – In the words of poet Quintus Ennius, “No one regards what is before his or her feet; we all gaze at the stars.” Helping to gaze and capture the beauty of the stars and beyond, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera for astrophotography, the EOS Ra. This new camera was built off the EOS R system combining new features, such as four times greater transmittance of hydrogen-alpha (Hα) light of 656.3 nm compared to the original EOS R. For astrophotographers and hobbyists who enjoy capturing the detailed splendor of the night sky, the new EOS Ra will be an ideal camera to shoot with.
Canon EOS Ra: Shooting Mode: Bulb, Shutter Speed (TV): 119.9, Aperture (AV): 2.8, ISO Speed: 1600, Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, White Balance: Color Temperature (4200K), Picture Style: Standard: Image Courtesy of Canon
“Since the introduction of the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system last fall, Canon has remained committed to launching a line of impressive and innovative EOS R models and a strong variety of RF lenses and accessories to meet the needs of every skill level of photographer,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As a group of photographers who are passionate about capturing what we can’t see with our naked eyes, the new EOS Ra is designed for astrophotographers looking to capture vivid imagery of the night sky.”
Canon EOS Ra: Shooting Mode: Bulb, Shutter Speed (TV): 8, Aperture (AV):2.0, ISO Speed: 8000, Lens: EF35mm f/1.4L II USM, White Balance: Color Temperature (4600K), Picture Style: Standard: Image Courtesy of Canon
The following video presents The new Leica SL2:
“It’s your choice.”
A New Icon: Leica Camera Announces the New Leica SL2, Successor to the Trailblazing Leica SL
New camera resets the tone for the mirrorless market
November 6, 2019 – Building on the foundation established in 2015 with the visionary Leica SL-System, Leica Camera proudly introduces the Leica SL2, the storied brand’s new icon and next evolutionary step towards building the perfect all-purpose camera. By listening closely to the valued feedback of photographers and existing SL owners, Leica made many efforts to push the envelope of technological innovation and performance while respecting its heritage of design and legacy. In addition to a technical marvel of pure performance and unmatched build quality, the Leica SL2 is also a joyous experience to use with improved ergonomics and more comfortable grip married to the well-established, simplified three-button control layout, further unifying the Leica design language across multiple product lines. While cutting-edge new features such as in-body image stabilization unlocks newfound potential from legendary Leica M-Lenses, it simultaneously augments the growing selection of SL Lenses which are some of the finest optics Leica has ever produced. The Leica SL2 is the natural evolution of the innovative Leica SL, serving as a groundbreaking embrace of the future of digital photography and videography while paying homage to its respected history and lineage.
FUJIFILM North America Corporation has officially announced the launch of the X-Pro3, the latest digital rangefinder from the X Series range of APS-C mirrorless cameras. The X-Pro3 has a particular audience in mind: those who like to keep “in the moment” — and attempts to combine “all the feeling of film with all the ease and quality of digital.” It has also one of the most durable camera bodies in FUJIFILM camera history, thanks to the exterior use of titanium top and base plates.
Fujifilm X-Pro3, Black: Hidden Tilting Touchscreen with the 1.28 inch Color Memory LCD Monitor which is set in the standard mode as shown above
Not satisfied with a distinctly retro camera with dedicated control dials and hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, the Fujifilm X-Pro3 takes nostalgia one step further down the retro path with the introduction of an always-on rear 1.28-inch color Memory LCD on the back part of the LCD (which is turned inward in its default “closed” position). This square LCD displays shooting settings even when the camera is turned off. The “Classic” mode setting displays the Film Simulation, white balance and other settings reminiscent of film cameras where the photographer would tear off the top cover of a film box and slide it into the back slot on the back of the camera to remind himself of the type of film he was using in the camera. The “Standard” mode displays shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, the number of remaining frames, and other shooting settings in plain numbers and icons — similar to the top LCD on many pro-level cameras.
Fujifilm X-Pro3, Black: Hidden Tilting Touchscreen: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm
As mentioned, the LCD is unusual in that it is turned inward in its default “closed” position to “keep photographers looking through the viewfinder.” Apparently Fujifilm wants photographers to enjoy shooting through the viewfinder, and to that effect it has improved both the optical viewfinder (clearer, less distortion, larger angle of view) and the EVF (higher resolution and contrast, wider color space, brighter, higher frame rate) on the X-Pro3. However, if you do insist in actually using the LCD, you can tilt it almost 180° downward to reveal a 1.62M-dot Tilt Touch display. This allows you to shoot from the waist or at ground level. I’m not sure how easy it will be use the LCD to shoot above your head, unless you awkwardly hold the camera upside down.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: OVF/EVF Combination, a hybrid viewfinder: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm
A new “Classic Negative” Film Simulation is also available, which emulates the classic Fujicolor Superia negative film that was normally used back then in the film days for everyday snapshots.
Fujifilm X-Pro3: “Classic Negative” Film Simulation: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm
It is great to see Fujifilm giving the X-Pro Series its own distinct personality. It is the small and unique features only available on the X-Pro3 that will tug at your heartstring. The X-Pro3 features a weather-resistant body, fast and precise AF, beautiful color capture, low noise high ISO capability, and the ability to lock focus at close to absolute darkness (-6EV).
Fujifilm is sticking to an update cycle for its X-Pro Series digital rangefinder mirrorless camera of about every four years. The X-Pro1 was released in February 2012, the X-Pro2 in March 2016, and today the X-Pro3 is announced to be released late Fall 2019. US and Canadian prices are in the press release below.
The following video presents Introducing the FUJIFILM X-Pro3: “It’s here! We’re so excited to introduce the X-Pro3. Created with street photographers and photojournalists in mind, the features of the X-Pro3 are all designed to keep the photographer focused on its subject. X-Pro3’s revolutionary hybrid OVF/EVF and hidden LCD touchscreen keeps the photographer in the moment, while the state-of-the-art imaging sensor, high-quality 4k video, and unparalleled color reproduction & film simulation modes ensure spectacular results. X-Pro3 is a true photographer’s tool that combines all the feeling of film with all the ease and quality of digital.“
Fujifilm X-Pro3 (DR Silver)
FUJIFILM INTRODUCES THE X-PRO3 – A RETURN TO THE CRAFT AND HEART OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Valhalla, New York, October 23, 2019 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X-Pro3, the latest rangefinder from the X Series range of mirrorless digital cameras, and perfect for photographers on the move who want top-level features, a low profile, and reliable durability.
Created with street photographers and photojournalists in mind, the features of the X-Pro3 are designed to keep the photographer focused on the subject. Its revolutionary hybrid OVF/EVF and hidden LCD touchscreen keeps the photographer in the moment, while its state-of-the-art imaging sensor and high-quality 4k video ensure spectacular results. X-Pro3 is a true photographer’s tool that combines all the feeling of film with all the ease and quality of digital. The X-Pro3 is one of the most durable camera bodies in FUJIFILM camera history, thanks to the exterior use of titanium, known for its outstanding strength-to-weight ratio.
Two color variations will be available with additional DuratectTM*1 (DR) surface- hardening technology for extra toughness and premium finish. The X-Pro3 uses the back illuminated 26.1MP X-TRANS CMOS 4 sensor and the X-Processor 4 image processing engine, first seen in the FUJIFILM X-T3 and then the FUJIFILM X-T30. Using this combination and new firmware, the phase-detection AF now works down to a luminance of -6EV; close to absolute darkness. Also new is CLASSIC Neg. Film Simulation mode, which is designed to simulate color negative film that was normally used for everyday snapshots.
As much as we continue to marvel at how good the DSLR can become, we also know that it has pretty much reached the peak of its development, and that its days are numbered.
Canon should know that, with every new improvement that they bring to their flagship full-frame DSLR camera, pro photographers would be expecting the same, if not more, features and capabilities on their upcoming flagship EOS R Pro mirrorless camera when it comes out later this year or early next year, hopefully ready for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Powerful, Faster And Rugged: Canon Announces The Development Of The EOS-1D X Mark III Camera
MELVILLE, NY, October 24, 2019 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc. is developing the highly anticipated Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Camera – the successor to the world-renowned and award-winning EOS-1D X Mark II. Ideal for sports and wildlife, the flagship DSLR is being engineered and designed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers. Continuing Canon’s rich heritage of creating first-rate optical products, the EOS-1D X Mark III offers an enhanced autofocus system, with dramatically improved still and video image quality and communication. When using this camera, professionals will have the confidence they will get ‘the shot’ and can deliver it at a competitive speed – faster than ever before – ideal for the increasingly fast-paced industry.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
“The innovations put forth by the new EOS-1D X Mark III will set the new standard for professional DSLR cameras and further cement Canon’s commitment to its professional photographers,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the new camera, Canon listened to extensive user-feedback from professionals out in the field. The result is a camera that has evolved from its predecessor and maintained the overall quality that professional photographers have come to expect from the Canon EOS-1D series.” (more…)
The Sigma fp, a full-frame mirrorless camera featuring 24.6-MP, 4K video, L-mount (shared with Leica and Panasonic), and weather-proof body — and recent winner of the “2019 GOOD DESIGN BEST 100” — was announced back on July 11, 2019. A release date and price have now been announced: October 25, 2019, body only priced at $1,899 USD in the US / November 2019, body only priced at 2,499.95 CAD in Canada.
The following video presents SIGMA fp Impression | Mikio HASUI:
Sigma fp to Begin Shipping on October 25, 2019
Pricing for the Sigma fp, the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera, will start at $1,899 USD
RONKONKOMA, N.Y., Oct. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sigma Corporation of America, a leading camera, photography lens, cine lens, flash and accessories manufacturer, today announced that its all-new full-frame mirrorless digital camera, the Sigma fp, will begin shipping on October 25, 2019. The Sigma fp will retail for $1,899 USD for the camera body alone and $2,199 USD for the camera with the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens from authorized Sigma dealers. (more…)