Lenses Nikon

Nikon Announces the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Super-Telephoto Prime Lens

The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Super-Telephoto Prime Lens for the Nikon Z System is aimed at sports and wildlife photographers. It features a fast F2.8 aperture, a built-in 1.4x teleconverter that increases the focal length to 560mm, a new Silky Swift Voice Coil Motor (SSVCM) for high-speed, high accuracy AF with near-silent operation, a new Meso Amorphous Coat offering Nikon’s highest anti-reflection capabilities, and weather sealing.

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THE NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S: A NEW PINNACLE OF PERFORMANCE FOR SPORTS, ACTION AND WILDLIFE SHOOTERS

Nikon’s Latest S-Line Super-Telephoto Lens Goes the Distance with Breathtaking Image Quality and a Built-in 1.4x Teleconverter

MISSISSAUGA, ON, January 19, 2022 – Today Nikon Canada Inc. announced the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S, a high performance super-telephoto prime lens for the Nikon Z system. This fast S-Line lens arrives just in time to complement the unstoppable potential of the Nikon Z 9, and opens creative possibilities for professionals photographing sports and wildlife where there is no room for compromise on extreme reach and incredible sharpness.

NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S

NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S

The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S has unprecedented rendering capabilities, combined with a myriad of new optical technologies that enhance the image quality and performance. This lens features a constant f/2.8 aperture that provides stellar low-light capabilities as well as beautiful bokeh and subject isolation from the background. For extended reach, this is the first NIKKOR Z lens to utilize a built-in 1.4x teleconverter to instantly increase the focal length to 560mm. This feature allows photographers to seamlessly adjust as an athlete moves downfield, or to capture environmental and close-up shots of nature without changing lenses or positions.

The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S is the lightest lens of its type, engineered with superb balance, intuitive controls and weather sealing suitable for professional use. This lens is also the first to employ Nikon’s newly developed optical technologies such as a Silky Swift Voice Coil Motor1(SSVCM), enabling high-speed, high accuracy AF with near-silent operation. This new S-Line lens also features Nikon’s new Meso Amorphous Coat, which offers the highest anti-reflection capabilities in NIKKOR history.
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Cameras Canon

Canon EOS R5 C Adds Cinema Features to the EOS R5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Canon wants to topple the Panasonic S1 Series of hybrid full-frame stills/video mirrorless cameras. And it has chosen to do so by adding the professional Cinema EOS video features into the EOS R5 stills full-frame mirrorless camera. The result is a somewhat chunkier EOS R5 C Hybrid mirrorless camera. Canon is positioning the Canon EOS R5 C as an all-in-one solution “that can tackle all facets of the ever-demanding multimedia and content production landscape.” The EOS R5 C is aimed at “content producers, including YouTubers, wedding, Indie and documentary filmmakers, drone operators and multimedia journalists,” i.e., anyone who uses both a stills camera and video camera for their livelihood. More the latter than the former, as we will see.

A switch at the top allows you to flip from Photo to Video mode. Photo mode gives you the expected interface of the EOS R5; Video mode gives you the Cinema EOS interface, which is completely different from that of the EOS R5 interface. Photographers who also need to sometimes shoot video might be happy that they can now shoot fabulous 8K video non-stop, i.e. without worrying about overheating, all thanks to the presence of a cooling fan (which explains the chunkier body).They might, however, also be surprised about the removal of IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization) — an absolutely must for any self-respectable serious stills camera.

Pro videographers will be happy at the Cinema EOS features and interface. They also usually mount their camera onto all kinds of contraptions, gimbals and so on, so IBIS is not a feature that they would necessarily miss. We are supposed to turn IBIS off when mounting on a tripod anyway. Plus, now, they can also take fabulous stills images when they need to using the EOS R5 mirrorless camera. So, even though the EOS R5 C is marketed to anyone who uses a camera for both stills and video, it is however primarily aimed at pro videographers who also need to take the occasional photos.

The EOS R5 C:
– can record non-stop, uninterrupted 8K/60P thanks to an active cooling system;
– can record High Frame Rate (HFR) video up to 120P at 4K resolution in 4:2:2 10-bit without cropping the sensor;
– records internal 8K (8192×4320) 60P Cinema RAW Light recording;
– supports RAW output via HDMI for ProRes RAW recording with compatible a external recorder;
– supports XF-AVC codecs with 10-bit 4:2:2 files in a .MXF wrapper;
– is bigger and heavier than the EOS R5 to accommodate the professional video features and ports, and the cooling fan;
– does not have IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization).

PRESS RELEASE

Ready for Anything: The Canon EOS R5 C True Hybrid, Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Bridges Cinema EOS and EOS Technology

Ideal for a Wide Variety of Content Producers, Including YouTubers, Wedding, Indie and Documentary Filmmakers, Drone Operators and Multimedia Journalists

MELVILLE, NY, January 19, 2022 – Imagine having the best of both worlds at your fingertips. A Canon camera with equal parts video and still digital imaging power, all in one compact-and-lightweight package. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the EOS R5 C Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, a hybrid, RF-mount 8K camera that has something for everyone. The new camera showcases video formats and features from the company’s award-winning Cinema EOS line, alongside select still capabilities that have made the EOS R5 camera a popular and trusted choice among imaging professionals and enthusiasts alikei.

Canon EOS R5 C

Canon EOS R5 C

“Imaging professionals are living in a multimedia world. Gone are the days of only needing to be sufficiently equipped and skilled at video or stills,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “The EOS R5 C squarely takes aim at providing end-users with a solution that can tackle all facets of the ever-demanding multimedia and content production landscape. Canon is confident this all-in-one solution can help improve the workflow for a variety of content creators.”
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Cameras Leica

Leica M11 Features Triple Resolution (60MP, 36MP, 18MP) Full-Frame Sensor

Press Information

The new Leica M11 – A Legend reinvented.

Wetzlar, 13th January 2022. The new Leica M11 combines the experience of traditional rangefinder photography with contemporary camera technology, delivering a maximum of flexibility to every photographer. Featuring an exclusive triple resolution sensor, expanded ISO range, dual memory, extended battery life and a streamlined and intuitive menu system, the Leica M11 represents a new benchmark in digital photography and the most flexible M-System camera in Leica’s storied history.

Leica M11

Leica M11

At the heart of the new Leica M11 is a full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution Technology. Raw image files in DNG format and JPEGs can be recorded at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels, always using the full sensor area. The 60-megapixel option delivers unprecedented image quality and detail resolution, exploiting the full optical potential of Leica’s latest APO Lenses for the M-System – whereas the lower resolutions enable faster camera performance, extended burst lengths, and smaller files.
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Fujifilm

Fujifilm Celebrates 10 Years of X Series Mirrorless Cameras

Ten years ago, on January 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Fujifilm surprised the camera world with the introduction of their first interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera, the X-Pro1. The X-Pro1 was mirrorless, setting itself courageously apart from the DSLRs that then still ruled; used a new X-Trans (instead of the standard Bayer) CMOS image sensor with its unique color filter array and no low-pass filter; used a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder; and reverted back to using dedicated controls. Over the past 10 years, they have introduced close to 30 X models and 40 lenses.

How did a film maker succeed in producing some of the most popular cameras ever? They went retro, with beautiful camera designs (cameras so beautiful you really ache to own one) and returned to using dedicated control dials. That return to giving control back to the photographer (as opposed to having to constantly ask the camera permission through the Mode Dial) reignited the love of photography for so many that Fujifilm was able to carve out a place for itself in the cut-throat camera competition.

To celebrate this 10th anniversary, Fujifilm is launching a video project, “Reflections.” An X user will be featured every month, starting January 26 on the FUJIFILM X Series YouTube channel.

Users can also participate in the #10YearsOfXMount campaign by publishing a photo based on a published theme each month on Instagram (@fujifilmXworld). Themes will be announced every month on fujifilm-x.com. The January theme is my “BEST PHOTO.” Of course, with your submission, include relevant details of the camera and lens used, exposure settings, and any interesting story behind the photo.

The big news is that during the upcoming X Summit in May 2022, Fujifilm will reveal its 5th generation of X Series mirrorless cameras. They promise a further evolution based on everything they have learned during the past successful 10 years. Exciting stuff ahead!


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Editorial

Happy New Year 2022!

What a year 2021 was for mirrorless cameras! All major camera manufacturers entered into a race and battle in the mirrorless arena, and positioned their flagship cameras to take home the crown of Best Mirrorless Camera of the Year. Sony struck first by releasing their flagship Sony A1 early in January. The Sony A1 proved much better than any of its competitors’ full-frame flagship DSLRs, sending a shockwave through the industry — and any hesitation to fully adopt mirrorless technology vanished at both Canon and Nikon. Canon then quickly followed with the Canon EOS R3 in April (apparently, there is even a more performing flagship EOS R1 in the works), and Nikon surprised everyone with their flagship Nikon Z 9 in October. With Canon confirming that there will not be any other flagship DSLR after the EOS-1D X, the future of digital cameras is here — and it is mirrorless.
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