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    Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R Announcement

    After the loud premiere of full-frame mirrorless Canon and Nikon, Panasonic becomes their competitor by presenting two Lumix models: S1 and S1R. Will Panasonic surprisingly become the author of the most interesting premiere of the year? Let's find out. S1R is equipped with the 47MP sensor and S1 - with the 24MP sensor. Both cameras enable the recording of videos in 4K with the speed of 60f/s. The lenses with the L mounts, which, as the producer informed, becomes an open standard supported and developed by Panasonic, Leica and Sigma, can be mounted on the cameras. 1). Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R There are many black holes in the specification of cameras announced by Panasonic, but we know that with regard to S1R and S1 we can expect the Micro Four Third system, a quick AF based on DFD technology (supported by AI), sensor stabilization, 3" touch LCD screen rotated in many directions and exceptional time of synchronization of the flash and the lamp. The cameras will also be equipped with the highest-quality electronic viewfinder, auxiliary LCD screens and two memory card slots - one in SD format and one in XQD. The cameras' bodies are protected against splashes and dust. 2). Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R We can talk about the ergonomics of the Panasonic cameras only based on the slides presented during the conference. Function buttons placed near the mounts, dedicated buttons as well as the mode knob combined with the PASM knob placed on the upper wall show the expanded ergonomics of the camera. The back of the camera has not been shown. 3). Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R New lenses were presented with new cameras. Three of them: 50mm f/1.4, 24-105mm and 70-200mm should satisfy basic needs of photographers. As for now, there are 8 compatible constructions to choose from in Leica's offer and Sigma lenses are to see the light of day soon. Panasonic lenses are to be available until 2020. The premiere of new Panasonic cameras is announced for the beginning of 2019. Then we will get to know the prices of S1R and S1.
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    Apple iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr Announcement

    Traditionally in September, the Apple conference, during which three new iPhone smartphones: Xs, Xs Max and Xr were presented, took place. The producer has announced a real revolution in smartphone photography. Let's see how true that is. One thing should be said directly - there is no equipment revolution in photography and new iPhones do not significantly differ in this matter compared to their predecessors. iPhone Xs and Xs Max are equipped with a pair of 12MP cameras with 28mm and 56mm lenses with the brightness of f/1.8 and f/2.4. The cameras have optical stabilization. The Xr model has only one camera with the resolution of 12MP, with the f/1.8 lens. The sensor of the camera is of 1/2.6" size and an individual pixel's size of 1,4μm. Such a construction should bring an opportunity of taking much better photos in low light. In the cases of a lack of light, we have an improved flash at our disposal. 1). iPhone Xs Max Camera The main novelty concerning taking photographs with the use of new iPhones seems to be the Smart HDR mode in which the camera takes eight photographs and then creates one balanced frame. Another improvement is the "portrait mode" in which background blurring has been significantly improved in comparison to older iPhones. The level of background blurring can be regulated after taking a photograph. On the front of the smartphones, we will find a well-known set of detectors thanks to which we can unlock our smartphone by showing our face. The "selfie" camera has the resolution of 7MP and the lens' brightness is f2/2. The background blurring effective can be achieved also with the use of the photographs taken by the front camera. Video registered with the use of the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max is maximally of 4K resolution and can be recorded with the speed of 60f/s. - so there's no breakthrough here. Still, the producer has announced that thanks to better image processing the recorded films are to be characterized by better colors and a wider dynamic range - unfortunately, we can achieve this only by recording videos with the speed lower than 30f/s. Full HD films can be registered with the speed of 240f/s. Four microphones in the device are responsible for good sound quality. 2). iPhone Xs All three presented smartphones are "framelds" constructions. In Xs and Xs Max models, OLED screens with the dimensions of, respectively: 5,8" (2436 x 1125 px) and 6,5" (2688 x 1242px) are used. Pixel density is 458ppi, contrast - 1.000.000:1 and brightness - 625cd/m2. The screens support HDR technology. The screen of iPhone Xr is a bit poorer since it is a classic 6,1" IPS LCD with the resolution of 1792 x 828px, which results in the pixel density of 326ppi. The latest equipment novelty is a new A12 Bionic processor, based on neuron networks. The main processor has six cores. Four cores have a graphic arrangement od smartphones, thanks to which the general speed of work is to increase by 50% and the applications are to load 30% raster. All of this is achieved with the electricity demand decreased by 50%. New iPhones are more sealed (IP68 class) and they can be immersed by 2 meters for 30 minutes. The phones support handling two SIM cards (nano SIM and sSIM) and their speakers have also been improved. Demand for energy has decreased, thanks to which iPhone Xs is supposed to work 30 minutes later and iPhone Xs Max - 90 minutes longer than iPhone X. New Apple smartphones are already available and their prices are as follows: Apple iPhone Xr - $748. Apple iPhone Xs - $999. Apple iPhone Xs Max - $1099
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    GoPro HERO 7 Announcement

    GoPro HERO 7 announces the imminent death of gimbals - is it only boasting? The main improvements of the seventh series of sports GoPro cameras should be : stabilization, as with the use of a gimbal, and a possibility of streaming materials directly to social media. In the offer there are three GoPro 7 cameras - the cheapest one is called White, the medium model is Silver and the top model is traditionally called Black. 1). GoPro HERO 7 Black GoPro HERO 7 Black records films in 4K with the speed of 60f/s. In Full HD, the number of registered frames increases to 240f/s. The photographs will be taken with 12MP resolution. There are many functions reserved for the flagship GoPro model, for instance: advanced HyperSmoot stabilization, a possibility of streaming images to Facebook Live, a removable battery, three microphones, a possibility of connecting an external microphone, saving in the RAW format, H.265 (HVEC) as well as Protune and Super Photo modes. 2). GoPro HERO 7 Black GoPro HERO 7 Silver, similarly to the Black version, registers videos in 4K, but then the number of frames decreases to 30. With the use of the Slo-Mo function, we can register images with 2x slowdown. 3). GoPro HERO 7 Silver GoPro HERO 7 White record videos with the maximum resolution of 1440/60p. and does not have some functions, such as WDR. With the use of both White and Silver model we can take photographs with the resolution of 10MP. 4). GoPro HERO 7 White All three models are equipped with a touch screen, voice control and Wi-Fi. All of them are also waterproof up to 10 meters. The prices of GoPro HERO 7 are as follows: GoPro HERO 7 Black - $399 GoPro HERO 7 Silver - $299 GoPro HERO 7 White - $200
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    Canon EOS R Announcement

    Without the never-ending guesses and speculations, almost secretly, a full-frame mirrorless Canon EOS R camera had its premiere in Nobu hotel in London. Together with the new body, four lenses and a number of additional accessories also had their debuts. The CMOS sensor of the new Canon has 30.3Mp and it is supported by the DIGIC 8 processor. The ISO range is 100 – 40,000, with a possibility of extension to ISO 50 - 51200. During continuous shooting the camera's speed will amount to 8f/s. The system called “Digital Lens Optimator” should take care of aberration correction by sending information from the lens to the camera's body. EOS R is a speed demon when it comes to AF, it adjusts sharpness in 0.05s and the number of settings combinations amounts to 5655 autofocus points, thanks to the “drag and drop function” on the touch screen - Touch And Drag AF. Focus adjustment should work up to -6EV. 1). Canon EOS R Canon EOS R is equipped with an electronic OLED viewfinder with the resolution of 3.69 million points, 0.76 zoom and the eyepoint of 23 mm. At the back wall there is a 3.2'' LCD screen with the resolution of 2.1 million points – the screen is a touch one and it can be rotated. Still, we will not find the AF joystick, the PASM knob, the mode lever as well as the knob known from the producer's reflex cameras. The camera can register videos in 4K with the speed of 30f/s, with the C-Log profile and it sends 10-bit signal with 4:2:2 sampling through HDMI. EOS R has been sealed so you can photograph with the use of it in hard weather conditions. It can also work completely silently in the “Silent LV Shooting” mode. 2). Canon EOS R A complete novelty of new Canon is the Multifunctional Touch Bar – a bar next to the viewfinder which can be touched or moved with your finger, allowing instant modification of a chosen camera function. The camera's Bluetooth is always on, which should have an impact on the battery's durability. If we're talking about power supply, the new BG-E22 grip will hold two LP-E6N batteries and it will be able to fulfill the function of the USB charger. Another novelty presented together with the camera is Canon Speedlite EL- 100 flash light, with a possibility of reflecting light from the walls and the ceiling. 3). Canon EOS R The four presented lenses are as follows: RF 24–105mm f/4L IS USM, RF 28–70mm f/2L USM, RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM and ER 50mm f/1.2L USM. The bayonet's diameter of the new RF system is 54mm and the optical glass is 20mm from the sensor. All lenses have an additional multifunctional ring which facilitates control over the system. Together with the lenses, three adapters, enabling mounting EF and EF-S lenses on new mirrorless Canon cameras, were presented. One of the adapters is equipped with a ring fulfilling a function similar to the ring which can be found in the new lenses, the other one enables the use of inserted polarizing or gray filters. 4). Canon EOS R Canon EOS R body will cost $2200. In a set with the 24-105mm f/4L lens, the price will rise to $3,399. Three of the presented lenses will be available in December and their prices will amount to (approximately): Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM - $3000 Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - $1100 Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM - $500 Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM will appear on sale next month and it will cost $2999.
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    Nikon Mirrorless Camera

    Something that has until now existed only in the world of speculations and rumors today became something real - Nikon confirmed the date of premiere of an advanced mirrorless camera with new mount, possibly in the FX format. A few days ago, the producer presented a photograph showing an outline of a mysterious camera and a cryptic advertising spot, under the title of "Travel of Light", appeared on YouTube. Today we finally got to know the date of the premiere of the new camera – it’s going to be 23rd August 2018. At the home page of the producer’s website there is a countdown timer counting 25 days from now and above it we can find a slogan: "In pursuit of light". The whole thing is stylistically close to the presented photographs and the film. 1). Nikon Mirrorless Camera As for now, it’s hard to say anything about the specification of the new Nikon baby. The rumor has it that it is going to be a direct rival of Sony A7 III. However, we already know that the camera will be equipped with a completely new mount to which (again, that’s a rumor) we will be able to mount lenses with the brightness of up to f/0.95. The buyers of the new Nikon will not have to get rid of the F-mount lenses which they had used until now – such lenses will be fit for use with an adapter. We could certainly write much more – the Internet is full of speculations, but let’s wait patiently until the date of the premiere, which is only a month from now.
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    Fujifilm XF10 Announcement

    A pocket-size compact Fujifilm XF10, announced in the last few days, should satisfy more advanced photography amateurs, but not only. XF10 in short: the lens with the equivalence of 28mm and the light of f/2.8, the 24-Mp APS-C sensor, the 91-point AF and a fashionable design, which is so appreciated these days. The camera is equipped with the 24.2Mp APS-C sensor with a conventional primary color filter (Bayer filter). There is no information which generation an "advanced image procesor” will belong to, but we can assume that it’s going to be EXR Processor II. 1). Fujifilm XF10 XT10 has a built-in Fujinon 18.5mm f/2.8 lens with the equivalence of 28mm. The photographers willing to reduce the focal length will have an "electronic teleconverter" at their disposal, thanks to which they will be able to narrow the field of vision to 35 or 50mm. We don't know the details of the XT10 lens' construction, but it seems that it will be similar to the one used in the X70 model, which involved 7 elements placed in 5 groups, including 2 aspheric lenses. 2). Fujifilm XF10 We will be able to save photographs in RAW or JPEG formats, with the maximum speed of 6f/s. The ISO range is 200-12800 and this parameter can be extended to ISO 100 - 51200. The camera is equipped with the 91 - point phase-detection AF. It will be possible to record videos in 4K with the use of XF10, but only with the speed of 15f/s. In order to record a video with satisfactory smoothness, we will have to resign from 4K and use Full HD (59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p) instead. 3). Fujifilm XF10 At the back of the camera, there is a 3'' LCD touch screen, with the resolution of 1 040 000 points. Unfortunately, it cannot be rotated. The screen is equipped with the option of gesture recognition, with the use of which we will be able to activate the camera's functions. At the back of XF10, we will not find a classic, 4-direction selector nor many dedicated buttons which we could expect. Still, there is an AF joystick, which, apart from enabling the choice of the focus point, will also facilitate menu navigation. 4). Fujifilm XF10 The upper part of the camera is a bit more classic. There we will find the PASM knob with an improved SR+ automated mode as well as a separate exposition knob and a function button. It is worth mentioning a 1:1 photography function, which is aimed at pleasing Instagram lovers. New Fujifilm is equipped with Bluetooth, thanks to which we will be able to transfer files to other devices. The process will be facilitated by Fujifilm Camera Remote application. XF10 also offers 11 film simulation modes and 19 filters, including two new ones: 'Rich & Fine' and 'Monochrome' [NIR]. 5). Fujifilm XF10 The camera has been designed in the retro style. Its housing is angular, with a slightly rounded handle covered with leatherette. We will have only 2 colors to choose from: black and champagne. The dimensions of XT10 are 113 x 64 x 41 mm and it weighs 279 g so it’s a light and small device – perfect to put in a holiday backpack. Fujifilm XF10 will appear on sale in August and it will cost $500.
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    Godox Witstro AD400 Pro Announcement

    Godox Witstro AD400 Pro is a new lamp on the market of devices with a high quality-price ratio. Among the devices offered by the producer, the lamp has its place in the middle, between a basic AD200 model and a professional AD600 model. 1). Godox Witstro AD400 Pro Compact Godox lamps, powered by rechargeable batteries, offer a unique diversity of uses. AD400 Pro is characterized by a cable number of 72 and its maximum power is 400Ws. The lamp has a 9-grade scope of power control: 1/1 to 1/256 and the flash time ranges from 1/240s to 1/12820s (support for HSS mode). 2). Godox Witstro AD400 Pro The lamp has a fixed color temperature of 5600 K (+/- 75 K) and support for TTL mode. The reload time ranges from 0.01s to 0.9s. At our disposal we have support for the radio triggering system which will, as for now, work with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Fujifilm cameras. The strobe mode has also been included. At the side of the lamp there is a big LCD screen. 3). Godox Witstro AD400 Pro Godox Witstro AD400 Pro has Godox/Quadralite mounting system, but with the use of adapters it will be possible to connect it with Bowens, Profoto and Elinchrom system modifiers. A fully charged rechargeable battery will enable making 390 flashes with full power. 4). Godox Witstro AD400 Pro The lamp is not big: it's only 220mm long and it weighs 2kg. The lamp is supposed to appear on the market in August, but its price is not known yet.
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    Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW Announcement

    In July, the users of Pentax digital reflex cameras will be able to enjoy the benefits of a new, bright lens - FA* 50 mm f/1.4 SDM AW. Unfortunately, out of the pair of modern ”Star” lenses (HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW and HD PENTAX-DA 11-18mm f/2.8), announced this year, only the first one will appear on sale. The premiere of the second one is scheduled for 2019. Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW is a fixed lens. Its optical system consists of 15 lenses placed in 9 groups (3 apsherical lenses, 1 made of abnormal-dispersion glass). The aperture of the lens is made of 9 blades and the minimum focus distance is 40 cm. 1). Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW The new AF ring motor is supposed to ensure a 7.5x greater torque from the one in the previous constructions of this producer. The effect of this is quicker and more accurate focusing. 2). Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW The properties of the aperture and the coatings of the lenses: HD, Aero Bright II and Super Coating, are supposed to ensure the background blur and good contrast in hard lighting conditions. Light reflections and flares are supposed to be kept to a minimum. The coatings of the lenses enable keeping them clean. 3). Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW The lens is, of course, sealed and splash-proof. Since the electromagnetic aperture has been applied in the lens, we will be able to use it only with the latest models of Pentax cameras: K-1 Mark II, K-1, K-3 II, K-3, KP, K-70, K-S2 or K-S1. Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW is to appear on sale at the end of July and the price of the lens, as at today, is $1200. You can preorder this lens here.
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    Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Announcement

    Professional users of mirrorless Sony cameras can finally complete their arrays with a new bright FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens which has been announced for a long time. The lens has been designed having in mind sports photographers as well as the ones wanting to catch wildlife in movement – the combination of the above in the form of, for instance, a bear on a skateboard is, of course, possible. 1). Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS The optical system of the new Sony lens is based on 23 lenses placed in 17 groups, 3 of which are low-dispersion fluorite lenses. In order to ensure good balance of the lens, the lenses have been placed in the central and rear parts of the system. The lenses are covered with anti-reflective and fluorine coatings, which enable keeping them clean. 2). Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS The lens is equipped with a 11-blade aperture. Two newly-designed linear motors, which are supposed to facilitate the tracking of moving objects, are responsible for the functioning of the autofocus. At our disposal, we have 3 modes of image stabilization and a sharpening clutch. On the side of the lens, we have function buttons, including Full-Time DMF switch, which enables continuous manual sharpening. 3). Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS One of the main advantages of the lens is its construction. It has the dimensions of 158 x 359mm, it weighs only 2.7kg and it is supposed to enable, in special circumstances, photographing ”from hand”. The lens is made of magnesium and is, of course, sealed. Inserted filters with the diameter of 40.5mm can be used on the lens. In the case of using 1.4x and 2x converters, the brightness will decrease by, respectively, f/4 and f/5.6. 4). Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS will appear on sale in September. The enthusiasm may be cooled down by the price of the lens since, as at today, it will cost $12000.
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    Leica C-Lux Announcement

    A few days ago a new Leica C-Lux, one of the best 1'' compact cameras on the market, had its debut on the market. The camera is equipped with the 20.1 Mp 1" MOS sensor with the ISO range of 125-25600. We will be able to save up to 28 RAW photographs with the speed of 10f/s. Still, these are not parameters thanks to which we will be certain that we want to buy the Panas... sorry, Laica camera. The biggest advantage of this camera is its lens. C-Lux is the equivalent of 24-360mm and this parameter should fulfil its role in all kinds of photography. The lens is equipped with quick autofocus which uses 'Depth From Defocus' technology and 5-axis stabilization system. 1). Leica C-Lux At the back of the camera, there is a 3'' LCD TFT touch screen, with the resolution of 1.24 Mp and (almost) classic viewfinder. with the resolution of 2.33 Mp - 0.53x zoom. 2). Leica C-Lux Leica C-Lux enables Wi-Fi connectivity, thanks to which we can remotely control the camera or conveniently send photographs, for instance to a smartphone. With the use of the camera we can record films in 4K (3840x2160), with sufficient speed of 30f/s, out of which each frame with the size of 8Mp can be extracted and used as a photograph. 3). Leica C-Lux As could be expected from Laica, C-Lux is a very elegant camera. It will be available in light gold and dark blue and we will be able to use a wide range of colorful accessories, specially created by the company for this model. 4). Leica C-Lux Laica C-Lux will appear on sale in July 2018 and it will cost $1050. Without a wide range of colorful accessories, and with Lumix signature, the described camera can be bought already and we can save $250. 5). Leica C-Lux
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    Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 VI Announcement

    Today, we received a specification and the description of properties of the sixth generation of the advanced compact cameras Sony RX100. Cameras from the RX100 series have determined boundaries of achievements of pocket-size compact cameras for a long time. It appears that Sony engineers have again risen to the challenge. 1). Sony RX100 VI RX100 VI is equipped with the 1'' sensor, in Exmor RS technology, with the resolution of 10.1 Mp. ISO range = 125 to 12800, can be extended to ISO 80-25600. The sensor's resolution has not changed in comparison to the predecessor, but thanks to the use of Bionz X processor, together with LSI chip and dedicated DRAM memory, the camera's efficiency has doubled. Strong hardware of RX100 enables taking photographs with the speed of 24f/s or even 233 JPEG photographs in 'Fine' quality in the buffer. The camera offers the fastest autofocus in its class, based on 315 phase-detection points, with 65% frame coverage. The focusing time is 0.03s. 2). Sony RX100 VI The speed of face tracking and recognition has been doubled, in comparison to its predecessor. Thanks to the use of a sensor with faster sampling, the rolling-shutter effect can be significantly minimized. 3). Sony RX100 VI The Sony RX100 VI lens is yet another novelty. It is equipped with the zoom with the equivalent of 24-200mm and it is based on 15 lenses (10 aspherical ones, including 2 low-dispersion lenses), placed in 12 groups. The aperture range of the lens is f/2.8 - f/4.5 - these parameters are significantly worse than on the case of the predecessor. When the new camera is in the hands of the customers, we will be able to assess whether a new processor reduces the noise in the photographs taken in low light. Now we can suspect that the optical stabilization system, with the efficiency of 4 EV should help in reducing image noises. 4). Sony RX100 VI A new thing in the new Sony is a fully touch LCD screen, with the resolution of 1228 thousand points. The screen can be folded by 180 degrees upwards and 90 degrees downwards. This should definitely satisfy vloggers and selfie lovers. The camera is also equipped with a retractable electronic viewfinder, with the resolution of 2359 thousand points and the flash. 5). Sony RX100 VI Videos will be recorded in 4K HDR, in the resolution of 3840x2160, with the use of the Hybryd Long Gamma profile. Full HD materials will be recorded with the speed of 120f/s, and in slow motion, the camera will be able to record even 1000 frames during one second. Sony RX100 VI is to appear on sale next month and its price, as for today, is $1.199.99. You can pre-order this camera using this link: Amazon
  12. Business-wise, it would not be rational if Meyer-Optik-Görlitz has been still offering the 50mm f/0.95 lenses only to the owners of mirrorless cameras. That's why today's premiere - Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 DSLR, a lens dedicated to the owners of full-frame Canon, Nikon and Pentax cameras, should not surprise anyone. 1). Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 DSLR - Sample Photo Nocturnus is a fully manual lens and its natural operating environment should be low-light locations, in which the photographer makes use of ambient light only. 2). Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 DSLR - Sample Photo The optical system is based on 8 elements placed in 6 groups, with the field of view of 47°. The characteristic features of the lens will be: unique image sharpness, contrast and coloring. The Nocturnus shutter consists of 15 blades covered with special anti-reflective coatings, whose nominal aperture size is f/0.95. Thanks to the use of the mentioned solutions, the bokeh which we will achieve by taking photographs with the lens shall satisfy even the biggest malcontents. 3). Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 DSLR - Sample Photo The aperture of the lens can be shut down to the value of f/22. It can be regulated steplessly, thanks to the use of a special ring. A convenient focus ring is clearly targeted at filmmakers. The filters with the diameter of 72mm can be mounted on the lens. 4). Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 DSLR - Sample Photo The Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 DSLR lens will be available in two color versions: black and silver. It has been made of metal and it weighs 640g. The lens will be available with Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K and M42 mounts. 5). Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 DSLR - Sample Photo The producer has announced that Nocturnus will appear on sale in April 2019 and that it will cost $3999. People who are patient and who have already decided that they want to buy a lens may save a lot of money by buying the lens now for $1899.
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    Fujifilm X-T100 Announcement

    We’ve been hearing rumors concerning a premiere of a new Fujifilm mirrorless camera for some time. As it’s often the case, the rumors turned out to be true and a new, X-T100 model has seen the light of day. The heart of the camera is the 24.2Mp ASP-C sensor, which is a step backwards compared to the higher models of the producers in which the X-Trans sensor was used. The producer has not announced what kind of an image processor has been used in the device, but we can suspect that it’s EXR Procesor II, known from the X-A5 models for amateur photographers. In an optimistic scenario, this may be X Procesor Pro, known from the latest mirrorless cameras of the company. 1). Fujifilm X-T100 The camera works within the native ISO range of 200 to 12800. This parameter can be extended to ISO 100-51200 and it is also available in 14-bit RAW and JPEG formats. We will also have 3 Auto ISO modes. Light measurement takes into account 256 zones, and the following modes will be available: Multi, Spot, and Average (no Central Weight mode). In the continuous shooting mode, we will be able to take photographs with the speed of 6f/s or, maximally, 26f/s in JPEG. 4K films (3840 x 2160) will be recorded with the speed of 16f/s. This may slightly discourage vloggers, despite the use of other conveniences targeted at this group of recipients, which will be discussed later on. In order for our film to be smooth, we will have to be satisfied with Full HD quality (59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p). 2). Fujifilm X-T100 The 91-point, intelligent, hybrid, phase-detection Auto Focus is responsible for focus adjustment. The producer promises that the AF will work faster, thanks to a new, more precise algorithm. The following AF modes are available: one-point 7x13 (changeable AF frame size, 5 types available), zone 3x3 / 5x5 / 7x7 (91 zones in the 7x13 grid), wide/tracking (up to 18 zones, AF-S: wide, AF-C: tracking). The camera is also equipped with the face and eye detection features. 3). Fujifilm X-T100 Fujifilm X-T100 is yet another of the producer’s devices which has been designed in the retro style. The anodized body has the dimensions of 121 x 83 x 47,4 mm and it weighs 448g, including the battery and the SD card. There are three color versions to choose from: Champagne Gold, Black and Dark Silver. At the back of the camera, there is a 3’’ LCD TFT screen, with the resolution of 1.04 Mp. A new solution has been used to mount the display – the screen can now be rotated upwards, downwards and it can be maximally folded and rotated by 180 degrees. These functions should be especially interesting for vloggers and selfie lovers. The screen is, of course, a touch one. 4). Fujifilm X-T100 Fujifilm has also not forgotten about more traditional users – the camera is equipped with a traditional viewfinder, created in OLED technology, with the resolution of 2.36 Mp. The viewfinder with the eyepoint of 17.5mm covers 100% of the frame and the image is zoomed by 0.62x. X-T100 has been equipped with a pop-up flash, with the lithium-ion battery, with the use of which, as the producer assures, we will be able to take 430 photographs. Something new and something old – this is Fujifilm’s concept for the placement of buttons and knobs in the new camera. There is, of course, a classic PASM knob with a new, improved SR+ mode, combining the detection of the object and the photographed scene. The second knob will be used for exposure adjustment. There is also a function button and yet another secret knob whose application is not known yet. 5). Fujifilm X-T100 The only deviation from the rectangular composition of the camera, which could be called “ergonomic”, is a tiny substitute of the thumb profile. A handle imitating grip can be mounted on the camera. Next to the screen, there is a traditional, four-direction selector, menu activation button and the control knob. 6). Fujifilm X-T100 Thanks to the use of the Bluetooth technology, the photographs taken with the use of X-T100 can be directly transferred to a smartphone or a tablet. The Fujifilm Camera Remote application will ensure smooth transfer of the photographs from the camera to one of our devices, and, at our request, to the Internet. The camera is compatible with the Fujifilm Instax SP-3 printer so we will be able to instantly print out our photographs and have them in a physical form, just like primitive people from the previous age The camera’s body will cost $599. The camera will be available in the middle of June. ORDER LINKS Fujifilm X-T100 Dark Silver + XC15-45mm Kit Lens - Amazon Please, support us and shop with affiliate links. THANKS! 🙂
  14. Martin Vronsky

    Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 II Announcement

    A Chinese producer Yongnuo is strengthening its position among the producers of budget photography equipment. The latest proposition of Yongnuo is the EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Its predecessor, Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 appeared on the market in 2014 and we remember it mainly because of its huge similarities to Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 and, of course, the price which was much power than its predecessor's. The producer assures that the II generation is equipped with an improved optical system and a more efficienct AF. The optical system consists of 6 lenses placed in 5 groups, just like its predecessor's. However, the latest construction ensures 46-grade angle of view and the zoom of 0.21x. The new technology of coatings is supposed to ensure the minimization of reflections and light reflections, which can occur during taking photographs in hard conditions. The focusing speed, precision of focal length and light permeability have also been improved. 1). Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 II The 50mm focal length and the 7-blade aperture with the light of f/1.8 are responsible for focusing. Thanks to them, we can achieve round bokeh and soft blurring. On the lens, we can mount filters with the diameter of 58mm. The minimum focus distance is now 35cm - this parameters has been improved by 10cm. In manual focus adjustment, the focusing distance indicator, which is on the front of the lens, will be useful. 2). Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 II Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 II is a compact construction, its dimensions are 75 x 52mm and it weighs 162g. The housing is made of plastic but the whole thing looks solid. The longevity of the Chinese camera should be ensured by the metal bayonet, covered with chrome. In order to avoid problems with the compatibility of various computer operating systems, the producer has resigned from the possibility of direct connection of the lens to computers with the use of the USB cable. YN 50mm f/1.8 II can be updated via the camera. At the moment, Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 II is available on Ebay. It costs $74 in the version intended for Canon cameras.
  15. Martin Vronsky

    Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Announcement

    It may seem ironic that the camera which resembles the logo of one of the most popular social media is in fact one of very few devices from which we will not be able to post any photographs on social media (maybe apart from the scans). Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6, as this is the camera that we're talking about, is a fully analog camera for instant photography. SQ6 records images in the 1:1 format, with the dimensions of 61mm x 61mm, using Instax inserts, which we got to know last year, along with the presentation of Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 - a digital predecessor of SQ6. Instax inserts with black rims are a novelty. 1). Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 In the automatic exposure adjustment mode, SQ6 will do all the work for us. The camera will examine the conditions in which we would like to take a photograph and it will, on the basis of the obtained information, adjust proper shutter speed within the range of 1.6 s to 1/400 s. It will also decide about the necessity of using flash and its power. 2). Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 The camera is equipped with 7 photography modes. One of them is the self-portrait mode, which will enter optimal focus and brightness settings. A small mirror placed near the camera's lens will be very helpful in better framing of selfies. 3). Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 In the Macro mode, we will be able to take photographs from the distance of 30cm and in the landscape mode - from the distance of more than 2m. The double exposure mode will help in placing 2 photographs on one another, the D (dark) mode will darken and the L (light) mode will brighten the photographs. The camera is equipped with the buttons which enable turning off the flash. On the rear wall, we will find a self-timer button. 4). Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 There are also some curiosities: 3 colorful filters placed on the flash - purple, orange and green, with the use of which we will be able to obtain an artistic atmosphere of the "old polaroid" photographs. 5). Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 is almost square, its dimensions are 118.7 x 128.1 x 58.1mm and it weighs 393g. The camera can be mounted on a tripod. SQ6 will be available in 3 color versions: white pearl, poppy red gold and graphite. It will appear on sale on May 25, 2018.
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