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The Zeiss Milvus 25 mm f/1.4 lens is the company’s latest full-frame single-lens reflex camera lens. The lens, which was developed for the DSLR systems from Canon and Nikon, is claimed to be suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography, and for journalistic shots and videos.
The completely new optical design is said to ensure superior performance across the entire image field, delivering high-contrast photos and a harmonious bokeh.
The company claims even at full aperture there are hardly any colour fringes.
The metal housing makes the lens robust, and it offers dirt and dust protection. The 172-degree focus rotation angle is said to enable precise manual focusing.
The lens is not just for photography, with the company saying the lens is suitable primarily for interviews and documentaries where the videographer can utilize natural light. Thanks to the de-click function in the version for the Nikon mount the aperture can be adjusted continuously.
The Zeiss Milvus 25 mm f/1.4 will be available in November.
What’s that line: everything new is old again? Leica has reached back into its classic lens bin and come up with the Thambar-M 90 mm f/2.2, the modern version of a 1935 soft-focus lens, designed for portraiture. The optical design of its ancestor remains almost unchanged. The only difference is that the four elements in three groups that make up the design have now been single-coated to protect the glass against environmental influences and surface corrosion. The 20 blades of its iris deliver a unique bokeh with perfectly round rendition of point light sources.
The soft look of the Thambar is the result of intentionally accepted under-correction of spherical aberration. This under-correction increases towards the edges of the optical system with the consequence that not only the depth of focus, but also the degree of softening can be precisely controlled by means of the stepless aperture setting. The effect is more pronounced as apertures increase, and is continually reduced as the lens is stopped down to smaller apertures.
The design of the original lens has been almost completely preserved. The black paint finish, the proportions of the lens and its aperture engravings in red and white correspond to the appearance of the original. In addition to this, slight modifications have been made that bring the lens into line with the current, minimalist design of modern M-series lenses. These include the knurling, the lettering and scales and the specific use of sharp edges and bevelling.
The Leica Thambar-M 90 mm f/2.2 will be on sale from mid-November.
The new flagship addition to the G-series of premium compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III features a 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology.
Canon says the new model offers “dramatic improvements” from the series’ previous flagship, noting the sensor delivers “fantastic” image quality in both stills and video. This upgrade pairs with a 24-72 mm equivalent lens with Optical Image Stabilization delivering maximum brightness and increased sharpness in images and an ISO range of 100-25,600.
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system provides extremely fast and smooth autofocus capabilities across nearly the entire focal plane, says the company.
The camera is dust and water resistant.
It has a 2.36 million dot Organic LED electronic viewfinder; Touch & Drag AF linking the viewfinder and touch panel monitor to quickly adjust focus targeting without looking away from the viewfinder, or using Smooth Zone AF to track subjects with the touch of a finger.
The camera also has a 3.0-inch Vari-angle Touch LCD Monitor.
The new model is capable of fast continuous shooting up to approximately 7 frames per second (fps), or up to 9 fps with AF fixed, working with Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
A new shutter release function is said to offer a sophisticated sense of operation, similar to high-end EOS models, providing a comfortable hold during continuous shooting.
You can connect to a smart device via built-in Wi-Fi, NFC or Bluetooth to facilitate easy sharing or utilize the Camera Connect app to shoot remotely.
Panoramic Shot Mode allows users to capture panoramic photos, simply be swinging the camera while shooting either vertically or horizontally.
The camera offers Full HD 1080/60p video with high ISO speed shooting and smooth accurate focus when used alongside Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology, while 5-axis movie IS helps reduce the effect of camera shake when shooting handheld.
You can capture Time-Lapse Movies with intuitive settings that help determine intervals and exposure.
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is scheduled to be available in November for an estimated retail price of $1599.99.
Sony has a new flagship model in its Cyber-shot RX10 series, the RX10 IV. The company says it features the world’s fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points and a whopper of a lens: 24-600 mm (equivalent) f/2.4-F4 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*.
The camera is equipped with a 1.0-inch, 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip along with a BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI. These key components all work together, says Sony, to maximize overall speed of operation and performance.
A first for the RX10 series, the new model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65 percent of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to ultimately enable the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. Additionally, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV employs High-density Tracking AF technology, previously available only in a select few of Sony’s alpha interchangeable lens cameras. This tech concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy.
Other AF improvements include an enhanced version of the Eye AF, Touch Focus and Focus Range Limiter. AF-ON setting is also assignable, as well as multiple AF modes including AF-S, AF-C and AF-A, which can be easily adjusted based on user preferences and shooting situations.
The camera offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking, with buffer limit of up to 249 images. EVF display lag during continuous shooting has been substantially reduced, suggests Sony. Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.
The camera also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects, and can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged. A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well.
Sony says the camera’s lens helps achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range. It includes a super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and ED aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration, and Zeiss T* Coating to minimize flare and ghosting.
The lens also has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. When the feature is activated, it is equivalent to an approximate 4.5 steps shutter speed improvement.
Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600 mm, the lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images, says Sony.
The new model offers 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording, with its Fast Hybrid AF system realizing about 2x faster focusing speed compared to the RX10 III.
In 4K mode, the new camera utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to ensure that all the finest details are captured accurately. The camera utilizes the XAVC S codec, recording video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode. Users have the option of shooting at either 24p or 30p in 4K mode (100 Mbps), or in frame rates of up to 120p in Full HD mode.
The new camera also has a variety of other pro calibre video features including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring.
Super slow motion video recording is also available, with an extended duration of about 4 seconds (in quality priority mode) and 7 seconds (in shoot time priority). This feature gives users the ability to choose among 960 fps, 480 fps and 240 fps frame rates and among 60p, 30p and 24p playback formats.
The RX10 IV features Sony’s latest 3.0-inch tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function – another first for Cyber-shot RX series – for quick and smooth focusing operation, and WhiteMagic technology, ensuring that LCD viewing is bright and clear in even the harshest outdoor lighting conditions. Additionally, it is equipped with a high resolution, high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality, Sony suggests Triple lens rings for aperture, zoom and focus are also available, with a completely quiet, smooth option for the aperture ring that is ideal for video shooters.
To enhance customization, “My Menu” functionality has been added, allowing up to 30 frequently used menu items to be custom registered. Menus are colour coded for easier recognition and navigation, and a new Movie Settings menu has been introduced to improve the overall video shooting experience.
The camera is also dust and moisture resistant, and Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth compatible.
The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera will ship in October for about $2,200.
Fujifilm says its new X-E3 rangefinder style mirrorless digital camera offers outstanding image quality and enhanced handling. The camera features the 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine, along with a new image recognition algorithm.
The X-E3 also features a large phase detection autofocus (AF) area and provides enhanced tracking performance for moving subjects. Equipped with a newly developed image recognition algorithm, the X-E3 is able to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
The camera supports both Full HD and 4K video recording. Videos can be shot with Film Simulations in-camera.
High-speed response times include a start-up time of just 0.4 seconds, shooting interval of 0.25 seconds, shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and autofocus speed as fast as 0.06 seconds.
This is the first X Series model to feature Bluetooth low energy wireless communication. This feature offers the ability to pair the camera with a smartphone or tablet for easy transfer of pictures via the free Fujifilm Camera Remote application.
The X-E3 features a high-resolution 3.0 inch static touchscreen LCD monitor. The touchscreen can be used to select the focus area, or focus on a specific point before taking a picture. For playback, users can swipe or scroll through images, double-tap to enlarge, drag an image once enlarged, along with pinch-out and pinch-in sizing. A new Touch Function feature lets users create customized camera functions by swiping left, right, up and down on the touchscreen panel.
The company says the X-E3 is the most compact and lightweight model with a viewfinder within the X Series interchangeable lens camera range. The camera also features a Focus Lever positioned on the rear side of the camera that allows photographers to use joystick-type operations in eight directions to easily select a focus area.
The top plate features two precision-milled aluminum dials, giving the camera a premium feel and allowing users to easily adjust the shutter speed and exposure compensation while maintaining focus while taking a picture. The Exposure Compensation Dial now has the C position for exposure compensation up to ±5 stops. The X-E3 is also equipped with an Auto mode selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode where the camera can automatically select the optimum settings for a given scene.
4K video can be recorded at [3840 x 2160] 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98P, 100Mbps; continuous recording is up to approximately 10 minutes. Full HD video can be recorded at 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps and 23.98 fps, and with Film Simulation effects.
Video can be outputted to an external monitor via the HDMI port and input audio from an external microphone.
The Fujifilm X-E3 will be available in three versions in late September: body only, black or silver; body with XF 18-55 mm lens kit, black or silver; and body with XF 23 mm f/2 R WR lens kit, black or silver.
New from Fujifilm is the XF 80 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens, the first 1.0x magnification mid-telephoto macro lens in the X Series lineup. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 122 mm (in the 35 mm format).
The lens features an optical construction of 16 elements in 12 groups, including one aspherical lens, one Super ED lens and three ED lenses.
The lens has enhanced AF capabilities utilizing a Floating Focus System that suppresses aberration. The lens also supports handheld shooting with Optical Image Stabilization. A fluorine coating has been applied to the front lens element, making it less susceptible to smudges, water and dirt.
The lens is also designed to be weather and dust resistant, and operates in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.
The Fujinon XF 80 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens will be available in November.
The company says that, as with all GF lenses, the 45 mm lens is a professional quality lens capable of reproducing rich tones and unique colours.
With a construction of 8 groups and 11 elements using one aspherical lens and two ED lenses, the new lens is said to provide the highest image quality while reducing aberrations. The lens features Nano GI coating to suppress ghosting and flare, and is weather and dust resistant capable of operating in environments as cold as 14°F/-10°C.
The Fujinon GF 45 mm f/2.8 R WR lens will be available in November.
Olympus’ new OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a compact, lightweight, easy-to-use interchangeable lens camera aimed at the snapshooter looking to expand his/her photography. The camera includes image stabilization compensation and the same TruePic VIII Image Processor used in the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
The 5-Axis Image Stabilization system – for both stills and 4K video – is built into the camera body, which also features a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, a tilting rear LCD monitor with touch controls similar to a smartphone, and a built-in flash.
The intelligent AUTO Mode detects the shooting scene, subject, camera movement and light transmitted through the lens, then automatically chooses the optimal settings. The other assist modes include Scene Mode (SCN), Advanced Photo Mode (AP), and Art Filter Mode (ART), each of which appear on the mode dial alongside AUTO Mode for easy access. In Scene Mode, users can touch one of six shooting environments, each displayed on the LCD monitor. Advanced Photo Mode offers nighttime Live Composite and Multiple Exposure. Bleach Bypass is a new filter in Art Filter Mode that reproduces the silver retention method used when developing film. Type I produces a glossy look, like shining silver metal, and Type II produces a nostalgic look reminiscent of old film.
The Touch AF shutter, which now takes advantage of 121 autofocus points, allows users to choose the precise area of focus and trip the shutter simply by touching the LCD screen. Continuous AF (C-AF) Mode maintains focus on moving subjects when the shutter is pressed halfway. The camera is equipped with Face Priority AF and Eye Priority AF to ensure sharp focusing on the face or eyes of the person closest to the camera. Also available is C-AF for continuous focusing on moving subjects, and up to 8.6 frames per second high-speed sequential shooting.
The Mark III is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, which can be used in conjunction with the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app to connect to a smart device and wirelessly transfer images for quick editing and uploading to social media.
The new Shortcut Button on the left-hand side of the camera instantly displays the setting menu most relevant to the current shooting mode so that users can quickly change settings. For example, users can press the Shortcut Button while shooting in Scene Mode to quickly switch to another shooting environment.
Settings are assigned to the four arrow pad buttons on the back of the camera, including ISO, flash, drive and focus settings, which can be activated with the press of the corresponding icon. Two customizable function buttons can be programmed with one of 11 different functions, such as Digital Tele-Converter for instant activation with one button press. Two dials on the upper section of the body can be used to change settings and make adjustments on the fly.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III will be available in a black and silver body or black body beginning in late September with an estimated street price of $799.99 (body only) and $999.99 (M.Zuiko 14-42 mm EZ Lens kit).
The M100 sports a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the Canon DIGIC 7 processor, plus Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which enables high-speed focusing.
The camera also offers Wi-Fi, Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth, allowing for live-view remote shooting and the viewing and transferring of images to a compatible smart device, via the Canon Camera Connect app. Images and video can be uploaded to a compatible device for easy sharing to select social media networks. Once connected through Bluetooth, the M100 can also work with a compatible smartphone’s GPS function to provide a geo-tagged log of where every photo was taken.
The camera features a revamped and simple touch user interface that makes it easy for users to change settings, adjust modes and even focus on their subject. The 3.0-inch LCD touch-panel display also offers tilt functionality. Users can also use touch focus and Dual Pixel CMOS AF to smoothly transition focus between subjects with the touch of a finger.
Users will also discover a newly designed and intuitive touch interface that makes it easy to choose settings and focus shots, while beginners can learn and improve on their photography using Canon’s Creative Assist function, an intuitive setting that allows users to execute their creative vision, even without an “expert level” of camera knowledge. To make a scene brighter or blur backgrounds, users simply select their desired change within the Creative Assist menu, and the camera will automatically make corresponding setting adjustments, available immediately in live view. Preferred settings can be saved for next time, while those using the mode will begin to learn more advanced camera techniques to further pursue their creative vision—beyond just Auto Mode.
The M100 is slimmer and lighter than other M-Series offerings. There are two body colour options: white or black.
There are seven EF-M lenses, plus those with Canon’s EF lenses can use the EF-EOS M Mount Adapter (sold separately) to connect them to the camera.
Video Mode delivers Full HD 1080/60p video or time-lapse movies with the push of a button (or use Hybrid Auto to pull still frames from HD video recordings.
Continuous Shooting offers up to 4 frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting; up to 6.1 with fixed AF.
ISO range is 100–25,600.
In-Camera RAW conversion is available.
Self-Portrait Mode is via the 180-degree tilt of the LCD screen; adjust brightness, focus and use Smooth Skin function.
HDR Backlight Control: shoot three images with different exposures.
Creative filters include Grainy Film, Art Bold, Fish-eye Effect.
The Canon EOS M100 is scheduled to be available in October. for an estimated retail price of $779.99 with the EF-M 15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
The Canon EF 85 mm f/1.4L IS USM lens is an addition to the company’s existing 85 mm focal-range lens line-up. It is the first Canon EF 85 mm lens to feature image stabilization, providing up to four stops of shake correction.
The lens utilizes one large diameter, high-precision molded glass aspherical lens and features an ASC coating. The lens has a circular aperture with 9-blade iris.
The Canon EF 85 mm f/1.4 L IS USM is scheduled to be available November.