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Nikon D7500

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Nikon has taken the guts of its D500 and plunked them into a new flagship DX-format DSLR, the D7500. And, yes, that means 4K UHD video capture.

The D7500 features the D500’s 20.9-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor and Expeed 5 processing engine, eliminating the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) for maximum sharpness and clarity.

The camera’s native ISO range spans from 100 to 51,200, with an expanded ISO range up to what the company claims is the equivalent of ISO 1.64 million.

The camera is capable of shooting at up to 8 frames-per-second (fps) with full AF/AE, with an expanded buffer of up to 50 RAW/NEF (14-bit lossless compressed) or 100 JPEG images.

Nikon’s 51-point AF system covers a large portion of the frame. A Group-Area AF function has been added, handy for those shooting fast action.

The slim, tilting 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD can be used to control, compose and play back, even while mounted to a tripod. The menus can also be easily navigated using the touchscreen function.

Like the Nikon D5 and D500, the 180K RGB Metering system is used with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and “fantastic” colour rendition in nearly any shooting situation, says the company.

The body offers deep grip and comprehensive weather sealing. Nikon notes the body is durable and approximately 5 percent lighter than the D7200 and 16 percent lighter than the D500.

Also like the D500 and D5, the Auto AF Fine Tune feature when in Live View allows users to automatically calibrate autofocus with specific lenses if needed.

Through the Retouch menu, users can access an in-camera Batch Process RAW Converter that can handle multiple images to optimize workflow.

The camera’s pop-up flash can act as a Commander for remote Speedlights, while the camera is also optimized to function with line-of-sight using the SB-500, SB-700 and SB-5000. It can even support the radio frequency control system of the SB-5000 when using the optional WR-R10 accessory.

A new Auto Picture Control function analyzes the picture scene and automatically generates a tone curve within the camera.

Images can automatically be downloaded to a compatible smartphone, and the camera can also be triggered remotely using Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

As noted, the D7500 offers 4K UHD (3840 × 2160/30p) video capture, and adds the ability to produce 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera. Video files can be stored as either MOV files or as MP4 files. Like the D500, the D7500 offers 3-axis built-in e-VR image stabilization when shooting 1080p Full HD video, and can be easily focused using the rear touchscreen function.

For the advanced videographer, the D7500 offers simultaneous 4K UHD output to card and uncompressed via HDMI, as well as a headphone and microphone jack for pro-level audio recording and monitoring. To allow for smooth exposure adjustments, the camera also supports power aperture for smooth and stepless depth-of-field transitions while users can also keep highlights in-check using visible zebra stripes in live-view mode.

The Nikon D7500 will be available in mid-summer for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1699.95 for the body only, or with an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $2099.95 MSRP.

Canon 35 mm macro lens

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Look closely at the picture and you’ll notice a white ring around the front element of Canon’s EF-S 35 mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens. That’s the lens’ own, built-in macro light.

The lens, the equivalent of 56 mm on full format is designed as an entry-level model capable of focusing as close as 30 mm.

The Hybrid IS system offers up to four stopsof shake correction and the Smooth Movie Servo AF ensures quiet AF operation. Full-time manual focus is available.

The built-in LED lights on each side of the lens let users create shadows on either side of a subject or adjust intensity to give images a sense of dimension.

The Canon EF-S 35 mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $459.99.

Canon SX730 HS

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Canon says the new PowerShot SX730 HS camera is ideal for families on vacation or parents at their kids’ sporting event looking for a convenient, easy-to- carry compact digital camera capable of producing high quality photos and videos at long distances. This new camera boasts a 20.3-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor and 40x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-960 mm) in a pocketable form factor.

Features include Self-Portrait and Smooth Skin modes, 3.0-inch LCD screen that rotates up 180 degrees and built-in connectivity capabilities like Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

Canon’s PowerShot SX730 HS is scheduled to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $499.99.

Zeiss Batis 135 mm lens

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The Zeiss Batis 135 mm f/2.8 lens is the first 135 mm AF focal length for mirrorless full-frame cameras from Sony, i.e. the Alpha 7 system with E-mount. An optical image stabilizer has also been incorporated into the design.

Like all Batis lenses, this one features an OLED display that enables precise visualization of the depth of field, and sports a metal housing with dust and dirt resistance.

Zeiss says it has corrected chromatic aberration in the lens so that there are virtually no image errors. Lens construction is 14 elements in 11 groups.

Lens weight is 614 g (1.35 lbs) without lens caps.

The Zeiss Batis 135 mm f/2.8 lens will be available starting in May 2017. The factory’s suggested retail price is 1,999 euros.

Four Sigma lenses

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sigmaSigma has announced four new lenses, three in its Art category, one in its Contemporary category: 14 mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, 135 mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, 24-70 mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art, 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary.

Sigma says the 14 mm lens incorporates the same aspherical element as the company’s 12-24 mm f/4 Art. Boasting outstanding image quality from centre to edge, the 14 mm lens features the largest glass mold (80 mm) in the industry, notes Sigma, offering an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three lens elements are made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberration. The company also touts the lens’ fast and efficient AF system. Minimum focusing distance is 10.6 inches at 14 mm.

The 135 mm lens boasts outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge, a new large hyper sonic motor (HSM) providing ample torque to the focus group for optimal speed while the acceleration sensor detects the position of the lens for compensation, producing faster and more responsive AF. The lens is equipped with a focus limiter.

Featuring a brand new OS and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70 mm includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The aspherical elements use Sigma’s thicker centre glass design and highly precise polishing process. The lens boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion.

The 100-400 mm Contemporary zoom lens is said to offer great IQ and usability with its lightweight, compact, dust- and splash-proof design. Equipped with new OS and AF, the lens claims exceptional performance at lower shutter speeds, and also features a macro function (1:3.8 ratio), and push/pull focal zooming.

The four Sigma lenses support Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature a new electromagnetic diaphragm.

The lenses can be updated with the latest lens software from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately). The new Sigma lenses are also available for mount conversion services.

Canadian availability and pricing have not yet been announced.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i, 77D

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Rebel T7i
Rebel T7i

Two new DSLRs from Canon share a significant number of features while catering to two different groups of photographers. The Rebel T7i is an addition to the company’s line of entry-level DSLRs, and the 77D signals the launch of a new category of cameras for advanced amateur photographers, says Canon.

The T7i and 77D both feature an optical viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF system to help enable more precise focusing. In live view mode, both cameras utilize Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF to deliver what is claimed to be the world’s fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03 seconds. Both models also have built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology for easy transfer of images.

Other common features include a 24.2-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor; DIGIC 7 image processor; ISO 100–25600; 3.0-inch Vari-angle LCD Touch Screen; Movie Electronic IS; HDR Movie and Time-Lapse Movie; high-speed continuous shooting at up to 6.0 frames per second (fps).

Canon notes the T7i is the first camera in the EOS Rebel series with a 45-point, all cross-type AF system within the optical viewfinder. It is also the first in the series with Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection and the first with a DIGIC 7 Image Processor. The camera has creative filters for both still images and video.

77D
77D

The company says when designing the T7i, it took into consideration feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in learning to go beyond the program mode of a DSLR camera. Users will now be able to see on-screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings can alter the image they are about to capture.

The 77D apparently is a step above the Rebel series. Users will benefit from features like the 7650-pixel RBG+IR metering sensor, similar to the one found in the EOS 80D, and Anti-Flicker shooting mode to help combat the on-and-off repetitive flickering from artificial lights found in high-school gyms or auditoriums.

The 77D also features a top LCD panel and quick control dial for photographers who desire quicker and easier access to changing and controlling settings on the camera.

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is scheduled to be available in April an estimated retail price $949.99 for the body only, $1,149.99 with the new EF-S 18-55 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens, and $1,399.99 with the EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

The Canon EOS 77D is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price $1,149.99 for the body only, and $1,649.99 with the EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens kit.

Canon EOS M6

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With optional viewfinder
With optional viewfinder

Canon has unveiled the latest in its M series of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras, the M6, designed “with the advanced enthusiast photographer in mind.” Accordingly, the company also has announced an improved external electronic viewfinder, the EVF-DC2.

The new camera features the company’s 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor with DIGIC 7 image processor, and “super-fast” Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection for both stills and video.

Canon notes the camera sports DSLR-like dials and control, as well as access to the entire lineup of Canon EF, EF-S and EF-M interchangeable lenses (optional EF-EOS M adapter required to use EF and EF-S lenses).

Other features include high-speed continuous shooting at up to 7.0 frames per second (fps) (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock); ISO 100–25600; Full HD 60p; Combination IS with five-axis image stabilization; built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology; intuitive touch screen; 3.0-inch tilt LCD; and 5 function dials for control and customization.

When shooting with a compatible lens featuring IS the M6 will leverage both the optical IS in the lens as well as the in-camera digital IS through a Combination IS system, to help deliver tremendously smooth videos, says the company.

Usability has been improved from the previous model with separate controls on top of the camera body for mode and exposure compensation plus the controller wheel on the back to cycle through menus and additional in-camera features. The touch screen tilts approximately 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.

The optional electronic viewfinder is both smaller and lighter than the previous model and provides high-performance viewing with approximately 2.36 million dots.

The EVF-DC2 viewfinder is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $329.99.

The Canon EOS M6 is scheduled to be available in April in both black and silver models as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF-M 15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens at an estimated retail price of $1,149.99, and with the EF-M 18-150 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for an estimated retail price of $1,449.99.

Canon 18-55 mm lens

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canon-18-55The new Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is nearly 20 percent smaller than the EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, without sacrificing image quality, says the company.

The Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in early April for an estimated retail price of $324.99.

Sony 100 mm, 85 mm lenses

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Sony has introduced two new lenses for E-mount interchangeable lens cameras. They are the FE 100 mm f/2.81 STF GM OSS and FE 85 mm f/1.8 lenses.

sony-100The company says the 100 mm lens has been designed to produce “magnificent” bokeh while maintaining high resolution. The lens features a newly designed 11-bladed aperture and a unique optical apodization lens element. Similar to a neutral density filter that increases in density towards the edges, the apodization element creates beautiful transitions of in-focus to out-of-focus areas within an image, notes Sony, making for exceptionally soft, smooth bokeh. The design of the lens also ensures that vignetting is kept to an absolute minimum.

The lens supports both contrast AF and focal-plane phase detection AF, and has a high-precision, quiet direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Motor) system that ensures exceptionally fast and accurate AF performance. The lens also offers up to 0.25x close-up capabilities with a built-in macro switching ring, built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, a customizable focus hold button, AF/MF switch, and aperture ring. It is dust and moisture resistant as well.

sony-85The 85 mm lens is lightweight and can produce sharp portraits with soft background defocus. The lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system allows fast, precise and quiet focusing. It also has a focus hold button that can be customized and assigned together with functions in the camera body (such as Eye AF). There is a smooth, responsive focus ring and AF/MF switch as well, and the lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

The FE 100mm f/2.8 STF OSS GM lens will be available in March for about $2,050.

The FE 85 mm f/1.8 lens will also ship in March for about $800.

Tamron 10-24 mm lens

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tamron-10-24Tamron has unveiled an improved version of a short zoom lens, the 10-24 mm f//3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD, for APS-C DSLR cameras. Focal length equivalent is 16-37 mm.

The new lens has improved optical performance and new features, including the VC (Vibration Compensation), moisture-resistant construction, and Fluorine coating, as well as the first implementation of Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low Torque Modulated Drive Motor). The lens also sports a new exterior design.

The optical design consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. Special lens elements are utilized in an optimum configuration of one LD (Low Dispersion) lens element, one XLD glass element, one molded glass aspherical element, and one hybrid aspherical lens. While curbing an increase in the size of the optical system, the company says the new lens very effectively compensates for a wide variety of aberrations in the entire zoom range, including transverse chromatic aberration, comatic aberration and distortions that tend to become more prominent with a wide-angle lens.

BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating and the optical design inhibit internal reflections in the lens barrel and also curb the effects of harmful light rays that tend to occur with a wide-angle lens, achieving excellent resistance against ghosting and flare seen in backlighting situations.

Optimizing the actuator and the control algorithm has made it possible to incorporate VC while maintaining the compact design of the previous model.

The HLD is capable of smoothly controlling the AF mechanism even with the lens’ large focusing lens elements. When shooting in AF mode, the Full-time Manual Focus override allows you to instantly make fine focusing adjustments manually, without having to switch between modes.

The front lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints. There also are leak-proof seals throughout the lens barrel.

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible.

The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to your personal computer, enabling you to easily update your lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

Filter size is 77 mm, lens length is 84.6 mm (Canon) / 82.1 mm (Nikon), and weight is 440 g.

The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD in Canon and Nikon mount models is slated for late February launch in Japan, with Canada to follow.