Nikon announced the newest lens in the Nikon Z lineup. The 24-70mm zoom range is a staple in many pro shooters’ bags. This iteration of the lens features the all new ARNEO coating, Nano Crystal Coating, and Nikon’s new Multi-focus system. Read Nikon’s Press Release here.
Fujifilm announced the X-T30 a mirrorless, 26.1MP APS-C camera that will reach the market in late March. The camera is an evolution of the capable X-T20. Additionally, Fuji also released the 16mm F2.8 R WR lens. The camera will be available in three finishes: black, silver, and charcoal. Read the full press release for the X-T30 here. The press release for the lens is here.
Canon announced the second RF-mount camera body, the EOS RP — a 26.2 MP full-frame mirrorless camera. The EOS RP retails for approximately $1300 and is available in kits that include an EF mount adapter and a small grip extension.
The camera itself looks similar to the EOS R but is smaller. It has a buil-in 2.36MP electronic viewfinder and a vari-angle touchscreen that should please vloggers. Video capabilities include 40K 24P and 1080 60P. Mobile workflows, bluetooth, and built-in wifi make it pair well with canon’s Digital Photo Professional Express App.
Canon released an intro video about the camera as well.
In addition to the camera body announcement. Canon also announced six new RF lenses that they are developing and expect to release later in 2019. The six lenses are as follows:
- RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
- RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
- RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
- RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
- RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
- RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
The 85mm F1.2L USM DS is interesting. Its defocus smoothing feature should yield very nice results coupled with a lens with a maximum f1.2 aperture. However, the difference between it and the standard 85mm F1.2L USM will have to be remarkable for both to have a place in the market.
Olympus announced the new M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens (24-400mm equivalent) lens. The lens features ZERO coating and has a minimum focusing distance of only 10″ at the wide end. Read Olympus’s press release here.
Datacolor announced the new Spyder X Pro and Spyder X Elite monitor calibration devices. The new devices are twice as fast at calibrating your monitor with improved accuracy. Spyder X is available in Pro and Elite trim. Check out Datacolor’s page here.
Prograde Digital announced Recovery Pro, a software solution to assist with recovery of photo and video files “that have become lost, accidentally deleted, and/or corrupted.” It is compatible with a large variety of file types. Additionally, it reverse more than 90 audio file formats. Recovery Pro is compatible with Mac OSX and Windows 10 and higher. The software requires a $49.99 US annual subscription. Read more here.
Leica announced the latest limited edition of the M10-P rangefinder camera today. The Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’ celebrates the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers. It comes with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens, a VISOFLEX electronic viewfinder, and an M-PL Mount adapter.
Additionally, the camera features “authentic Cine Looks” looks–shooting modes accessed through the camera’s menu. The looks include ASC Cine Classic, ASC Contemporary, as well as cinematic aspect ratios.
|Leica announced new limited production variants of three lenses for the Leica M-System. The text below is from Leica’s announcement. Read the full press release here.|
|APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 F/2 ASPH., BLACK CHROME|
Available February 21, 2019
Reminiscent of the vintage Summicron 50 mm f/2 (II) from 1956, the APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH., black chrome features a scalloped focusing ring with barrel components machined from brass. This special lens has engravings for the focal length and distances measured in feet with red enamel paint, meticulously applied by hand. Limited to 700 lenses worldwide.
|SUMMARON-M 28 F/5.6, MATTE BLACK PAINT|
Available February 28, 2019
The Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5., matte black paint bolsters the range of classic Leica lenses with a new and exclusive color option, making for a stealthier variant of such an iconic lens with vintage aesthetic signature. Limited to 500 lenses worldwide.
|SUMMILUX-M 28 F/1.4 ASPH., SILVER ANODIZED|
Available February 28, 2019
For the first time, the Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. wide-angle lens is available in a silver anodized version. Owners of M-System cameras and lenses in silver now have another matching high-performance lens for their systems in one of the most versatile and fast wide-angles of the Leica portfolio. Limited to only 300 worldwide.
Panasonic announced the S1 and S1R cameras. The S1 features a 24.2MP sensor and the S1R doubles that with 47.3MP. If that’s not enough for you, both bodies also feature a high-resolution shooting mode that produces 96MP images in the S1 and 187MP images in the S1R. Both cameras feature contrast detection autofocus systems with 225 AF points as well as internal image stabilization.
Video shooters will appreciate the 4K 60P capabilities of both cameras. The S1 can capture 4K 60P 8-bit video internally. Its big brother, the S1R can capture 4K 60P externally, with V-Log.
The S1 is priced at $2500 and available for preorder with an expected release date of April 4, 2019. The S1R is priced at $3700 and also available for preorder with the same release date. Both bodies are available with bundled lenses. Jump to News Shooter’s article for more info. There is also an extensive article on L-rumors.
Leica officially announced the rumored “Safari” Edition of the Leica M10-P rangefinder camera. While the camera is a limited edition, the pricing is not as extraordinary as typical with other limited editions, at approximately $500 more than a standard black or chrome M10-P. You can read Leica’s press release here.