News Shooter published a comprehensive review of the new DJI Smart Controller. DJI announced the controller for the Mavic 2 series of drones at CES recently. If you are or tired of slaving your smart device to your controller with a cable or wedging it into the controller’s socket, read this review here to help you decide if the new integrated controller is right for you.
Leica Fotopark, established in 2014, and curated by Leica Fotografie International posted a simple message on their home page:
We have made the decision to shift our focus to concentrate on the exchange between photographers and photography experts. In light of this, we would like to recommend the LFI.Gallery as the ideal location for your photos in the future.LeicaFoto-park.com
There is no further explanation, but there are several links to the LFI Gallery.
Fujifilm announced the release of its first telephoto zoom lens for the GFX system. The brand boasts “astonishing image resolution with 100MP+ sensors” as well as a host of other features. The lens is compatible with the GF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter. Read the full announcement here.
Nikon announced the COOLPIX B600 compact digital camera. It features a 60x optical zoom that covers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-1440mm. With additional Dynamic Fine Zoom it can achieve a zoom ratio of 120x. Additionally, the 16MP camera also features 19 scene modes and a creative mode for up to 36 effects. Read Nikon’s announcement here.
Nikon also announced the COOLPIX A1000. This compact camera offers a built in electronic viewfinder and 35x optical zoom. It is 4K UHD capable with vibration reduction and Active D-Lighting. Further, it is SnapBridge compatible for easy transfer to mobile devices. Read the announcement here.
Canon rumors reports on patent filings for 500mm f/4 DO IS and 600mm f/4 DO IS lenses. Read the post here. Additionally, a suspected shakeup in Canon’s APS-C lineup may be in the works. Read about it here.
Leica M10-P Safari Edition to be released with a matching Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens. — Leica Rumors
According to Nikon Rumors, there are four registered but unannounced Nikon cameras on the way. See the story here. However, according to The New Camera, there is a fifth unannounced body in the works, currently being referred to as the Z9. Read the story here.
The third teaser video for the Olympus E-1MX camera is now online. 43Rumors also reports on the expected video specs of the E-1MX. Additionally, a new Olympus flash system is also on the way. The system consists of the FL-700WR flash, FR-WR receiver and FC-WR commander.
Sony announced the a6400 mirrorless camera with APS-C sensor, 24MP and 11 fps shooting. The camera boasts fast autofocus and 425 phase-detection autofocus points. The autofocus system uses Sony’s 4D Focus technology and features eye recognition for both people and animals. MSRP is $899 US. Read more on Sony’s site.
Roger Cicala published part 1 of “The Great 400mm f2.8 Teardown Comparison” on the Lens Rentals blog. This first article in the series documents the dismantling of Canon’s 400mm f2.8 L IS III. It’s an interesting read for tech junkies and any photographer genuinely interested in the technology that makes long, expensive glass perform the way it does.
Did You See That?! — Digital Trends published a round up of some of the coolest displays at CES. It’s not all photography related, but worth a look. The flying, eight-rotor taxi was our favorite. The 78′ yacht wasn’t shabby either.
How Close-Up Glamour Shots Are Generating Buzz for Bees — Atlas Obscura.
BlacKkKlansman Director of Photography Chayse Irvin on Imbuing Images with Metaphors — by Su Fang Tham for Film Independent.
What to Watch
Photo Rumors published a comprehensive 2019 prediction entitled “What’s next?”– read it here.
As we previously reported, Canon is developing an 8K EOS R camera.
Mike Amos published an article on Photo Basecamp summarizing his tour of the Leica Factory and his conversations there. The article features many photos and offers insight into Leica’s future product plans. Read the article here.
Nikon Rumors published predictions for 2019 that include the D6, D760, and an additional compact camera. The article also mentions a new macro lens, and a pair of 400mm and 600mm PF lenses.
Additionally, the discussion around Z cameras centers on the recent demonstration of Prograde Digital’s CFexpress demo at CES and the new Z6 Filmmaker’s kit with. Nikon Rumors also reports Nikon will be the first manufacturer to offer ProRes RAW 4k in mirrorless cameras.
Additionally, Chinese manufacturer Kipon released their ELEGANT series of lenses for Nikon Z and Canon R mount cameras. The series includes 24, 35, 50, 75, and 90mm lenses. Read the official announcement here.
Panasonic teases the LUMIX S. The teaser add, sent to selected people on a distribution list according to Photo Rumors, is “Full-Frame Without Compromise.” Read the Photo Rumors article and view the teaser here.
Canon confirmed the development of an 8K EOS R camera in an interview with Imaging Resource. During an Interview with Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive, ICB Products Group, Image Communication Business Operations at Canon Inc. (What a mouthful. Say that seven times fast!) Read the article here.