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. 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.
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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.
Prograde digital demonstrated the capabilities of their 1.0 (1TB Capacity) CFexpress memory cards at CES in Las Vegas. CFexpress cards share the XQD form factor, but require a firmware update to function with Nikon cameras with XQD card slots. It is unclear whether Nikon will also release a firmware update for their XQD equipped DSLRs. Notably, CFexpress cards offer a 1,400MB/s read speed and can write at 1000MB/S. Read the associated press release from Prograde Digital here.
News Shooter published an article today detailing the advantages and functions for Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras that Nikon announced yesterday. The article describes the PRORES Raw functionality and dives into the features of the Nikon Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit. Additionally, Nikon’s announcement outlined upcoming eye focus for Z6 and Z7 cameras. Additionally, Nikon will add CFExpress functionality to both cameras. Whether or not Nikon will add CFExpress functionality to D810 and D5 cameras is unclear.
DJI announced a new smart controller with a built-in screen for Mavic 2 Zoom, Pro, and Enterprise models. The new controller allows drone operation without the use of a tablet or smartphone. Further, the display is optimized for use in bright sunlight with a claimed brightness double that of standard smartphones. The controller is available today. Read DJI’s press release here.
Nikon announced the Z6 Filmmaker Kit today. The kit includes a Z6 body, Nikkor 24-70mm F4 S lens, FTZ adapter, Atoms Ninja V, a MOZA Air 2 gimbal and other accessories.
Nikon also announced the “World’s first full-frame 14mm filter-attachable lens” with their Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom. The lens is designed for both video and stills shooters. See the full press release for both sets of products here.
3 Legged Thing, British, tripod and accessory manufacturer announced their first dedicated L-bracket. The bracket, designed for Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras weighs 67g/0.15lb and is Arca-Swiss compatible. Zelda will be available in either Copper or Metallic Slate Gray colors. Read the full product announcement here.