Leica Announces the Q2

Leica Q2

Leica announced the Q2 camera and it’s available from authorized retailers today. The camera is a significant leap forward from the Leica Q and features a 47.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor. The lens is a fixed 28mm F1.7 ASPH Summilux lens, but the camera features crop modes that correspond to 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm focal lengths. Notably, the body is weather sealed.

Additionally, the camera feature built-in Bluetooth LE and Wi-FI, 10fps, and a 3″ touchscreen. Watch Leica’s product video below or read Leica’s press release here. The Leica Q2 costs $4995 US.

Ricoh WG-6: Waterproof and Crushproof and G900/G900SE with Industrial and Lan features

Ricoh WG-6 Orange

Ricoh announced the WG-6 compact digital camera. Designed to withstand rough conditions, the 20MP WG-6 works up to 20 meters under water. Additionally, the body is crushproof and can withstand 100 Kgf (Kilogram Force), has a built in multi-light for macro work, and a GPS module.

in addition to that impressive feature set, it shots 4K in H.264 format and is capable of ISO6400. The camera is available in black and striking orange. It’s priced at $399.95 US and available for preorder on Amazon. The expected ship date is March 22, 2019. For more WG-6 info, read Ricoh’s press release here.

The G900 is a business/industry-oriented version of the WG-600 with features like password protection and the ability to withstand sterilization equipment in medical environments. The SE version of the G900 also adds Lan functionality. Read the G900 press release and the G900SE press release.

Panasonic Announces FZ1000II and Lumix TZ95

Panasonic Product Photo of FZ1000II
Panasonic Product Photo of the FZ1000II

Panasonic unveiled two new cameras, the FZ1000 II and the Lumix TZ95. The FZ1000 II features a 20.1MP sensor, 25-400mm equivalent zoom lens (f2.8-f4), and optical image stabilization. Additionally, it can shoot 4K30p video and 1080p at 120fps.

Panasonic Product Photo of the Lumix TZ95

The TZ95 is a 20.3MP camera. It also captures 4K30p video and features a 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) lens with optical image stabilization.

The FZ1000 II is currently available for preorder on Amazon for $897.99 US.

Rumor Roundup

After a week with a few significant announcements, the rumor front remains fairly quiet.

Canon

Canon’s announcement of the EOS RP mirrorless camera and the future release of six new RF lenses dominated this week’s Canon coverage. However, additional info surfaced about future plans to release R series cameras with in-body image stabilization. The system will work in tandem with the IS functions of Canon’s lenses to provide All Optical Image Stabilization.

Canon also published the PDF version of the EOS RP’s Manual. And, in Japan, you’ll be able to buy the camera in a gold finish.

Imaging Resource also published an interview with Canon execs about the RP camera. A very interesting tidbit is the brief discussion of the upcoming 85mm f1.2 DS lens. Canon will apparently use coatings rather than an internal filter to smooth bokeh. The interview is extensive. Read it here.

Panasonic

Leica’s big news this week was the ASC 100 camera announcement. However, Leica Rumors published the “possible specifications” of the Lumix FZ1000 Mark II camera.

43Rumors.com also published additional info on the FZ1000 Mark II and TZ95 cameras.

Canon Announces EOS RP Camera and Development of Six RF Mount Lenses

Canon EOS RP

The Camera

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.

The Lenses

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.

Canon’s Press Release on the lenses is here. The folks over at DP Review already have a first look of the camera body. Check it out here.

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to this weekend — January 18th 2019

What to Read

A Photographer Plunked a Photo Booth Outside BIW and Made Shipbuilder Portraits. She Learned A Lot About Them — Bangor Daily News

Lee Friedlander’s Intimate Portraits of His Wife Through Sixty Years of Marriage — The New Yorker. Let this story inspire you to take more pictures of your family.

Flickr celebrated 11 years of The Commons on January 16th. Since its inception and early partnership with the Library of Congress, the commons has grown to 115 participating institutions. The commons now consists of over 33,000 photographs and has over 70K followers. Check out the story and some great historical imagery here.

The Future is Bleak: Why Nikon and Canon’s New Mirrorless Lenses are the Wrong Direction. This is an opinion piece published on FStoppers. At The Photo Beat we imagine it will create a wide variety of responses–all with extreme agreement or disagreement in typical Internet form. But, read it for yourself and see what you think.

I Stopped Posting to Instagram for 90 Days and This is What Happened is also a decent read on FStoppers this week.

There’s More

And in a third decent installment from the folks at FStoppers, check out Instagram Freebooting is Out of Control and the Company is Letting it Happen. The debate about copyright and permissions is at the heart of this article, but let’s be honest, does anyone have a reasonable expectation that they can maintain control of their intellectual property after posting it on social media? Should they? Is it okay to hypocritically allow reposts from fans, but then threaten legal action when the repost is from a brand or small company? All food for thought.

However, if you’re curious about what you could do, check out: Quick Tip: How To Deal with and Image Thief on PDN.

Also on PDN, With Foreign Bureaus Slashed, Freelancers are Filling the Void — At Their Own Risk

Ralph Gibson: The Life and Work of a Legend — Leica Camera Blog. This is a great article about Ralph Gibson’s work and features some of his most iconic images.

Why A Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years — Wired. In a follow up to the story above, this one is about Ralph Gibson’s transition to digital. He also discusses this in his TED Talk, Finding a Visual Identity in the Digital Age (video below).

What to Watch

And Then There’s This

An Egg Has Poached the Most Liked Instagram Post Title from Kylie Jenner — Esquire. Not much to say about this one, but if you’re using likes as a benchmark or indication of the quality or veracity of your work, you may want to recalibrate your sensors.