Shoten announced the RF version of the SPEEDMASTER 50mm F0.95 III. The lens is currently available in Nikon Z and Sony E-mount versions. The RF version will be available in April. Follow the link to Shoten’s product page (in Japanese).
AS CP+ is underway in Japan, scoops, rumors, and product teases are everywhere. Here’s a brief summary of what’s getting attention:
Nikon Rumors reports on a new Nikon Z camera coming for the consumer market. Additionally, Nikon demonstrated improved eye autofocus coming in a future firmware upgrade for Nikon Z cameras. Check the video below.
Also on display: New Nikon lenses and Techart showed off the new TZE Nikon Z-mount to Sony E-mount adapter.
Meanwhile, News Shooter published more info on the Nikon Z 58mm F/0.95 S Noct lens. See the video below for more info.
Finally, in the L-mount arena, check out this video about the Leica, Sigma, Panasonic partnership:
Nikon announced that its Z camera system and the COOLPIX 1000 with DF-M1 Dot Sight received the iF Design Award for 2019. According to the announcement, the “iF Design Award is a globally prestigious award sponsored by IF International Forum Design GMBH since 1953.” Read Nikon’s announcement 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.
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.
What to Read
Take this one with a grain of salt, it’s a slick commercial put together by Nikon and The Atlantic. Areas of Focus is a Nikon Z7 commercial featuring Joe McNally. It’s worth a look just to appreciate McNally’s work. Check it out if you can get past the marketing bit.
Meet Leander Varekamp, Our Portrait of Humanity People’s Choice Winner — British Journal of Photography
The Real Vanlife: What It’s *Really* Like to Live on the Road in a Vintage Van by James Barkman — Field Mag. “James Barkman is a photographer, surfer, thrill seeker, and life enthusiast currently exploring the PNW in his faithful but not necessary trusty 1976 VW Type 2 van”
BJP – Online Loves … — British Journal of Photography. A collection of interesting photography projects.
New Sony CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, had a great 2018 — Sony Reconsidered
What a Long Government Shutdown Could Mean for the FAA — and the Drone Industry — Dronelife
What to Watch
Wild Polar Bear Tries to Break In | BBC Earth — A wild polar bear attempts to snack on Gordon Buchanan, wildlife cameraman as he hunkers down in a protective cage. The Photobeat’s staff found this quote vey appropriate: “At this point, my fear outweighs my fascination.”
If this video piques your inserts about Gordon Buchanan, check out:
What to Listen To
Photographer Stephen Vanasco Talks Legacy, the Adult Film Industry and Social Media — Hypebeast Radio Podcast. An interview by Jeff Staple. Stephen Vanasco is a business owner, photographer, former adult film director, and Leica Ambassador.