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.
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.
Canon Watch, Canon Rumors, and Camera News are all reporting new information on the expected Canon RP mirrorless body. Read more here.
Also on Canon Rumors, somewhere between five and eight new RF-mount lenses could be announced next week. The lenses rumored are as follows:
- Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM
- Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM
If the rumor proves true, Can will have a very robust lineup of lenses for its mirrorless system including very fast primes in the 50 f1.2 and 85f1.2, the EF mouth version of which have been very popular for many years.
The New Camera also reports that a replacement for the Leica SL is imminent. The next generation SL is expected to have a 47.3MP sensor. Read the article here.
According to Nikon Rumors the next Z-mount lens announcement is the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens. This will expand the Z line to include a medium, fast aperture zoom. The current F-mount 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens is a staple in many shooters’ bags and combined with the 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED lens rounds out a very common professional set-up.
According to 43rumors, Olympus will announce a new 12-200mm lens on the 13th of February. Read the article here.
Multiple sites report a new Canon R series body for mid-2019. Canon Rumors’ article claims that the body has not begun production and will feature dual card slots, thought not for the same memory format, and that the camera will feature a traditional joystick controller instead of the touch bar.
In Canon video news, the site reports that the XA40 and XA45 camcorders should appear at NAB 2019 this coming April.
Leica Rumors updated their list of expected Leica cameras and lenses. As of this writing the Safari Edition of the M10-P was announced, the remainder of the extensive list includes a Summilux-M 90mm lens with expected f/1.5 max aperture. Additionally, speculation includes a new Noctilux-M 35mm lens which would join the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 and 75mm f/1.2 lenses in the Noctilux lineup. Additionally, a silver version of the Summilux-M 28mm f1/4 lens is apparently on the way.
The article goes on to say that Leica will continue to develop vintage lenses including a 135mm M mount lens.
In another article, Leica Rumors published an article describing Alexander Hude’s hack of the M8, M9, and M240 cameras’ firmware.
Mirrorless Rumors published an article that claims to show full Panasonic S lens images and specifications.
Nikon announced the second year of The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship. The scholarship awards $10K US to ten winners. The dates of the competition are as follows:
The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Key Dates (2019-2020)
- Application Open: January 29, 2019
- Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
- Recommendation Deadline: March 1, 2019
- Semi-finalist Open: March 18, 2019
- Semi-finalist Deadline: April 15, 2019
- Notification of Selection Results: June 2019
- Funds Disbursed: August 2019
For more information on the contest, click here.
What to Read
Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now — British Journal of Photography. An article about the Guggenheim’s year-long exhibit of Mapplethorpe’s work. The exhibit coincides with the 30th anniversary of Mapplethorpe’s death.
A World Silent — The Photographic Journal. A photo essay composed of mostly nude self portraits by half-deaf photographer Jesuuna. The images are an exploration of two months spent in Sweden, in a house that was “quiet and [she] felt completely free”
Is My Nikon to Your Canon Like My PC to Your Mac — FStoppers. Amusing, if nothing else.
Are You a Photographer or a FOMOgrapher: Part 1 — FStoppers. Interesting reading, especially if you find yourself following a lot of other photographers on social media.
The Great 400mm Teardown Comparison. Part II — The Sony 400mm f2.8G — LensRentals Blog. If you enjoyed Part I, the teardown of the Canon 400mm, you’ll probably like this.
How to Get Your Feature Film Streaming on Netflix — Videomaker
What to Watch
If you want to travel back in time and see what street photography was like in 1981, check out the video above.
And Then There’s This
Fortnite Player Discovers Game Changing Heavy Shotgun Bug — Digital Trends
According to Canon Rumors, Canon filed patents for multiple non-L zoom lenses in RF mount. The lenses include 70-300, 100-400, and 50-250mm focal lengths with max apertures from f/4-5.6. Read Canon Rumors article here.
Additionally, Canon Rumors reports filings for a 24-80mm f/4 L IS lens and a 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. Both lenses are for the new RF mount. Read the article here.
On the Cinema EOS front, the Cinema EOS C300 Mark II replacement is rumored to have 8K capability . Further, Canon will release PL mount versions of their CN-E Primes later this year.
Techart released a new adapter ring that enables autofocus on Nikon Z cameras with Leica M lenses. The adapter ring enables a Sony Alpha adapter to mount on Nikon cameras. Effectively, you have two adapters between your lens and the Nikon Z body. Read Leica Rumors’ article here.
Also on Leica Rumors: Mega Shootout (best of the best): Sony, Leica, and Phase One comparison. This is an extensive article and if you’re into pixel peeping at still life of tic tacs and stuffed animals, it’s right up your alley.
Nikon is also offering trade in deals on working digital interchangeable lens cameras valued at up to $400. Check here for more info.
L-Rumors reports that Panasonic will announce the S1-S1R on January 31, 2019. The rumored camera specifications include 4K60P video and a 47MP sensor. Read the full article here.
Nikon, ASML, and Carl Zeiss settled a legal dispute over lithography equipment and digital cameras. According to the announcement, courts will dismiss legal proceedings in February 2019. The settlement requires ASML and Zeiss to pay Nikon 150 million Euro. Additionally, Nikon will receive future royalty payments of 0.8% for 10 years on sales of immersion lithography equipment. Read the full release here.
What to Read
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.
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.
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.