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.
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.
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.
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.