The New Panasonic Lumix Smartphone To Feature A Mammoth 20MP 1-Inch Sensor And Leica Glass; 4K Capable

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As more people abandon their point and shoots for the ease of their smartphones, Panasonic is hoping to stay relevant by establishing a strong foothold in the smartphone industry and, by the looks of it, they may have knocked it out of the park with their forthcoming LUMIX DMC-CM1. Panasonic has dubbed the 20 megapixel device a smartcamera–a smartphone in which impeccable detail has been placed on the device’s camera function. And, indeed, the camera elements of the device certainly do not disappoint. [Read more...]

Canon 7D Mark II Announced: 20.2MP, 1080p/60 Video, Native ISO 16000 And 3 Lenses

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We knew it was coming and there you have it. Just one day ahead of Photkina and Canon announces the Canon 7D Mark II. While there are no big surprises, there is an interesting spec to go through:. But first the good news: The camera is planned to be be available for purchase in November for $1800 (though it is available for pre orders now).

As far as new stuff, Canon did not do much on the body, a bit smaller and a bit heavier than the mk1, but all the buttons just about remained the same. The internals however are completely renovated:

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Nikon Announcement – The D750 Is Coming And It Looks Promising

Nikon announced today the release of it’s latest edition the D750, a FX format DSLR that is aimed at the serious enthusiast and advanced amateur crowd. Taking a look at some of it’s features, and $2300 price point, the D750 could be the camera a lot of photographers have been waiting for. It takes the impressive video capture capabilities of its slightly more sophisticated colleague, the D810, and combines it with a compact size and tilting LCD screen that’s appreciated by hobbyists.

The D750 is currently available for pre-sale with or without a 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR. Read on for full specs, photos, and video of the new DSLR in action…

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Sigma Further Pushes Quattro Format With New DP1 And Three New Lenses

Expanding on it’s Quattro line, Sigma has just announced the dp1 Quattro. The dp1 is similar in almost every way to it’s sibling, the dp2, with the only exception being the focal lengths. At 19mm, the dp1 is the widest lens currently available in the dp Quattro series.

Along with the dp1 announcement, Sigma also introduced us to 3 new lenses; a 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens, a 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens, and 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens.

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Fujifilm Unveils Much Anticipated X100T Fixed Lens; Also Reveals Two New Lenses

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From the outside, the FujiFilm X100T, which just became available for pre-sale, maintains the classic styling of it’s ever popular predecessor, the Fujifilm X100S. Yet, while Fujifilm may not have found it necessary to add too many upgrades or embellishments to the camera’s outer-body, the X100T has undergone a series of internal upgrades, all of which make this sleek, small fixed lens a serious contender in the increasingly tough mirrorless camera market. 

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Samyang Adds A 12mm 1:2.8 Full Frame Lens To Their Line Of Wide Prime Lenses

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If the Zeiss Otus can be described as superb quality at a superb price, Samyang (known as Rokinon in the US) can be described as Good quality at a good price. This a reason that many choose those lenses as go to lenses when starting out and looking for decent quality primes and wide angles.

Today, Samyang announced the addition of a new lens to their arsenal: The Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS. This is an Uber wide lens, with a 180˚ field of view on a full frame  sensor and a 118˚-124.6˚on APS-C.

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Apple Introduces the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with Phase Detection Auto-Focus, Optical Image Stabilization, 240 FPS Video, and More

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For the past few years now, Apple’s keynotes have highlighted how the iPhone has now become the world’s most popular camera. With today’s event, the company shifted the focus towards the fact that it’s the worlds most widely used video camera; and that’s exactly what the technology behind the iPhone 6 focuses on, as well.

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Let’s start off with the still photography. It shouldn’t be surprising that the new iPhone 6 still retains an 8 megapixel camera; the pixel size hasn’t gotten bigger than the iPhone 5S’s 1.5 microns, and the aperture remains the same at f/2.2. So what’s different?

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The Zeiss Otus 85/1.4 – A Lens Made For Portraits With Strong Wallet-Impact

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Looks like Zeiss engineers are finally allowed out of their basements after completing (and launching)  the Loxia lens line last week and releasing a new Otus today.  Just a few minutes ago, Zeiss announced the release of a new Otus family lens – the Otus 85mm f/1.4. This is the second high end Otus lens after the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55.

The lens, classified as a short telephoto, should be an optical marvel. According to the press release:

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Sigma Gearing to Aim at Tamron With New Massive Telephoto Lens

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It’s that time of the year again, and with Photokina back in session comes the inevitable new gear announcements, as well as the rumors leading up to them. This time, the rumors are about a new and upcoming telephoto lens from Sigma. Made for their Sports line, the 150-600mm F/5.6-6.3 lens seems to be a direct competitor to Tamron’s own recently released 150-600mm model.

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Sony Aims To Turn Smartphones Into Full DSLRs with the QX1 and QX30

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Yesterday, Sony’s upcoming QX1 was leaked onto the internet, giving us our first look at the lens mount and exactly what it’s expected to bring to smartphone users. The device wasn’t just officially announced today; it’s coming with a partner, as well, called the QX30.

I’ll start off with a TL;DR. Basically, we got the QX1 down yesterday: a mount compatible with any E-mount lens Sony offers. The newly announced QX30, however, is a fixed lens mount with an appropriate-to-title 30X optical zoom.

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