Surprise! Fuji Plans On Releasing A 50MP Medium Format Camera With A Sony Sensor (Or Does It?)

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Here is a bit of news that is hard to miss if you walk the rumors sites today. According to Fuji rumors, Fuji is planning on releasing a digital MF (medium format) mirrorless camera. While the rumor is not confirmed, Fuji rumors had a few good ‘prophecies’ over the last years.

According to FR, there are two untrusted sources for this info, one going into the sensor details: [Read more...]

Luxi For All: An Affordable Kickstarted Light Meter

We dont usually feature kickstarters, but you have to hand it to a company that knows what they are doing and already shipping their first product.

Luxi For All: An Affordable Light Meter

Luxi For All. (Image from their KickStarter page).

I love my photography toys and gadgets. Most photographers I know are exactly the same. But the problem is so many of them cost a small fortune that often the money can be best spent elsewhere.

One such gadget that can be argued should be in every photographer’s bag is a light meter. Such a tool can be used incredibly effectively, especially in studio work, to shoot with the correct settings to gain perfect exposure. The only problem is that light meters are normally expensive. Until Extrasensory Devices, a Californian company, came along with the Luxi, an affordable light meter for the iPhone.

Their current Kickstarter project sees them trying to bring the new and improved “Luxi For All” to the consumer world which is not all made of iDevice owners. Their prior Kickstarter project, simply called the Luxi, was purely for iPhone and raised over $120,000 from a little over 5,000 backers. It was praised by reviewers as an exceptional and accurate device, particularly considering the price point. The new release is sure to match. [Read more...]

Sony’s New Announcements: Pricing for the a7S, and a New Compact Camera

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Sony’s announced the pricing and availability for the a7S, a camera recently unveiled at last month’s NAB Show. The flagship camera is now available for pre-order at B&H Photo Video for a price of about $2500, which is significantly less than what most of online media had been predicting earlier on ($3500, to be exact). Pre-order or not, you can grab the a7S when it’s officially released in July.

Aside from the pricing announcement finally coming out for Sony’s new DSLR, the company also decided to bring in the third entry to their RX100 series: the Mark III.

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Nikon’s Big Week for Announcements: Two Mirrorless Cameras and One Big Lens

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Nikon’s been getting pretty busy this week with their announcements. Two new mirrorless cameras are now headed our way, along with a new telephoto lens. And unless you plan on opening a meth lab and making bank off your experience in chemistry, you might want to just stop reading when you reach the last mirrorless camera; the telephoto lens costs quite a bit. We’ll over the basics of what to expect from each after the break.

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Parrot Want In On The Photo Market, Has A New Drone: Bebop

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In 2010, Parrot introduced the A.R.Drone, and in 2012, a new iteration of the model was released. For a while now, the company’s been a leader in wireless technology through its innovation and quality; when the A.R.Drone first released, drone photography was almost unheard of. Parrot’s had a tendency to be at the right place at the right time, and with their most recent announcement, it seems like that’s not stopping.

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Samsung Going On A Camera Craze – Announces A New NX3000 Mirrorless

nx3000-02Looks like Samsung is bringing new cameras out faster than you can shoot a roll of 35mm film. The Korean company just announced a new entry level compact 20.3MP Mirrorless Camera – the NX3000.

Keeping in line with regular camera numbering convention (bigger model numbers = smaller cameras) the NX3000 is smaller than her bulkier NX300 bigger sister, while bigger than her tiny NX mini baby brother.

The NX3000 will be replacing the year old (already?) entry-level NX2000. And the feature list is indeed updated (as well as the color selection: black, white or brown faux-leather finish). It should be available in June 1st and estimated to cost $529 (with a 16-50mm optical image stabilized power zoom lens) or $479 (with a 20-50mm zoom lens).

Aside from a new 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, a flip-up-3-inch LCD and wink-control (similar to the selfie encouraging NX mini) and a longer lasting battery than the model it replaces. Hit the jump for more specs and images: [Read more...]

Sony Releases The a77 II – Will 79 AF Points, Built In Wifi Remote And Pro Movie Features Shift The Market?

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Sony just released the second version to their a77 camera surprisingly naming it the a77 II (no mkII, no vII. just II)

The form factor is almost identical to the a77, and it looks like Sony is building on other improvements to make this camera gain market share. Mainly, it boasts a new 79 phase defection AF points with 15 of those begin cross type (will detect both horizontally and vertically).

The focus mechanism also uses Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology which enables full-time phase-detection AF with fast-moving subjects and during video capture. And lastly, it has some fancy options for low light and moving objects: [Read more...]

The Leica T: A 100 Year-Old Company’s Answer to a New Age

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Leica is a company that sets some high standards on the quality of their products. Maybe that’s one of the reasons they’re celebrating their 100th anniversary today. And maybe that’s one of the reasons I shouldn’t be so surprised by the Leica T; but I am. With a brand new mount of lens and a completely new direction in physical design, the camera Leica announced today in celebration of 100 years of age gave an entirely different statement: that they’re only just reaching their prime.

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Wrapping Up the 2014 NAB Show: Innovation with Affordability

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In case life took over and you haven’t been aggressively checking up on what’s new in the photography world every day, you probably missed quite a few big announcements this week. The NAB Show just wrapped up its run for 2014, and this past week has been an absolute roller coaster for tech media. Here’s a round-up of the show just so you can be caught up with what’s been happening.

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