CFast 2.0 might be on the way out, thanks to CFexpress, but it’s a popular format still in use by a lot of cameras. The Pocket 4K and 6K, for example, pretty much require one for their highest resolution and highest data rate raw recording. But what happens if a card goes bad? Yes, it can happen. Well, that’s when you send it off to somebody to crack it open and have at it with a soldering iron.
Seeing lenses taken apart and dismantled for the first time, or anything mechanically or electronically complex just fascinates me. I don’t know what it is about it, because it’s unlikely I’ll ever need to take one apart myself, and it serves no real educational or practical benefit. But I just find it interesting to see what makes this stuff tick.
One I’ve been particularly seeing inside is the new Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens, and as usual, Lens Rentals has not let us down. They’ve just posted a teardown of the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens to their blog, and it shows that Nikon really seems to have stepped up their game when it comes to design and engineering.
Hasselblad has today announced the new XCD 45P; a 45mm f/4 lens for the Hasselblad X medium format mirrorless system. Officially, the “P” stands for portable, but a lot of people will likely automatically think “pancake”. It’s not, but in comparison to the size of your typical digital medium format lenses, you could be forgiven for thinking that.
This is the smallest and lightest medium format lens that Hasselblad has ever released, although Hasselblad still guarantees the image quality and clarity you’d expect from a lens for this format.
We haven’t heard much about Sharp’s 8K camera for a while. It was first shown off at CES 2019, a whole year ago, and it’s been pretty much radio silence ever since. At least, until CES 2020 last week where they had one on display, and a few updates to talk about – including a price point $1,000 lower than they said last year.
Many of us have some DeWalt batteries lying around the garage or workshop. What if I told you that they can double as camera batteries? Well, thanks to the Mag Max 3A battery adapter from Kessler, they can. This clever gadget lets you power your camera, as well as other gear, with power tool batteries.
Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE for Sony mirrorless cameras hasn’t yet been officially announced, but thanks to a Dutch camera store, we get to take a peek before the lens is launched globally. It recently listed the latest Tokina lens for sale, so we know what it looks like along with the full specs and price.
A pair of white papers have been released by Canon exploring the new Canon 1DX Mark III DSLR. The two white papers cover its stills and video capabilities and come in at 59 and 21 pages long respectively. They go into a lot of detail about the overall performance, burst rates, autofocus, metering and flash, image quality, full-frame 4K, 5.5K RAW, the codecs used and more.
The long-awaited Laowa 12mm T2.8 Zero Distortion cinema lens we got to take a peek at during NAB 2019 is finally here. It’s essentially the same internals as the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 but in a cinema housing. It offers the same 16 elements in 10 groups, the same field of view, 18cm minimum focus distance and manual focusing.
What makes it special to cinema, though, is that it offers a 270-degree focus throw for very precise control, particularly when using a follow focus wheel, a stepless aperture ring, it’s available in Canon EF, PL and Sony E mounts, and has a 100mm front filter thread with a step-up adapter for standard 114mm matte boxes.