I wasn’t able to make it to Photokina this year, but our friend David at Lighting Rumours did. He happened to stumble across the Triopo stand where he noticed a very familiar looking light. Those who are used to working with the Godox AD200 will immediately recognise the inspired design of the new Triopo F1-200. But it’s not quite the same light.
The Ricoh GRII was announced way back in June 2015. It contained a 16MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor with a 28mm equivalent lens and became very popular, especially amongst street photographers.
Now, Ricoh has announced the development of its successor. Yup, you guessed it, the GRIII. While the focal length and maximum aperture stay the same, it does see some significant changes. The sensor’s gone up to 24MP, they’ve taken away the flash and it gets 3-axis IBIS.
A new camera with zero card slots isn’t all that Zeiss has announced at Photokina this year. They’ve also announced the Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF lens, too. It sits in between the Zeiss Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 lenses in the Zeiss E mount lineup.
The Zeiss Batis lenses were developed specifically for the Sony E mount range of mirrorless cameras. There are five in total now, including this one, covering 18 to 135mm in focal length. As with the rest of the Batis lenses, the 2/40 CF has Zeiss T* coatings and is fully weather sealed.
Despite appearances, the new Samyang XP 10mm f/3.5 is not a fisheye. It’s a rectilinear lens, which Samyang says offers “zero distortion”. It’s a manual focus lens designed for full frame DSLRs. Samyang claims that it’s the widest lens out for full frame DSLRs, too, just edging out the Irix 11mm f/4.
What is going on? It’s like everybody is jumping into the full frame mirrorless market the last month or so. Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sigma, Zenit, and now Zeiss. And while it’s all very exciting, Zeiss’ new ZX1 has one very unique feature. It actually runs Lightroom CC. Oh yes, integrated right into the camera!
If you were hoping for an A7SIII or A7000 announcement, then you’re out of luck. There were no new gear announcements from Sony during their press event at Photokina yesterday. Apparently, though, they plan to bring Animal Eye AF to their cameras.
Well, this is a pleasant surprise that’s going to make a lot of Fuji shooters very happy. Particularly those with the GFX 50S. Phase One has teamed up with Fuji to offer support for all Fuji models, including Fujifilm Film Simulations, and tethered support for a bunch of Fuji camera models.