Quite a lot of news is coming from Leica ahead of Photokina 2018. Other than revealing a new medium format camera and collaboration with Panasonic and Sigma, Leica has finally decided to launch Fotos: an app that lets you control your camera with your smartphone.
ProGrade Digital certainly seems to have settled into the swing of things nicely since their launch earlier in the year. Initially starting up with a range of CFast 2.0 UHS-II V60 SD cards, and a dual format card reader, they quickly expanded out into UHS-II V90 SD and the next major high-end format; CFexpress.
Now, they’re going small, announcing three new V60 UHS-II microSD cards. With users demanding higher quality footage from their drones, action cameras & 360 cameras, it’s a logical path to pursue. They’ve also announced two new USB 3.1 Gen 2 card readers, too. One contains SD and CompactFlash slots while the other takes a pair of microSD cards.
Panasonic has just finished their Photokina press event and officially announced the new Panasonic S series full frame mirrorless camera. And they’re starting off the new line with two cameras and three lenses. They’ve also confirmed the L mount collaboration between Panasonic, Leica and Sigma.
The complete Leica press release confirming the “strategic cooperation” between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma has leaked ahead of today’s official announcement. The (Google translated) press release (original in German here) doesn’t say what cameras or lenses might be announced, just that the three companies are working together to release full frame & APS-C cameras and lenses using the Leica L mount.
A quote from Sigma CEO, Kazuto Yamaki, does confirm, though, that Sigma is planning to release cameras based on the Leica L mount and not just lenses. So we may yet see that full frame Foveon.
When Interfit first released the Honey Badger, it just looked like a straight up copy of the Alien Bees DigiBee. But Interfit has is busting the Badger out of that mould with their next generation Badger Unleashed lithium-ion battery powered portable strobe.
It resembles the original Honey Badger but offers TTL and High Speed Sync. And, of course, there are no wires to worry about, thanks to a built-in battery.
According to new rumours, Panasonic is set to announce two new full-frame mirrorless cameras this week at Photokina. They say that there will be an entry level model and a high-end camera offering 20 and 50 megapixels respectively. The latter of the two is also expected to offer a 150mp pixel shift mode.
Irix seems to have taken a change of direction from their previous 11mm f/4 and 15mm f/2.4 ultrawide prime lenses. They’ve now officially announced their new 150mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro lens. Designed for full frame Nikon F, Canon EF and Pentax K mount cameras, the 150mm f/2.8 Macro comes in a new “Dragonfly” finish, which they say combines the best of the previous Blackstone and Firefly designations.
Digital backs for old film bodies has been a dream for a lot of people who want to resurrect their favourite cameras of yesteryear. There have been a lot of promises and a lot of hype for various products over the years, too. One project who seems to actually be doing it, though, is I’m Back.
It’s been an interesting journey for I’m Back, and you can see how that journey has progressed from 2016’s initial idea to now on their website. But it’s the now that’s interesting. I’m Back digital backs are currently in production and will be exhibiting at Photokina 2018.