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2016.11.10

Nikon D5600

Nikon Europe just took the wraps off the Nikon D5600 which succeeds the D5500 while being nearly idential. It adds Bluetooth, NFC and Time-Lapse Video. Everything else remains the same. No availability date or pricing has been announced yet.

Those unfamiliar with its predecessor should read our in-depth Nikon D5500 review here. This is a 24 MP APS-C DSLR within a lightweight plastic body having a single control-dial. It has a cropped 95% coverage viewfinder with mid-size 0.82X magnification. Standing one level up from the introductory D3xxx series, the D5500 boasts a 39-point Phase-Detect AF system.

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2016.11.10

Back in September, Olympus revealed some details of their new flagship mirrorless camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Clearly based externally on its predecessor, the excellent OM-D E-M1 reviewed here, the internals have completely been revised. The Photokina information described a 20 MP sensor with 18 FPS drive and 5-axis stabilization system plus built-in Phase-Detect AF.

Machu Picchu

Olympus officially announced the E-M1 Mark II last week with full specifications. Sorry for the delay but I was busy enjoying Machu Picchu for the second time, after 10 years. It’s a wonderful and spectacular place everyone should see at least once in their lives and, so this time, I took my young daughter. The complex is enourmous and even more impressive considering its location where building it must have been one of the toughest endeavor of its time.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II features a completely new 20 MP sensor without anti-alias filtering which promises to render unmatched detail from a Four-Thirds sensor. Its high-speed read-out allows it shoot full-resolution images continuously at 60 FPS. At that speed AF cannot keep up but going down to a still very impressive 18 FPS, the E-M1 Mark II can keep up continuous autofocus thanks a 121 Cross-Type Phase-Detect points built right into the sensor. The sensor itself is paired with a new Quad-Core processor which can processes images and video extremely fast. The E-M1 Mark II becomes the second mirrorless to capture Cinema 4K which is 4096×2160 at 24 FPS. Of course, there is also Ultra HD at 30 FPS and Full HD at 60 FPS.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The 20 MP sensor is mounted on a state-of-the-art 5-axis stabilization system which is effective to 5.5 stops according to the CIPA standard which is the highest level of stabilization claimed from a single system. It can also combine to offer Dual IS with select lenses for up to 6.5 stops of shake reduction. In front of the sensor there is a Hybrid shutter which delivers a 1/32000s – 60s shutter-speed range, plus Bulb exposures up to 30 minutes. There is buffer for 48 RAW files or JPEG images when shooting at maximum speed. At 18 FPS, the fast memory bus lets the E-M1 Mark II buffer 105 JPEG images or 77 RAW files.

Like the original E-M1, the new Mark II version is a professional mirrorless. It offers a huge 0.74X magnification EVF with 100% coverage and an Eye-Start sensor. Its body is fully weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C. There are a large number of controls all-over the camera, including dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial, DOF-Preview button and several customizable ones. The newly added professional feature is Dual SDXC memory card slots to provide instant backups.

This mirrorless is one of the most feature-rich on the market with built-in HDR, Time-Lapse Video up to 4K at 5 FPS, Focus Stacking and bracketing for Exposure, ISO, WB, Focus and Flash. There is also built-in WiFi, a USB 3.0 Type-C connector, 4K HDMI output, stereo mini-jacks input and output, plus a wired remote trigger port, a hot-shoe and Sync-Port for external lighting.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is expected to ship early next month for a sugggest price of $2000 USD or $2500 CDN. For pre-orders, use one of the folllwing links: Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. Remember that the price is the same while using these links but it helps support Neocamera.

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2016.10.27

MindShift continues their tradition of producing unique photography bags for outdoor and nature photographers with two new additions to their lineup.

The MindShift SidePath is an ultra-light-weight day pack with made of high-grade materials. It features a padded camera compartment of rear opening for greater safety and large outer compartment for non-photographic items. A wide breathable harness is designed to make it comfortable for an entire day of activity.

MindShift SidePath

The camera compartment of the MindShift SidePath offers enough space for a high-end DSLR with bright medium zoom lens attached or a mirrorless system camera with one or two lenses. The rear zippered compartment has room for a 10″ tablet or 1.5L hydration pack plus extra supplies needed for a day trip. There are two stretch water-bottle pouches plus a tripod mounting system.

The SidePath is constructed for extreme water resistance. All exterior fabric has a water-repellent coating and the underside a polyurethane coating. Specifications of this backpack are as follows:

  • Exterior Dimensions: 10.6” W x 19” H x 5.9” D (26 x 47 x 15 cm)
  • Camera Compartment: 9.1” W x 6.7” H x 5.5” D (24 x 15 x 14 cm)
  • Tablet Slot: 8.3” W x 9.8” H x 0.6” D  (22 x 25 x 2 cm)
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg) (includes rain cover)
  • Volume: 14 Liters

The MindShift TrailScape 18L is a mid-size backpack mainly dedicated to photography gear. It’s large main compartment can hold a good amount of photography gear, while another even fits a 13″ laptop or large tablet.

MindShift TrailScape 18L

MindShift designed the TrailScape 18L with an interior compartment which opens entirely to allow easy access to potentially heavy gear. It can easily carry a high-end DSLR with 4 to 6 professional lenses, including a 70-200mm F/2.8 with the hood mounting in shooting position. One can fit two large mirrorless cameras with up to 7 lenses or a combination of DSLR and mirrorless gear.

There is a tripod mounting system on both sides of the bag which also features water-bottle pouches with cinch cords. A dedicated smartphone pocket near the top of the bag provides quick access to a phone or other small item. There are plenty of interior pockets to keep things organized.

The TrailScape 18L fabric offers the same coatings as the SidePath which makes it highly water-resistant. A seam-sealed rain-cover is also included for when conditions because extreme. Here are specifications for the TrailScape 18L:

  • Exterior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 18.1” H x 7.1” D  (25 x 46 x 18cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 9.4” W x 17.3” H x 4.8” D (24 × 44 × 12cm)
  • Laptop: 8.9” W x 14.2” H x 1.2” D (22.7 x 36 x 3cm)
  • Tablet: 8.5” W x 9.8” H x 0.8” D (21.5 x 25 x 2cm)
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3 kg)
  • Volume: 18 Liters

Both new bags can be ordered immediately from the MindShift website at the above links.

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2016.10.19

Nikon launched two new full-frame lenses today. One is their widest tilt-shift lens yet and the other is an improved 70-200mm F/2.8 constant-aperture zoom.

Nikkor PC 19mm F/4E

Nikkor PC 19mm F/4E offers an ultra-wide 19mm focal-length, giving a 97° angle of view on a full-frame. This Perspective-Control lens offers shift and tilt movements of ±7.5° and ±12mm, respectively. For the first time on a Nikon Tilt-Shift lens, the lens can be rotated between the tilt and shift mechanism, allowing more creativity than previously possible. This lens is scheduled to ship next month for a suggested price of $3399 USD or $4499 CDN. B&H Photo is already accepting pre-orders.

Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm F/2.8E FL VR

Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm F/2.8E FL VR is newly designed zoom with a maximum F/2.8 constant-aperture. It features built-in image-stabilization, effective to 4 stops with a special Sports mode to improve performance when the photographer is tracking moving subjects. As a professional lens, this one is fully weather-sealed. The AF-S 70-200mm F/2.8E FL VR is also scheduled to ship next month. The suggested retail price is $2799 USD or $3699 CDN. B&H Photo is accepting pre-orders for this lens too.

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2016.10.06

Each generation of the Sony RX100 has been a runaway success and showing no signs of slowing down with one new model every year since 2012. All RX100s offers a large 1″ sensor with a bright zoom lens in a highly compact body. The third generation added a built-in EVF which pops up when needed, while the fourth added 4K Ultra-HD video.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 V

The new Sony Cybershot RX100 V keeps every feature of its predecessor and makes it faster. At its core is a 20 megapixels 1″ high-speed CMOS sensor which can now continuously capture full-resolution images at an outstanding 24 FPS with a buffer for 150 JPEG images. The sensor uses a 1.3X-crop region to record 4K Ultra-HD video and can record full 1080p HD video at up to 1000 FPS! This gives motion video that plays 40X slower than real-time. It can also capture conventional 1080p video at up to 120 FPS.

The new 20 MP sensor adds a 315-point Phase-Detect AF system which is claimed to be the fastest in the world among compact digital cameras. There is still a 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels, 0.59X magnification and 100% coverage which is very impressive considering its popup design. A 3″ LCD with 1.2 MP is also available for framing. Usability is made relatively efficient for a compact camera with dual control-dials plus a traditional mode-dial.

The Sony RX100 V is expected to arrive in the next few weeks for $1000 USD or $1250 CDN. Preorders are already being accepted at Adorama and B&H Photo.

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