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2018.01.09

The first day of CES 2018 opened with Nikon announcing the a unique full-frame super-telephoto lens. The new Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR manages to cover a 180 to 560mm focal-range thanks to a builtin 1.4X teleconverter. The lens which maintains a constant F/4 aperture from 180-400mm, its native focal-length, switches to a constant F/5.6 with 252-560mm focal-range.

Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

The Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is built with the latest Nikon lenses technologies. An internal ultra-sonic focus motor and stabilization system effective to 4-stops delivers a fast and stable performance for this huge lens. This lens is full weather-sealed and weights in a hefty 3.5kg. The tripod collar can rotate smoothly to support the lens in any orientation. While the large front element is not threaded, the lens accepts 40.5mm gel filters at the rear.

With some unprecedented technology, this Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm turns the outer row of Nikon’s 153-Point AF system into cross-type sensors, providing additional accuracy to the Nikon D5, D850 and D500.

The Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is scheduled to ship in March with a retail price of $12400USD or $15550 CAD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders at these links. Remember, pre-ordering ensure you are among the first to receive the lens but your credit card does not get charged until it actually ships.

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2018.01.08

CES 2018 is about to start but a few companies wasted no time in announcing some products ahead of the show which starts tomorrow January 8 and runs until the 12. Although they were not the first, the most innovative announcement so far is the GH5s from Panasonic.

Panasonic Lumix GH5s

Looking nearly identical to the video-centric GH5, this new Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless is a completely unique offering in the industry. The new GH5s succeeds its predecessor by taking nearly all its features and replacing the imaging pipeline with one aimed to maximize low-light performance and video quality.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5s is built around a unique larger-than-four-thirds multi-aspect-ration sensor. When shooting, the 12 megapixels sensor in this digital camera gets cropped to 10 megapixels with a 2X crop-factor at the usual 4:3 aspect-ratio, plus 3:2, 16:9 and 17:9 to maintain a consistent diagonal angle-of-view whether shooting stills or video, even at 4K Ultra-HD and Cinema 4K resolutions, delivering unprecedented versatility.

While the 10 megapixels of resolution is just half of its predecessor, each pixel is twice as large and much more sensitive to light. The unique BSI CMOS sensor in the Panasonic GH5s features Dual-Gain circuitry that gives it a standard ISO 160 to 51200 range, expandable to 80-204,800, the highest ever achieved by a Micro Four-Thirds digital camera. Since AF is performed via Contrast-Detection on-sensor, this pushed the autofocus sensitivity to -5 EV, the lowest of any camera regardless of type.

Having fewer pixels gives it much more throughput. The GH5s can shoot continuous at 12 FPS in JPEG and 12-bit RAW  or 11 FPS in 14-bit RAW, with AF locked on the first frame. Using AF-C takes away 4 FPS from these numbers. With support for Dual SDXC UHS-III memory-cards, continuou shooting can capture an incredible 600 JPEG images or 80 RAW files per burst. Video speed is stellar as well with 60 FPS available in Cinema 4K for the first time on a mirrorless. Full 1080p HD can get recorded at up to a blazing 240 FPS.

A hybrid shutter gives the Panasonic GH5s a maximum shutter-speed of 1/8000s in mechanical mode or 1/16000s in electronic mode. The new shutter is rated for 200K actuations. The entire camera has been rebuilt around a closed magnesium chassis to make it incredibly robust. This camera is weatherproof and freezeproof to -10C. Like it predecessor, the GH5s is highly mechanical and offers a high number of controls, including rare triple control-dials.

The built-in EVF with Eye-Start sensor on the GH5s is large and extremely sharp, offering 100% coverage at 0.76X magnification with a class-leading 3.6 megapixels. The rear LCD is also large at 3.2″ and impressively sharp given its 1.6 megapixels. Both the EVF and LCD have special modes to assist with low-light photography and videography, a Live-View Boost and Night View modes.

The only omission compared to the GH5 is that the newer GH5s lacks built-in image-stabilization which is rather new on Panasonic cameras, so the majority of their lenses are stabilized. Unfortunately, this means using Micro Four-Thirds lenses from Olympus would result in no stabilization at all.

The Panasonic GH5s is scheduled to ship next month for $2500 USD or $3400 CAD. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. Pre-order yours from these to ensure to get one quickly and, remember, your credit-card will not get charged until the camera actually ships.

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2017.01.05

For their CES 2017 press conference, Fuji announced a new Graphite finish for their excellent X-Pro2 and X-T2 mirrorless cameras. They also unveiled a new waterproof digital camera available in 4 colors.

Fuji X-T2 Graphite

The Fuji X-T2 Graphite is  a Graphite Silver version of the original X-T2. Except for the new finish one the top and bottom plates, it is completely identical to the black version. The X-T2 Graphite is scheduled to be available this month for $1799 USD or $2199 CDN.

Fuji X-Pro2 Graphite

The Fuji X-Pro2 Graphite comes in a dark Graphite finish. Except for the new finish, this mirrorless is identical to the original black X-Pro2. For this one though, Fuji also introduced a Fujinon XF23mm F/2R lens of the same finish to be sold as a kit with the X-Pro2 Graphite. The X-Pro2 Graphite and 23mm lens are also expected to ship together this month, this time for $2299 USD or $2899 CAD.

Fuji Finepix XP120

The Fuji Finepix XP120 is the must rugged Fuji camera to date. It can be taken underwater to a depth of 20m, dropped from 1.75m or frozen to -10C and will still remain fully function. As such rugged cameras always are, the XP120 is also dustproof. The XP120 is built around a newly-developped 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor which can capture full-resolution images at 10 FPS.

While Finepix XP120 is always driven by fully automatic exposure, it boasts a good amount of video capabilities: Full 1080p HD video capture at 60 FPS, High-Speed video at up to 320 FPS, Time-Lapse Video and a unique Cinemagraph mode which makes a short video with parts of it still. The Fuji Finepix XP120 is scheduled to ship at the end of next month for a retail price of $229 USD or $239 CAD.

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2017.01.04

At some point past 30X, the zoom race started looking pointless. There is little difference between a 720mm and 750mm photo while both require truly fast shutter-speed, so good light in order to avoid increasing the ISO which causes very poor image quality on tiny sensors of ultra-zooms.

Panasonic today is changing this by introducing the widest ultra-zoom of all: The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 which features a 60X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 20-1200mm. This puts at 2mm ahead of its closest competitors which gives it roughly 10% wider field-of-view. Each mm is much more significant at the wide-end than at the long end of the zoom. At 20mm, the FZ80 shows a 94° field-of-view which is extremely useful for architecture. At 1200mm, it shows about 2° which is good enough to tightly frame almost anything which can be seen with the naked eye.

Panasonic Lumix FZ80

The new Panasonic Lumix FZ80 is built around an 18 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor with 10 FPS full-resolution read-out and wide ISO 80-3200 sensitivity range. This is paired with an optically stabilized 20-1200mm F/2.8-5.9 lens. This camera can record 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS too.

This mid-level ultra-zoom offers a tiny 0.2″ EVF with 1.2 megapixels and 0.46X magnification. The rear of the camera has one control-dial to help set parameters but offers a limited number of controls. The FZ80 this way remains relatively light-weight at 616g, much lighter than even most ultra-wide or long lenses alone.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 is schedule to ship the second half of March for a retail price of $399 USD. Adorama and B&H Photo are both ready to take pre-orders.

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2017.01.04

At CES 2017 today, everyone expected Panasonic to unveil the Lumix GH5 and announce a new Leica DC 12-60mm F/2.8-4 lens. They also updated 4 more lenses with a new weatherproof construction and improved stabilization.

The surprise this morning though is the introduction of a new and very tiny Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless, the Panasonic Lumix GX850. This consolidates the naming of most Panasonic mirrorless under the GX branding with, presumably, a 3-digit series starting at the GX850, sitting below the larger GX85 added last year.

Panasonic Lumix GX850

The new Panasonic Lumix GX850 is positively tiny, measuring only 34mm (1.3″) thick and being barely taller than the lens mount. It is reminiscent of the GM-series which impressed with its performance-to-size ratio, competing with premium compacts while providing the versatility of interchangeable lenses. The GX850 offers the same proposition, only with an upgraded imaging sensor and processor.

A 16 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor without anti-alias filter promises to deliver extremely detailed images from a mirrorless camera which is barely larger than an ultra-compact. A fast processor in the GX850 allows it to capture 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS and shoot continuously at 10 FPS when using an electronic shutter and 5.8 FPS with the mechanical one. Its shutter-speed range is an impressive 1/16000s-60s but there is no Bulb mode in this digital camera.

Ergonomics are at a premium in a form-factor this small, so the GX850 only has a single thin control-dial low on the back of the body, no grip and no viewfinder, nor any provision to add one.

The Panasonic Lumix GX850 is expected to be available within one month for a suggested retail price of $549 USD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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