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2016.08.25

Along with the introduction of their EOS 5D Mark IV earlier today, Canon announced two new version of some of their most classic full-frame lenses.

Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L III USM

The Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L III USM replaces version II before it with a new optical design offering improved edge-to-edge sharpness and resistance to flare. Fluorine coatings on front and back elements was added to repel water and oil. Weather-resistance has also been greatly improved.

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM

The Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM replaces the workhorse lens of the EF system. With an ultra-wide to telephoto coverage on a full-frame camera, this lens is extremely versatile. The new version has a new optical formula to improve sharpness and protection from water and oil one front and rear elements. The biggest improvement is a new image stabilization system which is said to be effective to 4 stops, compared to 2½ on the original version. This lens also has an upgraded weatherproof construction.

Both lenses are schedule to be available in October. The suggested price for the EF 16-35mm F/2.8L III USM is $2200 USD. The EF 24-105mm F/4L IS 2 USM has its price set for $1100 USD.

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2016.08.25

After 4½ years, the legendary Canon EOS 5D series got a successor today. The just-announced Canon EOS 5D Mark IV features a completely new imaging pipeline with the autofocus system from the flagship Canon EOS 1D X Mark II in a body nearly identical to the 5D Mark III reviewed here.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

This professional DSLR introduces a 30 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor with Dual-Pixel AF that can measure phase at every pixel, allowing incredibly smooth continuous autofocus in Live-View and during video capture. For standard shooting via the large 0.71X magnification 100% coverage viewfinder, the 5D Mark IV offers the same 61-point Phase-Detect AF system as the 1D X Mark II, including 41 cross-type points. Incredibly, the new Dual-Pixel AF is even more sensitive than the traditional AF-sensor, managing to focus down to -4 EV compared to a respectable -3 EV.

One of the area where the 5D Mark III achieved the most fame is its video performance and feature set. The Mark IV version takes this up a huge notch with Cinema 4K video at 30 FPS in addition to 1080p at 60 FPS and 720p at 120 FPS. Yet another novelty is the addition of HDR video when recording 1080p video at 30 FPS. Note that Cinema 4K video is taken from a 1.6X crop area, rather than the full-sensor, and is captured at 4096×2160 rather than the usual 4K Ultra-HD.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV boasts a fast DIGIC 6+ processor which lets it capture full-resolution images at 7 FPS indefinitely or up to 17 RAW files. Speaking of RAW, a completely new Dual-Pixel RAW format makes its debut with this DSLR. This double-size file includes information at all 60 million photosites. Canon software can use that information to perform micro-focus adjustment, change bokeh and even reduce ghosting!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The new 30 megapixels sensor offers improved dynamic-range thanks to on-chip analog-to-digital conversion, allowing it to deliver a  ISO 100 to 32,000 standard sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 50 – 102,400. A mechanical shutter provides a 1/8000-30s shutter-speed range. The 5D Mark IV offers a built-in GPS with digital compass, allowing it to record position, elevation and orientation with great precision. There is also built-in WiFi and NFC which are new to this iteration of the 5D.

As a professional DSLR, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has a 100% coverage viewfinder and dual control-dials in a weatherproof body. Weather-sealing is said to have been improved from previous generations. There is also a joystick to control the autofocus area and a large number of external controls which are inherited from the 5D Mark III.

Canon expects to ship the Mark IV next month for a suggested price of $3500 USD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2016.08.25

Fujinon XF 23mm F/2R WR

A new addition to the lineup of Fuji X-mount lenses made its debut today. The new Fujinon 23mm F/2R WR offers a unusual 23mm focal-length with a bright F/2 maximum aperture. This compact lens is built into a metal barrel with seals that made it weatherproof and freezeproof to -10C.

This lens is designed to render images with critical sharpness while remaining extremely light at only 180g. It features a large focus-ring and aperture-ring with defined stops. A 9-blade circular aperture allows the XF23mm F/2R WR to produce smooth background with pleasing bokeh.

This new lens is scheduled to ship next month for $449 USD. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2016.08.25

Today, Fuji unveiled the successor to their entry-level mirrorless digital camera. The new Fuji X-A3 boasts a standard 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with Anti-Alias Filter and a Bayer Color-Filter-Array, just like its predecessor. Recall that higher end siblings use a 6×6 Pseudo-Random X-Trans sensor and do not need a Low-Pass filter. As an entry-level model, the X-A3 has a single control-dial and no viewfinder, nor provision to add one.

Fuji X-A3

The 24 megapixels Fuji X-A3 has a hybrid design, combining a retro look and modern digital controls which should be familiar and intuitive to entry-level users. Thanks to the presence of an aperture-ring on most X-mount Fujinon lenses, this camera can be operated more efficiently than most mirrorless aimed at beginners. For lenses without an aperture-ring, the camera control-dial toggles between exposure parameters with an easy press.

The advantage of having a standard CMOS sensor is that this camera produces more conventional rendering and is more easily supported by RAW processing tools. The anti-alias filter also avoid moire artifacts at the expense of critical sharpness. The sensor is paired with a fast processor which lets the X-A3 shoot continuously at 6 FPS. Its hybrid shutter offers an ultra-fast 1/32,000 shutter-speed and Bulb exposures up to an hour. A 3″ LCD with 1 megapixels which tilts upwards 180° and built-in WiFi round-up the important features of the X-A3.

The Fuji X-A3 is expected in October for a low suggested price of $599 USD, including a Fujinon XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II lens. Preorders are already accepted by B&H Photo and Adorama.

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2016.08.23

Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter V.20 Family

Think Tank Photo recently unveiled a new family of Shape Shifter backpacks. Following the same principle as the original Shape Shifter reviewed here, these backpacks can carry a large amount of gear and compress to an incredibly thin 3″ in depth when empty.

Version 2.0 of the Shape Shifter comes in 3 formats. One accommodates a 15″ laptop while the other two a 17″ one. The smaller version can easily hold a full-size DSLR plus 3 lenses. The larger size comes in Standard and Naked version. The Standard one holds one or two DSLRs plus three or four lenses. The Naked version features an innovative system to attach compartments inside the backpack. This way, it can hold 3 to 7 padded pouches, each holding its own piece of equipment.

These new bags offer a great deal of space for additional gear, including a centered tripod attachment at the front of the bag. With its top-opening, contents can be accessed even when the tripod is attached. A padded external pocket allows safe storage of a smartphone up with 5.5″ display. It comes with a detachable water-bottle pouch.

For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The bag also has 600D twill, YKK® RC zippers, 320g dry-flow airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread. Additional protection from the elements is provided by an included seam-sealed rain-cover.

Specifications

Shape Shifter 15 V2.0

  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 18.9” H x 12” W x 7” D” (48 x 30.5 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 18.9” H x 12” W x 3” D (48 x 30.5 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 16.8” H x 11.4” W x 1.5” D (42.7 x 29 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (24 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 6.7” W x 4.5” H x 1.6” D (17 x 11.5 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.3 lbs. (2 kg)

Shape Shifter 17 V2.0

  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 20” H x 12.5” W x 7” D” (51 x 32 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20” H x 12.5 W” x 3” D (51 x 32 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 19” H x 12” W x 1.5” D (48 x 30.5 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.2” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (26 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 7.1” W x 4.7” H x 1.6” D (18 x 12 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1kg)

Naked Shape Shifter 17 V2.0

  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 20” H x 12.5” W x 7” D” (51 x 32 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20” H x 12.5 W” x 3” D (51 x 32 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 19” H x 12” W x 1.5” D (48 x 30.5 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.2” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (26 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 7.1” W x 4.7” H x 1.6” D (18 x 12 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 3.8 lbs. (1.7 kg)

For more information and availability, head on the Think Tank Photo website.

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