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2014.09.15

There are two releases from Olympus this morning. First up, an all-new product which was shown in prototype previously. This is the M.Zuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 PRO ED lens. It is a professional lens, fully weather-sealed and freezeproof which provides a constant F/2.8 maximum aperture and an equivalent 80-300mm focal-range.

Olympus M.Zuiko 50-150mm F/2.8 PRO ED

The new lens expands the PRO lineup to cover telephoto ranges, while the excellent M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 PRO ED already takes care of the most versatile focal-lengths. There will also be an extremely-wide 7-14mm F/2.8 PRO which has been announced in development, to expand coverage in the other direction.

The M.Zuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 PRO ED features the same hybrid focus-drive as originally launched with the M.Zuiko 12mm F/2. The focus-ring can be toggled to operate in DMF mode or in standard mechanical MF, for a a more tactile feel and direct feedback.

This telephoto lens is scheduled to ship this November for a suggested price of $1499 USD. It will be joined by a 1.4X tele-converter sold separately for $349 USD.

The second new is version 2.0 of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 firmware. This improved firmware adds a number of processing features to the E-M1, including Digital Shift, Live Composite and Tethered-Shooting. The latter being big news for studio professionals.

With tethered processing, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 can be controlled over USB while showing a live-preview on a display at up to 1280×1024 resolution. This allows most parameters, except for the Exposure-Mode, to be controlled remotely. Images captured can be delivered immediately to image-processing software, notably Olympus’ own Capture Studio.

Another key improvement of this mirrorless is reduced lag time for the EVF. It will be brought down to 16ms, something which will reduce one of the main lags between EVFs and OVFs.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Silver

The new 2.0 firmware will be made available on September 17th (UPDATED: Formerly 24th) . It will also come pre-installed on a new silver version of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 which will also be available this month for a suggested price of $1399 USD.

The Silver E-M1 is not just a different color and firmware. It features new materials and control details. While all buttons and dials remain in the same place, they have been given more texture and are made of different materials. All this to improve the usability of the E-M1, particularly in cold weather, when gloves might be used.

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2014.09.12

Hot off the press, Nikon just announced their D750 full-frame DSLR. This model clearly shows heritage from Nikon full-frame DSLRs yet implements changes aimed directly at videographers. The D750 should considered a new branch of Nikon DSLR as it is does not improve or match all aspects of any current model.

Nikon D750

The Nikon D750 is built around a 24 megapixels full-frame CMOS sensor. Oddly for a recent model, the sensor is behind an anti-alias filter, something which is not even present on the entry-level D3300. No word was given to explain this but one can easily understand that increased sharpness is unfavorable when down-sampling to video resolutions. Of course, this means that images from the D750 can never be as sharp as those from the D610 which shares the same resolution and sensor-size.

The FX sensor has a native ISO range of 100-12800 which is expandable to 50-51200. This  is paired with a fast EXPEED 4 processor. Together they are capable of shooting continuously at 6.5 FPS. The buffer-depth is not known yet. Nikon revised the 51-point AF sensor on the D750 and managed to make it sensitive to -3 EV, matching the best-in-class Pentax K-3 and its predecessors.

Just like other full-frame DSLRs, the D750 is quite feature-rich. Full manual-controls are available for both stills and video. There is a good amount of controls and huge number of drive modes, including AEB, WB Bracketing, Flash Bracketing, Multiple Exposure, Interval Timer, MLU and Time-Lapse video. Speaking of video, the D750 can record full 1080p HD at 60 FPS and simultaneously output uncompressed video over HDMI while storing it to one of its twin SDXC card-slots.

Nikon D750

The chassis of this model is slimmed-down compared to other full-frame ones. It offers a deeper grip which stores a battery capable of delivering an impressive 1230 shots-per-charge according to the CIPA standard. On the rear of the camera, there is a tilting LCD for the first time on a Nikon full-frame. This is certainly highly controversial as it introduces an obvious weak-point in the camera’s construction while having some benefits for videographers. Still, Nikon managed to make the camera weather-sealed which is rather difficult and rare without a fixed LCD. This particular screen offers 1.2 megapixels and measures 3.2″ diagonally.

Luckily, the D750 is still very capable for photography and includes a bright 100% coverage viewfinder with 0.7X magnification. There is an LCD overlay grid and single-axis digital-level visible through the OVF. Other photographer-friendly features, include dual control-dials and a Depth-of-Field Preview button which is also customizable.

Along with this new camera, a new lens was unveiled. The unique Nikkor AF-S 20mm F/1.8G ED lens offers an ultra-wide field of view with a very bright aperture. It features a Super-Sonic AF motor with full-time manual-focus. It includes high-quality optics with ED elements and nano-crystal coating to minimize flare.

The Nikon D750 is scheduled to ship at the end of next month for $2299 USD or $2450 CDN. The Nikkor AF-S 20mm F/1.8G ED will be available this month for $799 USD or $879 CDN. Follow these links for pre-ordering options.

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