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2017.07.17

On July 11, 2017, Nikon celebrated their 100th Anniversary. To commemorate this they have introduced Special Edition versions of their professional trinity of full-frame lenses: the AF-S 14-24mm F/2.8G, the AF-S 24-70mm F/2.8E VR and AF-S 70-200mm F/2.8E FL VR, all in a new high-grade metallic-grey finish, plus an new AF-P 70-300mm lens.

Nikon D7500 and Nikkor AF-P 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6E

The new Nikkor AF-P 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6E VR is a full-frame F-mount telephoto lens with built-in silent stepping-motor suitable for video capture. It offers an electromagnetically-controlled aperture with no less than 9 blades for reliable exposure and smooth bokeh.

Like other lenses in the AF-P family, this one is designed with a light-weight and compact construction. Its maximum aperture is necessarily dim to keep size low. Toggles on the side have been redesigned to prevent accidental changes while allowing quick changes between AF and MF or toggle VR. Speaking of, the new Vibration Reduction system in the AF-P 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6E VR is rated at 4.5 stops according to the CIPA standard.

Availability has not been announced yet but it will retail for a suggested price of $750 USD or $1030 CAD. B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders.

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2017.06.20

Version 3 of Neocamera is entering BETA today. The new 2017 edition features a refined design and dynamic layout to accommodate a greater variety of devices than ever before. As many as 25% of our readers are using mobile devices now, many of them have low resolutions compared to computer and even laptop displays.

The new version is designed to be faster and use less bandwidth than the previously. Last week, we quietly rolled out HTTPS support across servers, so every page is now accessible via SSL for greater privacy and security.

All generic sections of the site now automatically switch between 3 widths of layout and support devices as small as 640 pixels wide. Nothing smaller will be supported as there are not many devices that small being sold anymore, so those are not expected to remain in the market for long. Neocamera BLOG will be transitioned as a secondary priority since it is already less wide than the main site and all important content already fits within screens 640-pixels wide.

It is a BETA. There will be glitches and wide pages still need to be transitioned one at a time which will happen over the next months. Some pages by their nature are infinitely wide and those simply shall remain scrollable sideways just as they always were. This includes all search, comparaison and listing pages.

Note that those who visited Neocamera yesterday will have out-of-date files in their cache. Should things look strange, make sure to refresh your browser. Some require two refreshes or SHIFT-Refresh to update dependent files such as CSS and Javascript.

While this Neocamera BETA has already been tested numerous browser, operating system and device combinations, there are many more out there and if things still look wrong after refreshing your cache, those using HTML 5 capable browsers can report problems. Just fill out the Report Problem form accessible from the BETA label above the Neocamera logo.

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2017.01.19

Ultra HD, also known as 4K video, is becoming a significant differentiation factor among camera buyers. While HD was of interest mostly to videographers, 4K video has enough resolution to interest photographers. With each frame having a resolution of 3840×2160 for 4K or 4096×2160 for Cinema 4K, there is now enough details to make a medium size prints from Ultra HD video. Each extracted image offers 8 MP at a 16:9 or slightly wider aspect-ratio.

Given that 4K is captured from 24 FPS to 60 FPS, this allows action to be captured at its peak by shooting a video and then extracting the desired frame. Many Panasonic cameras offer this feature with various options such as pre-buffering and continuous buffering. Even with a camera that simply record 4K, one can use Video Editing software to extract a frame. This can be taking further by applying Multi-Frame techniques to a group of frames extracted from 4K video.

For all these reasons and for those who are just looking for a 4K camera, Neocamera is introducing a new icon:

4K Video Icon

Just like all Neocamera icons, the new 4K Video icon will appear whenever the a camera that can record Ultra-HD video is listed or appears in a title. The Camera Search by Feature tool allows the direct selection of this icon to only show 4K-capable cameras. Results can be refined by the 4K icon should a search results in a set of cameras which contain both cameras that are 4K-capable and some that are not.

Enjoy Finding Your Next 4K Camera Now!

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2016.09.27

Cameras and lenses may have built-in image stabilization. Originally they only indicated the inclusion of such a system. As newer generations of image-stabilization systems came to be, manufacturers started making performance claims but these were best-case-scenarios under unknown conditions and so were not comparable. For this reason, CIPA created a standard testing methodology for image stabilization systems. The result of such testing is a standardized and comparable number of stops of stabilization efficiency.

Panasonic LUmix DMC-G85 Dual IS

While most cameras and lenses were not measured according to this standard, already dozens are. The Neocamera Camera and Lens databases have been updated to store that information, when available. The specification pages for Lenses will now include the efficiency computed according to the CIPA standard next to the Stabilization label. It will say, for example, 3.5-Stops, instead of only Built-In. These numbers get compared and highlighted in the Lens Compare Tool and Lens Search Engine.

For cameras with built-in image-stabilization, we have the CIPA stabilization efficiency and the number of correction axes included in specifications. Those models for which the data is not available will still say Built-In. Others will indicated the number of axis and efficiency, for example: 5-Axis, 5-Stops. These numbers get compared and highlighted in the Camera Compare Tool and Camera Search Engine.

This should give a good indicated as to the relative performance of image-stabilization systems. There are additional complexities which are difficult to model such as new Dual IS or Sync IS systems which allow a camera and lens to cooperatively perform image stabilization. For example, the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 features a 5-axis image stabilization system effective to 4 stops yet can reach up to 6 when combined with select stabilized lenses. Also, CIPA numbers are computed with a given methodology and may not represent real-world performance in many cases.

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2016.07.19

A new roundup of professional and premium Olympus lenses for Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless digital cameras was just published at Neocamera. This feature article offers express reviews for the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F/2.8 PRO, 12-40mm F/2.8 PRO, 40-150mm F/2.8 PRO, 12mm F/2 and 60mm F/2.8 Macro.

This articles extends coverage from the previous roundup of early Micro Four-Thirds lenses published in late 2011. For those looking to the lighter and more compact lenses, it is worth a read.

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