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2017.08.24

Think Tank Photo, long time makers of professional camera bags, just unveiled a new series of shoulder bags called Spectral. These new bags feature one-handed access and improved theft-protection thanks to a unique magnetic clasp.

With Think Tank Photo’s new Spectral shoulder bags, photographers can remain inconspicuous while shooting, knowing their valuable cameras and lenses are safer from theft and the elements. A magnetic Fidlock clasp enables quiet, one-handed access to gear and then locks automatically when closing the flap. An additional zippered closure gives peace of mind while traveling and can be tucked away when actively shooting. constructed with durable yet stylish materials, the Spectral Shoulder Bag offers Think Tank quality and ingenuity at a reasonable price.

The Spectral series comes in three sizes:

  • The Spectral 8 fits one standard size DSLR body with a wide or short zoom, a 24–70mm F/2.8 detached, plus one to two small extra lens, and an eight-inch tablet. Or, it fits a Mirrorless kit with three to four lenses, including the 50–140mm.
  • The Spectral 10 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, one to three extra lenses, and a 10” tablet.
  • The Spectral 15 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, two to four extra lenses, flash, a 10” tablet, and a 15” laptop.

All bags in this series offer these key features:

  • Tablet pocket (Spectral 8: 8”, Spectral 10 & 15: 10”)
  • Phone pocket sized for today’s large phones
  • Tripod attachment points and straps
  • Luggage handle pass-through
  • Comfortably padded non-slip shoulder strap for all day comfort
  • Customizable divider layout with dividers for stacking short lenses
  • Internal pockets to hold batteries, card wallets and other accessories
  • Water bottle pocket
  • Seam-sealed rain cover

Think Tank Spectral 15

Additionally, the Spectral 15 features a dedicated compartment for laptops up to 15″. Here are the bag specifications:

Spectral 8

  • Internal Dimensions: 10.2” W x 7.5” H x 4.9” D (26 x 19 x 12.5 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 11” W x 8.3” H x 6.1” D (28 x 21.2 x 15.5 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 8.3” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (21 x 14 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)

Spectral 10

  • Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 9.1” H x 4.9” D (33 x 23 x 12.5 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 10” H x 6.1” D (35 x 25.5 x 15.5 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.4” W x 7.6” H x 0.6” D (26.5 x 19.2 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs (1.1 kg)

Spectral 15

  • Internal Dimensions: 15.3” W x 9.8” H x 5.1” D (39 x 25 x 13 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 16.1” W x 12.6” H x 6.3” D (41 x 32 x 16 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 12.6” W x 7.6” H x 0.8” D (32 x 19.2 x 2 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 14.1” W x 9.6” H x 1” D (36 x 24.5 x 2.5 cm)
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs (1.2 kg)

One new thing that Think Tank Photo committed to with this new series is to reduce selling costs while maintaining the highest quality materials. Indeed, the smaller Spectral 8 comes in at just $100 USD with the mid-size Spectral 10 selling for $120 USD and the largest Spectral 15 at $140 USD. These bags are all immediately available directly from the Think Tank Photo website.

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2017.08.24

Having teased about it last month for their 100th anniversary, the new Nikon D850 has just been unveiled. This new high-resolution flagship full-frame DSLR expands the family by a significant leap.

The Nikon D850 is built around a 46 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor that captures more light per pixel than previous sensors used on Nikon DSLRs. This sensor features a high-speed read-out which allows for full-width 4K Ultra-HD video. It can equally output full-resolution images at a maximum of 9 FPS, although the optional battery-grip is needed for that. Otherwise, it can capture a respectable 7 FPS at 46 MP and 51 RAW files in their maximum 14-bit quality. Doing down to 12-bit RAW files, makes it possible to capture 170 frames per burst.

This DSLR inherits two key components from the top-of-the-line D5 reviewed here. One is the EXPEED 5 processor which performs exceptional rendering of JPEG images and processes information at an outstanding velocity. This time, the D850 does not have an Anti-Alias Filter, so we should expect even more critically sharp output from this camera. The other is the incomparable 153-Point Phase-Detect AF system seen in the D5 and also the D500. It features 99 Cross-Type Points, 15 usable at F/8 and with a maximum sensitivity of -4 EV.

The headline-grabbing 8K Time-Lapse Feature deserves some explanations before covering the rest of the D850 highlights. Nikon has been producing in-camera Time Lapse Video since the D600 yet they had an Interval Timer feature a considerably long time before. Given its high resolution of 46 megapixels, the D850 captures images slightly over 8K. The Interval Timer  can drive the camera to capture almost 1000 such images which can be assembled into a Time Lapse Video. It will not do it internally. 4K Time Lapse Video though is fully supported and results in an Ultra-HD video produced in-camera.

Nikon designed to D850 is their ultimate combination of resolution and speed. Reaching 46 megapixels, this is their highest resolution camera yet and the omission of an Anti-Alias-Filter makes sure that the maximum amount of details can be extracted from its sensor. With a top-speed of 9 FPS, it is also among their fastest DSLRs. It is of course supplanted by the 14 FPS drive of the D5 in this area but is only a little behind the 10 FPS of the D500. When a battery-grip is not used, 7 FPS is still sufficient to capture fleeting moments for portraits, street photography and some action. Along with such speed, the D850 has endurance to last for 1840 frames on a single battery-charge.

Usability is critical for professional cameras and NIkon has improved things where it counts the most by offering the largest viewfinder ever made into a DSLR. New optics achieve a 0.75X magnification while maintaining 100% coverage and leaving room for a built-in shutter. The body has been redesigned with a deeper grip than on the D810 and buttons on the left side of the body are now illuminated to provide usability in the dark. The top status LCD also has a back-light, as in high-end DSLRs. The body of the D850 is equipped with dual memory-card slots, one accepting XQD cards and the other SDXC UHS-II ones. Top performance requires the use of an XQD card.

Making its debut on the Nikon D850 is a focus bracketing feature designed for stacking. The camera can capture up to 300 frames with 10 different focus step sizes between each frame. These potentially large sets of images are stored in their own directory for easy of assembly by third-party software.

The Nikon D850 has  a suggested retail price of $3,299 USD or $4,399.95 CAD and will be available some time next month. Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. This camera is expected to sell out fast since it represents such a significant leap from its predecessor, so pre-order yours today! Using the links here gives you the same low price and reputable service as usual while helping us support Neocamera.

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2017.08.23

Fujifilm made their entry into the Medium Format market with a unique Mirrorless Digital Camera built around a 44x33mm sensor and an all-new GF lens-mount. This all-electronic mount offers a short flange distance to allow adapting of lenses from other Medium Format systems yet no such system offers modern lens technologies so Fujifilm necessarily unveiled a lineup of native GF-mount lenses.

Fuji GFX Mirrorless Medium Format Family

There are currently 6 lenses available for the GFX Mirrorless platform. Today, Neocamera reviewed half of them in a review roundup of Fujinon GFX system lenses. The lenses reviewed are the Fujinon GF 23mm F/4R LM WR, the Fujinon GF 32-64mm F/4R LM WR and the Fujinon GF 110mm F/2R LM WR which are the widest and brightest lens for the system, plus the only zoom in the lineup.

Read the Fujifilm GFX Lens Roundup to see how these lenses performs and assess their sharpness at every aperture.

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2017.08.14

The Nikon D500 is a performance professional DSLR. It is built around a 20 megapixels CMOS sensor with unprecedented sensitivity for APS-C, covering a standard ISO 100-51200 range, expandable to ISO 50-1638400, and sharing the ultimate 153-Point Phase-Detect AF sensor from the flagship full-frame D5. This new autofocus module offers up to 99 Cross-Type AF points and is sensitive down to -4 EV. Combined with a fast 10 FPS continuous drive, the Nikon D500 is the ultimate APS-C DSLR for action photography.

Nikon D500

Neocamera just published its highly detailed review of the Nikon D500 here. Given that this particular DSLR has received quite a few reviews already and it unsurprisingly delivers a superb performance for an APS-C digital camera, this review takes a particularly critical look at how much performance the D500 delivers compared to the rest of the Nikon family and closest competitors. Find out just how much  the Nikon D500 pulls ahead of other professional APS-C DSLRs by reading the Neocamera Nikon D500 Review!

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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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