Still Digital Times

Sony’s a6500 and RX100 V Launch Event

Twenty-five journalists and bloggers were invited to Austin, Texas for the launch event of the new Sony Alpha 6500 and RX100 Mark V (RX100 V) Digital Still Photography and 4K (UHD) Motion Picture Cameras. read more…

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Sony RX100 Mark V

It’s been said the best camera is one that’s always with you. I’ve had a Sony RX100 dangling from my belt in a small Lowepro pouch since the original one was introduced in 2012. I’ve upgraded to every subsequent model. The latest one is the Cybershot DSC-RX100 Mark V, and there are compelling reasons to order one. The main reason… read more…

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Oskar Barnack Photography Award 2016

The 2016 Leica Oskar Barnack Awards returned to Berlin. The award ceremony took place in an event space that was once a church. Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority owner of Leica, explained the background of the award, named after Leica Camera inventor Oskar Barnack. The Leica Oskar Barnack Award for 2016 went to Scarlett Coten for her series of images ‘Mectoub’. The French photographer… read more…

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FUJINON XF 23mm F2 Weather Resistant Lens

  Fujifilm USA announced a new addition to it’s X-Series lens lineup, the FUJINON XF 23mm F2 R WR. This APS-C format compact lens comes in at only 180g and is both weather and dust resistant. This lens pairs well with the recently released Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR. Overall, optically, one would expect the same great image quality that Fujifilm shooters have… read more…

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Fujifilm X-A3 Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm released of the successor to their X-A2 mirrorless compact camera. The Fujifulm X-A3 features the same large 3″ tiltable touch screen LCD for all those selfie-taking needs.  While the marketing aims this new camera at younger photographers, Fujifilm hasn’t cut many corners in terms of specs. The most significant improvement seems to be the brand new 24.2MP APS-C sensor, rumored to… read more…

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ZEISS Loxia, Milvus and Otus Sets

ZEISS Milvus lenses are manual focus lenses for DSLR cameras. ZEISS Otus lenses are top of the line manual focus lenses. ZEISS Loxia lenses come in Sony E-mount, 18 mm flange depth. They have a manual iris ring, which can be de-clicked (like the Milvus) with a tool that is supplied with the lenses. read more…

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FUJIFILM X-T2 Still & 4K/UHD Camera

FUJIFULM North America today announced the newest in their interchangeable lens X-series cameras, the FUJIFILM X-T2. The X-T2 has received several significant improvements over the 2014 release of its predecessor, the X-T1, including a new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III SPS-C sensor, a large 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder, and  4K (3840×2160) video with a .mov file type. The X-T2 also received… read more…

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Sony Full Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

Sony Electronics has just introduced a new Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens with an E-mount. It’s part of the Sony/ZEISS strategic partnership that includes the 16-35mm F4, 24-70 F4, 16-70mm F4, 135mm F1.8, 55mm F1.8, 35mm F1.4, 35mm F2.8, 24mm F2, and 24mm F1.8 lenses. read more…

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ZEISS Batis 2.8/18mm Wide Angle Lens

3rd ZEISS Batis Full-Frame E-mount Lens The ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 (18mm f/2.8) is a super wide-angle lens for the Sony α system with E-mount (a7, a7R, a7S series). Diagonal angular field of view is 99 degrees, and it has autofocus. The  OLED display on the lens shows focus distance and depth of field.  The ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 joins the ZEISS Batis 2/25 and… read more…

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Sony α6300 Camera and G Master Lenses

Sony Electronics invited 32 members of the press to Miami, Florida. The reason was to try out the new Sony α6300 E-mount APS-C format camera along with 2 new Sony G Master E-mount full frame lenses, 85mm f/1.4 and the 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom. read more…

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ZEISS at CP+ Yokohama Japan

ZEISS Team at CP+ in Yokohama — the largest Photo Show in Japan. ZEISS is showing the entire product lines of Touit, Batis and Loxia lenses for mirrorless cameras, Milvus SLR lenses,  Compact Primes, Compact Zooms and binoculars. And handing out Film and Digital Times. read more…

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Sony a6300 APS-C

  Feb 3, 2016. New York. Sony introduced a new APS-C size mirrorless e-mount still / UHD video camera:  the α6300. It shares the same e-mount as the full frame α7 — flange depth of 18mm. 24.2 MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) CMOS sensor UHD  3840 x 2160 video recording Blazingly fast autofocus. Sony says it’s the world’s fastest autofocus When do you… read more…

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon’s new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR was introduced on February 1. It’s a Full Frame 35mm (24x36mm) high-end professional still camera that also shoots 4K video. This is the camera that will be seen, and used, during the election season, at the summer Olympic games, and wherever  flagship Canon DSLRs tend to go. read more…

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Twinkle Twinkle

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Code Name Max

Its code name was Max. Designers of the new Leica SL autofocus, full frame (Leica Format), mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera  said Max stood for “maximum,” or “to the max.” However, other Maxes lurk in Leica’s history. Max Berek developed the lens for the first Leica Model A (Leica I) camera. It was a 50mm f/3.5  fixed lens, named Elmax, apparently  from the letters E (Ernst) L ( Leitz) and Max (Berek). The real name is SL for “Spiegellos” (mirrorless).

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Leica SL 35mm Full Frame Autofocus

Cut to the chase: favorite things about the new Leica SL Full Frame Mirrorless 35mm camera introduced today at Leica HQ in Wetzlar. Sharpest EVF I’ve looked through on a still camera: 4.4 Megadots. Very rapid autofocus and Optical Image Stabilized lenses. PL adapter to use cine lenses; also M, R, S, etc. 4K Video: .MOV motion jpeg or MP4 files Smooth skin tones and… read more…

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Leica SL

 Wetzlar Germany. Leica introduces 35mm full frame mirrorless fast autofocus camera. More than 4-million dot EVF. 4K video. 24 MP sensor. Works with all M,T, R lenses, new SL generation, and PL.

Sony RX1R2 Palm-Size Full Frame Camera

Sony unveiled the new palm-sized full-frame RX1R2 Camera.  It’s a 35mm full-frame format (24x36mm) digital still camera with a 42.4 Megapixel sensor, attached ZEISS Sonnar 35mm f/2 lens, variable optical low pass filter, and pop-up EVF. The variable OPLF of the Sony RX1R2 lets you adjust the amount of moiré and artifact reduction. read more…

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Canon M10, G5 X, G9 X

With PhotoPlus Expo coming up next week in New York, Canon is rolling out some new still cameras. The G5 X puts an eagerly-awaited EVF onto a 20.2 Megapixel, 1.0-inch CMOS sensor pocketable camera with fast f/1.8-2.8 4.2x zoom lens (35mm equivalent of  24-100mm). Canon’s G9X is smaller, has fewer features, slower and shorter zoom range, and no EVF. And Canon’s new M10 is a small mirrorless APS-C sensor camera with interchangeable lens mount that accepts EOS lenses using an adapter. read more…

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ZEISS Milvus Full Frame Lenses

ZEISS introduced Milvus lenses at IBC, a new family of 6 Full Frame (24x36mm format) primes. They come in ZE (Canon) or ZF.2 (Nikon) mounts. Focus is manual. In other words, Milvus is a refresh of the ZEISS Classic line, with higher resolution and contrast. Cinematographers were interested in the wider rotation of the focus barrel — up to 270 degrees on some of them. The ZEISS Milvus… read more…

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