September has been another exciting month for new releases in the photo and video world, with both cameras and lenses hitting the market. Probably the most buzz has been generated by the arrival of the Nikon Zf, a retro-style mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor. However, with a new Lumix G Micro Four Thirds camera arriving from Panasonic and a 100MP medium-format GFX camera from Fujifilm, there’s plenty more to grab the attention.
It’s also been an exciting month for adventure-junkies, with not just a new GoPro Hero flagship camera arriving, but also another tough TG waterproof compact from OM SYSTEM (the manufacturer formerly known as Olympus). And with new Sony E-mount lenses from Tamron and GFX tilt-shift lenses from Fujifilm too, it’s a month full of exciting kit. Here’s what you need to know…
Nikon Zf Digital Camera Body
The Nikon Zf combines a heritage-style design with the latest Z series technology to create the perfect fusion of past and present. Although beaming with nostalgia, Nikon has powered the Zf with a 24.5MP full-frame sensor, an EXPEED 7 processor, 4K video recording, and an advanced 8-stop 5-axis VR system, granting users absolute sharpness, outstanding precision, and remarkable speed with any subject.
A stunning marriage of old and new, the Nikon Zf caused quite a stir at the Wex offices when it was announced earlier this month. It’s a Z-mount full-frame mirrorless camera that’s styled after one of Nikon’s classic FM film SLRs from decades gone by – and thanks to the ability to use F-mount lenses with the FTZ adapter, you can create a truly retro shooting experience.
Essentially, it’s a bigger brother to the similarly retro Nikon Z fc, which uses an APS-C sensor. The Zf uses a full-frame 24.5MP BSI CMOS sensor which delivers superb image quality, even at higher sensitivities thanks to its backlit design. The edge-to-edge autofocus coverage benefits from 3D tracking, deep-learning AI and subject-recognition technology.
The Zf is looking like it’ll be a beast in low light, largely thanks to the implementation of the new Expeed 7 processor. It has a native iSO range up to 64,000, which can be expanded to a maximum ceiling of 204,600. This is aided by context-sensitive noise reduction, which smooths out images taken at higher sensitivities.
The body design of the Zf is pure retro class, with SLR-style control dials. The dedicated monochrome picture profiles are also a welcome addition, encouraging users to explore and embrace black & white photography. We can’t wait to get our hands on this camera for a full, proper test.
Nikon Z 135mm f1.8 S Plena Lens
With the utmost dedication to achieving the highest quality bokeh, Nikon has introduced their first Plena lens, combining renowned S-line optics with an 11-blade diaphragm and f1.8 maximum aperture. Thanks to its exquisite rendering power, this lens creates the perfect blend of precision and artistry, breaking down barriers to experimentation and opening doors to new realms of creative expression.
Along with the impressive Zf, Nikon has also taken the wraps off an exciting new prime telephoto that promises to deliver fearsome sharpness for portrait shooters. The Nikon Z 135mm f1.8 S Plena is part of Nikon’s prestigious “S-line” of lenses, which is the name the firm gives to its top-tier lenses for the Z-mount.
Constructed of 16 elements in 14 groups, the Z 135mm f1.8 S Plena uses an 11-blade aperture diaphragm to ensure it can produce beautifully circular bokeh in the defocused areas of images. It’s designed to completely minimise reflections for superior light-gathering capability – to that end, Nikon has included two anti-reflective coatings.
You may well be wondering what exactly “Plena” means here. According to Nikon, it’s derived from the Latin term “plenum”, which refers to a space that is full, which “reflect[s] the lens’ ability to support the user’s creative vision with beautiful, well-rounded bokeh of outstanding sharpness and clarity.” It’s not the first Z-mount lens to come bearing an unusual name, following in the footsteps of the Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct.
With exquisite rendering from edge to edge and that f/1.8 maximum aperture, the Nikon Z 135mm f1.8 S Plena will no doubt prove popular among portrait shooters using the Z system
GoPro HERO12 Black
Experience incredible image quality, enhanced HyperSmooth video stabilisation, and 2x extended battery life with the new GoPro HERO12 Black. Capture 5.3K video with added High Dynamic Range (HDR) for more detailed footage with greater colour depth. Enjoy pre-set effects and 8x slo-mo footage with a rugged yet lightweight device that includes front and back touchscreens so you never miss a moment.
Extreme sports shooters rejoice – the GoPro HERO12 Black has arrived. With double the battery life and better-than-ever HyperSmooth stabilisation, this rugged little shooter delivers the kind of quality we’ve come to expect from GoPro. It shoots 27MP stills and video at up to 5.3K. There’s up to 8x slow-motion for those truly dramatic moments, and once again you have that 8:7 aspect ratio on the sensor, making it easy to crop into footage in vertical format for sharing on TikTok and similar platforms.
We’ve already taken the HERO12 Black out for a test. You can see how it fared in the video below from our YouTube channel, complete with our team’s first impressions and some dog POV footage for good measure.
OM SYSTEM Tough TG-7 Digital Camera - Black
Venture further, dive deeper, and unveil more detail with OM SYSTEM’s Tough TG-7 12MP digital camera. Lightweight, compact, and rugged enough for outdoor enthusiasts, the TG-7 is waterproof to an impressive depth of 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof up to 100kg, and freezeproof at -10°C. It also boasts 4K video, an f2 wide 25-100mm 4x optical zoom lens, and a 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor.
The TG series of tough compacts from Olympus and OM System have long been regarded as some of the best you can buy. As such, we’re immensely excited to see the release of the OM SYSTEM Tough TG-7, a waterproof compact with a 25-100mm equivalent f2 optical zoom lens. Producing highly detailed and vibrant 12MP images, the TG-7 also offers dedicated macro shooting modes, as well as the ability to create time-lapse footage in 4K.
The team took the Tough TG-7 down to Brighton beach to see what it can do – watch below to see footage and stills from the camera, as well as Luke and Jade’s first impressions.
Panasonic Lumix G9 II Digital Camera Body
Designed for high-speed photography, the Panasonic Lumix G9 II is a powerful next-generation camera ideal for solo creators. The new 25.2MP sensor, faster engine, and Phase Detection AF with 8.0-stop Body I.S deliver sharp, high-quality images and 5.7K 60p video. And, with improved ergonomics and a compact dust, splash, and freeze-resistant build, capture the all-important shot, whatever the weather.
This stunning mirrorless camera from Panasonic takes the best of the full-frame Lumix S line and puts it in a Micro Four Thirds body. The Lumix G9 II resembles the fabulous Lumix S5 II both inside and out. It’s got a very similar body design, including an 8-way AF joystick, and also benefits from a powerful phase-detection autofocus, complete with sophisticated subject tracking and the must-have feature on any serious new camera from the past couple of years – AI-powered subject-detection.
To put the Lumix G9 II through its paces, we handed it over to pro Andy McGovern and packed him off to the Cairngorms in Scotland to get some test footage. You can watch the results on our YouTube channel below.
Fujifilm GFX 100 II Medium Format Camera Body
The Fujifilm GFX 100 II redefines what it means to be more than full frame with an upgraded 102MP CMOS II HS sensor and high-performing X-Processor 5 engine. This masterful combination makes 8fps burst shooting and 4K 60P video possible, with access to an improved AI-based AF and 4:2:2 10-bit colour, positioning the GFX 100 II as an industry-leading medium-format camera for high-end productions.
Equipped with an upgraded 102MP CMOS II HS sensor, the Fujifilm GFX100 II pushes mirrorless medium format further than ever before. Not only does it produce dazzling images, but the GFX100 II can now shoot at up to 8fps, and for those times when staggering levels of detail are needed, it also has the 400MP multi-shot mode we’ve seen on previous GFX cameras.
Thanks to the X Processor 5 engine, the GFX 100 II can also produce 4K 60p video, 8K 30p video and Full HD 120p video, all in 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording. Faster and more fully equipped than ever before, this is a powerful tool for professional shooters.
To see the Fujifilm GFX100 II in action, check out our video below where Jon puts it through its paces in Stockholm, Sweden.
Fujifilm GF 30mm f5.6 T/S Lens
A new optical dawn rises for the GFX System. The uncompromising image quality, exacting colours and outstanding detail of GF Lenses moves to a specialist field with GF30mmF5.6 T/S. This wide-angle tilt-shift lens offers unprecedented control to produce distortion and aberration-free images of buildings, interiors, landscapes and more. Combining image quality and functionality in a compact form, it's the perfect lens for exacting professionals who demand ultimate results.
Fujifilm GF 110mm F5.6 T/S Macro Lens
A new optical dawn rises for the GFX System. The uncompromising image quality, exacting colours and outstanding detail of GF Lenses moves to a specialist field with GF110mmF5.6 T/S Macro. This telephoto tilt-shift lens offers unprecedented control to produce distortion and aberration-free images of products, still-lifes, macro subjects and more. Combining image quality and functionality in a compact form, it's the perfect lens for exacting professionals who demand ultimate results.
In addition to the GFX100 II, Fujifilm has also fully taken the wraps off some previously announced tilt-shift lenses for the GFX system. These specialist lenses still offer the same kind of peerless optical quality we’ve come to expect from this lens mount, only now with perspective control – dual tilt and shift mechanisms.. This enables users to shoot distortion-free architectural images of tall buildings, as well as highly precise focus control that enables the creation of images with extremely small focus points.
Fujifilm GF 55mm f1.7 R WR Lens
Designed to maximise the potential of large-format sensors, the Fujifilm GF 55mm f1.7 R WR Lens sets a new standard for the GFX system. This lens masterfully combines a versatile 55mm focal length with a fast f1.7 maximum aperture and an 11-blade diaphragm to deliver exceptional, high-resolution images with perfectly circular bokeh, perfect for portrait, street, travel and landscape photography.
This gorgeous prime lens is designed to deliver exceptionally high-quality images with stunning bokeh, thanks to the 11-blade aperture diaphragm. Constructed of 14 glass elements in 10 groups, this lens delivers an equivalent focal length of 44mm in full-frame terms, so is a good candidate for general-purpose photography. And, thanks to the ever-increasing speed of the GFX cameras, you could even try your hand at medium format street photography!
Tamron 17-50mm f4 Di III VXD Lens for Sony E
The Tamron 17-50mm f4 Di III VXD Lens for Sony E is a groundbreaking lens that covers a versatile zoom range from ultra-wide through standard focal lengths. The lens has a premium construction featuring 15 elements in 13 groups, a bright f4 aperture, and a versatile 17-50mm focal length. It produces sharp videos and stills with stunning bokeh, all in a durable build that lets you shoot anywhere.
For Sony E-mount, this wide-to-standard zoom lens from Tamron sports a constant f4 aperture right the way through its zoom range. The premium optical construction of 15 elements in 13 groups includes three low dispersion, one glass-moulded aspherical, and two hybrid aspherical elements, all of which ensure that distortion and chromatic aberration are effectively suppressed. This flexible lens also has a short close focusing distance – 30cm at the tele end, and just 19cm at the wide end – meaning you can fill the frame with your subjects.
Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens for Sony E
The Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens delivers standout shots for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. Thanks to its versatile 70-180mm focal range, fixed f2.8 aperture, and intuitive ergonomics, this lens gives users flexibility, agility, and stabilisation to adapt to shooting environments. The premium construction features 20 glass elements in 15 groups, producing exceptional performance.
Normally, telephotos around the 70-200mm range with an f2.8 constant aperture err on the expensive side, as they are tools for professionals. The Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens for Sony E is substantially more affordable, and represents fantastic savings for any Sony E user looking for a workhorse lens. According to Tamron, this is the world’s smallest and lightest telezoom lens, and given that it weighs just 855g, they might just be right.