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Get the lowdown on the latest photography and video releases with our news roundup. Check back regularly for updates on the newest mirrorless, DSLR and compact cameras, camcorders and accessories. If you're looking to pre-order the latest releases right now, visit our latest products page. If you're still pondering your next camera or system, check out our buying guides below...

 

 

Fujifilm announces GF and XF lenses

Update: 18.07.2019

Medium format is the talk of the town, thanks to Fujifilm’s recently announced GFX 100. And today, the Japan-based imaging giant has revealed its smallest GF lens ever, the GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR. X-series users shouldn’t feel left out though, because Fujifilm has also revealed a versatile zoom lens for its popular mirrorless system, the XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR. Here’s what you’re getting…

 

GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR

Fujifilm announces GF and XF lenses

The GF 50mm will be the tenth lens released for the GFX system, and it’s the smallest too. It measures just 84 x 48mm and weighs just 335g – that’s teeny for medium format! The lens is constructed from nine elements in six groups, and has one aspherical lens element to reduce aberration and distortion.

The GFX 100 impressed with its video specs, so it’s surely no coincidence that the GF 50mm has “low breathing”, which will certainly aid those wanting to capture footage. As far as autofocus goes, Fujifilm tells us the lens’ linear motor is “very accurate, fast and silent.” Finally, your investment is protected thanks to dust and weather sealing, and can operate down to -10°C.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR.

 

XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR

Fujifilm announces GF and XF lenses

This versatile 5x zoom affords users wide angle to telephoto options, with a constant f/4 aperture. According to Fujifilm, the lens boasts: “The highest amount of optical stabilization [sic] in any interchangeable lens, OIS 6.0 stops.” The lens houses 16 elements in 12 groups, three of which are aspherical and one is extra-low dispersion [ED].

Cleverly, Fujifilm has used the ED element as an optical image stabilisation lens and tells us this means “aberration fluctuation due to image stabilization is suppressed.” The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 35cm and just like the GF 50mm, it promises minimal focus breathing.

You’ll find a stepping motor within the lens’ small frame, so we’re expecting quiet AF. Pair the XF 16-80mm with one of Fujifilm’s weather-sealed mirrorless cameras, and you’ll make the most of the optics’ dust and weather-resistant build. And that can only be a good thing, because at only 88.9mm in length and with a weight of just 440g, there’s no reason why you can’t take this little zoom lens on every shoot.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR.

 

Sony announces A7R Mark IV

Sony A7R IV

Update: 16/07/2019

Sony’s coveted full-frame mirrorless line-up has officially entered its fourth generation, thanks to the announcement of the A7R Mark IV. This full-frame mirrorless titan builds on the sparkling legacy of its powerful predecessor, thanks to its class-leading 61MP sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range and up to 10fps burst shooting. This latest Alpha series announcement also boasts 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, 567 phase-detection AF points and 4K video capabilities. To find out more, visit our dedicated Sony A7R IV blog page.

What do we think? The Sony A7R IV is the successor to one of the most acclaimed mirrorless cameras ever – it’s arguably the biggest announcement of the year so far. We’ll reserve judgement until we see the camera in the flesh, but for now, both its lineage and jaw-dropping specs are reason enough to get very excited.

Pre-order: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Sony A7R IV.

 

SIGMA fp hybrid mirrorless camera announced

Update: 11/07/2019

SIGMA’s mysterious full-frame project has finally been revealed as the SIGMA fp. The Internet is abuzz with the surprise L-mount announcement and what the Japan-based imaging manufacturer is calling the: “World's smallest and lightest full-frame camera”. The body – free from battery and storage card – weighs a meagre 370g and can be comfortably held in the palm of one’s hand (112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3 mm). To find out more about this exciting photo/video hybrid mirrorless camera, read our blog article.

 

SIGMA announces trio of full-frame mirrorless lenses

SIGMA announces trio of full-frame mirrorless lenses for both L-mount and E-mount systems

Update: 11/07/2019

SIGMA has been very busy. If you can tear yourself away from the SIGMA fp reveal video, you might be interested to know that the Japan-based imaging manufacturer has also bombarded us with information regarding a trio of optics from its Art and Contemporary ranges: an ultra-wide-angle zoom and two primes. Compatible with L-mount and Sony E-mount systems, here’s what we know about SIGMA’s first full-frame mirrorless exclusive lenses… Read more.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Art 35mm f/1.2 DG DNArt 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN or Contemporary 45mm f/2.8 DG DN.

 

Canon announces RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 lens and two new compact cameras

Canon announces RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 lens and two new compact cameras

Update: 09/07/2019

Today, Canon has announced a true all-in-one lens that’s sure to wow EOS R and RP users with its jaw-dropping 10x optical zoom. In fact, we reckon the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM is currently the most versatile optic in Canon’s RF line-up. If that wasn’t enough, the imaging giant has added two new compact cameras to its PowerShot range. The G5 X Mark II and G7 X Mark III provide a significant step up for smartphone shooters looking for a dedicated compact camera. Want to find out more about these new releaes? Read our blog article.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USMG5 X Mark II or G7 X Mark III.

 

Sony announces FE 35mm f/1.8

FE 35mm f/1.8

Update: 09/07/2019

Looking for a crisp lens that’s both versatile and small enough to reside in your kitbag permanently? Sony’s new FE 35mm f/1.8 prime could be the perfect solution. This diddy optic measures a diminutive 73mm in length and weighs just 280g. Its wide f/1.8 aperture will help when shooting in low light and Sony tells us to expect “smooth bokeh”, thanks to the 9-bladed circular design.

The FE 35mm looks set to deliver quality images and we’d expect nothing less from Sony. The presence of an aspherical element will help reduce optical aberrations, while also providing edge-to-edge sharpness. The lens’ AF system is designed for stills and video use, and promises quiet, precise and fast autofocusing.

A handy focus hold button can be customised to perform other functions and the lens itself is designed to withstand dust and moisture. While the 35mm focal length is ideal for shooting architecture, portraits and street scenes, the lens’ minimum focus distance of 0.22m and 0.24x maximum magnification ratio makes close-up photography a possibility too. If you’re using a compatible APS-C camera, the FE 35mm delivers a 52.5mm equivalent focal length due to the 1.5x crop.

What do we think? Similar, but slightly wider than a nifty fifty, a 35mm prime is sure to make a popular addition to almost any photographer’s kitbag. The Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 boasts a fast aperture and is so small and versatile, there’s a chance it could become your go-to everyday lens.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8.

 

Tamron announces ultra-wide-angle zoom for Sony mirrorless cameras

Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD

Update: 28/06/2019

Tamron has announced the 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras. This ultra-wide-angle zoom will surely appeal to landscape, street and architectural photographers, thanks to its speed, compact form factor and image quality.

The 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD boasts a constant aperture of f/2.8 – a very respectable accolade for a lens of this class. The big draw for owning a mirrorless camera is portability and Tamron doesn’t disappoint: The 17-28mm weighs just 420g and is 99mm in length. The lens also boasts some impressive close focusing stats. At a focal length of 17mm, it can focus as close as 19cm and at a focal length of 28mm, it can focus as close as 26cm.

Tamron tells us to expect “edge-to-edge high-resolution and contrast.” This isn’t surprising, considering the ultra-wide-angle zoom is built to prevent aberrations and is constructed from 13 lenses in 11 groups, including three aspherical lens elements, two low-dispersion lens elements and one extra-low-dispersion lens element. As you’d expect, Tamron’s Broad-Brand Anti-Reflection coating will work to suppress ghosting and flare too.

The lens manufacturer’s Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive powers the optic’s AF drive and is said to result in “high-speed, high-precision and superbly quiet operation”. This is a boon for filmmakers who require near-silent focusing or photographers who require an AF system that can effectively focus on moving subjects.

Landscape photographers are particularly susceptible to meeting adverse weather conditions. Thankfully, the 17-28mm is sealed in various “critical locations” to help protect the lens and camera from moisture. In addition, the lens has been treated to a fluorine compound coating, to help repel water and oil.

What do we think? Pair the 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD’s compact form factor with its fast aperture and you’ve an incredibly enticing package that won’t take up too much room in your kitbag.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lens.

 

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20

Update: 20/06/2019

Yearning to get closer to your subjects? Olympus’ has announced a 2x teleconverter for use with its existing M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO and M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO lenses, which will also be compatible with the unreleased M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO (currently planned for 2020).

The Micro Four Thirds system’s 2.0x crop factor means that a lens such as the 300mm f/4.0 is already 600mm in 35mm terms. Add the new M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 and that reach is doubled; combine the MC-20 with the 300mm f/4.0 and you’re working with a whopping great focal length of 1,200mm (35mm equivalent).

The teleconverter is constructed from nine elements in four groups. This helps to suppress aberrations, and prevent ghosting and flare, while maintaining optical performance. In-keeping with professional OM-D cameras and M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the accessory is dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof.

Olympus tells us the MC-20: “maintains the excellent imaging performance of the master lens”. It’s sure to draw interest from wildlife and sports shooters and will therefore pair nicely with the action-focused Olympus OM-D E-M1X, released earlier in the year. The teleconverter can also be used for macro photography, with the possibility of close-up shots at 0.96x (35mm equivalent).

What do we think? The MC-20 should appeal to wildlife and sports photographers, making it the ideal pairing for the OM-D E-M1X.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II major firmware update

OM-D E-M1 Mark II: Firmware Version 3.0

Update: 20/06/2019

As if the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 wasn’t enough, Olympus has also announced an extensive firmware upgrade for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Version 3.0 is available to download now and is said to deliver “major” autofocus improvements, boost the camera’s image quality and unlock new video features.

OM-D E-M1 Mark II (firmware Version 3.0):

  • Latest AF features: C-AF Center Priority Mode (high-precision tracking of moving subjects), Group 25-point and C-AF+MF (switch to MF while in C-AF).
  • Utilise the OM-D E-M1X autofocus algorithm, improved AF precision in S-AF mode and improved AF performance when shooting video.
  • AF in low light down to -6.0EV (when using an f/1.2 lens).
  • High ISO sensitivity improved by approximately 1/3 steps.
  • Detail Priority mode achieves higher resolutions when shooting at low ISOs.
  • USB RAW Data Edit support for faster RAW processing in Olympus Workspace.
  • Choose from three to 15 images when focus stacking.
  • OM-Log 400 profile added for video.

 

Hasselblad X1D II 50C announced

Hasselblad X1D II 50C announced

Update: 19/06/2019

We’ll soon be rolling out the red carpet for the latest medium format behemoth released from Hasselblad’s Swedish headquarters, the X1D II 50C. The premium camera manufacturer has made it clear that portability is still at the heart of this latest model, which features an almost identical aluminium body to its predecessor, the X1D-50C.

In fact, the X1D II 50C is smaller than many full-frame cameras, an impressive feat when you consider the size of that mighty (43.8 x 32.9mm) medium format sensor. Even then, Hasselblad has still found room to enlarge the rear touch screen to 3.6 inches (2.36-million-dot), while also fitting the camera with an improved OLED electronic viewfinder (3.69-million-dots). The EVF has a magnification of 0.87x and also allows users to view the menu from the viewfinder – handy when it’s bright outside! Read the rest of this news article... 

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Hasselblad X1D II 50C.

 

Sony announces duo of FE super-telephoto lenses

Sony announces duo of FE super-telephoto lenses

Update: 11/06/2019

Last week the Internet was abuzz with talk of a mysterious listing of a supposed Sony FE 200-600mm lens. The problem was, no such FE lens existed… until today! But whether the impromptu listing was the real deal, a prototype or a complete fake doesn’t really matter now that it’s official; the FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS is coming. Oh, and an FE 600mm f/4 G Master OSS prime is on its way too.

We were lucky enough to be the only UK retailer to attend Sony’s launch event at Ham Polo Club, Richmond, and Port Lympne safari park. Click here for a hands-on overview of both lenses, where we discuss how they performed and what we think of them.

What do we think? Sony boasts the biggest native lens line-up in the full-frame mirrorless market, but this duo of lenses has certainly filled a gap. If there’s room for a 200-600mm or 600mm prime in your collection, Sony’s reputation for great glass makes either of these latest lens releases a no-brainer.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the  FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS and FE 600mm f/4 G Master OSS prime.

 

Tamron announces: “finest lens in its history”

Tamron announces: “finest lens in its history”

Update: 03/06/2019

If mirrorless isn’t your thing and you’re a full-frame Canon or Nikon user then rejoice, Tamron is calling its latest DSLR prime: “the finest lens in its history”. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Tamron’s Superior Performance [SP] range, and the SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD lens is built to represent: “all the optical technology and manufacturing knowhow Tamron has developed to date.”

Prime lenses are favoured for their ability to produce ultra-sharp images, and it certainly looks like the SP 35mm won’t disappoint. The wide-angle lens is constructed from 14 elements in 10 groups, housing four low-dispersion and three glass-molded aspherical optics to combat chromatic aberrations. In addition, Tamron tells us to expect “ultra-high image quality” and edge-to-edge sharpness (even when shooting at the widest aperture).

Speaking of aperture, we’re certainly expecting the lens’ super-fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 to produce dazzling bokeh. If that wasn’t enough, the SP 35mm boasts Tamron’s new BBAR-G2 Coating, which safeguards against ghosting and flare. It’s also been treated with a fluorine coating to help repel dirt from the lens’ surface and is sealed in specific places to provide moisture resistance.

Tamron’s Ultrasonic Silent Drive helps to ensure speedy precise and quiet autofocusing and is complemented by a newly developed Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism for better reliability, even when shooting in particularly high or low temperatures. Finally, the SP 35mm lens is compatible with Tamron’s TAP-in Console.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD.

 

Panasonic reveals 6K full-frame mirrorless camera!

Panasonic reveals 6K full-frame mirrorless camera!

Update: 03/06/2019

Panasonic has just made an exciting pre-development announcement for a new full-frame camera dubbed the LUMIX S1H. The mirrorless L-mount camera will be even more video-focused than the recently released LUMIX S1. Crucially, it will be the world’s first camera – of this type – capable of shooting 6K 24p (3:2 ratio) and 5.9K 30p (16:9 ratio), along with 10-bit 30p 4K/C4K internally and the ability to shoot 10-bit 60p out to an external recorder via HDMI.

We’re told the S1H will use the same great colour science as the Cinema VariCam range, so V-Log footage recorded from that line-up (or V-Log L footage recorded by the GH5/GH5s) will be compatible with V-Log footage from the S1H. For more information on the LUMIX S1H, read our blog.

What do we think? The 6K resolution will make the headlines, but the fact that the S1H features the same colour science as the Cinema VariCam range could make it the perfect B-camera for EVA1 or VariCam LT owners.

 

Leica Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH lens

Leica Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH lens

Update: 03/06/2019

Everyone might be talking about the full-frame S series, but Panasonic certainly hasn’t forgotten its Micro Four Thirds range. The new Leica Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH lens boasts an exceedingly quick constant aperture and looks set to deliver a tack-sharp optical performance too. Of the 17 internal elements the lens features three aspherical lenses and four extra-low-dispersion lenses, helping to minimise any effects of axial chromatic aberration, spherical aberration, aberration of magnification and distortion. To find out more about this wide-angle zoom, visit our blog.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Leica Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH.

 

Fujifilm’s GFX 100 boasts the best mirrorless resolution ever

Fujifilm GFX 100

Update: 23/05/2019

Fujifilm’s has today announced its latest medium format titan, complete with in-body image stabilisation and a beastly sensor. The new Fujifilm GFX 100 builds on the solid foundations of quality put in place by the GFX 50S and GFX 50R, and shoots skywards, boasting a whole new set of impressive features. Its body is built around a large 102MP CMOS sensor, which makes the GFX 100 the highest resolution mirrorless digital camera ever produced!

The sensor itself is a 43.8mm x 32.9mm Bayer array with no optical low-pass filter to ensure tack-sharp results. The camera’s native ISO is 100-12,800, while extended output is 50-102,400.  Fujifilm has stated that the GFX 100 – paired with the company’s GF lenses – will provide the industry’s highest level of image quality, with exceptionally high resolution and colour reproduction. Click here to read the full story…

What do we think? The Fujifilm GFX 100’s medium format sensor, monster resolution and top-notch tethering abilities will certainly appeal to studio professionals. However, that impressive in-body image stabilisation will surely pique the interest of a much broader professional demographic.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Fujifilm GFX 100.

 

Olympus announces the Tough TG-6

Olympus announces the Tough TG-6

Update: 22/05/2019

Olympus has announced the Tough TG-6, a hard-as-nails compact camera that’s waterproof, shockproof and crushproof. Tough series cameras are the four-wheel drives of the camera world – they’re built to withstand just about anything.

The Tough TG-6 succeeds the TG-5 as the series’ flagship and brings with it a variety of new features. Whether you’re an adventurous type who enjoys rolling around in the mud or simply looking for a compact that’s hardier than most, the TG-6 is a worthy compact candidate. Click here to read the full story…

What do we think? In many ways the TG-6 is similar to its predecessor, but the additional underwater capabilities, AR coating and built-in 2x digital teleconverter are particularly welcome updates.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Tough TG-6.

 

DJI announces its first ever action camera, the Osmo Action

DJI announces its first ever action camera, the Osmo Action

Update: 15/05/2019

DJI looks set to build on the success of 2018’s Osmo Pocket, with the announcement of its first ever action camera: the Osmo Action. At first glance, the Osmo Action looks incredibly similar to the GoPro HERO7 Black. But that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since most action cameras tend to have a similar form factor. One of the most notable differences is that the Osmo Action has a fully functioning screen on its front, which can display the camera’s live view. 

What everyone’s talking about is the Osmo Action’s built-in camera stabilisation. DJI is calling its stabilisation technology RockSteady – it uses electronic image stabilisation to produce silky smooth footage and is not mechanical. We’ll tell you just how effective it is in our upcoming review. Click here to read everything you need to know about the DJI Osmo Action…

What do we think? The Osmo Action looks set to deliver an affordable device with broad appeal. The specification looks impressive, but it’s the RockSteady stabilisation we’re eager to see in action!

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the DJI Osmo Action.

 

Panasonic LUMIX GX880 announced

Panasonic LUMIX GX880 announced

Update: 15.05.2019

Panasonic has just announced the LUMIX GX880. This sleek and compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera is available with a 12-32mm lens and is bulging with beginner-friendly features that will surely make it a great first interchangeable-lens camera or travelling companion.

The device packs a 16.1MP Live MOS sensor, Panasonic’s Venus Engine image processor and the ability to shoot 4K UHD video at up to 30fps (60fps in full HD). The GX880 builds on its now discontinued predecessor (the GX800) with a new front grip, additional selfie modes and additional effects added to portrait mode.

Clearly targeted towards the travelling and social media contingents, the GX880 is laden with selfie modes and the 1,040-K rear monitor flips up so you can frame yourself before pressing the shutter button. The presence of Wi-Fi also means you can upload your images on the fly. Other features of note include Panasonic’s celebrated 4K PHOTO and Depth From Defocus technology, up to 5.8fps burst shooting and 22 filter options.

What do we think? If you’re looking for an affordable interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera or an attractive-looking device to accompany you on your travels, look no further.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Panasonic LUMIX GX880.

 

Samyang announces little lens with big potential

Samyang announces little lens with big potential

Update: 13/05/2019

As the old adage goes, good things come in small packages and that certainly looks to be the case with Samyang’s latest lens release. The AF 45mm f/1.8 FE is designed for use with Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras and weighs a featherweight 162g! Part of the manufacturer’s aptly named Tiny-Series; the 45mm lens is a tempting prospect for travel photographers and anybody with a small pocket of free space in their kit bag.

Samyang has of course taken measures to minimise lens distortion and aberrations – crammed within that diminutive frame you’ll find seven lens elements in six groups, including one extra-low dispersion optic and two aspherical optics. The lens’ 9-bladed diaphragm and fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 are sure to produce some stunning bokeh and Samyang tells us to expect “enhanced Auto-Focus speed and superior resolution.”

What do we think? Pairing a compact body with a small lens is part of what going mirrorless is all about.

Pre-order today: We’re expecting to receive stock at the end of May – head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE.

 

Canon reveals its very first telephoto prime for RF mount

Canon reveals its very first telephoto prime for RF mount

Update: 08/05/2019

The latest addition to Canon’s growing roster of RF lenses is the 85mm f/1.2L USM. If you’re an EOS R or RP user who’s partial to the odd portrait, you’ll want to make room in your kit bag for what is the first telephoto prime in Canon’s RF range. As with all RF glass, the mount’s short flange distance and large diameter allows for compact lenses and top-notch performance.

This lens’ biggest talking point is its lightning-fast f/1.2 aperture, which is sure to deliver stunning bokeh. It also boasts a construction that’s designed to minimise chromatic aberration and maximise sharpness. To find out more about the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM, check out this article.

What do we think? If you shoot portraits and have already bought into Canon’s RF mount, you’re probably champing at the bit.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM.

 

SIGMA announces MC-21 mount converter

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Update: 18/04/2019

The announcement of SIGMA’s MC-21 mount converter is an exciting development that’s arrived just after the release of Panasonic’s L-mount full-frame mirrorless duo, the LUMIX S1 and S1R. Not only does it instantly bolster the number of L-mount compatible lenses available, but as SIGMA is part of Leica’s L-Mount Alliance (alongside Panasonic), we’re expecting a top-notch user experience to boot.

The converter is designed to accommodate either SIGMA’s SA or Canon-EF lenses – that’s an additional 29 SIGMA-manufactured lenses in total. In regards to compatibility, SIGMA is claiming: “High precision AF photography in AF-S mode”. AF-C mode is not compatible, but perhaps that’s something a firmware update can remedy in the future.

Speaking of firmware, lens data is rather cleverly pre-loaded and that applies to future releases, removing the need to manual update a new lens before using it. When the time does come to update a lens, however, the MC-21 will let you know via a handy built-in LED. That same LED will also signify whether a lens is compatible or not, before you start shooting. 

Other features of note include the presence of a tripod socket, flocking to help prevent internal reflections and the ability to retain EXIF data.  As it stands, the following SIGMA lenses are compatible with the MC-21 mount converter…

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What do we think? More lens options is always a good thing, and if the success of the SIGMA MC-11 (SA and EF, to Sony's E and FE) is anything to go by, we’re expecting big things from the MC-21.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the SIGMA MC-21.


X-Rite releases new ColorChecker Passport Photo

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Update: 15.04.2019

X-Rite’s decade-old ColorChecker Passport Photo has received an upgrade in the form of the ColorChecker Passport Photo 2. This second incarnation crams four photographic targets into a portable, pocket-size and protective housing, and comes with a lanyard, so you can keep it on your person while shooting. The biggest upgrade is a new 18% middle grey target. This industry-standard reference can be used to acquire consistent image exposure and colour for stills and film – it can also be used as a neutral balance to remove colour casts.

As you’d expect, the ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 includes the classic 24-patch colour reference target (an industry standard), a white balance target and a creative enhancement target, just like the original. For more information on the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo 2, visit our store page.

Order today: You can order the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 or X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo (while stocks last), via the Wex Photo Video website now.


Canon announces a featherweight entry-level DSLR that shoots 4K

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Update: 10.04.2019

Canon has announced a successor to 2017’s 200D (or Rebel SL2), and it’s dubbed the EOS 250D (or Rebel SL3). The device continues the former’s claim (upon its release) to be the world’s lightest DSLR with a vari-angle screen. Even with battery and SD card, the device weighs a meagre 449g (for some reason the white variant weighs 451g). In camera terms, that’s lighter than Canon’s entry-level 2000D!

Similar to its predecessor, the 250D features an APS-C-sized, 24.1MP CMOS sensor. The key difference is the presence of a DIGIC 8 image processor and the ability to shoot 4K footage. To find out more about the Canon EOS 250D, visit our blog.

What do we think? If you’re looking for a budget DSLR, the 250D boasts the latest DIGIC processor, the ability to shoot 4K footage and a featherweight body. What’s more, you’ve access to Canon’s rich catalogue of EF and EF-S lenses.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Canon EOS 250D.


NAB 2019 | Filmmaking news from the NAB Show

Update: 09.04.2019

The world’s biggest show for media, entertainment and technology is currently underway in Las Vegas. We’re of course talking about the NAB Show 2019. If you can’t make it across the pond this year, fear not, we’re reporting on all the biggest filmmaking releases from the show over on our NAB 2019 news blog. Make sure you check back for regular updates.

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Major Sony A9 firmware update is live (5.0)

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Update: 28.03.2019

Sony’s flagship A9 has been treated to a major firmware update, courtesy of software version 5.0. Set to make the sports and action-focused full-frame mirrorless camera even better, the update enhances existing performance, while also introducing some entirely new features too. Best of all, the upgrade is entirely free and can be downloaded here.

Highlights include the implementation of Real-time Tracking, to help keep moving subjects in focus, and Real-time Eye AF, which even includes the ability to specify which eye (left or right) you want the camera to focus on. Other upgrades of note include assigning custom functions to the front/rear dials and control wheel, and FTP background transfer. If that wasn’t enough, the camera’s image quality has received a boost and there's much more we haven't touched upon. 

What do we think? Check out our Sony A9 field test.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Sony A9 today.

Profoto Connect launched: A button-free trigger

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Update: 27.03.2019

Profoto has announced the Profoto Connect. This small, cylindrical trigger is designed for use with Profoto lights and rather ingeniously features no buttons. Light-shaping aficionados can make use of three settings: auto, manual and off. In manual mode, you can control light using the Profoto app. The device attaches to your camera’s hotshoe and boasts a 30-hour battery life, thanks to its rechargeable LiPo battery. The Profoto Connect is available in Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Fujifilm variants.

What do we think? This no-nonsense trigger looks easy to use and is so small, you’ll barely notice it.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Profoto Connect today.

Sony announces new action camera, the RX0 II

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Update: 26.03.2019

Sony has announced an update to its incredibly popular tough camera series, the RX0 II. This is the world’s smallest and lightest premium rugged ultra-compact camera, with a 1.0-type stacked 15.3MP sensor in a tiny crushproof, waterproof and shockproof body. A tilting waterproof LCD should make vlogging easy, alongside a microphone input for better audio and a shooting grip for more control when videoing yourself. 4K internal video can be shot up to 30fps, with HFR mode offering a whopping 1,000fps in 1080p.

Stills aren’t left out either. The RX0 II is designed to produce great image quality, despite its small size. We’re expecting the ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm f/4 to deliver optimum optical quality, while features like Eye AF will make it easier to pick out your subject. You can even shoot up to 16fps continuously, so you never miss a moment of action

What do we think? We think the Sony RX0 II is perfect for anybody looking for an action/vlogging camera who wants to take their footage to the next level.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Sony RX0 II today.

Hands-on with Sennheiser’s AVX-MKE2 and AVX-835

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Update: 18.03.2019 (Amy Moore)

I’ve been shooting video at The Photography Show in Birmingham over the past few days, and it’s been great fun. However, I initially found it difficult to capture clean audio due to digital interference. I tried the RØDELink Filmmaker Kit and the Sennheiser XS Wireless Digital microphone system – and both come highly recommended – but what I really needed was a microphone with a variable frequency.

This is because the NEC is currently home to a huge amount of wireless transmissions, all within what is essentially a giant bean tin. Thankfully, Sennheiser (stand A115) saved the day by lending me an AVX wireless microphone system. This system guarantees levelled sound by automatically lifting quieter sounds and minimising peaking. However – and what was most important for me – the device can sense the impending doom of digital interference and automatically changes the frequency it is running on to ensure a clean signal at all times.

I have now been using the AVX-MKE2 (a wireless lavalier system) and AVX-835 (a handheld wireless microphone) for the past couple of days. Both systems have performed fantastically. They’ve managed the sound perfectly, and have given me a nice balanced and clean signal. This has been particularly helpful when self-shooting, as I’ve been able to rely on the microphone with no hiccups. So, thank you Sennheiser for creating such a versatile, reliable and clever little system! Click here to read Kriss' full review on the AVX system after using it to shoot a Travel Photography series. 

 

The Photography Show: Day two

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Update: 17.03.2019

If you’re thinking of plumping for a full-frame mirrorless camera, you’re spoilt for choice at The Photography Show 2019. If you’re still not sure which system to go for, you’ve access to Panasonic’s LUMIX S1 and S1R, Nikon’s Z6 and Z7, Canon’s EOS R and EOS RP, and Sony’s A7 III and A7R III. Make sure you pop by the Wex Photo Video stand (C120) too, our experts will be happy to talk to you about all the latest photo and video releases.

We’re also offering big discounts on selected products, freebies, advice and a FREE competition. That’s right, we’re giving one lucky person the chance to win over £3,500 worth of photography kit. This fantastic prize includes a Sony A7 III, Gitzo tripod and much more. Visit us at stand C120 to enter for FREE!

The Photography Show runs from March 16-19. The competition closes at 5:00pm on Tuesday March 19 2019. For more information, see our full terms and conditions.

 

The Photography Show 2019 is go, go, go!

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Update: 16.03.2019

It’s the first day of the Photography Show 2019 and the NEC Birmingham is bustling with imaging fans from around the world. If you’re visiting the show at any point (which runs from March 16-19) make sure you visit Wex Photo Video at stand C120 for big discounts, freebies, advice and a FREE competition.

If you’re unable to join us then keep checking back here for the latest news and by all means, visit us at www.wexphotovideo.com.

 

LEE Filters announces its most intuitive filter holder yet?

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Update: 16.03.2019

LEE Filters has just announced the LEE100 filter system holder. The holder is crafted from injection-moulded composite materials so you can expect a durable build that’s lightweight too. The device is compatible with all of the manufacturer’s existing 100mm filters and adaptor rings. It’s clear that LEE has focused on the LEE100 filter system’s usability. We’re told it is based on “extensive customer feedback” and that the holder is designed to be both ergonomic and intuitive. To find out more about this exciting accessory – including its new spring-release mechanism – read our blog article and watch the embedded video.

What do we think? A good filter holder should operate seamlessly and during the small amount of time we got to use the LEE100, we were able to swap between filters with ease.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the LEE100 filter holder today.

 

Win a photography setup worth over £3,500

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Update: 13.03.2019

The Photography Show 2019 is nearly upon us, and we’re giving you the chance to win over £3,500 worth of photography kit. This fantastic prize includes a Sony A7 III, Gitzo tripod and much more. Visit us at stand C120 to enter for FREE!

The Photography Show runs from March 16-19. This competition closes at 5:00pm on Tuesday March 19 2019. For more information, see our full terms and conditions.

 

Loupedeck announces Final Cut and Adobe Audition compatibility

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Update: 14.03.2019

Loupedeck has today announced that Adobe Audition and Apple’s Final Cut Pro X are now compatible with the Loupedeck+. Users are simply required to download the latest firmware update to make use of this added functionality. Paired with the editing console’s existing compatibility with Adobe Premiere Pro, the update is sure to pique the interest of the filmmaking community and colourists in particular. The accessory’s compatibility with Final Cut Pro is surely the highlight, and Loupedeck has revealed the following functions…

  • Faster and more intuitive video editing and colour correction
  • The flexibility to create configurations to fit the user’s workflow
  • Export/import personal Loupedeck configurations and transfer them to another computer
  • Use colour wheel workspace compatibility for colour grading
  • Flexible timeline navigation, content trimming and clip adjustment
  • Customise console buttons to preferred Final Cut Pro shortcut demands or use pre-installed functions
  • Take advantage of 400+ additional functions

 

Blackmagic announces the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2

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Update: 06.03.2019

The second generation of Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini Pro 4.6K has arrived and goes by the same name (with G2 bolted onto the end). This new camera body might look visually similar to its predecessor, but there’s plenty to shout about beneath that magnesium-alloy shell. At its heart, you’ll find a new 4.6K Super-35mm sensor, capable of resolving up to 15-stops of dynamic range. To find out all of the G2’s new specs, read Kriss’ blog…

What do we think? The URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is a very exciting camera. You won’t find many mainstream Super-35mm cameras (under £7,000) that can shoot 120fps continuous 4.6K in a 12-bit RAW format.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.

 

SmallHD announces the FOCUS 7 (7-inch monitor)

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Update: 04/03/2019

SmallHD has updated its popular FOCUS range of monitors to now include a 7-inch version. This 1000-nit monitor is daylight viewable, has a screen resolution of 1080p and features all the pro-video monitoring tools you'll need.

What do we think? If you’re happy with the internal recording formats on your camera and you want a large daylight-viewable external monitor, the FOCUS 7 could be a great solution.

Pre-order today: Find the SmallHD FOCUS 7 at the Wex Photo Video store.

 

Sony announces FE 135mm f/1.8 GM prime

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Update: 26.02.2019

Portrait photographers take note, Sony has announced the FE 135mm f/1.8 GM, its new large-aperture telephoto prime. Part of the tech giant’s coveted G Master range, the lens’ is set to deliver beautiful bokeh by the bucket and sharp high-resolution imagery too.

This is all possible thanks to a plethora of high-tech elements (extreme aspherical [XA], super extra-low dispersion and extra-low dispersion), a floating-focus system and an 11-blade circular aperture. We’re told that the floating-focus system is responsible for the lens’ impressive minimum focus distance of 2.3ft, while dual front and rear linear motors help the FE 135mm maintain its focus on moving subjects. According to Sony, the motors also provide: “AF control that is quiet and virtually free of vibration”.

What do we think? Sony’s latest prime is incredibly sharp, produces stunning quality images and boasts a fast aperture to boot. Supremely shallow depths of field allow for stunning bokeh, especially when taking portraits. Look out for our review, coming soon.

Pre-order today: If you’re into people pictures and this prime has piqued your interest, head over to the Wex Photo Video store now.

 

Ricoh announces the GR III and WG-6

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Update: 22.02.2019

The GR III and WG-6 are the latest additions to Ricoh’s compact camera line-up and are set to hit shelves in the near future. The GR III is a travel compact that features a fixed lens and an APS-C-sized sensor. However, most of its components are newly designed for improved quality and functionality. The second announcement is an update to Ricoh’s ever-popular WG series, the WG-6. This new ‘tough’ camera contains a whole host of new features and boasts a roster of impressive specs…

Find out more: To find out more about both of these exciting new releases, visit The Wex Blog.

Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Ricoh GR III and Ricoh WG-6 today.

 

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