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LEE’s filter systems are renowned for being one of the highest quality versions available for both ease of use and image quality. Now LEE are delivering photographers who work with smaller sensors a new option to bring LEE filters into their workflow.
The new 85 filter holder is compatible with adapter rings between 37mm and 72mm (the same as the Sev5n series) and so it works perfectly with a lot of smaller camera systems, such as Fujifilm X lenses and micro four thirds.
The well-established LEE100 system already includes a huge range of filters, adapters and accessories, so why not just buy in to that range? Well, if you own a camera with a sensor that is smaller than full-frame, then the gradients offered by the LEE100 series may not work how you’re hoping. Hard gradient on a full-frame sensor will appear to be a lot softer on a smaller sensor, and the same goes for medium and soft grads. Also, 100mm filters can make some smaller cameras harder to handle or rest on a surface, due to their size being so much greater than the camera itself.
Available in a range of different kits, the LEE85 filter holder provides users the same, recently developed locking mechanism of the LEE100 series, making the use of the holder secure and also flexible, especially when needing to rotate grads. The LEE85 holder also benefits from easy to fit extra filter guide blocks; this means the holder will allow you to work with up to 3 filters – at the same time! If you’d like to use a circular polariser, that is easy too – just clip the LEE85 Polariser on to the front of the folder. The LEE85 filters have been designed to have an extra, small top section that makes handling them whilst avoiding fingerprints easy.
All of the LEE85 filter kits include a field bag which can worn on a strap or attached to a bag or tripid. This can house your entire kit, including the holder, with multiple soft padded slots for the filters themselves.
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After Panasonic’s recent release of new firmware which saw a whole host of new features come to the S1H, they have now released another update which brings something even better in some user’s eyes…RAW.
With its latest firmware version 2.1, the S1H paired with the Atomos Ninja V HDR external monitor / recorder can output 5.9K at 29.97P and 4K at up to 59.94P which is then saved as Apple ProRes RAW. Selectable on the Live View monitor during RAW output is V-Log or Rec.709, and shoot assist functions such as Zebra Pattern and Vector Scope can be used during RAW output.
A LUT has been made available by Panasonic for the RAW video that is recorded by the NINJA V, output from the S1H and this has been created so that it is easy to match with V-Log from footage recorded with Panasonic Varicam, EVA1 and GH5 series cameras for larger scale productions. You can download the LUT now by clicking here to visit the Panasonic website.
Sony has finally fully announced the new a7S III and we couldn’t be more pleased with what it offers. The headline video spec sees the new body capable of recording 4K 120P with upgrades to every inch of the hardware and software.
Internally, the a7S III can shoot 4K 120P in 4:2:2 10-bit and 240fps in full HD. If 10-bit isn’t enough for you, the III can output 16-bit RAW thanks to a full-sized HDMI port. There are no recording limits, but with the body taking on the form factor of the a7R IV, with no vents or fans, some may be concerned about overheating. However, from initial impressions, this doesn’t seem to be a concern. The a7S III has been designed to naturally dissipate heat, and with the turn off power setting set to high, the camera can shoot 4K 120P for over 30mins* and 4K 60P for over an hour*. Plugged in to a power source, the a7S III can shoot 4K 60P for over 4 hours at a time without overheating issues!
At the heart of the camera is a back-illuminated 12.1MP EXMOR R sensor driven by a powerful new BIONZ X processor. This new processor offers speeds 8x faster than the current a9 II and a7R IV, making the a7S III capable of working incredibly quickly. The body has 759 AF points and human and animal eye autofocus which can work in stills and video.
Navigating the a7S III is now far easier, thanks to a brand-new menu system which makes finding even the most rarely used settings easy. You can even make selections now using the touch LCD, which is, in the new a7S III a flip out screen.
The a7S III has been very long-awaited and we’re sure it will not disappoint. Soon we will be able to get our hands on the new model, so make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our full review!
*This has been tested at 25c and is dependent on having enough battery life and storage available.
Manfrotto has today announced the addition of two new Gimbals to their range, the MVG220 and the MVG460. Both of these gimbals offer a wide range of features to help creatives get more from their shoots.
The 220 has a max payload of 2.2Kg (explains the naming structure!) which makes it perfect for anybody working with smaller, mirrorless camera systems. Like it’s larger sibling, the 220 has a detachable arm which means you can switch from an upright single handle position to an underslung style for shooting different scenes. A quick release design makes getting started on set a breeze, with very little need to rebalance the gimbal after initial setup with a specific set of equipment.
A 3-axis motor lock helps with initial balancing, as well as making storage and transportation far easier. Controlling these gimbals could not be easier, with the addition of an LCD touch screen to switch gimbal settings, as well as camera settings like ISO and shutter speed when a camera is connected.
The MVG460 has all of the same great features as the 220 but offers a maximum payload of 4.6Kg (no prizes for guessing that correctly!). There are dual USB ports for use with a follow module in the Pro kits. H the You can also connect the gimbals to be controlled via opp or via a remote control which can be obtained separately, or that comes with the MVG460FFR kit (460 Gimbal + follow focus + remote).
Manfrotto has also bought to market a new boom accessory for the two new gimbals. The detachable, extendable, 3 section arm, offers users the ability to get true boom effect footage, or even drone effect if used in the right circumstances. The Gimboom will be available separately and can be pre-ordered from our store page here:
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Entering into the world of full-frame mirrorless has never been so easy. The new Z5 from Nikon offers users the benefits of Nikon’s large mount as well as a 24.3MP full-frame sensor which delivers premium image quality.
The new Z5 has 273 AF points which focus quickly and accurately over almost the entire image. Human and animal AF capabilities are built in allowing for perfect portrait of your loved ones, be they human, dogs or cats!
For handheld longer exposures and for video, the Z5 has 5-axis image stabilisation which offers up to 5 stops of compensation. For those users who want to be shooting some video too, the Z5 offers 4K 30P and 1080P up to 60fps for shooting some slow motion.
If you’re looking to take the Z5 to a wedding or the holiday of the lifetime, you can be safe in the knowledge that the camera has two cards slots to keep your images and cards safe. You can also share your images easily via the integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
With a microphone input, headphone output, micro HDMI output and a USB-C connection, the Z5 contains everything necessary to start shooting and sharing straight away.
The new top of the EOS R range, the professional-grade flagship, the Canon EOS R5 is an uncompromising mirrorless camera for everyone who demands the best, from stills photographers to pro videographers.
Its full-frame CMOS sensor is capable of capturing 45MP images of vivid, crisp detail, and it can do so at a frame rate of 20fps with full AE and AF tracking.
The 1053-area autofocus system borrows deep-learning technology introduced in the Canon EOS 1D-X Mark III, which allows it to get better and better the more you shoot, and features sophisticated tracking for faces and eyes; it can acquire focus in as little as 0.05sec and in light levels of -6EV. The Image Stabilizer on the EOS R5 is effective up to a staggering eight stops (when paired with a compatible stabilised lens).
The electronic viewfinder on the EOS R5 refreshes at 120 frames per second and enjoys a luxuriously large resolution of 5.76-million dots. Also, thanks to the new L6-E6NH, the EOS R5 has about 20% more battery power to work with than models that used the LP-E6N batteries.
In terms of video, the EOS R5 is capable of capturing 8K 12-bit RAW video using the full width of its full-frame sensor, writing the footage internally to a CFexpress card. 8K video can also be captured using 10-bit 4:2:2 MP4/H.265 or 8-bit 4:2:0 MP4/H.265 codecs, giving videographers a wealth of workflow options.
And 4K hasn’t been forgotten. New to the EOS R5 is the ability to shoot 4K DCI (full frame) and 4K UHD at frame rates of up to 120p. Users also have a choice between using the full-width of the EOS R5’s sensor or a 1.6x crop; both of these options can be captured at frame rates of up to 59.94fps. There’s also 4K HQ mode, which oversamples 8K footage at 30p to produce footage of unmatched quality.
Canon introduces four new lenses for RF-mount
Alongside its new EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, Canon has introduced an impressive stable of new lenses that considerably bulk out its RF range. Let’s take a look at the new glass on offer…
This is the telephoto zoom that sports and wildlife photographers have been crying out for since the EOS R series was unveiled, and should pair beautifully with the fast burst-shooting capabilities of the two new models.
The lens boasts not only a 100-500mm focal range, but also a five-stop image stabiliser and the kind of superior build quality the L series is known for. The level of stabilisation it offers, according to Canon, surpasses anything available in the EF range. The lens’s Ultra-low Dispersion lens elements and Air Sphere Coating ensure superior image quality, while the dual Nano USM AF motors drive the autofocus mechanism for fast, quiet, precise results.
It’s also relatively light for a lens of its class, weighing in at 1,525g with tripod mount, meaning it’s relatively easy for the travelling photographer to take it anywhere. We’re really excited to see a lens like this joining the RF system, and can’t wait to test it out further.
If the 100-500mm lens just doesn’t quite reach far enough for you, then Canon has got you covered. Presenting the RF 600mm F11 IS STM, a telephoto prime that balances super-sharp optics with a light build that makes it easy to take from location to location. Perfect for outdoor and wildlife photography!
The RF 600mm F11 IS STM brings a 5-stop stabiliser to the table, expanding its utility in all sorts of challenging shooting situations and making it a great companion for wildlife and safari photographers. It contracts to just 199.5 mm in length when stored, and weighs only 930g – however Canon hasn’t skimped on the internal optics, with Diffractive Optic (DO) technology included that ensures the lens is still impressively sharp despite its small size.
The STM motor ensures autofocusing is quiet, fast and accurate, while the optic also sports a Lens Control Ring that allows the user to take intuitive control over settings.
But perhaps even that 600mm focal length isn’t enough for you. Well, have no fear. Canon has introduced an optic that should satisfy even the most devoted of telephoto-shooting fanatics, the RF 800mm F11 IS STM.
Like with the 600mm, Canon has focused on making this lens as light as reasonably possible while still ramming in plenty of features. Accordingly, the RF 800mm F11 IS STM features 4-stop image stabilisation, as well as an STM motor for autofocus and a control ring, but measures just 281.8mm when stowed away and weighs only 1,260g. Which is not bad at all for a lens of this length!
And finally, in case you were getting a bit tired of all that telephoto action, here’s something completely (well, mostly) different.
The RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM is a lens designed to do a million things at once – it’s a useful mid-length prime that’s great for portraits, weddings, events, beauty shots, still life and more, and also has close-focusing macro capabilities for capturing the tiniest details.
It takes full advantage of the RF mount to provide unparalleled responsiveness and detail, able to focus at distances as short as 35cm, with 0.5x macro capability. Its aperture range spans f/2 to f/29, and like the other new RF lenses, it also sports the winning combo of an STM motor for autofocus and a Control Ring for intuitive operation.
Weighing just 500g, the RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM is an ideal take-anywhere lens to pair with an EOS R camera.
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The Canon EOS R6 slots into the range just below the EOS R5 and just above the EOS R and EOS RP. With a slight reduction in resolution compared to the other cameras, it’s a fast camera designed for those who can make use of its many particular features – let’s take a look at what those are.
The Canon EOS R6 uses a 20.1MP full-frame CMOS sensor. With a combination of 8-stop sensor-shift image stabilisation and the ability to shoot at a native ISO of 102,400 (expandable to 204,600), the EOS R6 is an impressive low light camera. That large full-frame sensor with its generous dynamic range is no slouch in this department either.
The EOS R6 can also keep up with the competition thanks to its impressive burst rates – users can either use the mechanical shutter to shoot at up to 12fps, or the electronic shutter to raise the speed to 20fps.
Today Sony has announced a brand new wide-angle lens, the 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master. This new zoom lens has a wider field of view than the human eye offering the chance to capture stunning images with edge-to-edge sharpness.
The floating focus mechanism uses XD Linear motors that mean the new 12-24mm can autofocus quickly enough for tracking subjects and silently for use during video. Inside, 3 Extreme Aspherical lenses help to correct distortion and the use of Sony’s Nano AR Coating II reduces ghosting and flaring. The front of the lens has a Fluorine coating which easily dispels, oil, water and dirt.
With a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout and the incredible resolving power offered by Sony’s G Master lens series, the new 12-24mm is sure to get stills and video shooters excited.
Today Fujifilm are announcing the GF30mm f/3.5 R WR. This new wide-angle prime lens for the GFX camera system offers premium optical quality whilst maintaining a portable design.
Inside the lens are 13 elements including 2 aspherical elements and 2 ED elements to promote edge-to-edge sharpness and to reduce distortion. This new lens is capable of resolving the large amount of detail needed for a 100MP sensor.
Inside sits an internal focussing system which works quickly and quietly. It offers minimal focus breathing at just 0.05% making this a great companion lens for shooting video. The autofocus system is capable of accurately tracking subjects even when shooting with Medium format cameras.
The new GF30mm is weather-sealed and can be used in temperatures down to -10°C making this lens a great option even in the harshest environments.
Fujifilm has also announced new firmware for the X-A7 and X-T200 which allows the cameras to be used in a webcam function for online meetings or streaming.
The new 100-400mm is Sigma’s first ultra-telephoto zoom lens for a full-frame mirrorless camera (such as the Sony a7 III or Panasonic S1). With a lightweight and compact body and a dual-action zoom system the new lens is built for usability as well as quality.
In built optical stabilisation provides four stops of stabilisation making even the longest shots easy to keep sharp. For anybody looking to get up close the minimum focussing distance is just 112cm at 100mm and 160cm at 400mm.
Sigma is also bringing to the table two new teleconverters, the TC-1411 and the TC-2011 which are exclusively for L-mount. These new converters, with a dust and splash proof construction can be easily used in harsh outdoor environments when used with cameras and lenses with the same hardy nature.
Both have been designed with the best possible quality in mind, whilst also staying lightweight and compact to maintain a pleasant shooting experience.
If all of this wasn’t enough Sigma have also announced 3 new contemporary lenses for L-mount. New 16mm f/1.4 DC DN, 30mm f/1.4 DC DN and 56mm f/1.4 DC DN lenses will all soon be available. All 3 are designed to have high-speed autofocus and are compatible with in-camera image stabilisation systems as well as having a dust and splash proof structure.
To find out more or to place a pre-order, you can visit the store pages for the items below, or browse them all here
Today Samyang announce two new lenses in their manual focus line-up – the MF 14mm f/2.8 Mk II and the MF 85mm f/1.4 Mk II.
This new ultra-wide-angle offers edge-to-edge sharpness, even wide-open. Designed to be particularly useful for Astrophotography and time-lapse, the 14mm features a focus lock, which locks the manual focus ring in place and you can also de-click the aperture for smooth movement between F-Stops. This would also be useful for videographers.
With 9 rounded aperture blades, the 14mm provides smooth out of focus areas, and when it is stopped down, this will be able to clearly show sun stars around sources of bright light.
The lens is weather-sealed to protect from dust and moisture, and although the weights vary by mount, the heaviest is only 708g, so it certainly isn’t too heavy.
A focal length popular with portrait photographers, this new 85mm offers users beautifully smooth bokeh thanks to 9 rounded aperture blades. Colour rendition and resolving power is also a priority with this lens, Samyang designing it with 9 elements in 7 groups, including 1 Hybrid Aspherical elements to correct distortion and create sharp images.
The 85mm is also weather-sealed against dust and moisture and just like the 14mm the aperture can also be de-clicked for smooth control between F-Stops. The weight again varies between mounts but in its heaviest form, will weigh only 599g.
Both of these new lenses will be available in 6 mounts: Canon, Nikon, Fuji X, Sony E, Canon and MFT.
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Today Capture One announce a new update with brand new features, and a new software version! Always developing from customer feedback this new update delivers dedicated brushes for a healing tool and a cloning tool. Users will also benefit from a Before & After Tool which offers a new way to compare your edits as you go.
The new heal and clone tools offer maximum flexibility with correct layers being automatically created as well as moveable source points. You can also now have a limitless number of heal-zones per layer, previously, only one per layer was possible. There is also now a new system for importing your existing Lightroom catalogue, which even imports offline files, Capture One then fully importing them once the correct hard drive has been plugged in.
Capture One will now be providing a new tailored software package for Nikon users. This will include tailored profiles for Nikon cameras and will support Nikon’s newer offerings including the Z6, Z7 and D6.
Today DJI have announced the coming of a new drone. The new Mavic Air 2 comes with a pretty impressive set of specs, all wrapped up in a small, portable form factor. So, what is new?
Inside the camera module is a new ½-inch sensor that is capable of capturing sharp, detail-filled, 48MP photos. For those more interested in capturing video, the new Air 2 is certainly no slouch. This new drone can capture stunning 4K at 60p and has the capability to produce 8K Hyperlapse videos too.
As a lot of these types of drones are now used commercially, by everybody from farmers, to wind farm operators to search and rescue teams, the Mavic Air 2 is able to transmit 1080p video up to 10km away using OcuSync 2.0. Now for normal use you should never fly a drone at that distance, but for coastguard teams, mountain rescue etc this could be an invaluable addition to the specs.
The one downside of many drones is battery life, but the Mavic Air 2 has improved that too. DJI are quoting a max flight time of a whopping 34 minutes which especially impressive considering the small size of the Air 2.
Lensbaby has added another stylish optic to its stable of unique, creative lenses – the Velvet 28.
An all-metal with a maximum aperture of f/2.5, the Lensbaby Velvet 28 is pitched as a lens for all situations, able to produce Lensbaby’s popular “variable glow” effect in a useful general-purpose focal length of 28mm.
The intensity of the effect varies according to the aperture used – when wide open it’s extremely pronounced, while being more subtle at narrower apertures, so users can produce different effects depending on the scene and the situation.
Velvet lenses are known for creating a soft, ethereal look to images that’s almost dreamlike – previous optics in the series include 56mm and 85mm versions. This new 28mm version, however, adds a couple of interesting extra features that make it super-versatile.
First, the lens has 1:2 macro capabilities, meaning that photographers and videographers can go from shooting a wide, expansive scene to a close-up detail with ease. This is complemented by an impressive close focusing distance of just two inches (about 5cm), making it easy to go from shooting a street scene to a small detail in a matter of seconds, with no adjustments to your kit load-out.
The Velvet 28 is a manual-focus lens, with a filter thread of 67mm. It has 12 aperture blades, for the creation of smooth bokeh at shallow depths of field, and internally it’s constructed of eight multi-coated glass elements in seven groups.
The new Lensbaby Velvet 28 will be available for the following mounts:
- Canon EF
- Nikon F
- Sony E
- Fujifilm X
- Micro Four Thirds
- Canon RF
- Nikon Z
New specs released for the Canon EOS R5
It wasn't long ago that we first heard about the addition of the EOS R5 to Canon's line-up of full-frame, mirrorless bodies. However, as we were only provided with very few specs during the technology announcement, a lot of us have been aching for some more information ever since. Well, today is our lucky day! Canon is providing a litttle more info, but before we get into that - what do we know already?
We know that the new R5 will be high resolution, how high is anyone's guess as Canon's lips are firmly sealed on the subject. It is something they have made multiple references to, so we would expect to see something special in terms of resolution. We've also been told the R5 will be able to shoot 8K video, that it will have dual card slots and for the first time in a Canon camera - IBIS (in body image stabilisation).
The new specs make the new R5's impending full announcement feel like it needs to arrive even quicker. Today Canon announced that the R5 will be able to shoot 8K video, at 30fps using the entire width of the sensor. It will also be able to make full use of its Dual PIxel CMOS AF autofocus when shooting in 8K resolution - we're sure that is a song to the ears of any videographers considering this body.
Canon have also confirmed that there will be an animal autofocus mode and within that you will be able to choose dogs, cats or now birds. If you pair those capabilities with the fact that we know the R5 will be able to shoot 12fps with the mechanical shutter and up to 20fps with the electronic shutter, there is the possibolity of this model becoming extremely popular with bird photographers.
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Four years after the release of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II in 2016 the E-M1 Mark III arrives with a new 20MP Micro 4/3 Live MOS sensor powered by a Truepic IX processor.
The Mark III boasts up to 7.5 stops of image stabilisation for stills and video. Its HiRes mode can capture images up to 80MP on a tripod and at 50MP hand-held (thanks to the incredible image stabilisation).
It has 121 cross-type phase detect AF points and can perform continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking at up to 18fps in RAW.
Video Mode records in Cine4K up to 30p with x4 slow motion at Full HD 1080p. Whilst dual SD Card slots, an improved battery life and a high-level of weather-sealing make this camera a perfect, portable professional body.
Back in 2010 Fujifilm announced the X100, its first X series camera. This advanced compact was intensely popular, with an APS-C sensor and fixed 23mm f/2 lens.
The 5th iteration of this series has now been announced. Say a big hello to the new Fujifilm X100V! With internals almost exactly the same as the X-Pro 3, the new X100V has a 26MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor powered by the X-Processor 4.
The big upgrade to the new camera is the lens. All previous version have had the same 23mm f/2 lens, but this has now been upgraded to a Mark II version - with greater resolving power and better quality optics. There is now a 4-stop ND filter built in and the battery, though the same as its predecessor, can now power the camera for 420 shots CiPA rated.
Usability has been improved 10 fold with the addition all Fujifilm users were longing for, a tilt-screen. Shooting from the hip, especially using the incredibly accurate eye-AF is now even easier.
In a world where technology is everywhere the new Wacom One allows creators to get closer to the creative process, with a paper-like surface and a pen that feels natural in your hand.
The Wacom One has a 13.3” screen and can connect to Mac, PC and even some Android devices, making it an accessible system for everyone. It comes with included creative software and the bonus pack includes apps to help your creativity blossom.
The pen itself doesn’t need batteries, so it feels just like a real pen in your hand, making it easier to let your creativity flow. The tablet isn’t just for artists though, it can be used to draw diagrams or annotate documents as well, making it a versatile piece of kit.
Atomos and Nikon announce increased video compatibility
Atomos and Nikon have announced greater compatibility between the Atomos Ninja V and the Nikon Z6 and Z7. You can now record in Full-HD ProRes RAW or 12-bit 4K UHD when using the Ninja V as an external recorder.
RAW video recording over HDMI is incredibly exciting for Nikon video shooters out there. RAW gives the benefits of considerably more control in post, along with the ease and flexibility of ProRes files. The addition of 12-bit 4K UHD recording also means that those who want the cleanest bit depth at a high resolution will be left very satisfied.
ProRes RAW is supported by Final Cut Pro X, with Adobe and Avid announcing they are also going to be supporting it in 2020.
This new addition to Sigma’s series of Art lenses will benefit e-mount and L-mount users with its stunning optical performance. Dedicated to mirrorless usage, Sigma’s design takes into account the need for extremely high resolution optical performance, to make the most of high-megapixel mirrorless cameras that are currently available.
Developed with 6 ‘F’ low dispersion elements and 2 special low dispersion elements, the new 24-70mm f/2.8 exudes image quality, from the centre to the periphery and throughout the zoom range.
Canon announce the EOS Ra – a modified version of the EOS R for astrophotography
Today Canon announce a new full-frame, mirrorless camera – the EOS Ra. The new body is designed for astrophotography – here’s why…
The EOS Ra is a modified version of the original EOS R. An infrared filter has been placed over the sensor which has an improved design to sense and transmit H-alpha wavelengths. This feature means the EOS Ra can take images of the night sky with far greater clarity, reducing the muddy contamination that infrared rays can create when taking an image normally.
Still featuring a 30.3MP CMOS sensor, autofocus capabilities in low-light down to -6 EV and a weather-resistant body, the EOS Ra really is the ultimate tool for astrophotography. We will be getting our hands on this for some night shooting as soon as possible so make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and our social media for further updates.
Panasonic announce firmware update for 'S' series and 'G' series cameras
Today Panasonic have announced a huge firmware update for the S series and the G series of cameras, containing a host of upgraded features and compatibility for LUMIX users.
The S series firmware update effect the S1 and S1R, improving compatibility with CFExpress cards and with Profoto wireless transmitter remotes. Sigma lenses also benefit from increased compatibility, enabling you to assign the function of the Fn button on lenses for better usability.
The G series firmware update effects the GH5S, GH5 and G9 – and the updates vary slightly between models. Compatibility with Profoto triggers have been improved, as well as AF performance. With the update you can now get peaking whilst using AF on the entire Panasonic Micro Four Thirds series of lenses.
The G9 and the GH5S will also have animal recognition AF and the ability to switch the main focus subject when using autofocus. One of the biggest upgrades this firmware boasts is the ability to record video on the G9 at 4K 4:2:2 10-bit up to 30p internally, along with 4K 4:2:2 10-bit up to 60p when using a HDMI output - a massive upgrade for any G9 users out there.
With these new updates, Panasonic provide users with plenty of new features to keep their range current, and easily usable with other manufacturer’s equipment.
Today Panasonic announce two new L-mount zoom lenses, the LUMIX S PRO 16-35mm f/4 and the LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm O.I.S f/2.8.
The LUMIX S PRO 16-35mm f/4 houses 12 elements in 9 groups, with 3 aspherical lenses, 1 ED lens and 1 UHR lens. Weighing in at approximately 500g and measuring at just under 10cm long, this lens is easily portable whilst maintaining L series images quality.
The LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm O.I.S f/2.8 is houses 22 elements in 17 groups, and weighs in at approximately 1570g. This new lens features Optical Image Stabilisation for the sharpest possible images as well as an 11-bladed aperture for smooth out of focus areas.
Both lenses can be used down to -10ºC and are dust and splash resistant.
These two new lenses will be welcome additions to the Panasonic range helping to cover a range of focal lengths and providing the system with a good coverage of focal lengths from 16mm to 200mm.
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DJI announces the Mavic Mini
Today, DJI announced its new drone, the DJI Mavic Mini. It weighs in at 249g, and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. From the 30th November the minimum weight requirement to register a drone with the CAA is 250 grams, however, as the Mavic Mini has a camera you will still need to register the drone.
The Mavic Mini can shoot up to 2.7K, can transmit HD video up to 4kms away and has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes. Considering the size and impressive specs that have been announced, the DJI Mavic Mini is set to be a huge success.
Today, Loupedeck has announced a new editing console, which involves a slick new design and a powerful, customisable user interface. Recognising the need for even greater compatibility with different editing software, Loupedeck has designed the CT to work with all editing systems. Straight out of the box, you can expect compatibility with: Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom classic, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro X, as well as Ableton Live. Loupedeck are planning this to be an ever-growing list, with continuous updates for greater compatibility for even more editing software.
The Loupedeck CT features a big step up in build quality, as well as enhanced usability due to the customisable interface design. Backlit, with touchscreen controls, the CT looks the part. It even features a removable USB cable to make transport easy, for those working on the go.
Today we find out everything we need to know about the Sigma fp, Sigma’s new L-mount camera. With a very impressive specification list, the arrival of this camera has been highly anticipated, and it looks set not to disappoint.
The camera itself is (at the time of writing) the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera, with a 35mm full-frame sensor. As Sigma is part of the L-mount alliance, the use of this mount means lenses are already available, and many more will be entering the scene soon. Inside sits a 24.6MP back-illuminated, full-frame sensor, with no low-pass filter for optimum results.
Although this camera has some great features for stills photographers, some of the really impressive specification become obvious when we start to look at the movie side of wehat the fp can do. The tiny full-frame can shoot raw video at 24p in a 12-bit format, as well as 4K up to 30p and FHD at up to 120fps for slow motion shots. Zebra patterning, waveform display as well as the ability to timecode and use external SSD recording is all included – making this extremely powerful for filmmakers.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Sigma fp
Today Sony have announced the a9 II, their new flagship camera for working professionals. The new version is designed with news shooters, wildlife and sports photographers especially in mind, with upgraded connectivity at the heart of its design.
Sporting the same sensor as its predecessor, the a9 II has the newest BIONZ X processor and a new front-end LSI for more accurate AF even with fast or erratic subjects. 693 phase-detect AF points cover over 93% of the sensor, whilst AF tracking is now effective even when used at f/16.
This new model's real upgrades are obvious when it comes to connectivity capability. The a9 II features an uprated ethernet port to speed 1000BASE-T - making this new addition a real option for the press. It also has 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless ability and two UHS-II compatible SD card slots.
For all of the latest information about the Sony a9 II click here.
What do we think? This is a powerful, versatile tool, for professional users
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Sony a9 II
Fujifilm announces the development of the X-Pro3
Today, at Fujifilm’s X Summit Shibuya 2019 there was a very exciting development announcement: The X-Pro3 is on its way.
So, what details do we have? Actually, not a lot. The live panel talk consisted of 3 of Fujifilm’s head honchos, as well as two of their photography ambassadors who spoke a lot more about concepts than numbers. Fujifilm made it clear they want the X-Pro series to drive back to the roots of “pure photography”, focussing on durability, size, the viewfinder for composition etc. Here is what we know so far…
The new X-Pro3 will be made of Titanium! This incredibly tough material will make the cameras incredibly durable, and certainly suitable for anybody working in harsh environments. They are also bringing it to market in 3 different colours: black, Dura black and Dura silver. Dura coating (we think that is what they’re calling it) has been developed to make the cameras another grade tougher – as if titanium wasn’t enough. The Fuji panel actually stated that the newly developed coating was “approaching the hardness of Sapphire” which is a pretty bold claim.
Fujifilm’s X-Pro series has always been famous for its hybrid viewfinder which sounds like it will be getting some big updates in the X-Pro3. The optical viewfinder has been made clearer, should suffer from less distortion and will have a larger angle of view – making composing on a multitude of lenses a lot easier. A new EVF will also be introduced, with increased resolution, higher contrast, a wider colour space, higher frame rate and ultimately it will be brighter.
In the press conference the Fuji representatives did joke about how they didn’t want to include a rear screen at all (we’re pretty sure they weren’t joking) but, never fear, they compromised and now there are two rear screens. The first sits squarely where we would expect an LCD screen to be – it’s small, just showing your shoot settings. The second is hidden away, behind tilt-screen, and this allows you to shoot at high or low angles, as well as preview your images fully. It’s a controversial move by Fuji, but it will speak to a lot of their fans, as well as photography fans who aren’t after video hybrid mirrorless systems.
Fujifilm will conduct their full release on 23rd October 2019, so be sure to watch our blog, YouTube and social media channels that day. In the mean time, you can register your interest here.
DJI has announced a new offering in their OSMO line-up, with a new addition to their compact 3-axis gimbals designed for mobile phones, the OSMO Mobile 3. At first glance, this new gimbal looks more compact than its predecessor thanks to a new foldable design. It’s incredibly lightweight too, weighing in at just 405g – perfect for tossing it into your bag (or even your pocket) ready for your travels. One of the standout aspects of this new model is the price, which is great value for money at just £99 for the gimbal. There is also a combo package, for an extra £19 you'll get the carry case and the mini tripod that's particularly useful for when setting the gimbal up.
Working hand-in-hand with the DJI Mimo app, which looks to be updated, the OSMO Mobile 3 looks to have a plethora of intelligent features including:
- Story mode | various templates are available to transform your footage by automatically adding movement, music, and other effects.
- Gestures | all it takes is a simple gesture to take a picture or start recording.
- Active Track | Industry-leading AI tracking, simply select the object you want to track on the app, and the OSMO Mobile 3 will keep it in frame.
- Hyperlapse, Timelapse, Panorama, and Slow motion.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the DJI OSMO Mobile 3.
Fujifilm announces GF and XF lenses
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
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
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’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’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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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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.
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 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.
The firmware update Panasonic LUMIX S1 users have been waiting for will soon be upon us. And better yet (for a limited time only) it’ll be absolutely FREE! Find out more about firmware update DMW-SFU2 here.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the LUMIX S1.
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.
Panasonic has announced two teleconverters for the S system, the 1.4x DMW-STC14 and 2x DMW-STC20. Both will be compatible with the LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm f/4 OIS lens, and both will be dust and splash resistant, while also being able to operate down to -10°C. Visit our blog to find out more.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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…
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’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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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!
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 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
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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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