Tuesday, 21 February 2017

N&R: Changing formats...

I haven't posted one of these summaries in a while. I was planning to until suddenly Canon released a new DSLR, seemingly starting a new line, and I just couldn't bring myself to try to work out what all the Canon lines are. The thought of no longer doing this summary crossed my mind, but instead I am going to try a briefer format. (edit: I failed.)

Sony 100mm f2.8STF - For lovers of creamy bokeh


Canon have announced a new Rebel T7i / 800D, and an EOS 77D that will sit between the T7i and the 80D. I know I am a bit like Jon Snow, but I really feel Canon and Nikon have way too many different series in their DSLR lines. DPReview have hands on with both the T7i and the 77D.

Despite both having Canon's impressive Dual Pixel AF, neither have 4k Video, leaving the camera video hybrid field all to Panasonic and Sony (and, giving Fuji an opening). An odd choice by Canon, considering their earlier successes there.

A new remote and kit zoom was also announced.

And a new mirrorless camera with optional evf, the M6. I think Canon needs to work on the lens selection more.


Pentax announced a new APS-C DSLR which DPReview call compact, and claim: "Ricoh tells us that they were aiming for a camera with a similar size as a competitive mirrorless model, but without sacrificing the experience of using an optical viewfinder."

However, it's still bigger than mid-range Canons and Nikons, bigger than a Fuji X-T2 and weighs a good 40% more.

DPReview: announcement and hands-on.


Nikon have put the final nail in their 1-inch Nikon DL range.


Sigma have, just now, announced 4 new DSLR lenses. Three new lenses are in their Art lens series: 14mm F1.8, 24-70mm F2.8 and 135mm F1.8 Art lenses. I imagine the 14mm f1.8 could be incredibly popular with astrophotographers.

Also announced was a 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens.


Sony have announced two new portrait lenses, a budget friendly 85mm 1.8, and, for lovers of creamy bokeh, a 100mm f2.8 STF G Master. DPReview have a hands-on for both these lenses.

If you're interested in what the STF lens is all about, Imaging Resource have an informative article on it:
The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF G has a physical aperture of f/2.8, but exposes like an f/5.6. And when it comes to DOF, it shoots like an f/4, but produces some of the most amazing, creamy bokeh we've ever seen.
Sony also have a new radio controlled flash.


A new 70-200 f2.8, and a new 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 lens. Both for Canon and Nikon. See the hands-on here.


Adobe have officially retired CS6. Who knew?


The Godox TT350S flash for Sony is now available (with Nikon and Canon to follow). Weighing in at just 200g, it is an impressive 33% lighter than the 300g Nissin i60A. It also contains both a 2.4GHz transmitter and receiver, compatible with the Godox X1 system.

For me, this could make a pretty capable travel solution. Two TT350S with an X1 trigger would come in at 490g, and offer plenty of redundancy if one part failed.

For those craving more power, there is also the interesting new Godox Witstro AD200. Lighting Rumours got hold of a prototype and posted their first impressions. Of course, with battery and both fresnel and barebulb heads, you're looking at over 1000g!


A new 11mm f4 lens for full frame DSLRs was announced.


Nissin have announced a new Nissin Air10s trigger for their Air 1 system. It seems they've listened to my stinging criticsm* and their new products will have user updateable firmware:
The Air10s has been equipped with a Micro SD card slot that allows users to update the device easily by themselves. Nissin plans on putting a Micro SD card slot on all future strobes and commanders.
* I don't really believe this.


RawTherapee, a freeware raw converter, has a new stable 5.0 release. Reports seem to suggest it is a clunky, but powerful, converter. Available in Linux, Mac and Windows varieties.


After a failed Kickstarter, Triggertrap are closing their doors. Apps will be available for a while, and if you're an android user, you can use it with DSLR Remote (probably the first time Android Triggertrap users had the advantage over their iOS brethren.)


Yongnuo have released their 85mm f1.8 lens, currently in Canon mount, but Nikon soon to follow.

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