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phase one iXU-R_180

If there’s anything I remember from Toy Story, it’s that I should reach for the sky, which is exactly what Phase One is aiming for with its new line of cameras. The iXU-R series is the latest in Phase One Industrial’s cache of medium-format digital cameras for aerial photography, and it comes in three varieties: 80-MP, 60-MP and 60-MP achromatic. As you can see in the picture above, it is literally a box with a lens, and it comes with three dedicated Phase One Rodenstock lenses (40mm, 50mm and 70mm). They’re also USB 3.0 compatible.

The idea behind these cameras is impressive specs in a lightweight package because if there’s anything you need to cut down on with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it’s weight. So, if you’re a film director looking to get high-res imagery of the fjords in Norway, know that this camera, whichever one you get, will deliver.

To illustrate what this series can do, the iXU-R 180 (that’s the 80-MP version) can provide 10,823 pixels of cross-track coverage (read: 10,832 pixels on the long edge), and it’s small enough to fit on your average gimbal. It can also connect with any GPS systems you might be using so that you can accurately capture and transfer data.

Who might use these? Filmmakers, definitely. Amateur pilots in Cessnas who’d love to make some landscapes from the sky. Drone enthusiasts. You know the ones who make those nifty aerial videos of their local beach. Governments, probably.

We estimate these will be very expensive. Stay tuned!

julius motal the phoblographer the girls who ate the world 5Z4A1633

All photographs are copyrighted and used with permission by The Girls Who Ate the World.

Vic, Stayc and Angelato are The Girls Who Ate the World. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the three of them are avid food bloggers who take beautiful and sumptuous photographs of their meals, and they’ve managed to harness the power of Instagram to build a community. After looking that image above, the staff here now has a hankering for a glazed cronut. They’ve got such an eye for light, composition and taste that we had to find out more the moment Angelato pitched their food photography to us.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 extra review photos finals (5 of 5)ISO 64001-30 sec at f - 2.0

In the past couple of years, the trend has been to add image stabilization to wide angle lenses. Why? Because many photographers tend to handhold their cameras and lenses rather than put them on tripods. So that makes a lot of sense when you consider Tamron’s 15-30mm f2.8 VC lens. The lens is targeted at Real Estate, Architecture, Adventure, and Landscape photographers that want to leave the tripod at home while also trying to keep their kit as minimal as possible. Both Canon and Nikon have competing offerings–but neither incorporates image stabilization nor were they probably developed with resolving a 50MP full frame sensor in mind.

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD is a lens with not only vibration compensation, but lots of weight at that. And for the professional photographer, it’s sure to be a constant companion.

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If you’re a Nikon DSLR user, we’re going to urge you to please purchase a bib in order to contain the massive and ungodly amounts of drool that are about to come from your mouth.

What’s that? You’ve got self control?! Okay, but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Details are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II first sample images lenses (1 of 1)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 5.0

We’re currently in Portland with Sony on a press trip and testing out the new Sony A7r Mk II and a load of lenses. If you remember, we gave our first first impressions a while back Perhaps it was because we were holding a pre-production model, but the camera feels significantly more substantial this time around. The dials and shutter wheels aren’t as nice as the previous iteration of these cameras, but the camera overall feels much more solid and rugged than I remember.

I took it around the Hotel’s vicinity to capture some images with the 16-35mm f4. We’ve posted sample photos below, but also be sure to check out our full first impressions.

Ps: Sony has paid for the trip, but we’re not letting that affect editorial judgement. A bunch of journalists are out here from many publications. Companies tend to do this from time to time, but we always maintain journalistic integrity.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (2 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

The death knell may be ringing for Sony’s APS-C line. In an article in The Korea Times that Mirrorless Rumors found, the company will focus heavily on its full-frame line in an effort to take on Canon and Nikon. The company’s recent activity seems to suggest, too, that its line of full-frame mirrorless cameras is its top priority, given that we now have the a7, a7II, a7R, a7RII and a7S. Fortunately, the lenses available for the FE mount has grown and improved since its inception.

“Besides the stagnant growth of the camera market, the entry-class segment of the lens-interchangeable camera market is slowing down drastically,” Bae Ji-moon, the head of Sony Korea Digital Imaging & Marketing Department told the Korea Times.

By entry level, Ji-moon means Sony’s APS-C cameras that are now under the alpha branding. In a previous life, they went by the NEX prefix, though there are also still some traditional DSLR-style alpha cameras, the most recent of which was the prosumer-level a77II. The a99, Sony’s DSLR-style full-frame titan, performs admirably, but it hasn’t seen a new version in three years.

It’s unclear what exactly this means for its APS-C cameras, both the compact line with its four-digit model numbers (think: a6000) and the beefier two-digit line (a58, a77II, etc.). The company may take longer to update those lines, or it may not update them at all.

“In the short run, we will target existing full-frame camera users and then attract those who use entry and mid-class models to upgrade their cameras in the long run, raising the popularity of full-frame cameras,” Ji-moon told the Korea Times.

Perhaps it will find a way to make full-frame mirrorless cameras more affordable out of the gate. The a7 is now going for about $1,200 body-only on Amazon and B&H, but it took over a year for it to get down to that price. More over, the a7 is barely two years old, and it already has its successor, the a7 II, which goes for roughly $1,700 body-only. Both of those prices are more affordable than most of Nikon’s and Canon’s full-frame offerings, but they’re most likely above what many entry-level consumers are willing to spend on a camera. The a6000 body-only goes for $550, and the a5100 body-only goes for $450. Both with a kit lens go for $700 and $600 respectively.

We’ll have to wait and see what exactly is in the future for Sony’s camera division, but current signs point to a flourishing full-frame line.