Earlier this year, Hasselblad launched the H5D-50C medium format camera system with a CMOS sensor. But at Photokina 2014, the company is already announcing what they’re calling an upgrade but that we’re saying is more of a variant. The new version of the H5D-50C has WiFi transmission built in–which allows you to control the camera in one of many ways. According to the company’s press release,
“The H5D-50c with Wi-Fi makes it possible for users to fully control the camera and browse/view images on iPhone/iPad on location via Phocus Mobile software, without the need for a computer. It also features a ‘Live View’ function, allowing photographers to see and zoom in on a live image on the rear LCD even when the camera is untethered.”
The camera still retains the 50MP CMOS sensor–that isn’t true 645 and instead a cropped sensor with a 1.3x crop factor in medium format speak not full frame 35mm speak. It can also still shoot up to 6400 ISO. The camera can also shoot exposures up to 34 minutes long too.
At the moment, we don’t have an exact word on pricing–but we’re positive that we’re all too poor to afford one anyway.
This year’s Photokina is full of all sorts of surprises as Leica ditches digital and decides to launch a new film camera. Meet the Leica M-A (Type 127)–it’s the German camera company’s return to photography in its purest form. The camera does not have a monitor for you to check your exposure nor exposure metering to mess with your shot. It does not even run on batteries.
Instead the Leica M-A is simply a hand-built, metal camera body that leaves everything up to the users. Shooters will have to figure out the exposure on their own without a built in light meter. It’s beyond old school as a return to photography in its original form, where it’s up to the user to decide their focal length, aperture, shutter speed, and finally capture that decisive moment. Back then, photographers used the Sunny 16 rule to get exposures correct.
Due to the camera taking film, the mechanical camera is “significantly thinner” than many of its digital rivals. The Leica M-A also comes mounted with the Leica 50mm f2.5 Summarit lens and will accept other Leica M-bayonet lenses. Meanwhile, users can pull the frame selector lever to change the framing lines to accommodate their 28mm and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm, 50 and 75 mm lenses.
The Leica M-A will be available in chrome-accented or all black finish later this October. Leica announced the camera would cost £3100 (about $5,021) from its Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store Burlington, and other authorized Leica dealers. Check past the jump for more images and specs.
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There were rumors of a new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Otus lens floating around the web, and if you’re a forum lurker hoping to bite your lip and close your eyes to the chart readings then you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. The reason for that is because the new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM lens was designed for Leica M mount cameras. It has been unveiled today at Photokina 2014.
As it is though, 35mm f1.4 lenses are very highly sought after in the M mount world with Leica releasing a redesign of theirs a couple of years ago. The new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM lens features a T* anti-reflective lens coasting, 10 blade aperture, 1/3 stop adjustment, and ergonomic finger rest,
We’re very curious about how this will perform on cameras like the Sony A7r or the Fujifilm XT1. But at $2,290 this is a bit more than we can swallow. Tech specs are after the jump.
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The company that really seems to be stealing the show at Photokina 2014 is Panasonic. Today, the company made a surprise announcement that they’re getting back into the cell phone game–sort of. The new CM1 is an Android smartphone with a 10.2mmm f2.8 Leica lens that comes out to an approximately 28mm field of view. Plus said lens has full manual control over aperture, ISO and shutter speed. But beyond that, the company has packed a 1 inch sensor into the camera.
The camera phone can also capture 4k video. And according to their specs page, it runs Android 4.4, has four processors with 2.3 GHz, and a 4.7 inch display. The sample images are also beautiful.
A demo video is after the jump.
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Zhongyi, our favorite Chinese manufacturer of cheap, fast Mitakon glass has announced two new lenses. If extremely wide-open lenses are your speed, Zhongyi also announced the 42.5mm f1.2. The lens comes at a $359 bargain and for their money users will get a 64mm equivalent focal length that’s perfect for portraits and street photography.
Zhongyi also announced the Mitakon 24mm f1.7, a purely manual lens that offers users a 35mm equivalent focal length for just $289. The lens is also nice and compact, containing 9 elements in 8 groups including an ED lens to minimize chromatic aberrations.
Both of the new lenses will be coming in Fujifilm X-mount, Sony E-mount, and Micro Four Thirds formats. The Mitakon 42.5mm f1.2 and Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 will be available for pre-orders on Zhongyi official site this September. Zhongyi expects the two lenses will begin shipping out later this winter. In the meantime, check out more specs and images after the jump.
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In the continued support that Sony is trying to create for their full frame E mount system, the company is announcing today their 16-35mm f4 lens. To complement the A7 series of cameras, this lens is moisture and dust resistant. This lens sports 12 elements in 10 groups with 5 aspherical elements and 3 ED glass elements. It also has a 7-blade aperture, with a minimum focusing at 0.28 meters–which means that that may be the only place where you actually really get any bokeh.
More interestingly, the lens incorporates Optical Steady Shot technology–which is nice for shooting video.
Coming in at $1,349 you of course shouldn’t expect it to be super affordable but it surely isn’t so badly priced. That’s about all the information that we have on the lens so far, but we’re surely looking forward to our review.