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It was bound to happen eventually. Today, Sigma is announcing something that has us very, very excited. The new Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens is their latest prime offering for full frame DSLRs (Canon, Nikon and Sony) and joins the 35mm and 50mm art lenses as the trinity for street photographers.

So what’s got us so excited? According to the summary of the press release, “The lens achieves a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches.” Additionally, the 24mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, has an optical formula 15 elements in 11 groups which the company claims to help to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification especially in the edge of the image field, and has aspherical elements placed near the rear of the lens. Finally, the lens has manual focus overrride even when the autofocus is activated.

There is no official word on pricing yet, but all of Sigma’s primes have won Editor’s Choice awards from us.

And that’s not all that Sigma is announcing today.

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Today, Nikon is announcing a brand new version of the Nikon D810: it’s being coined as the Nikon D810A and is targeted at Astrophotography. The secret behind the camera is a modification for the infrared cut filter for the hydrogen alpha wavelength–and it really targeted at both pros and hobbyists.

According to the press release:

“The infrared (IR) cut filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength. The resulting images capture the brilliant red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations in striking detail and fidelity. While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.”

And while that is quite enough as it is, Nikon is packing in even more features for astrophotography. There is a new long exposure manual mode, has the same ISO sensitivity from 200-12,800, and adds a new visual exposure preview mode. At its heart is still a 36.3 MP CMOS sensor with an electronic first curtain shutter mode to minimize vibrations when shooting subjects like this.

Additionally, Capture NX now has a new Astro Noise Reduction feature.

Pricing will be announced later and availability will be late May 2015. Specs are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 25mm f1.8 review product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.2

We’ve got to give it to Olympus–despite the fact that Sony seems to have the larger overall mirrorless camera market share, Flickr’s most popular mirrorless camera for 2014 was the Olympus OMD EM5. Who can blame you when the current price is only $599. This camera is the one mirrorless camera that seemingly changed everything. It had a retro SLR style camera body, great image quality that holds up even today, fast focusing, and pretty much all of the features that a photographer will need.

In fact, I still use mine.

The report from Flickr, which was published last month and referenced by company reps in conversations with the Phoblographer, shows that the EM5 was not only popular last year but also for 2013. Yes, we’re talking about gear here, but it also means that the camera is solid enough to still be a popular option. In fact, the Canon 5D MK II and Canon Rebel 600D are still popular DSLR options amongst the community.

However, when it comes to actual camera ownership and popularity across the community there is a clean battle between Apple, Canon and Nikon trying to edge its way into the otherwise awkward three-way battle. Yes, your beautiful Apple product is popular, but it also means that the community has evolved into something that’s all about creating beautiful images instead of focusing on gear overall.

More statistics are after the jump, but we wonder how this might affect future mirrorless camera sales if at all. We’re probably thinking too deeply into this, but when a camera is just so damned good, why bother to upgrade at all?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (6 of 10)ISO 1001-80 sec at f - 2.8

Hey folks,

Just a quick update to our Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions. We have added in lots more JPEG samples in addition to lots of high ISO images shot at ISO 5000 (the highest ISO setting that isn’t an extension.)

Go check it out!

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The point-and-shoot space is alive and well, at least with Canon on the scene. The company is set to release two new cameras in its SX and ELPH lines. The SX is Canon’s superzoom line, and the ELPH is Canon’s basic point-and-shoot line.

The new superzoom is the SX410 IS, which sports 40x optical zoom and built-in image stabilization. It packs a 20 MP CCD sensor, and it weighs just 11.5 oz. While it can’t fit in your pocket, it’ll fit in your bag and barely add any weight. It has creative filters to add some versatility to your image making, and it has 720p HD video capability.

It’ll arrive in red and black in March 2015 for $279.00.

The new point-and-shoot is the ELPH 350 HS. This camera has a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor and 12x optical zoom. The 350 HS’s ISO range tops out at 3200, and it has built-in wi-fi to facilitate sharing to your favorite platforms. It also has NFC, which will work with some Android devices. Unlike the SX410 IS, the ELPH 350 HS has 1080p HD video.

It’ll arrive in black and silver in March 2015 for $209.00.

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Canon finally has two new rebels on the horizon: the T6i and T6s. Both have a 24.2 MP CMOS APS-C sensor and built-in Wi-Fi, a first for Canon’s Rebels (and hopefully better integrated than the 70D). Canon’s going for two audiences with the T6i and T6s. The T6i is aimed at the beginner on a budget, whereas the T6s, the new Rebel flagship, is aimed at the enthusiast who wants a bit more out of their camera.

Both come with an ISO range of 100-12800, and they both have 19 autofocus points, which’ll give users a substantial degree of latitude when focusing. They also have a vari-angle touch screen LCD with 1.04 million dots. This’ll make for easier menu navigation. The T6i and T6s have a new feature known as color tone detection, which adjusts metering and autofocus to make sure people are sharp and properly exposed. They also have full HD video capture, but the T6s has the edge here with manual exposure control, digital zoom and a stereo microphone jack, making it an ideal choice for video students.

The T6s also outpaces the T6i with a top LCD panel, a horizontal level, Servo AF in live view (which makes tracking moving subjects in burst mode a breeze) and HDR movie functionality.

The T6i will arrive in April 2015 for $749.00 body only. It’ll go for $899.00 with the 18-55mm STM kit lens and for $1,099.00 with the 18-135mm STM kit lens.

The T6s will also arrive in April 2015 for $849.00 body only. With the 18-135mm STM kit lens, it’ll be $1,199.00.

Head on for product images.

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