In the photography world it’s quite common to see unannounced DSLRs tested at major sporting events and it seems the Canon EOS 7D has been spotted at the FIFA World Cup. North Light Images received an image of a completely shrouded DSLR amongst a line of regular sports shooters.
There are only two possibilities here. Either our overly protective photographer had the foreknowledge of a coming torrential Brazilian rainstorm, despite the weather in Rio de Janeiro being a consistent 100+ degrees Fahrenheit. Or this is indeed the rumored 7D Mark II and the sports shooter tried to cover the camera with what appears to be a makeshift bed sheet veil.
It’s not really a stretch to imagine Canon wants to test its new flagship APS-C sports camera at an athletic venue. During the 2014 Sochi Olympics the Nikon D4s made a less embarrassing cameo. Canon Watch also attests this is the rumored DSLR has been fitted with the Japanese camera company’s newly rumored 100-400mm lens.
Everything else we know about the 7D Mark II is it could feature a 20.3MP sensor, 19-point phase detect autofocus system, 8fps burst mode backed up with a 15 RAW image and 126 JPEG buffer, plus a 1040k dot touchscreen. Lastly Canon Rumors picked up on a recent tip that suggests that Canon will announce the 7D Mark II as soon as September 5th, midnight.
Via Canon Watch
Feast your eyes on some of the ugliest gear that we’ve ever reviewed. They’re called the Miggo strap and wrap–and they come in a variety of sizes and colors. The company coins their products as being able to totally protect your camera one second then allowing you to shoot with ease the next. The straps are made from Neoprene–which helps to absorb some bumps and scratches, but this material seemingly from the Superman universe sure has its kryptonite.
And while it may be a nice idea in theory for sure, we’re not sure that we’d want to tote one around.
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4K video is creeping its way into more cameras from the Sony A7s as well as the Panasonic GH4, Reports are stating alread that the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV might be the second Canon camera to shoot quadruple HD resolution footage. Canon Watch has picked up on a rumor suggesting the EOS 5D Mark III successor will be announced at the beginning of 2015.
Adding 4K could effectively bump up the video resolution on the 5D from 1920 x 1080 to 4096 x 2160—just enough pixels to resolve the faces of every audience member at the World Cup games. There’s no word of what frame rate video the Canon 5D Mark IV will be able to produce but it will most likely be the same or lower than the Mark III’s 30fps at Full-HD.
Supposedly Canon plans to implement 4K video as a way of pushing the 5D further into the videographer category. More likely though it’s to get keep up with the technology race to dissuade shooters from jumping ship to Sony, Panasonic, or any other brands to implement 4K video.
This is the second time we’ve heard rumors of Canon’s plans to include 4K video in a DSLR. Earlier this March an EOS 3D popped up as a higher-end and resolution, 4K capable model to slot in between the 5D and 1D X. Early reports posited a camera with practically the same capabilities as the 5D Mark III with a much higher resolution sensor to produce extremely detailed prints and quad-HD footage. However, the 3D and 5D Mark IV might be one and the same camera just with different codenames.
Not every photographer wants a prime lens. Not every photographer wants to change lenses. Some situations demand one lens that can do almost anything. This is where the AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR comes into play. Believe it or not a lens like this does have a use despite our groans about variable aperture–and it’s about convenience.
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Here it is: the Nikon D800/D800E follow up photographers have been waiting for, the Nikon D810. The camera comes with an ever so slightly bumped up 36.3MP full frame sensor with no Anti Aliasing filter or Optical Low Pass Filter.
The new model also features Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processor, which the company promises is 30% faster, more energy efficient, and requires only a single processor compared to the EXPEED 3 engine. On the autofocus front, the D810 has been given the Nikon D4s’ Multi-Cam 3500-FX AF sensor offering up 15 cross-type and 51 overall focusing points in total. Coupled together the D810 is now capable of shooting at five frames per second or up to seven-fps in DX mode (15.4-megapixel).
While high-resolution is the D810’s main strength, Nikon has introduced a new RAW Size Small format. These new bite sized RAW images are only 14-bit files at half the resolution and take up a quarter of the data storage space—potentially a great feature for photographers who need more space or to offload their photos immediately.
We have just shared our first impressions of the new Nikon 35mm f1.8 G, Nikon’s latest wide-angle lens for full-frame (FX format) cameras. Being only 2/3rds of a stop slower than the 35mm f1.4 G, the lens is a viable alternative for those with slightly slimmer wallets. What we’re most curious about, then, is how the more affordable full-frame 35mm in Nikon’s lens stable performs compared to its proven f1.4 sibling.
DxOMark has just put the lens under scrutiny, and thanks to the comparison tool available on their website, we get a pretty good impression of how it performs compared to the 35mm f1.4. With both lenses mounted to a Nikon D800 (we would’ve preferred to see the results with a D800E, but the 35mm f1.4 was not tested on that camera,) it becomes apparent that despite the huge difference in price, the difference in performance is only marginal.
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