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Editor’s Note: This is a syndicated blog post from photographer David Kai Piper. These and the images in this post are being used with permission. Additional BTS images are from Matthew Maddock.

The Fujifilm 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR was just announced, and photographer David Kai Piper has been playing with it for a little while now. Here are his thoughts in addition to extra images that David allowed us to use not originally featured in his blog post.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7 Mk II first impressions (24 of 29)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

Meet Sony’s 4th full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera: the Sony A7 Mk II. The camera is sort of being billed as the successor to the A7: which was (and still is) the perfect balance of high ISO output and resolution right in the middle. But Sony has come out with a few new changes to the camera with the biggest one being the addition of image stabilization to the sensor. Other changes added in are the inclusion of more autofocus points, ergonomic changes to the grip, and a couple of additions for video shooters.

Sony brought the New York press out on an excursion to play with the new camera in different environments. And while the A7 Mk II is capable of doing some really cool stuff, we’re not sure that everyone needs it–or at least that’s what we think so far.

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Panasonic’s new FZ1000 camera is not a replacement of anything previous, but instead something totally new to the line. Think of it as a Sony RX10 competitor, and with that said also be sure to consider the fact that at its heart is a 1 inch MOS sensor right behind a very long 25-400mm equivalent zoom lens. This camera is meant to be a top end bridge camera for Panasonic–and this fact is clearly evident with the addition of 4k video recording capabilities.

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It’s been rumored for a while now, and Panasonic is announcing the brand new GH4 just in time for CP+. The new camera is the company’s flagship and is said to live above the GH3, but is not a direct replacement to it. On that note, the GH3 will continue to be sold. During our short briefing time with Panasonic, we learned about the heavy emphasis that the company is putting on video output with the latest offering. But overall, it so far seems like only minor improvements were added to the already pretty darned good GH3. And by minor, we’re talking about a brand new sensor and a couple of features that should have been included in the first place.

Think of this almost as the upgrade from the Canon 5D Mk II to the Mk III, but with less ergonomic changes. Except that with this one, they’re targeting it at Pros and enthusiasts.

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When Sigma launched their 50mm f1.4, it was heavily praised over the likes of Canon’s offerings. But with the company’s new Global Vision ideology, it was only a matter of time before the company decided to refresh the lens. Indeed, Sigma’s new vision of how a 50mm should be is quite different from how they previously thought.

And we mean that in many different ways.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung Galaxy Cam 2 first impressions (7 of 7)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Samsung’s Galaxy Camera was an interesting concept when it was first introduced last year. For the first time, the company tried a fusion between a phone and a dedicated camera to try to solve a fundamental consumer problem. Now, they’re announcing the brand new Galaxy Cam 2.

And once again, it has a massive emphasis on connectivity.

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