First Impressions: Hasselblad X1D

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If you think about any of the companies who have contributed much to the world of photography gear, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that Hasselblad is on that list. With the company’s new X1D announced earlier today, I’ve got no doubt in my mind that they’ve reached out and touched the millennial generation of photographers in the digital world in the same way that the 500C has touched them.

The Hasselblad X1D features a 50MP cropped 645 format sensor–that is to say that it isn’t a full frame 645 sensor but instead still larger than a 35mm sensor. The camera also incorporates the use of leaf shutter lenses that let you shoot with a flash to 1/2000th with full sync, autofocus, an EVF, a touchscreen LCD, and interesting features such as a mode dial that locks and unlocks by simply pressing it up and down.

But even more amazing: it’s pretty small–honestly if you could imagine a Sony a6000 series camera, put a big sensor in it and make it around the height of some DSLRs then reduce the weight and depth significantly, you’ve got this camera.

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How Likely is Fujifilm to Get Into Medium Format?

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Photokina 2016 is going to be a very big time for the photo industry if what we’ve seen so far for this year is any hint of what’s to come. One thing that’s been on the mind of Fujifilm camera owners is if a full frame mirrorless camera or a medium format camera would be on the way at all. For years, Fujifilm was well known for its very good medium format film cameras; and in some ways it would make a lot of sense if an X Trans sensor found itself stuffed into a medium format rangefinder style camera or even a proper 645 DSLR.

But how likely is this to really happen?

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DigitalRev: Is Micro Four Thirds Dead?

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One big question that’s been on the minds of many Micro Four Thirds camera users is: is Micro Four Thirds dead? DigitalRev tries to explore this in a video of theirs and makes some very convincing arguments that the format could be on its way out. They speak a lot about size: particularly camera sizes and sensor sizes.

When the Micro Four Thirds camera world started, they were the first on the scene with interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras that have autofocus. Back then, it made a lot of sense because you get DSLR quality in a very small package. It affected every company as they all tried to make their DSLRs smaller. Shortly after that, Sony came onto the scene with the NEX cameras, Pentax released a camera we never speak about for good reasons, and Samsung, Nikon, Fujifilm and Canon jumped into the world.

Most of the mirrorless cameras out there now use APS-C sensors–which are all larger than a Four Thirds sensor. All of those cameras are also quite small.

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The Canon 80D is Targeting the Semi-Professional Photographer

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Today, Canon is announcing their brand new 80D–and they’re trying to target it at the new breed of photographers who typically shoot on the side for extra cash. It isn’t quite the 7D MK II–which is mostly targeted at sports and wildlife photographers. But it’s still quite feature packed.

The Canon 80D features 45 cross-type AF points, 100% viewfinder coverage, a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a DIGIC 6 image processor, built-in WiFi, NFC, and a vari-angle 3 inch LCD screen. There is also a new auto white balance mode that the user will have to specifically set that will allow the setting to skew closer to the warmer side or the cooler side depending on what you select.

But there’s a whole lot more!

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The Canon 1Dx Mk II Focuses on New Autofocus Enhancements

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In what’s probably Canon’s worst kept secret in years, today the company is announcing the brand new Canon 1Dx Mk II flagship DSLR. This new DSLR camera is an upgrade to the original 1Dx–and like the Nikon D5, it features no built in WiFi but there is GPS integration.

The new Canon 1Dx Mk II features a 20.2MP 35mm full frame CMOS sensor, can shoot at up to 14 fps and 16 fps in Live View, Dual DIGIC 6+ imaging processors, 61 AF points that cover more of the viewfinder area, continuous red illumination for the AF points, and the ability to process 170 raw images at 14 fps with unlimited JPEG processing depending on which card you’re using.

The camera goes from ISO 100 to 51,200 with an extension to 409,600 if you choose. Even more interesting is the addition of a touchscreen–which only works with Live View mode and shooting video. But there’s a lot more to this camera too.

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A First Hand Experience with the Fujifilm X Pro 2

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Earlier on before last night’s announcement, I had a chance to play with the new Fujifilm X Pro 2. To me, this is something that I’ve been waiting for for a long time. This camera is Fujifilm’s flagship in terms of the rangefinder style camera body–but it will live alongside the XT-1 as a flagship body but just marketed to the rangefinder crowd.

This camera in many ways takes what Fujifilm wanted to improve on and what many of the users wanted improved. It isn’t a full frame camera–and that’s fine. A camera like this is about the experience on top of the image quality it can put forward.

In my meeting, I wasn’t allowed to take photographs of the camera; but I spent considerable time with it. Than I usually get. Here’s what I remember and why I feel that for street photographers, this may be one of the more important cameras released this year.

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The Lessons that Shooting Film Has Taught Me

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Film photography not only has benefits as an education tool, but if you choose to shoot digital you’ll also see how it changes the way that you approach the image making process. This goes especially for working with different types of film. You learn about lighting, exposures, and many other things that eventually just go to make you a better digital photographer when it comes to the technical aspects.

Here are just a couple of ways that film has taught me to be a better photographer.

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Phase One and Sony Design a New 100MP Medium Format Sensor

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It’s time, folks! Right before CES 2016 starts, Phase One is making an announcement that they’ve collaborated with Sony to make the new 100MP full frame 645 Medium Format sensor for their new 100MP Phase One XF Camera system. Crazy, huh? To clear confusion, this is a full 645 sensor instead of it being cropped, hence why it’s called Full Frame

So what can this sensor do? It offers 16 bit color, 15 stops of dynamic range, live view capture via HDMI, ISO 50 to 12,800 and exposure of up to 50 minutes. The sensor packs101,082,464 active high quality pixels. Because it uses the XF system, it also features lots of the new features that came out at Photo Plus 2015, like the seismographic shutter delay plus, Honeybee Auto Focus, Vibration Tracking, Electronic First Curtain Shutter, and more.

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