Consumers who are always concerned about when their camera will become outdated should not only be aware of the technology that has been progressing in sensor performance, but also whether or not lens R&D will be able to keep up. A question dawned on us one day: with sensor technology moving ahead at such a fast pace, will lens technology be able to do the same? Years ago, it was common for a lens to last a photographer 10 years until the next refresh. But in more recent years, we’ve been seeing shorter lifespans of around five years. Part of this is due to developments in autofocusing and sensor technology.
But at the same time, should photographers be afraid that their collection of glass will become obsolete? We talked to the folks at Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sigma and Tokina about this.
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It’s been rumored for a very long time, and today Panasonic and the Micro Four Thirds world have launched their direct competitor to the large sensor point and shoots. The Panasonic LX100 is not only directly squared against the other high end point and shoots out there, but it is also the company’s dueling sword to Fujifilm’s X100T.
At its heart is a Micro Four Thirds size sensor (the same 12.8MP sensor in the GX7) with a lens that starts at f1.7 (24mm) and ends at f2.8 (75mm) in its zoom range. The lens has Power OIS too–which is very typical for Panasonic. The camera has has the same processing engine as the GH4–which makes is truly a composite camera.
We got to spend some time with the LX100 at Panasonic’s New Jersey headquarters earlier this month. And trust us, it’s a reason to get hyped.
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Pictured here is the DP2. At the moment of publishing this article, photos of the DP1 were not available.
Sigma has shown commitment to odd ergonomic design in their announcement today detailing the new DP1 Quattro. To refresh, the DP2 Quattro was their first entry into this series. Sticking to Sigma tradition, the company’s DP1 has a wide angle 28mm equivalent f2.8 lens in front of the new Foveon Quattro sensor. Said lens unit houses one FLD element and two glass mold aspherical elements.
Just like the previous Quattro Foveon sensor, expect loads and loads of details to be rendered from the images. To see just how much, you can check out our review of the dp2 Quattro here.
Sigma states that the DP1 Quattro will feature better battery life, a TRUE III imaging processor, better ISO performance (they claim up to two tops of improvement), better autofocus, improved white balance, new color modes and better metering when it comes to auto exposures. .
But in addition to the camera, the company is also announcing a new LVF for the series with a diopter adjustment of -2 to +1. It magnifies the LCD screen 2.5x.
We have no word on pricing yet, but expect it to hit the stores sometime around December 2014
The rumors have been circulating for some time now that Nikon was going to deliver a true D700 successor. But if you’re one of those folks that still feels like the D800/D810 isn’t the true successor then you’ll need to keep hoping. Today, Nikon is announcing their new D750–which is more or less a D610 with superpowers and even an automatic mode on the mode dial.
Yes, there is a mode dial–unlike the Df and the D810.
What you really want to know is that the new D750 sports a 24.3MP full frame sensor, 14 bit RAW shooting, two SD card slots, approximately 100% viewfinder coverage, more video modes, EXPEED 4 processor, flash sync of 1/200th, can shoot 6.5 frames per second, ISO ranges from 100-12,800, 51 AF points, can shoot 1080 60p video, and has weather sealing incorporated. Most notably, it’s the first new full frame Nikon DSLR with built in WiFi transmission.
Nikon told us in our meeting that the camera can focus down the -3 EV, which we will be happy to test.
The camera will be available in late September for $2,299.95. More images are after the jump.
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Leave it to Ricoh/Pentax to create one of the flashies DSLRs around–and we’re not talking about something strobists would particularly love. The company recently announced the new KS-1 DSLR that stands to be their entry level model. Before we even get to the major tech specs though, we think that it’s totally worth it to note the LED lights along the side of the camera and also bring your attention to the fact that the back has even more LEDs. It’s a pretty cool design concept, but we’re not sure that everyone would want the attention brought to their digicam.
Moving to what really matters, the camera houses a 20MP APS-C CMOS sensor capable of producing images at up to ISO 51,200. The camera also has in-body camera shake reduction on the sensor, an AA filter simulator, 100% viewfinder, 5.4fps shooting capabilities, 1/6000th shutter speed shooting, and a 3 inch 921K dot LCD screen on the back.
By modern day standards, the screen is a bit antiquated. However, with different colors and coming in at a price of $749.99 body only, you can’t complain very much.
More images are after the jump.
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In a similar move to what Canon has done with Hybrid AF on their 70D sensors, Fujifilm has put in a patent for Hybrid AF pixels according to Fuji Rumors. Essentially, what it’s doing is embedding special pixels that offer both phase detection and light gathering abilities onto the sensor to work in conjunction with the contrast detection focusing while also not jeopardizing image quality. Of course, the light transmission won’t be at 100% according to the patent due to the pixels functioning to do two jobs.
On other systems, the sensors have pixels just for phase detection–at least that’s what Egami is hinting at. Of course, when this hits the market we only expect it to do a marginally better job in its first iteration. In future iterations, it will most likely become much better as algorithms improve.
Indeed, when this does finally come to the consumer market, it will be awesome for street photographers, wedding photographers and event shooters. And it’ll be very exciting to see what happens when this comes out.