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The Pentax MX, one of the smallest 35mm film cameras

The Pentax MX, one of the smallest 35mm film cameras

We all know for sure that a Pentax full frame camera is coming this year, but Sony Alpha Rumors is adding some very interesting news. Apparently, Ricoh will be using a full frame sensor of some sort in the camera from Sony–specifically the same one in the Sony A7r that is also in many Nikon DSLRs. Essentially, that means that there are going to be more than one DSLR on the market with the same sensor and probably comparable image quality.

For what it’s worth, this is also probably a great move because the sensor works so well with older glass–which Pentax has lots of in the prime selection. This also means that the company may start to update even more of their older lenses like the 31mm and 43mm which are weird focal lengths but can be very nice to work with on a full frame sensor.

What we’re very curious about will be the autofocus interface. In many previous camera models, Pentax made it so that the user needs to specifically tell the camera to set the directional buttons to choose a focusing point or to set another parameter like flash and white balance.

But beyond this, we’re also wondering how the camera will overall fair at the end of the year with such an old sensor and what full frame lenses will be able to resolve that kind of detail–sans their newly announced zoom lenses. It’s going to need to be jam packed with features that are useful for editors to state something like “we should’ve had this years ago.”

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With the announcement of the new Fujifilm X-T10 today, DigitalTev also has a new video to follow up. The camera is marketed at those who don’t reach for higher growing fruit, and Kai notices that immediately by switching out the kit lens to something a bit more serious. He likes the old school SLR feel and realizes that the X-T10 has better autofocus until the X-T1 gets a firmware update in June. However, he states that the eye detection AF doesn’t work and that this camera focuses faster than all of their previous ones.

As far as image quality goes, Kai states that this is the sharpest that you’re going to get with a croppd sensor.

Want one? Check out the pre-orders available at B&H Photo and Adorama. DigitalRev’s video is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony Rx100 Mk III and Canon G1x Mk II comparison (5 of 7)ISO 400001-60 sec at f - 1.8

It looks like Sony may be trying to get into the Four Thirds world–or at least that’s what some crazy report is stating on Sony Alpha Rumors. According to the site (which is usually pretty darn accurate) Sony will be launching two cameras with Four Thirds sized sensors and that are meant to directly compete with the Panasonic LX100.

But in addition to that, one camera will also have a 24MP APS-C sized sensor while the 4/3 sensors are 20MP and 16MP. We truly wonder if these will be 4/3 sensors or if they will be a little bit larger and more similar to what Canon did with the G1X series of cameras. These will also most likely be more premium offerings than the RX100 series; which have sold tremendously well and continue to evolve into better cameras. The combination of a small size and powerful image quality seems to be the sweet spot for many consumers.

Knowing Sony, the cameras are bound to have fast zoom lenses–though we’d be more partial to something closer in relation to the RX1 and the fixed prime lens on the camera.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (2 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

With the very recent announcement of the Canon 5Ds and Canon 5Ds R, the industry has taken a huge step forward. A camera with a sensor that can shoot over 50MP images in the 35mm format is changing the game completely. But with that, we’re always wondering about lenses. A while ago, we asked Lens manufacturers about how lens technology will be able to keep up with sensor technology.

But to find out what lenses could potentially work with such a high megapixel sensor, we did some research and asking around. As we get more information, we will try to update this list.

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Fujifilm is today announcing a couple of new additions to their camera lineup. And when it comes to their new X-A2 and the XQ-2, they’re putting a big emphasis on taking selfies.

No, we’re not kidding.

The new Fujifilm X-A2 has a 175 degree tilting LCD screen so that you can see your beautiful bug before you shoot yourself in the face with that 16.3MP APS-C sensor. It’s being bundled with the new Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 II OIS zoom lens complete with seven aperture blades and delivering up to 3.5 stops of stabilization. The camera also sports the company’s Eye-AF, Macro AF, and multi-target AF modes.

But it’s not alone! It’s being joined by the new XQ2–housing a 12MP 2/3 X-Trans CMOS II sensor with phase detection and the EXR II processor. There are even more cameras being announced too. Hit the jump for more.

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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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