Review: Sony a9

It took Sony long enough, but earlier this year the company announced a true flagship mirrorless camera: the Sony a9. The Sony a9 is designed to take on the likes of the Canon 1DX Mk II and the Nikon D5. It’s a camera designed for a photojournalist who needs not a whole lot of resolution but a balance between that and good high ISO output. To appeal to these photographers, Sony gave the Sony a9 an impressive 20 fps shooting ability with no blackout of the viewfinder. The autofocus is also very effective, and can be used with a variety of lenses designed for the Sony E mount. Other connections such as a built in ethernet port and dual card slots are also bound to be very valuable to these photographers. Indeed, the Sony a9 is a camera for the working pro who brings in gainful employment and taxable income using their camera. With that said, you’d be absolutely stupid to purchase this for street photography unless you’re making some serious money off of it–so just stop right there.

Despite how fantastic it is, Sony still hasn’t gotten it 100% perfectly right. But to be fair, neither have Canon or Nikon.

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Review: Fujifilm GFX 50S Mirrorless Medium Format Digital Camera

For years and years, a lot of us have been drooling over the idea of mirrorless medium format digital cameras, and the Fujifilm GFX 50S is one of the first offerings to make it onto the scene. Fujifilm opted to take the same route that Leica, Pentax and Hasselblad have done with a sensor built into a body vs the more traditional SLR styles of Phase One and some of Hasselblad’s lineup. The Fujifilm GFX 50s (price) you’d think would be targeted at the photographer who needs that kind of resolution, but instead it’s aimed at the photographer who typically uses a Canon 1Dx Mk II or Nikon D5 type of camera. Essentially, the highest end of the highest end. Weddings? Yup, this is for that. Sports? Well, that’s where Fujifilm starts to hit a wall.

However, the camera is an alternative option: opting instead for better resolution and a larger sensor in the same way that wedding photographers years ago reached for 645 medium format film cameras.

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Review: Sekonic L-478DR Light Meter

Sekonic L-478DR

Sekonic released the L-478DR (and L-478D) touch-screen light meters not all that long ago, and they have had a pretty warm reception with studio photographers thus far. Sekonic is now taking things a step further with a new enhancement to the meter’s user-upgradable firmware that will tie in with X-Rite’s Colorchecker Passport. Head on past the break for my review of this meter and thoughts on what it can offer photographers demanding the most from their cameras.

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Metz’s New 52 AF-1 Flash Encourages You to Get Fingerprints on its Touchscreen

Metz announced a new flash recently, but it’s not any ordinary flash. The new 52 AF-1 flash is the world’s first hot-shoe mounted flash with a touch screen interface. We’ve seen this trend pop up recently with Sekonic’s new light meters. The flash features a head that rotates 90 degrees, TTL metering, high speed sync, full manual mode, slave mode, a metal hot shoe foot, and a recycle time of 3.5 seconds at full power.

They’ll be available in Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax versions for around $325 US. And I don’t know about you, but I’m going to miss my dials. I could be wrong though.

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Instacube Lets You See Photos Of the Food and Puppies From the People You Follow on a Big Screen

Fan of Instagram? We are too according to our recent review. A special KickStarter is looking to make your love of the experience even larger. The Instacube is a giant cube thinger with rounded edges that takes the feeds from your Instagram and spews them out for you in a much nicer way than the current interface. Additionally, it has buttons to heart an image, comment, and more. To make it even simpler, the screen is also a 600×600 LCD touchscreen to simulate a tablet-style viewing experience. Plus it was wireless connectivity.

At the moment and without getting some personal fondling time, it seems pretty cool. At the time of publishing this piece, the project still has yet to reach its intended goal. It can with your help.

First Impressions: Canon EOS M

The other day, I traveled to Canon USA’s headquarters to get some personal fondling time with a prototype of the Canon EOS M (couldn’t put a card in the camera). As Canon’s first entry into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market, we predicted that the little camera has lots of headroom to clear. Canon cited that in the US, the MILC market is still very small (which is true) but huge in other areas of the world. This camera is also being targeted at the lower end consumer line as well as videographers.

When asked about the sensor, Canon couldn’t confirm with me at the moment whether or not it was the same sensor as the Canon 7D or T3i; but they did confirm that it was the same as the T4i.

So after an hour or two with the camera, how was it?


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Mamiya’s New Leaf Credo System Wants You to Put Your Fingers All Over It

Mamiya and Leaf combined their awesome medium format powers a while back, and they are flexing them quite a bit in the form of the new Leaf Credo medium format back. Available in 40MP, 60MP and 80MP CCD sizes for the 645DF system, it is full acknowledgement that the megapixels wars are still on.

Mamiya/Leaf claim that the sensor will have up to 12.5 stops of dynamic range: which still can’t beat film at 16 stops.

Plus, there is also USB 3.0 and Firewire interfaces, 1/4000th shutter speed, 1/1600 flash sync, and 1.2fps shooting.

But the cool part isn’t about the fact that you’ll be able to take a photo of a model and find every single blemish on their face. The back of each back has a 1.15 megapixel resolution touchscreen with multi-touch abilities: just like your iPhone or Android device. In fact, the whole panel seems to work with a touch interface.

According to Pop Photo,” The Credo 40 starts at $19,500. The 60 checks in at $32,500, and the Credo 80 will set you back a serious $39,000. And remember, you’ll need a camera body and a lens to go with it, so make sure to leave room in your budget.”