Film35 Is Another Digi-FIlm Concept for Converting Film Cameras to Digital

The Film35 could be a more interesting option for film photographers who aren’t fans of digital backs.

Not quite sure about those bulky digital backs for your film cameras? Hong Kong-based The Realizes Co. have come up with a device called Film35, which they are currently funding on Kickstarter. It’s essentially a digital “film” that you simply load into your film camera, then shoot as usual. If it sounds a lot like the Yashica Y35 DigiFilm, we can say that it borrows the same concept of using a film roll to emulate the analog photography experience.

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The Leica X-U is the First Underwater Camera with an APS-C Sensor


For the first time, it seems like Leica is getting into the underwater camera market. Their entry is called the Leica X-U, and it’s also rated to be shockproof, waterproof, dust-sealed and what they’re calling “winterized.”

But in all honesty, this isn’t just some run of the mill underwater tough cam–instead, it’s a premium point and shoot in every respect. The Leica X-U has an APS-C sensor with 16.5MP and in front of it is a 23mm f1.7 ASPH lens. The camera can also go down to 49 feet. The camera also sports a 3-inch LCD screen.

The design is a collaboration with Audi Design, and so it also sports aluminum control dials, has a non-lsip body, a double locking battery compartment and memory card slot, and can shoot 1080p HD video at 30p.

The Leica X-U (Typ 113), priced at $2,950 will be available by the end of January at your local Leica Store, Leica Boutique or Leica Dealer. Expensive? Sure–but to be very fair here, this is genuinely a one of a kind. No one else offers a tough cam with an APS-C sensor and one with a bright f1.7 lens.

Review: Sony A5100

Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Sony A5100 Product Images (8 of 9)

The Sony A5100 is a curious little camera. It combines the compact design of the Sony A5000 with the Sony A6000’s 24.3MP sensor and staggering 179-point phase-detect autofocusing system. Sony claims the camera isn’t meant to become a mid year replacement for the Sony A5000, but rather be a new mid-range system taking the place of the outdated Sony NEX 5T.

Well the truth is you should skip right past Sony’s entry-level camera and get the Sony A5100. With a price tag of $548 (or $698 with the 16-50mm kit lens) the Sony A5100 is the best device and most affordable way to get into the mirrorless camera world right now.

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Leica Introduces the X Vario with Fixed 28-70mm Equivalent Zoom Lens

Leica X Vario

Well, this secret wasn’t very well-kept. Days before the official announcement, Leica’s new X Vario had already leaked on the internet. But oh, there wasn’t anything such as excitement, not even from the die-hard Leica fanboys. Everyone was expecting a major marketing clou from Leica, as was the original X1 when it was first introduced, the S2 medium format camera and just recently the new M Typ 240. Some speculated on a ‘digital CL’ that would sport a full-frame sensor in a smaller M-mount body, others were hoping for an even smaller M-mount APS-C mirrorless camera. So the disappointment was pretty huge when it became clear that the new product would be an X-series camera with a slow zoom lens attached.

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First Impressions: Nikon Coolpix A


The Nikon Coolpix A was an answer to a problem that Nikon didn’t really have. They decided that they wanted to have their own fixed-lens large sensor compact camera as it would seem that this is an emerging market. The Coolpix A has a 16MP APS-C sized sensor with a fixed 18.5mm f2.8 (28mm equivalent) lens which makes it a suitable camera for discreet street photography. Adorama Camera was kind enough to loan me one for review, and I’ve had a little time to spend with the camera so far and I’m here to share my first impressions.

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Samyang Announces New 16mm f2 Lens for APS-C Sensor Cameras


On the Samyang Asia Facebook page, the company announced their brand new 16mm f2 lens. The lens will be best suited for APS-C sized sensor cameras and like all things Samyang, it will be available in nearly any camera mount there is out there. It will have 13 elements in 11 groups, two aspherical elements, an aperture ring, and a large manual focusing ring. This company’s philosophy is to stick with manual focusing glass, and because of that these little gems are usually pretty damned affordable. It seems like this was really designed for APS-C vs Micro Four Thirds because with a 1.5x crop factor, it will be around 24mm with a bit more of reach for Canon’s 1.6x crop factor and Micro Four Thirds’ 2x crop factor making it a 32mm field of view.

Samyang and Rokinon usually always convert all their lenses to cinema-versions as well, but no official word has been made on that is. Samyang is known as the Rokinon brand in the US, and we are checking with our reps for more information. We will be calling in a review unit and adding coverage to the Guide to Rokinon Lenses. At the moment there is no word on an official release date or price point.