Nikon Reassures Us That They Will Still Make DSLRs

No, as you might have read, Nikon isn’t giving up on DSLRs. In a report released on July 12, Nikkei Asia said that it had “learned” that Nikon is going to withdraw from the SLR business. What’s interesting to note is that they said Canon would be following suit in the next few years. No doubt, significant publications picked up on it within hours of this article. Clickbait articles ensued because nothing translates to web traffic like the death of a production line of a prominent brand. Nikon was quick to dismiss this report as nothing but speculation. They’ve categorically stated that they will be “continuing the production, sales and service of digital SLR.”

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Here’s Why We’re Sure We’ll See the Nikon D6 Before the 2020 Olympics

The Nikon D6 is in development according to the company, and it’s bound to be the company’s last great DSLR.

Yes, the Nikon D6 is in development. From what the Nikon press release issued for today is saying, it’s going to be targeted to professional photographers. In fact, they’re not even telling us the pricing or the release dates. But we’ve got a great hunch that it’s going to be coming before the 2020 Olympics. Don’t agree? Well, we’re pretty confident that you’d be wrong; and here’s why.

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Hints of a Leica 35mm Noctilux Lens Spill Onto the Web

We might be treated to some new Leica cameras and lenses in the very near future; including a Leica 35mm Noctilux lens.

If you’re a fan of all things Leica you’re going to like this news. During LHSA (Leica Historical Society of America) meetings that were held late last year, current Leica employees and product managers hinted around that the company road map is littered with new cameras, lenses, and initiatives that could all be released and rolled out in the near future. One of the coolest things is the addition of a hybrid viewfinder Leica M camera that sounds similar to how the Fujifilm X Pro series of cameras works. But perhaps the most exciting thing is the addition of a Leica 35mm Noctilux lens.

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Maybe It’s Time for Samsung to Return to Making Camera Sensors

It sure would be good for consumers if Samsung started producing camera sensors for Mirrorless and/or DSLRs again.

Over the last few years Sony have emerged as the the world’s leader when it comes to camera sensor manufacturing and supplying. The Japanese powerhouse develops and keeps the very best sensors for use in their own cameras of course, but they also supply sensors to most other camera manufacturers too, with the likes of Nikon, Canon’s point and shoots, Fujifilm, etc relying heavily on their technology. There is one company though that could take the crown from the current sensor kings, and that company is Samsung.  Continue reading…

The World’s First Titanium Tripod System Promises to be Ultralight and User Friendly

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These carbon fiber and titanium tripods along with a full titanium ballheads are aiming to shake up the tripod world

Even though tripods are one of the most used photography accessories around, they never seem to get as much attention as other tools that we use. One company is really trying to take tripod technology to the next level though with their ultralight, yet incredibly sturdy carbon fiber and titanium offerings. To top it off the Colorado Tripod Company have also created the world’s first full titanium hollowball which promises to cut the ball weight by 52%. Read on after the break to find out more about this interesting Kickstarter project. Continue reading…

A Rumored Bokeh Monster F0.7 Lens Could Be in the Works for Nikon Z-Mount Cameras

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One can only imagine the ridiculous bokeh this lens would produce on the new Nikon Mirrorless Cameras.

When Nikon launched their Nikon Z cameras earlier this year they told the world that the Z mount would be capable of supporting lenses faster the f0.95. Thanks to a recently found schematic it seems as though an unnamed third party lens developer is indeed thinking about making a f0.7 lens for Nikon Mirrorless cameras. Read on after the break to find out more about what could be a bokeh beast. Continue reading…

Could the 40mm F1.4 Art be One of the Sharpest Sigma Lenses Ever Made?

Just when you thought Sigma lenses couldn’t get any sharper, along comes the 40mm f1.4 Art.

There’s no doubt about it: Sigma lenses are some of the sharpest currently available. From the 18-35mm f1.8 Art that shook the world of APS-C cameras a few years back, to the super sharp 135mm f1.8 Art that was released last year; sharpness hasn’t ever really been an issue with Art series lenses. Just how much sharper can their lenses possibly get though? Quite a bit it seems. Kai Wong recently took this massive prime lens out onto the streets of London during a Santa festival to see how it would perform, and of course in typical Kai style, hilarity ensues and it’s all caught on video; which we just happen have for you just after the break.
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There’s a New E-6 Film Developing Kit for Color Slide Film…At Home!

This is exciting news for enthusiasts and students who want to dabble in Color Slide film developing.

In the last few years, film based photography has seen a huge surge in popularity. More and more photographers are returning to analog cameras because of the low cost of many great cameras, and because of the overall look and feel of film based images; something that digital cameras have trouble replicating. Due to the excitement that surrounded an announcement from Kodak in which they stated that they will be bringing back Ektachrome color slide film, OmegaBrandess have just announced that they will be releasing an at-home small batch film developing kit; the Edwal EZ E-6 Kit. Skip through the break to see the full press release. Continue reading…

Could The New Fujifilm and Panasonic Organic Sensors Replace X Trans?

These new organic camera sensors offer an exciting glimpse at what could eventually come to Fujifilm and Panasonic consumer cameras.

The world of technology is moving along at a blistering pace which means we get more and more advanced cameras hitting the streets all the time. Fujifilm and Panasonic teamed up a few years ago to create a completely new type of organic sensor so that they could not only make advancements in technology, but so that they could try to steal some market share back from Sony who supply most of the world’s camera sensors. This new co-developed sensor will be capable of 8K at 60 frames per second, and will have a few more tricks up its sleeve. But just imagine what could be possible if in some way it were combined with X Trans. Continue reading…

The New Kodak Super 8 Camera Could Go for $3,000 (and other Updates)

Image from the Kodak Super 8 Camera update

It’s been nearly two years since Kodak announced their plans at the Consumer Electronics Show to make a new Super 8 Camera, so there’s been a lot of curiosity about the developments so far. Apart from showing a working prototype in this year’s show, Kodak has also released an update where the bright minds involved — project management, design, production, and testing — talk about the challenges, initial results, and future plans for the Super 8 camera (which could go for up to $3,000).

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The Lomography Lomo’Instant Square Shoots Fujifilm Instax Square with Its Glass Lens

Hey analog world, we’ve got some really cool new announcements in the form of the new Lomography Lomo’Instant Square camera. The first to the table was the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10; which in my opinion is little more than just an Instax Square printer. But this new camera is putting the light directly onto the film plane and not a digital sensor of any sort–unlike the Fujifilm camera. Using a 95mm f10 lens, the Lomography Lomo’Instant Square has programmed automatic exposures with compensation being offered. Plus there is a bulb mode, flash, infrared shutter release built into the lens cap, a separate remote, and real glass in the lens. While a 95mm f10 lens may sound pretty slow, consider the fact that this is a 62mm x 62mm film plane–far larger than 35mm and 645. Plus, the viewfinder isn’t through the lens, instead it’s just more or less for framing.

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Cruick Ultra-Premium Straps Promise No Compromise Style and Function

Cruick Ultra-Premium Straps

What happens when a professional photographer becomes a professional leatherworker? In the case of Grant Cruick, he’s taken his appreciation of aesthetics and attention to details to build a new line of leather camera straps. The Cruick ultra-premium straps promise photographers the use what he’s saying is the finest leather paired with heavy-duty hardware to create a strap that could last you a lifetime.

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The Nikon DL Series is Officially Never Coming to Market

Nikon DL Series

Sad news coming out of Japan for fans of high-end Nikon point and shoot cameras. Today, Nikon announced the cancellation of the release of their DL series premium compact cameras. The entire line, Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, has officially been canceled after issues with the cameras’ image processor were discovered.

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Fotodiox Announces Two New FlapJack LED Edgelights

Fotodiox FlapJack

The ability to shape light is a necessity for the success of any photographer. For photographers and videographers looking for soft, even light without bulk, and the ability to work unplugged, Fotodiox has announced two new FlapJack LED edge lights – the Studio XL and the 1.5×1.5. Each of the edge lights offer manual and DMX control of brightness levels and color temperature. Both the FlapJack Studio XL and the FlapJack 1.5×1.5 offer the same, even lighting, the ability to work in the studio or on-location, and to work without sacrificing the slim profile of previous models; now in two new sizes.
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ADOX Expands Operations Announces Construction of New Factory for Agfa Film

ADOX Factory

After Agfa’s consumer imaging line of products folded and went into receivership, ADOX repurchased Agfa’s MCP, MCC, APX, and the entire line of Agfa Black & White, saving the film and processing for future photographers. With the purchase of the line of Agfa film and chemicals, ADOX was in need of a facility for production and distribution, which they purchased in 2006. A little over ten years later, ADOX has started construction on a new factory in Bad Saarow, Germany (near Berlin).

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ParticleShop Wants to Help Your Composite Images Pop

For retouchers and compositors looking for a set of digital brushes that can transform digital images from great to amazing, Corel Digital Arts’ update to their ParticleShop plugin may be the tool to help them achieve their desired look. The latest update to ParticleShop adds over 100 new, ready-to-use brushes powered by Corel’s Particle Brushes to help transform your images with less effort.

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The Phoblographer: Now on Apple News

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After a couple of setbacks, the Phoblographer is now on Apple News. This version differs from both the mobile site and the Flipboard magazine. It has very specific sections and in the earlier versions a couple of kinks are being ironed out. It will probably even have a full feed layout in the future.

What you’ll find is a feed from the latest stories, the latest curated news, lens tests, camera tests, tutorials, features and inspiration. The very best of the site available for you to curl up with a nice cup of tea and become inspired.

I’m very curious to know how you often go about reading the site. Flipboard? Direct? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to check out the site on Apple News.

The Best Mirrorless Camera Lenses for Photojournalists

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On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses to go with those cameras. The go-to focal ranges for many years have been 24-70mm and 70-200mm with Canon L glass being the crème-de-la-crème with a price to match. Thankfully with time, the equivalent focal range zooms have arrived for various systems, though not all photojournalists work with zooms. Here, you’ll find a mix of primes and zooms.

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