Sony has just announced their long rumoured “High end” camera, dubbed the A9. The A9 is a new version of the company’s E-mount mirrorless camera, designed for the high-end sports and photojournalism segment of the market, currently occupied by the likes of the Nikon D5 or the Canon 1DX. The camera features a lot of engineering breakthroughs, and Sony is really pushing the new technology angle.Read More
The news that Sony had taken the number two spot from Nikon was announced last week. Sony put out a press release saying that they had passed Nikon to take the number two spot for full frame interchangeable lens cameras in the United Sates. Needless to say that some Nikon users weren’t happy with these figures and took issue with the data.Read More
As expected and widely rumoured, Nikon announced the new D7500 today. This looks like a great enthusiast camera. It is basically a smaller, lighter D500. My only issue is the crop factor for 4K recording. It's a pity they can't seem to manage to get this using the full sensor, especially when Sony seem to have no problem with that, but given the relatively low price of the camera, this seems like a great option for many photographers. If uses the same sensor as the D500, wich has won a lot of praise, so I expect this will do well.
There is lots of coverage of the launch this morning, so here are a few recommendations:
Hands on by the Photography Blog
The announcement on Nikon Rumors, with lots of videos.
What you need to know about the Nikon D7500 from Dp Review
This is a fascinating video uploaded to YouTube from a Demo Tape of the now defunct "D-Theatre DVHS system". DVHS was an attempt by JVC to extend the life of VHS by making a digital version of it. The chances are you've never heard of his though, right? The format did not catch on. They also attempted to make an HD version of the format, which this appears to be from.
According to some of the commentary, the video itself was shot in 1993, based on the ads in Time Square. This is interesting in itself, as HD Video wasn't widespread at the time, and this was probably recorded on an analogue HD system. The D-Theatre DVHS system didn't come into production itself until 2002.
It's fascinating because it's unusual to see HD Video from the time period. Most HD content from that time would have been shot on film. The video look, with its 60fps gives a sense of hyper-reality in the same way news footage does, compared to film, and even though you can clearly see the limitations of the recording format, it's a really different way to see New York in the 90's. Footage recorded on film at the time, would be 24fps and look more, well "filmic" which, while having a more artistic quality, doesn't have the immediacy of the video format.
A funny unrelated story is that I actually worked with DVHS once. It wasn't the HD version, but a pro version of the SD format. The person I worked for at the time didn't want to invest in Sony's widely used (and still, in some places) DigitalBetacam because he was convinced that this DVHS was going to be the pro format going forward. He wasn't very good at predicting future trends. Or reading current ones at that.
It was an awful format to work with.
The scary thing about this video, as someone in the comments pointed out, that this is now a quarter of a century ago. Ok, now I feel old.
The original article that I'm linking to here isn't strictly about photography, but it is a nice list of places to go where there are dramatic flower scenes, and so if you are into landscape or flower photography, I thought it might make an interesting list. I wouldn't have thought of some of the places here.
A great webinar on using Capture One's extensive array of colour correction tools. It's a bit long for a casual view, but there's lots of information here.
There have been a lot of rumours about the not yet released D7500, and if they turn out to be true, depending on the price, this could be a very interesting little camera. It has the potential to be a cheaper version of the D500 which has been widely praised. I'm quite curious to see this if the rumours turn out to be accurate, and I'm especially curious to see if the video features are any good.
(By the way, the original article says "Next Week", but that was posted last week, so now it's this week! Do you see where I'm going with this? )
This is a really interesting article on PetaPixel by Calder Wilson about the use of Bots to generate likes and increase people followers. It's a really interesting and worthwhile read if you use instagram, and it's a bit of an eye opener. If you use instagram a lot you will immedietly recognise some of the things he talks about here.
A very comprehensive review as always from Dp Review. Some interesting points made throughout it and the conclusions are surprisingly complex. For example, while they say:
Overall, this is the best image quality we've ever seen. Which is what you'd hope for, given it's one of the most expensive cameras we've ever reviewed.
They also point out...
And though it does offer the best combo of dynamic range, resolution and noise performance of any camera on the market, it only beats its full frame competition by a small amount. The Nikon D810, Pentax K-1, Canon 5DS R and Sony a7R II all offer 90% or more of what the Fujifilm offers in terms of IQ, at a substantially lower price and weight, with a far more versatile lens selection that, at times, allows these systems to overtake the GFX in terms of low light performance and subject isolation (shallow DOF).
Overall they gave it 85% and a gold rating. It's well worth a read if you're interested in this camera.
A good first look review of the new Blackagic URSA Mini Pro from my favourite video gear reviewer, Johnie Behiri at Cinema 5D. What I love about his reviews, is he always shoots an actual short project as the test, and not just some random footage. So what does he think. This quote sums it up:
The new model is literally better in every aspect. In fact, in my opinion, it is the most robust and mature camera that Blackmagic Design has ever made.
That pretty much says it all really. (But read the full article anyway)
No, you didn't read that wrong. With all the rumours about the 5D Mark IV getting updated video features, the impressive gurus at Magic Lantern have figured out how to get 4K off the 5D Mark III. What's more is they're doing it at a full frame crop. Oh, and it's RAW.
It's still at the experimental stage, and not ready for use yet, but it's impressive that they've been able to do this. It's also kind of embarrassing for Canon that you can get full frame 4K off the older camera and the newer model is limited by a large crop factor (for now). It will be interesting to see how good this looks when it's a bit more stabilised.
Via SLR Lounge
There is a recent trend in digital cameras with manufacturers adding features after a model has been released via firmware updates. The most notable example of this is Fuji with their KaiZen updates. Fuji has gotten a lot of praise for this practice, and now other manufacturers are following suit. While this trend has generally gotten a lot of positive praise for manufacturers listening to their customers, I can’t help but play devil's advocate here and present the somewhat cynical counter argument:
Are manufacturers trying to apply a variation of the subscription model that has been so successful in software to cameras? Shouldn’t manufacturers release cameras that are fully functional to start with?Read More
Get the best from your Fuji X-Series Images when editing with these Handy Guides from the Photography Geek.
Canon Rumors has more information on the possible firmware update that has been rumoured for the Canon 5D Mark IV. As well as getting C-Log, the firmware is also now rumoured to bring a revised crop factor, a 3K mode and a new codec.
It's worth pointing out that, despite several websites reporting on this like it's a done deal, it's still just a rumour, but having said that if this is true, the 5D Mark IV just went to a whole other level for video, and will certainly be more level competition for Sony.
Hasselblad has announced that commercial photographer and blogger Ming Thein has been appointed its Chief of Strategy. Thein is known for his popular blog, and is no stranger to Hasselblad as a former ambassador for the company. In addition to his photography chops, Thein brings a degree in Physics from Oxford and years of experience working in finance and private equity firms to Hasselblad. Plus, we think he's got some good ideas about how cameras should function.
Kudos to him for getting this role. I've been following Ming Then for many years, and he has been a great source of inspiration. I wish him all the best in this new venture.
A new site, due to launch soon, called Wesaturate, plans to offer RAW files for people to download, so that one can practice raw editing if you don't have access to a camera that shoots RAW, or alternatively, I presume it will be useful for trying raw files from specific cameras (if it will let you search for specific cameras).
According to Dp Review:
Wesaturate is tentatively scheduled for a full launch on April 17, though at the moment it is only accepting email addresses from those who want to be notified about the launch. A single image is currently offered on the site in both Raw and JPEG formats; it, and others uploaded later on, are offered with a Creative Commons Zero license. Once the site fully launches, users will be able to share their own photos with the Wesaturate community.
Via Dp Review
At HMV, customers could buy records and record players, but also listen to the latest songs.
In the 1950s, HMV introduced special sound-isolating booths where customers could sample new sounds without having to wear headphones. (They also had enough room to squeeze in a close friend or two.)
An amazing collection of images on Mashable from "His Masters Voice" which later became known as HMV, circa 1955.