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June 30, 2016

Eye-Fi Deprecation Coming Soon. Technology is a marvelous thing, but it moves on and on, imploring you to follow. Eye-Fi cards are about to make a transition that you need to be aware of. Article on

June 27, 2016

The Laws of Attraction. A lot of comments I’ve received about recent cameras could just as easily have been made about significant others or spouses: attractive, intelligent, well-proportioned, instantly likable, and more. Article on

Uncertainty is Bad. Generally we don’t get into politics much on this site, but because of the nature of camera production, sometimes we can’t avoid it. Britain’s BREXIT vote last week is a good case in point. Article on

Also note that I’ve updated the June Software Announcements page with some information about plug-in installations for Photoshop CC 2015.5 (scroll down to June 21 entry).

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June 23, 2016

D5 Gets a Big Update. The firmware coders at Nikon struck first with the D500 and a tiny update that just fixed a visual issue with Language setting. Now they’ve struck again with version 1.01 for the D5, and this time its a big, massive update. Article on

June 22, 2016

Hasselblad Announces Mirrorless Medium Format. Hasselblad today announced the X1D, the first “mirrorless medium format camera.” At 725g this is a very small and light camera for the large sensor size. That’s only about 100g more than the Sony A7rII. Without lens, the X1D is US$8995. Article on sansmirror.comX1D data page45mm f/3.5 data page90mm f/3.2 data page. 

The Walls Are Closing In. With Leica’s resurrection, Fujifilm’s incessant retro mirrorless offerings, Sony’s excellently rethink and position with the A6xxx and A7 series, and now Hasselblad’s mirrorless-medium-format-for-everyone announcement of the X1D, all the product planning folk in Tokyo sitting on their butts at Canon and Nikon need to pay more attention. Better still, get off their butts. Article on

June 20, 2016

Flings Followup. As expected, I got a lot of feedback from readers regarding their flings. I’m going to use a few of those emails and messages to add some commentary to my Flings article. Article on 

The DX/FX Combo Kit. Since the arrival of the D500 I’m seeing more and more folk opting for DX and FX combo kits. In other words, one of their bodies is FX, the other is DX. Sometimes it’s D810 and D500, sometimes it’s D750 and D7200, occasionally we get something more dramatically "mixed.” Article on dslrbodies.comJune 15, 2016

Flings. In previous articles I’ve outlined Switchers, Samplers, Last Camera Syndrome, plus several other types of camera upgrade scenarios that have been getting more prominent in recent years. Today I introduce another: Flings. Article on

Panasonic Summilux 12mm f/1.4 lens announced.

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