October 2017

Articles from October 2017:

October 26

The Tamron 100-400mm final details have been announced, and the lens should be available to purchase in mid-November.

The final Lightroom 6.13 perpetual license version update has been posted by Adobe, and includes Nikon D850 support.

October 25

Sony Announces the A7R Mark III. Sony starts off the third generation of the FE mirrorless camera line with the A7R Mark III. Overall, this is not the usual Sony "push the tech further than anyone" type of release we've gotten used to, but more of a "round out the issues of the previous version" release. The Mark III picks up a lot of small pieces of tech from previous Sony models. Article on sansmirror.comA7R Mark III data page24-105mm f/4 G OSS data page.

Olympus 17mm f/1.2 PRO and 45mm f/1.2 PRO lenses have been announced.

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN for m4/3 and Sony E mount was announced.

October 24

Updated Sony A9 review and a couple of lens reviews on sansmirror.com

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review. The 24-70mm f/2.8 GM is one of three fast zoom lenses for the FE mount (A7 and A9 cameras in the still realm use FE). These f/2.8 optics came late to the scene, with Sony first releasing a trio of f/4 zooms. So you have a choice: 16-35mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm in either high end f/2.8 versions, or in small and trim f/4 versions. Article on sansmirror.com  Full set of Sony FE Recommended lenses

The Latest Fujifilm Retirements. Fujifilm continues to trim and modify their available film stocks. Fortunately, they are giving shooters plenty of warning about when products will be killed. Moreover, this round really seems a bit more about trimming the edges of inventory rather than a shot at the heart of the operation. Article on filmbodies.com

October 22

Deep in the Digital Too Doo. Well, Adobe's done it again. They're stirred up a hornet's nest with their Lightroom announcements. Even my teaching partner was in a tizzy yesterday morning and leveled a long phone tirade at me about what Adobe had done. Article on dslrbodies.com

Nikon's 2017 Annual Report. Nikon last week published their 2017 Annual Report. Only it's no longer called an annual report, it's just a report that's done annually ;~). Article on dslrbodies.com

Fujifilm Deals. Fujifilm has posted discounts on quite a bit of their lineup, including the recent GFX 50S medium format camera and lenses. Article on sansmirror.com

Sony Deals. Sony has a number of discounts now going on with their mirrorless products, all expiring November 3rd. The highlight discount is the A7R Mark II. Article on sansmirror.com

The D850 Blog continues with new posts this week with short XQD card discussion.

Almost forgot I posted the info on the new Zeiss 25mm f/1.4 Milvus

October 18

Lightroom Fragments. Well, it's happened. Lightroom as a standalone, perpetual license product is coming to an end. At Adobe Max the new versions of Lightroom (yes plural) were introduced. Article on dslrbodies.com

October 16

Another Canon APS-C Camera. Canon today announced the PowerShot G1 X Mark III, their high-end compact camera with an APS-C sensor. By all appearances, this is the same dual-pixel 24mp sensor used in the M series, the SL, and in some of the DSLRs. Article on dslrbodies.com

October 11

What Is Happening in Tokyo? Generally I only hear from a couple of reasonably well-placed individuals in Japan about what's happening there, and then often somewhat ambiguously or in ways I have to interpret. Recently, I've gotten an unanticipated and anonymous contact from someone apparently within Nikon HQ who seems to be trying to get an outsider to lobby for something that there is contention about internally. Very strange. Article on dslrbodies.com

The Camera Business is Getting Weird. What a strange day, yesterday. Maybe it was because of the holiday and some sort of alcoholic beverage was consumed by some. Or maybe not. Article on dslrbodies.com 

October 10

Nikon Hits and Misses. We’re coming into the Christmas buying season and a lot of you are thinking about what products you might want to buy. I’m pretty sure that Nikon will be aggressive with discounting here in the US having missed their original launch window for a new camera in the last quarter, but when those discounts start to kick in is currently unknown. Article on dslrbodies.com

Sony A9 Camera Review. Back in the Minolta days of the Alpha mount, the 9 numbered camera was a halo camera: one designed to compete with Canon and Nikon’s highest offerings. The 7 numbered cameras were the workhorses that most people bought. So I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we’re seeing the same numbering scheme appear in Sony’s lineup. The A9 is certainly a halo camera. Article on sansmirror.com

October 3 

On1 Photo RAW 2018 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 apparently are ringing in the new model year. See Software News.

October 2

Nikon 28mm f/1.4E Lens Review. The Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED is one of what is now an odd group of “fast” Nikon primes. This group has been developed and introduced over a very wide period of years, so you see some oddities, like both G and E designations. Article on dslrbodies.com

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