Building the FE Lens line even more, Sony has introduced a new 50mm FE F1.8 lens as well as a 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS. The 50mm is particularly exciting for me as the retail price is under $249 giving Sony some much needed lens options for those with less cash on hand. It will be interesting to see how this competes with the current Sony E Mount 50mm F1.8 OSS which is not full frame but does offer stabilization for a6300 owners.
The 70-300mm lens retails for $1199 and fills a much needed gap in Sony's lens selection over 200mm. It also has a decent .31x magnification and image stabilization which could be a great option for many Sony users.
Preorder these lenses today:
Sony FE 50mm F1.8: B&H Photo
Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6: B&H photo
Sony has just introduced a new radio flash system for their cameras, something desperately missing to compete wit Canon and Nikon. The new system uses the FA-WRC1M Radio Commander to communicate with the FA-WRR1 Radio receiver (sorry, no new flashes) and your existing Sony flashes. With a maximum range of 30M, control of 15 separate flash units in 5 groups, and flash sync speeds of 1/250th of a second, this looks like a solid unit. Pricing and detailed specifications will be released at a later date so for now, feast your eyes on the picture above.
I'll start off by saying I'm not in love with the naming procedure here but we now have a new series of high end cameras from Nikon (think Sony RX10 and RX100) called the DL series. Beginning with 3 models, each named for their respective focal lengths, these cameras bring non-removable lenses with wide apertures, awesome features, to relatively compact bodies. Ranging in price from $649-999, there are also different features between the 3 models in addition to their focal lengths. Check out the details of each model after the break.
Nikon DL24-85 - $649 | B&H | Adorama
Nikon DL18-50 - $849 | B&H | Adorama
Nikon DL25-500 - $999 | B&H | Adorama
The Engineers at Sigma are clearly operating on another level with this one. In what might be the best APS-C Portrait lens ever created, Sigma has introduced the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 HSM Art to an unexpected crowd. With an 80-160mm Equivalent focal range and a constant F1.8 aperture, this Sigma lens hits the coveted 85mm and 135mm focal lengths with room to spare. The Sigma 50mm and 35mm F1.4 Art lenses are probably my favorite prime lenses and if the previous Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 lens (review) is any indication, this is definitely a lens you will want to own when it becomes available in April. Check out more details after the break.
Sigma 50-150mm F1.8 $1,099 - B&H | Adorama
A somewhat unexpected and quite astonishing new release from Pentax may be just the shakeup the DSLR market needs. with A full frame 36.4MP CMOS Sensor, full weather sealed body, and a price tag of just $1799, the just announced Pentax K1 is shaping up to be the best camera your $2000 can buy. It isn't all completely perfect though. We do only have 33 AF points with 25 being cross type, 4.5fps, and only 1080p video at 30fps all which put it behind the Nikon D750 though still ahead in many respects of the Canon 6D. The Pentax K-1 is available for preorder starting today with availability in the beginning of April. Check out more information and my opinions after the break!
Pentax K1 DSLR Body $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama
After nearly 3 years, Canon has announced a 70D replacement in the new Canon 80D. With an upgraded 24MP dual pixel sensor, 1080p video at 60fps, and a new focus system sporting 45 all cross type points, Canon has moved the 80D further up their ladder. With built in Wi-Fi and now NFC, time lapse, and creative filter options, Canon is also stressing the importance of shooting, sharing, and processing in camera. With availability starting in Mid April, the Canon 80D is available for preorder starting today. Check out the preorder options below and hop past the break for more information and my personal opinions.
Canon 80D Body Only $1199: B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon 80D w/18-55mm Lens $1349: B&H Photo | Adorama
Sony has in 1 swoop delivered 3 new FE lenses and probably the most valuable ones to date. We have a 24-70 f2.8 OSS, 70-200 f2.8 OSS, and an 85mm f1.4. All these lenses are apart of a new range of Sony G Master lenses (GM) and feature higher resolution power as well as softer transitions in bokeh. We had the opportunity to use all three lenses today so stay tuned for the full hands on as well as sample images. The Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM will be available in March for $2200 while the 85mm F1.4 GM also available in march will be priced at $1800. The 70-200mm F2.8 GE will arrive in May with an unknown price and will be introduced alongside a 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverter giving Sony some much needed options for longer focal lengths.
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM : B&H Photo | Adorama
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM: B&H Photo | Adorama
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM: B&H Photo
Sony has just announced their newest mirrorless camera and we were hands on to see it. The camera sports a 24MP camera capable of 11fps, 425 phase detection autofocus points, 169 contrast detection points, and 4k video at 30fps. Check back past the break for all the details and stay tuned for our hands on! Availability will begin in Feb with a list price of $999
Canon has just announced the Canon 1DX Mark II with a stunning spec list. With 2 Digic 6 processors, the new 20MP sensor which promises better dynamic range is now capable of 14fps with AE and AF or 16fps in live view. ISO sensitivity has also been improved ranging from 50-409600 with a similar 61point AF system sporting 41 cross type points. However, some of the biggest surprises come from the video side where we now have 4k at up to 60fps and 1080p at 120fps with the ability to record to Cfast 2 cards or to an external recorder. In addition, the dual pixel AF system which brought unbelievable live view and video autofocus to the Canon 70D and 7D Mark II has now made its first appearance in a full frame camera. Check back for updates as more information comes in.
Pre-order the Canon 1DX Mark II - $5,999
B&H Photo | Adorama
After much speculation, the new Olympus Pen F has just arrived...though with some inflation unfortunately. With a new 20MP sensor, faster processor enabling 10fps with a mechanical shutter, and improved AF performance via the 81 point contrast detect focus system. Unfortunately, the rest is fairly standard (but still good) affair with a 3" articulating touch screen, 1/8000 mechanical shutter, 1080p video up to 60fps, 5 axis in camera image stabilization, and built in wifi. Unfortunately this new setup costs a high $1,199 (body only) when it goes on sale March 15th which seems a bit high for a micro 4/3 camera and lacking some more impressive features we expect for high end systems. That said, specs aren't everything and Olympus may have something special with the Pen F's stunning retro design.
You can preorder the Olympus Pen F today:
Olympus Pen F: B&H | Adorama
Well after 8 long years, Nikon D300 owners finally have the update they dreamed of in the new Nikon D500. This new pro level DX body boasts robust build quality with a body style more along the lines of the Nikon D810 than the cheaper cameras leading to that pro end feel. Spec wise you now have a 20.9MP sensor, 153 point AF system (same as the new Nikon D5), and the new EXPEED 5 processor allowing up to 10fps for 79 uncompressed RAW frames.
The D500 is available for preorder at: B&H Photo | Adorama
Check past the break for more information and updates!
The Nikon D5 has officially been announced with availability beginning in March. The new D5 is being offered in two versions with either 2 CF card slots or 2 XQD type slots. The resolution has been upped to 20.82MP with continuous shooting of up to 200 frames (14 Bit Raw) at up to 12fps with AF tracking.
You can preorder the Nikon D5 today: B&H Photo | Adorama
Stay tuned for further updates and view the full specs after the break: