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For those of you who like Profoto gear (and who doesn't) or just like checking out the amazing images and tutorials of photographers who do use their gear, B&H has a special page dedicated to the amazing work completed with Profoto. There are several in-depth tutorial and informational videos on using off camera flash as well.
This is a bit unexpected...Sigma has announced a new 24-35mm f2 zoom lens featuring similar optical performance to the Sigma 35mm f1.4 which I reviewed previously and was (still am) a big fan of. While the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 (also reviewed) offered an amazing range with a wide aperture, it was still limited to APS-C cameras. However, Sigma's new 24-35mm f2 lens will now work on full frame cameras!
We should expect availability in the next 6 weeks for Canon cameras with Nikon & Sony usually following later. The price has not yet been announced but expect it to be higher than the $799 price tag on the 18-35mm. Unfortunately I find the new 24-35mm to be decidedly less useful. While Sigma touts the ability to replace both 24mm and 35mm prime lenses, the slower aperture will certainly be missed. Unless the price is low, I would likely prefer having the f1.4 apertures on the 24 and 35mm lenses than the convenience of a free spot in my bag.
You can preorder the lens today at: B&H Photo
The absolutely amazing (at least on the spec sheet) Sony A7R II is now available for your wallets. While slightly more expensive at $3198 for the body, the A7R II offers 4k internal recording with a 42MP backside illuminated sensor with an ISO range up to 100,000. In addition to that crazy sensor, the A7R II boasts in camera 5 axis stabilization 399 phase detection autofocus points and 5fps shooting.
Drooling yet? Me too. And for the video lovers among us, Sony isn't leaving out anything (take note Canon) and all the A7s features such as Log recording, 4k internal, and 1080p at up to 120fps are present.
You can preorder this amazing camera today:
B&H Photo | Adorama
Sigma has just announced a new 24mm f1.4 lens available in Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Sigma mounts with availability starting in mid march. As someone who use and love both Sigma's 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 lenses I am very excited about this new model. Previous Art lenses from Sigma have set a new standard for build quality, sharpness, focus speed, and have compared favorably or better to the best Canon & Nikon lenses. The new Sigma 24mm f1.4 is also priced at $849 which is less than half the price of the Canon and Nikon competition. Expect this lens to be extremely popular and likely sold out for months to come.
You can pre-order your copy today:
Sigma 24mm f1.4 (Canon): B&H | Adorama
Sigma 24mm f1.4 (Nikon): B&H | Adorama
In a different twist, Canon has released a new 5Ds and 5Ds R with a new 50.6MP Sensor (Apparently they didn't want to just round down to an even 50) with 1.3x and 1.6x sensor crop modes similar to the Nikon D810. Dual Digic 6 processors power the camera to ensure faster processing of the likely massive files at up to 5fps. I have previously taken issue with the high signal noise and lack of deep shadows from my Canon files compared to the Nikon D810 so hopefully Canon has improved overall the overall image sensor in addition to increasing the megapixels. The rest of the camera looks and feels almost identical to the current Canon 5D Mark III with a 61pt AF system that curiously lacks the new dual pixel technology from other new Canon cameras. Canon is also placing an emphasis on their new Anti-Flicker technology which reduces variations in image exposure due to flickering light like fluorescent lamps. Canon is clearly placing the 5Ds and 5Ds R (Lacking a LPF filter) for studio high resolution photo capture. The 5Ds is not set to ship until June at the moment and is priced at $3699 for the 5Ds and $3800 for the 5Ds R.
Canon 5Ds Body: B&H | Adorama
Canon 5Ds R Body: B&H | Adorama
The Canon T6s appears to be a slightly upgraded version of the T6i and almost seems to fit in a similar segment to the Canon 70D. With a new 24MP APS-C sensor, the T6s contains a top LCD screen like the 70D as well as an articulating touch screen, dual pixel 19pt AF system and Wifi although now enhanced with NCF. The new Digic 6 sensor should also yield better JPEG performance, overall image quality and speed. The T6s is set for delivery in April with a body only price of $849 and $1199 with the 18-135mm kit lens.
Canon T6s Body Only: B&H | Adorama
Canon T6s w/18-135mm kit lens: B&H | Adorama
Canon has released a brand new T6i with a ton of upgrades. Sporting a brand new 24MP APS-C sensor, 19pt AF system, dual pixel image sensor, and the new Digic 6 processor, the Canon T6i is set to impress. For quick sharing of your images, the camera comes equipped with WiFi as well as NFC for Android devices as well as sharing with Canon's new CS100 Device. Shipping is currently set for April at a price of $749 for the Body only and $899 with the 18-55mm STM lens.
Canon T6i Body Only: B&H | Adorama
Canon T6i w/18-55mm kit lens: B&H | Adorama
Samsung has just announced a replacement for the NX300 in the new Samsung NX500 sporting the same sensor but a faster processor taken straight from the awesome Samsung NX1. With the new processor and new smaller, lighter design, the NX500 is set to bring the great image quality and 4k video from the NX1 to a portable design. Unfortunately this comes with the loss of a mic input unlike Canon's EOS M but similar to the Panasonic LX100 which to me is a must have on consumer video camera
Samsung NX500 w/16-50mm kit lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Panasonic has just taken a cue from the just released Fuji X-A2 and announced it's own upgrade with some selfie features. The new GF7 has a smaller micro 4/3 sensor packing 16MP and a new 3.0" Touch screen capable of 180 degrees of vertical rotation. The GF7 makes due with a more traditional 1080p video recording unlike the 4k recording of the LX100 though it does allow for interchangeable lenses including the 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens.
The GH7 is available for order now - $599:
The Fuji X-A2 brings a new swivel LCD screen to it's popular camera but leaves just about everything else unchanged. That said, if you like shooting selfies, maybe the X-A2 is just the camera for you as the new 175 degree rotating screen will allow you to do just that without the guesswork. The 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens has also been given a minor update though without any changes to the focal length or aperture. While I was a big fan of the original X-A1, this minor refresh may not be quite enough to be worth the upgrade. But at $549 with the lens, this camera brings a ton of features and great quality to those awesome selfies you will now be able to take.
You can order it today or check out the older Fuji X-A1 at the discounted price while you can.
B&H Photo | Adorama
The Nikon D5500 is now here but it might not be quite the update you were looking for. When I reviewed the Nikon D5300, it was the best consumer DSLR around and apparently Nikon agrees as the biggest upgrade brings touch abilities to the screen. While Canon has had this feature for several years, this is the first Nikon touch screen DSLR which is a welcome change but likely not enough to make you want to upgrade. The good news is that now is a great time to snag the amazing Nikon D5300 on a huge sale as well. You can order the new Nikon D5500 body today for $899 or as a kit for with the lens for $999:
Body Only - $899
B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
Kit w/18-55mm Lens $999
B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon