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Nikon Launches the D850 45.7MP Full-frame, High-Performance DSLR for Professionals

Nikon D850

After posting a teaser last month, Nikon has officially launched the D850. Nikon has pulled all the stops in the development of this flagship DSLR with a combination of speed and resolution. The 45.7MP D850 is also Nikon’s first full-frame (FX) DSLR to use a back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, offering high-quality images and full-frame 4K UHD video recording.

Nikon D850 rear

Despite having such a high resolution, the D850 is able to shoot continuously at 7fps natively, or up to 9fps with the optional MB-D18 battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery. The buffer is capable of  storing 51 frames of 14-bit lossless, or 170 frames of 12-bit lossless RAW files. ISO range can be set between 64 to 25,600, expandable to a range of 32 to 102,400.

The D850’s AF system uses the D5’s 153-point, Multi-Cam 240k AF system with 99 cross-type sensors. Out of these, 15 are sensitive down to f/8, allowing the photographer to achieve AF lock in low-light conditions.

Dual card slots

Other notable features include a 3.2″ tilting LCD like the D500, radio flash control, dual card shots (XQD + SD), illuminated buttons, focus stacking, and what Nikon claims to be their widest and brightest optical viewfinder, with a magnification of 0.75x.

Nikon D850 tilting screen

One interesting new feature is negative/positive scanning, which allows you to digitise your 35mm slides or negatives via the optional ES-2 film digitising adapter and compatible Micro-NIKKOR lenses. This sure beats scanning using a traditional film scanner.

On the video side of things, the D850 features zebra stripes to indicate blown highlights, 4K UHD capture at 24/30fps, slow motion at 1080p at 120 fps, and a 4K/8K time lapse mode.

The D850 will be available for US$3,299.95 from September 2017. The MB-D18 battery grip will cost US$399.95 and the ES-2 film digitising adapter will go for US$149.95.

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Nikon Announces Development of the D850

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of Nikon, and they have announced the development of the highly-anticipated D850 high-resolution, full-frame DSLR. Nothing much has been revealed apart from a teaser video, but Nikon says it’ll “exceed expectations” and be a “formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility.” The teaser suggests that there’ll be an 8K time-lapse, but nothing else.

The D850 will replace the D810 in their high-resolution, full-frame (FX) line-up, incorporating “a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users.”

More information will be released at a later date on the D850 microsite. Meanwhile, here’s the teaser video of the D850 which Nikon has released.

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Canon Unveils the EOS 6D Mark II Full-frame DSLR for Enthusiasts

Canon EOS 6D Mark II with EF24-105mmF4L II

As rumoured for weeks, Canon has finally announced the EOS 6D Mark II, an update to the popular EOS 6D released some time ago. Powering the new camera is a 26.2MP full-frame CMS sensor, a slight increase over the 20MP one used in the Mark 1. Image processing duties are performed by a DIGIC 7, which is capable of an ISO range of between 100 to 40,000 (25,600 in the Mark 1.) High-speed continuous shooting speed has also been increased to 6.5fps, compared to 4.5fps on the Mark 1.

The AF system features 45 cross-type AF points, a significant improvement over the Mark 1 where it only has 11 AF points, with only the centre point being a cross-type. The sensor also has Dual Pixel CMOS AF which provides phase detect AF during full HD video recording. Sadly, there is no 4K video recording on this camera, which is quite a bummer.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II with LCD flipped open.

A 3″ fully articulated LCD screen graces the rear of the camera, a first of its kind on a full-frame DSLR. It also has dust and water resistance, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity as well as GPS.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Rear View

The EOS 6D Mark II will be available from late July 2017 at US$1,999 for the body alone. You can also get it paried with a 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM for US$2,599 or with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS for US$3,099.

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Nikon Releases a Trio of New Lenses—AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E Full-frame Fisheye and AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G DX

Nikon today announced three new lenses—the AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, a full-frame AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom, and the AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR budget superwide zoom.

AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

The AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s arsenal of fast f/1.4 primes (the others being 24, 35, 58, 85 and 105mm.) It features nine rounded aperture blades for nice bokeh, two ED and three aspherical elements, as well as Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture.

It’ll be available at a rather pricey US$1999.95 in late June.

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED FIsheye Zoom

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED

Next on the lineup of new lenses is the AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED. This is a full-frame, circular fisheye zoom which features a 180º field of view both horizontally and vertically at the widest end. This changes to a non-circular image with a 180º diagonal field of view at 15mm. It has three ED and two aspherical lens elements, as well as Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings.

The lens is available immediately for US$1249.95.

AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX

Nikkor AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX

Lastly, we have a budget superwide zoom lens in the form of the AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR. This is made for DX bodies and is equivalent to 15-30mm on full-frame cameras. The lightweight and inexpensive lens features vibration reduction of 3.5 stops and uses a Pulse Motor for fast focussing in live view and video. The minimum focussing distance is 22cm.

It will be available from late June for just US$309.95.


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Sony Announces the Top-of-the-Line a9, a Blazing Fast 20fps Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Perfect For Sports

Sony a9 with FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Sony has announced what’s possibly the most advanced full-frame mirrorless camera at a live event at New York. The 24MP a9 is Sony’s new flagship and features a stacked CMOS sensor for super-fast readout. This allows the a9 to achieve a staggering 20fps for up to 241 compressed RAW frames before the buffer is full. If you shoot in JPEG mode, you can get up to 362 frames!

The a9 has a 693-point AF system providing 93% coverage, and AE/AF calculations are done at 60fps while also providing 60fps blackout-free live feed. Sony also claims improved subject tracking and Eye AF speeds, and focus down to -3 EV with F2 lens. This is a whole stop better than the a7R II. How does shooting at 20fps with no blackout look like? Check out this video by Hugh Brownstone of Three Blind Men and an Elephant Productions. With no blackout and a high frame rate, it looks as if he has not started shooting!

The Electronic View Finder (EVF) has a resolution of 3.68M dots (1280×960) and runs at 120fps, making it one of the fastest EVFs around. In comparison, thet X-T2’s EVF can only achieve 100fps in boost mode, and a resolution of only 2.36M dots. This should be quite something to look through. The shutter on the a9 is primary electronic, but it also has a mechanical shutter with a flash sync speed of 1/250s. There is also a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation providing 5 stops of stabilisation.

Sony a9 (Front)

On the video side of things, the Sony a9 shoots 4K downsampled from 6K worth of pixels, with full pixel readout without pixel binning. It is also able to record Full HD 1080p at up to 120fps with a data rate of 100Mbps.

Sony a9 (Rear)

Other improvements include dual SD card slots supporting UHS-II cards, an AF joystick and an AF mode dial. In addition to USB, an Ethernet port on the a9 alows for super fast data transfer. Sony also says that battery life has been improved by 2.2x with the new NP-FZ100 battery. A separately-available battery grip lets you double your shooting time by allowing the use of a second battery.

It looks like Sony has pulled all the stops for this, and it sure is a good contender for the stalwarts like the Nikon D5 and Canon 1DX II, both of which costs more than the a9.

Tempted? The a9 will be available in May 2017 at a cost of around US$4,500.

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Guess What? Fujifilm’s SQ10 Photos Are Shot on a Mamiya Leaf Digital Back!

While preparing the post about Fujifilm’s newly-released SQ10 Instax/Digital Hybrid camera, I went to Fujifilm UK’s Image Bank to look for images of the camera which I can use. After downloading, I wanted to check the file’s dimensions and file size, so I did a “Get Info” on mac OS. This is when I noticed that the file had the full EXIF information intact, and the images were shot on a Mamiya Leaf Aptus II 7 digital back. I would have thought that Fujifilm (or its photographic agency) would have used Fujifilm’s own GFX 50S to shoot them instead.

Interestingly, the images for the GF 23mm and 110m lenses doesn’t have the EXIF information embedded.

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Fujifilm Launches GF 23mm and 110mm lenses for the GFX 50S

Fujinon GF 23mm F4 R LM WR and GF 110mm F4 R LM WR

Following the launch of the GFX 50S Mirrorless Medium Format camera, Fujifilm has released the 23mm and 110mm lenses for it. The GF 23mm F4 R LM WR has a 35mm equivalence of 18mm on the GFX 50S, is weather resistant, and works right down to -10ºC. It features a linear focus motor, 9 aperture blades and a Nano GI coating. It’ll be available for US$2,599 in late June.

The GF 110mm F2 R LM WR, on the other hand, is a portrait lens with a 35mm equivalence of 87mm when used on the GFX 50S. It is also weather resistant, has 9 aperture blades, a linear focus motor and a Nano GI coating. It will be available for US$2,799 in late June as well.

In addition to the two lenses, Fujifilm has updated their roadmap for future medium format lenses. A 45mm F2.8R WR (equivalent to 36mm), a telephoto prime and a teleconverter will be available later this year.

Last but not least, Fujifilm will soon release the View Camera Adapter G, which lets you use the GFX 50S with 4×5 large format cameras.

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Fujifilm Launches SQ10 Digital/Instant Instax Hybrid Square Camera

Fujifilm SQ10

Fujifilm has launched the SQ10, a hybrid digital / Instax camera which shoots both digitally, as well as on square-format Instax film. This is a departure from Fujifilm’s tradition of analog-only Instax cameras of the past, and adds on-camera filters and other digital effects. Photos taken are saved to a microSD card. There is also auto-exposure, face recognition and autofocus.

Fujifilm SQ10

The camera has a 1/4″ 3.6MP sensor and a 3″ 460K-dot LCD display. This seems low by today’s standards, but is more than enough for the small print sizes that this camera produces. Images are printed on 86 x 72mm film which will go for US$17 per pack of 10 sheets. The camera itself will be selling at US$280. Both will be available in May.

I’m personally not a fan of Instax and other instant film (e.g. Polaroid) but this might appeal to the millennial generation who finds this more fun than traditional digital-only cameras. Perhaps the next generation will feature wireless connectivity to upload to Instagram?

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Nikon Releases the D7500, Essentially a Mini D500

Nikon D7500 with AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

The Nikon D500 is probably one of the best, if not the best, semi-professional APS-C DSLR ever made. Today, Nikon released a mini version of the D500, in the form of the D7500. This is the 3rd camera in the Nikon D7000 series, with the D7000 and D7200 preceding it.

The D7500 features a body which is 5% lighter than the D7200 and 16% lighter than the D500 (hence I called it a mini D500 here) as well as a deepened grip for better handling. Nikon has also improved the weather-sealing of the D7500. Powering it is a new EN-EL15a battery capable of 950 shots per charge, which sounds like a lot, but is actually 15% lower than that of the D7200. That’s a slight bummer.

Inherited from the D500 is the same 20.9MP CMOS APS-C sensor, Expeed 5 image processor and the 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor. It is also capable of capturing video at 4K at 30fps. ISO can be set from 100 to 51,200, and expanded to an equivalent of 1.64 million, though images will probably be rubbish at that ISO. But hey, it’s available if you really need to capture something in the darkness.

Nikon D7500 with AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

The LCD is now tiltable and touchable, although it remained at the same 3.2″ as its predecessors. Unfortunately removed, however, are the predecessors’ dual SD card slots. The D7500 now has only ONE, and it does not support UHS-II media. You gain something, you lose something.

D7500 Tilt LCD

The D7500 is capable of continuous shooting at 8fps with full AF and AE, with a buffer that stores up to 50 RAW+JPEG photos at 14-bit compression, or up to 100 JPEGs. Like the D7200 before it, the D7500 has 51 AF points (15 cross-type), that’s almost a 3rd of what the 135 AF points that the D500 has (though only 55 are selectable.)

The D7500 will be available this summer for US$1,249 for the body alone, or US$1,749 with a AFS 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.


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Fujifilm Singapore Launches the GFX 50S, X-T20, X100F and XF 50mm f2 WR + Hands On

Fujifilm Singapore launched the GFX 50S, X-T20, X100F and the XF 50mm f/2 WR at Suntec City Convention Centre yesterday (17 Feb) in conjunction with a photo contest.

Visitors looking at the submissions of the photo walk held earlier.

The launch was opened by Mr. Favian Loo, the Divisional Marketing Manager of Fujifilm Singapore. To show off the newly-launched cameras, three beautiful models paraded them on stage,

Mr. Favian Loo, Divisional Marketing Manager of Fujifilm Singapore
Models showing off the XT-20, X100F and GFX 50S

Mr. Mokoto Oishi, Product Planning Manager of Fujifilm Corporation is up next, speaking about the design philosophy and technical aspects of the GFX 50S. This is Fujifilm’s mirrorless medium format with a resolution of 51.4MP, but with a relatively compact and lightweight form factor compared to a professional full-frame DSLR.

Mr. Mokoto Oishi, Product Planning Manager of Fujifilm Corporation

As with Fujifilm’s previous launches, X Photographers went on stage to talk about their experiences with using the new cameras. Popular street photographer Mr. Chia Aik Beng (popularly known as Aik Beng Chia or ABC) started the ball rolling, talking about his experience in using the X100F in Japan and India.

Mr. Chia Aik Beng talking about the X100F

Next, the first female X Photographer, Ms Mindy Tan talked about her experience with shooting the X-T20, and how how the small size and touch-screen helped her get her street photos.

Ms Mindy Tan showing how small the X-T20 is in her hands.

Commercial photographer Mr. Ivan Joshua Loh is up next, talking about how the GFX 50S has rekindled his passion for medium format. Being mirrorless, the GFX 50S is a lot lighter than the other medium format cameras, which made shooting a breeze.


The star of the evening is, of course, the medium format GFX 50S and I wasted no time in checking it out. With the GF 62mm f/2.8 attached, it does feel pretty light, even when compared to a DSLR. With the GF 32-64mm f/4 though, it weighs nearly as much as a DSLR with a pro-level 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens. Not bad at all, considering this is a medium format camera after all.

The back of the GFX 50S features a 3.2″ touch-screen LCD.

AF speed of the GFX 50S is pretty decent, though slower than a typical DSLR. I’d say it’s roughly the same as the early X-T1 AF speeds, which I think is not bad for a medium format. The GFX 50S has a detachable, high-resolution EVF with 3.69M dots, which looks big and bright, just like the X-T2’s but it appears to be bigger as there is higher magnification.

This is how compact the GFX 50S is in my hand.

Here is a test shot from the GFX 50S, lit by Broncolor lights.

Shot on GFX 50S with the GF 63mm f/2.8.

And here’s a 100% crop showing the amazing detail.

100% Crop


The X-T20 is designed as the smaller and lower-cost alternative to the flagship X-T2, with the same image sensor and processor in a smaller and lighter form factor. It also has a touch screen and pop-up flash, things with the X-T2 lacks. Having been spoilt by the excellent EVF of the X-T1 and the X-T2, the EVF on the X-T20 is smaller and dimmer, but still looks nice and sharp. AF speeds are pretty good too!

Fujifilm X-T20—Front
Fujifilm X-T20—Back


This is the forth iteration of the camera that started the ”X Revolution”. The camera still looks pretty much the same, with some tweaks to the physical dials and the addition of the AF selection joystick for easier AF-point selection when shooting. The ISO dial is now integrated into the shutter speed dial, like the X-Pro 2 and some of the old film SLRs.

Fujifilm X100F
X100F top plate

The original X100 was known to have super slow AF. However, thanks to its superior colours and image quality, photographers around the world were able to look beyond this and embraced the camera. Over time, Fujifilm has continually improved the AF speed with each release, and I am glad to say the AF speed on the X100F is now excellent. Not quite on par with the X-T2 but still very fast. Good job, Fujifilm!

The newly released cameras are now available from authorised Fujifilm dealers.


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