SONY GOES FOR A PAIR OF LONG WHITES
Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS breaks Canon and Nikon’s grip on the long end of the lens battle. The lens is from their G Master series and when clipped onto any of the A7 cameras will be a formidable weapon for landscape and wildlife shooters. Put the blazingly A9 behind it, and you have a sporting hero.
Also from Sony a new telephoto zoom. New FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS expected around the end of August.
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES A NEW FULL FRAME CINE CAMERA.
The Lumix S1H 6K cine camera has a new sensor. But the headline news here team is 6K video at 24fps and 4K@ 60fps and all this with built-in Log formats for all you high-definition slow-mo aficionados. Price looks like around the AU$5000 mark, give or take.
MAC PRO’s ARE BACK.
After years of neglecting professional users, Apple has finally moved back into computing for heavy users. Think high-end photo-editing, music production and top-end video and motion picture work.
There will be a lot of people excited by this announcement, but it comes at a price. Mac’s have never been the budget solution for computing needs, and this announcement confirms that position.
The base model will sell for AU$8,600 and if you want to put a matched monitor figure on another $7,100. That gives you an 8 core processor with 32MB of Ram. God only knows how much the top of the range will be. That will support up to 1.5 Terabyte of Ram and 28 cores of processing power and have the ability to output three streams of 8K simultaneously.
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New releases & rumours
FUJI X-PRO 3
Rumoured to be announced at the end of this year but also a suggestion it will be out an about in July. Good news for all those X–Pro fans out there.
CANON ANNOUNCES A NEW MIRRORLESS CAMERA
Addition to their R series on the way. This one is an Astro-camera explicitly designed for you night owls who love shooting stars.
At the same time, Canon has also laid out its road map for new lenses for the mirrorless series. Exciting times ahead.
NIKON ADDING MORE Z CAMERAS
Or is rumoured to be releasing more cameras in the Z mirrorless range. There are suggestions of a new lower-priced Z maybe running a cropped sensor and a Pro model for the high-end users currently using D5’s.
The later making a lot of sense with the Olympics coming along next year and I believe on Japanese soil.
FUJI FILM ANNOUNCE 100MP CAMERA.
There was no secret this was coming. Fuji told us so months ago. So on the 27th June this year or thereabouts and for a relatively small sum of money.
About US$10,000 for the body, I believe you to can join the very high-resolution club. While it might sound like lots of money, it isn’t. Considering joining this club just a couple of years ago would have cost you the price of a hugely desirable car.
But a massive resolution isn’t the only thing you get. There is more folks. In-camera image stabilisation and of course 4k video output that on paper at least rivals anything from the current crop of DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.
I, for one, can’t wait to these cameras in the hands of high-end filmmakers. Talk about game-changing.