Category: Compact System Camera

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sony Alpha A9 Version 4.00 Firmware Update

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Sony has released a firmware update, Version 4.00, for the Alpha A9 camera that allows photographers to transfer images to FTP servers during record and playback operations. This enhanced functionality allows professional photographers to share their output with news desks instantly.

Sony has released a firmware update, Version 4.00, for the Alpha A9 camera that allows photographers to transfer images to FTP servers during record and playback operations. This enhanced functionality allows professional photographers to share their output with news desks instantly.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fujifilm Announces Firmware Updates for GFX 50S, X-T3 and X-H1 Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Fujifilm has just announced new firmware updates for the GFX 50S, X-T3 and X-H1 mirrorless cameras. New functions include the improvement of in-body image stabilization performance for the X-H1, 4K HDR video recording and simultaneous output of Film Simulation / F-Log footage for the X-T3, and 35mm format mode for the GFX 50S.

Fujifilm has just announced new firmware updates for the GFX 50S, X-T3 and X-H1 mirrorless cameras. New functions include the improvement of in-body image stabilization performance for the X-H1, 4K HDR video recording and simultaneous output of Film Simulation / F-Log footage for the X-T3, and 35mm format mode for…

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Sports Camera (Rumor)

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Olympus have registered a new camera at the United States Federal Communications Commission, which some sites are claiming will be called the Olympus E-M1X. Measuring 144.37 x 146.765 x 75.345mm, the Olympus E-M1X will be a sports camera with a built-in battery grip, at least according to 43rumors.com, and will be released in January 2019.

Olympus have registered a new camera at the United States Federal Communications Commission, which some sites are claiming will be called the Olympus E-M1X. Measuring 144.37 x 146.765 x 75.345mm, the Olympus E-M1X will be a sports camera with a built-in battery grip, at least according to 43rumors.com, and will…

Monday, November 5, 2018

Leica Q-P to be Launched Soon

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The Leica Q-P is due to be announced this week, according to rumor sites Nokishita and Mirrorless Rumors. Apart from cosmetic changes to the exterior, the Q-P will apparently have the same specifications as the current Leica Q camera, which we reviewed back in 2015. More details as we get them...

Update: The new Leica Q-P is now featured on the Leica Japan website.

The Leica Q-P is due to be announced this week, according to rumor sites Nokishita and Mirrorless Rumors. Apart from cosmetic changes to the exterior, the Q-P will apparently have the same specifications as the current Leica Q camera, which we reviewed back in 2015. More details as we get…

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Look Inside the Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Camera

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The team over at Lensrentals have completed the disassembly of the Nikon Z7, concluding they’re impressed by much of the design and particularly in the weather sealing.

"This is not marketing department weather resistance. This is engineering department weather resistance. Anything that can be sealed has been sealed. I’m impressed, and I will say for future cut-and-paste blurbs: this is as robustly weather sealed a camera as we’ve ever disassembled."

and:

"I’m not here to tell you which camera is best to use or has the best performance. I’m just here to say this is a damn well-built camera, the best built mirrorless full-frame camera we’ve taken apart."

The team over at Lensrentals have completed the disassembly of the Nikon Z7, concluding they’re impressed by much of the design and particularly in the weather sealing."This is not marketing department weather resistance. This is engineering department weather resistance. Anything that can be sealed has been sealed. I’m impressed, and…

Friday, November 2, 2018

Up to £275 / €300 Cashback on Nikon Cameras and Lenses

Nikon UK has today launched its Winter Cashback promotion, offering up to £275/€300 on selected Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses in time for the festive period.

Nikon UK has today launched its Winter Cashback promotion, offering up to £275/€300 on selected Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses in time for the festive period.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Yongnuo Mirrorless Camera in Development

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo, best known for their copies of Canon and Nikon lenses, are developing their very own mirrorless camera system. In a Facebook competition, Yongnuo are giving away a YN50mm F1.8C/N lens to the person who comes up with the best name for their new 4G Smart camera. The rear of the camera displays what looks like an Android operating system, while a Canon 14mm is shown attached to the front, presumably via an adapter.

The contest is due to end in January 2019, so we could see an official CES announcement from Yongnuo then...

Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo, best known for their copies of Canon and Nikon lenses, are developing their very own mirrorless camera system. In a Facebook competition, Yongnuo are giving away a YN50mm F1.8C/N lens to the person who comes up with the best name for their new 4G Smart camera. The…

Friday, October 26, 2018

Using Sigma Lenses with the Canon EOS R

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

Sigma have issued a lens compatibility notice for their lenses when used with the new Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. There are no known issues with general operation, but Sigma do state that the Digital Lens Optimizer located within the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function cannot be used and must be set to Off. This will be fixed by Sigma in a future firmware update.

Sigma have issued a lens compatibility notice for their lenses when used with the new Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. There are no known issues with general operation, but Sigma do state that the Digital Lens Optimizer located within the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function cannot be used and must…

Current Sigma Lenses Will Work on the Nikon Z7 Camera

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

Sigma has confirmed in a statement that its current lenses will work on the new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera via the FTZ adapter without any issues.

Interchangeable lenses that do not incorporate an AF drive motor will operate only in manual focus, while some interchangeable lenses shipped out before November 2013 that are not compatible with the latest DSLR cameras will not operate.

Sigma has confirmed in a statement that its current lenses will work on the new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera via the FTZ adapter without any issues. Interchangeable lenses that do not incorporate an AF drive motor will operate only in manual focus, while some interchangeable lenses shipped out before November…

Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 for Sony FE Now Available to Pre-order

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

The new Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 full frame zoom lens for Sony FE cameras is now available to pre-order. The price will be £899 / $849 and stock is due at the end of November 2018.

The lens is currently available to pre-order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/). The first 50 orders through Venus Optic’s webstore will get a 100mm Magnetic Filter Holder System for FREE. The ex-VAT retail price in US is USD 849/pc and the first shipment is expected to commence in late November.

The Laowa 10mm f/4.5-5.6 for Canon R and Nikon Z mounts will be released in a few months.

The new Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 full frame zoom lens for Sony FE cameras is now available to pre-order. The price will be £899 / $849 and stock is due at the end of November 2018. The lens is currently available to pre-order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official…

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9, GX9 Firmware Updates Now Available

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Major new firmware updates for the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9 and GX9 cameras are now available.

Download the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9, GX9 Firmware Updates

Major new firmware updates for the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9 and GX9 cameras are now available.Download the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S, G9, GX9 Firmware Updates

Monday, October 22, 2018

Ouch! Canon EOS R Teardown Reveals Its Guts

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Don't try this at home! Lens Rentals have taken the rather unusual decision to pull apart their brand new Canon EOS R camera, bolt by bolt, component by component, just to have a peak at what's inside. Fortunately for us, they've shared the step-by-step results.

Perhaps the most important takeaway from this rather painful process is that Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, doesn't think that IBIS will ever make its way into a Canon EOS R body:

"Do I think future Rs are going to have IBIS? No, I don’t. Canon has been very clear that they think lens stabilization is superior. The space is probably just a matter of ergonomics and perhaps heat diffusion. But there’s certainly room for it."

Roger also comments on the EOS R's weather-sealing:

"Speaking of the Sony A7RIII, it’s taken a bit of internet trashing for its lack of weather sealing. Throw no stones from your glass house, oh Canon shooters. The Canon EOS-R is just about the same; well-sealed buttons and dials, not much else. That means, I think, that it will be fine in a misty rain for a while, but don’t get it saturated and don’t set it somewhere wet."

Fascinating stuff and well worth a read.

Don't try this at home! Lens Rentals have taken the rather unusual decision to pull apart their brand new Canon EOS R camera, bolt by bolt, component by component, just to have a peak at what's inside. Fortunately for us, they've shared the step-by-step results. Perhaps the most important takeaway…

Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster for Canon EOS M

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Accessories

The upcoming Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster for Canon EOS M promises to turn it into a full-frame mirrorless camera (kind-of).

Due for release in the next couple of months, the Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster will apply a 0.71x crop to lenses mounted on the EOS M and also increase the exposure by +1 stop, turning a 50mm f/2.8 lens into a 35mm f/2 lens.

This should help to overcome the Canon EOS M50's severe crop when shooting 4K video, for example, as well as increase the effective resolution, that's if the autofocus and image quality aren't too adversely affected by mounting the Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster adapter.

Kinotika have a great video from Photokina showing the Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster in action, and they're also reporting that it will only cost a mere $156...

The upcoming Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster for Canon EOS M promises to turn it into a full-frame mirrorless camera (kind-of). Due for release in the next couple of months, the Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster will apply a 0.71x crop to lenses mounted on the EOS M and also increase the…

Friday, October 12, 2018

Testing the Canon EOS R's Autofocusing

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

One of the key selling points of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera is its backwards compatibility with Canon's vast range of EF lenses - 130 million produced so far and counting - not to mention 3rd-party lenses from the likes of Sigma and Tamron. This backwards compatibility is made possible by the new Canon EF-EOS R mount adapter.

So we've tested out the autofocusing system of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera, firstly with the RF 24-105mm f/4 kit lens and then with a wide variety of EF lenses.

One of the key selling points of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera is its backwards compatibility with Canon's vast range of EF lenses - 130 million produced so far and counting - not to mention 3rd-party lenses from the likes of Sigma and Tamron. This backwards compatibility is made…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Leica Q ‘Khaki’ Special Edition

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The Leica Q ‘Khaki’ is a new special edition camera with khaki-coloured leather trim and classic Leica script. The special edition of the Leica Q ‘Khaki’ is strictly limited to 495 pieces globally and is available from today priced at $4995.

The Leica Q ‘Khaki’ is a new special edition camera with khaki-coloured leather trim and classic Leica script. The special edition of the Leica Q ‘Khaki’ is strictly limited to 495 pieces globally and is available from today priced at $4995.

Sony A7 III and A7R III Firmware Update 2.0

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Sony have released a major firmware update for the A7 III and A7R III cameras. Version 2.0 adds support for the 400mm f/.28 GM and 24mm f/1.4 GM lenses, improves LA-EA3 mount adaptor support, and offers better reproduction of the gradation of RAW pictures.

Sony have released a major firmware update for the A7 III and A7R III cameras. Version 2.0 adds support for the 400mm f/.28 GM and 24mm f/1.4 GM lenses, improves LA-EA3 mount adaptor support, and offers better reproduction of the gradation of RAW pictures.

7 Artisans 35mm F1.2 for Canon, Sony, Fujifilm and Micro Four Thirds

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

The 7 Artisans 35mm F1.2 is a fast manual focus lens for mirrorless cameras. It's available now in Canon EF-M, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds mount.

The 7 Artisans 35mm F1.2 is a fast manual focus lens for mirrorless cameras. It's available now in Canon EF-M, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds mount.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Fujifilm X-T3 Unboxing

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Are you patiently waiting for your Fujifilm X-T3 order to arrive? Or just curious about what's inside the box of the latest APS-C camera to hit the market? The Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless camera has just arrived with us for testing, so here's an unboxing gallery to whet your appetite...

Are you patiently waiting for your Fujifilm X-T3 order to arrive? Or just curious about what's inside the box of the latest APS-C camera to hit the market? The Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless camera has just arrived with us for testing, so here's an unboxing gallery to whet your appetite...

MTF Services Launch World's First Canon EOS R Mount Adapters

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Accessories

MTF Services have unveiled the very first third-party adapters for Canon’s new full-frame mirrorless camera system, the EOS R. Last month the company debuted four new adapters for the new Nikon Z mirrorless system.

MTF Services have unveiled the very first third-party adapters for Canon’s new full-frame mirrorless camera system, the EOS R. Last month the company debuted four new adapters for the new Nikon Z mirrorless system.

Some Tamron Lenses Don't Work with the Nikon Z Camera

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

Tamron have announced that some of their lenses do not work on the new Nikon Z mirrorless camera. The company has discovered issues that affect some of their Di/Di II series lenses when mounted on the Nikon Z7 with the FTZ Nikon Mount Adapter. Tamron haven't yet disclosed which lenses are affected.

Tamron have announced that some of their lenses do not work on the new Nikon Z mirrorless camera. The company has discovered issues that affect some of their Di/Di II series lenses when mounted on the Nikon Z7 with the FTZ Nikon Mount Adapter. Tamron haven't yet disclosed which lenses…