Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New 7Artisians 50mm f1.0 lens may be in the works.

Most of you may have not heard about the 7Artisians lens manufacturing company from China . The company , which makes affordable quality lenses for some time now is now rumored to be preparing a new 50mm f1.0 lens for all those who need a race to the bottom in the f stop race .

The upcoming lens , which is said to be available for $370 for Sony E , M4/3 and Fuji mirrorless cameras is reasonably priced considering its f1 lowest aperture setting , being a manual focus lens , the lens will benefit greatly from focus peaking on mirrrorless cameras and considering that 7Artisian lenses are already sold on Amazon and Ebay , getting one will be quite easy once the lens is officially launched .

Source - dpreview image via dpreview

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Refurb Olympus mirrorless cameras now available for $149

Always wanted an affordable mirrorless camera ? well Olympus has some goodies for you as their refurbished Olympus E PM2 cameras now retail for a super affordable $149 .

The deal , which gets you basically a "mini" PEN series camera from 4 years back still has decent features including a 16MP CMOS sensor with IBIS (mechanical sensor stability - a feature that is still not available on most cameras still) 8fps shooting ,  ISO range from 200-25600  a 3" 400k dot touchscreen display and 1080p @60fps .

So is the deal worth it , well..if you got a spare 150 bucks , it kind of is . Well for starters you  do get IBIS and the M 4/3 mount which already has so many mounting options giving you basically the ability to  adapt any lens under the sun .

purchase link - getolympus
Source - 43rumors

Light L16 Camera is now available for shipping .

With more eyes than a spider , the Light camera company plans to revolutionize photography by introducing bridge camera that sits between a DSLR and a smartphone . the product , named the Light L16 , has 16 -13MP sensors  can deliver a composite image of 52MP!(And record 4k - click here to read more about this on their website) . The front fa├žade, which basically captures and reflects light on all 16 units which are fitted with Five 28mm  modules at f/2.0 , Five 70mm modules at f/2.0 and Six 150mm modules at f/2.4  are arranged in a maze like pattern with reflective mirrors which allows the stacking of optics without the use of a lens barrel or extra thickness .

Composing a shot on the L16 is as simple as using a smartphone , tap to focus on the 5" Full HD display and voila , but the L16 is built for much greater feats , and so the manual mode (a proper shutter button is included as well) will allow users to select between jpeg and RAW , ISO (100-3200) , 15 s to 1/8000 (SS) and dual tone LED flash for color mixing .

Video goodies on the camera may not be as impressive as the photographic aspect , but it is capable of shooting UHD 4k in either 28mm ,70mm and 150mm lenses .

Running on Android and a powerful 64bit Snapdragon 820 system on a chip + a dedicated image processing engine , the camera is certainly capable of pulling off  high res composite photos and even video in different focal lengths , but so far the biggest hurdle for this camera was availability as it has been delayed on a few occasions (since its announcement in late 2015) but now ,the L16  finally available for shipping.

With its price adjusted to the final retail price of  $1699 . The Light L16 promises to be a great addition(and a pricy one !) to those who want to shoot on a novel platform , the design , which mimics a smartphone will also be ideal for those who want to take high quality photos in areas where larger cameras are banned and a single phone sensor wont suffice . Interested ? here are some pictures captured by the L16. You can get more information on availability and pricing on the L16 by joining the Light mailing list by clicking this link to visit their home-page.

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

source - cinema5D
Light (The world of L16)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bowens to go under?

Well , well , it looks like another one is ready to bite the dust !,this time it is a 94 year old lighting company called - Bowens  - yes that Bowens , the world famous photography lighting accessory maker from the U.K .

With humble beginnings in 1923 , Bowens opened shop as a Camera service company and later as an international camera equipment manufacturer (starting with flash bulbs) . The company quickly gained reputation among the photographic elite for providing dependable and powerful flash and compact flash systems for studio and on site applications (Their portable power generator solutions probably got the ball rolling for them)  .  Although their flash solutions were still superior to most of the competition and was still the first choice for many , the company was apparently acquired by an European firm called AURELIUS in 2016 , and this year , the parent company is apparently planning a new strategy without Bowens in it .

Will this be the "last generation" - Bowens Gen X series

So what does this all mean for our beloved lighting company? (the same company that gave us the Bowens S standard ring mount used by many lighting accessories and lights from other brands to this day ) . Well according to latest unconfirmed reports from various sources , the company is about to be liquidated , This means that new lights and even the sale of products can very well end soon and quite sudden (similar to Lexar's situation) .Although we still didn't get any official statement from Bowens international ,nor its parent company AURELIUS , the news we got so far  does paint a bit of a grim picture , but do stay tuned for more updates on this topic.

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - petapixel

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nikon D750 Shutter issue goes beyond previous estimates

From dust on the sensor to oil spots , Nikon's entry level Full frame cameras seem to be jinxed in one way or another . The D600  , which stirred up controversy back in 2012 was probably one of the more recent production line issues on a camera to date , the D600, which was hastily replaced by the D610 was also affected to some degree with a mechanical issue where oil was squirted onto the sensor - which was mostly an inconvenience rather than a serious issue. Nevertheless , Nikon did send these units out to repair and in turn announced the Nikon D750 - a serious FX camera suited for wedding and Nikon video shooters , the camera , which was named as one of the best selling DSLR's last year however has not managed to escape the Nikon production line woes as it is now under recall due to a shutter issue .

The extent of the issue is still not known , but so far Nikon has advised that all cameras produced from July - September 2014 and models from July 2015 to September 2016 could also be affected , this means that the chance of your camera being affected is pretty high unless it was produced in a later batch (no reports from post - September 2016 batches yet) . The issue , which is reported to have been addressed first on the 9th of July 2017has now expanded to add the above mentioned production years .You can also search if your camera is affected by this recall by typing the serial number here Link to U.S repairs .

So what is this issue about , well for starters , the flare issue (internal reflection issue has around but wasn't a major concern (Nikon did recall the model though) , but now the issue is with the shutter as it creates shading in images .This is a serious issue as black bars  while in use indicate that serious production issues exist with the company responsible for the mechanism . Currently all models sold will be covered but if you purchased your model from a cheap Grey market dealer , it will basically be a game of Russian roulette if your model has an issue . So if you are a potential buyer (I'm a Nikon user myself and I was to buy one myself this August ) its advisable to bite the bullet and buy the D810 when prices go down  (or a D500 if you don't mind the crop)  or wait till the smoke clears to see what happens next (who knows, Nikon might launch a new camera too).


Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Sources - Nikonrumors(Jul9) , Nikonrumors(jul13)

Technical Service Advisory for users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.

In February of 2016, we announced in an update that the shutter in some Nikon D750 digital SLR cameras manufactured between October 2014 through June 2015 may not function normally, sometimes resulting in a shading of a portion of images. Since that time, we have learned that the same issue may affect D750 cameras manufactured from July 2014 through September 2014 and from July 2015 through September 2016.

For those who have already purchased a D750 and would like to have their camera serviced for this issue, free of charge, Nikon service centers will service cameras as indicated below. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
Identifying affected D750 cameras
To check whether or not your camera may be one of those affected by this issue, click the Check Your Serial Number button below and enter your D750's serial number as instructed. . If your D750 camera is one of those that may be affected, instructions for obtaining service will be displayed. If your D750 camera is not one of those to which this issue may apply, rest assured that service to your D750 camera as to this issue is not necessary and you may continue using your D750 camera without concern for this issue.

The camera's serial number is the 7-digit number indicated by the red frame in the image above.

If your D750 camera may be affected, as confirmed with the serial number check above, you will be provided with the necessary information to obtain service for this issue free of charge. Once your D750 camera is received by Nikon, your D750 camera’s shutter will be examined and replaced, and your D750 camera returned to you free of charge, even if your D750 camera warranty has expired.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.

Nikon will continue to take all possible measures to further improve product quality. Therefore, we hope that you will continue to choose Nikon for your photographic needs.

Vertu goes under

Vertu Clou de Paris - a recent example of an Android powered Vertu phone
With attention to detail ,precious gems , metals and skin from exotic animals , Vertu has always been the brand to go for if you have a boatload of money and limited tech know-how . The Company , which was established in 1998 by Nokia as a premium phone maker made luxurious and sometimes bespoke luxury phones which ran from about $6000 to a eye watering $360,000 for a phone which is basically a Nokia dumb phone wrapped in expensive stuff . So , did Vertu phones actually sell , ? to be honest , they kind of did , although they don't retail in the mass market sales numbers of today , the company at its heyday , appealed to everyone from dictators , oil barons , oligarchs and the elite right until around 2007 when Apple decimated the appeal of a expensive dumb phone with the fluidity of a touch screen display . The announcement of the iPhone did hit Vertu , and their parent company - Nokia, hard! , this , with the poor sales and the economic crash from 2008 was an eye opener for many  and even the rich started to get into the Apple magic which ultimately led the company -Vertu being sold in 2012 to HQT , this however did not stop the company as they did make a few models until the Vertu TI officially jumped from Nokia's Symbian to the Android bandwagon making Vertu the most expensive Android handset manufacturer in the world .
Tres horrible , even by 2006 standards .(Vertu Signature Cobra)

Fast forward to a few years and we see some up- to date Vertu devices running some good hardware , and during 2014  and 2015 , Vertu phones had similar chassis configurations as most flagship Android smartphones at the time and things did look good for the company ( Vertu even launched an appealing cheaper option for $6800 called the Vertu Aster in 2014) but its inner financial situation was bleak , and was probably imploding on its own and was sold by HQT in 2015 to Godin holdings of China and resold to a businessman in exile in early 2017 , and as of this month (July 2017) the company has officially declared that its out of business for good .

Vertu Ti - getting there...

So will we miss Vertu , well for starters , Vertu phones were regarded as "tasteless" by many reviewing them as they were basically repackaged instant meals in gourmet dressings , but after the Vertu Ti , things were improving in the specifications department , but sadly all the "well to do folk" - Vertu's target demographic, shifted to iPhones instead  as they were cheaper , offered more customization options (luxury cases and unibody shells) and most importantly , the ability to buy the next model at a fraction of the cost of another Vertu  device as phones evolved from being a luxury item to a necessity in less than a decade .So answering the question above , will we miss them? ..

Vertu Aster - done right!

And as for Vertu's standing as a company , well the liquidation does mean that 200 people will loose their jobs as a result (Not to mention that the handsets and their Android software support are gone as well) , and Vertu's current owner - a Turkish businessman in Exile in France , says that the brand will eventually be  resurrected someday with the current technology patents and licenses  .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Sources - techcrunch ,ubergizmo

Nikon officially confirms that a professional mirrorless camera is in the works

Will Nikon base their upcoming  Mirrorless camera on the DF?  (image via Nikon)
Nikon's mirrorless ambitions were confirmed a few days back as Nikon's President Mr Kazuo Ushida , revealed Nikon's future camera strategy which includes the release of new professional grade SLR cameras and Mirrorless systems which would include the best of Nikon's current technology . The camera(s) , which will probably  feature an APS-C or most probably a 35mm size sensor will be much bigger than the 1" sensors which were featured on Nikon's somewhat experimental Nikon 1 series mirrorless cameras launched 7 years back .  The new camera , which we hope would sit in the position occupied by the current Df  ,would mean that Nikon would be selling 4 full frame options (if you count out the D610 which would probably get axed as the D700/750 is successful) with one mirrorless option and FX options . This , if launched , will give Nikon the push it needs to compete with Sony who has basically enjoyed a total monopoly in the sensor size thanks to successful iterations of the A7R , 7S and the A9 series cameras .

So now that the whole saga is confirmed for launch , the next question is when ?, well sadly Nikon did not mention a specific time frame in their return statement issued to Dpreview (Nikon was asked by Dpreview to clarify Mr Ushida's statement ) .This means that Nikon may launch the camera during their 100th Anniversary celebration this month , or "soon" (whenever that is, it can be this year or even 2018!) .

So , will a Mirrorless Nikon camera cannibalize their DSLR sales ? , well probably not for a few more years . Nikon for starter  is still devoted to its Nikon F mount and even if they launch a new mount (lets say - Nikon N) , those hundreds of Nikon F mount lenses and DSLR bodies will still be in production as the professional Nikon users will still buy Nikon DSLR's unless they can design a ultra fast -focusing adapter which would accept the Nikon F lenses . Although the first generation (like any first gen product) will not be the "DSLR Killer" Nikon aims at , it will be the start of the end for the good 'ol SLR's as technology will improve considerably over the years and it will reach a point where on chip detection will defeat the mirror based focusing systems . The new Nikon Mirrorless camera will be similar to the first gen Sony A7 - not as impressive as the SLR offering at first , but after a few generations (and if they play their advertising and technology cards right) will be a gamechanger .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - petapixel

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Oh Microsoft , you did it again ! .Microsoft officially kills off Windows Phone 8.1

It almost feel like yesterday when Microsoft officially killed off Windows Phone 7 . The OS , which was severely limited in terms of usage was ironically succeeded with their new Windows Phone 8/8.1 mobile operating system,  which was promised to offer faster updates and support for all device .

The operating system , designed with the intention of bridging the gap between Windows RT , smartphones and PC's running the Modern tile UX was initially met with overwhelming support from fans from all sides of the operating system pie , but sadly this fizzled out with the announcement of new iOS and Android smartphones and Microsoft's own "shooting one's own foot" approach they adopted when the Nokia logo was replaced with Microsoft .

Although the marketshare of Windows phone is still below 2.5% in most countries (and almost non existent in some) and continues to diminish annually , the platform did reach its height during the period from 2011 - 2014 when there were competitive Windows phone devices such as the Lumia 520 , 525 , 620 , 920 and even the 1020 .The phones , when launched , gained world wide reception and were welcomed by many as a true rival platform against Apple's iOS 6 and Android Jellybean powered devices , and in fact , Motorola's Most successful Moto G smartphone was released partly to counter the rapid success of the Lumia 520 which has and still is the most popular Windows phone sold to date , so , you may wonder , why didn't the platform take off .  Well , for starters , you can add the lack of a well stocked app library as the biggest hurdle to the platform's rise , although one can find regular apps on the Windows store ,the most popular ones , which include video sharing/viewing and gaming apps are still not available even in the current Windows 10 mobile era . This lack of apps , and the lack of some features and OS flexibility made the platform doomed from the start , and the final nail to the coffin came from the abovementioned business decision when Microsoft ditched the Nokia brand in favor of Microsoft Lumia , (and enabling previously available Windows phone only features like Cortana , mapping software and even new updates on their own in house software like Skype on rival operating systems ).So in the end ,the end of Windows Phone 8.1 is basically signaling that the whole mobile operating system ,as a whole , is dead.

With Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 buried ( All forms of software support and even critical security updates will no longer be available starting from July 11th 2017 ) , one can only guess that some day Microsoft's flashy new Windows 10 mobile (only a couple of Windows 8.1 devices received the update anyway ) would probably go down the same path as well .

Source - Gsmarena , slashgear , Microsoft

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Nikon's president confirms that a mirrorless camera is in the works!

Mr Kazuo Ushida  
With the mirrorless generation slowly taking over the ILC market , its inevitable that DSLR manufacturers would eventually try their hand at making their own mirrrorless cameras in order to stay relevant in the future . Currently both Canon and Nikon have worked on the new technology , but only Canon managed to make a decent model with the announcement of the EOS M5 ,.Nikon , a company that took a different approach by making a 1" sensor equipped Nikon 1 series did not place much emphasis on creating a mirrorless camera as the technology at the time was a bit primitive , but now , with companies like Sony , Panasonic and Fuji stealing thunder from them , Nikon has finally come to terms with the situation and , according to Nikon president Mr Kazuo Ushida , the company is ready to release "Mirrorless cameras " at an early stage .

So what does this mean , well based off our Google translate result on the article , we can confirm that the mirrorless camera news is in fact true . This also follows some text which describe Nikon's current standing on their Semiconductor business (Lithography) which is mostly to blame for Nikon's recent setback . The company however is said to bring new reforms as it plans to stay competitive in that sector as well .  So , what about cameras then , well according to Mr Ushida , the company is planning on focusing on Mid level and professional grade DSLR cameras and reduce the model saturation which would probably narrow down the multiple conflicting models down to a few less , enabling the company to keep their professional users happy , and profits up as R&D and advertising can be saved for other , more important ventures .

As a writer's prediction , we might see the Nikon D610 axed off in favor of continuing the highly successful  D700/750 series . The Df , which was the odd duck in Nikon's DSLR lineup , will probably live up to its name - Digital Future in the form of a mirrorless camera as the design and layout perfectly suits the compactness offered by such technology , and Nikon will hopefully include 4K in all of its professional range , including the upcoming D820/850as not including will open a whole new can of worms in this day and age (take this personal prediction with a grain  of salt!)

So will Nikon come clean with its Mirrorless ambitions and launch a Mirrorless camera on their Birthday , only time will tell .

Source - petapixel

Monday, July 10, 2017

Leica TL2 Mirrorless camera announced

Leica has officially announced the successor to their TL series of mirrorless cameras today . The new TL2 , a camera which brings a unibody chassis system , 4K video and a sleek design is probably one of the best cameras from Leica - yet .

The new camera , which as mentioned before , is milled from a single block of aluminum , which gives it more strength and a more luxurious feel (not to mention that Leica already has a luxurious image to itself already) .The monolithic design which is kept throughout the whole body is also carried over to the display which has replaced the traditional menu keys for a touch based interface which is also capable of tethering (via a TL app) directly with iOS and Android deices for wireless camera control . Other things to note include a lack of a viewfinder (which means you will have to use that 3.7" display for composition ) and UHD 4K which is considered as the default - must have video option in this day and age (*cough cough Canon)  .

Featuring a 24MP APS-C (1.5x crop) sensor with 49 AF points based on a contract detection autofocus system (which accordingly can acquire AF in 165 milliseconds), the camera can achieve ISO levels of 50,000 which is possible thanks to the new Maestro II image processor which also does processing for the 4K recording options as well .. The camera also has a electronic shutter speed of 1/40000th of a second and 20fps using it (image buffer is rated as 29 shots at max resolution )  . The mechanical shutter however does only 7fps .

The camera , built with Leica's L mount is capable of accepting all Leica L lenses as well as SL (Full frame lenses) as well as Leica M series glass thanks to adapters . The body -designed , crafted and packed in Germany does come at a price of $1950 , which in Leica standards is "cheap" ,but its probably not everyone's cup of tea considering the lack of a built in viewfinder (you can get a Type 20 Visoflex external one if you wish , but that's another thing to carry around eh.

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - petapixel , leica

purchase link - bhphotovide

Leica Camera presents the Leica TL2: Perfected features and persuasive performance meet unique design

Based on the Leica TL-System, which has been continuously advanced in terms of speed, ease of handling and flexibility since its market launch, the new Leica TL2 embraces all the perfected features and leads the innovative camera concept into a new generation with additional innovations and new design aspects. The particular hallmark of the Leica TL2 is the unusual design of its compact body. Each camera body is precisely machined from a single block of aluminium in the Leica factory. The use of premium materials and their engineering in an elaborate manufacturing process are unique in the history of camera construction and lend the Leica TL2 an unmistakeable look, feel and solidity.

Brilliant still pictures and video footage.

The Leica TL2 is equipped with a newly developed, 24-megapixel CMOS sensor in APS-C format that, in combination with an equally new, Maestro II series high-performance image processor, guarantees outstanding picture quality with impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast and colour rendition, exceptional sharpness and finest resolution of details. However, the Leica TL2 impresses not only with its still picture performance, but also with its video capabilities. The camera’s various video recording modes, such as 4K (3840 x 2160p at 30 frames per second), full HD (1920 x 1080p at 60 frames per second), HD (1280 x 720p at 60 frames per second or slow motion [SLOMO] captured at 120 frames per second), leave absolutely nothing to be desired.

Fast and almost silent

One of the highlights of the Leica TL2 is its enormously improved AF speed and precision. For instance, the camera focuses sharply on subjects in around only 165 milliseconds (CIPA standard; Leica standard zoom lens at its wide-angle setting), and thus focuses up to three times faster than the previous model. The new Leica Maestro II series image processor not only plays a significant role in its faster autofocus, but also to the considerably shorter start-up time. Another new development is an electronically controlled shutter that enables silent exposures at shutter speeds up to 1/40,000 s and an increase in the continuous shooting rate from 7 to a maximum of 20 frames per second.

Connectivity with and without a cable.

Thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi module of the Leica TL2 and the function for setting up a mobile hotspot, pictures and video can be conveniently transferred by wireless to smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs from anywhere and then, for example, be shared by email, on Facebook, Instagram or other social media. Data can also be transferred lightning fast by cable with the camera’s integrated HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. The USB port also enables recharging of the Leica TL2 without a battery charger – for example from a laptop computer or an external power bank.

With the TL App available for both iOS and Android devices, smartphones or tablets are transformed into electronic viewfinders and offer remote control of various exposure-relevant parameters such as the shutter speed and aperture. The TL App also makes it much easier to capture photos and video from unusual angles, with a self-timer or with longer shutter speeds.

Modern, intuitive and versatile.

By grouping menu items according to related functions, the menu of the Leica TL2 is now more clearly and logically structured and makes camera handling easier and even more intuitive than before. With the MyCamera menu, the user interface can be further personalised to meet the photographer’s preferences or particular needs. This means that the photographer always has fast access to all frequently used features and presets. Thanks to significantly increased reactivity and up to eight times faster response when using the touchscreen, camera handling is now even more efficient and intuitive. At the heart of this is a bright and clearly laid-out 3.7" LCD touchscreen display that enables both composition and reliable and convenient assessment of subjects before and after exposure. The only other controls are four ergonomically positioned haptic control elements that are intuitive in their operation. This ensures that camera users can concentrate fully on composing their pictures – without any unnecessary distractions.

The best in its class.

The comprehensive portfolio of lenses in the Leica TL-System offers an ideal range of focal lengths for all situations and types of photography. The system currently comprises six lenses – three prime lenses and three zooms – that meet the needs of every photographic situation. The two fast prime lenses, the Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. and the Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., are classic focal lengths for reportage photography, and the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH. complements them ideally as a lens for finely detailed close-up photography. The three compact zoom lenses, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., cover an entire range of focal lengths equivalent to 17 to 200 mm (equiv. in 35 mm format) and deliver exposures with rich contrast from corner to corner of each frame.

All Leica TL-Lenses impress with exceptional imaging performance at all distances from  closest focusing distance to infinity and deliver pictures with the inimitable ‘Leica look’ and unique bokeh. Developed by optical design specialists in Wetzlar (Germany), they offer the exceptional imaging performance for which Leica lenses are famed. The combination of optical and precision engineering expertise and the use of finest materials in their construction ensures their constant quality and reliability in use.

Sustainability guaranteed by cross-system compatibility

Thanks to the L-Bayonet mount shared by the Leica TL and SL cameras, SL-Lenses can also be used without an adapter on the Leica TL2. With this, Leica once again carries forward its fundamental principles of cross-system compatibility and sustainability, which is now also reflected in a uniform product designation. Dedicated adapters are available for using Leica M and R lenses on TL-Cameras – the Leica M-Adapter is available in a choice of black or silver finish.

New design in two colour options.

The Leica TL2 will be offered in a choice of two different colours from the start. The design of both the silver and black versions of the camera has been slightly revised in comparison with its predecessor. In addition to chamfered edges the body also features redesigned control elements that have been modified not only in visual style, but also provide a new haptic experience.
Functional camera accessories, such as high-quality protectors in Nappa leather, which can stay on the camera when changing the battery, and colour-coordinated carrying straps in stone-grey, black, red, yellow and cemento, are ideal complements to the TL system portfolio.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Nikon's D810 replacement to be announced on the 25th of July

Nikon D810 from 2014
Hark , the Nikon rumors sing! , Nikon's upcoming D810 successor is stated for a July 25th launch - the same day of Nikon's 100th anniversary . The special date , which will be celebrated with Nikon anniversary branded goodies including a special D5 ,D500 , the holy trinity ,pins and T shirts ,is also rumored to be the launch date of the new Nikon Full frame camera which would replace the D810 by improving the megapixel count to around 42-45 MP  and feature the expanded AF coverage featured on the Nikon D5 . The camera is also said to improve its ISO sensitivity , giving it some good low light capabilities and might have better dynamic range (hopefully) .

Video features rumored for the upcoming camera might include 4K - a feature borrowed from the D500 and D5 and having it will give the camera an edge over competing products even if you plan not to use this as a main video camera (But expect to hear crowds of angry villagers with pitchforks roaring down the road if they don't include that feature though). The display is also said to be tilt-able (like the D750) making it better for video . Touchscreen functions are welcome , but we don't expect to see it , but who knows ? Nikon might add the feature (and that's to be seen though) .

Nikon is said to announce the Nikon D820 (or D850 to stay neutral on the naming rumors) on the 25th of July along with some other rumored Nikon gear (which we are not sure of yet) . So get your cheques ready ,and get ready to say happy birthday as well .

Source - Nikonrumors , nikonrumors(2)

Citograph 35mm f8 brings everything in focus

Cap lenses deserve a special place in your travel bag , whether it be for travel photography or just a quick snap lens which would replace your lens cap for those times when you just tend to miss important shots when your expensive lenses are not around ,but ,what if you wanted a lens that's trendy and still offer decent image quality , then say hello to C.P Goerz  Citograph 35 - a 35mm f8 which promises to keep everything in focus - when you want to .

Based on their successful Kickstarter campaign , the C.P Goers , a German startup , initially plan their always -on lens cap replacement lens to be available for shipping by March 2018 . The lens , which has no manual controls for aperture (yes ,you read that right , its fixed aperture at f8 ) and being a prime , it has no zoom or vibration control . .The lens , which has a minimum focusing distance of 3m(9 ft for your imperials!) to infinity weighs just 120g - making this a compact and possibly one of the smallest things you'd probably own , that is if you can digest the $550 asking price for those who don't sign up for the Kickstarter price of $220 . So is this the right lens for you ? wish the non kickstarter price was cheaper? Well C.P Goerz are still getting things ready for their 2018 release , and who knows, they might just drop the price later down the road.

The C.P Goerz Citograph 35mm f8 will be available for  Canon EF , Nikon F , Sony E ,Micro 4/3 , Fuji X and Leica M .

Written by Rakish for Mashed

Source - petapixel
Kickstarter link - C.P Goerz