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February 15

Fujifilm Drops a New Flagship, X-H1. Fujifilm today introduced the much-leaked X-H1 model, an upscale model to the X-T2 that was previously regarded by many as the APS-C flagship for the company. Article on X-H1 data page. MKF18-55mm t/2.9 data page. MKF50-135mm t/2.9 data page.

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 for Sony FE

February 14

Vello BG-N19. Updated I've posted information about this MB-D18 clone grip for the D850 on the D850 blog. I also have to apologize to those who read that entry late last night: I didn't read my testing notes correctly. I've updated the post to reflect the current state of things with the C1.01 firmware. Article on

February 13

Lightroom Classic CC Speeds Up. Adobe posted Lightroom Classic CC 7.2 today, an update that attempts to improve performance of the venerable browser/converter/do all program. Import is faster. Previews render faster. Export is faster. Panoramas and HDRs are created faster. The Develop module makes adjustments faster. Article on

Newly announced products: Panasonic GX9 Data PageMeyer-Optik 85mm f/1.5 II Data Page

February 12

Nikon NPS has posted a "Winter Sports 2018" blog that is posting articles by NPS professionals at the South Korea Winter Olympics. They've also produced a sponsored article on dpreview about their preparations. Not exactly sure why the number of bodies and lenses they brought is "confidential information," nor why Nikon marketing thought it was better to pay for an article on one site rather than sending out a press release and photos to all sites as Canon did. Canon's press release got covered by all the major photography and technology sites. Nikon's paid article not so much. As for Canon, they claim 300 camera bodies are available for loan, and over 700 lenses. Nikon could have simply stated "hundreds of camera bodies and double/triple that in lenses" and not had to reveal exact numbers. Both companies make claims on how many on-site staff will be on hand, but that number is meaningless without knowing how many photographers are being supported. Curiously, you don't have to be Nikon NPS to access the Nikon NPS Olympic support.

Dynamic Range from Dual Pixels. My friend Iliah and his team have put together a new utility called DPRSplit. If you shoot the Canon 5DM4 in "dual pixel" mode, the resulting image contains two images. Article on

Understanding the AF-P Lenses. With the introduction of the AF-P lenses, Nikon caused a big issue: compatibility. First, the lenses to which the following applies. Article on

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February 7

Olympus Announces PL-9. I think you have to visit Japan or SE Asia to understand the PL series of cameras. Maybe even then you might not get it. I certainly don't. The E-PL9 is the seventh generation of the mirrorless camera that kicked off Olympus' Pen m4/3 series, though it doesn't exactly sport much of a generational difference from its predecessor. Article on sansmirror.comCamera data page.

February 5

An Intriguing Analysis. One thing about time: data tends to collect. Sometimes you can gain insights into patterns or trends by analyzing that data. Which is exactly what Emmett Rad did with years of photonstopixels data captured by Bill Claff. Article on

Searching for the Perfect Dongle. I've been traveling with either a recent 12" MacBook or a 15" MacBook Pro for the past year. That means that I've been in a bit of dongle hell. The 12" has one USB C port, the 15" has four. But that's all they have for ports, and power has to be plugged into one of those. Article on

February 4

New Sony Trade-in Event. Sony started their "Winter Trade-in Event" on Sunday. This is a set of new instant rebates coupled with a few trade-in bonuses. As I understand it, you can trade in any camera to get the bonus. Article on

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