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Ironically, considering this week’s news, taken with a Canon EOS M5. 

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February 23

m4/3 Catches Canon and Nikon Lens Catalogs. Four-thirds.org today published a catalog of available lenses for the m4/3 mount, with full specifications for nearly 70 lenses, plus a lot of marketing material and photo eye candy. Article on sansmirror.com

Leica is Healthy, But There's a Surprise. It turns out that Leica's basic financial information is available in some reasonable level of detail with a bit of a delay, even though Leica is a privately held German company. With a little help from a friend in Germany, some dusting off of my college German, and some time in airline clubs with not a lot else to do while waiting for rescheduled flights, I took a look at several of their most recent financial statements to understand what my friend was reporting to me. Article on sansmirror.com


February 22

Fujifilm Surprises. To kick off the CP+ show in Japan Fujifilm managed to still have a couple of surprises, despite their big official announcement earlier. Article on sansmirror.com

Amid all my recent travel hassles (two cancelled plus two delayed flights) and a head cold, I somehow managed to not post pointers to two other sansmirror articles when they appeared:

Canon EOS M5 Gets a Smaller Brother. Canon replaced the EOS M3 today with the EOS M6. This new US$780 camera (body only) is basically the same as the EOS M5 in most ways, except it does not feature a built-in EVF. Instead, you use the rear LCD or add the new optional EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder via the hot shoe. Article on sansmirror.com. EOS M6 data page

Sensor Cleaning in Mirrorless. I still get significant questions about sensor cleaning with mirrorless cameras, plus a lot of need-for-cleaning denial from Olympus mirrorless shooters. So let’s once again try to come to grips with what’s happening and what you should do about it. Article on sansmirror.com


February 21

Sigma Announces Four New Lenses. In conjunction with the CP+ show in Japan, Sigma announced four new lenses, though pricing and availability details were not disclosed. Article on dslrbodies.com. 14mm f/1.8 data page. 135mm f/1.8 data page. 24-70mm f/2.8 data page. 100-400mm f/5-6.3 data page


February 18

About Nikon's Financials. There's a lot of discussion about Nikon's financials still going on, and it's provoking quite a few comments that are incorrect, as well as some bad speculation about the future of Nikon. Call it Fake Views. So let's do a bit of a drill down for a moment. If you don't understand finance-speak, just skip down to the boldface word summary, below. Article on dslrbodies.com

The Random Nikon Rumors. On top of all the uncertainty that Nikon’s cancellation of the DL produced, now we have rumor mania to deal with, too. Consider this rumor that popped up (again): that the D810 update won’t happen because instead that camera will be replaced by a mirrorless model. That way Nikon would have a Sony A7rII competitor. Article on dslrbodies.com

Two New Canon APS Sensor DSLRs. Canon today updated the mid-range of their consumer DSLR lineup with two new models, the Rebel T7i and EOS 77D. The first camera replaces the T6i, while the second seems to be a replacement for the T6s. Article on dslrbodies.com. 7Ti data page. 77D data page

Honey, I Shrunk the Company. Here’s the basic premise in the tech business: hook the customer, then keep them; find new customers, repeat. At times all the camera companies have been good at this, at other times all the camera companies seem to have trouble managing to follow this basic prescription. Article on dslrbodies.com

Yongnuo 85mm f/1.8 manual focus lens data page (currently for Canon only, but Nikon mount likely soon). 


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February 14

The Nikon Q3 Financials. Nikon this week has put out a series of announcements, including the release of their fiscal year Q3 financials. The big news started with a declaration of additional “extraordinary loss,” an accounting term for a loss that is unusual and not caused by operating activities. In other words, a write down of previously declared values. Nikon had already suggested that this write down was coming, but they’ve now not only confirmed it, but increased the amount by 5 billion yen. Article on dslrbodies.com

February 13

DL Turns Out to Mean Dead List. Nikon today announced that the three DL cameras they announced early in 2016, then delayed for a re-engineering, have now been officially cancelled. Article on dslrbodies.com

Nikon Tried Marketing. Oh dear. First reply I got to the Nikon Tries Marketing article after the streams went live was this: “Watched the wedding presentations. Thought the stand looked cheap and tacky. The presenters dressed very scruffy with no thought of image." Article on dslrbodies.com

February 9

Nikon updated ViewNX-i to version 1.2.5 to fix image corruption issues that occurred with macOS Sierra as well as fix a couple of other bugs. Remember, the full page of current Nikon software version information can be found on dslrbodies.com, as well as the link to the main download page.

February 7

Sony introduced two new lenses, the low cost 85mm f/1.8 and the 100mm f/2.8 OSS GM, both FE mount and full frame capable. 

Nikon Tries Marketing. The WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) conference is starting in Las Vegas later this week, and Nikon will be on the trade show floor. But lo and behold, Nikon finally realized that sending their Nikon Ambassadors to these trade shows was not a real great one-to-many marketing experience. Article on dslrbodies.com

Tamron introduced two new lenses, the 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 wide angle zoom for APS/DX bodies, and the 70-200mm f/2.8 VC G2 for full frame/FX bodies. Both are remakes of earlier lenses, but pretty extensive remakes. And kudos to Tamron for making a removable tripod collar with an integrated Arca Swiss plate. We've only been asking the Japanese companies to do that for 20+ years now.

Xeen (Samyang/Rokinon) has also introduced a new cinema style lens, the 20mm t/1.9

February 6

More New Film Choices Show Up. Two new black and white films have shown up. Article on filmbodies.com

Some Irreverant Answers to Serious Questions. Five common questions I get asked a lot. With as much bluntness as I can manage in my answer. I was going to just tweet my answers, but it seems that there's someone else dominating the Twitter hose at the moment. Article on dslrbodies.com

Strangely, these next two articles didn't seem to get posted to this site late last week. My apologies. Still working on tuning my automated mechanisms.

February 2

2016 ILC Shipments. CIPA has posted the final numbers for 2016, and it's one of those good news, bad news things. The good news is that the Japanese companies were very active at the end of the year for a change, probably trying to make up for lost shipments during the sensor shortage caused by the quake earlier in the year. Article on dslrbodies.com

A Plan for Nikon. I mentioned in yesterday's article that Nikon was not firing on very many cylinders (basically one). So what would be my plan be to get the engine re-tuned and providing full power? Here's the short answer (!). Article on dslrbodies.com

January 31

Canon News. First up, and probably of most importance to this site's readers, Canon has produced a 148 page PDF file AF Setting Guidebook for the 1Dx Mark II. Meanwhile, Canon reported their full 2016 Fiscal Year results today. The news won't be happy news for anyone except Canon users. Article on dslrbodies.com

January 30

Macroeconomics and Cameras. I've tackled the micro/macroeconomic landscape as it pertains to our camera gear before, but it's probably a good time to update my thoughts. I write these articles because readers of this site are constantly trying to time and juggle purchase decisions. Buy now, or buy later when it goes on sale? Article on dslrbodies.com

How Many Decisions Do You Make? Trying to keep a balance between writing about things that are gear-related (e.g. reviews) versus things that are use-related (e.g. technique) is something that I've been juggling going way back into the 1970's, first with filmmaking, then computers, then with the outdoors, and these days with photography.But it isn't an either/or game. It's all part of the same game. Article on dslrbodies.comJanuary 24

Starting from Scratch. I'm getting more and more "what would you do if you were starting from scratch?" type questions these days. The number of these questions I get seems inversely proportional to the camera unit volume shipped by Japan, which is indicative of a restlessness in the dedicated photo enthusiast. It's as if they're asking "is that all we're going to get?" Article on dslrbodies.com

January 23

Good Enough in a Bad Way. “It’s really hard to tell the difference between the two.” Uh, no. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this statement now on the Web, and the most recent time by someone doing an exhaustive preview between an older and newer model of a camera. Article on dslrbodies.com

Someone recently asked me where an article I had written was. Good question. Turns out it was an ephemeral front-page series that had never made it over to dslrbodies in the Technique section. So, without further ado, here's a rewrite of what was once "You Week" back in 2010:

Your Turn to Get Better. I've written a lot about equipment and business, but let's not forget the real center of attention. That would be you, the photographer. This article is going to spend some time dealing with the human side of photography. Article on dslrbodies.com (Technique/Technique Articles/Improving the Photographer section)

Meanwhile, the recent introduction of the Hasselblad X1D and Fujifilm GFX had me rewriting the Pick a Size article over on sansmirror.com (Articles section). 

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