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>>> This Week's Articles:

September 22

The Botswana Photo Workshop Blog is on temporary hold as I deal with some image issues that cropped up, coupled with a swarm of new images from students as they slowly get around to processing their images. The blog should resume on Monday once I’ve sorted through those.

SnapBridge at the Little Lehigh River. I wandered down to the Little Lehigh River Parkway yesterday afternoon looking for Frank and his friends. Article on dslrbodies.com


September 21

The two Photokina articles from Monday have been updated with new additions.

The Software News page has been updated with new additions.

Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings. Here in the US we have had a long election campaign that seems solely to cater to feelings. Facts don’t matter. Experience doesn’t matter. Plans don’t really matter (at least they don’t need any specificity, let alone be based on reality, and who cares if they are even achievable). Nothing matters except how you feel. And apparently everyone feels bad. Blame the media, who are telling you that you should feel bad. Funny thing is, you could describe the camera market that way, too, especially when it comes to Nikon. And you could blame the media here, too, including me. Article on dslrbodies.com

Day 11 of the 2016 byThom Botswana Photo Workshop blog


September 20

The two Photokina articles from yesterday have been updated with new additions.

The Software News page has been updated with new additions.

Nikon Swimming Wrong Direction. All I can say is that Nikon is in for a rough patch on the Internet. A very rough patch. They’re simply swimming the wrong direction. Article on dslrbodies.com

Hasselblad 30mm f/3.5 XCD added to database. (XCD mount)
Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 SL added to database. (SL mount)
Voigtlander 65mm f/2 macro added to database. (FE mount)

Day 10 of the 2016 byThom Botswana Photo Workshop blog


September 19

Because this is Photokina “announce” day, I’m tied up with press conferences and trying to keep up with all the announcements. Thus we’re doing something a little different today (and these articles will continue to be updated through Photokina):

  • Photokina Announcements — the big camera and lens announcements will go here and this page will update as the day(s) go on with new camera and lens announcements.
  • Other Photokina Announcements — additional announcements of products will go on this page as I stumble upon them.

Remember, these are live pages that will continuous update as new information is learned (and as I get a chance to edit what I’ve written ;~). 

The Botswana Workshop Blog will return tomorrow (or Wednesday at the latest). Moreover, many of the products that get announced will be getting coverage over on sansmirror.com and data pages added, to. I’ll try to add those to this post as I make them.

Bear with me. I’m one person trying to cover Photokina, and a number of other sites are either single vendor or have big teams covering the show. So I won’t be first on anything ;~).


>>> Recent Articles:

September 16

Sorry about being late today. Yesterday’s blog post had some issues in it on how images were rendering, so I needed to figure that out before posting new material. Turns out that the student images were coming in too big for the re-rendering engine I use on this site. The good news is that I’ve fixed all those images by just bringing them down in initial Image Size. The bad news is that if you’re on a Retina display, you may see some pixilation. 

Day 9 of the 2016 byThom Botswana Photo Workshop Blog 

Monday’s going to be busy. There are some Photokina announcements this weekend I’ll be posting then, plus Monday is press conference day at the show, with tons of products being announced. Bear with me as I try to keep up.

September 15

Canon Introduces the EOS M5. Canon today announced the EOS M5, the latest in their line of mirrorless cameras, and the most DSLR-like yet. While you can see the basics of the EOS M3 body in the new M5, the addition of a mid-camera hump for the built-in EVF and pop-up flash makes Canon’s mirrorless entry look like a very scaled down DSLR. Article on sansmirror.com EOS M5 data page

The new lens onslaught continues: Canon 18-150mm f/4-5.6 MCanon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS IIZeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4

Day 8 of the 2016 byThom Botswana Photo Workshop Blog

September 14

Communicating, Programmable, Modular. It’s getting quite close now to all the at-Photokina announcements, and I expect a number of new mirrorless camera entries. So wrap your mind around this thought: the very best mirrorless camera we currently foresee will be no better than the very best DSLR camera we currently foresee. Article on dslrbodies.com

More new lenses: Laowa 15mm f/2 for Sony FE7.5mm f/2 for m4/3

Nikon introduced a minor 1.0.1 update to the iOS SnapBridge application, which improves stability.

Day 7 of the 2016 byThom Botswana Photo Workshop Blog

September 13

Sony Made the Right Decision. You can argue all you’d like about whether mirrorless or DSLR is the right choice, whether Sony’s adding full frame to the mirrorless lineup was the right choice, and all the other camera-related things that have happened since Sony took over the KonicaMinolta camera group a decade ago. But I’m here to say that one choice that Sony made was absolutely correct, and we’re now seeing the results of that choice nearly every day. Article on sansmirror.com

Tokina announced a new 20mm f/2 manual focus lens for Sony FE.

Day 6 of the 2016 byThom Botswana Photo Workshop Blog

September 12

We’re All Just Dating... The switching, sampling, leaking, updating phenomena are no different than dating different women or men: you’re looking for perfect. Article on dslrbodies.com

Samyang announced a new 14mm f/2.4 manual focus lens for Sony FE, Canon EF, and Nikon F mounts. They also announced a new 85mm f/1.2 manual focus lens for Canon EF mounts.

Day 5 of the 2016 byThom Botswana Photo Workshop BlogSeptember 9

Sony introduced a new E-mount lens for video: 18-110mm f/4 OSS.

Day 4 of the 2016 byThom Botswana Photo Workshop Blog 

September 8

Coffin Not Quite Shut, But Apple Working on It. For months now I’ve been reading the Internet prognostications of the iPhone 7 killing the DSLR. This was all predicated on the use of dual imaging sensors with differing focal lengths, which creates a virtual zoom in the smartphone along with a lightfield-like depth map. And assuming that Apple would do something that is above and beyond what others have accomplished to date with multiple sensors. Article on dslrbodies.com

Sigma Goes Cinematic. Sigma today at IBC announced a new series of lenses, the manual focus Cine series. The first two lenses will be available in November: the crop sensor 18-35mm t/2 and 50-100mm t/2. Article on dslrbodies.com

Covering Canon. Some of you seem somewhat panicked by my announcement that I’ll be adding Canon information and coverage to dslrbodies.com. So I need to make a few additional comments in order to stave off an In Box filling with questions. Article on dslrbodies.com

Zeiss introduced three new Milvus lenses: 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8, 135mm f/2

Day 3 of the Botswana workshop blog

September 7

A Quick Share Update. As part of integrating the latest CIPA numbers into my database, it’s easy enough to create a quick market share analysis using Canon’s and Nikon’s first and second quarter reported numbers. Article on dslrbodies.com

Day 2 of the Botswana workshop blog

September 6

SnapBridge Isnt a Snap; Nor is it Much of a Bridge. As a commentator on tech, Jean-Louis Gassee is one of the best. Here’s one of his recent quotes: “So how is it that we don’t have connected objects that Just Work?” Article on dslrbodies.com

Video: Feature or Function? Eight years ago Nikon was the first to introduce video to a DSLR with the D90. Since then, we’ve gotten a slow progression of video ability to the point where we now have 4K capability in the D5 and D500 (but not the more recent D3400). Article on dslrbodies.com

The 2016 Botswana Workshop Blog. Kicks off today as it should with some packing advice as Thom sits at the airport waiting for his flight. Article on bythom.com


>>> August Catch-up Articles:

Nikon First Quarter Results. It was expected to be a brutal quarter for many reasons, and that’s exactly what April through June was for Nikon this year. Compared to the previous year, Nikon Imaging net sales were down 31% and operating income was down 30%. Article on dslrbodies.com

Canon Introduces the 5D Mark IV. Canon today introduced the latest iteration of the 5D, the Mark IV model. The big change in the camera comes at the image sensor, where the resolution is now bumped up to 30.4mp and a number of other changes have been made. Article on dslrbodies.com. 5D Mark IV data page. 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM data page. 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM data page.

Yes. You read that right. Dslrbodies.com is now going to start covering the Canon DSLRs and lenses, starting with the 5D Mark IV and most recently introduced lenses. 

Do You Really Need to See a Photo of a Product Prior to Announcement? One of the things that’s happening these days would actually be quite amusing if it weren’t so problematic. We’ve got a number of competing “rumor” Web sites that are getting leaked proprietary information, including press release kit photos, and then trying to brand that information as their own. Article on dslrbodies.com

Brooks Closes. About 250 students are affected by the closing, and the current summer semester will be the last one; no fall semester will be offered. Essentially, Brooks Institute as we once knew it is gone forever. Article on dslrbodies.com

D3400 and 70-300mm DX Lens Announced. Nikon today announced the replacement model for their low end DSLR, the D3400. In conjunction with that they re-introduced the 18-55mm AF-P DX lenses and announced the new 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 DX AF-P lenses. Both AF-P DX lenses are available in VR and non-VR versions. Article on dslrbodies.com. D3400 data page. 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 data page. 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 VR data page.

The Everest Problem. Every year when I come back from my retreat, I spend a lot of time catching up on reading. Here’s an article that was published just as I was getting ready to turn everything off—When the Internet Came to Everest—but didn’t read until later. Article on dslrbodies.com

Waiting for St. Nick. While I was off in August, CIPA produced the shipment numbers for June 2016. Here’s what the first six months of each of the past five years looks like graphed (mirrorless on left, DSLR on right). Article on dslrbodies.com.

Note that the new software news blog within dslrbodies.com is now fully established and active, and should be producing RRS feeds if you’ve subscribed. 

It Seems I was On the Internet Even When I was Off It. No sooner do I shut down the router thinking that I’m giving you a rest, it seems that I pop back up somewhere else on the Internet as if I’m a virtual ghost. Article dslrbodies.com

Mirrorless Market Shares. It comes up all the time, and there’s no perfect answer to the question, however I would say with pretty reasonable confidence that the market share in mirrorless in 2015 went like this… Article on sansmirror.com

How Do You Know When Your System is Discontinued? We have three mirrorless players who seem to have gone inert: Pentax Q — Last updated August 2014, Samsung NX — Last updated February 2015, Nikon 1 — Last updated April 2015. Article on sansmirror.com

Fujifilm Updates the X-A Model to 3. We’re now on the third iteration of Fujifilm’s low-end mirrorless camera, the just announced X-A3. Like it’s A predecessors, the X-A3 is not an X-Trans camera, but a traditional Bayer sensor. One designed along compact camera style lines (e.g. no EVF). Article on sansmirror.com. Data page for the X-A3. Data page for the 23mm f/2 lens.

Sony introduced a new 50mm f/2.8 macro lens for FE cameras (A7 series). Data page for the lens.

Note that the new software news blog within dslrbodies.com is now fully established and active, and should be producing RRS feeds if you’ve subscribed. August updates have been added. 

The Missing Nikkors article has been updated to mid-2016 (previously last updated in 2015.

The D500 Blog added a note about the firmware 1.10 version just released (August 31). SnapBridge for iOS 1.0 has also now been posted to the Apple App Store.

Added Meike lenses to the mirrorless lens database on sansmirror.com.


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