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Yes, my D850 book is finally out. Amazingly, it's even longer than the D5 book. Find out everything you've ever wanted to know about the D850 by ordering the downloadable version from the right column. And yes, that photo above was taken with the D850. It's autofocus and frame rate works fine for sports work if you know how to handle the camera. 

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March 18

Your To-Dos for Nikon. As usual when I ask broad questions like I did in last week's article, I got a lot of specific answers. But let's start with some of the broader suggestions that came in first. Here are your To-Do's for Nikon in 2018. Article on

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March 12

Nikon To-Do List. This is the time of year that Nikon does a lot of reflection. They've just posted their big top-management promotions, they're looking at what will be the final numbers for their fiscal year (ends at the end of this month), and they're currently deep into discussions about what they'll announce in May as operational and management goals for the coming year. Typically, Nikon would have also made their big product announcements for the year at this point, but we all know that didn't happen. So let's come up with a To-Do list for Nikon for their fiscal 2019. Article on

March 6

Nikon D850 Review. The D850 is the second significant update in the D8xx series. The original cameras—the D800 and D800E—appeared in 2012. The D810 in 2015, the D810A variation in 2016. Now we have the D850 in late 2017, though some are still waiting for their orders to arrive even as I write this in early 2018. Article on 

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March 4

You need to read both of these articles to get a full perspective on where the interchangeable lens camera market is today:

The Post CP+ Wrap-Up (DSLRs). I'm doing things differently this year. Rather than write about products introduced before or at CP+ individually, I'm going to report mount by mount (Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K). That's the way most users think about their systems, and it's the best way to learn about which systems are progressing quickly and which are not. The DSLR version is on

The Post CP+ Wrap-Up (mirrorless). I'm doing things differently this year. Rather than write about products introduced before or at CP+ individually, I'm going to report mount by mount (Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, m4/3, Sony E/FE, etc.). That's the way most users think about their systems, and it's the best way to learn about which systems are progressing quickly and which are not. The mirrorless version is on 

February 27

Wind in the Sony Marketing Sails. As I noted in my introduction article, Sony themselves introduced the A7III as "a basic model" with the follow-up line to "expect more." Somewhere the marketing gurus at Sony must be patting each other on the back for the latest in Headline Hyperbole that appeared after their announcement. Article on

Nikon Finally Deals with AF-P in Firmware. A number of Nikon DSLR cameras got firmware updates today, basically to give them better AF-P support. Article on

February 26

Sony Updates the Base A7 to Mark III. At the trade show for wedding and portrait photographers in Las Vegas (WPPI) Sony today revealed the third iteration of the A7 (no r, no s) model, the A7M3. As you might guess, it bears a strong resemblance to the way the A7r third generation update was made. Article on sansmirror.comA7M3 data page.

Panasonic Leica 50-200mm f/2.8-4
Laowa 25mm f/2.8 Macro
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 (APS-C mirrorless)

Canon Adds EOS M50 Model. Canon today announced the EOS M50, and interesting mix of advancements and simplifications that speaks towards the direction of where Canon is headed. Article on

February 22

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art for Canon EF, Nikon F mount
Tamron 70-210mm f/4 lens for Canon EF, Nikon F mount
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens for Sony FE mount
Tokina 20mm f/2 AF for Sony FE mount

February 20

The New Nikkor Wish List. Instead of updating my Missing Nikkors article for the umpteenth time, I decided to take another approach. What follows is my current Nikkor Wish List and my rationale for it. Article on

Qimage is Back. Many many moons ago—at least 150, probably more—Mike Chaney came up with a software program that many of us used to swear by (as opposed to swear at): Qimage. This little utility, while ostensibly a raw converter, had one feature that made us like it so much: it printed our images better than anything else. Article on

Canon Discounting Older Full Frame DSLRs Canon has finally joined the fray, placing substantive discounts on older generation models that we haven't seen before. Article on

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 sansmirror.comX-H1 data pageMKF18-55mm t/2.9 data pageMKF50-135mm t/2.9 data page.

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 for Sony FE

February 14

Vello BG-N19. Updated Again I've posted information about this MB-D18 clone grip for the D850 on the D850 blog. Continued testing shows that the third-party grips and batteries do work, but... 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

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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