January 2020

Friday — January 17, 2020

The Tokina 85mm f/1.8 telephoto lens was introduced for the Sony FE mount. 

Leica announced the 40.1mp M10 Monochrom camera.

The Sony A9 Mark II got a firmware update to 1.01.

The compact Hasselblad 45mm f/4P lens was introduced for the XCD system. This brings the number of lenses for XCD cameras up to 10. 

Nikon updated most of their software this week. Two things drove that: updating to support the D780, and updating to support macOS Catalina (10.15, but ending Sierra support, which was version 10.12). If you're not on High Sierra, Mojave, or Catalina, Nikon software is no longer supported on the Mac side. As always, my page for current Nikon software versions will be updated (probably this weekend). 

Thursday — January 16, 2020

B&H has the very good Sigma 14mm f/1.8 lens on sale [advertiser link] for the FE, EF, and F-mounts today only, with a US$400 discount.

The Z50 book and review are just about done. I've been a little quiet this week while trying to deal with all the remaining little bits and pieces I need to do before posting.

Tuesday — January 14, 2020

Imaging USA, the trade show of the 30,000 member Professional Photographers of America (PPA) association is later this week in Nashville. Canon, Fujifilm, and Sony have big booths. Nikon, Olympus, and Panasonic are all apparently absent. Here's my question: if high-end cameras and lenses are what you want to sell, wouldn't showing up at a show filled with users of said cameras and lenses be a better use of your money than joining the mob scene in Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)? 

Worse still, sales of photography products have always been dominated by "influencers." Originally that was pros endorsing the cameras they used in ads and in word of mouth; more recently it's become much more expanded to additional options as the Internet got wings. If I were in charge of camera marketing, my mantra would be "find all the influencers, hit them every chance I get, and make sure they are talking about my products." Sorry, Nikolypan, but doing that some of the time to some of the influencers is not going to cut it. There's not enough pie left to let others have first dibs.

I don't care if you have to have a smaller booth/show presence that ends up mobbed. In some ways, that's better than a big booth that isn't. 

Next up: WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photography International) in Vegas in late February. Missing from the current exhibitor list: Fujifilm (really?), Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony. 

Monday — January 13, 2020

The Youngnuo 14mm f/2.8 and 40mm f/2.8 lenses for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts are on sale today only at B&H [advertiser link]. I reviewed the 40mm f/2.8 recently, and now it's only US$72.

My favorite slide show creation program, Fotomagico, is now available for the iPad at the iPad App Store. Unfortunately, it's available only as a subscription product for US$39.99 a year, which I'm sure will put some of you off.

Friday — January 10, 2020

Canon showed their new Photo Culling plug-in for Lightroom Classic at CES. This tool looks at imported images and then uses Lightroom's color flags to mark for sharpness, noise, exposure, closed eyes, and other problems. The plug-in will be available on Adobe Exchange App Marketplace with a monthly subscription (!) soon.

So, now that Nikon has introduced the 70-200mm f/2.8 S-line lens, where's the TC-14 and TC-20 for the lens? Currently not on the roadmap through end of 2021, and many will want them once they have this lens. 

Thursday — January 9, 2020

Wednesday — January 8, 2020

Luminar 4.1 was released. This is a bug fix release of their standalone raw converter and editor, with a few minor new features (atmospheric haze in sky replacement, a new erase tool, and a portrait enhancement tool that works in more situations). 

Canon released firmware 1.0.6 for the 70-200mm f/2.8 RF lens to fix focus issues at minimum focus distance.

Nikon is live-streaming their 40+ stage speeches from CES (Tuesday through Friday), and you can go back and watch any that have already occurred. 

Tuesday — January 7, 2020

I've added the Nikon 120-300mm f/2.8 details to the DSLR lens database. Likewise the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 S has been added to the mirrorless lens database.

If you're an NPS member and didn't renew your membership in December, you still have time to do so at nikonpro.com. Also, the new offerings (D780, 70-200mm, 120-300mm) are already available for NPS Priority Purchase.

I've done some minor cleanup of the 1DX m3 and D780 specifications in the databases. I'm doing a test of moving the weekly photo to the date it appeared, not the top of the site.

Canon published a white paper on the 1DX Mark III.

Monday — January 6, 2020

Capture One 20.0.1, a bug fix release, is now available. 

It's actually unusual for Canon and Nikon to announce significant products at the same time, so pardon me while I try to catch up to everything that was said and promoted. 

Friday — January 3, 2020

Thursday — January 2, 2020

Welcome back. As you might see from the links below I posted a few year-end things without warning you. So be sure to catch up, as my fingers are moving quite fast on the keyboard at the moment. And yes, I've also changed the front page designs a bit. I'm trying to make things a little more succinct and organized, but also allow for more daily comment.

For instance, this is a good time to warn you that this year I intend to take my "month off the Internet" in April, not August. Both times tend to intersect with a few new product offerings, but, as usual, I'll do a full catch up when I return.

Wednesday — January 1, 2020

Monday — December 30, 2019

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