April 2016

April 28, 2016

Nikon 70-200mm f/4 Lens Review. The 70-200mm f/4 rounds out the trio of slower aperture zooms that Nikon makes (16-35mm, 24-120mm), probably in response to the f/4 zoom trio that Canon produced. The 70-200mm f/4G VR is an FX lens, and a smaller and lighter partner to the 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II. Review on dslrbodies.com

Recommended Macintosh Hardware. I regularly help others with Mac system recommendations, and I try to keep up with everything happening the in the Mac world. Here are my current thoughts. Article on dslrbodies.com

Leica announced the LCD-less version of the Type 262, the M-D.

April 25, 2016

How Companies Pick Lenses to Make. Fujifilm apparently had a recent change of mind about lenses, postponing the expected 120mm f/2.8 and deciding to go with a shorter focal length. At least if we’re to believe rumors. Why? Size. Article on dslrbodies.com

Thunderbolt 3 Delivers a Jolt. One thing that was clearly evident at NAB is that Thunderbolt 3 is the future. Or wait, USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 is the future. Before we get to that seeming contradiction (it mostly isn’t), let’s quickly review the history of personal computer connection technologies: parallel, serial, SCSI, USB, Firewire, Thunderbolt. Article on dslrbodies.com

More Troubles at Nikon. I find it a bit disingenuous that Nikon announced delays in products in conjunction with reporting impacts from the earthquake that hit Southern Japan earlier this month. The delays in products that Nikon reported weren’t due to the quake, and any future delays due to the quake are still as yet unknown. Article on dslrbodies.com

The NAB Convention by Numbers. A comparison of NAB and Photokina trade shows. Article at dslrbodies.com 

April/May Software Updates page refreshes as new updates are added

April 26, 2016

Nikon announced a minor firmware update for the D7200 (version C1.01). Mostly a bug fix.

April 14, 2016

New Lenses Announced. Today Zeiss announced the third lens in the all-new Batis lineup, the Batis 18mm f/2.8 for the Sony E-mount. Article on sansmirror.comBatis 18mm data pageMeyer-Optic 50mm data page.

April 13, 2016

Thom’s NAB Mini-Blog Page. Coverage of the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters convention and trade show. This is done via a blog-type page that updates as new information is posted, with the newest items at the top of the page, older material at the bottom. Mini-blog page on dslrbodies.com

Bracketing. Perusing the press releases and media information I received last week I was struck by two particular ones that tell us something useful about the camera market. The Huawei P9 and the Hasselblad H6D represent a near perfect bracketing of what it means to be a “camera" these days. Article on dslrbodies.comApril 5, 2016

Nikon announced firmware update for the D810 (1.11) and D810A (1.01). Only change is to make camera again work with WR-R10 wireless remote controller after that unit is upgraded to version 3.0 of its firmware.

CIPA Stress. The first two month’s data from CIPA in terms of camera shipments is out, and the declines in most data points continue unabated. Article on dslrbodies.com

Panasonic Adds a GX Camera. Panasonic today announced the GX85 (in the Americas; outside it’s named the GX80). This is a slightly down sized and down specified version of the GX8, using a 16mp sensor without a low pass filter and a tilting touchscreen instead of a completely folding one. Article on sansmirror.comCamera data page.

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