CIPA data: Dramatic camera shipment drop after the Kumamoto earthquake


The Japanese organization CIPA published the full May camera shipment report (PDF file here). And there has been a dramatic camera shipment drop caused mainly by the Kumamoto earthquake damages. As you know the biggest Sony sensor production facility had to stop the production. This affected almost all camera companies as they almost all use Sony sensors.

Sony recently stated that full sensor production capability will be reached in August only. So expect this graph to show even worse numbers the next couple of months :(

Watch out Hasselblad! Fuji will soon launch a lower priced “X1D competition” soon!


Fuji could take some design clues from the gorgeous 6×9 medium format film camera (here on eBay)

Well if you like the new Hasselblad X1D there is even greater news for you to come. Fuji will soon announce their own medium format system camera too! And it will be priced below the Hasselblad X1D! This is what we know yet about the new Fuji medium format camera:

  • It will be announced in September at Photokina
  • It will ship in early 2017
  • It has the same 50MP Sony sensor used by the Hasselblad X1D-50c
  • It will have a new mount (not the same mount as the one form Hasselblad!)
  • It will be launched along three lenses (most likely three prime lenses)
  • It will be priced below the Hasselblad X1D (which costs $8999)

Exciting time ahead!

via Fujirumors.

Infographic: How to Photograph Fireworks This 4th of July

With American Independence Day coming up on July 4, a whole nation will be out enjoying fireworks displays this weekend. Fireworks can be gorgeous, evocative spectacles, but they aren’t the easiest subjects to shoot. Many people learn this the hard way.

Fortunately, Matador Network has posted a simple, comprehensive guide to photographing fireworks. Be sure to bring a DSLR, a remote release and a tripod with you this weekend if you’re planning to get a nice shot of firework bursts.

via Epic Presence