Fuji, I like modular but I don’t like how it is now. Please add a digital back to give us the change to switch sensors too!
We got three announcements in one hour:
The Canon EOS-RP has been announced and can be preordered for $1,299 only at Adorama and BHphoto.
Hands-on by Dpreview. Sample gallery at Dpreview. First look at Lcegroup.co.uk.
Canon also announced the development of 6 new RF lenses (no info on price and release date yet)
- RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
- RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
- RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
- RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
- RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
- RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
Nikon annnounced the new 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens which you can preorder for $2299 at BHphoto. Sample images at Dpreview.
Nikon announces development of new firmware for Z6 and Z7 promising faster AF (dpreview).
Fujirumors got hands on the new GFX100 prototype and detailed info from a Fuji presentation:
GFX 100 Main Specs and Features
1) Best Image Quality in Large MF Format
- Announcement 1st half 2019
- Shipping first half 2019
- Launch price around $10,000
- World’s first 102M pixels 43.8×32.9mm new BSI CMOS sensor as a mirrorless digital camera
- X processor 4
- 5.76M-dot interchangeable EVF & Tilt Adapter
2) High Speed Medium Format
- World’s first on board Phase Detection Hybrid AF as a medium format digital camera
- approx. 100& coverage PDAF on Sensor area
3) High Performance Medium Format
- World’s first in body image stabilization as a medium format digital camera
- mount: 65mm. Short Flange back: 26.7mm
4) New world with Medium Format
- world’s first 4K/30p video as a medium format mirrorless digital camera
New Shooting mode switch operation with larger “Sub Monitor”
GFX100 doesn’t have dials on top plate (S.S/ISO dial, Exp. Comp. doa) for realizing Still/Movie hybrid camera for professionals, GFX100 has a shooting mode dial (Still/Multi/Movie) on top
In studio or any shooting condition professionals need quick setting for both still and movie, but physical dials sometimes delay the set-up to shoot. So GFX100 has both Still and Moview setting just switching the mode dial and realize quick check all settings on sub monitor.
And for tether shooting from PC it also helpful to change setting on both PC or camera and check easier on any monitors
Of course it also effective for reducing the body size and weight
World’s onboard PDAF in Medium Format Camera
Approx. 100% coverage
-2EV @ F2, 50% faster autofocus performance
This large sensor features high-speed phase detection AF. Phase detection pixels are embedded at high density across the sensor surface to provide high-speed autofocusing with excellent accuracy. The camera to reach a new audience in moving subject medium format photography. This system meets and exceeds the create needs of professional photographers.
The Worlds’ first 102M pixels mirrorelss camera
New 102 megapixels guarantee not only image quality as the sensitivity, noise and dynamic range. the construction will be “backside illuminated structure”. It must be performed for sensitivity and capacity of photons and also support faster aperture by oblique light waves.
World’s 1st IBIS in Medium Format Body
102 Megapixel must be sensitive for any vibration. Target performance: 5.0 stops!!
This is the world’s first medium format interchangeable lens digital camera, equipped with “In-Body image stabilization”. The IBIS functionality rewrites the rules for medium format cameras, giving users the ability to handhold a high-resolution camera in all types of photography scenarios
Lensvid collected all the 2018 CIPA data and gosh are things going bad! Lensvid writes:
The bottom line is very bad though. We are below 20 million units per year and mirrorless cameras don’t gain as much traction as you might think (2% increase per year vs. 12% decrease in DSLR). For the first time, interchangeable lens cameras surpassed the sales of compact cameras (not surprising, to be honest). If you look at the entire decade you see an unbelievable drop of 84% from 2010 to 2018 in the number of cameras sold/made per year.
The lens market is also going down (except interestingly in the Americas where you have a small increase). Maybe the most important thing and something that we have been looking at for the first time is prices (it isn’t a direct number – CIPA gives the number of cameras/lenses and the amount of money these products were sold for – but it is not clear sold to whom – since the manufacturers do not sell directly to people and there are sometimes a lot of middle man in between).
Anyway – for what it is worth we see a trend which we already know of in the numbers – in 2018 fewer cameras were sold but for more money, it is even more obvious in lenses – the companies reported more money coming in from lenses in 2018 than in 2017 despite selling fewer lenses so you can do the math on what this means for lens camera/lens pricing and what will probably happen if the market will continue to shrink in 2019…
Click on this image to see the full size infographic:
Mirrorless is the only segment having a slight growth but it cannot compensate the big loss in the DSLR and fixed lens business.
Full article on Lensvid.com!
Canon and Nikon each released new full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2018, both with redesigned lens mounts. This has been a long-awaited release from the two companies that did the most to popularize traditional DSLRs. We’ll discuss how these cameras were conceived, and the complex engineering that went into the new designs
Fujirumors spotted this interesting new video from a Fuji event in Dubai. There is a lot of discussion about the sensor size and Fuji future products. And for the first time Fuji did show this modular GFX camera that they have developed. This is not ready to get into production yet but Fuji hopes that eventually it will:
On that core module you can attach different grips or different EVF’s. The sensor and back LCD screen are fixed. I hope Fuji will extend the modularity to the sensor too. Would be nice to be able to upgrade the sensor too!
Do you like Fuji’s idea?
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The CIPA data for the year 2018 has now been published and the results are depressing. Compared with the previous year 2017 Japanese manufacturer shipped 20% less camera units (-14$ drop in terms of value in YEN).
DSLR camera sales dropped 13% in unit and 17% in value while mirrorless camera sales increased by 1,4% in unit and 23% in value.
This certifies the trend seeing DSLR slowly disappearing from the market with mirrorless becoming mainstream in an overall still shrinking market.
Canon recently said they expect two more years of market shrinking until market stabilizes.