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What's New 2015


November 30, 2015 - Nikon released firmware updates for the D4S and D750 DSLRs. You can download them here and here.

April 02, 2015 - Nikon has announced the Nikon 1 J5, it's newest entry in the mirrorless line. It features a 20.8MP BSI-CMOS 1" sensor, 4K video, and a more rounded look compared to previous models. It will be available in silver and black, silver and white, and all black. It will be bundled with the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens for $499.95, both the 10-30mm and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-100mm f/3.8-5.6 lenses for $749.95, and also with the 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens for $1049.95. Exact release date has yet to be announced. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

March 03, 2015 - Sony official announced four new lenses today for it's E-Mount system. These are FE full frame lenses. The first is the FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS 10X zoom lens. The other three are all primes, the Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA, the FE 90mm Macro G OSS, and the FE 28mm F2. You can read more about them in Sony's press release here.

March 01, 2015 - Nikon announced the D7200, their new top of the line prosumer DX ( cropped sensor ) DSLR camera. Updates from the D7100 include a 51 point autofocus system with increased low light capability, built in WiFi, and a 100 shot buffer depth when shooting JPEGs at 6 frames per second. It will be available in April for $1199.95 body only, $1699.95 with the 18-140mm VR kit lens, and $1549.95 with the 18-105mm VR lens. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

Nikon also announced the Coolpix P900. The main feature of this new Coolpix is the whopping F2.8-6.5 24-2000mm ( 83X ) equivalent zoom lens. It also has a 16MP sensor, built in WiFi, a fully articulated screen, and a built in EVF. It also has new Dual Detect optical image stabilization, which Nikon claims can give up to 5 stops compensation. The Coolpix P900 will be available in April with a list price of $549. See Nikon's press release here for full specifications.


February 15, 2015 - Today at the CP+ 2015 event Tokina announced a new 24-70mm F2.8 lens, along with the recently announced AT-X 11-20mm F2.8 Pro DX lens. No other details were given.

February 10, 2015 - Sigma has announced the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens. This is a full frame lens which will be released in Nikon, Canon, and Sigma mounts. It will be available next month with a list price of $849. If the 24mm is up to par with Sigma's other prime lenses in the Art series then it's sure to be a winner. You can read more about the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens in Sigma's press release here.

February 10, 2015 - Nikon announced several new cameras today. The first is the D810A DSLR, which Nikon touts as the world's first full frame astrophotography camera. It's basically a D810 with a modified IR cut filter, a Long Exposure M mode, and a few other features which help with long exposures. It should be available in late May with pricing yet to be announced. See Nikon's press release here for more info.

Nikon also announced several new Coolpix cameras, the P610, L840, S9900, S7000, and S6900. You can get the details on all the new Coolpix cameras from Nikon's press release here
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February 09, 2015 - Ricoh has announced the Pentax K-S2 DSLR. It features a 20MP APS-C sensor, weather resistance, an articulated LCD, and WiFi. It will be available in March with an smc Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR kit lens for $799. More details can be found in Ricoh's press release here.

February 06, 2015 - Canon made numerous announcements today. On the DSLR front the Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras were officially unveiled. Both feature full frame 50.6MP sensors inside what is basically a EOS 5D Mark III body. The cameras are the same except the low pass filter has been"disabled" in the 5DS R. Both cameras will be available in June, the 5DS for $3699 and the 5DS R for $3899. For more info see the press release here.

Canon also announced the EOS Rebel T6s and T6i. Both feature 24.2MP APC-S sensors, 5FPS shooting and WiFi. The T6s features a top panel LCD and a few extra controls. The T6s will retail for $849.99 body only or $1199 with the EF-S 18-135mm STM kit lens. The T6i will retail for $749.99 body only or $899.99 with the EF-S 18-55mm STM kit lens. Both will be available the end of April. You can read more about the new EOS Rebels here.

Canon has also announced the EF 11-24mm f/4 USM ultra wide angle lens. It features 16 elements in 11 groups, four aspherical elements used for distortion control. It will be available in February for $2999. More details can be found in Canon's press release here.

February 05, 2015 - Samsung announced the NX500, a rangefinder style mirrorless camera. It has many of the same features of the NX1, including a 28MP APS-C BSI-CMOS sensor and 4K video. It also has built in WiFi, a flip up 3 inch touch screen, and 9fps burst shooting. The NX500 will be available next month with a list price of $799 with the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS kit lens. For more info you can read Samsung's press release here.

February 05, 2015 - Olympus has announced the OM-D E-M5 II four thirds camera. The OM-D E-M5 II features a 16MP sensor, but also has a 40MP resolutuon shot mode which is done by shifting the sensor and capturing 8 images over one second. It also has built in WiFi, and an articulating touchscreen. It will be available at the end of the month for $1099.99, body only. For more info see Olympus' press release here.

February 04, 2015 - Ricoh has announced the development of a Pentax full frame DSLR. It will be compatible with current DA lenses by way of a crop function. It should be available by the end of 2015. Ricoh has also announced two full frame lenses, the HD Pentax-D FA * 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW and the HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW. Both lenses will be available in March. The 70-200mm will have a list price of $2299.95, while the 150-450mm will be priced at $2499.95. For more info see Ricoh's press release here.

February 02, 2015 - Tokina has announced the AT-X 11-20mm F2.8 Pro DX lens. This new lens is designed for APS-C ( DX or cropped ) sensors. Pricing and availability haven't been announced yet. For full specificatons on the AT-X 11-20mm F2.8 Pro DX see Tokina's press release here.

January 23, 2015 - Tamron officially announced the SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens. It's an interesting lens and one I wouldn't mind owning. But I don't shoot wide angle that much so I can't justify the price tag. It will be available on January 30th in Nikon and Canon mounts, with a Sony mount to be released at a later date. Retail price is $1199. See Tamron's press release here for more info.

January 21, 2015 - I finally added my review of Peak Design's Capture Pro Camera Clip and the Propad. You can read it here.

January 20, 2015 - Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GF7 mirrorless camera. The GF7 features a 16MP sensor, 1080/60p HD video, and built in WiFi. But the main feature Panasonic is highlighting is the 180 degree flip up screen which can be used for taking selfies. It seems to me most people interested in taking selfies would already have a very capable smart phone to do so, so I'm not sure how much interest this camera will generate. The GF7 will be available in February with the 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for $599. For more info see Panasonic's press release here.

January 06, 2015 - Fujifilm announced a new lens for its X-series body, the XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens. It is the equivalent of a 24-84mm lens and features weather sealing, internal focusing, three ED and three aspherical elements, and a Nano-GI coating to reduce flare. It will be available in February with a list price of $1199. For more info see Fujifilm's press release here.

January 06, 2015 - Nikon made several announcements from the Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ) today. First is the advanced entry level D5500 DSLR. The biggest change from the D5300 is the addition of a touch screen and the removal of built in GPS. Other than that the D5500 is basically the same as the D5300. I doubt many D5300 owners will be upgrading to the newer model. The D5500 will be available in February in either black or red. Prices are $899 for the body only, $999.95 with the AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens and $1199.95 with the AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

Nikon also announced two upgrades of existing lenses. The first is the AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II. This new lens features a retractable design. The other lens is the AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR. Users of the current 300mm f/4 lens will welcome this new version which is 1.5 pounds lighter and 30% shorter than it's predecessor. The new version also features Phase Fresnel optics ( PF ), which helps correct chromatic abberration. Both lenses will be available in February. The AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II will have a list price of $349.95. The AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR will have a list price of $1999.95.

January 05, 2015 - Today Pentax has announced details that it plans to release a DSLR with an APC-S CMOS sensor as well as several K mount lenses.

January 05, 2015 - Panasonic has announced three new compact cameras, the Lumix SZ10, Lumix ZS45 and Lumix ZS50. The SZ10 features a 16MP CCD sensor and a f/3.1-6.3 24-228mm equivalent lens. It will have an MSRP of $199. The ZS45 has a 16MP CMOS sensor, and a 24-480mm equivalent zoom lens with a list price of $299. The ZS50 features a 12MP CMOS sensor with a f/3.3-6.4 24-720mm equivalent lens, and will have a retail price of $399. I like the fact that Panasonic lowered the MP count of the ZS50 from it's predecessor. I guess they finally realize more megapixels aren't always better, especially when it come to small sensor cameras. You can read more about these cameras in Panasonic's press releases here and here.

January 05, 2015 - Canon has announced five new PowerShot compact cameras, the ELPH 160, ELPH 170 IS, SX530 HS, SX610 HS and SX710 HS. None of these cameras excite me. It seems like Canon is just rehashing old technology and trying to pass it as new with more megapixels and longer zoom ranges. For more info you can see Canon's press release here.








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