Camera November/December 2018

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4 min.
making history

WITH THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM both Nikon and Canon coming just a few weeks out from this year’s Photokina, you might think a bit of the gloss would have been taken off the show, which was being held for the last time in its traditional autumn-in-Germany dates. Not a bit of it, and I’m not the only photo mag journalist who reckoned that this was the most exciting Photokina for years… some even said for a couple of decades. The tone was set with the very first press conference on Press Day – which was the best organised for ages too – with the stage being technically Leica’s, but also shared with Sigma and Panasonic. Hello? Something big is going on here, we were all thinking as we trooped into the…

2 min.
photokina 2018 makes history

The last of the biennial format Photokinas was historic in a number of ways, particularly as it moves from its traditional autumn date to late spring (in the northern hemisphere). Given the slow diminishing of the show’s size over the last decade (this year down to five halls and four days), there has to be a bit of a question mark over whether everybody will be prepared to turn up again in just eight months’ time for the planned 2019 event. Regardless, Photokina 2018 was definitely more about quality than quantity, and indeed it will be remembered as another turning point in the history of photography. The die was already cast a few weeks before the show opened, as both Nikon and Canon launched their full-35mm mirrorless camera systems in quick…

3 min.
l mount alliance boosts ff mirrorless ranks

UNDOUBTEDLY THE BIGGEST news at Photokina 2018 was the formation of a new strategic partnership between three major brands to develop and promote a full-35mm mirrorless camera system. The “L Mount Alliance” comprises Leica, Panasonic and Sigma – a pretty powerful trio – and it consolidates what is going to be a very significant component of the higher-end camera business over the coming years. Given how much leaking went on ahead of both Nikon and Canon’s pre-show mirrorless announcements, the L Mount Alliance was a very well-kept secret, with only scant details of Panasonic’s possible plans appearing ahead of the official announcement. The alliance continues Leica’s close relationship with Panasonic (which has existed since 2001), but now involves Sigma in a joint program based on Leica’s L mount, which was introduced…

3 min.
fujifilm expands gfx system… with rf and 100 mp models

FUJIFILM ONCE AGAIN drew applause at its Photokina press conference, something that doesn’t happen all that often with a venue full of cynical journalists. In fact, it happened four times, as the company announced key additions to its GFX digital medium format system. With much of the interest at this year’s Photokina on the full-35mm mirrorless camera announcements, Fujifilm decided to go one better and christened its GFX system as “Super Full Frame”. Of course, the term “full frame” is technically incorrect anyway, as any format sensor is essentially full-frame (which is why we prefer to say full-35mm), and Fujifilm is making a valid point, but it’s also just made its GFX system more attractive for anybody considering the move to a bigger sensor. Key to this is the arrival of…

2 min.
leica announces new cameras from instant to medium format

WHILE THE L MOUNT ALLIANCE was the headline news from Leica at Photokina, it continued a busy year with a number of new product announcements, including a silver version of its CL ‘APS-C’ mirrorless camera (and already a member of the L mount family) and a black version of the Sofort instant camera which is based on Fujifilm’s Instax Mini format. However, the most interest was created by the S3, the latest version of Leica’s medium format D-SLR. It has a restyled bodyshell (which, incidentally, is starting to look a lot like the old R8/R9 35mm SLRs), but the big news is on the side where there’s an all-new and exclusive 64 mega-pixels version of the 30.0x45.0 mm CMOS sensor (up from 37.5 MP in the previous Type 007 model). Leica…

3 min.
more lens art from sigma

SIGMA HAD A very busy Photokina which included announcing its commitments to the ‘L Mount Alliance’, a total of four new D-SLR lenses in its ‘Global Vision’ categories (Art, Sports and Contemporary), and a new model for the Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera systems. Sigma is planning to launch no fewer than 11 L mount lenses (most likely to include all the Art series models recently released in Sony’s FE fitting), starting from the middle of 2019. There will be a new SD Quattro camera body which will have a full-35mm format sensor (with the Foveon multilayer design) and use the L mount too. Sigma says it will discontinue its own SA mount on cameras, but will offer an SA-to-L adapter for the existing lenses. It will still…