News entries for September, 2016

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Hands-on First Impressions: A quick look at Olympus’ beefed-up flagship OM-D

 
 

Yes, Micro Four Thirds fans, the flagship OM-D camera finally gets a follow-up model. Breaking onto the scene and putting DSLRs on notice back in 2013, the Olympus E-M1 made a big splash, and by a look at the specs, the upcoming Olympus E-M1 Mark II is aiming to make an even bigger one.

At a launch event ahead of...

Alien Skin introduces Exposure X2, the latest version of its non-destructive RAW editor

 
 

Alien Skin Software announced today the latest version of its flagship non-destructive RAW editor, Exposure X2.

Exposure X2 includes a variety of new features such as a new "spot heal" tool, metadata searching in the "organizer" and faded presets. The spot heal tool enables portrait photographers to quickly...

Leica expands SL lens range with 50mm f/1.4, releases roadmap for four other future lenses

 
 

As of now, there are only two lenses in Leica's SL-system lineup. But that is soon to change. The German company announced that a new Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens is available for preorder now and will be released before the end of the year. The first prime lens for the Leica SL range will be followed by...

From 12mm all the way to 500mm: Sigma announces trio of Global Vision lenses at Photokina

 
 

Sigma has used Photokina as a platform for expanding exposure for its Global Vision Line of optics by announcing not one, not two, but three new lenses! Not only are they highly varied, as you'll see below, but they are also compatible with full-frame sensors. Speaking on behalf of the announcement, Sigma...

Taking SD to the extreme: SanDisk and Western Digital announce world’s first 1 terabyte SDXC card

 
 

Photokina isn't just about big camera and lens announcements, it also brings with it a wide variety of general technology and photo gear reveals. Western Digital Corporation (owner of SanDisk as of earlier this year) has just announced a prototype SanDisk SDXC card with a massive 1 terabyte (TB) of storage. (You...

Adobe Stock adds contributor site and integration, updates Lightroom

 
 

After adding further integration of Adobe Stock in their suite of Creative Cloud software in June, including Photoshop CC 2015.5, Adobe has just announced at Photokina the public beta of their new Adobe Stock Contributor Site.

This newly-launched platform allows content creators to sell their photos,...

Sony A99 II Hands-On First Impressions: Time with Sony’s new professional speed demon

 
 

During an hour-long media briefing and hands-on session at Photokina following the Sony A99 II’s surprise unveiling on Monday, I was able to get some hands-on time, albeit just briefly, with the new flagship A-mount SLT camera.

The primary topic of discussion in the meeting was the A99 II’s impressively-spec’d...

GoPro Karma drone: A smaller, lighter, cheaper, less capable DJI Phantom with free Osmo-like gimbal grip


 
 

It's been promised for what feels like an eternity, and now it's finally here: Action camera maker GoPro has taken the wraps off its long-awaited Karma aerial camera platform! Final judgement on the company's first drone will have to wait until the Karma reaches market, but with the specs finally known, it's...

Lowepro announces new bags at Photokina for your outdoor treks and air travel needs

 
 

The gear protection folks at Lowepro have announced multiple new products at Photokina today.

Flipside Trek series

The first new bag is aimed squarely at adventure photographers. The Flipside Trek comes in three sizes and offers body-side access, meaning that you can retrieve your gear without taking the...

A new mirrorless camera on the way: Yi announces 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera

 
 

Chinese technology company Yi has announced at Photokina a new mirrorless camera aimed at making the capture of high-end, professional-quality photos more user-friendly and enjoyable. You might recognize Yi's name from our coverage of its Yi 4K action camera or its recent forays into drones.

Details are scarce at...

Fujifilm aims to reinvent medium format with launch of GFX system, announces GFX 50S camera

 
 

Fujifilm hopes that photographers will look back at Photokina 2016 as a game-changing event. Why? Because the Japanese company hopes to reinvent medium format photography with its newly-announced GFX 50S camera.

GFX mirrorless digital camera system

As a bit of background on the new mirrorless medium-format GFX...

Zuiko Pro grows: New 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro, 25mm f/1.2 Pro expands lineup; E-PL8 makes debut

 
 

Olympus 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro

Back in 2013 alongside the E-M1, Olympus' first Zuiko Pro lens, the 12-40mm f/2.8, made its debut. This 24-80mm-equivalent lens gained a telephoto counterpart some time later in the form of the 40-150mm f/2.8. These two optics made for a rather versatile combination that provided a...

Olympus News: Flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1 II camera launched at Photokina 2016!

 
 

The announcements continue at Photokina as Olympus kicks off its press conference. What does the company have to reveal today? The IR team is live at the show, and we'll summarize the announcements below. In the meantime, you can see all of the new products for yourself in the live stream video courtesy of Olympus:...

Fuji announces Medium-format Fuji GFX mirrorless camera system and lens roadmap

Earlier today we brought you the Fuji press conference from Photokina in Cologne, Germany, and now the news that they're bringing a medium format system to us in 2017 in the form of the GFX. Read below for the updates as they happened in real time, and stay tuned for much more to come!

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We're live yet again at the fourth major press conference of the day, this...

Sharing your adventures: Nikon unveils trio of KeyMission action cameras at Photokina

 
 

Nikon has today announced three KeyMission cameras, including the KeyMission 360 that it briefly teased during CES in January. The trio of action cameras are differentiated not only by their features, but by their lenses and imaging sensors.

The KeyMission 360 is the flagship KeyMission camera, offering a full...

Sony News: Live from Photokina 2016, the Sony A99 II is the new flagship Translucent Mirror camera!

 
 

With the biennial Photokina trade show getting underway tomorrow, the announcements are pouring in thick and fast. We're reporting live from the show as usual, and Senior Editor William Brawley is front and a little off-center at Sony's press conference, ready for whatever new products the company has to offer...

The Panasonic GH5 is coming soon, featuring *6K* Photo, 4K 60p video; 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording

 
 

In addition to the new G85, LX10 and FZ2500 cameras announced today at Photokina, Panasonic teased the next version of their esteemed photo-video flagship camera, the GH5. While only a few key details were revealed, the forthcoming GH5 promises a lot of impressive photo and video technology.

Sporting a brand new...

Panasonic G85, FZ2500 and LX10 unveiled: A trio of hot new cameras arrive just in time for Photokina


 
 

It's finally here, ladies and gents: The biennial Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany kicks off tomorrow, explaining the raft of announcements around these parts of late. And now Panasonic has joined in the festivities, launching three hot new cameras that will take its Lumix camera line into the next...

Photokina 2016 Monday Madness: We’ll be there! Check in with us early and often

 
 

The Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany is just around the corner, and we don't want our readers to miss a thing! The show itself starts Tuesday, but Monday is press day, and we expect to see some significant announcements. Photokina comes around only every other year, so companies often hold back at least a...

Firmware Friday: New features for Canon 1DX II, Leica S and S-E; better performance for Techart M-E adapter


 
 

Another week has flown by, and it's that time once more: Firmware Friday is here! This week, we have news of updates for three cameras, and in all three cases it's not just bug fixes -- there are new features on offer here too! And for good measure, we also have news of an update for Techart's Leica M to Sony...