Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – January 26, 2015

Tamron announced the SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens’ pricing and availability: $1200 and January 30. reviewed the Fujinon XF10-24mm f/4 R OIS and ranks it ‘highly recommended.’

The Phoblographer reviewed the Samsung NX1. It only lists the price as a ‘dislike.’ No wonder then that the camera earns the Editor’s Choice Award.

Samsung issued firmware for its NX1 flagship camera.

Panasonic issued firmware for its GH4 camera.


Adorama offers deals until the end of the month on a Canon 6D/PIXMA PRO-100 printer bundle:
Body only: $1249
Kit with EF 24-105mm lens: $1,749

Gear Mentioned

Tamron SP 15-30mm: B&H, Adorama

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Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – January 19, 2015

Samyang/Rokinon announced their long-awaited 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC manual focus lens for Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Sony, Pentax and Olympus/Panasonic cameras. It will be available in two weeks for $549. The question is whether it can compete with the beauty that is the Canon 135mm f/2 L.

Fujifilm announced the X-A2 and the XQ2, further messing with my muddled brain when it comes to the lower end of Fuji’s X line up.

Happy to see a few others think the Sony A7 Mark II isn’t there yet, as I wrote last week. Ming Thein wonders why Sony hasn’t put more of its technology into this camera. The Phoblographer says Sony should have waited and released a move improved version of the camera. Gives it four stars, out of five. DPReview posts some samples from the camera.

Gordon Laing finished his Canon EOS 7D Mark II review. His conclusion is interesting, because it sums up the times in which we are living pretty well. He recommends the 7D II and calls it a ‘mini 1Dx,’ but also says a lot of people might be better served with a top mirrorless camera.

The Photography Blog reviewed the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens and concludes that it should be ‘highly recommended.’

SLRGear has a look at the bokeh-oriented Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2R APD lens. It concludes that it’s an excellent portrait lens, but doesn’t really make a strong case to choose this version over the regular 56mm Fuji.

SLRLounge reviews the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 G ED N lens. Highly recommends it.

As we’re heading toward the CP+ show starting in Japan February 12, we should see some long-awaited announcements from the major camera makers.


Adorama offers various deals on Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 70D kits:

Canon EOS-5D Mark III SLR Body with printer plus accessories: $2,449.00 after $650 mail-in rebate.

Canon EOS-5D Mark III SLR Camera Kit W/ EF 24-105L with printer plus accessories: $3,049.00 after $650 mail-in rebate.

Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body Kit with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS promotional bundle: $3,199.00 after $650 mail-in rebate.

Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera Body: $799.00 after $350 mail-in rebate and $200 instant rebate.

LensProToGo offers a free week when you rent for a week. Offer expires January 23. Reserve for two weeks and use code HappyHolidays.

New Gear Mentioned

The new Fuji’s:



The new Samyang/Rokinon:

B&H: Rokinon Samyang



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Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – January 12, 2015

Lots of new compact cameras and rumors, but not much in terms of stuff for serious amateurs over the past few weeks. The coming weeks, ahead of a major trade show in Japan, should be more interesting with new gear rumored from Canon, Sony and Olympus, among others.

Nikon introduced the D5500, the smallest DSLR to date. It’s DX format, has a touchscreen, 24 mp and will cost $900.

Nikon announced the world’s lightest fixed focal length (prime) telephoto lens with a focal length of 300mm and maximum aperture of f/4.

Fujifilm announced the pro-oriented X-mount XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. It’s weather-resistant, will cost $1200 and ship in February.

Nikon issued a service advisory for the flare problem in some D750 DSLRs.

Sony issued a firmware update for the new A7 II.

The Phoblograper reviewed the Fuji X100T. They like it, but don’t think it’s enough of an update to upgrade from the X100S.


Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – Dec. 22

SLR Lounge reviewed the Nikon D750. As reviewers sometimes tend to get over the top, so do they, calling it a ‘Must Have!.’ Sounds a bit much for me, but I do agree with the five stars.

DP Review also posted its Nikon D750 review, done by no less than five writers/editors. They give it 90% and the Gold award.

PhotoZone did a fast review of the eagerly anticipated Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS II lens. Highly Recommended.

PhotoZone reviewed the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 USM IS, an update from a lens Canon had left unchanged for 24 years. They say it’s ‘all-in-all not an obvious choice but certainly not a bad one either.’

Gordon at Camera Labs posted his review of the Fuji X100T, an update to the X100S. It’s a worthwhile read as he discusses why the X100T calls out to him even though he also has the Fuji X-T1. The T gets a Highly Recommended rating.

The Phoblographer gives the Sony 16-35mm f/4 OSS lens four out of five stars. The only thing they didn’t like was the price.

As promised, Fuji made its new firmware for the X-T1 available. Among many other new features, it adds electronic shutter speed of up to 1/32,000s and the vaunted Classic Chrome film simulation.

Phase One released version 8.1 of Capture One, a free update.

Canon updated its Digital Photo Professional software to version 4.1.50. Canon offers these updates by camera, but if you just want one link instead of navigating through the Canon Support site, use this one:

Happy Holidays!


Both B&H and Adorama are still offering many deals on various gear. Check their sites for the latest (affiliate links):


Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – Dec. 15

DP Review finished its look at the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. It gets the silver award and 84%, which often means a gold award.

SLR Lounge discusses the Canon 7D Mark II beyond merely using it for wildlife and sports and calls it ‘more of a jack-of-all-trades than other sites’ reviews are letting on.’

Michael Reichmann at The Luminous Landscape provides a hands-on perspective of the new Sony A7 II. He thinks Sony is on the right track.

The Imaging Resource reviewed the Sony A7S. They like it, with reservations.

The Photography Blog reviewed the Samsung NX1 and gives it the dubious ‘essential’ ranking, while the Samsung S 50-150mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens earns a ‘recommended’ rating

The same site also reviewed the Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 LM OIS WR lens, which gets highly recommended.

Adobe updated Camera Raw to include new cameras and lenses, including the Sony A7II

Profoto announced a firmware update for its Profoto B1 500 TTL flash units which adds the long-awaited high-speed sync functionality.


Both B&H and Adorama are almost constantly offering some kind of deal on various gear. Check their sites for daily updates.

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