Daily Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – Oct. 22

There are a bunch of Canon Powershot G7 X reviews and hands-on posts. The Imaging Resource pits the Canon against the Sony RX100III and the Panasonic LX100. Actually, they don’t yet, they just announce that they’re going to and don’t draw conclusions yet.

DPReview updated its first impressions of the Canon G7 X.

The Photography Blog posted its full review of the Canon G7 X yesterday and recommends it highly.

A bit more video than photography-oriented, Canon announced the Mark II version of its EOS C100 digital video camera, available end of December for $5,500.

The so-called Intrepid 4×5 Camera reached its Kickstarter goal of GBP27,000. It’s an effort to build an affordable large format camera. It’s a wooden 4×5 camera for which you have to get your own lens.

Despite my intention to post a roundup each workday, I didn’t post one yesterday as the pickings were too slim. Happens.

Deals

BorrowLenses.com is offering a Halloween special, adding three days for free if your rental normally would end on October 31. Use code PUMPKIN14.

B&H offers the new Nikon D750 with 24-120mm lens for $2,996.95, a $600 savings.

The store is also running a bunch of sales on Canon kits and lenses.

Gear Mentioned

PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera

 

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Daily Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – Oct. 15

Several sites have gotten their hands on the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO with the 1.4x teleconverter. They are so impressed with it that they’re gushing over it in early articles (here and here), before finishing their full reviews. I can’t wait to get mine.

Canon Netherlands ran a teaser for what apparently will be a premium compact high-zoom camera ‘for professionals.’ No idea why it ran only on the Dutch site. Maybe they messed up the date. You can sign up for more info in Dutch. I am Dutch, I am signed up, so I’ll do the translating for you when I get my update.

Photozone, tested the premium Nikon AF-S 58mm f/1.4G lens and was a bit disappointed condidering the $1,700 price. “The Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4 G is undoubtedly an impressive lens but it falls a little short of our high expectations given the very high price tag.” Basic conclusion: buy the Sigma 50mm ART for less.

The Photography Blog reviewed the Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR and ends up recommending it highly. Price is $2,400. The site also posted a review of the Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, which got a ‘recommended’ rating.

PetaPixel basically reposted the Nikon D750 review that British photographer Ross Harvey shared on his blog a while back.

Mike Johnston over at The Online Photographer is asking his readers to nominate cameras for his Fall Small Cameras We Love List. Small is relative in this case, with the Leica S and the Chamonix 45N-2 (a 4×5 view camera) on the list of nominees so far.

Ferrania’s Kickstarter campaign to resume film production cleared the $250,000 hurdle with still 14 days to go. Good news for those fearing the demise of film.

Nikon updated its ViewNX2 and Capture NX-D software. Mostly bug fixes.

Gear Mentioned (affiliate links to B&H):

That’s Handy: Photokina 2014 Goodies

After I spent all that time putting all those links to B&H together the other day, Amazon now makes it easy for us bloggers and puts most of the new stuff on one page:

Photokina 2014 Goodies

That’s an affiliate link, by the way. Somehow I keep hoping that at some point this site is going to bring in a bit of money…

Amazon misses out on some of the latest announcements, including another Zeiss lens and a major addition of lenses, two new S-cameras, a M film camera and a special edition of the screen-less digital M by Leica, the only company that can leave things out and then charge a fortune for it.

Those are here (B&H affiliate links):

The Final-Day Onslaught of Pre-Photokina Product Launches

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The nail biters among us gear-lust-driven photographers can almost start breathing normally again. Photokina 2014 starts in less than a day and it seems that most new product announcements are now over and done with.

Most important of all, Canon officially announced the EOS 7D Mark II, its long-awaited successor to the 7D action camera. More about that later.

Generally, though, this Photokina doesn’t see anything groundbreaking. Some nice new stuff, no doubt about it, but nothing that hasn’t been done before in some shape or form. That’s not surprising as it’s been clear for quite a while now that the digital photography industry is maturing.

To me the biggest shock is the fact that I now have to start taking Samsung seriously. Sorry, but I never did. I did hear good things about the brand, but the form factor of its cameras never appealed to me. With today’s introduction of the NX1 that changes. That camera looks like a real camera with awesome capabilities. I reserve full judgment, though, until I’ve held it in my hands. I’m sure image quality and all will be just dandy and that it can perform all kinds of neat tricks, but more and more I think a camera is made by how it feels in the hands of the photographer.

Read on beyond the break for a quick overview of the major announcements today and a few from the last days that I’ve so far overlooked.

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Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!

It’s the time of the year to wrap up things and get ready for another one. Apart from that procrastinator’s need to do last-minute Christmas shopping, it’s going over the 2013 emails, files and finances to start 2014 with a clean slate. Kids are home, guests are arriving. Presents are were piling up around the tree.

As I went through my 2013 paperwork, I realized that even although it feels I’ve done this blog forever, it has actually been live a very short time. It also has taken a different direction than I originally planned, partly because of all the interesting cameras being introduced this fall.

I’m going to use this break to think about how to proceed next year, hoping I will fall into a real routine and build a blog that many appreciate and visit.

In the meantime, I hope you will all enjoy the holidays and wish all a happy 2014.