Pentax K-70 Review

Pentax K-70: Definately worth considering.

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From Photography Blog UK:

“The Pentax K-70 is outwardly a minor refresh of 2013’s K-50 DSLR camera, offering a very similar control layout with a better, deeper grip and new thumb-rest. Inside, though, are a lot of improvements inherited from the more expensive K-3 II and flagship K-1 cameras, including the innovative Pixel Shift Resolution technology, an improved anti-shake system, AA-filter-free optical design with anti-aliasing filter simulation function, built-in wi-fi connectivity, and 14-bit RAW files.

The K-70 even has a few aces up its proverbial sleeve in the form of the handy vari-angle LCD, wider ISO 100-102,400-equivalent range, a new hybrid AF system which includes on-chip phase-detect autofocus pixels, and full-time autofocus during movie capture, all of which we’d expect to see featured on all future Pentax DSLRs. Although it might look like the 3-year-old K-50 at first glance, there’s a lot of new things going on under the hood that make this a compelling mid-range DSLR camera”.

August 2016

Fujinon XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R review

Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

From Photozone:

“The Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR impressed me quite a bit – not only in the lab but also in the real life. Honestly I was almost about to purchase the lens from the rental company (but I kept my sanity). The center sharpness is very high throughout the zoom range. The borders/corners are also very sharp between 100 and 300mm. Expect slightly softer corners at 400mm though (but then who cares here). Lateral CAs are not a real issue. Most users will keep image auto-correction activated thus neither distortions nor vignetting are issue in this case. The native characteristic isn’t quite as good here though. The quality of the bokeh is very decent for such a lens – at least technically – but don’t expect wonders regarding the depth-of-field at conventional focus distances.

Fujifilm is targeting the semi-pro and professional market with this lens so the build quality is on very high level (although it doesn’t touch the Canon EF 100-400mm USM L IS II or Sigma 150-600mm Sports here). Most body parts are made of metal and the broad, rubberized control rings are fun to use. The AF is both fast and silent (for a mirrorless camera setup). Needless to say but the image stabilizer is an essential ingredient on such a lens and Fujifilm’s version offers an effective gain around the 3-4 f-stop mark … depending on your coffee level”.

August 2016

Could it be true? A Medium Format Fuji?

Curious rumours re-circulating regarding a new Fuji camera

The Fuji faithful have for a number of years maintained and circulated rumours that Fuji would one day enter the digital full frame market.

Lets face it a full frame “X” camera would be something truly special and therefore something to dream about. However I for one have alway thought it “pie in the sky” I just don’t think the economics would add up for Fuji .

Whilst Sony’s A7 mirrorless full frame cameras have opened up the full frame market in general and in the process made full frame ownership more affordable, the likes of Nikon and more recently Pentax-Ricoh have hit back with equally affordable models.

Is there further viable growth potential in the full frame market? Well clearly there is some potential but sufficent growth and return for a new player? Am not so convinced.

Well curiously an old persistent Fuji rumour has recently re-surfaced which hints that Fuji will introduce a DIGITAL medium format camera one assumes to compete with the likes of the current Pentax 645 models?

Could this actually be true this time? Mmmmm I wonder.

Remember recently Hassalblad (much to the frustration of the Hassalblad faithful) introduced the mirrorless medium format X1D and no one saw that coming so I suppose anything is possible?

Hassalblad X1D-50c

 

And also remember Fuji does have a history of medium format film cameras

Fuji GF 670

Fujifilm GF670 Rangefinder Folding Camera

So speculating, would any future digital Fuji medium format camera be an “X” camera, ie a medium format with a large Trans-X sensor?

I would think this highly doubtful and surmise that Fuji would most likely use a Sony developed sensor with some tweaks?

I do reckon that if these rumours are true then Fuji would be crazy not to try and build on the “X” factor of its current  APS-C “X” cameras by keeping a traditional retro look and make any medium format camera DSLR like in form and petite in size?

Would the camera be mirrorless? I’d imagine so?

Naturally all this must be taken with a very large dose of salt, rumours are just that and often much more ie total fantasy and we are entering the rumour season.

Having said that the more I think about it, the release of a digital mirrorless medium format camera by Fuji does make some commercial sense, certainly more so than a Fuji full frame model (due to larger mark ups and return for what would still be an expensive camera)

If any company has shown a willingness to do something different its Fuji.

As Photokina 2016 approaches the internet buzzes with all sorts or curiuos and wild rumours some have more foundation than others. But it does seem a bit too early for April Fools, so there may be something in it, then again I hear that Elvis is alive and well living the quiet life in Southend?

Mark Baynham (August 2016)

Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar FE 35mm f2.8 ZA

Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35 mm f/2.8 ZA

Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35 mm f/2.8 ZA - Introduction

From Lenstip:

Pros:

  • compact and solid casing of high quality,
  • good image quality in the frame centre already from the maximum relative aperture,
  • slight longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • very low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of serious spherical aberration issues,
  • accurate, fast and noiseless autofocus.

Cons:

  • unsatisfactory image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • huge vignetting visible even on the smaller APS-C sensor,
  • a bit too high level of coma.

“Small, handy, solid, with good build quality and outstanding sharpness in the frame centre – for many people these features would be a recommendation good enough to purchase the lens. Providing that its price is right”.

August 2016