Replacement for Canon EOS 760D announced

Canon EOS 77D Announced: Move over Canon EOS 760D

Canon has announced the EOS 77D a new APS-C DSLR  which will sit between the company’s established entry-level DSLRs and the more enthusiast-oriented Canon EOS 80D.

In essence the 77D is a replacement to the current EOS 760D. But despite sitting below the 80D in the lineup, it shares that more advanced model’s 24.2MP sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus and adds an updated Digic 7 processor to the mix.

Thre AF system now consists of a 45 -point all-cross-type AF system and 7650-pixel RGB+IR metering system, which work together for better accuracy and subject recognition.

Rounding out the package is an ISO range of 100-25600, continuous 6 fps burst shooting with autofocus (4.5 fps when using Live View), 1080/60p video capture and wireless connectivity featuring NFC and Bluetooth LE.

The new camera gains a built-in interval and bulb timers, greater custom controls including an AF-On button, a top LCD panel and an eye sensor to shut off the rear LCD when the camera is raised for shooting.

February 2015

Canon EOS 800D Announced

Canon EOS 800D: New Entry level APS-C DSLR Announced

Canon has announced its latest entry-level DSLR, the EOS model the EOS 800D.

The new camera is the highest specified of the beginner-friendly line and maintains the same 24.4MP resolution CMOS sensor as its predecessor.

However What is new is a 45-point all cross-type autofocus system used for viewfinder shooting, and Dual Pixel AF in live view.

The camera uses Canon’s Digic 7 image processor, and provides a 6 fps burst rate. Wi-Fi and NFC are now complemented by Bluetooth, making it compatible with Canon’s first-ever Bluetooth wireless remote as well as smartphones. A 3″ 1.04 million-dot touchscreen is offered, as is a new interface designed to guide beginning photographers and help them get the shots they want.

February 2017


Sigma 85mm f1.4 “Art” : As good as it get

Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG “Art” : Amazing value and performance

The technical review site DxO that undertakes lab test inorder to score lenses on their optical prowess has published its test of the Sigma 85mm f1.4 ” Art” prime lens and it produced the highest score EVER.

Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Review Image

The  Sigma which is designed for full frame DSLR’s was paired to a Nikon D810 and D800E both 36mp full frame cameras.

It will be interesting to see if the lens can maintain its amazing performance on more resolute 48mp and 50mp sensor’s, I  can’t see why not?

Once again Sigma’s “Art” lenses have proved themselves as good ( and if not better) than their big named more famous rivals.

February 2017

Pentax KP: New APS-C DSLR Announced

Pentax KP DSLR : A Typical Pentax (not a bad thing at all)

Pentax has announced a APS-C compact DSLR the Pentax KP.

Looking a bit like a Nikon Df the new camera packs a new ‘high sensitivity’ 24MP CMOS sensor ( which tops out at ISO 819,200) and internally the camera boasts an improved in-body image stabilization system which promises up to 5-stop of stabilisation.

The camera has an electronic shutter that tops out at 1/24000 sec and a mechanical one which goes to 1/6000 sec.

Like  other Pentax models, the KP supports Pixel Shift Resolution as well as AA Filter Simulation.

The KP uses the same SAFOX 11 autofocus system as the K-3 II, meaning that it has 27 points, 25 of which are cross-type.

The KP’s body is relatively compact in size (its sized like a beafy mirrorless camera which looks like a sort of Nikon Df) and in typical Pentax fashion its sealed against dust and moisture, and functional down to +14F/-10C. It has a pentaprism viewfinder with 95% coverage and a 0.63x (equivalent) magnification (regrettably no 100% coverage), as well as a tilting 3″ touchscreen display with 921K dot resolution.

In typical Pentax fashion you’ll have the ability to change the camera’s grip, with three sizes to choose from, a nice touch.

January 2017

Fuji gives full details of the Fujifilm GFX 50S

Full details of Fujifilm GFX 50S Announced

Fujfilm GFX 50S : Sub £7 Grand medium format ownership

News image

Fuji has released full details of it up and coming mirrorless medium-format camera, the Fujifilm GFX 50S which may look  a bit like a pumped up X-T2 but in reality will gives users out of this world image quality.

The realitively compact size and weight of the GFX 50S suggests handheld medium format photography will become a whole lot more pratical.

As previously reported the new Fujifilm GFX 50S will use a 51.4MP ‘Fujifilm G Format’ medium-format sensor (which measures 43.8 x 32.9mm), and which offers an area that is some 1.7x larger than that of a normal full-frame sensor.

The lens mount will be known as G-mount and, like all medium-format cameras, it has a ‘reverse’ crop factor of 0.79x, so that new 63mm F2.8 lens is actually equivalent to 50mm.

Fujifilm promises six “G” lenses in 2017, the standard 63mm f2.8 prime (50mm equivalent) and 36-64mm f4 zoom (25-51mm equiv) at launch  followed by the 120mm f4 OIS Macro by mid 2017, then the 45mm f2.8 (35mm equiv), 110mm f2 (87mm equiv) and 23mm f4 (18mm equiv) by the end of the year. All are weather-sealed and employ fly-by-wire electronic focusing like X-mount lenses. Fujifilm also claims they are designed to deliver sufficient resolution for 100 Megapixel sensors in the future.

The camera new camera has a 117-point contrast-detect AF system, and users can set the focus point using the touchscreen or a joystick on the rear plate. Its NP-T125 lithium-ion battery is rated for 400 shots on a single charge.

The weather-sealed body is made of a magnesium alloy and weighs just 825g/43oz with battery and memory card installed a lot less than other medium format cameras.

It has a large 3.2″ dual-tilt touchscreen LCD display plus a 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder, to which you can add a ’tilt adapter’ allowing it to tilt upward by 90° and rotated left or right by 45°.

On the top plate you will find a small 1.28″ LCD which displays current shooting settings. There are two SD card slots, both of which support high-speed UHS-II media.

It can even capture Full HD video at up to 30p, with a bit rate of 36 Mbps and as usual for medium format cameras it will supports tethered shooting from a PC.

Various optional accessories will be available including a battery grip, H-Mount adapter for use with classic Fujinon HC lenses and a ‘View Camera Adapter G’ that lets you use the GFX as a digital back.

And finally the important bits.

The new camera (and first “G” lenses) will become available at the end of February with the new Fujifilm GFX 50S costing £6199 body only which is a bit of a bargin in the medium formatt world but regrettably means it will be out of the reach of us mere mortals.

January 2017