Nikon has announced a new telephoto prime lens AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. This lens is the successor of current AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G lens, which is cost $8,996.95. This new lens promises improved autofocus, exposure accuracy and speed, while being 816g (nearly 2lb) lighter than its predecessor. It uses an electromagnetic diaphragm controller for improved exposure stability during continuous shooting, and a new VR Sport Mode recognizes panning motion to provide accurate compensation for camera shake.
Leica has announced the new Leica T Typ 701 mirrorless camera, with a price tag at $1,850.00. Leica T features a 16MP APS-C sensor. Two lenses – an 18-56mm F3.5-5.6 and a 35mm equivalent 23mm F2 prime have been announced alongside the camera – with the promise of an 11-23mm F3.5-4.5 wide-angle zoom and 55-135mm F3.5-4.5 telezoom to follow. The camera is milled from a solid billet of aluminum and features a touch screen that the company says uses a user-friendly operating concept. An optional electronic viewfinder (with built-in GPS) provides an alternative to the 3.7″ LCD, while an adapter for M lenses, that can read the 6-bit encoding, is also available.
Nikon has announced the new Nikon 1 V3 mirrorless camera, the latest addition to the company’s mirrorless lineup. The V3 sports a new 18.4 megapixel 1″-type CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection that covers nearly 100% of the frame. Combined with the Expeed 4A processor, the V3 can shoot at 20 fps with continuous AF, and 60 fps with single AF. Other features include twin dial control, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen LCD, manual exposure control, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi.
Nikon has released an update to their flagship D4 pro DSLR: the D4s. While not a major upgrade to the camera (hence the ‘s’ in the name), the D4s packs more processing power, a refined autofocus system, faster continuous shooting, and more video features (including 1080/60p support). Two other items pros will appreciate are a ‘small’ Raw size and a noticeable improvement in battery life compared to the D4. The camera will be available in early March for $6499.95.
Canon has announced the EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D. This model replaces the Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) and features the company’s familiar 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor, and 9-point AF system. The T5 also has a 3″ LCD, 3 fps continuous shooting, and 1080p video recording. Both the camera and ring light are priced at $549, with the former including an 18-55mm lens.
Olympus unveils the OM-D E-M10, a smaller and budget-friendlier Micro Four Thirds ‘Digital OM’ with many parts borrowed from the E-M5 – starting with its 16 megapixel sensor. It also manages to snag a few features from the flagship E-M1, including its TruePic VII processor and built-in Wi-Fi for image transfer and remote control. It falls short of its siblings with ‘3-axis’ image stabilization rather than the ‘5-axis’ system in the E-M5 and E-M1, and doesn’t provide an accessory port, but these concessions help nudge the E-M10 to an attractive price point.
Fujifilm has finally announced the Fujifilm X-T1. It’s a weather-resistant, SLR-styled mirrorless camera bearing Fuji’s 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor, borrowed from its X-E2 sibling. Its built-in 2.36M dot EVF is similar to that of the XE-2, though it boasts a higher 0.77x equivalent magnification and claimed lag time of 0.005 seconds. Also included is built-in Wi-Fi, now with remote capture, and a tilting 3.0-inch LCD.