BCN Trends Show Sony Losing Market in Japan, Canon Steady, Nikon Gaining

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BCN data for the full frame mirrorless market in Japan (April 2019) shows how Sony is slowly losing market shares in favour Nikon while Canon remains steady.

The five top ranking cameras are:

  1. Sony a7III
  2. Canon EOS RP
  3. Canon EOS R
  4. Nikon Z 6
  5. Sony a7II

Guess Sony will lose even more market shares in the next months. Besides Canon and Nikon’s offerings there is also stiff competition coming from the L-Mount front.

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Peak Design Announced a Travel Tripod That’s Incredibly Compact

Peak Design

Peak Design release a new, travel oriented tripod which is surprisingly compact.

You can pre-order the Peak Design Travel Tripod at Kickstarter.

Key Design Features

  1. Spatial efficiency: Peak Design engineers reworked Travel Tripod’s legs and center column to nest perfectly together in order to achieve a total packed diameter of just 3.25 inches—roughly the diameter of a water bottle. The result is a tripod that deploys to 58.5 inches tall while taking up less than half the volume of its competitors.
  2. Redesigned ball head: Travel Tripod ball head operates more fluidly than traditional tripod heads while still prioritizing spatial efficiency. By utilizing a single adjustment ring Peak Design was able to eliminates bulky and confusing knobs. This not only improves user experience but helps the Travel Tripod maintain its compact diameter from tip to toe. 
  3. Rapid deployment: Peak Design developed a system of non-inverted legs that rapidly deploy along an aligned system of locking cam levers. With three swift hand movements, the legs can be fully extended and ready for action.
  4. Available in carbon fiber + aluminum alloy legs: carbon (2.81lbs – msrp: $599) aluminum alloy (3.44lbs – msrp $349)
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Press release:

Peak Design Unveils The Next Generation of Camera TripodsNew Travel Tripod Promises to Redefine Product Category for Years to Come

San Francisco, CA (May, 2019) – After multiple award-winning bag releases, Peak Design, the worldwide leader in crowdfunding and everyday carry solutions, is proud to disrupt yet another product category—the camera tripod.More than four years in the making, Peak Design’s newest release, Travel Tripod, is a ground-up reexamination ofcamera tripod design to produce the world’s most portable, packable, and easy-to-setup tripod for professionals and first-time tripod owners alike.

Peak Design directly addressed their biggest rub about traditional tripods: spatial inefficiency and unnecessary bulk.Peak Design’s goal was to eliminate the dead space within a tripod, an ever-present inefficiency that often doubles ortriples the effective diameter of a packed tripod. Peak Design engineers reworked Travel Tripod’s legs and centercolumn to nest perfectly together in order to achieve a total packed diameter of just 3.25 inches—roughly the diameter of a water bottle. The result is a tripod that deploys to 58.5 inches tall while taking up less than half the volume of its competitors.

“During my travels in 2008 I began wondering why on Earth my tripod was so big. The thing was full of negativespace and knobs, and I felt like something designed for portability could do much better,” commented Peak Design CEO, Peter Dering. “I quickly realized that anything short of a complete design overhaul would fail to meet my criteriaof the perfect travel tripod. It took years of development but the outcome is a camera tripod that seamlessly integratesinto all aspects of travel and adventure.”

Travel Tripod is among the quickest-to-deploy and most intuitive to use tripods on the market. Peak Design developed a system of non-inverted legs that rapidly deploy along an aligned system of locking cam levers. With three swift hand movements, the legs can be fully extended and ready for action.

Peak Design also optimized the Travel Tripod ball head to operate more fluidly than traditional tripod heads while still prioritizing spatial efficiency. Travel Tripod eliminates bulky and confusing knobs with a single adjustment ring for simple and smooth 360-degree adjustment. Peak Design’s proprietary quick-release plate technology facilitates lightning-fast camera attachment—easily accommodating a full frame DSLR with telephoto lens—and is compatible with Peak Design carrying equipment and with Arca Swiss tripod dimensions. Furthermore, Travel Tripod’s ball head measures just 3.25 inches in diameter, keeping it aligned with the packed profile of the tripod’s legs for exceptionallycompact carry.

In addition to a thorough rethinking of a tripod’s architecture and user interface, carefully considered material choices and construction techniques provide the stability and vibration dampening demanded by avid photographers. A built- in universal phone mount, bubble-level, hook for counterweights, and included soft case round out a packed feature list that fans of Peak Design have come to expect.

Available both in carbon fiber and aluminum legs (MSRP: $599.95 // $349.95) the Travel Tripod will launch on Kickstarter (peakdesign.com/ks) for a pre-sale discount beginning May 21, 2019. The tripod will then be available for purchase online at peakdesign.com and through major retailers in time for the 2019 holiday season.

Industry News: Fujifilm GFX 100 Specs Leaked, It’s a 120MP, Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm Gfx 100

Specifications of the upcoming Fujifilm GFX 100 leaked at Nokishita. The Fujifilm GFX 100 is expected to be announced on May 23, 2019. You can follow the Fujifilm GFX 100 live blogging at Fuji Rumors.

Fujifilm GFX 100 specifications

  • Equipped with a backside illuminated CMOS sensor with 120 million pixels
  • High-speed image processing engine “X-Processor 4”
  • Achieves high-speed AF with up to twice the speed of the current model and excellent in moving object tracking
  • 3.78 million image plane phase difference pixels are placed on the entire surface of the image sensor (coverage ratio about 100%)
  • The accuracy of “face and pupil detection AF” has dramatically improved
  • In addition to face detection of objects farther away, it is also possible to achieve high followability even when the face turns sideways or is blocked by an obstacle.
  • Equipped with a 5-axis camera shake correction mechanism in the body that has an effect of up to 5.5 steps
  • Equipped with 4K / 30P video shooting function
  • Recording to an SD card 4K 30p 10bit 4: 2: 0, recording to an external media via HDMI 4K 30p 10bit 4: 2: 2
  • The first “GFX Series” to be equipped with “ETERNA” mode
  • In addition to rear liquid crystal monitor corresponding to 3.2 type 3 direction tilt, we adopt 2.05 type rear sub monitor newly
  • The newly installed 1.80 top screen sub LCD monitor can use “Virtual dial mode” to display dial design
  • Newly developed 5.76 million dots organic EL electronic view finder
  • View finder magnification 0.86 times, optional EVF tilt adapter “EVF-TL1” can be attached
  • It supports “16bit RAW” “16bit TIFF” recording
  • Newly developed Smooth Skin Effect, a new function that automatically performs skin retouching
  • We realize small size, light weight of thinnest part 48.9mm, approximately 1400 g (including two batteries, memory card, electronic view finder)
  • High dust and water proof performance and low temperature resistant structure with 95 places sealing
  • First to support “IEEE 802.11ac” as “GFX series”
  • Since two “NP-T125” can be mounted, approximately 800 images can be taken when using the rear LCD monitor
  • Power supply and charge from USB terminal is possible

Canon Doesn’t Use Technology That Hasn’t Thoroughly Tested, IBIS is Coming (Interview)

Canon Rumors Canon Full Frame Mirrorless

Russian site Photar.ru interviewed the head of Canon Russia’s department of product and consumer expertise, Artem Lezhnev.

Answering the most common critics (all excerpts are machine translated):

People who criticize Canon are divided into two types. The first does not like the skinton, form factor or some particular points. The second – do not digest the marketing policy of the company. Why, for example, in one of the new Canon cameras – neither in the flagship, nor the middle or entry level, is it not possible to record 4K video without a crop? The company is technologically unable to carry out this task?

– We did not set such a function intentionally. We have a series of Cinema EOS – movie cameras. Canon separates EOS R and Cinema EOS from each other. This series is aimed at shooting professional video. Camera Canon C700 – there certainly is 4K from the whole frame.

We can put 4K from a full frame in the SLR and mirrorless, but we do not want to “cannibalize” our own video segment.

At the end there is some truth in the fact that Canon doesn’t “want to cannibalize” their video segment.

Is there a new Canon camera in the pipeline?

Could it be that the company is already testing a new camera, which will later be announced, for example, before the Olympiad?

“I’m sure Canon is already developing next-generation cameras, because testing usually starts at least a year before the camera enters the market.”

And when does testing end?

– A few months before the camera announcement. We have a very serious program of ambassadors, a very tough selection. Canon has the whole EMEA region – the whole of Europe, the whole of Africa, the Middle East and Russia – only 40 people. These are people with publications, participants of professional exhibitions of various genres, people who have really proved their professionalism, and we are working with them on testing .

What about IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation)?

– We already have three patents on IBIS – on a mobile matrix and stabilisation, but we continue to work on them.Canon never uses technology that has not yet been tested.It took us so much time, because the technology itself requires a very detailed study, because the moving matrix is ​​good, on the one hand.On the other hand, go to any service and ask how many cameras they have there with broken moving dies.The stabilization system is a very fragile thing.

Interesting. And what about lenses after IBIS?

– It is possible that after [having implemented IBIS in cameras], Canon will begin to produce much cheaper glass.Lens stub is quite expensive.

So, let’s hope IBIS will soon come to Canon DSLRs and MILCs, and happy to hear that excellent Canon optics will be less expensive.

[via Photar.ru]

You Can Now De-Click Your Canon RF Lenses (Control Ring Modification)

Canon Eos R

Canon offers a service to de-click RF mount lenses, i.e. lenses for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system. After modifying the control ring it will be possible to switch between normal functionality and de-clicked.

Canon advisory:

What is the Control Ring’s Clicking Sound Modification Service?

Canon’s control ring’s modification service offers RF lenses and Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R owners the opportunity to remove/reapply the control ring’s clicking sound.

Why might this be needed.

The click action of the control ring allows the user to have a sense of how much it is being turned. However, if used during video shooting, the sound of the control ring operation may be recorded.

Pricing

ModelPrice*
RF Lenses$79.99
Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R$59.99

*Tax and freight fee are NOT included 
*All pricing is subject to change

Thank you, 
Customer Support Operations 
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
 
Contact Information for Inquiries 
Canon Customer Support Center 
Phone:1-800-OK-CANON (toll free)
1-800-652-2666
For additional support options:usa.canon.com/support

Meet The InstantKon RF70, a Foldable Rangefinder Instant Camera Using Fujifilm Instax Wide film

InstantKon RF70

MiNT Camera announced the InstantKon RF70. The InstantKon RF70 is a new rangefinder, full control instant camera, using Fujifilm Instax Wide film

The InstantKon RF70_auto sells at $779, the InstantKon RF70 at $899. Both are available at MiNT.

Specification:

  • Apertures: f/5.6, f/6.7, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
  • Lens: 3-element lens with glass, aspherical lenses, f=93mm
  • Coating: Multi-layer coated
  • Focusing distance: 0.75m (29.5 inches) – ∞ (manual focus)
  • Depth-of-field (@ 0.75m and f/5.6): 4.9cm
  • Largest aperture (35mm equivalent): f/2.4
  • Shutter speed: 1/500 – 1sec (A mode), B mode – maximum 10mins
  • Viewfinder: Real image viewfinder, 0.44x
  • Exposure control:
  • RF70: AUTO, A+1, A-1, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, B, R
  • RF70_auto: AUTO, A+1, A-1, B
  • Flash: Built-in electronic flash with auto-brightness balance
  • Multiple exposures: Yes, unlimited times
  • Battery: 2 AA Alkaline batteries (included)
  • Film: W108mm x H85mm (Image: W99mm x H62mm), ISO800
  • Adapters: Cable release socket, tripod mount socket, neck strap eyelets and 2.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions: 182 x 122 x 64mm (7.16 x 4.8 x 2.51 inches)
  • Weight: 806 grams (28.4oz) (camera only)
  • Warranty: 5 years

Press release:

The New Generation of MiNT Camera You Can Control

The Motivation

  • Instant cameras don’t have to be toys.
  • Polaroid Corporation, under the leadership of Dr Edwin Land, demonstrated it in the 1970s with high-end instant cameras.
  • High-end instant cameras became a lasting success and gained a cult following even until this day.
  • It became the cornerstone of The Impossible Project, the company that saved Polaroid. Without these high-end instant cameras, we wouldn’t have The Impossible Project, and we wouldn’t have instant film to shoot.
  • 10 years of camera-making experience behind us, MiNT can design a groundbreaking product just like the early vintage polaroids, but more affordable and accessible.
  • We want to challenge the basic assumptions of toy instant cameras. We want to break the limitations of ordinary cameras.
  • Perfect combination of modern tech and timeless design.
  • So that you can push the boundaries of instant photography beyond parties, gifts, and souvenirs.

Introducing InstantKon RF70

Full control in an instant camera

  • InstantKon RF70 is designed to let the photographer take control. With ordinary instant cameras, the camera controls you. With MiNT cameras, you control the camera. RF70 is the only WIDE format camera that offers full manual control – shutter speed, aperture, and focus.
  • With full controls and an enormous film format (Instax WIDE film size: W99mm x H62mm), it doesn’t take a pro to capture the most stunning moments.

Why is full control important?

  • Full control is very important in an instant camera. If you can control it, you will know how the picture turns out before it develops.
  • The ability to preview an instant picture saves you time and a lot of film.
  • Full control is also very important because it lets you get the picture you want, instead of just guessing.
  • The wide variety of aperture and shutter speed setting means you can shoot under a lot of different light conditions, no matter which way the sun is shining.

Control the depth of field

  • Six aperture selections
  • The largest aperture f/5.6 is equivalent to f/2.4 on 35mm, together with the enormous film size, gives you incredible depth-of-field.
  • RF70 gives you the shallowest depth of field in any instant camera (except special mods). Phenomenal bokeh: Only 4.9cm at f/5.6 and 75cm.
  • Real mechanical rangefinder, bright and easy to use.

Control the exact amount of light you need

  • 14 shutter speeds, including manual speeds and long exposures
  • Wide range of shutter speeds, combined with aperture control and built-in flash, you will be able to push the boundaries of instant photography beyond parties, gifts, and souvenirs.
  • Auto or manual are both present in the camera. It’s up to you to choose.

All you need in one foldable body

  • Built-in flash for nighttime or fill flash
  • 2.5mm audio jack for triggering external studio flash
  • A film eject lever lets you do unlimited multiple exposures
  • Light meter for detecting ambient light
  • LCD display for ND recommendations
  • B mode for up to 10 minutes ultra long exposure
  • Double-click the shutter button for T mode
  • Compatible with standard cable releases
  • Tripod socket for standard tripods
  • Multi-layer coated lenses
  • Incredible 5-year warranty
  • Unlimited Free Films program on Instagram

InstantKon RF70_auto

  • RF70_auto is the simple version of RF70.
  • It has all the advantages of RF70, just one less degree of freedom. You can still control aperture and focus.
  • Same lens.
  • It’s got all the basic controls you need to capture stunning moments.

Extras

  • Lens Set – Neutral Density Filter (ND2, ND4, ND8). It can reduce extra light entering the camera to avoid over-exposure in bright sunlight conditions. The camera has an indicator telling you which ND filter to use.
  • Lens Hood – To reduce unwanted glare.