Here Is DPReview’s Favorite Gear Of The Year

Gear Of The Year

DPReview published their favorite gear ranking for 2019. Canon has it place in the ranking, especially with the new RF lenses.

They say:

If 2018 was the year that full-frame mirrorless went mainstream, 2019 was the year when all of the major manufacturers really doubled-down on their mirrorless strategies. Canon pumped out a series of very high quality RF lenses, alongside the world’s cheapest full-frame mirrorless camera. Nikon went all-in on its range of affordable F1.8 primes, and Sony pulled out all the stops – yet again – in the a7R IV.

Meanwhile, Olympus threw all of its technological know-how into the sports-oriented OM-D E-M1 X, Fujifilm reinvented medium-format with the GFX 100 and Ricoh’s GR III and Leica’s Q2 offered a welcome refresh for fans of fixed-focal length compacts.

Read the story at DPReview.

Here is some of the gear of the year.

In the category “Best Zoom Lenses”:

Category “Best Midrange ILC”:

Category “Best high-end ILC”:

The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM lens also got DPReview’s innovation award and is classified among the products of the year.

Nikon Is Dying, Say These YouTubers (but there is hope)


Apocalyptic camera industry conspiracies seem to never end.

Tony & Chelsea Northrup say Nikon is dying, but there might be hope.

Nikon is expecting to lose $92 MILLION in 2020 on its camera business. That’s bad, but it gets worse – Nikon is planning to reduce R&D, so we can expect the rate of their technical advances to decrease. Nikon is also predicting that their market share will decrease, and the total market size is decreasing, so their revenue will inevitably drop.

We believe Nikon can pull through this, but their current plans might not be the right plans. We believe they should cater to existing DSLR customers rather than trying to push everyone to their mirrorless Z system. We believe the Z system is an area for long-term growth, but producing F-mount products will help raise cash to keep the business running in the short term. Finally, we believe Nikon should INVEST and take an even bigger loss for a couple of years, allowing them to grow their market share instead of cutting it.

Nikon’s possible imminent dead and possible ways to avoid it are further discussed in the video below.

Smartphones Might Not Be The Only Reason For The Shrinking Camera Market

Shrinking Camera Market

Smartphones are usually seen and named as the culprit for the shrinking camera market. But there might be more.

Robin Wong discusses the shrinking camera market from a broader perspective, and identifies four reasons for it.

He says:

We can easily point the blame solely to the existence of smartphones, but that is not the only reason. I admit smartphone camera improving drastically over the years with the convenience of only carrying one device to do it all, there seems to be less reason to pick up a dedicated camera. I acknowledge that smartphones played a huge contributing factor to the shrinkage of the camera market overall, but in this I want to explore several other valid reasons why less and less people are buying cameras. 

The other reasons he identified are:

  1. Camera has hit sufficiency
  2. Interest in photography is dying
  3. Social media changed the landscape of photography
  4. Photography is stagnant

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Canon Firmware Security Updates Released For 11 Cameras

Security Flaw Canon Firmware

Already announced earlier, here is another batch of Canon firmware updates dealing with a security flaw in Canon’s Picture Transfer Protocol, the WiFi transfer protocol used on Canon cameras. More information about the security issue can be learned here.

Below you see all yet released firmware updates to fix the security flaw. All links point to the latest firmware.

ModelEstimated Firmware availability
EOS-1D X*1*2Version 1.2.1 is available for download
EOS-1D X Mark II*1*2                     Version 1.1.7 is available for download
EOS-1D C*1*2                        Version 1.4.2 is available for download
EOS 5D Mark III*1Version 1.3.6 is available for download
EOS 5D Mark IVVersion 1.2.1 is available for download
EOS 5DS*1Version 1.1.3 is available for download
EOS 5DS R*1       Version 1.1.3 is available for download
EOS 6D      Version 1.1.9 is available for download
EOS 6D Mark IIVersion 1.0.5 is available for download
EOS 7D Mark II*1Version 1.1.3 is available for download
EOS 70DVersion 1.1.3 is available for download
EOS 80D    Version 1.0.3 is available for download
EOS M10Tbd
EOS M100Tbd
EOS M50Version 1.0.3 is available for download
EOS M6 Mark IIVersion 1.0.1 is available for download
EOS RVersion 1.4.0 is available for download
EOS RPVersion 1.4.0 is available for download
EOS Rebel SL2Tbd
EOS Rebel SL3Version 1.0.2 is available for download
EOS Rebel T6Tbd
EOS Rebel T6iTbd
EOS Rebel T6sVersion 1.0.1 is available for download
EOS Rebel T7Tbd
EOS Rebel T7ITbd
PowerShot G5X Mark IITbd
PowerShot SX70 HSVersion 1.1.1 is available for download
PowerShot SX740 HS

*1These models require a WiFi adapter or a Wireless File Transmitter to support WiFi connectivity.
*2Ethernet connections can also permit these vulnerabilities.
Version 1.0.2 is available for download

Canon product advisory:

Thank you very much for using Canon products.

An international team of security researchers has drawn our attention to a vulnerability related to communications via the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP), which is used by Canon digital cameras, as well as a vulnerability related to firmware updates.
(CVE-ID:CVE-2019-5994, CVE-2019-5995, CVE-2019-5998, CVE-2019-5999, CVE-2019-6000, CVE-2019-6001)

Due to these vulnerabilities, the potential exists for third-party attack on the camera if the camera is connected to a PC or mobile device that has been hijacked through an unsecured network.

At this point, there have been no confirmed cases of these vulnerabilities being exploited to cause harm, but in order to ensure that our customers can use our products securely, we would like to inform you of the following workarounds for this issue.

* Ensure the suitability of security-related settings of the devices connected to the camera, such as the PC, mobile device, and router being used.

* Do not connect the camera to a PC or mobile device that is being used in an unsecure network, such as in a free Wi-Fi environment.

* Do not connect the camera to a PC or mobile device that is potentially exposed to virus infections.

* Disable the camera’s network functions when they are not being used.

* Download the official firmware from Canon’s website when performing a camera firmware update.

Models Affected

These vulnerabilities affect the EOS-series digital SLR and mirrorless cameras PowerShot SX740 HS, PowerShot SX70 HS, PowerShot G5X Mark II.

Firmware Update

There is an increased use of PCs and mobile devices in an unsecure (free Wi-Fi) network environment where customers are not aware of the network security. As it has become prevalent to transfer images from a camera to a mobile device via Wi-Fi connection, we will implement firmware updates for the following models that are equipped with the Wi-Fi function.

Here Are Images Of The Upcoming Meyer Optik Trioplan 100 f/2.8 II, Trioplan 50, Lydith 30 Lenses

Meyer Optik Görlitz

Meyer Optik Görlitz is set to release renewed lenses soon. If you missed it, the traditional German lens manufacturer has some troubles in the recent past.

These optimized Meyer Optik lenses are going to be announced: the Trioplan 100 f2.8 II, Trioplan 50Lydith 30 and Primoplan 75. Images of the first three of these lenses are available. All lenses will come for to following mount types: Canon EF, Fuji X, Leica L, Leica M, M42, MFT, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony E.

Meyer Optik Trioplan 50mm

Canon EF, Fuji X, Leica L, Leica M, M42, MFT, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony E
Aperture:f2.9 – f22
Focal length:50mm
Filter diameter:52mm
Minimum focusing distance:0,4 m
Rangefinder Coupling for Leica:no

Trioplan 100mm

Mounts:Canon EF, Fuji X, Leica L, Leica M, M42, MFT, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony E
Aperture:f2.8 – f22
Focal length:100mm
Filter diameter:52mm
Minimum focusing distance:0,9 m
Rangefinder Coupling for Leica:no

Lydith 30mm

Mounts:Canon EF, Fuji X, Leica L, Leica M, M42, MFT, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony E
Aperture:f3.5 – f16
Focal length:30mm
Filter diameter:52mm
Minimum focusing distance:0,15 m
Rangefinder Coupling for Leica:no
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