Nikon Z 9 Review – Perhaps Most Complete Camera Ever Tested, Says DPReview

Nikon Z 9 Review

Here is a Nikon Z 9 review, and it is a very positive one.

At a glance:

  • 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 7 Image Processor
  • 8.3K 60p N-RAW, 4.1K 60p ProRes RAW
  • 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
  • Up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting
  • 493-Point AF, AI-Based Subject Detection
  • Blackout-Free Real Live Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ 4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Vertical Grip, 2x CFexpress Type B Slots
  • 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS

Photographic authority DPReview posted their Nikon Z 9 review, and boy are they fond of this camera. They gave it a 94% score (and Gold Award), the highest score they ever gave (if I am not wrong). From their conclusion:

Image quality is excellent, with the tiny dent in dynamic range, compared with the D850 or Sony a1, not making any appreciable real-world difference. There appear to be few downsides to the new Raw compression options, either, which is hugely valuable when you’re capturing twenty 45MP images every second. Autofocus is also frankly phenomenal: combining Nikon’s easy-to-configure usability with speed and performance to match the best we’ve ever seen.

The Nikon Z9 is perhaps the most complete camera we’ve ever tested. It shoots excellent 45MP images at up to 30fps (20 with Raw), it captures 8K video in everything from 8-bit MP4s to 12-bit N-Raw. Its autofocus system is both powerful and easy to use and works well for both stills and video. It’s larger and heavier than some of its rivals, which make it less well suited to some applications, but overall it combines the best of a DSLR and a video camera in a single body.

Read the review at DPReview…

Nikon surprised everyone releasing a Nikon Z 9 firmware update that’s so huge it could have been an entirely new camera.

Nikon Z 9 (starts $5,496.95): B&H Photo | Adorama

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Canon RF 16mm F/2.8 STM Review (excellent value for money, extremely versatile)

Rf 16mm F/2.8 STM Review

Here is a new Canon RF 16mm F/2.8 STM review. An affordable lens that performs quite good. This is not the first very positive review this lens gets.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM at a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

ePhotozine posted their full Canon RF 16mm F/2.8 STM review. They gave the lens a 4.5/5 rating and a “highly recommended”. We agree. This is a lens every EOS R photographer should have. From ePhotozine’s conclusion:

It is not perfect technically, but it is a perfectly usable and extremely versatile ultra-wide lens at a very keen price. It seems to be well made and many of the shortcomings optically may well not be significant drawbacks for the applications the lens is intended for. In particular, it could be an outstanding vlogging lens, it has low distortion making it ideal for architecture and delivers sharp, impressive images at real-world distances.

Read the full review at ePhotozine…

I our opinion, this is a little gem only Canon can make at this price. The Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM sells at $299:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

All Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM coverage is listed here.

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The Ten Weirdest Cameras Of All Time, According To DPReview and G. Laing

Cameras

Here is something funny to start the week with: the 10 weirdest cameras of all time.

DPReview TV and CameraLab’s Gordon Laing discuss what they think are he 10 weirdest cameras ever made. Enjoy.

The history of digital photography is full of “innovative” (weird) cameras, but what are the most bizarre ones? Gordon Laing from Camera Labs  joins Chris to discuss the weirdest digital cameras ever produced.

Canon RF 14-35mm F/4L IS Review (a beauty delivering lovely results)

Canon RF 14-35mm F/4L IS Review

Here is a Canon RF 14-35mm F/4L IS review. A rather enthusiastic review, we might add.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Three UD Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Air-Sphere and Fluorine Coatings
  • Nano USM AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

ePhotozine posted their full Canon RF 14-35mm F/4L IS review. They gave the lens a 5/5 rating and an “editor’s choice” mention. From their conclusion:

Some lenses just gel and just get on with the job, performing flawlessly and smoothly and not getting in the way of image-making. This is such a lens; what a beauty it is and what lovely results it delivers.

The extra 1mm compared to the existing 15-35mm lens should not be underestimated, as such a difference is much more significant in an ultra-wide than, say, the difference between a 100mm and 105mm lens would be. The loss of 1 stop of speed does mean a lighter, more compact lens that also costs significantly less. This makes a good choice for travel photography.

In summary, a superb offering from Canon and without doubt an ‘Editor’s Choice’.

Read the review at ePhotozine

Canon RF 14-35mm F/4L IS:

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Canon EOS R3 Review For Wildlife Photography (And Best Settings For It)

Canon Eos R3 Review

Here is a new Canon EOS R3 review with an eye on wildlife photography and some suggestions on the best settings for it.

Canon EOS R3 at a glance:

  • 24MP Full-Frame Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Eye Control AF
  • 6K60 Raw and 4K120 10-Bit Internal Video
  • 30 fps E. Shutter, 12 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 5.76m-Dot EVF with 120 fps Refresh Rate
  • 3.2″ 4.2m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Built-In Vert. Grip
  • CFexpress & SD UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Wired LAN and 5 GHz Wi-Fi Support

Coming from Pangolin Wildlife Photography, the first video below reviews the Canon EOS R3 for wildlife photography and the second video discusses the best EOS R3 settings for wildlife photography. Enjoy.

Canon EOS R3 settings for wildlife photography

You can download the Canon EOS R3 user manual from Canon. Or you might read it online. A technical brochure about the EOS R3 is available. You can watch the EOS R3 live-stream again here. More Canon EOS R3 review stuff is listed here. We put together some interesting videos about the EOS R3, listed here. Be sure to check Gordon Laing’s in-depth review of the EOS R3, part 1 and part 2. Oh, and don’t forget to listen how the R3’s 30fps sound. Canon EOS R3 product description after the break.

Order in the USA ($5,999):
B&H Photo | Adorama

All Canon EOS R3 world-wide order links:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

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