Canon M50 here in April

For those wanting to step up from a smartphone, Canon has a camera it thinks you’ll want, the EOS M50, an interchangeable lens camera with 4K video recording.

Canon describes the M50 as an “all-around,” entry-level camera with features that encourage users to broaden their creative visions.

Providing improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor is said to deliver less noise and high definition in low-light situations.

Camera features include a new DIGIC 8 image processor; HD 120p High-frame video rate; built-in OLED electronic viewfinder with Touch and Drag Autofocus; a Vari-Angle LCD touchscreen; Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity; automatic image transfer to compatible devices while shooting; and a new Silent Mode.

The Canon EOS M50 is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $779.99 for the body only. The camera will also be available with the EF-M 15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens in both black and white for an estimated retail price of $899.99. Additionally, the M50 will be sold with the EF-M 15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and the EF-M 55-200 mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM in black only for an estimated retail price of $1,249.00. A Video Creator Kit will also be available for the M50 for an estimated retail price of $999.99.


Sony 24-105 mm lens here in November

Sony has introduced the full-frame, E-mount FE 24-105 mm f/4 G OSS lens, which the company says is the most lightweight design in its class.

The lens is claimed to deliver excellent corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entirety of its zoom range, while also producing beautifully rendered bokeh (background defocus) at all focal lengths.

The 24-105 uses advanced optical design featuring four aspherical lens elements, two of which are high precision AA (advanced aspherical) lenses. There are also three strategically located ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that work in combination with the aspherical lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration, says Sony.

The lens also has Nano AR coating to minimize flare and ghosting, and utilizes a circular aperture.

Weight is approximately 663 g (23.4 oz), minimum focus distance is 1.25 ft, and the lens includes built-in optical image stabilization.

This new standard zoom lens features a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) system that is capable of rapid positioning of the lens’ focus groups with high accuracy and very minimal noise, Sony notes.

The lens also features a customizable focus hold button, a dust and moisture resistant design and a fluorine coating on the front element to help minimize dust, water, oil and other contaminants.

The Sony FE 24-105 mm f/4 G OSS lens is scheduled to ship in November, at a price of about $1,700.

Panasonic adds Leica 50-200 mm lens

Panasonic has unveiled the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200 mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH. lens (equivalent: 100-400 mm), with Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring, plus a rugged, dust/splash-proof design that is freeze-proof to -10F.

The Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) compensates for hand-shake movement. The lens works with Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) and Dual.I.S.2 when mounted on compliant Lumix cameras.

Comprising 21 elements in 15 groups, the lens system features two UED (Ultra Extra-low Dispersion) lenses, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses and two aspherical lenses.

The sensor drive at max. 240 fps takes full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF for video recording performance, and an inner focus drive system ensures smooth, silent operation. A micro-step drive system in the aperture control helps the camera smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning, sats the company. The optical design is said to provide exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming.

The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200 mm will be available at the end of June.

Canon intros bounce flash with brains

Canon bills its new Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash a “revolutionary” new flash system. The flash incorporates Auto Intelligent (AI) Bounce technology – engineered to automatically and intelligently configure the most appropriate bounce angle for ideal lighting conditions.

AI Bounce is claimed to determine and dictate the optimal angle of the flash based on two distance variables: the distance between the camera and the ceiling, and the distance between the camera and the shooting subject.

This could be a real boon to those new to flash photography. For more advanced photographers who often alter the horizontal or vertical direction of their camera back and forth, the 470EX-AI will remember the previous bounce angle and restore the flash to that position.

Additional features include infrared AF assist mode, optical receiver transmission, and flash coverage from 14 mm and 24 mm to 105 mm.

The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash is scheduled to be available in April.

E-mount Tokina FíRIN 20 mm lens here soon

Tokina has announced the Tokina FíRIN 20 mm f/2 FE AF lens, the second prime lens in the company’s premium lens series for mirrorless cameras. It’s the autofocus version of the existing Fírin 20 mm f/2 FE super wide angle lens for full-frame Sony E-mount, with the same optical design as in the manual focus model.

The optical design uses two aspherical elements and three lenses molded from Super-low Dispersion glass to significantly reduce any type of aberration including spherical aberration, distortion and chromatic aberration while assuring high resolution and what Tokina calls “stunning” performance even at wide open aperture.

For the AF drive system the lens uses a quick responsive and silent ring-shaped ultrasonic motor. Tokina says the lens is fully compatible with Fast Hybrid AF system and all AF function settings, providing the same AF performance as with common E-mount AF lenses. Fine manual focus adjustment is also possible.

Tokina says the lens is tentatively scheduled for late May availability.

April release for Pentax K-1 Mark II

The Pentax K-1 Mark II full-frame DSLR is an updated version of the original K-1, delivering even higher image quality and enhanced performance, becoming the new flagship model in the process.

The Mark II uses the same full-frame Anti-aliasing (AA)-filterless CMOS sensor with 36.4 effective megapixels as its predecessor model. However, a new accelerator unit has been added, along with the camera’s PRIME IV image processor, enables the new model to produce high-resolution images with minimal noise, suggest Ricoh, up to ISO 819200.

The camera also incorporates Pixel Shift Resolution System II. This new technology uses the same in-camera shake-reduction (SR) mechanism and sensor-shift capabilities as the original Pixel Shift Resolution System found in the K-1, which captures four images of the same scene, and then synthesizes them into a single, super-high-resolution composite image.

A new feature in the Pixel Shift Resolution System II is Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode. This, suggests Ricoh, allows photographers to produce crisp, ultra-high pixel shift resolution images without the need of a tripod.

The Pentax K-1 Mark II camera body will be available in April. The camera body plus HD Pentax-D FA 28-105 mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR will also be available.

(Word has it Ricoh will update your current K-1 to Mark II specs . . . for a price, of course.)

Tamron 28-75 mm lens coming mid-year

Tamron has given us a heads-up about a lens now in development, a new high-speed standard zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. It’s the 28-75 mm f//2.8 Di III RXD.

The company says this signals its plans to further expand and improve its lens lineup for full-frame mirrorless cameras, in addition to its lenses for DSLR and other mirrorless camera formats.
Tamron says the lens will deliver superb optical performance, including both outstanding image quality and beautiful background blur effects (bokeh).

Minimum object distance will be 0.19 m (7.5 in) at the wide-angle zoom setting, with the lens measuring 117.8 mm (4.6 in) and weighing 550 g (19.4 oz).

The 28-75 mm lens will incorporate an all-new high-speed and precise AF driving system. The RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive), stepping motor unit, operates with remarkable quietness, says the company. The lens also features Moisture-Resistant Construction plus a hydrophobic Fluorine Coating that is highly resistant to fingerprints and debris.

In addition, the lens will be compatible with the “Direct Manual Focus (DMF)” system feature of Sony cameras.

By the sounds of it, the lens will be available mid-year initially only in Sony E-mount.