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The Online Photographer - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:20
Bruce Bruce Krobusek and his wife Susan stopped by TOP Rural Headquarters and treated me to lunch today. Bruce, who is of Scottish descent on his mother's side, sported a "cargo" kilt with lots of pockets. I don't know what... Michael Johnston
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Thinking Out Loud

The Online Photographer - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:54
Regarding the "Photokina Flurry" post the other day, maybe I should try a Canon M5. When I catch myself being completely dismissive of something, it's sometimes a sign that I'm being biased and might in fact have something new to... Michael Johnston
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Mike Is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

The Online Photographer - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:47
You have to be careful with corrections. Once you post one, other errors show up. It's like one raindrop being followed by many others. Anyway, I am wrong as rain about the Sony SLTs. They are not traditional pellicle-mirror cameras... Michael Johnston
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Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered

DPReview News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:41

Flickr Marketplace, the property’s image licensing service, is being shuttered, with the company citing feedback about subpar service as the reason. Per the email being sent to existing Marketplace licensing program users, the full shutdown will take place over the next few months, with appropriate royalties still being paid out to contributors during that time. 

Flickr confirmed to TechCrunch that the email is legitimate. In it, the company encourages users to complete an included survey that ‘could help shape possible decisions for any licensing opportunities in the future.’ However, no future plans have been stated, and Flickr Marketplace is effectively closed.

Via: TechCrunch

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Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7

DPReview News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:45

Patent and technology consultancy Chipworks has published its iPhone 7 teardown and reveals that front and rear image sensors on the new Apple models are supplied by market leader Sony. This is not too much of a surprise as earlier iPhone models used Sony sensors as well. In its report Chipworks doesn't say which exact sensor model has been deployed in the rear camera but we know the 12MP chip uses the Exmor RS technology platform, a Bayer RGB color filter array and on-sensor phase detection. Its die size is 5.16 mm x 6.25 mm (32.3 mm2) as measured from the edges of the die stack. 

On the FaceTime front camera the resolution has been increased to 7MP. The Sensor is also a second generation Sony Exmor RS model and measures 5.05 mm x 3.72 mm (18.8 mm2). Chipworks has not treated the larger iPhone 7 Plus model with its dual-camera to the teardown procedure yet, but we would expect both sensors in the dual-camera to come from Sony as well. For now you can find more technical detail in the iPhone 7 teardown on the Chipworks blog.

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Kúla Bebe is a 3D lens attachment for your smartphone

DPReview News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:41

Icelandic company Kúla is showing a pre-production version of its Bebe smartphone lens attachment at its Photokina booth. The Kúla Bebe allows for the capture of stereoscopic 3D images with any smartphone camera. It attaches to the device via a plastic clip and uses high-quality mirrors the capture the right and left eye view of your 3D image at the same time. Output images can be viewed on an included paper 3D stereoviewer that works with most smartphones or through the also included anaglyph glasses. 

Kúla's free app and the Kúlacode desktop application can convert the captured image to any 3D format for viewing on other devices. Kúla Bebe is the smaller sibling of the already available Kúla Deeper DSLR version of the device. The Bebe can currently be preordered for $79 on the Kula website and delivery is expected in November 2016.

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Leica and Huawei to create joint R&D center

DPReview News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:34

Leica's Dr. Andreas Kaufmann with Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI

Camera manufacturer Leica and telecom brand Huawei have announced they are to create a research and development center so they can jointly work on optical and software systems. The Max Berek Innovation Lab will be established at Leica’s headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany, and will build on the relationship the two companies formed while producing the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. There was some doubt about the level of Leica’s involvement in the P9 project, but Huawei clarified the extent of the German brand’s contribution in a statement in April.

This next step of the partnership intends to push forward lens and software technology, according to Leica, with the aim of improving the image quality it’s possible to obtain from the tiny cameras that phones and other mobile devices use. The pair also state that they will work together on solutions for virtual reality, augmented reality and computer-based imaging, and that they will involve universities and other research establishments in their projects.

The new research lab is named after optical engineer Max Berek, the man who developed the first lens for the Leica 35mm camera system. He joined Leitz the year after Oskar Barnack came to the company from Zeiss, and designed the 50mm F3.5 lens that was coupled with the Leica 1. The lens was named Elmax – E rnst L eitz Max and the 50mm focal length became the standard for the 135 format. The Elmax developed into the Elmar, a lens that Leica still uses today.

For more information see the Leica and Huawei websites.

Press release

Leica Camera and HUAWEI Establish New R&D Centre

‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’ will conduct R&D in the fields of new optical systems, computational imaging, virtual reality and augmented reality

HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG today announced that they have expanded their strategic collaboration with the establishment of a jointly operated research and innovation centre, the Max Berek Innovation Lab. The launch comes seven months after the public announcement of their long-term technology partnership in the field of optical engineering, and five months after the launch of the globally successful, multi-award winning HUAWEI P9 and P9 Plus smartphones.

The new lab, located at Leica’s global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications. Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions. In addition to R&D resources from both companies, HUAWEI and Leica plan to collaborate with German and international universities and research institutions.

The Lab’s establishment is the result of the vision and support of Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG, and Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI.

“With the founding of the Max Berek Innovation Lab, HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG are expanding the scope of their successful strategic relationship and are laying the foundation for close collaboration in research and development of ground-breaking technologies in the imaging segment,” emphasised Dr. Andreas Kaufmann.

“In the future, over 90 per cent of the data traffic will be images and videos,” said Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI. “The Max Berek Innovation Lab provides the capacity to establish an even closer partnership with Leica, leading to continuous improvements in image and video quality. As a result, we will deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers.”

“HUAWEI and Leica share not only enormous innovation power and years of research experience, but also their dedication to providing the highest quality standards. The Max Berek Innovation Lab offers us a historic opportunity to unite the resources and extensive expertise of both companies to pioneer game-changing technologies,” confirmed Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab.

The R&D centre is named in memory of Max Berek (1886 - 1949), the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses. Berek was also responsible for the optical design of more than 20 lenses for the legendary 35mm camera, invented and built by Oskar Barnack. Thanks to the exceptional imaging performance and perfect harmonisation of the lenses, coupled with Barnack’s ingenious construction, Leica achieved worldwide success in 35mm photography.

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Asymptosis and the Functionally Perfect Lens

The Online Photographer - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:17
Question for you. Which would you prefer to buy: a $5,295 lens that fits natively on a 24MP camera, or a $949 lens that fits natively on your choice of many cameras, including 36MP, 42MP, and 50MP? Carl Weese brought... Michael Johnston
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Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video

DPReview News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 04:00

With the Mark II version, Olympus' new flagship comes with some big improvements despite remaining relatively compact. Between its impressive speed, autofocus system and video capabilities, almost every core specification has been bumped up a notch (or three). We sat down with Olympus' Eric Gensel to go through some of those changes in more detail, from continuous shooting (and what its mechanical shutter sounds like at 15 fps) to just how effective Olympus' image stabilization has become.

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Here at Last: the Sigma ART 85mm f/1.4

The Online Photographer - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:36
Another significant new product introduced at Photokina: the much-anticipated Sigma ART short tele. Sigma has made a real splash, consistently, over several years now, with its high-end ART series of lenses. I've reviewed only one, but I used two samples... Michael Johnston
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Phottix introduces Canon RT version of its battery-powered Indra500 TTL studio flash head

DPReview News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:54

Flash and accessory manufacturer Phottix has announced a new version of its Indra500 studio head that has a built-in TTL radio receiver for Canon’s RT flash system. The new head can be controlled directly from a Canon RT radio Speedlite in the hotshoe of a compatible camera or by using a Canon ST-E3 or Phottix Laso transmitter instead. The head can be used in flash networks alongside 600EX ll-RT and 430EX lll-RT radio-controlled Speedlites as well as non-RT flash guns that are fitted with a Laso receiver. The Laso receiver converts optically-triggered flashguns so that they can be controlled via 2.4GHz radio signals.

In all other ways the Indra500 LC TTL head is the same as Phottix’s standard Indra500 heads that offer TTL control with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras via the Phottix Odin radio communication system. The heads have a maximum output of 500W/s and provide high speed sync options as well as manual output control across eight stops from 1/128th power. The heads take Bowens S-mount accessories and can be powered by the Phottix Indra 500mAh li-ion battery pack or via a mains adapter.

The company hasn’t announced a price for the Indra500LC TTL but the existing heads retail for $1419 including the battery, battery cable, a 5in reflector and a carry case.

For more information see the Phottix website.

Press release

Another Phottix First: Phottix Indra500LC TTL Studio Light compatible with the Canon RT System

Phottix presents the first studio light system compatible with Canon’s radio flash system. The Indra500 TTL, introduced in 2014, was the next generation of Phottix’s innovative TTL products – the Indra500LC takes that one step further – incorporating the radio control and triggering of the Canon RT and the Phottix Laso triggering systems. The Indra500LC gives photographers 500W/s of TTL power, opening up new possibilities and allowing photographers to shoot in shutter and aperture priority modes with incredible power.

High Speed Sync
With the Phottix Indra500LC TTL’s High Speed Sync function photographers can shoot at higher sync speeds* allowing wider apertures while still being able to control ambient light. In manual mode the Indra500LC offers 8 stops of power adjustments – from full power to 1/128 in 1/3rd stop increments. With Stroboscopic Mode, the Phottix Indra can be used for special effect and creative shooting with flash frequencies of 1-100HZ and flash counts of 1-100 times.

Built-in Triggering
The Phottix Indra500LC TTL has the power and control of the Canon RT and Phottix Laso triggering systems built-in. Switch between TTL and Manual modes, adjust EV and manual power levels and use high speed sync, all from the Canon ST-E3, compatible Canon RT Speedlites and the Phottix Laso Transmitter – no extra hardware is needed.

Canon non-RT Flashes
One of the best things of the Phottix Laso Triggering system is its ability to incorporate older non-radio Canon flashes into a photographer’s workflow. There’s no need to set aside older non-RT flashes such as the venerable 580 EXII – add a Phottix Laso Receiver and gain the ability to control and trigger it. Add legacy flashes, Canon RT-enabled flashes – and the Phottix Indra500 LC for a complete lighting solution.

“This the next logical step for the Indra series,” said Phottix CEO Steve Peer. “Canon users can now build on their current lighting system and retain the amazing functionality that system offers”

The Indra500LC comes with a Li-Ion battery, cables, charger, carrying bag and a new, smaller 5” reflector to make the Indra500 LC easier to pack and take on location.

*On compatible cameras.

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Instagram officially launches 'save draft' feature

DPReview News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:42

Instagram has finally launched a ‘save draft’ feature following months of testing. With the feature, a post-in-progress can be saved as a draft when the user hits the back button, making it available for continued edits and eventual posting later on. Such functionality is common on many platforms, including Twitter, and has been requested by Instagram users for years.

Saving a draft is simple. Once the post creation process has started (a filter has been added to a photo, for example), hitting the back arrow in the upper left corner of the screen will pull up a “Save Draft” prompt. Tapping that prompt saves the draft, which can then be reopened later on within ‘Library’ under the ‘Drafts’ designation.

Via: Twitter (1), (2)

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The Online Photographer - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 06:46
Peter Croft penned our 180,000th comment last night just before I turned in. (He's in Oz so it wasn't night where he was—it was a bit past noon.) Note the counter. ...All moderated, by the way. When friends ask me... Michael Johnston
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Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video

DPReview News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 04:25

The Canon EOS M5 launches the M line of mirrorless cameras into greater significance than ever before. With abundant external controls, a mature touchscreen interface and extremely impressive Dual Pixel autofocus, it's a camera we can't help but like, even if we wish it had turned up to the mirrorless party a little earlier. And sure, it may not have headline features like 4K or high frame rate video, but Canon clearly knows how to make a camera that is both comfortable to hold and pleasing to use.

We stopped by Canon's stand at Photokina 2016 and talked with Canon product specialist Hin Pang to talk a little more about what makes the EOS M5 so likeable.

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Blackmagic Design shows off Video Assist monitor/recorders

DPReview News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 04:23

We dropped in on indie/pro video camera and grading software maker, Blackmagic Design and were impressed by their Video Assist monitor/recorders.

Alongside demos of various cameras (which now range from Micro Four Thirds mount drone-ready cameras up to the PL-mount, 4.6K global shutter Super 35 URSA) and the latest version of its DaVinci Resolve grading software, Blackmagic Design has a display of its Video Assist models.

The Video Assist and Video Assist 4K are external monitors (HD and 4K respectively) that can be mounted on DSLR and mirrorless cameras to boost their video features and make them easier to work with.

The touchscreen panels are connected via HDMI or SDI connectors (with the option to then output the signal over either connection) and add zebra warnings and focus peaking, regardless of whether that feature is offered by the host camera. With the recently-announced firmware, they also add false color overlays for an alternative means of judging expose.

The units also act as external recorders, meaning you can capture your camera's HDMI output to SD cards (UHS-II in the case of the 4K model) in more sophisticated codecs than most cameras can, including Apple ProRes 422 HQ or LT, or Avid DNxHD and DNxHR.

At a cost of €549/$495 and €979/$895 respectively, we think they make an interesting option for the videographer looking to expand beyond their camera's immediate limitations. We're hoping to get hold of a sample to see the results, as soon as we can.

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Throwback Thursday: Photokina's greatest hits

DPReview News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 04:00
Photokina's Greatest Hits

Every two years, all eyes in the photography world are focused on Cologne, Germany for the biennial Photokina tradeshow. The first Photokina was in 1950, and it moved into the giant Koelnmesse convention hall 16 years later.

DPReview has been going to the show since 2000 and in this edition of Throwback Thursday, we'll take a look back at some of the most interesting things that Phil Askey and the growing DPR team saw in Cologne.

Photokina's Greatest Hits

Way back in the year 2000 we saw the debut of the Canon PowerShot G1, which was truly one of the first enthusiast cameras on the market. It featured a 3.3MP CCD, 34-102mm equivalent lens, fully articulating 1.8" LCD and, of course, an optical viewfinder. It had full manual controls, Raw support, and could capture QVGA (that's 320 x 240) video. Heck, it even supported the IBM Microdrive.

Photokina's Greatest Hits

One 'legendary' camera shown at Photokina 2000 was the full-frame Pentax DSLR. Featuring a 6MP Philips-designed CCD, 6-point AF system, 2" LCD and dual memory card slots, this un-named DSLR was a serious beast for that time period. But as Pentaxians know, this camera was not to be, and it would be another 16 years before the company finally shipped a full-frame DSLR.

Photokina's Greatest Hits

There were a couple of interesting cameras at Photokina 2002, including the Canon EOS-1Ds as well as this beauty: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1. What made the FZ1 so impressive was not just its Leica-branded 35-420mm equivalent lens, but the fact that it had a constant F2.8 aperture. This 2MP camera had an electronic viewfinder and a fully articulating 1.5" LCD. It captured QVGA video until you filled up your memory card, which took just 35 seconds with the included 8MB SD card.

Photokina's Greatest Hits

One of the biggest draws at Photokina 2004 was the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D. Most of its features were similar to what you'd find on other DSLRs of that era; the 6.1MP CCD, 9-pt AF system, and smallish (2.5") LCD without live view.

But it did have one big trick up its sleeve. The 7D was the first DSLR to have in-body image stabilization, a feature that continues to this day on Sony's Alpha-mount cameras. While not quite as robust as modern IBIS systems, the sensor-shift IS system could still give you 2-3 stops of shake reduction.

Photokina's Greatest Hits

Photokina 2006 was the largest show yet, with estimates of 160,000 visitors. Despite some tough competition from Nikon with its D80, the 10 Megapixel Pentax K10D turned a lot of heads. 

The K10D exemplifies something about Pentax cameras  that is still true to this day: they offer a lot of bang for the buck. The K10D's body was fully weather-sealed (unlike its similarly priced peers) and it offered sensor-shift image stabilization, unique sensitivity and aperture+shutter priority modes and even in-camera Raw conversion. Not a bad deal for $899 body only.

Photokina's Greatest Hits

2008 was a massive year for camera announcements in Cologne. It saw the debut of the video-capable Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Nikon D90, but the real game-changer was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 and the Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system.

As editor of at the time, I was able to see the G1 before the show and was blown away. The G1 was compact, extremely responsive and its live view was way beyond what DSLRs offered at the time. The G1 used a 12MP Four Thirds sensor and had a fully articulating LCD and high-res electronic viewfinder. The one thing it couldn't do: record video. That came in the G2.

Photokina's Greatest Hits

The 2010 edition of Photokina was hyped as the 'the year of 3D,' and we all know how well that worked out. The show saw some huge launches from Canon (EOS 60D), Nikon (D7000) and Olympus (E-5), but the most talked-about camera was the Fujifilm X100 concept.

With its classic rangefinder styling, one-of-a-kind hybrid viewfinder, 12MP APS-C-size sensor and 35mm-equivalent lens, the X100 was hard to ignore. The X100 didn't start shipping in September, instead hitting store shelves until the following March.

Photokina's Greatest Hits

There were a ton of new products at the 2012 show, so it's hard to pick just one standout. Something we did see from both Canon and Nikon were budget-friendly full-frame DSLRs (and I use the term 'budget-friendly' loosely). Canon offered up the EOS 6D (which is still for sale), a smaller, lighter, cheaper companion to the 5D Mark III. The Nikon D600, pictured above, was a more robust camera, with weather-sealing, dual card slots, and 100% viewfinder coverage.

Photokina's Greatest Hits

That brings us to 2014 — our final stop on memory lane. Photokina 2014 delivered numerous exciting cameras, from mirrorless to DSLR to enthusiast compact. The three products that got the most buzz were the Samsung NX1 (gone, but not forgotten), the Nikon D750 and the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Let's not forget Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX100, which combined a Four Thirds sensor and fast lens, and the PowerShot G7 X, which marked Canon's entry into the enthusiast compact.

We hope you've enjoyed a look at Photokinas past. For complete coverage from this year's show, head over to our Photokina 2016 hub.

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Photokina 2016: Talking medium format mirrorless with Fujifilm

DPReview News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 02:55

Toshihisa Iida, Fujifilm's General Manager of the Sales and Marketing Group talks us through the new GFX medium format mirrorless camera, who it's for and why it features a Bayer sensor.

We'll be publishing details of a more in-depth interview conducted without the camera running, next week.

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Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

DPReview News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 02:48
Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

Venus Optics is showing off two brand new lenses at Photokina - the Laowa 15mm F2 FE for Sony E-mount and 7.5mm F2 MFT for Micro Four Thirds.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

The 15mm F2 is being billed as the world's widest F2 lens, and Venus Optics claims that it is virtually distortion-free. Designed for Sony's full-frame FE-mount A7-series, the new 15mm could prove very attractive to videographers, as well as stills photographers.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

The mount is fully mechanical, so don't expect to get automatic aperture indexing or focal length reporting. As such, metering is limited to the stop-down method. Videographers will be used to this way of working.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

Here's the 15mm F2 attached to a Sony A7R II. As you can see, it's not a small lens, but actually balances very nicely with the camera. At 500g in weight (~1.1lb) it is substantial without being too heavy, in normal use. 

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

The minimum focusing distance of the 15mm F2 is around 6 inches, which equates to a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.25X. Pricing has yet to be announced but the lens should become available in early 2017.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

Next up is the 7.5mm F2 MFT, for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Designed to appeal especially to drone photographers this lens is absolutely tiny. Offering an equivalent focal length of 15mm, it weighs 170g (~0.4lb).

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

Again, this is a fully mechanical mount with no electrical contact between camera and lens. 

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

Interestingly, despite its ultra-wide focal length, the 7.5mm F2 can be used with screw-in filters (49mm) which could prove very handy to videographers who want to work with ND filters.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 MFT

As with the 15mm F2, the 7.5mm F2 will be available in early 2017, and no pricing information has yet been released.

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Photokina 2016: 360 and VR Capture Roundup Video

DPReview News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 02:37

In hall nine, which encompasses Photokina 2016's 'Futurezone,' there are dozens of 360 and VR capture devices on display for attendees to ogle. There's also plenty of people wearing VR headsets and appearing vaguely zombified to ogle, as well. So whether you think VR and 360 capture represent a future that's dazzlingly bright or frighteningly dim, companies all over the world are jumping in with their own capture solutions. Heck, even Nikon's joining the VR race

Thankfully, DPReview contributor Lars Rehm has been making the rounds and has selected a handful of the most interesting devices on display in the Futurezone. Check them out in our roundup video.

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Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

DPReview News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 02:10
Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

The star of Hasselblad's booth at Photokina is the X1D - a compact, mirrorless medium-format camera with a 50MP sensor. Announced earlier this year, the X1D has yet to to start shipping, and the Swedish company's booth was thronged with photographers eager to get their hands on the new camera.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

Weighing just 750g without a lens, one of the main selling points of the X1D is its small size and weight compared to traditional medium-format digital products. The X1D (and Fujifilm's just-announced GFX 50S) dispenses with a conventional mirror box, which allows the camera to be slimmer, and much lighter than DSLRs with equivalent-sized sensors.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

The X1D is beautifully designed, with relatively few external controls. It's a bit strange to see a mid-range DSLR-style exposure mode dial on a $10,000 camera, but in use, it's very convenient. A neat 'pop up to use, pop down to lock' design means that the dial can be kept flush with the camera's top-plate until you need to change exposure mode. 

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

We're seeing more and more cameras being designed with a smartphone style 'app tile' interface, and the X1D makes good use of its large, 920k-dot rear touch-screen. The screen is nice and responsive, but this kind of resolution is low compared to the screens found on (for example) the Nikon D5 and D500, which boast 2.3 million dots and look sharper.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

The X1D's relatively low-resolution rear screen is partially mitigated by its excellent 2.36-million dot electronic viewfinder. This view also gives you a good idea of just how slim the X1D is, despite its large sensor. The hotshoe is compatible with Nikon flashguns. 

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

Here's that large 50MP sensor, in all its glory. Hasselblad is calling this new lens-mount 'XCD' and as well as a new range of XCD lenses, the company is also offering an H lens adapter, which extends support to Hasselblad's existing H lens system with full autofocus operation.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

The X1D is a luxurious, pricey piece of equipment but as we'd expect from Hasselblad, its standard of construction and finish is exemplary. We're looking forward to testing a shipping sample as soon as one becomes available. 

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

Hasselblad is also showing off an upcoming lens. The XCD 30mm F3.5 offers the same field of view as a 24mm on full-frame, and can focus down to 0.4M. No pricing or availability information has yet been given. 

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

If there's one thing Hasselblad likes to do, it's make special limited editions. This is the 4116 edition of the X1D, in matte black. We actually prefer the way this one looks, compared to the more traditional two-tone finish but at $12,995 with a 45mm lens, it's a bit rich for our blood.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

It does look nice though...

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

As well as the X1D, Hasselblad is also showing off a concept camera - the 75MP V1D 4116 Concept. There's no word on whether or not this concept will ever become a reality, but it's certainly a very attractive mockup.

Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D

The V1D 4116 Concept is built around a (presumably hypothetical) 75MP square-format sensor, and like the classic Hasselblad SLRs of old, it features a modular design.

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