Fujifilm X-T30 offers most of the X-T3’s feature set for $900

Fujifilm has unveiled the X-T30, its latest APS-C mirrorless camera. The X-T30 provides many of the features found in the higher-end X-T3, including its 26.1MP X-Trans sensor and X-Processor 4 Quad Core-CPU, along with some autofocus improvements that will come to the X-T3 later via a firmware update.

The X-T30 offers a hybrid AF system with 425 points across the entire frame, and boasts faster face detection compared to its X-T20 predecessor. Eye detection AF can be used in AF-C mode, and phase detection AF is now usable in lower light conditions.

On the video front, the X-T30 offers a surprisingly robust feature set including 4K/30p and 10-bit 4:2:2 output via HDMI and 8-bit 4:2:0 internal recording. That's one of a few key differences between the X-T30 and X-T3 – upgrading to the X-T3 gets you 10-bit 4:2:0 internal and 4K/60p.

The X-T30 is an altogether smaller and lighter camera than the X-T3 (383 g / 13.5 oz compared to 539 g / 19 oz) and offers a smaller, lower-resolution viewfinder – 0.62x and 2.36M-dot to the X-T3's 0.75x and 3.69M-dot EVF. A 3" 1.04M-dot touchscreen tilts on one axis, and a single card slot is offered.

A new, lower native ISO of 160 is offered, and burst shooting with continuous autofocus tops out at 20 fps (8 fps with mechanical shutter). Bluetooth connectivity has been added on top of the Wi-Fi offered by the X-T20, and battery life sees a slight improvement over its predecessor as well – 380 shots versus 350 shots per charge (CIPA).

Official Fujifilm X-T30 sample images by Bryan Minear

The Fujifilm X-T30 will go on sale in March for $899 body-only, $999 with XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Power Zoom or $1299 with 18-55mm F2.8-4. At launch the X-T30 will be offered in black or silver, with a handsome charcoal silver option to follow in June.

Press release:

FUJIFILM LAUNCHES THE NEW FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR LENS AND THE FUJIFILM X-T30, A NEW MIRRORLESS DIGITAL CAMERA IN A UNIQUELY LIGHTWEIGHT AND COMPACT DESIGN

- Updates to FUJIFILM X Series lineup including the new the X-T30, which packs greater image quality and UHD 4K video-recording capability into its thin, lightweight body (just 13.51oz) (383g);
- The FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR wide angle lens for X Series announced;
- Forthcoming firmware releases for FUJIFILM X-T3, FUJIFILM X-T100 and FUJIFILM X-A5;
- New version of FUJIFILM Camera Remote app available

Valhalla, New York, February 14, 2019 – FUJIFILM Corporation today unveiled several new announcements for the FUJIFILM X Series lineup, including the launch of the FUJIFILM X-T30 (X-T30), its new mirrorless digital camera that provides photographers of all levels with enhancements in image quality at greater speed and accuracy. Fujifilm also announced the FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR wide angle lens with a compact, lightweight and weather-resistant design for its XF family of interchangeable lenses.

X-T30
The new system features Fujifilm’s X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor. This 4th generation, 26.1 megapixel imaging sensor, is one of the highest resolution sensors among APS-C sensor digital cameras. The small, lightweight camera also takes advantage of Fujifilm’s new X-Processor 4 Quad Core-CPU, which provides content creators of all levels with fast auto-focus (AF), accurate face detection and enough power to create beautiful, high-resolution stills. The sensitivity of ISO 160 -- previously only available as extended ISO -- is now available as a regular ISO option and will serve to facilitate capturing moments in bright daylight outdoors.

The X-T30 also includes advanced features such as the Focus Lever which enables users to quickly and easily shift to a focus point, an intuitive touch-screen panel, and an ergonomic body design to ensure hand-held stability in versatile shooting conditions. At a weight of just 13.51oz, the compact and lightweight body is comfortable to hold even when it is mounted with a large lens, such as a telephoto zoom.

Evolved for video-recording capability, the X-T30 offers the ability to record ultra high-definition (UHD) 4K or Full HD 1080p video and high quality audio - without additional equipment - to accommodate the needs of a wide range of content creators.

  • Professional Performance: The 26.1MP BSI APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor and X-Processor 4 quad-core CPU combination allows for reliable and accurate AF and Face Detection performance when capturing high-resolution stills or recording 4k video of moving subjects.
  • Advanced Image Quality: The new X-Processor 4 Quad Core-CPU doubles the speed of face-detection for moving people compared to the X-T20. Additionally, eye-detection AF now works in AF-C mode, which results in accurate focus-tracking for moving portrait subjects. The low-light limit for phase detection AF has been expanded even more from the conventional +0.5EV to -3EV, to allow for operation in a wide range of lighting scenarios.
  • Superior Video and Image Effects: Offers the ability to record 4K video at 30 frames per second or capture of 120 frames per second at 1080p to create super slow motion effects. Filmmakers needing high color fidelity can record 10-bit, 4:2:2 color through the camera’s HDMI port. Leveraging Fujifilm’s advanced color reproduction technology, users are able to record video in ‘Film Simulation’ modes. The X-T30 also incorporates numerous shooting functions, such as “monochrome adjustments” available for ACROS and Monochrome, and “Color Chrome” effect that produces uniquely deep colors and gradation in subjects with highly saturated colors, which are notoriously difficult to photograph.
  • Easy-to-Use Design: Offers 3 inch touch LCD with 2-way tilting and optimal touch screen to capture images easily in challenging situations. Provides advanced SR Auto mode –easily activated with a lever -- to automatically choose the optimum shooting settings out of 58 presets for any given scene.
  • Mobility: Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth V.4.2 offers digital communication with the free FUJIFILM Camera Remote app to wirelessly control the camera or share images to smart devices.

Carrying on with the tradition of the FUJIFILM X-T10 (released in June 2015), and the FUJIFILM X-T20 (released in February 2017), the new model retains the X Series’ signature dial-based, manual controls and proprietary color reproduction technology, along with a complete range of shooting functions designed to attract a broad range of users from professional photographers and independent filmmakers to first-time beginners.

FUJIFILM X-T30 Specifications:

  • 26.1M BSI APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4
  • X-Processor 4 quad-core CPU
  • 100% phase detect AF across the entire frame
  • Excellent face and eye detection AF with new Face Selection option
  • 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
  • 3 inch 1.04M-dot 2-way tilting Touch LCD with smooth and fast drag controls
  • 4K/30p, Full HD 120fps, H.264 compression option
  • External HDMI recording capable of 4:2:2 10 bit quality
  • 1x SD UHS-I card slot • Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth V.4.2
  • Headphone Jack via USB-C Adapter (3rd Party)
  • USB-C
  • NP-W126S battery

FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR Lens
Designed to deliver the high performance resolution from Fujifilm’s X-TRANS CMOS sensors through its precise optical design, the XF16mmF2.8 R WR adopts an internal focusing system and stepping motor to provide extremely fast and near-quiet auto-focusing. Although light and compact, the design incorporates metal components on the exterior of the lens, while interior is sealed around the barrel in nine different locations to ensure durability and weather-resistance to the surrounding environment. The XF16mmF2.8 R WR joins the collection of affordable, compact, and lightweight lenses within the FUJINON XF Lens System, making it the perfect companion to the XF23mmF2 R WR, XF35mmF2 R WR, and XF50mmF2 R WR lenses.

  • High Resolution Performance: Edge-to-edge sharpness from the center to the corners of the frame is achieved by the precise arrangement of 10 lens elements in 8 groups. This lens also includes two aspherical elements, which assist in suppressing the image degrading effects of chromatic aberration and field curvature imperfection.
  • Compact, Lightweight and Stylish design: Weighing in at 5.47oz (155g) and measuring just 1.79in (45.4mm) in length, this lens offers up the renowned image quality and refined style associated with the FUJINON XF family of lenses. With its metal exterior, precise click stops, and smooth dampening, this lens offers incredible image quality in a durable, aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • Fast and Quiet Autofocus: The inner focusing AF system uses a stepping motor to move focusing elements into place through precise electrical pulses in order to achieve fast and near-silent autofocus performance.
  • Weather and Dust Resistant Durability: The lens is designed to operate in temperatures as low as 14° Fahrenheit and is sealed at nine points around the barrel, making it both weather and dust resistant.

FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR Optional Accessories:

  • 49mm Front lens cap (FLCP-49)
  • 49mm Protect filter (PRF-49)

FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR Specifications:

  • Lens construction: 10 elements, 8 groups (includes 2 aspherical elements)
  • Focal length (35mm format equivalent: f=16mm (24mm)
  • Angle of view: 83.2°
  • Max. aperture: F2.8
  • Min. aperture: F22
  • Aperture control
  • Number of blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  • Stop size: 1/3EV (19 stops)
  • Focus range: 17cm and beyond
  • Max. magnification: 0.13x
  • External dimensions: Diameter x Length: Approx: Φ60.0mm x 45.4mm
  • Weight (excluding caps, hoods): Approx. 155g
  • Filter size: Φ49mm10

Availability and Pricing
The X-T30 digital camera body and kits are anticipated to be available in March 2019 in the popular black and premium silver for a suggested retail price of USD $899 and CAD $1,199.99. The X-T30 body with XC15-45mm lens kit will be available at a suggested retail price of USD $999 and CAD $1,299.99. The X-T30 body with XF18-55mm lens kit will be offered at a suggested retail price of USD $1,299 and CAD $1,699.99. All camera and kit variations of the new charcoal silver color will be available in June 2019.

The FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR lens is expected to be available in black in March 2019 or silver in May 2019, at a suggested retail price of USD $399.95 and CAD $499.99.

New Firmware Updates for FUJIFILM X-T3
New firmware version [FUJIFILM X-T3 Ver. 3.00] for the FUJIFILM X-T3 will be released in April 2019 to strengthen the accuracy of the X-T3’s face/eye detection feature, and to provide enhanced AF performance and speed, and operability of the X-T3 touch screen.

  • Enhanced Accuracy of Face/Eye Detection and AF Performance: The X-T3 firmware update provides improvements in the X-T3’s AF algorithm, with face detection of the X-T3 enhanced by approximately 30%. Additionally, the firmware serves to make the AF tracking even more stable not only in still photos but also in video recording.
  • New “Face Select” Function: The new X-T3 firmware update adds a new “Face Select” function to provide priority auto-focus, tracking, and exposure on a selected subject when multiple faces are detected within a frame. X-T3 users can make a selection via the touch screen or focus lever.
  • Fast AF Speed: The X-T3's new firmware update provides the camera with a new AF algorithm, which improves the AF speed from previous versions, regardless if the subject is located a short distance or farther away.
  • Intuitive Operability: The firmware update provides additional settings for the X-T3’s touch screen that provide enhanced ease-of-use when focusing.

New Firmware Updates for FUJIFILM X-T100 and FUJIFILM X-A5
Available starting February 2019, the new firmware FUJIFILM X-T100 Ver. 2.00, FUJIFILM X-A5 Ver. 2.00 for the FUJIFILM X-T100 and for the FUJIFILM X-A5, respectively, will include advanced features for shooting a variety of scenes.

  • New “Bright Mode”: Provides a brighter and more vivid image when using the “Advanced SR Auto” mode. It can be easily turned on and off with a single tap via the LCD touch-screen.
  • “Portrait Enhancer” Mode: The popular “Portrait Enhancer” mode is now available with customizations to meet a range of different skin tones.
  • New “Night+ Setting”: The “Night+” mode automatically adjusts ISO, brightness and vividness of the picture for enhanced quality in poor light situations.

New Version of the FUJIFILM Camera Remote App
Fujifilm will also launch the newest version of the FUJIFILM Camera Remote (Ver. 4.0) app to connect smart devices to Fujifilm’s wireless-equipped digital cameras to enable seamless transfer of photos and remote-control shooting features. The newly designed interface of the new FUJIFILM Camera Remote app allows for a quicker pairing process and an “album” function to quickly arrange photos imported from the camera. The new version will be available in the App Store for iOS™ devices in March 2019 and available in the Google play store for Android™ devices in May 2019.

Fujifilm X-T30 specifications

Price
MSRP$899 (body only)
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMetal
Sensor
Max resolution6240 x 4160
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorX-Processor 4
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayX-Trans
Image
ISOAuto, 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (3 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v.2.3)
  • Raw (Fujifilm 14-bit RAF)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points425
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.93× (0.62× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • SR Auto
  • Portrait
  • Portrait Enhancer
  • Landscape
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Night (tripod)
  • Fireworks
  • Sunset
  • Snow
  • Beach
  • Underwater
  • Party
  • Flower
  • Text
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, on, slow sync, manual, commander
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous H
  • Continuous L
  • Bracket
Continuous drive30.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Connectivity
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.2
Remote controlYes (via wired remote or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-W126S lithium-ion battery & Charger
Battery Life (CIPA)380
Weight (inc. batteries)383 g (0.84 lb / 13.51 oz)
Dimensions118 x 83 x 47 mm (4.65 x 3.27 x 1.85)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Fujifilm XF 16mm F2.8 sample gallery

Fujifilm's XF 16mm F2.8 compact prime is one of the widest lens of its type in the company's lineup (tied with the existing 16mm F1.4 WR). It comes with a 24mm-equivalent field of view, an aperture ring, weather sealing and impressively fast autofocus. But most importantly, how are the optics? Take a look through our sample gallery (shot with a pre-production sample) to get a glimpse of just how well this lens performs against the backdrop of a snowy Seattle winter.

Fujifilm XF 16mm F2.8 sample gallery

Fujifilm's XF 16mm F2.8 compact prime is one of the widest lens of its type in the company's lineup (tied with the existing 16mm F1.4 WR). It comes with a 24mm-equivalent field of view, an aperture ring, weather sealing and impressively fast autofocus. But most importantly, how are the optics? Take a look through our sample gallery (shot with a pre-production sample) to get a glimpse of just how well this lens performs against the backdrop of a snowy Seattle winter.

Nikon announces development of new firmware for Z6 and Z7 promising faster AF

Nikon has announced more details of firmware in development for the Z6, Z7, D5, D850 and D500.

As previously reported, firmware is being planned that will add Eye-detection AF, CFexpress support and Raw video over HDMI to the Z6 and Z7, with AF and AE improvements also coming in May.

While the date for the addition of Raw video and CFexpress support is still unconfirmed, Nikon has added more detail to earlier reports, including the fact that in durability testing, CFexpress media has been (successfully, we assume) "inserted and removed from a camera 12,000 times". After the update, users of the Z6/7, D850, D5 and D500 will be able to use XQD or CFexpress cards in their cameras interchangeably.

The May 2019 update will add Eye-detection AF to the Z6 and Z7, alongside other AF/AE improvements including 'faster autofocusing in dark or dimly lit surroundings' and the addition of continuous AE to high speed (extended) shooting. Full details below.

Press release:

DEVELOPMENT OF NEW FIRMWARE FOR NIKON’S FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERAS, THE NIKON Z 7 AND NIKON Z 6

Continuing to Adapt to Changing User Needs with the Addition of New Functions and Improvements of Capabilities

MELVILLE, NY (February 13, 2019 at 11:01 P.M. EST) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce additional details regarding the development of new firmware for its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6. The firmware in development includes new functions for the Z 7 and Z 6, such as Eye-Detection AF, RAW video output, and support for CFexpress memory cards. In addition, the cameras’ AF/AE functions will be further improved.

The Z series will continue to flexibly respond to changing user needs and offer next-generation features that give users new creative opportunities.

Functions and capabilities to be added and improved with new firmware:

1. Support for Eye-Detection AF for still image shooting (scheduled for release in May 2019).
Eye-Detection AF is convenient for portrait photography. The Eye-Detection AF in development will work not only with the AF-S (Single AF) focus mode that is convenient when photographing still human subjects, but also with the AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode, which is effective when photographing human subjects that frequently adjust or change their pose. What's more, the function is capable of detecting multiple eyes, from which the user can select the eye upon which the camera should focus, allowing the photographer greater flexibility when photographing multiple people to suit their intent.


2. Increased AF/AE performance (scheduled for release in May 2019)
AE (auto exposure) tracking will be newly possible in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, in addition to the AF tracking that existed previously. In addition, low-light AF performance will be improved, enabling faster autofocusing in dark or dimly lit surroundings with both still-image shooting and movie recording.

3. Support for RAW video output
Output of 4K UHD and Full HD RAW data stream from the camera will be supported. The output RAW data stream can then be recorded in the compatible RAW format using an external recorder. This will allow users to utilize rich 12-bit colors to achieve flexible color grading.

Release timing for this feature will be announced at a later date.

4. Support for CFexpress memory cards
The new firmware will provide support for CFexpress, a new standard for memory cards. Having passed durability tests in which they were inserted and removed from a camera 12,000 times, these memory cards offer users a greater sense of security. They also offer high-speed performance that will provide users with a more efficient workflow. After upgrading, users will be able to use both CFexpress as well as XQD cards in their camera interchangeably. In addition to the Z 7 and Z 6, in the future, CFexpress memory card support will be added to the Nikon D5 (XQD-Type), Nikon D850, and Nikon D500 digital SLR cameras as well.

Release timing for this feature will be announced at a later date.

Canon developing six new RF lenses, including ultra-compact 70-200 F2.8

Canon has announced the development of six RF lenses which are expected to be released at various points in 2019.

The most captivating has to be the RF 70-200 F2.8L IS USM. The lens is almost impossibly small, yet manages to be as fast as Canon's EF model. The 70-200 will be stabilized, though we won't find out how many stops of shake reduction it provides for some time, as Canon has not yet published specs for any of the upcoming lenses.

Canon will be offering two versions of its RF 85mm F1.2L USM: a 'regular' model and a 'DS' variant. DS stands for Defocus Smoothing, which Canon says 'offers a combination of beautifully smooth defocused bokeh.' While we don't know exactly what that means yet, it seems likely that the DS model includes an Apodization element, of the kind we've seen before in 'APD' and 'STF' lenses from other manufacturers.

The dual model approach echoes Fujifilm's decision to market two versions of its XF 56mm F1.2 - a standard model and an 'APD' variant optimized for bokeh.

Meanwhile, there are two fast zooms on the way: the RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM and the RF 24-70 F2.8L IS USM.

Lastly, there's a versatile (but slower) travel zoom lens in the works too - the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM.

Press Release:

CANON ENSURES THE SUCCESSFUL FUTURE OF ITS RF MOUNT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF SIX NEW LENSES

New Lenses Under Development Cover a Range of Core Focal Lengths

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 13, 2019 – Continuing with the message of “optics at its core,” Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc, is developing six new RF-series lenses, further displaying the company’s commitment to the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system. Canon’s new RF mount allows for fast, light, and high-performing optics with a large opening diameter and short back focus distance. Each new lens in development will help fulfill the needs of amateur and advanced amateurs to professional photographers and videographers, covering critical focal lengths. In 2019, Canon’s already well-established optical lens heritage will celebrate a production milestone of 140 million EF and RF lenses and the celebration starts with the development announcement of these six lenses[i].

The six new RF lenses under development include:

  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

“Optics are the critical piece of the visual puzzle that bend light and capture an image as the artist envisioned,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “That is why it is so important for us to strengthen our family of RF lenses for the EOS R camera system. With this collection of new lenses, customers will have more of the tools they need, for the images they desire to create.”

All six RF lenses under development are built around Canon’s new RF mount, which features a large 54mm diameter and shorter back focus distance than on current EOS DSLR cameras. In addition, the RF mount enhances communication and power transmission between the lens and camera body, which has helped Canon to achieve the world’s fastest autofocus speed for a full-frame mirrorless camera system[ii].

The details of the new Canon RF lenses under development are as follows:

The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is a large aperture mid-telephoto prime lens. It offers excellent performance for advanced and professional portrait photographers and is a widely popular focal length and aperture speed combination for users.

The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS, with Defocus Smoothing lens technology, is a uniquely designed lens that offers a combination of beautifully smooth defocused bokeh. Featuring a super-fast F1.2 aperture, the lens will help produce breathtaking portraits that will surely stand out from the crowd.

The RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM is a high-performance, standard zoom lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts alike – ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, documentaries or weddings.

The RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, offering a wide angle and fast aperture in a single package, is ideal for a variety of shooting applications including architecture, interiors or landscapes.

The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is a must-have for any professional photographer, especially for those shooting weddings, sports or wildlife. This lens is a great all-around, high-speed, medium telephoto zoom lens and does well to round out any camera bag.

The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is the ideal lens for amateurs and advanced amateurs who love to travel, no matter the destination. The versatile, all-purpose lens offers a range of focal lengths for capturing extraordinary shots in a form factor that is both compact and lightweight.

Availability

All six of the new Canon RF lenses under development are expected to be available later in 2019*. To learn more about the lenses under development and to follow along for the official announcement, please visit usa.canon.com

[i] 140 million milestone figure is the accumulated production as at 19th December 2018. Figure includes RF lenses and Cinema lenses

[ii] As of 13 February 2019, among interchangeable lens digital mirrorless cameras incorporating a 35mm full frame equivalent image sensor with contrast detection AF and phase detection AF on the image plane. Calculated from the results of measured AF speed, based on CIPA guidelines (differs depending on shooting conditions and lens used). Measured using internal methods. Measurement conditions: EV12 (ambient temperature/ISO 100), Manual Mode, using the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM (at a focal length of 24mm) with the following settings: shutter released using the shutter button, 1-point AF (Center AF), One-Shot AF)

*Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Canon EOS RP sample gallery

These images were shot at a pre-launch event organized by Canon in New Orleans. The cameras were full production units running firmware v1.0. There are also some images converted using Canon's Digital Photo Professional software, which was provided to us.

Canon EOS RP sample gallery

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Hands-on with the Canon EOS RP

Introduction

The Canon EOS RP is the entry-level body in Canon's full frame range of mirrorless cameras. Its launch price of $1299 is the lowest of any digital full frame camera, a whole $400 below the initial cost of the first Sony a7.

It's overtly aimed at upgraders from smaller-sensor cameras and first-time buyers of ILCs. To this end, the camera has the approachable user interface from Canon's recent Rebel and EOS M models, but also offers two well-placed control dials for quick operation as you grow into the camera.

Body

The EOS RP is essentially a smaller, more conventional-looking variant of the EOS R. It's made of polycarbonate, rather than the more durable-feeling magnesium alloy of its bigger brother. It still fits well in the hand but there's an optional add-on riser that bolts onto the base of the camera if you find your little finger extending beyond the bottom of the grip. This riser also helps the camera sit more stably on flat surfaces if you've got one of the system's larger lenses mounted.

The two dials are well positioned if you have your hand in the shooting position, with the rear dial sitting under the top of your thumb and the front dial placed just above and behind the shutter button. The rear shoulder dial might be unfamiliar for anyone coming from high-end Canons but it'll be familiar to anyone arriving from other systems, and will be a welcome addition for most Rebel users, who're used to a single dial.

In addition, all of Canon's RF lenses have a customizable control dial around them, meaning you can easily access up to three exposure parameters, if you wish.

Ports/Battery

The EOS RP has both headphone and mic sockets, along with a mini HDMI connector. It also has a USB-C socket which can be used for both data transfer and charging. Disappointingly, it's only a USB type 2.0 interface, so don't expect blazing data transfer rates.

The battery is the same LP-E12 unit used on Canon's smaller mirrorless and Rebel models. It holds a relatively modest 6.3Wh of energy which yields a similarly modest 250 shots per charge (210 through the viewfinder). This isn't good, but also isn't quite as bad as it might sound: most users are likely to get more shots than this and maybe even a multiple of this number, depending on how they use the camera.

For a camera aimed primarily at casual shooters, it should last a decent amount of time, but if they do find themselves getting more into photography and shooting more intensively or use the Wi-Fi a lot, it'll definitely be worth having a USB lead or spare battery to-hand lest it becomes frustrating.

Sensor

The EOS RP is based around a 26MP full frame sensor that uses Canon's Dual Pixel design. This uses split pixels to give the camera's focusing system an understanding of depth. We'll discuss the autofocus performance later, but it helps ensure the RP can focus well with both its own, native lenses and adapted EF lenses.

We're told the chip in the EOS RP is similar to the one in the EOS 6D II, which means it's performance is likely to be a little off the pace. We'd expect it to be excellent at high ISOs but to have comparatively limited dynamic range at low ISO settings, so don't expect to be able to shoot wide dynamic range scenes where you'd need to pull shadow information into the image: the tones not already included in the JPEG images will be noisier and less usable than contemporary rivals.

That said, this camera seems primarily targeted at users who'll be mainly shooting JPEGs or those not trying to squeeze every last drop out of their Raws.

Viewfinder/screen

The EOS RP has a 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder. As you'd expect, this isn't as detailed as the 3.69M dot finders used in the EOS R and more expensive models but it's very useable. So don't expect a near-optical-viewfinder experience, but it's detailed and fast enough to refresh that it's more than good enough for framing and assessing exposure (which an optical finder won't help you with).

The rear monitor is a fully-articulated touchscreen. This lets you pull the screen all the way out alongside the camera, which can be a nice for shooting on a tripod, for waist-level shooting or for video capture. It also has the convenience that you can flip and fold the screen to face inwards, to protect it if you're slinging it in a bag or glove-compartment.

The touchscreen operates as a touchpad for positioning the AF point, which is by far the most convenient way of doing so on the RP. You can choose whether the response is relative (so a left-swipe moves the point left from its current position) or absolute (swiping to the mid-point of the screen places the AF point at the middle of the image). If you find your nose risks touching the screen or blocking your access to the screen, you can limit the active area to a half or quadrant of the panel. The four-way controller can also be set to move the AF area – it's slow, but a good way to do so with precision.

User Interface

The EOS RP includes the 'Feature Assist' mode from Canon's recent Rebel DSLRs and EOS M mirrorless cameras. This guides the user in changing the camera settings in order to achieve shallower/deeper depth-of-field or how to freeze/blur motion but does so in a way that encourages the use of the same controls that you would in 'regular' mode.

We were really impressed with this mode on Canon's entry-level models because it provides an easier way of working but also a stepping stone to learning how to operate individual camera parameters if you wish to. All of the normal Canon menus and options are still present, so you don't get the sense of the camera being dumbed-down for more experienced users.

The RP gains a comparable interface for results-orientated processing of its Raw files, if you decide you want to warm or cool the image, relative to the way the JPEG first came out, or if you want to convert to black and white, for instance. Again, the more technically-inclined users can still access all the underlying settings (for batch-processing multiple images, if they want).

Connectivity

As you'd expect, the EOS RP features Bluetooth-mediated Wi-Fi, meaning that it will near-instantly recognize a smartphone that's been Bluetooth paired and fire-up a Wi-Fi connection between them when you hit a button in Canon's 'Camera Connect' app (on Android, at least - iOS can be awkward about such things).

The Wi-Fi connection itself takes a little longer but the app does a good job of showing you that it's making the connection, rather than just leaving you wondering whether anything's happening.

It's pretty clear that Canon expects RP users to be sharing a lot of their images, either on social media or over email, so the ability to send the camera's attractive JPEGs straight to a phone is important.

There will also be an iOS version of Canon's Digital Photo Professional Raw-processing software available for the latest iPads. This is designed specifically to convert and adjust the CR3 files produced by recent Canon models.

Autofocus

For the most part, the EOS RP's autofocus is a match for that of the EOS R, which is to say that it's pretty quick, especially with those RF lenses build around Nano USM focus motors. We found subject tracking to be fairly effective, though not to the degree that we'd use it all the time (picking a subject then recomposing). The touchscreen makes it easy to choose your AF point or subject to track, so it's all pretty friendly.

The big news on the RP is that the pupil-detection aspect of the 'Face + Tracking' mode now works in both continuous (Servo) AF mode, as well as single shot. Admittedly, a slight labeling glitch and tiny on-screen icons can make it a little tricky to tell when you've turned it on. Once engaged it finds eyes fairly well and lets you press the left and right directions on the four-way controller to pick which eye the camera should focus on.

Focus stacking

The EOS RP gains a focus bracketing function, which is especially useful for close-up and macro photography. This lets you shoot between 1 and 999 images and specify a focus increment that will be applied between each shot. The camera can even conduct exposure smoothing if the light is at all variable between shots.

The images themselves have to be merged using Canon's DPP software, where you're given the choice of which regions you want to be kept in sharp focus (including the whole image, if you want).

Video

Video is one of the areas we don't expect the EOS RP to shine. Unlike the EOS 6D Mark II, it can shoot 4K/24p video. This is taken from the central, APS-C/Super 35 region of the sensor, which means the footage will likely be noisier than if it were taken from the whole sensor. The crop will also make it more difficult to find a lens that can offer a wide-angle field of view.

Other than 4K, the camera can shoot 1080 at up to 60p, and can conduct Eye-AF while shooting video. We've not been that struck by the 1080 quality from recent Canons but, if nothing else, the digital IS (which comes at the cost of a crop) is good enough to allow hand-held shooting. As mentioned, you get a mic input and headphone out. This, combined with Dual Pixel AF, ensures the EOS RP should be a solid-enough camera for basic video shooting and maybe a bit of vlogging (though it wouldn't be our first choice).

Lenses

Perhaps the main limitation for the EOS RP is its introduction into such a new system. It pairs quite nicely with the RF 24-105mm F4L IS zoom, creating a large-ish combination but one that covers a really useful zoom range. The only problem is that the 'L' designation ends up denoting a lens that's almost as expensive as the RP itself.

The RF 35mm F1.8 is a comparatively good match, with its small size and $500 price tag, but beyond that, the current RF lens lineup (and much of that just revealed) end up being rather large or pro-orientated for a $1300 camera body. Though, frankly, the compact size of the 70-200mm F2.8 makes it pretty tempting, whatever you choose to mount it on, almost irrespective of how much Canon chooses to charge for it.

It's presumably this dearth of affordable lenses that has prompted Canon to bundle the EOS RP with the more affordable EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM. The affordability is somewhat undermined by the need to include an adapter in the bundle, but this may increase its appeal for those users planning to use other Canon DSLR lenses.

It'll be interesting to see how Canon prices its forthcoming 24-240mm travel lens [Pictured in mock-up form]. Mounted on the EOS RP it'll make a handy do-anything pairing, though unless it's significantly less expensive, we'd be tempted to stick with the 24-105mm F4L, since it works really nicely.

Conclusion

The Canon RP is based around a sensor we weren't that impressed by, and we're expecting plenty of 'no IS, no purchase' comments below our coverage, but we think it gets quite a lot right.

It's less ambitious than the EOS R but by combining twin command dials with the excellent Feature Assist interface and a really keen price tag, it ends up looking rather charming.

There are lots of specs that enthusiasts will turn their noses up at ("2.5fps shooting in 'Tracking Priority,' LOL"), but there's also a lot the EOS RP gets right. Not least the images it produces.

The Canon EOS RP is smaller than an EOS Rebel T7i and will cost $1300

The Canon EOS RP becomes that company's second full-frame mirrorless camera, aimed at photographers stepping up from APS-C. Like the EOS R, it uses Canon's new RF mount and is compatible with Canon's large selection of EF and EF-S lenses via three optional adapters.

It uses a 26MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor, along with a Dual Pixel AF system. This gives 4779 selectable AF points spread across an 88% horizontal / 100% vertical area of the frame. Canon is emphasizing the RP's compact size – its 12.7 x 9.7 x 6.1 cm (5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4") dimensions make it even smaller than a EOS Rebel T7i / 800D.

The EOS RP shoots 4K/24p and 1080/60p video and offers up to 5 fps burst shooting (4 fps with Servo AF in shooting speed priority mode). A 3" touchscreen with 1.04M dots is fully articulated, and the camera also provides a built-in 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder.

Like the EOS R it lacks in-body stabilization and will rely on on lens IS. Canon's beginner-friendly Visual Guide mode is included, as are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The Canon EOS RP will go on sale in March for $1300 body-only, $1999 with the EF lens adapter and EF 24-105mm IS STM lens, or $2400 with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM.

FULL FRAME FOR THE MASSES! CANON INTRODUCES ITS SECOND FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA – THE EOS RP

New Super-Compact and Ultra-Lightweight EOS RP is Ideal for Users Looking to Graduate to Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera at an Affordable Price

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 13, 2019 – Responding to the demand from amateur and advanced amateur photographers for an entry-level, full-frame mirrorless camera, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the second camera in the EOS R lineup, the EOS RP. The EOS RP is designed for photographers looking to step up from Canon’s APS-C cameras: the EOS Rebel, EOS M and the EOS 80D, into the world of full-frame mirrorless photography. Weighing in at just 17.29 ounces, the EOS RP camera is lighter than a 500ml bottle of water and smaller than Canon’s popular APS-C DSLR camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i, coming in at approximately 5.0in (w) x 3.77in (h) x 2.36in (d). With optics at its core, the EOS RP takes full advantage of the complete line up of RF lenses and is compatible with the existing collection of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses with the use of one of three optional RF EOS-R Mount Adapters .

“As Canon continues to evolve its full-frame mirrorless cameras, our goal is that one day the EOS R line becomes as widely popular as our celebrated lineup of EOS DSLR cameras,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As a company, we believe that in order for us to accomplish that goal, Canon needs to develop full-frame mirrorless cameras for every skill level of photographers and that starts with amateurs and advanced amateurs. This makes the EOS RP the perfect addition to the existing lineup.”

The new Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera features a 26.2 megapixel CMOS sensor that is powered by the company’s DIGIC 8 image processor, providing users with high-image quality, outstanding operation and functionality. The new Canon EOS RP features Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) with 4,779 manually selectable AF points and a wide AF coverage area of 88 percent horizontal and 100 percent vertical. With f/1.2 lenses, the camera astonishingly boasts AF sensitivity in low light in as little as Exposure Value (EV) -5. When using the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens with the EOS RP, the camera can focus in as little as 0.05 seconds with Dual Pixel CMOS AF . When using eye detection AF, the camera can automatically detect faces and focus on the eye of the subject. This feature is supported when the camera is set in either servo AF mode during continuous shooting and movie servo AF, as well as one-shot AF.

Like the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera that was announced in September 2018, the EOS RP is built around the same 54mm mount diameter and short-back focus. This allows for the use of one of three optional mount adapters for full compatibility with all existing EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses. Through the use of the optional Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter or Control Ring Mount Adapter, these lenses, in fact, gain functionality.

For photographers looking to further expand their abilities and capture a wide variety of both still and video images, the EOS RP features Visual Guide mode. First introduced with the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D, this mode allows users to see on screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings can alter the image they are about to capture. This mode helps to guide photographers to capture more compelling images, such as ones with a shallow depth-of-field or being able to give moving subjects a frozen or flowing look. For those looking to expand their imaginative options, the camera also features Creative Assist mode that allows photographers to use new and unique visual effects and adjustments when shooting, such as brightness, contrast, saturation, color tone, monochrome and background blur. In addition, the design, ergonomics, layout and ease-of-use of the camera are very similar to that of other Canon cameras consumers might already be familiar with.

Additional noteworthy features of the EOS RP camera include:

  • Built-in 0.39 inch, 2.36 million dot Electronic Viewfinder with Touch-and-Drag AF
  • Vari-Angle LCD touchscreen
  • 4K UHD 24P/Full HD 60p video recording with 4K time-lapse shooting and the ability to extract still images from 4K video recordings
  • ISO range of 100-25,600 that is expandable up to ISO of 102,400
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® technology
  • Mobile RAW workflow supported paired with Digital Photo Professional Express App

Availability and Pricing
The Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in March 2019 for an estimated retail price of $1299.00 for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $2399.00*

To learn more about the EOS R system, including in-depth educational tutorials, please visit usa.canon.com

Canon EOS RP specifications

Price
MSRP$1299 (body), $1999 (w/EF adapter and EF 24-105mm STM IS lens), $2299 (w/RF 24-105mm F4L IS lens)
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution6240 x 4160
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels26 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors27 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 8
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File format
  • JPEG
  • Raw (14-bit Canon CR3)
  • C-Raw (Canon original)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points4779
Lens mountCanon RF
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous (H/L)
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via cable or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)250
Weight (inc. batteries)485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)
Dimensions133 x 85 x 70 mm (5.24 x 3.35 x 2.76)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Nikon announces Z 24-70mm F2.8 S – a new standard zoom for mirrorless

Nikon has taken the wraps off a new standard zoom lens for mirrorless - the Z 24-70mm F2.8 S.

The Z 24-70mm F2.8 S has been on Nikon's Z-series roadmap since the mount was announced last August, and is being pitched by Nikon as a perfect fast standard lens for the Z6 and Z7, offering a faster maximum aperture and more robust build quality than the more compact Z 24-70mm F4 S.

Compared to the AF-S 24-70mm F2.8 for F-mount, the new lens is 25% smaller and 18% lighter, with a totally redesigned optical formula comprising 17 elements in 15 groups. Two of the elements are Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass, and four are aspherical. As well as Nikon's Nano Crystal coating, the 24-70mm introduces a new 'Arneo' coat, which is promised to further reduce flare and ghosting. Fluorine coating on the front and rear elements is designed to help make it easier to clean oil and moisture from the outer surfaces of the lens.

Initial sample images from photographer Ami Vitale

An customizable 'L-Fn' button is joined by an OLED panel, which can display various information, including focus distance, aperture and focal length. Also new, a third customizable 'control ring' joins focus and zoom rings to provide direct control over various exposure parameters (if desired).

The new Z 24-70mm F2.8 S will ship later this spring, at an MSRP of $2299.

Press release:

NIKON UNVEILS THE NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S, A FAVORITE ZOOM LENS REBORN FOR THE Z SERIES

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Implements the Latest Nikon Optical Technologies to Reinvent One of Nikon’s Most Coveted Zoom Lenses for the Full-Frame Mirrorless Z System

MELVILLE, NY (February 13, 2019 at 11:01 P.M. EST) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S: a much-anticipated, fast-aperture zoom lens that’s ideal for professional and advanced photographers who capture portraits, landscapes, weddings and events, as well as content creators who shoot video using Nikon’s revolutionary new Z Mount System. Designed to take full advantage of the wider, brighter and faster Z Mount, this new S-Line lens delivers stunning sharpness all the way to the corners of the frame, even when used at its maximum aperture.

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the first NIKKOR lens to use the all new Nikon-designed ARNEO coat, which is used in conjunction with Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to significantly minimize flare and ghosting. The lens also includes Nikon’s new Multi-Focus System to help ensure fast and accurate autofocus even when shooting close-up subjects. Additionally, the 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the first NIKKOR Z lens to feature a dedicated manual focus ring independent of the customizable control ring, a Function (L-Fn) button, and an Organic EL Lens Information Panel for quick reference of key settings such as focus distance, depth-of-field, aperture and focal length.

“The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the lens that Z Series users have been waiting for, a lens that many photographers and videographers would never leave home without,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “Lightweight and tack sharp, the 24-70mm f/2.8 S is a great example of the outstanding performance and portability that is possible with our next-generation Z Mount System.”

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S – Performance, Precision and Optical Superiority
The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S builds on a century of Nikon optical heritage by harnessing the technical advantages of the Z Mount. This type of lens is known as a photographer favorite due to its versatility, useful zoom range, fast aperture and sharpness. Nikon was able to redesign this all-around zoom lens to achieve a new standard of performance, while making it both smaller and lighter—approximately 24.7% lighter and 18.4% shorter than the popular AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens.

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S takes advantage of the latest optical technologies to ensure exceptional control of aberration, ghosting and flare. Featuring an optical construction of 17 elements in 15 groups—including two ED glass elements and four aspherical elements—the lens delivers sharp, virtually vignette-free performance from edge-to-edge across its entire zoom range, even at maximum aperture.

Additionally, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the first NIKKOR lens to feature Nikon’s all-new ARNEO coating: a multi-layer coating that is used in conjunction with Nano Crystal Coating for superior anti-reflective performance. While Nano Crystal Coat suppresses ghosting and flare coming from backlight at diagonal angles, the ARNEO coat compensates for light entering the lens from vertical angles. This expanded field enables the lens to capture exceptional contrast and sharpness even when the light source is visible inside the frame.

To help ensure fast, accurate and silent autofocus, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S combines a powerful stepping motor (STM) with Nikon’s new Multi-Focus System. This system uses two actuators to move two focus groups at once, enabling the lens to achieve critical focus rapidly from nearly any distance, including close-up shooting.

The 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the most customizable NIKKOR Z lens yet. The lens features an Organic EL Lens Information Panel that allows for quick confirmation of aperture and focal length or focus distance and depth-of-field without looking at the viewfinder. For enhanced versatility, the addition of a L-Fn button allows you to set over 20 custom functions when shooting stills. The lens is also the first to feature an independent focus ring in addition to the customizable control ring found on all S-Line lenses, giving professional photographers and videographers more comfortable and convenient control over their shooting experience.

Finally, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S was designed to excel at video in addition to stills capture, taking full advantage of the industry-leading video features found in the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7. Its design minimizes focus breathing, preventing the angle of view from changing when the focus is adjusted; the stepping motor and Multi-Focus System ensure fast, accurate and quiet focusing; full compatibility with the built-in 5-axis VR of the Nikon Z System ensures users can capture super-smooth video hand-held; and the customizable control ring, independent focus ring and Organic EL panel give filmmakers even more control over this exceptional lens on-set.

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is destined to be an instant classic—a must-own lens for Nikon Z Series creators of all types.

Key Features:


  • An indispensable standard zoom lens for professionals, advanced photographers and video creators—ideal for environmental portraits, landscapes, weddings, events, studio and street photography.
  • Constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range delivers the subject separation, speed and gorgeous bokeh professionals demand.
  • Exceptional optical performance achieves edge-to-edge sharpness and minimal aberration in an incredibly lightweight and portable package, thanks to the revolutionary new Z mount.
  • All-new ARNEO coating works in conjunction with Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to minimize ghosting and flare when the light source is within the frame.
  • Fast, accurate and quiet autofocus throughout the zoom range, thanks to Nikon-designed Multi-Focus System and Stepping Motor.
  • Built-in Function (L-Fn) button, Organic EL Lens Information Panel and independent focus ring give creators more control over their shooting experience.
  • Fully compatible with in-camera 5-axis VR found in the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7, providing up to 5 stops1 of image stabilization without adding to the size or weight of the lens.
  • Optimized for video, with reduced focus breathing, a quiet stepping motor, customizable control ring, and the ability to take advantage of the in-camera 5-axis VR + eVR of the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7.
  • Designed with consideration to dust and drip resistance, and featuring a fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease and dirt.

Price and Availability:

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S will be available in spring 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,299.952.

For more information about this lens, as well as the latest Nikon products including the full Nikon Z Mount System, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

1. Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when FX-format compatible lenses are attached to a FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
2. SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length24–70 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountNikon Z
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements17
Groups15
Special elements / coatingsFour ED and two aspherical elements + Arneo and Nano Crystal coatings
Focus
Minimum focus0.38 m (14.96)
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight805 g (1.77 lb)
Diameter89 mm (3.5)
Length126 mm (4.96)
SealingYes
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Filter thread82 mm
Hood suppliedYes

Three Legged Thing launches ‘Ellie,’ a versatile L-bracket for modern camera systems

Tripod manufacturer Three Legged Thing has developed a new L-bracket that’s designed to be adaptable to fit a wider range of cameras, and which will allow users to mount their camera in a variety of ways. Called Ellie, the bracket features sliding bars that allow size adjustment, dual Arca-Swiss mounting platforms and additional threads for attaching accessories such as microphones.

Ellie is made from ‘aerospace grade magnesium alloy’ and uses a pair of stainless steel sliding bars that allow users to tailor the length of the baseplate to suit the size of the camera. Two screw threads on the base offer a choice of mounting positions, while an opening in the construction provides space and access when L-shaped cables need to be connected to ports on the camera body.

As the position of these cable ports varies from one model to the next the bracket allows four mounting configurations to ensure the cut away section will correspond with ports in as many cameras as possible.

The bracket can be dissembled so the base doubles as a quick release plate, and both ends of the vertical standard feature two screw threads that will accept macro arms, flash attachments or audio equipment.

Ellie will be available in anodised copper or metallic slate grey color options in mid-March and will cost £64.99 / $69.99.

For more information see the Three Legged Thing website.

  • Horizontal Aspect Length: 95 mm - 128 mm / 3.74 “ - 5.04 "
  • Horizontal Aspect Width: 38 mm / 1.5 “
  • Vertical Aspect Height: 85 mm / 3.35 “
  • Vertical Aspect Width: 38 mm / 1.5 “
  • Weight: 96 g / 0.21 lb
  • Compatibility – Standard Arca-Swiss

Press release

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3 Legged Thing Introduces Next Evolution of Universal L-Brackets

The award-winning British tripod maker announces a new Universal L-Bracket with increased compatibility with a wider range of cameras, and advanced functionality.

3 Legged Thing has announced a new evolution of universal L-Bracket. Following on from the huge success of the world’s best-selling L-Bracket 3 Legged Thing’s QR11-L, Ellie brings another dimension of compatibility with a wide range of mirrorless and DSLR cameras, and an unprecedented level of innovation.

L-Brackets are primarily used to switch from landscape to portrait on a tripod, whilst maintaining the focal plane and horizon. They are particularly popular with landscape, architecture, and studio photographers, yet used by photographers across all genres.

3LT Founder & CEO Danny Lenihan commented: “Ellie is the culmination of a year’s development and testing, and is built on the foundations of QR11 and hundreds of comments and emails from customers since the QR11 launched in 2017. It’s been a fantastic challenge for myself and the team, with more than a few hiccups in the process, but I’m delighted to be introducing what we believe is a new chapter in L-Bracket innovation.”

Compatible with standard Arca-Swiss clamps, Ellie’s design features 2 different screw mount slots in the base, allowing users to position the L-Bracket in the optimal position for their camera. The length of the bracket base can be adjusted thanks to two rigid stainless steel sliding bars which are then fixed into position by the user. The rear edge of the base is sloped to better enable screen access.

Ellie’s vertical aspect has an opening in one side, allowing users with L-shaped cable pins to connect accessories to their cameras more easily. Thanks to the dual Arca-Swiss profile and identical mount-ends,this opening can be placed in one of four positions, by inverting or reversing the vertical aspect, which is secured to the base via two adjustable stainless steel rods. A handy mini tool with two sizes of Allen key to adjust the sliding bars, and the vertical aspect, is also supplied with Ellie.

Both ends of the vertical aspect house two 1/4”-20 threads, allowing users to attach accessories, including microphones or mounting arms, to the bracket. The base of the bracket also features a strap attachment slot. Ellie’s base plate is beautifully contoured so that it can also be used separately as a quick release plate without the upright.

Adding a different type of functionality, Ellie’s vertical aspect can also be mounted downwards from the plate, effectively creating a rocker head when used with the tripod head adjusted into the 90 degree position.

Made from aerospace grade magnesium alloy, Ellie will be available in two anodized finishes – Copper(orange) and Metallic Slate Grey. The product is available to pre-order today from 3 Legged Thing’s website, and from local camera stores, with a suggested retail price of £64.99 / $69.99. Ellie will be released in mid March 2019. Visitors to The Photography Show 16-19th March at the NEC, Birmingham, UK will be able to see Ellie there on 3 Legged Thing’s stand #E71.

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