Sony A9, Handmade 90mm Lens & Instagram Users | Photalife Friday Round Up

Back once again with a roundup of some of the photo news, you might have missed from the past week. 

Sony A9, Handmade 90mm Lens & Instagram Users | Photalife Friday Round Up

Sony Announces the A9

A new flagship model from Sony, this is the A9 and it's meant to be the best of the best. It's a full-frame E mount camera that really packs a punch. A high-speed 20 FPS, with 693 Auto Focus Points, 5 Axis in camera stabilisation and 4K full frame readout video.

All of this comes at a price and for this it's a cool £4,500. To find out more visit the Sony website. 

Handmade 90mm f/2.8 Lens

Photographer Mats Wernersson has built his own 90mm f/2.8 lens from scratch. Pretty much every part was handmade apart from the mount and aperture blades. Have a watch of the video to see how he did it and the sample images. I was mighty impressed with the quality of photos, I couldn't see how much he spent making it but it was a lot cheaper than buying one. 

Instagram Hits 700m Users

Instagram is growing, and not at a slow rate. The photo-sharing site has just passed 700m users and by the end of 2017 will possibly have hit 1 billion. 

New features like stories, live, multiple posts it is growing faster than every. You can read more on the Instagram Blog. 

Drones, Instagram and a 16-Camera Camera | Photalife Friday Round Up

This is a little round up of the photo news from this past week that I think you'll be interested in. 

Drones, Instagram and a 16-Camera Camera | Photalife Friday Round Up

Drone Sales Exploded 117% in 2016

Photo Credit - Jason Blackeye on Unsplash -  https://unsplash.com/search/drone?photo=pLmNaIqTXJk

Photo Credit - Jason Blackeye on Unsplash - https://unsplash.com/search/drone?photo=pLmNaIqTXJk

Even with various restrictions coming into place sales of Drones in the US is still growing at a massive rate. NPD reported that sales were up 117% in the 12 months leading up to February 2017. 

The fastest selling drones were those priced $1,000+ which includes the DJI Phantom range. 

I don't have the figures for the UK but I wonder if they're growing at such a rate...tell me in the comments do you have a drone? 

Instagram Now Lets You Save and Organise Photos Into ‘Collections’

After the release on Instagram of their save feature they are now adding to it by allowing you to organise these into collections. In a kind of Pinterest style you will be able to have all your 'floral' or 'animal' saves in one place. 

According to Instagram, 46% of users have used the save feature since launch in December. Having never used this feature I can't see it changing anything I do. To read more about it have a read of the Instagram Blog. 

Final Design of Light L16 Camera

After 2 years in the pipeline, it would appear that the Light L16 is a step closer. This is the final design of the camera. 

If you're unaware of what this is, it's a 16-camera camera, which will capture 52MP images. 

From the close up you see that the camera uses 6 x 150mm f/2.4 telephoto lenses, 5 x 70mm f/2 midrange lenses, and 5 x 28mm f/2 wide-angle lenses. This camera raised over $30million in crowdfunding and the company are currently working on building cameras to fulfil their pre-orders.  

They hope to be able to take new orders in late 2017...but remember the pre-order price was $1,699 so it's now a cheap piece of kit. 

You can read more on the LightRumours site

Newly Announced Nikon D7500 Preview

Newly Announced Nikon D7500 Preview | Photalife

Today Nikon has released the replacement to the Nikon D7200, the D7500. 

The way I see it is that this is a slimmed down version of the D500. It has a lot of the same features but with a few additions. 

The UK Price will be £1,299 for the body only and with a 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 £1,599

- 8fps
- 20.9-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor
- 4K UDH Video
- 51-point AF system
- Tilting 3.2” 922K-dot touch screen LCD
- ISO 100-51,200

Official Nikon D7500 Press Release

The New Nikon D7500: Superior Performance That Drives The Desire To Create

Exceptional Speed, Precision and Low-Light Ability Has Never Been as Attainable; The New D7500 Uses the Same Powerful Imaging Sensor and Includes Many Features from Nikon’s DX-Format D500 Flagship

MELVILLE, NY – Enthusiasts are a distinct type of photographer, who go to great lengths in the relentless pursuit of the perfect capture. It is for this user that Nikon Inc. announced the D7500 today, an advanced-level DX-format DSLR that provides a robust yet lightweight camera with powerful performance and premium features. Using the same 20.9-megapixel image sensor, processor and wide ISO range as the D500, Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR, the D7500 incorporates an exceptional combination of stunning image quality, impressive speed, astounding low-light ability and 4K UHD video capture, yet remains within reach for a diverse array of image makers and creators.

“The Nikon D7500 was engineered to be as versatile as the photographer using it, and excels whether shooting fast-action sports, stunning low-light landscapes, distant wildlife, glamorous portraits or multimedia content,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This is a camera for the photographers who are serious about their passion, infatuated with the next frame and above all else, want speed, small size and an excellent value.”

Balance Image Quality and Low-Light Performance
The new D7500 features Nikon’s latest 20.9-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor and EXPEED 5 processing engine, the same high-performance heart of the Nikon D500. Designed to excel in a wide array of shooting conditions, the D7500 eliminates the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) for maximum sharpness and clarity, with the class-leading dynamic range flexibility that is a hallmark of Nikon DSLRs. The compact DX-format form factor also gives photographers extended focal length reach that is an advantage for sports and wildlife photography, especially when coupled with the vast selection of available NIKKOR lenses.

Whether shooting a landscape at dawn or sports under indoor lights, the D7500 affords the latitude of low-light capability to consistently nail the shot, time and time again. Even in the most challenging light, users can capture images with minimal noise, thanks to a native ISO range that spans from 100-51,200, and an expanded ISO range up to an astonishing 1.64 million equivalent. Those same stellar image quality and low noise virtues also apply to those shooting video, whether it’s a 4K UHD production or a mesmerising Astro time-lapse of the night sky.    

Focus with Precision, Capture with Confidence
The Nikon D7500 DSLR gives photographers many new premium features and advanced Nikon technologies to help create incredible images and video:

  • The D7500 is fast enough to keep pace with the quickest athletes or animals; capable of shooting at up to 8 frames-per-second (fps) with full AF/AE, with an expanded buffer of up to 50 RAW/NEF (14-bit lossless compressed) or 100 JPEG images.
  • Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system covers a large portion of the frame. A Group-Area AF function has been added, which is a preferred focus mode for those shooting fast action.
  • The slim, tilting 3.2” 922K-dot touch screen LCD can be used to easily control, compose and playback, even while mounted on a tripod. The menus can also be easily navigated using the touchscreen function.
  • Like the Nikon D5 and D500, the 180K RGB Metering system is used with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and fantastic colour rendition in nearly any shooting situation.
  • Lightweight DX form factor allows for an agile, comfortable body with deep grip and comprehensive weather sealing. The monocoque body is durable and approximately 5% lighter than the D7200 and 16% lighter than the D500.
  • Shoot all day and well into the night with up to approximately 950 shots per charge (CIPA standard).
  • Like the D500 and D5, the Auto AF Fine Tune feature when in Live View allows users to automatically calibrate autofocus with specific lenses if needed.
  • Through the Retouch menu, users can access an in-camera Batch Process RAW Converter that can handle multiple images to optimise workflow.
  • The camera’s pop-up flash can act as a Commander for remote Speedlights, while the camera is also optimised to function with line-of-sight using SB-500, SB-700 and SB-5000. It can even support the radio frequency control system of the SB-5000 when using the optional WR-R10 accessory.
  • New Auto Picture Control function analyses the picture scene and automatically generates a tone curve within the camera.
  • Images can automatically be downloaded to a compatible smartphone, and the camera can also be triggered remotely using Built-in Bluetooth1 and Wi-Fi2

 Multimedia Capabilities for Creators
The Nikon D7500 adds in a diverse array of advanced features for multimedia content creators, including 4K UHD (3840 × 2160/30p) video capture and the ability to produce awe-inspiring 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera. Video files can be stored as either MOV files or as MP4 files, for greater flexibility and easier playback on a wide range of devices. Like the D500, the D7500 offers 3-axis built-in e-VR image stabilisation when shooting 1080p Full HD video, and can be easily focused using the rear touchscreen function.

  For the advanced videographer, the D7500 offers simultaneous 4K UHD output to the card and uncompressed via HDMI, as well as a headphone and microphone jack for pro-level audio recording and monitoring. To allow for smooth exposure adjustments, the camera also supports power aperture for smooth and step-less depth-of-field transitions while users can also keep highlights in check using visible zebra stripes in live-view mode. 

Price and Availability

The Nikon D7500 will be available in Summer 2017 for a suggested retail price (SRP)* of $1,249.95 for the body only configuration, or with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,749.95 SRP*. For more information on the Nikon D7500 as well as the latest Nikon products, please visitwww.nikonusa.com.

Nikon 100th Year Anniversary

Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies around the world. Guided by a corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” Nikon provides a wide range of products and services globally by harnessing advanced opto-electronics and precision technologies. Nikon is proud to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017.

Nikon - What's Going On?

With all the recent news coming from Nikon lately what is going on with them? 

Firstly they announced losses of $260million in the final 9 months of 2016. Then 1000 workers being let go. This led to their stock falling about 15% meaning $1billion in value was erased. 

Next up was the binning of the DL compact range. All of this was while they're celebrating their 100th year. 

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