Nikon Z Mount Nikkor S-Line Lenses: What is it?

z2The initial line-up of Nikkor S-Line lenses

When Nikon debuted their new full-frame mirrorless camera system the Nikon Z, they also introduced a new product line of lenses to the Nikkor lens family. This is called the S-Line. I watched through the entire live stream of the announcement presentation so it was very clear to me what the S-Line of lenses mean. However, there seems to be a lot of misinformation spread by ill-informed and unethical Youtubers desperate to publish videos for revenue-driving hits without doing any responsible research.

Therefore, I present here a detailed, yet simple to understand explanation of what the new S-Line Nikkor lenses are. Continue reading “Nikon Z Mount Nikkor S-Line Lenses: What is it?”

What Is Panasonic Planning For Photokina 2018?

Panasonic lumix countdown

The rumour mill has been going very strong for a while for Panasonic this past month. They have a countdown timer for Photokina 2018, and it is a really, really long countdown timer. In fact, it is about the same length as Nikon’s countdown timer for their new product line of Z cameras – nearly a month! One would think that if you have such a long timer you would have something really interesting to announce. Indeed, rumours suggest that Panasonic is going to release a new camera line with a mount size larger than micro-four-thirds. Of course, rumours are rumours. But sometimes there is no smoke without fire, and the timer is truly a long one. So let us try to make some intelligent deductions and manage our expectations. Continue reading “What Is Panasonic Planning For Photokina 2018?”

April 2018: Fujifilm and Sony Cameras – Things That Bother Me

I shared in my previous post that I no longer own any camera system. So I have been spending a lot of time trying out Fujifilm and Sony ML cameras in their respective showrooms in town. Unfortunately, no matter how many hours I spend in the showrooms, I never experience the “ah-ha I want this!” moment. The respective ML companies want you to believe that their products are perfect. The youtubers and bloggers getting invitations to launch events, launch parties, free accommodations, VIP treatments also want you to spend money on this stuff because they make money when you click on their referrer links and watch their channels. But the fact is that there are still things that bother me about the Fujifilm and Sony systems. In this blog post I will describe them. Note that these observations are current as of April 2018, and may no longer be relevant in the future. Continue reading “April 2018: Fujifilm and Sony Cameras – Things That Bother Me”

The Transition To ML (Mirrorless) Is Imminent. What Does Nikon Plan To Do?

I have to start by apologizing. I have been inactive for a long period of time. And that reason is because that I have not owned a camera system for the past two months. That’s right, I have sold off my Nikon FX DSLR system.

A glance at the title of this blog entry might lead a reader to believe that I am switching to a mirrorless (ML) system because I think the time of DSLRs is over. That is not entirely true. To ensure I communicate this clearly, let me emphasize my primary reason in bold: Continue reading “The Transition To ML (Mirrorless) Is Imminent. What Does Nikon Plan To Do?”

Nikon’s mirrorless camera: Too late, but Nikon still as a chance

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It is no surprise to everyone that Nikon’s mirrorless strategy is in a shambles. Although the recently released D850 is getting rave reviews and in high demand, there is no doubt among observers that this camera could well be the DSLR’s last great hurrah. There will definitely continue to be DSLRs after the D850 for users who insist on using them – even Nikon did not kill film cameras immediately when digital cameras usurped film cameras in popularity. But I sense we have reached a turning point. Continue reading “Nikon’s mirrorless camera: Too late, but Nikon still as a chance”

The Latest MILCs – Slim, Attractive, Futuristic and Uncomfortable To Use

According to internet hype and opinion, the latest MILCs are absolutely squeezing Canikon with their latest slim, sexy and futuristic cameras. Of course, according to that even higher authority named Cosmic Reality, solely trusting opinions and statements on the internet could well lead to major regret. MILCs may be the future of cameras, but are their current forms truly uncompromisingly superior with little shortcomings? Continue reading “The Latest MILCs – Slim, Attractive, Futuristic and Uncomfortable To Use”

Why Canikon Needs To Respond To The Mirrorless Evolution, ASAP

(Images from CameraSize.com)

As we like to say in a creative visual industry, “a picture says a thousand words”.

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The Hasselblad X1D is not only visibly smaller than Nikon’s current resolution and dynamic-range champion D810, it is also a considerable 255g lighter. That’s a lot of heft and weight! Bear in mind the Hasselblad has a physically larger sensor, more resolution at 50MB+, obviously superior dynamic range and better ISO performance! Continue reading “Why Canikon Needs To Respond To The Mirrorless Evolution, ASAP”