Mar 132018

A local retailer informed me some customers were reporting a focus shift problem with the new Sony FE24-105 f4 G OSS (SEL24105G) experienced in certain shooting conditions. That explains – at least in part – why the lens is out of stock almost everywhere you look right now. Of course the lens is also in high demand due to it ticking all the right boxes for amateur and pro photographers alike. Pity, this problem may make the lens even harder to get in the next few weeks/months until that is sorted out. Good thing is, Sony is already offering help for users who are experiencing focus problems and have a page online where users can check whether or not their copy is affected. See the link here. The new Sony […]

Apr 252017

Have you tried ordering any cool gadget lately? Manufacturers seem to have more and more problems sending out deliveries than ever before. This may be because of mounting pressure for cost cuts and just-in-time production but it all too often makes customers feel unrewarded for seeking a special item. Just look at Apple. Try ordering the new Apple Airpods. How many weeks for that if you place your order in the Apple Store? In Germany you would have to wait an estimated 6 weeks. And I believe that was even worse just a while back. When again did they make the announcement? Oh don’t ask! Or how about the new fitness gadget Fenix 5 from Garmin. 4-6 weeks – at least –  they tell you […]

Feb 232016
Nikon DL24-85 and Nikon DL18-50 - without built-in EVF...

I really got quite excited at first after learning about the new DL-line of compact cameras from Nikon all set to be delivered by June 2016 at comparatively modest prices. One inch sensor technology packed into cool looking compact camera bodies with lenses that sound up to the task and even a touch screen to top things up. Finally Nikon got the message…that was my first reaction. Then I caught up with the news. They left out the built-in EVF on both the Nikon DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 and the Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8.   By golly, it happened again. IMHO otherwise great new cameras have been crippled (without incorporating an EVF) and left to be more or less mediocre compared to products from competing companies. Maybe that is just me. But this […]

Feb 052016
Buy FUJIFILM X-Pro2 or wait for FUJIFILM X-T2

So you have seen the new press clippings and the new FUJIFILM X-Pro2 seems to be quite a monster of a camera. Should you still need the official news get hold of the link right here. If you are into Fuji stuff at all, this cam might just be the ticket. But wait…isn`t there a follow-up or refresh on the horizon for the great FUJIFILM X-T1? Sure there is! Being a great fan of the X-T1 myself, I simply cannot get all too excited about the announcement of the X-Pro2. It has a few new features that would be nice to have. But some of these new features will probably make it to the X-T2 as well. The new 24.3MP X-TRans CMOS III sensor (or even a more recent […]

Feb 042016
New Sony Alpha A6300 - must-have APS-C body or just another subtle upgrade?

Sony has just announced its new top of the line APS-C camera. The new Sony Alpha A6300 will probably be available by March this year and as usual Sony is quick to remark the new cam will not replace the current Sony Alpha A6000 but rather complement it. Yeah…just wait until the stock is gone 🙂 The big question is: Can Sony lure enough professional photographers and enthusiasts alike away from worn-out equipment (as if it would make any difference to any of us how much equipment already filled the racks… 😉) and make them glow with excitement looking at the new top-notch APS-C marvel? Does it have all the bells and whistles potential buyers were hoping for? Sony did not make any significant changes to the camera body […]

Sep 252015

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are out and many of us are debating the question whether or not the top notch smart phones will be good enough for day to day use photography. The simple facts and numbers may not overwhelm. But Apple has increased the resolution of the rear camera from 8 to 12 megapixels sporting a smaller 1,22 µm pixel size which means that sensor dimensions are basically the same compared to the previous iPhone 6/iphone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s at 1/3” sensor size. This makes for better photo quality since the higher megapixel count gives better overall resolution. The number of phase detection sensors on the chip has also been increased by 50% which makes the new iPhone focus […]

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