I thought all the big events were over and done with but there has been a barrage of new products in the last few days - all mirrorless !
first a new Nikon Z Lens; a new Canon R body plus a slew of R mount lenses previewed and a new body and lens from Fuji. There was also a Panasonic announcement a week or two earlier.
So Nikon has announced they will bring in the new professional mirrorless camera with a new mount and adaptability to F mount lenses. I don't think they had any choice in the matter, to be honest.
I think we will see a couple of new mirrorless bodies. There will probably be a flagship and a prosumer grade body. I reckon the flagship will most likely have the designation of DM-1 and the prosumer most likely a DM-300 or something along those lines.
Hopefully they will have designed something that inspires the competition to up their game too, but based on recent pricing of models such as the D5, I reckon we can expect a wince when the prices are announced, which will leave ample room for the competitors like MFT, Sony and Fuji to compete well.
Yesterday I packed it off to its new owner in another part of SA. The reason? Just not using it and to be honest its files weren't ever going to fit in with my workflow. I tried HDR in Lr with them (same as I do for the Olympus) and they looked wildly different. Not sure why that is but they weren't usable at all. The video was convenient, but the quality from my iPhone is better. For the rare videos I make the phone will be just fine.
With the money I am thinking of either getting some portable lighting or saving up for the Panasonic 8-18mm lens. I could probably do that if I sold the Olympus 9-18mm, but that lens is just very convenient and small so it's ideal for travel. And it's IQ isn't anything to be worried about.
I can't recall how I got invited, but somebody sent me one so Saturday morning I went to go and see what this Canon road show was all about.
Basically it's a local event that Canon do in three different cities once a year. They have some speakers and products on display for consumers to touch and get a feel for. There are also some specials on gear. I was quite tempted to buy the 10-18mm STM lens for my 200D but then common sense prevailed. Apparently some 700 people attended the Durban event, each of whom was given a Canon branded photographers vest/jacket thing. Mine is too big.
The introduction from the two local Canon representatives touched on the possible introduction of a Canon "full frame" mirrorless camera sometime soon. They can't say when but they say it will definitely have to happen. Apparently the Japanese market for mirrorless cameras now represents some 60% of all sales in the region. Not so prevalent in the US and Europe but the trend is there and they expect those markets to follow suit.
The two speakers they had were both Canon ambassadors. One was a South African photojournalist named Kim Ludbrook who gave a really interesting presentation in which he discussed his work on the Tour de France as well as some very disturbing personal insights into working in war zones, specifically in Iraq as an "embed" journalist with the US forces there, and also his documenting of the fall of Moamar Gadaffi in Libya, and the effect those events had on him personally.
The other speaker was a Russian "destination wedding photographer" named Katya Mukhina. Honestly, from the heart I just don't get this genre of wedding photography anymore and I could never imagine myself producing this kind of engineered wedding photography. It's just not in me. I guess what I find most bothersome about it is the ridiculously narcissistic attitudes of people who want to remember their wedding day with such imagery.
Impressions of the event? A little disappointing w.r.t. the venue chosen and the lack of products exhibited. It was nearly impossible to get hands on with things and they literally only had a couple of pro cameras there. Very few lenses to show.
During the lunch break some people got to play with the few products on display.