It is 2012 and this is the first episode of the PhotoComment podcast of the year. We recorded it last week during CES news announcements that were flying around on the web fast and furious. Check it out and comment on it of give us a thumbs up on Youtube if you like it. Also share with us what more you would like to see.
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January Issue of PhotoComment Magazine
In the January issue of PhotoComment Magazine, you will find Armani’s review of the Nikon 1 V1, a feature on some of Vega’s 2011 final year students and also; a portfolio on Jaco Van Wyk (who won the Creative Cover theme we did as part of the Outdoorphoto Photographer of the Year competition and whose winning image is on the cover of this issue). You also have until the end of the month to complete the PhotoComment reader survey and stand a chance to win a Vanguard Heralder 38 camera bag.
To find the nearest stockist of the magazine in South Africa, head on over to our website http://archive.photocomment.co.za/magazine or you can read it online too. If you want to get the magazine delivered to your post box each month, you can pay for postage on the website; with local and/or international postage options available, depending on where in the world you are.
News – CES 2012
As we record this episode, CES 2012 is half-way completed. With this in mind, we thought that we could use this episode to catch up on what has happened at the show.
The Big Announcements
There are three new cameras that were announced at CES which have more people talking than with any others.
First off is the Nikon D4. This long-awaited replacement for the D3s (though not nearly as long-awaited as a replacement for the D700 for which we continue to wait) has been announced. It has a 16MP full frame sensor and is capable of shooting at up to 11 fps. There have been large improvements in video which many have felt to be a soft spot on the Nikon range ,even after the D7000 hit shelves. The AF system has also been improved and some of the sensors are even able to offer high speed AF on lenses with an f/8 aperture. See press release here.
The second camera to cause a stir has been the Fuji X-Pro1 which – most simply put – is like a changeable-lens version of the X100, though that is actually an over-simplification. The X-Pro1 has a newly developed 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor. It is launching with 3 lenses. An 18mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4, and a 60mm f/2.4. There will be a Leica mount adapter coming out for it as well. One is left wondering if perhaps Leica should get out of the camera business and just stick to making lenses. http://archive.photocomment.co.za/news/news-round-up-ces-2012-updates-from-canon-sony-etc/
The third camera everyone is talking about is the Canon PowerShot G1X. It is a G12 on steriods. Packed inside the body is a 14MP CMOS sensor which is mildly smaller than the APS-C sensor used in their EOS line of DSLR cameras. It has a 4x optical zoom but it is not a changeable lens camera which is what many were expecting. This is the camera for which many pros have been asking in the G range for some time and – in all honesty – it may very well be a better option for them than a changeable lens system; as there is not the bulk of carrying extra lenses around.
Some other CES 2012 news that caught out attention includes:
– Samsung announcing a few new cameras with built-in Wi-Fi (like the SH100 we had a little while back). The big thing about Samsung is that they are building an ‘ecosystem’ around all of their products. This – from a consumer perspective – is a big plus as it makes the syncing or sharing of images across devices extremely easy.
– Sigma have announced a new range of lenses called Digital Neo. These lenses are made specifically for mirrorless cameras and will kick off in the Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds; as used by Olympus and Panasonic. The first two lenses in the range are a 19mm and 30mm f/2.8.
– Polaroid announced a new camera at CES: the SC1630. It has a 3x optical zoom and a 16MP sensor. The big deal here though is the fact that it is actually a camera with a built in Android-powered phone. At last, I am starting to feel like Nostradamus with my yearly predictions.
– There is plenty more that happened at CES that we just cannot cover in a single episode, so be sure to head on over to the website where you can grab the details and even see some commentary on the new cameras while we wait to get our hands on review units.
Review – Epson R2000
I thought that we could end off the show by talking about the Epson R2000 printer which we have had on review in the office for the last couple of weeks. It is an A3 printer and – as one has come to expect from Epson – prints like a dream. I was amazed by how easy it is to use. I set it up in a few minutes and decided to do a print right away. The quality was fantastic, even straight out of the box. It is network and Wi-Fi enabled and takes 8 cartridges. If you are looking for an almost fulltime Black and White printer than you may prefer to still look at the R3000, but otherwise this machine is fantastic! I think that the big plus for me about this kind of a printer is that I feel that if a picture is worth printing, then A4 just does not do it the justice you really need. If I were to buy a photo-dedicated printer right now, it would be one of these.
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