Fujifilm GFX 100 medium- format 100MP

Fujifilm launched the GFX 100, a medium-format camera featuring…

  • 100 Megapixel medium-format (44 x 33mm) sensor
  • In-body 5-axis image stabilization (well needed for this kind of resolution)
  • Removable, tilting OLED EVF 5.76M dots
  • Hybrid autofocus system with 3.76 million phase-detect pixels spread across nearly 100% of the frame
  • ISO 100-12,800 (expandable to 50-102,400)
  • 16-bit RAW files
  • 4K video at bit rates up to 400Mbps
  • High-end body about the size of a Nikon D5, weighing 1.4kg/3.1lbs
  • 3.2″ touchscreen with 2.36 million dots that can tilt in both landscape and portrait orientations, just like on the GFX 50S
  • 2 SD card slots
  • Ports for USB 3.2 (Type-C), an external mic and headphones, a remote, and HDMI.

Available at the end of June for about $10,000
For more details see https://fujifilm-x.com/de-de/cameras/gfx100/

Fuji GFX100

Nikon Z6 and Z7 service advisory due to problems with VR

Nikon USA published a service advisory for Nikon Z6 and Z7 due to problems with VR:

“It has come to our attention that the vibration reduction (VR) feature in some Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras may not function fully.” and “Nikon has resolved this by making available corrective service for affected Z 6 and Z 7 cameras free of charge”

Visit the page to find out if your camera is affected:
https://www.nikonusa.com/en/service-and-support/service-advisories/technical-service-advisory-for-users-of-the-nikon-z-6-and-z-7-cameras.html

Nikons message: “I AM back!”

Even more noticable than the announcement of the new Z lens 14-30/4 is Nikons move to add three important features to the Z cameras via a firmware update:

  • Eye-Autofocus
  • RAW video
  • Support for the new CFexpress cards (doubling the potential speed)

This sends a clear message to potential customers: Nikon is willing to improve the Z line fast. Gone are the days where Nikon was very sloooow to react to customers – at least I hope so.

Review Nikon Z7

I finally got my Nikon Z7 + Nikon S 35 /1.8 + Nikon S 24-70 / 4.0 and was able to test it for a few hours.

I took full risk in buying the camera and switching from DSLR (Nikon D850) to mirrorless. I sold my D850 a week before I got the Z7 because the earlier I sell it the more money I can realize. For me it is the right thing to do as I don’t need the speed of the D850 (fps wise) but I will benefit by the 90% AF coverage, the silent shooting (theater photography), WYSIWYG viewfinder.

My take on the Nikon Z7:

  • EVF (electronic viewfinder): excellent. For my kind of work the EVF is a 100% replacement of the OVF. My wife noticed a slight colour variation to the blue but I was able to correct this in the menue.
  • Camera body: the grip is much better than expected, the cam definitely has a “Nikon feeling”. I have no small hands and if the body was even smaller I would get a problem. What I miss? Dedicated buttons e.g. for AF, illumnated buttons (come on Nikon).
  • To be able to control exposure compensation via the ring on the objective is an excellent feature, this way I’m much faster than using the +/- button. Caveat: still not sure if I will use it in real conditions, it’s way to easy to accidentally change it by touching the objective. It would be better if the ring was a bit tighter.
  • Loudness: finally a silent camera, yeah! Not only the camera but also both objectives.
  • 90% AF coverage: finally!
  • AF speed in AF-S mode: for me on the level of the D850.
  • Face tracking: seems to work, but not 100% – e.g. I had a case where it detected a hand as a face. I will see if the hit rate is high enough that this will prove as a useful feature
  • EVF blackout: no problem for me but I don’t take pictures of racing cars.

Verdict: it will take few days to get used to the Z7 but for my kind of shootings it will be perfect. No showstoppers, it seems Nikon got it right a the first try (if you dont count the Nikon 1).

Lightroom CC/7 and how Adobe sees the world

Let’s see:

  • No updates for Lightroom 6 after 2017
  • “Lightroom CC” becomes “Lightroom CC Classic”, is available only via subscription (*cough* ransomware *cough*) and its future is uncertain
  • Adobe introducdes a new “Lightroom CC” that has flaws like subscription model, no printing (why on earth somebody should print a photo???), forces you to upload your pictures to Adobe (ever heard about photogs with slow internet?), problems with keywords, no map module, no tethering, no multiple catalogs, and so on…

I see sales for Capture One Pro skyrocketing. Or look for alternatives like RawTherapee, Darktable, ACDsee,…

My personal answer is: Adobe, rot in hell! I will stop buying Adobe software.

Just think about this: some time in the future Adobe will “concentrate on the cloud version” and stop developing the “Classic” one – simply to reduce development costs and to increase profits from storage options. Simply say no to someone who helds hostage years of your work.