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Panasonic DC-Z80 – One Zoom to Rule them All?

The Panasonic DC-Z80 has a 20mm-1200mm equivalent super zoom lens. The maximum aperture is a nice F2.8. The camera will retail for $400. My Nikon Coolpix P900 has an 83X zoom lens, and goes all the way out to 2,000 mm. It takes surprisingly good pictures. It is more expensive than the Panasonic though.

New Sony A9 – “Perfection” for a Price

Sony has announced the A9, compact mirrorless camera. They modestly claim that is is the best camera ever made, and it might have the specs to support that claim. I have watched hundreds of photography videos at the Lynda,com website. More and more of the professional photographers are switching to the light-weight, high-performance mirrorless cameras made by Sony and Fuji Film. I have a tiny Sony RX 100 V, and it is a superb camera. I consider it my “last” camera. I carry it everywhere I go practically. Be prepared to part with a lot of money if you have to buy the A9. The price of the body alone is $4,500.

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New Canon Superzoom

Canon has announced its successor to the SX720 HS, the SX730 HS. Both cameras feature a 40X zoom lens, equivalent to a 35mm 24-960 superzoom. I own the 720. It is a good camera to take to sporting events where DSLRs are not allowed. Image quality is okay, but the fairly small maximum aperture limits the amount of light it can let in, so it is not a good camera to use in low light conditions. The SX730 will be priced at $400 US.

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Three New Sigma Art Lenses

Lens maker Sigma has announced three new high-end lenses available in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts. You can buy a special mount from Sigma that allows you to used them with Sony E-Mount cameras. They are:

  • 14-mm F 1.8
  • 135-mm F 1.8
  • 24-70-mm F 2.8
These lenses are big and fast, and they are heavy. Sigma has not announced their prices or dates when they will be available.

New Leica Sofort

In German “sofort” means immediately, so I suppose the title of this post should be “Leica Immediately Instant Camera.” This little camera costs $299, and you have to buy film (don’t ask me to explain what that is) for it. Ten sheets of film cost $15. I admit to being perplexed about why anyone would want to use this instead of a cell phone to take pictures at parties, but I suppose the Leica brand is worth something to some people. It doesn’t even have auto focus. To Leica I simply say, Danke, aber nein danke.

Two New Canon DSLRS

Canon has announced two new mid-range DSLRS – the EOS 800D (Rebel T7i in the US), and the EOS 77D, which is for the more advanced shooter. I won’t bore you with all their specifications. You can go follow the link and read about them if you are interested. My question for for Canon and Nikon and Fuji and Sony: Do we really need so many new cameras?