News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.

Today Canon has announced the new full-frame, intermediate-level DSLR Canon 6D Mark II

Maybe not the best camera on the market for about 2000 $ but a good option if you have a lot of Canon lenses.

Main news:

  • Good: 26 megapixels, 45 AF points all cross-type (sensitive to both horizontal and vertical lines), fully articulated rear LCD - a unique feature for a full frame camera, burst up to 6.5 frames per seconds, very light for a full-frame.
  • Not Good: no 4K video, AF points just in the center of the frame, no dual card slot (essentially for pro photographers).

The parent company of Lexar, Micro Technology, has announced that is discontinuing its removable media storage business, that means no more Secure Digital / Compact Flash memory cards, neither USB drives and so on...

Lexar is one of the most famous producer of media cards together with SanDisk and has also launched new biggest capacity cards in the past years. Actually, Lexar business is on sale. The announcement is at this link.

Sony yesterday released updates for 6 models:

  • the full frame A7RII, A7SII, A7II and the new flagship A9. For the A9 there is just a modification for the overheating warning, while the other models received an interesting list of improvements, especially the A7RI/A7SII a change when noise reduction is set to NO, and this seems to target the wide complain from stars shooting people with the star eater problem of these cameras (even with no noise reduction set, the camera apply a noise reduction effect, technically known as "spatial filtering"

Today Sony has published an article (see here) in which it reports that the NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service (www.npd.com) has seen Sony becoming the second vendor in the US regarding full-frame cameras, surpassing Nikon.

Company Serif has announced the availability of Windows version of Affinity Photo, after its availabilty for Mac. Affinity Photo is a product "similar" to Photoshop, with advanced features for handling images including RAW of course.

Differently from current Lightroom product, it provides supports for layers but it misses the advanced cataloguing feature of the Adobe product. Performance are not (yet) satisfyng on Windows systems in my opinion, but price is very interesting around 50 $ one-time (discount untile 22nd of December), not like Adobe that forces user to a subscription.

The announcement from Serif is available at this link.

Sony has announced the new top-of-the-line mirrorless APS-C (1.5 crop factor with respect to full frame) camera: the A6500.

This announcement is quite unexpected, since the A6300 has been launched just 6 months ago... very little time ago. Someone supposes that the A6300 was delayed and the A6500 is on original schedule, that's why they are so close.