Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Photokina - 2016

Photokina-2016 is a 6-day event being held from 20th September to the 25th September 2016 at the Cologne International Expocentre in Cologne, Germany. This event is held every two years in Cologne. Photokina showcases products like photo cameras and camcorders, camphones, scanners, camera accessories, digital storage media, films, photographic studio equipment, professional camera and lighting systems, image processing software, digital imaging and publishing, major and minilabs, image kiosk systems, online picture services, frames and albums, photo-fun-products, home printing, large-format printing, fine art printing, video, slide and film technology, screens and monitors, video projectors, interactive presentation systems, media control systems, home entertainment, Computer Generated Imaging, mobile imaging, video via SLR, imaging services, additional assortments etc. in the Media & Advertising industry.
Hasselblad X1D
This year promises to be bigger and better than ever. A couple of weeks ago, Hasselblad, the legendary Swedish camera company, given for dead by most, shocked the photographic world announcing the first Medium-Format (50MP+) Mirrorless digital camera: the X1D for only $9,000, body only.  Well, it is cheap compared to the other Medium-Format cameras offered by Hasselblad, but it is unaffordable for us mere mortals.

The X1D seems to be the first of many Medium-Format mirrorless cameras unveiled at this year’s edition of Photokina. Medium-Format seems to be the future of mirrorless cameras. In addition to the before mentioned cameras, there are many other ones rumored to be announced at the show

Canon 5D Mark IV -The Canon 5D Mark IV announcement is overdue.The core specification of the camera is not known yet, but we are sure that it will enjoy slight jump in resolution and will feature an advanced video mode.
Canon 6D Mark II camera – Canon 6D update is also overdue.
Canon SX70 HS or Canon SX100 HS? Canon SX60 HS camera is more than 2 years old and waiting for an upgrade, Nikon already announced p900 camera with 83X optical zoom that has created and World Records.
Canon Mirrorless Camera – Canon is expected to announce 3 new mirrorless camera in 2016 and one of them will be high-end mirrorless camera capable to record 4K videos.

Nikon Photokina 2016 Rumors - Nikon will announce mid-range entry level full frame DSLR at the Photokina 2016. The camera might be called Nikon D620 and a probable 24 megapixels and a full frame sensor with an excellent dynamic range.
Nikon D3500 – The Nikon D3500 is coming for sure since Canon already updated with entry level DSLR Canon 1300d on January of this year. The camera might arrive with a 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor and will be compatible with Snapbridge software announced by Nikon this year.

Nikon is working seriously on full frame or larger sensor mirrorless camera  Nikon might announce two new models one for prosumer and one professional

Leica is rumored to be working in a CCD M-Mount Sensor CameraIn other words, "Back to the Future."  This should be very interesting, if materializes.

Prior to Photokina event Fuji will be going to announce the Fuji X-T2 camera on July 7th 2016.
Fuji X100T successor - If everything goes under the schedule, the X100T successor will be announced on September 2016 during  the Photokina event. The X200 (possible name) will have same sensor as of the X-Pro2 camera.

Fuji is also working on a Medium-Format mirrorless camera due to be announced in Photokina 2016

Leica Summilux f/1.4
Will I get an affordable Medium-Format mirrorless camera? I seriously doubt it.  I am very happy with my Fuji X-T10 and ecstatic with my Leica Q.  In addition, all these rumored Medium-Format mirrorless cameras are coming with a 50MP+ sensor.  Right now, I have 16MP and 24MP sensors in  my cameras. My Mac 27 is fast enough.  With a 50MP+, I might have to upgrade my Mac. If any new camera for me, it would be the Leica M - Typ 262 and a 50mm Summilux lens.  

The M - 262 is a digital rangefinder, which comes without video and no live view.  My type of camera!  There is one small problem:  $$$$$.  The M = $5,395 and the 50mm f/1.4 = $3,795 or $9,190 for both.  That is for starter. At least a 24mm or 21mm Summilux, in the future, is a must Why? My Leica  Q  = $4,250 with a fixed 28mm Summilux - f/1.7, which is 1/3 of a stop slower than a f/1.4 lens.  Leica names any lens f/1.4 or f/1.7 as "Summilux." In addition, I can autofocus or manual focus with the Q,  I can only manual focus with the M and the 50mm.  However, it comes with  the great Leica manual focus of superimposing images. With my Q, I can take photos or crop at 28mm (24MP,) 35mm (15MP,) and 50mm (8MP.) I only publish on the Web.  Therefore, 8MP is more than enough, if I do not crop too much in Post-Processing. If I get the M and the 50mm, I will have to sell my Fujifilm system, at least. BTW, I'm really tempted, but very unlikely. 

My Present Equipment
My New Leica Q - Typ 116
My Test Run with the Leica Q. The shooting conditions were awful. No direct sunlight, overcast, and foggy.
Leica M - Typ 262

Rumors are that Tamron is coming out with a SP 135mm f/1.8 Di VC USD.  That lens might more than 2 lbs. It might be too heavy for me, but I have to see it before I make up my mind.  However, it is very unlikely.

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