If you are an action/sports/wildlife photographer, then this has been the Photokina of your dreams. Seriously, almost every company has announced something aimed at the specific needs of the action/sports/wildlife photographers out there.
Today, I wanted to highlight 6 of the announcements that caught my attention the most from the perspective of a sports/wildlife shooter.
1. Canon’s 7D Mark II
Complain all you want about the 7D Mark II‘s video capabilities or sensor, but from an action/sports/wildlife perspective, this is an absolutely killer announcement from Canon. 10 FPS, 65 cross-type AF points, and the rugged pro build makes this probably the top APS-C in my mind for a sports/action/wildlife photographer. If you are into this kind of shooting, the 7D Mark II absolutely has to be considered if you are looking to upgrade your body anytime soon and are not looking at a flagship full frame body like a D4s or 1D X.
You can pre-order the 7D Mark II from B&H now for $1799.
2. Sigma’s Dual 150-600mm F/5.-6.3 Lenses
Probably the next biggest announcement came from Sigma in the form of their two 150-600mm lenses. I was taken back at first with two releases of the same focal length and aperture, but the more I look at it, the more I like it. Rather than making one lens that tries to make everyone happy (budget aware amateurs vs seasoned professionals), and skimps on features to do so, Sigma made two lenses, to meet the needs of both their target markets. The Sports version is clearly meant for pros that need the extra weather sealing and optical quality and can afford to pay for it, while the contemporary version cuts out the frills and provides amateurs and hobbyists with a great performing lens and a great $$ to performance ratio.
No word yet on the contemporary version, but the Sports version of this lens is now available for pre-order from B&H for $1,999.
3. Samsung’s NX1 & 50-150mm F/2.8
The jury is still out on whether or not the NX1 will be able to live up to the expectations placed on it thanks to some very impressive specs, but from what we know now, the NX1 looks to be a top option for mirrorless sports/action/wildlife shooters. Combine that with the announcement of their 50-150mm F/2.8 (a roughly 70-200mm 35mm equivalent lens) and the pair looks to create a nice combination for a sports/action/wildlife shooter.
4. Fuji‘s New 50-140mm F/2.8
If you are a Fuji shooter, or have been waiting for them to get a quality pro level telephoto zoom for your action/sports/wildlife photography, then wait no more. This new 50-140mm F/2.8 from Fuji appears to be the perfect combination with something like their X-T1 for a sports/action/wildlife shooter. They still have some catching up to do with their lens selection, but this is a great start.
5. Canon’s New 400mm F/4
It won’t grab a lot of headlines due to its hefty price tag, but the new Canon 400mm F/4 should be something to consider for sports/action/wildlife shooters out there with the budget for something that expensive (though honestly, it’s hard to say go with a 400mm prime with the Sigma 120-300mm F/2.8 coming in at almost half the price). If you are set on needing a 400mm prime and can’t splurge 11K+ on the 400mm F/2.8, this will be a great option.
Those interested can find the 400mm F/4 DO available for pre-order now from B&H for $6,899.
6. Olympus’s New 40-150mm F/2.8
Finally, for you MFT shooters out there, or those of you maybe looking to get some better action shots out of your MFT rig. Olympus announced a new 40-150mm F/2.8, which looks to be really impressive. If you have a new GH4, or an Olympus E-M1, this will make a great partner for those bodies in a sports/action/wildlife photography situation.
Those interested in this impressive new MFT lens can pre-order now from B&H for $1499.
What do you think has been the most significant announcement from Photokina so far from a sports/action/wildlife photography perspective? Leave a comment below!