Nikon D300, Sigma 50-150 2.8, f/2.8 @ 150mm
Fullerton Arboretum, 2010 

 

Well, CES is just about wrapping up now and it’s been a semi-exciting week so far!

Of course the Nikon D4 was announced just in time for CES, and to me it’s the most exciting announcement.:-)I wish I were there to try it out a little bit!The Canon 1DX is also at the show, however since that camera was announced a few months ago it has kinda fallen under the radar compared to the D4.(At least, for those of us who are reading online about CES, instead of actually attending!)Some people are saying that the 1DX is “by far a better camera than the D4”, although I’ll reserve my judgment until both cameras hit the real world and are tested by the masses.

 

Here’s a few links, so you can read up on all the details of what’s been going on this week at the Las Vegas convention:

 

http://www.cesweb.org/  (The official CES website)

http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/ces-2012-what-to-expect-1042619 (For news on EVERYTHING, not just photography.Some cool phones and tablets you might want to check out!)

http://www.dpreview.com/showreports/CES2012  (For news on PHOTOGRAPHY related products)

http://www.canonrumors.com/ces-2012-las-vegas-nevada/  (For Canon related stuff)

http://nikonrumors.com/2012/01/10/ces-2012-coverage.aspx/  (For Nikon related stuff)

 

I will write more complete articles about some of the more exciting products announced this year, but first here’s a short assessment of what catches my eye:

 

•  The Nikon D4 and Canon 1DX are of courseat the forefront of any serious photographer’s interest lately.But we already know all the specs, and it’s just a matter of time until these cameras actually hit the shelves.The D4 should hit shelves in Febraury, and the Canon 1DX in March.

•  The Fuji X-Pro 1 “EVIL” camera is the second most exciting thing, for me.Finally, camera makers are doing something more minimal, stylish, *AND* with a decently large sensor!With 18mm f/2 and 35mm f/1.4 pocket-sized prime lenses, and a hybrid optical + electronic viewfinder, it is certainly the most promising of the “miniature DSLR” cameras.I will be writing my thoughts on these cameras MUCH more in 2012; hopefully we’ll even get some for testing.

•  A close third goes to Canon’s G1X.It’s like a G11 / G12 point-and-shoot, but with a 1.6x-ish crop sensor much like the one in the 7D / 60D.The G1 X is different from the EVIL camera category though; it’s still got a fixed (but zoom) lens.So it’s like the giant, football-playing big brother to the G12 P&S, or the midget little brother of the 60D DSLR.

•  We’re very close to a “phone-camera”… (As opposed to a camera phone.) Check out this Android-based phone from Polaroid!

•  Speaking of “phone-camera”, …how about a FULL-FRAME phone-camera? (From CES 2011, actually)This video is just insanely entertaining, I love how the guy just casually takes a call at the end, although I DEFINITELY could not imagine shooting with that camera in a professional environment, LOL… Just imagine if you forget to turn off the phone function before shooting a wedding, and your spouse decides to give you a call right before the ring exchange or first kiss!

•Of course don’t forget the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro that I mentioned earlier. Again-Both Nikon and Canon don’t have anf/2.8 macro lens longer than 100mm / 105mm, so in my opinion Sigma is definitely filling a niche with a potentially stellar lens.Canon or Nikon MAY have an updated telephoto macro right around the corner, but then again Sigma has quite a few niche lenses that Canon and/or Nikon have opted to just not compete with at all!(The now discontinued Sigma 50-150 2.8 DC, for example)

 

That’s all for now.I’m sure there will be much more thought and discussion to be had in the next few weeks as this all sinks in, and I’m looking forward to it!

Until next time,
=Matt=

 

Nikon D300, Nikon 16-85 DX, tripod, Sigma EX circular polarizer, 2 sec. @ f/13 & ISO 100
San Juan Capistrano CA, 2010