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Kodak, Olympus and Panasonic CES 2016 Announcements {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on January 6th 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Kodak Bringing Back 8mm Film With New Camera

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Kodak is having a bit of a resurgence in recent years thanks to a sort of an analog renaissance. Major movies (like Star Wars) continue to be shot on film, and more and more younger photographers are growing to love film cameras and shooting with film.

Looking to capitalize on this niche trend, Kodak has announced their newest camera, an 8mm film camera that blurs the line between film and digital. The new 8mm camera will take film cartridges, and will record all video onto that 8mm film, but the camera also features a digital screen/viewfinder for framing your shots. It’s an interesting blend of old tech and new tech, and I am curious to see how it pans out.

Kodak doesn’t (and I certainly don’t), expect it to be a mass market sort of product. It should fill a nice gap for film lovers who want to shoot on film but love the benefits of a digital shooting experience.

Each film cartridge will come with about 15 minutes worth of film. Once done, the filmmaker sends the cartridge into Kodak, who processes, scans, and then delivers both a digital and film version of the video footage to the filmmaker. It’s not a quick process, and its not going to be exactly cheap either at $50-$75 per cartridge, but it will be a fun experience for those who miss that film workflow.

This new Kodak camera is expected to be available Fall of 2016 and retail for between $500 and $700.

Panasonic CEs 2016 Announcements

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Yesterday, Nikon dropped the gauntlet with their D5 and D500 announcements,  but they weren’t the only camera company with big news. Panasonic actually announced a couple of new cameras and a new lens as well.

Continuing their trend of 4K in everything, Panasonic announced the new Lumix DMC-ZS60, a compact camera perfect for travel and -of course- shooting some 4k video. The camera also features a 30x zoom lens for a decent amount of reach for such a small, compact camera body.

In addition to the ZS60, Panasonic announced the ZS100 – a higher end model of the compact ZS60 that looks to go to battle against the Sony RX100 and Canon G7X series of cameras. Though the camera only features a 10x lens, it does come with a 20.1MP sensor and – you guessed it – 4K video recording,  plus an electronic viewfinder. I will be curious to see how it performs compared to the Sony and Canon offerings for a cool $700.

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Lastly, Panasonic announced their 100-400mm lens that they partnered with Leica on. The lens features an optical design of 20 elements in 13 groupings, image stabilization, a 9 blade aperture and an integrated ‘hide away’ hood.  It will cost you pretty penny, though, at $1,800!

Overall, three really solid announcements from Panasonic. Stay tuned for more details once they become available.

Olympus AnnounceS New 300mm F/4 Pro Lens

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Olympus got in on the announcement game as well, and finally officially announced their new 300mm F/4 Pro lens. This is a lens that we have been hearing about, and that has been teased now for quite some time, so it is good to finally see it officially unveiled.

The lens features some impressive image stabilization when paired with an Olympus camera and their in-body image stabilization. The lens weighs in at an incredibly heavy (for a M/43 lens) 2.8lbs. It is also weather-sealed and features 17 special gaskets to make sure no dust or debris gets into your lens.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO lens is available now for an estimated street price of $2,499.99.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. David De Fotograaf

    Kodak, still trying… But, I’m glad they do. Keeps the market competitive. :)

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  2. Colin Woods

    Oof! Almost 3lbs for that tele. That’s heavier than a 70-200 f2.8.

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