Mirrorless shooters rejoice! This week we've added the highly anticipated Fuji X-Pro2. This rangefinder-style camera has a retro look with a lot of modern functionality. A lot has changed since the original X-Pro1 so let's see what this camera has to offer.
Like most of the other Fuji X-series cameras, the X-Pro2 utilizes Fuji's X-Trans CMOS sensor. For those unfamiliar, most camera sensors use a low pass filter with Bayer pattern of Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) color filters to capture the image. This pattern is the same throughout the sensor. Fuji's X-Trans sensor instead randomizes the RGB pattern and omits the low-pass filter to provide better sharpness, color reproductions, and high sensitivity performance. The X-Pro2 has an all new 24.3MP X-Trans III with a native ISO range up to 12800, that is also expandable to IS 51200.
Another big change is the all new Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus System, which uses both phase and contrast-detection sensors. There are a total of 273, with 77 of them being phase-detection sensors. This allows for AF speeds up to 0.06 seconds, which will definitely come in handy when utilizing the camera's maximum shooting speed of 8 fps.
The very popular Hybrid Viewfinder from the original X-Pro1 and X100S has returned and been improved. With the flip of a switch, the X-Pro2 can easily switch between an Optical or Electronic Viewfinder. The OVF can simultaneously overlay information from the electronic viewfinder and can be customized in the menu settings. The EVF has been bumped up to a high resolution 2.36 million dot resolution with a refresh rate of 85fps - allowing for very smooth and natural movement. For those who prefer using an LCD screen, the X-Pro2 also has a large 3.0" 1.62m-dot screen on the back.
The X-Pro2 is rugged, feels very solid, and offers a high degree of customization so you can tailor it to your shooting style. It utilizes the same NP-W126 battery from the XT-1 & X-T10 and accepts up to two SD cards simultaneously.. It's also fully compatible with our full range of Fuji X-Series Lenses. The Fuji X-Pro2 is available to rent here.
The DJI Osmo X3 Camera and Gimbal has made handheld stabilized video accessible to videographers of all skill levels. It's easy to set up, has a great interface with the DJI GO app, and offers a lot of functionality for the money. The only drawback of the Osmo X3 is the relatively small sensor size and lens. While the image quality is pretty good in most situations, it isn't quite as good in low light. For those who love the Osmo but want a bump up in image quality, we may have the solution for you! This week we've added an upgraded version of the DJI Osmo with X5 Gimbal and Camera.
The biggest advantage of the X5 camera over the X3 is the sensor size, which is nearly eight times larger. The Osmo with X5 Camera uses a 16 Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor similar to that of the Pansonic GH4. The sensor offers an ISO range of 100 to 25600 with shutter speeds ranging from 8 seconds up to 1/8000 sec. Still images can be captured in DNG or JPEG, while video is captured in MP4 or MOV. The video capability is very similar to that of the Osmo X3 with DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at up to 24p, UDH 4K (3840 x 2160) at up to 30p, and FullHD (1920 x 1080) at up to 60p.
Our DJI Osmo X5 kit inlcudes a DJI 15mm f/1.7 lens that provides a field of view of 72-degrees. Through the DJI GO app, you have full control of the aperture, shutter, and ISO - providing a lot of flexibility with the exposure. The gimbal of the X5 camera does support a few other Micro Four Thirds lenses, but they do require special balancing rings (Please Note: we do not provide these and they would need to be purchased separately). You can find a list of supported lenses through the DJI Website.
If you're planning on renting the Osmo X5, we do strongly recommend renting extra batteries since it does go through them a little quicker than the Osmo X3. You'll also need a MicroSD Card up to 64GB and a smart phone that is compatible with DJI GO through the Google Play or Apple App Store. We have tested it with the iPhone 5 and 6 series phones without any problems, but we recommend checking compatibility with your device.
This week we've added the long-awaited Nikon D500. This new flagship DX-format Nikon DSLR packs a lot of new features in a very solid body.
The D500 boasts a brand new 20.9 Megapixel APS-C sensor with an impressive ISO range of 100-51200. This camera is definitely geared towards sports and action photographers, with a fast 10 frames per second continuous shooting speed. The brand new AF system also has an impressive 153-points, 55 of which are selectable. Out of these 153 points, 99 are cross-type sensors, 15 will work with lenses with an effective aperture of f/8, and all 153 support lenses with apertures of f/8 or higher. The AF module also covers just about the entire frame of the D500's viewfinder - which offers a 1.0x magnification and 100% coverage.
On the video side, the D500 is also one of the first Nikon DSLRs to support 4K UHD video recording at up to 30 fps, and Full HD recording at up to 60 fps. Video can be recorded internally to the camera's XQD or SD cards or as an uncompressed file to an external recorder like the Atomos Shogun or Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+.
The magnesium alloy body feels very solid much like the D810, but is surprisingly light weight. It's about 220g lighter than the D810, but only 85g heavier than the D7200. It also features a 3.2" LCD with an optional touch screen. The camera is compatible with both SD or XQD cards.
We can't wait to give this one a try! You can as well, the Nikon D500 is available for rent here.
The 85mm focal length has been a long time favorite, particularly among portrait photographers. Sony E-Mount users rejoice, as we've added Sony's first native option in this focal length - the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM.
The FE 85mm f/1.4 GM joins Sony's FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM as part of Sony's new "G Master" series of lenses. Like all of the G Master lenses, the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM is designed to achieve noticeably high resolution and sharpness. The lens employs a linear Super Sonic Wave Motor for fast and quiet auto focus performance. The 11-blade aperture diaphragm allows for very smooth bokeh when shooting at shallow apertures. The lens also offers a manual aperture ring, which has the option to be de-clicked for video applications like the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G.
You can rent the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM here.