Canon / Nikon Fight Sony For Full-Frame Mirrorless Top Spot

Just 3 months ago if you wanted a full-frame mirrorless camera, the choice was simple. Get a Sony. The Japanese mega-brand dominated with 99.5% market share with no competition from legacy rivals Canon and Nikon from the DSLR days. But as of October 2018 these two sleeping giants have not only woken up, but have delivered some wounding blows of their own in the full-frame mirrorless wars.

Canon EOS R

Canon EOS R

Canon was first to draw blood with the 30.3-megapixel EOS R that is positioned along side the highly acclaimed 5D Mark IV now taking 22.1% of the full-frame mirrorless market, and Nikon, a little later to the party with the Z6 and Z7 are already at 10.4% and are bullish about their “robust” sales that they claim haven’t cannibalised the market of their own dslr sister rig the D850.

Panasonic S1R

Panasonic S1R

Even Panasonic, for years the m43 king has thrown it’s hat in the ring announcing two full-frame versions of the G9 called the S1 and S1R. Although only a “development announcement” for now, it seems clear that consumers are going to be the net beneficiaries as this war heats up and competition drives technology forward and prices down.

Fujifilm X-T3

Fujifilm X-T3

Conspicuously absent from the party is Fujiflm, who’s flagship X-T3 is still sticking to an APS-C sensor, albeit with the company’s unique and very capable X-Trans sensor, something the company has no plans to abandon for the foreseeable future.

In an interview with DP Review at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Fujifilm imaging general manager Toshihisa Iida was asked directly whether Fujifilm will ever enter the full-frame market.

No, never,” Iida replied. “Because we don’t have that legacy – luckily or unluckily. We don’t see any point in Fujifilm entering that market, particularly since we have good APS-C and medium format systems.

“If we entered full-frame [our systems] would just start cannibalising each other. We’re happy to stay with two completely independent systems.”

But for the Fujifilm users amongst us that absolutely must have big sensors, there are the GFX 50R and GFX 50S medium format cameras to keep us happy.

Let us know in the comments below if you are using one of the systems above or perhaps you’re holding out for the S1R?

Britain's Biggest Speed Camera Uses Canon 100-400mm Lens

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The portable A417 camera dubbed the “Loan Ranger” and currently on trial along the M5, this new camera can get clear still photos and video of drivers from up to 3/5ths of a mile away (1000 metres) thanks to a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM mounted to the front.

Aimed at catching motorists using their mobile phones while driving as well as other offences such as speeding by seeing them, long before the driver spots the camera the test rig is currently being deployed between Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The now discontinued zoom lens from Canon was not a favourite among photographers when it was launched back in 1998 as it had a tendency to suck in dust while being zoomed in and out, earning it a nickname of “the dust pump”.

Tell us in the comments below of other unusual uses for camera equipment or other funny nicknames for camera gear!

FUJIFILM Give Europe Double Cash Back on Black Friday!

Friday 23rd November is going to be an exciting time for Fuji lovers as the company give out double cash back deals on selected Fuji products in Europe.

When they ran this offer last year it wasn’t available in all EU countries and not on all products by any means but if you’re in the market for a new lens or body then Friday may well be worth waiting for.

Let us know in the comments below what you are hoping will be on the wish list!

Be More "Chase Jarvis"

I am often asked about what camera people should buy, or what lens, tripod, speedlight or other such piece of gear. And I'm not complaining, I like to help and my gear reviews are by far my most popular videos online. BUT, I also want people to know that the most important piece of equipment to invest in is your photographer's brain! I took these images last night with a smartphone camera. I didn't use fancy or expensive equipment I just found things that compelled me to make the picture and got lucky with some stunning North Norfolk sunset light. So, if your camera is a few generations old, or you only have the kit lens, or even if the only camera you have is your phone then don't let that hold you back from making amazing images because creativity has nothing to do with how much money you spend on your gear! As Chase Jarvis famously said “The best camera is the one you have with you!”

Sunset on the beach at Hunstanton taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8

Sunset on the beach at Hunstanton taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8

The waterside bar, Hunstanton taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8

The waterside bar, Hunstanton taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8

Hunstanton beach panorama taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8

Hunstanton beach panorama taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8

Interview with Fuji X Photographer Bert Stephani

Bert Stephani is commercial and editorial photographer from Belgium who specializes in creative portraits and lifestyle photography. Bert Stephani is a Belgian photographer who is passionate about sharing information and knowledge with others. He runs workshops, lectures and speaking engagements all over the world and has inspired thousands of inspiring fellow creatives.

Creative Funk, Photography Workshops and Why I Disappeared From YouTube For A Year

In the first video I've made for over a year, I explain how I really struggled with loosing my creativity and hopefully it may help those of you who have lost the inspiration to shoot. More importantly I explain how I got out from under the creative blues and emerged as a stronger photographer than ever!

I believe that all of us as creatives will at some point on our journeys, loose the inspiration to create. I know it's happened to me on more than one occasion and I'm sure it will happen again. That doesn't mean we stop all together. Especially if it's how we earn our living, but it is something we have to find a way to battle through and come out the other side. 

But here's the cool part. Ever time I have had to battle through a period like this, I have ALWAYS emerged as a better, wiser photographer and it has shown in my work. In this video I talk candidly about a severe creative funk I went through last year and how I came through it. 

Elon Musk to get FREE Industrial Plant in Corinth

Tesla Stamping Press

Tesla Stamping Press

Elon Musk's Tesla car company is a global success in the electric vehicle field, but you may not know that three of their top engineers are Greek. Principal motor designer Konstantinos Laskaris; motor design engineer Konstantinos Bourchas; and staff motor design engineer Vasilis Papanikolaou, all of whom have degrees from the National Technical University of Athens are preparing to move back to Athens under the company’s plans to open an R&D facility in Corinth that will be known as Tesla Greece. 

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Elon Musk

And the best part for billionaire owner Musk is that at the annual Delphi economic forum, head of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs’ Association, Vasilis Apostolopoulos said: “I have personally emailed Musk to welcome Tesla Greece … and to say that for the next 10 years I will give, at zero cost to his company, my group’s own industrial plant outside Corinth so that Greece can be on the frontline of global innovation.”

It is seen as a vote of confidence in Greece's debt ridden economy and Apostolopoulos hopes the move will secure Greece's position on the frontline of global innovation. 

 Certainly from what we have seen in Greece in recent years, the green shoots of recovery do start to be appearing and there are many positive signs that give reason to be optimistic. There are many sides to this debate and the economic and political stories from the country are certainly ones worth telling with our cameras. 

Free Travel Photography Mini Workshops at the Photography Show 2018


Want to make the transition from 'holiday snaps' to great travel photography? Professional photographer and photography trainer Matt Widgery will be leading free travel photography mini workshops at the The Photography Show 2018. Get started on your journey to better travel photography with powerful tips that will immediately improve your portfolio and give you the confidence to tackle any new photographic challenge without missing the shot!

Travel photography is my favourite style of shooting because it includes all other photographic disciplines such as portraiture, landscapes, street photography, wildlife shots and photo journalism. But most of all I love to tell the story of the places I’ve visited through my pictures. In this mini workshop I break down exactly how to teach your camera to speak so your images can be story tellers. Join me for this FREE class every day at the photography show at 11am and 2pm. ”
— Matt Widgery - Photography Trainer

FREE Photoshop class 4th March 2018

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A post production class with a twist! For a bit of fun and to get you all thinking about how amazing it will be to come with us on one of our Greek tours, our resident professional photographer Matt Widgery will be teaching you how to change the backgrounds of your photos to something more interesting. In this case some beautiful background photographs taken on our photography workshops in Greece. Once you have these skills you can get really creative and will always know how to spice up boring headshots or even remove your least favourite relatives from the family albums! 

What you need: 

A laptop with a copy of photoshop on it
A head and shoulders photo of you or someone you would like to use in the class

Where is it? 

Darwin College Cambridge

Silver Street, CB3 9EU Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

When is it? 

Sunday 4th March 6pm