Photography news week in review: 10/18 to 10/24
Each Monday (hopefully), we compile a list of the previous week’s best photography news from our own News Desk and around the web. And by “best,” we mean the things we stumbled upon and enjoyed and hope you will find interesting.
Leica SL: A new 24MP Full-Frame Camera to Compete in the Mirrorless War | Peta Pixel
While the Leica M is perhaps the original mirrorless camera, it doesn’t typically get lumped in with that group. The new SL, however, is full-on mirrorless, complete with a 4.4m dot electronic viewfinder and fast autofocus system. It also comes with the new Leica L mount and a trio of lenses to start things off. Should Sony beware? Not quite: with a body-only price of $7,450, the SL is for a decidedly different market. (Oh, and it also shoots 4K video. Whaaaat?)
Western Digital to Buy SanDisk for $19 Billion | The Wall Street Journal
Okay, so this one isn’t really just about the photo industry, but SanDisk is a major player (the major player, some would argue) in the memory card business. Does this mean the way you buy your SD cards will change? Probably not, but it’s an interesting sign of the times nonetheless. As both businesses and consumers move away from traditional hard disks toward SSDs, hard drive manufacturers are having to adapt—in this case, to the tune of $19 billion.
Fujifilm Announces the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 WR Lens | Fstoppers
Fuji continues to expand its line of weather-sealed lenses to compliment its flagship X-T1 mirrorless camera. This new 35mm is smaller (and decidedly retroer) than the existing (and excellent) 35mm f/1.4. It also features a 9-bladed aperture diaphragm for pleasing bokeh. The best part, however, may be the price: $399—$200 less than the 35mm f/1.4.
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