New Cameras and Lenses of 2017

2017 is here, and with CES literally bringing in the new year [see Trade Show Calendar] the wave of new cameras is beginning to roll. This year we bring back the “Scoreboard” tally. Please note this is a reference page, not a “breaking news” tracker, so it won’t necessarily be updated the millisecond a new camera comes out. We are out of the “news cycle” after all.

For previous years, check the New Cameras of 2016 and New Cameras of 2015

LATEST UPDATE on 4/21/17: new Panasonic ZS70 superzoom… new Sony a9 FF E-mount flagship camera and 100-400 Master lens… Nikon D7500 APS-C dSLR… new stabilized Canon EF-S prime… two new Fuji E-mount Cine T2.9 Zoom lenses… previous pithy “latest update” comments are archived at the very bottom of this post…

SCOREBOARD
Camera Type
TOTAL
DSLRs
5
Mirrorless
6
Rangefinders
1
RAWsumers
3

DSLRs

+ APR-12: Nikon D7500 (21pm APS-C, $1250)
+ FEB-15: Canon 77D (24mp APS-C, $900)
+ FEB-15: Canon D-Rebel T7i (24mp APS-C, $749)
+ JAN-25: Pentax KP (24mp APS-C, $1100)
+ JAN-04: Nikon D5600 (24mp APS-C, body only $700)

MIRRORLESS

+ APR-19: Sony a9 (24mp FF FE, $4500)
+ FEB-15: Canon M6 (24mp APS-C, $779)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GFX 50S (51mp MF (1.7x 35mmFF), $6500)
+ JAN-19: Fuji X-T20 (24mp APS-C, $900 body)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic GH5 (20mp, March 2017, $2000)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic GX850 (16mp, w/12-32, $550)

RANGEFINDERS

+ JAN-18: Leica M10 (24mp FF, Maestro II, $6600)

RAWSUMERS

+ APR-21: Panasonic ZS70 (1/2.3″, 30x optical, $450)
+ JAN-19: Fuji X100F (24mp APS-C, $1300)
+ JAN-04: Canon G9X II (20mp 1″, 28-84eq, $530)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic FZ80 (1/2.3″, 60x optical, RAW, $400)

NEW LENSES in 2017

+ APR-19: Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS ($2500, FE E-mount)
+ APR-06: Canon 35mm f2.8 IS STM EF-S Macro ($350)
+ FEB-22: Fuji MK 18-55mm T2.9 Cine (E-mount, $3800)
+ FEB-22: Fuji MK 50-135mm T2.9 Cine (E-mount; $3800)
+ FEB-15: Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM ($249; the new D-Rebel T7i kit lens)
+ FEB-07: Sony FE 85mm f1.8 ($600, E)
+ FEB-07: Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STF GM OSS ($1500, E)
+ FEB-06: Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 (C/N, $1300)
+ FEB-06: Tamron 10-24/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (C/N, $500)
+ JAN-19: Fuji XF 50mm f2 WR (X System, $450)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GF 63mm F2.8 R WR (Medium Format GFX, $1500)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GF 120mm f4 R LM OIS WR Macro (Medium Format GFX, $2700)
+ JAN-19: Fuji GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR (Medium Format GFX, $2300)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 II OIS (M43, $1000)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 II OIS (M43, $1100 – lower price than first gen)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 12-60mm f2.8-4 OIS (M43, $1000)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 II OIS (M43, $500)
+ JAN-04: Panasonic 100-300mm f4-5.6 II OIS (M43, $650)

FOOTNOTES

+ Of the Fixed Lens Cameras, only those with RAW and/or unique or unusual features are tracked
+ For errors, corrections, additions, deletions, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

ARCHIVE of LATEST UPDATES

New Canon 77D continues their post-Rebel APS-C line… New Canon D-Rebel T7i continues the Andre Agassi line, along with new 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens 🙂 New Canon M6 APS-C mirrorless starting at $779… Two new Sony FE and two new Tamron SLR lenses… New Pentax KP APS-C DSLR… Fuji launches their brand new GFX Mirrorless Medium Format system with one camera and three lenses, along with a new X-T20 APS-C mirrorless iLC and a new X100-series camera… Leica starts the Rangefinder party of 2017…

Photography Trade Show Calendar for 2017 [updated]

Welcome to the Trade Show Calendar, a post that tracks camera and photography related trade shows, covering Q4 2014 to 2017, in reverse chronological order… Some mobile/tech shows are also included since smartphone photography continues to improve and expand… This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of every photography-related trade show on the planet… For omissions/additions and corrections, please leave a comment or use the online contact form

Latest Update: January 2 (2017): CORRECTION: the WPPI conference is in February, not January! Thanks to one of our readers for the correction via email!…

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January 2017
+ 5-8: CES 2017 in Las Vegas (USA)
+ 5-10: Imaging USA in San Antonio, TeXaS (USA)
+ 11-15: Society of Social and Wedding Photographers in London (UK), convention and trade-show
+ 12-15 Photo LA, international photographic art exposition in Los Angeles
+ 26-30: PhotoPro Expo in Northern Kentucky & Cincinnati (USA)

February 2017
+ 5-9: WPPI (full conference) in Las Vegas (USA) [CORRECTED]
+ 23-26: CP Plus in Tokyo (Japan)
+ 27-2: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona::Spain

March 2017
+ 9-12: Society for Photographic Education in Orlando, Florida (USA)
+ 20-24: CeBIT in Hannover (Germany)

April 2017
+ 20-22: Photoshop World, in Orlando, Florida (USA)
+ 22-27: NAB in Las Vegas (USA)

May 2017
+ 4-8: Photo & Imaging in Seoul (Korea)
+ 19-21: Pro Photo Expo at TBA
+ 30-3: Computex Taipei in Taipei

June 2017
+ 1-4: Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles (USA)

July 2017
+ no events?

August 2017
+ no events?

September 2017
+ 1-6: IFA in Berlin (Germany)
+ 14-18: IBC in Amsterdaaam (Holland)
+ No Photokina (only happens on even-numbered years)

October 2017
+ 3-6: CEATEC in Tokyo (Japan)
+ 8-12: GITEX in Dubai
+ 26-28: Photo Plus Expo in New York (USA)

November 2017
+ 9-13: Le Salon de la Photo in Paris (France) – also in english

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December 2017
+ winter is coming

Continue reading “Photography Trade Show Calendar for 2017 [updated]”

Camera Price Charts 2016 Episode IV: Serious Fixed Lens Cameras

In Episode #1 of the November 2016 series, we took a look at the prices of all 35mm Full Frame Digital Cameras… In Episode #2, we took a look at APS-C DSLRs… In Episode III, we take a look at prices of Mirrorless Cameras… In this post (episode IV), we take a look at some of the serious fixed lens cameras aka RAWsumers…

Where Does The Data Come From?

The prices are the consensus prices between Amazon and B&H Photo and Adorama as of November 3 in 2016. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, from authorized dealers. Older cameras that are no longer available in new condition with USA warranty from the above retailers, or are available in a very limited fashion, are not included.

Serious Fixed Lens Cameras – The Big Picture

We have a pretty steady progression of prices from $450 to $2000, with the majority of the cameras narrowing down to three sensor sizes, 1-inch, APS-C, and 35mm full frame. 2/3″ used to be more popular, and so was 1/1.7″, while the Canon G1 X* line is the only one carrying the flag for 1.5″. I am no longer adding new 1/2.3″ cameras to the chart but there is one hold-out from the previous chart (FZ300).

Canon and Sony are doubling down on this segment by keeping multiple active cameras in their line-up, Canon has six models, and Sony has eleven, keeping all models around of three separate lines, the RX100 (five models), and the RX10 and RX1 (three models each). Panasonic too is continuing with an LX and FZ track. Nikon’s re-entry happened with a trio of new cameras under the DL line (to be released by the end of the year). Fuji cooled off on this segment, but offered a lower-priced APS-C model.

Just like the other November 2016 categories, some prices have actually/surprisingly gone up, some went down, many stayed the same. We see the same price pattern here, where the race to the price-bottom is essentially over.

The picture below gives you a bird’s eye view. Click twice on it or view the full size PNG for a more readable version (only 50K).

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The APS-C RAWsumers

Things were fairly quiet in the world of APS-C, with Fuji giving their X100* a lower priced parallel APS-C model with the X70. The only other new camera was a waterproof variation on a Leica theme (X-U Typ 113). Remaining are two famous models among aficionados of this segment, the X100T and Ricoh GR II.

price_charts_2016_flc_aps_c

The 1-inch Sensors Dominate the RAWsumers

One clear pattern that emerged this year is that the 1-inch sensor cameras are dominating the RAWsumer segment. Nine of the eleven new cameras in this segment have 1-inch sensors, including Nikon’s new line of DLs. Sony, Panasonic and Canon all released new models at this size. Their prices are well spaced, with a dense $600 to $1000 section in the middle.

price_charts_2016_flc_oneinch

PREVIOUS YEARS

Footnotes

  • Prices as of November 3 in 2016 – see second paragraph above for details
  • Prices are more or less uniform among the three tracked retailers
  • New additions since the previous chart include the Nikon DL trio, the Sony RX10 III and RX100 V, the Panasonic LX10 and ZS100 and FZ2500, the Fuji X70, and Canon G7 X II and the Leica X-U T113 and such
  • Gone since the previous chart are the Ricoh GR, PAnasonic CM1, LX7 and FZ200, Nikon P7800, Fuji XF1, XQ1, XQ2, X-S1, Canon G16 and S120, Olympus Stylus 1S, and such
  • Typos, errors, confusions, omissions are always possible. Please leave a comment or use the online contact form. If I don’t notice an error and no one mentions it, it won’t get fixed on its own 🙂

Camera Price Charts 2016 Episode III: The Mirrorless Expansion

In Episode #1 of the November 2016 series, we took a look at the prices of all 35mm Full Frame Digital Cameras… In Episode #2, we took a look at APS-C DSLRs… In this post (Episode III), we take a look at prices of mirrorless cameras. As usual, we do not include rangefinders in this category, and we do not include sensors larger than 35mm since those are very niche (but we saw action there too with the Fuji medium format GFX 50S).

Where Does The Data Come From?

The prices are the consensus prices between Amazon and B&H Photo and Adorama as of November 2 in 2016. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, from authorized dealers. Prices are the body only kit, except for cameras without an official body-only kit – we use the lowest priced standard kit (eg w/18-55) for those. Older cameras that are no longer available in new condition with USA warranty from the above retailers, or are available in a very limited fashion, are not included.

Flagship Mirrorless Prices as of November 2016

There are many mirrorless cameras out there, so we start by taking a look at the flagship camera of each system. Samsung is out of the market now, while finally Canon decided to get serious with a more advanced mirrorless camera, so we are including it here. Sigma too joined the party with the SD Quattro. Their APS-H camera does not have a price yet, so the non-H is the current flagship ~ we only look at real aka “purchasable” products in these price charts. The Pentax Q-S1 is still lingering around but I can’t find enough loopholes to call it a flagship camera, adorkable as it may be 🙂

Leica price-leads the way and with that price, it will remain a champion until the next Leica camera. Sony’s price-flagship having the 35mm full frame sensor is also guaranteed a second place. Olympus played price-leapfrog with the E-M1 II, whose price was revealed a few days ago [see Stock Status Tracker] jumping ahead of Fuji’s latest entries. The Panasonic GH4 and Nikon V3 remained the same flagships as last year.

In yellow highlight below are the new releases since our previous price-chart…

price_charts_2016_mirrorless_flagships

Mirrorless Prices as of November 2016

Compare and contrast the size of this monster chart below with the one of APS-C DSLRs and you can tell where a lot of the action is happening. We had roughly twice as many new mirrorless cameras in 2016 than APS-C DSLRs. If it wasn’t for the “Export As Image” option, the chart below would have to be two parts 🙂

Click on the image twice to see it at maximum size (unless you are on a giant vertical monitor) or open the full size PNG file (fear not, it’s only 55K, it won’t eat up your mobile data).

price_charts_2016_mirrorless_mega

The Pentax Q-S1 with its atom ant sized sensor is leading the price-bottom in both charts, but sensor-size is not always a factor in pricing. There is a wild mix of 1″ and M43 and APS-C and 35mm Full Frame. For example, the $1100 35mmFF Sony a7 is in the middle, and costs less than the Nikon V3 with its “Angry Inch” sensor 🙂

Just like with DSLRs, the race to the price-bottom is over. Most of the sub-$400 cameras are older. As usual with these charts, we feature the body only price, unless a particular camera does not have an official body-only kit. In those cases, we feature the lowest priced kit (most of the time it’s the w/14-42 or w/18-55 and such). This is why you see some cameras in the chart with lenses next to their names.

To save the chart from being totally unreadable, I removed the Leica SL Typ 601, which you can see in all its price glory in the Flagships chart at the top. Its price flattened almost all the other entries in the cart.

Taking a bird’s eye view, shows a steady progression of prices from $200 to $2200, so anyone buying specific price points, won’t have trouble finding something 🙂 This kinda feels healthy and organic – I think.

While doing this it became painfully obvious that Panasonic’s naming scheme is/was in sharp need of a reboot. They have very similarly-named cameras, and the combination of letters and numbers they use is just too similar and overlapping and confusing and non-distinct 🙂 Imagine how the average consumer must feel looking at the soup of Gs and Xs and Fs and 7s and 8s 🙂

The “Take Pictures With” Kits

Body only options are great if you already have lenses or if you are a serious/advanced photographer and you are planning to buy non-entry-level lenses. But for a beginner or someone dipping their toes into a new system (without taking a big financial risk), the “Take Pictures with Kits” (TPwK) are important, since you are ready to take pictures. Some of the cameras that are listed as Body Only in the mega chart above appear here with their kit lenses. This only covers lower prices, where TPwKs are more relevant. Under $650 is the cut-off point, which is why there’s only one new camera (yellow highlighter).

price_charts_2016_mirrorless_tpwk

Again, as you can see above, the race to the price-bottom days are over, so for someone looking for lower prices, the used/refurbished market may be an option to look at.

PREVIOUS YEARS

Footnotes

  • Prices as of November 1 in 2016 – see second paragraph above for details
  • Prices are more or less uniform among the three tracked retailers
  • New additions since the previous chart include the Fuji X-T2, X-PRO2, X-E2S, X-A3, Olympus E-M1 II, E-PL8, and Pen-F, Canon M5, Sigma SD Quattro, Sony a6300, Panasonic G85 and GX85, and such
  • Gone from last year’s chart are the Samsung line-up, Fuji X-E2 and X-E1, Nikon S2, Olympus E-M5, E-M10, E-PL6, Panasonic GF6, GF7, GH3, GM5, GX7, and such
  • Typos, errors, confusions, omissions are always possible. Please leave a comment or use the online contact form. If I don’t notice an error and no one mentions it, it won’t get fixed on its own 🙂

Camera Price Charts 2016 Episode II: APS-C DSLRs Get Half a Dozen new models

In Episode #1 of the November 2016 series, we took a look at the prices of all 35mm Full Frame Digital Cameras. In this post, we take a look at prices of APS-C DSLRs only.

Where Does The Data Come From?

The prices are the consensus prices between Amazon and B&H Photo and Adorama as of November 1 in 2016. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, from authorized dealers. Prices are the body only kit, except for cameras without an official body-only kit – we use the lowest priced standard kit (eg w/18-55). Older cameras that are no longer available in new condition with USA warranty from the above retailers, or are available in a very limited fashion, are not included.

APS-C DSLR Prices as of November 2016

We had about half a dozen new DSLRs this year. The price pattern we saw with full frame is repeating here as well, there are some price drops but also some price increases of the very same model. A few more increases than decreases actaully, including the price-leader Sigma SD1 going from $2000 to $2300. The Sony a77 II also had a spike in its price. We even have a strange case where currently the Canon T5i body only is more expensive than the T5i w/18-55 kit (at the same authorized dealers).

With Pentax pruning its line-up, and its prices going up, the entry-point prices of the APS-C DSLR market have increased, both Overall (the first chart) and the “Take Pictures With” kits (the second chart). Canon and Nikon are holding steady at their entry-point prices. So for someone looking for a first DSLR, they may be better off looking at the refurbished or used market, considering some of these DSLRs are rather old.

Nikon created a bit of a stir by releasing a new “flagship APS-C” camera with the D500, while Canon was more predictable price-wise with the 80D. Pentax’s new entry is the usual value-frontier type of a model with the K-70 being somewhere in the middle. Sony also stayed in the nebulous middle with the a68, while Canon and Nikon refreshed their entry-points with the D3400 and T6.

Canon and Nikon have the fullest line-ups, but even with fewer models, Sony and Pentax follow classic DSLR Line-Up patterns.

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Likewise with Pentax’s options gone, $400 is the lowest “take pictures with” kit, and those two lowest price options are not exactly spring chickens in DSLR-Years. So the same applies as above, one is better off looking at the refurbished and used market.

price_charts_2016_dslr_apsc_tpwk

PREVIOUS YEARS

Footnotes

  • Prices as of November 1 in 2016 – see second paragraph above for details
  • the Pentax K-S1 is not included because it is gone from B&H and Adorama, and the situation is too chaotic at Amazon to come up with a consensus price (Pentax went crazy with various colors and options)
  • Prices are more or less uniform among the three tracked retailers
  • Gone from last year’s chart are the Nikon D5200, D300s, Pentax K-3, K-50, K-S1
  • Typos, errors, confusions, omissions are always possible. Please leave a comment or use the online contact form. If I don’t notice an error and no one mentions it, it won’t get fixed on its own 🙂

Camera Price Charts 2016 Episode I: The Full Frame Price Fix

And we are back with the 2016 edition of our snapshot of camera prices in the US market. We start with the 35mm full frame digital cameras, grouping together all kinds, DSLRs, mirrorless, walletfinders (okay, rangefinders), and fixed lens. Because Medium Format is a very small niche, we are not tracking their prices here… In Episode #2 we look at APS-C DSLR prices

Where Does The Data Come From?

The prices are the consensus prices between Amazon and B&H Photo and Adorama as of November 1 in 2016. These are new condition with USA warranty prices, from authorized dealers. All the prices are the body only kit prices. Older cameras that are no longer available in new condition with USA warranty from the above retailers, or are available in a very limited fashion, are not included.

35mm Full Frame Camera Prices as of November 2016

The big pattern that emerged during the 2015 vs 2014 comparison was filling the price gap between the upper price tiers and the accessible-to-many-serious-photographers price-tiers.

This year, the pattern is totally different. The prices have on average remained the same. Some went a little down, some some went up, making it more or less a wash. One of the price drops looks to have been very strategic, the Nikon D750 going down to “meet” the Canon 5D Mark III at the $2500 price level. This was the biggest price drop. Coincidence? I think not 🙂 Others increased in price after they were released. Pentax’s decades-in-the-making K-1 full frame DSLR started out at $1800 but as of right now it goes for $1950 at the three tracked retailers.

The camera manufacturers are artificially forcing prices to stay put, even though the individual cameras get older, and as digital/technology equipment, in a healthy market, prices would have to go down. So the entry-point into full frame remained the same, $1100 is the lowest you pay for a 35mm FF digital camera (Sony a7), and $1500 for the entry-point into the Canon and Nikon DSLR systems.

The big picture below showing all the generally available models is to give you a sense of the price structure in the market. You can read this chart at a much larger size with the full size .PNG file (fear not, it’s only 41K, it won’t eat your mobile data!)

price charts 2016 full frame

Here is a more readable crop of the chart showing the non-niche full frame digital cameras in the market. This is where the vast majority of full frame photographers live. Leicas are the majority of the cameras above $3500.

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Footnotes

  • Prices as of November 1 in 2016 – see second paragraph above for details
  • the Canon 1D X and 1D C are available in a very limited fashion and are not included
  • Prices are more or less uniform among the three tracked retailers, the notable exception is the Sony a7 body only going for $1700 instead of $1100 at Amazon which is likely some kind of error/confusion, because they have the a7 with 28-70mm for $1400. These prices are by Amazon itself, not 3rd-party sellers
  • since last year, the Sony a99, Leica M-E and Leica M Monochrom are gone, none of the retailers above have them in new condition
  • new entries in this years charts include the Pentax K-1 (their Full Frame Unicorn), the Nikon D5, Canon 1D X II, Sony a99 II, Canon 5D Mark IV, and of course Leicas
  • Typos, errors, confusions, omissions are always possible. Please leave a comment or use the online contact form. If I don’t notice an error and no one mentions it, it won’t get fixed on its own 🙂

New Cameras and Lenses in 2016 (only serious or interesting)

The new year is here, which means it is time to start the New Cameras and Lenses of 2016 reference post. This will only cover interesting and/or serious cameras and lenses. This does not track every single P&S digital camera. This post will be almost empty initially but CES 2016 and other early Trade Shows will likely start filling it up quickly. The new cameras and lenses of 2015 can be found in the New Cameras of 2015 post.

Latest Update: September 15 (2016): new Canon M5 mirrorless camera and 18-150mm EF-M lens… new Canon SLR 70-300 IS lens… Fuji X-A3 camera and 23/2 prime… Canon 5D Mark IV and two new lenses… Nikon D3400 DSLR and new 70-300 and 18-55 AF-P lenses… Rokinon 14mm f2.8 with Autofocus for Sony FE… lenses from Nikon and Rokinon with its first autofocus lens… Fuji X-T2 camera… new Hasselblad Medium Format Mirrorless camera with two lenses… Panasonic 12mm f1.4 lens… Pentax K-70 DSLR and 55-300mm f4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE lens…

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Camera Price Charts Episode IV – Fixed Lens Cameras with RAW

We conclude this round of Price Charts by taking a look at Fixed Lens digital cameras that support RAW out of the box, with sensor sizes ranging from 1/2.x” to 35mm full frame. In the previous installments, we covered a snapshot of the prices of 35mm Full Frame Digital Cameras, and then APS-C dSLRs and Mirrorless cameras.

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Camera Price Charts Episode III – It’s a Mirrorless World

We continue this mid-November 2015 Price Charts series with Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Rangefinders are not included in this since they are their own category and their prices are in the stratosphere and they are already included in Episode #1, 35mm Full Frame Digital Cameras. Then in Episode II, we took a look at the prices of APS-C dSLRs.

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