New Cameras and Lenses of 2017

LATEST UPDATE on 10/17/17: new lenses from Rokinon and Leica… Canon G1 X III with APS-C sensor… new Tamron 100-400… Sony RX10 IV rawsumer… Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL IIS for Nikon F… Fuji strikes again with new X-E3 mirrorless camera and 80mm f2.8 OIS lens…

WHAT IS THIS? this is an on-going permanent reference page of the new serious/interesting cameras and lenses of 2017. This year we also brought 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

SCOREBOARD
Camera Type
TOTAL
DSLRs
8
Mirrorless
10
Rangefinders
1
RAWsumers
7

DSLRs

+ AUG-24: Nikon D850 (35mm FF, $3300)
+ JUN-29: Canon 6D Mark II (35mm FF, $2000)
+ JUN-29: Canon SL2 (APS-C, $550)
+ 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

+ SEPT-07: Fuji X-E3 (24mp APS-C, $900)
+ AUG-31: Olympus E-M10 III (M43, $650)
+ AUG-29: Canon M100 (24mp, APS-C, w/15-45, $600)
+ JUL-10: Leica TL2 (24mp, APS-C, L, $1950)
+ 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

+ OCT-16: Canon G1 X III (APS-C, 24-72eq, $1300)
+ SEPT-12: Sony RX10 IV (1″, 24-600mm eq, $1700)
+ AUG-31: Sony RX0 (1″, 24/4 eq, elementproof, $700)
+ 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

+ OCT-17: Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 FE (FE, $799)
+ OCT-17: Leica Thambar-M 90mm f2.2 (M, $6500)
+ SEPT-15: Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (C, N; $???)
+ SEPT-08: Fuji 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR MACRO (Fuji X, $1200)
+ SEPT-08: Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL IIS ($515, Nikon)
+ AUG-29: Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens (EF, $2199)
+ AUG-29: Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift (EF, $2199)
+ AUG-29: Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-Shift (EF, $2199)
+ AUG-29: Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens (EF, $1599)
+ JUL-11: Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6E ED VR AF-P ($750)
+ JUN-30: Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 ($1999, C/N)
+ JUN-23: Tamron 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 Di-II VC HL ($650, C/N)
+ JUN-22: Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG ART ($1600, C/N/Si)
+ JUN-22: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art ($1300, C/N/Si)
+ JUN-21: Zeiss Milvus 35mm f1.4 ($2000, C/N)
+ JUN-01: Nikon AF-S 28mm f1.4E ED Lens ($2000)
+ JUN-01: Nikon AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f3.5-4.5E ED ($1250)
+ JUN-01: Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f4.5-5.6G VR ($307)
+ MAY-11: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art ($???, Canon, Nikon and Sigma)
+ 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)

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Camera Price Charts Episode VI: DSLRs vs Mirrorless (Full Frame)

And now the last installment in the July 2017 series, we are zooming in on a DSLR vs Mirrorless tet-a-tet with 35mm full frame sensors! The focus is on made-for-digital mirrorless cameras, meaning no rangefinders in this particular comparison.

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs vs Mirrorless
+ 35mm Full Frame dSLRs vs Mirrorless

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Camera Price Charts July 2017 Episode V: APS-C Civil War: DSLRs vs Mirrorless

And now we have a new entry in our Price Charts series. It is an APS-C interchangeable lens camera civil war! DSLRs vs Mirrorless cameras! How do the prices compare? Who has more options in the market? Details at 11 (okay, right below)…

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs vs Mirrorless
+ 35mm Full Frame dSLRs vs Mirrorless

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Camera Price Charts July 2017 Episode IV: Serious Fixed Lens Cameras

Part IV of our July 2017 “Price Charts” series is here, focusing on Serious Fixed Lens cameras of all kinds. This year, I removed cameras with 1/2.x” sensors from consideration ~ sensors growing in size in all directions, even in smartphones.

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs vs Mirrorless
+ 35mm Full Frame dSLRs vs Mirrorless

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Camera Price Charts July 2017 Episode III: Mirrorless [Revised]

Part III of our July 2017 “Price Charts” series is here, focusing on Mirrorless cameras of all kinds. Rangefinders are not included, nor cameras with sensors larger than 35mm. This is the Revised Edition!

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs vs Mirrorless
+ 35mm Full Frame dSLRs vs Mirrorless

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Camera Price Charts July 2017 Episode II: APS-C DSLRs Persist

Part II of our July 2017 “Price Charts” series is here, focusing on APS-C DSLRs. Other cameras with APS-C size sensors will be listed in their appropriate categories, either Mirrorless or Fixed Lens Cameras. Yesterday we covered the 35mm Full Frame Cameras (all kinds, not just DSLRs). They are grouped like this to keep the groups at a manageable size and logically meaningful.

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs vs Mirrorless
+ 35mm Full Frame dSLRs vs Mirrorless

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Camera Price Charts July 2017 Episode I: Almost Full Frame For All

And we are back with an early July 2017 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 and Large Format is a small niche (all things considered), we are not tracking their prices here…

JULY 2017 SERIES

+ 35mm FULL FRAME digital cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs
+ Mirrorless Cameras
+ Fixed Lens Cameras
+ APS-C dSLRs vs Mirrorless
+ 35mm Full Frame dSLRs vs Mirrorless

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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

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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).

price_charts_2016_flc_mega

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…

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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).

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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 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

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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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