Gitzo 100 Years Anniversary Limited-edition Tripods

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If your Gitzo tripod is not special or pricey enough…here’s a chance to boost up the price!

Gitzo is celebrating 100 years since the founding of its brand by Arsène Gitzhoven, and to commemorate the occasion they’ve released two special edition tripods. The 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod features a ‘new high-appeal look and feel’ as well as features standard on the Traveler Series tripods: Carbon tubing, 180-degree leg folding and the company’s G-lock mechanism. Only 1917 of them will be sold, but if that’s not exclusive enough for you, there are only 100 Arsène Gitzhoven Traveler Tripods to be had.

The Arsène Gitzhoven Traveler features an all-carbon fiber construction. Each one will be laser engraved with its production number from 1/100 to 100/100 as well as an engraving of its owner’s signature. It’ll set you back US$3000 (RM12900); the 100 Year Anniversary Edition will sell for US$1500 (Around RM6450). Each will be available from ‘select dealers’.

 

Three New Nikon Lenses and Updated Waterproof Coolpix W300 Camera

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Nikon’s latest announcement, unveiling the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED, AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, and AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lenses. To make sure you are ready to capture your summer adventures, Nikon has announced an updated tough camera, the COOLPIX W300 point-and-shoot, which sports improved durability and the ability to record 4K video.

Extremely specialized and extremely interesting, Nikon’s latest fisheye, the 8-15mm, offers users the ability to adjust focal length quickly to match certain compositions, as well as deliver both 180° circular images at 8mm or full-frame coverage when zoomed in. It also uses ED glass to minimize chromatic aberrations and reduce color fringing, and it has a Nano Crystal Coat to combat flare and ghosting. On top of this, it has the latest E-type electromagnetic diaphragm for added exposure consistency during continuous shooting.

AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lenses, AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED, and AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

Next on the list is a high-end fast prime, the 28mm f/1.4. With a versatile and widely appreciated focal length for looking for a fast and wide-but-not-too-wide option for street and general-purpose shooting, this lens will provide outstanding quality and performance. It features ED glass for keeping aberrations controlled, especially when working wide open, and a Nano Crystal Coat for minimal flare and ghosting. Additionally, it sports an E-type diaphragm, for fast, consistent performance.

The last lens announced today will appeal to DX-format shooters who want a compact and wide-angle zoom, the 10-20mm. This lens will provide a 15-30mm equivalent zoom range, matching a common option for full-frame cameras, and it even has Vibration Reduction to help capture sharp images in low light, with longer shutter speeds or during video capture. A variable f/4.5-5.6 helps keep the lens small and lightweight while a pulse stepping motor system provides smooth, silent focusing for stills and video.

COOLPIX W300

Today isn’t just for lenses, however, because Nikon has just lifted the covers on the COOLPIX W300 Digital Camera, a tough point-and-shoot that now shoots 4K video. With waterproofing to 100′ and improved shock-proofing of up to 8′, this pocketable camera will be an excellent companion on all of your expeditions. The camera also features a 5x optical zoom lens for wide-angle to telephoto perspectives for capturing vast landscapes and getting sharp close-ups. A major improvement is the addition of 4K recording for extremely high-res video. And, as with most of Nikon’s latest camera announcements, this camera is equipped with a built-in GPS as well as Snapbridge via the implementation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Love For My Home, My Town, My Country Photography Contest 2017

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Love For My Home, My Town, My Country

Photography Contest 2017

Organised by Malaysian Chinese Culture & Arts Consultative Council

Express your love for your homeland with your most creative photographs!

Prizes
Open Category 公开组:
First 冠军: Cash 现金 RM2,000 + Canon EOS 800D (EF-S 18-135 IS STM) worth 值
RM5,000 + Certificate 奖状
Second 亚军: Cash 现金 RM1,000 + Canon EOS 750D (EF-S 18-55 IS STM) worth 值
RM3,000 + Certificate 奖状
Third 季军: Cash 现金RM500 + Canon EOS M10 (EFM 15-45) Pokemon worth 值
RM2,000 + Certificate 奖状
10 x Merit 优秀奖: Canon PIXMA E470 worth 值 RM300 + Certificate 奖状
10 x Consolation 安慰奖: Canon PIXMA MG3070S worth 值 RM200 + Certificate 奖状

Student Category 学生组:
First 冠军: Canon EOS 750D (EF-S 18-55 IS STM) worth 值 RM3,000 + Certificate 奖状
Second 亚军: Canon EOS M10 (EFM15-45) Pokemon worth 值 RM2,000 + Certificate 奖状
Third 季军: Canon POWERSHOT SX620HS worth 值 RM1,000 + Certificate 奖状
10 x Merit 优秀奖: Canon PIXMA E470 worth 值 RM300 + Certificate 奖状
10 x Consolation 安慰奖: Canon PIXMA MG3070S worth 值 RM200 + Certificate 奖状

CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. This contest is open to all Malaysian photography enthusiasts.
2. Photos entered for this contest must be taken between 2015 and 2017. The photos must not have been published or
entered for any other competitions previously.
3. It is the responsibility of the contestant to get the consent of the subject or the owner before photographing, `or to take the
photo as an entry.
4. All entries must be original, without any electronic modifications.
5. We do not tolerate plagiarism and theft of photos (Reminder: Contestants shall solely bear any legal consequences
arising from the submitted entry. ).
6. Entries must be in Colour Print of size 8” x 12”. Contestants are required to submit a CD/DVD with the original images in
JPEG Format (Original Capture JPEG or Original Files Converted from RAW) for all the photos submitted.
7. A contestant may submit any number of entries, but each entry must be submitted together with the entry form.
Photocopies of the entry form are acceptable.
8. The judging criteria will be based on Content, Creativity, Composition, Colour, Contrast and Lighting techniques.
9. The Organising Committee and Panel of Judges reserve the right to disqualify entries which do not comply with the rules
and regulations or theme of this contest.
10. All photos and CDs submitted are non-returnable and shall become the property of the organiser who may use them for promotional,
publishing and exhibition purposes without notification and payment to the contestants.
11. The organiser shall not be held responsible for entries damaged or lost through the post or other delivery systems.
12. The decision of the Panel of Judges is final and any dispute or appeal will not be entertained.
13. The closing date for this photography contest is 21st July 2017 (Friday) at 5.00 pm.
All entries must be sent to: Malaysian Chinese Culture & Arts Consultative Council
Tingkat 12, Wisma MCA, No. 163, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

比赛规则
1. 此项比赛公开予爱好摄影的马来西亚国民参加。
2. 参赛作品必须是2015至2017年期间所拍摄,同时未曾在任何刊物刊登,且未参加过其他正式比赛。
3. 参赛者有责任在拍摄前先取得所拍摄的对象或事物主人的同意,方可拍摄或将照片作为参赛用途。
4. 要求原创,恕不接受经过电脑修改(增加或删除某些景物)之作品。
5. 若发生参赛作品出现抄袭、剽窃他人作品或创意,侵犯他人著作权、肖像权、名誉权等违法行为,一切法律
责任由参赛者自负。
6. 作品的尺寸为8寸x 12寸彩色相片,须转为JPG或RAW格式烧录在光碟(CD/DVD)上。
7. 参赛者可寄上多份作品参赛,每份参赛作品均须填写个别的参赛表格方为有效,表格可自行复印。
8. 评审团将根据作品之内容、构图、创意、色彩、反差及采光等拍摄技巧作为评选标准。
9. 作品如有文不对题或违反比赛规则者,主办机构和评审团有权取消有关作品的参赛资格。
10. 所呈上的作品和数码光碟将归主办机构所有,恕不退还。主办机构有权复制得奖作品作宣传、
出版书集或展览用途。
11. 参赛作品的邮寄证明不得视为收件证明,若出现邮寄遗失或损坏,主办机构概不负责。
12. 评审团的决定为最后决定,任何询问或投诉恕不受理。
13. 所有作品必须于截止日期2017年7月21日(星期五)下午五时前寄/交至:
“爱家,爱乡,爱国” 摄影比赛
马来西亚华社文化艺术咨询委员会
Tingkat 12, Wisma MCA, No. 163, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Download Entry Form below:

Comparing the Nikon D5 with Sony A9, in Real World?

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A Youtube camera gear reviewer, Max Yuryev, and pro sports photographer Paul Nelson, team up to give Nikon D5 and Sony A9 an outdoor and indoor review.

They called this a REAL WORLD Comparison which I do not agree. No, I won’t call this a real world comparison, as obviously the subjects (runner, boxer, etc.) are all staged and instructed by the photographers to do what they want.

 

Both were impressed by the Sony A9, for its wider AF point coverage and faster frame per second shooting speed.

 

Both cameras are able to give fast and accurate focus on moving subject, with Sony A9 outperformed the Nikon even more.

My Opinion though…http://www.photomalaysia.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=196&action=edit

Comparing a Nikon D5 camera that is over 17 months old with a just announced (still under pre-order stage in Malaysia) Sony A9 camera isn’t fair at all. A faster processor, bigger buffer, and better sensor could have been developed and used in any 17 months newer camera.

 

One thing I do agree though in the review, that the focus points in Nikon DSLR is quite limited to the centre portion of the camera. At times I do want my subject to be slightly closer to the edge, but couldn’t as there is no focusing point there.

 

However, comparing 20fps in Sony A9 to 12fps in Nikon D5 for me is meaningless. Having more files in your memory cards mean you have to spent much more time having to go through each photo and more space to store those crappy photos. How about a 1000fps Sony RX100 V? That would be the king of all sports camera?!

 

Define real world. Eg. Olympic. Where’s Sony? The next Olympic? We will wait and see…

 

OK, it is still an interesting video to watch, and it just makes me wanted to get my hand on a Nikon D5 more now (am using Nikon D4 still). Yes, you can say that I am a biased Nikon user.

FUJIFILM Learning Center, FREE Workshop (Petaling Jaya)

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FUJIFILM Learning Center

Our FREE Workshop returns to Petaling Jaya! It is happening in 2 sessions on Sunday, 18th June 2017 between 9.30am to 5pm. This workshop is open to both FUJIFILM owners and non-FUJIFILM owners. Join us and elevate your mastery in photography!

Event Details

Date
18/06/2017 (Sunday)

Venue
Fujifilm Office
Ground Floor, Menara Axis, PJ

Workshop 1
Basic Photography
9.30am – 12.30pm (3 hours)
Register Here

Workshop 2
Optimising The JPEGs Straight Out Of Your X-Series
2pm – 5pm (3 hours)
Register Here

GoPro Malaysia RAYA Promotion! RM230 OFF!

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Funsportz, the official GoPro distributor in Malaysia has just announced their RAYA promotions for the HERO 5 Black edition! A big slash of RM230 of GoPro HERO 5 from the original SRP of RM1979! Price after discount = RM1749.00

You may purchase GoPro HERO 5 Black online at ShaShinKi:

GoPro HERO5 Black (GoPro Malaysia 1 to 1 Exchange Warranty) (RAYA Promo 14th June 2017 - 28th June 2017)
 GoPro HERO5 Black (GoPro Malaysia 1 to 1 Exchange Warranty) (RAYA Promo 14th June 2017 – 28th June 2017)  RM1,979.00 (incl. GST)  RM1,749.00 (incl. GST) Buy Now

 

Pre-Order Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens

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Announced 4 months ago, Sigma Malaysia is now taking pre-order of the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens till 30th June 2017.

SRP from Sigma Malaysia is RM6,338. Street price should be lower. Pre-order customer will be able to get a free Sigma Wrapping Cloth (while stock last).

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art is a fast standard zoom lens for full-frame Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. It has three special-low-dispersion and four aspherical elements, optical image stabilization, nine rounded aperture blades and an ultrasonic (HSM) focus motor. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture and supports 82mm filters.

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 24–70 mm
Image stabilization Yes
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA Bayonet
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 19
Groups 14
Special elements / coatings Three HLD and four aspherical elements
Focus
Minimum focus 0.37 m (14.57)
Maximum magnification 0.21×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Physical
Diameter 88 mm (3.46)
Length 108 mm (4.24)
Materials Metal
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock No
Filter thread 82.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code LH876-04
Tripod collar No

Event: Sigma Malaysia Bring Life CLOSER with SIGMA Lenses

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Bring Life CLOSER with SIGMA Lenses

Date : 18th June 2017, Sunday
Time : 8am until 1pm
Venue : Hutan Lipur Sg Congkak, Hulu Langat

Reserve your seat at Sigma Malaysia Facebook page: Sigma Malaysia

Does Gear Matters? Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear VS an Amateur with Pro Gear

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Does gear matters? Or is it the person behind the camera?

The photographers at Mango Street made an interesting video having two photographers with different gears (beginner set vs professional set) shooting the same model.

The two professional photographers each used a discontinued = RM2k Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) and low-end lenses (a kit 18-55mm and a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens), and they invited their friend who isn’t a photographer (but who possesses a basic understanding of photography) to shoot the same model at the same location using a high-end RM13k Canon 5D Mark IV with a RM8k Canon 35mm f/1.4L II lens.

Below are some of the photos taken by them:

Daniel (Pro with Amateur Gear)

Rachel (Pro with Amateur Gear)

Justin (Amateur with Pro Gear)

My thought…

Which sets of photographs you think is the best? We can’t judge sharpness and resolutions from the photos shown in Youtube, but composition wise, Daniel and Rachel definitely show some more interesting shots here. From the video, it can be seen that the Pro Photographers are able to direct the model more confidently, into the position / angle that they wanted.

Sony A9 Firmware Update V1.01 – addressing overheating issue

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Sony has just released a new firmware update v1.01 addressing the overheating issue of their latest professional A9 camera that goes upto 20fps shooting speed.

Photographer Danny Eusebio, known as that1cameraguy online, posted the 9.5-minute video above about a recent experience he had with the camera. After taking the a9 to a pool for a swim meet, Eusebio noticed that the overheating warning icon showed up on the screen after less than 20 minutes of use in 81°F.

Sony A9 is still in pre-order stage in Malaysia. Not hitting any physical stores yet. If you are getting one or already in the pre-order list, do have the new firmware ready in your computer and update the firmware when you have the camera in hand.

Download the firmware at:
https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=ILCE9&template_id=1&region_id=1&tab=download#/downloadTab

Firmware Updates for Sony a7II, a7RII, a7SII, a6300, & a6500

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Sony has released a new firmware update for its A7II, A7RII, A7SII, A6300 and A6500 mirrorless cameras.

The firmware version 4.0 for Sony A7II and A7RII includes several improvements and fixes. Sony A7SII upgraded to version 3.0.

Sony released firmware updates with lots of new functions including FE 100-400mm GM OSS support, better overheating control, improved Flexible Spot AF function, improves release time lag when wireless flash is used, adds “Live View Display” custom button assignable support and visible light LED assist with external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM) on a7II, a7RII, a7SII,and wait for it….a “star-eater” fix for a7RII.

  • Sony FE 100-400mm GM OSS support (a7II, a7RII, a7SII, a6300, a6500)
  • Better overheating control (a7II, a7RII, a7SII, a6300)
  • Improved Flexible Spot AF function (a7II, a7RII, a7SII)
  • Improved release time lag when wireless flash is used (a7II, a7RII, a7SII)
  • Adds “Live View Display” custom button assignable support (a7II, a7RII, a7SII)
  • Adds Visible light LED assist with external flash for AF with HVL-F45RM (a7II, a7RII, a7SII)
  • “Star-eater” Long Exposure NR fix for (a7RII)

List of Improvements:

Sony a7RII and a7SII

Adds “Auto Pwr OFF Temp.” function(*)

  • (*)If the same part of your skin touches the camera for a long period of time while using the camera, even if the camera does not feel hot to you, it may cause symptoms of a low-temperature burn such as redness or blistering.
    Pay special attention in the following situations and use a tripod, etc.

    • When using the camera in a high-temperature environment
    • When someone with poor circulation or impaired skin sensation uses the camera
    • When using the camera with the [Auto Pwr OFF Temp.] set to [High]
  • Improves operability of the camera:
    1. Improves operability when AF area is set to flexible spot
      Refer to here for details.
    2. Adds “Live View Display” into custom button assignation
    3. Adds “Set File Name” function
  • Supports visible light LED in external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM)
  • Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
  • Optimizes exposure algorithm during focusing when [Live View Display] is [Setting Effect OFF]
  • Improves image quality when Long Exposure NR setting is OFF
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Sony a7II

  • Improves operability of the camera:
    1. Improves operability when AF area is set to flexible spot
      Refer to here for details.
    2. Adds “Live View Display” into custom button assignation
    3. Adds “Set File Name” function
  • Supports visible light LED in external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM)
  • Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Sony a6500

  • Supports new lens “SEL100400GM”
  • Optimizes image stabilization performance in movie mode

Sony a6300

  • Adds “Auto Pwr OFF Temp.” function(*)
    (*)If the same part of your skin touches the camera for a long period of time while using the camera, even if the camera does not feel hot to you, it may cause symptoms of a low-temperature burn such as redness or blistering.
    Pay special attention in the following situations and use a tripod, etc.

    • When using the camera in a high-temperature environment
    • When someone with poor circulation or impaired skin sensation uses the camera
    • When using the camera with the [Auto Pwr OFF Temp.] set to [High]
  • Supports new lens “SEL100400GM”
  • Modifies aspect of guide frame display in LCD (2.35:1 mode)
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Download Links:

Sony a7II FW 4.00: MAC | WIN
Sony a7RII FW 4.00: MAC | WIN
Sony a7SII FW 3.00: MAC | WIN
Sony a6500 FW 1.03: MAC | WIN
Sony a6300 FW 2.00: MAC | WIN

Source:
http://briansmith.com/sony-releases-a7ii-a7rii-a7sii-a6300-a6500-firmware-updates/

CIPA Shows Digital Camera Sales Statistics

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A picture worths a thousand words. Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has published the sales figure of digital camera sales worldwide.

Camera sales has been dropping from years to years since 2011/2012,  by a huge margin. No thanks to the popularity of mobile phone. However, recent sales data published by CIPA shows some good news, that the sales of digital camera in Year 2017 seems to be steadying as compare to Year 2016.

Are we already looking at the bottom of camera sales figure now? Let’s hope so that sales will bounce and climb in the coming months or years.

Visit the statistic page at:

http://www.cipa.jp/stats/dc_e.html

A Third Autofocus Lens from Samyang – AF 35mm F2.8 FE

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Samyang Introduces third autofocus lens – AF 35mm F2.8 FE

June 5th, 2017, Seoul, Korea – Global optics brand Samyang Optics, is pleased to announce the release of Samyang’s third autofocus lens: the AF 35mm F2.8 FE. A tiny lens with a mighty performance, it is ideal for daily photography as well as travel photography. This new compact and lightweight lens, together with the existing AF 14mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE lenses, now expands Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up to three.

Tiny and Mighty
The AF 35mm F2.8 FE weighs just 85g and measures 3.3cm in length, without the hood and rear cap, it is roughly the equivalent in weight of a bar of soap and smaller than a name card in size. Thanks to Samyang’s exceptional optical technology, its compact size is packed with features for outstanding image quality. Featuring seven elements in six groups, two aspherical lenses and one high refractive lens plus Ultra Multi Coating to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, the lens delivers high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image.

Perfect Partner for Everyday Photographers
This new lens is specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. For full frame sensors, the focal length resembles the human eye the most. For APS-C types for Sony alpha 6000 and 5000 series users the lens is equivalent to approximately 52mm, which is also one of the most popular focal lengths among photographers.

Portability with mighty performance and a 35mm focal length makes this lens the best choice for daily photographers who want to capture every memory as a high quality image. The autofocus is fast and accurate and is ideal for the capture of outdoor events such as hiking, sports events and landscape photography. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 0.35m and is ideal for street, portrait and close focus photography.

Available from July 2017
This tiny and mighty Samyang 35mm F2.8 FE lens will be available from July, and will carry a suggested retail price of £279.99 inc VAT.

Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 35 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Sony FE
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Optics
Elements 7
Groups 6
Special elements / coatings Two aspherical + one high-refractive element + Ultra Multi Coating
Focus
Minimum focus 0.35 m (13.78)
Maximum magnification 0.12×
Autofocus Yes
Full time manual No
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 85 g (0.19 lb)
Diameter 62 mm (2.44)
Length 33 mm (1.3)
Sealing No
Colour Black
Filter thread 49.0 mm
Tripod collar No

Olympus Tough TG-5 Available Now!

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Introducing the new Olympus Tough TG-5, compact digital camera.

Continuing the legacy of the Tough series of cameras, you can be assured of a camera that is shockproof, dustproof, waterproof, crushproof and freezeproof.

In addition to these features, the Olympus Tough TG-5 now has anti-fog ability. Featuring a dual-pane protective glass construction inside the lens, it now prevents condensation caused by significant temperature differences.

We have also added in the “Pro Capture Mode”, allowing you to capture high precision lag free images for the decisive moment.

Visit your nearest authorized retailer and check out the camera.

Colours Available: TG-5 (Red) / TG-5 (Black)

Look Back – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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Launched 9 months ago in September 2016, is the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV still upto date with the current professional bodies from Sony and Nikon?

Let’s take a flash back look of the features and highlights of the camera at slides below:

We also compare the new EF16-35 f2.8L III USM & EF24-105mm f4L IS II USM with their previous generations.