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Bombshell at CP+: Shocking Camera Industry Move After Lackluster New Products

CP + Wrapup:

Just when we thought we were exiting a quiet CP+ season, and when we were beginning to focus on a bunch of upcoming reviews, Nikon had to shock the world by buying RED.

CP+ wrapped up without any new camera announcements from big names like Canon or Nikon. Only two major new cameras were unveiled overall. One of them, the Sony A9 III, is an incredible technological feat but realistically, it's not a camera for mainstream use outside of sports photography. The only truly mainstream camera to be released so far this year is Fujifilm’s X100 VI, and even that is only “sort of” mainstream – it’s a high-end, fixed lens compact.

There have been plenty of images of the X100VI on the Web lately, so how about its great-grandfather instead? Here’s a Fujica Compact 35 from 1966. There’s a family resemblance (image from Michael Gatchell on Camera-Wiki).

The X100 V was impossible to find for years, as it had become a TikTok favorite (oddly, it was always o...

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Dan Wells, "Shuttterbug" on the trail, is a landscape photographer, long-distance hiker and student in the Master of Divinity program at Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Cambridge, MA when not in wild places photographing and contemplating our connection to the natural world. Dan's images try to capture the spirit he finds in places where, in the worlds of the Wilderness Act of 1964, "Man himself is but a visitor". He has hiked 230 miles of Vermont's Long Trail and 450 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail with his cameras, as well as photographing in numerous National Parks, Seashores and Forests over the years - often in the offseason when few people think to be there. In the summer of 2020, Dan plans to hike a stretch of hundreds of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, focusing on his own and others' spiritual connection to these special places, and making images that document these connections. Over years of personal work and teaching photography, Dan has used a variety of equipment (presently Nikon Z7 and Fujifilm APS-C). He is looking for the perfect combination of light weight, ruggedness and superb image quality.
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