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Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens

Nikon’s latest full-frame mirrorless lens, targeted at the professional photographer, which is reported to deliver top-notch image quality with Nikon’s silent autofocus motor technology.

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Following in the success of the company’s Z6 and Z7 lenses, it’s mirrorless “Z” lens range welcomes the new Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens.

Whether the lens is used for still photography or video, it remains the sharpest yet of the Z range. The close-up performance is claimed to be superior to any full-frame 24-70 mm lens available today. Issues with lens flare have been addressed with this lens, reducing light leak with a wide Z mount. Starbursts are also improved with the constant f/2.8 rounded 9-blade aperture.

Other features include an L-Fn button that offers the same options as the Fn1/Fn2 buttons found on the camera body. There is also a Lens Information Panel that provides a quick way of viewing aperture, focus distance, and depth-of-field. Additionally, the lens has a fast autofocus system, a programmable Control Ring, and large focus and zoom rings.

Highlights:

  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Programmable Control Ring
  • Information Panel and L.Fn Button
  • Weather-Sealed Design

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Canon EOS R

DxOMark has published the results of its in-depth analysis of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera.

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The Canon EOS R is a mid-range model and the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera. It features the new RF mount, which at 54mm is the same width as the EF mount, but the focal flange distance is reduced from 44mm to just 20mm. This should pave the way to some very high-performance lenses. For its first camera in the system, Canon has opted for a familiar 30.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, paired with a DIGIC 8 processor, which enables a native ISO range of 100-40,000 with expansion to 50-102,400, and continuous shooting at up to 8 fps.

The camera’s CMOS sensor achieves an overall DxOMark score of 89 points, which is 29th place among all small- and medium-format cameras in our database. Its key strength is its low-light ISO (Sports) score of 2742 ISO, where it ranks in 27th place overall and in fifth place among the full-frame Canon cameras we’ve tested. Only 0.2 EV (ISO 2742 vs. 3207) separates the EOS R from the best-performing Canon sensor in the EOS-1D X Mark II. The EOS R’s (Portrait) color depth and (Landscape) dynamic range fall some ways behind the best in class, but as with its low-light ISO capabilities, its results are among the best for a Canon sensor.

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CloudGate Xs – Powerful, Energy-savvy Mini Computer

The palm-sized CloudGate Xs offers such a solution, weighing just 300g, draws less than 24W of power.

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With the ever present threat of power outages coupled with skyrocketing electricity bills, organisations across sectors are looking for energy efficient and power-saving computing solutions. As with its sister device, the CloudGate X, this mini computer is capable of running the Linux, Windows 10 and Chrome operating systems. However, the CloudGate Xs utilises the newest generation Intel Gemini Lake CPU – and thereby offers a critical performance increase of 25% over the CloudGate X. With its new, sleek design, this powerful device also benefits from improved heat dissipation.

“The CloudGate Xs is an ideal replacement for most desktop computers, at a fraction of the cost,” explains Xavier Nel, Head of Product at CloudGate. “It also comes in at the same price point as the CloudGate X, making it an extraordinarily accessible – yet sophisticated – computing solution. Simply plug in a screen, keyboard and mouse and you have a mini-PC for business or education use.”
This is an eco-friendly solution. By using less than 10 percent of the electricity a typical desktop requires, this user-friendly device lowers the energy footprint for an organisation considerably. With warnings of a fragile Eskom power station always nearby, embracing power-savvy technology – which translates into low running costs – has become increasingly important.

From a connectivity perspective, the computer has 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and 1Gig Ethernet. Despite its sleek form, the device boasts three USB 3.0 ports and several others that include VGA, HDMI, RJ45, one DC 12V 2A power input and one 3.5mm audio port. Users will benefit from 4GB DDR4 High-Speed RAM, 64 GB EMMC Solid-State Storage, and an SD card reader. Moreover, storage capacity can be upgraded with an extra 128GB or 256GB m.2 SSD.

The CloudGate Xs ships with a power adapter, VESA Screen Mount, HDMI cable and instruction booklet. Ranging in cost from between R3 499 and R5 199 (depending on the chosen configuration), the CloudGate Xs delivers on several use cases across industry sectors.

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