Gear We’re Excited About in 2018

January 11, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

Lomography ‘Instant Square

The first all-analogue instant camera to use Fuji’s new square format Instax film, Lomography’s ‘Instant Square features a 95mm glass lens (45mm equivalent) with two aperture settings, f/10 or f/22. There’s an auto mode, the ability to take unlimited exposures and a bulb mode for long exposures up to 30 seconds. Shutter speeds in auto mode will range from 8-1/250 sec. There’s an infrared remote, a self-timer, built-in flash and a tripod mount.
Price: $199

Sony a7R III

With the a7R III, Sony has bridged the gap between the world of high-resolution sensors and high-speed cameras. Capable of shooting at 10 fps with AF-C engaged the 42-megapixel a7R III looks to be a super-versatile tool for professional image makers.
Price: $3,200

Panasonic G9

Where the GH5 is pitched as Panasonic’s “hybrid” flagship for filmmakers as much as photographers, the G9 is optimized for the still world. It packs a 20-megapixel sensor with no low-pass filter and a burst speed of 20 fps with AF tracking engaged using an electronic shutter. Its in-body stabilizer is good for 6.5 stops, including for telephoto lenses—something earlier iterations couldn’t cope with as well.
Price: $1,700

New Film SLRs

As we write this, the Reflex has blown past its Kickstarter goal. If all goes as planned, the Reflex will be the first new film SLR on the market in years. It may not be the last. Bellamy Hunt, the brains behind the Japan Camera Hunter website, is also said to be working on a new film SLR. Everything old is new again.


Artificial intelligence is much in the news these days, but when it comes to photography, it’s typically used in conjunction with smartphone cameras or software. With the Arsenal camera assistant, photographers can merge AI smarts with their existing cameras. Mount Arsenal to your camera’s hot shoe and connect it via USB and it will examine your scene, detect objects in it and make settings recommendations based on comparisons with other images. It has a library of lenses so it can avoid suggestions that would expose deficiencies in your gear, too.
Price: $175

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