Weekly News Round-up: Nikon Z9 on steroids!

This week, Nikon released a big firmware update. We have yet another lens from Laowa, and a small firmware for the Fuji X-T30 mark II.

Nikon Z9 Version 2.0

The Z9 is about tor receive a major firmware update (available on April 20th) with a lot of features for stills and video. Here are the main features:

  • 8.3K/60p and 4.1K/120p RAW video for internal recording (N-RAW, Nikon’s proprietary format)
  • 4.1K/60p in Prores RAW
  • 1.5x and 2.3x crop options
  • Waveform display, red frame when recording
  • ISO in 1/6 steps (for video)
  • Pre-Buffer mode (similar to Olympus’ Pro Capture) when shooting JPGs at 30fps and 120fps (11MP)
  • 120Hz refresh rate for the viewfinder
  • Custom Wide-AF area

In addition to the new firmware, Nikon has also announced the MC-N10, a remote control designed for video that can be attached to the camera via USB, and to professional video tripods or other accessories via the non-locking ARRI-style rosette mount.

back of the Nikon Z9 with the video settings menu

Laowa 15mm F4.5R ZeroD Shift Lens

The 15mm F4.5R is an updated version of the previous 15mm Shift lens from Venus Optics. The new lens has a red ring around the barrel, as opposed to the blue ring of the previous model.

The main difference is the aperture, which now has 14-blades instead of five. Laowa also added a GFX mount version for Fujifilm’s medium format cameras. Other characteristics are:

  • 17 elements in 11 group
  • 2 aspherical and 3 extra-low dispersion elements
  • Min. focus: 20cm
  • Also available for Canon EF, Canon R, Nikon F, Nikon Z and Sony E
  • Price: $1200
Laowa 15mm F4.5R on white background

Fujifilm X-T30 II Firmware Update

A small bug fix for the X-T30 II: version 1.1 resolves an issue where the image would become darker when Resolution Priority was selected in the Boost setting.

You can download the firmware on the Fujifilm website.