Category: Digital SLR Cameras

Monday, September 15, 2014

Canon 24-105mm STM Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

Canon EF-S 24mm STM Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is the ultimate DSLR to capture action other cameras simply miss. Completely rebuilt and redesigned, the EOS 7D Mark II features 10fps burst shooting, a new 65-point cross-type AF system, Dual DIGIC 6 processors, new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor with a native ISO 100-16,000 range (expandable to ISO 51,200), 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and innovative flicker detection, 200,000-cycle shutter durability, pro-level movie features including live, uncompressed HDMI output and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, built-in GPS and a digital compass. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II will be available from November for £1,599.99 / €1,999.99 body-only. In the US the EOS 7D Mark II has an estimated retail price of $1,799.00 for the body only and $2,149.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lenses

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Canon has unveiled three new lenses - the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, and the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. Canon’s new compact and lightweight EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens will help lighten the load of professional and advanced amateur photographers. The affordable EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens is the slimmest and lightest Canon EF-S lens ever produced.

The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM are both scheduled to be available in November for estimated retail prices of $6,899.00 / £6,999.99 / €8,799.99 and $149.99/ £179.99 / €224.99 respectively. The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is scheduled to be available in December for an estimated retail price of $599.99 / £479.99 / €599.99.

Profoto Air Remote TTL-N

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The Profoto Air Remote TTL-N allows Nikon shooters to do TTL metering with the Profoto B1 off-camera flash. Air Remote TTL-N is a small, wireless radio transmitter that attaches to the Nikon camera’s hotshoe. Attaching the unit enables TTL metering with the B1. The Air Remote TTL-N can also be used to manually control and sync the B1 or any other Profoto flash with Air built-in. Air Remote TTL-N is sold separately. The recommended sales price is €295 / $395. The already released Air Remote TTL-C has the same price.

Schneider-Kreuznach Full-frame DSLR Lenses

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Schneider-Kreuznach has unveiled the Xenon 1.6/35mm Xenon 1.4/50mm and Macro Symmar 85mm, three new lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. The Xenon 1.6/35 mm and Xenon 1.4/50 mm lenses are equipped with an electronic interface to the camera and a mechanical automatic iris for Nikon cameras. The Macro Symmar on display with an 85 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of 2.4 has a motorized iris and an electronic interface for the Canon EOS system. The automatic aperture function is driven exclusively by the camera. All lenses will be available for Canon EOS and Nikon-F systems. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nikon Remote Camera System

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Nikon will exhibit its remote camera system at IBC and Photokina 2014. Developed by Nikon and Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) as professional equipment for the imaging industry, this remote camera system uses Nikon’s digital camera and imaging solutions and MRMC’s robotic heads. Nikon has been working with MRMC in the UK for some time, allowing professional photographers to use remote systems set up at major sporting events such as Wimbledon and The Open Golf Championship, as well as at some of the world’s other big sporting events. Earlier this year the partners installed a bespoke remote set-up using Nikon DSLR cameras in the London Live studio, the first 24-hour entertainment TV channel dedicated to London. The studio operates a fully automated set-up using the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 cameras and a nine axis, state of the art, custom-made robotic arm to produce the desired full-frame 35mm cinematic effect.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens.

Nikon SB-500 Speedlight Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon SB-500 Speedlight looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon SB-500 Speedlight.

Nikon D750

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D750 is a new full-frame DSLR camera. Packed with professional imaging technology and streamlined for compactness, the D750 features a newly designed 24.3 megapixel FX-format sensor, phenomenally sensitive AF performance, a burst rate of up to 6.5 fps, ISO range of 100–12800 that is extendable to 50–51200, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p combined with a tilt-screen monitor. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share impressive FX-format photos in an instant, while Nikon’s Picture Control 2.0 provides exceptional in-camera image processing and optimisation flexibility for still images and videos.

Nikon D750 will cost £1799.99 / €2149.00 /$2,299.95 body only, £2249.99 / €2679.00 with the 24-85mm VR lens, and £2249.99 / €2679.00 with the 24-120mm lens. The sales start date is 23rd September 2014.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED is a new wide-angle FX-format prime lens. The bright aperture delivers shallow depth of field, plus smooth bokeh, and ensures this lens excels in low-light settings. High-performance optics deliver edge-to-edge sharpness with minimal distortion, and the compact, lightweight design ensures easy portability. The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED comes with the CL-1015 Flexible Lens Pouch and the HB-72 Lens Hood and retails for £679.99 / €809.00 / $799.95, available from 25th September.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Nikon D4S Firmware Version C:1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have posted a firmware update for the Nikon D4S professional DSLR camera. Version C:1.10 incorporates the following improvements:

  • When SPORT VR mode, built into the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, is selected, the same continuous shooting rate available when OFF is selected is now possible.
  • When memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB were formatted with the camera, they were formatted using the FAT32 file system.  They are now formatted using the exFAT file system.
  • Operation has been changed so that when menus are displayed during movie live view and the movie-record button is pressed, the menu display disappears and display returns to movie live view. To begin movie recording, press the movie-record button again.
  • The Zoom on/off option for playback mode with Custom Setting f1: Multi Selector Center Button can now be used to zoom-in on images with zoom display centered on the active focus point, even if they were captured with live view photography. However, the focus point will not be displayed.
  • The Help explanation provided for the Preset focus point option under Custom Setting f19: Lens Focus Function Buttons has been revised.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Official Pentax K-S1 Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh have posted half a dozen high-resolution sample images captured with the new Pentax K-S1 digital SLR camera. Shot with a variety of lenses including the smc PENTAX-DA 50-135mmF2.8ED [IF]SDM, the smc PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mmF3.5-4.5ED[IF], the smc PENTAX-DA★50-135mmF2.8ED [IF]SDM and HD PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8 Macro Limited, these Pentax K-S1 sample photos were taken at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100/21° to ISO 400/27°.

Website: Official Pentax K-S1 Sample Photos

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pentax K-S1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Pentax K-S1 is a new, 20.12-megapixel camera that bucks the trend of conventional digital SLR camera design. Available in 12 different colour variations, this camera also boasts an innovative illumination interface system that intuitively reacts to changes in camera operation from stills to video. Other highlights include Full HD movie recording with stereo audio, a top shutter speed of 1/6000s, a high-speed continuous shooting function with a top speed of 5.4 images per second, an optical viewfinder offering 100% field of view, a 3.0-inch, high-resolution LCD monitor with a newly designed, easy-to-use graphical user interface, 21 digital filters and a dust removal mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor. The suggested retail price is £549.99 (body only), £599.99 with the DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens and £679.99 with the SMC DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL + SMC DA L f4-5.6 AL 50-200mm AL zoom lenses.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Zeiss Loxia Lenses at Photokina

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Zeiss are set to launch a new family of lenses at Photokina, dubbed Loxia. Rumoured to be for Sony FE full-frame mirrorless cameras (A7S, A7R, A7), the new range will be joined at the show by another Otus full-frame DSLR lens as well as new rangefinder products. Zeiss are currently running a special interactive puzzle on their blog which will eventually reveal the new Photokina 2014 products.

Samyang 50mm f1.4 and T1.5 Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Samyang have officially announced the 50mm f1.4 and T1.5 lenses, due later in 2014. The much rumoured 50mm lenses will be available in the Samyang 50 mm f1.4 AS UMC photographic version and the Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC VDSLR cine lens version with decoupled aperture and follow focus gearing. Both lenses will be vailable in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony A, Fujifilm X mount, Pentax and Micro Four Thirds (MFT) fit, retailing for £449 for the f1.4 lens and £479 for the T1.5 version.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nikon D810 Sensor Crowned King by DxOMark

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The 36-megapixel FX imager of the new Nikon D810 has achieved a DxOMark Sensor Score of 97, which is higher than those of its predecessors, the Nikon D800 (95) and D800E (96); prompting DxO Labs to declare it the"new leader" in their database. "It’s an outstanding score with excellent colourr depth and an extremely wide dynamic range at base ISO for the most subtle tonal gradations in highlights and shadows," DxO Labs said in a statement. "The low-light score of 2853 ISO is also excellent however it’s somewhat behind the best in that category."

Website: DxOMark

Monday, July 28, 2014

70% of Imaging Professionals Use Canon Gear at 2014 World Cup

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Events, Lenses
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Canon broadcast lenses were the most widely used broadcast lenses covering the matches of the recent World Cup in Brazil, the company said in a statement. Furthermore, the professional photographers tasked with capturing the events utilised Canon DSLR cameras and lenses more than any other brand. Throughout the tournament, approximately 70 percent of imaging professionals chose Canon DSLRs and lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of the matches, the company claims. At each of the 12 stadiums that hosted football matches in Brazil, Canon Professional Service had teams of technical and professional representatives providing imaging professionals with access to product support, equipment maintenance, and product loans.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pentax K-3 Prestige Gunmetal Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh has just launched a Prestige edition of the Pentax K-3 digital SLR camera. The K-3 Prestige features a stylish, high grade, gunmetal gray shade and comes complete with a detachable BG-5 battery grip designed exclusively for the K-3. The Pentax K-3 Prestige Gunmetal Edition* will be made available in a limited quantity with only 2,000 units being offered worldwide. Shipments start in August 2014. The camera will be available for £1,099/$1399.95.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pentax K-3 Firmware Update 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Pentax K-3 digital SLR camera. According to the company, version 1.10 incorporates the following enhancements:

  • Added Diffraction Correction on Lens Correction.
  • Shortened processing time for Digital Filter and Color Fringe Correction.
  • Improved stability for AWB (Auto white balance) performance.
  • Changed to ISO Bracketing when using Exposure Bracketing on TAv mode
  • Improved stability for general performance.

Website: Ricoh