Category: Digital SLR Cameras
Monday, October 7, 2013
The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR is a versatile telephoto zoom lens for K-mount DSLR cameras. The new lens features PENTAX-original HD coating to deliver sharp, clear images, and a weather-resistant construction. The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR will be available from November 2013 for £399.99.
Friday, September 13, 2013
One of the big selling points of the new OM-D E-M1 camera, at least according to Olympus, is its size in comparison with an equivalent DSLR. To illustrate this point, Olympus literally weighed the E-M1 and the Nikon D7100 on the same set of scales, together with three lenses each. The D7100 with the 24-70mm, 10-24mm and the 105mm lenses weighed in at 2765g, whilst the E-M1 and the 12-40mm, 9-18mm and the 75mm lenses came in at a mere 1348g, half the weight of its Nikon rival.
Food for thought if you're thinking of building a camera system, especially for street and travel photographers - but would the size difference be enough to tempt you to choose the OM-D E-M1 (or compact system cameras in general) with their smaller sensors, instead of a DSLR?
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Canon EOS-1D C has recently been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcasting Union standards for HD content acquisition and found to be the first DSLR ever to provide an image of high enough quality for use as a broadcast production tool. Results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides ‘exceptional’ HD resolution from a 4K source with ‘very low’ aliasing, and ‘good’ colour performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirm that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Sony has released a firmware update for its SLT-A99 digital "single lens translucent" camera. Version 1.02 adds an HDMI simultaneous output mode, provides support for thirteen "Dual AF" function compliant lenses and half a dozen automatic compensation compliant lenses. You can download the firmware upgrade fromt the websites below.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
This year, Sony has won two photography-related EISA awards. The company's flagship camera, the Alpha SLT-A99, has been recognised with the 'European Advanced Camera of the year 2013-2014' title, while the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 superzoom (pictured) has scooped up the 'European Compact Camera of the year 2013-2014' award. Beyond photography, the company has also received accolades in the television, HT receiver and tablet categories.
Canon has been honoured with three product awards by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The Canon EOS 100D has been awarded the ‘European SLR Camera 2013-2014’, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens (pictured) has been named ‘European Professional Lens 2013-2014’ and the Canon EOS 6D has won the ‘European Advanced SLR Camera 2013-2014’ award. “Offering first-class products that enable creative expression is what drives Canon, so we’re honoured to receive these awards,” said Steve Marshall, Product Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “By offering truly innovative products and technologies, our vision is to help photographers at all levels take the next step in their imaging journey. These products are a great example of that vision, and this recognition from the EISA judging panel is a testament to their outstanding quality.”
The European Imaging Sound Association (EISA) has recognised the Nikon D7100 digital SLR camera with the ‘European Camera of the Year’ award. Marina Gurevich, Product Manager for Consumer DSLRs at Nikon Europe, said: “We are very proud to receive this important award from EISA for our enthusiast-level DX format D7100. Since launching the camera in February this year, it has earned rave reviews – which we believe is down to its impressive resolution, professional-level 51-point autofocus system and a combination of powerful features in a durable body.”
Friday, August 9, 2013
Sigma has issued firmware updates for the Sigma SD1 and Sigma SD1 Merrill digital SLR cameras. Version 1.10 for the original Sigma SD1 and Version 1.05 for the Merrill incorporate a number of improvements and fixes. It is now possible to create B/W images in raw or raw+JPEG mode, the auto focus algorithm has been refined, and the accuracy of flash exposure control has been improved. Additionally, the firmware upgrade enables the Custom Mode to save the shutter speed and the aperture value of manual exposure. You can dowload the firmware updates from the websites below.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Expedition Iceland is a beautiful short film including slow-motion and time-lapse sequences, shot by Eric Hines on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The footage used in this video was recorded during the photographer's 17-day, 4000-mile voyage around the country during the midnight sun in 2013. The motion control equipment needed for the shots - including a Kessler Crane CineDrive - was provided by Kessler Crane. The music is For A Minor Reflection by Flóð. Click through / scroll down to watch the video.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Nikon has released updated lens distortion control data for a number of its DSLR cameras including the Nikon D4, D90, D600, D800, D800E, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D7000 and D7100 (pictured). Version 1.009 is now available from the websites below.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Canon has released an annotated sample movie shot on its new EOS 70D digital SLR camera, which features new 'Dual-Pixel CMOS AF' technology for fast and smooth auto-focus performance in Live View and video mode. The movie Handmade is intended to show off the benefits of the new AF system as well as the general video recording capabilities of the Canon EOS 70D camera. The sample movie is complemented by an interesting behind-the-scenes video. You can view both after the jump.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Canon EOS 70D is a new digital SLR camera with a 20-megapixel sensor and 'Dual-Pixel CMOS AF.' The latter is a phase-detection autofocus technology on the camera's image sensor plane, which provides for quiet and fast focusing in Live View as well as when shooting video. When using the optical viewfinder, photographers can take advantage of the 70D's 19-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision f/2.8 dual cross-type AF centre point) and high-speed continuous shooting of up to 7fps. In addition, the Canon EOS 70D features a built-in wireless transmitter that offers users several connectivity options to easily share their images as well as control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO from their smartphone. The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available in September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $1199.00/ £1079.99 / €1399.99 for the body alone and $1349.00 / £1199.99 / €1599.99 kitted with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM stabdard zoom or $1549.00 / £1399.99 / €1849.99 bundled with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Nikon have released a new firmware update for the D7100 DSLR. Version C 1.01 includes 8 modifications, including when movie recording at 1920 × 1080/24p in M exposure mode, subject brightness did not change, even when shutter speed was adjusted.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Canon has posted a service advisory for its EOS 1D C and 1D X cameras. The company says that in some units, there is a possibility that focus hunting and inability to lock focus may may occur due to wear caused by insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism. Furthermore, the viewfinder image may also become blurry or unsteady. Potentially affected products include Canon EOS 1D C units whose serial number's sixth digit is "1" and Canon EOS 1D X cameras whose serial number's sixth digit is either “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6” or “7”. Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and repaired free of charge.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS 650D digital SLR camera. Version 1.0.4 incorporates the following fixes:
- Fixes the following phenomena which may occur when the camera is used in combination with certain lens models equipped with a stepping motor.
- Affected lenses: EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM / EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
- The camera may freeze in rare instances if you try to shoot with a lens cap attached or meter a subject in low contrast in Live View (or Movie) shooting.
- Fine focus adjustment may not be possible in Remote Live View on the EOS Utility software.
- Fixes a phenomenon in which some SD card products are not recognized by the camera.
- Corrects some misspellings displayed on the menu screen.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Pentax K50 / K500 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax K50 / K500 DSLR camera.
The Pentax K50 is an entry-level, weather-proof DSLR with an ISO range of 100-51,200, viewfinder with 100% field of view, 6fps burst shooting, 1/6000th second shutter speed and AA battery compatibility. The Pentax K500 is exactly the same, but without the weather-sealing. The K50 is positioned above the existing K30 model, which will continue production, and the K500 slots below it in the expanded range of 5 Pentax DSLRs.
The Pentax K-50 is a weather-sealed digital SLR camera available in 120 colour combinations. Key features include an APS-C sized 16.28-megapixel CMOS sensor, dust- and freezeproof camera body, a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and 0.92x magnification (with a 50mm lens focussed at infinity) Pentax-developed Shake Reduction, SAFOX IXi+ auto focus module, 6fps continuous shooting and Full HD video recording at 30, 25 or 24fps. The Pentax K-50 camera can be powered by a proprietary lithium-ion battery or four AA-size cells. A colour-to-order service allows for the selection from 120 camera colour combinations, including three standard models. The Pentax K-50 is available for a body-only price of £529.99 / $699.95, or £599.99 / $779.95 with the 18-55mm DAL WR lens. In the US there's also a dual lens kit including the DA-L 18-55mm WR and DA-L 50-200mm WR lenses for $879.95.
The Pentax K-500 is a 16.28-megapixel digital SLR camera that offers "sound specifications and outstanding value for money." Priced at £449.99 / $599.95 including a 18-55mm DAL lens, the Pentax K-500 has an APS-C sized CMOS sensor, body-integral Shake Reduction, 6fps continuous shooting, a pentaprism finder with 100% frame coverage and 0.92x magnification with a 50mm lens focussed at infinity, SAFOX IXi+ AF module and Full HD movie recording capability. The Pentax K-500 camera can be powered by a proprietary lithium-ion battery or four AA-size batteries. In the US the K500 will also be available in a dual lens kit including the DA-L 18-55mm and DA-L 50-200mm lenses for $699.95.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Apple has issued a new Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update to MacOS X. Version 4.06 adds support for nine new cameras including the Canon EOS-1D C (pictured), EOS 100D and EOS 700D, the Hasselblad Lunar, the Nikon COOLPIX A, Nikon D7100, Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1, and the Sony Alpha NEX-3N. Note that Aperture version 3.4 or later, or iPhoto version 9.4 or later, is required to install this update.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Nikon UK has just launched its summer DSLR promotion offering up to £150 cashback. Products included include the Nikon D5200 (£50/€60 cashback) and Nikon D600 (£150/€180 cashback), in body-only configurations as well as kits including one or more F-mount Nikkor lenses. The offer is valid through 31st July. Claims must be received by 31st August 2013. Note that you must be a UK or ROI resident in order to participate.