Category: Digital SLR Cameras

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pentax 645Z

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Pentax 645Z is a new medium-format dSLR camera with a 51.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, live view, dual SD card slots, 3fps continuous shooting and Full HD movie recording capabilities. The sensor has an imaging area of 43.8mm x 32.8mm, which is approximately 1.7 times larger than that of a 35mm full-frame imager.The Pentax 645Z boasts a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 204,800; a 10-frame raw buffer, a newly designed SAFOX 11 phase-matching AF module with 27 sensor points (including 25 cross-type sensors), a tiltable 3.2-inch LCD monitor with a resolution of approximately 1,037,000 dots and a large, bright viewfinder with 98% frame coverage. The camera shoots Full HD video clips (60i/30p) and allows interval video recording of 4K-resolution images (in Motion JPEG or AVI video format). By installing the optional Flucard for Pentax 16GB O-FC1 memory card in the 645Z, the user can release the 645Z’s shutter, check the live-view image, and browse and download the images recorded on the card using a smartphone. The Pentax 645Z will be available in May, priced at £6,799.99 / $8,499.95 (or £7,699.99 with a 55mm lens).

Monday, March 31, 2014

London Live to Use Nikon DSLRs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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From 6.30pm tonight (BST), Nikon’s D4 and D800 cameras will be rolling on the set of London Live, the new 24 hour entertainment channel devoted to London. Working with Nikon and Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), London Live has helped develop a new state-of-the-art robotic system, featuring a nine-axis robotic arm at the heart of the automated studio. Bryn Balcombe, Technology Director, London Live says: “Building a television channel from scratch has given us an exciting opportunity to source the most innovative new technology and find less traditional and more cost-effective ways of doing things. Nikon’s digital SLR cameras will be perfect for our new London-based studio, allowing us to provide fast-paced, 24 hour broadcasting without compromising the image quality for our viewers.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Marcel Pabst Test Drives the Hasselblad H5D-50C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sweden-based Marcel Pabst has become one of the first photographers to test shoot the brand new Hasselblad H5D-50C medium-format camera. For the session Marcel decided to invest in a new spacesuit for his five year old son Elmer and explain to him that the two of them were going on a mission to discover a new planet and shoot a few pictures. “I got myself set up and I tested a couple of smoke grenades to see how that might look – as part of a plan to create a mystical feel and look to the images," Marcel says. "Then I tried a shot at ISO 400 – a ploy I just would never have attempted with my old Hasselblad camera. It was then it really struck me how ‘super good’ the 50c really was.”  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Canon Produces 250 Millionth Digital Camera

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Combined production of Canon's compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras surpassed 250 million units on 31 January 2014, the company said in a statement. Canon began producing and marketing digital cameras in the mid 1990s. The first digital SLR cameras bearing the Canon logo - such as the Canon EOS DCS 3 (pictured) - were jointly developed by Canon and Kodak; with the first "true" Canon EOS dSLR - the Canon EOS D30 - being released in 2000. The first Canon digital compact camera, the Canon Powershot 600, had been introduced four years earlier.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

One Hundred Years of Leica Photography

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This year, Leica Camera AG is celebrating the 100th birthday of Oskar Barnack's 'Ur-Leica.' "On the occasion of this very special anniversary, 2014 will see not only numerous events, but also a series of centennial editions," the company promises.  The first of these special centennial editions is the Leica S 'Edition 100' (pictured), a kit that comprises a Leica S medium-format system camera and two of the most popular S lenses, each featuring a leaf shutter - the Leica Summarit-S 70 mm f/2.5 ASPH CS and the Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH CS. The second special edition is the Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition 100'. This centennial edition set includes a Leica D-Lux 6 compact camera in a two-colour finish with a silver lens and a high-gloss black camera body, featuring the centennial logo on the front plate.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: The Sony A7/A7R and the Metabones Canon EF Adapter

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In our second Saturday Spotlight feature, we take a look at using Canon EF lenses on the Sony A7 / A7R compact system cameras - yes, it really is possible...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CPS Announces New Cinema Membership Level

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Canon Professional Services (CPS) program has been expanded to provide support for all Cinema EOS products. A new CPS Cinema level has been added to the current Silver, Gold and Platinum levels, providing members with benefits like maintenance services, repair discounts and equipment evaluation loans. In addition, members receive Canon Live Learning discounts, access to a 24/7 Live Exclusive Member Hotline, as well as a range of other benefits. CPS Cinema members receive expedited two-business day turnaround on their registered products at Canon Service and Support centers located in Hollywood, CA, and Ridgefield Park, NJ. To become a CPS Cinema member a customer needs to own just one Cinema Zoom lens, or one of the following Cinema EOS cameras: the EOS C300, EOS C500, or EOS-1D C (pictured). Annual membership for CPS Cinema is $1,000.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Canon EOS 6D Firmware Update 1.1.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has issued a firmware update for its EOS 6D full-frame digital SLR camera. Version 1.1.4 fixes a phenomenon in which some images cannot be transferred to mobile devices running the EOS Remote app, corrects an error in the German language Feature Guide and another error in the Korean language Feature Guide.

Website: Canon EOS 6D

Nikon D4 Firmware Update 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has released a firmware update for the Nikon D4 full-frame digital SLR camera. Version 1.10 adds a new custom setting (Assign Remote Fn Button), provides support for Compact Flash memory cards greater than 128GB, modifies the specifications for Custom Setting a4 (AF Activation), and  fixes a bug related to certain Compact Flash memory cards being inserted simultaneously with an XQD card.

Website: Nikon D4 Firmware Update A 1.10, B 1.10

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pentax Issues Firmware Updates

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Ricoh has posted firmware updates for ten Pentax cameras. Applicable to the Pentax K-01, K-3, K-5, K-5II, K-5IIs, K-7, K-30, K-50, K-500 (pictured) and K-r; the upgrade adds compatibility with the new HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter. You can download the updates from the websites below.

Pentax K-01 | Pentax K-3 | Pentax K-5 |
Pentax K-5II/s | Pentax K-7 | Pentax K-30 |
Pentax K-50 | Pentax K-500 | Pentax K-r |

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the exciting new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Nikon D4s Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D4s DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new flagship Nikon D4s DSLR camera.

Canon EOS 1200D Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 1200D DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new entry-level Canon EOS 1200D DSLR camera.

Tamron 16-300mm and 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 VC PZD and 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of these new lenses, which are apparently the only ones in the world...

Ricoh at WPPI

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Events
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Ricoh is inviting attendees at the 2014 Wedding Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Expo to try out the Pentax 645D digital medium-format camera. “Using professional equipment like the PENTAX 645D is an outstanding way for photographers to enhance and differentiate what they can offer the consumer,” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “The added dimension, wider dynamic range and shallow depth of field produced by the 645D create a distinguished look that potential customers will admire and competitors will covet.” In conjunction with the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Expo, Ricoh Imaging is offering a $500 instant rebate on the purchase of a Pentax 645D during the month of March 2014.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Canon UK Launches Spring Cashback

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Canon UK has launched its Spring 2014 cashback promotion. Customers can claim up to £210 cashback on a range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses, compact cameras, camcorders and Pixma PRO printers. The offer runs from 1 March 2014 to 7 May 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers

Hasselblad H5D-50c Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Hasselblad has begun shipping its H5D-50c camera, which is billed as the world's first "fully integrated medium-format camera system to use CMOS sensor technology." Featuring a 50-megapixel CMOS imager with almost twice the physical size of the largest 35mm
DSLR sensor, a sensitivity range reaching all the way to ISO 6,400/39°, up to 14 stops of dynamic range, a 1,5fps continuous shooting mode and a maximum exposure time of 12 minutes; the Hasselblad H5D-50c is available for €20,900 (excl. tax).

Canon EOS C100 Firmware Update

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Canon has released a firmware update for its EOS C100 cinema camera. Version incorporates the following enhancement: 
a Continuous Recording function has been added allowing for nonstop recording. At the same time the camera creates IN and OUT points in the footage every time the START/STOP button is pressed. At this time, this function is compatible with "EDIUS Pro 7" software which is distributed by Grass Valley.

Website: Canon USA

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Nikon UK Announces Spring Cashback Offer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon UK today launched its spring consumer promotion offering up to £120 cashback. Eligible products include selected digital SLR cameras, selected DX lenses, plus the SB-300 Speedlight. The offer is valid through 28 May 2014 and all claims must be received by 30 June 2014. For more details, visit the website below.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Olympus Sensor Cleaning Booth at The Photography Show

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In addition to their main stand, Olympus UK will have a separate booth at The Photography Show offering free sensor cleaning to Olympus users. "We all know that the [SSWF] anti-dust system is so good you do not really need it, but time has its effect with our polluted world, and this is a lovely free service we are happy to offer," says Mark Thackara, National Marketing Manager, Consumer Products, Olympus UK. Interested photographers should go to the main Olympus stand to book their kit in. The Photography Show will be held from 1-4 March 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham - PhotographyBLOG readers have until tomorrow to buy their tickets online at a discounted price using our special promotion code.