Category: Digital SLR Cameras

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DSLR Camera of the Year 2015

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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The DSLR Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Pentax K-3 II.

“the K-3 II is another keenly-priced DSLR camera from Pentax/Ricoh that once again delivers a feature-set, handling and image quality that far out-performs its price-tag...”

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Congratulations to Pentax and the K-3 II!

We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015. The DSLR Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Pentax K-3 II. “the K-3 II is another keenly-priced DSLR camera from Pentax/Ricoh...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Nikon D5 Specifications Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon today officially unveiled its latest flagship digital SLR camera. The Nikon D5 - whose development was announced back in November - has a 20.8-megapixel FX sensor, a 153-point AF module with 99 cross-hatched focus sensors, a maximum shooting speed of 14fps at full resolution (12fps with AF), as well as 4K movie recording capabilities. The extended buffer lets users shoot for up to 200 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW/NEF files + JPG fine when using approved XQD cards. Of the 153 focus points, 55 AF are directly selectable by the photographer. This all-new AF module is coupled with a new 180K pixel RGB metering sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition System, helping users achieve optimally balanced exposures and accurate white balance in even the most challenging light. The camera has a "native" sensitivity range of ISO 100-102,400 (expandable to an unprecedented ISO 3,280,000),a built-in 1000 Base-T 400MBps Ethernet connection port and a 3.2”, 2359K-dot touch-sensitive rear screen. The Nikon D5 DSLR will be available in March for a suggested retail price of £5,199.99/€6,989.00/$6,499.95 in two different versions, with either dual XQD card slots or dual CF card slots.

Nikon today officially unveiled its latest flagship digital SLR camera. The Nikon D5 - whose development was announced back in November - has a 20.8-megapixel FX sensor, a 153-point AF module with 99 cross-hatched focus sensors, a maximum shooting speed of 14fps at full resolution (12fps with AF), as well as ...

Nikon D500

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The 20.9-megapixel Nikon D500 is a new DX-format semi-professional DSLR camera with a 153-point AF module (including 99 cross-type sensors), 10fps continuous shooting for up to 200 raw images, and "always on" Bluetooth LE technology for seamless smartphone connectivity. Successor to the D300S, the new model uses the latest version of the SnapBridge app, and features a tiltable 3.2" touchscreen with a resolution of 2,359K dots. The sensor offers a native sensitivtity range of ISO 100-51,200; expandable to 1,640,000. Images can be saved on either a fast XQD card or an additional SD card for maximum workflow efficiency. Like the also-new Nikon D5, the Nikon D500 is capable of recording 4K video at a variety of frame rates including 24, 25 and 30fps. The camera is compatible with the separately sold MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack, which can be used with various types of battery. The Nikon D500 APS-C digital SLR camera will be available in March 2016 for $1999.95 (body only) and $3069.95 (in a kit with the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens).

The 20.9-megapixel Nikon D500 is a new DX-format semi-professional DSLR camera with a 153-point AF module (including 99 cross-type sensors), 10fps continuous shooting for up to 200 raw images, and "always on" Bluetooth LE technology for seamless smartphone connectivity. Successor to the D300S, the new model uses the latest version...

Monday, January 4, 2016

Phase One XF 100MP Camera System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Phase One and Sony have designed a new 100-megapixel CMOS sensor for the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System. This new medium-format imager delivers true 16-bit colour, 15 f-stops of dynamic range, live view capturing with HDMI output, sensitivity settings from 50 to 12800 and exposure times of up to 60 minutes. The price of the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System (with Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS lens) is $48,990.

Phase One and Sony have designed a new 100-megapixel CMOS sensor for the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System. This new medium-format imager delivers true 16-bit colour, 15 f-stops of dynamic range, live view capturing with HDMI output, sensitivity settings from 50 to 12800 and exposure times of up to 60 minutes. The price...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pentax Tethered Shooting Plug-In for Adobe Lightroom

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Software
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Ricoh have released the highly anticipated Pentax Tethered Capture Plug-In for use with Adobe Lightroom. Enhancing the tethered capture capabilities of thePentax 645Z medium-format dSLR camera (pictured), the new plug-in enables files to easily be uploaded into Adobe Lightroom during a studio session, where they can readily be viewed, shared and edited. “Since Lightroom is already the de-facto standard for many photographers to edit and develop their images, this new plug-in is especially welcome,” said Chris Knight, a New York-based portrait photographer. “Using Lightroom, I am able to quickly share photos with my clients, who are even able to view and comment from remote locations.”

Ricoh have released the highly anticipated Pentax Tethered Capture Plug-In for use with Adobe Lightroom. Enhancing the tethered capture capabilities of thePentax 645Z medium-format dSLR camera (pictured), the new plug-in enables files to easily be uploaded into Adobe Lightroom during a studio session, where they can readily be viewed, shared...

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Canon Launches “Rebel With A Cause” Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Celebrating 25 years since the introduction of Canon’s first EOS Rebel SLR camera, Canon U.S.A. has introduced its new “Rebel With A Cause” campaign. For the first video from the campaign (see below), Nik Wallenda - the first and only person to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon - encourages a group of senior citizens to check items off of their personal bucket lists. After visiting a senior centre in Florida, he sent one senior citizen into the sky and one to the racetrack to inspire them to finally make their dreams come true. The campaign, shot entirely on Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR cameras, is about showcasing modern-day rebels entirely through the eyes of a Canon EOS Rebel camera, encouraging people to take their creativity to the next level. Every rebel has their own unique story, and the campaign will encourage everyone to find the rebels within themselves.

Celebrating 25 years since the introduction of Canon’s first EOS Rebel SLR camera, Canon U.S.A. has introduced its new “Rebel With A Cause” campaign. For the first video from the campaign (see below), Nik Wallenda - the first and only person to walk a tightrope...

Monday, November 30, 2015

Full-Frame Pentax DSLR Coming in Spring 2016

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh have reconfirmed the launch date of their first Pentax branded DSLR. According to the company, the much-awaited camera is "coming up in spring 2016." Ricoh have updated their teaser website, and released a new product image (reprinted above) as well as a press release enumerating the most important milestones in the history of Pentax SLRs but providing no information on the specifications of the new model.

Ricoh have reconfirmed the launch date of their first Pentax branded DSLR. According to the company, the much-awaited camera is "coming up in spring 2016." Ricoh have updated their teaser website, and released a new product image (reprinted above) as well as a press release enumerating the most important milestones in...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Leica S (Typ 007) Firmware Update 2.0.0.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Leica has released a new firmware update for the Leica S (Typ 007) medium-format dSLR camera. Registered camera users can now login to the Leica owner’s area of the Leica Website and download the firmware update, version 2.0.0.1, or take their camera to a Leica Store for a free update. The new firmware upgrade improves auto focus, speed and precision, particularly in low ambient light, ensuring consistently reliable and precise focusing – even in unfavourable lighting conditions. In addition to this, firmware version 2.0.0.1 offers optimised white balance with manually entered colour temperature values.

Leica has released a new firmware update for the Leica S (Typ 007) medium-format dSLR camera. Registered camera users can now login to the Leica owner’s area of the Leica Website and download the firmware update, version 2.0.0.1, or take their camera to a Leica Store for a free update....

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Canon Commemorate Production of 80 Millionth EOS Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon have surpassed a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company’s film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 80-million mark on 10 November 2015. Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS (Electro Optical System) cameras were the world’s first to incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic control not only between the lens and body, but throughout the entire camera system. Following the introduction of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, production of the EOS-series cameras rapidly increased, surpassing the 70-million-unit mark in February 2014 and now, approximately one year and nine months later, reaching the 80-million-unit threshold.

Canon have surpassed a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company’s film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 80-million mark on 10 November 2015. Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS (Electro Optical System) cameras were the world’s...

Nikon Develops D5 Camera, New Flashgun & Transmitter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon is developing the Nikon D5 digital SLR camera, which "represents the next generation of professional Nikon FX-format models," the company says. Further details including features,release date and suggested retail price will be communicated at a later time. Alongside the new flagship dSLR, Nikon is also developing a new top-of-the-line flashgun (the Nikon SB-5000) and a wireless transmitter (WT-6).

Nikon is developing the Nikon D5 digital SLR camera, which "represents the next generation of professional Nikon FX-format models," the company says. Further details including features,release date and suggested retail price will be communicated at a later time. Alongside the new flagship dSLR, Nikon is also developing a new...

Friday, October 30, 2015

Nikon D810 Firmware Update C1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have released a firmware update for the Nikon D810 full-frame digital SLR camera. Version C1.10 adds an external recording control option to the setup menu. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol, selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. The firmware upgrade also incorporates various bug fixes and modifications to certain help texts.

Nikon have released a firmware update for the Nikon D810 full-frame digital SLR camera. Version C1.10 adds an external recording control option to the setup menu. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol, selecting On allows camera controls to be...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens.

Ricoh Announces Extended Service Programme for Pentax 645Z Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Ricoh Imaging Americas has announced the Medium Format by PENTAX Advantage Programme for the Pentax 645Z medium-format digital camera system. Designed to provide professional photographers with continuous access to gear in the event of a camera system failure, the programme provides three years of extended service and support from date of purchase plus loaner camera bodies and lenses, and a dedicated toll-free support number. The Medium Format by Pentax Advantage Programme packages can be purchased now at authorised Pentax dealers for $849.95 (Pentax Advantage Gold Service) and (Pentax Advantage Platinum Service).

Ricoh Imaging Americas has announced the Medium Format by PENTAX Advantage Programme for the Pentax 645Z medium-format digital camera system. Designed to provide professional photographers with continuous access to gear in the event of a camera system failure, the programme provides three years of extended service and support from date...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Leica SL vs Canon EOS 5DS R Side-by-Side Comparison

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If you're interested in how the new Leica SL mirrorless camera compares in size to the Canon EOS 5DS R full-frame DSLR, then look no further, as we've compiled a gallery of side-by side product shots of the two cameras.

If you're interested in how the new Leica SL mirrorless camera compares in size to the Canon EOS 5DS R full-frame DSLR, then look no further, as we've compiled a gallery of side-by side product shots of the two cameras.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Canon UK Announce Winter Cashback

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Canon are offering up to £75 on selected products in the United Kingdom. The cashback promotion runs from 14th October 2015 to 13th January 2016 for eligible products purchased from selected UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Eligible products include seven SLRs, twelve lenses, two flash units, half a dozen compact cameras, six camcorders and four printers (click through / scroll down for the full list). Registering with Canon to claim cashback on any of these products will give you the chance to win a luxury trip to St. Moritz in Switzerland.

Canon are offering up to £75 on selected products in the United Kingdom. The cashback promotion runs from 14th October 2015 to 13th January 2016 for eligible products purchased from selected UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Eligible products include seven SLRs, twelve lenses, two flash units, half a dozen compact...

ZEISS Otus 1.4/28

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 lens offers unrivalled image quality unseen until now in wide-angle photography, even with a wide-open aperture. Even with a maximum aperture, the corners of the image are completely usable, so there are no limits to composition. In poor light combined with fast-moving objects, the lens also excels due to its high speed of f/1.4.

The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 ZF.2 and ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 ZE will be available worldwide starting in the second quarter of 2016. The lens shade is included with delivery. The retail sales price is unknown to date.

The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 lens offers unrivalled image quality unseen until now in wide-angle photography, even with a wide-open aperture. Even with a maximum aperture, the corners of the image are completely usable, so there are no limits to composition. In poor light combined with fast-moving objects, the lens...

Friday, September 11, 2015

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware Version 1.0.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon have issued a firmware update for their EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera. Version 1.0.5 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

  1. Improves AF accuracy when used in combination with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens or EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the "Peripheral illumination correction" is applied inconsistently.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which, while performing an EF lens firmware update, the progress bar displayed on the LCD monitor may freeze at 100% even though the update has been completed.
  4. Fixes a processing error in relation to the leap second for the "Geotag information appended to image" and "Log data" GPS functions.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon, where at the time of shooting in very rare cases "Err 70" occurs, or the shutter does not release.

Website: Canon Support & Drivers

Canon have issued a firmware update for their EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera. Version 1.0.5 incorporates the following fixes and improvements: Improves AF accuracy when used in combination with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens or EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens. Fixes a phenomenon in...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Canon Develops Next-Gen Imaging Devices

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Canon today announced that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display, along with a 120-megapixel still-image SLR camera. The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel video performance even at a frame rate of 60fps with 13 stops of dynamic range. The 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast and a wide gamut, as well as a pixel density exceeding 300ppi.

Canon today announced that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display, along with a 120-megapixel still-image SLR camera. The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel...

Friday, September 4, 2015

Canon and Getty Images Reveal Past Decade’s Most Iconic Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Photographers
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Canon and Getty Images have revealed a series of iconic images which, shot by some of the world's leading photographers using a variety of Canon EOS 5D series cameras, represent defining moments from the past decade. Featured photographers include John Moore, Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, Veronique de Viguerie, Toby Smith, Ed Ou, Marco Di Lauro, Jonathan Torgovnik, Brent Stirton, Laurent Van der Stockt and Dan Kitwood. Click through to see the ten photographs and read about Canon's related "Iconic Images" photography competition.

Canon and Getty Images have revealed a series of iconic images which, shot by some of the world's leading photographers using a variety of Canon EOS 5D series cameras, represent defining moments from the past decade. Featured photographers include John Moore, Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, Veronique de Viguerie, Toby Smith,...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hasselblad Announces Two New Promotions

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Hasselblad has announced two new promotions for those wishing to buy the CMOS-powered Hassleblad H5D-50c medium-fomat camera. The first offer enables you to purchase either the H5D-50c / H5D-50c with Wi-Fi for €20,900 / €21,400 and get the HCD 28mm lens plus the HC 2.8/80mm lens for free. The second promotion allows current medium-format camera owners to trade in their gear for an H5D-50c (also including the Wi-Fi version) and receive a €1,500 discount on any one Hasselblad lens or a €3,200 discount on any two Hasselblad lenses of their choice.

Hasselblad has announced two new promotions for those wishing to buy the CMOS-powered Hassleblad H5D-50c medium-fomat camera. The first offer enables you to purchase either the H5D-50c / H5D-50c with Wi-Fi for €20,900 / €21,400 and get the HCD 28mm lens plus the HC 2.8/80mm...