Category: Digital SLR Cameras

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nikon Df Hands-On Review

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

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Df DSLR camera, including both the silver and black versions, a side-by-side comparison with the F3 film SLR, and all the background slides from a presentation held by Nikon UK.

Nikon Df

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon today unveiled the Nikon Df, a digital SLR camera that boasts looks inspired by the company's iconic 35mm film cameras. At the heart of the Df is the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor found in Nikon’s professional flagship camera, the D4. Other highlights include elegant mechanical dials, a 39-point AF system, a sensitvity range of ISO 100/21° to ISO 12,800/42° - extendable up to ISO 204,800/54° -, compatibility with non-Ai (pre-Ai) lenses, continuous shooting at up to 5.5 frames per second, a self-cleaning sensor unit and a shutter tested to 150,000 actuations. Featuring a pentaprism finder with 0.7x magnification and 100% coverage, the Nikon Df will go on sale at the end of this month at a recommended retail price of £2749.99 / $2,999.95 / €3350.00 including an AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Ricoh Imaging UK Launches Winter Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh Imaging UK has embarked on a promotional campaign offering photographers £40-£85 cashback on the Pentax K-50 (pictured) & K-5 II / IIs. In addition, consumers wishing to upgrade to the Pentax K-3 can take advantage of the latest trade-in offer. On purchase of a new K-3, consumers receive a minimum of £85 when they trade in any camera. The winter cashback campaign runs until 14 January 2014. The trade-in promotion will run from 1 November – 31 December 2013.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has released a firmware update for its EOS 5D Mark III full-frame digital SLR camera. Click through / scroll down for a list of improvements and fixes implemented in Version 1.2.3.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sigma has posted a firmware update for the Sigma SD1 and SD1 Merrill cameras. Version 1.11 for the SD1 and version 1.06 for the SD1 Merrill enable chromatic aberration correction with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens, which is especially useful for images shot at or aroud f:1.8. You can download the firmware upgrade from the websites below.

Website: Sigma SD1 Firmware Update

Website: Sigma SD1 Merrill Firmware Update

Friday, October 25, 2013

Canon Winter Cashback

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Canon has launched a new cashback promotion in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The offer gives you a chance to receive up to £70 cashback on your purchases, plus an extra £35 bonus if you ‘Mix and Match’ by buying two promotional products at the same time. The offer runs until 26.January 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers excluding grey/parallel imports. Click through / scroll down for the complete list of eligible products.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New Service Upgrade for Canon EOS-1D C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has announced plans to issue a major service upgrade for the Canon EOS-1D C 4K cinema camera. This update will enable Canon EF-mount Cinema lenses to store lens metadata in the video recorded by the camera. Furthermore, Canon EF-mount Cinema lenses will be supported by Peripheral Illumination and Chromatic Aberration Correction functions. Additionally - in response to user requests -, audio on the EOS-1D C camera will also be enhanced. Currently audio recording is limited to a MIC input, but the forthcoming service update will permit selection of LINE or MIC input, allowing use of a wider variety of external audio sources. The update for the Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR cinema camera is scheduled to be available November 2013. Do note that this service upgrade that requires the camera to be sent to an authorised Canon Factory Service Center.

Canon to Provide Firmware Update to EOS-1D X Owners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon is planning to release a firmware update for its EOS-1D X digital SLR camera. The upgrade promises to deliver enhanced low-light performance through improved AF tracking. In addition the minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto will increase to reach 1/8000, and there will be a possibility to keep the exposure constant when zooming or changing lenses by altering the ISO or shutter speed manually. The firmware update, which is scheduled for a January release, will also bring flexibility for controls, including switching between one-shot AF and Al Servo AF.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Official Nikon D5300 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has published five full-resolution sample images captured with the new Nikon D5300 digital SLR camera. Taken using a variety of lenses including the AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G and the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR; these Nikon D5300 samples were all shot at low sensitivity settings such as ISO 100/21°and ISO 200/24°. You can download the official Nikon D5300 sample photos from the website below.

Website: Nikon D5300 Samples

Nikon D5300 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D5300 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, a new rival for the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i.

Nikon D5300

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D5300 is a new mid-range DSLR camera. Nikon’s new DX-format D-SLR features built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, EXPEED 4 image processing engine, 3.2 inch vari-angle screen, ISO 10-25,600, 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors, and Full HD movies at 1080/50/60p.

The Nikon D5300 will be avilable in black, grey and red for £729.99 / $799.95 / €899.00 body only,  £829.99 / €1029.00 with the 18-55mm VR lens, and $1,399.95 with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Sales start on 14th November 2013.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is an extraordinary FX-format prime lens that pushes the limits of image quality. The design concept pays homage to Nikon’s legendary Noct-NIKKOR lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is meticulously crafted to deliver exceptional imaging performance.

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G costs £1,599.99 / $1,699.95 / €1,949.00 and will be available from 31st October 2013.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sony A7 v Olympus OM-D E-M1 v Canon EOS 5D Mk III

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We've directly compared the new Sony A7 full-frame compact system camera with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

As you'll see in the gallery, the Sony A7 is much smaller than Canon's full-frame DSLR, as you'd expect, but it's actually about the same size as Olympus' new mirrorless offering, which uses a comparatively tiny Micro Four Thirds sensor!

Obviously you then have to factor in the lenses, which are bigger on Sony's new FE full-frame system, but it's clear to see that Sony have put a lot of effort into making their new A7/A7R bodies as petitie as possible

Sony A-Mount Not Dead, but NEX Is…

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Sony have announced that a new mid to high-end Alpha mount camera body is currently under development. Due to be released in 2014, the new body confirms that Sony are still committed to the A-mount system. No further details about the new body have been released at today's London press briefing.

Meanwhile, it seems that the company's NEX branding is to be officially ended, as Sony focuses on promoting the Alpha naming convention for all of its mirrorless cameras. So expect to see future E-Mount cameras without that familiar NEX nomenclature...

SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is a wide to mid-telephoto for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The Sigma 24-105mm can pparently "bring out the potential of a high-resolution sensor" and boasts a constant aperture of F4, OS (Optical Stabilizer), HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), and a 9 blade rounded diaphragm. The price and availability of the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM will be announced shortly.

Nikon UK Launches Christmas Cashback Promotion

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Nikon UK is launching a bumper Christmas promotion, offering cashback on a huge amount of products including selected digital SLR cameras, selected lenses and speedlights and selected Nikon 1 cameras. The promotion is limited to one claim per person per product and will run from today until 26th January 2014 (inclusive) and all claims must be received by 28th February 2014. Click through / read on for the details.

Friday, October 11, 2013

David and Goliath - Olympus E-M1 v Canon EOS 5D Mk III

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We've just got the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in for testing, and thought it would be a Fun Friday thing to do to compare its size directly alongside the full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mk III.

The Canon EOS 5D Mk III is fitted with the excellent Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, and the Olympus OM-D has the original version of the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 mounted, so they offer a similar angle of view - the Olympus/Panasonic pairing actually provides a slightly longer focal length of 40mm, in 35mm full-frame terms.

David and Goliath, eat your heart out...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Official Pentax K-3 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh has released half a dozen high-resolution sample images captured with the new Pentax K-3 APS-C format digital SLR camera. The 24-megapixel Pentax K-3 samples were taken with a variety of lenses including the smc PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mmF3.5-4.5ED[IF], the smc PENTAX-DA★300mmF4ED[IF] SDM, the HD PENTAX-DA 70mmF2.4 Limited, the smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mmF2.8 WR and the smc PENTAX-DA★16-50mmF2.8ED AL[IF] SDM. All of these sample photos were captured at low sensitivity settings (ISO100/21° and ISO200/24°). You can download the full-resolution Pentax K-3 sample images from the website below.

Website: Pentax K-3 Samples

Nikon D610

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D610 is a new 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera with a 24-megapixel FX sensor and a new Quiet Release Burst mode. In regular continuous shooting mode, the Nikon D610 can capture up to six frames per second (up from 5.5fps in the Nikon D600), while in the new Quiet Release Burst mode - which reduces the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism - the maximum shooting speed is 3fps. In virtually all other respects, the Nikon D610 is essentially the exact "replica" of the D600, with headline features such as a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 (extendable up to 25,600), lockable mode dial, pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage and 0.7x magnification, a (mostly) magnesium alloy body shell, a 39-point auto focus module, in-camera HDR exposure blending and Full HD video recording capabilities. The Nikon D610 will go on sale later this month, priced at £1799.99 / €2199.00 / $1999.95 for the body only. A kit consisting of the camera and the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR FX lens will be available for £2299.99 / €2799.00 / $2599.95.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pentax K-3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax K-3 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Here are 41 hands-on photos of the Pentax K-3, a new enthusiast DSLR camera with a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD movies, 27-point AF system, 8.3fps burst shooting, 3.2-inch LCD screen, excellent build quality and weather-resistance.

Click through to view the Pentax K-3 gallery, including pictures of the new 55-300m lens that has also just been announced.