Category: Digital SLR Cameras

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Canon EOS-1 Series Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Canon's EOS-1 series. The company's first professional EOS single-lens reflect camera, the Canon EOS-1, was introduced in 1989 - two years after the launch of the EOS system itself. Created to meet the advanced demands of professional photographers, the EOS-1 boasted cutting-edge technologies, class-leading levels of performance, new levels of ergonomics, high durability and reliability, and marked the inaugural model of Canon’s EOS-1 series. Subsequent milestones included the launch of the EOS-1N in 1994, the release of the EOS-1N RS with its fixed pellicle mirror, 6ms shutter lag and 10fps burst mode in 1995, the introduction of the EOS-1V in 2000, the release of the digital EOS-1D in 2001, and the launch of the full-frame EOS-1Ds in 2002. Canon’s current flagship professional digital SLR camera, the EOS-1D X (pictured), was brought to market in June 2012, and marked the EOS-1 series’ 13th model.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Canon in Action Tour 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Events
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Canon U.S.A. has kicked off its Canon In Action Tour, an educational roadshow ideal for advanced amateur SLR users and filmmaking enthusiasts. The tour includes live-learning seminars and workshops in several major US cities between now and 23 November 2014. Tour attendees will have the opportunity to take part in an in-depth Imaging Essentials Saturday seminar, and/or intensive Sunday training workshops for a nominal fee. Each Saturday seminar covers still-imaging topics ranging from lens selection and composition, to understanding histograms and flash photography with Canon’s versatile Speedlite system. The Canon In Action Tour Sunday workshop offers participants a choice of two all-day, hands-on workshops:  Speedlite Intensive or Exploring DSLR Video. A full schedule of cities and dates for the Canon In Action tour is available at the website below.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Canon Summer Cashback

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Canon UK has launched its summer cashback promotion giving you the chance to.get up to £100/€120 cashback on a range of selected Canon products across DSLRs, compact cameras, lenses, video cameras and printers. The offer runs from 15 May 2014 to 13 August 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Canon is also taking its cashback offer on the road this summer, visiting locations across the UK. To learn more, visit Canon UK’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nikon D800/E Firmware Version 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has released a firmwar update for the Nikon D800 and D800E FX-format digital SLR cameras. Version 1.10 brings a host of improvements and fixes including a new HTTP server mode, support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128GB, and much more. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ricoh Lowers Prices of Key Products

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Ricoh UK has announced the repositioning of a number of its key products. The compact, lightweight and fully weather-resistant PentaxK-3 is now available at £949.99, the K-50 can now be had for £499.99, the weather-resistant DFA 100/2,8 MACRO WR lens has a new RRP of £549.99, the Pentax Q7 (pictured) has a new price tag of £339.99 - and the list goes on. Click through / read on for the details.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 White Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The white-grey edition of the Canon EOS SL1 camera (originally launched in Japan as the EOS Kiss X7 White) will be available in the USA from the end of June. The white EOS Rebel SL1 camera is complemented by a matching white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. "[N]ew to the U.S. market, the white EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR camera with its companion white lens, provides users with high-quality images in a small, compact body that is easy to bring along on all their summer adventures," says Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit in white will retail for an estimated retail price of $749.99.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sony a77 II Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony A77 II interchangeable lens camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the new Sony A77 II interchangeable lens camera.

Sony a77 II

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Sony a77 II is a new interchangeable lens camera with a 79 point phase detection AF system with 15 cross points. The A77 II delivers ultra-fast, intelligent AF tracking and up to 12 fps burst of up to 60 full-resolution frames, features a 24.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor with an ISO range of 100-25600, and also boasts an XGA OLED Tru-Finder and 3-way tiltable LCD, magnesium body with dust- and moisture-resistant seals, BIONZ X processor, Full HD 50p video and NFC/Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Sony a77 II is available to pre-order now from http://www.sony.co.uk and will be on general sale in Europe from Summer 2014.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nikon UK Launch Summer Cashback Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon UK have just announced a new cashback offer. Running until 30 July 2014, the promotion offers up to £50 cashback on selected DSLR cameras and lenses and £30 cashback on the SB-300 flash (pictured). Click through / read on for the details.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Nikon Wins Four Accolades at TIPA 2014

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Nikon has received four TIPA 2014 awards. The Best Entry-Level DSLR award went to the Nikon D3300 (pictured). The Nikon D4S has been named this year's best professional DSLR camera, whilst the Nikon AW1 has received the TIPA Best Rugged Camera award. Last but not least the Nion Df was honoured with the title "Best Premium Camera."

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sigma have issued a firmware update for its SD1 and SD1 Merrill digital SLR cameras. Version 1.14 for the SD1 (and Version 1.09 for the Merrill) improves the accuracy of the AF system through enhanced algorithms. You can download the firmware upgrade from the websites below.

Website: Sigma SD1 Firmware Ver. 1.14
Website: Sigma SD1 Merrill Firmware Ver. 1.09

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canon Achieves Four Honours at 2014 TIPA Awards

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Canon has been awarded four honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The EOS 70D was named Best Advanced DSLR, the title 'Best Expert Compact Camera' went to the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x (pictured) was dubbed 2014's Best Pro DSLR Lens, while Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology won the Best Imaging Innovation category.

Pentax K-3 Wins TIPA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh UK has announced that the Pentax K-3 camera was selected as the Best Expert DSLR by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). In its official product citation, TIPA noted: 'Developed by Ricoh Imaging as the flagship of the Pentax K digital SLR camera series, the Pentax K-3 with 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor adds the unique “anti-aliasing simulator” to its low pass filter-less design. Housed in a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, the camera can deliver 8.3 frames per second in bursts of 23 RAW or 60 JPEG images. Utilising the sensor-shift image stabilisation mechanism it adds a controllable “anti-moiré” effect. The K-3 delivers Full HD video with stereo sound and an upgraded interval movie mode for capturing 4K movie clips. It also incorporates a new PRIME III processor and 27-point SAFOX II AF system, with 25 cross-type sensors. The shutter is now rated at a robust 200,000 actuations.'

Nikon D4S Firmware Version C 1.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has released a firmware update for its D4S digital SLR camera. Version C 1.01 fixes various bugs related to image playback, histogram display and raw shooting. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Nikon Europe

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Canon EOS 100D White Edition Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 100D White Edition DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the new entry-level Canon EOS 100D White Edition DSLR camera.

Canon EOS 100D White Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon UK has announced a new white edition of its EOS 100D digital SLR camera and 18-55mm standard zoom. Like the existing black variant, the white Canon EOS 100D features an 18 MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor and a range of simple controls and automatic shooting modes, as well as Full HD video capture. The camera is complemented by a white version of its EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens, which covers a focal range of 29-88mm in 35mm terms. The kit will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of £499/€599.

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.