Monday, September 15, 2014

Panasonic FZ1000 Firmware Update

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Panasonic have announced a new firmware update for the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 camera. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera, featuring new 4K Photo Mode. The new firmware program is scheduled to be released in the beginning of October, 2014.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Hands-on Photos

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is the ultimate DSLR to capture action other cameras simply miss. Completely rebuilt and redesigned, the EOS 7D Mark II features 10fps burst shooting, a new 65-point cross-type AF system, Dual DIGIC 6 processors, new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor with a native ISO 100-16,000 range (expandable to ISO 51,200), 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and innovative flicker detection, 200,000-cycle shutter durability, pro-level movie features including live, uncompressed HDMI output and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, built-in GPS and a digital compass. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II will be available from November for £1,599.99 / €1,999.99 body-only. In the US the EOS 7D Mark II has an estimated retail price of $1,799.00 for the body only and $2,149.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

Canon PowerShot G7 X

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The Canon PowerShot G7 X is its most powerful, pocketable PowerShot camera to date. The PowerShot G7 X features a 1.0-type back-illuminated 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, f/1.8-2.8, 4.2x lens with 9-blade aperture, refined metal body, DIGIC 6 processor, super-fast AF system with 31 points, 6.5 fps burst shooting, and Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The Canon PowerShot G7 X will be available from October 2014 for £579 / €599 / $699.99.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lenses

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Canon has unveiled three new lenses - the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, and the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. Canon’s new compact and lightweight EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens will help lighten the load of professional and advanced amateur photographers. The affordable EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens is the slimmest and lightest Canon EF-S lens ever produced.

The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM are both scheduled to be available in November for estimated retail prices of $6,899.00 / £6,999.99 / €8,799.99 and $149.99/ £179.99 / €224.99 respectively. The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is scheduled to be available in December for an estimated retail price of $599.99 / £479.99 / €599.99.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and PowerShot N2

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The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and PowerShot N2 are two new compact cameras. The PowerShot SX60 HS camera features a 65x Optical Zoom lens and amazingly broad focal length range equivalent to 21mm -1365mm, while the PowerShot N2 camera has a compact and unique, stylish design with a selfie-ready, flip-up touch panel LCD screen. The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in October 2014 for estimated retail price of $549.99 / £449.99 / €569.99. The Canon PowerShot N2 digital camera is scheduled to be available in December 2014 with a choice of black and white body colors for an estimated retail price of $299.99 (only available in the USA).

Canon Cross Media Station

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014

The Canon Cross Media Station is also previewing at Photokina. This is an upcoming product which encompasses Canon’s vision for a connected future. With built in storage and internet access, and the ability to transfer photos via NFC, your images will be always be immediately available.

Panasonic GM5 Hands-on Photos

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Panasonic LX100 Hands-on Photos

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Panasonic 14mm and 35-100mm Hands-on Photos

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Interview: Panasonic Pitches Premium Compact Pair and Two New Lenses

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Photography Blog was invited along to Panasonic’s UK HQ in Bracknell , Berkshire, late August to hear more about its GM5 and LX100 releases, as well as the two new versions of its 35-100mm and 14mm lenses also launched today for its system cameras.

Present at the meeting and making presentations were Panasonic UK’s Marketing Manager Dai Mukai, Head of Imaging Barney Sykes and Imaging Product Specialist Mark Baber, as well as the brand’s technical expert Mr Uematsu from Japan. A transcription of the presentations and discussions follows…

Panasonic Lumix GM5

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The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is the World’s smallest interchangeable lens camera with a Live View Finder. The Panasonic GM5 builds on the successes of the GM1, incorporating a variety of new functions and a practical LVF for even greater control over composition, and an external flash unit (GN7, black or silver) is also bundled to fit on the newly added hot shoe.

Panasonic is also introducing two new lenses. The new LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S has been designed with a metallic profile and a retractable structure. The LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. (H-H014A), has been updated in both black and silver.

Panasonic Lumix LX100

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The Panasonic LUMIX LX100 is a flagship premium compact camera which incorporates a Micro Four Thirds sensor. Setting a new standard for fixed lens photography and videography, the Panasonic LX100 features a 4/3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor, video recording in 4K, 24-75mm F1.7-F2.8 Leica lens, Live View Finder (LVF) with 2764K-dot equivalent high resolution, high speed burst shooting at 11 fps, and integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Samsung NX1 Hands-on Photos

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Samsung 50-150mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens looks like in the flesh?

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Samsung NX1 and 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS Lens

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The Samsung NX1 is a new compact system camera designed for the expert photographer. Boasting fantastic image quality, remarkable fast AF system and ease of use, the Samsung NX1 features best in class 15FPS continuous AF shooting, a unique Auto Focus (AF) System III with 205 Phase Detection AF points, a 28MP APS-C BSI CMOS Sensor for superior image quality, a weather-sealed magnesium-alloy body, and 4K video recording. The Samsung NX1 will cost £1299 body-only, release date to be confirmed.

Samsung have also announced the new 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens, a high end, premium telephoto lens perfectly matched with the NX1. Price and availability to be confirmed.

Win a Vanguard Alta Pro AB100!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with Vanguard to give away an Alta Pro AB100 tripod, worth $250!

The Alta Pro 263AT tripod and SBH 100 ball head are an impressive pair. Alta Pro tripods have unmatched stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod’s stability. Additional tripod features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, aluminum alloy legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, quick-flip leg locks, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains. Its SBH-100 fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and has smooth locking knobs,and an outstanding loading capacity.

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Vanguard Alta Pro AB100

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The Vanguard Alta Pro AB100 combines the Alta Pro 263AT tripod and SBH-100 ball head, providing unmatched stability and flexibility and enabling more shooting angles than ever before.

Olympus Silver OM-D E-M1, Firmware 2.0 Upgrade, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens, 1.4x Teleconvertor

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Olympus has announced a silver OM-D E-M1, version 2.0 firmware upgrade, super-fast 40-150mm telephoto zoom lens and 1.4x teleconverter booster. The 2.0 firmware upgrade delivers tethered shooting, on-camera Digital Shift and Live Composite. The extremely fast M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO (80-300mm*) is available with a booster for ultra-high zoom photography: the M.ZUIKO Digital 1.4x Teleconverter.

The silver Olympus E-M1 upgrade goes on sale in early October – at £1099.99 for the body only, or £1799.99 in a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens. The new 40-150mm PRO zoom lens and 1.4x Teleconverter both follow in early November. The Olympus 40-150mm lens will cost £1299.99 with the 1.4x teleconverter priced at £299.99. Alternatively, they will be available together for £1499.99.