Thursday, October 17, 2013
Panasonic has announced the development of a new Micro Four Thirds lens called the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. According to the company, this 30mm equivalent prime lens will feature "sophisticated exterior that matches the stylish design of the world’s smallest Lumix GM digital single lens mirrorless camera." Detailed specifications, availability and pricing have yet to be announced.
The Panasonic GM1 is a tiny Micro Four Thirds camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, 1036K-dot touchscreen and Wi-Fi connectivity. Other highlights include a completely silent electronic shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000s, focus peaking, pop-up flash and Full HD video recording capabilities. The Panasonic Lumix GM1 comes bundled with the new Lumix G VARIO12-32mm (24-64mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 Asph. MEG O.I.S. pancake zoom lens. The kit will be available from December, priced at around £629 / $750. The lens will also be sold separately for $350. An auxiliary grip for the Panasonic GM1 will be available for £89 / $100.
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.
Want to see exactly what the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens.
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.
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.
Benro has launched its new S6 Video Monopod, a 3-leg folding base monopod combined with Benro's S6 Video Head for increased weight capacity. This heavy duty S6 Video Monopod provides a 13.2 lb payload capacity as well as a 4-step counterbalance that is necessary when working with heavier cameras and longer lenses. The S6 head includes an independent pan lock, which allows the user to pan smoothly without having to turn the entire monopod. Equipped with a 65mm flat base with a 3/8" thread, the S6 video head can be removed from the monopod allowing users to mount the head separately on sliders, jibs or half ball adapters. The new Benro S6 Video Monopod is available now in both flip leg lock (A48FBS6) and twist leg lock (A48TBS6). Suggested retail price is $249.
Manfrotto has announced its latest professional bags collection for photographers. Comprising 16 camera bags in five styles, the new collection features a Camera Protection System (CPS), which provides protection where it is most needed – at the centre of the bag. This is usually where the camera body and the most valuable lens are stored but, in many traditional bag designs, is also the area most likely to be damaged if the bag is dropped or mishandled, because of all the surrounding gear (lenses, flashes, clamps, spare bodies) crushing the centre. The CPS consists of specially structured 3D foam encasing dividers at the centre of Professional bags which dampen shock and absorb and dissipate the force of impact, thus providing the superior protection a photographer would expect. For more information about the Professional bags series, visit the website below.
Manfrotto has unveiled its brand-new Advanced collection of 21 camera bags in six styles, designed for passionate photographers. The bags in the Advanced collection - which comprises six bag types including shoulder bags, holsters, slings and three different kinds of backpack - feature hard-wearing fabrics, superior construction quality, and an elegant design. Tripod holders, dividers, pockets and rain covers are all designed with great attention to the photographer’s needs, both in terms of practicality and portability. For more information on the Advanced bags series, visit the website below.
Fotodiox has released its next-generation LED light panels; the Fotodiox LED-312D, LED-312DS, and LED-1024AL. The three new LED panels feature all-metal barn doors to shape and control the light, while a locking system keeps the barn doors in place, no matter how the light is mounted. The lights feature a backlit LCD panel that displays the percentage of light intensity and remaining battery life. The numbers in the product names indicate the number of light emitting diodes the lights are equipped with - this means that the first two products have 312 LEDs each, whilst the LED-1024AL comes with over a thousand 5600K daylight LEDs in a compact (12” x 12”) form. All three of the new Fotodiox LED upgrades are available for immediate sale, and each light kit comes with a 24 month manufacturer warranty.
AKVIS has updated three of its programs: Enhancer 14.0, Noise Buster v.9.0, Refocus v.4.0. New features and enhancements include the ability to quickly post pictures from the programs to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+; improved raw image file processing; full compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Corel PaintShop Pro X6; separate set-up files for 32-bit and for 64-bit versions of Windows; and a few bug fixes.
The olloclip 4-in-1 quick-connect lens offers fisheye, wide-angle, and two macrolenses in a single package. With the fisheye and wide-angle lenses on opposite sides, selecting a lens is as simple as flipping the lens over. The macro lenses are cleverly revealed by unscrewing either the fisheye or wide-angle lens. The olloclip 4-IN-1 lens retails for £59.99 and can be purchased at the website below.
The Manfrotto School of Xcellence has announcedthat seven new Manfrotto Ambassadors have joined Manfrotto’s dedicated educational platform. The new Ambassador line-up includes Adam Duckworth, Adam Plowden, Eddie MacDonald, James Cannon, John McMurtrie, Karen Thomas and Bjorn Thomassen. The School of Xcellence will also be hosting well-known landscape photographer Ross Hoddinott at an upcoming webinar on 24th October at the website below.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7R compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7R compact system camera, which has a 35mm full-frame sensor with 36.4 effective megapixels and no low-pass filter.
Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7 compact system camera, which has a 35mm full-frame sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels.
Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE compact system camera lenses and A7/A7R battery grip look like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of four of the new lenses - the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS, and the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS - and the battery grip.
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
Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 premium bridge compact camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 compact camera, which boasts a 24-200mm lens with a constant aperture of f/2.8.
According to the user's manual, the maximum synchronisation speed of the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 1/320th of a second when using the clip-on flash, and 1/250 sec when using a separately sold external ﬂash unit. As we now have a review unit in hand, we can confirm that the latter is indeed true with an Olympus FL-36 flash attached - in TTL, Auto and Manual modes alike. (Of course, in "FP TTL" and "FP Manual" modes, the flash can be synced at any speed right up to the camera's top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second - with the usual loss of working range this "trick" mode entails.) We do not have the entire Olympus flash line-up at our disposal to test if the 1/250s top sync speed holds true for all of them - but we have found something really interesting about using the camera with a third-party flash attached to the camera via the PC sync terminal or the hot-shoe*. Apparently, the E-M1's X-sync speed is faster than advertised! Click through / read on to find out more.
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...