Category: Digital SLR Cameras

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

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Canon UK Announce New Promotion

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As Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon is giving customers the chance to win one of 50 pairs of tickets when they buy a selected Canon product. The offer runs until 31st October 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or ROI retailers. Eligible products include the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), EOS 750D and EOS 760D digital SLR cameras, the EOS M3 compact system camera, the PowerShot G7 X, SX60 and SX710 compacts, and the PIXMA MG7550, PIXMA MG6650 and SELPHY CP910 printers. Customers purchasing one of these products will also receive a free Gilbert Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Replica Ball.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Nikon D5500 Wins EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D5500 has been named the "European Consumer DSLR Camera of 2015-2016” by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). "With extensive manual controls and built-in Wi-Fi, the D5500 includes everything enthusiast photographers need to make and share superb images," the jury said. You can read our review of the Nikon D5500 here.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nikon Issues Service Advisory to D750 Users

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has issued a service advisory to users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera (pictured). According to the company the shutter in some Nikon D750 cameras manufactured in October and November of 2014 does not function normally, sometimes resulting in shading of a portion of images. To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, visit the website below and enter its serial number as instructed. If necessary, contact your nearest Nikon service centre or, if living in the UK, create a Free Service Returns Request.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nikon UK Launch New Battery Grip Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon UK today launched a new promotion offering UK and Republic of Ireland residents a free battery grip with purchases of selected Nikon digital SLR cameras. Those purchasing a Nikon D7200 are able to claim a free MB-D15 (pictured), whilst customers considering the Nikon D610 are entitled to a free MB-D14 battery grip. The promotion runs to 2nd September.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tamron Issue Service Notice to Canon 5DS Owners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Tamron USA have released a firmware update service for owners of select Tamron lenses who wish to use their lenses on the Canon EOS 5DS or 5DSR cameras. "We have learned that the AF functions of the following interchangeable lenses for Canon do not function in Live View mode when used on the EOS 5Ds and EOS 5DsR  which went on sale in June 2015," the company says. "Firmware update service is already available as this is the same case when EOS Rebel T6s and the EOS Rebel T6i were released." Those who require the firmware update service are advised to consult Tamron's service department.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Canon EOS 5Ds Sample Image Galleries

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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We've spent the last couple of weeks shooting 1000's of photos with the new 50-megapixel Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR camera and a variety of different lenses.

Here's a handy roundup of all the sample image galleries that we've published, just in case you've missed anything...

Canon EOS 5Ds with the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Sample Images

Canon EOS 5Ds with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Sample Images

Canon EOS 5Ds with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (Fashion) Sample Images

Canon EOS 5Ds with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Sample Images

Canon EOS 5Ds with the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Sample Images

Canon EOS 5Ds with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 Sample Images

Canon EOS 5Ds with the Canon EF 100mm Macro Sample Images

Canon EOS 5Ds with the Sigma 24mm, 35mm and 50mm Art Sample Images

Canon EOS 5Ds Sample Images

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Camera Grand Prix 2015 Winners Unveiled

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The winners of the Camera Grand Prix 2015, hosted by the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan (CJPC), received their awards in Tokyo on Monday, 1 June 2015. The Camera Grand Prix, held since 1984, is a prestigious award whose winners are selected by a judging committee made up of the members of the CJPC, top editorial staff of the member publications, academic experts, technical writers, professional photographers and TIPA (Technical Image Press Association). The winning products for the Camera GP 2015 include theCanon EOS 7D Mark II ("Camera of the Year" and "Readers' Award"), theCanon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens ("Lens of the Year"), the Lytro Illum, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 ("Editors' Award").

Friday, June 5, 2015

Nikon D3200 Firmware Update C1.04

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon D3200 digital SLR camera. Version C1.04 addresses an issue that caused the memory card access lamp to light longer than normal or the message “This memory card cannot be used. Card may be damaged. Insert another card” to be displayed while the memory card was accessed. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Nikon

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Phase One XF Camera System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Phase One today unveiled the XF Camera System featuring robust, aerial-grade mechanics, advanced electronics, a new autofocus platform, new modularity options and customisable touch controls. The new Honeybee Autofocus Platform (HAP-1) is a patent-pending and fully controlled in-house AF system, while the OneTouch UI is a seamless and highly customisable combination of dials, keys and touch screens, allowing photographers to personalise camera controls for their specific shooting requirements. Using a new modern Phase One Camera OS, the OneTouch UI is user upgradeable and will evolve in accordance with customer needs and feedback. The XF Camera System also introduces a new 90° Prism viewfinder and a new waist-level finder. The full frame solid glass prism viewfinder is the brightest of its kind, and comes standard on all XF cameras. The new waist-level viewfinder can measure exposure thanks to the HAP-1 autofocus platform ability to perform light metering. The XF system also features a new 80-megapixel IQ3 digital back capable of very long exposures, and two new Phase One Schneider Kreuznach Leaf Shutter lenses - a 120mm and a 35mm -, both of which are designed to resolve beyond 100 megapixels.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Canon EOS 5D Series Celebrates its 10-year Anniversary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the introduction of their EOS 5D series of dSLR cameras this fall. Launched in September 2005, the EOS 5D was the first 35mm dSLR camera to break the €3,000 barrier, enabling a wider range of photographers to experience the image quality of a full-frame CMOS sensor than ever before. Then, in November 2008, Canon launched the second-generation model in the series: the EOS 5D Mark II. This camera, which was the first in the EOS series to include a function enabling the capture of Full HD movies, facilitated the widespread adoption of DSLR cameras as a tool for capturing video. In March 2012, Canon introduced the EOS 5D Mark III, featuring improvements in still-image and video quality as well as enhanced AF precision and a faster maximum continuous shooting speed. This year, the company launched the latest models in the series, the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R (pictured), which boast a record-breaking 50.6-megapixel CMOS sensor for ultra-high resolution stills.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nikon D750 Firmware Update C1.02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have posted a new firmware update for the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera. Version C1.02, which improves the overall reliability of the camera, can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Nikon Download Center

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ricoh Europe Announces Cashback Offers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh have announced their summer cashback offers. Running from 21st May – 1st August, the promotion enables consumers to receive £75/€100 cashback on the Pentax K-3, and £40/€50 on the Pentax K-S2 and K-50. For further information on the promotion, visit the website below.

Nikon UK Announce Summer Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon UK today launched their newest promotion, offering up to £60 cashback on selected dSLRs, lenses and flashes. The offer will run from 21 May 2015 – 26 August 2015 and all claims must be received by 30 September 2015 in order to qualify. Eligible products include the Nikon D3300, D 5200, D5300 and D5500 (pictured) digital SLR cameras, four AF-S DX Nikkor zooms, plus the Nikon SB-500 and SB-300 speedlights. For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, visit the website below.

Canon UK Announce Summer Cashback

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Canon have launched a cashback promotion in the UK and Ireland. The offer enables photographers to claim up to £50/€60 cashback on a variety of products including three dSLRs, the EOS M3 compact system camera, four EF-S and four EF lenses, two flash units, five compact cameras, five camcorders and four printers. The promotion runs until 19th August 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Official Pentax K-3 II Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh has published seven high-resolution sample photos captured with the new Pentax K-3 II digital SLR camera. Taken by Mitsuo Suzuki, these Pentax K-3 II samples were shot at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 400, using an array of lenses including the HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mmF4.5-5.6ED DC AW telezoom, the HD PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8  Limited macro lens, the smc PENTAX-DA★55mmF1.4 SDM prime, the smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mmF2.8 WR telephoto lens, the HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW telezoom and the HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR standard zoom.

Website: Ricoh Imaging Japan

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sigma Acknowledges Lens Incompatiblity Issues with Canon EOS 750D/760D

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Sigma have issued a product advisory stating that some of their Canon-mount lenses cannot be used with live view on the Canon EOS 750D and 760D digtial SLR cameras. Specifically, when the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor, the company says. This issue affects 7 current and 6 discontinued Sigma zoom lenses. The company will provide users with a firmware update free of charge. Click through / read on for a detailed list of affected lenses.