Friday, September 12, 2014

G-Speed Studio XL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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G-Technology today announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-Speed Studio XL, which holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200rpm hard drives. Offfering up to 1,350MB/s performance in RAID 0, the G-Speed Studio XL Thunderbolt 2 storage solution comes in a high-quality, black enclosure with integrated cooling technology. It also supports 4k workflows with user-configurable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 60, and can be daisy-chained via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to boost storage speeds. The G-Speed Studio XL will be available in November in capacities of 24TB for $3,599.95, 32TB for $4,599.95, 40TB for $5,499.95, 48TB for $5,999.95 and 64TB for $6,999.95.

Nikon Remote Camera System

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Nikon will exhibit its remote camera system at IBC and Photokina 2014. Developed by Nikon and Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) as professional equipment for the imaging industry, this remote camera system uses Nikon’s digital camera and imaging solutions and MRMC’s robotic heads. Nikon has been working with MRMC in the UK for some time, allowing professional photographers to use remote systems set up at major sporting events such as Wimbledon and The Open Golf Championship, as well as at some of the world’s other big sporting events. Earlier this year the partners installed a bespoke remote set-up using Nikon DSLR cameras in the London Live studio, the first 24-hour entertainment TV channel dedicated to London. The studio operates a fully automated set-up using the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 cameras and a nine axis, state of the art, custom-made robotic arm to produce the desired full-frame 35mm cinematic effect.

Nikon European Film Festival

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Nikon today announced the inaugural Nikon European Film Festival in association with Raindance and Asia Argento (pictured). The contest challenges enthusiasts and film professionals alike to create a short film of up to 140 seconds in length around the theme ‘A Different Perspective’. Asia Argento, Chair of the Jury for the Nikon European Film Festival and award winning Italian actress and director commented “I’m thrilled to be part of the Nikon European Film Festival and look forward to judging the incredibly well-thought out creatives that the short, 140 second format demands. Modern technology has opened up filmmaking to more people than ever before and Nikon, inspiring established and breakthrough talents alike, is an increasingly influential part of this development.” The Grand Prix winner as selected by the judges will receive a Nikon D810 and an all-expenses-paid, one week networking trip to the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015. Click through / read on for the details.

Corel AfterShot 2 for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel is growing its photo software lineup with the introduction of a new member of the Corel AfterShot product family. Based on the already existing AfterShot Pro 2, the new AfterShot 2 for Windows is billed as a powerful raw photo editing and adjustment application at a highly affordable price. “With the launch of AfterShot 2, Corel is addressing three trends. One, enthusiasts today have thousands of photos and need better ways of managing them. Second, everyone who’s truly passionate about photography should consider a leap to RAW for the quality and superior results it can deliver. Finally, the high price and subscription push of Lightroom restricts many entry-level enthusiasts from getting into a legitimate photo workflow product,” said Greg Wood, Product Management, Corel Photo Editing. “AfterShot 2 changes this by delivering a powerful and creative feature set that’s based on the impressive power of AfterShot Pro, but available at price of just $39.99—an incomparable value.” Corel's new AfterShot 2 application is available for $39.99.

SLR Magic APO HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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SLR Magic has unveiled a brand new cine lens. The APO HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 is an apochromatic lens featuring a completely new optical and mechanical design, which meets the demands of high-resolution cameras including those with 4K and 6K sensors. The lens comes standard in PL mount and can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems. Optional mount adapters will include a PL-mFT adapter, a PL-E adapter, and an EF mount conversion adapter. Featuring a standard focus rotation angle of 300 degrees, the SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 will be on display at Photokina, Cologne 16th to 21st September 2014. The SLR Magic stand is located in Hall 5.1, Booth L-011. SLR Magic will start shipping the APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 in early 2015. Pricing to be confirmed at a later date.

Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Tamron today announced development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world's first in its category. The Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD features an optica construction comprising 18 elements in 13 groups including an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements. Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images, the company claims. The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Sony PXW-FS7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Sony today launched the PXW-FS7, the first 4K XDCAM camera to feature a Super35 CMOS sensor. Capable of shooting in 4K Quad Full HD (QFHD) and super slow-motion Full HD, the latest member of the XDCAM family has an 11.6 million-pixel Super35 ‘Exmor’ CMOS imager and can record QFHDi with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling up to 600 Mbit/s, with support for a variety of recording formats including XAVC Intra, Long GOP, MPEG HD422 and Apple ProRes 422 available early 2015 by firmware update.  The new camera features 2 XQD card slots that support simultaneous recording and relay recording. It also includes a low-pass video filter, progressive pixel reading and advanced camera processing.  The supplied grip, easily adjustable viewfinder and fully-sealed, die-cast magnesium chassis have been designed to provide robust usability in dusty or humid environments and for ‘run and gun’ applications. The PXW-FS7 features Sony’s α Mount System, which benefits from Silent Focus Technology and Electrical Iris Control. The camera will also be available in a bundle with the new FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS power zoom lens.

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS is the world’s first interchangeable 35mm full frame digital lens with power zoom capability. Ideally suited to cameras such as the Sony A7 and A7S, the new FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS has three separate rings offering independent control over focus, zoom and aperture, with optimal torque for a satisfyingly responsive, professional feel. Powered by the SSM drive, the zoom is exceptionally smooth and silent. Zooming speed can be precisely controlled over a wide range, with the ability to switch zoom rotation direction as desired to suit personal preference (available on selected cameras only). The minimum focus distance is 40cm at the 28mm end and 95cm at full telephoto. When attached to an E-mount camera with an APS-C sized sensor, the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS offers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 42-202.5mm. The optically stabilised FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS is available to pre-order now from Sony UK.

Nikon D750 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D750 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon D750 DSLR camera.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens.

Nikon SB-500 Speedlight Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon SB-500 Speedlight looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon SB-500 Speedlight.

Nikon Coolpix S6900 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix S6900 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Coolpix S6900 compact camera.

Nikon D750 Sample Images

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Nikon have provided 5 official sample images taken with the new D750 DSLR camera.

Click through to download the full-size D750 images.

Nikon D750

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D750 is a new full-frame DSLR camera. Packed with professional imaging technology and streamlined for compactness, the D750 features a newly designed 24.3 megapixel FX-format sensor, phenomenally sensitive AF performance, a burst rate of up to 6.5 fps, ISO range of 100–12800 that is extendable to 50–51200, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p combined with a tilt-screen monitor. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share impressive FX-format photos in an instant, while Nikon’s Picture Control 2.0 provides exceptional in-camera image processing and optimisation flexibility for still images and videos.

Nikon D750 will cost £1799.99 / €2149.00 /$2,299.95 body only, £2249.99 / €2679.00 with the 24-85mm VR lens, and £2249.99 / €2679.00 with the 24-120mm lens. The sales start date is 23rd September 2014.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED is a new wide-angle FX-format prime lens. The bright aperture delivers shallow depth of field, plus smooth bokeh, and ensures this lens excels in low-light settings. High-performance optics deliver edge-to-edge sharpness with minimal distortion, and the compact, lightweight design ensures easy portability. The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED comes with the CL-1015 Flexible Lens Pouch and the HB-72 Lens Hood and retails for £679.99 / €809.00 / $799.95, available from 25th September.

Nikon SB-500 Speedlight

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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The Nikon SB-500 is the company's first Speedlight with a built-in LED light. The flash head and LED light both cover a wide 24 mm angle of view in FX-format, and easy-to-understand controls on the rear of the unit ensure simple operation. The SB-500 also enables wireless control of multiple flash units. The Nikon SB-500 retails for £199.99 / €249.00 / $249.95 and will be available from 25th September.

Nikon Coolpix S6900

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The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is billed as the ultimate compact selfie camera. The 16 megapixel Nikon S6900 features a vari-angle LCD screen, two shutter-release buttons, and a built-in camera stand, while Gesture Control makes it even easier to shoot photos and Full HD movies at the wave of a hand. There''s also built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, high-speed continuous shooting at up to 8fps and a special Glamour mode. The Nikon Coolpix S6900 costs £199.99 and will be available in black or white from September 23rd.

Sigma Announces US Availability of dp1 Quattro

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Sigma Corporation of America today announced the availability of the Sigma dp1 Quattro camera and a new viewfinder that will magnify Quattro cameras’ LCD screens. Unveiled in February, the Sigma dp1 Quattro utilises a newly developed, fixed 19mm (28mm eq.) f/2.8 wide-angle lens that is specifically designed and optimised to pair with Sigma’s new Quattro sensor, which outputs 5424x3616-pixel raw images at the highest resolution setting. The camera will be available in the United States in mid-October

Exclusively designed for the Quattro series of cameras. the new LCD View Finder LVF-01 attaches to the camera’s LCD screen to eliminate outside light and magnifies the display 2.5 times. This accessory will be sold separately beginning in December. The pricing of both products has not yet been announced.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports / Contemporary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced two new 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lenses. The Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports (pictured) delivers enhanced, professional-grade optics and greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design. Both versions of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM feature a dust and splash-proof construction, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. They boast an updated optical stabiliser that features an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning. Pricing and availability of these lenses are not yet available.

Sigma Reveals US Pricing for 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced the US pricing and availability of its new 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM lens. Designed exclusively for APS-C camera sensors, the Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM features a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-450mm. It incorporates four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to flourite, in addition to one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element to minimise the chromatic aberration. Also, this lens comes with a newly developed optical image stabiliser for improved shake compensation. The lens will become available in October for the street price of $579.