Friday, September 12, 2014

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 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 D750 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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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. The Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is priced at $1999.99. Pricing and availability of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is 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.

New Sigma Teleconverters and Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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Sigma has unveiled two new teleconverters and four new filter lines. The  dust and splash-proof teleconverters TC-1401 and TC2001 have been developed as dedicated attachments for Sigma Global Vision lenses. By mounting it in between a telephoto lens and a camera, the TC-1401 and TC-2001 will magnify a lens’ focal length by 1.4 and 2 times, respectively. The TC-1401 (pictured) will be sold for the street price of $349, and the TC2001 will be available for $399. Also, Sigma will now offer 13 filter size options in four new lineups, including the WR Protector (Water-repellent, antistatic type) and Protector (normal type) as well as the WR UV Filter and the WR Circular PL Filter. The filters will be launched in October, with availability yet to be announced for the teleconverters.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tether Tools Introduces AeroTab Universal Tablet Mounts

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tether Tools have announced four new AeroTab Universal Tablet Mounts. The AeroTab S2/S4, and AeroTab L2/L4 mounts are compatible with various tablet makes and models and are mountable to any tripod, light stand, arm, clamp, camera sling strap or grip. "Whether taking photos using cabled or wireless tethered capture, editing on-the-spot during a production or integrating a tablet as a video monitor, clapboard, time clock or instant play-back tool for clients - the AeroTab Series gives Acer, Amazon, Apple, Asus, Dell, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Wacom and other tablet users a versatile, streamlined and sleek new way to mount portable devices to any tripod, lightstand, arm or clamp used in photography or video work," the company says. Tether Tools will showcase the AeroTab Series at Photokina - September 16-21, 2014 at their booth in Hall 9.1, Stand B.24.

SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB CFast 2.0 Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SanDisk today unveiled significant upgrades to its SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory card and announced that the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD has been qualified for 4K capture. As a follow-up to the world’s first CFast 2.0 card in 2013, the upgraded SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card delivers shot speeds of up to 440MB/s and data transfer speeds of up to 515MB/s in storage capacities of up to 128GB. Industry leaders ARRI, Canon, Hasselblad, PhaseOne and Leica, and video technology pioneers, Atomos and Blackmagic Design, are strong supporters of the CFast 2.0 standard, SanDisk said in a statement. ARRI has named the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card as its card of choice for its ALEXA and AMIRA cameras. The new SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory cards will be available at select photo specialty stores in October. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSDs are currently available online and purchasable through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers.

SanDisk Extreme PRO 512GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories

SanDisk today launched its 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card. Currently the highest-capacity SD card in the world, the new offering is designed to meet the demands of industry professionals who require the most advanced gear available for shooting 4K Ultra High Definition video and high-speed burst mode photography. The 512GB card delivers write speeds up to 90 MB/s and transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s. Temperature proof, waterproof, shockproof and x-ray proof, the SanDisk Extreme PRO 512GB SDXC UHS-I memory will be available for $799.99.

PhotoLine 18.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Version 18.5 of PhotoLine is now available for download. Improvements versus the previous release include the addition of a new filter called Polar Coordinates, a new vector operation dubbed "Cut," curves optimisation, enhanced PDF Import and Export, improved touch and gesture support under Windows 8, a couple of new alignment functions, and more. PhotoLine is an all-purpose image and graphics editor featuring support for CMYK and lab colour spaces, colour management with ICC profiles, adjustment layers, and 16/32-bit-per-channel.editing. To download the program, visit the website below.

Website: PhotoLine

Ricoh G800

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh G800 is a new heavy-duty digital compact camera with a back-illuminated, 16-megapixel CMOS imager. Launching on 26th September worldwide and available from October 2014 in the UK, the Ricoh G800 is water-, dust-, impact- and chemical-resistant enough for the harshest working environments and occupations. Like its predecessor the Ricoh G700, the new G800 can be used at depths of up to 5m (for up to 2 hours) and has been found to withstand drops of up to 2m in tests conducted according to American military standards. New features include an increased resolution, Full HD movies and improved password protection. Ricoh has added support for separate administrator and user passwords, so that in addition to preventing on-site handling errors and unauthorised viewing of photographs, security settings can be fine-tuned separately for administrators and on-site workers according to how each uses the device. Features carried over from the Ricoh G700 include a 28-140mm equivalent lens, a 3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 920K dots, an electronic level gauge, and a wide array of security functions. The suggested retail price is £599.99.

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Sample Images

Gavin Stoker
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the new Canon PowerShot SX520 HS compact bridge camera, including the full ISO range.

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS features a 42x zoom lens, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD movies with stereo sound, 10fps burst shooting, and manual controls.

Win the Latest SanDisk Products for your Camera and Mobile Device!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions
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We’ve teamed up with SanDisk for a product bundle giveaway featuring the Ultra Dual USB Drive and newly upgraded Ultra microSDXC UHS-I and Extreme SDXC UHS-I memory cards - a total value of $490 for one lucky winner!

Today, users are capturing photos and videos on more devices than ever, ranging from digital cameras and smartphones to tablets and action cams. So now is your chance to grab some news products that will help you save and transfer content for a number of host devices. The SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Extreme SDXC UHS-I card and Ultra Dual USB Drive make the perfect bundle to tackle storage restrictions and safely store and transfer photos, videos, music and more!

SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 64GB

The Ultra Dual USB Drive allows you to easily transfer files between Android™ smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac computers, freeing up space for photos, videos and more! You can listen to more music, share more videos and photos, and watch HD movies—without worrying about filling up your phone’s internal memory!

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I 128GB

The Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is perfect for today’s Android™ smartphone and tablet users who want the highest storage capacity available. With 128GB capacity, the SanDisk Ultra microSD™ UHS-I card allows you to capture, carry and keep it all with you without having to figure out what to delete. With an improved write speed of up to 48MB/s, you save even more time transferring photos and videos from the card to your computer.

SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I 128GB

The Extreme SDXC UHS-I card offers enough speed, capacity, and durability to meet the demands of advanced photographers and passionate shutterbugs alike. The Extreme line now features 60 MB/s write and 40 MB/s read speeds in addition to 30 MB/s sustained write speed (U3) that gives users the speed and capacity to capture video that looks great on Full HD or 4K Ultra HD video screens.

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