Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 is a new all-round lens that delivers the most powerful zoom of all lenses for mirrorless cameras released so far. Packing a high-speed and high-precision autofocus (AF) into an amazingly compact and lightweight form with a dust-, splash- and freezeproof design, this versatile lens is ideal for landscape, street and portraits.

The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 will be available from late March 2019 priced at £799.99 / $899.99.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 is a new all-round lens that delivers the most powerful zoom of all lenses for mirrorless cameras released so far. Packing a high-speed and high-precision autofocus (AF) into an amazingly compact and lightweight form with a dust-, splash- and freezeproof design, this versatile…

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Adobe Updates Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for February 2019

Mark Goldstein | Software

Adobe is today releasing updates to the entire Adobe photography ecosystem, including Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac, Windows, Android, ChromeOS, and iOS.

In this release, Adobe is introducing an all-new Sensei-powered feature, Enhance Details. Harnessing the power of machine learning and computational photography, Enhance Details can now be found in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows, and takes a brand new approach to demosaicing raw photos. Demosaicing is an integral process to raw processing and works at the pixel level, converting the information captured by a camera into something that looks like the photos we all expect to see.

Adobe is today releasing updates to the entire Adobe photography ecosystem, including Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac, Windows, Android, ChromeOS, and iOS. In this release, Adobe is introducing an all-new Sensei-powered feature, Enhance Details. Harnessing the power of machine learning and computational photography, Enhance Details…

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Review

Mark Goldstein

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is the world's lightest 500mm full-frame camera lens. Nearly 40% shorter and over 50% lighter than the Nikkor 500mm f/4, the new Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR uses Phase Fresnel optical technology to help drastically reduce its overall size and weight, resulting in a 500m lens that remarkably is similar in size to a standard 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom. Read our in-depth Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR review complete with full-size sample images now...

Monday, February 11, 2019

Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition” for Cinematographers

Mark Goldstein

Leica has announced the new release of the Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers. Comprised of an all-black Leica M10-P camera and a gold anodized finish Leica Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. lens, the set offers two specially tailored Cine Look modes built into the camera’s software. The “ASC Cine Classic” mode simulates a classic, analog 35mm motion-picture film look, while the “ASC Contemporary” mode delivers the current digital style of contemporary movies.

Leica has announced the new release of the Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers. Comprised of an all-black Leica M10-P camera and a gold anodized finish Leica Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. lens, the set offers two specially tailored Cine Look modes…

SpyderX Pro and SpyderX Elite Color Calibration Tools

Mark Goldstein | Accessories

The SpyderX from Datacolor is its fastest, most accurate and easiest to use color calibration tool for monitors. SpyderX uses a fully redesigned color engine that provides significantly increased color accuracy and low light capabilities.

The SpyderX Pro (179 €) is designed for serious photographers and designers seeking a fast and easy-to-use monitor calibration solution. The SpyderX Elite (279 €) takes it one step further with more advanced settings for professional photographers and videographers who want ultimate control of their color workflow.

The SpyderX from Datacolor is its fastest, most accurate and easiest to use color calibration tool for monitors. SpyderX uses a fully redesigned color engine that provides significantly increased color accuracy and low light capabilities.The SpyderX Pro (179 €) is designed for serious photographers and designers seeking a fast and…

​Recovery Pro from ProGrade Digital

Mark Goldstein | Software

Recovery Pro from ProGrade Digital is professional-grade software to assist with recovery of photo and video files that have become lost, accidentally deleted and/or corrupted. A free “try before you buy” evaluation copy is available; the full software download is $49.99 USD for a 12-month subscription.

Recovery Pro from ProGrade Digital is professional-grade software to assist with recovery of photo and video files that have become lost, accidentally deleted and/or corrupted. A free “try before you buy” evaluation copy is available; the full software download is $49.99 USD for a 12-month subscription.

Leica Unveils New Color Variations For Three Leica M Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

Leica have released new color variations for three established Leica M lenses: the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH., Leica Summilux-M 28 f/1.4 ASPH. and the Leica Summaron-M 28 f/5.6.

Leica have released new color variations for three established Leica M lenses: the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH., Leica Summilux-M 28 f/1.4 ASPH. and the Leica Summaron-M 28 f/5.6.

Delkin Ships 2933X XQD Memory Cards

Mark Goldstein | Accessories

Delkin's 2933X XQD memory cards are now shipping and available for purchase. Delkin Premium XQD memory cards are capable of capturing cinema-quality footage, including DCI 4K & Full HD video at 180 fps, as well as 200 RAW photos in burst mode.

Delkin's 2933X XQD memory cards are now shipping and available for purchase. Delkin Premium XQD memory cards are capable of capturing cinema-quality footage, including DCI 4K & Full HD video at 180 fps, as well as 200 RAW photos in burst mode.

Capture One Editorial Color Grading Style Pack

Mark Goldstein | Software

The Editorial Color Grading Style Pack from Capture One within reach of any user, for the first time, the editorial aesthetic of 3 acclaimed photographers and retouchers whose work can be found in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan among others.

The Editorial Color Grading Style Pack from Capture One within reach of any user, for the first time, the editorial aesthetic of 3 acclaimed photographers and retouchers whose work can be found in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan among others.

Limited Edition Leica M10-P ‘Safari’

Mark Goldstein | Digital , Lenses

Leica Camera is releasing the latest model of the olive green ‘Safari’ series: the limited-edition Leica M10-P ‘Safari’.

The Leica M10-P Edition ‘Safari’ body is priced at £6,900 / $8,450, while the Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Edition ‘Safari’ lens is £2,300 / $2,750.

Leica Camera is releasing the latest model of the olive green ‘Safari’ series: the limited-edition Leica M10-P ‘Safari’. The Leica M10-P Edition ‘Safari’ body is priced at £6,900 / $8,450, while the Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Edition ‘Safari’ lens is £2,300 / $2,750.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Review

Mark Goldstein

The Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM is a very fast, classic 28mm wide-angle prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Available in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma SA mounts, the new Sigma 28mm Art lens retails for £1099.99 / $1399.99 - read our in-depth review to find out if its performance, features and image quality can justify that price-tag or not...

Nikon Coolpix A1000 Review

Mark Goldstein

The Nikon Coolpix A1000 is a new pocket-sized super-zoom compact camera with a 35x zoom lens offering a huge focal range of 24-840mm. Retailing for £409, the 16 megapixel Nikon A1000 has an integrated electronic viewfinder, RAW file support, 3-inch tilting touchscreen and 4K UHD movie recording. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix A1000 review complete with full-size sample JPEG and RAW images now...

Monday, February 4, 2019

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM Review

Mark Goldstein

The Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM is an incredibly fast, eye-wateringly expensive standard zoom lens for Canon's new EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system. Read our expert Canon RF 28-70mm F2 review to find out if this is the ultimate zoom lens or not...

Friday, February 1, 2019

Panasonic S1R and S1 First Impressions

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

The Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1 are two new full-frame mirrorless cameras, offering 47 megapixels and 24 megapixels respectively and using the Leica L-mount. In development for the last 4 years, the Lumix S Series promises to offer “Full frame without compromise”.

We were shown a very early prototype version of the S1R/S1 back in September 2018 by Panasonic. We weren't allowed to take any photos of the camera or presentation slides, such was the high level of secrecy at the time.

Early prototype versions of the S1R and S1 were then displayed under glass at Photokina 2018, with a promised simultaneous launch date for both models of “early 2019”.

Fast forward to 31st January 2019, and we've been able to shoot with a working version of the Lumix S1R and S1 at the Global press launch in Barcelona, Spain. We've updated our initial first impressions of the cameras and new lenses with some more detailed observations.

So read on for our first impressions of the new Panasonic S1R and S1 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras...

The Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1 are two new full-frame mirrorless cameras, offering 47 megapixels and 24 megapixels respectively and using the Leica L-mount. In development for the last 4 years, the Lumix S Series promises to offer “Full frame without compromise”. We were shown a very early prototype version…

Panasonic ​S1R and Panasonic ​S1​ 35mm Full-frame Mirrorless Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Panasonic has announced two mirrorless camera models with a 35mm full-frame image sensor - the Panasonic S1R and the Panasonic S1. The 47 megapixel S1R and the 24 megapixel S1 both feature 4K 60p/50p video recording, a new Venus image processing engine, Dual I.S. image stabilisation, a double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards, and a triaxial tilt LCD screen.

In a very interesting move, Panasonic are using the Leica L-Mount standard for the S1R and S1 cameras. Panasonic will release three Lumix S Series compatible lenses at the same time as the launch of the S1R and S1 cameras - the 50mm F1.4 prime lens, 24-105mm F4 standard zoom lens, and 70-200mm F4 telephoto zoom lens - and seven more by the end of 2020. Panasonic have also partnered with Leica and Sigma to develop more L-mount lenses.

Both the S1R and S1 cameras will have HLG Photo Mode and High Resolution Mode. The former mode allows images to be shot with a wider dynamic range, whilst the latter takes eight consecutive images that are automatically shot while shifting the sensor and synthesized into a single image.

Panasonic has announced two mirrorless camera models with a 35mm full-frame image sensor - the Panasonic S1R and the Panasonic S1. The 47 megapixel S1R and the 24 megapixel S1 both feature 4K 60p/50p video recording, a new Venus image processing engine, Dual I.S. image stabilisation, a double slot for…

Panasonic S1 and S1R Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras and three new Lumix S lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras and the three new L-mount lenses.

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras and three new Lumix S lenses look like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras and the three new L-mount lenses…

Panasonic L-Mount Full Frame Lens Roadmap

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

Panasonic have released an updated lens roadmap for their L-mount full-frame lenses.

In addition to the three lenses that have already been announced today, Panasonic will launch 3 more new lenses in 2019 - a 24-70mm F2.8, 70-200mm F2.8 and 16-35mm F4 - plus 1.4x and 2x teleconverters.

Then in 2020 they will add a super telephoto lens, 2 fixed focal length lenses and a macro lens to their L-mount range, bringing the total to 10.

In a separate announcement at the launch of the Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1 cameras, Sigma have revealed that they will release 14 new L-mount lenses by the end of 2019, plus a Canon EF/Sigma SA converter.

In total, together with Leica's existing range, this means there will be 42 L-mount lenses available by the end of 2020, an impressive start to the new L-mount alliance.

Panasonic have released an updated lens roadmap for their L-mount full-frame lenses. In addition to the three lenses that have already been announced today, Panasonic will launch 3 more new lenses in 2019 - a 24-70mm F2.8, 70-200mm F2.8 and 16-35mm F4 - plus 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. Then in…

Panasonic S1R Sample Images

Mark Goldstein

​Ahead of our full review, here are some full-size JPEG and Raw sample images taken with the brand new Panasonic S1R mirrorless​ camera.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Energizer Ultimate U620S, U570S and U650S Smartphones

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones

Avenir Telecom, under an exclusive Energizer licence, are set to release a new Ultimate range of smartphones. The three new smartphones offer enhanced design, an enriched photo experience, and long-lasting performance, with the the Ultimate U620S boasting four cameras, including a 16MP + 2MP + 0.2MP triple sensors on the back and a 16 MP front camera.

Avenir Telecom, under an exclusive Energizer licence, are set to release a new Ultimate range of smartphones. The three new smartphones offer enhanced design, an enriched photo experience, and long-lasting performance, with the the Ultimate U620S boasting four cameras, including a 16MP + 2MP + 0.2MP triple sensors on the…

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 Lens for Pentax DSLRs

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras , Lenses

The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 is a new wide-angle lens for Pentax full-frame DSLR cameras. This compact lens features the latest lens coatings to further upgrade image quality.

The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 lens will cost £399.99 and be available in February 2019.

The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 is a new wide-angle lens for Pentax full-frame DSLR cameras. This compact lens features the latest lens coatings to further upgrade image quality. The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 lens will cost £399.99 and be available in February 2019.