Showing posts from August, 2009

Leica to announce M9 on 09/09/09?

Leica camera are set to announce new models at the IFA (is one of these the much rumored M9?) and will have a Live Webcast of the event for which you can register in advance - see below for the details:

Live Webcast on 9/9/2009 - The next Generation of Leica Cameras from leica camera on Vimeo.
See our recent review of the Leica M8.2 here.

Nikon add new site for D3000 and D300s

Nikon has added a new mini-site extolling the virtues of their new D3000 and D300s. Click here for the link.

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Nikon D300S (pre-order)
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Leica M8.2 review

Leica M8.2 with 35mm f/2 Summicron ASPH
The Leica M8.2 is a reworked version of the original M8 launched late 2006. At the time the M8 received mixed reviews and the M8.2 was Leica’s response to some of that criticism. At $5,995 / £3850 body only, the M8.2 is around $2000 / £1000 more than the original M8, which is still made. The differences between two then are really meant placate those who thought the M8 fell short of what was expected. If you’re not familiar with the brand, it’s a make that’s now bought by two types of customer; the die-hard pro and the collector.

In fairness to Leica, the company has to cater to both to survive but those customers have very different requirements. Long before the advent of DSLRs most imaging professionals criticised the manual mechanical M6 for having a built-in meter. But even as some of them began to adopt the DSLR, the replacement M7 was more-or-less dismissed as a serious camera, just because it had an electronic shutter. The firm quickly si…

Leica M8.2 review coming shortly

We've had a Leica M8.2 courtesy of the firm for a while, and will be posting a review in the next few days. If there's anything you want to know about it specifically, now would be a good time to ask.

Read my review of the Leica M8.2 here.

Canon out 10MP PowerShot G11

As expected Canon today announced the upgrade to the high-end G10, called, not surprisingly, the G11. What is a surprise though, is that resolution drops from 14.7-megapixels to 10-megapixels (to reduce noise levels, and allow sensitivity up to ISO3200 at full resolution).
However, while industry pundits expected the sensor to be a CMOS unit, and maybe use a large DSLR format sensor, Canon stayed with the 1/1.7-in type that's usually reserved for digital compacts. Despite that, it seems like manufacturers are finally getting the message about pixel counts. Certainly rival Panasonic seem to be selling all they can make of the 10-million pixel LX3 / Leica D-Lux 4.
The image stabilized (IS) lens looks to be identical to the G10's, and we applaud the return of the vari-angle screen to the G-series compacts - not seen since the G7, if memory serves*. All that's missing is a fast maximum aperture. Still, you can't have everything, after all what would they sell you tomorrow…

Leica confirm Europe specification of S2 system

Following the US press-release on Friday last, Leica UK has announced the full-specification of the forthcoming Leica S2 camera body and system. The camera is expected to be available in October.
Leica UK Press release:

The LEICA S2: In a class of its own

18 August 2009: Following the announcement of the availability and pricing of its new S-System last month, Leica has now revealed the full specifications of the camera and lens system. This ground-breaking new product will set the standard in professional digital photography.

A perfect synthesis
The LEICA S2’s excellence is based not only on its high-resolution image sensor but also the unique S format and full range of features, such as autofocus, high-speed MAESTRO image processor, highly durable design and optimal size and ease-of-use for the professional photographer. The S2 achieves a perfect combination of the highest image quality in a camera with unrivalled ease-of-use. It breaks new ground in every way, ensuring that photographe…

Shriro announce Masters of Photography

Shriro HK, the Hasselblad importer for the Far East, has announced the Masters of Photography Exhibition Series in Hong Kong will be held over 22nd-30th August 2009. See here for more details.
Sponsored by HP, SanDisk, Broncolor and Hahnemühle, the exhibition will also be shown in Copenhagen, New York and London. The dates and venues have yet to be confirmed.

Mamiya announce three new digital backs

Mamiya has today announced three new digital backs; the M18, M22 and M31, with resolutions of 18-22-and-31 megapixels, respectively. Mamiya has also announced the backs will be fully compatible with the forthcoming 645DF, showcased at the 2009 Tokyo Photo Imaging Expo.

Read the press-release (below).

Mamiya Digital Imaging Co., Ltd
Marketing Department

August 10th 2009
Mamiya Announce New M series digital backs
M18, M22 and M31
On sale now

Mamiya Digital Imaging is proud to announce our new M series digital backs, consisting of three new models: the M18, M22 and M31, the latest additions to our digital line-up.

The M series digital backs have all been designed for compatibility with Mamiya’s 645AFDIII, as well as the soon-to-be-released 645DF, which was recently show-cased at the 2009 Tokyo Photo Expo. Through use of the specifically designed digital back adapter HX701, the backs can also be attached to our famed RZ Pro IID.

The M18 has a resolution of 18 megapixels and a CCD size of 44.2 x 33.…

Sony to launch A850 at IFA?

Well this weblog is fast becoming a rumor site, more's the pity. Still, as there's an instruction manual floating around the web for the Sony A850, and, having seen it, I would say appears to be genuine. With this year's Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the world's largest Consumer Electronics trade show, not that far off (from 4th to 9th September) in Berlin, I reckon we'll see it launched there.

The overall spec and looks are close to the original A900, but offers 3fps shooting and lacks the close to 100-percent viewfinder accuracy (see above). This should make the A850 considerably cheaper. Along with economies of scale, I would say the A850 body is likely to have a street price of around £1500 or $2000 in the US, maybe even less. Anyone remember what we said here? Expect Canon to follow suit.
I can honestly say I wouldn't be surprised to see the day when APS-C will be relegated to digital compacts. It's a marketing strategy that will eventually mar…

Panasonic close to launching GF1 with Leica micro Four Thirds lenses too?

According to this well-known Chinese forum, Panasonic are close to announcing their own version of the Olympus Pen E-P1. Dubbed the GF1, the mFT camera looks a lot like the firm's high-end LX3 digital compact.
Not much can be gleaned from the site or from the photos except for the lack of an EVF but it looks like it has a pop-up, built-in flash, and note the addition of the HD moniker on the front plate and the AVCHD Lite logo, which identifies the GF1 as recording 720p video.
Also interesting are the two lenses; they show a Leica-branded Macro Elmarit 45mm /2.8 (90mm-e f/2.8), seemingly confirming the rumor that Leica are about to introduce mFT lenses. The other, a 20mm (40mm-e) f/2.8? could be a Leica objective, but is more likely to be Lumix (Panasonic) branded.

Please feel free to make comments. Do you think this is fake? The Leica 45mm (90m-e) macro, for instance, could be faked. The Forum shows a Lumix version, so maybe the lens is real (for the GH1) but the body has been fak…

Nikon announce new site for Coolpix cameras

After the announcement of the new S1000pj and several other compacts this morning, Nikon has a new site detailing the complete range. It seems from this the high-end P6000 is no longer in the line-up.

PocketWizard announce UK pricing and availability of MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 ControlTL™

Announced earlier in the year, the new innovative MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 ControlTL™ System from flash-trigger specialists PocketWizard is available now in the UK.

Press release:

JP Distribution is pleased to announce the new MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 ControlTL™ System from PocketWizard

Professional photographers worldwide have depended on PocketWizard wireless triggering systems for reliable performance, advanced features and the greatest operating range. For over two decades they have triggered their flash units and cameras wirelessly, capturing images that would have been impossible to make without PocketWizard.

Since the first introduction of PocketWizard, professional photographers have demanded a TTL (Through-The-Lens) flash controlled PocketWizard system. Now, with rapid development of digital technology, PocketWizard responds with a simple solution for off-camera TTL flash without limitations or complexity.

PocketWizard has made it possible with “Slide-n-Shoot” simplicity by utilizing th…

Nikon takes wraps off Coolpix S1000pj with built-in projector

Nikon has launched the world's first digital compact camera with a built-in video projector. Called the Coolpix S1000pj, the camera boasts not only a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 2.7-in (230k dot) LCD and a 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm f/3.9-5.8 equivalent) but also can project images from 5-to-40-inches in size (depending on ambient lighting).
Nikon press release:


RRP: £399.99 / €485.00
Sales start date: September 09

Nikon UK today announces the introduction of the world’s first camera with an integrated projector, as part of its new autumn/winter COOLPIX range. The ground-breaking COOLPIX S1000pj is expected to shake up the compact digital camera market and revolutionise the way we share images and videos, using personal projection.

The COOLPIX S1000pj doesn’t just pack a punch with its projector – the compact camera delivers high resolution images with 12.1 effective megapixels and a 2.7” wide viewing-angle TFT LCD monitor. With a high ISO 64…