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Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH in stock

Adorama has the 35mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH in stock at $3,195. Please click here to buy. Looks like some stock is beginning to trickle in from Germany, now the price increases have taken effect. Related PostsLeica M8.2 review (inc 35mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH samples)

Sigma announces price and availability of new 50-150mm f/2.8 DC OS HSM

Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd has announced the suggested retail price of the new (updated) 50-150mm f2.8 DC OS HSM is £949.99 and will be available in the UK in mid April for Canon fit and mid May for Nikon and Sigma fit. The new re-designed lens adapts image stabilisation and is designed for APS-C cameras, providing a field of view equivalent to 75-225mm f/2.8.Press release:50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM
Large aperture telephoto zoom lens designed specifically for digital SLRsSigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the suggested retail price of the new 50-150mm f2.8 DC OS HSM is £949.99. This new lens will be available in the UK in mid April for Canon fit and mid May for Nikon and Sigma fit. Sigma’s proprietary OS (Optical Stabiliser) system enables hand held tele-photography by allowing the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible.Six SLD glass elements compensate for chromatic aberrations and provide high image quality throughout the …

Nikon D800 in stock at Amazon Germany

UPDATE: Amazon.de is back to pre-orders.Amazon Germany is showing the Nikon D800 in stock at EUR 2,899 (£2,399, straight conversion), including VAT. Please click here to buy. Amazon France are showing the D800 shipping in 1 to 3 weeks, but at EUR 3,399 inc VAT. I do not know if it can be shipped to the UK, but if anyone orders one and is not prevented in doing so at the time, please let me know so I can pass it on.

Nikon UK announces cashback on D7000

From the press release:NIKON’S NEW BUMPER CASHBACK OFFER

London, UK: Nikon UK launches a new bumper D-SLR promotion offering up to £100 cashback on selected Nikon D-SLR cameras until 30th May 2012 inclusive.

Cashback is available on the Nikon D3100, D5100 and D7000; full cashback amounts can be found below. All claims must be received by the 30th June 2012 in order to qualify.  For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, please visit: www.nikon.co.uk/cashback.Please help support the DJP by visiting our affiliates; Jessops, Warehouse Express, and Amazon. Note; sales through these links may benefit this site. Related PostsNikon D7000 review

Canon Europe announces cashback scheme

Press release:Canon announces its latest Cashback scheme: Power to celebrateCanon has launched their latest Cashback with offers on selected DSLRs, lenses, accessories, compact cameras and inkjet printers. The Cashback will run from Thursday 29th March until Tuesday 5th June 2012.  
The last claim date for the promotion will be 31st July 2012. EOS
EOS 600D body only and with lens kit                £50 / euro 60 cash back value
EOS 550D + Kits body only and with lens kit         £30 / euro 35 cash back value EF Zoom - Standard                
EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM                        £25 / euro 30 cash back value
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM                                £60 / euro 70 cash back value
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM                                £90 / euro 100 cash back value
EF Zoom - Telephoto                
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS                                £45 / euro 50 cash back value
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM                        £45 / euro 50 cash back…

Sigma UK confirm availibility of 19mm, 30mm EX DN lenses

Sigma UK has announced the new 19mm and 30mm f/2.8 lenses for Sony and Micro Four Thirds cameras are to carry a SRP of £169.99 inc. VAT and will be available immediately. That's interesting not only for their intended market but also because it has been suggested that these two lenses (or perhaps a slight variation) are to be adopted on the forthcoming (and hugely anticipated) 46MP DP1 and DP2 Merrill compacts. However, a spokesperson for Sigma told the DJP that the company was still some time off having working cameras (prototypes), so we're unlikely to see an announcement confirming the price or availability anytime soon.Press Release:19mm F2.8 EX DN and 30mm F2.8 EX DN now available in the UK Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the new Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN and 30mm F2.8 EX DN are now available in the UK in both Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds fittings.Both lenses have a UK SRP of £169.99 including VAT and are designed exclusively for mirrorless interchang…

Canon USA announces 20pc off refurbs

Canon USA are offerring up to 20-percent off refurbished products, including 15-per-cent off DSLRs and EF lenses. Unfortunately, it looks as if all the those reduced Canon EOS 5D Mk IIs have gone already. Pity.Please click here to buy.

Nikon issues statement over D800, D4 price hike

NIKON UK Press Statement 26-March-2012Nikon UK can confirm a correction to the originally published recommended retail prices (RRP) on the D800, D800E and D4 products.

Due to a local internal systems error, the incorrect RRPs on the D800, D800E and D4 products were communicated in the UK and Irish markets at the time of announcement. The correct RRPs for the products should have been D4: £5289.99, D800: £2,599.99 and D800E: £2,899.99. We would like to apologise sincerely to our customers for this unfortunate mistake, which has been corrected with immediate effect. We know that there has been strong consumer interest in these products and a high level of pre-orders placed with retailers; Nikon will be honouring the original prices to retailers on all customer pre-orders placed before March 24th 2012.
Related PostsNikon UK unexpectedly raises price on D4, D800 UPDATED

Lens choice for the Nikon D800, D800E

Research Station, 2,8/21 Distagon T* 1/200sec at f/5.6. I recently had the opportunity to review the Carl Zeiss 2.8/21 Distagon T* for a well-known UK photo magazine, and I hope to be able to post a in-depth review here in the future. In the meantime, however, with all the interest in finding lenses to pair with the 36MP D800 and D800E, this lens (which is also available in Canon mount) is the finest retrofocus wide-angle lens money can buy. It has high resolving power even at maximum aperture, outstanding colour purity, superb micro contrast and an attractive drawing style that's typical of Carl Zeiss. If there's a slight downside it exhibits slight complex (moustache) shaped distortion, like its Contax mount predecessor. It is very slight though. Buy the Zeiss 2,8/21 from; Amazon UK (£1,337.24)
Amazon US ($1,843)
Adorama ($1,843) Related PostsZeiss announces new Distagon T* 2,8/15Carl Zeiss unwraps new Distagon T* 25mm f/2Carl Zeiss to offer UV and Polarizer filters in 77mmCarl…

Nikon UK unexpectedly raises price on D4, D800 UPDATED

UPDATE (26th March): Nikon has today issued a statement confirming the price increases. However, Nikon add they will be honouring the original prices to retailers on all customer pre-orders placed before March 24th 2012.
UPDATE (24th March): Jessops are now showing the increase on the Nikon D800 (£2599) and Nikon D800E (£2899).
UPDATE: Jessops are now showing the price of the D4 at £5,289, Wex still at £4,799. The prices of the D800 (£2,399) and D800E (£2,689) remain unchanged at the time of posting. Amazon UK have the Nikon D800 at £2,399 but have not shown the Nikon D4 available for pre-order, unlike other dealers. Interestingly, Jersey-based Play.com has the D800 listed at just £2,099.99 - though it's not clear if that price includes VAT. They have a 'Pre-Order Price Promise', but it's based on the price dropping (so you pay the lower price), not on it increasing.

According to a contributor* to the Pixiq site, John Walshe, General Manager, Nikon UK has emailed de…

Leica product launch May 10

It has ben reported on various sites and intent communities that invites have gone out to publishers for an event in Berlin on May 10th for a range of new products. Rumors are circulating about an M9 variant with a black and white sensor (no color filter array), which I think is plausible though I was expecting that announcement at this year's Photokina. The date is significant. May 10th is too good an opportunity to pass up for the introduction of a new M10, I really can't believe Leica would miss this date to launch a new X2 and a mirrorless solution. I expect to see all three, maybe even a new S3 (which is due a refresh) with the M10 B&W announced at Photokina.

Rare Interview With Henri Cartier-Bresson - 'The Father of Modern Photojournalism'

Don't miss this very rare hour long interview with one of the pioneers of photojournalism. Cartier-Bresson helped developed the 'street photography' style that has influenced generations of photographers and mobile photographers who have followed...via Eric Kim

Pentax confirms availability of smc DA 25mm f4AL [IF] lens for 645D

Pentax has today confirmed the previously announced smc DA645 25mm f/4 AW will be available from mid-April 2012, at the RRP of £3999.99 (GBP) or $4,999 (USD). The lens is the equivalent to 20mm in full-frame 35mm terms and boasts several interesting features/benefits including a built-in pull-out filter holder (supplied with a 40.5mm polarizer filter), new Aero Bright (nano - tech) coating to reduce flare and weatherproofing.Pre-order from B&H Photo ($4,999.95). Press release:smc PENTAX-DA645 25mm F4AL [IF] SDM AW

A high-performance, unifocal lens, exclusively designed for the PENTAX 645D to produce breathtaking ultra-wide-angle imagesPENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX-DA645 25mm F4AL [IF] SDM AW.Designed for exclusive use with the PENTAX 645D, this unifocal, ultra-wide-angle lens features PENTAX-original optics optimized for high-quality digital photography to ensure exceptional high resolution images. The sturdy construction of the l…

Canon EOS 5D Mk III in stock at B&H Photo

We've had the Canon EOS 5D Mk III c/w 24-105mm f/4L parfocal in stock here in the UK for a week or so, but B&H Photo has just received their first deliveries - but they won't last long.Buy at B&H Photo $4,299

Petrol Bags to announce new models at NAB show

Press release:Petrol Bags Intros Audio, DSLR, Monitor bags and more at 2012 NAB ShowTel Aviv, Israel: March 22, 2012 – Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, announces a diverse range of new camera and audio equipment bags to be introduced at 2012 NAB Show, April 16–19 at the LVCC in booth #C6034.New for Audio
Petrol Bags premieres four new products for audio. The Deca Audio Bag (PS614) is an ultra-lightweight carrier designed to securely transport sound equipment and keep it safe, organized, and accessible while working. It accommodates a Zaxcom Nomad or Sound Devices SD 788 mixer with a CL8 controller and offers easy access to the SD522 mixer’s SD card slot. Users will also appreciate the new Portable Digital Recorder Pouch to hold the Zoom H4N, Tascam DR-100 and DR-40 or similar size portable digital recorders. Its top flap is constructed of Transparent Polyurethane (TPU) for maximum visibility while shielding the recorder’s front panel and top external microph…

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT in stock

Canon's new top of the range Speedlite, the 600EX-RT (wireless version), which was unveiled alongside the Canon EOS 5D MkIII, is now in stock at the following retailers:Jessops £679.95 Wex Photographic £679Please note, buying through these links won't cost you anything extra and may benefit this site.

Adobe announces Photoshop CS6 beta

Adobe has today announced Photoshop CS6 beta, which is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Although you can download the beta, it's hoped you'll provide feedback to the product team.

Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows platforms. The final release is expected in the first half of 2012.Press releasePhotoshop CS6 Beta Now Available on Adobe Labs
First Major Release since April 2010 Packed with New Features and Huge Performance EnhancementsLONDON, UK. — March 22, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations, features and incredible performance enhancements, Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microso…

Adorama special on Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro

Adorama has a special currently on the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX zoom. The regular price is $849 but the sale price is $699 after the retailer's discount and $50 mail-in rebate (from Tokina).Please follow the links to buy:Canon fit
Nikon fit Related PostsTokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX review

SanDisk reposition pricing in the UK

After the price reductions of SanDisk and Lexar memory cards in the US, SanDisk has repositioned their SD range in the UK (expect Lexar to follow suit shortly). The fastest currently available are the 95MB/s* (633x speed rated equivalent) cards under the Extreme Pro branding (note there are some slower variants around, but this maybe older stock.) These cards are UHS-1 (class 1) UDMA-6 compatible but use a different controller - the same as the CF Exteme Pro series. Previously available at £79, the 16GB card, for instance, can now be had from Amazon UK at just £43.50. UPDATEWex are retailing the 16GB Extreme Pro card at £59Jessops are still retailing the same card at £71.96 (was £90). Related PostsSanDisk and Adorama start Extreme promotion

Fujifilm X-Pro1 in stock at Jessops

UK dealer, Jessops, has the eagerly awaited Fujifilm X-Pro1 in stock at £1,429.95 body only. We'll update this page with links to the lenses as soon as we have the details.UPDATE: Jessops are now displaying the lenses in stock:XF 18mm f/2R at £549.95
XF 35mm f/1.4R at £549.95
XF 60mm f/2.4R Macro at £599.95 Related PostsFuji announces X-Pro 1
Fuji X10 review
Fuji X100 review

Rare Finds on eBay

UPDATE: The lens has been, inexplicably, removed from sale.One of Nikon's most esoteric and desireable lenses, the 13mm f/5.6, can be found on eBay currently. Designed by Ikuo Mori and boasting an angle of view of 118-degrees it was, at the time of introduction (1976), the widest rectilinear lens made for 35mm camera and an ideal lens for architecture. It was also one of Nikon's most expensive lenses, built to order only less than 400 were made in total. The lens for sale looks like the first version which has been factory modified for the AI mount. The second version starting at 175501 was made with a AI mount and the third version from serial number 175901 was modified for AIS.

Nikon D4 in stock at retailers

UPDATE: The links are back to pre-orders only.Nikon's eagerly awaited top-of-the-range Nikon D4 is in stock in several UK retailers. Please follow the links to buy (not pre-order!)Jessops £4,799.95 (with free EN-EL8 battery worth £130)Wex Photographic £4,799Amazon UK are not showing the D4 in stock, but we'll update this post as soon as it is.Amazon US are still showing pre-orders (at USD $5,999).

Canon EOS 5D Mk III in stock at UK retailers Jessops, Wex

Warehouse Express have the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in stock at £3689 (with the 24-105mm f4L - not body only). Please click here to buy. As we reported Thursday, Jessops has the 5D Mk III and 24-105mm lens in stock at £3690. Please click here to buy.Please note, buying through links may benefit this site.

Canon EOS-1 DX available to pre-order at Amazon

Amazon US has started pre-orders on the EOS 1-DX at $6,799. Please follow the link below:

Canon EOS-1D X 18.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera

Thank you for buying through this site's links. Related PostsCanon EOS-1 DX available to pre-order at B&H Photo (and Adorama)

Phase One lowers price of Capture One, launches new site

Phase One Makes Superior Image Quality More Accessible Company Launches New Web Site; Lowers Price of Capture One and Increases Its Trial Period to 60 daysCOPENHAGEN, March 17, 2012 — Phase One, the world’s leading pro photography equipment provider, today launched a new web site dedicated to the user experience of its customers and new visitors. The site’s greatly improved usability offers easier access to information and tools to help professionals and other discerning photographers achieve the highest image quality results. As part of this new user-experience focus, Phase One has extended the trial period for its Capture One 6 raw converter and photo editing software from 30 to 60 days and reduced its price. This gives more people the opportunity to experience the distinctive image quality available only with Capture One -- including its renowned raw rendering engine that produces photographs with the feel of film, superior control, true skin tones and robust support for very large…

NPG, BT announce BT Road to 2012: Aiming High

Beth Tweddle b.1985 Beth Tweddle (third from left), Hannah Whelan (left), Jenni Pinches (second left) Rebecca Tunney (right). Photographed by Anderson & Low, 17th November 2011, Liverpool. © Anderson & Low - National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 projectPress release:The National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with BT, a premier partner of London 2012, is proud to present BT Road to 2012: Aiming High, a major summer exhibition of London Olympic photographs. BT Road to 2012: Aiming High is the extraordinary final culmination of a three year exhibition project, National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012. As part of a major gallery commission of over 100 works, around forty new portraits by the highly acclaimed and newly commissioned photographers were announced today: Anderson & Low, Nadav Kander and Jillian Edelstein. The new photographs will go on show at the National Portrait Gallery on 19 July.The first three portraits, released today, are of champion gymnast Beth T…

Photojournalist, light mod maker David Honl to host UK seminars

David Honl, the photojournalist behind the popular light modifiers of the same name will be in the UK appearing at several events to talk about his work as a photographer and demonstrate his unique range of light-shaping products for portable, battery operated flash units or speedlites.Schedule of events:Thursday 29 March:  Calumet Drummond Street Friday 30 March:  special event for Nikon Owners Club members in Kensington, contact Mike Eleftheriades of the NOC  Tuesday 3 April:  meet 11 am at The Flash Centre LondonWednesday 4 April:  Phototraining 4 U Cardiff,  or email news@phototraining4u.comThursday 5 April:  Robert White Photographic  Poole, or email info@robertwhite.co.uk
SalesBuy Honl Photo gear from Amazon (USA), or Amazon UK. Please note, buying through these links may benefit this site.

Zeiss announces new Distagon T* 2,8/15

As expected, Carl Zeiss has today announced the new Distagon T* 2,8/15 or in more common parlance, a 15mm f/2.8 ultra-wide lens with a 110 degree angle of view. The lens features anomalous partial dispersion glass (to reduce chromatic aberration) and is the first in the Zeiss range to feature aspherical lens surfaces. The new manual focus lens will be available in May in both Nikon and Canon mounts and will have a retail price of US$2,948 or 2,148 euros, £1786 (excluding VAT)*Pre-order from:B&H Photo ($2,950)
Adorama ($2,950) Press release Carl Zeiss presents the new Distagon T* 2,8/15 super wide angle lensCarl Zeiss brings out a new super wide angle lens in May 2012. The super wide angle Distagon T* 2,8/15 will be available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2). With an extra-large angle of view of 110  degrees in combination with a fast f/2.8 aperture, the lens enables the features for dramatic perspectives and performance demanded by the most ambitious landscape and architectural ph…

Canon EOS 5D Mk III arriving tomorrow say Jessops

UK retailer, Jessops, are saying on their site that the first stock of the new Canon EOS 5D Mk III (complete with 24-105mm L lens) is arriving tomorrow (March 16). That's almost a week ahead of the March 22 the retailer quoted earlier. However, they're still saying to pre-order to secure. Please follow the link here to buy.

Canon EOS-1 DX available to pre-order at B&H Photo

Although the EOS-1 DX has been available to pre-order in the UK, that's not been the case in the US as dealers have had to wait for the pricing. However, the delay is over at least for customers of B&H Photo. Adorama and Amazon are sure to follow, and we'll update this post when that happens.Pre-order the EOS 1DX body at B&H Photo ($6,799.00)UPDATE: Adorama has been taking pre-orders for the EOS-1 DX from before Christmas, so they tell me (thanks, Helen). Please follow the link here ($6,799).

Test Drive a Think Tank Photo Modular Rotation System

Test Drive one of Think Tank Photo’s new Modular Rotation Systems free for 28 days.  If you like it, keep it and your credit card will be charged.  If not, return it to Think Tank no charge. The Modular Rotation System is the choice of working professionals who shoot sports, weddings, nature or any situation where the need to stay mobile and rapid gear changes are essential. The Modular Component Set™ V2.0 consists of two individual lens changer pouches, a flash pouch and an accessory pouch that lock to or slide around any Think Tank Photo belt. Since the pouches are modular, the carrying system can be reconfigured to match any assignment, under any condition.

The Modular Skin Set V2.0 consists of two individual lens changer pouches, a flash pouch and an accessory pouch that lock to or slide around a Think Tank Photo belt. Components are lightweight, compressible and easily collapsible. Perfect for traveling.The "Sound Silencer" feature adds stealth by eliminating hook-and-lo…

Sony Alpha SLT-A57 available to pre-order

For pre-orders, please follow the links below to Adorama Camera: Sony A57 body only $699.99
Sony A57 c/w 18-55mm kit $799.99B&H Photo:
Sony A57 body only $699.99
Sony A57 c/w 18-55mm kit $799.99UK readers can pre-order via Jessops:Sony A57 c/w 18-55mm kit £699.95 (£100 less than Wex) Please follow the links below for Warehouse Express (UK):Sony A57 body only £699.99
Sony A57 c/w 18-55mm kit £799.99
Sony A57 c/w 18-55mm & 55-200mm £979Thank you for buying through this site's links. Related PostsSony announces Alpha SLT-A57 DSLR UPDATED

Sony announces Alpha SLT-A57 DSLR UPDATED

Sony has introduced the SLT-A57, the much rumored replacement for the "translucent" (pellicle)-mirror A55. The A57 features the same 16-megapixel resolution sensor, EVF and translucent mirror technology but adopts the body of the A65 along with the latest iteration of Sony's Bionz processor. The A57 will be available in early April and have a MSRP of $799 complete with the 18-55mm kit lens.For pre-orders, please follow the links below to Adorama Camera: Sony A57 body only $699.99
Sony A57 c/w 18-55mm kit $799.99UK readers can pre-order via Jessops:Sony A57 c/w 18-55mm kit £699.95 (£100 less than Wex) Please follow the links below for Warehouse Express (UK):Sony A57 body only £699.99
Sony A57 c/w 18-55mm kit £799.99
Sony A57 c/w 18-55mm & 55-200mm £979Thank you for buying through this site's links. Press Releaseα57 camera from Sony with Translucent Mirror Technology lets everyone grab the action at 12fps13 March 2012Power-packed camera with unique features including …

Open to Interpretation deadline extended

Open to Interpretation have extended the deadline to submit entries to their latest theme Fading Light' from March 15 to June 26, 2012. Readers can download a sneak peak the current themed publication, Water's Edge here. The book is available from the OtI site here ($55). Related PostsCall for entries in Open to Interpretation: Fading Light

Carl Zeiss to add 15mm f/2.8 prime to DSLR range?

Carl Zeiss are rumored to be launching a new ultra-wide in ZE / ZF DSLR mounts, and have started a teaser campaign on Facebook. Our guess is a Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8, or maybe f/3.5 with a price of around $4,000.

Nikon D4 available to pre-order via Amazon

Amazon in the US are taking pre-orders for the new Nikon D4 at $5,999, please click here to pre-order. Amazon are saying the D4 will be released March 20, 2012, alongside the Nikon D800 ($2,999) and D800E ($3,299).UK retailer Jessops is taking pre-orders for the new D4 at £4,799.95 (inc VAT), please follow the link here.Wex Photographic (Warehouse Express) are also taking pre-orders at £4,799.00.US readers can also pre-order from Adorama ($5,999.5) here.Thank you for buying through this site's links. Related PostsNikon announces new flagship Nikon D4