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Nikon UK announce cashback on Nikon 1 kits


London, UK, 31st May 2012: Nikon UK today launches a new Nikon 1 promotion offering £50/&#836460 cashback on Nikon 1 J1 and V1 kits purchased before 31st August 2012 (inclusive).

Customers purchasing any Nikon 1 J1 or V1 camera or lens combination are entitled to claim £50 /&#836460 cashback. The promotion runs from 31st May - 31st August 2012 (inclusive) and all claims must be received by the 30th September 2012 in order to qualify.For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, please visit: Buy Nikon 1 kits Jessops
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Adobe releases ACR 7.1, LR 4.1 adds support for Fuji X-Pro1

Adobe has introduced ACR 7.1 and LR 4.1 adding support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Fujifilm X-Pro1, Nikon D800, Leica M-Monochrom and Olympus OM-D E-M5. (Lightroom 4.1 was released as RC2 but didn't have support for the Fuji X-Pro1 Raw (.RAF) files).Other features of Lightroom 4.1 include; The ability to process HDR TIFF files. (16, 24 or 32-bit TIFF files)
Additional Color Fringing corrections to help address chromatic aberration.
Save photobooks created in the Book Module to JPEG
Publishing photos to Adobe Revel is now accessible via a Publish plugin
Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom. The update is free to existing users and can be found here (page down to the bottom).Buy Lightroom 4.1 from Amazon. List of new cameras supported:•    Canon EOS 1D X
    •    Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    •    Canon EOS 60Da
    •    Canon PowerShot G1 X
    •    Fuji FinePix F505EXR
    •    Fuji FinePix F605EXR
    •    Fuji FinePix F770EXR
    •    Fuji FineP…

Fuji announce M-mount adapter for X-Pro1

Fuji has formerly announced the M-mount adapter first seen at CES earlier in the year. The new mount allows the fitment of Leica M series lenses (or any lens using a M-mount: Zeiss ZM, Voigtlander etc) on the X-Pro1. T According to the press release; 'the M Mount Adapter features an array of electronic connections that automatically pass information to the X-Pro1 body based on pre-registered lens profiles. With firmware version 1.10 or later, this information is transmitted by pressing the Function button on the side of the adapter, which allows users to access the Mount Adapter Settings menu on the rear LCD'...To ensure the Fujifilm M Mount Adapter delivers optimum results, users can create and fine tune lens profiles through the X-Pro1’s Mount Adapter Settings menu. This menu allows X-Pro1 users to profile up to six lenses. There are four presets for 21mm, 24mm, 28mm and 35mm lenses, plus two optional settings for additional optics.'The new mount adapter will be avilable…

Olympus announce price and availability of 75mm f/1.8

Olympus has confirmed the price and availability of the recently announced 75mm f/1.8 (150mm equivalent). The new lens, said to be aimed at studio users (for portraits), stage and indoor sports photographers will be available in July for $899.99 / £799.99.

Along with the already 'leaked' 60mm f/2.8 macro, Olympus can now claim a decent range of prime lenses; 12mm f/2, 17mm f/2.8, 45mm f/1.8 and now the 60mm and 75mm. And don't forget Panasonic's primes neatly complement the Zuikos, with a 14mm f/2.5, 20mm f/1.7, and two Leica branded lenses: a 25mm f/1.4 and 45mm f/2.5 macro. No wonder the GH2, G3 and EM-5 are attracting serious attention. As good as the rival cameras are from Sony, Nikon, and Samsung, the Micro Four Thirds system is way ahead.

Sample images can be seen here. (though the lens is still pre-production (ie not using finalised firmware for optical corrections, AF etc)).

The lens can be pre-ordered from B&H Photo (they will send to Europe and the UK) or…

Panasonic announces 12-35mm (24-70mm) f/2.8 for Lumix Micro Four Third cameras

Panasonic has announced a new addition to their micro four thirds lens range in the form a new 14-35mm f/2.8 (formally called the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-HS12035)). The lens has an equivalent angle of view to that of 24-70mm f/2.8 on a 35mm camera. The new zoom lens is weather-sealed and boast both ED glass, IF (internal focusing) and the company's Power-OIS system (optical image stabilizer). Although aimed at enthusiasts the lens is compact and portable. Panasonic has reduced the weight to a low 305g and just 73.8mm in length thanks to the use of four aspheres in the optical construction. There is no word yet on price or availability.For more information please visit: MTF This lens promises very high imaging performance (and resolving power), note that Panasonic has measured at 20 and 40 lp/mm, as opposed to the more usual 20 and 30 lp/mm. The topmost (blue) lines at 20 lp/mm most closely correlate to lens contrast, whereas the…

Hasselblad reduce prices on H4D models

Hasseblad is set to reduce the price on the H4D cameras up to 22-percent on some models. The price of the top-of-the-range H4D-60, for instance, will fall $11,000 / 6,200 Euros, bringing the price to 23,900 euros ($30,995 / £21,995). Under the revised pricing structure, the H4D-31 (incl. 35-90mm lens) has been reduced by 3,565 euros to 11,995 euros, the H4D-40 is reduced by 1,000 euros; the H4D-50 by 3,000 euros; the H4D-50MS by 3,000 euros; the H4D-200MS by 4,500 euros and the CFV-50 Digital Back by 2,000 euros. The price of the top-of-the-range H4D-60 will fall $11,000 / 6,200 Euros, bringing the price to 23,900 euros ($30,995 / £21,995). And, in a separate stand-alone offer customers who buy a new Hasselblad camera and lens before the end of July will be eligible to purchase a second lens at just 50% of the manufacturer’s recommended sales price.For further information visit prices are not yet in effect at Adorama, however there are some camera…

Billingham announces new V-Bridge insert

Billingham is to introduce a long-overdue 'V Bridge' insert to support pro-body cameras with lenses attached. There will be two sizes available, the 'V Bridge 12' and '15'. The 12 fits the f/stop range and also some other smaller bags with a base width of 120mm. The 15 fits the 107, 207, 307, 225, 335, 445, 555 and 550 bags, along with any older bags which were manufactured with two horizontal velcro fastenings inside the main compartment with a base width of 150mm. Both sizes will retail at £12 inc VAT.

UPDATE: Although it looks like a simple divider it is in fact made of shaped foam. We've been sent one and it doesn't deform at all so it's quite capable of supporting a relatively heavy lens like the 70-200mm shown below. We've also been sent a Billingham 550, which we will review in due course.

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Canon announces firmware update to EOS C300 models, adds functionality

Canon will add Genlock synchronisation for 24.00P, 24.00PsF, 23.98P and 23.98PsF signal inputs in the C300 models, the company announced today. The extra functionality will be enabled via a firmware update available at the end of May.Press release:Canon adds new functionality to the EOS C300 and EOS C300 PLUnited Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, 18 May 2012 – Canon today announces the availability of a new firmware update for the ground-breaking EOS C300 and the EOS C300 PL.  The update, version, will add Genlock synchronisation for 24.00P, 24.00PsF, 23.98P and 23.98PsF signal inputs.  In addition, the new firmware will add support for Korean language to the menus.The new firmware will be available from the end of May 2012 from

Now In Stock Canon EOS 5D MKIII DSLR At Jessops - Order Here

Don't miss out, Jessops have just received stock of this awesome camera and it's ready to order here. The total cost body only is £2999.95 or you can spread the cost over 12 months from £201.99 per month.Just click here to order.

Pre-order Leica M-Monochrom

If you don't understand the need for the Leica M-Monochrom then there's no need to buy one. It's not about the technical capabilities but about the psychological effect on the brain when composing using a camera that's only able to capture a B&W image (in exactly the same way you're forced to think about tonality when you load an Leica M6 with Tri-X or FP4 Plus). For me personally, the M-Monochrom is more compelling than the regular M9 but, as they say, 'your mileage may vary'. No one has seemed to mention the fact that adding red, blue, yellow or green filters to the lens will decrease the sensor's sensitivity, effectively giving up some of the gains of removing the array in the first place. The B+W Red 091 Filter, for instance, has a filter factor of 8 (3-stops). What's more, few commentators, if any, have mentioned the M-Monochrom's IR cut-off filter (it doesn't use a OLPF). There are generally two types available; absorptive or refle…

NPG call for entries for Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

The National Portrait Gallery has announced the Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012, a major international photographic award. Entry forms are now available and the closing date for entries is9 July 2012. To enter, visit and complete the online application form.

Leica announces APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH

Alongside the anticipated M-Monochrom, Leica Camera AG has announced the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. The new lens features apochromatically corrected glass for reduced chromatism, aspherical lens surfaces and a floating element design (for close range correction of SA). The lens is expected to be available from the end of July at a retail price of £5,400 inc VAT. Note, the current non-apo 50mm f/2 version has the reputation of being the best 50mm optically and retails at just (!) $2,295 / £1,535 inc VAT, so this is without doubt a lens for the purist.For more information, please visit Although it's easier to design 50mm's, this lens' performance looks like it will be superb wide-open right out to the corners of the frame. Nothing short of outstanding performance at f/5.6.

Leica announces five central shutter lenses for Leica S system

Leica Camera AG, is expanding the Leica S medium format system with five lenses incorporating central 'leaf-type' shutters. The new models announced today in Berlin are the Leica Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. and Leica Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH. wide-angle lenses, the Leica Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 ASPH. standard lens, the Leica APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120mm f/2.5 tele-macro lens and the Leica APO-Tele-Elmar-S 180mm f/3.5 telephoto lens.

With a top speed of 1/1000 of a second, the central shutter offers a working range expanded by three f-stops (over the 1/125th sec flash sync of the current S2 camera). Each shutter has a guaranteed life of more than 100,000 cycles per lens, and each lens adopts dust- and splash-proof construction. The CS lenses are scheduled to be available in the UK starting from October 2012 at the following retail prices;

Suggested Retail Prices including VAT are:
Leica Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. (CS version) – £5,850
Leica Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH. (CS version) …

Leica unwraps M9-P Edition Hermes

In addition to the Leica M-M and Leica X2, Leica Camera AG has also announced a limited edition M9-P 'Edition Hermes' model featuring a restyled top plate, shutter speed dial and shutter release. The camera also adopts the distinctive 'Veau Swift' calfskin leather in ochre color. The first of the Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’ sets will be available in May 2012, in a worldwide limited edition of 300. In addition to the camera, the set includes a silver-anodised Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens and is scheduled to be available in the UK from May 2012, at a UK suggested retail price of £18,000 inc VAT. This will be followed by a very special set, which will be available in June 2012. The Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’ – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas, in a strictly limited edition of only 100 sets, is a celebration of the friendship and collaboration between Jean-Louis Dumas, the former president of Hermès, who died in May 2010, and Leica Camera AG. The camera is accompani…

Leica announces new Leica M-M, new X2

Leica Camera AG has announced a new M-series camera to complement the existing M9 and and M9-P models. The new camera, the M-M (Mononchrom) boasts a 18-MP full-frame CCD sensor for black and white photos only. The sensor is devoid of the conventional Bayer colored array and is said to have improved detail, sensitivity and lower noise than a comparable color sensor. In addition to the M-M, Leica has also introduced the Leica X2, and updated version of the X1 featuring a 16MP CMOS and 35mm f/2.8 equivalent lens. The X2 is said to have improved AF operation over the original and has a accessory socket for an optionally available 1.44m dot electronic viewfinder, or 'Visoflex' finder, in Leica speak (but looks remarkably similar to the Epson made unit for the Olympus PENs, see below).The Leica X2 is available immediately at $1,995, while the Leica M Monochrom in black chrome will be available from Leica dealers in late July 2012 at a retail price of $7,950 / £6120 / 6.800 Eur (inc…

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 - Now Available To Download From The Mac App Store

This new release to the Mac App Store represents a substantial release for Adobe. It will join Photoshop Elements 10 Editor andPremier Elements 10 Editor as well as the subscription based app Revel.

Adobe Photoshop LIghtroom 4 retails for $149.99/£99.99 You can download it here.

Schneider Kreuznach announces Cine-Xenar III primes

Schneider Kreuznach, the maker behind high-end optics for DSLRs and MF cameras (as well as B+W filters) has announced today the third generation of its Cine-Xenar range of lenses for cinema and TV- productions (though the lenses can also be adopted for use with APS-C DSLRs). The lens range consists of T2.2/25mm, T2.1/35mm, T2.0/50mm, T2.0/75mm and T2.0/95mm lenses and have been updated to include an inner focusing system. An a brand new 18mm variant (T2.2/18mm) has also been announced. The lenses were primarily developed for RED, ARRI, Canon, Sony and Panasonic professional cameras with a PL mount. Thanks to their exchangeable camera mount, these versatile Cine-Xenar cinema lenses can also be used with semiprofessional digital SLR cameras such as the (APS-C) Canon EOS 7D.More information can be found at

Leica to unveil new cameras on Thursday

Although it hasn't been confirmed by the company, we're expecting to see a new addition to the M9 line on Thursday (May 10), possibly even the M10, though from what I've heard this is likely to be announced later in the year at Photokina (along with the the new S3). However an M9 with a monochrome sensor is the most likely scenario, along with perhaps the announcement of the Leica X2 (with probably a 16/18MP APS-C sensor and different lens, perhaps a 35/2 equivalent - the current lens is a 35/2.8 equivalent - 24/2.8 Elmarit). We'll just have to wait and see. Related PostsLeica M9 reviewLeica X1 review

Memory Card deals

B&H Photo have specials on SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro SD and CF cards. I think the offer is only going to last a day (till tonite). Oh and they're limited on stock too.

B&H Photo announces double rebates on select Canon gear

B&H has introduced a new Canon DOUBLE rebate page. Expires June 2nd 2012How it Works1.      You click on the link below
2.      Choose a camera body and then choose a lens or speedlight (or both)Example: Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) $ 1,699.00 - $150 instant savings = $1,549.00
Then pick up a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens $2,499.00  - Instant savings of $200 which Doubles to an instant savings of $400. Final price $2,099.00. You Just saved $550!Please follow the link here for the rebate.

Sony 500mm f/4 G now shipping

Sony has started to ship the incredibly expensive SAL 500mm f/4.0 G that was announced earlier in the year. At $12,999 via B&H Photo it's $2,500 more expensive than the new even lighter (7.63 lb. vs 7.03 lb.) titanium-bodied IS II Canon version. Because of their lower weight the 500's are easier to handle than either the 600/4 or 400/2.8, a point I'm reminded of now as I'm currently reviewing the Nikkor 400/2.8 VR (actually VR II) with the Nikon D4 (strange the buttons aren't all back-lit) and the D800. The Nikon lens weighs 10.1 lb, though the new Canon IS II version has lowered the weight to 8.5 lb.

Nikon Europe announces FX lens cashback scheme

Nikon UK today launches a new full-frame (FX) lens promotion offering up to £180/Eur210 cashback on purchases of selected FX lenses between 1st May – 30th September 2012 (inclusive).

Customers may claim up to £180/Eur 210 cashback when purchasing any of the selected lenses (listed below) in conjunction with a Nikon D4, D800 or D800E body. The cashback can be redeemed for up to two lenses per body. The promotion will run from 1st May – 30th September inclusive and all claims must be received by the 31st October 2012 in order to qualify. See full details of the promotion below: For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, please visit: Search for Nikon at the following: