Showing posts from June, 2012

Sigma announce availability and pricing on DP2 Merrill

Sigma UK has today announced the intriguing 46MP DP2 high-end compact will be available from the 12th July at just £799 inc VAT . The sensor is practically the same unit found on the SD-1 DSLR which when first announced retailed at around £6,200. (inc VAT) Press ReleaseSigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the new SIGMA DP2 Merrill will be available in the UK from 12th July with a suggested retail price of £799.99. This high image quality compact digital camera features a 46 megapixel (4800×3200×3 layers) Foveon X3 direct image sensor. The full-colour Foveon X3 direct image sensor ensures outstanding resolution and natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimensional feel. A focus ring and custom Quick Set (QS) mode also improve the user interface.46 megapixel, 23.5×15.7mm full-colour Foveon X3 Merrill sensor
The 23.5×15.7mm full-colour Foveon X3 direct image sensor featured in the SIGMA DP2 Merrill, incorporates 46 effective megapixels (4,800×3,200×3 layer…

Canon significantly enhances EOS 7D with new firmware

Canon has unexpectedly announced new version2 firmware for the EOS 7D bringing with it a host of new features and benefits to the camera. The new firmware, available in August this year adds, amongst other benefits, GPS compatibility, a new maximum Auto ISO (up to ISO6440) and manual audio level adjustment for movies. The EOS 7D was released in 2009 and the arrival of the new firmware suggests Canon doesn't have a replacement model ready, which was rumored to be released in time for this year's Photokina in the Autumn. Pree Release: Enhanced with you in mind – Canon adds a range of new features to the EOS 7D United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 28th June 2012 – Canon UK & Ireland today enhances the EOS 7D with firmware v2, adding a range of new features for enthusiasts looking to push the limits of their photography. Building on the camera’s high speed, advanced handling and creative versatility, the new firmware provides photographers with a host of new benefits including …

Fuji announces two new XF lenses for X-Pro1, mentions a further five

Fuji has purportedly announced a XF14mm (21mm equiv.) f/2.8 and an XF18-55mm (28-85mm equiv.) f/2.8-4 zoom for the X-Pro1. Meanwhile the company has also outlined plans to introduce five further lenses for the camera in 2013; 56(85)mm f/1.4
27(41)mm f/2.8 'pancake'
23(35)mm f/1.4
55-200(85-300)mm f/3.5-4.8 OIS
10-24(15-35)mm f/4 No prices or availability has been mentioned at this time, we're still awaiting official confirmation (but this seems to be the way of doing things now).

Canon CPN announce EOS-1D X shipping to pro-dealers

Canon's CPN site is saying the new EOS-1DX and recently announced 24/28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses are now shipping to pro-dealers. In the UK, that includes both Jessops and WEX (WarehouseExpress). Both are showing the cameras as pre-orders. Jacobs are still listed on CPN surprisingly, after news of going into receivership - perhaps some sites are still trading.

Pentax UK rolls out Meet Britain campaign


Sarah Harding and Reggie Yates participate in a unique portrait of Britain in 2012

To celebrate the launch of the new PENTAX K-30 DSLR camera, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING UK LIMITED has today launched Meet Britain, a nationwide competition asking members of the public to submit images of the things they feel make Britain great.

The campaign is being spearheaded by singer and actress Sarah Harding and DJ and TV presenter Reggie Yates who will each create a set of images, which will provide a unique insight into the people and places that make Britain special to them.

PENTAX are also inviting members of the public to get involved by submitting photographs of the things they feel make Britain iconic. Entrants can submit images across five different categories:
-Summer Holidays
-Friends and Family
-Great British Culture
-Great British Outdoors

The best images will then be shortlisted and will feature in an exhibition which will be open to the public i…

Schenider Kreuznach confirm details of Super Angulon 14mm f/2.8 MFT

After releasing a vague press release last week concerning their intentions to introduce a new range of lenses for Micro Four Third Format cameras, the company has been under pressure to clarify some of the details. However, while admitting some of the technical details have yet to be finalised the company has confirmed the first lens to be release will be the SA 14mm f/2.0 (shown above) and that will it have auto-focus (as well as a the necessary CPU), cost under 1500 Euros, and will be manufactured in Germany. The new lens will not be available before the first quarter of 2013. Press release:Dear journalists, photographers and bloggers,

First of all, we’d like to thank you for your strong interest in our new lens line. Please bear with us, as the full scope of technical details is not available yet. We’ve received a wealth of questions and will try to answer every one of them. Below you’ll find answers to your questions and other inquiries we received:

What are the basic parameters of …

Canon EOS-1 DX available thru Amazon marketplace

Amazon Japan are showing three Canon EOS-1 DX bodies for sale via their resellers (or marketplace), priced from Yen 630,570 about USD $7,893.175. Shipping fees and tax and import duties will all be extra if you're looking to get one ahead of the rest, but at least it appears the camera is finally on its way to retailers. There's no release date from Canon UK, as far as I'm aware.

Calumet Seminars with John Clements

Pro dealer Calumet is running a Metering & Exposure course at their Drummond street store with photographer and author John Clements, one of the nicest and most knowledgeable guys in the photo-industry (disclaimer, I'm pleased to say John is a personal friend).The one day course costs £69 GBP inc VAT. To register please follow the link here.

Nikon D4 in stock at WEX UK

Supplies are finally getting through from the far east, after reporting earlier that the Nikon D800 is in stock at Amazon UK, WEX is claiming to have Nikon D4 in stock at £5289 (inc VAT), though it's not known if it has the Sony XQD card and reader bundled as the first shipment from Japan had.

Nikon D800 in stock at Amazon UK

Amazon UK has the long-waited Nikon D800 in stock and at £200 off the RRP of £2599 (£2399 inc VAT). Stock is limited to just five bodies, they say. Please click here or at the link above to buy. Related PostsNikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 best wide-angle zoom for Nikon D800

DxO Optics Pro v7.5.1 announced, supports Nikon D800E, D3200

DxO Labs, developers of raw workflow solution DxO Optics has announced v7.5.1 for Mac and Windows, and includes support for the Nikon 800E and D3200 as well as Sony’s SLT A35 and SLT A57 translucent-mirror SLRs, and Panasonic’s hybrid micro 4/3 camera, the Lumix DMC GX1. DxO claim the the algorithms have been fined tuned to restore detail from the Nikon D800E files when using the Remove color moiré tool.The update is free to existing users of DxO Optics Pro 7 as well as for photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 after September 1, 2011. The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro for Mac and Windows are available in the DxO Labs online store and at photo resellers, at a special discount price good through June 30, 2012 Press release DxO Optics Pro v7.5.1 supports five more new cameras and achieves the milestone of 7,000 available DxO Optics ModulesSpecial 30% discount through June 30, 2012June 20, 2012 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Opt…

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

Buy here, they won't last long. Rebates are also available, check their site for details.

Focus Shift with Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic

I am currently reviewing the Ricoh GXR A12 M-mount body and have the super-compact not to mention super fast Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic MC rangefinder lens for review also. Before the reviews are published I thought I would show the focus shift that this particular lens exhibits. On a camera like the Ricoh GXRM-mount (or, for that matter, any mirrorless camera using an adaptor) this particular characteristic isn't really an issue, providing you focus at the taking aperture. It is, however, a distinct issue if you focus at the maximum aperture and then stop down to the taking aperture or if you're using a coupled rangefinder such as the maker's own Bessa models or a Leica M series, which do not compensate for focus shift.I've used the Michael Tapes Design Lens Align Mk II to demonstrate the focus shift - it's a first class focus calibration tool which was originally designed to highlight issues with DSLRs and AF lenses but it's perfectly suited for th…

Canon EOS-1D X AF setting guidebook available to download

With the official launch date of the new Canon EOS 1-DX approaching, Canon has published a guide to the camera's AF settings. I'm hoping that the EOS-1DX isn't the kind of camera that has an AF system that's only as good as the user can set up (and it looks like it from this manual). There's no mention of autofocus being operational at an effective aperture of f/8, a feature that the rival Nikon D4 offers (which is useful when using a 600mm f/4 and 2x converter together - a fairly typical scenario for many wildlife shooters). Indeed, Canon circumvent that point directly but they do state on page 39, when referring to the number and placement of of cross type points used by f/5.6 lenses "Many lenses with EF 1.4x or 2x Extenders, and compact zooms fall into this category. With lenses having maximum apertures slower than f/4, high-precision AF is technically not possible, but 21 AF points in the central area still provide cross-type AF coverage, and the wide-are…

ThinkTank Photo announces update to AI laptop sleeves

ThinkTank Photo has announced an update (now at version 3.0) to the popular Artificial Intellgence laptop sleeves. The new seeves are available now (please see links below), priced at $39.75, $49.75, and $59.75, respectively, plus shipping.Features include:    •    Removable, cushioned nonslip shoulder strap for all day comfort.
    •    Zippered and gusseted front pocket for full access to small item organizer.
    •    Securable rear document pocket.
    •    Business card slot for identification.
    •    Metal clips and D rings for long life.
    •    Highest quality YKK zippers and materials for long life.
    •    Stores inside Airport Rollers with appropriate Low Divider set, providing locked security with TSA locks.           The Artificial Intelligence 13 V3.0 V3.0 is sized to hold most 13" laptops and 10-11"netbooks and accessories.  External Dimensions: 9.4" W x 13" x 1.2" D (24 x 33 x 3cm); Weight: 0.7-0.9 lbs (0.3-0.4 kg).           The Artificial Inte…

Olympus OM-D E-M5 in stock, for now

We've had an Olympus OM-D EM-5 in for review for a while and it's certainly one the most convincing cameras of its type for reportage and for documentary use, especially when paired with with the 12mm f/2.0, Leica 25mm f/1.4 and 45mm f/1.8. Perhaps unsurprisingly then the camera is hard to find in stock, especially here in the UK. Jessops are out of stock but it can be found at the internet retailer WEX (Warehouse Express) in black; body only (£999), or c/w with the impressivelyfast focusing 12-50mm zoom (£1,149). If you prefer Amazon (UK) try here (chrome body is even harder to find, though there are some with the 12-50mm).For customers in the US, the EM-5 is in stock at the following retailers:AdoramaAmazon USB&H Photo (now out of stock)Thank you for buying through this site's links, it won't cost you extra.

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake in stock at WEX

Although only recently announced, WEX, formerly Warehouse Express, has the new 40mm f/2.8 STM in stock at £299.

Sigma announces new 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM zoom

After yesterday's announcement from Nikon of a 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR lens at $999/£850, rival lens maker Sigma has announced a new 18-250mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom (actually an update) featuring offering many of the same features; optical image stabilization (unfortunately not included for Sony and Pentax as the bodies don't support OIS), ultrasonic focus motor, low dispersion glass and aspherical elements for nearly half the price, $TBA / £499. The lens focuses down to 35cm (45cm for the Nikkor) and weighs just 470g as opposed to 830g. The downside? Well it doesn't have quite the same reach (250mm vs 300mm) and it doesn't have sealing around the lens mount, but on paper at least these two lenses are very similar. We'll have to see how they perform optically. For more information, please visit Sigma UK or Sigma Corp (USA). Press releaseThe Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the announce the new Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM, a compact, high zoom ratio l…

Schneider-Kreuznach to introduce Micro Four Thirds lenses

Schneider-Kreuznach has sissued a press release this morning revealing their intention to introduce lenses specifically for MFT cameras. The picture above shows a Super-Angulon 14mm f/2.0 (28mm-equivalent), but there is no further information available at this time. From the photo supplied there's simply no way to tell if the lens has AF or is even 'chipped'. My guess is that it is not AF-enabled but, from the absence of an aperture ring that it might have electronic contacts to convey settings. However, I doubt that has an electronic diaphragm, and suspect this will be a entirely manual, mechanical lens, like the CV lenses.
Update: Some sites are reporting the lens has AF and a price of 1500 Euros, but we can confirm there was no mention of this in the official press release. While not impossible, adding AF to a lens would be a first for Schneider-Kreuznach.
Update: A spokesperson for Schneider-Kreuznach has confirmed to us that the lens will be shown at Photokina, late…

Nikon announces two new zooms, 70 million lenses produced

Nikon has launched to new lenses today, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for APS-C format cameras (such as the Nikon D7000 and D300s) and the AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5G ED VR (a long overdue update to the slot-drive 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF, as well as the newer AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G lens that was subsequently dropped). Both new lenses will be available by the end of the month, retailing at £849.99 / Euros 1002 for the 18-300mm and £519.99 / Euros 613.00 for the 24-85mm. The re-introduction of the relatively affordable 24-85mm lens will add credibility to the rumors of an impending full-frame camera, replacing the 12-megapixel D700 (pretty much confirmed now as being called the D600 on various rumor sites).Neither lenses are available to pre-order via Amazon yet, but B&H Photo are taking orders:24-85mm $599.95
18-300mm $999.95 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - One for All RRP: £849.99 / Eur 1002.00
Sales start date: 28th June 2012

London, UK, 14th June 2012 – Niko…

Canon announce release date for EOS-1D X

Although we've not heard anything officially from Canon UK, the Canon Japan site is today claiming the EOS-1D X will go on sale from June 20, 2012. Meanwhile rumors continue to circulate that Canon will announce an 'affordable full-frame camera' (priced below the current EOS 5D Mk III) and probably using STM technology, a 36 or 48MP replacement for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mk II and a brand new 'mirrorless' entry. We've been told that at least one of these is imminent, though we're inclined to believe that all three are likely to be announced just prior to Photokina (Sept 18- 23, 2012).Pre-order the Canon EOS-1D X at Amazon.

Apple updates Aperture to Version 3.3

Apple has announced Aperture version 3.3, a 554.9MB update that shares the photo-library with iPhoto (v9.3 or later), views camera-generated previews for faster browsing of RAW files, and features support for AVCHD video and a number of updated tools. Please see below for a full list of the new features. The update is available now for existing Aperture users (from the Apple icon in the main menu, simply select Software update... ).We've had a chance to update our photo-library, and can report Aperture 3.3 is a significant update to previous versions. Not only has it 'fixed' our mainly broken library (which was the main reason we switched to Lightroom), but it's now also lighteningly fast. Aperture is available from the Mac App store for $79.99 / £54.99 What's New in Aperture 3.3
    •    New unified photo library for both iPhoto (v 9.3 or later) and Aperture; no import/export required; Faces, Places, slideshows, albums and web sharing work across both applications

Apple announces updates to MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

Apple has today announced updates to MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, adding faster processors, graphics, memory, flash storage and USB 3 connectivity. Both MacBook models feature the latest Core i5 and i7 processors (up to 1.8GHz on the MacBook Air) and 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz on the MacBook Pro. The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models feature the new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, which Apple claims is up to 60 percent faster than the previous iteration. Flash storage remains either 64/128GB, configurable up to 512GB, but is four times faster Apple add. Both models come with faster 4GB memory configurable to 8GB, and feature a new FaceTime HD camera that delivers high-definition 720p. The 11-inch starts at $999 /£849, 13-inch starts at $1199 / £999.Meanwhile, a variant of the 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 5.1 million pixel 2880x1800 (220ppi) Retina display, all new flash architecture and a 7-hour battery life. Both the 13-inch and 'standard'…

Canon 40mm f/2.8 available for preorder at Jessops

Jessops the UK retailer has the new 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake listed here for pre-order at £229.99. The full-frame lens was announced last week and provides full-time AF during video capture on the new APS-C format EOS 650D. Note, the camera was launched with the EF-S 18-135mm IS STM - you will need a STM enabled lens to use AF during video-capture.Jessops also has the new image stabilized 28mm f/2.8 listed at £729.95 but for special order only - the 24mm f/2.8 is currently out of stock . Neither are STM enabled (they're USM instead).

Samyang announces 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye for Sony NEX, Samsung NX

Samyang Optics has announced a 8mm f/2.8 fisheye lens specifically for Sony NEX, and Samsung NX cameras. The new lens features 10 elements arranged in 8 groups, and includes one asphere and two ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements. With an angle of view of 180-degrees, and mimimum focusing distance of 0.3m, the manual focus Samyang 8mm 1:2.8 UMC Fish-eye is due for release early July 2012 with an expected street price of £279.99 / Euros 349.99. Construction MTF Note the MTF above displays 10 and 30 lp/mm.For more information, please visit Samyang.

Fujinon XF60mm f2.4 R Macro samples

The Fuji XF60mm f/2.4 R Macro is a light-weight and compact fixed focal length lens, the equivalent of a 90mm in angle of view, which was announced alongside the Fuji X-Pro1. Although billed as a macro, with a minimum working distance of 26.7cm and maximum magnification of 0.5X, the 60mm can be thought of as a highly versatile short-tele for portraits and occasional close-ups. Before we publish a full review of the XF60mm f/2.4R Macro and Fuji X-Pro 1 camera, we've posted a few uncropped samples of what this lens is capable of. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Butterfly World Project for allowing unrestricted access to their beautiful butterflies and gardens. 1/800 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200 (handheld). 1/500 sec at f/2.4, ISO 200. 1/100 sec at f/4, ISO 800 (handheld). 1/640 sec at f/4, ISO 800 (handheld). LinksB&H Photo $649 (world-wide shipping available including the UK).
Adorama $649
Amazon US $603 (price in cart)Wex UK (£599 inc VAT)
Jessops UK (£599.95 inc V…