Tuesday, 23 February 2016

ANNOUNCED: NEW NIKON DL PREMIUM COMPACT RANGE

Nikon today have announced 3 new premium range compact cameras, which are the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 & the DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8. All 3 new models have 20.8MP 1-inch CX format sensor, high performance optics & 4K video capability at 30p & many more features. They target photographers who have an interest in Landscape/Architecture, Portraiture to Wildlife/Sports. I'm hedging my bets, that the DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 will be wining camera. The cameras are now up on Nikon's website, here's a brief description from Nikon's press release. 

 The Nikon DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 - No more regrets for always-on photographers. The fast NIKKOR 24-85mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens provides superb flexibility and Super Macro mode delivers richly detailed close-ups. This camera also packs a 1037k-dot OLED tilt touchscreen and pop-up flash. The lens barrel features a customisable control ring and zoom ring. Available in silver or black.

The Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 - The portable way to big perspectives
With an impressive f/1.8 aperture at 18 mm, this Nikon DL boasts the brightest ultra-wide-angle lens Nikon has ever made. The lens features Nikon’s acclaimed Nano Crystal Coat for greater image clarity. The camera features a 1037k-dot OLED tilt touchscreen and in-camera Perspective Control. Available in classic black.

The Nikon DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 - Serious reach, and the image quality to make it worthwhile. With an ultra-high-power 21x zoom NIKKOR lens and SPORT (VR) mode, this Nikon DL is perfect for always-on photographers with an eye for motion. This camera also sports a built-in 2359k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, and a high-resolution OLED vari-angle touchscreen. Available in classic black.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

WHEN IS THE NEW FUJIFILM X-PRO2 DUE TO ARRIVE?

Due to the incredible demand for the NEW Fujifilm X-Pro2, expected this month Fujifilm have now delayed the release date to March 2016. This is so manufacturing efforts can be increased to try & stem the massive numbers of worldwide Pre-Orders. No guarantees, but with sly wink from our man at Fuji are hoping to receive them early March. Customers who Pre-Order the X-Pro2 will get priority on the initial limited supply of stock.


Our man at Fujifilm was also kind enough to let us have a little play of a pre-production model. To say that the X-Pro2 is nothing short of incredible is a gross understatement.




Friday, 5 February 2016

ANNOUNCED: 3 NEW SONY 'G MASTER' LENSES

With the resolution of digital cameras ever increasing to higher levels, lenses also need to evolve. Sony are looking into the future announcing 3 of 'Tomorrows' lenses 'Today'. These 3 NEW lenses are part of their NEW 'G Master' lens line-up- The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS & Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM
(designed for Full Frame Sony A7 Series models).

If your interested in lens technology, please have a look at this concept YouTube video on the NEW G Master Lens.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Released: FIRMWARE UPDATES FOR THE FUJIFILM X-T1, XT10 & X-E2

Fujifilm have been busy, now offering NEW firmware updates for 3 of their X-Series models- the Fujifilm X-T1, X-T10 & X-E2. The Firmware updates mainly address some underlying focusing issues & compatibility with the new Fujifilm XF 100-400mm, but for the X-E2, the update substantially upgrades the cameras Auto-focus performance & some new features.

CLICK ON THE LINKS FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO THE NEW FIRMWARES ON FUJIFILM.COM & ALWAYS CAREFULLY READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE UPDATING YOUR CAMERA


The firmware update Ver. 4.00 from Ver.3.10 incorporates the following issues:

1. New AF System
(1)New AF system with Zone and Wide/Tracking modes for effortless capture of moving subjects. (*)
The AF System complements the fast and accurate 49-single-point autofocus system with new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, which use 77 autofocus points across a wider area to substantially improve the camera's ability to capture moving subjects.

(2)Improvement of AF accuracy.
Single-point AF divides the focus area into smaller sections to more accurately determine the distance to the subject for even greater focusing accuracy. The built-in phase detection pixels have the detection range of 0.5EV, an improvement from the previous 2.5EV, delivering phase detection AF performance that enables fast focusing in low-light conditions and on low-contrast subjects.

(3) Eye Detection AF. (*)
The firmware update provides Fujifilm's Eye Detection AF, which automatically detects and focuses on human eyes.
The function allows you to easily focus on the eyes even in difficult conditions, e.g. when shooting a portrait wide open to obtain a beautiful bokeh background.

(4)Auto Macro mode. (*)
The firmware update introduces the Auto Macro function, which automatically switches the camera into the Macro mode while maintaining the conventional AF speed. You no longer have to press the Macro button to initiate a close-up shot. This update eliminates the Macro function assigned to the Macro Button, allowing you to assign a different function to the button.

(5)AF improvement in the Movie mode.
The optimized algorithm delivers a more natural and smooth AF action during movie recording.

2. Function enhancements
(6)High-speed electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000sec. (*)
The FUJINON XF Lens series lineup includes a number of fast fixed focal length lenses which boast very high sharpness with the aperture wide open, producing excellent out of focus "bokeh". However, fast apertures are difficult to use if the light is too bright, so to ensure users can create shallow depth-of-field effects, the camera is now equipped with a fully electronic shutter offering a maximum shutter speed of 1/32000sec. The mechanical shutter will not operate at all when any speed for the electronic shutter is selected, which also delivers a completely silent shooting experience; perfect for shots of sleeping children, pets, weddings, and more. In addition, it is possible to set the electronic shutter in 1/3 steps from a range of 1sec to 1/32000sec.

Notes1: Shutter Sound
The shutter sound can be muted if desired. Use the new "SHUTTER SOUND" and "SHUTTER VOLUME" options in the setup menu to choose the type and volume of the sound made when the shutter is released.

Notes2: The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects. Flash can not be used.

(7)White Balance Bracketing. (*)
Just fire the shutter once and capture the same scene at your selected white balance setting plus one frame at a warmer and another at a cooler color temperature. White Balance bracketing can be set in ±1, ±2 and ±3 steps.

(8)Enhanced ISO Auto Setting to AUTO1/AUTO2/AUTO3. (*)
You can use three ISO Auto setting AUTO1/AUTO2/AUTO3 in menu.

(9)Exposure Compensation control in Manual.
You can use the Exposure Compensation dial to make exposure adjustments while shooting in the Manual exposure mode with the ISO Auto setting.  

(10)Natural Live View function is just like the naked eye. (*)
One of the great benefits of an electronic viewfinder is that 'what you see is what you get'; the final image is displayed in real-time so any Film Simulation modes or other effects can be checked while shooting. But users sometimes need to see colors close to how they're viewed with an optical finder, or to focus on shadow detail, which some high-contrast effects block out. To aid this, the Natural Live View function has been added and, when "PREVIEW PIC. EFFECT" is turned Off in the menu, an image close to the naked eye is displayed during live view.  

(11)Finer lines on the framing grid enhances visibility
The lines on the framing grid, which you can choose to display in the Screen Set-Up menu, have been made finer   making it easier to view the subject.  

(12)New Video Frame rates (50P / 25P / 24P). (*)
As well as the existing 60fps and 30fps selections, 50fps, 25fps and 24fps options will be available with the update. 50fps and 25fps allow video editing in the PAL regions, such as Europe, without converting the frame rate. 24fps offers a cinema-like view.

(13)Manual Shooting in Video mode. (*)
The update will enable ISO sensitivity selection prior to shooting videos, as well as the ability to adjust aperture and shutter speed during movie recording.  

(14)Phase detection AF support for Instant AF. (*)
In Instant AF mode, which is operated by pressing the AF-L button during manual focusing, the update will enable Phase Detection AF, providing faster focusing speeds.  

(15)Expansion of shutter speed in Program Shift mode. (*)
In the current Program Shift mode, the slowest-speed setting is 1/4sec, but this will increase to a maximum of 4secs.

3. Operability improvements
(16)The new user interface.
The new user interface has been designed with particular attention paid to the size and layout of displayed settings.  
This allows you to concentrate fully on shooting through the viewfinder.  

(17)Improved Shutter Speed Dial operation. (*)
When the Shutter Speed Dial is set to T and the Shutter Type to Mechanical + Electronic, you can use the command dial to set a full range of exposure times from 30-1/32000sec. Previously, this was limited to 30-2 seconds. This means you can change the shutter speeds across a broader range without having to change camera position.  

(18)Name of Silent mode changed to avoid confusion. (*)
The Silent Mode has been renamed to "SOUND & FLASH ".  

(19)Direct selection of AF area. (*)
The update will let users select the focus area using the 4-way selector buttons, without pressing the Fn key.  

(20)Unlocked AE-L / AF-L Buttons. (*)
The function of the AE-L / AF-L button is currently locked, but will be interchangeable, depending on the user's preference.  

(21)Variable Focus Area during MF. (*)
When working in Manual focus mode, the update will enable changing the size of the focus area during Instant AF with the AF-L button.  

(22)Q. Menu customization. (*)
To make the Q Menu (used for quick access of frequently-used items) even more efficient, the update will allow its items and layout to be changed to the user's preference.  

(23)Interlocking of Metering and Focus areas. (*)
Users will be able to interlock the AF area position with the Metering area when Spot Metering mode is selected.  

(24)Movie Recording. (*)
Movie recording starts by pressing a function button not the shutter button. "MOVIE" in DRIVE options is eliminated.

4. Other changes with the update
(25)Supports focus limiter function for XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.    To be fully compatible with the lens, the new firmware supports focus limiter function for FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.    

(26)"BACKGROUND COLOR" menu.
"BACKGROUND COLOR" menu in "SCREEN SET-UP" menu is eliminated.

(27)The maximum number of images taken in the continuous shooting mode.

JPEG in High-speed continuous shooting mode: approx. 28 images ⇒ approx. 18 images RAW in High-speed and Low-speed continuous shooting mode: 1 or 2 less images than before the update.


The firmware update Ver. 1.20 from Ver.1.10 incorporates the following issues:

1. Supports focus limiter function for XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
To be fully compatible with the lens, the new firmware supports focus limiter function for FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

2. Improvement of the eye sensor's performance.
The phenomenon is fixed, that switching LCD display to EVF can be slow with some SD cards right after Power ON.


The firmware update Ver. 4.30 from Ver.4.21 incorporates the following issues:

1.Using a flashgun in Bracketing / Continuous shooting.
Optional flashguns can be used for bracketing and burst photography. When using the EF-X8, which is bundled with the X-T1, the flash fires in ISO, FILM SIMULATION and WHITE BALANCE BKT modes.

2. Instant AF Setting in manual focus
Focus and exposure can be locked when the AF-L button is used in manual focus mode. You can shoot after locking AF and AE with your thumb.

3. AF+MF operation with AF-L button
The AF-L button can be used to lock focus in AF+MF mode and you can adjust the focus more accurately using the lens's focusing ring.

4. Focus zoom in AF+MF
The FOCUS ASSIST button can be used for focus zoom and you can focus using the lens's focusing ring with focus zoom activated.

5. Additional Custom Display options
Functions have been added to the DISP. CUSTOM SETTING option in the setup menu.

Additional Items: FOCUS FRAME / CONTINUOUS MODE / SHOOTING MODE / DUAL IS MODE / INFORMATION BACKGROUND / MOVIE MODE / FOCUS MODE / BLUR WARNING / SHUTTER TYPE

6. The Fn7 Button
The movie-record button doubles as an Fn button (Fn7). Press and hold DISP/BACK to select what it controls.

7. Supports focus limiter function for XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
To be fully compatible with the lens, the new firmware supports focus limiter function for FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

8. In AF-C mode, freeze will happen on certain conditions.
(Solution for the issues of Firmware Ver. 4.20)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

ANNOUNCED: OLYMPUS PEN-F


Olympus has just announced the latest addition to its PEN series interchangeable lens compact system camera- the Olympus PEN F. Based on the Olympus PEN F 35mm film camera from 1963, at first glance you cant help but think you are looking at an old film classic. Olympus have been very true to their 1960's original design & modernised where needed, in doing so, have created something absolutely stunning. The NEW Olympus PEN-F may have the look & the feel of the cool & stylish Sixties, but hidden beneath its beautiful exterior is all the latest in Olympus's digital technology making it their highest spec camera to date. 

Its Quick & Responsive & due to the Olympus PEN-F's small range-finder design it appears less intrusive making it the ideal Street Photography camera, probably will give stiff competition to the also newly announced Fujifilm X-Pro2. As well as its outdoor prowess, for those capturing Still- life in a studio the Olympus PEN-F has a feature that will be very appealing- the High Res Shot. First bought out in the Olympus OM-D E-M5mkII, the High Res Shot uses the cameras in-built image stabilising system to capture multiple image & combines it into one Ultra High Quality image. Tests showed that as long as your subject is static, the OM-D E-5mkII 40MP High Res Shot could capture more detail than the likes of a  Full Frame Nikon D810 & the NEW Olympus PEN F has an impressive 50MP High Res Shot- enough said there..!!!

Key Features:

Beautifully Moulded Range-Finder Design.

NEW 20MP Live MOS Micro Four-Thirds Sensor.

In-built 5 Axis Image Stabilisation.

81 Auto-Focus Points.

10 Frames-Per-Second.

2.36MP High Visibility Electronic Viewfinder.

3" Vari-Angle Touch Panel LCD (1037K Dot).

Creative Dial at the front of the Camera gives direct access to 4 Creative Functions: Monochrome Profile Control, Colour Profile Control, Art Filters & Colour Creator.

1080 HD Video - only 4K in time-lapse mode.

Wifi.





Tuesday, 26 January 2016

OLYMPUS CASHBACK OFFER ENDING SOON

Olympus's Winter Cashback Offer 'Bright Lenses For Dark Days' is ending soon- 31st January 2016. (available within the UK)

Dont miss out on these incredible offers......

CLICK HERE to view offer items
(Terms & Conditions Apply)

Monday, 25 January 2016

RUMOUR: CANON ARE WORKING ON A FULL FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA

Lots of rumours are floating around today, & apparently Canon are rumoured to be working on a Full Frame mirrorless camera which will 'Surprise a lot of people' (don't know where that quote has come from...!!!). Lets just say, they surely cant do any worse than they have done so far with their EOS-M series of cameras. According to some news & review sites,  this new Canon full frame mirrorless camera has already been delayed due 'mount related issues'. Sounds like a promising start, I think I will be surprised.... if it will even take pictures....
However, I will say the mock-up designs of what this camera could possibly look-like looks very impressive- a stylish, retro-design, modern digital version of a Canon A-1 or F-1 would have many photographers mouths salivating.