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Monday, 17 December 2012
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Friday, 14 December 2012
B&H Photo are selling the D600 complete with the 24-85VR for just $1,996.95 for this weekend only (it must be some kind of over stock). The deal includes an Oben monopod, 32GB Sandisk SDHC card, Lowepro Rezo 170AW and off-brand spare battery.
Please click here to buy (note this site receives a small commission on sales, but at no additional cost to you).
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Fuji UK has announced an enticing offer on the X-Pro1, if you buy one with a lens, you will receive either a 18mm or 35mm for free. Terms and conditions apply of course* (the offer runs through to the end of December 2012), please see here for details.
*If you're a UK or ROI resident, the only online dealer supporting this promotion is Amazon UK.
Canon UK have just announced this morning that the eagerly awaited full-frame EOS 6D will be available at retailers this weekend.
Two kit versions will also be available:
EOS 6D + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM £2,519.99
EOS 6D + EF 40mm STM £1,959.99
Monday, 26 November 2012
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Nikon UK invited journalists to see the 24-megapixel D5200 yesterday in London but despite it being a well-balanced DSLR spec-wise (it includes the AF system from the D7000) it's no D300s replacement and nor were there signs of any new DX lenses. My guess is we will see a D7000 replacement that will also appeal to those looking to upgrade from the D300s (i.e. it will have a metal outer shell, 8fps or thereabouts and adopt the same 24MP sensor . What AF system it will have is anyone's guess). But for now the D5200 isn't it.
The body only price is £720, Eur 900 (and probably a lot cheaper in the US). It will be available during September.
Body only: £719.99 / Eur 899.00
Body & 18-55mm VR lens: £819.99 / Eur 1029.00
Sales start date: December 2012
London, UK, 6 November 2012: Nikon introduces the latest D-SLR to its mid-range DX-format line-up, the 24.1 megapixel Nikon D5200, designed to bring out your creative side. From beautiful still photos to smooth Full HD movies, this camera empowers your freedom of expression, letting you capture your own unique view of the world.
Simon Iddon, Product Manager DX Products at Nikon UK, says: “The Nikon D5200 is ideal for those who are passionate about photography and are keen to explore their creative potential.”
He adds: “The versatile vari-angle screen is ideal for composing shots and for experimenting with the camera’s superior features to enhance images and add an individual twist.”
Breath-taking image quality
The third camera in its series, following the D5000 and the D5100, the Nikon D5200 offers a massive leap in image-quality. In addition to the 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor for finely detailed images, the new EXPEED 3 image processor provides high-speed operation and excellent, rich colour reproduction – as well as enhanced movie recording. The high ISO sensitivity (100-6400 which is extendable to 25600) delivers brilliant shots in dark or poorly lit environments as well as producing clear images of fast moving subjects.
The Nikon D5200 shares an AF system, metering sensor and scene recognition with the Nikon D7000 series, giving this camera a new level of performance and much enhanced image quality. The superior accuracy of the 39-point AF system and nine cross-type sensors delivers razor sharp images by focusing precisely on the subject you choose. Meanwhile, the 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor provides precise data to the camera’s Scene Recognition System, which optimises exposure, autofocus and white balance immediately before the shutter is released.
Image creations from any angle
The Nikon D5200’s versatile 7.5cm (3-in) vari-angle LCD monitor provides the ultimate freedom and flexibility to take beautiful shots and movies from virtually any position. You can flip, tilt or turn the swivel monitor to get really creative with your angles. In addition, the Nikon D5200 is an intelligently designed lightweight camera, with clear menus and superior ergonomics, making it a pleasure to manoeuvre and shoot with.
Wireless connectivity to share your creations
Wirelessly transmitting images from your camera to an Apple™ or Android™ smart device is possible by using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. This means you can share images that you are proud of with friends via social networks and email for instant reactions. It is even possible to control your camera remotely from your smart device to help you take beautiful shots without disturbing your subjects.
Distinctive HD movies
Effortlessly alternate between shooting stills and Full HD movies with smooth (up to 60i/50i) recording at the flick of a switch. The camera’s subject tracking of moving objects in three dimensions, with full time servo AF (AF-F), ensures focus of moving objects throughout filming. Adding to that, creating movies to be proud of can be achieved with in-movie editing and the camera’s built-in stereo microphone.
Inspirational Effect and Scene modes
Be even more original with the Nikon D5200 Effects mode. A range of seven special effects: Selective Colour, Miniature, High and Low Key, Silhouette, Colour Sketch and Night Vision can be applied in real time to images and movies through Live View so you can see what your final creation will look like before you shoot it. In addition, in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) and D-lighting capture detailed images of high-contrast scenes, increasing creative possibilities. You can also select from 16 different Scene modes – they optimise the camera settings, such as shutter speed, ISO and aperture – to the situation you are shooting. It is great for a quick shot or if you are still learning about D-SLR photography.
• DX-format, 24.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor with EXPEED 3 for exceptional quality
• Vari-angle LCD monitor: View life at a unique angle with a high resolution, 7.5cm (3.0-in), 921k dot vari-angle screen
• Compatible with Wireless Mobile Adaptor WU-1a to transmit images from the camera to Apple™ or Android™ smart device and remote shooting
• High ISO (100-6400) extendable to 25600: keeps the detail with low noise in low-light situations
• Razor-sharp 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors in the center. Offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame
• 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor delivers highly accurate metering for exact exposures and provides precise data to the camera's Scene Recognition System
• Scene Recognition System optimises exposure, autofocus and white balance immediately before the shutter is released
• Continuous shooting at 5fps: so you do not miss that fast-moving action shot
• High dynamic range (HDR): Gives detailed shots of high-contrast scenes by combining two shots taken within a single shutter release
• Active D-Lighting: Retains details in highlights and shadows for well-balanced images, even if the subject is moving
• D-Movie: Full (1080p) HD movies with smooth (up to 60i/50i) recording and a built-in stereo microphone
• D-Movie AF modes: Live View autofocus works when shooting movie clips, keeping subjects in sharp focus
• In-built stereo-microphone for improved sound quality
• Updated new generation GUI Design
• 16 Scene modes: Automatically adjusts camera settings, including Picture Controls and Active D-Lighting, for optimal results.
• Effects mode – seven effects including Selective Colour and Miniature, which can be applied in pre-shoot, for more creative movies and stills
• Compatible with WR-R10 Wireless Remote transceiver and WR-T10 Wireless Remote transmitter that let you control key camera functions from a distance
• GPS compatible: Records the exact location of the camera when a picture is taken by using the optional GP-1 unit
• NIKKOR lenses: take advantage of Nikon’s legendary NIKKOR lenses and make the most of the camera’s 24-megapixel resolution. Capture photos with vivid colour and striking contrast. Shoot movies with crisp detail or experiment with cinematic effects.
• Available in three colours: black, red and bronze
• Lightweight body (505g) with an intelligent design and superior ergonomics
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Announced today at £1,172 (inc VAT at 20%) the new 850 g (30.0 oz) Nikon 70-200mm f/4 sounds attractive*. Not only is it light (relatively) the optical performance sounds equally promising; it has 20 elements in total three ED and one HRI (High Refractive Index) element to reduce field curvature and spherical aberration. Nikon also claim the new VR module is the equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed five stops faster. According to Nikon UK, the new lens will start shipping at the end of November.
* the current 70-200mm f/2.8 weighs 1,540 g (3.4 lb.), while the Canon 70-200f4L IS weighs 760g (26.8 oz)
Readers can pre-order from B&H Photo (click here) for $1,399. Please note, the image above shows the tripod ring, which is an $224 optional extra.
AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/4G ED VR
I AM EXTENDING THE RANGE
RRP: UK £1,172.99 / Eur 1,430.00
Sales start date: 29th November, 2012
London, UK, 24th October 2012: Nikon today announces a new FX-format zoom lens with versatile 70–200mm focal range and constant f/4 aperture.
The lens extends Nikon’s range of high-performance f/4 NIKKOR lenses, and it is the first NIKKOR to be equipped with Nikon’s next-generation Vibration Reduction system that allows for up to 5-stop compensation.
Well-suited to events, travel, wildlife, and even sports, the strong combination of extended vibration reduction capability and high-grade Nikon optics make this lens a smart choice for enthusiast photographers and pros alike.
Hiro Sebata, Product Manager for professional products at Nikon UK says: “This new NIKKOR f/4 lens offers high quality performance and flexibility, ideal for enthusiast and professional photographers looking for a versatile, portable tele-photo lens, with the added benefit of the enhanced Vibration Reduction system.”
One stop further
The next-generation Vibration Reduction system incorporated in this lens allows for up to 5-stop compensation, enabling photographers to shoot at shutter speeds five stops slower than would otherwise be possible. A significant upgrade, the increased stability greatly minimises the effects of camera shake and extends opportunities for low-light shooting.
Three modes are available: Normal for everyday shooting, Active to minimise the high-frequency camera shake experienced when shooting from a moving vehicle and Tripod Detection mode. Both Normal and Active modes offer a stable viewfinder image, which ultimately makes focus-point acquisition and framing far more comfortable and precise. Tripod Detection mode reduces vibration due to shutter release when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
Despite its lightweight build, this lens doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to performance. Crafted to deliver outstanding resolution and contrast in diverse conditions, the optical construction boasts 20 elements in 14 groups, and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat is employed to combat flare and ghosting.
Well-balanced in terms of size, weight, price, and image quality, this lens also has a dedicated tripod collar ring, the RT-1. This optional accessory helps to improve tripod balance and allows quick, smooth transition between vertical and horizontal orientation when shooting in either portrait or landscape format.
This lens comes with a lens cap (LC-67), a lens hood (HB-60), and a lens case (CL-1225) included.
Type G AF-S lens with built-in CPU and F mount
20 elements in 14 groups (including 3 ED lens elements, one HRI lens element, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal coatings)
Angle of view
Nikon film SLR and FX-format D-SLR cameras: 34° 20′ - 12° 20′ Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 22° 50′ - 8°
Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus
Minimum focus distance
1 m (3.28 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions
Maximum reproduction ratio
No. of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Approx. 78 mm maximum diameter x 178.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Approx. 850 g (30.0 oz)
After some speculation, and shunning the original body design (which I liked save for the controls) Nikon has announced the Nikon 1 V2. Notice the new layout and control dials on the top plate. While not pretty (there is little real Nikon DNA in this*), the new model features a 1-inch type 14.2 resolution sensor, ISO 160-6400, an EVF and 15fps bursts. It sounds promising but it remains to be seen if it can equal or outperform the superb 1-inch type sensor in the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 compact. The Nikon 1 V2 10-30mm Kit will retail at £799.99 / Eur 999.00. Sales start 31st January 2013.
*Like the Coolpix cameras the Nikon V1 models are sub-contracted (even if the factory says 'Nikon' on the gate).
Nikon Launches the Nikon 1 V2
I AM a High-Speed Genius
RRP: Nikon 1 V2 10-30mm Kit: £799.99 / Eur 999.00
Nikon 1 V2 10-30mm & 30-110mm: £969.99 / Eur 1199.00
Sales start date: 22nd November 12
SB-N7: £149.99 / Eur 179.00
Sales start date: 31st January 13
London, UK, 24 October 2012: Nikon today introduces the ultra-fast Nikon 1 V2 and propels the Nikon 1 family full speed ahead.
The first camera in the family to be equipped with second-generation Nikon 1 technology, the Nikon 1 V2 builds on the astonishing speed and portable design that helped Nikon 1 become the biggest-selling compact camera system across Europe.
Offering new levels of speed and more accurate performance, as well as clever next-generation features, full creative control, and wireless methods of image transfer, the Nikon 1 V2 is a versatile main camera and a superb second camera. Designed for enthusiasts, it ensures that no one has to compromise on still image or movie quality just because they want to travel light.
Simon Iddon, Product Manager, Nikon 1 Compact System Cameras, Nikon UK, says, “The Nikon 1 V2 is an ideal second camera for photographers looking for a combination of creative freedom, quick response and the flexibility to change lenses in a small portable design.
He adds: “The option to shoot with 1 NIKKOR lenses or a favorite Nikon D-SLR lens, as well as camera ergonomics familiar to enthusiasts will make the Nikon 1 V2 the first choice for D-SLR owners.”
Full Speed Ahead
First-generation Nikon 1 technology introduced photographic intelligence and beauty at world-beating speeds. Now, the Nikon 1 V2 raises the bar with Nikon’s next-generation EXPEED 3A dual-image processor that can process images at an incredible 850 megapixels-per-second. Swift shooting speeds of up to 15 fps with continuous autofocus, and up to 60 fps with fixed-point AF, enable high-quality images of even super-fast action. Subjects come into focus without delay thanks to the advanced hybrid AF system that boasts fast phase-detection AF for high-speed movement, and contrast-detect AF for capturing subtle details even in low light. The sensor instantly switches between the 73 phase-detection focus areas and the 135 contrast-detect focus areas depending on the scene, ensuring superb images and movies in a wide range of environments.
Low light, high performance
With an increased 14.2-megapixel resolution and 160 to 6400 ISO light sensitivity, the Nikon 1 V2 delivers detailed photos and movies, even when you shoot in low light situations. Nikon’s CX-format CMOS sensor offers the ideal balance between system size, speed, light sensitivity, resolution, and depth-of-field, enabling high-quality still image and movie recording without sacrificing portability. The option to shoot with high ISO settings means you’ll capture enough light even when shooting at speeds of up to 60 fps, and an automatic image sensor cleaning function minimises the effect of dust.
Designed for Enthusiasts
Nikon’s dedication to superior ergonomics makes the Nikon 1 V2 an admirable blend of form and function. Pick the camera up and you’ll be impressed by how solid and sturdy it feels. Refinements include a magnesium alloy front for tough portability, and the newly developed shutter unit has been tested to 100,000 cycles for superior speed and reliability. The shutter release button has an integrated power switch for speedy start-up and immediate shooting. The high-performance, 1440k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) is located along the optical axis to aid composition. A large grip allows a steady hold on the camera, and the built-in flash means there’s always extra light on hand when you need it.
Full creative control
When you want the freedom to shoot scenes exactly as you please, the mode dial on top of the camera offers quick, direct access to PSAM exposure controls, and you can directly access key settings such as ISO and white balance simply by pressing the function button. The command dial boasts a push functionality that lets you confirm selections, or changes to settings, without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Whether you want to freeze action or blur backgrounds, Live Image Control lets you view the effects of changes to exposure settings in real time so you can be sure about the results.
Just like the Nikon 1 V1, the Nikon 1 V2 harnesses the camera’s phenomenal speed and pre/post capture technology to offer innovative features. Available for the first time, Best Moment Capture comprises Smart Photo Selector and the new Slow View, so you can always get the shot you want. Smart Photo Selector quickly captures up to 20 full-resolution images before and after you’ve fully pressed the shutter button. Slow View captures up to 40 full-resolution continuous shots and simultaneously displays them in slow motion on the LCD screen—so you can select the exact moment you want to keep. And Motion Snapshots are now saved as a single image file that’s easy to share: upload them to any platform and tell stories in a whole new way.
Shoot in advanced movie mode with the Nikon 1 V2 and you can record Full HD movies at 60 and 30 fps and 60i, 60p, and 30p frame rates, with full control over shutter speed and aperture. Film with a smaller frame size and you can achieve dramatic effects in extreme slow motion, with recording speeds of up to 1200fps. Shoot in movie mode and you can get the best of both worlds by capturing full-resolution photos (aspect ratio 3:2) while filming a Full HD movie.
Light control: new Speedlight launches
Launching alongside the Nikon 1 V2 is Nikon’s new Speedlight SB-N7 flash unit. This powerful i-TTL compatible Speedlight boasts a guide number of 18/59 (at ISO 100 m/ft), the flash head tilts up to 120°, and an external wide panel is included. It is the ideal piece of kit for photographers who want to control the quality and direction of light in order to add a creative touch to images, or illuminate subjects in low light situations.
I AM ALL FOR ONE: 1 NIKKOR range expands
Nikon’s range of 1 NIKKOR lenses is set to expand with the launch of three new lenses in 2013. Currently in development, the lenses include an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, a compact 10x high-power zoom lens, and a fast portrait lens. The new lenses will join the recently launched 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lens, enhancing the flexibility of the Nikon 1 system and opening up new opportunities for Nikon 1 owners. The 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lens is a fast prime lens that enables superb low light images, even at low ISO, as well as portraits with beautiful bokeh.
The growing range of optional system accessories combine with the portability, power, and speed of Nikon 1 cameras to help you get the most out of your shooting.
FT-1 Mount Adapter: NIKKOR F-mount lenses mounted on the FT-1 mount adapter have a 2.7x focal length crop factor, which means the lens’s angle-of-view becomes almost three times as long. If you use AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses, you can still make full use of the incredible Nikon 1 autofocus system and high-speed continuous shooting rates of 10/30/60 fps.
WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter: Nikon’s small wireless mobile adapter makes it quick and simple to share high-quality Nikon 1 images straight from your camera to a smartphone or tablet.
GPS unit GP-N100: tag your Nikon 1 images to the right location with Nikon’s tiny GPS unit.