New Nikon Lenses: Professional AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR for Portraits, Landscapes & Weddings + Lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Super-telephoto Zoom for FX and DX-format Photographers + AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED Fast-aperture Prime
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The following video presents I AM NIKKOR | lens technology:
With our precision lenses can capture razor sharp images with vivid and striking contrast. Capture life from your perspective.
VR (Vibration Reduction): Corrects blurring and provides a stable viewfinder image.
Nikon’s original SWM (Silent Wave Motor) converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to drive as the focusing optics.
The above text is a Google translation of the following Dutch text:
Met onze precisieobjectieven kunt u superscherpe beelden vastleggen met een levendig en opvallend contrast. Leg het leven vast vanuit uw perspectief.
VR (vibratiereductie): corrigeert onscherpte en biedt een stabiel zoekerbeeld. Nikon’s originele SWM (Silent Wave Motor) zet ’voortbewegende golven’ om in omwentelingsenergie om zo de scherpsteloptiek aan te sturen.
Today, Nikon announced the following new NIKKOR lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers:
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR: Professional lens for portraits, landscapes and weddings
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2399.95***.
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR: Lightweight, super-telephoto zoom for FX and DX-format photographers
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR will be available in mid-September for the SRP $1399.95***.
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED: Fast-aperture prime
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED will be available in mid-September for the SRP of 749.95***.
All the above lenses have ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
August 4, 2015
The NIKKOR Legacy Thrives: Three New Nikon Lenses Put Performance and New Perspectives in Focus
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced three exciting new NIKKOR lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is the evolution of one of Nikon’s most popular pro lenses, improving upon its versatility and image quality. Nikon has also announced two additional new lens options, including the lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, a super-telephoto zoom that gives FX and DX-format photographers incredible reach in a compact size. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s popular line of f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses and is ideal for those seeking a sharp, fast-aperture prime lens.
“These three very different lenses are representative of the diverse range of Nikon photographers, but they all provide the most vibrant, sharp images and HD video possible; with color and clarity that only genuine NIKKOR optics can deliver,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR: Image Courtesy of Nikon
Reaching out to a whole market segment that uses photography not necessarily for art purposes, but rather for scientific and event documentation and research, Fujifilm has introduced an infrared version of its flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the X-T1 IR (infrared).
The FUJIFILM X-T1 IR adds advanced infrared technology to see light from the ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared (IR) portions of the light spectrum (approximately 380nm – 1,000nm).
As a weather-proof and rugged camera that can be used almost anywhere–and with a growing number of high-quality weather-proof lenses–the X-T1 IR should prove attractive to experts in crime scene investigation, healthcare diagnostics and observation, and other scientific and technical applications. Infrared imaging is critically important in these fields because it allows users to see information that is not visible to the human eye.
Of course, infrared photography as art is also very popular and photographers now don’t have to muck with their cameras by trying to remove the IR filter inside by themselves.
The FUJIFILM X-T1 IR (Infrared) will be available in October 2015 for CAD $2,099.99 (USD $1,699.95).
Images of the new camera are still pending, but should outwardly look similar to the X-T1 (pictured above).
FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES PROFESSIONAL-GRADE X-T1 IR (INFRARED) MIRRORLESS CAMERA
X-T1 IR delivers high performance and unyielding results for experts in technical fields from law enforcement to healthcare and beyond
Valhalla, N.Y., August 3, 2015 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is excited to announce the new FUJIFILM X-T1 IR (Infrared), the first advanced infrared X-Series mirrorless camera that delivers high performance in demanding fields for technical experts, law enforcement, medical research and scientific communities. Sharing nearly identical specifications as the award-winning FUJIFILM X-T1, the FUJIFILM X-T1 IR adds advanced infrared technology to see light from the ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared (IR) portions of the light spectrum (approximately 380nm – 1,000nm). The X-T1 IR is a premium mirrorless camera specifically designed for professionals, and pairs seamlessly with each high quality FUJINON XF lens for reliable and outstanding results. Continue Reading »
The following video presents Olympus Photography Playground Vienna 2014:
Olympus Europe’s popular Olympus Photography Playground is a very special event inviting you to discover a wonderful and amazing world through the eye of the camera. Renowned artists conceived this playground of creativity and you can take part in it. If you don’t have your OM-D with you, you can borrow one on site and start exploring exciting facets of the Photography Playground.
Olympus OM-D lineup
Last year, there were more than 137,000 visitors at these interactive exhibitions which were held in Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Vienna.
This year, the Photography Playground started with great success in the city of Hamburg.
Munich and Vienna are coming up next, so if you’re in the area at the time, make sure to visit this very special event!
At both venues for 2015, guests will also have the opportunity to paint with light and to photograph themselves like a Pro in a professional photo studio.
A fascinating world of light and shadow, black and white, positive and negative invites you to experiment with the latest technology and most innovative camera features, as well as to capture LightRooms in a most impressive way, even at very low lighting.
The entrance is FREE!
Every visitor can borrow an OLYMPUS camera FREE of charge.
The sd-card might be kept afterwards.
Olympus Photography Playground Munich 2015: Free admission and free rental of Olympus OM-D cameras
Olympus Photography Playground Munich 2015
Interactive Exhibition “NIGHT & DAY”
Every visitor can borrow an OLYMPUS OM-D camera FREE of charge. The sd-card might be kept afterwards.
25. August – 20. September: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
In the Mixed Munich Arts, you will discover a playground of a special kind: the interactive exhibition
NIGHT & DAY, created by international renowned artists like NUMEN, MASER, Leigh Sachwitz and Eric Olofsen.
Panasonic’s next generation concept car: HIT Solar Panel Module. Image grab from video below
At one of the world’s largest motor shows held in Shanghai, China – the “Auto Shanghai 2015,” in April, where many global automotive companies gather, Panasonic presented the next generation concept car, a state-of-the-art vehicle that combines environmental-friendly solar panel modules with features that enhance the comfort and safety of drivers.
Panasonic’s next generation concept car on the presentation stage with 3D projection mapping. Image courtesy of Panasonic.
This video presents Next generation concept car CG [Panasonic]:
Panasonic’s next generation concept car: “Curved LCD display”: Image courtesy of Panasonic.
The key features of Panasonic’s next generation concept car also include:
Panasonic’s next generation concept car: Navigation routes and camera images. Image grab from video below.
Canon’s new multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video use that was originally developed by the Company in 20132.
The following video presents Canon Experimental Low Light Sensor (and the 2013 press release. Today’s press release is further below):
Canon Press Release:
(The video provided by Canon was low res as it is test model in an experimental sensor only. What you need to take away from this is the extreme 0.01 lux light that this was shot in and understand this will be refined and flow downstream to consumers.)
TOKYO, Japan, September 12, 2013—Canon Inc. has successfully captured video footage of Yaeyama-hime fireflies flying in darkness, a feat made possible by the high-sensitivity 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor developed by Canon for video capture that was announced in March 2013.
The high-sensitivity, low-noise video-shooting capabilities of the dedicated 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor1 for Full HD video capture were made possible not only through the integration of the high-performance sensor technologies employed in Canon’s digital SLR cameras, but also through the incorporation of new pixel and readout circuitry technologies that reduce noise.
Using a camera prototype equipped with the CMOS sensor, Canon, in cooperation with ZERO CORPORATION,2 succeeded in capturing video3 of the Yaeyama-hime fireflies that inhabit Japan’s Ishigaki Island, located off the northeastern coast of Taiwan. No artificial lighting was used during shooting, which took place after sunset amid the island’s mountains. Despite an exceptionally dark shooting environment4 of less than 0.01 lux, a level in which the naked eye would have difficulty discerning surrounding objects, the CMOS sensor was able to capture not only the color of the light emitted by the fireflies, each of which measures only a few millimeters in length, and their movements, but also the surrounding vegetation in which the species lives. Plans call for the footage to be used to benefit future research into the Yaeyama-hime firefly.
In addition to astronomical and natural observation, Canon is looking into applying this CMOS sensor to medical research purposes as well as surveillance and crime-prevention equipment. Through the further development of innovative CMOS sensors, Canon aims to expand the realm of photographic possibilities while cultivating the world of visual expression.
1 -An imaging element (aspect ratio: 16:9) that corresponds to the largest image circle size possible when shooting with a Canon EF lens.
2 – Headquarters: Musashino City, Tokyo; Representative director: Soichiro Takemoto
3 – Assistance provided by Rinpana Eco Tour Service in Ishigaki’is (Representative: Akira Naito).
4 – A full moon provides approximately 0.3 lux; a crescent moon, approximately 0.03 lux.
5 – Color video shot at 30 frames per second.
Canon announced today the Company’s first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture color Full HD video in extreme low-light conditions – a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000).
The following video presents Canon ME20F-SH ( Sensor Review + Sample Footage):
New Canon ME20F-SH Full-Frame 35mm Camera Sees in the Dark with 4 Million Max ISO
Canon just announced the ME20F-SH, a full-frame 35mm camera with the ability to reach an astonishing 4,000,000 ISO.
The new 1080p camera is aimed at a number of different markets, including nighttime surveillance/security, cinema, reality TV, and nature/wildlife documentaries, just to name a few, and it comes with a positive-locking EF mount and features Canon Log and Wide DR for maximum recorded dynamic range.
The new Canon camera ME20F-SH captures color Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions, without the need for infrared illumination which is a technique that only yields video in black and white.
Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications.
The Canon ME20F-SH is expected to be available in December 2015 at a suggested retail price of $30,000.
Canon’s First Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera Features ISO Equivalent Of Over 4,000,000
MELVILLE N.Y., July 30, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today has introduced the Company’s first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000). Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications. With the ability to capture color video in extreme low-light conditions and its simplistic and versatile design, the ME-20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera can be easily incorporated into existing infrastructures and systems to provide high-quality video capture even where subjects might not be seen with the naked eye.
Canon Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera ME20F-SH (front)
Canon’s new multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video use that was originally developed by the Company in 20132. Its compact, modular body design allows easy custom configurations for diverse usage scenarios. While capturing video in extreme low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination (a technique that only yields video in black and white), the ME20F-SH camera achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of color Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions without the need for infrared illumination.
Canon Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera ME20F-SH (back)
The Fujifilm X-T10 is a more affordable version of the X-T1. It features the same 16.3MP sensor and fast AF, delivering image quality that rivals and even bests that obtained from some enthusiast and top-end DSLRs. It features a huge, very high resolution and extremely fast refresh OLED EVF, focus peak highlight and Digital Split Image assist for manual focusing. It's fast and handles superbly with direct control dials. Beginners get the addition of Scenes Modes and Advanced SR Mode.
Nikon ups the ante with their newest affordable full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D750. It features some of the most advanced features on its high-end full-frame DSLRs in an affordable, weather-resistant body. The D750 features 24.3MP on a FX-format CMOS sensor, 6.5fps burst, ISO 100-12800, 51 point AF system, dual card slots, Full HD (1080p) video at 60/50/30/25/24p with stereo sound, a tiltable LCD and built-in Wi-Fi.
The Fujifilm X-A2 targets the beginner photographer desiring to upgrade from their smartphone to a mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera. The X-A2 boasts outstanding image quality, with low noise at high ISOs. A bonus: flip the LCD all the way up to face forward and the camera automatically enters into face and eye detection mode for easy selfies. A Mode Dial gives ready access to AUTO and Scene Modes to beginners while PASM modes and RAW modes are available to advanced users.
The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is ultra compact but accepts interchangeable lenses on a Micro Four Thirds mount, and delivers excellent DSLR-level image quality and performance. It features a high resolution EVF, is fully-featured and is customizable to the way you like to work.
FUNDAMENTALS If you are new to digital cameras, first read up on Digital Camera Fundamentals to understand the important features you should pay special attention to when comparing digital cameras.
BUYER'S GUIDE We have taken the mystery out of the selection process in our Digital Camera Buyer's Guide. Here, you'll find the best digital cameras in four categories. Select the digital camera that is right for you in 4 simple steps.
TUTORIALS After you have bought your digital camera, go through our Digital Photography Tutorials for some tried and tested tips on taking good pictures. You can take better pictures. We plan to regularly add new articles covering a wide range of subjects to this section.