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Advisories, Sigma

Sigma Advisory Update: Canon Mount Lens Users of Canon “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5DsR”, “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)” Cameras

Mon July 6, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Sigma Advisory: Canon Mount Lens Users of Canon Rebel T6s / 760D (EOS 8000D) and Rebel T6i / 750D (EOS Kiss X8i) Cameras.

SIGMA NEWS RELEASE

2015.07.02

Notice to our Canon mount lens users [Update]

2015.05.11

The Live View mode of Canon “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5DsR”, “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)” cameras. [Update]

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

As same as the Live View mode of Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)”, we have found that similar update is required for our lenses to make them compatible with the Live View mode of “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5Ds R” cameras.

Please note that those products shipped after May 11th in 2015 or updated the firmware for Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)” cameras are already compatible with the “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5Ds R” cameras, too.

In case your lens belongs to the lens group listed below, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor to update the firmware free of charge.
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Advisories, Leica

Leica Product Advisory 06/29/2015: CCD Sensors of Leica M9 / M9-P / M Monochrom and M-E Camera Models

Tue June 30, 2015

The following video presents Leica – Revival of a legend | Made in Germany:

A Leica is forever. That motto was the brand’s selling point – and very nearly its downfall. After failing to keep pace with the digital revolution, in 2004 the German company almost went bankrupt. Then investor Andreas Kaufmann stepped in, and brought Leica back from the brink. Since then, Leica has invested 80 million euros in research and development. And in 2009, Leica achieved profitability once again. Report by Joanna Gottschalk.

Leica: CCD sensor of the M-E camera

Leica: CCD sensor of the M-E camera

The product advisory below applies to the Leica M9M9-PM Monochrom and M-E camera models.

Leica M9

Leica M9

Leica M9-P, silver chrome

Leica M9-P, silver chrome

Leica M Monochrom

Leica M Monochrom

Leica M-E

Leica M-E

PRODUCT ADVISORY

Latest information on the CCD sensors of the Leica M9 / M9-P / M Monochrom and M-E camera models

06/29/2015

Since the recognition of a corrosion-related problem on the cover glass of the sensors of the above-mentioned camera models (see information from 10.12.2014), we have been working with our sensor supplier on a long-term technical solution.
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Panasonic, Reviews

Panasonic Lumix G7 Hands-on Preview

Mon June 29, 2015

Here is our hands-on preview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7, a mid-range mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera incorporating the latest technologies from Panasonic. Since we received a pre-production unit, we have only commented on the Handling & Feel section. The images we have taken look great, but we’ll have to reserve final conclusions about image quality when we receive a production unit.

Read our Panasonic LUmix G7 Hands-on Preview.

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Advisories, Canon

Canon Product Advisory: Counterfeit Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Products Discovered in Marketplace May Pose Serious Danger

Thu June 25, 2015

Product Advisories

Original Posting Date: June 25, 2015

We have confirmed that there are counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash products in circulation in the market. It has been reported that these products are being sold through various online marketplace websites. These counterfeit products have not been designed or manufactured by Canon, but fraudulently display the Canon logo, and may also fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks. Furthermore, these counterfeit products have not been manufactured or tested under the safety standards established by Canon, so we are unable to make representations concerning their safe operation, and there is a possibility that using one of these counterfeit products may cause adverse affects such as generation of fire and/or smoke.

The safety of our consumers is our utmost concern. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit products may not meet government and industry safety standards. To ensure that you’re buying genuine Canon products, we recommend purchasing from a Canon Authorized Dealer or directly from Canon. Please be advised that Canon is not responsible for any malfunction, accident, or damage related to the use of any counterfeit product.

It has also been confirmed that the radio transmission wireless shooting function incorporated into genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes is not incorporated into the counterfeit product. This missing feature will limit the performance of the counterfeit flash, as compared with a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.

We truly appreciate your attention to this matter and thank you for being a valued Canon customer.

The following tips may help you to identify a counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash. Please note, however, that other counterfeits may display other, or additional, differences from genuine Canon products. As such, you should contact Canon using the contact information below if you have any questions about whether you are using a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.
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Cameras, Olympus

Olympus SH-2

Wed March 11, 2015

Olympus Stylus SH-2

Category: Beginner

Type: Compact Travel Zoom


Compact travel zoom. The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a compact long-zoom camera ideal for when you want something compact, light and with enough zoom power for your travels. It has a cool retro look, comes in all-black or black/silver and sports a 24x optical zoom lens in a compact body.

The 24x optical zoom lens has focal length of 4.5 – 108mm (35mm equivalent: 25 – 600mm), allowing you to capture large vistas as well as zoom in close to faraway subjects. An advanced 5-Axis Image Stabilization compensates for camera movements when using that long reach to help you capture sharp, blur-free results. FAST AF Technology provides blazingly fast focusing in any light or zoom, and the convenient Touch AF Shutter feature lets you instantly focus and shoot with a single touch of the 3.0-in. (460K-dot) LCD monitor.

To get even closer to your subject, a Super Macro Mode lets you focus as close as 3cm (1.2 in.). It’s all captured onto a 1/2.3″ 16 Megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor. You can take RAW, and advanced shooters can switch to full Manual mode. Get creative with Art Filters, PhotoStory options, and Panorama Modes.

If you love night photography, a new Live Composite technology extracts the brightest areas from a sequence of interval shots and combines them into one perfectly exposed image. Plus, customized Nightscape Modes capture night scenes, cityscapes, and star trails portraits and videos.

Movies are captured in Full HD video at 1080/60p. Use High-Speed Movie to stretch scenes in slow (120fps) or super-slow motion (240fps). Time Lapse Movie compresses up to five hours of footage into a short 20 second time-lapse video. Photo in Movie allows you to capture still images (JPEG or RAW) while recording video.

The Olympus SH-2 features built-in Wi-Fi for shooting, sharing, and uploading your photo and video. You need to download the free Olympus Image Share app on your smart device. You can also compose your image, control and operate the camera remotely, and geotag photos all from your smart device.

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 will appeal to those desiring a compact, light and powerful zoom camera for travel photography.


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Cameras, Nikon

Nikon D7200

Mon March 2, 2015

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Category: Serious

Type: APS-C DSLR


Wi-Fi and NFC ready. The Nikon D7200 is a DX-format DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC). The Nikon D7200 features a 24.2MP CMOS image sensor with no optical low-pass filter, ISO range of 100-25,600 (expandable to 102,400 in B&W), 6fps continuous shooting, 51-point AF system, Full HD (1920 x 1080 at 30/25/24p) video with stereo sound and a tiltable LCD.

The D7200 uses Nikon’s powerful 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type sensors, providing AF sensitivity down to -3EV. It’s fast and responsive, shooting 6 fps at full resolution into a large buffer capacity that can handle up to approx. 100 shots of continuous shooting when in JPEG/fine/large (27 shots in 12-bit lossless compressed RAW). It features a tiltable 3.2-inch 1,229k dot tilting Vari-angle LCD display.

You can record Full HD 1080 footage at 30/25/24p. Flat Picture Control allows for easier color grading in post processing. For best sound quality, the optional wireless Bluetooth microphone ME-W1 records high-quality monaural audio from up to 50m (164 feet) away. Connect the ME-W1 wireless monaural microphone to the optional Stereo Microphone for wireless stereo audio and music recording.

A time-lapse photography function smooths abrupt changes in exposure between frames:

You can wirelessly connect to the D7200 with a compatible smartphone or tablet by just touching your compatible smartphone or tablet with NFC to the D7200 to establish a Wi-Fi connection. Once connected, you can use your smart device to browse photos on the D7200 and then share your favorites by text message, email or posting online. You can also use your smart device as a remote for the D7200.

The D7200 includes auto bracketing up to 9 frames and built-in HDR for creating images with dynamic range. Get creative with Picture Controls and Image Effects (can be applied to both photos and videos in real time). You can preserve the details in highlights and shadows, even when the scene includes moving subjects, with Active D-Lighting, and set white balance simply by selecting the area of the frame that should be white.

The D7200’s built-in flash can wirelessly trigger and control remote Speedlights with i-TTL communication in Commander Mode. Want high-speed data transfers? Use the optional UT-1 Communication Unit for wired LAN connection, or wirelessly connect to an FTP server or computer with the UT-1 with the optional WT-5A/B/C/D. Add Nikon’s optional Camera Control Pro 2 software to control the D7200 from a computer.

You can purchase the D7200 with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR all-purpose zoom lens as a kit. Other lenses you may consider include the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens for a 16.7x optical zoom and the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm F/3.5G ED VR lens for macro shots. Of course, you can also attach any of the 20 AF DX and AF-S DX NIKKOR lenses available.

The Nikon D7200 will appeal to enthusiasts looking for a DSLR with a high level of performance to allow them to capture exceptional images and HD video and with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability to easily share those images and video with friends and family.


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Cameras, Nikon

Nikon P900

Mon March 2, 2015

Nikon COOLPIX P900

Nikon COOLPIX P900

Category: Beginner, Serious

Type: Long-Zoom Travel Camera


Eighty-three times optical zoom. The Nikon COOLPIX P900 is a long-zoom camera with a spectacular 2000mm equivalent focal length reach. There’s not much that you won’t be able to shoot with the P900, from macro, wide-angle to super telephoto. It’s all captured onto a 1/2.3″ 16 Megapixel CMOS image sensor.

The 83x optical zoom lens has focal length of 4.3-357mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-2000mm lens in 35mm [135] format), allowing you to capture large vistas as well as zoom in close to faraway subjects. Because at that long reach, it’s easy to lose sight of your subject while zoomed in, the P900 has a nifty Snap-Back Zoom button. Press it and the lens quickly zooms out to allow you to find your subject; release it and the lens zooms right back in. A 5 stops (at 350mm equiv.) Dual Detect Optical VR (Vibration Reduction, aka image stabilization) helps keep your photos sharp and your videos steady.

Macro mode lets you focus an incredible 1cm (0.4 in.) to your subject. Advanced shooters can switch to semi-auto and full Manual using PASM shooting modes.

Movies are captured in Full HD video at 1920 x 1080/60p with stereo sound. You can connect to an HDTV (requires optional cable). A Time-lapse Movie function records changes that occur over time into an approximately 10 s time-lapse movie.

The Nikon P900 features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. Nikon snapbridge allows you to send photos wirelessly from your Wi-Fi & NFC enabled COOLPIX P900 to a compatible smartphone or tablet. You can share your photos on the go, even in remote locations, and even use a smartphone or tablet to control your camera.

Built-in GPS allows you to record the exact location of each shot you take and to share your journeys on Google Maps™, Google+™, and other social networking sites, or with Nikon View NX2 software. Points of Interest (POI) shows you nearby photo-ops like scenic lookouts and historic landmarks.

The COOLPIX P900 has a 3.0-in. swiveling Vari-angle LCD (921k-dot) display and a high-resolution (921k-dot) eye-level viewfinder (EVF). An eye-sensor automatically switches from viewfinder to LCD and vice-versa.

The Nikon COOLPIX P-900 will appeal to those desiring an all-in-one super long zoom camera.


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Cameras, Canon

Canon EOS Rebel T6s / EOS 760D / EOS 8000D

Thu February 5, 2015

Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D

Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D

Category: Beginner, Serious

Type: APS-C DSLR


Wireless Rebel. The Canon EOS Rebel T6s (EOS 760D / EOS 8000D) is an APS-C DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC). The EOS Rebel T6s features a 24.2MP CMOS image sensor, ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600), 5fps continuous shooting, 19-point all cross-type AF system, Full HD (1920 x 1080 at 30/25/24p) video with stereo sound and a tiltable LCD.

The Rebel line targets beginners with an easy-to-use DSLR which retains compatibility with Canon’s entire line of EF and EF-S lenses. It features advanced options usually seen on more advanced and expensive models, such as a top LCD display panel, a Quick Control dial (with locking mechanism), and an electronic level display.

Advanced HD movie shooting features that include HDR video recording and Movie Digital Zoom. A new HDR movie mode minimizes blown-out images in high-contrast scenes by alternatively shooting properly exposed and underexposed images at 60 fps, then combining them to generate 30 fps movies with extensive color gradation and shadow detail. Other features include manual exposure control and an external stereo microphone jack.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC makes it possible to transfer and share photos easily and conveniently to compatible devices without having to rely on using cables. Near Field Communication (NFC) allows the camera to pair with compatible Android devices and even Canon’s new Connect Station CS100. With the optional Connect Station CS100, you can store, view, and organize all of your photos and videos from just one device.

Wireless capabilities also allow the use of a compatible smartphone or tablet to remotely control the camera. A variety of the camera’s expressive capabilities are available to you: shooting modes, AF frame modes (single-point/face detection), continuous shooting mode and AF button.

You can purchase the EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR body only or bundled with an EF-S 18-55 STM lens or bundled with an EF-S 18-135 STM lens.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6s will appeal to enthusiasts looking for an affordable entry-level DSLR with wireless connectivity and improved image capture capabilities and which is compatible with Canon’s impressive line of interchangeable lenses and accessories.


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Cameras, Canon

Canon EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D / Kiss X8i

Thu February 5, 2015

Canon EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D / Kiss X8i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D / Kiss X8i

Category: Beginner

Type: APS-C DSLR


Entry-level Rebel. The Canon EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D / Kiss X8i) is an entry-level APS-C DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC). The EOS Rebel T6i features a 24.2MP CMOS image sensor, ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600), 5fps continuous shooting, 19-point all cross-type AF system, Full HD (1920 x 1080 at 30/25/24p) video and a tiltable LCD.

The Rebel line targets beginners with an easy-to-use DSLR which retains compatibility with Canon’s entire line of EF and EF-S lenses.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC makes it possible to transfer and share photos easily and conveniently to compatible devices without having to rely on using cables. Near Field Communication (NFC) allows the camera to pair with compatible Android devices and even Canon’s new Connect Station CS100. With the optional Connect Station CS100, you can store, view, and organize all of your photos and videos from just one device.

Wireless capabilities also allow the use of a compatible smartphone or tablet to remotely control the camera. A variety of the camera’s expressive capabilities are available to you: shooting modes, AF frame modes (single-point/face detection), continuous shooting mode and AF button.

You can purchase the EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR body only or bundled with an EF-S 18-55 STM lens or bundled with an EF-S 18-135 STM lens.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i will appeal to beginners looking for an affordable entry-level DSLR with wireless connectivity for casual photography.


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Cameras, Fujifilm

Fujifilm X-A2

Thu January 15, 2015

Fujifilm X-A2

Fujifilm X-A2

Category: Beginner, Serious

Type: Compact Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera


Selfie-ready compact system camera. The Fujifilm X-A2 is a compact mirrorless that accepts interchangeable lenses, sports a large 16MP APS-C image sensor, takes RAW, and puts total control of the camera right in your hands with automatic as well as semi-auto and full manual PASM shooting modes.

Looks like a pretty serious camera? It is, but who says serious photographers can’t have fun? Indeed, the Fujifilm X-A2 has a large 3.0-in. LCD (920K-dot) that flips up 175° to face forward so you can view yourself and friends while taking a selfie. When you flip the LCD that way, the camera assumes you are taking a selfie and automatically switches on Eye Detection Auto Focus to focus on the eye (you can let the camera decide which eye to focus on or select Left or Right). For best results, you would want to attach a wide-angle lens for wide coverage, e.g. the FUJINON LENS XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II [24-76mm] 3x optical zoom kit lens.

The Fujifilm X-A2 features built-in Wi-Fi for wireless transfer of images from camera to PC (PC AutoSave), to your smart phone or tablet using the FUJIFILM Camera App, and to the instax SHARE SP-1 Smartphone Printer for instant prints.

Fujifilm’s popular Film Simulation now includes CLASSIC CHROME. Advanced Filters let the photographer with the artistic mind create something unique.

Beginners will appreciate Advanced SR AUTO shooting mode that automatically recognizes 58 scene types, and then selects the most appropriate shutter speed, aperture and other settings. Or, manually select the scene mode yourself. Advanced photographers can switch to one of the PASM modes.

A built-in flash automatically adjusts its output depending on the scene, e.g. clearly and brightly captures faces under strong backlit or dark conditions, and prevents the washout of the subject and background when shooting macro shots. When even more light is required, you can attach a separately sold TTL flash into the hot shoe.

The Fujifilm X-A2 will appeal to beginners who want to take high quality selfie images with a camera that allows them to grow into serious photography.


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Fujifilm, Reviews

Fujifilm X100T Review @ Photoxels

Mon December 1, 2014

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm X100T

Just Posted! Fujifilm X100T Review

The Fujifilm X100T is a compact premium rangefinder-styled digital camera with drop-dead gorgeous retro looks. Under the hoods of this beautifully-designed digital camera, there is a quality 35mm [equiv.] F2 Fujinon lens, an APS-C X-Trans sensor and an image processing CPU engine that all work together to capture outstanding image quality rivaling the top end DSLRs. This Third regeneration of the X100 adds significant improvements to the hybrid viewfinder and fixes some of the irksome issues in the previous models.

[ Read more in our Fujifilm X100T Review… ]

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Sony

Sony: Upload Your Mini-documentary for the Chance to Win a Professional Camera PXW-FS7 Until Nov.30, 2014, 23:59 UK Time

Mon November 24, 2014

Image by Sony UK

Image by Sony UK

The new Sony PXW-FS7 is a professional camera made for documentaries, web video, corporate film-makers and more.

Key features of the PXW-FS7 include:

  • 4K Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor XDCAM camera,
  • α Mount lens system,
  • 4K/2K RAW and XAVC recording options.

Light, rugged and easy to handle, it’s tailor-made for dependable one-man shooting in challenging environments.

Whether you’re producing documentaries, music videos or corporate productions, you’ll love fabulous 4K images and Sony’s revolutionary α Mount Lens System for near-limitless creative options. And with multi-codec support you’re right up to speed with today’s workflows.

Sony UK

http://www.sony.co.uk/pro/article/broadcast-products-the-newest-addition-to-the-xdcam-family

This video presents PXW-FS7 Official FullHD Beauty Image.

“The PXW-FS7 XDCAM Series camera can be operated by just a single person in situations where the extraordinary flexibility of its Alpha Mount System and compatible interchangeable lenses can be used to excellent advantage.
That makes it suitable for a wide range of shooting projects such as documentaries, music video and so on.”

Sony invites you to register now for your chance to win a new PXW-FS7.
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