News entries for February, 2012

Time for an upgrade? Get a foot in the door for the latest hot new cameras!

2012 is shaping up to be quite a year for photographers. We're only seven weeks in, and we've already had over eighty camera announcements, quite a few of them major. Over the coming days and weeks, many of these cameras will be becoming available. If you want to be among the first to be shooting with the most interesting models, though, you'll likely need to preorder.

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Kikukawa, six others arrested as Olympus investigation continues

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website!The months-long investigation into financial irregularities at Olympus Corp. has finally resulted in its first arrests today, and they come at the very highest levels of the company's former management. Those arrested include the Olympus' former CEO, president and chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, ex-executive vice president Hisashi Mori, and Hideo Yamada, the company's former...

Time to make a wishlist: New roadmaps from Pentax

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website!Things are becoming increasingly exciting in Pentax land lately, as new owner Ricoh gets the ball rolling on plans to make its acquisition a major contender.

At the recent CP+ trade show in Japan, the company had no less than seven new optics on display for its various interchangeable-lens cameras, all but one of which are expected to hit retail later this year. The...

Exposure 4 plugin recaptures essence of film

Alien Skin Software's logo. Click here to visit the Alien Skin Software website!There's definitely something to be said for the instant gratification of digital photography, but from time to time, we do find ourselves missing the depth of expression possible with a film camera.

Like many of our readers, we cut our teeth in an analog world. Achieving the look you were after with a film camera was a simple matter. Swap in a different roll of film, and...

Troubleshooting made trivial: Canon details error codes

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website!Have you ever hit an error message on your Canon digital camera, and been stumped for the meaning? These two-digit codes don't manifest themselves too often, but when they do, the accompanying message can occasionally be rather cryptic.

If you've seen one of the less obvious error messages, chances are you did what most folks would: reseated the battery and lens, swapped...

Lens Review: Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR

Nikon1 10-100f45-56pdvrNikon got into the mirrorless camera game near the end of 2011, and released three lenses to start off the system: one of them, the Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom VR, is heavier than the V1 and J1 cameras it can serve, but offers an image-stabilized 27-270mm equivalent platform, and is the subject of today's lens review on SLRgear.com. Click here to read our full review...

Lensbaby Introduces the Edge 80 Optic

Lb-edge80.176x200While the new Lensbaby Edge 80 resembles the recently released Sweet 35, it's a completely different optical experience. And we're not just talking about the focal length, which happens to be ideal for portraiture. First, the Edge 80 is a flat field optic. Second, it includes macro focusing as close as 17 inches.

Like the Sweet 35, it features a 12-blade internal...

Mirrorless gaining ground, but can success in Asia translate globally?

CIPA's logo. Click here to visit the CIPA website!Regular readers will have noticed a flurry of announcements lately, timed to coincide with the start of Japan's flagship imaging show, CP+. The show closed yesterday, but a post from the folks over at Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights tipped us off to a goldmine of interesting info released a few days back by the show's host, the Camera & Imaging Products...

Nikon D4 delivery delay confirmed; production figures revealed

Nikon's D4 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for our Nikon D4 preview!Introduction of the Nikon D4 digital SLR in the US market has been delayed slightly, the company confirmed for us today. Announced at the start of January, the D4 was originally planned for delivery this month. That schedule has now slipped to mid-March due to an unspecified production update.

In related news, an article from the Malaysian National News Agency confirms...

Nikon squashes V1, J1 bugs, updates Camera Control Pro

Nikon's J1 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Corp. Click to read our Nikon J1 review!If you're an early adopter of one of Nikon's 1-series compact system cameras, the company has a firmware update lined up for you today.

The new firmware for the Nikon V1 and J1 cameras brings either model up to version A 1.11 and B 1.10. In both cases, a problem with flash overexposure has been addressed, either for the Nikon J1's built-in strobe, or for the Speedlight...

The moment’s over: Kodak to exit camera, flash camcorder business

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website!The Kodak moment: For years, it was synonymous with those special memories one wanted to immortalize on film. For the company's presence in the consumer camera industry, though, that moment looks to have come to an end.

Although it dominated in the film years, Kodak has struggled to come to terms with a digital world, a fact demonstrated by its recent bankruptcy filing....

Pentax Ricoh Imaging absorbs Ricoh’s camera business

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website!As camera brand Pentax was acquired from then-parent Hoya Corp. by Ricoh Co. Ltd. last year, some in the Pentaxian community acted with alarm, broadcasting fears that their beloved brand might disappear, absorbed into that of its new owner. Ricoh moved quickly to make clear that the Pentax brand was here to stay, alongside the formation of Pentax Ricoh Imaging Co. Ltd.

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New lenses aplenty on Sony E-mount roadmap

Sony's E-mount on the NEX-5N compact system camera. Source image provided by Sony  Electronics.Sony's compact system cameras have proven incredibly popular for the company, but like most competing systems, the NEX series has so far been faced with a relatively limited selection of dedicated glass from which to choose. A generous selection of first- and third-party mount adapters has helped, but many bring limitations in terms of autofocusing and other compatibility...

Olympus SZ-31MR long-zoom gets a touch more intuitive

Olympus' SZ-31MR digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Imaging America Inc. Click for our Olympus SZ-31MR preview!When we reviewed Olympus' SZ-30MR digital camera last year, we praised its handsome design aesthetic, and its swift performance. The followup Olympus SZ-31MR retains both features, and adds a touch-screen overlay on the LCD panel that aims to make it more intuitive to use.

The body of the SZ-31MR is just slightly tidier than that of its predecessor, thanks to the removal...

Rugged Olympus TG-820 shoots for low-light improvements

Olympus' TG-820 digital camera. Click to read our Olympus TG-820 preview!Late last year, we took a brief look at Olympus' Tough TG-810, and came away unimpressed by its image quality. Just a few short months later, the company has offered up an interesting alternative that aims to answer the concerns we--and other reviewers--raised.

The key change in the Olympus TG-820 iHS is a switch to a new twelve megapixel, backside illuminated CMOS image...

HUGE Sigma News: Two-Thirds price cut on SD1, massive DP1/DP2 upgrades!

Sigma's SD1 digital SLR. Photo provided by Sigma Corp. Click to read our Sigma SD1 preview!There are price drops, and then there are *Price Drops* -- this is clearly one of the latter: Citing dramatic improvements in sensor manufacturing cost, Sigma is announcing a two-thirds price cut in their top of the line SLR, the SD1. Changing the name (but nothing else about the camera) to the Sigma SD1 Merrill, in homage to Foveon cofounder and coinventor of the Foveon...

Sony Goes *Long* - 500mm f/4.0 A-mount Sees Light of Day!

Sony's 500mm F4 G SSM lens prototype. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc.First previewed almost two years ago at PMA 2010, the 500mm f/4 G super-telephoto is finally seeing the light of day. The new A-mount lens sports bundles of goodness, including first and foremost its big f/4 aperture, and extending to a Nano Anti-Reflective (AR) coating, a new supersonic motor drive circuit for fast & accurate autofocus, and extensive dust and moisture...

History reinvented: Olympus OM-D E-M5 announced, previewed

Olympus' OM-D E-M5 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Imaging America Inc. Click for our Olympus E-M5 preview!When Olympus first launched its Micro Four Thirds camera lineup back in 2009, it drew a parallel with its earlier PEN-series cameras. Today, with the debut of the Olympus E-M5, it draws on another icon from the past: its legendary OM-series.

This time around, the connection is even stronger, thanks to retro OM-like styling. Front and center is what looks at first glance...

Rugged Pentax WG-2 cameras make GPS optional

Pentax's WG-2 and WG-2 GPS digital cameras. Photos provided by Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp. Click to read our Pentax WG-2 GPS preview!Rounding out its announcements for the day, Pentax has revealed two closely-related cameras that update follow in the footsteps of last year's WG-1 series models.

The Pentax WG-2 and WG-2 GPS, like their predecessors, differ only in whether they include a GPS receiver for location awareness, and how they're labeled externally. Both cameras are otherwise pretty-much...

Pentax shows commitment; previews six lenses, mount adapter (updated)

In a reassuring show of its commitment under new owner Ricoh, Pentax has revealed no less than six new lenses and a mount adapter to be previewed at the upcoming CP+ tradeshow in Japan. Five of the six lenses are scheduled to ship this year, and all three of the company's mount types receive attention.

For the 645D mount, there's a new 90mm f/2.8 prime, tentatively known...