News entries for March, 2012

Nikon UK hikes D4, D800, D800E pricing, honors preorders

Nikon's D4 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for our Nikon D4 preview!If you're based in the UK and you've recently preordered the upcoming Nikon D4 or Nikon D800 / D800E DSLRs, count yourself lucky: Nikon UK has just announced a price hike for both models, but it's promised to honor preorder pricing on orders received before March 24th.

The story broke last Friday on Sterling Publishing's Pixiq website, and has been confirmed in a...

Lens Review: Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN

Img 9680a 1000Sigma has branched out to provide a third-party alternative in the Sony E-mount and Micro Four-thirds mount: the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN is the first such lens in this new category ("DN" stands for "Digital Neo"), and we've finished putting it through its paces in our test lab. Click here to read our full review of the the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN.

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The Camera Bag: Shot Glasses Shaped Like Canon and Nikon Lenses

We don't normally endorse mixing drinking with photograpy -- it can lead to too many embarrassing Facebook photos -- but if you choose to imbibe, why not kick one back with these cool lens shot glasses?

Available from Photojojo as a set of three Canon or Nikon lens shot glasses, these little ceramic cups replicate the raised numbers, ridged focus rings, and auto/manual...

Follow the fun with a flick of the finger, with the Motrr Galileo (updated)

Motrr's Galileo pan/tilt platform for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Click here to visit the Motrr website!A new gadget from a new startup based in Santa Cruz, CA promises to make videography and photography with Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch products much more versatile. The Motrr Galileo allows for infinite, 360-degree pan and tilt control of Apple's popular iOS devices, providing some very interesting possibilities for remotely-controlled video and still capture. While...

Pentax K-01 Still Life test shots posted!

Pentax's K-01 compact system camera. Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.We've just posted our Still Life ISO/NR series test shots from the bold new Pentax K-01 compact system camera, straight from the lab!

The controversial Pentax K-01 is based on a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor similar to the one found in the excellent K-5 DSLR, and is compatible with almost every K-mount lens ever made. Other features include sensor-shift shake and dust...

Fuji: New firmware for X-S1, X100

Fujifilm's FinePix X100 digital camera. Click here for our Fuji X100 review!Japan's Fujifilm Corp. has released updated firmware for two of its digital cameras--the Fuji X-S1 ultrazoom and the large-sensor Fuji X100--bringing a variety of improvements and new features to both.

Release of the Fujifilm X-S1 firmware update had been previewed previously in a statement from the company, noting that it would aim to reduce impact of a known problem...

Dennis Manarchy’s 35-Foot-Long Camera May Be Coming to Your State Soon

In a world where cameras are getting smaller and smaller every day, it's good to know that someone still thinks big; really, really big.

For the last ten years, photographer Dennis Manarchy has been building a 35-foot-long camera, by hand. As shown in the photos to the right and below, the camera is the size of a small apartment.

This whopper of a camera will use film...

The Camera Bag: White “Stormtrooper” Version of Leica M9-P

No, this is not necessarily a camera you would ever own but it sure looks pretty.

As is their wont, Leica has unveiled a limited edition version of the 18-megapixel Leica M9-P digital rangefinder in Star Wars "Stormtrooper" white. (Ok, Leica's not actually calling it Star Wars "Stormtrooper" white; that's just our geeky shorthand.)

Unless you have a lot of disposable...

Panasonic FZ47 review posted!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 digital camera. Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.It doesn't take a lot of money these days to get an ultrazoom digital camera with a good image sensor, and that's certainly true of the Panasonic FZ47. Its whopping 24x zoom lens reaches from 25-600mm equivalent, allowing you to be incredibly selective about what you shoot. Supporting Full HD video, the Panasonic FZ47 is quite versatile. The FZ47's image quality was not...

Pentax launches medium format all-weather prime

The smc Pentax DA 645 25mm f/4 AL [IF] SDM AW lens. Photo provided by Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp.Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp. has today announced the launch of a new weather-sealed ultra-wide prime lens for its medium format Pentax 645D digital SLR.

The smc Pentax DA 645 25mm f/4 AL [IF] SDM AW lens replaces the D FA variant that was listed on the 645 Mount roadmap revealed shortly after the CP+ tradeshow in Japan, a design that was announced a little over a...

Olympus: New firmware for Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds cameras

Olympus' E-P3 digital camera. Click here to read our Olympus E-P3 review!A series of new firmware updates released yesterday by Olympus Corp. all have one thing in common: they aim to resolve issues with high-capacity SDXC memory cards.

The new firmware for the Olympus E-5 SLR and four of the company's Micro Four Thirds cameras is said to improve stability with SDXC cards of 48GB or greater capacity. For the E-5, E-P3, and E-PL2, this is the...

The Camera Bag: Stay Classy with Wotancraft’s City Explorer Messenger Bag

Wotancraft is a name that may sound like it belongs in a Harry Potter novel but the company's camera bags are truly designed for adults. They're also aimed at photographers who don't necessarily want to look like they're carrying around a geeky camera bag.

Handmade and aged with premium leather parts, Wotancraft's City Explorer bag series wouldn't look out of place in a...

iPhoneography? There’s a course for that.

Apple's iPhone in use. Photo provided by Apple.Love your iPhone and playing with popular photo apps like Instagram, Hipstamatic, and Snapseed, but convinced your photos could be better? London's Kensington and Chelsea College has the course for you, held at the Chelsea Centre and promising to teach techniques that will turn your iPhone photos from mundane to magnificent.

The course, entitled "iPhoneography:...

Come Fly with Her: Japanese Teenager Takes to the Air, Photographically

Natsumi Hayashi is a Tokyo teenager who likes to fly, or at least to photograph herself in mid-air as though she were Mary Poppins or Supergirl. She's made dozens of photographs of her flights across Tokyo and has become a bit of an Internet sensation.

In an interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail, she explained she got the idea for her levitation images from a Japanese...

Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta announced, previewed

Adobe's Photoshop CS6 beta logo. Click here to read our Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta preview!Almost exactly two years ago, Adobe first started teasing a major update to its flagship digital imaging application Photoshop, with a variety of interesting new features including an eyecatching content-aware fill tool.

Fast forward to today, and the company has relegated mere teasers to the trashcan: today it launches its first ever public beta of Photoshop, and we've...

Geotagging: the silent killer, says US army

Artist's rendition of a GPS Block II / IIA satellite. Public domain image provided by the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing and the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee.An article posted recently on the official homepage of the United States Army caught our eye today, thanks to a blog post from John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Mobile at Adobe Systems.

The piece, entitled "Geotagging poses security risks", takes a look at the security implications of location tags that are often silently embedded in photos shot with smartphones. (A...

Axtremex 800x CompactFlash couples high capacity, impressive speed claims

Axtremex's 128GB 800x UDMA7 CompactFlash card. Click here to visit the Axtremex website!The latest generation of professional digital SLRs are really starting to push performance of CompactFlash cards to their very limit, and to get their maximum benefit, you need a really fast card to match. At its highest full-resolution rate, the Nikon D4 can capture almost 180 megapixels per second, and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV comes close, at over 160 megapixels per...

MIT Creates Camera That “Sees” Around Corners

We Homo Sapiens are a voyeuristic lot, and between X-Ray glasses and sideways-viewing camera lenses, we have a child-like curiosity about seeing without being seen. If you remember the 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner you will remember how future-cop Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, used an Esper machine that allowed him to see around corners.

Well, while Harrison Ford...

Canon G1 X exhibits light leak / internal reflection

Yimg 0118sOur exhaustive camera testing often smokes out issues in cameras that others (and often the manufacturers) don't find. Though that's a good effect of exhaustive testing, it often leads to much time spent verifying an issue before publishing, and leaves us with the unenviable task of reporting a problem with a popular camera. But we'll get right to the chase: While shooting...

The Camera Bag: TriggerHappy Remote Lets You Trigger Your DSLR from Your Smart Phone

Your smart phone can do everything these days so why not use it to help trigger your camera? That's the thinking behind a new product called the TriggerHappy Camera Remote that lets you fire your digital SLR just by touching your phone's screen.

The product comes with two things:

TriggerHappy Unit -  a one-meter cable with an embedded signal processor inside that...