News entries for September, 2012

Lens Review: Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

 
 

Canon released its original EF 28mm f/2.8 lens in 1987, so when it decided to update the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM wide angle prime twenty-five years later, you would imagine it would want to do something special. Canon didn't disappoint: they gave it a completely new optical design and added image stabilization....

Google acquires Nik Software

 
 

Nik Software today announced its immediate acquisition by Google. The page devoted to the news on the Nik site says simply:

We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image...

Got burning questions for camera companies? We’ll get you answers at Photokina.

If you could ask a product manager at any camera company any question you wanted, what would it be?

We landed today in Cologne, Germany, for what's shaping up to be the biggest Photokina in recent memory. Full-frame goes mainstream, video and still imaging continue their courtship, while camera manufacturers continue to experiment with wifi and in-camera apps. Who said...

Samsung boosts NX range with new 12-24mm wide-angle zoom and 45mm f/1.8 prime lenses

 
 

Samsung has added significant creative flexibility to its NX-series of compact interchangeable lens cameras by introducing at Photokina a new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens and a new mid-telephoto prime lens. With these two additions, the company now has 11 professional-caliber options within its NX Lens family. Here's...

Whether you want artistic, sports or just everyday shots, Sigma has a new lens for you

 
 

Three nuggets of news came from Sigma at Photokina today, as the company announced it has redefined its lineup of interchangeable lenses into three categories, introduced three new lenses -- one for each new category -- and shared how the company is stepping up its lens testing and quality control processes.

The...

Canon announces two PRO-line printers; Revamps large format line-up

When Canon announced the PRO-1 a year ago, it hinted that was just the beginning. It planned to introduce a whole line of 13-inch PRO printers based on the same technology as its flagship model.

Today the company followed up on that promise with two new PRO models: the pigment-based PRO-10 and the dye-based PRO-100, the first dye-based model in the line. The new models...

DxO Labs releases ViewPoint to restore natural proportions in photos

 
 

DxO has announced its new ViewPoint software solution for correction distortion from wide angle lenses and keystoning is now available at its online store. A trial version is also posted there.

No need to wait for the review either. We reviewed a beta version last month. Complete with a gallery of our own images...

Panasonic GH3: the mirrorless camera for video pros, previewed


 
 

Panasonic's GH series cameras have had video recording as their main focus from day one. The GH1 saw good pickup among amateur video enthusiasts, and with the GH2, quite a few pros began using them as inexpensive alternatives to full-frame SLRs. This was aided by the GH2's excellent video quality, as well as...

Pen Lite gets 16-megapixel sensor, faster frame rate, and front facing LCD


 
 

Tiny and feature-rich as they were, Olympus saw fit to revamp their two smallest Pen cameras just fifteen months after their introduction. The higher-end model, the Olympus Pen E-PL5, is still about the same size, but it gains a few features from both the E-P3 and the OM-D E-M5, both of which have some cool...

Olympus restyles Pen Mini, adds touchscreen and 16mp sensor


 
 

Revamping their two smallest Pen cameras just fifteen months after their introduction, Olympus chose to give their least expensive model--the Olympus E-PM2--the combined look of the original E-PL1, with the fixed grip of the original E-P1. It's fun to see their designers playing with the digital Pen heritage...

Who says you can’t reinvent the wheel? Olympus launches XZ-2 premium compact


 
 

Special care was taken to differentiate the Olympus Stylus XZ-2--yes, the Stylus brandname has been resurrected--from a close competitor, the Panasonic LX5/LX7. The surprising result is that the camera body grew a bit, both in size and price. As I've noticed from their other recent cameras, Olympus is still...

Canon echoes rival, launches affordable full-frame EOS 6D SLR


 
 

After last week's announcement of the affordable full-frame Nikon D600 digital SLR, it's no surprise to see the Canon EOS 6D finally emerge from behind the curtain of rumor and conjecture. The new Canon 6D is another camera designed to appeal to the photographer who wants to step up to full-frame but has...

Canon PowerShot G15: Bright lens, big performance?

 
 

With their latest enthusiast powerhouse camera, Canon leapfrogged the G13 and G14 names for the superstitious among us, landing instead on PowerShot G15. Luckily, this jump wasn't in name only. The Canon G15 boasts a bevy of advanced technologies, especially the 28mm wide-angle 5x zoom lens which starts out at a...

Canon’s PowerShot SX50 HS raises the stakes in superzoom arms race with 50x lens

 
 

In the ever-increasing battle for the biggest, baddest megazoom on the planet, Canon has fired its latest salvo with the PowerShot SX50 HS. This digital camera's 50x optical zoom delivers the equivalent of 24-1,200mm range from a 24mm wide-angle lens, and boasts several improvements over the PowerShot SX40 HS, an...

WiFi stands out among the many upgrades to Canon’s new PowerShot S110

 
 

With a look more reminiscent of the S95, the Canon PowerShot S110 deletes the grip of last year's popular predecessor, the S100, while adding very little to the rest of the camera. But there's one major new feature that proves the Canon PowerShot S110 is more than just refinement: Built-in WiFi. It makes perfect...

Fujifilm’s XF1 marries full manual functionality with retro cool style

 
 

Fujifilm, a recent leader in classic camera designs, brings even more retro into its X-series of digital cameras with the new Fuji XF1. And we're not just talking about the attractive throwback look, complete with your choice of three classic (albeit synthetic) leather colors wrapped around its aluminum body...

Nikon D600 lab shots posted!


Nikon D600 lab shots!
 
 

Imaging Resource senior editor Shawn Barnett is finally back at IR HQ and he brought the Nikon D600 with him, so we rushed this hot DSLR into the lab right away. Luke's been working feverishly all day to bring you as many D600 lab shots as he could, and we're happy to report the fruits of his labor have now...

D3200 reviewed: Nikon’s best entry-level DSLR yet?

Nikon D3200 digital SLR. Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.
 
 

Affordable and easy to use, the Nikon D3200 really doesn't disappoint, providing a small body, improved controls, and a remarkably high-resolution 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor. We found it capable and pleasantly quiet to shoot, and it's still easy to recommend to novice or advanced amateur alike. We wish the lens...

Seagull snatches GoPro camera and takes it on wild ride over San Francisco Bay (VIDEO)

 
 

Hard to believe this is real but check out this incredible video from a sea gull's perspective as it snatches someone's GoPro camera and takes it on a wild ride over San Francisco Bay near the Golden Gate Bridge.

You couldn't make a commercial this good! (Or perhaps this is some kind of viral commercial for...

Hot off the press: Huge Nikon D600 gallery posted


 
 

(UPDATED with daylight images!) Sleep's sometimes overrated, if you ask us camera nuts. While the rest of North America was in bed, Imaging Resource senior editor Shawn Barnett pounded the streets of Manhattan, just-announced full-frame Nikon D600 digital SLR in-hand.

Shawn grabbed us an extensive raft of...