Canon EOS 700D review at DPreview "The Canon EOS 700D is an upgrade to the 650D almost in name only"

"With the EOS 700D, Canon continues its tradition of very good image quality for both stills and video shooting and provides a well-executed touchscreen implementation that makes this one of the more enjoyable to use novice-oriented DSLRs on the market.

Where the camera falters, unfortunately, is with AF performance in live view. Canon's 'hybrid' AF system, while a step forward compared to contrast detect attempts of a couple of years ago, is still a long way from what we've seen in other mirrorless models, and from our experience of Sony's SLTs. And while we applaud Canon for attempting continuous AF in movie mode, it too is prone to more focus errors than we'd have liked to see."

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Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f3.5-4.5G ED review at Camera Labs "a surprisingly good lens at a reasonable price"

"Very good center performance is accompanied by good performance in the DX-corners and decent performance in the FX-corners. Stop down to lift performance in the corners of a full-frame 36MP D800 towards good levels. Flare resistance is not bad and auto-focus is reliable albeit a bit slow. 

This all comes in a small and light package that even has weather sealing at the lens-mount. Only the wavy nature of the distortions at 18mm might give those striving for straight lines in their architecture shots some trouble."

Sony A58 Review @ photographyBlog "the new Sony 58 brings mid-range performance and features to the entry-level market"

"the new OLED viewfinder and 20 megapixel resolution and handy Lock-on Autofocus mode are improvements, which makes the much cheaper Sony A58 a real bargain.
Just like the rest of the SLT family, the Sony A58 turns conventional design on its head to provide what is in many ways a better user experience than traditional DSLRs can achieve, at a very competitive price point that Canon and Nikon must surely be worried about. The A58's excellent OLED electronic viewfinder offers enough enough resolution and real-time feedback to take on a more conventionaloptical viewfinder, while the translucent mirror and EVF combination provides fast auto-focus for both stills and video and 100% scene coverage, although the burst shooting mode is disappointingly slower and more limited in buffer size and file format than previous SLT cameras."

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Nikon 5200 review @ DPreview "At high ISO sensitivities, the noise performance of the D5200 is the best that we've seen from a DSLR at this price point"

"The Nikon D5200 is a solid performer that offers an impressive array of specifications for a camera of its class. Indeed, the number of features it shares with its higher-end Nikon stablemates is to be applauded. In addition to an excellent 24MP sensor that gives up precious little to that of the (non-AA filtered) D7100, the D5200 boasts a 39 point AF system, lens-dependent Auto ISO implementation and class-leading high ISO noise performance.

The D5200 stands out as the only recent-model Nikon DSLR to sport an articulated screen which comes in handy for both stills and video shooters, though we can't help but wish it was touch enabled as is the one on the Canon EOS T5i/700D. The D5200 offers a reasonable number of external controls, but as you'd expect on a camera of this class, more advanced users will have to satisfy their needs with visits to the main menu. You do have a customizeable Fn button though, and the camera's '[i]' button allows more direct access to 14 separate camera and shooting settings. If we nitpick, we'd like to see even faster access that omits a second confirmation click before you can actually change a setting in this manner. Overall though, we find that the D5200 strikes a nice balance between providing essential shooting controls without overwhelming novice DSLR users."

Canon’s EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x Officially Announced

Canon's latest professional telephoto zoom lens features a built-in switchable 1.4x teleconverter, up to 4 stops image stabilizer with IS 'mode 3' that only applies stabilization at the point of exposure, aiding panning, Power Zoom for movie shooting and weather sealing construction. it will be available on May at at an RRP of €14,000

press release:

Introducing the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x – improved performance and versatility for professional sports and wildlife photographers

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 14 May 2013 – Canon today adds a new category to its range of high-performance super-telephoto lenses, with the introduction of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x to Canon’s acclaimed L-series. The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features a flexible 200-400mm focal range with a fixed f/4 aperture, 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer and for the first time in a commercially available lens, a built-in 1.4x extender. These features combine to provide an outstandingly versatile lens for professional sports or wildlife photographers. A robust magnesium alloy design, environmental protection and specialised lens coatings also make it ideal for mobile use, combining with the finest quality optics to deliver exceptional results, even in the harshest conditions. . . . read more

Canon EOS 700D review at DxO Mark "...offers no improvement in sensor scores"

Canon's new flagship DSLR for beginners uses the same "old" 18mp CMOS sensor with no significant improvements over it's predecessor.

"The 700D isn’t a significant improvement over its predecessor the 650D and with almost identical specifications and sensor scores they are effectively the same camera. Our Sensor Score analysis of APS-C DSLRs shows that while Nikon and Sony are making steady improvements the same can’t be said for Canon with none of their APS-C sensors breaking through the 70 points barrier."

Canon releases new firmware for the EOS 5D MkIII featuring uncompressed HDMI output as well as autofocus up to f/8

The new firmware enables HDMI output functionality, ideal for professional videographers, as well as improved AF performance for photographers shooting with telephoto lenses.

Following feedback from cinema and TV production professionals, the new firmware includes ‘clean’ HDMI output, enhancing overall video editing and monitoring procedures. Videographers will be able to output high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) without any embedded icons or symbols, from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder using the camera’s HDMI terminal. The new functionality will enable easier editing of data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during production, as well as the option to record to the internal memory card at the same time.

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Nikon AF-S 80-400mm review at CameraLabs "This lens has clearly better optical performance and better image stabilization than its predecessor "

"The Nikon AF-S 80-400/4.5-5.6G VR delivers very good optical performance throughout the zoom-range. But with a price at the time of writing of 2600 EUR (incl. 19% VAT) you would expect as much. This resolving-power makes the lens the best performer up to its price point. Combined with effective image stabilization up to 200mm, fast and reliable AF, and a maximum magnification of 1:5.1 in a package that is small and light enough to be carried around all day this is the answer many have been waiting for since Nikon released the predecessor some 13 years ago.

To make it perfectly clear: This lens has clearly better optical performance and better image stabilization than its predecessor or the Sigma 120-400 or the Nikon AF-S 70-200/2.8G VR II when coupled with the TC-20E III. Especially compared to its predecessor which can currently be had for half the price the new zoom is much sharper especially at the long end, has a much faster AF.

What are the downsides?"

Nikon D7100 in-depth review by DPreview "...if you don't have a compelling reason to shoot with a full frame DSLR, the APS-C D7100 offers a largely similar shooting experience"

"The D7100 delivers outstanding image quality and detail rendition at low ISOs in both JPEG and Raw mode. Noise does start to become visible at the pixel level even at moderate ISO sensitivities, but is kept well under control given the pixel density of its 24MP APS-C sensor. While not a surprise, it is worth pointing out that if you're after the very best that this sensor can deliver, you'll not be well-served by the 18-105mm kit zoom. In both our studio and real-world shooting, we've found noticeably better results with Nikon's high-end primes and fast zoom lenses.

While the camera's video specs are impressive, its video output is a bit softer than we'd like. If you want to record at 1080 50i or 60i, keep in mind that this is only possible after you've set the camera to its 1.3x crop mode. Unfortunately, using this crop mode results in output that is upsampled to 1920 x 1080, making this mode of little use for even amateur videographers.

The Nikon D7100 rounds out Nikon's recently revamped lineup of enthusiast-targeted DSLRs. It may sit below the full frame D800 and D600 in price, but . . . read more

Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM Art on the web, hands-on previews and sample images...

While most of the previews are based on pre-production models, a small Korean web page posted several sample images taken with the new lens, mounted on both APS-C size cameras and Full frame  (Canon EOS 600D and EOS 5D Mk II)

DPreview hands on "Overall though the 18-35mm F1.8 is certainly an intriguing product, and we applaud Sigma for pushing the boundaries of lens design ahead of the more conservative camera manufacturers. It's a lens we think is worth investigating in more detail, and we'll be reviewing it just a soon as we can lay our hands on a shootable copy. Until then you can read more about the lens's design and operation on the next page of our preview."

PhotographyBlog hands on "We’ve been lucky enough to have some hands-on time with the new Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ahead of it launch. . . . read more

Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the first zoom lens featuring f/1.8 throughout the entire zoom range

Press release: RONKONKOMA, NY, Apr. 18, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider for some of the world's most impressive lines oflenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the market’s first zoom lens to achieve a maximum aperture F1.8 throughout the entire zoom range.

This revolutionary, wide aperture, standard zoom lens is created for DSLR cameras with APS-C size sensors, which translates to a focal range of 27-52.5mm on a 35mm camera. With a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches, and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.3, the 18-35mm is ideal for landscapes, portraits, still-life, studio, close-up and casual photography. . . . read more

Camera labs revewed the Nikon D7100 "The Nikon D7100 is a worthy successor to the D7000 and a sufficiently capable camera to fill the vacancy at the top end of Nikon's DX range"

"Perhaps understandably, a lot of the attention it has received since its launch has focused on its absent optical low-pass filter, with inflated expectations of a resultant boost in sharpness and definition. It now looks like any resulting increase in quality over the company's other 24 Megapixel DX bodies is at best, marginal, and many will no doubt be disappointed by that. But don't lose sight of the fact that OLPF or not, the D7100's sensor produces superb quality 24 Megapixel images; it's just that they're really close to what the cheaper D5200 delivers.

Where it matters to advanced enthusiast and semi-pro users though, the D7100 delivers, with enhancements to build quality and handling, more capable AF and improved continuous shooting, deeper bracketing, a bigger screen and new shooting modes including HDR and effects filters. There's also something to tempt videographers, with new movie modes, built-in stero mics and a headphone socket.

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DxO Mark reviews the Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED ultra wide zoom lens mounted on a D800

Even though this les was released back in the 2007, the DxO answers the big question: How does this lens perform on demanding high-resolution bodies, such as the 36-MPix Nikon D800? The resolution of this lens is impressive, but the huge front element prohibits the usage of filters and it is very prone to flare.  . . . read more

Cameralabs revewed the new Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD "It looks like a very good design ... but"

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Gordon Laing reviewed the Nikon version of Tamrons latest lens mounted on the D800.

"Testing the Tamron SP 70-200/2.8 VC left me with mixed feelings. It looks like a very good design delivering very good to excellent performance in many cases, but:

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Canon releases new Firmware Version (1.1.3) for the EOS 6D

No new features added, only some Date / Time configuration problems are addressed.

Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following fix. -  
Fixes a phenomenon in which the Date/Time/Zone settings screen appears on the LCD display, after the user has already configured these settings. The values for the Date/Time settings may reset if the backup functions which retain those values do not perform properly. . . . read more

Nikon D7100 review at NPhoto: "Capable of producing superb images with lots of detail and natural colour, but its worth keeping an eye on the image histogram view though as the Matrix Metering doesn’t always do what you expect."

Angela Nicholson reviews Nikon's latest foray into the no-low-pass filter territory, the brand new, D7100:

"Like the Nikon D3200 and D5200, the D7100 has a 24MP sensor, but Nikon has left off the low-pass filter.

Low-pass or anti-aliasing filters are usually put over a camera’s sensor to reduce the risk of moiré interference occurring when photographing subjects with fine patterning that is close to the camera’s resolution limit. The downside of using them is that the image is softened and needs sharpening post capture.

So does omitting the filter from the sensor make any difference to the images? Our tests indicate that it does. At the lower sensitivity settings the D7100 can’t resolve any more detail than the D3200 or D5200, but the images look a little sharper straight from the camera."

Nikon releases new firmware upgrades for the D800 and D600

The new firmware adds support for the new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR for both cameras, and several image and AF performance issues for the D800 are resolved. In D600 it also changes the HDMI frame output size  from 95% to 100%

D800 firmware A: 1.01 / B:1.02 addresses the following issues:

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera's monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time.  This issue has been resolved.
  • With shooting at an image quality setting of TIFF (RGB) and an image size setting of Small, the right edge of images contained a purple line.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, images recorded in JPEG format could not be opened by some software applications.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp.  This issue has been resolved.

Nikon D7100 tested by the DXO Mark "A standout among APS-C shooters that holds its own against full-frame competitors"

Nikon's latest and more featured packed APS-C camera, the D7100 replaced the successfully D7000 adding more resolution, as well as the "advantage" of not having an antialiasing filter. At first there was concerns about the number of megapixels as well as the absence of the antialiasing filter. The DXO testing reveals class leading performance not only to the APS-C size DSLR's but some interesting results compared with the newest Full frame size Cameras.

"Although the new Nikon D7100 looks fairly similar to its predecessor (the popular Nikon D7000), Nikon has made some significant changes under the hood that belie the surface similarity. The D7100 not only includes a higher-resolution CMOS sensor, but even more significantly, the company chose to use a sensor without an anti-alias filter for the first time on a non-full-frame DSLR. While this should enable better sharpness and resolution, it may also result in more moiré patterns in some images."

DXO Mark almost a year after the release of the Nikon D800, publishes a four part review trying to discover the best lenses for the 36 megapixel beast

“Nikon D800 functions as Nikon’s flagship camera” according to DXO Mark, and it is currently the top camera on their Sensor Scores. The 36mp image sensor is an extremely demanding piece of photography both to the photographer and the lens. The resolution advantage is easily lost when it's not focused properly, or the quality of the lens does not meet the highest standards. Only when using lenses like the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR  will get some decent zoom performance wile the best results will only come when using prime lenses like the Carl Zeiss Distagon 15mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G and will shine with the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM.

"Announced in 2012, the Nikon D800 is the current undisputed king of DxOMark, with results that eclipse every other camera from all other manufacturers. However, with so much resolution on tap, the question is, which lenses should you use to make the best of what you’ve got? The DxOMark labs have tested 61 different lenses on the D800 to bring you an unparalleled resource of which lenses are best and which should be avoided. . . . read more

Canon updates its Photo Enthusiasts line of DSLRs with the EOS 700D (REBEL T5i ) and adds a Hybrid CMOS AF system especially designed for fast Auto Focus during Live View Image capture and Video

And, whatever is in the title pretty much sums up the new features to this very lackluster fillowup to the T4i/EOS 650D. Really, Canon?

Canon Press Release

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce a new flagship model to its popular EOS Rebel line, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera. The incredible image quality and performance starts with an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode), the EOS Rebel T5i boasts crisp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions. With a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.0 frames per second (fps) united with 9 all cross- type AF focus points, the new EOS Rebel T5i allows photographers the opportunity to shoot with ease, even in challenging shooting situations. . . . read more

Canon releases the smallest and lightest EOS Digital SLR camera, the EOS 100D (Rebel SL1)

(Press release) MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 –

Continuing the quest to deliver superb product innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR* camera: the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. It features a newly developed 18.0- megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and high-performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed. With its combination of lightweight size, ease of use and outstanding image quality, the EOS Rebel SL1 is perfect for users looking for the ideal camera to bring sightseeing on vacation or to capture the everyday . . . read more

DXO Mark compares the best full frame 35mm prime lenses for the Nikon D800, and the winner is. . . .

This is not the winner

"After years of unadventurous, unexciting “slow” speed zooms “fast”, high-quality primes are experiencing a comeback thanks to the popularity of full-frame DSLRs and the merging of video capture. The moderately wide 35mm focal length has seen numerous new versions from most lens makers over the last two years or so, including this ultra-high speed offering from Sigma. . . . read more

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens review by Gary Wolstenholme at EPZ

Gary tests this lens with a Canon 5D Mark II Full Frame dslr body:

"This telephoto zoom from Tamron certainly delivers. Sharpness is excellent from maximum aperture through much of the zoom range, plus chromatic aberrations and distortion are kept well in check. The suggested retail price may come as a shock for many, who may be expecting this lens to be considerably cheaper than lenses from camera manufacturers. Even so, the performance of this lens is on a par with those lenses, and suggested price at launch is rarely the price a lens will eventually retail for." . . . read more

Nikon announces AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, the next generation FX-format telephoto zoom lens

AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon UK Press release

London, UK, 05th March 2013: Nikon today announces a new FX-format telephoto zoom lens with broad 80¬–400mm focal range and superior optical design.

A highly anticipated update to Nikon’s immensely popular AF 80–400mm telephoto lens, the new AF-S 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens boasts an improved optical construction that easily meets the demands of today’s D-SLRs.

Well-suited to subjects such as wildlife, landscapes or sports, this lens covers everything from mid- to super-telephoto. It offers superb optical performance in diverse conditions, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system allows for up to 4-stop compensation throughout the zoom range, even at 400mm. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens Review at the photography Blog

Zoltan Arva-Toth tests the lens on a Nikon D7000 Dslr body:

​"When compared to the superzoom competition, the Nikon 18-300mm lens certainly holds its own. Centre sharpness is generally adequate to good, approaching very good levels at certain zoom settings. The borders and especially the corners tend to be soft but improve upon stopping down (to varying degrees, depending on focal length). Vignetting is fairly well controlled except at 18mm f/3.5, where the corners are approximately 2 stops darker than the centre of the frame, assuming an evenly illuminated scene. Chromatic aberrations and geometric distortions are relatively strong, but both can be . . . read more

Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.4G lens review at Photozone.de

Markus Stamm reviews the lens with a Nikon D7000 DX format Dslr camera:

"Nikon has a winner here, the AF-S 85/1.4 performs on a very high level. Sharpness is excellent in the image center from f/2 onwards, border and corners follow only slightly behind wide open, reaching excellent resolution stopped down, too. For a portrait lens, this is a quite rare performance characteristic. For the intended usage, portraiture, a lack of sharpness towards the borders and corners usually would not be an issue, but having the extra sharpness available opens up new creative options. . . . read more

Sigma releases Photo Pro 5.5 software update with Monochrome mode and several fixes.

Sigma Press Release

Ronkonkoma, New York —February 21, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, camerasand flashes, is pleased to introduce Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 software, which includes upgrades and updates for both Mac and Windows platforms, as well as a new Monochrome Mode processing interface. This updated software is now available for download for both Mac and Windows operating systems. . . . read more

Nikon D7100 unveiled, another one that skips the optical low-pass filter.

The D7100 seemingly comes with substantially upgraded innards, with 4 features standing out: The new sophisticated 51-point (15 cross-type) Autofocus system, employing the same focusing and tracking algorithms as the much more expensive D4.  The ditching of the anti-aliasing filter, allowing the D7100 to join the ever growing 'no-filter' club, together with the Nikon D800E, Pentax K-5IIs et al. Another stand out feature is the new 1.3x cropping mode that extends the reach of lenses, and spreads out the AF points to the very edges of the frame. For example, the full frame 80-400mm now becomes a 160-800mm lens on the D7100. Couple this with a high 7 fps speed, and you've got yourselves a wildlife/soccer mom/paparazzi dream. . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens review at the Lens Tip.

The lens was tested in conjunction with a Canon 1Ds Mark III Full-Frame Dslr Camera.

"The Canon EF 35 mm f/2 IS USM is undoubtedly a well done instrument, in every respect better than the elderly (presented in 1990) Canon EF 35 mm f/2. The problem is that it is also as much as three times more expensive. The price point of over 3000 PLN, and so much you must currently pay for the new Canon, is really dangerously high for two reasons. One of these reasons is called the Canon EF 35 mm F/1.4L USM. Many people might decide to add a bit and purchase a faster L series instrument which is renowned of its excellent properties; mind you, the price of second hand specimen, still in good working . . . read more

Nikon D600 review by Ivo Freriks at Camera Stuff Review

Ivo's lens of choise for this review was the Nikkor 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G VR lens.

"Is the Nikon D600 a game-changer? When you look at the image quality, the Nikon D600 still has to acknowledge the superiority of the Nikon D800E. But that is the best camera we've tested to date. Both cameras are more or less equal in terms of dynamic range, color reproduction in daylight and signal / noise ratio. The Nikon D800E trumps the Nikon D600 in our lab actually only with the automatic white balance in tungsten light and in resolution. The latter is not surprising, because the Nikon D800E has 24 megapixels, and not 36 megapixels like the Nikon D800. . . . read more

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