Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM at the Phoblographer: A tiny lens with a tiny focus ring that produces excellent results but needs some time to focus.

Canon Ef 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens.

"As previously mentioned, the EF 40mm f/2.8 has a new type of AF motor for Canon, it is quite similar to what you would find in a mirrorless camera system. That being said I did find it to be a touch slower than my other canon lenses which have the USM motor inside, however the the slight lack of speed does not mean the lens is any less accurate. I did have to perform a microadustment of the lens with my 5DmkII but once done it has been spot on at all times. The lens does . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD Lens Review at Ephotozine: As good, and as expensive as any quality 90mm macro lens we've seen so far.

Tamron SP 90MM F/2.8 DI MACRO 1:1 VC USD  review test

"Even with the inclusion of Vibration Compensation, this lens isn't much heavier than it's predecessor, striking a good balance between the use of high quality materials and construction and light weight. Weighing about 550g and being just short of 123mm long, it balances well on the Canon EOS 5D MkII used for testing. The lens sports a moisture resistant design and a thin rubber gasket has been placed around the metal lens mount to help prevent the ingress of dust and moisture into the camera body. . . . read more

Breeze systems releases NK Remote ver. 2.5, adds support for the Nikon D600 and more.

"Giving unrivalled control over camera settings during tethered operation. NKRemote  supports the control of a Nikon D800, Nikon D800E, Nikon D600, Nikon D4, Nikon D7000, Nikon D90, Nikon D5100, Nikon D5000, Nikon D300, Nikon D300s, Nikon D700, Nikon D3s, Nikon D3, Nikon D3X, Nikon D200 or Nikon D80 digital SLR camera from a PC running Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP" . . . read more

Nikon D800 review at Imaging Resources: Worth every penny and pixel, but get an extra battery or two, and learn to deal with the greenish indoors lighting tint.

"Overall, the Nikon D800 is a gentlemanly camera, one that is true to all that its external appearance and demeanor promise. It is big and burly, with a solid feel appropriate of a professional tool. Its controls are excellent for the serious photographer, because almost all of the important aspects have a button or dial. Drive modes, ISO, White Balance, Quality, and Bracketing are all available on the top left, for example. Having to dig for these features in a menu is a trial . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review at The-Digital-Picture.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens test

"The 18-135 STM features a simple, smoothly-shaped exterior that is practically all zoom and focus rings. The zoom ring located toward the rear of the lens is my preference for positioning. Again featured is a quality plastic barrel with an attractive finish and the usual ribbed-rubber-covered rings.


Noticeably improved from the 18-135 IS is that there is practically no play in the 18-135 STM's extended lens barrel - and essentially no play in the focus and zoom rings. The rings are very smooth with a nice amount of dampening. A zoom lock . . . read more

Sony SLT-A99 hands-on review at TechRadar: The world's first Dslt camera produces excellent images as is loaded with technology.

Sony SLT a99 black with zeiss lens

"We can see there being a lot of excitement and intrigue surrounding the Sony Alpha a99, which is the world's first full-frame DSLT camera. We also think that some people will be wary of the electronic viewfinder, but we're happy to report that it really is a very, very good device which is worth checking out even if you're skeptical.

Image quality at this early stage also looks to be very promising, with low levels of noise even in images taken at high . . . read more

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM 'Art" lens action is gearing up, first impressions are very, very positive.

Welcome to the new Sigma, the one that no longer wants to be the underdog of lenses. They made a pledge to improve upon themselves, a pledge that among other points included the statement that every single Sigma lens will be hand-tested at the factory, a move intended to stamp out the persistent rumors facts about horrible quality control and huge lens to lens variations in optical performance. . . . read more

Pentax K-5 II/s Gets DXO marked, and earns a crown: The best Aps-c Dslr ever, bravo Pentax.

Pentax K-5 II with lens

"The Pentax K-5 was released in September 2010 (review for the Pentax K-5), just over 2 years before the K-5 II. What Pentax appears to have done is to incorporate the last 2 years worth of technological advances into essentially the same camera. There is an increase in the low-light performance but it is very slight. Reading through the specifications side by side they could almost be interchangeable. The differences that are there include an improvement in the performance of . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD First Test at Ephotozine: Excellent resolution, minimal Chromatic aberration, looks like we've got a winner.

"We've got the new Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD lens in for testing, and are currently putting together our full review, but in the meantime, feel free to have a look at our sample photos and test data from the lens. We are testing the lens on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II."

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM review at DPReview: Best lens in the Dsrl travel ultra zoom game.

"The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM fits the bill nicely; it's compact, has decent enough optics, offers fast autofocus and effective image quality, and tops this all off with impressive close-up ability. We'd be inclined to conclude that it's the best-rounded general-purpose SLR lens currently on the market." . . . read more

Chilling: A timelapse video of the D600 sensor dust accumulation problem, by Kyle Clements.

"And, from that I’ve seen, dust on the D600 is indeed a serious issue. Right out of the box, after taking the very first picture, I could see several dust spots, but as my time-lapse series progressed, I could see more and more spots appearing on the sensor. Keep in mind that I am not changing lenses; all this dust is coming from inside the camera." . . . read more

Pentax K-5 II Review at PhotographyBlog.com: Small but thoughtful upgrade to an already excellent camera.

"The K-5 II's image quality is excellent, producing noise-free images all the way from from ISO 80-800. Noise starts to become apparent at ISO 1600, with a little more noise and smearing of fine detail at the higher settings of 3200 and 6400, while the fastest speeds of 12800, 25600 are suitable for smaller prints. The incredible headline-grabbing top-speed of . . . read more

Nikon D4 review at NeoCamera: A behemont deserving the title as best professional Dslr of 2012.

"This full-frame DSLR is built for professionals with a sturdy weather-sealed body that provides a large number of accessible controls including dual control-dials and an 8-way joystick on each of its two grips. The Nikon D4 has most features ever built into a full-frame DSLR save for a built-in flash. It adds plenty of its own include an FTP client, built-in HTTP server and Time-Lapse Video."

Nikon D600 review at Dpreview: It is both a beefed up D7000 and a slimmed down D800

"An issue that has been reported widely on the web concerns the unusual frequency with which the D600 attracts dust and/or residue on its sensor, particularly in the upper left area of an image, which of course corresponds to the bottom right portion of the actual sensor. . . . read more

Pentax K-5 IIs review at NeoCamera: The best Aps-c camera yet, at least when it comes to photography.

"Image quality is unrivaled among cropped-sensor DSLRs with extremely low noise, class-leading sharpness, superb dynamic-range, natural image colors and outstanding white-balance. The unique RAW data recovery feature presents an entirely different image workflow, where one can shoot JPEG and only when needed turn the last capture into a RAW file and reprocess it either in-camera or one the computer. Still, the K-5 IIs has such sophisticated image parameters that . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II review at Canon rumors: Excellent image quality, but better wait to buy when price starts coming down.

"All-in-all, this is a worthy upgrade of a pretty classic lens. Is it $1000 better than the previous version? No, I don’t think it is. When it starts to fall below $2000 in a year or so, I think it’s a good value lens. If you’re budget minded, go grab yourself a used version 1 and be happy, it’s still a great lens. If you want the best 24-70 on the market and don’t mind paying for the privilege, you won’t be disappointed with the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. " . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Review at the Photography Blog: Good, silent, but pricey.

"The only fly in the ointment is the price - at around £679 / $899 ($799 when discounted) this isn't exactly a cheap lens, which may hold back many enthusiasts, especially in the current economic climate. Those who plan on using an ultra-wide lens for paid work will of course find it much easier to justify the cost."

Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Review at PhotographyBlog: Very nice but pricey.

"The lens also benefits from a fast and quiet auto-focus mechanism, generously wide zoom ring and a limited but still welcome distance scale. The lens mount is, thankfully, made of metal and is complemented by a rubber seal that provides a degree of protection against dust and moisture. Thanks to an internal focusing (IF) . . . read more

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro review at Imaging Resource: Excellent performance and construction, a bit heavy.

"The Sigma 180mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro provides a very sharp image even wide open at ƒ/2.8, but for maximum sharpness you need to stop down to ƒ/5.6. There are very light traces of corner softness at ƒ/2.8, which settle down nicely at ƒ/4, and all but disappear at ƒ/5.6. Performance at ƒ/8 is more or less the same as ƒ/5.6 (though . . . read more

Canon USA refurbished specials: Get in while the action is hot.

There are 48 lenses and many DSLRs currently listed, like the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Refurbished for $187 and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Refurbished for $1.207. All products are refurbished and warranted by Canon US. . . . read more

Roger Cicala pits armies of Canon EF 24-70mm fL 2.8 USM mark I vs mark II, finds huge differences.

"When I tested that first small batch of 24-70 Mk II lenses I said they were a bit sharper at 70mm than even the legendary Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II lens was. The 24-70 resolved 950 Line pairs / Image height at the center, and 810 overall, compared to the 70-200′s 885 / 765. . . . read more

Pentax issues firmware update for the K-30, fixes AF and general performance issues.

Thank you for using a PENTAX K-30 digital camera.
PENTAX wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.01 for PENTAX K-30.
Firmware in this document is the software that runs inside digital cameras.
Changes to V1.01
. . . read more

Nikon d5200 released, ups resolution to 24 mpixels but wifi and gps are optional.

Just in time for the Christmas rush, the D5200 with its distinguished looks, inheritance of the D7000 series AF module, a vari-angle monitor and full HD video will probably sell like hot cakes. For the time being there's no information about US pricing or availability.

Nikon UK Press Release . . . read more

Nikon D600 review at CameraLabs: Not so much different from the D800.

Another interesting point that this (and every other) review brings up is the ability to use Aps-c lenses (Nikon DX) on Nikon full frame bodies, something that Canon's counterparts sorely lack:

"The D600 has a number of other features that the 6D lacks including a built-in flash, twin SD card slots (versus only one on the 6D), interval timer and a shutter durability of 150 thousand actuations - 50 percent more than the 6D. But not . . . read more

Sony Alpha A99 video review by DigitalRev TV: Mostly monkeying around.

The Digital Rev TV reviews have seemingly turned a bit bizarre as of lately. In this review things revolve a lot about body gestures and silly comments about the look of the camera and its various bits and pieces. Still, it is shot in HD, and some parts are quite useful for the potential buyer. . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS & EF 35mm f/2 IS leak all over the internet, despite being waterproof.

Well, not waterproof but rather 'weatherproof'. Leak originated at the Japanese site Digicame-info.com The 35mm deal seems to be quite ordinary, but this is not the case with the 24-70mm lens. Some of its highpoints include Hybrid IS, weather sealing, a macro mode (available at the tele end of the lens), and a minimum focus distance of 0.2 meters.

The not so good feature is the cost, the claimed Japanese street price of ¥ 74 000 translates to roughly $ 1800. Both lenses will be available late December 2012. . . . read more

Sigma 180 mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM review at LensTip

Sigma has 6 dedicated macro lenses in its lineup and is currently in the process of modernizing all of them, with image stabilization, better optics, faster AF, and in this case, even a faster aperture:

"In order to show you how good the Sigma is it would be enough to write that practically at every aperture and across the whole frame the lens is better than the Canon EF 200 mm f/2.8L USM II, so praised and liked by many users. Personally I . . . read more

Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i review at Imaging Resource

It looks as if Canon has hit a wall (unintentionally or not) when it comes to high iso performance, and it's evident across the line of the latest EOS incarnations. There's also the slow video AF issue:

"When a company touts a new feature that turns out to be, well, not so hot, it casts a pall over the entire product, sometimes unnecessarily. This is one of those cases. Most people still don't think of SLRs primarily as video cameras, so that . . . read more

Pentax K-30 review at Imaging Resource

Can a DSLR based on the...let's say 'controversial' K-01 be any better? Well, this is Pentax we're talking about, makers of excellent DSLR, and weird anything else cameras:

"On paper at least, the Pentax K-30 shows great promise, with a weather-sealed body, a pentaprism viewfinder with ~100% coverage, and twin control dials. These are all features that Pentax's rivals reserve for their more expensive cameras. To get . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review at DP Review

The specs of this lens say a lot: The biggest focal range Nikon has ever used (and enyone else for the matter), big, heavy, and loaded with goodies such as VR II stabilizing and 'Super Integrated Coating':

"Optically the 18-300mm is fairly typical for its type, which is to say plenty of compromises come with its huge range. Sharpness is something of a mixed bag - as usual for a superzoom it's best towards the wide end, but the corners of the . . . read more

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