Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Currently in developement)

Tamron Press Release

The most compact*1 full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens, delivering leading-edge image quality with Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive).

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Currently in developement)

Tamron Press Release

Tamron announces the redesign of their legendary 90mm Macro lens, equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004) . . . read more

Nikon unveils the D600, one of the most affordable full frame DSLRs on offer, but sacrifices some essentials.

It has been a really badly kept secret (or was it?) for the better part of this year. What was not known was the detailed specification list which spells some good and some bad news. For fans of video, mostly good. For photographers, not so: Among the specs lowered to reflect on the entry level price is a max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec and flash sync at  max 1/200 sec. . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM prime lens full-frame review at Lens Tests:

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Handling and features

Gil De Sousa tests this lens in conjunction with a 5D Mark III camera body

"The EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is a compact and well-built prime lens with a common wide-angle focal length, a good maximum aperture and a modern image stabilizer that compensates up to 4 f-stops. While the image stabilizer sounds great one has to consider that it's not as necessary in wide-angle lenses as it is in telephoto lenses - but I still appreciate it. The lens is best used indoors or for architecture and landscape photography. When using the lens with an APS-C camera the resulting effective focal length of 45 mm is close to a standard / normal lens and thus can be used for a whole variety of things. . . . read more

Sony unveils the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, a compact full frame camera without a lens mount. (but with a lens)

Maybe the biggest surprise of this years PhotoKina edition, this compact (relatively speaking) 24 Mpixel full frame camera, comes with a fixed Zeiss 35mm f1.4 lens, and many other goodies:

Canon releases EOS 7D Firmware Update version 2.0.3

Firmware version 2.0.3 incorporates the following fixes.

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera stops working when the auto power off setting takes effect.

2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the maximum number of images that can be captured in a burst may be less than the actual number displayed in the viewfinder. . . . read more

Sony finally updates its flagship DSLR after 4+ years, releases the Alpha SLT-A99

As expected, a lot of innovation and goodies has found their way to this new cam, but for some reason Sony decided against using the new 36 megapixel sensor that is in use by Nikon in the D800. Among the most impressive new features are the dual AF modules, and Full HD 50p/60p progressive movie mode with non-stop Continuous AF and pro level audio. . . . read more

Canon 650D/T41 review by Mark Goldstein

The 650D/Rebel T41 was a bit bigger upgrade to the Rebel line than previous incremental ones. Canon is feeling the heat from the mirrorless competition, and has responded with an unusual amount of new features and improved functionality. All reviews of this entry level DSLR reflect this upping of the ante by Canon: . . . read more

Pentax announces 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM and HD 560mm F5.6 ED AW lenses, something for both poor and rich photographers.

Pentax press Release

Smc PENTAX-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM

A high-magnification zoom lens featuring 15x zoom ratio and supersonic AF motor, for K-mount digital interchangeable-lens cameras . . . read more

Pentax reveals the K-5 II/S, their new flagship DSLR that comes with, or without an anti-aliasing filter.

And that's not the sole major new feature. A lot of photographers will be extremely pleased to know that the K-5 mark II is also a low light focusing king, with the ability to focus down to -3 EV. That's a whole EV better than the best in the current generation of DSLRs made by other manufacturers. Slated for a October 2012 release, and priced to €1,000/ £799.99/$1,199.95 (body only), €1100/£869.99/$1349.95 with the 18-55mm WR kit lens. Remove Add 100 bucks for the option to have the anti-aliasing filter removed. Thank you Nikon for setting this trend. . . . read more

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Review at the Photography blog

This phrase from the review sums it up really well:

"Tamron's lens doesn't have quite the same build-quality as the Big Two, but the USM focusing is fast and quiet, the construction is shower-proof and most importantly the image quality is excellent." . . . read more

Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i review at DPreview

Never mind the toxic chemicals issue, or the other few baby bugs popping up here and there, this camera represents a bit bigger leap in the EOS Rebel upgrade line. A few of the new include a capacitive touch screen (a first for a DSLR), and a new 'Hybrid CMOS":

"This is made possible by Canon's new 'Hybrid CMOS' sensor that now includes pixels dedicated to phase detection autofocus. The Hybrid . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM prime lens full-frame review at EPZ: "The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lens has outstanding sharpness, low CA and distortion"

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Handling and features

Gary Wolstenholme reviews the lens with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Dslr body:

At £700, this lens could be considered quite expensive for a prime lens with an f/2.8 maximum aperture, even with silent focusing and image stabilisation. Canon's other 28mm lens costs around £380 and sports a faster f/1.8 maximum aperture, but no image stabilisationThird party offerings at the same focal length include Sigma's 28mm f/1.8 EX DG. Although this lens lack silent focusing and image stabilisation, it does have a faster maximum aperture and can be picked up for around £360Those with a taste for the exotc, and deep pockets to match, may also consider the Zeiss ZE Distagon 28mm f/2 T* lens. This lens has a fast f/2 maximum aperture, but lacks autofocus, image stabilisation and any electronic coupling with the camera. Even though it is quite . . . read more

Sony Sal20tc AND SAL14 1.4X Tele converters review by Kurt Munger: Expensive and limited functionality, but very good optics.

"I like the 1.4X TC, it does what it's supposed to do, and that's providing extra focal length with real resolution increases.  It comes at a cost though, and that's not just one stop of light loss, it's really two stops (or 3 with the 2.0X) as you can see above.  You need to stop down one extra stop to clear up the spherical aberration.  The 2.0X isn't so useful on the zoom lens, maybe it is on the 300mm F/2.8, I haven't been able to review that lens yet. . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Review at Ephotozine: At apertures faster than f/2.8, this lens could be considered unusable, that is unless you're after a hazy, soft focus effect

Gary Wolstenholme reviews this lens on a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III body:

If ever there was a case for updating an old lens design, then this is a pretty strong one. At apertures faster than f/2.8, this lens could be considered unusable, that is unless you're after a hazy, soft focus effect. With the lens stopped down, it can yield pleasing results, but then if this lens can only be used stopped down, it may be worth saving your £380 to put towards a high quality zoom in the same range, or any other alternative, for that matter. . . . read more

Nikon 18-300mm VR DX AF-S G ED NIKKOR review by Ken Rockwell

"For DX cameras, this lens is an easy recommendation. There is nothing on Earth like this lens. Nothing else covers this huge range with VR and instant manual-focus override. Mud brands like Tamron usually offer cheap copies, sometimes with even broader zoom ranges, but they usually lack full-time manual focus override or good VR, and certainly lack mechanical quality and often lack future compatibility with new Nikon cameras." . . . read more

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Review by Mark Goldstein

"Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, geometric distortion is impressively low for an ultrawide lens (unless you are focusing very close), and the Super Spectra coatings successfully prevent contrast loss attributable to flare, The only real optical issues are obvious corner shading at the maximum aperture, something that every full-frame shooter has to put up with, especially when using wide angles, and a lack of edge sharpness from f/2.8-5.6."

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens review by Craig B at Canon Rumors: I came into this review worried I wouldn’t be able to make enough good images with it since I had the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II with me. Thankfully I was wrong!

considering a 70-200 f/4L IS? You should also take a peek at the 70-300 L IS

The lens is tested with EOS 5D Mark II and 1D mark IV dslr bodies:

"I came into this review worried I wouldn’t be able to make enough good images with it since I had the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II with me. Thankfully I was wrong! For the purpose of outdoor everyday photography, including  a safari, this is a fabulous lens. With the current landscape of lens pricing, I don’t think it’s overpriced. It’ll start dropping in price over the next few months. It’ll also be a lens that’ll show up in rebate programs.
This probably isn’t a lens for weddings, portraits, lowlight or indoor sports (unless it’s well lit or strobed) unless you have no other option. It will be a great lens for outdoor work, safaris, outdoor sports, zoos, kids and general travel shooting. . . . read more

Magic Lantern moves out of beta, supercharges your EOS camera for the price of a pizza or two.

While the ferature set has been wildly expanded since the early days, the compatibility list has unfortunatelly not followed. As of now, only 5 EOS camera models are compatible (5Dmk2 2.1.2, 50D 1.0.9, 60D 1.1.1, 500D 1.1.1, 550D 1.0.9, 600D 1.0.2)

Magic Lantern is still freeware, sort of. A donation is required for instant download, ottherwise the download will be free for all after August the 13th. . . . read more

Nikon D800 review by Thom Hogan: It has a ton of megapixels, and that's good...and bad.

Nikon D800 front, with lens and extra grip.

"Whole Lotta Pixels. One of the D800's pluses is also a minus for some. You need to be prepared for big files (17MB JPEG, 41MB NEF typically). You need plenty of RAM on your computer, and lots of storage (don't forget backups). You really have to ask yourself whether you need that many more pixels if you're not ready for multiple Terabyte drives." . . . read more

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM announced, should be able to take the heat.

 What's the point of making a lens 'heat-resistant' but not otherwise weather resistant? Sigma thinks there's a reason. The lens will come in Sigma, Sony, Nikon, Canon and Pentax mounts, and it's price will hover around the $/£/€ 500 mark. Sigma has put up a nice 16 image gallery here. . . . read more

Nikon announces AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lenses

Nikon goes where no one has gone before, the land of monstrous 18-300mm lenses, a huge 16.7x zoom ratio. This should be the lazy photogs companion lens of choice, albeit at a pretty hefty price. As for the second lens of this announcement, well, it seems to be the perfect kit lens companion for a yet un-announced affordable full frame camera.  . . . read more

Nikon D800E reviewed at the photography blog, Sharpness and detail said to be stunning.

Unfortunately we have to go by the reviewer's words for those claims, since the images chosen to showcase the optical performance and image quality of the D800E, are utterly worthless.  200x200 pixel pics for judging a 36 Mpixel camera? Yeah, right.

Canon unveils the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses

'STM' is the keyword here, and it stands for 'Step Technology Motor'. These are the first such lenses in Canon's line-up, and are optimized for video shooting. Their performance, speed wise is a step (no pun intended) below those equipped with USM. 

Canon Press Release. . . . read more

Canon unveils the EOS 650D/T4i DSLR, steps closer mirrorless land.

A small step for humanity, but a huge big step for Canon towards the land of no mirrors. A swiveling touch screen, the hybrid (pdaf/cdaf) focusing system that enables the camera to autofocus during video, and the two accompanying lenses are all indicators of the future (of Canon) to come. But fret not fans of just photography, there's new and improved stuff in the EOS 650D for you too. . . . read more

Nikon D800 gets the highest score by Amateur Photographer UK

"or a camera costing around £2,600, the D800 is unrivalled in the level of detail it can resolve and is an enticing prospect, particularly for landscape photographers.

While luminance and chroma noise are gradually introduced up the ISO range, and the camera's full- . . . read more

Pentax unveils the K-30 DSLR

Pentax unveiled the succesor to the venerable K-r, a much more rounded (to the point of resembling some some superzoom compacts) and capable DSLR, even topping the flagship K-5 on many aspects.

Pentax Press Release: . . . read more

Canon 5D Mark III gets equal rating to Nikon D800 by DPReview

"As you can tell from the 'Pros' and 'Cons' list at the top of this page we rather liked the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. It is indeed a great camera and for current 5D Mark II users or other owners of Canon full-frame lenses the all-important question 'Should I buy one?' is an easy one to answer. The 5D Mark III is in . . . read more

Nikon D800 review at the Photography Blog

"On the resolution front, the Nikon D800 delivers images with a truly stunning amount of detail, comparable to what you can achieve with a number of medium-format digital cameras and backs. The 7360×4912-pixel photographs print to 24”x16” (60×40cm) size at industry-standard 300ppi with no interpolation required, which also means they are ideal . . . read more

Nikon D800E VS Pentax 645DField Test by Nick Devlin

"When Luminous Landscape's Nick Devlin received one of the few D800E cameras in Canada, we knew we'd have to take it out for a day of landscape photography. Nick and The Camera Store's Chris Niccolls took out the D800E and the fantastic Pentax 645D to see how they stacked up shooting the beautiful landscapes of Canmore Alberta."

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