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Canon has been in the camera business for generations now going back to before the digital camera was around. As times have changed in photography, so has Canon and the company has announced a significant milestone in lens production.
Canon has announced that it has built its 100 millionth EF-series lens for the Canon EOS camera series. Canon began making the interchangeable EF lenses for the EOS-series AF single-lens reflex cameras in 1987 in its Japanese factories. In May of 2013, the production of EF lenses passed the 90 million mark. About a year later, the company is celebrating its 100 millionth lens.
Fujifilm rolled out new digital cameras months ago called the X100 and the X100S. These cameras are retro looking units that promise high quality photos and more. People using that camera can now get a new conversion lens that will expand the range of shooting options. The new lens is called the TCL-X100.
The lens converts the camera to a focal length of 33mm fixed, which is equivalent to 50mm for a 35mm platform. The lens has a F2.0 aperture setting and retains the original optical characteristics of the camera. The lens uses four premium glass groups.
Today Nikon released a new super-zoom telephoto lens to its legendary Nikkor lineup. The new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR packs in a 16.7x optical zoom which makes it equivalent to a 27-450mm on a full-frame sensor. The new 18-300 is a much more compact 300mm-class telephoto lens than previous Nikkor 300mmm models and is designed for photographers who want a lightweight solution when shooting long-range on the go.
The new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is equipped with Nikon's Vibration Reduction system which aids photographers to capture blur-free images even at extreme focal lengths. The lens also features Nikon's compact Silent Wave Motor technology that allows for quick and noise free autofocusing. Additionally, the lens is built out 16 elements in 12 groups, of which three are comprised of extra-low dispersion glass and three aspherical elements.
Photographers in the market for a new high quality lens to use with one of the full frame sensors on the market will be excited about the new offering from Sigma. The company has announced that the lens they unveiled back at CES 2014 called the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art will ship late this month. The price for the lens is set at $949.
On the company website, it appears the MSRP is right at $1300. It's unclear if the lens is on sale during its launch or if the markdown is just a marketing ploy and it will always sell for $949. Sigma uses SLD glass and the lens has a new autofocus algorithm that makes focusing smoother.
Nikon has unveiled the latest edition to its J-series of Nikon 1 Cameras. The new J4 is the follow up on last years popular J3 compact mirrorless camera, and upgrades include a new 18.4-megapixel sensor, and the Expeed 4A image processor. The sensor is also missing its low-pass filter making for exceptionally sharp image quality.
The new Nikon 1 J4 features 105-focus points, and very accurate phase detection autofocus. 171 points are utilized for contrast-detection autofocus as well and the camera is able to handle up to 20-frames per second with the auto-focus set to tracking mode. 60 frames per second is capable when the focus is locked, and the camera actually records 20 frames before and 20 frames after the shutter has been pressed to ensure that the photographer gets the perfect shot. 1080p video at 60 frames per second recording is built-in, and the camera has an ISO range from 100-12,800. Additionally the new J4 ditches the full-size SD card for the more popular microSD format.
Nikon has announced a new digital camera that is its second offering to run the Android operating system. Nikon calls the camera the Coolpix S810C and it runs Android 4.2.2. Having Android on board opens the camera up for all sorts of tasks.
You can cause the camera to download apps from Google Play and upload images and video directly to social networks via the official Android apps. You can also send email from the camera causing Gmail to people without having to mess with transferring the photos or video to a PC first.
The camera has Wi-Fi only meaning you will need to be near a hotspot to connect to the web. Nikon gave the S810c 12x optical zoom and that range can be extended with digital zoom if wanted. The camera also has vibration reaction to keep the images sharp at all zoom levels.
Nikon has a lot of different cameras on the market today running from point and shoot units to high-end DSLRs. Specifications on a new camera that isn't announced yet have hit the web called the Coolpix P700. The camera is thought to be a replacement for the P600 pictured here.
The P700 boasts a huge zoom range with the leak claiming that it will feature a 24-2000mm f/3.5-8.5 lens. The leak also tips a magnesium body with a big grip. Despite using a magnesium body, the camera is reportedly 45.8 ounces in weight.
The big feature other than the huge zoom range is a 1-inch Aptina made sensor. The camera also uses an Expeed 4 image processor and has a 3.5-inch LCD. There is no word on the resolution of that big sensor. The source of the rumor claims the camera will be unveiled in May.
Sony has been in the full frame mirriorless camera game for quite some time now, and its A series has definitely impressed photographers worldwide. Today however, the company released a new camera to the A series that is designed to not impress photographers, but videographers.
The new Sony A7s is designed to shoot 4K video with a full frame 12-mega-pixel sensor. A maximum ISO of 409,600 allows the new A7s to record video in a virtually pitch-black environment, but unfortunately it will have to be at 1080p resolution unless you purchase an external 4k recording device. Yes, that means that while the A7s is capable of 4K recording it can only do so through an external 4K capable recording device. No pricing or availability information was provided, but we expect it to retail well upwards of the A7's $1,999 MSRP.
Have you ever found yourself annoyed by the clear case designed to house your GoPro action camera? Maybe you have been frustrated because hiding the camera in the dark was all but impossible thanks to its blinking red and blue light? The folks over at GoPro have heard your cries and have came up with a solution that will please everyone.
THe new Blackout case from GoPro has been designed to work with the company's Hero 3 and Hero 3+ models of rugged action cameras. This new dark housing does a good job at hiding the shiny, reflective, silver surface of the GoPro, while a rubber plug effectively blocks out the LED as well. The black-out case is waterproof up to 130 feet, and is just as rugged as the clear version. Additionally, GoPro has also updated its minimalist Frame Housing to now allow the USB and Video out ports to be exposed and accessible, something I am sure the FPV RC Aircraft community will be happy to hear.
Many Nikon D600 DSLR users complained about multiple granular black spots which were reflected on the images captured by the camera. The amount of complaints increased tremendously, leaving no choice but to offer replacement of these DSLRs with D610.
Nikon D600 seem to have multiple defects and bugs, according to the source, and the issue was not only sensor dust. It was reported that there was dust accumulation because of the oil on the sensor.
On February 2013, Nikon issues a service advisory, though it claimed that the dust issue was present in 'some rare cases'. It was also alleged that Nikon resold D600 with the dust issue which were returned to the company as refurbished cameras rather than fixing the defect. Replacing the DSLR's shutter assembly allegedly didn't fix the issue either, and excessive oil and dust spots were clearly visible in the pictures.