Mamiya Drops DM22

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Professional camera manufacturer, Mamiya, has debuted a cut-price medium format model, the 22 megapixel DM22.

Featuring a 36x48mm sensor that shoots true 16bit/channel RAW files the new medium-format provides a wider field of view for fashion work, studio product photography, industrial or scientific uses.

A Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 D Series lens, focal plane shutter comes standard with the DM22, which is fully compatible with any Mamiya AF focal plane series lenses.

Although local pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed, the DM22 is likely to make medium-format photography more accessible to the enthusiast digital photographer.

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Wide Angle Zeiss for Canon Mount

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Premium lens-maker Carl Zeiss has released the Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE, an ultra-wide-angle lens for the Canon EOS mount, designed especially for architecture and landscape photography. Featuring a 21mm focal length and an aperture range between f/2.8 and f/22, the new lens provides an image ratio at close range of 1:5.

Digital photographers taking wide-angle shots often encounter image errors at the transition between bright and dark light as a result of lenses breaking the various wavelengths differently. The Distagon corrects colour errors, prevents fringing and unwanted lack of focus that can result from chromatic aberrations.

 

The new lens also features an anti-reflex coating to account for stray light and reflections.

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Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP – Review – 30

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Phil Hanson takes a new waterproof camera from FujiFilm down to the poolside

Some readers may have learnt the hard way that moisture and the electronics inside digital cameras are not a good mix.

Many cameras, even some professional dSLRs, lack waterproofing and must be used with caution in inclement weather and dusty areas. Forget about giving them a good dunking.

In the days of film, photographers had to use a cumbersome casing to go underwater, or buy one of a few specialised cameras like the Nikonos or Sea & Sea models.

Special casings have largely been required for digitals going sea-side, but now some specialised waterproofed models are available and the latest to splash into D-Photo’s test pool is Fujifilm’s FinePix Z33WP.

You won’t be able to dive the Mariana Trench with this baby, but it is good at three metres for up to two hours or, more typically, splashing around at the beach or pool.

BODY BEAUTIFUL

The Z33WP’s a small camera even for compact, but it is beautifully formed and quite distinctive in a marketplace ...full story

iPhone App for Nikon

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Finally, iPhone tragics finally have a Nikon app to call their own, with new ˜Learn & Explore’ software available for the popular mobile device. Designed byMolecular, the agency responsible for Nikon’s own website, the Learn & Explore app allows Apple iPhone users and digital photographers to read and bookmark articles from the nikonusa.com, along with providing access to images, video lectures and slideshows, and audio commentary.

“We are excited to introduce the Learn & Explore app to the iPhone community,” said Joe Ventura, Senior Manager of Corporate and Internet Communications at Nikon Inc. “Working with Molecular, we’ve created a mobile experience that allows us to provide our consumers with greater access to educational and editorial digital content; which ultimately supports our goal to let people explore photography ...full story

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Firmware Fixes 5D Framerate

 

Canon 5D Mark II 5Canon has unveiled a round of firmware upgrades for two of its EOS dSLRs, with the 5D Mark II getting its HD video turbocharged, and fixing faults in the brand new 7D.

Digital photographers already using the 5D Mark II will be able to choose between 24 and 25-frame per second rate, encompassing both cinema and broadcast applications. Whether any further improvements to the video system (seen in both the 7D and 1D Mark IV) are to be included is yet to be announced, although the upgrade will be available in the first half of 2010.

Also announced was a firmware update for the recently-released 7D, which improves autofocus accuracy ...full story

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Massively Fast Cards from Lexar

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A new super-fast card has been developed by Lexar Media, the Professional 600xcompact flash with a read and write speed of 90mb per second. Optimised forUDMA 6 enabled cameras, the card is designed to be best in class for photographers capturing high-definition stills and videos. Because of the medium’s speedy performance, the card will significantly increase in-camera performance by rapidly clearing a camera’s buffer and making fast cameras even faster, allowing photographers to simply keep shooting.

“Photographers are constantly demanding more from their equipment, and an increase in image capture speeds paired with a decrease in image transfer times can mean the world to a professional shooter,” said Jeff Cable, director of marketing, Lexar Media. “When shooting with newer cameras like the Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D3x or Nikon ...full story

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Nikon Coolpix P90 – Review – 30

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Harley Ogier gets to grips with a new hybrid camera from Nikon that blends dSLR looks with the ease of use of a compact

A renowned manufacturer of professional and amateur dSLR cameras, Nikon also produces a respectable range of digital compacts. The P90 is a mix of the two, packing a digital compact camera into a lightweight dSLR-style body.

Construction

The P90 has a solid look and feel reminiscent of Nikon’s high-end dSLR family. The construction is good, with metal screen hinges, strap loops and a metal tripod socket. Rubber finger and thumb pads make the grip particularly comfortable, and the controls are smooth and responsive.

The lens is protected by a solid cap with a good locking mechanism to prevent it falling off in transit. The camera will refuse to power on if the lens cap is in place ” an annoyance if you just want to view images, but a power saver if something hits the start button inside your bag.

Image quality

Image quality is good for a digital compact, with sharp edges and vivid ...full story