Nikon D600 – affordable full frame

Those of you who regularly follow rumor blogs knew all about this camera days ago… Nikon did a bad job at keeping its latest camera a secret. Now it’s finally official – the affordable full frame D600 is announced. It sports 24 megapixel sensor inside a body very similar to that of D7000. Starting retail price is $ 2100 for body only and $ 2700 for 24-58 f3.5-4.5 VR kit lens bundle.

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Three new Sony NEX lenses announced

Today is a day for Sony announcements. After RX1 full frame compact, next in line are three new NEX lenses; a wide angle 10-18 f/4, callapsable 16-50 power zoom and a 35mm f/1.8 prime lens. With the latest additions, a popular NEX system has 13 lens options (together with wide and fisheye adapters for 16mm).

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Sony RX1 – the full frame compact

Sony prepared a big surprise for us this morning. A camera we’ve been dreaming for years finally is here; compact with 36 x 34 mm (full frame) sensor. For a long time all those who absolutely wanted or needed full frame had to use goliaths like A900 or Nikon and Canon equivalents. Leica has a full frame rangefinder, but at a price point mortals cannot afford. DSC-RX1 at around $ 2800 is not cheap, but at least it is small; at 113 x 65 x 69 mm this is a true compact camera.

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Pentax K-5 II DSLR announced

Pentax has just announced two new cameras, the K-5 II and K-5 IIs without the AA filter. They both closely resemble much appraised K-5 and earlier K-7 models; all the changes are under the hood. Just like Nikon did with D800E, Pentax decided to release a version of the camera without anti aliasing filter. In theory, pictures will become shaper with more details recorded, but with the downside of possible moiré artifacts. In real life testing, Nikon D800E delivered sharper photographs only when paired to high end lenses and at certain aperture settings, so it is yet to be shown to what extent the new Pentax will be able to utilize its lack of low pass filter.

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Fuji X-E1 announced

Fuji has announced its second mirrorless camera – the X-E1. The camera closely resembles X-Pro 1, with some design and specifications differences. In essence, X-E1 is the slightly smaller X-Pro 1 without the hybrid optical/EVF viewfinder and with higher resolution EVF. Both of them use the same 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor with its unique color filter array, which helps to minimize moiré and false colors without the need for an optical low pass filter, and maximize its resolution.

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Sony NEX-5R announced

Sony announced a new member of its growing NEX digital camera family. The model is called NEX-5R, and is replacing NEX-5N model. Basic design remains the same; all the new features are under the hood. Sensor used is a completely new unit, but it has kept the same resolution as previous model; 16MP is a sweet spot for APS-C size. New exciting feature is phase detection via 99 focus points on imaging sensor, which is supposed to work in conjunction with contrast auto focus to deliver fast and precise focusing. From launch, Hybrid AF is supported with four lenses: 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS; 55-210mm F4-6.3 OSS; 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS and 24mm F1.8ZA. Firmware upgrades will expand the range of lenses supporting Fast Hybrid AF.

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What is expected at 2012 photokina?

Photokina is the world’s biggest and most anticipated imaging fair that takes place every two years in a German town of Cologne (Köln). Industry leaders, traders, professionals and amateur photographers will all gather at September 18 to view and try the latest photographic equipment on the market. I have prepared a short list of expected announcements and rumors. Some cameras or lenses might be announced before the show, but the public will be able to see them for the first time at the fair.

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SONY DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAL TELEPHOTO LENS

Sony has announced a new DT telephoto lens – SAL55-300 f/4.5-5.6. DT designation indicates it is usable only on APS-C sensor that require smaller image circle than full frame sensors. In 35mm equivalent, this lens has a reach of 82 – 450mm, which makes it 5.5x zoom lens. The zoom range makes it usable for many shooting scenarios, from wildlife and sport to portraits, both still image and video and will ideally complement 18-55 kit lens sold with most Sony SLT’s or DSLR’s.

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OLYMPUS MICRO ZUIKO 75 f/1.8 PORTRAIT LENS

Latest addiction to the range of micro 4/3 mount lenses is this new 75mm f/1.8 single-focal lens. With its 150mm field of view (in 35mm equivalent) and large f/1.8 aperture it is optimized for studio or outdoor low-light portraits, indoor sports or concert/stage photography. It should deliver beautiful out of focus backgrounds thanks to nine blade aperture. Optical design incorporates 10 lens elements in nine groups, including three ED (Extra-low Dispersion)  elements to correct aberrations. Continue reading