Nikon announce a new Bokeh monster, the 105mm f/1.4


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Nikon has unveiled the AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED, the fastest full-frame lens of its kind with autofocus. Resistant to dust and moisture, the lens uses 14 elements in 9 groups, including 3 ED elements, along with Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings. The lens has 9 rounded aperture blades, and the aperture is electronically controlled, which keeps exposure consistent while shooting high-speed bursts. As you might expect, this is a heavy lens, weighing in at 985g/2.1lbs.

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As the only 105 mm autofocus lens on the market with an f/1.4 maximum aperture, this is an exciting addition to the NIKKOR range. Professionals who want to reach new levels of artistry in portraiture and fashion will be able to enjoy exceptional aesthetic control.

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The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is a worthy successor to Nikon’s famed NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5  lens. Whether photographers are working with available light or in the studio, the all-new optical construction delivers unrivalled edge-to-edge sharpness and exquisite bokeh. The 105 mm focal length and 1 m shortest focusing distance allow for frame-filling head-shots without the need to crop. Wide-open performance is unbeatable, and subjects are rendered with perfect clarity even when shooting at the widest aperture.

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In order to ensure optimum performance in portrait mode, Nikon’s engineers have paid special attention to resolution at the outer areas of the frame. As a result, Sagittal coma flare  is effectively minimised for superior reproduction of point light sources as fine rounded points, even at the edges of an image. Peripheral light falloff  is controlled to retain brightness across the frame, even when shooting at maximum aperture with focus set to infinity. Thanks to the unique optical design, the intensity of image blur transitions smoothly for bokeh with no rough edges. Images are rendered with a depth and dimension that’s truly memorable.

The 105mm F1.4 is expected to ship in late August with a £2049.99

Pre-order yours today! 

 

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 105 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Rounded blades
Optics
Elements 14
Groups 9
Special elements / coatings Three ED elements + Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings
Focus
Minimum focus 1.00 m (39.37)
Maximum magnification 0.13×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter No
Physical
Weight 985 g (2.17 lb)
Diameter 95 mm (3.72)
Length 106 mm (4.17)
Sealing Yes
Filter thread 82.0 mm
Tripod collar No

Sony announce new lenses!


Sony have announced some very tasty new glass for E-mount cameras. The previously mentioned 70-200 G master is finally with us and an all new 50mm f/1.4 from Zeiss.

FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS G Master

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These lenses are a big deal for Sony camera users, particular those with full-frame Sony mirrorless A7-series models. The 70-200mm has three advanced lens elements including XA, Super ED, and ED glass components, as well as its Nano AR coating. It features a floating focusing system – a first for a Sony zoom lens – that contributes to a minimum focusing distance of 0.96 meters and ensures AF performance is optimised during still and video shooting, Sony says. The lens includes a Super Sonic Motor (SSM) plus dual linear motors that work together to move large lens elements quickly. It has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation and a rotating tripod mount that allows the camera to be quickly removed from a connected tripod as needed. The telephoto zoom is dust and moisture resistant with an additional fluorine coating added to the front lens. It also has a focus hold button as well as a focal range limiter.

Available from Castle Cameras from the 29th July, retailing at £2500

FE 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss

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The full-frame, 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss prime features high-precision Advanced Aspherical (AA) and ED glass elements, as well as a Zeiss T* coating. It has a ring drive SSM (in this case, a Super Sonic Wave Motor), 11-bladed circular aperture, an aperture ring, and a moisture-resistant design.

Available from Castle Cameras from the 29th July, retailing at £1500

Sony Teleconverters

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To partner up with the stunning 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master, sony have announced two teleconverters, a 1.4x and a 2x. Extending the performance and possibilities of the 70-200mm G Master, Sports, Action and Wildlife shooters now have a serious option when it comes to lens choice,

Available from Castle Cameras from the 29th July, retailing at £550 each

 

 

Fujifilm X-T2 accessories


Along with the exciting X-T2 launch, Fujifilm have announced some new accessories.

EF-X500

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The EF-X500 is a hot-shoe mount flash with the maximum guide number of approx. 50*1. Its support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) means the flash can be fired at any shutter speed. This means you can concentrate on shooting when a faster shutter speed is required, for example, in order to use a near-maximum aperture to produce beautiful bokeh.

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EF-X500 also supports multi-flash lighting. Set up multiple flashes to freely control light on a subject and background for a creative result. TTL lighting control is available with single flash and also in the multi-flash setup, so that you can start shooting without having to make cumbersome adjustments to light output.

Coming in at £449.99

VPB-XT2

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An all new battery grip designed specifically for the X-T2, featuring dual battery tray, joystick control and a power boost button to raise the X-T2’s performance including increased frame rate and viewfinder refresh rate. When fitted to the camera, the X-T2 will be capable of over 1000 shots on a single charge.

Available in September, £299.99, £100 off when you pre-order the X-T2!

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Fujifilm Announce the X-T2


Fujifilm have made a very exciting announcement this morning, the eagerly anticipated X-T2 is finally here!

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The X-T1 was a huge success for Fujifilm, with many hailing it as the mirrorless camera that finally made them ditch their DSLRs. The X-T2 was going to have a hard time filling the rather large boots of the X-T1 but they have certainly delivered.

Check out our YouTube unboxing and hands-on video now!

The X-T2 combines the sensor and image processing engine developed by Fujifilm for this and the X-Pro 2. The X-T2’s compact and lightweight camera body is also dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C. Its autofocus and electronic viewfinder performance have both been substantially improved, making it more adaptable than ever before at shooting a moving subject under difficult conditions, such as sports or wildlife photography, which had previously been considered difficult with mirrorless cameras.

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For the first time in the X Series, the X-T2 supports 4K video recording. The Film Simulation modes, used for still images, can be applied to video to easily produce premium-quality footage.

The X-T2’s design is modelled after the “central viewfinder style” of the FUJIFILM X-T1, which has been popular since its launch in 2014. This proven stable form factor provides a camera that is perfectly sized with ergonomic dials laid out exactly where they are needed for excellent, intuitive operability. Couple the X-T2 with the optional grip to provide a superior balance, especially when mounted with a telephoto lens. Immerse yourself in photography through the large viewfinder with the magnification ratio of 0.77x. The sense of perfect alignment from the centre of your body to a subject through the lens creates an illusion that you have become one with the camera for the ultimate photographic pleasure.

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The full lineup of 22 FUJINON lenses covers a wide range of focal lengths from ultra wide-angle to ultra telephoto. The compact and lightweight lenses are all optimally designed for APS-C sensors, and incorporate standout features including large maximum aperture and powerful image stabilisation to meet photographers’ diverse demands.

The X-T2 is to become the X Series’ flagship model along with FUJIFILM X-Pro2, the world’s only rangefinder-style camera with the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder, released in March this year. The two models deliver unparalleled performance in their distinctive fields, with the X-T2 excelling in portraiture, nature and sports photography, and the X-Pro2 ideal for snapshots and discreet documentary photography.

Due to hit our shelves 8th September,

Body Only      –        £1399.00

Kit                      –         £1649.00

Battery Grip –        £299.99

Flash                 –        £449.99

Pre-order now with Castle Cameras today to receive a camera from our first delivery.

 

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Product Highlights

The X-T2 features a whole host of improvements over the X-T1, lets run through them now:

FUJIFILM’s excellent reproduction of colours and gradation of tones capture premium image quality in both stills and video recording.

The X-T2 features the 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III*1, an APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter boasting the highest performance in the history of the X Series, as well as the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine to deliver outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos with high ISO sensitivity and low noise. The Film Simulation modes, developed with Fujifilm’s philosophy of colour reproduction nurtured in over 80 years of photo film research, have further evolved to capture a subject’s textures, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere surrounding it.

The X-T2’s video function supports 4K video recording, which is the first in the X Series of cameras. Approx. 1.8 times the amount of information needed to produce a 4K video file (3840×2160) video is packed in to create stunning image quality.

Fast response to capture a decisive moment with any type of subject

Basic response specifications, such as startup time, shooting interval and shutter release time lag, have all been improved to the extreme in pursuit of a camera that operates exactly as the photographer demands.

The high-speed processing power and the use of improved algorithms have significantly improved the basic autofocus performance, improving the focusing performance on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as bird feathers and animal fur, which have previously been the weakness of phase detection AF.

The X-T2 also features AF-C Custom Settings for even higher accuracy in focus-tracking moving subjects. You can customise settings to optimise AF characteristics according to the type of subject movements.

The electronic viewfinder, which is used to continuously track a moving subject, is capable of displaying up to 100 frames per second, while also maintaining the magnification ratio of 0.77x and the display time lag of 0.005 seconds. The duration of the viewfinder blackout, in which the live view display blacks out temporarily while the camera reads picture data, has been reduced by more than half, enabling up to 5fps, instead of 3fps in previous models, during continuous shooting in the Live View mode, a better option to ensure tracking subject movements.

A perfectly balanced, compact, lightweight and rugged body, made possible with the APS-C sensor

The X-T2’s compact and lightweight body, weighing just 507g (including memory card and battery), is dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C. The use of the APS-C sized sensor means the camera body mounts more compact and lightweight lenses, so that you only need a small camera bag to head out for all types of field photography.

Fit the optional Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XT2) to shoot up to approx. 1,000 frames per charge.

Practicality-oriented design that brings back the operability of traditional cameras

Mechanical dials are provided for intuitive operation of all basic camera settings, including the shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, drive modes and metering modes. The settings can be instantaneously adjusted even when the camera is turned off, so that you can be always ready for the next shot. The rear panel of the camera body features the Focus Lever. This can be moved up / down, right / left and diagonally to make quick changes to the focus area for accurate focusing. The rear LCD screen is the X Series’ first three-direction tilting display, which tilts up and down when shooting in landscape, and upward when shooting in portrait. The screen remains positioned on the optical axis of the lens even when tilted, facilitating easy high-angle and low-angle shooting. When not tilted, it fits flush to the body to maintain its streamlined design.

Supporting an appealing lineup of lenses, and perfect match for Fujinon Red Badge zooms

Of the diverse lineup of FUJINON lenses, the Red Badge zooms, namely XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, are the perfect fit for the X-T2. Add the Vertical Power Booster Grip to the body for a more comfortable grip, while making additional features available for the entire system such as higher-speed AF and faster continuous shooting.

Product features

(1) Integrating the image sensor boasting the highest resolution in the X Series, the high-speed image processing engine “X-Processor Pro” and image design technology developed from over 80 years of photo film production to achieve ultimate image quality in both stills and videos

  • ・  The X-T2 features Fujifilm’s 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III APS-C sensor. Its highly random pixel array effectively reduces moiré and false colours without the use of an optical low-pass filter. The elimination of the low pass filter, which is attributed to loss of image resolution, makes it possible to draw out FUJINON lenses’ true capabilities to the maximum extent. Coupled with the high-speed image processing engine “X-Processor Pro,” the X-T2 produces image quality comparable to that of cameras equipped with a larger sensor with higher pixel count, while also supporting 4K video recording.
  • ・  Fujifilm’s proprietary image design technology, produced through the development of photographic films, helps to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green foliage in beautiful colors, just as you remember seeing in real life.
  • ・  The Film Simulation function now features the ACROS mode. Using X-Processor Pro’s advanced processing capability, the mode offers smooth gradation, deep blacks and beautiful textures to create monochrome images that far outperform the previous Monochrome mode.
  • ・  The X-T2 also has the Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras. The function is available in “Strong” and “Weak,” and can be combined with any of the Film Simulation modes. You can easily obtain the effect of film-based photos, notable especially when the image is printed out.
  • ・  Despite having the pixel count 1.5 times that of the X-T1, the new device and its enhanced signal processing technology have successfully controlled digital noise even further. Improved ISO sensitivity means ISO12800, which was part of extended ISOs in X-T1, is now available as a regular ISO option. Even at ultra-high ISO settings, the camera produces low-noise images, reproducing deep blacks and smooth gradation of tones, capturing beautiful images even in low light conditions.

(2) X Series’ first support for 4K video recording

  • ・  Approx. 1.8 times the amount of information needed to produce 4K video (3840×2160) or 2.4 times required for full HD video (1920×1080) is packed in to create premium image quality with low moiré or artifacts. The X-T2 supports high video bitrate recording of 100Mbps for both 4K and full HD video, enabling high-resolution footage with minimal compression artifacts.
  • ・  The Film Simulation modes, popular for still images, can also be applied to video recording. For example, you can use “Classic Chrome” to add a documentary touch with subdued colors and rich tonality, or “ACROS” to produce stunning monochrome footage with smooth gradation of tones and deep blacks. Nine different modes are available for versatile photographic expressions.Footage in a Film Simulation mode can be further fine-tuned with “Highlight Tone,” “Shadow Tone,”“Color” and “Sharpness” adjustments.

・  In response to videographers’ demand, the X-T2 supports Clean HDMI output for 4K video recording,

and also offers the “F-Log” log-gamma option, which takes advantage of the sensor’s wide dynamic range to record video in wide color gamut, facilitating video production workflow.

(3) Fast response to capture a decisive moment with any type of subject

Basic response specifications have been enhanced to the extreme in the X-T2. A startup time of 0.3 seconds, shooting interval of 0.17 seconds*2 and shutter release time lag of 0.045 seconds*2, ensure the camera operates exactly as the photographer intends.

1. Improvement in basic AF performance

  • ・  The number of focusing points has been dramatically expanded from 49 in previous models to 91 (up to 325 points). Approx. 40% of the imaging area (center area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection AF pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection AF area that can be used in a variety of scenes.
  • ・  The high-speed processing power and the use of improved algorithm have allowed the camera to refocus more frequently in the Live View mode, enabling predictive AF of advanced accuracy.
  • ・  The X-T2 has an enhanced ability to autofocus on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as bird feathers and animal fur, which have been the weakness of phase detection AF.
  • ・  The performance of contrast detection AF, enabled for approx. 85% of the imaging area, has also been improved. The data read speed has been doubled compared to previous models to achieve AF performance of higher speed and precision. Accurate focusing is obtained even at the low light condition of -3EV.

2. AF-C Custom Settings

・AF-C algorithm has been significantly improved for even higher accuracy when focus-tracking moving subjects in the AF-C mode. According to the type of movement, you can choose individual settings for “Tracking Sensitivity,” “Speed Tracking Sensitivity” and “Zone Area Switching,” or select one of five presets that combine specific settings for these three elements.

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3. Electronic viewfinder that has evolved to continue tracking moving subjects

  • ・  The X-T2’s 2.36-million-dot high-resolution organic EL electronic viewfinder has the magnification ratio of 0.77x and maintains the display time lag of just 0.005 seconds. With the maximum brightness doubled from previous models, the viewfinder features the Automatic Brightness Adjustment function so that it is easy to see even in intense backlighting. It has improved resolution in the Live View mode, and eliminates moiré or false colors to enable focusing with greater accuracy.
  • ・  The EVF refreshes at a rate of 60fps, or as high as 100fps in the Boost mode to deliver smooth display of movements. It can continue displaying a moving subject without interruption. The fast rate of refresh is maintained even in low light for easy framing during night shooting.
  • ・  The X-T2’s blackout time is less than half of that of the X-T1 due to the parallel processing of Live View display and fast shutter charging. This has enabled continuous shooting of 5fps in Live View, giving users the ability to easily continue tracking a moving subject.Difference in blackout times between Previous model and X-T2(4) Compact, lightweight and rugged body in optimum balanceThe X-T2’s body is fully made of magnesium alloy making it not only compact and lightweight, but also solid and highly durable. The body is weather-sealed at 63 points to achieve a high level of resistance to dust and moisture and, coupled with its ability to operate in temperatures down to -10°C, is ready for full-fledged field photography. Similar weather-sealing is applied to the dust-resistant and water-resistant lenses as well as Vertical Power Booster Grip to provide weather resistance across the entire system.(5) Enhancement of basic performance with the use of the Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XT2)

・ The Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XT2) is released at the same time as an optional accessory. It is dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C. It fits two batteries, bringing the total number of batteries to three, including the one on the camera, to increase the maximum number of frames that can be taken per charge to approx. 1,000 (Normal

mode). In the Boost mode, multiple batteries can operate at the same time to give a boost to camera performance in continuous shooting, shooting interval, shutter release time lag and blackout time, while also extending the duration of 4K video recording to approx. 30 minutes. It is an accessory that can maximize the performance of the X-T2.

  • ・  The Grip features the shutter release button, focus lever, AE-L button, AF-L button, command dials, Q button and Fn button to provide the same level of excellent operability in vertical shooting as you get in horizontal operation.
  • ・  The Grip also features a headphone jack to enable audio monitoring during video recording.
  • ・  The Grip itself has battery-charging functionality. Using the AC adapter supplied (AC-9VS), you canfully charge two batteries at the same time in approx. 2 hours.

(6) Practicality-oriented design that brings back the operability of traditional cameras

  • ・  Mechanical dials are provided for key operation, including the shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, drive modes and metering modes. The settings can be adjusted even when the camera is turned off, so that you can be always ready for the next shot. For the prevention of operation errors, the dials for shutter speed and ISO sensitivity are equipped with a Lock & Release button, and are designed with extra height for operability improvement from X-T1.
  • ・  The rear panel of the camera body features the Focus Lever. This can be moved up / down, right / left and diagonally to make quick changes to the focus area for accurate focusing.
  • ・  In response to requests from professional photographers, the X-T2 comes with dual SD card slots, both supporting UHS-2 for faster write speed. The two slots can be set up for “Sequential,” “Backup,” “RAW / JPG” for recording RAW data in Slot 1 and JPEG data in Slot 2, as well as “Video Destination.”
  • ・  The rear LCD screen is the X Series’ first three-direction tilting display, which tilts up and down when shooting in landscape, and upward when shooting in portrait. The screen remains positioned on the optical axis of the lens even when tilted, facilitating easy high-angle and low-angle shooting. When not tilted, it fits flush to the body to maintain its streamlined design.

(7) Supporting an appealing lineup of lenses, and perfect match for FUJINON Red Badge zooms

The FUJINON Red Badge zooms – XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR – are the perfect fit for the X-T2. Add the Vertical Power Booster Grip to the body to hold the camera more comfortably.

XF16-55mmF2.8 mounted XF50-140mmmmF2.8/VPB-XT2 mounted XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6/VPB-XT2 mounted

(8) Supportingtethering*3

・ Install the Tether Shooting Plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® / Tether Shooting Plug-in Pro for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® to tether the X-T2 to a Mac or Windows computer for remote shooting. You can automatically transfer and save images on the computer, and shoot while checking Live View images (Pro version only) to accommodate the workflow of professional photographers.

*3 Remote shooting with USB and Wi-Fi connectivity will be supported in a future firmware update.

(9) ”WirelessCommunication”functionforremotelyshootingimagesfromsmartphonesandtablet devices*4

  • ・  Download the “FUJIFILM Camera Remote” app (free) onto your smartphone or tablet device and use the Wireless Communication function to transfer photos and videos to the device with easy one-touch operation, or browse photos and videos in the camera from the device to select and download specific images, without having to enter ID or password. The app also allows X-T2 to download location information from your device and attach it to images.
  • ・  The app’s “Remote Control” function enables wireless operation of X-T2’s shutter, exposure, etc. from your smartphone or tablet device. The Remote Control function allows you to not only handle basic operations such as Touch AF and Shutter Speed selection, but also adjust a diverse range of shooting settings or even record video remotely. It makes it easy to compose and take a photo from a remote location when shooting a group photo, self portrait or even wildlife in their natural environment.
  • ・  Wi-Fi® communication*5 is supported for easy backup of in-camera data on your computer*6.
    *4 AndroidTM smartphones / tablets as well as iPhones and iPads
    *5 Wi-Fi®isaregisteredtrademarkofWi-FiAlliance®.
    *6 Tousethisfeature,thefreesoftware“FUJIFILMPCAutoSave”mustbeinstalledonyourcomputerinadvance.

Nikon D500 in stock today


Great news for people looking for a Nikon D500!

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We are pleased to say we have on the shelf stock of the Nikon D500, This incredible camera has been in very short supply and is sure to head out the door fast!

Check out Professional Photo magazine’s review of the D500.

Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR

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Along with the D500, we have the new Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR on the shelf, ready to buy!

Bird Watch magazine have reviewed the amazing 200-500mm lens and given their verdict as follows:

“Out in the field this lens is a joy to use. The zoom is quick and smooth….. you won’t be disappointed with the results.  It is excellent quality at an unbelievable price! – Birdwatch magazine, March 2016”

The D500 and AF-S 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR are an amazing combination and will deliver unbeatable results when photographing sport, wildlife and airshows this summer. Grab yours now from Castle Cameras, whilst stocks last.

Nikon D5 new firmware


Release of new firmware for the D5, Ver.1.10

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Further advance of Nikon D5 digital SLR camera performance through expanded functions

Nikon has released new firmware, Ver. 1.10, that expands the functions of its flagship Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera, the D5.

The D5 has been extremely well received on all fronts, winning such globally prestigious photo and imaging awards as the TIPA Awards 2016, and the Camera GP (Grand Prix) 2016 Readers Award (sponsored by Japan’s Camera Journal Press Club), which is selected through voting by users.

Ver. 1.10, enhances D5 performance even further. The new firmware offers a major upgrade to the camera’s shooting capabilities, delivering four key improvements. First, the maximum recording time of movies, including for 4K UHD movies, is extended, and three functions — Flicker reduction for still images, 9-point dynamic-area AF AF-area mode, and Electronic VR for movies — are added. In addition to these four major changes, some additional updates* have been applied to the new firmware.

  • *Details regarding “additional updates” are provided on the firmware’s free download page (Nikon Download Center).

Release overview

The new firmware is available for download from June 23, 2016. It can be downloaded free of charge from the following URL.

  • *The camera’s current firmware version can be checked using the Firmware version option in the setup menu.

Four major improvements

1. Maximum movie recording time, including for 4K UHD movies, extended to 29 min. 59 s

Movies up to 29 minutes 59 seconds in length can now be recorded at all Movie quality and Frame size/frame rate settings. The new firmware increases the maximum recording time of even 4K UHD (3840×2160) movies from 3 minutes to 29 minutes 59 seconds. In addition, movies are recorded to up to eight separate files, each of which has a file size of up to 4 GB. Separate movie files can be combined to create a single movie using ViewNX-Movie Editor.

  • The maximum recording time for 4K UHD time-lapse movies is 3 minutes.

2. Flicker reduction for still images added for more stable exposure under lighting that flickers

When shooting under fluorescent and some other types of artificial lighting, flickering may cause uneven exposure in parts of images and/or variations in exposure and color reproduction characteristics between individual images captured continuously or in quick succession. We have equipped the new firmware with a Flicker reduction function for still images*1 that reduces these effects. When Flicker reduction is enabled, the camera detects peak brightness as light flickers and automatically times shutter release with these peaks in brightness for stable exposure and color reproduction characteristics. This function is effective when continuous shooting is used for indoor sporting events or similar situations captured at fast shutter speeds*2.

  • *1Still images captured during viewfinder photography (not available with mirror up mode).
  • *2The continuous shooting rate may decrease.

3. 9-point dynamic-area AF AF-area mode added for focusing on a limited portion of a moving subject

With dynamic-area AF, the camera focuses based on information from surrounding focus points* if the subject briefly leaves the focus point selected by the photographer. The D5 originally supported 25-point, 72-point and 153-point dynamic-area AF. A 9-point dynamic-area AF option has been added with the new firmware. This new option is effective for focusing on a more specific portion of a moving subject.

  • *In dynamic-area AF with 9, 25 or 72 points, the number of focus points actually used may be fewer than 9, 25 or 72, depending on the selected primary focus point.

4. Electronic vibration reduction function, effective with hand-held recording, added (for HD and full-HD*1 movie recording)

The new firmware has been equipped with an Electronic VR function that reduces the effects of camera shake with hand-held recording of movies in the FX- or DX-based movie formats (image areas)*2. The effects of camera shake in three directions — vertical (up and down), horizontal (left and right), and rotational (around the center of the lens) — are reduced. This function is effective when recording movies in places or situations in which use of a tripod is prohibited or inconvenient, or when there simply isn’t time to set one up. In addition, electronic VR can be used in combination with the optical vibration reduction (VR) built into a NIKKOR lens for more effective reduction of the effects of camera shake.

  • *1Not available with 1920 x 1080 crop settings.
  • *2The angle of view will be reduced slightly.
  • The effects of electronic VR are also reflected when photos are captured during movie recording (Live frame grab).
  • When Electronic VR is enabled, the maximum sensitivity allowed is ISO 102400, even if ISO sensitivity is set to Hi 0.3 or higher.

Caught Red Handed!


We had a bit of excitement in the shop last week, when we were joined by a film crew from the BBC.

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They were filming for a BBC1 programme, Caught Red Handed. The show looks at ways technology, like CCTV or hidden cameras, can help to stop a crime or wrongdoing and can ultimately lead to a conviction. The program is presented by Dom Littlewood and will be aired in the Autumn.

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As most of you will know, two years ago we were raided by an organised gang of thieves who made off with tens of thousands of pounds worth of stock. Our in store CCTV assisted in the capture and conviction of these criminals. This show will feature the raids on Castle Cameras, and includes interviews with Castle Cameras owners, Brian and Racheal.

We put our camera on the film crew as they worked! Enjoy the pics and Look out for the episode when it airs!

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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH


Panasonic have added a rather tasty lens to line up for micro four thirds cameras today.

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The all new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24 mm) enables photographers to capture dynamic landscapes with rich perspective across a wide angle. It also allows indoor shooting in low lighting and produces an impressive, natural defocusing effect with its F1.4 high speed aperture. Further, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. boasts a rugged, splash/dust-proof design to meet the needs of a wide-range of photographic situations.

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Integrating two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, the lens system comprises 15 elements in 12 groups. The adoption of five special lenses makes it possible to clear the stringent LEICA standard for exceptional image quality with high resolution and minimum distortion.  In general, sagittal flare is commonly seen around the periphery of the point source with high-speed lenses when larger aperture is used. However, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. achieves high resolution from the center of the image to the corners by suppressing this flare. Uses can take advantage of this lens to shoot starry skies or night scenes containing illumination to capture true-to-life images with minimal blurring and distortion all the way to the edges.

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Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. is capable of smooth, silent operation together with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at a maximum of 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is excellent for recording 4K videos, where precise focusing is essential.

Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flaring. A highly reliable metal mount assures durability for repeated use. The lens mount, the barrel and the hood are all made of metal to provide a sleek, sophisticated design that matches the entire line-up of LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras.

  • LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
  • SUMMILUX is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
  • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Hitting our stores 25th July, available to pre-order here.

SRP £1199

Check out some sample images from this lens below:

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Ride Your Vespa To Work Day


Today the Vespa Club of Great Britain have organised a day where people are encouraged to ride their Vespas to work, to help celebrate 70 years of Vespa and all it stands for.

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Howard and Graham from our Bournemouth branch are both keen Vespa enthusiast owners and both rode their Vespas into Castle Cameras today.

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Howard actually commutes daily from Swanage on his 2015 Vespa GTS 125 Super Sport, come rain or shine all year round!

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Graham rides a restored 1962 Vespa 150. Being a delicate old girl (The scooter, not Graham) it only comes out occasionally, for day to day duties Graham rides a Scomadi 125.

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If you’re a proud Vespa owner, we hope you managed to ride yours into work today, if you did, send us a pic!

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Leica Q_Atmosphere

The World’s Best Cameras for Gents (according to our staff)


Everyone is a snapper now. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, everyone is sharing their lives through visuals today.  It’s time to upgrade your visual diary to ‘iconic’ though. We asked our globetrotting, pavement-pounding, bush-lurking male staff members for their recommendations of cameras for work — and play.

 

The Cutting Edge

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Staff Member: Howard Lucas

Shoots: Weddings, weddings and more weddings

Recommends: Fujifilm X-Pro2

A throwback design: discrete, but a sturdy-as-hell, dial-heavy piece that feels as substantial as a proper camera should. Retro in aesthetics only, the X-Pro2 packs the latest next-gen photo technology like a hybrid viewfinder and x-trans3 sensor. Most importantly, taking a photo feels tactile again. Because you know what feels better than tapping a screen? Anything.

£1349 body only

 

 

The Traveller

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Staff Member: Robin Warren

Shoots: Touristy things, buildings, parks, statues and weird food

Recommends: Sony RX-100 mark IV

Small, slick and perfectly finished, the Sony’s diminutive proportions belie it’s incredible abilities. An unusually large 1″ sensor for better quality images, 4K video, slow motion and premium Zeiss optics in a camera you can slip in your trouser pocket. Rob walked 30 miles around New York with this little gem without breaking his back.

£759

The Hipster

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Staff Member: Hugh Thomas

Shoots: Flowers, beards and cats

Recommends: Ricoh GR1v

If digital just rubs you up the wrong way you need to go analogue. One of Japan’s greatest photographers, Daido Moriyama swore by these beauties. No screen, no syncing to your Mac and no goddamn geotagging. The iconic GR demands plenty and rewards handsomely. Insert film, snap, develop and begin your revolution. Film will always look cooler than a filter on your phone.

sometimes available from our used equipment list, from £250

film available from £5.95

 

The Sartorial Elegance

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Staff Member: Graham Fry

Shoots: Dinner parties, canapés, boutique hotels and suits

Recommends: Leica Q

The Leica Q will make you feel like a king. When only the best will do, there can only be one camera manufacturer to turn too, Leica. In hand it feels more pricey than a bag of uncut diamonds and more solid than the proverbial brick out-house. That emotive red dot will push you to become a better photographer, imagine you are Henri Cartier-Bresson looking for the decisive moment. Just try not to look too smug walking around with your lump of handmade german goodness.

£3230

 

The Super Pro

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Staff Member: Part-time studio photography Guru, Stuart Moore

Shoots: Models, girls, fashion, cars and other cool stuff

Recommends: Canon EOS 5D mark III

For the pro lurking inside. This out-and-out photography weapon can record movies in full HD, and take full-frame still images worthy of any magazine cover. Six frames per second means you won’t miss a thing and the masterpiece of tech, the Canon 22MP detail-capturing sensor and Canon lenses will put your snaps a cut above.

£2499 Body and 24-105mm STM lens kit

 

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