Nikon D850 Development


Nikon is pleased to announce the development of the next frontier in full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850.

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The D850 will be a formidable tool for those who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including aspiring and professional photographers, and hobbyists who capture landscapes, commercial sports, fashion and weddings, as well as multimedia content creators.

For updates and to register your interest in the Nikon D850 please complete the form below.




Don’t get hit by the falling pound!


You may have noticed that the result of the EU referendum was to leave the EU, which caused the pound to drop significantly.  We are beginning to get price increases from our suppliers, the key one being Sony who recently sent us this:

“2016 has been a challenging year so far. After an extremely encouraging start, the earthquakes in the Kumamoto region of Japan and the damage they caused to the Sony Kumamoto Technology Centre put significant pressure on our digital imaging business. We have been working around the clock to restore production capacity and fulfil the orders that we have committed to deliver and are very happy that wafer processor operations, testing and assembly have been increasing steadily since May. Throughout this process, we have minimised the financial impact of this incident to our customers.

However, with the recent economic turbulence and extreme fluctuations in currency exchange rates between Japanese yen and European currencies, particularly the pound, we have had to revisit our pricing structure as of the 1st August 2016 we will be adjusting the list prices of our digital imaging products.

We do not do this lightly and have carefully considered the implications for all parties.”

Increases on key Sony lines are in the order of 20%.  We are also seeing increases from Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Tamron.

We will continue to monitor our costs and selling prices on a daily basis to ensure we offer you the best possible value.

The team at Castle Cameras

Kumamoto Earthquakes, production delays and no promotional activity for Nikon


The Nikon Corporation has today issued a public statement to communicate a number of product development delays.  More importantly however, the announcement also confirms that the recent devastating earthquakes that have continued to strike the south-west Japanese island of Kyushu with such tragic human consequences, are also having an ongoing impact on the operational capabilities of many component manufacturers.

 As it is not clear at this stage, what the extent of the impacts will be, Nikon has taken the decision to proactively protect their supply capability by immediately adjusting all planned promotional and marketing activities.

Within the UK, we regret to confirm that the following planned promotional activities will be delayed until further notice:

 

·         Summer 2016 Cash-back (Originally 26th May – 31st August 2016)

·         Spring Bank Holiday Free D-SLR Accessory Kit Offer (Originally 26th May – 1st June 2016)

·         D750 & D810 Trade-In – no further extension past 30th April 2016

 

With the £150 D750 and £350 D810 trade in offer ending soon with no extension possible and no further planned promotional activity from Nikon at all, now is certainly the best time to buy a D750 or D810.

Read nikon’s full press announcement here: Product Delay Announcement – UK

The winning images from underwater photographer of the year 2016


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The winning photos have just been announced for the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 contest. The grand prize was awarded to Italian photographer Davide Lopresti for his image “Gold,” a portrait of a spiny seahorse.

“Over the years the Mediterranean’s population of seahorses has drastically reduced,” writes Lopresti. “Their numbers have only recovered thanks to public awareness and a significant restocking campaign.”

“Areas of the sea have now been set aside, protected from harmful fishing methods, like trawling. This has allowed vulnerable and delicate creatures, like sea horses, to return. This is what I hoped to celebrate with this image.”

For his prize-winning shot, he used a long exposure and camera panning to add some blur to the portrait. The seahorse was frozen with a beam of light from his strobe. “My aim was to give the scene a sense of grace and strength simultaneously,” he says.

Entries were received from 54 different countries around the world this year. Here are some of the other photos that were honored:

 

British Underwater Photographer of the Year (Winner)

"Catshark Supernova." Dan Bolt/UPY 2016
“Catshark Supernova.” Dan Bolt/UPY 2016

 

International Wide Angle (Winner)

"Underwater fisherman." Mike Korostelev/UPY 2016
“Underwater fisherman.” Mike Korostelev/UPY 2016

 

Wide Angle (Highly Commended)

"Beach Guardians". Alejandro Prieto/UPA 2016
“Beach Guardians”. Alejandro Prieto/UPY 2016

 

Wide Angle (Highly Commended)

"Pilot Whales." Greg Lecoeur/UPY 2016
“Pilot Whales.” Greg Lecoeur/UPY 2016

 

Wide Angle (Commended)

"Icebreaker." Tobias Friedrich/UPY 2016
“Icebreaker.” Tobias Friedrich/UPY 2016

 

International Wrecks (Winner)

"A Family Affair." Thomas Heckmann/UPY 2016
“A Family Affair.” Thomas Heckmann/UPY 2016

 

See more at the original source post on petapixel.com

You can find a complete gallery of winning photos from this year’s contest on the UPY website.

Sony α6300


 

 

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Sony has announced its new flagship APS-C camera, the new a6300. It is a mirrorless camera with the world’s fastest autofocus speed and the world’s highest number of autofocus points.

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A new 4D Focus system can lock onto a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, which sets a new record among interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C sensors.

The camera also has an almost unbelievable 425 phase detection AF points — the world’s highest number among interchangeable lens cameras — that are densely placed across the entire frame (it’s 7.5x more dense than in the α6000).

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These points help the camera perform fast and accurate continuous autofocusing while shooting at 11fps, and the enhanced tracking and AF are also compatible with A-mount lenses connected via adapter — a first for a Sony APS-C camera. This AF system makes it an absolute weapon for sports or wildlife photographers.

Inside the a6300 is a 24.2 megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 51200. “The new image sensor employs copper wiring in its structure,” Sony says, “which improves light collection efficiency and significantly accelerates readout speed.”

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On the back of the camera is a beautiful XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with 2.4 million dots and a 120fps framerate mode for smooth subject tracking. Below it is a tilting LCD screen.

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The magnesium alloy body is resistant to dust and moisture, and has 9 customizable buttons that can be used to operate 64 different functions.

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Now for the really exciting stuff! Video, increasingly so very important, the a6300 can capture 4K with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in Super 35mm — another first for a non-full-frame Sony camera, bringing professional level video recording to APS-C.

It will also do Full HD at 120fps, S-Log gamma recording (with approximately a 14-stop latitude), S-Gamut for a wider color space, Gamma Display Assist for monitoring images and checking focus while recording, and enhanced Zebra functionality.


Other features and specs of the camera include silent shooting, a microphone line input, Wi-Fi, and NFC.

The new Sony a6300 will be available from Castle Cameras in March 2016 with a RRP of £900 for the body only or £1000 when paired with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Pre-order yours now

Canon announce G9X, G5X and M10


The best things in life are free, or come in three’s, or come in small packages or something like that! Anyway however the saying goes, Canon have today hit us with three new gorgeous small form factor cameras.

First up, two more additions to the GxX line. Canon’s G line of cameras offer better quality and controls than the typical cheap point and shoot. With two new members of the family, the G9X and the G5X, you have whole lot of options, depending just how much camera you want to carry.

Last year with the G7X Canon introduced a very nice 20 megapixel one-inch sensor into a pocket-size camera. This year’s G3X housed the same sensor but with a huge zoom lens attached. These new cameras are similar beasts. They have the same one-inch sensor, which means they’ll have very similar image quality. The big differences are their size and external features.

G5X – £629

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The G5X is the beefier of the new cams, and it is mostly so because it features a built-in 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder. Yay!

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EVFs have been growing steadily in performance and popularity, and Canon has stubbornly refused to include one in its cameras until now. Electronic viewfinders makes it easier to shoot in bright light and add stability when holding the camera to your face so it is a very welcome addition.

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The lens is the same 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 equivalent glas, used on the G7X. The camera inherits the Digic 6 processor as well inside. Additions include a hot-shoe for a microphone or flash, as well as an extra dial on the front for controlling exposure more easily. The camera aslo adds an LCD that flip-outs fully rotates.

G9X – £399

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Smallest possible footprint is the approach with the G9X. It’s about the size of Canon’s older Powershot cameras like the S120 and S100. You’ll have no problem fitting this one in your trouser pocket. It too has the same sensor and processor as its latest G-series brethren.

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What you’re giving up with the small size is the tilting LCD—the G5X has a completely flat and fixed display, and some zoom range. Instead of a 24-100mm lens, the G9X has a 24-70mm f/2.8-4.9.

Of course, there are also fewer buttons and dials. You’ll be forced to rely on Canon’s touch interface for most settings changes—which isn’t the end of the world! Canon has pretty well-designed touch menu functionality. There is also a control ring around the lens, which performs different functions depending on the mode and settings.

The M10 – £399

Coming hot on the heels of the M3 released earlier this year, the EOS M10 has the same 18-megapixel resolution as the old EOS M, but it has Canon’s faster 49-point Hybrid AF II autofocus system (though not the Hybrid AF III system in the EOS M3).

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The EOS M10 also has a DIGIC 6 processor, Canon’s most advanced to date, compared to the DIGIC 5 processor in the original EOS M, and while this has little impact on the continuous shooting speed (up from 4.3fps in the EOS M to 4.6fps) or ISO range (still ISO 100-12,800), it does seem to make a big difference to the EOS M10’s buffer capacity. It can’t store many raw files before the buffer fills up (just 7) but Canon says the EOS M10 can capture up to 1,000 JPEG images in a burst.

The M10, G5X and the G9X will all ship early November, look out for our pre-ordering, coming soon!

The Big Butterfly Count Photo Competition Winners


During the summer we were delighted to sponsor the photo competition for this years Big Butterfly Count in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation.

David Attenborough launched the count on the 17th July and people from all over the UK went out into the wild to record sightings of our nation’s butterflies. During the count the photo competition took place with people entering their images to the count’s Flickr photo pool.

Three winning images were picked from the many wonder entries and are as follows:

1st Place
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Samantha Batty’s delicately beautiful shot of a Common Blue claimed the crown for this year’s Big Butterfly Count photo competition. Horticulturist Samantha from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, took the picture in her wildlife-friendly garden. She said: “There are a number of Common Blues in the meadow area and I noticed this male on a Gaura flower looking stunning with its blue wings contrasting with the white petals.”

2nd Place

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Nick Hatton’s vibrant and striking shot of a Green-veined White nestled amongst saxifrage, claimed second place. Nick, a welder from Sandbach, Cheshire, who has been photographing butterflies for many years, captured the image in his garden.

3rd Place

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Wildlife enthusiast Allen Holmes needed an early start to get his stunning shot of two dew-soaked Marbled Whites. Warehouse operative Allen from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, arrived at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Brockadale Reserve early in the morning to photograph the soggy butterflies before the sun dried them out.

The judges were once again spoilt for choice with nearly 2,000 photos entered for consideration. Thanks again to everyone who took part. The three winners will receive vouchers donated by us, Castle Cameras www.castlecameras.co.uk

Nikon announce new 16-80mm f/2.8-f/4 DX lens


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Nikon’s latest DX-format lens is its most interesting and promising yet. Covering a 24-120mm full-frame-equivalent focal length, the lightweight 16-80mm f/2.8-4E features relatively fast apertures, an incredibly useful and dynamic focal length range (already proven with the popular full-frame 24-120mm f/4G ED VR), and professional treatments such as nano coating, an electromagnetic diaphragm, and even a fluorine coating on the front element.

While the electromagnetic diaphragm (a first for the DX format) helps give accurate and effective auto-exposure during high-speed exposure sequences (i.e. on “Continuous High” for action shots), full-fledged vibration reduction helps keep shots steady in the potentially shaky hands of any photographer.

The fluorine coat repels water, dirt, and oils on the front element and is a happy trickle-down addition that I didn’t expect would make it quite so soon to lenses for the mid-sized sensor format.

Finally, Nikon’s “Nano Crystal Coat” is the first of its kind in a DX lens as well and comes from a heritage of providing world-class ghost and flare control on Nikon’s most prestigious line of professional, full-frame lenses (for those without experience with such a lens, it’s actually difficult to get lens flare even when pointed directly into the sun thanks to the nano coat).

What may at first sound like a mess of features turns out to be the recipe for what will likely and easily become Nikon’s most versatile and impressive DX lens. While it won’t come cheap, the 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is, in fact, a bit of a bargain considering it could easily replace three lenses in any kit.

Fujifilm make X-T1 firmware version 4.0 available


Fujifilm made its previous announced firmware version 4.0 for the X-T1 available today.

The firmware offers a big step up in the AF performance of the X-T1, fixing previous issues with tracking moving subjects and enhancing low contrast AF performance. Groups of AF points in 3×3, 5×3 or 5×5 blocks ensure your subject is always held in focus.

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Eye detection AF is now in place, offering precise and accurate focusing in portrait scenarios, especially useful with Fuji’s fast primes like the 56mm f/1.2 where depth of field is very shallow.

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Macro focusing also becomes automatic, with the camera able to focus right down to minimum focus distance without the need to turn on the macro mode using the button. The macro button can now be assigned to another purpose making using the camera even more flexible.

 

To download this latest firmware, head to Fujifilm’s support page now.

 

New Nikon COOLPIX range


Hot on the heels of the D810A announcement, Nikon follows up with an expansion to its popular COOLPIX compact camera range with a number of exciting new products.

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Two new additions to the Nikon COOLPIX bridge line-up are announced today, bringing exceptional performance for recording life in exquisite detail.

COOLPIX P610

The 16-megapixel COOLPIX P610 offers new possibilities in everything from night shoots to nature photography, with an astonishing 60x optical zoom, extendable to 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom. An electronic viewfinder and large high resolution 921k-dot vari-angle screen with bright RGBW technology inspire creative framing, plus sharing is instant with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support – as simple as tapping the camera to a smart device. Built-in GPS and GLONASS track shooting locations, while Dual Detect Optical VR (vibration reduction) keeps the camera stable for sharp details even at full zoom or when shooting one-touch Full HD movies (1080/60p).

COOLPIX P610: £339.99  – Available 19th February 2015

COOLPIX L840

It’s easy to zoom in on life’s special moments with the 16-megapixel L840. Capture landscapes and wildlife or take amazing close-ups at family celebrations with the 38x optical zoom, extendable to 76x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Taking detailed shots of the moon or wildlife are made simple with Scene auto selector, plus you can create a unique viewpoint with the large LCD tilt screen and shoot Full HD movies (1080/60i) at the touch of a button. Favourite images can be shared instantly with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support.

COOLPIX L840: £209.99 – Available 26th February 2015

SuperZoom range

Two new high zoom cameras with instant sharing are announced today – the vari-angle COOLPIX S9900 and the slimline S7000.

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The 16-megapixel COOLPIX S9900 makes it easy to find your own unique perspective. This high performance camera gives you the freedom to frame images creatively with the large vari-angle LCD screen whilst the powerful 30x optical zoom, extendable to 60x Dynamic Fine Zoom, allows you to get close to the action. Share instantly with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support – it’s as easy as tapping the camera to a smart device – and record shooting locations with built-in GPS and GLONASS. Track up to 30 locations on a built-in world map, shoot Full HD movies (1080/60p) or create impressive time-lapse movies easily in-camera too. The mode dial gives easy access to exposure modes (P/S/A/M) to give your images the personal touch.

COOLPIX S9900: £279.99 – Available 26th February 2015

COOLPIX S7000


The 16-megapixel COOLPIX S7000 a 20x optical zoom into a very slimline body, for catching all the action – near or far. It’s simple to be social, sharing photos easily with NFC support just by tapping the camera to a smart device, or using the dedicated Wi-Fi button. Full HD movies (1080/60p) come at the touch of a button, time-lapse movies are easy to make and stunning travel scenes are captured effortlessly with easy panorama.

COOLPIX S7000: £169.99 – Available 26th February 2015

All weather range

Nikon today announced two new additions to its all-weather camera range, the adventure-proof COOLPIX AW130 and the go-anywhere COOLPIX S33, make it easier to capture all your outdoor explorations and fun in the sun with stunning photos and Full HD movies.

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The 16-megapixel COOLPIX AW130 fits your active lifestyle like a glove. Wherever you go, it can go with you – as deep as 30m underwater, equivalent to Advanced Open Water certification, plus it’s resistant to -10oC, dustproofand shockproof to 2m. It’s a social camera too, with NFC support and built-in Wi-Fi, so images can be shared instantly just by tapping it to an NFC-enabled smart device, or using the dedicated Wi-Fi button.

COOLPIX AW130: £279.99 – Available 26th February 2015

COOLPIX S33


The 13-megapixel COOLPIX S33 makes holidays and daily life even more memorable. It’s ultra-tough, simple to use and can easily keep up with even the most adventurous of travel plans. Swim with it at up to 10m depth or use underwater face framing to detect faces without having to get in the water at all. It’s shockproof to 1.5m, resistant to -10 oC and dustproof too, so it can take anything life throws at it.

COOLPIX S33: £89.99 – Available 5TH March 2015

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