Monday, February 22, 2010

Blogging a Pic from

A user of named Len Marriot said he'd be delighted if someone blogged one of his photos so here is: "Students at the Leica School", rather a nice b/w silouhette image.
He says on he took the picture in November 1963 so now it is getting the publicity it deserves!

Photography through a Microscope

Sigma 85mm f1.4

Sigma releases 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
PMA 2010: Sigma has announced the 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, a large-aperture short telephoto lens which is bound to pique the interest of budding portraitists. Featuring a hypersonic focus motor with full-time manual focus override, the lens uses a 9-blade diaphragm for attractive background blur, and has a minimum focus distance of 85cm. It comes with a lens hood adapter for ASP-C/DX users that extends the length of the hood to give more effective shading, and will be available in mounts for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony SLRs.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Seabed Snaps Secure on Digital

A trawlerman is trying to trace the owner of a digital camera after it was hauled from the Atlantic seabed in his nets with the photos still intact.
Benito Estevez believes the camera was dropped overboard from the QM2 cruise liner in the middle of the Atlantic.
The camera's memory card revealed five photographs, including a woman posing on the deck of a ship, with the now out-of-service QE2 in the background.
Mr Estevez, of Spain, is now trying to trace the people in the pictures.
US tourists
The QE2 made its last ever voyage to Dubai in November 2008.
BBC South Transport Correspondent Paul Clifton says the ship the woman is posing on is the QM2, and the two liners sailed together from Southampton to New York in October 2008.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Nikon 24mm1.4

Today Nikon has announced two new lenses to add to our professional range...........


The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED. Designed for professional reportage and landscape photography, this class leading ultra-fast aperture wide angle lens, features a ground-breaking optical design for Nikon’s range of class leading FX-format DSLR cameras and................


The world’s first ultra-wide angle zoom lens with VR for FX-format cameras, this new lens offers an affordable and practical proposition for general photography with FX-format cameras such as the D700. Both lens’ complex optical design features Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, two ED glass elements and no less than three aspherical glass elements to minimize distortion and aberration, even at maximum aperture. The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR balances well with more compact FX format cameras such as the D700 and is consequently built to withstand the demands of everyday shooting.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Olympus E-P2

The Olympus E-P2 is the second Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, following last Summer’s launch of the popular E-P1 model. Offering DSLR-like image quality in an ultra-compact format, the E-P2 adds a number of features to tempt you to upgrade from the E-P1. These include a dedicated port for either a detachable high-resolution electronic viewfinder or a microphone, auto-focus tracking mode, two new Art Filters (Diorama and Cross Process), a colour-boosting i-Enhance function, remote slideshow control via the new HDMI connection, and an option to record high-definition movies using the Manual shooting mode. The Olympus E-P2 is also finished in a more serious black rather than the silver or white versions of the E-P1.

Nikon Coolpix S8000

Nikon Coolpix S8000

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Samyang 14mm/2.8

Samyang announces 14mm f/2.8 lens availability
Samyang Optics has announced its 14mm f/2.8 lens will be available from March 2010 at a retail price of €329. After a brief production delay last year, the final version will be made available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus four-thirds mount.
The improved model has been just produced and is subject to the final tests. The optics was changed by redesigning the aspherical lens. The first lens is made of the optical glass, while the second is of the hybrid construction.
The retail price has been established at 329 Euro. The product will be compatible with the following systems:
Olympus 4/3

Thursday, February 04, 2010


Zeiss SLR Lenses
Zeiss are now offering a growing selection their SLR lenses made famous by the Contax range in Nikon AIs (ZF) Pentax KA (ZK) M42 Screw (ZS) fit and the new Canon EF (ZE) fit.These are new designs and use updated optical setups and all metal barrels, for maximum quality. Zeiss have a compatibility chart for SLR lenses lenses on their site, which is worth checking out if you're not sure what works with your camera. NEWSJust announced the ZF.2 version of the very successful Nikon F bayonet; now with CPU electronic interface thus supporting the all-important operations such as the automatic mechanisms for time, aperture setting and program. The CPU also supports manual exposure settings and since the lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure to the camera, photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. What is the difference between ZF and ZF.2 lenses?The ZF.2 lenses are an enhanced version of the ZF lenses. They feature an electronic interface (CPU). This CPU enables the ZF.2 lenses to support all important operating modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority and programmed auto exposure or manual exposure settings even on non-AI compatible cameras. Photographers no longer have to set the parameters in the camera menu as the lens now transmits standard data such as focal length, speed and the aperture setting to the camera. This data can then be viewed in the EXIF data of each picture.Furthermore, the silver fork coupling is not available on the ZF.2 lenses. For this reason, you cannot use light metering on older cameras (F, F2, Nikkormat, etc.). The ZF.2 lenses have a mechanical lock on the aperture ring to lock the aperture ring at the lowest setting and prevent unintentional adjustment while taking pictures.For technical reasons, the ZF.2 lenses do not have a half-step aperture lock between the lowest (stop position) and the second lowest aperture setting. This guarantees reliable recognition of the automatic position. The lowest aperture on the ZF.2 lenses is orange to emphasize the automatic position of the aperture ring.