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DSLR News Roundup

October 25, 2012

A weekly survey of Digital SLR News and Updates from around the web

  • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR –  The Nikon 1 V2 builds on the speed and portable design that helped Nikon 1 become the biggest-selling compact camera system across Europe. Offering new levels of speed and more accurate performance, as well as clever next-generation features, full creative control, and wireless methods of image transfer, the Nikon 1 V2 is a versatile main camera and a superb second camera (designed to be used with 1 NIKKOR lenses or Nikon D-SLR lenses).
  • Canon releases firmware update for EOS 5D Mark III –  Canon has launched a firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to include uncompressed HDMI output. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images. Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses. The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.
  • Sigma giving away 77mm filter free with lens purchase   – From Monday 15th October 2012, Sigma Imaging UK are introducing a short term special offer that enables anyone who purchases Sigma’s 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ultra-wide angle lens to claim a FREE Sigma 77mm UV DG filter .  A Sigma Ultra Violet filter is the perfect accessory to protect your lens from damage to the front element. Sigma’s DG filters benefit from a special multi-layer lens coating, developed to counteract the highly reflective characteristic of image sensors.
  • Canon Wins 2012 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award – Canon will be recognised at the 64th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards for “Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras.” Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards honour development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognise companies, organisations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering
  • Nikon Photo Contest – entries to the international Nikon Photo Contest for 2012-2013 are open. The entry period is December 1, 2012, through February 28, 2013. Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013
  • Canon enables auto focus at f/8 for the EOS-1D X with new Firmware 1.1.1 – During AI Servo AF shooting in low light,  viewfinder information is now illuminated, with the AF points blinking intermittently in red, allowing them to be easily confirmed whilst shooting, without affecting the metering of the scene. The update allows photographers to use extenders to increase the focal length of their super telephoto lenses, whilst maintaining the use of AF to capture a crisp, clear shot. Enabling the utilisation of telephoto zoom L series lenses plus extender, the centre AF point (one cross-type with four supporting points) can now be used to auto focus at a maximum aperture of f/8. The firmware update v 1.1.1 is released for cameras with current firmware up to v 1.0.6. Firmware update v 1.1.1 is available to download now from: http://software.canon-europe.com

 

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