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DSLR News Roundup

November 29, 2012

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

  • Canon EOS 6D will be available to purchase in the UK this weekend – Canon has announced today that their smallest and lightest DSLR will be made available to buy at a range of retailers across the UK this weekend (1st-2nd December 2012).  It may seem like months ago that the EOS 6D was announced atPhotokina 2012, but now there’s only a matter of hours before people can finally purchase full-production models.
  • Nikon rumored to combine D300s and D7000 lines in 2013 – Word on the street is the D7000′s advanced consumer DSLR line will be merged with the D300s’ compact professional DSLR line, resulting in a single high-end DX sensor camera. Specs for the D400 (or D8000, or whatever it’ll be called) are rumored to include a body similar to the D300s, a 24MP sensor, and 8fps continuous shooting.  The consolidation would leave the D3200 and D5200 as Nikon’s two consumer-oriented DSLRs, with a single new DX option to upgrade to before making the jump into full frame. We may not be too far away from this camera’s launch date: Nikon Rumors points to January and February 2013 as the months in which we should be expecting it to arrive. There might also be an impending followup/companion to the D4 flagship DSLR, a camera that’ll possibly carry the name D4x. It’ll be a model that runs alongside the D4 (rather than replace it) and is expected to have a massive megapixel count — either 36MP like the D800, or a resolution as high as 52MP.
  • Win a DSLR camera with Communities in Focus photo competition – the competition has been launched to showcase the very best images of people and communities from right across the UK. Communities in Focus is inviting photographers to submit snapsnots of local events happening in towns and cities. The contest has been set up by the Big Lottery Fund and national communications charity Media Trust, in partnership with the Thisis and localpeople community news sites run by Northcliffe Digital. There will be two categories in the competition: one for inspiring images of community life, and the other for photos of projects funded by the Big Lottery Fund making a positive difference to people and communities. One winner will be selected from each category by a high profile judging panel. Each winner will receive a new Canon DSLR camera and two places on a photography training course supplied by Media Trust. Entries to the competition must be submitted via Media Trust’s Cam360, a new app and website specifically designed as a place to share and publish great images. Simply register for free via the Cam360 website, or download the Cam360 app from the App Store on your iPhone, select one of the two categories and submit your photo.
  • Limited edition Nikkor f/1.8 lens set being sold in Europe – This unique kit is a limited-edition item currently being sold by Nikon exclusively in certain European countries (it’s available in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK). Inside the Nikon-branded aluminum case are three f/1.8 lenses: the 28mm, 50mm, and 85mm. Oh, and you get the manuals, lens hoods, and soft cases as well.
  • Nikon releases Digiscoping adapter for 1 System cameras – Imgaine  taking one of the smaller interchangeable-lens compacts available — the Nikon 1 series — and strapping a telescope to it? Thanks to a newly announced digiscoping adapter from Nikon, you’ll be able to do exactly that. It’s easy to forget that Nikon does a lot more optics than just for cameras, and make some pretty fantastic telescopes. Two new products will allow the different branches of Nikon products to play together happily. The Digiscoping Adapter DSA-N1 will attach directly to the lens mount in the camera, essentially converting the telescope into a lens for the 1 Series camera — even allowing you to shoot aperture priority mode. If that’s not enough for you, the Digiscoping Bracket DSB-N1allows you to leave a normal lens on the camera, but still take photos through a Nikon Fieldscope. 
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