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Photokina: Day 2 Roundup

Written by Colbey on . Posted in Industry News

Read more: Photokina: Day 2 RoundupWell day 2 of Photokina wasn't as crazy as day one for announcements, however there were still a few interesting things that made their premiere on day 2,

Lensbaby announced their Tilt-Transformer adaptor which allows Nikon mount lenses to be attached to Micro Four Thirds & Sony NEX (E-Mount) cameras - more info on that product to be found here.

Samyang has announced 2 new lenses, specifically their AE 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC which allows Nikon users to benefit from having full lens information available (most Samyang lenses do not contain the electronics for that), Samyang also announced their new Videographer-centric lens in the form of the V-DSLR 8 mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CS which is essentially a Fish-eye format lens with a follow-focus gear already attached.

And last but not least, Datacolor announced their SpyderCheckr & SpyderCheckr Pro, which look rather similar to X-Rite's ColorChecker Passport... but we hope to get our hands on one for review to find out who's solution works the best!

Photokina: Day 1 Roundup

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Read more: Photokina: Day 1 RoundupWell on the first day of Photokina 2010 we've had no less than 6 new cameras announced,  6 Lenses, 2 Flashes, and 1 Software package, here's the low down on what has been announced and some brief specs:





But wait! Photokina isn't over yet! we'll keep you up to date with any more announcements over the new few days.


Pre-Photokina: Casio Announces New EXILM EX-Z16 & EX-H20G

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Read more: Pre-Photokina: Casio Announces New EXILM EX-Z16 & EX-H20GJust days prior to Photokina Casio has announced 2 new members to their EXILIM range, the EX-Z16 & EX-H20G.

The EX-Z16 is Casio's new entry-level point & shoot, featuring a very stylish modern look, 12.1 Mpixel sensor and a 3x Optical zoom.

The EX-H20G on the other hand has a 14.1 Mpixel sensor mid-range zoom point & shoot, but has some other very tricky tech, with their 10x Optical zoom, actually being able to provide 15x zoom whilst maintaining picture quality, and the major new feature of this camera is Casio's new Hybrid GPS system, which uses not only a GPS signal but motion sensors in camera to be able to continue geo-tagging photos whilst indoors.

We hope to provide full reviews on both these cameras in the coming months.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 - Pre-Photokina Announcement!

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Read more: Fujifilm FinePix X100 - Pre-Photokina Announcement!Well i guess it's true that the classic looks never go out of style, and Fujifilm have certainly adhered to that principle when designing their latest FinePix FX100, modelled around the classic leather over magnesium alloy chassis design it's a time old look that will always be stylish, looks aside this little camera packs an impressive spec list, with features like a 12.3 Mpixel APS-C size CMOS sensor (that's DSLR territory!) and an impressive 23mm F2 fixed lens, that's reported to be just as sharp at the edges as it is in the centre.

At this stage it's not expected to be in-stores until early 2011, but it's certainly going to be on our list of things to review next year, so keep checking back for more updates.


Samyang announces their new 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lens

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Read more: Samyang announces their new 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC LensWell here we have yet another Pre-Photokina announcement, this time from the South Korean optics company Samyang, made popular by their high quality products at unbeatable pricing, and most commonly known for their 85mm f/1. 4 Lens, Samyang have now released the details on their new 35mm f/1.4 a nice fast wide-angle lens. unfortunately no pricing or release date was given at the time of announcement, but they have said more information will be available by the end of this month, so with any luck it should be on the shelfs in time for christmas.


Full spec's after the break.


Nikon: D7000, SB700 & 2x New NIKKOR Prime Lenses!

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Read more: Nikon: D7000, SB700 & 2x New NIKKOR Prime Lenses!Well anyone would be forgiven for thinking Nikon had forgotten about the up and coming Photokina event scheduled for the 21st of this month in Cologne.

But that's simply not the case, at least not after today's press releases, Nikon has announced their new Mid-range Prosumer DSLR the D7000, which offers 16.2 Mpixel CMOS sensor in DX (or APS-C for the rest of us) format, as well as things like a 39 Point AF grid, and Nikons new EXPEED 2 image processor. 

Nikon also announced their new SB-700 Speedlight, which is the first Nikon Speedlight below the SB-900 which has the ability to act as a master controller in a multiple-strobe setup.

And to top things off, Nikon has released their new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G , and a new AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Primes, these are both nice fast lenses, and being primes should hold up excellent image quality.

Full spec sheets for the camera & speedlight after the break.

You can on a Canon! - New PowerShot G12 & SX30 IS

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Read more: You can on a Canon! - New PowerShot G12 & SX30 IS

If you previously couldn't, you certainly can now! On top of last weeks slew of announcements we're met yet again with more announcements from Canon this week, Today Canon have proudly released details on their new PowerShot G12, their as-close-as-you-can-get-to-a-DSLR without being able to change lenses, As well as their new Super-Zoom PowerShot SX30 IS with it's amazing new 35x optical zoom, that's a 35mm equiv. of 24mm to 840mm, MASSIVE.

Stay tuned for full reviews on both these fantastic Cameras!

Full spec lists after the break!


Announced: Olympus E-5 DSLR with 12.3MP, 720p movie mode, swiveling LCD

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Read more: Announced: Olympus E-5 DSLR with 12.3MP, 720p movie mode, swiveling LCD

I must admit that I'm a bit of a fan of the Olympus E series. I use the rather compact E-510 as one of my cameras for aerial photography. So I was pleased to hear that the long-awaited E-5 finally made its appearance.

It's a fairly standard 12.3 megapixel with a 3-inch dual-axis swiveling LCD, a TruePic V+ image processor and full-time Live View system. The body is splash and dustproof and crafted out of magnesium alloy. The E-5 has a 720p movie mode with a 7 minute-per-clip maximum, in-body mechanical image stabilization and an 11-point auto focus system. There's also wireless flash control, support for both CompactFlash and Secure Digital (SDHC / SDXC) cards (what, no more xD cards? Hurray!). ISO range from 100 to 6400. However, the asking price is a hefty $1,699.99 for the body alone, so is there something in the Press Release we have overlooked?

Read below.

Apple Event - September 1 Roundup

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Read more: Apple Event - September 1 RoundupFollowing this mornings announcement, Apple have released their entire new iPod range including a new iPod Touch with the beautiful Retina display, 720P HD Video Recording and FaceTime support (front-facing camera). 

They've also released the new Multi-touch enabled iPod Nano, and the new iPod Shuffle which has gone back to having "Clickable" ring buttons, but still retains their voice-over control technology.

Completing their music line Apple also have released iTunes 10 with their new social music service "Ping".

But wait, there's more! the new Apple TV has also been released which features an 80% smaller device, and new TV rental services at much more affordable pricing.

Links to the media releases after the break.

ViewSonic's Android Tablet - ViewPad 7

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Read more: ViewSonic's Android Tablet - ViewPad 7

ViewSonic has previously announced here some basic information regarding their new ViewPad 7, their answer to Apples iPad, but in a more compact form factor, running the new Android 2.2 FroYo operating system, but today Androidandme have provided the details on the unit, which appears to be a re-branded OlivePad.

 Check details below.

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