Coming soon is the new 6D. This is likely to be replacing the 5D MkII.
One for the Christmas stocking perhaps?
Info c/o. club member Suzanne McMahon
Info c/o. club member Suzanne McMahon
Lensbaby lenses are creative effects lenses.
They mount directly onto your SLR or mirrorless camera body. Each Lensbaby lens offers you the unlimited creativity of the Optic Swap System but delivers results in a way that reflects your individual personality and style.
Are you fast and loose? Smooth and precise? Methodical and step-by-step? Your first decision is: which Lensbaby lens has your name on it?
See the website here for more info. They really look like fun lenses! Let us know if you have some already and share with us the results?
Image Supply Solutions (6A Liberty Lane, Dublin 8) have a selection of secondhand camera equipment available for sale.
Currently in stock:
• Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III Body (in box) €1950 ex VAT
• Canon EOS 1D Mk III Body €895 ex VAT
• Canon EOS 7D Body w/ Battery Grip €850 ex VAT
• Canon EOS 5D Mk I Body €550 ex VAT
• Canon 100-400mm Lens €590 ex VAT
• Canon 300mm f4 IS Lens €750 ex VAT
• Canon Speedlite 580 EX II Flash €295 ex VAT
For further information contact them on +353 (0)1 4782520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a new DX-format lens with an ultra-high 16.7x zoom ratio and a 27-450mm equivalent focal range.
Complementing the versatile focal range is Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction system, which is claimed to allow “substantially sharper handheld images across the zoom range.” The optical formula comprises 19 elements in 14 groups, including 3 aspherical and 3 ED lens elements. Offering a 45cm close-focus point at the 300mm setting, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR provides a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.2. An iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades allows for a smooth rendering of the out-of-focus areas. Weighing in at 830 grams, the new Nikon 18-300mm lens comes with a CL-1120 soft pouch and a petal-shaped HB-58 hood. With availability slated for the end of June, the DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is expected to retail at around £850/$1000.
Also recently announced is by Nikon is a new FX-format zoom lens with a 24-85mm focal range, compact build and Vibration Reduction. Weighing in at 465 grams, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR features an inner focusing mechanism, with autofocus controlled by a Silent Wave Motor (SWM). The optical formula comprises 16 elements in 11 groups, including 1 ED and 3 aspherical lens elements. The minimum focus distance is 38cm from the focal plane at all focal lengths. Also featuring an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades for a pleasing bokeh, the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR takes 72mm filters and comes with an HB-63 lens hood and a CL-1118 soft pouch as standard. Available from the end of this month, the new Nikon 24-85mm VR lens can be yours for £519.99/$599.95
Canon has has announced two new lenses for its EOS system.
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (479.99Stg/569.99Euro) is a compact, versatile zoom for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors.
The lens features an intelligent optical Image Stabiliser which offers a claimed 4-stop advantage over non-IS models, and a new stepper motor (STM), enabling fast, continuous focus when recording moving subjects. When shooting movies, Dynamic IS automatically engages, countering any shake caused by the videographers movement to produce smooth, stable footage.
The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is a full-frame pancake lens ideal for reportage, travel and street photography. In addition, it also features STM technology for fast auto focus during movie capture.
Apple has unveiled an all new 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring a Retina display with a resolution of 220ppi.
The Retina displays pixel density is so high the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance, the company says. OS X Lion, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and other Apple apps including Aperture and Final Cut Pro X have been updated to take full advantage of the new display. The updated Aperture 3.3 also includes new image adjustment features and now supports a unified photo library so photographers can move seamlessly between iPhoto and Aperture. Pricing for the new MacBook Pro starts at 1,799Stg.
Apple has announced that OS X Mountain Lion will be available in July as a download from the Mac App Store.
New system-wide Sharing allows you to share photos and videos quickly via a Share button, without having to switch to another app, and you just need to sign in once to use third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo. With built-in support for Facebook, you can post photos with locations right from your apps. Additionally, the new AirPlay Mirroring lets you wirelessly send an up-to-1080p secure stream of whats on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV. OS X Mountain Lion will be available in July from the Mac App Store for $19.99.
Epson has announced the Epson Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One multi-functional printer, scanner and copier.
The sub-$100 wireless Small-in-One offers a 2.5 colour LCD with touch panel, built-in memory card slots for easy PC-free photo printing and instant-dry DURABrite Ultra ink. The Epson Expression Home XP-400 will be available in June through major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores and Epsons retail website.
Panasonic is launching a new series of memory cards.
The new P2 F Series cards are designed for broadcasting and professional video production use. These tough memory cards withstand impacts up to 1,500 G and vibrations up to 15 G, operate in temperatures from -20C to 60C, and can be stored in temperatures from -40C to 80C. All P2 cards contain a flash memory error correction system, which is equivalent to RAID system, to greatly strengthen the data retention reliability. Additionally, as the P2 card complies with the PC card standard (Card Bus Type-II), it can mount directly to the PC card slot of a laptop PC to read or write recording data.
Designed specifically for Sony NEX and Samsung NX cameras, the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC Fisheye
Is the latest addition to the Korean manufacturers range of manual-focus lenses. Comprising 10 elements arranged in 8 groups, including one aspherical and two extra-low-dispersion elements, the lens offers an angle-of-view of 180 degrees, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.3 metres. Slated for a July release, the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC Fisheye will retail for 349.99/279.99.
Arca Swiss has announced the RotaMount.
A brand new rotating back designed for use with the Arca Swiss R-Series as well as with F and M Line view cameras. Allowing users to switch seamlessly from landscape to portrait format in just a couple of seconds, this safe and secure system guarantees total flexibility, the company says. The RotaMount is available for 390Euro.
Snap or upload a photo with your iPhone, and sell it for commercial/ editorial use.
Foap is launching in AppStore along with their website, in hope of creating the worlds largest marketplace for smartphone photos. The idea is simple: You snap/upload photos through the phone, and if you are lucky and your photos get approved, they will be published for sale at Foap.com. Each photo is licensed for 40Dlrs, and you earn 20Dlrs every time a company downloads/buys it. An in app PayPal integration allows you to easily cash out the money. It looks likes a great service for the users, but how about the photo buyers?
The most advanced image sharpness calculating tool for photographers, cinematographers and videographers, OptimumCS-Pro 2 is now available for iPhone and iPod Touch.
This version introduces substantial usability enhancements including user-definable focal length presets, a more elegant settings screen, an expanded links screen, instructions on using OptimumCS-Pro 2 with tilt-shift lenses, and more. OptimumCS-Pro 2 is available now from the iTunes App Store for 6.99Dlrs.
MacPhun has released an iPhone version of its Color Splash Studio software.
Allowing users to create photos with selective colour, Color Splash Studio offerst the following features: special effects to make pictures more dramatic; blue tone, grayscale and sepia monochrome layers; hue, saturation, contrast, brightness adjustments; a customisable smart brush and integration with Instagram and FX Photo Studio. Color Splash Studio for iPhone is available on the App Store for 0.99Dlrs.
|In Dublin this week Canon Ireland launch the new EOS 650D
A new, easy-to-use Digital SLR (DSLR) that offers high image quality and simple touch-screen operation, allowing anyone to capture beautiful images and Full HD movies. Ideal for photography beginners, the EOS 650D combines intelligent automatic shooting modes with a range of advanced features making it easy-to-use today, with a full range of manual modes to explore tomorrow. The EOS 650D is the first-ever EOS to feature a dual AF system, which ensures exceptional detail in stills and continuous autofocus tracking when shooting movies. At the cameras heart is an 18 megapixel (MP) Hybrid CMOS sensor and powerful DIGIC 5 processing, enabling the capture of sharp, full resolution images at up to 5 frames per second (fps). A Vari-angle capacitive touch-screen also makes camera operation quick and easy, providing instant access to an extensive range of settings and scene modes.
Outstanding quality in all conditions
The EOS 650D offers outstanding image quality and performance. Its newly-developed 18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor provides super-fine resolution, capturing poster-sized images that are rich in colour and detail. Ideal for shooting in low light without flash, the camera features a native 100-12,800 ISO range, allowing the capture of natural-looking shots with minimal noise, while an expanded ISO 25,600 range also offers the ability to shoot in more extreme low-light conditions. The EOS 650D is the first entry-level EOS to be powered by Canon DIGIC 5 processing, offering greater speed, responsiveness and advanced colour rendition. DIGIC 5s 14-bit image processing provides beautiful and subtle transitions between colour tones, such as those of an evening sky, and its vastly-increased power also makes the camera ideal for capturing fast-moving action such as football or other sports. The new dual AF system makes it easy to capture sharply-focused shots of all subjects, whether capturing stills or movies. A superior 9-point all cross-type AF system provides exceptional performance during stills shooting, offering precision accuracy when capturing sports, action and wildlife. Additionally, a new Hybrid AF System offers continuous autofocusing during movie recording, and when shooting in Live View AF in Live View and Movies – subject to use with Canon stepping motor (STM) lenses mode.
Touch control and Vari-angle flexibility
Getting the perfect shot has never been easier thanks to the new 7.7cm (3.0) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen. Featuring capacitive technology, the screen is highly responsive and supports a variety of multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and swiping making it easy to access shooting modes, alter settings and even capture a shot using the screen alone. Touch control adds a different dimension to Live View shooting. You can select AF points, track faces and objects, and fine-tune image settings via the cameras Quick Control screen. Navigation is instant and intuitive, while pinch-zooming in playback provides a great way to check the finer details of a shot. The Vari-angle hinge allows the screen to be angled and tilted to suit virtually any situation, while a super-sharp 1,040k-dot resolution ensures every detail is clearly displayed.
EOS Movie: Enhanced with Continuous AF
The EOS 650D makes it easy for anyone to shoot Full HD (1920x1080p) videos. Thanks to Hybrid AF, users can focus exclusively on story-telling while the camera continuously tracks the subject. New EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses are also ideal for shooting videos, utilising a virtually-silent stepper motor to ensure movies are smoother and clearer than ever. With Video Snapshot mode, anyone can create fun, fast-paced videos with a professionally-edited feel. Snapshots can be recorded in two, four, or eight second segments, and then combined or reordered in-camera ahead of playback. An integrated mini-HDMI port also makes it easy to share the results on any HDTV.
Explore with EOS
Two brand new shooting modes located on the mode dial help beginners to shoot confidently in difficult lighting conditions. HDR Backlight Control tackles tricky, brightly-backlit scenes by capturing three different exposures under, correctly, and over-exposed and combining them into one HDR image displaying both highlight and shadow detail. Handheld Night Scene, meanwhile, makes it easier to capture beautiful low-light evening shots with no tripod, rapidly shooting four different images before combining them into one detailed, blur-free picture. The cameras range of shooting modes also allows you to explore the boundaries of your creativity. Basic+ allows you to go beyond basic automatic settings, with a range of presets you can use to dramatically and instantly alter the mood of a shot. Canons fun range of Creative Filters can now be applied to images using the Touch-screen, with new Art Bold Effect and Water Painting Effect offering more ways to apply a creative twist to a shot. If you simply want to point and shoot, Scene Intelligent Auto mode does the work for you analysing the scene and automatically selecting the best settings, so you can take great shots out of the box.
The EOS system freedom to explore
As part of Canons EOS system, the EOS 650D is compatible with the worlds most comprehensive selection of lenses and accessories. Over 60 EF lenses cover everything from wide-angle and macro to extreme telephoto, and countless accessories provide the tools to meet virtually any creative challenge.
EOS 650D key features
New lifestyle camera bag – 300EG
Canon also today announces the launch of a new camera bag, the new 300EG – designed with enough room to hold one camera body, 2-3 lenses, as well as a number of accessories. The 300EG bag also features padded pockets and compartments to keep your photographic equipment safe and secure. The cross strap, messenger style bag makes it easy to access your equipment when you need it, while the additional waist straps give you a more stable carrying position when on the move.
EOS Launch Promotion
For a limited time only, purchase the new EOS 650D and receive the Canon 300EG camera bag free of charge. The promotion runs from 15th June to 31st August 2012. Participating retailers only.
Pricing and Availability
The EOS 650D is available from 15th June 2012, priced at €839.99 RRP incl. VAT.
This may be a handy addition to have in yer’ kit bag for our summer holiday excursions?
This waterproof Cyber-shot™ shrugs off water, sand and accidental drops. Grab crisp 16.2 megapixel stills, 3D panoramas and smooth, steady Full HD movies.
16.2 megapixels Exmor R™, 4x optical zoom, Full HD, 3D, 7.5 cm LCD touchscreen, Superior AUTO
Info c/o Martin Devlin
A 2 hour video seminar series that demystifies the Canon Autofocus System can be seen here.
For all canon users: I have discovered a very good B&H Video x3. It will remove the veil of mystery, which for many photographers, surrounds their Canon EOS camera’s autofocus system.
Find it on the PCC YouTube site here under ‘Favourites’.
Thanks to Michael Church for this link.