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Canon’s 250 megapixel sensor – the reality

Here’s this morning’s news: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2015 – Canon Europe, a leader in imaging solutions, today announces that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing an APS-H-size (approx. 29.2 x 20.2 mm) CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels), the world’s highest number of pixels for a […] . . . → Read More: Canon’s 250 megapixel sensor – the reality

A7RII versus Pentax 645Z

At a workshop given by John Denton for The Flash Centre, with Elinchrom lighting and Pentax 645Z demonstration. model Laura posed for a comparison pair of shots using the Pentax with 90mm macro lens and the A7RII equipped I regret to say with a much inferior lens, the basic 28-70mm. To compare the quality bear in […] . . . → Read More: A7RII versus Pentax 645Z

A7R II – universal solution, lens challenge


I’m under pressure to take endless pictures with the A7R II which arrived from WEX (Warehouse Express) on Thursday superbly packed. I am also finishing off f2 Freelance Photographer magazine to go to print over the weekend and have many hours of work to do – and despite having the camera, I won’t be removing some […] . . . → Read More: A7R II – universal solution, lens challenge

Amazon UK price drop on 16-35m f/4 FE

Of interest to UK full frame owners – Amazon EU (and also at least one other vendor) has the 16-35mm f/4 FE on sale with a 37% discount at £799.99, on top of which Sony has a £100 cashback on this lens – and I can confirm that these cashbacks work 100% reliably. This makes […] . . . → Read More: Amazon UK price drop on 16-35m f/4 FE

No FE or A mount for new Sigma 24-35mm f/2

We’ve had news of the new Sigma Art HSM high speed wide angle full frame zoom – 24-35mm f/2. It will be available in Nikon, Canon and Sigma mounts only (release date not yet confirmed) according to Sigma in the UK. Note that this will be a bit of monster with its 82mm filter thread, 117mm long […] . . . → Read More: No FE or A mount for new Sigma 24-35mm f/2

Blad bling going for a song

Well, I never really liked what Hasselblad did with the smaller Sony cameras – but what they did with the A99 is pretty cool, with the different body skin and control details. At the original price? A rip-off! For $3999 including a 24-70m CZ lens and a special case – a bargain. This is still an […] . . . → Read More: Blad bling going for a song

Sony A7R II, RX10 II, RX100 IV – making everything else obsolete


(Updated June 15th after press conference) The new Sony A7R II is the camera I’ve been waiting for, which everyone has predicted, and which seems to tick every box without having a huge price label on its own. I find the $3,200 (UK coinfirmed £2,600) matches its stated specifications well. Others may disagree, but they’re probably influenced by […] . . . → Read More: Sony A7R II, RX10 II, RX100 IV – making everything else obsolete

Sharp vintage glass – and subject


Twenty years ago I was operating one of the first full service digital photo studios in the world. I had already published, back in 1986, the world’s first desktop published commercial periodicals and won the UK Printing Industries Research Association inaugural DTP Awards, in 1987, for this. We’d bought the first Apple laser printer in […] . . . → Read More: Sharp vintage glass – and subject

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS lens


Sometimes you find a chunk of glass which just works. One of the problems with lenses is that you can never have too many. They overlap, they duplicate each other, and yet they can be so different that you need every single one. The new Samyang 12mm f/2 for mirrorless APS-C systems is one of […] . . . → Read More: Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS lens

A77 B&H price goes through the floor

Just got this link from B&H, ideal for our US readers – http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/817858-REG/Sony_SLT_A77V_SLT_A77_Digital_Camera_Body.html It’s for the original A77, body only, at $549. This is a ridiculously low price for a body with GPS which, bar a small improvement in high ISO performance stated to be 20% (I think it’s a bit more) is not far from the A77 […] . . . → Read More: A77 B&H price goes through the floor