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Third-party lenses are sometimes looked down upon by the sort of photographers who insist you can only take a good photo if your lens says Canon or Nikon on it. But, not only do some outperform their branded counterparts, others do something which mean they don't even have first-party rivals. The new Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art, for example, is the world's only zoom lens to achieve a maximum aperture F1.8 throughout the entire range. Most constant aperture zooms, even those targeted at pros, peak at F2.8 – with exceptions including the Olympus 14-35 mm F2. This is why many photographers also have faster prime lenses in their kit bag for when they need those extra light gathering properties or an ultra-shallow depth of field.
Sony’s new everything-proof Actioncam is definitely a worthy opponent to the likes of the GoPro HERO, although sometimes people just want a user-friendly video camera that can go in the water. Well, that’s where the Sony Handycam HDR-GW66VE comes into the picture. It’s a compact HD camcorder that can be submerged to a depth of 10 meters (33 feet) for up to an hour. Along with its imperviousness to water, the HDR-GW66VE is also dust- and dirt-proof, shockproof to a drop height of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet), and can operate in temperatures down to -10ºC (14ºF). The camera shoots at a maximum resolution of 1080p (50 fps), in a choice of AVCHD, MPEG2 or MP4 formats. It’s also able to capture 20-megapixel stills.
While DSLRs give photographers great creative freedom and image quality, the cameras themselves don't cope too well with being exposed to excessive amounts of sand, mud, water or snow – which can be a pain if you get your kicks from shooting things like extreme sports. Outex is a weather and modular waterproof housing system for DSLRs that works much like a drysuit for your camera, and can protect your gear underwater to a depth of 10 meters (33 feet). The new "Big O" adds a big Outex LCD viewfinder window to the system.
The SteadyWheel is a circular stabilizing rig for video cameras Image Gallery (5 images) As can be seen by the increasing number of stabilizing rigs available for DSLRs and small camcorders, people don’t like shaky hand-held video. Most of those rigs are inspired by the Steadicam Smoothee , utilizing a counter-weighted arm that extends below the gimbal-mounted camera. It’s an effective set-up, but one that’s also kind of fiddly. Fabricator and machinist Robert Stone has created something much more simple, in the form of the SteadyWheel.
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May 24, 2012 at 04:01:00 GMT Fujifilm has officially unveiled its promised adapter to allow the use of Leica M-mount lenses on the X-Pro1. Unlike third-party versions, the adapter has electronic contacts for communication with the camera body, and a Function button that allows quick setting of the lens in use. To make full use of the adapter, a firmware update for the X-Pro1 (version 1.10) will be made available in June 2012.
Feeling pretty good about last year's Capture Camera Clip , Peak Design is back with another camera-hauling accessory. The Leash is a versatile strap that carries and holds your camera in all kinds of convenient ways. Peak Design originally envisioned the Leash as a safety tether for the Capture clip. While working on that design, the company realized that it had much more potential. It developed it into a versatile strap solution with several easily configured forms.
Can a little silicone dot which attaches over your camera's shutter button really help you take better photos? That's the claim from the makers of the ProDot, a tactile shutter release button which is currently doing the rounds on Kickstarter, and it appears many photographers think it could live up to the promise … because it sailed past its funding target in a matter of days. ProDot is an adhesive silicone dot which attaches to the shutter-button of your camera, and is said to make it more tactile while providing more precise control and vibration dampening.
While many cameras now pack Wi-Fi connectivity for the wireless sharing and transferring of captured images, those owning cameras without such capabilities need not necessarily have to shell out cash for an entirely new camera to get wireless connectivity. Transcend has announced a new range of Wi-Fi SD memory cards that add wireless capabilities to SDHC-compatible digital cameras, along with a companion app for iOS and Android devices that allows users to browse the contents of the card, instantly view images on their mobile device as they are taken, and share content online. While smart-cameras and Wi-Fi add-ons are all the rage at the moment, wireless SD cards like those from Eye-Fi have been giving humble connection-challenged cameras a welcome wireless boost for several years.
The Stow-Away lens cap holder is a DSLR accessory which addresses the problem of what to do with your lens cap while taking photos. While the majority of photographers simply slip their lens cap into their pocket, others (nudist photographers perhaps?) apparently need an alternative. The Stow-Away lens cap holder attaches under your camera and gives you somewhere to stow your lens cap. Following on from the Camera Lens Cap Holder , which gained its Kickstarter funding for a device that allows you to hold your lens cap on your camera strap, the Stow-Away is also vying for crowd funding. This one works by screwing into the standard tripod mount under your camera with a thumb screw, and allows users to store a variety of different sized lens caps.
Since the introduction of the Leica M3 in 1954, the German camera manufacturer has generally distinguished its flagship rangefinders with numbers – prompting generations of photographers to lust after the M4, M6 or M9. However, each new generation of M camera will now simply be known as the "Leica M". But the camera formerly known as the M10 isn't all about the name change, it's also the first M-series to boast a CMOS sensor, Live View and HD video. Lecia also used Photokina 2012 to announce the release of an "affordable" rangefinder, the Leica M-E, which is essentially a slightly stripped back M-series camera. Leica M Soon to be coveted by would-be Leica shooters the world over is the Leica M, the first Leica rangefinder to feature a CMOS sensor (the M9 and even the M-Monochrom used a CCD).
When Fujifilm unveiled its new line-up ahead of CES 2012, there was a feeling among enthusiasts that the company was holding something back. Sure enough, the Japanese photography behemoth has now pulled back the curtain to reveal a new interchangeable lens digital camera system called the X-Pro1. The 16 megapixel camera will be initially joined by three prime lenses when made available next month, with more to follow later on. It features a number of new digital photography developments, including a brand new sensor, a film-like color filter array and the second generation hybrid multi viewfinder first seen in the FinePix X100 . With the success of the X100 and the X10 , it was only a matter of time before Fujifilm added a top end, pro-level mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras to the range.
Fujifilm X10 is designed for demanding amateurs or semi-professionals who require a small, lightweight and fast camera with retro looks Image Gallery (7 images) Fujifilm has announced a follow up to the retro Fujifilm X100 released earlier this year. The Fujifilm X10 compact digital camera features an optical zoom viewfinder, a 12 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor, 28-112mm equivalent F2.0 -2.8 Fujinon lens and continuous shooting at up to 7 fps at 12 megapixels.
Panasonic has added to its ever growing - yet ever shrinking - stable of Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras with what it claims is the world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash. The new DMC-GF3 is 16.7 percent smaller and 16.2 percent lighter than its predecessor, the DMC-GF2 , which was itself 19 percent smaller and seven percent lighter than the preceding DMC-GF1. The GF3's size and weight reductions are largely thanks to the elimination of an optical viewfinder and mirror-box, which also means there's no electronic viewfinder. The GF3 is smaller than Sony's latest NEX series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and offers a larger "DSLR-sized" 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor in comparison to the NEX C3's APS-C sized sensor. The GF3 also features the same Venus Engine FHD image processor found in the GF2 to produce low noise images in low-lit conditions at high ISO sensitivity settings.
Fall in love with photography all over again. Inspired by the beauty and form of classic cameras from the past, the FinePix X100 combines all the latest technical digital innovations in a beautiful, traditional chassis which oozes class and prestige. Echoing the functional aesthetics of analogue film cameras, the ‘manual’ dials have been carefully positioned to give the photographer easy control over creative shooting. Aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation can be checked even before the camera is turned on. The ergonomics of the design offers the perfect balance between compact convenience and user-friendly operation.