photo of the day

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A  shot by photo-i reader Carol King. Carol was doing some gardening when her cat popped her head over the fence, with a swift action Carol captured this lovely photo. It pays to keep you camera handy at all times. Shot with a Canon G10 on fully Auto (yes Auto can work well for quick grab shots)

ILFORD IMAGING SWITZERLAND FACING LIQUIDITY ISSUES

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29th November 2013, Marly Switzerland. Today ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH announced that the company is again facing liquidity issues and is no longer able to honour its full financial obligations. The Managing Directors have already informed the employees and have sent a letter to the court of Fribourg declaring insolvency.

In June 2013, ILFORD Imaging experienced a liquidity issue after the former shareholder Paradigm Global Partners, a UK based financial investor suddenly withdrew from the business. Since then the management took over the company to secure the business short-term and also to find a new long-term investor.

The new shareholders, Paul Willems and Jean Marc Métrailler, initiated the sale of land owned by the real estate company ILFORD Property and invested these funds in ILFORD Imaging in order to provide sufficient liquidity to bridge the time until a new investor could be found. The ILFORD investment opportunity was presented to more than 20 interested parties from all over the world. Unfortunately, a new investor for ILFORD Imaging has not yet been found and the last potential investor pulled out earlier this week.

After the liquidity issues during the summer, it was challenging to re-start the business, as many existing customers began to buy products from competitors, which resulted in a large negative impact on the company’s revenue. In addition, ILFORD had to operate in a particular difficult market where demand is decreasing and manufacturers compete on low prices due to excess capacity. Furthermore, most suppliers would only deliver raw materials against payment in advance. These circumstances, along with the fact that the company had to replenish its inventories, and after payment of the late salaries of June and July, required additional cash.

The restructuring measures that were taken in August 2013 were necessary to improve the competitiveness of the company medium- to long-term. However these measures have not been fully effective yet and the impact will only be realised in the first quarter 2014.

The management is working closely with the State and the appropriate authorities in order to minimise the negative impact on all parties involved. No further information can be provided until the decision of the court is made and the next steps are understood.

About ILFORD
ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH is a sophisticated multi-layer coating company that is known worldwide for its premium quality inkjet photo paper. The company is a world leader in nanotechnology and multi-layer curtain coating. In addition to inkjet photo paper and traditional colour films for the professional market, the coating technology can be used in a broad range of applications including optical films for TV or LED lamps, and sensors for medical equipment. The company also develops and manufactures ink and dyes for the printing industry.

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2013 Virgin Media Shorts – winning entry

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Up and coming British film talent celebrated as the 2013 Virgin Media Shorts winner is announced

Judges Shane Meadows, David Tennant and Mat Whitecross attend star-studded ceremony at the BFI IMAX

 

 Created to help uncover some of the best up and coming British filmmaking talent, the UK’s biggest short film competition – Virgin Media Shorts – has revealed the winner of this year’s competition.

Nimer Rashed secured the Grand Prize with his film Touch, after being selected by industry heavyweights including BAFTA Award winning director, Shane Meadows (This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes, Made of Stone), respected actor of stage and screen, David Tennant and director Mat Whitecross (Spike Island, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) as their worthy winner.

Nimer was presented with his prize by Shane Meadows, which includes £30,000 funding towards his next film, at a star-studded awards ceremony at the BFI (British Film Institute) IMAX in London’s Waterloo. The event was attended by an array of stars including Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge), Catherine Steadman (Fresh Meat), Olivia Halinan (Sugar Rush), Shelley Conn (By Any Means, Marchlands), Sienna Guillory (Luther, Love Actually) and was hosted by film buff, author and presenter Danny Wallace. Guests then spent the night dancing the night away to top tunes spun by musician and Pulp front man, Jarvis Cocker.

Costing nothing to make, Touch is a poignant reflection on the relationship and love between two people over the course of a life time, told almost entirely through the touch of their hands – from their first connection through to their final farewell. The piece was inspired by EM Forster’s phrase ‘only connect’ and after many weeks of pre-production, shot over one sunny weekend in various locations, including a park, church and restaurant.

The film-maker Nimer, commentated: “Filming Touch was a real labour of love and winning Virgin Media Shorts 2013 is a dream come true. The competition always has a really high standard of talent and entering the project does a great deal to elevate the short film form. I wanted to make something that would be really cinematic, where images would tell a story on their own, largely without dialogue. It was an exciting challenge to explain exactly how the film would work, without either a traditional script or storyboards.”

Shane Meadows comments: “The creativity and breath of talent displayed in the shortlist this year made my job as a judge very tricky. Touch is a beautiful short that manages to convey a range of emotions in a simple and powerful way. It tells a story that we all at some point have been affected by.”

Dana Strong, chief operating officer at Virgin Media, said: “Here at Virgin Media, we’re extremely proud to be supporting such talented up and coming British film-makers. Now in its sixth year, the competition has gone from strength to strength, providing British film talent with a real opportunity to step up in a challenging industry. This year has been another fantastic competition with Nimer’s short film demonstrating his talent for storytelling in an emotionally charged and beautifully shot short film.”

In addition to the £30,000 funding for his next project, Nimer will be able to benefit from mentoring and support from the BFI Film Fund, the UK’s largest public film fund and a backer of recent British films – a practice that has been provided to previous winners, such as BAFTA nominated Luke Snellin, 2013 Virgin Media Shorts judge – Jason Wingard – and last year’s grand prize-winner Jennifer Sheridan, who has just submitted the script for her next film to the BFI.

Both the Nikon People’s Choice Award Winner, which gave film fans from across the UK, the chance to support their favourite, by voting on Twitter and Facebook, and The TiVo® Award Winner, as voted for by Virgin Media customers via their TiVo box, were also announced at last night’s ceremony. Just Say Hi, directed by John McPhail on a budget of just £200, did the double, scooping both prizes, receiving £5,000 film funding, mentoring from the BFI and Nikon digital SLR camera equipment worth up to £5,000.

Nikon ambassador, John Wright said: “It’s been a pleasure to be on the judging panel for this year’s awards and to be involved in a competition that supports emerging film making talent. I’ve been so impressed with the quality of entries and hope that more people are inspired to give film making a go.

Nimer’s winning short was outstanding; a really well thought out piece of work – a deserved winner, well done.”

Virgin Media Shorts will continue to give all shortlisted film makers the opportunity to have their work showcased to millions of people across the country through cinemas nationwide, on TV (showcased in a dedicated app on Virgin Media’s TiVo® service) and online. A unique opportunity for those trying to break into such a notoriously competitive industry.

For more information about Virgin Media Shorts and to watch the winning films visit www.virginmediashorts.co.uk.

The shortlist, which consists of successful entries from all over the UK, were:

●     The Big Day – by Karl Falconer

●     Touch – by Nimer Rashad

●     A Favour – by James Bradley

●     Brando-ing – by Malcolm Roy Greenhill

●     Spring Clean – by Ed Clifton, Ed Daggett and Michael Stranney

●     The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Putting Things In Bins – by Louis Paxton and Patrick Kondracki

●     Stick Out – by Anthony Farquhar-Smith

●     RVG – by Ian Bucknole

●     Handuken – by Chris Chung

●     Homey – by Ben Garfield

●     Niche in the Market – by Rod Main

●     Just Say Hi – by John McPhail

●     Jetpack Jack – by Oliver Lee (the ‘Lucky 13th’)

The full list of judges include:

  • Shane Meadows – (BAFTA award-winning director and screenwriter)
  • David Tennant – (actor of stage and screen)
  • Mat Whitecross – (director of Spike Island)
  • James King (film critic and presenter of The Movie Show on ITV2)
  • Jason Wingard – (film director and winner of Virgin Media Shorts 2011)
  • Dana Strong – (chief operating officer at Virgin Media)
  • Chris Collins – (Production & Development Executive at the BFI’s Film Fund)
  • John Wright – (Nikon ambassador)

Nikon Df – I AM INSPIRED

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I AM PURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Nikon unveils the Df: a retro-styled high-end D-SLR

Nikon Df

It was just a matter of time before camera manufacturers came back around to putting the emphasis back to taking photographs. For the past ten years we have been inundated with cameras boasting higher specifications after specifications, albeit very impressive specifications. Today Nikon officially announced their latest Digital camera the Df, this draws on Nikon’s heritage with producing high quality cameras that have inspired generations of photographers.

The Df is modelled on Nikon’s highly popular FM/FM2 camera, it contains all the bells and whistles of their digital camera range and at the same time it has the feel and handling of a traditional film camera. All past Nikkor lenses are compatible, with the exception of a handful of specialist lenses which require the mirror to be locked up. The lens mount has a coupling pin which indexes the aperture on Ai lenses, for non Ai lenses the coupling pin can be locked up and metering is achieved through stopped down metering.

The Df does not have any video capability, it is intended for pure photography. I was rather surprised at this omission, yet could also see the reasoning behind this. The Df is intended for those photographers who are passionate about their photography.

Specification wise, the camera has a 16.2 megapixel Full frame CMOS sensor, maybe Nikon should have gone for a higher pixel count for those photographers who demand the highest quality photos. ISO covers a range from 100 – 12,800 which is extendable up to  ISO 204,800 – now you can really photograph that black cat in a coal cellar without flash.

The CPU engine includes Expeed 3 for fast image processing, something that a photographer will not need to think or care about, it just works in the same way that your car does when you turn the key. Expeed 3 delivers results without second thought, you only need to think about the creative content of your photos.

The Df does look an interesting camera but also carries a hefty price tag. Nikon sees this camera as a desirable piece of equipment that a passionate photographer may want. The only problem that I see, comes from Nikon themselves, they have a fabulous line up of Digital cameras including the D800 which has a much higher specification and video capability all at a lower price point. Time will tell if the DF captures the imagination of the photographer or if it will be something for the camera collectors shelf.

Read the full specifications in the press release below

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Nikon UK Press Release

RRP: £2749.99 / 3350 (Selected retailers only)

Sales start date: 28th November 2013

Available in black or silver

 

London, UK, 5th November 2013 Nikon today announces the Df, a new  D-SLR dedicated to pure photography that boast looks inspired by Nikon’s iconic 35mm film cameras and technology from the latest professional models.

The Df expresses a passion for photography in both form and function. Sitting proudly in a class of its own, this retro-style camera paints a unique picture against the uniformity of modern-day D-SLRs. Equipped with the same image sensor as Nikon’s flagship D4, it offers uncompromised dynamic range and phenomenal light sensitivity. The Nikon Df is the lightest of Nikon’s current FX-format models, yet features the durable build and reliable operation that you’d expect from a high-end Nikon camera. Perfect for camera purists and design aficionados alike, the Nikon Df is set to capture the hearts and minds of photographers who are as passionate about their camera as they are about their art

Hiro Sebata, Product Manager at Nikon UK, says: “The concept for this camera was based on the emotion of photography and will appeal to passionate photographers who enjoy pure photography and cherish their cameras, as well as their images, old and new.

“The stylish, classic design of the new Df reflects Nikon’s heritage, whilst its capability to produce flagship quality images allows photographers to focus on the creative aspect of photography. This new camera is in a class of its own; it’s an emotive product that will inspire you from the moment you pick it up.”

Pure photography

At the heart of the Df is the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor found in Nikon’s professional flagship camera, the D4. Such a powerful combination of professional grade technology ensures the Df delivers superior image integrity under a broad range of lighting conditions. Photographs boast faithful, well- saturated colour and natural depth, even when shooting at the high end of the ISO range, which extends to a phenomenal ISO 204,800 (equivalent).

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16.2-megapixel FX-format (full-frame) CMOS sensor: Thanks to an optimised balance between the size of the FX-format sensor (36.0×23.9 mm) and an effective pixel count of 16.2 million pixels, the Df delivers images with stunning depth and detail, low noise, and wide dynamic range.

Superb light sensitivity: With ISO 100–12,800, extendable up to 204,800 (equivalent), the Df retains Nikon’s status as the sovereign of low-light shooting . Finely detailed images with minimal noise are possible even when you shoot under challenging lighting conditions.

EXPEED 3: From image processing to transfer, Nikon’s image-processing engine makes light work of data-rich tasks without sacrificing speed and quality. The 16-bit image processing offers optimal colour, perfect tonality, and minimised noise throughout the frame, delivering smooth gradations with abundant detail and tone all the way up the scale to pure white, even when shooting in JPEG. In addition, the powerful EXPEED 3 is fast, accurate, and exceptionally energy efficient, prolonging the camera’s ability to endure extended shooting.

Fast performance: Start-up time is approximately 0.14 s* and the shutter-release time lag is just 0.052 s* . High-speed continuous shooting is available at up to 5.5 fps in both FX and DX formats.

Iconic Nikon design: Tactile precision mechanics and flagship image quality

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The classic Nikon F and new Nikon Df

The Nikon Df may incorporate looks from Nikon’s iconic 35mm film SLRs, but it’s built to handle the demands of modern digital photographers. When you’re passionate about photography, you know that taking the picture is as rewarding as enjoying the final images, and the Df boasts the kind of rugged build and superior ergonomics that has made the Nikon name synonymous with durability and reliability. Crafted to respond perfectly to your command, this camera will delight the senses of any photographer who’s passionate about still images—and cameras.

Elegant mechanical dials: Comfort meets control with knurled mechanical dials that make operation simple and secure. The dials let you set ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode, and release mode independently, enabling you to access all parameters relevant to still photography without using the camera’s menu.

Full-frame portability: Experience the creative thrill of FX-format photography wherever you go, thanks to a compact body that weighs approximately 710 g without the battery. Built to withstand severe conditions, the camera features tough yet lightweight magnesium alloy top, bottom, and rear covers, and is weather-sealed to the same degree as Nikon’s D800 D-SLR for enhanced resistance to moisture and dust.

 Durable shutter unit: The highly accurate shutter unit has been tested to 150,000 cycles, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000 s and flash synchronisation at up to 1/200 s.

Self-cleaning sensor unit: Reduces the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor.

Energy-saving design: Achieves approximately 1,400 shots* (when using the EN-EL14a battery, in single-frame mode).

Classic details: The Df body comes in classic black, or silver with black highlights. The textured grip, mechanical dials, and flat top-panel hark back to Nikon’s iconic silver-halide film SLR cameras such as the F2 and F3, and the GUI boasts an original monotone colour.

Vintage glass: Compatible with non-AI lenses

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Taking its dedication to pure photography a step further than any other D-SLR on the market today, the Df boasts a unique collapsible metering coupling lever that enables even vintage non-AI NIKKOR lenses to be attached directly to the camera. Nikon’s lenses are renowned the world over for their optical superiority, and NIKKOR celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. Photographers using the original F-mount NIKKOR lenses broke boundaries, and those same lenses remain well-loved by many today. But it’s never been possible to use them easily with a modern D-SLR, until now.

When shooting with a non-AI lens in A (Aperture Priority) or M (Manual) mode, the Df allows full-aperture metering—equivalent to that of AI lenses. Lens characteristics such as focal length and the widest aperture setting can be easily defined via simple camera settings, enabling the camera to recognise the aperture setting and calculate correct exposure.

Professional-quality still images

The Df’s wealth of cutting-edge image technology ensures still images of the highest possible integrity. Working alongside its formidable image sensor and processing engine, the camera’s highly sensitive AF system and 5.5 frames-per-second frame rate allow even the most unexpected photographic situations to be captured with outstanding precision. Meanwhile, advanced Spot White Balance metering and features such as the dual-axis electronic virtual horizon, high-performance optical viewfinder, and Live View shooting provide valuable freedom of composition.

Highly sensitive autofocus with Multi-CAM 4800 39-point AF system: Sensitive down to -1 EV, compatible with lenses up to f/8, and featuring four AF-area modes (including 3D tracking), the Df’s AF system delivers fast and precise coverage across the frame, even in difficult lighting conditions.

Spot White Balance metering: The Df enables highly accurate manual white balance settings by letting you quickly assign a Spot White Balance to the specific area of the frame you select during Live View shooting.

Scene Recognition System: The camera’s image sensor and its 2,016-pixel RGB sensor provide precise data to the Scene Recognition System, which optimises exposure, autofocus, and white balance immediately before the shutter is released, ensuring sharply defined images.

High-performance optical viewfinder: The glass pentaprism viewfinder offers approximately 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification, as well as a DX Crop Mode with viewfinder marking.

Large 8 cm (3.2-in.) 921k-dot LCD monitor with wide-viewing-angle and reinforced glass. Delivers bright, crisp image playback with a wide colour reproduction capacity.

Dual-axis electronic virtual horizon: Roll (horizontal inclination) and pitch (forward or rear inclination) information can be confirmed via the LCD monitor, and roll information via the viewfinder.

Live View: When shooting in Live View, optional assist grid-lines for 1:1 or 16:9 image ratios help with composition, and the contrast-detect AF system boasts enhanced operability, accuracy, and speed. You can also confirm exposure simply by pressing the preview button when shooting in M (Manual) mode.

In-camera tools

No matter which kind of photography you focus on, the Df’s range of creative and practical features can accommodate both your preferred style of shooting and your creative vision.

Quiet Release Mode: Perfect for discreet photography, the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism is noticeably reduced during the burst.

Crop Modes: DX format and 5:4 ratio. The DX Crop Mode can be automatically enabled when a DX lens is attached.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode: Shoots one overexposed and one underexposed frame in a single shutter release. The range can be widened by up to ±3 EV for different looks, full of saturation and tonal gradation, while the smoothness of the edge where the two exposures meet can be adjusted for a more natural appearance.

Active D-Lighting: Nikon’s Active D-Lighting automatically retains the details in both dark and bright areas for stunning images with natural contrast when shooting in high-contrast situations.

 Retouch menus: Menus include options to correct red-eye and colour balance, as well as RAW processing and resize options. Filter effects include Skylight, Colour Intensifier and Cross Screen, in addition to Soft filter effects. Quick retouch options include distortion control, perspective control, straighten, and fish-eye.

Picture Controls: Customise the look of your stills by fine-tuning parameters such as sharpness, saturation, and hue before capture.

Nikon system

As an FX-format camera, the Df is fully compatible with Nikon’s extensive range of NIKKOR lenses, and the camera comes packaged together with a special edition of Nikon’s popular AF-S 50mm f/1.8G NIKKOR lens. Now boasting a retro look-and-feel to complement the Df camera body, this lens is one of the most popular primes in the Nikon lineup, thanks to its compact, lightweight build and its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture.

In addition to NIKKOR lenses, Nikon’s vast array of photographic equipment and accessories can help you realise your ideas in countless ways. For photographers who want to get creative with light, Nikon’s industry-leading Creative Lighting System includes a range of versatile Speedlights that offer extensive opportunities for on-camera or wireless flash photography. For image transfer, the Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter enables photos to be transferred straight from the camera to a smart device; and support for remote shooting comes via Nikon’s WR-R10 Wireless Transceiver and WR-T10 Wireless Transmitter, which let you control key camera functions from a distance even if there are objects between yourself and the camera.

Optional accessories

Exclusive leather straps and cases are available in classic black and brown.

* Approximate measurements are based on CIPA guidelines.

Night shot – photo of the day by Carol King

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Night shot

 

A deceptively simple shot of the moon and garden foliage by Carol King. You don’t need high spec equipment to produce great looking photos, just a creative mind. Carol used a Canon S20 compact camera with on board flash to create this stunning photo.

Panasonic LUMIX GM1

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Panasonic Launches the LUMIX GM1   

17th October 2013 – Panasonic today unveils the LUMIX GM1, marking a completely new series in its pioneering range of LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras. Condensing the powerful performance of the a high-end system into the most compact and stylish LUMIX G body to date, the LUMIX GM1 is the ideal camera for anyone who demands both style and substance with superior image quality. From artists capturing their inspiration to photography enthusiasts looking for the perfect take-anywhere camera, the LUMIX GM1 is ideal for realising your creative vision, wherever you are.

In order to harness this model’s full potential, LUMIX GM1 also launches with a new, advanced 12-32mm /F3.5-F5.6 ASPH lens. Available in silver and black, this new kit lens complements the LUMIX GM1’s colour options of Stylish Black or Classic Orange body to create a powerful style statement.

Outstanding image quality
Featuring a 16 megapixel (MP) Digital Live MOS sensor based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, the LUMIX GM1 captures every scene in true-to-life detail, with accurate colour reproduction and swift, high-resolution rendering. The photodiode at each pixel site is larger, boosting dynamic range, ISO-sensitivity and improving the signal to noise ratio by 25% compared with previous models Compared with the DMC-GX1.

Coupled with Panasonic’s latest Venus Engine image processor, the sensor captures incredible detail even in challenging, low-light conditions. This enables smooth, natural images with finer detail reproduction and minimal noise. The Venus Engine’s advanced Multi-process Noise Reduction detects noise, irrespective of its size, and reduces it effectively while retaining texture and fine details.  The high-precision signal processing also ensures wider dynamic range and homogenised tonal reproduction to create more balanced images with perfect exposure of both highlights and shadows.

The image quality advances of the LUMIX GM1 also mean you can produce video creations in stunning cinematic quality, thanks to the LUMIX GM1’s ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) in AVCHD Progressive or MP4. High quality sound can also be recorded via Dolby Digital, while the Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise picked up from background wind.

Blistering performance
With the LUMIX GM1 you need never miss another fleeting moment of inspiration. Using contrast autofocus (AF) technology for increased accuracy and speed, the LUMIX’s GM1’s AF Drive works at up to 240fps. This impressive Light Speed AF is possible due to the sensor read-out, image processing and AF-drive in the lens working seamlessly together with the highest possible speed.  The LUMIX GM1 also features high speed burst shooting at 5fps in full 16MP resolution, while AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting of a moving subject in sharp focus at 4fps.

Even more important than pure speed is AF-precision and flexibility.  The LUMIX GM1’s Low Light AF enables accurate focusing even in extreme low-light conditions (down to -4EV), allowing you to capture special moments such as a sleeping baby or wildlife at night in their natural habitat. For selective focusing, Pinpoint AF allows you to magnify one area of the picture from 3x up to 10x and set the focus point exactly where you want it with pin-point precision.  Fixed AF points are no longer a limiting factor and you can be confident that the eyes of your portrait or the delicate petal of a flower will be perfectly in focus.

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Redesigned, reengineered, reimagined for performance
In order to pack such powerful performance and incredible imaging into a sophisticated, compact body, Panasonic’s engineering and design teams took the whole concept of the LUMIX G series back to the drawing board, reworking key components to dramatically reduce the size and weight of the LUMIX GM1 without sacrificing image quality and performance.

Dramatic streamlining has been achieved by removing the traditional aluminium diecast frame bonded to the rugged magnesium alloy body, reducing the overall size by around 40 per cent.

The most impressive innovation is a completely redesigned shutter system featuring one physical curtain controlled by a stepping motor while the second curtain is created electronically, removing the large spring mechanism of traditional DLSM and DSLR models. The sensor unit’s Super Sonic Wave Filter (SSWF) and internal filters were also reworked and the integrated flash mechanism occupies a smaller footprint within the camera body.

Reflecting the advanced, sophisticated engineering beneath the surface, the LUMIX GM1 displays a traditional, refined style with aluminium dials.

A premium grip (DMW-HGE1) is available to purchase separately, featuring an aluminium frame and which perfectly complements the camera, both in terms of design and weight, when the 20mm, F1.7 pancake lens is mounted.

Miniature camera, limitless creative freedom 
The perfect camera for professionals and enthusiast photographers to explore their creativity on-the-go, the LUMIX GM1 offers full manual control as well as a host of creative features and easy-shooting guides for beginners.

The three-inch, 1036k-dot (approx.) touch control screen makes it easy to frame the perfect shot, set the focus and even trigger the shutter with just a touch of your finger. Images and video can be played back in stunning colour and incredible detail for immediate sharing, or simply reviewed to check that you get the results exactly as you want them.

A range of 22 creative filters allow you to add a personal touch to any image,  transforming your favourite shots into stylistic works of art with effects like Toy Pop, Dynamic Monochrome and Cross Process. You can create your own Time Lapse Shot or Stop-motion Animation to impress your friends, family and social media site followers.

The LUMIX GM1 also features intelligent auto modes, iA and iA Plus, providing point-and-shoot ease of use by identifying the scene conditions and automatically applying the most appropriate settings to capture the perfect image. Newly-added Intelligent Handheld Night Shot Mode and Intelligent HDR Mode overlay multiple exposures of the same frame to produce one perfectly-exposed image, giving you the freedom to focus on image composition.

Sharing and wireless control 
WiFi connectivity enables the LUMIX GM1 to easily connect with smartphones and tablets, allowing you to post images and clips to social media or email them to friends and family almost as soon as they’ve been recorded. With Instant Transfer, you can also archive your images wirelessly on a PC, using your home wireless network, safeguarding your favourite moments with minimal effort.

The wireless connectivity options also enable Remote Shooting using the Panasonic Image App which is available free of charge for Android and iOS operating systems from their respective app stores, allowing you to use your smartphone or tablet to act as a remote control for LUMIX GM1 – ideal for capturing dangerous situations or shy subjects where it isn’t practical to stay with your camera. You can even control settings such as focus peaking, aperture, shutter speed and ISO, before triggering the shutter release with your smart device and check the results with Remote View prior to retrieving your camera from its position.

Advanced optical performance 
As part of the LUMIX G system, the LUMIX GM1 provides access to the world’s largest range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories, making sure you have the right set-up to capture every moment. This includes the new LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm Equivalent to 24-64 mm on a 35mm camera /F3.5-F5.6 ASPH kit lens, which packs incredible optical power into a miniaturised body. With eight lens elements, including three aspherical lenses and one Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens in seven groups, the lens offers a super-compact, lightweight but flexible zoom range.
You can explore the full range of LUMIX G lenses through the new LUMIX G App for iPad, which is available via the iTunes App Store. The app lets you discover the world of Panasonic LUMIX G Micro System Cameras and learn all about the advantages of the mirrorless system, the technologies used, the different models and available lenses.

The Lumix G GM1 will be available from mid November and RRP is £629.

 

Nikon D3200 D-SLR launch

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Introducing the D5300, Nikon’s DX-format D-SLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS

London UK , 17th October 2013             Nikon today announces the D5300, the first DX-format D-SLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. Optimised for creativity and streamlined for flexibility, the D5300 is an upper entry-level D-SLR designed to inspire spectacular photos and videos. As the first Nikon D-SLR to boast built-in Wi-Fi, it offers creative explorers a fantastic opportunity to capture and share their world in incredible detail.

The camera’s innovative 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor is specifically designed with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) so the finest details and textures are captured with stunning sharpness. Photos are ready to share immediately using the built-in Wi-Fi function, which connects the camera directly to a smartphone or tablet, and the GPS function adds geotags to pictures in-camera. Capable of bringing creative ideas to life with striking clarity, this is an inspiring camera that draws exciting new perspectives.

Simon Iddon, Senior Product Manager at Nikon UK, says: “The D5300 is a great camera for creative people who want to share their view of the world through high-quality images. This new model is bursting with impressive features, from the high ISO (12,800) capability for low light shooting, to the powerful new EXPEED 4 image processing engine, and large vari-angle screen for a unique view.

He adds: “Built-in WiFi makes it easy to share stunning images with friends and family, plus you can have some fun by tracking your route thanks to the camera’s GPS functionality. Ultimately, the Nikon D5300 is a pleasure to use and raises the standard of images we share.”

 Built-in Wi-Fi

As the first Nikon D-SLR to be equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, the D5300 takes photo sharing to a whole new level. Photos can be sent directly from the camera to any iOS™ or Android™ smart device1, ready for easy upload to social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. The Wi-Fi function also makes it possible to control the camera remotely using a connected smart device, plus you can preview the scene you’re shooting on the smart device’s screen. Together with the camera’s vari-angle monitor, the creative possibilities are endless.

 Built-in GPS

When it comes to sharing exciting images, the D5300’s built-in GPS integrates perfectly with the in-camera Wi-Fi function. Images can be geotagged simply without using any external adapters, by logging location information such as latitude, longitude, and altitude in the image’s EXIF data. Your travel pictures gain an extra level of detail, and since the GPS logger function works when the camera is turned off, you can actually keep track of your route even when you’re not taking pictures2. Nikon’s ViewNX 2 software can help create stunning travel maps which you can showcase on NIKON IMAGE SPACE, or any other social networking or photo-sharing website that support GPS, like Flickr.

 Incredible image quality

At the core of the D5300 is a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that has been designed without an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) to make the most of every megapixel, to faithfully render exactly what the lens sees. The texture of fine detail like hair or feathers are captured perfectly, and images burst with clarity — especially when captured with a NIKKOR lens.

High ISO light sensitivity (up to 12,800, extendable to 25,600 equivalent) combines with Nikon’s powerful new image processing engine, EXPEED 4, to ensure even clearer photos and movies than before when shooting in low light. The amazingly accurate 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor sends data to the Scene Recognition System, thus enabling optimum auto exposure, AF, and auto white balance for the best possible image quality. Fleeting movements or expressions can be captured at exactly the right moment thanks to continuous shooting speeds of up to 5 frames-per-second, and focus is spot-on thanks to the intelligent 39-point AF system, which boasts nine cross-type sensors in the centre for astounding accuracy.

 A fresh perspective

Designed to encourage photographers to find their own angle on photography, the versatile D5300 is fully equipped to help create interesting and inspiring images. The large 8.1 cm (3.2-in.) LCD monitor with wide-viewing angle and high 1,037k-dot resolution offers the ultimate freedom to capture unique shots, including great self-portraits, from any angle. Simply flip, tilt, or turn the monitor to explore fresh perspectives and add intrigue to your photos or excitement to your movies.

For even more possibilities, a range of in-camera tools put creative techniques conveniently at your command. Enjoy optimum results in high-contrast situations with HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode or quickly capture perfect shots in various situations using any one of the 16 scene modes. When you want to explore different ideas, let your creativity run wild with the camera’s range of special effects for photos and movies: evoke a certain mood by isolating specific colours, or create a retro look-and-feel with the Toy Camera effect.

 Inspiring Full HD movies

For those who want to take their creative vision to video, the D5300’s D-Movie function records smooth, finely detailed Full HD video clips at frame rates up to 50p/60p. Offering the kind of superior performance and sharp focus that’s critical for HD video, the camera begins recording with a simple press of its dedicated video record button. Continuous Live View autofocus keeps subjects sharp, even when the action is fast, and you can relax and let the camera keep track of your subject with subject-tracking AF or face-priority AF. Thanks to the camera’s built-in stereo microphone and compatibility with Nikon’s external ME-1 Stereo Microphone, it’s easy to capture footage with crisp, clear sound. And when it comes to sharing your latest creation, the HDMI output lets you connect your camera directly to an HDTV screen so you can enjoy your movies and photos in superb high-definition.

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Intelligent design

With a body that’s even smaller and lighter than its predecessor (the D5200), plus a larger vari-angle LCD monitor, the D5300 is a pleasure to shoot with. Available in black, red, or grey, the incredibly lightweight build (the body weighs only 480g without battery and memory card) makes this a great camera to travel with, and a stable grip lets you get a firm hold on the camera. The large, high-resolution LCD monitor lets you see every detail of your photos and movies, and you can adjust the monitor’s brightness for a clearer image on the screen when shooting under bright light or in dark situations. The newly designed pentamirror increases viewfinder magnification to approx. 0.82x, making it even easier to accurately compose your shots. Nikon’s superior ergonomics, clear menus, and one-touch buttons for frequently used functions like D-Movie and Live View make operation quick and intuitive, so you can focus on your ideas.

 NIKKOR, Speedlight, and system compatibility

One of the D5300’s greatest advantages is its compatibility with Nikon’s wide range of NIKKOR lenses and powerful system accessories. Combine the D5300 with such versatile partners, and your creative options become limitless. NIKKOR lenses are renowned across the world for their optical performance, and the D5300 is compatible with the full range of DX-format lenses. From compact zooms that are perfect for general use or travel, to fast prime lenses that enable beautiful bokeh (background blur), as well as wide-angle and micro lenses, there is a lens for every situation. Whichever you choose, you can enjoy the precision and flexibility to make the most of the camera’s 24.2-megapixel resolution and capture photos with vivid colour and striking contrast, or experiment with cinematic effects when shooting movies. In addition to lenses, Nikon Speedlights like the SB-400 and SB-700 open up opportunities to get creative with light, and optional wireless remote control devices like the WR-R10 and WR-T10 let you control key camera functions from a distance, even if there are obstacles between yourself and the camera.

 Summary of Key Features

·         Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS

·         24.2-megapixel DX-format sensor with no OLPF

·         Superb low-light performance with ISO 100–12,800 (expandable to ISO 25,600 equivalent)

·         Fast and powerful EXPEED 4 image processing engine

·         39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors in the centre

·         2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System

·         5 fps continuous shooting

·         Large vari-angle monitor: 8.1 cm (3.2-in.) LCD monitor with wide-viewing angle and high 1,037k-dot resolution

·         Full HD movies at 1080/50/60p

·         HDMI output supported

·         Built-in stereo microphone and compatibility with Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone

·         HDR and Active D-Lighting

·         Special effects for still images and movies

·         16 Scene Modes

·         Viewfinder with increased magnification (approx. 0.82x) using a newly designed pentamirror

·         Small, lightweight body: Approx. 125×98.0×76.0 mm. Weighs just 480g (without battery and memory card)

·         Stable grip for secure handling

·         Improved graphical user interface for clearer menus

·         Choice of three body colours: Black, red, and grey

·         Expandable system: Compatible with the full range of NIKKOR DX-format lenses and specific Nikon Speedlights

·         Compatible with the WR-R10/WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controllers

 

RRPs

Body only: £729.99 / €899.00

D5300 kit with 18-55mm VR lens £829.99 / €1029.00

FOOTNOTES

To prepare your smart device to receive photos, simply download the free Wireless Mobile Utility. The Wireless Mobile Utility is compatible with iOS™ and Android™ smart devices, and can be downloaded to your smart device from Google Play™ and the Apple App Store™. Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

Compatibility varies by country.

 

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58 f1.4 lens launch

In News by Vincent Oliver0 Comments

Nikon unveils a new jewel in its NIKKOR crown: The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

RRP: £1,599.99 / €1,949.00

Sales start date: 31st October 2013

London, UK, 17th October 2013             Nikon today announces the new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, an extraordinary FX-format prime lens that pushes the limits of image quality. Meticulously crafted to deliver exceptional imaging performance, this fast new prime lens is in a class of its own.

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The design concept pays homage to Nikon’s legendary Noct-NIKKOR lens, while the brand new optical construction enables astounding sharpness, contrast, and resolution. With outstanding resolving capability, exquisite bokeh, and unbeatable performance when shooting wide-open, this is a distinctive lens for those pursuing the holy grail of low-light photography or who want a lens with a truly unique signature.

Hiro Sebata, Product Manager, Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon UK, says: “Despite Nikon’s constant improvements to the optical and mechanical performance of NIKKOR lenses, its only once in a while that a lens like the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G comes along. Its qualities and characteristics transcend standard measurement conventions and can really only be appreciated when viewing the final image. Few lenses go down in history as “classic,” and this is poised to be one of them.”

 A modern legend

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G brings the advantages of Nikon’s renowned Noct-NIKKOR to today’s high-resolution photography. Thanks to concerted efforts in developing the lens, Nikon’s designers were able to significantly increase sharpness, contrast, and resolution, in addition to greatly reducing coma flare and enabling exquisitely smooth bokeh. The result is a unique lens that offers exceptional aesthetic control, enabling photographers to explore a broad range of creative expression and create images that stand apart from the rest.

 Drawing with light

Designed to meet the demands of discerning photographers, the exceptional resolving capability of the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G enables every component of a scene to be faithfully reproduced in exquisite high-resolution. Subjects are sharply rendered when shooting at the widest aperture of f/1.4, and high-contrast images of even distant subjects and low-light scenes can be obtained without needing to stop down the aperture. Sagittal coma flare is effectively minimised across the entire frame with the result that point light sources such as city lights are reproduced as fine rounded points, even at the periphery of the image, enabling unparalleled nightscapes. Despite being a large aperture lens, peripheral light falloff is effectively controlled to retain brightness across the entire frame when shooting at maximum aperture, even with focus set to infinity.

 Exquisite bokeh

Thanks to its unique optical design, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G delivers images with exquisite bokeh and an additional sense of depth. Because the intensity of image blur transitions smoothly as the distance from the sharply focused point increases, bokeh appears with no rough edges. In addition, the fine gradation of bokeh from the focus point to the background enables an incredible sense of natural depth. By measuring the degree of resolution and bokeh across individual planes of the image (between foreground, focus plane, and background), Nikon’s designers achieved the perfect balance of resolution and lens aberrations, resulting in a ‘three dimensional’ look that cannot be measured with MTF curves. The benefits extend to movies, too: When pulling focus, bokeh transitions incredibly smoothly, providing a unique advantage when it comes to filming atmospheric scenes.

 Renowned NIKKOR quality

Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat provides outstandingly high anti-reflection effects throughout the visible light range, effectively reducing ghost and flare, and increasing the clarity and contrast of images. A three-element cemented lens technique ensures both optical clarity and reflection reduction, and the front lens element is located deep in the lens barrel to ensure that flare and ghost are effectively reduced even in backlit situations. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift, thanks to Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor), and build-quality is solid.

This lens comes with dedicated lens hood and soft lens pouch included.