Saturday, 18 April 2009

Canon Firmware Updates

This link will prove useful to all users of Canon EOS DSLR cameras:

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd-e.html


Here you can download the most up-to-date firmware for your cameras.

Ian

Friday, 17 April 2009

Nikon D5000 Swivel Screen DSLR

C'mon Canon. This may not be an original idea, but for me would be a real selling point. I don't believe in shooting from the "standing up at eye level" stance and like to inject some more original angles, which is why I carry my trusty Angle Finder C. With any luck Canon are working on this one?


Anyway, here's the official press release from Nikon:

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the D5000, its latest digital SLR camera that is perfect for capturing family fun and developing the skills of photography hobbyists. Packed with features that make taking pictures easy and fun, this camera stands out above the competition with its unique Vari-angle LCD monitor, allowing you to shoot easily from almost any angle.

The D5000 inherits the D90’s groundbreaking HD movie capability, Nikon’s proprietary D-Movie function, and extensive in-camera editing features to enhance images. Coupled with the wide choice of scene modes, 12.3MP sensor and high-sensitivity that ranges between ISO 200 and 3200 (which can be extended to ISO 100 and ISO 6400 equivalent) for shooting in a wide range of lighting conditions, this camera makes it easier than ever to take great quality pictures.

“This camera offers exceptional image quality and technology inherited from higher-end Nikon models giving consumers first hand experience of the outstanding quality that Nikon is famous for,” says Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager for Nikon Europe B.V. “With the D5000’s unique Vari-angle LCD screen, you can easily take pictures from any angle, bringing a totally new perspective to your images. The added benefit of the D-movie function (introduced as a world-first with the D90), is now being brought to a wider consumer audience looking to have fun with photography and to grow their skills, or to upgrade their existing DSLR.”

View life from a different angle

The D5000’s 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor offers a whole new perspective on photography, allowing you to take pictures easily from any angle. Its flexible, moving screen allows you to position the camera perfectly to suit the angle or shot you’re trying to take - so whether you’re at a concert and you want to get a clear view above the crowd for your shot or you want to take a picture from ground level, you can adjust the Vari-angle monitor to give you the best view of your subject. Close it to protect the monitor or place it in the standard position for regular shooting using the viewfinder. You can even reverse the monitor for effortless, perfectly-framed self-portraits. Thanks to Nikon’s ergonomic design values and the downward opening direction of the screen, it will never get in your way, and you’ll be able to maintain a steady grip on the body which will prevent camera shake. The choice is limitless.

D-Movie and Live View

Shooting movie clips with a DSLR will allow you to get really creative. For example, you can change the lens for a new perspective and enhance the emotional impact of your movies using the Picture Control settings before you even start shooting. The D5000 offers D-Movie (with audio) - high-definition movie capture which is perfectly compatible with the latest television screens and an HDMI output for easy connection. The single button access to the Live View function allows you to view and compose your shot or movie on the Vari-angle LCD monitor for optimal framing. When taking still shots, the camera offers four types of contrast AF (wide area, normal area, face detection and new subject tracking) to make capture as easy as possible. In subject tracking AF mode, the camera will even restart tracking the subject once it leaves the frame and then returns, so your target will always be in focus.

Setting the Scene

With a total of 19 scene modes, you don’t have to know the ins and outs of digital photography to take great pictures. Simply turn the dial to ‘scene’, choose the appropriate scene mode setting and the camera will do the rest for you. The camera will even display a sample scene to make the scene selection easier for you. Another easy-to-use feature is the camera’s extensive range of built-in editing function, with which you can edit your pictures and create visual effects in-camera, before you even get to a computer.

There’s more



In addition to all these features, the D5000 is a high quality camera in its own right. With its high-sensitivity 12.3 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor, Nikon’s innovative EXPEED high-speed image-processing system, fast and precise 11-point AF system and highly-durable, high-performance shutter, it is also perfectly suited to those with a higher level of photographic knowledge. Image quality is guaranteed further by the image sensor cleaning mechanism with airflow control system, Active D-Lighting and Picture control. It feels good to handle, too, with Nikon’s typically ergonomic design in a compact, light-weight body. Those who shoot pictures in quieter settings will appreciate the new Quiet shooting mode and, the built-in pop-up flash which will automatically detect when the flash is needed. For those on the move, GPS-compatibility with Nikon’s GP-1 unit will come in handy when pinpointing shooting locations as will the HDMI output when you finally want to present your great shots to your family and friends. The Nikon D5000 is compatible with a wide variety of AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses.

These cameras will be available to UK customers from 1st May and no doubt will be in short supply, so it's probably worth while placing your order now to avoid disappointment.

I suspect that Park Cameras will be taking advance orders.

Cheers for now.

Ian

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

I know it's some time since my last post...

Phew! A let up of a few minutes in a hectic schedule. I'm pleased to say (or should that be sorry?) that something's gotta give, and in this case it's my blog. The last two and a bit weeks have seen my workload increase significantly, so I've neglected my blog instead of my clients.

Anyhow, Ben (a photographer friend & collegue) and I are working on a great project, Faces of Business, which we're pleased to say has taken-off beyond all expectations. Trying to combine this with everything else is proving to be a time and project management challenge - no, nightmare!

Here is a portrait from from Faces of Business using the Litepanels LP-Micro that I've blogged about previously.

Mike Quibell, MD, Quentin Press, Burgess Hill

This particular shot uses the LP-Micro as the primary & only light source. To say that we're pleased with the results is an understatement - no diffussion, no CTO just a plain old LP-Micro and what little ambient light there was.

To find out more about Faces of Business you can now visit the website www.facesofbusiness.co.uk let us know what you think. Or better still, volunteer yourself or someone you know to be included in the project.

TTFN

Ian