Polaroid Images Now Have Round Frames

Impossible’s latest films for the Polaroid 600 and SX-70 cameras give Polaroid’s classic square frame a twist.

The new films, available in either white or black frame editions, surround images in a round frame rather than the more traditional square frame Polaroid images are famous for.

Commenting on the new films, Impossible says: “Our Round Frame gives a subtle nod to the simplicity of pinhole photography, while its circular form harks back to the early days of vignette portraiture, making it perfect for intimate, artistic use.”

The films are priced at £17.50 and more information can be found on the Impossible website.

It’s Nearly The End Of The Month Again…..

It’s nearly the end of the month again and if you haven’t already done so then you’ve not got long to submit an image for our monthly image competition.

Visit our main website by clicking here to upload an image or two and enter for free.  There are prizes to be won so don’t delay!

Marumi Extends Neutral Density Filter Range

Marumi’s popular Digital High Grade (DHG) filter range has been expanded and now includes ND filters with a fixed density of 8, 16, 32 or 64 in filter thread sizes from 37mm up to 82mm.

Marumi has also launched a very high density filter (ND 100,000 – 16.5 stops) to enable the shooting of solar eclipses, in thread sizes 58mm and 77mm. For those who want full flexibility and to save space a new range of ‘variable’ ND filters have also been introduced.

The Marumi Variable ND 2.5 – ND 500 filters are available in two sizes: 58mm and 77mm. These are in addition to the Marumi DHG variable ND filter range ND2 – ND400, with sizes from 49mm to 82mm.

SRPs start at £40.44 for the fixed density filters and £125.40 for the variable filters, including VAT. For more information, take a look at the Marumi website.

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX Lens Announced

Tokina has officially announced the AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 lens.

The lens is an update to the 11-16mm Pro DX-II lens, expanding the telephoto side of the lens to 20mm and refining the optical design.

The new proprietary optical design uses a total of three aspherical lens elements, two all glass molded and one P-MO hybrid, to achieve excellent contrast and sharpness as well as correct spherical aberrations. The AT-X 11-20mm also uses three SD (super-low Dispersion, “FK01” and FK03”) glass elements to control chromatic aberrations.

This compact ultra wide-angle zoom lens has a bright constant f/2.8 aperture make viewing and auto focus possible in lower light situations but still maintaining a reasonable size and weight. This lens also uses common sized 82mm filters so use of a CR-PL filter is possible. Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the lens mount for manual focusing.

Pricing and availability is yet to be announced. For more information, take a look at the Tokina website.

Neil Bremner – In Focus

This In Focus interview is with Neil Bremner of Made Portraits. Neil is an award winning photographer based in the UK and has also won several awards in The NPS monthly image competition.

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Competition Results

The results of the combined December 14 and January 15 competition have been announced and can be found here

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Canon EOS 5DS, 5DS R, EF 11-24mm f/4L Announced

Canon has announced the release of two new full frame Digital SLRs, along with a new ultra-wide angle 11-24mm zoom lens.

The EOS 5DS and 5DS R are a ‘new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs’, say Canon. They feature a 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors and 61 point AF.

The EOS 5DS R has a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.

Canon EOS 5DS key features:

  • 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.2inch screen, 1040k dot resolution
  • 61-point AF system, -2EV
  • Dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • SD/CF card slots
  • ISO100- ISO6400, expamded to ISO50 to ISO12800
  • Mirror Vibration Reduction Control
  • 1:1, 1.3x, 1.6x crop modes
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • 700 shot battery life
  • USB3.0 socket
  • Magnesium alloy weather sealed body

Announced alongside these cameras is the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens. Canon claim this is the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens. It is said to be ideal for landscape and architecture images, and has a newly designed optical structure featuring 3 aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element.

The EOS 5DS is set to retail at £2999, while the 5DS R will retail at £3199 body only. The EF 11-24mm will retail for £2799. For more information on Canon products, take a look at the Canon website.

From Canon:

Canon today transforms the EOS system with the arrival of the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R – a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs. Breaking the boundaries of 35mm sensors, the new cameras offer the highest megapixels ever seen in a full frame sensor, an astonishing 50.6 MP. Delivering unparalleled quality, the cameras provide an exceptional combination of resolution, responsiveness and durability, whether shooting landscapes, architecture, high fashion or portraiture, either personally or professionally. When nothing but the sharpest image is expected, the EOS 5DS R also features a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality. Alongside the new DSLRs, Canon also introduces the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens1, the perfect companion for landscape and architecture photographers.

Establishing new standards for full-frame DSLRs
Setting a new benchmark for full-frame cameras, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R combine fast, instinctive DSLR handling with the newly-developed 50.6 MP CMOS sensor, providing the flexibility to shoot a wide range of scenes and subjects, making it ideal for large format mediums, such as advertising billboards and
magazine covers, where every pixel matters. The sensor’s advanced architecture provides ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, expandable to 50-12800, ensuring high quality images with low noise, accurate colours and wide dynamic range. For added flexibility, the cameras’ resolution enables three new in-camera crop shooting modes – 1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1. Visible through the viewfinder, the crop modes deliver outstanding results, with stills at 19 MP even when cropped to 1.6x.

Built to withstand the most demanding shoots, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s dual DIGIC 6 processors provide the rapid performance and responsiveness required to deliver first-class images with exceptional colour reproduction. Both processors are designed to comfortably manage huge levels of image data from the 50.6 MP sensor, whilst simultaneously reducing image noise and providing the freedom to shoot at five frames per second.

Automatically exceptional
Created to ensure every detail of your exquisite landscape or high-fashion studio shoot is in focus, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R feature an advanced 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points, delivering incredible levels of image sharpness and accuracy across the frame. Both cameras comfortably maintain focus with moving subjects, using EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF (iTR) to track both faces and colour. To reduce image blur, Canon’s Mirror Vibration Control System uses cams to drive the cameras’ mirror up and down in a highly controlled fashion, avoiding all sudden stops and softening the shutter-release sound.

Additionally, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection ensures images can be captured with consistent and accurate exposures under varying lighting scenarios, including florescent. Incredible detail and unrestricted creativity.

Putting unrivalled image quality at your fingertips, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R include a number of customisable modes and settings to ensure stunning results
every time. A new Fine Detail Picture Style maximises the level of detail that can be achieved from the sensor, enabling advanced sharpness adjustment without
the need for editing software.

Popular creative modes, including Multiple Exposure and HDR, provide instant, incamera creativity, while a built-in timer allows you to shoot over long periods and create stunning time lapse videos, without being tied to the camera or needing advanced software and excessive kit.

First-class professional construction, customisable features
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R have been expertly constructed to allow you to operate quickly, regardless of the environment you’re shooting in. The 100% viewfinder with electronic overlay makes framing vital shots easy and can be customised to your preferred style. The large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen, with an anti-reflective structure, minimises reflection or glare when reviewing shots and also acts as a visual and accessible dashboard of the most commonly used settings. The cameras’ new Custom Quick Control screen means that the type, size and position of icons are also easily customisable to the user or shooting scenario.

Both cameras utilise Canon’s iconic design DNA – a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy to provide weather resilient shooting – ideal for landscape photographers who are dedicated to getting the perfect shot, whatever the weather.

EOS 5DS R: Engineered for the ultimate in DSLR image quality
When nothing but the absolute maximum level of detail possible will do, the EOS 5DS R features a low pass cancellation filter to ensure the sharpest possible results. Great for landscape photographers, where patterns are organic, the camera’s low pass cancellation filter produces the stunning level of detail required to turn a great shot into an incredible shot.

Optical Expertise: Introducing the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are compatible with Canon’s extensive EF lens range, spanning 71 models2. Today Canon unveils the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens1, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. Perfect for photographers shooting landscape and architecture, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is designed to open up an entirely new world of creative opportunities, thanks to its super wide 11-24mm focal range. Boasting a newly designed optical structure, the lens features three aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element, which maximises image quality and delivers minimal levels of distortion, while the body is rugged and robust enough to be employed in extreme weather conditions.

Full Frame Pentax DSLR To Arrive By End Of 2015

A Pentax full-frame DSLR camera is currently under development and Ricoh expects it to be ready for launch by the end of 2015.

The camera, which currently doesn’t have a name, is a K-mount digital SLR camera with a large, 35mm full-frame image sensor that’s compatible with the DA-series interchangeable lenses, using an image-cropping function.

The new model will be exhibited at CP+ 2015 – one of the largest and most comprehensive camera and imaging shows in Asia. This annual event will be held from February 12 to 15 at the PACIFICO Yokohama convention centre in Japan.

Visit the Ricoh Imaging website for more information.

Olympus M. Zuiko 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II Lens Announced

Olympus has announced the 14-150mm II lens, an update to the existing 14-150mm lens, and will be available with the new E-M5 Mark II.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II is a weather sealed super zoom, and is optically the same as the previous version.

The 14-150mm II features the new ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, designed to completely eliminate artefacts such as ghosting and flare.

Olympus 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Lens Development

Olympus has announced the development of a new fisheye lens, that should be available from Summer 2015.

With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, it’s set to be the world’s fastest fisheye lens.

The M-Zuiko Digital 8mm f/1.8 fisheye PRO will be a great addition to Olympus’ lens line-up, thanks to the live time/ live bulb preview modes available on Olympus cameras, including the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

The lens will feature Olympus ‘ZERO’ (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating for improved image quality.