Transcend’s newest SD cards can handle more harsh environments than you

The Transcend UHS-II U3 memory card lineup is built from the ground up to be as robust and weather-proof as possible. The cards are waterproof for 30 minutes at one meter (IS IPX 7 equivalent test), can operate at extreme temperatures (as low as –25C/–13F, and as high as 85C/185F), resist electrostatic charges compliant with the EMC IEC61000–4–2 certification, remain unaffected by X-rays, particularly those at airports (ISO7816–1 compliant) and offer shock resistance for those times when you might accidentally run over your memory card a few times with your car tire (don’t ask how…crap happens).


A 64GB capacity card will set you back roughly US$90, while a 32GB comes to approximately US$50. You can find out more information on the cards by heading over to Transcend’s website.


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Memory card manufacturer Transcend has announced a new lineup of SD memory cards capable of operating in some of the most extreme environments you could ever imagine subjecting a memory card to.



DxO One goes on sale in Europe

The DxO One, which was previously launched in the US, is now also available to purchase in the Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, with further European territories to follow in the coming months. It can be bought for £449 via their online store, or from one of their dedicated resellers.


In this issue Mark Littlejohn explains why front-to-back sharpness isn’t everything in landscapes, plus we test the 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye and review the Zeiss Milvus range of lenses


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The DxO One features a high performance prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, it has a 20.2 MP 1″ sensor, a top shutter speeds of 1/8000 of a second, and is capable of Raw image capture. It is designed to be small enough to fit into a pocket or purse, and attaches easily to your iPhone whenever you need to take images.



Olympus Japan says sales of OM-D E-M10 Mark II will start back up in November

Today, Japan announced sales of OM-D E-M10 Mark II cameras will start back up in November 2015, roughly two months after the initial service advisory was announced.


In the announcement, Olympus ensures that anyone who has already purchased an OM-D E-M10 Mark II with a defective lens mount pin is still eligible for a free repair. To see if your could possibly be affected by this issue, head on over to our original post.


If you have additional questions you can contact Olympus Customer Care at 1–800–622–6372 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Or you can click here for more information.


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Earlier this month, Olympus issued a service advisory for OM-D E-M10 Mark II owners whose cameras were affected by a lens mount locking pin issue that caused plastic mount lenses to not secure properly to the camera body. As a result, Olympus also announced it was pausing the sales of all E-M10 II until the issue was fixed for all units in transit or sitting on shelves.



World’s ‘lightest’ f/0.95 lens for micro four thirds cameras unveiled

Shenyang China, Sept 17, 2015 – Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has unveiled the world’s lightest f/0.95 lens, Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. This new member in the Mitakon Speedmaster family is a ultra-fast prime lens which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 50mm in the Micro Four Thirds system. A maximum aperture of f/0.95 makes it extremely convenient to shoot at a low light conditions without flash and.


Most importnatly, this lens weigh merely 0.51 pounds and 1.8 inches long. The compact size and fast aperture make it an ideal companion of your for everyday shooting in a wide variety of conditions.


Despite the extreme light weight, the lens incorporates a 11 elements in 9 groups optical design, including 1pc of Extra-low disperson elements, 4 pcs of Extra-high Refractive Index elements and 2pcs of High Refractive index elements. This structure effectively controls the chromatic abberations and deliver excellent image sharpness even at f/0.95. The lens also features a 11 pieces of aperture blades to form a close-to-circle aperture for a creamy depth of field. Optimized lens coatings also help to suppress lens flare and ghosting.


Manual focus design and a click-less, silent aperture ring promote smooth handling and are especially well-suited to video applications. The lens is built in metallic enclosure with additional protective process and finest finishing, which gives extra durability and aesthetic.


Pricing & Availability Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 will be available to ship in mid/late October at ZY Optics authorized resellers and at the official website ( Sample Lens will be available in the ZY Optics booth (Booth#) in Photoplus Expo New York during 22-24 Oct 2015.


Pre-order has been commenced through our official website. The Recommended Retail price is USD 399. Free shipping & Stocks priority will be offered to those pre-ordered in our website.


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Zhongyi Optics has revealed what it trumpets as the world’s lightest f/0.95 lens for micro four thirds cameras, the 25mm Mitakon Speedmaster. Delivering the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 50mm lens, the manual focus Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 weighs 230g and is 45mm long. The 11-elements-in-9-groups lens, which features 11 diaphragm blades, is due to be shipped towards the end of next month. There is as yet no word on UK pricing or availability. In the US, it will cost $399, according to Zhongyi Optics which is based in China. For more details visit



Firmware Friday: Update news aplenty from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Ricoh and Sony

In a typical week, that would be plenty enough for our Firmware Friday roundup, but even having already told you about all of that this week, we’re still left with a whole lot to discuss. We have news of updates for two DSLRs, two DSLRs, two business-oriented Ricoh rugged cameras and an action from Chinese brand XiaoYi.


We’ll start with Canon, whose updates for the EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C DSLRs landed a couple of days ago. In both cases, the updates fix the exact same issue: The autofocus drive continuing to operate intermittently with a shutter button half-press, even when the custom functions had been set to activate metering only on a half-press.


Canon EOS-1D X owners can download the firmware version 2.0.8 update from Canon’s website and install it themselves. Canon EOS-1D C, owners, however, will have to return their camera to Canon to have the firmware version 1.4.0 update installed, and may have to pay for shipping and handling.


Next up, we have Nikon’s updates for the D5200 and D7100 DSLRs. Both updates aim to resolve a problem with camera lockup when the “Clean image sensor” function has been activated, as well as horizontal banding in HD (1,280 x 720 pixel) movies shot at 50p or 60p frame rates.


For the D7100 only, there are also fixes for a problem with camera lockups during menu scrolling in some languages, as well as an issue that caused the screen to darken during image review if the playback button was pressed. An unspecified problem with the viewfinder virtual horizon has also been corrected.


Next up this week, we have new firmware for the Ricoh G800 and G800SE. These rugged cameras are aimed at business and industrial use, and differ in the latter’s Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and bar code scanning capabilities. (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are built-in, while the other functions require optional accessories.)


New firmware for the Ricoh G800SE and G800 resolves an issue with connection to PictBridge-compliant printers. For the G800, that’s the only change, but the G800SE also gets some other tweaks. A problem that prevented image transfer when using the date folder option has been fixed, and support added for more 802.1x certificates. These include certificates that expire after the year 2038, chained certificates, and PEAP with EAP-MSCHAP v2 certificates (but only with an EAP-TLS certificate key of 2,048 bit or less.)


And finally, we come to the XiaoYi action camera, for which firmware version 1.2.12 landed earlier this week. Here, there have been tweaks to power-saving mode for greater battery life, and to sounds and status lights for better status indication. Behavior in time-lapse, burst mode and loop video recording has also been changed. Problems with app connectivity and live view have also been fixed, as well as issues with image reversal and clip length in time-lapse shooting. You can download the XiaoYi action camera firmware version 1.2.12 here.


And that brings us to the end of a rather action-packed week on the firmware front. Enjoy your weekend, and be sure to check back next time for more Firmware Friday news!


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We’ve already told you about a pair of upcoming updates from and Sony earlier in the week. Firstly, Olympus will be updating both the E-M1 and E-M5 II mirrorless cameras in a couple of months, adding a raft of new features to both. And then we have Sony’s plans for uncompressed raw support in the Alpha A7S II and A7R II mirrorless cameras, a plan that may possibly spread over time to bring other A7-series firmware updates.



Hähnel Tuff TTL flash trigger review – Amateur Photographer

When the shutter is pressed, the transmitter sends an ISM 2.4GHz wireless signal to the receiver that can fire the flash from a distance of up to 200 metres.


The real highlight, though, is that the flash trigger works with TTL metering. This means the flash sends a small pre-flash, calculates how much power output is required with your chosen settings, and then meters it accordingly.


TTL metering is invaluable in situations where your subject is moving, a shot needs to be taken quickly or there’s no time to set a manually determined flash power output. I often rely on it for candid photos at weddings when it’s dark, or if it’s hard to shoot with ambient light.


The large button on the front of the transmitter tests the flash, while one below it allows users to switch between normal high-speed sync and second-curtain sync modes.


High-speed sync ensures the flash fires at shutter speeds up to 1/8,000sec for capturing action. Second-curtain sync allows the flash to fire at the end of an exposure, ideal for capturing ambient light while using flash. The bottom of the receiver features a 1/4in tripod thread, but if you have a shoe-mounting flash modifier you’ll need to buy a tripod-to-shoe adapter.


I was disappointed that the Hänhel Tuff TTL comes without an included shoe adapter, as it makes pairing it with shoe-mounted softboxes rather difficult. There’s also no functionality to adjust exposure compensation on the remote. However, it is exceptionally good value for money, well built and gives consistently good results in use without any misfiring issues.


This trigger set allows users to run multiple off-camera flashes on different groups and channels. The system can be used in manual or with TTL metering. The transmitter also lets users individually configure the lighting set-up, including adjusting exposure compensation for TTL flashguns.


Often the flash trigger of choice for many professional photographers, the PocketWizard kit works manually or TTL, with the option to adjust ±3EV using the AC3 accessory. However, it comes at a steep price.


Although these triggers don’t feature TTL metering, the Cactus V6 can be used to fire off-camera flashes and change the power setting from another V6 unit. As an added bonus, they can handily also be used on any camera using any type of flash.


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Hähnel Tuff TTL wireless triggers were released back in 2012, but they are still very well regarded as reliable off-camera flash-triggering kits. This particular kit comes as a pair, comprising a transmitter and a receiver, and is available in or fit. The receiver attaches to a flashgun and the transmitter attaches to the camera’s shoe.



Ilford Photo ‘totally committed’ to film photography after investment firm buyout – Amateur Photographer

Mark Anslow, CEO of Pemberstone Ventures said:  ‘We are very excited by the potential of the analogue photography movement and believe that Harman is uniquely placed to drive the resurgent film market into the future.’


‘We are seeing this very clearly. Our new owners will assist us to connect more effectively to this younger generation in the future, and we will prioritise this as our main goal over the next five years.’


Elton added: ‘We remain totally committed to analogue photography, and indeed to all forms of imaging. Our product range is uniquely stable and of the highest quality, and we can assure all of our customers that we will continue to support them in our customary way for the foreseeable future.’


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Harman technology, the manufacturer of Ilford Photo monochrome photographic products, remains ‘totally committed’ to analogue photography after it was bought by UK investment firm Pemberstone



Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens Review

’s latest wide-angle tilt-shift optic promises a higher quality over the entire imaging area and a wider range of lens movements over its predecessor.


As is usually the case with tilt-shift lenses, this optic isn’t inexpensive, costing around £1430. In this review, we’ll take a look at how it performs.


Build quality is typical of Canon’s L series lenses, with a robust textured black finish made from a combination of high-quality plastics and metal and the bayonet is metal. As a result, the lens has quite a bit of weight for its size and feels very solid, tipping the scales at 780g. Even so it balances well with the Canon EOS 6D body used for testing.


Although this lens has electronic contacts for focus confirmation and exposure, focusing needs to be performed manually, as is normal for tilt-shift lenses. Manual focusing is a pleasure, thanks to the well damped, smooth action of the focusing ring. The will confirm focus at the selected focusing point with a beep as normal. Closest focus is 21cm, which should be ideal for shooting in cramped environments, or even for close-up images.


The controls for tilt and shift movements are smooth to operate and the amount of force needed to turn the dials can be easily adjusted using another set of smaller dials by each control, which can also lock the lens at the desired setting. An additional switch to lock the tilt setting in place is also present. The lens can be shifted up to 12mm off axis, or tilted by up to 8.5 degrees, which provides plenty of scope for adjustment. A hyperfocal scale is marked onto the lens barrel although these values will only apply is no tilt movements are set. Both tilt and shift movement can be rotated independently, allowing tilt and shift movements to be aligned with each other if required or for shooting in portrait or landscape orientation.


Using the lens centred, with no shift, sharpness in the centre of the frame is already outstanding at maximum aperture, with excellent clarity towards the edge of the 35mm frame and this is the case until the lens is stopped down beyond f/8. With the lens fully shifted, sharpness hovers around very good levels furthest from the optical centre between f/3.5 and f/16.


Chromatic aberrations are extremely well controlled across the entire image area, with fringing remaining below a quarter of a pixel width at all aperture settings.


Due to the nature of the lens, it isn’t possible to accurately measure the falloff across the whole image circle with Imatest. Across the normal 35mm frame with the lens centred, the corners of the image are 1.6 stops darker than the image centre at maximum aperture and uniform illumination is achieved with the lens stopped down to f/5.6 or beyond. As is the case with other tilt-shift optics, applying a severe tilt or shift will darken the image in the viewfinder.


Only a minute amount of barrel distortion was detected by Imatest, with only 1.04% barrel distortion being present. This extremely low level of distortion should rarely need correction in image editing software.


Those looking for similar functionality on a budget may consider the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC lens. Although this lens has no electronic coupling with the camera, it does cost under half what the Canon optic does, being priced at around £650.


As you may expect for a top of the range Canon lens, this optic delivers superb clarity and is packaged in a robustly built and well-designed body. The controls for applying lens adjustments are easy to adjust and overall this lens should more than satisfy the needs of anyone after a tilt-shift optic.


However, the price of over £1400 is a bitter pill to swallow, especially when there is an alternative available for under half the price. The high price may make it difficult for many to justify, especially for a lens as specialised as this.


The blue column represents readings from the centre of the picture frame at the various apertures and the green is from the edges. Averaging them out gives the red weighted column.


Chromatic aberration is the lens’ inability to focus on the sensor or film all colours of visible light at the same point. Severe chromatic aberration gives a noticeable fringing or a halo effect around sharp edges within the picture. It can be cured in software.


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Olympus Stylus SH-2 Review

The Stylus SH-2 is a compact travel zoom that offers a 24x optical zoom lens, a 16 megapixel sensor, 3inch touch-screen and built-in Wi-Fi, along with a retro-styled camera body. 5-axis image stabilisation helps keep photos and video steady, and the camera has a number of advanced shooting modes including manual shooting, time-lapse video creation, live view composite shooting, nightscape mode, plus raw shooting.


The Olympus Stylus SH-2 offers a 24x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25-600mm in 35mm terms, f/3.0-6.9 in a pocketable metal and plastic camera body. 5-axis image stabilisation works for stills and video, which will help when using the optical zoom, shooting in low light, or recording video handheld. On the back is a 3inch touch-screen, with a 460,000 dot resolution.


The camera features classic styling, similar to the Olympus PEN series, as well as the film camera, the Olympus TRIP 35, and as a result looks more interesting than most compact cameras available.


Built-in Wi-Fi connects to the Olympus Image Share app and is available for Android and iOS devices. OI.Share lets you use it with compatible Olympus cameras for remote shooting, image transfer, image editing, and geotagging.


The camera has iAuto mode to automatically choose the best settings for the scene, and an automatic panoramic shooting mode makes it easy to create panoramic shots in camera. There are a number of scene modes including a Super Macro mode that lets you focus on subjects just 3cm away from the front of the lens.


The camera has a 1080p Full HD 60p movie mode, as well as time-lapse movie recording. It’s also possible to shoot photos while recording video without interrupting movie capture. A fast 240fps High-Speed Movie mode is available, albeit at a reduced resolution.


The classic styling of the camera looks very good, some would even say cool, with a solid black band across the middle, and silver metal plates across the top and bottom. Textured black plastic grips on the front and back of the camera may give the camera a stylish look, however they aren’t as grippy as rubber and therefore we’d recommend using the provided neck / shoulder strap. The camera has good build quality, although the battery and memory card compartment cover uses quite thin plastic.


You can use the 3inch touch-screen to set the focus position and shoot photos, simply by pressing the screen. However you can’t use the touch-screen to select and browse the menu options. The camera has a mode dial on top, along with a small number of buttons and controls, making the camera easy to use. The info button can be used to change what’s displayed on the screen and the camera features a dual-axis electronic level.


The 4-way pad is used to cycle through the camera menus. The shooting settings are displayed down the right hand side of the screen, with the available options listed dependent on the mode you are in. The rest of the settings are available via the menu button, and there is built-in help in the camera to help explain the options and settings.


Wi-Fi features – The camera features built-in Wi-Fi and the free Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app enables easy sharing of files (RAW / JPEG / MOV) with connected smart devices. Geotagging with GPS location information. Remote control of the camera from a smart device lets you set the zoom, self-timer, white balance and exposure (ISO, shutter speed, aperture), shooting and drive modes, AF area, and shutter. You can also edit images with custom signatures, Art Filters, and stamps.


Battery life – Battery life is rated at 380 shots according to Olympus / CIPA test results, which is very good for a compact camera, although extended use of Wi-Fi and flash is likely to reduce the battery life further.


Speed – We took a number of shots to test the camera’s responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.


Focus and shutter response are both very quick. After shooting 16 JPEG images, it takes 22 seconds for the camera to write the images to the memory card.


The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Olympus Stylus SH-2 Review – Reviewed, the Olympus Stylus SH-2 a compact camera with a 24x optical zoom lens, and classic styling, but with modern features like built in Wi-Fi and a 3inch touch screen.



Kingston Digital Release 512GB Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC Card

The new provides speeds of 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write. Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC cards also allow users to shoot full 1080p HD video and 3D video as well as transfer files faster. In addition to the new 512GB capacity, this card is also available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.


The 512GB capacity card, which is backed by a lifetime warranty, is available for £186.13 via the Kingston Digital online store. For more information, visit the Kingston Digital website.


Reviewed, the Stylus SH-2 a compact with a 24x optical zoom lens, and classic styling, but with modern features like built in Wi-Fi and a 3inch touch screen.


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