Sony A9 firmware update – enchanced continuous AF

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Sony has released a firmware update for its professional camera, the Alpha A9.

Firmware version 2.00 provides the following benefits:

Continuous AF Enhancements:

  • Enhanced performance of continuous auto focus on moving subjects
  • Enhanced stability of the AF-C when zooming

Added Functions:

  • Adds the function to assign Protecting images to custom Key
  • Adds the function to transfer (FTP) protected files at once
    Note: Only for images protected using version 2.00 or higher.
  • Displays wired LAN MAC address
  • Inputs IPTC metadata to files
    Note: IPTC information must be created beforehand using the IPTC Metadata Preset software.
  • Inputs camera serial number to metadata

Other Improvements:

  • Improves operational stability
  • Improves accuracy of the overheating warning function

Download firmware at:

https://alphauniverse.com/stories/sony-announces-a9-firmware-update-2-00/

Samyang Announced AF 14mm F/2.8 EF Lens for Canon

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Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF

January 8th, 2018, Seoul, South Korea – Global optics brand, Samyang Optics is pleased to unveil its first autofocus lens for Canon full frame DSLR cameras: AF 14mm F2.8EF. This light weight wide angle lens inherits the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series and delivers a quiet, fast and accurate autofocus system.

World Class Wide Angle Lens, Samyang 14mm

This first EF mount autofocus lens from Samyang encapsulates the brand’s universally respected optical technology, especially in the wide angle lens category. From a total of 15 lenses in 10 groups, 7 special optic lenses have been chosen in the production of this lens, to maximize the image quality.

The use of 2 aspherical lenses, 4 high-refractive lenses, and 1 extra-low dispersion lens minimizes distortion and various aberrations while producing crystal clear resolution. The remarkably even image quality from centre to corner of the wide 116.6 degree angle of view appears distinctly on its MTF chart.

Ideal Autofocus Lens with High Usability

Importantly, the minimised weight and movement of the focusing lens group enables quiet and pleasant autofocusing with high accuracy. This compact Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF weighs only 485g without lens caps and hood and is the best travel partner to capture unforgettable moments on your journey.

Weather-sealing and a built-in AF/MF switch increase usability.

Available from February 2018

This world-wide Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF inherits the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series from the manual focus 14mm F2.8, the premium XP 14mm F2.4, the AF 14mm F2.8 FE autofocus lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras and professional cinema lenses, and the XEEN 14mm, 16mm and 20mm.

The lens will be available globally from February and a suggested retail price is EUR 699.

Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 14 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Canon EF
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Optics
Elements 15
Groups 10
Special elements / coatings 1 ED, 2 ASP, 4 HR + Ultra Multi Coating
Focus
Minimum focus 0.20 m (7.87)
Maximum magnification 0.15×
Autofocus Yes
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter No
Physical
Weight 485 g (1.07 lb)
Diameter 91 mm (3.58)
Length 96 mm (3.78)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Power zoom Unknown
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No

GoPro Sales Double After Price Cut, Karma Game Over

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GoPro Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2017 Results

SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) today reported certain preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017. GoProexpects revenue to be approximately $340 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Fourth quarter revenue includes a negative impact of approximately $80 million for price protection on HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session cameras, as well as the Karma drone.

GoPro expects GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2017 to be between 24% and 26%. Non-GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2017 is expected to be between 25% and 27%. Non-GAAP gross margin for the same period, excluding the price protection impact of $80 million and other charges of between $19 million and $21 million, is expected to be between 44% and 46%. GoPro expects GAAP operating expenses to be between $136 million and $140 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 and non-GAAP operating expenses to be between $118 million and $122 million for the same period.

GoPro ended the fourth quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $247 million, up $50 million over the third quarter of 2017.

“As we noted in our November earnings call, at the start of the holiday quarter we saw soft demand for our HERO5 Black camera,” said GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman. “Despite significant marketing support, we found consumers were reluctant to purchase HERO5 Black at the same price it launched at one year earlier. Our December 10 holiday price reduction provided a sharp increase in sell-through.”

Globally, HERO5 Black sell-through more than doubled in the two weeks following the December 10 price reduction, while HERO5 Session sell-through roughly tripled.

Sales of the newly introduced flagship HERO6 Black camera performed as expected during the fourth quarter. On January 7, GoPro lowered the price of its premium model, HERO6 Black from US$499 to US$399 to align with its good, better, best product strategy.

Initial uptake of GoPro’s newly launched spherical camera, Fusion, was better than expected during the quarter.

“GoPro is committed to turning our business around in 2018,” said Nicholas Woodman. “We entered the new year with strong sell-through and are excited with our hardware and software roadmap. We expect that going forward, our roadmap coupled with a lower operating expense model will enable GoPro to return to profitability and growth in the second half of 2018.”

2018 Products and Operating Expenses

In 2018, GoPro will continue to innovate with several new products aimed at new and existing customers. GoPro’s sharper focus will enable an US$80 million reduction in operating expenses compared to 2017 levels, resulting in a target operating expense level of below US$400 million for 2018 on a non-GAAP basis.

The lower non-GAAP operating expense target will be achieved through a variety of strategies, including:

  • GoPro is reducing its global workforce from 1,254 employees as of September 30, 2017 to fewer than 1,000 employees worldwide.
  • GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman will reduce his 2018 cash compensation to $1.
  • Although Karma reached the #2 market position in its price band in 2017, the product faces margin challenges in an extremely competitive aerial market. Furthermore, a hostile regulatory environment in Europe and the United States will likely reduce the total addressable market in the years ahead. These factors make the aerial market untenable and GoPro will exit the market after selling its remaining Karma inventory. GoPro will continue to provide service and support to Karma customers.

A restructuring of GoPro’s business will result in an estimated aggregate charge of $23 million to $33 million, including approximately $13 million to $18 million of cash expenditures as a result of a reduction in force, substantially all of which are severance and related costs, as well as approximately $10 million to $15 million of other charges, consisting primarily of non-cash items. GoPro expects to recognize most of the restructuring charges in the first quarter of 2018. GoPro will provide more detail on its 2017 results and 2018 outlook in its fourth quarter earnings report which will take place in early February.

Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer

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The most successful GoPro series is definitely is HERO 3…where GoPro went public in Year 2014…

Just hours after GoPro’s disappointing Q4 2017 report—in which the company outlined a cost-cutting plan and announced that it would no longer be making drones—CNBC is reporting that the action cam giant has “put itself up for sale.”

The report cites “people familiar with the matter” who asked not to be named, but who told the network that GoPro hired J.P. Morgan Chase “some months ago” to find a buyer. The sources claim no buyer has come forward as of yet, but GoPro CEO Nick Woodman himself confirmed that the company would be open to a partnership or buyout.

Speaking to CNBC earlier today, Woodman said:

If there are opportunities for us to unite with a bigger parent company to scale GoPro even bigger, that is something that we would look at.

GoPro has suffered setback after setback since it went public in 2014, with lackluster action cam sales due at least in part to increased competition from smaller manufacturers, a disastrous launch (and recall) of the Karma drone, multiple rounds of layoffs, and its unceremonious exit from the drone market today. The stock price chart is… not pretty:

Chart via Google Finance

Interestingly enough, after taking a dive on the Q4 report, GoPro’s stock actually recovered a bit on news that the company was seeking a sale.

Still, despite a market cap of a little over $1 billion, you can bet that any potential buyer will be eyeing a price well below that mark unless the company’s plan to “[turn] the business around in 2018” starts to show some results.

Insta360 unveils new, 4K capable Nano S 360-degree camera for iPhone

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Insta360 is a company known for its affordable, consumer 360-degree camera dongles. The Insta360 One and Air are its current models for iPhone and Android, respectively, but the camera started out with the iPhone-only Nano in 2016. For CES, Insta360 has now launched an upgraded Nano S that keeps the original model’s form factor, so accessories can still be used, but comes with upgraded interior components.

Compared to the original Nano, video capture has been bumped from 3K to 4K resolution and stills are now captured at a whopping 20MP, a nice step up from the previous 4.6MP stills. In addition, you can now choose between a matte black and silver version.The Nano S doesn’t just provide higher resolution recording, though, it also comes with a couple of new features. MultiView Shooting allows you to output conventional video footage with two or three camera angles, and 360-degree Video Chat gives any recipient a live 360-degree spherical view of the caller’s location, even without using the Insta360 app, the caller simply needs to share a link.

A foldable stand for easy video calls or 360-degree selfies comes included in the package.

Nikon Announces 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens with built-in teleconverter

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NIKON ANNOUNCES NEW AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR SUPER TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS AT CES 2018

LAS VEGAS — CES BOOTH #14018 (January 8, 2018) – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens, which is ideally suited for photographing sports and wildlife with astounding speed and clarity. This professional level FX-format lens is more versatile than ever, and has been updated with the newest NIKKOR lens technologies including Nikon’s first ever built-in teleconverter and an advanced optical formula to enhance performance and minimize weight.

“This lens is a great example of how Nikon continues to push the boundaries of innovation and what’s possible with pro-level optics and high-end imaging equipment,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

Popular Pro-Level Lens Gets Even More Versatile

This new NIKKOR lens is a professional super-telephoto zoom lens, which is even more versatile with an extended wide range of 180-400mm, and a constant f/4 aperture to easily isolate a subject from the sidelines, even in challenging light. This is also the first NIKKOR lens to include a built-in 1.4X teleconverter, allowing photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252-560mm1 (FX-format) focal range. The teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and is easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder. When used on the Nikon D500 and other DX-format DSLRs, the focal length is the equivalent of 270-600mm (378-840mm with teleconverter engaged).

Whether capturing fast-moving winter sports on the slopes or elusive wildlife at a distance, photographers can shoot with confidence from this high performance NIKKOR lens. The new 180-400mm f/4 is optimized for high-speed capture, and features an electromagnetic diaphragm, helping to create smooth and consistent exposures while shooting high-speed bursts of images. What’s more, the AF tracking algorithm controlling the motor drive has been enhanced to increase tracking performance of fast moving subjects. When using cameras equipped with Nikon’s advanced 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to significantly enhance the AF coverage throughout the frame.2

Enhanced Performance with the Addition of New Technology

The lens now uses a fluorite element, which contributes to improved balance while minimizing weight. To further enhance handling and agility, the lens has adopted a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to create a seamless transition from shooting horizontal to vertical composition. The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops3 of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.

The lens construction includes the use of durable magnesium alloy for weight reduction, while the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating is also used to help repel water droplets and dirt.

The optical formula of the lens uses eight Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, doubling the amount of ED elements used by its predecessor, the NIKKOR 200-400mm. These help to provide extremely sharp and detailed images and 4K UHD / 1080p video, and is ideally mated to high resolution Nikon DSLR cameras. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is used to effectively suppress instances of ghosting and flare.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens will be available in March 2018 for a suggested retail price of $12,399.954. For more information on this NIKKOR lens and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

1. When the built-in or an external teleconverter is used, the focal length may not be displayed correctly in shooting information / Image data.
2. This feature will be available with a firmware upgrade for the D5, D850 and D500 as of March 2018
3. Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when FX-format compatible lenses are attached to a FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 180–400 mm
Image stabilization Yes
CIPA Image stabilization rating 4 stop(s)
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F4
Minimum aperture F32
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 27
Groups 19
Special elements / coatings 1 fluorite + 8 ED elements and Nano Crystal + Super Intergrated + fluorine coatings
Focus
Minimum focus 2.00 m (78.74)
Maximum magnification 0.25×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter Yes
Physical
Weight 3500 g (7.72 lb)
Diameter 128 mm (5.04)
Length 363 mm (14.29)
Materials Magnesium alloy
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 40.5 mm
Filter notes Uses drop-in filters
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes
Other
Notes Has a built-in 1.4x teleconverter

HASSELBLAD Announces Winners of Masters Awards 2018 – Nabil Rosman from Malaysia, won Project//21

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HASSELBLAD ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF MASTERS AWARDS 2018

Hasselblad Masters is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most prestigious professional photography competitions. The winners are chosen through a combination of a public vote and a professional Masters Jury – comprised internationally renowned photographers and imaging experts.

Every Hasselblad Masters award winner will hold the title of ‘Hasselblad Master’ and be a brand ambassador for two years. In addition, they will receive a brand new Hasselblad medium format camera and be invited to shoot for a collaborative project with Hasselblad. This project will be printed and released in the bi-annual Hasselblad Masters book.

Winners will receive their awards, medium format cameras, and trophies at a special Photokina 2018 ceremony in Cologne, Germany this September.

Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Marketing Manager: “Over 30 000 images were submitted to this year’s competition and that was a record, we are glad to see the competition is growing every year.”

Masters Jury member and professional photographer Tom Oldham said: “It really struck me how progressive many of the entries were this year and how far the entrants were willing to push the brief. These were the photographers who caught my eye – the ballsy, out-there risk-takers who make compelling pictures that refuse to be ignored. I’m proud to have helped to get this great kit into their hands – their images deserve it.”

The Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 winners are:
Aerial – Jorge de la Torriente – Miami, USA
Architecture – Kamilla Hanapova – St. Petersburg, Russia
Art – Maria Svarbova – Bratislava, Slovakia
Beauty & Fashion – Michal Baran – Trim, Ireland
Landscape – Benjamin Everett – Lopez Island, USA
Portrait – Tina Signesdottir Hult – Torvastad, Norway
Product – Marcin Gizycki – Warszawa, Poland
Project//21 – Nabil Rosman – Kota Bharu, Malaysia
Street / Urban – Ben Thomas – Kyneton, Australia
Wedding – Victor Hamke – Leipzig, Germany
Wildlife – Karim Iliya – Haiku, USA

The Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 jury are:
Tom Oldham – Photographer
Ali Rajabi – Past Master
Martin Hausler – Photographer
Katrina Belkina – Past Master
Swee Oh – Past Master
Lars van de Goor – Past Master
Tim Flach – Photographer
Kevin Then – Photographer
Bara Prasilova – Past Master
Damien Demolder – Journalist
Blair Bunting – Photographer
Hans van Ommeren – Past Master
Mads Nissen – Photographer
Kevin Raber – Journalist

For more information and images:
http://www.hasselblad.com/press
http://www.hasselblad.com/masters

Sony Announced E-mount 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens for APS-C bodies

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Sony Adds High Magnification, High Quality 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 APS-C Zoom Lens to E-mount Lens Lineup

New Compact, Lightweight E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Features Outstanding Sharpness and Fast, Precise, Quiet AF for a wide variety of still and video applications

SAN DIEGO, Jan 4, 2018 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced its 48th E-mount lens. This new APS-C lens features a versatile 18-135mm focal length, aperture range of F3.5-F5.6 and Optical SteadyShot™ stabilization.

The new lens (model SEL18135) features a compact, lightweight design measuring only 2.75 x 3.5 inches and weighing in at a mere 11.5 oz, as well as a high magnification 7.5x optical zoom that covers the wide-ranging focal length of 18-135mm on APS-C or 27-202.5mm in 35mm equivalent focal length. The lens is an ideal fit for Sony’s popular APS-C sensor cameras including α6500, α6300 and α6000, and is an extremely useful tool for a wide range of shooting situations ranging from daily life to portraiture, landscape, nature and travel photography.

The E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS produces outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entire zoom range thanks to its advanced design featuring one aspherical lens and two extra-low dispersion glass elements that minimize aberrations. This lens also allows photographers to produce close-up images with pleasing ‘bokeh’ or background defocus as a result of its maximum magnification ratio of 0.29x and minimum focus distance of 1.48ft. It also offers built-in optical image stabilization to support handheld shooting.

Additionally, the 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens offers fast, precise, quiet AF performance thanks to a linear motor, making it a perfect complement to the high-speed shooting and impressive video capabilities of many of Sony’s mirrorless cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The new E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C Zoom Lens will ship next month and will be sold for about $600 US and $780 CA.

Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 18–1325 mm
Image stabilization Yes
Lens mount Sony E
Aperture
Maximum aperture F3.5–5.6
Minimum aperture F22–36
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Optics
Elements 16
Groups 12
Special elements / coatings 1 aspherical + 2 ED elements
Focus
Minimum focus 0.45 m (17.72)
Maximum magnification 0.29×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Linear Motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 325 g (0.72 lb)
Diameter 67 mm (2.64)
Length 88 mm (3.46)
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock No
Filter thread 55 mm
Hood supplied No
Tripod collar No

Report: GoPro has laid off 200-300 more staff from its drone division

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Californian action camera manufacturer GoPro has laid off between 200 and 300 staff, according to a report by TechCrunch. The report claims the redundancies have been made in the division of the company that builds it aerial offering—the Karma drone—and that GoPro cited a need to “better align our resources with business requirements” as the reason for the layoffs.

GoPro has suffered in recent times, with its share price taking a hammering and profits showing in negative figures. One of the main reasons for this was the much-anticipated Karma drone, which had to be recalled after it was discovered the battery could shake itself loose, causing the device to lose power mid-flight and plummet back to Earth.

The company claims that, since returning to stores, Karma has been the number 2 best-selling drone priced above $1,000 in the US for a period of six months up to September 2017. Even so, it would have faced (and still does) stiff competition from former partner DJI.

GoPro’s November report to shareholders announced increased revenue of $300 million, up 37% on the same quarter last year, and a gross margin of 40%. The company was in profit too, making $15 million against a loss of $104 million in the third quarter of 2016. However, the share price has remained low, with current trading at $7.51 against a high of $90 in October 2014.

After 370 job cuts in 2016 and early 2017 the company stated that it employed 1,327 people, but that number is now set to drop to close to 1,000, according to the TechCrunch report.

GoPro, which has been operating under the name since 2004, hasn’t commented on the claims, but the job losses have come between the end of the financial year (December 31st) and the company’s annual report, which would seem the logical time to do it.

Canon Properous Giveaway (3rd Jan 2018 ~ 28th Feb 2018)

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Canon Properous Giveaway (3rd Jan 2018 ~ 28th Feb 2018)

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Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018)
(Canon Malaysia)

RM5,199.00 (incl.
GST)
RM4,664.00 (incl.
GST)


[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-150mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery, Camera Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018) (Canon Malaysia)

[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera with
18-150mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery,
Camera Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb
2018) (Canon Malaysia)

RM6,399.00 (incl.
GST)
RM5,724.00 (incl.
GST)


[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery, Camera Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018) (Canon Malaysia)

[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Free
16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery, Camera Bag & Mount
Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018) (Canon
Malaysia)

RM3,409.00 (incl.
GST)
RM3,127.00 (incl.
GST)


[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery, Camera Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018) (Black) (Canon Malaysia)

[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with
15-45mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery, Camera
Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018)
(Black) (Canon Malaysia)

RM3,949.00 (incl.
GST)
RM3,582.80 (incl.
GST)


[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery, Camera Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018) (Silver) (Canon Malaysia)

[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with
15-45mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery, Camera
Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018)
(Silver) (Canon Malaysia)

RM3,949.00 (incl.
GST)
RM3,582.80 (incl.
GST)


[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-150mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery, Camera Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018) (Black) (Canon Malaysia)

[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with
18-150mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery,
Camera Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb
2018) (Black) (Canon Malaysia)

RM5,259.00 (incl.
GST)
RM4,664.00 (incl.
GST)


[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-150mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery, Camera Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb 2018) (Silver) (Canon Malaysia)

[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with
18-150mm Lens (Free 16GB Memory Card, Extra Canon Battery,
Camera Bag & Mount Adapter without Tripod Collar Till 28th Feb
2018) (Silver) (Canon Malaysia)

RM5,259.00 (incl.
GST)
RM4,664.00 (incl.
GST)


[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS-M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (Black) (Free 16GB SD Card + Extra battery + Camera Bag) (Canon Malaysia)

[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS-M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS
STM (Black) (Free 16GB SD Card + Extra battery + Camera Bag)
(Canon Malaysia)

RM2,499.00 (incl.
GST)
RM2,226.00 (incl.
GST)


[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS-M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (Grey) (Free 16GB SD Card + Extra Battery + Camera Bag) (Canon Malaysia)

[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS-M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS
STM (Grey) (Free 16GB SD Card + Extra Battery + Camera Bag)
(Canon Malaysia)

RM2,499.00 (incl.
GST)
RM2,226.00 (incl.
GST)


[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS-M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (White) (Free 16GB SD Card + Extra Battery + Camera Bag) (Canon Malaysia)

[Canon Prosperous] Canon EOS-M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS
STM (White) (Free 16GB SD Card + Extra Battery + Camera Bag)
(Canon Malaysia)

RM2,499.00 (incl.
GST)
RM2,226.00 (incl.
GST)

 

 

Fujifilm X-A3 New Year Promotions till 31st Jan 2018

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Fujifilm Malaysia has just announced their promotions for the new year.

Terms & Conditions

  1. All prices inclusive GST.
  2. Valid until 31st January 2018.
  3. While stocks last.
  4. FUJIFILM (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd reserved the right to amend Terms & Conditions this campaign without prior notice. Any decision made by the management of FUJIFILM (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd shall be final and no correspondence will be entertained.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding this promotion, you may contact us at:

FUJIFILM Malaysia
Tel : +603 – 7966 0799
Email : fmal.digital@fujifilm.com

Nikon Malaysia I AM Prosperous Promo – 1st Jan – 28th Feb 2018

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Nikon Malaysia I AM Prosperous Promo – 1st Jan – 28th Feb 2018  (1st Jan – 28th February 2018) Consumers Campaign

Model 1+1 Year Extended Warranty Consumers Campaign
D750 Kit & Body Free 1x AF-S 50mm f/1.8G + 1x Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt

(online redemption only)

D500 Body Free 1x Nikon Prostaff 7s 8×42 Binocular + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt
(online redemption only)
D7500 Kit & Body Free 1x AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt

(online redemption only)

D7200 Kit & Body Free 1x AF 50mm f/1.8D + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt

(online redemption only)

D5600 18-140mm Kit, 18-55mm Kit & Body Free 1x AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt

(online redemption only)

D3400 Kit & Body Free 1x EN-EL14a battery + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt

(online redemption only)

COOLPIX P900 Free 1x EN-EL23 Battery
(online redemption only)

 Nikon Malaysia Redemption Program (“NMRP”)

Terms & Conditions:

  1. By registering in Nikon Club website (www.nikonclub.com.my), you acknowledge and agree that Nikon Malaysia may use your Account name and password for all valid business purposes it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, to (a) access and update your Account information and records, and/or (b) assist you with applying for extended warranty or redeeming products which is offered by Nikon Malaysia.
  1. Nikon Malaysia reserves the right to amend, modify or cancel the promotion/campaign at any time, with or without notice.
  2. Subsidiaries/Business Partner/Dealers are strictly NOT allowed to participate in NMPR Campaign.
  3. By participating in this promotion, customers are bound by the terms and conditions herein contained.
  4. You are required to submit your product redemption online via www.nikonclub.com.my.
  1. The camera purchased must be an original Nikon Malaysia warranty set and it’s NOT valid for grey set.
  2. It is a condition that you are responsible for retaining information relating to the proof of date of purchase (ie. Purchase Receipt/Tax Invoice/Nikon Malaysia Warranty Card), which is required in order for Nikon Malaysia to fulfill the product redemption.
  3. You are only eligible for product redemption if the transaction dates in the proof of purchase (ie. Purchase Receipt/Tax Invoice) falls within the said promotion period.
  4. This promotion is valid for NikonD750/ D500/ D7500/ D7200/ D5600/ D3400/ COOLPIX P900 and their respective body/kit combinations, purchased during the period 1st January – 28th February 2018 only.
  5. Online redemption of EW and all FOC items to consumers closes on 11:59pm, 7th March 2018. Late registration will not be entertained.
  6. Each serial number is valid for single redemption (free gift) only according to the promotion. Duplicate claim will be rejected.
  7. Please retain your proof of purchase (ie. Purchase Receipt/Tax Invoice) to apply for Extended Warranty or Product Redemption.
  1. Product Redemption or/and
    1. Product redemption is applicable for customers in Malaysia only.
  1. The delivery of free gifts is valid for address in Malaysia only and strictly no P.O. Box delivery.
    1. The redemption product(s) will be delivered to you within 7 to 21 working days upon approval. For smoother process, kindly ensure all the required details and documents are complete.
    2. The redeemed free product is non-refundable and non-exchangeable for cash or any other gift/products.
  1. This promotion is always subject to stock availability on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

  1. The decision of Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is final and binding; no appeal shall be entertained for any reason whatsoever.
  2. Nikon Malaysia is committed to maintain the security of your personal information and data in accordance with the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010. For full privacy policy, please visit https://www.nikonclub.com.my/pages/Terms.aspx

YongNuo Announced 14mm F/2.8 Autofocus Lens in Canon Mount

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Yongnuo has made a name for itself as the go-to brand for cheap photo gear, and that includes several Canon lens alternatives (some of which seem like outright clones) that sacrifice some quality while slashing 60-80% or even more off the price. So far, Yongnuo has released its own versions of Canon’s 50mm F1.8, 35mm F2, 85mm F1.8, and 100mm F2. And today, they add one more to the list.

Meet the Yongnuo YN 14mm F2.8: a lens that looks very similar to Canon’s own 14mm F2.8L II. Here they are side by side:

According to Yongnuo’s description, the YN 14mm F2.8 sports 12 lens elements in 9 groups (Canon’s has 14 elements in 11 groups) and a 7-blade aperture (Canon’s has 6 blades). The other big difference is the focus motor. The Canon 14mm F2.8L II USM has an ultrasonic motor, while Yongnuo’s 14mm sports a standard DC motor; expect a much louder experience if you’re going to try out this lens.

The minimum focusing distance (0.2 meters), aperture range (F2.8-F22), magnification (0.15x), and angle of view (114°) are all identical.

Finally, the Yongnuo 14mm F2.8 will feature the same USB connection as the company’s 100mm F2, allowing for firmware updates that could help sand down the lens’ rougher edges after it makes its way into consumer hands.

For now, we don’t know when the Yongnuo YN 14mm F2.8 will officially arrive at online retailers, but we’ll keep an eye out for you.

As for cost, the Canon 14mm F2.8L II retails for $2,100. And while we don’t yet know exactly how much Yongnuo plans to charge for the YN 14mm F2.8, you can bet it’ll cost a whole lot less than two grand. To give you a frame of reference, Canon’s 100mm F2 USM lens goes for $500; the Yongnuo knock-off is just 160 bucks.

To learn more about this lens, head over to the Yongnuo website.

DPreview 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for students

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Dpreview has recently published their DPreview 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for students

If you’re looking to learn more about photography there are some great cameras available. We’ve chosen a handful of models that offer an affordable way into photography, but give you plenty of scope to grow as you develop your skills. We’ve highlighted the two whose level of control and range of available lenses mean you won’t find yourself held back as your photography develops.


Our pick: Nikon D5600

There’s a lot to say for buying into a well-established system if you’re going to be taking your camera to classes or workshops. Nikon is, of course, one of those systems, and we think that the mid-range D5600 will fit a student photographer just right.

The D5600’s 24MP sensor is capable of great-looking JPEGs and excellent Raw image quality in terms of both dynamic range and low light performance. It’s a fairly compact camera, but controls don’t feel fiddly. Autofocus performance for viewfinder shooting is at the top of the class —live view AF is better with AF-P lenses, but generally lags behind Canon’s Dual Pixel system.

Simply put, it’s a highly capable camera that will continue to deliver good results for many years to come.

Also recommended: Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm’s X-series cameras are gaining plenty of recognition among photographers, and we think the Fujifilm X-T20 is well worth your consideration.

It offers Fuji’s 24MP X-Trans sensor and all of the wonderful film-like JPEG processing modes that come with it. It uses a version of the X-T2’s very good AF system, offers a high-quality built-in electronic viewfinder and provides decent 4K video capture. Fujifilm offers a fine selection of lenses, so while you might not be borrowing them from Canon and Nikon-toting peers, it’s a good system to grow into when you’re able to purchase more glass.

Oh, and that vintage DSLR-styling is easy on the eyes too.


We considered all of the cameras below when picking our winner, and even though we think the the D5600 is the best all-rounder, the other products on our shortlist are all worthy contenders.

If you’re not convinced by our pick, take a look at the following cameras and read on for a detailed breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses.

Also consider:

Lightroom 6.14 Final Update Adds Sony a7R III & FE 24-105 F4 G Support

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Lightroom 6.14 Final Update Adds Sony a7R III & FE 24-105 F4 G Support

If the release of Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC on October 18th was the beginning of the end for standalone Lightroom, today marks the end of the end. Adobe has released the final standalone Lightroom, version 6.14, adding some bug fixes and camera and lens compatibility, but otherwise using the opportunity to encourage users to jump on the subscription bandwagon.

To their credit, Adobe isn’t hiding this fact. They announced that this final update was coming all the way back in October, and today’s update announcement notes state the facts plainly:

Lightroom 6.14 is the last perpetual, standalone version of Lightroom.

While you may continue to purchase and use Lightroom 6 with a perpetual license, Adobe will no longer provide updates to the software. Consider upgrading to the Creative Cloud Photography plan to get the latest updates in Lightroom Classic CC and the all-new Lightroom CC, and ensure that the software works with raw files from the newest cameras.

As of today, Lightroom 6 becomes an ‘unsupported product.’

Of course, that’s okay if you plan to use it with a camera you currently own and don’t intend to upgrade any time soon. Problems—or, rather, inconveniences—arise with your next camera purchase. That camera won’t be supported by Lightroom 6, and you’ll be forced to use Adobe’s DNG converter before importing your images.

Not to mention the OS compatibility issues that will inevitably arise as Microsoft and Apple continue releasing new operating systems.

If that all sounds like too much of a hassle, and a Creative Cloud subscription is simply out of the question, it might be time to check out some of the popular alternatives that we’ve been testing and writing about recently.

Click here to download the latest (and last) version of Lightroom 6.