Thursday, 16 September 2010

Nikon News: new SB-700 Speedlight

Nikon have launched a new Speedlight flash, the SB-700

  • Versatile I-TTL (intelligent TTL) Speedlight compatible with FX and DX format SLRs, and the Nikon Creative Lighting System.

  • Multi-step power-zoom: covers a wide 24-120mm angle of view.

  • Intuitive operation: the large, easy-to-read LCD screen and conveniently placed controls make it easy to adjust settings.

  • Guide number: 25(EVEN)/28 (STD)/30 (CW) (FX-format, ISO 100, m, at 35mm). Maximum guide number: 38 (STD, FX-format, ISO 100, m, at 120mm).

  • Centre-weighted, Even and Standard illumination patterns can be selected to match the shooting situation at hand.

  • High-speed recycling time: approx. 2.5 seconds when using NiMH or alkaline batteries and approx. 3.5 seconds with lithium batteries.

  • A:B mode for quick wireless control: allows control of the light ratios of A and B group Speedlight units.

  • Firmware can be upgraded via the storage media in the attached camera.

  • Automatic thermal protection system: warns of excessive heat build up during high intensity firing and delays recycling time if necessary.

  • Automatic filter detection: Speedlight automatically adjusts the attached camera’s color temperature settings according to the color of the filter being used.

  • AF-Assist illumination: covers focal length of 24-135mm*. Compatible with Multi-CAM3500 AF sensors.

  • More details here.

    Nikon News: new 35mm and 200mm prime Nikkor lenses

    Nikon have launched a couple of new Nikkor lenses.

    AF-S NIKKOR 35mm F1.4G

    • Professional, wide-angle FX-format lens.
    • 35mm focal length (DX equivalent: 52.5mm) with fast f/1.4 aperture.
    • Outstanding optical performance: boasts an aspherical lens element for superior resolution and contrast.
    • Bright Viewfinder image.
    • Nano Crystal coat reduces ghost and flare.
    • 9-blade rounded diaphragm opening for super-smooth bokeh.
    • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet and accurate autofocus.
    • Durable weather-sealed magnesium body.
    • Detachable hood and soft case included.

    More details here.


    • Professional telephoto lens.
    • 200mm focal length (DX equivalent 400mm) with fast f/2 aperture.
    • Vibration Reduction II (VR II) stabilization system with Normal and Active modes. Lets you use shutter speeds that are up to 4 stops slower.
    • Nano Crystal coat reduces ghost and flare.
    • Three focus modes: instant manual focus override (M/A), manual (M) and instant auto focus override (A/M) that prioritizes autofocus even when the focus ring is in use.
    • Closest focusing distance: 1.9 m.
    • Three ED (Extra low Dispersion) and one super-ED glass elements ensure high resolution and superior contrast.
    • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet, accurate autofocus.
    • Durable weather-sealed magnesium body with meniscus glass to protect the front element.

    More details here.
  • Nikon news: D7000 mid-range DSLR launched

    Nikon have launched a new DLSR, the D7000.

    • 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
    • High ISO (100-6400) light sensitivity - extendable up to 25600
    • EXPEED 2: Nikon’s advanced image processing engine
    • Durable design with magnesium alloy top and rear covers
    • Twin SD card slots: SDXC compatible
    • Razor-sharp 39-point AF system

      More details here.

      Canon News: High-end G12 and SX30 IS PowerShots launched

      Canon have launched a couple of high-end compact cameras, the PowerShot G12 and PowerShot SX30IS, replacing the G11 and SX20IS respectively.


      • HS System
      • High-sensitivity 10 MP CCD
      • 28mm wide, 5x zoom lens, Hybrid IS
      • 7.0 cm (2.8") vari-angle LCD, Electronic Level, OVF
      • Front Dial, Full Manual & RAW
      • HD movies, HDMI
      • High Dynamic Range mode
      • Smart Auto
      • Multi-Aspect Shooting
      • Extensive accessory system

      More details available here.

      SX20 IS

      • 20x wide-angle (28mm) zoom lens with IS
      • 12.1 MP CCD
      • 2.5” vari-angle PureColor VA LCD
      • Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology
      • DIGIC 4
      • Motion Detection
      • Face Detection
      • Enhanced i-Contrast
      • HD movies (720p) with HDMI output
      • Hot shoe for external flash

      More details here.

      Saturday, 4 September 2010

      Richard Waters Photography Facebook Page

      I've launched my own Facebook page, where I'll upload my favourite photos. 

      So far, I've added photos of my home city, London, UK. Over the coming weeks, I'll start adding wildlife photos too.

      Please do have a visit and if you like what you see, feel free to 'like' my page, so you can find out about future updates more easily.