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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

New SB-910 Nikon i-TTL Speedlight


New Nikon Speedlight:
30th Nov 2011.
UPDATED 1st Dec 2011:
According to sources, the Nikon SB-910 Speedlight will be available from 15th December 2011 with an RRP of £449.99, that's down £200 on the first price that I heard it would be. Great News NOW...


Nikon today introduces a brand-new flagship i-TTL Speedlight; the Nikon SB-910 that replaces the highly regarded SB-900.

Don's Comment:
I've had an SB-800 Since 2007 and it's still working perfectly well today Dec 2011. However, I'm looking to try out more off camera flash photography and will be upgrading soon, but will this workhorse from Nikon be worth splashing out on? If the quality is indeed the same as the old SB-800, then I'm sure it will be worth every penny in the long-run. What I've loved about the SB-800 is that even on camera, my shots of family and friends at weddings and events look fantastic.

I'll keep this page updated with video and reviews as they become available. So keep popping back.

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Specifications and Fluff from Nikon's News:Fast, versatile and powerful, with re-designed menus and controls, the SB-910 offers extensive opportunities for on-camera or wireless flash photography. A powerful tool for professionals who demand studio quality lighting, the new model combines enhanced operation with an extended zoom range of 17-200mm and three illumination patterns for total control over flash coverage.

“The SB-900 cemented its position as a class-leading flash”, says Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe. He goes on: “and now the new SB-910 is set to continue this legacy, taking operability to the next level with improved ergonomics and more intuitive control.”


Light Control

 The SB-910 is a powerful portable light source that delivers precise flash exposures and seamless fill-flash performance—even in challenging lighting situations. Perfect for professionals seeking complete control over the quality of light, it offers Centre-weighted, Even and Standard illumination patterns to accommodate any shooting environment and can cover a zoom range of 17-200mm while maintaining an even light distribution. Bounce flash capability is provided through a head that can be tilted up to 90º, down to 7º and rotated horizontally through 180º to the right and to the left. The thermal protection system has been improved allowing more optimal heat detection and recycling time management.

Smooth Operator

 The SB-910 boasts refined ergonomics and re-designed menus for more intuitive control, with the same reliability as its predecessor. Menus are clearer and the selector dial incorporates a groove so you can feel when you change settings. Illuminated buttons offer better visibility in the dark and the SB-910 includes hard cover (plastic) colour filters that are more durable and easier to attach.

Part of the acclaimed Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-910 is easily incorporated into multiple-flash lighting set-ups.

Major Features

 • Professional i-TTL (intelligent TTL) Speedlight: compatible with FX- and DX-format SLR cameras. Part of the Nikon Creative Lighting System, it offers total control over flash coverage.

• Guide number: 34 (STD)/39 (CW)/31 (EVEN) (FX-format, ISO 100, m, at 35 mm) Maximum guide number: 54.5 (CW, FX-format, ISO 100, m, at 135 mm)

• Centre-weighted, Even and Standard illumination patterns: Centre-weighted mode concentrates illumination to the centre of the frame, useful when using a telephoto lens. Even mode diffuses light evenly across the frame, useful when taking group shots. Standard mode offers a standard balance of power and light distribution.

• Multi-step auto zoom covers wide 17-200mm zoom range.

• Refined ergonomics for intuitive operation. Boasts a large LCD screen, clear menu systems, conveniently placed controls and illuminated buttons that offer more comfortable operation in low light.

• Automatic detection of sensor format: automatically recognizes FX- or DX-format cameras.

• High-speed recycling time of 2.3 seconds when using LR6 NiMH batteries.

• AF-Assist illumination: compatible with Multi-CAM 3500 FX/DX AF sensor module.

• Bounce capability: rotates 180º horizontally to the right and to the left; tilts up to 90º and down to 7º.

• Thermal protection system: warns of excessive heat buildup during high intensity firing.

• Hard-type incandescent and fluorescent colour filters included.

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

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

Thursday, 24 November 2011

News & Review Fujifilm X-S1



The Fujifilm X-S1:

What a STONKER: With a 26X Zoom Lense, you're sure to capture the action. Family photos will be a breeze with 0.01 sec shutter lag. You'll be able to capture all the wriggling kiddles, and great sports too. I can't wait to get my hands on the amazing fujifilm X-S1.


It really does Look like a great brand new Bridge-Camera from Fuji.
Due for release in Feb 2012.
Launching in February 2012, in the UK the X-S1 will have an estimated selling price of £699 and will be the MOST Expensive Bridge Camera to date, but will it be worth that almost £700.00 price tag? Let's see.

From viewing the videos and reading the specifications I'm really impressed, but as always it will be the quality of the actual images that this camera can capture that will really interest photographers. However, as with most Fujifilm bridge cameras I'm sure they will be superb.

What's Different from other Bridge Cameras?
The Fujifilm X-S1 has the largest sensor of them all. Yahoooo, that should mean fine quality shots. BUT, isn't there always a but? LOL. Be sure to check out the sensor size chart and you'll see that it's not all that big, so cramming soooooo many meggas into something as small as this will surely degrade image quality. You can fit FOUR of these sensors on a Nikon D700 Full Frame Sensor. I'll wait until I can see actual pictures from photographers before making final judgement though.

I'm so pleased that it also has a Mechanical Zoom (this is just great for real photographers who can't stand those slow electronic zooms of other compacts.) In fact this Bridge camera seems to have all the controls you'd find on a DSLR, but you won't need to carry any extra lenses whilst on holiday with this one.

I hope and believe this will be a great bridge camera, but what do you think?
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Could this be the only camera you'll ever need?




Check out the Video Reviews and Specifications below. I'll be updating this page as more reviews become available. But can't wait to get a Hands ON to review it myself.

Review from Which...



Getting Started Video: A very basic introduction to the Fujifilm X-S1 from Fuji Guys.


Release Video


Fujifilm Fujifilm X-S1 Videos.

Fuji Guys




Fujifilm X-S1 Specifications:
From Fuji News: The X-S1 represents a new breed of bridge cameras. Built in Japan to exacting standards, the body has a high-quality look and feel with metal dials, a rubberised coating and superior handling characteristics that will appeal to the discerning photo enthusiast.

In addition, the X-S1 offers a premium picture-taking performance to match its looks. From the high-quality Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens through to the EXR sensor taken from the X10 and the wide range of functions, the X-S1 puts the photographer in complete control.

Maximum optical versatility

The centrepiece of the X-S1 is the Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens. Offering a range of 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) it caters perfectly for every photographic need and features a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture at the wide-angle setting.

This optical range is boosted further by Fujifilm's Intelligent Digital Zoom capability, which effectively doubles the focal range without the drop in picture quality normally associated with digital zoom functions. As a result, the X-S1 offers users an incredible 52x zoom range of 24-1248mm (35mm equivalent).

Optically, the lens comprises 17 glass elements, which includes four aspherical elements and two ED lenses, to deliver images with superb edge-to-edge sharpness and amazing clarity. The lens' construction is of the highest standard, featuring metal cams for smooth zoom control and fast, precise framing.

The X-S1 is also ideally suited to capturing subjects close up. In standard mode, the zoom focuses down to 30cm, but by selecting Super Macro Mode, users can focus down to 1cm for frame-filling close-up images. Furthermore, the lens' aperture is made up of nine blades for excellent bokeh effect photography.

Great results in every picture-taking scenario
The X-S1 features the same 2/3-inch 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor as the X10 which ensures high quality images regardless of the lighting conditions.
The unique EXR CMOS technology pioneered by Fujifilm allows the user to switch between three modes depending on the lighting conditions – or leave the camera to make its own choice in the Auto EXR mode.
Switching between the modes changes the performance of the sensor. The High Resolution option is perfect in bright conditions or when the very best picture quality is the primary aim. Wide Dynamic Range mode should be chosen in scenes of high contrast when the user wants to get details in both shadow and highlight areas of an image, while the High Sensitivity & Low Noise option should be selected for optimum results in low light conditions.
Coupled to the EXR CMOS sensor is the high speed EXR processor, which offers a minimal shutter lag of just 0.01sec and a high speed continuous shooting capability of seven frames-per-second at full resolution (Large JPEG) or 10 frames-per-second at six megapixel resolution (Medium JPEG).
The X-S1 also takes high-quality movies. It captures Full High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) video with stereo sound at 30 frames-per-second, which is saved in the H.264 format.
Easy composition and image review
The X-S1 offers a powerful combination of high quality electronic viewfinder and rear LCD to ensure composing and viewing images is quick and simple, regardless of the lighting conditions.
The 0.47-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF) features 1.44 million pixels for superb image clarity and has a wide viewing area of 26 degrees to reduce eye strain. The bright EVF makes it easy to check settings or adjust focus manually.
On the back of the X-S1 is a high quality, tiltable three-inch LCD. It features 460,000 pixels making it easier for users to scroll through menus, assess exposure accuracy and view images. The LCD also offers a useful Daylight mode that overcomes the problem of viewing the screen in bright conditions.
Full user control and picture taking versatility
The X-S1 offers a superb level of functionality whether users want to make picture taking as simple as using a compact or as involved as a fully-manual digital SLR.
For simplicity, the X-S1 will assess the subject and then select the relevant scene mode for the perfect result, automatically switching the EXR CMOS sensor accordingly. Not only does it ascertain the type of scene being photographed, it can also calculate whether an image contains a person, features backlighting or has any subject movement. ISO settings are taken care of too by the Auto ISO mode, which selects the optimum setting between ISO 100 and 3200. Those after more ISO flexibility can select up to ISO 12800 (Small JPEG format only).
Photographers after full control are well catered for with the X-S1. The camera offers a full range of conventional shooting functions (program/aperture-priority/shutter-priority/manual), plus users can also fine tune levels of colour, image sharpness and tone. Additionally, the X-S1 provides four auto bracketing options, eight Film Simulation and white balance functions and a Raw file format.
Fujifilm X-S1 key features
  • High quality Fujinon 26x optical zoom covering 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting range up to 1248mm
  • Superb build quality and finish with rubberised coating and metal dials
  • 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor
  • Up to 10 frames-per-second shooting
  • Large EVF with 1.44 million pixels and 26 degree viewing angle
  • Tiltable three-inch rear LCD with Sunny Day mode
  • Full HD video
  • PASM modes
  • Raw file format
  • Film simulation modes
  • Macro focusing down to 1cm
  • Lithium battery providing up to 500 shots per charge
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 360° Motion Panorama mode
More Fuji Camera Reviews and Videos:

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