All posts tagged: Photokina 2014

Highlights from Cologne

As the opening week of Photokina 2014 moves towards its final days, we present a few more highlights from the world’s largest photography trade show.                                       Lexar has announced a new professional line of memory cards – the 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II cards – “the fastest UHS-II memory cards available on the market today,” according to the company. Offering transfer speeds of up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second, the Lexar Professional 2000x cards will be able to capture and transfer 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, as well as high quality stills images. They will be available in 32GB (£77.99) and 64GB (£135.99) capacities from the autumn. [bjp_ad_slot] In addition, Lexar is to release a complementary range – Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II memory cards, which offer read transfer speeds of up to 150MB per second and write transfer speeds up to 95MB per second. Also available from the autumn, the 1000x cards can be purchased in sizes ranging …


Leica celebrates its centenary with new releases

This morning Leica impressed a packed audience at Photokina with a host of new announcements. First it unveiled the Leica M-A, the brand’s new analogue model – an entirely mechanical 35mm rangefinder camera. With the £3100 M-A, Leica has done away with all things digital, including a monitor (the camera has a “large, bright viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation”), exposure metering and batteries, meaning photographers can concentrate purely on the photographs they’re taking, says the company. The Leica M-A is available in two finishes – silver chrome and black chrome – and will be on sale from October. [bjp_ad_slot] Leica also announced the Leica M Edition 60, a commemorative version of the Leica M-P digital camera (Type 240), with a Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. Concentrating on the “bare functions required for digital photography”, the limited-edition camera celebrates photography’s fundamentals: shutter speed, aperture, focusing and ISO sensitivity. With this in mind, Leica has replaced the camera’s display screen with an ISO selector dial. Exposures are saved as raw data in DNG format. The Leica M Edition 60 is available from Leica stores from October. Underlining its commitment to medium format …


New raw processing software from Phase One

Phase One has this morning (Tuesday 16 September) announced the release of Capture One Pro 8. New features include: a ‘Film Grain’ tool, which allows photographers to emulate the effects created by analogue film, and Clone and Heal repair layers, which enable users to remove unwanted objects from images without sacrificing image quality. [bjp_ad_slot] Like previous versions, the new imaging software will maintain Phase One’s commitment to providing high quality raw conversion, tethered capture, a customisable workflow and a range of adjustment tools, allowing photographers control and flexibility in the way they manage their images. Jeppe Skjerning, product manager at Phase One, said: “We have invested heavily to ensure outstanding performance and reliability in Capture One Pro 8 so it fits seamlessly into a professional production environment.” The Copenhagen-based company is also offering a ‘new subscription option’, which means photographers can avoid buying the software outright, instead paying a small monthly fee to use it. New customers can obtain Capture One Pro 8 for €229 while owners of previous versions of Capture One Pro may upgrade for €69. For more details about Capture One Pro 8 pricing and availability, …


Photokina briefing: press day

The day ahead of Photokina’s opening in Cologne is given over to the press, and there were several announcements throughout the day, dominated by Canon, who surprised no one with the introduction of the EOS 7D Mark II, and Samsung, who did, launching the NX1, complete with numerous innovations that all in all make it a compact system camera worthy of pro attention. [bjp_ad_slot] With its 28-megapixel resolution, 205-point phase detection autofocus system and 4K UHD video capture, the NX1 deserves attention, marking itself out as an extremely versatile camera packed into a compact body. The 7D Mark II, on the other hand, is more of an evolutionary development – though coming five years after the original 7D, there’s lots to improve on, including a highly developed autofocus system. Canon also announced the new PowerShot G7 X, its “most powerful pocket camera ever”. With a continuous shooting speed of 6.5fps, and an AF system that includes 31 points, the G7 X can focus “three times faster than the human eye”, said Canon at this afternoon’s press launch, “and offers a photographic experience comparable to that …


Sony presents new lens at Photokina

The latest addition to the Sony lens stable is the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 full-frame wide-angle zoom (with a 35mm-equivalent focal length, when attached to an APS-C body). Unveiled at a press conference this afternoon at Photokina, the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) lens is compatible with E-mount cameras and camcorders. The lens, which has been optimised for use with the A7 range of full-frame cameras, sits alongside Sony’s existing SEL2470Z zoom and SEL70200G telephoto zoom optics. Featuring five aspherical lens elements, the new lens, which comes with in-built image stabilisation, is able to achieve “outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness”, says the company, while also reducing distortion and keeping colour aberration to a minimum. The T* coating – a feature of Zeiss lenses – minimises flare and ghosting, boosting contrast, claims Sony. The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) full-frame wide-angle zoom lens is available to pre-order now from It will be on general sale in Europe from November 2014. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.


The NX1 is unveiled; Samsung’s flagship compact system camera

With its 28-megapixel resolution, innovative 205-point phase detection autofocus system and 4K UHD video capture, the newly announced NX1 has serious pro-worthy credentials. Indeed, for the first time with any seriousness, Samsung is using the ‘p’ word a lot, claiming the new addition is “about giving professional photographers choice and an alternative to the DSLR”. Its speedy autofocus, 15fps continuous shooting and advanced focus tracking capabilities should mean it delivers for both still and moving image capture. And its Back Side Illumination sensor design allows a clear lightway from the lens, which will reduce the signal-to-noise ratio significantly. [bjp_ad_slot] The AF system can “instinctively track subjects almost anywhere in the frame, regardless of their location”, claims Samsung. “Photographers can capture even the briefest of moments as there is no need to re-compose a shot – they can simply focus and shoot immediately, allowing for extreme speed and flexibility. This technology will be of particular interest to those who love to shoot video, as the NX1 supports the use of Phase AF during movie recording, so that results …


Canon unveils EOS 7D Mark II

It was the announcement we’ve been waiting for: this afternoon Canon unveiled their latest DSLR – the EOS 7D Mark II – to a packed room of journalists at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. “We never stand still as a company,” said Masaya Maeda, chief executive, Image Communication Products Operations, Canon Inc. “We help to shape the evolving landscape, and today we move forward again with the EOS 7D Mark II.” [bjp_ad_slot] The 20-megapixel 7D Mark II is an extension of the 7D released five years ago, but “is a huge upgrade,” Alessandro Stanzani, head of Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe, told journalists. The camera, which harnesses EOS-1D X technology, is able to shoot at 10fps – “a speed no other APS-C sensor can currently match”, Stanzani said. Designed to shoot fast-paced action, the 7D has a new 65-point AF system and Dual DIGIC 6 processor. The camera’s ISO 100-16,000 range, expandable to ISO 51,200, will appeal to those wanting to shoot in low-lit conditions. The new camera will also appeal to filmmakers with its pro-level movie features, which include live, uncompressed HDMI output and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. The 7D Mark …


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