The Christmas tree stands tall at Trafalgar Square.It is there for all to see despite the busy streets and noisy traffic that nearly surrounds it. It is the time of where days are short and there is a chill in the air and thoughts turn away from work and towards, family, friends, and enjoy. The stage is set and the carol singers once again take their place to sing the traditional tunes. Trafalgar Square
Lou Lim Lok Garden makes a nice change of pace from the streets of Macau. The garden is surrounded by an assortment of buildings and covers around 4.4 acres. It's most famous feature is its snaking bridge that crosses the pond. The once private garden was opened to the public in 1974 for all to enjoy. Lou Lim Lok
Singapore's zoological garden is one of the main tourist attractions of the island state and has more than enough wildlife to keep visitors there all day. It's of course a great place to bring camera gear and use those expensive telephoto lenses or super zoom compact cameras. Singapore Zoo
Sigma has announced the availability of the new 35mm f/1.4 prime lens. This lens has a RRP of £799.99 and will initially be made available for the Sigma and Canon mount and later available in the Nikon, Pentax, and Sony mounts. The Sigma 35mm lens is part of Sigma's Art series of lenses. The fast optics of f/1.4 have been designed to provide quality bokeh as well as detailed images. The lens has a USB port to permit easy updating of the lens firmware. Sigma 35mm
Nikon has unveiled its latest DX format camera, the D5200. It follows on from the D5100 DSLR and comes packed with a 24 megapixel image sensor. As with other recent Nikon DSLRs, the D5200 makes use of the new Expeed 3 image processor. The D5200 has acquired the 39-point AF and metering systems of the much acclaimed D7000 DSLR. The articulating 3 inch LCD monitor makes it easy shoot from awkward angles. Full HD movie capture is supported but only at 50i/60i along with stereo audio recording. The 5200 weighs in at only 505g making it comfortable to carry around. Nikon D5200
Canon has introduced two new image stabilised USM lenses for its EOS DSLRs. The EF 24-70mm f/4 IS USM and the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lenses represent very classic focal lengths for the 35mm formal and either is a good choice as a standard lens on a DSLR depending on requirements. The EF 24-70mm with its constant f/4 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range is part of Canon's professional L series lens range. EF Lenses
The compact system camera is a relatively new breed of camera that combines of the advantages of the compact cameras with the flexibility of the DSLRs. These cameras features image sensors of a size similar to that found in compact cameras up to APS-C size but all provide a growing collection of lenses. System Camera Profile
Hotel rooms play an important part in any holiday and perhaps more so for the photographer. It becomes a place to prepare, charge and store camera equipment as well as a place to relax. In hot climates air conditioning may provide comfort but it can also introduce some challenges to equipment when wanting to get shooting once out and about. Hotel Base Camp
Canan has updated the firmware for the EOS 5D mkIII DSLR with an enhanced features for both videos and stills. The EOS 5DnkIII can now provide a clean high definition video output via the HDMI port. Read on...
Nikon has revealed its latest compact system camera the 1 V2. This model replaces the 1V with an upgraded specification. The V2 offers a higher resolution 14 megapixel image sensor that provides an ISO range of 160-6400. The new Expeed 3A provides improved image processing. The Nikon 1 V2 includes a built in flash unit as well as having a hotshoe for attaching an external speedlight flashgun. Its hybrid AF system provides 73-point phase-detection AF system and a 135-point contrast-detect AF system. The 1 V2 can continuously shoot up to 60fps at full resolution. Nikon 1 V2
Canon has updated the firmware for the EOS 1DX to provide autofocusing with f/8 lenses and provide illuminated AF points and viewfinder information in AI servo mode. Bug fixes included. Read on...
Sony has introduced two wifi enabled NEX cameras, the 5R and the 6. Both also feature a new hybrid AF system for faster focusing. The NEX 6 takes its design mainly from the high-end NEX 7 model but drops the Tri-Navi controls and also looses the external microphone input. The NEX 5R is an advancement of the NEX 5N. It maintains the small build but has added a control dial for easier exposure or parameter addjustments. The articularing LCD monitor can angle upwards to make taking self portraits easy. NEX 5R/6
The portable hard makes a very useful storage device then travelling with a laptop computer. It represents a more economical way of storing a large amount of photos and videos compared to relying on memory cards alone. Its internals however are suseptable to damage due to excessive vibrations or physical shock especially while in operation. There are a number of options to reduce the risk of damage and keep the hard drive operational in a range of environments. Rugged Cases
22 November 2012: Sigma 18-250mm now available in Sony's A-Mount
Sigma Imaging UK Ltd has announced that the 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM lens is now available at a suggested retail price of £499.99. Sigma's APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens will shortly be available in Sony's A-Mount for a suggested retail price of £1499.99.
17 October 2012: Firmware update for Sony NEX 7 v1.01
Sony NEX firmware update provides the following;
Visit the link: http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/NEX-7/updates
15 October 2012: Purchase Sigma's 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ultra wide angle lens and claim FREE 77mm UV DG filter
From Monday 15th October 2012, Sigma Imaging UK Ltd are introducing a short term special offer that enables anyone who purchases Sigma’s multi-award winning 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ultra-wide angle lens to claim a FREE Sigma 77mm UV DG filter worth over £60!
A Sigma Ultra Violet filter is the perfect accessory to protect your lens from damage to the front element. Sigma’s DG filters benefit from a special multi-layer lens coating, developed to counteract the highly reflective characteristic of image sensors.
Terms and Conditions apply. Visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com or ask your local photographic retailer for more details of this offer and how to claim your FREE Sigma 77mm UV DG filter.