Posts Tagged ‘Castle Cameras’

Nikon announce 3 stunning new lenses

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Nikon announced three stunning new lenses today, the 24mm f/1.8G, 200-500mm f/5.6G VR and 24-70mm f/2.8G VR

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED

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Today Nikon extends its versatile f/1.8 line-up of prime lenses with the all-new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED. Lighter and more compact than its brother, this fast FX-format lens easily captures dynamic, immersive images.

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This new lens is a great addition to Nikon’s f/1.8 line-up and gives the wide-angle series a definitive edge. It offers exceptional image quality and low-light performance, ensuring photographers can capture beautiful scenes and atmospheric shots. Not only this, movie shooters who want to create a cinematic feel can achieve this and deliver excellent video. The compact and lightweight design also makes it an ideal travel companion, and ensures that it is built to last.

Available to pre-order soon, RRP £629

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

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Nikon updates its ‘holy trinity’ of fast zoom lenses with the brand new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR. The beneficiary of a complete overhaul, the most widely used professional zoom lens in the NIKKOR line-up is now faster, stronger, and steadier than ever.

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The 24-70mm is a new and improved update to the already successful 24-70mm f/2.8G. Nikon has improved every aspect of this legendary lens in terms of image quality, construction, build and speed, as well as adding more stability with VR, minimising camera shake and allowing photographers to shoot at slower shutter speeds. This is an exceptional lens built to keep up with the demands of the professional photographer.

Available to pre-order soon, RRP £1849

AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Nikon unveils a brand new ‘big zoom’ and introduces a whole new level of super-telephoto versatility. Packed with the latest lens technologies, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR offers incredible reach.

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Whether you shoot wildlife, birds, planes, or amateur sports, this powerful new FX-format zoom delivers unwavering performance. The new 200-500mm lens is an exciting addition to Nikon’s super-telephoto range, as it offers exceptional reach, enables consistent speed and smooth control, and it won’t break the bank. The 200-500mm is an exciting option for photographers who want that extra reach when capturing distant subjects at an affordable price.

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Available to pre-order soon, RRP £1179

Dorset Macmillan Bike Ride 2015

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Once again Castle Cameras were on hand at the finish line to capture the riders as they completed their rides. Many Congratulations to everyone who took part, your efforts make such a difference to this very worthwhile cause. Enjoy a selection of photos of the riders from yesterday;

Leica Q

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Leica has just released their new full-frame 24-megapixel camera, the Leica Q (Typ 116), which fashions a Summilux 28mm f/1.7 fixed lens. While following Leica tradition in many aspects of its beautiful design, the Leica Q doesn’t shy away from incorporating fresh advancements into the camera such as a 3.68-megapixel viewfinder, a 3-inch 1.04-million dot touchscreen LCD, quick autofocus, and the ability to shoot 10 frames per second.

Priced at £2900, the Leica Q comes in a couple of thousand pounds less than the beloved Leica M. The German-made Leica Q’s construction is made up of a top plate machined from aluminum and a magnesium alloy body. The fixed-focus, image stabilized 28mm f/1.7 Summilux ASPH lens sports 11 elements in 9 groups. Three of these lens elements are aspherical. Aperture size is set by a physical lens ring.

According to Leica, the contrast-detect autofocus system in the Leica Q is the “fastest autofocus in its class.” Using the newly developed Maestro II image processor specially adapted for this camera, the processor is able to speed up data transfer and allows the camera to get up to 10 frames per second with full resolution DNG raw files. Low-light shooters will be able to dial the ISO all the way up to 50,000 from its base ISO of 100. The mechanical shutter fires up to 1/2,000s shutter speeds, with an electronically shutter option giving the Leica Q shutter speeds of up to 1/16,000s. Other features include full HD 1080p video recording at 60 or 30fps, Wi-Fi and NFC functionality, and their digital frame selector (enables preview lines in the viewfinder for 35mm and 50mm shooting equivalence).

Order information coming soon.

Spring Shoot round up

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Our interactive photography show, the Spring Shoot returned for 2015 on Tuesday 19th May. Held this year in the large hall at the Hamworthy club, we once again brought you all the latest from the biggest names including Canon. Nikon, Leica, Panasonic, Sony and Fuji.

our fearless leader Racheal on reception

There was plenty of live studio action with Pentax and their mighty 645Z along with some simply stunning seminars from Nick Webster, David Newton and of course Damien Lovegrove. The seminars were packed out and were thoroughly enjoyed by all of our guests.

studio photography workshop with Pentax 645Z and Stuart Moore

Queue for the first Seminar of the Day with David Newton

Superb set of Images from Damien Lovegrove’s Hollywood seminar,
photographs by Andrea Pittam.

All of the suppliers did a great job of bringing you the latest and greatest from their product ranges giving everyone a rare opportunity to get hands on with some real exotica.

Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre were with us, flying their beautiful birds of prey from the sports field. Sigma kindly sponsored a photography competition of the birds, which was won by John Watkins with his great shot of the bald eagle landing on his handler’s glove. John walked away with a Sigma 105mm Macro lens worth £399! Congratulations again John.

We also drew the raffle ticket for Lowepro and the winning number was ticket 182. This still remains unclaimed so if you have ticket number 182 please get in touch, you have a Lowepro bag worth £200 waiting for you!

Here’s a great time lapse of us setting up for the show. It’s amazing the transformation that occurs in just a couple of hours!

Fujifilm announce the X-T10

Monday, May 18th, 2015

The FUJIFILM X-T10: a stunning addition to the X series

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Boasting outstanding image quality thanks to unique color reproduction technology, the new model, which is aimed at photography enthusiasts, combines a compact and lightweight body with a new AF system that excels at capturing moving subjects, as well as an electronic Real Time Viewfinder, which boasts an impressive 0.62x*1 magnification ratio, high-definition precision 2.36 million dot display and the world’s shortest time lag of 0.005 seconds*2.

The X-T10 features an APS-C X-Trans™*3 CMOS II sensor with built-in phase detection AF. Coupled with a high-performance image processing engine and FUJINON lenses, the camera delivers excellent resolution and outstanding image quality, backed by unique color reproduction technology. The X-T10 uses a new AF system. This offers Fujifilm’s conventional 49-point AF mode for high speed and precision focusing, as well as new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes that track subject movement across a larger 77-point area, substantially improving the camera’s ability to capture moving subjects. Combined with the AF-C capability and the continuous shooting speed of up to 8.0fps*4, the camera delivers the high quality images that have become synonymous with the X Series, across a broader range of photographic situations.

Key features of the Fujifilm X-T10

All-new design packs X Series’ operability into a compact and lightweight body

The design of the compact and lightweight body bears all the hallmarks of an X Series camera. Both top and base plates are made of a lightweight, but highly rigid, die-cast magnesium. The top plate features three precision-milled aluminum dials which give the X-T10 a premium feel and allow users to intuitively adjust the combination of aperture, shutter speed and shooting functions while concentrating on picture taking. Additionally, the back panel has a 3-inch 920K-dot tilting LCD monitor suitable for both above head and close to the ground shooting. Two colour options will be available: Black and Silver.

It is equipped with an Auto Mode Switch lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode. In this mode, the camera automatically chooses the optimum settings for a given scene to make shooting effortless.

Each of the two command dials and seven function buttons featured can be customized so that you can tailor the camera to your needs.

The body also features an integral pop-up flash, positioned in the center of the top plate. The built-in Super Intelligent Flash automatically adjusts light output according to the scene type.

Real Time Viewfinder

With a magnification of 0.62x and a display lag time of just 0.005sec, the X-T10 has a large, fast viewfinder. It offers a clear, high-definition live view thanks to the new 2.36million-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder, plus visibility has been improved by automatically controlling finder brightness according to the ambient light levels. The live view display can also be set to the “Preview Pic. Effect” option to reflect the shooting conditions and offer a natural view close to that of the naked eye. The viewfinder’s eye sensor will also automatically orientate the information when the camera is positioned vertically; something that’s not possible on models with optical viewfinders.

The X-Trans™ CMOS II Sensor and EXR Processor II engine combine to deliver outstanding image quality and high speed performance

The camera features Fujifilm’s APS-C 16.3 megapixel X-Trans™ CMOS II sensor. Its unique, random color filter array reduces moiré and false colors without having to use an optical low pass filter. The elimination of the low pass filter, which compromises image quality, means a greater amount of light reaches the sensor. Combined with the EXR Processor II image processor, this means the sensor delivers outstanding resolution and low noise.

Fujifilm combined the processor’s noise reduction function with the technology for mounting circuit boards to reduce noise in high sensitivity images. This has enabled the ISO setting of up to 51200*5. Even at an ultra-high sensitivity, the camera produces low noise and strong blacks, thereby broadening photographic potential in low light conditions.

The camera features the unique Lens Modulation Optimiser (LMO) *6 image processing technology to deliver the best possible image quality. Using optical performance and other characteristics of each lens, LMO corrects optical defects such as diffraction*7 to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness and a realistic three-dimensional effect.

The unique on-sensor phase detection AF system focuses in an ultra-fast 0.06 sec*8 With the high-speed EXR Processor II image processor, the camera starts up in just 0.5sec*9, has a shutter time lag of 0.05sec and shooting interval of 0.5sec*10.

New AF system with Zone and Wide/Tracking modes for effortless capture of moving subjects

The new AF system offers the standard 49-point Single Point mode for high speed and precision focusing, as well as the new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes that use a larger 77-point area to capture moving subjects.

Zone mode allows users to select a 3×3, 5×3 or 5×5 zone out of the 77-point AF area. During AF-C focus, the camera continually tracks a subject, positioned at the center of the zone. The centrally positioned 3×3 and 5×3 zones, in particular, delivers fast focusing thanks to the on-sensor phase detection AF.

  • The Wide/Tracking mode is a combination of the Wide mode (during AF-S), in which the camera automatically identifies and tracks the area in focus across the 77-point AF area, and the predictive Tracking mode (during AF-C), which uses the entire 77-point area to continue tracking a subject. This feature enables continuous focusing on a subject that is moving up and down, left and right or towards and away from the camera.
  • The Single Point mode divides the focus area into smaller sections to accurately determine the distance to the subject for greater focusing precision. The working range of the on-sensor phase detection AF has been improved from 2.5EV to 0.5EV so phase detection AF works at high speed even in low light conditions or on a low contrast subject.
  • The camera features Eye Detection AF, which automatically detects and focuses on human eyes. The function allows you to easily focus on the eyes even in difficult conditions – when shooting a portrait with a very wide aperture to obtain strong bokeh effects, for example.
  • The Auto Macro function automatically activates the Macro mode while maintaining AF speed, eliminating any need to press the Macro button to capture a close-up. This allows you to re-assign the Macro button to a different function.
  • The optimized algorithm delivers a smoother and more natural AF action during video recording.
  • With the combination of the phase detection AF data and subject motion predictive AF, the camera is capable of continuous shooting with AF-C at up to approx. 8.0fps.

18 high-performance FUJINON X-mount lenses that deliver premium image quality and expand the scope of photography

The very latest digital technologies have been used to develop X-mount lenses, which offer high-precision optical designs to deliver the highest possible image quality. When designing the lens range, the aim was to achieve edge-to-edge definition for high-resolution imagery across the entire frame and offer the brightest possible maximum aperture for maximum creativity, while maintaining a compact and portable size. The current line-up of 18 lenses ranges from ultra wide-angle to telephoto, including five fast aperture prime lenses. These lenses bring out the very best image quality from the X-T10. Optional accessories such as mount adapters and macro extension tubes further broaden photographic potential.

Perfect your photos with Film Simulation modes and other creative features

Fujifilm’s unprecedented image quality has been created through 80 years of development of photographic films. This technology helps the camera to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green trees, just as photographers remember the scene. The X-T10 features the latest CLASSIC CHROME Film Simulation mode, which delivers muted tones and deep colors. Users can choose from ten other modes that simulate the effects of traditional Fujifilm films. These include color reversal film effects (VELVIA/PROVIA/ASTIA), professional color negative film (PRO Neg.Std / PRO Neg.Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.

Advanced Filter functions are also available on the X-T10. Users can choose from eight different artistic effects:

  • Pop Color – Emphasises contrast and color saturation.
  • Toy Camera – Creates shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera.
  • Miniature – Adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect.
  • Dynamic Tone – Creates a fantasy effect by boosting tones.
  • Partial Color – Retains one selected original color and changes the rest of the photo black & white. Colors can be selected from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
  • High Key – Enhances brightness and reduces contrast to lighten tonal reproduction.
  • Low Key – Creates uniformly dark tones with few highlight areas.
  • Soft Focus – Creates a look that is soft throughout the whole image.

The Multiple Exposure function offers users the chance to combine two separate subjects into one photo, perfect for adding people into photos.

The camera’s aspect ratio can be selected from 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 (square) to accommodate a wide range of photographic styles.

The camera also features an ADVANCED SR AUTO mode, which recognizes faces and every scene type to automatically optimize the focus, exposure, ISO and other settings.

Interval timer shooting for time lapse photography is available with intervals of one second to 24 hours and up to 999 frames.

A completely silent electronic shutter that is capable of exposures up to 1/32000sec. has been added. Photos with a shallow depth-of-field can now be shot with the aperture wide open on snowy fields or the beach under clear skies. As there are no mechanically operated parts, candid shots of animals and sleeping babies can be captured more easily than ever before.

Other features include the Digital Split Image for precise manual focusing, and Focus Peaking, which highlights high-contrast areas of the subject’s outlines. These areas can be highlighted in white, red or blue, providing a focusing guide even when photographing a scene that’s tricky to focus on.

Full HD video with the X-Trans™ CMOS II sensor

60fps smooth Full HD movies can be shot with the X-T10. 50fps, 30fps, 25fps and 24fps frame rates are also available.

Film Simulation modes, including the latest CLASSIC CHROME, and detailed white balance setting is also possible.

Manual exposure can also be set during movie shooting. Aperture, shutter speed*11 and ISO sensitivity can be changed enabling movies to be shot using an exposure of the user’s preference.

High-speed, high-precision focusing is made possible by activating Intelligent Hybrid AF, which switches between phase-detection AF and contrast AF according to the scene, even during movie shooting. Manual focus is also possible.

Six types of scene recognition functions can be used, or it can be left up to the camera to capture beautiful movies.

A high bit rate of 36Mbps enables high definition capture of delicate movements.

Built in Wi-Fi for shooting from your smartphone or tablet devices*12.

By downloading the free FUJIFILM Camera Remote app to your smartphone or tablet device, users can use the Remote Control function, which allows a wealth of control, even from a distance. This functionality is great for a wide variety of shots, including group photos, self-portraits and animals in their natural habitat.

Photos and videos can be sent to devices such as your smartphone with an easy one-touch operation. Pictures and videos on the camera can be browsed, selected, and imported using your smartphone, all without the hassle of inputting an ID or password. It is also possible to add location information acquired by the smartphone or tablet to the image.

Photos can be sent directly from the camera to the Instax SHARE Smartphone Printer for instant Instax prints.

Wi-Fi® Transfer*13 is supported, enabling wireless backup of the data to a computer*14.

UK AVAILABILITY AND PRICING:

The FUJIFILM X-T10 will be on sale in the UK from mid-late June 2015. It will be available in both Black and Silver versions. All kit lenses will be Black.

X-T10 Body Only – £499.00
X-T10 XC16-50mm Kit – £599.00
X-T10 XF18-55mm Kit – £799.00

Premium accessory line-up

Leather Case BLC-XT10

  • A stylish, authentic leather case that has a wonderfully tactile feel and perfectly suits the X-T10’s classic design. With the X-T10 snugly protected, you can even change batteries without removing the camera. A matching leather shoulder strap and protective cloth are included.
  • Hand Grip MHG-XT10
  • To increase the camera’s grip. Both battery and memory card can be swapped with the grip in place. Additionally, a tripod screw hole can be placed in center of the optical axis and the base parts are equipped with a 38mm width dovetail protrusion plate, allowing use as a quick shoe mount when using a dovetail groove tripod pedestal.
  • M Mount Adapter for additional lens compatibility
  • Macro Extension Tube MCEX-16/MCEX-11
    Two tubes (16mm and 11mm) are available for fitting between the camera body and an interchangeable lens to enable high magnification macro photography.
  • Shoe Mount Flash
    There are three types of FUJIFILM external flash, all of which are capable of high-precision TTL auto flash control. The EF-20 and EF-X20 both have a guide number of 20, while EF-42 has a guide number of 42.
  • External Stereo Microphone MIC-ST1
    Make realistic voice recordings for your high-quality Full HD videos.
  • Protector Filters (PRF-39, PRF-52, PRF-58, PRF-62, PRF-67, PRF-72 and PRF-77)
  • DC coupler CP-W126
  • AC adapter AC-9V
  • Remote Release RR-90

Notes

  • *1: Market leading viewfinder magnification ratio. Approx. 0.62x magnification 50mm (35mm format equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1.0 m-1.
  • *2: Fujifilm research as of April 2015.
  • *3: X-Trans is a trademark or registered trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation.
  • *4 In CH mode, focus area is limited inside of central 3×3 in Single point and 5×3 in Zone and Wide/Tracking.
  • *5: Extended output sensitivity.
  • *6: Unique signal processing technology that reproduces the sharpness of images blurred by diffraction, etc.
  • *7: When a fine image that should be sharp is blurred when using a stopped down aperture.
  • *8: Fujifilm research based on CIPA guidelines using the X-T10 equipped with XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens in High Performance mode as of April 2015.
  • *9: Equipped with XF27mmF2.8 lens in High Performance mode.
  • *10: MF mode.
  • *11: Aperture and shutter speed can be changed during shooting. Only shutter speeds faster than the set frame rate can be set.
  • *12 Android™, smartphone and table devices, iPhone / iPad.
  • *13 Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance®
  • *14 Requires advanced installation of the free dedicated software FUJIFILM PC AutoSave to your computer.

Sony release HX90

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The Sony Cyber-shot HX90 is an 18-megapixel superzoom camera with a 25.750mm equivalent lens and a pop-up OLED viewfinder. Other key features include a fast, intelligent AF system with an improved spatial object detection algorithm, a control ring around the lens, a tiltable LCD screen plus on-board Wi-Fi and NFC. The camera can record full HD 60p movies using the XAVC S codec. The Sony Cyber-shot H90V model additionally features a GPS module that automatically tags your shots and clips with location information to enjoy on a map using PlayMemories Home. The cameras wil be available from June.

Sony Press Release

Travel light with new high performance; high zoom compact cameras from Sony

Premium quality 30x optical zoom ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lenses with an array of cutting-edge features

  • Cyber-shot™ HX90/HX90V[1] feature OLED viewfinder, and control ring for professional style control and results
  • Cyber-shot™ HX90/HX90V and Cyber-shot™ WX500 offer ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 30x zoom; 18.2mp[ii] Exmor R™ sensor; BIONZ X processor; Full HD video; Fast Intelligent AF; Optical SteadyShot® with 5-axis stabilisation and 180-degree tilt LCD for perfect framing of selfies

Carry less, shoot more: two new travel-friendly cameras from Sony put fabulous holiday photo opportunities in closer reach this summer. The world’s most compact cameras in their class[iii], the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90 and DSC-WX500 are big on sheer picture quality plus plenty of easy-to-use pro-style functions.

Despite sharing a raft of technologies that deliver amazing picture quality, the two cameras offer a distinct choice for photographers looking for a compact high- zoom camera. Both are built around extremely high quality optics with a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 30x zoom lens and benefit from the power of an Exmor RTM CMOS sensor with 18.2mpii and BIONZ X™ processor but for the photographer who prefers to frame their shots more traditionally, the HX90 features a pop-up OLED viewfinder and a Control Ring that can be assigned to functions like manual focusing or step zoom. The feeling of control when using the HX90 is further enhanced by a new ergonomic grip for comfortable handling in any situation. For photographers who want to add perfectly framed selfies to their repertoire, the HX90 and WX500 have a 180 degree tilt LCD screen so you can see exactly how you will appear in your shots.

Despite their pocket-sized dimensions, both the HX90 and WX500 benefit from 5-axis image stabilisation[iv] which keeps pictures blur-free even when exploring the outer limits of the camera’s zoom range whilst shooting movies.

ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 30x optical zoom/60x Clear Image Zoom

Packing a huge 30x optical zoom range into the tiny camera bodies, the high-quality ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens pulls friends and family, wildlife and distant scenes closer. The advanced design ensures impressively sharp, low-distortion images, even at high zoom settings where budget optics struggle to maintain clarity and definition. Want to go larger still? Clear Image Zoom boosts magnification to a gargantuan 60x, with Optical SteadyShot and 5-axis image stabilisationiv keeping handheld camera wobbles in check for crisper handheld Full HD videos.

Exmor RTM CMOS sensor with 18.2mp and BIONZ X™ processor

The subtlest details in any scene – even moonlit beaches and café interiors – are captured effortlessly by the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with 18.2 effective megapixels. Sony’s advanced BIONZ X image processor ensures stills and Full HD movies with incredible colours, richness and realism.

OLED Tru-Finder™ precision electronic viewfinder

Available on the HX90/HX90V only, the framing shots on sunny days is a pleasure with the OLED Tru-finder that pops up whenever it’s needed. Images are bright, crisp and clear, with high contrast and vivid colours.

Top-notch selfies are a doddle with the 3.0-type LCD that tilts up to 180 degrees for comfortably framed arms’ length portraits. The high resolution (921k dots) monitor is also handy for composing and retouching shots with the camera’s built-in Photo Creativity and Beauty Effect functions.

Fast Intelligent Auto Focus

The Fast Intelligent AF system on the new models has been inherited from Sony’s award winning α7 series of cameras. An improved spatial object detection algorithm realises a more optimal and accurate lens drive to make auto focus even faster for capturing fleeting moments with ease.

Serious snappers will also appreciate extensive control modes, Memory Recall and a Control Ring[v] that can be assigned to functions like manual focusing or step zoom.

Better-looking movies are assured by Full HD 60p/50p[vi] recording using the XAVC S[vii] format at 50Mbps for great-looking video – with no on-screen noise and artefacts, even when you’re capturing fast-moving kids, pets or jet-skis. P/A/S/M modes give extra creative control over your video footage, while Intelligent Active Mode with 5-axis image stabilisationiv steadies image wobbles when you’re following moving subjects.

There’s a built-in flash for low-light shooting, and Wi-Fi with NFC for One-touch wireless sharing of photos and movies on your phone or tablet.

Cyber-shot HX90V with GPS

The Cyber-shot™ HX90V adds GPS that automatically tags your shots and clips with location information to enjoy on a map using PlayMemories Home.

PlayMemories Camera Apps

Shooting possibilities for both cameras can be expanded at any time with PlayMemories Camera AppsTM, Sony’s growing range of creative tools and utilities. Further information on the full range of compatible apps can be found at playmemoriescameraapps.com.

LCJ-HWA body case

Available in black, brown or light brown, the optional LCJ-HWA body case with lens jacket and shoulder strap features a quality leather-style finish to protect either camera while offering a sure, stable grip. The smart design allows easy access while you’re out and about – shoot, adjust LCD angle or connect the USB multi terminal without removing the camera from its case.

The new Cyber-shot™ HX90/V and WX500 high-zoom compact travel cameras from Sony will be available early summer.

Leica Akademie, 12th December 2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Friday 12th December saw us hold our first Leica Akademie workshop, here in our Bournemouth store.
The event was a great success and we loved giving our customers the opportunity to learn more about this incredible brand, their history and their products. John Dooley, former picture editor of the Telegraph and Leica photographer was on hand to explain all things Leica and guide our customers through these incredible cameras including the new Leica M-P rangefinder.

The full Leica range is available now from Castle Cameras, including M, T, X, V-Lux, D-Lux, C and Optics.

Nikon launch the D810

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Today Nikon launch what they claim to be in their own words a camera featuring “The Highest Image Quality in Nikon’s History” the D810.

Yesterday we were able to get hands on with the new D810 in London with acclaimed Nikon Ambassador John Wright.

John talked us through the new features of the D810 including its newly designed 36.3-megapixel sensor designed from the ground up with no optical low pass filter for supreme detail and sharpness. The ISO range is now a staggering native 64 – 12800 with this new low base giving exceptionally detailed and defined images in bright light and is even extendable to 32 to 51200 ISO equivalent.

Equipped with the Expeed 4 processor, the same processor as used in the flagship D4S, overall performance gets a boost with image rendering improved for both stills and video and allowing movies to be shot in 1080p at 50/60p.

Designed to be ready to tackle any situation the D810 features the flagship Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system allowing it to capture anything that moves, firing at up to 5 fps in FX mode and 7 fps in DX crop mode. Nikon’s new Group Area AF mode also features along with an all-new shutter mechanism that is quieter, reduces shake and even has the option for an electronic front curtain shutter for shake free images.

Other new features include a small RAW setting which is half the size of a normal RAW file, Highlight Weighted Metering, Exposure Zebras in movie mode, a new easier to hold grip, a split screen live view display, simultaneous internal and external movie recording and a new flat picture profile for post production friendly video grading.

Overall we felt the D810 offers a solid list of improvements over the D800/E taking an already very accomplished camera and turning it into surely on of the best Nikon has ever made.

Available to pre-order shortly here and due to ship from the 17th July for £2699.

Low Light Event at RSPB Arne with Swarovski and Canon

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Last night we held a low light combined photography and optics event at the beautiful RSPB reserve at Arne.

The weather was being very kind with lots of sunshine which meant plenty of birds and deer were around. Canon supplied a number of DSLRs including 5Dmk3’s, 6D’s along with some good lenses. We also had 3 of the new Canon G1Xmk2 which all of the photos in this blog post were taken on. It is a great improvement over the original G1X and I genuinely enjoyed using it.

We were very pleased to have Swarovski with us also, who brought a long a whole host of their incredible optics. Arne was the perfect location to see these amazing binoculars and scopes in action.

Karl from Swarovski loves having his photo taken 😉

All of our customers had a great time getting hands on with the both the Canon cameras and Swarovski lenses, and many went away trying to work out the best way to get the money to buy some Swarovski equipment! Take a look through our photos from last night, Arne is such a beautiful place and we are very lucky to be able to use it for our events. If you’d like to join us for any of our events in the future, do keep an eye on our website and social media channels for details as they are published.

Spring Shoot Bird of Prey Photo Competition with Sigma – Winner!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Sigma Bird of Prey photo competition to win a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera. We had a really tough time choosing a winner as we had so many good entries.

And the winner is….

After a lot of deliberation we choose this picture shot by Ian Lenton:

We loved the framing and composition of the shot straight out of the camera. The eye is very sharp and in focus and seems to really show the personality of the bird.

We had many great entries, here a couple of our favourites: