Monthly Archives: April 2010

Nikon announces 200-400mm f/4 ED VR II

Nikon has announced the AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 ED VR II, a revised version of its super telephoto zoom lens. The VR II version gains an improved image stabilization mechanism, nano crystal coating and the A/M focus mode that has appeared in recent Nikon lenses. The VR II supercedes the original VR lens, launched in 2003. It is expected to go on sale in May 2010, for a estimated price of $6,999.95/ €7400.00

Ultimate versatility with Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II

Nikon Europe today announces a new super telephoto zoom lens – the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II.  This lens replaces the highly acclaimed AF-S Zoom NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED VR and features the new generation of Vibration Reduction technology (VR II), Nano Crystal Coat and a new A/M mode, making it an ideal, versatile choice for sports and wildlife photographers. This type of super telephoto zoom lens remains unique on the market and reflects Nikon’s continued dedication to innovation and quality in the industry.
The evolution of this lens reflects Nikon’s commitment to developing a range of products tailored to photographers’ needs, and it strengthens the line-up of high-performance NIKKOR lenses.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: ”Rapid advancements in optical technology and Nikon’s continued dedication to provide class-leading products have resulted in recent updates of pro grade lenses. Through its additional features and improved specifications, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II delivers the ultimate results and enables even the most demanding of pro photographers to shoot without compromise.”

Sharper images with improved handling

The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II features second generation built in Vibration Reduction (VRII), providing the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower so sharper images can be achieved when using the camera for hand-held shooting.

In addition, the new A/M mode added to existing M/A and M modes enables autofocus priority even if the focus ring is being handled during shooting.

Reduced ghosting and flare

The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II now incorporates Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, which drastically reduces ghosting and flare, along with four ED glass elements to minimise internal reflections and aberrations. This delivers rich, high contrast images even under testing lighting conditions.

This lens features an autofocus with a built-in silent wave motor to ensure fast and quiet focusing. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II has a tough magnesium body, incorporating weather and dust sealing and lens protective glass, to withstand the effects of dust and moisture in the toughest of shooting conditions.

Weighing in at only 3,360g, while providing great flexibility in telephoto shooting, this new lens is a practical alternative to carrying several large telephoto lenses. The lens is supplied with a high quality Ballistic, backpack style carry case, allowing for easy and safe transportation.

Read more @ dpreview

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Canon posts update firmware v1.2.1 for EOS 7D

Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS 7D digital SLR. Firmware v1.2.1 brings in both improvements and fixes bugs such as the magenta banding that can appear in still images shot under specific conditions in movie mode. The firmware is available for immediate download from Canon’s website.

The following improvements and fixes have been incorporated.

  1. The camera will allow a longer period of operation before the high temperature warning indicator is displayed, and automatic shut down of the camera occurs, during Live View or when using EOS Movie functions.
  2. When Auto ISO is used and Program Shift is applied, the ISO setting will be more stable and not change as frequently when the Main Dial is rotated.
  3. Corrects a misspelling in the French-language menu.
  4. (Only for products with French menu options.)

  5. Corrects a phenomenon in which vertical magenta-colored banding appears in still images taken in movie-shooting mode.
    This only occurs when in Manual exposure mode and when the ISO speed is set to “H”. Note that this phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.0.

Click here to download firmware v1.2.1 for Canon EOS 7D

Malaysia Flora Photo Contest 2010

The yearly Floral Photo Contest is back with great prizes await shutterbugs!
Not just cash, there are FUJIFILM Digital Cameras, Professional Studio Lighting, Holiday packages. Karangkraf’s LAMAN Magazine subscriptions, and more to be won in Malaysia Flora Photo Contest 2010. Click away to capture this year’s theme of “Flora, Parks & Gardens” and you could be a blooming winner.

So, enter the contest to win colourful prizes now!

Open Photography Challenge 2010

You could win big by expressing “1 Malaysia” your way!
The objective of this photo challenge is to promote Malaysia as a choice tourism destination, well known for its friendly, warm and hospitable people, and a land of many smiles.

The photography theme “1 Malaysia – Communities & Destinations” relates the community of the respective destination to its local culture, lifestyle, activities, ceremonies and occupations. As such, the destinations within Malaysia are promoted through featuring the people and local activities and attractions of the communities.

This photo challenge encourages participants to explore the country to capture unique photographic shots and an opportunity to show off their creative capabilities and submit their best photographic work.

Begin shooting or sending in your photographic perfections now! Start producing your productive picture now!

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