Nik Software fans rejoice! The entire Nik Collection consisting of popular plug-ins like HDR Efex Pro 2, Silver Efex Pro 2 and Color Efex Pro 4 is now available for a very reasonable US$149. That’s quite a steal considering each plug-in used to cost > US$100 on its own. If you’ve always wanted to get it but is put off by the previously high prices, you can now get it for 70% off.
If that’s not enough, we found a promo code on Twitter by Tokyo-based photographer Martin Bailey which gives you an additional 15% off. Just use the code MBP15 and you’ll get a further 15% off.
We are not sure how long this will last, so head over to their web site and buy it now. You can also download a 15-day trial version if you’d like to try it out first.
YS: That is a lot of good quality software at a very good price. A must-buy!
Canon’s answer to the mirrorless camera revolution? Shrink down the EOS 650D way down to a size even smaller than the original (and uncomfortable) EOS 300D.The new EOS 100D (or Rebel SL1 for you North American folks) is mainly about its smaller size. The rest about it is basically a EOS 650D, minus a button or two and the articulated LCD. Which is to say, it will sport that same 18 megapixel sensor, 9 cross point autofocus system, 5 FPS continuous shooting, and 3″ touchscreen LCD.
Canon is pretty smart, I have to say. The greatest advantage in mirrorless cameras really comes from the smaller lenses (as an example, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2/.8 is the same size as the ubiquitous 18-55 kit lens), but I bet Canon marketing has figured out that many of the compact camera upgraders who buy a mirrorless camera usually stick with the one kit lens that comes with the camera. Ergo, build a smaller and lighter camera, and they will flock to it. Come up with some small light lenses to entice them to build a small system, and voila! Addic- I mean, locked-in users.
Do you like playing those Spot-the-Difference games? Because Canon has just released their own version, and it involves trying to find the difference between the new EOS 700D and the previous 650D. It has that same old 18 megapixel sensor from the 650D which packs the phase detection bits, same 5 FPS frame rate, same 9 cross point autofocus system, same 3″ LCD, well, pretty much everything is the same. Oh wait, it comes with that new snazzy EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM kit lens, which is a nice upgrade, and there is the ability to preview effects like Olympus’s Art Filters, and… well, there is that new mode dial.
To add, the 650D/Rebel T4i is not even a year old. New products can create a bang when introduce, but remember, they have to be new, not warmed-over leftovers. That 18 megapixel is going to break the Panasonic 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor’s record of years in service and the Sony IMX071 (D7000’s 16 megapixel sensor) in number of cameras featured at this rate.
Following the likes of Ricoh and Sigma, Nikon has released the Nikon Coolpix A. This is a 16-megapixel DX-format compact camera with a fixed 18.5mm (equivalent to 28mm on full frame cameras.) As with the trend right now, Nikon has designed this to be without an anti-aliasing low-pass filter on the CMOS sensor, which is supposed to give improved image quality.
Launched 12 years ago, the original AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR was Nikon’s first lens to offer Vibration Reduction technology, something which Canon had for a long time. It wasn’t a spectacular lens, unfortunately. Twelve years later, Nikon finally releases an update to that lens with an improved optical formula and an SWM motor for quick focussing. Hopefully this will address the many issues that users had with the older lens, e.g. unstable tripod collar, AF hunting, etc. The lens will be available in early April 2013 for a SRP of US$2,700.
Oh yes. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 with that very nice and cute 12-35mm f/2.8 lens is going to be with us for a short stay. If there is anything you want to find out about the GH3 while we still have it, give a shout out in the comments or post on our Facebook Page! Otherwise, keep an eye on this space while we get working on the review!