Welcome to the latest instalment of our new weekly news section, with the stories that matter to serious photographers, along with pithy comment and insightful analysis.
Nikon D810 revealed
Nikon’s has announced an upgrade to its well regarded, 36Mp D800 SLR for pros and high-end enthusiasts.
The whopping megapixel count remains the same but there is no anti-aliasing filter, which, Nikon claims, will deliver sharper shots straight from the camera.
The ISO range has been refreshed too, and now stretches from a low 64 through to 12800 (expandable to 51200).
The new Nikon camera still lacks built-in WiFi or GPS, which is a puzzling omission. The Nikon D810 price tag will be £2699 (approx $US 4,583), and it will be available from 17 July.
New Tamron mirrorless lenses
Tamron will release a 14-150mm lens for Micro Four Thirds based cameras next month for £389.99. The 14-150mm f/3.5-5.9 Di III offers an equivalent 35mm focal length of a far reaching 28-300mm and includes a stepping motor, designed improve autofocus action when shooting video.
It weighs 285g is and is available in black and silver. Tamron has also announced that its 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di lll VC lens for Canon M system cameras will be available in July for £389.99.
Environmental Photographer of the Year winner
The winner of this year’s Environmental Photographer of the Year award is Mohammad Fahim Ahamed Riyad from Bangladesh, who beat more than 10,000 entries with an image called ‘In search of life’.
The image shows a fireman called to a blaze in a shanty town in Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, where four people died, including a six year old. The incident was never reported.
“This image of a helmeted firefighter amid smoking ruins evokes the heroism of civic society coping with calamity,” said judge Brigitte Lardinois. “This photograph gains power from the contrast between evocation of heroic endeavour and a sense of dispiriting futility.”
You can see the winning entries at the Royal Geographical Society in London until 4 July, and they then tour the UK. Click here for more info
In-car apps don’t usually make the headlines but this new one from GoPro seems to be setting pulses racing.
Designed in partnership with BMW, the BMW-GoPro App gives full control of your WiFi-enabled GoPro Hero sports camera through the BMW’s iDrive screen and controller, making it easier to set up and capture video in-car, clamped to the exterior or stuck to the windscreen.
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