Parliament Nikon Sponsored Photo Competition

Nikon sponsored a photo competition for members of the House of Lords and MP’s. Each winning entry receiving a £100 donation from Nikon to a charity of their choice. And visitors to Houses of Parliament were able to view the winning snaps and the ones that made the shortlist from Monday 2nd July.

Some Members of Parliament and the House of Lords enjoy photography as an hobby and Nikon came forward to sponsor a little competition between them all this year.

There was a ceremony to unveil the exhibition on Monday 2nd July and the winners were named as: Baroness Floella Benjamin, Lord Birt, Lord Crathorne, Sir David Amess MP and Lord Greenway. The overall winner was named as Lord Greenway

Here’s the winning snaps, see what you think…

Lord Greenway
Baroness Floella Benjamin
Lord Crathorne
Lord Birt
Sir David Amess MP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nikon new “Advanced” MONARCH HG Binoculars

TOKYO – Nikon Vision Co., Ltd., (Nikon Vision), a subsidiary of Nikon Corporation (Nikon), is pleased to announce that lightweight and compact 30mm-diameter models (8×30 and 10×30) will be available in the MONARCH HG series of binoculars, which are the most advanced models in the history of MONARCH binoculars.

These 30mm-diameter models were designed to achieve both compactness and light weight, and their magnesium alloy body weighs only approx. 450g (15.9 oz). A sharp and clear view all the way to the periphery while maintaining a wide field of view with natural colour fidelity, that are features of MONARCH HG 42mm-diameter models, are also provided in the smaller body of these new 30mm-diameter models.

As with other models in the MONARCH HG series, these new binoculars are made in Japan, feature an innovated exterior and deliver the finest performance among MONARCH models. That’s because of the wide apparent field of view (60.3° for the 8×30 and 62.2° for the 10×30) that provides spectacular viewing. While achieving a wide field of view, the Field Flattener Lens System assures a sharp and clear view all the way to the lens periphery. The use of extra-low dispersion (ED) glass, moreover, corrects chromatic aberration that causes colour fringing, thus also realising a contrast-rich and high-resolution image.

A high-quality multilayer coating is applied to all lenses and prisms. Dielectric high-reflective multilayer coating and phase correction coating are applied to the roof prisms. All this combines to achieve a bright view with light transmittance of up to 92% or higher, plus natural colour fidelity.

The compact body is made of magnesium alloy and offers waterproof/fogproof performance (up to 5m/16.4 ft for 10 min.) with nitrogen gas. This higher level of performance prevents fogging inside the optical system even in low-pressure environments up to altitudes of 5,000m/16,404 ft equivalent.

These new models are supplied with a neck strap that reduces strain on the user’s neck, and a semi-hard type case. Nikon MONARCH HG 30mm-diameter binoculars feature compactness and a lightweight body while maintaining superior optical performance, making them ideal for enthusiasts of bird- or nature-watching, and many other kinds of outdoor activities, who want to travel light.

Key Features

  • Wide apparent field of view (60.3° for 8×30 and 62.2° for 10×30). While realising a wide field of view, the Field Flattener Lens System assures a sharp and clear view all the way to the lens periphery.
  • Extra-low dispersion (ED) glass corrects chromatic aberration that causes colour fringing and realises a contrast-rich and high-resolution image
  • High-quality multilayer coating is applied to all lenses and prisms while dielectric high-reflective multilayer coating is applied to the roof prisms, achieving up to 92% or higher light transmittance, which enables a bright view and natural colour fidelity
  • Phase-correction-coated roof prisms for high resolution and contrast
  • Scratch-resistant coating is applied on the objective lens and eyepiece surfaces
  • Long eye relief design ensures a clear field of view, even for eyeglass wearers
  • Lead- and arsenic-free glass is used for all lenses and prisms
  • Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups with multi-click facilitate easy positioning of eyes at the correct eyepoint
  • Dioptre adjustment ring locking system prevents unintentional rotation
  • Sturdy, lightweight magnesium alloy body (approx. 450g/15.9 oz only)
  • Superior waterproof/fogproof performance with a nitrogen-filled body that resists water pressure to a depth of up to 5m/16.4 ft for 10 minutes and prevents fogging inside the optical system even in low-pressure environments up to altitudes of 5,000m/16,404 ft equivalent
  • Soft-to-the-touch neck strap
  • Objective lens caps are integrated to prevent loss. Interchangeable objective rubber rings without caps are included and can be switched according to applications.
  • Optional tripod adaptor enables attachment to a tripod [TRA-3/Adaptor H (hard type)]

Specifications

MONARCH HG 8×30 MONARCH HG 10×30
Magnification (x) 8 10
Objective diameter (mm) 30 30
Angular field of view (Real/degree) 8.3 6.9
Angular field of view (Apparent/degree) 60.3 62.2
Field of view at 1,000m (m) 145 121
Field of view at 1,000 yd. (ft) 435 362
Exit pupil (mm) 3.8 3.0
Relative brightness 14.4 9.0
Eye relief (mm) 16.2 15.2
Close focusing distance (m/ft) 2.0/6.6 2.0/6.6
Length (mm/in.) 119/4.7 119/4.7
Width (mm/in.) 126/5.0 126/5.0
Depth (mm/in.) 47/1.9 47/1.9
Weight (g/oz.) 450/15.9 450/15.9
Interpupillary distance adjustment (mm/in.) 56-74/2.2-2.9 56-74/2.2-2.9
Type Roof Roof

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO “Lens of the Year”

Olympus Corporation (President: Hiroyuki Sasa) is pleased to announce that the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO (34mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) interchangeable lens (launched in January 2018) is the recipient of the Camera Grand Prix 2018 “Lens of the Year” award in Japan.

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Olympus recently expanded its M.Zuiko F1.2 PRO prime lens lineup with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO (34mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO (90mm focal length in 35mm equivalent). These Micro Four Thirds® system lenses join the currently available M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO (50mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) to deliver outstanding resolution and beautiful feathered bokeh at a maximum aperture of F1.2.

The prestigious honor of the Camera Grand Prix 2018 “Lens of the Year” award for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO lens marks the third consecutive year that the Japanese Camera Journal Press Club has awarded Olympus the “Lens of the Year” award at the Camera Grand Prix. The brand previously won the award for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO in 2016, and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO in 2017. Olympus is the first manufacturer in the industry to achieve the high honor for three consecutive years.

Comments from Camera Grand Prix 2018 Executive Committee

“Realizing both outstanding resolution and high-quality bokeh, this super-fast lens provides the widest angle as of today in the Olympus max F1.2 lens lineup. While the lens angle is handy in use, a moderate depth of field is also available with the maximum F1.2 aperture. The quality and quantity of its bokeh, realized through the company’s technological experiences, is great enough as a full-blown camera, giving a beautifully blurred, feather-like image. The lens does deserve any photographer’s trust. High contrast and resolution can be provided even at the widest aperture setting. Despite its intricate structure, the lens gives quite a natural image, representing wider possibilities of the Micro Four Thirds System Specification, with which a smaller image sensor device can shorten an actual focal length. It also works well as an AF lens when paired with an Olympus camera, enabling accurate focusing. A finest lens for an utmost depictive quality.”

Canon upgrades the popular 70-200mm L-series lenses

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7th June 2018 – Canon has today announced an upgrade to two of its most loved and well-regarded L-series lenses, with the launch of the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM. The 70-200mm lens has been instrumental for professional, semi-professional and photography enthusiasts for many years, thanks to the ability to easily change image composition by switching from standard to telephoto. This adaptability means both lenses can capture a wide range of subjects, from portraits to wildlife, reaffirming the pivotal role the 70-200mm lens plays in a photographer’s kit bag.

Commenting on the launch of the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, Michael Burnhill, European Product Specialist, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe, said: “Following feedback from our global photography community, we are very proud to be introducing these two lenses. We are committed to delivering the best quality and performance-driven products for today’s visual storytellers to ensure we provide unsurpassable choice for photographers looking to meet their image requirements with confidence. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM epitomises the very finest in L-series optical technology, whilst being compact in size, robust and lightweight, and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM offers unbeatable performance, versatility and durability.”

Superior quality, robust and compact design – the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
Built on the high standards of its predecessor, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM possesses the superior build, durability, and ergonomic design that Canon’s breadth of lenses are renowned for. Weighing just 780g, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM is great for those on the move. Whether shooting on a beach, or at a wedding, this lens is guaranteed to deliver stunningly crisp images in a range of environments. The Fluorine Coating reduces dirt and water drops clinging to the lens, and Super Spectra coatings eliminate ghosting and flare. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM’s fluorite lens elements are capable of correcting colour aberrations, guaranteeing high resolution and high contrast images. This excellent and reliable image quality is invaluable in reducing time spent on post-production.

The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM’s f/4 constant aperture provides consistent exposure in a range of varying lighting scenarios. The nine blades on the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM ‘s circular aperture create a pleasing bokeh effect, blurring the background and helping to accentuate the subject. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM comprises a new Image Stabilizer unit, based on the design of Canon’s EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, which delivers the equivalent effect of a shutter five-stops faster, compared to the previous lens’ three-stopsi. This is beneficial for any shooting scenario where the camera may be jostled, such as at film premieres, or shooting wildlife on safari.

The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM uses a combination of a Ring USM and a new third generation EF engine, which features a new high-performance control CPU and newly developed firmware, to drive greater speed and accuracy in achieving high-speed autofocus. The silent functioning autofocus can also be tweaked manually and allows a close focusing distance of 1m, compared to the 1.2m on its predecessor. These features make the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM perfect for unobtrusive and precise shooting, characteristics required to successfully capture street photography.

High-performance, versatile and durable – the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM replaces Canon’s flagship 70-200mm lens, enhancing the experiences of photographers using this industry leading lens. It has been designed with high-performance and robustness at its heart, ideal for a photographer who requires a high-quality telephoto lens for accurate detail. Built to meet the demands of professionals, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM’s protective seals make it an obvious choice for challenging conditions. Resistant to both moisture and dust, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM also comprises fluorine-coated front and rear elements, which are easy to clean. With the functionality photographers love, updates to the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM’s durability means it is excellent for shooting high-quality travel photography.

With its wide f/2.8 maximum aperture and eight-bladed circular diaphragm, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM opens up a world of creative options. It enables the photographer to emphasise pin-sharp subjects against a silky smooth, out-of-focus background. Thanks to its first-class fluorite and UD optics, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM delivers high contrast and excellent resolution. When using this lens, a photographer can be confident that they can achieve the perfect shot. Shooting in low light is also no problem for the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, thanks to its fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, which is constant throughout the zoom range and lets in twice as much light as an f/4 lens.

Camera shake isn’t something users of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM should be concerned about as a 3.5-stop Image Stabilizer compensates any blur caused by movement. A ring-type USM motor offers silent autofocus at outstanding speeds, and manual adjustments can be made at any time with a simple twist of the focus ring. These features make the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM an exceptional lens for perfectly, and quietly, capturing animals in their natural habitat.

EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM – Key Features

  • Versatile 70-200mm zoom range
  • Constant f/4 max aperture
  • Ring-type USM focusing
  • 5-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Highly portable, weighs just 780g

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM – Key Features

  • Versatile 70-200mm zoom range
  • Constant f/2.8 max aperture
  • Ring-type USM focusing
  • 3.5-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Tough, weather-proof construction

Pricing and availability

  • The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM is available from summer 2018 with an SRP of £1,299.99/€1,519.99
  • The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is available from summer 2018 with an SRP of £2,149.99/€2,499.99

New Nikon Development

Development of AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens compatible with the Nikon FX format
June 14, 2018
Offers superior agility and optical performance
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR will be a high-performance super-telephoto lens that is significantly smaller and lighter than comparable predecessors due to the adoption of the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element used in the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, released in January 2015. This lens makes hand-held photography easy, despite it being a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens that supports 500 mm focal length. The portability of the lens allows it to be used in a wider variety of situations, and for capturing fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in scenes such as sporting events.
Details, including the release date and suggested retail price for this product, will be shared at a later date.
Nikon continues to encourage the pursuit of imaging expression possibilities through its innovative products and solutions, built on its 100 years of heritage and advanced technical capabilities.
PF (Phase Fresnel) Lens Elements
The PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon*. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with less number of lens elements.
*Diffraction phenomenon: Light has characteristics as a waveform. When a waveform faces an obstacle, it attempts to go around and behind it, and this characteristic is referred to as diffraction. Diffraction causes chromatic dispersion in the reverse order of refraction.