Recording Audio In A DSLR

Mastering Multimedia

Robert Rozak, President of JuicedLink, compares and demonstrates the different preamps and digital recording devices for their low noise capabilities . The key information he stresses is that a preamps connected to a DSLR camera are just as good if not better that recording audio separately with say an Zoom H4n. Take a listen and judge for yourself.

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Price For New Fujifilm X-Pro1 Digital Camera Announced

Fujifilm X-Pro1
Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 35mm (mounted), 18mm and 60mm Macro lenses (Image Copyright: Fujifilm)

Fujifilm Germany has published the price for the much-discussed pro-level viewfinder camera X-Pro1 and its accessories.

After the acclaimed Fujifilm X100 lots of photographers (including me) were waiting for something in the same league, only with interchangeable lenses. Sort of a Leica M9 for photographers with a bit of a tighter budget (the undeniably fantastic M9 – body only of course – goes for a whopping € 5,495.-/£  4,570.-/$ 7,233.-).

Finally, our prayers were answered and last December the X-Pro1 was announced. The new camera, three lenses and some accessories will be available from mid-March. The suggested retail prices are:

Body X-Pro1

€ 1,599.-

£ 1,330.-

$ 2,103.-

Lens XF18mm F2 R

€    579.-

£    481.-

$    762.-

Lens XF35mm F1.4 R

€    579.-

£    481.-

$    762.-

Lens XF60mm F2.4 R Macro

€    629.-

£    523.-

$    828.-

Flash EF-X20

€    199.-

£    165.-

$    262.-

Leather Camera Bag

€    149.-

£    124.-

$    196.-

Protection Filter 39mm

€      69.-

£      57.-

$      91.-

Protection Filter 52mm

€      79.-

£      66.-

$    104.-

(please bear in mind that Dollars and Pound are simply converted from the price announced for Germany; prices in the UK and U.S. are likely to vary slightly due to differences in VAT)

The street prices should be lower than that, as we all know, but I would not count on a 15% drop like when the Canon EOS 5D MkII came out. I suspect that there will be simply too much demand for X-Pro1 for that to happen. My guess is that we will end up buying this baby for about € 1,450 (£ 1,200/$ 1,900) or so.

For detailed technical information and more images go to the Fujifilm websites: Fujifilm Germany (German), Fujifilm X-Pro1 website (English).

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New Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Lens

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM (Copyright Sigma)

On the Sigma USA website, the well-known producer of third party lenses, published new information on its new 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM lens yesterday.

What seems to be an ideal choice for portrait photographers or anybody demanding excellent low-light performance might want to have a closer look at the new Sigma “World Class Glass” (manufacturer’s description). While most statements are confirmed by independent reviewers like The-Digital-Picture.com, the lens seems to have an issue with its AF (inconsistent focusing).

In case your subject does not move around or run away, you can avoid these issues by using MF. The focus ring provides nice manual focusing, the lens has a distance window and depth-of-field markings (although only for f/16). Build and image quality make this lens worth considering for a portrait or landscape photographer, but if you are a photojournalist you might want to look for something with better AF-performance.

A detailed review is available here.

However, compared to its closest competitors the lens is quite affordable with a price several hundred Euro (Dollar, Pound) lower than the (manual-focus) Zeiss 85mm f1.4 and less than half the price of the Canon 85mm f1.2 L II USM.

B&W (U.S)

Warehouse Express (UK)

Foto Erhardt (Germany)

Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

$ 969

£ 729

€ 809

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T

$ 1,283

£ 1,099

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM

$ 1,859

£ 1,699

€ 1,925

Also on its U.S. website, Sigma has placed a teaser for “The Hottest Sigma Technology For 2012 Revealed”, showing the image of a zoom ring on a lens and the writing “Optical Stabilizer”. Maybe we are in for a Sigma lens with a new stabilizer. Check back on the Sigma website on 10 January for more.

(Sources: Sigma, The-Digital-Picture.com, Warehouse Express, B&H, Foto Erhardt; 28 Dec 2011)

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Nikon Re-Starts DSLR Production In Thailand Ahead Of Schedule

Nikon D700
Nikon D700 (Image Copyright Nikon)

According to Bloomberg Businessweek the Japanese camera maker will start DSLR production in Thailand at the end of November.

Nikon camera production at the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok was interrupted by severe monsoon rains and the resulting floods last summer. Earlier this month Nikon published information that camera production in Thailand will begin in January but now is ready to get going again several weeks ahead of schedule.

As a result of the report  in the Nikkei newspaper, Nikon shares rose 2.7 percent.

Camera production in Thailand will be back to its normal level in March.

(Sources: Bloomberg Businessweek; 28 Nov 2011)

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Canon Delays Introduction Of Two New Super-Teles

Canon EF 4/500 mm L IS II USM
Canon EF 4/500 mm L IS II USM (Copyright Canon)

Canon announced a delay in the delivery of two new pro-level super-teles earlier this week.

Sports and wildlife photographers waiting for Canon’s new  EF 4/500 mm L IS II USM and EF 4/600 mm L IS II USM lenses will have to wait a little longer for their new babies. The new lenses were scheduled to hit the market later this year but now the Japanese manufacturer said that this is not going to happen.

Both lenses were already announced in August 2010 and shown during the Photokina in the same year. The company did not give any reasons for the delay or gave any information when to expect the new products.

Canon promises improved image quality, 4-stop Image Stabilizer and reduced weight for the new 500 and 600. Especially the new 600mm Mk II will save photographers a lot of weight: while the old EF 4/600 mm L IS USM was a heavy beast at 5.4 kilograms, the Mk II only weighs less than 4 kg.

Another improvement for both lenses will be the IS. Canon not only promises a 4-stop advantage, the new IS also features a third mode (beside normal and pan) called IS Mode 3 that only enables stabilization during exposure.

Also affected by the delay is the highly attractive  EF 4/200-400 L IS with built-in 1.4x Extender although in this instance a delay was not officially announced.

(Sources: Canon, Color Foto; 18 Nov 2011)

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