The new Panasonic LUMIX LX100 II : your perfect companion

  • Large high-sensitivity 17 megapixel multi-aspect-sensor (when 4:3)
  • Leica DC Vario-Summilux Lens with f/1.7 fast aperture for gorgeous bokeh
  • New touch-sensitive screen for more flexibility and creativity

LX100II_frontPanasonic is proud to announce the Lumix LX100 II. Now in its seventh generation, the acclaimed LX series is the ideal companion for street photographers, being small and light while still featuring many high-end technical specifications.

Along with a new 17 megapixel multi-aspect Four Thirds sensor, the LX100 II houses a Leica DC VARIO-SUMMILUX f/1.7-f/2.8 high-speed lens offering a 35mm equivalent of 24-75mm for superb versatility.

LX100II_EVFAn LVF (Live View Finder) joins a new 3.0-inch touch-sensitive screen, giving you the flexibility to compose your images however you want to. Other fantastic features include 4K Video and 4K Photo, the introduction of new Monochrome Photo Styles, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, plus USB charging for power boosts on the move.

The LX100 II will be available from 1st October 2018 @ €949 – https://conns.ie/LX100_II

The LX100 II is an addition to the LX range and will not replace the current LX100.

Lumix LX100 II Key Features

Micro Four Thirds Large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine

The Lumix LX100 II integrates a total 21.77-megapixel sensor achieving effective 17.0 megapixel in 4:3 aspect. A boost in resolution when compared to the original LX100 camera, the extra pixels ensure high resolution no matter which one you choose to shoot in – pick from 4:3, 3:2, 1:1 and 16:9.

Approximately 1.6x larger than a one-inch type sensor, the new sensor boasts excellent signal to noise ratio, resulting in a dramatic reduction in noise when shooting at the maximum ISO setting of 25,600.

Meanwhile, the latest Venus Engine renders vibrant, true-to-life high quality images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive colour reproduction.

*2 Multi-aspect count

LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 (equivalent) Lens

Providing a 3.1x optical zoom, the 24-75mm equivalent lens is close to the classic 24-70mm focal length.

Giving you the flexibility to shoot a diverse range of subjects, from landscapes to portraits, the lens also benefits from a wide f/1.7-f/2.8 aperture for beautiful bokeh and fantastic low-light shooting.

Equipped with Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser), and comprising 11 elements in 8 groups, including 2 ED lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces, you can be sure that your shots will be sharp and superbly defined.

Macro shots can be captured beautifully thanks to a minimum focusing distance of 3cm (wide) and 30cm (tele).

Intuitive controls, easy composition and high-speed response

Along with a high-resolution (2764k-dot) Live View Finder, offering a 100% field of view and excellent magnification (0.7x, 35mm equivalent), significant improvements have been made to the rear LCD screen.

For example, resolution has been boosted to 1240k-dots, while touch-functionality has been added for improved ease-of-use. No matter your composition preference, the LX100 II has you covered.

Direct, intuitive control is promised thanks to dedicated rings and dials including an aperture ring, control ring, shutter speed dial or exposure compensation dial.

LUMIX LX100 II achieves high speed AF of approximately 0.10 sec* and high speed burst shooting at 11 fps (AFS) / 5.5 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subjects just in-focus. The LUMIX LX100 II integrates Starlight AF which allows users to shoot a star in the sky at night with auto focus. This can be achieved by accurate calculation of contrast value in a smaller AF zone.

* Based on the CIPA standard. At wide-end, when using Live View Finder at 60 fps.

Ultra high-definition 4K video and 4K Photo for unmissable moments

Panasonic’s advanced 4K Photo function takes advantage of 4K video recording to allow you to shoot at up to 30fps*1 and extract the perfect moment as 8-megapixel stills directly in the camera. New additions include an Auto Marking function, which enables quicker jumping to the most appropriate frame; and Sequence Composition, the merging of various frames to create a special effect.

Post Focus and Focus Stacking functions have also been added, plus Light Composition mode can be used to create dramatic firework or night scenery shots with ease.

*1 About 4K motion picture recording / 4K Photo recording

– Use a card with SD Speed Class with “UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)” when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [4K PHOTO] (SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)

– Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 15 minutes with [MP4] in [4K].

– When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.

– When using an SDXC memory card: You can record a motion picture in a single file.

– When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.

*2 For [4K] video output, use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as”4K compatible”.

Creative possibilities increased, new Monochrome mode & grain effect

L.Monochrome D has been added to the monochrome Picture Styles options, which creates dynamic black and white images with emphasized highlights and shadows, all while preserving details. Choose from different grain strengths to add a filmic quality to your monochrome images.

Other features include:

 

  • Bluetooth 4.2* and Wi-Fi 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n/)*

The Lumix LX100 II integrates both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for quick and easy image sharing. Bluetooth Low Energy compatibility means a constant connection can be maintained with minimum power consumption.

  • AC/USB Power Charging

Charge the LX100 II’s battery either via AC or USB, making it ideal for a quick power boost while travelling.

* The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Logo is a certification mark of Wi-Fi Alliance®.
* The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Panasonic Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

Sony Full-Frame Masterclass @ Leopardstown Races, Thursday 9th August

Sony are hosting a very special Imaging event @ Leopardstown Racecourse on Thursday 9th August 2018, exclusive to existing Professional / Semi-Professional users who already use Sony Full-frame equipment or are actively considering switching from an equivalent system. Guests can attend just the product briefing / masterclass part of the day or they are welcome to stay and enjoy an evening’s hospitality.

To apply for a place on this masterclass please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

The event is an opportunity to get hands on with Sony Imaging kit, including the A9 ILCE Body, A7 III ILCE Body, and new 400mm F2.8 GM OSS FE lens. Sony will have renowned sports photographer Alan Crowhurst on hand to talk about his experience shooting with Sony and giving tips on shooting the race meeting. Sony Ambassador Hannah Couzens will also be on hand to talk about her experiences and will have a portrait set-up with models so that kit can be tested in a different scenario.

Itinerary

14:00-16:00
Introduction to the masterclass
Presentations by Hannah Cousins and Alan Crowhurst
Product demonstrations
17:45
Racing begins and buffet dinner to be served in hospitality suite
17:45-21:00
Groups to rotate through shooting scenarios
21:00-22:30
Concert, with ‘Smokie’ performing
22:30-23:15
Minibus to depart Leopardstown for Dublin City Centre

Application Form

As places are strictly limited strict criteria are being applied by Sony to ensure every attendee will get maximum benefit from the advance workshops being offered. Please complete the form below and a member of staff from Conns Cameras will be in touch.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED – THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL

Swarovski Urban Bird Walk with Eric ‘the Birdman’ Dempsey

There are far more feathered things to see around Dublin City Centre than you might imagine, and certainly more than the abundance of Pigeons and Gulls that everyone is used to! Join the engaging Eric ‘the Birdman’ Dempsey on an easy stroll around some familiar streets and have your eyes opened.

You’ll also have the chance to try out a range of spectacular Swarovski Optik binoculars and scopes

Whether you live in Dublin or are visiting for the day, there is no better way to discover the wonderful bird life hiding in our urban areas than a birding walk with Eric ‘the Birdman’ Dempsey, Ireland’s leading bird expert. He knows how and where to find the birds which allows you to simply relax and enjoy it.

Eric is also one of Ireland’s best-known bird photographers (check out his photos here) and an author of the best-selling Ireland’s Wildlife Year – a photographic journey of Ireland’s changing seasons. If you’re a photographer, he’ll be delighted to pass on his top digi-scoping tips and advise you on exactly the Swarovski bits you need to get shooting.

Bring Your Firsts to Life with Canon Summer Cashback

Buy an eligible product from Conns Cameras between 16th May and 31th August 2018 and you can choose either “Standard Cashback” OR Canon’s “Cashback Boost” – if you select cashback boost you can claim a higher amount of cashback if you purchase of any additional Canon product from us!

Standard Cashback Cashback Boost
DSLR Cameras
EOS 7D Mark II €135 €180
EOS 77D €100 €125
EOS 800D €55 €70
EOS 200D €55 €70
EOS 2000D €45 €55
EOS 4000D €35 €45
DSLR lenses & accessories
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM €300 €375
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM €200 €250
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM €125 €160
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM €100 €125
EF 135mm f/2L USM €100 €125
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM €100 €125
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS €100 €125
EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM €50 €65
Speedlite 430EX III €65 €80
Compact System Cameras
EOS M6 €60 €75
EOS M50 €60 €75
EOS M100 €60 €75
Compact Cameras
PowerShot G7 X Mark II €45 €55
PowerShot SX730 HS €25 €35
Video Cameras
LEGRIA GX10 €200 €250
LEGRIA HF G26 €100 €125
Printers
PIXMA TS8150 / TS8151 / TS8152 €35 €45
PIXMA TS6150 / TS6151 €25 €35
SELPHY CP1300 €20 €30
Binoculars
14×32 IS €235 €280
12×32 IS €200 €250
10×32 IS €175 €220

Claiming Your Cashback

You must claim your cashback online from the official Canon Summer Cashback Claim Website before 30th September 2018, and a claim for cashback boost must be registered before midnight on 16 October 2018. If successfully submitted participants will receive an email from Canon (or their agents) within 24 hours confirming that their claim has been received and unique login details allowing customers to monitor their claim status.

For “standard cashback” you should receive your payment within 28 days of the claim being verified, or if you have chosen to receive “Cashback Boost” you will be notified once your claim for your initial purchase has been verified and cashback will be paid after you have registered your second purchase.

Summer Campaign 2018 IE Claim Process

If you register for “Cashback Boost” but do not register a second purchase the standard cashback value will be paid to your registered bank account after the claim period has elapsed.

FAQs

For answers to any of your other questions check out the official Canon Ireland FAQs, or you download the full Canon Summer 2018 Ts+Cs or view them on the official Canon website.

 

Fujifilm firmware updates for X-H1 (v1.1), X-E3 (v1.2), and X100F (v2.1)

FUJIFILM Europe has released FREE firmware updates for the X-H1, X-E3, and X100F X Series digital cameras. The updates reflect the feedback received by FUJIFILM X WORLD users with regards to improving usability and adding new functions.

These complimentary upgrades will provide new functions including a new PDAF algorithm, Flicker Reduction, Select/Create Folder, and additional compatibility with the newly introduced MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and MKX 50-135mm T2.9 lenses.

The updates can be downloaded from fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/

FUJIFILM X-E3 (Ver.1.2.0)

  1. Supports “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” After connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro. Fast batch processing will also be available. The “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” can be downloaded from the FUJIFILM website for free.
  2. Support for backup/restore of camera settings via FUJIFILM X Acquire Once connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X Acquire” allows users to backup/restore camera settings to/from a file. Copying all camera settings from one camera to another is available.
  3. Compatible with the newly developed FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens. 1) MF ring can be used as zoom ring 2) Maintain the lens zoom position during interval shooting 3) Maintain the lens zoom position in playback mode to shorten the startup time for the next shooting
  4. Improve radio flash controller usability The upgrade allows users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync. or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  5. Enlarged and customizable indicators or information The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.
  6. Enhanced Bluetooth®* connectivity via the “FUJIFILM Camera Remote” app. The upgrade allows users to utilize the following functions with the latest “FUJFIILM Camera Remote” app. 1) The upgrade allows users to select multiple smartphones or tablet devices by paring the cameras.(Up to 7 devices) 2) Update the firmware** of compatible cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability via smartphone or tablet devices. 3) It supports Bluetooth® wireless remote control camera shutter release** for cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability.

FUJIFILM X100F (Ver.2.1.0)

  1. Enlarged and customizable indicators or information The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.

FUJIFILM X-H1 (Ver.1.1.0)

  1. Addition of “Focus Bracketing” The update will enable the photographer to shoot focus distance bracketing up to 999 frames. When the photographer begins shooting, the focal location is shifted with each activation of the shutter by the step of focus shift set from 1 to 10.
  2. Compatible with the newly developed cinema lens FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens. The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens 1) Aperture information can be displayed on the monitor. The upgrade allows users to select T-stop or F-stop. 2) The upgrade allows users to check the focus distance with the distance indicator shown on the monitor. 3) Automatically corrects the distortion and the color/brightness shading. 4) Camera automatically calculate the White Balance based on the lens position and deliver the color expressions with Film Simulation modes.
  3. Enlarged and customizable indicators or information The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.
  4. Enhanced Phase Detection AF during movie recording Enabled phase detection AF at smallest area size when in single point AF, making phase detection AF active all 6 area sizes both in AF-S/AF-C mode.
  5. Expanded Phase Detection AF Area options during still shooting Phase detection AF is now available in the smallest size single AF point when shooting in AF-S and AF-C modes. This takes the total phase detection AF areas to 6.
  6. Enhanced Bluetooth® connectivity via “FUJIFILM Camera Remote” app. The upgrade allows users to utilize the following functions with the latest “FUJFIILM Camera Remote” app. 1) It synchronizes “date and time” and/or “location information” of smartphone and tablet devices when used with cameras with Bluetooth® capability 2) The upgrade allows users to select multiple smartphones or tablet devices by paring the cameras.(Up to 7 devices) 3) Update the firmware** of compatible cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability via smartphone or tablet devices. 4) It supports Bluetooth® wireless remote control camera shutter release** for cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability.
  7. Addition of Fn button support for “IS Mode” The upgrade allows users to set the Fn button as “IS Mode” for quicker setting changes.

YOUR UPGRADE AWAITS: Olympus Unleashes Powerful New Firmware for its OM-D and PEN Cameras

New Functions and Improved Performance Are Delivered Through Firmware Version 2.0 for OM-D E-M1® Mark II, Version 3.0 for PEN-F®, and Version 4.0 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 28, 2018—Today Olympus announces a series of new firmware updates that are available immediately for several of its latest interchangeable lens cameras. The firmware upgrades include Version 2.0 for the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Version 3.0 for the Olympus PEN-F, and Version 4.0 for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Olympus is dedicated to providing ongoing product functionality and performance improvements to deliver cameras that users can depend on long after their initial purchase. The latest firmware updates are designed to bolster Olympus’s interchangeable lens cameras with the latest functionality, improved performance, and expanded creative options. Many of the firmware updates were implemented in response to users’ requests.

For example, Firmware Version 3.0 for the PEN-F adds the ability to save the settings of the Monochrome and Color Profile Control from the user’s computer onto the camera. Firmware Version 4.0 for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II adds the Focus Stacking function available on the OM-D E-M1 and E-M1 Mark II. In addition to these upgrades, videographers will now have access to the Look Up Table (LUT) file for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, allowing for advanced control and optimal color grading using DaVinci Resolve®.

Other new features include improved Pro Capture Mode functionality in the OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s Firmware Version 2.0, while the PEN-F’s Firmware Version 3.0 includes shading effects that were previously only available in Monochrome Profile Control and are now available in Color Profile Control and Color Creator.

OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Version 2.0 Details

1. Improved Pro Capture Mode functionality Pro Capture Mode provides lag-free shooting so users can capture high-quality, full-resolution images at precise moments without compromise. Pro Capture buffers a running series of JPEG and RAW images when users press the shutter release halfway. With Firmware Version 2.0, the maximum number of pre-shutter frames that can be recorded once the shutter button is fully pressed has increased from 14 to 35.

Additionally, a new display icon shows users that they have initiated Pro Capture Mode and the camera is currently buffering frames.

All attachable lenses are now compatible with Pro Capture H (focus locks after first image is buffered).

LensPro Capture LPro Capture HOlympus Micro Four Thirds System standard lensesYesYesOther Micro Four Thirds System standard lensesNoYesFour Thirds System standard lensesNoYesLenses without electrical contacts (MF only)YesYes

2. Focus Stacking now supports the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–100mm F4.0 IS PRO Firmware Version 2.0 now allows the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–100mm F4.0 IS PRO to support in-camera focus stacking. Additionally, seven other lenses support focus stacking, including the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO, ED 30mm F3.5 Macro, ED 60mm F2.8 Macro, ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO, ED 7–14mm F2.8 PRO, ED 12–40mm F2.8 PRO, and ED 40–150mm F2.8 PRO.

3. Small AF Target setting added to S-AF and C-AF In response to feedback from Olympus users looking for a greater level of precision when choosing a specific AF target, Small AF Targets have been added to the single target (1-point) AF area.

4. In-body Fisheye Correction when using M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Fisheye Distortion Correction is now available in-camera so that the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO can be used as a wide-angle lens without the fisheye effect. Fisheye Correction effects can be viewed by the user in real time on the rear monitor or EVF before shooting.

5. The magnify setting now offers a 100-percent enlargement ratio for use during image playback Due to Olympus user feedback, pixel size display has been added to the magnification ratio options, making it possible to review images at a 1:1 pixel ratio.

6. New Flicker Scan function removes flickering when using the electronic shutter The Flicker Scan function allows users to preview the scene and choose the proper shutter speed to avoid flickering, a phenomenon that is common when using the camera’s electronic shutter under fluorescent or LED light sources.

Other Improvements

  • Continuous AF (C-AF) performance has been improved.
  • AF response has been improved when using back-button focus AF settings with the AEL/AFL button.
  • IS performance has been improved when shooting video, enabling more natural camera work (IS-equipped lenses require simultaneously released firmware update).
  • Tethered shooting responsiveness and stability using Olympus Capture has been improved, providing an easier shooting workflow.
  • The remaining battery level icon has been fine-tuned.

PEN-F Firmware Version 3.0 Details

1. Monochrome and Color Profile Control settings can be saved onto camera via computer It is now possible to save Monochrome and Color Profile Control settings in images recorded on the PEN-F to the camera via a computer. Using the latest Olympus Digital Camera Updater (Ver. 2.1), simply select the image with the profile you want to use and save the settings to the camera.

2. Shading effects in Monochrome Profile Control are available in Color Profile Control and Color Creator Due to popular demand, shading effects have been added to Color Profile Control and Color Creator for a wider range of photographic expression.

OM-D E-M5 Mark II Firmware Version 4.0 Details

1. In-Camera Focus Stacking function The Focus Stacking function available on the Tough TG-5 and OM-D E-M1 Mark II is now available on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The focus is shifted in half-pixel increments while capturing eight images, which are then composited to form a single image that is in focus from the foreground to the background. A total of eight lenses are supported (the same lenses supported by OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Version 2.0).

Common Features for OM-D E-M1 Mark II, PEN-F, and OM-D E-M5 Mark II

1. New Bleach Bypass Art Filter option The Bleach Bypass Art Filter included in the OM-D E-M10 Mark III (released in September 2017) is now available with these firmware updates. This option replicates the bleach bypass effect used to develop film creating images with a beautiful metallic sheen.

2. Support for Panasonic LEICA® DG ELMARIT 200mm/F2.8/POWER O.I.S. interchangeable lens This firmware update improves the compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm/F2.8/POWER O.I.S. (H-ES200) interchangeable lens.

Movie-exclusive picture mode: “Flat” LUT file release An LUT file is released for movies recorded in the movie-exclusive picture mode “Flat” with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and E-M5 Mark II. This file converts recorded videos to BT.709 in DaVinci Resolve from Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd. for color grading.

Please visit the following URL for more details: getolympus.com/firmware