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A whole bunch of new compact digital cameras and lenses have been announced as part of CP+, Japan’s imaging show currently happening, updated with the latest cameras and lens news…

Canon: (4)
Canon IXUS 255 HS, 10x optical zoom, 12mp high speed, Wi-Fi
Canon IXUS 135, 8x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 16mp
Canon IXUS 132, 8x optical zoom, 16mp
Canon Powershot A2500, 5x optical zoom, 16mp
Canon EOS 1D-C Firmware Update

Nikon: (9)
Nikon Coolpix S9500, Wi-Fi, 22x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S9400, Wi-Fi, 18x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S5200, Wi-Fi, 6x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix AW110, WP (18m), 5x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S31, WP (5m), 3x optical zoom, £99
Nikon Coolpix L27, 16mp, 5x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix L28, 20mp, 5x optical zoom, £89
Nikon Coolpix P520, 42x zoom, 18mp BSI sensor
Nikon Coolpix L820, 30x zoom, 16mp BSI sensor

Olympus: (3 ish)
Olympus XZ-10, Serious Compact, 5x zoom, RAW etc
Olympus VR-370, 12.5x optical zoom
Olympus VG-180, 5x optical zoom
Olympus XZ-2 White edition.

Fujifilm: (2-8) * UK availability of these models unknown
Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR, 20x optical zoom compact travel zoom
Fujifilm FinePix S4800, 30x optical zoom bridge camera, CCD
Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR* 20x optical zoom lens, available in puke colour.
Fujifilm FinePix S6600, S6700, S6800* 26, 28 and 30x optical zoom (CMOS)
Fujifilm FinePix S4600, S4700* 26, 28x optical zoom, CCD

Casio: (5) – UK / European availability unknown
Casio Exilim ZR700, 18x optical zoom, RAW, high speed shooting, 470 shots, 16mp
Casio Exilim ZR400, 12.5x optical zoom, high speed shooting, 515 shots, 16mp
Casio Exilim ZS-160, 12.5x optical zoom, 16mp
Casio Exilim ZS-25, 6x optical zoom, 16mp
Casio Exilim QV-R300, 5x optical zoom lens, 16mp

Sony:
Firmware updates for A99, A77, A65, A57, A37, NEX-7/6/5R/5N/F3.

Pentax: (3)
Pentax Optio WG-3, WG-3 GPS, Waterproof
Pentax Optio WG-10, Waterproof

New Lens Announcements:

Olympus:
Olympus 75-300mm Update, m43, with Zero coating

Tamron:
Tamron 14-150mm VC Micro Four Thirds lens

Sigma:
19mm f/2.8 DN m43/Nex lens – updated design on previous model
30mm f/2.8 DN m43/Nex lens – updated design on previous model
60mm f/2.8 DN m43/Nex lens
30mm f/1.4 DC Sigma, Nikon, Canon lens (APS-C)

Tokina:
Tokina 12-28mm f/4 DX
Tokina 70-200mm f/4 FX

Nikon:
Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G wide-angle zoom lens
Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 super telephoto lens

Panasonic:
14-42mm compact standard zoom lens

Pentax:
Pentax Q Body Cap Lens (Toy lens)

If you’ve ever been looking to expand your Nikon / Nikkor lens collection, then why not have a look at these Nikon lens reviews, VR = Vibration Reduction (Optical), DX = designed for APS-C Sensor camera (not full frame):

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Wide
Nikon 12-24mm AF-S Nikkor f/4G DX Lens Review
Nikon 14-24mm AF-S Nikkor f/2.8G Lens Review
Nikon 16-35mm AF-S Nikkor f/4G VR Lens Review

Prime
Nikon 24mm AF-S Nikkor f/1.4G Lens Review
Nikon 35mm AF-S Nikkor f/1.8G DX Lens Review
Nikon 50mm AF-S Nikkor f/1.4G Lens Review
Nikon 50mm AF-S Nikkor f/1.8G Lens Review
Nikon 85mm AF-S Nikkor f/1.4G Lens Review
Nikon 105mm AF-S Nikkor f/2.8G (Macro) VR Lens Review
Nikon 200mm AF-S Nikkor f/2G VR II Lens Review
Nikon 200mm Nikkor f/4 (Macro) Lens Review
Nikon 300mm AF-S Nikkor f/2.8 VR Lens Review
Nikon 500mm AF-S Nikkor f/4 II Lens Review

Wide – Telephoto / Zoom
Nikon 17-55mm Nikkor f/2.8G DX Lens Review
Nikon 18-55mm AF-S Nikkor f/3.5G II DX Lens Review
Nikon 18-105mm AF-S Nikkor f/3.5G VR DX Lens Review
Nikon 24-70mm AF-S Nikkor f/2.8G Lens Review
Nikon 24-120mm Nikkor f/4G VR Lens Review

Long Telephoto / Zoom
Nikon 18-200mm AF-S Nikkor f/3.5 VR DX Lens Review
Nikon 55-200mm AF-S Nikkor f/4.5 VR DX Lens Review
Nikon 55-200mm AF-S Nikkor f/4.5 DX Lens Review
Nikon 28-300mm AF-S Nikkor f/3.5 VR Lens Review
Nikon 55-300mm AF-S Nikkor f/4.5 VR DX Lens Review
Nikon 70-200mm AF-S Nikkor f/2.8G VR II Lens Review
Nikon 70-200mm AF-S Nikkor f/2.8G VR I Lens Review
Nikon 70-300mm AF-S Nikkor f/4.5G VR Lens Review
Nikon 80-400mm AF Nikkor f/4.5 VR Lens Review
Nikon 80-400mm AF Nikkor f/4.5 Lens Review
Nikon 200-400mm AF-S Nikkor f/4G VR II Lens Review
Nikon 200-400mm AF-S Nikkor f/4G VR I Lens Review

Tilt / Shift
Nikon 24mm Nikkor f/3.5 PC-E Tilt Lens Review
Nikon 45mm Nikkor f/2.8 PC-E (Macro) Tilt Lens Review

close-to-elephants

Ever been this close to a herd of elephants? Neither have I. The lens I rented for my trip to Africa makes them look a lot closer than they were!

I’ve rented for a few reasons.

First, I want to make sure the reviews I read about equipment match up to my expectations. Reviews like the ones here at DigiCamReview.com are priceless. I would never consider buying equipment before checking it’s reviews first. But there’s a lot to be said for having equipment in your hands. Does that giant zoom lens make you feel extra conspicuous? Does Image Stabilization (Vibration Reduction if you’re a Nikon) make that much of a difference? I bought my favorite Lens (Canon’s 100mm f/2.8 IS L Macro) because I rented it first to make sure it was perfect. And it was.

I’ve also rented specialty equipment. I went to Africa this year and I knew my 17-40mm and 18-135mm lenses wouldn’t be enough to get good shots of far away animals. After reading tons of reviews and suggestions I knew the best lens for the trip would be Canon’s 100-400mm zoom lens. It’s the perfect safari lens. But at home in California I do food/product photography and landscapes. That lens would be a $1600 hunk of metal and glass gathering dust in the closet. So I rented it for a month. I spent just $250 USD including shipping and insurance. Pretty sweet deal, huh?

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