Working within the photography industry occasionally has its minor annoyances, such as constantly being asked about new cameras that have not yet even been announced. The rumours of the Nikon D600 have been developing for a long time, so it did not come as much of a surprise that Nikon chose to launch it at the biannual Photokina. With more than 1,250 exhibitors and 180,000 visitors it is the world’s largest photographic show, and a great place to launch any new product.


When taking close up, or macro photographs it is worth considering the use of a dedicated macro ring light flashgun, especially when using a dedicated macro lens. In this article we cover the use of a ring flash for use with a macro lens, and the subsequent benefits of using flash as opposed to natural light.

Panasonic have recently released the latest in a line of high quality advanced compact cameras that carry the LX designation.  It has been 2 years since the very successful LX5 was released, and I was very interested to see what improvements have been made.


There are numerous wireless flash solutions available on the market, from DSLR cameras built in versions that use infra-red to trigger external flash units, to external devices that mount to the cameras hot shoe.

Of the many solutions available, only a few products offer a truly wireless TTL solution - accessory company Phottix have recently produced a truly unique product, the Odin Wireless Flash unit. Available in both Canon and Nikon fits, the Odin comprises of a shoe mounted transmitter and separate hot shoe receiver.


Pentax have announced the latest model in its range of Digital SLRs, with the Pentax K-5 II and the K-5 IIs.

The K-5 II and K-5 IIs, follow on from the hugely successful Pentax K-5, and features a newly developed highly sensitive SAFOX X AF module and a highly sensitive AF sensor, which perform very well in low-light conditions and offers increased autofocus accuracy when used with very fast lenses.


Having not used Nikon cameras to a great extent before, I was slightly apprehensive when recently trying out the new Nikon Entry Level model. I will admit that at heart I am a Canon user, however I cannot deny (unfortunately) that I was pleasantly surprised and rather struck by the quality of both the build of camera, as well as the images it produced!

It’s been nearly two years since the launch of the much praised and class leading Pentax K-5, and since the demise of the excellent entry level K-r there was a rather large gap in Pentax’s DSLR line-up. The arrival of the Pentax K-30 has at last provided a junior partner to the K-5. However, the K-30 is not an entry level replacement for the K-r. Indeed it shares many of the capabilities and functions of its big brother, competing effectively against pricier models from Canon, Nikon and Sony.