Sony Alpha A99

The Alpha 99 is a model that has been eagerly awaited by many Sony fans for a long time. Its predecessor, the Alpha 900, came out roughly 4 years ago and was a phenomenal camera for the money. At the time, it shared the record for the highest megapixel camera with the Nikon D3x (a model that was widely known for actually getting its sensor from the Sony A900), but cost half the price. So understandably, pro photographers using the Sony system were getting impatient to see what Sony would come up with to top the Alpha 900.

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Five Subscriber Give Aways Including a Canon EOS 500D + 18-55mm IS

Firstly a big thank you to those who visited us as the Photo & Film Expo last weekend. It was great to meet so many of you. Many of you joined our Subscriber Club which is great, thank you. Now to announce the first give aways and since it is the first one we have more than one product to give away. Five lucky Subscriber Club members will win one of the following five prizes. Winners will be announced on 1 November 2012, which means if you haven’t subscribed yet, you still can right here.

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Care to Share with Canon Story: Lara Salomon

As the entries into our Care to Share competition – where you can win a Canon EOS 500D + 18-55mm IS – begin rolling in, we thought we could share one that had caught our eye. Hopefully it will get your creative writing juices flowing. Remember, the story needs to be under 150 words and can be a handy tip you’ve learnt, an inspiring story or – like Lara – a lesson learnt the hard way.

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Alf Kumalo Passes Away: 5 Sep 1930 – 21 Oct 2012

The weekend ends on a sad note with news of the passing of one of South Africa’s great photographers, Alf Kumalo. First news of his passing started on Facebook early this evening from fellow photo journalists. Best known for his coverage of political issue from South Africa’s turbulent past, Alf in recent years, published a book titled “Through My Lens” which shared in images and words, stories from his past.

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Care to Share and Win a Canon EOS 500D + 18-55mm IS

We like sharing what we learn with you. Now we want you to share what you learn with us and the rest of the readers. While you at it, you could win a Canon EOS 500D +18-55mm IS kit.

In under 150 words, we want to hear your stories on one of the following themes:

  • Photographically Inspiring Story
  • Lesson Learned the Hard Way (e.g: not charging batteries before a shoot)
  • A Handy Tip or Trick

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M5

Review & Images By: Armani Quintas

The mirrorless Micro Four Thirds format was developed between Panasonic and Olympus and is the oldest of the mirrorless formats and – between the two brands – is also the most comprehensive. It is strange then that up until now, Olympus (arguably the brand with a longer and stronger photographic history over that of Panasonic) have not quite taken as much advantage of the format. When compared with Panasonic who have a far more extensive range of mirrorless cameras from simple, almost compact camera like models, to more advanced models with built in viewfinders that are designed for more serious users, Olympus have had a much simpler range. But to Olympus’ credit, they have seen the light (so to speak) and have taken advantage of what is a very capable system and decided to enter the pro camera segment with a mirrorless camera, featuring some seriously impressive specifications in a very small package.

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Review: Samsung NX1000

Review By: Tristan Hall

Images by: Armani Quintas


If you know me on even the slightest level photographically, you will know that I am very bullish about mirrorless cameras. I have been an advocate for them from early on and became even more of an advocate when Sony’s NEX range was
announced just prior to me leaving their employ in 2010. A lot has happened since then.

A lot of people may not recall that shortly after Olympus and Panasonic began the trend of Compact System Cameras (CSC), Samsung announced their entry into the market with the NX10: the first CSC with an APS-C sized sensor, just like what DSLR cameras have.

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