Pentax K-5

A sophisticated and keenly-priced DSLR camera with controls and functions for knowledgeable and creative photo enthusiasts.The K-5 replaces the K-7 (from which it has evolved) at the top of Pentax’s DLSR range. Little has changed as far as the camera’s body is concerned but beneath the surface lie some significant improvements. The most notable being a new 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, which supports a top burst speed of seven frames/second and the widest sensitivity range among current DSLRs.

Canon EOS 50D

A high-resolution DSLR with features and performance to suit serious enthusiasts.Canon’s new 15.1-megapixel EOS 50D is a ‘big brother’ model to the popular EOS 40D (which remains in the company’s line-up) and a ‘little brother’ to the coming EOS 5D Mark II. Offering higher resolution than the 40D, it has a new DIGIC 4 image processor, which supports 14-bit image processing, improved noise reduction and 30% faster processing times. It also delivers continuous shooting speeds of up to 6.3 frames/second with a UDMA CompactFlash card.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

A sophisticated and versatile ‘full frame’ DSLR with the highest resolution available in this format thus far.Canon’s EOS-1Ds Mark III is the most sophisticated professional camera yet to emerge from the company’s stable. Replacing the EOS-1Ds Mark II, which was released towards the end of 2004, it is the fourth in the line that began in 2002 with the EOS-1Ds and includes the EOS 5D. Compared with the camera it replaces, some significant improvements have taken place as a result of three years of development.

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Lens

The latest iteration of a classic, affordably-priced, mid-range macro lens.Although Tamron has been producing 90mm macro lenses since the late 1970s, the latest SP AF90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens is the first with Tamron’s latest Di (Digitally Integrated Design) technology, which matches the performance characteristics of current DSLR cameras. The new lens features improved coatings that reduce reflected light bouncing off the mirror-like surface of the sensor, thereby ensuring the full colour and contrast ranges in subjects are recorded.

Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II Macro Lens

A fast, well-built macro lens for cameras with APS-C sized image sensors.Tamron’s SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II Macro lens is considerably lighter and a full f-stop faster than the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens we reviewed recently. This SP (Super Performance) lens covers a focal length equivalent to 93mm in 35mm format with Nikon and Sony cameras or 96mm on the Canon EOS 40D camera we used for our review, which makes it also suitable for portraiture.

AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Lens

A compact, high-performance, large-aperture, single-focal-length lens for professional and advanced amateur photographers.Announced just before Photokina 2008, Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens is the latest upgrade to a long series of classic primes and the first new 50mm lens from the company in more than 30 years. As an AF-S lens it is compatible with even entry-level models, such as the D40, D40x and D60 because it supports full autofocusing without requiring a drive motor in the camera body. But it can’t be used on old manual focus film camera bodies.

AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens

A fast, high-performance standard zoom lens for Nikon SLR cameras.Released at the same time as the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens combines versatility with superior optical performance. Both lenses represent a new series of professional lenses designed for Nikon’s 36 x 24mm format DSLRs. Like other G-type lenses, the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G has no aperture ring, since apertures are set via the camera.

AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens

Nikon’s first ultra wide-angle 16-35mm FX-format compatible zoom lens with built-in vibration reduction technology.The AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens provides a lower-priced (though still expensive) alternative to Nikon’s other wide zoom lenses, which are a full f-stop faster. Designed to meet the performance demands of the company’s FX sensor DSLRs, it is also fully compatible with DX-format cameras and has the distinction of being the first wide-zoom lens to include VR II vibration reduction technology.

AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8G ED Lens

A fast, high-performance, wide-zoom lens for professional photographers and photojournalists.Designed for both ‘full frame’ FX and ‘APS-C’ DX cameras, Nikon’s new ultra-wide angle AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8G ED zoom lens offers a combination of speed and performance that will suit professional photographers and photojournalists. The f/2.8 aperture is usable throughout the focal length range as is the closest focusing distance of 28 cm. On a DX-format Nikon body like the D300 we used for this review, this lens covers a focal length range equivalent to 21-36mm.