Friday, October 3, 2014

Official Canon EOS 7D Mark II Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon Japan has published 13 high-resolution sample photos and a pair of sample movies captured with the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera. Shot using a variety of EF and EF-S lenses, these Canon EOS 7D Mark II samples were taken at sensitvity settings ranging from ISO100 to ISO6400.

Website: Canon Japan

X-Rite European Prize Draw

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite has launched a European prize draw in association with X-Rite Coloratti Einar Erlendsson, offering photographers a photographic workshop travelling across Iceland. The prize includes an all-inclusive, eight-day trip to the country, including return flights to Reykjavík from European locations, training and advice from a world leading photographic trainer, and great opportunities to capture Iceland’s stunning landscape. The promotion is for European residents only, and runsuntil 31st March 2015.To enter, no purchase is necessary, simply complete the form at the website below.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Nikon D750 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon D750 is a brand new full-frame DSLR camera aiming to occupy the middle ground between the D610 and D810 models. The D750 features a 24.3 megapixel FX sensor, 1080p/60fps HD video, ISO range of 50-51200, 51-point AF system, 3.2-inch tilting LCD screen, and built-in wi-fi. Read our in-depth Nikon D750 review now...

Chasing the Light eZine Issue #33

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 33 of David Noton's Chasing the Light online magazine is now available. In this month's Video Blog, David reminisces on the glorious summer he has spent photographing his home patch of Dorset. He also concludes his Low Down mini series on printing, first by considering our options for hanging prints, and then by testing a range of papers and feeding through his results to reach some conclusions on the best paper choice for the job.  In The Storyteller, Chris Weston finishes off his two-part Bear Necessities series by contemplating the challenge he set himself when he embarked on his latest trip to the Katmai peninsula  Do note that the full contents of the magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are 40 sample images taken with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens mounted on a Nikon Df body.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens offers the broadest focal length range in Nikon's super-telephoto zoom line-up.

Life Framer Photography Prize Edition 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The second edition of the Life Framer photography prize has just been launched. Life Framer is an international photography prize designed to source and showcase outstanding photography from amateur, emerging and established photographers. Entrants can win various cash prizes and have their work exhibited in London, Paris and Los Angeles. The judging panel is comprised of 12 world-renowned photographers and industry leaders. The submission deadline is 31 October 2014. For more information, visit the website below.

Drobo Mini 8TB

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Connected Data has just launched its new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle. Featuring four hot-swappable 2.5” drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives, the Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is built on the award-winning BeyondRAID technology to ensure that data is not lost in the event of one or two simultaneous drive failures. If a drive does fail, the Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to all data. Connecting via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, the Drobo Mini is aImed at photographers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who can quickly and easily transfer large multimedia files from their devices’ media cards on location. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an MSRP of $999.

RPS Journal Prints Previously Unseen Photos by Steve McCurry

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Previously unseen images from Steve McCurry have been published for the first time in The Royal Photographic Society’s RPS Journal.  McCurry’s images show scenes from Myanmar, China, Turkey and Ethiopia and accompany an in-depth interview with Steve McCurry in the October issue of The RPS Journal, which goes out exclusively to Royal Photographic Society members.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 30 sample images taken with the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 1100D.

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is an ultrawide-to-wide zoom for DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors, offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 16-29mm.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 30 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a smartphone with a a 10x optical zoom, 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Full HD video, and a Xenon Flash.

Nikon D750 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Nikon have provided 5 official sample images taken with the new D750 DSLR camera.

Update: We've now received a final-production Nikon D750 for review, and have uploaded 54 sample images including the full ISO range from 100-51,200.

Click through to download the full-size D750 images.

Fujifilm Hails A New Golden Era for Silver Halide Paper

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Owing to growing demand from photographers, Fujifilm has pledged to boost its R&D investment in silver halide paper technology. “We’re seeing that inkjet- dominated clouds still have very substantial silver linings," Peter Wigington, Fujifilm Photo Imaging Group marketing manager said. "Despite the highly successful evolution of inkjet options, the 150 year-long tradition of silver halide paper still remains a first choice for many of today’s professional photographers who seek the ultimate in quality output.” To cope with growing demand, the company now plans to increase production at its Tilburg, Holland manufacturing site

Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD docking solution for both Mac and Windows computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable. With eight ports including support for HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2, the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD supports up to eight devices connected directly to the dock, with support for up to four additional Thunderbolt devices through a daisy-chain setup. The USB 3.0 ports open the ability to charge smartphones, tablets and other higher amperage devices, even when the host computer is asleep or not connected to the dock. The dock is available for pre-order today at belkin.com and is planned to be available at Apple stores in October for an MSRP of £249.99. Additionally the new Thunderbolt Express Dock will be available in November through other retail stores.

Fantasea FRX100 III

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line has announced the upcoming launch of the FRX100 III underwater housing for the Sony RX100 III digital compact camera. Providing full access to all essential camera controls and functions, the Fantasea FRX100 III housing is depth rated to 60 metres, and features a shock-resistant construction, ergonomic design and double O-ring protection. Free extras include a hand-strap, moisture detector and port cover. The Fantasea FRX100 III underwater housing will be available from November.

A Birds Eye View

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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British photographer Martin Parr is unveiling a unique collection of images depicting the eating habits of Britain in collaboration with leading food brand Birds Eye. Parr was commissioned by Birds Eye to produce a unique snapshot of what makes up the typical, modern mealtime in Britain. The exhibition entitled 'A Birds Eye View' features 30 brand new photographs depicting mealtimes in regions including Kent, Cornwall, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Merseyside, London and Birmingham. The exhibition will open for one day only on Wednesday 1st October at the Pics Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PE.

Olympus Capture

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Olympus has released the free Olympus Capture application, which enables tethered shooting with the OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Available in Mac and Windows versions, Olympus Capture allows E-M1 users to remotely control their cameras, giving them access to exposure, focus, depth-of-field preview, ISO sensitivity and white balance, among other settings. You can even control up to four wirelessly synced flash units directly from the program. Photos taken using Olympus Capture can easily be imported into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Capture One Pro for post-processing. The Olympus Capture software can be downloaded from the website below (do note that you need to have Firmware Version 2.0 installed on your OM-D E-M1 for tethered shooting).

Website: Get Olympus Capture

Canon Issues Firmware Update for 11 Pixma Printers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon has released a firmware update for eleven Pixma printers. The new version adds a security option to the Remote UI menu to set an administrator password in order to protect your printer settings from being changed by unauthorised people. The company recommends that you install the update and set up a password if your printer is connected to a network. The affected models include the Pixma MG7120, MG6420, MG5520, MG5522, MG3520, MG3522, MX532, MX472, MX479, iX6820 and iP8720 (pictured).

Source: Canon U.S.A.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Zoner Photo Studio 17

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Zoner Photo Studio 17 is now available in the US. Zoner’s latest version of this complete photo editing and management software package offers several exciting new features including Home Sharing, an easy and seamless way to share memories on your TV, PC and smartphone; the new and improved Cartoon and Lens Flare tools, a much more efficient photo management interface and more robust tools for working with raw files. Among the improvements is a new Automatic button that streamlines working with the histogram and colours – one click now reveals the optimal settings. Zoner Photo Studio 17 also now reflects all changes in the raw conversion module in pictures’ previews in the Manager and Viewer. Working with large photo collections is now significantly faster and smoother courtesy of the program’s Smarter Catalog and an improved Side Panel in the Manager. Zoner Photo Studio 17 is available now for $89. Upgrades from older versions are priced at $49.

Alpine Labs Merge with Vivo Labs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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 Alpine Labs and Vivo Labs have formally merged to "better support the time-lapse photography community." The move will bring the smartphone-programmable Michron (pictured) and Radian time-lapse photography products together and combine the capabilities and staff members of the two organisations. “Everyone at Alpine Labs is very excited by the possibilities this merger will give us to better serve photographers interested in time-lapse photography,” said Greg Horváth, President of Alpine Labs. “Both Alpine Labs and Vivo Labs share a common mission to make time-lapse photography easy and accessible to photographers of all experience levels. The marketing and product development teams of both companies already know each other well, and this merger will enable us to unlock the full potential of those relationships.”

GoPro HERO4 Black, HERO4 Silver, Entry-level HERO

Mark Goldstein
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Three new GoPros have been announced - the HERO4 Black, HERO4 Silver, and entry-level HERO. HERO4 is available in two editions, HERO4 Black at MSRP $499 and HERO4 Silver at MSRP $399. HERO4 Black captures cinema-quality 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps. HERO4 Silver delivers the same professional image quality as HERO4 Black less some of the higher performance video capture modes including 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120.