Thursday, October 23, 2014

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review

Jack Baker
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The new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS super-zoom camera has an astonishing 65x lens with a massive focal range of 21-1365mm. The Canon SX60 HS also offers a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, full manual controls, RAW format support, 6.4fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and full 1080p HD movies. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review to find out if it's the ultimate do-it-all camera...

Pinnacle Studio 18

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pinnacle have released Pinnacle Studio 18, Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus and Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate. Now offering native 64-bit performance and enhanced productivity, the Pinnacle Studio 18 product family offers a faster, more responsive movie-making experience. With Pinacle Studio 18 Plus, you can record directly from your screen — including system audio and microphone sound — to add dynamic content to movies and demo videos with Live Screen Capture. For users looking for maximum video editing power, Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate also offers new 4K Ultra HD Smart Encoding, support for XAVC S (HD and 4K HD), enhanced Live Screen Capture and valuable extras from NewBlue. Suggested retail pricing of Pinnacle Studio 18 is $59.95 / €59.95/ £49.95, Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus is $99.95 / €99.95/ £79.95 and Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate is $129.95 / €129.95/ £99.95.

Photography as Meditation

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Photography as Meditation by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann is a new title from Rocky Nook. In this book, the author explores an approach to artistic photography based on Japanese Zen Philosophy, and shows how important it is to engage with your own awareness to act creatively. "Photographing busy scenes, especially, requires an inner calm that enables you to have intuition for the right moment and to compose a well-balanced image amidst the chaos," the publisher says. The 256-page softback is available for $39.95.

PhotoShelter Launch Law School 101

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Today at 2.30pm ET, PhotoShelter will be hosting a free webinar entitled, "Law School 101: Demystifying Copyright & Social Media Terms of Service." In this special webinar panel with copyright expert Bill Cramer, founder and CEO of Wonderful Machine, and Kristine Hsu of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, you will learn about the key facts you need to know regarding copyright and what can be hidden in those lengthy terms of service on some of the most popular social media sites. Cramer and Hsu will dive into case studies from recent court cases involving photographers and their work, the best workflow practices to get your copyright registered, and much more. You can sign up for this free event at the website below.

Website: Photoshelter Website Registration

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh today announced the Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection. This range includes three new editions - Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, all of which feature streamlined white bodies accentuated with vibrant colour accents. The white camera body is paired with a white SMC DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens "to enhance the overall appearance," the company says. Apart from the cosmetic differences, these cameras are identical to the previously announced Pentax K-S1 editions. The kit price - including the camera and one lens - is £599.99. Availability is slated for mid-November.

BitTorrent Shares Results of Sync Speed Test

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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BitTorrent have published the results of their own speed test in which they pitted their Sync file hosting/sharing/synchronisation tool against rivals such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. "Sync is fast and it gets its speed from the BitTorrent protocol on which it is built, taking the shortest and fastest path when getting file pieces from one device to another," the company says. "We knew we were fast, but we thought it would be interesting to see just how fast Sync is in head-to-head competition. So we ran a test comparing Sync against cloud-based services in the market... The results impressed even us." In BitTorrent's own testing, Sync proved to be 8x faster than Google Drive, 11x faster than OneDrive and 16x faster than Dropbox. To find out more about the test methodology and results, head to the website below.

Website: BitTorrent Blog

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a tiny interchangeable lens camera complete with an electronic viewfinder and a flash hotshoe. Can the Panasonic GM5 challenge the likes of the Samsung NX Mini and the Sony A5100? Read our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 review, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW sample images to find out...

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the fiftieth Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have now been announced. American photographer Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 by a panel of international judges for his serene black-and-white image of lions resting with their cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park (above). Eight-year-old Carlos Perez Naval was awarded Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 for his image of a scorpion soaking up the Sun near his hometown in Spain. The winning images will be on show at the Museum with other shortlisted pictures from Friday 24 October until Sunday 30 August 2015. The exhibition will then embark on an international tour across six continents.

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 and 24mm f/1.7 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Shenyang Zhongyi Optics have released several high-resolution sample photos and a sample video captured using their new 42.5mm f/1.2 & 24mm f/1.7 lenses. Taken with a Panasonic DMC-GH4 & a Sony A7 (the latter in cropped mode), these official samples were shot at the company's Photokina booth. The company has also announced that the launch of the E and X-mount variants of the Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 has been postponed due to a "production issue" but the Micro Four Thirds version will go on sale later this month. The Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 will be available in all three mounts in late October.

Joby GripTight XL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Joby have released a brand new ‘supersized’ version of its GripTight system, designed for use with larger smartphones/phablets. The new GripTight XL will securely hold devices from 69-99mm inches in width including the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Xperia Z3. Supporting a maximum load of 325g, the Joby GripTight XL weighs a mere 20g and sells for £15.

Canon EOS C100 Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Canon today announced the Canon EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera. Designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera features advanced image processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920x1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and many other new and enhanced capabilities for improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling. Weighing in at 2.5 pounds, the Canon EOS C100 Mark II boasts a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS imager, a large-size detachable eyecup, a 68-degree tilting 0.45-inch 1.23 megapixel electronic viewfinder and an innovatively hinged 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel. The new hinge design ─ which folds the panel shut when stowed, protecting the OLED surface ─ opens 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick. The panel can open even further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera to provide monitoring for directors and other production personnel. Additional design improvements on the camera body include 17 assignable recessed function buttons, dual SD card slots with a transparent cover, and a simplified battery insertion and removal release. The Canon EOS C100 Mark II is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $5,499.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Sample Images

Gavin Stoker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 39 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is the World’s smallest interchangeable lens camera with an integrated viewfinder.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon PowerShot G7 X is a prosumer compact camera with a 1-inch image sensor and fast 4.2x zoom lens. The G7 X also offers built-in wi-fi/NFC connectivity, 1080p HD video at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch tilting touchscreen LCD, lens control ring, RAW files and a full range of manual shooting modes. Read our Canon PowerShot G7 X review to find out if it can beat the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III...

Creatic for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DeliX Software has released a new iOS app called Creatic, which gives users the ability to adorn their photos with unique effects and textures, save the workspace as a Creation or upload it to the Creatic website. The program includes more than 120+ textures and filters created by photographers, including light leak, lens flares, gradients and ten different blending modes. Creatic is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Digital Splash Returns

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Now in its 6th year, Digital Splash - which is hosted by Wilkinson Cameras – will see a selection of the UK’s best photographers descend on Preston. Lancashire, for a celebration of all things photography related. Headlining the show this year is world famous landscape and travel photographer, Colin Prior, alongside Andrea Denniss, Damian McGillicuddy, Matt Hart and Catherine Connor. Brand new for this year is the F-Stop Stage – which will host a range of free talks on subjects including the use of flash and studio lighting, colour management systems and the use of filters – (hosted by Lee Filters). This year, Digital Splash will take place on Sunday 9th November (10am to 5pm) at the University of Central Lancashire. The event is free to attend and tickets for the seminars are just £6 – available to purchase online at the website below.

Macphun Updates Intensify

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun today announced an update to its most popular photographic app, Intensify. Compatible with the latest public betas of Yosemite, the latest release offers enhanced raw image file processing as well as a number of performance improvements. Also, Intensify is now available in Italian, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Brazilian and Portuguese. Existing Intensify and intensify Pro users can upgrade immediately at the website below.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Samsung S 16-50mm f/2-2.8 ED OIS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung S 16-50mm f/2-2.8 ED OIS is a new premium standard zoom lens for Samsung's NX system of interchangeable lens cameras. Offering an effective focal range of 24-75mm in 35mm terms, the Samsung 16-50mm lens boasts a fast constant aperture of f/2.0, fast and quiet auto-focusing, quality construction and weather sealing. Read our in-depth Samsung S 16-50mm f/2-2.8 ED OIS review, complete with 54 sample images, to find out if it's a must-have lens for Samsung photographers...

Kúla Bebe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Iceland-based Kúla Inventions have announced Kúla Bebe, a new product that will enable 3D photography with smartphones. Comprising four high-precision mirrors, Kúla Bebe is easily attached to and detached from the phone's lens and comes with Kúla’s Cinema-Box for immediate 3D viewing on the smartphone display. The company is launching the product tomorrow on Kickstarter, along with an improved version of the Kúla Deeper 3D photography attachment for DSLR cameras. Kúla’s image processing software Kúlacode can export images and videos captured with Kúla Deeper and Bebe to multiple 3D formats including 3D TV, stereoscopic (for CinemaBox, StereoViewer, Oculus Rift and more), anaglyph (red/cyan), crosseye and wigglegram. The company aims to raise $40.000 through the Kickstarter campaign.

Impossible Cyan 600 and Magenta 600 Monochrome

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Impossible Cyan 600 and Magenta 600 Monochrome are the first in a new series of Impossible monochrome films. “We have been experiencing a huge demand for films that take users out of the ‘norm’ of the classic square, white frame everyone recognises as a ‘Polaroid’,." says Creed O’Hanlon, Impossible’s Chief Executive Officer. "Impossible photographers like to push the boundaries of their creativity and we try to support them with a range of different instant film materials." Impossible Cyan 600 Monochrome and Magenta 600 Monochrome can be shot in any Polaroid 600-type camera or Impossible’s own Instant Lab. The films will be available on Wednesday 22nd October, from the Impossible Online Shop and selected resellers worldwide.

LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 Film

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomographic Society has unveiled the LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 film. Now available to pre-order with a quantity of only 5,000 from the first batch, the LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 film comes in 35mm and 120 formats and retails in 5, 10, 15 or 20 packs. "Following on from our hugely successful LomoChrome Purple film, this colour negative film will bathe your photos in lustrous tones – turning lighter colors into varying shades of blues from aqua to cobalt, transforming greens into deep emerald shades and changing a crystal clear sea into a golden hue," the company says. You can preorder the film through the website below.