Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hasselblad X1D Preview - Bringing Medium Format to the Masses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Photography Blog attended yesterday's global launch of the Hasselblad X1D at the Gothenburg Museum of Art. As one of the first people outside of Hasselblad to actually get their hands on the X1D, here are my initial thoughts...

Photography Blog attended yesterday's global launch of the Hasselblad X1D at the Gothenburg Museum of Art. As one of the first people outside of Hasselblad to actually get their hands on the X1D, here are my initial thoughts...

Hasselblad X1D Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Want to see exactly what the Hasselblad X1D medium format compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Hasselblad X1D medium format compact system camera.

Want to see exactly what the Hasselblad X1D medium format compact system camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Hasselblad X1D medium format compact system camera.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hasselblad X1D

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Hasselblad X1D is the World's first CSC with a 50-megapixel medium-format CMOS imager. Weighing in at 725 grams, the Hasselblad X1D is lighter and more portable than a lot of 35mm full-frame DSLRs, while delivering superior image quality courtesy of its considerably larger sensor. Hand-made in Sweden, the new X1D offers 14 stops of dynamic range; Full HD video recording; integrated Wi-Fi and GPS; a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600; dual SD card slots; an XGA electronic viewfinder and a large 3" multi-touch display with a graphical user interface similar to that of the Hasselblad H6D. The new camera uses an entirely new line of XCD lenses, which feature auto focus and built-in leaf shutters; but is also compatible with all 12 lenses and lens accessories from the Hasselblad H System, via an adapter. Available in late August / early September, the Hasselblad X1D carries an MSRP of £5,990/€7,900/$8,995 (+VAT where applicable).

The Hasselblad X1D is the World's first CSC with a 50-megapixel medium-format CMOS imager. Weighing in at 725 grams, the Hasselblad X1D is lighter and more portable than a lot of 35mm full-frame DSLRs, while delivering superior image quality courtesy of its considerably larger sensor. Hand-made in Sweden,...

Sony Cautions Against Firmware Hacks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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Sony Japan has issued a warning about the installation of unauthorised camera apps and firmware hacks on their cameras. Although not specified in the statement, these may include the new STGuploader, which enables PMCA (PlayMemories Camera Apps) compatible cameras to upload files to Google Photos directly, without using a computer; and a hack that gets rid of the 30-minute video recording limit imposed on certain Sony camera models. The company calls attention to the fact that by installing any third-party firmware or uncertified apps, users risk voiding their warranty.

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Sony Japan has issued a warning about the installation of unauthorised camera apps and firmware hacks on their cameras. Although not specified in the statement, these may include the new STGuploader, which enables PMCA (PlayMemories Camera Apps) compatible cameras to upload files to Google Photos directly, without using a computer;...

Meyer-Optik Offers Limited Editions of Trioplan f2.8/100 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Trioplan lens, Meyer-Optik Goerlitz announced today a special series of its new Trioplan f2.8/100. “The revival of the Trioplan lenses series became even more special for us this year with the 100 year anniversary of the lens,” said Dr. Stefan Immes.  “Our new Titanium and Golden Eye edition is the ultimate collectors item with a titanium or real gold coating. The titanium edition not only commemorates the Trioplan brand, but also creates a lens that is suitable for the highest demand environments.” Only 100 titanium lenses are available to the public.  In addition, Meyer Optik has issued a second series of 10 special gold plated Golden Eye versions of the lens (pictured). The 100 Titanium editions are available at $2499, and the 10 Golden Eye lenses are available for $3499. Pre-orders are currently being taken on the Meyer-Optik website.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Trioplan lens, Meyer-Optik Goerlitz announced today a special series of its new Trioplan f2.8/100. “The revival of the Trioplan lenses series became even more special for us this year with the 100 year anniversary of the lens,” said Dr. Stefan Immes....

Western Digital Unveil WD Pro Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Western Digital have unveiled the WD Pro Series: My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage and My Cloud Pro Series network attached storage. Designed specifically for the creative community, the WD Pro Series enables seamless transfer of content between devices, regardless of whether users are on a remote shoot, in the studio or editing at home. Available in capacities up to 3TB, the My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage (£189.99- £209.99) lets creative professionals and enthusiasts leave the laptop behind when on a shoot. Using the direct Wi-Fi connection, creators can automatically backup files from compatible cameras, as well as save, edit and transfer work seamlessly from up to eight other devices connected to the drive. Tethered connections are also available for faster transfers and include a built-in SD card reader as well as a USB 2.0 port. Offering up to 32TB of storage, the My Cloud Pro Series NAS (£379.99-£1,899.99) are optimised to import from cameras/memory card readers and other USB storage with a simple one touch backup button. In addition to giving creative professionals and enthusiasts a reliable place to store their files, this fast, high capacity drive features a hardware accelerated video processor. Its powerful transcoding capabilities mean the My Cloud Pro Series NAS can ingest, edit, store and stream content to and from popular formats, including 4K video. The products use the My Cloud mobile app – the new version of the app will be launched with the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series and be compatible with the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Western Digital have unveiled the WD Pro Series: My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage and My Cloud Pro Series network attached storage. Designed specifically for the creative community, the WD Pro Series enables seamless transfer of content between devices, regardless of whether users are on a remote shoot, in...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II Review

Jack Baker
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The Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II is a fast and versatile ultra-wide-angle zoom designed for Sony full-frame or APS-C A-Mount cameras. Is it a must-have lens for every full-frame A-Mount shooter? Read our Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II review to find out...

Nikon Coolpix A100 Review

Jack Baker
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The Nikon Coolpix A100 is an entry-level 20-megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom lens and Target Finding auto focus. Available in a range of colours, the Nikon Coolpix A100 costs £89.99 in the UK - read our Nikon Coolpix A100 to find out if it's worth the modest asking price...

Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits

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Canon will showcase its new Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits during VidCon 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 23-25 June 2016. The EOS 80D Video Creator Kit ($2,049.00, available from August 2016) includes an EOS 80D DSLR camera and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card. This kit also includes the Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 which allows creators to smoothly control their zoom at the push of a button or right from their compatible smartphone by using the Canon Camera Connect app. The EOS M3 Video Creator Kit ($899.99, available later this month) includes an EOS M3 compact system camera and EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, an external microphone and a 32GB SD card. The new bundles join a family of Video Creator Kits that include the EOS Rebel T6i, Rebel T5i and EOS 70D.

Canon will showcase its new Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits during VidCon 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 23-25 June 2016. The EOS 80D Video Creator Kit ($2,049.00, available from August 2016) includes an EOS 80D DSLR camera and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, an external microphone...

Nikon Coolpix A10 Review

Jack Baker
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The Nikon Coolpix A10 is one of the cheapest compact cameras on the market, retailing at just £59.99 in the UK. Featuring a 16 megapixel CCD sensor, 5x wide-angle zoom lens, 3 inch LCD screen and 720p movies, is the Nikon A10 any good? Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix A10 review to find out...

Adobe Updates Creative Cloud/Photoshop for 2016

Gavin Stoker | Software
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As regular readers– and photographers – will be aware, Adobe’s image editor exemplar Photoshop is now only available as part of its Creative Cloud package – and on subscription at that. We’re beyond the days of buying cereal boxes containing CDs and hard copy manuals.

With this in mind ‘new’ versions tend to arrive in the shape of a nip here and a tuck there, rather than a complete under-the-bonnet overhaul. Indeed at the London preview we attended, the ‘new’ version of its desktop and mobile apps for the latter half of 2016 had yet to be given a confirmed name – shown only on the demo slides as ‘CC 2015.5’.

As regular readers– and photographers – will be aware, Adobe’s image editor exemplar Photoshop is now only available as part of its Creative Cloud package – and on subscription at that. We’re beyond the days of buying cereal boxes containing CDs and hard copy manuals. ...

Adobe Release Updates to Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today launched major updates to their flagship Creative Cloud tools and services. The release includes new features in Photoshop, Adobe Stock, Premiere Pro, as well as After Effects and Illustrator. Adobe Photoshop gets the exciting new Content-Aware Crop tool, which automatically fills in the gaps when you rotate or expand a canvas beyond the original image size; plus Face-Aware Liquify an easy way to create artistic effects with facial features using the Liquify Tool while keeping the face in proportion; Match Font, an innovative font recognition technology that has the ability to recognise and identify licensed fonts and automatically suggest fonts available on your computer system or license through Adobe Typekit; plus a 4x performance improvement when working with fonts and Content-Aware Fill features. Deeper integration of Adobe Stock into the CC experience enables a new One-Click Workflow that lets users select an image or video on the Adobe Stock website and place it on their creative canvas with a single click. “We have two key goals with this release: saving our customers time and helping them jumpstart their creative engines,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. “Every creative project starts with a blank page and ends with a vision coming to life.  Today’s release of Creative Cloud will help make that journey as fast and productive as possible.” Updates to CC desktop apps are now available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost.

Adobe today launched major updates to their flagship Creative Cloud tools and services. The release includes new features in Photoshop, Adobe Stock, Premiere Pro, as well as After Effects and Illustrator. Adobe Photoshop gets the exciting new Content-Aware Crop tool, which automatically fills in the gaps when you rotate...

Canon UK Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Canon UK today marks the company’s 40th anniversary with a birthday celebration for all 2,000 employees. Canon Business Machines was established in the UK on 21st June 1976 when the key focus was on sales of calculators, micrographic equipment and photocopiers for the business market. In 1982, Canon merged with a separate camera sales operation to create Canon UK. When Canon UK was established the latest product was the AE-1, the world’s first 35mm AE SLR equipped with a CPU and seen as a pioneer of automated and computerised cameras. Dave Newell, a long-serving Canon employee who joined the company in 1982 said: “It’s brilliant to work at a company like Canon. There is a great atmosphere and staff are treated as valued members of the team, rather than just cogs in a wheel. When asked why I have chosen to stay at one company for so long, I have to say that it’s not the same company – the business continually transforms in really exciting ways to support the changing needs of our customers.”

Canon UK today marks the company’s 40th anniversary with a birthday celebration for all 2,000 employees. Canon Business Machines was established in the UK on 21st June 1976 when the key focus was on sales of calculators, micrographic equipment and photocopiers for the business market. In 1982, Canon merged with a...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bowens Mosaic2 1x1 LED Panels

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Limelite by Bowens has launched its new Mosaic2 LED panels with ultra-high CRI 94/TLCI 94 light output. Available in Daylight (5600K, pictured) and BiColour (3000K-5000K) options, Mosaic2 uses 576 cutting edge high-fidelity LEDs, dimmable from 100-0%, to create 1x1 panels that have a maximum brightness of 4,000Lux at a distance of 1m. The new panels, which will have an RRP of £654 (Daylight model) and £835 (Bi-Colour model), are an ideal choice for photographers working with babies, animals or heat-sensitive subjects such as food. They are also designed for video and broadcast work both in studio and on location (with optional battery mounting accessories)

Limelite by Bowens has launched its new Mosaic2 LED panels with ultra-high CRI 94/TLCI 94 light output. Available in Daylight (5600K, pictured) and BiColour (3000K-5000K) options, Mosaic2 uses 576 cutting edge high-fidelity LEDs, dimmable from 100-0%, to create 1x1 panels that have a maximum brightness of 4,000Lux at a distance of ...

Corel AfterShot Pro 3 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Corel AfterShot Pro 3 is a speedy RAW photo-editing software program. Read our Corel AfterShot Pro 3 review now to find out if it's a realistic alternative to Adobe Lightroom...

Hasselblad Teases New Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Hasselblad is set to launch a new camera on Wednesday, 22nd June, at 1pm BST. Promising to be "a game changer in the world of photography," the new product is surrounded by an air of mystery but is widely believed to be a premium mirrorless camera with a medium-format CCD sensor. According to a teaser video (embedded below), the camera will be announced at a live streaming event broadcast via Hasselblad's YouTube channel.

Hasselblad is set to launch a new camera on Wednesday, 22nd June, at 1pm BST. Promising to be "a game changer in the world of photography," the new product is surrounded by an air of mystery but is widely believed to be a premium mirrorless camera with a medium-format CCD...

Friday, June 17, 2016

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016 Finalists Unveiled

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Photographers
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Leica has announced that the twelve finalists in this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Award have been selected. The chosen photographers include Juan Pablo Bellandi, Fulvio Bugani, Scarlett Coten, William Daniels, Vincent Delbrouck, Guillaume Herbaut, Stéphane Lavoué, Max Pinckers, Guilio Piscitelli, Clémentine Schneidermann, Sadegh Souri and Esther Teichmann. Leica will publicly present the work of all twelve finalists for the first time in a grand exhibition at the ‘Neuen Schule für Fotografie Berlin’, from 29 September to 23 October 2016.

Leica has announced that the twelve finalists in this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Award have been selected. The chosen photographers include Juan Pablo Bellandi, Fulvio Bugani, Scarlett Coten, William Daniels, Vincent Delbrouck, Guillaume Herbaut, Stéphane Lavoué, ...

Panasonic Launch New Campaign

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Panasonic have launched a new advertising campaign for their range of Lumix cameras. Set in a classy beachside resort, the new campaign showcases the 4K Photo function available on selected Lumix models.Centred on a cool young boy, the advert follows how he confidently and cheekily springs off a diving board, and for a split second adopts a leisure dive. Highlighting the 4K photo feature, his Mum is filming the action on her Panasonic Lumix GX80 and is able to flick through the video footage and select the best frame. The ad then shows how the image has become a masterpiece in the family home, holding pride of place in the centre of the wall. The advertising campaign will run for four weeks in the United Kingdom. Click through / scroll down to see the advert.

Panasonic have launched a new advertising campaign for their range of Lumix cameras. Set in a classy beachside resort, the new campaign showcases the 4K Photo function available on selected Lumix models.Centred on a cool young boy, the advert follows how he confidently and cheekily springs...

Inaugural Pixel Photography Competition Opens for Entries

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Pixel.co.uk has launched its inaugural photography competition. Comprising five categories, the competition is open to registered users of the website. "We have a great prize lined up for the winner of each of the five categories, kindly donated by our overall Sponsor, Fujifilm UK," the company said in a statement. Fujifilm are going to be offering the winner of each category a 24”x 36” print of their winning image, made at one of London's most prestigious labs. We'll invite them to the lab for a tour and to see their own print being made. The print will then be presented to them along with their award at the Pixel Trade Awards ceremony in London on the 2nd December. Now open for entries, the first category is all about landscape photography. The submission deadline is 15th July.

Pixel.co.uk has launched its inaugural photography competition. Comprising five categories, the competition is open to registered users of the website. "We have a great prize lined up for the winner of each of the five categories, kindly donated by our overall Sponsor, Fujifilm UK,"...

Fuji to Expand Instax Mini 70 Line with New Colours

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fujifilm have announced that two new colours will join the Mini 70 instant film camera range later this month. Compact, stylish and lightweight, the Mini 70 produces credit-card sized photos within seconds, providing snapshots of life that are instantly tangible. According to the company, the  new colours, Passion Red and Midnight Black give users even more options to "represent their personality and put the fun back into photography." The Mini 70 has a retail price of £99.99 including 10 shots of instax mini film.

Fujifilm have announced that two new colours will join the Mini 70 instant film camera range later this month. Compact, stylish and lightweight, the Mini 70 produces credit-card sized photos within seconds, providing snapshots of life that are instantly tangible. According to the company, the  new colours,...