Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kodak PixPro FZ201 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are 30 sample JPEG photos and a 720p movie taken with the new Kodak PixPro FZ201 super-zoom camera.

The Kodak FZ201 is a 16 megapixel compact camera with a 20x zoom lens, equivalent to a focal range of 25-500m.

Apple iPad Air 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Apple iPad Air 2 is a new iOS 8.1-powered tablet with an enhanced Retina display and improved cameras. The main iSight camera now features an 8-megapixel imager, burst shooting, 43-megapixel panoramic images, 1080p Full HD video recording at 30fps, slow-motion and time-lapse movie capture, improved face detection, 3x video zoom and geotagging. The 9.8-inch, 264ppi display is fully laminated and comes with an anti-reflective coating for better outdoors visibility. Now just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 is available in gold, silver and space grey. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi editions will be available for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular editions will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model.

Corel AfterShot Pro 2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel has updated its AfterShot Pro software to Version 2.1. Available free to registered users, the 2.1 update introduces a number of new features and enhancements including new HDR tools for Mac and Linux, support for more than 17 new raw camera profiles, an improved Highlight Recovery Tool, as well as various performance and stability enhancements. Newly supported cameras include the Canon SX50 HS, the Fujifilm X-T1, X-E1, X-E2, X-Pro1, X-M1, X100S and X20, the Nikon D4s, D3300, 1 V3, 1 J4, Coolpix P330 and Coolpix A, and the Pentax Q, 645Z and K-500.

Canon Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Canon Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 is a new broadcast lens offering a focal range of 50-1000mm and a built-in 1.5x extender. With the world’s longest focal length (75-1500mm with its built-in 1.5x extender) and highest (20x) magnification among Super 35mm zoom lenses, the Cine-Servo zoom lens offers cinematographers new possibilities for shooting scenes in HD, 2K and 4K on single-sensor cameras. The lens features a completely removable, updated servo drive unit that enables its use in broadcast-style shooting environments where typical cine lenses are usually impractical. The design has been developed to ensure high levels of ruggedness and reliability, combining the finest quality optics with a weatherproof and shockproof construction that makes it suitable for use in the most hostile conditions when on location. Facilitating cinema-style use, lens-barrel markings are clearly engraved in both feet and meters on both sides of the barrel, and focus indicators on the front side of the lens are marked on an inclined surface to make them easy to see from the back of the camera. Compatible with a wide range of cameras, the Canon Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 also supports communication between lens and camera and will be available in both EF-mount and PL-mount variants. The lens is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2015 for a suggested list price of $78,000.

PhotographyBB Magazine Archives Reopened

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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PhotographyBB Magazine has reopened its archives, allowing you to download all of its past issues for free. Conceived and edited by David Seeram, PhotographyBB was an immensely popular PDF magazine with more than 50 editions published over the course of four years - until it was eventually retired last year as David moved on to publish Clarity, a lifestyle eMagazine for photography enthusiasts. "However, there has been overwhelming demand to open up the PhotographyBB Magazine archives and make the magazines available to download again," David says."We've reopened the archives and now all 54 editions (over 4 years worth) are available to be downloaded again for free!"

Website: PhotographyBB

The Complete Photography Bundle II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The team at 5DayDeal have partnered with some of the world's top photographers to release an unprecedented bundle of photography education tools and resources. The event is centred on the goal of raising $100,000 for charity, and includes contributors such as: 2014 Photoshop World keynote speaker Joel Grimes as well as Trey Ratcliff, David duChemin, Zack Arias, Serge Ramelli and many more.Valued at $2000, the Complete Photography Bundle II is a collection of more than 40 photography education tools and resources - and it can all be yours for only $89. The offer is valid through 12pm EST on 20 October 2014. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a versatile zoom lens for DX-format DSLR owners. Offering a 7.8x zoom ratio with a 27-210mm equivalent focal range, is this £459.00 / $495.95 lens a great do-it-all optic? Read our in-depth Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review to find out...

Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ is a new special-edition model limited to only 1,500 copies worldwide. Finished with a premium leather trim in a triple-colour scheme of blue, white and red, as an homage to the French origins of clothing company Moncler, this silver version of the Leica X comes complete with a matching camera strap in genuine leather bearing the inscription Leica & Moncler to highlight the collaboration between the two brands. The Leica X 'Edition Moncler' was first unveiled at the exclusive opening of Monuments, an exhibition by Fabien Baron, Leica and Moncler hosted at Sotheby’s in London, during Frieze Art. The technical specifications of the Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ are identical to those of the standard production model of the new Leica X camera. The Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ will be available from Leica authorised dealers at an RRP of £1,952 - a reference to the year Moncler was founded.

Delkin BLACK SD Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Delkin Devices have announced a new line of SD memory cards that feature a specialised casing and design that make them waterproof, dustproof, extreme temperature resistant, and virtually unbreakable. Delkin BLACK SD cards are built using a proprietary injection molding process that differs from the traditional surface mounted components and welded case design that most cards utilise. This process uses an innovative material to give the cards advantages that are far superior in terms of reliability and ruggedness when compared to traditional memory cards, the company says. Read and write speeds are proven at 99MB/s and 80MB/s respectively, and the cards are rated for UHS-I Speed Class 3, meaning they are guaranteed to perform at a minimum sequential write speed of 30MB/s - a rating that is required for many 4K applications. The added ruggedness of Delkin BLACK has allowed Delkin to offer a unique built-in insurance policy for the cards, called their "48 Hour, No-Questions-Asked Replacement Guarantee". Users are asked to register their Delkin BLACK card using the card's unique serial number to activate the policy, which enables traceability and gives each owner the added security against loss, theft, and damage. Delkin BLACK cards are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB and sold exclusively through authoised camera stores in the US and in Europe.

NEC MultiSync PA322UHD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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NEC Display Solutions of America announced today its latest Ultra High-Definition (UHD) display, the professional grade MultiSync PA322UHD. The32-inch PA322UHD display uses a wide-gamut white LED backlight and an IGZO technology IPS-type LCD panel that delivers 99.2 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB colour space. Boasting a multitude of inputs, including two DisplayPort, two DVI-D and four HDMI as well as a USB 3.0 hub with DisplaySync Pro technology, the new MultiSync PA Series display offers a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels and a static contrast ratio of 1000:1. The stand supports both landscape and portrait modes, and the display will automatically rotate the image when the display is rotated. Other highlights include 14-bit 3D internal programmable lookup tables (LUTs) for calibration, Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes which split the screen in half or in quarters to up to 4 Full HD images, and a USB 3.0 hub with DisplaySync Pro. The MultiSync PA322UHD-BK ships with a four-year limited warranty, and will be available at an estimated street price of $2,999 with first shipments in December 2014.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is a 5x telephoto zoom lens for full-frame FX Nikon DSLR cameras. Read our in-depth Nikon AF-S Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR review to find out if this versatile lens is worth the £1,899 / $2,696 asking price...

Panasonic Announces Christmas Cashback Promotion

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Panasonic UK has announced its Christmas 2014 cashback offer. Included in this promotion is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera (with a cashback amount of £100 / €120), the Lumix DMC-TZ60 travel compact, and the HC-V550 camcorder (each with a cashback amount of £30 / €35). This promotion will run to 12th January 2015. To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete the online registration form at the website below. The last date for registration will be 27th February 2015.

Photographic Composition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Photographic Composition by Albrecht Rissler is a new title from Rocky Nook. Illustrated with 250 beautiful photographs, this book presents the most important concepts of image design, including perspective, form, contrast, the effects of various aspect ratios, proportion and harmony, and much more. "[The] book's impressive images are in black-and-white, intentionally removing the distraction of colour and making it easy to focus on compositional elements and form," the publisher says. The 192-page softcover is available for $39.95.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a new ultra-wide zoom lens for EOS cameras with APS-C sensors. Attractively priced at £299 / $299, is it too cheap for its own good, or is it a logical addition to your camera kit? We've tested the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM on the EOS 1200D to find out...

Vanguard Alta Pro AB100 Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with Vanguard to give away an Alta Pro AB100 tripod, worth $250!

Steven has been randomly chosen as the lucky winner - congratulations!

The Alta Pro 263AT tripod and SBH 100 ball head are an impressive pair. Alta Pro tripods have unmatched stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod’s stability. Additional tripod features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, aluminum alloy legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, quick-flip leg locks, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains. Its SBH-100 fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and has smooth locking knobs,and an outstanding loading capacity.

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Official Canon Video Teases High-Zoom Premium Compact

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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In an official video released by its Netherlands branch, Canon is hinting at the upcoming release of a new high-zoom, large-sensor premium compact camera. No further details are available but those who speak Dutch can sign up to be notified of the product launch.

Ferrania to Resume Film Production

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Film manufacturer Ferrania is in the process of building a new factory in northern Italy. Two years ago, the company ceased production of all photographic film due to plummeting demand. Now they have embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the resumption of operations. "We have created an ambitious new factory design that will allow us to produce enough film, at a reasonable price, to meet worldwide demand," the company says. "We have already rescued tons of equipment (quite literally) from the old Ferrania buildings - but we need more and we are out of time. The buildings will be destroyed at the end of this year." The campaign has already surpassed its target but you can still pledge to back the project and receive various rewards - rolls of 35mm, 120 format, Super 8 and 16mm motion picture film - in exchange.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji UK have announced a new promotion: those who buy a Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera now can pick up a Fujinon XF18mm f/2R and XF27mm f/2.8 R for free. For more information, visit the website below.

Website: Fujifilm United Kingdom

Magix Movie Edit Touch for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix have announced their first video editing app for Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Magix Movie Edit Touch allows you to instantly cut, optimize and share self-made videos anywhere. You can either make videos directly with your Android end-device or import them from an SD card. After importing, you can remove unwanted scenes, trim video clips and add background music in just a few clicks. The app is available now as a freedownload from the Google Play Store. The Premium edition adds automated brightness/contrast/saturation optimisation; filter eefects such as Lomo, Tilt-Shift, HDR, Pop Art and Black/White; a title editor and the ability to save and export videos in Full HD - all for $1.99.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED is a new ultra-wide-angle prime lens. Aimed mainly at full-frame DSLR users, but also compatible with DX bodies where it provides a focal range of 30mm, the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 is a relatively compact, lightweight lens. Read our in-depth Nikon Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED review complete with full-size sample images...