Wednesday, November 25, 2015
X-Rite's new ColorChecker Video and ColorChecker Passport Video calibration targets are now available in the US. These novel products reduce video editing time, improve colour balance control, make it easier to match multiple cameras and simplify editing for mixed lighting conditions. The pocket-sized X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video ($149) comes in a rugged hard case, and includes four different targets - a colour reference card, a white balance tool, a three-step greyscale target and a focus calibratio tool. The X-Rite ColorChecker Video ($129) offers a larger form factor and includes 2 series of greyscale patches, a range of skin tone patches, a series of saturated and desaturated chromatic colours, and a full-size white balance target on the reverse side.
CompositingStock.com is a new stock photo site designed specifically photographers and designers who create composite images in Photoshop. With the help of a collapsible safety cone, CompositingStock.com has solved one of the biggest challenges with compositing: determining how big your subject should be in relation to the background. “Many stock photos just don’t work for compositing because they just aren’t taken at the best angle and there’s no sense of scale.” says Dave Cross, Founder of CompositingStock.com. “With our safety cone system, our backgrounds are shot specifically with compositing in mind.” The site provides free compositing tutorials and the option to download sample images to try out the safety cone compositing system. Photographers can join the site as a Contributing Photographer and start earning commission on the sale of their images, with royalties starting at 40%.
Lytro have announced Version 5.0 of their Lytro Desktop software. According to the company, this new edition features breakthrough depth editing capabilities that are not currently possible with any other camera on the market. The Lytro DepthFX tool makes chroma keying for background replacement unnecessary and enables depth-based adjustments to exposure, contrast, colour, hue and saturation. The Lytro Desktop 5.0 update for Lytro Illum is free and will be available for Windows users on 8th December.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Booq will be offering customers a 20% discount over the upcoming Black Friday weekend. From 27th - 30th November, customers can get 20% off using the code BOOQSALE at Booq Europe on Amazon. Booq products on promotion include the Booq Cobra Brief (priced at £220 – £176 with discount), the Booq Boa Shift backpack (£120 – £96 with discount, pictured) and the Booqpad for iPad Air 2 tablet case (£40 £32 with discount).
Olympus are set to issue the latest function-enhancing firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II compact system cameras on Wednesday, 26th November. Firmware version 4.0 for the E-M1 (pictured) will add a new focus stacking mode, optical viewfinder simulation, a focus bracketing mode, synchronised PCM audio recording with movie capture, and the ability to disable snapshot focus / MF Clutch from the menu. The company is also releasing a similar firmware upgrade for its OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera adding, on top of these features, a new "Flat" Movie Exclusive Picture Mode. Both of these firmware updates will be available for download from 26th November 02.00 GMT.
DxO has released an update to the DxO ONE iPhone app. Version 1.2 adds new ways to view and interact with advanced photo info, and provides more control over the entire photo and video capture process. The manual focus mode now provides one tap access to hyperfocal distance, and the ability to reposition the magnification loupe for critical focusing. At the request of pro photographers, the shutter speed range has been expanded for capturing even faster motion (1/20000) and longer low-light exposures (30s). Users can now capture video with full manual control of aperture, ISO, white balance and more. DxO ONE selfies are now available in every capture setting and mode, including the ability to record high quality video selfies, ready to share with the world. There’s even a new companion app that lets users remotely trigger a DxO ONE camera with their Apple Watch.
ACDSee Ultimate 9 is a new photo editing and management software program. ACDSee Ultimate 9 combines layers, image editing and management tools with new GPU-accelerated adjustment layers, support for 4k monitors, improved lens correction, a chronological view of your entire photo collection, tools for tracking and returning to various adjustments, as well as applying them to other sets of images, and much more. Read our in-depth ACDSee Ultimate 9 review now...
The Wacom Intuos Photo is the entry-level version of Wacom's graphics tablet. It includes Wacom’s leading pen & touch tablet technology, downloadable creative software and online training. Jon Canfield takes a closer look in our Wacom Intuos Photo review...
Aurora HDR is a new software program for creating better HDR images. Co-developed byMacphun and Trey Ratcliff, the world’s most renowned HDR photographer, Aurora HDR promises "a completely new photo editing experience". Jon Canfield takes it for a test drive in our in-depth Aurora HDR review...
Monday, November 23, 2015
Aurora HDR for Mac is now available for pre-order. "Aurora HDR is like no software I've ever used and I think it's gonna blow people's minds,” commented Trey. "Over the past 10 years I've been trying to find the ultimate HDR software, and it wasn't until Macphun came along in this amazing partnership that I was able to finally build my own." Available for Mac OS only, Aurora HDR is available either as a standard version through the Mac App Store, or a pro version direct from the website below.
The Fujifilm XF 35mm F2 R WR is a brand new standard prime lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Fujfilm already offer a faster "nifty-fifty" with the XF 35mm F1.4 R, so why would you consider this new version? Read our Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 R review to find out...
Akvis have released version 8.0 of their NatureArt software for Windows and Mac OS X. This update adds a new Aurore Borealis effect along with an assortment of ready-to-use presets, plus a new optional dark interface style and minor bug fixes. Version 8.0 is a free upgrade for everyone who purchased a NatureArt license within the past 12 months.
Transcend has expanded its memory card line-up with 64GB microSD wide-temperature solutions to meet the industrial-grade applications. Manufactured using high-quality MLC flash chips, Transcend industrial-grade microSD cards can operate effectively from -40°C to 85°C and provide transfer rates of up to 20 megabytes per second. Additionally, the cards feature built-in an Error Correction Code, and deliver peak performance under harsh environmental conditions. The industrial temperature microSD Class 10 cards are offered in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, and carry Transcend's Two-year Limited Warranty.
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is a new moderate wide-angle prime lens for professionals. Boasting a very fast maximum aperture, the latest coatings, and fast and quiet auto-focusing, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is the most expensive 35mm Canon prime lens. Read our in-depth Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM review complete with full-size sample images...
Friday, November 20, 2015
Sigma Corporation of America has announced its Black Friday deals on five of the company’s most popular lenses. During the promotion, which starts today and ends on Cyber Monday, the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is available for $849 instead of $949. The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM can be yours for $299 (originally $549), the 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM now sells for $419 (instead of $669), the 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM can be had for $1,149 (originally $1,399), and the Sigma 105mm F2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM is being offered for $669 (regular price: $969).
Panasonic have announced an upcoming firmware update for their Lumix G7, GX8 (pictured) and FZ330 digital cameras, which enables photographers to select whichever part of the image they want to be in focus post-capture. Operation of the Post Focus function is straightforward and easy: turn on the feature, compose and take your picture. Then, while reviewing the images simply touch the area you want the focus to be and a new image with the selected focus area will be produced as a separate photo. Post Focus has been made possible by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth from Defocus) auto focus technology and Panasonic’s 4K technology (burst images in 4K resolution are shot at 30 fps while detecting up to 49 areas of a frame for focus points at different depths of field). The Post Focus firmware update will be available at 01:00 GMT on 25th November, 2015 on the LUMIX Global website.
BosStrap have added two new straps to their line of Sliding Sling Straps. Available in two widths, the BosStrap Sliding Sling Strap with a Side Release Tail uses a Side Release Buckle to release the camera from the diagonal strap, satisfying customers’ requests for a connector that can be operated with one hand. The 1-1/2” wide strap is designed for SLRs, while the narrower 1" strap is ideal for lighter cameras. The 1-1/2” BosStrap Sliding Sling Strap with Side Release Tail is $53.95, while the 1” version is $52.95. Both include free shipping.
Leica Camera have expanded their Leica à la carte programme – a special concept for personalising your Leica camera – and will be offering a selection of styling options for the Leica M (Typ 240) from the end of this month. The Leica M à la carte programme includes various finishes for the camera body itself, with the choice of black or silver chrome, or black enamel. Customers can also select a top plate featuring a Leica logo, or a classic version without the ‘red dot’. As well as the standard black leather trim, the programme offers a further 11 full-grain cowhide options plus classic variations embossed with distinctive lizard- and ostrich-effect patterns. Furthermore, you can personalise the technical specifications of your camera, including a frame selection lever, with which bright-line frames for six different focal lengths can be simulated in the viewfinder. In addition to all the technical features of the Leica M (Typ 240), the Leica M à la carte camera comes with a two gigabyte buffer memory, delivering twice the capacity of the standard model. The price for camera body ranges from £5,100 - £6,050 including VAT. In the United States, the Leica M (Typ 240) à la carte will be available from $6,380.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Leica today launched the Leica M (Typ 262) digital rangefinder camera. Featuring a near-silent shutter, a quiet shutter-cocking motor, a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor and a Maestro image processor; the Leica M (Typ 262) is a dedicated stills-only camera offering no video recording capabilities. New to the Leica M (Typ 262) is the use of a streamlined two-page menu system, which promises to simplify the way you use the camera. Priced at £4,050/$5,195; the Leica M (Typ 262) is the least expensive full-frame M-mount digital Leica to date, and at 600 grams without a battery, it's also the lightest digital M camera in production. The newest Leica is scheduled to be available later this month.