Friday, May 20, 2016

Canon UK Announce Summer Cashback Offer

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Canon are offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland, plus the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people. Eligible products include digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 760D (pictured), EOS 750D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D, CSCs (EOS M3 & M10), digital compact cameras, camcorders, printers, lenses and the Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash. The offer runs to 31 August 2016.

Canon are offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland, plus the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people. Eligible products include digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 760D (pictured), EOS 750D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D, CSCs (EOS...

Canon EOS 80D Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample JPEG and Raw images taken with the new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera and the equally new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.

The Canon EOS 80D is a 35mm APS-C digital SLR camera with a 24 megapixel sensor.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

LandscapePro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Anthropics Technology has launched LandscapePro, an intelligent landscape photo editing application, available in standalone and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in editions. The new software includes landscape relighting, sky replacement, 3D depth estimation, a depth of field simulator, distance controls, intelligent selection tools, and photo-adaptive controls among other features. It assumes no prior knowledge or technical skills, and photographers can create unique, dramatic effects quickly. “Inspired by the success of Anthropics’s PortraitPro software, we are delighted to introduce a new product to help photographers expand their creativity and take landscape retouching to the next level,” said Andrew Berend, CEO, Anthropics. “LandscapePro offers an innovative and easy way to create stunning landscape photography, and can be used by novices or experienced photographers alike. As its intelligent controls uniquely adapt to the features of each photo, it enables photographers to do incredible things with their outdoor photos simply by using sliders.” Pricing starts at £29.95/$39.95/€39.95.

Anthropics Technology has launched LandscapePro, an intelligent landscape photo editing application, available in standalone and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in editions. The new software includes landscape relighting, sky replacement, 3D depth estimation, a depth of field simulator, distance controls, intelligent selection tools, and photo-adaptive controls among other features. It...

Adobe Spark

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today released Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for "creating and sharing impactful visual stories." Free and designed for everyday communications, Adobe Spark is part of the Creative Cloud ecosystem. “Today anyone can create content and share it via social media, but most people lack the skill, time and resources to create something that cuts through the online clutter,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. “With Adobe Spark, anyone can create authentic, professional looking visual content for their project, passion, cause or business." The Adobe Spark web app seamlessly syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are – regardless of their design experience.

Adobe today released Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for "creating and sharing impactful visual stories." Free and designed for everyday communications, Adobe Spark is part of the Creative Cloud ecosystem. “Today anyone can create content and share it via social media, but most people lack the...

Fripito Introduces Premium Subscription Model

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The new version of Fripito for Android and iOS offers a new option for a premium subscription. Photographers and travellers can now gain access to all available guides, photo and travel tips, exclusive photos with geotagging and offline maps for a fixed monthly fee. Actually, there are two options, a one-month subscription for $9.99 and a three-month subscription for $23.99. Additionally, the option of purchasing single guides within the app is still available. You can download the Fripito app from Google Play and iTunes.

The new version of Fripito for Android and iOS offers a new option for a premium subscription. Photographers and travellers can now gain access to all available guides, photo and travel tips, exclusive photos with geotagging and offline maps for a fixed monthly fee. Actually, there are two options,...

Fujinon XF2X TC WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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The Fujinon XF2X TC WR is a new 2x teleconverter extending the telephoto reach of two X-mount lenses, the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. Available next month, the Fujinon Teleconverter XF2X TC WR features an optical construction of 9 elements in 5 groups. In addition, thanks to the unified design when mounted to a compatible lens, the teleconverter is weather and dust-resistant and operates at temperatures as low as -10°C. Phase detection AF is still available when using the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR with the teleconverter mounted. With the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, photographers can use CDAF. The camera’s optical image stabilization performance is unaffected by the addition of the teleconverter. The Fujinon XF2X TC WR will be on sale in the UK from the end of June with a suggested retail price of £349.

The Fujinon XF2X TC WR is a new 2x teleconverter extending the telephoto reach of two X-mount lenses, the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. Available next month, the Fujinon Teleconverter XF2X TC WR features an optical...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll is a new title from Laurence King Publishing. Designed to help people get creative with their camera, this book is a unique new photo journal featuring over 100 fun and thought-provoking photo prompts that will guide users through the fundamentals of creative photography. The 128-page paperback will be released in August, priced at £12.95.

Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll is a new title from Laurence King Publishing. Designed to help people get creative with their camera, this book is a unique new photo journal featuring over 100 fun and thought-provoking photo prompts that will guide users...

Verbatim 100GB BDXL Blu-ray MDISC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Verbatim has announced a new 100GB Blu-ray disc with an average lifetime of more than 1,000 years. Incorporating titanium for added longevity, the Verbatim MDISC Blu-ray disc preserves stored data by engraving the information into a ‘rock-like’ recording layer resistant to light, temperature, and humidity. The disc is compatible with any BDXL-capable Blu-ray drive. With no more than 1 failure per 100,000 discs expected after more than 1,000 years at 25°C and 50% relative humidity, data can be reliably stored for centuries on MDISC in a typical home or office filing cabinet, the company claims. In comparison, standard Blu-ray, DVD or CDs have an average lifetime of over 25 years. Verbatim’s 100GB BDXL MDISC is sold in a 5 pack for £89.99 or in single units priced at £23.99.

Verbatim has announced a new 100GB Blu-ray disc with an average lifetime of more than 1,000 years. Incorporating titanium for added longevity, the Verbatim MDISC Blu-ray disc preserves stored data by engraving the information into a ‘rock-like’ recording layer resistant to light, temperature, and humidity. The disc is compatible...

BenQ SW2700PT Review

Vincent Oliver | Accessory Reviews
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The BenQ SW2700PT is an affordable 27-inch monitor for photographers - read our in-depth BenQ SW2700PT review to find out if it deserves a place in your photography workflow...

Nikon D500 Review

Amy Davies
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The Nikon D500 is the long-awaited successor to the popular D300 APS-C DSLR camera, which was launched way back in 2007. Can the D500 breathe new life into the flagship DX format for professionals? Find out by reading our in-depth Nikon D500 review...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Moto G Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Moto G Plus is a new smartphone with a 1/2.4"-type 16-megapixel image sensor plus, f/2 lens, dual LED flash, laser-assisted focusing and on-sensor PDAF. Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the new phablet has a 5.5" Full HD display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an octa-core CPU. In a nod to enthusiast photographers, the pre-installed camera app allows users to set shutter speed, white balance, ISO sensitivity and a range of other shooting parameters manually. And with a fingerprint reader, a touch is all you need to instantly wake up your phone and start snapping away. The Moto G Plus will be available starting today in Brazil and Moto G Plus will be available starting today in India. Both versions will arrive soon in various countries across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Pricing to be confirmed.

The Moto G Plus is a new smartphone with a 1/2.4"-type 16-megapixel image sensor plus, f/2 lens, dual LED flash, laser-assisted focusing and on-sensor PDAF. Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the new phablet has a 5.5" Full HD display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an octa-core CPU. In a nod to enthusiast photographers,...

X-Rite Partners with Small HD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite has announced partnership with SmallHD, the creator of durable production monitors for creative professionals. Within the framework of this partnership, SmallHD will bundle X-Rite OEM i1Display Pro (pictured) with their first-ever line of daylight-viewable, FullHD display models 1703HDR, 2403HDR and 3203HDR. “We are very excited to have our OEM i1Display Pro bundled across the new line of SmallHD Production-Monitor displays to enhance viewing accuracy. The announcement aligns with SmallHD's recently released larger daylight-viewable HDR production monitors,” said X-Rite Vice President of Product Marketing Chris Winczewski. “The partnership with SmallHD demonstrates our focused commitment for the expansion of X-Rite’s photo and video products into the video, filmmaking and broadcast markets.”

X-Rite has announced partnership with SmallHD, the creator of durable production monitors for creative professionals. Within the framework of this partnership, SmallHD will bundle X-Rite OEM i1Display Pro (pictured) with their first-ever line of daylight-viewable, FullHD display models 1703HDR, 2403HDR and 3203HDR. “We are very excited to have...

PSMania 1.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Duo-Pisces have released PSMania 1.0, their new photo editor for iOS devices. Perfect for photo enthusiasts, PSMania allows anyone to apply interesting image processing effects to their images. There are more than thirty different image filters to choose from, and most offer a slider to adjust the filter parameters in real time. PSMania is free and available through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

Duo-Pisces have released PSMania 1.0, their new photo editor for iOS devices. Perfect for photo enthusiasts, PSMania allows anyone to apply interesting image processing effects to their images. There are more than thirty different image filters to choose from, and most offer a slider to adjust the filter parameters in real...

Samsung NX1 Firmware Version 1.41

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have issued a firmware update for the Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.41 resolves a Bluetooth connection issue with smartphones running on Android 6.0. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Samsung NX1 Support

Samsung have issued a firmware update for the Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.41 resolves a Bluetooth connection issue with smartphones running on Android 6.0. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below. Website: Samsung NX1 Support

Samsung NX500 Firmware Version 1.12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have posted a firmware update for the Samsung NX500 compact system camera. According to the company, version 1.12 fixes a Bluetooth connection problem with smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Samsung NX500 Support Page

Samsung have posted a firmware update for the Samsung NX500 compact system camera. According to the company, version 1.12 fixes a Bluetooth connection problem with smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below. Website: Samsung NX500 Support Page

Monday, May 16, 2016

LockCircle Announces Metal Jacket for Leica SL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LockCircle has announced a special cinematic production cage for the Leica SL (Typ 601) camera. The Metal Jacket features an exclusive “Asymmetrical Cage Design” and offers multiple mounting options for accessories like viewfinders, 4K HDMI Recorders, monitors and more. The Metal Jacket cage integrates the MultiPort HDMI / USB 3.0 / Audio / Controller Interface port savers for camera protection, and comes in “Classic Black” anodised finish, hard anodised “Dura-T (Tactical Grey)” and “Dura-K (Kant Titanium Brown)” versions. Weighing in at 225 grams (7.9 ounces), the LockCircle Metal Jacket for the Leica SL (Typ 601) has several threads to mount the AC tape measurement (titanium pin) hook at the exact sensor focal plane.

LockCircle has announced a special cinematic production cage for the Leica SL (Typ 601) camera. The Metal Jacket features an exclusive “Asymmetrical Cage Design” and offers multiple mounting options for accessories like viewfinders, 4K HDMI Recorders, monitors and more. The Metal Jacket cage integrates the MultiPort...

Fujifilm X-E2S Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Fujifilm X-E2S is a subtly improved version of the two-year-old X-E2 compact system camera, principally offering a better auto-focusing system, an electronic shutter and a clever Auto mode. Does it still offer enough to compete in 2016? Read our Fujifilm X-E2S review to find out...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. is a new standard zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds system of interchangeable lens cameras. Offering an effective focal range of 24-120mm in 35mm terms, the Panasonic 12-60mm lens boasts fast and quiet auto-focusing, weather sealing and an appealing price-tag. Read our in-depth Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. review, complete with sample images, to find out if it's a must-have lens for Micro Four Thirds photographers...

Canon Releases 2016 Photography Trends Study

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Canon U.S.A. has just released its inaugural Photography Trends Study. This survey of 1004 adult U.S. consumers has revealed a surprising degree of self-confidence among amateur photographers, with 80% of respondents claiming to have "good-to-excellent" photography skills, and 62% boasting that their snapping skills have improved in the past two to five years. Food photography appears to be one of the favourite genres, with more than half of consumers taking food photos to show off a personal creation or new recipe. More than one in four respondents admit they share photos of food to brag and to give friends and family "FOMO" (Fear Of Missing Out). The survey has also revealed that more people take photos of their pets than of themselves, even as 57% confess to taking selfies on a regular basis. Less surprisingly, the majority (80%) are capturing photos during family gatherings and holidays. Interestingly, photos at the gym are only taken by 16% of U.S. consumers.

Canon U.S.A. has just released its inaugural Photography Trends Study. This survey of 1004 adult U.S. consumers has revealed a surprising degree of self-confidence among amateur photographers, with 80% of respondents claiming to have "good-to-excellent" photography skills, and 62% boasting that their snapping skills have improved in the past two...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

COOPH Field Jacket

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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COOPH has added a new garment to its catalogue of specialist photography gear – the Field Jacket. Made from EtaProof, a 100% cotton fabric from Swiss weaving mill Stotz, the COOPH Field Jacket holds a variety of inner and outer pockets to stash photographic accessories and even has a quick access pocket to store a smartphone. Ulrich Grill, founder of COOPH and a professional photographer himself, said: “We are pretty stoked to add this all-year jacket to our growing range of photography apparel. The Field Jacket is hardwearing and feature-packed, but it doesn’t look like your typical photographer’s vest. That was planned. We partnered with the finest mill in Europe to help realize our idea – and I’m eager to see people wearing the jacket.” The COOPH Field Jacket is available for €398.

COOPH has added a new garment to its catalogue of specialist photography gear – the Field Jacket. Made from EtaProof, a 100% cotton fabric from Swiss weaving mill Stotz, the COOPH Field Jacket holds a variety of inner and outer pockets to stash photographic accessories and even has a quick access...