Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Capture One 8.0.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One today released Capture One 8.0.2. This update adds support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite; lenses including the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4, the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4, the Nikon AF-S Nikkot 20mm f/1.8G ED and the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro; and cameras including the Nikon D750, D3300 and P340, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, the Leica T (Typ 701) and C (Typ 112), the Panasonic GM1, and the Samsung NX30.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 is now available as a final release. The update adds support for raw image files generated by the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), Canon PowerShot G7 X, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, Casio EX-100PRO, Fujifilm X30, Fujifilm X100T, Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver, Leaf Credo 50, Leica D-Lux (Typ 109), Leica M-P, Leica V-Lux (Typ 114), Leica X (Typ 113), Nikon D750, Olympus PEN E-PL7, Olympus STYLUS 1S, Panasonic DMC-CM1, Panasonic GM1S, Panasonic GM5, Panasonic LX100, Pentax K-S1, Pentax QS-1, Samsung NX1, Sony Alpha A5100 and Sony QX1 models. Additionally, it brings updates to synced collections, supports tethered shooting with the Nikon D810 and D4S, adds a host of lens profiles, and fixes bugs. You can download the update - for both Mac OS and Windows - from the website below.

Website: Adobe Lightroom Journal

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sony Xperia Z3 Review

Amy Davies
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The Sony Xperia Z3 is a new flagship waterproof smartphone that features a lot of cutting-edge camera technologies. The Xperia Z3 has a 20 megapixel sensor, 25mm fixed lens with fast f/2 aperture, 4K and 1080p video, sweep panoramas, a range of picture effects and Timeshift burst shooting. Read our in-depth Sony Xperia Z3 review now...

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Preview

Jack Baker
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At a recent press event held at Cheltenham race course, we got our hands on Olympus’ new M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro telephoto lens. Click through to read our first impressions and see full-size sample images...

The 2015 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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PhotoShelter has recently published The 2015 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests. Readers can get a fresh look at over 25 photo competitions worldwide, including new insights on which photo contests are worth their time, and which they should skip. The competitions covered include the Sony World Photography Awards, the World Press Photo Contest, PDN Photo Annual, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Smithsonian Photo Contest, the Communication Arts Photography Competition, Pictures of the Year International, and many more. To claim your electronic copy of the guide, visit the website below.

Website: Photoshelter

Charlotte Dumas: Anima and The Widest Prairies

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Anima and The Widest Prairies is the first UK solo exhibition by Dutch artist Charlotte Dumas. Hosted by The Photographers’ Gallery, this exhibition focuses on the wild horses of Dayton, Nevada, famed as one of the first settlements of the gold rush in the West. These horses once symbolised the freedom, possibilities and dreams associated with the American West but now their very existence is under threat from changing political and economic conditions. This series of photographic encounters depicts the horses as part of a shifting landscape, exposing their resilient and wild character.  Pictured as Nomadic drifters, they visit towns and trailer parks in search of food and water. Dumas also observed groups of horses in corrals, photographing them in profile, seemingly lost in contemplation during rare moments where they would allow her to come closer. The exhibition also features Dumas' first moving image work Anima. The pictures and video will be on display from 6 February - 6 April 2015.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review

Amy Davies
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The Apple iPhone 6 Plus is the largest ever version of the most popular flagship smartphones of all time. Find out what it has to offer photographers by reading our Apple iPhone 6 Plus review, complete with full-size sample photos, test shots, videos and more...

Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0 & Rays 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Digital Film Tools today released Film Stocks v2.0, Light v4.0, and Rays v2.0. In response to customer requests, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Grunge, Three Strip and Two Strip Processes have been integrated into the Film Stocks v2.0 workflow. The Film Stocks user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac as well as three new masking types: Path, Snap and Selection. Light v4.0 also benefits from a new user interface, as well as filter layering, seven masking types, GPU acceleration, Mac Retina display support and 1300 Rosco gobos. The Rays user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac in addition to layering and seven masking types for photo plug-in hosts.

Sony Debuts Exmor RS IMX230 Stacked CMOS Sensor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Sony have announced a 21-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection AF. Designed for use in camera phones, the 1/2.4"-type Sony Exmor RS IMX230 is capable of recording 4K videos and supports HDR exposure blending for both movies and stills. Sony's Exmor RS sensors use a chip consisting of signal processing circuits, on top of which is stacked a pixel section consisting of back-illuminated pixels for an original stacked construction. This kind of stacked CMOS imaging sensor was first commercialised by Sony in 2012. The newest addition to the Exmor RS line-up will be available to manufacturers in April 2015.

Mazzo PowerDrive P1 & PowerDrive Slim

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Mazzo Mobile has launched its new PowerDrive line of products, including the PowerDrive P1 and PowerDrive Slim, the world’s first combined USB storage drives and battery backups certified MFi by Apple. The MazzoPowerDrive P1 offers up to 40 hours of back-up battery capacity and up to 128 GB of additional storage. Sporting a sleeker design, the PowerDrive Slim offers enough power to fully recharge your iPhone 6, and features the same storage capacities (16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB) as the P1. With these PowerDrives, you can save your photos and videos to the device while you’re out and about and also access files from the device through your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Prices start at $79.

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-rite have teamed up with Color Confidence to offer a free GrafiLite worth £50 with all purchases of the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo. The GrafiLite, an accurate desktop lighting solution, enables reliable and consistent print assessment helping users calibrate screens to their print standards. Offering a cost effective and convenient alternative to traditional viewing booths, GrafiLite helps photographers overcome the issues of colour becoming distorted under standard home and office lighting. The promotional offer is available from major photographic retailers and direct from the website below.

Magix Fastcut

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Fastcut from Magix is a new video editor optimised for action cams. The program allows you to automatically or manually edit your videos, and offers a wide range of thematic templates with fitting songs, cuts and transitions. Additional effects such as vintage look, tracking shots and slow-motion effects can also be added individually. You can minimise wind noise, correct skewed footage, remove lens distortions, adjust the colours and apply post-capture exposure compensation to backlit shots. Fastcut is available now online for a special introductory price of £39.99.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Vario Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS is a premium wide-angle zoom lens for Sony's 35mm full-frame E-mount camera system. The FE 16-35mm offers a constant F4 maximum aperture, 7-blade aperture, dust and moisture resistance, built-in image stabilisation and a unique T* surface coating. Is the Sony FE 16-35mm the natural wide-angle partner for your A7/A7R/A7S camera? Read our Sony Vario Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS review to find out...

Multiblitz V6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Multiblitz USA today announced the upcoming launch of the Multiblitz V6, a powerful LED light to the North American market. Weighing 3lbs and producing a 6000 lm luminous flux, the V6 features one of the most advanced LED modules available with a color temperature of 4000K that generates 2200lux at a distance of 6 feet. Flicker-­free light output is controlled over 2.5 f-­‐stops, in half-stop increments. Equipped with a silencer fan, the V6 is also suited for videography with sound recordings. Available from 1 December 2014, the Multiblitz V6 is priced at $799 (reduced to $699 for the month of Devember). A starter kit including the Multiblitz V6, a carry case, a light stand and a 28-inch octabox will also be available, priced at $1,149 (reduced to $1.049 in December).

Website: Multiblitz

Cactus V6 Firmware Update 1.1.004

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Cactus has released a firmware update for its V6 wireless flash transceiver. Version 1.1.004 adds support for the Olympus FL-50R andFL-36R ; the Panasonic FL-500R and FL-360R; and the FourThirds versions of the Metz 58 AF-2, 52 AF-1 and 44 AF-1 flashes, and incorporates a profile for the Godox V860N for Nikon. Read the Cactus V6 firmware release notes for a full list of enhancements and bug fixes, and download the Cactus Firmware Updater to perform the update.

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Adobe Photoshop for Photographers 2014 Release by Martin Evening is a new title from Focal Press. Updated to include detailed instruction for all of the upgrades to Photoshop CC 2014 on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, this guide covers all the tools and techniques photographers and professional image editors need to know when using Photoshop, from workflow guidance to core skills to advanced techniques for professional results. The 730-page paperback is available for $59.95 / £37.99.

Kenu Stance

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenu has just launched Stance, a compact tripod for iPhones. Billed as the first tripod specifically designed for the iPhone, Stance mounts directly into the smartphone’s Lightning port using Kenu’s patent pending MicroMount. The compact tripod weighs only 1.2oz (34g) and is smaller than a pack of gum. Non-slip feet and premium zinc-alloy construction create a stable base. A ball-and-pivot joint lets the phone tilt and rotate freely, allowing you to position your iPhone at the perfect angle. The Kenu Stance is available for $29.95 on the website below.

NEC MultiSync PA322UHD Hits Shelves in Europe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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NEC Display Solutions Europe has announced the availability of the professional-grade, 32" MultiSync PA322UHD display. Using a wide-gamut white LED backlight, the NEC MultiSync PA322UHD features 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 is available from November 2014.

Legendary Hasselblad Fetches $281,250 at Auction

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The first Hasselblad camera ever to be used in space was sold for $281,250 at a special auction in Boston yesterday. A UK-based Internet bidder beat off all comers to the legendary 500c first used by astronaut Wally Schirra on a Mercury Atlas mission back in 1962. “The previous owner had bought this Hasselblad in 1994 for a little under $15,000…. which goes to show how vibrant the growth is in space artefacts," RR Auction vice-president Bobby Livingston said. "The final figure of just over $281,250 well exceeded our pre-auction estimate of between $50,000 and $100,000.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Masters of Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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CameraWorld, a real UK camera shop helping you to make the most of your hobby, is running an event on 28th November entitled "Masters of Photography." The event will feature three speakers - David Newton, Danny Green and Saeen Rashid -, who will be hosting seminars throughout the day. Experts from Canon, Manfrotto, Lexar, Rode, Vanguard and Domke will also be on hand to demonstrate and answer any questions on the latest photography gear, including the new EF 100-400mm L IS USM II lens. Golden Tickets for the day are only £10 and if you spend over £100 on the day you get your entry ticket back.  Golden tickets allow you the opportunity to buy at the UK's best possible prices on the day and are limited, so you need to buy quick. All people purchasing a ticket to the event  will be entered into a competition to win a Canon PowerShot G7X digital compact camera. The event will take place from 11am - 7pm at 01 Zero One Studio, Hopkins Street, London W1F 0HS. Click through / read on for the CameraWorld Masters of Photography seminar schedule.