Wednesday, November 14, 2012
We've selected our top camera picks for 2012's Holiday season, all the way from the cheapest digital compact up to the most expensive DSLR and everything in between.
And we should know what to recommend - we've reviewed no less than 86 new cameras of all shapes and sizes so far in 2012.
So no matter what your budget, make sure that you consult the Photography Blog Holiday Gift Guide for 2012 before splashing out your hard-earned cash on a new camera, whether that's either for yourself or a loved one!
We’ve teamed up with Photospecialist to give away a Domke F2 bag and a Davis & Sanford Magnum XG tripod to one lucky winner, worth £209!
The lucky winner is Peter Boyle. Congratulations!
Foto Konijnenberg has been a major player in the Dutch and Belgian photo markets with retail shops in both countries since 1974. In 1999 they were the first retail store with a webshop and very soon their customers appreciated that the knowledge and service that was offered in the stores could also be found on the website. In the UK, Germany and France they are now trading as “PHOTOSPECIALIST”. In the near future Photospecialist will open online and physical shops in more countries in Europe – the logistics, sales and marketing will remain centralised in The Netherlands. In The Netherlands and Belgium the name Foto Konijnenberg will be maintained for the time being. Photospecialist will stay focused on both professional photographers and hobbyists, emphasising the high quality products from many of their partner brands, great customer service and providing a rapid courier service. One of the many unique selling points of Photospecialist is that they offer a Two Year Guarantee on all products sold – with the option of a low-cost two year extension (The 2+2 Year Guarantee Plan).
Jim Domke invented the F2 bag when he was working as a photojournalist on the Philadelphia Enquirer. He had the first one custom made for his own use in 1976, and the F2 is still one of the most popular Domke Bags today. Designed so that the photographer could get at equipment instantly, without having to take the bag from their shoulder, it includes an adjustable non-slip Gripper™ Strap with durable cotton webbing, removable bottom stiffener, removable hand carrying strap, YKK zippers, and steel snap hooks.
Davis & Sanford’s Magnum XG Tripod offers solid support for your DSLR, compact camera, camcorder, or scope - it can be operated from 20.32 cm to 182 cm off the ground. The 3-section aluminium legs and 2-section centre post provide rapid and secure adjustment, and the rubber feet add stability. The Magnum XG can support up to 6.8 kg, and weighs just 3.03 kg. A bottom centre post hook allows you to hang equipment or other weight for increased stability, and a tripod bag is included.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The winners of the October 2012 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for October was “Rays of Light” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery. Here are the 5 winners:
We’ve teamed up with Booq to give away one of its fantastic new Python camera backpacks, worth EUR 269,95!
The lucky winner is Fleur Moody. Congratulations!
Python pack is a camera laptop backpack designed for 1-2 DSLRs, up to 4 mid-size lenses, 1 large zoom lens, tripod, iPad, and a MacBook up to 15-inch. Its ergonomic shoulder strap design and side-loading camera compartment lets you access your gear while wearing the camera bag. Inside its rigid camera compartment, contoured padded walls cradle your DSLR camera for easy access, and densely padded dividers (not the flimsy stuff those cheaper camera bags use) can be configured to fit your gear of choice. A variety of pockets include concealed interior slots designed to be used to securely store accessories and flash cards, and its large laptop compartment, protected from the elements via a water-repellent zipper, is perfectly sized for a 15-inch MacBook Pro or magazines.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Manfrotto is giving away one of its fantastic new 290 Carbon Fibre tripod and head kits worth £249.95!
The lucky winner is Paul Mitchell - congratulations!
The new Manfrotto 290 Carbon - a new family of carbon fibre camera supports designed to accompany passionate new photographers as they progress and improve their skills. At that level, no longer a beginner, but not (yet) earning a living from photography, it has always been difficult to find accessories and equipment that offer the right balance of performance, practicality and versatility: cheap “first tripods” are too flimsy and can’t be upgraded, but professional tripods have too many features, too many options and are too much of an investment. The 290 Carbon range steps right in to fill the gap in the middle and support the aspiring photographer along the path from hobby to passion… or from obsession to profession.
Journeys to far-flung locations and spectacular holidays are often the triggers to taking photography more seriously, but it’s notoriously difficult to find a tripod that’s compact and light enough to travel, but stable enough to really help when you get to your destination. Step into your passion for photography!
For more information or to buy Manfrotto products online visit: http://www.manfrotto.co.uk
Friday, October 12, 2012
Photography Blog and Corel have teamed up to giveaway 5 copies of Corel PaintShop Pro X5!
The 5 lucky winners are: James Hackett, Cees Buitendijk, Ron Zigelhofer, Paul Smith and Burkhard Schrammel.
Whether you want to create powerful photos or dynamic digital works of art, Corel® PaintShop® Pro X5 provides all of the photo editing and creative design tools you need. Manage, adjust and edit your work with a few simple clicks. Create stunning photos with intense visual contrast using new and enhanced HDR features - including the new ability to create HDR-style effects from single RAW photos. Organise your photos and tag people and places using the new Find People and Map View features. Get inspired with creative brush and vector tools, including new text and layer options. Hone your skills with built-in tutorials and use new social media integration to instantly share your creative vision on Facebook®, Flickr® and Google+™.
The new Find People feature of PaintShop® Pro X5 helps you identify the people in your photos, making it easy to find and share photos of family and friends, or sync with your social contacts on sharing sites. In addition to manual tagging, you can also use powerful face detection technology to automatically analyze facial characteristics and help identify and organize the people in your photos.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Here are seven Full 1080 HD movies taken with the new Panasonic GH3 compact system camera using the MOV, AVCHD and MP4 formats, including 72Mbps in ALL-I.
They’ve all been uploaded onto Photography Blog’s Vimeo HD channel where you can watch them at their native size. Note that these are fully representative of the Panasonic GH3’s final video quality when it ships next month.
Monday, October 1, 2012
The winners of the September 2012 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for September was “My Camera” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery. Here are the 5 winners:
Photography Blog and HiFi-Tower have teamed up to launch a brand new giveaway. The prize is a Klarstein Mini Projector, and we’ve got ONE to give away to a lucky reader!
This contest has now closed - the lucky winner is Alan Newington.
The Klarstein YX4B is a compact mini projector that beams images up to 60” in size. The projector is perfect for photo slideshows at home or on the go. It has an AV jack input for connecting a range of typical devices, as well as a USB port and micro-SD slot, so there’s definitely no lack of input options! For photographers, the Klarstein YX4B handles JPEG files with ease, along with audio/video files like MPEG4, FLV, MP3, and FLAC. The projector comes equipped with a long-lasting LED lamp, ensuring you’ll be proudly projecting your photos for years to come. The Klarstein YX4B and a selection of LED, LCD, and HD projectors are available online at hifi-tower.co.uk.
Monday, September 3, 2012
The winners of the August 2012 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for August was “Stars” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery. Here are the 5 winners:
Monday, August 27, 2012
We’ve teamed up with Lovecases.co.uk to offer one lucky winner the opportunity to win a Crumpler Cupcake Slim DSLR Camera Photo Backpack.
The lucky winner is: Giacomino Parkinson.
This bag is a slim photo backpack made from super tough Chicken Tex Supreme high performance nylon. The complete section is a padded photo compartment with adjustable dividers. It’s suitable for a digital SLR camera with zoom lens attached plus approx 4 more lenses and a flashgun.
Just answer this simple question to enter the contest. (HINT - visit this Lovecases product page to get some help with the answer).
We’ve teamed up with color management specialists Datacolor to giveaway a fantastic SpyderSTUDIO worth £450!
The lucky winner is: Branislav Beliancin.
SpyderSTUDIO is a complete colour calibration solution. It provides everything needed for the utmost in accurate colour management from shoot, to edit, to print. With solutions from RAW camera calibration to quick and easy custom ICC printer profiles, the results are reliable, real-world colours.
In addition to SpyderPRINT, SpyderSTUDIO also consists Spyder4ELITE and SpyderCUBE. The former is an advanced colorimeter that automates and simplifies display calibration. It features a patented, full-spectrum, 7-colour sensor that can accurately characterise a variety of wide and normal gamut displays. The same sensor - which offers double-shielded filters for longer life and enhanced performance - is used to calibrate a monitor, laptop computer, iPad, iPhone and projector. Datacolor’s SpyderCUBE is a three-dimensional white and contrast-balancing tool. Also included in the SpyderSTUDIO is a desktop cradle/tripod mount, SpyderGuide, 6’ USB cable and Quick Start Guides. The package comes in a convenient and stylish metal case for easy transport.
SpyderSTUDIO - along with the entire Spyder range - is available at photography and consumer electronic retailers nationwide or online at www.Datacolor.com. The SpyderSTUDIO is priced at around £449.99.
Just answer this simple question to enter the contest. (HINT - visit the Datacolor Facebook page to get some help with the answer).
We’ve teamed up with MILK to give away three of their coffee table-quality books.
The three lucky winners are: T Chao, Chris Bouvard and Vasko Bujaroski.
PQ Blackwell, internationally renowned publisher of illustrated books and the creators of MILK (Moments, Inspiration, Love, Kinship) has just launched MILK Tailor Made Books (http://www.milkbooks.com), a new website which enables anyone to showcase their artwork or images in a personally designed, tailor-made book.
Three subscribers now have the chance to create their own exquisite coffee table-quality book. Using MILK’s editorial and design frameworks, these beautiful books will be printed to the creator’s unique specifications on high quality art paper, professionally bound in designer fabric, and will be accompanied by digital versions that allow people to add video in the telling of their stories.
This competition ended on the 22nd August 2012 (12:00PM GMT).
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The winners of the July 2012 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for July was “Olympics” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery. Here are the 5 winners:
Monday, July 30, 2012
Photography Blog is now running a competition sponsored by Dixons Retail. You have a chance to win a few products from Curry’s camera selection plus an external hard drives from PC World, as listed below.
The three lucky winners are:
1st and 2nd Prizes: Anthony Jessuk and Linda Mayson - Samsung PL121 Compact Digital Camera - Black (pictured)
3rd Prize: Leana Beegum - WD My Passport Essential External Portable Hard Drive - 320GBP - Black
This competition ended on the 29th July 2012 (12:00PM GMT).
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Ales Veluscek, Graeme Murray, Radoslaw Wesolowski, David Taylor and Monika Walczak are the lucky winner of a set of 100 Classic MOO Business Cards!
We’re pleased to announce an exclusive giveaway from MOO.com!
If you’ve never heard of them before, MOO love to print business cards online - but also check out their range of Postcards, unique MiniCards, StickerBooks, Greeting-cards, and much more!
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Dianne Annett, Eduardo de Francisco, Siu Hay Yip, Jacquie Bennett and Edwin Rosenbloom are the five lucky winners of a bundle of Kodak film.
With the Summer finally upon us what better time to get photographing the beautiful delights of the country, towns and people around you. To help you do this we’re giving away a great film prize courtesy of Kodak.
We’ve got five bundles, consisting of the award winning Portra 160 film for natural skin tones, Ektar, the World’s finest grain colour negative film, and the truly timeless classic and best-selling black & white film.
Whether you are a commercial photographer or an advanced amateur, there’s a film from Kodak for you in this exciting film bundle prize.
Monday, July 9, 2012
We’ve teamed up with Lovecases.co.uk to offer one lucky winner the opportunity to win a Hama Daytour 180 SLR camera backpack.
The lucky winner is Nick Board. Congratulations!
This bag has been designed by professional photographers, for professional photographers. The spacious interior, with highly logical and functional layout shows that this bag has been tested on the road for hours, where every single detail and layout has been meticulously thought through. The backpack is comfortable to wear, and provides easy access to your equipment so you’ll never miss your shots.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Pamela Turnbull is the lucky winner of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 camera, courtesy of Idealo.co.uk.
For full details on the camera, read our in-depth review in which the FZ48 gained a Recommended award. The DMC-FZ48 features 12 megapixels, 3 inch LCD screen, 24x optical zoom, full HD video recording and a whole host of other functions.
If you’re not lucky enough to win the Lumix, you can still check the price on the DMC-FZ48, as well as wide selection of other digital cameras, on Idealo’s bridge camera page. Idealo.co.uk allows you to compare prices on over 300,000 products from 14,000 online shops; with its smartphone app for both for iOS and Android, this can now also be done on the go.
The winners of the June 2012 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for June was “Global Warming” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery. Here are the 5 winners: