Category: PhotographyBLOG

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Photography Blog Awards 2012

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve now announced all of our award winners for 2012. Just in case you missed any, here’s the full list:

Camera of the Year 2012
Olympus OM-D E-M5

DSLR Camera of the Year 2012
Nikon D800

Compact System Camera of the Year 2012
Olympus OM-D E-M5

Compact Camera of the Year 2012
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Lens of the Year 2012
Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

Printer of the Year 2012
Epson Stylus Photo R2000

Accessory of the Year 2012
Spyder4Elite

Software of the Year 2012
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Camera of the Year 2012

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Our eight and final award is for Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

“Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the OM-D E-M5 is the first MFT model to equal the results from leading cameras like the Sony NEX-7. Noise doesn’t rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs and even the faster settings prove eminently usable, although the E-M5 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean as shown by the much noisier raw images. We never longed for a camera with a bigger sensor, and you’d have to step up to a full-frame DSLR to see an appreciable leap in image quality.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Olympus and the OM-D E-M5!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DSLR Camera of the Year 2012

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Our seventh award is for DSLR Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Nikon D800.

“On the resolution front, the Nikon D800 delivers images with a truly stunning amount of detail, comparable to what you can achieve with a number of medium-format digital cameras and backs. The 7360×4912-pixel photographs print to 24”x16” (60×40cm) size at industry-standard 300ppi with no interpolation required, which also means they are ideal for double-page spreads in a large-format 12”x12” photo book.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Nikon and the D800!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Compact System Camera of the Year 2012

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Our sixth award is for Compact System Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

“The OM-D E-M5 is the best Olympus compact system camera to date, and also a strong contender for best compact system camera full stop. It delivers a compelling mix of classic looks, excellent image quality, an extensive feature set and immediate responsiveness, with the camera so well designed that it rarely gets in the way of the creative process. The E-M5 may hark back to a bygone era, but it’s definitely bang-up-to-date in all the places that count.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Olympus and the OM-D E-M5!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Compact Camera of the Year 2012

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Our fifth award is for Compact Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.

“Sony have not only blurred the lines between compact and compact system in terms of the RX100’s features, performance and image quality, but somewhat inevitably perhaps also in terms of its price. $650/£550 is more than many mirrorless cameras and even some DSLRs too, but on the other hand this is no humble compact. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is the first truly pocketable camera to offer a DSLR experience, and in that regard it could almost be seen as something of a bargain - it’s certainly deserving of our highest Essential! accolade.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Sony and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lens of the Year 2012

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, PhotographyBLOG
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Our fourth award is for Lens of the Year 2012, which goes to the Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH.

“The LUMIX G VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH standard zoom offers a versatile focal range and a fast maximum aperture in a relatively small package, backed-up by excellent image quality throughout the focal range, the best build quality of any Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lens yet released, a tactile manual focusing system and impressively fast and quiet autofocusing.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Panasonic and the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Printer of the Year 2012

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Printers
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Our third award is for Printer of the Year 2012, which goes to the Epson Stylus Photo R2000.

“For the intended market, the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is the clear leader in quality and value. This is a printer that will give you years of quality output, even if you do eventually grow into a larger printer.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Epson and the Stylus Photo R2000!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Accessory of the Year 2012

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, PhotographyBLOG
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Our second award is for Accessory of the Year 2012, which goes to Spyder4Elite.

“For those that want more control, the Spyder4Elite is an excellent option that will give you everything you need to the best possible color fidelity. It’s hard to find fault with the Spyder4Elite. The advanced features take a bit of exploring to fully understand, but if you’re willing to read through the online help, which is excellent, you can learn enough to impress any of your photography friends.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Datacolor and Spyder4Elite!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Software of the Year 2012

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Software
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Over the next 8 days we’ll be revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2012.

Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2012 award, which goes to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

“Lightroom is a class leader in both sharpening and noise reduction, and the new Process 2012 tools are extremely well done. For things like HDR, compositing, and similar editing needs, you’ll still find Photoshop or any number of plug-ins useful, and if you’re into video editing beyond the basics you’ll want to add a standalone program to your kit, but Lightroom 4 can handle most all of your organizational and editing needs.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Adobe and Lightroom 4!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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This month we’re giving away a fantastic Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens worth £629!

The lucky winner is Sheryl Mitchell. Congratulations!

With its effective focal length range of approximately 16-35mm in 35mm format, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is a remarkable lens with outstanding image quality that will take your photography into new dimensions and areas of dramatic expression.

The EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is an ultra wide-angle zoom lens with dynamic expressive capability for all EF-S mount EOS cameras; exceptionally small and lightweight for maximum mobility.

Steadicam Smoothee Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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This month we’re giving away a fantastic Steadicam Smoothee worth £169!

The lucky winner is Martin Conaghan. Congratulations!

Based on the same technology as the big $60,000 rigs used in Hollywood, the Smoothee allows you to capture incredible video without the shakes normally associated with hand-held video shot on the go, right out of the box, the very first time.

The Smoothee let’s you “fly” wherever the scene takes you—up and down steps, indoors and outside, through crowds—almost anywhere, with precise, elegant control and ease.

Manfrotto ML120 Pocket LED Light Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Manfrotto is giving away FIVE of its fantastic new ML120 Pocket LED Lights each worth £40.00!

The 5 lucky winners are Candy Johnson, George Smietana, Rona Gough, Mike Swift and Edmund Jones. Congratulations!

The ML120 Pocket LED Light is the smallest and lightest in the Manfrotto range of compact continuous LED light units, ideally suited for use with compact cameras and smartphones when additional light is needed for shooting video or stills. It can be hand held, mounted on a flash hotshoe or fitted to any number of Manfrotto supports via its standard ¼” thread.

For more information or to buy Manfrotto products online visit: www.manfrotto.co.uk

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tamrac Evolution Speed Roller Backpack Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’re giving away a Tamrac Evolution Speed Roller Backpack worth $499.95!

The lucky winner is Malcolm Veale. Congratulations!

For over 35 years, Tamrac has been manufacturing innovative products based on photographers’ needs and requests, maintaining the strictest quality standards. Tamrac’s extensive line of protective carrying systems includes backpacks, shoulder bags, point & shoot bags, rolling cases, and laptop compatible bags.  Tamrac’s numerous design inventions and innovations make them the best on the market.

With a unique combination of wheels and a backpack harness, Tamrac’s versatile Evolution Speed Roller Backpack (Model 5797) is ideal for getting around town or traveling around the world.  This rolling backpack has two compartments to hold camera gear and a foam-padded pocket for a laptop.  Whenever possible, you can roll your heavy photo gear on smooth ball-bearing wheels. The telescoping handle opens and closes with the push of a button. The bottom compartment holds a DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached (up to 8”), several extra lenses and a flash. A Windowpane-Mesh™ pocket inside the front panel keeps accessories like memory cards and batteries organized and visible.

Monday, November 26, 2012

PENTAX K-30 DSLR Camera Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with PENTAX RICOH IMAGING UK LTD to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a fantastic PENTAX K-30 worth £649.99!

The lucky winner is Paula Hepburn. Congratulations!

The K-30 has been developed to help SLR beginners capture high-quality images with ease. Packed in a compact, weather-resistant, dustproof and lightweight body, the PENTAX K-30 offers a range of advanced features, including a 16 megapixel sensor, optical viewfinder offering almost 100% field of view, high-speed shooting and a full-HD movie function.

The K-30 is available in a choice of three colours: Crystal White and Crystal Blue, with brilliant, glossy finishes; and Classic Black, for a more traditional SLR look.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide 2012

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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!

Domke F2 Bag and a Davis & Sanford Magnum XG Tripod Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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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

October 2012 Competition Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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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:

1st Place
Rays of life by MKatz
Prize: X-Rite ColourChecker Passport
Kindly donated by X-Rite
http://www.xritephoto.com/

Booq Python Camera Backpack Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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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 290 Carbon Fibre Tripod Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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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

Corel PaintShop Pro X5 Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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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.