Category: PhotographyBLOG

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Compact System Camera of the Year 2013

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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

The Compact System Camera of the Year 2013 award goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

“The combination of great image quality, an abundance of features, excellent auto focus, insane customisability and a robust dust-, drip- and freeze-proof body with a well-thought-out user interface do go a long way in justifying the cost...”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Olympus and the OM-D E-M1!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Compact Camera of the Year 2013

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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

The Compact Camera of the Year 2013 award goes to the Fujifilm X20.

“...the Fujifilm X20 delivers such a winning combination of old and new that offers so many important improvements over the original model that we can heartily recommend it for new and X10 users alike.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Fujifilm and the FinePix X20!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lens of the Year 2013

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, PhotographyBLOG
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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

The Lens of the Year 2013 award goes to the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM.

“...we can whole-heartedly recommend the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM as a fast, well-built prime lens that delivers superb results.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Sigma and the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Accessory of the Year 2013

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, PhotographyBLOG
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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

The Accessory of the Year 2013 award goes to the NEC MultiSync PA242W monitor.

“Sure, the NEC MultiSync PA242W costs a lot more than most 24-inch monitors, but if colour accuracy is paramount, you can't do much better than this...”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to NEC and the MultiSync PA242W!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Printer of the Year 2013

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Printers
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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

The Printer of the Year 2013 award goes to the Canon PIXMA PRO-100.

“If you do most of your printing on photo papers, particularly luster and gloss, and you shoot a lot of landscape/flower type photos, the Pro-100 is a clear winner.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Canon and the PIXMA PRO-100!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Software of the Year 2013

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 2013.

Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2013 award, which goes to Zoner Photo Studio 16.

“Zoner Photo Studio 16 is a large program that will cover most of the problems and overcome most objections that a photographer from new starter to keen enthusiast will be able to throw at it.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Zoner and Photo Studio 16!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Lomography to give away a fantastic Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit!

The lucky winner is Sumit Singh. Congratulations!

Fully compatible with all Micro 4/3 Digital cameras (the world’s most popular Mirrorless Camera System), the new Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit gives you full creative freedom, whether shooting photos or movies. Take amazing circular 160° shots with the Fisheye lens. Looking for some wild landscape shots? Go for the wide-angle 12mm lens. Or take photos with a natural field of view with the standard 24mm lens. With 3 lenses and infinite possibilities, the kit is available at a truly great price!

The Experimental Lens Kit is the first lens kit in the world which allows you to take optical multiple exposures using a digital camera. By using the built-in mechanic N/B shutter on each lens, you can take multiple exposures with ease (without having to merge photos together using post-production techniques). With the Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit, photos have remarkable color saturation. Shoot as close as 5cm with the Fisheye lens and as close as 20cm with the 12mm Wide-angle lens.

Nero 2014 Platinum Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Nero to give away a copy of Nero 2014 Platinum!

The lucky winner is Justin Douglas. Congratulations!

Nero 2014 Platinum enables users to connect, access and use all their media at home and on the go. It is ideal for people who want to centralise all their content in one place and make it accessible from any device, allowing users to manage, create, convert, play, and share movies, music and photos across all their devices.

Nero 2014 Platinum allows users to achieve professional results quickly and easily with fully integrated applications. Users will enjoy Nero 2014’s fast and easy ripping, conversion, and video editing with Ultra HD (4K) support. The new version also includes full media management functions, superior disc and file playback including Blu-ray 3D discs, Nero Play to TV streaming and the best burning tools in the industry.

To enter all you need to do is answer this simple question. Good luck!

Silver Groves Frame Voucher Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Silver Groves, a UK based silverware and gifts company, are giving away two gifted credit amounts of $80.00 for Photography Blog readers to spend on their frame section.

The lucky winners are Carrie Miller and Ronald Capek. Congratulations!

So far you have the best camera equipment, but do you have any frames to display the images you have taken? Perhaps you are looking for the perfect way to incorporate your own work into a Christmas gift for a loved one? Silver Groves have the perfect frames for any occasion with traditional frames as well as more modern and contemporary. You can even add a more personal touch by adding an engraving text of your choice.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad NAS Drive Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Buffalo Technology to give away a fantastic LinkStation Pro Quad NAS drive!

The lucky winner is Maxine Grant. Congratulations!

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad is an ideal Network Attached Storage solution to keep important files safe and also provides increased capacity as your data and media libraries grow. The Pro Quad enables users to stream music and videos directly from their LinkStation™ to a computer or a network attached DLNA or UPnP media player. On the road, NAS contents are also available to stream via an internet browser and Buffalo’s WebAccess feature or via a smart device and the free Buffalo WebAccess app. 

The LinkStation Pro Quad is a high performance drive that can be configured in RAID 0 for performance or RAID 5 for redundant storage as part of a back-up solution. In fact, with fully populated versions, users can choose which RAID suits their needs best: RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD.Store, share and save with the Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad: available as an enclosure or fully populated with 4, 8, 12, or 16TB capacities.

Adventure Travel Show Ticket Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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The Adventure Travel Show is a world of extraordinary discoveries, all under one roof. It is the UK’s foremost event for people who like to travel outside the mainstream – whether it be on small-group adventures, exclusive expeditions or epic journeys.

Bojan Arrigler has won a ticket to the Photography Seminar on Saturday and Sunday.

Alisha Green, Darel James and Joseph Hubbard have all won a pair of tickets to the show!

The Adventure Travel Show
Uncover Your Journey of a Lifetime
25-26 January 2014, Olympia, London

The Adventure Travel Show is packed with inspirational travel advice, travel photography and travel writing seminars, and over 100 FREE talks from world-renowned explorers, adventurers, guide book writers and expert expedition leaders who will help you uncover your perfect adventure. Plus, the best specialist travel operators will be on hand to offer guidance on everything from walking and trekking to exploratory journeys, safaris, overland trips, life-changing volunteering projects and much, much more.

The Adventure Travel Show – it’s where your adventure begins…

For more show details and to buy tickets please visit http://www.adventureshow.com.

Autosport International 2014 Ticket Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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For all the petrol heads out there, Photography Blog has teamed up with Europe’s biggest motorsport show - Autosport International - to give you the chance to be there!

The five lucky winners are Fayaz Musa, Michael Sowden, Tim Swaysland, Mark Guest and Karen Constable.

With five pairs of tickets available to the show on 11-12 January 2014, this will truly kick off the start of the new motorsport season.

Over 80,000 people attended in 2013 to see cars, stars and action! Race fans are in for a real treat, as John Surtees, the only world champion on two and four wheels, will appear at the show. He said: “Having raced for over 30 years in many different disciplines, it’ll be exciting to pass on my experiences to passionate fans”.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Fantastic New Manfrotto Professional Bag Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Manfrotto is giving away THREE fantastic new Pro Bags bags, each worth £150!

The 3 lucky winners are: Ian Clowes, A Rowlands and Natalie Merino.

MANFROTTO PROFESSIONAL BAGS COLLECTION

MANFROTTO LAUNCHES LATEST RANGE OF PROFESSIONAL CAMERA BAGS FOR TOP PHOTOGRAPHERS - The highest protection for professional camera equipment.

Manfrotto UK has launched its latest Professional bags collection aimed at top photographers. With this collection of 16 camera bags in five styles, Manfrotto provides professional camera equipment the best protection on the market.

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

Friday, November 29, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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With Black Friday upon us and Cyber Monday just around the corner, we've rounded-up all 7 Holiday Gift Guides that we've published in the last week. If you're looking to buy a camera, make sure to check out our expert guides first!

DSLR Cameras

Compact System Cameras

Premium Compact Cameras

Superzoom Compact Cameras

Compact Cameras

Smartphones

Accessories and Software

Monday, November 4, 2013

f-stop Kenti Camera Bag Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with camera bag specialists f-stop to give away a Kenti Mountain Series backpack worth $269!

The lucky winner is Jessica Lacourse. Congratulations!

Over the years, f-stop has built a reputation for making some of the most advanced camera bags designed for adventure seeking photographers. From the depths of Antarctica to the peaks of the Himalayas, our products have been battle tested in the most adverse conditions. We offer versatile carry systems for almost every type of user. The Kenti is f-stop’s most compact Mountain Series bag and our answer for shooters in need of a comfortable solution that provides instant camera access.

For run and gun access, dual suicide doors offer accessibility without having to set the bag down. When on the move, a full size hip belt and low profile design offers optimal weight distribution and mobility. The Kenti’s unique padded divider configuration allows users to decide how they organize their valuables. Whether using a pro-gripped body or micro 4/3rds, the Kenti accommodates countless configurations with additional space for miscellaneous items, and even a small laptop and/or tablet. Lastly, the weather resistant shell utilizes reverse YKK® zippers and DWR-treated, 330D Double Ripstop Nylon lined with polyurethane to shields inside contents from outside elements.

Website - fstopgear.com
Facebook - fstop.gear

Great Totally Rad! Software Package Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We're giving away free downloads of Totally Rad! Inc.’s most wanted professional photo editing programs, plus more. The following prize package is valued at $250:

- One free download of Replichrome

- One free download of RadLab: Totally Rad! Inc.’s most well-known digital photo editing program, which includes 80 styles you can layer and combine to create the perfect combination for your images.

- One free download of PicTapGo: An iOS7 compatible version of our photo editing app PicTapGo was just released, offering iPhone users unlimited amounts of filters to edit their photos.

- A spot on our beta list, giving them the opportunity to try out Totally Rad’s next product before it’s even out to the public.

The lucky winner is Andrew Hollywood. Congratulations!

This contest has now ended.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hama Defender 220 Camera Bag Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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If you are looking for a camera bag then look no further. The Hama Defender 220 is the ultimate protection for your gear. Photography Blog and LoveCases are giving you the opportunity to win this great bag worth £114.95.

The lucky winner is Lynda Mansell. Congratulations!

The Defender 220 is the ultimate in protection when it comes to keeping your SLR or DSLR camera safe from scratches and damage. The bag is thick and gives solid resistance to all bumps and knocks, the lid of the bag is kept securely with two interlocking clasps and each part of your camera and camera accessories are kept separate internally - preventing them from rubbing and scratching.

The bag has further storage for your everyday accessories such as keys, identification, phones and more. This bag has the capacity to store the vast majority of additional camera lenses meaning that you can be sure that all of your camera carrying needs are met.

Monday, September 9, 2013

New Camera Reviews Index

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG
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We've been hard at work behind-the scenes making our Camera Reviews index easier to use. You can now search for a camera by date, the manufacturer and the camera's final rating, or a combination of all three. So if you want to see the 5-star cameras from Canon, all the Sony cameras, or the 4-star lenses from Nikon, simply use the various "filter by" buttons.

And don't forget that we also have our Best Digital Cameras guide which makes a great starting point to choosing the best camera for you.

Let us know what you think of the new look in the Comments section...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Samsung 64GB micro SDXC UHS-I card PRO Card Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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The three lucky winners of a Samsung 64GB micro SDXC UHS-I card PRO memory cards are Paul Smith, Jon Pertwee and Alan Penman. Congratulations!

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced memory technology is offering Photography Blog readers the chance to win one of three professional, class 10 micro SD cards.

Samsung’s memory cards are built to maximize the users’ mobile experience with faster speeds, more reliability and higher capacity, making it the essential complementary item for smart phones, tablets and digital cameras. Samsung's 64GB micro SD Pro card offers read speeds up to 70 Megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds up to 20 Megabytes per second (MB/s).

The 64GB micro SD Pro card has been designed with Samsung’s proof technologies to provide users with ultimate levels of durability: Water- proof, Magnetic-proof, X-ray-proof and Temperature-proof. All Samsung memory cards come with a 10 year warranty.

For more information about Samsung memory, please visit http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/memory-cards-hdd-odd/memory-cards-accessories/

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

PNY SSD, SDHC Card and HDMI Cable Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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PNY Technologies is offering one lucky person the chance to win a number of prizes to inject some speed into your workflow: a XLR8 Pro 120Go SSD, Pro Elite Plus 16GB SDHC and a 3in1 HDMI Cable.

The lucky winner is Justin Roush. Congratulations!

PNY manufactures imaging solutions, and its XLR8 Pro SSD range is built especially for multimedia enthusiasts and semi-pro photographers. SSDs allow seriously quick data transfers and therefore an optimised workflow. The XLR8 Pro SSD series boasts a 2.5” SATA III, 6Gbps interface, supports 128-bit AES encryption and is powered by the SandForce 2281 controller, offering up to 550MB/s sequential read speeds, 520MB/s sequential write speeds and 85,000 random read/write IOPS.

The PNY Pro Elite Plus offers read speeds of 95 MB/s and write speeds of 90 MB/s - perfect for photographers who take full advantage of their camera’s burst mode. Certified Class 10 and UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed), the cards are also ideal for full-HD video; even in the most extreme conditions.