Monday, September 22, 2014

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a bridge super-zoom camera with a 42x zoom lens. The Canon SX520 also offers 16 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, full manual controls and 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX520 HS review now...

Win the Latest SanDisk Products for your Camera and Mobile Device!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions
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We’ve teamed up with SanDisk for a product bundle giveaway featuring the Ultra Dual USB Drive and newly upgraded Ultra microSDXC UHS-I and Extreme SDXC UHS-I memory cards - a total value of $490 for one lucky winner!

Today, users are capturing photos and videos on more devices than ever, ranging from digital cameras and smartphones to tablets and action cams. So now is your chance to grab some news products that will help you save and transfer content for a number of host devices. The SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Extreme SDXC UHS-I card and Ultra Dual USB Drive make the perfect bundle to tackle storage restrictions and safely store and transfer photos, videos, music and more!

SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 64GB

The Ultra Dual USB Drive allows you to easily transfer files between Android™ smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac computers, freeing up space for photos, videos and more! You can listen to more music, share more videos and photos, and watch HD movies—without worrying about filling up your phone’s internal memory!

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I 128GB

The Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is perfect for today’s Android™ smartphone and tablet users who want the highest storage capacity available. With 128GB capacity, the SanDisk Ultra microSD™ UHS-I card allows you to capture, carry and keep it all with you without having to figure out what to delete. With an improved write speed of up to 48MB/s, you save even more time transferring photos and videos from the card to your computer.

SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I 128GB

The Extreme SDXC UHS-I card offers enough speed, capacity, and durability to meet the demands of advanced photographers and passionate shutterbugs alike. The Extreme line now features 60 MB/s write and 40 MB/s read speeds in addition to 30 MB/s sustained write speed (U3) that gives users the speed and capacity to capture video that looks great on Full HD or 4K Ultra HD video screens.

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Win a Vanguard Alta Pro AB100!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with Vanguard to give away an Alta Pro AB100 tripod, worth $250!

The Alta Pro 263AT tripod and SBH 100 ball head are an impressive pair. Alta Pro tripods have unmatched stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod’s stability. Additional tripod features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, aluminum alloy legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, quick-flip leg locks, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains. Its SBH-100 fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and has smooth locking knobs,and an outstanding loading capacity.

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Mecalight LED 72smart

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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Metz has announced a compact LED panel for smartphone and tablet photographers. Fitting into the headphone jack of your smart device, the new mecalight LED 72smart lighting panel features a swivelling base and provides up to 72 Lux of illuminance for mobile photographers. The tiny video light has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which means it can also be used off-camera for more creative lighting angles. Using a button on the back, the light function can be set to 3 levels: full output, reduced output, and flashing. The Metz mecalight LED 72smart will be available in five colours: black, white, pink, green and blue. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Leica and Panasonic Expand Partnership Agreement

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Panasonic and Leica Camera have extended their partnership agreement and agreed to expand and strengthen their technological cooperation in the digital camera field. "Based on this agreement, Panasonic will be able to commercialise digital camera products with Leica lenses over the next five years, from October 2014 to September 2019 while Leica will be able through the expansion and strengthening of technological cooperation to utilise Panasonic's digital technology in its own product development," the companies said in a joint statement. "The agreement will allow both companies to boost product competitiveness by combining Leica's optical technology and Panasonic's digital technology."

Canon Issues Service Advisory for 4 Super Telephoto Primes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon has issued a firmware update for its EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. Version 1.1.1 changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses to track erratically moving subjects such as players at a sports event. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. This update is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0 - click through / scroll down to learn how to find out if your copy is affected.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blackmagic URSA Hands-On Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new, high-end Blackmagic URSA digital motion picture camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the recently launched Blackmagic URSA camera.

Heavily advertised throughout the show, the Blackmagic URSA is a new high-end digital motion picture camera featuring a user upgradable sensor and lens mount. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single-person use, the Blackmagic URSA has multiple accessories built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on-set monitor, Super35 size 4K image sensor and internal dual raw and Apple ProRes recorders.

Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 30mm f/2.4 Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see what the new Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 30mm f/2.4 Micro Four Thirds lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 30mm f/2.4 AF lens for Micro Four Thirds.

This lens was announced back at Photokina 2012 but its development was delayed for unspecified reasons. However, the company was now able to show us a working sample, noting that availability and pricing were still to be determined.

Schneider Kreuznach Super-Angulon 14mm f/2 Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Schneider Kreuznach Super Angulon 14mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Schneider Kreuznach Super-Angulon 14mm f/2.0 auto focus lens for Micro Four Thirds.

This lens was announced back at Photokina 2012 but development was delayed for unspecified reasons. However, the company was now able to show us a working sample. Availability and pricing are still to be determined.

Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi medium-format camera / digital back looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the  Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi prototype showcased at Photokina 2014. The H5D-50c with Wi-Fi makes it possible for users to fully control the camera and browse/view images on iPhone/iPad on location via Phocus Mobile software, without the need for a computer. It also features a 'Live View' function, allowing photographers to see and zoom in on a live image on the rear LCD even when the camera is untethered.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Photography Blog @ Photokina 2014

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014
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Photokina is nearly over, and all the new photography products have now been unveiled.

We've been busy attending exclusive briefings, press events and hitting the show floor to bring you hands-on looks of as many cameras, lenses and accessories as possible.

To see them all in one place, just visit this URL http://www.photographyblog.com/category/photokina_2014

Relonch Camera Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Relonch camera look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Relonch camera.

The Relonch camera adds an APS-C sensor and an f/2 lens to your smartphone. Importantly, this is not a working prototype but a mockup. The working one is just a hodgepodge of existing parts, with a much bigger lens taped to a rather different-looking camera body. The app, shown in the photos, seemed to be final though. The Relonch Camera is available now for pre-Order for $499.

Phottix Indra500 TTL Studiolight Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Phottix Indra500 TTL studiolight look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Phottix Indra500 TTL studiolight.

Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash.

Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 and Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lenses.

Samyang Cine 50mm T1.5 Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Samyang Cine 50mm T1.5 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samyang Cine 50mm T1.5 lens.

Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens.

Tokina SD 11-20mm f/2.8 (IF) DX and SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Tokina SD 11-20mm f/2.8 (IF) DX and SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX lenses looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Tokina SD 11-20mm f/2.8 (IF) DX and SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX lenses.

SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 and APO-HyperPrime Cine 50mm T2.1

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Want to see exactly what the new SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 and SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime Cine 50mm T2.1 lenses looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 and SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime Cine 50mm T2.1 lenses.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pentax Full-Frame DSLR Lenses Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax full-frame lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax full-frame lenses.

Simply referred to as "High magnification super-telephoto zoom lens" and the "Large diameter telephoto zoom lens", we'd assumed that these prototypes were for Pentax's well-established range of APS-C sensor digital SLR cameras. But they're actually for a future full-frame 35mm system instead, which Pentax have confirmed they're currently working on. We're not quite sure why Pentax would choose to display mockups of two telephoto lenses, rather than a camera body, but they do provide further evidence that Pentax are set to join Canon and Nikon in the full-frame DSLR market.