Friday, April 18, 2014

Fujifilm FinePix S9200 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm FinePix S9200 is a new bridge camera with a massive 50x, 24-1200mm zoom lens. The Fujifilm S9200 also offers full 1080p movies at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, 10ps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated EXR sensor. Read our Fujifilm FinePix S9200 review now...

Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH is a 10x zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds system of interchangeable lens cameras. Offering an effective focal range of 28-280mm in 35mm terms, the Panasonic 14-140mm lens is ideally suited for life as an all-in-one walk-around lens. Read our Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH review now...

Samyang Launches New Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang Europe has posted a new teaser ad on its Facebook fan page. Hinting at an April 28 product announcement, the company accompanied the advert with the following words: "The journey to the next level of creativity starts now. Stay tuned for more."

Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 for Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 is a new ultra-fast full-frame lens for Sony's E-mount compact system cameras. Manufactured by the Chinese company Zhongyi Optics, the manual-focus Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 features 10 elements in 7 groups, weighs in at 720g, and has a distance scale with depth-of-field marks and a 58mm filter thread. According to MXCamera, Zhongyi's Hong Kong based distributor, the lens will retail for approximately US$800.

Via PR

Cloud Sudio for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Cypress Innovations have released Cloud Studio, an iOS app developed for photographers looking to edit and share images stored on Dropbox. The program offers users the ability to alter saturation, gamma, brightness, contrast, hue, and vibrance. With Cloud Studio, you can view and edit curves and levels, and can crop, rotate, and sharpen images. The app gives users the option to re‐upload the altered image to Dropbox, save it in the camera roll, or share the photo via Facebook, Available in two versions, Cloud Studio and Cloud Studio HD, the software can be downloaded for $0.99.

Akvis ArtSuite 10.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis have updated their ArtSuite application to version 10.5. This release adds a Share option that allows users to post pictures from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+; improves the Halftone effect; enables the saving of last used settings; and adds support for additional raw image file formats generated by various digital cameras. Registered users of ArtSuite can upgrade to the new version for free.

Google Adds Lens Blur to Android Camera App

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Google has added new features to the standard Android camera app. Currently available for devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat, Lens blur allows users to mimic shallow DOF and even to virtually "refocus" the photo after it's taken, quasi-Lytro style. "You can choose to make any object come into focus simply by tapping on it in the image," Google's Carlos Hernández writes in a blog post. "By changing the depth-of-field slider, you can simulate different aperture sizes, to achieve bokeh effects ranging from subtle to surreal... Instead of capturing a single photo, you move the camera in an upward sweep to capture a whole series of frames. From these photos, Lens Blur uses computer vision algorithms to create a 3D model of the world, estimating the depth (distance) to every point in the scene." The Google Camera app is available as a free download from the Google Play store.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sony A6000 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 90 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Sony A6000 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

UPDATE 17th April 2014: Ahead of our full review, we've now added 57 more sample images that were taken using a full production version of the Sony A6000 camera.

Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH is a tiny standard zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds system of interchangeable lens cameras. Offering an effective focal range of 24-64mm in 35mm terms, the collapsible Panasonic 12-32mm lens weighs just 70g and measures less than 2.5cms in length. Read our in-depth Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH review to find out if it's too small for its own good...

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk II Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are full-size sample images taken with the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk II compact camera at an event held by Canon UK to showcase the G1 X Mk II's low-light capabilities.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a premium compact camera with a large sensor and fast f/2 zoom lens.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are full-size sample images taken with the new Canon PowerShot SX700 HS compact camera at an event held by Canon UK to showcase the SX700 HS's low-light capabilities.

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS features a 30x zoom lens, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD 60p movies with stereo sound, and integrated Wi-Fi with NFC.

Canon PowerShot D30 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are full-size sample images taken with the new Canon PowerShot D30 compact camera at an event held by Canon UK to showcase the D30's low-light capabilities.

The CanonPowerShot D30 is a new rugged camera with a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 28-140mm equivalent lens.

Official Fujinon TCL-X100 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Fujifilm has posted 7 high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Fujinon TCL-X100 teleconverter mounted on a Fuji X100 camera. Depicting a variety of subjects ranging from flowers to landscapes to people, these TCL-X100 samples were captured at sensitivity settings extending from ISO 200 to ISO 1000.

Website: TCL-X100 Sample Images

Canon EOS 100D White Edition Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 100D White Edition DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the new entry-level Canon EOS 100D White Edition DSLR camera.

Toshiba to Launch World’s Fastest microSD Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba is set to launch what it calls the world's fastest microSD cards. Compliant with UHS-II, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20, the new memory cards deliver a maximum read speed of 260 MB per second and a maximum write speed of 240MB/sec. Compared to Toshiba’s current microSDHC EXCERIA MUH-A032G card, the write speed is improved approximately 8 times, while the read speed is improved approximately 2.7 times. The new memory cards will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities.

EyeFi Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Eyefi today unveiled Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, personal computer or smart TV. “Photo lovers know that life’s most important moments should be captured using a digital camera but it’s difficult to access those shots until long after the images are taken,” said Matt DiMaria, chief executive officer of Eyefi. “Eyefi Cloud makes those highest-quality shots available within seconds of them being captured." The Eyefi Mobi SD memory card (pictured) begins the image transfer process within milliseconds of a photo being captured on a digital camera.  Images are automatically and securely transferred to Eyefi’s new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.  Eyefi apps intelligently organise and transfer the images, in full-resolution, to Eyefi Cloud.  Now, any device with the Eyefi apps or with a browser-enabled device can be used to view, share and manage the entire photo collection.Eyefi Mobi wireless SD memory card pricing begins at $49 for the 8GB edition.  Customers will find the new Eyefi Mobi apps in the Apple app store, Google Play app store and Amazon Kindle app store.  Included with the new apps, is a three-month membership to the Eyefi Cloud once they activate a new account.  Existing Eyefi Mobi card customers can simply download the new apps and will also receive a three-month membership.

Clarity Magazine Issue 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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PhotographyBB has released issue 3 of Clarity magazine. Covering a wide range of topics; Clarity Volume Three dives deep into natural lighting and how to work with available light on-location, how to translate compositional elements into more evocative photographs, the 14 secrets of great photography, what to do when your vision and results just don’t line up, the 3 important factors for photo/file backup longevity and a compelling interview with Cate Cameron – founder. Priced at $6.99, Clarity Volume 3 is available to download in PDF format from the website below.

The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Wapping Project Bankside has announced the international premiere of The Rehearsal of Space & the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, Edgar Martins’ most anticipated series to date. In 2012, Edgar Martins was granted unparalleled access to ESA and its partners’ programs, including the microgravity, telecommunication, human spaceflight, lunar and Mars exploration programmes. Over the past two years, he has travelled to 20 locations across the UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan and French Guyana to shoot in classified facilities such as test centres, robotics departments, space simulators, laboratories, launch sites and platforms, astronaut training centres and satellite assembly rooms. The Rehearsal of Space and The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite (24x32cm, hardback, clothbound, 184 pp., 86 colour plates, essays by John Gribbin, João Seixas & Sérgio Mah) will be published by La Fabrica/The Moth House in May 2014.

Canon EOS 100D White Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon UK has announced a new white edition of its EOS 100D digital SLR camera and 18-55mm standard zoom. Like the existing black variant, the white Canon EOS 100D features an 18 MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor and a range of simple controls and automatic shooting modes, as well as Full HD video capture. The camera is complemented by a white version of its EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens, which covers a focal range of 29-88mm in 35mm terms. The kit will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of £499/€599.

The Wapping Project Announces New Acquisitions

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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The Wapping Project \ Bankside has announced the acquisition of two works by British-Iranian photographer Mitra Tabrizian. These include The Long Wait and Deadly Affair, both from the Border series. Both of these pictures have been acquired by the Freer and Sackler galleries at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. A third Tabrizian image, Tehran 2006, has been acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA).