Thursday, October 30, 2014

Win a TemplateMonster WordPress Theme!

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Now you have a chance to start your own photo portfolio or personal blog: TemplateMonster is giving out 3 premium WordPress themes for free!

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System for blogs, portfolios and business websites – stable, modern, extendable. TemplateMonster is one of the oldest providers of professional WordPress themes. Today we are starting the giveaway, after which 3 winners will get their premium themes with all their benefits – professional design, fully responsive layout and free 24/7 support.

Cities at Dawn Team up with Guardian Masterclasses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Cities at Dawn have teamed up with Guardian Masterclasses to expand their programme into cities such as Rome and Istanbul. Offered as part of the unique learning programme run by The Guardian, these master classes give photographers of any level an opportunity to discover how dawn can transform their images – and their style. Through a series of dawn workshops with photographer Anthony Epes, participants will learn new skills whilst creating a personal portfolio. “Photography is an extraordinarily creative outlet – it has taught me how to truly see and experience the world; to not just pass through, busy and distracted, on my way to somewhere else," Anthony says. “That is why I love to teach photography, to support others in their creative journey.” Click through / scroll down for more information.

Nikon UK Launches New Battery Grip Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon UK today launched a new promotion offering customers a free battery grip with purchases of selected Nikon dSLR cameras. From 30th October to 4th February 2015 customers looking to purchase a Nikon D7100 are able to claim a free MB-D15 portrait grip, whilst customers considering the Nikon D610 are entitled to a free MB-D14 battery grip. A maximum of one claim can be made per person on each model included in the promotion, and all claims must be received by the 28th February 2015 (inclusive) in order to qualify.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Launches in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canin UK has announced the imminent availability of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II dSLR camera. Announced at this year’s Photokina, the EOS 7D Mark II features a 20-megapixel imager with on-sensor PDAF, a 10fps continuous shooting mode, an all-new autofocus, expanded movie options and geotagging via an integrated GPS module. The camera, which has received the highest number of pre-orders for a DSLR in Canon UK’s history, will be available in the United Kingdom from Monday 3rd November 2014.

Fujifilm X100T Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Fujifilm X100T is the third generation of Fujfilm's wildly popular 35mm f/2 fixed lens compact camera. Building on the success of last year's X100S, the new X100T focuses on making the handling and operation even better than before. Have Fujifilm succeeded in the tricky task of making an already brilliant camera even better? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X100T review to find out...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Ricoh has announced the launch of the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens for Pentax K-mount digital SLR cameras. With a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24.5-130mm, the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/F3.5-5.6ED DC WR features the PENTAX-exclusive HD coating to deliver sharp, clear images even in difficult  lighting conditions, an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) optical element to effectively compensate for chromatic aberrations; and aspherical optical elements to minimise colour bleeding. The lens is equipped with the Pentax-developed Quick-Shift Focus system, which allows the user to instantly switch to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system. The optical construction comprises 16 elements in 12 groups and a rounded diaphragm to produce a smooth bokeh. The lens features a weather-resistant construction with eight special seals to effectively prevent the intrusion of water into the lens interior. Available from the end of next month, the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR will sell for RRP of £599.99.

DxO OpticsPro 10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO OpticsPro 10, the new version of its flagship software. DxO OpticsPro 10 adds DxO ClearView, a new feature that eliminates atmospheric haze in a spectacular fashion. This new version also enhances the PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) denoising technology that can improve image quality of up to one full stop over the best noise reduction algorithms currently on the market. In addition, DxO OpticsPro 10 can now integrate DxO ViewPoint’s geometrical corrections. After the DxO ViewPoint plugin is activated, a dedicated palette lets photographers directly correct perspective problems and volume deformation in raw and JPEG images. Finally, DxO OpticsPro 10 now supports DNG files converted using Lightroom or Adobe DNG Converter (so long as the original raw file is also supported), for an easier workflow with Adobe products). DxO OpticsPro 10 is now accessible via two new editions, ESSENTIAL ($129/£99/€129) and ELITE ($199/£159/$199), both of which support all of the equipment calibrated by DxO. The two editions differ in terms of the number of features available.

DxO FilmPack 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO FilmPack 5, a major new version of its photographic film rendering application. This update adds 16 new high-fidelity film renderings including Adox CHS 100 II, Bergger BRF 400 PLUS, Foma Fomapan 100 Classic, Fujifilm Neopan 400, Ilford Pan 100, Fuji Superia X-Tra 400 (pictured), Kodak Portra 400, and Adox Color Implosion. Other novelties include a fully-redesigned user interface and added support for raw format in order to even more faithfully restore colours. Additionally DxO FilmPack 5 offers a new Micro-contrast tool that brings out relief as well as details in images. Using a multi-scale filter that blurs the details while preserving the marked contours in an image, contrast is visibly reinforced — ideal for increasing the intensity of a landscape photo or giving portraits a strong look, particularly in black & white. The Blur tool has also been simplified and now offers two new modes: Vignetting, for applying an effect along the perimeter of the image and thus directing attention to a subject; and Soft Focus, for reproducing an artistically blurry effect that is ideal for portraits. DxO FilmPack 5 is immediately available as a plugin for DxO OpticsPro in the DxO online store.

DxO ViewPoint v2.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO ViewPoint v2.5 for Mac and Windows. The software fixes even the most complex perspective problems, and easily restores the natural shape to subjects situated on the edges of images. As a plugin, DxO ViewPoint now integrates perfectly with DxO OpticsPro: its features are readily accessible in a new dedicated palette that brings together all of the tools for correcting perspective problems and volume deformation. Its interface has also been redesigned for the most comfortable possible user experience while still keeping the same visual tools as in the standalone application version (which allows for ultra-precise placement of anchor points). Photographers can then apply their corrections to any raw or JPEG image being processed. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO ViewPoint who acquired a license on or after 1 August 2013.

Mylio Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Mylio is an integrated system for organising, editing, and protecting all of your photos and videos stored on your various devices. The subscription-based service brings your pictures together from Facebook, Flickr, SD cards, your camera roll, computers and hard drives into a common place where you can work with them. It automatically replicates your pictures to your phone, notebook and tablet, so you can work on your pictures wherever you are, even when there is no Internet access. Additionally, Mylio automatically protects your pictures so that they are safe even if your computer is stolen, your phone is lost, or your house burns down. The basic plan (JPEG only, simple editing, three devices, up to 50,000 images) is $50 per year. The standard plan (JPEG and raw, full editing, five devices, up to 100,000 images) costs $100. The advanced plan (multi location, workflow, 10 Devices, up to 500,000 images) incurs an annual fee of $250.

Perfect Photo Suite 9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Today, onOne Software released Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects software for Windows and Mac OS X. Among the key enhancements in Perfect Photo Suite 9 are a new Smart Photo feature that lets you re-edit your photos — with previous settings intact — after saving and closing them, an overhauled Browse module, improved masking and selection tools, integrated noise reduction, a new Quick Mask brush, up to 2x faster processing and a new Lens Flare filter. Perfect Photo Suite 9 is available in two versions: Premium and Basic. The Premium edition has an introductory price of $139.95. The Basic edition is $79.95. Owners of earlier versions of the Perfect Photo Suite can upgrade to Premium for $99.95.

Vanguard Alta CA AGH

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The Vanguard Alta CA 234AGH is an aluminum tripod that combines 4-section aluminum legs with the GH-30 pistol grip head.

Win a Vanguard Alta CA AGH Tripod!

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We’ve teamed up with Vanguard to give away an Alta CA AGH tripod, worth $180!

The Vanguard Alta CA 234AGH tripod kit is designed to meet the requirements of any enthusiast photographer, especially those wanting a great combination of portability and stability with a pistol grip head.

This aluminium tripod kit is extremely lightweight at under 1.7kg and the legs have four sections that enable it to fold down to just over 57cm, making it extremely portable. Despite this it still features an unrivalled loading capacity of 5kg and extends to just below 1.6m making it extremely versatile.

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OmegaBrandess Acquires GigaaPan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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OmegaBrandess has announced the acquisition of the assets of the Gigapan hardware division of Gigapan Systems. Gigapan, which was formed in 2008 as a commercial spin-off of successful research collaboration between a team of researchers at NASA and Carnegie Mellon University, manufactures Gigapan EPIC Robotic Mounts. Part of a fully integrated solution, the Gigapan EPIC and EPIC 100 are compatible with a broad range of point-and-shoot cameras and small DSLRs to capture Gigapans, quickly and accurately. The EPIC Pro is designed to work with DSLR cameras and larger lenses, features advanced technology to deliver stunning performance and precision. OmegaBrandess is now in the process of transitioning the operation to their facility in Hampstead, MD where they plan to be in full production as soon as possible.

Bowens to Launch LED Light Cube in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Bowens has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for the LED Light Cube, billed as the world’s first high-end, portable and interlocking LED flash and constant light source. Australian developers and manufacturers IC12 say the unit’s zero recycling time outperforms any camera or radio trigger in the market today. “The key Light Cube features are unique in the marketplace right now,” said Nathan Oxley, Managing Director at IC12. “We developed this product after documenting photographers’ ongoing and very real frustrations with their hardware limitations. Our engineers worked for fifteen months to deliver this hybrid light, which now enables both photographers and videographers to capture their moments without concerns about flash recycling times.” The new LED Light Cube will be available for £430 excl. tax.

Canon Winter Cashback

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Canon UK has just launched its winter cashback offer, which enables you to receive up to £80 cashback on a selected range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses, compact cameras, camcorders and printers. The offer runs from 29st October 2014 to 21st January 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Click through / scroll down for a list of all eligible cameras, lenses, printers and accessories.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Epson SureColor P600

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Epson today announced the Epson SureColor P600 13-inch photo printer. Designed for creative professionals, fine artists and advanced amateur and pro photographers, the SureColor P600 combines an advanced MicroPiezo AMC printhead with next-generation Epson UltraChrome HD pigment inks driven by enhanced AccuPhoto HD imaging technology to produce exhibition-quality black-and-white prints with "never before seen" pigment black density and "stunningly vivid" colour prints. The Epson SureColor P600 also offers new ease-of use features and capabilities, such as a 3.5-inch tilting colour LCD and a variety of connectivity options including USB, Wireless n, Wi-Fi Direct and Ethernet. Currently on display at PhotoPlus Expo, the new printer will be available for purchase in Q1 2015 through authorised resellers for $799.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 Small Business Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today released CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 – Small Business Edition. “Marketing is key to the success of any small business, but it doesn’t have to break the bank,” said Gérard Métrailler, Vice President, Product Management, CorelDRAW. “CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 – Small Business Edition gives business owners an easy and affordable way to create their own professional marketing collateral and grow their business while minimising costs.” The suite provides access to three full licences of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 with a single purchase. It is priced at £699 (excl. VAT) and is available in both a box and download version at the website below.

Samsung EVO 16GB and 32GB Memory Card Twin Packs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Samsung announced today that it is now shipping its EVO 16GB and 32GB memory cards in twin packs. There are four new twin packs available in time for Christmas, including the EVO Micro SD Twin Pack 32GB (£44.95), the EVO Micro SD Twin Pack 16GB (£28.95), the EVO SD Twin Pack 32 GB  (£47.95) and the EVO SD Twin Pack 16GB (£28.95). Both EVO cards boast Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) Grade 1 level performance and offer read speeds of up to 48MB/s.

Vanguard Reveals New Products at PhotoPlus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Vanguard are showcasing their latest award-winning products at the annual PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo. Their latest tripods, heads and bags are currently on display at the Javits Convention Center (booth #1045) in New York City. The newest additions include the Havana, Oslo, Sedona and Reno bags, and the Alta CA and Espod CX series tripods. Click through / scroll down for more information.