Thursday, April 17, 2014

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).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Leica X Vario Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Leica X Vario is a compact camera for professionals, featuring a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, 28-70mm zoom lens, 1080p movie recording and the usual superlative Leica handling and build quality. Read our in-depth Leica X Vario review to find out if it's really worth the £2150 / $2850 asking price...

OnaBags Launch New Camera Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Onabags today launched three new camera bags and a leather camera strap. The Astoria camera and laptop messenger bag ($359) is designed to accommodate a 13" laptop, 1-2 full-frame DSLR cameras, 3-5 lenses and small personal items. The Capri ($269) is a tote bag designed to protect a camera, up to three lenses and small personal items. The Leather Capri ($349) is a chic, understated camera tote designed to protect your camera, up to three lenses and small personal items. Finally, the Presidio camera strap ($99) is handcrafted with an Italian-tanned leather neckline that is padded with soft neoprene. The Presidio camera strap is most comfortably worn crossbody and is designed for use with camera kits weighing up to 6 pounds.

EYE International Photography Festival

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Details have been announced for the second EYE International Photography Festival, which will run from 27 – 29 June 2014. The 2014 festival sees an impressive line-up of guest artists, including one of the world’s leading documentary photographers, Ian Berry, who was invited to join Magnum by Henri Cartier Bresson. He is joined by landscape photographer Charlie Waite, Royal photographer Arthur Edwards MBE, award winning Justin Mazon (USA), Angele Etoundi Essamba (Cameroon/France), award winning Timothy Allen,  Sophie Batterbury (picture editor of The Independent),  Eamonn McCabe (former Picture Editor for The Guardian),  Colin Jacobson (photojournalism lecturer), documentary photographers Kajal Nisha Patel and World Press Award winner Laura Pannack, whilst the event will be opened by Magnum member and one of the UK’s leading reportage photographers, David Hurn. Festival passes are available now at £60 for the weekend, and can be booked online at the website below.

Pixels.com Launches Image Licensing Marketplace

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Pixels.com has launched a new image licensing marketplace. Allowing photographers to set their own rates, control which licenses they want to sell (royalty-free or rights-managed), and even create their own custom licenses with their own terms and conditions; Pixels.com was inspired by the success of the print-on-demand business of its founder Sean Broihier. "The Pixels.com value proposition is clear -- photographers chose which licenses they want to sell, set their own prices for those licenses, and then we showcase their images on an established marketplace that already receives 10+ million visitors per month," said Broihier. "To cover our costs, we simply mark up the prices that are set by the photographers. We did it for prints -- now we're doing it for image licensing." The mark up is 30%.

Fujifilm Launches New X-T1 Accessories

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fuji has launched five new accessories for the Fujifilm X-T1 comapct system camera. The new range includes two handgrips, the MHG-XT Large (pictured) and MHG-XT Small; the GB-001 camera grip strap (which is compatible with a number of other X series Fujifilm cameras in addtition to the X-T1); the EC-XT extended eyecup; and the CVR-XT cover kit, which contains three covers – one for the sync terminal, another for the hot shoe and another for the vertical battery grip terminal ensuring users can easily replace any of these covers if lost. Availability is slated for late May. Pricing to be confirmed.

Fujifilm TCL-X100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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The Fujifilm TCL-X100 is a new 1.4x tele-conversion lens designed specifically for the Fujifilm X100 and X100S cameras. Converting the focal length of the lens from 23mm to 32mm (approximately 50mm in 35mm terms), the Fujifilm TCL-X100 employs a 4-element construction featuring Fujinon’s unique Super EBC coating for superior contrast. Once mounted to the camera; just select the ‘Tele- Conversion Lens’ option in the Fujifilm X100/X100S’s shooting menu. To enable this extra functionality, the camera must be updated with the latest firmware (X100 : ver2.10 or later / X100S : ver1.20 or later), which also allows the option to be selected via the function (Fn) button. The Fujifilm TCL-X100 retains the lens's maximum aperture of f/2. Availability is slated for May 2014. The UK SRP will be issued closer to the availability date.

Sony QX10 and QX100 Firmware Update 3.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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Sony has issued a firmware update for its DSC-QX10 and QX100 camera-lens modules. Version 3.00 enables users to focus with a half-press (and take a photo with a full-press) of the shutter release, and improves upon the "NFC One-touch connection." Note that this requires PlayMemories Mobile app version 4.2 or later.

Website: Sony UK

Hasselblad Flextight X1/X5 Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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Haselblad has announced a trade-in promotion on its Flextight X1 and X5 scanners. Between now and 30 June 2014 you can get €3,600 off the price of an X5 and €2.300 off an X1 when you trade in your old scanner, regardless of make or model. For details, contact your local Hasselblad stockist.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fujifilm FinePix S9400W Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm FinePix S9400W is a new bridge camera with a massive 50x, 24-1200mm zoom lens. The Fujifilm S9400W also offers built-in wi-fi, 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 S9400W review now...

Digital CameraMart

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Digital CameraMart is a new free website which allows allows photographers and photography retailers in the UK and USA to advertise their new or used photo gear. Sellers can add up to eight images and a YouTube video to their ads, while prospective buyers can contact themthrough the website's email system  or via their telephone number. All adverts can be shared on all the most popular social networking site to help exposure and can be done by both sellers and buyers.

Mishka Henner: Black Diamond

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Black Diamond is the first solo show at the gallery by Mishka Henner one of the UK's most significant artists working with the photographic medium. Hosted by Carroll7Fletcher (56 - 57 Eastcastle St. London, W1W 8EQ), the exhibition brings together four distinct but interrelated series of work, based on the collection and mediation of publicly available information sourced through social media, the Internet and drones, and considers the way in which these technologies are used by the government, intelligence agencies and corporations. In the artist's recent Oil Fields and Feedlots series (2013-14), large-scale photographic prints reminiscent of vast Abstract Expressionist canvases represent landscapes carved by industries meeting extraordinary levels of consumer demand for two of North America's most prized commodities: oil and beef. Displayed on plinths filling the rear gallery space, Fifty-One US Military Outposts (2010) is a series of photographs of overt and covert military outposts used by the United States in 51 countries worldwide. Finally, the exhibition also includes new multimedia works from Henner's Scam Baiters series.

BallPod

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The award-winning BallPod is a colourful, tactile alternative to a traditional tripod. BallPod is the size of an orange and weighs just 298g, making it ideal to take on every adventure no matter how challenging the terrain is. The smooth silicone shell can quickly be moulded into any shape by hand, much like a stressball, and BallPod fits to all standard cameras, smartphone adapters and small video cameras. Priced at £20, BallPod is available to purchase from selected photography outlets throughout the UK.

ReaConverter 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ReaSoft has launched a new version of ReaConverter, its batch image conversion and editing program for Windows. New and improved features include 2x faster image processing, support for multi-threading, an entirely reworked user interface, built-in support for cloud storage, new editing options and graphic filters and advanced command-line processing. ReaConverter 7 is available in three edititons; Lite ($24.95), Standard ($49.95) and Pro ($99.95).

Fujifilm X-A1 Camera Winner!

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We've teamed up with CameraWorld to give away a fantastic Fujifilm X-A1 camera!

The lucky winner is Angela Smith. Congratulations!

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Pentax 645Z

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Pentax 645Z is a new medium-format dSLR camera with a 51.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, live view, dual SD card slots, 3fps continuous shooting and Full HD movie recording capabilities. The sensor has an imaging area of 43.8mm x 32.8mm, which is approximately 1.7 times larger than that of a 35mm full-frame imager.The Pentax 645Z boasts a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 204,800; a 10-frame raw buffer, a newly designed SAFOX 11 phase-matching AF module with 27 sensor points (including 25 cross-type sensors), a tiltable 3.2-inch LCD monitor with a resolution of approximately 1,037,000 dots and a large, bright viewfinder with 98% frame coverage. The camera shoots Full HD video clips (60i/30p) and allows interval video recording of 4K-resolution images (in Motion JPEG or AVI video format). By installing the optional Flucard for Pentax 16GB O-FC1 memory card in the 645Z, the user can release the 645Z’s shutter, check the live-view image, and browse and download the images recorded on the card using a smartphone. The Pentax 645Z will be available in May, priced at £6,799.99 / $8,499.95 (or £7,699.99 with a 55mm lens).

Press the President Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Press the President (PTP), an online collaborative blog, is hosting a photo competition throughout the month of April. Challenging Americans to start a new beginning by “going green” and share their stories and photographs with its readers, PTP is asking amateur photographers to tweet their entries @PTP_US with the hashtag #GoGreen, post them on the blog's Facebook page or email them to contact.us@pressthepresident.com At the end of the campaign, the editorial staff at Press the President will select the photo the best represents the idea of going green and will donate $500 to the winner’s charity of choice.