Monday, September 15, 2014

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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Vanguard Alta Pro AB100

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The Vanguard Alta Pro AB100 combines the Alta Pro 263AT tripod and SBH-100 ball head, providing unmatched stability and flexibility and enabling more shooting angles than ever before.

Olympus Silver OM-D E-M1, Firmware 2.0 Upgrade, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens, 1.4x Teleconvertor

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Olympus has announced a silver OM-D E-M1, version 2.0 firmware upgrade, super-fast 40-150mm telephoto zoom lens and 1.4x teleconverter booster. The 2.0 firmware upgrade delivers tethered shooting, on-camera Digital Shift and Live Composite. The extremely fast M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO (80-300mm*) is available with a booster for ultra-high zoom photography: the M.ZUIKO Digital 1.4x Teleconverter.

The silver Olympus E-M1 upgrade goes on sale in early October – at £1099.99 for the body only, or £1799.99 in a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens. The new 40-150mm PRO zoom lens and 1.4x Teleconverter both follow in early November. The Olympus 40-150mm lens will cost £1299.99 with the 1.4x teleconverter priced at £299.99. Alternatively, they will be available together for £1499.99.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm Black

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The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 lens is now available in a classic black metal finish. The black Olympus 12mm lens will be available from late September for £739.99.

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 and 24mm f/1.7 Lenses

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Zhongyi Optics have announced two new lenses, the 42.5mm f/1.2 and 24mm f/1.7, for mirrorless cameras. The new Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Lens features an incredibly fast aperture of f/1.2, making it ideally suited for low-light conditions shooting, greater control over selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery. The new Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 Lens is a fast prime wide-angle lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm, making it ideally suited for everyday shooting applications. The recommended retail price of the 42.5mm f/1.2 is $359 and the 24mm f/1.7 is $289.

Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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The Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light offers a new level of power for photographers on the move. Use TTL to shoot during fast moving events like weddings. Shoot on-location, under the harsh sun and control ambient light with high speed sync. Shoot wide-open with shutter speeds up to 1/8000s. The built-in Phottix Odin Receiver for Canon and Nikon makes the Indra500 TTL easy to control and trigger.

The Indra500 TTL Studio Light, Indra Battery Pack and Indra AC Adapter will be available in October 2014. A Indra 500 TTL Light and Battery Set will be priced at $1295 USD.

Epson Expression Photo XP-860

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014, Printers
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The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 printer delivers ultra-powerful performance in an ultra-slim design. Ideal for families and photo enthusiasts, the Expression Photo XP-860 outputs stunning, professional-quality photos with smooth gradations and amazing skin tones – up to 8" x 10" borderless – with six-color Claria Photo HD Inks. It also comes equipped with Epson Connect for the ability to access, print and scan documents, photos, emails, and web pages from a tablet, smartphone or computer. The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 ($299.99) is now available via select photo and other specialty retailers.

Profoto Air Remote TTL-N

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The Profoto Air Remote TTL-N allows Nikon shooters to do TTL metering with the Profoto B1 off-camera flash. Air Remote TTL-N is a small, wireless radio transmitter that attaches to the Nikon camera’s hotshoe. Attaching the unit enables TTL metering with the B1. The Air Remote TTL-N can also be used to manually control and sync the B1 or any other Profoto flash with Air built-in. Air Remote TTL-N is sold separately. The recommended sales price is €295 / $395. The already released Air Remote TTL-C has the same price.

Lowepro Updates Professional Trekker Series

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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Lowepro has unveiled the newest generation of its beloved expedition backpacks from the Professional Collection: the Trekker Series. "Trekker is our largest capacity backpack line, so our number one goal in refreshing the design was to improve the premium suspension system and offer a best-in-class solution for carrying a heavy load," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. The new Pro Trekker 650 AW ($429.95), Pro Trekker 450 AW ($379.95) and Lens Trekker 600 AW III ($299.95) offer improved comfort, superior protection and a versatile organization system.

JOBY Professional Photographer Accessories

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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JOBY has unveiled four versatile, durable and compact accessories for professional photographers that help improve workflow and increase efficiency. The Pro Sling Strap ($69.95) is a low profile, high-strength camera strap designed for professional DSLRs with zoom lenses and battery grips. The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate ($49.95) is a useful combination of a streamlined hand strap and universal quick-release plate. GorillaPod Focus + Ballhead X ($149.95) is the strongest and largest GorillaPod, designed with the professional photographer in mind. The Flash Clamp & Locking Arm ($39.95) helps transform everyday objects into lighting assistants.

JOBY Suction Cup & Locking Arm and Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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The JOBY Suction Cup & Locking Arm and Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm are two new accessories for GoPro and action cam shooters. Scheduled to launch in November, they deliver fast set-ups, unique perspectives and provide the ultimate hold on all kinds of smooth surfaces. The Suction Cup & Locking Arm will retail for $39.95, while the Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm will cost $29.95.

Friday, September 12, 2014

G-Speed Studio XL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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G-Technology today announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-Speed Studio XL, which holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200rpm hard drives. Offfering up to 1,350MB/s performance in RAID 0, the G-Speed Studio XL Thunderbolt 2 storage solution comes in a high-quality, black enclosure with integrated cooling technology. It also supports 4k workflows with user-configurable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 60, and can be daisy-chained via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to boost storage speeds. The G-Speed Studio XL will be available in November in capacities of 24TB for $3,599.95, 32TB for $4,599.95, 40TB for $5,499.95, 48TB for $5,999.95 and 64TB for $6,999.95.

Nikon Remote Camera System

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Nikon will exhibit its remote camera system at IBC and Photokina 2014. Developed by Nikon and Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) as professional equipment for the imaging industry, this remote camera system uses Nikon’s digital camera and imaging solutions and MRMC’s robotic heads. Nikon has been working with MRMC in the UK for some time, allowing professional photographers to use remote systems set up at major sporting events such as Wimbledon and The Open Golf Championship, as well as at some of the world’s other big sporting events. Earlier this year the partners installed a bespoke remote set-up using Nikon DSLR cameras in the London Live studio, the first 24-hour entertainment TV channel dedicated to London. The studio operates a fully automated set-up using the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 cameras and a nine axis, state of the art, custom-made robotic arm to produce the desired full-frame 35mm cinematic effect.

Nikon European Film Festival

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Nikon today announced the inaugural Nikon European Film Festival in association with Raindance and Asia Argento (pictured). The contest challenges enthusiasts and film professionals alike to create a short film of up to 140 seconds in length around the theme ‘A Different Perspective’. Asia Argento, Chair of the Jury for the Nikon European Film Festival and award winning Italian actress and director commented “I’m thrilled to be part of the Nikon European Film Festival and look forward to judging the incredibly well-thought out creatives that the short, 140 second format demands. Modern technology has opened up filmmaking to more people than ever before and Nikon, inspiring established and breakthrough talents alike, is an increasingly influential part of this development.” The Grand Prix winner as selected by the judges will receive a Nikon D810 and an all-expenses-paid, one week networking trip to the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015. Click through / read on for the details.

Corel AfterShot 2 for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel is growing its photo software lineup with the introduction of a new member of the Corel AfterShot product family. Based on the already existing AfterShot Pro 2, the new AfterShot 2 for Windows is billed as a powerful raw photo editing and adjustment application at a highly affordable price. “With the launch of AfterShot 2, Corel is addressing three trends. One, enthusiasts today have thousands of photos and need better ways of managing them. Second, everyone who’s truly passionate about photography should consider a leap to RAW for the quality and superior results it can deliver. Finally, the high price and subscription push of Lightroom restricts many entry-level enthusiasts from getting into a legitimate photo workflow product,” said Greg Wood, Product Management, Corel Photo Editing. “AfterShot 2 changes this by delivering a powerful and creative feature set that’s based on the impressive power of AfterShot Pro, but available at price of just $39.99—an incomparable value.” Corel's new AfterShot 2 application is available for $39.99.

SLR Magic APO HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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SLR Magic has unveiled a brand new cine lens. The APO HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 is an apochromatic lens featuring a completely new optical and mechanical design, which meets the demands of high-resolution cameras including those with 4K and 6K sensors. The lens comes standard in PL mount and can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems. Optional mount adapters will include a PL-mFT adapter, a PL-E adapter, and an EF mount conversion adapter. Featuring a standard focus rotation angle of 300 degrees, the SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 will be on display at Photokina, Cologne 16th to 21st September 2014. The SLR Magic stand is located in Hall 5.1, Booth L-011. SLR Magic will start shipping the APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 in early 2015. Pricing to be confirmed at a later date.

Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Tamron today announced development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world's first in its category. The Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD features an optica construction comprising 18 elements in 13 groups including an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements. Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images, the company claims. The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Sony PXW-FS7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Sony today launched the PXW-FS7, the first 4K XDCAM camera to feature a Super35 CMOS sensor. Capable of shooting in 4K Quad Full HD (QFHD) and super slow-motion Full HD, the latest member of the XDCAM family has an 11.6 million-pixel Super35 ‘Exmor’ CMOS imager and can record QFHDi with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling up to 600 Mbit/s, with support for a variety of recording formats including XAVC Intra, Long GOP, MPEG HD422 and Apple ProRes 422 available early 2015 by firmware update.  The new camera features 2 XQD card slots that support simultaneous recording and relay recording. It also includes a low-pass video filter, progressive pixel reading and advanced camera processing.  The supplied grip, easily adjustable viewfinder and fully-sealed, die-cast magnesium chassis have been designed to provide robust usability in dusty or humid environments and for ‘run and gun’ applications. The PXW-FS7 features Sony’s α Mount System, which benefits from Silent Focus Technology and Electrical Iris Control. The camera will also be available in a bundle with the new FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS power zoom lens.

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS is the world’s first interchangeable 35mm full frame digital lens with power zoom capability. Ideally suited to cameras such as the Sony A7 and A7S, the new FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS has three separate rings offering independent control over focus, zoom and aperture, with optimal torque for a satisfyingly responsive, professional feel. Powered by the SSM drive, the zoom is exceptionally smooth and silent. Zooming speed can be precisely controlled over a wide range, with the ability to switch zoom rotation direction as desired to suit personal preference (available on selected cameras only). The minimum focus distance is 40cm at the 28mm end and 95cm at full telephoto. When attached to an E-mount camera with an APS-C sized sensor, the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS offers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 42-202.5mm. The optically stabilised FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS is available to pre-order now from Sony UK.

Nikon D750 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D750 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon D750 DSLR camera.