Thursday, August 21, 2014

Leica M-P

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica has today announced a new digital rangefinder camera. Based on the otherwise identical Leica M, the new Leica M-P (not to be confused with the Leica MP film camera) offers all the technical advantages of the Leica M-System and several additional features. According to Leica, the ‘P’ in the product name indicates the "particularly discreet and enduring design concept with which the Leica M-P joins the line of Leica M-Cameras." Instead of the red Leica logo, the M-P is graced only with a "discreetly classical" Leica script, making it "noticeably unnoticeable," the company says. The full-frame, 24-megapixel Leica M-P features a 2GB buffer (upgraded from 1GB on the Leica M), a sapphire glass LCD cover and a frame selection lever with which bright-line frames for six different focal lengths can be projected into the viewfinder to simulate subject framing. The corresponding frames are shown in pairs for the focal lengths 28 and 90mm, 35 and 135mm or 50 and 75mm. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $7949.95.

Lensbaby LM-10 and Sweet 50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lensbaby has launched  the LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for mobile devices and the Sweet 50, a 50mm selective-focus optic compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System for SLR, mirrorless and motion picture cameras. The LM-10 ( $69.95) is less than 1.5 inches long and weighs in at 0.7 oz. It attaches to a mobile device fitted with a strong adhesive-backed stainless steel ring. Additionally, the lens has magnets on both ends, which allows it to be used alone or in conjunction with other magnetic mobile lenses such as those made by Photojojo. The lens comes with a free iOS or Android app, which is required to select the focus point and properly orient the image. The Sweet 50 optic ($299.95) is a 50mm selective focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture ranging from f/2.5 through f/22. Along with controlling depth of field, the aperture controls the size of the sweet spot of focus. The Sweet 50 is part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System and attaches to your SLR, mirrorless or motion picture camera via the Lensbaby Composer Pro.

Kodak Alaris Discontinues Kodak BW400CN Film

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Kodak Alaris have announced the discontinuation of the Kodak Professional BW400CN chromogenic film. The BW400CN was a greyscale film that could be developed using the C-41 process, just like colour print films, which made it a convenient black-and-white option for photographers with no access to a traditional darkroom. Kodak Alaris "emphatize" with those who "use and love this film," and blame the decision on "a steady decline in sales and customer usage."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT25 Review

Jack Baker
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT25 is an affordable freeze, shock, water and dust proof camera. The Panasonic FT25 features a 5x zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor and HD 720p video recording. Read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT25 review now...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Olympus SP-100EE Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Looking like something out of a James Bond movie, the new Olympus SP-100EE has an integrated dot-sight to keep the subject within the image frame when using the camera's massive 24-1200mm equivalent lens. The SP-100EE also features a 16 megapixel sensor, 1080p HD video recording, and wi-fi connectivity. Read our Olympus SP-100EE review to find out if this is the right super-zoom camera for you...

Sony A5100

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The Sony A5100 is the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor, built-in flash and Wi-Fi connectivity. The 24.3 megapixel A5100 boasts a fast Hybrid AF with  179 focal plane phase-detection AF points, 180° tiltable touch enabled LCD screen, powerful BIONZ X image processor, and support for the XAVC S video format at 50 Mbps.

The Sony A5100 goes on general sale in Europe from Mid-September 2014. It is available in the UK priced at approximately £550 (16-50mm lens kit), £760 (16-50mm + 55-210mm lens kit) and £420 (body only).

Nikon at Photokina 2014

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014
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Nikon will educate and inspire at this year’s Photokina show in Cologne. Nikon will be showcasing its full range of products, from stylish compact cameras, through to high-end professional D-SLRs. Central to the Nikon booth will be an interactive lightbox where visitors can experience the excitement of creative photography beamed to the giant screen. A full schedule of speakers and activity is available at http://www.nikonlife.eu.

X-Rite at Photokina 2014

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014
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X-Rite have announced their full educational speaker programme at Photokina 2014. Visitors will have the opportunity to come and learn from X-Rite Coloratti, Colour Experts and leading educators from across Europe about all things photography and colour management. Additionally, on Wednesday and Thursday evening visitors will have the chance to join a free Photowalk in Cologne with two of the world’s leading photographers. X-Rite’s stand will be in Hall 4.1, Stand J029.

Leica at Photokina 2014

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014
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Leica have unveiled their show activities for Photokina 2014. In addition to the unique exhibition concept in the Leica Galerie, the programme features further cultural highlights. For example, the world premiere of the new book The Haight: Love, Rock and Revolution from legendary photographer Jim Marshall (1936-2010). Talks and signing sessions with prominent photographers are also planned.

CAMS Pro Camera Strap System

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The CAMS Pro is a new camera strap system that makes it more comfortable to shoot with a vertical grip on a DSLR and telephoto lenses. The CAMS Pro line is aimed at the Event, Sport, and enthusiast photographer with the goal of providing the most comfortable and convenient way to carry, shoot, and mount a Pro bodied or gripped camera and telephoto lens. Early bird pricing is available with the standard pricing for a Pro Sling Strap and Camera Plate set at $95, the upgrade kit at $60, and the Pro Lens Plate at $45.

Friday, August 15, 2014

EISA Awards 2014-15

Mark Goldstein | Competitions
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EISA have unveiled their photography award winners for 2014-15. Eleven different companies shared the 19 different awards between them, including the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 as the "European Photo & Video Camera", the Olympus OM-D E-M10 (pictured) as the "European Consumer Compact System Camera", and the Canon EOS 1200D as the "European Consumer DSLR Camera".

To see all the EISA award winners, visit this page.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Samsung NX3000 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung NX3000 is a well-appointed new entry-level compact system camera. Featuring a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, full 1080p video, ISO 100-25,600, a 3 flip-up screen, 5fps continuous shooting and Wi-fi / NFC connectivity, all for just £350 / $529, is this the best budget mirrorless camera? Read our Samsung NX3000 review to find out...

Rebecca Litchfield: Soviet Ghosts

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Soviet Ghosts is a new book featuring a unique set of photographs by Rebecca Litchfield. On a journey funded by Lowepro, Rebecca captured many abandoned locations, which were either part of the Soviet Union or its satellite states.  ‘I refrain from having personal opinions about the era and try to remain relatively neutral.’ Rebecca added: ‘Whilst the period had bad times, the people living in the communities still got on with life and also had good times, it was not a period of pure black and white and so my aim of the book was to just capture it as it is now. Some places would have been thriving and others horrible places to be and you can see this reflected in my book and some of the accompanying text.’ Priced at £19.95 the book is available via Rebecca’s website.

Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The RC-V100 Remote Controller, which enables users to remotely control the manufacturer's XF Series professional HD camcorders and Cinema EOS C500, Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C100 cameras, is now available for purchase. In addition to basic controls - start/stop, shutter/gain adjustments, zoom/focus/iris parameters, custom picture values, white balance, black gamma and more – the new remote can be used to adjust various menu settings. It also features illuminated pushbuttons with audible feedback to confirm each setting change. A SETUP mode lets you customise a number of key rotary controls, as well as user procedures and operating modes. The RC-V100 is powered from the connected camcorder via a 15-foot cable. A USB port enables the unit’s firmware to be updated to support future remote-control functions. The RC-V100 is priced at $2,999.

Adorama Flashpoint RoveLight

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Adorama has launched the Flashpoint RoveLight 600Ws monolight. The compact Flashpoint RoveLight ($589.95) features a 22-step range of accurate regulated power from full to 1/128th power (7 stops in 1/3-stop increments), and can be controlled via the rear console or the included wireless controller. The self-contained strobe includes an interchangeable, high-energy 6600mAh lithium battery, rendering it capable of 500+ full power flash bursts on a single charge. The unit’s handy built-in LED modeling lamp conserves the battery’s energy reserve and also includes a special timer for auto shutoff when not in use. Extra lithium batteries are available separately. The RoveLight 600 package ($600.00) includes a Bowens mount for more reflector and light modifier compatibility.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a new smartphone featuring a metal frame and a 12-megapixel camera module. Other photography-related highlights include a 31mm equivalent f/2.2 lens, a LED flash, 4K movies and a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen. Built-in photo features include a panorama mode, selective focus and Beauty Face functions and HDR exposure blending. Powered by Android 4.4.4, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes with an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a fingerprint sensor, USB 2.0 connectivity and an 1860mAh battery.

Joby Pro Series ‘UltraPlate’

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Joby has released its Pro Series ‘UltraPlate’ as a standalone accessory. Providing photographers with a universal quick-release plate which enables them to mount their camera to any tripod, plus attach an additional camera strap, the Joby Pro Series ‘UltraPlate’ has two additional 1/4"-20 screw mounts, and allows access to the battery compartment on your DSLR camera. This means that you can enjoy one universal plate to which you can attach other styles of tripod plate and camera strap at the same time – enabling you to use both, without the need to ever remove either. The new JOBY Pro Series UltraPlate is priced at £18 and will be available to purchase from early Autumn.

Manfrotto Pro Light Bags Now Available in US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto's Pro Light photo bag collection is now available in the United States. The new bags feature Manfrotto’s CPS (Camera Protection System) which has been specifically engineered to provide maximum protection at the core of the bag by using 3D shock absorbing foam to give the highest level of safety and resistance. The collection also features  Manfrotto'sAdvanced Harness System and gecko EVA foam harness straps which allow the Pro Light bags to be extremely comfortable to wear. Furthermore, the anatomic shape is designed to perfectly fit the body of the camera, while the removable waist strap ensures stability. Manfrotto’s Pro Light Bags Collection includes a total of 28 product SKUs, including holsters, photo backpacks, video backpacks, rolling organisers, video cases, and accessories such as element covers and camera straps. The bags are available now at retailers nationwide, and range in price from $44.00 to $550.00.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

iStabilizer Monopod & Shutter Remote Bundle

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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iStabilizer has announced  the iStabilizer Monopod and Shutter Remote Bundle. The patent-pending iStabilizer Monopod and Bluetooth Shutter Remote captures photo and video selfies and group shots that fit everyone in without cutting off heads. The  Monopod works with virtually all smartphones, action cameras, and other digital cameras and camcorders.  At only about 1 foot when collapsed weighing ½ lb.for easy portability, the Monopod extends to over 3 feet for selfies and unique angles. The iStabilizer Shutter Remote completes the bundle and lets you snap steady photos and videos up to 35 feet away through Bluetooth 3.0 without reaching for the shutter. The kit is priced at $59.95 (20% off as compared to buying each product separately).

Foto Ruta Clue – Shoot Shoreditch

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The UK branch of Buenos Aires based photography experience company Foto Ruta has announced that its Foto Ruta Clue – Shoot Shoreditch event will take place on Sunday 24th August, from 2 to 6pm. Described as "a creative and alternative way to see explore the city and learn about photography," Foto Ruta Clue -Shoot Shoreditch kicks off with a short creative photography workshop at The Forge, 154 – 158 Shoreditch High Street, London. Armed with a Foto Ruta map pack, a set of clues and your camera and/or smartphone you and your team will spend the afternoon uncovering and capturing on camera the visual delights of Shoreditch, one of London’s most colourful and creative neighbourhoods. Tickets are priced at £24. To book your place, visit the website below.