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...

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).

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. Launches Image Licensing Marketplace

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
News image 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; was inspired by the success of the print-on-demand business of its founder Sean Broihier. "The 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.