Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R is a very fast short telephoto prime lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a classic focal range of 84mm in 35mm terms, is the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R lens worth considering? Read our Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R review to find out...
Ahead of our full review, here are 49 full-size sample images taken with the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens mounted on a Sony NEX-7 body.
The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS is a premium standard zoom lens for Sony compact system cameras.
Ahead of our full review, here are 28 full-size sample images taken with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A lens mounted on a Canon EOS 70D body.
The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A is a fast standard prime lens for APS-C DSLR cameras.
Nikon today launched the “Nikon Behind the Scenes” video series, dedicated to entertaining intermediate-level photographers. The video series follows a diverse group of leading photographers into the field, including Nikon Ambassadors Joe McNally and Corey Rich and Nikon Professional Photographer Tamara Lackey. In “Nikon Behind the Scenes: Light It Up with Joe McNally,” McNally will be exploring what is possible with Nikon Speedlights and off-camera flash techniques. Over the course of five videos, he will show viewers how to make the most of lighting in whatever situation a photographer may find themselves in. The videos will go live on 11th March on the Nikon YouTube channel and the new NikonUSA Google+ page.
Ahead of our full review, here are 49 full-size sample images taken with the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C lens mounted on a Canon EOS 70D body.
The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C is a fast standard zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras.
Living Dolls marks the 10th anniversary of Bob Carlos Clarke's final exhibition in 2004. It includes a selection of images from the Love-Dolls series, some special 'one-off' photographs from the archives, plus eighteen classic black-and-white images. The exhibition - which opens on 10th May in The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ - is sponsored by Olympus, who also supported the original exhibition in 2004.
Ahead of our full review, here are 37 full-size sample images taken with the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.
The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM is a fast telephoto zoom lens for full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
Panasonic has announced a preview campaign for the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera. Three GH4 units will be in the UK and Ireland for this weekend only for the preview campaign to be held exclusively at three camera shops, for three days at each store. The preview campaign will start this Thursday at Conns Cameras, 54 Clarendon St, Dublin 2; continuing at Jessops, 129-131 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2HU and Park Cameras, 53-54 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JR. Each store will have a working sample of the camera for users to try, as well as a dedicated Panasonic expert to talk through product features and answer any questions.
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Kenro has expanded its digital photo frame range with three new products. The new additions are the DF71, DF7040 and DF1580 models from Braun Photo Technik. The stylish black matte DF71 has a high quality 7"digital TFT LED screen with LED backlight technology and a resolution of 480x234 pixels. The DF7040 has a similarly sized display with a resolution of 800x600 pixels. The Braun DF1580 has a 15" LCD screen with 1024x768 pixels and built-in stereo speakers. SRPs range from £40.50 to £160.80.
Case Logic has launched a new collection of camera bags and cases. The Luminosity collection consists of a range of cross-body bags and backpacks that provide both protection and versatility. There are thirteen products in the collection; two messenger-style cross bags, available in small or large; one large action camera bag; three full backpacks (2 Medium + 1 large) two sling-backpacks,three holster bags available in small, medium & Large, and two lens exchange cases. For more information on the Case Logic Luminosity range, visit the website below.
Photojojo is now carrying the Oh! Wow. Ring Light and a new Focus Shifter accessory for SLR users. The Oh! Wow. Ring Light ($99, pictured) is a ring flash and continuous light that fits in the hot-shoe of your Canon or Nikon DSLR camera. The Focus Shifter ($49) gives you creative control and gives your videos a more cinematic look, by making manual focus smooth and easy. It features a handle for smoothly adjusting your focusing ring, and a marker board to help you track just where you want to focus. You can use a dry erase marker to keep track of several focus points or use clips set hard stops. Both products are
Monday, March 10, 2014
Ahead of our full review, here are 72 full-size sample images taken with the new Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R lens mounted on an X-T1 body.
The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R is a new fast portrait lens for the X-system, offering a field of view equivalent to 84mm in 35mm terms.
Canon U.S.A. is recalling about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 HS cameras because, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, "a chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinders on the camera can cause skin or eye irritation or an allergic reaction to the user." Canon says the phenomenon only affects "certain lots from September 1 through November 15, 2013." The affected cameras have serial numbers beginning with “69”, “70” or “71” and have “1” as the sixth digit of the serial number. If you own one of the affected cameras you ought to contact Canon USA's Customer Support Centre.
X-Rite are offering £30 cashback on every X-Rite ColorChecker Passport purchased at the same time as either X-Rite ColorMunki Display or X-Rite i1Display Pro. "The cashback offer is an excellent opportunity for photographers that are looking to invest in colour management in order to get the best from their images," says Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at X-Rite. "The ColorChecker Passport is imperative during image capture to ensure consistency for example, the challenge of ensuring that the bride’s wedding dress is the same colour under different lighting conditions during her wedding day. Whereas the latest calibrators from X-Rite go on to ensure that images viewed on a monitor are profiled for maximum colour accuracy as well as consistency.” With a retail price of £83 the ColorChecker Passport (pictured) can effectively be purchased for just £53 during the promotional period. Note that all claims must be received by 14th August 2014 in order to qualify.
Brindleyplace has launched a special photography competition that aims to celebrate the traditional Japanese festival of Hanami. An annual event, Hanami is the Japanese tradition of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers and is celebrated to coincide with the flowering of cherry blossom across the country. Organised in partnership with Ikon and Café Opus at Ikon, the Hanami Photography Competition is targeted at amateur photographers with a passion for photography in Birmingham and will be officially launched when the first cherry blossom flowers on the trees in Oozells Square in Brindleyplace. “Hanami seemed like the perfect festival for Brindleyplace to celebrate as, each year we have so many people comment on how beautiful the cherry blossom looks in Oozells Square," says Lydia Ellis, Marketing Manager at Brindleyplace. "By launching a photography competition we will be able to create a lasting memory as well as encouraging artistic talent in Birmingham." From when the competition is launched – the blossom typically blooms at the end of March –participants will have until 13th April to submit their entry.
Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor for the Benro range of camera bags and tripods, has introduced the Falcon series of robust backpacks for outdoor photographers. Manufactured from abrasion resistant PT1200D PU and water repellent materials, the bags feature adjustable shoulder, chest and waist belts. There are two choices in the series, the Falcon 400 and the Falcon 800, both available in a camouflage finish. The Falcon 400 (£169.80) is capable of carrying up to one SLR camera and 1x400mm lens plus accessories. The 800 version (£180.00) has the capacity to hold one SLR and 1x800mm lens plus accessories. A pro lens cushion is built into both backpacks to protect your lens from moving. Both bags are available now.
Panasonic and Sony have jointly announced a new standard for professional-use optical discs. The announcement follows the signing of an agreement between the two electronics giants in July 2013. Named Archival Disc, the new storage medium will be capable of storing a minimum of 300 gigabytes per disc. In addition, both companies plan to leverage their respective technologies to further expand the recording capacity per disc to 500GB and 1TB. Availability of the 300GB discs is slated for summer 2015.
Panasonic has confirmed pricing and availability details for its flagship Lumix GH4 compact system camera. In the United Kingdom the camera will be available from 5 May 2014, priced at £1749.99 (single-lens kit with Panasonic's 14-140mm lens), £1299.99 (body-only) and £2499.99 (body only with the DMW-YAGHE interface unit). A pre-order offer will be available, with participating retailers. Those ordering the camera between 10th March until Monday 2nd June, will receive a free battery grip and battery with their purchase. In the U.S., the Pansonic Lumix DMC-GH4 will be available in late April / early May for $1,699.99 (body only) and $3,299.99 (body only with DMW-YAGHE interface unit).
Friday, March 7, 2014
The Annenberg Space for Photography has announced its next exhibition, Country: Portraits of an American Sound. This exhibit presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music, and will be offered free to the public 31 May through 28 September 2014. Country: Portraits of an American Sound uses historical and contemporary photographs to explore how images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself. The photographers include the late amateur photographer Elmer Williams; the late studio photographer Walden S. Fabry; veteran Grand Ole Opry staff photographer Les Leverett; the late Los Angeles-based photographerLeigh Wiener; Boston-based documentary photographer Henry Horenstein; iconic entertainment photographers Henry Diltz, Raeanne Rubenstein and Ethan Russell; and contemporary photographers David McClister and Michael Wilson. The Annenberg Space for Photography is located in Century Park at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City, Los Angeles, California.