Monday, July 14, 2014

Nikon 1 S2 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon 1 S2 is the new entry-range model in Nikon's compact system camera line-up. The S2 offers 14 megapixels, 20fps burst shooting with continuous autofocusing, Full HD 60p video capture, built-in pop-up flash and RAW support. Read our in-depth Nikon 1 S2 review now...

Wilkinson Cameras Launch Point&Shoot Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Wilkinson cameras have launched their ‘Point & Shoot’ summer promotion, which has a total prize fund of £6400. Prizes include the latest cameras and accessories from Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Manfrotto, Lowepro, Joby Gorillapod and Panasonic, together with a range of electronic goods, including a Sony Bravia 3D TV, Sony Xperia 22 10” tablet, Canon Pixma printer. The promotion is open to Wilkinson customers who spend £50 or more in a single transaction, either online or in any of the 10 Wilkinson Cameras stores.

Jessops Academy Big Cats Photography Course

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Jessops is offering a practical one-day course on photographing big cats at the Cat Survival Trust’s dedicated 12 acre site in Hertfordshire. Amongst the cats you can photograph are the critically endangered Amur Leopard, the beautiful Snow Leopard and the mysterious Jaguar. Throughout the day you will be guided by a Jessops Academy Tutor, assisting you to get the best from your camera by advising you on both technical and creative aspects of photography. The cost of attendance is £125. For more information, visit the website below.

Reflecta x9-Scan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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The Reflecta x9-Scan is a new, battery-operated standalone device designed to quickly digitise your 35mm negatives and slides. Featuring a 5-megapixel area-array sensor, the Reflecta x9-Scan can save the resultant digital images to separately SD/SDHC memory cards. The photos can be viewed immediately on the x9-Scan's 2.4" LCD screen or your TV set. A bundled USB cable allows the device to be hooked up to a laptop or desktop computer. The scope of delivery also includes the ArcSoft Media Impression image editing software, which can be used both under Windows and Mac. The Reflecta x9-Scan is available for £95.76 including VAT.

Reflecta Visilux Studio Kit Accessories

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced a range of accessories for the Reflecta Visilux Studio Lighting kits. The Visilux Studio Lighting Kit 180 and the Visilux Studio Lighting Kit 300 were launched earlier this year and now a range of additional accessories is available including an 84cm silver umbrella, a snoot, a white shoot-through umbrella, a barndoor set with coloured filters, a 50x70cm softbox, wireless flash triggers, spare modelling lamps and flash tubes and a padded carry bag. Prices start from £10.74 including VAT.

Lightroom Catalogues to Remain Accessible after Expiration of CC Subscription

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe's new Photography Plan enables anyone to use the most up-to-date desktop versions of both Lightroom and Photoshop CC for as little as £8.78/$9.99 per month, which is an excellent deal for most people, especially those just getting involved in serious photo editing. But Adobe's move to a subscription-based model raised the question of what would happen to users' Lightroom catalogues once their Creative Cloud (CC) membership expired. In a recent blog post, Adobe's Tom Hogarty responded to these concerns, stating that "at the end of a membership, the desktop application will continue to launch and provide access to the photographs managed within Lightroom as well as the Slideshow, Web, Book or Print creations that we know many photographers painstakingly create. The Develop and Map modules have been disabled in order to signal the end of the membership and the need to renew in order to receive Adobe’s continuous innovation in those areas. Access to Lightroom mobile workflows will also cease to function."

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nikon 1 J4 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon 1 J4 is the latest mid-range model in Nikon's compact system camera line-up. The J4 offers 18 megapixels, 20fps burst shooting with continuous autofocusing, Full HD 60p video capture and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Read our in-depth Nikon 1 J4 review now...

Eclipse Lens Hood

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Oncore Designs have unveiled a new line of innovative lens hoods that work with the GoPro Hero3 and GoPro Hero 3+. Made with ABS plastic, the Eclipse Lens Hood is designed to fit securely over the lens of the GoPro Hero 3/3+ in medium and narrow settings. The range currently comprises two models: the Eclipse Lens Hood 1 (ELH1, $24.99) and the Eclipse Lens Hood 3+H (ELH3+H, $30.00). The ELH1 is designed to place directly onto the GoPro Hero 3 or 3+ lenses without a housing case. The ELH3+H attaches securely to GoPro 3+ Housing cases and includes a Velcro strap for additional security. Both lens hoods accept 37mm lens filters for added flexibility. The Eclipse Lens Hoods are currently being sold in all Southern California Samy’s Camera locations as well as Samy’s Camera’s online store.

PicsArt Lets Users Create Videos That Capture Step-by-Step Editing Process

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The PicsArt mobile photo editing and drawing app now features a built-in video feature that allows users to generate and post videos that capture their editing process. "The new feature is a great tool not only for sharing the process of creating art but also for creating interactive and comprehensive infographics, presentations, fun trendy animations, video messages to other users, and much more," the company says. PicsArt is a free and full-featured photo editing and drawing mobile app available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. For more on PicsArt, its community of users, and samples of their work, visit the website below.

Iridient Developer 2.4.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Version 2.4.3 of Iridient Developer. This update includes support for 8 new cameras including the Nikon D810 and 1 S2, the Sony A7S, the Pentax: 645Z, the Panasonic: DMC-FZ1000, the Kinefinity KineMINI 4K, KineRAW Mini and KineRAW S35; support for Nikon sRAW format and several bug fixes and improvements. This release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 November 2012

DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 & DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have launched DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7. These two upgrades allow both applications to integrate perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. The upgrade to DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 is free for all owners of DxO FilmPack 4, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO FilmPack license on or after 1 March 2013. The upgrade to DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7 is free for all owners of DxO ViewPoint who acquired a license on or after 1 August 2013.

Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has launched an Advanced Travel Backpack designed for travellers. The backpack is divided in two main compartments: personal items to be included in the top section and photo gear in the bottom section.  An extendable side padded pocket is specifically designed to carry a BeFree travel tripod. Alternatively, if you choose not to use the external pocket the Travel Backpack also features adjustable hanging straps on the front. The Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack is available now and priced at £109.95.

DxO Optics Pro v9.5.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro v9.5.1 for Mac and Windows. This update adds support for the new Sony Alpha A7S (Elite Edition only - pictured) and for four other cameras: the Sony DSC-RX100 III and SLT-A77 II, the Nikon 1 J4, and the Samsung NX30. Additionally, it gains 376 new Optics Modules offering support for Canon, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for many Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony cameras..

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nikon 1 J4 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 45 sample images and a Full HD movie taken with the new Nikon 1 J4 compact system camera.

There's also an ISO sequence from 160 to 12800 so that you can see exactly what the Nikon J4's new 18 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor is capable of.

Nikon 1 S2 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 45 sample images and a Full HD movie taken with the new Nikon 1 S2 compact system camera.

There's also an ISO sequence from 200 to 12800 so that you can see exactly what the Nikon S2's new 14 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor is capable of.

Point101 Launches New Website

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Fine art and photography printer Point101 has launched its new website. The site, which features Point101’s industry-leading image upload and room preview systems, has been refined and streamlined to give visitors a more enjoyable browsing experience, the company says. s “We’re delighted to have launched such an intuitive, engaging revamp of Point101” said Kerry Keays, director of Point101. “We’ve updated our products. We’ve cleared the site of clutter. Our clients have been asking for features — we’ve added them. Now, we can do our products justice, with all new product photography and large images as a central part of the site."

Digitalab Brings Death Valley to Life

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Newcastle-based pro lab Digitalab is set to stage a unique six week exhibition of latest work from multi-award-winning Tim Wallace. The lab will display around thirty images shot by Wallace using just one Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera and one 14mm lens in Darwin, an abandoned ‘ghost town’ in the hostile Death Valley desert.: “The sheer scale and beauty of the Death Valley wilderness has always held a fascination for me and the idea of a photographic expedition to an abandoned town in its very heart was irresistible," Tim Wallacce says. "Darwin is a very long way off the beaten track and it actually took two trips to even find it.” The Wallace exhibition prints will be galleried on Fujifilm’s Crystal Archive paper, and will go on sale when the exhibition opens on 7th August. Digitalab's F Stop Gallery is located at 8 Stepney Bank, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2PW.

Switronix PB70-GH4 PowerBase-70

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Switronix has announced newr power solutions for the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera. Delivering 6 times more power than the battery supplied with the camera, the Switronix PB70-GH4 PowerBase-70 Battery Pack is a 77Wh, 14.8V Lithium-ion battery designed to extend HD recording time for the GH4. The PowerBase-70 mounts under the camera and doubles as a grip, or can be attached to a camera support via its 1/4"-20 release plate or V-mount. Wired as a 14.8V battery pack, it can provide extended power for up to two additional 12VDC devices such as lights, monitors or HD converters as well as other devices requiring lower voltage. Other GH4-compatible Switronixnovelties include the Bolt 220 LED light, the JetPack X XLR power pack and the P-Tap Regulation Cable that enables users to power the GH4 camera off of any P-Tap power source.

Singh-Ray Filters Launch New Website

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Singh-Ray Filters have just launched a new website showcasing close to 1000 photographs by over 50 major landscape photographers, including Art Wolfe, Ian Plant, Brenda Tharp, Tony Sweet, Jack Graham, Don Smith, Tom Till, George Lepp, Nevada Wier and Gary Hart. “Our new site celebrates the amazing work of photographers who use our products, in addition to being a site where you can find out about and purchase our filters and accessories," says founder Bob Singh. "Our blog will also include frequent posts by photographers who will share tips and techniques about their photography and how they use filters.”

Akvis SmartMask 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 5 of SmartMask, an image selection and masking application for Windows and Mac OS X. Available as a standalone program and as a plug-in to a photo editor, the software is especially useful when you need to create photo collages with numerous objects from different images that don’t have clearly defined edges and fade into a background. This latest update fixes minor bugs; adds a Share option that lets you quickly publish images on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+; increases the maximum size of the Eraser and History Brush tools; optimises the performance of the Magic Brush; adds support for additional raw image file formats (standalone version) and compatibility with Photoshop CC 2014 (plug-in version). Registered users can upgrade to the new version for free.