Friday, March 28, 2014

Nest Expands Explorer Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nest has released several additions to its popular Explorer range of bags, including a collection of stylish shoulder and toploading bags. There are two new shoulder bags in this collection, compact and designed to accommodate CSCs together with essential photographic accessories. Specifically, the EX25 the smaller of the two, will fit a camera plus compact zoom lens attached and an additional telephoto lens. The larger volume EX50 will fit a CSC with lens attached and a further one or two lenses and a e-reader / tablet. Alternatively the EX50 is large enough to accommodate a DSLR with compact lens attached and an additional lens or flash. The new toploaders are available in two forms, the EX5 and EX10. The EX10 is the largest case designed to fit a large DSLR (with compact or telephoto zoom lens attached) while the EX5 will accommodate a small DSLR (with compact lens attached) or a CSC (with compact lens attached). Prices start from £24.99.

Rotating Backpack Wins Red Dot Award 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The rotation180° Panorama backpack by MindShift Gear has won a Red Dot Design Award. Designed for hikers who carry cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access and without first having to take off the backpack or even stop hiking.  It has additional room for a jacket, hat, gloves, lunch, and more. The removable beltpack can be worn separately for shorter outings. The breathable padded airflow harness with daisy chain includes an adjustable sternum strap and load lifters. And, at its design core, it has a pre-curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.

Marcel Pabst Test Drives the Hasselblad H5D-50C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sweden-based Marcel Pabst has become one of the first photographers to test shoot the brand new Hasselblad H5D-50C medium-format camera. For the session Marcel decided to invest in a new spacesuit for his five year old son Elmer and explain to him that the two of them were going on a mission to discover a new planet and shoot a few pictures. “I got myself set up and I tested a couple of smoke grenades to see how that might look – as part of a plan to create a mystical feel and look to the images," Marcel says. "Then I tried a shot at ISO 400 – a ploy I just would never have attempted with my old Hasselblad camera. It was then it really struck me how ‘super good’ the 50c really was.”  

Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss will launch the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 at this year’s NAB Show. Offering full-frame coverage, the CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 complements the manufacturer's already available CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lenses. It does not only offer extreme angles of view, but also fulfills all the requirements for motion picture zooms, the company says. The Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 lens will be available from August for €17,900 / $23,900.

Arri / Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 135/T1.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Lenses
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The Arri / Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 135/T1.9 is the 7th cine lens that completes the successful Master Anamorphic family. The lens, which will be exhibited at the NAB 2014 show hled in Los Angeles from 5-10 April 2014, offers a perfect combination of compact size, minimal weight, very high speed and exceptional optical quality. In addition to showing their latest cine lenses, Zeiss are bringing two experienced DoPs to the NAB show to serve as application specialists: August Bradley from the US and Den Lennie from the UK. Visitors are welcome to pose their questions and share their experiences with them, whether those experiences concern Zeiss lenses, the photography business in general, or how to gain a foothold in the film industry.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review

Mark Goldstein
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Building on the runaway success of the enthusiast E-M5, and inheriting some of the key features of the professional E-M1, the new O-MD E-M10 is attempting to bring Olympus' retro-flavoured mirrorless camera system to a wider audience. But can it retain the same levels of build quality, speed and image quality at a lower price-point? Read our expert Olympus E-M10 review to find out...

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ is no ordinary kit lens. Despite measuring just 22.5mm in depth and weighing less than 100g, the world's most compact pancake zoom lens still offers a 3x focal range of 28-84mm. But can it really score highly in the image quality stakes? Read our Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ review to find out...

Canon M15P-CL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Canon has announced a new interchangeable-lens camera featuring an APS-C sized monochrome sensor and Nikon F bayonet mount. Don't get too excited, though - the Canon M15P-CL is an industrial camera rather than an SLR. In the market of interchangeable-lens industrial cameras, Nikon has very strong positions, which is probably why Canon - a newcomer to this segment - decided to introduce an F-mount model instead of trying to push its own EF-mount lenses. Pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.

Source: Canon Japan

Canon at NAB 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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At the 2014 NAB Show, Canon will showcase its full line of professional, high-definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography at booth C4325. The company will be showing a 4K Live Broadcast demonstration, highlighting how well HD broadcast footage can be captured, digitally rendered and cropped for live-action broadcast coverage using Canon’s Cinema EOS equipment. In addition, Canon will host a series of unique stage presentations with renowned cinematographers, broadcast specialists, and filmmakers.  These industry professionals will provide insight into the ever-changing field of optical and imaging technology and showcase their projects and works that were shot using Canon equipment. The 2014 NAB Show will be held from 5-10 April 2014 in the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

Ricoh Launches Spherical Report 360 (SR360)

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Ricoh has launched Spherical Report 360 (SR360), a fun and interactive competition which equips citizens with a free Ricoh Theta spherical camera and presents them with the unique opportunity to become a photojournalist by reporting on local news. The photo-submission contest will take place over the course of four months with a Most Valuable Photographer (MVP) being selected each month. The contest will end on 31st August, and images shared on the SR360 website will be judged by a panel of distinguished guests.  From the submitted images, one Grand Prize winner and two Gold Prize winners will be selected. Interested readers are encouraged to read the terms and conditions and register online through 10th April. Current Theta users are also invited to participate.

Digital Imaging Show Goes to Dublin

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Societies have announced that the next Digital Imaging Show will take place in Dublin on 6-7 April  Photographers who register in advance will be able to attend the trade show and a number of masterclasses held on the 6th free of charge. Masterclasses include Creating a magnetise business by Catherine Connor, Making more Money and More Profit from Photography by Charlie Kaufman and Let's Jazz It Up by Podge Kelly. On the 7th, there will be a one-day seminar by Richard P Walton entitled Passion not Camera Fashion, which costs €80 for members and €120 for non-members.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today released the latest version of its flagship graphics suite. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 features powerful fill capabilities, high DPI, multi-monitor and touchscreen compatibility, and more ways to share content. In addition, multi-core and native 64-bit support allows users to run multiple applications and process large files. New/enhanced features include workspace selection, built-in context exchange, fountain fills, pressure-sensitive liquid tools and camera effects in Photo-paint, and much more. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 is now available for £399. The upgrade price is £179

Joby Flash Clamp & Locking Arm

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Joby has launched a new accessory for photographers using off-camera flashes. "We often see awkward setups with off-camera flashes, such as people holding their flash in one hand while holding their camera with the other, or people wrestling with a light stand or pole," said Michael Jue, director of product design at Joby. The new Flash Clamp & Locking Arm innovates with a clamp that lets users quickly secure their wireless flash to any surface less than two inches in width. The locking arm also has two fully articulating ball joints that position the flash at any angle needed while providing a long-lasting hold. The Joby Flash Clamp & Locking Arm retails for $39.95.

Panasonic Joins The Big Photo Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Panasonic has joined the list of exhibitors at The Big Photo Show, which will take place in Los Angeles from 17-18 May. At the show, Panasonic will be presenting its entire line-up of Lumix camera products, including the new Lumix GH4 (pictured), as well as the company’s complete line of Micro Four Thirds compatible lenses for Lumix cameras. “Panasonic is excited to be exhibiting at The Big Photo Show and presenting our line of Lumix cameras and lenses, as well as our entire line of Adventure products,” said Thomas Curley, Business Development Manager for Panasonic North America. “Our camera products are of interest to professionals looking for the latest in hybrid imaging or video production gear, as well as photo enthusiasts seeking a great picture taking solution for family or fun – and we think the Big Photo Show is the perfect place to be.”

Zeiss Touit (X-Mount) Firmware Update 1.03

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss has posted a firmware update for two of its X-mount Touit lenses (Touit 1.8/32 and Touit 2.8/12). Version 1.03 adds support for "higher camera auto focus speeds" and adds compatibility with the ‘Phase Detection AF’ function. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Zeiss

Canon Produces 250 Millionth Digital Camera

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Combined production of Canon's compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras surpassed 250 million units on 31 January 2014, the company said in a statement. Canon began producing and marketing digital cameras in the mid 1990s. The first digital SLR cameras bearing the Canon logo - such as the Canon EOS DCS 3 (pictured) - were jointly developed by Canon and Kodak; with the first "true" Canon EOS dSLR - the Canon EOS D30 - being released in 2000. The first Canon digital compact camera, the Canon Powershot 600, had been introduced four years earlier.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 54 full-size sample images taken with the new Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS lens mounted on an X-T1 body.

The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS is a new ultra wide-angle lens for the X-system, offering a field of view equivalent to 15-36mm in 35mm terms. As well as offering a constant aperture of f/4, it also features optical image stabilisation and an aperture ring.

The Great Camera Swap

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Wilkinson Cameras have just launched a brand new offer called The Great Camera Swap, where customers can trade in their old kit and get an extra spring bonus of 10%. In other words, if you are thinking of upgrading their camera, lens, flashgun, tripod or other quality photo accessories, Wilkinson Cameras are offering an extra 10% on top of its current value. This offer is available online until 14 April 2014 via the website below.

Lowepro Passport Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lowepro has launched its new Passport Series of soft-sided and modern camera bags: Passport Backpack, Passport Messenger and Passport Sling III. The Passport Backpack ($64.99, pictured) fits a CSCor compact DSLR, extra lens or flash, 13" laptop or tablet, smartphone and personal items; and features a zippered front organiser pocket, two tall side pockets for water bottles, plus a padded mesh backpad with contoured shoulder straps for a comfortable fit. The Lowepro Passport Messenger ($69.99) includes a front organizer pocket under the flap, a quick-grab handle for an extra carrying option, and an adjustable shoulder strap with a removable shoulder pad for customized comfort while wearing. The Passport Sling III ($59.99) offers an expandable compartment that allows the user to unzip and increase interior storage space by 30% – ideal for farmers market finds and souveniers. The sling also features an adjustable shoulder strap with removable shoulder pad.

Connected Data Updates 4-Bay Drobo Storage System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Connected Data today released its third-generation 4-bay Drobo storage system. Now featuring USB 3.0 connectivity, enhanced support for Apple’s Time Machine and significantly improved rebuild times; this model is 3x faster and more affordable than the previous release. MSRP for the new Drobo is $349, with a $50 discount available for all first and second-generation Drobo customers through Connected Data's new customer loyalty programme. This discount is available until 9th June.