Thursday, February 6, 2014

Transcend to Showcase its Wireless SD Card at CP+

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Events
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Transcend will showcase their range of advanced SD/microSD cards and wireless LAN memory card in booth number G-09. "The innovative Wi-Fi SD card instantly adds wireless capability to a digital camera and lets users stream photos and videos to portable devices without the hassle of using cables, card readers or a computer," the company says.

Canon Produces 70 Millionth EOS Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Canon has reached a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company’s film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million mark on February 5th. Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS (Electro Optical System) cameras were the world’s first to incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic control not only between the lens and body, but throughout the entire camera system. Following the introduction of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, production of the EOS-series cameras rapidly increased, surpassing the 60-million-unit mark in October 2012 and now, approximately one year and four months later, reaching the 70-million-unit threshold.

Brassaï: For the Love of Paris

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The book Brassaï: For the Love of Paris explores the renowned Hungarian photographer’s profound devotion to all aspects of his favorite city, and how in return, his work has served to shape Parisian identity. "Celebrating the enduring romance of the city with images of elegant window-shoppers on the rue de Rivoli, coal workers along the banks of the Seine, and the pure majesty of Parisian monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, this book will be a welcome addition to any Francophile’s library," the publisher says. The 256-page volume will be available from April for $50.

‘Nature’s Surprises’ Contest Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) have announced the winners of the Nature’s Surprises Competition. Michel Hagege from France was chosen as the winner from over 590 images entered in to the competition, with the image entitled ‘Storm’ (above). Phil Jones, The Societies CEO says, “This image was chosen because of its strong composition with a clearly defined point of interest, and shows the emotion in this atmospherically captured moment.” Csaba Tóth from Hungary and Bridgena Barnard from South Africa have been announced as runners-up in the competition.

Bowens to Launch Comodo Orbit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Bowens is set to launch Comodo Orbit, a new camera stabilisation device designed to provide photographers and cinematographers across the world with a radical new ‘single shot’ cinematic option. Orbit enables users to shoot a scene in a single take using just one camera moving ‘fluidly - almost like flying- around the subject’ and has been developed by Bowens to spearhead its Comodo camera rig and grip range. Comodo Orbit, which incorporates a unique patented twin-grip capability, "allows one camera operator to hand-off the rig to another operator smoothly and seamlessly, making the camera appear to fly through windows and small spaces in a way no other rig can do," says Tim Haskell, Bowens Business Development Manager. "“We believe this product has potential for virtually all users of DSLR/mirrorless cameras and small/medium camcorders." Orbit, which will retail at £999 , will be showcased at the UK’s largest broadcast Tech Show – BVE at London’s ExCeL venue.

Ricoh to Showcase New MF DSLR, Lenses & Film Duplicator at CP+

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Ricoh is planning to exhibit four new reference products at CP+ 2014. Among these is a completely new medium-format DSLR camera - tentatively named the Pentax 645D 2014 - boasting the "latest, super-high-resolution CMOS image sensor" and an articulated LCD screen; a new medium-format ultra-wide zoom lens; a Q-mount telemacro lens and an interesting film duplicator that "produces digital duplicates of silver-halide-film images in combination with a digital SLR camera and a dedicated flash unit." Judging by the product shot - see gallery after the jump - this essentially means a focusing rail combined with a macro bellows, film holder and diffusor screen

HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Ricoh has announced a new AF teleconverter for Pentax K-mount interchangeable-lens cameras. The HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter has been engineered to maintain the auto focus functionality while working seamlessly with both camera-driven as well as lens-driven AF systems. Composed of four elements in three groups, the HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter incorporates the Pentax-developed HD coating to minimise reflectance inside the converter while optimising light transmittance. The converter will be available in March 2014 for a price of £379.99 / $599.95.

Ricoh WG-4 & WG-4 GPS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh WG-4 is a new 16-megapixel water-, crush-, shock- and freezeproof compact camera with a fast wide-angle lens. Equipped with a 25-100mm (eq.) f/2.0-4.9 lens, the Ricoh WG-4 comes in two versions, with and without GPS. Thanks to the upgraded AF algorithm, the focusing speed in macro shooting has been greatly increased to facilitate close-up applications, the company says. Designed for the adventurous photographer, the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS (pictured) are waterproof to a depth of 14 metres, shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two metres, dustproof, freezeproof down to -10°C, and crushproof to 100kg. Other highlights include six LED macro lights to assist close-up shooting, sensor-shift image stabilisation and Full HD video recording capabilities. The new WG-4 GPS is available in a choice of blue or black for a price of £329.99 / $379.95. The WG-4 is available in silver or lime yellow for a price of £279.99 / $329.95. Both models will hit the shelves in March 2014.

Ricoh WG-20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh WG-20 is a new, 14-megapixel water-, shock-, freeze- and crushproof compact camera with a 28-140mm equivalent lens and 25 shooting modes. Waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from drops of up to five feet, coldproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof, withstanding up to 220 foot-pounds of force, the Ricoh WG-20 is capable of recording 720p high-definition movies, in addition to 14-megapixel stills. Offered in white and red, the WG-20 will be available in March 2014 for a price of £199.99 / $199.95.

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron is developing a new 11.zx ultrazoom lens for 35mm full-frame dSLRs. The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD features a Piezo Drive auto focus motor, Tamron's exclusive Vibration Compensation technology and an optical formula comprising 19 elements in 15 groups. Equipped with a petal-shaped lens hood, the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD has a 67mm filter thread, a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.5, and a minimum focus distance of 0.49m. A prototype of the lens will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014 trade show, taking place from 13-16 February 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.

Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is a new, 24-450mm equivalent ultrazoom lens for dSLRs with APS-C sized sensors. Currently in development, the lens will have an optical formula comprising sixteen elements in twelve groups and an iris diaphragm with seven rounded aperture blades. Shipping with a petal-shaped lens hood, the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD will have a 67mm filter thread, 39cm minimum focus distance and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2.9. The lens incorporates a PZD (Piezo Drive) focus motor and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) technology to combat motion blur resulting from shaky hands. A prototype will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from 13-16 February in Yokohama.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Nikon D3300 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon D3300 is a brand new entry-level digital SLR camera with a 24 megapixel sensor, no optical low-pass filter, 50/60p Full HD movies, a 3 inch LCD screen, 5fps burst shooting and an ISO range of 100-25600. Read our detailed Nikon D3300 review, complete with sample JPEG and raw photos, test shots, videos and more...

Zantins Offers Responsive Web Design for Photographers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Professional Web developer Glen Elkins has launched Zantins, a new, dedicated responsive website design and development service for photographers. "Photography is a major interest of my daughter's, and while I was researching for her I noticed a lot of websites in the industry  are not responsive… meaning they are poor on mobile devices," Glen says. "[Zantins] has been researched and designed to be quick, cheap and simple enabling the artists to focus on their work and have a working responsive site without having to learn or pay huge prices." The company's "All-in-One" service package is available for £19.99 a month.

Fabian Oefner: Ephemeral

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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‘Ephemeral’ is the first UK exhibition of photographer and artist Fabian Oefner. Hosted by East London gallery theprintspace, ‘Ephemeral’ celebrates the intersection of art and science in spectacular, split second moments. The 24 images intricately detail natural phenomena that appear in our daily lives, such as sound waves, liquid dynamics, forces of movement and magnetism. The exhibition opens on 6th March and runs for three weeks. The gallery is located at, 74 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DL.

Communication Arts Photography Competition Now Open for Entries

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Communication Arts Magazine has issued a call for entries for its 55th annual photography competition. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors, photo editors and photographers including Catriona Ni Aolain, Henry Sene Yee, Jimmy Bonner, Laurie Frankel and Tim Hartford; the winning entries will be featured in the Communication Arts Photography Annual, in print and on the iPad, and on commarts.com. The deadline for submissions is 14 March 2014.

Obscura by Ilford - Smaller Pack Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Following the launch of its Obscura by Ilford Pinhole Photography Kit, which includes a pinhole camera, starter packs of black and white film and paper, as well as a simple Exposure Calculator and Instruction Book; Ilford has now made the camera available to buy as a single item without the film and paper included. The camera is precision cut and formed from expanded PVC, and is made of two interlocking sections. The photographic medium is loaded into the bottom section in darkroom conditions, and then held in place by sliding in the top section, which locks into place by use of magnets. The top section of the camera also holds the stainless steel chemically etched 0.3mm pinhole in place. Designed for 4x5 inch film or paper, the camera is 87mm focal length giving wide-angle images. The smaller pack still contains the Exposure Calculator, an empty film box to store exposed materials, Instruction Book, and a set of stickers. The new item is available now in the UK, with US availability slated for March.

Flekt Pop-Up Flash Modifier

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Preston Vance has launched a Kickstarter project to help fund the commercialisation of Flekt, a new flash modifier that softens the hard light emitted by your camera's pop-up flash. Flekt has three main parts; the magAttach hot-shoe adapter, an ignitor reflector that attaches to the front of the magAttach and redirects the light from the pop-up flash 180 degrees back, and an array of attachments that soften the light and bounce it back toward your subject. The first attachment is called the cFlekt, an accessory designed around a modified concave reflection principle, which attaches magnetically to the magAttach and can utilise white, silver and gold removable reflectors. While we are not entirely convinced that Flekt would indeed turn your humble in-camera flash into a studio-quality light source as claimed by the manufacturer, it could surely come in very handy when using your pop-up flash as an on-axis fill light, for example. If you are intrigued by the concept, check out the project's Kickstarter page for more information.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Nikon D3300 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 54 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Nikon D3300 DSLR camera, including the full ISO range.

The Nikon D3300 is an entry-level 24 megapixel APS-C DSLR camera. We're testing the D3300 with the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II retractable zoom lens.

Fujifilm X-T1 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm X-T1 is a brand new compact system camera that looks, feels and performs very much like a classic DSLR that''s been shrunk in the wash. Is this the best X-series camera that Fujifilm have released, and can it compete with the likes of the Sony A7/A7R and Olympus OM-D E-M1, not to mention DSLRs from Canon and Nikon? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T1 review to find out...

SideKick360

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MeFOTO today announced the SideKick360, a smartphone adapter that provides mobile photographers and filmmakers with camera support allowing them to make sharp photos, videos time-lapse sequences and long exposures. Available in a dozen different colours, the SideKick360 features an aluminium Arca Swiss style quick-release base that works natively with MeFOTO full size tripods as well as any Arca Swiss style quick-release clamp. The adapter's flexible ball joint allows for 360-degree rotation letting users position the smartphone vertically to capture photos and horizontally for video mode or anywhere in between. The new MeFOTO SideKick360 will be available from 1st March for $49.