Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Kenro Launches New Range of Braun Digital Photo Frames

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the availability of a new range of Braun digital photo frames. The high-quality series of nine variations of the Braun Digi Frame are available with LCD or LED screens, with some also featuring LED Backlight Technology.All models support USB memory sticks and a variety of memory cards and most also include built in memory, ranging from 256MB to 4GB. Screen sizes range from 7 and 15 inches, with prices starting at £49.08.

DxO Optics Pro 9.0.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have just released DxO Optics Pro 9.0.1 which adds supports the new Nikon Coolpix P7800 and Nikon D610. In addition, DxO Optics Pro v9.0.1 benefits from 250 new DxO Optics Modules, which contain copious information about the characteristics of each camera and lens, allowing the application  to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony Xperia Z1 is a new flagship smartphone that features a lot of camera technologies. The Xperia Z1 has a 20 megapixel sensor, 27mm fixed lens with fast f/2 aperture, 1080p video, sweep panoramas, a range of picture effects and Timeshift burst shooting. Read our Sony Xperia Z1 review to find out if it offers the best smartphone camera experience...

Official Nikon Df Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has released seven high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Nikon Df digital SLR camera. Captured at a variety of sensitivity settings from ISO 100/21° to ISO 3,200/36°; the official Nikon Df samples were shot with a selection of lenses including the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition, the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED and the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G.

Website: Nikon Df Samples

Nikon Df Hands-On Review

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Df DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Df DSLR camera, including both the silver and black versions, a side-by-side comparison with the F3 film SLR, and all the background slides from a presentation held by Nikon UK.

Nikon Df

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon today unveiled the Nikon Df, a digital SLR camera that boasts looks inspired by the company's iconic 35mm film cameras. At the heart of the Df is the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor found in Nikon’s professional flagship camera, the D4. Other highlights include elegant mechanical dials, a 39-point AF system, a sensitvity range of ISO 100/21° to ISO 12,800/42° - extendable up to ISO 204,800/54° -, compatibility with non-Ai (pre-Ai) lenses, continuous shooting at up to 5.5 frames per second, a self-cleaning sensor unit and a shutter tested to 150,000 actuations. Featuring a pentaprism finder with 0.7x magnification and 100% coverage, the Nikon Df will go on sale at the end of this month at a recommended retail price of £2749.99 / $2,999.95 / €3350.00 including an AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens.

Benro Ranger Pro Backpacks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro, the UK and Ireland Distributor of Benro products has announced the availability of the new Ranger Pro Backpack range, designed specifically for nature and sports photographers. The backpacks' upper compartment is larger than the lower compartment; allowing better ventilation and reduced pressure on the photographer. Front, upper, lower and side openings facilitate quick retrieval and storage of equipment. The Ranger Pro Backpacks are available in three different variations, 400N, 500N and 600N, with the capacity to hold up to two SLR cameras, 6-8 lenses, 2 flash units and one 17 inch laptop. Prices start from £129.90 - £149.94.

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 22

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General

Issue 22 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David takes us to the Yukon, reliving the first six days of the special trip he made to this location in September. To tie up this Yukon special, in How it’s Done David talks us through his approach to and method of shooting the stunning Aurora Borealis at Pine Lake. And in for Stepping Back, he whizzes us back to 1984 when he shot the Marines as part of his photography course with stunning results. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light eZine is available to f11 subscribers only.

Induro PHD3 Multi-Axis Panhead

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Induro has launched the PHD3 Multi-Axis Panhead, a new product which offers photographers the convenience and speed of a ballhead with the precise control of a panhead. An independent locking knob controls 360° rotation on a panning base with graduated scale, and a top mounted quick-release system can be rotated 90° to match the orientation of virtually any Arca-Swiss style compatible camera, lens and accessory plate.Suggested retail price for the new PHD3 Multi-Axis Panhead is $385.

VideoStory 2.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Bits&Coffee has released VideoStory 2.0, a free iOS app designed to create photo slideshows with video transitions and music. Custom-built for Instagram Video, version 2.0 allows users to use VideoStory to create a unique and engaging video story with photos and music, tailor made for sharing on Instagram. VideoStory 2.0  has both a free (with in-app purchases) and a Pro version ($0.99). It's a universal iOS app that runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch with support for iOS version 5, 6, and 7.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 35 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone.

The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 1/2.3-type 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, fast f/2.0 lens, a 5-inch TFT screen, and 3x clear image zoom.

f-stop Kenti Camera Bag Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with camera bag specialists f-stop to give away a Kenti Mountain Series backpack worth $269!

The lucky winner is Jessica Lacourse. Congratulations!

Over the years, f-stop has built a reputation for making some of the most advanced camera bags designed for adventure seeking photographers. From the depths of Antarctica to the peaks of the Himalayas, our products have been battle tested in the most adverse conditions. We offer versatile carry systems for almost every type of user. The Kenti is f-stop’s most compact Mountain Series bag and our answer for shooters in need of a comfortable solution that provides instant camera access.

For run and gun access, dual suicide doors offer accessibility without having to set the bag down. When on the move, a full size hip belt and low profile design offers optimal weight distribution and mobility. The Kenti’s unique padded divider configuration allows users to decide how they organize their valuables. Whether using a pro-gripped body or micro 4/3rds, the Kenti accommodates countless configurations with additional space for miscellaneous items, and even a small laptop and/or tablet. Lastly, the weather resistant shell utilizes reverse YKK® zippers and DWR-treated, 330D Double Ripstop Nylon lined with polyurethane to shields inside contents from outside elements.

Website - fstopgear.com
Facebook - fstop.gear

Great Totally Rad! Software Package Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We're giving away free downloads of Totally Rad! Inc.’s most wanted professional photo editing programs, plus more. The following prize package is valued at $250:

- One free download of Replichrome

- One free download of RadLab: Totally Rad! Inc.’s most well-known digital photo editing program, which includes 80 styles you can layer and combine to create the perfect combination for your images.

- One free download of PicTapGo: An iOS7 compatible version of our photo editing app PicTapGo was just released, offering iPhone users unlimited amounts of filters to edit their photos.

- A spot on our beta list, giving them the opportunity to try out Totally Rad’s next product before it’s even out to the public.

The lucky winner is Andrew Hollywood. Congratulations!

This contest has now ended.

Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR/D Instant Rebate

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Sekonic has announced a $50 US-only instant rebate for consumers of the touchscreen-operated Litemaster Pro L-478 series light meters. Qualifying purchases include the Litemaster Pro L-478D and the Litemaster Pro L-478DR - either alone or bundled with an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card. These meters are designed for digital still photographers working with remote flash set ups. The L-478DR model even incorporates PocketWizard wireless radio technology for in-meter power control of Canon and Nikon Speedlights on a PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver. The $50 Instant Rebate will be awarded to eligible consumers at the time of purchase.

SanDisk 2013 Extreme Team Contest Winner Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Sandisk has announced Callum Morse from the UK as winner of its 2013 SanDisk Extreme Team photography competition. Callum’s winning image (above) depicts a tidal wave during a sunset. Brian Pridgeon, Product Marketing Management at SanDisk, commented: “Callum’s image shows great imagination, true creativity, a sense of adventure and courage in getting the right shot."

PMH: Home

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers, Websites
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The Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH) today launched its tenth curated online exhibition. Entitled Home, the exhibition features the work of outstanding photographers of PMH's online community such as Sara Lewkowicz, Ilona Szwarc, Emer Gillespie and Alvaro Deprit, among others. You can view the exhibited images in five galleries until 1 December 2013 at the website below.

“Togetherness” Photo Contest Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) has announced the winners of the Togetherness Photographic Competition. Donna Gray ASWPP from Huntly, Scotland was chosen as the winner from over 35 images entered in to the competition, with the image entitled ‘What you looking at’ (aböve). The photo was shot using a single flash head and softbox. Donna has won a 12-month SWPP membership. The runners-up are Martin Castein and Roy Hawkins.

Free Datacolor Webinar in November

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Datacolor will be hosting a new free-to-attend webinar this November. Entitled How to get the colours in your photobooks spot on with Vanilla PhotoBooks – with Richard West, this online seminar will cover the essential steps from adjusting images on a screen, putting together a photobook, to getting finished books looking great. Vanilla PhotoBooks are offering a 25% discount off the first Vanilla photobook to all attendees. The one-hour session will take place from 7pm on 19th November.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 R is an ultra-fast, moderately wide-angle prime lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a classic focal range of 35mm in 35mm terms, is the Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 R a worthy addition to the XF lens range? Read our Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 R review to find out...

Nikon Posts Fifth “Pure Photography” Teaser Video

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nikon has published the fifth video in its intriguing 'Pure Photography' teaser campaign. Unlike the previous instalments this movie clip offers some close-up shots of Nikon's as-yet-unannounced new, retro-styled camera; which has a traditional shutter speed dial, a classic pentaprism viewfinder housing and professional AF and metering controls. Click through / scroll down to view the teaser movie!