Thursday, February 6, 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.

X-Rite Announces Two Free February Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite has announced its schedule of free February 2014 webinars. "The February X-Rite webinar schedule features 2 sessions, one of which is hosted by photographer and photo-educator Joe Brady, and the second hosted by X-Rite Coloratti and Award-winning photographer and retoucher Jane Conner-Ziser," said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. "The February webinars focus on creative, award-winning photography, post-production workflow and how-to ensure that photographers obtain consistently great colour prints from their Lab." Click through / read on for the details.

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 36

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 36 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to starting a photography business, a review of the book "Art of Sunnmore" by David Hay, a beginner's guide to shutter speed, an introduction to camera systems by David Hay, a test of the Hasselblad H5D by Mark Bauer, and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.

Talenthouse Partners with Autographer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Talenthouse has teamed up with Autographer, billed as the world's first intelligent wearable camera, to offer aspiring photographers a chance to have their work featured in a major new advertising campaign. Developed by the team who designed the motion graphics for Oscar nominated film Gravity, Autographer is a new type of camera which enables spontaneous, hands-free image capture using a custom 136° eye view lens, an ultra-small GPS unit and 5 in-built sensors. To enter, creatives are invited to submit their best photos taken by accident. The photographs must be original work and taken on any device, but must represent that perfect moment of unposed 'autography.'The chosen finalists will all receive an Autographer. The selected artist will see their work featured in the next Autographer advert, plus $1,000 and full exposure on Talenthouse, Autographer and BBH's social channels. Submissions close on 19 February 2014.

Samsung Announces UK Pricing for NX30

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Samsung UK has announced the manufacturer's suggested retail price of the Samsung NX30 compact system camera. The traditionally-styled NX30 features a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, tiltable electronic viewfinder, 3.0-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed, 9fps continuous shooting, and NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities. In the United Kingdom, the Samsung NX30 kit (including the camera body and a standard zoom) will be available for £899.99.

Sony SPA-TA1 Attachment

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Sony Japan has announced the SPA-TA1 accessory, which allows its QX series lens-sensor modules to be attached to a variety of tablets. Sold in six different sizes, the Sony SPA-TA1 attachment will be available in Japan for 3675 yen, starting April 2014.

Source: Sony Japan

Iridient Developer 2.3.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released an update to Iridient Developer for Mac OS X. Version 2.3.3 adds support for raw image files generated by the new Fujifilm: X-T1, Olympus: E-M10, Panasonic DMC-TZ60 (ZS40) and Canon: EOS M2 cameras and Phase One IQ250 medium-format back. This release also includes numerous new default ICC camera profiles and camera curves for most Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm models from the past few years based on new internal camera calibration tool refinements. Additionally, the update includes a fix for proper pass through of some IPTC/XMP fields used by Photo Mechanic XMP sidecar files.

Tamrac Apache Photo Messenger Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Designed to be discreet, comfortable and lightweight; Tamrac's new Apache series includes three rugged messenger bags offering superior organisation and equipment protection. The Apache 2 Photo Messenger holds and protects a compact DSLR camera with 18-55mm lens attached, an extra lens, a small flashgun, accessories and personal items. The Apache 4 Photo Messenger holds an SLR with lens attached, 1 or 2 extra lenses, a 10” tablet and accessories. The Apache 6 Photo Messenger protects an SLR camera with lens attached, 2 or 3 extra lenses, flashgun, tablet or laptop and accessories. Prices start at £59.99.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hasselblad HV

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Hasselblad HV is a 24.3-megapixel SLR camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor, semitransparent mirror and 2,359k-dot electronic viewfinder. Modelled after the Sony A99 digital "SLT" camera, the Hasselblad HV adds a machined aluminium alloy chassis, PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating and a few cosmetic changes. The new Hasselblad HV will be available for €8,500 including a Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T* standard zoom lens (but excluding taxes).