Monday, November 4, 2013

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! 

New Bowens MD Promises Global Expansion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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Emerson Roberts, the newly-appointed MD at Bowens International has pledged to invest heavily in new product development and expand the photo-lighting equipment manufacturer’s global market share. Since his official appointment two months ago Roberts has already implemented an exclusive distribution deal with the MAC Group in the USA. Now he plans a 2014 launch of a brand new range of highly advanced ‘radio-tech’ monoblocs and promises to expand the company's research & development team in the UK. 

Ricoh Imaging UK Launches Winter Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh Imaging UK has embarked on a promotional campaign offering photographers £40-£85 cashback on the Pentax K-50 (pictured) & K-5 II / IIs. In addition, consumers wishing to upgrade to the Pentax K-3 can take advantage of the latest trade-in offer. On purchase of a new K-3, consumers receive a minimum of £85 when they trade in any camera. The winter cashback campaign runs until 14 January 2014. The trade-in promotion will run from 1 November – 31 December 2013.

Free VF-4 Finder with Olympus E-P5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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Olympus has launched a new promotion in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Offering a free VF-4 electronic viewfinder with every E-P5 14-42mm kit or E-P5 body purchased, the promotion runs from today until 5th January. Customers will have until 2 February 2014 to claim their free VF-4. To learn more, read the terms and conditions of the promotion.

Adobe Updates Video Apps in Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released major new updates to the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud, including new capabilities in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC and Adobe Story CC Plus. Today’s updates, which were initially previewed in September , include a direct link colour pipeline between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe SpeedGrade CC, expanded native support for brilliant visuals including 4K high frame rate content, a new mask tracker in Adobe After Effects, the Adobe Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app and many other feature enhancements. Current Adobe Creative Cloud members receive all of these innovations as part of their existing membership at no extra cost.

Hasselblad Launches Three New ‘Stellar Special Edition’ Models

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Hasselblad has followed up the summer launch of Stellar, its second camera aimed at the amateur and enthusiast market, with the unveiling of three new 'Stellar Special Edition' compact cameras. The latest Stellar models offer photographers the choice of three new camera body colours: black, white and orange - and ship with bespoke camera cases in black or white leather with signature stitching and shoulder and wrist straps. Designed at Hasselblad's own Italy-based Design Centre, Stellar Special Edition models are now available with carbon fibre, padouk or wenge wood grips and cost €2,375 / £1,975 / $3,175 each.

SINWP Announces Close-up Photography Competition Winners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) has announced the winners of its close-up photography competition. Mohamad Fahmi from Masai in Malaysia was chosen as the winner from over 480 images entered in to the competition, with the image entitled ‘What you looking at’ (above). Mohamad has won a 12-month SINWP membership.

Fujifilm Processing Lab Plans for Closure

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fujifilm UK is to close its E6 processing lab facility in November 2014. This ceasing of operations has been planned in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them processed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers will continue to be available, but must also be used before the closing date of 1st November 2014.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nikon Adds Three More Videos to its Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nikon has now published a total of four short videos as part of its Pure Photography teaser campaign. These short movies, which are around half a minute long each, are widely believed to herald the upcoming launch of a retro-styled, full-manual digital camera from Nikon. Click through / scroll down to view all four videos.

Official Nokia Lumia 1020 Raw Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Via its official blog, Nokia has published four raw DNG files that show off the capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera phone. Nokia's Juha Alakarhu announced last week that the company is adding DNG support to the Lumia 1020 and new Lumia 1520 handsets, which has caused quite a stir in the photography community around the world. "“Overall, I’m so proud of what we have achieved in Nokia," Alakarhu says. "We have the amazing camera hardware, very powerful camera user interface, and now the raw support." To read more on the subject and to download the full-resolution raw and JPEG samples, head to the website below.

Website: Nokia Conversations

FotoWeekDC 2013 Festival Partner Events

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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FotoDC has announced an extensive line-up of events in collaboration with more than 50 partners participating in FotoWeekDC 2013. Taking place from Friday 1st November to Sunday 10th November, FotoWeekDC 2013 encompasses more than 100 exhibitions and other events. Click through / read on for the details.

Akvis HDRFactory 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released Version 4.0 of Akvis HDRFactory, an application that creates HDR images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures. This update adds a Share option that lets users upload HDR images to the social services directly from the app, fixes bugs, adds support for raw images from a variety of new cameras, changes the installation process for Windows and adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The plug-in variant now supports Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6. The new upgrade is free for registered users.

Pyle Hi-Speed HD Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Pyle Audio has launched its new Hi-Speed HD Camera (PSCHD60). Features include a 12-megapixel sensor, up to 1080p video recording capabilities, a 2.4" touchscreen and a WiFi remote to wirelessly snap pictures. The device comes complete with a USB cable, car charger, splash-proof case and mounting clips. The Hi-Speed Camera from Pyle Audio is available for $99.99 via the website below.

iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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iON has unveiled its third-generation iON Air Pro wearable, high-definition video camera with Wi-Fi connectivity. Featuring a 12-megapixel image sensor, the rugged iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi - which boasts improved underwater capabilities up to 49 feet - shoots up to 60 frames per second at 1080p, with dual streaming to enable users to simultaneously “shoot and share” their recordings. The iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi can be pre-ordered now for $349.99 with shipments expected to start on 15th November. In the UK, the iON Air Pro 3 will be available online in early November for £349.99 at actioncameras.co.uk, Crooked Imaging and Snow & Rock.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has released a firmware update for its EOS 5D Mark III full-frame digital SLR camera. Click through / scroll down for a list of improvements and fixes implemented in Version 1.2.3.