Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Steadicam CURVE for Go Pro HERO Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Tiffen has announced the availability of its new Steadicam CURVE for Go Pro HERO camera stabiliser system. First seen at the NAB 2013 show, Steadicam Curve for GoPro HERO is a stealth camera stabilising system engineered for the rigours of extreme sports and events. Compact enough to fit in your back pocket, the new Steadicam Curve weighs in at 1/2 lb. with an ergonomic design for one-handed, smooth video capture. Steadicam CURVE for GoPro HERO is available today for $99.95.

Tiffen Showcases New 10-Stop ND Filter at CES

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tiffen is showcasing at CES 2014 its latest ten-stop neutral density filter labelled Tiffen ND 3.0. Offering an incredible 10-stop exposure absorption, this high-density block allows photographers to add an additional layer of creativity to their work through the use of much slower shutter speeds or a wider aperture than would normally be required without the use of a filter. In this way, the photographer can employ a long exposure time to blur any movement within the scene or use a smaller depth of field for more selective focus through the choice of a wider lens aperture. Tiffen’s ND 3.0 is available in sizes 52mm to 82mm.

Domke Next Generation Camera Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tiffen is showcasing its brand new Domke Next Generation camera bag line at CES 2014. The new range includes the Journalist Series, the Adventurer Series, the Metro Series and Viewfinder Series. Each series offers several purpose-designed models, materials and colours. Shooters can customise their Domke bag using the new PocketFlex storage component system, an ingenious system of pockets, patches and pouches that keep accessories such as lenses safe and secure. The GearProtex system lets photographers organise bags into compartments of any size or shape using bendable, self-adhering separators. The bags are currently on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, booth C9143.

Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolights and Lighting Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Adorama has recently released its new Flashpoint Budget Studio family of monolights and lighting kits. With options of 120, 160 and 300 watt-seconds, the AC-powered monolights recycle rapidly with little amp draw. The lightweight monolights can be used on household circuits without blowing fuses, and are compatible with Adorama’s new Flashpoint Power Station, making them the ideal on-the-go lighting solution for any photographer, the company says. All Flashpoint Budget Studio lighting kits come with the monolight with watt-seconds of your choice, a 40” white/black umbrella with removable black layer from Glow by Flashpoint, and a 6’ Flashpoint three-section light stand. Both the Flashpoint Budget Studio monolights and Flashpoint Budget Studio lighting kits include free shipping in the US as an added bonus. Flashpoint Budget Studio monolights and lighting kits are now available online at Adorama.com.

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 printer enables easy creation of Instax prints using images sent wirelessly from a smartphone. The unit measures 101.6mm x 42mm x 122.5mm, weighs in at 253 grams, and produces a print in 16 seconds using standard Instax Mini film for its output. Together with the release of the printer, Fujifilm is also unveiling a free Instax app that is compatible with iPhones and Android models. The Instax Share SP-1 will be available in the UK from early March, priced at around £140-£150.

SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Flash Drive

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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SanDisk has announced the 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive, the latest addition to its new line of wireless flash memory storage devices. Billed as the smallest wireless USB storage device available to date, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is designed to alleviate storage capacity limitations that consumers experience with their mobile devices. “We are addressing a noted problem of consumers running out of memory on mobile devices, and are extending the product line with a 64GB Wireless Flash Drive for even more videos, photos, music, and documents on-the-go,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “With the SanDisk Connect products, consumers can expand the memory on their phones and tablets, stream movies, and share photos and documents with colleagues, friends and family.” The 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available in the U.S. on sandisk.com, Amazon.com and B&H. It will also be available in select countries in Europe in the coming weeks with pricing still to be confirmed.

JVC Everio GZ-R70 and GZ-R10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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JVC has announced two rugged, all-weather Full HD camcorders. Waterproof to a depth of 5m/16.4ft, able to withstand a drop from 1.5m, as well as dust-proof and freeze-proof down to –10˚C/14˚F; the JVC Everio GZ-R70 and GZ-R10 feature  40x optical zoom, 2.5 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, audio that zooms with the picture, and compatibility with third-party editing software, including iMovie and Final Cut Pro X. The JVC Everio GZ-R70 additionally offers a built-in LED light and 32GB of internal storage. The GZ-R10 will hit the shelves in March at an SRP of $399.95. The GZ-R70 will be available in April for $499.95.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Samsung WB2200F

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Samsung WB2200F dual-grip camera offers a 1/2.3-type 16-megapixel CMOS imager and 60x optical zoom. Equipped with a 20-1200mm equivalent f/2.8-5.9 lens, the Samsung WB2200F features integrated Wi-Fi, image stabilisation, Near-Field Communication (NFC), an i-Function control button and an eye-level electronic viewfinder.

Samsung WB350F

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Samsung WB350F is a compact 16-megapixel camera with 23-483mm equivalent lens and on-board Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC. Other highlights include a 3" touchscreen, wireless photo sharing, automated image backup, remote shooting and Full HD video recording capabilities. In addition, this camera is capable of uploading original photographs directly to the user's Dropbox folder. The Samsung WB350F is currently on display at the CES trade show held from 7th-10th January in Las Vegas.

Samsung WB1100F

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Samsung WB1100F is a new digital compact camera with 35x optical zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC. Equipped with a 16-megapixel CCD and a 25-875mm equivalent lens, theThe Samsung WB1100F is a new digital compact camera with 35x optical zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC. has a Speed Control Key that allows users to move through the various levels of zoom with speed and ease. The Speed Control Key can be used to activate both the zoom and the Panorama mode. The Samsung WB1100F is currently on display at the CES trade show held from 7th-10th January in Las Vegas.

New Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lexar has announced the immediate sample availability of the new Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 card - the fastest memory card in the world. With capacities available for sampling in 256GB, 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB, the Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards demonstrate new speed thresholds to capture high-quality images and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video. Designed to maximise the capabilities of the next-generation of high-definition camcorders and high-resolution digital SLR cameras, the new cards provide a read transfer speed up to 3333x (500MB per second), which is three times faster than any CompactFlash card. The company has also introduced the Lexar Professional Workflow CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader for the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution.

Lexar 256GB Professional 1066x CF Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Lexar Professional 1066x 256GB CF card offers a read transfer speed up to 160MB per second and write speeds up to 155MB per second. Additionally, it supports the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification for professional video capture streams at a minimum guaranteed write speed of 65MB per second for compatible host devices.

Lexar Professional 800x Compact Flash Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Lexar Professional 800x Compact Flash card is the industry’s first memory card to be offered in a capacity of 512GB. Also available in a 256GB version, the Lexar Professional 800x Compact Flash memory card supports the VPG-20 specification with a minimum guaranteed write speed of 20MB per second. Compatible with all CF devices, the cards help accelerate the digital photography workflow, especially when paired with a compatible card reader, such as the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution. The Lexar Professional 800x CF card will be available in the first calendar quarter of 2014 with MSRPs of £1,099.99 (512GB variant) and £479.99 (256GB).

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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As part of its "Art" line, Sigma has added a new 50mm lens to its product portfolio. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM has an optical formula featuring 13 elements in 8 groups and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The lens incorporates a floating system that adjusts the distance between lens groups while focusing, thereby reducing the amount of lens movement required. A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) enables fast and quiet auto focus operation. Availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed.

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced a new version of its 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 superzoom lens as part of its "Contemporary" product line. The new lens is smaller and lighter than its predecessor and bears the "Macro" designation to reflect its maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3. The close-focus distance is 39cm, which translates into a minimum working distance of less than 15cm. This lens incorporates SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements that have a high refractive index, and corrects chromatic aberration at the telephoto-end very well, the company claims. As before, the Canon, Nikon and Sigma versions have an Optical Stabiliser on board, while the Pentax and Sony variants come without this feature. Availability and pricing have yet to be communicated.

Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Lomography to give away a fantastic Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit!

The lucky winner is Sumit Singh. Congratulations!

Fully compatible with all Micro 4/3 Digital cameras (the world’s most popular Mirrorless Camera System), the new Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit gives you full creative freedom, whether shooting photos or movies. Take amazing circular 160° shots with the Fisheye lens. Looking for some wild landscape shots? Go for the wide-angle 12mm lens. Or take photos with a natural field of view with the standard 24mm lens. With 3 lenses and infinite possibilities, the kit is available at a truly great price!

The Experimental Lens Kit is the first lens kit in the world which allows you to take optical multiple exposures using a digital camera. By using the built-in mechanic N/B shutter on each lens, you can take multiple exposures with ease (without having to merge photos together using post-production techniques). With the Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit, photos have remarkable color saturation. Shoot as close as 5cm with the Fisheye lens and as close as 20cm with the 12mm Wide-angle lens.

Nero 2014 Platinum Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Nero to give away a copy of Nero 2014 Platinum!

The lucky winner is Justin Douglas. Congratulations!

Nero 2014 Platinum enables users to connect, access and use all their media at home and on the go. It is ideal for people who want to centralise all their content in one place and make it accessible from any device, allowing users to manage, create, convert, play, and share movies, music and photos across all their devices.

Nero 2014 Platinum allows users to achieve professional results quickly and easily with fully integrated applications. Users will enjoy Nero 2014’s fast and easy ripping, conversion, and video editing with Ultra HD (4K) support. The new version also includes full media management functions, superior disc and file playback including Blu-ray 3D discs, Nero Play to TV streaming and the best burning tools in the industry.

To enter all you need to do is answer this simple question. Good luck!

Silver Groves Frame Voucher Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Silver Groves, a UK based silverware and gifts company, are giving away two gifted credit amounts of $80.00 for Photography Blog readers to spend on their frame section.

The lucky winners are Carrie Miller and Ronald Capek. Congratulations!

So far you have the best camera equipment, but do you have any frames to display the images you have taken? Perhaps you are looking for the perfect way to incorporate your own work into a Christmas gift for a loved one? Silver Groves have the perfect frames for any occasion with traditional frames as well as more modern and contemporary. You can even add a more personal touch by adding an engraving text of your choice.

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Review

Matt Grayson
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The FinePix F900EXR is the range-topping camera from Fujifilm, sporting a 20x lens with a versatile focal range of 25-500mm. The 16 megapixel F900 EXR also features fast phase-detection autofocusing, wireless image transfer, GPS support, full 1080p movies, a high-contrast 3 inch LCD screen and 8fps continuous shooting. Read our in-depth Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR review now...

Eye-Fi Labs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Eye-Fi is launching Eye-Fi Labs, an experimental platform for customers that want to preview and test new Eye-Fi technology. Eye-Fi Labs will host new mobile apps and beta product features for its popular wireless memory cards before they are available to the general public. Eye-Fi’s product development teams monitor and engage directly with Lab participants to further refine products based on customers’ needs and desires. Users can register for the Labs programme by visitibg the website below. Additionally, Eye-Fi is also announcing beta Mac desktop receiver software for its Mobi card, following the release of its Windows desktop receiver last month.