Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Slinger BigBag Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Adorama has recently enhanced its Slinger collection with nine new BigBag camera bags. The BigBag range comprises lighting bags, video bags and tripod bags of various sizes available from $29.95 for lightweight, modest options, to $179.95 for more heavy duty and versatile offerings. Click through / read on for more information on each individual BigBag.

Photo Shanghai

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The World Photography Organisation and Montgomery have announced the inaugural edition of Photo Shanghai, the first international art fair dedicated to photography in China. Created in response to the buoyant photography market across the Asia-Pacific region, Photo Shanghai will run from 5-7 September at the landmark Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Galleries from across the world now have a unique platform in China and the opportunity to establish and extend their network of buyers in the region. Sandy Angus, co-founder of ART HK and Chairman of Montgomery and the World Photography Organisation comments: “The vast Asian art market has seen considerable growth over the past decade and in that time photography has been an ever-increasing part within the contemporary art space. China has the advantage of a treasure trove of ancient photographs as well as an appreciation of the medium of photography and its place in the art world. Photo Shanghai has the opportunity to draw on this interest amongst both Chinese and Asia-Pacific collectors.”

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Review

Matt Grayson
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The new Fujifilm FinePix S4800 is an affordable super-zoom camera that boasts a 30x zoom lens. Other standout features include a 16 megapixel sensor, a 3 inch LCD screen, manual controls and 720p movies, all for under £150 / $175. Read our in-depth Fujifilm FinePix S4800 review now...

Hassan Hajjaj: ‘Kesh Angels

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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'Kesh Angels is a solo exhibition of work by the Moroccan-born, UK-based artist, Hassan Hajjaj. Hosted by Taymour Grahne Gallery, ‘Kesh Angels presents a unique take on the vibrant street culture of Morocco and pays tribute to the biker culture of the young women of Marrakesh in a series of photographs, limited edition objects, an installation, and a video. The exhibition is also accompanied by a book on the last decade of Hajjaj’s work, published jointly by Taymour Grahne Gallery and Rose Issa Projects. Hajjaj's images will be on display from tomorrow until 2nd March.

Nikon Issues Service Advisory to L25 Owners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has posted a service advisory to owners of its Coolpix L25 digital compact camera. "It has recently become clear that in some very rare cases, if the camera is subjected to a strong shock such as being dropped or struck, heat may be generated from inside the camera and the top cover of the Nikon Coolpix L25 may become deformed and a small gap may be visible near the shutter-release button," the company says. "There is no danger of fire." Nikon will be offering a free inspection and modification service to prevent the possibility of this problem from occurring. Click through / scroll down for the detailed, illustrated service advisory.

Nokia Introduces DNG Camera Colour Profiles

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia has released DNG colour profiles for the Nokia 1520 (pictured) and the Nokia 1020 camera phones. These camera profiles allow Lightroom users to simplify their raw image conversion workflow when working with images shot under fluorescent or halogen lights, daylight, or with the phones' built-in flash. These camera color profiles are only available for Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 and will only work in Adobe Lightroom, the company warns.

Source: Conversations - Nokia

Samsung Partners with Getty Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Samsung and Getty Images have announced a new partnership. The partnership will bring together the unique capabilities and expertise of Samsung and Getty Images to drive forward connected photography. "Partnering with an iconic brand like Getty Images is an ideal endeavour for Samsung. Getty Images is the perfect partner to allow our customers to share their individual stories from across the world, faster and through better quality images than ever before," said Stephen Taylor, Vice President Brand and Retail, Samsung Electronics Europe. “Through this partnership, we hope to empower a generation of aspiring photographers to take their ambition to new heights.”  As part of this agenda, the agreement will see a commitment to the creation of bespoke content, starting with the launch of the “Samsung Collection” now available on gettyimages.com.

Phottix Mitros+ Now Available for Nikon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Phottix has launched a Nikon version of its Mitros+ TTL flash, which features built-in radio triggering and power control functions. Unlike optical or infrared flash syncing solutions, radio triggering does not require direct line of sight and tends to work well indoors and out, at night and in broad daylight, over relatively long distances. The Mitros+ offers all of these triggering modes plus a 3.5mm sync port. As to basic flash functionality, the Phottix Mitros+ has a guide number of 58 (in metres), high-speed and second-curtain synchronisation modes, a zoomable tilt-swivel flash head with 24-105mm coverage (14mm with a wide-angle diffuser), an AF assist light and a quick flash mode. Three sets of flash and function information can be saved in the Mitros+’s memory and be quickly recalled when needed. The Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash for has started shipping to international retailers and is available now for $449,99 at the website below.

Adobe and Samsung Sign Up for Inaugural Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Adobe and Samsung have joined the list of exhibitiors at The Photography Show, a new event dedicated to the imaging industry taking place at Birmingham’s NEC between Saturday 1 and Tuesday 4 March 2014. Jonny Sullens, Head of Events, says, “We’re delighted to have Adobe and Samsung on board. Both are world leaders in technology and their innovative nature has had a hugely positive impact on the modern photographer." Tickets are available now at the website below.

Ricoh GR Firmware Update 3.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Ricoh GR digital compact camera. Version 3.00 adds [Aspect Ratio] to the parameters of [RAW Development], enables shutter speed adjustments in 1/3EV increments when [ISO Step Setting] is set to [1/3EV], adds a [Folder Name Setting] to the Setup menu and a new [AFL Focus Setting] to the Key Custom Options menu. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Ricoh Japan

Friday, January 24, 2014

Olympus Stylus SZ-15 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Olympus SZ-15 is a budget travel-zoom compact camera, featuring a 24x lens, 16 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video recording, and a 3 inch LCD screen. With a current street price of less than £150, read our detailed Olympus SZ-15 review to find out if it's all the camera you need...

Phase One IQ250

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Hot on the heels of Hasselblad's announcement of the H5D-50c, Phase One has unveiled a medium-format digital back with a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. With a sensor size of 44x33mm, the IQ250 offers 68 percent more image-capture real estate than a typical 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera, and delivers a claimed 14 stops of dynamic range. Additionally; it has an ISO range from 100/21° to 6400/39°, which is unprecedented for an MF digital back. "Fluid and responsive Live View is another key feature of the IQ250," the company says. Live View on the IQ250 offers great composition and focus assistance -- whether it is used directly on the digital back, connected via USB3 to Capture One on the computer, or displayed wirelessly on iPads or iPhones running Capture Pilot. The Phase One IQ250 system is available now, priced at €24,990/ $34,990:

New Instant Films for Polaroid SX-70

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Impossible has announced the release of three new special edition colour films for the legendary Polaroid SX-70 Land instant camera. Each of the three new Special Edition SX-70 films (Color SX-70 Gold Frame, Color SX-70 Silver Frame and Color SX-70) boast the latest colour protection formula from Impossible, offering improved colour saturation and a high level of detail and sharpness. The films are now available through the Impossible Online Shop.

ProAm USA Announces Taurus Jr. Crane/Rib

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ProAm USA, a manufacturer of production equipment for film and video enthusiasts and professionals, has just announced the Taurus Jr. camera crane/jib. A heavy-duty, dual-arm jib system, the Taurus Jr. extends three feet from the fulcrum and supports camera rigs up to 20 pounds. Modelled after the Taurus XL, the ProAm USA Taurus Jr will be available in mid-February for $299. “A crane that can support up to 20 pounds for under $300 with features like built-in tilt, pan brake and manual tilt control is practically unheard of,” states Jennifer Melancon, vice president, ProAm USA.“The value is unbeatable.” Availability is slated for mid February,

Fotospeed Photosmooth Pearl 290

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotospeed has announced the PhotoSmooth Pearl 290, a natural white, instant-dry 290gsm inkjet paper. This resin coated, heavyweight paper is offered as a replacement for the widely acclaimed, and now discontinued, Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl paper; with free sample packs available to current Ilford cutomers in the United Kingdom.

The Societies’ Photographer of the Year Awards 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Lithuania wedding photographer, Lina Ruskyte Lukoseviciene was awarded the coveted Photographer of the Year by The Societies during the Awards Dinner at their annual Convention, for the photo shown above. Lina said, “The image was taken of a bride while she was preparing for ceremony, she was standing in another room and her brother was correcting her veil. I took the picture from the space in front of the open doors.” In addition to receiving her trophy Lina also walked away with a VIP trip to The Societies' 2015 Convention.

Kowa TSN-PA7 Photo Adapter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kowa has alunched two digiscoping adapters, one for DSLR users and one for Samsung Galaxy S4 owners. The TSN-PA7 works seamlessly with Kowa’s TE-10Z 20-60x Zoom and TE-11WZ 25-60x PROMINAR Wide Zoom eyepieces. “The previous D-SLR option for the TSN-880 and TSN-770 Series Scopes did not allow for digiscoping with an eyepiece,” says Sales Manager Miles Takahashi, “the TSN-PA7 is a great option for our TSN-880 and TSN-770 scope users who are looking to fill that void.” The TSN-GA4S Samsung Galaxy S4 Adapter comes with 55mm and 41mm adapter rings as a standard package (compatible with the TE-11WZ, TE-10Z and TE-17W eyepieces, BD42-XD, BD32, YF and SV Series binoculars). Additional 43mm, 45mm, and 50mm adapter rings are available for purchase to ensure compatibility with the entire Kowa lineup of binoculars and spotting scopes.

Samyang SFH-14 Filter Holder

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Samyang has announced a dedicated filter holder for its 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC lens. Available in two versions, Standard and V-DSLR, the Samyang SFH-14 solves the common problem of mounting the filters on a lens that does not have a filter thread because of its unique optical construction. The holder comes with double slideways to use one or two filters at the same time, both vertically and horizontally. The filters designed for this holder are manufactured by Cokin. Three filters are available, an 8-stop ND filter, a graduated neutral density filter and a graduated blue filter, each measuring 161x139x3mm. The holder sells for €32, and the filters are priced from €63-€68.

Verbatim Nano USB Drive & Tablet microSDHC Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Verbatim has announced a Store ‘n’ Go Nano USB drive and a Tablet microSDHC memory card. Equipped with a micro USB adapter, the Verbatim Nano USB drive comes in capacities of 8GB (€9.99), 16GB (€15.99) and 32GB (€27.99). The micro USB adapter packaged with the Nano USB Drive can be used independently whenever required. The Tablet microSDHC card comes with an SD card adapter. The top-of-the-range 32GB microSDHC Card (€29.99, colour coded red) has a Speed Class 10 and UHS-I Speed Class 10 rating delivering ample capacity and optimised performance for HD video use. Alternatively, customers can opt for a 16GB (€15.99, blue) or 8GB (€8.99, green) microSDHC Card, also with a Speed Class 10 rating.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

ArtGemini Prize 2013 Winners Unveiled

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the 2013 ArtGemini Prize have been announced. The £1000 first prize was awarded to Chiara Gerevasi for her photo, UNO (see above). The second prize went to Orit Zuckerman. The finalists' images will be on display at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in London from 24th January to 7th February. All 56 artworks (including paintings and photographs) are for sale, and 20% of the sale proceeds will be donated to Kids Company. Visitors to the exhibition may cast their vote for the winner of the £500 Public Choice Prize.