Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sigma Issues Product Advisory to Nikon D5300 Owners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has issued a product advisory stating that the current firmware of its Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses may not work properly with the Nikon D5300 digital SLR camera. More precisely, the Optical Stabilisation (OS) and Live View Auto Focus functions do not work properly when it is used with the Nikon D5300. For those customers who own Sigma lenses in Nikon mount, Sigma is going to provide a free firmware update service.

ExpoDisc 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ExpoImaging has introduced the ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter for digital cameras. The original ExpoDisc Professional White Balance Filter was available in separate Neutral and Portrait (warming) versions. ExpoDisc 2.0 combines these versions into a single tool. ExpoDisc 2.0 includes two levels of custom warming gels which can be inserted into recesses on the face of the ExpoDisc, enabling photographers to add varying degrees of warmth for pleasing skin tones. The ExpoDisc 2.0 will initially be available in a 77mm filter size with more sizes to follow. As with the original ExpoDisc, a larger ExpoDisc 2.0 can be used with smaller filter size lenses by simply holding the ExpoDisc 2.0 over the lens during the white balance setting procedure. The ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White Balance Filter retails for $49.95.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013 - DSLR Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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In the first part of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we've selected our favourite DSLR cameras, with something for every budget.

Fujifilm X-E2 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Fujifilm X-E2 is a faster, more full-featured version of last year's X-E1 compact system camera, promising better image quality too. Can this gorgeous retro-styled model improve on one of our favourite cameras of 2012? Read our Fujifilm X-E2 review to find out...

Plustek USA Announces Black Friday Deals

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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Plustek USA has announced end-of-year deals on a number of its scanners. Of photographic interest are the instant rebates on the Plustek OpticFilm 8100 (pictured), OpticFilm 8200i SE and OpticFilm 8200i Ai 35mm film scanners, which range from $60 to $90 depending on model. Expiring on 30th November, these deals are available online and from authorised Plustek value-added resellers across the United States.

A Day at Home

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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A Day at Home is a new photographic series by Charlotte Colbert. With playful nods to Bourgeois’ “femme-maison”, the visuals of ruins and fairy tales, Colbert questions the daily insanity of being human, more specifically within the context of the home. Shot on location, in a derelict house in Bethnal Green, the ruins become a character in themselves, the murky mindscape from which one cannot escape. The series will be on display at Gazelli Art House, a commercial art organisation dedicated to providing a new setting for the creation of contemporary art, from 29th November – 12th December 2013. Gazelli Art House is located at 39 Dover St, London.

Phase One / Tether Tools Webinar

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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On 20th November, Phase One and Tether Tools will co-host a special free webinar on the specifics about how Capture One Pro and Tether Tools make tethered shooting easier and more reliable. The webinar is complemented by a limited-time offer on the Pro Tether Tools Kit with Capture One Pro 7. Until 24th November, the kit is available for $586.55, a saving of more than $100. To register for the event visit the website below.

Oasis Launches International Nature Photography Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Registration is now open for this year's International Nature Photography Contest, organised by Oasis. There are ten categories for adults, including Landspaces, Mammals, Birds, Other Animals, Storyboard, Underwater, People, Plants, Pets, and Lights, shapes and techniques. The Boys category is divided into two sections; Baby (for children up to 14 years) and Junior (for kids aged 14 to 18 years). The deadline for submissions is 25 December 2013.

PNY Unveils New High Performance Memory Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PNY Technologies have introduced its new SDHC/XC High Performance memory cards. Available in four different capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB, these Class 10 UHS-I cards offer speeds of up to 80MB/s. Prices start at £17.99.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Review

Matt Grayson
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The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a small super-zoom camera with a 30x zoom lens. The Canon SX510 also offers 12 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, wi-fi and GPS connectivity, full manual controls and 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX510 HS review now...

Triggertrap Redsnap

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Triggertrap's Redsnap accessory, a modular camera trigger for high-speed, camera-trap and time-lapse photography, has exceeded its funding goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter by nearly 6 times. Billed as "one of the fastest, easiest to use, and most affordable high-speed flash- and camera triggers money can't yet buy," Triggertrap Redsnap uses interchangeable sensor modules that you can snap on when you need them, and tuck away in your camera bag when you don't. It has three outputs, so you can hook up three cameras, three flashes, or a combination of both. It also has a special connector allowing it to talk to the Triggertrap Mobile App for iOS and Android. With over £288,000 pledged, Triggertrap Redsnap has exceeded all of its stretch goals, and will go into production in the first half of 2014.

Magmod Flash Modifiers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tucson, Arizona based photographer Spencer Boerup has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new, magnetic system of mounting flash modifiers that works with almost any strobe. "For photographers, attaching a flash modifier is a chore," Boerup says. "Either you need a special mount designed just your flash, or you have to use velcro, elastic, or a whole slew of other materials just to get your modifiers to stay in place." Magmod promises to change it all. Each Magmod modifier attaches to your speedlight by magnetising to the MagGrip, an elastic,one-size-fits-all band that stretches around the flash head. The system is modular - in addition to the MagGrip, it currently includes the MagGrid honeycomb grid and the MagGel Kit, which comprises a gel slot and various colour temperature modifying gels. You can add as many modifiers as you want, simply stacking one on top of the other. Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's Kickstarter page.

CycleX & PhotoX for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Optrix has announced two new products dubbed CycleX and PhotoX. The CycleX is billed as the first and only iPhone bike mount to offer portrait and landscape views while mounting in line with the bars to lower wind resistance and increase visibility. The PhotoX is a brand new, entry-level iPhone photography system featuring two all-glass lenses, bringing affordable pricing to the existing line of rugged, waterproof cases from Optrix. For more information visit the website below.

Olympus Accessory Cashback Offer with OM-D E-M1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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Olympus UK are offering a £100 Accessory Cashback voucher to anyone purchasing an E-M1 body or kit from authorised dealers. The offer is valid on any Olympus accessory worth over £199.99, and runs until 15 January 2014. For details visit the website below.

FotoVisura 2014 Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The 2014 Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project is open for submissions from photographers self-publishing on fotovisura.com. The grant aims to support personal photography projects and encourage the production and development of photography outside of the commercial realm, Members can submit a public or private album. The winner of the FotoVisura Grant will receive $2,000. The recipient of the Spotlight Student Grant will be awarded $1,000. The deadline for entries is 10 January 2014.

Momentage for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Momentage is a new social media platform where users can integrate photos, videos and SoundImages "to showcase a more artistic expression of reality." To craft a moment, users can select and edit photos and videos, or shoot photos and record up to 20 seconds of video. Once photos and videos are selected to be in a 'moment,' users can rearrange them by dragging and dropping each piece of media into a different area of the layout. Moments can be made public for general viewing by anyone on the app, or shared privately with just one person or a select group of followers. Momentage is currently available for iPhone and can be downloaded from the App Store.

Kodak Alaris and Lomography Make a Combined Commitment to Film

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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In an open letter addressed to the Lomography community, Dennis Olbrich, president of Personalised Imaging at Kodak Alaris) has stated that Kodak will ‘continue to offer the full portfolio of photographic films and papers. "Whether you prefer shooting on the award-winning KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA films or an all time classic like the KODAK PROFESSIONAL TRI-X or you look 
forward to print your images on the unmatched KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA Metallic paper – Kodak Alaris will continue to offer all you need," Olbrich says. The Lomographic Society responded: "As partners in the mission to keep a great selection of film available for analogue photographers, we at Lomography are thrilled by this news."

Delkin Fat Gecko Kaboom

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Delkin's Fat Gecko Kaboom promises to provide its users with hundreds of new and unique ways to record video from perspectives that were "never before possible." This carbon-fibre action camera mount utilises interchangeable sections that snap together to make up five different mounts in one. The Fat Gecko Kaboom kit includes a Self-Portrait hand held extension, a High Angle Boom, a Vehicle Mount (which requires two separately sold Fat Gecko suction cup mounts), a Tripod Extender, and a Helmet Boom. "The most impressive of the five set ups has to be the Helmet Boom," says Marketing Manager, Anna Lopez. "A regular helmet mount captures either whatever the user sees from a POV perspective, or a close-up shot of the user's face with minimal room left for anything else. Because the Kaboom puts the camera twenty or so inches off of the user's helmet, you're able to capture the entire body, the user's surroundings, and any obstacles or equipment that is involved in the activity." The complete kit is available at retailers worldwide for $129.99.

Sony World Photography Awards Launch UK National Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth

The Sony World Photography Awards, together with Sony UK, has launched a new competition to discover the UK’s best photographer. The winner of the UK National Award will receive Sony camera equipment, and be chosen from entries to the Open competition of the 2014 Sony Word Photography Awards taken by UK nationals. Alongside two runners-up, the winning photographer will have their work displayed alongside professional photographers from around the globe as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition held in London from 1-18 May 2014.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nikon D5300 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 44 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, including the full ISO range.

The Nikon D5300 is a 24 megapixel APS-C DSLR camera with no optical low-pass filter, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, EXPEED 4 image processing engine, 3.2 inch vari-angle screen, ISO 10-25,600, 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors, and Full HD movies at 1080/50/60p.