Monday, July 1, 2013

Canon EOS M Firmware Version 2.0.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon has issued a firmware update for the Canon EOS M compact system camera. Version 2.0.2 incorporates the following fixes and improvements.

  1. Improves focusing speed in One-Shot AF mode.
  2. Now supports EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM.
  3. Corrects errors in the Simplified Chinese, Hungarian, Traditional Chinese and Korean language menus.

*When placing the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM without conducting the firmware update, although rare, at times the EOS M will not function.

Website: Canon USA Support

Lytro Mobile for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Lytro has introduced a new iOS app that allows people to use their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device to experience and share light field pictures taken with Lytro cameras. The app communicates with Lytro cameras, whose wireless capabilities can be activated with a free software update, letting camera owners preview and upload pictures to Lytro.com directly from their iOS device while on the go, using either a cellular or Wi-Fi network. The Lytro Mobile App is available as a free download from iTunes.

Linea 3.3 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Mobile photo browsing app Linea has been updated to version 3.3 to include direct access to Dropbox. "Photo enthusiasts who need a way to back up their photos, but can never see or find their photos in Dropbox’s non visual folders, can use Linea to organise and view thousands of pictures, pulling images straight from Dropbox to Linea’s mobile app," the company says. "We realise photo enthusasts are pained with storage and organisation woes on a daily basis. Uploading photos from Dropbox means your photos remain backed up while they are organised automatically in a visually compelling line to be shared with friends and family.” Linea is available as a free download from the App Store.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is the new kit lens for the EOS 700D / Rebel T5i. Is it just a throw-away lens that you should upgrade as soon as possible, or is it actually worth using? We've tested the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM on the EOS 700D / Rebel T5i to find out...

Carl Zeiss to Label its Lenses Simply ‘ZEISS’

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Via its official blog, Carl Zeiss has announced that it "will... label its lenses differently: Carl Zeiss will become ZEISS." Throughout its long history, Carl Zeiss has used various labels on its lenses. From the 1920s, the moniker "Carl Zeiss Jena" would appear on a variety of its products. After WW2, some of the company's employees established a new factory in Oberkochen, West Germany, and adopted a new label with the inscription "Carl Zeiss," while the East German factory located in Jena continued to brand its products "Carl Zeiss Jena." After several, often long-winded international lawsuits, the West German factory dropped the founder's first name, Carl, from its logo; while in the US - where the Oberkochen-based company was granted exclusive use of the name "Carl Zeiss" - the East German factory's produts were relabelled "aus Jena." The reunification of Germany brought about a merger of the two Zeiss firms, and a new company logo was created - but the branding of the photographic lenses continued to differ from that of the firm's other products (such as eyeglasses and microscopes). Now the company decided that it will use only the ZEISS logo on the front ring of its lenses. "The changeover for the lenses will take place at the family level: existing lens families will not be changed after-the-fact, but future families will be labelled with ZEISS," the company said in a statement. "The first family to introduce this change is the ZEISS Touit lenses."

Issue 3 of Bilingual Camera Magazine Out Soon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The third issue of the recently revived English/French language Camera magazine will be available from 4th July. This edition showcases a portfolio of photographs taken by the up-and-coming American photographer Brea Souders. “She speaks a poignant, sophisticated yet lovely language throughout the images which completely feels original and personal," says South-Korean artist Ina Jang, whose work is also featured in the magazine. The 76-page magazine is available in print form, priced at €9.00 (or €12.50 including shipping if purchased online). You can order your copy through the website below, starting 4th July.

Nissin MG8000 & PS 8 Power Pack Bundle

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro is offering photographers an exclusive deal when purchasing the Nissin MG8000 Extreme Flash Gun together with the PS 8 Power Pack. Compatible with the E-TTL, E-TTL II (Canon) and i-TTL (Nikon) systems, the Nissin MG8000 Extreme features the world's highest "Machine Gun" strobe, and boasts an impressive recycle time of just three seconds for the first 200 shots, and then five to seven seconds for subsequent frames. The Nissin PS 8 Power Pack (pictured) features a redesigned core circuit that reduces the heat produced, and an exclusive battery cartridge design, which greatly increases the battery capability whilst also helping to decrease its overall weight to 761 grams. The Nissin MG 8000 and PS 8 Power Pack bundle deal is available now and has a suggested retail price of £570 (incl VAT), in comparison to an SRP of £621 combined (incl VAT) when purchasing both items separately.

Olympus Image Share 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Olympus have just released update 2.0 for their image sharing app OI.Share. The free app allows images taken on a compatible Olympus camera (using a FlashAir memory card) to be shared without the need for cables or waiting until you get home and in front of a PC. More importantly, OI.Share gives forthcoming owners of the new PEN E-P5 the ability to control the camera wirelessly using the PEN's built-in Wi-Fi. Version 2.0 makes the app available to Android users.

TeoreX Batch Inpaint 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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TeoreX has updated its Batch Inpaint software to Version 2.0. This application allows removing or retouching undesirable objects pretty much like its flagship cousin Inpaint does, and offers means to process multiple photos at once. Version 2.0 features a whole new look with a simpler and more accessible interface. Batch Inpaint 2.0 also features several new selection tools (Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magic Wand), and provides better overall stability and improved performance. Available for Windows XP or higher and for Max OS X 10.7 or higher, Batch Inpaint 2.0 sells for $19.99.

Photographer’s Guide to the Canon PowerShot S110

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Photographer’s Guide to the Canon PowerShot S110: Getting the Most from Canon’s Pocketable Digital Camera is a new title from White Knight Press. This guide book explains all operations, features, menus, and controls of the Canon PowerShot S110 camera, providing information about how to accomplish things with the camera as well as when and why to use certain features. More than 300 photographs, almost all in full color, illustrate the camera’s controls and menus and include examples of the photographs that can be taken using the S110’s many options. In addition, the book goes beyond the realm of everyday photography with introductions to topics such as infrared photography, street photography, and using the raw format. The book is available as a 411-page paperback for $24.95, and as an e-book priced at $9.99.

Manfrotto and Gitzo Launch New Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto and Gitzo have just launched a new promotion offering birdwatchers the chance to improve their arsenal of birding kit. Running until 31st August 2013, this new offer enables any UK resident to get 5% off the purchase of selected Gitzo and Manfrotto birdwatching supports, plus free shipping. There are no restrictions on the number of purchases per customer, but the offer cannot be combined with any other online promotions. For more information, visit one of the websites below.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Panasonic Lumix GF6 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic Lumix GF6 is a new entry-level compact system camera that offers a lot of cutting-edge features for not a lot of money. The diminutive GF6 has a tilting LCD screen, built-in wireless and NFC connectivity, fast 0.09 second auto-focusing, a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, 1080i HD video, and a touchscreen interface. Read our Panasonic Lumix GF6 review, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW sample images...

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Panasonic has unveiled a new version of its Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 "pancake" lens. Comprising seven elements in five groups, the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH uses two aspherical elements to minimise both distortion and chromatic aberrations and comes with an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades. According to the company, the new lens "supports Contrast AF system for high precision auto focusing," although it's unclear if the focusing speed has been improved since the previous iteration. The main novelty seems to be the "newly designed metallic profile" of the lens. The new addition will be available from 29th July 2013, priced at around £350.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II expert compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II compact camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the RX100 model, and with the optional electronic viewfinder fitted.

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R expert compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the full-frame Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R compact camera.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II is the first ever Sony camera to feature NFC connectivity. Succesor to the popular RX100, the new RX100 II compact camera has a 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R 1.0-type CMOS sensor, Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal accessory connections, a tiltable LCD screen, Full HD 24p/25p movie for cinematic video footage, plus built-in wi-fi. The Sony RX100 II will be available from mid-July 2013, priced at around £650 in the UK. The RX100 model will continue for the forseeable future.

New accessories inclue a grip for both the RX100 and RX100 II, the AG-R1, which will cost £10, the VFA-49R1 49mm lens filter adapter, and the LCJ-RXC leather case (£75).

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R is a new 35mm full-frame compact camera without an optical low-pass filter. To compensate for the OLPF’s removal, the RX1R’s processing functions have been optimised to maintain image sharpness without compromising lens/sensor performance. Designed to deliver the sharpest ever detail, the Cyber-shot RX1R has the same 24.3 effective megapixel sensor and Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* F2 lens as the original RX1 model. Available in mid-July 2013, the RX1R will cost the same as the RX1 at £2,600 in the UK.

Sony HVL-F43M Flash

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The Sony HVL-F43M is a new flash gun for the latest cameras and interchangeable-lens camcorders equipped with Sony’s Multi Interface Shoe. Successor to the HVL-F43AM model, the HVL-F43M also doubles as a powerful LED video light for keen videographers. Price and availability of the Sony HVL-F43M are to be confirmed.

G-Technology Launches “Driven Creativity” Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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G-Technology today announced that its Driven Creativity 2013 awards competition is now open for entries. Contest categories include animation, music, photography, short film and GoPro Active. The competition is free to participants and entries will be accepted from June 27 until October 29, 2013 at the website below.

VSCO Cam for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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VSCO has announced that its iPhone app, VSCO Cam is now available for free. The app supports Focus and Exposure Rings plus White Balance Lock for increased creative control. The Library boasts multiple thumbnail sizes for a customisable browsing experience, as well as the ability to organize, favorite and filter images. "The superior technology of VSCO Cam is best seen in the editing of images," the company says. "VSCO Cam includes a default set of Presets and Tools whose strength can be adjusted, allowing for efficient editing and precise customisation." VSCO Cam is available on the iTunes App Store.