Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Phottix Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Phottix Mitros+ is a groundbreaking new product - a third-party TTL flash with built-in radio triggering and power control functions. Currently available in a Canon ETTL compliant version, Phottix Mitros+ flashes can be remotely controlled and fired with a hotshoe-mounted Mitros+ unit or one of many compatible Phottix flash triggers. 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 Canon will start to ship during October 2013. The price has not been announced yet but we expect the Mitros+ to be more affordable than its closest competitor, Canon's own Speedlite 600EX-RT. The Nikon version is expected to be released by the end of 2013.

Mastering the Nikon D7100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Mastering the Nikon D7100 by Darrell Young is a new title from Rocky Nook. This book guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles. The 560-page volume sells for $39.95.

Your Vision Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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David Noton has announced a photography competition for f11 members. The judges will be looking for f11 Members’ pictures that display the most imaginative and perceptive photographic vision, and the winner will receive a day of one-to-one tuition with David, arranged at a mutually convenient time and location. All finalists will have their images featured in a special Your Vision Competition Winners f11 Member’s Gallery in the February 2014 issue of David's Chasing the Light eZine. Full f11 members have until 1 January 2014 to submit their entries as low-resolution JPEGs to enquiries@davidnoton.com

SPEEDCinema

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SPEEDCinema is a portable 3 in 1 slider/rail/dolly system for filmmaking and time-lapse work, featuring. an expandable rail system and a unique reconfigurable design. Announced by Seim Effects and Atomic Feather Design, the SpeedCINEMA system features a speciel connecting rail called SPEEDTube that offers a variable-length connecting track in a highly portable package. Pre-orders are being sold on Kickstarter with the goal of raising $25,000 between September 12 and October 12, 2013. Funds from orders will be used to ramp-up production of the new system. Product delivery for the made-in-America system is planned for the first quarter of 2014. To make a contribution or simply learn more, visit the website below.

Shoot NYC 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Hasselblad Bron has announced that New York City once again will be the host of Shoot NYC, a professional photography forum. Held at La Venue, 1011 608 West 28th Street, October 24th from 10:00am to 6:30pm, and October 25th from 10:00am to 8:00pm; Shoot NYC 2013 is an informative forum based on the premise of building a photographic community. "In addition to a wide range of free professional photography seminars, industry leaders Broncolor and Hasselblad will help you learn how to harness and integrate the market's most advanced photographic tools into your business, improving both your photography and your bottom line," the organisers say. "Top industry professionals will host workshops and hands-on seminars in an array of subjects, whether you're interested in fashion, portraiture, commercial, stock or repro." Click through / scroll down for a list of speakers.

Adobe Photoshop Photography Programme Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe's new Photoshop Photography Programme, which was announced at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, is now available. The offer gives users who own Photoshop CS3 or higher the opportunity to use both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month, and includes 20 gigabytes of online storage, access to Creative Cloud Learn's training resources, Behance ProSite, and ongoing upgrades and updates. Customers must sign up for the programme before the end of the year to take advantage of this special offer.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Royal Photographic Society Awards 2013 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has revealed the recipients of its annual awards at a ceremony held this evening at the Royal Society, London. Also announced were the recipients of The Society’s educational bursaries, given to promising photographers starting their careers and the Combined Royal Colleges Medal, awarded for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical photography or the wider field of medical imaging. Click through / read on for the full list of recipients.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 42 JPEG images and a movie taken with the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 lens-style camera.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 is an innovative new product that aims to dramatically improve the quality of digital photographs captured on smartphones. The QX-10 partners an 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a high-quality Sony G Lens and boasts a powerful 10x optical zoom range.

Pentax K-500 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Pentax K-500 is a new entry-level DSLR camera with a lot of attractive features for the price. The 16 megapixel K-500 offers 6fps continuous shooting, an 11-point AF system, 3-inch LCD screen, an optical viewfinder with nearly 100% frame coverage and an ISO range of 100-51200. Read our in-depth Pentax K-500 review...

Fujifilm X-A1 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-A1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-A1, which includes all three colours (red, black and blue).

Fujifilm X-A1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-A1 is an entry-level compact system camera with a 16-megapixel APS-C imager. Key features include a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, a shutter lag of 50 milliseconds, a continuous shooting speed of 5.6fps for a maximum of 30 frames, a control layout facilitating one-handed operation, dual command dials, a tiltable screen with a resolution of 920,000 dots, a built-in flash with a guide number of 7 (in metres at iSO 200/24°), Full HD video recording capabilities, Wi-Fi image transfer and a hotshoe for external flash units. The Fujifilm X-A1 will be available from October in a variety of colours, bundled with the XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens, at a kit price of £529.99/$599.95. You can also buy the lens separately for £399.99. The Fujinon XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS telephoto lens will also be available from October, priced at £429.99/$399.95.

Capture One 7.1.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One today released Capture One 7.1.4, a software update that includes support for new cameras and new lens profiles. This edition adds support for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R and DSC-RX100 II, Fujifilm X-M1, Olympus E-P5 (pictured) and Ricoh GR, plus tethered shooting support for the Nikon D7100 and Nikon D5200 digital SLR cameras. Capture One 7.1.4 is a free update for all existing customers of Capture One 7.

Panasonic GX7 Firmware Version 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has issued a firmware update for its Lumix GX7 compact system camera. Version 1.1, which improves operational stability, can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Panasonic DMC-GX7 Firmware Update 1.1

Ilford Imaging Switzerland Identifies a Path Forward

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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The management of Ilford Imaging Switzerland GmbH announced that it has identified a path forward for the company that ran into financial difficulties at the end of June. The Management Team, namely Paul Willems, Chief Executive Officer and Jean-Marc Metrailler, Chief Financial Officer, have acquired the Ilford Imaging and Ilford Property companies. A significant part of the land owned by Ilford Property is being sold and the proceeds will be invested into the ILFORD Imaging business. This investment will provide the Management with the necessary funding to execute the strategic business plan. In addition JetGraph, a distribution partner in the Japanese and Chinese markets, will enter into the share capital of the company in partnership with the Management Team.

Do note that Ilford Imaging, which develops and manufactures consumables for inkjet printing and other coated products, is not to be confused with Ilford Photo, a UK-based company that produces black-and-white photographic film, papers and chemicals.

Portfolio Three

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Portfolio Three is a new publication from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), showcasing the best of photography and imaging science associated with The Society over the past three years. Feature articles describe the 1826 Niépce plates in The Society’s Collection, photographic science and a celebration of The Society’s 160th anniversary; plus spotlights on areas of The Society’s activities including its special interest groups, regions and chapters. The book also contains interviews and photography from renowned photographers honoured by The Society: Jason Bell, Joe Cornish, Ken Lennox, Bob Martin, Rinko Kawauchi, Joel Meyerowitz and Albert Watson. The 240-page volume is available from the RPS at the website below, priced at £45 + postage.

Two Exclusive Webinars from Manfrotto

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Manfrotto School of Xcellence has announced two UK local hero free webinar photo tutorials. The first one, Beyond the rule of thirds: themes and trends in landscape photography, will feature wildlife photographer Mark Bauer who will examine some of the common themes in the design of landscape photography, including the most important technical consideration, composition. This webinar will take place from 4pm on 19th September. The second session, Coastal landscapes – Light and Motion, will see professional landscape photographer Ross Hoddinott present his work and explore how motion and light play an important role in the success of seascapes, including exposure and filtration. This event will take place from 4pm on 24th October. Click through / read on to find out how you can register for these webinars.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pentax K-50 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Pentax K-50 is a new mid-range DSLR camera that offers a lot of bang for your buck. The 16 megapixel K-50 is fully weatherproof, as is the kit zoom lens, and it also offers 6fps continuous shooting, an 11-point AF system, an optical viewfinder with nearly 100% frame coverage and an ISO range of 100-51200. Read our in-depth Pentax K-50 review to find out if there's still life in the DSLR...

CollageIt Free 2.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PearlMountain has released CollageIt Free 2.0 for iOS, which offers brand new layout templates, text and photo effects, integration with Facebook, and more. Designed to help users create and personalise photo collages, CollageIt Free is billed as "the ideal app to make the photos shine as never before." The app is available now on iTunes.

New Firmware for Four Casio EX-TR Models

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Casio has posted firmware updates for the Casio EX-TR10, EX-TR15, EX-TR300 and EX-TR350. According to the company, Version 1.0.1 "improves microSD card reading." You can download the firmware updates from the websites below.

Website: Casio EX-TR10 Firmware Update 1.0.1
Website: Casio EX-TR15 Firmware Update 1.0.1
Website: Casio EX-TR300 Firmware Update 1.0.1
Website: Casio EX-TR350 Firmware Update 1.0.1

Ricoh to Begin Accepting Preorders for Theta Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Tomorrow, Ricoh will begin accepting preorders for its Theta camera, which captures fully spherical scenes in a single shot. The device, designed for consumers, was announced at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany. Available to preorder via the website below, the Ricoh Theta will be sold for a tax-inclusive price of £329 in the UK.

Website: Theta360