Monday, September 9, 2013

Limelite Appoints MAC Group As Exclusive USA Distributor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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Limelite has appointed MAC Group as its exclusive distributor in the US. Under the new agreement MAC Group will become a shareholder in the UK-based lighting company. Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group, has been appointed President of Limelite USA. He said: “Limelite is a new and exciting challenge for us. With new and innovative products in the continuous lighting field, Limelite represents the future of the lighting business whether it is for filmmakers or photographers. Our goal will be to establish it as a leader in the advanced LED, fluorescent and tungsten lighting business.”

Friday, September 6, 2013

Canon EOS 70D Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Canon EOS 70D is not just another DSLR camera, thanks to its innovative Dual-Pixel CMOS AF system. This new technology aims to deliver much better Live View and Movie shooting than any other DSLR on the market. Read our in-depth Canon EOS 70D review to find out if it delivers on its promise...

Inspire Me: Luke Chapman

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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In the second of a new series of interviews with professional photographers, Luke Chapman reveals what has inspired him during his career.

Adobe Announces Photoshop Photography Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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During its keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe has announced its new Photoshop Photography Programme, which gives users who own Photoshop CS3 or higher the opportunity to use both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month. The offer additionally includes 20 gigabytes of online storage, access to Creative Cloud Learn's training resources, Behance ProSite, and ongoing upgrades and updates. Note that the $9.99 offer is valid in America, Asia (with the exception of Japan), Africa and European countries outside the EU. Japanese users pay ¥1,000, Australians AU$9.99, UK citizens £7.14 and the rest of the EU €9.99 per month. Also note that while these are not introductory prices, you do need to sign up before the end of this year to take advantage of this special offer, which will be available at the same time as Lightroom 5.2 - i.e. within a couple of weeks.

Paint Shop Pro X6 Ultimate

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel has released Paint Shop Pro X6 Ultimate with 64-bit support, a refined user interface, new quick-selection tools and improved workflows. Performance gains include faster operation, accelerated file opening and saving, and enhanced support for 64-bit Photoshop plug-ins. For the first time ever, Athentech's Perfectly Clear plug-in is included in PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimatem along with FaceFilter3 Standard, a versatile photo retouching and beautifying toolkit by Reallusion.

Wacom Releases New Intuos and Intuos Pro Models

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Wacom has introduced a new line-up of Intuos and Intuos Pro pen tablets. The products have been re-designed in terms of ergonomic and technical features. In addition there is a slimmer design and improved multi-touch functions and wireless capabilities. The Intuos Pro comes in four Pen & Touch sizes– small (£199.99), medium (£299.99) and large (£429.99), as well as the silver framed Intuos Pro Special Edition (medium size), priced at  £319.99. There are four Intuos models available including the Intuos Pen (£59.99), Intuos Pen & Touch Manga (£84.99) Intuos Pen & Touch S (£84.99) and Intuos Pen & Touch M (£169.99). The optional Wireless Accessory Kit for Intuos tablets is priced at £34.99.

DxO Optics Pro 8.3.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Version 8.3.1 of DxO Optics Pro adds support for the Panasonic Lumix GF6 (pictured) and G6, Olympus PEN E-P5, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, and Pentax K-50 II cameras. The program also benefits from many new DxO Optics Modules. 490 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, which now counts more than 14,000 modules. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for all photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 7 licence on or after 1 September 2012.

WD My Passport Slim 2TB Thin Drive

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD today launched its My Passport Slim line of portable hard drives, the first thin drives to offer up to 2 TB capacity, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. Available in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities, the My Passport Slim measures 4.33"x3.14"x0.48" and incorporate USB 3.0 connectivity for quick transfer of high resolution digital files. The WD My Passport Slim 1 TB has an MSRP of $99.99 USD, and the My Passport Slim 2 TB2 is available for $149.99.

CyberLink PowerDirector 12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink today unveiled the latest version of its video creation software, PowerDirector 12, New features include a motion blur effect, a new theme designer and multicam designer, and TrueVelocity 4 editing engine. Available now, the PowerDirector 12 Ultimate Suite retails for ₤199.99, PowerDirector 12 Ultimate sells for ₤99.99, PowerDirector 12 Ultra costs ₤79.99, while PowerDirector 12 Deluxe can be yours for ₤59.99.

CyberLink PhotoDirector 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink today launched PhotoDirector 5, the newest version of its photography application designed to provide all the features photographers need to manage large batches of photos, adjust images, and showcase work in their own style, in a single package. Key highlights in Version 5 include 64-bit support, HDR exposure blending, auto lens correction, 4K Ultra HD output option for shlideshows and a new companion app for Windows 8 tablets. PhotoDirector 5 Ultra is available for ₤79.99, PhotoDirector 5 Suite sells for ₤114.99.

Cokin Rethinks its Creative Filter System Brand Identity

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Cokin has unified all its existing creative products (A Series, P Series, Z-Pro Series and X-Pro Series square filters) under the new range name "Creative Filter System." Additionally, the company has devised new size markings borrowed from the clothing industry, new pictograms, packaging and colour coding for the products. Their new SlidePack is billed as "a revolutionary and environment-friendly" packaging solution that is approximately 55% smaller and 60% lighter than the previous one. Moreover, the design of SlidePack prevents the filter from dropping out unexpectedly. The first product line-up to adopt the new packaging is the P Series (now called the M size range).

PNY StorEDGE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PNY has revealed its new StorEDGE flash memory expansion module designed exclusively for use in MacBook computers to quickly and easily increase available storage capacity while keeping you mobile. Engineered as a semi-permanent storage solution, StorEDGE plugs directly into your MacBook to radically upgrade your flash storage without compromising your notebook’s sleek design. Available in 64GB (£89) and 128GB (£169) capacities, StorEDGE allows users to store even more images and videos without compromising system speed or performance. without compromising system speed or performance. The PNY StorEDGE is compatible with the 13-inch MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Pro with Retina display, and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Lexar JumpDrive V20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Lexar JumpDrive V20 is a storage solution designed for users who need to know at a glance what's on each drive. Available in packs of two, three, or four, each drive comes with write-on labels, and features a protective, clear cover so users can slide in and swap out labels as needed in order to keep stored files organised. Each drive also sports an LED activity light that blinks during data transfer. The JumpDrive V20 USB multipacks are available now with MSRPs of £15.99 (two-pack), £23.99 (three-pack), and £31.99 (four-pack), and include a two-year limited warranty.

Lexar 64GB High-Performance microSDXC 600x UHS-I Memory Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lexar has announced a new 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card with read transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second). This Class 10 microSDXC UHS-I card allows users to capture, store, play back, and transfer up to eight hours of 1080p full-HD video (recorded at 24fps, 5Mbps) and thousands of photos. Priced at £84.99/$99.99, the Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a USB 3.0 reader to enable high-speed file transfer rates from card to a computer. The reader is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Lexar JumpDrive M10

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The new Lexar JumpDrive M10 secure USB 3.0 flash drive offers EncryptStick Lite software, 256-bit AES encryption, automatic data encryption and a File Shredder feature that permanently deletes files from the device so they cannot be restored. Offering read speeds up to 100MB/s on all capacities, the JumpDrive M10 Secure is available now with MSRPs of £27.99 (16GB), £45.99 (32GB), £77.99 (64GB), and £149.99 (128GB), and includes a three-year limited warranty.

NEC MultiSync PA302W

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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NEC has unveiled a new 30-inch colour-accurate display called the MultiSync PA302W. Built using a GB-R LED backlight, the PA302W provides a wider colour gamut and more colour control than a conventional white LED backlight. It also features a 10-bit active-matrix AH-IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels and a 99.3% coverage of Adobe RGB,  an internal 14-bit programmable 3D look-up table, an ergonomic stand, a built-in USB hub, various connectivity options, and the ability to load ICC profiles to emulate custom colour spaces and match prints. The MultiSync PA302W ships with a 4-year limited parts and labour warranty, and will be available in white and black at an estimated street price of $2,399. An SV kit with bundled SpectraViewII calibration software and sensor is also available for $2,649.

Akvis Sketch 15

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 15 of Akvis Sketch, a program that turns digital photos into pencil sketches and watercolour, charcoal, and pastel drawings. This update offers new options to set colours for the pencil strokes and background, new presets in both Classic and Artistic styles, new Share feature, compatibility with Photoshop CC, and a range of other improvements. Akvis Sketch runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 bit and 64 bit, and sells for $72/€55.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a smart watch that allows you to capture 1.9-megapixel stills and 720p videos. Boasting its own 1.63" Super AMOLED screen, the Samsung Galaxy Gear can communicate with a couple of Samsung smart devices (to wit, the Galaxy 10.1 2014 Edition and the Galaxy Note 3) over Bluetooth. The Samsung Galaxy Gear will be available for $299 from late September / early October.

Ricoh Theta

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh has launched the Ricoh Theta, a new product billed as the world’s first mass-produced imaging device that encapsulates fully spherical scenes with one shot. The hand-held Ricoh Theta features a proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded optical system that captures the scene around, above and below the device in one shot for fully spherical images. Fitting easily in a pocket or the palm of a hand, the slim, lightweight Ricoh Theta  is synchronised with smartphones (currently only a couple of iPhone models, with Android support "expected before the end of the year"), where images can be immediately transmitted via Wi-Fi and viewed with a dedicated free app. Images uploaded to theta360.com can be shared on social networks. The suggested retail price is £329/$399.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Phase One Introduces 2x Teleconverter from Schneider Kreuznach

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Phase One has announced the immediate availability of a new Schneider Kreuznach 2x teleconverter. Compatible exclusively with the Schneider Kreuznach 240mm leaf shutter and 150mm leaf shutter lenses as well as the Mamiya/Phase One 150mm AF lens, this 2x teleconverter effectively doubles the focal length of these lenses to 480mm and 300 mm, respectively. The 2x teleconverter is available for €1490 / $1990 from authorised Phase One and Mamiya Leaf partners.