Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sony A3000 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony A3000 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A3000 compact system camera

Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4, Black 50mm f/1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4 and black 50mm f/1.8 lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4 and black 50mm f/1.8

Sony NEX-5T

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony NEX-5T is a new compact system camera with a 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor and Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication). There’s no set-up needed – simply touch a compatible mobile device against the NEX-5T and a wireless connection is made instantly. An embedded Smart Remote Control lets you trigger shutter release from your smartphone: Other highlights include a hybrid auto focus system that combines phase-detection AF to track fast-moving subjects with contrast-detection AF for absolute precision, Full HD video recording, a tiltable LCD screen that flips up to 180° for a comfortable view with the camera held at arm’s length, and compatibility with a growing range of Sony Play Memories Camera Apps. The Sony NEX-5T will go on sale in September 2013, priced at $550  for the body only, or $700 in a kit with the 16-50mm power zoom lens..

Sony A3000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony A3000 is a budget-friendly 20.1-megapixel compact system camera with a 201,600-dot electronic viewfinder, an ergonomic hand-grip  and an APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor. Compatible with the manufacturer's E mount lenses, the Sony A3000 weighs in at 411 grams including a battery, and features a Multi Interface Shoe that allows you to attach various accessories such as a powerful system flash, a video IR light or an external microphone. In addition to capturing 20-megapixel stills, the Sony A3000 is also capable of recording Full HD videos, with a choice of 50i or 25p shooting modes. The Sony A3000 is available to pre-order from the website below, with shipments expected to commence in September. The camera is priced at £370/$400.

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS is the first ever G lens that has been created specifically for the manufacturer's E-mount cameras and interchangeable-lens camcorders. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-157.5mm, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS power zoom boasts an optical image stabiliser and 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two ED glass elements and three aspherical lens elements. Equipped with an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS maintains a maximum aperture of f/4 throughout its entire zoom range. Weighing in at 427 grams, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS takes 72mm filters, and offers a close-focus point of 45cm. Availability is slated for October in the UK and December in the US. The estimated street price is £500/$600.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS is a new, optically stabilised, 24-105mm equivalent standard zoom for Sony's E-mount compact system cameras and camcorders, including all NEX series models as well as the new, "SLR-styled" Sony A3000. The optical formula comprises 16 lens elements in 12 groups, with an iris diaphragm featuring 7 rounded aperture blades. Weighing in at 308 grams, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS takes 55mm filters, and offers a 0.23x magnification and a minimum focus distance of 35cm. The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS len will be available in the fall of 2013, priced at around £840/$1000.

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 Black Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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In addition to the new 16-70mm f/4 and 18-105mm f/4 zoom lenses, Sony has announced that its E 50mm f/1.8 OSS portrait prime will now be available in black, in addition to the existing silver version. "This bright, wide-aperture prime lens is ideal for capturing atmospheric handheld portraits with flattering background defocus (bokeh)," the company says. "Optical SteadyShot cuts the effects of camera shake for crisp, blur-free images when you’re relying on available light. Smooth, quiet autofocus is less likely to disturb your subject – whether you’re shooting stills or Full HD video." The Sony E 50mm f/1.8 Black Edition will be available in fall 2013, priced at around $300.

CEWE Launches New Photo Legacy Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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CEWE Color has just launched its new Photo Legacy service. This service offers digitisation of analogue media including negatives, slides, prints, VHS tapes and cine film. Photo Restore is an additional service available across prints, slides and negatives which improves the quality of the print through a digital image filter, enhancing colour and contrast. To take advantage of the new services, consumers can take their old prints, negatives, slides or footage into selected Boots (those with a Photo department) and Jessops stores across the UK. For a list of participating stores and for more information, visit the website below.

PocketWizard Announces New Trigger Cable

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, have released a new hotshoe-to-miniphone cable (HSFM3). This three-foot cable, which has a basic (non-TTL) hot shoe on one end and a mono miniphone connector on the other, allows photographers to slide any speedlight style flash into the shoe to avoid using the sometimes unreliable or missing PC port.  The miniphone end plugs into either a Plus radio (PlusX, Plus III, Plus II or Plus Receivers), MultiMAX Transceiver or FlexTT5 Transceiver. Other features of the new HSFM3 include a ¼-20 socket below the hot shoe, gold plated contacts and robust design to ensure reliability.  The HSFM3 is available now at an estimated retail price of $40. Also available is the new locking PC to miniphone adapter (MPCF-L, $15), which allows users to convert any cord with a PC connection into a miniphone connection.

SpinLight 360 Releases New Gel Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SpinLight 360 has just released its new 20 Gel Collection. Included in the new Gel Collection are 5 colour correction gels, 15 colour effect gels and a unique, multi-functional storage case. The 5 colour correction gels include a half-strength CTB (Colour Temperature Blue), plus 3 CTO (Colour Temperature Orange) in Full-, Half- and Quarter-Strength and a Plus Green cc30 filter. The 15 colour gels offer a broad range of colours allowing photographers to create customised backgrounds, change lighting moods, enhance skin tones and create theatrical lighting. The new SpinLight 360 Gel Collection is available now at a retail price of $39.99.

Epson Expression Photo XP-950

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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The Epson Expression Photo XP-950 is the first 6-colour photo all-in-one that offers A3 printing. Thanks to the rear speciality media feed, users can print onto a variety of media up to A3 size, while the two front-loading paper trays allow users to switch between photo and A4-sized media, without having to reload the paper during printing. This printer uses Epson’s Claria Photo HD ink, a six-colour ink set (black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta), which delivers smooth tonal gradations, deep blacks and rich, vibrant colours. The Expression Photo XP-950 printer includes Epson Connect, which allows you to quickly and easily print documents and photos over Wi-Fi from smartphones and tablets. In addition the XP-950 is equipped with Wi-Fi Direct, which allows you to print from wireless devices without having to connect to a wireless router. The Expression Photo XP-950 is available from September 2013, priced at £349.99.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Canon PowerShot A3500 IS Review

Matt Grayson
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The Canon PowerShot A3500 IS compact camera is one of the cheapest wi-fi enabled cameras on the market. The Canon A3500 also offers a 3 inch screen, 16 megapixel sensor, 5x wide-angle zoom lens, 720p movies and an attractive price tag of less than £110. Read our Canon PowerShot A3500 IS review now...

eleMount

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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eleMount is a premium all aluminium mount that works with virtually all handheld mobile devices. The CNC machined mount places your smartphone or tablet on a quality pedestal that complements its design. Using proprietary elePads, the base of the mount sticks to any flat surface, and the top securely adheres to mobile devices regardless of their size or generation. The commercialisation of eleMount is funded through a Kickstarter project. The regular eleMount will be available for $79.99, with a Mini version being offered for $69.99.

Landscapes in Lightroom 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide is a new title by landscape photographer Michael Frye. In this new ebook, he presents a multimedia, hands-on learning experience, taking you step-by-step through processing your photos in Lightroom. In addition, you can download the original raw files used as examples in the book, and then follow along with each step yourself. And when you purchase the ebook, you get exclusive access to eight videos demonstrating different aspects of Lightroom’s Develop Module, like using the Adjustment Brush, Spot Removal Tool, and Point Curve, advanced retouching in Lightroom, and much more. The 87-page PDF ebook is available for $14.95.

BWStyler 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Plugin Site has released Version 2 of its BWStyler software for Windows. Designed to perform black-and-white conversions, create traditional b&w effects and visually style b&w photos. BWStyler features 25 effect types and 680 presets as well as plenty of masking options for applying the effect to only selected areas of a photo. Version 2 offers seven new effects, e.g. tonal look, dynamic contrast, aging and colourkey, and features more than 60 new effect options and 470 new presets. Rendering is up to four times faster thanks to full support for multiple cores and hyperthreading. BWStyler 2 for Windows is available as a Photoshop-compatible plugin as well as a standalone application and external editor for Lightroom for $49.95.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM is a moderate wide-angle pancake lens for the new EF-M compact camera system. Offering a "classic" focal range of 35mm in 35mm terms, is the EF-M 22m prime lens worth its modest asking price? Read our in-depth Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM review to find out...

Simply HDR 3.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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JixiPix has released Version 3.0 of Simply HDR for iPhone and iPod Touch. This update sports an all-new rendering engine that is up to 200% faster than the previous one, a new user interface that includes a re sizable preview system and auto-adjustment while editing, and a new HDArt style. Simply HDR and Simply HDR HD can be purchased on iTunes for $0.99 and $1.99, respectively.

Firmware Updates for Multiple Coolpix Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has issued firmware updates for a number of its Coolpix digital compact cameras. Firmware version 1.1 for the Nikon Coolpix L28, S3400, S3500, S4400 and S6400, version 1.2 for the Nikon Coolpix S4300 and version 1.3 for the Coolpix S9300 all fix a bug that, in some rare cases, prevented the camera from turning on, or prevented operation. Firmware version 1.1 for the Coolpix S5200 and S6500 (pictured) additionally improve the functionality of the Wireless Camera Utility.

Website: Nikon Support & Downloads

La Sardina Wally Watcher Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has released a special, limited edition version of its ‘La Sardina’ camera to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Where’s Wally? (known in the United States and Canada as Where's Waldo?). Shaped like a humble sardine can, the La Sardina Wally Watcher 35mm film camera offers a 22mm wide-angle lens, double exposures and long time exposures. Also equipped with a Wally embossed lens cap, the La Sardina Wally Watcher edition is priced at £65.

TwistFlex

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Creativity Backgrounds have added a new product to its range. The TwistFlex is a portable pop-up double sided photography / video background. When opened out the TwistFlex background is 2.16m x 1.79 m and folds away into a circle with a diameter of 84cm, it weighs 3kgs so it is very lightweight, it includes circular carry bag. There is a black-and-white option and a green Chroma Key version, priced at £175+VAT.