Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Flickr Gets Major Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Yahoo! has announced a major update to Flickr. "We’re releasing a Flickr that’s more spectacular, much bigger, and one you can take anywhere," the company said in a statement. Not only does Flickr sport a brand new look and redesigned user interface - it now offers up to 1TB of free storage to every user, allowing you to "share your photos in full resolution."  There’s also a new slideshow mode with elegant transitions, an Activity Feed that combines users' recent uploads with those of their contacts, and an option to choose a customisable cover photo and a high-resolution profile picture. These features are granted to every user but if you are bothered by advertisements, you can opt for an AdFree account at $49.99 per year. And if 1TB just isn't enough for your needs, a Doublr account will provide you with 2TB for an annual fee of $499.99.

The free Flickr smartphone app has also been updated, and is now available from the Google Play Store (requires Android 2.3.3 or higher).

Website: Flickr

FEP Awards 2012 - Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Federationof European Professional Photographers (FEP) has announced the winners of its European Professional Photographer of the Year 2012 competition. The overall winner is Peter Gordon from Ireland, who also won the Golden Camera 2012 award in the Reportage category, whilst the Young European Professional Photographer of the Year 2012 title has been awarded to Antonio Pérez Rojo of Spain.

Kuuvik Capture

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Kuuvik Capture is a feature-laden Canon EOS tethering application for Mac OS X. In addition to offering a typical set of remote shooting tools, Kuuvik Capture provides real-time parametric sharpening coupled with an adjustable focus peaking overlay as well as various compositional aids such as preset and adjustable guidelines and grids. Other highlights include the capability to display a histogram based on raw image data and, with select cameras, a split-view display of the camera’s live view image, allowing simultaneous evaluation of focus and superior control over depth of field. Kuuvik Capture also supports exposure bracketing, which can be combined with an intervalometer function to shoot user-defined image sequences for HDR images or time-lapse videos. The application is licensed on a per camera basis, with prices starting at $79.99. A fully functional 30-day trial version is available from the website below.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sony A58 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony A58 is a new SLT / DSLR camera with a 20 megapixel sensor, 8fps burst shooting, 25pFull HD movies, high-resolution viewfinder, 2.7-inch tilting LCD screen, OLED viewfinder and an ISO range of 100-16000, all for under £400 / $600 with a standard zoom lens. Read our in-depth Sony A58 review to find out if this budget interchangeable lens camera is worth a look...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Benro Video Tripod Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor for the Benro range of tripods and bags, has introduced a new line of Video Tripod Kits with matching S2, S4, and S6 video fluid heads. Manufactured from high quality machined aluminium alloy with magnesium alloy castings there are three new models available, the A1573FS2, the A2573FS4 and the A3573FS6. Each tripod in the line comes with matching heads to complement its model The S2 head for the A1573 model is rated for a 2.5 kg camera / 5.5 lb, the S4 for the A2573 model will support a 4 kg / 8.8 lb camera, and the S6 head for the A3573 model can carry a 6 kg / 13.2 lb load, each designed for compactness and lightweight performance. These tripod kits are available now with SRP's ranging from £167.40 - £311.40.

Reflecta USB Video Grabber

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Reflecta USB Video Grabber allows users to easily capture and edit video from any home A/V devices, such as DV, V8, Hi8, VHS, DVD Player, HD video game console or set-top box promising to give old analogue videos a new lease of life. Distributed by Kenro in the United Kingdom, the USB Video Grabber from Reflecta is available now, at a suggested retail price of £29.04.

Bowens Offers New £900 Trade-in Deal on Creo Pack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Bowens is offering photographers the chance to save over £900 when they buy a new Creo 2400Ws generator pack. At participating dealers, photographers can trade in their old generator and purchase a Creo 2400Ws at over 20% discount from the typical UK retail price of £3,999.95. The Creo offers ultra-fast recycling (0.9 seconds at full power!), supports flas durations as short as 1/7700th of a second, a 9-F-stop range with 1/10th-stop control, and much more.

Logistics Manager 30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo has released its newest rolling camera bag, the Logisitcs Manager 30. A new version of the company's popular large-capacity roller bag, the Logisitics Manager 30 holds multiple combinations of cameras and lenses, lighting gear such as strobes and reflectors, and accessories of all kinds. The internal dimensions are 35x70 x21–25.5cm, and the bag also has both internal and side pockets - as well as a large front organiser pocket - for various items. The Think Tank Photo Logistics Manager 30 is available for $499.75 via the website below.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sony A58 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 51 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Sony A58 DSLR camera, including the full ISO range.

The Sony A58 is a mid-range SLT camera with a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder, burst shooting up to 8fps, 15-point phase detection autofocus system and an ISO range of 100-16000.

Unsettled/Desasosiego

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Photographers
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A new book by award-winning photojournalist Donna De Cesare depicts the devastating effects of decades of war and gang violence on the lives of youths in Central America. In this bilingual book Unsettled/Desasosiego, De Cesare’s evocative images put a face to those youths making a choice, or being caught up in gang violence through circumstance. More than a photographic treatise, Unsettled/Desasosiego is a memoir of De Cesare’s decades as a war photojournalist traveling and living in Central America. The 184-page hardback is available for $65.

Fotodiox Pro LED 100WA

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox has launched the LED100WA high-intensity LED lights, a constant light source modelled after a familiar strobe form. Available in 5600K (Daylight, pictured) or 3200K (Tungsten) colour temperatures, these new lights are equipped with a standard Bowens (S) bayonet mount allowing the use of standard strobe accessories like soft boxes, snoots, grids, and more. “While not a traditional strobe in definition, the LED100WA lights are styled after strobe lighting, giving photographers a familiar format for a constant light source with high light output,” said Drew Strickland, vice president of Fotodiox. “Photographers looking for powerful yet cost-effective lights have been turning toward efficient LED lighting. By offering more options in LED lights we aim to provide photographers with top-of-the-line technology that can meet their needs while also keeping down both equipment and energy costs.” The LED100WA lights are priced at $324.95 and are available now at the website below.

New Rollei Lenses for the iPhone 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Rollei has introduced three new add-on conversion lenses for the Apple iPhone 5. The Rollei 1.5x Macro Converter (€24.95) conains an aspherical glass lens and enables iPhone 5 users to focus as close as 22mm. The Rollei 0.28x Fisheye (€34.95) comprises three elements in two groups and has a minimum focus distance of 40mm. Finally, the Rollei 9x Tele Converter (€39.95) has an angle-of-view of 12°, comes with a mini tripod and attaches to the iPhone via a hard case (also supplied).

Giottos Silk Road Wins TIPA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Giotto’s Silk Road range of tripods, has scooped a TIPA award for Best Design. The Giotto’s Silk Road YTL Series features a new, totally unique Y-shaped centre column, meaning legs can be stowed in a much more compact way, allowing a space saving of 30%. Mark Hoskins, the Category Manager responsible for Giotto’s said: "The TIPA Design Award for the new Silk Road series is a real coup - not only recognising the expertise of the design team, but confirming Giotto's tripods as one of the leading brands in the photographic market."

Children with AIDS: Spirit and Memory

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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A new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, Children With AIDS: Spirit and Memory, will feature 20 black-and-white photographs by noted photographer and social realist Claire Yaffa from her collection “The Changing Face of Children with AIDS. " Yaffa, whose photographs have been featured in The New York Times and other major publications, has worked for years to document medical institutions and their youngest patients. Among the institutions that Yaffa worked with during her long artistic career is the Incarnation Children’s Center in the Bronx, one of the first organizations to care for orphaned infants born with HIV. Installed in the Civil Rights Gallery from 7 June through 15 September 2013, the mid- to large-format photographs, taken from 1990-2000, reveal heartbreaking tales of children afflicted with HIV and AIDS.

WD My Passport Ultra

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD has announced the availability of the My Passport Ultra line of portable hard drives. Available in 500 GB, 1TB and new 2TB capacities, My Passport Ultra portable hard drives have built-in WD SmartWare Pro backup software with Dropbox integration, hardware encryption and password protection to safeguard against unauthorized drive access. My Passport Ultra portable hard drives offer USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connectivity and are available from WD's online store and at select retailers and distributors. My Passport Ultra 500 GB has an MSRP of $99.99 USD, and the My Passport Ultra 1TB is $129.99. My Passport Ultra 2 TB will be available in the third quarter of 2013.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 1.8/32 T* Photos

Mark Goldstein
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The Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 1.8/32 T* is a 48mm equivalent standard prime lens for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras.

We spent a couple of hours shooting with both new Touit lenses and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera at Carl Zeiss' UK headquarters (admittedly not the most photogenic of locations) to bring you a gallery of full-size sample images, including the full aperture range.

The Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 1.8/32 T* will cost around £700 in the UK and will be available from Saturday June 1st.

Carl Zeiss Touit Distagon 2.8/12mm T* Photos

Mark Goldstein
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The Carl Zeiss Touit Distagon 2.8/12mm T* is an 18mm equivalent ultra-wide angle lens for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras.

We spent a couple of hours shooting with both new Touit lenses and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera at Carl Zeiss' UK headquarters (admittedly not the most photogenic of locations) to bring you a gallery of full-size sample images, including the full aperture range.

We've also got a final production Carl Zeiss Touit Distagon 2.8/12mm T* lens in for a full review, so watch this space...

The Carl Zeiss Touit Distagon 2.8/12mm T* will cost around £950 in the UK and will be available from Saturday June 1st.

Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 lens, a high-quality standard prime for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series cameras.

Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 lens, a high-quality ultra-wide-angle prime for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series cameras.

Syngenta Photography Award 2013 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Warsaw-based documentary photographer Jan Brykczyński has tonight, Wednesday 15 May, been announced as the winner of the Syngenta Photography Award Professional Commission at a ceremony at Somerset House, London. In addition to the $15,000 prize money, Brykczyński will receive a grant of up to $25,000 to complete a commission, a central part of the professional competition. “Farming Tribes” will explore the relationship between human beings and nature in four of the world’s major urban spaces – New York, Yerevan, Warsaw and Nairobi. Mimi Mollica (Italy), announced as the second place winner for the Professional Commission, was awarded US$ 10,000, and Pablo Lopez Luz (Mexico) received US$ 5,000 in third place. Holly Lynton (USA) was announced as winner of the Open Competition for “Sienna, Turkey Madonna”, in which a farm worker embraces four turkeys that are to be slaughtered for Thanksgiving on an independent farm in the small town of Shutesbury, Massachusetts.