Friday, April 5, 2013

Nikon Coolpix P520 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 38 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P520 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix P520 is an 18 megapixel bridge style compact camera with a vari-angle 3.2-inch 921k-dot display, full manual control over the shooting settings, and a massive 42x, 24-1000mm f/3-5.6 zoom lens.

X-Rite Announces Five Free April Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite has announced its schedule of free April 2013 webinars that have been developed to address specific colour management topics. Two of this month’s Webinars are co-sponsored with Nik software and they focus on the work of full-time professional landscape, nature and wildlife photographer Joshua Holko. Two other Webinars,  co-sponsored by X-Rite and Perfectly clear software feature tips for raw workflow with Imaging-industry artist and trainer, Janice Wendt. The fifth webinar, Professional Monitor Calibration for Still & Video, will be presented by Brenda Hipsher. Click through / read on for the details.

William Eggleston to be Honoured at 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers

William Eggleston has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography award. Eggleston will receive the award on Thursday 25th April at the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony. A special display of his work will be shown at Somerset House as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition and rarely seen images will be published in the 2013 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards winners’ book. The book costs £29.95 and can be purchased fromthe website below.

Sony DSC-RX100 Power User Guide

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Sony DSC-RX100 Power User Guide is a new PDF e-book optimised for the Apple iPad. The 106-page publication contains 90 illustrations and offers 35 real-world tricks with 50 inspiring examples. Written by Eckehart Röscheisen, the guide is available on iTunes for $8.99.

Adorama Offers Flashpoint 3 Lighting Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Adorama has begun selling the Flashpoint 3 Lighting Kit with Light Stands, 3-33” Umbrellas, Socket, Bulbs & Case. Designed with photographers in mind, the Lighting Kit’s fluorescent lighting system allows users to easily customize the lighting setup by adding diffusers for a softer effect, or collapsible reflectors to alter the quality of the light. All pieces break down easily for storage in the included case. The Flashpoint 3 Lighting Kit retails at the special rebate price of $64.95 (regularly $84.52).

New Wave Photography 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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The second edition of the New Wave Photography exhibition recognises the rise of contemporary photography from the CEE region. From 19th to 27th April the Crypt Gallery in London will host 12 artists, exhibiting fine art photography from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Surrealism, minimalist landscape, classical nude photography, gum print, lomography and digital montage demonstrate the diversity of the work on display. Hungarian photographers Benedek Bognár and Zoltán Békefy both draw inspiration from classical imagery while creating something completely new, while the Polish artist Maciej Boksa specialises in photographs intended to guide the viewer into an alternative perception of reality. Martin Hruška is showing a collection of his marine life photographs. Lucie Jestrabikova’s photos have been created by using her body to create fascinating abstract compositions, while Réka Kóti explores the creative boundaries of Lomography. Where Slovakian artist Veronika Otepková proves that digital photography can be both innovative and classically beautiful, Polish photographer Przemys?aw Kuci?ski uses a 19th century technique called gum print to create black and white nude images. The New Wave Photography 2013 exhibition will be on display from 19-27 April 2013 at the Crypt gallery in London.

Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The new Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi is a Full HD action camera with a 175-degree ultra-wide angle lens, a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and integrated Wi-Fi. The latter feature allows the camera to be controlled remotely, using a tablet or smart phone. The wireless radio remote control has a range of 10 metres. The Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi has an all-weather protective case, which is shockproof from heights of up to three metres and waterproof down to a depth of 60 metres. The Rollei 5S WiFi Outdoor and Motorbike editions will be available in stores from the beginning of June for a recommended retail price of €349.95.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Getting Started with 360° Photography

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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Many readers on Photography Blog have been photographing people, weddings, nature, animals and architecture for years - but never taken the step into 360° photography. Panoramic photography and virtual tours are a new modern way to take photos and brings a different perspective. This is a short guide about one of the fastest growing trends in photography and how you can easily get started.

Nikon Coolpix P330 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 48 sample JPEG photos, 9 RAW images and a full 1080p HD movie taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P330 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix P330 is a premium compact featuring a 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and a fast, wide-angle maximum aperture f/1.8 lens.

Hama Launches Wi-Fi Data Reader for iOS Devices

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Hama has launched a new Wi-Fi data reader for all Apple devices running iOS 5 or later. This data reader enables you to transfer data from SD cards or USB sticks to your iPad or iPhone over Wi-Fi, without using iTunes. The Hama Wi-Fi data reader supports all standard USB sticks and SD, SDHC and SDXD memory cards. The required Wi-Fi reader app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store free of charge.

Canon Opens New York / New Jersey Service Centre

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General

Canon U.S.A. is opening a new service and support centre in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. This facility is located just across the George Washington Bridge outside of New York City, and will provide comprehensive product repair and maintenance services for Platinum and Gold level members of Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) programme. Do note that an advance reservation is required for all service and support requests handled by the Ridgefield Park, N.J. service centre. Eligible CPS members can make a reservation by calling 1 (888) CPS-4540.

Calumet Showcases Innovative Focusing Tool for DSLR Film-Makers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The FocusMaker, a new-generation DSLR follow focus device, is now available in the UK. Brought to market by Danish design company ID/FX, and retailing at £65, the FocusMaker is currently available exclusively through Calumet. Designed to fit on virtually any DSLR lens, the device is claimed to provide “an unmatched accurate overview of the shooter’s focus points,” helping videographers overcome complex focus shift challenges. “The FocusMaker mounts in seconds and can be removed even faster,“Sian Hamer, Calumet marketing executive said. “It doesn’t require heavy rigs and it’s ideal for small camera crews or photographers shooting alone.”

Canon at NAB 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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At the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Canon will showcase its full line of professional, high-definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography at booths C3628 and C4325. The company will feature a live 4K Workflow Demonstration where visitors will have the opportunity to interact with industry-leading colourists and editors in a 4K DI (Digital Intermediate) suite. Canon will also showcase the new Cinema EOS C100 EF 24-105 Lens Kit, which is billed as a cost-effective solution to assist cinematographers, including single-person and small cinematography crews. The company’s technical representatives will be on-hand to provide consultations for cinema, video and DSLR users and CPS Gold and Platinum members can receive free onsite Clean & Checks for current professional equipment.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pentax K-5 IIs Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Pentax K-5 IIs DSLR camera features a faster auto-focus system, better LCD screen and a lower price-tag than the original K-5 model, and dispenses with the anti-aliasing filter of the slightly cheaper K-5 II model that was introduced at the same time. Read our Pentax K-5 IIs review to discover if this new DSLR can compete with the competition from Nikon, Canon and Sony.

Signup for our Exclusive Datacolor Webinar!

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Technique
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When: April 4th 2013, 7:00pm (GMT)

What: This is an exclusive webinar for Photography Blog readers with Oliver Mews, Global Service Manager and Trainer at Datacolor. The webinar’s topics are: general color management, Photoshop settings and some tips and tricks on how to make sure to work with correct colors for different purposes. Get the chance to ask live questions at the end of the webinar!

Where: http://spyder.datacolor.com/webinars/photographyblog-uk

Canon XA25, XA20 and Legria HF G30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Canon is expanding its handheld video camera range with three compact models for professionals and video enthusiasts. Two new professional X-series models, the Canon XA25 (£2099/€2799, pictured) and XA20 (£1699/€2199), combine a powerful, all-new imaging system with professional audio and Wi-Fi connectivity in a “versatile, compact package that fits neatly in the palm of a hand,” the company says. Highlights include a 1/2.84” HD CMOS PRO sensor, 20x zoom with dynamic optical image stabilisation, 3.5” OLED touchscreen, a tilting 1.56-million-dot electronic viewfinder, dual-format recording, built-in Wi-Fi and IR lamp, 2x XLR inputs as well as fast- and slow-motion movie recording capabilities. The Canon XA25 additionally features HD-SDI output offering the high capacity, uncompressed connectivity useful for many broadcast applications. The enthusiast-focussed Canon Legria HF G30 (£1299/€1699) comes with the same lens (with “optical intelligent IS”), OLED touchscreen and HD CMOS PRO sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity and full manual controls but lacks the XLR inputs and built-in infrared lamp of the XA models. All three models will be available from June 2013.

Firmware Updates for Canon EOS Cinema Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras, Software
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Canon is developing firmware updates for three of its interchangeable-lens Cinema EOS System cameras. Following the release of these upgrades, the Canon EOS C500 (pictured), EOS C300 and EOS C100 will offer support for a new Magnify function that will allow users to check focus in different parts of an image, on the camera LCD, as well as the centre. The EOS C300 will also be upgraded to support an additional range of features designed to assist independent videographers. Push Auto Iris and One Shot AF will provide further versatility on small-crew shoots, offering a quick, easy way to check and adjust exposure and focus prior to recording. The EOS C300 will also gain additional support with 1440x1080 HD video recording at 35Mbps. A further upgrade for the EOS C100 will add support for Continuous AF when used with Canon’s EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. In addition to these updates, Canon will also add new features to the Cinema Raw Development (CRD) software. The firmware updates for the EOS C500, EOS C300, EOS C100 and CRD software will be available later in 2013.

Canon Develops 35mm Cinema Prime Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses

Canon is developing a new 35mm cinema prime lens for large-sensor digital cameras. Compatible with a wide range of sensor sizes including super 35mm, full-frame 35mm and APS-C, the new EF-mount 35mm lens in development would become the sixth prime lens in Canon’s EF Cinema lens line-up, fulfilling the requirement for an option between the existing 24mm and 50mm lenses. A development sample of the 35mm cinema lens will be on display in the Canon booth during the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 8-11, 2013, with the aim of an official launch during 2013.

Thule Perspektiv Camera Bags Launch in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Thule Perspektiv camera bags are now available in the UK. The Thule Perspektiv series has six camera bags in various sizes for different needs; including the Perspektiv Backpack, Perspektiv Daypack, Perspektiv Messenger Bag, Perspektiv Top Loaders (medium and large) and Perspektiv Action Sport Camera Case. “The bags are steeped in Scandinavian design and Thule quality where each piece combines function, attention to detail and contemporary styling,” the company says. The Thule Perspektiv range, which has recently won an iF Design Award, is available at prices ranging from £30.99 to £210.99.

Prime Circle XE System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Developed by LockCircle, the Prime Circle XE System is a complete range of innovative prime lenses with electronic aperture and wireless control up to 300 feet. Prime Circle XE lenses blend world-class optics (Carl Zeiss) with cine-style ergonomics complete with dedicated XE and XE-Z wireless controllers and an FZ intelligent mount. Available in 10 different focal lengths from 15mm to 135mm, PrimeCircle XE lenses feature large focus scales on both sides of lens barrel for precise focus-puller work and a 95mm front mount across the range. The lenses will be on display at the NAB 2013 show, in Booth # C 9921.