Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Leica M Firmware Update 1.1.0.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica has posted a firmware update for the Leica M (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.1.0.2 adds vignetting correction for the following lenses: Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm/f4 ASPH, Super-Elmar-M18mm/f3.8 ASPH, Summilux-M 21mm/f1.4 ASPH, Super-Elmar-M 21mm/f3.4 ASPH, Summilux-M 24mm/f1.4 ASPH, Elmarit-M 24mm/f2.8 ASPH, Elmar-M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH, Summicron-M 28mm/f2.0 ASPH, Elmarit-M 28mm/f2.8 ASPH, Summilux-M 35mm/f1.4 ASPH and Summicron-M 35mm/f2.0 ASPH. You can download the Leica M firmware update from the website below.

Nik Collection by Google

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Google has released a software bundle that includes all of Nik Software’s plug-ins and costs only $149. Branded as the Nik Collection by Google, the bundle was announced in a Google+ post by Christian Pesch. For the $149 price you will get the latest editions of Color Efex Pro, Dfine, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Silver Efex Pro and Viveza. “If you’ve already purchased one or more Nik plug-ins in the past, then don’t worry, we’ve got you covered,” Pesch says. “In fact: we’re going to upgrade you to the entire Nik Collection by Google for free. Just keep an eye out for emailed instructions in the next few days.”

Website: Nik Collection by Google

Monday, March 25, 2013

Nikon D7100 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The D7100 is a new prosumer DSLR camera from Nikon, succeeding but not replacing the popular D7000 model. The weather-proof D7100 features a 24 megapixel DX image sensor, 51-point autofocus system, 6fps burst shooting and a high-resolution 3.2 inch LCD screen. Read our detailed Nikon D7100 review to find out if it's the right DSLR camera for you...

Samsung Announces UK Availability of NX300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung today announced that the Samsung NX300 compact system camera will be commercially available in the UK at the end of March from John Lewis and Dixons. Unveiled at CES in January, the NX300 is the new flagship model in the NX series and boasts the updated version of SMART Camera 2.0, a hub of innovative connectivity features. Highlights include a 20-megapixel imager with on-sensor phase detection AF sensors, an articulated OLED touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, a sensitivity range of ISO100/21°—ISO25,600/45°, a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000 sec,  8.6fps continuous shooting, a 5-way manual key interface and i-Depth, an easy and simple way to adjust the depth-of-field of an image using the NX Series’ unique i-Function system.

Gary Fong Introduces 31-Day Money-Back Guarantee on All Products

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Gary Fong has announced a 31-day money-back satisfaction guarantee on all of its products. The guarantee, which is valid on all e-store purchases, allows Gary Fong customers to purchase products with confidence. If for any reason, a Gary Fong product does not live up to the consumer’s expectation, the company will provide a full refund of the purchase price, no questions asked. For more information visit the website below.

DxO Optics Pro 8.1.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released version 8.1.4 of DxO Optics Pro for Windows and Mac. This update to DxO Optics Pro 8 brings support for four additional new cameras: the Nikon Coolpix P7700 (pictured), the Nikon 1 J3, the Olympus XZ-2 iHS, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3. Furthermore, over 200 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library of DxO Optics Modules, offering support for additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Pentax camera bodies. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for photographers who purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 licence on or after September 1, 2012.

Olympus OM-D Easter Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus UK has announced a new promotion on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. From Good Friday (March 29th) Olympus are giving OM-D customers a saving of £150 off bodies and kits. This means that the body will be available for £849.99 while the M.Zuiko 12-50mm lens kit can be bought for £999.99. Additionally, Olympus are extending their offer on free accessories (worth up to £330) when bought with the OM-D to midnight on April 1st from the original end date of March 31st. This offer allows purchasers of the OM-D to get a head start with their camera kit by offering up the choice of either a free HLD-6 Battery Grip or the M.Zuiko 45mm f:1.8 portrait lens (read review) as well as an essential spare battery.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Nikon Coolpix A Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix A is a new pocket camera for professionals. The Nikon A features the same 16 megapixel APS-C sensor as the D7000 DSLR, a 28mm f/2.8 lens, full manual controls, 1080p HD video recording, a high-resolution 3-inch LCD screen and 4fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix A review to find out if this justifies the £999.99 / $1099.95 price-tag...

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new all-weather Fujifilm FinePix XP200 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 compact camera, which is waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10°C and dustproof.

Supraflux Launches Video Camera Stabiliser

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Supraflux has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new camera stabiliser that features electronic panning control. “Direction changes and panning are some of the biggest challenges when shooting with a stabiliser,” the company says. “We set out to design a device that allows you to turn the camera without upsetting its balance. The result is the Supraflux Stabiliser with The Brake (patent pending). The Brake gives you complete control of turns by locking one axis of the stabiliser at the touch of a button. The other 2 axes remain free-floating continuing to stabilise the camera.” For more information, visit the website below.

Picfari Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Picfari is a new website for travel photographers that allows them to plan ahead and simplify the preparation for their photo shoots. “Picfari is an exciting new way to pre-plan your trip, or to dream about your next destination, all from a photographic perspective,” says Picfari Co-Founder Jackie Herr. “With Picfari, you can view a collection of photo possibilities online, and then decide on the photo ops you want to take advantage of on your trip.” In addition to providing an appealing way to armchair travel, browse destinations, plan photographic tours, and enjoy beautiful photos, each Picfari shot is geotagged so that users can easily locate and find the “just right” photo locations featured. And when travellers return home, they can upload their photos to create new Picfaris or tag on to existing Picfaris to share with friends and the Picfari community.

Pelican ProGear S130

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Omegabrandess and Pelican Products have just introduced the Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite - Laptop/Camera Divider Pack. Designed to safeguard laptops, netbooks, e-readers, tablets, keyboards and other accessories, the Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite features a removable padded divider set with a high-impact, protective polymer door to protect a camera body, extra lenses and flash equipment. Additional storage comes in the form of an expanding storage compartment for all manner of accessories such as a small tripod. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Pelican ProGear S130 is $304.95.

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fujifilm has just announced the AA battery powered Fujifilm FinePix S8400W long-zoom bridge camera, which features a 16-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor, integrated Wi-Fi and 44x optical zoom. The 24-1056mm equivalent f/2.9-6.5 Fujinon lens has an optical formula comprising 17 elements in 12 groups, including both aspherical and extra-low-dispersion elements. Additionally this camera features a Super Macro mode enabling you to get as close as 1cm from your subject. At full resolution, the Fujifilm FinePix S8400W can shoot at up to 10fps for a maximum of 10 frames, with even higher continuous shooting speeds available at reduced resolutions. In the UK, the camera will be available exclusively from Curry’s, starting May 2013. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is a new rugged camera with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom, 3” 920k-dot LCD screen and integrated Wi-Fi. Waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10°C and dustproof; the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 boasts a new and improved Image Stabilisation system to help users get the most of its 28-140mm equivalent Fujinon lens. It also offers a 10fps continuous shooting speed at full resolution for a maximum of 9 frames. With the fast read-out and high speed processing of the CMOS image sensor and processor, the XP200 can record Full 1080i HD movies at 60fps (with high speed recording available at reduced resolution at frame rates of up to 360fps). The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 will be available in the UK from the end of April with a guide price of £229.99.

Shine for Mac OS X

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Ohanaware has released its latest photo enhancing application “Shine” for Mac OS X. The program uses lighting effects such as light rays and lens flare, as well as colour tinting and various other effects to alter a photo. Shine is available today, priced at $9.99, from the website below.

Pixies for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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MindSmack has released Pixies, an iOS app which allows users to add illustrations and text to their photographs. “Pixies is an exciting boost to today’s photo editing options,” states MindSmack Founder and CEO, Sam Feuer. “We’re in an age where mobile photo editing is its own art form. We’ve taken away the confusion that typically accompanies editors and produced a fun and simple app that is accessible to all users. We’re excited for Pixies’ release and can’t wait for users to begin enjoying it.” Pixies is available for free on the iTunes App Store.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sigma DP3 Merrill Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sigma DP3 Merrill is a new serious compact camera for portraiture and macro photography, featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon and a fixed 75mm equivalent lens with a fast aperture of f/2.8 and maximum magnification of 1:3. Read our Sigma DP3 Merrill review to find out what this unique camera is capable of...

Cypress Innovations Launch Digital Negative for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Cypress Innovations have launched Digital Negative, an iOS app which captures uncompressed images that retain all of the information recorded by the camera sensor and saves them in DNG format. Other interesting features include a real?time histogram, exposure compensation and shutter speed adjustments as well as flash, focus, and zoom controls. Additionally, Digital Negative can also record high?quality JPG images or uncompressed TIFF files. Digital Negative is now available for $2.99 on iTunes.

Olympus VH-520

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus VH-520 is a slimline compact camera with a stabilised 26-260mm equivalent lens, 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and a TruePic V processor originally developed for digital SLR cameras. Other highlights include a 3” rear display, iHS technology with HDR Backlight Adjustment, Magic Filters, Full HD movies with Multi-motion Movie IS and a High Speed Movie mode for recording video at high frame rates (240 or 120fps) and playing it back in dramatic slow motion. Available in brown, black, white, red, purple or blue; the Olympus VH-520 will hit the shelves in April at a suggested retail price of £129.99.

Official Canon EOS 100D Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has released eight full-resolution sample photos and four sample videos shot with the brand new Canon EOS 100D, also known as the EOS Rebel SL1. Taken at a variety of sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100/21° to ISO 1600/33°, these EOS 100D samples were shot using an array of lenses including the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM and the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM. While the sample photos are available at the original 18-megapixel resolution, the sample movies have been downsampled to 960x540 pixels. Each sample video is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes movie showing how it was shot.

Website: Canon EOS 100D Sample Images and Movies