Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Zeiss Puts a Price Tag on Touit Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Carl Zeiss has announced availability and pricing details for its Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32 compact system camera lenses. Available now, the Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 ultra-wide angle lens (pictured) carries a recommended retail price of €920 / $1,250, whilst the Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 "standard prime" can be yours for €670 / $900. Both lenses come in Fuji X and Sony E mount versions.

DxO Optics Pro 8.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs today released Version 8.2 of DxO Optics Pro. This update for Mac and Windows allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, the Sony SLT-A58 (pictured), and the Ricoh GR, as well as to incorporate all of the new features of DxO FilmPack 4 as a plugin. With DxO FilmPack 4, photographers can apply to their digital photos - now including raw image files! - all the characteristic colour, contrast, and grain of various film emulsions. Do note that using DxO FilmPack 4 as a plugin to DxO Optics Pro 8 requires the purchase of a DxO FilmPack 4 licence.

DxO FilmPack 4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have launched DxO FilmPack 4, a major new version of their popular analog film simulation and creative effects software. Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, a single DxO FilmPack 4 licence can be used as a plugin to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and DxO Optics Pro, and as a standalone application for Mac and Windows. This update, which adds 65 new renderings and effects, is now available in DxO Labs’ online shop and at photo resellers at a discount throughout June.

Aqueti Releases Gigapixel Photos for Public Access

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Aqueti, a new company commercialising digital gigapixel photographic technology, has just released a new set of interactive photographs for public access. The set includes the 2013 Duke University Commencement, including commencement speaker Melinda Gates, and the 300th Anniversary Celebration for the City of Edenton, North Carolina. You can explore and share these photographs on gigapan.com, as well as zoom in and tag yourself via Facebook in the 2013 Duke Commencement GigaTag image. “Beautiful high-resolution panoramas are often taken using robotic camera scanners, but our snapshots capture the entire scene in one moment,” said David Brady, CEO of Aqueti, Inc. “The raucous applause may have died down, but Aqueti captured close-ups of the entire crowd’s response, and each student or loved one can explore, save and relive that moment from each audience member’s perspective.”

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 28

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 28 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to photographing glaciers, a field test of the Nikon D800 and D800E digital SLR cameras, various articles on topics like counterpoint in composition, the meaning of letters and long-term planning, and much more. Some of these articles are free but do note that the full contents of the magazine are available to subscribers only.

CrazyTalk for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Reallusion has just introduced the mobile version of CrazyTalk to iTunes Store. The app lets users animate with the power of your voice, fingers and wrist movements. "Additionally, CrazyTalk marks the beginning of a multi-platform animation ecosystem that allows users to create content on their desktops, upload to a cloud server, to later animate and share on their iDevices," the company says. Powered by the same engine found inside the CrazyTalk7 desktop version, CrazyTalk for iPhone is available as a free download, with an optional in-app upgrade priced at $0.99.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 17

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 17 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David continues his series Seeing the Light with an exploration of twilight– exactly what it is, and how to use it’s lighting to best effect in your photography. And in the final article in the current series of Composition Tutorials, David talks readers through the creation of his exquisite shot of Schwedagon Pagoda, Burma. For Behind the Lens, David brings you up to date with his current photo activities in Umbria as he shoots the beautiful Italian landscape, while guest author David Ward provides an invaluable insight into his inspirations and approaches to landscape photography. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light eZine is available to f11 subscribers only.

Pentax Efina Gets a Price Tag in the UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Pentax UK has revealed the recommended retail price of the 14-megapixel Pentax Efina digital compact camera. Announced in January, the Pentax Efina comes equipped with a 26-130mm equivalent zoom lens sporting 6 elements in 5 groups including 3 aspherical elements; a 1/2.3-type CCD sensor and a “self-portrait mirror." The name harks back to the days of film photography when Pentax had two APS cameras with a similar designation (the Pentax Efina and the Pentax Efina T). The digital Pentax Efina carries a suggested retail price of £79.99 in the UK.

Eye-Fi Mobi Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Eye-Fi has just launched its newest card, called Eye-Fi Mobi, which enables photographers to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from their favorite digital cameras to smartphones or tablets. "People like smartphones for taking pictures, mostly because of accessibility and instant sharing. Unfortunately, smartphones fall short for life's many moments that require zooming, high-speed shooting, low light and other features that make digital cameras superior," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eye-Fi. "Mobi is our simplest card yet, designed to provide photo lovers a no-compromises solution: the great quality pictures and videos of a digital camera and instant access on the smartphone to enjoy and share." Establishing a connection is easy - just download the free Eye-Fi app for iOS or Android, enter the Mobi card's unique 10-digit code, and the mobile device is paired. The Mobi card will retail for $49.99 for the 8GB card and $79.99 for the 16GB version.

X-Rite Announces Two Free June Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite has announced its schedule of free June 2013 Webinars. On the 12th, advertising photographer Jim DiVitale will present "The Complete Digital Photography Process," a webinar focussing on the calibration and custom profiling of a camera, monitor and printer using Wacom products to streamline the workflow. The second session, "Professional Monitor Calibration for Still & Video," (26th June) will review how to access and utilise the video presets in i1Profiler software and will briefly look at the use of ColorCheckers in the video footage as a visual reference. Both webinars start at 12pm EDT.

Leica S-Adapter C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Leica today announced the new Leica S-Adapter C for the Leica S medium format system. "This adapter now permits the use of all lenses from the Contax 645 SLR system on Leica S, S2 and S2-P camera bodies," the company said in a statement. "This allows photographers to exploit the full potential of Contax 645 lenses and also expand their range of use." The Leica S-Adapter C supports all lens functions such as auto focus, manual focus with focus confirmation and automatic diaphragm control. The Leica S-Adapter C is now available from authorised Leica dealers. The suggested UK retail price is £1,400.

Leica Mini M Teaser Campaign Continues

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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By way of its Facebook fan page, Leica has revealed a little more about the upcoming Leica Mini M. The new teaser graphic shows a camera that's bigger than the existing Leica X2 (a.k.a. 'Micro M') but smaller than the Leica M, as you would expect based on the 'Mini M' designation. Although the image reveals little more, it now seems certain that the Leica Mini M will not have a body-integral optical viewfinder. The official launch date is 11th June.

Sony World Photography Awards Open for Entries

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, organised by the World Photography Organisation, are now open for entries. Photographers will compete for a range of cash prizes and the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. Overall winners will be announced in London on 30 April 2014. The Awards include the following competitions: Open, Professional, Student Focus and Youth. The winner of the 2014 L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title will be presented with $25,000 and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000. Professional, amateur, youth and student photographers from across the world can enter their best work for free at the website below.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sony HX50 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our review, here are 55 sample JPEG photos taken with a full production version of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 compact camera, including the full ISO range from 80-12,800.

Released today in the UK, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 is a new travel-zoom compact camera with a 30x zoom lens, 20.4 megapixels, built-in wi-fi connectivity and Full 50p HD movie recording.

HTC One Review

Mark Goldstein
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The HTC One is a new flagship smartphone with some intriguing photography features up its proverbial sleeve. The HTC One has a 4 megapixel sensor, 28mm fixed lens with fast f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video, sweep panoramas, a range of picture effects and 8fps burst shooting. Read our HTC One review to find out if it's the best smartphone for photographers...

Life on the Street – Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers have announced the winners of the Life on the Street Photography competition. The picture, "Street Artist" by Antonio Rojas (Philippines) was chosen as the winner from the 1020+ pictures entered in to the contest. Antonio has won a 12-month membership to The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers a Trek-Tech Optera 230 tripod and a Fujifilm AX660.camera.

Zoner Photo Studio for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Zoner has released a free Android version of its Zoner Photo Studio software. This comprehensive app allows photographers to view, retouch, filter, save and share photos from their mobile device. “Our new ZPS app is a key component of Zoner‘s goal to offer any photographer unencumbered, complete access and management for all their image files—whether sitting at a desk or on the road,“ says Jaroslav Kucek, vice president and managing director, Zoner USA.“ The app allows image retouch and management from just about anywhere. And when used with Zonerama.com, our online album hosting community, photographers gain a complete solution for working with their photos.“ You can download the Android version of Zoner Photo Studio from the Google Play Store (requires Android 4.0 or higher).

Polagram Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Polagram is a new service enabling you to print your photos directly from your smartphone. Offering prints in different formats such as Classic (10x10), Polaroid Style (Keep the vintage spirit with this style), Regular (10x13), Large Prints (20x20 or 20x27), Polagram has a smartphone app for both Android and iOS devices, allowing you to specify the pictures you want to print, enter your shipping address and order your prints. The service is available throughout Europe.

Travel Photography Live!

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Some of the world’s leading travel, landscape, adventure, people and wildlife photographers will gather in London this July for Travel Photography Live!, a festival of photography at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The event is set against the backdrop of the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition , so festival-goers will be able to enjoy the full display of award-winning images from this prestigious international competition, plus fascinating historic images from the Society’s archive, as well as learning about photography from leading experts, who will share the secrets behind their images. The event begins with two ‘In conversation with’ evenings on July 17th and 24th. Tickets cost £25 for each ‘In conversation with’ evening, or £40 for both, with Saturday or Sunday tickets costing £75 each, a weekend pass costing £130 and a Festival Pass (covering all four dates) £150. These prices are reduced to £17.50, £30, £55, £95 and £110 for members of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), registered students, Travel Photographer of the Year entrants and anyone aged 65 or over. The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition itself is free to view, and runs from July 12th to August 18th.

Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi Diving Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Rollei has unveiled a new Wi-Fi enabled action camera. The Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi Diving Edition is equipped with a 7x multi-layer coated glass lens with an angle of view of 175 degrees and a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor, and comes bundled with a 1.4" external TFT display. In addition to capturing stills, the camera can also record Full HD videos. The Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi Diving Edition will go on sale this month at a recommended retail price of €349.95.