Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CyberLink PhotoDirector for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink has released a free, new photo editing app - PhotoDirector for Android. The Android version of PhotoDirector includes several features including smart Object Removal, complete editing and adjustment tools, HDR effects, and beautification tools. Easy-to-use sliders give users full control over White Balance, Tone, Saturation and more. For more novice users, PhotoDirector for Android also includes over 70 preset effects to instantly adjust the mood of an image. PhotoDirector is available in the Google Play store.

IGPOTY Monochrome Art Project

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) has launched a Monochrome Photo Project. The project has a wide brief – just about anything monochrome and relating to plants and gardens can be entered – including abstracts. There’s a £500 cash prize for the winner, plus the opportunity for their image to be featured in the IGPOTY book. The deadline for this contest is 31 March 2014.

Sigma Ordered to Pay JPY 1.5bn in Compensation to Nikon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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A district court in Tokyo, Japan, has ruled in Nikon's favour in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in 2011 against Sigma. Nikon claimed that a number of Sigma lenses infringed on some of its patents related to lens-based vibration reduction technology (VR). The court has ordered Sigma to pay 1.5 billion yen (14.5 million dollars) in compensation.

Source: Lexology

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R is a very fast short telephoto prime lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a classic focal range of 84mm in 35mm terms, is the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R lens worth considering? Read our Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R review to find out...

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

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 49 full-size sample images taken with the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens mounted on a Sony NEX-7 body.

The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS is a premium standard zoom lens for Sony compact system cameras.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM A Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 28 full-size sample images taken with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A lens mounted on a Canon EOS 70D body.

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A is a fast standard prime lens for APS-C DSLR cameras.

Nikon Behind the Scenes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General

Nikon today launched the “Nikon Behind the Scenes” video series, dedicated to entertaining intermediate-level photographers. The video series follows a diverse group of leading photographers into the field, including Nikon Ambassadors Joe McNally and Corey Rich and Nikon Professional Photographer Tamara Lackey. In “Nikon Behind the Scenes: Light It Up with Joe McNally,” McNally will be exploring what is possible with Nikon Speedlights and off-camera flash techniques. Over the course of five videos, he will show viewers how to make the most of lighting in whatever situation a photographer may find themselves in. The videos will go live on 11th March on the Nikon YouTube channel and the new NikonUSA Google+ page.

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 49 full-size sample images taken with the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C lens mounted on a Canon EOS 70D body.

The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C is a fast standard zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras.

Bob Carlos Clarke: Living Dolls

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Living Dolls marks the 10th anniversary of Bob Carlos Clarke's final exhibition in 2004. It includes a selection of images from the Love-Dolls series, some special 'one-off' photographs from the archives, plus eighteen classic black-and-white images. The exhibition - which opens on 10th May in The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ - is sponsored by Olympus, who also supported the original exhibition in 2004.

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 37 full-size sample images taken with the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM is a fast telephoto zoom lens for full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.

Panasonic Announces Preview Campaign for GH4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has announced a preview campaign for the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera.  Three GH4 units will be in the UK and Ireland for this weekend only for the preview campaign to be held exclusively at three camera shops, for three days at each store. The preview campaign will start this Thursday at Conns Cameras, 54 Clarendon St, Dublin 2; continuing at Jessops, 129-131 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2HU and Park Cameras, Victoria Business Park, York Rd, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9T. Each store will have a working sample of the camera for users to try, as well as a dedicated Panasonic expert to talk through product features and answer any questions.

Keeping Photography Relevant in the Digital Age

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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In our latest article, we discuss how to keep up to speed with the ever-changing world of photography.

Kenro Launches New Braun Digital Photo Frames

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has expanded its digital photo frame range with three new products. The new additions are the DF71, DF7040 and DF1580 models from Braun Photo Technik. The stylish black matte DF71 has a high quality 7"digital TFT LED screen with LED backlight technology and a resolution of 480x234 pixels. The DF7040 has a similarly sized display with a resolution of 800x600 pixels. The Braun DF1580 has a 15" LCD screen with 1024x768 pixels and built-in stereo speakers. SRPs range from £40.50 to £160.80.

Case Logic Announces Luminosity Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Case Logic has launched a new collection of camera bags and cases. The Luminosity collection consists of a range of cross-body bags and backpacks that provide both protection and versatility. There are thirteen products in the collection; two messenger-style cross bags, available in small or large; one large action camera bag; three full backpacks (2 Medium + 1 large) two sling-backpacks,three holster bags available in small, medium & Large, and two lens exchange cases. For more information on the Case Logic Luminosity range, visit the website below.

Photojojo Ring Flash and Focus Shifter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Photojojo is now carrying the Oh! Wow. Ring Light and a new Focus Shifter accessory for SLR users. The Oh! Wow. Ring Light ($99, pictured) is a ring flash and continuous light that fits in the hot-shoe of your Canon or Nikon DSLR camera. The Focus Shifter ($49) gives you creative control and gives your videos a more cinematic look, by making manual focus smooth and easy. It features a handle for smoothly adjusting your focusing ring, and a marker board to help you track just where you want to focus. You can use a dry erase marker to keep track of several focus points or use clips set hard stops. Both products are 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 72 full-size sample images taken with the new Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R lens mounted on an X-T1 body.

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R is a new fast portrait lens for the X-system, offering a field of view equivalent to 84mm in 35mm terms.

Canon Recalls Thousands of PowerShot SX50 HS Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon U.S.A. is recalling about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 HS cameras because, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, "a chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinders on the camera can cause skin or eye irritation or an allergic reaction to the user." Canon says the phenomenon only affects "certain lots from September 1 through November 15, 2013."  The affected cameras have serial numbers beginning with “69”, “70” or “71” and have “1” as the sixth digit of the serial number. If you own one of the affected cameras you ought to contact Canon USA's Customer Support Centre.

X-Rite Launch Cashback Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite are offering £30 cashback on every X-Rite ColorChecker Passport purchased at the same time as either X-Rite ColorMunki Display or X-Rite i1Display Pro. "The cashback offer is an excellent opportunity for photographers that are looking to invest in colour management in order to get the best from their images," says Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at X-Rite. "The ColorChecker Passport is imperative during image capture to ensure consistency for example, the challenge of ensuring that the bride’s wedding dress is the same colour under different lighting conditions during her wedding day. Whereas the latest calibrators from X-Rite go on to ensure that images viewed on a monitor are profiled for maximum colour accuracy as well as consistency.” With a retail price of £83 the ColorChecker Passport (pictured) can effectively be purchased for just £53 during the promotional period. Note that all claims must be received by 14th August 2014 in order to qualify.

Brindleyplace Launches Cherry Blossom Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Brindleyplace has launched a special photography competition that aims to celebrate the traditional Japanese festival of Hanami. An annual event, Hanami is the Japanese tradition of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers and is celebrated to coincide with the flowering of cherry blossom across the country. Organised in partnership with Ikon and Café Opus at Ikon, the Hanami Photography Competition is targeted at amateur photographers with a passion for photography in Birmingham and will be officially launched when the first cherry blossom flowers on the trees in Oozells Square in Brindleyplace. “Hanami seemed like the perfect festival for Brindleyplace to celebrate as, each year we have so many people comment on how beautiful the cherry blossom looks in Oozells Square," says Lydia Ellis, Marketing Manager at Brindleyplace. "By launching a photography competition we will be able to create a lasting memory as well as encouraging artistic talent in Birmingham." From when the competition is launched – the blossom typically blooms at the end of March –participants will have until 13th April to submit their entry.

Benro Falcon Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor for the Benro range of camera bags and tripods, has introduced the Falcon series of robust backpacks for outdoor photographers. Manufactured from abrasion resistant PT1200D PU and water repellent materials, the bags feature adjustable shoulder, chest and waist belts. There are two choices in the series, the Falcon 400 and the Falcon 800, both available in a camouflage finish. The Falcon 400 (£169.80) is capable of carrying up to one SLR camera and 1x400mm lens plus accessories.  The 800 version (£180.00) has the capacity to hold one SLR and 1x800mm lens plus accessories.  A pro lens cushion is built into both backpacks to protect your lens from moving. Both bags are available now.