Thursday, May 1, 2014

Loka UL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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F-Stop Gear has just introduced the Loka UL, its first ultra-light bag for photographers working on location. This 37L photo backpack weighs in at a mere 1kg thanks to a lighter rip-stop nylon shell and lightweight internal frame. The Loka UL can be preordered for $249.

Website: F-Stop Gear

Bailey: For Real - Daniel Blau London

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Daniel Blau's London gallery will host an exhibition of works by David Bailey. Entitled Bailey: For Real, this exhibition will present a collection of David Bailey's photographs of the everyday, including captivating portraits of anonymous figures in Delhi and stark images of London’s East End. Bailey: For Real opens on 15th May and runs until 28th June. The Daniel Blau gallery is located at 51 Hoxton Square, London, NI 6PB.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition Ticket Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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With the Sony World Photography Awards taking place next month we’ve teamed up with headline sponsors Sony to give 10 lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the winner’s exhibition, which will take place at Somerset House, London from the 1st – 18th May 2014.

The lucky winners are: pete williams, Lance Maloney, Miles Thompson, Jon Stroud, Eloise Barnes, Allan Smith, Vanessa Scott, Jolie Kung, Alice Matthews and suzy mallison. Congratulations!

The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition will showcase the winning and shortlisted photographers from the awards across photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography. The exhibition has been expanded this year, being hosted in both the East and West Wings of Somerset House in London, making it one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

Alongside the winning and shortlisted photographers of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, special curations include: A collection of American photographer Mary Ellen Mark, the recipient of the Sony World Photography Awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography, plus exclusive Sony commissions of celebrated photographer William Klein and a group show by Panos Pictures photographers.

Sony is committed to providing a camera solution for everyone and every budget – take professional quality pictures, whether an amateur or an expert.

With Sony’s ongoing development of its camera portfolio, choose from the point and shoot Cyber-shot to the entry-level interchangeable lens Alpha range or the new innovative QX lens-style cameras, Sony aims to make photography more accessible to all and educate people in the art of taking pictures.

For further information about the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards and the Somerset House exhibition visit

Just answer this simple question to enter the contest

Samsung NX Mini Preview

Jack Baker | Compact System Camera
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At a recent event held by Samsung at Sandown Racecourse in the UK, we got our hands on the company’s new NX Mini system camera. Read all about this tiny new mirrorless camera in our Samsung NX Mini preview...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 50 sample images taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 compact camera.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 is a new travel-zoom compact camera with a 20x lens and an 18.2 megapixel sensor.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 50 sample images taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 compact camera.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 is a new compact camera with a 10x zoom lens and a 20 megapixel sensor.

Quadruple Success for Sony at 2014 TIPA Awards

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The Technical Image Press Association has recognised four Sony products with TIPA 2014 awards. The Sony a7R (pictured) has been named this year's Best Professional Compact System Camera, the FDR-AX100 has been chosen as 2014's Best Camcorder, the HDR-AS100V has won the title Best ActionCam, whilst the Sony QX series has emerged as the winner of the Mobile Imaging Device category. 

Sony PROduction Awards 2014 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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​The winners of the Sony PROduction Awards 2014 have just been announced. Designed to unearth exceptional filmmakers and give them the opportunity to further their careers, Sony PROduction Awards 2014 invited entrants from all over the world to create or share an existing film of up to five minutes and submit it to the Sony PROduction Awards website. The 2014 winners are Oliver Clubb, UK (Scarecrow in Purgatory, Creative category),  Michael O’Neill, Australia (No Good Deed, Student category) and Benjamin Chesterton, UK (That Time, Factual category) Each winner will receive Sony’s NEX-FS700RH 4K Super 35mm camcorder. The three winning films will be showcased alongside all 15 shortlisted films at the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House in London. The exhibition will take place from 1st May to the 18th as part of a wider celebration of photography and photojournalism.

New PicStop Competition: Water

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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PicStop has launched a new, free-to-enter photography competition. The theme of the contest is “Water" and each entrant may submit up to three photos, complete with titles and descriptions. Images must be in JPEG format and must not exceed 300 kilobytes in size. The deadline for entries is 30th June. The first prize is £100 worth of SanDisk flash memory products. As always we suggest that you read the terms and conditions before entering your work.

Website: PicStop

Epson International Pano Awards 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Photographers around the world are invited to enter the Epson International Pano Awards to compete for approximately $40,000 in cash and prizes. Now in its fifth year, the competition showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography. The 2013 competition saw 4068 images submitted from 843 photographers in 57 countries. Early-bird entries to the 2014 contest are open now until Sunday 13th July. Prizes include an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer, an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer, and an Epson EB-1775 Ultra-Slim Projector.

Apple Updates MacBook Air

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Apple has updated its MacBook Air with faster processors. Now starting at £749, the new Apple MacBook Air models feature fourth-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, fast flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, up to 12 hours of battery life and Apple’s iLife and iWork apps.  The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.4 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at £749, and 256GB of flash storage starting at £899. The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.4 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at £849, and 256GB of flash storage starting at £999 inc VAT. Configure-to-order options include a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB flash storage.

Canon Produces 100 Millionth EF Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon today celebrates the achievement of a new lens manufacturing milestone, with the production of the company’s 100 millionth EF-series interchangeable lens. Over the past 27 years, since the launch of the company’s proprietary EF lenses and EOS SLR cameras in March 1987, Canon has developed a wide range of innovative technologies and world’s firsts, such as the lens-based Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabiliser (IS) technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element. Recent innovations have seen the EF range extend into new fields, with the launch of the company’s EF Cinema lenses for digital cinematography in January 2012, and EF-M lenses for its Compact System Camera, the EOS M, in September 2012.  More recently, Canon’s EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x (pictured) became the world’s first super telephoto zoom lens to feature a built in 1.4x extender; at least among interchangeable lenses designed for SLR cameras.

Nikon UK Launch Summer Cashback Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon UK have just announced a new cashback offer. Running until 30 July 2014, the promotion offers up to £50 cashback on selected DSLR cameras and lenses and £30 cashback on the SB-300 flash (pictured). Click through / read on for the details.

Profoto B1 / AirTTL Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Profoto has issued the first firmware upgrade for its B1 off-camera flash and AirTTL system. The B1 was the world’s first cordless monolight with TTL metering, and Profoto vowed to continuously update the AirTTL system. One of the most frequently requested features is TTL metering with Canon’s flagship model: the Canon EOS-1D X. Today, this feature is made available free of charge through an easily installed firmware upgrade. The process is simple: 1) Go to the Profoto support website. 2) Sign in with an existing My Profoto account or create a new one. 3) Register your B1 and your Air Remote TTL-C. 4) Download the upgrade. 5) Open the software and follow the instructions.

Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Version 2.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has released a firmware update for its Fujifilm X-E2 compact system camera. Version 2.00 reduces the display lag of the electronic viewfinder to 5 milliseconds, which is less than 1/10 compared tothe current firmware.  Furthermore, the update adds new colour options to the focus peak highlight function, allows face detection and EVF/LCD toggling to be mapped onto the Fn button, adds a 'Suppressed Flash' option to the flash settings, and fixes a bug related to film simulation bracketing.

Website: Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Update Ver.2.00

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a serious compact camera with a large 1.5-inch image sensor and fast 5x zoom lens. The G1 X Mk II also offers built-in wi-fi/NFC connectivity, 1080p HD video at 30fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch tilting touchscreen LCD, dual lens control rings, RAW files and a full range of manual shooting modes. Read our Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review to find out if it's worth the £799 / €949 / $799.99 asking price...

Alien Skin Exposure 6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Alien Skin Software today announced the forthcoming launch of Exposure 6, the latest version of its flagship photography effects software. Alien Skin’s creative focus and lens simulation program, Bokeh, has now been rolled into Exposure, thus eliminating the need to jump between programs. As such, Exposure now provides simple tools for photographers to draw attention to their subject by manipulating focus, vignette and depth of field. Along with the inclusion of Bokeh, Exposure’s user interface has been refined and enhanced. A new basic control panel contains sliders for global adjustments to areas such as exposure, contrast, clarity and vibrance for faster editing. The image processing engine has also been rewritten and now offers full-sized instant previews. Additionally, Exposure 6 includes many new lighting effects such as realistic sun flare, and authentic vintage borders developed by world-renowned photographer Parker J Pfister. Exposure 6 will be available in June for $149 

iSAW EXtreme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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PXS Distribution has announced that the new EXtreme action camera is now available in the UK. The camera comes with an f/2.4 lens and a 12-megapixel sensor, as well as a built-in LCD screen. The camera supports video recording quality 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps, and WVGA at 240fps. The iSAW EXtreme can be mounted on a tripod or on the head, and can be fully controlled via a smartphone or a tablet through Wi-Fi. The iSAW EXtreme is available for $249.

DxO Optics Pro 9.1.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro 9.1.5 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to offer support for the Nokia Lumia 1020, the first smartphone capable of shooting raw (pictured). Version 9.1.5 also offers support for four additional cameras: the Canon EOS 1200D, the Olympus E-M10 and Stylus 1, and the Nikon Coolpix P340; and benefits from the addition of 472 new camera/lens combinations to the library of DxO Optics Modules. Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 license on or after 1 September 2014 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9.

Crated Opens its Community to Artists

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Crated is a new online marketplace for digital artists and photographers. Unlike other art selling sites, "Crated provides a turnkey solution for artists providing not only display and sales features, but also high-quality production, marketing and fulfillment functionality with the highest profit sharing available," the company says. "Crated’s artists receive support from start to finish and a generous revenue share of 80% of generated profits. Setting up a gallery is free, no credit card is needed and the site does not charge any transaction fees." In celebration of the launch, the first hundred artists to join by May 16 will have the opportunity to be featured in Crated’s first pop-up gallery in Soho ArtHouse, New York opening on 21 May 2014.