Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fujifilm X-T1 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm X-T1 is a brand new compact system camera that looks, feels and performs very much like a classic DSLR that''s been shrunk in the wash. Is this the best X-series camera that Fujifilm have released, and can it compete with the likes of the Sony A7/A7R and Olympus OM-D E-M1, not to mention DSLRs from Canon and Nikon? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T1 review to find out...

SideKick360

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MeFOTO today announced the SideKick360, a smartphone adapter that provides mobile photographers and filmmakers with camera support allowing them to make sharp photos, videos time-lapse sequences and long exposures. Available in a dozen different colours, the SideKick360 features an aluminium Arca Swiss style quick-release base that works natively with MeFOTO full size tripods as well as any Arca Swiss style quick-release clamp. The adapter's flexible ball joint allows for 360-degree rotation letting users position the smartphone vertically to capture photos and horizontally for video mode or anywhere in between. The new MeFOTO SideKick360 will be available from 1st March for $49.

X-Rite Announces Two Free February Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite has announced its schedule of free February 2014 webinars. "The February X-Rite webinar schedule features 2 sessions, one of which is hosted by photographer and photo-educator Joe Brady, and the second hosted by X-Rite Coloratti and Award-winning photographer and retoucher Jane Conner-Ziser," said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. "The February webinars focus on creative, award-winning photography, post-production workflow and how-to ensure that photographers obtain consistently great colour prints from their Lab." Click through / read on for the details.

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 36

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 36 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to starting a photography business, a review of the book "Art of Sunnmore" by David Hay, a beginner's guide to shutter speed, an introduction to camera systems by David Hay, a test of the Hasselblad H5D by Mark Bauer, and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.

Talenthouse Partners with Autographer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Talenthouse has teamed up with Autographer, billed as the world's first intelligent wearable camera, to offer aspiring photographers a chance to have their work featured in a major new advertising campaign. Developed by the team who designed the motion graphics for Oscar nominated film Gravity, Autographer is a new type of camera which enables spontaneous, hands-free image capture using a custom 136° eye view lens, an ultra-small GPS unit and 5 in-built sensors. To enter, creatives are invited to submit their best photos taken by accident. The photographs must be original work and taken on any device, but must represent that perfect moment of unposed 'autography.'The chosen finalists will all receive an Autographer. The selected artist will see their work featured in the next Autographer advert, plus $1,000 and full exposure on Talenthouse, Autographer and BBH's social channels. Submissions close on 19 February 2014.

Samsung Announces UK Pricing for NX30

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Samsung UK has announced the manufacturer's suggested retail price of the Samsung NX30 compact system camera. The traditionally-styled NX30 features a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, tiltable electronic viewfinder, 3.0-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed, 9fps continuous shooting, and NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities. In the United Kingdom, the Samsung NX30 kit (including the camera body and a standard zoom) will be available for £899.99.

Sony SPA-TA1 Attachment

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Sony Japan has announced the SPA-TA1 accessory, which allows its QX series lens-sensor modules to be attached to a variety of tablets. Sold in six different sizes, the Sony SPA-TA1 attachment will be available in Japan for 3675 yen, starting April 2014.

Source: Sony Japan

Iridient Developer 2.3.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released an update to Iridient Developer for Mac OS X. Version 2.3.3 adds support for raw image files generated by the new Fujifilm: X-T1, Olympus: E-M10, Panasonic DMC-TZ60 (ZS40) and Canon: EOS M2 cameras and Phase One IQ250 medium-format back. This release also includes numerous new default ICC camera profiles and camera curves for most Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm models from the past few years based on new internal camera calibration tool refinements. Additionally, the update includes a fix for proper pass through of some IPTC/XMP fields used by Photo Mechanic XMP sidecar files.

Tamrac Apache Photo Messenger Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Designed to be discreet, comfortable and lightweight; Tamrac's new Apache series includes three rugged messenger bags offering superior organisation and equipment protection. The Apache 2 Photo Messenger holds and protects a compact DSLR camera with 18-55mm lens attached, an extra lens, a small flashgun, accessories and personal items. The Apache 4 Photo Messenger holds an SLR with lens attached, 1 or 2 extra lenses, a 10” tablet and accessories. The Apache 6 Photo Messenger protects an SLR camera with lens attached, 2 or 3 extra lenses, flashgun, tablet or laptop and accessories. Prices start at £59.99.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hasselblad HV

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Hasselblad HV is a 24.3-megapixel SLR camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor, semitransparent mirror and 2,359k-dot electronic viewfinder. Modelled after the Sony A99 digital "SLT" camera, the Hasselblad HV adds a machined aluminium alloy chassis, PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating and a few cosmetic changes. The new Hasselblad HV will be available for €8,500 including a Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T* standard zoom lens (but excluding taxes).

Four New PlayMemories Camera Apps from Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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For the first time ever, Sony is releasing Beta versions of four brand-new PlayMemories Camera Apps that are available for free. Snapshot Me ensures better pictures when you hand the camera over to someone else to take your picture, Stop Motion helps budding animators create fun time-lapse movies, ID Photo enables you to produceg valid identity photos for your ID card, driving licence or passport, while Catch Light adds extra sparkle to portraits of friends and family with a bright, white highlight that looks like the reflection of daylight or a flash in your subject’s pupils.

Perfect Photo Suite 8 Special Offer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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onOne Software has announced a special offer for current owners of Nik Software, Topaz Labs, or any other digital photography plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or Apple Aperture. “Our mission has always been to provide powerful photography software to everyone who is passionate about their photography, such as the owners of the Nik Software and Topaz Labs plug-ins,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “Leveraging our extensive experience as a plug-in developer and adding the customer-requested tools that make Perfect Photo Suite 8 a complete photo editor makes it an ideal solution that can bring together all of a photographer’s stylization and editing needs.” Current owners of the afore-mentioned plug-ins may purchase a licence for Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition for only $129.95, which is a $50 savings off the regular price.

An Evening with Nick Danziger

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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As part of the Kings Place Words on Monday series, PhotoVoice has announced an illustrated talk by award-winning photographer Nick Danziger. "More than anything else Nick Danziger is a traveller, a storyteller and an explorer of places and situations that most of us would never dare to go near," the organisers say. "He is a contemporary everyman, through whose eyes we can begin to understand the outside world." The event is taking place at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG, from 7pm on 3rd March. Tickets are available online at the website below.

Hüfa Partners with Intro 2020

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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International Camera Accessories, manufacturers of the hüfa lens cap clip, have named UK-based Intro 2020 as their newest authorised international distribution partner. The line of hüfa products will join Intro 2020’s 24 other brands of premium photo accessories for hobbyists and professionals, including Tamron and Samyang lenses, Hoya and Cokin filters, Velbon and Slik tripods, Tamrac bags, Phottix, Azden, Lensbaby, Lenspen and many others.

Chasing the Light eZine Issue #25

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 25 of David Noton's Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David takes his readers to Prague, relating his four-day adventure in this beautiful city in his Behind the Lens article and Video Blog entry. In Seeing the Light, David continues writing about his latest passion for ‘shooting stars’, while in this month’s Stepping Back feature we are transported to the breath-taking Milford Sound in New Zealand. Lucie Debelkova has contributed this issue’s How It’s Done article, describing how she captured her inspirational shot of the Rock Arch in Wadi Rum. In The Bizz, Freya Dangerfield presents an opinion piece on whether we are really witnessing the death of photography, with contributions from various pros. And for the magazine's Guest Feature, renowned landscape photographer David Taylor explains the role his place of birth – Northumberland, UK – has played in his photography. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light online magazine is available to f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10/QX100 Firmware Version 2.00

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Sony has released a firmware update for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 lens-sensor modules. Version 2.00 changes the resolution of MP4 video files from 1440x1080 to 1920x1080 pixels and expands the ISO range to ISO 3200/36° on the QX10 and ISO 12800/42° on the QX100. Additionally, the Sony Cyber-shot QX100 gains a "shutter priority auto" shooting mode, enabling users to control shutter speed directly.

Website: Sony QX10/QX100 Firmware Update 2.00 (Mac)
Website: Sony QX10/QX100 Firmware Update 2.00 (Windows)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Lumix DMC-TZ60 is Panasonic's new flagship travel-zoom compact camera for 2014. The TZ60 (also known as the ZS40) adds a 30x wide-angle zoom lens, lens control ring, RAW file format, focus peaking and an electronic viewfinder to last year's TZ40/ZS30 model. Read our Panasonic DMC-TZ60 review to find out if it's still the best travel-zoom camera...

Friday Fun: Choose a Mirrorless Camera

Mark Goldstein
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We've got four of the latest flagship compact system cameras in the office at the moment.

Which one would you choose to buy, and why? Let us know in the Comments section.

157th RPS International Print Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) invites student, amateur and professional photographers worldwide to submit their work to the 157th RPS International Competition. The Royal Photographic Society’s annual International Print Exhibition is the longest standing exhibition of its kind in the world, dating back to 1854. During its long history it has gained a reputation for showcasing a wide range of genres and styles of photography. Now in its 157th year, entry is open to everyone of any age or photographic level.. Initial entry is online, and you can submit up to 4 digital images before 18 March 2014. The selectors will make a shortlist from all uploaded entries and the shortlisted photographers will then supply prints for the final selection of 100 prints for the touring exhibition, including the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Under 30 Award winners.

Kolor Panobook 2014 Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The 2014 Kolor Panobook Contest, a major panoramic photography competition, is about to open. The entry period will begin on 3rd February, and photographers have until 3rd March 2014 to submit their best panoramic images to the competition. As in the previous years, the best entries will be published in a photobook called the Kolor Panobook 2014. For more information and to enter, visit the website below.