Thursday, March 27, 2014

Digital Imaging Show Goes to Dublin

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Societies have announced that the next Digital Imaging Show will take place in Dublin on 6-7 April  Photographers who register in advance will be able to attend the trade show and a number of masterclasses held on the 6th free of charge. Masterclasses include Creating a magnetise business by Catherine Connor, Making more Money and More Profit from Photography by Charlie Kaufman and Let's Jazz It Up by Podge Kelly. On the 7th, there will be a one-day seminar by Richard P Walton entitled Passion not Camera Fashion, which costs €80 for members and €120 for non-members.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today released the latest version of its flagship graphics suite. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 features powerful fill capabilities, high DPI, multi-monitor and touchscreen compatibility, and more ways to share content. In addition, multi-core and native 64-bit support allows users to run multiple applications and process large files. New/enhanced features include workspace selection, built-in context exchange, fountain fills, pressure-sensitive liquid tools and camera effects in Photo-paint, and much more. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 is now available for £399. The upgrade price is £179

Joby Flash Clamp & Locking Arm

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Joby has launched a new accessory for photographers using off-camera flashes. "We often see awkward setups with off-camera flashes, such as people holding their flash in one hand while holding their camera with the other, or people wrestling with a light stand or pole," said Michael Jue, director of product design at Joby. The new Flash Clamp & Locking Arm innovates with a clamp that lets users quickly secure their wireless flash to any surface less than two inches in width. The locking arm also has two fully articulating ball joints that position the flash at any angle needed while providing a long-lasting hold. The Joby Flash Clamp & Locking Arm retails for $39.95.

Panasonic Joins The Big Photo Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Panasonic has joined the list of exhibitors at The Big Photo Show, which will take place in Los Angeles from 17-18 May. At the show, Panasonic will be presenting its entire line-up of Lumix camera products, including the new Lumix GH4 (pictured), as well as the company’s complete line of Micro Four Thirds compatible lenses for Lumix cameras. “Panasonic is excited to be exhibiting at The Big Photo Show and presenting our line of Lumix cameras and lenses, as well as our entire line of Adventure products,” said Thomas Curley, Business Development Manager for Panasonic North America. “Our camera products are of interest to professionals looking for the latest in hybrid imaging or video production gear, as well as photo enthusiasts seeking a great picture taking solution for family or fun – and we think the Big Photo Show is the perfect place to be.”

Zeiss Touit (X-Mount) Firmware Update 1.03

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss has posted a firmware update for two of its X-mount Touit lenses (Touit 1.8/32 and Touit 2.8/12). Version 1.03 adds support for "higher camera auto focus speeds" and adds compatibility with the ‘Phase Detection AF’ function. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Zeiss

Canon Produces 250 Millionth Digital Camera

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Combined production of Canon's compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras surpassed 250 million units on 31 January 2014, the company said in a statement. Canon began producing and marketing digital cameras in the mid 1990s. The first digital SLR cameras bearing the Canon logo - such as the Canon EOS DCS 3 (pictured) - were jointly developed by Canon and Kodak; with the first "true" Canon EOS dSLR - the Canon EOS D30 - being released in 2000. The first Canon digital compact camera, the Canon Powershot 600, had been introduced four years earlier.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 54 full-size sample images taken with the new Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS lens mounted on an X-T1 body.

The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS is a new ultra wide-angle lens for the X-system, offering a field of view equivalent to 15-36mm in 35mm terms. As well as offering a constant aperture of f/4, it also features optical image stabilisation and an aperture ring.

The Great Camera Swap

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Wilkinson Cameras have just launched a brand new offer called The Great Camera Swap, where customers can trade in their old kit and get an extra spring bonus of 10%. In other words, if you are thinking of upgrading their camera, lens, flashgun, tripod or other quality photo accessories, Wilkinson Cameras are offering an extra 10% on top of its current value. This offer is available online until 14 April 2014 via the website below.

Lowepro Passport Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lowepro has launched its new Passport Series of soft-sided and modern camera bags: Passport Backpack, Passport Messenger and Passport Sling III. The Passport Backpack ($64.99, pictured) fits a CSCor compact DSLR, extra lens or flash, 13" laptop or tablet, smartphone and personal items; and features a zippered front organiser pocket, two tall side pockets for water bottles, plus a padded mesh backpad with contoured shoulder straps for a comfortable fit. The Lowepro Passport Messenger ($69.99) includes a front organizer pocket under the flap, a quick-grab handle for an extra carrying option, and an adjustable shoulder strap with a removable shoulder pad for customized comfort while wearing. The Passport Sling III ($59.99) offers an expandable compartment that allows the user to unzip and increase interior storage space by 30% – ideal for farmers market finds and souveniers. The sling also features an adjustable shoulder strap with removable shoulder pad.

Connected Data Updates 4-Bay Drobo Storage System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Connected Data today released its third-generation 4-bay Drobo storage system. Now featuring USB 3.0 connectivity, enhanced support for Apple’s Time Machine and significantly improved rebuild times; this model is 3x faster and more affordable than the previous release. MSRP for the new Drobo is $349, with a $50 discount available for all first and second-generation Drobo customers through Connected Data's new customer loyalty programme. This discount is available until 9th June.

Epson Metallic Photo Papers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Epson today introduced the newest additions to its portfolio of photography media. Designed over several years in collaboration with many of the industry’s leading professional photographers and fine artists, the Epson Metallic Photo Paper Lustre and Metallic Photo Paper Glossy provide rich colour gamut, sharpness and depth for wedding photographers, portrait studios and event photographers. Made with a resin-coated base and offering a unique surface that adds a sophisticated degree of intensity to images, the Metallic Photo Paper Glossy produces vibrant, high-quality output with a dramatic flair, while the pearl-like quality of Metallic Photo Paper Lustre yields a balanced combination of colour contrast and saturation. Pricing starts at $24 for the 8.5"x11" size and goes up to $359 for a 100-foot roll with a width of 36".

The Selfie Help Book

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The Selfie Help Book is a humorous collection of selfie-taking tips by Laurel Kate Sittig. Published on the Photojojo website, this "book" is actually a short article broken down into three "chapters:" Selfie Classic, The Group Selfie and Extreme Selfies. Each "chapter" is full of lighthearted tips on the necessity of doing arm stretches before taking a selfie, avoiding photographing yourself in the vicinity of a toilet and so on. The article also contains links to various selfie apps and accessories such as the Pocket Spotlight, the Keyprop and a set ofJelly Camera Filters.

Venice and Paris at Dawn

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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AnthonyEpes.com have announced a special offer for PhotographyBLOG readers: purchase a place on one of their Venice at Dawn or Paris at Dawn workshops and receive a complimentary place on their two-day London at Dawn workshop. The Venice from Dawn to Dusk event will take place from 15th - 18th May, and their Paris from Dawn to Dusk workshop is scheduled for 19th - 22nd June. "Photographing cities at dawn is a photographer's paradise," Anthony Epes says. "We will photograph the iconic views of each city as well as discovering hidden spots and interesting characters.” For more information and to book your place, email Diana Bird at AnthonyEpes.com.

Stretcher Print

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Co2nscience.com have created a unique wall art product that promises to "showcase your photographs to dazzling effect." ‘Stretcher Prints’ are made of up to 22 recycled 50cl plastic bottles, making them flexible, durable and washable. The flexibility of the fabric means that Stretcher Prints are not constrained by rigid wooden frames, and can be formed into some really unique and unusual shapes. The recycled fabric is printed on using the latest textile printing processes, to create a print finish that is vibrant and "extraordinarily sharp." To view Co2nscience’s ‘Stretcher Print’ project on Kickstarter, visit the webbsite below.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HTC One (M8) Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 40 sample photos taken with the new HTC One (M8) smartphone.

The HTC One (M8) is a new smartphone with not one, but two cameras. The HTC One M8 has a depth sensor to capture detailed depth information from a scene, allowing you to alter the focus of your image after the photo has been taken with UFocus, or alter the background with creative effects using Foregrounder.

HTC One (M8) Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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Want to see exactly what the new HTC One (M8) smartphone looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the HTC One (M8) smartphone.

HTC One (M8)

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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HTC today launched its new flagship Android smartphone. The HTC One (M8) offers a 5-inch Full HD display and a new camera module with faster auto focus and an intriguing UFocus feature that allows you to shoot first and focus later, quasi-Lytro style. The technical solution employed is completely different, though: the HTC One (M8) is not claimed to have a light-field camera - instead, it has a separate depth sensor, which collects distance information about the various elements in the frame, making it easier for the on-board software to achieve a credible background blur at the postprocessing stage. Like its predecessor, the HTC One M8's main camera has a 4-megapixel, 1/3-type BSI sensor with a 2-micron pixel pitch, and a 28mm (eq.) f/2 lens - but it no longer features optical image stabilisation. The 16GB version will set you back $199, while the 32GB variant will cost $249 (or $649/£530 unlocked).

Nikon Coolpix L830 Review

Jack Baker
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The Nikon Coolpix L830 is a budget super-zoom compact camera with a 34x zoom lens. The 16 megapixel bridge-style Nikon L830 has a tilting 3-inch LCD screen, 1080p movies and uses AA batteries. Read our Nikon Coolpix L830 review to find out if this is the right super zoom camera for you...

Ilex Photo Launches New Photography Books

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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This Spring, Ilex Photo are launching a range of photography books in the US and Canada. The first two titles are The Ilex Introduction to Photography by Haje Jan Kamps - a back-to-basics guide that explains the fundamentals of photography whilst using contemporary examples to illustrate each concept - and The Weekend Photographer by Chris Gatcum. Both volumes are scheduled to be published on 30th March.

Capa - Europe 1943-1945

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Capa - Europe 1943-1945 is a new exhibition of vintage Robert Capa prints, hosted by the Daniel Blau Gallery in London. Many of these prints will be exhibited here for the first time, and some are newly recognised as Capa's work. The gallery is located at 51 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB. The exhibition will be on display from 4th April until 10th May.