Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 50 photos taken with the new AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens mounted on a Nikon D610 body.

The Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, including one aspherical lens element and one ED glass element, a dedicated Silent Wave Motor for quiet auto-focusing, and weighs in at 305 grams.

Samsung WB350F Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Samsung WB350F travel zoom camera offers a wide-angle 21x zoom lens, 16.3 megapixels, full 1080p video recording, 3 inch touchscreen, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, plus full manual controls. Read our in-depth Samsung WB350F review now to find out if it's a bargain or not...

Gitzo Mountaineer Tripods

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Gitzo has launched a new tripod collection. The redesigned Mountaineer tripods have been developed to incorporate the latest Gitzo technology which increases rigidity and improves performance. "The new tubing optimises fibre composition for each tube size, including HM (High Modulus) carbon fibre composition (a denser fibre made up of finer individual fibres) in the narrower tubes. Carbon eXact tubes have larger diameters that strengthen the tripods even further, particularly the narrower tubes used for the lower leg sections," the company says. Mountaineer tripods are available from the lightweight and compact Series 0, up to the sturdiest Series 3, with the collection comprising 13 products. For more information, visit the website below.

Samsung Survey Reveals Rise of the ‘Petsie’

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Last year, 'selfie' was officially named the Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year - now it's time to learn the phrase 'petsie.' A recent survey conducted by Samsung Digital Imaging shows that Brits are literally "obsessed with taking and sharing more photos of our furry friends than of our own friends and family." 63% of pet-owners in the UK confess to taking photos of their pets on a regular basis, with 62% of respondents admitting to frequently taking photos of their dogs, 52% of their cats, 8% of their rabbits and 4% even taking ‘petsies’ of their guinea pigs. In a sign of the social world in which we now live, nearly two thirds (62%) of people admit to regularly uploading and sharing photos of their pets on Facebook and Twitter, with a further 16% revealing that half of the photos they upload onto Facebook are of their pets. To celebrate Britain’s love of dogs and the growing ‘petsie’ phenomenon, Samsung Digital Imaging has launched an online search to find Britain’s best ‘petsies’. To take part in the Petsie Awards, all you have to do is upload the coolest picture of your pet dog on Facebook by visiting the website below.

TeoreX Releases PhotoScissors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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TeoreX, the company famed for its BatchInpaint, FolderIco, Inpaint, iResizer and PhotoSticher applications, has just released PhotoScissors, a simple background removal tool for Windows and MacOS. Targeting users who don’t want to learn secrets of retouching, PhotoScissors is really easy to use: the user marks foreground and background zones in the image and immediately sees the results, which can then be fine-tuned with a few mouse gestures. The price for a single licence of PhotoScissors is $19.99.

In Wallace’s Footsteps in the Malay Archipelago

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Jon Baines Tours have announced a new photo tour for nature and wildlife photographers. Inspired by Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), one of the greatest and most fascinating intellectuals and naturalists of the nineteenth century, who developed the theory of evolution through natural selection in the Malay Archipelago, independently of Charles Darwin, the tour takes participants through the spectacular landscapes of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The cost of the tour "In Wallace's Footsteps in the Malay Archipelago," including flights from London to Kuching and from Bali to London is £4,278. Led by naturalists George and Jan Beccaloni, world-renowned authorities on Wallace, the tour is taking place from 2nd to 18th September.

Nikon 1 AW1 Firmware Version A 1.01, B 1.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Nikon has posted a firmware update for its Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera. Version A 1.01 fixes an issue that prevented updating of the camera’s A-GPS file with the latest A-GPS file. The firmware upgrade can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Nikon 1 AW1 Firmware Update A 1.01, B1.00

Canon: A Year in Fashion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Photographers
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Canon: A Year in Fashion is a documentary film highlighting the relationship between images and fashion. Presented by Andy Torres, the blogger from StyleScrapbook.com, the film tells a story about the symbiosis of photography and fashion as seen by those working behind the scenes. Featured photographers include Clive Booth, Tony Wellington and a number of student photographers who shot catwalk shows from the photographers’ pit for the first time in 2013. Click through / scroll down to view the film.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Nikon Df Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Df is a modern digital SLR that harks back to the film past, offering a retro design with a plethora of manual controls, whilst completely removing modern innovations like video recording and a pop-up flash. Find out if less really is more in our in-depth Nikon Df review...

Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ExpoImaging has just introduced its new Ray Flash 2 universal ring flash adapter in the USA. This model has a new adjustable mount, which attaches quickly and securely to different size speedlights by means of a new spring-loaded clamp design. Available in two different sizes, Ray Flash 2 can be yours for $139.95.

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll is a new title from Laurence King Publishing. Promising to provide "anyone with a digital camera" with the know-how and confidence to replace amateur techniques with professional ones, this guide focuses on five key areas: composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing. Illustrated with images from such giants as Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Sebastiao Salgado, and Joel Sternfeld; the book will go on sale in March, priced at $17.95.

Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The DAM Book Guide to Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5 by Peter Krogh is a follow-up to The DAM Book, Digital Asset Management for Photographers. Integrating text, screenshots, animated flowcharts and workflow videos, this ebook presents a universal method for photo organisation in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. The 208-page publication, which includes seven hours of embedded video, is available for $34.95 from the website below.

Dominic Wright Named Fashion Photographer of the Year

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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York-based Dominic Wright Photography has been named The Societies’ Fashion Photographer of the Year. The winning image (above) was originally an idea created by both Dominic Wright Photography and Christine Wright from Horticouture, created for the TV programme A Great British Christmas at Rise Hall at Sarah Beenys House, which aired on Channel 4 on the 2nd December 2013. Dominic Wright Photography is run by Dominic and his wife Zoe. Upon receiving the honour, Dominic said: "I didn't think we had a chance against such strong competition so we were shocked when we won. we’re over the moon.” 

Syrp Genie Comes to the UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Syrp have appointed JP Distribution as the exclusive distributor for their products in the United Kingdom. The first product to hit the shelves is the Syrp Genie, a simple, affordable and easy-to-use motion controller for time-lapse photography. Paul Roper, Sales and Marketing Director of JP Distribution commented, “JP Distribution is delighted to have secured the rights to distribute the highly anticipated Syrp Genie within the UK and Ireland. We are excited that we have the opportunity to work with a brand that is innovative in this new world of Time Lapse Photography. The brand perfectly complements our existing portfolio of high quality products for the videographer and photographer and the Syrp Genie will be available to our customers through our established dealer network.”

Kowa Announces Three MFT Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Japanese optics manufacturer Kowa has unveiled three new 'Prominar' lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. The Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8 MFT is a 17mm equivalent rectilinear lens with a surprisingly low amount of geometric distortion (0.12% barrelling). The Kowa Prominar 12mm f/1.8 MFT is a fast 24mm equivalent wide-angle lens, whilst the Kowa Prominar 25mm f/1.8 MFT is a 50mm equivalent "normal" prime. All three lenses have proper distance scales and aperture rings. Availability is slated for Summer 2014.

Leica Store Mayfair Announces Special Offers

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The Leica Store Mayfair is celebrating 100 years of Leica photography with a number of special consumer offers running until 31 March 2014. During the promotional period any new D-Lux 6 camera purchase comes  with a complimentary handgrip (valued at £70) and soft leather pouch (worth £60). Customers who buy a new Leica X Vario large-sensor compact camera (pictured) may choose from two complimentary accessory sets. Option 1 includes a tan leather protector (SRP £90), tan leather wrist strap (£60), spare battery (£80) and Neoprene case (£50). Option 2 includes black handgrip (£100) and black handgrip finger loop – small or medium or large (£90), spare battery (£80) and Neoprene case (£50).

Vanguard to Sponsor Young Photographers Alliance

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Young Photographers Alliance has announced the signing of Vanguard USA to a two year sponsorship deal. “We believe that the future of great photography rests in the hands of students,” said Doug Feldner, Director of Sales and Marketing for Vanguard USA, “and fully support YPA in their efforts to prepare young photographers to continue the legacy of our industry’s top shooters.” Bob Hendriks, YPA President, adds, “YPA could not be more thrilled with this new partnership. We graciously accept and look forward to collaborating with Vanguard in the future.”

Table for Two

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Texas Beef Council has announced a a ‘Table for Two’ photo competition. Beef lovers aged 18 and older from around the USA are asked to participate in the contest by posting pictures of their favourite dishes and explaining who they are sharing their meal with on the Beef Loving Texans Facebook Page. Judges from sponsor, Texas Beef Council, will individually evaluate and score all eligible entries received and select one grand prize winner, who will receive four 16oz T-Bone steaks valued at $99. The competition runs until the end of this month, and the winner will be contacted on 10 March 2014.

Friday, February 14, 2014

John Stanmeyer Wins World Press Photo of the Year 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo competition has selected a picture by American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. The image shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighbouring Somalia in order to get in touch with relatives abroad. The picture also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category, and was shot for National Geographic using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera with a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens. The image was taken at an aperture f/1.4 and 1/40th second exposure and ISO 10,000. Canon, the competition's worldwide sponsor, congratulated Stanmeyer on winning the contest.

Cool Photo Effects for Windows 8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Cool Photo Effects for Windows 8 is a new application that allows you to apply 300 different effects to photos. The range of effects/filters includes black and white, bi-colour, cinema, cross processing, old film, and much more. Cool Photo Effects for Windows 8 is available for $2.99.