Friday, March 21, 2014

Transcend Launch SDXC/SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend have released a range of SDXC/SDHC UHS-I cards featuring full support for the Ultra High Speed Class 3 (U3) specification. Recently released by the SD Association, the Ultra High Speed Class 3 specification guarantees a minimum constant write speed of 30MB/s to facilitate cinema-quality video recording. Transcend’s SDXC UHS-I U3 and SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3X “Extreme” cards, however, can achieve at least double this performance with write speeds of up to 60MB/s and 85MB/s respectively. In devices that do not support the UHS-I specification, Transcend’s SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3 cards offer constant write speeds of at least 10MB/s (SD Speed Class 10 performance). The SDXC UHS-I U3 cards (R95MB/s, W60MB/s) are available in 64GB (US$49) and 128GB (US$109) capacities, while the SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3X cards (R95MB/s, W85MB/s) are available in 32GB (US$59) and 64GB (US$119) capacities.

Cosyspeed Camslinger Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Cosyspeed have launched a new range of camera bags designed specifically for CSCs. Developed in Germany, the Cosyspeed bags and cases encourage users to take their cameras with them wherever they may go. "The camera is worn on a belt around the hip, protected by a very slim storage compartment, really quick to grab and also comfortable to carry over a long period of time," the company says. "Small, light, fast – Camslinger bags really bring out the benefits of mirrorless cameras. The product line is completed with an accessory range of lens and smartphone bags as well as an innovative finger strap." Click through / scroll down for more information.

IGPOTY Exhibition Returns to Lacock Abbey

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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This spring, visitors to the National Trust at Lacock Abbey can enjoy a collection of winning images from the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition. Lacock Abbey is the birthplace of photography, as William Henry Fox Talbot invented and took the first photographic negative at this National Trust property, then his home. Keen photographers can improve their own skills with Philip Smith, founder and organiser of the competition, who will be visiting Lacock to hold a special photography workshop on 10th May. The workshop runs for a whole day and includes lunch (£75 per person, booking essential). The exhibition itself will be displayed in the Botanic Garden, from 5th April to 22nd May.

RHS Launches Annual Photography Competition 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will launch its annual RHS Photographer and Young Photographer of the Year Competition on 24th March. There are five categories including Plants, Abstracts and Details, Seasons, Celebrating Gardens and Wildlife.  Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category from an overall prize fund of £7550. This year the RHS has doubled the top prize to £2000, which will be awarded to one of the 5 adult category winners. Entries can be submitted until 2 November 2014.

Nikon 1 V3 Gets DxOMarked

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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DxO Labs have posted their findings on the new CX-format sensor found in the Nikon 1 V3 compact system camera. The overall DxOMark Sensor Score is 52, which does not differ significantly from the results of the Nikon 1 V1 (54) and V2 (50). It's also very close to the Nikon 1 AW1 (51), although its "Sports (Low-light ISO)" score is decidedly lower. The Nikon 1 V3 comes with a new 18-megapixel sensor, but the real improvements the camera offers have more to do with features than image quality: the camera boasts a new and significantly enhanced AF system, faster continuous shooting while maintaining autofocus, and expanded video functionality.

Website: DxOMark

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kodak S-1 Micro Four Thirds Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Kodak S-1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Kodak S-1 compact system camera, including the black and white versions and the three new lenses (12-45mm, 42.5-160mm and 400mm fieldscope).

Kodak AZ651, AZ526 and AZ525 Superzoom Camera Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Kodak PixPro AZ651, AZ526 and AZ525 superzoom look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Kodak PixPro AZ651, AZ526 and AZ525 superzoom cameras.

The Kodak PixPro AZ651 is the World's biggest superzoom camera, offering a 65x zoom with a focal range of 24-1560mm!

Kodak SL25, SL10 and SL5 Smart Lens Camera Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Kodak PixPro SL25, SL10 and SL5 smart lens cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Kodak PixPro SL25, SL10 and SL5 smart lens cameras.

Kodak SP360, SP1, WP1 Action Camera Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Kodak PixPro SP360, SP1 and WP1 action cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Kodak PixPro SP360, SP1 and WP1 action cameras.

As its name suggests, the Kodak PixPro SP360 is the World's first 360-degree action camera.

Samyang Continues Its Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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In a follow-up to Monday's teaser, Samyang today posted yet another mystery ad on its Facebook fan page. As you can see, this picture shows the outlines of not one but three products, all of which appear to be wide-angle or normal lenses with petal-shaped hoods.

Website: Samyang Optics - Facebook

Oppo Find 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Oppo Find 7 is a new smartphone with a 5.5" QHD display, 13-megapixel camera, an f/2 lens, raw image capture and 4K movie recording capabilities. One of the most interesting features of this already well-specified handset is its ability to combine four exposures (automatically selected from a 10-frame burst) into a single 50-megapixel photograph. Other highlights include 720p video capture at 120fps for slow-motion playback and a robust 3,000mAh battery. The Oppo Find 7 will sell for around 3500 yuan in China, with international pricing and availability to be announced.

CPS Announces New Cinema Membership Level

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Canon Professional Services (CPS) program has been expanded to provide support for all Cinema EOS products. A new CPS Cinema level has been added to the current Silver, Gold and Platinum levels, providing members with benefits like maintenance services, repair discounts and equipment evaluation loans. In addition, members receive Canon Live Learning discounts, access to a 24/7 Live Exclusive Member Hotline, as well as a range of other benefits. CPS Cinema members receive expedited two-business day turnaround on their registered products at Canon Service and Support centers located in Hollywood, CA, and Ridgefield Park, NJ. To become a CPS Cinema member a customer needs to own just one Cinema Zoom lens, or one of the following Cinema EOS cameras: the EOS C300, EOS C500, or EOS-1D C (pictured). Annual membership for CPS Cinema is $1,000.

Light Blaster and RoundFlash

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Inspired Photo Gear has announced two new products - the Light Blaster (pictured), which lets you project the photorealistic backdrop of your choice into any picture using your existing speedlight; and RoundFlash, an innovative collapsible ring light and softbox. The Light Blaster costs £99.00, and the RoundFlash is available for a special introductory price of £92.95.

Fotospeed Panoramic Inkjet Media

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories

Fotospeed has announced a new panoramic-format inkjet photo paper. Featuring an aspect ratio of nearly 3:1, the new Fotospeed Panoramic Inkjet paper measures 594x210mm and comes in six finishes including three photo-quality ones, the PF Gloss 270, the PF Lustre 270 and the Photo Smooth Pearl 290. Because of its 210mm width, the new media can be used with most A4 photo printers.

AKVIS Draw

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS Draw is a new computer program enabling users to convert their photos into drawings. Featuring ready-to-use presets and adjustable parameters, the software imitates various "esquisse" drawing styles and supports batch processing that lets you turn all your photos into a sketchbook or a storyboard within minutes. AKVIS Draw sells for $49 / €39 (Home Licence).

Art of Winter: A Photographic Essay

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Art of Winter: A Photographic Essay is an exquisitely crafted multi-touch eBook authorded by Julie M. Covert. Offering a rich collection of photographs, essays, and videos that celebrate the unique beauty found only in winter; the book has received a bronze medal in the Great Lakes Region, Nonfiction category in the 2013 IPPY Book Awards. The eBook version is available as a free download from iTunes until the end of the month. A hardback edition is also available, priced at $38.

“Seriously Fun Photography” Photo Challenge

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions

The Big Photo Show has announced the Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge. Held on 17-18th May in Los Angeles, The Big Photo Show offers exhibitions from top imaging suppliers, retailers and service providers; as well as an array of educational opportunities for attendees taught by renowned professional photographers and other experts. The Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge invites photo enthusiasts to submit their entries through 16th April. Winners will be chosen in two categories – popular choice, and professionally judged. More than $6,000 worth of prizes will be awarded, including photography equipment and services from Canon, Fullerton Photographics, LumiQuest, Macphun Software, Nations Photo Lab, On the Wall Gallery & Frames, Orange County Center for Photography and Digital Arts, Panasonic, Ricoh/Pentax, Sigma, Sony, Tabelz, Tamron, ToCAD, and Westcott.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Toshiba 5TB STOR.E Canvio Desktop HDD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba today launched its highest-capacity external hard drive, the 5TB STOR.E Canvio Desktop External HDD. The device's built-in USB 3.0 interface and compatibility with previous generations of USB 2.0 devices significantly improves large file transfer performance and minimises waiting time for backup, the company says. Additionally, the STOR.E Canvio will enable users to better manage their data with a Drive Space Alert. The add-on feature will keep an eye on your drive and let you know when it’s getting full.

Fujifilm Sponsors SWPP Photographer of the Year Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Societies today announced that Fujifilm is supporting the Photographer of the Year Award. Members of the Societies have the opportunity of winning a Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera (pictured) and Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R lens by entering their monthly photography competitions, which run from January through to Novembers. The competition is judged the first week of each month, therefore entries need to be received by the final week of the preceding month. Phil Jones CEO of the Societies says “This is a great incentive for our members to enter our competition and stand the chance of walking away with this incredible piece of kit.” For more information on the competitions, head to the website below.

Samsung NX mini

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Samsung NX mini is billed as "the world's slimmest interchangeable-lens camera." Featuring NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, the Samsung NX mini has a 1"-type 20.5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 6fps continuous shooting mode and a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000 second. The 3-inch touchscreen that flips 180-degrees allows users to take self-portraits effortlessly. Unlike other Samsung NX models, the NX mini has a brand new NX-M lens mount, with two lenses available at launch: a 9mm f/3.5 and a stabilised 9-27mm f/3.5-5.6. A stabilised 17mm f/1.8 will be available at a later date (multiply the focal lengths by 2.7 for the 35mm equivalents). The Samsung NX mini will retail for $449, paired with the new 9mm NX-M lens, or $549 when paired with the 9-27mm lens and SEF-7A flash. The 9mm and 9-27mm NX-M lenses will retail for $179 and $279, respectively. In the UK, the camera will be available for £399.99 in a kit with the 9mm f/3.5 lens. Availability is slated for early April in both markets.