Monday, March 17, 2014

Tamron Tailgate Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Tamron USA are embarking on a 100-city  national Tailgate Tour to promote photography and Tamron lenses. A fully equipped Tamron van will be visiting camera stores throughout the country, pulling into car parks and setting up for a full day of education with Tamron tech team members on-hand from 12pm to 4pm to help people with their photography questions. And each day will feature team members offering four free mini-sessions under the Tamron Tailgate Learning Tent - "Configuring Your Camera Bag," "Achieving True Colours," "Enhancing Your Image," and "Choosing Your Next Lens," offered every hour starting at 12:30pm. For those looking for even more tips to creating better photographs, Tamron will offer a two-hour evening seminar entitled "10 Steps to Epic Images," taught by experienced Tamron tech photographers. The cost of the seminars will be $25. In select cities, an evening seminar plus an in-the-field workshop the next day will be offered for a total of $75. For more information, visit the website below.

X-Rite ColorTRUE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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X-Rite today released ColorTRUE for iOS and Android. The app creates a custom display profile for mobile devices using a supported X-Rite measurement device. The user simply places the connected device on the tablet or phone when prompted and the measurement process begins automatically. The profile is applied to all images displayed through the ColorTRUE Image Gallery. ColorTRUE includes a Create Profile tool and an Image Gallery viewer and is currently available as a free download on iTunes and Google Play. Supported X-Rite measurement devices include the ColorMunki Smile (iOS only), ColorMunki Display (iOS and Android), i1Display Pro (iOS and Android), and i1Pro 2 (iOS only).

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Children

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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In our latest technique article, we share some top tips for taking great photographs of your children.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Nikon Coolpix P600 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 71 sample images and a 1080i movie taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P600 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a superzoom camera featuring a massive 60x zoom lens equivalent to 24-1440mm.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 54 sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P340 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a premium compact featuring a 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and a fast, wide-angle maximum aperture f/1.8 lens.

Sony A5000 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 51 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Sony A5000 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

The Sony A5000 is the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera with built-in Wi-Fi.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S is a professional telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Retailing for £3499.99 / $3499.99, is the Sigma 120-300mm a better option than its Canon and Nikon rivals? Read our Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S review to find out...

Fujifilm Vows to Fix X-T1 Light Leak Issue

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji Japan has issued a service notice to Fujifilm X-T1 users regarding a recently discovered light leak issue. According to the company, the phenomenon occurs when the door covering the USB/HDMI and microphone/remote ports is opened during long exposures or video recording, and affects units with serial numbers from 41002001 to 41006000. Fujifilm Japan is asking users to send their cameras to a Fujifilm repair centre, where they will be fixed free of charge.

Source: Fuji Japan via PR

Light Blue 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Light Blue has been updated with a host of new features to help make business administration simpler and more straightforward for professional photographers. The new release adds a plug-in for WordPress websites,  the ability to save custom reports, a new Inbox to make importing from Mail on a Mac or Outlook on Windows really easy, and much more. Light Blue 5 is available for £295 + VAT. Existing users can upgrade to Version 5 for £95.

IGPOTY at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Events
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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) will host this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) exhibition from 1st April to 29th June. The exhibition will feature selections from the competition categories which focus on biodiversity and the wider environment, including The Beauty of Plants, Wildflower Landscapes, Wildlife in the Garden, Breathing Spaces and Trees, Wood and Forests. The RBGE is located at 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR.

CASE Promises Easier and Smarter Wireless Camera Control

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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CASE, a new product developed by Cheering Tech, allows users to wirelessly control their Canon and Nikon digital SLR cameras from their Android and iOS devices. Offering remote live view, touch focus, full control over camera settings, time-lapse photography and wireless file transfer; the new CASE is a 2"x2" device that slots into your camera's hot-shoe. Weighing in at 50g, CASE will retail for $99 but those who support Cheering Tech's fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo can get hold of the device for $79.

CyberLink Cloud Service & Director Suite Live

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink have introduced their new cloud service, a set of cloud-based consumer creative tools including the company's first subscription-based creative suite, called Director Suite Live. Integrating 4 award-winning CyberLink video and photo editing products – PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, AudioDirector and ColorDirector –, Director Suite Live offers users two subscription plans. The quarterly fee is $49.99, while the annual plan is $99.99. These subscription fees include 10GB of CyberLink Cloud storage as well as use of all four applications. Throughout the subscription period, users are guaranteed to always get the most up-to-date Director Suite releases. Director Suite Live, with CyberLink Cloud service, is available through the CyberLink online store in the US, Canada and UK.

Fujifilm XQ1 Firmware Version 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fuji has issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm XQ1 digital compact camera. Version 1.10 adds a “Suppressed Flash mode (where the flash does not fire even when the subject is poorly lit)" option to the flash menu. In particular this is useful if you use the XQ1 with the waterproof housing WP-XQ1 when diving as it makes it possible to select “Suppressed Flash” mode even when the flash is raised. You can read more about the firmware upgrade at the website below.

Website: Fujifilm XQ1 Firmware Update 1.10

Calumet Files for Liquidation in US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global

Calumet Photographic has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in the US. In a status update posted on their Facebook page - which seems to be unavailable now - the company announced the following: "After 75 years of business it is with a heavy heart that we announce our immediate closing in the United States (our European stores will continue). It has been a joy to share our passion for photography with you all of these years. We'll miss each other and we'll miss all of our customers. Thank you for everything." The calumetphoto.com website and the company's Twitter account have both gone offline. The British, Dutch and German websites are up and running.

Source: Inc.well Blog | NBC Chicago
 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C is a versatile standard zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras, offering a focal range of 25-105mm, fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the wide-angle setting, and macro capabilities too. Retailing for £499 / $499, read our in-depth Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C review to find out if it's a worthwhile upgrade to your standard kit lens...

Official Nikon 1 V3 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Nikon France has published ten full-resolution sample images captured with the new Nikon 1 V3 compact system camera. Shot with a variety of 1 Nikkor and AF-S Nikkor lenses at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 160/23° to ISO 12,800/42°, these Nikon 1 V3 samples can be downloaded from Nikon France's Flickr pool.

Website: Nikon France | Flickr

Nikon 1 V3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Nikon 1 V3 is a WiFi-enabled compact system camera with an 18.4-megapixel CX-format sensor and no low-pass filter. Key features include a sensitivity range of ISO 160-6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800), a 171-point AF system with 105 on-sensor phase-detect auto-focus points, a continuous shooting speed of 20fps with AF (and 60fps without), a 40-shot raw buffer, a tiltable touchscreen and 1080/60p Full HD movie recording. As opposed to the Nikon 1 V1 and V2, the new V3 lacks a body-integral electronic viewfinder, although an add-on EVF is available as an optional extra. The Nikon 1 V3 will be available for €849.00 for the body only and €949.00 /  £799.99 in a kit with the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm PD-Zoom lens. An all-encompassing kit including the V3 camera, 10-30mm PD-Zoom lens, DF-N1000 external EVF and GR-N1010 grip will be available for £1,049.99 / €1249.00 / $1,199.95 (for US customers, this appears to.be the only option).

Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is a new powerzoom lens for the Nikon 1 system. Equivalent to a 27-81mm lens on a 35mm camera, the 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is equipped with a retractable lens mechanism and an electronic lens cover rather than a lens cap. The electric power-drive zoom and power zoom ring enable swift, smooth zooming, which is especially handy when filming. The lens will be available in a kit with the new Nikon 1 V3 compact system camera, or separately for £249.99 / €299.00 / $299.95.

Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is a new, 189–810mm equivalent super-telephoto zoom lens for the Nikon 1 system. In a first for a 1 Nikkor series lens, the Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 boasts a focus limit switch that lets you reduce focusing time when shooting within a specific distance range. Other features include Vibration Reduction (VR) and a retractable-lens mechanism that ensures easy portability between locations. Nikon’s Voice Coil Motor delivers fast, quiet auto focus, and the focus ring with M/A focus mode lets users make quick and precise manual focus adjustments during auto focus operation. The 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens will be available for £879.99 / €1,029.00 / $999.95.

Canon EOS 70D: The Guide to Understanding and Using Your Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Canon EOS 70D: The Guide to Understanding and Using Your Camera by James Johnson is a new title from Rocky Nook. Covering everything from basic camera features to advanced photographic options, the book’s exploration of the EOS 70D goes beyond that of the user’s manual. The text is illustrated with easy-to-follow screenshots and example images. The 332-page eBook is available for $16.95 through the website below.