Monday, October 7, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Pentax K-3 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?
Here are 41 hands-on photos of the Pentax K-3, a new enthusiast DSLR camera with a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD movies, 27-point AF system, 8.3fps burst shooting, 3.2-inch LCD screen, excellent build quality and weather-resistance.
Click through to view the Pentax K-3 gallery, including pictures of the new 55-300m lens that has also just been announced.
The Pentax K-3 is the new flagship model of the PENTAX K digital SLR camera series. The new K-3 features 24 megapixels, a 27-point AF system, high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second, a newly designed 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor, a large 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor, Full HD movies at 60fps, dustproof, weather-resistant body construction, and an optical viewfinder with the largest, brightness subject image in its class. It also has an anti-aliasing simulator, rather than an optical anti-aliasing filter, providing a choice of filtered or filter-free shooting for a given scene or subject, plus Dual SD card slots and a USB 3.0 port.
Available in black or limited edition silver, the Pentax K-3 will be available from November for £1,099.99 body-only, £1,199.99 with the DA L 18-55mm WR lens, £1,349.99 with the DA L 18-55mm WR & DA L 50-200mm WR lenses, and £1,449.99 with the DA 18-135mm WR lens. The K-3 Silver Limited Edition will cost £1,399.99. Optional accessories include a battery grip, FLU card for wireless LAN connection to a compatible smartphone, and a camera strap.
The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR is a versatile telephoto zoom lens for K-mount DSLR cameras. The new lens features PENTAX-original HD coating to deliver sharp, clear images, and a weather-resistant construction. The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR will be available from November 2013 for £399.99.
Ahead of our full review, here are 49 sample JPEG images and a full 1080p HD movie taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P7800 compact camera.
The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is a premium compact featuring a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, 7.1x optical zoom, a 921,000-dot electronic viewfinder, 3” RGBW LCD vari-angle monitor, 8fps continuous shooting speed, and second-generation Vibration Reduction.
Issue 32 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a free article entitled "Sense of Scale," a guide to mountain photography, a piece on aurora hunting by Joe Rainbow, a review of the book "Within the Frame." a free interview with Kevin McNeil, a portfolio of images by Andrew Yu & Neil Atkinson, and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.
Corel today announced an exclusive cashback promotion on CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Small Business Edition and Corel Photo & Video Suite X6. Customers who purchase a full version of the software are entitled to claim up to £90 cashback. The promotion is available from Saturday 5 October until Tuesday 31 December 2013.
The Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH) today launched its ninth online exhibition, entitled 'Working Class.' The five galleries host the works of recognised photographers of the PMH online community like Bryan Schutmaat, Nick Ballon, Christian Rodriguez and Tatyana Palyga among others.
Manfrotto updated its 190 Tripod Series with a range of additional features. One of the most innovative aspects of the new 190 is the mechanism to operate the new 90° column. It is accessed only when needed and with a quick ‘one finger’ operation at the bottom of the centre column, the mechanism appears from the main casting of the tripod allowing the column to tilt. Both the new column mechanism and four-leg section models have a more compact closed dimension which allows for easier portability. The also-new Rotating Levelling Bubble is quick to set up and allows the tripod to be positioned more precisely. It is easy to use, whatever the shape of the head or however the tripod is set up. The revamped 190 is available in aluminium and carbon-fibre versions, at prices ranging from £184.95-£359.95.
Zeiss has officially announced the upcoming launch of its new 55mm f/1.4 lens, the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55. Otus is the Latin name for a type of owl known for its excellent vision in darkness, so the product name hints at the remarkable low-light capabilities of the new lens. Indeed, Zeiss claims that the Otus 1.4/55 "creates the highest-possible image quality, even with an open aperture." Other unique features of the Otus 1.4/55 are its high image contrast all the way to the edges (even for low f-numbers) and the consistent high-resolution performance across the entire image field. The optical formula incorporates a floating elements design with 12 elements in 10 groups, including a double-sided aspheric lens element and six elements made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 will be available for Nikon (ZF.2) and Canon (ZE) mounts, starting at the end of October in all global markets. The recommended retail price will be €2,940 or US$3,999.
Friday, October 4, 2013
The new Pentax Q7 is the smallest compact system camera on the market. Offering a new 1/1.7"-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor, improved low-light auto focus and an upgraded Shake Reduction mechanism, can the Q7 compete with its bigger rivals? Read our Pentax Q7 review to find out...
The oldest known Instagrammer in the UK has started a movement to get the elderly to create digital photo legacies on the social photo community. Rex Redstone, 85, the self-confessed ‘Instagram-pa’ wanted to be able to share photos of his life online with family and friends. After seeking help and advice, he teamed up with Barclays Digital Eagles to start posting on Instagram. He is now encouraging other elderly people including his friends to share and showcase their own rich histories in Instagram timelines. To see Rex’s colourful history online, follow him at Instagram.com/Rexpeterborough
Fotodiox has revealed the GoTough WonderPanaGo, a smaller version of its professional WonderPana filter system designed to fit the GoPro HERO3 camera. Composed of premium grade anodised aluminium and optical grade glass, Fotodiox’s WonderPanaGo includes a sturdy all-metal mount for the GoTough custom filter system. The filter mount attaches easily onto the original HERO3's waterproof case, keeping the camera safe from water and protecting it against the elements. The GoTough WonderPanaGo filter system and the accessories within the GoTough product line are available for order on GoToughGear.com, Fotodioxpro.com as well as Amazon.com. Prices range from $9.95 to $149.95.
The Swedish company that introduced the wearable Memoto camera has announced the closing of $3 million of funding, led by San Francisco-based VC, True Ventures, and a new name for the company brand, now “Narrative” and its debut product, “Narrative Clip." The name change comes after Memoto was notified that its former name could not be used on a global scale, specifically because it conflicts with a similar name in the market. “Our company has come a long way under the name Memoto and we are all sad to give it up,” said Oskar Kalmaru, VP of Marketing “however, we’ve quickly grown to love the new name, Narrative, and it is one that describes what we’ve been trying to do all along – help users tell the stories of their lives. We called the camera 'Narrative Clip' to reflect its attributes of being wearable, quick and tiny.” The Narrative Clip will be available from 1 November 2013.
The Phottix Strato TTL Flash Trigger for Canon provides an easy-to-use and affordable TTL radio flash triggering solution to photographers. The 4-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and receiver set supports high-speed and second-curtain sync, boasts a 100m working range and features a backlit display and quick-change buttons for adjustments. An USB port enables users to upgrade the device's firmware. Importantly, the Strato TTL transmitters and receivers use AA batteries, just like hot shoe flashes - carrying different sized batteries is no longer a concern. Pricing to be confirmed.
In what Adobe calls "sopisticated attacks" on their network, hackers have "removed" certain data pertaining to 2.9 million customers, including names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. "At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems," says Brad Arkin, the company's Chief Security Officer. As a precaution, Adobe has reset relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorised access to their accounts. The company is also investigating the illegal access to the source code of numerous Adobe products including Adobe Acrobat, ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder.
Profoto's new RFi Speedlight Speedring is now available to purchase. Allowing photographers to use an RFi softbox with speedlights, the Profoto RFi Speedring enables users to mount not one but two flashes on the bracket, and each speedlight can slide and be tilted inside the softbox, allowing you to create a remarkably even light with no hotspot. The Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedrings come with an attachment for Profoto Air Remotes or radio sync units from other manufacturers.
X-Rite has announced its schedule of free October 2013 webinars. On 16th October Lee Varis will present Fantastic Photo-Illustration: Retouching, Masking & Compositing, which will examine photo-retouching and illustration techniques in this webinar and emphasize the necessity of working on a calibrated and profiled monitor. On the 21st Jim DiVitale will be hosting The Complete Digital Photography Process, a webinar demonstrating problem-solving techniques using digital capture and Photoshop to streamline both the creative side and production of the digital imaging workflow to improve quality. Click through / read on for more information.
Kolor has announces version 2.0 of its virtual tour software, Panotour & Panotour Pro. Currently in public Beta, Panotour Pro 2.0 enables users to add a photo gallery, video content from YouTube, Dailymotion or Vimeo, a PDF document and links to their virtual tour. For more information visit the website below.
eHarmony has just launched its Love Captured photography competition. Celebrating eHarmony’s five year anniversary, the competition offers a grand prize of £5,000 to the photo which best captures the concept of love, whether it’s a touching photo of a couple or friends sharing a special moment, or an abstract image that symbolises love. Visitors to lovecaptured.eharmony.co.uk will be able to view the gallery of entries and vote on their favourite images. The entry that receives the most votes in each region will automatically go through to the final 25, from which the overall winner will be chosen. The competition will run until 17 January 2014.
UK Digital have launched a new brand of photo bags, called Nest. There are two collections available, Athena and Explorer. These premium bags are available in a variety of colours, sizes and styles through the website below.