Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lowepro Pro Roller x-Series AW Rolling Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lowepro has revealed a trio of rolling camera bags that maximise the amount of pro-sized gear photographers can pack, protect and transport: the Pro Roller x-Series AW. At the core of the new design is Lowepro’s patent-pending MaxFit System of adjustable, interior dividers. This micro-fitting structure makes it easy to closely pack pro bodies, large lenses and all essential accessories in a deep and roomy interior. The bags boast a patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover and hardshell exterior for superior protection. The Pro Roller x200 ($399.99) and x100 ($369.99) are sized to meet standard airline carry-on requirements. The Lowepro Pro Roller x300 ($479.99, pictured) is the largest of the thee, measuring 43.3cm x 29.5cm x 64.5cm and accomodating 1-2 Pro DSLRs with grip, 8-10 lenses and up to a 17" laptop.

Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo have just launched their belt-mountable Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket (PPR). Easily secured to any belt by a sturdy hook-and-loop panel, the PPR holds six CF cards and three SD cards, as well as other small accessories, such as a smartphone or lens cloth. The attached neck-strap tucks away in its own interior slot. The new PPR is available for $22.75 from the website below.

Think Tank Photo’s App House 8 & App House 10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo have just released their App House 8 ($44.75) and App House 10 ($54.75) hybrid bags for quick access to a small or standard-size tablet. Both App House bags offer dedicated pockets for carrying a smartphone and other small items, an internal irganiser with elastic and zippered pockets for connection cables, card readers, power cables, portable charger etc., a 4-way stretch pocket for rapid access to lens caps, memory cards, batteries or other items, removeable and adjustable shoulder strap with a non-slip pad, a seam-sealed rain cover, and more.

Adaptist Pentax K+ Multi-Mount

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Singapore-based Adaptist have released their Pentax K+ Multi-Mount (PK+ MM) mounting ring, which allows photographers to attach Contax/Yashica, Konica, Nikon F and Olympus OM mount lenses to a number of Pentax SLR camera bodies. Compatible models include the Pentax *ist D, *ist DS, *ist DS2, *ist DL, *ist DL2, K100D, K110D, K100D Super, K-m, K2000, K-x, K-r and most Pentax AF SLRs. Note that this is not like a typical adapter - as Adaptist put it: "As most camera mounts have flange focal distances that are too close for adapters to be possible, by changing the original mount ring of the camera to an adaptive one like PK+MM, you can now mount different mount lenses without adapters, and still achieve infinity focus in most cases." The kit contains the PK+ MM plus 2 pieces of mounting shim for Nikon F mount, a 2mm cross-tip Philips screwdriver and a printed instruction manual. The Adaptist Pentax K+ Multi-Mount is available for S$98 + shipping via the website below.

Website: Adaptist
 

Panasonic Gold Series SDUC Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Panasonic has unveiled  new SDXC and SDHC UHS-I cards, the Gold Series “SDUC”, complying with UHS Speed Class 3 and suitable for 4K video recording at a minimum write speed of 30MB/s (240 Mbps). When used with a UHS-I compliant product, the card can have a maximum read speed of 90MB/s and maximum write speed of 45MB/s. With products not compatible with UHS Speed Class 3, the Panasonic Gold Series cards are compliant with UHS Speed Class 1 or Speed Class 10 with a constant minimum writing speed of 10 MB/s (80 Mbps). The cards will be available in memory capacities of 64 GB, 32 GB and 16 GB.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Nikon D4s Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D4s DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new flagship Nikon D4s DSLR camera.

Panasonic GH4 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic GH4 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera, including the YAGH interface grip,the metal chassis and an exploded view of the inside of the camera.

Panasonic were also exhibiting early samples of the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens and a non-working protototype of an intriguing super-compact 35-100mm lens.

Canon EOS 1200D Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 1200D DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new entry-level Canon EOS 1200D DSLR camera.

Tamron 16-300mm and 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 VC PZD and 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of these new lenses, which are apparently the only ones in the world...

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II premium compact camera, including the optional electronic viewfinder.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 compact camera look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 compact camera, which is now on sale in the UK.

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 37

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 37 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to photographic workshops, a review of the Little Stopper, an article on how fine art photographs are sold, a portfolio of images by Sue Bishop, an exclusive interview with Charlie Waite and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.

Ricoh at WPPI

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Events
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Ricoh is inviting attendees at the 2014 Wedding Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Expo to try out the Pentax 645D digital medium-format camera. “Using professional equipment like the PENTAX 645D is an outstanding way for photographers to enhance and differentiate what they can offer the consumer,” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “The added dimension, wider dynamic range and shallow depth of field produced by the 645D create a distinguished look that potential customers will admire and competitors will covet.” In conjunction with the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Expo, Ricoh Imaging is offering a $500 instant rebate on the purchase of a Pentax 645D during the month of March 2014.

Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta 310

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta 310 is a white, silk gloss Baryta paper that gives the impression of a traditional silver halide photo paper. Key highlights include a unique barium sulphate coating, high colour density and brilliance and high resolution. Currenty on display at WPPI in Las Vegas, the Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta 310 is available in a range of different sizes.

Tiffen Pearlescent, Tiffen Satin & Tiffen Black Satin Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tiffen has just released the Tiffen Pearlescent, Tiffen Satin and Tiffen Black Satin filters in 40.5, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 72, 77 and 82mm ring sizes. Originally developed for Hollywood cinematographers, these filters soften excess detail and reduce wrinkles and blemishes, giving photographers and videographers more creative control over the shot. “The Tiffen Company pioneered Optical Filter development for photographers more than 75 years ago and to this day continues to innovate with new product offerings such as the Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters,” says Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “After decades of enjoying how Hollywood has used these Tiffen MPTV filters to achieve their visions, we look forward to seeing an entire new group of image-makers capture and enhance their subjects using the Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters for photography and videography.” The Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Tiffen Black Satin filters are available today through Tiffen domestic and international dealers and distributors.

Russian Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers, Websites
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Russian Photography is a new online exhibition presented by the Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH). Curated by Anna Shpakova, Director of Photography at the Russian agency Ria Novosti, this exhibition explores the work of Anastasia Rudenko, Georgy Pervov, Denis Tarasov, Ilya Batrakov and the Grozny Collective Project. "The stories we are presenting today at the Photographic Museum are very diverse: we are introducing photographers from different generations, individual and group projects, and we are showing bodies of work from various genres: from documentary photography to a completely original genre entitled 'photographic realism', coined by the photographer," Shpakova says.

RED Epic Dragon Gets DxOMarked

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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DxO Labs have posted their findings on the RED Epic Dragon sensor. The imager has achieved an overall DxOMark Sensor Score of 101, setting a new record. The unusually high overall score is attributable to the sensor's fantastic dynamic range of 14.8EV, and colour  depth of 26.5 bits, which is better than what we have seen from the very best medium-format CCDs. The low-light ISO score is 2745, which is a bit lower than that of the very best "35mm full-frame" sensors, but still impressive.

Website: DxO

Fujifilm X Signature Service

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Fuji now allows owners of select X series compacts (the Fujifilm X10, X20 and X100) and CSCs (X-Pro1 and X-E1) to personalise thir cameras by choosing from one of the customised Signature colours and textures. "Whether you already own a camera or are looking to purchase one today, simply select a style to suit your personality and we’ll get your tailor-made camera to you in a flash," the company promises. The service is available on the dedicated Fujifilm X Signature microsite.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Samsung 16-50mm f2-2.8 S ED OIS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 12 sample images taken with the new Samsung 16-50mm f2-2.8 S ED OIS lens mounted on a Samsung NX30 body.

The Samsung 16-50mm f2-2.8 S ED OIS is a new premium standard zoom for Samsung NX compact system cameras, providing an effective focal range of 24.6-77mm in 35mm terms.

Please note that the Samsung 16-50mm f2-2.8 S ED OIS lens we briefly used was a pre-production version, so the image quality isn't fully indicative of the final shipping version.

Lastolite Adds New Products to Joe McNally Signature Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lastolite has announced three new products to the Joe McNally range. The Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite (£65) is a 22cm x 22cm mini softbox featuring 1 outer and 3 alternative inner diffusers (1 stop diffusers, Soft Silver and Soft Gold). The Joe McNally Skylite Rapid with Masks  (£170) features a rigid aluminium frame, which is quick to assemble and delivers reliable lighting control, even in the most demanding conditions. Finally, the Joe McNally 4:1 Umbrella (£115) offers White Bounce, Silver Bounce, Shoot Through and Shoot Through with Square Mask configurations. The removable mask also enables photographers to switch between a circular or square catchlight.