Friday, October 19, 2012
The FinePix F800EXR is the latest travel-zoom camera from Fujifilm, sporting a 20x lens with a versatile focal range of 25-500mm. The 16 megapixel F800 EXR also features wireless image transfer, GPS support, full 1080p movies, a high-contrast 3 inch LCD screen and 8fps continuous shooting. Read our in-depth Fujifilm FinePix F800 EXR review to find out if it's the ultimate travel camera...
On 5th November at Kings Place, London, conceptual fine art photographer Tim Flach will talk about his latest book More Than Human. In this book, he takes this into new points of inquiry with surprising portraiture of creatures ranging from exquisite pupae, to the world’s largest cat, to intimate scenes of bonobos and other primates. The lecture starts at 7pm, tickets are available online for £9.50.
The event is part of the PhotoVoice Lecture series and the ‘Words on Monday’ series.
Photographs from the UK’s first ever iPhoneography course, run at Kensington and Chelsea College, are being showcased to the public for the first time in an exhibition. A hundred of the best images from the course,‘iPhoneography: An Introduction to Photography with the iPhone,’ are now set to make their debut in the forthcoming exhibition ‘Apped to the Max’, running from November 5-11 at the college’s Chelsea Centre Gallery in Hortensia Road, SW10 0QS. The gallery is open to the public from 9am-7pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-4pm on Friday.
This year, Alvaro Deprit has been named as the winner of the BJP’s annual International Photography Award. Alvaro beat off competition from 168 other entries to win the series category, submitting a story called Suspension which looks at unaccompanied minors who have fled war, poverty and political uncertainty for new lives in Italy. Judges Harry Hardie, founder and director of Here; Jess Crombie, head of film and photography at Save the Children; and Karen McQuaid, curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, were impressed with the strength of the story Deprit had depicted, and the sensitivity he brought to it and his young subjects.
DxO Labs have just released version 5 of DxO Analyzer. Billed as an extensive measurement solution that provides in-depth raw and RGB image quality analysis for any image capture device, whether still- or video-capable, DxO Analyzer v5 offers new video image quality testing features such as motion artefact and image stabilisation system measurements that enable DxO Labs to report extensive video quality test results on dxomark.com.
Fotodiox today announced the immediate availability of its WonderPana 145 and WonderPana 66 Filter Systems. Claimed to be ideal for panorama, nature, architectural, fashion and event photographers as well as analogue and digital filmmakers, Fotodiox’s WonderPana lens hood systems are designed for Super Wide Angle (SWA) and Ultra Wide Angle (UWA) lenses. “By introducing the WonderPana Systems, we are offering photographers and cinematographers the ability to capture images with the right lighting balance and skip the HDR software post production process,” said Drew Strickland, vice president of Fotodiox. “With the new Wonder line, we are bringing more innovative, quality products to the market and giving photographers the tools they need to capture amazing shots.” The WonderPana Systems are available for order now on the Fotodiox website. The WonderPana 66 System starts at $350 and the WonderPana 145 System starts at $200.
UK photography agency Balcony Jump has launched a series of photography workshops. This two?day intensive workshop is designed for photographers of all stages in their career, who are looking to improve their photographic, marketing and business skills. The course will cover many areas of photography from fashion to still life, with something for everyone trying to improve or break into the photographic industry. The workshop will be held on 8-9 December 2012 at a premier photographic studio in London, with all equipment, lunch and refreshments included on both days. Attendance is limited to 15 people.
X-Rite has announced its schedule of free November 2012 webinars. Taking place from 10am and 1pm EST on 6th November, the first webinar is entitled “Professional Monitor Calibration for Still & Video.” This brief session will review how to access and utilize the video presets in i1Profiler software and will briefly look at use of X-Rite’s ColorCheckers in the video footage as a visual reference. The second webinar, “Simply Amazing Color. Take control of your monitor, printer and camera!” starts at 3pm and 7pm EST on 8th November, and gives users the opportunity to ask questions and understand each solution in detail so they can make the right decision on what ColorMunki family solution is for them. During the third online seminar, entitled “Landscape Editing and Enhancements with Photoshop CS6,” professional photographer Joe Brady will talk about how to enhance landscape images using Adobe Photoshop. This webinar is taking place from 11am and 1pm EST on 15th November.
Acme Made has released a brand new collection of bags for cameras, called ‘Montgomery Street’. The collection includes a range of four bags – from pouch to backpack – designed to carry an array of gadgets, cameras and accessories. Three models within the range Montgomery Street Kit Bag, Courier and Backpack) also incorporate a brand new design feature: The FlexFold System. This unique feature gives total flexibility to change the layout of the bag from a fully protected camera bag, to a stylish work or travel bag for everyday use. Prices range from £25 for the Montgomery Street Case to £85 for the Montgomery Street Backpack. The range of products can be purchased via Harrods, Dixons Travel, John Lewis online and Acme Made themselves.
Lomography has launched a new 6x12 film camera. The Belair X 6-12 enables users to take pictures in 3 different formats: regular 6x9 photos, 6x6 squares or 6x12 panoramas. This versatile camera has an interchangeable lens system, allowing you to attach either a 90mm standard lens or a 58mm wide-angle lens; features an aperture-priority auto-exposure system; and comes complete with a flash hot-shoe. Three versions of the Belair X 6-12, including the Special Belair X 6-12 Globetrotter Edition in snakeskin effect leather are now available for preorder at 30% off launch price. Each one includes a 90mm lens and a 58mm Wide-angle Lens. Prices start at £199.
The Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced that Brooklyn, New York photographer Peter van Agtmael is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for Disco Night September 11, an American view of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The project earned Mr. van Agtmael a $30,000 grant to continue focussing on these wars, subjects that otherwise would be difficult to finance.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Ahead of our in-depth review, here are 85 full-size sample JPEG photos taken with a final production version of the new Panasonic GH3 compact system camera, including the entire ISO range of 125-25600.
The Panasonic DMC-GH3 is a weatherproof 16.05-megapixel mirrorless camera with advanced video capabilities, a 3-inch tilting OLED touch-screen, 1,744K OLED viewfinder and built-in wi-fi connectivity.
We predominantly used the GH3 with the supplied 14-140mm kit lens, with some additional shots taken with the 35-100mm f/2.8 and 20mm f/1.7 lenses.
The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon and a fixed 28mm equivalent lens with a fast aperture of f/2.8. Read our in-depth Sigma DP1 Merrill review to find out what this unique camera is capable of...
America’s National Parks: An Insider’s Guide to Unforgettable Places and Experiences is a new coffee table book edited by Scott Kirkwood. “We recognize that national parks are among the most photographed places on the planet,” Kirkwood says, “so when we set out to create this book, we made a conscious effort to pick images that show off these places in a new light. When you page through this book, you’ll know you’re looking at American icons like Arches, Glacier, and Yellowstone; but you’ll see these sites in ways that you haven’t quite seen before. You’ll also be introduced to a lot of parks that aren’t household names — but should be.” America’s National Parks: An Insider’s Guide to Unforgettable Places and Experiences retails for $24.95.
Pentax will exhibit and demonstrate several of its new products including its new flagship K-5 II digital SLR, point-and-shoot models, and compact system cameras, as well as new lenses and accessories at PhotoPlus Expo 2012, Additionally, Pentax will have its largest booth space at the show to date, measuring 1,200 square feet. And, attendees who visit the Pentax booth can pick up a rebate form for substantial savings on a wide variety of Pentax DSLR cameras as well as register in a daily drawing for a chance to win a K-30 DSLR camera kit with DA L 18-55mm lens. PhotoPlus Expo 2012 is taking place from 24-27 October 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Canon has launched its Winter Cashback offer giving you a chance to receive up to £160 cashback on your purchases. Included in the offer are various compact and interchangeable-lens cameras, lenses, accessories, and Legria camcorders. Click through / scroll down for a complete list of eligibel products.
Samsung today announced a cash back initiative for customers purchasing a camera from the Samsung SMART range. The offers available include £100 cash back upon purchasing a Samsung NX20, the Samsung NX210 also comes with £100 cash back and the Samsung NX1000 comes with £50. The Samsung MV900F and the Samsung EX2F also come with £50 whilst the Samsung ST200 and DV300F come with £20, the Samsung QF20 camcorder comes with £30. Once a SMART camera has been purchased, a pre paid visa card loaded with cash will be sent back to the customer via post.
AsukaBook UK and Ireland has announced the launch of a number of new high-end photo-book products. The company now offers lay flat binding for every product size from 5 x5 to 12 x12. Other upgrades and improvements include matt cover options across all ranges, a new 12-side DVD presentation book option, a new matt option for deluxe presentation box on the Zen Layflat Impact range, and more.
Vanguard USA has announced mail-in rebates on three series of tripods, heads, and camera bags. Photographers who purchase any Alta Pro tripod between now and 31st December will receive up to a $50 mail-in rebate—- $50 for carbon fibre models, $25 for aluminium. Those who buy any BBH ball head will receive $25. Finally, those who purchase any UP-Rise series backpack, sling or messenger camera bag are entitled to a $15 mail-in rebate. This excludes zoom bags (14z, 15z, 16Z) and shoulder bags (15,18, 22). Rebates can be claimed by completing the official rebate form.
Contour today announced the ContourROAM2 full HD action camera that introduces several new consumer-requested updates, fine-tuned video quality and a simple, user-friendly interface. The main features of the camera include a 270° rotating lens, locking instant on-record switch, four HD modes up to 1080p/60fps, waterproofing down to 1m without a case, interval shooting and compatiblitity with Contour’s extensive collection of camera mounts. The ContourROAM2 will be available for $199 at Best Buy stores and Bestbuy.com as well as select speciality retailers on 21st October.