Friday, January 31, 2014

Kolor Panobook 2014 Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The 2014 Kolor Panobook Contest, a major panoramic photography competition, is about to open. The entry period will begin on 3rd February, and photographers have until 3rd March 2014 to submit their best panoramic images to the competition. As in the previous years, the best entries will be published in a photobook called the Kolor Panobook 2014. For more information and to enter, visit the website below.

Panasonic at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Panasonic UK will be showcasing a range of digital compact cameras, CSCs and camcorders at The Photography Show, a brand new exhibition dedicated to the imaging industry, held on 1st–4th March at the NEC in Birmingham. Each day of the show will see a different Guest Speaker on Panasonic’s 4K display themed stand (G50 and G60), including David Eustace, Hugh Hastings, Ian Cook, Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale.

New Generation of Film Presets for Lightroom Released

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Really Nice Images have released a new generation of its photographic film-emulating preset package 'All Films' for Adobe Lightroom users. "'All Films' is our best preset package ever," the developers say. "It is comprehensive. It contains a great diversity of film looks from negative films to Polaroids and slide films." The presets can be purchased and downloaded from the website below.

Nikon D4S to be Shown at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Events
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Nikon will be exhibiting its new flagship digital SLR camera, the Nikon D4S, for the first time in the UK at The Photography Show from 1st – 4th March 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham. The company has invested in an interactive stand that will host the complete camera line-up, including the new Nikon Df, D3300 and the latest Coolpix cameras, as well as its range of lenses. The D4S will also be on display at the show before it officially goes on sale, following a development announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.

Afghanistan: On the Bounce

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Afghanistan: On the Bounce is a new title featuring photographs by Robert Cunningham. "Through glossy photos, pull-out literature, and writings by Steven Hartov, readers start from the outset of servicemembers’ deployment and finish not only with the servicemembers’ heartfelt return, but with a deeper understanding of their experience in Afghanistan," the publisher says. Cunningham took 55,000 photographs over his time as an embedded photographer, and the book features the very best of his work. The 162-page volume is available now, priced at $40.

Eye-Fi Offers Users Sneak Peek of New Apps, Cloud Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Eye-Fi is offering all Eye-Fi Mobi users a sneak peek of its new mobile apps and cloud service. Users can preview the new applications and services for iOS, Android or Kindle devices through Eye-fi Labs, a customer engagement platform that permits Eye-Fi to directly engage consumers and partners as part of a product development process. “The new capabilities we are previewing are a natural extension of the current Eye-Fi Mobi card and mobile apps and provide a unique and compelling way to link digital cameras with the power of the cloud,” said Sam Hui, VP of product management of Eye-Fi.  “We will work closely with customers to gain insights that we will use to refine the products with the goal of delivering a delightful end-to-end experience when the products are generally available.”

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fujifilm X-T1 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 50 JPEG and 20 RAW sample images taken with the brand new Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera.

We're currently testing the X-T1 with the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens. We've also included the entire ISO range from 100 to 25600.

Find Your Perfect Photography Gift with Inkling

Mark Goldstein | Websites
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Photography Blog has teamed up with Inkling to choose some of our favourite photography gifts.

Inkling is a site that specializes in making on-line gift shopping a pleasurable experience, rather than a time-wasting chore. Every item on Inkling has been hand-picked by an expert in their field, so you can rest assured that you're choosing a quality gift. A clever gift finder quickly sorts through the selections to serve up appropriate products, and you can also save gifts in a wishlist and share them with other people.

Take a look at Photography Blog Editor Mark Goldstein's picks here.

Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The new Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M is a macro lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. Designed for compact system cameras with APS-C sized imagers, the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M is equivalent to a 75mm lens in a 35mm system. The optical formula comprises 14 elements arranged in 11 groups and an iris diaphragm with nine rounded blades. The Touit 2.8/50M with Sony E and Fuji X mount will be available worldwide in March 2014. The recommended retail price is €755/$999.

Ricoh Teams Up with Google

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Ricoh hasupdated the apps for the Ricoh Theta spherical image camera to allow users to post spherical images to Google Maps and Google+. Made possible through a collaboration between Ricoh  and Google, the Theta apps are now compatible with Photo Sphere XMP, Google's panoramic image standard. Users can also make use of the Constellations feature, which enables them to connect spherical images to make an original Street View. The apps are available for Android, iOS, MacOS and Windows - click through / scroll down for the links.

InMyBag.net Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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InMyBag.net is a new, free website offering an opportunity for photographers to showcase their best work. They have categories for DSLR, Lighting, Mirrorless, Film, Video, Leica, Vintage, GoPro, phone-based photography and those who shoot with a minimalist amount of gear.Submissions are open to anyone with an enthusiasm for photography.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Pro Lens Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Olympus Japan has announced a special OM-D E-M5 Black Elite Pro Lens Kit. Comprising an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera body and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens, this Japan-only special edition features a leather-like finish on the outside of the body including the right-hand grip, plus redesigned main and sub command dials. This Black Elite edition comes with Firmware Version 2.0 as standard. Availability is slated for March.

Source: Olympus Japan

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (Special Edition) Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (Special Edition) is the standard kit lens for the retro Nikon Df DSLR camera. Read our expert Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G review to find out if it's the Df's perfect partner...

Jessica Ambats – Capturing the Beauty of Flight

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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SmugMug Films have launched their second video in the series, Jessica Ambats – Capturing the Beauty of Flight. Jessica Ambats is an air-to-air photographer (meaning she takes photos of planes from planes) and instrument-rated pilot based in Santa Monica.  Her images capture not only modern and historical planes performing feats thousands of feet above our heads, often close enough to capture the exhilarated expression of the pilot on board, but also the gorgeous scenery below. Click through / scroll down to watch her video entitled Jessica Ambats - Pulse-Pounding Aerial Photography

Official Olympus OM-D E-M10 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has posted five high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera. Shot at sensitivity settings of ISO 200/24° and ISO 3200/36° using the new M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 standard prime and the critically acclaimed M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 wide-angle lens, these OM-D E-M10 samples can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Official M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Sample Photos

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Hands-on Review

Mark Goldstein
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See exactly what the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 compact system camera looks like in the flesh, and read our first hands-on impressions of this exciting new camera.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 78 photos of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 compact system camera, including the new 14-42mm pancake lens, 25mm f/1.8 lens, 9mm fisheye lens, optional handgrip accessory and new macro convertor lens.

We've also compared the E-M10 side-by-side against its big brother, the OM-D E-M1, the similarly-sized Stylus 1 compact camera, and one of its rivals, the Panasonic GX7.

Olympus SP-100EE Hands-on Review

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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See exactly what the new Olympus SP-100EE compact camera looks like in the flesh, and read our first hands-on impressions.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus SP-100EE compact camera, which intriguingly features the world's first dot aiming point on a camera.

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 compact system camera combines the image quality, classic styling and focusing speed of the E-M5 with the sheer power of the flagship E-M1 in an extremely compact all-metal casing. The Olympus EM10 features a large, high-speed electronic viewfinder, 1.440.000-dot, 3-inch tiltable LCD, 3-axis image stabilisation, ultrafast autofocus FAST AF, and a pop-up flash.

The E-M10 is available with two lens kits from early February, 2014. The E-M10 body without a lens will cost £529.99, and with the new, super-slim M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ electronic zoom lens for £699.99. The ECG-1 matching ergonomic grip for keeping a stable hold on the camera will retail for £54.99. The new BCL-0980 9mm Fish-Eye Body Cap lens will cost £89.99.

Olympus SP-100EE

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus SP-100EE is the world's first camera with an integrated dot-sight to aid long zoom framing and subject tracking. The sight works in tandem with the SP-100EE's 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom lens to enable easy high-power zooming and subject capture. Other key features of the SP-100EE include a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, an electronic viewfinder, DSLR-oriented looks, and 60p Full HD movies.

Available in black from March 2014, the Olympus SP-100EE will cost £349.99.

Olympus TG-850

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus TG-850 is a new tough compact camera featuring an integrated 180° tiltable LCD screen. The TG850 also offers a 5x zoom lens, 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 60p Full HD movies, and 7.1 fps sequential shooting.

The Olympus TG-850 will be available from March 2014. It costs £269.99, and comes in a choice of silver, black or white.