Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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 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.
Lastolite has added inspirational new textures to their Urban Backgrounds Collection. Now available in Derelict Wall/Wooden Fence, Shutter/Distressed Door and Tarnished Metal/Container, the backgrounds have been designed using crease resistant fabric, allowing photographers to create the outdoor look in an instant, whether it’s in the studio or a client's home. Each reversible background has a unique urban feel and can quickly add a new dimension to any portrait sitting. The new Urban Backgrounds are available for £165 each, in a size of1.5m x 2.1m.
Issue 26 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light online magazine is now available. In this month’s edition, David takes his readers to Rio de Janeiro, relating an incident that took place on the Copacabana beach. In Seeing the Light, he considers the most effective lighting for travel portraiture and analyses some great accompanying examples. Hot Legs is the aptly titled name of this month’s essential Low Down and Video Blog by David, as he discusses tripods. Other interesting articles include a Guest Feature by world-renowned wildlife photographer Chris Weston, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a butterfly photo by Ross Hoddinott and the very first piece in David Taylor's series Taylor Made. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light online magazine is available to f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.
Canon UK has launched its Spring 2014 cashback promotion. Customers can claim up to £210 cashback on a range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses, compact cameras, camcorders and Pixma PRO printers. The offer runs from 1 March 2014 to 7 May 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers