Thursday, November 28, 2013

Free Datacolor Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Datacolor will be hosting two new free-to-attend webinars in December. On Thursday, 5th December, Datacolor expert David Saffir and Google Nik Photography expert Dan Hughes will be hosting an online seminar titled, "Taking Control of Landscape Photography with Datacolor and the Nik Collection." Starting at 7p.m., this webinar will cover best practices in colour management throughout the workflow, capturing landscape scenes and post-processing in the digital darkroom using Nik Software products Viveza 2, ColorEfexPro 4 and SharpenerPro 3.0. The second session, "Highlights of the 2013 Creative Roadshows" (Tuesday, 10th December, 7p.m.) hosted by Datacolor expert Richard West, will provide tips and tricks on how to build and optimise your imaging workflow whilst maintaining colour accuracy throughout. To register, visit the website below.

Olympus Releases Three Firmware Updates

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Olympus has announced firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1 compact system camera (read review), the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens (read review) and the Stylus XZ-2 premium compact camera (read review). Firmware version 1.1 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 improves Live Bulb image quality while noise reduction is on, enhances AF operation including C-AF, improves image stabilisation in the Sports and Children scene modes, and corrects chromatic aberration caused by the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Firmware update 1.3 for the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 improves AF performance when you use a single target in a low-light situation. Finally, the firmware upgrade for the 12-50mm lens improves stability when using electronic zoom in combination with Panasonic cameras. As usual those updating their firmware should use the company's free Digital Camera Updater utility.

Perfect Photo Suite 8 Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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onOne Software has now released Perfect Photo Suite 8, which had been announced back in September. Key new features include the Perfect Enhance module for essential photo adjustments, the Perfect Eraser with content-aware fill technology, the Perfect Batch processing utility for applying workflows to multiple images at once, and a re-engineered Perfect Effects module with twice as many filters, customisable presets, and integrated FocalPoint technology. The new Perfect Photo Suite 8 will be available 26th November in three editions: Premium, Standard, and an edition for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture. Perfect Photo Suite 8 for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture works with Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop Elements, and as a standalone application. It is available for $129.95; upgrades are $79.95. The Standard Edition works as a complete standalone photo editor and is available for $79.95.

Hahnemühle Revamp Logo, Relaunch Website

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Hahnemühle FineArt have launched a new corporate design including a revamped logo and a redesigned website. "The goal of the development: to create an up-to-date range of information and modern easy-to-use dialogue platforms," the company said in a statement. "The new website is charged with emotions, technically up to date and open for dialogue with the users." To visit the new Hahnemühle website, follow the link below.

Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 Type-II for Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Kenko Tokina USA has announced the availability of the Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 Type-II lens for Sony's A-mount cameras with APS-C sized sensors. This compact ultra-wideangle zoom, which features 13 elements in 11 groups and a 9-bladed iris diaphragm, will go on sale in January 2014. The main features include an angle-of-view range of 104° to 82°, a minimum focus distance of 30cm, a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:11.6, and a one-clutch focus mechanism that allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the lens mount for manual focusing.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Harman TiTAN Pinhole Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomography Online Shop now carries the Harman TiTAN Pinhole Camera, which takes pinhole photos on 4x5" sheet film. Made of lightweight yet heavy-duty ABS plastic, this large format camera features two2 tripod mounts, built-in spirit levels, and accessory mount. Priced at €240, the Harman TiTAN Pinhole Camera comes bundled with an interchangeable 72mm wide-angle cone. Separate cones of 110 and 150mm are also available. 

Take Great Digital Pictures in 24 Hours

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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‘Take Great Digital Pictures in 24 Hours’ is a new book by established London advertising and art photographer David Fairman. Fairman’s combined strategies will build the reader’s understanding and confidence to take consistently better photographs time after time, the publisher says. The book will guide the reader through the learning stage over 24 hours, as well as introduce them to appreciating stunning images from top photographers. ‘Take Great Digital Pictures in 24 Hours’ goes on sale this Saturday in the UK.

Manfrotto Relaunches MSoX Website

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Manfrotto today introduced the redesigned website of the Manfrotto School of Xcellence (MSoX), its dedicated online educational platform. New additions include a Picture of the Day feature, a section called Five Golden Rules where MSoX photographers draw up their own, personal ‘golden rules’ regarding photography or videography, plus Interviews, News and Events. In addition, the Manfrotto School of Xcellence will continue providing reportages through this platform, as well as announcing upcoming webinars, tutorials and workshops given by the most important personalities in the global photography industry.

Mastering the Nikon Coolpix A

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Mastering the Nikon Coolpix A by Darrell Young is a new ebook from Rocky Nook. Exploring the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual, this ebook guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments, colour illustrations and detailed explanations for each option. The 375-page ebook is available for $12.95.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pentax K-3 Review

Mark Goldstein
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On paper at least, the new Pentax K-3 is the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera, offering a long list of features that will leave serious photographers salivating. Read our in-depth Pentax K-3 review to discover if this new DSLR can compete with the fierce competition from Nikon, Canon and Sony, not to mention the excellent compact system cameras from Olympus, Fujifilm and Panasonic...

Sekonic L-478DR/D Bundle

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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For a limited time, JP Distribution will be offering the Sekonic L-478DR and L-478D light meters in a bundle with a five-degree spot finder and new meter/spot finder case. All three items are offered at a discount of 15% off the regular individual pricing SRP.

Fantasea FG16 Housing Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line has officially released the FG16 underwater housing for the Canon Powershot G16 digital compact camera. The Fantasea FG16 maintains full access to all camera controls and functions while providing waterproofing down to depths of 60 metres / 200 feet. A complete system of dedicated accessories, including conversion optics, flash and video lighting sets, will be available for the housing. The Fantasea FG16 is available now for $575 / €530.

Website: Fantasea

Datacolor Announces Month-Long Holiday Giveaway

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Datacolor will be hosting a month long holiday giveaway during the month of December. Beginning 1st December, daily prizes will be awarded through the Datacolor website with a new door opening each day to reveal the featured prize. “For the second year in a row, we’re partnering with some of the industry’s most recognisable brands in an effort to make the holiday season for many imaging professionals even brighter,” said David Tobie, global product technology manager for Datacolor. “Not only is this a fun way for us to close out the year, but it provides digital imaging specialists of all skill sets the opportunity to start the New Year with a gear bag full of cool new gadgets.” Photographers are encouraged to enter the Datacolor Happy Holidays Giveaway by visiting the website below.

Leica Completes Sinar Takeover

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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On Monday, Leica finalised the acquisition of Sinar Photography, the Swiss manufacturer of view cameras, lenses, digital backs and shutter systems. Marketing, product management, support, development and production will remain in the hands of Sinar in Switzerland. Sales and distribution of the product portfolio will be handled by Leica and the worldwide dealer network of Sinar Photography. Leica now possesses a complete product portfolio from a medium format digital camera system to digital view cameras and, as a result of the takeover, is now the only full-range provider of digital camera systems in formats larger than 35mm full frame. The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Pentax K-3 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 47 sample JPEG photos and a Full 1080p HD movie taken with the new Pentax K-3 DSLR camera.

There's also a full ISO range from 100 to 51,200 with the anti-aliasing simulator turned off, so that you can see exactly what the Pentax K-3's 24 megapixel CMOS sensor is capable of.

Fujifilm XQ1 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XQ1 is a premium compact camera available at a price that won't break the bank. Offering a large 12 megapixel 2/3-type sensor, fast 4x optical zoom lens, high-res 3-inch screen, 12fps burst shooting, wi-fi and 1080p movie recording at 60fps, the new XQ1 seemingly has all the bases covered. Read our Fujifilm XQ1 review now to find out if it can beat the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, complete with full-size sample JPEG and raw images, videos and more...

Lomography Konstruktor Transparent Collector’s Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has unveiled a transparent collector's edition of its do-it-yourself film camera - the Konstruktor. Like the regular version, the transparent collector's edition  takes about 1-2 hours to build, but unlike its cousin, it cannot take pictures. "It looks absolutely fantastic on any coffee table or bookshelf, and will act as a perfect conversation starter and centre piece for your upcoming holiday parties," the company promises. The Lomography Konstruktor Transparent Collector's Edition is available as a standalone product for €59, or as part of a special gift bundle that also includes a fully functioning, garden variety Konstruktor.

Bowens to Sponsor The Societies’ 2014 Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Societies have announced that Bowens will be sponsoring their annual 20x16” Print Competition. Phil Jones, The Societies CEO says, "Bowens are great supporters of the 20x16” Print Competition and have sponsored the 1st prize for the last four years. We are delighted to say that the Mosaic Bi-Colour LED Panel will be awarded to the overall winner at our Awards Night on the Saturday 18 January during our Convention." For full details on The Societies 20x16” Print Competition visit the website below.

The Traveling Photographer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Traveling Photographer: A Guide to Great Travel Photography by Sandra Petrowitz is a new title from Rocky Nook. In this 224-page volume, the author combines theoretical information, practical advice, and helpful suggestions for taking successful pictures while travelling - whether you are exploring an exotic location, enjoying your annual summer vacation, or simply visiting your local park. Beautifully illustrated with photographs from all over the world, this guide is on sale now, priced at $32.95,

Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sigma has issued a firmware update for the Sigma SD1 and SD1 Merrill digital SLR cameras. Version 1.12 for the SD1 (and version 1.07 for the Merrill) fixes an issue with random noise appearing around blown-out highlights.