Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Manfrotto School of Xcellence: Exclusive Webinars with Richard Gray

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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This fall, seasoned iPhoneographer Richard Gray will be hosting two webinars at the Manfrotto School of Xcellence. The first one, Great Portraits with Your Smart Phone, will take place on 20 September 2013 from 4pm GMT, exploring questions like what do you want to say about the person you are photographing? what lighting would work best? what angle should you use? and so on. In the second webinar, Great Sporting Images with Your Smart Phone, scheduled for 10 October 2013, 4pm GMT, attendees will learn key techniques, such as panning and burst, to capture moving subjects involved in fast-paced sport. Richard will explore a range of apps to help you achieve creative images. Both webinars are free to attend.

DxO FilmPack v4.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO has launched Version 4.1 of DxO FilmPack, its analogue film and creative rendering software. This update allows DxO FilmPack 4 to interact perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC. Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, DxO FilmPack v4.1 can be installed as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom 4 and 5, Elements 10 and 11, Apple Aperture 3, and DxO Optics Pro v8.2, and as a standalone application for Mac and Windows — all with the same licence. Photographers who purchased a DxO FilmPack 3 licence on or after 1 March 2013 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 4.

Olympus Launches Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Olympus Europe has launched a teaser campaign hinting at the imminent launch of a new flagship interchangeable-lens camera. "There’s something big on the horizon," the company says. "A new OLYMPUS flagship camera with interchangeable lenses. It’s set to herald a whole new world of photography." Tellingly, the teaser ad features both the FourThirds and the Micro FourThirds logos and all Zuiko Digital as well as M.Zuiko Digital lenses...

Epson Expression Premium XP-510, XP-610 & XP-615

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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In addition to the A3-capable XP-950 all-in-one device, Epson has introduced three new compact home inkjet printers. The Epson Expression Premium XP-510, XP-610 and XP-615 offer dual paper trays, double-sided printing and individual inks. The XP-610 and XP-615 also boast a 6.3cm smart-navigation touch panel and CD/DVD printing. All Expression Premium series printers come with Epson Connect, which allows users to quickly and easily print documents and photos over Wi-Fi from smartphones and tablets. In addition these multifunction printers are equipped with Wi-Fi Direct, allowing users to print from wireless devices without having to connect to a wireless router. The Expression Premium XP-615 and XP-610 are available from September 2013 and the XP-510 is available from October 2013, priced at RRP £149.99 and £129.99 respectively.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pentax AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Ricoh has announced two new, weather-resistant flash units designed for use with a range of Pentax cameras. The Pentax AF540FGZ II (£549.99) has a guide number of 54 in metres at ISO 100/21°, and features a zooming tilt-swivel head, a built-in wide-angle panel, a variety of flash discharge modes, and a newly designed high-intensity white LED light that comes in handy for close-distance movie recording and still-image shooting requiring extended exposures. The Pentax AF360FGZ II (£399.99) offers a similar set of features, except for its lower guide number of 36.

Ricoh Announces Five HD Pentax-DA Limited Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Ricoh has announced the upcoming launch of five HD PENTAX-DA Limited lenses designed for use with K-mou nt interchangeable-lens digital cameras. These new lenses - including the HD Pentax-DA15mm F4ED AL Limited (pictured), the HD Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited, the HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited, HD Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited and the HD Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited - inherit the distinctive looks and premium appearance of the earlier Pentax Limited products, while adding state-of-the-art HD coating and a round-shaped diaphragm for a pleasing bokeh. Pricing for the new lenses ranges from £439.99 to £639.99 depending on model. Availability is slated for late September.

Ricoh HZ15

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh HZ15 is a 16-megapixel digital compact camera with 15x optical zoom and a sophisticated SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. The camera also features a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots. In addition to capturing 16-megapixel stills, the Ricoh HZ15 can also record 720p HD videos and save them on Eye-Fi memory cards. Availability is slated for September, with pricing to be announced.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 is one of the most stylish budget cameras on the market. Priced at less than £90 / $100, the Panasonic XS1 is a mere 17.6mm thick, making it the World's thinnest camera. But does all this style come at the expense of any real substance? Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 review to find out...

Sony NEX-5T Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony NEX-5T compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony NEX-5T compact system camera.

Sony A3000 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony A3000 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A3000 compact system camera

Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4, Black 50mm f/1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4 and black 50mm f/1.8 lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4 and black 50mm f/1.8

Sony NEX-5T

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony NEX-5T is a new compact system camera with a 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor and Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication). There’s no set-up needed – simply touch a compatible mobile device against the NEX-5T and a wireless connection is made instantly. An embedded Smart Remote Control lets you trigger shutter release from your smartphone: Other highlights include a hybrid auto focus system that combines phase-detection AF to track fast-moving subjects with contrast-detection AF for absolute precision, Full HD video recording, a tiltable LCD screen that flips up to 180° for a comfortable view with the camera held at arm’s length, and compatibility with a growing range of Sony Play Memories Camera Apps. The Sony NEX-5T will go on sale in September 2013, priced at $550  for the body only, or $700 in a kit with the 16-50mm power zoom lens..

Sony A3000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony A3000 is a budget-friendly 20.1-megapixel compact system camera with a 201,600-dot electronic viewfinder, an ergonomic hand-grip  and an APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor. Compatible with the manufacturer's E mount lenses, the Sony A3000 weighs in at 411 grams including a battery, and features a Multi Interface Shoe that allows you to attach various accessories such as a powerful system flash, a video IR light or an external microphone. In addition to capturing 20-megapixel stills, the Sony A3000 is also capable of recording Full HD videos, with a choice of 50i or 25p shooting modes. The Sony A3000 is available to pre-order from the website below, with shipments expected to commence in September. The camera is priced at £370/$400.

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS is the first ever G lens that has been created specifically for the manufacturer's E-mount cameras and interchangeable-lens camcorders. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-157.5mm, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS power zoom boasts an optical image stabiliser and 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two ED glass elements and three aspherical lens elements. Equipped with an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS maintains a maximum aperture of f/4 throughout its entire zoom range. Weighing in at 427 grams, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS takes 72mm filters, and offers a close-focus point of 45cm. Availability is slated for October in the UK and December in the US. The estimated street price is £500/$600.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS is a new, optically stabilised, 24-105mm equivalent standard zoom for Sony's E-mount compact system cameras and camcorders, including all NEX series models as well as the new, "SLR-styled" Sony A3000. The optical formula comprises 16 lens elements in 12 groups, with an iris diaphragm featuring 7 rounded aperture blades. Weighing in at 308 grams, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS takes 55mm filters, and offers a 0.23x magnification and a minimum focus distance of 35cm. The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS len will be available in the fall of 2013, priced at around £840/$1000.

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 Black Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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In addition to the new 16-70mm f/4 and 18-105mm f/4 zoom lenses, Sony has announced that its E 50mm f/1.8 OSS portrait prime will now be available in black, in addition to the existing silver version. "This bright, wide-aperture prime lens is ideal for capturing atmospheric handheld portraits with flattering background defocus (bokeh)," the company says. "Optical SteadyShot cuts the effects of camera shake for crisp, blur-free images when you’re relying on available light. Smooth, quiet autofocus is less likely to disturb your subject – whether you’re shooting stills or Full HD video." The Sony E 50mm f/1.8 Black Edition will be available in fall 2013, priced at around $300.

CEWE Launches New Photo Legacy Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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CEWE Color has just launched its new Photo Legacy service. This service offers digitisation of analogue media including negatives, slides, prints, VHS tapes and cine film. Photo Restore is an additional service available across prints, slides and negatives which improves the quality of the print through a digital image filter, enhancing colour and contrast. To take advantage of the new services, consumers can take their old prints, negatives, slides or footage into selected Boots (those with a Photo department) and Jessops stores across the UK. For a list of participating stores and for more information, visit the website below.

PocketWizard Announces New Trigger Cable

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, have released a new hotshoe-to-miniphone cable (HSFM3). This three-foot cable, which has a basic (non-TTL) hot shoe on one end and a mono miniphone connector on the other, allows photographers to slide any speedlight style flash into the shoe to avoid using the sometimes unreliable or missing PC port.  The miniphone end plugs into either a Plus radio (PlusX, Plus III, Plus II or Plus Receivers), MultiMAX Transceiver or FlexTT5 Transceiver. Other features of the new HSFM3 include a ¼-20 socket below the hot shoe, gold plated contacts and robust design to ensure reliability.  The HSFM3 is available now at an estimated retail price of $40. Also available is the new locking PC to miniphone adapter (MPCF-L, $15), which allows users to convert any cord with a PC connection into a miniphone connection.

SpinLight 360 Releases New Gel Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SpinLight 360 has just released its new 20 Gel Collection. Included in the new Gel Collection are 5 colour correction gels, 15 colour effect gels and a unique, multi-functional storage case. The 5 colour correction gels include a half-strength CTB (Colour Temperature Blue), plus 3 CTO (Colour Temperature Orange) in Full-, Half- and Quarter-Strength and a Plus Green cc30 filter. The 15 colour gels offer a broad range of colours allowing photographers to create customised backgrounds, change lighting moods, enhance skin tones and create theatrical lighting. The new SpinLight 360 Gel Collection is available now at a retail price of $39.99.

Epson Expression Photo XP-950

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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The Epson Expression Photo XP-950 is the first 6-colour photo all-in-one that offers A3 printing. Thanks to the rear speciality media feed, users can print onto a variety of media up to A3 size, while the two front-loading paper trays allow users to switch between photo and A4-sized media, without having to reload the paper during printing. This printer uses Epson’s Claria Photo HD ink, a six-colour ink set (black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta), which delivers smooth tonal gradations, deep blacks and rich, vibrant colours. The Expression Photo XP-950 printer includes Epson Connect, which allows you to quickly and easily print documents and photos over Wi-Fi from smartphones and tablets. In addition the XP-950 is equipped with Wi-Fi Direct, which allows you to print from wireless devices without having to connect to a wireless router. The Expression Photo XP-950 is available from September 2013, priced at £349.99.