Friday, December 13, 2013

Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 Due Spring 2014

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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An entry for the upcoming Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 lens has appeared on the Fujifilm UK website. This super-fast portrait lens will offer a focal length of 84mm in 35mm terms. Details are still scarce, but apparently the exciting new Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 prime lens will be available sometime in Spring 2014.

Source: Fujifilm UK

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Topaz ReStyle Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Topaz ReStyle is a new software program that offers over a thousand high-quality photographic effects. Designed specifically to "create photography effects and looks that you might otherwise never think of", can Topaz ReStyle really jump-start your creativity? Read our Topaz ReStyle review to find out...

Windows Desktop Receiver for Eye-Fi Mobi Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Eye-Fi has just announced a beta Windows desktop receiver for the Mobi card. With pricing yet to be announced, Eye-Fi’s new desktop receiver for Windows will be free to all customers during beta and gives Mobi users more choice in where their high-quality photos can be transferred, stored and shared. Mobi users will now have the option to transfer to mobile for on-the-go sharing or to the desktop for greater archiving and editing ability – all without the hassle of wires. The beta Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Windows is available for Mobi users to download now, with a Mac version coming soon.

CSCs & DSLRs to Merge into Single Segment, InfoTrends Says

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Currently, compact system cameras and SLRs are divided into two segments but InfoTrends believes that they "will converge back into a single category." Until this happens, the research firm recommends that vendors and retailers continue to educate future camera buyers about the advantages and disadvantages of each "to create smart shoppers." InfoTrends’ new Consumer Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera study provides demographic information on different types of camera owners, examines owners’ and future owners’ attitudes, behaviours, and brand preferences, provides insight into photo activities, feature use, and future requirements, and analyses current and future market opportunities. This study also provides a market forecast from 2013 to 2018.

Macphun Offers 12 Days of Giveaways

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Macphun Software have announced their 12 Days of Giveaways celebration. The event is a progressive giveaway, which means that the winner for any day wins the specific prize for that day, plus a prize from each of the previous days. The grand prize is a Nikon Df camera (pictured), plus prizes from each of the previous days. Click through / read on for the Macphun giveaways prize list.

LightRocket Partners with Getty Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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LightRocket and Getty Images have today announced a partnership that sees Getty Images become a key distribution partner for LightRocket. The represented content spans a wide variety of global subject matter, from Tibetan Festivals through to everyday life in London. LightRocket also brings the latest images from regional news events, such as the plight of Rohingya Refugees in Burma and the recent Anti-government Protests in Thailand to build on Getty Images' extensive portfolio of editorial assets, which is currently growing by 10,000 to 15,000 images each day. The partnership provides LightRocket's premium annual members with a unique opportunity to apply to become Getty Images contributors direct from LightRocket's dedicated Getty Images page. Utilising a feed from LightRocket's online portal, members can upload and distribute images worldwide via Getty Images' global platform.

Adobe Lightroom 5.3 / ACR 8.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released the final versions of ACR 8.3 and Lightroom 5.3. Previously available as Release Candidates, these updates add support for twenty new cameras and digital backs and nineteen lens profiles. For the full list of additions, improvements and fixes, head to the website below.

Website: Adobe Lightroom Journal

Nikon Recalls CF-DC6 Semi Soft Case

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nikon Japan has issued a product advisory concerning the CF-DC6 Semi Soft Case, an optional accessory for the Nikon Df digital SLR camera. The company says the case does not fit the camera properly and will therefore be redesigned. If you have already purchased a CF-DC6, Nikon will replace it with the improved one free of charge (at least if you live in Japan, that is).

Source: Nikon Japan

Sinar p-MF-L

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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The Sinar p MF-L enables photographers to avail themselves of the unique quality characteristics of a Sinar view camera while using their Leica S high-end medium format camera body. In combination with the Sinar p system, Leica S owners gain access to perspective control, selective focus and the benefit of using high-resolution Sinaron lenses designed specifically for digital imaging. The Leica-specific mounting bracket ensures that the camera can be freely positioned along the optical axis. The Leica S functions are fully integrated into the Sinar CaptureFlow Leica software and therefore can be conveniently controlled from the computer.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Google Nexus 5 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Google Nexus 5 is one of the cheapest flagship smartphones on the market, but also one of the most powerful and full-featured too, running the latest KitKat version of Android. But what kind of experience does it offer photographers? Read our Google Nexus 5 review to find out...

Photo Cruises Launched

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Photo Cruises are a new company specialising in educational photographic holidays. There will be expert tuition from a variety of onboard workshops, lectures and seminars, as well as hands-on tuition on location, and photography excursions. Their 2014 cruises will include two 7-night Mediterranean voyages, a week-long Norway cruise, a 7-night Baltic voyage and a 3-night taster cruise to Bruges and Paris from Southampton. These photo cruises are available to book now and if you book a place by the end of January you will get £50 off.

Smartsnaps Photo Contest Winner Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Celebrity Cruises have announced the winner of their Smartsnaps photo contest. The winner of the best travel photo taken on a smartphone has been awarded to Zoe King, for her photo taken in Colombo (Sri Lanka), at the Gangaramaya Viharaya Temple (above). Winner Zoe now holds the title of Celebrity Cruises ‘Photo Ambassador for 2014’ and will embark on a 14-night Scandinavia & Russia cruise in May 2014.

Benro 3570F and 4570F Classic Tripods

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor of the Benro range of tripods has announced the availability of two larger sizes in its Classic Series. The two new versions - the 3570F and 4570F - are available in both aluminium and carbon-fibre versions; the latter having a maximum height of 1955mm.  The greater extended heights of the new tripods make photographing at full height considerably more comfortable for taller people and allow more flexibility and a wider choice of positioning to all users. Adjustable leg straps can be independently locked at 3 different angles for shooting in cramped conditions or on uneven surfaces, and ultra-low level shots are allowed by opening the tripod legs, making it possible to work at virtually ground level. The Benro Classic Tripod series has an SRP of £95.94 to £430.80 including VAT.

Canon EOS 7D 2.0.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has issued a firmware update for the Canon EOS 7D digital SLR camera. Version 2.0.5 fixes 
a phenomenon in which the image files cannot be transferred using the FTP protocol via USB cable after the EOS 7D camera has established a wireless connection to the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5 A, B, C or D. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Canon EOS 7D Support and Downloads

PicturesToExe 8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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WnSoft has released version 8 of PicturesToExe, featuring countless enhancements, optimizations and expanded functionality. PicturesToExe produces compact and highly portable slideshows that can be played back on any PC or Mac systems, uploaded to YouTube or other video hosting sites, and shared in social networks. The key benefits of the program include a powerful audio editor, smooth playback of panning and zooming effects, pro-level animation tools for photos and support for images of any size. WnSoft offers two editions of PicturesToExe – Essentials, intended for home users, and Deluxe, targeted at professional photographers and AV enthusiasts, – for $69 and $129, respectively.

Wacom Lowers Price for Cintiq 24HD touch

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Wacom has reduced the price of its Cintiq 24HD touch creative pen display. The flagship and largest member of the Cintiq product family is now available via the Wacom e-store and retail partners for £2,499.99 istead of  £2,999.99.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most popular flagship smartphones of 2013, but can it replace your compact camera? Read our Samsung Galaxy S4 review to find out...

Phottix Strato TTL Flash Trigger for Nikon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Phottix has released the Nikon version of its Strato TTL flash trigger. This 4-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and receiver set supports high-speed and second-curtain synchronisation, and features a backlit LCD panel as well as quick-change buttons for easy and fast adjustments. The Phottix Strato TTL trigger for Nikon is available in the Phottix Online Store for $145.

Akvis OilPaint

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has launched an entirely new program called OilPaint. Available as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plug-in, the software is claimed to offer "an incredible algorithm" for turning photos into oil paintings. The software offers a number of ready to use presets, and allows users to share their favourites with other fans of the oil painting technique. The batch processing feature enables the program to automatically process a series of images in order to create a number of illustrations at the same style or to process all frames in a video. Retailing at $49 for the Home version, $69 for Home Deluxe and $89 for the Business edition, the software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.9, both 32 bit and 64 bit. A fully functional ten-day trial version is available at the website below..

Sakar Pulls Nikon 1 Lookalike from Market

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a Preliminary Injunction Order to stop the sales and advertising of the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera. Nikon had filed a lawsuit against Sakar - the worldwide licensee of the Polaroid brand for digital cameras - for design patent infringement and trade dress infringement on 11 October 2013, arguing that the Polaroid iM1836 looked conspicuously similar to the Nikon 1 J1 compact system camera. As part of the injunction, Sakar will no longer manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.