Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sony A3000 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 44 sample JPEG photos and a HD movie taken with the new Sony A3000 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

The Sony A3000 is an affordable 20 megapixel DSLR-like camera that actually uses the E-mount lens system.

Nikon View NX 2.8.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Nikon has updated View NX 2, its free raw converter and image editor, to version 2.8.1. Modifications enabled in this edition include support for the Nikon D610 digital SLR and the Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera (pictured), and additional frame rate settings for the Create movie dialogue box in Nikon Movie Editor. You can download the update from the website below.

Website: Nikon Support

Monday, October 14, 2013

Nikon Coolpix L620 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Nikon Coolpix L620 is an affordable travel-zoom compact camera. Featuring a 14x zoom lens with a focal range of 25-350mm, the Nikon L620 has an 18 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, Full 1080p HD video and uses AA batteries. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix L620 review now...

Three New Kits from Gary Fong

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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To coincide with the launch of the new Speed Snoot and Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount, Gary Fong is rolling out three new product kits to customers worldwide. The new Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Wedding & Event Lighting Kit ($99.95) includes the Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount, WhiteDome, AmberDome, GrayDome, Instructional DVD and a gear bag. The Lightsphere Collapsible Portrait Lighting Kit ($129.95) consists of the Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount, Speed Snoot with PowerGrid, WhiteDome, GrayDome, Instructional DVD and gear bag. Finally, the Lightsphere Collapsible Fashion & Commercial Lighting Kit ($149.95) comprises the Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount, Speed Snoot with PowerGrid, WhiteDome, AmberDome, GrayDome, Colored Gel Kit, Instructional DVD.

London and Paris at Dawn

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Husband and wife team Anthony Epes and Diana Bird are marking the launch of their new book, Paris at Dawn, and a revised edition of their first volume, London at Dawn, with a unique exhibition at St Pancras International. Taking place from 16-30 October 2013, the exhibition will portray two cities in a way rarely seen by its inhabitants – at dawn. The book launch will coincide with the opening of the exhibition on 16 October 2013, and both volumes will be available from Foyles bookshops in London and online at the website below, priced at £20 each.

Celebrity Cruises Launch “Smartsnaps” Photography Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Celebrity Cruises have announced a new photography competition to find the "best smartphone photo ever taken." The company has partnered with professional photographers Stuart Franklin, Ian Berry, Art Wolfe, Massimo Vitali and Oliver Lang who will judge the entries. The winner will be appointed Celebrity Cruises ‘Photo Ambassador for 2014’ and embark on a 14-night Scandinavia & Russia cruise in May 2014. To enter, submit your picture via the website below. The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2013. As always, we suggest that you read the terms and conditions before entering your work.

Flickr Previews New Photo Page

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Yahoo is previewing a new Flickr photo page to some of its customers. Changes versus the current layout include a bigger photo, a redesigned sidebar (marked with an A in the image above), more intuitive controls (B), relocated and rearranged comments (C), optional extra information on the photo (D), and a couple of new navigation tools (E & F). The changes are being rolled out gradually, with the company saying that "if you haven't seen a button allowing you to opt-into the new experience yet, stay tuned."

Friday, October 11, 2013

David and Goliath - Olympus E-M1 v Canon EOS 5D Mk III

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We've just got the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in for testing, and thought it would be a Fun Friday thing to do to compare its size directly alongside the full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mk III.

The Canon EOS 5D Mk III is fitted with the excellent Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, and the Olympus OM-D has the original version of the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 mounted, so they offer a similar angle of view - the Olympus/Panasonic pairing actually provides a slightly longer focal length of 40mm, in 35mm full-frame terms.

David and Goliath, eat your heart out...

Sony NEX-5T Review

Mark Goldstein
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The NEX-5T is the latest mid-range compact system camera from Sony. With a 16 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, 1080p HD movies, high-res 3 inch tilting screen and external flash, the Sony NEX-5T also features a touchscreen user interface, fast hybrid auto-focus, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps and a new 16-50mm kit lens. Read our full Sony NEX-5T review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files, and movies...

Flickr for iOS Adds Auto Upload & Auto Straightening Features

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Flickr have updated their iOS app to include new auto upload and auto straightening features. Auto upload enables users to automatically send photos from their iOS device to their Flickr accounts  Flickr says: "Up until now, you’ve had to upload photos from your iPhone manually. That can be a really painful and time-consuming process. We’re introducing Auto Upload for iOS 7 users to automatically save your photos to Flickr, securely and privately, until you’re ready to to edit and share them." The auto straightening feature is pretty much what it says on the tin, with Flickr claiming that it's a "tool that works like magic when your photo is just a little bit off."

Source: Flickr Blog

Hahnemühle Photo Adds Three New Media Grades

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Hahnemühle has added three new media grades to the Hahnemühle Photo line. In addition to its Photo Glossy 290 gsm and Photo Lustre 290 gsm, the company is debuting the Photo Matt Fibre 200 gsm and Photo Matt Fibre Duo 210 gsm papers and the Photo Canvas 320 gsm poly-cotton canvas. Each of these products will be in display at PhotoPlus Expo (PPE) October 24-26, at Javits Center in NYC.

Comic Life 3 for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Portland-based plasq has unveiled Comic Life 3, the latest major release of its award-winning photo comic creation software. Comic Life 3 introduces a script editor letting you create stories right in the app and easily take your words to the comic page thanks to new SmartScript technology. New graphics options for strokes, fills and opacity make it easy to create good-looking designs. Comic Life 3 also features a re-engineered editing engine allowing two-up display of your comic, element grouping, find and replace and master page. Comic Life 3 is available today on the Mac App Store and plasq's website for $29.99.

Canon Pixma Pro City Senses Gallery Experience

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Printers
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Canon has partnered with Norman Reedus, COMMON and Tyler Florence to deliver a three-city gallery series aimed at encapsulating an emotion and moment-in-time through the power of printed images. Within the framework of the Pixma Pro City Senses gallery experience, three celebrities hosted photography exhibitions in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Using the sensory triggers of touch, taste, smell and sound as inspiration, the celebrity hosts and photographers were tasked with bringing their iconic city to life through photographic prints displayed in each gallery. Once captured, the images were printed using Canon Pixma Pro printers, and displayed as 13-by-19 inch works of art.

Gary Fong Speed Snoot

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Gary Fong Speed Snoot is a collapsible, gridded snoot that comes with a new Speed Mount for easy attachment. When mounted to an off-camera flash, the new Speed Snoot allows you to focus light into the areas you want to highlight, and more importantly away from the areas you don’t. The black finish of the Speed Snoot blocks the light spilled out of the sides of the diffuser so instead of filling a room with light, the photographer can project the light directly onto the subject with a controlled yet soft burst that is great for hair highlighting, selective lighting of subjects, or highlighting a subject against a busy background. Going on sale on 18 October 2013, the Gary Fong Speed Snoot sells for $59.95.

Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Gary Fong has introduced the 5th-generation Lightsphere, which comes with a new Speed Mount. Collapsing down to a 1½ inch thickness, the new Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount boasts a newly designed mounting system which allows photographers to securely attach and switch out modifiers in seconds. Just like its predecessors, the new-generation Lightsphere diffuses the harsh light emitted by a speedlight to create soft, even illumination with minimal loss of power. The Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount is priced at $59.95.

Nest Launches Three New Tripod Ranges

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nest has just launched three new ranges of tripods, a clutch of monopods and an extensive line-up of tripod heads. The new tripod ranges include the Pioneer, Systematic and Traveller collections. Pioneer tripods start at £59.99, Traveller models cost £129.99-£299.99, whereas the class-leading Systematic NT-363CT modular tripod (pictured) is available for £749.99 including a Nest NT-530H gimbal head with a load capacity of 25kg, NT-363CT legs, NT-36CE carbon-fibre elevator centre column and NT-36P platform. For more information, visit the website below.

Alex Masi Named 2013 Photocrati Fund Fellow

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Photocrati have named documentary photographer Alex Masi as the 2013 Photocrati Fund Fellow, awarding him $5000 for his project "Bhopal Legacy." With this grant, Masi intends to document the efforts of medical advocacy groups who work to improve the lives of the survivors of the devastating 1984 Bhopal gas leak. Masi’s project was selected from a competitive group of more than 400 applicants by the 2013 Photocrati Fund juror panel which included some of the world’s premier environmental and humanitarian photographers: Jim Brandenburg, Michael “Nick” Nichols, and Steve McCurry.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hama Defender 220 Camera Bag Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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If you are looking for a camera bag then look no further. The Hama Defender 220 is the ultimate protection for your gear. Photography Blog and LoveCases are giving you the opportunity to win this great bag worth £114.95.

The lucky winner is Lynda Mansell. Congratulations!

The Defender 220 is the ultimate in protection when it comes to keeping your SLR or DSLR camera safe from scratches and damage. The bag is thick and gives solid resistance to all bumps and knocks, the lid of the bag is kept securely with two interlocking clasps and each part of your camera and camera accessories are kept separate internally - preventing them from rubbing and scratching.

The bag has further storage for your everyday accessories such as keys, identification, phones and more. This bag has the capacity to store the vast majority of additional camera lenses meaning that you can be sure that all of your camera carrying needs are met.

Samsung S27B971D Series 9 Monitor Review

Mark Goldstein | Accessory Reviews
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Samsung's premium monitor for imaging professionals has been updated with a non-reflective matt display for 2013, but it this enough to justify the £850 / $1200 price-tag? Read our Samsung S27B971D Series 9 Monitor review to find out...

Nikon Coolpix P7800 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is a brand new premium compact camera for the keen enthusiast. The P7800 principally adds an electronic viewfinder to last year's P7700 model - is this enough to compete with the likes of the Canon PowerShot G16? Read our expert Nikon P7800 review now, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW sample images.