Friday, January 17, 2014

Multi-Picture Bergamo Frames from Kenro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the UK availability of a series of multi-picture frames, the Bergamo range. Manufactured in wood with a high gloss lacquer finish, the 6-picture wall frames are supplied with double picture mats allowing two sizes of photos to be used. Managing Director of Kenro, Paul Kench commented: "These contemporary frames would show off a collection of professional photographs beautifully. The versatile and ultra-smart series are a must have for retailers, galleries and studios."

EarthArt - Colours of the Earth

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The new book, EarthArt - Colours of the Earth, features the stunning aerial photographs of Bernhard Edmaier. Taken with Hasselblad cameras, many of the images are also featured in the current issue of VICTOR Magazine. "Bernhard has been in the skies actively looking for scenes that demonstrate the rich diversity of the planet's natural colours, such as the blue colour of water and ice, the variegated greens of vegetation, the many shades of yellow, orange, red and brown of rocks and desert sand, the white and grey of glaciers and the surprising colour spectrum of volcanoes," Hasselblad says. "Ultimate quality has always been fundamental to his work, hence the need for a Hasselblad: having started out with analogue, Bernhard switched to the H System in 2007 and now works an H5D-60." The book is currently available from Amazon for £24.77.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Acquires New Portrait of the Queen

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The National Galleries of Scotland has announced the acquisition of a photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The formal portrait, captured by Julian Calder in August 2010, went on display yesterday at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. In this photograph Her Majesty The Queen is presented as Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle, a chivalric Order that dates from the seventeenth century. Her Majesty wears the robes of the Order and insignia bearing the emblem of the thistle (the national flower of Scotland) and the cross of Saint Andrew. 

Lomography Belair X 6-12 Instant Camera Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has launched an instant attachment for the Belair X 6-12 medium-format film camera. Designed for use with Fuji Instax Wide Film, the instant back comes in at £79, or it can be purchased with a Belair camera in discounted bundles. Of course, if want to shoot chromes or negatives, you can always replace the Instant Back on the Belair Instant Camera Kit with the regular 120 film back. Click through / read on for more details.

DaVinci Resolve 10.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve 10.1, which adds new editing and 3D stereoscopic features as well as support for Final Cut Pro X 10.1. This update adds innovative editing features that includes allowing users to preview and align multiple camera takes while editing, so they can quickly switch between takes to show their clients shot options live from the timeline. Editors can now copy individual clips in the editing timeline with drag-and-drop simplicity. Also featured in DaVinci Resolve 10.1 are XML import enhancements for both FCP X 10.1 and FCP 7 customers. Compound clips from FCP X 10.1 with separate A/V elements are now split into individual clips and imported FCP 7 XML’s include font properties and timeline markers. DaVinci Resolve 10.1 is available now for download free of charge for all existing DaVinci Resolve customers.

Mastering the Nikon D610

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Mastering the Nikon D610 by Darrell Young is a new title from Rocky Nook. Guiding readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; colour illustrations, and detailed how, when and why explanations for each option; this book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual. The 568-page volume retails for $39.95.

Adventure Travel Show 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Adventure Travel Show, which features a number of travel photography seminars, takes place at London’s Olympia on 25-26 January 2014. Offered in partnership with Wanderlust Travel Magazine, these semiars are conducted by the magazine's founder Lyn Hughes and editor Phoebe Smith. An Adventure Travel Film Festival will be taking place on 25th January, showing a selection of excellent independent adventure travel films. Do note tat seminar and film evening tickets are individually priced. For more information visit the website below.

Polamatic for iOS 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Appadana Development has released Version 4.0 of Polamatic, an iOS app promising to bring the Polaroid look "back to life on any Apple device." New features in Version 4.0 include 36 Polaroid inspired filters, 36 classic Polaroid borders, new text editing functions and an array of handwritten fonts. Polamatic for iOS version 4.0 is available on iTunes for $0.99.

FaceFilter3 for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Reallusion has launched FaceFilter3 Mac, the latest version of its photo retouching and beautification toolkit. The template-based system allows users to quickly and easily apply “extremely detailed and natural-looking” makeup styles for each specific facial feature, then customise and save them for future use. The ability to selectively morph and adjust individual facial features allows for precise facial enhancement and subtle changes in expression. Now FaceFilter3 is available for both Windows PC and Mac, in Standard version at $29.99 and PRO version at $149.95.

Getty Images Teams Up with Foneclay

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Foneclay, a mobile development company that offers a suite of cloud-based application services, has teamed up with Getty Images to offer their photos and graphics as mobile wallpaper through Feeds, Foneclay’s proprietary application for Android. "People look at the picture on their mobile home screen more often than any other image,” said Scott Dresden of Foneclay. “Our users want to see new images cycling through their background but don’t have time to change the image themselves. Therefore, we’ve enabled publishers like Getty Images to send dynamic images to these users’ mobile home screens.” Getty's partnership with Foneclay is the company’s first direct partnership with a mobile technology company that offers products to consumers.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 99 sample images taken with the new Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH lens, including the full aperture range from f/1.2 to f/16.

The Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH is a premium lens for the Micro Four Thirds system that has a very fast maximum aperture of F/1.2. Offering an equivalent focal length of 85mm in 35mm terms, this prime lens also incorporates Panasonic’s Power O.I.S. optical image stabiliser, which makes it easy to shoot clear photos even in low-light situations.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is a professional standard zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Officially retailing for a whopping £2299.99 / $2299.99, does the Canon 24-700mm f/2.8 offer good enough image quality to justify its price-tag? Read our in-depth Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM review, complete with full-size sample images, to find out...

Lens of the Year 2013

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, PhotographyBLOG
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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

The Lens of the Year 2013 award goes to the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM.

“...we can whole-heartedly recommend the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM as a fast, well-built prime lens that delivers superb results.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Sigma and the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM!

Sony UWP-D Wireless Microphone Series for Camcorders

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Sony has announced its new, professional UWP.D wireless microphone series designed for compact camcorders and interchangeable-lens cameras. Small and lightweight, the UWP-D series are available in three packages, including the UWP-D11 belt-pack transmitter and portable receiver set, the UWP-D12 handheld microphone and portable receiver kit and the UWP-D16 bundle, which includes a plug-on transmitter, belt-pack Transmitter and a portable receiver. The UWP-D receiver is equipped with a variable output level control, so even if the camcorder or camera does not have input level control, users can easily adjust to optimise recording levels. The new UWP-D series is planned to be available in March 2014.

GuardianWitness Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Guardian has launched the inaugural GuardianWitness awards. These awards aim to celebrate outstanding contributions - photos, videos and stories -  by Guardian users through the GuardianWitness app and desktop site. A panel of judges, comprising Guardian and Observer editors and other key figures in media, science and technology, will assess submissions in eleven categories. All content submitted via GuardianWitness on or before 20 January 2014 will be eligible for consideration in the awards. Further information about GuardianWitness is available at the website below.

Adobe Adds 3D Printing Capabilities to Photoshop CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today unveiled new 3D printing capabilities in Photoshop CC. Available immediately, as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, the new 3D printing capabilities integrated in Photoshop CC enable Creative Cloud members to build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs. “The new 3D print capabilities in Photoshop CC take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Before today there was a gap between the content produced by 3D modeling tools and what 3D printers need in order to deliver high quality results. Now, by simply clicking ‘Print’ in Photoshop CC, creatives can bring 3D designs to the physical world.”

CyberLink PhotoDirector 5 Deluxe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink today launched PhotoDirector 5 Deluxe, a program which integrates photo management, adjustment, editing and sharing functionalities. To satisfy the versatile needs of home and casual users, PhotoDirector 5 Deluxe is packed with various photo editing features from the PhotoDirector family, including content-aware removal, people beautifier tools, HDR exposure blending and photo presets. The software is available for $59.99.

Total Production of Nikkor Lenses Reaches 85 Million

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Nikon has announced that total production of Nikkor and 1 Nikkor lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras has surpassed the 85-million mark. As the 80 millionth interchangeable Nikkor lens was manufactured in June, this means that Nikon produced no less than 5 million interchangeable lenses in a bit more than half a year. In August 2013, Nikon announced the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, a versatile 7.8x high-power zoom lens compatible with DX-format DSLR cameras, while in November, Nikon introduced the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G, a fast FX-format offering capable of elite low-light performance, earning accolades for its ability to minimize sagittal coma flare. Also introduced was another addition to Nikon’s f/1.8 lens lineup, the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G for FX and film cameras. Additionally, Nikon has released the world’s first waterproof and shockproof 1 Nikkor lenses, the 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 (read review) and the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8, alongside the Nikon 1 AW1 camera.

Capa in Colour

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Legendary Hungarian photojournalist Robert Capa is mostly remembered for his iconic black-and-white photographs, but he is actually among the pioneers of colour photography too. From as early as 1938 right until his death in 1954 he shot literally thousands of frames on colour film, principally Kodachrome, in various formats ranging from 35mm to 4x5". Capa in Colour, on view at the International Center of Photography (ICP) from 31st January to 4th May and comprising over 100 contemporary prints, is the first full assessment of his colour work. The exhibition spans a variety of genres including war photography, portraiture, classic photojournalism and fashion photography. In conjunction with the exhibition, ICP will present a panel highlighting Robert Capa’s life, career, and legacy on Wednesday, 12th February at 7:00 pm. The event will take place at the School at ICP (Shooting Studio, 1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York).

King Jim to Launch Camera Mouse

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Japanese company King Jim is set to launch a camera-equipped mouse on 31st January. The hybrid device is primarily aimed at computer users who need to illustrate documents and emails with images of a product or some other object, but we expect that a lot of "mouse photos" will also be taken for Facebook and Twitter as well. The photos are relatively small (up to 2 megapixels), and the mouse is capable of transferring them to your PC immediately after capture courtesy of the bundled software, which also offers basic editing functions. According to the company, the software works with the Japanese versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. The camera-equipped mouse will retail for 4200 yen including taxes.