Monday, December 2, 2013

Fantastic New Manfrotto Professional Bag Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Manfrotto is giving away THREE fantastic new Pro Bags bags, each worth £150!

The 3 lucky winners are: Ian Clowes, A Rowlands and Natalie Merino.



Manfrotto UK has launched its latest Professional bags collection aimed at top photographers. With this collection of 16 camera bags in five styles, Manfrotto provides professional camera equipment the best protection on the market.

For more information or to view or buy Manfrotto products online visit:

Xsories Launch Three Mini-Projectors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Xsories have launched a new range of pocket-sized digital projectors that allow you to share your videos, photos and other images. Comprising three units, the line-up includes a £349:99 'Pro' model that measures 10.5x10.5x3.1cm and a LED lamp providing 80 lumens of illumination. The projector has a resolution of 854x480 pixels and an image size of up to 305cm on the longer side. The range also includes the medium-size, £259:99 'X-Project' model and the tiny, £239:99 X-Project Micro (pictured), which is not much larger than a smartphone.

Ilford Imaging Switzerland Goes into Insolvency

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Ilford Imaging Switzerland GmbH announced that the company is again facing liquidity issues and is no longer able to honour its full financial obligations. The Managemant Team is working closely with the Swiss state and the appropriate authorities in order to minimise the negative impact on all parties involved. Do note that Ilford Imaging, which develops and manufactures consumables for inkjet printing and other coated products, is not to be confused with Ilford Photo, a UK-based company that produces black-and-white photographic film, papers and chemicals.

GoSee and Wacom Launch Christmas Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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From now until 24th December Wacom Europe will publish daily questions by GoSee on their Cintiq Info Channel from all fields of the creative world. Clues for the correct answer can be found on Users enter the draw to be in with a chance of winning daily prizes including the new Intuos Pro, Cintiq 13HD and Inkling by typing in the comments field below the original question post. The main prize is a new creative mobile tablet - the Cintiq Companion. The Christmas campaign ‘The Creative Year 2013’ with Wacom and GoSee will integrate the Wacom Europe Facebook channel ‘Wacom Creatives Europe; as well as Wacom Europe’s Twitter account.

Toda Seiko 12mm f/7.4 Fisheye for Fuji & Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Toda Seiko has announced a diagonal fisheye lens for Fujifilm X-mount and Sony E-mount cameras. The Toda Seiko 12mm f/7.4 is a manual-focus lens with a fixed aperture, seven-layer muticoating and 4 lens elements in 4 groups. Weighing in at 220g, the lens has a total length of 58.5mm and maximum diameter of 65mm. In Japan, the Toda Seiko 12mm f/7.4 Diagonal Fisheye lens will be available for 24,800 yen.

Via Digital Camera Japan

Friday, November 29, 2013

Olympus Stylus 1 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Olympus Stylus 1 is a super-zoom camera with a twist, offering the DSLR-like looks of the OM-D E-M1, a 28-300mm f/2.8 lens, electronic viewfinder and tilting LCD screen, and built-in wi-fi, all in a body that can be fitted inside a coat pocket. Priced at £549.99 / $699.99, is the Stylus 1 the best all-round super-zoom camera? Read our expert Olympus Stylus 1 review to find out...

Fujifilm Makes Top 100 Innovators List

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Fujifilm has been declared one of the top 100 global innovators in the prestigious Thomson Reuters list. Peter Wigington, Marketing Manager for Fujifilm Photo Imaging Group commented on the announcement: "It is a huge honour for Fujifilm to be named as one of the world's most innovative companies and this accolade is testament to the quality of the products we design and manufacture." 2013 is the second successive year Fujifilm has received the accolade.

Adorama Launches “Deal of the Day” Holiday Sales Event

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Adorama today announced the return of its “Deal of the Day” holiday sales event. Beginning Thanksgiving Day and ending Christmas Eve, shoppers can visit for substantial savings on select electronics, computing, photography and video products. “The Adorama ‘Deal of the Day’ sales event is designed to not only provide steep discounts for our customers but to also bring some excitement to the online shopping experience – every day brings a new surprise that truly benefits the shopper. Plus, with our team of pros hand-selecting each featured product, customers will be presented with an outstanding deal on the industry’s most exceptional and in-demand gear and gadgets,” comments Ahron Schachter, director of strategic planning,

New Accessories for the Lomography Konstruktor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomographic Society has introduced a range of accessories for the Lomography Konstruktor, its DIY film SLR. The £12.90/$14.90 Konstruktor Magnifying Chimney Hood provides a magnified viewfinder image for more precise focusing, and allows dioptre correction. The £16.90/$19.90 Konstruktor Close-Up & Macro Lens Kit expands the capabilities of the Konstruktor DIY Camera and allows users to discover the world of macro photography. The kit includes a close-up lens with a close-focus point of 15cm and a macro lens with a minimum focus distance of 5cm. Both accessory lenses are made of plastic. Meanwhile Lomography has also announced a non-working, transparent Collector's Edition of the Konstruktor, which allows anyone to see what's inside a basic 35mm film SLR.

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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With Black Friday upon us and Cyber Monday just around the corner, we've rounded-up all 7 Holiday Gift Guides that we've published in the last week. If you're looking to buy a camera, make sure to check out our expert guides first!

DSLR Cameras

Compact System Cameras

Premium Compact Cameras

Superzoom Compact Cameras

Compact Cameras


Accessories and Software

LG G2 Smartphone Features Optical Image Stabilization

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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In a sign that smartphones are definitely coming of age from a purely photographic point of view, LG are really pushing the optical image stabilization technology inside their new G2 smartphone with the release of an entertaining video campaign starring none other than a chicken.

ShutterBug Remote

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The ShutterBug Remote is a Bluetooth-enabled camera remote that works with your Android or iOS device. Offering a range of up to 300ft/90m and a battery life of 4 months, the ShutterBug Remote is easy to set up - just plug in the remote, and connect to it with your Bluetooth LE enabled iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android device to control focus, shutter, bulb, timed exposures, interval exposures, and mirror lockup. The device is on sale for $94.95 now until Cyber Monday, 2nd December. For more information and to place an order, visit the website below.

Olympus Partners with Denis O’Regan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Olympus UK's latest pop-up event is an exhibition of vintage photographs by Denis O'Regan. Taken in the 1980s with an assortment of Olympus OM series film cameras, these images were all shot on the band's record breaking 1984 "Sing Blue Silver" tour. The show has been put together to celebrate the impending release of Denis's coffee table book "Careless Memories," which contains hundreds of exquisitely restored, previously unseen photographs, taken mostly during the North American and Japanese legs of the band’s tour. Open until 5th December, the exhibition venue is located at 15 Foubert's Place, just off London's famous Carnaby Street.

X-Rite Photo Coloratti Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite Photo has announced two Coloratti webinars for December. On 10 December 2013, commercial and fashion photographer Jon R. Trengereid will be taking a closer look at a few photographs and talk about lighting and postproduction. This session starts at 11a.m. London time. One week later, on 17th December, X-Rite Coloratti Frank Doorhof will be demonstrating everything a photographer needs to know before, during and after a model shoot. This webinar is taking place from 5:30-6.30p.m. GMT.

Tiffen App Sale

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Tiffen has announced an app sale running through Cyber Monday, 2 December 2013.  Available on the iTunes Store, Tiffen Photo fx can now be purchased for $.99 (regularly $2.99) and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra for $1.99 (regularly $4.99).

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Firmware Version 3.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has announced an upcoming firmware update for its X-Pro1 compact system camera. Version 3.10 brings a number of improvements and enhancements, including improved accuracy and coverage of the bright frame in the optical viewfinder, a new file name editing function, more consistent file numbering for photos taken in continuous shooting mode, and improved in-camera raw conversion. Additionally, you will be able to see the exposure setting in live-view, adjust the aperture / shutter speed while maintaining the exposure value while AE lock is selected, and set the default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed when selecting AUTO in the ISO setting. This new firmware update for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 will be available on 5th December.

Firmware Updates for Fujifilm X-E1, X-E2 & X100S

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Fujifilm will be releasing firmware upgrades for its premium X-E1, X100S and X-E2 models to enhance operability and functionality. The updates will bring new functionality allowing you to edit image filenames and improvements to in-camera raw file conversion, In addition, the X-E1 and X100S will benefit from a number of enhancements already incorporated into the X-E2, such as the ability to see the exposure setting in Live View, the cpability to change the aperture and shutter speed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button, and more consistent file numbering for photos taken in continuous shooting mode. In the X-E1, the maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can now be set when ISO AUTO is selected. Finally, the X100S also benefits from improved accuracy and coverage of the bright frame in the optical viewfinder. The updates will go live on 19th December.

Interchangeable-Lens Cameras Expected to Grow

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Worldwide demand for digital cameras is forecast to decline by as much as 24% this year, but the interchangeable-lens camera segment - which comprises mostly SLRs and CSCs - is expected to grow. "Interchangeable-lens cameras will account for one in every four digital cameras shipped this year," says Arun Gill, Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "That's up from less than one in every five in 2012 and - of greater significance - for the very first time the segment will account for more than half the total digital camera trade value. Here at Futuresource we expect the interchangeable lens segment to grow 5% in 2013, to reach close to 21 million units shipped." While CSCs will represent almost half the interchangeable-lens camera market volume in Japan, DSLRs remain by far the most popular format globally, with 80% volume share expected for 2013 within the segment.

Nokia Lumia 2520 to be Exclusively Available from John Lewis

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nokia today announced that in the UK, the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet will be available exclusively through The John Lewis Partnership from December 4th. Priced at £399.99, the Lumia 2520 runs on Windows RT 8.1 and features 4G connectivity, a 10.1” Full HD display with a resolution of 218ppi, a 6.7-megapixel onboard camera with a 1/3.4-type sensor, quad-core chipset, multiple colour choices, 11 hours of battery life and super-fast-charging capabilities. Additionally, the Lumia 2520 includes Nokia Storyteller, a Nokia developed application that introduces a new way to curate and relive images and videos as a story on a map, as well as Nokia Video Director

Olympus Stylus 1 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full Olympus Stylus 1 review, we've provided 51 JPEG sample images and a 1080p HD movie for you to download and take a closer look at, including the full ISO range.

The Olympus Stylus 1 is an advanced superzoom compact with a 1/1.7-type 12-megapixel sensor, fully retractable 28-300mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens and a 1.44-million-dot EVF.