Thursday, October 3, 2013

Gary Fong Puffer Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Gary Fong has launched an addition to its line-up of Puffer Pop-Up Flash Diffusers with the introduction of the Puffer Plus. Expanding on the fundamental features of the first-generation models, the Puffer Plus ($24.95) provides photographers with beautifully diffused lighting versus the problematic, harsh lighting that pop-up flashes often create. Redesigned from the ground up, the new Puffer Plus utilises a new shield that is nearly double the size of the original Puffer shield and has an advanced, light-filtering, textured finish. Its convenient sliding rail system allows for quick centering of the shield over the camera’s pop-up flash. Also new to the line-up is the Puffer Plus Warming Shield (sold separately for $9.95 MAP), which when used in place of the shield that comes with the Puffer Plus, creates a gentle warming effect that is ideal for shooting in open shade or enriching the colours of a sunset shoot.

WD My Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD has just unveiled its new My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions. WD's My Cloud is a complete solution for users to organise, centralise and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world. My Cloud users can store and organize their families' photos and videos in one secure place on the home network. My Cloud is available in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB capacities with no monthly payment required. Customers can also attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drive directly to the USB expansion port on the My Cloud drive and instantly expand their storage capacity. MSRP is $149.99 USD for 2 TB, $179.99 USD for 3 TB and $249.99 USD for 4 TB. A two-drive and four-drive My Cloud configuration will be available in the future.

DxO Optics Pro 8.3.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have just released DxO Optics Pro 8.3.2 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to provide support for the Canon EOS 70D (pictured), as well as for the Sony DSC-RX1R full-frame compact camera. DxO Optics Pro 8.3.2 also benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules. 445 new camera/lens combinations round out the library, which today counts more than 14,000 available DxO Optics Modules. This update is free to all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as to all photographers who bought a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after 1 September 2012.

New Leica Accessories

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Leica has expanded its product portfolio with a range of 'Made in Germany' premium-quality accessories. These include a carbon-fibre travel tripod, two ball-heads and a carrying case. The Leica Ball Heads 24 and 38 are distinguished by their compact form, premium engineering and ease-of-use. Despite its weighing only 140 grams, the version featuring a 24 mm ball diameter (£200) offers enough locking power and stability that it can securely hold a rangefinder camera, such as the Leica M, with a light lens. The same applies to the head with the 38 mm ball diameter (£330), which also features a range of additional functions including a tilt feature (tilt button). The 360° panorama feature (15° STOP button) allows the capture of multiple precisely aligned landscape, architecture and object shots from different positions that can be merged in post-processing to create impressive panoramic images. An ideal complement to the two ball heads, the new Leica carbon-fibre tripod (£430) weighs in at 1.2kg. An outdoor carrying case made of Cordura with a strap and shoulder pad is available as an optional extra for £60. These new Leica accessories will be available in the UK from authorised Leica dealers, starting October 2013.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Adore Noir Magazine Issue 16

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Technique
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The sixteenth issue of Adore Noir Magazine is now available for purchase. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format. Featuring artistic female nudes by Anne Sophie Nordrum and Annie Vinogradoff. photographs from the Volt series by Olivier du Tré, unique architectural photography by Kevin Saint Grey, city-, land- and seascapes by Ina Forstinger and Gerald Berghammer, an article about Sally Mann's book Southern Landscape by Timothy B. Anderson and an interview with Adore Noir's editor-in-chief Chris Kovács; ; this edition reinforces the magazine’s commitment to high-quality black-and-white Photography. The latest issue of Adore Noir is available for $2.95 from the website below.

Website: Adore Noir

Zoner Photo Studio 16

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Zoner Photo Studio 16 is the first Windows photo editor and manager in the world to fully support touch operation. “There are many photo programs out there, but Zoner Photo Studio rises above the pack by providing absolutely everything you need all in one place. Users can turn to one application — Zoner Photo Studio — to download their photos, sort them, edit them, and share them. Millions out there are still using three or even more different programs, and getting less done. We’re here to save them from that,” explains Jaroslav Kucek, Vice President, Zoner. Zoner Photo Studio has a free edition, which covers basic image editing and management needs and offers quick one-click work; and a Pro Edition ($89), which contains a raw data conversion module and advanced tools for creative outputs.

HitFilm 2 Ultimate for Mac OS X

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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FXhome has announced the release date of its HitFilm 2 Ultimate video editing and visual effects software. HitFilm 2 Ultimate offers video editing, visual effects and compositing in one package for creative filmmakers. Thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year (raising £58,126 – more than double the £25,000 goal), the independent UK-based developer has been able to complete the Mac version of the software for release in 2013. Previously only available for Windows PCs, the new release will come with two installers, Mac and PC, for up to three machines per licence. New customers who purchase HitFilm 2 Ultimate can choose whether to download the Mac or PC installer, or both. All existing HitFilm users will automatically get access to the Mac version at no extra cost and the PC version will also get an update with new features. HitFilm 2 Ultimate will be available from 4 November 2013 for $399 / £299..

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Canon PowerShot G16 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 59 sample JPEG photos and a full HD 1080p movie taken with the new Canon PowerShot G16 compact camera at an event held by Canon UK to showcase the G16's low-light capabilities.

The Canon G16 has a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, ISO range of 80-12800, 5x 24-120mm f/1.8 lens, built-in wi-fi and a touch-screen LCD.

Canon PowerShot S120 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 65 sample JPEG photos and a full HD 1080p movie taken with the new Canon PowerShot S120 compact camera at an event held by Canon UK to showcase the S120's low-light capabilities.

The Canon S120 has a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, ISO range of 80-12800, 5x 24-120mm f/1.8 lens, built-in wi-fi and a touch-screen LCD.

Samsung Galaxy NX Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung Galaxy NX is the world's first interchangeable lens camera to run on the Android operating system and offer 3G/4G connectivity. The innovative Galaxy NX also features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, hybrid AF system, 4.8-inch touchscreen LCD, 8.6fps continuous shooting, Wi-fi and NFC connectivity, full 1080p video, and an ISO range 100-25,600. Read our Samsung Galaxy NX review to find out if it's the future of cameras...

Essence of Nature Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of Nature and Wildlife Photographers has announced the winners of the Essence of Nature Photographic Competition. David Morton from Wellington, Somerset was chosen as the winner from over 200 images entered in to the competition, with the image entitled ‘Red-Footed Falcons Mating’ (above). The photograph was taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 500mm f/4 lens, ISO 1250, aperture of f/7.1, shutter speed of 1/500s in the Hortobágy National Park in Hungary. The runners-up are Peter Preece from Studley, Warwickshire and Armindo Pereira Torres from Portugal.

GoPro HERO3+

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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GoPro today announced the availability of its new HERO3+ line of cameras, featuring a 20% smaller and lighter design and 30% better battery life than previous models. These upgrades, combined with an improved lens and convenient new video capture modes, produce the most advanced and easy-to-use GoPro yet, the company says. The HERO3+ Black Edition camera has a suggested retail price of $399.99. A Silver Edition is available for $299.99.

Anna Fox - Resort 1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Anna Fox – Resort 1 is a new title from Schilt Publishing. For two years British photographer Anna Fox documented holiday culture at the iconic Butlin’s resort in the seaside town of Bognor Regis, West-Sussex. Butlin’s is a British institution and an established cultural phenomenon, with a very particular character, history and identity. Shot using large-format, Fox's deeply saturated colour photographs provide a fascinating update to a holiday icon most often associated with the golden era of British seaside culture, in contrast to the popular themed adult weekends now on offer and which will be the subject of Resort 2, the second book by Anna Fox planned to be published in 2014. The 104-page volume is available for £45 | $60 | €50.

Profoto Introduces a New Line of Collapsible Reflectors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Profoto has launched a new line of collapsible reflectors. Designed with high-quality fabrics, these new Profoto products feature a metal frame that is far tougher and durable than the average reflector. Four types of two-sided reflectors are available: Silver/White, Sunsilver/White, Gold/White & Matte Black/White. There is also a translucent screen designed to be used as a diffuser. Each of these is available in two sizes: Medium (80 cm /32’’) and Large (120 cm /47”).

BenQ Eye-Care Monitors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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BenQ has added a number of Eye-Care monitors in its product range. The new monitors offer added eye comfort, a Senseye Reading Mode that recreates the comfortable experience of reading actual books by simulating the look of paper, an Automatic Eye-Protect Sensor that detects ambient light levels and adjusts the monitor brightness automatically throughout the day for optimised clarity and eye comfort and matte-finished Anti-Glare Displays that avoid straining your eyes when the monitor faces a light source..BenQ’s new Flicker-free monitors adopt a unique De-flickering Backlight Circuit Controller for a zero-flickering viewing experience and in turn help reduce the eye health concerns raised by a fast-flickering display and/or prolonged usage of PCs. The first BenQ Eye-Care Flicker-free monitor, the GW2760HS, is already available in Europe.

Tenba Introduces New Messenger DNA Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tenba has expanded its popular Messenger collection with two new Messenger DNA photo bags. These ags were inspired by life in New York City and other big cities, where a photographer or filmmaker needs to potentially carry the same bag to a meeting with clients, then to a professional photo or video shoot, and finally to hanging out with friends in the evening. The new Messenger DNA bags include a security strap to anchor the bag behind the user while riding a bicycle or scooter, and the photo insert is removable to quickly convert it from a camera bag to a general-purpose carryall. The Messenger DNA 11 accommodates either a mirrorless camera with 3-5 lenses, or an SLR camera with 2-3 lenses, plus accessories, and the rear-padded sleeve will hold a tablet or an 11-inch laptop. The DNA 15 fits a professional SLR with 2-3 lenses (up to an attached 70-200mm f/2.8), flash and audio gear, and has two padded interior sleeves: one for a laptop up to 15 inches, and another for a tablet. Messenger DNA bags will begin shipping at the end of October at a suggested retail price of $129.95 for the DNA 11, and $159.95 for the DNA 15.

Leica-Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Leica-Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is a new wide-angle lens for the Leica S-System. Available with or without a central (leaf) shutter, the Leica-Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. has an optical formula comprising 12 elements in 9 groups, a focusing range of 60cm to infinity, and a diagonal angle of view of 62 degrees. Three lens elements made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion minimise chromatic aberrations, and two further elements are manufactured from glass with particularly low dispersion. An additional lens element with an aspherical surface minimises monochromatic aberrations. Thanks to its extremely elaborate optical design and construction, the lens also offers excellent control of flare to ensure high-contrast images, even when shooting a backlit subject. The suggested retail price for the Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. without an integrated leaf shutter is £4,650; the SRP for the central shutter (CS) versionof the lens is £5,500.

Fall Rebates On Selected PocketWizard Radios

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MAC Group today announced a fall rebate of $25 for US customers who buy one or more PocketWizard MiniTT1 and/or FlexTT5 radios for Canon or Nikon. Purchasers of PocketWizard PlusX and/or Plus III radios are eligible for a $15 mail-in rebate for each radio they buy. The mail-in rebate is available only for new inventory purchased from authorized PocketWizard Dealers in the US between 1st October through 30th November.

Fantasea FG16 for Canon Powershot G16

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line has announced a new underwater housing for the Canon Powershot G16 premium compact camera. The Fantasea FG16 maintains full access to all camera controls and functions while providing waterproofing down to depths of 60 metres / 200 feet. A complete system of dedicated accessories, including conversion optics, flash and video lighting sets, will be available for the Fanatesa FG16. The new underwater housing will be available starting December 2013. Pricing has yet to be communicated.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fujifilm X-A1 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some JPEG sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the brand new Fujifilm X-A1 compact system camera.

We're currently testing the X-A1 with the XC 16-50mm zoom lens. We've also shot the entire ISO range from 100 to 25600 to show what the X-A1 is capable of.