Friday, October 25, 2013

Zeiss Touit Instant Savings Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss has announced an Instant Savings Promotion for its Touit lenses.  The value of the instant saving for the Touit 2.8/12 lens (pictured) totals $251 and effectively reduces the list price on the lens to $999. On the Touit 1.8/32 lens, the instant saving totals $180, reducing the list price to $720. The Instant Savings Promotion is valid on all purchases from an authorised Zeiss dealer from 24th October 2013 through 31st January 2014. The third lens in the Touit family, the Touit 2.8/50 Macro, will begin shipping at the end of 2013.

PrimeCircle XE Silver Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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PrimeCircle has designed a special Silver Series of its PrimeCircle XE cine-style lenses for Blackmagic Production Cinema Cameras. Incorporating world-class Zeiss optics, these lenses feature calibrated cine-style expanded focus scales for precise follow-focus work, electronic aperture control and standard cinema 95mm Front Mounts with an anti-reflective surface. Available focal lengths range from 15mm to 100mm.

Project Imaginat10n Festival

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Canon U.S.A. and two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard  have officially launched the “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival. Following yesterday's premiere of ten short films at Lincoln Center in New York City, screenings will be held in Los Angeles, CA hosted by Bryce Dallas Howard, the first graduating director of Canon’s Project Imagin8ion as well as in Brooklyn, NY hosted by James Murphy, a celebrity director for Project Imaginat10n. Yahoo Screen will continue celebrating the Film Festival from today through the end of the year where consumers can view each of the 10 films including "...And She Was My Eve” by Jamie Foxx, Celebrity Director,  “Out of the Blue” by Eva Longoria, Celebrity Director, “A Dream of Flying” by Georgina Chapman, Celebrity Director, “Little Duck” by James Murphy, Celebrity Director, “Evermore” by Biz Stone, Celebrity Director, “Dominus” by Arrius Sorbonne, Winning Director, “Chucked” by Jared Nelson, Winning Director,  “Here and Now” by Julian Higgins, Winning Director, “A Day in the Country” by Kálmán Apple, Winning Director and “Filter” by Ronnie Allman, Winning Director.

Canon Winter Cashback

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Canon has launched a new cashback promotion in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The offer gives you a chance to receive up to £70 cashback on your purchases, plus an extra £35 bonus if you ‘Mix and Match’ by buying two promotional products at the same time. The offer runs until 26.January 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers excluding grey/parallel imports. Click through / scroll down for the complete list of eligible products.

Nissin Di600

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Nissin Di600 is a successor to the well-established Nissin Di622 Mark II flash gun. The new model has a similar feature set to its predecessor, but at a better price point. Powered by four AA batteries, the flash has a zooming tilt-swivel head, and the guide number is 44 in metres (at ISO100/21°) at the 105mm setting. A 16mm wide-angle diffuser is built in together with a fill-in reflector. The new gun is available now in Canon and Nikon fit, with Sony fit available in November. The suggested retail price is £145.50.

Iridient Developer 2.3.1 for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Brian Griffith has released Iridient Developer 2.3.1, an update to his photo editing software for Mac OS X. This upgrade adds raw file support for ten new cameras, improved handling of decimal number entry in text fields (commas, periods and native localised decimal separators are all now accepted for decimal separators regardless of your system locale or system preference settings) and a bug fix for a couple of the Fujifilm X20 auto dynamic range modes.  Iridient Developer 2.3.1 can now be downloaded from the website below.

MindShift Gear to Release rotation180° Panorama Rotating Backpack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MindShift Gear has announced that in January 2014 it will release the world’s first rotating day hiker backpack, the rotation180° Panorama. Designed for hikers who carry cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, GoPRos, maps, iPads, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access and without first having to take off the backpack or even stop hiking. Available for sale separately will be accessories that enhance the backpack’s functionality. These include the Lens Switch Case that attaches to the beltpack, the Tripod Suspension Kit, the Panorama Photo Insert for extra carrying capacity for photo gear, and the Panorama Raincover specifically tailored to function with the rotation 180 technology. 

Nikon Launches Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nikon has launched a teaser campaign for a new camera, entitled "Nikon - Pure Photography." The first element of the campaign is a 34-second movie featuring a photographer who says, "It's in my hands again," which - together with the "Pure Photography" tagline - might allude to a retro-styled, fully manual digital camera. There is no close-up of the camera itself but one of the sound effects you can hear is reminiscent of a - rather quiet - shutter going off. You can view the video after the jump.

Sigma Announces Pricing for 24-105mm f/4 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma USA has announced the pricing and availability of its new 24-105mm f4 DG OS HSM Art lens. Featuring an optical construction that comprises 19 elements in 14 groups, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art is a full-frame standard zoom with optical image stabilisation and a quiet "hypersonic" focus motor. The lens will be on shelves next month, starting with Canon mounts, for the street price of £849.99 / $899.

Stipple Mobile and Stipple Search

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Stipple, a platform for image-based advertising, e-commerce, and photo attribution, has just announced two new products, Stipple Mobile and Stipple Search. The Stipple app for iOS (and soon, Android) lets people easily add content and context to their photos, and instantly post them to Facebook and Twitter. Upon touching the photos, followers can explore relevant interactive content directly from the photos themselves. Stipple Search is a reverse image search engine that helps people learn more about images they find online. It also addresses the problem of “orphan works,” which occurs when the rights owner of a creative work cannot be identified or located. For more information on Stipple Mobile and Stipple Search visit the website below.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Canon PowerShot G16 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon PowerShot G16 is a premium compact camera aimed at the serious enthusiast. The new Canon G16 principally adds wi-fi connectivity, a faster processor and some new shooting modes to last year's G15 model. Is this enough for the Canon G-series to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded market? Read our Canon PowerShot G16 review to find out...

Win $3000 of Prizes with ViewBug

Mark Goldstein | Competitions
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Viewbug are giving away $3000 of prizes in their latest photo contest. You can win either a Canon 5D MK III or a Nikon D800 by sharing your best photos showing human and animal bonding. Photos must show both humans and animals and entries are limited to three per person.

Viewbug - I Heart Animals

Apple Launches OS X Mavericks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has announced that OS X Mavericks is available for free from the Mac App Store. From a photographer's/videographer's point of view, the most important feature of OS X Mavericks is the enhanced multi-display support, which makes using multiple displays easier, with no configuration required. Mavericks also delivers significant performance enhancements for systems with integrated graphics through optimised OpenCL support and dynamic video memory allocation. According to the company, any Mac capable of running OS X Mountain Lion can also run Mavericks.

EIZO & Magnum Photos Establish Ambassador Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global, Photographers
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EIZO and Magnum Photos have announced a global collaboration to establish a programme in which 14 ambassadors from Magnum will integrate EIZO’s ColorEdge monitors into their colour management workflow and provide EIZO with objective feedback on their experiences. The line-up of ambassadors includes Carl De Keyzer, Elliot Erwitt, Jim Goldberg, Paul Hayward, Alex Majoli, Enrico Mochi, Matt Murphy, Trent Parke, Martin Parr, Paulo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Jonathan Roquemore, Alec Soth and Donovan Wylie.

Canon U.S.A: at PhotoPlus Expo 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Canon U.S.A. is demonstrating its latest digital camera and printer lineup as well as the recently announced firmware upgrade to the Canon EOS-1D X dSLR camera at PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Attendees at Booth #121 can experience first-hand Canon’s Cinema EOS System, the company's latest digital SLR cameras including the EOS 70D with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, the full line of EF lenses, professional and consumer camcorders, PowerShot cameras as well as the Pixma Pro series of professional inkjet printers. In addition, Canon is hosting an in-booth speaker series featuring live appearances by professional photographers and videographers who discuss and demonstrate their personal expertise during presentations and live photo shoots including a unique demonstration by professional photographer John Huba who will be shooting live with the EOS-1D C camera. Click through / read on for more information

Leica D-Lux Silver Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Leica has announced a design variation of the Leica D-Lux 6 digital compact camera featuring a high-gloss, two-colour finish. The most striking feature of this newly designed finish is the combination of a silver lens and a high-gloss black camera body. Leica has also introduced a new addition to the range of accessories for the Leica D-Lux 6 - the Leica Soft Pouch in lambskin nappa leather. The suggested retail price for Leica D-Lux 6 is £600 and that of the new soft pouch is is £60. Both products will be available from December.

X-Rite Photo Europe at Salon de la Photo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite Photo Europe has announced that it will be exhibiting at Salon de la Photo in Paris, scheduled for 7-11 November at the Paris Expo in Versailles. The company will be located on Stand D15 at the show. “We are excited to be exhibiting at Salon de la Photo again this year,” said Hervé Petit, X-Rite Photo Europe. “Attendees will have an opportunity for in-depth hands-on experience with the latest colour measurement and management tools from X-Rite at our stand and in the many educational sessions we will be presenting during the event. X-Rite experts will also be on hand to answer questions, explore new ideas and add value to the show for photographers at all skill levels.”

PhoozL Announces Photo Contest Benefiting Charity

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Photography education and entertainment site PhoozL has announced a special photo contest (‘Beauty’) that will benefit the Josephine Herrick Project. This is a paid-entry ($25), judged contest open to all photographers, amateur to pro, 18+, worldwide. Contest prizes include: a 1:1 personal communication with judge Robert Farber about the winner’s entries or photographic work, a $500 Gift Card from photo retailer Unique Photo, a one-year subscription to Aperture Magazine, a free book selection from the digital photography catalogue of Cengage Learning PTR, custom award icons, inclusion in PhoozL’s Winners Showcase, and bonus PhoozL Points. To see more details and to submit by 19 November 2013, head to the website below.

Unified Color Unveils Panoramic Feature for HDR Expose 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Unified Color Technologies is demonstrating the beta release of the new Pano Prep Batch Processing feature, which is being added to HDR Expose 3, at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo, held at the Javits Center in New York. In the past, constructing an HDR panorama required each bracketed set of exposures to be merged individually, which could result in varying tone mapping results across the scene. The new Pano Prep Batch Processing feature analyses all the exposure brackets of the individual frames to be stitched and applies uniform tone mapping parameters across each frame to produce smooth tonal transitions for natural HDR panorama results. Also included in this new feature is a 360 degree blend capability which ensures smooth, seamless blending of 360-degree panoramas where the left and right sides of the panoramic image meet.

DxO ViewPoint 2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released version 2.1 of DxO ViewPoint, a program dedicated to fixing problems with keystoning and volume anamorphosis. This update automatically corrects lens distortion when used as a plugin for Apple Aperture, and now extends its compatibility to include Adobe Photoshop Elements 12. The software also now supports the Canon EOS 70D and the Sony DSC-RX1R. This upgrade is free to all owners of DxO ViewPoint who purchased a license on or after 1 August 2013.