Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Nokia Lumia 925 Captures UK Nightlife at 9:25pm

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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A new campaign, shot exclusively on the new Nokia Lumia 925 camera phone, aims to open the UK’s eyes to some of its hidden nightlife. The company travelled the length and breadth of the UK with photojournalist Nick Ray, to photograph the hidden lives of people at night. The images reveal a homeless community sleeping rough on the urban streets of Liverpool city centre, nurses tending unwanted pets looked after around the clock at an RSPCA animal shelter in Stoke Newington, burlesque performers in Soho getting ready to bring Soho to life, and more. The Nokia Lumia 925 has an 8.7-megapixel  camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and Carl Zeiss optics.

A Darker Sun

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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TNM Digital Media has just released the fine art photography eBook A Darker Sun from photographer/editor Dean Brierly. Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography, Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, offers this description of Brierly’s photographs in A Darker Sun: “Balanced between abstraction and representation, the subconscious and the urban zeitgeist, they reflect a photographer and historian of 20th century art, cinema, literature and music, who manifests, in richly textured visual shorthand, a carnivorous curiosity and intelligence.” The interactive eBook is available today in the Apple iBookstore.

Photospector for iPad

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The 11ers, a team of ex-DreamWorks employees with extensive expertise in film animation software, today released Photospector, a real-time photo-editing app for iPad that processes images at full camera resolution. While existing apps require several seconds to load a single adjustment to brightness, exposure, or color, Photospector makes all of these changes instantly in full screen as the user drags a finger across the controls, the company claims. "It's a truly 'wow' moment when you slide your finger across the screen and you see you're in complete control of every aspect of your photo," says the app's lead developer Daniel Wexler. "You can take a 1,000 MP image and zoom in down to the pixel." Photospector is currently free and available through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

Fujifilm X-M1 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm X-M1 is a new compact system camera that's designed to expand the appeal of the X-system. The retro-styled X-M1 offers the same image sensor and lens mount as the more expensive X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras in a smaller, lighter body. The X-M1 has a built-in flash, new 16-50mm kit lens, wi-fi connectivity, tilting LCD screen and of course a more affordable price tag. Read our Fujifilm X-M1 review to find out if it succeeds in bringing Fujifilm's mirrorless range to the masses...

Peak Design Unveils Capture Camera Clip v2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Peak Design have revealed their latest product, Capture Camera Clip v2 and CapturePRO. The San Francisco-based photography gear company describes the new Capture as a completely revamped and reimagined version of their original camera clip. An alternative to the standard camera strap, Capture is a compact aluminium clip that allows active photographers to rigidly carry their cameras on any backpack strap, belt or bag. The new version additionally converts to a quick-release clamp for a tripod or monopod, works as a GoPro mount with an optional accessory, and adds compatibility with a wider range of photography gear, like sling-style camera straps and tripod heads (ARCA-type and Manfrotto RC2). There are two versions available, the standard Capture ($59.99) for hobbyists/beginners, and the fuller-featured CapturePRO ($79.99) for professional phofographers. These products are available for preorder at a limited-time discount on Kickstarter until 23rd August.

Firmware Updates for Fujfilm X-Pro1 and X-E1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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On 23rd July, Fuji will release major firmware updates for its Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 compact system cameras. Version 2.00 for the X-E1 and Version 3.00 for the X-Pro1 shall deliver improved AF speed on most existing XF lenses, an improvement of focus precision in various scenes, a new focus peaking function, an improvement to the method to change magnification during manual focus, and enahnced optical image stabilisation when recording video with the Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS lens.

Hugh Hastings to Give Talks at Jessops

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Panasonic has announced a number of seminars being held this weekend with Hugh Hastings, the former Official Photographer for Chelsea FC. Held at Jessops London Oxford Street store on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July, at 11am and 3pm, these sessions will cover Hugh's photography career and current work, working with the Chelsea Football Club, and reasons for Hugh's switch from a DSLR to the Panasonic GH2 and GH3 (pictured). The one-hour seminars are free to attend but spaces are limited so you are advised to contact the store directly on 0207 434 3586.

Sony Reveals ‘Hidden Gems’ of London, Birmingham & Bristol

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sony have commissioned professional street photographers Aimee Turner & Lee Strickland to explore three of the UK's most vibrant cities using Sony' RX1 cameras. The expert compact, which boasts a 35mm full frame sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels, was used to capture street style photography in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Speaking about his experience shooting London and Birmingham with the RX1, Lee Strickland said “The RX1 is a great camera to shoot with, especially when shooting street photography from the hip. The main feature that really makes this camera stand out for me is its full size sensor, which gives you ability to shoot raw files with the picture quality of a DSLR.”

New Feature Added to DxO Analyzer 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have added  a new exposure time measurement setup to DxO Analyzer 5, providing the first automated solution for measuring exposure time, shutter lag, ERS delay, vertical blanking, frame time, frame rate, and missing frames for both still and video CMOS-based cameras. All CMOS sensors feature an ERS, which introduces many kinds of artifacts and distortions that particularly affect moving objects, resulting in wobble or jello effects, skew, smear, or partial exposure. DxO Analyzer v5 uses advanced image processing technologies to deliver a precise characterization of ERS distortions. The new setup combines the DxO LED Universal Timer, shutter triggers, and software, all developed by DxO Labs to deliver automatic test shot processing.

Toshiba Exceria UHS-II SD Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba has announced its latest, UHS-II compliant Exceria and Exceria Pro SDHC and SDXC memory cards, which are claimed to offer the world's fastest write speeds of all currently available SD cards. The Toshiba Exceria Pro series will offer photographers a maximum data write speed of 240MB/s , while the "regular" Exceria series will offer write speeds of up to 120MB/s. Pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

ShootLDN

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Modelled after the successful ShootNYC event launched in New York five years ago, the inaugural ShootLDN event will be taking place at The Old Truman brewery in London on 2 and 3 October. ShootLDN will host a comprehensive programme of photography-related lectures and workshops run by leading industry professionals, including photographers; photo agencies; picture editors; model agencies and fashion houses. As part of the free and interactive professional seminar and product demonstration programme Hasselblad has arranged for one of the four original Hasselblad Lunar Surface  cameras (as used in training by astronaut teams, including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) to be available at ShootLDN. At the  two day show Hasselblad event partners, broncolor, Wacom, Adobe, EIZO and Epson will showcase  key products to assist photographers with every stage of workflow  and a  special Adobe Mini-Theatre will host hourly tutorials and demonstrations, covering Photoshop, Lightroom and the Adobe Creative Cloud.

New Softbox Range from Broncolor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Broncolor has launched a new range of easy-to-assemble softboxes and octaboxes. Marketed in a total of nine different shapes and sizes, embracing square, rectangular and octagonal shapes, or as a strip; the new light shapers are much easier to construct and dismantle than their predecessors – thanks to new coloured markings on the pre-assembled tensioning rods and support ring. According to the company, the new 35x 60cm Softbox will cost £110 (ex Vat) A 75cm Octabox will cost £140 (ex VAT).

Lytro Enters European Market, Expands US Presence

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Digital Compact Cameras
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Lytro has expanded its US distribution, with in-store availability at 44 Best Buy stores across the country, as well as at B&H's NYC superstore. Lytro is also currently available through international retail partners in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This, along with today's UK launch, marks Lytro’s second international retail expansion, following the camera’s debut in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and Canada in October 2012. “As we continue to expand internationally, this is an opportunity to work with partners who share our vision for light field technology and support it across new markets. We look forward to seeing the kinds of living pictures our new European customers will create,” said Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro.

Masters of Vision Landscape Photography Exhibition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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This summer will see the return of the biennial landscape photography exhibition, ‘Masters of Vision.' Hosted by Southwell Minster Cathedral, Church St, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HD; the exhibition opens at 10am on Saturday 27 July and runs through 26 August.  This year's master photographer, Joe Cornish, will host a talk on the opening day where he will share his favourite images. Admission to the exhibition itself is free, while tickets to Joe Cornish's talk will be available from the website below.

Gulf Photo Plus Presents POP UP GPP

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Gulf Photo Plus has announced POP UP GPP London, an all-star photofest featuring world-­renowned photographers Zack Arias, Gregory Heisler, David Hobby and Joe McNally. Each instructor has developed a unique 3-­‐hour session, specific to his particular style and strengths that cannot be found anywhere else. One ticket buys access to a complete package of a 3-­‐hour session with each of the guest speakers over one photography-­‐filled weekend, 28-29 September 2013. The London event will be the first in series of worldwide Pop Up GPP events, with more destinations to be announced for 2014. Entrance to the event is $449 (approx. £290) or $399 if bought before 1st August. Tickets can be purchased online, at the website below.

Lytro Now Available in UK

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Lytro light field camera is now available in the UK. Unlike conventional cameras, the Lytro light field camera captures all rays of light in a scene, providing capabilities that haven’t been seen before, such as the ability to focus a picture after it’s taken. The Lytro camera is available in Graphite, Electric Blue or Moxie Pink (8GB) for £399 and Red Hot (16 GB) for £469.

JK Imaging Launches New Kodak Astro Zoom Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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JK Imaging, the worldwide licensee of the Kodak brand name for digital cameras, has expanded its Astro Zoom (AZ) range with a number of new 16-megapixel models. The Kodak Pixpro AZ521, AZ362 and AZ251 join the Pixpro AZ361, which was announced in April. The range-topping Kodak AZ521 offers 52x optical zoom (24-1248mm eq.), Full HD video and a 3" rear screen. The Kodak Pixpro AZ362 ($249.99, pictured) boasts a 24-864mm equivalent lens with OIS, Full HD movie recording capability (which is a step up from the AZ361's 720p video) and a 3", 460,000-dot display. Finally, the AA-battery-powered Kodak Astro Zoom AZ251 ($149.99) offers a 24-600mm equivalent superzoom lens with image stabilisation, a 3", 230,000-dot monitor and 720p HD movies.

Website: Kodak Digital Devices

Monday, July 15, 2013

Samsung NX2000 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 57 JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung NX2000 compact system camera.

The Samsung NX2000 has a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 3.7-inch WVGA Full Touch Screen, 8fps fast continuous shooting, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Samsung WB800F Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 57 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung WB800F compact camera, including the full ISO range.

The Samsung WB800F travel-zoom camera has a 21x optical zoom, a 16.3 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and a touchscreen interface.

Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 23 JPEG photos taken with the new Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 lens mounted on an X-M1 body.

The Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 is a new pancake lens for the X-system, offering a field of view similar to that of the human eye.