Monday, July 8, 2013

PMH Presents “Our Nature”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Websites
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The Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH) has announced the newest of its online exhibitions, entitled "Our Nature." Featuring the works of prestigious photographers like Espen Rasmussen, Freya Najade, Hajime Kimura, Gustavo Jononovich and Nicolas Janowski, the exhibition aims to explore the diversity, beauty and danger of nature and warn society about the consequences of doing nothing to take care of it. You can view the exhibition online at the website blow.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM is the fastest EF-S standard zoom lens. Is it just worth upgrading from a standard kit lens to the pricey EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8? We tested the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM on the new EOS 700D / Rebel T5i to find out...

People Watching Photographic Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers (SITTP) has announced the winners of its People Watching Photographic Competition. Unni Brekke’s image taken in the Louvre, Paris was chosen as the winner from over 300+ pictures entered in the contest. Unni from Loddefjord, Norway has won 12 months membership in the SITTP. The runners up Debashis Mukherjee from India and Alexandros Dalkos from Greece have both been awarded 6 months membership.

New Summer Promotions on Elinchrom Lighting Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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In the UK, Elinchrom’s D-Lite RX ONE (pictured), D-Lite 2 & 4 and BRX 250  & 500 Compact kits now come at special summer prices through to 30th September. Complete kit prices start at £365 backed by a 2 year warranty. In addition, the kits now include two useful extra accessories worth £118. These include Elinchrom's 4-piece Deflector Set and a USB Skyport Module. Also at special summer prices are Elinchrom’s Quadra Hybrid RX kits with an 18cm Quadra Reflector, a 30° Grid and the USB Skyport module thrown in for free. For more information, visit the website below.

Miami Photo Backpack / Trolley from Hama

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Hama has added two new bags to its Miami range. The Miami 190 photo backpack (€59.99) and Miami 200 camera  trolley (€89.99) are made of durable polytex, and can be used as a carry-on item on most flights. Both are padded throughout and feature an adjustable inner divider (which can even be completely removed from the trolley). Furthermore, the trolley also has a separate compartment for a laptop or tablet PC. Each new Miami bag is equipped with a tripod holder, a padded carrying handle and an adjustable shoulder strap.

PocketWizard’s Nikon Power Cable Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PocketWizard's new Nikon power cable is now available in the United Kingdom. Designed for use with the PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter, the Plus III and USB-enabled MultiMAX Transceivers and any Nikon camera equipped with a Nikon 10-pin remote terminal, the PW-DC-N10 power cable allows the camera to keep the Transmitter/Transceiver always awake for the fastest reaction time. In the UK, the cable is available for a suggested retail price of £14.99.

Reflecta x7-Scan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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The Reflecta x7-Scan is a standalone device that enables users to quickly digitise their 35mm slides as well as 110 and 125 format films. Rather than scanning the film frames, the Reflecta x7 uses a 14-megapixel area-array sensor for the digitisation, which promises to deliver similar results to a conventional 3200ppi film scanner. This solution allows the Reflecta x7 to produce a digital image in just 2 seconds. The new addition to the Reflecta range features a 2.4" LCD screen, comes with an integrated SD-SDHC card slot, and boasts a battery operating time of 2.5 hours. The device comes supplied with film holders for three mounted slides, film strips up to six exposures, 110mm film strips up to eight exposures and 126mm (instamatic) film for up to seven exposures. The x7 Film Scanner from Reflecta is available now with a suggested retail price of £136.80.

Samsung WB110

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Samsung WB110 is a new superzoom camera with an optically stabilised 22.3-580mm (eq.) f/3.1-5.9 lens and a 20.2-megapixel CCD imager. The WB110’s 3.0”hVGA LCD display automatically selects the optimal light level for whatever situation you find yourself in, so that images and video can be replayed easily and clearly. Powered by four AA type batteries, the Samsung WB110 records images on SDXC cards. Because of the limitations of CCD technology, the camera is limited to 720p video, captured at 30 frames per second, compressed with the AVC/H.264 codec and stored in MPEG4 format. Pricing and availability have yet to be communicated. Update: Samsung UK currently has no plans to market the camera in the United Kingdom.

Pentax Q10 Firmware Update 1.02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Pentax has posted a firmware update for the Pentax Q10 small-sensor compact system camera. Version 1.02 adds support for the Pentax-07 "mount shield lens" and improves overall stability. You can download the firmware update from the website below.

Website: Pentax Japan Support

Bringing Print to Life

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The British Journal of Photography (BJP) has released a video entitled Bringing Print to Life. Established in 1854, the BJP is Britain's longest running photography journal , and recently launched an easy-to-use iPad version, a bespoke iPhone edition and a universal iOS app. The stylish video below explains what the journal is all about, and how viewers can get involved.

Official Canon EOS 70D Sample Movie

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has released an annotated sample movie shot on its new EOS 70D digital SLR camera, which features new 'Dual-Pixel CMOS AF' technology for fast and smooth auto-focus performance in Live View and video mode. The movie Handmade is intended to show off the benefits of the new AF system as well as the general video recording capabilities of the Canon EOS 70D camera. The sample movie is complemented by an interesting behind-the-scenes video. You can view both after the jump.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Olympus E-P5 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 66 sample photos and a Full HD 1080p movie taken with the new Olympus E-P5 compact system camera.

We've included an ISO sequence from 100 to 25600 so that you can see exactly what the 16.1 megapixel sensor is capable of.

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 49 JPEG photos taken with the new Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens mounted on an X-Pro1 body.

The Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is the first telephoto lens for the XF system, retailing for £599.99 / $799.99.

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 64 sample JPEG photos taken with the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i body.

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is a fast standard zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras, retailing for £799.99 / $799.99.

TP-LINK TL-MR3040 Mobile WiFi Router

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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TP-LINK has announced a battery-powered portable router that can be wirelessly tethered to WiFi-enabled digital cameras. No laptop, no pocket PC and no software is needed - and yet images can still be transmitted from any professional WiFi-enabled digital camera via FTP to any source such as your newsroom, publisher and so on. It can even be used for remote shooting or be coupled with a modem dongle to set-up a mobile hotspot via 3G/4G. The TP-LINK TL-MR3040 portable wireless router can be yours for $49.99.

EIZO Launches into Animation

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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EIZO is taking on the world of animation, having recently commissioned animation designer Katy Beveridge (pictured) to work on a new piece of animation to help promote its ColorEdge range of monitors. “At EIZO we are extremely fortunate to meet some amazing people in the professional graphics industry," Colin Woodley, Business Manager of EIZO. 'For the last five years we have had great pleasure sponsoring the Central Saint Martin’s end of year show for its BA Graphic Design course, where in 2012 we met Katy.  As a team we were blown away by her imagination, creativity and ideas.  Her input and spark has helped us relaunch our marketing campaigns and I am looking forward to debuting the finished piece, due Autumn 2013”

Street Photography Walking Course:

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Fox&Squirrel have announced a series of Street Photography tours. The company has created a summer school, which will follow a similar equation to the existing street photography walks but will also include a workshop that will help develop participants' editing skills. The course takes the following shape: 3 Saturday (13th, 20th and 27th of July) walks (Chelsea, Soho and Camden) ending with a Sunday workshop (28th ) in Fox & Squirrel's studio on Camden High Street. For further information, visit the website below.

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 18

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 18 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David takes his readers out to one of his favourite stomping grounds, Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, to capture a supermoonrise. This is the first article in a brand new series entitled How It's Done. For Behind the Lens, David writes Part 1 of his diary recording the advertising shoot he recently completed for Canon in Patagonia, while this issue's guest feature is authored by Ulla Lohman, intrepid explorer of volcanic locations across the globe. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light eZine is available to f11 subscribers only.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX60 Review

Matt Grayson
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Entry level cameras don't have to be big and ugly, and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX60 is a case in point. This stylish compact packs an 8x zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, 2.7 inch screen and a wealth of beginner-friendly features into its svelte frame. Priced at around £150, read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX60 review to find out if its performance matches its good looks...

X-Rite Announces Three Free July Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite Photo Marketing has announced its schedule of free July 2013 webinars. On the 15th, Tony Corbell and Brenda Hipsher will present "Colour Management for the Rest of Us," an online seminar featuring a discussion of monitor calibration and general colour management. The webinar will begin at 12:00 pm EDT. On the 24th, X-Rite Field Marketing Manager Brenda Hipsher will review the individual ColorMunki solutions in a webinar entitled "Simply Amazing Colour - Take control of your monitor, projector, printer and camera!" Finally, on the 31st, she will host a webinar (Professional Monitor Calibration for Still & Video) that reviews how to access and utilise the video presets in i1Profiler software and use  ColorCheckers in the video footage as a visual reference. Click through / read on for the details.