Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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.

Vietnam: The Real War

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Vietnam: The Real War - A Photographic History by the Associated Press is a new title from Abrams Books. Collected in this book are images that tell the story of the war that left a deep and lasting impression on American life. From Malcolm Browne's photograph of the burning monk to Nick Ut's picture of a nine-year-old running from a napalm attack to Eddie Adams's photograph of the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner, this book contains the pictures that both recorded and made history, taken by unbelievably courageous photojournalists. The book publishes tomorrow 1st October in recognition of the 50th anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative, and is accompanied by an exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery.

InfoTrends Finds Camera Feature Ranks High in Mobile Phone Purchase Decision

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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InfoTrends’ latest survey results show that 92% of cellphone owners use these devices to take photographs, and the embedded camera is the second most important feature in the purchase decision when choosing a phone. Photo editing apps also enjoy increasing popularity. Carrie Sylvester, Consultant for InfoTrends’ Consumer Services, recommends that digital camera and mobile phone vendors offer users their own branded app, or support the more popular apps that allow digital photos to be edited and shared. InfoTrends’ 2013 U.S. Mobile Imaging End-User Survey is available for purchase through the website below.

Autodesk Launches Snap, Style and Share Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Autodesk has announced the Snap, Style and Share design competition that encourages students across the world to show off their photography skills using Autodesk’s Pixlr Express app. To participate, students (ages 13-24) must take a picture of something they think demonstrates exceptional design, edit the picture with at least three Pixlr Express editing tools and share the before/after images by 25th October. A panel of judges will select the winning photo to be showcased at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. An assortment of prizes such as new tablets are also up for grabs. As always we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.

Website: Snap, Style & Share

Epson Pano Awards 2013 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the Epson International Pano Awards 2013 competition have been announced. The overall winner of the Open Competition was Timo Lieber from the UK with a compelling black-and-white photograph of Dumont Dunes in the Mojave Desert, USA (above). The winner of the Amateur competition was Gary Schlatter of Australia, with a monochromatic image of a famous cluster of Cypress trees near San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany. The VR/360° competition winner was Dmitry Moiseenko with a spectacular aerial image of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Samsung Galaxy NX Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 39 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung Galaxy NX compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

Running on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, the Samsung Galaxy NX is the World’s first interchangeable-lens camera with 3G/4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 43 JPEG images and a movie taken with the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom cameraphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone to feature a 10x zoom lens, plus it has a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation and a Xenon Flash.

Nikon Coolpix S31 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Nikon Coolpix S31 is one of the cheapest action compact cameras currently available. For around £90 / $100, you get a simple point and shoot with a 3x zoom lens, 10 megapixels, 2.7 inch screen and 720p HD movies. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S31 review to find out makes an ideal camera for all the family.

CutOut 3 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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CutOut 3 is a software program for easy and flawless cutting out and retouching of your digital photos. Anything from people to objects to scenery can be cut-out from any other object in the background and placed elsewhere, or discarded completely. Read our CutOut 3 review to find out if it can deliver on its promise...

Casio Releases Firmware Updates for its Compact Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Casio has issued firmware updates for a whole slew of its compact cameras. The Casio EX-ZR1000, EX-ZR800, EX-ZR750, EX-ZR710, EX-ZR700, EX-ZR410, EX-ZR400, EX-ZR310, EX-ZR300, EX-ZR200, EX-ZR20, EX-ZR15, EX-FC200S and EX-TR200 gain compatibility with FlashAir W-02 Class10 memory cards. The Casio EX-TR350, EX-TR300, EX-TR15 (pictured) and EX-TR10 benefit from improved microSD card reading. Registered owners of these cameras can download the firmware upgrades from the website below.

Website: Casio Digital Cameras Firmware Update

Samsung Launches ISOCELL Sensor Technology

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Samsung Electronics announced its new advanced pixel technology for CMOS image sensors. The ISOCELL technology is claimed to "substantially increase" light sensitivity and to effectively control the absorption of electrons, resulting in higher colour fidelity even in poor light. The company argues that while back-side illumination - introduced a few years ago - did improve the light absorption of each pixel, "BSI technology also faced limitations in improving image quality as pixel sizes continued to decrease." Samsung's patent-pending ISOCELL technology forms a physical barrier between neighboring pixels – isolating the pixel. This isolation enables more photons to be collected from the micro-lens and absorbed into the correct pixel’s photodiode minimising undesired electrical crosstalk between pixels – by as much as 30% compared to BSI sensors - and allowing expanded full well capacity, leading to greater dynamic range. The first Samsung image sensor to adopt this new technology, the S5K4H5YB 8-megapixel imager, is currently sampling to mobile device manufacturers with mass production scheduled for Q4 2013.

NEC Updates Entire SpectraView Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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NEC has added five updated display models to its SpectraView and SpectraView Reference Series. One of five new models to the updated range - the 24" SpectraView Reference 242 display - leads the way with the best high-performance 10-bit AH-IPS with GB-R LED backlight for wide gamut colour, deep blacks and minimal colour shift. Best brightness uniformity together with features such as backlight ageing correction, ensure perfect colour control for consistent image quality. Thanks to its picture-by-picture function, users can view two images from different data sources simultaneously, to enhance productivity and save space compared with dual-screen alternatives. The other updated models include the 24" NEC SpectraView Reference 242, the 27" SpectraView 272 and SpectraView Reference 272, and the 30" SpectraView Reference 302. The NEC SpectraView 242 and SpectraView Reference 242 are both available across Europe from the end of September. The SpectraView 272 and SpectraView Reference 272 will be available from mid-November, with the SpectraView Reference 302 coming from mid-December.

Manfrotto Wins EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Manfrotto 500 Video Head has been awarded “European Photo-Video Accessory 2013-2014” by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The jury of EISA recognised the Manfrotto 500 Video Head under the video category, thanks to its innovative functionality and advancement in video technology. This is the second award this year for the winning product, which also won the Videomaker's Best Support at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage is a new title from O'Reilly Media. “With candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects,” the publisher says. The 648-page volume is available for $44.99 in printed format or $35.99 as an ebook. You can buy both versions in a bundle for $49.49.

Art Gemini Prize - Last Call for Entry

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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There are only a few days left for photographers and artists to enter the inaugural Art Gemini Prize. Open to all photographers and painters form anywhere in the world, the Art Gemini Prize is described as "a celebration to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists." A cash fund of £5000 will be awarded to the winners in three categories, Photography, Painting and Public Choice. The shortlisted applicants will be exhibited in London at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery. The deadline for entries is 30 September 2013. Do note that entry fees apply.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The new Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is a high-end instant film camera. "The mini 90 stands apart from the previous 'cute' image that instax had built up in the past and features a variety of shooting modes for various scenes and applications for users to enjoy," Fujifilm says. These shooting modes include a double-exposure mode, a bulb setting and a macro mode which allows short-distance photography at the press of a button without attaching a closeup lens like previous instax models. Encased in a stylish and premium body, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic also has a "kids" mode, a "party" mode and a "landscape" mode. The Fuji Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is available for £129.99 for the camera only and £139.99 for the camera + 20 sheets of film. In the United States, the camera will go on sale early next year, priced at $199.99.