Thursday, June 27, 2013

VSCO Cam for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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VSCO has announced that its iPhone app, VSCO Cam is now available for free. The app supports Focus and Exposure Rings plus White Balance Lock for increased creative control. The Library boasts multiple thumbnail sizes for a customisable browsing experience, as well as the ability to organize, favorite and filter images. "The superior technology of VSCO Cam is best seen in the editing of images," the company says. "VSCO Cam includes a default set of Presets and Tools whose strength can be adjusted, allowing for efficient editing and precise customisation." VSCO Cam is available on the iTunes App Store.

Resolution for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Resolution is a new app released by Cypress Innovations, which has been specifically designed to let users see every last pixel of the images on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. "Photographers who want to view all the details of their images will appreciate the ability to zoom in without restriction," the company says. "The app enables users to look at full‐sized images and thumbnails in a folder at the same time... The image information (exif information) and location information of the images is also viewable, and raw images can also be viewed, on supported devices." The Resolution app is currently awaiting approval from Apple.

Marumi Adds New Sizes to Filter Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the additionh of several new filter sizes to Marumi's respected range of photographic accessories. Now available in four new sizes between 37mm-46mm, the Marumi DHG Light Control ND Filter has been designed to improve the results of landscape photography. Marumi's DHG Circular Polarising filters are now available in the newly added sizes of 86mm and 95mm. The two new sizes can also be seen in the DHG Super Circular Polarising range which incorporates the same features as the Digital High Grade range but with water and oil repellent coating. The 86mm and 95mm sizes are now also available within the Marumi DHG Lens Protect and Super Lens Protect Filter range.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is a pancake prime lens for APS-C and full-frame DSLR cameras. Offering continuous AF while capturing video with compatible cameras, the ultra-slim Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM retails for just £229.99 / €279.99 / $199.99. Read our in-depth Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM review complete with full-size sample images to find out if it's worth the modest outlay.

Triggertrap Updates iOS App, Launches Flash Adapter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Triggertrap today announced updates to both its iOS mobile app and product line. With its latest update, the Triggertrap Mobile iOS app enables trigger response times that are up to 12 times faster than previously possible (improved from 60 milliseconds to as low as 5 milliseconds depending on the device used), complementing its launch of the Triggertrap Flash Adapter accessory (see video after the jump). The Triggertrap Flash Adapter sells for $29.99 and is available for direct purchase through Triggertrap’s online shop at the website below.

PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PhotoFast has just launched i-FlashDrive HD, which is billed as the first and only two-way storage device between iOS and Mac/PC. The drive’s free corresponding application delivers the ability to upload, organise, edit and manage files across multiple devices, including PC, iPad, iPhone and more. The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models of the compact and portable i-FlashDrive are offered as a combo kit, which include both the Lightning adapter and 30-pin connector for increased compatibility with Apple mobile devices as well as USB devices. Additionally, i-FlashDrive offers backwards compatibility, working seamlessly when plugged in on the standard USB side with multiple operating systems including iOS 6, Windows XP/7/8, OSX and Linux. PhotoFast's i-FlashDrive HD is available online in 8, 16, 32 or 64 GB capacities, ranging in price from £60 to £210.

Iridient Developer 2.1.1 for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Brian Griffith has released Version 2.1.1 of Iridient Developer, his critically acclaimed image processing software for Mac OS X. This release features all-new, native demosaic processing for the Fuji X-Trans (X-Pro1, X-E1, X100S and X20) cameras, in addition to the existing support for these cameras using either Apple's RAW libraries or Adobe DNG (linear) format conversion. The new demosaic method provides improved fine detail rendering, even better sharpness and other advantages over Apple's conversion. Version 2.1.1 also includes a number of improvements to preview drawing for Retina displays, better handling of touch gestures for preview scrolling on older laptops and other bug fixes, adds support for 14 new cameras, and greatly reduces the memory usage of the new noise reduction methods introduced in Version 2.1.

Getty Images 2013 Creative Grants Recipients Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Jennifer Karády and Elley Ho, alongside agencies Fraser Communications and Heward Jue, Inc., have been selected to receive this year's Getty Images Creative Grants. In the project Healing our Hidden War, Brooklyn-based photographer Jennifer Karády and agency Fraser Communications will collaborate with Volunteers of America, Los Angeles (VOALA) to tell the stories of military veterans returning from deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, revealing the invisible trauma of war and how it affects them. Educating Children | Transforming Worlds, by California photographer Elley Ho and Creative Director Heward Jue will utilize video and print to demonstrate how the Asante Africa Foundation's education programs for children are profoundly transforming lives and communities in East Africa.

Calumet Air-to-Air Photography Seminar

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events

Calumet’s seminar academy is set to pilot an exclusive ‘Air to Air Photography’ day for six ‘high-flying’ photographers. For £495 each, delegates will get a full day’s masterclass, complete with a unique airborne photo-shoot ‘sortie’ in the afternoon. “We are teaming up with professional aviation photographer and pilot Keith Wilson and experienced aerobatic and formation pilot and photographer Mick Osbaldeston to offer delegates this matchless introduction to air-to-air photography," said Calumet marketing executive Sian Hamer. "The date currently set for the first seminar is July 8 - so interested photographers need to act fast.” The morning will be spent at The Shropshire Aero Club at Sleap Aerodrome, Harmer Hill, covering all aspects of safety, equipment and technique. Then each delegate boards a high wing Cessna for his or her unique chance to fly in close proximity to another plane that they can photograph.

Rollei Arm Extensions S and L

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Rollei has released two telescopic arm extensions for fast and secure attachment of all action cams and compact cameras with a 1/4“ tripod thread. The Rollei Arm Extension S 505mm (€39.95) weighs just 95g and can be easily extended from 20 to 50 cm. The Rollei Arm Extension L 950mm (€49.95) weighs 30g more, but can be extended from 30 to 95cm. The camera adapter for both is made entirely from stainless steel, while the ball head is made from aluminium. Consequently, both are equipped for use under extreme conditions and can be freely adjusted in terms of angle and tilt. Both the S and L versions are available in black, blue, orange and yellow. Each telescopic rod can take a maximum load of 500g.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CamRanger Adds Android Application

Mark Goldstein | Software
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CamRanger is now compatible with a free Android application available in the Google Play store. CamRanger is a device that wirelessly controls Canon and Nikon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. The CamRanger has a wireless range of up to 150 feet for wireless tethering for photography and video monitoring and control. The CamRanger allows wireless tethering for over 30 different Canon and Nikon cameras. The included software includes live view, touch focusing, focus stacking, intervalometer, HDR, changing settings, record and focus during movie, client mode and much more.

DxO FilmPack v4.0.2

Mark Goldstein | Software
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DxO FilmPack v4.0.2 is now fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, DxO FilmPack v4.0.2 can be installed as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 and 5, Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6, Photoshop  Elements 10 and 11, Apple Aperture 3, and DxO Optics Pro v8.2, and as a standalone application for Mac and Windows - all with the same license.  DxO FilmPack v4.0.2 is available at a discount through June 30, 2013.

Nikon D7100 C 1.01 Firmware Update

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have released a new firmware update for the D7100 DSLR. Version C 1.01 includes 8 modifications, including when movie recording at 1920 × 1080/24p in M exposure mode, subject brightness did not change, even when shutter speed was adjusted.

Fujifilm X-M1 and Fujinon XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Lens

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Fujifilm X-M1 is a new compact and lightweight compact system camera. Featuring the same 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as the flagship X-Pro1, the X-M1 weighs just 330 grams and is about half the size of a regular SLR body. It also offers a 920,000 dot tiltable 3-inch LCD, 5.6fps burst shooting, wireless image transfer, full HD (1920x1080) video recording at 30 frames per second, a built-in flash and hot shoe, ISO200-6400 and a 49 point AF system.

Fujfilm are also announcing the Fujinon XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS lens, which will ship as a kit lens with the X-M1. Offering a focal range of 24mm-76mm in 35mm terms, the XC16-50mm lens consists of 12 all-glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. It will be available in black and silver.

The X-M1 is available in three colours - Black, Silver and Brown In the UK, the X-M1 and XC16-50mm lens kit will be on sale from end July 2013 for £679.99.

Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 is a new prime lens for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 compact system cameras. The lens has a fixed focal length of 27mm (41mm in 35mm format equivalent), offering a field of view similar to that of the human eye. Weighing 78g and measuring 23mm in length, it's one of the smallest and lightest single focal length lenses available for APS-sensor mirrorless cameras. The Fujifilm XF27mm lens will be on sale from August 2013, price to be announced.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 Firmware Updates

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Software

Fujifilm has announced two X-Pro1 and X-E1 firmware updates which will offer faster auto-focusing and the addition of a “Focus Peak Highlight” function. The first firmware update is available today, and the second on 23rd July. Other new features include a ‘Focus Frame Selection’ option, a second ‘Fn’ button, and aperture control for lenses without aperture rings.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM is a brand new fast prime lens for full-frame and APS-C Sony SLT cameras. Offering an ultra-fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 and weather-sealed construction is this a must-have lens for A99/A77 users? Read our Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM review to find out...

Friday, June 21, 2013

Aquatica AD7100 Underwater Housing

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Aquatica AD7100 is a new underwater housing for the Nikon D7100. Depth rated to 90m/300ft and upgradeable to 130m/425ft, the Aquatica AD7100 offers access direct to the Fn button, and features an internal flash up/flash down capability, a quick access ISO lever that is thumb actuated and a total of three access holes that accept various accessories. The AF-L/AE-L button access is provided with a lever right under the users thumb. Menus buttons are angled to provide better access for your left hand. The Aquatica AD7100 underwater housing sells for $3,199.

Aquatica AD600 Underwater Housing

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Aquatica AD600 is a new underwater housing for the Nikon D600 digial SLR camera. Along with the comfortable ergonomics usually associated with Aquatica housings, the AD600 also incorporates a number of refinements. Among them, it offers access direct to the Fn button. This is done via an easy to reach and unique design push button that is conveniently located on the rear of the housing. The housing also features an internal flash up/flash down capability, a quick access ISO lever that is thumb actuated and a total of three access holes are provided to accept various accessories. Depth rated to 90m, the Aquatica AD600 underwater housing can be yours for $3,199.

Lowepro Transit Backpack and Sling Bags

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The new Lowepro Transit camera bags are lightweight and stylish. Available in two models - the Lowepro Transit Backpack 350 AW and the Lowepro Transit Sling 250 AW - the bags are "designed to blend in to the urban environment". The Transit Backpack 350 AW has a guide retail price £98, while the Transit Sling 250 AW retails for £82.