Monday, January 6, 2014

Fujifilm 2014 Student Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Fujifilm 2014 Student Awards are now open for entries. Once again, the Award is a collaboration between Fujifilm Professional, Metroprint, the online arm of Metro Imaging and ChooseFilm, the online community dedicated to film photography. In addition to being named Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year 2013 the winner will also be presented with £200 worth of film from Fujifilm, a professionally produced folio of prints and a one-to-one printing/consultancy session with one of Metroprint's top printers. There is an open brief for 2014, a move organisers hope will lead to a surge of creative submissions. The closing date for submissions is 31st March.

Hasselblad VICTOR Photography Book Edition 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Edition Three of Hasselblad's VICTOR Photography Book is now available for purchase. As with the previous two editions the line-up of photographers being featured is awesome: David Lynch, Matthias Koslik, Andy Rudak, Bernhard Edmaier, Alisha Goldstein, Laurent Segretier, Timothy Hogan, Derek Kendall, Klaus Thymann, John Robert Rowland, Morgan Fisher and Brad Harris. While the format remains the same this time round the mix of text and images has changed a little, with even more emphasis now being placed on the visuals. The publication is available for €20/£15/US$25 at and all Hasselblad subsidiaries in the UK, Germany, US, France and Japan.

Transcend Premium Series 800x CompactFlash Memory Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend has launched a new line-up of Premium Series 800x CompactFlash cards. Available in capacities ranging from 64GB to 256GB, Transcend’s new 800x CompactFlash cards boast transfer rates of up to 120MB/s (read) and 60MB/s (write). Featuring full support for the VPG-20 Video Performance Guarantee that guarantees enhanced video recording at a minimum write speed of 20MB/s without dropping frames, Transcend's 800x CompactFlash cards are now available for $179 (64GB), $349 (128GB) and $699 (256GB).

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Samsung NX30

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Samsung NX30 is a new APS-C compact system camera. The traditionally-styled NX30 features a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, tiltable electronic viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution), 3.0-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, 1/8000 sec shutter speed, 9fps continuous shooting, and NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities. The price and availability of the Samsung NX30 are still to be announced.

Samsung have also unveiled two new lenses, the premium ‘S’ Series 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens, and the more consumer 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is a new version of last year's Galaxy Camera hybrid camera / smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2's upgrades include a faster 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, 2.0 GB of RAM, enhanced battery life, Android 4.3 and NFC connectivity. The price and availability of the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 are still to be announced.

Friday, December 20, 2013

HDR Expose 3 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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HDR Expose 3 is a new HDR software program that improve the HDR workflow and significantly reduces the traditional limitations of HDR techniques.Most notably, HDR Expose 3 eliminates the need to photograph static scenes and the absolute necessity of a tripod to steady HDR exposures. Read our HDR Expose 3 review now...

Adore Noir Magazine Issue 17

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The seventeenth issue of Adore Noir Magazine is now available for purchase. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format. Featuring previously unpublished images by George Tice, fascinating low-key florals by Alessandro Idini, long-exposure seascapes by Dragos Ioneau, a series of wet-plate still lifes by Angela Walker, landscapes by Jeff Mercader, and much more; this edition reinforces the magazine’s commitment to high-quality black-and-white Photography. The latest issue of Adore Noir is available for $2.95 from the website below.

Website: Adore Noir

Apple Digital Camera Raw Compatibilitiy Update 5.02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has released a new Digital Camera Raw compatibility update. Version 5.02 adds support for the following cameras: Nikon D5300, Nikon Df, Olympus OM-D E-M1 (pictured), Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R. 

Website: Apple Support

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Firmware Version 3.10 Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera. Version 3.10, which was announced last month, brings a number of improvements and enhancements, including improved accuracy and coverage of the bright frame in the optical viewfinder, a new file name editing function, more consistent file numbering for photos taken in continuous shooting mode, and improved in-camera raw conversion. Additionally, you will be able to see the exposure setting in live-view, adjust the aperture / shutter speed while maintaining the exposure value while AE lock is selected, and set the default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed when selecting AUTO in the ISO setting. This new firmware update for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 can now be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm X-Pro1 Firmware Update Ver.3.10

Fujifilm X-E1, X-E2 & X100S Firmware Updates Now Available

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Announced in November, the new firmware updates for the Fujifilm X100S, X-E1 (pictured) and X-E2 are now available for download. The updates add new functionality allowing you to edit image filenames and improvements to in-camera raw file conversion, In addition, the X-E1 and X100S will benefit from a number of enhancements already incorporated into the X-E2, such as the ability to see the exposure setting in Live View, the cpability to change the aperture and shutter speed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button, and more consistent file numbering for photos taken in continuous shooting mode. In the X-E1, the maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can now be set when ISO AUTO is selected. Finally, the X100S also benefits from improved accuracy and coverage of the bright frame in the optical viewfinder. You can download the firmware upgrades from the websites below.

Website: Fujifilm X-E1 Firmware Version 2.10

Website: Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Version 1.10

Website: Fujifilm X100S Firmware Version 1.10

Pentax K-3 Firmware Version 1.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Pentax K-3 digital SLR camera. According to the company, version 1.01 incorporates the following improvements: 

  • Faster HDR exposure blending
  • Improved continuous shooting when using phase-detect autofocus.
  • Extended enlarged display time for live view.
  • Improved stability for general performance.

Website: Ricoh Imaging Japan

Moleskine Photo Book Gift Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Moleskine have introduced new Photo Book Gift Cards. Available in the form of a pocket Cahier Journal, Moleskine Photo Book Gift Cards allow you to hand-write your dedication inside and mail them to your loved ones. Your recipient will be able to use the unique code inside to access the Moleskine Photo Books online tool and select their favourite photos to print as a physical book. The gift cards are available from Moleskine Stores worldwide and online at the website below.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fujifilm XF 18mm F2 R Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 18mm f2.8 R is a fast wide-angle prime lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a focal range of 27mm in 35mm terms, is the tiny Fujifilm XF 18mm f2.8 R pancake lens worth considering? Read our Fujifilm XF 18mm f2.8 R review to find out...

Braun Splash Bag

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the UK availability of the Braun Splash Camera Bag range. Available in five colours, these robust camera bags protect your photo gear against splash and shock and feature a roll clip closure and a removable cushioned interior. Weighing in at 500g, the bags boast an IPX6 water protection level and retail for £30.

Online EOS Training Academy

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Experience Seminars are launching an online version of their EOS Training Academy. "We are significantly expanding our training programme to include online training consisting eventually of a library of well over 200 video tutorials designed specifically for Canon EOS photographers," the company says. The programme will  officially launch on 1st January with over 30 tutorials and these will build up rapidly throughout 2014 with the full programme being available by the middle of 2015. The annual subscription costs £149. A 60-day trial is available for £25.

Olloclip 3-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 5C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Olloclip has introduced its award-winning 3-IN-1 clip-on photo lens solution in five hot colors for iPhone 5C owners. The olloclip for iPhone 5c combines fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one small, convenient package. Retailing for £59.95, the quick-connect olloclip photo lens can be mixed and matched with the new iPhone 5c and can be purchased at the website below.

Buffalo DriveStation Mini Thunderbolt SSD Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Buffalo Technology has launched the DriveStation Mini Thunderbolt SSD edition, billed as "one of the world’s fastest portable storage devices." Featuring two SSD drives as well as two Thunderbolt ports, the device's read speed exceeds 760MB/s and write speeds are more than 615MB/s, enabling users to transfer up to 800MB of data in 1.3 seconds. In addition, the DriveStation Mini Thunderbolt SSD is pre-formatted for use with Mac OS X and supports the daisy-chain function, allowing users to connect up to six Thunderbolt devices without reducing performance. The DriveStation Mini Thunderbolt SSD edition device is available in 512GB and 1TB capacities via Broadbandbuyer and Buffalo’s stockists in the UK at SRPs of £599.99 and £849.99, respectively.

World’s Largest Camera Tripod Christmas Tree

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The folks over at Custom SLR have just built the World’s Largest Camera Tripod Christmas Tree. The 17.4-feet structure, which is made up of 40 Fotopro camera tripods, took 14 hours to build and is decorated with 486 feet of garland lights and 300 ornaments. "We’re donating all the decorations to the Salvation Army and all the tripods to afterschool and nonprofit photography programmes," says Custom SLR's Long Nguyen. You can view a time-lapse video showing how the unique christmas tree was built after the jump.

Bazaart 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Bazaart 2.0 is an iOS app which allows users to create composite images from photos on mobile devices. “The new Bazaart is a game changer.” said Stas Goferman, co-founder and CEO of Bazaart. “Up until now, people who wanted to get creative with their photos and make elaborate edits could not always accomplish it because it was only possible with expensive professional software like Photoshop. We aim to change that. With the new free Bazaart app people can make anything from photos, whenever they want to, and wherever they are. Our hope is that what Instagram did for photography, Bazaart will do for photoshopping.”  Bazaart 2.0 is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Nikon Coolpix L27 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Nikon Coolpix L27 compact camera has 16 megapixels, a 5x wide-angle zoom lens, 3 inch LCD screen and 720p movie recording, yet costs less than £60 / $100. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix L27 review to find out if it makes the perfect stocking-filler...