Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nikon 1 AW1 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon 1 AW1, the world’s first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera, and including the new water/shock/freeze-proof 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 and 10mm f/2.8 lenses.

Nikon 1 AW1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Nikon 1 AW1 is a water-, freeze-, dust- and shockproof compact system camera with a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor. Waterproof to 15 metres, freezeproof to -10°C and shockproof from heights of up to 2m, the Nikon 1 AW1 features rubber seals at all critical points on the camera as well as an O-ring for the lens mount. The advanced hybrid AF system boasts fast phase-detection AF for high-speed movement, and contrast-detect AF for precision focusing. The Nikon 1 AW1 also offers continuous shooting speeds of up to 15fps with AF and 60fps with fixed focus, while the sensitivity range goes up to ISO 6400/39°. A dual altimeter/depth gauge tracks altitude or depth underwater with data recorded in 1 m increments and an electronic compass confirms orientation and can record the direction the camera is pointing when you take the shot. In addition to capturing high-resolution stills, the Nikon 1 AW1 is also capable of recording Full HD movies with manual exposure settings. The Nikon 1 AW1 will be available in a single-lens kit with the new all-weather 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 lens for £749.99 / €899.00 / $799.95 and a double-lens kit that includes the camera body plus new 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 and 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 lenses for £949.99 / €1149.00 / $999.95.

Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 & 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Canon EOS 10D, Lenses
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Nikon today announced the world’s first water/shockproof interchangeable lenses for use with the Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera. The Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is a standard zoom equivalent to a 30–74mm lens in a 35mm system, and the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 is a 27mm equivalent wide-angle prime lens with a tough build and a metallic exterior. Both lenses are waterproof (to 15 m and 20 m respectively), shockproof from heights of up to 2m and freezeproof for temperatures down to -10°C. The Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 will only be available in a kit with the Nikon 1 AW1 camera, while the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 can also be bought separately, for £299.99 / €359.

Epson Perfection V550 Photo Hits US Market

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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The Epson Perfection V550 Photo scanner is now available in the USA. Announced a month ago, the Epson Perfection V550 Photo is a new scanner that can automatically remove dust and scratches from damaged film. The V550 can also upload scanned images directly to selected social media and photo sharing sites such as Facebook or Picasa. With a hardware resolution of 6.400ppi, a dMax of 3.4 and built-in transparency unit, the V550 photo scanner can easily scan a wide range of media – from standard photographs, newspapers and A2-sized posters to mounted slides and loose strips of 35mm and medium-format film. The Epson Perfection V550 Photo is now available for $199.

Tiffen Launches Special Mail-In Rebate Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Tiffen Company has launced a special $100 mail-in rebate programme for customers who purchase the Lowel GL-1 Power LED Light before 1st November. The special mail-in rebate program is valid in the US and Puerto Rico. Customers who purchase the Lowel GL-1 Power LED through Tiffen or the Tiffen national network and mail in the rebate form by 12/12/13 will receive a 100 cheque via the US postal service. Qualifying customers can download the rebate form at the website below.

TeoreX Inpaint 5.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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TeoreX has released version 5.5 of Inpaint, an easy-to-use program for effortless retouching of photos and images. This latest update adds a number of powerful tools to make retouching even easier. The improved mask option allows users to quickly select unwanted objects within the image and save the mask for later use with other pictures. Enhancements to the selection process, a number of interface improvements and 64-bit support round off the list of new features. Inpaint 5.5 is available for $19.99.

Sinar rePro RC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital
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The Sinar rePro RC is a unique camera designed specifically for high-end digital reprography. Conveniently remote controlled (hence the RC designation), the Sinar rePro RC has a high-quality stepper motor with two speed levels which correspond to a coarse and a fine focus adjustment. The camera allows for a lateral shift of the image plane, which eliminates reflections. An auxiliary device called the Sinar Parallel enables the camera to be aligned perfectly with the subject, which is a prerequisite for correctly photographing flat art. "The battery powered Sinar Parallel is placed on the capturing table and its laser beam reflects from a mirror on the camera," the company says. "Precise alignment of the camera is achieved when the laser beam exactly hits the middle of the crosshairs of Sinar Parallel." Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Tether Tools Introduces Better When You Tether Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Tether Tools has announced Better When You Tether, a three-month behind-the-scenes blog series showing how professional photographers capture the perfect shot. From commercial location shoots to premier classroom environments, each photographer dissects a shoot and shares their insight on improving their own work. All posts will be featured on the Tether Tools blog at the website below.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Nikon Coolpix L610 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix L610 is an affordable travel-zoom compact camera. Featuring a 14x zoom lens with a focal range of 25-350mm, the slimline Coolpix L610 has a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD screen and Full 1080p HD video. Read our detailed Nikon Coolpix L610 review now...

Phottix Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Phottix Mitros+ is a groundbreaking new product - a third-party TTL flash with built-in radio triggering and power control functions. Currently available in a Canon ETTL compliant version, Phottix Mitros+ flashes can be remotely controlled and fired with a hotshoe-mounted Mitros+ unit or one of many compatible Phottix flash triggers. Unlike optical or infrared flash syncing solutions, radio triggering does not require direct line of sight and tends to work well indoors and out, at night and in broad daylight, over relatively long distances. The Mitros+ offers all of these triggering modes plus a 3.5mm sync port. As to basic flash functionality, the Phottix Mitros+ has a guide number of 58 (in metres), high-speed and second-curtain synchronisation modes, a zoomable tilt-swivel flash head with 24-105mm coverage (14mm with a wide-angle diffuser), an AF assist light and a quick flash mode. Three sets of flash and function information can be saved in the Mitros+’s memory and be quickly recalled when needed. The Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash for Canon will start to ship during October 2013. The price has not been announced yet but we expect the Mitros+ to be more affordable than its closest competitor, Canon's own Speedlite 600EX-RT. The Nikon version is expected to be released by the end of 2013.

Mastering the Nikon D7100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Mastering the Nikon D7100 by Darrell Young is a new title from Rocky Nook. This book guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles. The 560-page volume sells for $39.95.

Your Vision Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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David Noton has announced a photography competition for f11 members. The judges will be looking for f11 Members’ pictures that display the most imaginative and perceptive photographic vision, and the winner will receive a day of one-to-one tuition with David, arranged at a mutually convenient time and location. All finalists will have their images featured in a special Your Vision Competition Winners f11 Member’s Gallery in the February 2014 issue of David's Chasing the Light eZine. Full f11 members have until 1 January 2014 to submit their entries as low-resolution JPEGs to enquiries@davidnoton.com

SPEEDCinema

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SPEEDCinema is a portable 3 in 1 slider/rail/dolly system for filmmaking and time-lapse work, featuring. an expandable rail system and a unique reconfigurable design. Announced by Seim Effects and Atomic Feather Design, the SpeedCINEMA system features a speciel connecting rail called SPEEDTube that offers a variable-length connecting track in a highly portable package. Pre-orders are being sold on Kickstarter with the goal of raising $25,000 between September 12 and October 12, 2013. Funds from orders will be used to ramp-up production of the new system. Product delivery for the made-in-America system is planned for the first quarter of 2014. To make a contribution or simply learn more, visit the website below.

Shoot NYC 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Hasselblad Bron has announced that New York City once again will be the host of Shoot NYC, a professional photography forum. Held at La Venue, 1011 608 West 28th Street, October 24th from 10:00am to 6:30pm, and October 25th from 10:00am to 8:00pm; Shoot NYC 2013 is an informative forum based on the premise of building a photographic community. "In addition to a wide range of free professional photography seminars, industry leaders Broncolor and Hasselblad will help you learn how to harness and integrate the market's most advanced photographic tools into your business, improving both your photography and your bottom line," the organisers say. "Top industry professionals will host workshops and hands-on seminars in an array of subjects, whether you're interested in fashion, portraiture, commercial, stock or repro." Click through / scroll down for a list of speakers.

Adobe Photoshop Photography Programme Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe's new Photoshop Photography Programme, which was announced at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, is now available. The offer gives users who own Photoshop CS3 or higher the opportunity to use both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month, and includes 20 gigabytes of online storage, access to Creative Cloud Learn's training resources, Behance ProSite, and ongoing upgrades and updates. Customers must sign up for the programme before the end of the year to take advantage of this special offer.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Royal Photographic Society Awards 2013 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has revealed the recipients of its annual awards at a ceremony held this evening at the Royal Society, London. Also announced were the recipients of The Society’s educational bursaries, given to promising photographers starting their careers and the Combined Royal Colleges Medal, awarded for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical photography or the wider field of medical imaging. Click through / read on for the full list of recipients.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 42 JPEG images and a movie taken with the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 lens-style camera.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 is an innovative new product that aims to dramatically improve the quality of digital photographs captured on smartphones. The QX-10 partners an 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a high-quality Sony G Lens and boasts a powerful 10x optical zoom range.

Pentax K-500 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Pentax K-500 is a new entry-level DSLR camera with a lot of attractive features for the price. The 16 megapixel K-500 offers 6fps continuous shooting, an 11-point AF system, 3-inch LCD screen, an optical viewfinder with nearly 100% frame coverage and an ISO range of 100-51200. Read our in-depth Pentax K-500 review...

Fujifilm X-A1 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-A1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-A1, which includes all three colours (red, black and blue).

Fujifilm X-A1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-A1 is an entry-level compact system camera with a 16-megapixel APS-C imager. Key features include a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, a shutter lag of 50 milliseconds, a continuous shooting speed of 5.6fps for a maximum of 30 frames, a control layout facilitating one-handed operation, dual command dials, a tiltable screen with a resolution of 920,000 dots, a built-in flash with a guide number of 7 (in metres at iSO 200/24°), Full HD video recording capabilities, Wi-Fi image transfer and a hotshoe for external flash units. The Fujifilm X-A1 will be available from October in a variety of colours, bundled with the XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens, at a kit price of £529.99/$599.95. You can also buy the lens separately for £399.99. The Fujinon XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS telephoto lens will also be available from October, priced at £429.99/$399.95.