Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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.

Capture One 7.1.3

Mark Goldstein | Software
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Capture One 7.1.3 adds new camera support, bug fixes and beta version of a new catalog importer. It includes file (and tethered support in Capture One Pro) for Canon 700D/Rebel T5i and 100D/Rebel SL1 cameras, as well as 11 other recent cameras. Capture One version 7.1.3 is a free update to owners of Capture One Pro 7, Capture One Express 7, and Capture One DB 7 (digital back) software.

1.3-billion-pixel Photo of Mars

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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NASA has taken a 1.3-billion-pixel image of the Mars landscape using technology from GigaPan. The 1.3-billion-pixel image was stitched together from nearly 900 individual images. The image highlights the site where Curiosity collected its first scoops of sand at a windblown patch called “Rocksnest,” and extends to Mount Sharp on the horizon.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom looks like in the flesh? The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone to feature a 10x zoom lens. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, the Galaxy S4 Zoom combines a superzoom lens, a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation and a Xenon Flash with the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 technology.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Samsung Galaxy NX Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy NX compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung Galaxy NX compact camera.

The Samsung Galaxy NX is the World's first interchangeable-lens camera to run on the Android operating system. Positioned as the top-of-the-range NX compact system camera, the new Galaxy NX combines key technologies from the Samasung Galaxy phone and the NX series of cameras.

Samsung Galaxy NX

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung Galaxy NX is the World’s first interchangeable-lens camera with 3G/4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity. Running on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, the Galaxy NX has a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, DRIMe IV processor, Hybrid auto-focus system with 8ms focusing, 8.6fps burst shooting, top shutter speed of 1/6000th second, and a 4.8 inch touch-panel LCD. The Samsung Galaxy NX will be available in July, price to be announced.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Houdah Software Partners with gps4cam

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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gps4cam & Houdah Software have teamed up to "make geotagging easier by integrating gps4cam  pro & HoudahGeo." Running  on  an iPhone,  gps4cam  pro  offers  you  an easy-to-use solution to geotag all pictures with the correct time and location; while HoudahGeo allows you to edit the geotags of your trips and above all, it will offer you a large number of possibilities to manage your geolocalised picturesthanks to native integrations with most of the photo management tools. To celebrate the partnership, HoudahGeo & gps4cam teams are offering gps4cam pro with every purchase of HoudahGeo.

Adobe Creative Cloud to Use GoodSync Technology

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

Adobe has announced that Creative Cloud will now be using GoodSync’s backup and synchronisation technology to allow user to access files anywhere. Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership-based service that provides users with access to download and install Adobe creative desktop applications, game developer tools and integration with the Adobe Touch Apps. With Creative Cloud membership, users also have access to: a vibrant global creative community; publishing services to deliver apps and websites; cloud storage and the ability to sync to virtually any device; and new products and exclusive updates as they’re developed.

Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f4 PRO DX for Nikon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tokina has announced availability and pricing details for the Nikon version of its new AT-X 12-28mm f4 PRO DX wide zoom. Designed for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors, the Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f4 PRO DX offers users a 35mm equivalent focal range of 18-42mm on Nikon DX bodies. Weighing in at 600 grams, the Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f4 PRO DX features 14 elements in 12 groups and boasts a minimum focus distance of only 25mm from the sensor plane. Furthermore, the lens sports Tokina’s exclusive one-tocuh focus clutch mechanism that allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually. In the euro zone, the Nikon version of the Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f4 PRO DX will be available from the first half of the summer, priced at €659.

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PocketWizard Announces New Nikon Power Cable

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, have launched a new Nikon power cable 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. By using the PW-DC-N10 power cable, Nikon users ensure that their PocketWizard radio is ready when they need it because the camera keeps the Transmitter/Transceiver always awake for the fastest reaction time. The cable is available now at an estimated retail price of $20.

Intelligent Image Solutions Releases Piccure

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Intelligent Imaging Solutions has released piccure, billed as "the first fully automated software tool to correct camera shake." As a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop (CS4 and above) and Photoshop Elements (version 7 or later), piccure automatically detects and corrects image blur resulting from involuntary camera movement. The software runs locally, on a standard computer, and users do not need to worry about their privacy: piccure does not upload any images into the cloud to be processed by some company’s servers, the developers say. The Photoshop plug-in is available for $99, while a simpler version designed for Elements (without multiprocessor support) can be purchased for $49.

Major Update to Adobe Creative Cloud Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The major update to Adobe Creative Cloud that was unveiled at Adobe MAX in early May is now available. Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS), are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud. “We’ve added a ton of new innovation to all our CC desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. These apps include new features that increase productivity, streamline the effort to build mobile content and showcase some stunning new imaging and video science. And in addition to the traditional areas of innovation these apps are now connected to the powerful publishing and community features integral to the Creative Cloud experience,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, Adobe.

Nikon Collaborates with J.W. Anderson

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nikon has teamed up with British designer J.W. Anderson to create a luxury leather camera bag made for the Nikon 1 camera system. “Photography is just as much of an art form as fashion, so the partnership made complete sense to me," Anderson said. "Taking pictures is integral to what I do – I take thousands during the creation of a collection – and I have always ensured my designs are accessible for everyone, just as photography is." Only 400 of the limited edition bags will be available on the Nikon Store. Each bag provides space for a camera plus more than one of the system’s interchangeable lenses. Priced at £85 apiece, the exclusive J.W. Anderson bags come in four colours: black, white, blue and orange.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Canon EOS 700D Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EOS 700D (called the Canon EOS Rebel T5i in North America) is a new DSLR camera that boasts 18 megapixels, full 1080p high-definition videos with continuous auto-focusing, and a touch-screen interface. Other key features of the 700D / T5i include burst shooting at 5fps, a vari-angle 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040k dot resolution, ISO range of 100-25,600, 14-bit image processing and Canon's Digic 5 processor. Is the Canon EOS 700D / T5i the best mid-range digital SLR camera on the market? Read our expert review to find out...