Friday, June 21, 2013

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...

Bits&Coffee Launches PhotoMarks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Bits&Coffee has released PhotoMarks, a watermarking solution for Mac, Windows and iOS. The desktop version can completely customise the appearance of text and logo marks, as well as perform additional edits like resize, rename, auto rotate, or decorate photos with frames. PhotoMarks for iOS can easily apply multiple layers of text and logos on the image with just a few taps, the marks are completely customisable, and the resulting images can be saved with no loss of quality, the company says. PhotoMarks for desktop runs on Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard as well as Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP. One license costs $29.95. PhotoMarks for iOS runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch with iOS version 5, and 6. For more information, visit the website below.

Arca-Swiss monoball Z1g+

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Arca-Swiss has launched its new Monoball Z1g+ tripod head. Improving on the well-known Monoball Z1g, the Arca-Swiss Z1g+ boasts a newly engeneered Motion Related Gravity Control (MRGC) mechanism, while being 30% smaller and lighter than its predecessor. Described as "a higly sophisticated device designed to simultanously give a strong hold while allowing smooth and accurate positioning of the camera," the Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1g is priced at $749.

RHS Garden Wisley Exhibits World’s Finest Garden Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Events
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Winners and runners-up from the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) and RHS Photographer of the Year competitions will be exhibited together for the first time at the RHS's flagship garden Wisley in Surrey. Free with normal garden entry, the exhibit will display the winning images of both competitions as well as the category winners and finalists of: The Beauty of Plants, Beautiful Gardens, Wildlife in the Garden, Bountiful Earth and Wildflower Landscapes from IGPOTY as well as People in the Garden, Abstract and Details, Plant Portrait and Wildlife in the Garden from the RHS Photography Competition. The displayed works will be on show in the Glasshouse Gallery at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey from 21 June to 11 August 2013, with the exception of 25 & 26 June.

Datacolor Partners with onOne Software

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Datacolor has teamed up with onOne Software for a three-month promotional offer. Beginning today and running through September, purchasers of a Datacolor Spyder4ELITE monitor calibration device will receive a free download of onOne Perfect Effects 4 Premium Edition software. For more information and for additional details about the promotion visit the website below.

Service Advisory for Canon EOS 1D C & EOS 1D X

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has posted a service advisory for its EOS 1D C and 1D X cameras. The company says that in some units, there is a possibility that focus hunting and inability to lock focus may may occur due to wear caused by insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism. Furthermore, the viewfinder image may also become blurry or unsteady. Potentially affected products include Canon EOS 1D C units whose serial number's sixth digit is "1" and Canon EOS 1D X cameras whose serial number's sixth digit is either “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6” or “7”. Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and repaired free of charge.

The Big Photo Show Returns to Los Angeles

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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After the success of the first Big Photo Show event in Los Angeles this past May, PMA has announced that The Big Photo Show will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2014, on May 17-18. “The purpose of The Big Photo Show is to grow the imaging industry by increasing people’s passion and enthusiasm for photography,” said PMA President Allen Showalter. “We accomplished that goal in a major way with the first Big Photo Show in LA this year. PMA is excited to build on that great momentum with another LA show in May of 2014, with additional Big Photo Show events and locations yet to come.”