Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Launched today on Kickstarter, Tooga Gear is billed as the first truly modular camera gear that allows you to capture video footage in a small form factor without compromise. Tooga comprises two different types of component: Tooga Shell and Tooga Extensions. The Tooga Shell mounts to your camera of choice and connects to the unique Tooga Extensions, which are the legs and arms of the system. Currently, there are 3 Tooga Extensions including a dolly, a guerilla cage and a suction mount, with others planned for the future. The design, prototyping, and testing is complete but now the inventors need your help to finance the commercialisation of the system. Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's Kickstarter page for further details.
Photodex has announced version 6 of its award-winning ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer applications. New in ProShow 6 is a suite of advanced creative tools that give users more control over the look and sound of their slideshows. These include new advanced audio controls, completely overhauled captions, text layers and a new iOS companion app called ProShow Remote. Users can also import photos and videos directly from Facebook, Instagram, Zenfolio and Picasa, directly into a new slideshow. ProShow 6 is available now for $69.95 (ProShow Gold) and $249.95 (ProShow Producer) from the website below.
The Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS is a new, optically stabilised wide zoom for X-mount compact system cameras. Equivalent to 15-36mm in 35mm format, the Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS from Fujifilm has an optical formula that comprises 14 lens elements arranged in 10 groups, including 4 aspherical and 3 extra-low-dispersion elements. The lens features Fujifilm's unique High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating to minimise ghosting, and boasts an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades. Its high-speed AF is achieved via its inner focusing system which drives smaller lenses in the middle or rear lens groups without moving the larger lenses in the front lens groups. Thanks to light weight internal lenses and the addition of a stepping motor, the XF10-24mm lens is also very quiet to use. Going on sale in March, the lens is expected to retail for £849.99.
Two months ago, Samyang announced that it planned to release five of its full-frame lenses with Sony E mount. The company says the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC, 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC, T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift, 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC and 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC are now available for purchase. All of these are manual-focus lenses originally designed for SLR cameras.
The Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH) has issued the call for entries for the 2014 PMH Grant, an international photography contest offering $4000 in cash prizes. The jury features Alec Soth (Magnum Photos), Iata Cannabrave (Brzilian curator, creator of the Latin American Photography Forum of Sao Paulo), Olivier Laurent (Associate Editor for the British Journal of Photography) and Diana Markosian (PMH 2013 Grant New Generation Prize winner). The deadline for entries is 26 February 2014.
Website: PMH 2014 Grant
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 R is an ultra-fast standard prime lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a classic focal length of 53mm in 35mm terms, is the Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 R a must-have lens? Read our Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 R review to find out...
FlixelPix has published a new 38 page guide to depth-of-field. The ‘Shooting Shallow' ebook takes photographers through the concept of depth-of-field as well as addressing the application of 'shooting shallow'. Divided into three sections. Concepts, Camera and Practice, the ebook explains the concepts of depth of field and bokeh, teaches readers about the theory and application of DOF, and provides a number of tips and practical examples. The 'Shooting Shallow' ebook costs $5, but you can get a 20% discount by using the coupon code shooting at checkout. This offer is valid until 30 December 2013.
Apple has released an update to iPhoto. Version 9.5.1 fixes a bug that could cause print previews to render incorrectly, and includes a number of stability and performance improvements. The upgrade is available now on the Mac App Store.
In reply to a question raised by a commenter on the company's lens-themed microsite, Zeiss has confirmed that "[t]he next lens of the ZEISS high-end lenses family will be the Otus 1.4/85." Posted via Facebook, the enquiry originally concerned the company's plans on wide-angle lenses but the company would only confirm the planned release of the Otus 85mm f/1.4 - saying it "will be available at your local dealer in the course of the year 2014" -, declining to comment on "possible other focal lengths."
The Great Photo App by Baglan Dosmagambetov is a photo education app for the Apple iPhone and iPad. The app teaches users about the concept of exposure and its main variables - aperture, shutter speed and sensitivity - as well as depth of field, camera lenses and much more. The Great Photo App is available on iTunes priced at $0.99.
Olloclip has launched a new Macro 3-IN-1 photo lens solution for Apple iPhone 5 & iPhone 5S users. Experiment with the three different magnifications (21x, 14x, 7x) to photograph small objects like coins, stamps, rocks, relics, insects, plants, gems, circuit boards, and even your own skin. Small enough to fit into a pocket or palm of the hand, the olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 clip-on photo lens ships with bespoke "Instafocus" hoods that are specially designed to diffuse the light and facilitate focusing. The lens will be available from 20th December for £59.95 / $69.99.
The winners of this year's Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) prize have been revealed. The top prize – the Cutty Sark Award for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 – goes to British photographer Timothy Allen for his B&W images of the mud mosque replastering festival and Dogon life in Mali, and his studies of individuals in Wales and Bhutan. The Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 is 14 year old Jonathan Rystrøm from Denmark, while the 14 and Under Young TPOTY category was won by 10 year-old Patria Prasaysa from Indonesia.
The Instagramers Gallery - billed as the world's largest online photo gallery that also has two physical locations in Miami and Madrid - has announced the Instagramers Photo Prize featuring a grand prize of $100,000. Open to all Instagram users worldwide registered with InstagramersGallery.com, the Instagramers Photo Prize also offers daily prizes worth $1000 every day from now until 30 April 2014. The overall winner will be chosen from the daily Photo of the Day finalists.
Monday, December 16, 2013
The Plustek OpticFilm 8100 is an affordable film scanner with an optical resolution of 7200dpi, a low-power LED light source, multi-sampling and multi-exposure capabilities, and version 8 of LaserSoft Imaging’s acclaimed SilverFast scanning software. Read our Plustek OpticFilm 8100 review now...
Akvis has released version 5.5 of its NatureArt for Windows and Mac OS X. This update adds a Share option that lets you post your images from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+, changes the installation process for Windows, adds support for raw images from various cameras, fixes bugs and adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Additionally, the plug-in variant gains compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6. Pricing for Akvis NatureArt starts at $72.
Kenro has announced the UK availability of a waterproof digital camcorder, the Braun Vidi Proof. In addition to recording Full HD videos, the Braun Vidi Proof camcorder can also capture 5-megapixel stills. Other features include a self-timer and a 2.0 inch LCD screen. The camera is powered by two AA-sized batteries, and records photos and videos on microSD memory cards. The suggested retail price is £103.80.
Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Benro products has announced the availability of the Benro Smart Series Shoulder Bags. Manufactured from 1000*1000D PU coating material, the bag is highly durable The Smart Series is available in three variations (10, 20 and 30), the largest of which holds a capacity of 1SLR, 3 lenses, 1 flash plus most 12 inch laptops. Prices range between £35.34 and £48.
The Fantasea FG16 underwater housing is now available in a bundle with the Canon PowerShot G16 digital compact camera. The Fantasea FG16 maintains full access to all camera controls and functions while providing waterproofing down to depths of 60 metres / 200 feet. The Fantasea FG16 is available now for $575 / €530. The camera+housing bundle retails for $999.95.
FLTR, the world’s first-ever weekly magazine dedicated to smartphone photography and published exclusively on the iPhone, has launched today. Created by the team behind the British Journal of Photography, FLTR includes exclusive interviews with both amateur and professional photographers highlighting the latest techniques, apps, devices, trends and accessories in smartphone photography. Edited by Olivier Laurent, associate editor of British Journal of Photography, FLTR is now available to download from the Apple App Store.
Mastering Photoshop Layers: A Photographer’s Guide by Jürgen Gulbins is a new title from Rocky Nook. The book teaches readers about building and working with multiple layers, creating and using layer masks, using layers to retouch your images, blending modes, Smart Objects/Filters, timesaving shortcuts, and much more. The 300-page volume is available for $44.95.