Thursday, November 21, 2013

Leica X2 Gagosian Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Leica has announced its collaboration with Gagosian Gallery on the new-limited edition Leica X2 Gagosian Edition. Established in 1980 by Larry Gagosian in Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery’s international exhibition and publishing programs parallel Leica’s own global legacy and values of artistic integrity and expressive freedom, the company says. Handmade at Leica’s headquarters in Germany, the compact camera features an APS-C-format professional CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels, and an Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH lens. “The Leica X2 Gagosian Edition continues Leica’s rich heritage in all technical aspects and function, married with an artistic flair reflective of Gagosian’s presence in the world of art,” said Roland Wolff, Vice President of Marketing for Leica Camera USA. “Leica’s heritage of artistic collaborations, partnerships and projects allows us to move beyond the photographic image, and turn the tool itself into a piece of art.” The Leica X2 Gagosian Edition camera, produced in a limited run of one hundred units, is available for purchase exclusively at the Gagosian Shop and on the Shop’s website.

Rory’s Club

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Rory’s Club is a new, full colour hardback book documenting the life and times of Rory McIlroy MBE, one of Northern Ireland’s most popular sporting heroes. With a personal foreword by Rory and hitherto unpublished photographs supplied from private family collections, Rory’s Club explores the early developments of the game and the unfolding career of one of our most popular golfing icons, featuring over 180 photographs from Rory’s early years to the present day. The 128-page hardback can be purchased online for £20 (+£3.95 P&P) at the website below.

Northern Lights Photography Lectures in Lapland

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Discover the World is introducing a number of Northern Lights, Snow and Ice Photography lectures with award-winning photographer Ragnar Sigurddson for a number of departures to the Ice Hotel and Abisko in Swedish Lapland this winter. With two locations used over the short break guests will double their chances of catching the spectacle on camera as well as receiving advice on how best to capture snow and ice during daylight and evening. These special lectures will run during the 3-night breaks departing on the 20th December and 25th January 2014 which are priced from £1,278pp, including direct flights from Heathrow to Kiruna, accommodation and transfers. For more information visit the website below.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013 - Premium Compact Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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In the third part of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we've selected our favourite Premium Compact Cameras, with something for every budget.

Sinar CTM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Sinar CTM (Colour To Match) is a multispectral dual-pass filter solution for highly accurate colour reproduction in digital high-end photography. Developed in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Sinar CTM works exclusively with Sinar's eVolution75 H, 86 H and eXact digital backs. The main benefit of Sinar CTM - unmatched colour accuracy - is best utilised in reprography, archiving, scientific and advertising photography, the company says.

Journey Five

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Journey Five is the latest book of award-winning images from the international Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards. Compact enough to fit into a Christmas stocking, yet elegant enough to be a special gift, ‘Journey Five’ contains over 120 images and features the stories behind many of the photographs. These are the images which attracted almost 50,000 people to the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition at London’s Royal Geographical Society earlier this year. Priced at  £7.99 plus P&P, Journey Five is available to order online from the website below.

Leica at Art Basel Miami

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Leica Camera, in partnership with Miami Street Photography Festival, is launching a series of photographic events and partnerships at Art Basel Miami this December. During the six days of programming, in addition to a celebratory event and Leica Akademie, the final round of the multi-city Leica X Vario City Challenge will crown a Miami winner who will advance to the national and final round of the competition. Workshops, lectures, portfolio reviews, studio shoots and more will be offered, with world-renowned Magnum photographers Alex Webb, Bruce Gilden, and Constantine Manos, along with poet and photographer Rebecca Norris Webb, National Geographic’s Maggie Steber and celebrity portrait and sport photographer Mark Mann. Click through / read on for the details.

Fujifilm X Magazine

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Fujifilm has launched a free  digital magazine to help X-series users across  the world get more from their cameras, lenses and accessories. Available in six languages, Fujifilm X Magazine can be viewed through web browsers and both iOS and Android devices. Highlights  from  the  launch  issue  include  an  interview  with  fashion photographer  and  X-Pro1  user  Alex  Lambrechts, how to get more from the Fujifilm  Film  Simulation  modes and a gallery of portraits from X-series users around the world. The UK version of the magazine can be viewed at the website below.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nikon D5300 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon D5300 is a new 24 megapixel mid-range DSLR camera with built-in wi-fi and GPS connectivity. The D5300 also offers 1080/50/60p video recording, ISO range of 100-25600, 5fps continuous shooting, a range of creative effects, 3.2 inch LCD screen, and a 39-point autofocus system. Read our in-depth Nikon D5300 review now...

Holiday Gift Guide 2013 - Compact System Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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In the second part of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we've selected our favourite Compact System Cameras, with something for every budget.

Zoner Photo Studio Winners!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions
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We're giving away 10 copies of Zoner Photo Studio, which retails for $89!

The ten lucky winners are: andrew james chisholm, Jozsef Baksay, Vytautas Abraitis, Jacek Piwowarczyk, Ales Veluscek, KATHLEEN KERR, James Evans, Gemma Dale, CLARE ESCOTT, and Kiran Virk.

Manage, edit, and share images faster than ever. From one-click edits to creative 3D, HDR, Content-aware resizing and RAW.

Zoner Photo Studio is a great tool for downloading and organizing photos, correcting and enhancing them, and sharing your unique artistic sense. Zoner is also the first such Windows application in the world to fully support touch operation. Great job!

Where the Photography Industry is Heading for 2014

Mark Goldstein | Technique
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We gaze into our crystal balls and make some predictions for what 2014 holds for the world of photography...

Ikelite Underwater Housings for Canon G16

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Ikelite has launched two distinct underwater housings for Canon's latest offering in the G series. The Ikelite TTL Housing for the Canon Powershot G16 (£549.99) features a large, simple dial directly above the camera's LCD monitor that acts as a remote control for Ikelite DS-series strobes. An aluminium tray with left-hand rubberised grip is included with the Ikelite TTL housing for the Canon G16, providing balance and comfortable hold. The TTL housing will be available in December. The Ikelite Fibre Optic Housing (£449.99) is a more compact offering geared toward owners of optical strobes. This housing is just as rugged as the TTL version, but shrunk way down with comfortable thumb grips replacing the tray and handle assembly. The Fibre Optic housing will be available later this month.

Rogue Safari Flash Booster Debuts in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Thee Rogue Safari Flash Booster, an attachment for DSLR cameras that concentrates light from the pop-up flash for photographing subjects at a distance, will soon be available in the United Kingdom. Optimised for use with telephoto zoom lenses that are 100mm and longer, the Rogue Safari focuses up to 8x more light (an improvement of up to 3 f/stops) on a subject than a DSLR’s unassisted pop-up flash. The Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster will be in the shops for Christmas priced at £25.

Joby Pro Sling Strap with SpeedClinch

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Joby has revealed its latest product, the Pro Sling Strap. With its patent-pending SpeedCinch pulley system, the Pro Sling Strap length dynamically adjusts, letting photographers quickly secure their DSLR camera in one moment and shoot in the next. SpeedCinch has two modes: a fast-cinch mode for instant deployment and a locked mode where photographers can run, hike or bike without putting their DSLR in harm's way. For additional peace of mind, the Pro Sling Strap also comes with a camera tether. Retailing at $69.95, the Joby Pro Sling Strap is available in S-L and L-XXL sizes.

Sigma Issues Product Advisory to Nikon D5300 Owners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has issued a product advisory stating that the current firmware of its Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses may not work properly with the Nikon D5300 digital SLR camera. More precisely, the Optical Stabilisation (OS) and Live View Auto Focus functions do not work properly when it is used with the Nikon D5300. For those customers who own Sigma lenses in Nikon mount, Sigma is going to provide a free firmware update service.

ExpoDisc 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ExpoImaging has introduced the ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter for digital cameras. The original ExpoDisc Professional White Balance Filter was available in separate Neutral and Portrait (warming) versions. ExpoDisc 2.0 combines these versions into a single tool. ExpoDisc 2.0 includes two levels of custom warming gels which can be inserted into recesses on the face of the ExpoDisc, enabling photographers to add varying degrees of warmth for pleasing skin tones. The ExpoDisc 2.0 will initially be available in a 77mm filter size with more sizes to follow. As with the original ExpoDisc, a larger ExpoDisc 2.0 can be used with smaller filter size lenses by simply holding the ExpoDisc 2.0 over the lens during the white balance setting procedure. The ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White Balance Filter retails for $49.95.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013 - DSLR Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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In the first part of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we've selected our favourite DSLR cameras, with something for every budget.

Fujifilm X-E2 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Fujifilm X-E2 is a faster, more full-featured version of last year's X-E1 compact system camera, promising better image quality too. Can this gorgeous retro-styled model improve on one of our favourite cameras of 2012? Read our Fujifilm X-E2 review to find out...

Plustek USA Announces Black Friday Deals

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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Plustek USA has announced end-of-year deals on a number of its scanners. Of photographic interest are the instant rebates on the Plustek OpticFilm 8100 (pictured), OpticFilm 8200i SE and OpticFilm 8200i Ai 35mm film scanners, which range from $60 to $90 depending on model. Expiring on 30th November, these deals are available online and from authorised Plustek value-added resellers across the United States.