Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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.

A Day at Home

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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A Day at Home is a new photographic series by Charlotte Colbert. With playful nods to Bourgeois’ “femme-maison”, the visuals of ruins and fairy tales, Colbert questions the daily insanity of being human, more specifically within the context of the home. Shot on location, in a derelict house in Bethnal Green, the ruins become a character in themselves, the murky mindscape from which one cannot escape. The series will be on display at Gazelli Art House, a commercial art organisation dedicated to providing a new setting for the creation of contemporary art, from 29th November – 12th December 2013. Gazelli Art House is located at 39 Dover St, London.

Phase One / Tether Tools Webinar

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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On 20th November, Phase One and Tether Tools will co-host a special free webinar on the specifics about how Capture One Pro and Tether Tools make tethered shooting easier and more reliable. The webinar is complemented by a limited-time offer on the Pro Tether Tools Kit with Capture One Pro 7. Until 24th November, the kit is available for $586.55, a saving of more than $100. To register for the event visit the website below.

Oasis Launches International Nature Photography Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Registration is now open for this year's International Nature Photography Contest, organised by Oasis. There are ten categories for adults, including Landspaces, Mammals, Birds, Other Animals, Storyboard, Underwater, People, Plants, Pets, and Lights, shapes and techniques. The Boys category is divided into two sections; Baby (for children up to 14 years) and Junior (for kids aged 14 to 18 years). The deadline for submissions is 25 December 2013.

PNY Unveils New High Performance Memory Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PNY Technologies have introduced its new SDHC/XC High Performance memory cards. Available in four different capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB, these Class 10 UHS-I cards offer speeds of up to 80MB/s. Prices start at £17.99.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Review

Matt Grayson
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The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a small super-zoom camera with a 30x zoom lens. The Canon SX510 also offers 12 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, wi-fi and GPS connectivity, full manual controls and 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX510 HS review now...

Triggertrap Redsnap

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Triggertrap's Redsnap accessory, a modular camera trigger for high-speed, camera-trap and time-lapse photography, has exceeded its funding goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter by nearly 6 times. Billed as "one of the fastest, easiest to use, and most affordable high-speed flash- and camera triggers money can't yet buy," Triggertrap Redsnap uses interchangeable sensor modules that you can snap on when you need them, and tuck away in your camera bag when you don't. It has three outputs, so you can hook up three cameras, three flashes, or a combination of both. It also has a special connector allowing it to talk to the Triggertrap Mobile App for iOS and Android. With over £288,000 pledged, Triggertrap Redsnap has exceeded all of its stretch goals, and will go into production in the first half of 2014.

Magmod Flash Modifiers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tucson, Arizona based photographer Spencer Boerup has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new, magnetic system of mounting flash modifiers that works with almost any strobe. "For photographers, attaching a flash modifier is a chore," Boerup says. "Either you need a special mount designed just your flash, or you have to use velcro, elastic, or a whole slew of other materials just to get your modifiers to stay in place." Magmod promises to change it all. Each Magmod modifier attaches to your speedlight by magnetising to the MagGrip, an elastic,one-size-fits-all band that stretches around the flash head. The system is modular - in addition to the MagGrip, it currently includes the MagGrid honeycomb grid and the MagGel Kit, which comprises a gel slot and various colour temperature modifying gels. You can add as many modifiers as you want, simply stacking one on top of the other. Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's Kickstarter page.