Friday, September 13, 2013

Canon at London Fashion Week

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Canon Europe is once again supporting the British Fashion Council at the September 2013 London Fashion Week and Vodafone London Fashion Weekend.The dedicated team of Canon Professional Services (CPS) technicians at the CPS centre at Somerset House will provide accredited professional photographers with advice, essential maintenance services, equipment loans and help with minor repairs. As part of its initiative to support fashion designers, Canon has been working with Henry Holland to bring unique imagery to his House of Holland show and print his actual catwalk stage using an Océ Arizona flatbed printer.  Canon will also collaborate with Ashish to create an instant Look Book about his eccentric and unique collection mixing Western and Eastern cultures, using Canon’s printing facilities.

Photograph for Nokia in Puerto Rico

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Nokia and world-class National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez have partnered with Talenthouse to invite photographers to submit an image inspired by the spirit of travel, nature and adventure. Five lucky winners will be able to join Stephen on a mentoring road trip through Puerto Rico in January 2014. The round of submissions is open until 10 October 2013. Forty finalists will be provided with a Nokia Lumia 1020 ‘trial’ device in which to submit their final works. The overall winners will be selected to take the trip with Stephen, a Nokia Lumia 1020 and exclusive exposure across NationalGeographic.com/nokia website.

Olympus Image Space @ The Loading Bay

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Olympus Image Space @ The Loading Bay is the first in a series of events designed to showcase the Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera (pictured). On show Wednesday 18th to Monday 23rd September, from Olympus Image Space @ The Loading Bay features an exhibition of new images by photographer Gabrielle Motola - Women of Iceland. Images from Olympus Ambassadors will also be on display, including one of the first images shot on the new OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Principal Photographer Damien McGillicuddy. The Olympus Image Space @ The Loading Bay Gallery is located on Dray Walk, (Old Truman Brewery), off Brick Lane, London, E1 6NJ.

SanDisk Launches World’s First CFast 2.0 Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SanDisktoday announced the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card. The 120GB1 SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card is the world’s fastest memory card, with read speeds of up to 450MB/s (3000X) and write speeds up to 350MB/s (2333X). This is the first card to utilise the CFast 2.0 specification. SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory cards are available in the U.S. and Europe at select photo specialty stores and at Arri authorized storefronts in 60GB and 120GB capacities.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

ReallyNiceImages Updates Film Presets for Lightroom

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ReallyNiceImages have announced an important update to their film-emulating tools for Adobe Lightroom users. The new version of the package includes 37 iconic films emulating the most famous films of the 20th century, 21 faded films emulating colour artifacts of expired and faded films and prints, and 19 film essential tools allowing user to adjust contrast, frame, grain and other parameters of their image. All the presets are compatible with Adobe Lightroom 4 and higher. "Iconic Films" or "Faded Films" can be purchased separately for $69.99 and $79.99, respectively.

Patrick Lichfield’s Caribbean

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Patrick Lichfield's Caribbean images will be on display at the Little Black Gallery in London from 29 October - 7 December 2013. This is the first exhibition of these photographs, many unpublished, representing all genres of Lichfield’s photography: landscape, portraiture, fashion and nudes. The Little Black Gallery is located at 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ.

BosStrap LT Sliding Sling Straps for Smaller Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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BosStrap has released two light versions of its sliding sling strap for CSCs, bridge cameras and camcorders. Both sliding sling straps use a special fitting that moves along the diagonally worn wide strap, and the camera attaches to the sliding fitting. In use, the camera glides up to shooting position because of the sliding fitting; the strap itself does not to move. The 64” long adjustable BosStrap LT attaches to the left camera strap lug rather than the tripod socket. The two BosStrap LT sliding string straps are priced at $46.95 and $38.95.

Prime Circle XE Wireless Programmable Controller

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LockCircle has premiered the Prime Circle XE wireless programmable controller and the Prime Circle EF Pro mount. The PrimeCircle XE System is a complete range of innovative prime lenses with electronic aperture and wireless control up to 300 feet. Prime Circle XE lenses blend world-class optics (Carl Zeiss) with cine-style ergonomics complete with dedicated XE and XE-Z wireless controllers. Available in 10 different focal lengths from 15mm to 135mm, PrimeCircle XE lenses feature large focus scales on both sides of lens barrel for precise focus-puller work and a 95mm front mount across the range. The new XE - EF Pro mount offers innovative positive locking for precise and tight lens mounting, while the XE System Controller comes with programmable aperture ramping features. Deliveries are expected to start in the first week of November.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB CF Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SanDisk today announced the availability of the 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory card. The card delivers minimum sustained write speeds of 65MB/s, optimized to capture 4K and Full HD video. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card has transfer speeds of up to 160MB/s, and delivers fast shot speeds of up to 140MB/s for fast action and continuous burst mode shots. The cards are durability tested, include RTV silicone coating inside for added protection against shock and vibration, and perform in extreme temperatures from -13 °F to +185 °F. All this goodness comes at a price, though: the recommended retail price of the 256GB card is an eye-watering $1809.99.

Canon’s EOS-1D C: First Ever HD Tier 1 DSLR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Canon EOS-1D C has recently been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcasting Union standards for HD content acquisition and found to be the first DSLR ever to provide an image of high enough quality for use as a broadcast production tool. Results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides ‘exceptional’ HD resolution from a 4K source with ‘very low’ aliasing, and ‘good’ colour performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirm that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production.

Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ExpoImaging have launched the Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster, an attachment for DSLR cameras that concentrates light from the pop-up flash for photographing subjects at a distance. 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 is available now for $34.95.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 68 sample photos, 30 RAW images and a Full HD 1080p movie taken with the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera and the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens.

These sample photos were taken today at an Olympus event in Ireland with a final production version of the OM-D E-M1 and one of the very first 12-40mm f/2.8 lenses. We also used the 45mm f/1.8 and 300mm lenses for a few of the images, but the majority were taken with the excellent 12-40mm lens.

We've also included an ISO sequence from 100 to 25600 so that you can see exactly what the new 16 megapixel sensor is capable of.

Official Apple iPhone 5S Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Apple has posted half a dozen full-resolution sample pictures captured with the newly announced iPhone 5S. Boasting larger photosites, dual LED flash and faster auto focus than its predecessor, the Apple iPhone 5S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK from 20th September.

Website: Apple iPhone 5S Sample Photos

Apple iPhone 5S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone 5S boasts an 8-megapixel "iSight" camera module with larger sensor photosites, faster auto focus and a brighter lens than its predecessor. Other highlights include a double "True Tone" LED flash, 10fps continuous shooting and 720p HD video recording at 120fps for slow-motion playback. The new True Tone flash, which uses an amber and a white LED, variably adjusts colour and intensity for over 1,000 combinations so photos taken with a flash appear more natural, the company says. The new camera app in iOS 7 offers real-time photo filters courtesy of a new, 64-bit A7 processor that also promises faster overall operation. The Apple iPhone 5S comes in gold, silver or grey, and will be available for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB variant and $399 for the 64GB version, fpr "qualified customers." In the UK, the iPhone 5S sells for £549 (16GB), £629 (32GB) and £709 (64GB). The product will hit the shelves on 20 September 2013.

Apple iPhone 5C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone 5C is a plastic version of the iPhone 5, which comes in a variety of colours including blue, green, pink, yellow and white. Unlike the iPhone 5S, which has an upgraded camera module, the iPhone 5C's photographic features are essentially unchanged from the iPhone 5. These include an f/2.4 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with 1.1-micron photosites, single LED flash and 1080p video at 30fps, with no slow-motion 720p option. The Apple iPhone 5C comes with iOS 7 on board, for $99 / £469 for the 16GB variant and $199 / £549 for the 32GB model. Availability is slated for 20 September.

Sony Xperia Z1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Sony Xperia Z1 is an Android phone with a 1/2.3-type 20.7-megapixel sensor, a 27mm (eq.) f/2 lens and 1080p HDR video. Other highlights include a 5" Full HD display with a resolution of 441 dots. a range of photo-related apps, a dust- and water-resistant construction and a 3000mAh battery. The Sony Xperia Z1 is currently available to pre-order for £599 including taxes. Deliveries are expected to start at the end of September.

Terry O’Neill Photography Awards Go Global and Mobile

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Now in its eighth year, the Terry O’Neill Photography Award has launched with a fresh website and a mobile device category sponsored by The Royal Photographic Society. Other categories include Reportage, Fashion, Documentary, Landscape, Wildlife, Portraiture and  Fine Art. The winners will have their work showcased in Terry O’Neill exhibitions in London and overseas and will be featured in the Sunday Times Magazine. £6500 of cash prizes can be won. The winner will receive £3000 and two runners-up £2000 and £1000 respectively. The winner of the mobile device category wins £500. The deadline for entries is 30th November. Do note that there is a £25 entry fee (£10 for students). As always we recommend that you read the rules before entering your work.

North West Bird Watching Festival

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is hosting the annual North West Bird Watching Festival on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November offering photographers a great day out. At the event, London Camera Exchange will be offering guidance on photography, and Outdoor Photography Gear will also have a stand. In addition, Martin Birchall and Ron Thomas will conduct a number of free photography workshops. The reserve is opening at 8am offering early morning photography opportunities. For further event information and a detailed list of exhibitors, visit the website below.

Snapheal Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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MacPhun has released a Pro version of its Snapheal application for the Macintosh platform. “Snapheal Pro is a dedicated solution to a problem that 100% of photographers face: how to remove unwanted objects from photos,” said Paul Muzok, co-founder and CEO of MacPhun. “The popularity of our original Snapheal product showed us there was a real need for an elegant and professional caliber healing tool that is also quick and easy to use." To celebrate the launch of Snapheal Pro, MacPhun and several industry partners are giving away a Canon 5D Mark III camera, and offering substantial special offers on photography-related products and services. Partners include Bongo Bytes, Datacolor, Delkin Devices, Eye-Fi, Simply Color, Spacerframe, Wacom, and Zenfolio. Free entry to the camera giveaway and information on special offers can be found at the website below.

PNY High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PNY has just revealed its new High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader. Commenting on this latest product release, Adrien Thebault, Storage Media Product Manager for PNY Europe, said: “With the launch of the High Performance 3.0 flash card reader we are pleased to be able to deliver an exceptional solution that delivers outstanding speeds and matches the fastest cards in PNY’s High Performance and Elite Performance range. We are confident that this latest offering will be an excellent addition to PNY’s extensive product line for imaging professionals.” The PNY High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader is compatible with SD(HC/XC), CF and xD cards as well as Memory Sticks. The recommended retail price is £19.99.