Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Leica M for (RED)

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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A truly one-of-a-kind Leica M digital rangefinder camera designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s to raise money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Taking place on 23 November 2013, the (RED) Auction will feature items "from disciplines as diverse as space travel and lighting design to contemporary art and rare automobiles, all unified and distinguished by their excellence and innovation," the organisers say. One of the highlights of the auction, the completely unique Leica M for (RED) has a laser machined aluminium body with an anodised aluminium outer shell.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Canon PowerShot S120 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon PowerShot S120 is a new compact camera for enthusiasts. Featuring a 5x zoom lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, ISO range of 80-12,800, 12.1fps burst shooting, RAW support, full manual controls, built-in wi-fi connectivity, touchscreen interface and 1080p video at 60fps, the Canon S120 is a slim and stylish camera that you can easily fit in a trouser pocket. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot S120 review now to find out if it's the best premium compact camera...

Official Pentax K-3 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh has released half a dozen high-resolution sample images captured with the new Pentax K-3 APS-C format digital SLR camera. The 24-megapixel Pentax K-3 samples were taken with a variety of lenses including the smc PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mmF3.5-4.5ED[IF], the smc PENTAX-DA★300mmF4ED[IF] SDM, the HD PENTAX-DA 70mmF2.4 Limited, the smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mmF2.8 WR and the smc PENTAX-DA★16-50mmF2.8ED AL[IF] SDM. All of these sample photos were captured at low sensitivity settings (ISO100/21° and ISO200/24°). You can download the full-resolution Pentax K-3 sample images from the website below.

Website: Pentax K-3 Samples

Nikon D610

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D610 is a new 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera with a 24-megapixel FX sensor and a new Quiet Release Burst mode. In regular continuous shooting mode, the Nikon D610 can capture up to six frames per second (up from 5.5fps in the Nikon D600), while in the new Quiet Release Burst mode - which reduces the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism - the maximum shooting speed is 3fps. In virtually all other respects, the Nikon D610 is essentially the exact "replica" of the D600, with headline features such as a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 (extendable up to 25,600), lockable mode dial, pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage and 0.7x magnification, a (mostly) magnesium alloy body shell, a 39-point auto focus module, in-camera HDR exposure blending and Full HD video recording capabilities. The Nikon D610 will go on sale later this month, priced at £1799.99 / €2199.00 / $1999.95 for the body only. A kit consisting of the camera and the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR FX lens will be available for £2299.99 / €2799.00 / $2599.95.

Artisan Books to Utilise Latest HP Indigo Printing Technology

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Founded by Francis Atterbury, Artisan Books is a new company utilising HP Indigo printing technology to produce affordable high-end books for creatives. One of the first books to be printed by the company is a collection of portraits by British photographer John Swannell.“I wanted to produce something really special that looks expensive and luxurious, and the book that encapsulates my latest portraits not only needed to capture the essence of the photography itself, but reflect the same high quality standards I hold for the original pieces,” said Swannell. “The newly established Artisan Books enabled me to create a beautifully printed, hand-finished book that showcases my work perfectly. I am really pleased with the whole look and feel of the book, it is better than I ever expected!” 

Fotodiox Launches New Line of Sony RX1 Accessories

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox has launched an extensive range of camera accessories specially designed for Sony RX1 cameras. The accessory line includes an all-metal one-piece camera grip; a lightweight, aluminum lens hood; and a sleek shutter release button for easier, steadier shots. The accessories are available for sale individually or combined in the Fotodiox Pro Camera Kit bundle. The kit costs a total of $109.95, and all Fotodiox products come with a 24 month manufacturer’s warranty.

MindShift Gear Tripod Suspension Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MindShift Gear has unveiled a Tripod Suspension Kit, whichallows outdoor photographers hands-free mobility and instant accessibility to tripods and monopods. The product was conceived in response to a complaint that carrying their tripods and monopods can be a nuisance, especially over long distances. Weighing in at 100 grams, the MindShift Gear Tripod Suspension Kit  is available for $47.50.

Switronix PocketBase

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Switronix today released the PocketBase, an extended power solution for the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The PocketBase allows you to power the camera up to 5 hours with two LP-E6 type batteries, while simultaneously charging the removable internal battery. By keeping the internal battery inside the Pocket Camera during operation, you can then hotswap the attached LP-E6 batteries within the PocketBase for continuous camera operation. Switronix is also releasing the BMPC-EXT, which is a 6" or 24" BlackMagic Pocket Camera conversion cable. It will convert any Switronix BMCC product to work with the Pocket Camera.

Robert Capa’s Vintage Prints on Show at Paris Photo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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At Paris Photo this year, as a centennial celebration of Robert Capa’s life and work, Daniel Blau will present a collection of more than 65 rare vintage pictures documenting World War II in Europe from 1943-45. Born on 22 October 1913 as Friedmann Endre Ernő in Budapest, Hungary, Robert Capa was one of the most famous photojournalists and war photographers of all time. Having covered the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Second World War, he co-founded Magnum Photos in 1947, with Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, David Seymour and William Vandivert. As a Magnum photographer he documented the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 and the final stage of the First Indochina War, in which he died a violent death at the age of 40. In addition to the Capa collection, Daniel Blau will also organise an exhibition of images depicting Germany's "misled youth" during Hitler's rule from 1933 to 1945. The exhibitions will be on display from 14-17 November 2013 at the Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pentax K-3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax K-3 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Here are 41 hands-on photos of the Pentax K-3, a new enthusiast DSLR camera with a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD movies, 27-point AF system, 8.3fps burst shooting, 3.2-inch LCD screen, excellent build quality and weather-resistance.

Click through to view the Pentax K-3 gallery, including pictures of the new 55-300m lens that has also just been announced.

Pentax K-3

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Pentax K-3 is the new flagship model of the PENTAX K digital SLR camera series. The new K-3 features 24 megapixels, a 27-point AF system, high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second, a newly designed 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor, a large 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor, Full HD movies at 60fps, dustproof, weather-resistant body construction, and an optical viewfinder with the largest, brightness subject image in its class. It also has an anti-aliasing simulator, rather than an optical anti-aliasing filter, providing a choice of filtered or filter-free shooting for a given scene or subject, plus Dual SD card slots and a USB 3.0 port.

Available in black or limited edition silver, the Pentax K-3 will be available from November for £1,099.99 body-only, £1,199.99 with the DA L 18-55mm WR lens, £1,349.99 with the DA L 18-55mm WR & DA L 50-200mm WR lenses, and £1,449.99 with the DA 18-135mm WR lens. The K-3 Silver Limited Edition will cost £1,399.99. Optional accessories include a battery grip, FLU card for wireless LAN connection to a compatible smartphone, and a camera strap.

Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR is a versatile telephoto zoom lens for K-mount DSLR cameras. The new lens features PENTAX-original HD coating to deliver sharp, clear images, and a weather-resistant construction. The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR will be available from November 2013 for £399.99.

Nikon Coolpix P7800 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 49 sample JPEG images and a full 1080p HD movie taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P7800 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is a premium compact featuring a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, 7.1x optical zoom, a 921,000-dot electronic viewfinder, 3” RGBW LCD vari-angle monitor, 8fps continuous shooting speed, and second-generation Vibration Reduction.

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 32

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Issue 32 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a free article entitled "Sense of Scale," a guide to mountain photography, a piece on aurora hunting by Joe Rainbow, a review of the book "Within the Frame." a free interview with Kevin McNeil, a portfolio of images by Andrew Yu & Neil Atkinson, and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.

Corel Announces Cashback Offer on Flagship Products

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today announced an exclusive cashback promotion on CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Small Business Edition and Corel Photo & Video Suite X6. Customers who purchase a full version of the software are entitled to claim up to £90 cashback. The promotion is available from Saturday 5 October until Tuesday 31 December 2013.

Working Class

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers, Websites
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The Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH) today launched its ninth online exhibition, entitled 'Working Class.' The five galleries host the works of recognised photographers of the PMH online community like Bryan Schutmaat, Nick Ballon, Christian Rodriguez and Tatyana Palyga among others.

Manfrotto Launches Revamped 190 Tripod Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto updated its 190 Tripod Series with a range of additional features. One of the most innovative aspects of the new 190 is the mechanism to operate the new 90° column. It is accessed only when needed and with a quick ‘one finger’ operation at the bottom of the centre column, the mechanism appears from the main casting of the tripod allowing the column to tilt. Both the new column mechanism and four-leg section models have a more compact closed dimension which allows for easier portability. The also-new Rotating Levelling Bubble is quick to set up and allows the tripod to be positioned more precisely. It is easy to use, whatever the shape of the head or however the tripod is set up. The revamped 190 is available in aluminium and carbon-fibre versions, at prices ranging from £184.95-£359.95.

Zeiss Otus 1.4/55

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss has officially announced the upcoming launch of its new 55mm f/1.4 lens, the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55. Otus is the Latin name for a type of owl known for its excellent vision in darkness, so the product name hints at the remarkable low-light capabilities of the new lens. Indeed, Zeiss claims that the Otus 1.4/55 "creates the highest-possible image quality, even with an open aperture." Other unique features of the Otus 1.4/55 are its high image contrast all the way to the edges (even for low f-numbers) and the consistent high-resolution performance across the entire image field. The optical formula incorporates a floating elements design with 12 elements in 10 groups, including a double-sided aspheric lens element and six elements made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 will be available for Nikon (ZF.2) and Canon (ZE) mounts, starting at the end of October in all global markets. The recommended retail price will be €2,940 or US$3,999.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Pentax Q7 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The new Pentax Q7 is the smallest compact system camera on the market. Offering a new 1/1.7"-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor, improved low-light auto focus and an upgraded Shake Reduction mechanism, can the Q7 compete with its bigger rivals? Read our Pentax Q7 review to find out...

‘Instagram-Pa’ Campaigns to Get the Elderly to Create Digital Photo Legacies

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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The oldest known Instagrammer in the UK has started a movement to get the elderly to create digital photo legacies on the social photo community. Rex Redstone, 85, the self-confessed ‘Instagram-pa’ wanted to be able to share photos of his life online with family and friends.  After seeking help and advice, he teamed up with Barclays Digital Eagles to start posting on Instagram.  He is now encouraging other elderly people including his friends to share and showcase their own rich histories in Instagram timelines. To see Rex’s colourful history online, follow him at Instagram.com/Rexpeterborough