Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Schneider Kreuznach Re-announces FF Primes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Schneider Kreuznach has reconfirmed its plans to launch several full-frame lenses for video shooting with DSLR cameras, called “FF-Primes." Aimed at satisfying the growing demand from ambitious and professional cinematographers and photographers, the new Schneider Kreuznach Xenon FF-Primes will be available for Canon and Nikon digital SLR cameras. The new Schneider Xenon FF-Prime lenses will be available in the second half of 2013.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone to feature a 10x zoom lens. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the Galaxy S4 Zoom combines a 10x optical zoom, a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation and a Xenon Flash with the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 technology. The Galaxy S4 Zoom will be available in the UK this summer, pricing to be announced.

Official Leica X Vario Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Leica Netherlands have published 21 full-resolution JPEG samples and three DNG files from the new Leica X Vario large-sensor digital compact camera. Taken by a Leica brand manager called Eric Hendrix in Venice, Italy, these  Leica X Vario "Mini M" samples provide a first glimpse at what the camera is capable of. The JPEG images are hosted on Flickr, while the three raw files can be downloaded from Box.com.

Via 1001 Noisy Cameras

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Leica X Vario

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Leica X Vario is a new large-sensor compact camera with a 16-megapixel imager and a 28-70mm (eq.) f/3.5-6.4 lens. Billed as "the world's first compact camera to combine a large, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with a zoom lens," the Leica X Vario is capable of shooting high-resolution stills as well as 1080p Full HD videos. The optical formula of the lens comprises 8 elements in 6 groups, including an aspherical glass element. The suggested retail price of the camera is £2,150. The Leica X Vario is also available as a set with the X Vario camera protector and carrying strap in tan leather, for a kit price of £2,250. As expected based on the teaser campaign that preceded the launch, the Leica X Vario "Mini M" does not have an integrated eye-level finder - but you can buy an optional EVF for £380.

Nikon Coolpix S3500 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Nikon Coolpix S3500 is an affordable and easy-to-use point-and-shoot compact camera. Featuring a 7x, 26-182mm lens and a 20 megapixel CCD sensor, the S3500 also offers 720p HD movies and a range of special effects. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S3500 review now...

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin have been awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 for their publication War Primer 2 at a special ceremony held in The Photographers’ Gallery yesterday evening, Julia Taeschner, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Börse said: "We are very pleased with the decision of the jury and would like to congratulate the artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin. Through their work the winners of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 reflect one of the most controversially discussed topics in today’s society." The £30,000 award was presented by film director Mike Figgis.

Aphex Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Drone manufacturer Event 38 Unmanned Systems has launched a new multirotor drone called Aphex, which is designed for high quality aerial photography. "This hexacopter is based on the 3DR Hexa frame. It comes ready to fly with a 2-axis stabilizing camera mount for taking aerial photographs," says founder Jeff Taylor. "We modified the camera mount so it can now take images not only at moderate angles but also straight down for super low altitude mapping missions." For the time being, the built-in shutter control is limited to the Samsung NX1000, NX20 and NX210 but users with their own remote shutters are able to use those as long as the total weight doesn't exceed 500g. The Aphex AP hexacopter is priced at $1589 including everything except the camera.

Website: Droneyard

Manfrotto Launches KLYP for iPhone 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has unveiled the iPhone 5 version of its KLYP case, together with the KlypApp and the PIXI tripod. The KLYP case offers a stylish, functional method for attaching any camera support and additional light to the iPhone, with its two ¼ thread and a cold-shoe “clip-on” connectors. The KlypApp completes the overall product concept facilitating iPhone users in shooting their videos and pictures by simply clapping their hands. The self-release shutter function allows the photographer to easily be part of the pictures. The Manfrotto KLYP casecomes in two kits - the KLYP case with the two clip-on connectors and the KLYP case with the two clip-on connectors plus the ML240 LED light. Pricing for the KLYP case for iPhone 5 starts at £24.95. The new PIXI mini-tripod, which has a universal 1/4" screw thread that can be used with a large variety of devices, from the iPhone (with KLYP) to  entry level DSLRs, is also available for £24.95.

PNY Relaunches its Suite of Memory Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PNY Technologies today relaunched its suite of Flash memory cards. Commenting on this latest product release, Adrien Thebault, Storage Media Product Manager for PNY Europe, said: “We’re bringing some clarity back into a confused marketplace. We want consumers and professionals at all levels to easily recognise the right product for them.” The PNY SDHC/XC/CF Elite Performance 100 MB/s memory cards are available in capacities up to 64GB, with superior speeds of up to 100 MB per second. The company’s new SDHC/XC High-Performance 50 MB/s Flash cards deliver the capacity, speed and performance needed to support the capabilities of advanced photo enthusiasts, while the also-new SDHC Performance 30 MB/s cards are designed for first-time DSLR users.

Samsung NX 10mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samsung has announced a 10mm fisheye lens for its NX system. Billed as the smallest AF fisheye lens on the market, the Samsung 10mm f/3.5 weighs in at only 72 grams, and has a diagonal angle of view of 180 degrees. The optical formula comprises 7 elements in 5 groups including one aspherical element, and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades. The Samsung 10mm F3.5 Fisheye Lens will be available to buy in the UK later this year.

Fujfilm, Panasonic Co-develop Organic CMOS Sensor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Fujifilm and Panasonic have developed a new organic CMOS image sensor technology that promises better dynamic range and higher light sensitivity. The new technology uses an organic photoelectric conversion layer with a photoelectric conversion property at the light receiving section of an image sensor to achieve performance beyond that of conventional image sensors. The transistors and metal interconnects in each pixel, fabricated using Panasonic's semiconductor device technology, are coated with a photoelectric conversion layer developed using Fujifilm's organic material technology. This boosts sensor sensitivity by 1.2 times compared to conventional sensors to deliver clean images even in low light. The thin film, achieved with the organic CMOS image sensor technology, has enabled the expansion of the range of incident angles to 60 degrees, efficiently utilizing light entering at an angle for faithful color reproduction with no colour mixing. The improved signal saturation value, combined with a newly developed noise-cancelling circuit, has resulted in what the two companies call "the industry's highest dynamic range," preventing highlight clipping in bright scenes.

Hasselblad Lunar Hits Shelves in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Hasselblad has announced availability and pricing details for the Hasselblad Lunar compact system camera in the United Kingdom. The Lunar - which is essentially a more ergonomic, Hasselblad branded version of the Sony NEX-7 - was first announced at the Photokina trade show held last September in Cologne, Germany. In the UK, the Hasselblad Lunar will be available from Harrods, Selfridges, Richard Caplan London and the Peter Jones shop in Sloane Square, the latter of which will host a launch event on Wednesday 12th June. The camera, which is compatible with all Sony E mount lenses, comes bundled with an 18-55mm standard zoom. The kit is available for £5280.

Via Amateur Photographer

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sony NEX-3N Review

Mark Goldstein
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The NEX-3N is Sony's new entry-level compact system camera for 2013. Billed as the "world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera", the NEX-3N is also one of the cheapest mirrorless cameras on the market. It features a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, 1080i HD movies, 3 inch tilting screen and built-in flash. Read our in-depth Sony NEX-3N review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files and movies.

Coordinate Gear Bags Release Special Core Set

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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Coordinate Gear have announced a special offer on their Core bag range. Designed for active people with camera gear who only want to carry one bag, Coordinate Gear are offering The CORE Set, which is made up of three bags, for £179. They have also released a new series of videos created to demonstrate the extensive bag range.

AFP – Best of 2012

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Some of the AFP's best photos from 2012 will be on display at the Berlin photo festival opening this Thursday. The festival aims at bringing photographers and photojournalists together to discuss themes like Documentary Photography, Photojournalism future, Mobile Photography in the context of Internet, Social Networks, Multimedia and more. The exhibition “AFP – Best of 2012” running until 18th June, will show a selection of photos including images that have earned the photographers international prizes such as World Press Photo awards and Pulitzer prizes.

Lensbabies Used in “Much Ado About Nothing”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lensbaby has announced that its products were used to shoot the film “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by the renowned Joss Whedon. "We shot the flashback scenes on a Canon 7D with a Lensbaby Composer with Double Glass," says Jay Hunter, Director of Photography. "I really love how the Lensbaby sends you into an abstract world, by defocusing and warping the frame while leaving other portions of the frame sharp."

Apple Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.06

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Apple has issued a new Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update to MacOS X. Version 4.06 adds support for nine new cameras including the Canon EOS-1D C (pictured), EOS 100D and EOS 700D, the Hasselblad Lunar, the Nikon COOLPIX A, Nikon D7100, Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1, and the Sony Alpha NEX-3N. Note that Aperture version 3.4 or later, or iPhoto version 9.4 or later, is required to install this update.

Marumi Launches Variable ND Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has unveiled a new line of Variable Neutral Density Filters from Marumi, which feature adjustable ND2-ND400 light control. "Available in nine different sizes ranging from 49mm to 82mm, dream-like results are achievable by using just the single filter, minimising the need to carry several different kinds in order to create the desired effect," the company says. The new Marumi Variable Neutral Density Filters are available now and carry suggested retail prices ranging from £125.40 to £235.14.

Phase One Offers Special Price on Capture One Pro 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Complementing the recently announced free educational Webinar series to introduce new customers to the Capture One Pro workflow, Phase One is now offering 20% off the purchase (or upgrade) price for Capture One Pro 7 until 16th June. And for those purchasing or upgrading to Capture One Express 7, the price is reduced by 50 percent until the end of the month. Click through / read on for the details.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today released Lightroom 5 for MacOS and Windows. The program is available as an individual licence or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. Key new features include an Advanced Healing Brush, new Upright tool and Radial Gradients, which enable users to apply off-centre and multiple vignettes in a single image. Smart Previews allow photographers to make edits to their images offline, without bringing their entire library of original files with them. Edits and metadata changes to Smart Preview files are automatically applied to the original images when they are reconnected. Other novelties include new video slideshows and updates to the Book module. Photoshop Lightroom 5 is available now for immediate download for Adobe Creative Cloud members. Standalone software is available at Adobe.com and participating retailers for $149 or $79 for upgrades.