Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hasselblad to Launch its First Retail Outlet

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Hasselblad's firat-ever retail outlet will open for business in Tokyo's fashionable Harajuku area on 14th September. The new store - a one-stop-shop of all things Hasselblad - is located adjacent to the Hasselblad Japan offices and close to a number of well-known retailers and trendy fashion boutiques. ""This is the first time in our history that we will be providing direct sales in store as opposed to the standard commercial protocol with partners, distributors and dealers," says William Penrice, president, Hasselblad Japan. "This store launch is a brand new challenge for the company and we are all very excited and enthusiastic about its future. We want people to just drop by whenever they can and browse, not just our latest cameras, but also enjoy a snapshot of our heritage and history."

Monday, September 9, 2013

Leica C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Leica has unveiled the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras, the Leica C. The easily pocketable Leica C has a 1/1.7" MOS sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels, and comes equipped with a fixed-mount, 28-200mm (eq.) f/2.0-5.9 lens and an integrated electronic viewfinder (EVF). Other highlights include Wi-Fi connectivity with Near Field Communications (NFC) and a programmable ring around the lens that makes it easy to manually control aperture, shutter speed and zoom. The Leica C will be available in the UK from authorised Leica dealers, starting mid-September 2013. The suggested retail price is £550 including VAT. Registered Leica C owners will be able to download a fully functional copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom free of charge.

New Camera Reviews Index

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG
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We've been hard at work behind-the scenes making our Camera Reviews index easier to use. You can now search for a camera by date, the manufacturer and the camera's final rating, or a combination of all three. So if you want to see the 5-star cameras from Canon, all the Sony cameras, or the 4-star lenses from Nikon, simply use the various "filter by" buttons.

And don't forget that we also have our Best Digital Cameras guide which makes a great starting point to choosing the best camera for you.

Let us know what you think of the new look in the Comments section...

Nikon Coolpix AW110 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Coolpix AW110 is Nikon's second all-action compact camera. The 16 megapixel Nikon AW110 has a 5x zoom lens, 3 inch OLED screen, built-in GPS and wi-fi, and can record full 1080p video. Read our Nikon Coolpix AW110 review to find out if this is the tough camera for you...

World Photographic Cup

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP) has announced the "World Photographic Cup" competition. Photographic associations are invited to send a team entry from their nation to represent their highest standard of photographic excellence and style for the inaugural World Photographic Cup. The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2013.

Cities at Dawn on Kickstarter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Diana Bird and Anthony Epes have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the publication of two new photography books, London at Dawn (revised edition) and Paris at Dawn. "We have paid for half the printing costs and are now looking to raise the other half," the authors say. "If the campaign is successful we will then be exhibiting the project and launching the books at St Pancras Station in October." If you are interested in making a contribution, visit the website below.

Serif PhotoStack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Serif has just launched PhotoStack, an all-in-one photo organiser, editor and library. Designed with speed and simplicity in mind, PhotoStack will help budding photographers quickly and easily enhance, sort and share their entire photo collection, the company promises. Users can import thousands of photos from their camera, smartphone or tablet straight into PhotoStack and organise them in seconds. Once uploaded, photos can be tagged, rated or grouped into photo stacks – a feature which makes it easier for users to find their favourite version of any photo. With just a few simple clicks, users can take care of imperfections, such as red-eye, spots and blemishes, and even erase unwanted background objects. There are also dedicated tools to recolour and sharpen images, plus features for cropping, cloning and straightening pictures. Once editing is complete, users can see their entire collection in the library and use simple drag and drop tools to quickly create bespoke photo albums. PhotoStack is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and is optimised for 64-bit operating systems. It retails at £49.99 and is available directly from Serif.

MindShift Gear Lens Switch Case

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MindShift Gear have released a new Lens Switch Case, a lightweight and versatile unpadded modular lens/accessory pouch that can be carried on the belt of MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Professional backpack. “The Lens Switch Case solves one of the biggest problems nature and outdoor photographers face,” said MindShift Gear’s Product Manager Jerry Dodrill.  “By mounting it on the rotation180° pro backpack’s belt, photographers can quickly access their telephoto lenses, filters, and other equipment on the fly.” The Lens Switch Case is available for $42.50.

Limelite Appoints MAC Group As Exclusive USA Distributor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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Limelite has appointed MAC Group as its exclusive distributor in the US. Under the new agreement MAC Group will become a shareholder in the UK-based lighting company. Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group, has been appointed President of Limelite USA. He said: “Limelite is a new and exciting challenge for us. With new and innovative products in the continuous lighting field, Limelite represents the future of the lighting business whether it is for filmmakers or photographers. Our goal will be to establish it as a leader in the advanced LED, fluorescent and tungsten lighting business.”

Friday, September 6, 2013

Canon EOS 70D Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Canon EOS 70D is not just another DSLR camera, thanks to its innovative Dual-Pixel CMOS AF system. This new technology aims to deliver much better Live View and Movie shooting than any other DSLR on the market. Read our in-depth Canon EOS 70D review to find out if it delivers on its promise...

Inspire Me: Luke Chapman

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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In the second of a new series of interviews with professional photographers, Luke Chapman reveals what has inspired him during his career.

Adobe Announces Photoshop Photography Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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During its keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe has announced its new Photoshop Photography Programme, which gives users who own Photoshop CS3 or higher the opportunity to use both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month. The offer additionally includes 20 gigabytes of online storage, access to Creative Cloud Learn's training resources, Behance ProSite, and ongoing upgrades and updates. Note that the $9.99 offer is valid in America, Asia (with the exception of Japan), Africa and European countries outside the EU. Japanese users pay ¥1,000, Australians AU$9.99, UK citizens £7.14 and the rest of the EU €9.99 per month. Also note that while these are not introductory prices, you do need to sign up before the end of this year to take advantage of this special offer, which will be available at the same time as Lightroom 5.2 - i.e. within a couple of weeks.

Paint Shop Pro X6 Ultimate

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel has released Paint Shop Pro X6 Ultimate with 64-bit support, a refined user interface, new quick-selection tools and improved workflows. Performance gains include faster operation, accelerated file opening and saving, and enhanced support for 64-bit Photoshop plug-ins. For the first time ever, Athentech's Perfectly Clear plug-in is included in PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimatem along with FaceFilter3 Standard, a versatile photo retouching and beautifying toolkit by Reallusion.

Wacom Releases New Intuos and Intuos Pro Models

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Wacom has introduced a new line-up of Intuos and Intuos Pro pen tablets. The products have been re-designed in terms of ergonomic and technical features. In addition there is a slimmer design and improved multi-touch functions and wireless capabilities. The Intuos Pro comes in four Pen & Touch sizes– small (£199.99), medium (£299.99) and large (£429.99), as well as the silver framed Intuos Pro Special Edition (medium size), priced at  £319.99. There are four Intuos models available including the Intuos Pen (£59.99), Intuos Pen & Touch Manga (£84.99) Intuos Pen & Touch S (£84.99) and Intuos Pen & Touch M (£169.99). The optional Wireless Accessory Kit for Intuos tablets is priced at £34.99.

DxO Optics Pro 8.3.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Version 8.3.1 of DxO Optics Pro adds support for the Panasonic Lumix GF6 (pictured) and G6, Olympus PEN E-P5, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, and Pentax K-50 II cameras. The program also benefits from many new DxO Optics Modules. 490 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, which now counts more than 14,000 modules. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for all photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 7 licence on or after 1 September 2012.

WD My Passport Slim 2TB Thin Drive

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD today launched its My Passport Slim line of portable hard drives, the first thin drives to offer up to 2 TB capacity, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. Available in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities, the My Passport Slim measures 4.33"x3.14"x0.48" and incorporate USB 3.0 connectivity for quick transfer of high resolution digital files. The WD My Passport Slim 1 TB has an MSRP of $99.99 USD, and the My Passport Slim 2 TB2 is available for $149.99.

CyberLink PowerDirector 12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink today unveiled the latest version of its video creation software, PowerDirector 12, New features include a motion blur effect, a new theme designer and multicam designer, and TrueVelocity 4 editing engine. Available now, the PowerDirector 12 Ultimate Suite retails for ₤199.99, PowerDirector 12 Ultimate sells for ₤99.99, PowerDirector 12 Ultra costs ₤79.99, while PowerDirector 12 Deluxe can be yours for ₤59.99.

CyberLink PhotoDirector 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink today launched PhotoDirector 5, the newest version of its photography application designed to provide all the features photographers need to manage large batches of photos, adjust images, and showcase work in their own style, in a single package. Key highlights in Version 5 include 64-bit support, HDR exposure blending, auto lens correction, 4K Ultra HD output option for shlideshows and a new companion app for Windows 8 tablets. PhotoDirector 5 Ultra is available for ₤79.99, PhotoDirector 5 Suite sells for ₤114.99.

Cokin Rethinks its Creative Filter System Brand Identity

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Cokin has unified all its existing creative products (A Series, P Series, Z-Pro Series and X-Pro Series square filters) under the new range name "Creative Filter System." Additionally, the company has devised new size markings borrowed from the clothing industry, new pictograms, packaging and colour coding for the products. Their new SlidePack is billed as "a revolutionary and environment-friendly" packaging solution that is approximately 55% smaller and 60% lighter than the previous one. Moreover, the design of SlidePack prevents the filter from dropping out unexpectedly. The first product line-up to adopt the new packaging is the P Series (now called the M size range).

PNY StorEDGE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PNY has revealed its new StorEDGE flash memory expansion module designed exclusively for use in MacBook computers to quickly and easily increase available storage capacity while keeping you mobile. Engineered as a semi-permanent storage solution, StorEDGE plugs directly into your MacBook to radically upgrade your flash storage without compromising your notebook’s sleek design. Available in 64GB (£89) and 128GB (£169) capacities, StorEDGE allows users to store even more images and videos without compromising system speed or performance. without compromising system speed or performance. The PNY StorEDGE is compatible with the 13-inch MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Pro with Retina display, and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.