Monday, June 3, 2013

Polagram Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Polagram is a new service enabling you to print your photos directly from your smartphone. Offering prints in different formats such as Classic (10x10), Polaroid Style (Keep the vintage spirit with this style), Regular (10x13), Large Prints (20x20 or 20x27), Polagram has a smartphone app for both Android and iOS devices, allowing you to specify the pictures you want to print, enter your shipping address and order your prints. The service is available throughout Europe.

Travel Photography Live!

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Some of the world’s leading travel, landscape, adventure, people and wildlife photographers will gather in London this July for Travel Photography Live!, a festival of photography at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The event is set against the backdrop of the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition , so festival-goers will be able to enjoy the full display of award-winning images from this prestigious international competition, plus fascinating historic images from the Society’s archive, as well as learning about photography from leading experts, who will share the secrets behind their images. The event begins with two ‘In conversation with’ evenings on July 17th and 24th. Tickets cost £25 for each ‘In conversation with’ evening, or £40 for both, with Saturday or Sunday tickets costing £75 each, a weekend pass costing £130 and a Festival Pass (covering all four dates) £150. These prices are reduced to £17.50, £30, £55, £95 and £110 for members of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), registered students, Travel Photographer of the Year entrants and anyone aged 65 or over. The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition itself is free to view, and runs from July 12th to August 18th.

Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi Diving Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Rollei has unveiled a new Wi-Fi enabled action camera. The Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi Diving Edition is equipped with a 7x multi-layer coated glass lens with an angle of view of 175 degrees and a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor, and comes bundled with a 1.4" external TFT display. In addition to capturing stills, the camera can also record Full HD videos. The Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi Diving Edition will go on sale this month at a recommended retail price of €349.95.

Focus Stacker for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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FocusStacker for iOS is billed as the first-ever calculating tool for photographers using the focus stacking technique. You can specify how sharp you would like your final image to be, set focal length and the distances to the nearest and furthest objects in the scene you’re photographing, and then let FocusStacker determine exactly what you need to know: the minimum number of shots to take, the distances on which to focus, and the aperture to use. Do note, however, that FocusStacker is not suitable for close-up or macro photography.

Mary Walker Closes Focus after 24 Years

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Mary Walker Exhibitions have announced that this year's Focus On Imaging show was the last. Originally named Focus on Photography, the event was first organised 24 years ago. Since then, it has grown to be the largest annual photographic trade show in Europe. Commenting on the closure, Mary Walker said: "Focus On Imaging will not be sold - I'm simply bringing it to an end... I am certain that the time is right for the industry to perhaps find fresh opportunitities and bring new ideas to photographers."

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Nikon Coolpix Promotion - Summer 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon UK's latest promotion gives customers the chance to win one of over 1200 prizes with purchases of selected Coolpix models. Eligible products include the Nikon Coolpix L320 (pictured), L610, S6400, S6400, S6500, S9400, S9500, P520 and S9050 digital compact cameras. To be in with a chance of winning, customers simply have to register their purchase online and answer a question online, at the website below.

Nikon UK Launches DSLR Summer Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon UK has just launched its summer DSLR promotion offering up to £150 cashback. Products included include the Nikon D5200 (£50/€60 cashback) and Nikon D600 (£150/€180 cashback), in body-only configurations as well as kits including one or more F-mount Nikkor lenses. The offer is valid through 31st July. Claims must be received by 31st August 2013. Note that you must be a UK or ROI resident in order to participate.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Reflecta DigiMicroscope Professional

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has just launched a new product that will provide macro photographers with a cost-effective way of shooting highly detailed images, the Reflecta DigiMicroscope Professional. Using the integrated 3.5 inch display and 8 LED illumination, detail, texture and patterns of minute objects and surfaces can be observed and then saved directly on microSD cards. The device comes equipped with a 5-megapixel sensor and integrated optics that provide up to 200x optical magnification. The DigiMicroscope Professional by Reflecta is now available in specialist shops at the suggested retail price of £205.20 in the UK.

“Dream In Colours”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Billabong, in partnership with Talenthouse, are inviting photographers to share their vision of the concept 'Dream In Colours' and be in with a chance of joining their photography team at the Design for Humanity event in Los Angeles on August 17th 2013. All you have to do is submit an original photograph that captures this concept. Submissions are accepted through 2nd July. One winner, chosen by a panel of judges including Billabong's lead photographer, will receive an all expenses paid trip to join Billabong's official photography team in LA for the Design For Humanity event. In addition the winner will also receive, Access All Areas tickets to the event, $1,000 cash to spend and be featured and credited across Billabong's website and social media channels. For more information, visit the website below.

Gideon Mendel: Drowning World

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Tiwani Contemporary will host an exhibition by South African photographer Gideon Mendel entitled, Drowning World. The selection includes 15 images taken in Nigeria that have never been exhibited before, and  5  photographs  documenting  flooding  in  various  parts  of  the  globe  including  England,  India,  Haiti  and Australia. The exhibition also presents a two-part video of people living amidst floodwaters in Bangkok, as well as video portraits of Nigerian inhabitants returning to their flooded homes. Drowning World will run from 7 June – 27 July 2013.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Canon EOS 100D Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EOS 100D (called the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 in North America) is the smallest and lightest DSLR in the World. The tiny new Canon 100D / SL1 boasts 18-megapixels, full 1080p high-definition videos with continuous auto-focusing, and a touch-screen interface. Other key features of the 100D / SL1 include burst shooting at 4fps, a 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040k dot resolution, ISO range of 100-25,600, 14-bit image processing and Canon's Digic 5 processor. Is the Canon EOS 100D / SL1 just too small for its own good? Read our expert review to find out...

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Firmware Version 1.1.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has released a firmware update for its EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR camera. Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following improvement and fix:

  1. Enables the central AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens and a teleconverter whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
     
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which abnormal images may result when continuous shooting mode is enabled and the image size is set to "RAW" or "RAW+JPEG".

Website: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Support

Picture Collage Maker for Mac 2.0.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PearlMountain has released the newest version of Picture Collage Maker for Mac. The application is a powerful yet easy-to-use collage maker that enables users to "make gorgeous collages in seconds," the company says. This update adds support for a range of new photo and text effects, rounded corners; improves the cropping feature, and adds more sharing options. Picture Collage Maker for Mac 2.0.0 supports Mac OS X 10.6 or later and is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.8. A single-user licence costs $19.90.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS-1Ds Mark III full-frame digital SLR camera. Version 1.2.2 enables focusing with the central AF sensor when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm F4L USM Extender 1.4X lens and teleconverter whose combined maximum aperture is f/8. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Support

Canon EOS-1D Mark III Firmware Version 1.3.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has issued a firmware update for its EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR camera. Version 1.3.1 enables focusing with the central AF sensor when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm F4L USM Extender 1.4X lens and an Extender whose combined maximum aperture is f/8. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Canon EOS-1D Mark III Support

Think Tank Photo Launches “About A Photograph” Free Video Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Photographers
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Think Tank Photo today launched “About A Photograph,” a free video series that features some of the world’s leading photographers recounting the stories behind their most famous photos. The series is being produced by Kurt Rogers and Deanne Fitzmaurice, Think Tank Photo’s co-founders and award-winning photojournalists. “When we photojournalists go out on assignment we never know what awaits us,” said Rogers.  “It is through our training as experts in sensing when and where events will unfold that we are able to capture images that best convey the story.” The series can be found at the website below.

Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Via its Facebook fan page, Samyang Asia has announced the upcoming launch of a 24mm equivalent rectilinear lens for dSLRs and CSCs with APS-C sized sensors. The new Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS is a manual-focus lens featuring 13 elements arranged in 11 groups and a 77mm filter thread. Weighing in at 571g, the Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS will be available in Canon EF, Canon EF-M, Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X, Nikon F, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony A and Sony E mounts. Note that on Canon and - especially - Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds bodies, the lens will have a tighter field of view (~26mm equivalent on Canon and 32mm on [M]FT). Pricing has yet to be communicated.

Fujifilm X100S Firmware Version 1.03

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fuji has released a new firmware update for the Fujifilm X100S large-sensor compact camera. Version 1.03 fixes a rare bug that sometimes caused, as the company puts it, "a grainy image like TV fuzz" to appear on the rear screen while the live view feed was displayed. You can download the firmware update from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm X100S X100S Firmware Update Ver.1.03

Nikon UK Launches Summer Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Nikon UK today launched its summer cashback promotion offering up to £80 cashback on certain CSC models. The offer is valid from 30th May 2013 – 4th September 2013 and includes the Nikon 1 S1, J3 and V2 cameras. All claims must be received by 4th October 2013 in order to qualify. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

HTC One Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 49 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new HTC One smartphone.

The HTC One has a 4 megapixel 1/3-type “UltraPixel” sensor, fast f/2.0 28mm lens with optical image stabilization, a 4.7-inch screen, and offers 1080p HD video recording, Auto focus, Geotagging and a built-in flash.