Thursday, May 30, 2013

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.

Canon Powershot N Review

Mark Goldstein
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A cursory glance reveals that the new Canon Powershot N is no ordinary compact camera. Designed to compete with the ever more ubiquitous smartphone, the PowerShot N takes a radically different approach to every other compact that we've tested before, with a unique square design and innovative control system. Can it take on the mighty smart phone though? Find out in our in-depth Canon Powershot N review...

Calumet Rental Services

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Calumet UK has launched a brand new website completely dedicated to its rental customers. Simon Browitt, head of Calumet Rental in London said: “Now, it’s never been easier to rent equipment from us. We have an extensive inventory of photographic equipment; cameras; digital equipment; lighting and studio products. It could be a Canon 600 mm lens – which costs upwards of £10,500 to buy – but we’ll rent it for £90 a day plus damage waiver insurance. Or, at the other end of the scale, we could hire out a remote timer from about £10 a day.”

Lifeloggers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Lifeloggers is a new documentary released by Memoto, the startup behind the stamp-sized lifelogging camera. The Swedish firm sent out two film students into the world to explore and document how "lifelogging" is going to change how we remember our lives, track and monitor our health and find out any possible risks of documenting our lives. The two students, Amanda Alm and Ville Boom, traveled around the world for six weeks interviewing pioneers in the field, entrepreneurs, and lifeloggers. The documentary can now be viewed at the website below.

Canon Celebrates Production of 90 Million EF Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon today announced the achievement of a new lens manufacturing milestone - the company’s 90-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens. The manufacture of Canon’s EF lenses first began in March 1987 alongside the introduction of Canon’s first EOS SLR camera system at the company’s Utsunomiya plant. The range now comprises 80 different models including the new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x (pictured). In addition to a range of EF and EF-S lenses designed for DSLRs, the line-up now includes an expanding selection of 4K-resolution EF Cinema Lenses. In July 2012, Canon also announced a new line of EF-M lenses developed specifically for the company’s EOS M compact system camera.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Canon Powershot SX280 HS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a new travel-zoom camera for 2013, offering a 20x zoom lens and a 12 megapixel back-illuminated image sensor. Other key features of the Canon SX280 include built-in GPS and wi-fi connectivity, a 3 inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD movies with stereo sound, fast 14fps burst shooting, and a full range of manual and automated exposure modes. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX280 HS in-depth review now...

Nikon Coolpix P7700 Firmware Update 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has released a firmware update for its Coolpix P7700 digital compact camera. According to the company, Version 1.02 fixes the following bugs:

"When shooting with shooting mode set to M (manual), ISO sensitivity set to Auto, ISO 80-200, ISO 80-400, or ISO 80-800 and the flash used, ISO sensitivity was sometimes not locked at ISO 80 and a different ISO sensitivity was sometimes applied."

Website: Nikon COOLPIX P7700 Firmware Update 1.2

Samsung Posts Source Code for NX2000 & NX300 Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung has released the source codes for its NX2000 (pictured) and NX300 compact system cameras. Available as free downloads, the codes are provided "without representation or warranty of any kind," under the GNU General Public License and GNU Lesser General Public License. The legal agreement that you must accept when downloading the source codes allows you to specify your intentions, which may include reasons like "Enhance my product," "Apply it to another product or project" and "Study the source code."

Website: Samsung Open Source Release Centre

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Firmware Update 2.04

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera. Version 2.04 improves auto focus speed with the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Fuji X-Pro1 Firmware Update Ver.2.04

Fujifilm X-E1 Firmware Update 1.05

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has posted a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-E1 compact system camera. Version 1.05 improves auto focus speed with the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Fuji X-E1 Firmware Update Ver.1.05

PhotoMarks 1.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PhotoMarks 1.5 is a universal iOS app that adds text comments and logos to photos and easily shares them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or via e-mail. The text marks are fully customisable with a wide selection of fonts, a wide colour palette, and effects like shadow, stroke, or adjustable transparency. PhotoMarks is available now on iTunes.

MyPhotoSchool Launches New Online Wedding Photography Course

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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MyPhotoSchool today launched what it calls the "world’s first truly interactive prestige online wedding photography course." Aimed at enthusiastic amateurs through to professional photographers who want to photograph a wedding mostly in a reportage style to capture the significant and beautiful moments from the wedding day, the first four week online course starts on Saturday June 1st. The MyPhotoSchool online wedding photography course starts on the first Saturday of every month costs £145 and is bookable now

Monday, May 27, 2013

Samsung WB30F Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Samsung WB30F is a new travel-zoom camera that won't break the bank. The WB30F offers a wide-angle 10x zoom lens, 16.2 megapixel sensor, 720p video recording, 3 inch LCD screen and built-in wi-fi. Read our in-depth Samsung WB30F review to find out if it's worth the modest asking price....

Moleskine Classic Landscape Photo Book

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Moleskine has added a brand new format to its print-on-demand service. Joining the existing formats of Moleskine Photo Books, Photo Books plus and Photo Albums, the new Classic Landscape Photo Book measures 23.5x18.8cm and features open-flat stitched binding, rounded corners, elastic closure and the signature expandable back pocket. Each page in the Classic Landscape Photo Book is made of Italian ivory-coloured paper. The book has 96 pages (expandable to 120), with shipping scheduled to start on 15th June. Those who pre-order a Classic Landscape Photo Book now will receive a complimentary copy of Moleskine's Classic Notebook.

Pricing Your Work: Corporate & Industrial Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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PhotoShelter has released a new guide entitled "Pricing Your Work: Corporate & Industrial Photography." Written by Wonderful Machine's CEO Bill Cramer, this new guide includes rips on what to charge for corporate and industrial shoots, how to find clients and get smart with contracts, plus the main factors that influence the value of an assignment. You can claim your copy of  the ebook by registering your email address at the website below.

Website: PHOTOSHELTER