Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Street Scene Photographic Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers (SITTP) has announced the winners of the Street Scene Photographic Competition. Mithun Saha from Gangarampur, India with the image entitled ‘Sleep on Wheels’ (above) was chosen as the winner from over 350 pictures entered in to the competition. The image was captured on a Fujifilm Finepix HS10 HS11. Mithun Saha has won a 12-month SITTP membership.

Sporting Action Photographic Competition – Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of International Sport and Leisure Photographers have announced the winners of the Sporting Action Photographic Competition. Duncan Groves from Surrey has been chosen as the overall winner, for his image of Serena Williams (above), which was shot at The Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2013 using a Nikon D4. Hungarian photographer Mihály Attila Kazsuba, who resides in Barcelona, Spain, came in second; and the third place was awarded to Alexandros Dalkos from Greece.

Our Colourful World Photography Competition – Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of Nature and Wildlife Photographers has announced the winners of its "Our Colourful World" Photography Competition. The winning image (above) was captured by UK photographer Paul McElroy from Kent, and was taken at a local park on a Nikon D300 50 mm / 1.4 prime lens. Sahil M Beg from India came in second, and the third place was awarded to Christopher Algar from Hounslow, Middlesex.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 is a slim and stylish compact camera with built-in wi-fi. The WX200 also features a 10x zoom lens, 18 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, 10fps continuous shooting and Full HD movie recording. Priced at around £199, read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 review to find out if it's worth checking out...

Triggertrap Launches Primelapse

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Triggertrap has launched a new website where users can view, upload and share timelapse videos shot all around the world. The new platform, called Primelapse, was born from the first annual Triggertrap Hackathon held in May 2013. “For our inaugural Triggertrap Hackathon, we envisioned a day where we put aside our day-to-day routines and concentrate on individual Triggertrap-themed projects that would stretch our imaginations and maybe germinate into the next generation of Triggertrap awesomeness,” said CEO Haje Jan Kamps. “We had lots of cool things happen, but the first one we’re ready to launch to the world is Primelapse.com."

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 30 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to using social networks, a free article on the top ten Lightroom shortcuts, a review of the Photopills app, a tutorial on using auto ISO, a review of the book "Burmes Light" by David Hay, the second part of the article "The art of macro and close-up photography," a test of graduated neutral density filters, and much more. Some of these articles are free but do note that the full contents of the magazine are available to subscribers only

Website: Landscape Photography Magazine

CEWE Photobook Named Number One on The Gadget Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Channel 5’s The Gadget Show has crowned CEWE Photobook number one in its 2013 photo book review. In the test, ten brands were compared like for like before the panel decided on the first, second and third place. Sarah Brockhusrt, marketing manager at CEWE, comments: “We are absolutely thrilled that CEWE Photobook has been recognised in such a prestigious manner on prime time show The Gadget Show. We pride ourselves on producing high quality hand-finished books which are simple to create and the judges were clearly impressed with this."

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Now Shipping

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Via one of its online forums, Blackmagic Design has announced that its Pocket Cinema Camera is now shipping. "There are some new features in the software for the Pocket Cinema Camera," says Blackmagic's CEO Grant Petty. "You can now focus by pushing the focus button when using an active MFT lens. This makes it very easy to accurately focus. The focus peaking feature is still there and you enable it by double pressing the focus button. The focus zoom feature is enabled by double pressing the OK button." The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available for $995. Meanwhile the suggested retail price of its bigger brother, the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera, has been reduced to $1,995.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Becomes More Affordable

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Blackmagic Design has reduced the suggested retail price of its Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Announced in April 2012, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes features such as 13 stops of dynamic range, built-in high-bandwidth SSD recorder, open file format support, colour correction with full version of DaVinci Resolve and a built in capacitive touch-screen with metadata entry. Other highlights include sensor cooling, built in high-speed Thunderbolt connection, 3 Gb/s SDI output and a passive Micro Four Thirds or Canon EF lens mount. The sensor is capable of capturing both 2.5K and Full HD footage at frame rates of 24, 25, 29.97 and 30fps. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera now carries a suggested retail price of $1,995, down from the original SRP of $2,995.

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 19

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 18 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David considers the different and fun opportunities of shooting infrared, and his Field Trial presents Part 1 of an exploration into the creative potential of using super wide-angle lenses. In Behind the Lens, David shares Part 2 of his diary recording his recent advertising job for Canon in Patagonia. And for Stepping Back he recalls a trip to Ireland, shooting the Round Tower at Glendalough with a pack of Celtic photographers. The magazine also includes two educational videos and a Guest Feature written by Lucie Debelkova. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light eZine is available to f11 subscribers only.

X-Rite Announces Three Free August Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite has unveiled its schedule of free August 2013 webinars. The first session, entitled Photography That Makes a Difference, will commence at 1pm EDT on 13th August. The second one, Colour Management for the Rest of Us, starts on 19th August, at 1pm EDT; while the third online seminar, Cataloging in Lightroom: Organising Your Images for Travel, is scheduled for 27th August, 1pm EDT. Click through / read on for the details.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Nikon Coolpix S9500 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix S9500 is an affordable, full-featured travel-zoom compact camera. Featuring a 22x zoom lens with a focal range of 25-550mm, the slimline Coolpix S9500 has a 18 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch OLED screen and boasts GPS tracking and wi-fi connectivity. Read our detailed Nikon Coolpix S9500 review now...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Samyang 16mm V-DSLR T2.2 ED AS UMC CS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang has announced a new lens for VDSLR cameras. The Samyang 16mm V-DSLR T2.2 ED AS UMC CS cinema lens is a wide-angle, bright lens for cameras equipped with an APS-C sensor. Its optics comprise of 13 elements arranged in 11 groups, including an ED lens element, aspherical element and hybrid-aspherical lens element. Like all other Samyang models, all lens elements are covered with anti-reflection UMC coatings to ensure good light transmission. The lens will be released in the following mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E (pictured), Canon M, Fujifilm X and MFT. The suggested retail price £449.99 including VAT.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 45 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 compact camera.

These photos were taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ72 running final production firmware at a press event held at Longleat Safari Park, United Kingdom.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

We have compiled a gallery of 22 hands-on photos of the new Panasonic DMC-FZ72 (also known as the FZ70), which boasts a staggering 60x optical zoom lens with a focal range of 20-1200mm.

Panasonic LUMIX GX7 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 55 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Panasonic Lumix GX7 compact system camera.

These photos were taken on a Panasonic GX7 running pre-production firmware at a press event held at Longleat Safari Park, United Kingdom. We've included the full ISO range from 200-25,600.

Panasonic LUMIX GX7 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix GX7 compact system camera camera looks like in the flesh?

We have compiled an extensive gallery of 70 hands-on photos of the exciting new Panasonic GX7, including the silver and back versions, a selection of different lenses, and a side-by-side comparison with the original GF1 camera.

Panasonic LUMIX GX7

Mark Goldstein
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The new Panasonic LUMIX GX7 is a new compact system camera that features the world’s first built-in 90-degree tilt-able Live View Finder. The 16 megapixel Panasonic GX7 also offers a 1040K-dot tiltable touch-screen LCD monitor, Full HD 1920 x 1080 50p movie recording, in-body image stabilization (the first Panasonic CSC to offer this), 1/8000 sec shutter speed, 5fps burst shooting, low-light focusing down to -4 EV, focus peaking, ISO range of 125-25600, silent Mode for street photography, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, all housed in a classically styled magnesium alloy frame. In the UK, the Panasonic GX7 will cost £819 body-only, £899 for the 14-42mm kit, or £999 for the 20mm kit.

LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm F1.2

Mark Goldstein
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The LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm F1.2 from Panasonic is the fastest ever Micro Four Thirds lens. Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price are yet to be advised - according to Panasonic's lens roadmap, the LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm F1.2 is schduled for release in 2013 or later, along with a 150mm f2.8 lens.

Sigma Mount Conversion Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma today announced a new, fee-based service that will enable the company’s Global Vision lens owners to change their lens mounts for use on different camera systems. Starting on 2nd September, Global Vision lens owners can request the Mount Conversion Service to convert their current Sport, Contemporary or Art SLR lenses to their choice of a Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Nikon or Canon mount. Current, applicable full-frame lenses include the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS Sport and 35mm F1.4 DG Art; APS-C crop sensor lenses include the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC OS Macro Contemporary and 18-35mm F1.8 DC Art. Global Vision category lenses for CSCs (including the 19mm F2.8 DN Art, 30mm F2.8 DN Art and 60mm F2.8 DN Art) can be updated to either a Micro Four Thirds MFT or Sony E- mount. All lenses that undergo the Mount Conversion Service will be covered under warranty for six months following the update.