Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Canon Digital Learning Centre Enhances Weekly Blog

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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The Canon Digital Learning Centre Blog now features regularly updated educational information, tips for imaging enthusiasts and news on Canon products. Recent topics include field reports from Canon Live Learning events, protecting camera gear from summer elements, dissecting an EOS C500 Steadicam rig, and a little-known LP-E6 battery management trick.

Summertime in NYC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Adorama and Canon have launched the “Summertime in NYC” photo contest. The competition features two categories: cityscapes and portraits highlighting New York City in the summer. Contestants can submit their digital images in store on either 9th September (11am – 7pm) or 15th (11am – 4pm) to receive a free 8 x10 Canon print on the spot; participants can also submit images via email or Facebook. All photo submissions for the “Summertime in NYC” contest must be taken with a Canon camera and submitted by midnight (EDT) on 15th September in order to be considered. The overall best in show winner will win a Canon EOS 5D Mark III , while two winners, one from each category, will receive a new Canon EOS 70D kit.

Kúla Deeper

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Reykjavík, Iceland-based Kúla Inventions have announced a new product called Deeper, which combines modern 3D technology with the retro 3D methods known from the 1980s. "When Deeper is attached to a DSLR camera lens, the image becomes stereoscopic," says Kúla's founder, Íris Ólafsdóttir. "The left eye view is projected into the right half of the image and vice versa. The outcome can be viewed in 3D directly from the camera display with a stereoviewer." Deeper pictures and videos can also be enjoyed on a 3D TV as the proprietary software Kúlacode can convert them into MPO files. The commercialisation of the product is funded through KarolinaFund, a crowfunding website where you can contribute to the success of the project.

Try Out Eizo’s New Monitors at Calumet

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Calumet's Manchester and London stores now host three of the best Eizo monitors so photographers can put them through their paces. Each store has a ColorEdge CG276, CX240 and CS230 (pictured) for customers to try out. “The Calumet stores are perfect for photographers at any level to actually see for themselves the positive difference that an Eizo CG monitor will make to their pictures,” said Victor Aberdeen, Eizo ColorEdge Sales Manager. “Photographers often are put off by the technical stuff about monitors, but it is about the art, so being able to try them out for themselves brings the advantages into focus, showing photographers the detail ordinary monitors are hiding, which really benefits their images!”

Datacolor Announces Two September Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Datacolor has announced two colour management webinars for September. The first session, entitled Professional Images for Web and Print from Datacolor and onOne Software, will show the participants how to get the most professional Web and print look for their images from Datacolor’s Spyder4ELITE and the onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 4. The second webinar, Solving Capture Problems at the Start of your Workflow, will cover the different concerns photographers face with calibration before a shoot or prior to editing their images. The first event will take place on 5th September from 7pm, while the second webinar will commence at 7pm on 26th September.

Manfrotto School of Xcellence: Exclusive Webinars with Richard Gray

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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This fall, seasoned iPhoneographer Richard Gray will be hosting two webinars at the Manfrotto School of Xcellence. The first one, Great Portraits with Your Smart Phone, will take place on 20 September 2013 from 4pm GMT, exploring questions like what do you want to say about the person you are photographing? what lighting would work best? what angle should you use? and so on. In the second webinar, Great Sporting Images with Your Smart Phone, scheduled for 10 October 2013, 4pm GMT, attendees will learn key techniques, such as panning and burst, to capture moving subjects involved in fast-paced sport. Richard will explore a range of apps to help you achieve creative images. Both webinars are free to attend.

DxO FilmPack v4.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO has launched Version 4.1 of DxO FilmPack, its analogue film and creative rendering software. This update allows DxO FilmPack 4 to interact perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC. Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, DxO FilmPack v4.1 can be installed as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom 4 and 5, Elements 10 and 11, Apple Aperture 3, and DxO Optics Pro v8.2, and as a standalone application for Mac and Windows — all with the same licence. Photographers who purchased a DxO FilmPack 3 licence on or after 1 March 2013 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 4.

Olympus Launches Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Olympus Europe has launched a teaser campaign hinting at the imminent launch of a new flagship interchangeable-lens camera. "There’s something big on the horizon," the company says. "A new OLYMPUS flagship camera with interchangeable lenses. It’s set to herald a whole new world of photography." Tellingly, the teaser ad features both the FourThirds and the Micro FourThirds logos and all Zuiko Digital as well as M.Zuiko Digital lenses...

Epson Expression Premium XP-510, XP-610 & XP-615

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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In addition to the A3-capable XP-950 all-in-one device, Epson has introduced three new compact home inkjet printers. The Epson Expression Premium XP-510, XP-610 and XP-615 offer dual paper trays, double-sided printing and individual inks. The XP-610 and XP-615 also boast a 6.3cm smart-navigation touch panel and CD/DVD printing. All Expression Premium series printers come with Epson Connect, which allows users to quickly and easily print documents and photos over Wi-Fi from smartphones and tablets. In addition these multifunction printers are equipped with Wi-Fi Direct, allowing users to print from wireless devices without having to connect to a wireless router. The Expression Premium XP-615 and XP-610 are available from September 2013 and the XP-510 is available from October 2013, priced at RRP £149.99 and £129.99 respectively.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pentax AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Ricoh has announced two new, weather-resistant flash units designed for use with a range of Pentax cameras. The Pentax AF540FGZ II (£549.99) has a guide number of 54 in metres at ISO 100/21°, and features a zooming tilt-swivel head, a built-in wide-angle panel, a variety of flash discharge modes, and a newly designed high-intensity white LED light that comes in handy for close-distance movie recording and still-image shooting requiring extended exposures. The Pentax AF360FGZ II (£399.99) offers a similar set of features, except for its lower guide number of 36.

Ricoh Announces Five HD Pentax-DA Limited Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Ricoh has announced the upcoming launch of five HD PENTAX-DA Limited lenses designed for use with K-mou nt interchangeable-lens digital cameras. These new lenses - including the HD Pentax-DA15mm F4ED AL Limited (pictured), the HD Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited, the HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited, HD Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited and the HD Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited - inherit the distinctive looks and premium appearance of the earlier Pentax Limited products, while adding state-of-the-art HD coating and a round-shaped diaphragm for a pleasing bokeh. Pricing for the new lenses ranges from £439.99 to £639.99 depending on model. Availability is slated for late September.

Ricoh HZ15

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh HZ15 is a 16-megapixel digital compact camera with 15x optical zoom and a sophisticated SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. The camera also features a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots. In addition to capturing 16-megapixel stills, the Ricoh HZ15 can also record 720p HD videos and save them on Eye-Fi memory cards. Availability is slated for September, with pricing to be announced.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 is one of the most stylish budget cameras on the market. Priced at less than £90 / $100, the Panasonic XS1 is a mere 17.6mm thick, making it the World's thinnest camera. But does all this style come at the expense of any real substance? Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 review to find out...

Sony NEX-5T Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony NEX-5T compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony NEX-5T compact system camera.

Sony A3000 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony A3000 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A3000 compact system camera

Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4, Black 50mm f/1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4 and black 50mm f/1.8 lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4 and black 50mm f/1.8

Sony NEX-5T

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony NEX-5T is a new compact system camera with a 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor and Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication). There’s no set-up needed – simply touch a compatible mobile device against the NEX-5T and a wireless connection is made instantly. An embedded Smart Remote Control lets you trigger shutter release from your smartphone: Other highlights include a hybrid auto focus system that combines phase-detection AF to track fast-moving subjects with contrast-detection AF for absolute precision, Full HD video recording, a tiltable LCD screen that flips up to 180° for a comfortable view with the camera held at arm’s length, and compatibility with a growing range of Sony Play Memories Camera Apps. The Sony NEX-5T will go on sale in September 2013, priced at $550  for the body only, or $700 in a kit with the 16-50mm power zoom lens..

Sony A3000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony A3000 is a budget-friendly 20.1-megapixel compact system camera with a 201,600-dot electronic viewfinder, an ergonomic hand-grip  and an APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor. Compatible with the manufacturer's E mount lenses, the Sony A3000 weighs in at 411 grams including a battery, and features a Multi Interface Shoe that allows you to attach various accessories such as a powerful system flash, a video IR light or an external microphone. In addition to capturing 20-megapixel stills, the Sony A3000 is also capable of recording Full HD videos, with a choice of 50i or 25p shooting modes. The Sony A3000 is available to pre-order from the website below, with shipments expected to commence in September. The camera is priced at £370/$400.

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS is the first ever G lens that has been created specifically for the manufacturer's E-mount cameras and interchangeable-lens camcorders. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-157.5mm, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS power zoom boasts an optical image stabiliser and 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two ED glass elements and three aspherical lens elements. Equipped with an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS maintains a maximum aperture of f/4 throughout its entire zoom range. Weighing in at 427 grams, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS takes 72mm filters, and offers a close-focus point of 45cm. Availability is slated for October in the UK and December in the US. The estimated street price is £500/$600.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS is a new, optically stabilised, 24-105mm equivalent standard zoom for Sony's E-mount compact system cameras and camcorders, including all NEX series models as well as the new, "SLR-styled" Sony A3000. The optical formula comprises 16 lens elements in 12 groups, with an iris diaphragm featuring 7 rounded aperture blades. Weighing in at 308 grams, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS takes 55mm filters, and offers a 0.23x magnification and a minimum focus distance of 35cm. The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS len will be available in the fall of 2013, priced at around £840/$1000.