Thursday, April 11, 2013

Five Nikon Cameras Receive Red Dot Awards

News image

The Nikon D4 FX-format digital SLR camera; the Nikon 1 V2, J3, and S1 compact system cameras and the Nikon Coolpix S01 digital compact camera have been awarded the “red dot award: product design 2013”, sponsored by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. This year, 4,662 products from 1,865 companies in 54 countries were entered in the competition. Winners will be on display from July 2, 2013 to July 28, 2013 in the “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2013” exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen Germany.

DxO Optics Pro 8.1.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
News image

DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro 8.1.5 for Mac and Windows, which adds support for the Nikon D7100 (pictured). This update also incorporates 131 new DxO Optics Modules that support additional Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina lenses for Nikon cameras. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for photographers who purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after 1 September 2012.

Lowel Light SlimLight Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
News image

Tiffen is now shipping the new Lowel SlimLight Rifa Blender and Lowel SlimLight Rifa Pro Kits. Each kit contains a 200W Rifa eX 44 dedicated tungsten-halogen softlight, matched with either compact color mixing Lowel Blender LED(s), or focusable tungsten-halogen 200W Pro-light(s), plus Uni TO Stands. “The new SlimLight Rifa Blender and SlimLight Rifa Pro Kits are perfect for today’s large-sensor DSLRs and compact digital cinema cameras in situations where you are running into the city to do a quick interview, doing doc work, or shooting a video podcast for a client,” says Jem Schofield, producer and educator, theC4. The Lowel SlimLight Kits are available through Lowel dealers worldwide.

Manfrotto StilePlus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
News image

Manfrotto has launched a new line of stylish camera bags, called StilePlus. The Manfrotto Diva 15 is a multifunctional tote bag for everyday use, with a protective removable insert for your photo gear. It accommodates a CSC with attached zoom lens and one additional lens, plus a 10-inch tablet. The Manfrotto Diva rage is available in two other sizes – the Diva 25 and Diva 35, with SRPs starting at £39.95. The Manfrotto Bravo 50 backpack (pictured) is a multifunctional backpack for everyday wear, with a protective removable insert, adjustable straps and a padded back panel. It fits a DSLR with attached standard zoom lens and one additional lens, plus a 15-inch tablet. The Manfrotto Bravo range is also available in a smaller size – the Bravo 30, with RRPs starting at £69.95. Last but not least the Manfrotto Amica 10 (£19.95) is a stylish shoulder bag for everyday use, holding a CSC with attached zoom lens and an additional pancake lens, plus a range of small personal items such as a phone and keys.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nikon Coolpix S5200 Review

Matt Grayson
Nikon Coolpix S5200 Review thumbnail

The Nikon Coolpix S5200 is a stylish and fully-featured new point-and-shoot camera. The S5200 offers a compact body, 16 megapixels, a 6x zoom with 28mm wide-angle setting, built-in wi-fi connectivity, 1080p HD movies and a 3 inch LCD screen. Read our expert review of the Nikon Coolpix S5200 to find out if it's a bargain or not...

G-Technology G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
News image

G-Technology has unveiled the first solutions in its new Evolution Series family – the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt, and the G-DRIVE ev and G-DRIVE ev PLUS external hard drive modules with USB 3.0. The Evolution Series G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt (£599.95) is a two-bay, hot-swappable JBOD media drive system with user-configurable RAID 1 or RAID 0. Unlike other two-bay solutions that only offer bare hard drive modules that cannot be taken into the field and used as true standalone external drives, the G-DOCK ev ships with two 1TB removable and portable G-DRIVE ev external hard drive modules with USB 3.0. In addition, the G-DOCK ev provides dual Thunderbolt ports for future external storage expansion. The Evolution Series G-DRIVE ev is a rugged USB 3.0, 2.5-inch, 7200RPM hard drive-based external storage solution with transfer rates of up to 136MB/s. It is available in 1TB (£159.95) or 500GB (£119.95) capacities. Finally, the G-Technology G-DRIVE ev PLUS (£279.95) is a compact, 2.5-inch, 7200RPM hard drive-based external storage solution in an all-aluminium enclosure, featuring USB 3.0 and a 6Gb/s SATA interface for connection to the G-DOCK ev. The G-DRIVE ev PLUS comes in 1TB capacity.

Manfrotto Showcases Kata Line-Up at NAB

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
News image

Manfrotto Distribution is showcasing a slimmed down lineup of Kata rollers, shoulder bags, video backpacks and rain covers at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas. “Kata Pro-Light products are designed to protect professional gear while minimizing weight, so you never miss a shot” said Doug Feldner, Product Category Manager. “The focused 2013 product line makes finding the right bag or rain cover with the online Kata Bag Chooser simpler than ever.” These products are all on display in booth C7025 at the NAB 2013 trade show. Click through / read on for the details.

Canon EOS 6D Firmware v1.1.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
News image

Canon has issued a firmware update for its EOS 6D digital SLR camera. Version 1.1.3 fixes “a phenomenon in which the Date/Time/Zone settings screen appears on the LCD display, after the user has already configured these settings,” Canon says. The company suggests that you install this firmware update even if you have not encountered this problem yet.

Website: Canon EOS 6D Drivers and Software

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ioShutter Review

Matt Grayson | Accessory Reviews
ioShutter Review thumbnail

Enlight Photo’s ioShutter lets you use an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad as a wired remote release with extra features for your Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad or Pentax camera. Is it a worthwhile alternative to your manufacturer's own remote release? Read our ioShutter review to find out...

Panasonic GF6 Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
News image

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
News image

The Panasonic GF6 is a new 16-megapixel compact system camera with a 180° tilting touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support, and improved low-light auto focus. Successor to the GF5, the new Lumix GF6 features the latest-generation Venus image processing engine (the same as that of the range-topping GH3), which promises better noise filtering and improved dynamic range utilisation. The hinged rear screen, which can be rotated approximately 180° to face the subject, boasts a resolution of 1,040,000 dots and delivers enhanced visibility in broad daylight. The integrated Wi-Fi module allows for features like remote shooting, instant image transfer and the ability to play back your photographs on a DLNA compliant Viera HDTV; while the novel NFC (Near-Field Communication) capability opens up new ways for the camera to wirelessly interact with your NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet. Other highlights include Full HD video recording, a Creative Panorama mode that enables you to apply a number of digital filters to your panoramic images, stop-motion animation, and a Clear Retouch function that allows users to clone out unwanted elements from a photo in-camera. The Panasonic Lumix GF6 will be available from the end of May, priced at £499 with the 14-42mm II lens and £649 in a double-zoom kit with the 45-150mm Mega O.I.S.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
News image

In addition to the competitively priced Pocket Cinema Camera, Blackmagic has unveiled a 4K Ultra HD model with an EF lens mount and Super35 sized sensor with a global shutter; called the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. Featuring Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and CinemaDNG raw file recording, timecoding, a capacitive touchscreen and a built-in SSD recorder, the camera offers 6G-SDI output, a Thunderbolt port, 1/4” jack mic/line inputs plus 12V to 30V DC input, a 3.5mm headphone socket and LANC remote control. “Customers have been asking us to design a camera with global shutter and a large sensor. With the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K we have delivered that, plus the high resolution needed for the latest Ultra HD production work,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K will be available in July for $3,995.

Tiffen Steadicam Curve

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
News image

At the NAB trade show, Tiffen is demonstrating to the public for the first time the brand new Steadicam Curve for the GoPro HERO action camera. The Steadicam Curve for GoPro HERO is a stealth camera stabilising system engineered for the rigours of extreme sports and events. Compact enough to fit in your back pocket, the new Steadicam Curve weighs in at 1/2 lb. with an ergonomic design for one-handed, smooth video capture. “Steadicam is synonymous with action, so engineering a system that keeps pace with the intensity of GoPro users was a natural step in the progression of the Steadicam product line,” says Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. Availability and pricing have yet to be communicated.

G-Technology G-Drive PRO with Thunderbolt

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
News image

G-Technology has just introduced its new G-Drive PRO with Thunderbolt, a compact external hard drive promising “solid-state-drive-like sustained performance.” Leveraging G-Technology’s G-Drive design, the new G-Drive PRO with Thunderbolt delivers sustained data transfer rates of up to 480MB/s, which is up to three times faster than standard 3.5-inch desktop external hard drives. “An uncompressed 2K digital video format consumes more than one terabyte per hour and requires approximately 305 megabytes per second sustained throughput for smooth editing with no dropped frames,” the company says. “These high-resolution video formats, along with the rising popularity of higher megapixel DSLR cameras that shoot professional 2K video, have created a need for a new high-performance storage solution designed to meet the needs of today’s digital content creators.” The recommended retail price for the 4TB G-Drive PRO with Thunderbolt will be £674.95. A 2TB version will be available for £554.95.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for $995

Mark Goldstein | Digital Video Cameras
News image

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a new pocket sized digital cinema camera that breaks the magical $1000 barrier. It includes powerful features such as a Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, built in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture and active Micro Four Thirds lens mount. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available in July for $995.

Nikon Coolpix S9400 Review

Mark Goldstein
Nikon Coolpix S9400 Review thumbnail

The Nikon Coolpix S9400 is a stylish and affordable travel-zoom compact camera. Featuring an 18x zoom lens with a focal range of 25-450mm, the Coolpix S9400 has a 18 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch OLED screen and can shoot 1080p Full HD movies. Read our expert Nikon Coolpix S9400 review...

Adore Noir Magazine Issue 13

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
News image

The thirteenth issue of Adore Noir Magazine is now available for purchase. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format. Featuring uniquely fragmented street photographs by Mitchell Hartman, surrealistic images from the series Attrition by Thomas Devaux, fine-art nudes by Robert Hutinski, and much more; this edition reinforces the magazine’s commitment to high-quality black-and-white imagery.. The latest issue of Adore Noir is available for $2.95 from the website below.

Website: Adore Noir

50th Bièvres International Photo Fair

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
News image

The 50th Bièvres International Photo Fair is taking place from 1-2 June 2013 in Bièvres, France. This photo fair is a unique event in Europe that attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. Located 12km south of Paris, Bièvres is the place for camera collectors and other fans of vintage photographic equipment and related photographica. Additionally, the fair offers photography buffs a range of interesting lectures and conferences. For more information, pay a visit to the website below.

Lee Miller Archives Print Room Sale

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
News image

As part of Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses, the Lee Miller Archives will be bringing their first ever Print Room Sale to The Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brignton, on the weekends 11th &12th and 18th & 19th May 2013. Photographs, hand printed from Miller’s original negatives, will be available, for the first time via a print room sale, to both the general public and committed photographic collectors alike. In both Gelatin Silver and Digital formats, these images will be available to purchase at reduced gallery prices during these four days of unique, ‘in person access’ to this select collection from the Lee Miller Archives.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Olympus Tough TG-2 Review

Mark Goldstein
Olympus Tough TG-2 Review thumbnail

The Olympus Tough TG-2 is a new water, freeze, shock and dust proof compact camera for 2013. Boasting a fast f2.0 aperture high-speed lens, the TG-2 also offers full 1080p HD movies, a 4x zoom lens and a 3 inch OLED screen. Read our Olympus Tough TG-2 review to find out if it's still one of our favourite all-weather cameras...