Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 lens, a high-quality standard prime for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series cameras.

Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 lens, a high-quality ultra-wide-angle prime for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series cameras.

Syngenta Photography Award 2013 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Warsaw-based documentary photographer Jan Brykczyński has tonight, Wednesday 15 May, been announced as the winner of the Syngenta Photography Award Professional Commission at a ceremony at Somerset House, London. In addition to the $15,000 prize money, Brykczyński will receive a grant of up to $25,000 to complete a commission, a central part of the professional competition. “Farming Tribes” will explore the relationship between human beings and nature in four of the world’s major urban spaces – New York, Yerevan, Warsaw and Nairobi. Mimi Mollica (Italy), announced as the second place winner for the Professional Commission, was awarded US$ 10,000, and Pablo Lopez Luz (Mexico) received US$ 5,000 in third place. Holly Lynton (USA) was announced as winner of the Open Competition for “Sienna, Turkey Madonna”, in which a farm worker embraces four turkeys that are to be slaughtered for Thanksgiving on an independent farm in the small town of Shutesbury, Massachusetts.

Rogue FlashBender XL Pro Lighting Kit Now Available in US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ExpoImaging has announced the US availability of the Rogue FlashBender XL Pro Lighting Kit. The kit includes a FlashBender XL Pro white reflector, an XL Pro Strip box diffuser, an XL Soft Box diffuser and a reversible XL Pro silver/black reflector. The Rogue XL Pro Lighting Kit is available to buy now, at a guide retail price of $99.95.

ProDrenalin Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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proDAD has announced that its ProDrenalin software is now available to purchase. This all-in-one software application allows GoPro action/sports camera users to improve their videos by removing fisheye and perspective distortion, stabilising, correcting rolling-shutter distortion, de-noising, colour correction, and adjusting the brightness and contrast of the video. Supporting 2.7K and 4K resolutions, the program is also capable of rotating the video if the camera was accidentally mounted upside-down or at the wrong angle. ProDrenalin for Windows sells for £29.85..

Tiffen Photo fx Ultra 5.0 Wins TIPA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Tiffen Photo fx Ultra 5.0 iPad app has been named "Best Mobile Photo App of 2013" by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). "We are extremely proud to be honored by TIPA for Photo fx Ultra," comments Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. "Unlike other awards that require a submission process, eligibility is based purely on a product's value in the marketplace, making the TIPA Awards one of the most coveted in the industry." The award-winning app is available for $4.99 through the iTunes App Store.

Corbis Images Unveils CRAVE iPad App

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Corbis Images have launched Corbis CRAVE, a premium photo viewing iPad app and accompanying website. Basically, Corbis CRAVE is a digital boutique featuring expertly curated imagery from industry-leading commercial and editorial photographers. “Corbis CRAVE provides creative directors and art buyers a search and ideation experience tailored to their unique and specific needs whether they’re accessing the collection on their iPad or through the website,” said Edie Tobias, senior vice president of commercial products at Corbis. The CRAVE app is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Nikon Celebrates Four TIPA Awards Wins

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Four Nikon products have won accolades in this year's TIPA awards. The Technical Image Press Association has given the prize for ‘Best Advanced DSLR’ to the Nikon D7100 (pictured), ‘Best Easy Compact Camera’ to the Nikon Coolpix S01, ‘Best Superzoom Camera’ to the Nikon Coolpix P520 and the ‘Best CSC Entry Level Lens’ to the Nikon 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF. Marina Gurevich, Product Manager at Nikon Europe says: “We are very proud that the Nikon D7100 has followed the success of its predecessor, which took the same prize in 2011."

DxO Optics Pro 8.1.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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DxO Labs have released version 8.1.6 of DxO Optics Pro. This update adds support for the Leica M (in the Elite edition only), the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i (pictured), the Nikon Coolpix A, the Nikon Coolpix P330, the Pentax MX-1, and the Sony NEX-3N. 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.

Plustek USA Resumes Shipping of OpticFilm 120

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Scanners
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Yesterday, less than a month after halting shipments of its OpticFilm 120 multi-format film scanner, Plustek USA issued a statement saying it has resumed shipping of the device. "Recently we discovered a component used in the manufacture of the OpticFilm 120 does not meet our quality standards," the company said in a statement issued back in April. Now Plustek are saying that they "will control scanner production to maintain a high level of product quality and customer satisfaction. Each scanner is assembled and tested by skilled technician[s] to ensure the image quality exceeds that of any non-drum film scanner in production or use today." 

Polaroid XS80

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Polaroid is expanding its line of mountable hi-definition action video cameras with an affordable Full HD model called the Polaroid XS80. Capable of recording 1080p movies at 30fps, the Polaroid XS80 is waterproof to a depth of 30 feet and boasts a lens with an ultrawide 120-degree angle of view. Available now, the Polaroid XS80 carries an SRP of $129.99.

Street Football: An Insider’s Perspective

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Events
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HTC has launched ‘Inside Street Football,’ a new exhibition designed to capture the passion and spirit of street football. Captured by an esteemed roster of Getty Images photographers, all of the photos on display were taken with the new HTC One camera phone. The exhibition will be hosted at Top Office Machines, 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, London - a gallery located in a former computer repair shop - from Friday, 24th of May to Tuesday, 28th of May. The images can also be viewed at an online gallery at the website below (also from 24th May).

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Nikon Coolpix S6400 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix S6400 is a point-and-shoot travel-zoom camera, featuring a 12x, 25-300mm lens and a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor. The S6400 also offers a 3 inch screen, 1080p Full HD movies, lens-shift vibration reduction and 7fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S6400 review now...

Digital Negative HD for iPad

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Digital Negative, an iOS app which captures uncompressed images that retain all of the information recorded by the camera sensor and saves them in DNG format, is now available in a dedicated iPad version. In addition to DNG, the Digital Negative HD app can also record high-quality JPG images or uncompressed TIFF files. Other interesting features include a real-time histogram, exposure compensation and shutter speed adjustments as well as flash, focus, and zoom controls. Digital Negative HD is available on iTunes for $2.99.

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Firmware 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Panasonic has posted a firmware update for its Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2,8 ASPH. lens. Version 1.2 improves the performance of the optical image stabiliser during video capture. For more information, visit the website below.

Website: Panasonic Japan

Rollei Fotopro DIGI MP1 and Rollei Fotopro DIGI 9300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Rollei has launched a new monopod and a multi-functional tripod. The Rollei Fotopro DIGI MP1 monopod weighs just 220 grams and offers a maximum load capacity of 1.5kg. The height of the monopod is easy to adjust between 47cm and 139.5cm. Available in green, grey, blue, orange, red and black; the DIGI MP1 carries an RRP of €39.95. The Rollei Fotopro DIGI 9300 is a fully-fledged tripod weighing in at 1,290 grams, and has a working height adjustable between 48cm and 150cm. The tripod holds system cameras and camcorders up to a weight of 3 kg. The Rollei Fotopro DIGI 9300 tripod is available in grey, black, red, green, orange and blue at a price of €59.95.

Manfrotto Befree Tripod

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has rolled out its new Befree tripod, which was designed for photographers who love to travel. Thanks to the tripod's unique folding mechanism, the legs fold perfectly around the head and quick-release plate attachment into a closed position, where it is only 40cm in length. The tripod’s lightweight aluminium construction makes it especially easy to carry, weighing 1.4kg, less than the average laptop. The Manfrotto Befree also comes with a dedicated shoulder bag, protecting it from any accidental damage, while also making it more portable for traveling and convenient to store in luggage. Offering a maximum load capacity of 4kg and a maximum height of 144cm, the Befree tripod comes with an aluminium ball head and 200PL-14 quick-release plate, and sells for £174.95.

Nokia Lumia 925

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia has announced yet another Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone called the Nokia Lumia 925, which features a new Smart Camera mode. Outfitted with a six-element 26mm (eq.) f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, 1/3"-type 8.7-megapixel BSI sensor, dedicated camera button, optical image stabiliser, dual LED flash, 4.5" WXGA display with Touch Focus functionality and a resolution of 334ppi; the Nokia Lumia 925 offers auto- and manual exposure, auto and manual white balance, Full HD video recording, and photo sharing over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology. The preloaded Nokia Smart Camera app allows you to shoot a sequence of ten photos at a slightly reduced resolution of 5 megapixels, making it "easier to capture great moments," the company claims. You can choose your best shot or combine the photos into one picture, make a strobe effect to emphasise motion, remove unwanted objects or choose the "best faces" for group shots. The Nokia Lumia 925 will be priced around €469. In addition to Europe, the Nokia Lumia 925 will be introduced into the US by T-Mobile and into China by China Mobile and China Unicom.

Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 is an ultra-fast short telephoto lens for Nikon 1 System cameras. The 85mm equivalent lens, whose development was announced last October, is ideal for portraiture and boasts a compact, contemporary design as well as a silent-wave auto focus motor. A seven-blade rounded diaphragm promises a pleasing bokeh, and this is the first 1 Nikkor lens to feature Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, which is claimed to "greatly reduce" ghosting and flare even in backlit situations. Available in June, the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens can be yours for $899.95.

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon today officially announced its EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens. For a new product, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x already has quite a bit of history. Canon first issued a development notice in February 2011. A "hand-built" (prototype) version was used at the 2012 Summer Olympics by sports photographer Jeff Cable, and we firrst delivered a set of hands-on photos in March 2013, during the Focus on Imaging show held in Birmingham, UK. Key features include a built-in 1.4x teleconverter to extend the reach to 560mm with very little loss of quality (easily activated by a switch on the lens barrel), a built-in filter holder, 2 customisable function buttons, and an innovative stepped focusing ring designed especially for video. The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens will go on sale in June, priced at £11,999.99 / €13,999.99.