Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Samsung NX300 to Include Lightroom 4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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Samsung UK today announced that the brand new Samsung NX300 camera will come bundled with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Recently launched at CES, the NX300 is the latest model in Samsung’s NX range. Key specifications include a twenty-megapixel imager with on-sensor phase detection AF sensors, an articulated OLED touchscreen and Wi-Fi connectivity. Other highlights include a sensitivity range of ISO100/21°—ISO25,600/45°, a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000 sec,  8.6fps continuous shooting, a 5-way manual key interface and i-Depth, an easy and simple way to adjust the depth-of-field of an image using the NX Series’ unique i-Function system. Shipping in March, the Samsung NX300 will come with a copy of Lightroom 4, which normally sells for more than £100.

Ritz Camera at WPPI

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Ritz Camera & Imaging have unveiled their Pro-Advantage programme at the 2013 Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference and Expo.The Pro-Advantage programme is a recognition programme designed around a photographer’s necessities. Members will be given special processing and printing benefits as well as back stage passes to many special events, experiences and opportunities. Additional benefits include exclusive discounts on hard goods, exclusive 50% off on any photo excursions, invitations to meet and greet professional photographers, camera and accessory rental packages and more. WPPI attendees have the opportunity to sign up for the Ritz Pro-Advantage programme and be entered into a raffle where they can win one of four different prizes including two airline tickets to any location in the US, an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and 12-50 lens, Pentax K-30 with 18-135 WR zoom, or a Mefoto trans-functional tripod.

Pentax K-5 II(s) Firmware Version 1.03

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Pentax Ricoh has issued a firmware update for the Pentax K-5 II and Pentax K-5 IIs digital SLR cameras. Version 1.03 improves overall stability and exposure accuracy when using AA batteries.

Website: Pentax Japan

ACDSee Pro 6.2 & ACDSee 15.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ACDSystems have released Version 15.2 of ACDSee and Version 6.2 of ACDSee Pro. These updates add support for the Canon Powershot S110, EOS M, EOS 6D, PowerShot G15 and PowerShot SX50 HS, the Nikon 1 V2, D5200 and D600, the Olympus XZ-2 iHS, E-PL5 and E-PM2, the Panasonic GH3, the Pentax K-5 II, K-5 IIs and Q10, the Samsung EX2F, the Sony SLT-A99V, NEX-6, NEX-5R and DSC-RX1. The new versions also incorporate bug fixes and performance improvements. For more information see the ACDSee Pro 6.2 and ACDSee 15.2 release notes.

Pentax Announces Rebates

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas has announced consumer mail-in rebates on its 645D medium-format system as well as select Limited series lenses when bundled with the K-5 IIs dSLR. The rebates, valid through 31 March 2013, range from $250 to $500. Photographers who buy a 645D camera body will receive a free D-FA 55mm lens and a $500 Pentax VISA prepaid card on the purchase of the D-FA 25mm and HD 90mm lens when bought at the same time as the body. Those purchasing the K-5IIs camera body will receive a $250 Pentax VISA prepaid card on the purchase of FA 31mm, 43mm and 77mm Limited series lenses when biught at the same time as the body. To print a mail-in rebate form, visit the website below.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Canon IXUS 140 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon IXUS 140 (also known as the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS) is a stylish new point-and-shoot compact camera that won't break the bank. Stand-out features include a 16 megapixel sensor, built-in wi-fi connectivity, a 3 inch LCD screen, 8x wide-angle zoom lens and a metal body. Read our in-depth Canon IXUS 140 review to find out if it offers a winning combination of style and substance...

Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lowepro has just introduced the Flipside Sport 20L AW, a lightweight and breathable bag to use during their outdoor adventures. The Flipside Sport 20L AW fits 2 pro SLR cameras with integrated grips (one with attached 300mm f/2.8 lens, 2 extra lenses and a flash, a tablet or laptop, tripod or monopod,, a battery charger and other accessories plus trekking poles and other personal gear. The backpack is available now priced at around $180.

Website: Lowepro

Nissin Di700

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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At the Focus on Imaging trade show, Kenro introduced the Nissin Di700 flash and the Nissin PS 8 power pack. The Nissin Di700 features a zooming flash head with an extended 24-200mm coverage and a guide number of 50 (in metres at ISO 100/21°) at the 200mm setting. The model supports 180° horizontal rotation to the right and left, tilts up to 90° and expands 7° downwards to facilitate close-up photography. Other highlights include a recycle time of 0.1-4.0 seconds, an AF assist light, PC sync, 3.5mm sync and an external power socket that makes the Di700 compatible with the Nissin PS 8 power pack. The new Nissin Di700 will be available for Canon, Nikon and Sony, and is scheduled to be launched April 2013. Pricing details will be available closer to its launch. The PS 8 power pack is available now, priced at £165.

Nissin PS 8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has launched a new power pack from Nissin, the PS 8 version, with added features to provide more power and faster charging time for flash photography. Compared to its predecessor, the core boosting circuit of the Nissin Power Pack PS 8 has been redesigned in order to reduce heat, and now uses high-strength plastic instead of metal housing for the body. As a result, its size is now more compact whilst not compromising on performance. Another key feature added to the new PS 8 version is its exclusive battery cartridge design, which greatly increases the battery capability whilst also helping to decrease its overall weight to 761 grams including a Ni-MH battery pack. The Nissin PS 8 Power Pack is compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony digital SLR cameras and is available now with a suggested retail price of £165.

Lowel Prime LED 800 Studio Light

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tiffen is now shipping the latest addition to the Lowel Prime continuous studio light series – Lowel Prime LED 800. Available in daylight-balanced or Tungsten versions, the 800 model has almost twice the output of the Lowel Prime LED 400. A trademark feature of the Prime 800 LED is its 50° beam angle that allows considerable light output to be spread across a wider area, reducing the need for additional fixtures to light a set. Like all Lowel Prime Power LED Lights, the 800 model is dimmable, with “tweakable” colourfor critical balancing against other light sources. Also featuring silent fanless air convection cooling, a hanging C-clamp, female Stand Fitting, a rugged all-metal housing and an assortment of light controls. The Lowel Prime LED 800 retails for $3,895.

Studio Sittings: Photographing Royal Academicians

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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A new exhibition ‘Studio Sittings’ at Holland Park’s Leighton House explores the nature of the artist’s studio and the artist’s relationship with their personal, creative space through a series of photographs of Royal Academicians past and present. The exhibition features a series of photographs of some of the most celebrated Royal Academicians in recent times taken by Anne Purkiss, who has been photographing Royal Academicians for over 25 years. The images have never been show together as a collection and they provide a telling insight into the working environment and creative spaces of today’s foremost artists, the organisers say. The exhibition runs at Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, Kensington, W14 8LZ from 15 March – 12 May 2013.

Save 20% on BosStrap Products

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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BosStrap.com has announced a promotion valid on all BosStrap products. The BosStrap system differs in two important respects from other sling straps: the attachment point is the left camera strap lug, not the tripod socket, and with a BosStrap, a shoulder pad is not necessary.  The former feature means that the tripod socket is always available for its intended use, and the camera is carried with less chance of damage to internal seals and tripod thread; the latter feature means that with no shoulder pad, a BosStrap can be worn under a jacket concealing the strap which is great for street photographers, weather protection, and anti theft. New products in the line-up include the BosStrap Generation 3 Sliding Sling Strap (pictured) and the Ultra Light Hand Band. Throughout March, you can save 20% on any BosStrap products order through the website below. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout by entering the code photoblog20.  Do note that a minimum purchase of $17.00 USD is required to take advantage of this offer.

Website: BosStrap

Maxell AirStash A02

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The Maxell AirStash A02 Flash drive offers Wi-Fi as an option to connect to a PC, tablet or smartphone. This allows users to transfer their files simply and easily to almost any target device, even if it has no USB port. It also enables them to view their photos and videos on up to eight devices at once, without having to transfer the files. Additionally, the AirStash A02 features an SDHD card slot for storage, ships with a 16GB SDHD card,.“AirStash is the only device to combine the portability of a standard USB flash drive, the flexibility of SD flash media, the power of a media streamer, and the convenience of wireless two-way file transfer,” the company says. Note that in order to be able to use the AirStash A02 with a tablet or smartphone, users need to download the free AirStash+ Android / iOS app from Google Play or iTunes. The 16GB Maxell AirStash A02 is available from play.com and Amazon UK for a suggested retail price of £94.99.

Adata Premier UHS-I SDHC/SDXC Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Adata Technology has launched its Premier series SDHC, SDXC and microSDHC / microSDXC memory cards, all of which implement the UHS-I U1 specification. Offered in 8, 16, 32 and 64 GB capacities, the new Premier SDHC and SDXC memory cards are billed as an economical option for those looking to utilise the speed of the UHS-I U1 standard, with price points comparable to older class 10 cards. According to the manufacturer the 64-gigabyte SDXC cards can achieve sequential read and write speeds of up to 50 and 33 MB/second, respectively.

Click through / scroll down for the MSRPs of the Adata Premier SDHC and microSDHC cards.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Nikon Coolpix L25 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Nikon Coolpix L25 compact camera has a 5x wide-angle zoom lens (28-140mm), 3 inch LCD screen, 720p movies and a 10 megapixel CCD sensor, yet costs just £69.99 / $79.95. Can you really can get a capable camera at this price-point? Read our expert Nikon Coolpix L25 review to find out...

Availability & Pricing Announced for Three Sigma Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced availability and pricing for the three lenses unveiled at the CP+ trade show held earlier this year in Yokohama, Japan. The new and restyled Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN and 30mm f/2.8 DN (pictured) will be available for MFT and NEX cameras from late March, priced at £189.99 / $199.00 each. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM dSLR lens will hit the shelves in Canon and Sigma fit, in late March / early April respectively, priced at £499.99 / $499.00. The availability of the F mount version has yet to be announced.

Rollei Racy Full HD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The new Rollei Racy Full HD is a new action camera capable of shooting five-megapixel stills as well as 1080p movies. Weighing in at 72 grams and measuring just 74x52x33mm, the Rolley Racy is supplied with an underwater housing that’s waterproof down to 10 metres, and features a 135° ultra-wide lens and a 6cm touchscreen. The camera comes complete with a remote control, a helmet fixture, 3M attachment stickers, the underwater housing and a USB cable. The Rollei Racy Full HD will be available from the end of April in silver and black for a recommended retail price of €139,95.

RawTherapee 4.0.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The RawTherapee development team have announced that they’d completed Version 4.0.10 of the program, which shall be available to download “within a day or two.” This update adds an array of new and improved features, and includes DCP profiles for a number of new (and older) digital cameras and backs including the Leaf Aptus 75, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the Nikon D800, the Olympus E-510, E-520, OM-D E-M5 and XZ-1, and the Panasonic DMC-G5. The new builds will be available in a few days from the website below.

Canon Showcases its Imaging Line-up at WPPI

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Canon U.S.A. will showcase its breadth of input to output imaging devices at the 2013 Wedding & Portrait Photographer International (WPPI) Convention. On display at the Canon booth (#401) is a diverse selection of EOS camera models, including the EOS-1D X, 5D Mark III, 6D and 7D; a broad range of Canon EF lenses; some of the imagePROGRAF and Pixma Pro series of printers as well as the Canon DreamLabo 5000 production inkjet printer. For wedding and event videographers, the XF305 and the compact, highly portable XF105 professional camcorders are on display as well. Both deliver Full HD video utilising Canon-designed and developed native 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensors, professional XLR microphone inputs, and Canon’s proprietary MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF codec. The WPPI 2013 trade show is being held in the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

GIMP Magazine Issue 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Software
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Issue 3 of GIMP Magazine, a free publication featuring works created by the worldwide community of GIMP users, is now available to download. This edition includes an article on photographing motion, a test and tutorial on G’MIC, a feature-by-feature comparison of GIMP 2.8 and Photoshop CS5.5 Extended, an extensive image gallery and interviews with photographers Andrea Zanovello and Cyril Bosselut - and much more. You can read the magazine online or download the latest issue as a PDF. A print version is also available for $23.