Friday, April 26, 2013

Bowens Fifty-Year Anniversary Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Bowens International is fifty years old and the company has just launched a celebratory competition for photographers. Photographers have until the end of May to submit a photograph to Bowens using the theme ‘50’. The Bowens Litebook team will shortlist its favourite images which will then appear on the Bowens Facebook page. The public at large will then choose a winner who will pick up £600 worth of Bowens lighting equipment.

Photo Studio Templates from SF Photo School

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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SF Photo School has just launched a new product called Photo Studio Templates. "We're very proud to launch Photo Studio Templates for photographers who are struggling to brand and market their business," says Uzair Kharawala, creator of Photo Studio Templates. "These templates are affordable & inexpensive and any photographer can customise the templates with their logo, company information, colours, fonts & images." The recommended retail price is £225. Photographers can get started by downloading two free templates and a 80-minute video on branding & marketing. For more information, visit the website below.

SanDisk Joins Forces with the Coldest Journey

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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SanDisk is sponsoring The Coldest Journey, an expedition across Antarctica where voyagers will attempt take on one of the last remaining polar challenges. During their voyage, the team will undertake a number of scientific tests to capture images and data with the goal to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the true effects of global warming on the Antarctic continent. In order for the team to capture this journey while storing and sharing content on the move, SanDisk is providing the expedition team with SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC memory cards and SanDisk Extreme SSDs. Veteran explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, expedition leader of The Coldest Journey will be leading the team from the UK. “The team will stretch the limits of human endurance, covering 2,000 miles in six months at temperatures approaching minus 90°C,” Fiennes said. “When you’re looking to succeed in nature’s extreme margins, you need to have absolute trust in all of your equipment. We knew that when it comes to flash memory, be it SSDs to store our video, or SD memory cards to record the adventure, SanDisk is the ideal partner to have on board for The Coldest Journey.”

Blurb Launches Designer Collection Templates

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Blurb has launched its new Designer Collection, a series of free-to-use book templates that promise to "instantly transform simple photo books into professionally designed and beautiful productions." Users can choose from a series of six versatile templates to quickly and easily create a Small Square (7"x7") book. Additional customisation options allow book-makers to play around with photos, add captions, include personal messages, and easily switch between templates without having to start again. The Designer Collection templates have been created exclusively for Blurb by acclaimed designer and photographer Laura Brunow Miner, founder of Pictory, an online photography magazine. The templates are free to use, while the books start from £8.99. To get started with creating your own instant photo book with the Designer Collection templates, visit the website below.

Less than Five Days Left to Enter Red Bull Illume Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Red Bull Illume Image Quest, which is billed as the world’s greatest photography contest for action and adventure sports, is closing for entries on 30th April. Photographers can submit images to 10 categories: lifestyle, playground, energy, spirit, close up, wings, sequence, new creativity, experimental and illumination. The overall winner will receive the new Leica S camera, while category winners will each receive a Leica X2. Other prizes will include broncolor’s new Move, their portable flash, and the latest strap system from Sun-Sniper. Photographers can enter their images online at the website below.

Project Imaginat10n 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Canon U.S.A. has announced the 2013 “Project Imaginat10n” Film Contest, which will provide the public with a unique opportunity to showcase their cinematography skills. Helmed by Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard, filmmakers of all skill levels will each have the chance to embark on the same creative exercise as five celebrity directors – Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy – all of whom are directing short films inspired from ten Project Imaginat10n winning photographs. Selecting from the same pool of 91 winning photos, the challenge is to create a short film inspired by ten crowdsourced photos and based on ten storytelling themes: Character, Mood, Goal, Backstory, Setting, Obstacle, Relationship, The Unknown, Time and Discovery. Submissions will begin on 4th June at the website below.

Buy a PocketWizard Set, Get an AC3 Zone Controller for Free

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The MAC Group has launched a new promotion that offers a free PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController ($79 value) to photographers who purchase a new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 or two FlexTT5 radios for either Canon or Nikon. The PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios can be used to trigger any combination of TTL or manual flash units placed wherever desired, to illuminate the subject or scene being photographed. The PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController is the finishing touch that provides simple, finger-tip control of light output from three separate zones (A, B, C) of flashes or groups of flash units mounted on Flex TT5 transceivers, in either automatic-exposure or manual control. Running until 19th April, the MAC Group's mail-in programme is available only in the USA. For more information, check out the website below.

Fujifilm FinePix JZ700

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Fujifilm Finepix JZ700 is a new 14-megapixel compact camera with a stabilised 24-192mm equivalent lens,  8fps continuous shooting (for a maximum of 8 frames) and Full HD movie capture. The body is only 18.6mm deep at the thinnest point, making the Fuji JZ700 an eminently pocketable shooter. Other highlights include a 360°Motion Panorama mode, 200fps video recording for slow-motion playback, high-speed multi-frame processing for high-dynamic-range imaging and a number of advanced filter effects. Pricing and availability have yet to be communicated.

Sony World Photography Awards Winner Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Thirty-two year-old Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang has been announced as the L’Iris d’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year. The judges voted unanimously for Gjestvang’s powerful series of portraits of children and youths who survived the July 2011 massacre on the island of Utøya, outside Oslo. The L’Iris d’Or winning series of work, "One Day in History," will be displayed as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House from 26 April – 12 May, alongside the works of the other winners.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Pricing Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Intro2020 has announced availability and pricing details for the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC tilt-shift lens in the United Kingdom. Manufactured in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony A. fittings - with Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Pentax and Sony E-mount versions coming soon -, the lens has an optical formula comprising 16 lens elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical lenses and two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements. Each optical component has been covered with multi-layered, anti-reflective UMC coatings, which are claimed to provide superb light transmission, high contrast and natural colours. The tilt-shift function in the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC allows for tilt and swing movements up to +/-8.5° and enables shift, rise and fall movements of up to +/-12 mm. The Tilt-Shift section may be rotated left by 90° (with 30° adjustment), while the lens mount may be rotated both ways by 90° (in 30° increments). The Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC tilt-shift lens will be available from mid-May, at a suggested retail price of £949.99 including VAT.

Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 49 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR compact camera.

The Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 42x lens that offers a massive focal range of 24-1000mm.

Canon EOS 700D Photos

Mark Goldstein
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We had the opportunity to try out the new Canon EOS 700D DSLR camera in central London. Here are 38 sample JPEG photos taken with the Canon EOS 700D DSLR camera, including the full ISO range.

The Canon EOS 700D is a digital SLR camera with an APS-C sized 18-megapixel Hybrid CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor and a 5fps continuous shooting mode.

Canon EOS 100D Photos

Mark Goldstein
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We had the opportunity to try out the new Canon EOS 100D DSLR camera in central London. Here are 52 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Canon EOS 100D DSLR camera, including the full ISO range.

The Canon EOS 100D is the smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR ever made, and features a 3” ClearView II capacitive touchscreen, an 18-megapixel Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor and DIGIC 5 processor.

Canon Powershot N Photos

Mark Goldstein
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We had the opportunity to try out the new Canon Powershot N compact camera at the now disused Aldwych tube station in central London. Here are 38 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Canon Powershot N compact camera.

The Canon Powershot N is a new type of camera with a square design, innovative zoom and shoot operation lens rings, and a tilting touch screen..

Canon Powershot SX280 HS Photos

Mark Goldstein
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We had the opportunity to try out the new Canon Powershot SX280 HS compact camera at the now disused Aldwych tube station in central London. Here are 43 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Canon Powershot SX280 HS compact camera.

The Canon Powershot SX280 HS is a 12 megapixel, 20x travel-zoom camera with on-board GPS and Wi-Fi.

Lee Friedlander: The Nudes - A Second Look

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Now available from D.A.P., Lee Friedlander's Nudes: A Second Look includes several images that were not published in the first edition. "The Nudes significantly expands on the Cape edition (itself long out of print), with a total of 84 nudes, plus a new layout and design by Katy Homans and new separations by Thomas Palmer," the publisher says. "As such, it offers the most lavish presentation of this key series in Friedlander's massive oeuvre." The book is available for $49.95.

Sue Flood: Cold Places

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Manfrotto School of Xcellence (MSoX) has announced a new webinar,“Cold Places – From the North Pole, to the Antarctic, and in between” by renowned expedition photographer Sue Flood. Taking place from 4pm - 5pm BST on 7 May 2013 the webinar is completely free and provides a behind-the-scenes peek at Sue's adventures as an expedition photographer working on Planet Earth and The Blue Planet. For more details and to register, visit the website below.

Classic Camera Series from PielFort Albums

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PielFort Albums have created a new series of hand-made mini albums inspired by a range of classic cameras. The idea came from a collaboration of PielFort Company with designers and bloggers - each blogger came up with a concept inspired by a classic camera, and the best desings were turned into actual products by PielFort's craftsmen in their Ubrique, Spain-based workshop. For more information, visit the website below.

New Snug-It Pro DSLR Skins from Delkin

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Delkin's new Snug-It Pro DSLR camera skins are now available for the Canon EOS 6D and the Nikon D5200 digital SLR cameras. Claimed to "protect cameras from being damaged in any environment or situation," each Snug-It model is made out of a high-quality silicone material that makes it easy to put on and take off, as well as protect your DSLR against bumps, scratches, sand and dust. All models are molded around the camera's hot shoe attachment, buttons and lens in order to provide maximum coverage, while allowing for quick setting adjustments & lens changes. In addition, each Snug-It Pro skin contains openings for all of the camera's closed compartments, such as the memory card slot, HDMI port, and battery; allowing for easy access when needed. Snug-It Pro skins for the Canon 6D and Nikon D5200 are now available and can be purchased at the retail price of $34.99 via delkin.com or any Delkin authorised retailer.

Fantasea FG15 Housing for Canon PowerShot G15

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line has launched a new waterproof housing for the Canon PowerShot G15 digital compact camera. Depth tested to 80m and certified to a maximum depth of 60m, the Fantasea FG15 housing protects your Canon G15 camera from damaging elements including water, sand, dust, snow, ice and pollutants. Supported by a full line of optional accessories including wide-angle and macro lenses, colour correction filters and lighting sets; the FG15 is available for $575/€550.