Monday, May 13, 2013

Nissin MG8000 Extreme Wins TIPA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Nissin MG8000 Extreme flash has been named 'Best Portable Lighting System' in the 2013 Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Awards. Offered in both Canon and Nikon fit, the Nissin MG8000 Extreme sparked mass interest amongst the industry when shown for the first time at Focus-on-Imaging in March 2012 due to its unique quartz-based flash tube which ensures the unit remains cool, even in extreme-use conditions. When tested, the Nissin MG8000 can produce over 1000 full flashes without any fear of overheating, the company claims. The Nissin MG8000 Extreme boasts a recycle time of just 3 seconds for the first 200 shots, and then 5 to 7 seconds for subsequent frames, maintaining its guide number throughout the burst. Other highlights include an included external diffuser, tilt-swivel head, guide number of 60 (in metres at ISO 100/21° with the head zoomed to the 105mm position), full support for Canon’s and Nikon’s wireless TTL flash control systems, high-speed synchronisation and a stroboscopic flash mode. Weighing in at 400g, the Nissin MG8000 Extreme has a guide price of £545.40.

Sony Xperia XR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Sony Mobile Communications have just revealed their latest smartphone, the Sony Xperia ZR, which is claimed to offer the "highest level of water-resistance" for capturing photos underwater. The Android-powered Xperia ZR, which is capable of shooting Full HD videos, comes with a 13-megapixel camera module and a 4.6-inch, 1280x720-pixel "HD Reality" display featuring an "OptiContrast" panel that reduces reflections and provides clearer viewing even in bright sunlight. The built-in camera's burst mode allows users to shoot an unlimited number of images at 10 frames per second at a somewhat reduced resolution of 9 megapixels. The Sony Xperia ZR will launch in various global markets from Q2 2013.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Nokia Lumia 928

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia Lumia 928 is a new Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone with wireless charging, an 8.7-megapixel main camera and a Carl Zeiss Tessar 26mm (eq.) f/2.0 lens. Other highlights include optical image stabilisation, a xenon flash for stills, a LED light for movies, and 1080p Full HD video capture at 30 frames per second. A second, front-facing camera module is also present, with a 1.2-megapixel sensor and 720p video. In the USA, the Nokia Lumia 928 is exclusive to Verizon Wireless, with sales starting on 16th May. The price is $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, with a new two-year customer agreement.

Official Olympus E-PL6 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has posted six high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6 Micro Four Thirds camera. Shot at a variety of sensitivity settings between ISO 100/24° and ISO 400/27°,these Olympus E-PL6 samples were captured using an array of lenses including the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R, ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6, ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 and ED 12mm f/2. Successor to the PEN Lite E-PL5, the new Olympus E-PL6 is a mid-range model that borrows a few features from the range-topping (and also new) PEN E-P5.

Website: Olympus E-PL6 Samples

Olympus E-PL6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has announced a successor to the E-PL5 PEN Lite via the Olympus Global website. Logically named the Olympus E-PL6, the new model inherits the core functionality and feature set of its immediate predecessor but gains a so-called Short Release Time Lag mode with a shutter lag of just 44 milliseconds, an ISO 100/21° equivalent "ISO LOW" setting, a new interval shooting function, a dual-axis electronic level gauge, a "small AF target" mode and the ability to create time-lapse movie clips in-camera. Availability is slated for the end of June. Do note that unlike the also-new PEN E-P5, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6 has not been announced by Olympus America, Olympus UK or Olympus Europe - which suggests that it might be intended for Asian markets only, at least for the time being.

Official Olympus E-P5 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus Japan has released half a dozen high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Olympus PEN E-P5 Micro Four Thirds camera. Shot at a variety of sensitivity settings between ISO 200/24° and ISO 1600/33°, and shutter speeds ranging from 1/8000th of a second to 4 seconds, these Olympus E-P5 samples were captured using an array of lenses including the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R, ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6, ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, ED 12mm f/2 and 17mm f/1.8.

Website: Olympus E-P5 Samples

Olympus E-P5 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus E-P5 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus E-P5 compact camera. We've included all three colours of the EP5, the new black versions of the 17mm, 45mm and 75mm lenses, and the E-P5 with the optional VF-4 electronic viewfinder fitted.

Olympus E-P5 vs OM-D EM-5

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly how the new Olympus E-P5 compact system camera compares to the flagship OM-D EM-5?

Check out our  hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus E-P5 compact camera alongside the popular OM-D EM-5. We've included the E-P5 with the optional VF-4 electronic viewfinder fitted, which actually makes it larger than the EM5.

For the history buffs, there's also some side-by-side shots with the PEN F film camera, which was clearly a big inspiration for the design of the EP5.

Olympus PEN E-P5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus PEN E-P5 is a new compact system camera with a top shutter speed of 1/8000th second, 5-axis image stabiliser and built-in Wi-Fi; encased in an all-metal body reminiscent of the 50-year-old PEN F half-frame film camera. Other highlights include a Four Thirds sized, 16-megapixel "Live MOS" sensor lifted from the critically acclaimed OM-D E-M5, a tiltable 1.04-million-dot touchscreen, fast contrast detect auto focus with Touch AF functionality and a new Super Spot AF feature, a Focus Peaking option for manual focus enthusiasts, a 9fps continuous shooting mode, 1/320th second flash sync, and a remarkable 2x2 Dial Control system. The body is available for £899.99/$999.99 from the end of June 2013, or with a choice of interchangeable lenses and accessories. Kits start at £999.99 for the 14-42mm lens and £1349.99/$1449.99 for a bundle including a 17mm f/1.8  prime lens and new VF-4 high resolution, 2.360.000-dot viewfinder, which comes with the option to fit a distinctive real-wood grip at the time of ordering.

Olympus E-P5 Exclusive Preview Events

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Although the new Olympus PEN E-P5 will not be available in stores till late June, Olympus UK will be holding exclusive preview events at selected stores throughout May, where you can see the camera, try it out and pre-order. Click through / scroll down for the exact dates and locations.

Iridient Developer 2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 2.1 a major update to its critically acclaimed image processing software for Mac OS X. "This update features a total overhaul of the noise reduction functionality including three all new, state of the art, noise reduction methods along with optional auto noise adjustment levels based on ISO and other image parameters," says programmer Brian Griffith. The application now provides support for use of Apple's raw conversion libraries as an alternate raw conversion method and as a way to provide support for some unique camera models (such as Fuji's X-trans cameras) that Brian has not yet found the time to support with his own custom demosaic routines. A new monochrome conversion option, "Raw Colour Channel Mixer" has also been introduced, which provides direct colour mixing of the sensor colour planes direct from the demosaic process without any prior color conversion. Finally, the update adds support for 22 new camera models from a variety of manufacturers.

Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lowepro has released the Photo Sport Pro 30L AW backpack for photographers who need a fully featured pack designed to protect camera equipment, but also ticks the boxes for comfort and style. A removeable ‘Ultra Cinch’ camera chamber means photographers can access their gear from the side of the backpack, fitting up to a Pro DSLR with grip with a 70-200 f2.8 lens attached. The top-loading compartment has plenty of room for jackets, hats, maps and other outdoor accessories, while a built-in all-weather cover provides a high degree of protection from the elements. Available now, the Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW carries a guide retail price of £163.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Panasonic Lumix G6 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic Lumix G6 is a new compact system camera that offers a lot of bang for your buck. Standout features of the Panasonic G6 include a 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, capacitive touchscreen control system, OLED viewfinder, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, fast auto-focus system, 1080p AVCHD movies with stereo sound, 7fps burst shooting and an extensive range of creative effects. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 review now to find out if it can take on its DSLR and CSC rivals...

Sigma Wins Two TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma scooped up two accolades at this year's TIPA awards ceremony. The critically acclaimed Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (pictured), which was announced in November 2012, has been named 2013's Best Expert DSLR Lens; while the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC MACRO (OS) HSM has been granted the Best Entry-level DSLR Lens award.

DxO Optics Pro 8 Named “Best Photo Software”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The judging panel of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has honoured DxO Optics Pro 8 with this year's "Best Photo Software" award.  Jérôme Ménière, CEO of DxO Labs, states: “Being awarded the most coveted photo and image prize in the profession is a tremendous recognition for DxO Labs. It reinforces our goal to continue pushing the limits of image quality, while giving serious photographers the most successful tools for fully expressing their passion.”

Canon Wins Five TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses, Printers
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Canon has been awarded five honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). These include te Best Entry-Level DSLR (Canon EOS 100D), Best Expert DSLR (Canon EOS 6D), Best Video DSLR (Canon EOS 1D C, pictured) ,Best Professional DSLR Lens (Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM) and Best Expert Photo Printer (Canon Pixma Pro-10). “This is yet another strong showing from Canon in the TIPA Awards,” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “Such recognition from TIPA clearly demonstrates the level of quality and innovation that is present throughout our product range, from our consumer and amateur models to our professional line.”

Triple Honours for Fujifilm

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Fujifilm has received three awards from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The Best Expert Compact System Camera award went to the Fujifilm X-E1, the Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R was named "Best Compact System Camera Prime Lens," while the Fujifilm X20 (pictured) received TIPA's Best Expert Compact Camera award.

Adobe MAX Sneak Peeks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe presented a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge design and interactive technologies at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference. MAX Sneak Peeks offer a unique opportunity to see inside Adobe’s engineering labs and to preview new features during their early stage of development. Videos of the technology explorations spotlighted during the MAX Sneak Peeks, hosted by Rainn Wilson and special guest Mary Lynn Rajskub, with Ben Forta, director of Evangelism, Adobe, are available on YouTube.

PhotoVoice Launches WILD Print Sale

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Charity PhotoVoice has launched its fundraising WILD print sale of winning photographs from the WILD photography competition, judged by acclaimed photographer Steve Bloom. Until Monday 20 May 2013, photography collectors and nature enthusiasts alike will be able help raise money for the charity PhotoVoice by buying a print from a collection of 50 imaginative and remarkable photographs. Each photograph in the WILD print sale is available to purchase as a professional 16”x 12” Lambda C Type print in a limited edition print run for £50.00, with the money raised going to PhotoVoice. To view the WILD collection, visit the website below.

PhotographyBB Magazine to be Retired

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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In a newsletter sent out to registered readers, editor-in-chief Dave Seeram has announced that the online PhotographyBB Magazine "will be retired" on 1st June. Until that date, you can download any or all 54 magazine editions in PDF format, free of charge, from the website below (registration might be required). Dave says he is now focusing on a new product called CLARITY, which he says will "knock the socks off of [the] previous magazine" and be available later this month. Do note that the PhotographyBB magazine library will be removed on 1st June, so downloading and saving the issues you are interested in is good advice, indeed.

Website: PhotographyBB Magazine Library