Friday, April 26, 2013

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.

Nikon Coolpix P7700 Firmware Version 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon Coolpix P7700 digital compact camera. Version 1.1 incorporates the following modifications and fixes:

Display accuracy for the virtual horizon has been increased according to the direction in which the camera is pointed.

The interval between shots with uninterrupted shooting when Auto bracketing is set to Exposure bracketing has been reduced.

An issue that prevented shutter speeds slower than one second for the second and subsequent shots when shooting with Auto bracketing set to Exposure bracketing has been resolved.

Website: Nikon P7700 Firmware Update 1.1

Fujifilm X100S Firmware Version 1.02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fujifilm has posted a firmware update for the Fujifilm X100S large-sensor compact camera. Version 1.02 fixes a bug related to the brightness of the shooting frame within the optical viewfinder. In Fuji's words, "the phenomenon is fixed that the brightness of the OVF bright frame doesn’t change according to a surrounding brightness in case of ISO 1600 and higher." You can download the firmware update from the website below.

Website: Fuji X100S Firmware Update Ver.1.02

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Olympus Launches Teaser Campaign for New Flagship PEN Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus China has posted a teaser for a new PEN series Micro Four Thirds camera, According to the text, the new model will be on display at various trade shows held in four Chinese cities - including Shanghai - between 11th May and 1st June. The company has not revealed anything about the uocoming camera's specifications yet.

Source: Olympus China via Engadget

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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We had the oppotunity to try out the new Sony HX50 camera on the 38th floor of the iconic Gherkin building in central London. The HX50 is billed as "the world's smallest compact camera with a 30x optical zoom lens".

Here are 42 sample JPEG photos taken with a pre-production version of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 compact camera, including the full ISO range from 80-12,800.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 is a premium compact camera with a 20.4 megapixel Exmor R sensor, 30x zoom lens (24-720mm), multi-interface accessory hotshoe, manual exposure modes, built-in wi-fi and Full 50p HD movie recording.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 travel-zoom compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 compact camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the HX300 and WX300 models, and with the optional electronic viewfinder fitted.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 is the World’s smallest camera with a 30x zoom lens. In addition to the 24-720mm lens, the new Sony HX50 travel-zoom also boasts a 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, ISO range of 80-12,800, full P/A/S/M  manual controls, built-in wi-fi connectivity, and Full HD (50p) movie recording capability. The HX50 has a dial to adjust exposure compensation plus a mode dial for other manual shooting settings, a Multi Interface Shoe for attaching a compatible electronic viewfinder, flash or microphone, and a Multi Terminal for using a remote controller. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 will be available in the UK from May 2013 priced at around £350.

Exposure 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Alien Skin Software today announced Exposure 5, the new version of its flagship photography effects software. According to the company, Exposure 5 enables digital photographers to achieve accurate film simulation, using a wide range of creative effects. “With Exposure 5, a photographer’s vision is the only element separating an ordinary image from an extraordinary one. Creative control and increased productivity were essential design objectives,” said Terence Tay, designer of the new Exposure 5 software. “It’s now much easier and faster for photographers of all levels to find the right look for their photographs.” Exposure 5 will be available from June, both as a standalone application and as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. The program is priced at $199. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $99. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to everyone who purchased Exposure 4 directly from Alien Skin Software in March 2013 or later.