Tuesday, December 11, 2012

84.5mm Presents New Line of Photographic Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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84.5mm has announced a new Professional line of photographic filters. The range includes seven rectangular filters (150x84.5mm in size) that are fully compatible with “P” type filter holders designed for square filters with a width of 84-85mm. The filters in the Professional line are available for €32-€39 each.

Pixengo for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pixengo is a new iPhone app which allows users to add thoughts and emotions to still images by fusing them with thirty-second sound bites. Photographers can record their own voice, tell the story behind the photograph or describe their feelings of the moment, then share with friends and peers. You do not need the App to view ‘pixengos’: anyone can view the pixengos you send to them in a web browser, on their mobile or a computer. If you’re roaming abroad, you can create a number of pixengos on the go but opt to send them only when you’re within a Wi-Fi zone to save cash. The app is available as a free download from iTunes.

Monday, December 10, 2012

November 2012 Competition Winners

Mark Goldstein
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The winners of the November 2012 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for November was “Morning Glory” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review

Mark Goldstein
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It's not very often that something entirely new enters the camera market, but the Samsung Galaxy Camera certainly fits that bill. Half travel-zoom camera, half smartphone, with a dash of the Android operating system and a pinch of wi-fi and 3G/4G connectivity, the Galaxy Camera is a very brave attempt to breathe new life into the declining compact camera business. Read our detailed Samsung Galaxy Camera review, complete with 90 full-size sample images, to find out if it's a success or not...

Fotodiox WonderBurst NEX and WonderBurst HSS8000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox today launched its WonderBurst NEX Radio Flash Trigger and WonderBurst HSS8000 4-in-1 Radio Slave Trigger.  The WonderBurst NEX ($39.95) enables Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras to remotely trigger any flash with a standard hot-shoe, giving shooters more options beyond the proprietary Sony hot-shoe. The WonderBurst NEX is capable of flash sync speeds up to 1/160 seconds and features 16 selectable channels. Along with the WonderBurst NEX, Fotodiox is also launching the WonderBurst HSS8000 4-in-1 Radio Slave Trigger ($69.95), a 1/8000 high-speed sync wireless remote flash trigger compatible with any camera flash or strobe. The transmitter plugs into the camera to learn the camera’s specific delay time, allowing it to get ahead of the second curtain sync, or the sync delay that most cameras have. The WonderBurst HSS8000 removes flash sync limitations and will also work as a camera remote for AF remote triggering, continuous shooting and bulb mode.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Leica has announced that the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013 contest will open for entries on 15 January 2013. Photographers wishing to take part may submit their photographic projects online until 1 March. The winner of the 2013 Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive a Leica M camera with lens worth approximately €10,000 in addition to a cash prize of €5,000. A second honour in the course of the competition will be awarded in the category ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award’, for (prospective) professional photographers aged 25 and under. The winner of the first prize in this section will also be awarded a Leica rangefinder camera complete with lens. The awards will be presented in the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photography festival to be held in Arles, France from 1 to 7 July 2013.

S Mag: The Rankin Issue

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Leica and Rankin hosted a private viewing of images from the Leica ‘S Mag: The Rankin Issue’ at the Annroy Gallery in London, an exclusive invitation-only event which was attended by over 400 guests. Using only the Leica S-System camera (pictured), Rankin collaborated with nine individual hair stylists, to create a series of striking images and a collection of diverse fashion stories which are communicated across the latest 200-page edition of S Magazine. Rankin said: “I’d always thought it would be interesting to do a hair book – where you take hairdressers and you give them the opportunity to do anything they want.” He added: “It was a chance to collaborate with the people I really admire, but also people I knew had hidden talents that maybe hadn’t come out yet.”

EyeTime 2012 Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the EyeTime 2012 competition have been announced. EyeTime 2012 was assembled as a means to publicly promote the research, exploration and investigation currently happening amongst today’s emerging talent. In the Future Voices category, the jury has selected the works of Gerald Haselwanter, Laurent Evrard and Simon Chang; while winners in the Emerging Talent category include MArk Harless, Nicholai Go and Zulinadi Abdul Azli.

Phase One Offers Free Seminars on Capture One Pro 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Software
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Phase One has announced a number of free seminars on Capture One Pro 7. These skill-building 3-hour seminars will be held twice on Tuesday in London and twice on Thursday in Manchester this week. Phase One’s popular Image Quality Professor, Niels V. Knudsen, will be there
to offer insights and answer questions about the new processing engine in Capture One Pro 7. David Grover will present information on organizing images with Capture One Pro’s new digital asset management features. Seminars are appropriate for all photographers seeking better after-capture image processing results. To register, participants need only to send an email to ejo@phaseone.com requesting the city and time they would like to attend. Click through / scroll down for the seminar schedule.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Nikon Coolpix S3300 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix S3300 is an easy-to-use point-and-shoot compact camera that won't break the bank. Featuring a 6x, 26-156mm lens and a 16 megapixel CCD sensor, the S3300 also offers 720p HD movies and a range of special effects. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S3300 review now to find out if it deserves a place in your pocket.

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a fast telephoto zoom lens for Nikon, Sony and Canon full-frame DSLR shooters. Offering built-in image stabilisation, the compact Tamron 70-200mm lens has a constant aperture of f/2.8 throughout the range. Read our Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD review to find out if it's the best fast telephoto zoom for full frame users.

WedPics.com Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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WedPics is a new free service providing a rich media platform for capturing, sharing and interacting with all the photos taken throughout your wedding. Comprising a website and a smartphone app, WedPics allows everyone to upload, view, share, and download pictures.  “No more need for disposable cameras at the table, guests can use the app at the wedding itself or afterwards via Smartphone or the website,” the company says. “In one click, the bride (or anyone with admin rights) can download all the pictures or send them to Facebook creating an instant photo book.” In addition, WedPics also provides an opportunity for professional wedding photographers to market their services to future brides.

Travel Photography Masterclass with Karoki Lewis

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events

Professional photographer Karoki Lewis will be hosting a travel photography workshop at the luxury Riad El Fenn in Marrakech, Morocco. Taking place from 13-18 January 2013, the course will mix creative tuition, challenging assignments, delicious food and a luxurious setting, and is suitable for all levels. Each day will consist of a tutorial, followed by a related assignment, and Karoki will accompany and guide aspiring photographers throughout. In the evenings, over drinks, the group will examine and discuss each day’s shoot. Prices start at £1,000 per person based on two sharing, including five nights’ full board accommodation at Riad El Fenn, house wine, transfers, tuition, supplies and all scheduled excursions but excluding airfare to and from Marrakech.

JPEGmini for Mac Now Supports Resolutions up to 28 Megapixels

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ICVT has updated its desktop application JPEGmini for Mac. With JPEGmini for Mac users can quickly optimise full photo albums simply by dragging them onto the app. The optimised photos are claimed to retain the full quality and resolution of the original photos, while being much smaller in file size. The latest upgrade adds support for resolutions of up to 28 megapixels. “With the new 28-megapixel upgrade, JPEGmini for Mac can now optimize photos shot with 99 percent of the camera models available on the market today,” the company says. In a special introductory holiday offer, from now until 24th December, the full version of JPEGmini for Mac, which regularly retails for $19.99, is available for $9.99. In addition, ICVT is introducing JPEGmini Lite for Mac, a free version of JPEGmini for Mac that offers optimisation of up to 20 photos per day.

Canon EOS 6D Service Notice

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has issued a service notice concerning the Canon EOS 6D digital SLR camera. “We have identified a phenomenon which prevents movie files shot using Canon EOS 6D digital SLR cameras from being played back on YouTube,” the company says. Promising to “continue to investigate this phenomenon,,” Canon has come up with a temporary solution. They suggest that EOS 6D owners wishing to upload their movie clips to YouTube take the following steps: 1) download the movie file(s) from the EOS 6D camera to your computer, 2) start ImageBrowser EX, 3) after selecting the movie file(s) to be uploaded select [Edit Movies] in the [Edit] tab from the menu bar of ImageBrowser EX, 4) save the movie using the [Save] menu on the screen, 5) upload the saved movie to YouTube.

Website: Canon UK

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD is an updated version of Tamron's classic macro lens. Now offering built-in image stabilisation and a revised optical design, the Tamron 90mm VC is actually more expensive than the Canon and Nikon equivalents. Read our Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD review to find out if it can justify its cost...

Olympus SP-720UZ Review

Matt Grayson
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The Olympus SP-720UZ is an affordable new ultra-zoom compact camera, featuring a 26x zoom lens with a focal range of 26-676mm. Other key features offered by the SP-720 UZ include a 14 megapixel sensor, 1080p HD video recording, sensor-shift image stabilisation and a range of Magic Filters. Priced at £230, we find out if the Olympus SP-720UZ super-zoom is all the camera you'll ever need...

Industrial Use microSDHC and CompactFlash Memory Cards from Transcend

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend today announced the addition of Industrial use microSDHC Class 10 and CF170 CompactFlash memory cards to its industrial memory card product line. Manufactured using brand-name MLC NAND Flash chips, Transcend’s Industrial use microSDHC cards guarantee superior performance and long-term stability over their consumer-grade TLC counterparts, the company says. These Class 10 microSDHC memory cards provide read/write speeds of up to 20MB/16MB per second, and come in capacities of up to 32GB. Compliant with the CompactFlash 6.0 specification, Transcend’s new industrial CF170 CompactFlash cards boast high-speed transfer rates of up to 90MB/s and up to an extra large 64GB capacity. They are claimed to deliver peak performance under harsh environmental conditions, operating effectively between -25°C and 85°C.

Rogue Flash Gel Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ExpoImaging is expanding its collection of Rogue Flash Gels with a new Color Correction Filter Kit for small flash enthusiasts. “Colour correction gels are vital to professional event photographers,” said Erik Sowder, CEO of ExpoImaging. “Using colour correction gels with flash vastly improves colour balance and consistency, particularly when shooting indoors under incandescent and fluorescent lights.” The new Rogue Flash Gels Colour Correction Filter Kit contains 3 of each colour gel and 3 attachment bands for photographers using multiple flashes. The kit includes the most commonly used correction and diffusion gels: 1/4 CTO, 1/2 CTO, Full CTO, Plus Green, 1/2 CTB, and 1 f/stop diffusion. Rogue Flash Gel Kits are available now for $29.95.

Akvis Coloriage 9.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released Coloriage 9.0, a program that enables users to colorise blakc-and-white photos and replace colours in full-colour images. The new update incorporates improvements to the Eyedropper tool, new features and tools, fixes bugs, and adds compatibility with Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8. The software is available as a Photoshop plugin or as a standalone application. Akvis Coloriage sells for $75, with a fully-featured 10-day free trial available on the developer’s website.