Wednesday, April 25, 2012
McAfee All Access is a multi-platform security solution developed in response to photographers’ demands to protect their image libraries. Enabling users to secure smartphones, tablets, netbooks, PCs and Macs with the optimal level of security protection for each device; McAfee All Access protects images from theft and malicious attacks. “You can even track, lock, or remotely wipe your missing smartphone or tablet – enabling even greater security for the images that you have built up over a sustained period of time,” the company says. Pricing for McAfee All Access is based on a single user or family user license, regardless of the number of devices they need to secure. McAfee All Access is available from £69.99 including VAT from Argos, Amazon, John Lewis and other stockists. The software bundle is available for Android, Blackberry, MacOS, Symbian and Windows (excluding Windows Mobile) operating systems.
Bron Imaging and Hasselblad USA have announced an agreement through which the two companies will merge their operations in the United States. Effective immediately, the agreement creates a combined company called Hasselblad Bron, which “will leverage the strengths of two of the professional photo industry’s leading distributors and allow the sales, marketing and customer support divisions to provide higher levels of service”. Under terms of the merger, Hasselblad Bron will be a single entity providing support for all of the brands of the combined company. The transaction will only impact the two American organisations of Bron Imaging Group U.S. and Hasselblad USA. Hasselblad AB (Sweden), Bron Elektronik AG (Switzerland) and other related suppliers will remain independent companies.
ChromaLuxe has just announced the availability of its new HD Metal Circle Photo Panels. These new circle panels add diversity to the company’s extensive line-up of vivid photo panels, which transform photographs into a focal point of any wall décor, ChromaLuxe claims. As with all ChromaLuxe HD metal photo panels, the new circle panels present an archival-quality, highly scratch-resistant surface that is waterproof and resistant to UV rays and other damaging elements that would easily destroy standard paper prints. Offered in 8”, 11”, 16” or 20” diameters, the HD Metal Circle Photo Panels are available through a range of participating professional photo labs in the United States, Australia and Europe, including the UK.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Nikon has issued an important announcement regarding the EN-EL15 battery used in the Nikon D7000, D800, D800E and Nikon 1 V1 cameras. “While Nikon takes great measures to assure high quality products, it has come to our attention that a certain number of EN-EL15 batteries manufactured by one of our suppliers did not meet Nikon’s internal quality standards,” the company said in a statement. “In extremely rare cases, this may cause the battery to overheat and the exterior casing to become deformed.” If you use one or more of these batteries, check the lot number (the alphanumeric character string located at the bottom of the name plate) - if the ninth character is an E or an F, then the battery needs to be replaced. To request a replacement battery, call or e-mail Nikon’s Customer Support Department.
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The A16 is a new unit for the Ricoh GXR camera system, combining a 24-85mm zoom lens with a 16 megapixel APS-C image sensor. The A16 also offers 720p video, an ISO range of 100-3200 and dynamic range compensation. Read our Ricoh A16 24-85mm review to find out if this new camera unit can widen the appeal of the GXR system.
Phase One has released Capture One 6.4. This update adds support for the brand new Leaf Credo medium-format digital backs, the Nikon D4, Nikon D800/D800E and Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR cameras, provides tethered support for the Nikon D5100 and adds compatibility with Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera raw files. You can download the upgrade from the website below.
Website: Phase One
Canon U.S.A. has issued a product advisory to users of its EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera. According to the company, “when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change”. Canon says that this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image, but if you would like them to inspect your camera, they will provide this service free of charge upon request beginning in mid-May.
Beyond Point-and-Shoot by Darrell Young is a new title from Rocky Nook. Assuming little to no knowledge of photographic terms, techniques, or technology, this book is intended to help smooth the transition from photographic newbie to “real” photographer who is experienced, in-control, and passionate about their craft. Additionally, the author takes an in-depth look at camera types, lenses, aperture, shutter speed, sensitivity, metering and shooting controls, colour spaces, interpreting histograms and more. You can pre-order the print edition for $29.95 or buy the electronic version now for $13.95.
Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera. According to the company, Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2.
2. Fixes a phenomenon where a pink cast may develop over the image when the shutter is completely pressed with the camera’s power turned off (by the auto power off setting).
3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera operation stops after one shot when shooting in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode.
4. Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time.
5. Fixes the time zone for the Samoa Islands.
6. Corrects errors in the Finnish menu screen. (Products for the Japanese market do not display the Finnish menu.)
Website: Canon U.S.A.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a bridge compact camera with a massive 30x zoom lens, full 1080p movies with stereo sound, 3 inch tilting LCD screen, 8fps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated EXR sensor with RAW support. Is this the only camera you'll ever need? Read our Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR review to find out...
Coolirish has launched a completely redesigned LiveShare that combines photo sharing, text messaging and other communication features into a “visually exciting experience across mobile and Web”. The new version allows the user to easily reply to conversations from any device using email without even having to launch the LiveShare app. In addition, the multi-shot camera mode enables the user to capture rapid action photos and immediately upload the burst of photos into a beautifully organised collage. The full-featured Web version optimises for the desktop experience with full-screen viewing and drag-and-drop bulk uploads. The all-new LiveShare is available today for free in the iTunes App Store and on the Web at the website below.
The Lomographic Society has announced a trio of new, special-edition cameras. Comprising the Diana F+ Neptune Green (£89), the Diana Mini Coral Fusion (£99) and the Fisheye 2 Faded Denim (£79), the Monochrome Editions are aimed at devoted Lomographers as well as film photography aficionados in general. The range also includes a whole selection of matching camera cases and straps. The Lomography Monochrome Edition is available from the Lomography Online Shop.
Adobe today launched its subscription-based Creative Cloud service. Touted as “a new option for purchasing and experiencing Adobe software innovation,” Adobe Creative Cloud integrates Adobe’s creative tablet applications, such as Photoshop Touch, into everyday work, and provides users with access to download and install every new Adobe CS6 application announced today. Creative Cloud membership also includes access to Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge preview and new tools for HTML5 design. Members will receive ongoing updates to Creative Suite applications as well as other new products and services as they emerge. Adobe Creative Cloud membership will be available qithin 30 days. Pricing for individuals is £38.11 per month based on annual membership and £57.17 per month for month-to-month membership. A special introductory offer of £22.23 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available. Note that the quoted fees do not include VAT.
Adobe has launched Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended. New features include Content-Aware Patch, a Blur Gallery that allows users to quickly create photographic blur effects, a set of new and re-engineered Design Tools and new video tools to create and enhance any video clip. The new Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine takes advantage of the graphics processing unit in modern hardware to speed up imaging and editing tasks. Additionally, Photoshop CS6 Extended includes new 3D controls and effects as wells as Mercury Graphics Engine for 3D, which offers increased power and speed via engine optimised for 3D imaging. Scheduled to become available within 30 days, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CS6 Extended can be pre-ordered now for for£556 (ex. VAT) and £794 (ex. VAT) , respectively.
Mamiya Leaf today introduced a newly designed medium format digital camera back platform - the Leaf Credo. Available in three different models, the Leaf Credo 80, Credo 60, and Credo 40 digital camera backs feature sensors with 80, 60 and 40 megapixels of resolution, respectively. The flagship of the Leaf Credo platform is a 53.7 x 40.4 mm 80-megapixel CCD imager with a dynamic range of 12.5 f-stops. New to Mamiya Leaf is a similarly sized 60MP CCD sensor with 3:4 aspect ratio providing great detail, colour and tonality as well as low noise. Also available is a smaller 40MP CCD sensor which offers the fastest capture speed in the Leaf Credo platform at 1.2 frames per second. All Leaf Credo backs come with a large, high-resolution multi-touch screen with 16 million colours, a fast dual-core processing unit and a new, intuitive graphical user interface. Pricing for the Leaf Credo 40 starts at 14,995/$19,495. The Leaf Credo 60 is listed at 24,995/$32,495 and the Leaf Credo 80 for 29,995/$38,995. Shipping is planned for June.
Friday, April 20, 2012
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is a new compact system camera aimed firmly at frustrated compact owners who want a faster, better performing camera that's still small and stylish. The GF5 certainly fits that bill, with fast 0.09 second auto-focusing, a 12 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, 1080i HD video, touchscreen interface and 4fps burst shooting. Read the World's first Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 review to find out if this is the perfect interchangeable lens camera for beginners...
Effective April 1, 2012, Pentax has assumed responsibility for the sales and marketing initiatives for Ricoh Americas’ entire line of consumer cameras. The line of Ricoh-branded consumer cameras will now join the Pentax point-and-shoot and compact system cameras, as well as digital SLR models, to create a centralised business subsidiary for marketing, distribution, and sales of all of the company’s consumer cameras. The new strategy will allow Ricoh Americas to focus on its business-to-business markets. Camera maintenance and repair for all Pentax and Ricoh consumer cameras will continue to be handled by theirconsumer camera repair service in Arizona. “We are excited about incorporating Ricoh cameras like the GXR and GRD IV into our current product offering,” said Ned Bunnell, President, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (pictured). “The addition of these advanced enthusiast cameras will bolster our product line, extend the reach of our brand, and provide new options for our customers and retailers.”
Photoshelter has announced Luminance 2012, a “fresh new conference that will bring leading voices from across industries to explore the intersection of business, technology, culture, and photography”. Speakers at Luminance 2012 will each deliver 20 minute talks (plus Q&A) in their area of expertise. The conference will be held 12-13 September 2012 at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York. Limited early bird registration discounts are available now atthe website below. An optional, limited attendance photography workshop will also be held on 11 September at Root Drive-In Studios.
Arles Photography Open Salon at Galerie Huit is an International Photography Open Call designed to showcase cutting-edge contemporary and emerging photography from around the world. This is “an exceptional opportunity to exhibit in Arles during and alongside the renowned Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, and have exposure for almost 3 months, in the magnificent settings of Galerie Huit,” the organisers say. In 2012 the Arles exhibition in Galerie Huit will run from 2nd July – 23rd September 2012. The theme of this years Photography Open Salon 2012 is ‘An Eye for an Ear‘. The deadline for applications is 10 May. The application fee is £45 for 8 images.