Friday, August 3, 2012
Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, has just announced the new G-Wiz Squared bag. Accommodating up to four PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers and connector cables and featuring movable hook-n-loop padded dividers, the G-Wiz Squared opens from the top allowing photographers to ensure at a glance that all their radios are safely packed away. The G-Wiz Squared bags are available now in Black, Orange and Blue for around $25.
Eizo has unveiled a new lineup of ColorEdge monitors. The new range consists of three series (CG, CX and CS) and five models. The three series contain different feature sets, options, and price points for their intended audiences, but retain the hallmarks common to all ColorEdge monitors such as hardware calibration, brightness uniformity, and adjusting the gamma curve of each model on the Eizo factory line before shipping. Click through / read on for more information.
Canon has issued a firmware update for the Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. Version 1.1.1 changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as football or rugby. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centres.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC is an ultra-wide-angle prime lens for full-frame and APS-C DSLRs. The Samyang 24mm f/1.4 is a more affordable alternative to the Nikon and Canon equivalents thanks largely to being manual-focus only. Read our in-depth Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC review complete with full-size sample images.
The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is a new wide-angle prime lens. Boasting built-in image stabilisation and fast and quite auto-focusing, the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is a more affordable but still very capable alternative to Canon's professional wide-angle primes. Read our in-depth Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM review complete with full-size sample images.
The winners of the July 2012 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for July was “Olympics” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery. Here are the 5 winners:
The travelling exhibition of the world’s best press photographs of 2011, selected at the 2012 World Press Photo’s contest for professional photographers, will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Visitors Lobby at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 16 August – 9 September 2012. Now in its 55th year, the annual World Press Photo Contest is universally recognised as the world’s leading international contest for photojournalists, setting the standard for the profession. The contest draws entries by professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from across the world, with 5,247 photographers from 124 countries participating this year with 101,254 pictures submitted. The UN Headquarters are located on Fifth Avenue at East 46th Street. Admission is free.
The Rosco LitePad Loop is a new LED ring light that provides constant, soft, diffused on-axis lighting to diminish shadows, blemishes and wrinkles. Manufactured using a lightweight (2.4 pounds), shatter resistant plastic, the Rosco LitePad Loop is just over 9 inches in diameter with a 4.4 inch centre hole. The LitePad inside the Loop has LEDs on both the inside and outside perimeters of the “O” shape, allowing for maximum brightness. The mounting assembly threads onto the bottom of the camera using ¼-20 bolt and has a 15mm rod support system that allows the Loop to travel backwards and forwards, as well as vertically, in order to position the lens in the centre of the ring light. The Loop attaches to the mounting assembly using high-powered magnets located on the back. Rosco’s LitePad Loop is distributed by OmegaBrandess and is available at most photo & video supply stores priced at around $700.
First shown at Focus on Imaging, the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX lithium-ion battery is now available in the UK. 60% lighter and 28% smaller than the existing lead gel battery, the Ranger Quadra RX reduces the total weight of the Ranger Quadra to 2kg. Additionally, the new battery will power more than double the number of flashes achieved by the old one, while recharging 25% faster. The Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX lithium-ion battery sells for £234. A charger for the new battery is available separately for £102 but you can also buy the battery and charger in a single bundle for £300.
Nik Software today released an update to the Mac and Windows versions of Snapseed. Version 1.2 includes new features, bug fixes, and a free demo version option. The update is free to registered owners of Snapseed Desktop. Snapseed Desktop normally retails for € 15,95, but until August 16, 2012 customers can purchase the electronic download for € 7,99 direct from the website below.
Journey Four is the latest collection of winning images from the international Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards. “From intriguing views of the mud mosques and painted villages of West Africa and the colour, passion and mystery of festivals across the continents to the majestic mountain landscapes of Europe and the frozen wilds of the Arctic, ‘Journey Four’ has page after page of stunning photographs that capture everything from broad vistas to quirky details,” the publisher says. Containing more than 220 black-and-white and colour photographs, this elegant hardback sells for £25.
JP Distribution has announced a brand new cash back offer from award-winning manufacturer Sekonic. Those purchasing a Seconic FlashMate L-308s light meter from an authorised UK retailer can claim £20, whereas those buying a Seconic L-358 can redeem £30 cash back. The promotion runs throughout the month of August. For a list of participating dealers call 01782 753304.
Phottix and OmegaBrandess have launched the BG-5DIII Multi Function Battery Grip. Available now, it holds one or two LP-E6 or 6 AA batteries and features AF/On, FEL and AF Points Buttons, vertical shutter button, command dial and power switch. The suggested retail price is $129.
FotoDC has launched its 5th annual International Awards Competition. This year, the competition is offering two new categories: FotoBooks and Modern Vintage. A distinguished panel of industry experts will hand select winners in 13 categories, with prizes for the top 3 winners in each category and $26,000 in cash awards. Do note that entry fees apply. Photographers from the Washington, DC region and all around the world have an early bird submission by August 6, 2012 at 11:59PM PST, with a final deadline of September 23, 2012 at 11:59PM PST. As always we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work. For more information, visit the website below.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM is a new wide-angle prime lens. Boasting built-in image stabilisation and fast and quite auto-focusing, the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM is a more affordable but still very capable alternative to Canon's professional wide-angle primes. Read our in-depth Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM review complete with full-size sample images.
Athentech’s Perfectly Clear app is now available for Android devices. The company says the Android version is significantly faster than the iPad and iPhone editions (based on its own tests carried out on an ASUS Transformer Prime T300 running Tegra3 quad cores) and comes packed with a number of extra features such as time-saving presets and a multi-photo workflow that allows for multiple images to be loaded and batch corrected at the same time. Currently available for $0.99 in the Google Play Store, Perfectly Clear is compatible with smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3.3 (or newer).
On his personal blog, professional photographer Leon Neal has posted a number of photographs taken with the as-yet-unreleased Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 VR lens. Shooting swimmers at the Aquatics Centre in London’s Olympic Park, Neal had to up the ISO on his Nikon D4 to maintain a fast shutter speed with the f/5.6 lens but at the end of the day he walked away with positive impressions - and a set of great images. Check out his blog entry below for the details.
Issue 18 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available for download. This edition includes a guide to impressionist photography, an interview with Morag Paterson and Ted Leeming, a new episode of the magazine’s 12-part series with Boris Mar, an article on subjectivity by Guy Tal, useful tips on high-altitude photography, and more. In addition, the magazine now has a section called “Featured Artist.” Note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.
DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro 7.5.3 for Mac and Windows, This latest version adds support for the Canon EOS 650D (pictured), the Sony NEX-F3 and the Sony SLT-A37. It also includes more than 300 new DxO Optics Modules, of which 61 are for the Canon EOS 650D and 40 are for the Sony SLT-A37. These modules support additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, and Sony lenses for numerous Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras. As of today, the DxO Optics Modules library includes more than 7,500 available camera/lens combinations. This update is free of charge for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 7, as well as for photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 after 1 September 2011.
Sixty Tips for Creative iPhone Photography is a new title in Rocky Nook’s edition espresso series. Filled with images that illustrate each tip and technique, the 144-page volume covers “everything from shooting and editing photos using your iPhone’s basic features, to using third-party apps for turning ordinary snapshots into unique and artistic images,” the publisher says. Written by Swedish photographer Martina Holmberg, Sixty Tips for Creative iPhone Photography is available for pre-order, priced at $24.95.