Thursday, April 19, 2012
Revolve has successfully raised funds for a new versatile, portable, and affordable camera dolly system on the crowd funding website Kickstarter. The Revolve Camera Dolly allows anyone with a video camera to achieve smooth, dynamic, cinematic video easily. The system can be used to create a wide variety of tracking shots and rotational dolly shots as well as dynamic time lapse and stop motion photography. It is compatible with virtually any camera, and is suitable for use on all surfaces and at any location. The Revolve dolly will go into production after the funding period ends on 6 May 2012.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Photofest Ireland, the country’s largest photography show, is taking place on Sunday, 29 April 2012. Held in the Conference Centre in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Photofest Ireland will feature all the major brands, product demonstrations, free seminars with new lecturers, and special offers on cameras, lenses, studio equipment, photographic papers and inks, and other accessories. For further details, visit the website below.
Sharp has announced the upcoming release of a twenty-megapixel, 1/2.3-type CCD imager, developed for use in digital compact cameras. The Sharp RJ23G3BA0LT sensor features a pixel pitch of 1.20?m but offers the same sensitivity as current 16-megapixel CCDs of the same size, which have larger, 1.34?m pixels. The new imager also supports 720p/30fps HD video output. Sampling will commence at the end of this month, with mass production scheduled to start in August. Sharp plans to manufacture 200,000 RJ23G3BA0LT sensors per month.
Source: Sharp Japan
Manfrotto has launched Sympla, a video rig system for HDSLRs and the latest camcorders. According to the company, any compatible camera can be set up and adjusted on the rig in a matter of seconds, giving videographers the ability to shoot from almost any angle and react quickly to changing conditions. The Sympla range features a range of individual components for building custom rigs and accessories, with three main ready-to-go kits - a Flexible Matte Box system, a Long Lens Support system and a Shoulder Support system. The Manfrotto Sympla product line-up, available in May, has already won a Red Dot Design Award.
Bob Books have announced the return of Photobook Month this June. Hosted at Hasselblad Studio in Shoreditch, London, the series of four evening events will feature expert speakers who will be sharing their own take on photobooks – from what makes a beautifully designed book, to a run-down of the best photobooks of all time. The guest speakers include Martin Parr, Marianne Taylor, Mike Trow and Jeremy Leslie. Bob Books’ General Manager Ibolya Németh said: “We’re delighted to have pulled together some of the biggest names in our industry to create four not-to-be-missed events. We want to celebrate photobooks in all their forms and the best way to do this is to invite photographers, designers and photobook lovers to join us over four fantastic evenings in June.” The lectures will be taking place on 6th, 12th, 20th and 26th June. Tickets are £30 each plus booking fee and will be on sale from 1st of May through the website below.
Prix Pictet today announced that they have received 643 nominations for work by photographers in 76 countries. Speaking today, Michael Benson, Director of the Prix Pictet, said: “We have been hugely impressed by the quality and scale of interest in this year’s theme of Power, with its potential to uncover images and issues that are both awe-inspiring and disturbing.” This year, a major exhibition of the shortlisted works will go on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London, coinciding with the announcement on 9 October of the winner who will receive an award of 100,000 Swiss francs. The exhibition will run until 28 October 2012.
Corel has issued an update for its AfterShot Pro software. Version 1.0.1 adds support for 20 new camera raw formats and incorporates improved highlight recovery processing, two new plug-ins, an improved plug-in SDK and support for 40-megapixel images. Available for Linux, MacOS and Windows, the update can be downloaded from the website below.
Website: Corel Patches & Updates
Olympus has posted a firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Version 1.1 improves the performance of the body-integral image stabiliser when the camera is used in conjunction with the following regular Four Thirds lenses (mountable via an adapter): Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye, Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 and Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm XS. OM-D owners can upgrade their camera’s firmware via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater application.
In addition to the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9, Carl Zeiss has also announced three CP.2 Compact Prime lenses with a maximum aperture of T1.5. Available in focal lengths of 35mm (€3,700 / $4,900), 50mm (€3,300 / $4,500) and 85mm (also €3,300 / $4,500), the new Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses offer filmmakers new opportunities for shooting in low-light conditions. As with the rest of the CP.2 family, the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses feature a 14-bladed iris diaphragm for a pleasing rendering of the out-of-focus areas. The standard cine-style housing with gearing allows the attachment of any standard follow-focus system. By using the interchangeable mounts for PL, EF, F, MFT and E, the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems. The lenses will be available from August.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is a new premium super-zoom compact camera. A 30x, 27-810mm lens, built-in GPS tracking, 1920x1080 50p Full HD video with stereo sound, an 18.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution tilting 3-inch screen, manual shooting mode, 10fps continuous shooting, 3D photos, and SD memory card support are all present and correct. Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V review to find out if it's the right super-zoom bridge camera for you.
Two of Ilford’s latest products, GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm and Smooth Gloss 310gsm, have been honoured with a TIPA 2012 award for Best Fine Art Inkjet Paper. The GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss 310gsm and Smooth Pearl 310gsm papers were launched in Europe in March 2012 and have been developed in direct response to the growing demand for heavier weight media from professional inkjet printmakers. Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD says “The TIPA Awards are the most prestigious photo awards in the industry, so we are delighted to receive the Best Fine Art Inkjet Paper award for our latest GALERIE offerings. We have a loyal customer base with Fine Art photographers all over the world and the new 310gsm papers have been developed with them in mind. We’re very pleased to offer them enhanced aesthetic gravitas that can be achieved through using heavier weight papers.”
Samsung has won four TIPA awards this year. The ‘Best General Compact Camera’ award went to the Samsung MultiView MV800, while the ‘Best Mobile Imaging Device’ title was awarded to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Samsung also won the Best Photo Monitor Award for the Samsung SyncMaster S24/27A850, with its “new Samsung LED PLS (Plane to Line Switching) technology” and “more accurate colour and a much wider viewing angle than competing monitors.” The company was recognised by a fourth honour with the Samsung OLED TV, which won the Best Photo TV Display Award.
GoPro and Technicolor announced today at the NAB 2012 Show that they have worked to embed Technicolor’s CineStyle color profile for the debut of the new GoPro Protune (a free firmware upgrade available for the HD HERO2 camera, available this summer). Certified by Technicolor, and developed by GoPro, the Protune mode firmware is claimed to “allow professional filmmakers a vastly improved and flexible workflow for seamless integration with other source material and post-production platforms”. Highlights of the firmware update include a 24fps frame rate, 35Mbps data rate, log curve encoding for better highlight/shadow detail retention and a neutral colour profile that, in combination with reduced sharpening and noise reduction, promises improved flexibility in professional post-production and colour design workflows.
The Fujifilm X-Pro1 (pictured) has been named “Best Professional Compact System Camera” of the year by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The camera has won the award in recognition of its Hybrid Multi Viewfinder, which allows users to freely switch between the OVF and the EVF, and automatically selects the OVF magnification and frame size according to the focal length of the attached lens. Additionally, the Fujifilm X-S1 has been selected for the Best Superzoom Camera Award in recognition of its capability to “achieve premium image quality throughout its focal range from wide at 24mm to super-telephoto at 624mm [in 35mm terms]”.
Blackmagic Design has announced Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a new digital cinema camera design that includes features such as a claimed 13 stops of dynamic range, built in high bandwidth SSD recorder, open file format support, colour correction with full version of DaVinci Resolve and a built in capacitive touch-screen with metadata entry. Other highlights include sensor cooling, built in high-speed Thunderbolt connection, 3 Gb/s SDI output and a Canon EF lens mount. The sensor is capable of capturing both 2.5K and Full HD footage at frame rates of 24, 25, 29.97 and 30fps. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which is currently on display at the NAB 2012 Show (Booth #SL220) will be available July 2012 for $2,995.
Olympus has released a firmware update for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens. Version 1.1 adds support for the Zoom Resume feature of certain Panasonic bodies and enhances the performance of the Olympus OM-D’s image stabiliser when the camera is used with the 12-50mm lens set to macro mode. You can upgrade your lens’ firmware via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater application, as described at the website below.
The Olympus E-PL3 PEN Lite has been named “Best Entry-Level Compact System Camera” by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The jury praised the camera’s focusing speed, image quality, body-integral image stabiliser and overall usability. Meanwhile, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 has won the “Best Fixed Focus CSC Lens” category.
This year, two Vanguard products have received accolades from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The 2012 awards were voted on by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) General Assembly last month in South Africa, where editors of close to 30 top photo magazines from around the world selected the best imaging products of the year. Vanguard’s BBH-200 professional ball-head (pictured) was named “Best Accessory 2012,” while the company’s The Heralder series camera messenger bags were voted “Best Photo Bag 2012” for their quick and easy access and large storage capacity.
Monday, April 16, 2012
The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a brand new travel-zoom camera for 2012, offering a massive 20x zoom lens and a 12 megapixel back-illuminated image sensor. Other key features of the Canon SX260 include built-in GPS, a 3 inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD movies with stereo sound, fast 10.3fps burst shooting, and a full range of manual and automated exposure modes. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX260 HS in-depth review.
At the NAB Trade Show in Las Vegas, Carl Zeiss is showcasing its first Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens to complement the Compact Prime CP.2 line of lenses. The Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 features an iris diagram with 18 rounded blades for a pleasing rendition of the out-of-focus areas. The cine-style housing with gearing allows the attachment of any standard follow-focus system. The Carl Zeiss T* anti- reflection coating minimises stray light and ghosting within the lens. Weighing in at 2.8kg (6.2lbs), the Carl Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9will start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2012 at a recommended retail price of €14,900 or US$19,900.