Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Fresh Take On Wall Murals

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Wall mural company Photowall and picture agency Noll Images have teamed up to create a joint wall mural collection. “We have a great many skilled photographers working for us. Thanks to the collaboration with Photowall our images are scaling new heights – so much more happens when they’re expanded into large format,” says Dennis Blomberg, founder of Noll Images. The collection comprises 36 carefully selected, unexpected and surprising motifs representing everything from coloured circus tents to laughing plastic whales. You can check out the collection at the website below.

Epson SureLab D700

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Epson has announced the SureLab D700, its first compact six-colour photo production printer, which offers a wide range of media and format options. The SureLab D700 uses Epson’s highly flexible inkjet technology to print multiple sizes (from 4inches up to A4 wide and from 3.5- 39 inches long) on a wide range of media including glossy, lustre and paper-based matte media.  Martin Johns, market development manager, Epson UK, says: “After the successful introduction of the SureLab D3000 for high-volume photo production, the compact SureLab D700 for small to medium production runs or kiosk printing is a logical next step for Epson. It combines high quality, lots of flexibility, speed and impressive reliability with overall low cost of ownership in a very flexible mobile lab solution that can be used to print on-site at all sorts of events and for school photography with no compromise on print quality and media.” The SureLab D700 printer will be shown for the first time in the UK at The Photography Show (Stand L50).

Olympus Sensor Cleaning Booth at The Photography Show

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In addition to their main stand, Olympus UK will have a separate booth at The Photography Show offering free sensor cleaning to Olympus users. "We all know that the [SSWF] anti-dust system is so good you do not really need it, but time has its effect with our polluted world, and this is a lovely free service we are happy to offer," says Mark Thackara, National Marketing Manager, Consumer Products, Olympus UK. Interested photographers should go to the main Olympus stand to book their kit in. The Photography Show will be held from 1-4 March 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham - PhotographyBLOG readers have until tomorrow to buy their tickets online at a discounted price using our special promotion code.

DxO Optics Pro 9.1.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro 9.1.3 for Mac and Windows. This latest version adds support for the Nikon D3300, the Canon EOS M2, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 the Samsung NX1000 and NX1100. Additionally, DxO Optics Pro has been enriched with 264 new Optics Modules including camera/lens combinations for Nikon, Samsung and other brands. Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 license on or after 1 September 2013, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DxO Licenses its EIS Technology to Alcatel

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones

DxO has licensed its Electronic Image Stabilisation (DxO EIS) technology to Alcatel Onetouch. Developed for mobile phones, digital cameras and professional video cameras; DxO EIS performs full rigid motion plus electronic running shutter estimation and compensation. "The embedded imaging technology DxO will now deliver into our handsets sets a new benchmark in putting high image quality and professional-looking video results into the hands of our consumers, delivering an incredible camera experience," says Dan Dery, CMO, Alcatel Onetouch. "This is integral to our vision of creating smartphones that combine simplicity of use with best in class functionality."

Presidential Picture Stories

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House is a new book by veteran White House photographer Dennis Brack. From JFK to today, Dennis Brack has photographed the presidents of the United States for Life, Newsweek and Time. "I've worked the White House as a news photographer for about 50 years," he says. " It was time to write the old stories down." And the stories are extraordinary indeed: from coating the wet plates of Mathew Brady to blowing up a brand new hotel with flash powder to using pigeons to carry film; Dennis Brack has a lot to say about how photographers handled the tools of their day. Presidential Picture Stories is available from Amazon priced at $21.24.

‘Unscripted’ by Karen Fuchs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Unscripted is a retrospective exhibition of works by photographer and Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) alumnus Karen Fuchs. Hosted by TheGallery, the exhibition will take place from 13 March - 24 April 2014. ‘Unscripted’ was first shown at M&C Saatchi, London during the 2012 Olympic Games and features a rare collection of unseen Usain Bolt images from 2004-11. Karen is the only photographer who extensively captured unique images of five-times IAAF World Athlete of the Year champion before he really shot to fame as one of the most successful athletes in the world. AUB is located two miles from the centre of Bournemouth, on the border between Bournemouth and Poole. Admission is free.

NEC Solutions Showcase 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Events
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NEC has announced that the 6th NEC Solutions Showcase to take place at The Velodrome, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th May 2014. Collaborating with over 50 hardware manufacturers and software providers, NEC hosts a unique opportunity to get hands-on with display solutions representing the future of the industry. At the event visitors will experience bigger and higher resolution displays, multi-touch displays, multi-screen and interactive projection, 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) displays as well as laser and laser-hybrid projectors and much, much more. For more information and to register, vist the website below.

Official Nikon D4S Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Nikon Europe and Nikon Japan have posted an assortment of full-resolution sample photos taken with the new Nikon D4S digital SLR camera. Captured with a variety of lenses including the new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, as well as the venerable AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR, these Nikon D4s samples were taken at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 200 to ISO 1000.

Leica X Vario Silver Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Leica X Vario will now be available with a silver body as an alternative to the standard black version. The Leica X Vario is a large-sensor compact camera with a 16-megapixel imager and a 28-70mm (eq.) f/3.5-6.4 lens. Billed as "the world's first compact camera to combine a large, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with a zoom lens," the Leica X Vario is capable of shooting high-resolution stills as well as 1080p Full HD videos. The Leica X Vario in silver finish can be purchased from Leica Authorised Dealers.

Nikon Issues Service Advisory to D600 Users

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has issued a service advisory to Nikon D600 owners. More than a year ago, Nikon already posted a product notice in which the company acknowledged that a number of Nikon D600 cameras may have been shipped to customers with dirt on their low-pass filters, but at that time they would not say explicitly that the affected cameras would be cleaned free of charge. This time around, Nikon USA says it "is making available to all owners of D600 cameras (even if Nikon’s product warranty has expired) [a] customer-service measure which includes the inspection, cleaning and replacement of the shutter assembly and related parts of your camera, free of charge as well as the cost of shipping D600 cameras to Nikon and their return to customers." Click through / read on to learn what steps you need to follow in order to take advantage of this offer.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Review

Mark Goldstein
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The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II is the newest standard kit lens for DX-format DSLRs. Offering a retractable design, 4-stop vibration reduction and a Silent Wave Motor, does the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II offer good enough image quality to keep its place on your DSLR? Read our in-depth AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens review to find out...

Nikon D4S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon today officially announced the Nikon D4S professional digital SLR camera. Featuring a 16.2-megapixel FX sensor, 11fps continuous shooting with autoexposure and autofocus, 1080/60p Full HD video recording capability, 30% faster processing and a long-awaited  'Raw Size S' option for extended continuous raw shooting and accelerated image transfer; the Nikon D4S is an important evolutionary upgrade to the well-received Nikon D4 (read review). Other highlights include an expanded ISO range of 100–25600, extendable up to an industry-leading 409600 (equivalent); improved AF acquisition; and full control over gain, shutter speed, aperture and audio levels during movie recording. Offering a remarkable battery life of 3020 shots (as per CIPA standards), the Nikon D4S will be available in March for £5199.99.99 / €6,199.00 / $6499.95.

Nikon Capture NX-D Beta

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Nikon today released a beta version of Capture NX-D, a new application for processing and adjusting raw image files generated by Nikon digital cameras. Intended to replace the current Capture NX 2 software, Nikon Capture NX-D will support many functions needed by professional photographers, including batch image processing, filtering and an enhanced user interface with a variety of displays and floating palettes that are ideal for multiple monitors. During the period that Capture NX-D is available as a beta version, Nikon will invite users to try the software, and will collect feedback about the user experience and the application from those using it. To download the beta version of Nikon’s Capture NX-D, visit the website below.

Elinchrom ELC Pro-HD 500 and 1000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Elinchrom has launched two new mains flashes for professional photographers. Billed as the world's most complete, feature rich compact studio flash units, the ELC Pro-HD 500 (£699) and 1000 (£899) boast recycle times of 0.6s and 1.2s to full power, respectively. Furthermore the super fast flash durations (up to 1/5000s / 1/5260s, t0.5, ELC 500 / ELC 1000) enable you to freeze motion like never before. These are the first units to incorporate OLED screens that displays every control for the most professional user experience. As well as Elinchrom’s stop-based power scale, you will now be able to see the power in Joules, flash durations and many other settings. A jog wheel provides easy navigation of the new menu.The new Elinchrom ELC 500 and 1000 will be shown for the first time in the UK at The Photography Show in Birmingham (Flash Centre, Stand P60, Hall 12).

Sony Xperia Z2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Sony Xperia Z2 is a new waterproof smartphone with 4K Ultra HD movie recording and digital noise cancelling technology. Other photography/videoraphy related features include a 20.7-megapixel camera module incorporating a 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor and Sony G lens, SteadyShot image stabilisation technology, 5.2" Full HD screen and a new Movie Creator, allowing you to trim and crop your videos so that you can easily pick out what you want to share. The Xperia Z2 will launch globally from March 2014.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Samsung today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, which boasts a 16-megapixel camera, 0.3-second autofocus, HDR exposure blending, software-based selective focus capability, 4K Ultra HD video capture and a 5.1" Full HD super-AMOLED display. The water- and dust-resistant Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is expected to hit the market in April 2014.

Unified Color Launches 2014 HDR Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Unified Color has announced the call for entries for its latest HDR imaging contest. To enter, participants are asked to choose their favourite HDR image(s) and resize them to 72ppi in .jpg or .bef format and email the entries to Unified Color at contest1-2014@unifiedcolor.com. Submissions are accepted through 31st March. The body of your entry email must include your name, current email address and the following statement: “I have read and accept the contest rules pertaining to Unified Color’s 2014 HDR Photo Contest.” All entries must have been edited in HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 3 or 32 Float v3 at some point in its creation. The winners will be announced on or around 11 April 2014. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card to B&H Photo, and the two recipients of Honourable Mentions will each receive a $100 gift card to B&H Photo. As always we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.

New Firmware Updates for Canon Cinema Cameras & Camcorders

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Canon has announced a variety of performance updates for cameras in its Cinema EOS and XF professional camcorder line. Designed for the capture of crucial, unpredictable scenes during wedding/event, documentary, news, or wildlife filming, the Continuous Recording Function firmware update for the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera enables videographers to insert metadata markers identifying crucial scenes and moments in their footage while continuously recording to the memory capacity. A new Peripheral Illumination Correction firmware update adds the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens and the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens to the seven other Canon CN-E Series Cinema Lenses that share this performance advantage, Finally, there is an optional dual-pixel CMOS autofocus feature upgrade available for the Canon EOS C300 Cinema camera, adding support for continuous AF with all compatible Canon EF series lenses when shooting subjects positioned in the centre of the imaging area. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera will be made available to users through an authorised service centre.

The Essential Guide to Landscape Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Experience Seminars have published their latest eBook, The Essential Guide to Landscape Photography. In this book, Nina Bailey takes a look at pure landscape photography and how to get the very best images. Addressing a diverse range of topics from lighting, best times to shoot, getting the colours correct, the use of polarising filters, framing and composition; the eBook has a download price of £4.95 each and is now available from the website below.