Monday, May 19, 2014

Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

Mark Goldstein
Nokia Lumia 1520 Review thumbnail

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a new 20-megapixel smartphone with a massive 6-inch screen, a 26mm fixed lens with fast f/2.4 aperture and built-in optical image stabilisation, and 1080p video recording at 30fps with stereo sound. Read our Nokia Lumia 1520 review now...

X-Rite Roadshows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
News image

During the months of May and June, X-Rite will be attending nine open days and roadshows across the United Kingdom. At these events, they will be demonstrating the full range of X-Rite colour management solutions for photographers, including the new ColorTRUE App, designed for achieving accurate colour on your mobile devices. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Beauty Pack for AKVIS ArtSuite

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
News image

AKVIS has announced a new additional frame pack for its ArtSuite software. The brand new Beauty Pack includes 50 hand painted frames which can be used to decorate your blog or photo album. With the release of the new product, 15 themed packs are now available for use in ArtSuite: Travel Pack, Fantasy Pack, Wedding Pack, Baby Pack, Spring Pack, Summer Pack, Autumn Pack, Winter Pack, Halloween Pack, Christmas Pack, Saint Valentine Pack, Chinese Horoscope, Sports Pack,Pirates World, and the new Beauty Pack. Do note that the frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program, which sells for $69. The new Beauty Frame Pack is $15.

NEC MultiSync EA244UHD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
News image

The NEC MultiSync EA244UHD is a 24-inch Ultra HD monitor featuring a wide-colour-gamut panel with 14-bit gamma processing. Offering the latest DisplayPort connectivity, as well as a range of DVI and HDMI inputs, this monitor has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. Those using a multiscreen configuration will also benefit from the ControlSync harmonisation feature that matches brightness, white point temperature, energy saving and other settings, as well as the ability to turn up to six synchronised displays on and off with one button. The new NEC MultiSync EA244UHD display will become available in June

EyeEm Global Photography Festival & Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Events
News image

EyeEm has announced its inaugural Global Photography Festival & Awards. Held in Berlin on 12-13 September 2014, the EyeEm Global Photography Festival & Awards include a global photo competition open for all photographers, from novice to professional. Judges include renowned photography director Anna G. Dickson from The Huffington Post, New York Times photographer Daniel Krieger, Olivier Laurent from TIME magazine, and Stephen Mayes, member of the founding management team at Getty Images. Participants will have the opportunity to win cash and non-cash prizes, as well as have their work exhibited at the Berlin Holzmarkt and published in a book. Categories include The Portraitist, The Explorer, The Illusionist, The Architect, The Street Photographer, The Illuminator, The Speedster, The Naturalist, The Storyteller and The Stylist. For more information, visit the website below.

Sony A7S Now Available to Pre-Order in the US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
News image

B&H has started taking pre-orders for the Sony Alpha A7S full-frame compact system camera. Available from July, the 4K-capable Sony A7S sells for $2498 in a body-only configuration, which is only $200 dearer than the Sony A7R. The Sony A7S is a new 12.2-megapixel compact system camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor, 4K movie recording, a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 102,400 (extendable to ISO 409,600)  and an improved auto focus system that remains operational down to light levels as low as -4EV. Using data read-out from every single pixel of the 35mm full-frame sensor, the Sony A7S records 4K movies (24p and 25p) that are free from aliasing and jaggies. The camera's professional video functions include XAVC S Full HD recording at 50Mbps, time code and optional XLR audio inputs.

Website: B&H

Steadicam Smoothee Bonus Pack for iPhone 5 and GoPro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
News image

Tiffen have just introduced their new Steadicam Smoothee bonus pack. Based on the same technology as the big $60,000 rigs used in Hollywood, Smoothee allows the capturing of video and still images without the shakes normally associated with hand-held video shot on the go, right out of the box. When purchasing a Steadicam Smoothee, users can now enjoy two mounts for the price of one. The new bonus pack features a mount for iPhone 5/5S and a mount for GoPro HERO cameras - a $24.95 bonus value. Steadicam Smoothee, with its bonus pack retails for $149.

Student’s Images Are Snapped Up by Saatchi Gallery

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
News image

One of the latest projects of Luke Evans, a Kingston University photography student, was chosen for display in London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery. The eye-catching series, named Forge, portrays grand landscapes deceptively created from small items in Luke's kitchen. The objects photographed for Luke’s collection were created using common household products such as self-raising flour, paint, fragments of brick and glycerine throat medication. They measured just a few inches across so to achieve the grand sense of scale, Luke used a popular photographic technique called tilt-shift. Luke' work will appear in the New Order: British Art Today III exhibition, expected to launch later in the year.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
News image

The Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S is a new, stabilised, full-frame telezoom lens for Nikon SLR cameras. First announced on 29 January 2013, the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S has an optical formula comprising 19 elements in 14 groups, with a 9-bladed iris diaphragm and a 67mm filter thread. Promising three stops of advantage versus non-stabilised lenses, the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S carries a suggested retail price of JPY 150,000, which is equivalent to about £880. Availability is slated for 30th May (in Japan). An optional tripod collar (Tokina TM-705) will also be on offer starting 30th June, priced at JPY 24,000. International availability and pricing to be confirmed.

Source: Tokina Japan

Friday, May 16, 2014

Official Sony RX100 III Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
News image

Sony has posted four full-resolution sample photos taken with the new Sony RX100 III digital compact camera. All four sample images were shot in aperture priority mode, at a sensitivity setting of ISO 125/22°.

Website: Sony

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
News image

Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III premium compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the exciting new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III premium compact camera.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
News image

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is a new premium compact camera for professionals. The Sony RX100 III features a 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens, retractable OLED electronic viewfinder, 20.1 megapixel back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, 50 Mbps high bit-rate Full HD movies with XAVC S support, 180-degree tilting LCD screen, and a built-in 3-stop (1/8) Neutral Density filter. The price and availaibility of the new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III have yet to be confirmed.

Official Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
News image

Canon China has posted half a dozen high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 16-29mm, the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM features both a UD lens element and a range of optimised lens coatings, as well as a quiet STM focus motor, 4-stop image stabiliser and a circular iris diaphragm. The EF-S 10-18mm IS STM will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of £299.99 / €349.99 / $299.99.

Website: Canon China

Official Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
News image

Canon China has released six full-resolution sample photos captured with the new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, Canon’s first ultra-wide L-series lens to feature image stabilisation. The lens’s optical formula includes two UD elements to minimise chromatic aberration. Super Spectra Coatings reduce ghosting and flare, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements prevent dust and water drops sticking to each element. The newly-designed IS system features a number of additional improvements, including gyro sensors for greater accuracy in traditional shooting or when capturing panning motion. The EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM will be available from June 2014 with an SRP of £1,199.99 / €1,399.99 / $1,199.00.

Website: Canon China

Exclusive Eyefi Bundle Now Available at Best Buy

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
News image

Eyefi is offering Best Buy customers an exclusive bundle of the Eyefi Mobi 16GB with a 1 year membership to Eyefi Cloud service. “Having a leading retailer like Best Buy put the Eyefi Cloud service ‘on its shelves’ is a thrilling opportunity,” says Matt DiMaria, chief executive officer of Eyefi. “This exclusive Eyefi bundle combines hardware, software and services and delivers real value for customers who want to connect their cameras to the cloud." The exclusive bundle, available online and at Best Buy stores, is priced at $99.99 and includes an Eyefi Mobi 16GB WiFi SD card, mobile apps, and a 1 year membership to Eyefi Cloud – a private, photo-centric cloud that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV - with unlimited photos.  For more information, visit the website below.

LifeLogger

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
News image

Billed as the World's smallest and lightest wearable video camera, LifeLogger is a head-worn device that introduces a way to capture, search, re-live and share moments in real time. “Imagine you could live stream your wedding proposal, your first roller coaster ride, the moment you hold your child for the first time,” says Stew Garner, CEO of LifeLogger. “LifeLogger gives you the photographic memory and details that you might forget or are too busy experiencing to capture otherwise.” With LifeLogger, you can record up to eight hours of hands-free 720p footage without the need to hold up a camera or phone. Equipped with GPS and Wi-Fi, LifeLogger can be easily controlled from your or smartphone via the Android and iOS app. The LifeLogger app allows users to control their device, manage existing videos, sign in to your cloud account and either automatically upload your footage or choose to manually upload the videos and memories you wish to cherish. Anyone can support LifeLogger in getting the camera into production through Kickstarter, where backers of $169 or more are rewarded with a camera and three months of up to 25GB of cloud storage

Perfect Photo Suite 8.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
News image

onOne Software has released Perfect Photo Suite 8.5. Available as a free update to all owners of Perfect Photo Suite 8, this version includes speed and productivity enhancements to the Perfect Photo Suite’s Browse module, improved performance with the Perfect Eraser tool, and enhanced masking support in Perfect Effects and Perfect Layers. In addition, raw file support is now included with the Standard Edition.

Official AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
News image

Nikon France has posted eight high-resolution sample photos taken with the brand new AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens (pictured). These sample images were taken at various sporting events using an AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR attached to a full-frame Nikon D4s digital SLR camera.

Website: Nikon France | Flickr

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lumia Win Win Project

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Competitions, Websites
News image

Microsoft Devices have launched the Lumia Win Win Project, a campaign aiming to reward the Lumia photographic community. The project encourages Lumia owners to enter 10 top photography competitions including the Pulitzer and IPA (International Photography Awards). Those who win any of these competitions with a photo shot on a Lumia phone will see their competition prize doubled by Microsoft. "If you win, we’ll match your prize money," the company says. "Together, we’ll change the way smartphone photography is perceived, while you get double the love. It really is a win win."As a part of the campaign, Microsoft Devices will be providing weekly photography tips on a dedicated community website called Shot on My Lumia. Lumia owners will be able to upload their shots, the best of which will be given an exemplary badge ranging in categories from ‘Foodie’ to ‘Traveller’.

Olympus SH-1 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
Olympus SH-1 Sample Images thumbnail

Ahead of our full review, here are 36 full-size sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the new Olympus SH-1 compact camera.

The Olympus SH-1 is a 16 megapixel premium compact camera with a 25-600mm lens and 5-axis optical image stabilisation.