Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Datacolor has announced its Great Alaskan Photo Expedition Sweepstakes. The online promotion, running through 27th May, will award one lucky winner an all-expense-paid trip to Cook Inlet, Alaska to spend one week with award-winning nature photographer David Cardinal. The grand prize, valued at an estimated $10,000, will include round-trip airfare to and from Anchorage, departing from the winner’s home town on 8 July and returning 16 July 2014; all meals and lodging, including a 5-night stay at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge; private charter flights to and from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve; one-on-one photo instruction both in the field and in a classroom setting; and a Datacolor SpyderCAPTURE PRO. Datacolor’s Great Alaskan Photo Expedition Sweepstakes will also award the winner a 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM telephoto lens to be used while on the safari and long after. Second and Third prizes will include a SpyderCAPTURE PRO and SpyderCHECKR PRO. To enter, visit the website below.
ADATA has launched its XPG and Premier Pro series SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) memory cards. Both series are designed to support the latest UHS-I U3 specifications, enabling the cards to deliver read/write speeds of up to 95/85 MB/s (XPG) and 95/60 MB/s (Premier Pro),ű. The XPG series provides 64GB of storage capacity (£89.99) and the Premier Pro series is available in both 64GB (£49.99) and 128GB (£79.99).
As the first female Fuji X-Photographer in the UK, Kerry Hendry has teamed up with Fujifilm and Aspire Photography Training to host three seminars in May, August and November. The first one-day event, entitled Becoming a Storyteller with the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-Pro1, is scheduled for 29th May and has a Midsummer's Night theme. "Woodland, fairies, amazing styling, a little bit of creative magic and Aspire fairy dust - it should be a really fun and creative training day." Kerry says. "The Fuji team will also be joining us - and the new X-T1, X-Pro1 & range of lenses will be available to try." Click through / read on for the details.
Monday, May 5, 2014
The M.ZUIKO Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro is a new fast standard zoom lens from Olympus for the Micro Four Thirds system. Offering a 24-80mm focal length, constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, fast and near-silent focusing, and a manual focus clutch, read our in-depth Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro review to find out if it's the perfect partner for the flagship OM-D E-M1 camera.
jAlbum has launched Version 12 of its desktop software. Founded in 2002 by David Ekholm, jAlbum is one of the world's most powerful web gallery creating applications. Version 12 is up to 5x faster in dealing with images loaded over network drives, has a redesigned user interface with an all-new "Eﬀects" settings tab, and features an integrated Web browser. For more information visit the website below.
Nikon Japan has issued a product advisory to owners of the Nikon DF-N1000 electronic viewfinder. According to the company, the EVF may get stuck on the Nikon 1 V3 compact system camera, making removal difficult or impossible. The issue affects DF-N1000 units with serial numbers lower than 11003000. Nikon Japan has vowed to repair the defective EVFs free of charge.
Lomography has updated its LomoScanner iPhone app. First launched alongside the Lomography Film Scanner, the LomoScanner software allows users to convert negative scans into positives, stitch together scans into seamless panoramas and animate 35mm analogue movies shot using the Lomography LomoKino camera.Version 2 has a cleaner interface and offers manual controls, revamped panorama stitching, fuss-free moive animation and instant sharing. Currently the app is available for iOS 7 only, with the company planning to update the Android version in the near future.
Hasselblad's recently launched trade-in promotion on the Flextight X1 and X5 film scanners is now also available to customers living in the United States. Until 30 June 2014 you can get $5000 off the price of a Hasselblad Flextight X5 scanner and $3000 off a Hasselblad Flextight X1 scanner when you trade in your old scanner, regardless of make or model. For details, contact your local Hasselblad stockist..
Sunday, May 4, 2014
At a recent event held by Samsung at Sandown Racecourse in the UK, we got our hands on the company’s new WB200F 35x bridge camera. Read all about this super-zoom camera in our Samsung WB1100F preview...
Saturday, May 3, 2014
At a recent event held by Samsung at Sandown Racecourse in the UK, we got our hands on the company’s new WB200F 60x bridge camera. Read all about this massive zoom camera in our Samsung WB2200F preview...
Friday, May 2, 2014
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 is a fast standard prime lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Offering a maximum aperture of f/1.8, a silent auto-focus motor and 7 rounded blades for a smooth bokeh, the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.8 also features the faster MSC (Movie & Stills Compatible) auto-focus mechanism. Read our Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 25mm f/1.8 review to find out if this new "fast fifty" prime lens deserves a place in your camera bag...
Adore Chroma is a new fine-art photography magazine from the creators of Adore Noir. Dedicated to contemporary colour photography of the highest quality, Adore Chroma is available exclusively in digital format. The inaugural issue features images from Seung Hoon Park's TEXTUS series, stunningly interesting photographs of "seemingly trivial and ordinary" subjects by Abba Richman, surprising conceptual images Estelle Choe, painterly long-exposure images by Fabrice Silly, and much more. "Chroma is all about colour," says editor Sandra Djak Kovács. "Our Chroma Highlight features the unique world of Cristina Venedict’s digital brush and with this brush she tells us that 'I want to encourage people to dream.' And she does so, with vivid fairy tale like scenes where the viewer is easily drawn in, and never wants to leave." The first issue is now available for purchase, priced at $2.95.
Website: Adore Chroma
Our World Tour: A Photographic Journey Around the Earth by Mario Dirks is a new title from Rocky Nook. In the fall of 2011, camera and lens manufacturer Sigma sent Mario on a yearlong adventure to photograph the most beautiful places on earth. As Sigma’s World Scout, he spent 50 weeks visiting a total of 77 cities, 48 countries, and 6 continents. He took 101 flights and traveled 2,500 miles by foot. The result of his tour is a collection of 347 extraordinary photographs showcasing fascinating destinations and scenic locations from around the globe. The 352-page volume is available for $44.95.
Fujifilm and Jessops have teamed up to host a seminar and workshop with leading commercial portrait photographer Jim Marks. Taking place on Saturday 17th May at Jessops Oxford Street, the two-hour seminar will consist of Jim providing a background to some of his favourite work, an overview of tips and techniques, the opportunity to shoot in a studio environment with Jim, and to try Fujifilm's latest products. The event is free and places are strickly limited. Advance booking is mandatory. There will be 3 sessions on the day starting at: 9am - 11am, 11.30am - 1.30pm and 2pm - 4pm. For more information, visit the website below.
Pyle Audio has revealed the eXpo Hi-Speed HD Action Camera. Recording at 60,50,30 or 25 frames-per-second, this camera produces 1080p and 720p movies and comes complete with a "marine-grade" waterproof case that is safe for up to 190 feet. The camera can also be operated by a Wi-Fi remote control to wirelessly snap pictures and record video. With the addition of the Pyle eXpo app you are able to capture/record videos and photos directly from your smartphone. The eXpo Hi-Speed HD Action Camera from Pyle is available in black and white for $249.99.
C&A Marketing, the Polaroid Licensee for instant digital camera, sports video camera, IP home security cameras and photo accessories. has acquired most of Calumet Photo’s USA-based assets. The 75-year-old, Chicago-based chain abruptly closed its US stores and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in March 2014. C&A Marketing is currently evaluating which, if any, stores to re-open but will be reactivating all of Calumet’s on-line properties in the next few weeks, as well as reopening its rental business.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS is a premium standard zoom lens for Sony's 35mm full-frame E-mount camera system. The FE 24-70mm offers a constant F4 maximum aperture, 7-blade aperture, dust and moisture resistance, built-in image stabilisation and a unique T* surface coating. Is the Carl Zeiss FE 24-70mm the perfect partner for your A7/A7R/A7S camera? Read our Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS review to find out...
Sony have revealed that the FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS and FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS power-zoom will be the next lenses released for their full-frame mirrorless camera range. The FE 16-35mm will be a new ultra-wide-angle lens developed with Carl Zeiss, and will feature a constant aperture of f/4 throughout the ultra-wide-angle zoom range. The FE 28-135mm f/4 will be a new power-zoom lens developed primarily for shooting video. Both lenses are expected to be released in the summer of 2014. The exact release dates and pricing have yet to be announced.
Thanks to Photoscala for use of the roadmap image.
We spent some time yesterday shooting with the brand new Sony A77 II at a press event held in the picturesque setting of Somerset House, London.
Here are 90 sample images taken with the fast-focusing Sony A77 II interchangeable lens camera and Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM lens, including the full ISO range from 50-51200.
Want to see exactly what the new Sony A77 II interchangeable lens camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the new Sony A77 II interchangeable lens camera.