Thursday, May 8, 2014

Samsung NX3000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung today announced the Samsung NX3000, the latest edition to Samsung’s award winning NX series of compact system cameras. Key features include an APS-C sized 20.3-megapixel CMOS imager, 3" flip-up display,  5fps continuous shooting, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and a top shutter speed of 1/4000s. The NX3000 will be available in White, Black and Brown, and will feature Samsung’s new compact 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens. Availability is slated for June, with pricing to be communicated.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM is a fast standard prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The 50mm f/1.4 features 13 optical elements in 8 groups and a HSM focusing system which provides quiet, smooth and fast autofocus with full-time manual focus override. Retailing for £859 / $949, read our expert Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review to find out if it's the ultimate "fast fifty" lens...

Canon IXUS 265 HS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are full-size sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the new Canon IXUS 265 HS compact camera, including the full ISO range.

The Canon IXUS 265 HS features a 12x zoom lens, 16-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 1080p movies at 30fps with stereo sound, and integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Photo Shanghai

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Photo Shanghai is China’s first art fair dedicated to photography. Running from 5-7 September 2014, the Photo Shanghai fair will see as many as seventy leading galleries exhibit works from fine-art photographers and legendary photojournalists such as Josef Sudek, Edward Burtynsky, Nick Brandt, Robert Polidori, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Araki, Mokiyama, Martin Parr, Steve Mc Curry, Sebastiao Salgado and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Sandy Angus, co-founder of ART HK (now Art Basel Hong Kong) and Chairman of Montgomery and the World Photography Organisation, said: “The vast Asian art market has seen considerable growth over the past decade and in that time photography has been an ever-increasing part within the contemporary art space. China has the advantage of a treasure trove of ancient photographs as well as an appreciation of the medium of photography and its place in the art world. Photo Shanghai has the opportunity to draw on this interest amongst both Chinese and Asia-Pacific collectors.” For those wishing to showcase at Photo Shanghai, the application deadline is 30 May 2014.

Iridient Developer 2.4 for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 2.4, a major update to its critically acclaimed raw converter and image editor for Mac OS X. This update includes a number of new features to provide better integration with other photo management tools, in particular Lightroom and Aperture. New features include 'Find and Open raw' for doing a local search for the raw source of a standard image, the ability to overwrite standard images in place and support for automatically opening the raw source image when sent a standard image for external editing. Version 2.4 also adds support for the Leica T, Samsung NX mini, Canon Powershot G1 X II, Sony A77 II, Nikon 1 V3, Nikon 1 J4 and Panasonic DMC-GH4 cameras, and fixes bugs. Do note that this release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 November 2012.

Ilfobrom Galerie FB Matt

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Film
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Ilford Photo has decided to re-introduce its Ilfobrom Galerie FB Matt Double Weight Baryta Fibre Base photographic paper. This product has been brought back into the range due to customer demand from users of this flagship range of Graded Silver Gelatin Baryta papers who have long requested a matt alternative. Available in Grade 2 only, the Ilfobrom Galerie FB Matt paper comes in sizes ranging from 17.8cm x 24cm all the way to 50.8cm x 61.0cm. Shipping starts in June 2014.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are full-size sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the new Canon PowerShot SX700 HS compact camera, including the full ISO range.

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS features a 30x zoom lens, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD 60p movies with stereo sound, and integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Leica T Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 89 full-size sample images and a 1080p movie taken with a full production version of the new Leica T compact system camera and the Vario-Elmar-T 18-56 mm f/3.5–5.6 lens, including the entire ISO range of 100-12500.

The Leica T is a premium mirrorless camera with a 16 megapixel sensor and a massive touchscreen display.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 64 full-size sample images taken with the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A is a fast standard prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Huawei Ascend P7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Huawei Ascend P7 is an ultra-slim 4G/LTE-capable Android smartphone with two camera modules. The main camera has a 13-megapixel back-illuminated sensor, an f/2 lens and a flash, whilst the front-facing camera features an unusually high resolution of 8 megapixels for selfie enthusiasts. Other highlights include a 5-inch, 445ppi Full HD touchscreen, 'Voice Photo' function, quad-core 1.8GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and a 2,500mAh battery. Running Android 4.4 KitKat, the Huawei Ascend P7 carriees a recommended retail price of €449.

Photojojo Introduces Foldio

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Foldio is a compact pop-up studio designed for taking high-quality product shots. This highly portable take-anywhere accessory "pulls together in a snap, stays in place with sturdy magnets and when your work is done, folds flat as a pancake," Photojojo says. The built-in LED strip sheds even light on your subject, and comes with a 9V battery. The Foldio measures 10.2"x10.2"x10.2" when opened, and retails at $49.

NPS Bans Drones in Yosemite National Park

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a statement advising Yosemite visitors that the use of drones is prohibited within park boundaries. Citing regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the NPS stresses that "the use of drones within the park boundaries is illegal under all circumstances." Furthermore the NPS notes that "[d]rones can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape... Additionally, drones can have negative impacts on wildlife nearby the area of use, especially sensitive nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls."

Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid RX Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Flash Centre has announced a number of special offers on the Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid RX flash system. One-head Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid RX flash kits now include a free battery and charger, a free 18cm high-performance reflector and a free Skyport ECO transmitter. Two-head kits also come with a free Lead Battery and charger and a free 18cm high-performance reflector. Prices start at £999.

Natural Beauty Photography Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) has announced the winners of its Natural Beauty photography competition. The image “Sand Waterfall” by Andreas Ettl (above) was chosen as the winner from over 570 entries. The runners-up were Kutub Uddin and Christopher May.

Get Perfect Effects 8 for Free

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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onOne Software has announced a limited-time offer on its Perfect Effects 8 software. Valued at $99.95, Perfect Effects 8 is available as a standalone application, and also integrates with Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements. Now, for a limited time only, you can download the full version free of charge. Do note that the program requires a system with 8GB of RAM and a 64-bit version of Mac OS X 10.7 / Windows 7 or higher.

Website: onOne

Mitakon Speedmaster Series FE 50mm f/0.95

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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MxCamera has started taking preorders for the manual-focus Mitakon SpeedMaster Series FE 50mm f/0.95 full-frame E-mount lens. Developed for Sony A7 and A7R users, the Mitakon SpeedMaster Series FE 50mm f/0.95 has an oprical formula comprising 10 elements in 7 groups, including 4 ED lens elements and 1 high-refractive-index element. Other key features include a stepless aperture control ring, a 9-bladed iris diaphragm and a close-focus point of 50cm. Weighing in at 720g, the Mitakon SpeedMaster Series FE 50mm f/0.95 features a distance scale with depth-of-field marks, a metal barrel, 58mm filter thread and a metal bayonet mount. The lens sells for $799.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

EIZO ColorEdge CG277 Review

Mark Goldstein | Accessory Reviews
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The ColorEdge CG277 is EIZO's new flagship monitor for professional users, reproducing 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space and able to calibrate itself. But is the CG277 worth the $2500 / £1600 asking price? Read our EIZO ColorEdge CG277 review to find out...

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS Review

Jack Baker
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The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a new travel-zoom camera with an 18x zoom lens in a slim and compact body. The Canon SX600 also offers 16 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, built-in wi-fi and 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX600 HS review to find out if it's the right camera for you...

An Indian Inflection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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An Indian Inflection is a solo exhibition of new work by award-winning photographer, Jack Fillery. The five-week long exhibition at The Borough Barista in London’s St James comprises of 22 photographs taken across India in January 2014. The prints, shot in a limited colour palette, are intended to offer an alternative perspective to typical artistic expectations of India, which Fillery argues often present a rose-tinted view of the country. An Indian Inflection, by contrast, aims to offer a more honest and uncompromising opinion of a nation that is the photographer feels is characterised by polar forces of disorder and unity in equal measure. The exhibition opens on 22nd May 2014 (6pm – 9pm) and will run daily at The Borough Barista and will run from 22nd May until 1st July 2014. The Borough Barista is located at 15 Charles II Street, St James, London, SW1Y 4QU.

BBC Wildlife Magazine Launches Photographic Grant

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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BBC Wildlife Magazine has launched a photographic grant, sponsored by Kowa, which aims to find exciting new talent in wildlife photography. Open to new photographers, the winner of the award will receive a £5,000 grant to shoot their project and could see their work published in BBC Wildlife Magazine. Eligible photographers are invited to submit 12 wildlife photographs - six from a single wildlife project - that showcase their technical range, creativity and ability. Photographers must also explain how their story, which can be based in the UK or abroad, is going to interest and excite the readers of BBC Wildlife Magazine. All entries must be submitted via the website below, by the closing date of 30 September 2014.