Friday, May 9, 2014

Manfrotto Nanopole & Snap Tilt Head

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has announced two innovative tools designed for 'strobists.' The Manfrotto Nanopole is a new lightweight stand that can be easily carried everywhere. The closed size is only 49cm (13.3in), and the stand guarantees a payload of 1,5Kg and outstanding stability. Its main characteristic is being a two-in-one product: pressing the button with Manfrotto’s logo, the central column can be pulled out and easily turns into a hand held boom. The Snap Tilt Head  is an innovative and versatile tilthead with pioneering features that make it unique in the market. The hot shoe attachment is compatible with all branded flashguns and the provided hole for umbrella, makes it the perfect choice for a great variety of situations.

Profoto B1 Wins TIPA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Profoto B1 off-camera flash has won a TIPA award. The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) is an international, non-profit association supporting the interests of the photography and imaging magazine publishing industry. This year the association has named the Profoto B1 off-camera flash the Best Professional Lighting System. The jury said: "Battery-powered and cordless, the Profoto B1 has become an instant hit with pros that understand the benefits of the freedom and facility off-camera flash shooting affords. The system’s Air Remote TTL controller attaches to the camera’s hot shoe and becomes a command center for light output and balance, even for manual settings. Each monobloc styled flash can be assigned a channel and controlled from up to 1000 feet away, with results quickly previewed, checked and modified by the photographer without leaving camera position. The 500 w/s units have a 9-stop range, very fast recycling time and LED modeling light, and are powered by a lithium-ion battery with 220 full-power flash capacity."

ArtGemini Prize 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Following the success of the inaugural ArtGemini Prize 2013 which attracted 744 entries from 33 countries, 15th May sees the launch of the ArtGemini Prize 2014. Open to all photographers and painters form anywhere in the world, the ArtGemini Prize is described as "a celebration to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists." A cash fund of £5500 will be awarded to the winners in 4 categories, Photography, Painting & Sculpture, Young Artist and Public Choice. The shortlisted entries will be exhibited in London and Singapore. Do note that entry fees apply. The deadline for entries is 7th September.

Lomo Filter Kreator Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Film
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Three design students at Royal College of Art, London, have teamed up for a fun project about creating photography filters out of... sugar. "The Lomo Filter Kreator Kit is reintroducing the art of using photographic filters and gives the user full creative control," says project manager Morten Grønning Nielsen. "Having three silicon trays, one for flat filters, one for gradients and one for vignettes, the user can create filters in unlimited colours and compositions. The process is outrageously simple, using a special sugar called Isomalt, and sugarcolours, the filters can be created in a household microwave or oven. If they scratch they can be remolded into a new filter or even consumed. Making one filter takes about 2 minutes to create and 10 minutes to cool down. Using our kit, you could make around 50 filters for $10 worth of isomalt." To learn more, visit the project's home page on Behance.

BBK Vivo Xshot

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Vivo Xshot is an Android "phablet" with an f/1.8 lens. Manufactured by BBK, one of the biggest Chinese smartphone manufacturers, the Vivo Xshot has a 13-megapixel main camera with a head-turning f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilisation, dual LED flash, physical shutter release and 4K movie recording. It also has an impressive secondary camera with an 8-meegapixel sensor, 720p video and a LED flash, a 2,600mAh battery and a 5.2" Full HD touchscreen. The BKK Vivo Xshot will be available in two versions from the end of this month, priced at around CN¥3,500 and CN¥3,000. There is currently no word on international availability and pricing.

Via Engadget

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 Macro Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here is a gallery of sample images taken with the Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens, mounted on the Fujifilm X-T1 camera.

The new Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M is a macro lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. Designed for compact system cameras with APS-C sized sensors, the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M is equivalent to a 75mm lens in a 35mm system.

All of the samples are straight out of the camera JPEGs with no additional post-processing or sharpening.

Leica C Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 60 sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the Leica C compact camera, including the full ISO range of 80-12,800.

The Leica C is a premium compact camera with a 12 megapixel sensor, built-in viewfinder, 28-200mm lens, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, 10fps burst shooting, and RAW format support.

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.