Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Becoming a Storyteller with the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-Pro1

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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

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Review

Mark Goldstein
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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 12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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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 DF-N1000 Product Advisory

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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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.

LomoScanner 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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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 Scanner Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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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

Samsung WB1100F Preview

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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

Samsung WB2200F Preview

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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

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 25mm f/1.8 Review

Mark Goldstein
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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

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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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

One World Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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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.

Free Fujifilm Event for Phtotography Enthusiasts

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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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 eXpo HD Action Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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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 Acquires Calumet’s US-Based Assetd

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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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

Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Review

Mark Goldstein
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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 FE 16-35mm f/4 and 28-135mm f/4 Lenses

Mark Goldstein
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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.

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Sony a77 II Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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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.

Sony a77 II Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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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.

Sony a77 II

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Sony a77 II is a new interchangeable lens camera with a 79 point phase detection AF system with 15 cross points. The A77 II delivers ultra-fast, intelligent AF tracking and up to 12 fps burst of up to 60 full-resolution frames, features a 24.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor with an ISO range of 100-25600, and also boasts an XGA OLED Tru-Finder and 3-way tiltable LCD, magnesium body with dust- and moisture-resistant seals, BIONZ X processor, Full HD 50p video and NFC/Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Sony a77 II is available to pre-order now from http://www.sony.co.uk and will be on general sale in Europe from Summer 2014.

Sony World Photography Awards Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Thirty-one year-old American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz has been announced as the winner of the 2014 L’Iris d’Or, Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year. The judges voted unanimously for Lewkowicz’s hard-hitting series, ‘Shane and Maggie’, - an intimate examination of domestic violence as a process - as this year’s winner. Chinese amateur photographer Chen Li has emerged as the Open Photographer of the Year, while British student Scarlet Evans was announced as the winner of the Student Photographer of the Year award.